What Is Judgment?

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Judgment is an evaluation with the intention that harm be dispensed as punishment for some transgression, either real or imagined. Any such emotional intention establishes an attraction for similar harmful energy to be dealt to those who judge. It sets a karmic reaction in motion for getting back the same kind of energy that was given out. That is the meaning of the statement above. Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Where judgment implies punishment, discernment recognizes differences, such as good vs bad, or acceptable vs not acceptable, without emotional engagement. To discern whether or not a snake is poisonous does not judge the snake. To decide whether a person’s words or actions are abusive is not a judgment of that person. Discernment is using the ability to distinguish between that which may be beneficial as opposed to that which may be harmful.

For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)

Judgment has no mercy. Discernment has no judgment and is not concerned with punishment or retribution because it is not interested in an outcome.

Know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for God searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28: 9)

The Trinity

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Christians tend to think of the Trinity as three “persons” and we see paintings that show three individual forms – one is an old man as the “Father” – Jesus is the “Son” – and a dove is the “Holy Spirit.” Common sense tells us that the Holy Spirit is not a dove but that the dove is a symbol or representation of something else. This is also true of the other two figures that artists used to help us conceptualize a Truth that is a central part of the Christian belief system.

God is said to be One but this doesn’t mean a single individual – it means a unity, a whole or “All That Is.” Within that unity there is diversity, and this diversity includes the spiritual dimension as well as the material or physical dimension. There are many dimensions as is pointed out in the Bible when it has Jesus saying that there are many mansions in his father’s house. Mansions or homes or houses are words that are more easily understood than dimensions, and such words are merely pointers to concepts rather than to actual physical forms. In the same way, the word “father” is more easily understood than “supreme being” or some other name that might help us to understand what God is. Language is always a hindrance when trying to talk about spiritual concepts because mind cannot understand what is beyond its limitations of the five senses. Understanding of spirit comes through a direct experience, or through intuition or insight. As the dimensions are experienced we can understand them as states of consciousness. Since we are conscious beings with complex nervous systems made for the purpose of experiencing, we have been given the ability to directly experience God. Mystics are those who have had such experiences. Some have been called saints. Many have described their experiences to assist those who also have the desire to find God within themselves.

The “Father” has been described by some as Pure Transcendent Being, Creative Source, Origin of All That Is, the Unconditioned and Unknowable. Also as a Nothing – which we can more easily understand as no-thing because the “Father” exists before things are created. There are no forms, no limits, no boundaries, no light in this state of consciousness – only a darkness in which pure awareness exists. It is Infinite Potential in more modern terms, like the potential energy in a battery that requires some form within which to work. This is the first phase or condition of our triune God – definitely not an old man up in the sky and not a “person.”

The next phase or condition is the “Son” which is one with, but distinct from, the “Father.” Like fog in air it has properties that the “Father” lacks. This is the Christ Consciousness, also called the Universal Consciousness or sometimes the “mind of God.” St. Teresa described the Logos or Creative Word, as it also has been called, as the expression or out-birth of the Father’s thought. It is where the Divine Substance first becomes apprehensible – it is a mediating principle. It is the expressed image of God and the “bridge” between the finite and infinite, between the individual and the Absolute. It is what we might call “heaven” where the potential of the “Father” comes forth as a spiritual expression of Wholeness and Unity. Fr. Richard Rohr calls this the “Cosmic Christ” through which God has “let us know the mystery of his purpose.” He says that Christ is not the last name of Jesus but the title for his life’s purpose. John Duns Scotus described the Christ as the very first idea in the mind of God, and God has never stopped thinking, dreaming, and creating the Christ. What the Christ means is the confluence of divinity and physicality, spirit and matter. When the material and spiritual worlds coexist, we have Christ. This Christ is not Jesus, it is a consciousness within Jesus that has the potential of becoming real in each one of us.

We never hear about “God the Mother.” During one of the early Church Councils Mary was made the “mother of God” but if we see God as the “Father,” without beginning or end, there is no mother involved. Here the assumption is that Jesus is God, but as Fr. Rohr says, “The historical Jesus has become the new monotheistic God – God the Father for all practical purposes. Until we saw Jesus we couldn’t imagine what God was like. We start with Jesus then we can move backwards to the Cosmic Christ who exists from the beginning.” The eternal birthing of the Cosmic Christ, or Universal Christ Consciousness, takes place within the spiritual body of what has been called the “Cosmic Virgin Mary,” and is the eternal spiritual birthing of creation. This is the Immaculate Conception, eternal creation through the power of Spirit, a virginal receiving of the potential energy of the Father making it substantial, just as St. Teresa said. This birth began in our physical world with the virgin birth of Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the personification of the Immaculate Conception, the womb of creation in which all things come into existence through the power of Spirit. Just as the Immaculate Conception gives birth to the Christ Consciousness, Mary gave birth to Jesus who is the personification of the Christ Consciousness, the spiritual form of everything that exists. Mary is the personification of Mother Nature and our mother, the intermediary between us and the Christ, just as the Christ is the intermediary between us and the Father. They are all one thing, blending together with no real separation except as a way to think about it.

Science tells us that everything is energy that cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes form. Energy consists of positives and negatives that interact to create atoms, molecules and compounds that make up our material world. We can apply this principle to the Trinity in which positive and negative forces “dance” together to create. It is within the womb of creation, which is the negative, feminine or receiving aspect, where the positive, masculine or giving aspects combine. It is a yin/yang relationship in which different phases work together to bring creation into being. It is within this womb that the Christ is birthed through the energy of Spirit. It is the spiritual basis of the incarnation of Jesus where two souls, embodied in human flesh, personified a spiritual Truth. It is within this “womb of creation,” which has also been called the “mind of God,” that three things become one, and it is impossible to separate them.

If we think of a flashlight we know that it has form as an outside that holds a battery and a bulb. The battery contains potential energy that does nothing by itself but requires some form in which to work. When a connection is made between the positive and negative poles, the bulb in the flashlight changes the potential energy from the battery to light energy that we can see. In the same way, the outgoing potential energy of the Father, as the Holy Spirit, is transformed within the womb of creation producing an Immaculate Conception, through which the Son becomes apparent as the Christ Consciousness, the Unity of creation. These are all one thing known as the Trinity.

When people have an existential experience of God, their consciousness becomes one with these phases of God. Everything is seen as a Unity of which the person is a part. Their individuality remains within the Unity as an instrument that reflects the image of creation back to the Father who exists at the core of our being.

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus; What is God?; The Significance of Mary, the Mother of Jesus; The Immaculate Conception

Did You Know?

Fragment of a Hellenistic relief ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Fragment of a Hellenistic relief (1st century BC – 1st century AD) depicting the Twelve Olympian gods; from left to right, Hestia, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, Artemis, Apollo ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Many gods were worshiped in ancient times because it was believed that the highest god was unknowable and unreachable. This god was beyond comprehension, beyond the minds of humans, unable to be reached by consciousness. Therefore many lower gods were sought to intercede between humans and this ultimate god. Each lower god had a particular skill or purpose such as a god for rain, crops, fertility, good fortune etc. This has carried over into our times with the idea that saints can intercede for us. For example, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

For the early Christians, “the Father” God was that highest, unknowable and unreachable God. Therefore there was much meaning for them in the message of John 14:6 where Jesus is quoted as saying that, “I am the *way*, the truth, and the *life*. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” For them it meant that there was now a direct connection between them and the highest God.

When we think of consciousness as *life* force and the medium through which we gain perception of our world, we can also understand that our world view has continued to expand over time because consciousness is expanding. When our view of God the Father is seen as the unconscious part of ourselves (the Kingdom of God within us), where infinite possibility exists but is not yet created, then we can get an idea of the *Way* in which Jesus, through a perfectly harmonized human consciousness of Love, brought consciousness into the unconscious Source that was previously inaccessible. In this way, Jesus made God accessible to humans so that each of us, through a consciousness of perfect Love, could become one with the infinite Father God. This is the meaning of enlightenment, realization, and the Biblical passage:

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.” (John 14:8-12)

The Significance of the Man Called Jesus

JesusIn order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.

The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”

The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.

From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.

As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.

The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.

For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: The Meaning of Christmas, The Resurrecton of the Body, The Meaning of Easter

What Is God?

Infinite PossibilityGod as the “Father,” the Source of All Things

From ~ SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers by Samuel Mann

One of the people who experienced higher realms of consciousness and then wrote several books to explain them was Jacob Boehme. Born in Germany in 1575, he was a humble shoemaker who had visions that left him with knowledge beyond his natural abilities. From what was revealed to him, Boehme described God as a “Nothing” because, prior to creation, God possesses no attributes.

Logically we can understand that nothing existed (at least nothing that our minds can comprehend) before creation began. Only God existed until God created all “things.” Since God is not a created “thing” the Creator can be considered a no-thing or a “Nothing” compared to all the things that were created. As a “Nothing,” God has no parts or attributes or place that can be used to define Him. That is to say, there is no length, breadth, depth, no thickness or thinness, no darkness or light, no positive or negative, nor any other kind of description we can think of, that can define God as the Father and source of all that exists.

Similar definitions of God as a “Nothing” have been given by various other sources. Johannes Tauler, a Dominican mystic and preacher born around 1300, expressed this same idea. Additionally, a “dark cloud of unknowing” was described by an unknown author of the fourteenth century as the place where one will encounter God. But the Theologia Deutsch, author unknown, gives us a better insight into this “Nothing” by explaining that it is beyond the recognition of creatures as it is “not of their kind.” This seems to indicate that this “Nothing” is not like anything previously understood by mind to which a “connection” might be made. Even recent authors as Paramahansa Yogananda expressed the same idea that God is unknowable, being without attributes. Like Dale Pond, they all confirm the concept of a God that is beyond comprehension because there is no thing to comprehend.

In his discourse on Boehme’s works, Rufus Jones explained this concept of the nothingness of God as opposed to the created things that become apparent from this nothingness. This “Nothing” is not emptiness but fullness, a pregnant possibility containing all that is, before it manifests. This “Nothing” also can be thought of as everything that is to be, but still without form or properties. Within the Father there is only stillness and sameness without form or substance. God, as the Father, simply IS.PotentialEnergy

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus  and  Is There A God? 

The Resurrection of the Body

AuraComments on The Resurrection of the Body given by St. Paul To the Corinthians (1Corinthians 15)
[The Gospel quotes are in bold italics.]

The resurrection of the body is a Christian belief stated in the Apostles’ Creed. It does not refer to the resurrection of Jesus alone. It is intended for each one of us.

The idea of the dead coming back to life is certainly a strange one, and it was considered as such by many people living during the time of Jesus. But even in the Old Testament we find reference to a resurrection of the body. Your dead shall live. (Isaiah 26: 19) Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. (Daniel 12:2)
After the death of Jesus, this concept of the dead coming back to life became a central fact for those who followed him. Since there were many non-believers, Paul sought to clarify the meaning of the resurrection:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Jesus was the first to resurrect his physical body – and since that time there have been a few accounts of other holy people who have done the same. While these accounts cannot be proven without a doubt, it does suggest the possibility of resurrection of the body for everyone. Paul says:

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish one, that which you yourself sow (as seeds planted in the earth) is not made alive unless it dies. (That which) is sown (in flesh is) a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then (comes) that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust.
Paul indicates that Adam, the first man, was a “living soul.” This soul was the Light of conscious awareness, the Light that had been created in the beginning, and it merged with nature to become a soul within a body of flesh. This was the “fall from heaven” – the descent of the spiritual as it became a part of the physical world through the means of a flesh body. It is through a flesh body that the soul finds its individuality, differentiating itself from the unity of its origins. This is the work of the ego or self (with a small “s”), as it develops in the “man of the earth.”

The second man (Jesus, the last Adam) is the Lord from heaven. … flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery… the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
Just as Adam brought the Spirit into flesh, Jesus brought the flesh back to Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God because different levels of vibratory energy are not compatible. Spirit is a higher level of energy, and materiality is a lower level of energy. The soul, having become “corrupted” by nature’s vibrations through the senses, is now required to balance the energy it has accumulated. When the soul’s vibrations harmonize with Spirit, it gains the power to create in the same way that Spirit created in the beginning. Then it can create another body of flesh that is in harmonic vibration with Spirit. Once the vibratory energy of the body has been transformed into spiritual energy it can “inherit the Kingdom.”

But when this corruptible (body) will have put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (Isaiah 25:8) “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” (Hosea 13:14) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The power of sin is the law because we are subject to the laws of cause and effect, and for each transgression there will be a compensating consequence to create a balancing of energy, known as karma. But the incorruptible body is no longer subject to the law because it has transcended the law by becoming wholly (holy) balanced and in harmony with God.

(John 20:17) verifies the fact that a return to the Father God provides the transformation required to turn nature’s flesh to spiritual flesh:
Jesus said to her, “Don’t touch me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”
God intended that every soul should have the possibility of returning to its Source (the Father God) as the completion of a spiritual cycle that went from God to man, and from man back to God. Jesus was the first to bring back to the Father the original Light of awareness that Adam had brought from Spirit into materiality. The life of the soul began in Adam within the natural world with the purpose of bringing the soul back to its spiritual origins, completely transformed in Love, as the completion of a spiritual cycle. This completion occurred as Jesus died, returned to the Father, and was then able to reconstruct the atoms of the physical body to create a glorified body by means of the spiritualized mind. This was much like the original spiritual creation in the Mind of God, but now it was occurring in an individual who had become one with God.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Having completed the cycle of consciousness by bringing it back to the Father God, the body of Jesus became a glorified, incorruptible body of flesh, impervious to death. This is the possibility of at-one-ment (atonement) of God and man – that which was impossible for us until Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and provided a Way for us to follow him. God became man so that man can become one, again, with God – knowing ourselves to be ourselves, yet One with the Whole. Thus our labor is not in vain if we follow the teachings of Jesus. This we do by transforming our inner selves through virtuous acts of patience and love.

Resurrection

Also see:THE MEANING OF EASTER,

and also see a lecture, Paul as Pastor, by Yale professor, Dale Martin, on Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians that includes the resurrection of the body

The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

The Meaning of Christmas

HolyFamily The meaning of this advent season – the birth of the child Jesus who became the Christ – cannot be explained except through the experience of each individual within their own life; for knowing about an event is very different from the wisdom presented by that event. You may believe what you hear, but your actions will rarely show that belief unless you have experienced that God so loved the world as to give His Son so we may know there is an advocate with the Father.

We have been told about that event in Bethlehem ages ago when Mary, that channel, had so dedicated herself to the service of God as to become the Mother of Love incarnate. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit because she had fulfilled all things that God had required of her by perfectly balancing the spiritual, mental and physical. Through her the world was shown that this was possible in the experience of any and all who also would make themselves channels through which the Holy Spirit of God (the Christ Consciousness as Love) might manifest. Know this had no beginning in the 2000 years ago, but it happens again, and again, and again!
There never was a time when there was not a Christ and not a Christ-mass, for to have a beginning, there must be an end. There is the possibility in every human birth of that entrance again of a god-man into the earth. The Christ may be born, not as a physical birth, but into the consciousness of a human being. The Christ Consciousness is a Universal Consciousness of the Father Spirit that is found by the opening of those channels within the physical body through which the energies of the Infinite are attuned, as in deep meditation. Those who draw nearer to the Universal Consciousness of the Christ come closer to the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces, or God the Father. This is what the man Jesus attained when he gave of himself to the World. Since the entrance of Jesus into the world, and his making it possible for man to find his way back to God, there has been and will continue to be, an increase of those who will follow him successfully. He will come again and again in the hearts, the minds, the experiences of those that love his coming. But those who think of him and become fearful because they know what his presence would mean, he passes by.
For God seeks all to be one with Him. And as all things were made by Him, that which is the Creative Influence is in every mineral, vegetable, and every individual activity, and is that same force called “God” – and It seeks expression! Just as when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. This was not as an activity from the sun, or light as shed from any radial influence, but it was the ability of consciousness coming into growth from the First Cause. The light became the light of men – mind made aware of conscious existence. That light came among us, showing us the way to find that same consciousness within self – for the kingdom is within, and when self is made one with those spiritual forces there may come the at-one-ment with God. For in truth, we live and move and have our being in Him.
What then is the purpose of everyone’s activity in the consciousness of mind, matter, and spirit in the present? That each may know itself to be itself while part of the Whole; not the Whole, but one with the Whole and still retaining its individuality; knowing itself to be itself, yet one with the purposes of the First Cause that called each of us into being, into the awareness, into the consciousness of itself. That is the purpose; that is the cause of being – and that is the purpose of Christmas. ~ Adapted from several Edgar Cayce Readings

The uniqueness of the Christ as Jesus was that God became conscious as an individual. This is why you are in the earth – not to become conscious of God, for you were that before entering the earth – but that God would become conscious as man, that God would become an individual. This is a transformation, an amelioration, the purpose for which Jesus entered the earth – to manifest the atonement (at-one-ment) with the Father. We have the hope that all minds and all souls will strive to be channels of God, that God may be manifested as an individual in each one of us. ~ (taken from the book, The Spirit unto the Churches)

God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. ~ (1John 4:15)

Christmas is about allowing God, as Love, to manifest in us.

HAVE AN ESPECIALLY BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus
The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus
The Meaning of Easter

The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th, is one of the most misunderstood concepts, even in the Catholic Church. Its significance is greater than that of Mary’s being born without the “stain of original sin” as it is interpreted. Neither does it refer to the virgin birth, although the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary is a physical representation of the Immaculate Conception.

To understand the meaning of the Immaculate Conception it is necessary to understand that before any “thing” was created there was no “thing” (nothing) in existence except the Father Spirit, the Source of all things. Once creation began it caused a disunity within this Source – that which was before anything was created and that which appeared after creation began. This second state is the Immaculate Conception – the beginning or womb of creation – through which the Word, Holy Spirit, or sound of “aum” was expressed to begin creation. This sound or Word was made flesh as Jesus, immaculately conceived in the womb of his mother, Mary. The birth of Mary to her mother, Ann, was also a virgin birth since the souls of both Jesus and Mary sprang from the Father Spirit, God, in the very beginning of creation. They were as one soul in the beginning of creation, separated only by the different ways in which they were expressed – Mary as the womb of creation, or mind responding perfectly to the Father to bring about creation, and Jesus as the Word of God, or the consciousness through which all things were created and experienced.

The “wife of God” looks on as God creates Adam in Michelangelo’s painting.

The Immaculate Conception has been celebrated throughout past ages by personification of this concept – as Sophia, Wisdom, Isis, Eve and even Asherah, wife of God. The concept remains the same – the perfect response of mind to build matter according to the intent of God the Father – humankind being made in the likeness of God in that a human mind is the source of whatever is built in physical creation.

Lakshmi, The Hindu Version of the Immaculate Conception
Vishnu is a main Vedic God, the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu’s female counterpart is called Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the consort of the god Vishnu. Also called Mahalakshmi, she has always existed. She is called Mother Earth. She is seen in two forms, the representation and totality of the material world or energy and the spiritual world or energy. Lakshmi is the power of Lord Vishnu. They are not separate beings, they are one. Lakshmi is depicted in her universal form as Shakti. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Not only is the Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti exists in a state of having dependence on no-one, being interdependent with the entire universe. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy, being the female half of Shiva. (taken from Wikipedia)

A part of the beginning cycle of Spirit was completed with the birth of Jesus to Mary in that it brought Spirit into flesh enabling each one of us to become like Mary by giving birth to the Christ within our own consciousness once when we have aligned our wills with Love.

Also see Wikipedia – or – an article about Asherah – or – an excerpt from NOVA on YouTube – and The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Additional information about these concepts can be found in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers. The book is available in print or electronic format from amazon.com – the electronic format can be read on your computer using the available download from Amazon.

Reincarnation

According to the Apostles’ Creed, Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. Edgar Cayce was asked what body, referred to in the Creed, will be resurrected? This was asked by those who believed in reincarnation – that a soul takes form in many different bodies in many different places and in many different lifetimes. Cayce answered that it refers to the physical body, the same body each individual had from the beginning and throughout the ages. Otherwise, he asks, how could it be individual? He further explained that when the unity of consciousness initially separated into individual beings, each being took on a shadow form (thought form) to provide for its individuality. Since each being had mind and will, it used the creative forces of which it was still a part, to create experiences that could feed or build a soul body. Once the soul enters the physical dimension it takes the matter it has drawn to itself to form another body. Although the physical body decays and dissolves, mind, being the builder, uses the vibrations the soul has accumulated to create a new body. What becomes of the body, he said, depends upon the choices that have been made. The destiny of the body, then, depends upon the individual. (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-86)

Because the soul uses those vibrations which it has experienced to build a physical body, an individual will find himself or herself in a body conforming to vibrations that produce health or infirmity, strength or weakness. This is where the balancing power of karma will have its effect.

While all of this may be difficult to believe, scientific research is proving it to be valid. Walter Semkiw, M.D. has written two books about reincarnation, Born Again, and Return of the Revolutionaries. The latter presents evidence–including photographs–that John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and numerous other American Revolutionaries have been reincarnated as the political and spiritual leaders of today, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Marianne Williamson, Shirley MacLaine, and others, in order to begin a Spiritual Revolution. He documents past life recollections of people with current photos along with those of their recalled past life person. He found that facial features, body postures, and hand gestures can be consistent from one lifetime to another. He believes there is an “energy template” or possibly a holographic image that the developing fetus uses to shape the body.

Another interesting facet of this research was the finding that individuals did not necessarily reincarnate in the same ethnic affiliation, religion, nationality, race or gender from one lifetime to another. Dr. Semkiw maintains that once it is understood that Muslim Palestinians may become Jewish Israelis, Protestants may become Catholics, Islamic terrorists may become Christian Westerners and Shiites can become Sunnis, and vice versa, then it will make no sense to perpetuate violence on one another. He states that, “When we see ourselves as universal souls, we understand that we are all brothers and sisters who are evolving together through lifetimes on Earth.” More can be learned from his article, Principles of Reincarnation or How Reincarnation Works, available on the website of the Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS).

More information about these concepts can be found in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.