Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All." (Gospel of Thomas saying 2)
Nirvana, enlightenment, Christ Consciousness, many words used to describe a state of higher consciousness a state of loving all. Becoming one with all, stepping beyond our own human limits and rising to our spiritual level which has no boundaries. Measly words created by man can barely describe that of which we know and understand, trying to use those same words to describe that of which exists only in faith, only within ones self can never convey it to a level of understanding that will come on an intellectual level. That however is where the fun begins.
It’s called the “veil”. Such as the bride who hides behind the veil to only be exposed at the time of unity – the uniting of two to become one. Same holds true with the “veil” that each of us live behind as a spiritual being living a human experience. The “veil” only to be dropped when we have reached the unity of oneness with our One Creator. When we reach the acceptance of Love, that it is not just what we do or how we feel, it is who we are. Love is all, it’s oneness; it is the very reason for our existence.
Spirituality has been described as that of which is revealed in the silence when looking within ones self to understand the true message given to mankind throughout the ages in sacred texts. Silence…., who hears anything in the silence, isn’t that in itself contradictory? Silence is defined as having no audible sound, to hear nothing according to the dictionary.
Therein lies the challenge, how does one find the silence within? There’s so much noise today, not just on the outside but within us. We worry about finances, love, family, health, politics, we worry about worrying. Our minds don’t stop long enough to hear silence, we are constantly thinking about whats next, family, friends, chores, trips, health and life. Most of us can’t even hear ourselves speak.
In Greek during biblical days, the word silence meant to keep peace. Therefore; when one keeps peace within themselves – within the silence, the truth is revealed. Much like the varying definitions of the word silence, each of us will also have varying definitions as it applies to us. Silence doesn’t always mean a clear, empty mind, sometimes it may just be observed as a peacefulness within. There is no right or wrong way to reflect upon ones own image, peeling back the layers of what we not only hide from others but hide from ourselves.
The search within is a catalyst for most, if not all along the spiritual path. Searching and listening for the silence, waiting for that noticeable change within. The change begins the minute we opt to pursue the path of spirituality, the minute our mind accepts things aren’t as they seem. We notice subtle changes in our thought process. However; for some this is the point that seems to lead to frustration, and for some a hesitation to continue along the path. A feeling of inferiority, a feeling of failure, these feelings are normal, they are a part of the path. That is the voice we hear in the silence, its not telling us to condemn and judge ourselves its showing us the areas we must focus on and bring into balance. We all struggle and stumble within the silence. Struggle to understand the message, and stumbling by judging our self. The silence can become stronger when we have no level of expectation, but simply an acceptance and love for our self. Loving and accepting of ones self is the ultimate catalyst for spiritual growth, without the love of our self how do we love our neighbors as our self?
Love is the greatest and most powerful emotion, being difficult to understand, much less describe. We can say it is divine energy radiating in all things. It is said, love conquers all and some believe it is better to have lost in love than to never have loved at all. As spiritual beings having a physical experience, our understanding of love is simply from a physical perspective.
In 1763, Emanuel Swedenborg said In Love and Wisdom, “Man knows that there is such a thing as love, but he does not know what love is. He knows that there is such a thing as love from common speech, as when it is said, he loves me, a king loves his subjects, and subjects love their king, a husband loves his wife, a mother her children, and conversely; also, this or that one loves his country, his fellow citizens, his neighbor; and likewise of things abstracted from person, as when it is said, one loves this or that thing. But although the word love is so universally used, hardly anybody knows what love is.”
Probably one of the best ideas of love in modern times is the Dalai Lama. Exiled from his homeland many years ago when China invaded Tibet, the Dalai Lama had become the ambassador of love to the entire world. He traveled to one country after the other sharing goodwill. When asked about his religion, the does not speak of Tibetan Buddhism, he simply says, “My religion is love” and even refers to the Chinese government who exiled him, as “my friends, the enemy”, the same lesson Jesus taught, nearly 20 centuries earlier. Most of us have to ponder, how can we love our enemies or those who hurt us.
As we evolve spiritually we begin to realize that the essence of our being is love, divine radiating energy that holds us together. Perhaps from a factual standpoint we could say spiritual love;
is divine energy, Universal Intelligence beyond our comprehension.
is unconditional and without judgement
is the unification of the feminine and masculine within each of us
is the acceptance of the self.
the acceptance of oneness
Spiritual love is what our ancient teachers have been trying to convey to us for centuries. The ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu said “Nothing but good comes to him who loves others as he loves himself” while Buddha tells us “When you see yourself in others, it is impossible to hurt anyone else.” Krishna said “to Me, all beings are the same. I hate none, and no one is more dear to Me than another.” and of course Jesus tells us, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
When we know our true self, our true nature, then perhaps, we will know the unlimited power of spiritual love.
My friend Tom and I keep having a discussion about people and tribalism. Tom has his PHD in Linguistics so he has some knowledge about people, language and its structure. He insist that it is most people’s’ instinct to belong to a tribe. In the past, the Native Americans lived in tribes and for the most part still do. It is said Jesus belonged to the tribe of Judah. Others go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, and mosques. We have families and jobs so that could also be considered tribal.
So I started to ask myself what is a tribe. I really do not have one, other than family and friends. But, then as I was writing this, I started thinking about you. Is spirituality tribal? What does tribal mean? In the Biblical sense, which was the original one in English, the Latin word translates Greek phyle “race or tribe of men, body of men united by ties of blood and descent, a clan”. Tribal in Latin can be interpreted as Generalis which means general, universal, tribal. Isn’t humanity a tribe united by body, mind and spirit? In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where have you come from?’ say to them, ‘We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.’ We are all part of Infinite Intelligence and we are spiritual, so perhaps we could call it the Tribe of One.
Consider humanity as a tribe formed long ago with the potential of over 7 billion potential members. Individually they have created their own reality by their thoughts, emotions and actions but collectively, have unknowingly created our world. The Tribe of One requirements would simply be you have to be awake. Everyone is included, regardless of race or beliefs. The initiation is to know your true-self, be of service to others while learning the ways of love and wisdom.
As member of the Tribe of One, I find it liberating to break away from the status quo and bring collaboration and community into the world with no dogmas or doctrines. Love is the divine power. The Tribe of One purpose to spread and share love, compassion, gratitude, appreciation and be of service to others. It is not about judging, condemning or controlling others by instilling negative beliefs such as “burning in hell” “sin and repentance” ; even if you don’t believe or belong to the same group, as I do.
Divine Universal Infinite Intelligence radiating pure energy of love is our source. Within each of us is that divine spark or light waiting to be awaken. The spiritual path is unique for each person. The Law of One is a wonderful guide that has very deep spiritual teachings and has been said to be one of the most important spiritual documents since Jesus. Each tribal member is responsible for their own initiation by whatever means they deem appropriate.
We have been given special gifts to discover and apply them in our world today. Our job is to positively raise the planet vibration by applying these seven steps in our daily lives.
1. Love Infinite Intelligence
2. Love yourself
3. Love others as you love yourself
4. Love mother earth and nature.
5. Be of Service to others in your own way.
6. Meditation/Contemplation and pray to further your understanding and connection to the Infinite Intelligence.
7. Realize we are co-creators, and we create our lives with our thoughts, emotions and actions.
Know yourself, accept yourself and realize we are all one tribe with Infinite Intelligence. Our Journey will be different paths, different understandings but the progression is one. Our job is simple, to be the light, to spread love and compassion wherever we go. This short video provides some amazing facts about the human body. Hope you enjoy and welcome to the Tribe of One.
We all dream, but what are they, their meaning and purpose? The Greeks believed in good and bad dreams and had a process of inducing dreams and visions. The Egyptians were great believers in dreams and their powers and influence. The Babylonians also believed that dreams were either good or bad, with the good dreams being sent by the gods and the bad dreams being sent by demons. The Hebrews felt good dreams came from God and bad dreams were from evil spirits.
The bible has 20 references to dreams and according to the Quran when sleeping, the soul partially departs from our body and returns back when we wake up. The Hindus believe dream interpretation can provide a window into the future. The Native American culture is rich with dreams interpretations, helping to balance their world.
From a science prospective, the dream is unconstrained by facts, reality or even physics and its details are beyond the control of the dreamer. Dreams can be the most enjoyable and fascinating aspect of sleep or the most unpleasant and horrifying aspect of sleep. Science believes that during the day the brain takes in a good deal of information and most not relevant. There have been publication after publication; Freud, Carl Jung and even Harvard Scientists, and it seems no one can make sense out of the information gathered.
There are some interesting reports on dreaming. Elias Howe had the idea of a sewing machine but just couldn’t quite figure it out to make it right. He had a dream that he was captured by a group of wild savages and they were threatening him with spears. He noticed the spears all had holes near there pointed end and his problem was solved.
The Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev was struggling with the understanding and organizing the properties of the elements when in a dream he saw them arranged in columns and rows which is now the periodic table of the elements.
The German scientist Friedrich August Kekule made significant contributions to organic chemistry by discovering how carbon atoms could be arranged. He had been working with ideas of how carbon atoms could be linked together in chains. In a dream he saw the chains as snakes twisting and then one snake started to eat it’s tail creating the ring structure.
Even when one sleeps very little or light a sleep like Thomas Edison, dreaming still occurs. Edison thought he got his best ideas when just falling asleep. He called the transition between wake and deep sleep the genius gap. He then invented a ways to maximize his sleep onset dream by falling asleep on a lab bench with one hand clutching a handful of ball bearing. If he transitioned into deeper sleep his hand would drop the ball bearing, and as they hit the floor would wake him and then he would quickly write down any ideas he had experienced.
According to the Law of One, dreams can be of positive or negative influences. If we can remember our dreams and find specific meanings and clues, it may reduce or even eliminate blockages of our energy centers or chakras, allowing us to become balance. Dreaming is a bridge from conscious to unconscious. During this state, all of our experiences, distortions and confusion occurring during our life may actually be healed if we can remember. This can be accomplished by remembering our dreams immediately when we wake by recalling every detail and recording, either by memory or writing. This sharpens our ability to recall the dream since most of us perceive our dreams as confusing, meaningless, and are quickly lost. Remembering can be learned. With the proper amount of dreaming comes the healing of our distortions. Continued lack of dreaming could cause even more distortions and confusion for the individual.
The other function of the dreaming which is of aid is that type of dream which is visionary and which prophets and mystics have experienced from days of old. Their visions come through the roots of mind and speak to a hungry world. Thus the dream is of service without being of a personally polarizing nature. However, in that mystic or prophet [who] desires to serve, such service will increase the entity’s polarity.
So it appears good recall of dreams, like Howe, Mendeleev, Kekule and Edison, will bring additional meaning to our lives; spiritual growth and evolution. Recalling and understanding the meaning and then deciphering is something only you can do.
Dreams can have positive and negative influences much like synchronicities. Spiritual synchronicities may be messages from our guides. The Law Of One made this recommendation when asked, “Each of us gets the signals and dreams. I have been aware of clairaudient communication at least once in waking up. Can you suggest a method whereby we might, shall I say, nullify the effect of the influence that we don’t want from a negative source?”
There are various methods. We shall offer the most available or simple. To share the difficult contact with the other-selves associated with this working and to meditate in love for these senders of images and light for self and other-selves is the most available means of nullifying the effects of such occurrences. To downgrade these experiences by the use of intellect or the disciplines of will is to invite the prolonging of the effects. Far better then to share in trust such experiences and join hearts and souls in love and light with compassion for the sender and armor for the self.
We dream for a reason, a gift for us to use to grow in our spiritual evolution. By recalling, deciphering and understanding our dreams, we can find answers and guidance and perhaps even unlock the mysteries of life.
We have the same abilities as the mystics and prophets of old, we just need to train ourselves by trying to recall and understand our dreams. Most importantly, before you go to sleep, your intentions should be of love and wisdom and follow your higher-self.
In the Book of Daniel of the Old Testament, Daniel interpreted a dream of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon . King Nebuchadnezzar then acknowledges the supremacy of Daniel’s God and raises him to high office in Babylon. Perhaps the dreams and visions of ancient times were meant just for that time. A guide to show us we are capable of the same thing.
I will leave with one last question and answer about dreaming from the Law of One. Pleasant Dreams!
86.7▶Questioner: You stated that dreaming, if made available to the conscious mind, will aid greatly in polarization. Would you define dreaming or tell us what it is and how it aids in polarization?
Ra: I am Ra. Dreaming is an activity of communication through the veil of the unconscious mind and the conscious mind. The nature of this activity is wholly dependent upon the situation regarding the energy center blockages, activations, and crystallizations of a given mind/body/spirit complex.
In one who is blocked at two of the three lower energy centers dreaming will be of value in the polarization process in that there will be a repetition of those portions of recent catalyst as well as deeper-held blockages, thereby giving the waking mind clues as to the nature of these blockages and hints as to possible changes in perception which may lead to the unblocking.
This type of dreaming or communication through the veiled portions of the mind occurs also with those mind/body/spirit complexes which are functioning with far less blockage and enjoying the green-ray activation or higher activation at those times at which the mind/body/spirit complex experiences catalyst, momentarily reblocking or baffling or otherwise distorting the flow of energy influx. Therefore, in all cases it is useful to a mind/body/spirit complex to ponder the content and emotive resonance of dreams.
For those whose green-ray energy centers have been activated as well as for those whose green-ray energy centers are offered an unusual unblockage due to extreme catalyst, such as what is termed the physical death of the self or one which is beloved occurring in what you may call your near future, dreaming takes on another activity. This is what may loosely be termed precognition or a knowing which is prior to that which shall occur in physical manifestation in your yellow-ray third-density space/time. This property of the mind depends upon its placement, to a great extent, in time/space so that the terms of present and future and past have no meaning. This will, if made proper use of by the mind/body/spirit*, enable this entity to enter more fully into the all-compassionate love of each and every circumstance including those circumstances against which an entity may have a strong distortion towards what you may call unhappiness.
As a mind/body/spirit* consciously chooses the path of the adept and, with each energy center balanced to a minimal degree, begins to open the indigo-ray energy center, the so-called dreaming becomes the most efficient tool for polarization, for, if it is known by the adept that work may be done in consciousness while the so-called conscious mind rests, this adept may call upon those which guide it, those presences which surround it, and, most of all, the magical personality which is the higher self in space/time analog as it moves into the sleeping mode of consciousness. With these affirmations attended to, the activity of dreaming reaches that potential of learn/teaching which is most helpful to increasing the distortions of the adept towards its chosen polarity.
There are other possibilities of the dreaming not so closely aligned with the increase in polarity which we do not cover at this particular space/time.
* Should be mind/body/spirit complex. Ra and Don corrected the error in session 87.
The Gospel of Thomas, 114 sayings of Jesus, was believed by different scholars to have been written anywhere from 40 CE to 140 CE. Its theological perspective is markedly different from the biblical gospels in that the resurrection of Jesus plays no part in it, and it emphasizes a mystical understanding of Jesus’ teachings, rather than the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist. During this time, there was a wide range of theoretical beliefs in “early christianity”, but it was so diverse in its beliefs, it would be better served to be called as “early christianities”. Early believers of Jesus held a wide view of beliefs. Some believed there were two or more gods, others insisted the world was created by an evil deity, while others argued that Jesus was not really human or not really divine; many maintained that Jesus was not really divine; some maintained that Jesus death had nothing to do with salvation and others claimed that he never actually died.
By the mid-2nd century the struggle for Christianity’s self-definition continued involving a battle between two differences. On one side were those seeking a fundamentally exoteric understanding of the religion, defined in terms of a closed canon of Scripture, a creed, and institutional authority. On the other side were those
categorized or labeled as Gnostics, later called heretics; understanding Jesus and his message in terms of a saving knowledge or gnosis, through meditation and enlightened teachers, mythical narratives, and spiritual advancement.
A heretic is a person who differs in opinion from established religious dogma
Orthodox means conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true.
The Gospel of Thomas can be understood mystically such as saying 28. Jesus said, “I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent.”
Jesus may be saying he appeared in this world as human and the center of attention. But he found people asleep, blind and none were thirsty for the truth. The spiritual state of humanity, according to numerous gnostic texts, is stupefied with passion and drunkenness, blind to any spiritual understanding. Humanity came empty with their awareness and understanding of their consciousness, and who they really are. They can be saved if they seek the truth and and discover their true selves. Parallel sayings can be found in Luke 21:34-36 and John 1:14 and drunkenness is likened to ignorance of God in 1 Corinthians 15:34.
(29) Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”
Perhaps Jesus meant it is very difficult for us to let go of the negative and destructive nature of the physical and material world and realize our true selves. Most of us do not realize the power within and simply disregard because of the material world. Perhaps because of our programing, it is difficult to understand our true nature and believe the material world is the real world. We all have a body, mind and spirit and according to the Gnostics we are divine sparks trapped in the body. Similar sayings can be found in Rom 8:1-8 and Gal 5:16-26.
In saying (30) Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.”
This is a complex saying with a similar saying found in Matthew 18:20. Consider that when three people are discussing the ways of the world, each believe they are right, leaving no room to discuss the true meaning of life because no one is listening. When there is only one or two, the heart is more open and accepting of Christ consciousness within each of us.
In saying (31) Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him.”
Two metaphors that are seen in everyday life. When we know someone, grow up with them as a child, watched their actions and perhaps indiscretions in immaturity, we normally will not put any credence in them as a prophet or physician. Only someone to whom we do not know and is a a mystery can we really believe they know what they are doing much like the blind leading the blind. We tend to look at what we identify as wisdom; successful people with money and the benchmark. Similar sayings can be found in Luke 4:16-30,Matt 13:53-58, John 4:43-45, and Mark 6:1-6.
(32) Jesus said, “A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”
Enlightened ones tell us of the ways of the world such as Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu Kristina. Many more have left behind a treasure of wisdom to inform us of the physical and metaphysical world. Today the wisdom is available for anyone and cannot be hidden. A parallel saying can be found in Matt 5:14-16.
The four Gospels, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were anonymously written and only later did Christians claim that they have been produced by the apostles. The Gospel of Mark probably dates from 66–70 CE, Matthew and Luke around 85–90 CE , and John 90–110 CE. Like the rest of the New Testament, they were written in Greek. One should consider that many of Gospels may have been taken from the Gospel of Thomas to create the New Testament and the church’s story of Jesus.
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.
Here we are again that very special day of the year when we honor our mothers. Our mothers made us who we are, how we think and how we act. Who and what we are today is very much based on the love of our mothers. I am not leaving out fathers, but this is mothers day. As of May 10, 2019 the National Retail Federation estimates that U.S. consumers will spend $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day this year. Last year, $14.3 billion, was spent on father’s day as a comparison.
Those numbers really do not depict the real picture how women have been treated throughout history. Granted progress has been made, but in reality, is it enough? Saudi Arabia implemented new rules in 2018 to allow women to obtain drivers without permission from their legal guardians nor will they need a male guardian in the car with them.
Women in Switzerland gained the right to vote in federal elections after a referendum in February 1971.
Egyptian women were guaranteed the right to vote and equality of opportunity was explicitly stated in the 1956 Egyptian constitution, forbidding gender-based discrimination. Labor laws were changed to ensure women’s standing in the work force and maternity leave was legally protected.
French women were disenfranchised at all levels before 1944. Women could vote from 1945, but only if literate. Restrictions on women’s suffrage were lifted in 1965.
In June 4, 1919 congress passed and later ratified on August 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote in the United States. These are just a few examples of women’s struggle in more recent times. Women have been suppressed by men for centuries and it started with religion. Unfortunately orthodox Christianity is not based on the teachings of Jesus, but on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which are entirely different. There are a number of reasons for this, the foremost of which is that Jesus was deliberately sidestepped in favor of the alternative teachings of Peter and Paul, teachings which were thoroughly denounced by the Nazarene Church of Jesus and his brother James. Only by removing Jesus from the frontline could the Popes and cardinals reign supreme. When formally instituting Christianity as the state religion of Rome, Constantine declared that “he alone” was the true “Saviour Messiah”, not Jesus!.
The only way for the Roman High Church to restrain the heirs of Mary Magdalene was to discredit Mary herself and to deny her relationship with Jesus. As a result, the Church portrayed Mother Mary as a virgin, and Mary Magdalene as a whore, neither of which description was mentioned in any original Gospel.
The Church’s only salvation was to deny women altogether; to deny them not only rights to ecclesiastical office, but to deny them rights to any status in society. Hence, the Church declared that women were all heretics and sorceresses! In this, the bishops were aided by the words of Peter and Paul, and on the basis of their teachings the Roman High Church was enabled to become wholly sexist. In his Epistle to Timothy, Paul wrote: “I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp any authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
In the Gospel of Philip, Peter is even quoted as saying that “Women are not worthy of life”.
The bishops even quoted the words of Genesis, wherein God spoke to Eve about Adam, saying “He shall rule over thee”.
The Church Father Tertullian summed up the whole Roman attitude when writing about the emergent disciples of Mary Magdalene: “These heretical woman! How dare they! They are brazen enough to teach, to engage in argument, to baptize. It is not permitted for a woman to speak in church, nor to claim a share in any masculine function-least of all in priestly office.”
So when we look at why women have been so mistreated during the centuries, all we have to do is look at the abrahamic religions. Others like Hinduism view the feminine energy as the essence of the universe, the one who creates all matter and consciousness, the eternal and infinite, the metaphysical and empirical reality, the soul of everything. The woman is celebrated as the most powerful and the empowering force in some Hindu scriptures such as Upanishads, Sastras and Puranas.
The Buddha gave women full freedom to participate in a religious life. The Buddha was the first religious teacher who gave this religious freedom to women. Before the Buddha, women’s duties had been restricted to the kitchen; women were not even allowed to enter any temple or to recite any religious scripture.
Men and women are equal partners in our world. Until we all realize and adopt that concept there will always be a struggle. Some men believe staying home and raising children is far less that than bringing home food for the table. Women see emotional intelligence far more important than physical intelligence but yet most have to call upon men to move or handle things that are highly physical. The problem may be we have become more competitive and see one more superior than the other, when in fact, both are equal. There have been many men that have had to raise their children and have done an excellent job. But there is nothing greater nor is there any substitute for the Mothers love for her children.
The early Christians, specifically the Gnostics, believed a divine spark existed within us and our purpose was to find our way home. There was a mystical poem, believed to be written in the 1st or 2nd century. It is about us and is viewed by many as one of the greatest Gnostic scriptures ever composed. In the Hymn of the Pearl, we are spirits lost in a world of matter and forgetful of our true origin. It is gnostic tale of salvation, of sleeping in error and awakening to Light of quest not only for the pearl but for the benefit of possessing the pearl, a return to the Light.
In the beginning of the 1st century there were many sects of Christian beliefs and all lost out in the struggle with orthodoxy. Christians faced persecutions in the 1st, 2nd and even the third centuries. Many Christians were to face torture and death because they refused to worship the Roman state gods. Some Christians recanted their faith while others went to their death following Jesus’ example.
In 325, the first Council of Nicea began to canonize the bible, doing away with all other versions of Christianity, calling it heresy. Apparently the Romans hijacked true Christianity and transformed it into what we have today, both Catholic and Protestant religions. Many believe the Gnostics were the true Christians and were teaching Jesus true message. There are many of Jesus sayings in the New Testament that closely resemble Gnostic thought.
Jesus said in Luke 17:21, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” or when Jesus was challenged and charged with blasphemy when he said he was the Son of God, when he said In John 10:34 “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”? or in John 14:12 “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.” “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. In Matthew 6:22 Jesus said” When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.”
Heaven is within our midst, We are Gods, we can heal as Jesus, our bodies fill with light when our eye is healthy, is not something orthodox christianity teaches. Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas, if we listen to our leaders, the birds and fish will proceed us to the kingdom of heaven. Instead, he said to look within ourselves as well as outside and then we will know our true selves. Some believe the Gospel of Thomas was composed anywhere from 40 AD to 100 AD.
Last time we left off with Saying 22 in the Gospel of Thomas. In saying 23 Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one.”
From earliest times Messengers of the Light have come forth from the True God in order to assist humans in their quest for Gnosis. Jesus was telling us there will be men and women trying to explain the truth. Each will be standing alone, spreading the word but in the end stand united. For each person, it starts by looking within.
(24) His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.” He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.”
There will be men and women that will be awakened and will understand the true message of Jesus . And this message will spread the wisdom and knowledge to the people worldwide. If humanity can positively change and take over this wisdom, knowledge and truth, the world will change. If humanity cannot change and see the light then humanity will be in darkness.
(25) Jesus said, “Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye.”
Love was Jesus message and he is telling us to love all people, as you love yourself and your siblings as your spirit. All people are equal in life with no exceptions.
(26) Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother’s eye.”
Do not judge or try to change other people because we have to work on ourselves. What you become, is what we have created with your thoughts, emotions and actions.
(27) Jesus said, “If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father.”
If you believe in and focus on the physical world, you will never find the metaphysical world or you true self. In metaphysical world we have another dimension, referred to as heaven. In order to find the dimension we have to detach from the physical world . Take time to meditate, contemplate and pray and discover your true self and you will find God is just a heartbeat away.
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.