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Spirit Dance and the Circuit of the Dance

“The Circuit does not go by chance but under the Reason-Principle of the living whole; therefore there must be a harmony between cause and caused; there must be some order ranging things to each other’s purpose, or in due relation to each other. …

“In our dance-plays there are outside elements contributing to the total effect—fluting, singing, and other linked accessories—and each of there changes in each new movement: there is no need to dwell on these; their significance is obvious. But besides this there is the fact that the limbs of the dancer cannot possible keep the same positions in every figure; they adapt themselves to the plan, bending as it dictates. … The dancer’s mind is on his own purpose; his limbs are submissive to the dance movement. … The whole play of the entire person dictates the necessary position to each limb and member as it serves the plan.” ~Plotinus

The Circuit of the Dance

Most of us today think of electronics when we hear the word “circuit,” but it has a much broader meaning. Virtually anything which has a circular nature to it can be considered a circuit. You plant seeds, grow vegetables, save some of the seeds of the vegetables to plant again next spring. That’s a circuit. The physical universe is a great circuit with each galaxy being a sub-circuit and each star system within the galaxy being lower sub-circuit. The physical universes is a sub-circuit of the All with its nine dimensions of matter (dimensions 1-4) and spirit (dimensions 5-9).

These circuits behave in ways that are very similar to an electrical circuit. If you want to increase the flow of energy in an electrical circuit, you increase the power source. If you want to decrease the energy flow, you add a resistor to the circuit. A break in the wire that forms the circuit will shut the flow down completely.

In our physical bodies, one of the circuits is the circulatory system that carries blood. If the veins and arteries get clogged, it acts like the resistors in electrical circuits to reduce the flow of blood. If we go outside in cold weather without a coat on, the heart will start beating faster to increase blood flow. Then there is our memory circuit. The eyes pick up light and translate it into electrical signals sent to the brain. The brain interprets it, then decides how to react. It also stores the image in our memory. Bad eyesight can make those memory images blurry. A damaged optical nerve can do the same. But even more, belief filters in our brain change what we see all the time, and we are not even aware of it. Continue reading “Spirit Dance and the Circuit of the Dance”

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Two Roads Through Life: Physical and Spiritual

“Brothers in belief, there are two roads through life, the Road of Good and the Road of Evil; they are not clearly defined roads and often run side by side and sometimes cross each other. Those who travel without a guide or in darkness often mistake one road for the other. We are those who have chosen to walk in light, in brotherhood of men who travel the Road of Good together in companionship.

“We are companions on the Great Path of the True Way, and when an instructing brother speaks of the Great Path of the True Way, he speaks of a double path. The companions of the Right Hand are those who bear the burdens of earthly labor and advancement. … The companions of the Left Hand are those who bear the burdens of spiritual labor and enlightenment, things closer to the heart of men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:3:1-2)

Two Roads of Life

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost

In may seem like there are many roads in life, but the Kolbrin Bible is correct is saying there are really only two. There may be many lanes on each road, but really only two roads. And as is also said in the Kolbrin Bible quote, it is often difficult for most of us to know which path is which.

I don’t know if Robert Frost was a very spiritual person, but the quote form one of his most famous poems certainly fits this situation. He tells us that when he came to a fork in the road, he looked and say that one path was well-worn from much use. The other path had grass and weeds growing on it from lack of use. He took the path less traveled. That path is the spiritual path. Very often we can tell the correct path in the same way Frost did. Another way is our intuition. If we have it and use it, it can guide us to the correct path in most cases.

Today’s Confusion

In our age of rampant materialism, we even have churches and religious groups who seem to be more concerned with the material than the spiritual. They worry more about how you dress than how much you develop your spiritual self. Hey get very involved in feeding poor people (a worthy cause, to be sure), yet do nothing to feed the souls of the spiritually hungry. They think they are on the right path, but they are not. They are not the only ones. There are the most obvious examples of criminals and the greedy people who would be considered criminals in a more spiritual society. There are less obvious examples of those who are always putting material “needs” ahead of the spiritual.

The truth is that few of us stay on one of the two roads forever. We are often finding ourselves taking a wrong turn at one of those points where the paths cross. We should not give up, or berate ourselves when that happens, just move back to the correct path as soon as possible.

A Good Guide

The Kolbrin Bible recommends we get a good guide to help us stay on the correct path. This is certainly the best answer. A mountain climber would never try to climb Mt. Everest without making use of the Sherpa Guides. SCUBA diving adventures in most places require that a dive master or dive instructor always be part of the group. A person who doesn’t want to get lost on the path to spiritual enlightenment will work with a spiritual teacher or spiritual school. Unfortunately, you will again have to rely on intuition. There are greedy people who are creating spiritual schools all the time as a way to make a quick buck.

Right Hand and Left Hand

The quote from the Kolbrin Bible then goes on to tell us that one of the two roads, which it calls the Right Hand path is the road of earthly labor and advancement, while the Left Hand road is that of spiritual labor and enlightenment. The important thing to note here is that there is no indication that either of them is the wrong path, just different. In fact, most spiritual people start out by doing good deeds on the material road before advancing to the spiritual. Even advanced spiritual people must do some physical and material work at times. So going from one to the other of the two roads isn’t wrong, or even undesirable. It is only those stuck always on the road of matter who are lost.

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Materialistic “Dropsy” that Prevents Spiritual growth

“If a man thus falls into sickness and cold, he is sometimes caught by dropsy, that is to say, he has an inclination towards the outward possession of earthly things. The more such men acquire the more they desire; for they straightway become dropsical. The belly, that is, the appetites or lusts, swell terribly, and the thirst will not be quenched. But the face of conscience and discretion become small and thin, for these men put hindrances against the inflow of the grace of God. It they thus accumulate the waters of earthly possessions about the heart, that is, if they cling to them with desire, they cannot progress in works of charity; for they are sick, they lack the inward spirit of life and breath, that is to say, they lack the grace of God and inward charity.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Materialistic Dropsy

Dropsy is an outdated term used to describe a number of illnesses that resulted in swelling or water retention. What Ruysbroeck is describing is a more spiritual dropsy, but one which can have physical symptoms as well. Since we have the Hermetic, “as above, so below” to deal with, illnesses on the mental and spiritual levels can make the body sick as well. The opposite is also true. Those who are spiritually healthy are less prone to physical illness.

Healthy Spiritual Masters

Remember that time that Jesus had to cancel a talk because of a sick headache? How about the time that Buddha spent a week in bed with the flu? No, you don’t. There are, to my knowledge, no record of these prophets and spiritual masters getting physically ill.

It is true that spiritual students can get ill, but they do so less frequently than others. They also get well faster. There is one exception. Spiritual students who are growing spiritually often get a mild case of a kind of flu. It isn’t really flu, however, because it isn’t caused by the Influenza virus. It is a physical reaction to a sudden spurt in spiritual growth. This spiritual flu is always mild, and will never turn to a more severe form. And because they have lost (or should have lost) any attachments they may have had to material possessions, they cannot get materialistic dropsy.

Acquisition Headaches

Many illnesses are directly or indirectly caused by stress. The stress of trying to get the things we want and failing. Wearing ourselves out trying to get things we don’t really need causes even more stress. And then there is the stress of wondering how we are going to pay for the things after we have them. This stress can directly cause headaches, backaches, stomach problems, and more. It can also weaken our immune system which that leads to many other illnesses.

A Spiritual Solution

Ruysbroeck says we can’t do “works of charity,” or develop our spiritual self when we are caught up in the pursuit of material possessions, or have become too attached to those that we have. So we end up with a catch-22 type of situation. Developing our spiritual side is the best way to escape from the chains of materialism. But the hold of materialism prevents any significant spiritual growth.

The solution is a gradual approach to both. We make an effort to develop our spiritual self as much as possible. We also work on freeing ourselves of those attachments to matter. We make a little progress on one, then a little on the other. Right foot forward, then the left, and we are walking toward our goal. Each much proceed at their own pace. The important thing is to keep moving forward. And when you fall, or take a step back, just get up and start forward again. And one day you too will be free of that materialistic dropsy that is the root of all illnesses.

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Highest State of Spiritual Development

“If the highest state of spiritual development is attained, the spirit, endowed with the highest spiritual activity of the soul, attracts the truth, and perceives and knows at once the conditions, causes, and effects of all external and internal, natural and divine things. It sees them within the eternal truth like a mirror of Eternity. By this process Man, while he remains in eternal nature, may know all that exists in the internal and external world, and see all things, not merely those which are, but also those which have been, or which will exist in in the future, and, moreover, by being and identified with the divine power (the Logos), he obtains the power to change things buy the power of his (spiritual) word.” ~Franz Hartmann

Highest State of Spiritual Development

At the highest state of spiritual development, the soul doesn’t just “attract” the truth, it knows the truth. We may have the truth around us right now, but we often can’t distinguish it from the clever lies of the manipulators. The fully developed spirit and soul have no such problem.

See all Things

Not only do those who have reached the highest state of spiritual development now truth, they see all things. What Mr. Hartmann means is that even if something is happening in a distant land, or in hidden chambers, they know. Of course, they can’t really know everything, but they can know anything they need to know. They will know anything that will aid them in their continued spiritual growth. Anything that doesn’t contribute to that growth is of little concern to them.

Seeing Past and Future

Not only do those who have achieved the highest state of spiritual development know everything that is happening now, they are capable of knowing the past and the present just as easily. I knew a person who was like that: Gene Savoy, founder of Cosolargy. Sometimes when he was giving a lecture and he would talk about some spiritual illuminary from the past, he would talk as if he was present at the event. Whether he was Talking about poet Kalil Gibran a few decades earlier, or Moses many centuries ago made no difference to him. All time to him was the present.

The same is true for seeing the future, although not to the same level of detail and certainty. That is because the future is rarely set in stone. There are often several possible futures. The person at the highest state of spiritual growth can see these possibilities, but not necessarily which one will actually happen. She can, however, see causes, and understand that if a certain thing is done today, certain future paths will become more probable, and others less. By knowing that, and acting on it, they can help to make the future better for all of us. Continue reading “Highest State of Spiritual Development”