Earth is a School by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau

We come to this Earth to build and develop self-mastery.
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Charlie F. Lutes gave hundreds of lectures, always working to inspire and encourage people to meditate and study their Scriptures. Charlie stressed the importance of integrating one's Spiritual growth and practical life. He traveled with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 5 times on worldwide tours to start meditation centers. Although he held many titles in both the corporate business world and within many of the early Transcendental Meditation organizations, he always wanted to be known as just ‘Charlie.' He was very direct, but warm and compassionate; his friendly demeanor immediately made anyone near him feel comfortable.

Earth is a School
A Conversation with Charlie F. Lutes
by Diane M. Rousseau
From personal notes by Diane M. Rousseau; 1986.

Earth Is a School

As president of the Washington State “Friends of Charlie Lutes”, one of the benefits of organizing and facilitating Charlie's lectures were the opportunities to have informal conversations with Charlie before, between, and after the scheduled lectures. During one of these discussions Charlie told me: “This Earth is so important, as it was chosen to be a School for Soul Development; millions of Souls, and from other systems, await the chance to be born here, as lessons are condensed in each life so one is given the opportunity to advance if they choose to do so.”

Charlie then added that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had told him what Guru Dev had shared with Maharishi, that “...no Soul came into this life without the desire and conviction to do better.” Charlie continued, saying that, “...after having just left Heaven, an overview occurred of one's life before they are reborn.” Beneath the surface of the mind, at the subconscious, this Truth is found in one's Soul and this was why Prayer, Self-Referral, Meditation and Transcending, using the Mantra, were vital to clear off the dross of the past, any confusion, and forgetfulness - to ‘See' more clearly each day what “Free Will really means.”

Charlie told me that this planet is unusual in that “all levels of Consciousness are here (on Earth) at once, at any given time.” This mix of all “levels of Consciousness” is important to remember, as the more one advances, the less they will ‘look' for faults in others and instead they will focus on becoming more pro-active in order to help, discern and support the good ...and the more they rejoice when good happens for others as well as for themselves.

Charlie laid emphasis to the fact that, because “Earth Is a School” it has challenges and tests, and not all that happens is karma, and many a time souls meet again to do a better job. It is Conscious expansion and a deepening love that allows the soul ‘in need' to choose this time, this incarnation, to do Right Action and to not run away from problems or put off responsibilities. This does not mean all things will work out or go smoothly, choices are to be made and bad things do happen to innocent and good people. The point is to persevere on one's forward development as this build's integration, strength of Spirit and self-mastery of direction.

Knowledge of Self

Charlie spoke on the imbalance at this time and place, and why Balance returns, and how many do not realize how unnatural they have become in how they live, “not knowing their Soul.” As technology progressed, many left this essential Knowledge behind. Without Knowledge of one's Self, Spirit, and the “personal experience of self' many have searched for, “the answer to darkness in darkness itself.” Remaining lost until Grace came as the very answer, in the Light of God, in Being, which reveals ever greater Truth as one progresses, integrating the Inner and outer life. Many often reject another or their knowledge without examination, questioning, and without reasoning. Help is always given when one asks. In having a willingness to face challenges, Great Grace is given, and the heart expands, enlivens, and purifies so one sees more clearly. As one expands, the heart is no longer pinched, and so one more freely gives and loves- in seeing the good comparisons as criticism ends. Soul acceptance of another's lessons are gifts and the Soul's desire is for their success.

Charlie said that animals have souls but have no karma; the human was to be the Good Steward, they (animals) help to culture the human heart as they are our “little brothers and sisters moving up in evolution.” One who is truly Spiritual loves and cares for animals and their welfare.

Increasing discernment also guides us to an ever-expanding understanding of what is best for one's growth, and the truth that, “no one can dictate to another's Soul.” As one transcends a ‘group thought-form' to one of holistic love, this Unity embraces others and the good anyone does, as ‘The Self in All and is All Inclusive'. Charlie added that, one in the “Experience of the Self turns 180 degrees to all that the ‘Self Is In, the Spirit, Light of God in Creation', all the forms, from the Unseen to the tiniest element and all in life, this Universe and beyond to others.” Being “Natural” meant “Awakening In Being… knowing the Soul is Knowing Growth is Eternal in Spirit as is life.” This is the Absolute aspect of Being, the Soul-Spirit, it means one Awakens to Eternal Life in growth and In God.

To Know God

Charlie shared that Maharishi gave an SRM (Maharishi's, ‘Spiritual Regeneration Movement') lecture in the early 1960 defining the differences between, “the Absolute and God.”

Maharishi said, “...one cannot Pray to the Absolute as it has no ears, no eyes, no heart, and it would be like praying to a log, …it is Almighty God Who Hears and Created all.” Charlie also added that, in this universe, ”...there are many ‘gods' who do not know God.”

It is the greatest gift given to a Human Being …to ‘know God.' As one expands in finer and finer levels and expressions of Consciousness, Charlie said, “they eventually transcend the ‘hub of the wheel of Earth' and its many lessons.” The Gift of life is to be held sacred and appreciated, and then in Wisdom and Grace, one goes Forth in Eternal Life beyond this realm to infinite levels of Higher Creation.
Diane M. Rousseau


Original text Copyright © 2006 Diane M. Rousseau.
Edited for publication at the Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS), by Ray J. Rousseau.
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