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One Who Gives His Mind to God Achieves Truth

“But he that gives his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and be occupied in prophecies. He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtle parables are, he will be there also. He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables. He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer. … Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. … If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it. … Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field: And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works. … All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Gives His Mind

He (or she) that gives his mind to God is a fortunate person. Such people eventually learn the truth and wisdom by doing this. Not the so-called truth that is really the opinions of educated people, but the absolute truth, the truth of God. He seeks the wisdom of the ancients because he knows that is was real Wisdom, the Wisdom of Sophia, the wisdom of God. Again, this wisdom is absolute. Debating it would be pointless since it is not opinion, but indisputable truth. God does not deal in opinions and theories. God knows only truth, God is Truth.

I belong to several “Spiritual” groups on Facebook, and I regularly see individual posting speculative nonsense such as, “What if this is heaven, and when we die we go somewhere worse,” or “What did God doesn’t want obedience, but rebels?” It is not just that such questions are generally quite foolish, and rarely worth responding to, but that it shows these people are not seeking truth at all, but sharing speculations instead. Sad.

Occupied in Meditation

The meditation referred to here is not the kind that has become so popular these days, primarily through the Transcendental Meditation school. This is not about repeating some ancient Sanskrit words that are meaningless to most of us, but about contemplating God, reality, the worlds of spirit, and the Divine Soul. You don’t develop your muscles by ignoring them. Likewise, you don’t develop your soul by ignoring it. Unfortunately, while there are many competent schools and teachers for training the physical body, there are only a few who truly know how to awaken and train the soul. I personally belong to, and recommend Cosolargy as a real spiritual school and not one just taking advantage of a popular fad to make money. To be one who “gives his mind to God” means we have to meditate on God, not on meaningless chants.

Seek the Wisdom of the Ancients

It is a good idea to seek the wisdom of the ancients. Not all ancients are worthy of such seeking, though. It is the adepts of the ancient mystery schools that we should emulate, not the barbarians. We should also not be seeking the wisdom of those ancient schools in books. The books can do little more than send us down the right path. We have to follow that path for some time before we reach the Great Wisdom for ourselves. This wisdom and truth must be experienced by each of us. It is never found in books. Not that there is anything wrong with books. I have written several myself (check the “Shop” menu tab)! But books can only teach so much, then the rest must come from experience.

Serve Among Great Men

There have been times in human history when the spiritually enlightened people, did serve as consultants and advisers to kings, generals, and other powerful leaders. That is not true today, but it could become true tomorrow. And by “tomorrow,” I mean at some future time when things change. Currently, the vast majority of people are so Materialistic and Capitalistic that it is hard for many of us to see much hope for such a change. We need to remember, though, that the simple fact that some of us are recognizing the folly of clinging to these failed philosophies is progress. The one who “gives his mind to God” sees this.

As we continue to develop our spiritual faculties with the help of the Light from the Spiritual Sun, we will see more and more of us rejecting materialism. As horrible as it is in other ways, the coronavirus pandemic may actually help in this regard. As people are forced to stop their normal lives for several weeks, some will realize that the constant running on the treadmill of Capitalism really gets them nowhere except old, sick, and burned out. And usually with barely enough money to live on if they retire. It started out well with businesses being created to serve people, but it has degenerated to people as the slaves of big business. We need to get back to the ways of the ancients and let the awakened rule, or at least advise the rulers.

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Serpent of Good, Snake of Evil

“The serpent was chosen as the head of the reptilian family. Serpent worship in some form has permeated nearly all parts of the earth. The serpent mounds of the American Indian; the carved stone snakes of Central and South America; the hooded cobras of India; Python, the great snake of the Greeks; the sacred serpents of the Druids; … the mystic serpent of Orpheus; the snakes at the oracle of Delphi twining themselves around the tripod upon which the Pythian priestess sat, the tripod itself being in the form of twisted serpents. … All these bear witness to the universal veneration in which the snake was held. In the ancient Mysteries the serpent-entwined staff was the symbol of the physician. The serpent-wound staff of Hermes the emblem of the medical profession. Among nearly all these ancient peoples the serpent was accepted as the symbol of wisdom or salvation. The antipathy which Christianity feels towards the snake is based upon the little-understood allegory of the Garden of Eden.

“The serpent is true to the principle of wisdom, for it tempts man to the knowledge of himself. Therefore, the knowledge of self resulted from man’s disobedience to the Demiurgus, Jehovah. How the serpent came to be in the garden of the Lord after God had declared that all creatures which he had made during the six days of creation were good has not been satisfactorily answered by the interpreters of Scripture. The tree that grows in the garden is the spinal fire; the knowledge of the use of that fire is the gist of the great serpent.” ~Manly P Hall

Serpent and Snake

It is true that serpents or snakes are found in a surprisingly large number of symbols used by ancient mystery schools, medical schools, and schools of philosophy. I don’t think it is accurate to say that until Christianity made them symbols of evil that snakes and serpents were always good. Even in ancient times, there were both good and bad serpents.

One of the best known of these ancient snake symbols is Ouroboros. This symbol originated in ancient Egypt and is a symbol of Alchemy. Before the symbol was adopted by Alchemists, it was considered a symbol for renewal or the cyclical nature of life. It shows a snake biting its own tail forming a circle. The earliest copy of it is found in a shrine at the tomb of Tutankhamen. In this case, it is said to represent the beginning and end of time, which is a curious idea. Apparently, the ancient Egyptians knew that time was not permanent but part of the illusion of the physical universe.

In ancient Greece, where much was copied from their friends in Egypt, the symbol of Asclepius, the physician who was considered the god of healing, used as his symbol a staff with a snake wrapped around it.

As Hall notes, many other ancient civilizations had snake symbols in various places that showed the serpent (or snake) as a beneficial thing. But that changed with Christianity.

Evil Serpent or Snake

It is curious, I think, that Christianity is credited with making the snake a symbol of evil, yet that is based on a tale in the Bible that is in the Old Testament and predates Christianity. Specifically, it is the serpent that tempts Adam and Eve to do evil, which is to say, disobey God. But Hall says they have it all wrong.

In Hall’s opinion, the restrictions on eating from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” was a rule of the false god, the Demiurge as he is known in Gnosticism. So by this logic, Adam and Eve were not doing evil at all. This interpretation, however, does not explain why they got bounced out of Paradise, home of the real God, and send to the realm of matter where the Demiurge reigns. Why would violators of the Demiurge’s rules be sent to his realm for the violation? It makes no sense to me, so I can’t agree with Hall on this point.

It is common practice for demons, devils, servants of the Demiurge, to make themselves appear as something good such as an angel or a saint. It is logical then they one would appear as a serpent to trick Adam and Eve if it knew that Adam and Eve considered the serpent a beneficial symbol. SO I think the allegorical tale recorded in the Bible is reasonably accurate. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is a symbol of materialism. It is a symbolic name for the material sun. Looking at it gave Adam and Eve knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge is generally considered a good thing, but it isn’t always. Some years ago, many were quite angry with a writer who published a book giving people instructions on how to make homemade bombs. That is an example of evil knowledge and it is something the real God didn’t want Adam and Eve to have. Once they had knowledge of evil in their minds, they were automatically forced out of Heaven where only good can exist. They were not chased out by angels except as having those angels represent the natural forces created by God that automatically control his realm and keep it good and clean, free of evil. So this is one case where the demon disguised as a snake was truly evil.

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Future Trouble Has Future Solutions

“Let not things future trouble thee. For if necessity so require that they come to pass, thou shalt (whensoever that is) be provided for them with the same reason, by which whatsoever is now present, is made both tolerable and acceptable unto thee. All things are linked and knitted together. And the knot is sacred, neither is there anything in the world, that is not kind and natural in regard of any other thing, or, that hath not some kind of reference and natural correspondence with whatsoever is in the world besides. For all things are ranked together, and by that decency of its due place and order that that each particular does observe, they all occur together to the making of one and the same cosmos or world: as if you said, a comedy piece, or an orderly composition. For all things throughout, there is but one and the same order; and through all things, one and the same God, the same substance, the same law. There is one common reason, and one common truth, that belongs to all reasonable creatures, for neither is there save one perfection of all creatures that are of the same kind, and partakers of the same reason.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Future Trouble

Worrying about the future serves no purpose. That is the primary message of Aurelius in this “meditation”. He is saying that when you think about possible future events, future trouble, you are mixing apples and oranges. You are looking at the future event while considering how to handle it with your knowledge and abilities of today. He is saying that such an approach is bound to result in worries and concerns over future trouble when it shouldn’t. By the time the future event arrives, your skills, abilities, and knowledge will have changed. Events change as we change, and vice-versa. Continue reading “Future Trouble Has Future Solutions”

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Physician Healing in a Time of Pandemic

“Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? And he hath given men skill, that he might be honored in his marvelous works. With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains. Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth, My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole. Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness. Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being. Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him. There is a time when in their hands there is good success. For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life. He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Honor The Physician

This idea may not sound too appealing these days. It was written in a time when a physician was a healer, not a vendor of drugs and surgical procedures. These ancient physicians were only interested in keeping their patients as healthy as possible, rather than keeping them chronically sick and addicted to prescription drugs. As we are currently dealing with a pandemic, and not doing a very good job of it, I thought this would be a good subject to blog about.

Asclepius

Asclepius was such a renowned physician that he was considered a god, although he was, in fact, a man. He was claimed to be the son of the Greek god Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis. His legend grew to the point where it was claimed that he was such a great healer that he could actually bring the dead back to life. In reality, he did have a healing center where he healed many. It was also a spiritual center where he taught soul development as well. The physicians of those times knew that the care of the body alone wasn’t enough. You also had to care for the mind and the spirit to have a truly healthy person. Continue reading “Physician Healing in a Time of Pandemic”

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