Identification of Self

    Most people have an odd way of identifying themselves.  If, for example, you ask somebody to identify themselves to a group, they will almost always tell you what their profession is and possibly what some of their recent accomplishments are.  At other times, we may identify ourselves by things we do or don’t do.  Somebody criticizes us for not exercising as often as we should and we immediately identify as being lazy.  Somebody complains that we can’t answer his question and we identify as being stupid.  Or we might identify as being smart because we did know the answer.  We might identify as being poor or wealthy.  We might identify ourselves as Christian, or Buddhist or Jewish.  
    None of these identifications are actually identifying us.  They do not tell us who we are.  They are only identifying things we do and that is not the same as identifying who we are.  But we engage is this type of false identification because it is what we have been taught to do.  And as long as we are caught up in this trap of false identity, it is very difficult, perhaps even impossible, to discover who we really are.  So the first step in learning who we really are, is to stop identifying with who we are not.  Yes we have jobs, we have kids, we have emotions we have responsibilities, etc.  But those are just things we do, not who we are and we need to recognize that.  We need to think of those things like the clothes we wear:  who we really are is the same when we are wearing a suit and tie as when we are wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

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Spirituality and Spiritualism

    In the eighteenth century, spiritualism became popular.  Some people still confuse spirituality and spiritualism.  They are definitely not the same thing.  
    Spiritualism was basically the study of spirits and ghosts.  It involved seances, ouija boards, automatic writing and other methods of contacting ghosts.  The rich and famous often paid sizable fees to these mediums to help them communicate with there dead friends and relatives.  Usually, these mediums were frauds, although some were very clever and convincing frauds.
    Spirituality is something very different.  While it too deals with worlds beyond the physical, it does so with a very different purpose.  Spirituality is not interested in studying ghosts or communicating with dead ancestors.  Spirituality is communicating with God, angels and being of Light.  It is each of us accessing a higher realm of existence.  It is each of us trying to awaken our Light spirit and achieve spiritual enlightenment.  Unfortunately, just as there were frauds in the spiritualism movement, there are frauds in the spirituality movement: people who are not really enlightened or particularly desiring enlightenment.  They are people who just see the spirituality movement as a way to make a quick buck.  So we all have to be careful when choosing a spiritual school or spiritual guru to work with.

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The Fog

    This morning it is rather foggy in the Washington area.  As we all know, fog can restrict vision preventing us from seeing what we need to see.  This often results in accidents.  I think some of the worse accidents I’ve heard of occur in fog when a chain reaction results in fifty, sixty even eighty vehicles hitting each other in the dense fog (this seems to usually happen in California for some reason).  Back a few decades, a movie was made called “The Fog” that had a fog full of violently vengeful ghosts rolling into a small California town.  Usually, fog is not that nasty.
    Fog can be a spiritual thing as well as physical.  Fog can prevent us from seeing the goal of achieving full spiritual enlightenment, or Christ Consciousness.  It can even make it difficult for us to to see the path we need to follow to get there.  This is a complex fog made up of many things.  Some of it is generated by our ego which is afraid to loose control over us.  Some of it comes from our day-to-day responsibilities: our jobs, our children, our homes, etc.  Some of it is sent out by the dark beings of the forth dimension: the demons and devils who want us to worship them rather than God, and want us to be more and more materialistic until we destroy ourselves.  Praying, and working with a good spiritual teacher or spiritual school can help us see through the fog.  But–most important of all– the Sun of Righteousness is burning away the fog so we can see the path and the goal clearly.

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Spiritual Symbols: Salt

    Salt was very important in ancient times because it helped to preserve food, especially meat, before refrigeration was inverted.  And despite doctors telling us that we have too much salt in out modern diet, we need a certain amount of it to survive.  Salt symbolized life and immortality.  It was also symbolic of truth and wisdom.  It also represented the soul.  In Alchemy, it represented clarification and our earthly nature.  Also the uniting of active and passive, body and spirit.  To the Celts, it represented the incorruptible spirit.  In Christianity, salt represents worth, purity, divine wisdom and the elect.  In Hebrew, salt represent spiritual discernment.  In Buddhist tradition, salt repels evil spirits and many Buddhists will throw salt over their shoulder before entering their house after attending a funeral to chase away any evil spirit that may have followed them from the cemetery.  The ancient Romans put salt on the lips of an 8-day old baby to protect against evil spirits.  Salt has even been used as currency and the word salary is derived from salt.  In DaVinci’s famous Last Supper painting, Judas has knocked over a bowl of salt symbolizing bad luck and evil to come.  In the Bible, we find positive reference to salt such as “salt of the earth”  and negative such as Lot’s wife becoming a pillar of salt although many Bible scholars have suggested that “Pillar of salt” is symbolic, not literal.

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