The Book of Enoch was probably one of the most influential book used by writers of the bible but was omitted in the Old Testament and the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible. It was one of many ancient sacred texts omitted from the Bible that are available to us today . The Book of Enoch was first discovered in the 18th century and most assumed it was penned after the beginning of the Christian era because it had quotes and paraphrases as well as concepts found in the New Testament. However, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran in 1946, proved the book was in existence long before Jesus and believe to be written sometime in the 2nd or 3rd Century BC.
The time period from 800 BC-200 BC was known as the Axial age. It was a time in our history when the most creative and influential thinking in the world, amazingly occurring in four separate civilizations; West Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and northeastern Mediterranean. Some of the Sages included Zoroaster, Jeremiah, Isaiah, The Buddha, Confucius, Heraclitus, Socrates, plato and Aristotle , Varhamma Mahavira, and Pythagoras. In different ways, they responded to an array of spiritual ideas and concepts; the emergence of the self-consciousness. It was early in our history when humans beings began to reflect on individual existence, and the meaning of life and death.
The Book of Enoch was once cherished by Jews and Christians alike. It is read in certain Coptic Christian Churches in Ethiopia. There is evidence Jesus not only studied the book, but also respected it highly enough to allude to the doctrine and content. And, there are over one hundred comments in the New Testament which find precedence in the Book of Enoch.
One of the interesting aspects of the Book of Enoch for me, starts in Chapter 6. ” And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. 2 And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men.” It is the story of the fallen angels and is virtually identical with Genesis 6.1-2. In the Book of Enoch, we get their names and many other details. The angels, referred to as the watchers, were the children of the heaven. Some saw and lusted after human women and said to each other that they should choose wives from among the children of men. At 7.2, he says they had giant sons and were able to easily dominate Enoch’s people. This Youtube video may provide evidence Giants did exist according to this article, When Giants Roamed the Earth.
“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty – it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.” Albert Einstein
The Law of One references higher level entities more sophisticated that we can use as guides, if we pay attention. The Law of One also mentions quarantine , possibly because of incidents of the Giants to protect us from further intrusions.
No one really knows why the Book of Enoch was not included in the bible. There is only speculation. What is important though is, they are available now like so many other sacred texts that were not so-called “canonized “by the Church authority.
Sacred ancient texts labeled as heresy or not approved by the Church, certainly peaks my interest. The discovery of thirteen ancient texts called “codices” were discovered in Upper Egypt untouched by scribes in 1945. They were translated in the 1970’s and are known as the Nag Hammadi Library. Scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth were found, and labeled as Gnostic Gospels thought to be destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define “orthodoxy.”
One should contemplate why once treasured ancient sacred texts are being revealed during our time, providing a different understanding than church teaching. In the Gospel of Thomas verse 5, Jesus said, “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.” Gospel of Thomas is 114 secret sayings of Jesus revealing a different understanding and teaching than church fathers have taught us. Next post will include the discussion of the sayings 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).
What is God, the age-old question and it certainly has been mine. Since the beginning of time, as we understand it, man has struggled with the God concept. Most of us have our core beliefs from our childhood; others seek to understand through contemplation, reflection, meditation and prayer; all have a desire to have a personal relationship with God.
God is known by many names and according to religions of the world, in order to know God, we should follow their beliefs, rules and rituals. Based on my childhood and how I was taught about the Bible, God would be on a throne judging us for our behavior and our purpose was to worship God. Each of us have our own imaginations and beliefs about God, mostly from our childhood.
Through the centuries, different religions with different Gods making our understanding of God even more confusing. I always believed there was only one God, just called by many different names. Furthermore, in Judaism and Christianity alone, there is much confusion for me. Yahweh, is the God of the Old testament and Jewish Tanakh, is known as the God of the Israelites. The name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the Tetragrammaton. Consistent with Old Testament narratives, Yahweh or Jehovah was regarded as the stern creator God who justly punishes humanity for disobedience.
The Gnostics referenced Yaldabaoth, the old testament god as a ‘false god of this world’ and was known for his evil deeds. They believed the god of the Jews was the true devil who claimed for himself the title of ‘creator god’ and inverted the roles of good and evil through deception, presenting himself as the ‘benevolent father’ of mankind and slandering the Serpent of wisdom as ‘the devil’ and ‘enemy of man’. This accusatory inversion began with the creation of the Christian Bible at the end of the 1st century and has deceive many generations throughout the millennia. It should be noted our medical community uses a staff or rod with a snake curled around it, call the Rod of Asclepius, the ancient mythical god of medicine .
In the Law of One, Yahweh is mentioned 19 times and provides quite an in-depth detail about Yahweh’s involvement on earth. The Orion Group, the negative entities of our universe also plays a role in what happened in the old testament as well as today. Perhaps In Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Was that God, Yahweh or Yaldabaoth? Who was Jesus talking about when the Jews said Abraham was their father. Jesus said in John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Some Gnostic groups saw Jesus as being sent by the supreme being, to bring gnosis or knowledge to the Earth. The Law of One referenced Jesus 22 times and said “This entity was desirous of entering this planetary sphere in order to share the love vibration in as pure a manner as possible.”
Now let’s look at the New testament and how the church leaders constructed the concept of God. The Trinity aformal doctrine and foundation of the Christian faith, the father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, meaning one God in three. The term trinity is not found in the Bible. The only reference of the three in the bible is Matthew 28:19 after Jesus resurrection. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Of course we all know how easily this could have been added by a church father or scribe.
The formal doctrine of the Trinity was the result of early church fathers attempts to explain the Christian God. It was first used by Tertullian at the close of the 2nd century. It was discussed, debated and finally clarified as divinity of the spirit and affirmed at the Council of Constantinople in 381. However scholars today generally agree that there is no doctrine of the Trinity as such in either the Old or New Testaments. The Trinity was a way church fathers could explain Jesus as the son of God if not God. A search of the Nag Hammadi Library of the Father, son and the holy spirit did not come up with any results. With the possibility of the corruption of the message of two major religions, perhaps it is time to pause, and seek the truth in our own way. Jesus was the messenger of love and in the message he was telling us what the church fathers have failed to teach.
In John 10:34, Jesus tells the Pharisees that it is written in the Law that “you are gods”. He is quoting from Psalm 82:6 where it says, “I said you are gods, sons of the Most High. All of you.”
In John 14:12 Jesus said , “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said in saying 3, If your leaders tell you, “Look, the kingdom is in heaven,” then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, “It’s in the sea,” then the fish will precede you. But the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty and you are poverty.
The Gnostics believe that within each of us is a divine spark, a part of God. Some may call it soul or spirit. Regardless of what label man uses, God is a Divine Universal Energy within each of us waiting to be awakened by our acknowledgement by seeking the truth.
According to the Law of One , we are on earth to learn the ways of love, compassion, wisdom and be of service to others. We get as many opportunities as we need to learn the required lessons. If not, we die and do it again until we get it right. The big problem for us when we do it again, we do not remember anything from our previous lives, unless you’re a child, and then you may remember for a short period before forgetfulness sets in.
Regardless of the number of past lives, God, or the Great Universal Energy never leaves and is just waiting for us to discover the power within. I cannot emphasise the importance of the a recent discovery in 1945, 114 secret sayings of Jesus known as the Gospel of Thomas and 50 other Gnostic texts. According to scholars, the discovery provided striking differences from orthodox beliefs. Instead of being separate from God, we are One with God. Instead of sin and repentance, Jesus speaks of illusion and enlightenment. And finally, Instead of Jesus being Lord and God, we are all from the same source, and Jesus is our spiritual guide.
Another saying of Jesus, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” (Saying 17 Gospel of Thomas). This saying is for each of us to ponder and consider as each of Jesus wisdom sayings in the Gospel of Thomas.
Buddha, another master teacher said before you set foot on the path master yourself; and Lao Tzu said, ” The Way (God) is complete in itself. All blessings come from it and it holds nothing back from anyone.” Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Those who seek to find the One without ceasing, will find the Lord dwelling in their own hearts.”
With love and compassion in your heart, thoughts, emotions and actions, look within; through meditation, contemplation, prayer and study, you will find that Great Universal Energy that we call God.
“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”
We are all connected to the same source, the One Infinite Creator, and we are all trying to find our way back home. Even scientific research has suggested that we are wiredwith 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.
Our 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 of 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.
Jesus, 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.
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.
Research has suggested that we are wired with spiritual brains and how meditative prayers actually changes the brain. Dr. Andrew Newbergis 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 promoted 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.
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.
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
In the last posting we discussed how the Christian Gnostics had some of the same spiritual concepts as Buddha, Lao Tzu and Kristna. You also may be surprised how closely related Jesus’ teachings are to the eastern mystics traditions. The traditions are a spiritual way of life that includes developing respect, trust, and love for all and discovering our full potential as true human beings. All spiritual concepts ask us to look within ourselves to find answers. The answers are in plain site, as Jesus tells us in various parables. “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.” (Saying 5)
Perhaps it is time to listen to our higher self. We all have deep seeded belief systems, affecting our understanding of not only Jesus’ parables and metaphors, but our understanding of God. Many have been engrained with orthodox Christians sources. Today we have the world at our fingertips to help us understand Jesus true teaching to help us find our way back home. The Gospel of Thomas provides new insight into the true teachings of Jesus. This 12 minute video provides an overview of the Gospel of Thomas.
Last time we discussed verses 1 through 8, Jesus’ message was to seek the truth, look within ourselves to find the kingdom. Many believed Jesus died for our sins. Perhaps one should consider he died so we could see the light and to follow his message and be like him; pure love and light. This is up to each one of us to contemplate and decide for ourselves. Now let’s discuss verses 9 through 16.
(9) Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, they did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.”
The seed parable describes the divine seed God planted within each of us. In order to grow, one should find their way by seeking the truth, being caution of the pitfalls of life and false teachings that produce no fruit. Those who discover the truth, will begin to sprout and grow. The more you cultivate the divine seed with a fertile foundation, the more abundant your love and light grows. The illuminating light and love affects those around you, doubling in measure.
Jesus said, ” The truth will set you free.”
(10) Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes.”
In a similar parable, Verse (16), Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary. Comparable sayings in Luke 12:49 , and Matthew 10:34-36,
Most would agree Jesus message has cast fire on the world. He is known throughout the world as either a spiritual leader, messiah, divine prophet, Jewish preacher, religious leader, son of man, son of God and even God. Was Jesus’ message love and enlightenment or sin and repentance as the Orthodox view teaches? That difference has divided many, including religions and families. We have been indoctrinated since birth with the orthodox view. The Muslims and Christians seem to stay in conflict, both believe in Jesus but in different roles. All those in conflict believe they are right. In the end, each will stand alone.
(11) Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
All of reality as we realize it, is an illusion and will pass. Even the illusion of birth and death will be realized as such. Everything is in flux, ever changing to a higher state of consciousness. We pass through periods of incarnation, eventually returning to the spirit world of light. To learn our lessons we must become two to be able to come into this world of illusion, with all the confusion and distortions. When we consume what is dead, we make alive. We are all here to learn our lessons plus the ways of love and wisdom and must return to the positive polarity to return to the One. We are here now as two, so what will you do in this material world to return to the one.
(12) The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?”
Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.” Comparable saying can be found in Luke 9:46-48, Luke 22:24-27, Matt 18:1-4, and Mark 9:33-35. It is interesting to note, Jesus mentions no names in those parables.
James was the brother of Jesus, and the leader of the Church in Jerusalem until his death in 62 CE. There are five books of James in the New testament. Also discovered later was The Secret Book of James and The Apocryphon of James. James did not drink wine or eat meat or cut his hair. He was found kneeling and praying to the point his knees were like a camels because he was alway kneeling. He was an extraordinary character and righteous. In the Secret Book of James, he presents himself as the person who sends the other followers of Jesus on their missions. Today, Christianity has followed more of Paul’s teaching, Many biblical scholars and lay Christians have noted that Jesus preached almost exclusively about the kingdom of heaven, while Paul highlighted justification by faith—and not vice versa. Some conclude that they preached two different gospels. Others argue that really they both preached justification; still others say it’s all about the kingdom. The true teacher is within each of us, our higher selves.
(13) Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like.”
Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a righteous angel.”
Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like.”
Jesus said, “I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.”
And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?”
Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”
Consider after each answer, Jesus responded by telling them he was not their master and that they were drunken by his presence and their perceived idea of who he was. They looked upon Jesus as a being unlike themselves. When believing Jesus was more than he was, they were unable to see themselves as equals. When Jesus took Thomas aside, he said three things or words which could have been along the lines of,’ “We are equal.” “We are the from the light” or “we are all sons of God”. That would justify Thomas’ response to the others when asked what was said.
(14) Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth – it is that which will defile you.” Comparable says are Luke 11:1-4,Luke 9:1-6, Luke 10:1-12, and Matt 6:2-18,
This one is probably more difficult than most because of the ways we have been taught since birth. Consider we all have a higher self, a divine spark within; a divinity from God. We are suppose to allow our higher self guide us because we have all the answers within. Like overindulgence with food, fasting for too long also harms the body. We have the ability to heal when we seek the truth and look within ourselves as Jesus said in saying 2 and 3. What we eat will not defile us but what comes out of our mouth will.
(15) Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father. Comparable saying is John 10:30
Not born of a woman is our father. Again, Jesus is telling us we are all equal with Jesus. When we worship other humans, there is division instead of uniting and finding our way home. We are all divine beings of infinite worth and we are here to learn our lessons specific to us, and the ways of love and wisdom.
Each parable has many answers and within your own reflection you will find a greater answer than anyone else could give you. Perhaps we should consider the Gospel of Thomas was used by the others to write the Books of the New testament. Next month we review the next group of the 114 secret sayings of Jesus.
Have you ever considered how we have created this great illusion with our thoughts, emotions and actions. We are energetic beings and have unknowingly created our own reality as well as those around us. Worldwide, there are over 7 billion of us, thinking, talking, emotional, acting and reacting, all generating positive and negative energy. To complicate the issue, as humans, we have approximately 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day, most with unruly minds.
When a person thinks, speaks or acts negatively, or by gestures, criticizing, judging or controlling, energy is not sent only to the person intended, but into the world. The personal energy affects everyone around even though they may not be consciously aware. We all have experienced that moment when someone walks into our space smiling or crying, and how this affects the emotional vibrations. Sporting events are a prime example of how emotions affect the masses. A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology studied the effects of worrying on performing a task. Thinking negatively about your problems not only doesn’t help solve anything, it actually makes it harder for you to think of a helpful solution.
On the other hand, thinking positively generates energetic positive emotions, affecting all of those around us and even the world. Traditional views suggest experiences of positive emotions signal well-being and guide positive behavior in the moment. Positive emotions, although fleeting, have more long-lasting consequences. Positive emotions transform people for the better, providing a spiritual path for the future.
Mainstream and social media creates news, provoking thought, creating emotions resulting in actions and reactions, fueling our monkey mind. Energy prevails everywhere, in beings and objects including mother earth, creating our reality. The effects are not seen immediately, but can be defined as a garden, slowing growing and taking hold in whatever soil we have prepared.
Buddha said our lives are products of our mind. What we are today is a result of what we thought yesterday. What we think today influences what happens to us tomorrow. Our entire lives are products of our mind.
Lao Tzu said the world is transformed by those who love all people, just as you love yourself.
Jesus said in the Gospel of the Egyptians, You receive no benefit from loving only those who love you. Great benefits comes from loving those who hate you.
Perhaps it is time to recognize we are a product of our society which we created. Since we created it, we are the only ones that can change it. We can begin our journey by being kind and loving. With love in your heart, be aware of your thoughts and be of service to others in your own way. This is your journey, along with 7 billion others, and it starts with love. Whatever you have in your heart you will become.
How do addictions affect our spiritual journey? We all have addictions, all part of our life 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 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.
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!”
The 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.
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 can 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 states 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 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. Scientists 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.
Jesus 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 obtains 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 journey. 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.
Remember a time long ago, when we were children. As we were being born we were probably asking ourselves, “do I really want to do this?” I have a dear friend with a PhD in Linguistics, who told me about his birth. He was very serious , remembers the day he was born, recalling he did not want to come out. He resisted but he was pushed out against his will. We talk and laugh about that moment often.
According to the Law of One, we actually had a choice to come here, even pick our parents and our condition. We came here to learn, and by design, we simply do not remember. One thing for certain, we are here now, in this crazy mixed up world full of distortions and fabrications of truths. The Law of One also provided insight about us being graded on our performance during our lifetime with a positive/negative grading system. 51% positive you have your ticket home. Less than that, it is a do over, reincarnation and not just here, but anywhere in the Universe. Once again we do not remember anything from our past experiences. This concept is basically in line with eastern belief systems.
Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.” (Saying 4 Gospel of Thomas)
As infants, we learn to sit up, crawl, stand and then our first step. By the time we are able to communicate effectively, we have forgotten who we really are and our purpose. Then the programming begins. We have continuous media noise, our education , political and religious systems all work against us. We have families, children and most of us have to work. Life gets hectic, and before you realize it, we are emerged so deeply in the material world that it is difficult to think clearly, much less remember who we are and our purpose in life.
Yeshua 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.” (Saying 50 Gospel of Thomas)
Then at some point, realization sets in and we start to believe there is something more than the material world. We go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other places of worship to seek the truth. We either get comfortable in that belief system or continue seeking the truth. According to the Law of One, all religions have some truth, but no religion has all the truth. The passing criteria does not require you to be a member of a religion, or you can be a member of any religion as long as you are 51% positive. The key is love, and along with wisdom, something we are to learn during this lifetime. Love the One Infinite Creator with all your heart, love your neighbor, nature and all of God’s creation and be of service to others. Love is a very positive energy and is essentially who we are, the divine spark of God. Jesus said we were Gods in John 10:34. Our thoughts, emotions and actions manifest our reality, but like babies, we do not know how to use the divine power within and have to learned one step at a time. Every thought, every emotion and action is energy with positive or negative consequences, all computed in our 51% positive goal.
Jesus said, As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. John 13:34
The journey begins with a single step. We have been given divine gifts to help us find our way. Discernment is one of those gifts. The more you trust yourself and your judgement over what others tell you, the more you will see the light within.
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22
Understanding your thoughts, emotions and actions are paramount to your spiritual path manifesting your reality. Affirmations are a powerful tool, a reminder of your beliefs and goals. Meditation is our gateway to find our way home. Starting a daily practice can be one most beneficial endeavors to look within and discover your divinity. All of us are divine sparks of infinite worth trying to find our way home. Good luck on your journey and Love and Light to all.