similitude of God

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.

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Impassioned Images Can Prevent Growth

“We carry about with us impassioned images of the things we have experienced. If we can overcome these images we shall be indifferent to the things which they represent. For fighting against the thoughts of things is much harder than fighting against the things themselves, just as to sin in the mind is easier than to sin through outward action.
“Some passions pertain to the body, others to the soul. The first are occasioned by the body, the second by external objects. Love and self-control overcome both kinds, the first curbing the passions of the soul and the second those of the body.” ~The Philokalia

Impassioned Images

We are all familiar with the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When trying to explain something to another person, a photo of the event can often show a lot more than your attempt to describe it in words. And when dealing with a person who speaks a different language, you can often get them to understand what you want by showing them a picture. Yet few stop to consider how important this is with the mind.

I think any psychologist, psychiatrist, or brain researcher will tell you that the brain-mind is very image-oriented. When you say a word, it is meaningless to the mind. It is only when the mind forms an image based on the word that the person gets any comprehension. The problem comes in when we then interpret that image, or in the details of it.

If I grew up loving cats, and playing with kittens, the word “cat” will invoke a pleasant image of a cat. If, however, I was attacked and injured by a stray cat as an infant, my image of “cat” will involve sharp claws and pain. So what we are being warned of is that words invoke images, images invoke emotions, and those emotions may be misleading. The vast majority of cats will not harm us, but to that person who was attacked as an infant, he will never truly accept that until he can get that image out of his head.

Advertisers recognize this, so they try to fill our heads with images of their client’s product that will make us desire it. We see nice people buying car X, so that image makes us want car X. In another commercial, we see healthy, happy people drinking Z beer, so we start to associate health and fun with beer Z. We tell ourselves that beer can’t make you slim and healthy. But after seeing the commercial many times over, the image is trapped in our brain and we go buy some beer Z. Continue reading “Impassioned Images Can Prevent Growth”


A Distorted View

“It is quite arbitrary to regard as a totality, as a thing in its entirety, the sum of what we experience through mere perception, and to regard as a mere addition, which has nothing to do with the thing itself, what reveals itself through thinking observation. If I receive a rosebud today, the picture that offers itself to my perception is complete only for the moment. … The picture which presents itself to me at any one moment is only a chance section of an object which is in a continual process of becoming. … That opinion is quite subjective which, on the basis of a chance picture of a thing, declares: This is the thing.” ~Rudolf Steiner

distortedjpgIf you think about it, it is really very arrogant and egotistical of us to believe that our image of an object or being in the physical world is the one, true, and complete view of what it is. Police detectives can tell you that if you ask ten witnesses to describe the perpetrator of a crime, you are likely to get ten different descriptions. Around a hundred years ago, stories were coming out of parts of Africa of a giant ape that was ten feet tall and weighed a ton or more. It was, naturally, assumed to be a fantasy. Later we learned that the mountain gorilla was a real creature, though not very much like the descriptions previously provided. It is only five or six feet tall, not ten. It is only 400 pounds, not a ton. So were the people who described it previously lying? No, they were not, at least not intentionally. When they had see the huge unknown animal, they immediately became very fearful and fear can cause you to get a very distorted view of things. If you fear snakes, the three foot harmless garden snake become an anaconda to you. And if you fear bugs, a cockroach can appear to be the size of a sewer rat. Continue reading “A Distorted View”