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
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Posted by Joël on May 5, 2013
Sometimes, when my mind becomes too active (which happens quite easily this semester with nothing but senior level math and computer science classes..) I like to sit and listen to good classical music, letting my mind rest. Each time, the music tells me a story. It is fantastic that this story can be perceived without the mind, and how a progression of notes without words can paint such an extraordinary picture in our mind’s eye. What a direct connection to God and a return to purity, free from the heavy intellectual processes.
We think that by force we can take Heaven, that we can take knowledge, but listening to heavenly music humbles me again and again to the fact that the very source of all intelligence is unfathomable and is only discovered in a cooperation with the heart which in itself has the ability to interpret universal truths. The mind is a useful tool, but separated from the heart, separated from inner Divinity, it is useless. For every advance made by mind alone without heart, there is also a retardation as false faith is placed in that advance, making its sick and materialistic science into a religion, and the brain into an idol.
Materialistic types see the heart as only a means of keeping the brain alive, but in fact the heart is the brain’s spouse. Each is equally important. But only when one can gain dominion over the crazy mind can one hear the gentle voice of the heart. It is no wonder then that a Psalm has said “Be still and know that I am God.” Who is that God? Where is He but in yourself, heard only when in inner stillness? Let the materialists build their Tower of Babel. As for me, I will fight with all my might to never separate science from art, nor the mind from the heart.
Posted by Joël on April 26, 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
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
It is a poor excuse to say that we are too busy to be spiritual. Of course, being spiritual does not mean just doing some spiritual practice; it is actually an entire way of life. Every moment must become spiritual. But taking the time to do a spiritual practice does come with its benefits. Some egos like to take advantage of our intellectual center, and they (we) will insist to us (ourselves) that we do not have time to do a spiritual practice, that we are too busy. But this is often an illusion, because when we take time to do even a short 10-minute meditation, it can really hasten the other things that we do. Time is awfully relative when it comes to our lives. If we go about things in a poor spiritual state, then we achieve haphazard and inefficient results. Days can be wasted on things that could realistically be accomplished in a few hours from a calm, spiritual state. So if we take just a few minutes here and there to relax and find stillness, it is not a waste of time, because the spiritual within us is so much more intelligent and efficient than the normal way of being. We save much more time in the long run by taking time to be spiritual.
Posted by Joël on July 4, 2012
Trials, misunderstandings, misconstruction of purposes, misconstruction of ideas or desires in self and on the part of others may arise; and if the ideal has been set in material things, then indeed these become overburdening to a mind, a body, a soul. If the ideal has been set in the spirit of truth, then it may be found that there is the promise that has ever been in the time of trouble, and in the time of joy, present.
~Edgar Cayce, 520-3
Posted by Joël on July 3, 2012