Balance. Purpose. Enlightenment.
As I dream of new life at Gateway, the image before me is strong and intense, and I am absorbed in the wonder of it:
There is a complete absence of discordant noises. No sound of car horns, no screeching of tires from sudden stops. Everywhere there is a leisurely ease that can be found only where genuine peace of mind is enjoyed.
I wake from my nap with a start. Through the window, I peer into the damp gloom of a typical winter day. Hmm, and I thought I was in heaven! The traffic is building up on a late Friday afternoon. The scramble to rush homeward for the weekend is in full swing, with the unspoken motto: “Get in my way at your peril.” Suddenly, in the street below, I see a young woman rush across the road as the rain falls relentlessly. A taxi bearing down toward her is slow to react. Thankfully, the moment passes safely, but the shock on the face of one, and the grimace on the other, betrays the unhappiness it brought.
As I turn from the window, my thoughts revert to the pleasure of my dream that wasn’t really a dream. It is a snapshot of a future reality, the outworking of a deeply held desire to live more thoughtfully and cooperatively.
I am preparing for a journey that will take me closer to the reality of my dream, into the new life at Gateway. I am on my way to Ramona, California, home base of the Lemurian Fellowship. It’s a long way from England, but a trip well worth the time and investment. The sunshine there is more than just in the sky, it’s evident in the peace and happiness found in the harmonious activities of those at the nearby sister property, Gateway.
Here, ordinary men and women live and work together intelligently and positively, creating a new and modern world, full of freshness and promise, a timeless permanence that draws visitors’ attention.
When I am at Gateway, observations like these pass through my mind:
Others listen quietly and attentively when I have something to say.
Two or more Lemurians work harmoniously on the task before them.
There’s an evident interest in who I am and how I can contribute to the good of all.
The tranquility and peace of the place surrounds me.
I’m not claiming perfection. Those who live and work here will be the first to admit that they have their share of faults. But there is a sustaining desire for something better. To work on beautifying character. To try to match a lovely material exterior with noble character qualities. Here, a possible and purposeful goal is taking shape. We are working toward the fulfillment of the greatest promise ever made – what Christ called the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Every time I visit Ramona, the ‘dream’ become a little more refined. And as I return home afterwards I learn to translate more of the magic of Gateway into myself and my everyday environment. Does that sound good to you? It sounded good to me when I made my first visits. And it still does, as I continue happily to add my best to the mix.
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9 thoughts on “New Life at Gateway This New Year”
One of the more interesting observations someone ever made about me was as much a statement about Gateway as it was about me. It came from a woman who works with me at my office and concerned my apparently less than ideal attitude I had been displaying. “Shouldn’t you be going to California (Gateway) again soon?” she asked. “You’re always so much more enjoyable to be around when you get back!”
I always feel a lift in my spirit when I head out to volunteer at Gateway! It is so nice to share this peaceful environment with staff and visitors.
As one who is privileged to go to Gateway three times a week, I often get caught up in the tasks that I need to do and do not take the time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that is Gateway. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. It sometimes takes a visitor’s vantage point to remind some of us of this.
As one who lives and works at Gateway, I can say it is an equally positive experience to share the day with visitors. Their good feelings make the days ever brighter and more positive.
One way the new life at Gateway can be appreciated is through the experiences of Lemurian children who visit there. Some years ago, a family with several children visited. Matt, a staff member who was well versed in western Americana, took the oldest boy aside, gave him a rifle loaded with blank cartidges and a bandana to wear over his face. Then they plotted a hold-up. A little later, Matt took the younger children on a hike during which he filled them with stories about the notorious California outlaw, Black Bart, who robbed stages. They walked along the old stagecoach road that once wound through the Gateway property. And just then, with the crack of a rifle, out of the sagebrush stepped . . . Black Bart! Or his ghost . . . or was it the girls’ older brother? Whoever it was, this was a story long remembered by that family as one of their fond memories of Gateway.
The advancements being made at Gateway described in this article are actually reflected in the picture. Our old Long Shop (which was originally a chicken coop, then a dance hall before the Lemurians came to Gateway) is the building our where Lemurian Crafts were produced from the 1940s until about 2000.
We now have a very beautiful modern facility to produce our Crafts along with additional space for other functions. Progress is being made and we see it manifested in our facilities as well as our characters.
As one who also travels to Ramona from time to time (and not nearly as often as I should!), I can testify to the same sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you are on the grounds of the Fellowship or Gateway. Everyone accepts you as you are and it is a pleasure to work with fellow Order members on any task.
When the Lemurian Philosophy is at work it is a wonder to behold! Cooperation among Egos with the same goal can accomplish much more than the conflict and upset that accompanies many working environments in the mundane world.
The “dream” is slowly but surely becoming a reality. As long as there is a place to practice that sends the practitioners out into the world, it will become clearer to more people that this is the way to live.
Thanks for an interesting and uplifting story of visiting Gateway. Every time I am privileged to visit, I have similar positive experiences with those who live and/or work there — good vibes that stay with me for days or weeks afterward.