AT THE BEGINNING

 

There was no concept of the masses. There was no notion of what would be good or not good for others, society and the world or even for oneself. There was only one good.

   No good is seen in the future.

 

   The good, the only good, was seen, realised or known now, in the individual. And it was known by the absence of unhappiness in himself or herself. So it was not ‘a good’ as we think of good today. It could not be given to another or shared with someone who did not have it. That would have been to create another or secondary ‘good’, a notional (not-existent-now) good.

   Everyone was responsible for their own good. It was an utterly individual and just authority. One simply took responsibility now for the good – the absence of unhappiness in oneself. And all that followed was naturally right or good.

   As anyone or everyone could do it, and did it, no excuse existed for not doing it. Consequently, notions of mass good, social or family good, or even of social equality, had no meaning. If all are equal in the timeless good within, all are equal in the unfoldment in time of the good without. What happens is then right, and known to be right, leaving no place for doubt or unhappiness.

   These first terrestrials were free of unhappiness or emotion because they were not identified with the physical animal body – the source of all emotion, all unhappiness. They used the senses to perceive the natural wonder of earthly existence, but were detached from them. They retained the self-knowledge that they were the life or consciousness within the body and behind the senses. And in that self-knowledge they knew that what they perceived through the body – the heavens and the earth – was only a tiny fragment, represented in time, of the timeless universe of life within.

 

The first terrestrials are you and I now, in a different time.

Extract from the Barry Long book title:

‘Only Fear Dies’ (pp 77-78)                             GET YOUR COPY HERE