MULTIDIMENSIONAL LIVING, practical metaphysics
FIRST THOUGHTS on the NYC World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11/01
We have been in contact with people from around the world in these past few days since the September 11th destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. One asked the following:
What is the official word from SOM on the attack on the WTC in New York?
The School of Metaphysics does not a have an official position. What we can offer is the insight, perspective, and wizened experience of people from many walks of life who practice using what they have learned at SOM about the mind and how and why it functions. The ideal of SOM is to aid any individual to become a whole Self to assist in the bringing into fruition intuitive, Spiritual Man.
We offer the following transcript of Dr. Barbara Condrons College of Metaphysics class in Mastering Consciousness. The people present range in age from 20 to 56. They have studied from one to 25 years. What they have in common is a desire to know themselves and all of creation and a willingness to manifest that desire consciously for the good of all. We offer their thoughts on the second morning after the World Trade Center collapse in the hope that they might stimulate, harmonize, and empower your own enlightenment concerning this event that has sent shock waves throughout our world.
September 13, 2001 7 a.m. CT
Dr. Barbara Condron: (Teacher, counselor, advisor at College of Metaphysics. director of international education, author, degree in journalism from MU, wife, mother of 6 year old) Weve been talking about this each time we gather for meals. Shall we talk about where we are now? How we receive what the world brings to us, what we do with it, is the essence of what we teach in the School of Metaphysics. It is the truth of living what we believe. As we talked about yesterday, the transcendent lesson is not one in fear, as is being talked about freely in the media. Fear is not a cause, rather it is an effect of belief. What we have been experiencing since the Gulf War is a series of shocks from mass loss of lives, here and broad. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Columbine, all right here in our the homeland we call the United States of America have shaken peoples beliefs, ultimately in a good way. We need to explore this, for ourselves to be whole, and for others so we may interact with, minister to, every one we meet.
I heard a news snippet that a mother told her child something good will come from this. This is a sentiment more believe today in this country than a decade ago. In order for this to be so, in order for that belief to become a knowing for each of us, we must learn the lesson it is providing us. So lets begin there. With the lesson. What are we learning?
Paul Blosser (Chicago area supervisor who had returned from that city on Tuesday, married, computer expert, degree in journalism from OU): The major reaction from a lot of people is, How can someone do this to somebody else? But then the other side of it is you see how much people try to connect with each other and help each other and thats the hope we have for each other.
Dr. Barbara Condron: So you like seeing the good side of humanity.
Paul Blosser: I think that is when their best comes out, in the middle of a crisis, then people pay attention. I watched a little bit of Nightline last night with Dr. Pam (Blosser, Pauls wife). There was a guy who was on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and he called home and he said that terrorists were taking over. They killed a pilot, and me and two other guys are going to see what we can do about it. It is that kind of stuff.
Teresa Padilla (married with a 13 year old daughter, Oklahoma-Texas supervisor who holds a degree in music): I was wondering about Dior (a young friend slated to leave for Ghana in a week to join the Peace Corps) because (my husband) Ernie just told me this morning, he was driving listening to the radio and they are trying to evacuate all the United States citizens from any country other than the United States.
Dr. Sheila Benjamin (SOM president, married, degree from SIU in recreational therapy): She is supposed to go next Friday.
Teresa Padilla: She probably wont go. Thats good.
Dr. Pam Blosser (COM teacher, director of childrens Camp Niangua and publications, degrees from Texas Christian College, Montessori training London): Well, talking about humanity coming together, my comment was, unfortunately, it requires something like this for humanity to come together.
Dr. Barbara Condron: Why is that? Lets talk about that for a moment. What are your ideas about why that is?
Dr. Pam Blosser: I think that Human Man is still -- that stage of evolution we call humanity -- still thinks very physically (ie. thoughts revolve around the material world from how they look, to what they drive, to who they work for, to how much money they make or what they own-ed.). Their goal a lot of times is comfort; mentally, emotionally and physical. When they are comfortable they dont see the need to move or challenge themselves to move in anyway. When they become uncomfortable; mentally, emotionally and physically, then that is a stimulus for them to do something and to come together. They need to get uncomfortable first, before anything happens of any magnitude. I know Reasoning Man is a step further. They set goals and there is some motion. I think people have wanted to be comfortable.
Dr. Barbara Condron: There was an incredible amount of reasoning that had to go into this. I mean it was very well coordinated.
Dr. Pam Blosser: It was, for several years.
Dr. Barbara Condron: So that is to be appreciated for what it is. Perhaps it is also good to look at the fact that Human Man prepares for disaster. I mean look at the efforts going on now. Everybody is ready to go. Here is a disaster, ok, lets go. We know how to handle this.
Dr. Sheila Benjamin: We train for it.
Dr. Barbara Condron: We do, we prepare for it.
Dr. Sheila Benjamin: I mean, I have worked in enough hospitals to...you train for that...you are told where you are supposed to go and who you are supposed to be with.
Paul Blosser: One of the video tapes they showed last night on Nightline was of new fire department trainees who were in downtown New York City for training. This guy happened to have a video camera and was going to video tape their training. He heard this plane, I guess, and turned his camera and saw the first plane crash into the building.
Dr. Barbara Condron: Ive seen that footage. I didnt know who had taped it.
Paul Blosser: Thats what they were down there for, for practice. They got their practice.
(silence for a few moments)
Dr. Barbara Condron: Lets go back to the humanity thing. What is this? Lets flush it out. Lets understand it so we can take the understanding back to wherever you are going today, share it with whoever you will meet.
Dr. Laurel Clark (COM teacher, international secretary for SOM, Multidimensional Living mentor, widow, degree in Womens Studies from Univ. of Michigan): Well, one thing in reference to what Dr. Pam was saying, I think that part of why it takes things like this to mobilize people is ingratitude.
I dont know even who it was, some government official I think was with the FBI, they were interviewing and they were saying, How could the FBI not have known about this?
He said, Wait a minute. There are things that happen all the time that we avert and we dont hear about that. You dont hear about all the ways that things are working and what happens when we broadcast stuff on the media is that terrorists watch those things and then they know what we are watching so then they change their plans and use code words. He said we have gotten a lot better about not broadcasting stuff like that and it seems like it is very easy for people to take what they have for granted.
I think that is one of the big lessons of why this happened here in this country, the World Trade Center...its like...there is so much of everything. So much physical stuff, so much wealth, so much freedom of being able to move around. Most people take it for granted. When they dont have it or when it is threatened thats when it enters peoples consciousness what there is to be thankful for. So as far as what to do with that, it really requires being thankful, always. I can see that in the school. That was my motivation to teach. I was so grateful for everybody who had made the school (of metaphysics) what it was so I could just walk into it and learn. I think that is a lot of what is coming out. There are a lot of people being really grateful for other people helping them.
Dr. Barbara Condron: Anyone else?
Tad Messsenger (COM graduate student, artist, horticulturalist, single, completing Masters degree in Geology at MU): One thing I was seeing was for so many years the United States has gone over to other countries and done different things in the name of what we think is right and some cultures were totally destroyed. I cant think of any examples...
Dr. Barbara Condron: What about the Indians, the American Indians?
Tad: Oh yeah.
Dr, Barbara Condron: This is pretty good payback for that with this society.
Tad: Yeah, I thought this is a karmic thing (karma is an expression of the Universal Law of Cause and Effect, also known as the law of balance, the law of compensation) because I heard in some countries some people were applauding the whole thing, applauding the tragedy. That let me know that there were many things that the Americans, that weve done, besides here at home, all throughout the world that make this karmic. They may not see that consciously but its like Okay youve done this to us and now its your turn. Youre receiving something thats in similar kind. Because we have literally destroyed many cultures throughout the world.
Dr. Barbara Condron: Even well intentioned. One of the lessons that I learned throughout my life started very early. I was among the generation raised with the threat of nuclear war. We all believed the end of the world could come in our lifetime. We were taught that as children. Youre old enough to remember this, Tad. Some of these people (in class) dont even have a concept of that experience. We used to have fire drills and then they became the drills that were also for the purpose of nuclear attack. You know, what would happen if bombs went off somewhere, where you should go if you were at school and that kind of thing.
As you got older of course, your mind could expand and could receive it in terms of, well it wouldnt matter if you were under your desk if a bomb hit because youd be radiated, maimed for life or whatever. The constant thread of fear was present because we knew that there were people the world who were next to buttons that when pushed could set a domino effect into motion and the planet would be gone. Thats what we believed.
As I got older I realized that was really a very egotistical idea on the part of man, that he could blow up the whole planet. He could mar the surface and he could make it uninhabitable as we know it, but he couldnt blow it up. However that did not take away the mental programming, or the fear. In the last 20-30 years, there hasnt been this awareness in the new souls coming in; that there is anything to be fearful off, number one, and then as Dr. Laurel points out, appreciative of. So in mass, America has turned into a very interesting culture of self-centered ideas. These state that everything is of equal value. And everybodys saying I dont know whats most important, I dont know and being kind of clueless. These kinds of experiences test that kind of thinking. They stir us inwardly to identify what is most important.
There is a value to fear in that it stimulates what your beliefs are and why you believe the way that you do. For a metaphysician the value of it is to strengthen your beliefs into knowing. The desire to know, the need to know from personal experience with belief, is what drew us to this study in metaphysics. Believing only no longer satisfied us. We didnt want to be believers anymore. We wanted to get off the merry-go-round of polarity -- constantly needing to be polarized (Im right, youre wrong; victim-attacker; good-bad; etc. -ed.) in order for us to do something good. Reasoning frees us into the choice of being good because we know what good is. It releases us from the bonds of needing something bad to happen for us to know that we are good.
In the scope of human experience, over eons of time dating back to pre-Atlantis even, this is just another in a string of events, learning opportunities. And there will be more. There will be more. This is the nature of the need for learning on the planet. People still want that kind of learning.
We talk about the human side of it being heroism and the good things that come out. Well, the balance point of that, the polarity of that, is that the human side is what produced this. The people who did it thought that they were right and that we were wrong and they wanted to show us that we were wrong.
Whether it is jealousy, greed, enmity, the hatred... you know the thing that still gets to me is watching the scenes of the people around the world jumping up and down, very excited and very very happy to see America hurt. That still gets to me. That is where my horse is tied. Thats my polarity. You need to find out what yours is because that is your lesson. That is your lesson. Learn it now and it is not going to have to come into your backyard where you are the one cleaning out rubble. Fail to learn it and you are going to have rubble in your life. And that is what metaphysics frees you to do, to be able to learn anytime, anywhere and from anyone.
What else about humanity?
Tad: Another thing I saw was, this goes along with what Dr. Pam was talking about with humanity is thinking very physically, and finances, economics, the World Trade Center and as well as the defense systems (the Pentagon) were hit. Its like when you read about the chronology of different events that lead up to this, not only events of the day, but events that happened many years ago in Oklahoma City. I was seeing it as dreams (that turn into nightmares), where we were getting a message and hadnt heard it; bigger message, hadnt heard it; bigger message, still hadnt heard it. What is going to be bigger that this? Because this was reportedly bigger than Pearl Harbor, because there were more people killed.
Dr. Barbara: It is going to be bigger than the Civil War. The biggest battle of the U.S. Civil War (in the mid-1800s) was Antietam and I believe I read there were 4600 men who died that day and this is going to be bigger.
Tad: And so, I am seeing that this is a message about changing your consciousness and the way that you think. Humanity is always looking to be comfortable and just by the act of the President looking to God and praying on TV immediately following his first message to the public is like a whole shift in consciousness from New York City, the Trade Center, very physical, to looking for the energy from a higher source which is where we know that our consciousness needs to be.
Dr. Barbara: Okay. How do you reconcile that with ... I think it was after Osama bin Ladin group sabotaged one of our naval vessels (USS Cole in off Yemen), bombed it. They apparently had footage of bin Ladin and his men celebrating and bin Laden saying that this is a great day. That the Lord has enabled us to do this against the mighty power, the mighty evil, or something like that.
Its like for us over here saying God be with us, there are always people somewhere else saying God be with us. So how do we reconcile that. Each side claiming God as their own has been true for eons, all over the planet. Whats going on? How do you reconcile it? How do you understand it.
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