Story of the Three Bears

Damon and Pythias

–It was held in ancient times that the Twins were the builders of cities and the
founders of empires. Picturing the section of the zodiac related in a natural
birth-chart to brethren, thought and travel, and ruling the hands and arms of human
anatomy, the stories about them show skill in the use of tools, dexterity in war, and
often relate to travel.

In Peru they were believed to have built the first city, the symbol for them there being
a pile of brick; and Rome is held to have been founded by Romulus, after his twin
brother, Remus, had been slain in a quarrel over building a wall. They had reached
the site of the future metropolis as infants, drifting down the river in a boat which
there found lodgement in the marshes.

The Romans thus regarded the heavenly Twins as exerting a special power of
protection over them. Because they relate to travel they were frequently pictured
with steeds, and Grecian temples thus retain them, riding side by side, armed with
spears, on snow-white horses. The Romans, adopting the idea, struck a coin in their
honor. The pence of the Good Samaritan was such a silver piece, on which the two
horsemen were shown.

This protecting power of thought and skill was honored so greatly in the time of
Imperial Rome that it entered into the customary oath. On our witness stands the
Bible, as the sacred word of God, is considered the emblem of that high power which
none should dare defy; but in olden Rome the solemn token of the sacred power by
which they swore was Gemini. Passing to a less reverential generation, By Gemini,
which to us is, By Jiminy, became a by-word of the street.

Six hundred years after the devotion displayed to David by Jonathan, and three
hundred years after the founding by one Twin of Rome, lived Dionysius, the tyrant of
Syracuse. The Pythagorean sect then flourished, and to those who joined its ranks,
revealed the teachings of the still more ancient Stellar Wisdom.

Damon and Pythias were such followers of the great Samoan sage, developing their
spiritual powers and learning about numbers and the stars from the same ordained
instructor. Thrown constantly together in the school, a strong attachment formed
between them, and their friendship grew as the horizon of their knowledge widened.
The bond of religious brotherhood was strengthened by personal admiration.

Then Pythias, through some political indiscretion, came under the disapproval of the
monarch and was condemned to die. He was a man of varied interests, and financial
matters, due to his absorption in his studies, were rather at loose ends. Thoughtful of
others, who might be left destitute by his sudden passing, and of debts that rightfully
should be paid, he begged the tyrant liberty long enough to set right these various
affairs.

Quite naturally, the one who had condemned him to death wanted to know what
assurance could be given, if he were allowed temporary freedom, that he would come
back, and be present on the day of execution. Whereupon friend Damon stepped
forward, pledging himself, standing ready to be slain if Pythias failed thus to return.
In this manner, therefore, was the matter settled.

Damon was kept under closest guard, and as the day approached, speculation ran
high whether Pythias should die or Damon. Some thought the teachings of the
initiates in the school to which they both belonged had so imbued the friends with a
sense of honor that, even though his life be forfeit, Pythias surely must return. Others,
more numerous and more highly vocal, expressed their belief, and backed it with a
wager, that he had made good his escape, having fled to some foreign land.

On the death-day excitement ran high and a huge crowd gathered. Damon seemed the
least concerned of all. And sure enough, as the time for the fateful ceremony drew
near, here came Pythias striding through the gathering, to take his place before the
executioner, true to his word and true to his friend.

So impressed was Dionysius with this loyalty of friend to friend, and with teachings
which gave so high a sense of honor, that not only did he free Pythias, and spare his
life, but he also asked to be admitted as a member of the Pythagorean order.

No less dramatic, and also concerned with the absence of one, is the Greek story of
Castor and Pollux, after whom the heavenly Twins are now named.

They fell in love with the daughters of Leucippus. But as these maidens already were
betrothed to the sons of Aphareus, resentment was expressed by these earlier suitors
toward the Twins. At last the rivalry ran so high that insult was passed, resulting in a
challenge to battle. In the course of the ensuing fight Castor was slain.

So great was the attachment of Pollux for his brother that he walked up and down the
earth, disconsolate and filled with sadness. Interest in life had departed, and he
longed to die, but this he could not do, for unlike the absent brother, he was immortal.

Jove, from his Olympian heights, perceiving the vast distress in the heart of the
surviving Twin, took pity and permitted Castor to share his brother’s immortality.

Yet in granting this favor he made the stipulation that but one of the two could be on
earth at a time, the other remaining meanwhile confined in Pluto’s dark realm.

The mind of man, after the manner thus described, is acknowledged to be two, the
objective and the unconscious, linked inseparably so long as earthly life shall last.
The objective mind being dependent upon the physical brain for expression, is, like
Castor, subject to the forces of death. But the unconscious mind, persisting in the
astral realms after the dissolution of the physical, like Pollux, is, in truth, immortal.

The conscious, or objective mind, embraces those states of consciousness, thought,
feeling, and visual images, which, through the etheric energies that connect the
four-dimensional and the three-dimensional form, impress themselves strongly on
the physical brain. Castor is mortal, because when the physical brain ceases to
function he exists no more.

Yet when Castor is on earth, when the objective mind is active as in the fully waking
state, the unconscious mind, Pollux, is below the threshold of consciousness, unable
to express except imperfectly on the physical plane. He is chained in the realm of
invisible forces, in Pluto’s dark domain.

But when Castor finishes his daily sojourn, and departs through the processes of
sleep, himself to enter the realm of darkness, it is then that Pollux holds full sway. In
dreams the unconscious mind finds experiences such as it desires, visits the halls of
learning, and weaves a pattern of fantasy which, more frequently that not, is all the
memory it brings back to relieve the monotony of the waking state.

Jonathan and David were like Castor and Pollux in the eternal bond of their affection.
And just as David was wont to soothe the troubled spirit of King Saul by playing on a
harp, so is that harp still pictured, as anciently, held by a heavenly Twin.

When Saul sought the life of David, it was Jonathan, who loved David as his own
soul, who saw to it that he escaped. He made a point of reporting to him every whim
and purpose of his father; and on one occasion when the peril was most high, he
devised a means by arrows, that David should be enlightened that danger threatened.

A place was appointed where David should come in hiding to receive the signal
agreed upon. A bow and arrow are still to be seen clasped in a Twin’s hand, and the
robe is there also which was given to David. Three arrows were to be shot, as if
Jonathan were practicing at a mark. If he spoke to the boy with him saying, as he
started to retrieve the shots, that the arrows were this side of him, David was to know
that he was safe. But if he said, as he was compelled to do, that the arrows were farther
on, it should be a signal for David to depart in haste.

On still another occasion it was his wife, Michal, who saved David from the wrath of
her father. This was accomplished by using a pillow of goat hair, and covering it with
cloth, as if it were David prostrated with a fatal illness. The bed was brought to Saul at
his command, with expectation that he would hasten the demise, but the one he thus
sought to destroy had meantime effected his escape.

Thus again was the goat employed, as so often is the case, to symbolize the power of
use. David possessed ability, and after the manner of the adjoining decanate of
Taurus, in which a goat and her kids are pictured in association with the Master,
Elijah, it is made plain that his powers were not being employed for selfishness, but
for the good of the nation.

So long as David worked constructively, so long as his thoughts were directed to the
accomplishment of some good end, he was helped by those nearest to him. And to the
extent that any other person is able to live a completely constructive life, will he also
receive the maximum benefit from his environment.

Nor is the harp pictured with the heavenly Twins without great significance; for to
the extent thoughts are joined harmoniously, as were joined Damon and Pythias,
Castor and Pollux, David and Jonathan, do they enter into beneficial compounds.
Thoughts that are born at the same time, that arc presented to the consciousness in
association, become linked together in such a manner that they present a united
action. The thought-cell so formed works from the four-dimensional plane, with
such energy as it possesses, to attract events relating to it into the life.

To the extentthere are discords present it attracts misfortune, but to the extent
there is that harmony which the harp symbolizes, does it work to
attract events which are fortunate into the life.

 

The Key-phrase for that section of the zodiac where the Sun is from
May 21 to June 22 is, I Think. The text, therefore, is: Thoughts Are
Man’s Most Potent Builders.

The Wee Small Bear Whose Porridge Was Just Right

–Way to the north, where they may be seen circling close to the celestial pole, is the
constellation of the Big Bear and the constellation of the Little Bear. A Middle Sized
Bear is not shown; for the middle decanate of Gemini, instead, is pictured far to the
south as a good sized dog.

Not only are we led to expect, because Gemini is the natural ruler of thought, that the
constellations picturing its decanates shall relate to mental processes, but the stories
of David and Jonathan, Damon and Pythias, Castor and Pollux quite prepare us to
recognize in the bears a further elaboration of teachings relating to the two types of
consciousness.

Bears, in addition to unconquerable restlessness, and their habit, like mind, of
devouring everything presented that has possibilities as food, have unusual feet.
They are plantigrade, as is man, walking not upon their toes as most beasts do, but
upon the soles of their feet. The feet of a bear are mentioned in Revelation; and in
Second Samuel, 17, it speaks of men that are chafed in their minds as a bear robbed of
her whelps in the field; indicating recognition of this largeness of understanding and
restlessness which associates the bear symbolically with types of mental activity.

Taking the two bears to signify objective thought, which in its latest development
becomes reason, and unconscious thought, which in lower forms gives rise to instinct
and in man to intuition, next must be decided which bear relates to the latest form of
thinking. If we follow the simple system employed by the wise ones of old in their
starry portrayals as similarly we followed it in learning the order of pictorial
succession, we are led to conclude that the mental activity which first developed is
that which also appears first in the constellated pictures.

The Little Bear, exemplifying that section of the Sun’s warm path from May 21 to
May 31, coming first, reveals something of import regarding the unconscious mind.
Just what that something is, let us try to learn from legendary stories about the little
bear.

Some American Indians recognize the constellation as a Dipper and some as a Bear.
Because of its form, just as Whites do, they often refer to it as the Little Dipper. But in
general throughout the world the Pole Star, at the tip of small bruin’s tail, is given a
place of special honor.

One legend of wide diffusion among the American tribes is that once a hunting party
of Indians lost its way and its members were in grave doubt as to the direction to go to
reach their home. It was such a serious matter that they very earnestly prayed the
Great Spirit to give them proper guidance. No sooner had the prayer been finished
than a little child appeared in their midst and proclaimed itself the spirit of the Pole
Star.

Following it, as plainsmen and woodsmen commonly at night look to the Pole Star to
give them direction, they were guided safely to their home; and ever since that time
Indians have recognized the orb, whose spirit is like an innocent child, as the star
which never moves. When they died the huntsmen who were thus guided were
carried up to heaven where yet they may be seen as the stars of the Little Dipper
constellation.

Now that which is ever the same, changing not, but immovable, and which like the
Pole Star is the best of all guides, is Truth. It is the Rock of Ages, upon which any
lasting church must have foundation; the rock which the Psalms proclaim is higher
than I. Thus to the Greeks was the Pole Star known as Mount Olympus, the abode of
the gods; a mountain so high that birds could not fly to the top of it, nor clouds collect
upon its summit. Truth is never cloudy, nor can the thoughts of men ever soar to its
utmost height.

The Big Bear in the sky, by means of its pointers, indicates the way to Truth, but the
tail of the Little Bear actually touches it. As the Pole Star is reached by the Little
Bear’s tail, so are there faculties of the Unconscious Mind by which Truth can
directly be apprehended.

The Objective Mind, with its mature powers of Reason, is a long way removed from
the infantile stage. Not only is it full grown, but also sophisticated and often ruthless.
Suggestions offered it are met with skepticism. But the Unconscious Mind, as dream
life reveals, is not so critical. That which Reason, when it is brought to bear, calls
impossible, takes place in the fantasy of dreams. For that matter, it also takes place in
the reality of the four-dimensional realm, where the restrictions imposed by
three-dimensions no longer hold.

This naivet� with which the Unconscious Mind accepts conditions that the
Conscious Mind rejects as illogical leads to associating it symbolically with a little
bear or a little child. As the Indian legend indicates, so the Bible also asserts, that the
kingdom of God must be received as a little child. There is a faculty of the
unconscious mind which feels assured when things are right.

Thus did little Goldilocks, in the nursery tale told over much of the globe, always find
the possessions of the Little Bear just to her liking. The Things which belonged to the
Great Big Bear were too coarse and rough for her; and those of the Middle Sized Bear
were also uncomfortable; but the Little Bear’s were just right.

You doubtless remember Goldilocks, the little girl who lived near a forest covered
mountain, like Mount Olympus, and often went for a walk in the woods.

One bright and sunny morning she had gone farther than usual, picking the pretty
flowers, when she came to a house, and as the door was unlocked she entered; much
as we enter the physical world. But this was the house of the three bears. We call them
Reason, Impulse and Intuition.

The bears were out for a stroll in the woods, while the porridge which Mother Bear
had made– and what a porridge Impulse often makes of life– had been left, already
poured in bowls, on the table to cool. So as Goldilocks was hungry she sampled the
food. The great huge bowl of porridge was too hot, the middle sized bowl of porridge
was too cold, but when she tried the little wee bowl of porridge, it, like the Intuitional
appraisal of life’s experiences, was neither too hot nor too cold, but just right.

After eating her fill she tried the chairs. The great big chair was too high for her, and
the middle sized chair was too low, but the little wee chair was neither too high nor
too low, but just right. These were not immobile chairs. They were such as typify
action; for Goldilocks rocked and rocked until the little chair broke all to pieces, as in
the end man’s body always does.

Then she went upstairs where there were beds; beds that symbolize rest to the body
after the assimilation of grueling experience and the destruction of physical tissues
through the monotonous rhythm of the daily toil. The great huge bed of Reason was
too high for her; for the reasoning process is a foe to sleep. And the middle sized bed
of Impulse was too hard; she would have tossed and turned if she had attempted to
rest there. But the wee little bed was just right- for the Unconscious Mind has
fullcharge in slumber and Intuition can then impress its guidance through the avenue of dreams.

Such impressions are more easily recognized in the moment of
waking. Of course, Intuition often is active at the very moment some
situation is presented, giving instant appraisal of its possibilities and
its outcome. But more often than not the Great Huge Bear of Reason
so intrudes its ungainly force that the wee small voice of Intuition
can not then be heard. But if listened for, it can be heard readily in
that transition state between sleep and waking.

When the three bears came home it was the Little Bear that
discovered Goldilocks in his bed, and spoke in a wee small voice.
Whereupon–just as Reason and Impulse rush in when one starts to
awaken–the two larger bears rushed over to the bed, making so
much noise that they frightened Goldilocks, and she jumped out the
window and ran safely home, despite the Little Bear calling to her to
come back and play with him.

No time is quite so easy, as a rule, to hear the voice of Intuition as in
this transition from the sleeping to the waking state; but its
promptings must be carefully listened for and noted before thoughts begin
to clamor in the mind.

It is because Reason and Impulse so often intrude and create a clamor that the
promptings of the unconscious mind should be subjected to whatever method may be
available to check their accuracy. Like the Little Bear’s tail, Intuition, which is the
Key-word for the decanate this animal pictures, is in constant touch with the Pole
Star. Truth. But its voice is easily deflected and is often misunderstood through the
crowding influences of other forms of thought.

Not that the unconscious mind is able to apprehend all there is to know; but, because
it draws information from the reports of both the physical senses and the
four-dimensional senses, having access to both realms, its possibilities of acquiring
information are vast. In the astral realm the process of tuning in on the knowledge
desired makes the more laborious methods of earth quite unnecessary.

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