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Just Being and Being a Lot More

“For in being, mere being, lies all that is at all. Being is the first name. Defect means lack of being. Our whole life ought to be being. So far as our life is being so far it is in God. So far as our life is feeble but taking it as being, it excels anything life can ever boast. I have no doubt of this, that if the soul had the remotest notion of what being means she would never waver from it for an instant. The most trivial thing perceived in God, a flower for example as espied in God, would be a thing more perfect than the universe. The vilest thing present in God as being is better than angelic knowledge.

“When God made man, he put into the soul his equal, his active, everlasting masterpiece. It was so great a work that it could not be otherwise than the soul and the soul could not be otherwise than the work of God. God’s nature, his being, and the Godhead all depend on his work in the soul. Blessed, blessed be God that he does work in the soul and that he loves his work! That work is love and love is God. God loves himself and his own nature, being and Godhead, and in the love he has for himself he loves all creatures, not as creatures but as God. The love God bears himself contains his love for the whole world.” ~Meister Eckhart

Being, Just Being

Webster define being as (1) a living thing, or (2) the state of having existence. I think Eckhart means both when he talks about the importance of being.

The first being, of course, was God. God has always existed but not always as a being. At first, He was consciousness only Conscious light without being or form. Them he changed Himself, taking on form and becoming a being. The being since there were no others yet. Once God took on form and became a being, he could now start creating other beings. Not physical beings as we generally think, but spiritual ones. Those known as Angels and Light Beings. Physical being came later and was created by the Demiurge, not God.

It is hard to tell where one type of being ends, and the other begins, based on the definition. We can say that God initially had no form or being, yet He was living ad clearly existed. So from a spiritual perspective, I think we should define being differently. Definition one should be “Existing as a living Thing.” Definition two would be having a form, a body, physical or spiritual. Then we get to definition three.

Definition three of Being is like the popular saying, “some go through life having never lived”. In other words, this kind of being requires that you do more than simply exist as a life form. It requires that you function, that you accomplish things. And most would say that his type of being means that you accomplish more than being born, eating, sleeping, having offspring, and then dying. While those are accomplishments of a sort, true being requires a little more than that. We have to grow and become more than we were initially. We have to help others. We have to make the world a better place in one way or another. Then we are truly being. We might say this is more than just being, it is advanced being. And Meister Eckart who was an advanced being, wants all of us to become advanced beings.

Life of Being

When Eckhart says our whole life ought to be being, he has to mean that third definition. It takes no effort to simply exist for our whole life. So that can’t be what he means. Nor can it mean simply having a form and a body. That would not have impressed Eckhart. It shouldn’t impress any of us. We should all seek to go beyond just being to a life of being.

Just Being and Soul Being

Eckhart says that when God gave us a soul, it was the greatest thing He could do for us. The soul, being essentially a piece of God, has access to the greatest knowledge and wisdom in the universe. But that is only true if the soul is awakened. And now we come to another definition of “Being”.

To be a true human, a true spiritual human, we must awaken our soul. Many insist it is always awake, but all great spiritual masters taught otherwise. When Jesus said we had to be born again, he meant that we had to awaken our spirit and soul. Then we become more than a simple creature. With a conscious soul, we are not just being, we are Being. We might even say we have become a super Being. That is the goal of any real spiritual school.

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Contrary Darkness and Light in the Physical World

“There is an eternal contrariety between Darkness and Light. Neither of them comprehends the other, and neither of them is the other; and yet there is only one essence, being, or substance, wherein they both subsist. But there is a difference in the quality and will; yet the essence or substance is not divided, but a principle makes the division. So that the one is a nothing in the other, and yet it is there, but not manifest in the property of that thing wherein it is.

“For the Devil continued in his own dominion or principality, not indeed is that wherein God created him, but in the aching painful birth of eternity, in the center of Nature and property of Wrath, in the property which begetteth darkness, anguish, and pain. … He is a prince … in the Kingdom of Darkness.” ~Jacob Boehme

Contrary Darkness and Light

Those who embrace the duality of the physical world as normal and intentional consider light and darkness as being complimentary. They see it as being two sides of the same coin. But Boehme seems to disagree with that interpretation. Most mystics and mystery schools throughout the ages would agree with Boehme.

While it may seem like darkness and light are complimentary, that is true only in the physical realm, and them only as part of the great illusion. On higher, spiritual plains of existence, there is no darkness at all. And, surprise! Light functions just fine without it. In fact, the Light is far more powerful without the resistance of darkness.

Neither Comprehends the Other

It is true that in terms of forces, the contrary darkness and light do not understand each other. The exist separately and without communicating with the other. But when we look at beings of light and darkness, it’s a different story.

The beings of darkness are fully aware of the beings of light. They are jealous of them because they know that light is far more powerful than the dark. They also know that light is permanent while darkness is temporary. Yet few of them are willing to leave the darkness. That will change.

The Light beings are also aware of those of darkness. They are not jealous of them at all. Nor do they fear them, for they know their power is limited. What they feel for their lost brothers and sisters is love and pity, not fear or anger. They want nothing more than to turn the lost ones back to the light. They have started to succeed. Every year some of the lost souls of the dark realm are convinced to go back to the light. Eventually, all will and darkness will end. That, of course, means that the realm of matter will end. It won’t be destroyed, it will be transformed into spirit and light. Continue reading “Contrary Darkness and Light in the Physical World”

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Super Spiritual Man of the Distant Past and the Future

“Man in the first Round and First Race on Globe D, our Earth as an ethereal being … super spiritual, but he grows more and more into an encased or incarnate being, but still predominantly ethereal. …

“Second Round, He (Man) is still gigantic and ethereal but growing firmer and more condensed in body, a more physical man, yet still less intelligent than spiritual for mind is a slower and more difficult evolution than the physical frame. …

Third Round, he has now a perfectly concrete or compacted body, at first the form of a giant ape, and now more intelligent, or rather cunning, than spiritual. For, on the downward arc, he has now reached a point where his primordial spirituality is eclipsed by nascent mentality.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Super Spiritual First Man

Looking at material existence only, we get the impression that man has been steadily evolving. But look at it from a more spiritual perspective, and we get a very different story. Long before man was a physical being, he existed as a spiritual being. He never died or got sick. He had no definite body and therefore occupied no specific point in space. They were controlled by spiritual consciousness rather than the brain-mind intellect.

Science tells us that the planets and stars started out as big gas clouds that gradually coalesced, becoming smaller and denser until they became planets and stars. Man did much the same thing. As above, so below. Starting out as pure spirit, super spiritual, as Blavatsky puts it, then probably formless gas with no definite shape. Then a form that was more like a ghost than a solid being. Finally becoming dense enough to have a dense physical body of matter. So man didn’t start out as a primitive animal. He started as pure spirit. While it may be true that our physical body evolved from lower creatures, our true self did not. Our real self descended from spirit. Continue reading “Super Spiritual Man of the Distant Past and the Future”

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Unchanging Light and the Three Factors

“There are in this struggle [for spiritual enlightenment] three factors. (1) The unchanging light of eternal reality. … (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 its growth in true being, ever more conscious of the contrast between them.

“In the ever-shifting relations between these 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. One only of the three is constant: the Absolute to which the soul aspires.” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Self, Becoming

I decided to look at Underhill’s three factors in reverse order because that seems a more logical approach to me. So we start with the self. That comes first because what we are talking about in spiritual growth, in materialism, and in the great illusion is always how it relates to our self. Our “self” is deceptively simple to many. In truth, we are very complex beings. A lot more complex than most even suspect. But we will keep it somewhat simple and just consider the four main parts of what we are. Those four parts are, body, mind, psyche, and spirit.

Main Parts of Self

The physical body is the most obvious part of what we are. And yes, it is a part of us, even if it is, to a large degree, a mask we wear over our true self. It allows us to function in the physical world. While it is something we will shed one day, it is essential to us while we are in the realm of matter.

The mind, or brain-mind as I often call it, is another part of our being. It is both physical and mental. Mind is associated with the brain, but not strictly limited to it. It is the source of intellect, but not consciousness. Its thinking is all on the level of the material plane. It can speculate about the spiritual, but can’t actually know the spiritual.

The psyche, or more accurately, psychic body, is of a higher frequency than the physical, yet lower than the spiritual. It is this body which often can o psychic things like move objects without touching them, or seeing into the future. It is also the level of our being that links us to devils, demons, and other beings of darkness. Therefore, it isn’t a place where we should spend a great deal of time.

The spiritual body, which includes the soul, is the highest part of our “self”. It is dormant when we enter the physical world and needs to be brought to consciousness. That is the true meaning of spiritual awakening. Simply becoming aware that the physical realm isn’t enough is only the first step to actual awakening.

The Web of Illusion

Based on comment I see in spiritual groups on social media, I think there is a lot of confusion about this. Most understand that the physical world is a world of illusion. But many thing that means it is not real, doesn’t exist. It doesn’t mean that at all. It means that what it appears to be is not what is really there. Something like seeing a magician saw a lady in half. We know he didn’t really saw her in half. But that doesn’t mean nothing happened, or that the magician and his assistant don’t exist.

The idea that it is all illusion used to be considered a fantasy of the mystics, laughed t by the scientists. Know quantum physics has shown that they were correct. He physical universe, they say, is just a hologram. The real questions to ask when healing that are; “what is projecting it?” and “What is the source of that light?”

The Unchanging Light

The third factor is the Light. Underhill calls it the unchanging light. It is also called the spiritual light, or the Light of God. This is the highest level of light. It is the source of all other lights. And light is the source of all other. That is why the Book of Genesis in the Bible has God starting the process of creation by creating the light. And that Light is the true image of God. So being made in His image means we too are made of light. At least our true self is made of spiritual light.

The Quest

The quest for those of us who want to develop our spiritual self is to seek out that unchanging light and become one with it. To let it awaken our spiritual faculties and help them develop. It is said that at some future time we will no longer need to consume plants and animals and just live off the light.

As Underhill points out, this quest is not easy. Many obstacles are thrown in our path. The three factors can be confusing. We can become confused and frustrated. We get stressed out. Those things limit our spiritual growth. But we can learn methods of reducing the stress and letting go, to a large degree, of the world of matter.

The reward for all this effort is eternal life. Eternal life with God and the angels in Heaven. That makes all the difficulties worth it.