Fantasy and Reality

    Fantasy is a wonderful thing. It allows us to exercise our creativity and, by doing so, occasionally come up with practical new ideas. We have to be careful though that we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy our fantasies so much that we start to confuse them for reality.
    You may think that there is no danger of that, but just look at the most admired and highly paid people of today and you will see that they are mostly people who bring a sense of reality to our fantasies. Actors, writers of fictional books, and those who play meaningless games for a living are those paid the most and admired the most. That is just one indication of how highly we regard fantasy. 
    In truth, we have already fallen victim to its lure. Religious and spiritual leaders have told us for centuries that the world we consider reality is actually a world of illusion and now that is being scientifically verified by the new science of quantum physics. The Aboriginies of Australia and others refer to it as the dream world.
    So what do we do about it? The first thing of course is to take a more critical look at the things we believe and accept as reality and as laws of science and we will see that things are not always what we think they are. Second, we need to stop listening to what other tell us is or isn’t real, and listen to our instinct and to God who never lies. But you must listen to God yourself and not rely on others (clergy) to do it for you.

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Spiritual Symbols: Horns

     To Christians, horns are generally considered symbolic of Satan, devils and demons. While that is part of the truth, it is not all of it. Horns generally symbolize something supernatural, spiritual or divine. Horns sticking out of the head or helmet indicated that one had great power and/or was divinely inspired. Horns can also symbolize royalty, victory or strength. Ancient statues of saints and holy men often show them with horns, rather than halos, indicating holiness. 
    I know I and many others were shocked to see Michaelangelo’s statue of Moses where Moses has small horns sticking out of his head. Many jump to the conclusion that Michaelangelo was trying to say that Moses was working for Satan, or was himself a demon, but that is simply not true. He was simply following the convention of using horns to indicate holiness. 
    Another area where horns seem to have conflicting symbology is in cosmology. Horns can symbolize sun gods or the crescent moon and the lunar deities or demons. 
    Horns also can symbolize war or someone who is associated with war. Warrior gods were often depicted with horns or horned helmets. Likewise, warrior gods are often symbolized by horned animals such as bulls, rams or goats. The horns of a female animal such as a cow can symbolize a goddess instead. The Egyptian goddess Hathor was symbolized by cow horns. 
    Horns are also symbolic of fertility, sexual energy or regeneration. Long, sharp horns are especially considered phallic symbols. Nature gods like Pan and fertility spirits like satyrs have horns.
    Horns with a long ribbon hanging from them symbolize storm gods and tornadoes. 
    A Unicorn horn is symbolic of good luck or magic.
    In dream symbology, seeing yourself, or a man, with horns indicates a possible illness. Seeing cows or bulls with horns indicates that you are a good organizer. Seeing horns in a dream may also indicate aggressiveness or animalistic behavior. Someone blowing a horn (an actual animal horn or modern replacement) indicates that you need to start listening to your intuition.

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Change and Renovations

    Change is rarely easy. That is one reason why there are so many people in the world who are opposed to change of any kind. People fear that if something in the world changes, they may have to change to deal with it, and they don’t want that. There are also people who like change, but expect it to always be a pleasant thing. They don’t like it when change causes problems, even temporary ones. But we have to be realistic. 
    Take the example of doing some major renovations on your house. Not a simple thing like a new siding or a fresh paint job, but real renovation. The first thing that has to happen is that the old has to be torn out to make room for the new. Walls may have to be knocked down, windows and frames removed, garage torn down, etc. Even the simple new siding thing may require removal of old siding, rotting boards, rain gutters, etc. So before you get the beautiful new home that you want, you, or the contractors, have to make a total mess of the old in preparation. It looks awful, but your OK with that because you understand that it is leading to a better house when the project is finished.
    Our planet, our society, and really the whole material universe, is now undergoing such renovation. It isn’t going to be just a fresh coat of paint, so some of the old must be torn out or torn apart to prepare for the new. This renovation process comes in many forms: storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, wars, political unrest, nations and empires crumbling, etc. It certainly isn’t nice and nobody wants this, but sometimes it is necessary. Before the new world, a spiritual world that will value each individual and the rights of each, but also the obligation we each have to function as part of the whole, can be created, the old must be destroyed to a large extent. We can limit how much of the current world has to be destroyed to make the transition by voluntarily changing ourselves and others into the spiritual beings that are meant to be. It’s not something we can do overnight, so the sooner we start, the better.

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Aristocrats of the Sun

To be an aristocrat of the sun,
you don’t need one single social inferior yo exalt you;
You draw your nobility direct from the sun
let other people be what they like.”~D. H. Lawrence

    When a military leader takes over a country or territory by force and makes himself the new ruler of that country for life, we call him a dictator. A few centuries ago, he would have been called a king. We then honor the descendants of these kings and queens, calling them royalty and aristocracy. 
    As D. H. Lawrence indicates in his poem “Aristocracy of the Sun”, there are real aristocrats in the world, real royalty. They do not seek to control nations politically. They do not try to become super wealthy by taking from the people they supposedly are serving. No, this aristocracy seeks only to save mens souls and, in doing so, to save the world. And they don’t get their power by using the military to kill their opponents or put them in prison. They get their power from the Sun. Not the physical sun, although it is a source of great power, but the spiritual sun, the Sun of Righteousness. And because there power comes from the spiritual sun, their cause is always the cause of God. It cannot be otherwise. The power of the Sun of Righteousness comes from God, the thoughts, the information embedded in that energy, comes from God so the thoughts and actions of those who take in that energy is always doing the work of God, the Will of God. 
    Unfortunately, getting energy from the spiritual sun, while limiting the harmful energy you can get from the material sun, is a difficult and tricky process. That is why is should only be done with the guidance of a spiritual teacher or reputable spiritual school.

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