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The Religious Experience


     The religious experience is something many people hunger for. To the uninformed, it is the pathway to God. This is our expectation. We blind ourselves to that which we desire most.


   Never mind, that we are hard wired for the event. The brain produces dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which may be responsible for mystical experiences.[1] To explore this avenue is trivial though borne of fact. We are explorers though many have no clue as to what they are exploring. We are not concerned with this. To do so, would muddy the waters. Our concern is the religious experience.


   The foremost aspect we must resign ourselves to is rather mundane. We must achieve an altered state of consciousness. What makes this so mundane is the ease this is attainable. Such an achievement is quite simple and requires little effort. The real effort lays in maintaining the state. All one need do is focus. Simply concentrate on the task at hand. In my case, it is to concentrate on this writing before being momentarily distracted. The distraction can be nothing more than sipping a glass of juice. The train of thought comes to a rest. While returning to the task is easily accomplished, the experience is different from the last.


   Achieving the altered state of consciousness is relatively simple. A normal state of consciousness is considered to be our waking non-dreaming state.[2] An altered state of conscious occurs when the normal state of consciousness no longer exists or has become destabilized. What this means is that the mind is no longer scanning the environment for information.[3] It becomes focused and the usual filters are no longer functioning. Remember the last time a closing door startled you? You may have been having a religious experience.


Before continuing, we have to know what a religious experience is. Again, exploring the scientific aspect is tedious and more correct, but lacks imagination. Thus, we shall barely touch the surface. A clinical religious experience is the awareness of a benevolent being.[4] See what I mean? So, we’ll turn to a few examples some you may be familiar with.


   In one of the revered Gospels, Jesus comes to John to be baptized. Upon coming out of the water, heaven opened, and he saw the spirit of God descend upon him like a dove. A voice, probably a loud voice, said, this is my son, whom I love and am well pleased. Spectacular, right? There’s more.

Saul is traveling along the road to Damascus, when suddenly a bright light engulfs him. From this light came a voice, why do you persecute me? Terrifying and awesome. Exactly what one would expect as a religious experience or life changing event.


   Muhammad often left the company of men to meditate in a cave. During such excursions, angels visited him, dictating the early books of the Quran. A less frightening experience than Saul, yet still impressive.


   Hermes Thoth Trismegistus meditated often. During one meditation, he was greeted by a ball of fire, not unlike the sun. From this fiery ball emerged a Dragon, whom he beseeched to reveal to him the secrets of the Universe. The Dragon acquiesced. Exciting, isn’t it?


   A young man, no one in particular, climbs a pole, maybe twenty or thirty feet. Suffice to say the pole was high enough that those looking on beneath appeared very tiny. This high up, it would be foolish to close one’s eyes for fear of toppling. Yet, the young man did just that. During this brief moment, he saw the bottom portion of an eye lid, with a tear seeping out. Not quite as dramatic or inspiring as the previous portrayals.


From each of these, came something profound. While Jesus did not give us Christianity, he did, reinterpret the Judaic laws, providing the foundation for the New Testament. Paul taught us Christianity. Muhammad gave us the Quran. Hermes provided Hermetic Philosophy. Although there are only fragments left, it confounds the untrained mind. What of the last example? We’re not sure if he had a religious experience. After all, there was nothing grand about it. It was more of a spiritual experience and is considered more down-to-earth.[5]


   These examples have similar properties. They all appear to have a fantastic quality that may be considered enviable. When attending a mediumship class, meditation was part of the course. After a ten to fifteen-minute meditation, or something of that nature, we shared our experiences. Each of the others described having a fantastic vision. Wow, I thought, I want that. When it was my turn to share, I had no grand vision to relate. I had only darkness and clouds of color. I was embarrassed. Several years later, I learned that such visions were to be ignored because they were considered distractions.


   Each of these examples can be seen as distractions, profound distractions. They were so profound that when others read their descriptions, they focus on the distraction, ignoring the idea that these individuals were moved to do something. In each instance, each person set about the purpose of bringing their experience to others. Each one sought to bring the experience to others through teaching harmony or unification. Each one sought to teach others about a mystical understanding about the nature of Nature. The common thread is not the visual components of the experience. It is the connection experienced that motivated them.


If a religious experience is important and is actively sought, beware of the distractions. It is not the vision that motivates. It is the not the booming voice that motivates. They are like stoplight at intersections. Their purpose is to gain your attention. The true religious experience occurs when the participant senses a connection to something else. When they realize there is more to their being than who they are. This is the religious experience. When you experience the Divine within your being, you may be having a religious experience. All else is a distraction.


   You have the experience more often than you think. While bicycling, writing, painting, driving, during sex or love play. These are opportunities for a religious experience. They are happening all the time. The trick is to expand the awareness and understand the meaning behind them. You are not alone. Not only are you a part of something grand and beyond your present concept, you are the interpreter. The experience may put life into a new perspective.


[1] (Luke, 2011)

[2] (Tart, 1983)

[3] (Tart, 1983)

[4] (Tthanissaro, 2015)

[5] (Tthanissaro, 2015)


28 April 2019

Past in the Present

   We spend so much energy struggling to stay in the present because that is where we are told to be. We often forget how important the past is. Even if we neglect to review our past, and what it means, we shouldn’t dismiss it. I’m not talking about living in the past. I’m talking about allowing it to influence the present.


   We often wonder how we got here. Most of us begin looking for some mystical causality. We’re told we are here because the Universe brought us into being, or we are here for a reason and we must discover our purpose. The Universe did bring us into existence, and we probably do have some role to fulfill. However, does it answer the question? Have any ever considered evolution? Hah! That’s obvious, but what is evolution?


   Evolution is a process spanning eons. Evolution is the essence of the Divine. While we force a starting point for our existence, chances are no such point exists. Did we simply come into being? Not exactly, and most of us are not concerned with the evolution of humanity. We’re satisfied with the idea of a supreme being miraculously placing us here on the firmament of Earth. From an individual perspective, we’re satisfied with birth as our beginning, followed by separation, fulfillment, dejection, and any number of events. The mind has difficulty fathoming an existence with no beginning, or is it we who cannot fathom no point of origin? Is this a flaw in the relationship of mind and brain? In order to keep our sanity we select a logical methodology, which requires a beginning. Is this the brain refusing to accept information from mind? Is it possible that we reflect the cosmos? Will its exploration will also provide us with an answer?

   

   Science provides us with a point of origin, the single cell organism. From simplicity, came complexity. In The Secret Doctrine, the beginning of the cosmos is described or represented as a disc or circle. From this disc, the universe came into existence. This disc could also represent energy. In that case, the point of origin is lost. Energy cannot be created. The next symbol is the disc with a point in the center. We know we are composed of male and female energy. At least, that is what we tell ourselves. Male energy, and consequently female energy, is derived from another form of energy. This means energy is genderless. Now, we have a point of origin. We began as androgynous beings. The point is the first differentiation.[1] According to the Gnostics, this differentiation was along the lines of what we call female energy. The disk is the Absolute, which is perfect in all ways because there is nothing with which to compare it.[2] 


From the Absolute came the Barbello,[3] often referred to as Sophia Pistis.


   Cosmologically speaking, Creation depends on certain conditions in order to begin. Here lays the true mystery. Either way, from the differentiation, the first life is formed. A single cell organism is created. The next stage in creation is demonstrated by the point dividing the disc. The first cell divides, becoming two. From here, we have several events occurring. Esoterically, androgynous divides, leaving us with male and female. Biologically, creation begins building upon itself. The cells divide again, giving us four quadrants. Each time the circle grows larger and cell division increases. Eventually, the circle becomes the lotus, the crown chakra, and creation evolves, building on a variety of levels and realms. What we see each morning in the mirror is a result of Creation’s progress, or evolution.


   Evolution occurs through energy, and all energy follows the pattern laid before it. Morphogenesis is how the patterns are implemented. These patterns exist in what are called morphic fields.[4] The information within them is what provides our genes with instructions. Morphic fields exist wherever Creation has made a pattern. They also exist wherever patterns exist, whether in nature, social groups, cultures, or our behaviors. They exist in the very fabric of the cosmos.


   Behaviors develop in the same fashion as cells assemble themselves into life forms, by building upon themselves. They develop slowly and often haphazardly. We react to similar situations in similar fashions. This is how we develop. Our actions evolve from simple acknowledgement to the more complex greeting or insult. As we discover what actions elicit what responses, we fine-tune ourselves. Yet, the entire ritualistic behavior is based on simplicity.


   The past exists in all things. The past is the foundation on which the present is built. Energy does not exist in the past, nor does it exist in the future. Energy exists only in the present and it is through the present we must experience the past and the future.


   While experiencing a neurological event during September of 2004, a voice guided me. Several years later, I discovered where the voice came from. During the interim, I believed that voice was the voice of God, or perhaps of a spirit guide. I discovered the voice was my own. I provided encouragement to myself during a time of need. During the early part of 2012, I was following some chakra exercises. This particular exercise was to send love to the child version of myself.[5] Instead, I chose to send healing energy to myself during the ordeal. Days later, I realized the voice I had marveled at and had spoken of was in fact, my voice. The so-called limits of time had been circumvented, their illusion pierced. In any event, the voice was my own.


   In another instance, in an interview, Mary McTaggart described a doctor who set out to disprove the efficacy of hands on or distance healing. He asked a group to meditate, sending healing to heart patients. Unbeknownst to them, they were sending energy to a group of patients who had already gone through surgery. The healing was actually sent into the past. The results were seen in the present.[6] What this demonstrates is an intimate relationship between the conditions of time. The present is a fixed point. The past and future are conditions of the present. When viewing the sign of infinity, we see the past greeting the future at a single point called the present. Others may have had similar experiences, which is why they claim time is an illusion.


   Holographic theory suggests that encapsulated within every particle is an image of the whole.[7] When a holographic image is cut up, each fragment contains an image of the whole. When we apply this to energy, then every particle of energy contains the history of its being. Another way of looking at this is that within each particle of matter, a blueprint of the cosmos exists. Thus, within every aspect of creation is the universe. No matter how much we deny ourselves of the revelations, it remains. Every second of every minute is a record of what was and what is to be. Do not think this suggests predestination. Time is part of the quantum matrix. This means all events are occurring at this very moment. We cast our awareness towards these seemingly infinite events as they are occurring. Only when we focus on a single point does the brain recollect them. This also suggests a multi-universe[8] or a series of alternate universes being echoes of each other. One can only wonder if their voice carries though the barriers separating themselves. Perhaps, this is why the mind wanders so much. We must regain focus before we become lost in thought. Whose thought are we lost in and who’s thought do we focus upon?


   Substance is the evidence of energy in the present. Objects can only be solid as long as they remain in the present. When the object’s solid form is destroyed, by whatever means, the balance of energy associated with the object retains a record of the whole. The record includes a representation of the object and the events associated with it. This type of memory is a collection of holographic images. The ability to discern these images is called Psychometry.


   The present is built upon the past. Who we are is a product of our past, not just our identifiable past, but also the energy associated with it. This includes what we call reincarnation and more. We are a part of every living creature’s memory. Essentially, we are all integrated into each other. Every person we have met has become integrated within our genetic structure and energetic lattice.


   “The Buddha said that his body is not mine or anybody else’s. It arises due to past causes, and for now, it should be felt and experienced. Not only our neurosis, but the structure of our body is encoded in our genes.”[9] The next time any of us wonder why we are here, or what our purpose is, we should take time to ponder our past. We are here because of it. I am writing this because of my past, and my past is now associated with yours.


[1] (Blavatsky, 1888)

[2] (The Secret Doctrine of John, 1984)

[3] (The Secret Doctrine of John, 1984)

[4] (Sheldrake, 1981)

[5] (Davies, 2000)

[6] (McTaggart, 2011)

[7] (Talbot, 1991)

[8] (Baggot, 1992)

[9] (Nisker, 1998)


2018

Are Evil Works Ever a Good Deed?

   While instant messaging with a friend, something impinged itself upon my awareness causing me great concern. The friend indicated going to a healing circle, which is good. Being with like-minded people is good for our wellbeing. What troubled me was the letter she had forwarded. Time and location were at the outset. What followed caused concern.


   The letter begins with a call to balancing the planetary grid. Interfering with nature has always proven dangerous. Then, there is the part about The Brotherhood instructing the followers to take a crop circle into the ionosphere and drop it on anyone or place that may be experiencing distress due to President Trump. Later, the author adds, as though it were an afterthought, to ask permission. How does one ask as stranger permission to drop a visualized crop circle on them because they have been judged to be in distress? Especially when they are the judge and the determination is based on another’s ideas. Sure, many expressed their dissatisfaction with President Trump in a variety of ways. This is their right. Everyone expresses dissatisfaction, joy, anger, and everything in between. What is disturbing is they believe it is okay to force their preferred expression upon others. They also encourage others to force them to come around to their way of thinking. What’s wrong with this picture?


   A large number of people accuse Orthodox religion of manipulating the masses. They abused their power, they claim. We have a generation’s long complaint about such actions, against similar institutions for interfering with the lives of citizens. Do these people who encourage others to drop crop circles in the cause of peace realize they are committing the very act they protest? Visualizing a crop circle descending upon those who don’t meet their criteria of peace is no different from those religious zealots forcing their doctrine upon those not meeting their criteria of faith.


   I do quite a bit of researching because I ask questions. Thus, the information read is vast and informative. The practitioners of old Christianity are not the only institution to exert control over the masses. Governments control others in favor of the majority, at least in a democracy. As a condition to living in any country, a person must acquiesce to the law of the land. The United States is one that allows its citizens to have a voice in how they are governed, at least theoretically, and select candidates whose ideals are close to theirs. Granted, this doesn’t always appear to be fair, but all have agreed to this. Thus, we vote and must abide by the results.


   Many institutions are tasked with protecting the public through manipulation, or control. The field of psychology trains people in the art of manipulation as a means of curing those existing outside what the majority has deemed normal behavior. Such skills of exploitation are exercised by all in society. Those not meeting the standard are marginalized, especially if those persons are not adept at concealing their oddity.


   While the definition of occultism is secret knowledge, the practitioners are often seeking some form of manipulation. This probably is what gives rise to such ghastly responses. Opposite of occultism is religion, which also seeks to manipulate others. The difference between them are the leaders who claim permission from a supreme deity.


   What all have in common is their intent to undermine the individual, often through fear. Fear is an excellent motivator. People generally don’t think when in fearful situations. They act and react. Such responses are often due to the influence of our emotions. Another concept they have in common is they insist these secret manipulations are acceptable because they are done through love. Whose idea of love are they following? After all, no universal definition of love exists. People abuse others and accept abuse because in their mind it is love. People are murdered individually and en masse as expressions of love. History and current events have laid out numerous examples of someone having the right to force their ideals upon others, and if they refuse, then it’s okay to murder them. Is this even remotely love?


   We knowingly give permission to governments and similar institutions to control us as a means of protection. Even with religions, many give them permission to alter their perception of life. Those not conforming are generally not physically harmed. The harm inflicted is mental and emotional, which are long lasting compared to broken bones and lesions. Is any of this acceptable? Is it acceptable for leaders to manipulate others because their behavior is disagreeable? It shouldn’t be, but it is the norm. While dropping a visualization of a crop circle seems harmless and beneficial, is the intention behind it harmless? This presents an interesting quandary.


   Many develop or seek out alternatives to what they disagree with. Alternative religious organizations as opposed to orthodox religion merely an example. Yet, they often resort to the same methodology as those they sought to escape. People act this way, because they have been conditioned to do so. We can break the conditioning by acting with awareness. Of course, this means we should allow them be disagreeable, even if we are of the opinion our course of action is for their benefit.


   Contemplating such actions is good; this is how we develop awareness. Before exerting our influence upon others, we should first exert it upon ourselves. Perhaps then, ideas such as forcing others to act in a way we consider peaceful will become distasteful. If you want peace, then start a meditation group. Studies have demonstrated reductions in crime, violence, and other forms of social stress in communities where such groups practice (Walton, Cavanaugh, & Pugh, 2005).


Works Cited

Walton, K., Cavanaugh, K. L., & Pugh, N. D. (2005). Effect of group practice of the transcendental meditation program on biochemical indicators of stress in non-meditatirs: A prospective time series study. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality(17), 339-373.


2018

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