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Believing is Seeing more than Seeing is Believing

“The reports of all religions are filled with accounts of the so-called miraculous occurrences. The Catholic saint reports that he ‘saw the light of God’s countenance,’ and the non-Catholic reports likewise regarding God as he knows him. The Mohammedan reports that he caught a glimpse of the face of Allah, and the Buddhist tells us that he saw Buddha under the tree. …
“These conflicting reports have led to the belief, on the part of those who did not understand the nature of the phenomena, that these things were ‘all imagination’ and fancy, if indeed not rank falsehood and imposture. But the Yogis know better than this. They know that underneath all these varying reports, there is a common ground of truth.” ~William Walker Atkinson

Believing is Seeing

We have all heard the saying, “seeing is believing,” but it more often works the other way around. What we believe affects what we see, especially in the spiritual realm. Even on the material level, we often find ourselves tricked by beliefs intro seeing something different than what is actually there.

I remember once, quite a few years ago, walking into a building in Washing D. C. with a friend where we both worked, and seeing something lying on the hallway floor about ten feet in front of us. Both of us say a large black beetle, but when we got up to it and looked more closely it turned out to be a piece of a black plastic trash bag. The curious thing is that both of us say it as a large beetle. I believe this is because when we are confronted with something we don’t understand, we communicate with others on a sub-conscious mental level and form an opinion. This opinion is based on beliefs. Continue reading “Believing is Seeing more than Seeing is Believing”

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Spiritual Hierarchy of Needs

“The three great classes of symbols which I propose to consider, appeal to three deep cravings of the self, three great expressions of man’s restlessness, which only mystic truth can fully satisfy. The first is the craving which makes him a pilgrim or wandered. It is the longing to so out from his normal world in search of a lost home. … The second is that craving of heart for heart, of the soul for its perfect mate, which makes him a lover. The third is the craving for inward purity and perfection, which makes him an ascetic, and in the last resort a saint. These three cravings, I think, answer to three ways in which mystics of different temperaments attack the problem of the absolute: three different formulae under which their transcendence of the sense-word can be described.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Mystical Restlessness

There are probably many ways to categorize those who are awakening to the needs of the spirit, and Ms. Underhill’s are as good as any other. These are often more like stages that different paths, but they can be either. I call the first group the Seekers. The are searching for something that they know is missing from their lives, but they don’t quite know what. I would make the second group more general and say that they are those who seek peace and love for all, not just for themselves and a soul mate. The third group is those who seek perfection for themselves and others. Continue reading “Spiritual Hierarchy of Needs”

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Knock on the Spiritual Door and it Will Open

Knock on the Spiritual Door

“If you desire to seek, then, knock, that the right door may be opened for you, and seek in the fear and the love of God, and you shall find well enough; let not the calamities of the proud divert you: for if the right door be opened to you, then you shall see how blind they [the clergy] are; their pride has blinded the whole world, so that everyone looks merely at their eloquence, and upon their strange languages, and think they understand very well. Thus they domineer over men’s souls. … Therefore I say still, none should trust their souls with such hypocrites and dissembling men: for the soul stands not in this world, but in the origin of the essence of all essences …” ~Jacob Boehme

To win, you must play the game. To find truth, you musk seek it. For the doors to open to you, you must make the effort to knock on them. This is a simple truth that real religious, mystical, and spiritual teachers have shared with us for thousands of years, but many ignore their words.

Psychiatrists and psychologists say that the first step in curing a mental illness is that the person has to recognize that he has an illness. That may not always be true, but it usually is. Likewise, the person who has what we might consider a spiritual disease must recognize the fact and seek something more if he is to awaken. So Boehme is correct in saying that you must knock if you want the door to open to you. But first you have to see the door, recognize that it is a door, and have a desire to learn what is behind the door. Of course, if you shut you eyes whenever you get anywhere near the door, than claim there is no door because you have never seen it, you have no one to blame but yourself. Fortunately, we live in the age of the Sun of Righteousness, so we are, in a sense, being gently tapped on the shoulder and encouraged to turn around and look at the door. And if the gentle tap doesn’t work, it may turn into a slap to get your attention. Natural or man made catastrophes are sometimes such slaps, and we can avoid more of such by listening to the warning they provide, which is that we must all turn to the spiritual and away from the material. Continue reading “Knock on the Spiritual Door and it Will Open”

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Seekers of Light

“Dam a river in one place, and the water will work its way into another, and break through it like a torrent. One of such universal aspirations, the strongest perhaps in man’s nature, is the longing to seek for the unknown; an ineradicable desire to penetrate below the surface of things, a thirst for the knowledge of that which is hidden from others. … The man in whom the metaphysical element is stronger than the physical, is propelled by this natural aspiration towards the mystical, to that which the materialist is pleased to call ‘superstitious belief in the supernatural’. The Church, while encouraging our aspirations after the holy—on strictly theological and orthodox lines, of course—condemns at the same time the human craving after the same, whenever the practical search after it departs from its own lines. … In the present age both Church and Science, the blindly-believing and the all-denying, are arrayed against the Secret Sciences, …” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Yoga МeditationMost of us are seekers of one type or another, or we were at some time in our lives. Babies are born with a natural curiosity and investigate every object, every sound, every taste, every texture. It is why they learn so rapidly (many don’t realize that we probably learn more in our first year of life than in four years of college). Some of us, fortunately, maintain that curiosity throughout all or our lives. Others seem to lose it rather quickly.

There seems to be two main reasons why people lose that sense of curiosity: They feel that have learned all that is worth learning, or they got burned when too much curiosity applied incorrectly got them in trouble. Sometimes, it is a mixture of the two. Sadly we are going through a period in this country, and perhaps in many other parts of the world, when a fairly large percent of the population is actively opposing learning new things and trying to push us back a century or two. But man needs to be a free-flowing river, not a stagnant pool. In the field of brain science, it has been proven that elderly people who keep mentally active by solving puzzles, reading, and learning new things, can hold off the ravages of dementia. Continue reading “Seekers of Light”

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