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Heaven In Us and Above Us

A Piece of Heaven in Us

“Thou will say, ‘God dwells in Heaven.’ O! Thou blind mind, full of darkness; the Heaven where God dwells is also in thee, as Adam was both upon Earth, and also in Paradise at once at once; and give not way to Antichrist to direct thee aloft without this world above the stars, for he tells thee a lie, as the Devil himself did. God is everywhere, as the Prophet David says: If I fly from the Daybreak, or into hell, thou art there. Also where is the place of my rest? Am not I he that fills all things? Yet I behold the miserable and those that are of a broken spirit, and I will dwell in them; Also, I will dwell in Jacob, and my Tabernacle shall be in Israel. Understand it right, He will dwell in the contrite and broken Spirit, which breaks the Gate of Darkness, He will press into that spirit. Therefore, beware of the longing and say not in thyself, I stand in the Dark, the Lord sees me not, nr what I think and do. He stands in the gate of the mind, where the Soul stands (before the clear face of God) in the opened Gate; and all thy abominations are known to God.” ~Jacob Boehme

God Dwells in Heaven

God does dwell in Heaven, but not only in Heaven. This is difficult to understand when we are used to the limitations of physical matter. Such limitations do not affect the spiritual, and certainly have no effect at all on God. Yet, it is not accurate to say that God is everywhere. It is more accurate to say that God is in all things and beings of spirit. He is not, however, found in matter. It is only because the third dimension where we humans dwell is part matter and part spirit that God’s presence is here, but only in the spiritual part. If we descended into the second dimension of pure matter, we would not find God there at all.

Think about it this way. If you had a chance to vacation in a land of cancer and other dreadful diseases where there was nearly a 100% chance that you will get one of those diseases, would you go? I certainly hope not. While to God, matter is a kind of cancer. Therefore, God will not descend into that muck that would contaminate his purity. So he is on this level with us, but in the spiritual part only. Continue reading “Heaven In Us and Above Us”

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Godhead and God the Father/Mother

“Understand how we should live with enlightened reason in universal love. The Father is the Origin of the whole Godhead according to Essence and according to Personality. We, therefore, should bow down in spirit, in humble awe, before the sublimity of the Father: and thereby we possess humility, the foundation of all the virtues. We should fervently adore, that is to say, we should honor and reverence, the mightiness of the Father, because He, in His Might, creates and preserves all things out of nothing. And therefore we shall be lifted up in ghostly wise. We should offer praise and thanks and everlasting service to the faithfulness and love of God, who has freed us from the fetters of the enemy and from eternal death; and thereby we shall be made free. We should present and bewail before the Wisdom of God the blindness and ignorance of human nature, and should crave that all men become enlightened, and may attain to the knowledge of truth: thus God shall be known and honored by them. We should pray for the mercy of God upon sinners, that thus they may be converted, and may grow in virtue: thus God shall be loved by them with a desirous love. We should give generously to all those who have need of it of the rich treasures of God, that therewith they may all be filled, and may flow back towards God.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

The Whole Godhead

I find it interesting that Ruysbroeck talks about the Godhead, and makes it clear that this is not just another way of saying God. To my knowledge, the Godhead is not s term used often in Catholic teachings, and Ruysbroeck was a Catholic. Of course, he was also a spiritual adept and that may have overridden his Catholic beliefs at times. I did find that in Catholic teachings, the Godhead simply means the collective “one God in three persons” being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Gnostic and mystical teachings, it is more.

The Gnostic Godhead refers to the highest level of existence, which contains all lower levels within it. So in other words, the Godhead is all spiritual dimensions and all spiritual beings together. The level just below the Godhead is the Father, or God as an individual being. So they are not the same thing, although it is understandable that some think they are. You might think of the Godhead as a container that holds God and all lesser spirits, making them the One from many. Continue reading “Godhead and God the Father/Mother”

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Seven Worlds, Seven Dimensions

“THE SPARK HANGS FROM THE FLAME BY THE FINEST THREAD OF FOHAT. IT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE SEVEN WORLDS OR MAYA. IT STOPS IN THE FIRST (kingdom), AND IS A METAL AND A STONE; IT PASSES INTO THE SECOND (kingdom), AND BEHOLD – A PLANT; THE PLANT WHIRLS THROUGH SEVEN FORMS AND BECOMES A SACRED ANIMAL; (the first shadow of the physical man).

“FROM THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF THESE, MANU (man), THE THINKER, IS FORMED.

“WHO FORMS HIM? THE SEVEN LIVES; AND THE ONE LIFE. WHO COMPLETES HIM? THE FIVEFOLD LHA. AND WHO PERFECTS THE LAST BODY? FISH, SIN AND SOMA (the moon).

“The phrase ‘through the seven Worlds of Maya’ refers to the seven globes of the planetary chain and the seven rounds, or the 49 stations of active existence that are before the ‘Spark’ or Monad, at the beginning of every ‘Great Life-Cycle’ or Manvantara. The ‘thread of Fohar’ is the thread of life.

“This relates to the greatest problem of philosophy – the physical an substantial nature of life. …

“’Life, like a dome of many-colored glass, stains the white radiance of Eternity’ – yet it is itself part and parcel of that Eternity, for life alone can understand life.

“What is that ‘Spark’ which ‘hangs from the flame?’ It is JIVA, the MONAD.” ~H. P. Blavatsky (upper case section quoted by her from The Secret Doctrine)

Through the Seven Worlds

While the rising of life through the seven kingdoms described in the quote may be accurate for the physical realm, it is not so for the spiritual. In the spiritual realm, at least since the Great Fall, it moves in the opposite direction. That is not the way it should be, but that is how it is. And frankly, I think if it is so in the spiritual realm, it is probably how it really happens in the physical one also.

The scientists of today generally agree with this description of how life progressed from the nonliving (stone and metal) to plants, animals, and finally man. Nonetheless, they have it wrong, especially when you consider the spiritual side of it.

Think of it this way. If you start out with a big batch of dough and a big batch of cherries, you make seven cherry pies, you cut each pie into quarters, then each quarter into two slices, which came first? Surely not the individual slices. Two slices didn’t become a quarter, four quarters a pie, etc. it happened the other way around. The same with those seven worlds. Continue reading “Seven Worlds, Seven Dimensions”

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Prince of This World – The Demiurge

“It is not without a cause that Christ calls the Devil a Prince of this World, for he is so, according to the first Principle, according to the Kingdom of Wrath, and continues so to eternity. But he is not so according to the Kingdom of the four Elements and Stars; for if he had full power in that, then there would be no vegetative [fruit] nor living creatures upon the earth. He cannot master the exit of the four elements, for he is in the original, and there is a whole principle between; only when the constellations awaken the fierce Wrath of the Fire, in the Elementals, as in a tempestuous storm, then he is master juggler [in mischief,] and rejoices himself [therein.] Though indeed he has no power their neither, except it be permitted him from the anger of God then he is Hangman [or Executioner,] and execute the right as a servant, but not as a judge.

“H is Executioner in the Kingdom of this World; the stars are the council, and God is the King of the Land, and whoever departs from God, falls into the council of the stars, which run many upon the sword, … and is the Driver or Executioner.” ~Jacob Boehme

Prince of This World

Why would the devil be considered a prince of “this world”? Because the material world, the material universe, is his creation. As the Gnostic Demiurge, he created it from the realms of spirit created by the true God. But notice that the Devil is called Prince of the world, not King. As king, he could o as he pleases, but as a prince, he is limited to some degree by the laws and controls established by the real God.

Kingdom of Wrath

If you think that the material world is called the Kingdom of Wrath because God sends beings to it when He is angry, you are wrong. It is called the Kingdom of Wrath because, like The Prince of this World, the Demiurge, it is a place full of negative emotions, negative values, negative deeds. It is where anger happens. It is where jealousy happens. Fear and racism live here, and nowhere else. Likewise, death and disease are also exclusive to this dimension, and the second dimension below it which is even more material, more full of fear and wrath. Such things do not exist in the dimensions of spirit, the worlds created by the true God. Continue reading “Prince of This World – The Demiurge”

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