Balance: The Key of Creation
By Richard Kieninger
According to Dr. White in The Ultimate Frontier, the Lemurian Empire was the greatest of all of mankind’s attempts at civilization; and during its 52,000 years of existence, it produced most of the 100 million Masters of this planet. The key to Lemuria’s greatness lay in the civilization’s balance.
During the next greatest civilization—Atlantis (Poseid)—Melchizedek created the first Brotherhood, which we now call the Lemurian Brotherhood, and it has balance as its great Mystery (its profound teaching). The Lemurian Brotherhood is focusing Their efforts on teaching and attracting Egos with balanced personalities.
Balance exists throughout the universe. You might say it is the great cosmic principle. In the Lemurian Philosophy, we find balance existing in all aspects of creation:
1. The Natural Law of Cause and Effect
2. Individual Egoic balance
3. Balance in societies
4. Balance among humans
5. Balance among the Brotherhoods
6. Balance within the Virtues
The Law of Cause and Effect
For every action initiated, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
God’s Law of Cause and Effect maintains perfect justice throughout the universe. This irrefutable Law provides us with a wonderful learning tool. It ensures fairness in all our activities.
Another aspect of the Law
of Cause and Effect, as karma, given by
Every man, corporation, and nation must compensate fully for accrued profits and benefits. If one acquires more than he has rightfully earned, he assumes a karmic debt. If one is cheated or robbed of that which is rightfully his, he receives a corresponding karmic credit. If a man’s karmic debits and credits have not been balanced out by the time of his transition, that is, death of the physical vehicle, they are carried over until the next incarnation. Absolute justice is maintained through all the universe in this way, and karmic accountancy is recorded automatically on the Etheric Plane of Existence as set up by the Celestial Host. This record is part of the Akashic Record.
He further instructed young Richard:
The consequences of error force us consciously to seek the cause of our failures and thus take account of cause and effect. Men must have the freedom of will to test and evolve wisdom; otherwise we would be letting others do our thinking for us. As long as there are those who are willing to let others think for them, there will be Black Mentalists happy to oblige them.
In fact, several pages of The
Ultimate Frontier focus on
Let us see how the dictionary defines balance: “An equipoise between contrasting, opposing, or interacting elements.” (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1991) Perhaps another way of viewing balance is integration or synthesis between apparent opposites that gives a whole world view. In this definition, the value of each opposite is fully appreciated. Two opposites can each be correct, and when combined equally, create a healthier reality. Without respecting and integrating the opposite view, polarization may result, limiting our growth and awareness.
Another way to view balance is as moderation, as opposed to extremism. It is a truism that anything, when taken to extremes, becomes a vice. Fanatics tend to become emotionally identified with an opposing pole, and they tend then to base their self-identity more and more on their extreme belief. Defending their view becomes increasingly important, and a closed mind is the result. A danger of the extremist mindset is blind faith, illogic and one’s inability to recognize truths when presented with them. Contrast that to the scientist-philosopher approach our philosophy encourages. The scientist-philosopher recognizes that Truth will prove itself in the end and rarely requires zealous defenders; and the scientist-philosopher is willing to treat information as merely information, and will test it for its validity.
The classic metaphor for balance and moderation is the swinging pendulum. The swings of a pendulum are always in balance: a small swing to the right gives a corresponding small swing to the left, while a large swing right results in a matching large swing to the left. This illustrates the fact that an extreme action brings forth an extreme reaction. Those who are wise embody moderation. Even in extreme instances, they seek to reduce the intensity of the pendulum swing in order to return the situation to balance. Instead of responding to an insult with another insult, they try to offer a temperate response. Their aim is to make gradual corrections to the swing of the pendulum, rather than increasing the swing with forceful retorts.
An analogy which demonstrates the importance of balance is the act of walking. If we sway too far to either side, we lose our equilibrium and fall. Only when we maintain balance can we move forward. Similarly, balance between any two opposing qualities is needed in order to progress. For example, the person who is overly idealistic is less able to grow, for he lacks the ability to put his dreams into action. The person who is overly practical also falls short, for he fails to envision where his abilities could take him. The correct proportion of each is needed to retain equilibrium while moving forward.
An important point of balance is between our internal and external worlds. Our Philosophy teaches that the outer and inner environments are reflections of each other. The external worlds we inhabit are created by our Minds, and thus we can learn about our inner state by observing our external environment. This principle yields two powerful tools for change. First, if we wish to uplift our environments, we may uplift our Mind. This tends to result in positive external changes. This may not follow our commonly held concept of change occurring from the inside out. However, the Brotherhoods have noted that meaningful changes can also be made from the outside in. So if we uplift our Mind, we can improve our external environment. Mastering our external environment can be a “spiritual” exercise, as we experience much internal growth in the process. One’s financial responsibility and creating beautiful places for living and working are just as valuable as meditation and contemplation.
Let’s begin with balance at an individual’s personal level. The only Brotherhood accepting Initiates into Their organization at this time is the Lemurian Brotherhood. In order for the Nation of God to begin on a strong footing, all of its Citizens must be balanced individuals. What constitutes a balanced Ego? Our Philosophy teaches that three qualities must be equally present in an individual to be considered sufficiently balanced for First Degree: ideality, practicality, and mentality. Let’s explore each of these qualities.
Idealistic characteristics include being a dreamer, a visionary, a creator of beauty. Idealistic people tend toward well-developed intuitive abilities; they tend to be emotional and enjoy creating concepts for projects. Idealistic people are motivated by inspiration. They have a strong emotional response to inspiring concepts, beautiful objects and/or uplifting environments, and they value faith over rationality. Social reformers, artists, spiritual leaders, many people in the helping professions may be fired by idealistic visions. But in focusing on their visions, they may neglect the more mundane realities of life, inclining toward carelessness and inefficiency. A common trait of the overly idealistic person is biting off more than he can chew or taking on projects that he is enthusiastic about but realistically is unable to complete. But they also give of themselves, and may be spiritually and artistically inclined. Because they lack practicality, they tend toward being wasteful, improvident and careless with money. A lack of emphasis on mentality will incline them toward fanaticism and intolerance in their beliefs.
Idealism in History
In The Ultimate Frontier, we learned that due to the Citizens’ typical magnanimity, they allowed non-citizen laborers to live in Lemuria and reap the benefits of its society without studying their Philosophy. The laborers eventually formed two opposing groups, whose polarization led to the destruction of the greatest civilization mankind has known and eventually to the submersion of the continent. The two groups—the Katholis and the Pfrees—comprised the extremes of ideality and practicality, respectively.
The overly idealistic group
was called the Katholis. The Katholis followed a group of priests who
promised a return to Edenic bliss and a paradise of plenty without work, if
only the priests could get in charge of the government. Their followers were
told not to attempt to reason out how material benefits were possible without
effort, but simply to trust that God would provide for His loyal believers.
The Katholis responded with unwavering support for the priests, whom they believed
to be divinely inspired. The Citizens eventually persuaded thousands of
Katholis to migrate to what is now
About 11,000 years ago
there were three major civilizations in existence, each representing an
emphasis on one of the three qualities of ideality, mentality and
Idealistic societies may also be said to be matriarchal in nature. Matriarchal societies tend to stagnate due to their lack of technology or impetus to move ahead. They tend toward natural democracy; so decisions are usually made through consensus. Although there are certain norms of behavior that people follow, individuals’ personal decisions about their lives are respected. They tend to value trust, surrender and nurturance. These cultures accept free expressions of emotion, and do not guilt, shame or punish their children into compliance. Rather, children who misbehave are simply isolated for a brief time.
Observers of matriarchal tribes often comment on how loving and happy the people seem, for they emphasize the value of deep, pleasure-oriented relationships and are nonviolent.
Those exhibiting strong mentality like to analyze, to consider new ideas, and to plan. Mentality has largely to do with receptivity to new ideas, awareness of universal principles, and expanding horizons. Like ideality, mentality may involve dreaming and thinking. The mentally inclined person uses reason and memory to a large degree.
Mentality involves what we commonly refer to as intelligence. Mental people are thinkers and planners who love to analyze. They tend toward a rational view of the world. We develop mentality as we sharpen our perception of our environments and learn to observe cause and effect in action. Mentality does not necessarily refer to mental quickness. It deals more with awareness, receptivity to new ideas and a willingness to apply them rather than with the speed that new information is processed. Highly mental people are likely to be strong in the Virtue of Discrimination.
Use of the Mind for rational advancement leads naturally and inevitably to development of non-physical powers. Clairvoyance, clairsentience and mental communication are meant to arise as a result of human development. Overly mental people may play with concepts and never do much that is productive. Those whose mentality is poorly developed can mislead themselves and others because although they might even be intellectually agile, they don’t discriminate which concepts are in accord with universal truth. With better developed mentality, they would be more likely to discern truth through observation of natural law.
Practicality deals with work and achievement. Practical people are reality-based doers who build and accomplish things. They are interested in whether things work and if they will bring concrete benefits. The practical person may also employ characteristics of mentality such as will and reason.
We’re told that the process
of self-development is symbolized by King Solomon, King Hiram, and the Queen
of Sheba in building the
Practical people are
motivated by the prospect of tangible benefits. They are the good workers who
focus on results, efficiency, and achievement. They reason constructively,
valuing rationality over faith. However, they may become so focused on
achievement that they disregard the feelings and opinions of others and
become critical and egocentric. Strongly practical people may be workaholics,
always busy with some project or another, who find it difficult to relax and
enjoy life. They are excellent organizers who are able to increase
productivity and create wealth. The
When practicality is carried to an unhealthy extreme, these people may come to respect only the tangible. Because of this, they may be atheistic or generally skeptical of psychic, religious, or emotional experiences. They tend not to be socially conscious or willing to expend effort to help the less fortunate. They tend to lack imagination and are likely to be suspicious of innovative ideas. On the positive side, overly practical people are the go-getters who make things happen and build civilization.
The Triangle as a Model
A well-balanced Ego may be represented by an equilateral triangle.
Unbalanced individuals may be represented by isosceles triangles (where two sides are the same length and the remaining side is shorter or longer than both) or by scalene triangles (where all three sides are of differing lengths).
Balance in Marriage
An ideal way to attain Egoic growth in a lifetime is by pairing with a mate. Much can be learned about cooperation; and by having a mate whose strengths are our weaknesses, we can learn much by observation and discussion. Even if the couple’s opposing practical and ideal aspects are equally out of balance and their mentality is equal, the union as a whole is balanced.
If, however, the couple were to have similar balances and imbalances, they tend to support each others’ unbalanced tendencies, and there may be less opportunity available for growth within the relationship. Partners in less balanced relationships can compensate for the drawbacks by putting more conscious effort into changing and by looking outside the marriage for examples of balance. Also, it is unlikely that both partners will be equally off balance. Even if both are overly practical on the average, one is likely to have a more idealistic perspective in certain areas. By comparing and contrasting their views, partners in these relationships can help each other work toward greater balance.
Marriage Between Advanced Egos
There are two special types of marriages which result from a union of advanced Egos—the Diamond and the Virgin Marriage.
In the Diamond Marriage, two Initiates of the same soul mate group have formed a union. (A soul mate group consists of 13 Egos.) When two equilateral triangles are placed base to base, they form a diamond. Participating in a diamond marriage is a requirement for attaining Second Degree. However, it is only necessary the first time Second Degree is reached; it is not required for re-achieving Second Degree in later lifetimes. A Diamond Marriage is not a needy relationship, because each partner is exceptionally sane, balanced and emotionally mature.
A Virgin Marriage is a marriage between two Adepts. Jesus’ birth was referred to as a virgin birth due to the fact that both of his parents were Adepts. The symbol of the Virgin Marriage is two equilateral triangles, one placed upside down, overlapping each other. Partners in a Virgin Marriage may have little physical contact with each other. The union functions more as a team. It is interesting to note, however, that these individuals’ ability to love the world is highly advanced, and they are less dependent on others.
Balance Among the Brotherhoods
Christ and the twelve Masters comprise the Council of Thirteen, which established the Seven Lesser Brotherhoods to aid mankind in his lagging development. Each Brotherhood was organized around a particular personality type. In focusing on these various types, the Brotherhoods devised profound teachings, or Mysteries, pertinent to each Brotherhood. Their teachings would not only serve to strengthen the Mystery in its members, but would also serve to give the student a more balanced overall perspective.
Balance and the Virtues
How do we view balance within the Twelve Great Virtues? By focusing on a different Virtue each week, for instance, we are giving each an equal amount of attention and attempting to develop traits equally among them. However, if we find we are especially lacking in certain of the Virtues, we will do well to give extra time and effort to those Virtues with opposing characteristics to counterbalance our tendencies, thus creating a synergy of all Twelve.
It is important to keep in mind that even the Virtues may be taken to extreme, thus creating an imbalanced personality. Even they need the leaven of balance to help them remain positive. Extreme tolerance or forbearance, for instance, can become moral cowardice, used to justify the inability to form cogent opinions and recognize truth, or can be a cover-up to avoid having to relate to another honestly.
In order to create the superior culture we have been given the task of creating in Adelphi and the Nation of God, balance will necessarily be a primary focus. In Adelphi, we are learning the basics of how to create such an advanced culture by first focusing on balance within ourselves. It is a purpose of Adelphi to assist people in developing themselves so they may one day become Citizens of the Nation of God. These balanced individuals will be temperate people who are adept at using no more effort or force than needed to achieve what they wish. They will blend reason and faith and will be emotionally mature. These balanced Egos will be happy people who will be comfortable dreaming, planning and building; and they will seek harmonious accord with the natural forces of balance in the universe.
It is difficult in our present culture to imagine, let alone develop, an entire society of people who regularly exhibit these traits. But when everyone around us is working toward the same end, we will find that the support and understanding of our neighbors will go far in increasing the rate at which a healthy culture will develop. With everyone holding a balanced perspective in mind when dealing with their fellow Egos, people will feel safer and freer to live the Twelve Great Virtues and trust their fellow man.