This is the first in a series of occasional posts that will explore how the roots of Light Morning go back to the psychic readings we received in Virginia Beach in the early 1970s.
There were three kinds of readings. Personal readings were for individuals seeking to understand some of the challenges they were facing in their daily lives. Research readings addressed the many questions that arose while we were writing Season of Changes/Ways of Response. The work readings were for the small group of us who were directly involved in soliciting and receiving the guidance.
This series of posts will focus on several of the ALM Work Readings. They showed us where we were going, they clarified our purposes and ideals, and they helped us deal with the complexities of living and working together as a group. The following reading explains why the name Associations of the Light Morning had been offered to us during our first session.
Setting the Stage
It’s a June evening in 1973. The six of us who have gathered together in the bedroom of Tom and Tracy’s townhouse in Virginia Beach are all in our late 20’s and early 30’s. The lights are turned down low. There’s a palpable sense of expectancy in the room.
Tracy lies stretched out on the bed. She’s dressed in comfortable clothes and has a light blanket pulled up over her shoulders. I’m sitting in a chair by the head of the bed, clipboard in hand. Tom, Ron, Marlene, and Joyce are sitting quietly near by.
Ron is ready to press the Record button of the cassette tape player on the small table next to him. Marlene will transcribe the tape when the session’s over. Joyce is the correspondent for the group. Joyce and I have known Ron and Marlene for less than two weeks. It never occurs to any of us that a year from now the four of us will be homesteading an abandoned farm in the Blue Ridge mountains and will spend the rest of our lives together.
Feeling that the meditative stillness in the room has coalesced, I begin to speak.
You will have before you the inquiring minds, the present needs and purposes, and the potential applications of those individuals who are now — and who will later become — involved with the readings being given through this channel. If it be right, you will respond to the questions which have been submitted, concerning their work at the present time.
After a brief silence, Tracy responds to this invocation. Her voice is quiet as she speaks out of a self-induced state of deep relaxation and altered awareness.
Continue, she says.
Tracy is the channel for the inner guidance that all of us have been seeking. Several months ago she and Tom had started to experiment with hypnosis. Tracy was amenable to hypnotic suggestions and gradually learned to set her personal self mostly aside so that she could respond to questions. Tom and others had plenty of questions — about their relationships, their businesses, their dreams, and their spiritual journeys.
Now, at Tracy’s request, I have become her conductor: the one who guides the sessions and presents the questions. The word conductor carries many associations: to conduct a meeting; to conduct a symphony orchestra; to be the conductor on a train; to conduct electricity.
I have already prepared this evening’s question.
Elucidating a Name
Question: We are grateful for the name, Associations of the Light Morning, which was offered to us during the reading session of last Friday evening. If it be right, would you please discuss the significance of this name — how and why it was chosen to be offered to us — that we may grow into a deeper understanding and appreciation of its meaning, and of its implication concerning our past, present, and future purposes and opportunities as a group.
Response: It was given as an understanding description as to what this group might grow to offer, to be, in many respects. “Associations” pertaining to those that will come and go, and will gain from such a touching. Not so muchthose that would become a permanent part of such a group, but even those touching in their experience in the earth plane. That they might gain for themselves a better understanding, or a greater love and devotion for mankind and the purpose of man within the earth. That his soul might grow closer to the Creative Forces.
That these would pertain not only to those directly involved with the group, but all those that might become, in one form or another, attached in their various ways, coming and going. That it might be a more general association. That those that are outside of it, as such, would feel included, rather than excluded. That it would not be so exclusive, as that of a club connotation or such. But that all might feel who come to this, in one understanding or another, the kinship with such a vibration and understanding set up through such channels.
And for, then, the “Light Morning.” There will grow and is growing upon the earth in many forms — in individuals, in thoughts, in spiritual ideals, and through the earth itself — there is building darkness, in the form of ignorance, abuse, lack of love, understanding, compassion, cooperation: all those attributes which the Father would have in man.
For without these, he cannot come to the throne. He cannot even know the throne. It is through the understanding of these very attributes — how they come to be a part of man, how they come to be part of the living structure in the family of man, and how they come to be an expression, then, through the activities in this structure — it is these that will make the difference.
For the darkness is coming upon the earth now. For there are many who do not see, who do not hear, who do not heed, who feel threatened. For their very existence would hinge upon their attachment to things which do not sprout or have their root within the spiritual ideals. Which is the reality.
However, the realities made within the humans — within the minds, within the bodies, and manifesting in physical forms without the bodies — become to many so over-powering that these become the reality. Hereis the chance (in a form, in part) to bring about that change. To help restore the correct balance, from what is the [present] reality, to what [now only] seems to be such a reality.
Here, then, may come from the darkness a new beginning, a light dawn, a light morning. For from the morning comes the noon and the bright day. Only can these be born if there are the seeds, if there is the understanding, if there is the new form of approach, of ideals, of structure, of trying to perceive and enact within the structure of the physical and mental life, the spiritual ideals of the Father.
For these have been put forth, and the universe has been created upon such laws and ideals that center about love. And without a greater understanding and striving for the universality of such a concept, there cannot come again the oneness in creation of man to his Maker that there once has been. Again, there can be.
And with this there might come the beginning of a new dawn. When those who see the darkness might then open their eyes to the light. When those who are down-trodden might then reach up a helping hand to that which might seem real, when those things that seem real now begin to crumble and perish before their very eyes.
And with, then, the past associations that have been here, and with those of the future associations that will come: those that have gathered around this, that will gather around this, have in great part been involved with and shall be involved with the manner of teaching spirit, teaching spirituality, in a form of practical application that might begin to make sense to the man who has had little contact with such things in the past, in this present, or contacts with such spiritual concepts that cannot fulfill, then, the needs which he finds in and around him.
These, then, will be the fulfilling of such obligations and structures taken on. That those who have the ability to teach, those that have the ability to perceive and to put into action — at least in part, if not wholly — those things which may be received, then there might be the dawning light. Not only in self, but for those who might see also from their darkness, which becomes too heavy and has no answer, no lightness.
Therefore, those things which were given to indicate such scopes of work, of ideas, of ideals, of giving, of love, of understanding, of the practical application of spiritual concepts in new forms that have not been considered heretofore for generations. These, then, you see, would be the implications here for rebuilding those systems, those ideals, those structures, those patterns, which have served in the past, which must serve now, to bring about a new order in chaos. (ALM Reading #31-20)
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Next week’s post (here) will explore a few of the many questions raised by this reading.