Welcome to Xolton's Gnostic Thread. Here, we weave science, spirituality, and religion into something called the metaphysic. Aristotle brought life to metaphysics when he explored the physical sciences and called them nature. Here, we discover that all is one, and one is everything.
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. The measure of cognitive capacity is composed of fluid intelligence, which is problem-solving abilities, and crystallized intelligence or the total sum of knowledge. Some feel that intelligence is measured by one’s creative ability. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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A Different Kind of Seance
Spiritualism rests on the foundation of being a religion, a philosophy, and a science. The science of Spiritualism rests upon the séance. The role of science is to investigate, and the séance provides a path to investigating the continuity of life.
A typical séance is composed of its members and one medium. The members provide energy or power for the communication taking place through the medium. Often the energy is in the form of expectations on the part of those in attendance.
The first public séance was the incident in Hydesville, New York which was a short distance from Rochester. This set the stage for early seances, as most of the communication occurred through raps. Shortly afterwards, during a private séance, Margaret, Kate, and Leah Fox were instructed by spirit to hold public seances as they travelled to New York in 1849. Attendees were charged $0.25 and $0.12. Exactly how these public seances were conducted is not clear, though we can assume they were similar to the Message Services of the Spiritualist churches. Yes, these services are public seances.
In our present technological age, there are tools available to conduct an electronic séance. At the Golden Light Spiritualist Church in Highland, MI and the First Spiritualist Church of Prayer in South Bend, IN the EchoVox™ and Ghost Radar™ have been successfully introduce as means of exploring the realm of Life’s Other Room. These cellphone apps can be used to begin the formations of Circles. The success of Spiritualism was due in large part to these Spirit Communication Circles held in various homes throughout the country.
Spirit has, throughout time, been referred to as a type of electricity. They communicate through the electrical impulses of our brain. This takes a toll on the medium. Using these electronic devices alleviates some of the strain. While a medium is still recommended, they may not be necessary in this type of exploration. When using the EchoVox, the participants should have pen and paper at the ready. While the words heard through the EchoVox are often jumbled, they should rely on their own cognitive filters to retrieve their messages and quickly write them down. Its time to form your own circle for Spirit Communication.
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. 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. 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.
“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 the heads of swine immediately after slaughter, cleaned the brains, and pumped a supply of oxygen, nutrients, and injury-repairing ingredients four hours after death. Before we go any further, let’s think about this for a moment. They managed to resuscitate the brain of a pig. Why the researchers were attempting this is unclear. Consider what this might suggest.
Could Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story have been a prediction? Was she on to something? What does it mean to be dead? Religions and metaphysicists have speculated as to what the function of the brain is outside of Nature’s ultimate creation. The brain was believed to house the soul aspect of a person. They teach that the body requires its presence. Science tells us the mind is merely the product of electrical and chemical interactions. Is there more? Frankenstein’s creature was considered an abomination. After the shock has worn off, what will the bioethicists, religious leaders, and naysayers declare? What qualifies as being alive?
Before we can answer anything regarding the nature of being alive, we have to determine what alive, live, and living mean. Live is simply being alive. Alive is interpreted as not dead. Would this mean the swine in question was brought back to life? A second definition suggests active or animated. Does the brain being active or animated qualify as being 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 viewpoint which says even inanimate objects are alive. What evidence is offered to support this belief? There is none. Beliefs do not require evidence. Therefore, rocks may possess a level of awareness despite the facts.
Did scientists cause the swine to become alive? The brain was active, which fulfills part of the definition. Does the brain constitute the swine? Can a limb or organ constitute the entire being. If we apply holographic theory, then potentially, yes. Holographic theory suggests that within a single particle the whole can exist. Thus, those possessing transplanted organs may also be merged with the donor. This may be too abstract. Let’s put this in terms easily understood. From the brain the entire animal may be recreated. After all, it holds the requisite DNA.
The scientists managed to keep the brain alive for six hours. They also administered a drug to prevent the occurrence of any structured electrical activity. This suggests that being alive may require a level of structure. This also suggests that consciousness may be a structured event. If we choose to view consciousness as energy, then it must be organized energy systems. The brain typically represents an organized system when functioning properly. In this instance we are discussing the idea of cohesive neuron activity, which involves chemical and electrical systems. Consciousness, then may be a structured activity that relies upon some form of guidance. This also suggests the life-force, or the animating force may be separate from consciousness and is a type of electricity. Ironically, the ancient Egyptians believed the animating force or spirit was passed on through a person’s parents.  This means each surrenders a part of their life-force to initiate the life of a fetus. They also believed the soul was a person’s personality and remained intact after death. Soul and spirit are separate manifestations.
In order to explain how the consciousness might be guided we must consider Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic field resonance. The gist is that invisible fields of information form as part of a developing system possibly through communication between particles. Logically, in order for a system to develop communication must take place. Morphic fields are an essential part of nature and the creative process. For instance, during coitus the respective DNA strands are establishing a level of communication.
These fields are also easily influenced. We see these influences as genetic anomalies, mutations, and manipulations. Humans have been influencing the natural unfolding of nature for centuries. One has only to look at the nearest stray dog or cat, rose, vegetable, and host of other agricultural produce. Nature has provided her own variety of birds, fish, and other breeds through natural selection. We are not questioning the validity of humans creating. We are demonstrating the natural process of evolution. The question that may be on the edge of our thoughts is how do these fields form?
We believe they form through communication, but that may be too vague. Loosely put, morphic fields are formed through patterns of repetition. An anomalous occurrence is the corruption of a given field. While a single occurrence may be difficult to repeat, the pattern still exists. When similar conditions do occur, the pattern is executed. Each time a pattern repeats itself, the more stable the pattern becomes. In the case of our science experiment with the brains of swine, each time they repeat the experiment and confirm their findings, they strengthen the field associated with it. 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 a swine is already established. Eventually, the non-cohesive pattern will merge with the cohesive pattern. When this happens consciousness may appear to have spontaneously arisen. Presently, the pattern is limited to swine but may will eventually infest other fields of consciousness. We have taken a tiny step towards something that may one day have a huge impact upon our lives.
While scientists wrestle the potentiality of re-animation, and script writers prepare for another round of zombie movies, those 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 vessel, or would another consciousness be able to inhabit it?
We can continue posing various esoteric questions, which may never be answered for a variety of reasons or we can simply dismiss the experiment all together. The fact is, there is now the potential to literally resurrect the dead and possibly suggest immortality as a reality. If this becomes the case, I will have to revise my opinions regarding the concept because it may no longer be wishful thinking. On a more serious note, what happens when hospitals begin forwarding bills for re-animation? Will insurances pick up the tab? Would there be co-pays foisted upon us? How would this affect Medicare?
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There is something we struggle with more than anything else. It is mysterious and enticing. We witness its effects as much as we experience it from the hands of others. We fear it and yet, furtively seek it. We give it away freely and struggle to recognize how others wield it so effortlessly. This thing we struggle with is unseen, yet we desire to befriend it. We utilize it without realization and run when we witness its aftermath. This unseen thing we search for and struggle with at the same time is power.
We are part of a culture that worships power, as many cultures do. We entertain ourselves with its darkest aspect while condemning its use in the hands of those we despise. We often fantasize being immersed in its countenance. All of this we do within the confines of mind, pretending we are safe from its tendrils.
In the natural order of life, power is what rules, and rightly so. Power is the ability to influence. Without influence, we are less than noses floating in the sea like flotsam. We cast our influence upon others every day, every moment. We do so willingly, and often without thought. Then suddenly, one of whom we exert ourselves upon wields a power mightier than ours. At that point we recoil in shame.
Politics is about power. We have only to direct our gaze upon our nations to witness its effects. Though we should scrutinize the interplay of politics much closer, we prefer to view it from afar. We purposefully ignore the fallout. I often find myself wondering if the macrocosm of the realm of politics mirrors the interplay of wills from the microcosm of our daily dance or if it’s the jockeying for position on the mini stages throughout our cities, towns, villages, institutions, organizations, clubs, and playgrounds. Do those politics reflect the global display? It matters not. What matters is how we choose to wield our power of will.
There are few things that make us all equals. Power is one of those things. We are born with it and wield it almost immediately. We begin influencing others from the womb, or as some believe as souls before entering a fetus. Our first exercise with power is that of survival. Our first lesson is the one which stays with us the longest. Throughout our lives, we apply power in order to survive, whether it is defensively or offensively. Through survival, we find justification. We do not struggle with this. We struggle with the rest.
Every society, every institution, every social event requires a leader. If we invoke the principles of nature, we will find that politics deals directly with power and is the demonstration of natural leadership. Every collective requires a leader. Every leader must prove themselves worthy to lead. This is where part of the fallacy lay. It is not that leaders must prove themselves worthy to lead, but they must prove themselves worthy for a single person to follow. It is not the leader that wields power, it is the individual that infuses the leader with power.
A leader may have defeated all contenders, but if there are not enough followers to support them, they are impotent. We naturally follow strong leaders. This has little to do with whether they are responsible for hundreds of deaths or saving thousands of lives. Those who appear to be unsure or fill their followers with uncertainty often find themselves only leading themselves.
Power does not lay within the leadership only. Each of us holds sway over those associated with us, as they hold sway of ourselves. We do not associate with those who appear weaker than we, unless we are insecure with ourselves. Most prefer to be among equals or betters. We depend upon them for inspiration. This does not dismiss those whom we judge to be weaker, because they often align themselves with us for similar reasons. This is part of the flow of information. This is part of the process of evolving.
As with all things, whether tangible or not, there resides within their polar opposites. Much of what we vicariously witness are the abuses of power in the form of harassment, verbal, physical, emotional and sexual misuse, as well as religious, sexual, and racial prejudices. Some of these may have taken up residence within us during our lifetime, or its vestiges yet remain. Experiences such as these mislead us into the belief that power corrupts, which is false. Power simply is. The corruption lay within the individual wielding it.
This brings us to the purpose of this writing, which demonstrates the offhandedness or thoughtlessness behind our demonstrations of power. Love is a verb, and verbs describe actions. Actions are attributed to the influence of power. We act in certain ways towards others. Often the only consideration given to these actions are how they impact us. This is normal and part of our need to survive. There is nothing detrimental in this regard. As we expand our awareness during the awakening process, we begin to take others into account, but it still rests with the need to survive.
Love has become a catch-all phrase that encompasses a variety of meanings. Therefore, we are going to define love as nurture. Nurture encompasses all actions that support another. When we utter the words, I love you, we are pledging our support. Support occurs in a variety of ways and can range from words of encouragement, to providing transportation, to holding hands. Think of love as a beneficial means of the use of power. Power is the ability to influence others and love is composed of those actions of support.
There is the Natural Principle of Polarities, which is aptly described within the words, as above, so below. This means that within all things resides their polar opposite. When this concept is crudely expressed, these polarities oppose each other. Therefore, when love is crudely expressed, it may be comprised of what we term abuse, which is actually a misuse of power. Before abuse can occur, one must first have an understanding.
Maintaining the idea of love being the nurturing effects of power, it must also include the detrimental effects of power. This is why many say there is a fine line between love and hate, or they refer to the words love/ hate relationship. The same is true of pain and pleasure. Typically, pleasure can be viewed as a response to nurturing. This leaves pain as a natural response to what is harmful. These are natural occurrences. From a general perspective this would be considered the opposite of love, or nurture.
Most will agree that pain and pleasure are opposites, however, this not the case. For those whose awareness is expanding, they will understand that pain and pleasure are perceptions. Perceptions are merely the manner in which something is understood. Part of our understanding comes through the value we assign. This means that pleasure and pain do not oppose each other; they complement each other. This does not mean that in order to know pleasure one must know pain. What this means is that what one may consider to be pain, may be pleasurable. Power itself has no value. We are the ones who judge the actions of others and assess value.
When we consider the terms beneficial and detrimental, they are at odds. They are also complementary. This brings us to the last aspect of our inquiry. We have focused on the one exerting power. What about the one being acted upon? They are the one’s who provide value to the act. They determine if the power being exerted is beneficial or detrimental. In other words, what appears to be abusive to you or I may be beneficial or desirous of another.
It’s not power that we struggle with. It’s not what we judge to be an abuse or beneficial use of power that we struggle with. What we struggle with is our perception of the power we wield. Part of the struggle is our reaction to the how others exert their power, because we are fearful of doing the same. In order to surpass our struggle, we must love all, or nurture all.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
“… man, in his inner self, is one with the self of the Universe[i].” Within this sentence lies profound wisdom. The wisdom lies in the identification of the inner-self. We call this inner-self the inner-critic, the authentic-self, and the Christ-self. These are just a few of names we give ourselves. In addition, the inner-self dwells within the inner-reality, which may be the true reality. What do we know about our inner-reality? We know exactly what the spiritual, intellectual, and religious gurus tell us.
We are told to seek Christ within. We are also told to go within to find answers to our questions, and anything else we find troubling. In short, we are to seek enlightenment from within. This search often becomes obsessive and may lead to the denial of self. Christ taught us the Kingdom of God lies within. Christ also taught that when we look upon him, we are also looking upon the Father. His last teaching, as recorded in the Gospel of John, was that the Father dwells within him, and he dwells within his disciples. Many spiritual schools teach something similar. The Buddha dwells within each of us. When saying Namaste, we are greeting the Buddha, or more appropriately, the god within whom we greet. Perhaps, this is secret-knowledge. For this lesson, we might better serve others if we use Christian teachings to demonstrate it.
Secrets are best kept in the open because most will not believe them to be true. Simple deductions explain some of the mysteries taught by Christ. We see his teachings before the birth of Jesus, and after his transition. We can attribute the last to exposure, but what about beforehand? The concept of the three are one, and yet, separate is a common theme in many of the early mystery schools. From one came many and the many are the One. The idea is very simple and complex at the same time.
If God dwells within Christ, then Christ must also dwell within God. This is a simple deduction, which many agree with. When a person lives with another, the two develop similar behaviors. This is because of their familiarity with each other. Their behavior reveals a certain intimacy. The longer they spend time together, the likelihood their actions will mimic the other’s increases until they begin to act as one. Thus, Christ becomes synonymous with God.
Christ also said he dwells within his disciples and, consequently, us. If this is true, then we should eventually take on some of Christ’s qualities. By taking on some of his characteristics, we also take on characteristics God. This is where people betray themselves.
The idea of becoming Christ-like, and therefore, God-like is an enormous attribute and responsibility. As long as we separate Christ and God, we avoid those qualities and actions called virtuous, righteous, and truthful. While we see God and Christ outside of ourselves, we can take comfort in knowing they are convenient scapegoats. For these people, everything can be in God, especially they. God can be in everything, as long as God is not in them. For the idea of God, existing in human beings is blasphemous. Humans are far too imperfect to contain perfection. Therefore, they deny God and vainly attempt to evict God from themselves and others. For them, perfection is blasphemous.
There was a time with I would ask why people chose to separate themselves from their God, but not anymore. Responsibility is why others dissociate themselves from their God. They become inconsistent with their belief. The Hebrew Testament begins with God creating the Earth. One might infer that the definition of God is Creation. We were the last creation and were made in the image of God. Thus, God is also the Creator, whom we resemble. When God began meting out discipline, the idealized version of God became altered. What was thought to have been perfect became imperfect. God cannot possibly have created imperfection if God is perfect. Yet, here many of us stand, claiming to be imperfect creations of a perfect being. Perhaps the imperfection does not lie with us, but within our perception.
Most agree with the assumption that God and Christ are perfect. They may also agree that all they create is perfect. Yet, they will also counter in the same breath that all is of perfect creation, except humankind. If we were to scrutinize nature, we will find that imperfection abounds. They may even claim that a creature’s slight imperfection is what makes them unique. They may even claim the creature is perfect. However, we are different, as we are imperfect. While our imperfections make us unique, they do not make us perfect. We are not of nature. How ridiculous is this? We are all perfect because our creator is perfect. Our creator is God, and because we are of God, we are part of the perfection.
Unfortunately, it is not enough to understand, because it is not the same as knowing. Without knowing this to be true, we insist upon our separation through ignorance. Having a connection with our Creator is much easier to bear. Seeing ourselves as being connected to our Creator, the Divine, the Universe, or the Infinite is often too much. Having a relationship with our Creator allows us to acknowledge those aspects of God that we are in agreement with, and to dismiss the rest. Thus, our dissonance is not disturbed.
Some are aware of our inner reality and comprehend the true meaning of being alive. They are able to grasp the concept of the many who are the one. They know the hidden meaning of what it is to be alive and to be dead. They recognize God within All. They no longer comprehend the dissonance experienced by others.
[i] Besant, Annie (1897). The Ancient Wisdom: An Outline of Theosophical Teachings. Wheaton, IL: The Theosophical Publishing House.
Independent Spiritualist Association Fall Meeting September 13, 14, and 15, 2019
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Friday night gathering at 6 pm. Demonstrations of Spiritualism.
Saturday and Sunday: Mediumship Readings, Worship Services, Healing, Classes, mini activities, great food, and lots of like-minded people. For more information, go to Independent Spiritualist Association.
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.
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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.
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The establishment of the three aspects of humans was done so in order to establish authority over others. Thus, it is humans that have created the class system in order to enthrall other, not God or any other aspect of nature. We are the only entities upon the Earth that takes great pride in separating ourselves from ourselves, from each other; from nature, and from God or Creation. We are, perhaps the only society within nature that actively separates ourselves from the very thing, condition, or aspect they seek, in order to form a more perfect unity with ourselves under the pretenses of seeking unity with God or Creation. The Mystics desire this, while the Occultists see through this. One has to wonder if the hidden Hierarchy, Council, or Hosts are an invention of our making, or if we mimic them in an attempt to place ourselves above. Reminds one of the story of the King of Tyre who sought to place himself above God.
Inspired by Adolphe Frank (1926). The Kabbalah, or the Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews. Translated by I. Sossnitz.
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
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.
Ignorant belief is typical of many. It is a belief without understanding.
Inspired by Archie Bahm, The World's Living Religions