Me and the Guru: Above it All - Grace! (Part 1)
I remember when I was studying Emerson while I was trying to become an English teacher, I wrote something in an
essay about the fact that we might not know where our paths might take us or even where they had already really
taken us, but if we could rise high enough and look down on the path, then we could know, of course.
The essay was actually about Emerson's philosophy of Transcendentalism, of course.
Every now and then I get to a point where I need a little elevation so I can see where I've been and which general
direction I now seem to be going. To that purpose, I took an online class in May through the Edgar Cayce's ARE e-Groups
program of Internet study that was based on a book by Lynn Sparrow and has to do with transcending karma and opening up to Grace.
I just a few minutes ago ran into the words I may have been looking for without knowing it, ever since I signed up for the class.
They were in the "goodbye" note written by Lynn Sparrow when the class was over and they were not actually her words,
but Michael Murphy's who had written a book she was reading currently as part of her daily spiritual practice each morning
and were in: "Grace as a mark of Evolutionary Transcendence" from his book "The Future of The Body."
It flashed into my mind immediately that Spiritualism doesn't seem to have a place in it for things like Grace.
Then immediately I thought about the mystery of the Spiritualist services I've attended over a 40-year period.
Spiritualism was the genesis of the modern spirit communication movement.
I thought of how the words spoken to us in Spiritualist services by mediums, especially when they bring evidence of life
after death, seem to transcend the now and the norm but Spiritualists would insist that they happen according to the
Laws of Nature. For them nothing in this universe happens except through Natural Law.
The other words that were in Lynn Sparrow's goodbye note that were from Murphy had to do with the fact that things
do rise out of nothing without warning sometimes and seemingly lift us to greater heights, going beyond evolutionary
scope and creating out of apparently whole cloth the person we are now going to become.
I think that even when we are unaware of it, our lives rise up from a foundation of Grace, whether we
are Buddhist, Spiritualist, Hindu, or Christian or "whatever flavor" you may prefer.
God belongs to us all and is in us all and, and even when our Creator acts miraculously, in fact, he is still always
acting out of law, for Edgar Cayce's readings said that both karma and grace were universal laws.
Now I don't know what Spiritualists might think of this, but God is the Law, if only because He is Infinite, isn't He?
Karma is largely from the past, although it's in the present too because we're always whipping up a little
bit for the future, whatever else we may think we're doing at any given moment.
It's good to know that grace is a law too, and to know that it's something we don't have to work to create because
we can't create it, not purposely, anyway. Itcomes unbidden, seemingly. Although in the Murphy quote there were words
to the effect that we could certainly follow a path that was likely to create such a "miracle" (Spiritualists don't use that
term because for them everything that happens is through Law, not by miracles). Grace is a gift we have to open
ourselves up to, it is always there in abundance and we merely need to know that and start letting it in.
This makes me feel that Dr. David Hawkins (author of "Power Versus Force") was right when he said that a loving
thought is many times stronger than a negative thought so negative karma will release its grip on us when we simply know
that love, which is what I think Grace is most akin to, can snatch us all from the terrible grip of karma, but only if we have
evolved enough to become aware of its existence. Karma then is of course the means by which we are pulled
back into God's loving arms when we are going the wrong way, against the stream of Grace.
It seems to me that this flies in the face of the idea that many Spiritualists have that they can't be followers
of Christianity because they believe that the idea of Vicarious Atonement is central to Christianity
and that each of us must atone for his own sins.
I admit I have looked first one way and then the other at the idea that karma could be overridden by Christ sacrificing
his life on the Cross, because I wasbrought up in Christianity. I've decided I will just have to conclude that Jesus' life
epitomizes the Law of Grace, that he knew that was what would save Him and all of us and I'll just assume that
Spiritualists would perhaps change their minds about the whole thing if they knew this, too.
Lest I seem too uncharacteristically serious in this space, I admit that somehow these thoughts were kind of overlaid
with me singing the words to "Makin' Whoopee" as I brushed my teeth, threw out my apple
core in the kitchen and got ready to write this and go to bed.
But I could make a case for "Makin' Whoopee" being an example of Grace, I think. All songs are examples of grace,
don't you think?-they seem to come literally from nowhere and suddenly our inner (spirit) ears can hear them. We don't
have to work to make that happen-I used to get new tunes for songs just walking through the Shubert Theatre to go on
a bathroom break when I was writing a lot of songs for Religious Science church services that I sang and played for.
Which reminds me of the grace I received when I was six and heard songs no one else could hear, just as if they
were being played in the car with me, only the radio wasn't on. I hadn't yet studied music
although Iwould about three years from then.
And now, after all that, with God's perfect timing, I hear in my head (?!) these
wise words of George Burns: "Say goodnight, Gracie!"
George Burns became real to me for the first time when his assistant invited a group of actors that
included me to Tom Clapp's memorial service many years ago.
Tom Clapp was a good actor and director who worked as a director for the Los Feliz Performing Arts
Center in Los Feliz before it burned to the ground. Tom's friend invited me and other actors Tom
Clapp had worked with, to Tom's memorial years ago.
Thereby, George Burns became more real to me through his assistant's friend's death because he was there, too.
Lots of people, of courses, have become more real to me in death than in life, because I chat with them there at
times. But not George Burns who hasn't uttered a peep to me so far since his death!
Because now I hear in my head again these wise words: "Say goodnight, Gracie!"
So I will-"Goodnight Gracie,"- followed by what Durante always said as he closed
his show, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!."
Love yourselves, you are vast!
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