"Thanksgiving and praise open in your consciousness is the way for spiritual growth and supply to come to you. Spirit pushes Itself out into the visible manifestation as soon as a channel is open which It can flow." Paramahansa Yogananda
I would define a spiritual person as a seeker of truth and using our God given gift of discernment to decipher all the distortion and confusion we all face in our daily lives. It is understanding that we live in inseparable worlds, the metaphysical and the physical, mind and matter, the unseen and seen. A spiritual person develops the gift of discernment, our sixth sense to help find their Way.
The Way is referred to as the Way by the World’s great teachers is not one single path, but many paths leading to the same destination. Jesus said “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Lao Tzu often refers to Tao as the Way to Heaven. Jesus called the Tao the Kingdom of heaven or the Kingdom of God. Later orthodox Christians misunderstood Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom. Jesus taught the Kingdom is within us and around us.
Buddha tells us to practice the Way and to seek truth. Being in harmony with the Way is even better. Lao Tzu explains the Way is complete in itself. All blessings come from it, and holds nothing back to anyone. Krishna said those who find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in their hearts.
A spiritual person is not confined to one religion or belief system, but seek to find their Way using all the tools available today.
When we use the term, “the self” we are usually referring to our identity, the ego, the face we wear to maintain our illusion of individuality. This includes our subconscious mind and everything our brains produce that make us believe we are separate and apart from everything in the universe. So what is the Self?
Philosophers have pondered that question for centuries. Socrates, believed to be born in 470 BC, maintained that our true self is our soul. Rene Descartes, born 1596, thought there is one thing of which we can be absolutely certain: “I think, therefore I am.” William James, born 1842, added that there’s one thing about our conscious experience that we’re never uncertain about; we’re never uncertain whose conscious experience it is. It’s mine, of course. But who is this “me”? Jean-Paul Sartre, born 1905, believed every individual to be a “being for itself that has a self consciousnesses.
Western philosophers typically try to figure out the theoretical truth, going from there to practical applications. Eastern philosophers tend to speak of truth as something you approach through practice rather than theory. In important ways, Eastern philosophy does not even ask the same question and offers a different answer. Hinduism, Buddhism, meditation, and yoga are alternative approaches. Self to them, refers to what lies within each of us and is what remains when our bodies dies. Self is what we discover when we wake up and is all that exists. Self in Hinduism is called Atman, and the self is Brahman or God. The difference between self and God is our distinction we make ourselves. Remove that distinction and all that remains is God, or universal mind or Tao.
Gnostics, believed to be the first true Christians, referred to Self as the Divine spark, and God as the Divine Light from which the spark emanated. Even Jesus tells us in Luke 17:20–21, the Kingdom is not coming in any way you can observe. The Kingdom of God is already here, within your midst.
The word philosophy means “love of wisdom”. It is a love of wisdom that guides all of us to explore the fundamental questions about where did we come from, why are we here and where are we going. The search to understand the self is an individual effort. We are all philosophers, with our opinions, ideas and concepts. It is interesting to explore what others think and believe, but ultimately, we have to find our own way. With the world at our fingertips, we can explore and discover how different cultures, religions and belief systems are so intertwined.
Our teachers speak of the self. Jesus said in the Dialogue of the Savior, “Those who have truly found the self within recognized that it exists everywhere”. Buddha tells us “Everyone has recognized the Self, one’s essential nature. But few realized it.” Krishna said “Recognized that all things exist in the One, and you will become the One.” Lao Tzu provided his insight in the Tao Te Ching, Wisdom comes from knowing oneself. He who knows himself is enlightened.”
Consider the self as your divine essence, your soul, your spirit living in a material world. To know the self, this four step exercise can be performed to produce an acceleration of knowing the self. The first step is the cornerstone. The moment contains love as we consciously seek that love in our awareness and understanding in everything we do. The second step is to realize the universe is one being. When we see others, family, friends, strangers, and even enemies, we see the the Creator. The third step is Gaze into a mirror, and see the Creator. Fourth step is Gaze into the world and all of creation and see the Creator. You can build your foundation of these steps by being mindful and through meditation, contemplation, and prayer.
I am not I. I am this one walking beside me whom I do not see, whom at times I manage to visit, and whom at other times I forget; who remains calm and silent while I talk, and forgives, gently, when I hate, who walks where I am not, who will remain standing when I die.
The wisdom and insight we can learn from ancient texts is never ending. More than 5000 years ago the ancient Chinese masters of esoteric healing came to the understanding that everything is composed of the same energetic substance called Qi. They observed the oneness and wholeness in all existence and everything is energetically interconnected as one body. The ancient Chinese believed all transformations happened under the influence of Qi. Birth, aging and death of all things with Heaven and Earth, including wind, water, mountains, forest, humans, animals and insects are caused by and formed out of Qi. Qi is the constant energy motion within all things.
One ancient Chinese text of mystery and beauty is the The Daodejing, believed to be written by the sage Lao Tzu. It is the most translated text into English next to the Bible. Daoism is the second of the three major philosophies of China. The Daodejing responds to the political, family centered morality of Confucius; rejecting man-made hierarchies and arguing the value of simplicity and humility over power and ambition. It can be compared today with Capitalism and Spirituality. The dao is the way of nature in a universe that consists of opposites in harmony, and de (virtue, integrity) is an innate human strength. Following the dao brings humans freedom, serenity, and longevity. The original conception of Dao was simply the observation that reality has a certain way about it. The “Way’ encompasses all of existence. Some may call it the way to God, an atheist may call it the laws of nature, all pointing to the same thing, something I call Infinite Intelligence.
The Dao can be considered as two-fold, one represented by the law of physics describing the universe and it’s manifestations such as energy and light; and at the personal level describing the human sphere and its manifestation such as our thoughts, emotions and actions. The Daodejing or Tao Te Ching was trying to tell us these principles. If we can understand these forces are inseparable, the physical and metaphysical, it will make our spiritual journey richer and more fruitful.
If one looks for Dao, there is nothing solid to see; If one listens for it, there is nothing loud enough to hear. Yet if one uses it, it is inexhaustible.
Consider the Dao as Infinite Intelligence, pure Universal Energy of divine mystery and the sage Lao Tzu a divine messenger of the 5th century BCE. Lao Tzu, Buddha, Krishna and Jesus were divine messengers providing the way for all to see. Lao Tzu tells us the “Act in harmony with the Way and you will become the Way. Nurture the way within yourself and you will live a virtuous life.” Buddha said ” Those that follow the way are like dry grass. They need to be protected from the flames of desire.” While Krishna tells us ” Let those who are wise seek the Way. Those who find it will not return. ” The apocalypse Jesus tells us to “Open the door to the Way that is within you, so that you may be a guide to those who wish to follow you. Encourage all those who are ready to follow the Way and receive its blessings.”
The Daoists understood Dao as the appropriate way for humans to live their lives. But for the Daoists, following the way was participating in the Dao of nature, the changes and rhythms of the universe and the natural world. To neglect the way of nature was the root of society’s misery. They believe if a person follows the “Way” or “path” and lives a life of virtue, then the way of nature, heaven, Earth, and humanity will be balanced.
There is a strong element of mysticism by losing one’s sense as a separate, individual self while perceiving a much greater reality. This mystical sense is both encouraged by and expressed through particular practices and ways of being in the Daodejing. One of the most important practices involves diminishing the ego; such as the cravings for attention, recognition, and control. True sages were not interested in the material world but for the welfare of others. “Sages blend into the world,” says the Daodejing. To blend into the world, one lives a simple existence.
A simple existence is the understanding Qi is the Catalyst for everything. The ancient Chinese believed that the Qi of Yin and Yang fulfils the “Great Void” (Wuji) enveloping all things and leaving nothing outside its boundary.
“Dao is forever and he that possess it, Though his body ceases, is not destroyed.”
The goal is balance yin, our feminine side, and yang, our masculine side and make into one. According to the Chinese, energetic fields are divided into Yin and Yang. The theory of yin and yang energy represents the duality of balance and harmony within the body as well as the universe. Earth energy is Yin while Heaven energy is Yang. Those who master and balance the bodies Yin-Yang energy were considered “Tian Shen” or Xian meaning “immortals”.
The different sacred texts from different cultures of the world have essentially the same message. For example balancing yin and yang, the feminine and masculine, and the 114th saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas. Simon Peter said to him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
In my humble opinion, woman and man are equal and the more we work together in the name of love, compassion and service to others, we can create the world where every human can learn and discover their true selves. The sage Laozi said about the self, “ Some people recognize the self and are amazed. Other people who hear of the Self just wonder. Still others do not understand at all.” He also speaks of love when he said “ The world is transformed by those who love all people, just as you love yourself”.
It starts with us!!!!!
In 1972, excavation in the Mawangdui Han Dynasty tombs in Hunan Province uncovered a silk relic that portrayed drawing of Do yin postures dating prior to the third century BCE. This silk scroll is consider the first complete set of Qigong movement with over half of these illustrates posture are of animal movements used to purge the body’s channels to regulate the Yin and Yang and treat illnesses.
Connection to our source means a lifelong journey of seeking the truth and discovering who we are. Many go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other places of worship to seek the truth. The realization is all religions have some truth, but no religion has all the truth. If blindly followed, religion will simply put you in a box; providing their teachings, belief systems and rituals. Religion may contain hidden truths, a higher truth that can be used as stepping stones for our spiritual journey . Perhaps that is why people are leaving religion, because they want to know the truth, they want to know God.
Being controlled by a particular belief system or religion appears to be negative energy. “Thou shall not” found in the 10 commandments in the Book of Exodus is dictating what we should or should not do. If humanity is inherently good, why do we have to be told not to kill or steal, doesn’t that take away our free will? There are even questions where did the Old Testament originated? We’ve all heard of the flood story in Genesis 6-8 and scholars believe that story was taken from the Gilgamesh Epic, the great literary classic of ancient Mesopotamia. There are many contradictions and questions regarding the content of the Old Testament, much like the New Testament.
English translations of the bible began in the Middle ages and there were two efforts where the Church insisted only using their translations.
John Wycliffe, 1320-1384, translated the Bible into english but the Church condemned him for this action and ordered his books be burned.
William Tyndale, 1484-1536, also translated the Bible into english. He was particularly disturbed by the fact that the common man was unable to read the Bible for himself. He was also condemned as a heretic, both by the Catholic Church and the newly established Church of England. Tyndale was forced to leave England for Germany, but eventually authorities caught up with him and he was burned at the stake in Belgium.
Our connection to God, the source, divine matrix or Infinite Intelligence, and many other descriptive names, is something most strive to understand and define. Personally, God is pure divine energy, love being the dominant source of vibration. The vibration that we are here to learn and balance with wisdom. Each of us are a spark of pure divine energy. As we learn how our thoughts, emotions and actions are part of our grand spiritual evolution, we are creating the world around us. Within each of us, exist a higher power waiting to be awakened. We all have the divine gift of discernment, the act or process of exhibitingkeeninsightandgoodjudgment. In its broadest sense, discernment is closely related to wisdom as an expression of God. Discernment alone can bring about a sense of balance between the worldly and the spiritual.
If only the world lived by one simple message our teachers were trying to tell us, we could change our world. Jesus told us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The Buddha said, ” the only way you can become free is to love those who hate you”. Krishna said, “to me, all beings are the same. I hate none, and no one is more dear to me than another, and The Taoist Sage Lao Tzu said, “Nothing but good comes to him who loves others as he loves himself”. By honoring and respecting others’ beliefs and religions, not only will it bring us closer together, but closer to our Creator.
With each new day, you can be the light of the world. Look within and know you are that divine spark waiting to be awakened. Realize you have God given gifts and can learn to master them. Above all, believe in yourself and your relationship with God through meditation, contemplation, prayer and being mindful during the day. Connecting and understanding ourselves and the Divine is a lifelong process with many obstacles. With love and compassion, believe in yourself and your ability to know and learn the truth.
Death and the after-life is something we will all face eventually. Our limited understanding is guided by our belief system; what we subconsciously learned and consciously taught. It is the school of life, with countless confusion and distortions with so many belief systems and religions. It may be as simple as to what you believe will be your reality.
Death is the release of our life force in order to continue our spirit journey. The ancient chinese described qi as “life force”, Hindu called it prana, Christians and Jews refer to it as the soul and the Muslims call it Rūḥ, our immortal self. Gnostics called it the divine spark; spirit, essense and the list goes on.
Our life force is who we are, energy within our bodies, feeling all the aches and pains as we age, physically and emotionally. We are trying to understand our purpose. We learn and practice tai chi, chi gong, yoga, walk, jog and meditate to cultivate our life force just to face the daily challenges and choices. We look around and wonder if this it, why are we here! Based on the Law of One our purpose is to learn the ways of love with wisdom, and each of us have our own special lessons to learn. At the end of our life we have a “life review”. If you attained 51 percent positive, you will leave 3rd density and advance to the the 4th density. Seven densities , realms, dimensions or heavens are terms used in religious and mythology ancient texts.
If you do not make the 51 percent positive then you will have to redo 3rd density. Your reincarnation can be anywhere in the universe. Even Emanuel Swedenborg, the eighteenth-century mystic and spiritual explorer, spoke of the purpose of death. He inspired some the world’s greatest minds and souls like Helen Keller, D.T. Suzuki, and Ralph Waldo Emerson,to name a few.
Law of One also provides insight on death which states, ” the process of the physical death is as we have described before: one in which there is aid available and the only need at death is the releasing of that entity from its body by those around it and the praising of the process by those who grieve. By these means may the mind/body/spirit which has experienced physical death be aided, not by the various perceptions of careful and repeated rituals.”
Near Death experiences (NDE) also provides insight and some sort of understanding of the afterlife. People that have experienced NDE sometimes describe a floating sense of freedom from pain and of complete wellbeing; or they had unusual abilities, such as being able to see walls and also see through them, and being able to “hear” the unspoken thoughts of the people nearby; They sometime say they experienced a “life review” while at the same time, they re-viewed, and experienced being on the receiving end of, all their actions throughout life; Some went beyond the light, seeing cities of light and knowledge. When they chose to return, it was because of a love connection with one or more living people. The other half say they didn’t choose to return: They either were told or made to return, or they were just suddenly “back” in their bodies.
Physical death releases our life force; our final escape from this realm. It is interesting to note how emotions around us affect even the death process. Our thoughts, emotions and actions create our reality not only in this world but also the next. Many seek gnosis, the knowledge of spiritual mysteries, to better understand our situation. Esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth was held by the ancient Jews, Christians and Greeks. They believed it was essential to salvation.
What stands out for me to be essential is the emotion of love, the emotion that conquers all things. Also our intentions regarding our thoughts, emotions and actions. If we fear death, a negative emotion, then death may be exactly that. That is why we are here to learn about love and the wisdom to use it.
Our ancient teachers had much wisdom to say about death and immorality.
Jesus said in the Apocryphon of John, “I am returning to the place for which I came, If you wish to follow me, you may. But you will not enter the Kingdom until you have perfected yourselves.”
Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, ” When the self leaves the body it will go whatever the attention is focused on the time of death. Therefore remember me at all times. When your mind absorbed in Me you will come to Me”
Lao Tzu said in the Tao Te Ching, ” Those who are not attached to life will not fear death. They are more fortunate than those who give life too much meaning. “
“One who has lived wisely does not fear death.” The Buddha
Being more positive than negative with your thoughts, emotions and actions; being aware of your intention regarding your thoughts, emotions and actions; do not get attached to the material world; and live your life with wisdom; all teachings from our Masters to not only assist us with our life journey, but our impending death and afterlife.
We are a world community connected by the internet. Science is now proving what many already knew, meditation has powerful benefits. It cannot only change the way we think, but we can learn of the power within as well. Meditation is about calming the mind, training yourself to think in a different way, connecting us to our metaphysical world. Our thoughts, emotions and actions create vibrations of energy affecting not only you but those around you as well. Many scientists now believe the earth’s magnetic field and the human population work together to create either harmony or disharmony in our world. The earth has electromagnetic energy and every human heart generates electromagnetic energy from our bodies to several feet away, according to our emotions.
It was reported from a scientific perspective, group meditation called “Maharishi Effect,” reduces crime. So much so that Merseyside, England, went from being the third highest recorded crime rate to the lowest ranked city in England, during the time of group meditation. Other cities around the world had similar effects when groups of people meditated at the same time each day. One was Washington DC, based on this report. When the group stopped meditating, the crime rate slowly increased. In physics, that affect is referred to as unified field theory (UFT), waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe affecting the collective consciousness.
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology, radically changes our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
We are energetic beings. Our thoughts, feelings and actions have created our reality. You should realize we have been programmed since birth by our education, media, political and religious systems. All have played an integral part of who we are and who we become. But if we created it, we can change it. It starts with the thought; what we think everyday. We have 50K to 90K thoughts in a day and 90% are repeat of the day before. All that energy being wasted on our monkey minds and going into the world. Are your thoughts positive or negative, was there doubt, fear, anger, anxiety, or was their love and compassion.
We all have a morning ritual. We wake up in our own way, some begin thinking about the day ahead. Schedules, appointments, meetings, kids, family, all part of our daily lives. Before you start your day, consider taking a few moment to have a conversation with God, in your own way. The ancient Essenes taught that prayer was the feeling. Feel it from your heart and then sit quietly and listen. Feel the gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to serve and quietly reflect your intention for the day; radiate love and compassion to all you meet. Visualize your day.
Imagination and visualization are a great tools. Mainstream has defined imagination as” the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.”
Imagination is our ability to understand the mind, and is not limited to our physical body. When we awaken, we begin to understand, feel and recognize all the subtle energetic rhythms of the life around us; moving within our energetic field. It takes time and awareness.
Meditation Warriors is a group that was created with the intention of positively changing our world. The group provides encouragement for a daily meditation practice. Meditation can be standing, walking, sitting, and laying down. It is a about changing the way we think, a new way of thinking and how we see the world. Practicing mindfulness during the day is being aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions with your focus on what you are doing. Moving meditation, like qigong or tai chi is helpful for cultivating energy throughout the body. Lying meditation can be done before you rise and before you go to sleep at night and even when you wake up during the night. Sitting meditation for just 5 to 20 minutes a day with the right intentions sends positive vibrations into the world. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. The Kirtan Kriya method may be of some assistance for those with the real unruly mind.
We are not of different races, but one race, the human race, with a divine power within each of us. United we are one and could positively change our world!
If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart. chinese philosopher – Lao Tzu
As we go through life, sooner or later we will face disturbing effects of illness, diseases and failing health. The medical system is failing, ran by the pharmaceutical corporations; our food supply is being replaced by nutrient deficient food; genetically modified foods and, glyphosate has been found in the water supply. Even the air we breathe is questionable. When we are focused on all the obstacles we face daily, it is difficult to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it helps to remember we are here for a purpose; to discover our true selves.
With falling health, our human bodies become frail, our minds become confused with fear and anger, feeling defeated. But our spirit, our higher self, tells us to keep going, to not give up. Most do not realize that we have been programmed since birth. Our education, media, political and religious systems play an integral part of who we have become and how we think. Our lives are connected to family, friends, work, school and the material world, all affecting our health; positively and negatively.
As we begin to discover our true selves, spiritual healing begins with the realization there is a Source, Universal Intelligence of pure sacred energy, that connects us all. We begin to think and believe we can heal ourselves. Controlling the mind is key, not only for our health be for our spiritual journey.
Buddha said, “Hard it is to train the mind, which goes where it likes and does what it wants. But a trained mind brings health and happiness. The wise can direct their thoughts, subtle and elusive, whenever they choose: a trained mind brings health and happiness.”
We have to deprogram ourselves, so to speak, and perhaps think differently. There is another world that is inseparable from our physical world that cannot be detected with the five senses; our metaphysical world. It is the world of the Source, pure energy simply beyond our understanding. It is the energy generated by our hearts and minds. Science is beginning to study what we already know. One study makes a striking correlation between heart rate and the electromagnetic energy from the sun and earth. Even health care providers are understanding the correlation between spirituality, religion and mental health.
The Source is our life line. In Chinese cultures, this is known as chi or qi and other cultures ki, prana, chakras and kundalini. Our body, mind, and spirit have a life force we call electromagnetic energy or energy that cannot even be measured or thoroughly understood. Sunlight is something we cannot live without. Light is the food for all life on earth. The human body, according to the doctrine of chromotherapy, is basically composed of colors. Isn’t that what Jesus said, We are from the Light? We know insufficient sunlight will result in low Vitamin D deficiencies, leading to the development of prostate and breast cancer, memory loss, and an increased risk for developing dementia and schizophrenia. We have been told to wear sunscreen to protect ourselves but what is really happening? We are light beings with chakras and the energy of the sun has the colors of the rainbow. Every creature and plant on earth is engulfed in light that affects its health conditions.
Grounding, as we all know when we go to the beach, improves sleep and reduces stress. Grounding is bare skin to the earth, perhaps walking or performing Qigong or chi gong, or any meditative practice outside barefoot. It is an excellent way to cultivate energy. We all wear shoes and that prevents us from getting the benefits from the earth. Grounding is a simple way to prevent and help inflammation with these techniques.
Emotions control who we are and what be become. Paracelsus, Father of Modern Medicine said “The spirit is the master, imagination the tool, and the body the plastic material . . . The power of the imagination is a great factor in medicine. It may produce diseases in man and in animals, and it may cure them . .. Ills of the body may be cured by remedies or by the power of the spirit acting through the soul.” Thoughts and emotions control our destiny, so think what you want to become and do it in love, the strongest of all emotions.
Meditation and prayer are our connection to the Source but also essential in controlling the overactive mind. According to Dr. Andrew Newberg, meditation and prayer positively changes our brains. He also said that the brain has two primary functions that can be considered from either a biological or evolutionary perspective. Essentially, we are hard-wired for God, the Source.
A 12 minute exercise, called the Kirtan Kriya is a type of meditation, practiced daily for 8 weeks, will improve cognition and activate parts of the brain that are central to memory.
The power of visualization is a tool we can use for healing. Your brain is constantly using visualization in the process of simulating future experiences. This happens so naturally we generally aren’t even aware it is happening, much like we are unaware of our breathing or heart beating. If you are not aware of it then you are not actively directing the process. You can learn to use visualization to actively create future simulations that can help you improve goals that you set for yourself, such as healing. The same thing may apply to the lost mode of prayer. Visualizing your prayer as if it has already happened instead of asking for it.
We live in a world of distractions. Fear, anger, stress and greed will wear the body down, but love is the one emotion that will overcome all. In your own way, try to cultivate love in everything you do. Jesus said love your neighbor as you love yourself. According to the Law of One, our purpose on earth is to learn to balance love and wisdom and be of services to others. Healing starts with the mind and the realization of the power within, a change from traditional thinking. It is just you, your higher self with help from the Source. All the same divine energy connecting as one. All waiting on you.
Religion teaches us rituals, tradition and belief systems. Have they misinterpreted the message regarding looking within yourself to find God by not teaching the concept? In Luke 17:21 Jesus said “nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” There are many interpretations of that one verse.
To know yourself may seem simple, but do we really know ourselves. Our lives are connected to families and friends living in the physical world of media, religion, governments, corporations, banks and education. We are living it everyday, all day, every week, month and year, year after year. That is all we know. We have been made to believe we are advanced technologically, but in reality, we are mere children, playing in the world playground. We have world information at our fingertips, to study, to learn and inspire. In the meantime we are watching our home, mother earth, being destroyed, and even allowing it by remaining silent. Are we the meek? Have we have lost our way? Perhaps we have forgotten who we are, why we are here and where we are going. Even though your part in this great illusion may seem small, you have no idea of the importance of your presents on this planet at this time in our history.
There are 7.7 billion of us on this planet and within each is a Divine Spark, Spirit or Soul waiting to be awaken and find their Way. Most disregard this concept simply because it is not something the five senses nor scientific evidence can detect. Our emotions, feelings and thoughts create our reality more than we will ever realize. Many seekers have found the Way to the metaphysical world that exists right before our eyes. Their studies included studying and contemplating the many ancient teachings and recent information available to us today.
One of the many teachings are the Secret Teachings of Jesus found in the Gospel of Thomas, discovered in 1945 with other ancient texts. Jesus’ message was of love and enlightenment and not of sin and repentance as taught by the Church. In his sayings, Jesus tells us to look within, to know ourselves; to seek the truth; we are from the light; Recognize what is in our sight, and that which is hidden from us will become plain to us. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest. He had many messages of his 114 sayings first interpreted in 1959 and more translations in the 70’s.
The wisdom teaching of Buddha, who could have been King but chose the Way as the path of seeking enlightenment by looking within. His teachings provide much insight into mindfulness and meditation techniques putting our lives into perspective. He also tells us to look within, to know ourselves. Buddha said, “Seeking within, you will find stillness. Here there is no more fear or attachment-only joy.”
The Tao Te Ching is probably one of the wisest ancient books, reported to be written by the sage named Lao Tzu over 2500 years ago. It is about living in unity with nature, the Way and teaches us to look within. One saying from the Tao Te Ching, “He who knows the Way does not let it show. Neither does he seek to be rewarded by anyone. Those who know the Way find their reward within themselves.”
The fundamental teaching of Hinduism is that a human being’s basic nature is not confined to the body or the mind. Beyond both of these is the spirit or the spark of God within the soul. In the Katha Upanishad, Krishna said ” God allowed man to look outward, but in seeith the outer the inner ignored Those who see the eternal, turn their gaze within.”
Rumi was a 13th-century Sufi Mystic and Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar and theologian. His quotes are transforming, based upon love, hope, inspiration, and awakening. Rumi said “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”
The Law of One, is a channelling event that occurred in 1981–84. It is recorded and documented in a question and answer format taking over 3 years. It has been said it was the greatest spiritual message since Jesus. It reveals our purpose, the consequences of our behavior and what even happens at death. It has intense teachings and one is of our energy channels, Chakras, how to balance ourselves. To balance is to know ourselves,and to know ourselves is our foundation.
To know yourself is the message from our teachers. The language that the Divine Matrix recognizes prayer as imagining it already happened instead of wishing for it to happen. Remember our thoughts, emotion and actions create our reality. Be surrounded by your prayer as if it already has been answered. Ask without judgement whether right or wrong or ego and ask from the heart and feel the results as if it already has happened .
You do not have to be of any particular religion or any religion. Open your heart and seek within. To know yourself is unique to each of us. This uniqueness evolves as we seek the truth with love and service to others. When you know yourself, there will be no more fear, only understanding of your purpose. Meditation, contemplation, study, thanksgiving and prayer are tools for the great journey.
In the last blog, The Most Sacred, we explored our spiritual realities. Instead of listening and following what others tell us, perhaps it is time to seek and discover the truth for ourselves by looking within. Meditation, with its countless benefits, is our tool to explore the Way. Jesus said in the Dialogue of the Savior, left out of the Bible, “When I came among humanity, I opened the door to the Way. I showed you the path that you must follow. You will find it within yourselves.” And Buddha said six hundred years earlier, “Before you set foot on the path, master yourself.” Krishna said, around 3500 BC, ” Those find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in the hearts, and Lao Tzu said in 5oo BC, “the Way is empty, the Way is full. There is no Way to describe what it is. Find it within yourselves.”
Meditation has been around for thousands of years and is based on Hindu Scripture, as a religious practice. Buddha said “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” It is even mentioned in the Bible, Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2) but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” In Joshua 1: 8 states “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” The Acts of Peter XXI, also omitted from the bible, “Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes of yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.” In Matthew 6:6 ” But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
But what is left out is how to pray or meditate. Perhaps Jesus’ message in the Gospel of Thomas can assist in our journey of seeking the truth. In the Gospel of Thomas, (48) Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move Away,’ and it will move away.” The one house is the body, and the two are mind and spirit. A very similar saying in (106) Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.”
The two are mind and spirit, thought and emotion. From a spiritual perspective, Meditation is our Gateway, our connection to Universal Intelligence. Jesus was telling us how in the Gospel of Thomas, omitted from the bible. When we can make our thoughts and emotions one, we will be transformed and will able to move mountains.
We all have a divine power within. It is up to each of us to look within, know ourselves and understand our purpose. Our tool is meditation, contemplation, prayer and seeking the truth. This video may provide additional insight for those seeking the truth.
What is God, the age-old question and it certainly has been mine. Since the beginning of time, as we understand it, man has struggled with the God concept. Most of us have our core beliefs from our childhood; others seek to understand through contemplation, reflection, meditation and prayer; all have a desire to have a personal relationship with God.
God is known by many names and according to religions of the world, in order to know God, we should follow their beliefs, rules and rituals. Based on my childhood and how I was taught about the Bible, God would be on a throne judging us for our behavior and our purpose was to worship God. Each of us have our own imaginations and beliefs about God, mostly from our childhood.
Through the centuries, different religions with different Gods making our understanding of God even more confusing. I always believed there was only one God, just called by many different names. Furthermore, in Judaism and Christianity alone, there is much confusion for me. Yahweh, is the God of the Old testament and Jewish Tanakh, is known as the God of the Israelites. The name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the Tetragrammaton. Consistent with Old Testament narratives, Yahweh or Jehovah was regarded as the stern creator God who justly punishes humanity for disobedience.
The Gnostics referenced Yaldabaoth, the old testament god as a ‘false god of this world’ and was known for his evil deeds. They believed the god of the Jews was the true devil who claimed for himself the title of ‘creator god’ and inverted the roles of good and evil through deception, presenting himself as the ‘benevolent father’ of mankind and slandering the Serpent of wisdom as ‘the devil’ and ‘enemy of man’. This accusatory inversion began with the creation of the Christian Bible at the end of the 1st century and has deceive many generations throughout the millennia. It should be noted our medical community uses a staff or rod with a snake curled around it, call the Rod of Asclepius, the ancient mythical god of medicine .
In the Law of One, Yahweh is mentioned 19 times and provides quite an in-depth detail about Yahweh’s involvement on earth. The Orion Group, the negative entities of our universe also plays a role in what happened in the old testament as well as today. Perhaps In Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Was that God, Yahweh or Yaldabaoth? Who was Jesus talking about when the Jews said Abraham was their father. Jesus said in John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Some Gnostic groups saw Jesus as being sent by the supreme being, to bring gnosis or knowledge to the Earth. The Law of One referenced Jesus 22 times and said “This entity was desirous of entering this planetary sphere in order to share the love vibration in as pure a manner as possible.”
Now let’s look at the New testament and how the church leaders constructed the concept of God. The Trinity aformal doctrine and foundation of the Christian faith, the father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, meaning one God in three. The term trinity is not found in the Bible. The only reference of the three in the bible is Matthew 28:19 after Jesus resurrection. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Of course we all know how easily this could have been added by a church father or scribe.
The formal doctrine of the Trinity was the result of early church fathers attempts to explain the Christian God. It was first used by Tertullian at the close of the 2nd century. It was discussed, debated and finally clarified as divinity of the spirit and affirmed at the Council of Constantinople in 381. However scholars today generally agree that there is no doctrine of the Trinity as such in either the Old or New Testaments. The Trinity was a way church fathers could explain Jesus as the son of God if not God. A search of the Nag Hammadi Library of the Father, son and the holy spirit did not come up with any results. With the possibility of the corruption of the message of two major religions, perhaps it is time to pause, and seek the truth in our own way. Jesus was the messenger of love and in the message he was telling us what the church fathers have failed to teach.
In John 10:34, Jesus tells the Pharisees that it is written in the Law that “you are gods”. He is quoting from Psalm 82:6 where it says, “I said you are gods, sons of the Most High. All of you.”
In John 14:12 Jesus said , “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said in saying 3, If your leaders tell you, “Look, the kingdom is in heaven,” then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, “It’s in the sea,” then the fish will precede you. But the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty and you are poverty.
The Gnostics believe that within each of us is a divine spark, a part of God. Some may call it soul or spirit. Regardless of what label man uses, God is a Divine Universal Energy within each of us waiting to be awakened by our acknowledgement by seeking the truth.
According to the Law of One , we are on earth to learn the ways of love, compassion, wisdom and be of service to others. We get as many opportunities as we need to learn the required lessons. If not, we die and do it again until we get it right. The big problem for us when we do it again, we do not remember anything from our previous lives, unless you’re a child, and then you may remember for a short period before forgetfulness sets in.
Regardless of the number of past lives, God, or the Great Universal Energy never leaves and is just waiting for us to discover the power within. I cannot emphasise the importance of the a recent discovery in 1945, 114 secret sayings of Jesus known as the Gospel of Thomas and 50 other Gnostic texts. According to scholars, the discovery provided striking differences from orthodox beliefs. Instead of being separate from God, we are One with God. Instead of sin and repentance, Jesus speaks of illusion and enlightenment. And finally, Instead of Jesus being Lord and God, we are all from the same source, and Jesus is our spiritual guide.
Another saying of Jesus, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” (Saying 17 Gospel of Thomas). This saying is for each of us to ponder and consider as each of Jesus wisdom sayings in the Gospel of Thomas.
Buddha, another master teacher said before you set foot on the path master yourself; and Lao Tzu said, ” The Way (God) is complete in itself. All blessings come from it and it holds nothing back from anyone.” Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Those who seek to find the One without ceasing, will find the Lord dwelling in their own hearts.”
With love and compassion in your heart, thoughts, emotions and actions, look within; through meditation, contemplation, prayer and study, you will find that Great Universal Energy that we call God.
“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”