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Group Thinking Makes Complex Lifeforms Possible

“Each atom is to the yogi a living thing, leading its own independent life. These atoms combine into groups for some end and the group manifests a group intelligence, as long as it remains a group; these groups again combining in turn, and forming bodies of a more complex nature, which serves as a vehicle for for higher forms of consciousness. When death comes to the physical body the cells separate and scatter and that which we call decay sets in. The force which has held the cells together is withdrawn, and it becomes free to go its own way and form new combinations. Some go into the body of the plants in the vivinity, and eventually find themselves again in the body of an animal; others remain in the organism of the plant; others remain in the ground for a time, but the life of the atom means incessant and constsnt change. As a leading writer has said: ‘Deat is but an aspect of life, and the destruction of one material form is but a prelude to the building up of another.’” ~William Walker Atkinson

Living Thing

I’ve discussed this before, but it’s worth repeating for this post. When we say that a life form is living, we know what we mean, yet we cannot locate the life in that being. Life exists in it at the cellular level for sure and probably at the atomic level. I’ve also discussed that we are a hierarchy of life, at least on the physical level. We are not a single living entity but a conglomeration of billions of living beings. And that is true of all complex beings.

Start of Life

On the physical level, we know that single-celled lifeforms came first. At least that is the prevailing theory of science. That theory doesn’t explain how and why non-living atoms came together to form those living beings, but we will accept the theory at this point.

The next level of complexity in life came when some of these single cells began to cling together and form a multi-celled being. That most primitive form of multi-celled life

Sponge near diver

is the sponge still found today in the oceans (and bearing little resemblance to Spongebob Squarepants). In a sponge, there are no specialized cells of any kind. Each cell is the same, like bricks in a brick wall. And yet the spange is able to function as a true multi-celled animal in many ways. It serves as a good example, though, for the point that even in the most complex of beings, each cell is an independent lifeform.

Group Thinking

Each of those cells thinks independently, yet they are also engaging in group thinking an multiple levels, as Atkinson notes in the quote. Group thinking has been given a negative connotation today. That is because many see it as the same thing as herd mentality and crowd mentality, but each of those things is slightly different and the first two have more positive aspects than negative ones.

One of the best examples to illustrate positive group thinking is to watch a large flock of birds in flight. The leader of the flock can make a turn and all the others follow with collisions being very rare. In essence, their tiny bird minds are linked together while in flight so the thoughts of one are the thoughts of all. You might call it flock consciousness.

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While crowd mentality can certainly be a negative thing, the type of group thinking, or group consciousness, Atkinson is talking about is a positive thing. But whether positive or negative, it is a reality. Individual cells of living beings are conscious on the most basic level. When they group together for a specific purpose, they have a group mentality that is generally useful. We would not live long, for example, if each of our blood cells decided on its own what it was going to do. The fact that all red blood cells carry food and oxygen to all cells in the body makes living possible. The fact that all white cells fight disease, among other things, helps us stay alive and healthy. So even though the cells remain separate, they still engage in a primitive group thinking that allows them to function as if they made up an organ of the body.

Group Thinking in Man

In other cases, different cells form organs like the heart, liver, and longs in more complex beings. Each organ has a group mentality that allows it to perform its function. And all the organs and other parts of a complex lifeform like a human engage in group thinking as a total being so when we want to walk forward, we don’t have one leg trying to go forward and the other going in reverse. While it might be argued that the brain is controlling all of this, there is growing evidence that the mind, especially the subconscious mind that handles such thing as walking and breathing, is not completely in the brain but is spread out and may function separate from the body entirely. In other words, the complete consciousness of a person is not just the brain-mind, but also the group thinking of every cell in the body.

Group Thinking of Spirit and Soul

Is group thinking limited to the physical world? Probably not. In fact, most spiritual and mystery schools have taught for ages that a form of group thinking does function in the spiritual realms. The primary goal of spiritual development is to unite the soul with God or the Universal Consciousness. Forst, of course, we have to awaken the soul. Then we can start developing group thinking on the spiritual level as well as the physical. Then one day we may again be a single Consciousness of All mad up of many individual bits of consciousness.

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Similitude of God Means Spiritual Humility

“Dost thou suppose that I write of the Fall of Man without Light and understanding? … For an angry, malicious, proud, seeking of self-honor and dignity, a mendacious [or lying], thieving, murderous, lascivicious, lecherous mind is not the Similitude of God. But a humble, chaste, modest, pure, courteous [mind] which inclines itself with a longing desire and love to the Heart of God, that is the Similitude of God; in which the flaming spirit is the joy and meekness goes forth out of the will, and for its brethren the will of its spirit (which goes forth from it) readily inclines forwards them; and as the proverb says, it imparts the very heart to them, which is done in the Spirit, wherein the heavenly joy (in the eternal element) springs up, and the Wonders of God are manifested in the virgin, by a hymn of praise to the eternal Mind of God; where the mind plays upon the harp of David a hymn to God; where then (in the eternal Holy Mind) there springs up Knowledge and Colors in the eternal Element, and in the Spirit Wonders, with works and powers or virtues.

“And this is the Image of God, which God created for His glory and joy, and no other; and let not the mad Antichrist persuade thee concerning any other Image of God, for there is no other.” ~Jacob Boehme

Fall of Man

I find it curious that many people who are into spiritual development of some sort don’t believe that there was a fall of Man. They think that everything is proceeding exactly as it was supposed to. If that were true, why would there be a need to make the effort to develop our spiritual side?

The Fall of Man is very real and, as Boehme notes, is obvious to the one who has “Light and understanding,” in other words, one who has become spiritually awake. Man “Fell” from being a spiritual being to one of matter. That is why Adam and Eve were ashamed of their bodies and tried to cover them. It had nothing to do with sex or specific organs that appalled them. They were ashamed of their entire bodies of matter.

Similitude of God

Unlike many who call themselves Christians today, Boehme understood that the greedy, arrogant, seeker of self-honor was not living as a Child of God, a servant of God. Boehme knows that to live as a Similitude of God, one has to have humility, love, manners and ethics. Perhaps most of all, to truly live as a Child of God, one needs to be creative, but exercise that creativity in accordance with the Laws of God, and not with self-interest.

We like to think that we were created in the images of God, and we were, but not in the physical sense that most people think. But because God gave us a certain degree of free-choice, we don’t have to live as images of God. To remain a similitude of God, we have to behave and live as God intended, not as the dark beings who whisper in our ears would have us live.

Heavenly Joy

Heavenly joy does spring up in those who are truly awakened and live in similitude of God. Rejecting that joy for earthly pleasures is like the person who stops to pick up pennies while a few feet ahead is an unseen pile of gold. The real gold, of course, is being reunited with God, becoming a conscious part of the All. That is what brings us joy. No matter what trials the physical world and the demon agents of the Demiurge throw at us, we still live in joy, for we know the fate that awaits our eternal spirit and soul.

Knowledge and Spiritual Wonders

Joy is not the only thing we gain by living in the Similitude of God. We also gain Knowledge and Wisdom. True knowledge and wisdom, not the opinions found in books. We also experience the wonders of spirit. Those wonders include true and absolute love for all, an understanding of what we really are, and an understanding of God’s Plan to redeem the fallen realm of matter. That knowledge brings even more joy, and a desire to remain in service to God and the Universe. Living in similitude to God isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a privilege.

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Law of Moses and God

“The law ordained through Moses … has not been understood by many persons. … I think that this will be perfectly clear to you when you have learned the contradictory opinions about it. Some say that it is legislation given by God the father of all; others, taking the contrary course, maintain stubbornly that it was ordained by the opposite, the devil who causes destruction, just as they attribute the fashioning of the world to him, saying that he is the father and maker of this universe. Both are in error; they refute each other, and neither has reached the truth of the matter. For it is evident that the law was not ordained by the perfect god the father, for it is secondary, being imperfect and in need of completion by another, containing commandments alien to the nature and thought of such a God. On the other hand, one cannot impute the law to the injustice of the adversary, for it is opposed to injustice. … Only unintelligent people have this idea, people who do not recognize the providence of the creator and have blinded not only the eye of the soul but also the eye of the body. From what has been said, it is evident that these persons entirely miss the truth; each of the two groups has experienced this, the first because they do not know the God of justice, the second because they do not know the Father of all, who was revealed by him alone who came and who knew him. It remains for us who have been counted worthy of the knowledge of both of these to provide you with an accurate explanation of the nature of the law and of the legislator by whom it was ordained. …

“First, you must learn that the entire law contained in the Pentateuch of Moses was not ordained by one legislator, I mean, not by God alone; some commandments are Moses’, and some were given by men. The words of the savior teach us this triple division.” ~Ptolemy

Law of Moses

What Ptolemy is saying in his lengthy and convoluted way is that we can’t just assume that all of what is called the Law of Moses is the Law of God. In other words, we can’t say that God was the source of all of it. Ptolemy says some are the words ( or opinions) of Moses and some the ideas of other men. This doesn’t even account for what gets lost from translations into another language, then translating that into another language, and so on until what comes down to us has been through four or five translations. Those who would argue that it is the Word of God, therefore God Himself makes sure it is always translated correctly fail to recognize that there are dozens of different versions of the Bible, each a little different. And even if it were true that all of the Law of Moses was inspired by God, many people would still not understand its true meaning. Continue reading “Law of Moses and God”

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Oversoul of Universal Consciousness

“Like most of us, Emerson had been taught to think of the soul as an immortal spirit placed inside each of us by God, which can be either saved or damned. But as his faith evolved during these tumultuous years, culminating in his pilgrimage abroad, Emerson came to a very different understanding. Through meditation and experience, Emerson came to see his soul as a part of the universal consciousness. The “oversoul,” he believed, is the very ground of existence, out of which all things—energy, matter, life—come into being. We cannot define the soul, he insisted, only evoke it with metaphor and poetry. Emerson likened the soul to the sun—too bright to be gazed upon directly, yet by it, we see all things. He also pictured it as a vast ocean, with our individual souls being waves upon it, emerging for a time and then returning to the whole. Individuality, in Emerson’s view, is secondary to unity. Each of us is inseparable from all people, all plants and animals, the Earth, our solar system, and the entire cosmos. And we each carry the universe inside ourselves, just as each wave carries the ocean.” ~Sam Torode

The Soul

The initial belief of Emerson that the soul was immortal spirit was correct. But we need to be aware that just because the soul is spirit, doesn’t’ mean the spirit is the soul. The spirit and soul are two different things, though both of them are spirit. Where he, like many others, was wrong is in the idea that the soul could be either saved or damned. A human can be saved or damned, but not the soul. A person who develops their spiritual self while still alive in the physical world can integrate with the spirit and soul. Then that person is truly saved. But for those who fail to do that, the soul will separate from them at death and return to the higher realms of spirit without them. So the immortal soul is saved, although the person may not be.

Universal Consciousness

Yes, the soul is a part of universal consciousness. Yet it also retains its individual existence. It is much like each of us in physical form is a part of the human race, yet still individuals. Continue reading “Oversoul of Universal Consciousness”

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