In January of 2012, I began to receive a direct and to the point message from a guide who connected himself with Archangel Ariel (the archetypal angel associated with manifestation and nature). It was a message concerning how a time of “Judgment” is coming and that a “choice” would be made for us, if we could not make one for ourselves. This time of judgement is primarily about our having to accept accountability for what our thoughts and the “work of our hands” are manifesting.
In other words, we are reaping what we are sowing in many ways and on many levels, from the personal level to the collective level. According to this guide, this “accountability” extends a lot deeper than many of us realize. Because of this, the majority of us are held responsible rather than the few that are in power. In a spiritual sense, we are held accountable for the effects of our daily lives upon a bigger picture. This includes sharing accountability for the part we play in maintaining corrupt systems and institutions, the codes and norms we live by, and more.
Why are we held accountable?
According to this guide, everything that is polluted or corrupted upon the Earth stems from what and who the majority of us serve. This is not necessarily about our being “good” or “bad.” It is more about choice and evolution. After all, these are exciting times where mankind has the potential to make choices that can change its present course towards self-destruction. We also have the opportunity to move into a more holistic view of life, understanding our interconnectedness with everything. The biggest challenge set before us right now concerns whether we will live our lives in faith and service to the One God, or whether we live our lives preaching about God and Oneness while serving corrupt men and corrupt entities that foster a focus on excessive materialism and concepts of ownership.
Shortly after receiving this message, another energy stepped in that seemed a bit more blunt, masculine and forceful. Asking who this energy was, all I heard clairaudiently was the word “Galatians.” At first, I thought this word had an extraterrestrial connotation. That is, until I found out there was a book in the bible that possessed the same name, and which imparted a very similar message.
This energy seemed to take a more biblical view of our consumeristic lifestyles, seeing them as a form of idolatry. He wanted me to pay attention to the ‘false brightness’ in the world. He impressed upon me the importance of paying attention to the ‘fruits’ that were being seeded into our world from our patterns of conformity to what is “man-made.” This includes the laws we live by which, like our concepts of ownership, are forms of illusion that we end up buying into, allowing them to define who we are.
There were two terms he used that I had never heard before: forward integration and backward integration.
So, what are Forward and Backward Integration?
Here is the gist of the message that was relayed to me:
Right now, what is predominantly happening on this planet is that many of us are attempting to integrate our spiritual life into our material life. This is what my “Galatian” guide calls backward integration. He states that we can observe what is ‘backward’ in our spiritual understanding from examining the ‘fruits.’ If you look at the world, it is out of balance and getting more so rather than less so regardless of thousands of people focusing more on spirituality of whatever kind (Christianity, Buddhism, Muslim, New-Age, etc.). We try to own the earth and to find ourselves and our self-worth through what we acquire and own. Why? Because of backward integration: the attempt to integrate our spiritual life into our material life. The false unconscious or conscious belief that we will find our salvation through what we can manifest within the material world.
So, what is forward integration? Forward integration is the integration of our lesser material life into our fuller spiritual life. When we are forward integrated, our “salvation” comes through recognizing what we are in spirit and what we inherit as sons of God. The focus is less upon money, culture and possessions. This is the way Jesus, Buddha, Native Elders and the great mystics of the world have taught. When forward integrated, our material life does not take too dominant an expression and will not have us submitting to lifestyles, forms and ways of mankind which make us unable to attain true freedom (for example, from certain constructs within life, the monetary system, land ownership, laws and forms).
In the end, how we are integrated reflects our service. For example, we can choose to serve the self or the whole, other men or God, materialism or spirit. One form of integration creates “good” fruits and the other form of service will create “bad” fruits. Not that we are supposed to focus on dualities. We only need to focus on them until we can see where we are in alignment with Peace, Love and Spirit, and where we are not. You will know what you are serving from the fruits it yields. You will also know the truth of any leader, teacher or other parent you follow or submit to from their fruits (not just in a personal sense but in the greater scope of the world).
As it turns out, both of these terms—forward integration and backward integration—are used in microeconomics and management. They are forms of “vertical integration” which describe a style of management control. When a company controls its distributors and subsidiaries to minimize costs, this is called backward integration. A company tends to be forward integrated when it only controls the retail and distribution centers where the product is sold. So, in a way, there is a top down form of integration in how we presently live where we are treated as products that are owned by a larger corporation (our nation or government). This larger corporation controls us and what we create.
The Significance of the Book of Galatians
The Book of Galatians in the Bible is a letter from Paul to the citizens of Galatia which preaches to them, in essence, how to become more forward integrated. While this letter focuses on adherence to the ritual of circumcision, it is much more than this. Paul is vehement that the people understand that Christ died for them so they would not be under any rulership of other men, having to serve and obey man instead of God. According to Paul, men are not entities that are owned by anything man-made. They are not “slaves.”
In fact, while illuminati conspiracy theorists love to throw the word “slavery” around, Paul himself states; “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”. He states in another part of his letter (Galatians 3:1-14, NIV):
“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? … For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
As Paul explains, when we are trapped in obeying the laws of men, we are prevented from placing God first and forward integrating with Spirit. As Paul states, we begin by the Spirit and we end by the Spirit, but the ways we tend to live and the people and institutions we follow cause us to attempt to end by the flesh (service to men and what is man-made).
Paul further explains how when we didn’t know Christ we were under the guardianship of other men, the same way a child is under the guardianship of parents. But, now that Christ came to show us the way, we realize we are children of God and by faith we need no guardianship by men any more. We are not children. We are justified in Christ and not under the laws of men any more (not saying I feel this means we have to believe in Christ as a deity or we go to hell, I think its more about when we are backward integrated we create our own hell on earth for us to live in). In Galatians 4: 1-11, NIV Paul states:
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God —how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
In Galatians 3:28, Paul even talks about our Oneness with Christ;
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Paul discusses how it is not about obeying one or another form of illusion, but about faith expressing itself through love. I could be that he is not trying to chastise the Galatians so much as trying to help them understand their freedom; how the ways of the world, of religions, of religious rituals and traditions, of governments and of man cut in to hindering our alignment with Truth (he is speaking mainly, I think, of our desire to abide by religious laws and traditions but can be applied to whatever else we feel ruled by).
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:4-9, NIV)
Paul gives the same way out of the dilemma of being backward integrated. He demonstrates how we can live a more simple life, less driven with regard to using freedom toward the ways of the flesh and serving other men, man-made commodities and governments. We can choose to be led by the spirit instead. When we serve our governments and laws we are forced to become preoccupied with money and flesh. When we serve spirit, we let that preoccupation go.
If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:13, NIV)
What Do We Do If We Are Backward Integrated?
According to my guide the way out is to question everything and to begin to recognize the fruits of the “prophets” or “false idols” we obey and serve.
Are the “prophets” we serve asking us to serve our country, the collective consciousness or what restricts our true freedom, or do they motivate us to serve the divine in a greater way? The “prophets” are merely the ones who are speaking of the ways we need to or should live, according to God or what is “righteous” or lawful.
According to my guide, we will know if our service is forward integrated because it will create peaceful and loving fruits. We will serve spirit before we serve materialism and the corrupt ways of men that yield corrupt fruits upon the Earth. What I am discussing sounds a little anarchistic, but my guide say that adopting a lifestyle of simplicity is all that is necessary. Simplicity allows us to withdraw from our active service toward what is maintaining our own enslavement and empowering the corruption of the Earth. The “Beast” (whose “mark” is the “charagma”–the translation in original Greek–on a coin or official documents) wants us to believe that simplicity is harmful and will result in its collapse (the collapse of the economic and political systems). Simplicity, however, is an act of courage to begin to serve in humility the laws of Love and God over the wayward laws and conventions of man.
We do have the ability to be forward integrated. We can take steps every day out of the hustle and bustle of life to give a prayer of thanks to our Creator for all we are blessed with and the beauty of life that surrounds us and all that we are. This is where we can return to find the Holy Spark within all that is living. As we begin to return to serving this Holy Spark instead of man made things which turn to waste and the corporate entity or mind-set of a nation, we will begin to see the return of sacredness within our world.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psalm 37:11).
I write about this topic in the book “I Am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond.” Chapter 7 of the book is titled “Do You Serve the Lotus, or Do you Serve the Pond?”