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Look at the Light of the Spiritual Sun

“As an adolescent, I had a summer job working as a volunteer companion in a nursing home for the aged. … By the first day of actual patient contact, I was very anxious.

“My first assignment was to visit with a ninety-six-year-old women who had not spoken for more that a year. A psychiatrist ad diagnosed her as having senile dementia, but she had not responded to medication. The nurses doubted she would talk to me. … We would string beads together. …

‘I knocked on the closed door of her room. There was no answer. Opening the door, I found myself in a small room lit by a single window which faced the morning sun. Two chairs had been placed in front of the window. In one sat a very old lady, looking out. The other was empty. … I went to the empty chair and sat down.

“For awhile I tried to find a way to open a conversation. … The silence in the room was absolute. Somehow it just seemed rude to speak. Finally I gave up and just sat with with the basket of glass beads in my lap for the full hour. …

“Taking hold of the basket again, I prepared to leave. … Turning to the old women, I asked, ‘What are you looking at?’… Slowly she turned toward me and I could see her face for the first time. It was radiant. In a voice filled with joy she said, ‘Why, child, I am looking at the Light.’” ~Rachel Naomi Remen

Silence Speaks

Silence isn’t nothing. It is a thing in itself. Parents know that silence from an infant probably means trouble. Likewise with a puppy. With older people, it often means they are bored, depressed, or simply occupied with something and don’t want to talk about it. But when silence extends into days, weeks, even months, there may be a serious problem. In the elderly, this usually is interpreted as a form of dementia. Nearly all forms of odd behavior are considered dementia in the elderly. It often isn’t true.

We forget that in some parts of the world, and in some religions, it is not uncommon for a monk to take a vow of silence. Those who do so may go for years, even decades without speaking a word. The medical community does not label them as demented. They shouldn’t do with the elderly either.

Look at the Light

It was easy to assume the old woman was staring off into space unaware of what was happening. Silent because she didn’t even know she was being visited. But when asked a simple question instead of being treated like a demented person, she responded. She responded brilliantly.

When you are very old, you no longer have the luxury of pretending you will live forever. You know your physical body is mortal and will die soon. You learn to accept that. So idle chitchat no longer appeals to you. Perhaps knitting doilies or stringing beads also seems pointless. Some part of you now knows that the only thing that still matters is preparing your immortal spirit and soul for what is coming. And even if you have never been spiritual, you know that you need to turn to the light. The old woman wasn’t demented. She was wiser than her doctors.

We don’t know the woman’s background. Perhaps she had been a very religious person. Perhaps she had never concerned herself with death and the afterlife until she realized it was knocking at her door. What we do know is that she finally had tie wisdom to look at the light. Not just any light, of course. Not a flashlight. Not a lamp in her room. That would have been to no avail. She was looking at the light of the sun. Watching the sunrise. Doing what St. Francis was doing when he had his spiritual awakening. Looking at the sun that awakened Jacob Boehme, and many others. The sun the Essenes and Pythagoreans faced each morning at sunrise. They all knew they had to look at the Light.

Look at the Light of the Spiritual Sun

Looking at the light is good, but not all light is the same. Not even all light from the sun. That is because there is more than one sun. Beyond the physical sun, there is a spiritual sun. It is this spiritual sun that awakens the spirit and soul. There are benefits in gazing at the physical sun for the physical body (if done correctly and safely, of course), but to benefit the spirit and soul we must look to the spiritual sun.

And your attitude when looking at the sun matters also. If you are angry, sad, jealous, or otherwise in a negative state, you will get little benefit from the sun. You have to be at peace with yourself, with others, and with the world. That doesn’t mean you have to accept that everything that is happening in the world is acceptable. It means you know it is temporary and can be stopped. But the way to stop the evils in the world of materialism is not with more materialism. You have to awaken your spiritual faculties and help others do the same. That happens when you look to the spiritual sun with an open and peaceful mind and heart. Look at the light with a benevolent attitude and a desire to grow. Don’t wait, like the old women in the story until you are old and dying.

For more on spiritual Light, read these recent posts:

Raiment of Light from Watching the Sunrise

Unchanging Light and the Three Factors

Sun Period of Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment

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Solitary Watcher at Heaven’s Gate

“The ‘Being’, which has to remain nameless, is the Tree from which, in subsequent ages, all the great historically known Sages and Hierophants, such as the Rishi Kapila, Hermes, Enoch, Orpheus, etc., have branched off. As objective man, he is the mysterious (to the profane—the ever invisible) yet ever present Personage about whom legends are rife in the East, especially among the Occultists and the students of the Sacred Science. And it is he again who hold spiritual sway over the initiated Adepts, throughout the whole world. He is, as said, the ‘Nameless One’ who has so many names and whose very nature are unknown. He is the ‘Initiator,’ called the ‘GREAT SACRIFICE.’ For sitting at the threshold of LIGHT, he looks into it from within the circle of Darkness, which he will not cross; nor will he quit his post till the last day of this life-cycle. Why does the solitary Watcher remain at his self-chosen post? Why does he sit by the fountain of primeval Wisdom … neither on this Earth, nor in the heaven? Because the lonely sore-footed pilgrims on their way back to their home are never sure to the last moment of not losing the way in this limitless desert of illusion and matter called Earth-Life.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Solitary Watcher

It seems from the quoted description, and other sources, that this solitary watcher is not a single being, but a type of being. This is the guide along the path of enlightenment. He is the soldier who protects the initiates as much as possible from attack by dark beings. He is the archetype of man, who we all wish to return to, even if we don’t know it. It is the being we wish to become.

Archetype of Man

To Carl Jung, archetypes were universal patterns or images that are part of the collective unconscious. They are potentials, goals. He believed that the subconscious or unconscious mind had layers. He called the second layer the “collective unconscious.” This layer is common to all. In it is found instinctive thought and universal concepts and patterns. Among these patterns are the archetypes. There are actually four archetypes for man. The one that represents the Solitary Watcher is called the Magician. Robert Moore says, “The magician is the knower, He knows secret and hidden knowledge of all kinds”. This sounds, not surprisingly, like a description of Gnosis. The magician is powerful and unafraid.

Or it may be that the Solitary Watcher is more like a combination of the sage, the Soul, and the Magician. Three different, yet related archetypes. He represents the ideal of the spiritual seeker. He wants to better himself, better the world, and learn the truth. He has escaped the illusion. Continue reading “Solitary Watcher at Heaven’s Gate”

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Forever Day of God and the Soul

“There are more days than one. A day, whether six or seven ago, or more than six thousand years ago, is just as near to the present as yesterday. Why? Because all time is contained in the present Now-moment. Time comes of the revolution of the heavens and day began with the first revolution.

“The soul’s day falls within this time and consists of the natural light in which things are seen. God’s day, however, is the complete day, comprising both day and night. It is the real Now-moment, which for the soul is eternity’s day, on which the Father begets his only begotten Son and the soul is reborn in God. God the Father and the Son have nothing to do with time. Generation is not in time, but at the end and limit of time. In the past and future movements of things, your heart flits about; it is in vain that you attempt to know eternal things; in divine things, you should be occupied intellectually . . . .

“The soul’s day and God’s day are different. In her natural day the soul knows all things above time and place; nothing is far or near. And that is why I say, this day all things are of equal rank. To talk about the world as being made by God to-morrow, yesterday, would be talking nonsense. God makes the world and all things in this present now. …

“Again, God loves for his own sake, acts for his own sake: that means that he loves for the sake of love and acts for the sake of action. … The past and future are both far from God and alien to his way.” ~Meister Eckhart

Forever Day

What is a day? On planet Earth, it is a bit over twenty-four hours. It represents one spin of the planet on its axis. But what if you’re not on Earth? A Martian day or a day on Saturn is different. Each planet has a different length of a day. So even though most dictionaries define a day as a period of twenty-four hours, that is only true on earth. On a different planet, around a different sun, in another galaxy, it can be quite different. But this is all based on our standard concept of time. Eckhart says that time is very different to the soul and to God.

In spiritual worlds, time doesn’t exist. That means there is no past and mo future in those places. Everything is an eternal now, a forever day. So to say that God created the world in seven days is symbolic. God creates now. To Him, there is nothing but an eternal Now. Likewise, there is no specific place because spiritual realms also exist without the boundaries of space. So God didn’t create some things in the distant past, other things last Tuesday, and still others next week. At least not from His point of view. Creation is always happening now, and everywhere, in the eternal forever day.

Soul’s Day and God’s Day

The sentence in the quote: “The soul’s day and God’s day are different,” can be confusing. It sounds like Eckhart is saying that what is a day to the soul is different from God’s day. Therefore, a soul day is not a forever day, an eternal day. But then he adds that the soul knows all things “above time and place.” So it sounds like a day to the soul is the same as a day to God. There is an exception of sorts, which may be what Eckhart is alluding to.

When we are born in a physical body, we have a soul. But that soul is dormant. It is in a condition similar to a coma. So while it is in that state, it is not aware of much of anything. Once the souls is awakened—what being born again really means—it lives in that spiritual realm of the forever day. So then it knows all that happened while it was dormant because it has no connection with time and space. Which is why the concept of an old soul is complete nonsense. All souls are exactly the same age.

God’s day is that forever day and God is and always will be fully conscious. So there is no beginning, no end, and no pause in the God Day. The forever day is forever.

Days of Good and Evil

A common question you hear from new spiritual students is, “Why did God create evil?” the answer, of course, is that He didn’t. Evil can exist only in the realm of matter and time, therefore it has to be created by the being (or beings) ho created that realm: the Demiurge.

The second question they ask is, “Why doesn’t God get rid of death, disease, starvation, and other evil things?”. The answer is that God exists in that eternal now, the forever day. Since all evil is temporary, it doesn’t exist there. The forever day is a day of eternal good. So the way to get rid of evil is not to suck the evil out of the material universe, but to get rid of the universe of matter entirely. Not by destroying it, but by transforming it back into spirit.

In a realm where there is no time, there can be no hunger, no death, no disease, no want. All of those things rely on time to exist. But God won’t transform the physical universe until most of us want Him to. We have a certain amount of free will granted by God. Because of that, we can choose to stay stuck in the realm of matter. Most of us do just that. Usually not consciously, but on a subconscious level.

God Knows Time

Although God dwells in the forever day He does know what time is. He knows that to those of us in the physical world where things change and therefore time exists, time is a real thing. Time is an illusion only in the sense that the physical universe is an illusion. To physical beings, it is real.

So because God understands time, while living outside of it, he has given us a limited amount of time to redeem ourselves. I know many think otherwise. They are wrong. God is not going to wait forever for us to change. He has sent his Sun of Righteousness to awaken us and help us develop our spiritual side. But He isn’t going to wait much longer for us to do it.

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Eternal Reality and the Web of Illusion

“There are in this struggle1 three factors. (1) the unchanging light of Eternal Reality: that Pure Being ‘which ever shines and naught shall ever dim.’

“(2)The web of illusion, here thick, there thin; which hems in, confuses, and allures the sentient self. “(3) That self, always changing, moving, struggling—always, in fact, becoming—alive in every fiber, related at once to the unreal and to the real; and, with the growth in true being, ever more conscious of the contrast between them.

“In the ever-shifting relationship between these three factors, the consequent energy engendered, the work done, we may find a cause of the innumerable forms of stress and travail which are called in their objective form the Purgative Way. Only one of he three is constant: the Absolute to which the soul aspires. Though all else may fluctuate, that goal is changeless. That beauty so old and so new, ‘with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,’ which is the One of Plotinus, the All of Eckhart and St. John of the Cross, The Eternal Wisdom of Suso, … awaits yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever the opening of its creature’s eyes.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Eternal Reality

There is little doubt what the eternal reality is. The realm of spirit and the beings that dwell there are eternal. Everything material is temporary. That is one reason why the ancient spiritual leaders called matter illusion.

And when Underhill, and many others, talk of the bright light of that eternal reality, it is both literal and symbolic. Light symbolizes truth and wisdom. The spiritual realm is home to both of those. But it is also a place of bright light. The true image of God is light. The true image of the soul is light. Bright light, spiritual light, not physical light.

Web of Illusion

The realm of matter is the web of illusion. That doesn’t mean, as some believe, that the material universe does not exist. It means that what it is in actuality is very different than what it appears to be to the human senses and mind.

There are many people today who think that manipulating this web of illusion, like a small child making animals out of play-doh, is a path of spiritual awakening. They use terms like “manifesting” and “Law of Abundance” to describe this playing with matter. But playing with matter doesn’t awaken the spirit. It actually makes matter more real, more important, to those who do that. The only proper way to manifest or manipulate within the realm of matter is to help change it back into spirit. Simply molding it into new forms of matter doesn’t accomplish anything. When you truly understand that matter is an illusion, playing in it will lose it’s attraction.

That Self

In some of the ancient Hindu books, “self” and “Self” are used to mean two different things. When it is lowercase self, it means the physical and mental self of the physical world. While the uppercase Self is another way of saying the spirit or soul. That is the true Self, the eternal Self that is part of eternal reality. I think it is that eternal Self that Underhill labels the third factor in our overall being. Although it is possible that she is looking upon self and Self as one whole. From what she says about it, that may be the case.

In any case, the primary purpose of spiritual development is to awaken and grow that true Self. Only the spiritual Self is eternal. Only the spiritual self can know truth and wisdom. The real truth and wisdom that comes from God.

Open Eyes

The goal of the spiritual student, says Underhill, is to open the eyes. Just as with Jesus healing the blind, this is not a reference to the physical eyes. The goal is to open the spiritual eyes. We do that by awakening the spirit and soul. We do that with a large input of spiritual energy. And the best place to turn to to get that energy is the spiritual sun.

When the soul awakens, your spiritual eyes open. Then you can see that eternal reality. Then you can start to fully participate in being part of that eternal reality.


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