The Gnostics, the True Christians?

Gnosticism is one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in western  theological history.   At the heart was the Greek word gnosis meaning,  “Knowledge or Direct knowledge of God”.  Existing far before its Christian descendants, Gnosis in Classical Greek meant true knowledge or wisdom depending on which ancient slide_3philosopher one reads. According to Plato, reality as perceived by the five senses is merely the surface of a highly complex and structured system. The act of seeing and recognizing this system Plato calls “ideas.” A key element in his philosophy, which would later transfer to Gnosticism and Gnostic, is the  concept that every human had a previous and thorough understanding of the structures of reality. Unfortunately, this knowledge was somehow lost. The reclaiming of this knowledge through the comprehension of reality underlying structures is Gnosis.

Gnosis in the first century was a quiet movement, adapting to the situations and locations of the societies it encountered. From early Christian literature, there is an impression that Gnosis was a threat to subvert Christianity, even though there seems to be no unified front of Gnosis during this time. The Gnostics were just a variety of independent, small sects that on the whole seem very different from each other. However, these different sects even debated the same metaphysical,  cosmologic, soteriological, and ethical themes as their more mainstream Christian counterparts.  Gnostics were the early movement of Christianity and lost the early E9F625CB-1D92-43E3-A3FC-33CC72001CE7Christian struggle to define orthodoxy.  

So who were the Gnostics?  Irenaeus of Lyon, a bishop in the late 2nd century was an enemy of the Gnostics whom he called heretics.  Irenaeus claimed that a single true Christianity originated with Jesus  and the apostles. In his view other groups, such as the Gnostics, may claim to be Christians, but they were false deviations for the one true Christianity, and all competing Christians were heretics.  Today we know Christianity was diverse from the very beginning.  Even the original apostles did not agree on a single Christian message.

One of the most striking features of the Gnostic myth as Irenaeus tells it is that the God of Genesis is  lower than the ultimate God and is arrogant, ignorant and evil. He is hostile to humans beings because humans beings have a share of the divine spirit that belongs to the  higher God.  The real name of the god who created this world is Ialdabaoth, a spiritual being who runs this universe like a tyrant.

This biblical father god of the Old Testament, also known as Yahweh or Jehovah, was hostile to human beings when he AdamEve-600x397commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, preventing them from knowing the spiritual truth.

When Adam and Eve eat from the tree, they gain gnosis, knowledge of the true God.  Eve was  encouraged to eat the fruit from a female deity  known as Sophea, (Wisdom).   As human beings continue to see true spiritual knowledge,  Yahweh grows jealous of their devotion to the higher God and causes a flood to wipe out humanity.  The higher God,  Universal Intelligence, saves Noah and his family from the Yahweh evil plot.

Finally, human beings begin to lose the knowledge that Adam and Eve gain when they ate from the tree, but Universal Intelligence sends Jesus to restore this lost gnosis and rescue them from Yahweh and his fellow rulers. 5a4da62576d47c9081ee29e510cd504e

The Gnostic Version of the Garden of Eden is much like the Sumerian Tablets and  the Law of One Yahweh is mentioned 19 times and agrees with much of what the Gnostics said about the God of the Old Testament.

Orthodox Christianity created the idea of heresy to condemn the Gnostics quest for higher knowledge because of the different belief system. Early Christians wanted a single harmonious system and considered themselves as a single body of Christ and did not want any division. Overtime, people who followed the Gnostics were considered godless and imperious members of a school of thought and therefore heretics. Some in the Christian religion still believe that today. The destruction of their sacred texts was inevitable, so some hid them in caves and various other places so they could not be found.

In 1945, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the 20th century occurred. Thirteen ancient codices containing over 50 texts of Gnostic works were found in caves in Upper Egypt untouched by scribes. All of these can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library.

The discovery in 1945 provides a new and refreshing school of thought about spiritualitygnostic-christ-1024x791 and Jesus message. The discovery also came at a time when it could be shared with the world and not suppressed as it was for the last twenty centuries. Jesus is a teacher of wisdom and understanding, speaking in metaphors and parables of love and enlightenment. Much different from the sin and repentance as the Church teaches. Since the discovery and publications, the Gospel of Thomas has been the most celebrated of the 50 ancient texts discovered in 1945.

 Jesus said in saying 5 of the Gospel of Thomas,  “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”  Have we come to a time when all the secrets of the world are manifesting?  Gnosticism was not confined to the Christians but is part of the belief systems of Sufism and the Saints of India and other eastern mystics. Gnosticism is not only alive but reemerging in a world that needs much love and wisdom.

Jesus Secret Sayings 23-27

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. 

 
 

 

Conversation with God

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.

Meditation, the Tool for Transformation

In the last blog, The Most Sacred, we explored our spiritual realities. Instead of  listening and following what others tell us,  perhaps it is time to seek and discover  the truth for ourselves by looking within.  Meditation, with its countless benefits, is our tool to explore the Way. Jesus said in the Dialogue of the Savior, left out of the Bible, “When I came among humanity, I opened the door to the Way. I showed you the path that you must follow. You will find it within yourselves.” And Buddha said six hundred years earlier, “Before you set foot on the path, master yourself.” Krishna said, around 3500 BC, ” Those find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in the hearts, and Lao Tzu said in 5oo BC, “the Way is empty, the Way is full. There is no Way to describe what it is. Find it within yourselves.”

Meditation has been around for thousands of years and is based on Hindu Scripture, as a religious practice. Buddha said “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
It is even mentioned in the Bible, Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2) but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
In Joshua 1: 8 states “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
The Acts of Peter XXI,   also omitted from the bible, “Give ear; withdraw your souls from all that appears but is not truly real; close these eyes of yours, close your ears, withdraw from actions that are outwardly seen; and you shall know the reality of Christ and the whole secret of your salvation.” In  Matthew 6:6 ”  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”          

But what is left out is how to pray or meditate. Perhaps Jesus’ message in the Gospel of Thomas can assist in our journey of seeking the truth.   In the Gospel of Thomas,   (48) Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move Away,’ and it will move away.” The one house is the body, and  the two are mind and spirit. A very similar saying in (106) Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.”

The two are  mind and spirit, thought and emotion.   From a spiritual perspective, Meditation is our  Gateway, our connection to Universal Intelligence.  Jesus was telling us how in the Gospel of Thomas, omitted from the bible. When we can make our thoughts and emotions one,  we will be transformed and will able to move mountains.   

We all have a divine power within. It is up to each of us to look within, know ourselves and understand our purpose. Our tool is meditation, contemplation, prayer and seeking the truth.  This video may provide additional insight for those seeking the truth. 

What is God?

What is God,  the age-old question and it certainly has been mine.  Since the beginning of time,  as we understand it, man has struggled with the God concept. Most of us have chemistryour core beliefs from our childhood;  others seek to understand through contemplation, reflection, meditation and prayer; all have a  desire to have  a personal relationship with God.  

God is  known by many names and according to religions of the world, in order to know God,  we should follow their beliefs, rules and rituals.  Based on my childhood and how I was taught about the Bible, God would be on a throne judging us for our behavior and our purpose was to worship God.  Each of us have our own imaginations and beliefs about God, mostly from our childhood.  

Through the centuries, different religions with  different Gods making our 10635869_10152764748543781_2989172388846140521_nunderstanding of  God even more confusing.  I always believed there was only one God, just called by many different names.  Furthermore, in Judaism and Christianity alone,  there is much confusion for me.  Yahweh, is the God of the Old testament and Jewish Tanakh, is known as the God of the Israelites.  The name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the Tetragrammaton.   Consistent with Old Testament narratives,  Yahweh or Jehovah was regarded as the stern creator God who justly punishes humanity for disobedience. 

The Gnostics referenced Yaldabaoth, the old testament god as a  ‘false god of this world’ and was known for his evil  deeds.  They believed the god of the Jews was the true devil who claimed for himself the title of ‘creator god’ and inverted the roles of good and evil through deception, presenting himself as the ‘benevolent father’ of mankind and slandering the Chakra symbolSerpent of wisdom as ‘the devil’ and ‘enemy of man’. This accusatory inversion began with the creation of the Christian Bible at the end of the 1st century and has deceive many generations throughout the millennia.  It should be noted our medical  community uses a staff medical imaginesor rod with a snake curled around it, call the Rod of Asclepius, the ancient mythical god of medicine . 

In the Law of One, Yahweh is mentioned 19 times  and provides quite an  in-depth detail about Yahweh’s involvement on earth. The Orion Group, the negative entities of our universe also plays a role in what happened in the old testament as well as today. Perhaps In Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”  Was that God,  Yahweh or Yaldabaoth?   Who was Jesus talking about when the Jews said  Abraham was their father.   Jesus said in John 8:44   “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father The-Ra-Material-The-Law-of-One-quote-love-service-to-others-heart-chakra-spirituality-consciousness-3of lies.” 

Some Gnostic groups saw Jesus as being sent by the supreme being, to bring gnosis or knowledge to the Earth. The Law of One referenced Jesus  22 times  and said  “This entity was desirous of entering this planetary sphere in order to share the love vibration in as pure a manner as possible.” 

Now let’s look at the New testament and how the church leaders constructed the concept of God. The Trinity  a formal doctrine and foundation of the Christian faith, the father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, meaning one God in three.   The term trinity is not found in the Bible. The only reference of the three in the bible is  Matthew 28:19 after Jesus resurrection.  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Of course we all know how easily this could have been added by a church father or scribe.   

The formal doctrine of the Trinity was the result of early church fathers attempts to explain the Christian God. It was first used by Tertullian at the close of the 2nd century. It was discussed, debated and finally clarified as divinity of the spirit and  affirmed at the Council of Constantinople  in 381.  However scholars today  generally agree that there is no doctrine of the Trinity as such in either the Old or New Testaments.  The Trinity was a way church fathers could cff285a056c19538eb9d01c42865898cexplain Jesus as the son of God if not God. A search of the Nag Hammadi Library  of the Father, son and the holy spirit did not come up with any results.  With the possibility of the corruption of the message of  two major religions, perhaps it is time to pause,  and seek the truth in our own way.  Jesus was the messenger of love and in the message he was telling us what the church fathers have failed to teach.

In John 10:34, Jesus tells the Pharisees that it is written in the Law that “you are gods”. He is quoting from Psalm 82:6 where it says, “I said you are gods, sons of the Most High. All of you.” 

In John 14:12  Jesus said , “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” 

bring forth what is in youIn the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said in saying 3,   If your leaders tell you, “Look, the kingdom is in heaven,” then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, “It’s in the sea,”  then the fish will precede you.  But the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves,  then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves,
then you dwell in poverty and you are poverty.

The Gnostics believe that within each of us is a divine spark, a part of God.  Some may  call it soul or spirit.  Regardless of what label man uses, God is a Divine Universal Energy within each of us waiting to be awakened by our acknowledgement  by seeking the truth.   

According to the Law of One , we are on earth to learn the ways of love, compassion, wisdom and be of service to others. We get as many opportunities as we need to learn the required lessons. If not, we die and do it again until we get it right. The big problem for us when we do it again, we do not remember anything from our previous lives, unless you’re a child,   and then you may remember for a short period before Lao-Tzu-3.jpgforgetfulness sets in. 

 Regardless of the number of past lives, God, or the Great Universal Energy never leaves and is just waiting for us to discover the power within. I cannot emphasise the importance of the  a recent discovery in 1945, 114 secret sayings of Jesus known as the Gospel of Thomas and 50 other Gnostic texts.  According to scholars, the discovery provided striking differences from orthodox beliefs. Instead of being separate from God, we are One with God. Instead of sin and repentance, Jesus speaks of illusion and enlightenment. And finally, Instead of Jesus being Lord and God, we are all from the same source, and Jesus is our spiritual guide.

Another saying of Jesus,  “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” (Saying 17 Gospel of Thomas). This saying is for each of us to ponder and consider as each of Jesus wisdom sayings in the Gospel of Thomas. 

Buddha, another master teacher said before you set foot on the path master yourself; DfEgwEEWkAAQ2jIand Lao Tzu said, ” The Way (God) is complete in itself. All blessings come from it and it holds nothing back from anyone.” Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Those who seek to find the One without ceasing, will find the Lord dwelling in their own hearts.”

With love and compassion in your  heart,  thoughts, emotions and actions, look within; through meditation, contemplation, prayer and study, you will find that Great Universal Energy that we call God.    

  “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”

Buddha

We Are Connected

We are all connected to the same source, the One Infinite Creator,  and we are all trying to images tefind our way back home. Even scientific research has suggested that we are wired with spiritual brains and how meditative prayers actually changes our brain.

According to various sacred texts and the more recent contact, the Law of One, “All things, all of life, all of the creation is part of one original thought.” We move our body, mind, and spirit in somewhat eccentric patterns because we have not grasped the concept that we are part of the original thought, that we are all one. To know the truth is to know yourself.

quote-if-you-want-to-be-wrong-then-follow-the-masses-socrates-85-17-67.jpgOur ancient teachers provided the message over the years, but man has misinterpreted the meaning and the masses follow. We are condemn by religions and those  who follow that religion if our beliefs are different than theirs.

The Christian Gnostics, who lost the battle with orthodox Christianity tells us a Divine spark exist within us and is also taught by the Syriac Christians mystics as other world belief systems and religions. Edgar Cayce said Christian Gnosticism was the highest form Rumi-Quotes-1of Christianity.

Buddha taught us that the Universal mind is not subject to birth and death. It is beyond all concepts of duality and Divine matter is eternal, it contains within itself all reality and all truth. Buddha taught us meditation, the gateway to find our way home, an essential part of our spiritual journey.

Krishna from the Hindu Religion said, “the Lord dwells in the heart of all things. He is the only reality so do not be deceived by appearances.”

Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching said the Tao (God) never answers with words. It does not reach out for things, but all things come to it. The unspoken plan unfolds slowly. It gathers all things as if in a net, so nothing is lost.

images1Jesus, the messenger of love, said we are from the light in the Gospel of Thomas, discovered in 1945 and can be found in saying 50 in the Nag Hammadi library. The discovery provided striking differences from orthodox beliefs. Instead of being separate from God, we are One with God. Instead of sin and repentance, Jesus speaks of illusion and enlightenment. And finally, instead of Jesus being Lord and God, we are all from the same source, and Jesus is our spiritual guide. We all have the power within. In the Gospel of Thomas saying (3) Jesus said: If those who lead you say to you: See, the kingdom is in heaven, then the birds of the heaven will go before you; if they say to you: It is in the sea, then the fish will go before you. But the kingdom is within you, and it is outside of you. 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.all-religions-one3

God is spirit of pure unknowable energy encompassing all. We are all connected spiritual beings , all from the same source. According to the Law of One, no religion has all the truth, but all religions  have some truth.  Our requirements are the same regardless of religion or no religion, to  learn the ways of love, wisdom and be a service to others. Meditation, contemplation, prayer and study will help with that endeavor. If you fail to learn the lessons in this life perhaps you will in the next, but eventually we all find our way back home.

 

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Spiritually Wired Comes With Rainbows

Research has suggested that we are wired with spiritual brains and how meditative prayers actually changes the brain. 149689_10151201865818781_517019379_n Dr Andrew Newberg is a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. His research suggests we have spiritual brains, with a feeling of connectedness to something greater than ourselves, developing  intense beliefs about God.  Using brain scans Dr Newberg measured brain activity of Franciscan Nuns while they were engaged in a type of meditative prayer. It showed measurable effect on the brain providing evidence that meditative prayer has an effect on the brain.   Science has proven,  what many of us already believed, meditation has a profound impact on our brains by meditative prayers.

There is an advanced spiritual practice investigated by Father Francis Tiso, author of Rainbow Body and Resurrection.  He investigated a specific case of the Tibetan Buddhist, Khenpo A Cho and his practice of the “Rainbow Body, “. In 1992 and at the age of 74,  Cho devoted himself to retreat practices. He recited more than 400 million of the mani-mantra, Om mani padme hum.   Over and over he recited and images rainbow monkpromoted the recitation of the Long Life Prayer of the Protector of the Snow Ranges and the Heart prayer of the Enlightened Activities pervading space  related to his holiness the Dalai Lama and Avalokiteshvara.

The day,before his death, in 1997, Khenpo responded to young  and old people of his entourage with great pleasure and without hurry he gave instructions on what is to be done in the future. The next day he ate very little, showed no signs of bodily sickness or fatigue. At noon, he laid on his right side, turned his head to the north and face to the west, reciting the six-syllable Mantra, Om mani padme hum, and died.

According to Father Tiso, his face immediately became youthful, smooth and pinkish all signs aging disappeared. A fragrance smell was not only around the body but outside the house. Above the house five colored rainbow lasted for days witness by many including monks and father Tiso. Father Tiso also reported  the afternoon of the day of his death, just before dark, a light similar to that of sun rays was shining for a long time from the east.download (25)

His body remained under a cloth and each day it would get smaller and smaller. On the seventh day there was manifested the stainless rainbow body the viajar body..

Other reports regarding the rainbow body state that  when a person dies, rainbows suddenly appeared in the sky and after several days their bodies disappeared. Sometimes fingernails and hair were left. Sometimes nothing was left.

Father Tiso  discusses  his research and  investigation  known as the Rainbow Body that Tibetan Buddhist have known for years.  Some believe these stories reflect upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A rainbow light has been witnessed by thousands of people after death. Attaining ‘rainbow body’   is discussed in Zen texts, as well as Zoroastrian, Christian, Manichean, Muslim, Bonpo, and of course, Vedic texts, among others. Attaining the ‘light body’ is for everyone with ample proof that it exists now and in ancient times.

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Early Christianity spoke of a Divine spark within each of us and Jesus said we are from the light.  In the Gospel of Thomas (50) Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’, say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.'”  

“Strange is our situation here upon this earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose.” Albert Einstein

Spirituality and Addiction During Chaotic Times

How do addictions  affect our spiritual journey? We all have addictions, all part of our  images101life lessons.  There are addictions to foods, drink, media, sports, sex, drugs, material possessions, religion and the list goes on and on.  Addiction is defined as a fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. A good example is the media. It does a wonderful job of getting your attention over matters that you have no control over,  inciting  your thoughts and emotions over something you are passionate about.   I was once a news junky, believing I needed to know what was going on in the world. Then I realized being involved in matters that were beyond my control served no positive purpose. Not only was it taking away my time from more important matters, but it was taking  control over my thoughts, emotions and actions.   One day I simple said enough. I made a concerted effort to images (5)avoid the media, which can be done, but difficult.  We are being program from every direction, ABC, CBS, NBC CNN, Fox,  in  airports, businesses, phones, radio, facebook, twitter; the list goes on and on. Media is owned by the few, but has such a hold on society, it may actually be worse than being addicted to a substance. It certainly affects many  more people as well as distorting the truth.  That is just one example of the many addictions we experience during our lifetime.

download (3)Our teachers provided insight. Buddha said, “If you wish to be free of from old age and rebirth, become an island unto yourself, and eliminate all your imperfections.” and Jesus said, “Those who seek pleasurable things already have their treasure. But the pleasures of the world are an illusion. Gold and silver are without substance.”  Rumi said “There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don’t think all ecstasies are the same!”

images111The world was designed with all the catalyst,  distractions, and Chaos for us. We are in school to  learn the ways of  love, the strongest and most powerful emotion, with wisdom.  We are being tested on how we can  be of service to others.  Most would agree, it t is very difficult to treat people badly and connect to God at the same time. Every morning  we wake up to a new day to continue our journey up the mountain. As we venture on our life path, we learn and discard what is not needed or what does not benefit us. The goal is to reach the top of the mountain where you can bask in the love and light of the One Infinite Creator. When a person reaches that point, any and all addictions or cares about the material world will fall away, and one becomes enlightened.

Our Spiritual World

images (50)We live in inseparable physical and metaphysical worlds. In our physical world, we are limited by our five senses, see, feel, hear, taste and smell.  To us, the metaphysical world is unseen or under the veil but from the spiritual realm we  are visible.   To understand the spiritual realms, we should grasp the concept our physical world is shaped by the positive and negative entities of the spiritual realm.   It has been happening all over the world since ancient times.

Hindu and Buddhist texts speak of gruesome, fanged asuras and rakshasa that candownload (24) corrupt a person’s soul. Muslims spend time, energy and money trying to prevent bad things from happening from their spirits known as Jinn. Judaism has never had a richly developed notion of demons, but Jewish folklore does speak of the troubles caused by unhappy or angry spirits. In Christianity, the Vatican has officially recognized a group of 250 priests who operate in 30 countries to rid believers of demonic possession. Father Gabriele Amorth was ordained a Catholic priest in 1954 and became an official exorcist 32-years later. Now 88-years-old Amorth images111states that he has performed 160,000 exorcisms in the course of his ministry, some of which were conducted on the same person more than once, with some of the rites lasting just a few minutes or up to several hours.

John 4:1 states, Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

In the medical field, Dr. Richard Gallagher, psychiatrist, professor and demonic possession believes some the mental illness is related to negative spirits in this report. There have been a number of documented incidents resulting in murder using a Ouija board as outlined in A this article.

Consider spirits as either positive or negative energy, battling for your polarity, your essence, to ensure you do not attain 51% positive in all aspects of your life.   There are negative entities,  such as  Orion,  striving to control our thoughts, emotions and actions. Each person is playing the game, aware or unaware,  the battle that has been going on since ancient times. They even influence on our sacred texts, including the 10 commandments. 

A recent example of how negativity affects us all is Buddhism. Buddhism used to be universally revered as a peaceful and tolerance belief system. However, put it in power or ally it to those who politically rule, and what once was peaceful turns violent. As a example, the self-identified Buddhist government of Sri Lanka and its campaign against the Tamils in the north of that country. Likewise, you can find Buddhists allied to the government of Myanmar crying for the blood of the country’s Rohingya, a Muslim minority. Negative forces are at work around the world, but if you look deeper, all the resources of the world are owned by the few.

When we look at the physical world in isolation, we miss so many opportunities from the spiritual aspect.  The spiritual world is an important concept to grasp, to recognize our daily  battle with the negatives of the spiritual realm that try to affect our thoughts, emotions and actions.

Dreaming is probably the easiest, most natural ways to connect with the spiritual world. imagesz1Scientists have continued to study the science behind dreaming and have not come up with any real concrete answers. Scientists have been baffled for years, and will continue to do so. It is beyond their understanding because they are looking for the answers in all the wrong places.  Your dreams are spoken in a language for you interpretation regardless if they are negative or positive. It can reveal so much about your spiritual journey.   It is not an easy task to remember the details of the dream much less interpret them, but I assure you, it can provide a wealth of information in time.   Consider dreams as a message to you from the spiritual realm, from God.

According to the Law of One, they use our thoughts, our monkey minds, to deceive, confuse and control. Loving thoughts, feeling compassion and grateful, helps our essense positively. On the other hand, if you are thinking of yourself more than others, quick to anger, greedy and want to control things, is negative. We are in the school of life, trying to learn the way of love and wisdom, essentially learning how to play well with each other and trying to find our way home.

Life is the the opportunity for a person to evolve spiritually, to learn the ways of love and wisdom and be of service to others. It helps to knowledged  the world is full of distractions, distortions and confusion, all catalysts to help with our evolution. It is all about free-will, to choose your path, seek the truth. What one is seeking may be found by simply looking within.

 JB-Rumi-QuoteJesus  and Buddha,  were our spiritual masters,  provided much guidance.  Look  within, know yourself  through meditation, contemplation and prayer. You may be amazed at what you find . Love  is the key.   Knowing about the negative element can inspire us to learn and take steps to protect ourselves and understand the power within.  It is a personal battle not just for one, but for all.

Our Ability to Heal

The placebo effect has been proven. Our mind, our belief system, actually controls our pain and can heal many ailments we suffer. In short, the placebo images (6)effect relies on your body’s own chemicals, released in response to or in accordance with your mental or emotional expectations or beliefs.  You  have the ability to heal yourself,  all you have to do is sincerely believe. engage and energize the power within.  Our thoughts, emotions and actions have a huge impact on our lives more than any of us ever imagined. We live in the material world, not realizing the unseen forces of metaphysical world undetected by the five senses.  Our unruly mind does not help. Most of us realize we are energetic beings who do not comprehend the power within. Much like newborn babies, we are just discovering there may be something much more to ourselves than just a physical body.  Jesus even said  ” Truly, truly, I tell You, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. He was telling us to believe and understand his true message and we could perform the same good deeds.  

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We have the ability but where do we start?  Mystical and psychic abilities have been depressed and discouraged for centuries and most are reluctant to even discuss. We have been made to believe psychic ability was something from the dark ages, something negative.

Witches were burned at the stake for practicing so-called magic and of spells of invocation of spirits, all psychic abilities.  Channeling, another psychic ability  has been going on since biblical days. Parts of the Old Testament says kill the messenger and the New Testament says do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.    This list of psychic abilities  have been attributed to real-world people and there are different types.    World governments have been recruiting operatives with psychic abilities for years.

We all have some degree of psychic ability.  One ability most have and may not realize it is knowing something and your not sure how you know;  known as discernment. Call it  instinct or intuition we have the ability if we pay attention.   A  psychic has the ee2c9aa37eb3dda8e3d572006e469858--chakra-meditation-chakra-healing the ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception (ESP). To me,  it is the development of our  third eye, our sixth sense. The sixth sense  is the 6th Chakra of the 7 energy centers, running from the base of our spine to the top of our head.  Another message  Jesus  left us was he said   “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your   vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”  Light is energy and once your vision is clear, you understand the power within,  the kind that can heal not only yourself but others.

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Andrew Newberg, MD Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has being doing research and suggest that Human beings appear to have spiritual brains; brains that are capable of feeling deeply connected to something greater than themselves and that we can develop intense beliefs about God. His research reveals the fascinating relationship aa4e14dac3ffc117d01edb7a55496384--buddha-quote-buddha-buddha between the universal spiritual urge and the intricate workings of the human brain. He did brain scans of Franciscan Nuns while they were engaged in a type of meditative prayer called centering prayer. The brain scans showed many different changes, including changes in he parts of the brain that are involved in the sense of self, providing evidence that meditative prayer has a measurable effect on the brain.

Other research also suggests meditation may physically change the brain and body and could potentially help to improve many health problems and promote healthy behaviors. Science has established 12 science-based benefits of meditation that can be easily obtainsdownload (3) with daily 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.”

We all have the potential to heal ourselves and develop  our God-given abilities.  With positive and loving thoughts, emotions and actions, we  create our reality. Daily meditation provides wisdom. A great start to understanding our true selves.

Changing old habits that do not serves us in our endeavor is probably the most difficult task to overcome, so one should begin  gradually.  This is about transformation, changing bad habits that have been ingrained for years into beneficial ones. Your thoughts, emotions and actions create your reality. Media can be your friend or foe, so you should realize what you watch or read, affects you.  Adding more positivity in your life is a plus.   Qigong, yoga, Tai Chi exercises may increase your positive energy and your overall well-being.

A daily meditation practice is probably the single most important aspect of any spiritual 829a51cb669f43bc4f0468bd90de3a77--walking-paths-into-the-woodsjourney.  It is just you and One Infinite Intelligence or God.  Daily meditation turns your attention away from distracting thoughts and unhealthy habits and focuses on the present moment,  the power within each of us, that divine spark.

Healing is not just about the body,  but the mind and spirit.  It about our connection to God and how to make positive life changes in order to connect.  It is a journey, and as humans we make mistakes. We simply learn and find our way back to our path.  Eventually you will look back and be glad you took that first step. With wisdom and compassion, we love others unconditionally, be of service to others, nurture and care for all of nature  and becoming one with our Infinite Creator, developing that true power within.