The Purpose of Love
by Richard Gardner
- PART TWO -
Because consciousness is received from without, the twelve functions or types referred to are best called channels, in the sense that a television can be tuned to a number of channels, depending on the selection of the viewer. This analogy should make it easier for most readers to grasp the material which follows.
Humanity has more or less always known intuitively that the understanding and gaining of consciousness is the key to more life and has always instinctively reached for it. Looking far back into history we can see that all religions have sprung from intuitive rituals and values that would evolve one type of consciousness or another through us. It is now possible to see that there are twelve distinct channels to be evolved, but at no time has any civilization been able to develop all twelve to any real extent.
The true evolution of any form of consciousness is seldom easy, just think of the terrible prices we have paid in wars, for instance, to gain the technical and medical discoveries that have come out of them. As Oscar Wilde remarked 'Life makes us pay the most dreadful prices for its meanest of secrets'. When we begin to see the nature of consciousness, such prices need no longer be paid.
In many ways the duration and quality of the lives we lead depends on the degree of awareness we have, and as religions were our techniques for gaining greater consciousness we always took them seriously. Because the technique for evolving different channels greatly differ, people have often persecuted groups that were practising different values from their own. They felt that these threatened their life line, and thought that their way of knowing was the only kind of knowing. This is untrue. There are twelve ways of knowing to be developed and integrated before we arrive at truth.
History shows us the fruits of various religions. Look what the Greeks produced: marvellous philosophy, art and 'myths'. Their understanding of the human psyche has never yet been equalled. Then the Romans, such gifts of building, conquering, law making, controlling and administrating. The Muslims, such 'fairyland' architecture and alchemy. Then when the Protestants broke away, how quickly they produced and developed industrial technology!
Each set of values has given its fruit and has persecuted and been persecuted by its different neighbours, all thinking they were right. As we will be able to see now, there is no true knowing that does not take the whole field of consciousness into account.
At our present stage of evolution we need different persons and groups to devote themselves to investigate each of the twelve channels and then leam from each other in sympathetic friendship. None of us at this stage are sufficiently developed to understand all twelve completely. Anyone will find that they have particular attributes that fit them for one activity or another, which means an aspect of one of the twelve channels, to this they should devote themselves. The most neglected channels, those connected with feeling, are in urgent need of our attention if we are to survive.
This is not a book to read once only, but rather once a month, because each time you muse upon it you will discover more and more. Its subject is growth and the more time you give to it, the more you will grow to understand and develop. You will find your life will be enriched through the practice of its principles.
People have never wanted to recognize the truth. They ignore fairy stories which are loaded with the most valuable truths, beautifully expressed. The miracles of Jesus are equally ignored and denied, because humanity has not the faith to believe in greater possibilities than are with it at the moment. There seems to be no easy way around this obstacle. Even Jesus had to say 'He who has ears let him hear*. As a rule, that which seems unlikely and funny is often true. It is strange how people do not allow humour to instruct them. Because truth seems unlikely, all who have offered some have had a negative reaction from the establishment. What a joy it would be to see this situation change. If any reader wishes to dismiss what is said in this book, has he anything of value to offer in its place?
Science and technology have become god. It is not science however that will save us, but understanding, which means appreciation and true affection for one another.
We do not have to negate anyone, no religion of the past or present, but merely to recommend a fuller understanding of them all.