The Soul of Government
In a sense, the words soul and government can seem like they are from two different worlds. Yet we know that every existence has three aspects: a purpose, an intelligent manifestation of that purpose, and the relation between the two. The soul of government then is the evolving relationship of the purpose of government and its intelligent manifestation.
Could the lack of easy relation between these two concepts be getting to the root of the seemingly never ending dysfunction in government? Could it be that we are trying to involve ourselves in the intelligent manifestation of government without a strong sense of purpose, not to mention common purpose, or even a concerted effort of the people to relate to purpose? In that light, could it be that our governments are to a degree soulless?
In an attempt to better understand the soul of government, we can put ourselves, at least temporarily, in that relationship, and begin to meditate on the purpose of government. Not to limit or define the purpose, here are a few seed thoughts along that line:
- As the First Aspect manifesting through humanity, one purpose might be to relate to, to mirror, and bring to life the Greater Purpose.
- Another might be to act as a purposeful, conscious framework for the whole, where all parts exist in a grand synthesis.
- A third might be the function and form of governance itself, i.e., inspiring, coordinating, and organizing the manifestation to ever better embody the Greater Purpose.
There are probably many more and your insights are most welcome. In one sense this is a group effort to invoke a greater understanding of the Greater Purpose and the more specific purpose of government.
We are limited and we know it; those of us working in brains have fairly limited access to the Greater Purpose in its fullness. There is a whole planetary center (Shamballa) devoted to it, one that reveals more of this Purpose to humanity as it proves itself ready. What we have proven ourselves ready for reveals at least a portion of this Purpose, and that has to do with Light.
This planet has a thing for light. Like other planets with magnetic fields in the solar wind, we produce the light of the polar aurorae. Unlike other planets, a whole kingdom in nature photosynthesizes light from the nearest star to convert the atmosphere and general chemistry of the planet into something unlike any other planet. The light of many huge fires is constantly visible from satellites. Many plants and animals actually emit visible light; and as near as we can tell, no other planet turns on the lights at night.
Besides creating that electrical light phenomena, humans have taken light to ever higher levels: the light of knowledge and the light of understanding. We share the light of knowledge with the sensate lower kingdoms, but of course humanity has expanded it into the ever larger and smaller, ever more distant and closer worlds. We share the light of understanding with the higher kingdoms; this is the light that reveals the meaning at the heart of knowledge and its relationship with the Greater Purpose. This in a way is the human correspondence to photosynthesis. Using a much more subtle light, humans “photosynthesize” intuitions and inspirations into thoughts, feelings, actions, things and events. Humanity is thus an agent of planetary change.
We humans are expanding our knowledge, understanding, and divine reason at an exponential rate. How long before government realizes that this is the purpose for which this planet and its light bearer, humanity, incarnated? What kind of world would we have if government held at its core the purpose of culturing light to life on every level?
Government could then inspire humanity to focus on this core purpose. Its attention could be directed into the culturing of light in all its forms, but initially and most importantly into the culturing of human consciousness. The trend is most definitely in this direction anyway. Language, writing, schools, universal education, all forms of art and literature, research, and lately universally available networks of knowledge and communication show the outlines of the pathways of light that humanity is creating.
Using this essential purpose as a framework, government could culture its own soul. It could culture an evolving, living relationship with the Greater Purpose. This purpose is related to the rest of the kingdoms, higher and lower, and with the other planets, the Solar Life, and beyond. Our expanding relationship with the Greater Purpose frees us into existence undreamed of as yet.
Freedom, then, is another theme woven throughout the Greater Purpose. From one standpoint, freedom and government can seem to be opposites of each other, but that is mostly because of the limitations through which we view them. Those limitations are essentially our identifications with the very forms through which we manifest. The potential of government is in one sense the intelligent, loving orchestration of form to better manifest the purpose. If we take ourselves to be the form, while our hearts beat the drum of freedom, we find ourselves in that constant paradox of seeking freedom as the limitation. In confusing ourselves as form, we take freedom to be that license to do whatever we want, whatever we will. Of course the form has no such license, it is rightly subject to the law of karma (not to mention gravity, inertia, etc.) Identified as the form, we learn this lesson, not once, but in all its variations.
The freedom we seek is ultimately the freedom from identification as our manifestations. That identification constitutes the prison of our own making, and it is through light that we gain freedom. Light is the spirit of matter. Light is matter set free. The light of understanding can open our eyes to our soular and our material identities. Culturing light, the soul of government can hold this torch of freedom for all to see, and can help to resolve that paradox of freedom and the control of form.
We can understand this freedom better if we seek to know the freedom that the soul seeks. It does not seek freedom from limitation. It seeks the freedom of relationship, to freely relate purpose with its manifestation, to freely design and qualify that manifestation to ever more perfectly actualize the purpose. From the human standpoint that means the freedom of human relations in a new light: relation to the purpose, the planetary centers, each other, and the rest of manifestation.
The problematic issue of equality is also resolved through the culture of light. Are all humans equal? Again, if we take ourselves to be the forms through which we manifest, the answer is, no; as forms we are different and we are hierarchical. As forms, we take on the illusions of separation, lack, and fear; and in that framework we pit ourselves one against another; we compete for resources, safety, favor, power, and seemingly, life itself.
From that illusory mindset, the governments we create are competitive. As an agent of competition, no government can be the government for all of its constituents. Within the coalitions, there is always the constituency that competes for the existent governmental power, apparently owned by another constituency. Whether it is a rebel group or an opposing party, some group feels left out, its voice unheard. In retaliation, the opposition seeks to undermine any action of the government. Opposition and competition keep government from fully serving any purpose it might hold. If government were a ship, we simultaneously spin the props and throw out the anchor; we live at odds with ourselves.
Governments of the form-identified become brokerages for the powerful, very often pushing aside the powerless, making them irrelevant. Money and influence purchase a government favorable to the few. We sacrifice our need for liberty to such a government, only because it promises to be better than the tyranny of the chaos we would face without it. Competitive government attempts to conceal its true nature, lest the competition becomes open, honest, and fair.
As the light of understanding shines on our essential nature, we find that we are not equal even in the evolution of consciousness. Consciousness shows itself in progression, and it is evident that we are not all at the same point in the progression. Long ago, some have moved through the approximate stage many of us find ourselves in now, while others are not yet ready for that stage. Look closely enough and we find that each is at a unique point of development.
If we are not equal in form or consciousness, from where do we hold the ideal of equality so dear? Equality calls us from the realm of origin and value. As essential, integral parts of the whole, each point in the evolution of consciousness, as evidenced by the quality of the form through which it manifests, is equal in value to any other. Without even a single part, the whole could not be the whole.
The soul of government helps us hear this divine call through the unremitting assertion of e pluribus unum, from the many, one. The more we each fulfill our unique potentials, the more our union fulfills its purpose. The soul of government asserts that the unique set of qualities that compose our individualities spring from a common, divine root, and that each of us is evidence of, and participates equally in ultimately bringing that universal purpose to life.
In one sense we supersede equality. We are not separate, equal individuals; we are something much more coherent: a diversity orchestrated and inspired by a higher purpose, each diverse point of equal value to the whole. It is in this coherency of value that the soul of government includes every constituent. It is in the light of this essential synthesis that we can stand in massed intent.
In this light we see government from the inside of us out, rather than being governed from the outside. In this light, we know with fresh eyes and hearts that we, each and every one of us, are the government. We see with fresh eyes that we do not govern each other, but rather, together we govern the worlds of form. In this light, humanity, in the synthesis of the three great planetary centers, can fulfill its destiny: to become the intelligent, loving actualization of the Divine Government of this planet.
Finally, through this culturing of light, that longed for state of the human family who knows it is truly a family divine, flows naturally into existence. Each of us, from our unique point in the evolution of consciousness, realizes that we constitute that family, that we are here for each other because, at the root, we are each other.
In the culturing of light, the soul of government can help the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity become living truths.