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Native Country of Man is Heaven

The Native Country of Man

“Behold, you Child of Man, there is no sin in heaven in the Presence of God; only in thyself there is sin, and sin separates us and our God asunder; otherwise all things are fixed, and good in their own being; the Kingdom of Hell and of Wrath is good in itself, according to its own region, it does not vex or torment itself, but its woe is its birth, and the rising of its source, also it desires nothing else.

“And so also the kingdom of this world is fixed [or perfect,] and good in itself; neither does it vex or torment itself; but the elevation of the elements, is its growing and springing, neither does it torment itself in itself, nor has it any distress or fear in itself.

“Only Man has in both those principles, woe, misery, sorrow, and distress; for he is not in his native Country, and none of these two principles can attain his native Country. Therefore, the poor soul must be plagued and tormented, that it may attain its native Country again; it must go again through the Gate of the Deep Anguish of Death; it must break through two kingdoms. …

“It stretches to God, then the Devil holds it on one side with one band, and the World with another band.” ~Jacob Boehme

No Sin in Heaven

This one should be obvious. Heaven is the place of God, His angels, and those souls that have been perfected. So of course there is no sin there. But Boehme seems to mean this in another way. He is saying each dimension of being is, within itself, without sin, for each dimension (which he calls principles) operates perfectly within the rules of its own domain. I’m not sure this is true of all dimensions, but it is definitely true of Heaven. So as the native country of man is Heaven, sin is not actually in our nature.

Sin Separates

Yes, sin does separate us from God. More accurately, though, separation from God makes sin possible. Sin is the result of ignorance. Ignorance of our true nature, ignorance of God, and ignorance of God’s Law and God’s Divine Plan. Those who are one with God do not sin as they know the harm it would do to themselves and others. Those who are in contact with that native country of man know God and know God’s law. In knowing God, they feel great love and have no desire to defy Him. Continue reading “Native Country of Man is Heaven”

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Immortality of the Phoenix and Soul

Immortality of the Phoenix

“Both Herodotus and Pliny noted the general resemblance in shape between the phoenix and the eagle, a point which the reader should carefully consider, for it is reasonably certain that the modern Masonic eagle was originally a phoenix. The body of the phoenix is described as being covered with glossy purple feathers, while its long tain feathers were alternately blue and red. Its head was light in color and about its neck was a circlet of golden plumage. …

“The phoenix was regarded as sacred to the sun, and the length of its life (500 to 1000 years) was taken as a standard for measuring the motion of the heavenly bodies and also the cycles of time used in the Mysteries to designate the periods of existence. …

“The phoenix (which is the mythological Persian Roc) is also the name of a southern constellation, and therefore it has both an astronomical and an astrological significance. In all probability, the phoenix was the swan of the Greeks, the eagle of the Romans, and the peacock of the Far East. To the ancient mystics the phoenix was a most appropriate symbol of the immortality of the human soul.” ~Manly P. Hall

Phoenix, Eagle, and More

Hall notes that the phoenix is probably the source of the Greek swan, the Roman eagle, and the Persian Roc. He doesn’t mention the Native American firebird, which resembles the phoenix more closely than and of the others mentioned. I think the idea in most, if not all of these sacred birds, is that they represent the human soul. When the phoenix rises and flies toward the sun, it is a hint from the ancient mystery schools on the process for awakening and developing the spirit and soul. The immortality of the phoenix comes from the part of the legend that says that when the phoenix does die after 500 years, it is reborn from the ashes. That is a simplification of the original story, but it is the most important part. The phoenix never truly dies, just like the divine-human soul.

Purple Feathers

The colors of the phoenix have meaning, as does almost everything about this legendary bird. The purple feathers are not seen on many modern depictions of the phoenix, but they are important. Purple is now thought of as the color of royalty, but it is also the color that represents advanced spiritual development or mystical development. In some churches, priests and ministers wear purple only on the holiest occasions. Continue reading “Immortality of the Phoenix and Soul”

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Fear Change and You Fear Life

“Is any man so foolish as to fear change, to which all things that once were not owe their beings? And what is it that is more pleasing and more familiar to the nature of the universe? How could thou thyself use the ordinary hot baths, should not the wood that heats them first be changes? How could thou receive any nourishment from those things that thou has eaten, if they should not be changed? Can anything els almost (that is useful and profitable) be brought to pass without change? How then do you not perceive that for them also, by death, to come to change, is a thing of the very same nature, and as necessary for the nature of the universe?” ~Marcus Aurelius

Fearing Change

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”. ~John F. Kennedy

It is really odd that so many people fear change when change is entirely the way of existence in the physical universe. Change is happening every second of every day. Some change is obvious, some is subtle, but there is always change happening. And change comes in many shapes and forms, lets look at a few of them.

Aging is Change

Aging is one of the most common forms of change. Nearly everything, whether living on not ages. When scientists talk about the half-life of radioactive elements, they are talking about a form of aging. When stone is gradually ground down into sand, that too is a form of aging and a form of change. Such change is inevitable so fearing it is pointless. To fear change is to fear life. On the physical plane, there can be no life without change.

Growing is Change

While it is related to aging, growing is not quite the same thing. Aging is about a gradual deterioration while growing is about improvement. When we are born into this world as a tiny baby, it isn’t a state we would want to remain in forever, so this is one case where very few people fear change. We want to change from being a baby to an infant, a child, and an adult. We want to change from knowing nothing about the world to have a mind full of facts, beliefs, and opinions.

Hot Baths

Aurelius makes the point that change is necessary with the example of a hot bath in a Roman bathhouse. You could not get a hot bath if you did not change cold water into hot by heating it with fire. This process makes two major changes. Not only is the water changed from cold to hot, but the wood is changed into ashes, smoke, and heat energy. While this example is not a bad one, there is a similar one that is far more important. The energy of the sun heats our planet. While we may say that isn’t change because it happens every day, it is changing because the temperature varies throughout the day and throughout the year. It is this heating of the spinning planet that creates the wind, ocean currents, and just about everything else having to do with the weather. No one fears change when they are caught in a severe snowstorm, instead, they are rooting for it, praying for it.

Food

Aurelius gives a better example when he talks about the food we eat. If the seed didn’t change into a tree, we would have no fruit. If the tree didn’t change by producing blossoms at the appropriate time, we would get no fruit. And if the blossoms didn’t change into tiny fruit buds that grow and change every day until they become mature fruit, we wouldn’t have any fruit. A whole chain of changes must happen to get fruit. And the same is true of nuts, vegetables, and even meat. If cattle don’t change and get pregnant, there goes the beef industry. Another good reason to not fear change.

Why We Fear Change

Of course, there are many types of change we don’t fear and largely ignore, such as those already mentioned. But when we do fear change, it is usually because the change is not clear and well defined. We fear moving to a new place because we don’t know exactly what living in a new place will be like. We fear changing jobs for much the same reason. But most of all, we fear death because, as far as most of us are concerned, we have no idea what awaits us on the other side of the veil. That is the reason why there are such things as mystics and spiritual adepts. They don’t fear death because they visit the other side, or at least the most advanced ones do. They don’t fear the future because they know God’s Plan. So mystics and real spiritual students don’t fear change, instead, they use it for personal growth. A wise choice.

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Great Pyramid and Pyramid Initiation

Pyramid Initiation

“Supreme among the wonders of antiquity, unrivaled by the achievements of later architects and builders, the Great Pyramid of Giza bears mute witness to an unknown civilization which, having completed its predestined span, passed into oblivion. Eloquent in its silence, inspiring in its majesty, divine in its simplicity, the Great Pyramid is indeed a sermon in stone. Its magnitude overwhelms the puny sensibilities of man. Among the shifting sands of time it stands a fitting emblem of eternity itself. Who were the illumined mathematicians who planned its parts and dimensions, the master craftsmen who supervised its construction, the skilled artisans who trued its blocks of stone?

“The earliest and best known account of the building of the Great Pyramid is that given by the highly revered but somewhat imaginative historian, Herodotus. …

“While his account is extremely colorful, it is apparent that the Father of History, for reasons which he doubtless considered sufficient, concocted a fraudulent story to conceal the true origin and purpose of the Great Pyramid. This is but one of several instances in his writings which would lead the thoughtful reader to suspect that Herodotus was an initiate of the Sacred Schools and consequently obligated to preserve inviolate the secrets of the ancient orders.” ~Manly P. Hall

The Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid is an architectural wonder and to many, a great mystery. The general theory of history is that it was built as a tomb for a pharaoh. But no pharaoh was found buried in it. Besides, just because some pyramids served as tombs doesn’t mean that was their only purpose. Many Christian Cathedrals in Europe have the graves of certain church dignitaries or other famous people in them, yet that does not mean their primary function was as a tomb.

Passed Into Oblivion

I don’t think it is accurate to say that the advanced civilization that built the Great Pyramid “passed into oblivion”. Those people may be gone, but much of what they knew was passed on to other civilizations including ancient Greece. So in my opinion, you can’t say they passed into oblivion when a lot of their knowledge, both physical and spiritual, was passed on to other civilizations. Continue reading “Great Pyramid and Pyramid Initiation”

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