Arkashean Q&A Session -- 039
LORRAINE: No, I didn't want to corrupt myself. The only reason I didn't give her what I felt was the right answer is that I once asked you, when I read your book and you kept talking about the Great Force, that's what you seemed to refer to as God and I knew the rest of stuff was Cloister information and I asked you, "When outside people ask you about God, do you use the word, "Great Force" and is that what you describe it as, and you told me, "Yes."
THERRY: Yes, that is what I use.
LORRAINE: That's why I did it. But in my own mind...
THERRY: Except for one small word, there is a difference. You used the word, "The", I use the word, "A." When I speak to the outside world, it is "A," not "The."
THERRY: It's more palatable for them. It's more on their level.
LORRAINE: She seemed to like my answer.
THERRY: Uh-hmmm. What'd she say?
LORRAINE: She told me she was glad she met... When you go to a market, there are many booths from you to buy from. Does it matter what booth to buy from?
LORRAINE: No, you have to pay for it.
THERRY: So what difference does it make if it's Tom, Betty, Bruce, Charles or any of the other three hundred?
LORRAINE: I guess it doesn't.
THERRY: So what's that got to do with you?
LORRAINE: My same question...I'm trying to figure out, if somebody asks you one question, does that entail going into the market place? If someone meets you on the street...not meets you on the street, 'cause they wouldn't know who you were...If Lisa comes and asks you five questions and never looks at you again, since she came into the market place, is that the price she...
THERRY: She'd have to pay the price. In her case, she'd decided to leave the market because the price was too high for her. The laws hasn't (sic) changed. It's still the same.
LORRAINE: So how come you don't refuse to teach people who don't follow that rule?
THERRY: Arkashea judges no-one. Judgment will come from Karma, not from us. People are always throwing Karma away. They don't think it involves in their little, unimportant things like that.
LORRAINE:...which leads me to a question. Lightening came into my living room the other day.
THERRY: I know.
LORRAINE: Now, did that have anything to do with me going to the ritual? I know that lightening came into your living room and hit your television. and you didn't go to a ritual.
THERRY: Do you really expect me to answer that?
LORRAINE: I'd like you to.
THERRY: Wouldn't that have the effect of governing your behavior?
LORRAINE: Well, I thought I did, and then I thought it didn't and Wayne said I was being superstitious. Lightening went into your living room and did a whole lot worse than it did to mine and you never went to a ritual.
THERRY: Didn't I?
LORRAINE: You know what you're doing.
THERRY: What was the condition under which lightening struck us.
LORRAINE: Wayne said that there was a big thunder storm and it hit the television.
THERRY: No, there was no thunder storm.
LORRAINE: He said you said that you were supposed to be going to work and you weren't you were watching television.
THERRY: Yes, that's true.
LORRAINE: How is that a ritual?
THERRY: What is the definition of a ritual?
LORRAINE: Some sort of a ceremony...where you either cast a circle or call up forces or that kind of a ritual.
THERRY: Oh, is it. Get the dictionary. Let's read the definition of ritual. Go ahead.
LORRAINE: There's two definitions. The one I was thinking of was, "a series of actions used in a religious or other ceremony; a particular form of this. 2. A procedure regularly followed. 3. Of or done as a ritual."
THERRY: That one is a circular definition so it doesn't mean anything.
THERRY: Okay, but the first two are sufficient.
THERRY: Chose the first one again. What does that say?
LORRAINE: "A series of actions used in a religious or other ceremony."
THERRY: "Or other ceremony." That means non-religious, right? Okay. What are the parts of a ritual?
LORRAINE: Well, the opening of a ritual, the performing of the ritual and the closing of the ritual.
THERRY: Okay what's in the performing of the [ritual]? What are the parts thereof?
LORRAINE: Depends on the kind that you're doing.
THERRY: No, it doesn't. They're all the same.
LORRAINE: If it's ceremonial?
THERRY: It doesn't matter if it's ceremonial or not. They're all the same. There's only one pattern. You perform certain behaviors that are very connected to or prescribed for and limited by the ritual. Is that not correct?
THERRY: Alright. Watching television on a regular, daily basis, isn't that a ritual? Does it fall under that law?
LORRAINE: That's not a ceremony!
THERRY: Why not? Just because it's non-religious, why can't it be a ceremony? In order to be a ritual, it has to be repeated over and over again at prescribed times, right?
THERRY: Walking, turning on a television, sitting, watching, watching, watching, watching, then walking and shutting off the television Is that not repeated over and over and over and over again?
THERRY: Does it not follow the rules of being a ritual?
THERRY: So why can't it apply? It doesn't matter if you want to put it religious or non-religious. Someone [who's] crazy enough to attach religious significance to a boob-tube, doesn't it apply equally? It's still a ritual.
LORRAINE: Alright, then you were only addressing my words. You said...
THERRY: No, I wasn't. I made the original statement. I put no limitations on it. I used the English language, the language that you use, Lorraine.