Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship

        The heart is ever warmed by friendship when that friendship is sincere, kindly, and constant.  Men need the sustaining blessing of spiritual friendship, whether they think they do or not.  It is a generic statement found in the first book of the  Pentateuch: “It is not good that man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). The Beloved Master Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The story of Damon and Pythias historically records the meaning of great friendship. We are the Friends of all those who revere God's Will, Intelligence, and Loving Presence.
        Yet, the encouragement of spiritual friendship between unascended beings is a method of magnifying Divine Love among men and assisting thereby the expansion of the Kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.  Surely men and women ought to be made aware of the need to keep their friendships on a spiritual basis so that entangling alliances are not formed to strangle the noble aspects of the Soul's progressive journey into Reality.
        ...Keep yourself free as you offer your friendship by calling unto the Friend of all friends, God, to seal your offer of friendly assistance in the loving Protection of His own Great Heart Flame of Cosmic Friendship.
        Needless to say, spiritual friendship can be above all human idiosyncrasies and idolatry; and it is then spiritual indeed. Harmony, natural appreciation, study of the Great Cosmic Law, mutual prayer pacts, and service rendered jointly to others are invaluable in expanding the Light within the Souls of men. Facing the problems of the world together is often easier than going it alone.  Therefore, I AM strongly advocating that Our chelas (students) take “under their wings” one or more individuals with whom they can Journey along the road that leads to their mutual Freedom.  The only danger here lies in "cliques" whereby competition and false protection is exercised, contrary to the Law of Love and playing one spiritual team against another.  Each inter-group relationship should be based on Ascended Master Friendship which always serves first for the good of all and then the group, lastly for the personal self.
        Returning to the idea of true friendship and how successful it can make and keep any endeavor, I want to indicate that friendship can be marital between husband and wife, lovers seeking the most Beloved ONE of all, between brothers and sisters, spiritual companions, and between neighbors and casual acquaintances.  This true friendship, like any endeavor, must be nourished by some attention, planted, watered, cared for and harvested.  Every possible embellishment is permissible as long as the Great Law of Love and kindness is satisfied and the words, “Thou shalt love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength . . . and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself,” are remembered (Mark 12:30,31).
        I wish now that all might expand the bonds of divine friendship in winning many to the Light of the Ascended Masters.  May you maintain full Protection for your efforts by skillfully consulting your Own Beloved Holy Christ Self and Mighty "I AM" God Presence as you pursue the Path of Spiritual Discipleship and Friendship with God and Man 'neath the skies of Heaven and the bounds of time.

Eternal blessings, “I AM”


From the Pearls of Wisdom of the Summit Lighthouse




"I asked God for water, he gave me an ocean. I asked God for a flower, he gave me a garden. I asked God for a tree, he gave me a forest. I asked God for a friend, he gave me YOU.


There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of one candle. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.


Three ways to greet our family and everyone we meet:

Heart to Heart we greet everyone with:


1. A Beautiful Smile

        Remember the meaning of the letters in the word “smile”: the letters in the word smile can mean “Sending My Infinite Love Everywhere”


2. Sweet or kind words of love,


3. A Happy Heart of Love.


Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9,10)


Friendship and friendliness are dentistry’s most permanent fillings.




O God, please bring to bear within my world all that I

need to be your perfect chalice. Please grant your grace so that

I may extend it to those in need. Purge from me anything that

would block the full radiance of your love pouring through me

at all times and to all peoples. O Lord, I see in my mind’s eye

now all those who require your love and I ask you to use me as

your vessel to give to each one the water of life in the exact

portion that that one needs to come home to your heart. This I

ask according to your will and divine mercy, O Lord.

This day I surrender to my divine calling, knowing that

it is more blessed to give than to receive. O God, I surrender

to you all that I am and ever hope to be. Come into my temple

this day and every day and make your abode with me as I

abide in Thee. Be Thyself in action in me this day and greet all

whom I meet with the perfect blessing for each one, that all

may be raised into a greater awareness of Thyself in action


As you go about your day, give the roses of your heart

to the Father/Mother God in prayerful moments and silent

contemplation. Visualize giving these roses to those you

encounter as well, saying:

Here is a rose from my heart. I give it to you, my

friend, O my long-lost friend whom I have now met again on

the road of life. Know, O soul, that you are precious in His

sight and that you can, by God’s grace, make it all the way

home if you simply love enough.


(The teaching above is from the Hearts Center)





Life is sweet because of friends we have made

        And the things in common we share

We want to live on, not because of ourselves

        But because of the people who care


It’s in giving, and doing, for somebody else

        On all that life’s splendor depends

And the joys of this life, when you’ve summed it all up

        Are found in the making of friends

                                                        Author unknown


"Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."   


When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. --Albert Camus

"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

Lorraine K. Mitchell

Peace Begins with One Person

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Ivory Harlow began working as a waitress after a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. She is studying for a bachelor's degree in business administration. Harlow lives in San Antonio with her husband and dog, and enjoys writing poems and non-fiction.

“Can one act of friendliness start to generate peace? I believe it can. Peace begins with one person but spreads like warmed syrup.”

All Things Considered, October 30, 2006 ·

I serve coffee at a counter-style diner in Texas. I often see a look of isolation in my customers' eyes. They come in the front door, wander to the counter, pick up the menu and look around the diner for something they can't short-order: a connection.

In an age of online chat, online shopping and even online school, it's no wonder people come into the diner starving for human connection. Most of my customers can remember a time when the milkman came to their front door. As I serve up their eggs and bacon, they offer updates on their grandchildren. They ask me about the happenings in my life.

One day, I walked back to the smoking section to pass around a fresh pot of coffee. There was a woman who had been sitting in a corner booth for at least three hours. She asked me, "How much is just one breakfast taco?" I told her I didn't know, that I'd never served just one by itself. Going back to the kitchen I thought about her rotted teeth and tired eyes, and how she'd consumed enough caffeine for three people already. I offered her a free pancake breakfast. I fibbed that it was a leftover from an order I had messed up. She asked to borrow bus fare and promised to return and pay me back. I handed over tip money from my apron pocket. She smiled a ragged grin on her way out the front door.

Three weeks later she returned my two dollars. She had gotten a job and a friend's couch to sleep on. She offered to buy me breakfast on my break!

This kind of thing gets me wondering if something as simple as a short stack of pancakes can bring about a small shift in society. I'll go even further: Can one act of friendliness start to generate peace? I believe it can. Peace begins with one person but spreads like warmed syrup. When I connect with my neighbors, they return it in kind.

So I believe in friendliness and an open ear. For me, it starts with making eye contact when I pour coffee and ask my customers, "How you doing?" and then listen to their answer.

My job is to take care of customers at the counter in a small Texas diner, but I also believe we're in this world to take care of each other.



A Prayer for Justice

May I be no man's enemy, but the friend who is eternal and abides.

May I never quarrel with those nearest to me.
When I do, may we be reconciled quickly.

May I ever keep tame that which rages within me.
May I never become angry because of circumstances.

May I never devise evil against anyone.
If any conceive evil against me, may I escape uninjured and without causing pain.

May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.

May I, when I have done or said something wrong, never wait for the rebuke of others but always rebuke myself until I make amends."

May I ever reconcile friends who are wroth with one another.

May I always help those in need. May I never fail a friend in danger.

When visiting those in grief, may I be able, by gentle and healing words, to soften their pain.

May I always respect myself.

May I love, seek, and attain only the Good.

May I wish Happiness on all and envy none.

May Gentleness ever be my way.

Note: Marsha Covington found this ancient prayer and woodcut (above) while searching through obscure documents about the Goddess of Justice. We feel that this inspirational creed is more needed today than it was 2000 years ago. Would that people of all races, religions, cultures and philosophies affirm and act on these principles daily.


“For enmity and hate are contrary to friendship and concord.” William Caxton