Spiritual Exercise – A Divine Experience

Leigh Taylor-Young Morton

Keep in mind that spiritual exercises are a devotional practice. You are coming into worship. You are presenting yourself at the “altar,” the place inside you in which God appears and you can experience yourself in the presence of the Lord God.

There are many effects that are likely to be very subtle and beyond conscious awareness. Keep going, and take time also to observe your inner experience, including through your imagination or what might at first appear as imaginary. Use all of your inner senses to observe.

You can keep a special journal to record and compile your experiences.

Be patient. While the journey may seem long it is still active and dynamically bringing forward what you are prepared to experience.

You can also benefit by considering your intentions for what you would like to experience while remaining open to whatever experience comes forward from the Mystical Traveler to you. While in prayer, consider you are in communion with God in a very personal way. Listen. Give your attention to whatever is being revealed from within as a divine experience. Tell your story to God in complete trust that you are heard and understood and whatever help would serve any needs is on the way if not already done.

Baruch Bashan
John Morton

Loving John-Roger Onward and Upward

I want us to consider the obvious — J-R has given us a great treasure, and that he’s gone into a consciousness which was already prepared and spoken to us long ago. Consider the fifty-plus years he was holding the keys to the Mystical Traveler Consciousness. Consider all that he spoke to us and, more importantly, showed us and demonstrated for us.

This church is following in John-Roger’s teachings. And I do consider that this day was obviously prophesized. We’re looking closely at some of what J-R said about this time, things that he said would take place after he moved into Spirit. So, in a sense, we’re checking up on ourselves and looking at what we’re following through upon.

My view is that everything that needed to be done has been done to prepare for this time. We’re picking up on what Jesus established. We’re processing in this place we call soul. That work is as active as ever. So any concern, whatever level you might have about that, just consider that the work is within as it’s always been.

Read more from John’s article on the New Day Herald here. . .

Carrying the Torch for John-Roger

Someone emailed me from across the country asking for advice on whether to attend in-person the November 29th Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, with concerns about the event being full and the costs involved.  This is what poured out of me in response:

Let me start out with another of my J-R stories that have been flowing like rivers after a heavy winter snow melt.  In 1984, prior to the Opening of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the John-Roger Foundation which became the Integrity Foundation donated $1,500 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for the privilege of having someone run with the Olympic torch which would later light the Olympic flame to commence the Games.  John-Roger asked me if I would be willing to run with the torch on behalf of the Foundation.

From early childhood I was fascinated by the Olympics and would have loved to have been the Olympic Decathlon Champion.   I ran track and field and cross country in high school.  I was thrilled by the experience and so was J-R even though we ran with it in the middle of nowhere up near Lompoc, California.  Perhaps you have seen the Moment of Peace showing my running with the torch and scenes from when J-R and myself were at the Olympics in person.

On the day of the Opening Ceremonies which were at the Coliseum at USC, which is not too far from Prana, there was a wedding that I attended with J-R.  Afterwards, he and one of the MSIA staff were invited to attend the Opening Ceremonies as guests of a generous supporter of Insight and IIWP.  I was very moved to walk if I had to from Prana and somehow attend the Opening Ceremonies and see the Olympic flame lit.  The same flame I had carried is lit by a special flame which has been lit by a long tradition going back to the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The flame burns “eternally” in Olympia, Greece where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

In 1984, I was living on a vow of poverty with MSIA.  Literally, I had no money of my own. When I told J-R after the wedding at Prana  that I wanted to go to the Opening Ceremonies, he said to me, “Don’t let money stand in the way of your going” and then he left to go.  I thought to myself about what he meant.  In my world in 1984, I thought $20 was a reasonable amount that could get me a ticket.  I adjusted to what J-R said to raise the amount I would be willing to pay to $50.  Someone from Prana gave me a ride to a very crowded area around the Coliseum at USC which could hold up to 100,000 spectators.  I started walking across a mammoth parking lot to to get to one of the entrances to the Coliseum.  In the distance, I could see people holding up small hand-made signs.  I was encouraged as I thought these people were selling extra tickets they had.  When I got close enough to read the first sign, it was about buying tickets.  Then another sign and another and another.  Many people holding up signs or announcing out loud their intentions — all wanting to buy tickets.

When I arrived at the entrance gate, I had not seen one person offering to sell a ticket.  I felt very dejected.  I managed to find a piece of cardboard and made my sign — ”I WANT A TICKET” — to hold up while I walked around meeting people who were approaching the entrances.  After what seemed like a long while, I went of to one of the people holding a sign to buy tickets and asked if he had seen anyone selling tickets.  His response was, “Yeah, there’s a guy over there,” pointing at an area I had not walked by, “whose selling one ticket for $500.”  I walked over to him and sure enough he had a sign to sell a ticket.  I asked how much?  ”$500,” he responded.  I replied, “That’s too much.”  I felt crushed.  I walked away even more dejected.

I was standing in the parking lot near an entrance gate still holding up my sign but with my head down and gazing at the asphalt below.  Someone said, “Here,” and put a ticket into my hand while I was still staring at the ground.  By the time I had figured out what I had in my hand, my instant response was this was some kind of scalper playing a mean game of tempting me by putting what I wanted desperately into my hands.  I looked up and there were many people walking toward the entrance gate.  I was not even sure who it was who had put the ticket into my hand.  I yelled out, “How much is the ticket?”

A tall, athletic man immaculately dressed in a sport coat and tie quickly turned around while he kept walking toward the gate and yelled back, “It’s free!”  I was still standing as he kept moving further away toward the entrance, and I yelled loudly over the crowd noise, “Who do I have to thank?”  He quickly turned around while he kept moving toward the entrance and yelled back, “ABC.”  I later realized he was one of the on-camera announcers who worked for ABC Sports, the television network who was covering the entire Olympic Games.  On the ticket amongst the information that was printed it read, “VIP” and “$200.”  When I took my seat, sure enough I was seated in a VIP section, 4 rows up from the track and field at the end of the stadium where the main part of the ceremonies was conducted.

Being at that Opening Ceremony is to this day one of the most spectacular experiences of my life.  During the ceremonies, which climaxes with the lighting of the Olympic flame to commence the Games, there is a tradition in which the host country keeps the identity of who will light the flame a secret right up to the moment when the last runners who have been passing the flame torch to torch for weeks finally enter the Olympic stadium, continuing to pass the flame onto another runner until the one who is to light the cauldron signifies the moment of the Opening of the Olympic Games.

When I later attended with J-R the Opening Ceremonies for the Atlanta Olympics, Muhammad Ali lit the official flame.  However, on this day in Los Angeles the surprise was two-time Olympic Champion Rafer Johnson who lit the flame by carrying the torch from the track up a specially-built flight of stairs all the way up to the top of the stadium.  It was a spine tingling moment for me.

When my wife, Leigh, and I came together, I found out that she had a small role in the film “The Games,” which was based upon a true story about the marathon run during the Rome Olympics in 1960.  One of the advisers and someone who played a sports commentator in the film is Leigh’s friend, the very same Rafer Johnson, who became a two-time Olympic Decathlon Champion.  Leigh and I later had lunch with Rafer, and he signed the photo of the Los Angeles Opening Ceremonies that is hanging, along with the actual Olympic torch I carried, in the hallway outside my office at 2101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

Of course, this is your decision whether you attend the day of Celebration of J-R’s Life. Look to your heart for direction, and “Don’t let money stand in the way.”

Baruch Bashan
John

To learn more about participating in-person and on-line in the Celebration of John-Roger’s Life, click here. . . 

In Joyful Fellowship with John-Roger

Hi There:

During the wee hours during my MSIA trip to Brasilia I was awakened to J-R speaking during his Christmas Eve 1991 SAT seminar, “Being In Fellowship With The Lord (#7812), which I consider is as good a reference as we could find to play for his celebration this November 29 in Los Angeles, California. I experienced parts as his way of doing his eulogy (forgive the term if you don’t like it).  Here are some examples I noted:

His hope that “this civilization will on day look up the works of John-Roger and say, ‘Thank You’.”

He told a couple of Hinkins’ childhood stories.  One was about Delile hiding the peas under his plate to get the most dessert, Parley catching him, then Roger doing the same while they were all focused on Delile so he could get the most dessert.  Then J-R saying that this was is confession that one day the Hinkins would be seeing and hearing via the recording. There’s also the story of Delile putting pieces of coal into their Christmas stockings and how that really got to J-R about his dad, and then his dad corrected him so he would realize that the coal would be there so he and Delile wouldn’t have to go out into the cold to get more coal.

J-R also told us that “next year some of you won’t be here” and gave encouragement for everyone to focus on completion while we have the opportunity now.

J-R mentioned that there was controversy about when Jesus was born such that some consider that it was actually the immaculate conception that took place on December 24th and that the birth would be on September 24th, J-R’s birthday, and then J-R forgiving himself for thinking that about himself.

J-R talked about the need for all of us to take correction and asking what is God’s business:  Forgiveness.  The heart does not want memory, it wants now.  It wants to be held in love.  J-R wants people to touch him.

A lot of Jesus as Lord and Savior, “paying with the coins in his purse.”

J-R saying, “Thank you all so much.  I’m honored that were all together in this room.”   He acknowledges the presence of Spirit.”

J-R states he has a prayer for us — ”God strengthen them.  I’m honored to be with them.  Let them be fit to be a companion to walk with the Lord.  Let them also be a joy to the world.”

He tells us, “I’m not waiting for the 2nd coming of the Lord.”

Baruch Bashan for now
John