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Duality: A Limiting Factor

The law of duality is not part of evolution and barely fulfills the role of comparisons. This fallacy of balance acts more like a pair of handcuffs. Liberation and growth occurs when these bonds dissolve.

According to the teachings of the Gnostics, mystics, metaphysicists, and other luminaries, before the Logos or Christ came into being, the Absolute being a Gnostic term, the Source, or the quantum field existed without comparison. Only this well of churning energy existed. The luminaries characterized this event in the symbol of the point, from which all things sprang. The Absolute was, yet, unaware of itself. Nothing existed. Only the Absolute existed.[1] The Absolute was not yet aware of itself. When awareness occurred, as they say, the first creation also occurred. For the Gnostics, this was Barbello. Alice Bailey describes this as the differentiation.[2] Awareness occurred because the Absolute spewed the energies, the lights of the cosmos into the expanse. Separation had not begun, for the umbilical cord was still intact, connecting the first creation with the Absolute. The next step is the true birth, or should we say the point where the umbilical cord became severed.


     So far, the Absolute may be represented as a point, and awareness as a circle surrounding the point. The next phase is the beginning of creation, evolution, and limitation. Recognition could only occur through creation, for something had to recognize, acknowledge, and reflect the Absolute. With Barbello, can a point of reference, but not for the Absolute. Barbello, being light caused the Absolute to comprehend itself, and Barbello brought forth a thought. Through thought, she brought forth growth, progress, evolution. However, the limitation did not occur right away. Duality occurred when the point merged with the circle, dividing it into two distinct shapes or half-moons, one being light, the other being dark: or wisdom and ignorance.


     When the children of the Absolute and Barbello, namely us, began to divide creation into good things and bad things, positive and negative, good, and evil – the sphere was truly broken in two. Today, the severity of the halves extends into more than what is good and bad, but us and them, along with a host of other descriptors emphasizing two distinct, yet elusive values. This is the limitation. This is our limitation. We have bound ourselves into the auspices of good versus evil; us versus them. What we do not realize is that the value of good and evil is not a true value. The division shifts with the tide of popular thought. This has trickled down to the individual, often to the point of paralysis.


     If we want to move beyond this state of stagnation, we must unify these measures into a single value. When this occurs, we have moved beyond duality and into unification. When this occurs, we not only become an expression of Divine thought, but we are brought back into the sphere of Unity. “One must not consider the Spirit as God or as of a specific quality, for it is more excellent than the gods. It is a Beginning that none precedes, for no one existed before it, and it has no need of them. It does not need life, for it is eternal; it needs nothing, for it is not perfectible, since it has no deficiency which might be perfected, but is beyond all perfection.”[3]


     When we go beyond the limitations of duality, we raise ourselves to a higher level, we become a different quality than before. With this new information, the ability to create becomes available. Yet, in continuing to seek a balance between good and evil, we continue to be caught in a state of limbo. When the two are merged into a single concept, the energy inherent in both is multiplied because we have taken the two and made them one once more.



References

Bailey, A. (1978). Letters on Occult Meditation. New York: Lucius Trust.

Blavatsky, H. P. (1888). The Secret Doctrine. London: The Theosophical Publishing Company, Ltd.

The Secret Book of John. (1984). In W. Barnstone, The Other Bible (pp. 51-61). New York: HarperCollins.


[1] (The Secret Book of John, 1984); (Blavatsky, 1888)

[2] (Bailey, 1978)

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


Copyright 2022 by Phillip Falcone

Students of Life

  In our service, we often provide you with a little bit about Spiritualism, its formation, its framers, how it developed, etc. and what we have not done is explained in some context that puts it into a different light, or a different level of experience. Obviously, Spiritualism is about spirit, or more precisely, souls. It is also built upon the understanding of traditional teachings, spirit is what remains after the body dies, but what did it mean beforehand?

     The ancient Egyptians saw spirit as something other than what we are familiar with. For them, spirit, or Ka, is the lifeforce passed on from mother and father to child.  Before this, we can only speculate because prehistoric religions did not focus on a God, but upon a Goddess because life appeared to come into existence through her.  Most likely, the belief was more along the lines Animism. To the ignorant, this translates into a belief in a pantheon of gods. Animism is about the lifeforce and how the lifeforce permeates all.  Does any of this sound familiar?

     Contemporary religious traditions, when examining anything in the past, tend to apply their standards  or assume universal aspects or representations of existence.  This led to the cave paintings being relegated to the realm of magic. We know magic is the occurrence of events without explanation or understanding. The different healing modalities such as hands-on, Reconnective Therapy, acupuncture, etc. may be considered magic and superstitious nonsense, however, science has demonstrated the efficacy of such practices. There are no discernible reasons for this to occur. Their best researchers have concluded that certain emotions are key for these occurrences. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the movement of chi, or the lifeforce, the same force identified as spirit and anima.

     In every creation myth there is some form of life force involved. In many of the Pagan traditions, the creative force resides in the blood. In other religious practices, the life force is found in breath. In many languages the word for spirit is equated with breath, particularly with the last breath.  When we look to the Bible, one of many religious writings, we read much about giving up the ghost to indicate a person has relinquished the body to the earth. We must wonder is the ghost the same as the spirit. Recall the beginning as recorded in Genesis, God breathed life into man, formed of dust, and man became a living soul.  If we were to invoke the myth of creation, we would have to say, we are living souls. It is spirit, it is breath that causes us to be a living soul. When the breath is gone, are we still a living soul, or have we become something else?

   This was given me during a meditation or a dream. It is the spirit that quickens the soul and the body. If we apply Hermetic reasoning, there are polar opposites at work. There is the body and soul, physical and ethereal. This can just as easily be the two basic principles of creation, the masculine and feminine energies. What is missing is the mystery. Creation is the true mystery for it exists in both realms, physical and ethereal, performing the same acts. Breath represents life. We exist in our true sense when we are a living soul. When we are no longer a living soul, we are something else. We call it spirit because spirit is a mystery, it is the mystery of creation; it is the mystery of life. Without spirit there can be no life. Eastern philosophy has introduced a remedy for this paradox. Well, it comes to us from a time of antiquity reaching past the development of Eastern Philosophy as we recognize it. This ancient concept is the continuity of life. For some, this equates to reincarnation. For others, this suggests a continued life in another form. If we adhere to the general idea of as above, so below, then regardless of the system one subscribes to they amount to the same experience. There is completion of what we call life, there is the journey to the next, and another birth as a living soul.

     Notice, we did not say rebirth. Rebirth cannot occur if we have moved into another existence. Rebirth can only occur in this existence. The Mystery Schools have a version of the same process, a voluntary death, a struggle, and rebirth. The rebirth is an innovative approach to experiencing life. To be reborn is to shed what was no longer beneficial, to cleanse the mind of old ideas, old habits, old ways and to fill it anew.

     You may choose to interpret spirit in any form that is agreeable, but it remains intimately connected to life. Life is not stagnant, it cannot remain still, whether its experience is dependent upon a physical form or one of an ethereal quality, the experience must be endured. Thus, we remain students of life, investigating diligently, attempting to comprehend the mystery of Creation.


References
Bahm, A. (1964). The World's Living Religions: A searching comparison of the faiths of East and West. Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
Hasanov, Z. (2016). Method for determining the practice of shamanism in archeological cultures. Anthropology & Archeology of Eurasia, 55(3/4), 188-231.
Hinnells, J. R. (2007). Paleolithic art and religion. In J. R. Hinnells, The Handbook of Ancient Religions. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mishlove, J. (1975). The Roots of Consciousness: Psychic Liberation through History. New York: Random House Pub.
Stone, M. (1976). When God was a Woman. San Diago, CA: A Harvest/ HBJ Book.
Taylor, J. H. (Ed.). (2010). Journey through the afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. London: British Museum Press.
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2022

Truth and its Application


     We spend too much time searching for truth and too little time experiencing. Truth does not come with labels of warranty or conditions, promises, or guarantees. We insist the world around is caught up in chaos yet have very little understanding of harmony. We have been taught to seek universal truth, having little understanding of what ‘universal’ means. Thus, we search for truth in our ancient religious teachings, never realizing where the most ancient of truths reside.


     Andrew Jackson Davis puts forth three propositions of value in his, Death and the After-Life lectures. The first is the material and spiritual universes are regulated by immutable laws and that such are external principles. Principles are merely the external manifestation of an idea. The second proposition is that we are endowed with the power of reason. Reason is the harmony of all faculties and through this harmony discoveries are found. The last proposition is that we can chose to apply harmony to all conditions.[1] What does this mean for us?


     When searching for truth, we often turn to others, whether through books or conversation. This is our way, which is proper. In our endeavor to secure something that will guide us, we often neglect that these cannot bring truth, only experience brings truth, and that it is relative to our understanding at the time.[2] A first assumption may be how can we trust ourselves to discern truth? During our continuous inquiry, we discover that there is no chaos and that nothing is left unaccounted for.[3] We learn this by observing nature. All religious concepts are based on the observations of nature, reincarnation, karma, flow, the opposing and complimentary effects of every aspect of the nature of ourselves. All is found in the observations of nature. Through these observations we discover what appears to be obvious to all. Often it is the hidden that is the most revealing.


     Truth also comes to us from realms other than what we are familiar with, such as those souls who come to us in dreams, thoughts, and emotions. Some may prefer the term God rather than souls because it is more comforting. However, to the experienced Spiritualist this may seem a deception. When the source of the very first communication has been identified and accepted, what happens to the word of God as recorded in the testaments? If this question has never come up in your inquiries, it has now. What we must remember is that your truth is relative to your understanding, just as their truth was relative their understanding.[4] Such discoveries and interpretations exist throughout the history of spirituality, which is about examining the life experience and discovering a sense of meaning,[5] and that is why we are here, to discover and apply meaning.


     One of humanity’s greatest powers is not the ability to create, but the ability to discover.[6] Through the discovery of the Principles of Nature, we begin to see them demonstrated in our communities, our political displays, our religious doctrines, and our relationships. Such discoveries alter our world perception and how we worship. Such was the case with the discovery of Spiritualism and the development of Mediumship.

There are two classes of Mediumship, just are there are two classes of people. Objective Mediumship is experienced from outside the body, while subjective Mediumship is experienced from within the body. Both are equally important, but not equal in value. External Mediumship consists of those signs and demonstrations for all to witness, and for each witness to interpret on their own. The only truth here is the demonstration itself, not the meaning behind it. Subjective Mediumship occurs through the Medium’s being, more importantly through their understanding of thought and emotion. The language of the souls who chose to commune with us is emotion. They speak to us through empathy. This is natural because spirituality and empathy are intimately linked. Through empathy we share our understanding with those souls because we purposefully create a space for them.[7]

The discovery of truth occurs through our ability to understand and apply what is learned through our experience of life. When we identify ourselves as Spiritualists, we are merely applying the proper label. To apply what we understand from communicating with souls is a progressive idea, for we then become Spiritual workers seeking to bring others to the discovery of Nature’s Harmony. This occurs naturally because we have discovered that it is not, we who resonate with them, but they who resonate with Nature. Our truth is not their truth, yet we harmonize with all who are sympathetic to natural truth.

References

Davis, A. J. (1911). Death and the After-Life: Eight Evening Lectures on the Summer-Land. Rochester, NY, U.S.: Austin Publishing Co.

Park, H., Kim, E. K., Moon, K. J., & Kim, M. J. (2020). The mediating effect of spirituality between nurses' empathy and elderly care performance in the long term care hospitals. Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing, 31(1), 34-42.

Tiffany, J. (1856). Apiritualism Explained: Being a Series of Twelve Lectures Delivered Before the New York Conference of Spiritualists. New York: Graham and Ellinwood, Publishers.


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[1] (Davis, 1911)

[2] (Tiffany, 1856)

[3] (Davis, 1911)

[4] (Tiffany, 1856)

[5] (Park, Kim, Moon, & Kim, 2020)

[6] (Davis, 1911)

[7] (Park, Kim, Moon, & Kim, 2020)

The First, the Second, the...

     Anyone searching for the roots of religion, will only find disappointment. The obvious steps in such a quest, is to trace religion from its present state backwards. The difficult task in such an endeavor is shedding contemporary beliefs when applying some form of logic. The most difficult is that of who is responsible for today’s main religion. Christianity has little to do with the teachings of Christ and everything to do with the teachings of Paul. To say such a thing can be dangerous.


     Before the advent of those forefathers, there existed the so-called pagan religions. Ironically, they have been relegated to superstitious practices of evil intent. Never mind the similarities one may find between today’s proffered doctrine and those of the past.


     If one should venture further away from the comfort of current practice, they may find themselves reading about the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Ugarit. One may find some interesting discoveries. Many of the tales touted in Christian history originally came from Persian mythology. Well, perhaps the mythology is closer to history.


     The earliest evidence of any resemblance of religion are the caves in France and Portugal and the open-air paintings and reliefs scattered throughout the world. The only thing connecting these ancient pieces of art to contemporary religion are entopic images. These symbols include crosshatch, wavy lines, fractal patterns, spiderwebs, dashes and dots or circles.[1] These patterns are thought to be experienced by every person who meditates. Any meaning attributed to them is lost, never to be recovered. Perhaps from these experiences came the development of the mystery schools, which actually led the way to what we call colleges and universities. They were institutions of the exploration of knowledge.


     The question is, what knowledge were they teaching? The natural sciences? These were mathematics, nature, literature, philosophy, and possibly some form of religion. The last part is difficult to say. What we do know is that the foundations of what we call spirituality were developed. Even now, we are caught in an exercise of mental exploration. To say they believed and practiced magic demonstrates a level of shortsightedness. Suffice to say, the origin of religion lies at the same spring as humankind stepped out of. Those early ancestors were students of nature. They were keen observers who were intelligent enough to apply those insights to the behavior of others. We espouse the Natural Principles of Life without observations of nature. We have imprisoned ourselves in the intellectual pursuit. Unfortunately, we have no clue as to what we are chasing after.


     We suspect the origin of religion is much closer than we dared hope. All that our ancestors discovered is available to the keen mind. Its simplicity eludes us because we have become intelligent creatures. Through our intellectual pursuit, we have lost, we chose to rise above the ability to just survive. We no longer recognize the need to nurture as an integral part of the life experience. We have pushed aside the need to encourage others in favor of manipulation. We have monetized the desire to care, reducing its importance in the community structure. We have relieved the strongest leader of the responsibility of maintaining social stability. We have somehow taken the instinctive need to be social beings and exchanged it for the desire to oppress, ridicule, and self-aggrandizement. What have we become?


     We do not know. What we do recognize is that in nature, all follow a cycle. All return to a version of the point of origin, or a point of rediscovery. When we do this, will any recognize the meaning of the upheaval that will be inevitably experienced, or will we sleep through its monumental resurgence?



References

Whitley, D. S. (2009). Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit: The Origin of Creativity and Belief. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.


[1] (Whitley, 2009)


Copyright 2022 by Phillip Falcone

Are Evil Works Ever a Good Idea?

     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 another because they have been judged to be in distress? Especially when they are the judged 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. Does this even remotely sound like 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 to 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.

 

 

copyright 2017 by Phillip Falcone

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 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. If it was a spiritual experience it would be 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)

References

Luke, D. (2011). Discarnate entities and dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Psychopharmacology, phenomenology, and ontology. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 75(902), 26-42.

Tart, C. (1983). States of Consciousness. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.com, Inc.

Tthanissaro, P. N. (2015). The spirituality of Buddhist teens: Religious/ spiritual experiences and their associated triggers, attributes, and attitudes. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 20(3/4), 218-232.


2018 copyright by Phillip Falcone

Harmonizing with Nature


     Meditation is the attempt to still the mind, not to prevent thoughts from entering. If this were to happen, then we would not be on this plane. Of course, that is assuming thoughts do not enter the mind of a soul, but this may be a false assumption. The creation of thoughts is the responsibility of the brain, not the mind. Well, maybe. Let’s try to identify what Mind does, and perhaps gain insight.


     Freud developed a three-part system to express the personality, and in some cases, the mind of human beings. He used the id, the superego, and the ego to explain the extremities of Mind or the personality. The id represents our impulsive actions which pay no heed to those who may be affected. One might say the id represents Mind’s dark side if left to its own means. The superego reflects society’s rigidity, laws, and morals imposed upon us by institutions and the populace. These are the fundamental aspects of Mind. The id and the superego represent the extremes of Mind or personality. Both extremes exist in delusions.


     The ego is that aspect that lies in between the two. We could say the ego is the fulcrum balancing id and super-ego. In addition, the ego is influenced by both. To you and I, a person appears to swing back and forth between them in the same fashion as today moves between yesterday and tomorrow. Although the two may not appear related, they are.


     Two events exist that Mind cannot control, what has already been done and what might be done. Imagine the voice we often hear began to point out all the actions we did wrong. At this point, Mind is occupied with yesterday. After this review, the voice begins to develop a plan to prevent these mistakes from happening again. Here, we are focused on tomorrow. What has this to do with impulsive actions and morals?


     In the example given, those actions being pointed out as being detrimental reflect an impulse to act in a perfect manner. Western culture demands a person be number one in their profession. For this to occur, we must act in the correct manner. The id acts without thought, or criticizes our actions, and the superego demands perfection and high status. The purpose of ego is to control the swing of Mind from id to superego.


     Meditation is the attempt to reduce the movement of the ego, hoping to still Mind’s vacillations. By reducing the arc of the ego’s swing, tomorrow and yesterday become the present. One form of meditation is mindfulness. Mindfulness means Mind is full; we are fully present, fully aware, and fully connected.[i] What are we connected to? Being fully present means that we are consumed with our environment at a particular moment. The animals, plants, people, movement, etc., all of this is part of us at that moment.


     Meditation is not going to our special place within. When we do this, meditation may become an escape. Communication with those Souls about, celestial beings we call guides, and the Divine Essence of Life take place while we are in the present; consumed with the environment. Many have created an environment specifically for meditation. My environment often consists of the sounds of music, burning incense, and intention. My mind is filled with the awareness of these before penetrating the threshold. The Divine Essence of Life exists within everything, and everything exists within the Divine Essence of Life. These sounds and smells are all part of the Divine Essence of Life. If we have the divine spark of Life within us, we are part of everything. Even if the thought of you being Divine Essence, or Divine is frightening, we can at least acknowledge the existence of what we call the Christ light within. We shall be here when you seek to connect with the Divine Essence of Life. When connecting with the Divine Essence or what some call the Christ-self, we become a part of an artificial environment, the natural environment, and those environments become a part of us.


     We cannot truly connect with our Christ-self or Divine Essence in the imagined comfort of some imaginary place, which cannot be brought forth. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus tells us to make the outside like the inside and the inside like the outside. Some are able to bring their inner peace with them and surround themselves with it. Some cannot, and if we cannot then we begin with the outside.

Christ, being within, harmonizes the impulsive actions of Mind with the edicts of society. This may be accomplished through service. Action without thought is the impulsiveness of Mind, and when directed towards service, action becomes worship. Remember, Christ said, in truth, we will worship God in the spirit. The Bhagavad Gita tells us to act without thought of the fruit of our action is true worship. Society demands perfection and high status, when directed towards the service of our fellow beings, we inspire others. This is the purpose of taming Mind, the id, the superego, and dismissing yesterday and tomorrow.


     The environment is like water, ever changing and always seeking its own level via the path of least resistance. The environment will always seek to be in a natural state with itself, and in so doing will always be in the present. To be fully in the present, Mind must be fluid. When Mind is fluid, and we are conscious of the subtleties of change, we are fully aware. Being fully connected is not being in touch with the Christ-self. When we are fully connected, we are the Christ-self, we are the Divine Essence of Life, and we are at one with nature.

 

[i] Rapaport, A. (1998). Buddhism in America. Boston, MA: Tuttle Publishing

 

 

References

Rapaport, A. (1998). Then and Now. In A. Rapaport, Buddhism in America. Boston, MA: Tuttle Publishing.

Help! I am Unwittingly Being Drawn Forward


     Moving forward is the process called evolution. Creation, or should I say Nature, goads us forward. Attractors exist throughout nature in a variety of forms. As the earth travels around the sun, we perform rituals announcing the closing of the day or the arrival of a new season. An infant grows inexorably into an adult. Evidence that the body is in silently marching towards its end regardless of thoughts or events. These different attractors have one thing in common; they act as though they are gravity.


     Gravity is an attractor. Its power traps everyone, and virtually everything. Gravity is caused by the spinning of objects such as the earth and sun, it’s found in black holes exerting their insidious influence. Oh, I’m sure gravity is found in other fashions, such as literary prose. I mean, when one thinks of the gravity of a situation, it sobers us up to the folly of whatever endeavor transpired beforehand. Gravity distorts space and time, but you knew that. This theory of relativity has become a household term, even if no one has a clue. Science fiction has been using this theory for decades, thanks to Albert Einstein and Gene Roddenberry.


     Rudolf Steiner, in his Outline of Occult Science, explains his concept of conscious development taking place in identifiable stages.[1] He begins with a Saturn level, which includes three different stages, we move on towards a Sun stage, and end with the Moon stage, each a level of development. Some of the beings taking part in this scheme chose to stop their progress at certain stages. This led to a system akin to care giving. Those in the higher stages slowed their evolution so they may assist those who had stopped or slowed. We can imagine them beckoning others towards them, as though they were some Divine being. What came into existence was a sort of spirit-care system. Let’s translate this into something more easily recognizable.

First, look at the obvious, today’s headlines, yesterday’s news, or even tomorrow’s predictions. We will not have to look far to catch glimpses of violence. The question being put to you is whether violence is a natural phenomenon of the human experience.

Let’s go back to Steiner. Each new level of conscious development or each reincarnation we attain is accompanied with re-experiencing all previous levels of development first. This would indicate that violence is a natural part of our conscious evolution. The acts we call negative are part of the growth process. Many seem to have chosen to stop along their path of becoming and immerse themselves in this type of energy. If we are thinking along similar lines, then together, we are wondering why someone would choose to stop evolving. More to the point, why stop there? After all, violence is something to be re-experienced before continuing our spiritual growth in the present incarnation.


     If any are interested in discovering the answer to this odd question, then ask yourself if you have stopped somewhere along your evolution. You may find yourself in a bit of a quandary. Either you have not stopped growing, or you are not sure if you have stopped.


     Those who have chosen to stop developing are holding onto something and are fearful of letting go. Are you holding onto something? When experiencing fear, you are grasping at something intangible. When my brain short-circuited, I became afraid. I was holding onto my old way of life because what had happened to me was sudden and disruptive. I was not ready to give up that lifestyle. Although my job did not offer much in the way of change, my spiritual work did. Weekends were jam packed with enough activities to balance the drudgery of a dead-end job. When I released my grip on the potential that had been offered and embraced the new opportunity that was covered in muck, fear was shoved under a glaring light. While holding onto my old life, which was intangible, I was choosing to halt my progress or at least bring it to a crawl.


     Obstacles such as this are opportunities of growth. Failure to avail ourselves of these fortuitous moments becomes an attractor of a sort most of us would rather not experience. When we fix our gaze on something tied to an event, our beliefs become an attractor for energy matching that signature. The Law of Attraction and the Manifesting process are tied to happenings. Fear calls to those events that will perpetuate it. On the flip side, excitement draws in those energies that evoke wonder and joy.

We implore you not to mistake fear as something to be avoided, because it is not. This misunderstood emotion that repels us causes us to overlook opportunities to expand our consciousness. We are attractors for situations that force us to evolve, and the higher our progression, the better we are to serve others. After all, Steiner tells of these energy beings on different planes radiating their energies towards those who seem to have lost their way. As we travel along our path of becoming, we too will stretch a hand to those reaching out while we grasp the one pulling us forward.


     Evolution cannot be halted. We can slow ours to the point that it appears to have stopped moving, but that is only a delusion. Our bodies continue to move on in the aging process. Daily life never stops presenting us with the need to decide. The choices we make determine whether our evolution is slow and torturous, filled with fun, or empty. Regardless, we shall continue to be drawn towards the unknown.


 

References

Steiner, R. (1972). An Outline of Occult Science. Anthroposophic Press, Inc.

 


[1] (Steiner, 1972)

Group Meditation


     For most of us, meditation is a singular practice. We sound the depths of Mind in search of wisdom, expanding awareness, and the elusive religious experience. We are led to believe meditation leads us to altered states of conscious connecting us to something larger than the self,[1] an opportunity for Soul to briefly experience freedom from its entombment in the flesh.[2] However, we may be missing something extremely important.

 

     The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch opens with, ‘We Live in a Many and One Universe.[3] Several may interpret this in a more literal sense than we. We see the many universes as the many people who exist. Each can be a universe. For those who subscribe to reincarnation, there are the many incarnations that have led up this lifetime and the incarnations yet to be experienced. If we merely focus on consciousness, there are the many altered states of consciousness or discreet states of consciousness. What separates one from the other are their experiential components. Discreet states of consciousness are states of consciousness other than our waking non-dreaming state.[4] These are meditative, intoxicated, and dreaming states. Through such multiple states of consciousness, one may be considered a universe. Most of our experiences of the intentional meditative altered state are solitary in nature. What if that too were altered.

 

     Many universes, many minds offer potential connections,[5] attachments, unity, and interconnectedness on an intimate level.[6] We’re alluding to group meditation. Meditation through single minded focus potentially initiates an experience akin to what is described by the cave dwellers and Shaman in their artistic journals. A sensation of spinning or spiraling are common experiences during meditation. Native American Shaman describe their entry into the sacred realm as traveling through a tunnel that opens as they gaze into a rock face.[7] One may experience a sensation of being birthed into another reality. Such an experience is often reserved for the singular individual. What might a group whose focus is singular experience?

 

     While group meditation offers opportunities to connect with others, it may also offer an interconnected experience. Emotions are the language we communicate with. Words are merely a deceptive shell infused with emotions. One merely has to avail themselves of political rhetoric to confirm this. Interconnectedness through meditation may occur through focused emotion of the participants. Together, they begin to enhance their empathic connections forming a unified identity of larger sense of selves. In this fashion, we become the many and unified minds.

 

     Such an endeavor would not be successful in its first attempt. Like the seances of Spiritualism, a harmony of minds must develop, a resonance must be created. This can only occur through regular meetings of a dedicated group. Memories are dependent upon morphic resonance, [8] or the resonation of emotional, intellectual, and sensual fields. Social events are also based on resonating fields. Group meditation would also be dependent upon the same principle, that of repetition and resonance. The number of repetitions, or gatherings before success will vary from group to group, just as communications through seances were not always successful the first few sittings. Regardless, the potential remains.

 

     What anyone can expect to experience is dubious. The connection can be awe inspiring and may lead to deep appreciation for our fellow beings. Even a brief experience can initiate changes in the way life is experienced by an individual.


[1] (Segalla, 2003)

[2] (Taylor, 1891)

[3] (Hurtak, 1977)

[4] (Tart, 2000)

[5] (Mantzios & Giannou, 2014)

[6] (Segalla, 2003)

[7] (Whitley, 2009)

[8] (Sheldrake, 1981)

©2021 by Phillip Falcone

References

Hurtak, J. J. (1977). The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch. Gatos, CA: The Academy for Future Science.

Mantzios, M., & Giannou, K. (2014). Group vs. single mindfulness meditation: Exploring avoidance, impulsivity, and weight management in two separate mindfulness meditation settings. Applied Psychology: Health & Well-Being, 6(2), 173-91.

Segalla, R. A. (2003). Meditation and group psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 23(5), 784-99.

Sheldrake, R. (1981). Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

Tart, C. (2000). States of Consciousness. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.com, Inc.

Taylor, T. (1891). The Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries. (A. Wilder, Ed.) New York: J.W. Bouton.

Whitley, D. S. (2009). Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit: The Origin of Creativity and Belief. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

 

We are Buddhas by Nature; We are God by Nature

Buddhism in America is a tome, not a book. Within this tome are recorded the proceedings of the first Buddhist conference in the United States. Within its covers lay pearls, inspiration, and instruction. This is a highly recommended read.

Lama Surya Das, one of the presenters of the conference. He made a declaration that sounded familiar. “We are all Buddhas by nature.”  All, not a few or only the privileged, but all are Buddhas. Jesus the Christ made the same declaration. “Is it not written that you are all gods?”  All, not a few or the just, or the priesthood, but all are gods. How astounding is that? Not only the Dalai Lama, but also the monks, the merchants, the peasantry, and the aliens are gods. What does it mean to be God?

Walking into a church I announced, “God has entered the building.” While I felt exhilarated, others looked on with disdain, sarcasm, and disbelief.

Christ sent his followers out to share the Good News. The followers of Christ are many. What news do they spread? The news told to all has been, believe in Jesus and he will save you. What will Jesus save us from?

They tell us, Jesus is the Savior; accept Jesus as your Savior. A savior leads us from darkness into the light. Reciting the words does not lead any out of darkness. News of this sort does not enlighten anyone. News of this sort only generates questions.

The only way into the Kingdom of God is through Jesus Christ. This is not Good News. This is nothing. The Good News is that the Father is within Christ and Christ is within us. This is what Jesus was trying to tell his disciples in John’s Gospel. Listen closely, if Jesus is in God would that not make Jesus God as well? If Jesus were within you and I, would that not make us God as well? This is fantastic because God is no longer in the desert. God is not unreachable. God does not exist outside of ourselves. We are all God. We are all the same. Doctors, soldiers, beggars, thieves, and yes, even politicians are all gods. This may sound a bit too simple. Yes, this sounds extremely simple.

Lama Surya Das went on to say, we should be contributors, not converters. Jesus the Christ said to teach and heal the sick. How do we heal the sick? We pray for them. Science has proven through numerous tests that prayer has a huge effect on a person’s health.  Hold a person’s hand and give it a gentle squeeze starts the process. Many were sent to teach. When we teach, we contribute. Contributors are participators. Participators do not wait for events to unfold. They are the events. We will find participators in many guises. We find them in hospices bringing comfort. They are the people in support groups listening to those in distress, sharing their stories. Some are in the streets giving aid wherever needed. Contributors are volunteers filling voids. These people are the blessings others pray for.

Being a Buddha or a god, means we should act without thought of the fruits of our actions,  to do otherwise is an act of selfishness. Actions may harm or assist. Christ said to a Samaritan woman a time would come for us to worship God in spirit.  Spirit, in the Latin tongue means breath, and breath is life. The meaning is not that the world will worship God in spirit, but that we worship God in spirit. Our participation is an act of worship. Our actions demonstrate our worship. The people we assist and the people we harm are acts of worship. Jesus the Christ described spirit to Nicodemos as being like the wind. We do not know where it comes from nor where it goes.  Therefore, spirit is action. Actions display our behavior.

Contributors participate in the experience of life. What is it that we are contributing? We are the answers to the prayers of others. We are Buddhas and Gods by nature. We are volunteers, sociopaths, teachers, criminals, etc. all are Gods. God is benevolent. God is vengeful. God is suffering. God is joyful. God is the populace of this world.

Some already suspect we are Buddhas; already suspect our nature. Others chose to remain ignorant. They vehemently deny being God because they are afraid. They see God in a light they could never achieve because they see themselves as unworthy. Nevertheless, our duty is to recognize this within ourselves. To properly express the nature of Buddha, Christ, or God is best accomplished by serving others. No to do so, is a crime against neighbors and ourselves.

References
Das, L. S. (1998). The joy of meditation and the natural great perfection. In A. Rapaport, Buddhism in America. Boston: Tuttle Publishing.
Dossey, L. (1997). Prayer is good medicine. Saturday Evening Post, 269(6), 52.
Mitchel, S. (2000). Bhagavad Gita. New York, NY, United States: Three Rivers Press.

Copyright 2018 by Phillip Falcone

Some of What Lies Hidden in the Symbols of Christmas

Some of What Lies Hidden in the Symbols of Christmas

The story of Jesus’ birth is not a new one. Variations reach back to a time before the written language. Though to complete the story, or ritual, we may include Jesus’ death.


The story of the Virgin Mother is not unique. There may have been a time when mothers chose not to reveal the father of their child and would simply say, the father is Zeus, or some other male deity. There is a suggestion of the practice becoming so popular, a king of Greece decreed it was an insult to the male deity.[1] There are a number of names associated with the Goddess to support the practice. One case is a story of the birth of Osiris, whose mother was Ceres. He was even said to have been placed in a manger.[2] Another tale would be that of Attis, whose birth is said to have been a miraculous one, as his mother was also a virgin.[3] It is not the history of the story we should be concerned with, it is what it may represent, what it’s significance could suggest.


For us to consider the entire meaning, we’ll have to include Jesus’ death, because it is an integral part. For the moment, we’ll assume the story begins with a birth. Life being born through a vessel, one that is said to be a closed vessel. It is not the physical condition that is of interest. The vessel, being a virgin, may elicit a vision of purity, but we would be missing the truth. The virgin is one who has emptied themselves in order to be filled with something else. Often this is described as emptying the impure in exchange for the pure. The student, the initiate, the virgin, must ready themselves. When they have achieved this, they are ready to birth a new life. What might those conditions be?


As the story of Jesus’ birth goes, he is born in a stable surrounded by animals. What animals might be in a stable? In this case, there may be cows, a bull, sheep, goats, and rams. What might these represent? All are associated with birth, rebirth, renewal, and sacrifice. The bull suggests strength and virility,[4] whereas the cow suggests birth and nurturing.[5] Both represent the creative forces of nature, as do the sheep, goats, and rams. There are times though, when the goat is also considered to represent sacrifice as it is that which all wrong doings are heaped upon.[6] They are also associated with husbandry, which is the cultivation of crops and the caring of livestock. In the story of Attis, he was referred to as a god of husbandry.[7] Jesus is also referred to as a shepherd of people.


We assume the stable was open to the forces of nature. While this is doubtful, it does make a powerful message. The occupants are representative of the creative forces and principles of nature. There are the shepherds, often considered to be common people. There are the wise men, considered to be the elite. Both come to witness the birth. They represent the division of the populace, the duality we find in nature being growth and decay, birth, and death. What is it that brings them together? What is it that unites them? We can only find this at the end of the tale.


We associate the death of Jesus with the religious priests of the Jewish nation, but what may we also discern? Gathered there to witness against him and to witness his demise were the common people and the elite. They bore witness to his coming and going. Many of them none the wiser. What was it that Jesus did? He guided and nurtured a flock that chose to follow. All of this is there at his nativity.

There is an age-old ritual that we enact in a variety of ways. Before the early Christian organizers came together, there was a ritual that called for a symbolic death and rebirth. In this ritual, we must become Mary, the Virgin Mother. We must purge ourselves of impurities, of those habits and desires that prevent us from becoming alive. The Eleusinian teaching may have been, when born into the world, we are born dead,[8] and through philosophy is the soul purified.[9] When the purification has been accomplished, one of the practices is for the initiate to smear gypsum upon their body, thus making it appear to be dead.[10]


In most initiations into the Mysteries, the ritual occurs over a number of days, or nights. Upon the final event, the initiate encounters the Midnight Sun, when they meet the Goddess. Through the Goddess, they are reborn. Through Mary, we are reborn. During the Winter Solstice, the time of the longest night, we may encounter the Midnight Sun, and the birthing process begins, culminating at the Spring Equinox.


The whole of Nature is an expression of birth, death, and rebirth. These are the cornerstones of the Mystery Teachings and can be found in symbols. To the common people, these symbols are nothing more than superstition. To the curious, they are the keys to Nature’s Principles.

 

References

Blavatsky, H. P. (1888). The Secret Doctrine. London: The Theosophical Publishing Company, Ltd.

Frazer, J. G. (1922). The Golden Bough (3 ed.). London, United Kingdom: McMillian and Co. Ltd.

Graves, K. (1875). The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors or Christianity Before Christ (6th ed.). Boston: Colby and Rich.

Hall, M. P. (1928). The Secret Teachings of all Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy. H.S. Crocker Co., Inc.

Pike, A. (1871). Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Stone, M. (1976). When God was a Woman. San Diago, CA: A Harvest/ HBJ Book.

Taylor, T. (1891). The Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries. (A. Wilder, Ed.) New York: J.W. Bouton.

Willoughby, H. R. (1929). Pagan Regeneration. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

 


[1] (Graves, 1875)

[2] (Graves, 1875)

[3] (Willoughby, 1929)

[4] (Pike, 1871)

[5] (Blavatsky, 1888)

[6] (Hall, 1928)

[7] (Frazer, 1922)

[8] (Hall, 1928)

[9] (Taylor, 1891)

[10] (Willoughby, 1929)


Copyright 2021 by Phillip Falcone

Philosophy, the Foundation of Religion

For some, the word religion has become offensive to Mind. In conversation, the word hypocrite, though not spoken, is clearly heard. The reason for this outcry may be due to those who spout religious diatribe and fail to express the corresponding behavior. Another cause for unrest may be because organized religion is continuously accused of instilling fear into the populace as a means of control. People claim religion’s only purpose is to control the masses. This is not entirely true.


The role of religion seems to have always been to explain the unexplainable. At least, that’s what some are led to believe. Mysterious events are often attributed to an unnatural authority. This appears to be the way of politics. Another common belief is that natural occurrences are attributed to a variety of gods or a single god. This is not a matter of convenience, but a means of preservation.


If we assume religion is superstitious nonsense, our assumption demonstrates contempt. To suggest science overrules religion, reveals our ignorance. Religion’s foundation resides within nature and its seeming serendipitous effect. Animism, one of the earliest forms of recognized religion proposes a simple belief that remains with us today. The world is permeated with a living force.[1] This living force does not recognize the value of good, bad, or any other adjective used to describe life. This foundation supports all religions and possesses no dualistic application. Animism is about invisible power or influence.[2] This power has been ascribed to a super-being, known as God. Historically speaking, we may suggest humans merely consolidated the many-fold belief system into something more efficient. Efficiency remains to be seen.


We assume religion has always been about the appeasement of some super-being many call God. With the development of philosophy, religion become something more than alleged sacrificial ceremonies. The notion of religion being a way to persuade people to act was adopted from philosophy. The idea of a supreme power did not come from religion, but from philosophy. The only known religion to have incorporated any practices beyond the appeasement of the gods is Eastern religious philosophy,[3] and only religious system to accept multiple applications and solutions.


So, what is philosophy anyway?  Philosophy is the pondering of life. Not how life came into being, but how one ought to experience life. The ‘either or’ application of religion may have ensued due to the determination of ‘is life good because God says life is good or is life good because God sees it as good?’ If the first is true, then the idea of free will may be an illusion. If the second is true, then the idea of humankind being at the mercy of a supreme being may be an illusion.


Philosophy may have come into societal awareness after religion had firmly established itself. We don’t know when this occurred. We do know that religion had already become firmly established before recorded history. Religion had transformed from Shaman into the priesthood some 11,000 years ago.[4] Given the evidence of the effects of meditation upon the human brain, we may be able to suggest philosophical inquiry owes its success to the earliest Shaman. From the recollections of a developing mind came the vestiges of the earliest form of scientific exploration.[5] Such endeavors didn’t occur until about 550-300 B.C.E.[6] Whether these questions addressed religion’s fundamental belief of the continuity of life[7] is unclear. The belief was already lodged in our memory. As with all human cornerstones regarding the life experience, philosophical inquiries are led by the observations of nature.

Psychology has its roots deep in philosophy because of the philosophical exploration of human behavior. Recall our example question, is life good because God says so, or because God sees it as good. In order to answer this question, the concept of what is good must be examined. After careful exploration we must then determine what actions are good.


While the science of mind has its roots in philosophy, religion draws heavily upon philosophy using it as a means of perpetuation. The idea of a supreme power or infinite intelligence based in religious doctrine may owe its application to philosophy. In traditional practice, the Father is supreme, then the Son, then the Holy Spirit, and then the orders of the Angels. This is a hierarchy, not an expression of the expanse of infinity. This is a reflection of the ancient order of gods.

 

The first to introduce the infinite concept of the divine was Anaximander (612-545 B.C.). For this early philosopher, the infinite was divine. “The infinite is eternally in motion and the source of time, space, matter, and mind[8].”  Six hundred years later, this would be recorded in the Gospel of Thomas,[9] verse 50:

“We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established itself, and appeared in their image.”  Jesus says, “If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say, ‘We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.’

If they ask you, ‘What is the evidence of your Father in you?’ say to them, ‘It is motion and rest...” 

While Anaximander supplied the first part of this Gnostic explanation of the infinite, or the Absolute, Pythagoras supplied the second.

 

Pythagoras, who is well known for his involvement with the secret schools in Egypt, was the first to reduce all things to their simplest aspects. By doing so, he observed that life was based on a series of repeated events. From this, he deduced that there is nothing new in the universe[10]. When ideas or objects are reduced to their simplest forms, a root will be found.

 

Pythagoras introduced other ideas claimed by many religions. His followers found the body to be inferior to the soul[11]. Attempting to purify the body, they eliminated meat from their diet and regular exercise. They pursued music and science as a means of purifying the mind. These same concepts were adopted by the Gnostics, Adventists, and other religious groups. Unfortunately, Pythagoras was not responsible for the recognition of intention.

 

The Law of Attraction is not something coined by New Age or Spiritualism. Although Empedocles probably didn’t coin the phrase, he did present the theory. He found that two fundamental forces exist, attraction and repulsion[12]. He defined these forces as love and hate. Love was the unifying factor while hatred disruptive. In today’s science, magnetism is measured by how strong an object is repelled.[13] This corresponds with Empedocles’ description of love and hate.

 

Although we have not readily found an explanation regarding how early philosophers used the information, we can assume that the secret of attraction was discovered. Consider the frequency we have heard the clichés involving love. Love has always implied an attraction whereas hatred has always implied repulsiveness.

 

Empedocles may also be responsible for the idea of the world being composed of combinations of fire, air, water, and earth,[14] but it could just as easily come from other sources. These are the four elements while science claims life is based on four proteins.

 

Much of this information, we are sure was brought to us through the mystery schools. This was and is considered occult knowledge or secret knowledge. As we can readily see, religious leaders of the past were most likely educated in and applied philosophical examination to doctrinal development. Most likely, when people who were uneducated came into power, they sought to suppress knowledge. Perhaps it was to cover their lack of understanding. To believe otherwise is to ignore human nature, which is to appear to be competent.


Therefore, it is not religion that seeks to enthrall the populace, but the leaders that appear to have embraced it. Religion seeks power, but not in the fashion one might assume. Religion, when interpreted and practiced properly, encourages self-empowerment. When others use it to disempower others, it is an abuse. Therefore, beware those who seek to instill fear, for they are the real manipulators.

 

References

Bahm, A. (1964). The World's Living Religions: A searching comparison of the faiths of East and West. Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL: Souther Illinois University Press.

Farmer, S., Henderson, J. B., & Robinson, P. (2015). Commentary traditions and the evolution of premodern religious and philosophical systems: A cross-cultural model. Comparative Civilizations Review(72), 12-19.

Gift, S. (2009). A quantum theory of magnetism. Progress in Physics, 1, 12-18.

Hall, M. P. (1928). The Secret Teachings of all Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy. H.S. Crocker Co., Inc.

Haug, I. E. (1999). Boundaries and the use and misuse of power and authority: Ethical complexities for clergy psychotherapists. Journal of Counseling & Development, 77(4), 411.

Rosale, D. (2007). Ancient Egypt. In J. R. Hinnels, Handbook of Ancient Religions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Singh, D., & Chatterjee, G. (2017). The evolution of religious belief in humans: A brief review with a focus on cognition. Journal of Genetics, 96(3), 517-524.

The Gospel of Thomas. (1984). In W. Barnstone, The other Bible. New York: Harper Collins.

The Pre-Socratics. (1998). In L. P. Pojman, Classics of Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

 


[1] (Bahm, 1964)

[2] (Haug, 1999)

[3] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)

[4] (Rosale, 2007)

[5] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)

[6] (Farmer, Henderson, & Robinson, 2015)

[7] (Rosale, 2007)

[8] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)

[9] (The Gospel of Thomas, 1984)

[10] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)

[11] (Hall, 1928)

[12] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)

[13] (Gift, 2009)

[14] (The Pre-Socratics, 1998)


Copyright 2022 by Phillip Falcone

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 another because they have been judged to be in distress? Especially when they are the judged 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.

 

 

Copyright 2017 by Phillip Falcone

A Time for Harmony


     Sometimes when I think of harmony, I turn to nature. Whenever I think of Universal Principles, I think of nature. I remember that all nature can offer us is inspiration, but seldom any solutions.[1] Nature is like a book, and it is our responsibility to read it, to study it,[2] and to apply what we’ve learned. Many of the Spiritualist authors praise the Native Americans. Their beliefs being strong with nature.

 

     When Thanksgiving comes around, I am reminded of those Native Americans in the 1600s and their connection with nature. The story tells of two distinct different cultures having no reason to trust the other. There were the native people and the strangers travelling during a time when none should be about. Those strangers had no reason to accept assistance from a strange people. They clung to their beliefs. They embarked upon a journey of mystery and were greeted by strange people offering them assistance. We can say it was God’s will or we can look towards nature, specifically the primates and call this God’s will.

 

     Primates, like human beings, invest in alliances and community to encourage and maintain harmony.[3] They are not the savages an ignorant mind purports them to be. Such creatures are often more humane than those who claim to be their superior. Is it always harmonious within such clans or tribes? No, it is not. Tempers flare as often as they do within the human population, maybe less. When this happens, it is the females who settle and calm the male temper.[4] Within nature, there is no individual. Within nature there is interconnectedness, there is survival of the community.[5]

 

     That auspicious event that occurred during the 1600s was not about individuals but about communities. For that first community of Pilgrims to survive, they had to form an alliance. The Native Americans acted in a prosocial manner, and like those primate counterparts, it was natural for them to assist.[6] That is the message of our Thanksgiving celebration. It is not what we are thankful for. Anyone can make statements that boast of self-importance. The underlying message may be that we should act in like manner. The community that formed was and is the model to aspire towards. Two cultures radically different came together. Not Indians and Pilgrims. Not a superior culture usurping an inferior culture. Two vastly different cultures seeing the other as equals, as themselves and being at peace, being harmonious.

 

     If your thoughts include the devastation that followed decades of centuries later, then you have missed the lesson. If your thoughts become troubled due to current social unrest, then you have missed the point. If you are wondering what the point is, then you were not being attentive. We can follow the example provided by those in the seventeenth century and see each other as human beings, or we can be as those who seek to perpetuate ignorance.

 

References

De Waal, F. (2009). The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. New York: Three Rivers.

Tiffany, J. (1856). Apiritualism Explained: Being a Series of Twelve Lectures Delivered Before the New York Conference of Spiritualists. New York: Graham and Ellinwood, Publishers.

 

 


[1] (De Waal, 2009)

[2] (Tiffany, 1856)

[3] (De Waal, 2009)

[4] (De Waal, 2009)

[5] (De Waal, 2009)

[6] (De Waal, 2009)


Copyright 2021 by Phillip Falcone

Being of an Open Mind

Hurtak’s, The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Knowledge, begins with: These are the first three keys of the Enoch scroll; and when Enoch programmed these keys into me, he explained that we are a part of an open-ended universe. Before progressing, we should address what open-ended means.

   There are two general systems that operate within nature, closed and open systems. Typically, a closed system presents a state of equilibrium, which gives the false sense of harmony.  This is the type of system people often seek to achieve, a life of balance. Many are of the opinion that balance is harmony, however, for us to maintain a balance, forces must be set against each other. Open systems are self-regulated. These are the systems that seek a steady state.  In contemporary vernacular, these systems are called linear and non-linear. Non-linear, or open systems are dynamic, self-organizing and are living beings.  These systems are continuously active, never benign despite appearances.

   When we apply this to an open-ended universe, the implication is the Universe is alive. Being open-ended suggests the Universe is dynamic and self-adjusting. In other words, the Nature of the Universe is flux.

   Being part of an open-ended universe, means we are part of an open-ended mind; being part of an open-ended mind, we are part of an open-ended universal image. Mind is self-regulating. Mind seeks harmony or resonance within itself. We express the state of our resonance through our personality.  This is how others to determine our general state of mind or being. Simply put, we are in a continuous state of flux, adaptation, or progress.


References
Bertalanffy, L. (1968). General System Theory (Rev. ed.). New York: George Braziller.
Rubrik, B. (2002). The biofield hypothesis: Its biophysical basis and role in medicine. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 8(6), 703-717.
Wood, G. (1983). The Myth of Neurosis: Overcoming the Illness excuse. New York: Harper and Rowe.

Copyright 2021 By Phillip Falcone

Reanimation

     Now we turn to a startling development in the world of science. The brains of dead pigs have been partially revived in the lab hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that scientists and ethicists alike are grappling with the implications. This was announced by Audie Cornish on National Public Radio April 17, 2019.

 

     This is not science fiction. Scientists purchased pig heads immediately after slaughter, cleaned the brains, and pumped a supply of oxygen, nutrients, and injury-repairing ingredients four hours after death.[1] Before we go any further, let’s think about this for a moment. Today, we use the term brain dead for a body that continues to function with no apparent conscious activity. Why the researchers were attempting this is unclear. However, they managed to resuscitate the brain of a pig for six hours.[2] Imagine what this may suggest.

 

     Was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story a prediction? Was she on to something? What does it mean to be dead?

 

     Before, philosophers, religious mystics, and metaphysicists speculated about the function of the brain, placing humankind as the ultimate creation of nature, the brain housed the soul. Ancient Egyptians taught the soul was the essence of a person and that essence was their personality.[3] With the onset of Spiritualism in the 1850s, came the teaching that the personality of the individual continues after the body no longer functions. Mind fulfills both teachings. Through science we have discovered that mind is a quantum event and may not be wholly dependent upon the brain. Science also tells us mind is merely the product of chemical reactions and electrical activity within the brain. After the shock of reviving a brain has worn off and the bioethicists, religious leaders, and naysayers have weighed in, we have to wonder what makes us or anything alive?

 

     Before we can answer anything regarding the nature of being alive, we have to determine what alive and living mean. Alive is interpreted as not dead. A second definition suggests active or animated. Does this satisfy our question, what makes us alive? If so, then science may have stumbled upon something remarkable. If we go further, alive also means alert. Alert is to be aware. If we follow this line, then we have to question the metaphysical aspect which says even inanimate objects are also alive. Applying this consideration, scientists caused the swine to become alive. What about the body? Only the brain was reanimated. Following this line of thought, any limb or organ may constitute the entire being. This is a possible avenue if we apply holographic theory; within a single particle the whole can exist. This may be too abstract. We must put this in terms easily understood before extrapolating.

 

     Let’s continue with our original direction, which is the experiment. The scientists administered a drug to prevent the occurrence of any structured electrical activity.[4] This suggests that alive may require a level of awareness. This also suggests that consciousness may be a structured event and requires some form of cohesion. In this instance we are discussing the idea of cohesive neuron activity, within a chemical and electrical system. Consciousness, then is a structured activity that relies upon some form of instruction or guidance. This also suggests the life-force, or the animating force may be separate from consciousness and is a type of electricity. This is something the early Spiritualist philosophers offered.

 

     In order to reach a reasonable conclusion, we must invoke Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic field resonance. The gist of the theory is that invisible fields of instructions exist. These fields are an essential part of nature and easily influenced. We see these influences as genetic anomalies, mutations, and genetic manipulation. Scientists and breeders have interfered with the natural unfoldment of nature for centuries. Through genetic breeding we now have a variety of dog, rose, vegetable, and bovine breeds. Nature has provided her own variety of bird, fish, and host of other breeds through natural selection. The question that may be on the edge of our thoughts is how did these fields begin?

 

     Loosely put, morphic fields are patterns of repetition.[5] An anomalous occurrence is a chance corruption of the field. While a single occurrence is considered difficult to repeat, the pattern still exists. When similar conditions occur, the pattern is executed. Each time the pattern repeats, the more established it becomes. In the case of our science experiment with the brains of swine, each time they repeat the experiment to confirm findings, they strengthened the field. Presently, the electrical activity of the brain was incoherent. However, the pattern of reanimation is somewhat established. The natural cohesive neuronal activity of the brain of swine is already established. Eventually, the existing pattern will merge with the developing pattern and a level of consciousness will occur. We have taken a tiny step towards something that will one day have a huge impact upon our lives.

 

     While scientists wrestle with the potentiality of re-animation, and script writers prepare for another round of zombie movies, those of us with an affinity for spiritualty are faced with a far more serious question. Would a re-animated body retain an imprint of the original host? Can the host be forced back into a vacated body, or would another conscious be able to inhabit it? More importantly, are those messages given by Spiritualists truly from loved ones who have transitioned into another realm?

 

     We can continue to pose various esoteric questions, which may never be answered for a variety of reasons ranging from blasphemy to outright fear, or we can simply dismiss the experiment all together. The fact is, there is now the potentiality to literally resurrect the dead and possibly suggest immortality being possible. If this becomes the case, I will have to revise my opinions regarding the concept of immortality because it may no longer be wishful thinking. On a more serious note, what happens when hospitals begin forwarding bills for re-animation? Will insurance pick up the tab, leaving us with a co-pay? What about Medicare?

 

 

References

Greenfieldboyce, N. (2019, April 17). Health Shots. Retrieved from NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/017/714289322

Sheldrake, R. (1981). Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

The, T. o. (2010). Journey through the afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. (J. H. Taylor, Ed.) London: British Museum Press.

 


[1] (Greenfieldboyce, 2019)

[2] (Greenfieldboyce, 2019)

[3] (The, 2010)

[4] (Greenfieldboyce, 2019)

[5] (Sheldrake, 1981)


Copyright 2021 by Phillip Falcone

From the Gospel of Philip: Alive or Dying

     A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived, in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Ever since Christ came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother.[1]

 

     This is taken from the Gospel of Philip, which is a collection of sayings. There is no fluid thought pattern exhibited, only an underlying current of ideology. It is wholly Christian with Gnostic interpretation. Our focus is not separation but of demonstration, or interpretation.

 

     A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived, in order that he may die. Loosely interpreted, a Gentile is one who is not Jewish, but this is too obvious. If we consider the indications of the Hebrews being the chosen children, then the term Gentile becomes equated with those who are not chosen, and because they are not the children of God, as loosely interpreted, they were never alive. We can also interpret this as being one who is asleep or spiritually dead or one who not awakened to the life experience and is not alive. Being alive is equated with awareness. Awareness is more than just being aware of the temperature outside, the status of our stocks, or if our lunch was worth the money. This is nothing more than information to be evaluated. Awareness is about perception and how we interpret life’s events and our relationship to them. Many are barely aware of the effect they have upon life, much less the influence they impose on others. Those who routinely get out of bed only to go work and return to bed with the occasional interlude between may find themselves oblivious. This is not life. At least, not the life being referred to.

 

     He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Some come to the realization there is more to life than the aforementioned routine. They know this, they believe this, but do not know how to discover this. They have become restless. Our ignorance is what puts us in danger of dying because it is written time and time again. Those who drink from the fount of the Living Water shall not perish. Those who desire to experience life more intimately shall not come to an end. Those who believe and desire intimate experience of life are restless for they are trying to awaken to something new. There are two deaths. We struggle against both. The one is what we call a spiritual death. The second is physical death. When they become aware of the life around them, aware of thoughts, emotions, and the awareness of others they no longer struggle against death for it no longer has a hold on them. Death can no longer hold them because there is no fear of Death. They see Death for what it is, opportunity. This is what is implied, they will not die because there is no end.

 

     Ever since Christ came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. Christ is the light that reveals, the Savior leading us out of ignorance. When the light of life is revealed, we create a new vision, a new world. No longer do we reside in the world of darkness because a light emanates from us, attracting those like us. Jesus saw the foolishness of the law and re-interpreted it. If he was truly taught of the Mystery Schools, then he was also taught the ancient teachings. Such extend far beyond the written doctrines we so valiantly seek to understand. These teachings are more of Nature’s Principles rather than laws. Cities receive people. They are gatherings of like minds seeking communion. The dead carried out are those who resist Nature’s Principles and seek to control power. They are dead because they remain ignorant of the communion of life.

 

     When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother. Throughout the history of the early Hebrews, there was the struggle between the teachings of the Levites and those of the Goddess.[2] There was the struggle between those who befriended Nature and those who sought to subdue Nature. They knew only of the nurturing of the Mother for the Father sought to conquer. Those desiring to dwell within the Principles of Nature had no father and were impotent. As Christians they gained a father. They gained the Father portrayed and taught by Jesus. Many of the teachings of mainstream religious thought follow the words of Paul the Apostle. If we follow the path of Jesus; if we follow the teachings of Jesus and gather instead of separating; nurture instead of debilitating; receive instead of expectation, then we have become part of the Light. We now have something much deeper. Gnostic teaching suggests the Light is both male and female and unifies the two. As beings of the Light, we gain the ability to multiply, to increase, to create, to life up, to demonstrate, because we have become aware.

 

     Esoterically, Mother is the highest aspect of receptivity. Female energy is emotional energy and left to its own leads to confusion. Only with male energy, intelligence, is it able to fulfill its nature, which is to complete, to nurture. Christ taught us the Father resides within. The body is the male aspect of God, and because God dwells within, God resides with the Goddess. For it is within that we receive. The body is male and is called the tomb of the soul. Within the tomb resides the Mystery, the female ability to receive. Within, we receive God and blend God and the Goddess, becoming more than the former.

 

     Male energy acts upon female energy because it is receptive. As orphans, we were left in confusion because we did not understand. We, like those who are filled with emotions and know not what to do, lacked the ability to apply them intelligently. Through intelligence, we gain experience and are able to use our emotions wisely. We must also be aware of intelligence without emotion, for it lacks empathy and the ability to nurture. As orphans coming to the Light, we gain wisdom.

 

     Religion is never about the obvious. Once the cover has been drawn back; once revealed, we are obligated to seek the hidden meaning, the Mystery, even if those meanings reside with us. We are being introduced to a different interpretation of religious practice. We are being introduced to the possibility that true religion is about the life experience. There is the common life witnessed by all, and there is another life hidden in plain sight.

 

References

Stone, M. (1976). When God was a Woman. San Diago, CA: A Harvest/ HBJ Book.

The Gospel of Philip. (1984). In W. Barnstone, The Other Bible (pp. 87-100). San Francisco: Harper Books.

 


[1] (The Gospel of Philip, 1984)

[2] (Stone, 1976)

Copyright 2021 by Phillip Falcone

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)


Copyright 2018 by Phillip Falcone

BRDNSKY Guide...

The life-force goes where the mind goes. Where does your mind go?

Athletes have coaches. Why not everyone else?

Even small changes in personality traits have an overall effect on a person.  Areas affected may include well-being, inspiration, resilience, and longevity.  This is especially true if a person's extraversion level were increased even a little bit.

 

Lesley Martin, Lindsay Oades, & Peter Caputi (2012).  What is Personality Change Coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review

Eight Lectures on the I Ching

Development is not something we are fated to do. It is the means of which our decisions move us. Only through observations do we take note.
Wilhelm, Hellmut (1960). Eight Lectures on the I Ching. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Goddess and God

Archeological digs have revealed evidence of Yahweh and Asherah (Goddess) giving blessings to the people.

Ruether, Rosemary (2005). Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History.

Harmony in Primitive Societies

Within many of the primate societies, the ranking males keep order. When removed, skirmishes break out and general harmony is disrupted.
De Waal, Frans (2009). The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.

Limitation through Self?

We may be limiting ourselves through the idea of selfhood. How do we recognize when our self ends, and another begins? These ideas separate us from Universal Mind, because Universal Mind has no identity, no individuality, thus merging with it is a difficult concept.
Thomas Troward (1909). The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science.

Kundalini and Chakras

Morals would have very little to do the development or the use of kundalini energy.  Religion has no influence regarding chakra energy, just as religion has little to do with a person’s spiritual development.

Kumar, Ravindra, Ph.D. (2000). The Kundalini for Beginners: The Shortest Path to Self Realization.  St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

Healing Pools and the Like

A variety of shrines had been, and possibly continue to be established where souls have gathered to aid those who make supplication. Such healings may occur instantly or up to three days, as recorded at Lourdes. Supplicants have often formed circles similar to those used for seances. The theory is that those gathered supply the vital force needed for healing, which is directed by the souls present. The belief is they must free themselves of guilt fixation and be able to shape their thoughts into images of the desired condition. They must also be open to those souls providing the healing as well as being open to their higher-selves, or the Christ within.

Long, Max Freedom (1948). The Secret Science Behind Miracles. Los Angeles, CA: Kosmon Press.

Baptism by Water

Baptism by water may be the oldest form of baptism. The person is immersed in water while the Hierophant recites a prayer. The idea behind it is cleaning of the body.
Graves, Kersey (1875). The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors or Christianity Before Christ. 6th ed. Boston: Colby and Rich

Seers

Prophets know things that are far removed from the knowledge of others. It this reason the term apparition is used because things appear to them from afar. They were called seers because they saw what others saw not and saw things hidden.


Saint Thomas Aquinas (1947) Summa Theological.

Evolving Wisdom

The wise understand the conditions of an intangible existence and will blend it with tangible existence, sharing the wisdom of both with fellow beings.


Leadbeater, C. W. (1902). An Outline of Theosophy.