Ignorance, superstition, and fear are three ruffians through whose agencies the Spirit of Good is murdered and a false kingdom, controlled by wrong thinking, wrong feeling, and wrong action, established in its stead. In the material universe evil appears ever victorious.
~ Manly P. Hall
Posted by Joël on May 5, 2013
A common misconception about a healthy diet is that it consists solely of eating healthy foods. But there is perhaps an even more important aspect of our diet than what we eat: what we eat it with.
Anyone who has had an elementary course in chemistry will know what happens when certain compounds are mixed together in an aqueous solution. If a reaction occurs it is because the elements are mixing and matching, breaking apart and forming new compounds. The same thing happens inside our stomachs; the only thing is we cannot see what is going on… or can we?
Sure science may catch up, and there is a branch of it called “trophology” or the study of food combinations, but it is mostly ignored by the mainstream anything; you kind of have to stumble upon it in order to learn about it. But perhaps there is another way to get insight into proper food combination: through the spiritual work.
One such person who could seemingly pierce the veil of the physical form without using a scalpel was a man named Edgar Cayce. Often called the “sleeping prophet” or the “father of holistic medicine”, Cayce was a man who, growing up in Kentucky, U.S.A. in the late 19th/early 20th centuries discovered (kind of haphazardly over a series of events) that he could put himself into a trance and when he was ready a person present in the room could ask him questions about just about anything. His work began by helping people physically with health problems, but he began to dig into their past lives, talk about Atlantis, and after a while people began to ask him about many things from the pyramids to future events to many other vast areas, and they found no matter what they asked him, he would have keen knowledge on it–and all this from a farm boy with an 8th grade education! He gave over 15,000 of these “readings” by the time he died in 1945, and left a legacy into which many have been studying to this day. I myself have been studying his well-documented readings on and off for about 17 years.
The focus of this article is on his health advice. When he would advise on diet, of course he advised plenty of fruits and vegetables, and against things such as fried foods, pork, red meat in excess, and so on–all things we are pretty aware of these days. But more importantly, almost always he would remind the reading recipient of proper food combinations. The mixing of certain foods he said was often more detrimental than just eating poorly to begin with. Some of the primary combinations he advised us to avoid are so common in modern diets that it is no wonder people have such unhealthy gastrointestinal tracts. What happens when we eat poor food combinations is that they don’t really digest properly, and when these formed toxins hit the intestines, there is a defense mechanism which blocks the toxins from being reabsorbed into the body: a mucous that lines the walls of the large intestines. After some time of eating poorly, this mucous builds up layer over layer and the old mucous doesn’t get washed out, it hardens… successfully blocking both toxins AND nutrients. This would result in improper assimilation. At that point even eating well would do little for us as we can’t even absorb the nutrients. Therefore, food combination is extremely important. It may not seem as though we are affected by some of the following food combination no-no’s but if they have been common in our diets it could just be that we are used to them and have a nice thick wall of mucous tar in our intestines. Seriously, this is a known fact. Years ago, Oprah even had some doctor peeling this tar away from an unhealthy intestinal wall of a cadaver on television to show the seriousness of it.
Some of the huge combination no-no’s according to Cayce are:
- Citrus + cereal
- Citrus + dairy
- Meat + starch (huge no-no! meat and taters anyone?!)
- Meat + dairy (didn’t harp on this as much as meat+starch)
- Raw apples + anything (raw apples only to be taken if the only source of food for 2 or 3 days as part of the apple diet)
Of course, there are many things which seem to mix well with almost anything, such as most vegetables. Also note that high quality whole grain breads are similar to light proteins in digestion, so they do not fall under the meat+starch category as much as something like potatoes, white bread, etc. Raw pears mix with most foods and are much better than apples and were often recommended by Cayce as an easy way to alkalize the system. Bananas were only recommended if very ripe. Tomatoes which are not vine ripened are said to be toxic, while tomatoes which are vine ripened are very good. Of course lettuce, celery, and carrots are the dietary staple which if eaten daily in generous amounts will, according to Cayce, make us virtually immune to most illnesses.
Posted by Joël on April 29, 2013
Time, abilities, and opportunities are given to us on loan from the Universe, from our Creator, to see what we will do with them. It is not wise to be proud of such things. Time will take everything away if we don’t use it wisely. But if we use what we have, God will give us more. I have tried to apply this to every aspect of my life and found it to be true with no exceptions. Be grateful for every second you are given. Spend it wisely, and use what you have in hand to do the Lord’s will, for He does have a will for each one of us. We each exist for a reason. The more we explore that reason and sacrifice ourselves to that reason, the more peace and happiness we will have, and the more we will have to share. That kind of peace and happiness emerges from inside, not from outside.
Posted by Joël on April 9, 2013
Blessed are you who have prior knowledge of the stumbling blocks and who flee alien things.
Blessed are you who are reviled and not esteemed on account of the love their lord has for them.
Blessed are you who weep and are oppressed by those without hope, for you will be released from every bondage.
Watch and pray that you not come to be in the flesh, but rather that you come forth from the bondage of the bitterness of this life. And as you pray, you will find rest, for you have left behind the suffering and the disgrace. For when you come forth from the sufferings and passions of the body, you will receive rest from the good one, and you will reign with the king, you joined with him and he with you, from now on, for ever and ever, Amen.
~ Jesus, from The Book of Thomas the Contender
Posted by Joël on February 2, 2013
We’re always looking for the big things to set us free, to save us from our miserable inner states. But what about the small things? This is where the work occurs, and if we don’t see this then we can stay stuck for an indefinite length of time. So we have to take one day and see it for what it is. No one is coming to save us. There is no magical alignment of the heavens that will instantly change the very nature of who and what we are. That choice is ours every day, and when we make that choice then the help comes, but only when we utilize that which we have in hand day by day. It’s when we learn to see the daily opportunities and use them to get closer to Divinity within ourselves and through our actions toward others that we are given more opportunities. But we can’t expect to move forward until we treat life itself as the battlefield for the work–every event, every interaction.
There is no space for a “normal” life for a Gnostic. It is not okay to just sit around complaining like everyone else. It’s not okay to ignore the people around us and our responsibilities toward them. It’s just not okay to be “normal” like that. These things are not for someone who wishes to progress in the spiritual work, yet they are traps we all fall into when we convince ourselves that we’re just waiting for the right opportunity to really do the work, right? You know we do this. We think, oh this ordinary day, what an ordinary day in an ordinary life, and right then in that thought we stop seeing reality. We fail to see that life itself is precisely where the work takes place.
It is a lonely struggle, but we can find friendship in it with others who are doing the same, and this friendship gives strength.
We have to suffer silently and see the traps of the various egos which exploit our weaknesses daily. It is intense, but it is the only way to true peace.
Posted by Joël on January 13, 2013
Being spiritual does not imply outer harmony. If it did, then Jesus never would have marched His way to the cross. He never would have been spit on, mocked, beaten, and murdered. He never would have been laughed at or called names. He never would have felt pain or anguish. He never would have had to avoid crowds and hide away. But we know that He did all these things. We know that though being perfect in every way, His outer life was far from any easy experience.
Yet what do we do when we approach the spiritual work? We might be wanting a healthy body, a healthy mind, a harmonious family environment. We might be looking for a conflict-free world where we get along with everyone around us. We might be trying to fabricate a life which we believe will bring us happiness. We might even think that when we get these things that it means we are being spiritual, that we are spiritual, and that our life is spiritual. But this is not the case. Spiritual life has absolutely nothing to do with outer circumstances. When chaos arises in the outer world, the first place to look is not how to fix the outer world but how to fix our inner chaos which has arisen in response. When this happens, when we harmonize inwardly, then the outer may or may not follow.
Contentment comes and goes. It is not the same as spiritual feelings. Yes there is contentment that comes with a healthy body and mind. Yes there is contentment that comes from a clean, healthy, constructive environment. Yes there is contentment with a period of rest, with having all our needs met, with being able to provide for our families. Yes there is contentment in all these things. But contentment is not happiness. Complications will always arise, and if we are attentive inwardly then we realize the complications are not much different than the contentment. They are both transitory, fleeting. It is the inward harmony and cleanliness that brings happiness throughout either outer experience.
Spirituality is not found in pleasure, pain, or contentment, but it is also not about denying ourselves the experiences of these things. Why run away from pain? We know it is transitory; there is nothing to run from. If we feel anguish, we do not have to write it off or try to smother it with positive thinking. We just have to go through it, seeing it for what it is, and being spiritual inwardly with faith. Remember with Jesus the two experiences become one, the marriage of Human with Divine. There was the Man who felt pain in the trials and tribulations (don’t forget Gethsemane), then there was the inner Man, the golden Man, free from both pain and pleasure, at true oneness with God, and this is something permanent.
Jesus did not seek to free Himself from that cross, did He? He could have if He wanted to, if our Father wanted Him to, but He did not, and this is a lesson worth reflecting on deeply. Why is our first reaction to pain in life to escape it? We say and pretend as though we put the spiritual first, but then we secretly think and behave as though we must fix the outer first in order to be spiritual. But the spiritual is not dependent on time or space or circumstances. The spiritual is in the here and now. Many people expend great amounts of physical and psychic energy to put on a harmonious outer life while in secret they are inwardly miserable in their dependence on outer harmony. They have forgotten that the spiritual is not something one has to show to anyone else, that it is not found in the fairy-tale life or the perfect job or at the next yoga retreat. It is not a display of anything nor is it an external experience in any way. Spirituality is a personal communion with God in our inner sanctum, when the heart and brain are ablaze with the fire of His Love. By walking with God, we know that He will provide the experiences we need in order to better walk with Him, that any complications which may arise outwardly are only temporary, and that this fire is what is true and everlasting, the fire of Being, acquired only by means of internal struggle free from dependence on any external thing.
Posted by Joël on December 11, 2012
Serve the Lord and the Lord will enlighten you. No matter how much you imagine what enlightenment is or how you will get there, you will not find it that way. We are dependent on our Being for everything. The one God, creator of all that is seen and unseen. This God wants mercy. He wants Love. He wants you to see your brothers and sisters as brothers and sisters, not in soft complacency but strong, firm and gentle patience. Love but don’t mush. Know yourself. Search yourself for that hidden light as once you find it no one can take it away from you save God Himself.
Posted by Joël on December 1, 2012
Jesus didn’t need exascale computing to heal the blind, to reconstruct the soldier’s ear, and to master the forces of life and death. He didn’t require quadrillions of hours of man-power to achieve these things. I really think we give too much credit to science. For every problem science seems to “solve”, several more problems are born. Then science goes to attack those problems and in turn creates even more. This is obviously an exponential growth of problems.
I think the frame of mind must shift. Not what can I do to further science, but perhaps we should be asking ourselves, how do I become like Jesus? The answer is not easy to find, but for someone who keeps asking sincerely and searching, they will find the keys to walking the spiritual path. And then when we find, we do, and that is where our energy is expended. After exascale computing (in the next 10 years or so), do you really think that we will have fewer problems? Yet how many hours of mental exhaustion will go into it? Yet how many of those investing this time and energy will ever truly search how to become like Jesus, Buddha, the saints from the various religions? Not just a belief, go to church, come home, do science, but really expend the effort internally to go beyond the easy path. How many hours will be spent on that? Not that many comparatively. And so, here is your world, science. You can expect to undergo chemo sometime in your life, or get diabetes, or alzheimer’s. You may have to get a chunk of yourself removed. You probably have horrible allergies, or joint pains. If you are not blind or deaf, you can expect to go blind or deaf later in life. Science can sort-of correct these problems sometimes, but often it is science which has created these problems, at least to the scale that it is COMMON to have a major illness.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with technological development, but I find that technological development in the name of so-called “medical science” or “real-world problems” is often self-contradicting. Medical problems are simply not solved by larger and faster computers. I heard someone today argue that high-performance computing was good for vaccine testing and that this is a service to humanity. Yeah, I’ll believe that as soon as you prove the argument that vaccines are a good thing.
Anyhow, what about fun? Why doesn’t anyone just develop solely for the purpose of expressing their God-given creativity? Those who preach the “real-world-problem-solving” benefit of supercomputing tend to ignore or even scoff at the idea of powerful computational power improvements for the sole purpose of better cell phones and tablets. But why not? The spiritual work provides all those things necessary for discovering and correcting the real problems the body, the mind, and the world face. With it, one knows where to be and when to be. One can predict with precision the things that matter for them to predict. With it, one does not die, even if he decides to leave the body, he does not experience death and rebirth and death and rebirth (unless he chooses to do so). Instead, he experiences eternal life, and he does not depend on an exascale computer for it!
Posted by Joël on November 15, 2012
Happiness, then, is not a thing set apart from self, but the conditions with which one approaches that in hand to be done! for when one considers that the position of self is hard to bear, is not as is desired, the desire of the heart often maketh one afraid–unless that desire is ever in that attitude of “Use me, O God, as I am,” for the I AM is ready, willing, to make my will one with Thy will–”Though He slay me, though He bruise me in mine own selfish or unseen ways; yet will I trust Him day by day,” and He will not forsake thee; neither will He allow thee to be afraid; for He will raise thee up, and He understands all the hardships, the little things, the separations, the variations in the surroundings–but trust Him!
~ from Edgar Cayce reading 5563-1
Posted by Joël on September 26, 2012
Alchemy uses sexual attraction and the sexual energies, Jesus was crucified with one thief either side of him. The cross is a sexual symbol, depicting the phallus in the uterus, to die on the cross is symbolic, as his life was. One thief was good and the other bad. The good thief represents taking the sexual energy in the practice of Alchemy and stealing it for the good, for the use of the spirit, while the bad thief represents the theft of the energies when used for pleasure. Now, if you cut off the energy for some reason with thought, you can ruin the practice and you won’t have energy for the good thief to steal and you’ll be stuck. In alchemy, it’s worth knowing how the good thief works to take the energy.
~Belsebuub, from “Enlightenment Is Hidden in Sex”
Posted by Joël on August 4, 2012