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Man is an Island Only if He Chooses So

“Man is an Island. And its name is Loneliness. Around it is a sea of raging passions. And the waves that beat against its shores, are not they taking away a part of its outer fringe, thereby reducing its very borders? Do not storm winds of gigantic force break the crowns of trees whereon the Bird of Happiness could build its nest? And is not the “flesh” of the island, already withered by the heat, wounded by sharp-edged rocks? Further, the hidden treasures — are not they the eternal target of robbers who live at the expense of their spoils? The island itself is mute, and therefore cannot emit a cry for help, or seal a message in a bottle and consign it to the will of the waves. And there is no cozy haven to attract the gaze of passing ships. Here amidst the stormy waves of life, it is not the island that chooses. Rather, it is chosen by those who wish to set their feet on dry land. Of course, every island dreams of one day seeing Scarlet Sails on the horizon, borne by all the winds directly to its shores. And at the helm will be none other than the one who intended to visit this island in particular. But people often end up on the island as the result of a shipwreck, carried on pieces of wreckage as a “gift” from the sea-waves of life. And while it will accept this unexpected offering of destiny, the Bird of Happiness will not sing its song for them, for it knows that those whom the island rescues will always strive to leave it, using every excuse to press on to other shores. And this will only exacerbate the island’s loneliness, compelling a more vigilant search of the distant horizon in anticipation of beholding a glimpse of the fabled Scarlet Sails.” ~Zinovia Dushkova

Man is an Island

It is debatable whether or not Man can be considered an island. Anyone spiritual knows that all beings are connected together, and that includes man. Even science, in the field of quantum physics, recognizes that things are connected together in ways we don’t yet understand. But I think what Dushkova is saying with his claim that man is an island is that man makes himself an island by treating himself as different from and separate from nature and other beings. We are islands by our own choices, not by our nature.

Man is an Island of Loneliness

Much like the man is an island statement, I think that the loneliness part is exaggerated in the quote also. Not that it isn’t true, at least some of the time, but it isn’t true for everyone all of the time. The point of this claim is that our loneliness is unnecessary. We feel lonely because we are detached from other people and being, or think we are. In fact, we are always connected even if we ignore those connections.

Those of us in Cosolargy wear a sacred thread to remind us that those connections exist. Everyone can do something similar as a reminder. Man is an island only when he refuses to acknowledge and use those connections. Continue reading “Man is an Island Only if He Chooses So”

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Life Thread We Help Weave

“THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM. THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY BEADS.

“This sloka expresses the conception—a purely Vedantic one, as explained elsewhere—of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations. How, then, can this be explained? By resorting to a simile, to a familiar illustration, though necessarily imperfect, as all our available allegories must be. Before resorting to it, however, I would ask whether it seems unnatural, least of all “supernatural,” to any one of us, when we consider that process known as the growth and development of a fetus into a healthy baby weighing several pounds evolves from what? From the segmentation of an infinitesimally small ovum and a spermatozoa; and afterwards we see that baby develop into a six-foot man! This refers to the atomic and physical expansion from the microscopically small into something very large, from the—to the naked eye—unseen, into the visible and objective. … What are the forces at work in the formation of the fetus, and the cause of “hereditary transmission” of likeness, physical, moral or mental, have never been properly answered.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Life Thread

The Life Thread, or Thread-of-Life as we prefer to say it in Cosolargy, is well known in mystical and spiritual schools. Most think of it as connecting together all beings that exist at the present time, but it also connects with previous generations. To remind us of this thread that connects us to all beings, we wear a thread-of-life that has eight crystals, gems, or colored stones on it. It is not that such a thread has some magic or mystical powers. We wear it simply as a reminder. Of course, the stones on it do have mystical powers, but that is another tale. (click here to read older posts about gems and crystals).

Imperfect Allegories

I like that Blavatsky refers to the use of imperfect allegories. When you describe something by the use of an allegory, you are almost certainly describing it in an imperfect way. But with spiritual things, that is often the best way to describe it. But we should all be aware that stories found in the Bible, in the Upanishads, and many other ancient spiritual books are full of allegory and that allegory is never perfect. That is fine with most real spiritual teachers because the intent is to get the students to experience it for themselves, not rely on descriptions from others.

Life Survives

Blavatsky is correct in saying that life survives the last atom. That makes no sense to the materialist. “How,” they ask, “can there be life without a single atom of matter?” The answer is twofold. First, on the level of the physical universe, life isn’t a creation of matter. Life is a force that exists independent of matter. So even if all matter was gone, life would still be there. And if matter somehow returned, the life force would soon have some of that matter forming living beings. That is one way that life survives. The other is that life also exists on a spiritual level. In fact, some spiritual masters and gurus say that it is the only real life because it is eternal. So even if the realm of matter were to be completely wiped out so even the life force was gone, life survives as eternal spirit. The life thread also survives, even when there are no life forms, or all matter is gone. The life thread is just as much spiritual as it is material.

Hereditary Transmission

Blavatsky says that we don’t understand how our offspring, or that of any other earthly being, is given the likeness, physically and mentally of the parent. Today we understand it a lot better than in her time about 100 years ago. Still, we don’t understand it as well as we think we do. We know about DNA and how it carries information from one generation to another. Yet some recent discoveries show that our knowledge of DNA still doesn’t tell the full story.

It has been found that our minds, consciously or subconsciously, can effect this passing of DNA on to new generations. How we think determines what traits we pass on to others. We are responsible, at least in part, with weaving our own thread of life. And it is likely that animals and plants can do that as well, though to a much lesser degree. We can’t control the life thread that connects us to our parents, but we should make the effort to control the one that connects us to our children.

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Connecting Rays of Love, Truth, and Healing

“The rays of love are the connection among people.

“Are you in trouble? Turn to love for help—God is Love.

“Blame and critique are steps to hatred, but help and good to love.

“What does it mean to live with good and noble thoughts and wishes? To have an understanding of a tree with good fruit. Keep your mind and heart clean—speak the truth. Truth, wisdom, and love are inseparable. Think for others as for people who love you and who think good to you. …

“Helping others is serving God, is helping yourself. There are two kinds of help: help for free and help for money. The first one comes from God, the second one from man.” ~Biensa Douno

Connecting Rays of Love

While some will still deny it, even science now knows that we are all connected. Everything is connected. In Cosolargy, we wear a Thread of Life to remind us of this connection. The thread we wear may be made of cotton, silk, or other material. But that is just a symbol of the real thread. The real one is made of light and love. Light because that is what everything truly is. Love because a simple definition for that world is that it is a recognition that we are all connected, all one. So we can call this actual connection connecting light or connecting rays of love.

Helping Rays of Love

This higher love from the connecting rays can be a helping force in many difficult situations. It’s sad when I see people comment on spiritual groups on social media that they are depressed, lonely, sad, and so on. This, I think, is impossible if you are truly awakened. If your soul is awake, it knows about that thread of life. It is aware at all times of those connecting rays of love. It cannot, therefore, be depressed or sad. Recognizing those connecting rays can help keep us from depression and loneliness. How can you be lonely when you are connected to everyone and everything?

Those rays of love can even help in preventing and curing some physical ailments. Most, if not all illness begins n the mind. We feel we are imperfect. Thinking that we have done wrong, we subconsciously think we need to be punished. So we hold back our immune system and allow germs to enter and make us sick. But when we live in the connecting rays of love, we forgive our faults as well as those of others. By doing so, we reduce our chances of getting ill and cure the illnesses we have. Continue reading “Connecting Rays of Love, Truth, and Healing”

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Spiritual Connections to the Sun and Universe

“One day I was walking, and I felt something like an umbilical cord linking me to the sun in the sky. I saw very clearly that if the sun was not there, I would die right away. Then I saw an umbilical cord linking me to the river. I knew that if the river wasn’t there, I would also die, because there would be no water for me to drink. And I saw an umbilical cord linking me to the forest. The trees in the forest were creating oxygen for me to breathe. Without the forest, I would die. And I saw an umbilical cord linking me to the farmer who grows the vegetables, wheat, and rice that I cook and eat. When you practice meditation, you begin to see things that other people do not see.

Although you don’t see all these umbilical cords, they are there, linking you to your mother, your father, the farmer, the sun, the river, the forest, and so on. Meditation can include visualization. If you were to draw a picture of yourself with these many umbilical cords, you would discover that there are not only five or ten, but maybe hundreds or thousands of them, and you are linked to them all.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Connections to the Sun

We are linked to the sun. It isn’t imaginary and it isn’t just a feeling. It’s real. In fact, we are linked to two suns. On the physical level, we are linked to the physical sun and on the spiritual level, we are linked to the spiritual sun. But it isn’t our umbilical cord that links us. It is what mystics call the Cord of Life.

We all know that the physical sun is vital for physical life. If the sun went out, we would freeze solid. It the radiation from the physical sun changes significantly, it will either wipe us out or cause us to mutate. Or it could burn the planet to a cinder.

We rely just as much, if not more, on the spiritual sun for our spiritual life. Our spiritual connections feed our immortal spirit and soul. That is far more important than the care and feeding of a temporary physical body. Yet many people spend a great deal of time caring for the physical body, and little, if any on the spiritual.

Cord of Life

The real umbilical cord that connects us to the sun, the moon, the stars, and each other is the Cord of Life (sometimes called the Thread of Life instead). In Cosolargy, we wear a cord or thread around the waist to remind us of this connections.

The real cord cannot be seen. It exists only on the spiritual level. Yet quantum physicists have demonstrated repeatedly that it exists and has effects even on the physical level. They can’t quite figure it out, though, because they look for solutions on the physical level, and it’s really more spiritual than physical.

These spiritual connections are important in many ways. The first is that it provides proof that we are all one. Not just all people, or all animals: all beings are one. All of existence is one. We are all tiny pieces of that One that most call God. Evil happens when we either brake that link or ignore it. Continue reading “Spiritual Connections to the Sun and Universe”

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