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The Way of Demons and Angels

“The demons, who are always waging war against us, try to prevent us from performing actions that are within our power and that would help us to acquire the virtues, while at the same time they suggest ways of accomplishing things that in fact are impossible or else out of place. …
“With those who live in the world and are associated with the material things that feed the passions, the demons wage war through practical activities; while with those who dwell in the wilderness, where material things are rare, they fight by troubling them with vile thoughts. …
“Being servants of love and peace, the angels rejoice over our repentance and our progress in holiness. Hence they try to develop spiritual contemplation within us and they cooperate with us in achieving of every form of blessing. The demons, on the contrary, … rejoice when holiness diminishes in us, and they attempt to seduce our souls with shameful fantasies.” ~The Philokalia

You might thing that it is easy to tell demons from angels, but unfortunately, it isn’t. Likewise, it is often hard to tell, when we feel a desire to do something, if the desire originates with the whispering of the demons or the urging of the angels. This quote from “The Philokalia,” a sacred book of the Eastern Orthodox Church, can go a long way in helping us know. Continue reading “The Way of Demons and Angels”

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Plato, Gnosticism, and the Soul

“In this Gutenberg translation, Timaeus summarizes Plato’s own thoughts:
As I said at first, all things were originally a chaos in which there was no order or proportion. … Of the divine, He Himself was the author, but he committed to his offspring the creation of the mortal. From Him they received the immortal soul, but themselves made the body to be its vehicle, and constructed within another soul which was mortal, and subject to terrible affections: pleasure, the inciter of evil; pain, which deters from good; rashness and fear, foolish counselors; anger hard to be appeased; hope easily led astray. These they mingled with irrational sense and all-daring love according to necessary laws and so framed man.
“Plato then sets out the rationale behind the physical body in very understandable terms and warns:
The truth concerning the soul can only be established by the word of God.”

~Bernarrd Simon in The Essense of the Gnostics

Plato and Gnosticism

What Mr. Simon is telling us first of all is that many of the Gnostic concepts and beliefs that many associate with the Christian Gnostics actually were well known centuries before the birth of Jesus. He gives some examples from the writings of Timaeus regarding the teaching at the academy of Plato (which sadly lies in ruins today and is now a public park in Athens, Greece.) Now let’s look at what Plato was teaching. Continue reading “Plato, Gnosticism, and the Soul”

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We All Use Telepathy Every Day

We All Use Telepathy

“The Hermetic Teachings go much further than those of modern science. They teach that all manifestations of thought, emotion, reason, will or desire, or any mental state or conditions, are accompanied by vibrations, a portion of which are thrown off and which tent to affect the minds of other persons by ‘induction’. This is the principle which produces the phenomena of ‘telepathy’. …
“Every thought, emotion, or mental state has its corresponding rate and mode of vibration. And by an effort of the will of the person, or of other persons, these mental states may be reproduced, just as a musical tone may be reproduced by causing an instrument to vibrate at a certain rate. … By a knowledge of the Principle of Vibration, … one may polarize his mind at any degree he wishes, thus gaining a perfect control over his mental states, moods, etc.” ~The Three Initiates

We think of telepathy as either a trick of stage magicians and mentalists, or a psychic ability available to just a few of us. In fact, we all use it regularly on a subconscious level. It is why when we look at a strange object, most people in the group will see essentially the same thing. For example, if a UFO appears over Paris, and thousands of people see it, their descriptions will be very similar. This is at least partially due to the fact that they are communicating with each other subconsciously, working out their differences, and forming a consensus: a group mind activity. Continue reading “We All Use Telepathy Every Day”

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Being a Part of God

“Thus my beloved seeking and desiring mind, consider yourself, search yourself, and find yourself; you are the similitude, image, essence, and proper portion of God; and as you are, so is the eternal birth in God; for God is a spirit, and the government in your body is also a spirit and that is proceeded and created out of God’s government. For God has manifested himself in the spirit of man, both in love and in anger, both the centers are in it.” ~Jacob Boehme

In His Image

We have all heard the Bible quote that we are created in God’s Image. This is often interpreted as meaning that we look like God, or more accurately, that God looks like us since we can see each other, but not God. This is not an accurate way to interpret the saying.

We were created in God’s Image, but God does not have a physical body so He does not look at all like our physical bodies. God is pure spirit, so the only part of us that looks like God is our soul, not our body. Continue reading “Being a Part of God”