Our perception and understanding of God is based on our religious beliefs and upbringing. The belief system we are born into is normally where we stay. It will vary from person to person.
I try to imagine and comprehend the magnitude of the Infinite Divine Energy we have named God. I abandoned the concept of the judgemental God of the Abrahamic religions years ago and consider God’s Divine Energy encompasses all and love as the life pulse. We are all players in the game of life and may have a bigger impact on our world than we will ever know. It is always a challenge when reading sacred texts, realizing man has has somehow tampered with most. The purpose is either one of control or an effort to explain something more clearly. Either way we are here to figure it out for ourselves and the answer may be within each of us, just a heartbeat away.
I remember I was having doubts about my spiritual journey, and just wanted confirmation, something to give me a sign to continue. So one day last year in 2018, there was little or no chance of rain. During meditation I just wanted some evidence because sometimes the spiritual path is a lonely journey. I asked for rain, any amount for that day, just to let me know I was not alone. Afterwards, about 30 minutes later, I was sitting outside. Nothing was really happening. Then clouds started to form, which was not a big deal. Then a little thunder and few drops of rain started coming down. I felt indescribable joy. It really was happening. Then it started to rain and it rained five inches in 30-45 minutes. The news reported a cloudburst happened in a one square mile area and I was at the center.
We live in physical and metaphysical worlds, inseparable yet most of the time we realize only the physical. How many times have you spoken to God, perhaps in a prayer or meditation or just a discussion, and something happened based on that conversation. At first we may rule it a coincidence, but we have to remember we are an inseparable part of the Universal Consciousness . We are limited in the physical world by our five senses; see, feel, hear, taste and smell. Our metaphysical world is unseen or under the veil. Awareness of the metaphysical world, the unseen world, is helpful in understanding the Divine Energy that encompasses all. Our physical world is shaped by the positive and negative energy of our thoughts, emotions and actions. When we look at the physical world in isolation, we miss much of what is happening not only to the universe but within ourselves. Perhaps that is where we find God, that Divine Spark or energy in each of us; part of the Divine Universal Energy, Universal Consciousness.
God is just a heartbeat away and you can have a conversation anytime you choose. Trusting God is trusting yourself. Realize who you are; know you are part of this creation in your every thought, emotion and action.
The Gospel of Thomas presented 114 secret saying of Jesus, discovered in 1945 in a cave in upper Egypt with many other Gnostic manuscripts. The text have been untouched by man for nearly 2000 years, perhaps for good reason. Some of the references and parallels sayings can be found in the New Testament. Jesus’ message is different from the church teachings. Instead of sin and repentance, it is love, enlightenment and look within and know yourself. In the very beginning of this wonderful text, we are told whoever understands and learns the meaning of these saying will not experience death. Jesus spoke in parables with a metaphysical and even mystical understanding with deeper meaning than we have been taught or even understood. Jesus was a Master, a teacher, telling us we all have the power within us known as the Christ Consciousness. Even in the New Testament Jesus tells us we can do the same works as he, even greater. In John 14:12, he 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 saying (20) The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the kingdom of heavens resembles.” He said to them, “What it resembles is a grain of mustard seed. It is smaller than all other seeds, but if it falls upon plowed terrain it puts forth an enormous foliage and is a shade for birds of heaven. A similar parable can be found in Matthew 13:31-42 .
Consider our faith or belief system is represented by the mustard seed. It comes to us from Universal Intelligence through the Christ within, the Christ Consciousness. We are all born with this great seed. As we experience life, it is up to each individual to cultivate and grow this great power within by accepting love and compassion into our lives. Many may refer to this great power as the Holy Spirit, perhaps the emotions of Infinite Intelligence. All of our lives are full of trial and tribulations, but those experiences are our way to grow, much like the mustard seed. We call it God in expression, through the Christ in us. In saying 3 Jesus said When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will know that you are the sons of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty, and you are poverty.
In saying (21) Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are your disciples like?”
He said, “They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Let us have back our field.’ They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Perhaps Jesus is describing the human condition, most unaware they are the divine spark of God or that mustard seed. Humanity as a whole accepts what they are told, provoking mostly negative thoughts and emotions. We all have to be on guard or we will be robbed of our divine right. If we believe difficulty will come, then it will materialize. Again our thoughts, emotions and actions create our reality. Those who understand this think independently will not fear death and are often taken young because they are ready. In the New Testament verses in Luke 12:39-40, Luke 11:21-22,Matt 24:37-44, Matt 12:29, Mark 3:27, and Mark 4:26-29, are similar sayings in the New Testament.
(22) Jesus saw some infants at the breast. He said to his disciples: These little ones at the breast are like those who enter into the kingdom. They said to him: If we then be children, shall we enter the kingdom? Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper side as the lower; and when you make the male and the female into a single one, that the male be not male and the female female; when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom].
So why does the Church teach us we are born sinful when Jesus teaches we are born perfect? Original sin is an Augustine Christian doctrine that says that everyone is born sinful. This means that we are born with the urge to do negative things and to disobey God. It is an important doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church. The Church also teaches that baptism removes original sin which stains all souls since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. It appears the Church teaching is contrary to Jesus’ teaching.
The remaining part of the saying is addressing our thoughts, feelings and actions which should be positive, loving and compassionate. Each female has a masculine side and each male has a feminine side. When we understand we are not female or male we have truly found our true selves and have cultivated our Christ Consciousness. It is a true power we all have within each of us. We all have the ability to cultivate and grow our Christ Consciousness as well as our Buddha nature. Both men were telling us what has been lost over the centuries, that we and only we can find that divine spark and be just like them and be one with God.
The Law of One confirmed that belief, that we are all one and even tells us that if we are 51 percent positive in all our thoughts, emotions and actions we will ascend to our next journey, what many call heaven. There was also discussion about Jesus. Jesus was quick to anger and at a young age he killed a young boy by simply touching him. He was so unsettled by this experience, he began a lifetime of seeking and searching. Jesus studied day and night in its own religious constructs, Judaism and was learned enough to be a rabbi at a very young age. Around the age of thirteen he left his family and walked to many other places seeking further information. This went on sporadically until the entity was approximately twenty-five, at which time it returned to its family dwelling, and learned and practiced the art of its earthly father. When Jesus had become able to integrate and synthesize all experiences, he began to teach others of the things of a worthwhile nature. Apparently all his disciples were crucified except John, who is thought to have died in 100 AD of old age.
The Church has distorted Jesus message and teachings and that is why it is important for each to read and decide for themselves the truth. There is truth in the Bible and other sacred texts but one must use discernment, our God given gift and be aware of the methods used to control us. There are other Masters and teachers in the world today that are able to heal and do the same feats as Jesus. We can as well, but we have to believe and reprogram ourselves in our own way. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
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
Imagine a world with love, compassion, peace, and tranquility. A world with no sickness, fear or hate and in tune with nature. Sounds like a song. We are learning our thoughts, emotions and actions affect not only us but the world around us.
Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religions in the world, believed all events of the world are based on cause and effects, teaching the three principles, good reflection, good word, and good deed. Science now tells us 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. We live in an energy field, a mental and spiritual Universe, with our thoughts and emotions creating our reality.
With that in mind, Buddha teachings become more clear when he said “Guard your thoughts, words and deeds . These three disciplines will speed you along the path of wisdom.” and “The wise can direct their thoughts, subtle and elusive, wherever they choose: a trained mind brings health and happiness”. Just two of many teachings.
Pure positive thoughts are not only good for us, but for everyone and everything including nature. It is the only way to create balance within ourselves, in all people and nature. Imagine people of all faiths, religions and belief systems, dedicating 15 minutes each day, a time of their own choosing to radiating positive and loving thoughts using the following intention.
Our love and light illuminates the darkest corners and hearts of humanity and the world in which we live. Our love radiates from our very core, filling our world with love and compassion, people helping each other, our rivers and waters are sparkling clean, our planet is clean from pollution and our air is fresh and clean . There is no sickness, starvation, greed or anger, only love and compassion.
Our goal is to positively change our world with the tools we have been given through daily meditation. Meditation Warriors are group working on that purpose. Through a daily meditation practice, and focusing on the daily attentions we can change our world through love, the absolute power.
Sitting in a comfortable position, breathe naturally and place the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, creating an energy circuit. Slowly take deep breaths, focusing on clearing your mind. As the mind slows down, clearing all thoughts, begin visualizing love not only from the mind but the heart making the two one. You’re connecting with the source, feeling the love and compassion. Your mind is not in or outside your body, it is unlimited. You become aware of the light within your chest, our life source, radiating from the center of our body, shining brightly. It is the life to our heart beat, our breath, and our essence. Each person should go at their own pace and method remembering, meditation is God’s gift and gateway to find our way home.
We live in a time with so much information; from the discoveries of the Codices from the Nag Hammadi Library discovered in 1945 , the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1946, and the Law of One in 1981; just to name a few. Now science is confirming what the ancient Scrolls and Codices texts, Buddha, and many other ancient texts. According to science we live in an energy field, a mental and spiritual Universe, with our thoughts and emotions creating our reality , with love being the absolute.
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, is a former medical school professor and research scientist and author of ” The Biology of Belief. ” It is groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. The implications of this research radically change 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. His work was a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.
Dr Joe Dispenza, another researcher and international lecturer, author, and educator has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. Dr Dispenza healed himself after breaking 6 vertebrae in his back and being told he would never walk again. Through meditation, visualizations and his belief system, after nine and a half weeks after the accident, he got up and walked, without having any body cast or any surgeries.
Gregg Braden is a spiritual pioneer, and his discoveries provides much insight in connecting the lost secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls with today’s beliefs how our thoughts and emotions can change our world. The ancient Mode of Prayer involves thoughts and emotions that has no words or outward expression. You think and visualize your prayer has already been answered. He learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls that the Essenes teachers taught the role of thought and feeling is the prayer.
Science has now concluded and confirmed the same message as Jesus and Buddha, to know yourself. For followers of Emanuel Swedenborg, Dr. Jonathan Rose responds to a viewer question about the most effective method of prayer. And again the answer points to a person’s thoughts and way of life rather than outer ritual.
Science has studied interactions of electric and magnetic fields in our bodies. They have discovered our bodies generate an electromagnetic field several feet from our body. Our beating heart, breathing and thinkinginvolve physiological and mental activity creates our electromagnetic field. We have lost sight of the relationship between ourselves, our thoughts, feelings and emotions and the energy field or the spirit. Scholars believe many ancient and sacred texts were omitted from the Bible in the 4th century, including the texts of the Nag Hammadi Library and The Dead Sea Scrolls.
The spirit could be defined as the Holy Spirit, encompassing all of us all the time, providing a connection to God or Infinite Intelligence. Jesus said in saying 48 in Gospel of Thomas , omitted from the Bible, “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 two being thought and emotion in the body. He also said in saying (70), “That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will destroy kill you if you do not have it within you.”
We are just beginning to understand the power within. The world is at our fingertips to explore and seek the truth. Our thoughts, emotions and actions are the power system that drives us forward in the energy field, each and everyday. The energy field is guided by the thoughts, emotions and actions of 7.7 billion people living on the planet.
We are positively changing our world by providing the energy field with loving and compassionate thoughts. Are you doing your part?
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.
Have you ever considered what is the most sacred of our world? Most believe it to be an object such as a temple, building, monument, church, synagogue or mosque or high-ranking religious leaders. A structure or object is just that and our religious leaders are simple human beings, just like us.
The most sacred is every human being on earth. Within each of us lies a divine light, the essence of Infinite Intelligence, waiting to be awakened . Our bodies are the temple. Every human being is of infinite worth and at some point in time, each will come to that realization.
Sacred ancients texts and mystics called it the divine spark. Christians and Jews call it the soul, Muslims rooh, Hindu atman and there are many other names used through the centuries. Perhaps we are at a place when it is time to realize who we are, why we are here and where we are going.
We live in a material world full of confusion and distortion. It is the world of positive and negative energy, good and evil, continually fighting for the most sacred prize, our essence. It divides us through our beliefs systems by judging, condemning and threats of forever punishment by not following a certain belief system. It divides us when we should be united with love, compassion, wisdom and helping one another.
There is much to learn from each other with an open heart and mind. Instead of listening to what others tell us, perhaps it is time to seek and discover the truth for ourselves. There is much truth in religions but no religion has all the truth. It is why we are here, to learn.
The Law of One in 4.17 says our purpose is to learn. First, the mind must be known to itself. Second, understand the concept of the balance between love and wisdom in the use of the body in its natural functions. And the third is spiritual and contact with Intelligent Infinity.
Buddha taught us meditation, how to silence the mind, to know ourselves. Meditation is God’s gift, our gateway to find our way home. Jesus taught us love, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Both Jesus and Buddha teach us to look within ourselves. Buddha tells us the way is not in the sky but is in the heart. Jesus also says the kingdom is within you and the one who knows himself will find it. Other teachers provide the same message.
There is nothing more sacred on the planet than the divine light within each of us, waiting to be awakened.
Does Peyote, Cannabis or Ayahuasca play any part of our spiritual journey? Most would simple disregard that concept or idea because we have been told it is illegal. So let’s explore all the possibilities and you can decide for yourself.
“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food”
Peyote, Cannabis and Ayahuasca are plants with reported hallucination effects. Based on what we have been told, hallucination is defined as the perception of objects with no reality usually arising from disorder of the nervous system or in response to drugs (such as LSD). Curious why our Governments are interested in drugs and plants that provide hallucination effects?
Perhaps we should consider hallucination from a different perspective, a more spiritual aspect of our life journey. We have been told the physical and metaphysical are inseparable. Wisdom through plants has been done for centuries, and it appears we have lost that connection with nature.
Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher, former academic and clinical psychologist said It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. In the 60’s, he and Timothy Leary were banished from Harvard for experimenting with Psilocybin, an entheogenic hallucinogen which naturally occurs in certain species of mushrooms. Leary and Dass sought to document its effects on human consciousness by administering it to volunteer subjects and recording their real-time descriptions of the experience. At the time of Leary and Dass’ research at Harvard, neither LSD or psilocybin were illegal substances in the United States.
Both men were banished from academia, but that was far from the end of their public lives. Both men went on to become icons of the psychedelic drug, counterculture, and human potential movement. Leary became famous for the slogan “Tune in, Turn On, Drop Out”. Ram Dass, wrote a popular book called Be Here Now, described as a “modern spiritual classic.”
American Indians have been using peyote, a small, spineless cactus, a hallucinogenic plant containing mescaline. Mescaline is related to synthetic amphetamine derivatives used as street drugs. Peyote has been around for a while. Two archaeological specimens of peyote buttons, dried tops of the cactus, were found in a Cave in Rio Grande, Texas dated between 3780–3660 BC.
The rise of peyote use in Mexico, Texas, and the Southwest, was tied to the rapid and widespread destruction of Native American cultures across the continent in the 19th century. During this period, tribes from across the country were forced off their lands onto small reservations, which they often shared with tribes who spoke different languages, had different cultures, and came from very different parts of the United States. When many tribes were facing the loss of land, traditions, and way of life, the use of peyote surfaced as a way to create social and tribal solidarity among the diverse tribes.
The peyote ritual, just as the Ghost Dance, that began in 1890, became a symbol of resistance and helped form the spiritual foundation for the movement that would help create unity among American tribes against the cultural devastation wrought by European settlers.
The Rand Corporation is a Research and Development company created as a nonprofit global policy think tank in 1948 by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis for the United States Department of Defense.
In December 1980 the Peyote Way Church of God (Peyote Way) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Texas . Peyote Way had approximately 250,000 tribal members, most of whom live on reservations in the west. Certain Native American tribes are allowed to use peyote in ceremonies because they were 250,000 strong and fought for what they believed in.
In 1996, 42 U.S. Code § 1996a, Traditional Indian religious use of peyote was passed,setting the requirements for peyote use by American Indians in the United States over the religion use of peyote.
A 12 year old research study suggest most peyote intoxications appear to be mild in nature and are unlikely to produce life-threatening symptoms. Science really does not understand the long-term residual psychological and cognitive effects of hallucinogens, but apparently is understood by those ingesting.
An article by John Horgan, July 5, 2017 in Scientific American provides insight called “Tripping on Peyote in Navajo Nation“. Borrowing the term for a compound that boost the effect of a neurotransmitter, the researcher who participated in the ceremony speculated that peyote serves as a “humility agonist,” counteracting arrogance by instilling awe and reverence in the person.
Cannabis is another common plant that was made illegal by the U.S. Government based on the Rand Report in 1964. It came out during the 60’s drug culture, where marijuana and psychedelics were prevalent and protest of the Vietnam War were nation wide and at an all time high.
In the summer of 1967 and revealed for the first time, American support for the war had fallen below 50 percent. Nearly 100,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the American war effort in Vietnam. More than 50,000 of the protesters marched to the Pentagon to ask for an end to the conflict. The protest was the most dramatic sign of waning U.S. support for the senseless war in Vietnam. When the Government announced that it would ask for a 10 percent increase in taxes to fund the war, the public’s skepticism increased. The peace movement began to push harder for an end to the war all over the US . The march on Washington was the most powerful sign of their commitment to this cause and the so called hippy culture lead the way.
The people in many states in the U.S. are basically revolting against the Federal Government again and making medical marijuana legal, and others are even approving it for recreational use as well. Cannabis has a long history with evidence to suggest humans and cannabis evolved together, not just medicinal but spiritual as well. Archaeological finds in Taiwan include pottery shards that are embedded with decorative strips of hemp cord dating around 10,000 years ago. Logical speculation tells us that humans have been working with hemp long before this.
Medical Cannabis and the Chinese go back to 2838 B.C. China has been using a written script for over 4,000 years, documenting their historical use of Medical Cannabis.
Cannabis also found it’s way in to India, cultivated for medicinal purposes as early as 900 BC. In 1985, Cannabis was legal in India, until Rajiv Gandhi’s government banned it under United States pressure. From a spiritual perspective, despite being illegal in Nepal, cannabis grows wild, is cultivated, readily available. It is consumed during religious festivals, such as those in honor of the Hindu god Shiva. Holy men, known as sadhus, also consume cannabis to aid meditation, and many are believed to suggest that it is a substance favored by Lord Shiva, and, as such, should be used.
Zoroaster was believed to be the first to mention cannabis, or bhang as a sacred plant in the Zoroastro Elzend-Avesta. According to legend, Buddha was on a diet of cannabis for 6 years consuming only a hemp seed once a day. The ancients has been using Cannabis medicinally and spiritually for thousands of years.
Perhaps it is the negative stigma attached, and why cannabis is not openly used spiritually today. In 1993 the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act was enacted stating that the consumption of cannabis and other substances is legal under U.S. law for spiritual and religious purposes, but is in jeopardy in Congress today.
From a medical perspective , cannabis can be used for easing pain and soothing influence in nervous disorders. It is useful in gout, neuralgia, rheumatism, insanity, insomnia etc. The action is almost entirely on the higher nerve centers. It can produce an exhilarating intoxication with hallucinations, and is widely used in Eastern countries as an intoxicant. This documentary explores the longstanding relationship of human beings and cannabis, from its use in ancient Asia to its ban in 20th century America. This documentary explores the longstanding relationship of human beings and cannabis, from its use in ancient Asia to its ban in 20th century America.
Ayahuasca, a herbal brew made from plants, known as vine of the soul, can be found in the Amazon. It is used for healing and spiritual growth. It is said the vine of the soul, a plant, teaches us what we need to know, to open up our blockages. It helps man to know himself. Sound familiar? Ayahuasca isn’t a ‘magic pill’ or drink that will just heal you,” but is simply “a tool in your healing, your growth, and evolution.
It is known for its psychological effects; integrating emotion with both subconscious and conscious processes. Ayahuasca is used as a healer, a key, or an instrument to open information coming from unseen parts of our mind, body, soul, and parallel universe. Ayahuasca effects and benefits vary greatly from each Ayahuasca experience to another. This is the first thing you need to know. No two ceremonies are ever the same, and no two people ever have the same experience.
The Law of One states in 6.1 “There are many upon your planet who have a random hole or gateway in their spirit energy field, sometimes created by the ingestion of chemicals such as, what this instrument would call LSD, who are able, randomly and without control, to tap into energy sources. They may or may not be entities who wish to serve. The purpose of carefully and consciously opening this channel is to serve in a more dependable way, in a more commonplace or usual way, as seen by the distortion complex of the healer. To others there may appear to be miracles. To the one who has carefully opened the door to intelligent infinity this is ordinary; this is commonplace; this is as it should be. The life experience becomes somewhat transformed and the great work goes on.”
This is just a brief overview of the history of plants that could be helpful on our spiritual journey. It is up to each person to find and seek the Creator in their own way. Plants are our gift from God for us to choose, not some Think Tank paid for by the United States Government.