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

What Is Your Heart’s Desire?

Heart with glowDesire is a part of human nature because it is a part of the soul. Desire originates from our Source (God) along with the gift of will. Cayce described desire as the power that drives us, and will as the force that directs that power. It is from the desires of the heart (the urges and intentions) that thoughts are able to bring about physical activities to shape those desires. The power within the Source that began creation was a desire or urge within It to know Itself. It was this same desire that created duality with its positive and negative poles but, when desire is joined with will that is directed toward God, it becomes a positive influence within the life of the soul.

Although desire is the basis of evolution, life and truth, it also paves the way to hell. When only the pleasures of the physical are desired and the spirit is neglected, an imbalance is produced within the soul. Desiring things to please self in the physical may bring consequences that are not very pleasing when what has been sown eventually is experienced. Those who seek only physical gratification will find that this is hell itself.

Desire and will are two forces that are constantly playing out throughout our lifetimes. Unified they are creative in their aspects and through them we can create peace or destruction. Through desire and will we direct the spirit within to be either one with or separate from our Creator. The challenge is to direct both desire and will to the neutral center, the still point within us, the place of the “Nothing”(footnote 1) where there is only love.

Cayce was asked whether the desires of the flesh body are carried over after death and he replied that any desires that have become a portion of the subconscious mind will pass on with the soul after death. Appetites such as gluttonousness or an addiction will be part of the soul-body’s normal consciousness after it leaves a physical body since the physical body’s subconscious mind becomes the conscious mind of the soul. The inability to quench bodily desires without the benefit of a physical body will be the self-made hell that an individual will have to endure.

The vibrations built into the soul equip the soul for a particular vibratory environment after death, and that vibratory environment will be one to which the soul will be attracted because like attracts like. Whatever is built into the soul during a lifetime is that which is found in death. Our lessons continue, whether in a physical body on earth, or in another dimension, each in its own sphere or realm according to that in which the vibrations were created. Therefore, each soul’s experience after leaving the body is as individual as the person was during his or her lifetime because it is shaped by the individual themselves.(footnote 2) In a new physical incarnation there will be a reflection of the effects of past actions and also opportunities to correct past errors. (This has been taken from my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers)

1.See the blog “Is There A God?
2.This has been shown to be true in a Youtube video presenting research of near-death experiences.

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.

Continuing Appearances of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary has appeared in many countries. This photo was taken in Egypt during one of her appearances there in the 1960s.

This is information about the apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that began in June 1981 at Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. There were six young people who first saw Mary. She has appeared several times to each of them but particularly to Mirjana who has had visitations in both her native country and in Sterrett, Alabama, USA. Our Lady has been appearing every single day to one or more of the visionaries for 28 years. This is well over 12,820 apparitions. Our Lady said on April 4, 1985, “I wish to keep on giving you messages as it has never been in history from the beginning of the world.” Our Lady said on May 2, 1982, “I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Afterwards I will not appear any more on this earth.”

This is information which Mirjana gave to Father Tomislav Vlasic on November 5, 1983 about the secrets of Fatima and the chastisement to come:

There will be three warnings in the form of events on earth before a visible sign is given to mankind. After the admonitions, a visible sign will appear on the site of the apparitions in Medjugorje for all the people to see. The sign will be given as a testimony to the apparitions and in order to call people back to faith.

After the first admonition, the others will follow in a rather short time. Thus, people will have some time for conversion. That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the visible sign appears, those who are still alive will have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation.

The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: “Convert as quickly as possible. Open your hearts to God.” That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: “You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature.”

The invitation to prayer and penance is meant to avert evil and war, but most of all to save souls.

The following is Our Lady of Medjugorje’s October 2, 2012 monthly message through Mirjana:

“Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God’s love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you.”

The most important message is always: “Dear children! Today I invite you to conversion. This is the most important message that I have given you here…”

For additional information you can go to the Caritas website: http://www.medjugorje.com/index.html

The Devil, You Say

Devil
The phrase, “The devil made me do it” was popularized by Flip Wilson, a comedian of the 70’s. It removes the responsibility for any action from the self and attributes it to the devil. This is the thinking of many who believe that the devil is responsible for any kind of evil thought or act.

The idea of a devil was necessary to express a concept that requires an intuitive insight, or an understanding of the human psyche. This is true of many spiritual concepts that are otherwise unexplainable in words. The word “God,” for example, has many different connotations, and the concept is expressed through a variety of words that appear to distinguish different personalities while they are actually attempting to bring to mind a single idea that is entirely foreign to mind.

The personification of the part of the human psyche that is ego-centered is that which is called the devil. Ego is that part of our selves which is in direct opposition to that which is personified as God. Ego considers itself to be its own god of the earth and, as such, it desires to rule over each of us, giving us the notion that we are perfect and good regardless of our thoughts, words or actions. This is in contrast to the inner promptings of conscience, the still, small voice within. The ability to choose what is right is drowned out by the constant rumbling of thoughts, attitudes and emotions that cloud the mind and hide that quiet inner feeling. This is enhanced even more so in this age of technology where iPods keep us continuously tuned in to the outer world, while they drown out the inner.

We each confront our own devils when we are given the choice to give of ourselves instead of taking for our own selfish gains. It is selfishness, the aim of ego to enhance its own growth, which directs us away from the openness and unity of Love. It separates and divides making us believe that we are not connected to the Whole. It is interested only in the self and its gains, often at the expense of others. This is the root of all evil in the world and is that which is called the “devil.”

For more information about the devil and evil, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: Duality and The Problem of Evil