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SPIRIT OF GOODWILL

The Power of Goodwill

 

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How Goodwill Can Change the World  

We are all familiar with the term “goodwill” and use it in many situations.  Usually when we use the term it conjures up feelings of warmth, love, acceptance, fair play and a general tone of good relations between peo­ple.  It is a term bantered about without much thought given to its true meaning, usefulness or even greater potential, though.  For, behind this concept of “goodwill” lies a very powerful energy which goes far beyond our conception of the term and reaches every aspect of human interaction, as well as our interactions with the other kingdoms in nature.  “Goodwill”, little as we realize it, is a profound evolutionary directive which underlies all evolutionary processes and is the basis of the brotherhood and fellowship of all within nature.  

To understand how “goodwill” can be a force for change we must more fully understand the root words “good” and “will”.  Beginning with goodness, from the time we were born we have been taught to “be good”-to behave in an appropriate manner, to practice sharing, kindness, charity, fairness or any of a number of “good” practices.  Some of what passes for goodness is actually social conditioning.  But, behind true goodness there is a core of beliefs which guide us throughout our days on this Earth.  Those beliefs are very ancient and have been handed down across the globe and the generations through every society, regardless of cultural differences.  All the great religions of the world teach people how to lead a “good” life.  Our parents, relatives and the societies in which we live have taught us to do likewise, though generally in a more secular fashion.   

These sorts of beliefs are deeply instilled and are, in a sense, burned into our hearts as a kind of matrix of belief and as a safeguard to ourselves and our societies.  They have their beginnings in what we know as con­science and a sense of responsibility.  We call these values loosely by the term “ethics” and expect everyone we encounter to likewise abide by at least a certain modicum of those values.  And, for the most part, people do, no matter from where they are.  

Conscience and one’s sense of responsibility form the parameters of our conscious minds in a very real sense.  But the ethics of a person are generally said to spring from the heart, not the head.  Just try to go against one’s beliefs and see what happens.  If our conscience is offended by something we have done or not done then the resulting sense of guilt can be consuming to the point of wrecking one’s life.  We feel guilt because we feel a sense of responsibility for our actions when we have done wrong.  That sense of responsi­bility also begins the process of healing which eventually “rights” the wrong.  Our minds might give copious reasons as to why we should have offended our ethics in the first place.  But our hearts win the day eventu­ally.  Not even a computer will do what it is not programmed to do under normal circumstances.  These basic values of goodness, responsibility and conscience form the basis of our “programming” and of a stable and vibrant society. They also form the basis of our understanding of goodwill as a force for good.  

No person or group of people will ever go against their ethic for very long.  Our very lives depend upon these ethics for success and fulfillment.  To grow and prosper as an individual or group we’ve relied upon our sense of goodness as outlined by our ethics in order to cooperate with each other and in order to reach our individual and shared goals.  Integrity grows out of this maintaining of values within our shared endeavors and is a living force which adds to the greater good and even helps us evolve as a person or species.  People without integrity or a strong sense of ethics do not, in general, last very long in any society.  

Such people offending the ethics of the society in which they live are eventually ostracized.  This can be lik­ened to a sick cell or foreign pathogen in the body which is attacked by the immune system and neutralized.  All of us know what happens if the sick cells or pathogens are allowed full away.  Sickness or even death can result from that.  Our ethics-our sense of goodness-preserves our integrity and is our immunity against evil or unethical behavior in the world.  History is replete with examples of what happens when social pathogens are allowed to go about their nefarious business without hindrance.  Society invariably suffers or even dies.  But society generally triumphs over such obstacles eventually.  

When we say the hope of the world’s future lies in our children, what we are really considering are the con­cepts just outlined-the instilling of the sense of responsibility and the conscience in the child from a very early age.  “Show me the child by the age of seven and I will give you the man [person].”  There is very much truth in that statement, for our most essential values are instilled in us by that age.  And given the fact that the vast majority of primary caregivers to children of that age are women the status, well-being and sup­port of women everywhere should be given very careful and urgent attention and action if true goodwill across the globe is to be fostered.  Women have universally been said to be ruled more by their hearts than their heads, and much to the benefit of our children.  But, any man who thinks women to be inferior because of that should re-evaluate his own thinking on the matter and maybe even his own values.  Children need the goodness and guidance of their fathers, too.  But the first years of life set the tone for the remainder of life for the most part.  Therefore the influence of women and of the heart should not be underestimated and very greatly promoted, even above knowledge with respect to children.  

The two terms “goodness” and “will” cannot, in effect, be separated.  The will of God springs from good­ness.  “Will” is essentially volition-that which compels or drives one forward through space and time.  “Goodness” is, in reality, God’s law made manifest.  It is the will of God to manifest that law more perfectly with the passage of time with the aim of evolving the universe toward some sort of perfected order.  What that order is or how the universe will appear is beyond our comprehension.  Is it difficult to see, though, although there is imperfection in the world and rebellion against God’s law in some quarters that ultimately goodness and order will triumph over chaos and decay?  

Some people may argue the universe to be a chance happening and human consciousness to be the random firing of neurons in the brain.  But physics and science in general show us all more clearly with each passing year that the cosmos cannot have been a random or chance event.  The mathematics behind all within cre­ation militates against that view.  The mathematical constants which underlie every construct are too exact­ing and too finely interlaced to have occurred chaotically.  It has been said that God geometrizes.  Is it too difficult to believe every creation of nature and humanity alike has its basis in a profound, precise, but intri­cate mathematics?  One has only to see fractals on the computer screen, for example, to see how math can generate form.  The point of this is that order, law and, indeed a wondrous beauty are at the very heart of God’s creation.  The fact that evolution occurs is beyond dispute.  That everything is evolving toward some­thing greater may still be a question in some minds.  But order, interdependency, an innate brotherhood and even a spirit of cooperation guide all within creation. Goodwill is natural law.  

God’s will is imponderable, so vast is the concept.  God’s goodness is evidenced all around us, whether or not we see it.  God’s law is the basis for all that exists.  If we are all God’s creations do we not also have our basis in those same laws?  Are humans exempt from Nature or different from it somehow?  If our basis is God’s law are we not all, then, based in goodness?  Can that goodness ever really be stamped out of us?  Even the most reprehensible of people still have some spark of goodness within them.  We may try to over­come God’s laws for a time.  But, as an example, if we stepped off a cliff we will most surely fall unless we had some mechanical contrivance to keep us afloat.  Eventually the law of gravitation would bring us back to the earth, whether or not we had help staying afloat or not.  Eventually everything is resolved back into the heart of God and order is restored.  

One might say that “goodwill” is God’s edict for human relations and the basis for those relations.  It is an edict which cannot be enforced, though.  Rather, it comes from the very center of our being and is something which we simply know has to be right and must be done.  One’s individual pain, whether physical, emotional or mental, may mask over this essential goodness for a period of time and cause us to behave in a manner contrary to our deepest truths.  The same is true for groups.  In such cases those of us who can see through to the essential goodness but also separate out the pain which keeps others from evidencing that goodness owe it to ourselves and to those others to draw out the goodness and ease the pain.  Thus the greater good is served.  

Light begets light.  It takes only a single, small flame to light an entire hall full of candles.  When we evi­dence goodwill toward another we invoke a like response within them, whether it shows outwardly immedi­ately or not.  Everything tuned to the same frequency resounds when contacted by something vibrating to that frequency.  We call this principle “sympathetic vibration”.  But the sympathy so described is no passive concept.  It describes instead a commonality and such commonality can perform stupendous feats if rightly applied.  This concept of sympathetic vibration is the key to all healing and to the consequent and requisite destruction of that which is causing injury.  If all souls are one within the heart of God then by drawing out and evoking in like response the soul of another, then goodwill is multiplied by magnitudes.  

To put the whole question of how goodwill may be used as a force in human relations as simply as possible we could state the matter thus: Show love to our fellows.  Show that love long enough and the barriers pre­venting their own love from showing through eventually crumble and fall.  When they likewise show love to their fellows then a group of great potency and efficacy is formed.  And where love is, God is surely there as well, for God is love.  This is very definitely a simplistic description, but the point has been made: have sym­pathy within an atmosphere of love, with and for people around you.  If one does not prefer the word “love”, then perhaps some term such as “high-mindedness”, “compassion”, “beauty” or any of a number of such terms maybe interposed instead.  The result is the same, nonetheless.  Your goodwill becomes a force with which to be reckoned.  

So, for examples of how goodwill may be used as a force for good, have sympathy for our children and the children of others.  Show them the ways of conscience, responsibility and high-mindedness.  Most love all; show them all the love you can muster.  You ensure their and your own survival and success by so doing.  Teach young men to be gentle men and to find strength in that and teach all young people to cooperate.  And in the turbulent adolescent years when rebellion and the pushing of boundaries is the order of the day let those of us older and hopefully a little wiser remember we once lived through that age and were once like them and somehow managed to survive it and come out on the other side as good, well adjusted adults and thus pass along our wisdom to them.  When evil arises around you, make a stand against it and invoke the goodness of those around you to bring that negativity down to its proper place and be resolved.

Above all, love all; try to see God in all things and everyone around you because when we see God in others it resounds in us as well. In all situations, sense the need if there is one, respond in one’s highest ethic and draw out similar things in those also involved. Though the world seems lost and chaotic at times and negativ­ity seems so often to win the day there is still order all around us and supporting us, moving without fail towards restoration, repose and restitution.  Goodwill is a force in Nature and in human nature.  Use and invoke it wisely to promote goodness, love and God’s Plan for the world and the force for positive change thus engendered can be powerful beyond imagination!  

 

From the Point of Light within the Mind of God, let Light stream forth into human minds, let Light descend on Earth.   From the Point of Love within the Heart of God, let Love stream forth into human hearts, may the Coming One return to Earth.  From the center where the Will of God is known, let Purpose guide all little human wills, the Purpose which the Masters know and serve.  From the center which we call the human race, let the Plan of Love, and Light work out, and may it seal the door where evil dwells.  Let Light, and Love, and Power restore the Plan on Earth.