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Splendor Always There in Eternal Light

“It really seems as though the mystics’ attainment of new levels of consciousness did bring with it the power of perceiving a splendor always there, but beyond the narrow range of our poor sight; to which it is only a ‘luminous darkness’ at the best. ‘In Eternal Nature, or the Kingdom of Heaven,’ said Law, ‘materiality stands in life and light.’ The cumulative testimony on this point is such as would be held to prove, in any other department of knowledge, that there is indeed an actual light, ‘lighting the very light’ and awaiting the recognition of man.

“Consider the accent of realism with which St. Augustine speaks of in his own experience of Platonic Contemplation; a passage in which we seem to see a born psychologist desperately struggling by means of negation to describe an intensely positive state. ‘I entered into the secret closet of my soul, led by thee, and this I could do because Thou was my helper. I entered and beheld with the mysterious eye of my soul the Light that never changes, above the eye of my soul, above my intelligence. It was not the common light which all flesh can see, nor was it greater yet of the same kind, as if the light of day were to grow brighter and brighter and flood all space. It was not like this bt different: altogether different from all such things. … it was higher because it made me, and I was lower because made by it.’” ~Evelyn Underhill

Splendor Always There, a Light Never Changing

The mystics and spiritual adepts do perceive a splendor that is out of range for our physical sight and other senses. Only the spiritual senses can perceive these spiritual dimensions or levels of consciousness, but they must be awakened and developed before that can happen. That is why mystery schools didn’t have one-week or one-month courses. Those who joined such schools spent years developing such abilities, and nothing has changed to make the process significantly faster today. It is a little easier to get started because we now have the promised Sun of Righteousness shining down on us, but once the process is started, it still takes years of gradual development before that splendor always there can be felt or observed.

Part of the splendor always there is the Light never changing, the Light “lighting the very light”. Too many spiritual students confuse the talk of darkness and Light in spiritual writings with the common darkness and light of the physical world. The Light never changing is not a physical light but a spiritual one, and like all things spiritual, it is endless, eternal, always shining. But most can’t see it because they ;look with their physical eyes which cannot see the Light never changing or the Splendor always there.

Eternal Nature

Spiritual people generally don’t think of Nature as eternal. It is clear in this case, though, that what Underwood is calling “eternal Nature” is the spiritual realm (or dimension), not the physical world. Nothing material is eternal, only spirit is eternal. Only spirit is within the splendor always there.

In any other Department of Knowledge

It is a frustrating fact to many spiritual teachers and students that what would constitute absolute proof of almost anything else is considered insufficient with regard to the spiritual. Moreover, the spiritual splendor always there, when they study it at all, is expected to obey the laws of matter, which of course it does not do because, duh! it’s not matter.

Secret Closet of The Soul

When St. Augustine talks of going into the secret closet of his soul, it will undoubtedly mean that he turned within to find the spiritual. That may be the case, but it does not mean that everything spiritual only exists within us. If that were the case, we would be dealing with hallucinations, not dimensions of spirit that are as real—or more real—than those of matter. Going into the closet of his soul is more accurately interpreted as meaning going into his spiritual mind rather than his physical mind. The physical mind is associated with the brain, but the spiritual mind is the soul.

Because Thou was my Helper

No one can enter the splendor always there without the aid of God. Not just anyone is allowed in. Not just anyone knows how to get in. Only those inspired and energized by God and His Angels are capable of entering those spiritual places, which are also the highest levels of consciousness. This is not because God is being greedy or elitist. It is because those who enter spiritual dimensions without being ready for it can suffer a mental breakdown as a result. They can also pollute those dimensions with their negative and materialistic thoughts. That is why they are kept out.

Above My Soul and Intelligence

The Light that Never Changes is above the soul and the intellect, not in a physical way, but because it is of a higher dimension than either the soul or the intellect. It emanates from the highest level of consciousness, which is the highest level of the splendor always there.

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Purity Means Power and Light

“Purity means power. Steel is at once the purity of iron, and the power of iron. Highly refined spirit comes of the purest thought, and is the most powerful thought. Christ felt the evil nature of the woman [who touched his robe]. But knowing the laws, he shook off the evil by his more powerful thought of goodwill toward her. So he could have done so had he been compelled to remain long in contact with her. He would not have remained so save for some special purpose; because the resisting power he would have been obliged to put out to throw off the evil results of her thoughts, might have been expended with far more profit in other directions. If your thought is the superior, there may be man persons to whom you can do only a certain amount of good through association.

“They can only receive a small amount of your thought. They give back in return, and you absorb a large amount of their inferior thought. It is as if you gave them gold and got back iron. You may from them get more iron than is good for you. You give them a great deal of gold they cannot absorb. In this way, both of you are injured.

“You will therefore associate most where your thought most appreciated and also used. Then both of you are benefited mentally and physically.” ~Prentice Mulford

Purity Means Power

I don’t like Mr. Mulford’s choice of the word “power”. That word often has a negative connotation these days. What he is talking about is energy, and that is what he should have called it. But for this post, we will stick with his term, “purity means power”.

What this means, in essence, is that the greater the purity of a thing, the more power (or energy) it has. An LED light gives off more light than an incandescent bulb while using much less electricity. That is because in certain ways it is a purer light source than an incandescent bulb. The incandescent bulb turns an electrical current into a mixture of heat and light, thus more power is needed to get the desired amount of light. The LED bulb converts almost all of the electrical energy to light. So here, purity means power in the way in which the electricity gets used.

Steel and Iron

Mulford uses a different analogy from mine. He compares the purity of steel to iron. Steel being purer has more power in the form of strength and resiliency. We could say the same for nearly any metal oar. Once silver ore has been melted and the pure silver separated from the other elements in the oar, it is a more useful product. In this case, the power of silver isn’t so much in its strength, but in its usefulness and beauty when pure, and purity means power.

Christ Felt Evil

I would not call it evil as to me, the term evil implies intent. I don’t think this woman was intentionally evil, she was simply full of negative energy. Her thought could not have been negative or evil or she would not have reached to touch Jesus saying (and believing) that His touch would heal her. But because Jesus had a very high level of positive, benevolent energy that he drew from the Spiritual Sun, He felt this energy being pulled out of Him and into the woman. Mulford is correct in saying it did no permanent harm to him. It was like using a rechargeable battery. Jesus had merely to turn to the spiritual sun to replenish his Light and Divine Energy. His purity of thought and spirit made it easy for him to quickly regain His power, so again, purity means power.

Back and Forth

Mulford says that when one person touches another, as when the sick woman touched Jesus, there is a two-way flow of “thought”, but her evil thought was too weak to harm Jesus, while His good thought was powerful enough to benefit her. Again, he is saying thought when it should be energy or Light. The woman was Dark, or full of negative energy (which is probably why she was sick). The energy did flow both ways to some degree, but it was mostly the positive energy from Jesus flowing into her, which was able to heal her because purity means power, including the power to heal.

It is true, however, that too much contact with such people could have depleted Jesus’ energy supply to the point where actual harm could have been done. That is even more true of spiritual gurus and healers of today. That is why Jesus would occasionally go off into the wilderness to recharge and why the few real healers of today avoid frequent contact with large numbers of people. Too much contact would allow their negative energy and thoughts to adversely affect the guru. So the gurus don’t withdraw out of egotism, but for self-protection. They must remain pure and energized. Purity means power, or to be more precise, purity means energy.

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Unified Substance of All Beings

“The Magi in their wisdom asserted that all creatures might be brought to one unified substance, which substance they affirm may, by purifications and purgations, attain to so high a degree of subtlety, such divine nature and occult property, as to work wonderful results. For they considered that by returning to the earth, and by a supreme magical separation, a certain perfect substance would come forth, which is at length, by many industrious and prolonged preparations, exalted and raised up above the range ov vegetable substances into mineral, above mineral into metallic, and above perfect metallic substances into a perpetual and divine Quintessence, including in itself the essence of all celestial and terrestrial creatures. The Arabs and Greeks, by the occult characters and hieroglyphic descriptions of the Persians and Egyptians, attained to secret and abstruse mysteries. When these were obtained and partially understood they saw with their own eyes, in the course of experimenting, many wondrous and strange effects. But since the super-celestial operations lay more deeply hidden than their capacity could penetrate, they did not call this a super-celestial arcanum according th the institutions of the Magi, but the arcanum of the Philosopher’s Stone according to the council and judgement of Pythagoras.” ~Paracelsus

Unified Substance

It was the goal of the Magi, the Mystics, and the Spiritual Adepts of the various ancient Mystery schools and Gnostic schools to helps all of us return to a state that Paracelsus is calling “one unified substance”. Where Paracelsus goes astray is in thinking that all of this was material in nature rather than spiritual. The only “substance” that is truly unified is spirit.

Purifications and Purgations

Purification ceremonies were practices by Magi and mystics. The Essenes used ritual bathing. Others may have used steam or smoke. Today, a lot of new-age types use sage smudging for the purification of their environment and themselves.

Purgation may also have been used, but was more of a mental thing than a physical. While purging the body of some things may have been helpful, it is purging the mind of false beliefs and teachings that is important in preparing one for spiritual development.

While purifications and purgations are helpful—sometimes even necessary—for spiritual growth, they do not do the job alone. The most important thing is awakening the spirit and soul using the light of the spiritual sun. Continue reading “Unified Substance of All Beings”

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One Reality of Mystics and Spiritual Adepts

The One Reality

“Of all those forms of life and thought with which humanity has feed its cravings for truth, mysticism alone postulates, and in the persons of the great initiates proves, not only the existence of the Absolute, but also this link: this possibility first of knowing, finally of attaining it. It denies that possible knowledge is to be limited 9a) to the sense impressions, (b) th any process of intellection, (c) to the unfolding of the content of normal consciousness. Such diagrams of experience, it says, are helplessly incomplete. The mystics find the basis of their method not in logic but in life: in the existence of a discoverable ‘real,’ a spark of true being, within the seeking subject, which can, in that ineffable experience which they call the ‘act of union,’ fuse itself with and thus apprehend the reality of the sought Object. In theological language, their theory of knowledge is that the spirit of man, itself essentially divine, is capable of immediate communion with God, the One Reality.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Mysticism Postulates

Mysticism isn’t about speculation, of listening to the idea of others, even those giving themselves the title “guru,” but about discovering truth for ourselves. If you pay attention to spiritual groups on social media, you know they are always putting down religion because. According to them, religion is about believing in someone else’s experiences, while spirituality is about having your own. They then go on to prove with that very statement, as well as almost everything else they post, that what they believe and practice is what they have gotten from others, not their own knowledge! Real mystics don’t do that, nor do real spiritual students. And while we are at it, putting down the beliefs of others is also not the behavior of real mystics or spiritual adepts. The fact that we have leaner some things others haven’t learned yet does not make us superior beings, and those who think it does are feeding overblown egos. Continue reading “One Reality of Mystics and Spiritual Adepts”

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