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Motion Without Time in Spiritual Worlds

Acts and Motion Without Time

“Just as Act is timeless, so there is no reason why Motion also should not primarily be timeless, time attaching to it only in so far as it happens to have such and such an extension.

“Timeless change is sanctioned in the expression, ‘as if change could not take place all at once’; if then change is timeless, why not motion also? Change, be it noted, is here distinguished from the result of change, the result being necessary to establish the change itself.

“We may be told that neither Act nor Motion requires a genus for itself, but that both revert to Relation. Act belongs to the potentially active, Motion to the potentially motive. Our reply is that Relation produces relatives as such, and not the mere reference to an external standard; given the existence of a thing, whether attributive or relative, it holds its essential character prior to any relationship so then must Act and Motion, and even such an attribute as habit; they are not prevented from being prior to any relationship they may occupy, or from being conceived in themselves. Otherwise, everything will be relative, for everything you think of—even soul—bears some relationship to something else.” ~Plotinus

Acts Without Time

It seems to be a contradiction to says that acts can happen without time, yet that is the case. When we are trapped in the realm of time, the world of matter, it is difficult to see how that is possible. We see that in order to act, there has to be a change, and time is nothing more than a convenient way to measure the constant change that is taking place around us. But what is true in the realm of matter is not true in spiritual realms. In those worlds, there is no time, no growing old, no death. Yet one must be able to perform acts in those realms or they would have no function, no purpose.

Motion Without Time

If it is difficult to consider that acts can happen without time, it is even harder to see motion happening without time. Once again, however, it does happen. The realms of spirit do not change in the same way that the physical world is constantly changing, yet motion does exist there. It may be a different kind of motion, yet it is motion. In some cases, this motion is constant, never changing, so not really a change at all. The flow of God’s Light is such a motion. It is constantly moving, yet is not subject to time. What is called The Breath of God, the life force that flows from God, is another motion. This motion is also constant and not subject to time. Continue reading “Motion Without Time in Spiritual Worlds”

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Light of Meekness, Light from God

In the Light of Meekness

“Where the soul stands before God, and mixes with the Will of the justice of the Father, who sets His Will before Him (in the breaking of the darkness) in the Light of the Meekness, and continually generates his beloved heart and Son in the virtue of the Meekness of the Will, viz. His eternal Word from Eternity.

“And so should the angelical Man also set his will in the broken Gates of the Darkness, through the Will of the Father, where the Soul mingles in the Meekness of the heart of God, and then the Source of the Darkness, in the fierce wrathfulness, shall not have stirred him, but he should have continued a glorious Prince of Paradise, in triumph over the Kingdom of Hell and of this World.

“But when he sets his imagination in the kingdom of this world, then the bright and clear Will of his Soul drew the swelled Kingdom of the outbirth to the Soul in its Will; and so the pure paradisiacal Soul became dark, and the elements of the body got the Mesch which the Will of the Soul of the mind attracted into the body, and then he was a fleshly man, and got the fierceness of the First Principle, which the strong Breaking through to God, in the Gate of the Deep, made to be hard like bone.” ~Jacob Boehme

Light of Meekness, Light of Glory

It doesn’t seem logical to call the greatest and most powerful Light that exists, the Light of Meekness, yet it is appropriate. Those who are able to access this Light are those who live in meekness and humility, so in that way, it is the Light of Meekness. But it is the greatest of Lights because it is the First Light, the Light from God, the Light of Glory. I think it is probably this Light of Meekness that people report seeing during a near-death experience. I know it is the Light that Mystics of all ages have credited with awakening their spiritual faculties.

Angelic Man in the Light of Meekness

Boehme says that should angelic man set his will “in the broken gates of the Darkness”, in other words, in materialism rather than in the spiritual, he will face the “fierce wrathfulness”. This makes many think that holy men like Boehme are saying that God will become angry and vengeful against them. That is not true. God does not become angry or vengeful. But neither does he consider all behavior to be acceptable. So those who live in the arrogance of overblown ego, and believe they can do whatever they want and still go to Heaven are wrong. No real mystical or spiritual school ever taught such nonsense. The Will of God must be obeyed. The Plan of God must be followed. The spirit and Soul must be awakened and developed in the Light of Meekness. Continue reading “Light of Meekness, Light from God”

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Good Without God Doesn’t Work

“The Working of Blessed Love. It were bitterer than death to me if ever I did that which is good, without God.

“This is the nature of the great love which is of God. She does not flow forth in tears, but burns in the great fire of heavenly glory. And thus she spreads to the farthest distances, and yet remains in herself steadfast and still. She rises up into the nearest converse with God, and remains in herself in the lowest measure. She grasps the most, and retains the least. O blessed Love, who are they who know thee? They are those through whom the light of God glows and burns. They dwell not in themselves. The more they are tried, the stronger they grow. Why so? Because the longer they are in conflict, yet abiding in love, the more glorious is God to their souls, and the more do they see themselves to be unworthy and vile. Why so? Because the greater the love, the greater is holy fear; and the fuller the comfort, the stronger the dread of sin. The loving soul does not fear with terror, but she fears nobly. There are two things over which I cannot mourn enough—one is, that God is so forgotten in the world; the other, that His people are so imperfect. Therefore many fall, because the godly have fallen before them. How God speaks to the Soul in Three Places. In the first of these places does the devil also speak, which he cannot do in the other two. The first place is the mind of man, and this stands open not to God only, but to the devil and to all creatures, who enter in as they will, and hold converse with the soul through the mind. The second place in which God speaks, is in the soul itself. And into the soul none can enter but God only. When God speaks to the soul, it is without the aid of the senses. It is in a mighty, strong, and swift communication, in a speech the mind cannot comprehend, unless the mind is so humbled as to take the lowest place amongst created things. The third place where God speaks with the soul is in heaven, when God draws the soul up thither, and brings her into His secret place, where He shows her all His wonders. Of False Love.” ~by Mechthild of Magdeburg

Good Without God

Why would Mechthild say that it would be worse than death to her if she ever did good without God? Because when humans try to do good without God they do what they think is good, but often isn’t. It may be good for them as individuals but is bad for others. Or it may be good for people, but is harmful to the environment. Of course, atheists would argue otherwise, but studies show they are wrong. While they may claim you don’t need to believe in God to be a good and moral person, studies show that while first generation atheists maintain much of the morality of their religious parents, by the third generation much of the morality is either completely lost, or followed only when convenient.

When I took a class in Systems Analysis (what they called Efficiency Expert in the 1950s and 1960s) one of the things the teacher taught us about solving a problem for a person or a business is to make sure the solution does not create problems that are worse than the problems you are trying to fix. The environmentalists back then clearly were not Systems Analysts and did not follow that concept when they advised us to stop using paper bags and switch to plastic. We know now in hindsight that plastic bags are far more environmentally destructive than the paper ones were.

But even a trained systems analyst using pure science can make mistakes. But a mystic like Mechthild with a direct connection to God will not because God always knows the answer, so we should never try to do good without God. Continue reading “Good Without God Doesn’t Work”

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Trees as Symbols of Wisdom and Knowledge

“Mans veneration for trees as symbols of the abstract qualities of wisdom and integrity also led him to designate as trees those individuals who possessed these divine qualities to an apparently superhuman degree. Highly illuminated philosophers and priests were therefore often referred to as trees or tree men—for example, the Druids, whose name, according to one interpretation, signifies the men of the oak trees, or the initiates of certain Syrian Mysteries who were called cedars; in fact it is far more credible and probable that the famous cedars of Lebanon, cut down for the building of King Solomon’s Temple, were really illuminated, initiated sages. The mystics know that the true supports of God’s Glorious House were not the logs subject to decay but the immortal intellects of the tree hierophants.

“Trees are repeatedly mentioned in the Old and New Testament, and in the scriptures of various pagan religions. The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil mentioned in Genesis, the burning bush in which the angel appeared to Moses, the famous vine and fig tree of the New testament, the grove of olives in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray, and the miraculous tree of Revelation, which bore twelve manners of fruit and whose leaves were for the healing of the nations, all bear witness to the esteem in which trees were held by the scribes of Holy Writ.” ~Manly P. Hall

Veneration of Trees

I think veneration of trees may be overstating it, yet it is true that trees have been important symbols in many societies, more so than most of us know. Most of us know about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that was the downfall of Adam and Eve, though few know what is actually represented. The same is true for the Tree of Life. And the Jews at the time of Jesus considered it a great insult to be killed by being hung on a tree and reserved such punishment for only the worst criminals. And being crucified on a wooden cross was the same as being hung on a tree, so the Romans used this method to not only kill Jews but to insult them in the process. And it was the Roman authorities who killed Jesus, not the Jews. The Jewish “authorities” did what the Roman governor told them to do, nothing more.

Tree People

That the ancient illuminated people were often known as trees, or as a specific variety of trees like oaks or cedars, is news to me, but it makes sense. Trees are often symbols of quiet strength, wisdom, and knowledge. So the Druids may very well have gotten their name from Oak trees. Continue reading “Trees as Symbols of Wisdom and Knowledge”