God within

God Within Our Spirits and Souls

“God sees the dwelling and the resting place which He has made within us and through us; namely, the unity and the likeness. And He wills to visit this unity without interruption, with a new coming of His most high birth and with a rich pouring forth of his fathomless love; for he wills to dwell in bliss within the loving spirit. And He wills to visit the likeness of our spirit with rich gifts, so that we become more like unto Him and more enlightened in the virtues. Now it is Christ’s will that we should dwell and abide within the essential unity of our spirit, rich with Zhim above all creaturely works and above all virtues; and that we should dwell actively to that same unity, rich and fulfilled with virtues and heavenly gifts. And He wills that we shall visit that unity and that likeness without interruption, by means of every work which we do; for in every new ‘Now,’ God is born in us, and from this most high birth the Holy Ghost flows forth with all His gifts. Therefore we should go out to meet the gifts of God through the likeness and the most high birth, through the unity.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

God Within Us

The dwelling place and resting place that God has created within us is, of course, the Divine Soul. Ruysbroeck calls it “the unity and the likeness.” Both of those terms describe the human soul and nothing else within us. The soul is part of the Unity because it is spirit, not matter. Because it is spirit, it occupies all space, all time, and is, therefore, part of the Unity. If all spirits occupy all space and all time—and they do—then they must all be part of the Unity. Likewise, being spirit, the soul is the part of us that has the likeness of God because God is also pure spirit. Don’t look for God to have a body similar to ours, because he doesn’t. It is the Divine Soul that is created in His “image and likeness”.

Visit the Unity

I think this may be a mistake in wording or mistranslation of what Ruysbroeck said, or at least meant. I don’t think God wills to visit the unity, He is the unity! God within wills for us to join the unity. Our Divine Souls come from the Unity and are always part of the unity, but if we let them stay dormant within us, we are disconnected from the unity. So the key to visiting the Unity is to awaken our soul from its dormant state. We do that with the light from the Spiritual Sun. God within us is in the soul, not the body. Continue reading “God Within Our Spirits and Souls”

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Statutes of Men and the Law of God

“Man directs his life by the laws of God and the statutes of men. The statutes of men, which are for the good of men, are to be upheld by the Children of Light, who shall not live for the next life only.

“These laws, though stricken on marble ans set up on everlasting pillars at the gateways of the temples, are but diversions for the eye and exercise for the tongue, unless graven also on the tablets of your heart. Thus, you shall not fall into error.

“A man does not obey the statutes because they are the law of the land, but because they accord with his nature and inclinations. The true nature of Man stems from the Godly directive within and is, therefore, above the edicts of kings.

“In upholding the laws and statutes, the chief concern should be a man’s good intent. If he intends well and is diligent, he can be forgiven much, but if he intends well but is thoughtless, then he shall not be looked upon so kindly. Remember; men do not dispense justice, they can but hope to serve it. God alone knows what is good or wicked within his heart, therefore, He alone can dispense true justice.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (MAN:8:1-4)

Law of God

To anyone who is truly spiritual, the Law of God reigns supreme. God knows all. God is all. So to try to second guess God is foolhardy. Of course, the real problem is to distinguish what is actually the Law of God from what is the opinions of men putting words into God’s mouth. The only way to truly know God’s Law is to awaken our spiritual faculties. The awakened soul is then in direct contact with angelic beings and occasionally with God, therefore, it knows truth and it knows God’s Law. What’s more, it knows the importance of following God’s Law and has no interest in rebelling and doing its own thing.

Statutes of Men

This section of the Kolbrin Bible speaks about two kinds of law; God’s Law and the Statutes of Man. They left out an intermediate level which is the laws of nature. But they are not important to this discussion, so we can skip them. I just wanted to mention that there is something in the middle.

The Kolbrin Bible says that all good men should obey both the Law of God and the Statutes of Man. Even the Children of Light should do this. That is a common teaching in spiritual schools, the real ones anyway. The laws or statutes of men are not always just and not always in accord with the Law of God. Nevertheless, we should avoid violating the law. First, because we don’t want to give people the impression that spiritual students are a lawless rabble. Second, because if we are to help our brothers and sisters awaken and grow, we must play along with their games most of the time. Also, when we do things that are considered wrong or illegal by most they send negative energy towards us and that energy can be harmful. Continue reading “Statutes of Men and the Law of God”

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God is Spirit: Herakleon’s Commentary

“’John 4:21 Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when not on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the father.’

The mountain signifies the devil or his world, since the devil was one part of the whole of matter, and the whole world is a mountain of evil, a deserted habitat of beasts, which all Jews who lived according to the law and all the gentiles worship. Jerusalem is the creation or the creator, whom Jews worship. In another sense the mountain is the creation, which the gentiles worship. But you as spiritual people will worship neither the creation nor the demiurge, but the father of truth. And he accepts her as one already faithful and who will be numbered among the worshipers in truth.

“‘John 4:22 You worship what you do not know.

These are the Jews and gentiles. As Peter teaches, “We must not worship in the Greek manner, accepting the works of matter and worshiping wood and stone, or in the Jewish manner worship the divine. They, thinking that they alone know god, do not know him, and worship angels and the month and the moon.

“‘John 4:23 God is spirit, and those worshiping must worship him in spirit and truth.’

Unpolluted and pure and invisible is his divine nature. And to be worthy of him who is worshiped one must worship in a spiritual, not a fleshly, way. For those who are of the same nature as the father are spirit and worship in truth and not in error.

“‘Matthew 9:37 The harvest is abundant but the field workers are few.’

This line refers to those ready for the harvest and for gathering into the barn, to go through faith into rest, and be prepared for salvation and receiving the word.

“’John 4:36 The reaper is taking his wages.’

This is said because the savior calls himself a reaper. And the wages of our lord are the salvation and restoration of those reaped.” ~Herakleon’s Commentary on the Gospel of John

This Mountain

I wouldn’t blame you for getting confused with this one. When spiritual people talk of a mountain top, they usually mean heaven, or at least the higher worlds of spirit. But Herakleon is saying that John means just the opposite in saying “this mountain”. Sometimes, you have to look at the context to understand what an allegory means in a specific instance. If you read more of John 4, you find that the woman has asked Jesus a question, saying that their ancestors worshiped on a mountain, yet He is telling his followers to worship in Jerusalem. His reply, therefore, is a warning that a time is coming when few will truly worship God anywhere. So it makes sense that in this case, the mountain means the Devil’s world or the world of matter, for only in the world of matter would people turn away from God, having no easy and direct contact with Him from this pit so distant from Heaven. I also have never heard of Jerusalem representing the Demiurge, but that also makes sense in this case.

Know What You Worship

In the case of the second commentary on John 4:22, it makes more sense when you add in the second half of the sentence so it reads: “ You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know …”. It is not so much that worship that which they do not know, but that they worship that which the priests tell them too. In other words, they have no personal experience of God so what they worship is a false God for even if the priests are doing their best to describe God, without personal knowledge of Him, you cannot really know Him. That is why the goal of any real spiritual school is to become One with God, even if only briefly, so one may know the truth. As for worshiping angels, it is more like they worship fallen angels, namely the Demiurge who loves to pretend to be God, or they worship angelic messengers sent to earth as teachers. They are not God, especially when they are in human form, and should not be worshipped as such.

God is Spirit

This is really the gist of it. God is Spirit. That is so important to understand it should be repeated frequently. God is Spirit. A man cannot be God. A physical being cannot be God. And God would never become a physical being since that would reduce Him to a lesser being, a faulty being. It would be like one of us volunteering to get a deadly cancer as part of a medical experiment. One more time, GOD IS SPIRIT! Therefore, if we are to know God, we must awaken and develop our spiritual faculties that lie dormant when we come into the fallen realm of matter. That is what it means when Herakleon says that we must worship God in spirit since God is Spirit. It is not good enough to believe in Him mentally for the mind is not spirit. We have to awaken our spiritual self and communicate with God just as the allegorical Adam and Eve did before the Fall into matter.

Ready for the Harvest

Here, Herakleon’s commentary is just as allegorical as the statement he is trying to explain so it isn’t much help. Those who are ready to harvest are those who have awakened and developed their spiritual faculties as much as is possible while trapped in a physical body. They are ready to become part of God’s Army. But don’t let the term “Army” confuse you. The soldiers of God do not fight with violence, but with love and forgiveness. They help the fallen to change and transform, they do not destroy them. They kill evil, by removing it from Man, not by killing men. They help people develop their spiritual self because, once again, God is Spirit.

The Reaper’s Wages

The reaper can be the Savior, or Jesus, as Heraklion says, but it can also be any of us who help others to turn away from devolution into matter and evolve back into spiritual beings. Their wage is that they help themselves as they help others. But don’t get the idea that God owes you anything because you have helped His cause. That is material thinking, capitalist thinking. God gives from His heart, not from a sense of debt. Nonetheless, helping the true God of Spirit save Man from the false god of matter will help you as well.

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Similitude of God Means Spiritual Humility

“Dost thou suppose that I write of the Fall of Man without Light and understanding? … For an angry, malicious, proud, seeking of self-honor and dignity, a mendacious [or lying], thieving, murderous, lascivicious, lecherous mind is not the Similitude of God. But a humble, chaste, modest, pure, courteous [mind] which inclines itself with a longing desire and love to the Heart of God, that is the Similitude of God; in which the flaming spirit is the joy and meekness goes forth out of the will, and for its brethren the will of its spirit (which goes forth from it) readily inclines forwards them; and as the proverb says, it imparts the very heart to them, which is done in the Spirit, wherein the heavenly joy (in the eternal element) springs up, and the Wonders of God are manifested in the virgin, by a hymn of praise to the eternal Mind of God; where the mind plays upon the harp of David a hymn to God; where then (in the eternal Holy Mind) there springs up Knowledge and Colors in the eternal Element, and in the Spirit Wonders, with works and powers or virtues.

“And this is the Image of God, which God created for His glory and joy, and no other; and let not the mad Antichrist persuade thee concerning any other Image of God, for there is no other.” ~Jacob Boehme

Fall of Man

I find it curious that many people who are into spiritual development of some sort don’t believe that there was a fall of Man. They think that everything is proceeding exactly as it was supposed to. If that were true, why would there be a need to make the effort to develop our spiritual side?

The Fall of Man is very real and, as Boehme notes, is obvious to the one who has “Light and understanding,” in other words, one who has become spiritually awake. Man “Fell” from being a spiritual being to one of matter. That is why Adam and Eve were ashamed of their bodies and tried to cover them. It had nothing to do with sex or specific organs that appalled them. They were ashamed of their entire bodies of matter.

Similitude of God

Unlike many who call themselves Christians today, Boehme understood that the greedy, arrogant, seeker of self-honor was not living as a Child of God, a servant of God. Boehme knows that to live as a Similitude of God, one has to have humility, love, manners and ethics. Perhaps most of all, to truly live as a Child of God, one needs to be creative, but exercise that creativity in accordance with the Laws of God, and not with self-interest.

We like to think that we were created in the images of God, and we were, but not in the physical sense that most people think. But because God gave us a certain degree of free-choice, we don’t have to live as images of God. To remain a similitude of God, we have to behave and live as God intended, not as the dark beings who whisper in our ears would have us live.

Heavenly Joy

Heavenly joy does spring up in those who are truly awakened and live in similitude of God. Rejecting that joy for earthly pleasures is like the person who stops to pick up pennies while a few feet ahead is an unseen pile of gold. The real gold, of course, is being reunited with God, becoming a conscious part of the All. That is what brings us joy. No matter what trials the physical world and the demon agents of the Demiurge throw at us, we still live in joy, for we know the fate that awaits our eternal spirit and soul.

Knowledge and Spiritual Wonders

Joy is not the only thing we gain by living in the Similitude of God. We also gain Knowledge and Wisdom. True knowledge and wisdom, not the opinions found in books. We also experience the wonders of spirit. Those wonders include true and absolute love for all, an understanding of what we really are, and an understanding of God’s Plan to redeem the fallen realm of matter. That knowledge brings even more joy, and a desire to remain in service to God and the Universe. Living in similitude to God isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a privilege.