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Practice Love, Wisdom, Truth, and Doing Good

“Put in practice Love, Wisdom, Good, and Truth. The remainder of your life on Earth is not limitless. Your capitol in Heaven is the quantity of good you have made on Earth. How can one set his life right? Simple, remove the elements that spoil it.

“It is natural to be good; it is unnatural to be bad, It is wise to manifest good and foolish to manifest badness. … People don’t want to understand the good because they have to pay for it. They even do not suspect that it is the best thing they can buy.

“The great thing is Love, but greater than that is God’s spirit. Love is a fruit of spirit. Without love, one lacks a strong mind, a good heart, and strength. Without love, one has no good life and no vital strength.

“To love is eternal dawn for you. The sunset comes when you throw out the good thoughts from your mind, the good feelings from your heart. …

“Do this: Be glad when you see some virtue in somebody. … The meaning of life is locked in manifesting Love.” ~Beinsa Douno

Practice Good

It is easy to say that we should all practice good. The problem is that different people have different ideas of what is good and what isn’t. Some think that killing a bad person is doing the highest good. The wise person knows that killing is never good. Some think that hating people for their race, religion, or nationality is good. Wise people know better.

But Douno doesn’t just advise us to practice good. He also tells us to practice Love, Wisdom, and Truth. That seems strange to some. Yes, we can practice love, but how do you practice wisdom and truth?

Practice Truth and Wisdom

You practice truth by being honest as must as possible. If you know the truth of the situation, say it. If you don’t know the truth, say that also. Don’t just make up answers because you don’t want to admit you don’t know. This does mean, of course, that you have to actually know the truth and not just opinions. But that doesn’t mean you tell all of the truth all of the time.

One way of practicing wisdom is knowing when you should speak up and say the truth and when you should not. If a woman asks you what you think of her new dress, you find a way to say something complimentary, even if you don’t like the dress. This is not lying because the woman isn’t seeking the truth, she’s seeking compliments. So give her one, no harm done. Another case where the wise person doesn’t tell the complete truth is a spiritual one. Giving certain spiritual knowledge to those who might use it to harm themselves or others isn’t wise. Wisdom says just because you know how to make bombs with readily-available ingredients doesn’t mean you should share that knowledge with everyone. Likewise, you don’t share potentially dangerous spiritual knowledge with those who are likely to misuse it. Continue reading “Practice Love, Wisdom, Truth, and Doing Good”

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Being Judgmental isn’t always Evil

“The life in us is diminished by judgment far more frequently than by disease. Our own self-judgment or the judgment of other people can stifle our life force, its spontaneity and natural expression. Unfortunately, judgment is commonplace. It is as rare to find someone who loves us as we are as it is to find someone who loves themselves whole.

“Judgment does not only take the form of criticism. Approval is also a form of judgment. When we approve of people, we sit in judgment of them just as surely as when we criticize them. Positive judgment hurts less acutely that criticism, but is judgment all the same and we are harmed by it in far more subtle ways. To seek approval is ti have no resting place, no sanctuary. Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. … Approval can’t be trusted. It can be withdrawn at any time. … Yet many of us spend our lives pursuing it.” ~Rachel Naomi Remen

Diminished by Judgment

“The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get.” ~Gwyneth Paltrow

Probably the first and most important reason why we should not be judging others is that by doing so, we don’t get to know who they truly are. We are looking at them through our own filters of what is right and what is wrong. As a result, we only see part of what they are. The second reason is that by constantly judging their people, even if only in our own mind, we are granting other permission to judge us. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Also, as Paltrow points out, open-minded people are, by definition, not judgmental. It is the very definition of open-mindedness to see things and people as they are without judging them.

Self-Judgment

“I don’t ever want anyone to think that I’m being judgmental. I gotta do everything I can do to not be preachy.” ~Rivers Coumo

Ms. Remen notes that we sit in judgment of ourselves more often than of others. At least, most of us do. Anyone who isn’t a narcissist is probably judging themselves all the time, often without realizing they are doing it.

I caught myself doing it just this morning. I got home from the supermarket and put away the groceries. Only then did I realize that I didn’t get eggs and I was completely out. I had to make an extra trip to a nearby grocery store to get them. All the way there I was thinking what an idiot I was to forget eggs. I was judging myself harshly for a minor thing, and that does not help us.

Approval is Judging

I have never heard anyone before suggest that positive judgments, or approval, is bad. It is always the negative kind people talk about. They tell you to stop being so judgmental when you say someone is fat or ugly. You never hear anyone say that when you state that someone is smart or beautiful. Yet Remen has a point. When you start giving praise to someone, you put pressure on them to live up to that reputation. You may also be putting pressure on yourself because when you praise another, you feel that you need to try to get up to that standard as well. And there is the negative side to it.

While never said, when you say someone is smart, you are implying that the others around them are less smart. You don’t tell someone they are beautiful unless they are more beautiful than the people around them. So while you judge one person positively, you are judging others negatively.

Still, I think positive judging is less damaging than the negative kind, and may even be beneficial. After all, aren’t we told to compliment others? That is a mild form of positive judgment and one that I think rare does any harm.

In the above comment from Rivers Coumo, He says he doesn’t want anyone to think he is judgmental. That is a good way to put it. I found when I looked for quotes on being judgmental that quite a few celebrities are quick to say that they are not judgmental. I bet most of them don’t realize that they are being self-judgmental when they say that.

Decisions and Progress

Here is the catch-22 about being judgmental. How can we make decisions if we are not judgmental? How can we make progress if we can’t judge where we are and where we need to go? Obviously, we can’t. Let me give you some examples. In a few days, I am getting new tires put on my car. I didn’t randomly choose which tire store to go to. I didn’t randomly choose which tires to get. Over the past two weeks, I have looked at all tires available and carefully chose the best ones for the weather and road conditions where I live. I was judging tires. I almost immediately judged that the standard all-season tires wouldn’t do. I have gotten stuck in snow several times in the past three winters because that is what I had. But I didn’t want to have to get snow tires that are only good in the winter. Again, I was judging. Fortunately, I found there is a little-known third category: all-weather tires. All-weather tires are good in all temperatures, on all roads, AND in snow. So I made a decision that I was getting all-weather tires. I was quite judgmental about it.

The Spiritual Side

Another example is a spiritual one. Nearly thirty years ago, I made the decision that I wanted to get seriously into spiritual development. I had been reading spiritual books for years, but I knew that wasn’t enough. Reading books won’t make you spiritual any more than reading Think and Grow Rich will make you a millionaire. So I started looking at ads in certain magazines of the time for spiritual schools. One ad grabbed my attention. My intuition told me it was the one. So I sent in the form and became a member of Cosolargy. I have never regretted that, even though it was judging. I think the key here is that in making a spiritual judgment, I was using my intuition, and not my mind full of personal beliefs. That, I think, is an acceptable way to be judgmental. I have made, I think, considerable spiritual progress. That could not have happened if I didn’t make a decision. I had to judge to make progress.

But judging things like tires and fruit at the supermarket is a necessary and beneficial kind of being judgmental. So like everything else, we can’t over-generalize and say that all judging is bad. Some of it is good and necessary. We just have to develop the skills and intuition to know the difference.

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False Limitations and the Two Worlds

“During the course of initiation, the candidate passed through two gates. The first led downward into the lower worlds and symbolized his birth into ignorance. The second led upward into a room brilliantly lighted by unseen lamps, in which was the statue of Ceres and which symbolized the upper world, or the abode of Light and Truth. …

“Ceres, or Demeter, was the daughter of Kronos and Rhea, and by Zeus the mother of Persephone. … In the mysteries, Ceres is represented riding a chariot drawn by winged serpents. …

“In the initiation of the Bacchic Mysteries, the role of Bacchus is played by the candidate who, set upon by priests in the guise of the Titans, is slain and finally restored to life amidst great rejoicing. The Bacchic Mysteries were given every three years, and like the Eleusinian Mysteries were divided into two degrees. The initiates were crowned with mistletoe and ivy, plants which are sacred to Bacchus.” ~Manly P. Hall

Two Gates, Two Worlds

Having the initiate pass through two gates was probably common in the initiation ceremonies of mystery schools. Of course, each school had its own ceremonies, but what they symbolized was the same. The initiate was embarking on a path to lead from the fallen, dark realm of matter to the realm of spirit, truth, and light. Putting the initiate in a dark room, cave, or coffin-like container was a way of reminding them that they were living in the world of darkness. Then bringing them into bright light showed where they were headed. Hall says the room with bright lights had no visible lamps. That could be because the lamps were hidden. It could also be because it was sunlight that was channeled to the underground room through tunnels with the aid of mirrors. In any case, the idea that matter is darkness and spirit is light was visually supplied to the student.

Ceres and her Chariot

Ceres was the goddess of grains, but she also represented the climb from ignorance to truth, darkness to light. Having a chariot drawn by two serpents goes along with that. While Christians generally think of a serpent as representing Satan, it represented wisdom to many of the ancients. Serpents represented rebirth and renewal. Twin serpents represent opposites. Dark and light, matter and spirit, etc. Two serpents working together creates a powerful path forward. Thus the two serpents pulled the chariot forward.

Death of False Limitations

One of the biggest things holding us back is limitations. Not all limitations, but false ones. As oxygen breathers, we can’t live in a place with no oxygen. That is an actual limitation. Our parents were poor, our grandparents were poor, therefore we are doomed to a life of poverty. That is a false limitation.

Hall says that in the rites of Bacchus, the initiate played Bacchus and was symbolically murdered by the priests of the temple. But he is then restored and everyone rejoices. This is often interpreted to mean that one must completely desert his physical life, have nothing more to do with it, before he can be reborn as a spiritual being. That is not an accurate interpretation. All it means is that we must give up the false limitations of the physical self if we are to awaken our spiritual self. We have to stop believing that while we are on Earth, we must function as purely physical beings. That is a false limitation. We must stop thinking that there is nothing spiritual and the soul is just a part of the brain-mind. Those too are false limitations. So the death acted out is not the death of the physical self, but the death of false limitations and beliefs.

Initiation

These rites of the initiate were initiations. They were not intended to make any major changes in the initiate by themselves. They were only intended to prepare him for the real teachings and exercises to come. In many cases, we don’t know exactly what those teachings and exercises were. They were never put in writing unless codified with allegory, or some other method of hiding their meaning. We do know some things. We know that most, if not all, of the mystery schools had the students gaze at the sun. Not so much the physical sun, but the spiritual sun. When the divine soul is awakened by the spiritual sun, you have a true death of false limitations. Then you are ready to be a warrior of truth and light.

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Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun

“We will make an experiment with the sunlight. Let it speak to you: music is hidden within. No harmony of tones more sublime exists than that which emanates from the vibrations f the rays of the Sun.

“When you want to benefit from the energies of nature, receive them directly from the source and not indirectly. For instance, when you want to use the solar energy, go out and receive it directly from its source and not through glasses and lenses.

“Love as the Sun loves. When it rises, it sends forth light for all living things—ugly and beautiful, small and great.

“The heart of the solar system is the Sun. The rhythmical movements of blood in the human heart is determined by the rhythmical waves of the Sun. Therefore, when the heart of man functions improperly, this is a symptom that he has violated is relationship to the Sun.” ~Biensa Douno

Listen to the Sun

Yes, the sun will speak to you. Or more accurately, something within the sun will speak to you. That something is the spiritual light that comes from God, down to the spiritual sun, and then to us. We have a strong solar relationship. But few of us turn to the sun. As to whether or not it sounds like music, I think that is open to interpretation. Douno probably meant that statement allegorically. That is to say, he meant it is like music in that it is pleasant and makes one feel joyful. Our solar relationship is one of joy and pleasant sounds and scents. Continue reading “Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun”

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