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Seeking More Than Materialism

“Man is not organized as a self-consistent unity. He always demands more than the world, of its own accord, gives him. Nature has endowed us with needs; among them are some that she leaves to our own activity to satisfy. Abundant as are the gifts she has bestowed upon us, still more abundant are our desires. We seem born to be dissatisfied. And our thirst for knowledge is but a special instance of this dissatisfaction. We look twice at a tree. The first time we see its branches at rest, the second time in motion. We are not satisfied with this observation.

“The something more which we seek in things, over and above what is immediately given to us in them, splits our whole being into two parts. We become conscious of our antithesis to the world. We confront the world as independent beings. The universe appears to us in two opposite parts: I and World. We erect this barrier between ourselves and the world as soon as consciousness first dawns in us. But we never cease to feel that, in spite of all, we belong to the world, that there is a connecting link between it and us, and that we are beings within, and not without, the universe. This feeling makes us strive to bridge over this antithesis, and in this bridging lies ultimately the whole spiritual striving of mankind. The history of our spiritual life is a continuing search for the unity between ourselves and the world. Religion, art and science follow, one and all, this aim. The religious believer seeks in the revelation” ~Rudolf Steiner

Seeking More

Actually, man is fairly consistent in one thing: wanting more. Whatever he has, he wants more. Whatever he knows, he wants to know more. This is a good thing. Contented cattle may be easy to control, but they don’t grow, they don’t evolve. Man grows and evolves simply because he is not content with the status quo. He always looks for something better. Yet, while we have this discontent, we also want happiness and unity.

We also have to work to get things. It is our nature as well as that of the universe. Everything is moving. We must move also, we must work also. And we tend to not appreciate that which is handed to us without earning it.

Knowing What to Seek

One of the big problems with this seeking more is knowing what to seek for. Shortly after The Fall, man knew what he had lost and what he needed to get back. After many centuries, the majority of us have forgotten. We know that we crave something more, something greater, but we don’t know what it is. We have become so accustomed to being matter that we don’t really know what spirit is anymore. But that is starting to change. Continue reading “Seeking More Than Materialism”

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Creature Man of Ego can be Saved by Divine Light

“The subtle Devil insinuates himself into the Creature, and shifts the Center of Nature, and brings evil or false desires into it, so that a man becomes as it were drunken in SELF, and still persuades himself that he is driven by God… and so the Light of God departs from him.

“Yet the outward Light of the outward Nature still remains shining in the Creature; for its own SELF throws itself thereinto, and supposes that it is still the first Light of God; but it is not. And into this SELF-Exaltation in the light of its outward Reason, the Devil throws himself again, (though in the first Light, which was Divine, he had been forced to depart) now returning with the seven-fold desire.” ~Jacob Boehme

Drunk on SELF

Boehm says “SELF” in all caps where we today would say ego. So he is talking about those who are drunk on ego. Those who allow ego to control their thinking and behavior. A true blind leading the blind adventure. The “Creature” thinking it is king.

It isn’t that the ego is evil and needs to be destroyed. The ego is very useful—if controlled. The ego understands only the universe of matter. It can’t understand spirit. If you try to understand spiritual things using the ego-mind, you will get a highly distorted understanding that does more harm than good. And, as Boehme says, a person who is ruled by ego will not have the Light of God in him.

The Creature

This is another term Boehme uses that can be confusing. What he calls the Creature is the man of matter, the person of ego. It is the fallen man who has lost his connection to God and cannot understand spiritual things. It is the lost man in Plato’s cave. it  isn’t necessarily that he is  primitive like a caveman. He might wear a suit and drive a luxury car. He can understand computers, lasers, and cell phones. The spiritual, however, eludes him. He either disbelieves in spiritual worlds completely, or thinks of them as some variation of the realm of matter.

This “Creature” can be changed and educated. That is the purpose of spiritual development. Sadly, many would rather remain a simple animal, a “Creature”. But as we began the final age of man, we must all become spiritual beings, or die. The choice is ours. Continue reading “Creature Man of Ego can be Saved by Divine Light”

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One in Christ – a Union of Souls

“How close, how dear is the union of souls, made one in Christ! … There is no union more pure, more strong, than the union of souls in Christ! In this manner, pure as delightful, the saints in Heaven possess each other in God. …

“Let your soul have within it a continual yes. When the heart is in union with God, there is no Nay—it is Yes, be it so, which reverberates through the soul. This Yes, this suppleness, renders the heart agreeable. …

“In proportion as our will passes into the will of God, the desires which are the offspring of the will, are subjugated, and the soul is reduced to unity with God. As the soul advances in the life of God, its natural or selfish movements decrease.” ~Madam Guyon

One in Christ

We should not confuse being one in Christ and being one with Jesus. Jesus was a man who became Christ, but the Christ spirit has existed forever and has taken up temporary residence in other people besides Jesus. Being one with Christ means being one with God and God’s Divine Plan. Being one with Christ means being one with all souls everywhere. It isn’t limited to Christians. Anyone of any faith can serve God.

This union is pure because only a pure soul can be allowed to unite with the God spirit or God Consciousness. God must be pure, unpolluted. A polluted soul cannot unite with God until it is purified.

Continual Yes

Madam Guyon is not suggesting that we become “Yes Men” like those employed by Donald Trump who must agree to everything he says of get fired. What she is saying is that once the soul has joined with God, it finds it cannot resist doing what God wants. As with many others, however, I think Guyon is mixing attributes and actions of the soul with those of the mind. I don’t think an awakened soul ever resists God. But when the soul is dormant, the mind can, and often does.

It is possible that a recently awakened soul may not be completely doing what God wants. This is out of ignorance rather than resistance. The newly awakened soul is, in some ways, like a newborn child. It must learn before it can function in a useful way. Slowly, the soul learns and grows just as the body and mind do. It is only when it has become one with God that it totally understands God’s Plan and desires completely to participate in it. And wanting to serve God s being One in Christ.

Subjugated Desires

It is part of human nature to have desires. Some are good, some are not. It is not always easy to tell which is which. We all know, for example, that murder is wrong. Yet millions of us accept that it is acceptable to kill others if we are at war and our government tells us to.

A fully awakened soul that is one in Christ knows better. Such a person always knows what is rights and what is wrong. He doesn’t listen to his ego or his government. He listens to God on such matters. You can do that when you are one with God. Which is why the only real hope for man to ever live in peace and harmony is a spiritual awakening where we all become one in Christ.

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Helpful Temptations and Obstacles

“To men that are just and upright, temptations become helps. Job, a man of discernment, was victorious in temptations. Sickness came upon him, and he complained not; … his body failed and his strength departed, but his will was not weakened. … So Joseph from the house of bondage was made to rule as king of Egypt. They of the company of Ananias and Daniel delivered others from bondage.

“See then, O thou are wise, the power that freedom possesses; that noting can injure it unless the will is weakened. … Seek thou not here repose, for this is a world of toil. And if thou canst wisely discern, change thou not time for time that which abides for that which abides not; that which ceases not for that which ceases; nor truth for lying. … Collect thy mind, let it not wander among varieties which profit not.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

Helpful Temptations

An excellent runner who is used to running on a clear track will not do well if suddenly put into a hurdle race. Likewise, one who has always ran on flat ground, will get winded quickly running up a mountain. Even worse, the guy who sits on the sidelines watching the runners will not become a good runner at all. For that reason, some people need a wolf to chase them so they will start to run. Some need hurdles and mountains to climb to really build strength in their legs.

We usually think of temptations as something that seems to be good, but often isn’t. The ice cream that gets us off of our healthy diet. The movie of TV that gets us to skip our workout to watch it. But temptations can also be unpleasant things. An illness that makes us stay in bed, even when bed rest isn’t the best solution. A minor injury that gives us an excuse to quite exercising. Most of all, physical problems that cause us to skip our spiritual exercises. But resisting such temptations make us grow strong. That’s why they are helpful temptations.

Power of Freedom

The Power of Freedom has many aspects. The one of concern here is the freedom to choose what is right rather than what is easy. Sometimes, that choice can be painful. It may take us away from things we would rather be doing. But we have the freedom to ignore our own thoughts, or the dark ones whispering in our ears, when we know they are leading us astray. Continue reading “Helpful Temptations and Obstacles”