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Charity Done Because It’s the Right Thing to Do

“Such there be, who when they have done a good turn to any, are ready to set them on the score for it, and to require retaliation. Others there be, who though they stand not upon retaliation,to require any, yet they think with themselves nevertheless, that such a one is their debtor, and they know as their word is what they have done.

“Others again there be, who when they have done and such thing, do not so much as know what they have done; but are like unto the vine, which beareth her grapes, and when once she hath borne her own proper fruit, is content and seeks for no further recompense. As a horse after a race, or a hunting dog when he has hunted, and a bee when she has made her honey, look not for applause and commendations; so neither does that man that rightly doth understand his own nature when he has done a good turn.” ~Marcus Aurelius

False Charity

It somewhat amazes me that so many people don’t get that charity isn’t really charity if you expect to get something back for your good deed. Whether it be expecting the person you helped to reciprocate in some way, or expecting the charity you helped to give you publicity for doing so, It’s not charity, it’s making a purchase if you expect something in return. The same is true if you think that by doing someone a favor, they are now indebted to you.

True Charity

As Aurelius notes, true charity is when you give to others in such a way as to not even think of it as doing them a favor. Somebody needs help, you just help them. You don’t think “ I need to do my good deed for the day, so I will help him.” You don’t think, “I’m a good person, therefore I should help.” You do it without thinking about it at all. It is as automatic to you as breathing air. That is true charity. Few of us can claim to have reached that level. It is a difficult thing to do in such a materialistic world. Yet it is something that we should aim for as we grow our spiritual side. Continue reading “Charity Done Because It’s the Right Thing to Do”

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Immaterial Soul and Immaterial Nature

“I confess I am much disposed to assert the existence of immaterial natures in the world, and to place my own soul in the class of these beings. It will, hereafter, I know not where, or when, yet be proved that the human soul stands even in this life in indissoluble connection with all immaterial natures in the spirit-world, that t reciprocally acts upon these and receives impressions from them.” ~Imanuel Kant

“Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” `Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night Over the Rhone – Van Gogh

Immaterial Soul

Some people find it hard to accept that we can have a material body, but an immaterial soul. That attitude would make sense if the physical body and the brain-mind were entirely made of matter, but they are not. Even in the most materialistic of us, the body and mind are still partly made up of spirit. And that is a good thing. It makes it possible for us to stop our descent into matter and turn toward the higher worlds of spirit. The immaterial (spiritual) soul makes that possible. So the first task is to awaken the soul which is dormant when we enter the physical realm.

Immaterial Nature

Just as we have a spirit and soul, Nature also has a spiritual side, as does everything in Nature. Animals have spirits. Plants have spirits. Even rocks and rivers have spirits, as Native Americans have long known. And other physical bodies in the material universe also have spirits. The planets, the moons, and the stars all have spirits. The most important to us is the sun. The sun also has a spirit, and that spirit is sending us spiritual light to awaken and nourish our spirits and souls. The immaterial soul needs to be nourished and cared for just as much as the body and mind. Continue reading “Immaterial Soul and Immaterial Nature”

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Nature Creator, the Demiurge, or Fohat

Fohat is closely related to the ‘ONE LIFE,’ from the Unknown One, the Infinite Totality, the manifested One, … and this is the Universal Mind, which, separated from its Fountain-Source, is the Demiurgos or the creative Logos of the Western Kabalists, and the four-faced Brahma of the Hindu religion. … In its totality, viewed from the standpoint of manifested Divine Thought in the esoteric doctrine, it represents the Hosts of the higher creative Dhyan Chohans. …

“The Solar System, brought into existence by these agencies,consists of Seven Principles, like everything else within these centers. Such is the teaching of the trans-Himalayan Esotericism. …

“Fohat, then, is the personified electric vital power, the transcendental binding Unity, … The action of which resembles that of a living force created by Will.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Nature Creator

In the quoted passage, Fohat is the creator of Nature, or the physical universe. Blavatky is correct in associating this Force-Being with the Demiurge. The Logos, however, is something else. Reading the description, it is hard to tell if she is describing God, or the false god called the Demiurge. That is not surprising. The Demiurge has many of the same powers of the real God, but not all. That is why his creation, the physical universe, is seriously flawed.

In the realms of the real God, there is no death, no disease, no hate, no darkness, no time or space. Those things do exist in the realm of the Demiurge because it is flawed. It is like a cancer growing on the realms of God that needs to be removed or cured.

Whether you call this being Demiurge or Fohat doesn’t matter. What matters is that you understand that he is not the true God. Continue reading “Nature Creator, the Demiurge, or Fohat”

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Doing God’s Work is the Path to Perfection

“Be Perfect Someone asked the Master, “What is the new way of doing God’s Work?” The Master explained: We need to participate in God’s Work; that is, we need to think, feel, and act as God does. We need to work with Nature in a new way, as God works. He works in an all-perfect way. God is long-suffering; we should be patient. God is all-knowing; we should be wise. God is all-loving; we should be loving. God is all-powerful; we should be strong. It is God who gives us the impulse to think and to work. You feel low; God uplifts you. You feel despair and wish to die; God gives you the impulse to live. You do not want to work; from within you, God says, “Go and work.” I aspire that my thoughts and intentions be in accordance with God’s intentions. I do not wish the weather to change because of me, but I subject myself to the weather that the Great Omniscient Cause has ordained. What is your task? Continuous self-development and self-perfection. God is the continuous manifestation of Perfection and man is the continuous self-improvement on the path to Perfection. This is the meaning of the Scripture, ‘Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.’ Man needs to continuously correct his imperfections on the path to Perfection.” ~Beinsa Douno

 

Participate in God’s Work

We do need to participate in God’s work. We do need to think and feel as God does. Most importantly, though, we need to act as God does. That means we are supposed to be co-creators. But here’s the catch: we can only do that if we can communicate with God so that we know what He wants. That means communicate with God directly. Don’t simply accept some minister or spiritual guru’s interpretation of what God wants you to do. You must learn to communicate directly with God yourself. That is the only way to truly know what He wants of you. And knowing what God wants and doing it is the way to participate in the creation. Or perhaps we should say participate in the recreation as God reclaims the realm of matter created by the fallen angels and returns it to its correct form as spirit.

 

Work With Nature

While working with Nature isn’t a complete solution, it’s a good start. We need to get away from the stupid idea that nature is our enemy and we need to defeat her. Nature isn’t our enemy. If she was, we would have no chance of defeating her. We need to work with Nature in farming, in industry, in building housing, etc.

I can only shake my head in disbelief when I see people on TV after a disaster such as a flood or hurricane destroys their house or business for the second or third time and they vow that they will return and build again. If I got severely sick every time I ate turnips, I would stop eating turnips. If every time I build in a particular location, my house gets destroyed by storms, I would build elsewhere.

Another reason why we should work with Nature is that unlike humans, Nature never defies God. Nature always does her work within the will and desires of God. So by working with Nature, we are also doing God’s work.

 

I Subject Myself to Weather

Douno says that we should subject ourselves to the weather because God has ordained it. On this, I disagree. The things that happen on the physical level are not being done by God, but by us. This is our playground, our place to learn. Someday, we will realize that anger, jealousy, hatred, and other negative thoughts and emotions generate the hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts.

I do agree though that we need to stop being such wimps when it comes to weather. Many people today won’t go outside if the temperature is above 80° F and will bundle up in much clothing if it is below 50° F. They never allow the indoor temperature to vary more than two degrees. This is weakening us in may ways (read “What doesn’t Kill Us” for more details). I now practice going outside even when the temperature is over 90° F and practice spending a little time outside wearing very little in temperatures below freezing. Contrary to popular beliefs, this is making me stronger and healthier, not sicker. Staying healthy is also God’s work. (Note: I’m not the guy in the photo also practicing Wim Hof method.)

 

Self-development and Self-perfection

Creation is all about self-development. It is said by some that God creates to know Himself. Others say He creates simply because it is His nature to do so. In either case, creation is a form of self-development. But that is only true if we create in a beneficial way. Creating a pile of ash by burning down a forest isn’t real creation, isn’t self-development.

The proper way to create is to seek perfection in ourselves and the world as we do so. Some argue that perfection is impossible, so we shouldn’t waste time trying. By that logic, we should all commit suicide since we can’t live forever in physical form.

Even if perfection can never be reached while on the physical plain, it is the goal to aim for. The closer we get to it, the better we are. The real problem is that many people have no idea what perfection is. That is why we all need to awaken and develop our spiritual faculties. Only the spirit and soul can understand what real perfection is. Only they can guide us on that self-development path, which is also the way of God. Following the Way of God is always God’s work.

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