The Victory Way of Life
The Majestic Sense of Victory
You have heard it said “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” <1> Yet the full meaning of this proverb is not realized by man until he begins to increase his potential and fulfill himself to the best of his ability, recognizing that everyone on earth has a different capacity for service or for the use of the Law. We’ll call that realization a realization of objectivity.
However, although we should maintain our objectivity, all should recognize in their own personal world that wherever they are, they could be a great deal further ahead than they are because they are not yet self-realized people.
Whatever you want from God; unless you go after it, it will not come to you. This is one thing you should remember, and inasmuch as all life has problems, the overcoming of these problems is one of the things we have to do in order to manifest our mastery.
What role does the majestic sense of victory play here? A great deal, because as we think, so we are. Therefore we have to recognize the potential of each individual to overcome whatever problem he has. One of the reasons we have such lingering delays in overcoming these things is because we do not have a majestic sense of victory.
The majestic sense of victory is a tangible thought creation that requires meditation by the students. And so the phrase, or title, that I am bringing forth is a mantram in itself. Let me call it Victory’s mantram, for through me, he has brought it to you.
Now, I am only the open door to the majestic sense of victory. If each one of you would get up every morning, tune in with your Presence and say, about seven times or more, “I AM a majestic sense of victory,” you would draw to yourself the proper feeling that will produce a miraculous state of consciousness--the consciousness of the majestic sense of victory.
Here is the way you do this. First of all, you think “I AM.” Immediately you equate this with God as the thoughtform of the six-pointed star of victory. See yourself as the lower triangle in the physical plane of consciousness. God is the upper triangle in the spiritual plane. As you place the triangles together and invert the upper triangle, you have the star of Victory, or the star of David.
So you say, “I AM.” You draw your interlaced triangles. You have the first triangle with one point downward, showing Spirit descending into Matter. Then you have your lower triangle with its base in Matter and the apex going upward toward the Christ manifestation. In the space in the center of these two triangles, you put the words I AM.
What Am I?
Now what am I? I am a majestic sense. Now why do we use the word majestic? Because no ordinary sense can describe what we are talking about. We are referring to the majesty of the Presence, which is the true divine right of kings you can still accept today--the kingship of your own I AM Presence.
The scriptures say, “[Thou] hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on earth.” <2> So to be a king and priest unto God you have to realize the power to overcome outer conditions and bring yourself under subjection to your Higher Self. This is one of the most important efforts we can make, because it is a road that has an end and the end is the attainment of life’s victory. Now you are not going to get there by just idling along the road. You have a clutch on your car and as long as that clutch is held in, the car goes nowhere. So we hold our clutches in and spin our motors without going anywhere because we actually do not have what Master El Morya calls “goal-fittedness.”
We more or less loll around on the beach. We enjoy the sun; we like to hear the surf pound on the shore. All of this is very good. It is the state of mind that I sometimes call the “idle mind.” I’ll say to people, “You have put your mind in idle gear.” And that’s what many people do.
Now a certain amount of idle-gearedness is perfectly permissible; it’s good for the brain to rest occasionally. But don’t become the kind of person who enjoys this state all the time and never understands the need to “gird up the loins of the mind.” <3>
When you think of the loins of the mind, you must remember that the mind apparently has four corners to it. And I’ll use this piece of Kleenex here for a demonstration. I do not see girding up the mind as holding on to one end of the mind and allowing everything else to run out, or holding on to two ends of the mind where everything still comes down the chute, or three ends of the mind where you still have a little spillway where quite a bit can go out.
You’ve got to be able to control all four corners of the mind, for they represent the four lower bodies of man. And then you’ve got a package that is complete. And you should remember this because most people do not understand themselves; they do not realize that the mind is a tangible activity and that it can be gathered up.
One of the problems people have, then, is an idle brain, cruising along in what I call the idle gear--where they just sort of coast along and if the crowd goes one way and starts a snake dance, then everybody puts his hands on someone else’s shoulders and goes right along with the snake dance.
If you want the majestic sense of victory you can’t be like that. You have to be able to stand behind the reality of life and say, “I am looking for the light.” But you don’t have to say it with words, if you understand what I mean.
On the surface it looks as though you are part of the snake dance, for other people don’t see what is going on inside of you. But if you let the cat out of the bag, you will encounter a lot of unnecessary opposition, which will not deliver you into the hands of God It will just keep you fighting a battle with people who will never change their mind until they reach the same place you have already reached.
When they get there they will be ready, but until they get there, they will not. So why should you engage your energies in such a foolish piece of business (as I myself have done many, many times), only to find out that all you are doing, as Saint Paul says, is fighting “as one that beateth the air.” <4> Do you remember Don Quixote who fought with windmills? Well, that’s what a lot of people do. They throw away tons of energy attacking windmills and therefore never accomplish anything.
The Majestic Sense of Victory Belongs to You
So, in the beauty of the light, the whole idea is to develop the majestic sense of victory. I wish to assure you tonight that it is yours. It belongs to each one of you. It is your sovereign right and reality. You should not think that it is the prerogative of only the Messengers or the Ascended Masters. It is your prerogative and you have the right to take it, but you don’t have the right to then display it to people in order to make them see how great you are. No, it’s how great Thou art.
Collectively and individually, our role is to glorify the God within us. As we do this, we develop the majestic sense of victory, and what a wonderful sense it is! It is the Christ sense. It is centered in the six-pointed star of Victory and it brings people to the realization that when they attain their victory, they will have helped to do it even though God actually does it, because the great tide of the universe flows only in one direction.
If we cast ourselves into the mainstream of the flow, we will be carried along with it. If, when we’re in the stream, we just let ourselves float and the stream is going the right way, we will go down the river with the stream. But if we paddle, we will go a lot faster. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with developing a majestic sense of victory to paddle with. It becomes an attractive magnetism of a spiritual nature, which will pull out of the universe the power we need to attain our victory.
The Unjust Judge and the Widow
Let’s take the parable of the unjust judge and the widow, recorded in the Gospel of Luke. When the widow came to the courthouse, the judge was coming out of the door, smoking his big black cigar. He hadn’t had his breakfast yet and he was on his way to have a cup of coffee and something to eat, and then he was going to come back to sit on the bench.
The widow had parked her car in front of the courthouse, for she knew she couldn’t talk to the judge in his office. So she decided to walk over and stand outside the courthouse until he came.
When he came out of the courthouse, puffing on his cigar, she went up to him and grabbed onto his coattails. Naturally he spun around, because he was conscious of his position. He liked being addressed as Your Honor and didn’t like the idea of someone pulling on his coattails. So he said, “What do you want, madam? Unhand me.”
She said, “I have a petition for you that I want you to sign. It’s very important. I’ve been before you several times. I’ve written to you and you haven’t answered me.”
He replied, “Madam, I am too busy now. Please leave me alone or I’ll have to cite you for some form of disturbance. Now leave me alone.”
“But, Your Honor, you’ve got to…” But he was gone.
The next day she was there again when he came out. She grabbed his coattails again and followed him halfway down the street. And he was mightily annoyed.
He decided that something had to be done about her, but he didn’t know what to do because she was a poor widow and he, as a great and mighty judge, hated to be seen picking on a poor widow.
She was there the next day, and as the days went by she stood there every morning. And like a thorn in his side, she was utterly tearing his heart out.
Finally he talked to himself about her and said, “Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will grant her request, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” <5>
[laughter and applause]
The Secret Is to Bother the Lord
Now this is what the majestic sense of victory is all about; it is a recognition and an awareness. So, you’re a terrible person. You have sins and peccadilloes by the peck. They’re all piled up in one great big heap, you know, and all your neighbors and friends know just how many faults you have. You decide, finally, that maybe they’re right and then your spirit is like a thermometer in reverse; it goes down and begins to hit bottom.
That is what we’re talking about. You need a majestic sense of victory to come out of it. Don’t you see? So the secret of it all is to bother the Lord. You tell him that people have told you how awful you are and you tell him that you’re not sure whether they are right or not.
So you say, “Father, you know what I am really like. And you know where I need correction, because you are not biased or prejudiced. You want me to be everything you are, so will you please help me as I reach out to attain this majestic sense of victory?”
Now, this simple story can bring you your ascension, because people are going to make you a target. And those slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune will come at you as long as you live until you quit paying attention to them. I decided tonight, after I had received a poison-pen letter from someone in this town, who didn’t have the courage to sign his name to it, that this majestic sense of victory was just the panacea I needed.
So, I thought I would pass it on to you, because I think each one of you can use it at some time in your life and a little story like this will stick with you. You will remember it and you will be able to face life quite well because of it.
Mr. Vandenburg’s Approach
It reminds me of Mr. Vandenburg, who was a most successful representative with the United States Chamber of Commerce. I said to him once, “Mr. Vandenburg, why are you so successful as a representative of the Chamber? I have observed that you go to see the state governors and you walk into their offices and although they look daggers at you and are annoyed at you, you carry right on and you’re successful and victorious. What is your secret, Mr. Vandenburg?”
“Well, Mark,” he said, “it’s quite simple.”
“Well, tell me more,” I said.
“Well, I’ll tell you what it is,” he agreed. “As I go into the governor’s office, I hold a picture in my mind of the person sitting behind the desk, and he is wearing nothing but his red flannel underwear. Then, when I look at him in his red flannel underwear, he looks so silly that I always laugh. And although he tries to grin me down like Davy Crockett did the bear, he can’t do it because, you see, I still hold the vision of him in that red flannel underwear. So, I just keep right on grinning back at him.”
Pretty hard to overcome that grin, isn’t it?
This is why Sir Thomas More (Saint Thomas More to the Catholic Church), our beloved Master Morya, said long ago, “The devill…, the prowd spirite, can not endure to be mokqued.” <6>
The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge
We have to learn about good and evil, for the power of darkness is in our world even as is the power of God, or Good. In other words, every one of us has the fruit of the tree of knowledge in us, and this tree is dual in nature. It tells you so; it’s the knowledge of both good and evil, and that is where Satan gets admission into our world.
We have the knowledge of evil and we also have the knowledge of good. But what about the universe? There is no such thing as good and evil there; there is only good, and good is superior to evil. The good we are talking about is the fruit of the Tree of Life.
It means that we don’t see in terms of black and white as most people do and we don’t even see in gray tones. We see only the light, the majestic sense of victory. But you’re not going to get this for nothing. It’s going to cost you a pretty penny, let me tell you, because you have to overcome the satanic side of yourself.
Jesus was talking to the same powers in himself that exist in us today when he said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” <7> We have credited Jesus with manifesting the absolute perfection of life, and so he did. But in his flesh, that is to say, in the outer side of him, there was also the potential of the world thought of the evil powers of the world. And because he had all this power, he was tempted.
I also have been tempted many times and have fallen a couple of times. I’ll give you two examples. I fell one time, long years ago, when I first learned how to change traffic lights by thought. Without paying attention to the people in the street, I changed traffic lights and, as a result, I caused utter chaos at the crossing.
Master Morya came to me and he said, “All right. Fine, you just keep it up and you’ll have a very sweet little karma for yourself.” [laughter]
I said, “Well, you mean I can’t change traffic lights anymore?”
He said, “No. I didn’t say that. You will have to be considerate and be the policeman who looks both ways to see what’s coming, and then change the traffic lights when it’s the proper time to do so.”
“All right.” I said.
Then, another time I was feeling very low because it was my birthday and I’d had a terrible blow delivered to me on my birthday. And Gary Young was driving off and I couldn’t stop his car. I couldn’t stop him and I tried to yell. All I could do was say his name in a whisper, “Gary, Gary,” which didn’t carry very far.
And so I put a ray on his car. Al Ladd was standing by me and he didn’t know what I was doing, and I stopped Gary’s car. It re-started and then it died. I thought, “It’s time to take the ray off.” Then it started again.
So I put the ray back on it again and stopped it. About that time I got qualms of conscience, for the only reason I was doing it was because I didn’t have a voice and because I was so downhearted. I wanted to do something to make myself feel a little better, you see. What I needed was a majestic senseof victory. Now all of us can profit by this. Don’t you see that? It’s something we can all use.
Seeing that time is chasing me out of business soon, I hope that you will get something out of this that you can take home with you. For although the Ascended Masters have the most magnificent dictations and energy and beauty to give to us in these conferences, we must remember that in lectures we are able to use the informal approach, which plops a great jewel of cosmic wisdom into the heart of a rose because the rose is nicely open.
And as the rose is nicely open, you see, we can drop something into it and the rose will accept it. And what we are doing tonight is trying to get you to accept your own God-given grace of a majestic sense of victory.
Please stop this silly business of thinking that you are inferior to any other person in the universe. You are never going to be anyone else but yourself. Remember that. I don’t care if you’re skinny or if you’re fat or if you’re old or young or wise or foolish or rich or poor or spiritual or unspiritual or whatever you are, you are still yourself and any amount of thinking will not change that fact.
Therefore, you have to deal with the reality of who you are. Remember that every Ascended Master and Cosmic Being at one time or other has stood right where you stand in your evolutionary development, and this runs the gamut. So what they did in developing the majestic sense of God-victory for themselves was one of the greatest essentials in life.
It stops you from feeling inferior. And with almost every person I have had trouble dealing with, it was because of their pride. Those who got piqued or angry with me have always had an inferiority complex. They were selling themselves down the river. And do you know what I think about that? I’ve done it myself and I am telling you the truth about it. When you sell yourself down the river, dear hearts, you are selling God down the river.
God doesn’t want you to have a superiority complex. It is a thing that develops almost in the same manner as a girl who has just broken up with her boyfriend or a woman who has just divorced her husband and is now on the rebound, if you see what I mean.
She’s ready to take almost any creature that comes along just because she feels badly and, of course, this is the way a lot of people are in their superiority complexes. They have such a terrible feeling of inferiority that the only thing they can do is boost their sagging ego to make that ego feel good.
Now whether this includes stomping on somebody under them or belittling people in some way, whatever it is, they feel that that superiority complex is the cure-all for their sense of inferiority. This is absolutely wrong. There is no cure-all that will last, except to recognize that they have a God-given I AM Presence, a God-given Holy Christ Self and a God-given soul that they have the responsibility for.
And the answer to their salvation lies not in the foolishness of the human ego and its feelings of inferiority or superiority; it lies in the simple faith of a child who will look at the Presence and say in full faith, “Give me, O God Presence, a majestic sense of victory.”
(By the way, will you straighten that picture of Mother Mary back there? I can’t stand it to be crooked like that. Yeah, it’s this way. This way a little more. More. There, that’s good. Fine.)
The Cure-all for All Complexes
Do you see what I mean? You have got to [Mark pounds his fist on the podium] get that majestic sense of victory and [pound] fix in your mind that it is the cure-all for your inferiority and superiority complexes. Your life is not whimsical. It’s not a case of whimsy in which somebody just determines, “Well, maybe I’ll get better because I’ll get better,” which sounds like Gertrude Stein.
I mean, it isn’t going to work that way. You are going to get better because you [pound] determine to develop a majestic sense of victory in your own consciousness and because [pound] God is your victory.
God is my victory. If you will understand that and keep pestering the Lord, like the widow pestered the unjust judge, you will [pound] sooner or later have him on your side, because he’ll get tired of you bothering him because he’s in you, don’t you see? He’s in you. And the God in you will get tired of being pestered. He knows what you want by now and he will say, “Look, lest this woman weary me, I will give her what she wants!”
By that time your subconscious mind will finally understand that you want your victory. You want your majestic sense of victory because it’s the key to your total victory. If you don’t have the sense of it, if you’re looking to outer conditions or outer people, persons, places, conditions or things and you think you’re going to get your happiness and your God-victory out of these things, then you’re never going to have it.
You’ll always be struggling like a yo-yo. You’ll go up and you’ll go down; you’ll go down and you’ll go up and back and forth and you’ll be a variable that never really attains anything. What’s more, you’ll only be kidding yourself that you love God, because most people who say they love God in the final test are the weakest people on the face of this earth because they have not yet received the majestic sense of victory.
I can prove it to you. I could prove it right now. I could take several people in this room and I could give them a couple of little castigations for some of the things they’ve done in the past year. There’s one young man in the audience here whom I talked to last night and I told him a few things he’d done and I think the world of him. But he knows that I knew what was inside of him because I could read it in his aura. And I could go very deep, as Jesus went very deep into people’s aura, and find out these things. And I guarantee you that I could make people in this room dislike me tonight and walk out of here saying, “What a terrible man!”
I absolutely guarantee it, because some people here, not many but some, are still functioning in that plane. But do you know something? I am not going to do it. [laughter] I am not going to do it at all.
Try the Majestic Sense of Victory for One Year
What I am going to do is to ask you to try the majestic sense of victory for one year. Stop this nonsense of thinking your victory lies in the human and reacting every time somebody bothers you or pesters you or speaks to you in a superior tone, where they try to make you feel like, “What do you want?” [laughter] or “Why are you here?”
Or they might say, “I don’t know, fella,” [laughter] and a lot of other different tones that people use, you know, to let you know how very much better they are than you are. Well, if they said it in that way and you feel that you’re not as good as they are or if you feel you’re so much better than they are, in either case, you see, you’re wrong. You can’t win for losing.
So the whole point is, these are the little signals that tell you exactly where you are. So don’t be sorry that you found out where you were because now you can do something about it. Not knowing where you are and therefore being unable to do anything about it is a lot worse than knowing where you are and being able to do something about it.
So I say to you as I look at you now, “I don’t see your auras at all. I only see your Holy Christ Selves around you and you all look like beautiful saints. And I see your God Presence coming down all around you with just light, light, light everywhere.”
I say to myself then, “They’re all developing a majestic sense of victory and maybe by the time Lord Gautama finishes speaking tonight, they’ll all be ascended and we won’t have to worry about anything at all anymore.” [laughter] This is my dream for 1969. By 1970, I’ll be more realistic!
All right, I am through now. We’ll have our song and the burning of the petitions. Thank you.
“The Summit Lighthouse Sheds Its Radiance o’er All the World to Manifest as Pearls of Wisdom.”
This lecture. “The Majestic Sense of Victory,” was delivered by the Messenger of the Great White Brotherhood Mark L. Prophet on December 31, 1969, at The Class of the Golden Cycle, held in Pasadena, California.
1. Prov. 23:7.
2. Rev. 5:10.
3. 1 Pet. 1:13.
4. 1 Cor. 9:26.
5. Luke 18:5.
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