The separation of church and state
Consider the topic of the separation of church and state. It is essential for you to understand what we are really talking about, when we talk about one nation under God. The essence of the problem is that if there is no recognition and respect for something that is beyond the duality consciousness, then a nation will inevitably deteriorate and be taken over by the power elite—thereby becoming a closed system, becoming subject to the forces of the second law of thermodynamics.
There is no surefire way to ensure, that a nation will not slip into that state. For you have indeed seen governments, you have seen nations, that were ruled by a religious authority and yet that religious authority became influenced by the duality consciousness, whereby you had a tyrannical priesthood and pretty soon the entire civilization started spiraling downhill.
When we talk about one nation under God, we are not talking about a nation that is ruled by some priesthood, be it the Catholic church or any other church. We are talking about a nation that has some mechanism for reaching beyond the duality consciousness and bringing forth higher awareness. Higher awareness can serve as the tuning fork used by musicians to set the proper key, whereby an entire orchestra can tune their instruments so they can play in harmony without creating discord.
It is not that the entire nation needs to be in the same church, and needs to consciously – in the outer awareness – recognize a certain religious authority as the ultimate authority. But it is that a critical mass of people must come into higher awareness within themselves, so that they can attune their own individual consciousness to that of the greater awareness. And so that they can recognize it when someone – somewhere – comes up as the spokesman who can verbalize that higher awareness in a particular situation. And that someone is almost always outside the established system, for that system is controlled by the power elite. So the voice of truth is almost always the voice crying in the wilderness—and not inside the halls of power.
And yet if a critical mass of people recognize that voice, accept it, start talking about it to other people, start writing about it, start writing to their congressmen and demanding change, then the shift can begin to occur that brings the entire nation into alignment. And suddenly, you see a shift in the national consciousness, where they now recognize the unreality of a former policy or a former law. And suddenly, there is an awareness that things have to change. And then, gradually, even the inertia found in the bureaucracy and in the government will be forced to comply.
Government is a two-way process
For when the will of the people is united, then the government must follow. When we talk about a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people, even though America is currently far from the free democracy that it could be, there is certainly a two-way process between the government and the people. There is a limit to how far the power elite behind the government can actually take things—and that limit is set by the consciousness of the people. Which, by the way, is the only reason why you have not seen a further erosion of civil liberties after the 9/11 event. It is also why you have not seen further manipulation of the economy and why you have not seen another military excursion in some part of the world.
There is always a two-way process. And even though the government might be controlled by the power elite, there is a limit to their power—as long as the people are still relatively free and relatively informed, as is the case in America today. The key here is not that we create some almighty church in America that suddenly becomes set up as the ultimate authority. For America is not a static society. And it is not meant to remain today the way it was when the constitution was written. For change is the order of the day, growth is the order of the day, self-transcendence is the order of the day. America must transcend herself. And how is that transcendence meant to occur? Well, it is meant to occur by more and more people discovering the higher awareness within themselves, using that as the absolute measure for what is real and what is unreal.
And then, as more and more people come into that attunement, a shift will occur in the outer consciousness. And that is why the American government, the American Constitution, the American laws, must be refined, must grow—so that the nation can grow. Yet the importance here is that this change does not happen by the power elite manipulating the constitution to give themselves more power. It must happen because a critical mass of people have come to the realization that a change is needed.
The difference between a republic and a democracy
To comment on the difference between a republic and a democracy, America started out as a republic mainly because the consciousness of the people was not ready for a more free society. They were not ready to have all responsibility put on themselves. And thus, there had to be some safety measures that could keep the government within certain boundaries. Yet as the nation grows, America must face the challenge of becoming a democracy, where the majority does rule. And where the majority is now faced with the challenge that either they align themselves with higher awareness and bring their nation up, or they refuse to align themselves and then witness the deterioration of their nation.
In the Age of Higher Aweareness, governments need to be free. And freedom can only happen when the people take responsibility for their nation. It cannot be forced upon them. In the Age of Higher Aweareness – in the golden age consciousness – you need to refine your concept of freedom. For there does come a point, where people must be set free to either stand or fall by their own consciousness.
Again, freedom can be perverted by the dualistic extremes. And at one dualistic extreme is the consciousness that anything goes—and if it feels good do it, for there is no real truth. Everything is relative, so my truth is as good as your truth, which is as good as the next person’s truth. In the other extreme, you have the lie that the people cannot govern themselves, and therefore they need an elite who can protect them against themselves. This is what has been used by the tyrannical power elites for eons as an excuse for them controlling the people, taking away the people’s freedom, all for their own good—or so they say, for truly it is only for the good of the power elite.
True freedom can only be attained when you have some guideline, some lodestone, that reaches beyond duality. And that lodestone is, of course, higher awareness. It only takes a critical mass of people to get an entire nation to come into alignment behind a particular issue—that may not be the ultimate truth but it is the practical, realistic measure that needs to be taken right now, so that the nation can rise to the next level. And then, when you are on that level, you can begin to reach for an even greater understanding that might eventually transform your present level, but you have to take it one step at a time.