Tribalism in the Human Zoo



The video documentary featured here is a socio-anthropological examination and study of the subject of “human territoriality.” It is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by Desmond Morris, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 27 July 1994. The series was produced in association with the Discovery Channel.

Territoriality is one reference point by which the human ego defines itself, whether in terms of individual space or the collective aggrupation of people characterized by shared belief systems or strongly-held common interests. In the human condition, it gives rise to the sense of tribalism and belongingness that holds us captive to forms of mythic memberships, false divisions and barriers to realizing spiritual oneness. It keeps the development of human consciousness stuck at its present evolutionary phase at the mental-egoic level, preventing us from making the quantum leap in spiritual transformation to God-Consciousness.

An insight into this divisive dimension of humanhood can prove to be helpful in understanding the emotional energies that drive us to social forms of tribalism and to living in the caged human zoo of our making. From thereon, we can break free from this primitive tribalism and move on to the attainment of true individual freedom in the spiritual liberation of soul illumination.

Diagram of Human Psycho-social Development

Mythic Membership in Human Psycho-Social Development

Although produced in the 1990s, the documentary is more relevant today in 2018 than ever before, due to the phenomenon of rising phony nationalist movements that are threatening the social advancement, well-being and harmony of peoples, nations, countries, societies and the world.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Kevin Stanislawski for posting the video on YouTube.]

Cartoon illustration showing "Breaking Down Tribalism through Enlightened Understanding and a Sense of Unity"

Breaking Down Tribalism through Enlightened Understanding and a Sense of Unity


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Develop Your Awareness of God-Presence



Whether for the purpose of a contemplation sitting or at any other time, remember to acknowledge, invoke and invite the Spirit of God within you to come forth from within to fill your awareness and life with the experience of its presence.  Always begin your contemplation practice by acknowledging the indwelling presence of God within you.

… close your eyes and notice that there is a black void in front of you, an emptiness.  Begin to realize that right there ‎in that black emptiness is the presence of God.
– Joel S. Goldsmith –


Realize that right there in that black emptiness, when your eyes are closed, is the presence of God.


The following video is a contemplation inviting the presence of God into your awareness. Watch the video and simply surrender yourself to the experience of what you are seeing and hearing.  If at any point during its playback you feel like closing your eyes and just listening to the chant, do so freely.  More importantly, become aware of and remember the feelings of quietness, interior silence, peacefulness, or stillness you may be experiencing during or after your practice.  These feelings mark the beginning of true meditation — a simple resting in God’s presence, in God Itself — what the Christian tradition calls contemplative prayer.  Try it. 

— A Practice Contemplation —[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to mysticoversoul for posting the video on YouTube.com.]

"Consciousness Is What I Am" by Joel S. GoldsmithLearn to acquaint yourself with the awareness that you are not a material physical being. You are a spiritual being functioning through a mind that expresses as and through a physical body. You are consciousness.

We recommend the book titled "Consciousness Is What I Am" by Joel S. Goldsmith (pictured at the left) to help you increase your knowledge and awareness of selfhood as consciousness.

You are consciousness — the very same consciousness that God is. To experience God as pure consciousness within you, is to experience your true Self — your God-Self, the Son or Sun of God.   And to realize this in human awareness is to enter the state known as Christhood.

Listen to the following talk in the two-part video of Fr. Thomas Keating about “living in the presence of God.” He speaks of a very effective way of developing the awareness of God-presence in our lives.


[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Contemplative Outreach (coutreach) for posting the video on YouTube.]


(Note: The preceding article is an excerpt from our site page titled “Contemplative Meditation.”)


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Keating Talks on the Human Condition


I wanted to share with you the information that Contemplative Outreach has relented about previously taking away the Fr. Thomas Keating videos from his Spiritual Journey series of talks. They previously pulled them out of YouTube to sell them at a cost.

As of last April, they have restored a number of the videos on their YouTube channel, reportedly at the request of Keating, himself. (You can read that in the notes below the newly uploaded videos.) I believe that to be true, knowing Fr. Keating personally and knowing him to be a most gracious and giving person with a large heart.

Keating has been ill lately, and I shudder at the prospect of him passing away, not only because he is someone who was a direct teacher of mine whom I had the blessing to interact with, but also because I highly suspect the greed of his Contemplative Outreach organization will likely contaminate and permeate their operations fully once Keating is gone. Such is the way of all human spiritual organizations once the founder is gone, you know.

Catch those restored videos (series 6 to 11, each in 2 parts) in the YouTube playlist links I have provided below. The quality seems to be exceptionally good considering that the original masters were VCR tapes circa the late 1970s. They were probably remastered which is why the quality is remarkably good. I recommend that you download them from YouTube if you can while they are still posted, and collect them for your spiritual library. His Spiritual Journey lectures are timeless and priceless.



Picture of Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

“The true self is a more spiritual level of awareness. We begin to be willing to accept ourselves just as we are. God is as God is and all reality as it is …This is really what humility is, which is a basic disposition in the spiritual journey: the capacity to accept all reality — God, ourselves, other people, all creation — as they are and as they manifest in … the present moment and it’s content.”
Thomas Keating, OCSO,
Invitation from God (video program)



I’ll see you in the Silence. 😑




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The Eternal Now


Poster quotation of Alan Watts on the "Eternal Now"

Quotation from Alan Watts (one of the greatest 20th century mystics) on the “Eternal Now”


(This blog is an excerpt from the last section of our website, the page titled “Take a NOW Break.” I do not know exactly how many site visitors have actually visited the particular page and have bothered to take in the rich, profound, enduring final message written there. Here it is once more.)

Take a break from your spiritual journey to find time to smell the flowers, to look at nature and enjoy the universe, and, most of all, to smile and laugh.  Don’t worry over lost or wasted time, because at the heart of true mysticism lies a PARADOX waiting to swallow you up in its mystery like a hungry black hole.  It is the secret of transcendence along the mystical path.

Here is the great paradox of the mystical path: Utterly strange yet astoundingly true, you have already arrived at your journey’s end!  You’ve reached the destination and you’re there already, right here and right now, this very moment, in fact, even before the journey began.  To realize this paradoxical truth right here, right now, makes it so. Otherwise, the destination, the enlightenment, will always elude you, and it will always be just beyond your reach.

The only God you can relate to is the one with you, within you, at this very moment, in the timeless state referred to as the eternal NOW — not in the yesterdays of the past or in the tomorrows of the future, nor in that fleeting in-between moment of transition as the future turns into the past. The eternal NOW does not exist as a moment in time framed between the past and the future; otherwise, it is merely another mental construct of time without the transcendental quality of existing beyond time and space.

When you are going through your day in the conscious awareness of God-presence or living in the conscious awareness of the Truth principles, you are living in the eternal NOW Live, therefore, in the fullness and completeness of this ever-present moment of the eternal NOW…  and you will always be living NOW.

Zen Thinking poster from a blog dated April 01, 2016, titled "The Eternal Now" by Brian Thompson.

A Zen Thinking poster in a blog dated April 01, 2016, titled The Eternal Now by Brian Thompson.

And there you have it: A message from us about the “Eternal Now” which is perhaps the greatest secret you can carry along with you on the journey of spiritual awakening.

I’ll be seeing you in the Eternal Now, friend.   Smiley Emoticon

Here are recently published related blogs from us that you might find interesting and helpful:


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        It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

        It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.  

        Discover the true nature of God and the meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

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Why Bother with Self-Realization?


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Spiritual knowledge starts with asking questions.
What is yours?

Responding to a recently posted blog, Stephen messaged us the following three wonderful questions.


QUESTION NO. 1
Since God has always been and will always be the Perfect Absolute Infinite Consciousness and this has never been and will never be affected by our attaining or not attaining Self-Realization, why bother about Self-Realization?


My Reply
A very good question from a truly probing mind, Stephen.

Let me respond to it from a consideration of the two co-existing dimensional aspects of God.

  • First, there is the absolutely transcendent, cosmic aspect of, in your words, “Perfect Absolute Infinite Consciousness” (a.k.a. Brahman or God the Father or the infinitely “unconscious” aspect of Consciousness), that is eternally unchanging divine BEING. For purposes of our discussion, let us refer to that as “God-BEING.”
     
  • Then there is the immanent, in-dwelling, individuated aspect of the same “Perfect Absolute Infinite Consciousness” (a.k.a. Atman or God the Son or the “consciously aware” aspect of Consciousness), who is the incarnated and “self-aware Selfhood” aspect of divine BECOMING. For purposes of our discussion, let us refer to that as “God-BECOMING.”
     

Hard as this might be to fathom intellectually, God-BEING does not and cannot have any awareness of itself, by itself alone, without the benefit of an aspect of itself acting as an “object or agency of awareness” somehow, because God-BEING in its infinite oneness exists as pure subjectivity. There is nothing or no one apart from it objectively as an object, by which the indispensable “subject-object” dichotomy necessary for awareness and knowing can be realized and be made known directly by experience.

Hence, God-BEING became God-BECOMING situationally as a sentient being — a human being of the homo sapiens sapiens animal species in our particular case — just so that God-BEING can become “aware” of itself through us, in us, and as us. The individuation of God-BEING into individual Selfhood makes possible the experience of it (God-BEING) in order to fully experience itself in the context of the subject-object dichotomy required for phenomenological experience. In short, Consciousness needs Selfhood in the “I” to experience itself including the many, many forms that God-BEING can be.

From the perspective then of God-BEING, Self-realization is a necessary imperative. Otherwise, God-BEING will not be perfect, absolute and infinite for the lack or absence of completeness in knowing itself. Without the phenomenon of Self-realization, God or Perfect Absolute Infinite Consciousness would not be so. However, it works both ways, too, from the other end perspective of God-BECOMING.

God-BECOMING is totally incomplete without the full knowledge and awareness of its identity — the ultimate human mystery of “Who/What am I?”  The process of Self-realization provides the key, vital answer to that question — I am That. And that transformative answer enlightens the mind so completely, so totally, that the “becoming” comes to a halt and ends in a transfigured state of pure BEING. 600px_Ouroboros-B&W

The circle makes a full turn in Self-realization, closing in on itself. This is represented by the Uroborus, the imagery of the serpent or the dragon biting its own tail to depict infinity realized in the closed circle (drawing at left).

From all this business of God-awakening through Self-realization will finally come true world peace and goodwill among mankind. Out of our collective God-realization, the planet will be divinized into a real Paradise on earth, that was never lost in the first place were it not for our evolutionary “becoming.”

We should bother about Self-realization: Everything God is at stake, and the “stakes” are as infinitely high as God.



QUESTION NO. 2
Some people just need more time in their Truth Seeking and some people need less. However, the former are usually branded by superficial , officious and pompous people as being “shoppers” of “spiritual materialism” who seem to be dilettantes and nothing more. Marc, you yourself are well-versed in the mystical Nondual teachings of many traditions. Why did you bother to expose yourself to so many traditions when only one would do?


My Reply
The answer is simple. I wanted to know how “true” cross-culturally the Truth teaching of Joel Goldsmith’s The Infinite Way was/is.

I had come through many “spiritual teachings” in the marketplace over the years of my spiritual quest, only for one teaching to be deposed by another eventually for failure to live up to its claim to the “Truth.” If nondual mysticism were to be absolutely and universally true in terms of “THE Truth,” it had to be so under every and all of the major spiritual traditions of the world and despite their cultural and religious wrappings and trimmings. That was the assertion of The Infinite Way brand of mysticism. So, I wanted to taste the “spiritual meat” that Joel claimed to lie at the core of comparative other mystical systems and traditions, before I settle down and make my n-th bed out of a spiritual teaching.

I suppose my training and career as a lawyer and my past experiences with previous esoteric teachings caused me to scrutinize The Infinite Way very well as another commodity in the marketplace to be wary of before buying into it. One thing was certain: I was way past following faddish beliefs promoted on mass media or public advertising that a product is good simply because a personality with the likes of an Oprah Winfrey endorsed the product as good. Her endorsement per se does not make the product good. The product must stand on its own merits, or fall.

Pudding Proof

As the saying goes: “The proof of the pudding is in its eating.” I ate and ate that particular “one pudding.” I read and learned whatever was laid down before my feet along my path (Consciousness has a way of unfolding itself for you.), and I practiced, practiced, practicing as much as I could and to the best that I understood how.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV)

At first, I thought that oneness was oneness in every comprehensible manner and in any conceivable way. However, I began to discern by grace that there was nondual oneness on one hand, and a oneness reeking of duality on the other hand. That proved to be a watershed moment. The spiritual door that had been opening slowly heretofore finally flung wide open one day, so openly that the Light from within burst through with fire and illumination in quite a dramatic fashion. It knocked down for good the door that had kept it hidden from me. There was nothing standing between the Light and me. I only had to open my eyes, and see.

I am grateful for my cross-cultural forays early on in my journey. It has given me an added colorful, beautiful dimension to the phenomenon of spiritual awakening. I can feel at home in any religious setting knowing the reducible common denominator at the heart of them all.

As a side note, let me say that time in terms of chronos is not really a factor in the attainment of spiritual enlightenment. Enlightenment exists outside of “earthly” chronological time or chronos; it lies in kairos or “divine time” (so-called God’s time figuratively speaking, because there is really no time in God). People who try to speak of the “power of now” by framing that “now” in the context of chronos time, do not know what they are talking about.

By the way, it pays to be a “Doubting Thomas.” You, and only you, get to touch and examine the body of the resurrected Christ up close. (Laughing.) Incidentally, that gospel episode alone is worth a very lengthy discussion of its mystical interpretation and meaning. 😉

“The Incredulity of Thomas” by Caravaggio (a detail of the painting)



QUESTION NO. 3
The Nondual teachings have been accused very often as being “intellectual”, ” academic”, ‘ivory tower type” etc etc etc and not at all practical by superficial, officious and pompous people. This is often used as a “straw man” argument by people who insist on the devotional / “Bakhti” way in which the “heart” is the most important. There are also superficial, officious pompous Nondual people who love to post similar attacks on their fellow Nondualists for not being practical. Of course in my practical real life experience , a poor person with little or no education is very often NOT by default / automatically a highly spiritually evolved virtuous person and he is very often the complete opposite. What is your take on this common nonsense?


My Reply
We cannot stand in judgment of the spiritual journey of other individuals. Each individual’s journey to awakening is unique. It is part of the uniqueness of the individual’s life.

God-BECOMING is infinite in the way and style of its “becoming.” And, just as apples and oranges are so different from each other that there is no comparing them, similarly how the spiritual journey of one individual is conducted by that individual cannot be compared to, and should not be compared with, the journey of another/others. All variations of the individual journey to enlightenment have one common point of origin — God-BEING — and they all have a single destination in God-BECOMING. It is all about Consciousness, infinitely being and infinitely becoming simultaneously.

Look at the animated optical illusion below. The spiraling arms appear to emanate from a common center. They also appear to converge at the same common center.

Now, try hard in your mind to stop the motion of the illusion. Some practice will help you to see the motion “freeze” in time and stop in stillness, even if only for a very brief fleeting moment. That fleeting moment is like the mystical experience of illumination or realized oneness.

Enlightenment does not consist of returning to the center point source from which all things arise. That is a human conceptual attempt to convey and portray enlightenment as a process — the return to the Source. But we never return to Source because we have never left Source in the first place: We are always with and in Source.

Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, “Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.”

But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.”

And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”
(Luke 15:25-32, NKJV)



The Prodigal Son - Homecoming: Tremendous joy on the father's face.Speaking of the parable of The Prodigal or Lost Son, let us not be either the prodigal younger son or the indignant elder son, nor see other people in the imagery and light of either son. Instead, let us be like the father with nothing but unconditional love for both sons and radiant with the intense joy of seeing a household whole and complete once more.

Spiritual illumination is the “Aha!” moment when the perpetually moving and changing illusions in the mind freeze-stop before our very awareness and we see with clarity the totality of the picture sans the play of the illusion. That is seeing in kairos time — a spiritual realization beyond time and space, beyond words and thoughts.

The blind is quick to lead the blind and to dismiss matters they do not see and comprehend, because they do not have the spiritual discernment, prudence and wisdom to restrain themselves. Such is the lesson of the popular story or parable about the blind men and the elephant. One’s awareness is driven by perception. If the perception is in error, the awareness follows suit. That having been said, let me say a few things about “nondualist oneness” and bhakti that were raised in the question.

The mysticism of nondualist oneness is the apex of bhakti or devotion, the currency by which day-to-day exchange transactions are required to be made in the course of the spiritual journey. As the journey moves along the mystical path and as enlightenment acquires an ever-increasing value to the traveler, higher denominations of the bhakti currency are issued for the use and benefit of the traveler. Of these currency denominations, the largest in value will be nondualist oneness. By using and applying this largest of currency denominations, the spiritual traveler will be able to purchase “realized oneness” for himself. It’s all a matter then of what the individual can afford in consciousness.
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        It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

        It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.  

        Discover the true nature of God and the meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

        At no point in modern times has the learning and practice of mysticism been made available so DIRECTLY, so SIMPLY and so EASILY than through our methodology and presentation.   Download our electronic flyer for your perusal.

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From the Head to the Heart


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In response to a recent blog we posted, the following question was raised by Bob as a comment which he posted on 05 June 2018.

QUESTION
“Hello, Marc!
I have a question:
How do I move from understanding and thinking about Oneness to really experiencing It and living in that consciousness daily?

Thanks,
your friend Bob from the Balkan hills”

ANSWER
Hello, Bob.

The long or broad side of your question is really asking: “How does one make a paradigm shift in consciousness from a human state of consciousness to the divine state of consciousness (Christ-Consciousness)?” The answer to that kind of broad question entails the entire learning program we are offering on “contemporary mysticism.” One single blog here will never do justice to its proper and adequate response. In fact, our website dedicates almost a dozen Web pages just to address only the gist of what the answer requires — the entire segment of the site falling under the gateway page titled The Path and its principal pages and subpages.

And quite honestly, the discovery, self-exploration and practical application of the answer will cover years of lessons and learning in mysticism and perhaps many more of lived spiritual practice, as you incrementally move your “gravity center of awareness” to the soul center of Spirit-Being, away from the peripheral influence caused by the human condition. Here is where the continuing presence and nurturing consciousness of a true spiritual teacher can be helpful: (a) to give right guidance and direction constantly so that you minimize the risks of error in navigating the spiritual path, and (b) to channel and impart the grace of darshan or “spiritual transmission” to the student so that the time on the journey, itself, is accelerated and the effort, minimized for efficiency and effectiveness.

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The Paradigm Shift in Consciousness

Having said that, however, let me respond now to the short and narrow of your question. How can you make the truth that you are contemplating in the intellect of your head come alive to dwell inside your heart?

I can tell you this: There is only one way to (in your words) “move from understanding and thinking about Oneness to really experiencing It and living in that consciousness daily.” There is only one spiritually honored, time-tested and historically proven process for bringing the realization of oneness from its initial intellectual recognition in the mind to its living embodiment in the heart, and that is through “contemplative meditation” specifically.

      Meditation is the process that gives Truth a home in the heart after it has been invited to enter the human mind.
      – Marc of Contemplative Pathways –
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In all mystical teachings, meditation is the only way to attain spiritual enlightenment. (Joel S. Goldsmith)

There is no other way.

From the beginning of the spiritual journey where we cultivate receptivity in the soul . . .

Learning sllide on "Receptivity" according to Joel S. Goldsmith (from Man Was Not Born to Cry)

“Receptivity” according to Joel S. Goldsmith (from Man Was Not Born to Cry)

. . . to the full God-realization of an illumined sage at the completion of the journey . . .

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The Enlightened Sage has realized “BEING-ness” in the God-Self.

. . . meditation is the way.

Let me end my response by sharing this often missed, underrated and disregarded, out-in-the-open little secret to jump-starting the experienced oneness of God-Consciousness effectively in your life, through what I call a method of “greasing” or “lubricating” the process.

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Applying lubricant to your soul’s process gears helps the process.

Learn to apply some lube to the engine of your spiritual process to make it run smoother, better and faster, as well as reduce extreme wear and tear on the soul system. Or, learn to hand out and pay some grease money to bribe the angels of heaven to let you enter its gates and sneak you inside to the very throne room of God’s presence. It works here on earth; it works just as well in heaven. Yes, Bob, a “lubricating grease” for spiritual use only.

In Hinduism it is known as bhakti or a “personal devotion to God.” In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, it is described as faithfulness to God or the “love of God.” Biblical mystics left us clues and instructions in scripture passages.

Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. (Habakkuk 2:4, NLT)

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, ESV)

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37, NKJV)

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, NASB)

In theoretical physics, it is alluded to as theoretical “wormholes” where the space-time continuum is warped or bent as to allow shortcuts in time and space. And in Christianity’s religion, it has been described metaphorically as the mystery of the Transfiguration. Meditation is more than just a discipline of the mind; moreover, it is a relationship of the heart.

If you can wrap your mind around the conceptual significance and meaning of those things as applied to the practice of mysticism, then you will have the “soul lubricant” for your spiritual process and the experience of God’s oneness.
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Easy Does It

Many aspirants to higher spirituality are deceived by the erroneous teaching that you have to sweat out your enlightenment with every drop of your being and to labor intensively, exhaustively and unendingly through the spiritual journey.  Spiritual teachers who promote and advocate that kind of message are false teachers (and there are many popular and bankable ones in the market place of spiritual teachings).

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They will go to any length to stress how difficult and onerous the task is for you, ranging from the fear tactic that the responsibility for such a monumental undertaking rests exclusively or primarily on your shoulders, to the bizarre assertion that it takes hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of lifetime incarnations to work out your enlightenment through the thick quagmire of your karma. That is a lot of BS — a whole damned lot of it. Such teachings are borne out of spiritual ignorance and are usually meant (unintentionally most of the time) to dissuade you from accomplishing the divine purpose for which you came into existence, to dampen your enthusiasm so that you are always dependent on them and beholden to them for your spiritual development, or simply for them to find their self-commiseration in your hardship (Their thinking goes this way: If it wasn’t easy for them, why should it be easy for you and why should they make it easy for you?). Charlatans!

The truth is: The spiritual journey is one of “easy does it” because the journey is entirely underwritten by the grace of God.  Whatever would be needed by us individually for us to embark on the journey to enlightenment and to complete that journey, is provided fully and totally by God. That includes the invitation, the enticement, the inducement, and the opportunity to do so, at every aspect and stage of the journey.  It is not true that only the first instance of a mystical experience happens by grace: The entire undertaking is a graced experience. Were it not for the reason that our journey moves through the perceived time and space of our human nature, we might even see the infinite thoroughness with which God has made provisions for our success even before time, itself, began.

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An Example of a Popular Teaching in the Marketplace That’s Riddled with Error Tragically

Let’s get this matter straight in our minds: God desires and wants to complete our divinization through the process of our becoming “fully human in God” (not in our personal humanhood) as the God-Man, the Son of God, the Christ of God.  Now, not only does God want it, but God wills it so.   The fullness of God’s incarnation in us as us, individually and collectively, depends crucially on it.  Therefore, God has provided every necessary thing for us to succeed in this most glorious of cosmic undertakings.

      The journey of spiritual awakening and its completion is underwritten and provided fully and totally by God, from the invitation to the journey through every aspect and stage of the journey up to its very end. BUT we have to RSVP — respond to and accept God’s invitation
      on an ongoing basis.

For these reasons, God’s infinite and perfect grace underwrites our journey to spiritual completeness and wholeness.  Ultimately its accomplishment and total success is absolutely guaranteed by God.  (How much better of an investment guarantee can you get with that!)  All we have to do is to be “open and receptive” to God, to the Truth, to the mystery of God which God is.  We do this by consenting to God’s divine presence in us as us.  And waiting in the silence of the meditative state of mind is the penultimate expression of “soul receptivity” by which we permit and allow: (a) God’s journey of becoming human in and through us, and (b) the revelation and experience of the mystery of the incarnation, to entirely unfold from within us.

Of course, there is a seeming measure of spiritual work that is involved and that we have to do, but it consists largely of consenting to the journey, cooperating with the outward flow of God’s grace from within us, and wholeheartedly embracing the final result — not impeding, obstructing or hindering the transformational work that is constantly graced by the Spirit of God and taking place in our soul. This is how we hurdle the initial obstacles of our free will and the human condition’s tendency for attachment to a material sense of truth and reality.  Above all, we have to develop and cultivate the “listening ear” of the soul to the subtle whisperings of the Spirit within, teaching, reminding, guiding and directing us in our journey of awakening.

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“Receptivity” according to Joel S. Goldsmith (from Man Was Not Born to Cry)

It is not much different say from flying on an Air France jet plane from New York to Paris. All you do is purchase the plane ticket and make your flight reservation.  On the day of your flight, you board the plane.  Air France takes care of operating the jet plane and taking you to your place of destination in Paris, France.  True, the trans-Atlantic flight may takes hours, so you try to relax, have a drink or two on board, take Ambien (which won’t make you racist, LOL) and sleep through the flight, or get entertained by watching a movie, solving crossword puzzles, playing a video game, or such other distraction.  Air France will conduct its air transportation business in as best a manner that is expected of it, while you, as its flight passenger, sit patiently and cooperate with the airline crew throughout the flight of your Air France trip to Paris.

Remember: EASY DOES IT. Don’t sweat out your spiritual attainment as if it were your sole individual human responsibility and accomplishment. COOPERATE with God’s unfolding. FLOW with the movement of divine grace in and through you.  But never for one moment think and believe that the responsibility over the business of soul illumination is yours alone to own, manage, administer, or perform.  We are all simply going for a ride on the park amusement ride that human living is.  Ultimately it is a single-destination voyage of spiritual awakening in God-Consciousness from which there will be no returning.

God does not want you or me to be superficially “good” in the human sense of the word. God wants you and me to be the God that God already is, in you and me as You and as Me. In that regard, I recall what Joel Goldsmith taught: We cannot change God, or move God an inch, or make God budge even a tiny a bit in any way, manner or form. God’s infinity and perfection is complete and unchanging. That infinity, perfection, completeness, and unchangingness of God already IS, and has always been, the case for our spiritual nature. We just need to open our spiritual eyes to its truth — to experience and realize it to be true for us.

Be still, and in the stillness know . . . that “I” am God.

I’ll see you within, friend.

Note: This post is a spin-off based on a blog originally published in the Facebook page titled A Contemplative Life.  Read related other posts in our site that you will find interesting as well.




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It Starts with a Question

Do you have a question about spirituality, life, God, the universe, religion, scriptures, purpose, meaning, etc., on life’s major or minor spiritual themes that do not seem to make sense to you or to your scheme of life in this world?

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Spiritual knowledge starts with asking questions. What is yours?

If you do, we’ll respond to your question as a blog here in our website. Send it to us as a message from within our site by clicking the image above, or contact us using the footer widget below. You can remain anonymous if you want to; just let us know in your message.

This would be a very good way of increasing the outreach of our service to Truth seekers and travelers along the mystical path of life. It has been our joyful experience in the past to learn that certain blogs can reach individual readers profoundly and make a meaningful or special difference to them. We’d like to have many more such episodes in our blog site.

It is, also, an ideal discussion venue for bringing the light of Truth into our minds. That was how the journey to enlightenment began for me — with questions. It is (and continues to be) true that spiritual learning begins with a question that may or may not lead to more questions. But each question asked is like knocking on the door of spiritual truth. In time, it is answered.

    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
    (The Gospel According to Matthew 7:7, ESV)




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The Mystery That Gives of Itself

“The spiritual journey is a process that happens to us. We don’t do it. The Mystery unfolds of itself. The Christian mystical tradition is a process that is appropriate for those devoting themselves to seeking the Mystery that is at once awesome and irresistible. These seekers are motivated by the desire to know, to serve, and to do the will of this immense goodness — a presence that becomes more and more intimate and tender.”
– Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO –        
     from The Mystery of God



The mystery that God is unfolds within us like a seed germinating, unfolding the fullness of life that already exists in it.


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True Withinness



This class lecture by Joel S. Goldsmith is a profound talk about our relationship of oneness with God, on why we study and contemplate scripture passages and mystical writings by teachers and mystics, how to contemplate the mystical (Truth) principles we extract from scripture passages, how to integrate and work with these principles in our individual lives, and how to attain spiritual consciousness ultimately. I highly recommend you listen to it intently, absorb its message thoroughly and immerse yourself in it, to benefit tremendously from it in the course of your journey along the mystical path of life.

Acknowledgements to Satsangdotie for posting the audio recording on YouTube.


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Misunderstanding Gnosticism

The video below is a presentation published at YouTube by Dr. Ryan M. Reeves, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, on the subject of “gnosticism.” It is titled Gnosticism and the Early Church.

[Acknowledgment to Ryan Reeves for publishing the video above on YouTube.]

The video appears to be an honest attempt to present gnosticism academically particularly as it was viewed during the early Christian era. However, as in the case of most similar other efforts, the presentation fails to correctly understand and comprehend gnosticism as a system of mysticism. Instead, the subject is approached using the same perspective of a heresy by which it was regarded and condemned by Christian church orthodoxy.

Dr. Reeves lists three “gnostic fundamentals” in his presentation, as follows:

Gnostic Fundamentals by Ryan Reeves

“Gnostic Fundamentals” according to Ryan Reeves, Ph.D. (Cambridge)

His statements are wrong and misleading. Were the gnostic teachings to be rightly understood and presented, the three gnostic fundamentals should be rephrased in the following manner:

  1. It is the material sense of the world that is not real or true.
     
  2. You do not hate the material world.  Rather, you “see through” its appearance to become aware of its true spiritual essence.
     
  3. The divine knowledge or wisdom resulting from the gnosis — the “knowingness” of the truth — is a grace that is freely given to anyone who would be receptive to it. There is nothing “elitist” about gnosticism. There is an aspect of secrecy involved, but it is integral to the inward process of spiritual attainment that is characteristic of authentic gnostic practice, more than it is any deliberate attempt toward establishing social class distinction and exclusivity.
     

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A Gnostic John Lennon

In its proper meaning and context, gnosticism is the true spirituality of a mysticism that is rooted in the mystery of nondualistic oneness. It sees man as a spiritual being functioning through a mind or soul that has a body. Indeed, man is a spirit being having a human experience in this world, not the other way around.

Gnosticism is not heresy at all except to those whose forced monolithic cultural belief system of dogmas and doctrines is threatened or to those whose minds are heavily clouded and weighed down by doctorate degrees.

Here are some online reading and study materials for you to explore on the topic of Gnosticism.



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The Gospel of John (the Movie)


The movie The Gospel of John is a beautiful film depicting the ministry and teachings of Yeshua or Jesus of Nazareth based on the Gospel According to St. John. Released in 2003, it is probably the best movie ever produced of its genre about the life and teachings of Yeshua/Jesus the Christ.

The movie is a faithful portrayal of the Gospel According to St. John.  It is a three-hour epic film (there is a shorter abridged version) that follows John’s Gospel faithfully and precisely, without additions to the story coming from other Gospel accounts, nor the omission of intricate or controversial passages arising from the Gospel’s gnostic flavor. It has been adapted for the screen on a word-for-word basis from the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible translation. Of the four canonical gospels in the New Testament, John’s Gospel is best known for its mystical content, where you find the series of I am…” declarations made by the Christ.

I like this film’s portrayal of Yeshua very much.  You see him smile and laugh; you see him furious and angry. You will see the beauty of his soul, the irresistible appeal of his manhood, and the affable love that outlines his face.  This is the Yeshua who was the rabbi-mystic of the Gospel books. This is the Yeshua I have come to know, honor, and love as my spiritual teacher.

When you watch the movie, note the excellent portrayals and the nuanced scenes depicting Yeshua recruiting his apostles, Yeshua and his mother at the Cana wedding (probably his own wedding), Nicodemus’ late night private tutorial session with him, the astounding encounter between him and the gutsy Samaritan woman at the well (an outstanding Gospel paradigm for the contemplation process), Yeshua’s nurturing home life with his full-blood brothers, the miracles and healings he performed, his affinity to the Bethany sisters Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus, and his highly misunderstood relationship with Mary the Magdalene whose characterization undergoes a transformation from her introduction in the movie as a bright orange dressed party-lover to her later subdued personality as a spiritual devotee in dark colored clothing.

Note that this is the only “Jesus movie” wherein the same Mary (the Magdalene) sits with the twelve male apostles at the last supper as the only female in their company and is subsequently shown as the only female in Yeshua’s entourage at the Gethsemani garden. It shows how accepted and integral Mary was in the inner circle of Yeshua’s students and disciples, a matter made expressly evident in some of the Gnostic gospels.

Now, immerse yourself in the engaging, delightful experience of this exceptional movie.

[Acknowledgment to 2028 END for posting the video on YouTube.]




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Remembering Truth

The life you and I live is God-Life. God-Life is the only life there is because God is the only being and existence there is.  So, the life we are living is God-Life.

This life of God is our life NOW, not yesterday or tomorrow but RIGHT NOW, this present moment, this very second of every minute every hour every day. Nothing can change this truth. Nothing ever will, not even our personal human belief that the truth is not so.

Thick dark clouds may cover and hide the sun from view, but they do not ever stop the sun from shining down on us. Like so, our state of humanhood or our human experience of life may prevent us from experiencing the fullness of the life of God, but it cannot deny us our innate capacity to live that life in full and to experience its fullness.

All we need is the quiet remembrance of the truth with every passing moment, with every breath we take — the conscious awareness of this eternal truth RIGHT NOW regardless of our circumstances.

There is no power of now or power in the now. Now does not exist as a power. Those who tell you it does or is are lying to you. Only Truth or God is power, that is why only Truth sets us free.

Now is when we are remembering the truth. There is no remembering in the past or in the future. It is a present activity of recollection. We can remember only now.

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Now is when we are
remembering the truth.
We can remember only now.

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The Moth and The Flame

(The following is a reblogged article about the beautiful Sufi parable of the Moth and the Flame. The piece is taken from the website “Inner Traditions” and was posted by Satya Chaitanya. The parable tells the story of how one moth experienced “enlightenment” by flying into the candle flame and being consumed in the flame, thereby literally attaining oneness with the flame. Its message is one of total commitment and dedication by the Truth student to his own spiritual transformation until the student embodies the Truth in himself, losing all traces of a former human or personal sense of self. Contemplate the fable’s message or meaning, and integrate it into your own spiritual practice.  You can read the original blog at http://innertraditions.blogspot.in/2010/12/moth-and-candle-sufi-fable.html.)

Photograph of a moth flying over a burning candle.

The Moth and The Flame

    One night the moths gathered together, tormented by the desire to unite themselves with the candle. All of them said: “We must find one who can give us some news of that for which we seek so earnestly.”

    One of the moths went to a candle afar off and saw within the light of a candle. He came back and told the others what he had seen, and began to describe the candle as intelligently as he was able to do. But the wise moth, who was chief of their assembly, observed: “He has no real information to give us of the candle.”

    Another moth visited the candle. He passed close to the light and drew near to it. With his wings, he touched the flames of that which he desired; the heat of the candle drove him back and he was vanquished. He also returned, and revealed something of the mystery, in explaining a little of what union with the candle meant, but the wise moth said to him: “Thine explanation is of no more real worth than that of thy comrade.”

    A third moth rose up, intoxicated with love, to hurl himself violently into the flame of the candle. He threw himself forward and stretched out his antennae toward the flame. As he entered completely into its embrace, his members became red like the flame itself. When the wise moth saw from afar that the candle had identifed the moth with itself, and had given to it its own light, he said: “This moth has accomplished his desire; but he alone comprehends that to which he has attained. None others knows it, and that is all.” [Attar’s Fables]

One of the truths the beautiful fable tells us is that there is no way of knowing the Ultimate Truth, except through experiencing it by becoming one with it, no way of knowing God except through experiencing him by becoming one with him . Those who want to experience God must be willing to lose themselves in God. God cannot be known from the outside. He cannot be experienced so long as you are there as different from him. And when you cease to be, when you lose yourself in him, when you become one with him, then and then alone you know him.

Sri Ramakrishna, the great mystic, used to speak of a salt doll that goes to measure the depth of the ocean. But when the doll enters the ocean, it becomes one with the ocean. There is no more any measuring then, there is only a becoming — becoming one with the ocean.

It is this experience of the salt doll becoming one with the ocean that sages from all over the world give voice to in ecstatic words.

Here is Vak Ambhrini, the eloquent poet sage of the Rig Veda giving voice to her experience of becoming one with the Ocean. She says:

    “I move with the Rudras and with the Vasus, I wander with the Adityas and the Vishwadevas. I hold aloft both Mitra and Varuna, and also Indra and Agni and the twin Ashvins.

    “I uphold Soma the exuberant; I uphold Tvasta, Pushan, and Bhaga. I endow with wealth the offerer of oblation, the worshipper and the pious presser of the Soma.

    “I am the ruling Queen, the amasser of treasures, full of wisdom, first of those who are worthy of worship. That me the Gods have installed in all places, with many homes for me to enter and dwell in.

    “Through me alone all eat the food that helps them see, breathe and hear the spoken word. He is not aware of me, yet he dwells in me alone. Listen, you who know! For, the words I speak to you deserve your trust.

    “It is I who announces the tidings that the gods and men alike rejoice to hear. The man I love, I make mighty in strength. I make him a priest, a sage, or a learned scholar, as I please.

    “I bend the bow for Rudra that his arrow may slay the hater of the words of sacred wisdom. I rouse the people, and make them strive. I have entered the Earth and Heaven, filling everything.

    “I give birth to the creator in the heavens atop the world and my own origin is deep in the ocean, in the cosmic waters. From there I permeate all existing worlds, and even touch yonder heavens with my forehead.

    “It is my breath that blows as the mighty wind, while I hold together all the worlds.
    Beyond the heavens and above the earth I tower, such am I in my might and splendour.”

Yoga is the path to lose yourself so that you can be one with him and know him. Devotion is the path to lose yourself so that you can be one with him and know him. And meditation is the path to lose yourself so that you can be one with him and know him. This losing yourself and knowing him by becoming one with him is also known as jnana, as in jnana-yoga. This is the knowledge that wisdom books from across the world declare as the only knowledge worth knowing.

And another thing that the fable tells us is that there is no way of communicating that experience. To communicate, you must exist as a separate individual. And so long as you exist as a separate individual, you really have nothing to communicate.

Mind is like the moth that goes near it, but cannot experience it. That is why the Upanishads say: yato vacho nivartante aprapya manasa saha — the Ultimate Truth is that from which words return, having not attained, along with the mind.

In fact, the mind is the obstacle in attaining it. It is the mind that stands in the way of our experiencing it. And that is why Zen says there is only one thing to be attained: no-mind. When you attain the no-mind, everything else is already attained.

In the Chandogya Upanishad, when young Shvetaketu’s father asks him if he had learnt that by which one hears what cannot be heard, by which one perceives what cannot be perceived, by which one knows what cannot be known, it is this knowledge he was talking about.

Just as the mind is the obstacle in knowing the Truth, so too are words obstacles. For it cannot be communicated through words either.

Actually, it cannot be communicated at all. But if there is a means of communicating it, then it is silence. Silence is the nearest means through which communication is possible. And that is why the Sufi sage poet Jalaluddin Rumi rued: “I wonder why I ever thought to use language.”

Silence can communicate it — perhaps. Dance can communicate it — perhaps. Singing can communicate it — perhaps. But certainly not words, not language, not reason, not the intellect.

It is gunge ka gur, sugar in the mouth of the dumb one, as we say in Hindi. When it comes to communicating it, the eyes are without words and words are without eyes — nain bin gira, gir bin naina. Those who have seen it do not speak, and those who speak of it have not seen it, goes a saying in Tamil: kandavar mindatillai, mindavar kandatillai.

The old story of ten blind men and the elephant tells us that each experienced the elephant differently since each felt with his hands a different part of the elephant. The one who felt its leg felt that the elephant is like a pillar. The one who felt its tail felt it is like a broom. The one who felt its stomach felt it is like a rock. And the one who felt its ears felt it is like the winnow. In their case, none of them knows the elephant as it is, but at the same time, everyone of them has some partial knowledge of it. But in the case of God, no partial knowledge is possible. God has no parts, no limbs, no qualities, and therefore the only way to know him is the way the moth experienced the flame in Attar’s fable.

It is for this reason that all theology is wrong and all philosophy is wrong. Because theologies and philosophies are products of the human mind and the mind can never reach it.

A mystic once compared the wisdom of those who have experienced it, like the seers of the Upanishads and mystics from other cultures, and the wisdom of philosophers and theologians. Theologians and philosophers are like a man fast asleep, he said. He has covered himself from feet to head with a thick blanket so that no light can disturb him. And all the windows of his room are closed. And from within his thick blanket, in the room with all the windows closed, fast sleep, he is trying to theorize about the morning. Whereas the seer is awake. He has thrown the blanket off. He has gone to the window and opened it. And he is looking out through it at the rising sun. He can see the glory that is the east. He can see the birds and beasts waking up. He can feel the morning breeze and smell its fragrance. He can see the trees awakening and the plants swinging in the breeze. He can see people going about their different jobs. He can hear the laughter of the children awake and at play.

The arguments of the philosopher and the theologian are like the arguments of the sleeping man. And what the seer is trying to do is to wake us up, so that we will throw the blanket off, get up and go to the window, open it and look out. He is not interested in logic or arguments, nor is he interested in constructing systems of thought. He may use logic, he may use arguments, he may use any other tool available to him, but he is not interested in any of those. His only interest is in waking you up. He has experienced the morning, and he wants you to experience it.

It is in this sense that the wisdom of the east begins with experience and ends in experience — begins with the seer’s experience and ends in our experience.


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In a Nutshell


Today on this first day of the new year, we received a warm heartening message of appreciation from Kor, a visitor of our website. Here is the message.

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As I sat down to reply to Kor by email, a pouring out of the Spirit came upon me which capsulized what our website The Mystical Path is all about. I am now sharing that message of unfoldment below.

    Thank you for your message of appreciation, Kor.

    The website is truly a marvel of spiritual unfoldment from within. It started with only one Web page and the first blog back in 2010. Over the years, the site grew larger with more pages that were spun off as new material was added and included. Throughout that time, I did not consciously plan the development of the site. It was and is literally an unfolding activity guided by the inner Spirit of God.

    Much of how the site has developed and been organized follows the pattern of my growth along the mystical path of life during the last almost forty years of my life. As I have come to see things, I have discerned the pure distillation of the mystical teaching common to all major religious cultures and systems of true mysticism or higher spirituality in human history.

    There is only one principle of the Truth teaching, and it is Oneness. This is the “what” of mysticism. Everything else found in religious or scriptural texts and taught by religion is an exposition and elaboration of that principle in the course of man’s futile finite efforts to intellectually grasp, understand and convey the mysterious infinite nature of the Oneness underlying all things.

    As a principle of truth, Oneness is not meant to be believed in or understood by the human mind as a doctrine or dogma of religious faith. Rather, it is meant to be directly experienced by individuals and actualized in every individual’s life. This is the purpose behind contemplation or meditation practice — the process for the inner realization of the Truth of Oneness — the “how” or way of mysticism.

    The result of the process is the “spiritual awakening” of the individual (the so-called enlightenment of the mind or illumination of the soul), out of which the collective spiritual upliftment of the human race and world peace ultimately will arise. It is through this awakening that we come to understand our Trinitarian component of Consciousness (Father God), Mind (Mother God), and the Individuation of Consciousness as the divine Selfhood of who we truly are (the Christ, Buddha, Prophet, Avatar, etc. of God). The total integration in Oneness of these components and aspects of being is the pure, simple and natural goal of what I term contemporary mysticism. It is the singular purpose of human existence on this dimensional earth plane; all else in life is an expression and personal experience of the integration attained (or the lack thereof).

    I have long marveled at how modern science, the new physics, and the newer sciences of theoretical/quantum physics and neuroscience particularly are now supporting contemporary mysticism as I have learned and comprehended it. Science, which started out in the Age of Reason and Enlightenment struggling against the ignorance in most religions, is now increasingly becoming a strong ally and tool in validating and disclosing the mystical teachings. For this reason, I saw fit to show and share the growing relationship between mysticism and science in the “science connection” segments of the website.

    Again, thank you for appreciating our website, Kor. Do continue to discover and explore our website. It is as much yours as it is mine. Let me know if I can be of further service to you on the mystical path of life. Please find my contact information below.

    Peace and blessings in the oneness of God.
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Truth is simple.
Keep it so.

Start your new year by living the mystical life.

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Yogiraj

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Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath or simply “Yogiraj” (pictured above) is a Hindu mystic. He is a Master of Kundalini Kriya Yoga.

For over 40 years, Yogiraj has healed and transformed people all over the world with his transmissions of “kundalini shakti” energy and has shared freely his own Samadhi (enlightened state) of peaceful bliss-consciousness. Yogiraj has taught yoga and spirituality to world leaders and has given experiential discourse before the United Nations, yet he prefers nothing more than to sit in the simple pristine forests and mountains and meditate on God in tranquility.

In that spirit, Yogiraj together with his wife built the Hamsa Yoga Sangh Mother Center, his Siddhanath Forest Ashram in the gentle valley of Sita Mai southwest of the city of Pune, India, in the Simhagad region. His wife of 35 years, Gurumata Shivangini (affectionately called “Ayie” or Mother by Yogiraj’s students) is a powerful yogini in her own right. Together they have raised two children and are now proud grandparents, demonstrating by example that it is not necessary to live as a renunciate in order to meditate and achieve enlightenment.

Photograph of Yogiraj's Siddhanath Forest Ashram Temple

Yogiraj’s Siddhanath Forest Ashram Temple

They spend much time at the Siddhanath Forest Ashram, which is also available to all sincere seekers worldwide to come and rejuvenate spiritually. It is a Siddha Peeth (land spiritualized by the shakti of a spiritual master), a Tapo-Bhoomi (kundalini power center), and holds one of the earth’s most powerful Earth Peace temples. This temple houses the largest known solid parasmani (alchemical mercury) Shivalinga, which alchemically transmutes the mercurial mind which meditates upon it into a still mind of enlightened Consciousness.

Yogiraj is a teacher who awakens his students to the next level of spiritual experience, a function we similarly hold dearly and pursue as our mission, too. Check out his videos below.






Here is a YouTube playlist of Yogiraj talks.

You can find more information about Yogiraj at his website.


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Accept Yourself

Let us end the year with acceptance starting with ourselves.

“Take and accept yourself just as you are, where you are…. Let God work with your faults and limitations. Just recognize them and be with them, without trying to correct them directly. As you watch them, feel them, and accept them, their force and exaggeration will gradually diminish. Keep moving to the center of your being where divine love is and be present to and welcome whatever bodily feeling or emotion that is happening. The present moment contains all we need to be happy.”

— Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO —
Contemplative Outreach News, June 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you.


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Consciousness Today

The best video published this year in YouTube — perhaps ever.

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A few weeks after publishing the preceding video, the owner made some slight modifications and republished the video under a different title in his YouTube channel. The following is the reposted version.

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The Mind of Daniel C. Dennett


We cannot define consciousness, but the brilliant insightful mind of philosopher Daniel C. Dennett is helping us have a clearer indication of what it might be. Let’s begin with how optimistic he can be that religions will one day, hopefully soon, be a thing of the past.

Photograph of St. Peter's Basilica facade.

Soon to become the “European Museum of Roman Catholicism(?)”

Photograph of the Kaaba at Mecca.

Soon to become “Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Allah(?)”


Apparently that is how Dennett would like to see the future.

But I am actually optimistic… Twenty years ago, if I had stood up and said: “Ha! In a few years the Soviet Union will be — will evaporate, will not exist anymore,” people would have laughed. If I said: “Apartheid will be gone in just a few years,” people would have laughed. Sometimes institutions — phenomenon that seem to be massive and have tremendous inertia — can just pop like a bubble.

So, how do we know until we try?  Maybe, within our children’s lifetime, the Vatican will become the European Museum of Roman Catholicism. And maybe Mecca will become Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Allah. If you think that’s funny, just bear in mind that the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul started off as a church, then it was a mosque, and today it is a museum.
– Daniel C. Dennett –


[Acknowledgment to TEDtalksDirector for the YouTube video above on consciousness.]


Born on March 28, 1942, Daniel Clement Dennett III is a cognitive scientist, philosopher and writer with a particular interest in consciousness, free will and the evolution of minds. He conducts research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.

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Dennett is an atheist and secularist (which do not necessarily preclude him from being spiritual), a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement. He is amusingly referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism”, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens.


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[Acknowledgment to The Royal Institution for the YouTube video above.]

Notwithstanding his atheistic and secularist orientation, Dennett is perhaps the best advocate and proponent of the elusive thing known as consciousness. He has studied the subject, thought a lot about it, written about it, and has spoken and lectured a lot about it. Although his ideas do not really add to the existing body of contemporary mystical knowledge we have, his insights have a curious and profound manner of affirming mysticism’s understanding of consciousness.


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It is interesting to note that consciousness as pure subjectivity presents a serious dilemma where human learning and understanding are concerned because there is no way of submitting consciousness to scientific scrutiny and observational study under a microscope in a laboratory. Yet, there is something “magical” about it. It is real magic — the only magic in the truest sense of the term.

The “magic” of consciousness, like stage magic, defies explanation only so long as we take it at face value. Once we appreciate all the non-mysterious ways in which the brain can create benign “user-illusions,” we can begin to imagine how the brain creates consciousness.
– Daniel C. Dennett –


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Let us now consider an even more fundamental question. Are we now living in an age where God or the belief in God is still valid or relevant at all to our lives?


[Acknowledgment to The Royal Institution for the YouTube video above.]


We can never define unmanifest consciousness in the way we can and do define manifest things or forms. As Taoism teaches: If you can name it, it is not the eternal Tao. But there is a way of experiencing Consciousness in its pure manifest, undifferentiated state, and it is by that experience that we come to know it.

Note: Go to our page titled Consciousness to learn more about the subject.


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        It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.  

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The Path in Autumn


Once again, it is that magical golden time of the year when the spiritual journey takes us through the autumnal season of transformation and letting go. This is The Mystical Path in autumn.

The path is now strewn with the fiery colored leaves of glowing red and orange and dazzling tones of yellow gold. What used to be the green leaves of our humanhood have now been shed, let go, released, and dropped along the wayside as we continue on the journey with a newfound feeling of ease, lightness and luminosity in awareness.

Picture of Autumn in The Mystical Path

The Mystical Path in the Season of Autumn

Gone are the colorful sights and fragrant smells of the summer flowers and the sweet taste of their recently ripened fruits that we have enjoyed from our human state of consciousness even as we traveled the path. But we do not feel any sense of loss. Nothing has been lost. Instead we have gained all. We have become “transfigured” and we are now being “transformed”!

By this transformation, we now experience the magic of God-Life while still on the path. Everything we see and touch turns into spiritual gold. The path, itself, is now paved in gold as befits a prince or princess of creation. It shimmers and glows in the darkest nights of our humanity. It illumines whatever darkness we are facing around us in the world. The very life we are living is being transformed into the brilliant pure light of the Divine Life.

We consent and allow ourselves to be so transformed. And we are transformed as the Anointed Ones — into the Sun of God.

This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you:
God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him.
(1 John 1:5, God’s Word)



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The Tao Te Ching

Photograph of Lao Tzu Statue in Quanzhou, China

Statue of Lao Tzu in Quanzhou, China


Taoism is the mysticism that is indigenous to China. It predates Christianity by at least five hundred years in terms of its first written source. Taoist teachings are attributed to a Chinese sage called Lao Tzu. They are compiled and written in a manuscript known as the Tao Te Ching.

The late Alan Watts, a modern-day mystic of the last century, provides a very good introduction to Taoism in his following lecture.

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Taoism is perhaps the simplest, clearest, most concise, and the noblest expression of the mystical teaching.

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Yin and Yang

It rises readily above the moral duality that typically plagues western systems of spirituality. Instead of opposing forces or powers, the Taoist teachings speak of the complementary Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) principles inherent in the unitary essence of the Tao. Light and darkness are not conflicting or opposite forces to Taoism. Rather they are the playful expressions of the Tao by which the light is made plainly visible by the darkness.

      The Tao
      that can be told
      is not
      the eternal Tao.

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Below are audiobooks of the Tao Te Ching manuscript.

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The Four Consents

In his Spiritual Journey series of retreat conference lectures, Fr. Keating speaks of four (4) “consents” that an individual is expected to make at certain stages of life, in order to develop fully into a spiritually mature human person.

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Summary of “The Four Consents”

Consent Nature or Purpose Age
1.  LIFE To accept and affirm the basic goodness of our being and that of life. 1 – 11 yrs
2.  CREATIVITY/
RELATIONSHIPS
To allow the full development of our being: to affirm our capacities to do or become, biological growth, the goodness of others, and spiritual transcendence eventually 11 – 22 yrs
3.  NON-BEING To let go and release our humanhood, viz:
physical aging, illnesses, death.
Middle Age
4.  TRANSFOR-
MATION
To welcome and allow the demise of the false self system. 50 onward



 

Ideally, the appropriate consent should be made during the stage of life to which that consent pertains. Furthermore, the prior consent(s) is needed to progressively facilitate and help enable the individual to make and fulfill the succeeding consent(s).

However, life events, circumstances, situations and conditions can impair the making of a particular consent at any given stage. When this happens, succeeding consents may become compromised or affected negatively in varying degrees.

In the second part of Fr. Keating’s lecture, he shares his recollection of a member of their religious order whom he knew personally. He reflects on how the person’s life exemplified the consents he was discussing.

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(The preceding material is an excerpt taken from our site page titled The Realization of Truth.)


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        It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

        It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.  

        Discover the nature of God and the true meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

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A Contemplative Conversation

The following is a compilation of dialogues I had with someone over the recent weeks.
The compilation was made by that person, who decided to put together the substantive portions of the spiritual conversations we had.

In his own words: “I wanted to share my reactions and observations about your emails from August. You hit things right on the spot there and offered some valuable troubleshooting for my spiritual journey. Being quite impressed by your remarks, and processing them for over a month, I wanted to put your quotes and my comments into a fictional dialogue.”

At my suggestion and with his agreement, the compilation — his fictional dialogue — is now published here verbatim (except for the interspersed highlighted quotations from the compilation itself). I encourage the reader not only to read the spiritual insights contained therein attentively but also to reflect on them and to contemplate them heartfully. They are spiritual refreshments in our world today.


Marc: We are to glorify this God in our private personal lives and publicly, too, for the world to see the greatness of God. This is the sole purpose for which we are born into “this world” — to bear witness to It (God) and to glorify It in all things.

Neo: It’s not like we must have a specific personal life purpose — we are already living our true spiritual purpose. It can be even said that everyone is glorifying and expressing God at his/her level of understanding. However, more often than not, this Purpose needs to be awakened and recognized in humans.

Marc: God’s life is indivisible and can never be broken up into degrees, fractions or percentages. Be mindful of that always.

Neo: Easier said then done, being mindful of God’s indivisibility, living in a human world that operates on degrees and fractions. We always measure something.

    Beware of the illusion that you have to become “enlightened.”

Marc: Beware of the illusion that you have to become enlightened, which drives you to the desire to have the mystical experience. You ARE already one in God. Oneness between God and you is already established as the Truth. So, you cannot be any more one with God than you already are right now.

Neo: Though I have heard this before, this time something clicked. I did fall into a common spiritual trap: chasing after enlightenment. I kept forgetting the basic spiritual truth: I am already one in God. Luckily, and with your help, I got out.

Marc: But you are not “comfortable with the Truth” because you have not realized it in individual consciousness. You are ill-at-ease with it as you live your life daily and confront the appearances of this world. That builds up mental/emotional stress and anxiety over your spiritual practice and the spiritual journey and the progress you are making.

Neo: You caught me there, Marc — I felt like a thief suddenly illumined by police lights. I was making unnecessary anxiety around my spiritual journey and even forgot to enjoy in my practice, which I did earlier. Truth be told, unnecessary anxiety is pretty much the state of human scene today.

Marc: You meditate so that you can literally “rest” in Truth or in God’s presence.

Neo: Can you believe that I forgot that, too? Instead of resting, I’ve been pushing the “experience”.

Marc: All is done, finished, completed. All is good, that is, all is God ultimately and absolutely. What are you, therefore, striving at and struggling for? Enlightenment? Oneness? Mystical experiences? Can God as you be not enlightened? Can God as you be other than one? Is not God as you experiencing oneness with you all the time? Is there a time when God and you are not one?

Neo: This is where you started kicking ass. Like a master of spiritual karate, you attacked me with several well-measured punches, while my intellectual defences were down, and left me trembling and passing out on the floor. Unable to respond to the koan, embarrassed student returns to his hut, dreaming of defeating The Incredible Marc.

Really, what am I striving for? I was searching after God, like a proverbial fish who wanted to know what the water is. Everything is already here.

    We need the opportunity to feel at ease and comfortable with the skin of our divinity; that is why we meditate.


Marc: The belief that one has to meditate to realize oneness is precisely another belief that needs to be set aside together with all our other human beliefs. It implies that there is some lack of oneness in you which you are trying to have, get, acquire or compensate for through meditation.

Neo: What a beautiful trick of the mind! Spiritual practice even becomes an obstacle for contemplation. It’s not like we have to “add” something to realize oneness, we have to “subtract” human beliefs. I guess you would use the term “DE-condition” instead of “subtract”.

Marc: We need the opportunity to feel at ease and comfortable with the skin of our divinity; that is why we meditate.

Neo: That’s precisely why I thought it would be a good idea to establish a regular meditation routine, but I was forcing it, and it became somewhat dry. Like I said, I forgot to just rest in the truth.

Marc: We are healed once we realize there is NOTHING to be healed.

Neo: This one is another Mind-Fuck Revelation, to use a technical term.

Marc: actual secret to spiritual healing was finally realized and revealed. A sublime quietness and calm and spiritual poise came to me as I smiled and became aware that I was healed.

    I had a few glimpses into Grace… it resulted in a feeling of sublime calm… when I heard Joel say: “Thy presence is the activity of divine grace and Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things”…


Neo: This is wonderfully said. There is the secret (or secrets) to spiritual healing, but this realization is quite personal, even intimate.

I had a few glimpses into Grace, which is closest thing to a mystical experience I had. It’s difficult to put it into words, but it resulted in a feeling of sublime calm. It started when I heard Joel (Goldsmith) say: “Thy presence is the activity of divine grace and Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things” and evolved to a deeper understanding and higher awareness of divine grace. I could almost say that mere existence is grace and inherently healing/healed, but I don’t know if that makes any sense.

I felt strangely attracted to Joel’s phrase “activity of grace”, and later discovered the exactly same term in Orthodox tradition. This led me to an interesting online research about the theological concept of grace. Of course, actual experience, no matter how vague and short, is more important than any amount of research.

Not that I want to obsess about mystical experience. I learned the lesson.

Marc: Sincerity gives you spiritual mileage on the path during the course of the journey, not seriousness about your practice which only invites anxiety, stress, difficulty, discouragement and frustration.

    Sincerity gives you spiritual mileage on the path.

Neo: Being sincere, among other things, means being able to laugh at myself.

Your advice about sincerity resulted in my leaving the practice of Centering Prayer for a several days, and then returning to it with a more relaxed and flexible attitude.

Marc: Our spiritual practice can be counted among our burdens. So, the bottom line of the instruction is: “Come to me, to rest.” Forget about your inner realization of oneness or of God or truth. Forget about having psychic or mystical experiences. Go, just go to the Christ-Self within you. And, just rest, simply rest in there. You need to become familiar with your Christhood. You need to become comfortable in your own God-skin. Literally resting in God helps you with that.

Neo: A masterly instruction, beautiful in its simplicity, cuts through all the fads and non-essentials. And a few more karate punches. Not much to say after this. Let the rest begin.

    You need to become comfortable in your own God-skin. Literally resting in God helps you with that.




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Meditate Thru, a Step at a Time


You can take baby steps or grab little snack bites of spiritual morsels and refreshment frequently throughout your day Facsimile of book.by practicing the presence of God, especially if you are a newbie or beginner to meditation.   (We recommend a book by Joel Goldsmith titled Practicing the Presence shown at the left. It is a good study resource especially for beginners.) Our “Food for the Soul” page provides more information on this particular contemplative practice form.
 
These brief but frequent periods of spiritual recollection made throughout the day can be as beneficial (if not more effective and beneficial) as the 15- or 20-minute formal meditation sittings one undertakes twice or thrice a day in the manner of a regimented discipline.  

After some time, depending on your state of openness and receptivity to the Truth and to the inner workings of spiritual grace, you will find yourself drawn to spending longer periods (or more periods daily) of sitting in the silent Facsimile of book.contemplation of Truth.   At this stage, your soul senses begin to open to the indwelling presence of the Spirit within you.  Grace, the life of the Spirit, comes alive in you: You will find yourself thirsting for inner silence and hungering for “quiet moments” of just sitting in silence and stillness.

Drop by our Meditation Room and try the guided contemplation we have there or the practice contemplation videos embedded in this page.  You can try the practice of lectio divina, also known technically as “contemplation” in western spiritual culture, which was handed down to us through the Christian monastic tradition.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Contemplative Outreach for posting the above video on YouTube.]

You can try mindfulness or insight meditation as it is taught and practiced in the eastern spiritual culture of Buddhism, or, for that matter, any other authentic form of contemplative practice that you might be led to or which may suit your individual state of consciousness.

Here is a good, simple guided meditation by Alan Watts. Sit back or recline confortably on a chair, and listen to him,

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Indigo Bliss for posting the above video on YouTube.]

These forms of contemplation practice will normally begin their activity Facsimile of "Beyond Words and Thoughts" by Joel S. Goldsmithin the intellect mind with the pondering, cogitating or contemplating of some scripture passage, spiritual teacher’s saying, or statement from a spiritual teaching. The process then progresses naturally, moving from its initial mental activity of words, thoughts and ideas to a growing sense or feeling of peacefulness, inner stillness and interior silence.

The contemplative activity thus shifts away from the intellect mind to the intuitive mind or the deep feeling level of the soul.  You stay there, in that state of abiding inner peace, stillness and silence, in the continuing deep spiritual rest of true meditation, for as long as you can.

You stay there, and simply rest deeper and deeper in the presence of God. That’s all there is to it.

Read more about the subject of meditation or contemplation in our page “Contemplative Practice” and its subpages.




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What Centering Is and Is Not

Technically, centering is NOT meditation.  This is a very important distinction every student of meditation should know and discern, because many students are misled into thinking that their initial or introductory centering practice is already the very practice of meditation, itself.  As a result, they fail to enter into the true meditative state at the shortest developmental time possible, or they miss out on experiencing deeper states, stages or levels of meditation. It can delay or impede one’s spiritual development and journey along the path.

During my early spiritually formative years when I was trying to learn the practice of meditation from various “new age” or faddish schools and systems of pseudo-spirituality, I was introduced to many techniques, methods, exercises and practices that were being passed off as “meditation.”  Over time, however, I began to discern correctly and to “separate the chaff from the grain” where meditation was concerned. It was then that I further realized what the teaching of “the blind leading the blind” meant.


Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”

Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”
(The Gospel According to Matthew 15:12-14, NLT)




There is a real difference between practices and exercises that are intended to prepare an individual physically, mentally and emotionally for meditation, and the actual practice and experience of meditation, itself. These are centering practices intended normally as a discipline on the mind-body continuum, to disengage the mind from what is known as “everyday human awareness” and to take the individual into a deeply relaxed state of mind — the alpha-theta bridge referred to in the neuroscience of brainwave pattern functionality.

Students should be made aware that centering as a practice or process is not, in itself, the end and all of spiritual practice; rather, centering is only a means to a further end which is the experience of true meditation. Centering is very relaxing, and the relaxation experience it produces is usually mistaken for actual meditation. As the cliché goes, it is only a meditation on one’s belly button. Not knowing this vital distinction often makes the student complacent with his or her current centering practice as THE spiritual practice of any lifetime. Such an attitude will prevent the student from actively exploring and pursuing authentic meditation practice.

      Centering is NOT meditation. Centering is a preparation for meditation.

Meditation does not occur until the mind enters a state or dimension of inner stillness and silence — known in various spiritual systems as resting in the presence of God or simply resting in God, or experiencing emptiness or the void, or entering the Holy of Holies, or seeking refuge in the Secret Place of the Most High, and other euphemisms to describe a common meditative state of mind in which individual consciousness has disengaged fully from its everyday human awareness.

On the other hand, centering is only a preparation for the experience of meditation.  Its primary function is to detach awareness from “material sense” or to disengage the mind from “everyday human awareness.”

Centering Practice Model

CENTERING PRACTICE MODEL
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Centering is critical and extremely vital especially to beginners for several reasons:

  • Centering allows the meditator to disengage or detach from what is termed “everyday human awareness.”  It frees awareness to gravitate toward one’s center of being, away from the heavily encrusted circumference of the human condition (the human state of awareness).
    Diagram of Human Attachment to Material Sense
     
  • Centering prepares the meditator by cultivating the essential qualities of openness and receptivity in awareness. It is likened to tilling the ground soil of the human mind.
    Diagram for "Fertile Soil of the Mind"
     
  • In neuroscientific parlance, centering functionally allows the brain to switch from an active and busy beta brainwave pattern, which is characteristic of externally-oriented human brain activity, to the slower, relaxed alpha brainwave pattern, which is ideal for doing prayer, affirmation, or other similar metaphysical (mind) practice using thoughts and ideas while engaging the intellect mind. Centering is a valuable tool in preparing individual consciousness for contemplation practice. (Refer to the immediate diagram above which shows how the psyche is affected by the practice of both centering and contemplation.)
     
  • The alpha state, which results from centering, readily facilitates a shift to the theta state of brainwave pattern, which is the actual state of mind a seasoned meditator will normally experience, especially during contemplation.
    Diagram comparing Alpha and Theta States of the Brain
     
  • Centering acclimatizes the human mind and accustomizes the body to the sensation and experience of sitting quietly over a period of time without actively engaging the thinking mind with its usual mental chatter and rambling thought patterns. It is a self-discipline requiring personal commitment and practice regularity. It disciplines the mind to quiet the emotions and the thinking proceas as the meditator sinks into deepening relaxation states fully alert and aware, without falling into the sleep state.
    Diagram for "God's Time Is NOW"
     
  • Centering slows down the individual to a point where the “here and now” can be experienced by the meditator as a continuous flow of ever-present moments, without the many stresses of worldly life and without the reference points of the past or the future.
    Diagram of "Past and Future in Now"


Always remember the significant distinction between mere centering, on the one hand, >and contemplation or meditation, on the other hand. Do not confuse one for the other. Each serves a definite yet different purpose in the scheme of the spiritual journey. Both play important roles in your spiritual growth as your tools for unfolding mystical consciousness, and you need to cultivate them in devotional tandem to progress along the path.

Bearing all of these in mind, do not let yourself be led astray on your spiritual journey by the many alluring paths in this world.

(The preceding post is taken from our site’s page titled “Centering as Practice or as Prayer.” For more information on the topic of centering, please visit the page to read the article in full.)


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Grace and Healing as Fruitage

Grace and healing are the fruitage of our meditation practice.

(Enhance your reading experience; let the music below play in the background as you read.) [Acknowledgement to SoundCloud user252443097 from San Jose, Costa Rica, for the music.]


A life of grace and healing are the fruitage of Truth realized through meditation.

Healing in every area and aspect of life, most especially in consciousness, is the fruitage of realized Truth. The grace that flows from a healing consciousness meets every need, lack or limitation in your life and in the lives of your loved ones, friends, and associates. It extends to bless the whole world because of the principle of Oneness: The Truth realization of one individual benefits the rest of mankind, because there is only one Self, one Life, one Being, one Consciousness, one Spirit, one Mind. The spiritual awakening of one benefits all others everywhere, not just ourselves. For this reason, we engage in spiritual healing work — to become clear channels of God’s healing grace.

    The spiritual awakening of one benefits all others.

Healing work is not necessarily a specific activity we deliberately choose to perform or undertake. Every time we engage in meditation to commune with the Spirit within us, we are engaging in spiritual healing activity. The nature and activity of the Spirit is to constantly express Its innate wholeness, completeness and perfection. The outer healings we seek or pray for in our day to day life situations, are really the inner experience and conscious awareness of God’s healing presence as the Christ we already and truly are. Consequently, we do not invoke or use the power of God to change or correct our outer circumstances. We stand back from the situation to become witnesses to our demonstration of Truth or God.

Spiritual Healing in the Realization of God’s Wholeness

Many times, however, it is not easy to “stand back” in the face of our human circumstances. It is then that we actively do our spiritual healing work. Again, not to personally engage against the appearance of evil or to demonstrate our human good, but to allow ourselves to “stand back” and to disengage from the state of human consciousness. This way, we let the Spirit reveal to us the illusory nature of the appearance or situation, so that we can experience a change in circumstances as our experienced “outer” healing. True spiritual healing work results in total and permanent healing.

With our spiritual awakening, enlightenment or illumination, comes the end of suffering under the human condition. The enlightened individual experiences oneness in God and with all that God’s nature is — God-realization: “God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].” (1 John 1:5,  Amplified Bible)

God is wholeness of being and fullness of life; and in God, there is no suffering, only the joy of God-Being. The enlightened one knows and understands the secret of the Tao — the how of life and living, the eternal principle and process of existence.

[Acknowledgment: Thanks to Milos Kraguljac for publishing the video above on YouTube.]

 
(The preceding blog is based on our Web page titled “The Realization of Truth.”)




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Who is my neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?

That question first confronted Audrey, a mother of three children. The same question later confronted her friend Tisha Beauchmin, herself a mother of five, and Tisha’s husband, Kevin. Then, the question finally confronted the larger community in which they all lived.

The answer at every phase and level of the question turned out to be a miraculous pouring out of spontaneous, unconditional love. See how the answer unfolded glowingly in the video below.

THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT. Paradise or heaven is not an “afterlife.” It is here and now if we would only realize that, IF ONLY our eyes were to see it all around us and in one another.

THE GOOD SAMARITAN
(A Painting by Francesco Bassano)

      On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

      “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

      He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

      “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

      But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

      In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

      “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

      The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.

      Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (The Gospel According to Luke 10:25-37, NIV)


The story of The Good Samaritan is not just a religious parable. It is a true to life story as we have seen, because of the oneness of us all.

Who is your neighbor?




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Illusion Busting

Take a quick glance at the photograph below.

Photograph of illusion.

Is this a case of a wardrobe malfunction or indecent exposure?  😲
Careful now. It might just be an ILLUSION.   😂

The picture above is a perfect example of something “illusory.” You tend to see something that is not so. You definitely might see something shockingly unbelievable or unreal at first glance. But it is nothing that a good quick second look cannot rectify in perception. See how the visual sense of the eyes can fool you at first glance. 😀

It is the same thing for our human perception of life and the world around us: We need to always take an introspective or reflective “hard” second look (pun not intended), sometimes as many as a third, fourth, etc. time, just to discern the truth in what we believe we are perceiving. It can be difficult, almost frustrating in many instances, but the spiritual discernment that results from the mental exercise and effort are worthwhile. 😊

In Roman Catholic religious teaching, this has been called an “examination of conscience” (consciousness, actually) as part of the sacrament of Penance (now progressively called Reconciliation). The process forces us to inquire into and ferret out the errors or mistakes in our thinking processes (our so-called sins against God) we have made and entertain in the mind, that support and reinforce the belief (sense) that we are separate and apart from God.

It is a very good spiritual exercise to perform regularly so that we can come to realize the many erroneous beliefs that we have been carrying with us as part of our burdened humanity. Once realized, we acquire spiritual discernment over that aspect of spiritual truth, and then we can release and let go those toxic beliefs. We open the soul to God’s healing from within every time we die to one of those erroneous beliefs. 🤔

Spiritual discernment brings with it an increased sense of freedom in the Spirit and more liberation from the human condition. As the Master Yeshua declared:

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
(The Gospel According to John 8:32, HCSB)


😌
But first things first. Get a good second look at what the world show production (what Yeshua referred to in his teachings as the prince of this world or mammon) is presenting before you, whether it be about you personally or your life, or the world you live in. The first glance is always deceiving. 🙄

However, once you see through the deception — the “illusoriness” of this world — you are on the way to “knowing the truth” by which you will be set free. This is “mindfulness” at its truest sense — to become aware of the emptiness of the material sense or the human-based sense perception of the world. (Click here for more illusoriness caught on film. Acknowledgements go to the Sunday Express for the use of the photograph image used in this blog.) 🤭

Be an illusion-buster. It’s a game played by life. Remember, it’s not what you think it is. Have fun! 😉


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        . It’s practice is simple, easy and lean — shorn of religious beliefs,
        dogmas or doctrines, and cultural trimmings in the form of rites, rituals and traditions.

        We offer a spirituality that is rooted in the teachings of nondualistic oneness.
        It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

        It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.  

        Discover the nature of God and the true meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

        At no point in modern times has mysticism been made so AVAILABLE, DIRECT, SIMPLE and EASY than through our teaching methodology and presentation.

        Download our electronic flyer for your perusal. Develop and explore your own spiritual journey with us here on The Mystical Path.


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Online Conversations

We have allocated and dedicated a Facebook page titled “A Contemplative Life,” for the purpose of carrying on online conversations primarily on the subjects of higher spirituality, contemporary mysticism, the spiritual journey, and the art and practice of living the mystical life in the 21st century, including any related topic that may be of particular interest to you, such as, but not limited to, the human condition, spiritual practices of centering, contemplation and meditation, the mystical experience, pseudo-mysticism, etc.

We hope that “A Contemplative Life” at Facebook will become a dynamic online community for contemporary mystics, practicing contemplatives, serious students of the mystical teachings, and Truth seekers from all over cyberspace.

We invite you to comment or post your thoughts and inquiries there, as touchpoint posts are published there and are made available over time.

Here is the URL or Internet address of the page at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contemplation.life/.

Screenshot capture of "A Contemplative Life" at Facebook.

“A Contemplative Life” at Facebook

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Oneness: Always and Forever

Your oneness with God is absolute, meaning to say that there is nothing — absolutely NOTHING — that separates you from God, has separated you from God in the past, and will ever separate you from God in the future. There is no point when you have ever been separate from God. Never have you ever been separate from God. That spiritual oneness was established long before creation, and it will continue infinitely even unto the very end of time, itself.

Nothing whatsoever you can do; no amount of so-called transgressions against God or mortal and venial sins of commission or omission separates you from God. However, we may fall out of the actual personal experience and effect of that oneness, and thereby its benefits, when we engage and indulge in the human state of consciousness, that is, the state of humanhood in which we believe that we exist and live separate and apart from God with respect to our individual being, our personal lives, and the world around us.

In the human condition that prevails and dominates our humanity, we do not have a conscious awareness of the truth of oneness with God. Everything in the finite physical world we live in tells us the contrary through the perceptions of our bodily senses and the conditioned human mind. Religions reinforce the human belief that we are mere human mortals with an ignorant, rebellious, morally sinful nature; so, the programming continues perpetuating itself from one generation to the next. Nothing in this world of forms and effects will convince us of our oneness with God: Everything runs against the grain of that mystical truth. Such is the nature of this world, and it could not be and will not be otherwise.

For this reason, we retreat to a particular state of mind in the practice of meditation where we can enter a state of inner peace, inner silence and inner stillness — an escape from everyday human awareness and a momentary relief from the onslaughts of the human ego and the conditioned mind. In that meditative state of mind, we enter the perfect atmosphere and environment by which we can realize the truth of our oneness with God. This is the main reason why we meditate — to realize God in the truth of God’s presence and oneness.

With the spiritual realization of oneness, which we directly experience and attain in our conscious union with God, we transcend humanhood. We are transformed or transfigured as we undergo the profound shift in consciousness from a perceived sense of humanhood to our natural and true divinity, that oneness in God which has always been our true state of being.

Poster for "Unchanging Oneness with God".

Unchanging Oneness with God

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans, 8:38-39, NKJV)

The only way to begin understanding mystical “oneness” is to approach it from the truth of absolute non-separation from God. If you look at your own human nature, you will only see its many illusions, and there is nothing real or true that an illusion can teach you. An illusion does not exist in pretty much the same way a desert mirage does not exist. It has no essence in itself, no truth to itself, no reality of itself.

God is the way and the truth. And “I” am (is-ing) that way and that truth. Go look within for that “I” that you are. If you find it, you find your Self, God and the realized Truth of oneness.

Learn more about “oneness” here at our site.


    Discover, learn and see the difference!
    Experience a unique and pure kind of higher spirituality through us, a unitive spirituality. It’s practice is simple, easy and lean — shorn of religious beliefs, dogmas or doctrines, and cultural trimmings in the form of rites, rituals and traditions.

    We offer a spirituality rooted in the teaching of oneness which captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

    It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time, highly transformative in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.

    The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

    At no point in modern times has mysticism been made so AVAILABLE, DIRECT, SIMPLE and EASY than through our teaching methodology and presentation.

    Develop and explore your own spiritual journey with us here on The Mystical Path.



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New eFlyer


We have revised what was formerly a four-fold paper print brochure, and we have re-issued the brochure as an electronic flyer (eFlyer) that is available and downloadable from our site. Active links to the eFlyer can be found in this post and at the footer and side widgets of our Web pages.

The three-paged eFlyer is produced in the PDF file format. There are embedded links in the eFlyer that are fully functional.

Please feel free to share the eFlyer with as many others, to help boost the worldwide spiritual awakening movement. Thank you for doing so.

Below is the facsimile of the eFlyer’s cover page. Click on the image and the eFlyer will display in a new page for online viewing or downloading to your local computer system.

Alternatively, you may click on this link: Spiritual Contemplation eFlyer (August 2017) for the eFlyer.

    Experience a unique and pure kind of higher spirituality through us, a unitive spirituality. It’s practice is simple, easy and lean — shorn of religious beliefs, dogmas or doctrines, and cultural trimmings in the form of rites, rituals and traditions.

    We offer a spirituality that is rooted in the teaching of oneness. It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a concise and direct manner.

    It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time, highly transformative in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.

    The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

    At no point in modern times has mysticism been made so AVAILABLE, DIRECT, SIMPLE and EASY than through our teaching methodology and presentation.

    Develop and explore your own spiritual journey with us here on
    The Mystical Path.


(If you have any question or comment about the eFlyer, please post your question or comment below. We welcome your feedback.)



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The Heart of All Healing

 
Humanly, it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand and realize that we are living the life of the infinite God. We look at our respective human lives, and we do not see a continuity of infinite good. What we see in our past is an alternating series of fluctuating good and bad (or evil) human experiences. We then fear more of the same in the future, perhaps even worse in a seemingly never-ending string of evil situations. The human life experience is certainly far from the infinite good of a perfect God.

But we know the nature of the human condition to be one of duality, not nondualistic oneness. It is the illusoriness of “this world” that we are witnessing and believing to be our personal experience of life. So, we take time to place our life experience “on hold” in a spiritually liberating process called MEDITATION. Here is the process in its simplest contemplative form.

We sit silently in the stillness of the present moment, immersed in the conscious awareness of God-presence as the only reality and presence there is. We lose ourselves to this awareness, as we let it fill us with the feeling of the deep abiding peace existing within us.

Basking in the healing comfort of that peace, we let go of whatever memories we have had of our past or the visions we may hold of the future. We stay anchored in the awareness of the One Presence of Infinite Good without beginning or end. We welcome into the present moment and embrace the awareness that this One Presence has been our past always, pervades the present exclusively, and will continue infinitely into the future beyond any measurement of time or space.

In that special moment when you can see all past, present and future only as the One Presence of Infinite God/Good, you will come to realize that the life you have and live . . . truly IS God-Life.



 

 

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The Constant Moon

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Be as the constant Moon,
      which reflects the light of the burning Sun.
Let your humanity faithfully reflect the divinity
      that is contained and established infinitely within you.
There is no light source other than Lumen Christi (the Light of Christ)
      which you are in this world.

I beg you then:
Show us the Light of Christ constantly,
      that you may illumine the world and
      that we, your brethren, may not walk this world in darkness—
      a thick darkness that has The Human Soul      shrouded the world
      since its inception.

— Moi —



 

 

 

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A Time for Love

 
This music piece whether in its vocal song form or its jazz instrumental versions captivates me a lot. I feel touched by the music and the song at a very deep psycho-emotional level, evoking feelings of romance and tremendous love. There is something spiritual, too, about the song with its Zen-like quality lyrics.

I have just made a mix of two jazz interpretations: one by the great jazz guitarist Earl Klugh, the other by the more contemporary jazz trumpet player Roy Hargrove.

In between the two jazz renditions is the 2009 released (Love Is the Answer album) vocal sung by the exceptional diva who has graced our lives for a number of decades now with her incomparable voice and singing style — the one and only Barbra Streisand.

Facsimile of Barbra Streisand music album cover.

Barbra Streisand Album containing “A Time for Love”

          Lyrics
          A time for summer skies
          For hummingbirds and butterflies
          For tender words that harmonize with love

          A time for climbing hills
          For leaning out of windowsills
          Admiring the daffodils above

          A time for holding hands together
          A time for rainbow coloured weather
          A time of make believe that we’ve been dreaming of

          As time goes drifting by
          The willow bends and so do I
          But all my friends, whatever sky above
          I know a time for spring
          A time for fall
          But most of all
          A time for love

          A time for holding hands together
          A time for rainbow coloured weather
          A time of make believe that we’ve been dreaming of

          As time goes drifting by
          The willow bends and so do I
          But oh my friends, whatever sky above
          I know a time for spring
          A time for fall
          But best of all
          A time for love

[Acknowledgment to STREISANDLAND for publishing the video above on YouTube.]



Words from the lyrics that resonate in the heart with echoes of the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes:

A time for summer skies, for hummingbirds and butterflies . . . for tender words that harmonize with love.

A time for climbing hills, for leaning out of windowsills . . .

Admiring the daffodils above(?).

A time for holding hands together, a time for rainbow coloured weather . . .
A time of make believe that we’ve been dreaming of.

I know a time for spring, a time for fall;
but most of all, a time for love.

As time goes drifting by, the willow bends and so do I.

But oh my friends, whatever sky above,
I know a time for spring, a time for fall;
but best of all, a time for love
. ❤
😉

Please share your thoughts and comments on this post below. You can play or download the audio file (mp3) of the music mix I made at this link in the Microsoft cloud OneDrive: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=1AAE985711FC0207%21132&cid=1AAE985711FC0207. Kindly remember to rate this blog at the start of the post.

Thank you for the feedback and sharing.

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Just A Minute

JUST ONE MINUTE.

Let’s do this simple spiritual gesture for good in our world. 🙂

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There are 1,440 minutes in a 24-hour day. Of those 1,440 minutes, spend just one (1) minute calmly, silently, quietly remembering that: “God-activity is the only activity there is; therefore, only God’s good and perfect activity is expressing in our world.

During that one minute, stay with that thought completely; AND feel it to be true for yourself and everyone else, as you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.

When the minute has passed, release it to the vast ocean of time. Let it go gratefully, joyously. Then forget it as you continue with the rest of the day.

COMMIT one (1) minute of your day, every single day, to do this very simple practice. Give that minute away as your personal gift to the world. Do it purely in God-awareness with no other thought or concern at that moment. It does not matter when or where you do it. Just do it.

(You can use the minute timer below.)


Just One MinuteBy this small gesture, we are consenting to let God be the activity of infinite good in our lives and in the world. Let your one-minute contemplation bring forth whatever wonderful good it will manifest in the world.

Let us create a tsunami of spirituality and grace to flood and cover the whole earth. SHARE this post in social networks, on Internet sites, and with your loved ones, friends, and associates. Share please, because YOU CARE. Share, because you can afford the   ❤ gift of JUST ONE MINUTE.

A moment of contemplation with me. 😉

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Friendship

 


Friendship . . . unconditional love tempered by respect and admiration without end.


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Dark Money

A Must Read for All Freedom Lovers

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?

Facsimile of "Dark Money"

by Jane Mayer

The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.

The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet. Their core beliefs—that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom—are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws.

The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch, whose father made his fortune in part by building oil refineries in Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany. The patriarch later was a founding member of the John Birch Society, whose politics were so radical it believed Dwight Eisenhower was a communist. The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights.

When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. Richard Mellon Scaife, the mercurial heir to banking and oil fortunes, had the brilliant insight that most of their political activities could be written off as tax-deductible “philanthropy.”

These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity. Funding sources were hidden whenever possible. This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision—a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network.

The political operatives the network employs are disciplined, smart, and at times ruthless. Mayer documents instances in which people affiliated with these groups hired private detectives to impugn whistle-blowers, journalists, and even government investigators. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied.

Jane Mayer, a staff writer of the New Yorker Magazine, spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews-including with several sources within the network-and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings in reporting this book. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.

Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

[Note: The foregoing is quoted from the Amazon.com introduction of the book.  To purchase the book, click on the book cover image above.  To listen to an engaging interview given by Ms. Mayer over public radio’s “Forum” program, click on the caption beneath her photograph at the top of the blog.

This blog is a service to humanity in furtherance of our spiritual mission to awaken mankind and to illumine the world.]


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Never Again

      There is no healing without the truth.


We feature and present two video documentaries worthy of your personal time and individual awareness. We must know the truth, before the truth can set us free. Only then can we face the liars and the deceivers, and resolutely say: “Never again.”

Through this blog, we want you to know the truth.

(1)  “The New American Century” from Aha! Experiece on Vimeo (or alternatively, Alternative Truth on Vimeo, also)

The documentary goes in great detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present.

Among many other things, this video —

  • Exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud with video of insiders themselves admitting it.
  • Shows how the first film theaters in the US were used over a hundred years ago to broadcast propaganda to rile the American people into the Spanish-American War.
  • Shows the white papers of the oil company Unocal which called for the creation of a pipeline through Afghanistan and how their exact needs were fulfilled through the US invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Shows how Halliburton under their "cost plus" exclusive contract with the U.S. Government went on a mad dash spending spree akin to something out of the movie Brewster's Millions, yet instead of blowing $30 million they blew through BILLIONS by literally burning millions of dollars worth of hundred thousand dollar cars and trucks if they had so much as a flat tire.
  • Is "a stunning film.  It should be seen as widely as possible, in cinemas, bars, clubs, at meetings and, of course, through the internet.  I'm sure the film will continue to be a source of debate and political education for many years.  Maybe until the war criminals have been brought to trial." (Kenneth “Ken” Loach, controversial English film and television director)
  • Explores the historical, philosophical and economic background that suggests a matrix for such events, much closer to home than the so-called “Islamic terrorism;” whereas, in comparison, Massimo Mazzucco’s first political documentary, “Global Deceit” (2006), focused on the long list of inconsistencies in the official version of the 9/11 attacks.


The film provides solid evidence for the true reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, whose unfolding is described in chilling detail in a document called “Project for the New American Century” published in the year 2000.  This document seems to have served as the actual blueprint for such dramatic events and global developments in American foreign policy.



(2)  “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” — a well-made documentary about 9/11 available on YouTube, based on the objective scientific studies made by professional architects and engineers who have organized to publicly expose the deception and lies of 9/11.

(Credits go to Richard Bruce for the linked video posted on his YouTube channel.)



Run a search of our site for related blogs.

That Is a Good One

NEVER AGAIN.



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Webinar Series on Contemporary Mysticism

A  joyous greeting to all followers, friends, patrons and visitors of our site, The Mystical Path.

Beginning this year, we plan to open and start a series of small, intimate online seminar-workshops over the Internet (webinars) on the theme of “21st Century Mysticism and Living the Mystical Life.”

Schematic diagram of the mystical life.

Model for The Spiritual Journey

The webinar series aims to introduce contemporary mysticism to participants, by initially presenting and discussing the following main topics beginning with:

  • the spiritual journey, followed by
  • centering and meditation or contemplation — as spiritual practice,
  • the fabric of consciousness,
  • the loom of the mind,
  • the human condition,
  • the illusory nature of metaphysical error (or evil) and our “Five Steps to Total Healing” program, and lastly,
  • keeping your journey easy, simple, pure and true.

The webinar topics will be distributed and scheduled over a period of several months to give participants sufficient opportunity to process the information disseminated at every webinar. All the topics are touched upon in our website which serves as a primer and reference, too. If the message and teachings of our site resonate with you spiritually, the webinar series is your opportunity to realize enlightenment by living the mystical life in its fullness in your everyday experience.

    Our webinar series is your opportunity to actualize the mystical life in its simplest, easiest and unadulterated fullness in the everyday experience of your illumined life.

The webinar will be conducted through audio web-conferencing; so, dependable Internet access is required using a desktop computer, notebook or laptop, iPad, smartphone, or other comparable and suitable web-conference ready equipment. A web camera (webcam) is not needed, but participants can expect the heavy use of on-screen display visuals (presentation slides and other online visual material) for which a sizable adequate viewing screen might be preferable. Most likely, webinar sessions will be scheduled on a Friday or Saturday afternoon PST (U.S. west coast Pacific Standard Time), and may run for two or three hours each.

NOTE: If you are interested in participating but live in a different time zone of the world, sign up just the same but indicate that you live outside of the North American time zones and please remember to provide your location. We are willing to make an accommodation for you should there be a sufficient number of others similarly situated.

We would like to survey the amount of participant interest the webinar series can generate, as part of our project study and preparation. We plan on scheduling and conducting a free introductory webinar session next month of February before formally opening the series to registration.

If you are interested in the series, we request you to fill in and submit the form below to signify your interest in participating. Your submission will automatically qualify you for admission to the free introductory webinar session on a first come-first serve basis.

The contemporary mysticism we offer is a nondualistic pure mysticism. We guarantee and assure you that our webinar content, information, message and teachings will be uniquely different from others currently circulating and available in the marketplace of metaphysical or spiritual ideas, beliefs and teachings.

Contemplative Pathways Vision and Mission Statement

Contemplative Pathways Vision and Mission Statement


Complete and submit the form below to let us know of your interest in taking our webinar series —
21st Century Mysticism and Living the Mystical Life

Thank You Smiley.

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A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

The Long Trek to the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey


Photographs can be more descriptive and evocative of events than words can be, like the photograph of three-year old Aylan Al-Kurdi whose body was washed ashore on a beach after his family’s fatal attempt to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece as Syrian refugees. The little boy and his slightly older brother, Ghalip, and their mother, Rehan, drowned when their flimsy dinghy capsized in the predawn darkness of early morning. Only his father survived.
Picture of Aylan Al-Kudi's Lifeless Body Washed Ashore on the Beach in Turkey

Aylan Al-Kudi’s Lifeless Body Washed Ashore on a Beach in Turkey

Here is another similarly iconic photograph of Syrian refugees silhouetted against the fading light of sunset, as they follow a rail line after crossing the border into Hungary from Serbia, hoping to reach Austria’s open corridor to western Europe. It looks like a still frame from some epic movie in the making.

Picture of Refugees from the Middle East Trekking over Serbia and Hungary to Enter Western Europe

Refugees from the Middle East Trekking over Serbia and Hungary to Enter Western Europe

Human life is pretty much like the epic saga of these refugees to find and reach a better place to live — one where they (and we) can feel secure and be comforted, where we can actualize our hopes (not merely cling to them in despair) and thrive in the promise of a brighter future — one where “milk and honey” flow to no end.

For the refugees, the goal might be western Europe. But is there such a place for humanity in this world of shattered lives and dreams?

Yes, there is — in that Presence that goes with you, is always with you, and never leaves you nor forsakes you no matter what the circumstances may be.

“My presence will go with you . . .”

Go find it where it is — WITHIN YOU.

Come join us in oneness as we continue the journey to wholeness in a land flowing with milk and honey.


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Is Man Manufacturing Consciousness?

 
I came across the following neuroscience news item at The Guardian earlier today. Not only is the article fascinating breaking science news, it also raises quite intriguing philosophical, moral, metaphysical and spiritual questions that touch on the subjects of mind, consciousness, life, intelligence, and similar other areas of open controversy and debate.

        First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

        Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs
        and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution
        as data on breakthrough kept under wraps

      Photograph of lab-grown brain.

      The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Photograph: Ohio State University

      An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.

      Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain development.

      The brain, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, is engineered from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model yet developed, claimed Rene Anand of Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented the work today at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

      Previous attempts at growing whole brains have at best achieved mini-organs that resemble those of nine-week-old foetuses, although these “cerebral organoids” were not complete and only contained certain aspects of the brain. “We have grown the entire brain from the get-go,” said Anand.

      Anand and his colleagues claim to have reproduced 99% of the brain’s diverse cell types and genes. They say their brain also contains a spinal cord, signalling circuitry and even a retina.

      The ethical concerns were non-existent, said Anand. “We don’t have any sensory stimuli entering the brain. This brain is not thinking in any way.”  [Continue readingThe Guardian, Tuesday 18 August 2015 20.00 BST.]

Now, a number of profound questions come to mind despite the scientists’ assertions, declared good intentions, and assurances. For example, how do they know with certainty that the brain they have made is not conscious or does not possess an unconscious state of awareness at the very least?

They say: “The ethical concerns were non-existent . . . We don’t have any sensory stimuli entering the brain. This brain is not thinking in any way.” How sure are they it is not aware or engaging in a thinking and/or feeling process?

Furthermore, it is theorized and said by scientists that mind is made up of the processes that operate within the brain. Assuming that were the case, would not that brain be engaging in processes which could be said to be its mind then? As a functioning mind, would it not have some measure of intelligence, even perhaps human intelligence itself as provided by the human genetic materials used in creating that brain?

And what if that brain is actually sentient — some form of sentient being with a soul?  What then?

The whole conundrum seems to be the stuff of science fiction and fantasy, but this time it is for real, a real living, growing, developing human brain.

In the movie based on the Mary Shelley novel, Doctor Frankenstein can be heard screaming in demented triumph: “It’s alive! It’s alive! My creation is alive!”  Let’s hope the creature is not a monster.

Frankenstein movie clip

Colin Clive as Doctor Frankenstein in the 1931 horror movie classic “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff

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Persistence on the Path

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Persevere on the mystical path of life.
Practice makes perfect:  Persist with your spiritual practice.

Your spiritual practice is the expression of your devotion to God and your commitment to the spiritual journey.  Practice builds you up for the task and activity of contemplation. Practice opens you to the mystery of Oneness.  Practice enables you to realize the Truth.  Practice opens you to the transforming mystical experience of God.

Living the mystical life is never easy.  It requires the commitment of a lifetime — a commitment to study and practice, and to persist in our study and in our practice.

        The few who embark on the spiritual life find it difficult, and it is difficult. There is no question about that.  The fact that living the spiritual life is not an easy way should not disturb us, because, if we are determined to attain the spiritual way of life, we must be prepared for a period of struggle, effort, study, and discipline.

        The main struggle for us is that we are the product of centuries of living exclusively in the external. Not only are there centuries of materialistic living behind us, but right in our cribs we began to live with rattles and dolls, later with marbles and with every of kind of game that would keep our attention centered on the outer world.  Sadly enough, even when we entered school more attention was usually paid to keeping us entertained and occupied with games and sports than with intensive study or with teaching us how to be still enough inside so that we could concentrate. Because of the preoccupation with nonessentials, there are only a few who have developed the ability to concentrate and know how to study.

        An ability to find inner peace and stillness is required in following the spiritual path.  Our entire demonstration rests on our attaining the ability to be so quiet in mind that we can hear “the still small voice” and receive impressions from within. (Joel S. Goldsmith, from The Art of Spiritual Living,
        Chapter: “The New Dispensation of Prayer”)

 

    The spiritual life is difficult. But if we are determined to attain the spiritual way of life, we must be prepared for a period of struggle, effort, study, and discipline.

 

Photo of Joel S. Goldsmith

Your persistence on the spiritual path means that the spirit of God has already touched you.  You have not chosen God.  God has chosen you, and God will not let you go until you arrive safely at home in His bosom.  The constant recognition that the spirit of God has touched you and will not let you go is one of the greatest helps on the way.
— Joel S. Goldsmith —




“The constant recognition that the spirit of God has touched you and will not let you go is one of the greatest helps on the way.”


 

      Once the Spirit has you in its hands, you are caught hook, line, and sinker. The Buddha in Blissful Serenity It grabs hold of all of you, until your inner transformation is made complete. The divine romance has begun.  You can only surrender to It. You can only flow downstream with It on Its way back to the vast ocean of Its oneness.— Marc —

 

And now, enter into
the Divine Romance.

The Divine Romance between the Spirit and the Human Soul


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OVER-flow

Are you overflowing with the Spirit yet?


Overflow banner graphics image.

We are living at a time of great spiritual awakening and renewal brought about by the “pouring out” of the Spirit on all people. This is facilitated by the many individuals worldwide who are turning increasingly toward a deeper, inner-rooted spirituality, the practice of which produces a profound spiritual transformation in individuals, be it in the lives of the practitioners themselves or in the lives of people around them who are touched.

Scripture says our lives should be overflowing with the grace, goodness, and blessings of the Spirit of God — the promises richly described in the 23rd Psalm. It is the natural result of living an authentic spiritual life that refreshes and restores the human soul to its pristine divine nature.

My cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5)

Like a tiny kitten snugly cuddled up inside the containment of a cup or bowl, our lives are contained in and by the cup of God’s bountiful, singular Being-ness.  Phot image of kitten inside cup. Our inherent and pre-existing oneness with God assures us of this truth unconditionally. We are limited only by the human beliefs we have consciously or unconsciously accepted and embraced in the course of the human condition and by reason of our human experience of life, our humanhood.

Let your life be filled then with the infinite grace and the perfect good of the Lord. Let yourself overflow freely and endlessly from that cup of infinite Being, in which we live and move and have our being. So, tip your cup through contemplation and meditation. That way, you place yourself in a position whereby you can be filled to overflow.

Photo image of overflowing cup of tea.You are living life by grace when your cup is constantly overflowing with the Spirit of God, not just being full or filled with it. A full cup, you drink to quench and satisfy your own thirst. But an overflowing cup, you can freely share with others.

A life filled with good is one that undoubtedly meets your personal needs sufficiently and comfortably. However, until and unless your life overflows with surplus good, you have nothing from which and with which to share.

Remember now: Only by the overflowing of the God’s Spirit within us, can we detect and tell we are indeed FULL of God and FILLED with His Spirit.

Overflow today and be full-filled.


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Why Meditate?

 
Why should we practice contemplation or meditation?


          “As revealed in Scripture, God is in the “still small voice,” and so the only form
          of true prayer is the inner listening ear. It is for this reason that the most
          important part of our work in The Infinite Way is meditation
          , because
          no one has access to the inner sanctuary of his being, his inner consciousness,
          except through the listening ear. Meditation is the practice of listening
          for this still small voice, creating within one’s self practically a vacuum
          in which the presence of God can announce Itself.”

          (Joel S. Goldsmith, from Realization of Oneness, p.17; emphasis supplied.)            



We get into a contemplative practice to experience the Oneness that is God.  In so doing, we experience our oneness with God, in God.  In that experience of oneness with God, we realize our true Selfhood, the true Self, to be the very same Selfhood of God — we realize God and we are one.  We practice contemplation for the experience of Self-realization or God-realization.

. . . And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM . . . this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (Exodus 3:13-15, KJV)
 

Practice contemplation
for Self-realization
(or God-realization).


Our spiritual practice, that is, our contemplative practice, is the process by which we progress in our individual spiritual journey. As we work our process, we move along the journey to oneness and wholeness in God. For this reason, our process is very important and key to our spiritual development or mystical unfoldment. Hence, the process must be both right (or correct) and true, i.e., Truth-based.

Paradigm Model for The Spiritual Journey (600x600)

A Paradigm and Model for The Spiritual Journey
(Your process moves you and takes you along the journey.)


Contemplating the letter of Truth in silence eventually allows you to experience the very Spirit of Truth (spiritual illumination through the realization of Truth). This is the process of contemplative meditation or “contemplation” simply, as it is referred to mainly in the western Christian tradition (“meditation” in the eastern spiritual traditions, by and large). It is the inner journey in consciousness which the mystic takes through the medium and landscape of the mind. As Joel Goldsmith said: “Life is consciousness, and to be consciously aware of life is to live it.”  This then is the spiritual journey: to become consciously aware of Truth.  This is the mystic’s practice and devotion. This is our spiritual practice.


Practice, practice, practice, PRACTICE.

 

That is how we progress along the mystical path, by doing our spiritual practice, by practicing contemplation or meditation and anything else that may become necessary to prepare us for it.  It does not matter how long or how brief your meditation sittings and contemplative moments are. Practice as many times as you can throughout your day.  Zen teaches that the true value of our spiritual practice does not lie in reaching the summit of the mountain but in climbing the mountain persistently and consistently. After all, the heights of infinity do not have a summit.


Visit our page Contemplative Practice for more information.


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Discovering Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a very eminent scholar, researcher, author, and lecturer on the subjects of religion and comparative religion. She is truly remarkable, fabulously brilliant and wholly passionate with respect to her life’s work and accomplishments and her scholarly reflections and views. If you have not yet discovered her, here is your chance.

Photograph of Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong

(Click on Ms. Armstrong’s image above to read the transcript of an interview she gave to Salon.)


Here is a video of another one of her great public lectures delivered inside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


In 2008, Karen Armstrong became the recipient of the TED Prize. On that occasion, she delivered the following speech where she called for a Charter of Compassion to promote the Golden Rule.

During the launching of her Charter of Compassion, she gave this talk.


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The Journey of Awakening to Mystical Oneness

 
Awakening to Mystical Oneness

Note: Play back the above music video, and then continue reading below with the music playing in the background.


When you awaken to Oneness and personally experience the absolute reality that God is within you as your true Self, you will see through the illusoriness of the sense of separation and discern the error that lies in the belief in two powers.  This spiritual awakening to the Truth of Oneness is what mystics refer to as enlightenment or spiritual illumination.

The entire process of the awakening, from the first glimpses of its fragile transformative humble beginnings in human consciousness, to its glorious end in the explosive transfiguration of divine consciousness in the individual, is what we call the spiritual journey along the mystical path of life. It is a voyage in consciousness through the uncontained and unfathomable waters of the divine mind.

The journey in itself is a paradox and a mystery: You head towards a destination that is nowhere but everywhere at the same time. You start a journey that is already finished and complete — here and now — right where you are, right now. Yet, the process does not cease: It continues to function and operate. The wheels of your car keep on rotating; your car keeps on going and moving forward in an epic voyage of spiritual consciousness unfolding forever . . . eternally, endlessly, infinitely.


The spiritual journey
in itself is a paradox
and a mystery.


Animated GIF presentation for a Paradigm and Model for The Spiritual Journey.

A Paradigm and Model for The Spiritual Journey


The one Self
contemplates Itself in
a wondrous and magnificent journey
of Self-discovery.


Image of God experiencing and realizing Himself in oneness.

God experiencing and realizing Himself in oneness.

In the oneness principle of mysticism, creation is God contemplating Itself infinitely. (Click on the image above to read a blog regarding the subject of God’s Self-contemplation.)


Image du Transfiguration du Christ, pour Titien c.1560, Venise, Église San Salvador

Transfiguration du Christ, pour Titien: c.1560, Venise, Église San Salvador

But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.
(Yeshua, The Gospel According to John 12:32, NIV)
 

 
The book pictured at the left, Awakening Mystical Consciousness by Joel S. Goldsmith, is a good study reference for awakening mystical consciousness in you. I recommend it to all serious students of mysticism and the mystical life.

Awaken to Oneness and take flight like a soaring eagle in what will be your Ascension. Ascension is transcendence over the human condition, transcendence over the illusoriness of a human sense of reality, transcendence over the sense of duality and the sense of separation from God. It is transcendence over our humanness — the human, personal sense of self.

The grace of the Ascension enables us to perceive the irresistible power of the Spirit transforming everything into Christ despite any and all appearances to the contrary.   In the misery of the ghetto, the battlefield, the concentration camp; in the family torn by dissension; in the loneliness of the orphanage, old-age home, or hospital ward — whatever we see that seems to be disintegrating into grosser forms of evil — the light of the Ascension is burning with irresistible power.   This is one of the greatest intuitions of faith.    This faith finds Christ not only in the beauty of nature, art, human friendship and the service of others, but also in the malice and injustice of people or institutions, and in the inexplicable suffering of the innocent.   Even there it finds the same infinite love expressing the hunger of God for humanity, a hunger that he intends to satisfy.
(Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, The Mystery of Christ; emphasis supplied.) 




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Note: The preceding blog is an excerpt taken from the page “Oneness.” Take time to read and study the entire page. The substance and content of its message provide the context for your Spiritual Journey.

 

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Ecstasy

Ecstasy: Derived from the Greek ecstasis — to “cultivate a magical, sensuous communion with deity.”

No, it is not the drug people mess around with these days to get a high. However, it can feel . . .

A Stick of Butter Melting in a Pan . . . like a frozen stick of butter melting helplessly on a hot iron griddle, very slowly oozing all over itself, liquefying and losing whatever solid form it has, to become a lipid pool of golden buttery sweetness.


“The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa,” by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
(Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual, though the body has its share in it. It is a caressing of love so sweet, which now takes place between the soul and God that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying. (St. Teresa of Avila)

The soul is caught in the throes of a spiritual orgasm — an orgasm that does not end, does not want to end, does not know how to end.

Close-up photograph of Teresa's face.

The Ecstatic Face of a Soul in Union with God

You breathe through your mouth, because your nose fails to sustain your breathing. Your breathing is confused and at a loss, your breaths not knowing whether to enter or leave the body. Your open lips are mute, motionless witnesses to the indescribable feeling which is overpowering you.

Close-up photograph of Teresa's lips.

You are totally helpless like a newborn babe, too helpless in bliss even to surrender. You succumb to the moment’s experience, to love’s infinite embrace, to the Divine Lover’s presence all over you.

                  “Let nothing trouble you,
                  let nothing frighten you.
                  All things are passing;
                  God never changes. Patience obtains all things.
                  He who possesses God lacks nothing:
                  God alone suffices.”
                                                     — St. Teresa of Avila — 

You are Christine Daaé in a swoon as she hears The Music of The Night.


Ecstasy transforms!


Portrait of Teresa of Avila       Have you experienced mystical ecstasy today?


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Breaking Illusions in 2015


Make it your goal to break free from the human condition this year. You will go far in your spiritual journey if you can begin to see the illusoriness of our material sense of time and space.

The short video below illustrates how deceptively suggestive our human sense perception can be — how we are easily fooled by the appearances of things. Click the image to view the video.*
Image link to Facebook video.


TIME is an illusion… to accommodate our human sense perception of things, so that we can experience them in sequential context. Without the illusion of time, everything would exist simultaneously in a state of pure chaos — without order, incomprehensible to the human mind, and devoid of any meaningful experience whatsoever.

The Illusion of Time (and a New Year)

Without time (and space) we would not be able to appreciate and enjoy our favorite food items and meals. Our taste buds would overload and blowout their fuse with the confusion of clashing and conflicting tastes, as we gorge on all kinds of food altogether at the same time.

Without time, we would not be able to discern the fragrance of a rose from the sweet scent of jasmine. We would not have changing seasons in a year. There would be no growth or progress or change of any kind.

Without time, love between parents and their children would not be possible. Parental love is made possible because parents precede their children in time and causal existence. By the same token, filial love is made possible because children come into existence at a later point in time subsequent to their parents’ births.

Make time your friend and helper in every situation. Let time allow you to savor the changing experience of things through its flow, by releasing awareness to the flow of time’s fleeting present moments. Let time reveal to you the timeless truth that You are FOREVER.

Every day of the New Year is the unraveling of God’s perfect and infinite good for you, because the Allness of God includes any moment or period of time, and the Mind of God constitutes the fabric of all time.

Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year of your life is lived constantly in the presence of God, because God lives Its life in you, through you, as you. Rejoice then that the New Year is filled with God’s presence and will bring you only God’s infinite love and perfect good. Knowing this, you and I can knowingly say that we are going to have a truly prosperous, blessed and grace-filled HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We may know that, but do we feel it?

The secret of fulfillment lies in feeling —
PURE FEELING.


The secret of fulfillment lies in feeling — PURE FEELING. If we have a pure feeling of the truth we know in consciousness, then we can rest in the unwavering knowingness of its fulfillment or realization in our experience. The secret of fulfillment lies in feeling the peace and stillness of God’s presence as your only good, and in resting completely in that feeling. It is the same feeling you have when you are resting deeply in God’s presence during meditation. You have that feeling when you have broken through the illusion of appearances and your circumstances, when you finally see the Truth beyond them. It is the peace that surpasses all human understanding.

Wallpaper for wish fulfillment.

May you find spiritual freedom from the human condition in 2015 by breaking your illusions; and may you realize that all the good there is in 2015 and in all the years to come thereafter, already IS. Have a fulfilling New Year!

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
(Yeshua at John 15:7, NKJV)



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The Path of Mysticism: The Self Contemplating Itself

 
What is the mystical path, you might ask?  Where is it?  Where does it start, and where will it take you?  How and when does your journey on the path begin?  How will the journey end, and when?  What lies at the completion of your journey, at the end of your path?

A Path and a Journey
In the thirty-plus years that I have been studying mysticism and trying to live the mystical life, two aspects of my undertakings and experiences significantly come to mind.

  • First, a pathway or road was laid out before me which did not necessarily take me out of the human world but it led me away from its “marketplace.”   I felt more uncomfortable over time with the world of human nature, as I found myself wanting to partake less and less of its humanness the farther away from the marketplace I moved on the road.  The road is not straight and flat.   Au contraire, it winds through life’s many bends and turns and takes you over different terrains of experience. You can be certain of this: It is not obvious to the eyes and plain to follow as the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City of Oz was to Dorothy and her friends!

  • Second, not long after my tentative first steps along the path, which were followed by many, many walks and long hikes, I realized I was actually taking a journey on this road. There was motion — and dynamics, too.  I was progressing along the road.  Soon I had traveled down the road to a point so far removed from the marketplace where I came from, that I began to feel there was no going back: I reached a point of no return. My values and mindset had changed; so did my life.  From then on, I could only go forward to wherever the road and the journey would take me.

This then is how I see the twofold aspects of the mystical life:  It has two intertwining aspects — that of (1) a winding road, which we refer to as the mystical path, over which  (2) a purposeful journey is made, known as the spiritual journey.   It is a journey of changing awareness made by the soul, along a path or road that seems clear only with respect to where it begins or takes off but remains nebulous as regards its end or final destination.  Many, if not all, who embark on the spiritual journey, do not realize the magnitude and extent to which they will be transformed.   The transformation is monumental in scope, cosmic in origin, and truly epic in its proportions as befits a God desperately in search of Itself.

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?   And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.   And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Yeshua, The Gospel According to Luke 15:3-10, ESV)


Consciousness Is the Way

Although it does not exist as an actual place in space or a definite point in time, the mystical path of life is right where you are this very moment, right here, right now.  It lies within you, in consciousness. It is consciousness! Transcending the space-time continuum, the path does not have an actual beginning, only a figurative one.  Unlimited by space and time, the path is infinite; so, it has no end either, only a figurative one.  No wonder it came to be known by modern-day mystic Joel Goldsmith as The Infinite Way.

The mystical path is not your finite human mind.  Neither is it to be found there.  However, the path weaves through and past the multidimensional landscapes of the knowing mind, escaping the latter’s confines to eventually penetrate the “unknowing” of the enlightened mind.  It is the unraveling of life or consciousness in and through your mind, expressing as your experience of life. Not surprisingly, the Taoist refers to it as Tao, the Way.  The Christian likens it to entering a Cloud of Unknowing; and the Buddhist speaks profoundly of penetrating the emptiness of the Void (Śūnyatā), while the Hindu slips into samādhi (mystical bliss or ecstasy) in realizing neti, neti (neither this, nor that).

From the human perspective, you begin to perceive the mystical path when you begin seriously questioning human existence and pondering the meaning of life, when you begin demanding explanations for human suffering and injustice and none are being given, when you begin longing for permanence in an ever-changing material world, when you begin doubting your faith in your religion and in your God, when you begin feeling discontent or emptiness in the pleasures and pursuits of the world, or when you begin thirsting for answers about the truth of your own life and the nature of your own being.  You begin to perceive the mystical path when something in you stirs and awakens you to the workings of the inner spiritual life.


Oneness

The mystical path is paved with Oneness. All other principles of mysticism emanate from its cornerstone principle of mystical Oneness.  As you travel down the path, you will grow in Self-awareness, in the realization of the one divine Self.  You will come to a knowingness of the true Self which you are.  This is not (and is never) an intellectual accomplishment by the ego or the human self, but it is the result of spiritual illumination, a gift of grace freely given by the God-Self to all who would be open and receptive to it.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
(Psalms 127:1, NKJV)


Spiritual Practice

Your journey on the path begins when you cease to search for answers outside of yourself, knowing that all the answers you seek are to be found already within you, and when, after learning to quiet the mind, you begin to turn inwardly in contemplation of the Truth and to sit in silent meditation to commune with that divine Presence within you.

Daily you practice the conscious awareness and the remembrance of this One Presence in your mind and in your outer life to experience and realize it.  You persist with your practice despite the objections against it that are raised by the reasoning mind or the human intellect, and despite all the odds against it being true as presented by the world of manifest forms and by the suggestions of material sense.

Many times you will feel as if you are starting your practice all over again, particularly in the face of trying situations and circumstances when it seems you have forgotten your learned lessons altogether. But you must not lose heart nor be disappointed or frustrated. They are only tricks played on you by your human mind. The truth is: your practice is a spiritual one, not a mental practice. You are, therefore, saving your treasure in heaven, in consciousness, where it cannot be taken away from you or destroyed.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust  destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Yeshua, The Gospel According to Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)

Your spiritual practice is your journey along the path. As you maintain your practice regularly and grow in the realization of Truth, you are walking the path and making progress on your journey.


The Paradox of Mystery

As you travel along the path you will encounter spiritual mysteries.   Clothed in a paradox, spiritual mysteries are the lifeblood of the spiritual journey.  Humanly you can never understand them with your intellect or reason because they are way beyond the grasp of the human mind, BUT paradoxically a spiritual mystery can be experienced directly by you through your soul faculties and the Spirit which you are.  

Actually these mysteries were intended to be experienced by us, so that we can partake of them and be transformed by them into their very essence and meaning.  For example, it is absolutely a mystery how God and you can be one and the same.  However, although your human intellect or reason can never comprehend the mystery, your soul or Spirit can directly experience its oneness with God.  It is a mystical experience beyond humanhood, one by which you will validate and realize the truth of your oneness with God.


The Journey’s End

Your journey ends, in a manner of speaking, when both the journey and the path finally merge to become one and the same: The journey is now your path, and the path is now your journey. Somewhere down the road at a critical moment in your spiritual unfoldment, the journey you have been taking becomes your very path.  The path will cease to be like a road laid out in front of you and stretching forth before you.  There will be no more maps of the path or signposts along the path to help you navigate the journey. The road has vanished, and you are left with only a journey to nowhere but which takes you everywhere.

You may seem to flounder helplessly at this stage but only briefly, until a final adjustment in consciousness is made.   As your journey progresses, the human mind’s sense of separation from God and the human belief in the duality of two opposing principles or powers begin to dissolve.  You learn to rest ever more deeply in spiritual oneness to the point where the weighing scales of awareness tip irreversibly toward illumined consciousness. The path then disappears, having served its divinely ordained purpose of leading you back home — home to where the Self IS.  In the final analysis, the mystical path is simply the process of the Self contemplating Itself.

Portrait of Yeshua (Jesus).

Yeshua of Nazareth

I am
the way,
the truth, and
the life.

(Yēšûă‘ or Yeshua, Jewish Rabbi, Teacher, and Healer who attained and demonstrated the consciousness of The Christ; from
The Gospel According to John 14:6, NLT)


The mystical path is the tapestry of design, forms, shapes, and colors that you call your life.  It’s fabric is made of consciousness, woven in the looms of the mind, by its weaver —
You.

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Mystical Transformation and the Human Mind

 
I want to share some thoughts about the human mind and its role in spiritual transformation, with the hope that they will help you reach deeper levels of spiritual realization.

Someone wrote me about her spiritual practice in the following manner:

…Unity thought, the Course in Miracles, the Abraham teachings, and all great masters are so clear about placing our attention on “reality” (not the world) to increase its presence and all else will fall away. While I can not yet be there every minute I am training my mind to be there more often each day. I know that miracles are born of this thankful, peaceful, heart centeredness. I am practicing bringing my attention to what I am grateful for each time I catch myself judging, complaining, or feeling less than joyful. It is always humbling and amazing how much more I have to be grateful for than upset about. You are so right about our placing too much attention on perceptions of lack when all around us is abundance. It is only our thoughts that create a perception of lack. (Emphasis is mine.)

I could readily see that she was straining with her mental efforts to bring about a change in her state of consciousness. That, in itself, is self-defeating because she is trying to RE-condition her intellect mind into thinking only in one direction (in this case, the idea of abundance), away from a perceived opposite direction or polarity (the idea of lack).

The intellect mind, which is designed to function anatomically through the usually dominant left hemisphere of the brain, is structured to operate precisely within the context of a duality. This is a necessary aspect of the intellect for it to perform its intended function of evaluating the physical world and rendering judgments and opinions based on its evaluations, thereby enabling us to function effectively in the world. (Check out Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s book “My Stroke of Insight” for some really good information about the functions of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain.   You can also listen to her lecture below about her experience of these brain hemispheres when she had a stroke.)

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation to TEDtalksDirector for publishing Dr. Taylor’s lecture video on YouTube.com.]

Diagram of the Human Brain's Limbic System
Limbic System of the Brain

Furthermore, the intellect mind will uphold and continue to promote ideas of lack, despite our best efforts to re-program its selection process in favor of abundance, if the underlying deep-seated emotional feeling lodged in the animal or reptilian portion of the brain (the limbic system), where much of our human conditioning (vis-à-vis the brain areas for the emotions and memory) is stored, continues to be one of lack and limitation.  Almost always, the conditioning of the mind will hijack and manipulate the intellect’s functions into sustaining ideas of lack and limitation, due to the sense of separation from our ultimate good (God) that is entertained by our dualistic human state of consciousness — the allegorical “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” in the biblical Book of Genesis.  

(This dualism in the mind is referred to as: the original sin in Christian theology; or the fundamental error of human consciousness in mysticism; or the soul’s deep woundedness, that is experienced as the human condition, in metapsychology or psycho-spiritual studies.)

The ideas of lack and limitation are then acted upon hormonally by the emotional brain, expressing them in and through our mental attitudes and outward behavior and eventually translating them as our experience of life and the world.  Here are video clips that shed more light on how the emotional brain (the limbic system) can work to inhibit our full human potential.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation to dizzo95 for the above YouTube video on the brain’s limbic system.]

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation to edutopia for the above YouTube video on “The Heart-Brain Connection.”]

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation to SmallBusinessAnswers for the above YouTube video on “amygdala hijacking.”]

 
Our thoughts do not create a perception of lack. The human state of consciousness creates the perception and the experience of lack, as well as the very thoughts and emotional feelings of lack that energize, perpetuate and accompany them.
 

For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.
(Yeshua, The Gospel According to John 12:8, NKJV)

As pointed out by neuroanatomist and brain researcher Dr. Taylor in her book, the left hemisphere of the brain (intellect mind) has a built-in tendency to become negativistic or pessimistic unlike its more holistic right hemisphere (intuitive mind) counterpart.  It is virtually impossible to RE-condition the intellect mind into running on a permanently optimistic or positive track by means of a direct reconditioning strategy against negative programming.   Here is the bottom line: You cannot recondition the human mind for as long as and while the mind functions under a human state of consciousness.  A transformation to mystical or spiritual consciousness is absolutely necessary, because only that state of pure consciousness can produce the unconditioned mind (the allegorical “Tree of Life” in the biblical Book of Genesis) where there is no experience of duality, only the experience of pure good (God).

…to be willing to live not by might nor by power, to put up your sword, to stop being angry, to stop being resentful, hateful, fearful. You cannot do it humanly, but the Grace of God makes it natural for all of these to disappear from your consciousness.   (Joel S. Goldsmith, “Invisible Supply”; emphasis supplied.)

What we need to do is to DE-condition the mind.

Not a substitution or switching of duality programs in the mind from one adverse or negative condition to its opposite condition (for example, from sickness to health or from lack to abundance), but the elimination and deletion of those very programs that keep us in the human condition. And this is what contemplative meditation accomplishes — the DE-conditioning of the mind — by opening individual awareness to the infinite nature of consciousness itself.   DE-conditioning the mind allows it (and us, for that matter) to function as the unconditioned, infinite, divine Mind of God, also referred to as the Christ Mind or the Buddha Mind.

True spiritual transformation consists of DE-conditioning the mind, not in RE-conditioning the mind, to arrive at the UNCONDITIONED Mind.

So, here is what I recommend:

  • Do not work at the level of your human mind by training it (particularly the intellect, the left hemisphere of the brain) to function at the dimension of mystical oneness and divine omnipresence, which it obviously simply cannot do.  It is a finite mind.  Instead, in your meditation sittings leave the intellect and the “everyday awareness” of the human mind behind: Simply enter the meditation sitting in quiet relaxation and silence by allowing the intuitive right brain hemisphere to become dominant functionally. (In our classes, we teach centering techniques and proven contemplative practices for accomplishing this, and also brain entrainment or neuroscience technologies for activating right brain hemisphere dominance.)
  • In that deeply relaxed and receptive state of mind, contemplate the letter of Truth as taught in The Infinite Way.  Get a feeling of the Truth statement you are contemplating, especially with respect to its meaningfulness to you.  Then let your soul’s awareness of the Truth soar in the altitude of uplifted consciousness, where the stillness of the mind’s now rarefied atmosphere can let you realize the spirit of Truth. There, divine omnipresence already is. In that meditative state lies the realization that heaven is already established on earth, which in truth it has always been (we just fail to see or realize it in the mind).
  • Mind is only the avenue of awareness, a medium for the outpicturing of one’s inner awareness or the state of individual consciousness. The “conscious awareness of the Spirit/Truth” is the operative key here, and that kind of awareness (the realization of mystical Truth) is a function of consciousness, not the mind. To the degree that divine omnipresence is spiritually realized, to that degree will it manifest as and become our experience on the earth plane.
  • Being “there every minute” is not going be the result of training the human mind. Being and functioning in divine omnipresence every minute is the result of “putting on the Mind that was in Christ Jesus.” There is an aspect of the one Mind which, though transcendent of the human mind, is integral to our spiritual being — the so-called Christ Mind. However, in order for the Christ Mind to make a difference in our lives, the Christ first needs to be realized spiritually, not mentally, as our true identity or Selfhood.
  • The wonderful news is that the Christ Mind already is our mind and even more wonderful is that fact that the Christ Mind is functional within us. However, as Joel Goldsmith would say, we need to shut down the incessant chatter of the thinking intellect mind (our processor of duality programs), even momentarily, so that we can actually feel and experience the activity of the Christ Mind in our lives. This is precisely what silent contemplative meditation accomplishes. Goldsmith reminds us that while the mind is engaged in thinking thoughts, even noble spiritual truths, the Christ Mind is disengaged and offline.
  • Not all teachings succeed  (a) in keeping and maintaining the purity of the Truth teaching or its mystical message throughout their content, or  (b) in preserving the spiritual integrity of their methodologies or techniques at the level of mystical oneness.  Many times, a teaching that is being presented as a “spiritual or mystical” teaching is actually a “mental” teaching only at the level of the human intellect.  Its methodology does not open or engage the individual’s soul faculties to access the depths of one’s spirit-being or consciousness, where genuine spiritual transformation can occur resulting in the DE-conditioning of the mind.   You see this happening frequently in many well-meaning self-help teachings or recovery programs, where the symptoms of a condition are being addressed but the underlying metapsychological cause(s) in consciousness is being neglected or ignored. Discernment then becomes a really valuable tool for distinguishing between a true mystical teaching and a pseudo-mystical one. (See our admonition to aspiring mystics in the Resources page.)

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