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The Principle of Correspondence

     The Gnostics have several creation myths, each differing from the other. However, they have some common threads. The first, is the being from which all emerged from. This is their perfect being, because there were none to compare it with. They call the being many names. We shall call it the Absolute. The second thread is the emanation of the Absolute, which is the first creation, thought. This was called Pistis, which means truth. Others call the first creation Sophia, which is wisdom. The second emanation of the Absolute was the Thrice Blessed One who came forth through Pistis. Thrice Blessed may be interpreted as being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What we need to keep in mind about these emanations is that they are androgynous. Another thread of commonality is that through Pistis and the Thrice Blessed One, other emanations came forth. Upon one occasion, Pistis created without the blessing of either. The creation was considered ugly, and in her shame cast it aside into darkness. This our focus.

     The creation of Pistis is called Ialdabaoth, or the False God. Ialdabaoth has other names, but we’ll remain with this one. Being of Pistis and consequently having some of the properties of the Absolute, Ialdabaoth also created. These creations were also androgynous. For explanation purposes, we’ll assign them a gender. Male energy is the initiator. Therefore, Ialdabaoth will be male. As Pistis received from the Absolute and completed what was begun, Pistis will be female.

     When Ialdabaoth gazed towards his mother from the darkness, he saw only reflections. The words he heard were only echoes. Yet, from the reflection he modeled his creations. In the Gnostic writings, we are the creations of Ialdabaoth. Yet, because a small portion of the Absolute exists in Ialdabaoth, so does a smaller portion exist within us. Here our story ends, because our focus is upon the second Hermetic Principle.

     The second Hermetic Principle is the Principle of Correspondence. Most know this as the cliché, as above, so below. Correspondence means connection. Thus, we can say it is the Principle of Connection. Unfortunately, this does not provide us with much insight. Yes, we know all things are connected, but what does that mean? We’ll refer to our introduction. Ialdabaoth’s creation was based on a reflection. What he created was not even a copy, it was an imitation. Yet, the imitation is a reflection.

The first Hermetic principle is the Principle of Mentalism. The explanation being that all is a mental construct. We perceive all through the cognitive processes of the brain. Therefore, the Universe is a mental construct. What Ialdabaoth created was a perception of what he witnessed, which was a reflection. Reflections are always going to be imperfect, because they are not exact copies. Reflections tend to be blurred, distorted, or misleading. Hence, we call ourselves imperfect beings. There is something more being alluded to.

     Focus on the word reflection. We are reflections of the Absolute. The Absolute may be light, or it may be darkness. Most likely it’s both. What is important is that we are reflections, whether of Ialdabaoth or of the Absolute. We are also reflections of each other because we are of the same substance as Ialdabaoth and the Absolute.

     Forget about gender. Refer to the first principle. We are mental projections. We see ourselves in those we associate with. From a mental perspective, we are reflections of each other. Genders are merely the blur of the reflection viewed. This is where we begin, with ourselves.

     We are illustrations of the Principle of Correspondence. Our behaviors and actions are reflections of our emotions.[1] When we become fearful, or angry, we lash out at those who are around us. When joyous or excited, we infect those around us. This is mood contagion. Mood contagion is one of the many strands connecting us to one another.[2]

     The judgements we make about each other and ourselves are reflections of our beliefs. The beliefs we stand by are values we have made about ourselves and others.[3] We are intimately connected and through this connection are reflections of those we associate with. These are only one of the many connections that exist.

     We are a composition of resonating fields. Within this resonance lay vast amounts of information. The term for this resonating field is the biofield, which is composed of quantum, potential, electromagnetic, and probably other fields yet to be discovered. All things are composed of these fields.[4] This means we are intimately connected to our environment, and through this connection the environment becomes a reflection of us. This also means we are reflections of the environment.

     Our health is a reflection of how we integrate ourselves with the surrounding environment. When we are in harmony, we are healthy. When we become discordant with our environment, we become ill. Illness takes many forms. Some illnesses cause us to lash out, reflecting its destructive way. Other forms are more insidious and may takes months, years, or decades before being noticed. The effects we have on climate demonstrate this delayed causation.

     Information passes from one to another through resonance or when fields are in harmony with each other. As our resonance increases or expands, we begin to communicate with those within its sphere. Through the Principle of Correspondence, we become reflections of the information moving through our awareness. As above, so below is more than just saying as it is in spirit, so it is in matter. It is all encompassing. It is another expression of the Divine.


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

Liboff, A. (2004). Toward an electromagnetic paradigm for biology and medicine in molecular biology the final word? Journal of Complementary Medicine, 10(1).

McKenna, J. (2007). Emotional intelligence training in adjustment to physical disability and illness. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 14(12), 551-556.

Quackenbush, R. L. (2001). Comparison and contrast between belief system theory and cognitive theory. The Journal of Psychology, 123(4), 315-328.

[1] (McKenna, 2007)

[2] (De Waal, 2009)

[3] (Quackenbush, 2001)

[4] (Liboff, 2004)


 Wisdom Resides Between Certainty and Uncertainty

     A brief description of the High Priestess card from the Waite Tarot deck,[1] or at least what we are focusing on today. In the immediate forefront is a quarter moon. Behind and to the right is a column with the letter J on it. Across is another column with a B. Between and behind them sits a woman draped in what could be a white tunic beneath a blue robe. She is crowned with what may be the crown of Isis, a globe betwixt horns, which, if one follows the curve, they will discover they form two quarter moons, one waxing and the other waning. There is more, but that is not our focus.

     Mythology has the Tarot or more properly the Book of Thoth being developed by Hermes Trismegistus.[2] The purpose of this loose book was to teach the principles of nature. The column with the J is named Joachim, which represents unity or certainty.[3] In opposition is Boaz, of which there is little say outside of the Biblical story. If we were to apply the Hermetic principle that everything contains is polar opposite,[4] then we know Boaz represents uncertainty. Our priestess rests between them.

     Duality is based on opposing aspects such as good and evil, true and false, black and white, or in our case certainty and uncertainty. Many become trapped in this conundrum. They see everything as one or the other. Even when they claim to be somewhere in the middle, they often come back to one or the other. These are the boundaries many of us operate within. Yet, our priestess reclines in the middle. If these cards are representations of principles of nature, we have to wonder what principle is being expressed.

     As we gaze upon her once more, we shall focus on the moon or aspects of the moon. A full moon rests between its waxing and waning images. Invoking the Hermetic principle of opposites once again. Within the full moon there must also rest the new moon. Within each thing, or even idea, there resides its equal opposite. Its opposite is equal because it is a part of it. Consider the waxing and waning images of the moon. They appear to be the same with one exception. They rest on opposite sides. If we were to fold one image upon the other, they would appear to be the same, despite being different. Somewhere between these images lay the full moon, and if the full moon is there, when we fold the full moon over, then we must find the new moon, which is forever hidden. The same as the quarter moons.

     Continuing this approach of investigation, if we were to fold Boaz atop Joachim then we find the two columns are the same, but they are not. Traditionally, these are the two main columns of Solomon’s temple. These columns serve as support. However, their representations are of the human experience; certainty and uncertainty. Joachim is certainty. However, according to the physicist Heisenberg and his principle of uncertainty,[5] the more certain we are of one item, the more uncertain we become of those associated with it. This is the Hermetic principle in demonstration. Thus, if Boaz represents uncertainty, then certainty must also reside within.

     Let’s direct our attention upon the priestess. She resides between the two columns. She rests between certainty and uncertainty. She is the Gnostic representation of Sophia, known as wisdom. Wisdom rests between certainty and uncertainty. She represents more than that. She is Isis who sits behind a veil,[6] representing a mystery.

     In order to escape from vacillating between certainty and uncertainty, something has to happen. Duality is the fundamental basis of everything. Within each resides is equal opposite. There, they can oppose each other, or they can merge escaping the throes of duality. They become the Archetype. Opposites may wage battle against each other under the false belief of one becoming conquered. They may also complement each other, becoming something else.

     One of the mysteries of the High Priestess may be the suggestion of surpassing the confines of duality. As part of the spiritual path, we begin by struggling with ourselves. We strive to overcome what we have unwittingly labeled our negative selves, only to find that aspect of our being appears someplace else. We can never escape that part of ourselves we seek to avoid. We have to reconcile one with the other. We come to recognize that with certainty comes uncertainty. We begin to realize through recognition, we become more than what we were beforehand.

     Within active energy resides receptive energy. Within receptive energy lies active energy waiting for release. This rests within each of us. Through diligent practice, study, and exploration we learn when to become active and when to become receptive. We also recognize that the wise person moves between the two.


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.

Initiates, T. (1912). The Kybalion. Chicago: The Yogi Pubilcation Society Masonic Temple.

Lipton, B., & Bhaerman, S. (2009). Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a way to get there from here). New York: Hayhouse.

[2] (Hall, 1928)

[3] (Hall, 1928)

[4] (Initiates, 1912)

[5] (Lipton & Bhaerman, 2009)

[6] (Hall, 1928)


Finding the Map

     All experiences are good. This doesn’t mean I enjoy watching others having theirs. By theirs, I mean their rough patches. A short time ago, a friend had to be rushed to the hospital for some poor choices. She had become overwhelmed by current circumstances. She was striking out on her own and learning about the inhabitants of the world – inhabitants who are not always nice. I could say she is young, but age has nothing to do with what happened. Experience does. While I consider my life relatively satisfying, it was not always the case. I too have experienced overwhelming circumstances and have done things not entirely beneficial, but I survived them, and I am confident she will too.

     On our journey, we come to cruxes, which amount to turning points in our lives. One such event occurred around 2000. The crux occurred during a team-building event sponsored by the company I worked for.

     While several events led to enlightening experiences, the event I want to talk about was called ‘The Wall.’ The Wall is a manufactured incline about the length of a gymnasium. For all intents and purposes, it was supposed to be a hill that morphed into a sheer cliff. Like all opportunities, there are the customary easy, difficult, and near impossible choices. Our choice of opportunities was where to climb. Our facilitator instructed us on the use of safety ropes. Immediately afterward, we were told to choose a portion of wall and begin climbing. The two extreme ends were narrow compared to the center. Of the three sections, this was the most crowded. Being a foolish person – always challenging myself – I selected the one I was the least prepared for. Of course, this was on the extreme end. The section chosen was more like an outcropping of fiberglass rock. Barely six feet into the climb, I was forced to make a hasty retreat, and failed. With arm muscles screaming in protest, the last few feet came rather suddenly. Immediately upon my failure, the facilitator rushed to my side, not to inquire about my wellbeing, but to send me to the other extreme.

     I stood at the foot of what is best described as a gentle hill – the kiddies’ end of the wall. Without preamble, I embarked upon the climb, which amounted to less than climbing stairs. At the top, I sat contemplating what had happened. A flaw in my decision process had been glaringly brought to my attention. The continuous struggles experienced were due to my self-deceiving choices. I was responsible for the torturous path being traveled. I had sabotaged the future. Upon departing from this weekend exercise, a conscious effort was made not to repeat those floundering mishaps. However, like anyone else who has become enlightened of their superb efforts of navigation, more challenges awaited.

    When we chose to alter the course of our lives, we must inevitably deal with the wake trailing behind us. Events are merely interactions of energy, and in our case, they are the interactions of our energy upon others. Those distant buoys of energy are part of us, in much the same way as the results of this article are a part of me. In the case of past events, the energy from our wakes will find us because it is part of us. Some events will bring beneficial consequences, while others…. well you know what I mean. As those other events find their way back, we must experience them, and change their frequency so they will return with beneficial events. It took me several years to work out those detrimental results. So, be prepared.

     The lesson being shared is, no matter when we decide to make changes in our lives, the effects of previous steps will take some time to return. While today, life is very satisfying, it did not happen overnight – not even within a year. Perhaps there are still bits of the previous wake that have yet to return. When they do, I shall absorb them, re-shape them, and release them into the stream. When you make changes in the course of your life, don’t give up. Another insight gained is someone is always waiting to support us. We are not alone. Do not isolate yourself. Surround yourself with good deeds, good people, and ride the leading edge of turbulence. When you come out on the other side, look back and say, ‘that wasn’t so hard after all, maybe even a little fun.’ Smile, and plan your next adventure.

Rev. Nov. 2019

Mind: Open for Business or Closed for the Season

     William James references Clifford’s proposal to believe nothing. By believing nothing, Clifford stresses that we avoid being deceived by fallacies. This meant all things have a reasonable, observable causation. Religious belief or any belief would be considered unsound because in many cases the belief is based on conjecture. Yet, by believing nothing, we risk becoming slaves to fear and embarrassment. In order to compensate for this, we may say we have an open mind. Following one or the other extreme gets us nowhere.

     Believe nothing is a negation of possibilities. Those who insist a supreme deity exists or doesn’t exist may supplement their claims with science considered unsound. By following this train of thought, they may fall into the trap of belief. Instances such as this, the person has only partial information to formulate their conclusion. Forces working upon the minds of people are not always evident and may not always be people. Electromagnetic fields have been shown to affect the brain, thus affecting a person’s mind or personality. At one time, these forces may have been referred to as God or some other supernatural being as the cause of events. The role of science is to explain phenomena and provide explanations. When explanations are lacking religious leaders often take it upon themselves to fill in the blanks. When this occurs, questions arise. When unreasonable answers are insisted upon, the inquirer may resort to the idea of dismissing religion entirely, claiming it is a fallacy.

     Often religious leaders fill the role of the powers that be. The idea of these mysterious forces of authority began in the Gnostic doctrine. How convenient, a religion that explains religious diatribe. People who rely on this kind of information vehemently adhere to doctrine. What this amounts to, is an adherence to someone else’s interpretation of said doctrine. Thus, the religious beliefs held by most of the population are not their own. James reached the same conclusion over a hundred years ago. Nothing is new here, just history repeating itself. In essence, the powers that be are those people whom we allow to hold sway over us.

     At some point, someone demanded absolute obedience and used religious rhetoric to advance their agenda. Apparently, this person was successful, because others have been making the same demand since. Any number of people may hold a religious doctrine as absolute truth, and a good portion of them do so with conviction. Problems arise when there is no religious experience to support their belief. Thus, their conviction becomes meaningless. How can one follow a doctrine that does not resonate with them?


     We could say that faith is what carries them through and claim that faith is believing in something that cannot be proven. We may be incorrect. Faith receives because faith is a form of trust, not a belief. Faith is risky business, because whatever we are trusting to happen may or may not occur. This has nothing to do with doctrine. Anyone can follow doctrine. To believe, one must have experienced something to give it substance. Faith can lead us to such an experience. Can anyone believe without following doctrine?

     People who claim to believe in a supreme deity and lack knowledge to defend their claim make empty proclamations. Most likely, people say they believe in a god just to cover their bets. James cites Pascal’s wager. You either believe in a god or not. This statement is very simple, direct, and even practical. The chance of a single being controlling all is statistically remote. Yet, people will not only argue the absurdity of such impossible odds, they are willing to kill defending it. Statistics are like bible verses. They can be easily manipulated to demonstrate a point. Many scientists commit themselves to a theory to the point of ridicule because of their fear of embarrassment. Of course, it’s more likely due to their reluctance to accept new information.[1] Fiction writers base their living on writing about characters such as these striving for the long shot and making it. If a supreme deity does exist, just think of the rewards.

     Personally, I side with Archie Bahm who claims that those who insist on having an open mind lack belief in what they claim.[2] Another way to read this is an open mind is an empty mind. Being open-minded is not the equivalent of having an open mind. Yes, it’s just semantics. Think of it this way, if we are open to everything, what do we compare it with? Being open to everything is equivalent to saying that everything is true, and everything is false. The two cancel each other out. If we can hold a belief while considering new information and are unwilling to alter that belief when new evidence is presented, then we do not have an open mind. When we are able to adjust our belief according to the evidence, then we are open minded.

     Believing in something is important because it demonstrates conviction. Religion can be a vehicle for belief, just as science can be a vehicle of discovery. Being open minded is the same as using filters to purify water. We are able to experience what we believe and to discern what may be correct based on information and experience. Just covering our bets by saying we believe in something, whether its God or anything else, not only shows our ineptitude, but also a lackadaisical lifestyle.

[1] (Whitley, 2009)

[2] (Bahm, 1964)

October 2019

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 was one of the presenters of the conference. He made a declaration that sounded familiar. “We are all Buddhas by nature.”[2] 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?”[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

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

[2] Rapaport, (1998). Page 104, ¶1.

[3] Gospel of John 10: 31-37

[4] Dossey, L. (1997). Prayer is good medicine. Saturday Evening Post, 269 (6) 52. Retrieved March 1, 1999 from MasterFILE Elite database.

[5] Mitchel, Stephen, (2000). Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. Three Rivers Press: New York, NY.

[6] Gospel of John 4:21-24.

[7] Gospel of John 3:5-8.

It Begins with a Point

     It is from the point of intelligence most begin their quest, as they invoke the need for logic. However, if we were to proceed in this fashion, we would sink into a sea of metaphors until a negation of life exists. For we would state that before life, there was no life, and we would fall into the very trap that so many plumbed when delving into the secrets of religion and mystery teachings. The trap they spring is that they pass judgement upon what is discovered by the measurements of contemporary civilization.

     From such an approach, we designate life as being equal to what we have determined life to be, which is a matter of having form and intelligence. The former can easily be understood. The latter is open to interpretation. The very idea of intelligence is controversial. In the United States, intelligence is measured through cognitive capacity.[1] The measure of cognitive capacity is composed of fluid intelligence, which is problem-solving abilities, and crystallized intelligence or the total sum of knowledge.[2] Some feel that intelligence is measured by one’s creative ability.[3] This is defined as solving problems with novel solutions or developing something considered entirely original. Of course, while applying novel solutions to challenges is possible, developing something entirely original is not so easy. Much of what we have today, whether it is of a tangible nature or not is often built upon something else. Others also suggest intelligence is more than cognitive demonstration but includes emotional and social intelligence as well.[4] Intelligence may be more inline with the ability to adapt. We have witnessed what happens with an animal, a person, or any living thing that fails to adapt to their environment or a given situation. They cease to be.

     Adaptation is not entirely left to chance. In order to adapt, one must become aware of the need to do so. The level of awareness one must possess to survive is defined by one’s interpretation of survival. Some are satisfied by merely opening their eyes each morning while continuing upon the same disgruntled path. Others have a more abundant description. Each of us has a level of satisfaction we are comfortable with, while at the same time possessing differing interpretations of success. Fortunately, many are no longer satisfied with the idea of materialism as a means of defining success and have turned to quality of life.[5] Our quality of life can be a demonstration of awareness.

     Quality of life, while still difficult to define, is easily demonstrated through our actions. Those who claim life to be an experience of suffering demonstrate a level of awareness that barely extends beyond their needs. Those who feel the need to fill their lives without a healthy level of risk may demonstrate the same level of awareness. Those who experience a life of ease may possess a level of awareness extending well beyond them. One group measures their life quality through levels of materialism, namely through the accumulation of financial wealth. Another group focuses more on social participation and the number of relationships.[6]

     Social participation is more than socializing at the local community center or concert hall. Social participation is interaction with others. For our purposes, this interaction exists on a meaningful level. Many may suspect that the pool of participants in each group is continually shrinking. We have traversed the whole of existence from a level of commonality to one of abstraction. Only those journeying from commonality towards one of abstraction will comprehend what’s been written.

     Those who seek a point of origin for their particular light of truth will become lost in a sea of metaphors. They are seeking a level of perfection, unaware that perfection is an end. They also see the end as a definite point of departure and seek to arrive through as direct a route as is possible. They seek a point of origin for all creatures. For them, there is a single point of light. They fail to recognize that light emanates in all directions.

     All creatures are part of the emanating light. All creatures are part of the flow of conscious, for they are not separated. As light emanates in all directions, so flows the consciousness of creation. In short, there is no separation.

     Separation occurs here. Those seeking a point of light, or a point of truth have separated themselves from the flow or from the emanations. They have not blinded themselves as some would claim. They have outfitted themselves with glasses that diffuse light. The emanations have been separated from each other in an attempt to ascertain truth, a truth which is also a folly.

     Separation is part of the awareness. An action we all have committed. Many become lost in separation, while others have gained from it. Only through separation do we experience the void between us. The void is tempting because it filters out obstruction. Here, there is only one light, the light of the sun. In simpler terms, there is only one path. However, light emanates.

     We have not resolved intelligence. We have only reconciled it with awareness. We have not resolved awareness. We have only paired it with separation. Only through separation do we discover the surrounding rays emanating from the same source. From our discovery, we find that separation is an illusion. Within the emanations of creation all exist, and we are all truly in the dark. For only within the dark are all equal, and it is the dark we seek to return.

     We began in the dark. Like flies drawn to a single source of light in the night, we sought that single point. The light did not reveal truth, only folly. For in the light we have separated ourselves.

[1] (Eris, 2008)

[2] (Lassiter, Matthews, Bell, & Maher, 2002)

[3] (Batey & Furnham, 2006)

[4] (Eris, Intelligence: An analysis of the American experience for the perspective of critical theory, 2008)

[5] (Hadaway & Roof, 1978)

[6] (Hadaway & Roof, 1978)


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Eris, B. (2008). Intelligence: An analysis of the American experience for the perspective of critical theory. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice, 8(1), 79-87.

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Hadaway, C. K., & Roof, W. C. (1978). Religious commitment and the quality of life in American society. Review of Religous Research, 19(3), 295.

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16 Aug. 2019

An Open Mind Understands More than One that is Closed

     Several authors have collected the so-called sayings of Jesus and published them. They make great resources if one wants to avoid the tediousness of bible verses. They tend to be more complete as they capture the entire paragraph. Many like to refer to Jesus as a Master Teacher. If we do this, then we must look past the surface to discover an esoteric meaning. For most, the exoteric, or common interpretation is enough. Not all the sayings contain hidden meanings. Some are responses to inquiries and others are inquiries. A random selection provides us with a verse taken from the Gospel of Luke. This passage may have been a lesson.

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of head. You gave me no kiss, but his woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she lived much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then he said to her, your sins are forgiven.

     Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, do you see this woman? Two basic energies form the whole of creation, active and passive; force and receptivity. They are often referred to as male and female, though they have little to do with gender. They were stated as such because of the need for the male to fertilize the female’s egg.[1] Jesus faced the female because it is easier to cause passivity to become receptive. Though the lesson was most likely directed toward Simon, who may not have been as open.

     I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. While he speaks of a house, he may have been saying, I entered your mind and you did not greet me. Then again, he may have entered Simon’s house and was not greeted. Simon represents active energy, which is force. Traditionally, when guests call, the host offers drink or refreshments as a way of welcoming them. When no such offering is made, the message is that the guests are not welcome.

     Active energy is often referred to as the intellect, while water is emotion. Emotions are the waters of life, for that is how life is experienced. Untamed emotions are impulsive acts. No water for my feet speaks of the physical aspect. Feet are what ground us to the earth, they are physical. The water, in this instance may refer to drink.

     She washes Jesus’ feet with her tears. Tears often accompany strong emotions. Happiness and sadness can be strong emotions. This could imply that she is overjoyed to see him. Notice, Jesus said the hair of her head, not her hair. The difference is important. The reference to the hair of her head suggests a mane like a lion. A lion represents the sun or the Supreme Deity, often referred to as God. The head may also imply intellect, or mind. At the same time, this could also be a representation of namaste, or the goddess within greets the god within.

     There is more. We can also say the woman is intuitive. Intuitiveness is reached when passive energy becomes receptive and is infused with a blend of emotions and intelligence. We don’t always need to understand the meaning to the words. Sometimes comprehending the underlying emotion is enough.

You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. A kiss is a gift and often seen as the gift of life. In Genesis, God breathed into Adam, giving him life. God kissed Adam bestowing unto him the gift of life. A kiss is often associated with love. Love is a nurturing act. The woman may have been bestowing upon him gifts of love. When love acts, love nurtures. Love is not devotion. Love is not trust. Love is not sexual. Love is the ability to nurture. Unconditional love is the ability to nurture one’s self and others.

     You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. To anoint another is to honor their divinity. Divinity is found in the head because that is where Mind dwells. The feet refer to a physical nature. The woman received Jesus. We do not know if she received him as a teacher or if she understood the deeper meaning being relayed. The feet and the head are of opposite ends. They represent a duality. They also suggest opposition and completion.

     Fragrant oil is a high honor. Fragrance is typically from one or several flowers. Flowers are sometimes considered symbolic of renewal. It was not Jesus’ renewal that was being expressed. The renewal was her own. Through Jesus, she was renewed or even born again.

     Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. Love gives while faith receives.[2] If we utilize the common definition of sin, which is that which is against God, there is much we can imagine. However, if we also agree to the idea of God dwelling within each of us, then the real sin occurs when we do ourselves a disservice. If we utilize the Greek meaning, then sin indicates she missed the mark. When do we miss the mark? We miss the mark when we fail to understand. There is much that she may not understand. Yet, through nurturing others one learns to nurture themselves. One who loves little, nurtures little.

     But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. We learn through example. If we are not nurtured, then we in turn do not nurture. Here is the lesson. There is much we do not understand. If we follow the example long enough, much can be accomplished.

     From a dualistic perspective, we are presented with active energy and passive energy. The Archetype occurs when they become harmonized, which occurs when they are blended. Jesus is the Archetype who has blended the two energies. He expresses harmony, which acts upon others and is acted upon. The story demonstrates the need for us to become receptive, when resistant. It is not enough be wholly one or the other. Simon represents those who are resistant and possibly forceful. There will always be those who are resistant and forceful, and this will most likely continue. The woman appears to be entirely of a physical nature and in turn emotional and easily acted upon. This is not because she is a woman, but because her focus of attention is the feet. It could just as easily be she who is resistant and Simon who kisses Jesus’ feet. However, because her nature is receptive, she is easily acted upon. This is why Jesus faces her and not Simon. It is foolish to teach one who is resistant to learning. While the one being taught my not comprehend all, they will comprehend.

     One acts wholly for themselves and the other acts wholly for others. Of the two, the latter is more acceptable. However, it is the Archetype one should strive to emulate.

[1] (Kelly, 1893)

[2] (The Gospel of Philip, 1984)


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Deepening our awareness through a series of exercises and discussion. Presently, we are expanding our awareness through experiencing the biofield.

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Part 2; Chapter 1: The Doctrine Contained in the Kabbalistc Books. Analysis of the Sefer Yetzirah

Infinity is an illusion because the boundaries are beyond present comprehension. An Absolute unity is bounded by its very definition and nature.

Adolphe Franck (1926). The Kabbalah or, The Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews

Letter 6: The use of form in meditation

Ah, here it is, " is not the sounding of words that bring about the desired end, but the mental concentration that visualizes the results." Prayers, mantras, and the like are useless without the mental and emotional components.

Alice Bailey (1978; 13 printing). Letters on Occult Meditation.

The Seven Hermetic Principles:

The principle of correspondence.

As above, so below; as below, so above.

This expression is the summation of dualism. Dualism is not about opposites, but about complimentary aspects. True dualism will often form its own trinity.

Three Initiates (1912). Kybalion

Many of our traditional religions use the prospect of death as a goal for others to live according to their interpretations and thoughts; or as a demon beckoning us towards it with temptations. Both use fear to motivate others. Thus, many turn to the task of remaining in this life above all else.


A Little Bit about Natural Law

We discuss some of the Natural Laws and that we should look to Nature for confirmation. Not all of the Laws of Nature people talk about are Natural.

In the middle of a muddle

Memes are particles of information that lodge themselves in the mind. Since the mind is non-local, the memes are merely particles of energy. These particles make connections to particles of similar frequencies. This is intimately tied to being an attractor, and morphic fields. Energy can be viewed as a living entity because it is able to adapt to its environment. The adaptation takes place during the connection process.

Robert Aunger (2002). The Electric Meme: A new Theory of How We Think

The study of energy balance

R. Wever, a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, demonstrated that DNA sequences communicate with each other within the 7.8Hz range and the communication was such that nucleotides, which composed DNA were organized through this communication. This was demonstrated by the removal of all DNA from the water and then introducing the 7.8Hz. Specimen samples showed new DNA strands. When the frequency was removed, new strands were not present. This suggests that life on the planet is intimately connected to the frequency. Today, the frequency is difficult to detect due other magnetic radiation that has flooded the atmosphere through our technology. This implies that our technology drowns out the natural signals our bodies require for proper functioning.

Adina Tatar (2016). Annals of the Constantin Brancusi University of Targu Jiu, Engineering Series

Sharks and dragons

At one time the pearl was considered the giver of life and men risked the dangers of sharks to possess them. This is when sharks became regarded as demons protecting treasure. From this, it is thought the pearl fishers created underwater domains.

G. Elliot Smith (1919). The Evolution of the Dragon.

Myths of Tammuz and Ishtar

Myths of Tammuz and Ishtar

In Hades, the dead feed on dust and mud. These also represent the mundane.

Donald A. Mackenzie (1915)

There is nothing in harmony that is complacent. Harmony is chaotic in nature. Alpha and Omega clearly state upheaval is part of the natural condition. The best we can do is not to drown in it.

Jay Lombard, D.O.: Exploring the brain-mind-body connection. Interview by Frank Lampe and Suzanne Snyder

A person experiencing depression after a coronary event has a higher mortality rate than one with a history of smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Lombard J, (2007). Alternative Therapies In Health And Medicine

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Ruth Slater was trained in Reconnection Therapy in the early 2000s. Today she talks about her experiences, Eric Pearl, and what Reconnection Therapy is about. According to Ann Baldwin, Kristin Fullmer, and Gary Schwartz (2013, Comparison of physical therapy with energy healing for improving range of motion in subjects with restricted shoulder mobility. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine) Reconnection Therapy has a higher outcome rate than other healing modalities. Ruth presented this 24 November 2019, at the First Spiritualist Church of Prayer, South Bend, Indiana. Become a member. Members get exclusive first look at videos and downloadable material.

An integrative review of scientific evidence for reconnective healing

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Origin of quantum mechanical results and life: A clue from quantum biology

Quantum biology suggests mutations in nature are not random. Genetic mutations may be biased in a direction intended for survival.

Dikshit, Biswaranjan. 

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Developing a life of purpose can help you sift through excess goals, desires, etc. because your focus will naturally be on those which are in alignment your purpose.

Dave Ellis (1998). Creating Your Future: Five steps to the life of your dreams.

Crystal Gazing

Crystal gazing is thought to induce the mind to use its hallucinating faculties. We can suggest the mind or brain uses hallucinations to provide shape to our shared reality and subsequently our inner reality. Crystal gazing may be able to give shape to other layers of reality.

Reiki and Waldorf education

Rudolf Steiner believed by freely choosing ethical disciplines and meditative training, anyone can develop the ability to experience other realms of life.

Hibbard, Johanna.

Reiki News. Summer2019, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p46-49.

An integrative review of scientific evidence for reconnective healing

Not only does the body produce energy fields but is able to project these fields in a steady fashion.

Baldwin, Ann L.; Trent, Natalie L.; Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Aug2017; 23(8): 590-598.

Integrating healing touch for advanced illness & end-of-life nursing care

Subtle energy fields are all around and within us. All creatures have the capacity to process, receive, and transmit these energies.

Donna M. Adams & Melinda H. Chichester. Beginnings (2019)

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David Schroeder is the ideal counselor, coach and leadership guide for individuals, couples and organizations who seek a pathway through difficult and upsetting transitions. Want to know more about David?

Reiki and Waldorf education 

At the core of Rudolf Steiner's teachings was European Christian tradition. He developed a philosophy he called 'The Christ Impulse.' For him, Christ was an objective universal force independent of Christianity that was available for all humanity. The Christ Impulse moves us to nurture and bring out the best in those around us rather than promoting ourselves at the expense of others.

Johanna Hibbard. 
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Something to Think About

We are part of an open-ended universe. Therefore, all things are open-ended.

Effect of group practice of transcendental meditation program on biochemical indicators of stress in non-meditators: A prospective time series study

Some studies have shown that group practice of Transcendental Meditation may cause small reductions in crime, violence, and other social stressors in the surrounding community.

Walton, Kenneth G.; Cavanaugh, Kenneth L. & Pugh, Nirmal D. (2005). Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17, 339-373

Origin of quantum mechanical results and life: A clue from quantum biology

Quantum biology suggests mutations in nature are not random. Genetic mutations may be biased in a direction intended for survival.

Dikshit, Biswaranjan. NeuroQuantology. Apr2018, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p26-33

Food for Thought...

If, as Andrew Jackson Davis says, God is fixed, then all attributed to God would also be fixed or become fixed. This is contrary to the observations of Nature. 

If the nature of Nature is to create, then refinement is part of her nature. Therefore, God is not fixed, but is also in a state of refinement. Such continuous refinement inevitably returns one to the beginning. Hence, all returns to the Source of the beginning.

Chakra Energy and the Law of Attraction

The chakras are like any other energy system. The sacral chakra takes in raw energy from the subtle fields and moves it down to the root chakra, up to the spleen chakra, or off to the heart chakra. Any of these points can be the second step in refining that energy. No matter what direction it is shunted in, it must pass through the throat, brow, and possibly the bindu vasarga chakras before exiting the crown chakra.

This subtle energy is also a key ingredient for the creative process. Want to know why?

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Consider this...

The quest for the inner self is not complete without attention to the continuity of life.

Raymond Lee, L.M. (2015). 

Consuming the afterlife: Spirituality, neo-spiritualism and continuity of the self. Mortality 20(1): 83-97. 

Where Lies the Focus?

When looking at yesterday's religions we find a focus on nature, a desire for truth, and a sense of community. When looking at today's expressions we may see desires for disharmony, deception, and marginalization. All of these are based on human interpretation. Meaning what I see may not be what you see. Neither yesterday's nor today's practices are better or less effective than the other. Both serve those participating in them. The question is, are you where you choose to be, or are you there due to matters of circumstance?

Creation by Design

Creation by Design is now available at Amazon. Now all three ebooks have been compiled and revised and available in a single volume.

Creation by Design explores why we attract unwanted events in our lives and offers a way to attract what we desire. 

Yes, this is another Law of Attraction book. However, we also explore the potential science behind the natural principle. Check it out. Get your copy at Amazon today.

Chapter 4: Kabbalists' view of the world

Nothing does not mean no-thing. Nothing means indistinct. This is a Hindu approach to the All and belongs to one of their sects. Therefore, God or the Absolute is not distinctive. They are indistinctive. This allows all to have come from the Absolute and why its rays are distinctive. Their distinctiveness is what causes them to be diffused.

Inspired by Adolphe Frank (1926). The Kabbalah, or the Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews. Translated by I. Sossnitz.

Role of religious and mystic experiences in human evolution, the: A corollary hypothesis for neuro-theology

Nature manages to maintain a reasonable equilibrium of those who have mystical experiences and those who do not. Perhaps the belief that anyone can be a medium/psychic is a myth.

Todd R. Murphy (2010). The role of religious and mystic experiences in human evolution: A corollary hypothesis for neurotheology. NeuroQuantology, 8 (4) 495-508

The World's Living Religions

Interestingly, one who kills and is willing to suffer the consequences is practicing a higher religion than one who prays for more than they deserve.

Inspired by Archie Bahm; The World's Living Religions; chapter: Buddhism; Theravada


Ki, Chi, or Qi? So many spellings. Although I am not referring to any of the early writings of the Rig Vedas, I am referring to possibly the first time the word was used. The earliest known Gods were of Sumerian origin and the gods were conceived as having human form. This probably made them easier to relate to. An was the male counterpart of Ki. Together, they formed the air-god Enlil. Ki is female energy and the life force.
Kramer, Samuel Noah (1972). Sumerian mythology: A study of spiritual and literary achievement in the third millennium B. C. University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia.
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