Scripture: The Bhagavad Gita 2:23-25

The Self cannot be pierced by weapons or burned by fire;
water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it.
The Self cannot be pierced or burned, made wet or dry.
It is everlasting and infinite, standing on the motionless foundations of eternity.
The Self is unmanifested, beyond all thought, beyond all change.
Knowing this, you should not grieve.

    The Self cannot be stabbed, burned, drowned, or otherwise harmed by physical means because the true Self is spirit, not matter.  Spirit is eternal and infinite.  While we often think of our spirit as being within us or around us like our aura, it is really everywhere because space has no significance to spirit.  And if space is meaningless, so is time.
    While I understand the last line of this quote, I think most of us need to grieve when we loose a loved one.  We grieve, even though we believe in eternal life in spirit, because we are grieving our lose in the here and now.  To highly advanced spiritual persons, that doesn’t make much sense, but for most of us, it does.


Reach for the Sky

    We all know that setting goals is important.  If we are going on a trip, we need to know the destination if we expect to arrive their.  The same is true for many things in life.  If we want to get somewhere we have to decide what is important to us and what steps we need to take to achieve it.  Even when our goals are spiritual and we can expect guidance from the angels and God, we still have to make some commitment to it ourself.
    Many self-help gurus tell people they should set goals that are sky high.  Goals they are not likely to reach but, even if they fall a little short, they will still have achieved something great.  I don’t agree with that philosophy.  I think if you are constantly setting goals too high and falling short, you will soon come to think of yourself as a failure and those thoughts will limit your future success.  You may even decide to stop setting goals in the future.  
    I think it is smarter to set goals you can reasonably achieve so when you do, your success will may you want to set new goals even higher.  It is ok to have one or two lofty goals but, for the most part, keep them reasonable.  You may find that after achieving several of those reasonable goals, you have actually come withing striking distance of a lofty one!  Another way to make goals reasonable is to break the goal down into small steps and treat each step as the goal.  That way, when you successfully complete the first step, you will be ready to go on to the second, then the third, until the overall goal is accomplished.
    If you’re in high school and you want to become a doctor, your immediate goal should be to graduate, then to get into a good college, then medical school.  If you just start out with the goal of being a doctor, you may fall short on one of those intermediate steps that you are not thinking about.
    If your goal seems too unachievable, break it into smaller goals.  Say you want to loose 100 pounds.  That is a lot to loose and you may feel it’s impossible and not even try, or give up after a week or two because you have only lost two pounds.  If you set a more reasonable goal of loosing twenty pounds, you have a better chance of achieving that goal.  Once you have, you can then set a goal to loose another twenty pounds, and so on.
    So don’t be afraid to set some New Year’s resolutions, just make them reasonable for you to achieve.  And I hope one of your goal will be to grow spiritually.


Hermetic Principle 2: Correspondence

    The second Hermetic principle is that of correspondence.  This principle is best known by the sayings “as above, so below” and  “as within, so without”.    What this means is that there are certain universal laws that govern all nine dimensions of existence.  While these laws exist on all levels, they manifest in different ways depending on the nature of that level or dimension.  
    For the most part, these laws flow from the higher dimensions to the lower.  A man made law of the third dimension may have some effect on the second dimension, but no effect on higher dimensions.   No matter how much man tries to ignore the laws from above and make his own, he cannot change them.  Universal laws can only be changed from a higher dimension.  Congress cannot pass a law to cancel gravity, but God can since God is the higher dimension.
    Even just within the third dimension we see some of this principle in the way that an atom looks and behaves much like a  tiny solar system.  And galaxies are much like giant solar systems.  And our spiritual soul functions much like a material brain, but on a spiritual level rather than a material one.
    SInce part of this law is that things that happen on the material level must first happen on the spiritual level, it is possible for someone who knows how to see and interpret the signs, to see into the future.  SInce physical objects don’t exist in the spiritual worlds, your not going to see a tree grow in a spiritual dimension, but you will see complex arrangements of geometric symbols in light.  With the knowledge of how to interpret those symbols, you would recognize the tree before it actually grows.  For those who haven’t developed the ability to see into the spiritual dimensions, dreams, visions and signs help guide us from above until we can.


Merry Christmas

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.  We exchange gifts because the Magi brought gifts to Jesus and because the Messiah was, and still is, God’s gift to us.

Some quotes on Christmas:

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
 Peg Bracken.

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”
 Joan Winmill Brown, American author and editor. 

” To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”
Calvin Coolidge 

 “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
  Norman Vincent Peale

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. “
Roy L. Smith

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. “
 Laura Ingalls Wilder

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