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Spiritual Influence in a Materialistic World

Spiritual Influence on Man

“It is difficult to express in the language of today the effects on Man, in that far-off time of the spiritual beings referred to. They must not be thought of as analogous to natural influences of the present time, nor yet as similar to the influences of one human being on another, when the first awakens in the second inner powers of consciousness by words which help the second person to understand something, or which stimulate him to virtue or vice. The effect referred to as operative in that primeval age was not a force of nature but a spiritual influence, conveyed in a spiritual way, which descended upon man as a spiritual influx from higher spirits, conformable with Man’s state of consciousness at that time. If we think of this influence as a force of nature we altogether miss its essential reality. If we say that the spirits with the old moon nature tempted Man in order to lead him astray for their own ends, we are using a symbolical expression, which is good as long as we remember that it is but a symbol and are at the same time clear in our minds that a spiritual fact underlies the symbol.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual Influence

Steiner is correct in saying that Man was under spiritual influence in the distant past and that spiritual influence is not the same as a natural influence or natural forces. Of course, spirits are natural, but when Steiner says “Natural” here, he means part of the physical or material universe rather than the spiritual realms.

Ancient scripture such as the Upanishads and the Bible makes it clear that thousands of years ago it was common for Man, or al least some men, to talk to spirits, most often in the form of angels or demons. That still happens but is very rare. It isn’t that the spirits or spiritual worlds have moved away from us, but that as we sink deeper and deeper into matter, we move away from them. The more material we become, the more difficult it is to see or communicate with spiritual beings.

Perhaps because we have become so densely material, both physically and mentally, many have difficulty grasping the concept of spirits and spiritual influence. Many think that it is just something mental, that the soul is just a part of the mind. Some believe that so-called spirits are just physical beings from other planets. Why it is so easy to believe in beings from another planet but not from another dimension, specifically a spiritual dimension, is beyond me. If you can believe in aliens influencing us with no proof whatsoever, how can you reject the written evidence of many going back thousands of years of spiritual influence? Continue reading “Spiritual Influence in a Materialistic World”

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Dragons and Zombies Brought Down

 A Tale of Halloween Allegory

The Beginning

Malchor and Suzette huddled together in the corner of the small cave. As far as they knew, they were the only humans still alive. They huddled in fear more than for warmth. They were out of food and weapons. They had no more places to hide. The coming day would probably be their last.

Two years ago, they had been living a normal human existence. Malchor had been a teacher at a community college. Suzette was a social worker for the county. They didn’t know each other yet. Nor did they know the big changes that in store for them and everyone else. They went about their jobs and social lives with barely a concern. Or at least no significant concerns. They may have worried about their health care or a refrigerator that was sure to die soon, but little more than that. Malchor was putting money aside for his retirement. Suzette was thinking about doing the same. Both, by coincidence, were considering taking a Caribbean Cruise in a year or two. Then everything changes.

Zombies

The zombies came first. No one knows what was causing it, but some people started to become flesh-eating zombies. Human flesh, specifically. Whether they were really the walking dead, or just seemed dead because their minds were shot is unknown. No one had the time, or for that matter, the inclination, to study them. The living were too busy fleeing from them or trying to kill them. But it seemed like each time someone successful destroyed a zombie, three more were born to take its place. It wasn’t long before the entire human race was operating in survival mode. So much for that Caribbean Cruise.

Dragons

The zombies might have been defeated eventually if they were the only problem, but there was soon another. A few weeks after some people started turning into zombies, dragons started arriving. While few had witnessed one arrive and lived through it, the few who had shared an amazing tale that few could believe. They spoke of a bulge forming in the ground, getting bigger and bigger, until it burst open like a new volcano. But instead of lava, a dragon crawled out of the hole. These dragons were not the gargantuan beasts often seen in movies, but they were bad enough. They were about the size of a large horse with leathery wings and horns on their heads. If that was not enough to convince anyone that they were demonic in nature, they blew flames at everything moving they encountered. Humans, animals, even machines were burned up by them. And those who ran from the dragons were being caught and killed by the zombies.

Malchor had been chased out of his home four months ago by the zombies. They not only killed everyone they caught, they followed a scorched-earth practice by burning everything when they finished. He came across Suzette two weeks later hiding in an alley. She had been fleeing from a dragon. They had been together ever since.

For over a month, they had managed to stay hidden in a small shed on a rural farm going out only to get food and water. But a dragon set that on fire four days ago, and they had been hiding in the cave since then. They knew it was just a matter of time, but neither would give in and just run out to their death as they had seen many others do in recent days. But they had no place left to go and they were out of food and water.

Awakening

The opening of the cave faced east, and Malchor could see the sky getting lighter. Soon the sun would be up on what was likely to be their last day alive. He said a silent prayer and watched.

The sun begin to rise above the horizon revealing a landscape of burned ruins with roving bands of zombies. Soon the Dragons would be out as well. But then something unexpected happened. As Malchor watched the rising sun, it began changing. It started spinning and changing shape. It grew brighter and warmer, though in a pleasant way. He told Suzette to look, and she soon saw it as well. Something flowed into them from the sun as it grew brighter and appeared to change shapes. Their courage returned. They no longer felt tired. They began to understand that they had within them the power to defeat the creatures of darkness. Instead of the smell of burning flesh and the sound of dragons, they smelled exotic flowers and heard bluebirds singing. Other songbirds joined in. They stood, and continued to watch the sunrise. They filled with brilliant light, and a sword of white fire and light appeared in each of their hands. The went out to face the horrors.

Each zombie they touched with one of the swords just disappeared in a puff of smoke. After a while, it seemed to spread on its own like a contagious disease. One after another, all the zombies began to pop and disappear in smoke. A dragon attacked, but was similarly destroyed by the power of the light. Then a second and a third. Then like the zombies, all the dragons began to fall over dead and burst into flame. It was over. They didn’t know it, but the date was October 31st. Happy Halloween


Dragons and Zombies

It can be fun to fantasize about things like zombies and dragons, werewolves and vampires. A lot of it is being done these days and those tales rarely have any meaning. They are just for fun, just to scare us. But that hasn’t always been the case.

The ancients who originated many such legends were more interested in sharing truth than in telling fantasies. But sometimes it is dangerous to tell the truth. Sometimes, the danger is that people will not believe it and ignore it. A truth ignores becomes a truth lost. The other major reason is that authorities are known to punish those who speak too much truth. These authorities may be church leaders of government. That really doesn’t matter.

Whether it was for fear of being prosecuted, or simply to protect the truth from those who would misuse it or deny it, the ancient wise men often hid their meaning by using allegory. People would remember these allegorical tales and pass them on generation after generation. The wise ones knew that one day we would start waking up and see the hidden truths within those apparent legends, myths, and fairy tales. Dragons and zombies may never have existed in a literal, physical sense. But as allegories, they and many similar creatures are real.

Dragon Allegory

While it may vary depending on the part of the world, dragons are generally bad guys. Even in some Oriental countries where they are considered good luck, they actually symbolize good luck only in a materialistic sense. So dragons symbolize materialism, greed. That is why many dragon tales have them guarding a huge treasure that they have no real use for, but will kill anyone who tries to take it from them. They can be found controlling many huge corporations today. Or they may be the very wealthy who have inherited the wealth and live off the money others produced, along with interest and additional investments. They are never satisfied with what they have and always want more. Then when they get it, they are afraid of losing it, so do everything possible to protect it. So they may not be physically real, but they are very real in allegory.

Zombie Allegory

Much like dragons, zombies in many ancient tales are allegorical. They may or may not be evil. Zombies kill people and especially seem to be fond of eating brains. At least, that is true in most zombie tales. This makes them an allegory for those who destroy people in various ways.

People who sell products that kill others, such as cigarettes, drugs, and guns, are represented in allegory by zombies. They consume others for their own benefit. Zombies are usually depicted as not fully aware mentally. These people are often not fully aware of the damage they do to others or themselves. Zombies make a perfect symbol for them.

People who try to hide the truth and prevent us from gaining wisdom and knowledge are represented in allegory by the zombies eating brains. On another level of allegory, the zombies gain only false and worthless knowledge by eating brains because spiritual truth—the only real truth—is never found in the physical.

Awakening Allegory

In my Halloween fairy tale above, I have the characters achieve a sudden and unexpected spiritual awakening. It rarely, if ever, happens like that. It usually takes years of spiritual practice.

When they awakened, they experienced such things as pleasant scents, sights, and sounds. This is often reported by those engaging in spiritual techniques, especially spiritual sun-gazing. A bluebird is a standard symbol for happiness. It is also a symbol of spiritual awakening. Blue is a spiritual color.

After awakening, our heroes find themselves with swords of fire and light with which they defeat the evil dragons and zombies. These swords are allegory also. They represent the spiritual light that awakens our spirits and souls. Spiritual beings defeat evil with knowledge and love, not violence.

Halloween Allegory

Halloween itself is an allegory, although it has lost much of its original meaning. It originated as All Hallows Eve. It was the day when spirits and could roam the earth freely. This allegory reminds us that spirits and souls are real and they survive physical death. And the idea that there is a special day when they are allowed to roam the earth tells us that spirits and souls do not roam the earth regularly. So using allegory, we are being told that ghosts and souls are not the same thing. Happy Halloween!

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Great Book of Doves: a Brilliant Symbol

“Many centuries before Helena Blavatsky, in the pre-Christian times of Kievan Rus, there were legends that have descended to our days concerning the existence of the Great Book known as the Book of Doves. There are more than twenty versions of legends about it, many of which were altered to fit the Christian worldview. The prominent Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, who is known to have had access to the same sources as Blavatsky, even created two paintings dedicated to the legend of the Book of Doves. According to tradition, this Book fell from the Heavens on the White Mountain to the burning Alatyr Stone on the White Island of Buyan, which is ‘destined to rest amidst the bottomless ocean ever since the beginning of time.’28 It was written in the language of the birds by one of the Supreme Gods of the Slavic mythology, who later became associated with Christ. Hence the Book’s name, which could also mean ‘profound’ or ‘wise’ in the Old Slavic language. Legend has it that many kings from all over the world came to see it, but no one could read it. And those few people who could, ‘read the Book for exactly three years and read exactly three pages.’29 In every myth, the Book of Doves is called the Mother of all books, for ‘the entire Wisdom of the World is concealed in it, and it contains knowledge about the origin of the world and humanity.” ~Zinovia Dushkova

Great Book of Doves

I had never heard of this Book of Doves until I read the above quote. I find it intriguing that there are legends and poems about this book, yet no copies of the book are found. Perhaps that is because it was a secret book held closely by mystery schools and never shared. It may be because this legendary book is pure fantasy. Or perhaps like many other legends and myths, it is but a symbol of something quite real. We might track down what it might symbolize by looking at the usual symbology of references to books and doves.

Dove Symbology

I don’t think anyone can doubt that doves are often symbolic references to something else. The dove of peace is used to symbolize the end of a war or an agreement that prevents war. Other references say that it symbolized, in some places, the mother goddess. Relating to that interpretation, it can also symbolize, fertility, procreation, or other aspects of the feminine. And when we see fertility symbols, we must remember that they are often used to also represent the rebirth or awakening of the human soul. In Christianity, it often represents the holy spirit or one who has been spiritually awakened by the holy spirit. Due to the tale of Noah sending a dove out to find dry land after the flood, it has also come to symbolize a message from God.

Another site about symbols says the dove is often a symbol of freedom and loyalty. Also, they say, many cultures considered it a symbol of eternal life. It also symbolizes innocence and affection. Several of the ancient Greek gods had a dove as their symbol.

Book Symbology

Some book symbolism is obvious. Books are used in teaching and in self-education, therefore, they often symbolize learning. Saints and holy persons are often depicted holding a book, usually open. This is symbolic of education or gaining knowledge and wisdom. If the book is a Bible, it may symbolize devotion to God. A number of educational companies have a book in their logo. Books can also represent truth or judgment. A book with a judge’s gavel is almost as common a symbol of law as are old fashioned scales.

Books are a form of record keeping. As such, they may symbolize access to some hidden source of historical knowledge, sometimes very ancient knowledge. They can symbolize self-expression and communication. That can be communicating with others or your own higher (spiritual) self. To dream of a library or room full of books indicate that you are seeking hidden knowledge, or that you should be. Dreaming of a scrapbook might mean that you are too caught up in the past and need to let go. Dreaming of a cookbook might mean that you need to find (cook up) a solution to a problem.

Book of Doves Symbolism

So when we put all of these symbols for books and doves together to get the symbolism for the Book of Doves, we get a great picture. Knowledge, truth, learning, peace, growth, and rebirth. Those are the most common words we see in the symbols of each. We get a picture of something that is educational but on a spiritual level. It is an education of truth and wisdom rather than one promoting the Great Illusion of the material world. It is that book that educates the soul rather than the brain-mind.

To me, this can only mean one thing. The Book of Doves is a symbol of the Spiritual Sun. It is the light of the spiritual sun that awakens and nourishes the spirit and soul. It is that light that transmits universal truth and wisdom to us. These transmissions of light can be understood only by an awakened soul. This sounds much like what the Book of Doves is said to be in the legends.

This awakening of the soul by the spiritual light is what Jesus and others meant by rebirth. “We must be born again,” means a spiritual rebirth, the awakening of the spirit and soul. This certainly ties in with the symbolism of the dove. This light educates the soul with truth and wisdom, no deception possible. So when you put this all together, I don’t see how this Great Book of Doves can be anything else but a reference to the spiritual sun or Sun of Righteousness.

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The Great University of the Coming Golden Age

“The great university will be divided into grades, admission to which will be through preliminary tests or initiations. Here mankind will be instructed in the most sacred, the most secret, and the most enduring of all Mysteries—Symbolism. The initiate will be taught that every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle. Here mankind will learn that Chiram (Truth) lies buried in every atom of Cosmos; that every form is a symbol and every symbol the tomb of an eternal verity. Through education—spiritual, mental, moral, and physical—man will learn to release living truths from their lifeless coverings.

“The perfect government of the earth must be patterned after the divine government by which the universe is ordered. In that day when perfect order is reestablished, … men will no longer seek for happiness, for they shall find it welling up within themselves. … Then shall sages sit upon the seats of the mighty and the gods walk with men.” ~Manly P Hall

The Great University

This university will have a spiritual orientation rather than a material one. It will be a university that meets the original definition of that word, which is a school that teaches universal truth. It will be controlled by spiritual masters rather than politicians and corporate leaders. They will not have the task of turning people into compliant workers, but of helping them awaken their creative spiritual powers. It will help lead them on the path, but it will not walk it for them. Each of us must eventually walk the True Path himself. The True Path, not one we make up ourselves in our own limited mind.

Hidden Truth

Truth does lie hidden in every atom, in every beam of light. Truth is often right in front of us. But symbols hide its true meaning. The allegory in the Bible,

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the Upanishads, and other sacred writings. The symbolism in objects, such as the monstrance found in many Christian churches. They use it but don’t realize that it is a symbol of the spiritual sun.

Foolish people laugh at the incredible tales found in the Bible, thinking they are meant to be taken literally. They don’t understand that it doesn’t matter one way or the others if these tales are literally true or not. The symbolism hidden within those tales is what matters. Much like the symbolism hid within all great myths such as the myth of the Hero, which I covered in a recent post.

Most of all, though, virtually everything in the realm of matter is a symbol. That is because matter is temporary, not real. Therefore, it must symbolize something real that is generating it, or that it was generated from. It is our job to learn to see beyond the symbols to the reality they represent. The great university will help us understand those symbols and allegories. Continue reading “The Great University of the Coming Golden Age”

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