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The Seven Purposes by Margaret Cameron 1867 - 1947

 

IV

 

"WHAT place have the unfit on your plane?" we asked Mary K., at the conclusion of the sixth Lesson.

 

"No place. They are errors of development, and have a long struggle ahead before they can reach the degree of development that should have been theirs in your life. They are fusions of weak purposes, and should not be permitted to hold back the strong and the fit. Development will come to them slowly, at best, but more quickly here than there."

 

"In the present stage of our development, is there a sufficient incentive to progress, without hope of material gain or personal improvement?"

 

"Any material gain that is for the constructive purpose is a force for light and progress in the larger sense. Material gain is deterrent only when purpose is its price. Personal ambition is an incentive always. When it is for personal gain, at any price, it is deterrent. When it is ambition to serve a great purpose


 

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worthily, it becomes a constructive force, to which material gain adds only more constructive force."

 

"Have you all history spread out before you? Or are you taught after you get there?"

 

"We have a grasp of results, not easily understood in your life. It is like seeing a landscape from a high and distant hill. The salient features are easily distinguished."

 

"Are these messages for all people? Or only for civilized people? Do they come from Christians on your plane?"

 

"This is a message to the civilized world…. Jew or Gentile, Christian or agnostic, all men are brothers in the larger sense. Uncivilized little brothers will grow, or come to this freer plane to join their larger purposes."

 

"Then from whom do these Lessons come?"

 

"From great constructive purposes. There is no sect or creed, color or prejudice, here."

 

Saturday, April 6th, Mrs. Bruce came again to talk to her husband, and he thanked her for a public gift which she had just made in his name, promising such co-operation in the work it promoted as could be given from his plane. She said that she had felt suddenly impelled to make this contribution, and had acted at once upon the impulse.

 

You all feel impelled to work with us as


 

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soon as you realize we are here near you," he told her, "and the things we can do together are as yet undreamed in your life."

 

She spoke of his former interest in the arts, which he said he had left behind as "material manifestations." Discussing the relation of artistic expression to constructive purpose, he said: "Art, when it is a real interpretation of life, is a high and noble thing, but the art that is merely self-expression is a disintegrating force. Too much of it is that now."

 

At that time, she had read none of the Lessons, and he told her of the seven purposes of construction, continuing: "To purpose of any nature only similar purpose calls, and when the call is heard there is no choice but to answer. No choice after the call has been admitted to consciousness. It may be shut out and denied, but once listened to, whether for construction or for destruction, the answer is bound to come. That is why we so insistently urge the discovery of purpose and the beauty of construction. Character, as you understand it, results from the purposes admitted to consciousness. Not always recognized, but always let in."

 

He had some difficulty in getting one word written, and she spoke of his erasures of wrong starts as extraordinary and unusual.


 

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"Not a bit unusual, if you think how often the words of your languages fail as convincing and accurate symbols. You often correct them yourselves. A translation may be made in any of several ways, depending on the reactions of the translator to certain symbols. So, when Margaret reacts freely, we let it stand. When she fails, wholly or in part, we correct it."

 

In view of later statements concerning the force used in these manifestations, I assume this to mean, not that I make the translation mentioned, but that certain symbols used in translation are sometimes difficult to convey through me. Frequently other words have been substituted for those originally begun, when there was trouble in writing them. Another explanation of these occasional difficulties of transmission was suggested afterward, first by Frederick and later more explicitly by Mary Kendal.

 

"Do you see us visibly?" Mrs. Bruce asked.

 

"Yes, of course. We see all you do, and more. We see motives, where you see appearance."

 

[Long afterward (May 26th), Mr. Kendal asked Anne Lowe whether she could see sunsets, and she replied: "No, but we see their equivalent in dawn of purpose."

 

[She had previously expressed approval of a


 

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room, which had been arranged with great care for one dear to her, and he asked whether she saw its physical details, or only its effects upon the minds of persons entering it, to which her answer was: "We never see material things. We see their significance."

 

[Similarly, Mary K. said (May 31st), "We read your thought frequently, and always perceive motive, intention, and the mental and spiritual significance of your reactions to material things, in themselves unimportant. So we say we see the thing itself, because we perceive its essential significance."]

 

Mrs. Bruce said her daughter wanted to know whether dogs continue to exist after life here, feeling that they must.

 

"They do not come as animals, exactly. But there is no manifestation of force that is not purpose, and purposes are united and gather here, in ways not possible for you to understand, in the progress toward the great purpose." Ten days later, Frederick stated this more explicitly.

 

After a pause, Mr. Bruce said: "We are so full of our fine but tremendous task here, at this great moment of crisis, that I'm afraid I'm not very entertaining. We talk shop to you, because that is the reason we can come so freely now."


 

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"You refer to the great crisis?" she asked. "Not to our present crisis here?"

 

"Germany is bereft of all purpose. Purposes of destruction have left her. She has one sole, frantic force remaining—fear. After that, destruction, long followed, will turn and rend her, and fear will be lost in despair."

 

"Aren't there some good Germans?" she suggested, adding that their daughter thought it unfair to condemn a whole people for the sins of some of them.

 

"Many good Germans have admitted to consciousness the call of destructive purposes, and have for the moment joined forces against us. For many years this preparation has been going on. No German who has ever admitted the forces of disintegration is quite free from them now. There were some officers who took their own lives and faced the consequences, rather than join forces with the dominant purpose of their people. No person can live in Germany now who is not party to disintegration. No German lives in the world, who still calls himself German, who is not party to disintegration."

 

"You say they have 'joined forces against us for the moment,'" I mentioned.

 

"Some of them will see light, and build forcefully for true progress. Some of them will


 

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destroy while they live. Some will be for years deterrent, and the end is impossible to foresee."

 

A day or two after this, when I was alone, I asked Mary K. what Mr. Bruce meant by saying that once the call of purpose is admitted to consciousness, there is no choice but to answer.

 

"He meant that your personal struggle is only with the purposes admitted to consciousness. All forces are constantly trying to reach you, to enlist you for the great struggle. Once admitted to your consciousness., you have no choice but to answer, and the struggle between opposing forces is fought with your help. Many waver between the two, now lending aid to this one, now to that. A few choose instantly; some to progress, some to delay, some to build, some to destroy. This is what men call character."

 

"He said also that no German who has ever admitted to consciousness the forces of disintegration is quite free from them now. Why?"

 

"Because there is in your life, as here, a group loyalty. But whereas here we are grouped by purpose, there you are grouped largely by geographical location. And any German who justified this war in the beginning


 

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is party to disintegration to some extent still. His group loyalty holds him, though his purpose protest. That will be the final test. Purpose, or finite loyalty to finite group."

 

One or two interesting statements were made, about this time, during an interview with the widow of a well-known New York surgeon.

 

"Your husband's work is healing still," Mary K. told her. After enumerating the constructive purposes, she continued: "Healing was always his purpose, and he follows it still, with all his great force. He has a freer field here, and fulfils his purpose fully. That is the reason he is unable to be here to-day. The Germans are liberating many bewildered and fear-stricken souls, and all our great healers are held by their need."

 

When we spoke of ways of finding happiness she said: "Who fears the purpose he should serve with force destroys it. Fear not. Find it, serve it, and happiness of a positive kind will find you…. Your force is scattered among many latent purposes. Find the dominant call of Progress to your soul, and follow that, leaving the rest behind."

 

Again, a day or two later, the present preoccupation of healers on the next plane was mentioned, when I asked Mary K. whether a


 

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certain woman would come at a given time to meet friends who had asked for her.

 

"She may. I shall try to have her here," she said. "Her work is healing, and all our healers are working constantly…. She was an artist with you, and somewhat deterrent. She has found a new purpose."

 

The day before the last Lessons were given, Maynard Holt, explaining to a friend the seven purposes, said: "Every human being who is for progress and construction serves one or more of these purposes. It is by them that what you know as human force is ultimately grouped for eternal advance. Our effort now is to unite all forces for Progress in conscious co-operation." After speaking of Germany's unity of purpose, he went on: "She is, and has been for years, the center of forces and purposes of disintegration in your life. She is, in theological parlance, the ally of his Satanic Majesty. We have learned here that there is no evil, per se. There is only purpose, constructive or destructive…. But the forces of disintegration are gathering for a battle of wits and morals, and we are emulating Germany in just one thing…. We are preparing. We want you to wake up and realize what is going on. We want every one of you to find and recognize not only your own purpose, but


 

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the other fellow's. Find out who is for progress, and who merely camouflages disintegration. Conscious co-operation of constructive purpose is warranted to beat the devil. He can't defeat it, nor yet delay it. (O) That is what it means to all of us…. Come on in. The water's fine!"

 

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