By Elizabeth Clare Prophet
This is an excerpt from a lecture by Elizabeth Clare Prophet Meeting Your Inner Master given January 30 and February 7, 1992, to Summit University and published in the July 23, 2000 Pearl of Wisdom Vol. 43 No. 30.
Why Is the Inner Master Unknown?
People do not know that there is an inner Master because it’s not talked about. It’s not spoken about. It’s not the subject of films. Films bring up karma and reincarnation. They bring up near-death experiences and so forth, but the concept of the inner Master or of any master is one that is greatly feared by the fallen angels, for if masters are real and living, then the whole world will go after them.
That was the great fear of the Jews and the Romans. They said: “The world is gone after him. What do we do? All men will believe on him.” Today the popularization of certain fads—everything from games and toys to dolls—displaces what should be the real fad of our time, contacting the inner Master.
Mark says, “The soul always knows that there is an inner Master.” Well, I didn’t know as a child that there was an inner Master inside of me. How many of you would have thought when you were a child, “I have an inner Master inside of me”? Anyone?
I could talk about feeling the angels or the presence of God. I felt strong in myself and very determined. I had a strength of purpose and a set to my jaw that never left me, but I wouldn’t have talked about an inner Master. My soul knew, yet no one had awakened or quickened my soul to that understanding. Had I brought it up, people would have denounced me because it was too scary to think about—if there is an inner Master, then what?
Mark says, “The soul knows this, even though no one tells the soul—at least we don’t think anyone tells the soul, for we don’t seem to remember it. Do you understand that the inner Master can be contacted by the soul?” Now, that is very direct and plain teaching. He does not beat around the bush, but he does not tell you who that inner Master is either. He simply says that it can be done and you have to figure out how to do it. What he tells you in this lecture is how to do it and how not to do it, but you really have to listen with your inner ear.
He says, “What enhances the whole concept of meeting your master is the fact that you know that you can do it.” That is a fiat you ought to make every day:
In the name of my Mighty I AM Presence and Holy Christ Self,
I know that I can contact my inner Master.
What’s more, I know that I can be my inner Master.
I know that in my soul I can merge with that inner Master.
I can walk the earth as the master of myself, so help me God!
You have to affirm it because the world is full of masters who desire to be master over you.
Have You Already Met Your Master?
Mark says, “Some people say that they have already met their master.” Well, I think that people have indeed met their master but they don’t see it as such. Your master can be the place where you left off the Path. Your master can be the point beyond which you refuse to go.
You’ve reached a plateau. You know how to decree. You know the Law; you know the teaching. You can teach and somehow it can appear that you are above your fellows. However, inside you stubbornly refuse to go to the next level, where the air is thinner and the climb more difficult—eventually you will reach the lonely ones who themselves become fewer and fewer until finally you and the cosmos are all alone.
Therefore it is more dangerous and a more heinous crime for the advanced student to say, “Thus far and no farther,” than it is for the new student who comes in joyously, ready to drink every cup and make all the progress allowed. You need to be careful about this danger on the Path. It is very subtle because it is the work of the dweller. The dweller will conceal it—conceal it from you and conceal it from me–and that is another phase of meeting the inner Master.
First of all, consider the matter of physical indulgences. Obesity is a big problem in the United States today. Sensuality, misuse of the sacred fire, perversions of sex and all the addictions of smoking, et cetera, proliferate. People come to them and get stuck. They say, “This is it. I’m not going to stop eating sugar. I’m not going to stop drinking. I’m not going to stop, because I can accommodate. I can stay alive. I can be okay at this place, so why should I give it up?” Then they leave the Path.
Jesus gave his disciples the Word of eternal life. He said to them, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” In other words, unless you assimilate me totally, until you become who I am and what I am, you have no life in you.
What he really meant is that you will not attain the bonding to my heart, the bonding of the spiritual marriage, until you are ready to chew up every morsel of my flesh and drink every drop of my blood. And scripture says that many disciples went away from him on that day.
Jesus looked at those who were left and he said: “Will ye also go away?” And they said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” They knew that they must be bonded to Jesus, for he had said, “As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.” What he has told us is that he is the light of the world only as long as he is in the earth. Then through us and through our emergent Christhood, he becomes that light through us.
That’s a pretty big responsibility. I can tell you that Mark Prophet was the light of the world wherever he went. He would lighten up your day and enliven your heart and transmit to you the fire you needed. But if you had a preconceived notion of what it should be, you would miss his transfer of light altogether.
So where we have said, “These are my limits,” we have met our master. Then we say, “I can go no further and if I try to go any farther, I will simply fall apart. I will have a nervous breakdown. I will be unhappy. And besides, I just don’t want to make the effort. So here I am. Take me or leave me, God.”
It’s a point of pride to think, “I’ve found my niche of comfortability where I can keep the darkness under control and keep the light flowing my way.” It is like trying to hold your place while swimming or rowing a boat. It’s a very delicate balance to row and stay where you are—not to go on or go back.
I’m here to tell you that it’s totally impossible. You can’t hold your own against the whole momentum of the world and the next octave, because it’s not the law of the Path. It’s not the law of chelaship. If you want a master and you want your inner Master to be activated, you have to follow the Guru wherever the Guru goes. You have to follow the Ascended Masters wherever they take you.
When you entered this path you made no bargain that said, “Okay, Lord, I’ll take you for 365 days, and at that point I’ll go on my way.” The Masters play for keeps and they take you on forever. They don’t let go until you let go. They let go when you are no longer sustaining the level of light you are required to sustain to be at the place where they say you should be for the light and the teaching they have given you.
The quotes from Mark Prophet are from his lecture Meeting Your Inner Master that is published as numbers 27 and 28 of the Volume 43 Pearls of Wisdom (2000).