"I have maintained that the only REAL investment worth making is in one’s Self,
under the Decisions of the Inner Teacher.
You can work for man and the corporations of the world,
or you can work for the Corporation of the Universe.
Both have investment packages, retirement plans, advances, promotions, tools for doing the trade.
Both reap their respective rewards."
Copyright October 2008
Investments are shallow when they are perceived outside oneself. Consider teachings of the Bible that speak of one’s house built on sand, and how it will not stand up to the storm.
I have always maintained “My primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” In the format of A.A. this is self-explanatory. In the context of a spiritual teachings, SOBER is soundness of mind, an ALCOHOLIC is one who has no defense against his first temptation, and HELP ALCOHOLICS ACHIEVE SOBRIETY is to extend the inner correction to those Sent to me or to whom I am Sent. Which brings us to the issue of temptation.
The aspirant is asked to sit on the throne of his own goodness. In ancient times, the King was entertained by the Jester - the Jester often was humorous but also wise and did give insights that often the King would find offensive. Except for the fact the King found the Jester to be a valuable asset to his throne, the Jester would have lost his head in many instances.
The King sits on the Throne. He is not MOVED BY the tempter. The tempter comes TO him. In Lord of the Rings, King Theoden is tempted by Wormtongue. He never LEAVES his throne, but the tempter breathes foul energy into his ear, and his mind almost destroys him. Were it not for the message of Aragon coming to the King, despite not ever being tempted from his throne, he would have died in his seat.
So it is important to view one’s thoughts. It is also important to see the INVESTMENT OF ENERGY CONTAINED IN THEM, because they do have the power to influence one’s thinking, even if one refuses to be moved by them.
So there are many principles outlined in this message - Investment, Influence, Temptation, Value, Worth, Trust.
The day before yesterday I was at a restaurant, and you may not be aware of how I view fortune cookies. The one I received was, “Luck is with you now. Act upon your instincts.”
So in the Course I was given, the next day, the message regarding the Voice for God that speaks to the human ear messages that are not of this world. Surely, the message, “Luck is with you now” is NOT a message the world offers in present day worldly circumstances. However, in my physical existence, luck, or good fortune, has been my reality - I have not lost anything, internally and thus externally, due to outside forces. Why? Because of my investment. What is it?
“In God I Trust.”
“All Things Are Possible For He Who Trusts God.”
These are not mantras - but would be for he who would LIVE them.
So I have maintained that the only REAL investment worth making is in one’s Self, under the Decisions of the Inner Teacher. You can work for man and the corporations of the world, or you can work for the Corporation of the Universe. Both have investment packages, retirement plans, advances, promotions, tools for doing the trade. Both reap their respective rewards.
The external world and the body are useful to the degree they are used BY THE Wise. When they are not then man suffers the consequences. This does not mean man is not being lifted to a new level of consciousness in these trying times. If anything, mankind is learning first hand the value of the valueless. He is learning what is true worth.
I have intimated that present day mankind is like the alcoholic who has not yet achieved his bottom. And ‘circumstances’ of HIS OWN MAKING are presently RAISING his bottom. This is the only way the recovery process can truly begin.
And so like the alcoholic, his world changes when he realizes what is truly valuable to him, or her.
Remember that your priorities are not to others, or the world, but to the Unseen Who Guides you on your wilderness path to discover your life’s work. You will be most effective in transmitting a truly needed message through whatever medium Spirit assigns to you. It is discovered in the importance you give to it on a daily basis. So do not undermine the form in which the lesson is given, whether it is in a family situation, work or school environment, or in causal social situations where interaction with others is Provided.