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
...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
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
3. A Happy Heart of Love.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their
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
Friendship and friendliness are dentistry’s
most permanent fillings.
O God, please bring to bear within my world all
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
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,
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
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
"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
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
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
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
I be no man's enemy, but the friend who is eternal and abides.
I never quarrel with those nearest to me.
I do, may we be reconciled quickly.
I ever keep tame that which rages within me.
I never become angry because of circumstances.
I never devise evil against anyone.
any conceive evil against me, may I escape uninjured and without causing pain.
I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.
I, when I have done or said something wrong, never wait for the rebuke of
others but always rebuke myself until I make amends."
I ever reconcile friends who are wroth with one another.
I always help those in need. May I never fail a friend in danger.
visiting those in grief, may I be able, by gentle and healing words, to soften
I always respect myself.
I love, seek, and attain only the Good.
I wish Happiness on all and envy none.
Gentleness ever be my way.
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
“For enmity and hate are contrary to
friendship and concord.” William Caxton