Dr. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London - His words are more than words. His understanding is more than learning. His learning experience is with a focus. A gentleman with seemingly a theatrical voice and yet, if you listen carefully, this is a Man with strength, passion and determination.
There is skill to command - without domination. To guide without force, to deliver without overwhelming. Opening people's minds up to share what is happening, what could happen and remind people that there is consequence for spiritually blind people leading the blind, or people who are part of a system that keeps people down and spiritually malnourished.
Richard was 'tempted', while in Athens, home of the Acropolis, once a seat of God's government on earth. He said he was the Priest of Athena. Love it. My mother was born in Athens, Athena would have loved this gentleman so much. Intelligence, eloquence; with spiritual understanding.
There is a spiritual battle taking place and concern is people being taken away from the truth. Our spiritual entitlement can be lost when 'state religions' decide their own rules. And when preachers and minsters are not guided by the Holy Spirit of Truth, people lose out.
Recently over this last year I have felt the urge to promote tree planting, particularly trees that plant to grow fruits. We might not see the fruits in abundance for years, however future generations will. In we plant the trees with intention today, future generations will have free food. So to discover this video named Tree of Life - it was meant to be and timely.
Athena gave the gift of the olive tree. This is a tree that can take years to grow fruit and yet, the Olive Tree has been growing for thousands of years. It was on the Mount of Olives that Jesus Christ would go for solitude and prayer to show that he had a connection with Athena.
Quoting some of the text here that is relevant for now.
"In the book of the Wisdom of Solomon, it says 'Wisdom the fruit of the tree of life renews all things in every generation. She passes into Holy souls and makes them friends of God and Prophets. "
"We struggle to relate our partial knowledge, to what is needed to shape and ensure the flourishing of whole persons. There is also tension with the common good and longer term perspectives."
"The tree that unites only levels of experience, stands as an encouragement and a symbol which can lead us along this way. In particular because we need a community of insight as we face environmental and health challenges. Our generation is characterised by behavior, which seems to suggest a certain lack of awareness, a lack of recognition, which causes us to waste the beauty of the world.
The modern project of growth without limits with no end in view beyond the process itself arises from a particular way of seeing and thinking which had its origins in western Christian Europe."
"In the Book of Revelation we encounter the Tree in the midst of the City, whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. Revelation Chapter 22. There was the tree of life which bear 12 manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
Wisdom the fruit of the tree of life becons us beyond dogmatism and delusive clarity, whether in religion or science, and involves the cultivation of the beginners mind, which is not naivety, which lies on the other side of mastery in any particular field of study. Silence, stillness and expectant attention to the unexpected - broadens our perspective and deepens our awareness. They take us beyond the surface self, the mental ego level; through the dark continent within, with its cravings and fears to the spiritual heart located, by the Hebrews in the vitals.
And if more and more we act and speak and think from this center, we grow in sanity and poise and can learn to love without distortions. The spirit draws us to a breath of heart and mind, a sense of the beyond, that is restorative and creative.
In his celebrated essay on 'The Puppet Theatre' The German poet reflects on the possibility that we might be able to transcend the crippling effects of excessive self consciousness, through a form of heightened consciousness. Grace it says in his essay, appears purest in that human form, which either has no consciousness - some primordial innocence, or an infinate one, that is in a puppet or in a God. Therefore I said somewhat bewildered, we would have to eat again from the tree of knowledge in order to return to the state of innocence. 'Quite right he answered'. And that's the last chapter in the history of the world.
We've moved from an industrial, to a knowledge based economy. The next chapter if there is to be a chapter will be a shift to a wisdom economy, in which we should be able to judge wisely how to use the great powers that the knowledge of the 20th century has entrusted to us.
Wisdom the fruit of the tree of life, is a way of being in the world, aware of the deep structure of life, Respectful of other beings, taking life not for granted, but with thanksgiving to its author. And with such awareness , it is possible to put knowledge in its proper context and apply it to benificent ends. This transforming awareness is symbolised in the Bible by anointing.
Christ of course is the anointed one - Christos in Greek means anointed, one who possess the fullness and Wisdom of God and is in the world to open up the way to paradise regained.
But, and this is where we come to another variation of the tree theme, in the Judeo- Christian narrative. As St. Paul says "This strange wisdom, which involves entering into the second innocence by self giving and the embrace of suffering and death - this is the way to life and all its fullness......
When the truth is silenced the truth will get louder.
This gentleman has a greater purpose and sometimes the paths that are taken in life, are stepping stones to something else. The spiritual path is not an easy road because in our journey, is full of challenges, obstacles and opposition. As we become sensitive and open our heart, we must attune our mind to thee points of clarity, to give - to share and deliver, receive - inspiration and guidance, and be precise in our questions, to gain the right answers and/or to be guided in life.
We live in a time when people fill their mind with rubbish and spill out words without any thought, care or responsibility for the impact on other people. There is a saying 'sticks and stones will break our bones and yet words will never hurt' - this is a lie. The time that words stop hurting is when we can look at a person and see 'they know not what they do' - said by Jesus
Richard Chartres has learned and gained a perception of life and people, that comes with having done the deep work of soul searching within. Integrity has been lost in it's true meaning and yet, to deliver a message with meaning and with integrity from the heart, is reaching other peoples hearts too. This lecture is one that I was guided to find, from a few months ago.
People who have been raised in a class structure, either believing they are more superior, or they are inferior have been conditioned to a false belief foundation that prevents 'their' progress. The problem comes when both contribute to bring the world to a standstill with their limited thinking. People are divinely guided to serve to enable humanity to progress.
It takes courage to let go of the mask. Unless we can be true to our own self we can never be true with other people. Unless we are true to ourself, we can never know God.
Some time ago, I wrote of people who are family are connected genetically. Sincere servants of God are spiritually connected and so there is a growing wave of people who are inspiring and being inspired, being bold and speaking out. Make sure you listen to the right teachers. Richard is far more knowledgeable than I am and will ever be. He also brings from diverse teachings the relevant understanding to the discussion, as he has shown above so eloquently.
A conscious and conscientious heart and mind, that is focused on learning, growing, doing right by other people 'whoever they are' and serving in the right way is rarely found today. Sometimes it is necessary to confront wrongs and errors of ways, the ways that if people err will be catastrophic further down the line. War is of course a great concern with people who are planning and commanding war - perhaps peace is not possible for people who do not seek peace within.
Richard Chartres, Bishop of London attended the Christening of Baby George, with the Queen and her family. Wearing his breastplate with Christ and this was validating. The secret holders William and Kate Trust, including the couple, are reminded that Christ Sees and Knows Everything.
Thank you Richard....You are NOW Really Serving Christ in the most important work. Richard was not elected to be Archbishop of Canterbury because God had a GREATER PLAN FOR HIM!
If you listen to the speech that Richard Chartres delivered on William and Kate's wedding, I had the impression that much of what he said went over their head. Of course, I might be wrong.
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire - so said St. Catherine of Sienna whose festival it is today"....(This applies to everyone). Catherine on that day was wearing a halo tiara .....Richard continues to deliver a powerful message. He warns against coercion.
In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding, with the bride and groom being king and queen making a new life together. Two souls brought together by God, this is so. Richard delivers with smiles, and there is no one who would not wish any couple love and happiness in their future together. Would Kate have been interested in William if he had no wealth and title.
Looking at William's face - he is a man...his innocence is gone. These children have now got the learning as we all have, to show our sincerity to Christ so they might enter the Kingdom heaven. It is not automatic through baptism as some people are teaching and believe.
Richard is who he is...He shines. His voice is his wealth.
Whenever there is something important to write, my computer is causing delays are with being slowed down. Still, in some way the truth will be revealed. Truth cannot be silenced forever.
Peace love and best wishes
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