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.

Cycles of Time

YugasThat which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there a thing of which it may be said, “Behold, this is new?” It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us. There is no memory of the former; neither shall there be any memory of the latter that are to come, among those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

There is nothing new under the sun – everything that was old will be new again. This is a truth that is not usually recognized. We live in a world where there are continuous cycles within cycles, and what goes around, comes around. This is evident in the familiar cycles of day and night that are within the cycle of seasons that are within the cycle of years. Scientists tell us that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles that continue to repeat their history after having changed it. If we can determine where we are within these cycles we might be able to understand the meaning of the date, December 21, 2012.

There’s been a lot of hype about December 21, 2012 and its indication that the end of the world is at hand. People have believed that the world would end at various times, many even building underground bunkers or congregating at a particular “safe place” after selling all they had. They obviously were misled because the world is still here and will be here for some time to come. However, the date of December 21, 2012 does have some significance regarding an ending – but the ending is also a new beginning.

Throughout time our ancestors have left messages about this ending/beginning in various forms. Some men have made it their life’s work to decipher these messages so they could be understood in light of current events. Many have come to the conclusion that we are on a journey through space in which cycles of time and energy are playing out to bring us back to our beginnings.

In the beginning, according to the way in which we are able to comprehend it, all things were of a spiritual quality. This is portrayed in the Bible as the “Garden of Eden” – the heavenly place of existence where Adam and Eve ate an apple and were driven out. While this is a parable the “Garden of Eden” pretty much describes things as they were in the beginning – an ethereal existence where there was “heaven on earth.” In more logical terms, this beginning of creation was not one of solid matter, but was composed of spirit that eventually evolved into the coarser and more solidified substance that is familiar today. Just as water (which is a symbol for spirit) can be gas as vapor, liquid as water, and solid as ice, the spirit world slowly changed from being composed of spirit to one of more solid substances composed of atoms and molecules that make up our universe. But, in the beginning of creation, everything was closely connected with spirit and had spiritual qualities.

Spirit basically is energy in motion, and the motion of energy takes on a wave form, or spiral kind of motion, causing it to change along a progressive pathway. As it did so, both substance and form became more complex, but it also became more removed from its spiritual beginning. As the human race developed, it also went through many changes, and the knowledge of spirit, that was so immediate in the beginning, became more and more a distant memory. Some of these memories were handed down from generation to generation in the form of myths and legends.

Several of these myths and legends allude to a time when there were drastic changes in the earth causing the destruction of man’s physical presence as well as his accumulated knowledge that had been recorded in many different forms. But a few of these forms survived and recently have been found to contain prophecy of things to come. Some of these forms provide an indication that there are signs in the stars and their relative positions to the earth.

Ancient Oriental astronomers, whose knowledge of the heavens was remarkable for their time, indicated that our solar system, with its sun and planets, revolves around another star. This orbit is such that it is completed only once in approximately every 24,000 of our earth’s years. In addition, they indicated that our sun, with its dual star, revolves around a grand center that emits powerful energetic radiation. As our solar system drifted away from this grand center, the mental capacity of humans decreased causing memories and knowledge of spirit to fade. In other words, humans have gone from a condition of spirit to a condition of matter in which all understanding and memory of their origins has been lost.

But the good news is that, while this cycle has been on a downward turn, it is beginning to shift its position into an upward turn – and this is the message of December 21, 2012. This means that the solar system is slowly advancing back toward the grand center where the radiation is stronger and will eventually bring us back to the place in the heavens where it all began. There is an expectation that this radiation will not only increase the mental and spiritual capacity of mankind, but it will also change our DNA in order to accommodate the increase in energy that the next level of Spirit requires.

These concepts have been explained by different authors in several different books and are summarized here according to the understanding of this author. The main message taken from all of this is that our universe will continue on until its purpose is fulfilled – and its purpose is to provide mankind with an environment in which we can fulfill the desire of Love to become conscious within each of us. For more information about all of this, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

Creation

Creation According to John
In the Bible’s Gospel of John the beginning of creation is described as the expression of sound through the “Word” of God. This is the Word through which all things were made.

The use of “Word” in this biblical passage indicates the concept of speech or sound, and may be taken to imply a connection with vibration. In this way it is an appropriate symbol since everything in creation vibrates, including sound and light. John most likely did not know about the vibratory nature of creation before his mystical experience, and he chose a particularly suitable way to express what he encountered through this insight. In his translation of this same biblical passage, Yogananda described this “Word” as vibratory sound with the power to produce matter, thus creating all things. He also stated that this Word existed from the very beginning as God’s first manifestation of creation. This is the “Word made flesh” in the person called Jesus.

Creation as Vibration
The idea of vibration as a fundamental part of everything is supported by quantum physics, which states that all things vibrate because everything is composed of energy. Based on this idea, quantum theorists believe they should be able to construct a “theory of everything,” a single mathematical formula that could describe every force in the universe and, to this end, several “string theories” have been proposed. However, none of these theories have been verified scientifically nor have they been fully accepted by the scientific community as yet. This is because these vibrating strings are smaller than sub-atomic particles and are impossible to be seen or easily tested according to scientific standards.

These theories suggest that our reality is composed of a multitude of vibrations, or vibrating strings, that have different vibratory or resonant patterns and are, therefore, infinitely varied. These superstrings are imagined to combine in a multitude of ways to produce a variety of fundamental forces. In a NOVA television broadcast on PBS called The Elegant Universe, these strings are represented as vibrating rubber-band-like figures that are constantly moving and changing shape. It is thought that these vibrating strings are able to produce matter, and Brian Greene’s superstring theory even seems to point to the existence of several dimensions beyond our own.

While science seems to be getting closer to spiritual truths, these truths have been realized previously by people who have had spiritual experiences. Although his language may be poetic in nature, Jakob Boehme (1575-1624) expressed much the same idea as the String Theory – something he could not have imagined in his lifetime. Sounding as though he is describing the Music of the Spheres, he wrote that God manifests into properties that are “his strings … tuned for great harmony.” He explained that God has manifested into properties that produce living creatures in which He “possesses the degrees” and “plays in the Properties” which are His “Strings … tuned for the great Harmony of his Eternal Speaking Word.” And again in another work he wrote, “so that each being may be a true sounding string in God’s harmonious concert.”

Yogananda viewed the Holy Spirit as being the creative vibration that produces matter by varying the rates of vibration, thereby building the basic sub-atomic structures of all things. He defined matter as relatively fixed vibrations of God’s consciousness but he described thought as God’s moving, progressive consciousness, the basic unit of creation that produces infinite transformations.

Edgar Cayce also indicated that creation consists of vibrations. He stated that every vibration is a manifestation of the Creator, as is all force, including the vibrations that produce electricity and life. Electricity is the same vibratory force or power, Cayce said, that is God in action. Just like Yogananda, Boehme, and the String Theory, Cayce equated this vibratory, creative force as the power that determines the nature of a thing. Accordingly, this power is a universal energy that is in everything and its source is God. This idea was evident in several of Cayce’s readings.

Dale Pond agreed that energy and substance are the same thing, their common link being vibration. These vibrations, he stated, have an infinite variety of frequencies as they change from one periodic state to another.

Eckhart Tolle also said that there is a vibrational energy field that gives life to the body, and this field is raised when higher levels of consciousness are reached. This follows along with Cayce’s comment that life is vibration. From this it can be understood that all things are composed of God’s consciousness which consists of vibrations.

These paragraphs have been taken from my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, where the sources of information are also provided.

The Problem of Evil

What we constantly feed our minds, we become.

Evil is a concept that causes a great deal of confusion. Seeing the horrors of evil causes many to question the existence of a loving God.

In order to understand evil it is necessary to understand its origin. There are myths that explain it as the fall of Adam and Eve from Paradise, and the banishment of the angel Lucifer from the Kingdom of Heaven. These allegories provide a way to conceptualize the way in which Spirit expressed Itself into matter. They show a separation between heaven and earth, angels and devils, good and evil. These are opposing spiritual forces that result in the material forces of positive and negative, attraction and repulsion and are the basis of atomic structure. They also provide us with the commonly understood idea of opposites.

In the beginning all was one within God and it is only through the opposing forces of positive and negative that creation as we know it became possible. Without these forces causing differences as opposites, everything would be the same everywhere and there would be no form, space or time as comprehended by mortals. In our daily experiences we find that opposites are merely expressions of different aspects of the same thing. A top cannot exist without a bottom, there has to be an up to have a down, evil would not be recognized without an awareness of good.

The forces of good and evil originate from a neutral center that is their Source (called the “Father” by Jesus), where both extremes are reconciled into one. A good example of this is temperature where there are extreme opposites of hot and cold. However, there is an undefined central point at which both extremes of temperature meet and blend into one, a place where there is neither hot nor cold, but where it is “just right.” Similarly, evil, weakness, and vice are the extremes of good, strength, and virtue, in the same way that cold is the extreme of hot. Between them is the “neutral center” – the place of the Father or Source of creation that possesses neither good nor evil but reconciles them both into One.

So it is that man, having free will, may direct his inner forces to either extreme, or work to establish harmony through a neutral center or “still point” within – a place where both extremes of good and evil are blended into harmony, peace and unity. While God’s purpose provided mankind with free will and the ability to reason, this awareness of choice has become corrupted through its use as misdirected power. It was not God but creatures who, because of ego, created evil through the use of negative forces to their own benefit.

Evil might be defined as complete disregard of the laws of God, causing a separation from God, while sin might be defined as wrong choice. Choices are tempered by whatever it is that each person believes to be good at the moment, and is an indication of who we are as individuals. The roots of sin are in selfishness as an expression of ego, the force of mind that presents itself in opposition to the mind of Spirit. Ego is the “false god” of the First Commandment that should not be placed above the Creator.

Whether anything is right or wrong is more a personal judgment than an intrinsic condition as it depends upon personal value systems. That which is considered good by one may be considered sin by another. For example, killing people in the name of God may be thought of as good by people having some particular belief while others consider it to be evil. However, every thought and action carries energetic vibrations from intentions, motivations and desires, and these will have a consequence. Because energy operates in cycles and returns to its source while attempting to come to a balance, whatever is sown is reaped.

The ability to choose between opposing situations or influences provides the opportunity to learn from the consequences of those choices and to gain in understanding. But in order to learn the difference between what is good and what is evil some goal or ideal is needed against which progress can be measured. Simply put, a decision must be made as to the kind of person we want to be and that has to be expressed through our words and deeds.

See also Duality, The Devil You Say, and Keely’s Comments on Vibrations and Suffering as presented here. The book SPIRIT AND TRUTH provides a more detailed explanation of these concepts.

Our Origins and Purpose for Being

Everything we see around us came from a power or force that has been personified as God, or the Father. This power has no limits or attributes and is therefore indescribable. Those who have perceived it describe it as a “Nothing” because there is no-thing within it. It existed before any thing was created and it brought into being all that is. Within this Source vague stirrings began, much like urges or desires, resulting in a differentiation from the formless power.

As consciousness began within the formless power it conceived an object, the process being called the Immaculate Conception and the result being called the Son of God. This initial consciousness, called the Son, is a part of the original power and yet distinct from it. The Son is the first soul or Master soul through which (but not from which) all things were created.

The form and force within the original creative power has been personified as Amelius, also known as the Word of God or first expression of the Father. Amelius represents consciousness as a unity, and is that which evolved into the consciousness called Adam as it became aware as an individual with will. This consciousness that became Adam was now a soul that eventually became the man called Jesus who, through the completion of the spiritual cycle, established it as the Christ Consciousness. This was accomplished as Jesus brought consciousness back to its Source as a perfect reflection of the Father so the “Nothing” could perceive Itself.

It was through the vibratory essence of the Christ Consciousness in eternity, beyond time, that all things came into existence including the human race. Our source is the Mind of God where all souls began when they first gained consciousness in the Son. Consciousness advanced through all dimensions and kingdoms providing life.

As the consciousness called Adam entered into bodies created through nature’s forces, Spirit, with the power of will, was infused into them. Those were bodies that could sustain self-awareness, while others continued along their own evolutionary path. Those bodies with soul, spirit, and will became aware of duality with a sense of individuality bringing about diversity and causing nature to become different in quality from the spiritual realm. Through experience in physical bodies, consciousness advanced bringing a sense of self with ego that carried consciousness away from its Source.

As a result, we consider ourselves to be separate bodies that began and will end in a single lifetime, but we are part of a single, universal, infinite consciousness, everywhere present and eternally existing. Our bodies are temples of God, having His consciousness within them. Our true nature is that of the soul, a part of Spirit, encased in a body with the purpose of experiencing duality.

As part of the cycle of creation, each soul is meant to return to the Source. This can be done only by using the will to balance the vibratory condition of the soul to its non-dual origins. Negatives and positives have to be reconciled so that only acceptance and Love remain. This is accomplished in thoughts, words and actions that express the highest good known as provided by the example of Jesus. The destiny of every soul is to become one with God as His reflection, while remaining aware of its individuality. Through as many lifetimes as may be necessary, every soul will recall its home and instill within its physical body’s consciousness the need to work its way back to its origins.

Since God is the Creator of all things, and we are a part of that creation, we are gods in our own right, currently without the ability to be conscious of this fact. This is our purpose for being – to become conscious of this fact as we reflect back to the Father all that He is. As Eckhart Tolle expressed it, “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”

These concepts are explained in greater detail in SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

Man as God’s Image

According to the first book of the Bible: God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) What is the meaning of man being made as the image of God?

Genesis tells us that God’s first creation was light. But this light was not the light of the sun and moon because the sun and moon were not created until the fourth day, and the “light” was created on the first day. This “light” that was created in the beginning, before anything else, is the “light” of consciousness.

Man is created on the sixth and last day, before God rested on the seventh. By “man” we mean the human race as a whole, and by “God” we mean the Source of all things, generally thought of as the “Father.”

We are told by the mystics that God has no form, place, or attributes. There is no way to describe God because there is nothing there to describe. There is only an incomprehensible darkness in which all things are contained, but not expressed as form. All things are ONE without distinction or properties within the Source.

Consciousness is symbolized as “light” in the Bible because without light there is only darkness, signifying incomprehension. Without consciousness there is no way to perceive anything. So the first requirement of the Source was to create some “means” through which all that was contained within it could be expressed and recognized. This “means” eventually evolved into man whose consciousness comes from the “light” that was created in the beginning. It is through man’s deepest consciousness that God is able to perceive all that was created. This occurs when a single human being reaches a state called Cosmic Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, or God realization.

Without consciousness man cannot perceive anything. Under anesthesia when the mind is no longer conscious, nothing is perceived. There is no time, no place, no existence, no awareness. This is much the same as God as the Source, or the “Father,” before “light” was created.

Once consciousness occurs a perception begins. In a newborn baby this perception is vague and becomes clearer in stages. We are told by the mystics that, in the beginning, all things were without form or shape, the Oneness of all things gradually becoming clearer and separating into forms of various sorts.

Our thoughts begin as notions that have no defined source, but appear as if from nowhere. These notions or vague feelings have no form at first, but as the light of consciousness recognizes them, they form ideas, and then they expand into words in our heads. These words are then given the energy of intention, desire or motivation, and become sounds or actions in the physical world. In this way, we become co-creators with God, bringing into the physical universe a manifestation of the “light” of consciousness within.

The energy of intention, desire, or motivation can be directed by will to a negative, positive, or neutral expression. We are most familiar with the positive and negative, but with the shift in consciousness that is now upon us, we need to recognize and use the neutral way. The neutral way is the place where both negative and positive again become ONE. It is called LOVE.

A more detailed explanation of these concepts is available in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, FINDING CLARIFICATION OF CHRISTIAN BELIEFS THROUGH THE WORDS OF SCIENTISTS, SCRIPTURES, SAGES AND SEERS available on amazon.com.

The Beatitudes

The commandments are guidelines for “doing,” as actions of the body. The beatitudes are guidelines for “being,” as guidance for spirit, the source of actions. These “be-attitudes,” or attitudes of being, define the manner in which the neutral Spirit within may be guided by will to choose the positive rather than the negative vibratory conditions of expression. Jesus taught the beatitudes saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.”
Matthew 5: 3-12
The poor in spirit are those who are humble instead of arrogant. Those who mourn are those who have compassion for others. Those who are gentle are not violent. Those who hunger for righteousness desire equality and fairness for all. Those who are merciful are forgiving and not vindictive. Those who are pure in heart are free of all negative desires. Those who are peacemakers are cooperative and not divisive. These are inner qualities that bless, not only those who possess them, but those who receive the actions resulting from these attitudes of being.