Hello, welcome to our Autumn 2018 / Winter 2019 newsletter.
- The Green Man
- Restoration of The Ancient Faith
- Beauties Self
- Sound Healing with Gongs
- My Auntie’s Journey
- Tree Fruits at the Kosmon Sanctuary
- Birds in Sandhill Wood
- More Tree Fruits
The Green Man
The Green Man is an archetype, an ancient symbol, which is to be seen in many Gothic cathedrals and churches. Its mysterious meaning depends on the time in which it appears.
The Green man utters life through his mouth. His words are leaves, the living force of experience ——- now he comes back to redeem our thought and our language, to give simplicity and clarity to the confusion and complexity of modern technological society, and to point us to renewing the harmony and the unity of nature with inescapable love.
Our remote ancestors said to their mother Earth: “We are yours”. Modern humanity has said to Nature: “You are mine.”
The Green Man has returned as the living face of the whole earth, so that through his mouth we may say to the universe: “We are One”. (1.)
In 1963, George Morley, in a trance address, spoke of the task of the Kosmon Fraternity (2.):
“First of all it had to help restore the ancient faith as it was before all the orthodox religions came into being, the simple faith that was given to man when he first stood upright on the earth 80,000 thousand years ago. What was that faith? It was the knowledge of the One Supreme Being, the Infinite Mind, the Father of all, and the realisation of the power of that Mind within the individual soul, that Mind which is the source of all consciousness, strength and inspiration.”
We see that George Morley speaks of the need at this time to re-establish “the ancient faith”, which has never changed, but which has been obscured by the cultural overlay of orthodox religions or rejected by our contemporary secular society.
The “ancient faith” as described in Oahspe.
The inspiration of George Morley and The Kosmon Fraternity was the channelled work called Oasphe, (3.) This sought to lay the foundation of a New Age, in which the true focus of our life, and source of direction and purpose, was envisioned as the total acknowledgement of The One Source of creation, the “One Supreme Being”.
The following instructional story taken from Oahspe illustrates the simplicity and power of connecting with the “One Supreme Being”, which could be summarised as seeking inner knowledge and experience of the One, a knowledge and experience not dependent on the cultural norms of understanding which we all acquire during our life. In this quotation, the “One Supreme Being” is referred to as Central Sun, Creator.
“A vision came upon me. I saw a score of musicians, and everyone had a different instrument, and they set about tuning their instruments, everyone in his own way, saying: Unless we have our instruments tuned as one instrument, there can be no music; tune, therefore, your instrument to mine.
After a long while they wearied, for they were no nearer than when they started. And everyone said: It is impossible to attune them! It is useless to try anymore.
The Unknown spoke out of the firmament, saying: Choose one instrument first, and then attune another one to it. This accomplished, attune then a third instrument to them, after then a fourth, and so on, and you shall be attuned all alike.
So the musicians set to work, but could not agree whose should be the first instrument.
A pillar of fire descended from heaven and stood in the midst of the musicians; and in the centre of the pillar of fire there appeared an instrument called the All Perfect.
The instrument gave forth one note, and all instruments attuned to it. The Voice said: I have given you the Keynote, you find the rest. The pillar of fire departed. The instruments, thus attuned in harmony, played rapturously. The vision then departed.
This I perceive: To (make) all in harmony, as one instrument, cannot be done without a Central Sun, a Creator, to attune to. ——- He, the Creator, must be the first in all things, the first in all places. He must be the nearest of all things, nearest of all places. In our rites and ceremonies, He must be the All Ideal Perfection! (4.)
The “ancient faith” and Aboriginal Culture
George Morley, refers to the simple faith that was given to man 80,000 years ago, a faith which it was the task of The Kosmon Fraternity to express for this day and age. What was this faith known 80,000 years ago? To answer this question, one of the best sources of information is that of the Aboriginal tradition of Australia, which has survived for at least 120,000 years, and which is still practised today, despite the destructive effects of colonisation. To understand this tradition requires that we put aside Western thinking and conditioning to penetrate the Aboriginal world view, with its insights of value to us today.
Dreaming is the process of creation by “ancestral spirits” which takes place within the reservoir of Spirit. The ancestral spirits dream the form or idea of the land, plants, animals and man. This dream is expressed as the material forms of the world. This is close to Plato’s theory of ideas or forms, which are the non-physical essences of all things.(5.) The same insight is to be found in Genesis, in which chapter 1 is concerned with the creative design, with creation itself only described in chapter 2. The accurate translation from the original Hebrew of “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (verse1.) is:
At first, in principle, God brought forth the design of heaven and earth. (6.)
We all know that an idea, such as a table, must be present before an object can be created, so “dreaming” is familiar to us in experience. This dimension of understanding is absent from Darwinism for whom “survival of the fittest” and “natural selection” attempt to account for the wealth of ecological relationships in nature. For the Aborigines, these relationships were envisaged whole in dreaming, in the original design.
The Aborigines respected and adored the earth as if it were a book imprinted with the mystery of the original creation. The goal of life was to preserve the earth, as much as possible, in its initial purity ——- to exploit this integrated world was to do the same to oneself. (7.)
Everything created embraces form and the dreaming, the design, which created it. Everything then has consciousness, not just humans. (8.) The Aborigines had no concept of time. Their acute visceral, sensory, awareness of nature connected them to the dreaming within the object and hence an awareness of the spiritual realm at that moment of time; the physical and spiritual were One.
The deep yearning and spiritual search of Western thought for the elusive “present moment” and “eternal life” seems of no consequence to the Aborigine. For the Aborigine, one is alive in the moment by being utterly grounded and centred in space. (9.)
To restore the ancient faith in a form appropriate for this day and age will require a total examination of all the conditioning and perceptions of our Western Culture. As we view the world around us, we can see that this process has already begun, as seen, for example, in the Gaia (Earth Goddess) hypothesis of James Lovelock, formulated in the 1970s:
The Gaia hypothesis proposes that living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on earth to form a synergistic and self-regulating complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. (11.)
The beginning of this newsletter highlights the insight given by the Green Man for the time in which we live:
Our remote ancestors said to their mother Earth: “We are yours”
Modern humanity has said to Nature: “You are mine”.
The Green man has returned as the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the universe: We are One”
- Green Man. The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth, by William Anderson, p163-164
- Newsletter No. 8. Spring/Summer 2017
- Newsletter No. 2. Spring 2015
- Oahspe. Book of Saphah. Emethachavah
- Wikepedia. Theory of Forms
- Hebraic Tongue Restored. Part 2, p25. By Fabre d’Olivet. Edited for clarity
- Voices of the First Day. Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor, p 17
- Ibid p 36-38
- Ibid p 240
- Ibid p 152
- Wikipedia. Gaia Hypothesis
My love in her attire, doth show her wit
It doth so well become her;
For every season she hath a dressing fit.For Winter, Spring or Summer.
No beauty she doth miss.
When all her robes are on.But beauties self she is.
When all her robes are gone.
Anonymous from a poetical rhapsody of 1602
However, you interpret the above poem, beauty is an all-encompassing thing to comprehend. However, what is beauty to one person is not always beauty to another and so we have to be very careful. In the age that this was written he or she undoubtedly was referring to the seasons of the year. Not everyone would agree with the author if they suffered from the cold or for that matter too much sun.
So it is that we have differences of opinion as to what is beautiful. The principle difference, in my opinion, appears to be in our cultures. The Japanese look at things very differently to us in the western world. The Arab world see things different again. Their idea of beauty is not the same as ours in the Western world, and so it goes on through the various and many cultures within the human race.
The common denominator in all of this diverse and complicated subject, is that when we see what to us is beauty, it affects our inner sole. It gives to us a feeling of comfort or of great pleasure, or an understanding of the skill that has created that beauty. Even a longing to be able to replicate the object of beauty before us. Those of us that have been given the skill and the understanding are sometimes overwhelmed by the things we try to create. This gives us the need to keep trying, to keep improving on what we have done previously.
The need to improve on what we have already achieved is what drives us all. It is what has taken us from the Neanderthal to the modern man. Even with the warring and unnecessary and unwanted killing of millions of human beings over the years, it is still man’s need to improve upon the past, that drives us on.
The power of thought is the one thing that drives us forward. It can see the things of beauty, it can understand the methods of creation, it can understand the words given to us from the heavenly realms through prayer and meditation. How we interpret those words into action is our contribution. What we need more than anything else is guidance. Yet it is the one thing that many of us cannot take. We feel we know it all, or we can do better than those giving us the guidance we seek. Humility is not a weakness or anything to be ashamed of but can bring better knowledge and skill to any project simply by listening to those trying to help you.
Also, it is a fact that the teacher can always learn from those he/she is trying to teach.
I will finish this with another few lines, this time by a known poet called Seneca.
The Man Who Listens
For who listens to us in all the world, whether
he be friend or teacher, brother or father or mother,
sister or neighbour, son or ruler or servant?
Does he listen, our advocate, or our husbands or wives,
those who are dearest to us?
Do the stars listen, when we turn despairingly away
from man, or the great winds, or the seas or the
mountains? To whom can any man say – Here I am!
Behold me in my nakedness, my wounds, my secret
grief, my despair, my betrayal, my pain,
my tongue which cannot express my sorrow, my terror,
Listen to me for a day – an hour! – a moment!
Lest I expire in my terrible wilderness, my lonely silence!
O God, is there no one to listen?
Is there no one to listen? you ask. Ah yes, there is one who listens,
who will always listen.
Hasten to him, my friend! He waits on the hill for you.
For you alone.
Editor’s Note: Seneca was a Roman Stoic Philosopher, 4BC – AD 65. He was forced by Nero to commit suicide for alleged conspiracy to assassinate Nero. He is revered for his stoic and calm suicide.
Sound Healing with Gongs
It has been a privilege to bring the gongs to the Kosmon Sanctuary; much gratitude to the Universe and Anthony!
Using sound for spiritual growth will continue to be my focus for the coming year and I look forward so much to sharing the journey with all of you who come to the Sanctuary and my home to experience the gongs.
The concept of “the harmony of the spheres” is as old as man’s awakened consciousness and today we have the gift of the gongs and their celestial sounds to help us keep in tune with the heavens.
The gong sound has its own stillness within the sound which we experience when we are open and receptive. During the Shunyata, or sacred silence, when the gongs have stopped playing, we feel the deepest level of peace, sense of love and connection to all creation. Once we have experienced this level of consciousness, everything seems a little different and we can take that feeling of clarity into our daily lives. We can have some control over the noisy chatter in our minds which is, after all, the goal of meditative practices.
The gongs can expand our level of awareness as we learn to listen from this place of stillness and we develop our intuition. People feel many different sensations during a “gong bath”, such as colours and visions, tingling, shifting of energy, presence of ancestors and often animals. I absolutely love the feedback!
I know for myself that I have to put in the work to maintain a conscious connection to the Source, or I will slip back into ego and not let go, allowing the flow of the Universe to look after me. We are all being looked after.
The next gong session at The Kosmon Sanctuary will be on the 17th March. See you there.
My Auntie’s Journey
My Auntie’s Journey
As my soul walks through God’s golden gates,
I feel such Love I cannot wait.
Peace and serenity will fill my heart,
for me to make a brand new start.
I will be filled with such Love and Grace,
when you think of me, I will touch your face.
If you see a robin or butterfly,
think of me – my soul is nearby
For I am only a moment away
when you look up at the sky.
Don’t cry for me because I am not there.
I live on without pain and despair,
in a place of Love with angels who care.
I am free like a bird up high in the sky.
God’s given me wings and allowed me to fly.
So remember me with laughter and grace.
I will be watching you from a beautiful place.
Until the day we meet again
keep me in your hearts.
My soul lives on,
I have not gone:
For this is only the start.
Tree Fruits at The Kosmon Sanctuary
The Abundance of Nature
Autumn is the time when the amazing abundance of nature dazzles our senses with the seeming infinite abundance of colours, forms and tastes of fruits. If we allow ourselves to avoid attaching labels and information to what we are viewing, e.g. “this is an acorn”, we find ourselves in a position to connect fully with our senses and feelings, thus making a heart connection to what is actually there. In so doing, we naturally connect with the Creative Impulse, whose sole purpose is to extend Love, and which gave rise to the form in front of us: there is no separation between spirit and physicality.
Birds in Sandhill Wood
In July I retired and after catching up on some of those tasks you never get around to when you are working was lucky enough to continue with my hobby – Bird Watching. I updated my binoculars, one tick off the to do list, I had put it off for years as I was trying to justify the expense so when the chance to visit Sandhill Woods with my new binoculars I was thrilled as it is more local to me than RSPB reserves. My knowledge on birds is limited but I have learnt a lot since visiting the woods.
The wood is a mix woodland with young and old trees. The local kindergarten regularly visits the woods and there is a small area where they can enjoy the outside. I have fixed a couple of feeders near the area so that they can enjoy seeing the birds feed. I have also laminated illustrations of the more common birds they may see at the feeder.
I have also placed Feeders with a combination of Seeds and Nuts near the maze and on the path to the woods and have seen lots of species of birds, ones that used to be seen in our common gardens but are rare visitors now. I was so pleased to see the Bullfinch as I had not seen them for a long while together with the Nuthatch and Tree Creeper.
With Spring round the corner the woods will begin to blossom and this will introduce the migratory birds, warblers, swallows swifts. With more leaves on the trees I will be more challenged to identify – hopefully my new binoculars will rise to the challenge too.
I would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has allowed me to visit the woods which has now become a much-loved pastime. To be able to walk through the woods with its tranquillity and Naturalism and sit and watch the wildlife has been great for me and something that gets me out and about regularly.
Birds seen at Sandhill Wood: September to January
CROW, NUT HATCH, JACKDAW, DUNNOCK
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (male and female together)
JAY, GREEN WOODPECKER, STARLINGS
ROOK, BLACKBIRD, WOOD PIGEON, WREN
WOODCOCK, TREE CREEPER, MAGPIE, ROBIN
COLLAR DOVE, SPARROWS, RING NECK PARAKEET
SPARROW HAWK (male and female)
SONG THRUSH, MISTLE THRUSH
GOLDFINCH, BULLFINCH, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH
BLUE TIT, LONG TAIL TIT, GREAT TIT, WILLOW TIT, COAL TIT