Revelation … has it stopped?
When someone speaks in a Quaker meeting, we don’t debate or discuss. We quietly ponder … each in the privacy of the heart … what we feel the ministry is saying to us. Sometimes after the meeting we discuss what happened in the meeting and are surprised when the gift we’ve received is different from what was in the mind of the one giving it.
Writing this article feels like speaking in a Quaker meeting. I’m not raising a topic for discussion and debate. It feels like a ministry, a heart-felt sharing of something I know to be true … for me … and am experiencing a strong pull to share. I’ve no idea how it will be received, but trust that those who are ready will be helped by it find something they’re ready in their own way to receive.
What I’m saying comes down to the thought that divine revelation didn’t end with The Bible and QF&P. Why would it? Revelation never stops. Of course, we can stop ourselves from receiving it, but there’s an unending stream of communication right up to the present bringing newly revealed Truth to those who are ready to receive it in language they’re able to understand. In this article I want to introduce just two current books of new revelation … they’re the ones exciting me most right now:
The first is A Course of Love … ACOL, for short.
ACOL was first published in full 2014. I came to it a year later. I bought it at Amazon.co.uk. The website: www.acourseoflove.org provides a great deal of information about it, as well as making the first 24 chapters available free.
ACOL is a “channelled” work. When I first encountered the idea of channelled books I was highly sceptical. “You can’t be serious! Ghosts dictating thoughts telepathically into the minds of zombie typists!” The voice dictating the text claims to be Jesus himself. “Pull the other one”, my critical mind responded.
The name of the writer is Mari Perron, an American. She describes herself not as the author but as the “first receiver”. I’ve corresponded with her and had Skype conversations with her. It’s like talking to a very loving and very close friend. When I began to read her book I was astonished, and came to see channelling in a different light. It seemed to be coming from a mind I already know and that knows me. In some mysterious way I’ve come to recognise it as my own voice, and its Truth as my own Truth. It throws astonishing new light on the life and teachings of Jesus and on what it means to live in “the way” of Jesus. What began to dawn on me is that though we’re each unique and different, nevertheless we’re all connected, all part of one mind … including Jesus. In some mysterious way, by being part of one mind, we’re our self the author of all books of Truth. That’s why reading them feels like coming home. Very deep down it’s our own Truth we’re recognising and being reminded of.
Don’t get me wrong … I don’t actually think of myself as Christian. Though the mind/voice from which the revelation comes calls itself, “Jesus”, the message is somehow way beyond Christian. Labels are redundant. You don’t need to “believe” in Jesus, or in Christian theology, or any other theology, to recognise it as the voice of universal Truth … as well as your own very personal Truth.
The book says it deliberately speaks to the heart, rather than to the thinking mind. I was about to encourage you to suspend critical judgement and read it with the heart, but on second thoughts … all it needs is a half-receptive mind and it’ll do the rest … “a little willingness” is sufficient.
In the USA this book already has a significant and rapidly growing following. Few people in the UK have yet discovered it. But it’s early days.
Here’s the very first paragraph:
“This course was written for the mind – but only to move the mind to appeal to the heart. To move it to listen. To move it to accept confusion. To move it to cease its resistance to mystery, its quest for answers, and to shift its focus to the truth and away from what can be learned only by the mind.”
The second book that’s moving me forward right now is Right Use of Will: Healing and Evolving the Emotional Body. It’s another channelled work. The writer is Ceanne DeRohan. It was first published in 1984 by Four Wind Publications, and is also available from Amazon.co.uk. This one claims to be “God’s” voice. Your scepticism and caution is understandable and okay … but instead of dismissing it out of hand, why not keep a half-open mind, live a little adventurously … and see if you can feel the Truth in it for yourself.
What these two books reveal is, to me, pretty similar, even though their language is different. To me they complement each other, and are part of a significant shift in human consciousness going on right now across the planet in how we access the divine within ourselves. Not only do we urgently need to participate in this shift if we want to find our real selves as human beings, but also the planet urgently needs us to participate in it.
Here’s an extract. It’s saying that as far as revelation goes, Truth keeps moving … and we ain’t seen nothing yet:
“I am much more than what has been received on Earth so far. I am a living and evolving God. Belief systems reflect the ability to open and receive Me at the time they have been adopted. My Word has always been right for the time, place and situation of those receiving it …
As consciousness grows and expands, I can give more understanding. There is not a limit to this process …
As consciousness expands, more forms of truth, and deeper forms of truth, can be recognised.
The judgement that I am the same now as I was long ago and that I have nothing more to teach people than what was revealed long ago, are two of the judgements tied into the core of what has taken the spiral of evolution on Earth into the circular patterns of repetition.”
I cannot, having finally discovered it, conceive of life without a continuous movement of spiritual revelation. It moves as I move. As I become ready for more, more comes. That’s surely the nature of creation. Life isn’t static … it moves and evolves.
For me the revelations in these two books are exciting, astonishing, and highly practical. I keep saying, “for me”, because I accept we’re all different. I guess it depends on whether our responses to new ways of seeing and relating arise from the acquired sceptical and judgmental habits of the thinking mind, or from the more open and unjudging receptivity of a feeling heart. I find the heart draws me irresistibly to the new.
Newly revealed Truth resonates for me in a spine-tingling way. As I receive it and allow it to sink in, the heart seems to be physically expanding, the muscles of the face relax, the false smile disappears as the mask of pretence slips away. Tears are often close. Sometimes it brings a deep sense of peace …
… and then day-to-day stuff happens, the restless problem-solving mind kicks in and distracts me … I sink beneath the waves of daily life into a state of unawareness, forgetting for a while who I really am.
Revealed Truth has little to do with the thinking mind. The kind of Truth I’m talking about is neither factual nor theoretical. It’s a timeless kind of knowing deep in one’s bones. It feels like coming home, rediscovering something we love and are already strangely familiar with, reconnecting with who I am, who you are, who we all are, what it means to be in relationship. Its spirit is tenderness, an embrace, a oneness in which differences and divisions evaporate.
Whatever way we’ve learned to think of the divine, whether as a huge father figure spirit somewhere out there … or as an ocean of consciousness in which we are tiny but unique and precious drops … it must be in the nature of both the divine and us that both of us want to be known and felt by each other.
But neither of the two metaphors used in the previous paragraph are Truth. They’re just mental models or concepts … familiar handles to help our little minds think we understand. Many people are still attached to the first metaphor. Some have moved or are moving to the second. And there’ll surely be other metaphors as the words we use … the ideas we can understand … the way we think … human consciousness … evolves and changes. Of course the way the divine speaks to us will change and evolve too … always speaking to us in our own terms, the terms our minds can understand … because after all, as I mentioned earlier, whatever we mean by the word “divine”, it must be in the nature of the intimate relationship between the divine and ourselves that both of us want to be known and felt by each other. How can this not be so?
Phil Gould, December 2016.
At the time of writing, Phil Gould was a Member of Folkestone Meeting.