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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)

Time Is an Illusion

Crazy-Wall-ClockTIME AS ONE TIME (taken from SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann)
As a way of gaining some understanding of the unity of time, we refer to the explanation by theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku. On the internet’s YouTube he talks about Time and explains the idea that all of time, as we know it, exists at once. According to Dr. Kaku, there are many different frequencies of time existing together, and the time of which we are aware is only one of those frequencies. We experience just one particular time because our consciousness is “tuned in” to the vibratory force of three dimensions. It is much like tuning into one particular television frequency to watch a single program while there are many other programs broadcasting simultaneously. This “tuning” is called sympathy by Dale Pond who explains that sympathy is extremely important to us because without it we could not hear sounds or see objects. We act as “receivers” of vibrating waves coming from the environment and, because of our sympathy with them, we are able to translate these vibrations into comprehensible objects and sounds.

Dr. Kaku’s explanation directly relates to Cayce’s statement, given many years before Kaku’s, when he said that “all time is one time,” and also that, in our material plane, time is dependent upon the “rate of the vibratory force” as it is set into motion. Cayce was in agreement with Kaku when he told one individual that “all that is has been, and all that is to be has been already.” And to another person Cayce said, “You are already in eternity, your soul has been there since the beginning.”

Meher Baba explained that, since there is no time in eternity, everything that has happened, is happening, or will happen, has already happened. This is because there is no past or future in eternity, only the everlasting present where everything came to conclusion with the initial urge of the Creator to begin creative activity.

Even Eckhart Tolle agrees as he asks:

Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the Now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the Now? The answer is obvious, is it not? Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future – it will happen in the Now.

AFTERWORD:
Have you ever seen a child’s book that lets them make up a story by offering different choices? Such a book is Journey Under the Sea by R.A. Montgomery. The book description is:

This book is different from other books. You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story. There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result. Now enter the mysterious and beautiful world of Atlantis… YOU may be famous, you might decide never to return to the earth world above, or you may not get a chance to make that decision. Whatever happens, good luck!

This is much the same idea as our concept of time. We have many decisions to make and the ones that we choose are the ones we experience. All of the other possibilities are there, but we just don’t get to experience them. Mind boggling isn’t it?

For more information like this, read SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann

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

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 Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary with Jesus

Mary has an ancient history in the collective psychic imagination of mankind. Only her names (Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Diana, Ishtar, Venus, etc.) have changed over the centuries while her archetypal reality remains the same. She is referred to as wisdom present in the moment of creation, as co-redemptrix, as all-powerful, as the counterpart of the masculine force within the masculine and feminine fields of energy that exist in an inseparable unity. As the goddess of the divine feminine energy field within us, she is the feminine dimension of the Self. She is the spiritual vessel in which opposites combine. In her, ego and Self become united. In the same way, Mary and Jesus are counterpart personifications of the essential Self. The virginity of Mary means that incarnation is about the conception and birth of a higher consciousness without the intercession or necessity of any human agency, i.e. ego. Jesus is the personification of this and is, thus, spiritually, the son of a virgin mother. She is what we are meant to become. ~ adapted from *Mary Within, A Jungian Contemplation of Her Titles and Powers* by David Richo

See also: The Immaculate Conception, Continuing Appearances of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and The Fatima Secret

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.

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.

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.