sleeping soul, Afterlife

What is Spirit?

“The All is SPIRIT! But what is Spirit? This question cannot be answered, for the reason that its definition is practically that of THE ALL which cannot be explained or defined. … Spirit transcends our understanding, and we use the term merely that we may think or speak of THE ALL. For the purposes of understanding, we are justified in thinking of Spirit as Infinite Living Mind, at the same time acknowledging that we cannot fully understand it. We must either do this or stop thinking of the matter at all.” ~The Three Initiates

We all use the word spirit, but do we really know what it is? Do we all understand it to mean the same thing? Probably not. I think most people define in in a negative way, namely that anything which is not matter must be spirit. That is a reasonable assumption, but it doesn’t really say what spirit is. If I wrote a fantasy novel and in it said, “Everything which is not ‘gorm’ is “flug’,” would you have any idea what flug is? Of course not. If we knew what gorm was, then we would know what flug isn’t, but we still don’t know what it is, and the same is true of Spirit.

The Three Initiates say that spirit is another way of saying THE ALL, or God, and is just as unknowable as God is. They then go on to say that we can think of spirit as “Infinite Living Mind” although, they admit, that is not totally accurate. God is spirit, but I’m not sure it is accurate to consider them one and the same. Spiritual students know that there are spiritual worlds, spiritual dimensions, created by God, but does that mean they are God? Some would say it does, but others disagree. In Cosolargy, we use the term “Consciousness” to describe what the Three initiates call “Infinite Living Mind” but that still doesn’t explain what it is. Continue reading “What is Spirit?”

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Real Genius

“In those abnormal types of personality to which we give the name of genius, we seem to detect a hint of the relations which may exist between these deep levels of being and the crust of consciousness in the poet, the musician, the great mathematician or inventor, powers lying below the threshold, and hardly controllable by their owner’s conscious will, clearly take a major part in the business of perception and conception. In all creative arts, the larger share of the work is done subconsciously: its emergence is in a sense automatic. This is equally true of mystics, artists, philosophers, discoverers, and rulers of men. The great … always owes its inception to some sudden inrush of intuitions or ideas for which the superficial self cannot account; … this is ‘inspiration’; the opening of the sluices, so that those waters of truth in which all life is bathed may rise to the level of consciousness.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Real genius, creative genius, is more than a simple matter of having a large brain, reading a lot of books, or getting several college degrees. The true genius has opened channels to something deeper, something spiritual, inside himself and outside, that gives him insights into reality that no amount of intellectual studies can match. This is the type of genius we find in Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Albert Einstein. We can, of course, add to that list the great spiritual leaders that are generally not thought of as geniuses. They would include Jesus, Moses, Buddha, St. Francis, Jacob Boehm, Kahlil Gibran and many others.

Naturally, the materialistic powers of the world, especially the universities and trade schools that make a great deal of money selling their rather limited training, oppose this concept. No matter how much they try, however, they never seem to completely suppress such teachings. Continue reading “Real Genius”

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contrary darkness , creation and destruction, deny darkness, war for existence

Dueling Forces in Matter

“The forces at work in the world are both destructive and constructive; the destiny of manifest beings is birth and death. The seer is to behold the working of these forces and the march of destiny. The veil enshrouding the spiritual eyes in ordinary life is to be removed. But man is interwoven with these forces and with this destiny. His own nature harbors destructive and constructive forces. … He must not lose strength in the face of this self-knowledge; but strength will fail him unless he brings a surplus on which to draw. … He must learn to maintain inner calm and steadiness in the face of difficult circumstances; he must cultivate a strong trust in the beneficent powers of existence. … He will have to recognize that previously he thought and acted in a certain way only because he was still in the throes of ignorance.” ~Rudolf Steiner

There are indeed both constructive and destructive forces at work in the world, and it will remain so as long as the world exists in a material form. You might say that the world of matter is a field of tension between these forces and both forces must exist in order for that field of tension to exist. In order for there to be something hot, there must also be something cold. In order for attraction to exist, there must also be a force of repulsion. In order for the positive to exist, there must also be a negative force to create the flow of energy.

There are those who would deny this, or at least deny that this is how it must be. They think that by practicing positive thinking, they can make all the negative cease to exist. They think if they practice peace enough, all violence will eventually disappear. They believe they can think wars away and they will go away. But when you try to solve a problem using the very thing that creates it, you will not succeed. Continue reading “Dueling Forces in Matter”

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The Path to Immortality

“The path to immortality is hard, and only a few find it. The rest await the great Day when the wheels of the universe shall be stopped and the immortal sparks shall escape from the sheaths of substance. Woe unto those who wait, for they must return again. Unconscious and unknowing, to the seed-ground of the stars, and await a new beginning. Those who are saved by the light of the mystery which I have revealed unto you, … shall return again to the Father who dwelleth in the White Light, and shall deliver themselves up to the Light shall be absorbed into the Light, and in the Light they shall become Powers in God. This is the way of God and is revealed only to them that have wisdom.” ~Hermes

The first sentence of the quote backs up other recent posts so I won’t revisit that subject here. It gets more interesting after that.

The second sentence contains two major allegorical images. First there is the “wheels of the universe” which shall stop in the End Times, which is now. The wheel is symbolic of motion and change, but also that this motion is cyclic in nature. When the wheel stops, the pattern of cycles will end. Those who believe in reincarnation will say that the cycles are the pattern of birth/rebirth, life, then death. That pattern is repeated over and over, they say, until we learn our lesson. There is, however, very little evidence to back up that theory. We see the pattern more as a spirit descending into matter and taking on a material body, the material being lives his life, then dies. He is replaced by another, an entirely different being, not a reincarnation. Which theory you choose to believe is up to you, but it’s my observation that many who believe in reincarnation see little need to get their lives together believing they will get another chance, and another after that. It becomes an excuse for coasting through life. Continue reading “The Path to Immortality”

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