Understanding the Mental Universe: What is 'Life' according to the Egyptian Mystery Schools?
In the course of reason it is only logical that one may feel the inevitable inclination to address the question of ‘self’. To turn the very ability of questioning upon itself on an inward inquisition to understand the very nature of the questioner. This book attempts to address and answer the question of life's very nature as it has been understood and taught by the ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools for thousands of years. This book also examines the amazing ground breaking sciences that are coming forth to further reinforce and validate the notions of these ancient schools of thought. There is more to life than most have ever contemplated. This book provides the reader a chance to awaken to the inner nature of their divine and eternal heritage.
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In the course of reason it is only logical that one may feel the inevitable inclination to address the question of ‘self’. To turn the very ability of questioning upon itself on an inward inquisition to understand the very nature of the questioner.
This desire for a deeper understanding of ‘self’ grows from the earliest stages of life, like a small seed planted deeply in the fertile soil of the subconscious mind. The question of life's nature will eventually sprout and push it's way to the forefront of man's thinking and wakeful state of awareness. Every man will inevitably confront the question of his existence. The seeds of inquisition are usually harvested and fully brought forth within the mind's awareness at the first initial exposure to the concept of death, as this is usually the first time the observer feels their own perceived mortality. Confronted with the reality that the phenomenon of physical death is an inescapable parameter of any physical manifestation, this inquisitive thinker feels the need to understand the greater mysteries of life and that of life's very nature. At this junction of the mind's journey, the new seeker of truth must ask himself the next inevitable line of questions, “What am I?” “Do I exist beyond the body?” “Who is the thinker that asks these very questions?” “Simply put, what is ‘life’?” Is this inquiry not the most important question in ‘life’? The Philosopher Ramana Maharshi once said that, “The inquiry "Who am I?" is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss.”
The question of life's very nature has been endlessly pondered throughout the ages and across the world. A complex question, yet an understanding can be attained when one has familiarized themselves with the basic foundational tenants of the ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools and its later off shoots which carried on the core principles and wisdom of the ancient teachings. The term ‘mystery schools’ does not refer to a particular time or place in history, but speaks of the timeless teachings of universal wisdom Egypt freely dispensed to the world. These teachings have accompanied the growth of civilization since the earliest times of ancient Egypt. The most famous Egyptian influenced cultures is undoubtedly that of the ancient Greeks, and thier retelling of the Egyptian mystery schools found in the Hermetic Philosophical understandings and teachings.
As Alexander the Great expanded the Greek empire across the world, the esoteric teachings went on to further influentially penetrate the cultures and psyche of the world. Thus, the essence and core of these ancient-esoteric teachings can be found worldwide, as many other cultures embraced and adopted these same universal principles and understandings. The winds have spread the pollen of truth far and wide, and as a result many flowers have taken root and grown in many exotic locations .
The essence and core of the Egyptian/Hermetic teachings eventually went on to influence more semi modern schools of thought, like that of Wicca and Alchemy. Both of which when seen and understood for what they truly are can be viewed as advanced spiritual disciplines, like that of the mystery schools themselves, as the mystery school teachings have remained the timeless spine and foundation in the seekers pursuit of understanding 'self', these teachings have consistently assisted man in the pursuit of the ultimate truth, even into the modern times we find ourselves in now.
However, there are inevitably cultures that due to geographic isolation and other variables, have had little to no direct exposure to the ancient mystery school teachings. Groups like that of the Native Americans, the Australian Aborigines and many more. But be this as it may, and seemingly in spite of this separation, it should be of great interest to the reader to know and understand that all the independent conclusions arrived at from entirely different means and circumstances have an underlying central agreement and logic. For example, all religions share a concept of a God. Common understandings and wisdom can be found in each lands independent interpretation when the proper perspective in identifying and discerning these central underlying themes and concepts has been achieved. There is a consistent and commonly shared understanding at the core of all religions, and it is by no means a mere coincidence. As we will later discuss and show that there are no coincidences, only law unseen. Just as your reading of this text is of no coincidence. When this understanding and perspective has been achieved one can easily see that all the worlds independent accounts of truth are ultimately the many independent observations and accounts of one underlying phenomenon or common force. There is a famous Zen story deserving contemplation at this point that speaks to this truth.
The Blind Men and the Elephant-
Several citizens ran into a hot argument about God and different religions, and each one could not agree to a common answer. So they came to the Buddha to find out what exactly God looks like. The Buddha asked his disciples to get a large magnificent elephant and four blind men. He then brought the four blind to the elephant and told them to find out what the elephant would "look" like. The first blind men touched the elephants leg and reported that it "looked" like a pillar. The second blind man touched the elephants stomach and said that the elephant was a wall. The third blind man touched the elephant's ear and said that it was a piece of cloth. The fourth blind man held on to its tail and described the elephant as a piece of rope. And all of them ran into a hot argument about the "appearance" of an elephant. The Buddha asked the citizens: "Each blind man had touched the elephant but each of them gives a different description of the animal. Which answer is right?"
The wise would always mind this story's lessons when viewing the worlds many separate accounts of any common issue or discussion.
This book is an attempt to address and educate the reader regarding these ancient and universal concepts and understandings of life, by using a familiar and modern approach. This will be attempted by using the inquisitive technique and method of asking Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The aim being to approach each question from a multifaceted spiritual, scientific, and philosophical stand point. By applying this basic investigative line of questioning to that of the phenomenon of life itself and that of its very nature, volumes may be extracted and learned from the contemplation and examination of these questions and concepts. The wise reader should attempt now and forever to read in between the lines.
There is more to life than most have ever contemplated.
The aim of this book is not to be long, but to be concise, direct, and straight to the point, to be of real use to the reader.
“Speak only if you can improve on the silence.”
Part I, The 'Seen' (Science)
Who, or What has Life?
Before a deeper level of philosophical and spiritual teachings may be imparted to the reader in regards to that of ‘life's’ very nature, a solid foundation and overview of scientific truth should be presented. The comprehension of these known and relatively unknown and obscure sciences serve to accompany the learning and inquisitive mind on its journey to understanding self. Thus, allowing an appreciation and comprehension for deeper teachings yet to be chronologically presented in the book.
Scientifically speaking, life itself at an initial inquisitive glance and contemplation involves the phenomenon’s of perception and analysis. This can be proven immediately by simply drawing our attention to the fact that we are observing right now, right here, in this very moment. Perhaps best expressed in Rene Descartes's famous words, “ I think therefore I am.”
That thinking entity (which is the very subject of our ongoing discussion) has been called many things through out the ages, the most popular terms being that of, ‘consciousness’, ‘spirit’, ‘ether’, or ‘mind’ (it is crucial however to point out that the term 'mind' should not be confused with the physical brain. As we will conclusively show later in the book that the mind is not in the body, the body is in the mind.).
Undoubtedly this force of life has numerous names, however, what ever one wish’s to call this force of awareness ultimately matters little to its function, what it is, what it does, or even the reality of its existence. The tongues of men do not define the immaterial, only attempt to describe it.
In building this solid foundation of understanding, we must examine and discuss what the term ‘life’ has been exclusively and narrowly applied towards, and confront the honest question, “Is the current mainstream meaning and understanding in regards to the phenomenon of ‘life’ and what possesses 'life' an accurate notion and understanding? Or, should the current mainstream view of what is actually ‘alive’ and has ‘life’ be greatly broadened and expanded upon? As vigorously suggested by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Buddhist, Druids, Wiccans, Native Americans and countless other creeds and independent sages throughout the ages.
Past and present mainstream notions hold ‘life’ to be a phenomenon found exclusively in that of human beings, and not animals. But what exactly are the criteria for the title of ‘life’? Of which many men through out history have exclusively bestowed upon themselves? The problem with this outdated view and understanding of life is the fact that many of the qualities that could be identified and pointed out in humans, (in an attempted foundation towards a case of human superiority over animals), there is inevitably an animal somewhere in the world that can not only easily perform the same task man would proudly boast, but can in fact greatly out perform their human counterparts. This truth of simple scientific observation would appear to immediately 'blur the lines' of what is alive scientifically speaking and what is not, much to the dismay of older dogmas and their rigid enforcers.
There are literally thousands of fascinating experiments and research programs taking place worldwide which independently and collectively demonstrate extraordinary levels of intelligence. Intelligence found in abundance throughout the animal kingdom. The most common phrases from observing scientist and researchers being that of ‘surprised’ and ‘amazed’.
A remarkable and important example with tremendous underlying implications, is the fact that Gorillas and other Apes posses the inherent intelligence and capacity to learn complex languages like that of sign language, gaining the verbal skills and ability to express their needs and feelings via sign language. Thus effectively bridging the communication gap between Gorillas and humans by communicating with their sign speaking caretakers. Sign speaking gorillas allow scientist to gain an amazing window into the complex social world of Gorillas. One of the most famous cases is the story of Koko the Gorilla.
Koko is a Western Lowland Gorilla who, according to her lifelong caretaker Francine 'Penny' Patterson, is able to understand more than 1,000 signs based on American Sign Language, and understand approximately 2,000 words of spoken English. This significant vocabulary and level of intelligence is equal to that of a human five year old. One of the more fascinating things that have come to the attention of researchers is how emotionally ‘aware’ Koko and other animals like her are. It is truly astounding how much of a sense of ‘self’ these animals carry. They use words of expression like happy, sad, lonely, bored and so fourth.
Another compelling phenomenon having to do with animal intelligence, life, and the inherent abilities and potentials life carries, is the ongoing research into the reoccurring historical phenomenon of animals leaving in a mass exodus prior to natural disasters. The most compelling evidence for this phenomenon outside of the endless historical accounts and witnessing of the phenomenon is that of the recent 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami which claimed thousands of human lives. Yet mysteriously every animal which was not trapped indoors and had freedom of movement escaped safely and unharmed well in advance. The implications of such a documented phenomenon warrant a much more in depth scientific investigation. However, recently the subject was thoroughly discussed and outlined in the PBS documentary ‘Can Animals Predict Disaster’ which has brought some degree of mainstream awareness in regards to this phenomenon.
Investigating scientist wish to obtain a greater understanding as to what methods are being implored by animals in the detection of these disasters, and furthermore what exactly the force may be that they are tapping into to gain this awareness. This research can ultimately answer many questions and shed light on to deeper philosophical questions such as, do humans posses these abilities? And if so, have humans silenced and suppressed these abilities? Is mankind ignoring this dormant and latent sense?
The Pineal Gland in all vertebrates
Many scientist have correctly suspected the pineal gland as a critical component in the animal pre-disaster detection phenomenon. The pineal gland is found in the brains of all vertebrates, including that of human beings. It is beyond coincidence and interest that this pineal gland houses small pieces of the worlds most magnetic element magnetite. The magnetite is contained in a pea size gland positioned in the very center of the brain. Additionally the pineal gland is filled with water and cellular ‘rods’ and ‘cones’. These 'rods' and 'cones' are just like that found within the human eye. It should be noted that 'rods' and 'cones' are used as interpreters and transmitters of external information to the brain. It is again interesting that the ancients spoke clearly of this phenomenon in their understanding of the ‘third eye’. Once the biology of the pineal gland's inner workings are fully appreciated, volumes should be conveyed to the reader in regards to the depths of the ancients understanding of the use and purpose of this organ. The ‘third eye’ was viewed as the window or ‘portal’ to the universe.
It should also be pointed out to the reader that the right and left ventricle chambers of the brain are both three-dimensional representations of the famous right eye of Ra and left eye of Thoth found all over Egyptian hieroglyphics and temples, (Some of the most prominent symbols associated with the mystery schools.)
The science of previously discussed animal natural disaster prediction seems to be pointing to the pineal gland as playing a significant role in any animals ability to predict impending natural disasters. The most common theory of scientist being that the pineal gland is some how picking up signals from some sort of unknown or unrecognized electromagnetic phenomenon occurring prior to the occurrence of natural disasters.
The many experiments diving into the endless realms of animal intelligence and the astonishing abilities of animals that rival mans own abilities could be discussed for hours on end. This line of research and the many realizations it brings forward should ultimately supply mankind’s mainstream held paradigms in regards to humans being the only creatures that posses life and intelligence with a very humbling realization regarding mans place amongst the animal kingdom. For man is the rational animal. Mankind should realize and ultimately respect the kingdom they are a part of, and in no way separate from. It would appear that man cuts his hair, shaves his mane, and trims his claws to hide from the truth that has been staring him in the mirror.
Talking Plants, Primary Perception
Furthermore, the deeper science investigates into the question of what exactly has the phenomenon of ‘life’, plants have emerged to exhibit the behaviors and characteristics that fit the criteria for the title of being ‘alive’. As the research of Dr. Cleave Backster and his work with ‘Primary Perception’, and countless former Soviet Union Scientists have so clearly and definitively proven.
Backster began his career as an Interrogation Specialist with the C.I.A., and went on to become Chairman of the Research and Instrument Committee of the Academy for Scientific Interrogation. He is currently director of the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California.
Amazingly and to initial scientific shock and astonishment, Backster had discovered that plants and trees have the inherent ability to 'sense' and 'react' to the thoughts and moods of humans. All this being verifiable by scientifically testable methods. These plants displayed signs of 'stress' when either themselves, separate plants, or animals were harmed.
This had all been initially discovered February 2, 1966, via a polygraph readout coming from two negative and positive electrodes that had been applied on both sides of a leaf via a small vice (clamp). When the polygraph machine was then turned on, the plant gave a surprising read out that appeared to in no way differ from the readout the polygraph machine would display when the electrodes were attached to a human subject. Then, when researchers were trying to think of what would be a stressful 'threat' to the lively hood of a plant they were amazed at what the plant did in response to this line of thinking. Cleave Backster went on to state that at precisely the exact moment he had envisioned the image of fire, and using that fire to burn the plant, the polygraph readout began to swing fast and far. This was amazing, for if this machine had been hooked up to a human subject those readout patterns would have been signs of 'deception' or 'lying”, as a measurable ‘nervousness’ or ‘stress’ was being expressed by the subject. Clearly in a plant this is not a sign of deception, but it is a sign of 'nervousness' and 'stress', which should be pointed out are words to describe reactions emanating from a conscious entity. The experiment also seems to suggest some unseen 'linking' and underlying connection between the human mind and plants, and ultimately demonstrates that plants posses the inherent ability to connect and extract information from that inter-networking.
Further investigation went on to show conclusively that plants remembered individuals who had 'harmed' them, or even if the individual had harmed separate plants or animals. In the first step of the experiment demonstrating this, an individual would 'harm' the subject plant by tearing leaves off the plant and then leave and allow the plant to fully 'calm' down and return to a 'relaxed' state. At a later random time the assailant would then again return to the subject plant, but this time he would not harm the plant. However, just the returning presence of the assailant would cause the subject plant and the other independently setup plants in the room to all collectively display signs of 'stress'. This all occurring at the precise moment of the returning individuals presence. Plants that were never directly harmed by the individual still reacted with the same fear as the plant that had initially been harmed. The fact that the individual 'subject' plant remembered is almost as astonishing as the fact that the other 'unharmed' plants also remembered and feared the returning assailant.
In another experiment, in a separate room from the plants, small brine shrimp were dropped randomly by a computer to their death into boiling water. In a separate part of the building, the plants attached to a polygraph machine would register a disturbance at again the precise moment the experiment had occurred and taken place. This was thoroughly replicated many times and proven to be a real phenomenon. The indications are truly amazing.
“A few brine shrimp die and a plant feels their death, I think it’s the smallness of the event that makes it so significant. It means that even on the lower levels of life there is a profound consciousness or awareness that binds all things together.
"A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive."
Clearly there is much more to plants then meets the limited eye. Nature and all the animals, trees, and plants within it are alive in ways that modern science is only beginning to understand. Yet many of the world’s ancient masters of many creeds frequently spoke of and emphasized the interconnected oneness of all life. That everything is connected to an underlying common mind or source. The one source. "The ALL."
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. “
The phenomenon of life does not stop there though. Later in 1966 Cleave Backster took a further step and applied his same polygraph testing method to milk and yogurt. Like the plant setup, he had again used two electrodes and inserted them into the yogurt and milk. Both milk and yogurt contain and consist of basic forms of cellular and bacterial growths. In connecting the electrodes to the milk, it was again documented and discovered that even micro bacteria have been scientifically validated to exhibit all the criteria and ‘reactions and read outs’ that are indicators of ‘life’ and ‘intelligence’ amongst man and the animal kingdom. One needs only the right 'instruments' to peer into this amazing, unseen, and ever-present intelligence that is behind all plants and basic bacterial growth.
The Life in Water
Plunging deeper down the ‘rabbit hole’ to an even deeper level in the observation of life and matter, we still witness astonishing behaviors and displays of intelligence. There is ongoing research into the phenomenon of water electrons exhibiting what looks like that of the definition of memory. This based on the findings of the following experiment, In the first part of thr experiment water was exposed to a substance such as sodium chloride (salt), which was then later removed by being completely distilled and purified of the previously added salts. Once this had occurred and to scientific surprise, the electrons (upon examination) still exhibited behaviors indicative to the salts still being actively present, despite the salts absence. Some scientist have called this phenomenon 'memory'. It is fascinating to say at the least, and again is another phenomenon that merits further research.
Water has also demonstrated other means of showing signs of its own awareness. This was discovered by a Japanese researcher named Dr. Masaru Emoto. Emoto is a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University and the Open International University as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Emoto has created a series of experiments that have furnished proof that our thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. In this case, proving that our thoughts have measurable effects upon water (a physical reality). The water "changes its expression" based on what emotion we are 'sending' it. This experiment provides further proof of an unseen underlying connection and inter networking of all life. It is yet another case of an unexpected source (like that of plants) being able to 'read' and 'interpret' human thoughts, then demonstrate enough intelligence to categorize them as either negative or positive. These judgments become apparent by the waters varying reactions to corresponding emotions.
Essentially, Dr. Emoto captured water's 'expressions.' Using a very powerful microscope in a freezing room along with high-speed photography, to photograph newly formed crystals of frozen water samples. It was discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. Water from clear springs or water that has been exposed to positive, loving words or thoughts show, complex, and colorful snowflake like patterns. However, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.
The majority of the human body is water, and this phenomenon would seem to indicate and show how our thoughts and emotional states have measurable physical effects on our bodies.
It should be noted that the way the water crystallizes, or more specifically what geometric forms it decides to take or manifest, would appear to have a direct relation with a phenomenon known as symatics. Symatics is a phenomenon in which varying rates of vibrating frequencies, (or different tones of sound) have different and consistent, observable effects on water, corn syrups, sands, and other materials. Different sounds consistently generate increasingly more complex geometric patterns and configurations as the sound frequency or rate of vibration is increased.
When the rate of vibration has been brought back down, the various substances will return to the same patterns they had previously ran through, only now in the reverse order. The same frequency will always make the same ‘picture’. These two separate phenomenon’s express the same geometry and there seems to be an underlying relationship between symatics and Dr. Emoto's water configurations. All this considered, water would appear to be an extraordinarily complex life form.
The Measurement Problem
Water is not the only form of ‘matter’ that shows symptoms indicative of life. The Measurement problem, which applies to all matter, is an atomic behavior that has fueled volumes of quantum research. The Measurement problem being this, when ever an observer tries to fixate on an atom or electron, they cant. The complication being that it does not exist in one single location; it 'flickers' in and out of observable space, appearing and disappearing from various scattered locations. It appears to be in multiple places simultaneous to our viewing experience of it. This all suggests an existence not as a 'solid', but as an inter-connected energetic state and expression.
This phenomenon has led to much research and headway into the concepts of ‘time’ and ‘parallel universes’ (sometimes called dimensions). The measurement problem is one of the foundational concepts within ‘String Theory’, or ‘The Grand Unified Field Theory’.
The Double Slit Experiment
One of the quantum worlds more amazing experiments is that of the double slit experiment. It was discovered to initial scientific astonishment, that light particles react in a multidimensional repeating waveform pattern when passing though two separate slits of a single wall.
For a mental creation and example, one must essentially imagine two rooms with a middle connecting wall. In the first part of the experiment only one slit would be placed in the middle dividing wall, the slit being there so that light could be shone from one room to another. When this was all carried out in the parameters set forth, there would be one solid individual ban of light on the back wall of the empty room, entirely as expected.
However, the amazement begins when another slit is added to the middle dividing wall, creating a wall that now has two slits, with this new setup light is again shined from one room to the next, this new setup does not create two bands of light but multiple bands. Scientist initially did not understand why this would result in multiple repeating bands of light exceeding the expected two bands of light and covering the entirety of the back wall like symmetrical spaced ‘slit’ stripes of light and darkness. This remarkable phenomenon continues to astonish quantum physicist, as it had been previously believed that light photons were more like ‘individual pellets’ of matter and less energetically interconnected in nature. However, the experiment showed a woven interconnectedness between all photon particles. The experiment seems to demonstrate and show that photons weren't really individual particles, but waves of highly interconnected energy that seems to know no separation.
The wonder didn’t stop there. When intense observation with high tech machinery and computers were used to ‘peer’ into how this unexplainable occurrence was being executed and carried out, the light showed intelligence in its demonstrated awareness of the observations occurring around it and its ability to react and change its behavior almost playfully back to scientists previous held notions of how light should be behaving. By some unknown means and reason it began exhibiting behavior indicative of their previously held ‘photon pellet’ theory scientist had previously been unable to manifest in the experiments. Creating now only two lines on the back wall.
The repeating waveform seen via the double slit configuration was resumed once all ‘intense observation’ equipment had been removed or fully powered down. For some unknown reason to science, light is not giving its inner most secrets away when it is aware of close observation. It was intelligently aware its surroundings, reacting to intense observation and viewing. It was aware and intelligently engaging the scientist. How? Only life has awareness?
Part II. The 'Unseen'
Life, the Universal Constant
At this point one may be asking themselves, “How are even the most basic components for the construction of matter and what we call the physical universe still exhibiting the criteria for the classification of life and intelligence?“
The answer demands a change in approach. Ultimately science can only take us so far, answering only specifically and rigidly formatted linear concepts and questions. Where science can not venture to answer due to its inescapable Achilles heel of always requiring physical proof, philosophy dares to attempt. Philosophy is ultimately the contemplation of the 'unseen’ force that animates and gives the ‘seen’ life. In this book we are seeking to understand the seeker. To approach this understanding we must now at this point of our journey leave the realms of science and venture onto the more esoteric and philosophical path. We will show that science is ultimately nothing but the observation of the laws found within a 'dream'. Philosophy is the observation of the 'dreamer'.
To move forward on the path of understanding 'self', one must clear their mind and relinquish all assumptions of what you have previously assumed to be ‘absolute truths’. The following Zen story should further illuminate the issue and potential problem.
Empty Your Cup-
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. "It's full! No more will go in!" the professor blurted. "You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup, Your cup is already full."
At his point in the book it should now be overwhelmingly apparent that ‘life’, and what ever ‘life’ truly is, is clearly a phenomenon not limited to that of human beings. The reality is that the phenomenon of life stretches the face of the earth and the entirety of the very space that would contain it. Everything is alive. The universe and all the individual components of matter that would compose it's totality are pulsing with the force of life. If something can be ‘perceived’ or is what we call 'physical', there is life behind that perception. That life is called spirit.
Moving forward with this understanding and awareness that 'everything' is filled with life, the next inevitable questions that arise in the mind are. “How is this amazing and ever present phenomenon of life being created? How does life exist? What exactly is this illusive state and phenomenon that pops its head up everywhere an observer can possibly look?” In answering these questions, the following quote deserves contemplation at this point…
"God sleeps in the rocks, stirs in the plants, dreams in the animals, and finally awakens in man."
The Seven Hermetic Principles
In the pursuit of understanding and creating a solid and comprehensive understanding of the ancients view of the universe and self, it is helpful to address an ancient set of seven extremely important and timeless 'laws' or 'functions' of the universe. Of which have been elegantly outlined in the Kybalion, a famous hermetic text.
The following laws are universally present within our universe.
"The Lips of Wisdom are sealed except to the ears of understanding."
- I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
"THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental."This Principle embodies the truth that "All is Mind."It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of "The Material Universe"; the "Phenomena of Life"; "Matter"; "Energy"; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT...
- II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE."As above, so below; as below so above."This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life.
- III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION."Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is in motion"; "everything vibrates"; "nothing is at rest"; facts which Modern Science endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify.
- IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY."Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet...”It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that "opposites" are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.
- V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide.
- VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT."Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law."It explains that: "Everything Happens according to Law"; that nothing ever "merely happens"; that there is no such thing as Chance... only law unseen.
- VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER."Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles Gender; manifests on all planes."This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything — the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes.
- -The Kybalion-
The Source of Spirit, The Truth of Oneness
Thus far in the book we have tried to thoroughly establish that scientifically speaking everything that could be perceived as physical, in the physical world, in fact has some underlying force or phenomenon we are calling life.
The Ancients frequently spoke and drew attention to the fact that everything in its primary form of existence is spirit. That everything we have labeled 'physical' is truly but a 'shadow' or 'reflection' of a primary spiritual counterpart, spirit is the underlying life force of any perceived external physical object. 'These reflections and perceptions of physical matter are in truth a mental recreation that is viewed entirely within the confines of spirits mind in a multi-sensory perception. The 'unawakened' and 'sleeping' mind in its limited understanding and awareness carries out it's life from the perspective that the world is an external and separate place unto him, but this is truly illusion, as discussed more thoroughly later in the text.
Spirit is everywhere and everything. But where does the phenomenon of spirit ultimately arise from? The ancients taught that spirits are all internal, individuated, distinctions of one supreme underlying intelligence, an intelligence that everything is an intricate part of. This supreme collective intelligence ('The ALL') has been called by the tongues of men many names, including that of 'God'.
The understanding of spirit being an internal 'part' or 'piece' of God is present in religions world wide. However, it may surprise some that these understandings also have roots and can be found in both Judaism and the original Gnostic form and understanding of Christianity. Both of which indicating that we are all pieces of God. The many sons of the one God. The Following is from the Old Testament Book of Psalms Chapter 82 verse 6.
6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’
In later centuries Jesus himself went on to quote this exact verse while trying to explain and defend his statement of being a 'Son of God'. He went on to point out how the Jewish Priests own sacred texts reinforced his message and teachings. The teaching and truth that all men are in fact the 'Sons of God'. Jesus was by no means the exclusive and only Son of God, and never made this claim, as it would be in sharp contrast and contradiction to his own teachings. Jesus's own words show and outline how he in fact believed the exact opposite and taught that all men were the Sons of the one God (or “Father”). The following passage is an account of how even in the last moments of Jesus's life he was trying to clear the confusion around his statements and teachings, confusions that still exist in modern times. The Following Passage is from the Book of John, Chapter 10 verses 30-38.
30. I and the Father are one.”
31. Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,
32. but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33. “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34. Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are all “gods”’Sons of the most High?”
Another passage further indicating Jesus's belief that all men were in fact Sons of God is found in the book of Thomas verse three.
- (3) ..When you come to know yourselves, then you will understand, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father.
"The Mind of the All is the Infinite womb of Universes."
We are all pieces of God living within his infinite imagination. For it is truly a 'mental' universe in every sense of the word.
Consider the following, in a dream one would be the entirety of all experiences, sensations, imagery, and the source of other characters created within the dream. We are everything and everyone in our dreams. The primary dream (our reality) is found in God's mind, as the universe's true underlying nature is 'mental'. This layered mind of God is highly organized in its complexities and completely holographic in nature.
In God's dream, as we have discussed, we are all internal, separate, unique, characters with a common source, or 'common mind' that is the underlying true source and reality of the characters. The All is the supreme dream maker. Understand, we are not the dream, we are pieces of the dreamer. Our very source is the 'ONE' or 'The ALL'.
This concept has been addressed perfectly by the following passage from the Greek Corpus Hermeticum.
TAT: Is God then in matter, 0 father?
HERMES: Where could matter be placed if it existed apart from God [who is infinite]? Would it not be but a confused mass, unless it were ordered? And if it is ordered, by whom is it ordered? The energies which operate in it are parts of God. Whether you speak of matter or bodies or substance, know that all these are the energy of God, of the God who is all. In the All there is nothing which is not God. Adore this teaching, my child, and hold it sacred... To understand is to believe, to not believe is not to understand.
-The Corpus Hermeticum-
We are all Sons of God, mighty spirits of divine heritage currently living and working through a human experience.
It should be highly emphasized that like a dream, everything that could be touched, tasted, smelled, heard, or seen is a mental recreation of what the mind is being told is 'out there' via the collective information the five senses relay. Therefore, in truth nothing that can be 'seen' is 'external' at all, as everything 'external' is the minds complete re-creation.
Ultimately the truths of science indicate that you are not inside your body you see before you now, your body in truth is inside of you. Furthermore, you are not in the room before you, rather the room is inside you. This all being in agreement with the ancients concepts of the mind containing the body, and not the body containing mind.
Realize that like the body, even the physical brain can only be verified to exist via the limited five senses, which are again illusion. This is a crucial detail as some believe that consciousness is merely a byproduct of the brain. In truth however the brain is a byproduct of consciousness. To fully understand the implications of mental universe one must fully understand that life is not coming from the brain, or body. We are primary spirits 'using' secondary brains we have imagined in our minds. Remember, all matter is spirit. You are the true thinker who 'uses' the brain as a 'tool' or 'information relay' of incoming and outgoing information and signals. The perceptions of both the brain and body will ultimately pass on, but spirit is an eternal part of God. Spirit is imagining its body, every part of it including the brain. Again, the mind is not in the body, the body is in the mind.
An elaborated understanding of the body being in the mind is the realization that one's mind is not contained within the confines of the universe, rather the universe exists within the confines of the mind. Ultimately both time and space are but mere illusions of that mind.
“Know ye, that which is formed truly is formless, having form only to thine eyes... Know I now that the formless is all there is of form.”
"We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality, we are that reality, when you understand this you see that you are nothing, and in being nothing you are everything."
“The mind is everything what you think, you become.”
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Duality in separation, the birth and nature of the Ego
As discussed before, ultimately we are one, however, in our current state and perception of mental separation we experience a duality between the primary consciousness (spirit) and the secondary ego of illusion. Spirits carry out their separation and resulting duality that inevitably arises completely in their minds. The ego filters the actions and thoughts of consciousness, making it unique and giving the feeling of an autonomous self, independent of everything we perceive. This gives the feeling and impression of being completely separate from everything else ‘out there’ in the physical world. Or so it would seem. But this is truly misperception. For all is truly of one collective mind or ‘great spirit’, separation is a complete illusion, individuation of the one force is the reality, of reality.
The nature of what the ego 'is' and 'does' isolates, confines, and restricts our thinking to very small parameters and forces consciousness to believe or perceive that we are only that of our limited body. The ego enforces the belief that the rest of the universe is separate and independent from us, despite the truth that everything one could see is a recreation of his own minds perceptions. Again, this is only illusion and self deception. For the unaware mind, spirit has simply confused itself with its own 'shadow'.
The only reality is that of spirit. We must move past the self limiting tendency to identify to much with the body and ego and stop ignoring the underlying reality of 'oneness'. The following passage from the Corpus Hermeticum outlines this concept.
"Hermes: Behold an infant's soul, my son, that is not yet cut off,
because its body is still small and not as yet come unto its full bulk.
Hermes: A thing of beauty altogether is [such a soul] to see, not yet befouled by body's passions, still all but hanging from the Cosmic Soul! But when the body grows in bulk and draweth down the soul into its mass, then doth the soul cut off itself and bring upon itself forgetfulness, and no more shareth in the Beautiful and the Good. And this forgetfulness becometh vice. the soul's vice is ignorance. For that the soul who hath no knowledge of the things that are, or knowledge of their nature, or of Good, is blinded by the body's passions and tossed about. This wretched soul, not knowing what he is, becomes the slave of bodies of strange form in sorry plight, bearing the body as a load; not as the ruler, but the ruled. This [ignorance] is the soul's vice...
The Greatest Evil amongst men is ignorance of God."
-The Corpus Hermeticum-
What is the nature of spirits absolute essence?
As far as the inevitable question as to what spirit or the ALL truly is, one must realize that by the very nature of the All it is an unknown and unknowable essence which exists outside and behind any of the senses and mental imagery which would inevitably have to be used in an attempted physical description of it. Essentially rendering any attempted description or discussion as to what spirit or the All really is as ultimately futile. It is tantamount to the problem of trying to describe a hole without describing what is around the hole or the material the hole is within, as the hole is essentially nothing. The problem is we can only try to explain the hole in physical terms, and a holes reality is a nondescript, empty space, which only exists descriptively in reference against the physical. But even the latter does not explain what the hole itself is, it only explains how it can not be explained..
Another metaphor pertaining to this issue, is that we can only 'see' the wind by observing the ripples on the pond.
These realities are the problem of any attempted physical description of spirits reality. Thus, it is best left and acknowledged by the wise as the known unknown, the primary essence. This eternal and un-dissolvable essence is a part of the very mind of 'God' or 'The ALL' himself. You are all Sons of the mighty one. You exist within the mind of god, not separate from him.
“What is above is below, as above so below.”
The Physical realm does not exist outside of the observers perceptions?
Scientific research shows that there is no conclusive way to prove that what we are being told by our senses is in fact based in any separate, primary, material external existence. In other words, there is no conclusive way to prove that the external world exists at all outside of the perceptions of consciousness and what the observer is mentally creating.
For example, when we have a dream about any scenario or far off land, we eventually wake up and begin to realize that the whole dream experience was all just mental creations and perceptions of our mind.
However, consider the following, if we dream a rock we do not wake up and think that the rock is real in any sense or fashion outside of the mental construct it was created in. This same courtesy of logic however is not being extended to that of the ‘real world’ or ‘primary common dream’, despite a growing body of evidence proving the reality of its dream like qualities.
In fact, the deeper quantum physics dives into the subject the more evidence keeps popping up which thoroughly backs the ancients notion that this universe is in fact no different from that of a dream. Science is beginning to realize that the experience of life in a physical world is just carried out in a larger longer dream scape that we have simply named 'real' life. The outdated and inaccurate notions and concepts of the external world are simply inherited dogmas. As stated before in the holographic universe, the belief that our dreams are fake and the physical word is real is ultimately nothing but a product of our bias's and prejudices.
The 'unawakened' and 'unaware' spirit calls this house of mirrors and passing illusions the physical world. However, the reality of the ‘matter’ is that the dreams you experience at night are just as real as the room you sit in now. If you were to make the statement that the room before you was real, then one must by the very same decision making and qualification process realize that dreams are just as real as the phenomenon before us now. What is real? For it is not the passing of illusions but that which is behind all illusions, spirit.
The following Zen story serves to illuminate.
The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person. He was only a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself laying there, a person once again. But then he thought to himself, "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"
Understanding the many independent perspectives
Consider the following, your friends, or separate spirits, are creating an entirely independent universe and distinctly separate ‘mind scape’ from what you are experiencing right now. Your spirit is the part of you that is separate and independent from a friends mind and there internally and mentally created universe. When you see another person you are observing the effects of that persons spirit on your minds perception and re-creation of the physical universe or ‘dream’. You create their body, what you see with your eyes and call their body is your minds recreation of their underlying spiritual correspondence. Their body is your brains creation, their mind is their own. Two people sitting in one room create two independent mental recreations of the room. Each spirit mentally builds the perception of their universe completely within the confines of their own mind.
So as discussed previously, what we call physical ‘matter’ is only perceptions achieved from an underlying inter-networking of those independent spirits co-creating and existing within one commonly created mental plane of reality called the physical plane. Every element (no matter how simple or complex) that creates that physical world, has a seperate spiritual correspondence from your minds recreation of the physical world. The design of the universe and the underlying life and intelligence behind all matter collectively allows The ALL to view this realm through an infinity of separate and independent internal perspectives of awareness. The design of the universe facilitates such qualities in the ALL as 'omnipotence'(all knowing) and 'omnipresence' (all seeing).
The universe only exists through perceptions of the perceiver (spirit), perhaps this discussion may shed a degree of light onto another famous Zen parable.
"If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?"
The physical realm being presented to you is constructed just like a group of people playing an online video game on the computer together co-create a common grounds of reality. In the perception of that online world, the independent actions of each avatar are decided by the playing consciousness, registered on the keyboard, sent over the inter-networking of computers, received by the other players computer hardware (physical brain), then recreated and seen by the other viewers via their own independent monitors (or minds) construction of the game world. The information being exchanged is a 'programing code' or ‘information’, being created and seen with an independent perspective and vantage point. The individual computers each create their own game worlds and perspectives that are displayed via the monitors to the witnessing player or consciousness. One can only witness the effects other are having on their computers independent creations of that created world.
Spirit, the wind and cause
Spirit is like the unseen wind that causes ripples on the pond of another's mind. Your body to them is really nothing more than these ripples being felt in their universe. You are the cause, all they can see is the effect on their mind via, your spirit or ‘cause’. For Spirit is the cause of all that is physical, spirit is cause. To enter another's mental realm is to bring your 'cause', or spirit, to the same coordinates of the mental realm. Two observers see each others 'cause' and their bodies are the effects which are rendered in each others mind as representations or avatars of the underlying intelligence (spirit).
In observing the expressions of matter within the physical realm, we find very precise and amazing common mathematics in the patterns of creation through out the universe. This is no accident. For example, the spiral is a reoccurring constant within those degrees of potential physical manifestation, be it a galaxy, hurricane, or a seashell the spiral is universally present in all stages both 'above and below'. These universally recurring mathematics, patterns, and behaviors are indicative of a hologram. If anyone ever needed an absolute form of physical proof to demonstrate to that individual that there is in fact an infinite intelligence or force creating what is being viewed before us, sacred geometry offers such a window into the divine.
It is a fact that every ‘world’ or ‘realm‘ requires a creator or programmer. Someone must write the video game program, just as someone must create and for that matter continually create the dream scape before our eyes.
The all is the creator, and in some Native American cultures was even called the ‘dream maker’. Within this dream scape, we can see God's mathematical 'signature' or 'fingerprint' as it were abundantly present on a universal level. Sacred Geometry allows us to see and experience this force of creation indirectly or second hand by viewing its sacred mathematical proportions and geometric configurations rampant through out the physical world it has created. The term 'sacred' has been used, because these expressions are consistently found within the physical world and universe. They are laws of nature that have been placed there by the creative force we have called God. Therefore, these are viewed as sacred mathematical expressions. Thus, the name 'sacred geometry' has been used by many people and is the common term of reference to this phenomenon. Sacred geometry is the perfect programming language of the perfect creator being manifested on every level within the physical realm. Again, “As above, so below.”
The Growth of Spirit through time
Another amazing aspect of the universe we are part of is not only the perfect interconnectedness of everything, it is the amazing growth and ever changing expansion of the force of spirit..
This journey of the growing spirit is started in the initial separation from the all into the lowest form of matter rocks, stones, dirt and etc. However, it is crucial to understand these divisions are not forgotten or discarded after the physical avatars have long passed. The following passage is from the Corpus Hermeticum and explains the phenomenon beautifully.
"God is Maker of all things, and in His making, He maketh all [at last] like to Himself...keeping them within itself, may make all manifest, and [then] dissolving them, make them all new again; and thus, like a Good Gardener of Life, things that have been dissolved, it taketh to itself, and giveth them renewal once again... There is no thing to which it gives not life; but taking all unto itself it makes them live, and is at the same time the Place of Life and its Creator. "
-The Corpus Hermeticum-
The spirits of rocks, stones, and all other 'basic' matter exists in a sleeping or dormant state of being and expression. This very low vibrating state of existence is the first part of the pendulum swing away from The ALL, and the fist stage of separation. These lower vibrations and the many worlds they create set the foundation for the growth and advancement of more advanced spiritual manifestations to take rise. A popular example for spirit in this initial stage of manifestation is that of an artist completely and mentally caught up in his creation to the point where the artist seems to forget the concept of himself and is totally concentrated on ones creation. This state is the most 'basic' and 'grossest' form of mental creation within the mind of The ALL, and is the first stage of what is called the ‘outpouring’ of mental energy by The ALL in hermetic discourses. In this initial stage, the pendulum has been thought to have swung to the farthest extent of removal and separation from the absolute oneness of The ALL. Slowly through time the individuation's begin to swing back and ‘awaken‘ in varying degrees of greater spiritual manifestation as they become self aware of their inherent potential. A potential that is ultimately the by product of their mighty heritage.
"...The distinction between 'life' and 'lifeless' is a human construct... Remember our childhood as minerals, as lava, as rocks? Rocks contain the potentiality to weave themselves into such stuff as this. We are the rocks dancing. Why do we look down on them with such a condescending air? It is they that are an immortal part of us."
As discussed, even the rocks will awaken in time. As their essence is only sleeping. This gradual spiritual awakening in stages could be viewed as the artist from our previous example slowly awakening from the 'trance of creation ' they had been focused upon. Becoming aware of themselves once again in gradual degrees of awareness.
This scale of spiritual potential extends past that of man kind into the higher groupings of the visible universe. Planets, stars, and galaxies are all higher formations and groupings which are states and stages of existence that will all be inevitably experienced and worked through in time. This return swing is described as the in-drawing phenomenon in hermetic discourses. The pendulums (spirits) return swing home to The ALL. Realize that all the mysterious wonders of space are manifestations of this one energy, physical creation lies in degrees and contrasts.
So in the simplest of terms, as we move through time, the corresponding spirits of the individual building blocks of the physical universe (matter) grow and become increasingly more complex in awareness and potential as various stages of spiritual awakening and physical manifestation have been reached, worked through, and surpassed. Until eventually and inevitably the ultimate unification and infinite expansion has been achieved with the All.
Ultimate unification and expansion is the goal of this mental game. The return to oneness, or At-one-ment with God.
What is time, When is Life?
So what exactly is meant by, “All of space and time is contained within thee.” as indicated by many ancient mystics worldwide? Thus far in the book we have discussed how all of the 'out there' to be perceived in the infinite void of space is truly experienced and held within the single mind of the individuated 'spirit' or 'observer'. But how is the perception of the universe perceived as an animated and flowing experience is the question now at hand?
Simply speaking, the law of time.
All the universe, and the creations within it, are nothing but varying degrees between the two poles of one underlying phenomenon (hot and cold, sharp and dull, love and hate, light and dark, and so on) The shifting of degrees between these poles (or opposites) can only occur by movement through the force of time. With out the shifting of degrees between poles, what we perceive as life or the 'animated' experience of living in a body amongst a world of movement would cease to be. The universe can only exist amidst time and the changing degrees of the poles (opposites) behind all that we see.
However, to understand the force of time in a comprehensive manner enough emphasis can not be put on the fact that this universe is merely an illusion of the mind, as previously discussed..
So what is time then?
Simply speaking, the true self (the timeless spirit), experiences times 'ordering' as a sequential and statically fixed series of individual moments, which became ordered chronologically due to the necessity of requiring a beginning and an end. The flowing movement through these individual moments would be the totality of spirits experience of the 'external world' and time. Each separate frame provides another multi-sensory glimpse into an ever changing realm of thought. The change within that realm exists only in the contrast of shifting degrees between poles found in all physical existence, The only reason the universe appears to be moving at all is because of change. Without change, there are only paused 'screens', and change itself can only happen within the perception of time. All change therefore is dependent on and achieved through the law of time. The 'big bang' and resulting universe when being viewed from our current perspective is like a massive explosion of sorts happening in slow motion.
Everything in spirits dream (the perceived external universe) is in a constant state of motion and change. What rises will fall, flesh that is born will pass, and the only permanent in this dream of constant change seems to be the law of impermanence itself. In the bodies of men, time is experienced as the journey from birth to death.
“Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws." -
Ralph Waldo Emerson-
The repetitions of nature are but various elements of the seven hermetic principles ever at work. There is no such thing as absolute rest within in the perceptions of physical space and time. Spirit is a learning intelligence, the watching observer of this passing mental realm. Watching its thoughts safely from its primary essence, the eternal aspect of self that is an indwelling resident of the ALL's eternal essence. Spirit is in truth neither born nor dead. For its reality is eternal and ever present outside of space and the force known as time that animates the experience of life within this universe. This phenomenon has been addressed in the following discussion between Jesus and his disciples, found in the Book of Thomas, verse18.
18. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?" Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."
Again we find the common theme and understanding of spirit maintaining life at both ends of the universes beginning and conclusion. In other words, because the essence of mind is outside of the dream realm and the dreams animating force time it is eternal in it's primary form and experiences no passage of time. Time is the force within spirits mind that keeps all moments separated and in order. Again, this force of time or 'ordering' allows consciousness to move from frame to frame in order. Time isn't flying by, we are flying by time. Moving through this ordering all together as one moving wave of a synchronized harmony atop an ocean of consciousness. Time is the force, not the perception of movement through that force, This all being in agreement with Albert Einstein's statements that time is relative to the perceiver.
Another key detail of space and time that needs to be understood is the fact that what we are observing and living through right now are the decisions that we have already made long ago. Enough emphasis can not be put on the fact that all time has already occurred and came to its conclusion.
In seeing the perception of your current 'body' or 'form', you are in truth simply watching the memories of a past experience as a human being, a body that has long since passed. In viewing this phenomenon, your minds sense of self attaches significance and identification entirely on the body out of blind ignorance to realities nature and the knowledge of its heritage. For this shifting and feeble form is not your essence, only your memory of a past reflection. Again, what you see before you is but the memory of a life ended long ago. Understand that the plane of existence that your mind thinks from exists beyond that of time itself. The wise attach significance accordingly. Our mind has the freedom to sleep and forget this, or to awaken to this reality. There is an old and famous 'zen saying' that says "To get rid of your passions is not nirvana - to look upon them as no matter of yours, that is nirvana."
Another enlightening thought and quote on the same subject states that...
"Even if you have not awakened, if you realize that your perceptions and activities are all like dreams and you view them with detachment, not giving rise to grasping and rejecting discrimination, then this is virtually tantamount to awakening from the dream."
In the easiest of terms, time is the force that prevents all moments from occurring at once to the observer.
Spirit works through this order or sequence of events experienced by spirit as the 'now', or 'present moment' effect and awareness, like rereading a linear storyline. In the experience of the moment, we have the feeling or perception of making daily decisions as if they were our spontaneous acts and realizations of that very moment. However in truth this is only deception and illusion, as we truly made these decisions long ago.
At initial exposure to this concept, it might seem confusing, but it is important to understand that you do have free will, and you live your life by that free will. However, the free will to make those choices and the choices themselves have already been made and executed by you long ago. For the great work was initiated and concluded in the same instant from the timeless perspective of God and his indwelling spirits.
"THE ALL creates in its Infinite Mind countless Universes, which exist for aeons of Time-and yet, to THE ALL, the creation, development, decline and death of a million Universes is as the time of the twinkling of an eye."
From the perspective of the true outside observing spirit, the universe has begun, and concluded all in one static and fixed occurrence.
“In truth the universe happened and ended a long time ago, In reality it never happened at all.”
-A Course in Miracles-
Realize that in truth there is no 'happening', only 'happened' and the feeling of a current moment and movement through time and space. Your mind is timeless, in its timeless perspective it has made all of the decisions you will ever make, you now in truth remember the past experiences and memories as the moment. These previous decisions, and the resulting consequences and reactions are all held within the storyline of time. This story you have already decided and written has been called by many 'destiny'. Thus again the dual sided complexity and half truths of duality manifest. There is destiny, but simultaneously free will.
This feeling of the unfolding moment is achieved via a deja-vu type of familiarity and link to the ancient moment in which a decision was initially made. This gives the impression of making decisions in the now as if it were the first time. Sometimes events are so strong or emotionally prominent to the mind that the amplified feeling creates an overwhelming and acute awareness of past experience, described and named by men deja-vu. Hopefully the explanation of time itself should shed a degree of light onto why and how someone would experience a feeling of familiarity with places and circumstances they have yet to chronologically experience both past and present.
As indicated, in its absolute form this primary essence (spirit) has the ability to see every moment at once. It sets at the center of a figurative and mentally constructed all encompassing and surrounding circle of connected and ordered events. From our perspective, we are riding the edge of the circle and are moving through that order of events known as 'time' or 'linear life'. Movement through time, and a true existence in timelessness occurs in much the same way your eyes peripheral vision can see other statically fixed letters on the page before you now, however, to make any sense of the printed text, the observer must have a moving, concentrated, flow and focus of the minds 'attention'. Allowing the reader to read or understand each word individually and in order, thus allowing the mind to make sense out of what is being seen in a different perspective and manner from the reality of static fixation. In this 'movement' of 'attention' the mind can experience an entire rich story if it goes through a chronological order from beginning to end.
Yet if we were to glance at the page with our eyes 'unfocused' the same mental effect would not be experienced, in our example of reading, without the attentive focus nothing could be understood, and there seems to be no 'moving experience' in this way of examining the book. It would be similar to multiple paused television screens at various chronological points of a movie, all connecting to circle you, one television for each frame. But just like reading, a movie will only be a moving and morphing experience if the film or frames are ‘played’ or in our example we turn in a circle. Any animation is the result of movement through a realty of absolute rest.
If we were to stand at the very center of this encompassing circle of paused screens, and then began to turn, the principle would be essentially the same as if we were viewing a flowing reel of ordered images like that needed to create the experience of a movie. On average movies flow at 26 frames per second, is it not curious that at this rate a television screen can appear to be flowing and as life like as that which our eyes perceive in the external world we call real life? Reality flows just like the principles of animation inherent in any moving media.
"No One of Existing Things doth Perish, but Men in Error Speak of Their Changes as Destructions and as Deaths... The "restoration" of bodies on the earth is thus their composition, whereas their dissolution restores them to those bodies which can never be dissolved, that is to say, which know no death. Privation, thus, of sense is brought about, not loss of bodies... Therefore, nothing that constitutes the world will ever perish or be destroyed, for the eternal [Logos] is imperishable. All this great body of the world is a Soul, full of intellect and of God, who fills it within and without and vivifies everything."
-The Corpus Hermeticum-
The phenomenon observed in linear time as reincarnation is ultimately another half truth of sorts. From our current linear perspective we see birth, life, and death, from beginning to end, all in a linear flowing line. However, we have shown how in truth spirits essence is spanned across entirety the universes beginning and conclusion. All events, from spirits outside of time perspective, are seen simultaneously. If spirit were a clock, there is a point in the clocks center that is in the same position regardless of any 'sweeping' or 'moving' of a hands location, it is the central position of the clock, as it is equally as far from each second hash. Therefore, from the central position it can see all potential moments at once from its unique and all seeing perspective. All moments both past and present in reality have all already happened. However, in our unique disposition and movement through time we are as a flowing second hand which anticipates the seven coming after the six and looks back behind us to the five position. If each number represented a separate life then one could say, yes reincarnation exists, in my next life or 'form of physical correspondence' I will be seven and no longer six, meaning there is a sequential order of other lives lived. The timeless essence of mind in actuality reaches and touches all moments simultaneously. Like infinite second hands on every second fanning away from the clock in a turning corkscrew into infinite. Your true essence of mind is at the finish/beginning line of the universes conclusion 'outside the circle and at the center', essentially looking and watching the events and decisions you already made in the past. To stand on the finish line is to stand on the beginning simultaneously. Death could be viewed shedding the old body and being thrown back into a pool of collective water. Being reborn in a new physical body could be viewed as once again returning to the surface to take a new breath and be born again to the physical. As spirit will desire to carry out life and mental existence once again, thus it bursts forth from this pool of life and oneness to breath from the new lungs of a child's body and ego. The same viewer or single spirit has looked upon two lives with two egos. Just as someone may change their view by wearing red or blue 'screened' or 'colored' sunglasses and remain the same entity or intelligence. One spirit in two bodies.
A Letter to a Dying Man-
Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples who was about to die: "The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die. It is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness, which is a mere void. It has neither color nor form. It enjoys no pleasures and suffers no pains. "I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing that sickness squarely. You may not know exactly who is suffering, but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Think only of this. You will need no more. Covet nothing. Your end which is endless is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air."
In deaths transference, within the dream state or physical realm, many years may have passed to the observing spirit. Death carries and restores spirit to a body and state that knows no time, for time is the creation it has made within its mind, time was always only an illusion. Time is not eternal, eternity is the force that houses time, both its beginning and end. We are eternity. All moving and being pulled to the inevitable infinite expansion of spirit. The At-one-ment with God.
“ At the end of countless cycles of eons of time, THE ALL withdraws its Attention-its Contemplation and Meditation-of the Universe, for the Great Work is finished-and All is withdrawn into THE ALL from which it emerged. But Mystery of Mysteries-the Spirit of each soul is not annihilated, but is infinitely expanded-the Created and the Creator are merged. “
Ways of the wise
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The Ego, the mask
So ultimately faced with the parameters of life and existence within the mental universe, it becomes abundantly clear that there must be some intelligent method or psychological approach to living and advancing within the confines of the mental universe. In addressing this, we must realize that the ego is the biggest hurdle to overcome and correct. It is illusion, you (spirit) however are not illusion, you never were the ego, you are only looking through it. The ego can not be destroyed but must be tuned like an out of tune guitar string to harmonically resonate in sync with the higher octave strings. The Ego is a ‘mask’ that we wear to enforce the illusion of separation despite our shared oneness. The lifeless ego or 'mask', can be seen through as mentioned before, but great emphasis should be brought to the fact that the mask or ego has no sight itself, The ego is tantamount to a spoon that can never taste the soup.
The mask of the ego in many ways can be thought of as ones own unique 'filter' of sorts that guides our thoughts and the flow of what we feel and think about items, individuals, and scenarios. It is nothing but programmed reactions based on past knowledge and compounding lessons, a way of uniquely filtering and reacting to information and circumstances we encounter. Our thoughts and what we think 'etch' out our egos disposition or 'character'. Like a mighty river slowly carving a canyon, this canyon filters and guides the flow of spirits thought patterns.
The Ego is a very 'moldable' thing, and as a result when this mask goes unchecked by a 'sleeping spirit' and falls into negative tendencies and thought patterns it grows thick, encrusted, and burdensome. The ego has continually shifted and grown since the first moments that we began compiling lessons from the earliest moments of our childhood. These lessons can be as simple as "Ouch! Fire is hot!", all the way to the more intricate social complexities and distinctions we all carry that make us distinct individuals. Via small preferences, tendencies, and mannerisms that make us each unique.
The negative parts of the ego that are carried are the scars of fear, anger, and hate. They are barriers from the infinite radiance of unconditional love that is your divine right and true nature. Love is the heart's (spirit's) natural disposition. The type of 'Godly' unconditional love outlined in the following passage from the Old Testament book of Corinthians.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7-
As discussed, our true essence and disposition is that of unconditional love, our goal therefore must be the removal of all the egos self imposed negative barriers that keep us from that love. In truth, all the positive elements and characteristics of the egos disposition can be seen or understood as a reflection from the 'inside' essence, and that all of the egos negative attributes or 'barriers from inner happiness' are in reality based and enforced in 'outside' illusion and can be viewed as ultimately unreal in nature. We as (spirits) can peer through the mask of the ego, but ultimately the mask is unaware of the wearers feelings. The Corpus Hermeticum addresses this issue.
“It (spirit) taketh then,the soul (ego) for as it were an envelope.
And soul itself, being too a thing divine, doth use the spirit as its envelope, while spirit doth pervade the living creature.”
-The Corpus Hermeticum-
The mask can never be eliminated as it is the envelope that contains spirit, and spirit gives life to the ego. The mask must be worn, but it is important to realize that in healing and forgiveness the cloudy muck, mud, and scaring of the hearts mask can be wiped away, allowing the true inner radiance and bliss of spirit to shine through. Spirit now is free to shine through a 'crystal clear' glass mask, a mask that was always there hidden underneath the muck. Spirit can now shine like a light bulb that for the first time was freed of its encrusting layer of mud which restricted the never ending flow of light from radiating forth from within. A reflection of the 'ALL's' unconditional love.
The concept of the unconditional love pouring forth from this clear mask, is a correspondence or psychological reflection of a state that has not existed in most people since that of the innocence of early childhood and its natural disposition and state of non judgment and universal love and acceptance. A state of pureness. This state truly mirrors and resonates with that of the ALL. One can find this inner peace in the practice of non judgment. Judgment and judging another is a dishonest line of thinking, as it says that a perceived 'external' condition is of a real nature and is separate from you. The truth is that you are judging a piece of yourself.
"Have love for everyone, no one is other than you."
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you”
There is only 'oneness'. The ego only exists in reference and contrast to something else, something separate. But this is ultimately illusion, as everything is truly of one thing. Thus, the ego itself can only exist in reference to this illusion. As the ego's reality is illusion. Thus, to judge another is to be blind to the underlying truth. The Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti once remarked that “observing without evaluating or judging is the highest form of human intelligence.”
Judgment is seen as a 'negative' obstacle for spirit, as judgment gives rise to the emotional spectrum that is in total opposition to any spiritual growth. When we remove judgment we remove the foundation of anger or resentment. When the mind no longer entertains judgment there can no longer be anger. Anger is one of the most spiritually crippling and psychologically harmful of the negative emotions. The Buddha had a great deal of focus on the removal of judgment and the futility of anger and has outlined these truths beautifully in the following passages.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned...
...Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten...
...You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
When anger and all the other varying degrees of negative 'muck' have been cleared from our previous example of a mask, the mask or ego enters the state that is entirely free of judgments and absolute belief in the external illusion. But the removal of judgment and anger albeit very important are not the only ailments of the mind to be overcome. Another by product of carrying out an existence within the universe and within the confines of an earthly body that ultimately must be overcome and conquered is the unhealthy desires, pursuit, and dependence or addiction to earthly pleasures and vices. Materialism being one of the 'worst' and one of the most important of the spiritual vices to overcome.
The love of materialism arises from several aspects of the egos nature. The ego's realm is time and illusion, it knows separation and can only think in these terms. It knows no happiness, and can not. This is why sometimes people do what the ego suggests is acceptable, only later to feel a rising feeling of guilt, as spirit and ego in reality were at odds with one another. Those unaware of their duality walk blindly, when spirit is unaware of its existence apart from ego it submits and allows the ego to become dominant. The ego only knows what it has been taught will bring it happiness, it believes that a 'later' scenario or material item will create and fill the void ego cannot understand. The ego can never give you the peace of the moment, it does not recognize its value, for it thinks linearly and will convince the weak minded that materialistic items and parameters are where happiness may be found. Therefore, the unchecked ego insists on materialistic means of pleasure, and foolishly believes that a material means is the source of happiness.
The pursuit of happiness in traditional and modern methods and approaches seem to hinge themselves on the principles of materialism, which can be viewed as a flawed approach for many reasons. Much of modern societies emphasis is placed on material items and the pursuit and acquisition of these items against the back drop of a competition between 'others'. All of which is illusion. This current model results in both massive suffering and limited and selective prosperity. Peace and war. The illusion of both power and control.
The Eastern Zen Philosophy of the Buddha serves like a corrective guide to living in this state of duality, and the constant conflict between Spirit and Ego in ones passage through the force of time. For in time, we are in a perpetual state of change.
In observance of this state perpetual change, we must not draw our happiness from the finite but from the infinite, we must find happiness internally or within, not externally in the ever shifting physical realm. For lasting happiness lye's not in the seen, but the unseen. Know what you are spirit, and seek nothing that is void of substantial reality to begin with. Happiness is not found in the external passing mental illusion of the mind, but in the mind itself.
For there is nothing in this world that is immune to the laws of change. The world itself is not beyond these changes and knows no absolute rest, it has swayed back and forth many times before, and an assured prophecy is that the world will continue in its flow of change. The true student of Zen and wisdom realizes his practiced disciplines of inner happiness, regardless of, and seemingly in spite of the shifting conditions of the external world. For the wise, true happiness is rooted where no external force can take it. As a result, one's happiness was never dependent on or rooted in the preservation of items, moments, and earthly treasures. The shifting changes of those scenarios would no more sway the wise, then a rock would complain about the weather.
“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. “
“The enlightened man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering."
In eastern philosophies the word Zen usually accompanies teachings in regards the The eastern understanding of the word 'Zen' can be understood in the western mind as the concepts of 'happiness, bliss, contentment, or euphoria, many words describing one state'. The true path of happiness or Zen is found in awakening to one's true nature and identifying the true self, the indwelling spirit. For in understanding the essence of one's self, one can clearly see the path to a lasting peace and state of nirvana. Free of material desires and the false joys of short term happiness and long term sorrows. Rather one seeks the middle path of lasting peace, joy, and true happiness. Looking to find what you seek externally is a dead-end road that leads to nowhere and nothing but lost time.
“The world, indeed, is like a dream and: the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage!”
The acquisition of illusion only reinforces delusion. For what you seek can only be found within, found in the unfolding moment of the now, that is between the lines of mans awareness. Both future and past exist only in the constructs of the mind, there is only the 'now' or 'moment'. The transition of accepting and living in the moment is one of the greatest accomplishments spirit can do. To love and embrace every moment with non judgment is to be guaranteed an endless stream of happiness, a perpetual state of bliss dependent on no external factors.
The dependance on material items as ones source of happiness is tantamount to trying to grab and hold on to the passing air bubbles of a moving river. The wise love not the individual fleeting bubbles, but the flow of the entire river itself. A focus not on the individual passing items, but the flow and change of all items.
"Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the way."
Happiness cannot be owned, worn, purchased or consumed. Happiness is a manner of
traveling, a permanent underlying disposition of life. Happiness is to live each moment in a state of Zen, regardless of the ever shifting external realm.
"Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all."
You have eternity, relax my friends…
In the course of life, If you feel overwhelmed. Simply pause the mind for a moments rest, and realize that these difficult and fleeting moments are all truly nothing but signals the mind has willingly chosen to attune to and attach a significance upon. What we perceive as 'out there' and the 'external' difficulties we seem to encounter within that space, are truly not real in any sense beyond the contemplation of the mind and significance we attach to them. You are safe, always. There is nothing that you as an eternal being of spirit can not handle. As all perceptions of harm that would be feared, are truly nothing but 'blind' ignorance to the reality of this worlds illusion based reality, an ignorance to the truth of our eternal nature and self, the true being of the eternity that would contain all time and space within. Remember mighty spirit, your life’s essence resides in a separate and impenetrable primary plane far beyond harms reach. Beyond the dream of a universe and all the eons of time. Spirit, awaken and realize you are the force that dreams the entirety of time and spaces extent.
“The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, here it is, or there it is, because the kingdom of God is WHITHIN YOU.”
-Jesus, Luke 17:20-21-
"If His (Gods) strength is in you, what you perceive as your weakness is but illusion. And He has given you the means to prove it so... all things are given you. Not in the future but immediately; now. God does not wait, for waiting implies time and He is timeless. Forget your foolish images, your sense of frailty and your fear of harm, your dreams of danger... Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God."
-A Course in Miracles-
“...And, in the degree that Man realizes the existence of the Indwelling Spirit immanent within his being, so will he rise in the spiritual scale of life. This is what spiritual development means-the recognition, realization, and manifestation of the Spirit within us. Try to remember this last definition-that of spiritual development. It contains the Truth of True Religion.”
Remember, lucid dreaming is realizing you are dreaming while you are in the dream. Therefore, if one would simply remember that "As above, so below" is of universal application they would soon realize that an awakened master has only 'realized' and understood that this reality is also only of the (mental) 'dream' nature.
One should ponder deeply as to what the term 'awakening' is really attempting to get at? Lucid dreamers don't 'realize' they are in a dream because the dream seems any less substantial or 'real' than the reality we sit in now. Rather, it is an internal realization, that they are not the dream, they are the dreamer. Always, no matter which dream is being experienced. "As above so below."
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"
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