Beulah had many challenges in her life, including being almost completely deaf from early childhood. Before joining the staff, she owned a health food store in California, during a time before health foods were popular and accepted.
Beulah led a life of service. She reared five children, worked hard, loved God and glorified him continuously. In her seventies, she joined the staff of The Summit Lighthouse at La Tourelle, where she worked joyfully in the kitchen.
Her liberation came a number of months after her passing, after she concluded her final preparatory work in our temple and the balancing of the remaining portion of her karma which gave her the 51 percent requirement.
We can call to the Ascended Lady Master Beatitude for patience, endurance, kindness of heart and joy in serving.
Following her passing, Mark Prophet spoke of her character:
Beulah Heaney walked among us last year at La Tourelle as she had done for many a year. She came here filled with the love of God and service, and it was her desire to give of her energies and resources for the purposes of humanity and the love of the Father for humanity. She was a woman of spirit. She was a woman of great character, fortitude and an intense native wisdom. She was not a scholar, in the ordinary sense that she had attended one of our great universities, but she had attended the universities of the Spirit, and she understood the humanities because her heart was dedicated to humanity.
She was a humble soul, and she would do whatever needed to be done, whether it was to mop up a spill on the floor or to go out into the garden and plan for the coming summer and fall. She would do whatever was necessary, and I seldom ever, if ever, heard her grumble about anything.
This blessed lady had the thorn in the flesh spoken of by Saint Paul. In her case it was bad hearing. When loud noises occurred in the room, her hearing aid would overload. She would shake her head and quiver all over. This problem with her hearing was very hard for her, yet she bore it patiently and continued her service.
She worked long hours, rising early in the morning, and she refused to pay heed to our admonishments to rest. I have heard her say many times, “Land’s sakes! There’s too much to do. I can’t rest.” I would tell her, “You must rest anyway.” Sometimes we could force her to do it. At other times it was impossible.
She had a very interesting life. She was once kicked by a cow and had a miraculous healing from what she thought was a malignant lump. She was a great believer in health foods and was a great dietitian, a person who had a very keen sense about what to eat and how it would affect the body.
But all of these things I have mentioned are only surface things. They are the Beulah Heaney that we knew outwardly. There was another Beulah Heaney that I think only God knew, that we knew in part and glimpsed in part, and that was the inner communion with her God Self.
We have heard the admonishment, “Pray without ceasing.” Her life was almost a constant prayer and one of constant committing herself unto the deity. We recall the last words of the Christ, when he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” She did this daily, perhaps hourly. God was no stranger to her, and she was no stranger to him, for she came to him often. And I think when the veil was finally passed through, that there was “No moaning of the bar,” as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, when she “put out to sea,” but only a receiving of a great soul back to the heart of God.
Karma from a past life
Mark Prophet once described her past life and the karma she made then:
Now we have unfolded for us that she was a Russian peasant in her last life, living on the border of Siberia, that she had twelve to fourteen children, one of them being her own mother in her recent life. She was a very severe woman in that life, and she created quite a karma through that severity. Because of the terrible karma between her and her mother, Beulah’s mother kicked her out of the house at the age of four and said, “I don’t ever want to see you again.”
Elizabeth Clare Prophet continues this story:
She put her out on the porch with all of her belongings and told her to get out, and she didn't want her around. Her aunt picked her up and took her home, and then she didn’t want her. And from that time on she went from aunt to cousin, being brought up by other relatives, and she grew to hate her mother and all that her mother had done to her. Her mother had been extremely cruel to her and continued this cruelty throughout her life.
Finally one day, when she was around ten or twelve, she sat down under a tree, and she cried and cried and cried. She felt welling up within her such a sense of resentment towards her mother, her aunt, and all these people who had kicked her out throughout her childhood. And she said an angel of God appeared to her, the voice of God came upon her and said, “Beulah! Beulah! You have to make your ascension in this life. You can’t have that resentment. You can’t keep it.” And she said she was healed of that resentment, she was filled with light, and she went out and she conquered.
Beulah told me that story just a few months before she left us to enter the hospital, and I can remember how I was so filled with the Holy Ghost when I heard it and how I relived that with her. I realized that God had marked the lifetime and the hour of her ascension and had made it known to her soul as a little child. And even though she had been rejected by her mother, God as Mother, God as Father, had come to her in this blessed communication of the Holy Spirit.
Balancing karma through service
Beulah was totally deaf in one ear and partially deaf in another. She went through school being ridiculed by her classmates. She conquered that deafness and got a good education. She had many hardships. She had the karma of a difficult marriage. And at the end of her life she came to La Tourelle to serve for several years. It was the culmination of her life, and she knew it was.
I remember the humility of her heart as she came to be with us in Colorado Springs. She said that God had called her to help us. And she came at a time when I was just about to deliver our second child, and we had just moved to Colorado Springs and we were not even moved in our retreat at that time. I always remember the light in her face that she maintained through all of the trials and the testing of her service, the sense of what a privilege it is to serve in the masters’ house.
The joy of service was always with her, and she imparted to us many of the teachings on health that we have today. She was happy to serve. She did not consider it a lowly office to work in the kitchen but the greatest alchemy of giving to the staff a higher way to eat so that they could deal with their bodies.
If she was ever rebuked, as everyone is rebuked on occasion, the fire would go through, she would receive it, it would dissolve the substance, the substance would fall from her and she would be joyous and grateful.
Like Saint Bernadette with her cancer on the knee, Beulah took upon herself the last vestiges of personal karma and of planetary karma. By accepting such a life and agreeing to it before the Karmic Board and going through those kinds of hardships without backbiting, without a sense of injustice—or responding to the angel of the Lord who came to free her from it—going through an existence that was arduous, working very, very hard all her life, that’s the kind of life that has the ingredients of self-mastery and the ascension.
You need to plunge into the very midst of the thickest thicket of your karma and work through it and work hard, and don’t be afraid to sweat. Don’t be afraid to work hard physically or mentally or emotionally. Don’t be afraid to strive with yourself in the hours of temptation. Don’t be afraid to sweat, as it were, “great drops of blood.” It’ll make something of you.
Beulah portrayed the archetype of a saint and a devotee: constancy and a labor of love that is effective. And to add to that, she left La Tourelle, went home, laid on a bed of pain of cancer for a year before her transition. She took the full cup of her karma willingly and joyfully. She spent some time in inner levels, and then one day came and appeared to Mark in her ascended master light body, and he announced to us that she had ascended.
A patron saint of The Summit Lighthouse
Mark Prophet said of Beulah:
I consider her to be a patron saint of this organization. Whether she ascended now or whether it will be later, or whether she will come back to walk again on this planet, I do not know. Only God knows. But of one thing we are certain, that with all that we could observe inwardly and outwardly, she was a saint, possessed with almost infinite patience and with great kindness of heart to both her own family and children, to her community, to her country and to those of us who knew her. I have no intention of eulogizing her beyond that which she herself eulogized her Divine Self as she lived and breathed every thought of kindness to others.
I would suggest most humbly that, whether men or women, we would find it in our hearts to follow in her footsteps, for somewhere in the long line of avatars and saints and those who follow the Christ, Beulah Heaney still walks, and she will continue to walk in the footsteps of the Christ.
There is no question in our mind but what she would have continued to the age of one hundred and beyond in the service of the Light if she could have mustered the strength. She placed no limit on anything that she did. She felt that God had given without reserve to her, and she was determined to give without reserve to him.
Few of us have the stamina, the courage and the dedication that she had, but all of us can aspire to it, magnify what God has already given to us, and walk in the footsteps of the masters and in the footsteps of Beulah Heaney, as she goes along before us.
Holy Days Calendar, March 1994.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Opening of the Temple Doors, chapter 7.
- Mark L. Prophet, December 7, 1969.
- Mark L. Prophet, December 20, 1969.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet, October 20, 1976, February 23, 1975, & June 4, 1981.
- Mark L. Prophet, December 7, 1969.