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

See you there.

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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.


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    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.

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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.


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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.

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

Share your thoughts about the article with us here. We’d like to hear from your “brain.”


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Persistence on the Path

(Note: Start playback of the following SoundCloud audio file before you begin to read the blog.)




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 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.

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

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

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.)


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)
 


[Acknowledgment: Thanks to worldofoneness for the YouTube video above featuring Sri Bhagavan.]

 
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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Alternative Gospels

 
We have posted the following documentary videos to stimulate the Christian viewers’ minds into thinking and/or re-thinking their traditional Christian beliefs, particularly those that are based on church dogma and doctrine. By no means am I endorsing the videos’ messages as true or valid. In fact, there are expressed opinions and views by some of the featured resource persons, which I might find questionable or arguably disagreeable or just plain wrong. Nevertheless, take them for what they are basically—seemingly controversial alternative gospel accounts and teachings laden with a unique spiritual richness of their own.


The Secret Lives of Jesus


The Lost 40 Days of Jesus


On Gnostic Christianity


The Lost Gospel of Thomas: The Original Mystical Teachings of Yeshua


Here are some gnostic sayings of Jesus to ponder and contemplate during your quiet time (reproduced from posts originally published in our Facebook page). They are quotations from The Gospel of Thomas.

Stained glass window mosaic of Saint Thomas.

  • Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]

    Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you.

    “When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.

    — The Gospel of Thomas —
    [ Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer Translation]

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    COMMENTARY
    Jesus addresses Truth seekers, encouraging them to continue working for the illumination of their souls until they realize it. Upon realizing the Truth, the seeker will initially be unsettled or disoriented because spiritual truth is unlike anything a human person is normally accustomed to knowing in the outer world as perceived by the bodily senses.

    However, this initial “disturbance” to the human state of consciousness will give way to the transformative enlightenment of the individual, which feels like a marvelous experience of oneness, unity, increasing innate affinity, or a “divinization” (per Teilhard de Chardin) of the universe. Once the spiritual or divine state of consciousness takes root in the mind of the individual, the illumined soul assumes its “divine sonship” as the incarnate Son of God by which spiritual dominion over the world is manifested and exercised.

    At this final stage, the illumined soul stays in a state of spiritual rest (the Sabbath) where the seeker is now functioning as a mere beholder of God in the world. There is no becoming or doing of humanhood anymore. There is only a continuing beingness immersed in spiritual peace and divine oneness.
    🙂

    Seek spiritual truth within you, but, at the same time, live your outer life in the world by the truth that is unfolding from within you. Jesus informs us that the search is essentially an inward search in consciousness, yet we are to remain open and receptive even in the outer world to seeing the presence of God everywhere. In the end, we shall realize that the inner world and the outer world are really one in God.
    ❤ 🙂

  • John Granville Gregory painting of an updated version of the Incredulity of St. Thomas.(Painting by John Granville Gregory of an updated version of the theme “Incredulity of St. Thomas”
    on display at Bangor St. Deiniol Cathedral, in North Wales, U.K.)


  • Jesus said, “I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.

    Jesus said, “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him.

    His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?”

    It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it.

    — The Gospel of Thomas —
    [ Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer Translation]

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    COMMENTARY
    Here Jesus is describing the nature of the God-Self and the effect of opening one’s awareness to the Christ-Truth. When Christhood is realized, the individual undergoes a transformation by which the divine personality of the Godhead, the Christ, begins to express Itself in the individual as his/her mind is illumined with spiritual truth.

    Consciousness or Spirit (God) is all that there is, none else apart from it nor anything separate from it. It can be realized as the essence of all form. The individual who takes in or imbibes this awareness of nondual oneness in consciousness, will come to the realization of its truth in himself/herself as his/her true Selfhood and Being. The realization will come about as the result of inner contemplation and silent meditation, not by external activity or by looking for it outside of oneself.
    🙂 ❤

  • Painting of The Doubting Apostle Thomas

  • Jesus said, “A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows.

    And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other.

    “Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil.

    An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear.

    — The Gospel of Thomas —
    [ Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer Translation]

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    COMMENTARY
    There is an essential, fundamental inconsistency and incompatibility between the human state of consciousness (error, material sense, carnality, mammon, the flesh, this world, sinfulness, etc.) and the spiritual/divine state of consciousness (truth, the Spirit, God, “My kingdom,” grace, etc.).

    In the human condition, this duality is experienced as constant friction and apparent conflict between these states of consciousness as they seem to wrestle for dominion in the mind and in life. Eventually the individual tips the balance in favor of the paradigm shift in transformational awareness by finally awakening to the mystical truth of oneness.

    Once this spiritual enlightenment of the mind begins to occur, the old human nature dissolves as (1) the mind becomes UNconditioned (not re-conditioned) and (2) the false self system of the human ego is dismantled. Thus, the individual is reborn to the Spirit and ultimately Christhood is attained.
    ❤ 🙂


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The Battle Is Not Yours

 
Photo of Joel S. GoldsmithHere is a short but powerful piece that was recently posted on a Facebook page for Joel Goldsmith. It highlights very valid spiritual principles which he directly addresses and discusses wonderfully. Your spiritual unfoldment will be tremendously advanced as you work with these principles over a period of time — learning them, pondering them, contemplating them — until a measure of the inner realization of its truth comes to you.

Carpe diem.

The Battle Is Not Yours
(From Joel’s private papers.
Reproduced as published in Facebook.)

Whenever you are going through a period of unhappiness, or illness, or lack of peace, or lack of prosperity, or frustration, remember that this has NOTHING to do with your outer world. It is imperative that you grasp this! You will be tempted to believe your external world is causing the difficulty — that it is distracting you or causing you pain. But this is not so at all.

If you can discern that this represents a battle going on within you, you will quickly achieve victory just through the ability to discern that no person or condition or situation is doing anything to you. This is a battle within you. Your HIGHER SELF, whom you have embraced, the CHRIST, is seeking ascendancy over the mortal sense into which you were born. This is the SON OF GOD in you, struggling to come into manifestation and expression. I must not seek victory over outer conditions or persons, but rather let the Christ of me come into ascendancy and it will be the Light revealing that there is no darkness.

The battle can never be against people or conditions or things. The battle must always be within yourself until your REAL SELF, your SPIRITUAL SELF has risen. Then you will find that this outer world is already heaven. When you are tempted to fight any false sense of appetite, sin, disease, condition, lack or limitation in any form, please relax at once and realize that this is not true. Don’t condemn yourself. The battle is your CHRIST SELF trying to break through into manifestation, and as you relax from the struggle, and stop condemning yourself, and stop fighting evil and put up your sword and rest in quietness and peacefulness, the CHRIST will come into ascendancy.

We must have SELF respect! We must practice what we are taught. We must accept this principle that the CHRIST is breaking through into ascendancy and let the battle between the flesh and the SPIRIT rage. It is no contest! We have nowhere to go. Every knee is going to bend.

So let the battle rage and let the CHRIST come into ascendancy. You and I can do nothing about that. We can’t make is so and we can’t hurry it. All we can do is surrender and be as forgiving of ourselves as we are of our neighbor. The Master said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” The CHRIST does not come in you to lift you up to a “cloud nine” existence. It comes to tear you away from the self which must die one way or another. Even the good self, it has to die. When you are going through difficulties, it is so important to remember that it is the CHRIST that is doing it and it is not the devil or Satan or the carnal mind or the job, our illness, your domestic situation — none of that is true. It is the CHRIST. It is doing this in order to take you out of your fleshly peace, your temporal peace and even your fleshly health. “Be not afraid, it is I.”

Light-Darkness It_Is_I

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The Future of Meditation

Meditation is trending and mainstream in the public consciousness now, for a number of compelling reasons. In the near future, its practice is expected to become commonplace and normal, hopefully regular, too. It’s nice to know we’re in the lead.

Listen to what ABC News correspondent Dan Harris* says about this milestone development in the video below.

Facsimile of Dan Harris' book.

Dan Harris’ Book

Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to meditation after a live, on-air panic attack. His latest book is “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story.” (“Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode With Meditation,” Big Think)

Click on the video clip image below to play the video.

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ABC News Correspondent Dan Harris Reports at “Big Think”

My powers of prognostication are not great. I bought a lot of stock in a company that made Palm Pilot back in 2000 and that didn’t go so well for me. But having said that I’m going to make a prediction. I think we’re looking at meditation as the next big public health revolution. In the 1940s if you told people that you went running they would say, who’s chasing you. Right now if you tell people you meditate – and I have a lot of experience with telling people this, they’re going to look at you like you’re a little weird most of the time. That’s going to change. Meditation is going to join the pantheon of no brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the meds that your doctor prescribes to you. These are all things that if you don’t do you feel guilty about. And that is where I think we’re heading with meditation because the science is so strongly suggestive that meditation can do really, really great things for your brain and for your body.   (Dan Harris, quoted from the video; emphasis supplied.)

You can read an online transcript of the video at Big Think, as part of Dan Harris’ video blog titled “Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode With Meditation.”

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*Dan Harris was named co-anchor of ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America” in October 2010. He is also a correspondent for ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio, and for four years anchored “World News Sunday.”

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Biocentrism

 
The following post is a reblog from another Web site.*

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe,” published in the USA, has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, but your consciousness moves to another universe after death. The author of this publication, scientist Robert Lanza has no doubts that this is possible.


Beyond time and space
Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.

But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since.

The theory implies that death simply does not exist. It is an illusion which arises in the minds of people. It exists because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. That fits well with the basic postulates of quantum mechanics science, according to which a certain particle can be present anywhere and an event can happen according to several, sometimes countless, ways.

Lanza believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. These universes contain multiple ways for possible scenarios to occur. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe.

This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely.


Multiple worlds
This hope-instilling, but extremely controversial theory by Lanza has many unwitting supporters, not just mere mortals who want to live forever, but also some well-known scientists. These are the physicists and astrophysicists who tend to agree with existence of parallel worlds and who suggest the possibility of multiple universes. Multiverse (multi-universe) is a so-called scientific concept, which they defend. They believe that no physical laws exist which would prohibit the existence of parallel worlds.

The first one was a science fiction writer H.G. Wells who proclaimed in 1895 in his story “The Door in the Wall.” And after 62 years, this idea was developed by Hugh Everett in his graduate thesis at the Princeton University. It basically posits that at any given moment the universe divides into countless similar instances. And the next moment, these “newborn” universes split in a similar fashion. In some of these worlds you may be present: reading this article in one universe, or watching TV in another.

The triggering factor for these multiplying worlds is our actions, explained Everett. If we make some choices, instantly one universe splits into two with different versions of outcomes.

In the 1980s, Andrei Linde, scientist from the Lebedev’s Institute of physics, developed the theory of multiple universes. He is now a professor at Stanford University.

Linde explained: Space consists of many inflating spheres, which give rise to similar spheres, and those, in turn, produce spheres in even greater numbers, and so on to infinity. In the universe, they are spaced apart. They are not aware of each other’s existence. But they represent parts of the same physical universe.

The fact that our universe is not alone is supported by data received from the Planck space telescope. Using the data, scientists have created the most accurate map of the microwave background, the so-called cosmic relic background radiation, which has remained since the inception of our universe. They also found that the universe has a lot of dark recesses represented by some holes and extensive gaps.

Theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton from the North Carolina University with her colleagues argue: the anomalies of the microwave background exist due to the fact that our universe is influenced by other universes existing nearby. And holes and gaps are a direct result of attacks on us by neighboring universes.


Soul quanta
So, there is abundance of places or other universes where our soul could migrate after death, according to the theory of neo-biocentrism. But does the soul exist?

Professor Stuart Hameroff from the University of Arizona has no doubts about the existence of eternal soul. As recently as last year, he announced that he has found evidence that consciousness does not perish after death.

According to Hameroff, the human brain is the perfect quantum computer and the soul or consciousness is simply information stored at the quantum level. It can be transferred, following the death of the body; quantum information represented by consciousness merges with our universe and exist there indefinitely. The biocentrism expert Lanza proves that the soul migrates to another universe. That is the main difference from his other colleagues.

Sir Roger Penrose, a famous British physicist and expert in mathematics from Oxford, supports this theory, and he has also found traces of contact with other universes. Together, the scientists are developing quantum theory to explain the phenomenon of consciousness. They believe that they found carriers of consciousness, the elements that accumulate information during life, and after death of the body they “drain” consciousness somewhere else. These elements are located inside protein-based microtubules (neuronal microtubules), which previously have been attributed a simple role of reinforcement and transport channeling inside a living cell. Based on their structure, microtubules are best suited to function as carriers of quantum properties inside the brain. That is mainly because they are able to retain quantum states for a long time, meaning they can function as elements of a quantum computer.

If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says “I had a near death experience.”

He adds: “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”

This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation without needing to appeal to religious ideology. The energy of your consciousness potentially gets recycled back into a different body at some point, and in the mean time it exists outside of the physical body on some other level of reality, and possibly in another universe.

Robert Lanza on Biocentrism:

[Aknowledgment to scienceandnonduality for posting the video at YouTube.]

Sources:

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*The foregoing post is a reblog of a post titled “Quantum Theory Proves That Consciousness Moves To Another Universe After Death,” dated January 30, 2014 and originally published online at Truth Inside Of You (http://www.truthinsideofyou.org/).  No copyright is claimed by our site over the original post.

 

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Light and Darkness

The Non-reality of Darkness


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Votive Candles

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Meditating the Presence (JSG)

This is a very good guided meditation (on audio) led by Joel S. Goldsmith, on the subject of practicing or contemplating the presence of God. I have used this particular meditation for years, and I have found it highly effective in unfolding spiritual consciousness from within over time.  It is excellent.



      Read a little. Meditate more.
      Think of God
      all the time.

      ― Paramahansa Yogananda ―

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Paramahansa Yogananda

That is most likely the BEST piece of advice you can come across in the mystical path.

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Avant-garde Brain Science

 
What do recent discoveries and current research and development in brain science and technology hold for us in the near, not so distant, future? Let’s say, in the next five or ten years, or even less?

Listen to Dr. Michio Kaku address the question in the course of introducing and promoting his latest book titled The Future of the Mind.  The information he shares sounds incredible to be true at times, but many of them are already here today as part of the ongoing human experience. As you follow his talk, bear in mind that this is science seemingly “reverse engineering” concepts of mind and consciousness, which we are familiar with in mysticism.

[Acknowledgment: Thanks to Politics and Prose for publishing the above video on YouTube.]


What did you think of his talk? Which points or ideas impressed you the most, from the perspectives of mystical knowledge and practice? Why? Do you think the future of humankind is going to be bright and sunny, thanks to brain science? Or do you see a dark, sinister and ill-foreboding future in store for mankind? Share you thoughts by commenting below.

If you liked his talk, please share this blog online with other people at social media and other Web sites, so they can be made aware of the coming future shock.


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A Consciousness Switch?

 

Working on a patient suffering from epilepsy, neuroscientists claim to have discovered a specific part of the human brain that turns consciousness on or off like an electrical on-off switch.

    Scientists have been probing individual regions of the brain for over a century, exploring their function by zapping them with electricity and temporarily putting them out of action. Despite this, they have never been able to turn off consciousness — until now.

    Although only tested in one person, the discovery suggests that a single area — the claustrum — might be integral to combining disparate brain activity into a seamless package of thoughts, sensations and emotions.

    Picture of electrical power switch box.

    Power Switch

    It takes us a step closer to answering a problem that has confounded scientists and philosophers for millennia — namely how our conscious awareness arises.

    Many theories abound but most agree that consciousness has to involve the integration of activity from several brain networks, allowing us to perceive our surroundings as one single unifying experience rather than isolated sensory perceptions.

    One proponent of this idea was Francis Crick, a pioneering neuroscientist who earlier in his career had identified the structure of DNA. Just days before he died in July 2004, Crick was working on a paper that suggested our consciousness needs something akin to an orchestra conductor to bind all of our different external and internal perceptions together.

    With his colleague Christof Koch, at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, he hypothesised that this conductor would need to rapidly integrate information across distinct regions of the brain and bind together information arriving at different times. For example, information about the smell and colour of a rose, its name, and a memory of its relevance, can be bound into one conscious experience of being handed a rose on Valentine’s day.

    The pair suggested that the claustrum — a thin, sheet-like structure that lies hidden deep inside the brain — is perfectly suited to this job.

    It now looks as if Crick and Koch were on to something. In a study published last week, Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman’s consciousness off and on by stimulating her claustrum. The woman has epilepsy so the team were using deep brain electrodes to record signals from different brain regions to work out where her seizures originate. One electrode was positioned next to the claustrum, an area that had never been stimulated before.

    When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn’t respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed. As soon as the stimulation stopped, she immediately regained consciousness with no memory of the event. The same thing happened every time the area was stimulated during two days of experiments. (Quoted from Helen Thomson: “Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain,” NewScientist, [Issue 2976] 02 July 2014)

I doubt if the neuroscientists have really discovered an on-off switch for consciousness, itself, inside the brain. However, it may be possible that there is a particular switch in the brain which can disengage “everyday human awareness” or temporarily suspend the functional cognitive, intellect aspect of the brain, as what apparently happens during meditation when we successfully disengage from our everyday normal awareness. That may have been what the neuroscientists discovered, assuming that their discovery is verifiable and confirmed.

If the discovery, as I conceive it to be, proves to be true, what a boon that would be for the possibilities of a spiritual awakening on a mass global scale. Entering and attaining the meditative state of mind can be accomplished by simply stimulating the brain’s claustrum, sparing individuals the years of practice and discipline normally required of a meditator. The entire process of releasing everyday human awareness would have been drastically cut short and accomplished instantly.

One vital aspect of mystical practice will still be necessary to learn and master, though, in my opinion: The substantive content of contemplation rooted in the Truth teaching or in the principles of mysticism, by which Self-realization or God-realization is enabled finally.  You shall know the truth… and the truth shall set you free.  In this regard, there will still be an indispensable need to learn and apply the spiritual principles of mystical oneness in one’s spiritual practice and, more importantly, in one’s own life.

You can read the original article with its reference citations at New Scientist.

Read our earlier blogs on consciousness by running a search query for it.

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Understanding Stress

What stress is . . .  and what it does to you.




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Science and Mysticism: The Unlikely Marriage


This is our 101th post. We continue our amazing adventure into mysticism and how science is increasingly validating the principles of mysticism.

Science and mysticism: Two ways of understanding one singular reality — one through the images reflected on the looking-glass mirror of the mind, the other through the very eyes of the beholder casting its reflections on that looking-glass mirror of the mind. They are reflecting each other conceptually through the mirror-mind. How wonderful to be living at a time of spiritual enlightenment.


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Mothers, Unite.

 

“Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.”
(Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony)


The Real Victims of War

Children deserve far, far better than the crap adults leave them. Usually a lot of that crap comes from the men of the world.

I think it is time for mothers all around the world to come together and end this belligerent, dynastic patriarchy of world leaders and politicians.


MOTHERS of the world… UNITE.


Acknowledgment: Thanks to Robert Cook for the graphics and the inspiring quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

Note: This is our milestone 100th post to this WordPress site.


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Brain Farts

Do you experience brain farts?

I was experiencing one of them quite frequently — not one coming out literally from my ears, but one which had to do with forgetfulness after passing through doorways, particularly my bedroom door. I thought it might be a sign of early onset Alzheimer’s disease . . . until I came across the online article from LiveScience linked below. What a relief to learn it was just a mental boundary causing the memory lapse phenomena — a brain fart — albeit a smelly one at that.

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Brain Fart?

You can read more about other brain farts at LiveScience.


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The Quantum Enigma of Mind

 
As quantum theory delves deeper down into the rabbit hole of sub-atomic worlds, it uncovers more mysteries than explanations — mysteries that invariably raise more questions than they provide answers to the nature of reality.

Although there may not be definitive or absolute answers from quantum physics, it is both exciting and comforting for us to see that science seems to increasingly validate the mystical teaching that all experience is the product of the mind, in the mind. Science also appears to point consistently to the general direction of consciousness as the source and essence of all things.

Here is a documentary about the microscopic universe that lends proof to the growing convergence between science and mysticism. Through our understanding of quantum theory or quantum physics, we are learning about things that are not only beyond the physical human senses but also demonstrative of the underlying mystical oneness of reality — scientific observations that hint at our true nature as Consciousness individuated in the Self.


For related matters, explore our page A “Matter” of Illusions, which plays with the question of whether or not we are really experiencing reality through material sense.


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Centering Practices

 
There are many, many ways to relax the body/mind, to detach or “disengage from everyday human awareness,” and to center the gravity or focus of awareness, as a preparation for entering the meditative state of mind and to experience pure contemplation or meditation.

Centering Practice Model

Learning Model for Centering Practice

Here are some examples that were featured by The Huffington Post on their Web site.

Guided Meditation (by Agapi )

Guided Meditation (by Agapi )

You can find more instruction and information on centering and contemplative practices here at our site. We have a related Facebook page to inspire and promote contemplative practice through music or technically enhanced sound audio. For other supplemental blogs, try running a search here on our site by entering the word centering as the search input.

Make your centering practice a regular practice, whatever be the form of the practice you find personally attractive or satisfactory. Schedule your practice session at least twice daily: one – upon waking up in the morning (or shortly thereafter), and another one – later in the day preferably at sunset or early evening before dinner. Do a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes practice each session. If you are a total beginner and find it difficult to sit still over an extended period of time, start with at least 3 minutes consistently for a week. Then, build up your session’s duration gradually over the next weeks, incrementally extending it by an additional minute per week, until you can regularly maintain an ideal 20-minute practice consistently.

If the practice feels boring or tired and dry after some time, try switching to another practice form. It is advisable to become familiar with more than one practice form, so you can address and neutralize moods and situations that tempt you to skip or neglect your scheduled practice.

Accept the fact that a centering practice is a mental and spiritual discipline at the beginning of your journey. The human mind needs to become acclimated to periods of sitting alone in stillness and inner quiet. As you season your practice with personal commitment or a loving devotion or dedication for intimacy with God-Within, and as you engage in actual contemplation in particular, your centering practice will transform into a simple, unceasing, gentle, loving prayer of the heart.*

You cannot go wrong with relocating awareness to your Spirit center of Being. There, you will find your true and real Self.


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*For more information on the prayer of the heart, refer to the following sources:

Also, you might want to explore a useful online media tool for centering or contemplation at calm.com.


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Home is the Infinite Multiverse

This is where we exist — in an infinite multiverse with alternate realities for every conceivable possibility.

The Big Bang

In this infinity, awareness constantly weaves from one alternate reality to another endlessly, like a sewing needle pulling thread as it weaves through cloth, defining our individual experiences moment by moment on the fabric of consciousness.


As I progressed along the mystical path of life, I started to fancy such a notion of existence and reality; I have done so for years now. It seemed like idle speculation from the perspective of the human condition then. But today that notion is being entertained by science. In fact, recent developments and discoveries in astrophysics and cosmology are beginning to seriously consider the notion of an infinite multiverse with alternate realities populating each multiverse.

Wow! It is utterly mind-blowing to even think of it. Truly mind-boggling, but… Think about it. This is our HOME.  This is WHAT WE ARE — the infinite multiverse of existence.


In writing about the centrality of the Christ, Saint Paul said:

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    For everything was created by Him,
    in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible,
    whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities —
    all things have been created through Him and for Him.

    He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
    He is also the head of the body, the church;
    He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
    so that He might come to have first place in everything.

    For God was pleased ⌊to have⌋ all His fullness dwell in Him,
    and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself
    by making peace through the blood of His cross —
    whether things on earth or things in heaven.
    (Colossians 1:15-20, HCSB)

The True Self / The Christ

The True Self / The Christ

Here is my illumined interpretation and reading of Colossians 1:15-20 (HCSB).

    YOU are the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    For everything was created by YOU,

    in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible,
    whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities —
    all things have been created through YOU and for YOU.

    YOU are before all things, and by YOU all things hold together.
    YOU are also the head of the body, the church;
    YOU are the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
    so that YOU might come to have first place in everything.

    For God was pleased ⌊to have⌋ all His fullness dwell in YOU,
    and through YOU to reconcile everything to Yourself
    by making peace through the blood of Your cross —
    whether things on earth or things in heaven.
    (Colossians 1:15-20, HCSB)

YOU are the Christ of God,
the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.




Supplemental or Complementary Material

What We Still Don’t Know: Are We Real?

What We Still Don’t Know: Why Are We Here?

What We Still Don’t Know: Are We Alone?


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No Greater Light

Someone once asked me to help him find the greater light. The person had spent considerable time in the marketplace seeking and shopping for the truest spiritual teaching available.

I advised the person as follows:

“There is no greater light than the one by which you already see. Close your eyes in darkness to see yourself as that light.”

Blue Lotus

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in your heart.”
(Chandogya Upanishad)

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Sentient Beings

What makes a being sentient?   That
is a very interesting question, and any answer is bound to be fascinating.

PBS recently premiered a NOVA Nature documentary series titled “Inside Animal Minds.” The third segment of the series — “Who’s the Smartest?” — was particularly engaging and stimulating, as it tackled questions of intelligence, awareness, sense of self, introspection, feelings, emotions, and related other matters, that can be indubitable indicators of human-like sentience in certain animal species outside of the human species.

Indeed, human beings are not the only sentient beings on this planet apparently. Watch the video documentary and see for yourself. Note the portion showing the altruism of a Bonobo to a total stranger of its species. Tell us what you think about the documentary’s material by sharing your comments below.

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Click on the image above to view the PBS NOVA documentary “How Smart Are Animals?”


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A Postscript

Here is a noteworthy footnote to this blog:

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are…

Click on the image below to read about the mentioned scientists’ Declaration.

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Prominent scientists sign declaration
that animals have conscious awareness, just like us.

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Facebook Review

Happily, delightfully, gleefully sharing our Facebook video review with you.

Note: Video upload make take some time.  Please rate this post.


Thank You Smiley.

Thank you for living life with us.



Thank you all… for all the lived moments of exquisite joy.

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My Breathing and Smiling Meditation

 
I have practiced Thich Nhat Hanh’s breathing meditation technique for years, since I came across it in his book. I adapted and infused the technique with variations of my own over time. It is ideal for centering.

Here is another WordPress blogger’s variation on the same theme. (Thank you, Gerry, for reminding us of the joys of breathing.)
Thich Nhat Hanh Quote

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How Jesus Became God

When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God.
(Quote from “If Jesus Never Called Himself God: How Did He Become One?” NPR Fresh Air)


Stained glass artwork of Jesus.

“If Jesus had not been declared God by his followers, his followers would’™ve remained a sect within Judaism — a small Jewish sect,” says historian Bart Ehrman.

Cover of Bart Ehrman's book.I came across this engaging, excellent public radio interview of researcher, biblical scholar and author Bart Ehrman today. He was interviewed by Terry Gross in connection with his book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.

You can listen to the actual interview by going to the NPR Fresh Air program site or by clicking on the stained-glass image of Jesus above.

Ehrman is a credible and responsible research scholar on topics of religion, particularly Christianity. I admire his writings and his research findings, having read some of his earlier books. He used to be a Christian evangelical fundamentalist who is now an agnostic. I highly recommend reading Ehrman, in addition to listening to the Fresh Air interview.

Here are excerpts from the interview in which Ehrman makes a very fascinating point about the resurrection of Jesus.

Was Jesus put in a tomb and three days later that tomb was found empty? Well, that’s a historical question. And to answer it, it doesn’t require any set of religious beliefs; you can simply look at the sources and draw some historical conclusions. …

Before I wrote this book and did the research on it, I was convinced, as many people are, that Jesus was given a decent burial, and on the third day the women went to the tomb, found it empty, and that started the belief in the resurrection.

Apart from the fact that I don’t think Jesus was given a decent burial — that he was probably thrown into a common grave of some kind — apart from that, I was struck in doing my research by the fact that the New Testament never indicates that people came to believe in the resurrection because of the empty tomb. This was a striking find because it’s just commonly said that that’s what led to the resurrection belief.

But if you think about it for a second, it makes sense that the empty tomb wouldn’t make anybody believe. If you put somebody in a tomb and three days later you go back and the body’s not in the tomb, your first thought isn’t, “Oh, he’s been exalted to heaven and made the son of God.” Your first thought is, “Somebody stole the body.” Or, “Somebody moved the body.” Or, “Hey, I’m at the wrong tomb.” You don’t think he’s been exalted to heaven. In the New Testament it’s striking that in the Gospels the empty tomb leads to confusion but it doesn’t lead to belief. What leads to belief is that some of the followers of Jesus have visions of him afterward.
(Bart Ehrman Interview)


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DE-switching the Brain to EMFs with Dr. Manfred Doepp

 
As you might know, I am an active advocate of neuroscience as a tool for understanding the human condition and its application as an efficient aid to spiritual practice and development. (Refer to our following pages: The Science Connection and Neuroscience Frontiers.)  It was, therefore, just delightful when I was introduced to “DE-switching” techniques by a Facebook friend’s blog.

I had earlier posted a related blog on Facebook about the dangers of EMF (electromagnetic field) emissions, particularly the intense EMF pollution which now permeates our environment due to the proliferation of wireless telecommunications. The adverse effects of EMF pollution on the human organism are alarming, as pointed out by researchers:

Exposure to cell phone towers alters brain function in alarming ways, causing a lack of concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping and lack of appetite. That’s the conclusion of a new study just published by the British Medical Journal.

. . . electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a genuine phenomenon. People are not “inventing” side effects or symptoms.

. . . current government guidelines on cell phone towers are inadequate to protect the public. Revising such guidelines could have drastic implications for the nationwide telecommunications infrastructure.

. . . people who live fewer than 500 meters from cell phone towers appear to be especially at risk of electromagnetic interference with brain function. Because electropollution strength is determined by the inverse square of the distance, a person who moves twice as close to a cell tower experiences four times the radiation.
(NaturalNews)


Photograph of Dr. Manfred Doepp

Dr. Manfred Doepp

A German doctor of nuclear medicine, Dr. Manfred Doepp, has been speaking out against the harmful and damaging effects of EMF pollution on the human brain and consciousness. In particular, he warns about how the intellectual functions of the brain’s neocortex are being impaired by EMFs; and how the limbic system’s functionality (the hormonal and neurological seat of human emotions) is being manipulated by the primitive “reptilian” part of the brain as it increasingly dominates and controls the rest of the brain as the result of EMF exposure.

Here is Dr. Doepp being interviewed on the subject. He discusses how EMFs (he refers to EMF pollution as “electrosmog”) switch off and disrupt the brain’s normal healthy activities…
…and how mind control or manipulation is facilitated thereby. He says, also, that the effects of EMF pollution can thwart and stunt spiritual growth and development.
 
As part of his crusade to counteract the negative side-effects of increasing EMF pollution in our environment, Dr. Doepp has devised and teaches many different techniques such as switching our subconscious, mind control, and the importance of having a Human Firewall to protect and strengthen us. Here are some of his techniques for efficiently DE-switching the brain to EMF pollution damage.
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De-switching techniques resemble old spiritual practices based on certain yoga systems found in Hinduism.
These spiritual practices work on improving the mind by enhancing the brain and activating the pineal gland inside the brain. They are powerful spiritual technologies for enhancing receptivity during meditation sitting practice. I consider them a form of intensive centering or grounding practice.

The following three-part video demonstrates how such spiritual technologies are applied in the practice of nada yoga.

Consider trying Dr. Doepp’s de-switching exercises to see if you can experience their health benefits. Observe if they enhance your meditation practice as well. We shall definitely welcome your feedback here.


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A Lesson in Compassion

Indeed, compassion is one “I” reaching out to its other “I” in the paradox of oneness and in the mystery of love.

Gohttps://contemplatingtruth.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/a-lesson-in-compassion/d touching/experiencing/realizing Himself in oneness.

God touching/experiencing/realizing Himself in oneness.

Thanks to Darvish for the insight into compassion.

Darvish

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

– Pema Chodron

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The Divine Romance

 
There is a romantic dimension to the spiritual journey that both eastern and western mystical traditions have discovered. It is considered a prelude and the driving force to the experience of mystical union between the Spirit of God, a masculine principle, and the soul of the individual, a feminine principle. In ancient mythology this was allegorically depicted in the beautiful story of Eros/Cupid and Psyche.

Painting about the myth of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche

The Myth of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche

This prelude is characterized by an intense dance and play of passionate romance between the Lover and its Beloved, during which the Lover (God) courts its Beloved (the soul) into making a total surrender to the Lover’s interlocking embrace on oneness. This came to be referred to in mysticism as the “Divine Romance” between God and the individual.

At one point of the Divine Romance, the Beloved (soul) surrenders so totally to the infinite charms of the divine Lover, such that the soul melts completely into the blissful caresses of its divine Lover. However, before that, the romance can be momentarily spoiled by the doubts inflicted on the soul by the human condition, as was the case in the story of Psyche. But in the end, the Lover’s love triumphs, and the soul makes its surrender JOYOUSLY. By no means is this the end of the romance. It continues until the Beloved is consumed thoroughly in the fire of the Lover’s love.

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.”
— Joel S. Goldsmith —


In God’s eyes, the soul is totally embraceable. You are God’s embraceable you.

Here is a Gershwin song Embraceable You which, to me, typifies the Divine Romance. Listen to the song and its lyrics. Remind yourself that the romantic song between the man and the woman is precisely the essence of the Divine Romance between you and the Divine. As you listen to the song, let the melody whip up the romantic feeling that will sweep you off your feet and the world. Listen to the song as much as you wish until you become so immersed in its romance and the joy of that romance (You may even notice your face smiling blissfully.). Then, gently settle down in contemplation or meditation, right into the silent embrace of the divine presence within you.


    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, as part of
the Divine Romance . . .

The Divine Romance between the Cosmic Spirit and the Individual Soul
(The Hindu God Shiva and His Consort Parvati Dancing)

. . . enter the eternal cosmic dance of God.

 

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Cosmological Inflation is Mind Expanding Awareness

 
Science recently found evidence of gravitational waves. Astrophysicists and cosmologists have long theorized about them as a confirmation that the universe went through a phase of inconceivably immense, rapid and terrific expansion of space within an extremely tiny fraction of a second right after the Big Bang — a phase referred to as “cosmic inflation.”

Timeline of the Theoretical History & Cosmology of the Universe

Theoretical History & Cosmology of the Universe


The implications of such a finding can be huge. Aside from providing insights about the early “inflation” of the universe from the Big Bang’s singularity into the vastness that we now know the universe to be, it sheds light on the concept that the universe continues to expand rapidly without slowing down and it is likely expanding infinitely without end — eternal inflation. The discovery also supports the further theory that the universe is actually a multiverse populated by possibly an infinite number of universes, of which ours is just one.

The Big Bang Expansion

The Big Bang and Inflation Cosmology

One word comes to my mind when I start reflecting on the implications of cosmological inflation to my understanding of mysticism — INFINITY, the infinity that characterizes God or Spirit. Something else comes to mind corollary to the notion of God’s infinity — the INFINITE POSSIBILITIES that Spirit is.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
(Yesha, The Gospel According to Mark 10:25-27, NKJV)



So, what relevance does cosmic inflation hold out to me in terms of mysticism? Well, it affirms my own long-held understanding that:

  • the human mind is expanding as its conditioning falls off gradually to be discarded and left along the wayside,
     
  • mind is expanding human awareness rapidly, exponentially in proportion to unfolding consciousness, which is why our perception of time and the seeming progress of civilization and technology seem to be speeding up, and
     
  • mind’s expansion is infinitely open-ended to accommodate and reflect the multiverse and all possibilities.

Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde (Russian: Андре́й Дми́триевич Ли́нде; born March 2, 1948) is a Russian-American theoretical physicist at Stanford University. He is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, as well as the theory of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse. A remarkable man with a brilliant scientific mind, he appears to personify the wonderful result when eastern and western minds meet and combine. Watch him lecture on cosmic inflation and the multiverse in his lecture video below.

“Maybe God is a physicist hacker,” Linde laughed. Then he turned quiet. “I am not so sure this is just a joke.”
— Physicist Andrei Linde —


The momentous occasion when Professor Linde was personally served the breaking news of his cosmic inflation theory’s validation was caught on video. You can see how overwhelmed he (and his wife) were on learning about the fruitage of his lifetime’s work in the video below.


It was a blissful moment for me, too, as I reflected on the grandeur of the multiverse and God’s infinite magnificence. Then, my soul burst with gratitude and ecstatic joy upon remembering that all that grandeur is within me and that the magnificence and infinity that God is, I am. The Big Bang and cosmic inflation happened as the result of God’s Self-contemplation.

Sistine Chapel inspired illustration of God-realization: "God Touching Himself in Oneness"


Here is a video that is practically a contemplation by science of Intelligent Design.

Aknowledgement to Alimane Studios for the above video at YouTube.


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Perception and Awareness

Perception is an activity of the brain, a process of the mind.

The things and people we perceive out in the world are really constructs of the mind in our brain. We perceive them as the outward projection, expression, or reflection of our individual state of consciousness.

Our perception in the mind determines our interpretation and understanding — our awareness — of life and the world, and how we arrive at a particular interpretation and understanding depends on the conditioning that is programmed in the human mind as the result of a human state of consciousness.


Watch the spinning silhouette figure in the video above. Is the figure turning clockwise or counter-clockwise? Your conditioned mind pretty much determines the direction of the figure’s rotation at first glance. You can recondition your mind and control the direction in which you wish to see the figure rotate.

However, the truth is that the figure’s silhouette animation is merely switching continuously back and forth from left to right. The figure’s movement is actually neutral in that there is no pre-determined specific rotational direction. But your mind creates the illusion of a rotational movement in one direction or the other, depending upon the conditioning at work. This takes us to the receptivity of the conditioned human mind to the influence of suggestion.

The human mind is susceptible to suggestion. This is the mental principle operating when a human subject is placed under hypnosis and is given a suggestion to be experienced by the subject in his or her mind. A suggestion of bodily contact with fire may be given to the subject, and the subject will react as if indeed experiencing a burn.

The video below shows two identically shaped silhouetted figures, but subtle white curve lines have been drawn on them in a manner that would suggest the figures are rotating differently from each other: the left figure is turning clockwise, and the right figure is turning counter-clockwise. Watch the video and see how the power of suggestion affects your perception of the two spinning dancers.


The suggestion can be quite compelling such that focusing on one figure alone can cause you to perceive the other figure rotating in the same direction from the corner of your eyes, in the above video. Indeed, human perception occurs in and through the mind, and it is influenced by suggestion.

In the next video, the strength of a mental suggestion can be experienced powerfully. The colored center figure of the ballerina actually rotates in one direction and then shifts to the opposite direction at certain points. Focusing your eyes on the colored figure will cause you to see the rotation of the side silhouettes to follow suit.


The side silhouettes will almost always follow the directional rotation of the center figure, unless your awareness becomes divided. When this happens, there may be a lack of synchronicity among the figures for a short time, until focused awareness on the center figure reintegrates them all together once again.

The power of suggestion plays a decisive role in human perception. Further- more, human awareness can accommodate differences and variations in perception, as you would have experienced in the course of watching the videos. This is reminiscent of the popular Sufi parable of the blind men who had never experienced an elephant.

Sufi Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant

Ultimately, it is consciousness that determines your perception and your experience of reality.

Everything we perceive and experience through the conditioned human mind is really illusory. No amount of mental reconditioning or belief/thought modification can escape the illusoriness of human perception or avoid the inherent error — the original sin — of human understanding. The mind has to undergo the DE-conditioning process we call contemplation or meditation, to realize the pristine wholeness of being and the integral oneness that already exist. Thus, true reality can only be experienced through the UNconditioned mind by which the Self is realized.

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2014: Emerging into the Light

The year 2014 is the year we emerge from the darkness of the human condition and into the light of God, Truth, Spirit.

We begin to realize more and more the divine spirit nature that we already are. We feel it more. We experience it more. We become in this world that which we truly are — God incarnate.

In a post last year (2013: Year of “Community”), we summarized the unfoldments in consciousness during the past few years, as humanity crossed over from the intuitive phase of evolving consciousness to its final unitive phase. We featured the annual “energy forecasts” of Lee Harris to highlight the spiritual transformations taking place that were emerging in us and in our world.

This year, 2014, is a period of time where we move our “gravity center” of awareness (so to speak) deeper into our center of Being, the heart of our spiritual nature. As a result, we are simultaneously emerging into the light of Truth even as we are emerging out of the darkness of the human condition. We can see this in our individual life experiences and in the developments recently occurring in the world.

In the world, we are witnessing how whistle-blowers and concerned individuals and groups are opening people’s eyes to the deceptions, abuses, injustices, and inhumanities of Poster - Wake Up Humansauthorities, governments, corporate giants, financial institutions, and other manipulators of the mind. Illusions are being torn apart right before our eyes.

We continue to see peoples and nations struggle for freedom and the realization of happiness collectively, even as they pursue it individually. The Ukraine is one recent example. There are others in Asia, in Africa, in the Middle East, and in the Americas. We shall continue to see the erosion and breakdown of great world powers, as equality and liberty are made more manifest in our experience. The old world is collapsing around us to bring forth the new. The old forms of an outgrown awareness cannot sustain the new illumined state of consciousness.

We hear of and see remarkable advances in knowledge, science and technology, especially in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, genetics, health, and holistic wellness. At the same time, people are being made more aware and warned of the dangers and degradations to health and the quality of life and to the environment, by things like pollution, genetic engineering experimentation, and other technologies untested for side-effects. We are learning to embrace other sentient beings who share the Earth with us as members of our family, too. We are finally becoming responsible true stewards of the Earth, acting as loving elder brothers and sisters to all its life forms. Our sense of home is growing, widening, encompassing a broader perspective of oneness. Our sense of oneness is emerging albeit slowly, gradually.

Artist depiction of Voyager 1.Our Voyager spacecraft sent out from earth decades ago has left our solar system and is now humanity’s emissary to interstellar space. Indeed mankind has officially gone out of its house of the Sun to visit its stellar neighborhood. In the span of a few centuries, man is evolved from an earth-bound human species to a star voyager of the Milky Way galaxy, and, now, is evolving into a true cosmic child of the universe.

Even in a conservative and traditional religious institution such as the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis Peace Posterwe have seen the emergence of a Pope who appears to embody the humility and spirituality of the mystic Francis of Assisi. The new Pope emphasizes the spirit of the law more than its letter. That is certainly a remarkable development for a church that is infamous for its obsession with religious dogmatism and doctrines. But more significantly, with every passing year there are more and more and more individuals all over the planet who are awakening spiritually. Paradise already is: here on Earth, right now. We just need to lift the veil from our eyes that prevents us from seeing — realizing — it.

Darkness has never overcome the light. Light dispels Darkness Darkness will never overcome the light, because darkness is NOT opposed to the light. The darkness (the feminine Yin principle of the mind) is a partner to the light (the male Yang principle of the spirit) by which forms or things are made manifest, visible and perceivable. Truth is, as an energy the darkness always willingly submits and yields itself to the light, so that the light can dispel the effect and impact of darkness on any appearance.Yin-Yang Symbol


There is no essential reality to darkness. No matter how dark and thick it appears to be, it is only a darkness that precedes the dawn. The light will always dispel darkness in a room, to reveal the darkness’ emptiness and nothingness. Book cover of Darkening of the Light.






A contrary view to the effect that the light can be extinguished by the darkness is firmly rooted in a belief in duality — in the pole of opposites, in the eternal conflict between opposing forces of good and evil. It is NOT the hallmark of nondualist oneness. It is not a pure and authentic mysticism.

True spiritual healing can only come from a nondual understanding of oneness, where the darkness is not denied or rejected but is instead acknowledged for what it is vis-a-vis the light — an emptiness to show where light can be.  No less than the famous Sufi mystic, Rumi, taught the inseparability and partnership that exist between light and shadow. Rumi on light and shadow (darkness).

Truth-seekers and students of mysticism have to guard against “teachers of oneness” who promote the erroneous dualist concept that the “light can be overwhelmed or extinguished by darkness.”

Now here is Lee’s energy forecast for 2014. Watch and see how we are emerging into the light.

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Let It Go

When a bad thing in life happens to you, let it go.


Learn to throw it out outright or, at the very least, to ease it out gently from your awareness. In other words, quit the drama and let it go. Your continuing peace of mind is far more important to you.


LET IT GO.

Here are the lyrics of the song Let It Go.

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation
And it looks like I’m the queen

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry
Here I stand and here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on…

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand in the light of day
Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway.


Here’s the sing-along version of the song.

Note: The 2014 Oscar Academy Award for Best Animated Feature went to the Disney animation movie “Frozen,” which the song Let It Go comes from.

There is a great interview of the songwriters on public radio Fresh Air. Click on the image below to listen to the interview at their Web site.

Image from Frozen.

Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.



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Feeling, Not Thinking, Makes It So

Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think.”

         — Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD —
(from her book My Stroke of Insight)

Cover of “My Stroke of Insight”
by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor


New Age teachers have gotten it all wrong, when they say that human beings are thinking creatures that feel. Mind you, there are many of them — authors or speakers who are read, seen or heard, quite well-meaning and well-known.

But it is the other way around: We are FEELING creatures that happen to think, just as we are SPIRITUAL beings having a human experience on this planet. In truth, thoughts do NOT create things, but deep, pure feelings do.

I share the glowing optimism and reassuring enthusiasm of neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor when she writes:

I am a true believer that the next step in our human evolution is upon us, and we are becoming more balanced in not only how we live inside our own heads but in how we treat our planet.  When we live our lives through the intention of our right minds, and use the skill sets of both minds to achieve our goals, we become a whole-brained and more balanced society. Change is never easy, and there will always be those who fall behind. But overall, I am encouraged by where we are, and the direction we are heading.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor


Reading her book and articles and listening to her interviews and talks, I feel ever more “firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination” (Excerpt from our site The Mystical Path).

YES, Dr. Taylor, yes!


It is feeling that is creative, NOT thinking as other people (particularly motivational, metaphysical, or spiritual teachers) are inclined to believe and promote erroneously. Sadly such a mindset belief perpetuates the sufferings and injustices we see in the world. The sheeple masses are indoctrinated and encouraged to “think thru” their lives instead of “feeling for” the spiritual truth of who and what they are.

Should there be conflict between your feeling and thinking aspects of the mind, you can be sure the feeling level will win over your thinking level. There are, and have always been, many poor people in the world because they cannot realize and feel RIGHTLY — Godly — about themselves. So trapped in the human condition are they by their own spiritual ignorance, that they do not realize the infinite Being and unlimited Self that they truly are. Instead, they permit the world to exploit them and trample on them.

Remember now, the feeling level of the mind is the feminine principle of the mind, the yin, as distinguished from the thinking level which is masculine, the yang. And in the human world, it is the female, the woman, who gives birth to new human life on the earth and not the man.

Click on Dr. Taylor’s photo image below and watch the video of her TED Talk about her “stroke of insight,” delivered at Monterey, California, in February of 2008. Read a related page also featuring Dr. Taylor here at our site.


 

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Caesar’s Messiah

A MOST WONDERFUL documentary presenting the theory that the Christian gospels were products of Roman Flavian propaganda. Perhaps the best in its genre.

It is not at all surprising that we, humanity, should have the benefit of this documentary’s insights into the origins of our religious belief systems, particularly Christianity, at this point in time — this crucial stage of evolving human consciousness — this seminal phase in the unfolding drama of a global spiritual awakening.

A million thanks to the makers and contributors of the documentary, and my most sincere appreciation to the person(s) responsible for publicly posting it on YouTube.

And now, back to the business of illuminating the human mind.

Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus


Addendum
The following sources supplement the documentary Caesar’s Messiah.

 

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Stand Upon the Self

 

Picture poster of Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Society Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Society
Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains—one iron, one gold. Behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states and states must ever change; but the nature of the Soul is bliss, peace—unchanging. We have not to get it; we have it. Only wash away the dross and see it.

Stand upon the Self; then only can you truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand. Knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world. It is but baby’s play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame. All pleasures of the senses or even of the mind are evanescent, but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure, dependent upon nothing. It is perfectly free. It is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.

The internal universe, the real, is infinitely greater than the external, which is only a shadowy projection of the true one. This world is neither true nor untrue, it is the shadow of truth. “Imagination is the gilded shadow of truth,” says the poet.

We enter into creation, and then for us it becomes living. Things are dead in themselves; only we give them life and then, like fools, we turn around and are afraid of them or run after them. But be not like certain fisherwomen, who, caught in a storm on their way home from market, took refuge in the house of a florist. They were lodged for the night in a room next to the garden, where the air was full of the fragrance of flowers. In vain did they try to rest, until one of their number suggested that they wet their fish baskets and place them near their heads. Then they all fell into a sound sleep.

The world is our fish basket We must not depend upon it for enjoyment Those who do are the tamasikas, or the bound. Then there are the rajasikas, or the egotistical, who talk always about “I,” “I.” They do good work sometimes and may become spiritual. But the highest are the sattvikas, the introspective, those who live only in the Self. These three qualities—tamas, rajas, and sattva—are in everyone, and different ones predominate at different times.

Creation is not a “making” of something, it is the struggle to regain equilibrium—as when bits of cork, thrown to the bottom of a pail of water, rise to the top, singly or in clusters. Life is and must be accompanied by evil. A little evil is the source of life. The little wickedness that is in the world is very good, for when the balance is regained the world will end, because sameness and destruction are one. As long as the world exists, good and evil exist with it; but when we can transcend this world, we get rid of both good and evil and have bliss.

There is no possibility of ever having pleasure without pain, good without evil. For life itself is just lost equilibrium. What we want is freedom—not life, nor pleasure, nor good. Creation is infinite, without beginning and without end, the ever-moving ripples on an infinite lake. There are, however, unreached depths in this lake, where equilibrium has been regained; but the ripples on the surface are always there; the struggle to regain the balance is eternal. Life and death are only different names for the same fact, the two sides of one coin. Both are maya, the inexplicable state of striving at one time to live, and a moment later having to die. Beyond this is our true nature, the Atman. What we call God is really only the Self, from which we have separated ourselves and which we worship as outside us; but it is our true Self, all the time, the one and only God.

— Swami Vivekananda —
Inspired Talks, June 25, 1895



Remebering Oneness

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To Kiss or Not to Kiss

Kissing helps us find the right partner – and keep them

What’s in a kiss? A study by Oxford University researchers suggests kissing helps us size up potential partners and, once in a relationship, may be a way of getting a partner to stick around.

Picture of couple kissing with rose.

“Kissing in human sexual relationships is incredibly prevalent in various forms across just about every society and culture,” said Rafael Wlodarski, the DPhil student who carried out the research in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. “Kissing is seen in our closest primate relatives, chimps and bonobos, but it is much less intense and less commonly used.

“So here’s a human courtship behaviour which is incredibly widespread and common and, in extent, is quite unique. And we are still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.”Kissing during intercourse.

To understand more, Rafael Wlodarski and Professor Robin Dunbar set up an online questionnaire in which over 900 adults answered questions about the importance of kissing in both short-term and long-term relationships.

Rafael Wlodarski explained: “There are three main theories about the role that kissing plays in sexual relationships: that it somehow helps assess the genetic quality of potential mates; that it is used to increase arousal (to initiate sex for example); and that it is useful in keeping relationships together. We wanted to see which of these theories held up under closer scrutiny.”

The researchers report their findings in two papers, one in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior and the second in the journal Human Nature. They were funded by the European Research Council.

The survey responses showed that women rated kissing as generally more important in relationships than men. Furthermore, men and women who rated themselves as being attractive, or who tended to have more short-term relationships and casual encounters, also rated kissing as being more important.

In humans, as in all mammals, females must invest more time than men in having offspring — pregnancy takes nine months and breast-feeding may take up to several years. Previous studies have shown women tend to be more selective when initially choosing a partner. Men and women who are more attractive, or have more casual sex partners, have also been found to be more selective in choosing potential mates. As it is these groups which tended to value kissing more in their survey responses, it suggests that kissing helps in assessing potential mates.

Kissing pregnant wife's tummy.It has been suggested previously that kissing may allow people to subconsciously assess a potential partner through taste or smell, picking up on biological cues for compatibility, genetic fitness or general health.

“Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex,” said Professor Robin Dunbar. “It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves “shall I carry on deeper into this relationship?” Initial attraction may include facial, body and social cues. Then assessments become more and more intimate as we go deeper into the courtship stages, and this is where kissing comes in.”

He added: “In choosing partners, we have to deal with the “Jane Austen problem”: how long do you wait for Mr Darcy to come along when you can’t wait forever and there may be lots of you waiting just for him? At what point do you have to compromise for the curate?

“What Jane Austen realised is that people are extremely good at assessing where they are in the “mating market” and pitch their demands accordingly. It depends what kind of poker hand you’ve been dealt. If you have a strong bidding hand, you can afford to be much more demanding and choosy when it comes to prospective mates.

“We see some of that coming out in the results of our survey, suggesting that kissing plays a role in assessing a potential partner,” Professor Dunbar explained.

Past research has also found that women place greater value on activities that strengthen long-term relationships (since raising offspring is made easier with two parents present).
Kissing as the best feeling (poster quote).
In the current study, the team found that kissing’s importance changed for people according to whether it was being done in long-term or short-term relationships. Particularly, it was rated by women as more important in long-term relationships, suggesting that kissing also plays an important role in mediating affection and attachment among established couples.

While high levels of arousal might be a consequence of kissing (particularly as a prelude to sex), the researchers say it does not appear to be a driving factor that explains why we kiss in romantic relationships.

Other findings included:

  • In short relationships, survey participants said kissing was most important before sex, less so during sex, was less important again after sex and was least important at other times. In committed relationships, where forming and maintain a lasting bond is an important goal, kissing was equally important before sex and at times not related to sex.
     
  • More frequent kissing in a relationship was linked to the quality of a relationship, while this wasn’t the case for having more sex. However, people’s satisfaction with the amount of both kissing and sex did tally with the quality of that relationship.
     
  • In a companion paper in the journal Human Nature, the researchers report that women’s attitudes to romantic kissing also depend on where in their menstrual cycle and their relationship they are. Women valued kissing most at initial stages of a relationship when they were in the part of their cycle when they are most likely to conceive. Previous studies have shown that hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle can change a woman’s preferences for a potential mate. When chances of conceiving are highest, women seem to prefer men who display supposed signals of underlying genetic fitness, such as masculinized faces, facial symmetry, social dominance and genetic compatibility. It appears that kissing a romantic potential partner at this time helps women assess the genetic quality of a potential mate, the researchers say.
     

[The preceding post is reproduced from an article titled Kissing helps us find the right partner — and keep them, dated 11 October 2013, published by the University of Oxford on their website at http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2013-10-11-kissing-helps-us-find-right-partner-–-and-keep-them.]



Click on the image below for some fun facts about kissing.
Couple kissing.

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Bring Me Home

Heavenly!

If I have to return to this world for another lifetime, I want to be able to sing as divinely as Alfie Boe. (Click on Alfie’s photograph below to learn about him.)

Alfie Boe
British Tenor and Actor

If not, then . . . gentle Spirit, just bring me home.

[Acknowledgment to Mormon Tabernacle Choir for publishing the video on YouTube.]


 
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The Story of the Magi

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
[Matthew 2:1-2, NASB]

Photo depicting the Three Magi

Depiction of The Magi

Perhaps the most esoteric story in the entire Christmas narrative is that of the Magi or Wise Men. These visitors to the nativity of the Christ are really the central characters on the story, the Holy Family taking on only what might be considered a small “cameo” role in the movies today. The story of the Magi is more than just the story of their long trip from their legendary home in Persia (modern day Iran). It is the story of YOUR “spiritual journey.”

The story of their journey to find the Christ-King starts with the Wise Men’s attainment of certain esoteric or heavenly wisdom, for which they earned the reputation of being spiritually wise or full of spiritual wisdom and by which they were bestowed the title of “magi” (magus, in the singular). This spiritual wisdom motivates them to travel westward outside of their native country in search of this King. They are given a sign to guide them and to follow — “His star,” which they have seen from their home in the east. The star leads them to the Christ eventually, whom they worship with gifts, thereby fulfilling the goal of their journey.

The paradigm of the Magi tells us that the spiritual journey — the pursuit of enlightenment or the realization of Truth — begins only after we reach the apex of our humanity as sentient thinking and feeling beings, that is, when we come upon the knowledge and acceptance of mystical truths. At that point in our unfoldment of spiritual consciousness, we see “His star in the east.” The east does not represent a place of dark magic or primitive energies, as some writers have suggested. The east represents a state of rising and ascendancy as opposed to the descent and decline suggested by the sun’s setting in the west.

It is not enough to read, study and learn principles of mystical teaching. We must act on the knowledge we acquire, by embarking on the inner journey in consciousness along the so-called mystical path. The spiritual journey will take us out of our humanhood through an uncertain pathway where there are no signposts or guide maps — only the light from a star to leads us on and to show the way — only the illuminating effect of Truth consciousness acting on our minds, changing and transforming us from the inside out. Our values change, as we learn to discern spiritual truth from the lies and deception of material sense and the illusory ways of “this world,” represented in the story by the city of Jerusalem and its ruler, Herod. Discreetly without fanfare, we let go our human beliefs and dismantle our emotional programs for human unhappiness (the life energy of the human ego, the personal and human sense of self, and the backbone of the false self system) as we continue on our journey.

Ultimately, we reach the transformative moment where we experience the mystical epiphany (revelation or showing) of Truth in consciousness.

After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
[Matthew 2:9-11, NASB]

 

In blissful ecstasy, we fall to the ground of our Pure Being-ness, and, in that experienced state of oneness, we worship the Christ-Self that we are. Yes, we worship not by bowing low or prostrating ourselves on the floor before someone or something, but by inwardly realizing our oneness with the formless, nameless, infinite cosmic Spirit.

We bare and lay down the treasures we carry with us in our humanity: our body, soul/mind, and spirit. These are our precious gifts of gold (soul/mind), frankincense (spirit), and myrrh (physicality) because they constitute the sentient beings that we are. We surrender and offer them to the Truth/Christ, so that our humanity may become totally transformed by the Christ, through the Christ, and into the divine Christ who we truly are.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all you magi of the 21st century.

 
 

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