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Chapter 29

Laecontes ascends to Heaven – Terralee advances, burdens increase – Kaseah the Beautiful – Kaseah speaks – Establishing the final dispensation – Living a life of harmony and peace – Disharmony caused by illusions of life – The four illusions – Illusion of identity (self) – Tending to the flesh but ignorant of the spirit – Divided between inner spirit and outward self – Manifesting the spirit within – Embrace the spirit within and fear not


1  These then were the words of the Divine Laecontes, and faithfully were they written down and given to the whole assembly, and in the Book of God were the teachings of Laecontes placed beside the teachings of Abbahdon.

2  Now when Laecontes was of exceeding age, he gathered together his many disciples and ascended a mountain far from the city of his birth, and there did he bid farewell; and as he turned to go, to return again to Heaven’s glory, the disciples did weep for him, for they loved him greatly.

3  And the Master bid farewell and giving forth his last blessings he ascended to the top of the mountain alone, leaving behind his own disciples midst all their prayers and meditations, being filled themselves with tears of sorrow and thanksgiving together.

4  And the days of the sixth dispensation rolled forth upon the world of Terralee, and Laecontes himself was no more found, having been received of God with joy and happy light.

5  But the world of mortal man continued on and the years passed quickly by, being counted in decades and centuries then millennia; even till there quietly passed again some two thousand years of continued progress and advancement, filling the days of every man and every woman with burdens and cares of every kind, filled with stresses and anxieties of which there seemed no end.

6  For the life of every people grew most complex and filled with toil, each seeking to find some advantage for themselves, becoming in their persons ever grasping and filled with demands, yearning to take to themselves both wealth and possessions, seeking to seize in their hands the burdens of power and jealous envy;

7  Yet ever seeking for themselves a release from all these things, even while they continued on in frenzied haste to control and manipulate the passing and content of each and every day, filling their days with schedules and appointments, forgetting in the rush of living the joy of life, becoming themselves most ever fretful and filled with deep disquiet.

8  Now in the General Assembly there arose a woman of great renown, being herself most gracious and deeply wise, being in her speech and manner as one most beautifully seen and well comported.

9  And there were many which believed with all their heart that she was surely the Heavenly Mother come down to earth to walk through the affairs of men, becoming through holiness the initiator of the seventh and final dispensation of God.

10  Being called by all believers as Kaseah the Beautiful, for in all her manner did there flow both grace and beauty together mingled; blessing every man and every woman which did draw near to her.

11   In whose presence every child rejoiced with gladsome heart, finding in her touch and smile a gentle approbation filled with strength and confidence far beyond that of mortal men, casting forth through her very presence the nearness of God and angels.

12  Causing that when she was fifty years of age, the Council of Lords did convene to consider well her place within the assembly of believers.

13  And after great inquiry, they themselves believed that she was in truth the Heavenly Mother brought forth in mortal flesh, and they offered up to her even the whole assembly; yet did she kindly refuse so great an honor, and turning to leave, she went again to her home.

14  And the president of the council did marvel because of her, and turning to the whole assembly she spoke, saying: “What peace this woman has, being herself as one content through sweet accord, bearing in her speech and manner a harmony filled with elegance and aplomb, even in the midst of a rushing and harried world.”

15  These are the words which the president of the council spoke, and all which heard did quick agree; and when it was decided they determined every year to offer to Kaseah the whole assembly, yet for six years did Kaseah refuse to take to herself such honors as the council would seek to give her.

16  But in the seventh year did she accept, and at the Festival of Joy she stood before the whole assembly and lifting up her voice she spoke as one most deeply knowing and filled with grace, saying:

17  “Consider, my children, the passing of the ages and the dispensations of God which you have honored through the living of your life; to take them to your heart as things most precious and endearing, striving in your daily efforts to live the teachings well, proving yourselves faithful and ever diligent.

18  Giving to yourselves and to your children a place where the teachings of Heaven might fully grow before the eyes of men, to walk about in living form upon the earth, even as dreams made real and full of grace.

19  Being yourselves as one committed in living well the instructions which come from God, nothing excepted or lesser made; for you have rightly determined that in all previous dispensations did God give to you a good and wise instruction, which instruction you did believe with all your heart and mind and soul and strength.

20  Seeing then that you have proved yourselves both faithful and willing in ages past, then prove yourselves as likewise now, for this day would I establish before your eyes the final dispensation of heavenly things, whereby you might dwell in harmony and completeness forever.

21  Causing that you should balance within your hand both the things of God and mortal life, to make as one the sum of all good things; becoming yourselves without confusion and contradiction, to fill your days with sweet accord, making of your very life a song which God would sing.

22  For the playing of a single note does not make a symphony, for it is the playing of many notes together in harmony and rhythm that makes the music sweet; but if there be no harmony, then do the selfsame notes become discordant and filled with chaos, to make a hurtful noise filled with great confusion.

23  Thus would harmony shape the melody and the song, and if you would become yourselves as one harmonious and filled with peace, then would the days of your life prove a symphony made of gentle rhythms and sweet accord, to fill your days with richness; making of your life a banquet worthy of partaking.

24  Consider then this world of mortal life, how it is made discordant and filled with strife, making of your life a hurtful noise filled with stresses and clamorings of every kind, feeling yourselves seized and tossed about by several winds.

25  By what means shall you calm the storms within you and without? By what wisdom shall you be made as one harmonious and filled with calm, causing that within your heart and in your mind should dwell supreme the peace which comes from God?

26  Hear then the words I speak, for if your life prove confused and ever stressful, then know most surely that in your heart the grace of God is not perfected, being yourselves without harmony, knowing no completion in yourselves, having in your life such chaos as would make your life a burdensome thing.

27  Know then that such troubling thoughts and feelings as do move within you from time to time, even these are caused by the illusions of your life; which illusions would imprison you behind fences of your own making, to keep you separate and apart from the peace which dwells in God, causing that you should find no harmony in the living of your life.

28  And behind the fences of your illusions do you strain to see beyond the walls which do imprison you, causing that you should briefly glimpse of things more wondrous than all your dreams, but still are you unable to lay hold the visions in your heart, being yourselves constrained by illusions of every kind.

29  Causing that you should be confused by all things temporal and impermanent, being unable to fully grasp or fully know of things eternal and divine; for it is the eternal only which is real and worthy of having, while all things temporal do prove themselves the illusion and shadow of impermanent things.

30  Consider then these four: the illusion of identity, the illusion of freedom, the illusion of control and the illusion of possessions; and in your ponderings most fully know, that even all these illusions did the societies of mortal life foist upon you from your birth, causing that you should not see such illusions as would stand before you, thinking them as something real instead.

31  Which illusions you pass down to your own children also, making stronger day by day the fences which would separate you from things eternal and sublime; robbing even your own selves of harmony and peace, and this through the words you speak.

32  For it is through your common speech that you imprison yourselves within the walls of these delusions; claiming on the one hand that you are the children of God, being yourselves eternal and everlasting, but putting forth through the words you speak that it is the mortal flesh you would appease.

33  Paying to your lesser selves all manner of homage and consideration, seeking to please the flesh above the spirit, fearing always the death of your body as some great and dreadful loss, for it is the flesh which you see that you prefer, and not the spirit which is not seen but only felt.

34  Who then will hear the word of God concerning these things? Who among you most truly desire that harmony and peace should move and stir within you, even as a stream of living water? Only those who desire most the things of God above all else, having subjected their own flesh to the spirit within.

35  Thus are you confused and oft deceived concerning the identity of the self, thinking yourselves the children of God, yet seeing only the mortal flesh in which you dwell as the only true self, giving rise within yourselves the foundations of a great illusion.

36  Causing that you should be torn between the spiritual and the physical, the immortal and the mortal, the divine and the common; having within your heart the image of heavenly things, but before the eyes the world of flesh only.

37  Ponder in your mind, therefore, the illusion of the self; for you are not the image which others see, being yourselves far greater than the outward likeness; having within your flesh a height and breadth and depth far beyond the image which others see.

38  Which spirit would seek most earnestly to be revealed through the flesh which others see, to make known before their eyes the light of heavenly things; not out of boastful pride and vain deceits filled with pretenses, but out of joy instead.

39  Yet are you deceived through subtle speech and outward customs, causing that you should speak of your flesh as the only true self, while the spirit within, you would put forth as a dream not yet real in a world of physical things.

40  Paying to your spiritual self a ready lip service, but in your daily actions tending always to the flesh instead, causing within your own selves a conflict and confusion regarding the person you truly are.

41  Come then and I will tell you the means by which so great an illusion is made to fall upon you, for in the moment when you are born and in the flesh most fully clothed within the senses of the body, then do many others, from that day forth, speak to you the thing you are.

42  Drawing for you the image which they would have you fill, being yourself shaped and fashioned by the demands and expectations of those you most regard, becoming yourself the image and likeness which others would demand of you.

43  Becoming yourself as one compelled through subtle words, conforming yourself to the opinion of others; always seeking for yourself the approval of those you love, surrendering to others beyond yourself the nature and disposition of your inward likeness causing that they should exercise some dominion over you.

44  For this I tell you for your learning, that there is made of every man and every woman two portraits within the self; and of the outer portrait which all men see, even others would draw the likeness which they would demand of you, while of the inner portrait would God desire that you yourself determine only.

45  Thus are you made disconcerted and confused, being divided within your mind between the person you see in the outward image, and the likeness of the spirit which dwells within you.

46  Being yourself deceived by that which is temporal and quickly passing, while yet the spirit of your truer self would seek to spring forth alive in the living of your days, revealing the depth of many wonders through the body of your flesh, to fill you up with joy and light.

47  If then you would know the true likeness of the spirit within, to make it manifest in the person which others see, then be you as one detached from the expectations of others; becoming yourself as one unmoved midst blame or praise.

48  Becoming yourself in every likeness a true child of God while yet in mortal flesh, holding firm to the things which are born of spirit and Heaven together, becoming as one made wide awake and not deceived, knowing with a good resolve your truer self, being yourself, in God, the author and master of who you are, filled with confidence and eager joy.

49  Why, therefore, will you become as a stranger to yourself, not knowing truly the thing you are? Why will you seek beyond yourself, hoping to find yourself in the eyes of others?

50  For you are made a part of God, even every one of you, whether male or female, and even God the Father and the Mother are made a part of you; becoming as one in the flesh which others see; yet being first and last both spirit and soul together fashioned and gently placed in the flesh of mortal life.

51  Let this then be first and foremost within you, that you are the sons and daughters of God, becoming yourselves through righteousness as one eternal and everlasting, bearing in your truer self the seeds of endless life, becoming to those which see as one ineffable and filled with joyous wonder.

52  Be not deceived by the illusion of identity, but know yourself most fully; for it is the thing you know which comes alive before the eyes, and if you know only the flesh of the body, then are you become as someone thin and filled with troubles; becoming yourself as one deceived by fleeting shadows, being yourself without substance and filled with many fears.

53  Embrace, therefore, the spirit within you, and this most firmly be; taming well the words you speak whereby you might set free the spirit within you; causing that you should fear no longer, but find instead that inward peace which no man can take from you.

54  And fear not such scorn and ridicule as others might cast upon you, for it is the flesh of your body only which others see, believing that you are the body and nothing more, and it is against this alone which they would wound.

55  But if you should give yourself to the spirit within, to become yourself as spirit only, then are you untouched by such scorn as others might cast against you; having become by your own choosing as spirit and not flesh, being yourself unseen and dwelling beyond the baseness of common men; being made in yourself and God together as one harmonious and filled with life, even in the midst of great and sudden storms.

56  Know then the spirit within you and of that spirit be, for it is permitted that you, alone, should draw the portrait of your truer self, being fashioned by your own hands into the man or woman which you would be, bearing in your likeness and image the similitude of things eternal and divine.

57  Being yourself far greater than the body which others see, having within your depths a treasury filled with many wonders; and if you should so elect, to be yourself as spirit above all other things, then shall the richness of your truer self flow out into the world in a never ending stream.

58  Revealing yourself before the whole world as someone good and deeply holy, filled with light and joy together, causing that others should see in you the harmony which comes from God; causing that they themselves should lay down the heavy burden and come to God instead, and this because of you, for you have chosen the spirit of your truer self above all other things.”

59  Such were the words which Kaseah spoke, and there fell upon the whole assembly a deeper hush filled with joy and expectation, for they would hear with anxious heart even all the words which come from God whereby they might live them day by day, to be themselves fulfilled.