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Spiritual Nobleman Gains Spiritual Truth

“Eckhart quotes John, 19:12, ‘A certain nobleman went out into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.’ ‘The nobleman’ means, according to Eckhart, ‘a person who submits completely to God, giving up all he is and has’; ‘to go out’ means that he ‘has nothing more to do with vanity … to the extent that he is now pure being, goodness, and truth’; and then he has ‘daybreak knowledge in which creatures are perceived without distinctions.’ But, according to Eckhart, this knowledge is not enough, the nobleman is to be completely free of all forms of knowledge. And then Eckhart continues, ‘There will be no blessings except a man be conscious of his vision and knowledge of God …’.

“Eckhart is here deeply involved in contradiction, He praises knowledge, then repudiates it, and finally takes it up again as the thing desired. … The soul must ‘look at God without anything between’ and ‘receive its being and life and draw its essence from the core of God.’ … Eckhart seems to be using knowledge in two different senses, one is the relative and the other is the absolute. Hence this apparent confusion.” ~Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (inner quotes by Meister Eckhart)

Spiritual Nobleman

The spiritual master known as Meister Eckhart says that the nobleman referred to in John 19 is actually the spiritual adept, the one who submits completely to God. This doesn’t mean a loss of self or the destruction of the individual ego as some claim. It simply means putting God’s Law and God’s Divine Plan above personal desires and wishes. Today, this idea is laughed at by many. We pay homage to one who is willing to give his life for his country, but laugh at the person who dedicates their life to God.

Into a Far Country

The far country reached by the spiritual nobleman is the spiritual dimension. Close or far in the physical sense has no meaning here. Physically, they are located right here, everywhere, so there is no physical distance at all. Yet they are distant places to us because we have sunk so far into matter that many cannot even accept the existence of the spiritual anymore. On a mental and vibration level, we have moved far away from such places. We moved, they didn’t. To get back to the far country, we need to become open-minded again, especially about spiritual matters, and we need to raise our frequencies. We raise our frequencies by taking in energy and the best energy to take in flows from the spiritual sun. Continue reading “Spiritual Nobleman Gains Spiritual Truth”

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Clairvoyance: Physical and Spiritual

“The word ‘clairvoyance’ means ‘clear seeing.’ … In the glossary of the Society for Psychical Research, the term is defined as: ‘the faculty or act of perceiving, as though visually, with some coincidental truth, some distant scene; it is used sometimes, but hardly properly, for transcendental vision, or the perception of beings regarded as on another plane of existence’.

“Mrs. Henry Sedgwick, a distinguished writer on the subject of psychic phenomena, in one of her reports to the Society for Psychical Research, says: ‘The word clairvoyant is often used very loosely and with widely different meanings. I denote by it a faculty of acquiring supernormally, but not by reading the minds of persons present, a knowledge of facts such as we normally acquire by the use of our senses. I do not limit it to knowledge that would normally be acquired by the sense of sight, nor do I limit it to the knowledge of present facts. A similar knowledge of the past, and if necessary, of future facts may be included. On the other hand, I exclude the mere faculty of seeing apparitions or visions, which is sometimes called clairvoyance.’

“The above definitive explanation of the term clairvoyance agrees with the idea of the best authorities. … I personally accept this definition as both scientific in form, and as agreeing with the facts.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Clairvoyance Means

What clairvoyance means has been better defined since Atkinson and Mrs. Sedgwick wrote their opinions. While the general definition found in major dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster remains vague, and open to interpretation, we now have many other words that help narrow it down. So while Sedgwick says she doesn’t limit clairvoyance to sight, we now have other words for similar abilities that use other senses. Clairaudience is the same ability but through the sense of sound. Clairgustance is the ability to taste something without having to have physical contact with it. So we can limit clairvoyance to a psychic version of sight. While it can still mean seeing things that happened in the past or will happen in the future, it is generally considered to be about the present.

Clairvoyance Examples

While we can certainly find many examples of professional psychics seeming to have clairvoyant experiences, we need to take those with a grain of salt. The simple fact is that while there are real psychics, the vast majority of the professionals are frauds. It is better to look at examples of these psychic abilities happening with people who did not plan for it or expect it.

An example that shows up in the news occasionally is that of a mother suddenly getting a vision of her child being in some kind of trouble. Another would be the homeowner who suddenly sees his house on fire and rushes home to find it is true. If you see a plane crashing and cancel your flight, only to hear later that it does crash, that too is clairvoyance. Continue reading “Clairvoyance: Physical and Spiritual”

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Gnostic Mystics and True Knowledge

“The Gnostics were religious mystics who proclaimed Gnosis, knowledge, as the way of salvation. To know oneself truly allowed Gnostic men and women to know God directly, without any need for the mediation of rabbis, priests, bishops, imams, or other religious officials. … They accepted insight wherever it could be found. Like those who came before them, they embraced a personified wisdom, Sophia, understood variously and taken as the manifestation of divine insight.

“They concluded that a distinction, often a dualistic distinction, must be made between the transcendent, spiritual deity, who is surrounded by aeons and is all wisdom and light, and the creator of the world, who is at best incompetent and at worst malevolent. Yet through everything, they maintained, a spark of transcendent knowledge, wisdom, and light persists within people who are in the know. The transcendent deity is the source of that enlightened life and light. The meaning of the creation drama, when properly understood, is that human beings—Gnostics in particular—derive their knowledge and light from the transcendent God, but through the mean-spirited actions of the Demiurge, the creator of the world, they have been confined within this world. (The platonic aspects of this imagery are apparent.) Humans in this world are imprisoned, asleep, drunken, fallen, ignorant. They need to find themselves—to be freed, awakened, made sober, raised, and enlightened. In other words, they need to return to Gnosis.” ~Marvin Meyer

Gnostic Mystics

The Gnostics were mystics in the best sense of the word. They were not court magicians. They didn’t use spells to control people. They were seekers of truth and wisdom. They were spiritual teachers and healers. That is what real mystics do.

Knowledge is Salvation

But why would the Gnostic mystics think that knowledge is the way of salvation? Does that mean only people with college degrees will be saved? Does it mean that only those who have read many books will get to Heaven? No, not at all.

The knowledge we are talking about is never found in books or in state-approved classrooms. It is not the superficial knowledge of the illusions that make up the world of matter. This knowledge must be sought out and experienced by each of us individually. It is found by looking within and looking without to higher dimensions. It is not found by lowering your frequencies to those of bugs and toads but by raising them to those of angels and light beings. All the books and teachers can do is give you hints of what you will find and where to look for that knowledge.

Know God Directly

The Gnostic mystics did want to know God directly. Many of them succeeded in doing that. But it requires following a path of spiritual growth and development that takes years. This kind of knowledge cannot be dropped on us overnight. It is so overwhelming that it can—and has—driven people mad. It has to be obtained a little at a time so it won’t overwhelm us. First, we will reach a stage where we get occasional insights from the realms of spirit. Then we are able to communicate with angels and Light Beings. Eventually, we become one with God and then know God directly. That is the ultimate goal of the Gnostic mystics.

By Any Other Name

The Gnostic mystics have been known by many names. Most people think that Gnostics came into existence in the early centuries of Christianity, but that is only true of Christ Gnostics. Long before those Gnostics, thee were the Essenes, the Therapeutae of Egypt and Greece, the Pythagoreans, and others who could easily be classified as Gnostic mystics. While historians generally don’t think those groups go back to more than a century or two before the Christian era, the Essenes claimed to go back much further.

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Absolute Truth and Sham Reality

“A direct encounter with absolute truth appears to be impossible for normal non-mystical consciousness. We cannot know the reality, or even prove the existence, of the simplest object: through this is a limitation which few people realize acutely and most would deny. But there persists in the race a type of personality which does realize this limitation: and cannot be content with the sham realities that furnish the universe of normal men. It is necessary, as it seems, to the comfort of persons of this type to form for themselves some image of the Something or Nothing which is at the end of their telegraph lines: some ‘conception of being,’ some ‘theory of knowledge.’ They are tormented by the unknowable, ache for first principles, demand some background to the shadow show of things. In so far as man possesses this temperament, he hungers for reality, and must satisfy that hunger as best he can: staving off starvation, through he may not be filled.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Absolute Truth

Truth is truth most of us say. But there are really two kinds of truth. Actually three if you accept the philosophy of those who say that if you tell a lie enough times that most people accept it, it becomes truth. One type of truth is that on the level of matter only. These are the truths that are usually the result of scientific research. They are generally true within the limits of the material universe but ignore the other dimensions of reality. They are, therefore, a limited truth. Absolute truth is that which includes the spiritual dimensions of reality. The various dimensions are not entirely separate and do affect each other. If you look at only one or two, you get a view that is limited, partial. This results in inaccurate conclusions. The most glaring example of this is the “truth” that reality is made up of solids, liquids, and gases. That truth holds up only in a reality that is pure matter. No such reality exists. When you include the spiritual dimensions, you find that the solid, liquid, gas description of matter is too limited.

For starters, matter is an illusion. It really exists, but it isn’t what we think it is. So if we say that it is solid, liquid, and gas, it is true only on a surface level. There are other levels below that. Only when you are aware of all the levels can you know the absolute truth. Only when your soul has been awakened and is fully conscious can you know absolute truth with no questions, no doubts. Continue reading “Absolute Truth and Sham Reality”

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