Saint John of the Cross
you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress
—Saint John of the Cross
"The Lord measures our
perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude
of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them."
—Saint John of the Cross
"In giving us His Son,
His only Word, He spoke everything to us at once
in this sole Word—and He has no more to say . .
what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has
all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son."
—Saint John of the Cross
"I am a mother of your
heart. I am an organizer, an administrator, I am a priestess,
and I lead also armies of heaven. You may know me in one
or many of my offices
but, above all, remember that I assist you in your own
path of personal management,
organization of your life—the setting of priorities,
the use of the hours
and of your strength while the day is. For the night cometh
when no man can work,
and that night may either be the dark night of the soul
or the dark night of the Spirit."—Mother Mary,
April 1, 1983
" . . . . Beloved hearts, this is a path of Love. It is not
human love. It is the Love of the Presence that must be experienced
and then it will flood from you unerringly to the children of the
" . . . I desire you to have—and I shall so train any
chela who knocks on my door—to have conscious and continuous
contact with your Mighty I AM Presence and to have it, whether conscious
or unconscious, in the physical body and at the change called death.
When you can reach that point, there is safety in your life and
lifestream. There is safety for come what may."
December 31, 1986
"Blessed hearts, I commend you to the study of the intricate
explanations which I inspired upon Saint John of the Cross
concerning this poem of the bride and the Bridegroom. Each
line and each word has a profound meaning for the understanding
of thy path on earth. The perfect love and the way of love
is the way of the example whereby, through the consummate
love of your own Beloved, you then manifest my own ascension
"Though I personally may not receive you fully until
the hour of the ascension, the union of your soul with your
Christ Self will be the example to all of the path of the
ascension and of the ruby ray. Teresa of Avila understood
and experienced this path, as did John.
blessed hearts, listen then to the teachings of your own messenger
on the writings of Saint John of the Cross already recorded
and then pursue this perfect love and, ultimately, this perfect
marriage. It is the sign of the ascending ones.
will not extinguish you, I promise. But it will give to you
joy unspeakable, joy so intense that only perfect silence can
contain it! For the secrets of love in the interior castle are
truly the very crystallization of Spirit in Matter whereby,
through the weight of your devotion, you anchor upon earth such
an intense love for God."
May 28, 1981
"There are all manner of byways that the soul may take, even
entering a roller coaster that goes only down and not up again.
There are peoples all over the world today who long for this union
of Love with Christ, yet they know not how to break the bread
of Life. They do not understand the Word or the Work of the Lord.
And in many, many cases, even if they did understand, they would
not be prepared for a path of sacrifice.
"They would not be prepared
to be called by Jesus or Maitreya to undergo the rigors of undoing
the old self, peeling away the layers of snakeskins and finally
arriving at the place where one may put on the wedding garment,
the bridal veil, one may be received by her Lord.
"To this end Jesus inspired
upon the Messenger to teach the way of Saint John of the Cross
in the living flame of Love to show that all saints have gone
through the trial and the testing of feeling worthless, feeling
rejected by that Lord and by that Christ but often imagining that
that rejection or injustice or put-down has come from this or
"But, beloved, when you bring
yourself nearer and nearer to the living flame of Love, that Flame,
because it is Love, because it is the Holy Spirit, because it
is the intense fire of a ruby itself, must show you those things
which must needs be corrected, transmuted, refined, balanced,
resolved ere you may enter in.
"You can think of the living
flame of Love as the doorkeeper who loves you so much that the
Flame itself will not allow the door to be opened until you are
fully prepared, thus sparing you the rejection by the Lord Christ.
The living flame of Love will lick away at your wounds. And if
you enter into the Flame and into the wounds, you will know the
Refiners fire, you will know the sting from which the little
child cries out when knees are scraped and must be dressed."
"I AM Chananda of The Great White Brotherhood of The Indian
Council; and I extend to you the passions of eternity, the understanding
that it is wise to be moved by the Divine Sea and to find nestling
within the heart of being, even within the heart of the great
shell, the beauty and iridescence of the pearl of great price—your
contact with God, your contact with your true Self.
" . . . Beloved ones,
there are those who have passed the initiation called the obscure
night, or the dark night of the soul. These understand that even
if God cared nothing for them, they still must kindle within themselves,
within and upon the altar of being, the flame of love for Him
and for others. For only then can God be born within them. When
they are willing to forsake, to relinquish even the thought of
someones concern for themselves, in the brightness and illumination
that God must be born as the Christ-spark upon the hearts
altar in the darkest night, the beautiful Light appears. Each
must be God-born and God-ordained.
"Will you understand
the meaning of that bubbling fountain of joy that the world feels
as a part of the via dolorosa—'My God, my God, why hast
Thou forsaken me?'—as the impassioned plea of one passing
through the dark night of the soul portrayed in the writings of
Saint John of the Cross? Our Brotherhood desires to strip mankind
of the concept of self-attention, of self-fear, of self-doubt.
Man who says, 'I cannot do it, I cannot!' must learn to say 'I
can by Gods grace to do all things through Christ who strengtheneth
me!' And the full fashion and measure of the Law is the extension
of infinite love into the domain of each individual, lifting that
individual and casting him not down into the depths of his own
well of despair. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
"But can man see himself
as God? Nay, through the sea of selfhood man drowns and is no
more. For self-love will not truly bring you emancipation, or
the bounty of freedom, or the strength for the years ahead. But
Gods love will. Drawing with a power of infinite magnetism
into the very fibers of the soul, the strength of eternity does
flow . . . O beloved ones, above all I urge upon you then this
night that you shed the skin, the horrible snakeskin, of discouragement
and cast it to the wind! Consume it in the violet transmuting
flame if you are able, and denude yourself of everything that
is not joy and hope and peace.
"For born out of joy
and hope and peace and out of the Spirit Most Holy comes the sense
of mans real identity—the fashion of cosmic times
that bypasses all of the cycles of mens lives that have
gone on before and produces the miracle of cosmic devotion within
the crucible of mankinds experience, leading him at last
into those holy and cosmic passions out of which is born a Christ
in the garden of Gethsemane—able, then, to extend his hands,
and even facing the very extinction of his life from a momentary
standpoint to cry out 'Not my will, but Thine be done! O my Father,
if it be Thy will, let this cup pass from me!'"
December 31, 1971
"And thus I commend you to the teaching of the Messengers
on the path of Saint John of the Cross, on the Living Flame of
Love that explains the alchemical marriage.
"For it is not as though you
were not once tethered to the living Word, but it is now that
you must reconsecrate your life to that marriage unto God. For
once the full fusion is attained, beloved, it cannot be lost.
But you have been at that pointalmost in the hour of the
consummation with the Bridegroom, the living Word. And yet, the
holding of the balance for that event was too much and the fallen
ones sent the most clever of impostors of the Cosmic Christ Lord
"And [the initiation of the alchemical marriage] once again
swept aside, it has meant for you cycle after cycle—the
waiting again of two thousand years or five thousand years or
ten thousand years when the cosmic cycles would once again bring
you face-to-face with the initiation of Lord Maitreya."
"As you know from the writings of Saint John of the Cross,
the soul’s approach to the Inner Christ is a painful process
of desiring acceptance and yet hearing the word, 'Not yet, not
yet.' Blessed ones, be not the soul who fears to try again and
again to receive the love of her Lord. Your Lord loves you and
the closer you come to this sealing oneness, the more you will
see of yourself that cannot enter in to the Holy of holies.
"But your soul does pant after the living
God. And the soul reaches the moment where no other desire fulfilled
can equate with being received by the Lord. In that moment, beloved,
there is an aloneness and a loneliness that is indescribable,
for no one else can experience [with you] the mourning of the
soul who is separated from her God yet almost entering in. That
is why it does require special counsellors, special ministering
servants to counsel those who may become, in moments, despondent;
for they are so very near to that alchemical marriage and yet
"Beloved ones, until the Divine Husband,
the Bridegroom, has finally stretched forth the hand to say, 'O
soul, enter,' one is in a state of fear that one has been rejected,
one is not acceptable, one is not clean enough, one has not measured
up to that level. In a human sense of the word, many have experienced
the rejection of a human lover or the friend or the parent to
the ultimate sadness and agony. Beloved, this prepares one for
the rounds and the many rounds one must make until finally the
Bridegroom steps forth with outstretched arms to receive the waiting
"You are indeed the waiting brides of Sanat
Kumara. The full sealing cannot come in a day, but this is your
self-sealing day. This is the day you determine that when your
Bridegroom proposes to you, your mind is made up. You will accept.
You will accept."
"As darkness covers the land and earth enters the period of
the dark night of the soul, think not that the Light will come;
for there shall come yet after this the Dark Night of the Spirit
when God is eclipsed and those here below must go on the Light they
have internalized. And if those righteous be scarcely saved, where
shall the sinner and the ungodly appear? Where, beloved, shall there
be those ones who have no Light? They shall groan and grumble in
the dark. They shall not know the Light of the Daystar from on high."
" . . . as Saint John of the Cross did deliver the Word,
there must be the preparation for that entering in to that oneness.
And that preparation is sometimes the very lonely road of karma,
the painful aloneness that you experience inside, sometimes when
you are with those even closest to you who have no perception
whatsoever of the inner agony or ecstasy, the depths and heights
that you can reach on your quest for God.
"Therefore, beloved, take seriously
your path. And take that path with joy. But remember, every day
is the last day for someone and the bell does toll for someone.
Therefore every day determine that you shall be glued to God,
that you shall be in the center of God and that the God in you
that descends that day shall be for the casting out of some element
of anti-God that must go on that specific day according to cosmic
November 22, 1990
"And you must be free from these toxins of ancient times
and be willing to see yourself in need
of total reformation. And that reformation is called “conversion,”
and it is the turning around of your being and it is the acceleration
of the atoms until they throw off so much darkness that you pass
through the dark night of the soul and the Dark Night of the Spirit
and all seems darkness to you.
"And in that very hour you must remember
the word and the teaching of Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa
of Avila. Yes, beloved, they are come again unto you. And you
must hear your ministers and hear the word of your preachers and
know that those who have borne the Light in your defense and have
championed your cause in past ages do come again and they themselves
have moved against all infamy and calumny and gossip against their
And that is a part of the purging of the earth.
"And if the saints
do not stand in the earth, beloved, how will the little ones who
are the shorn lambs stand in the earth? If the saints do not rise,
beloved, into a higher calling, how will any survive 'so great
salvation?' We ask it, beloved."
|God and Goddess Meru
June 30, 1991
The Violet Flame Does Wash You Clean—
Does Make All Things New
"Why has the world not taken to this path
and teaching? I will tell you. It takes patience. It takes hard
work. And it is not for those who say, 'Jesus, I have piped your
tune now for three or ten years and I have not got what I wanted.
And therefore, I am going out to do it my way.'
"Well, do you think, beloved, it is so easy
to enter into the kingdom of God, to make your ascension? Do you
see people ascending here and there on the hillsides of the world
or in the streets of the cities? You do not see them because of
the paltry, fragmented religion they are given, because they are
not given the flame of the Holy Spirit—the flame of the
Holy Spirit that is the sacred fire, the white fire that then
releases the violet flame for the ransmutation of the cause, effect,
record and memory of sin, layers of sin, centuries of sin of many
"So, beloved, do not be unrealistic about
the Path. The Path brings [its] greatest rewards when you come
up out of the mud puddle and are covered, and the violet flame
does wash you clean. Now begins the hard work of delving deep
into the unconscious, delving into the records and calling for
that violet flame, even when you are dry as dry can be and it
seems as though nothing is coming to you and you do not feel the
flame, you do not feel the fire.
"And why is it, beloved? Because God has
loved you so much, I have loved you so much that I am allowing
a certain portion of your karma to descend. And while it descends
upon you, you are in the dark night of the soul and perhaps the
Dark Night of the Spirit, being tested by the Cosmic Christ and
tested by Satan. And then you say, 'Where is God? Where is God?
I cannot see out from this dark place where I am.'"
Dark night of the soul and Dark Night of the Spirit. In the ascent
to perfection, the soul passes through what Saint John of the
Cross describes as the "dark night." The first dark
night is experienced as one encounters the return of his own personal
karma-the human creation that almost completely obliterates for
a time the light of the Holy Christ Self and the I am Presence.
This "dark night of the soul" is in preparation for
the Dark Night of the Spirit, which involves the supreme test
of Christhood faced by Jesus on the cross when he cried out, "My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ In this initiation,
the soul is completely cut off from the I AM Presence and heavenly
hierarchy and must pass through the crucifixion and the resurrection,
sustained solely by the light garnered in one’s own sacred
heart, while holding the balance for planetary karma.
November 25, 1993
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Living Flame of Love, 8-audiocassette album,
12-1/2 hr., A85044. In this series of Summit University lectures,
the Messenger offers an in-depth study of the “Living Flame
of Love” and other selected works of the sixteenth-century
mystic Saint John of the Cross. Includes teachings on the soul’s
mystical experience in Christ through the initiation of the dark
night leading to the alchemical marriage.
Living Flame of Love, is a transcendent teaching
on the soul’s mystical experience in Christ. The Messenger
offers an in-depth study of “Living Flame of Love”—the
literary and religious masterpiece penned by Saint John of the Cross
in the sixteenth century. Indispensable teaching for all who aspire
to the alchemical marriage.
The dark night of the soul is the test of the soul’s
encounter with the return of personal karma, which, if she has not
kept her lamps (chakras) trimmed with Light, may eclipse the Light
(Christ consciousness) of the soul and therefore its discipleship
under the Son of God. It precedes the dark night of the Spirit,
the supreme test of Christhood, when the soul is, as it were, cut
off from the I AM Presence and must survive solely on the Light
(Christ consciousness) garnered in the heart, while holding the
balance for planetary karma.
For the Messengers’ teachings on the dark
night, including readings and commentary on the writings of St.
John of the Cross, the sixteenth-century mystic who described
these mystical experiences in his works “The Ascent of Mount
Carmel,” and “The Dark Night,” see “The
Dark Night of the Soul,” on two 60-min. audiocassettes, MTG7412,
MTF7413, $13.00 (add $.80 for postage); Mysteries of the Holy Grail,
pp. 173, 368-69. See also “The Ascent of Mount Carmel”
and “The Dark Night,” in The Collected Works of St.
John of the Cross, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez
(Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 1979), pp. 66-389.
In the ascent to perfection, the soul passes through
what Saint John of the Cross describes as the “dark night.”
The first dark night is experienced as one encounters the return
of his own personal karma—the human creation that almost completely
obliterates for a time the light of the Christ Self and the I AM
Presence. This “dark night of the soul” is in preparation
for the Dark Night of the Spirit, which involves the supreme test
of Christhood faced by Jesus on the cross when he cried out, “My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” In this initiation,
the soul is completely cut off from the I AM Presence and the heavenly
hierarchy and must pass through the crucifixion and the resurrection,
sustained solely by the Light garnered in his own sacred heart,
while holding the balance for planetary karma.
The sixteenth-century mystic Saint John of the
Cross described these initiations in his work “The Dark Night”:
“This night . . . causes two kinds of darkness or purgation
in spiritual persons according to the two parts of the soul, the
sensory and the spiritual. Hence the one night or purgation will
be sensory, by which the senses are purged and accommodated to the
spirit; and the other night or purgation will be spiritual, by which
the spirit is purged and denuded as well as accommodated and prepared
for union with God through love.”
Saint John writes of the initiation of the Dark
Night of the Spirit:
“Since the divine extreme strikes in order
to renew the soul and divinize it (by stripping it of the habitual
affections and properties of the old man to which it is strongly
united, attached, and conformed), it so disentangles and dissolves
the spiritual substance—absorbing
it in a profound darkness—that
the soul at the sight of its miseries feels that it is melting away
and being undone by a cruel spiritual death; it feels as if it were
swallowed by a beast and being digested in the dark belly, and it
suffers an anguish comparable to Jonas’s when in the belly
of the whale. [Jon. 2:1-3]
"It is fitting that the soul be in this sepulcher
of dark death in order that it attain the spiritual resurrection
for which it hopes.” The Collected Works of St. John of the
Cross, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (Washington,
D.C.: ICS Publications, 1979), pp. 311, 337.
miseries, since no one else can stamp them out; and may my eyes behold
You, because You are their light, and I would open them to You alone."—Saint
John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle
"In detachment, the spirit
finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing. Nothing wearies it by elation,
and nothing oppresses it by dejection, because it stands in the center
of its own humility."—Saint John of the Cross
"There You will show me what
my soul has been seeking, and then You will give me, You, my life, will
give me there what You gave me on that other day . . . "—Saint
John of the Cross,
"If the soul is seeking God,
its Lord is seeking it much more."—Saint
John of the Cross, Living Flame of Love
"She lived in solitude, and now in
solitude has built her nest; and now in solitude He guides her, He alone,
who also bears in solitude the wound of love."—Saint
John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle
"The desert is an interior detachment
from every creature in which the soul neither pauses nor rests in anything."—Saint
John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel