Physical Changes in the Mystic

“It is certain that the abnormal and highly sensitized type of mind which we call mystical does frequently, but not always, produce or accompany strange and inexplicable modifications of the physical organism with which it is linked. … We know, as a historical fact, … that both St. Catherine of Siena and her namesake St. Catherine of Genoa, … live, in the first case for years, in the second for repeated periods of many weeks, without other food than the consecrated Host which they received at Holy Communion. … Whilst fasting, they were well and active, capable of dealing with the innumerable responsibilities which filled their lives. … This and other marked physical peculiarities which accompany the mystical temperament belong as yet to the unsolved problems of humanity.” ~Evelyn Underhill

HopeIt is a true fact that students of mysticism and real spirituality see physical changes in their bodies as well as changes in their thinking and emotions. A common one that Underhill didn’t mention is that the eye color of the student often changes as she progresses in her spiritual awakening, especially if the person was born with brown eyes. The eye color will often change to blue, green, or blue-gray. If you think that is impossible, let me inform you that certain eye drops used to treat glaucoma have a warning on the label that using the product could cause the eye color to change to brown if the current color is something else. If drugs and chemicals can do it, so can mystical and spiritual practices which, if done properly, change the energy frequencies and energy flow in the body. Continue reading “Physical Changes in the Mystic”

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Earthly Wisdom VS Divine Wisdom

“Though thou lovest the Earthly Wisdom now, yet when thou shalt be clothed upon with the Heavenly Wisdom, then wilt thou see that all the wisdom of the world is folly; and wilt see also that the world hates not so much thee, as thine enemy, which is mortal life. And when thou thyself shalt come to hate the will thereof, by means of a habitual separation of thy mind from the world, then thou also wilt began to love that despising of the mortal life, and the reproach of the world for Christ’s sake. And so shalt thou be able to stand under every temptation, …” ~Jakob Boehme

Way to heaven. Resurrection concept, empty grave.

The Light of Spirit beyond the stone gates of matter.

It is understandable that when the material world is all one knows, he finds many things to love in that world. You can hardly expect people to be anything but materialist when all they are taught in the schools is the material world (not that I am suggesting we teach spirituality in state-run public schools, but they should at least acknowledge that there is more that the low level of matter to the complete universe.)

Boehme says that we will lose that love of matter and materialism once we have been, “clothed with heavenly Wisdom,” or, as we prefer to call it, Divine Wisdom or Gnosis. He is correct in saying that, but the statement can be misleading. It might cause the spiritual student to think he can pursue a life of total materialism and at the same time develop his spiritual self. That is not possible. Jesus said we cannot serve two masters, and this is what He meant: we can’t serve both Heaven and Hell, God and Satan, Matter and Spirit. That doesn’t mean we need to quit the material world, but that we need to avoid getting enamored of it, attached to it and to objects in it. For most of us, getting to this balance means moving away from the material and toward the spiritual. But we shouldn’t wait until we have become spiritually enlightened to start moving in that direction, we should start now. Continue reading “Earthly Wisdom VS Divine Wisdom”

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Many Paths, Most are False

“In our time the path to spiritual science is sought by many. It is sought in many ways, and many dangerous and even despicable practices are attempted. It is for this reason that they who claim to know something of the truth in these matters place before others the possibility of learning something of esoteric training. … It is necessary that something of the truth should become known, in order to prevent error causing great harm. … Without patience no genuine results can be attained. … No one is of use as an esoteric student or will attain results of real value who has not learned to wait in the highest and best sense of the word.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Steiner wrote this about 100 years ago, but it is even more true today than it was in his time. The spiritual seekers of today are either those who were never really part of an organized church or religion, but feel a presence of something greater and seek it out, or those who have realized that the conventional churches are not really making them spiritual and and seeking something more, something higher. There might also be considered a third group made up of those who simply get involved in something because it’s a fad, it’s something their friends are doing. That last group are not actually spiritual seekers at all and of no particular importance to us. It is the other two groups that matter.

The second sentence of the quote is something few stop to think of. Not everyone talking about the spiritual means the same thing and not every spiritual school teaches the same thing. I think that in Steiner’s day nearly all of these schools or groups were at least teaching something they thought was true. Today, we have schools popping up that have no real desire to help people awaken their dormant spiritual faculties, but only to relieve them of their money. Obviously, such schools should be avoided if you seriously want to grow spiritually. Continue reading “Many Paths, Most are False”

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Having Knowledge

“Those whose names he knew first were called last, so that the one who has knowledge is one whose name the father has pronounced. For one whose name has not been spoken is ignorant. Indeed, how shall one hear if a name has not been uttered? For whoever remains ignorant until the end is a creature of forgetfulness and will perish with it. … Whoever has knowledge is from above. If called, that person hears, replies, and turns toward him who called. That person ascends to him and knows how he is called. Having knowledge, that person does the will of him who called.” ~The Gospel of Truth

Paper Freedom, Origami abstract vector illustration.This passage is easily misunderstood. It sounds as if God gives one knowledge simply by speaking that person’s name, and if He fails to do so, you are lost forever. That is, of course, an incorrect interpretation.

When the author refers to God calling your name, it means simply that God calls to you, or, to put it another way, you are drawn to God and to the spiritual. It means you shun materialism and the will of man and instead listen to the will of God. God knows the “name” of such individuals, but it is not the name your material parents gave you at the birth of your temporary physical body, but the name your eternal spirit had long before. Continue reading “Having Knowledge”

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