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Wrong Place for Human Souls

“God created every thing for and in that wherein it should be; the Angels for and in Heaven, and Man for and in Paradise. If therefore the desire of the creature goes forth from its own mother, then it enters into the contrary will and into enmity, and it is tormented with the contrariness therein, and so a false will arises in a good; and then the good will enters into its nothing again, viz. Into the end of Nature and Creature, and so leaves the Creature to its own evil or wickedness, as appears by Lucifer and also Adam; and had not the will of the love of God meant with Adam, … there could be no good will in Man.

“Therefore all speculation and inquiry about God’s will is a vain thing, unless the mind be converted. For when the mind stands captivated by the self-desire of the earthly life, it cannot comprehend what the will of God is.” Jacob Boehme

In the Right Place

God created everything in the place where it should be. As Boehme says, he created Angels in heaven and Man in Paradise. This clearly means that to Boehme at least, Heaven and Paradise are two different things. When we think of it as dimensions, we could say that angels were created in one spiritual dimension, and man in another. Exactly what the difference is between the two is not really important.

In the Wrong Place

What is important is that Man is clearly not in paradise anymore. So what happened? The Great Fall happened. The story of Adam and Eve being kicked out of paradise is one variation of the Great Fall. The story of Lucifer and his cohorts turning from God and creating a realm of their own (the universe of matter), is another. Both tales end in the same result: man has fallen into a lower dimension than he was meant to be in. Continue reading “Wrong Place for Human Souls”

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Forever Day of God and the Soul

“There are more days than one. A day, whether six or seven ago, or more than six thousand years ago, is just as near to the present as yesterday. Why? Because all time is contained in the present Now-moment. Time comes of the revolution of the heavens and day began with the first revolution.

“The soul’s day falls within this time and consists of the natural light in which things are seen. God’s day, however, is the complete day, comprising both day and night. It is the real Now-moment, which for the soul is eternity’s day, on which the Father begets his only begotten Son and the soul is reborn in God. God the Father and the Son have nothing to do with time. Generation is not in time, but at the end and limit of time. In the past and future movements of things, your heart flits about; it is in vain that you attempt to know eternal things; in divine things, you should be occupied intellectually . . . .

“The soul’s day and God’s day are different. In her natural day the soul knows all things above time and place; nothing is far or near. And that is why I say, this day all things are of equal rank. To talk about the world as being made by God to-morrow, yesterday, would be talking nonsense. God makes the world and all things in this present now. …

“Again, God loves for his own sake, acts for his own sake: that means that he loves for the sake of love and acts for the sake of action. … The past and future are both far from God and alien to his way.” ~Meister Eckhart

Forever Day

What is a day? On planet Earth, it is a bit over twenty-four hours. It represents one spin of the planet on its axis. But what if you’re not on Earth? A Martian day or a day on Saturn is different. Each planet has a different length of a day. So even though most dictionaries define a day as a period of twenty-four hours, that is only true on earth. On a different planet, around a different sun, in another galaxy, it can be quite different. But this is all based on our standard concept of time. Eckhart says that time is very different to the soul and to God.

In spiritual worlds, time doesn’t exist. That means there is no past and mo future in those places. Everything is an eternal now, a forever day. So to say that God created the world in seven days is symbolic. God creates now. To Him, there is nothing but an eternal Now. Likewise, there is no specific place because spiritual realms also exist without the boundaries of space. So God didn’t create some things in the distant past, other things last Tuesday, and still others next week. At least not from His point of view. Creation is always happening now, and everywhere, in the eternal forever day.

Soul’s Day and God’s Day

The sentence in the quote: “The soul’s day and God’s day are different,” can be confusing. It sounds like Eckhart is saying that what is a day to the soul is different from God’s day. Therefore, a soul day is not a forever day, an eternal day. But then he adds that the soul knows all things “above time and place.” So it sounds like a day to the soul is the same as a day to God. There is an exception of sorts, which may be what Eckhart is alluding to.

When we are born in a physical body, we have a soul. But that soul is dormant. It is in a condition similar to a coma. So while it is in that state, it is not aware of much of anything. Once the souls is awakened—what being born again really means—it lives in that spiritual realm of the forever day. So then it knows all that happened while it was dormant because it has no connection with time and space. Which is why the concept of an old soul is complete nonsense. All souls are exactly the same age.

God’s day is that forever day and God is and always will be fully conscious. So there is no beginning, no end, and no pause in the God Day. The forever day is forever.

Days of Good and Evil

A common question you hear from new spiritual students is, “Why did God create evil?” the answer, of course, is that He didn’t. Evil can exist only in the realm of matter and time, therefore it has to be created by the being (or beings) ho created that realm: the Demiurge.

The second question they ask is, “Why doesn’t God get rid of death, disease, starvation, and other evil things?”. The answer is that God exists in that eternal now, the forever day. Since all evil is temporary, it doesn’t exist there. The forever day is a day of eternal good. So the way to get rid of evil is not to suck the evil out of the material universe, but to get rid of the universe of matter entirely. Not by destroying it, but by transforming it back into spirit.

In a realm where there is no time, there can be no hunger, no death, no disease, no want. All of those things rely on time to exist. But God won’t transform the physical universe until most of us want Him to. We have a certain amount of free will granted by God. Because of that, we can choose to stay stuck in the realm of matter. Most of us do just that. Usually not consciously, but on a subconscious level.

God Knows Time

Although God dwells in the forever day He does know what time is. He knows that to those of us in the physical world where things change and therefore time exists, time is a real thing. Time is an illusion only in the sense that the physical universe is an illusion. To physical beings, it is real.

So because God understands time, while living outside of it, he has given us a limited amount of time to redeem ourselves. I know many think otherwise. They are wrong. God is not going to wait forever for us to change. He has sent his Sun of Righteousness to awaken us and help us develop our spiritual side. But He isn’t going to wait much longer for us to do it.

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Rules and Laws in a Spiritual School

  1. Love God above all. To ‘love God’ means to love wisdom and truth. We can love God in no other way than in being obedient to Divine law. …
  2. Devote your time to your spiritual advancement.… The spirit of man may send his mental rays into matter to to obtain knowledge of all terrestrial things; but there is no need that the spirit should thereby lose its own divine self-consciousness …
  3. Be entirely unselfish. Spiritual knowledge begins only where all sense of self ceases. Where the delusion which causes man to imagine himself to be a being separated and isolated from others. …
  4. Be temperate, modest, energetic, and silent. The door to the inner temple is called ‘Contentment.’ … without energy, nothing can be accomplished. …
  5. Learn to know the origin of the METALS contained within thyself. Ignorance is the cause of suffering.
  6. Beware of Quacks and pretenders. He who claims to be in possession of knowledge, knows nothing. …
  7. Live in constant adoration of the highest good.… The Eagle spreads his wings and rises up towards the sun.
  8. Learn the theory before you attempt to practice. He who travels with a trustworthy guide will be safer. …
  9. Exercise charity towards all beings. All beings are one in the spirit; divided from each other merely by the illusion of form …
  10. Read the ancient books of wisdom. Books are to the unripe mind that which mother’s milk is to the nursling.
  11. Try to understand their secret meaning. That which is external may be seen with the external eye but that which is spiritual can only be seen with the eye of the spirit.

These are the eleven rules which ought to be followed. … But the Rosicrucians have a twelfth rule, an Arcanum, in which great power resides, but of which it is not lawful to speak.” ~Franz Hartmann

Rules of Mystical Orders

While Mr. Hartmann calls these rules the Rosicrucian Rules, They apply to almost nay of the ancient mystical orders with only slight changes and additions. Since mystery schools were all about spiritual development, it behooves all of us trying to develop our spiritual self to pay attention to what they had to say.

There are many New Age people today who say there are no rules to spiritual development. Others say there is only one rule, which is to be opposed to organized religion. Both groups are wrong. Not all religions or churches are the same and none of those critics have ever taken the time to really research them. They simply make assumptions base on knowledge of a few. And the no-rules type usually get into deep trouble after a few years when the demons and dark beings control them even more that the church sheep they like to insult. There are rules of all orders on earth. There are rules, or laws, in Heaven as well. Anarchy and chaos is not being spiritual. So let’s take a closer look at some of the rules Hartmann mentions.

Love God Above All

It should be obvious and logical o all serious students that this is rule number one. If you don’t love God, you are not going to follow His Laws. You also won’t work for completion of the Divine Plan if you don’t love God. No one will follow the remaining rules otherwise.

Time For Spiritual Advancement

Another fairy tale of many who call themselves spiritual is that nothing has to be done to become spiritual. They simply declare that they are spiritual, and so it is. No great spiritual school ever taught such nonsense.

We must work on our spiritual development forever. The job is never completed. We never reach the highest level of consciousness while trapped in a physical body. Yet we must go as far as we can before we leave that body. And we must work on it regularly. That means daily, or close to it. Whatever spiritual development techniques you practice, they must be done often to be most effective.

Be Unselfish

Selfish people hoard things. We all know about the very wealthy who hoard money and material goods. Most spiritual people know this is not a good thing. Yet there are also those who hoard knowledge, even spiritual people. Sure, there is advanced spiritual knowledge that can never be shared with the general public. Nonetheless, there is basic information that should be shared. Not only will you be helping others, but when we work together, we accomplish more that when we work alone. Most businesses know this is true. They call it “The Law of Synergy”.

Another reason to not be selfish is that we never know everything. Others may know something we don’t. If we want them to share, we have to share.

Beware of Quacks

Sadly, there are many phony spiritual teachers around these days. Some of them are innocent of deception. They actually believe that the overly-simplified systems they promote are really going to cause a spiritual awakening. Of course, they never have any proof. There are others who are well aware that they have put together a mix of available spiritual teachings from various schools and places simply to appeal to the masses and make a good deal of money. While the bits of spiritual truth their books and seminars share may be better than noting, we should take care to not believe that they have it all. No book aver contains all that is necessary for a complete spiritual awakening. In a real spiritual school, certain truths are reserved for those who have reached a certain level of understanding.

Learn the Theory Before You Practice

Hopefully, no one would attempt to do brain surgery before attending medical school. And the courts won’t let you be represented by a “lawyer” who doesn’t actually have a law degree. Yet there are many who think they can just jump into spiritual practices without first studying the proper way of using them.

St. Paul was one such person. He knew that Jesus and His followers practiced some form of sun gazing, but he didn’t know the details. He tried doing it anyway and seriously injured his eyes. So learn the whys and hows before you do it.

Charity Towards all Beings

This is another important rule of all real spiritual schools. Vegans will, of course, jump on this and say, “See, we told you it was wrong to kill and eat animals.” They are correct. Yet, they are also wrong. They think animals are beings, but plants are not. But plants are just as much living beings a as animals are. St. Francis understood this when he call all plants and animals his brothers and sisters.

So we must treat all lifeforms with charity and respect. And eat only what we need to survive. We need to start learning to eat light. The Divine Light of God is the only food we should be eating. Unfortunately, we have become so dense, we cannot live on light alone. But if we take in spiritual light from the spiritual sun regularly, we start changes that will be passed on tho the next generation. In two or three generations, we may be living solely on light. Until then, killing and eating one type of being is the same as any other. On a spiritual level, they are all the same.

Read and Understand Ancient Books

Many of us have read ancient books of wisdom such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, The Upanishads, etc. Few really understand them. And many have never read them. We read the books of contemporary spiritual writers, but ignore the great writings of the past that hold far more truth than the McDonald’s of spirituality.

But to understand them, we need to first accept that a large part of all of them is written in allegory. They are not intended to be taken literally.

A good example of this is the Bible story of Jesus turning water to wine at a wedding. Materialistic types take this literally and think it was a great accomplishment. But even if it really happened, it’s importance lies more in it’s allegorical meaning. The basic meaning of is that Jesus turned materialistic people (water) into spiritually awakened people (wine). That is far more important.

Rules and Laws

While the rules of spiritual or mystery schools were important to maintain order and aid spiritual growth, they never overruled the Law of God. All these schools recognized that God’s Law was supreme. But they also recognized that many beginning students didn’t know what those laws were. For that reason, they had laws and rules on the human level. Unlike modern laws, however, they never violated the supreme Law of God.

For more on God’s Law, read this older post. And this one.

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Will of God is Followed by Choice, Not Force

“By an authority as gentle as efficacious, God accomplishes His will in us, when we have surrendered our souls to Him. The consent we give to his operations, and our relish of them, is sweet and sustaining, in proportion to the perfection of our abandonment. God does not arrest the soul with violence. He adjusts all things in such a manner, that we follow Him happily, even across dangerous precipices. So good is this Divine Master, so well does he understand the methods of conducting the soul, that it runs after Him, and makes haste to walk in the path he orders.

“Suppleness of soul is, therefore, of vital consequence to its progress. It is the work of God to effect this. Happy are the souls who yield to His discipline. …

“Reason may at times oppose with all its strength, and cause some fears, some hesitations; but being fixed in God, it is impossible for the soul to change its course.” ~Madam Guyon

Will of God Gets Done

A good military general knows that not all of his soldiers will be fully effective in battle. For that reason, he tries to have more soldiers than are necessary to do the job. That way, even if only eighty percent of them do a good job, the battle is still won. Only a foolish general would assume that every soldier will do a good job when the battle begins.

God is no different than that good general. He knows that not everyone can be relied upon to do what is necessary to complete his Divine Plan to save the fallen realm of matter. Some don’t think it need to be fixed. Others want it fixed, but don’t want to be part of the solution. God knows that. So in most cases, he doesn’t pick one specific individual to get a job done. Instead, He inspires several people. Some may ignore the inspiration. But at least one will listen and do the job. For that reason, God uses no force to accomplish His Plan. The will of God will be done, but not by any particular individual. Continue reading “Will of God is Followed by Choice, Not Force”

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