“Doth either the sun take upon him to do that which belongs to the rain? Or his son Aesculapius that which unto the earth doth properly belong? How is it with every one of the stars in particular? Though they all differ one from another, and have their several charges and functions by themselves, do they not all nevertheless concur and cooperate to one end?
“If so be that the gods have deliberated in particular of those things that should happen unto me, I must stand to their deliberation, as discrete and wise. For that a god should be an imprudent god, is a thing hard even to conceive: and why should they resolve to do me hurt? For what profit either unto them or the universe (which they specially take care for) could arise from it? But if so be that they have not deliberated of me in particular, certainly they have of the whole in general, and those things which in consequences and coherence of this general deliberation happen unto me in particular, I am bound to embrace and accept.” ~Marcus Aurelius
Sun and Rain in Cooperation
Aurelius is correct in saying that the sun doesn’t try to do the job of the rain. Neither does winter try to do the job of summer. Frogs do not injure themselves trying to fly and squirrels don’t try to swim underwater like fish. Each thing has its own purpose and its own environment to live in. When they try to usurp that of another species, chaos ensues. Fortunately, that rarely happens.
While the point Aurelius is making is true, there is one thing he misses. The sun is more involved in the activities of other forces and beings than he thinks. Studies in modern times have shown that patterns of sunspots and other cycles on the sun can be used to predict such things as earthquakes and hurricanes. So you might say that while it is true that the sun doesn’t do the job of the rain, the sun may often act as a kind of supervisor directed the rain and the wind, the sky and the earth.
For Everything There is a Purpose
Everything has its own purpose and there is nothing that does not have a purpose. It may be that the only purpose of some things is to irritate and annoy us humans, or make us sick, but that is still a purpose. Sometimes, we need to be taught humility. The important thing is that each thing, each being, must serve its own purpose and not try to do the job of another.
Just take your physical body as an example. If your liver suddenly decided it wanted to do the job of the heart, and the heart wanted to do the job of the stomach, you wouldn’t last long. Your heart is not equipped to digest food and your liver can’t pump blood like the heart does. When each part does its own job and all of them work together in harmony you live a long and healthy life. When your body parts don’t do their job, or try to do something else, you end up getting cancer or having a heart attack. So it is not only important for each thing to do its job, it also has to do it in cooperation and harmony with the other parts.
That need isn’t limited to our physical bodies. Our planet is a physical body. The universe of matter is a physical body. On all levels, that cooperation and coordination must happen to keep things going smoothly. When one species on Earth does whatever it wants with no regard for others, disasters happen. When one planet get out of harmony with the universe, it has to be stopped. Either something will be done to get the planet back in line, or it will be destroyed. The overall health and harmony of the universe is more important than and one planet or star.
The Physical and the Spiritual
There also has to be harmony and cooperation between the spiritual and physical levels of reality. Even though the physical universe is an error created by the Demiurge, the fallen angels, it must function with the other levels. It does that to a large degree, but not as much as necessary. That is why it must be changed back into spirit. Spirit always stays in harmony, matter doesn’t. Matter doesn’t accept the superiority of the spiritual universe so it doesn’t cooperate with it any more than it has to.
One reason why cooperation and harmony doesn’t always work well is because there are so many things and beings to cooperate with. This is where a hierarchal structure comes into play. It is where a supervisor is needed. God is he ultimate supervisor of all of it. He may give some such powers to his angels, but God Himself still remains in charge. It was only when the fallen angels decided to do things on their own that the aberration of the physical universe happened. If they had stayed within God’s law, everything would have remained in harmony and we wouldn’t have death and disease. But that cooperation and harmony must be maintained. For that reason, the physical universe must be repaired.
“If you are healed of the breach caused by the fall, you are severed first from the passions and then from impassioned thoughts. Next you are severed from nature and the inner principles of nature, then from conceptual images and the knowledge relating to them. Lastly, when you have passed through the manifold principles relating to divine providence, you attain thought unknowing the very principle of divine unity. Then the intellect contemplates only its own immutability, and rejoices with an unspeakable joy because it has received the peace of God which transcends all intellect and which ceaselessly keeps him who has been granted it from falling.” ~The Philokalia
Healed of the Breach
Many of our problems were caused by and during the great Fall when we fell into the realm of matter. One of them is that when we are born into a physical body, our soul and spirit are in a dormant state similar to being in a coma. In order to be “healed of the breach,” they must be awakened. Not simply declared awakened. Not fantasized awakened. Actually awakened. And the power that does that is the light of God that reaches us primarily through the spiritual sun.
Severed from Passions
Why would we want to be severed from passions? Isn’t being passionate about something a good thing? Well, sometimes it is, but often it isn’t.
Many people believe that emotions are one of the highest brain functions of man They think that animals can’t have emotions. They are wrong on both counts. Emotions come from a primitive part of the brain. A part that exists in most animals except the very simply ones that don’t have much of a brain at all.
While emotions can help us empathize with other beings, they often do the opposite. That doesn’t mean we should destroy our emotions. As with the ego, emotions need to be kept in check with higher faculties, not destroyed. So being severed from passions doesn’t mean we don’t have emotions. It means we keep them in their place. Continue reading “Healed of the Breach Caused by the Fall”
“In future ages there will be conscious participation on the part of man in the higher worlds after death in this work of building up the lower kingdoms of Nature. The consciousness of man will govern the circumstances whereby a new civilization comes into being. Concurrently with the appearance of a new flora. The divine mission of the spirit is to forge the future. A time will come when there will be no question of ‘miracle’ or chance. Flora and fauna will be a conscious expression of the transfigured soul of man. If we build a cathedral, we are working on the mineral kingdom. … In future ages, man will learn to mold all the kingdoms of nature with the same consciousness with which today he can give shape to mineral substances.” ~Rudolf Steiner
We like to think we are conscious now, and we are, but only partially. Many things around us happen as a result of our actions and our thoughts that we are not consciously aware of. Animal, plants, and even minerals are affected by our thoughts as well as our actions.
Steiner says that at a future time conscious man will develop to the point where we are aware of such things. He wrote the quoted text about 100 years ago and we are now on the cusp of that age.
Recent scientific studies are finding that animals are more intelligent that previously believed. There is evidence that they like to play. There is also some evidence that at least a few species have some limited sense of self awareness.
In one case, an Elephant viewing it’s reflection in a mirror was able to figure out after a while that it was seeing itself. It’s behavior showed that it had become aware that when it moved in a certain way, the image in the mirror did the same. This implies a limited sense of self.
In another recent study, a crow was given a tube with food in it and a piece of wire. They wanted to see if the crow was smart enough to try using the wire to get food out of the tube. It wend even beyond that. After a few tried, the crow bent the end of the wire into a primitive hook to snag the treats much more efficiently. In short, it created a tool.
While not a scientific study, another case involving a crow is a video showing a crow using a jar lid as a sled to slide down a slanted roof. Then carry it to the top and do it again showing it was not an accident.
Most experts say that it is only because the methods of studying animals are improving that we are finding them to be more intelligent and conscious than we thought. While that is part of it, I think animals are actually getting smarter and more conscious because we are doing the same (at least some of us are.)
Plants and Minerals
It is a lot harder to see similar changes in plants and minerals, yet they are probably happening. This is changes happening in nature, and not the strange mixing of DNA by man called GMOs.
So why do we have dangerous animals and poisonous plants? Because we have dangerous and poisonous people. Why do we have friendly and beautiful plants and animals? Because we have friendly and beautiful people.
I think it is a frequency thing. Some life forms are linked to a certain frequency. That frequency is the one where we find the thoughts of violent, angry, and negative people. Those animals will reflect that. Other animals and plants are attuned to the frequencies of pleasant, friendly, positive people and behave accordingly. This is even true on the mineral level. It is known, for example, that gems and crystals that have been owned by evil people should be avoided as they can have a negative affect on others.
The point of all this is that soon conscious man will learn to accept his role in molding the world around him and stat making an effort to do a better job. Also, conscious man will become more peaceful and positive, less fearful and violent. All of that will affect the whole world over which we have domain. Then, as predicted in the Bible, the lion will lay with the lamb. That may seem a long way of, yet we can all do what we can to make it happen sooner rather than later.
“Let the mind that is sunk in sloth be awakened; let the mind that is scattered be brought back to peace. Let him know that the mind is prone to unrest and lust; therefore, when it has gained peace, let him keep it in peace. …
“When the mind sinks back into sloth, and scatters itself no more abroad, no longer like a flickering flame, no longer catching false reflections, then it is one with the Eternal, in perfect stillness. Self-sustained, full of peace, entered into Nirvana.” ~The Mandukya Upanishad
The Mind in Sloth
A mind in sloth doesn’t necessarily mean one that is not working, not functioning. Some people have very active minds, yet they are minds of sloth. They are minds of sloth because they have stopped learning new things, and have become firm in their beliefs. Such people are rarely open to listening to those with different beliefs, different “truths”.
A Mind in Peace
It is the very nature of the animal brain-mind to not be in peace. The mind is fearful, apprehensive, protective. It is sometimes lazy, yet that is not truly at peace. Many practice meditations or other disciplines to quiet the mind and make it more peaceful, but the truth is that works only on those who were peaceful already.
The only long-term way to keep this brain-mind in peace is to have a higher power overriding it. That higher power is the soul. But the soul must be awakened first. A dormant, comatose soul is of little use. An awakened soul, however, can live in peace because it lives in reality. Continue reading “Perfect Stillness and a Mind in Peace”