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Spiritual Mastery Over Elements of Obstruction
The Passage of the Red Sea

   When working with spiritual law higher powers are set into operation that remove seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The Israelites found it so. Heeding Moses, the voice of the spirit self, they paused, renewed their confidence in his direction, and presently beheld "the salvation of the Lord." The very sea parted. They went forward; Egypt was left behind; and the Promised Land was less remote.

   In relation to initiatory experiences of a neophyte, this incident pertains to the test by Water. Before taking it a command is given. Prior to beginning the passage Moses commanded the Israelites to "stand still." The troubled emotions must first be stilled. Peace and poise must be established before the Initiation by Water can be experienced, for the great illumination gives control over this element in nature and over the beings who work in and through it. Christ Jesus demonstrated this power when He walked on the sea. In the future, when all humanity shall have mastered the emotional nature, there will be no more sea — as John declares in Revelation.

   The Israelites were in a sorry predicament. They were in the wilderness with the sea on one side and the devil on the other. It has already been noted how the sea accommodated itself to their super- ior's command. But what of the pursuing hosts of Pharaoh? How could they be repelled?

   The enemy that followed was kept at a safe distance by the Angel of the Lord who shifted position from front to rear: "The pillar of cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all night."

   The Angel here spoken of is the Race Spirit which literally hovers over the people under its jurisdiction in the form of a cloud. From such guidance come the impulses that lead nations and races to collective action along the line of their appointed destiny. Patriotism is one of its most marked manifestations, and folk music its most potent expression.

From Atlantis to Aryana

   The story of Israel's passage through the Red Sea is, like that of Noah and the Flood, a legendary account of the Atlantean pioneers migrating eastward to Central Asia to escape the successive inundations which finally caused complete submergence of that continent. The place where they first settled is now known as the Gobi Desert, and mysteries there are belonging to this region which, when revealed in days to come, will throw added light on the early beginnings of the Aryan or Fifth Root Race there cradled during its infancy.

   The nucleus, or seed, for that great race was the Semites, the Israelites of the Bible. Because of the very important position which this gave them in the history of racial development, they were especially guided and cared for by the Race Spirit and leaders like Moses, who became instruments for carrying out the designs of the archangelic overlord.

   The Promised Land to which the Israelites journeyed was not Palestine only. That land is the whole of Aryana — all the areas on which human evolution is progressing during the Aryan Epoch. It is the realm of spirit into which Egos enter and function consciously when true Initiation has been attained.

The Light That Shineth in Darkness

   The cloud was darkness to the Egyptians but light to the Israelites. According to their consciousness was it unto them. "The light shineth in the darkness; but the darkness comprehended it not."

   This incident serves well to illustrate why exclusive Brotherhoods dealing with deep spiritual truths are called Mystery Schools, or secret lodges. They are not exclusive in the sense that they would withhold truth from an individual or a race capable of receiving it. On the contrary, they exist for the very purpose of bringing all humanity into the wisdom they possess. The truths they know and live are mysteries only in so far as they are beyond the comprehension and constructive use of the uninitiated.

The Twofold Operation of Law — Spiritual and Material

   The Egyptians pursued the Israelites even into the Red Sea passage. But this route was not for them. Unlike those preceding them, they had not mastered the water element in their own nature — a development that would have enabled them to walk through the sea dry shod. At first they were troubled; it appeared clear to them that they were at a disadvantage. In disgust and desperation they said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord (Law) fighteth for them against the Egyptians."

   This was true. The impersonal divine law presently made demonstration of their unpreparedness by engulfing them beneath the waters of the sea, and "there remained not so much as one of them." And "Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses." (Exodus 14:31)

   A study of interrelationships between the Israelites and the Egyptians reveals the operation of law on two planes, the spiritual and the material. It is said repeatedly that the Lord (Law) hardened Pharaoh's heart, whereas the Israelites were given special direction, protection and illumination. In the end this led to the destruction of the Egyptians but to the safety and advancement of the Israelites. In the words of Paul: "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

A Song of the Soul in Triumph
Moses' Hymn of Thanksgiving

   Moses' song of the soul following the divinely guided passage across the Red Sea is charged with the ecstasy of triumph and a realization of the transcendental Presence. To dwell in thought and meditation upon such a song as this is to feel something of the joy and harmony that condition upper realms.

   Moses was aware of the working of spiritual law and knew that by continued obedience to it his people would continue to be victorious. The dukes of Edom, the mighty men of Moab, and the inhabitants of Canaan would "melt away" as shadows do before light. He saw Israel planted "in the mountain," in the "sanctuary" which the Lord had established for those who love Him and abide in the way of His righteousness.

   After the triumphal march through the Red Sea there follows further disciplines in preparation for other victories.

 — Corinne Heline

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