Posted by: shekinahp | January 2, 2010

The Spirit of Commerce

I found these parragraphs from the Service entitled The Spirit of Commerce by Grant Clarke, on June 30th, 2002. I think it may describe the birth of One Company Resources in Dahlonega, Georgia and the purpose of this “One Company” I know this will offer enough material for deep meditation. One of the questions tha come to mind is: What happened???

1) “I might indicate that in relation to our commercial endeavors, which are now apparently growing at a significant rate, we have never centered our concerns on the process of ‘making money,’ as people describe it. We are concerned that the business endeavors should be profitable, of course; otherwise there wouldn’t be any business endeavors. But the principal objective is not somehow to make money but rather to do the right thing, to provide a nourishing context for all those who are willing to experience integration with respect to that process. We have used a term within our closer-in endeavors: the “One Company.” We have recognized that while there may be many differentiations of what is occurring, there is really just one company, just one thing going on. We have also referred to our communities, with their associated commercial activities, as ‘Units.’ And, really, even making that a plural word is a little oxymoronic, isn’t it? — because where there are Units, there is a Unit. Any Units that are true Units become a part of the One Unit. You could say that the ultimate Unit is the Universe itself, but all things that are integrated on a true and right basis find themselves naturally integrated as a part of the One Unit, and the emergence, or the re-emergence of the One Unit on earth is the entire objective of our program of ministry.’

2) “We cannot make a unitary whole. As we were considering recently, we cannot engineer peace and harmony and all those lovely things to which people imagine they aspire. What we can do is to provide an increasingly broad and active context within which people may lose the lives that they have built for themselves in a cellular sense. Obviously, that requires a new pattern of education, a new attitude toward commerce, a new attitude toward relationships, a new attitude toward everything!

3) “Typically, when people approach what we offer, they tend to be looking, as people do, for the ‘good’ parts that they could accept and the ‘bad’ parts that they would like to keep over to one side, at least. But life is not something that can be accepted on a piecemeal basis. We either accept it or we don’t. We either cross the line in ourselves or we don’t. And it isn’t a matter of accepting one person or one group’s concept of how things are. That sometimes is frightening to people, and should be. It is a matter of accepting the unifying compulsion of Life, and to the degree that we have accepted that we find that the evidence is apparent in every aspect of our living.”

4) ” What is a blessing to one is a blessing to all, and here is the coming of the natural state of the Kingdom of heaven on earth — not the Kingdom of heaven someplace else, but the natural state of perfect, functional design which includes all things and includes all people to the degree that they are willing to be included. They are included to the degree that they are willing to cross the line in themselves so that they relinquish the kingdom of [fill in your name], because we cannot subscribe to the religion of [fill in your name] and subscribe to the Kingdom of God, or become citizens of the Kingdom of God, at the same time! How wonderful to see the simple and beautiful truth of these things.”

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Responses

  1. The title of this blog encapsulates the main big question that we have: what happened with this noble purpose? What happened with the effort of all of us in building this project, in working 24/7 towards the larger goal? What happened at the end?

  2. I think of something a great professional wrestler Roddy Piper once said. “Just when you think you know all the answers, I change the questions.” Nothing happened here except that we lost our vision of what Heaven and Earth are supposed to be like. Heaven and Earth are not supposed to be a static place. They are supposed to be dynamic, constantly changing as needed. Why would Grant and the other Lords have made the painful decision (no pun intended) to have our Lord of Lords and King of Kings come down here in the form of Jesus Our Master if everything were static? It is really easy to quote a service from eight years ago and wonder what happened. I would say that is cowardly and not what the Lord would want. At the time, everything Grant said was true. Things do evolve however. OCR’s goals change. That is proof of OCR’s connections to the Lord. I suggest you look in the mirror shekinahp and ask that same question to you. What happened to you? Have you become static? Let me correct myself because we are never static, never staying in one place. We are always moving forwards or backwards. OCR moved forward. Which way are you moving?

  3. Speaking of pipers…

    There’s a lady who’s sure
    All that glitters is gold,
    And shes buying a stairway to heaven.
    When she gets there she knows
    If the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for.
    Ooh, ooh, and shes buying a stairway to heaven.

    There’s a sign on the wall
    But she wants to be sure,
    cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
    In a tree by the brook
    There’s a songbird who sings,
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are mis-given.
    Ooh, it makes me wonder,
    Ooh, it makes me wonder.

    There’s a feeling I get,
    When I look to the west,
    And my spirit is crying for leaving.
    In my thoughts I have seen
    Rings of smoke through the trees,
    And the voices of those who standing looking.
    Ooh, it makes me wonder,
    Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

    And it’s whispered that soon
    If we all call the tune
    Then the piper will lead us to reason.
    And a new day will dawn
    For those who stand long
    And the forests will echo with laughter.

    If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow,
    Don’t be alarmed now,
    Its just a spring clean for the may queen.
    Yes, there are two paths you can go by
    But in the long run
    There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
    And it makes me wonder.

    Your head is humming and it won’t go,
    In case you don’t know,
    The piper’s calling you to join him,
    Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
    And did you know
    Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

    And as we wind on down the road
    Our shadows taller than our soul.
    There walks a lady we all know
    Who shines white light and wants to show
    How everything still turns to gold.
    And if you listen very hard
    The tune will come to you at last.
    When all are one and one is all
    To be a rock and not to roll.

    And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

  4. I like that song! Sometimes words have two meanings, indeed. What we hear could actually mean something else. Similarly, principles could be applied in different ways, according to people’s convenience.
    One principle I learned is that we need to respond to our Lord, not to the WORLD, not to our family and not to our own thoughts. The only time we responded to the world was when we criticized ‘ignorant’ people who didn’t know what we knew, as well as other countries’ traditions and Christianity. It was perfectly fine to make fun of that!
    The correct application of that principle was to OBEY our leaders and to be thankful for what they provided for us, without questions or doubts. After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune!
    As the song says, the good news is that in the long run there’s still time to change the road we are on! Oh, I like this blog! We all have very interesting experiences to share to the world, and I’m absolutely sure our roads will change. That is so wonderful!

  5. Very interesting post.
    Grant Clarke’s words sound caring and genuine!
    In that Service he says that the main objective is not to make money, but to do the right thing. Ok then, what would “the right thing” mean? Let’s see, to provide for the ‘representatives of the Lord’ and the ‘highest point of focalization’s wallets?’

    On the other hand, in order to let go of our lives, to “lose our lives,” we needed to have a “new attitude towards commerce and relationships.” That was all. Very simple, right?

    Isn’t that just amazing? Apparently, Gregg Hake and Jane Clarke were very specific in arranging and destroying relationships (friendships and couples), as well in moving people around the One Company’s branches to achieve more efficiency at a lower cost.

    Why do we complain? After all, and using Grant’s words, “What is a blessing to ONE is a blessing to all.” Let’s just find out who is that “One.” (Well, actually I think we all know who they are).
    I’m glad we could help! You are welcome.


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