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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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Lost Souls are Finding Themselves

“What can it be that has brought the souls to forget the Father, God, and, though members of the Divine and entirely of that world, to ignore at once themselves and it?

“The evil that has overtaken them has its source in self-will, in the entry into the sphere of process, and in the primal differentiation with the desire for self ownership. They conceived a pleasure in this freedom and largely indulged their own motion; thus they were hurried down the wrong path, and in the end, drifting further and further, they came to lose even the thought of their origin in the Divine.” ~Plotinus

Lost Souls?

One mistake some spiritual philosophers such as Plotinus make is confusing the mind and the soul. The soul cannot forget God or the heavenly realm from which it came. It is part of God and part of heaven. It is the mind, which once knew much what the soul does, that has become lost. The soul is not lost, but dormant when we enter the physical world. It has to be awakened. When that happens, it knows it is connected to God. An awakened soul knows that it is part of the All. The soul doesn’t forget God, the mind forgets the soul. It may not forget that the soul exists, but it forgets how to communicate with it. Then once the soul has been awakened, it may have difficulty communicating with the mind because the mind doesn’t know how to communicate with spirit. Continue reading “Lost Souls are Finding Themselves”

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Ceres’ Two Torches: Intuition and Reason

“Pluto, the lord of the underworld, represents the body intelligence of man; and the rape of Persephone is symbolic of the divine nature assaulted and defiles by the animal soul and dragged downward into the somber darkness of Hades, which is here uses as a synonym for the material, or objective, sphere of consciousness. …

“The Greater Mysteries (into which he candidate was admitted only after he had successfully passed through the ordeal of the Lesser, and not always then) was sacred to Ceres, the mother of Persephone, and represent her as wandering through the world in quest of her abducted daughter. Ceres carries two torches, intuition and reason, to aid in the search for her lost child (the soul).” ~Manly P. Hall

Rape of Persephone

Hall Says that Pluto (or Hades) represents the intellect of man. Some people will feel insulted by that statement. Nevertheless, it is true. It is not that the intellect of man is evil, but it is limited. While it is superior o the brain-minds of lesser animal, it is still animal and material in nature. The human brain-mind, or intellect, can understand the physical realm very well. It cannot, however, understand anything spiritual. It may think it can, but it always tries to reduce the spiritual to something similar to the material. It can accept the existence of angels, for example, but sees them as humans with bird wings on their backs, which is far from what they truly are.

I think it may be an exaggeration to say that the rape of Persephone represents “the divine nature assaulted and defiles by the animal soul and dragged downward into the somber darkness of Hades”. I think it would be better to say that it represents how man’s lower nature, his animal self, blocks and suppresses the spirit and soul. By doing so, it keeps us looked in the realm of matter, which is just one step above Hades, but it isn’t Hades. It also keeps us moving toward Hades (Hell), instead of turning in the other direction for salvation. Continue reading “Ceres’ Two Torches: Intuition and Reason”

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Confusing the Senses in Many Ways

“Perhaps the most familiar example of mistaken sense-reports is that of the movement of the earth. The senses of every person report to him that the earth is a fixed, immovable body, and that the sun, moon, planets, and stars move around the earth. … It is only when one accepts the reports of the reasoning faculties that he knows that the earth not only whirls around on its axis every twenty-four hours, but that it circles around the sun every 365 days. …

“I am not trying to make any of you doubt the report of the five senses. That would be most foolish. … Instead, I am trying to acquaint you with the real nature of these five senses, they you may realize what they are not, as well as what they are; and that there is no absurdity in believing that there are more channels of information open to the ego or soul of the person.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Confusing the Senses

It’s curious that there are still people who will say they believe only what they can perceive with the five senses, and nothing else, when there is so much evidence that the senses can be confused or tricked.

Atkinson mentions one of the most common of these illusions. If we are moving in a car at 80 mph (128 k), we feel the speed. Our senses tell us we are moving. But when we are sitting still in a chair, we are actually moving about 19 miles or 30 kilometers per second around the sun. The senses are fooled because the whole planet is moving at that speed. We seem to be still because our sense work relative to the earth and to what we see around us.

Have you ever been sitting in a plane or train that is not moving, then the one next to you starts moving. You feel a strange sense of movement because your senses are confused. They don’t know which plane or train is moving and which is sitting still.

Optical illusions are another one. A favorite of mine in recent years is the sidewalk drawings that are done so that they appear to be 3-D objects.

3-D Sidewalk Art

Other senses can be fooled as well. Real estate agents will tell you that certain scents like apple pie make a house more appealing. The house would be exactly the same if it smelled like boiled cabbage, but it wouldn’t sell. Continue reading “Confusing the Senses in Many Ways”