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Honor Your Soul and Your Spirit

Honor Your Soul, Your Spirit, Your Mind, and Your Heart

“That for which people can honor you are your soul, your spirit, your mind, and your heart. All other things in the world have immerged from these four powers in man. These are treasures that we have to study. If you don’t study the treasures of your heart, your mind, your soul, and your spirit, you will never find happiness.

“Man’s strength does not sit in that which people give him, because what people give they may take back, even on Easter. Man’s strength sits in the Love he shows. Strong is that one who shows his love, but not the one to whom love is shown. Strong is God, because He shows His Love. … He tells the people: ‘If yo want to be happy, you have to show your Love.’

“How is Love defined? Love is defined in th following way. The only thing in the world that does not lose faith is Love. The only thing in the world that does not lose hope is Love. Consequently, faith and hope are absolute in Love. He who has Love in himself easily copes with anything and everything.

“We have come to Earth to do God’s Will. Man’s faith, his greatness, lies in doing God’s Will.” ~Biensa Douno

Which People can Honor

To start with, we shouldn’t be overly concerned with having people honor us. What matters is what God honors in us. So while Douno says soul, spirit, mind, and heart are the things people can honor in us, they are also the things God can honor, and that is what matters.

We honor the spirit by awakening it and nourishing it with Spiritual Light so that it can grow strong and healthy. We honor the Soul in much the same way, but with the goal of having the soul become conscious, and linking us then to higher levels of consciousness where Angels and other Divine Beings of Light dwell. Continue reading “Honor Your Soul and Your Spirit”

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Celestial Greatness from Spiritual Development

“Will you see the infancy of this sublime and celestial greatness? Those pure and virgin apprehensions I had from the womb, and that divine Light wherewith I was born are the best unto this day, wherein I can see the universe. … Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.

“My very ignorance was advantageous. I seemed as one brought into the estate of innocence. All things were spotless and pure and glorious: yea, and infinitely mine, and joyful and precious. I knew not that there were any sins or complaints or laws. I dreamed not of poverties, contentions or vices. All tears and quarrels were hidden from mine eyes. Everything was at rest, free and immortal. I knew nothing of sickness or death or rents or exaction, either tribute or bread ….

“All time was Eternity and a perpetual Sabbath. … All things abided eternally as they were in their proper places. Eternity was manifest in the Light of the Day, and something infinite behind everything appeared which talked with my expectation and moved my desire. The city seemed to stand in Eden, or to be built in Heaven. …” ~Thomas Traherne

Celestial Greatness

The celestial greatness that Traherne is referring to is not the stars and planets around us. It isn’t even black holes and nebula galaxies. He is talking about other dimensions of reality, spiritual dimensions, including the highest dimension that most call Heaven.

This real celestial greatness is something that most of us do not see, even though it is all around us. Spiritual dimensions, being free of the limitations of space and time that controls physical dimensions, can occupy the same space and time as those dimensions, and yet not be affected by them, or apparent to the beings that dwell in them. Some of us do get occasional glimpses of these higher dimensions (or higher states of consciousness), but it generally doesn’t last. Naturally, those practicing spiritual development techniques are more likely to have such contact than those devoted to materialism. Continue reading “Celestial Greatness from Spiritual Development”

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We Choose Death by Seeking Pleasure

“Beguiled from our original state by the deceitfulness of sensual pleasure, we choose death rather than true life. Let us then gladly endure the bodily hardship which puts such pleasure to death. In this way the death of pleasure will destroy the death which came about through pleasure, and we shall receive back, purchased with but slight bodily hardship, the life which we sold for the sake of sensual pleasure.

“If when the flesh has an easy life the force of sin tends to grow stronger, it is clear that when the flesh suffers affliction the force of virtue will also increase. So let us bravely endure the affliction of the flesh, which cleanses the soul’s stains and brings us future glory. For the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.

“When physicians are treating the body they do not administer the same remedy in all cases. Neither does God, when treating the illnesses of the soul, regard a single kind of therapy as suitable for it and effects its cure. So let us give thanks while we are being created, however great our suffering, for the result is blessed.” ~the Philokalia

Beguiled by Pleasure

Pleasure is a great thing, but also a deceptive one. It can feel good but is often keeping you away from something better. It is like stopping to pick up a dollar bill on the sidewalk and missing out on the pot of gold up ahead. So it is deceitful because it gives you the idea that it is helping you, but it is really stopping you from moving forward and claiming the real treasure of life.

Bodily Hardship

If you have ever watched documentaries of real treasure hunters at work, you know that the hunters don’t just casually ride up to a suspected location in a luxury yacht, dive down into calm and pleasant waters, and come back up clutching bags of gold and jewels. They are on some old boat with tiny, uncomfortable cabins, they face storms, breakdowns, sharks, and other perils before they realize there is no treasure their and move on to another spot. They go through similar experiences in that location and the next. After several stops, they finally find the treasure, having earned it through hard work and strain. That is the way it is with seeking the real treasure, the treasure of eternal spiritual life. Continue reading “We Choose Death by Seeking Pleasure”

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Angels are Spirits, Not Physical Beings

Angels are Spirits

“Roman Catholic doctrine, as set forth by Saint Thomas Aquinas, argues for the necessity of Angels. God dd not have to create, but once He had done so, out of His goodness, then Angels had to be part of the creation, for God desires, up to a point, that his creatures should imitate him. Saint Thomas, with customary brilliance, asserts that since God is Himself a pure intelligence, then he must create pure intelligences in the Angels, since they alone can properly imitate God. Humans, in contrast, can only imitate God in a more limited way. ‘Pure,’ for Saint Thomas, is a synonym for spirit: God and the Angels alike are free from matter. Here Saint Thomas, though not a party of one, does not necessarily speak for the Church, since other great Theologians (Saint Bernard and Saint Bonaventure) have insisted that only God is beyond materiality. And indeed one remembers the Angels of Enoch begetting giants upon the daughters of men, and Raphael in the Book of Tobias speaking of his food and drink, and one recalls all of the imagery of fire that pervades descriptions of Angels. Much of the tradition is vert different from Saint Thomas, yet it is difficult not to be moved by his passion and his insight when he urges us to consider the Angels as pure spirits, as intelligences uncontaminated by bodily drives.God, according to Saint Thomas, made the Angels for the sake of His own glory, and the glory of God is beyond Matter.” ~Harold Bloom

Which Came First

Did God create the Angels before he created Man? That is a difficult question to answer. If we accept the view of Saint Thomas Aquinas that Angels are pure spirit, not a bit of matter in them, then angels exist outside of time and space just as all spirits do. Being outside the limits of space and time, they were never born, they will never grow old, and they will never die. So they clearly existed before physical man since physical man exists within the boundaries of space and time. But Man also has a spirit and soul, and our spirits and souls are just as pure as that of the Angels. So the point is really a mute one. Man, as a physical being, came along after the Angels, but Man as a spiritual being is just as ageless and immortal as they are.

Pure Intelligence

In a way it is correct to say that God is “Pure Intelligence,” but in Cosolargy, we would prefer to say that God is pure Consciousness. Intelligence is too easily confused with the matter-oriented intellect of the brain-mind, and that isn’t God at all. God is Spiritual Intelligence or Spiritual Consciousness. And since Angels are spirits created by God, they are also pure consciousness. They do have a body of sorts, but t is spirit, ot matter. Such a body is just as much pure consciousness as the spiritual mind of those beings. Angels are Spirits, Angel minds are spirit, Angel bodies are Spirit.

Angels of Enoch

The Angels of Enoch, Bloom notes, are said to have mated with the daughters of men resulting in giants. This is not a contradiction of the idea that Angels are pure spirits. The ones who mated with human women were fallen angels, and this may have made them partly material. Spirit can be changed into matter and matter changed into spirit just as matter can be changed into energy and energy become matter. In fact, much of the sighting of strange objects labeled UFOs are actually a transition stage between spirit and matter. They are seen during periods of great change when more spirit is being degraded into matter (a process that will eventually be reversed).

Raphael in the Book of Tobias

Mr. Bloom seems to be saying that this book indicates that the angel Raphael ate physical food and drink, and therefore cannot be pure spirit. But read the quote below carefully.

“12:15 I am Raphael, one of the seven holy Angels, which present the

prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy

One. …

12:19 All these days I did appear unto you; but I did neither eat nor

drink, but ye did see a vision.” ~Book of Tobias

It is clear to me, from what is said in 12:19, that Raphael did not actually eat and drink, but only appeared to do so when he was pretending to be an ordinary human. When he says that the observers “dis see a vision,” he means that he caused them to see a vision of him eating and drinking, but he did not actually do so. As the previous part of the line states, “I did neither eat nor drink”. So no contradiction here and the Angels are spirits, here as with Thomas Aquinas.