Cities and The Wilderness

Let us avoid staying in towns and villages; it is better for their inhabitants to come and visit us. Let us seek the wilderness and so draw after us the people who now shun us. For scripture praises those who ‘leave the cities and dwell in the rocks, and are like the dove’ (cf. Jer. 48:28). John the Baptist lived in the wilderness and the population of entire town came out to him. … For holiness is held in higher honor than wealth;how many rich men there were at that time, proud of their glory, and yet today they are quite forgotten; whereas the miraculous life of this humble desert-dweller is acclaimed until this day, …Let us abandon sordid commerce, and so acquire the ‘pearl of great price’ (Matt. 13:46).” ~The Philokalia

Today, we would say avoid cities and the suburbs of big cities rather than towns and villages. In most areas now, there is little wilderness left, and even if there is, trying to live in it is impractical. Still, the idea remains a sound one for a number of reasons. One reason is because we are benefited by regular contact with nature which people living in large cities rarely get. Not that, as some claim, nature and the natural world is holy in some way, but because nature obeys the Law of God, while many men try to avoid it. Another reason is that there tends to be a lot more negative energies, angry energies in cities or crowded areas simply because they are so crowded, and those low-frequency energies make it more difficult for the spiritual aspirant to raise her frequencies to allow contact with spiritual beings. Another is that spiritual techniques should be practiced outdoors, but in a place where you are not being watched, especially by doubters.

If, however, you do live in a large city or suburb and it is not practical for you to move, you can get around this problem. The thing to do is to make regular trips out into the country, especially into places where there are very few people. And spend some time there, not just a few minutes. When that is not practical, you can get some benefit by simply visiting a large park in the city (assuming it has parks).

The next part of the quote advises the monks to stay in the country and let the city folk come to them. This, unfortunately, is also impractical these days, though there are some work-arounds. With modern technology, you can reach people just about anywhere in the world with videos, television, radio, and the internet with forums such as this blog. While they may not be as effective as talking to folks in person, they may make up for that by reaching a lot more people. But even with such tools, it may be necessary to occasionally go into a big city to speak at events, or to some particular individual. In those cases, there are methods the spiritual student can apply to help protect himself during the time he is exposed to those negative energies.

The last part of the section quoted is particularly significant, and is something I haven’t really mentioned here before. While wealthy people really glory in there importance during their lifetimes, rarely does that fame last for long after their death. Can you name the ten wealthiest people of the last century? How about the previous century? Can you name the wealthiest people from the time of Jesus or Buddha? My guess is, most cannot without looking up that data on a history site, and you might not even find it there. Yet you find plenty of information about humble men like Jesus, John the Baptist, St. Francis, etc. Something to think about, but being spiritual is not about achieving world fame, its about saving your soul and the souls of others, at least if your practicing real spirituality and not some phony version.


Confronting Angry People

Every sentence of Pythagoras, like most of the ancient maxims, has a dual significance; and, while it had an occult physical meaning, expressed literally in its words, it embodied a moral precept, which is explained by Iamblichus in his Life of Pythagoras. This ‘Dig not fire with a sword’ is the ninth symbol in the Protreptics of this Neo-platonist. ‘This symbol,’ he says, ‘exhorts to prudence.’ It shows ‘the propriety of not opposing sharp words to a man full of fire and wrath—not contending with him. For frequently by uncivil words you will agitate and disturb an ignorant man, and you will suffer yourself… Herakleitus also testifies to the truth of this symbol. For, he says, “It is difficult to fight with anger, for whatever is necessary to be done redeems the soul.” And this he says truly. For many, by gratifying anger, have changed the condition of their soul.’” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Some people feel that if you see someone doing wrong, or talking rudely, you have an obligation to object to their behavior in the hope that you can get them to change, or at least convince others nearby to not follow in their path. Others will say that we should not interfere and just ignore the person because it is not our business. The correct path is somewhere in the middle.

If we see a person who gives the impression of being a generally good person, or at least a reasonable person, saying or doing something that is clearly wrong, we should, gently and politely, inform him of the error of his ways. He may be insulted at first, but upon thinking about it later on, he may very well realize that you were correct.

On the other hand, if we see a person who is argumentative, confrontational, and generally obnoxious, to try to confront him about it is probably worthless, and possibly dangerous. This type of person thrives on confrontation and loves to be challenged so he can argue his side without ever listening to what the other person has to say. What’s more, if he appears to be losing the argument, he may actually become violent in defending his belief. Even if he doesn’t become physically violent, he may be sending violent and negative thoughts toward you and the negative energy carried in those thoughts can weaken you.

These days we have a new variation of this rude and obnoxious person known as internet trolls. This are people who have noting nice to say about anyone or anything. They in fact have nothing of significance to say at all, so instead spend as much time as they can criticizing others in the vilest terms for almost anything they say. It is very tempting many times to reply to them, but it usually isn’t worth while. They almost certainly will not listen, and if they truly believe they things they post, they will get angry with you contradicting them and send negative energy to you. So very often, the best approach with this people is to just ignore them.

Of course, there are always extreme cases in which you must, as a human being and a child of God, interfere no matter what. This is when the person is not just being rude and argumentative, but is actually doing physical violence to another. You should then try to stop in whatever way you can, preferably by calling police over, but getting involved yourself if you have to.


The Holographic Model

Because the world is increasing in frequency, you may be experiencing reality in a new, faster, more multidirectional way that supersedes the sequential, one-thing-at-a-time, linear processing we’ve come to know so well. Today—right now—we’re shifting to a new inner geometry of perception—one based on the sphere and the hologram. …
With spherical perception, every point of view can expand and contract spherically to include more or less of the unified field of consciousness-and-energy, with everything contained in the present moment. With holographic perception, any part of the brain, any part of life, and any point of view can contain the entirety of the whole self and whole reality. As I mentioned before, science is gradually discovering that both your brain and the universe are like a hologram.” ~Penney Peirce

Most of us know that a hologram is a kind of three dimensional image that is reproduced by shining a laser, or lasers, on the film it is recorded on. Not as many are aware that if you cut the recorded holograph in half, unlike a normal photograph, when you shine a laser on each half, each part will show the entire image. This happens even when the film is cut into four, ten, or even twenty pieces. It seems like the whole image is recorded on every part of the film.

So when we consider the physical universe as a hologram, this has some interesting implications. If just like a holographic film, each part contains an image of the whole, then theoretically we do not have to travel all over the universe to learn about it, we can simply study a small part in the correct way, and learn the whole. Obviously, the correct way is not the mechanical way that has governed most scientific research for centuries. A more organic and holistic approach is needed. What this means, in a general way, is that instead of the biologist studying a specific animal, ant the chemist studying the effects of a specific chemical, etc. without looking at anything else, they would study the animal not as an individual, but part of the universe. How does it related to other species? How does it affect the whole? How are other species affected by it?

The other, perhaps more significant implication is the new importance of light, both the material and the spiritual kind, that is implied by this. A hologram is nothing more than a matrix of light. And, according to what was said above, each beam of this light contains the knowledge of the whole. On the material level, that implies that a beam of this light could provide virtually all information we might need about the entire universe—if we knew how to extract and interpret that information.

When it come to spiritual Light, the same thing applies with regard to the spiritual levels of reality. And, fortunately, we have the ability to interpret it in our souls. We just have to awaken the soul, which is usually not easy, but doable, and then it can receive and interpret the spiritual light coming to us mostly from the spiritual sun. Even better, since the spiritual worlds are the source from which the material hologram is generated and continuously powered, understanding the spiritual also makes it possible to truly understand the material in a complete and fundamental way that doesn’t happen when you have one scientist studying the woodchuck, and another studying global warming, and another studying sound vibrations, then trying to somehow tie it all together. In other words, if scientists truly want to understand the universe, they need to include the spiritual in their studies.


The Story of Akhenaten

As high priest of Ra-Horakhti, Akhenaten had often gazed into the face of the sun-god. It was from meditating upon the cosmic significance of the sun that the young mystic came suddenly to understand the true meaning of light and good and truth. …
It came forcibly to Akhenaten’s mind that the sun symbolized not only the glory of God and the magnificence of the celestial power, but also the infinite tenderness and intimacy of life. … Akhenaten found the spirit that dwells in the innermost and rules the furthermost. He bowed in adoration before the truth he had discovered …

As a symbol of his religion, Akhenaten chose the shining face of Aten—the solar disc. The effulgence of the Aten he represented by rays flowing in all directions from the solar face. Each of the rays ended in a human hand to represent the active power of the light… The whole figure represented the hand of God in all things. … The young mystic walked with God, hand in hand with the ever-living light. … Akhenaten then made another great discovery. He discovered the secret of living the Aten. Recognizing the presence of the Universal Father in himself he strove to live as the personification of the light.” ~Manly P. Hall in his book “Twelve World Teachers”.

Akhenaten is one of the earliest known spiritual leaders to promote both the ideas of a single God and the idea of a spiritual sun that can enlighten men who seek for such enlightenment. Sadly, much of what he wrote, or was written about him during his lifetime, was lost after he died and the Egyptians returned to their older beliefs and destroyed much of what Akhenaten created. Enough has survived though to tell us that he was a truly enlightened person.

I particularly find it interesting that Hall’s description of Akhenatens moment of epiphany is very similar to that of St. Francis, one of the greatest of Christian saints. Akhenaten is described as gazing on the sun and meditating when he had his moment of awakening. St Francis is said to have been lying in his sick bed, suffering from what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and watching the sun rise through the open window, when he had his epiphany.

In the picture above, Akhenaten is accompanied by his wife, Nefertiti, and two of their daughters as they pray to Aten. The rays of the sun do end in hands, though it is hard to see here. Manly says these hands represent the active power of the light. That is certainly true, but it is more than that. It also symbolizes that God is reaching out to us via the spiritual sun, we have only to gaze upon the spiritual sun to connect with God and be awakened ourselves.

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds to look upon the spiritual sun. If we simply look up at the sunrise with our physical eyes, we will be looking at the physical sun, not the spiritual. This is not at all what is desired. Looking upon the physical sun can not only harm the eyes, it is a source of material powers and can make us even more materialistic rather than spiritual. You have to be taught how to look beyond the physical sun to the spiritual. It is not an easy thing to do. Even the best students still look at the physical sun to some degree, but hopefully not enough to prevent their spiritual awakening and growth. It is largely because of this that it is important for anyone seriously desiring to develop his spiritual side to work through a good spiritual teacher or spiritual school.