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Lower Thought Prevents Spiritual Growth

“Too much association with anyone of lower thought may lessen your natural power to attract. You may carry a part of their selfish, cynical, gloomy, or other evil thought with you wherever you go. You put it out with your own. It is felt as a disagreeable alloy with your own.

“Your value and charm for others, as a companion, depends far more on what you think, than on what you say. If your thought is all pure, clean, bright, confident, and courageous, you are a value, and an increasing value wherever you go.

“People will always be glad to see you. When you bring yourself (your thought), you bring an actual pleasure to people. You bring also a power and strength to them. Your thought helps to strengthen their bodies. They feel better for seeing you. You are a fountain of health and pleasure wherever you go. You can disarm the sourest temper, and the person most opposed to you. When you can say in mind, ‘I refuse to look upon any person as my enemy,’ you will have no enemies. When we talk of ‘having enemies,’ and keep on, in thought, looking on certain people as enemies, we are making them enemies.” ~Prentice Mulford

Anyone of Lower Thought

Mulford has an interesting idea of what constitutes “lower thought”. I’m sure we can all agree that thought of murder, rape, theft, and other forms of violence are lower thought, but Mulford goes beyond those obvious kinds of lower thought. He adds to that list selfish, cynical, and gloomy thoughts. I think we can say that he would consider the rampant greed, me-first attitude, and lack of consideration for others among certain groups today to also be lower thought. I agree with him, those are all types of lower thought. And he wisely advises those of us seeking spiritual growth to avoid those of lower thought as much as possible. Obviously, that also means we should try to avoid having such thoughts ourselves. Continue reading “Lower Thought Prevents Spiritual Growth”

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Troubled Learners Trying Too Hard

Troubled learners

“The trouble with many of us learners is that we wish to learn too rapidly. We have little knowledge of the power which really brings us all we do acquire—the power which reaches out from us when the other faculties are temporarily suspended, and brings back not only ideas, but teaches the muscles how to carry out ideas. New invention comes to the mind which originates it when in this state, not when the mind is straining after its plan. You will make a perfect circle on paper with pen or pencil far easier when you do it idly, and care little whether you succeed or not, than if you are tremulous with anxiety to make one. When you are free from that anxiety, your real power has opportunity to act. That is the power of the spirit. It is the man who throws all thought of success or failure to the winds, who is most likely to accomplish the daring act at which others shrink, or, if they try, try with great dread of failure, which is mistaken for care. The best pilot through raging rapids is the man who has the power to forget all danger and see only obstacles. His spirit then possesses his real self. Self-possession means the power of the spirit to possess and control the body as its instrument.” ~Prentice Mulford

Learner’s Troubles

Learners should never be troubled because we should all understand that learning is important. We should also understand that since it is important, it can’t be rushed. Anyone who is serious about spiritual development knows that in the ancient mystery schools, students studied for many years to become enlightened. Yet today, many things that because they have instant oatmeal and instant soup, they should be able to get an instant spiritual awakening followed by a nearly instant complete enlightenment. Unfortunately, wishing for it doesn’t make it so. It still takes years in most cases for a REAL spiritual awakening, and for complete enlightenment, we have to continue along the path of higher consciousness after physical death. Continue reading “Troubled Learners Trying Too Hard”

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Powers and Princes of Darkness and Light

“I will take you eagerly, and we’ll soar on wings high over dark powers and recalcitrant princes. I will take you into the primeval calm of new land, the new paradise, and will show you the design of the father’s being. You will know joy and praise, go beyond pain, and in luminous dress you will gird on light. On your head is your diadem of authority. Spirit spoke and built on that structure the vast fortress of the noble emperor. The primeval firstborn merits a palace as his dominion. The first human clothes himself in gladness and binds on the diadem of sovereignty. On his friends he binds the diadem and clothes their bodies in the garment of gladness. And those faithful elect he clothes in praise, binds the diadem on them. They reign happily as once they were in shackles just for their name and were horribly punished by enemies. Their victory was their return from hell. Their enemies are subdued, and before them cliffs! On that day when the father reveals his form, the caring father, lord of the aeons of light, he will show his illuminated shape. It’s a glorious bright form to all the gods who will live there.” ~Parthian Songs

Soar on Wings

It isn’t clear at the beginning of this song who the speaker is. Who is going to help us soar? Who is bringing us high above darkness? I think the answer is an awakened soul. When our soul is awakened it does, in a sense, soar on wings. Not that we literally grow wings. But the soul, being unlimited by time and space, can be anywhere it wants to be instantly. And return so fast you don’t even know it left. When you exist outside of time and space, as the soul does, you don’t really move at all. You simply shift your focus to a new location. The soul is already there. It always was.

Dark Powers and Princes

We do need to soar high above dark powers and princes. But who are the dark forces or powers? Who are the princes? It is difficult to comprehend that in the spiritual worlds, forces and beings may be the same thing. We don’t think of gravity or inertia as beings. Many of us do, however, think of darkness, or evil, as beings. The devil, demons, these are beings of darkness. But they are also powers. These powers and princes are not much different than the force of gravity, but they have been personified as a matter of convenience. Think of demons or devils if you prefer, or think in terms of forces. The result is the same either way. The darkness is not our friend. The dark princes want to keep us trapped in the realm of matter where they have most of their power. They will do almost anything to keep us from awakening and developing our spiritual faculties that allow us to escape from them. Fortunately, there are light powers and princes that are at least as powerful as the dark ones. The princes of light are on our side.

Diadem of Authority

I have not read this particular term in any spiritual books before. But it is reasonable to assume it is symbolic, like most other odd references found in spiritual writings. Diadem is a type of crown. Specifically, it is a band that circles the top of the head. They are often made of gold. Some have diamonds on them, but that isn’t what the name means.

Since this is a spiritual song, specifically Gnostic, we can assume the diadem is not a literal, physical crown. It is a reference to the light that is often seen—or at least imagined in artworks—around the heads of holy or enlightened persons. It is a halo. It is the Dove of Light above the head of Jesus. Ancient traditional diadems are usually made of gold. Like other gold crows, therefore, they also represent a person who is “One with the Sun”. That is to say, they represent one who has been awakened and enlightened by the light of the spiritual sun that is symbolized by gold. This is backed by the previous line of the song, which says the awakened soul will be clothed in light. So the soul, or awakened spirit, is clothed in light and wears a crown of light. Are we getting the picture that light is important yet?

Primeval Firstborn

You might think this is a reference to Adam, the first human, but it isn’t. Not directly, anyway. It is more likely a reference to the hidden true and ancient self that is in each of us. It is spiritual man, before he descended into matter. This is the archetype of humanity. The song says that this firstborn rates a palace as his dominion. This is an allegorical way of saying that the awakened soul of man rates a space in heaven rather than being trapped in matter.

For His Friends

The song tells us that these Firstborn, these powers and princes of light, also gives the clothes of light and the diadem. He gives them to his friends and to the faithful. This is telling us that when we awaken, it is our duty to help others do the same. Of course, we cannot do it for them. But we can encourage others. We can teach them. Helping others is just as important as helping ourselves grow. The powers and princes of darkness can only be stopped by the powers and princes of light. Yes, God helps to. But He doesn’t do it directly. God can’t descend into the realm of matter. He might be contaminated for one thing. For another, his great spiritual energy might transform the matter into spirit instantly if he descended into it. That would be a very bad thing for those of us who are not yet prepared for that. So the powers and princes of light instead help teach others to join their ranks. They also help hold the powers and princes of darkness down so they cannot harm us as much as they would like to.

Even if we can’t truly say that we have reached this level of being a prince of light, we should still help others as much as we help ourselves. That is because Humanity is a single thing with many parts. The individual parts cannot be saved alone. All of humanity must be saved. All must become powers and princes of light.

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Heavenly Spheres and Nested Dimensions

“’My father, yesterday you promised me you would take my mind to the eighth heavenly sphere and after that you would take me to the ninth. You said this is the sequence of the tradition.”Yes, my child, this is the sequence, but the promise was made about human nature. I said to you when I first made the promise, ‘If you remember each of the stages.’ After I received the spirit through the power, I established the action for you. Clearly understanding dwells within you. In me it is as if the power were pregnant, for when I conceived from the spring that flows to me, I gave birth.’Father, you have spoken every word rightly to me, but I am amazed at what you say. You said, ‘The power in me.’’ He said,’I gave birth to it as children are born.’Then, father, I have many siblings if I am to be counted among the generations.’ ‘Right, child. This good thing is counted . . . always. So, child, you must know your siblings and honor them rightly, since they have come from the very same father. For each of the generations have I addressed. I have named them, since they are offspring like these children.’ ‘Then, father, do they have a day?’ ‘Child, they are spiritual, for they exist as forces that nurture other souls. That is why I say they are immortal.’ ‘Your word is true. From now on it cannot be refuted. Father, begin the discourse on the eighth and the ninth, and count me also with my siblings.’ ‘Let us pray, child, to the father of the universe, with your siblings, who are my children, that the father may grant the spirit of eloquence.’” ~The Discourse On The Eighth And Ninth

Heavenly Spheres

What this Gnostic discourse is calling “Heavenly spheres.” is what most of us call spiritual dimensions. These spheres are nested like layers of an onion or a Russian nesting doll. Contrary to what you might think, the highest spiritual level is the outer sphere. Each sphere deeper and deeper within it is less spiritual and more material than the one outside of it. At the very center is the great void where there can be nothing, not even matter.

This nested concept is for our understanding. Since the higher heavenly spheres are made of spirit, they occupy no space or time but are within all space and time. It is a symbolic concept to help us understand the structure of the complete universe.

Eighth and Ninth Heavenly Spheres

As you travel upwards to higher dimensions from our third dimension, you hope to eventually reach the highest of them, the eighth and ninth. The eighth is what we usually call heaven. It is the highest level of beings with form.

The ninth is the Godhead. It is the place where God is one and All. There is but one being there, and that is God. But at the same time, all spirit beings and souls are a part of that Godhead. But this is the place where God is undivided, one, pure and whole.

Heavenly Siblings

This discourse says that the spiritual beings that dwell in higher dimensions are our siblings since they come from the same father. In other words, as they are all creations of God, as are our spirits and souls, we are all brothers and sisters.

But even the material beings of the fallen realm of matter are our siblings because we are all descended from the realms of spirit. When the Demiurge (fallen angels) created the material realms in the deepest levels of the heavenly spheres, they didn’t create from nothing. Only the true God could do that. They created matter out of spirit. That is why all material beings have some spirit in them. Therefore, they are all our siblings.

Power in Us

The student in the discourse is told by the teacher that he has the power in him. This is not political power or business power. He has the power to visit these higher realms. He can travel throughout the heavenly spheres if he learns to understand himself and his true nature. That is true of all of us. We can all travel to higher spheres, higher levels of consciousness, if we study and learn how and apply the lessons diligently. We do have to work at it. Just wishing for it isn’t enough.


For more about the dimensions of the universe, See these earlier posts.

See you in the Heavenly Spheres!