Our second snowstorm in a week! I thought this (Reno, NV) was supposed to be a desert!
California and Florida do like to compete on many things. Now, after many sinkholes eating cars and houses in Florida, California has had a sinkhole that ate a car.
Maybe we would have more peace in the world if we treated those who work for peace as heroes just as we do for those who fight wars. And I spent ten years in the army, so don't assume I am anti-military.
CNN and other media have been making a great deal this week of a study that shows American students are far behind those in many other countries. No one seems to be mentioning the rather obvious flaws in this study. First, only three subjects are considered: math, science and reading. Things like art, music, history, geography, and other subject are totally ignored. So if you studied the complete education, and not just s few subjects favored by international corporation looking for future workers, you might get very different results. Second, some of this is just a matter of students being taught to pass tests rather than actually learning. Just because students in some places do well on standard math and science tests doesn't mean they will be the innovators and creators of the future. It just means they will be another poorly pain worker in a giant corporation where the guys at the top are making all the money while doing very little actual work.
“Then the soul neither sees, nor distinguishes by seeing, nor imagines that there are two things; but becomes as it were another thing, ceases to be itself and belong to itself. It belongs to God and is one with Him, like two concentric circles; concurring they are One; but when they separate they are two...” ~Plotinus
We all have limitations. Some are physical, some are mental, some are psychic, some are a mixture or various levels. God is aware of our limitations and does not give us tasks we are not capable of performing. In addition, He sends his Light to aid us as well as having His angels provide assistance and encouragement. So we cannot use our limitations as excuses to not do our spiritual duties.
In short,if God and the Beings of Light see that we are making our best effort within our limitations to grow spiritually, they will provide as much aid as they can. On the other hand, if we are lazy and make little effort to grow spiritually, they certainly are not going to force it on us. Likewise, if we physically die without having performed the necessary techniques to awaken the soul, we will be truly dead for the soul will return to heaven without us. Same will say that is unfair because many don't know they need to awaken and develop the soul while they are still alive. As the old saying goes, “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” and that goes for God's Law as well as man's. You wouldn't think it was OK for a man with no medical training to be doing brain surgery because he was unaware of the laws requiring him to study medicine and get a license, would you? Of course not. So why would you think that a person who chooses to not bother to learn and follow God's Law would be given eternal life and eventually allowed into heaven?
I find it especially interesting that van Ruysbroeck refers to the greater form of God's grace as supernatural Light. That is essentially how we in the community describe it. And that Light is flowing our way from the spiritual sun, the Sun of Righteousness, but we don't just receive it and absorb it automatically. We need to practice proper techniques for the absorption of this Divine Light and sharing it with other beings.
There are many things we can do to make our spiritual growth easier and one of them is preparing our homes as places where spiritual growth is welcomed. And by home, I simply mean the place where you live, whether it is a house, an apartment, or a cave. This is not to say that you need to buy a very expensive home or furnish it with very expensive furnishings. What is more important is that the place be clean, uncluttered and balanced. In this case, balanced means that if the place is to be a temple for spiritual growth, it cannot be a temple for rampant materialism.
If your idea of decorating a home is to show off your wealth as much as possible, you are making the wrong approach. The approach should be to make it a harmonious and positive place. The colors and furniture styles in a room, and in the whole house, should not clash.
If possible, it is usually a good idea to set aside a specific room, or corner in a room to do spiritual practices. This area must especially be keep uncluttered, pleasantly colored and well lit. You should also avoid letting negative people into this area.
This living in a harmonious environment is not limited to the home. It should also be practiced in the landscaping of our yards. And when possible, we should also try to keep our work locations harmonious and positive as well. Where we have little control over such things, simply keeping a crystal or two in our work area to help ward off negative energy is advisable.
When practicing spiritual techniques, especially when accessing the spiritual Light of the Sun of Righteousness, even these things may not be enough. If you live in an urban area, there are so many negative and materialistic people around, that you may need to go elsewhere. You may need to go to a rural area, at least occasionally, to get away from that negative energy and negative thoughts. If you can't go off to a rural area very often, at least try going to a park, a large garden, or any place dominated by a natural environment. And finally, a big part of our environment, and probably the part that most affects our ability to grow spiritually, is our own thoughts, our own mind. Keeping our minds open, positive, and uncluttered is a very important step in achieving spiritual enlightenment.
This need to walk in balance between the physical and the spiritual is often referred to as “walking the razor's edge”. Some define that expression now as meaning being caught in any dangerous situation, but it originally meant staying in balance between the material and the spiritual worlds.
I don't quite agree with Ms Peirce when she talks about the inner and outer worlds in a way that gives the impression that the outer world is purely physical and the spiritual world is the same as the inner. Both the inner and outer worlds have aspects of the material, but both are rooted in the spiritual. Every physical object or physical being has a spiritual basis and our innermost thoughts and feelings can be affected by the physical body and brain, as well as by the very real and physical thoughts of other floating around us like a mold around jello.
The important thing, though, is that this walking the edge between the physical and the spiritual is a path that can be of benefits on both sides. Peirce gives the example of making a sarcastic remark and then, because we have awakened some of our spiritual sensitivity, becoming aware immediately how it effects the other person. In addition, you may become aware that it is affecting you negatively as well, because the other persons anger at your comments is sending harmful negative energy your way. Even if you are not sufficiently spiritual to realize this completely, you may at least be aware that you feel bad after saying something sarcastic or derogatory to another person.
The last sentence in the quote, while related to the rest of the quote, can also be considered on it's own in a more general way. Our physical actions, whether positive or negative, do effect things that are physical and nonphysical. A simple example might be that you are not going to get very far trying to meditate if sitting next to a stereo playing loud hard rock music. Likewise, you are not going to have much success trying to take in the Light of the spiritual sun if you are inside a dark cave looking at a rock wall. More significantly, if you do many negative things in your life; stealing, lying, insulting people, etc., you will find is much harder, if not impossible to reach higher frequencies when you stop for a few minutes to do spiritual techniques. Those lower frequencies you are operating at will limit, if not block, your ability to accept and absorb energy from higher frequencies and will block efforts to communicate with the Beings of Light who operate at those high frequencies.
On the other hand, if you spend too much time operating at those higher frequencies, you find it difficult to function in the material world. This is why we need to walk the razor's edge.
We are in that age, the time when the veil is lifted and the truth is gradually being revealed. But as this quote says, our ability to comprehend and accept these truths is limited to our own level of spiritual development and the efforts we ourselves make to understand these truths.
The second sentence of this quote seems very simple and obvious, but it is more important than the simple statement indicates. When we start to develop ourselves spiritually, we not only change on the spiritual and psychic levels, we also change on the material and mental levels. These changes make it easier for us to accept and follow even more advanced spiritual teachings and revelations. If such a spiritually developed person has children, those children start out life with an advantage over those who did not have spiritual parents. To keep it simple, we can say that those children are born operating at a higher frequency than the typical child. This permits them to develop their spiritual side even faster and to go further than the previous generation. Of course, it is also helpful for those who have learned certain spiritual truths to share those truths, up to a point, with other who are not their children, but have chosen to learn spiritual truths and can be thought of by the spiritual teacher as adopted children.
Finally, we are told that when we start working on spiritual development, we are likely to have dreams and visions that inspire us to keep moving forward, and help us to avoid pitfalls. Of course, in order for those dreams to have the desired effect, we must understand them. This can be difficult because dreams, especially the prophetic ones, are rarely straight-forward. In most cases, these dreams are full of symbols which must be properly interpreted in order to understand the meaning of the dream. This can be tricky be cause a certain symbol does not mean the same thing to all people. Also, the meaning of a symbol can be modified by the other symbols in the dream. It is helpful when interpreting them to have the aid of a good dream dictionary. We in the Cosolargy community have one that is available only to community members, but you can find them at any good online of brick-and-mortar book store.
One thing that many of them leave out, though, is that the time the dream occurs affects its significance. A dream that occurs shortly after you go to sleep is about the past, and therefore usually not important. A dream that happen in the middle of your sleep hours is about the present and can revel things about yourself and those around you that you are not consciously aware of. A dream that happens in the latter part of your sleep period is probably about the future, but not all dreams are prophetic.
While I am not so naive as to be believe that the world is all sweetness and light and that there is no evil in it, even I was shocked to read in a recent news story that the German cop who killed a young man, chopped him into pieces, and buried the man in his yard, was, along with his victim, members of a web site for people who fantasize about being cannibals. In fact, the murder victim had a fantasy of being killed, butchered, and eater and may have volunteered to have his fantasy fulfilled by the German cop. This is an extreme example of what can happen when you allow dark thoughts and fantasies to control you instead of you controlling them.
All of us have, at times, very negative, evil, and even violent thoughts. Some of this is cased by the primitive animal nature that is at the root of us all, some of it is caused by demonic influence. We need not be ashamed of having these thoughts, but that doesn't mean we should give in to them, especially if we are hoping to develop spiritually. In the Star Wars movies, the evil emperor tries to get Luke Skywalker to kill his own father, the evil Darth Vader. Luke realizes that to do so would make him no better than Vader or the emperor and refuses. In the Harry Potter saga, the evil Lord Valdemort encourages Harry to kill Belatrix Lestrange who killed Harry's godfather. Harry is also smart enough to not fall for it. Few of us face such decisions, but we do often face the a decision on how to deal with evil thoughts.
If we give in to those evil thoughts, even with the idea of doing so just in our fantasies as I'm sure most who join that cannibal web site do, we place ourselves in danger that those thoughts will become so strong that they will push us into action. Even if they don't, we are still filling our minds with evil and that prevents us from growing spiritually. It I as if we are trying to grow flowers in a salt bed instead of in rich soil.
So when we have evil thoughts, we should not be shocked, or ashamed, but we should push those thoughts out of our head and replace them with loving, positive ones. If, for example, we see ourselves punching a person we don't lie, change the thought to giving that person a hug. If we see ourselves killing helpless animals, change it to visions of feeding them instead. And you can always ask God to help you rid yourself of such thoughts.
It may take some time, but if you practice this use of thought substitution regularly, you will soon find that you rarely have and evil or violent thoughts.
It is a fairly unique behavior of the United States that, after a war, we generally help those we fought against recover. Some find this strange and are opposed to it, but they need to consider that today Germany and Japan are two of our greatest friends and supporters in the world. This is just one of the things that shows that beneath the very materialistic surface, there is a strong root of spirituality in this country that is beginning to show itself now that we are in the End Times.
While Mr Paul's comment about the Catholic Church and it's fear of mysticism is probably true, I don't think it is the only reason they fear mysticism. I think many of the major churches fear mysticism because it takes religious authority away from the priests and ministers. It is the same reason for their rejection of the Gospel of Thomas. They don't like the idea that people should talk directly to God for guidance and enlightenment. They want us to go through the intermediary of the ministers and priests which might be OK if those priests were themselves truly in contact with God, but the vast majority of them are not. They are simply repeating what they were told by their teachers and what they have read in books.
It is true that mysticism, if taught and practiced improperly, can lead to narcissism and/or madness, but it is the only way to truly know God and to truly awaken the soul. And the soul must be awakened and developed if we are to become enlightened and if we are to aid in God's Plan to turn the Earth back into a spiritual world. And a good spiritual teacher or school can help you practice and mystical and spiritual techniques while minimizing the dangers.
Fights, shootings, thefts and getting trampled. What fun Black Friday has become! At least no fatalities this year.
Two stories in the news this week about cancer. In a CNN special, a women who had a near death experience was told while she was in a coma that her cancer was the result of her own fears turning on her and the cancer would leave her if she got rid of the fears. She woke up from the coma and lost her fear and the cancer quickly faded away. In the other story, police are after an Amish family because they took their daughter off chemotherapy and are treating her with herbal medicines which they claim are working for her, but the doctors don't like natural medicine (not enough profit in it), so they got a judge to order the family to get medical treatment from a government approved doctor. These stories may seem unrelated, but I don't think they are. There is plenty of evidence that proper nutrition, herbs, and getting rid of fears can successfully treat cancers and other illnesses so people should not be forced to use dangerous drugs, surgery and chemotherapy against their will. If the herbs are working for the Amish girl then she should be allowed to use what works for her.
This may be the weirdest, or at least the grossest, year for Christmas toys. We have Gooey Louie, the game where kids pull big green boogers out of Louie's nose until his brain pops our of his head; Doggie Doo where you stick a plastic sausage in the plastic dogs mouth, then pump it through the body until it pops out the other end; and the Ugglys, a dog toy that burps, farts, drools green gunk and makes other rude noises.
"A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?"—Khalil Gibran
A photo of the Thanksgiving day sunset from my deck.
Man is a much more complex being than most religions teach, and certainly much more than the materialistic scientists accept. Many people throw around terms like spirit, soul, astral projection, etc. with little idea what they are talking about or exactly what these terms mean.
Lets start at the lowest level, the one we are most familiar with. On this level we have the physical or material body. This body exists fully in the third dimension and cannot exist at higher levels unless it be transformed in some way into spirit. It can, however exist at the lower level of the second dimension where plants and animals dwell. This physical body is accompanied by a mind associated with the physical brain and nerve centers. In addition, the physical body has several nerve/energy centers that also are involved in the control of the body and mind and out thoughts and emotions. This is why, for example, the heart is often associated with emotions, particularly love.
The next higher level can be considered the psychic or akashic. We have another body and mind that operates at this level. This is the level where the energy centers called chakras exist and they link the psychic level to both the lower, material level and the higher, spiritual level. This level is where psychic phenomena happens and much of what we consider our personality exists on this level. This is why all good spiritual school teach you to keep these energy centers in balance so you personality does not become too distorted. This psychic body can also be considered the dark spirit. The “mind” of this level is sometimes called the dark soul or the mundane soul and is not the soul that the great religious and spiritual prophets and leaders advise us to develop.
The top level of our complex being is the true spiritual level, the level of the Light Spirit or Light Body. This level is purely spiritual and is the only level that is truly immortal and truly capable of going to heaven at some point. This level includes the Light Soul, the true soul, the soul that we must awaken, nourish, and develop if we wish to be truly immortal. The Light spirit and soul are truly immortal, but they will separate from “us” when we die if we do not awaken them and become one with them while we are alive. Until we do that, is is like the Light spirit and soul are guests staying with us and, when our house burns down (we die, physically) they simply move leaving us behind.
Hopefully, this will correct a belief common in some circles these days that the soul is just another name for the mind or the sub-conscious mind. It isn't.
The wording of this quote is difficult to follow, but basically it is saying that we must be aware, when we first decide to start developing our spiritual facilities, that all that is spiritual is not the same. In short, there is a dark spiritual world full of demons, devils, and other evil creatures that is often called the akashic world or plane, and there is a higher spiritual level or plane where the angels and Beings of Light dwell.
Many students, and even some spiritual schools, ignore this fact and thus allow their students to believe they are achieving spiritual advancement when actually they are communing with demons who will force them deeper into materialism.
We need to remember that according to the Bible and other scripture many well meaning individuals have been tricked by demons and devils who can do a convincing job of pretending to be angels or the spirits of saints. They often convince people to do things that are pure evil, yet somehow seem reasonable at the time, such as when a demon nearly convince Abraham to sacrifice his son and he was stopped only when a real angel intervened and got him to sacrifice a ram instead (not that God actually wanted a ram sacrificed, but it was better than letting Abraham murder his own son).
Ms Underhill indicates that our mental state has some effect on which level of the spiritual worlds we communicate with, and to some degree that is true, but there is more to it than that. First, if your school or teacher doesn't tell you about the different levels, you will almost certainly stop at the lower level of the spirit worlds where the demons are simply because you don't know any better. Second, you school must teach not only that these different levels exist, but how to avoid getting trapped in the lower level. A good spiritual teacher will have you carry protective crystals on your person when you engage in spiritual techniques. They will have you listen to music and burn incense that helps raise your frequencies to those of the good spirits. They will also teach you to engage in spiritual communication only to raise your own spiritual level, and not for games like communicating with dead relatives. Most of all, a good spiritual school will have you work as part of a community of like-minded individuals so you can protect each other, and warn each other when you seem to be slipping into the wrong level.