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Shamanic Tree and the Stairway to heaven

“Emsheimer has shown that the dreams or ecstasies that accompany he initiation of the future shamans include a mystical journey to the Cosmic Tree at the top of which is found the Lord of the World. … Thus, whether he is climbing up the seven or nine notches of the ceremonial birch-tree or is at work on his drum, the shaman is on a journey to heaven. …

“Now we know that in the mythic time of Paradise, a Mountain, a Pillar, or a Tree connected Earth with heaven, so that primordial man could easily go up into heaven by climbing it. … The Koryaks remember the mythical era of their hero Great Raven, when men could go up to heaven without any difficulty: in our day, hey add, it is only the shamans who are still capable of this.” ~Mircea Eliade

Shamanic Tree

The Shamanic tree or pole is another version of the stairway to heaven found in primitive societies. It is worth taking the time to look at the Shamanic version to get a better idea of what this tree really is and how any of us can climb it.

The Need for Steps

In the Shamanic rights, the pole or tree that the Shaman climbs to reach heaven has notches or steps cut into it. The Shaman climbs one step at a time. This is much like the Christian ladder or stairway to heaven with many steps. The usual interpretation of the Shamanic steps is that each step represents a level of heaven until finally the Shaman reaches the highest level where he High God can be met and communicated with.

The Shaman cannot just jump from the ground all the way to heaven. He must take a series of steps to get there. If he tries to speed things up by jumping several steps at a time, we can assume it won’t work. Each step is important. Each step must be taken. And he must take the steps that are on the tree itself, not some other random steps.

The same is true of the Christian stairway. It must be a specific stairway that is followed, a specific path or Way. A different stairway will lead somewhere, but not heaven.

But the Shamanic tree doesn’t truly lead him to heaven. This physical tree is a symbol of another tree. Just as the popular Christmas Tree is a symbol. Continue reading “Shamanic Tree and the Stairway to heaven”

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Righteous Spirituality Requires Complete Development of Self

“The ancients did not believe that spirituality man man either righteous or rational, but rather that righteousness and rationality made men spiritual. The mysteries taught that spiritual illumination was attained only by bringing the lower nature up to a certain standard of efficiency and purity. The Mysteries were therefore established for the purpose of unfolding the nature of man according to certain fixed rules which, when faithfully followed, elevated the human consciousness to a point where it was capable of recognizing its own constitution and the true purpose of existence. This knowledge of how man’s manifold constitution could be most quickly and most completely regenerated for the point of spiritual illumination constituted the secret, or esoteric, doctrine of antiquity. Certain apparently physical organs and centers are in reality the veils or sheaths of spiritual centers.” ~Manly P. Hall

Righteous Spirituality

It makes perfect sense that we need to get our physical and mental selves in order before we can seriously delve into spiritual development. No one would expect a hit man, drug dealer, or conman to be a spiritual adept. It is not prejudice to think that. It is the reality of the situation. You can’t start climbing the mountain when you are living in a cave fifty feet below ground. You have to work your way to the surface first, then start climbing.

What this means it that you have to work on making your body and mind healthy. You need to eat well and exercise. Avoid a lot of junk food and red meat. Eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Get organic ones if possible. And work on your mental side by noticing how you behave and how you can improve. The best way to do this is to think about your day before you go to sleep at night. Think at how you handled the situations that came up that day. Did you get angry at someone?  Have you cheat someone out of money or other valuables? Did you get jealous? If you did anything like that, think of how you could have handled the situation better. Vow to continuously improve, and you will.

You can start on your spiritual journey while still working on physical and mental improvement. You will only get so far, however, if you don’t improve as a whole being. Continue reading “Righteous Spirituality Requires Complete Development of Self”

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Pantheons of Gods Representing Attributes of One God

“While generally regarded as polytheists, the pagans gained this reputation not because they worshiped more than one God but rather because they personified the attributes of this God, thereby creating a pantheon. … The various pantheons of ancient religions therefore actually represent the cataloged and personified attributes of Deity. In this respect they correspond to the hierarchies of the Hebrew Qabbalists. All the gods and goddesses of antiquity have their analogies in the human body, as have also the elements, planets, and constellations. Four body centers are assigned to the elements, the seven vital organs to the planets, the twelve principle parts and members to the zodiac. …
“It is difficult for many to realize that they are actual universes; that their physical bodies are a visible nature through the structure of which countless waves of evolving life are unfolding their latent potentialities.” ~Manly P. Hall

Pantheons of Many Gods in One

Many myths exist about the nature of the ancient religions and their pantheons. Much of it is based on assumptions about those people that are often untrue. We assume they were so primitive that they didn’t understand the basics of science, the seasons of the year, and so on. They therefore made Spring a goddess who brought new life back into their crops and herds after the winter. They made gods and goddesses of lightning, fire, and gravity. In short, they were pretty stupid. Yet according to Hall and others who have taken the time to make detailed studies of these religions, they were not primitive nature worshipers at all. While there probably was an age of that kind of religion, the ancients of Greece, Rome, and Egypt were not that primitive. In fact, their spiritual knowledge was probably greater than ours today.

In short, they saw the One True God as so complex and powerful that they divided him into many to better understand His greatness. So the god of wine, the goddess of spring, the god of fire, and so on were understood by most of them to merely represent aspects of the One God. Like looking at a single dimension of a being with many dimensions. This is not so different from the way modern science studies a new discovery. A Chemist, a Botanist, a Herbologist, and an Environmentalist all look at a new plant differently. Yet they all understand that it is just one plant. The same is true of the pantheons of most of the ancient religions. Continue reading “Pantheons of Gods Representing Attributes of One God”

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Transmigration As Taught by Pythagoras

“Concerning the theory of transmigration as disseminated by Pythagoras, there are differences of opinion. According to one view, he taught that mortals who during their earthly existence had by their actions become like certain animals, returned to earth again in the form of the beasts which they had grown to resemble. Thus a timid person would return in the form of a rabbit or a deer; a cruel person in the form of a wolf or other ferocious animal. … This concept, however, does not fit into the general Pythagorean scheme, and it is far more likely that it was given in an allegorical rather than a literal sense.
“Pythagoras believed that ultimately man would reach a state where he would cast off his gross nature and function in a body of spiritual ether.” ~Manly P. Hall

Transmigration

While Mr. Hall thinks that the idea of transmigration doesn’t fit well with the other teachings of Pythagoras, that doesn’t make it any less true. Many ancient mystics and spiritual teachers taught of transmigration.

This does not necessarily mean that all people will return as animals. Nor does it mean that only those who behaved like animals would see this happen. It is determined by behavior, but not in the sense given in the quote.

When a human comes into the world of matter, his spiritual faculties are in a dormant state. If he awakens and develops them while he is still in his physical body, then he will become a fully integrated being and able to head up that allegorical stairway to heaven when he dies.

On the other hand, if man embraces the material life and totally ignores the spiritual, his soul will separate from him when he dies, and head toward heaven without him. His energy center, better known as chakras, will form a new physical body, and that body will be an animal. Continue reading “Transmigration As Taught by Pythagoras”

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