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I AM What I Am

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Sometimes a song* comes along your way with a powerful message that it resonates so very deeply in your soul. Here is one such song — full of pure authenticity, absolute world defiance, total self-esteem and infinite pride in one’s Self.

I am what I am
I am my own special creation
So come, take a look
Give me the hook or the ovation
It’s my world that I’d want to have a little pride in
My world and it’s not a place I have to hide in
Life’s not worth a damn till you can say
Hey world, I am what I am

I am what I am
I don’t need praise, I don’t need pity
I bang my own drum
Some think it’s noise (loud), I think it’s pretty
And so what if I love each feather and each spangle
Why not try and see things from a different angle
Your life is a sham till you can say
Hey world, I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces
It’s my life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life, so it’s time to open up your closet
Your life is a sham till you can say
Hey world, I am what I am

🙃

👩‍🎤 And there’s no one better than a good old tall shake of a Shirley Bassey to bring home its message. 😍

Life’s not worth a damn till you can say: “Hey world, I am what I am.

I am what I am, and what I am needs no excuses.
I deal my own deck: Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces.

It’s my life and there’s no return and no deposit!

ONE LIFE, so it’s time to open up your closet.
Your life is a sham till you can say: “Hey world, I AM what I am.
🥰

*Note:
The song comes from “La Cage aux Folles,” a Broadway musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. It is based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret. It focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges’s son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents to meet them. La cage aux folles literally means “the cage of mad women;” however, folles is also a slang term for effeminate homosexuals (queens). Read a related post at Facebook.

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        Intellectualizing Love

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        Several days ago, a seemingly well-meaning but rather intellectually bloated blogger on Facebook posted the following message:

        As a teacher of a university course on pop music, I regularly come across songs that reinforce the muddled ideas we have about love and relationships. Here are some examples:

        “I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to make me feel alive.” Foreigner
        “I’m gonna make you mine.” ABBA
        “You give it all but I want more.” U2
        “Sometimes I feel so insecure, and love so distant and obscure, remains the cure. Don’t wanna be all by myself anymore.” Eric Carmen
        “When you left, I lost a part of me.” Mariah Carey
        “If you leave me now you’ll take away the biggest part of me.” Chicago
        “You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’” Righteous Brothers
        “At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.” Gloria Gaynor
        “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” U2
        “I’m love with your body.” Eddie Shearing
        “This time I’m mistaken/ In handing you a heart worth breakin’.” Nickelback

        Based on this picture, we are needy halflings, in constant search for a better half to fill with us with their love, and even then, it’s never enough. This explains why there is so much guilt in relationships. Deep down we feel that the arrangement is inherently unfair—taking all of another’s love and offering very little in return.
This picture also explains the panic associated with breakups. Your partner has the power to render you halfless.
        In our desperate search for love, we have overlooked the only real place to find it—inside. When you discover that eternal source of love, you will no longer approach relationships out of a sense of neediness. Healthy relationships are built when two whole people join to share the love they have already claimed as their natural inheritance.

        He ended his particular post with the following graphic:

        I commented on the person’s post with a link to a recent blog of my own taken from a Facebook page I manage. Here is the blog I linked to:

        That was followed by several exchanges that ensued between us:

        HIM: that’s because falling in love is not really about love, but emotional attachment and possession.

        ME: Who’s to say what is or isn’t love when it comes to experiencing a very subjective feeling? ☺

        HIM: that’s the point, really. Love is not a feeling. It is an openness and extension of your true being.

        WHAT? “Love is not a feeling”? That stunned me — coming from someone whom I had earlier perceived to be an intelligent, mature, fully human, and truly spiritual person. I guess my initial impression was wrong. I then realized the mindset of the person I was blogging with: It was the bloated intellect of a pseudomystic’s ego.

        I saw the precarious direction in which the thread would go if I pushed the discussion down along the road we were taking, and I was not in the mood to engage in needless human confrontation and conflict. So, I decided to desist from from replying further. I was later moved to write this post you are reading now to share the sad tale of “a bloated intellect” and to caution you about its inherent pitfalls.

        According to his Facebook bio, the blogger is apparently multi-credentialed with several academic degrees to his name:

          • Musicology, PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
          • Music History, MM (Master of Music)
          • Bible, BS (Bachelor of Science)
          • Music, BM (Bachelor of Music)

          Now that is a huge problem: The mind that is encumbered with degrees and credentials ends up with a bloated intellect and a puffed-up human ego that believes its intellectualism is the beginning and end-all of truth, life and reality. It has the makings and the trimmings of a personal self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance.

          We feel first before we think.
          I feel, therefore I am.

          For heaven’s sake, where does love begin in a person but from a FEELING of attraction to the object of one’s love, whether it be another person, an animal or pet, a job, career or profession, an undertaking or activity, or anything that deserves the focus of our desire and pleasure valuation. Don’t tell me that love is not a feeling. Don’t repudiate or deny a perfectly beautiful human emotion of “falling in love” or “being in love.” Don’t deny me my humanity by invalidating my most fundamental experience of love as a feeling, an emotion.

          As human beings, we FEEL first and foremost and think later as an intellectual after-thought, introspection, analysis or reflection. That is how we as an animal species rose through the ladder of evolution, and that is how we first emerged from our mother Nature’s womb functioning with the animal intelligence we were born with — our human instincts. A new-born human infant does not intellectualize or think that it is hungry or it is cold, or that it needs to be held, touched and comforted before it starts to cry aloud in need. The infant FEELS those things. Even as the infant grows and matures physically, the grown-up person still FEELS the hunger, the cold or the deprivation at the first instance before the person becomes intellectually aware of such to seek out the food, warmth or companionship.

          Don’t intellectualize love by saying that “it is an openness and extension of my true being.” That is sheer intellectual bullshit.

          It does not mean a thing to me at all if you, as someone who professes to love me,

          tell me you have an “openness and extension of your true being” for me or that you are “opening yourself and extending your true being” to me. You would either make me run away scared of your weirdness or split apart at the seams laughing at the absurdity of your statement. However, if you express your feeling toward me through appropriate words or corresponding gestures, now that would paint a warm smile on my face and likely cause me to engage you in friendly conversation.

          Admittedly, the initial feeling of love is not the end of the relationship process. It is only the start, a beginning. After we become emotionally aware of our feelings of love, we progress and develop intellectually as part of the process by trying to better understand the feeling in terms of becoming aware cognitively or intellectually why we are attracted to the person, what qualities of the person appeal to us, what makes us appreciate the particular person especially, and so forth. We thereby build on our feelings of love. It is in the course of building up the relationship that we “open up” more to the other and “extend” aspects of ourselves to the beloved other. Only then does love become clothed (not supplanted or replaced) with openness and an extension of our authentic being. These are building blocks of love not the foundation of love. The feeling is absolutely foundational such that should the feeling leave us or go away from us, then the love fades, disappears and is said to be gone from the heart.

          The feeling of love is a highly,
          if not purely, subjective
          personal
          experience.

          The feeling of love is a highly, if not purely, SUBJECTIVE personal experience. I cannot feel love for you nor can anybody else. By the same token, neither you nor anyone else can feel love for me. When I say “I love,” it is me who is doing the loving and nobody else. Thus, the emanation of love’s energies originates and moves out from the subject lover to the object beloved. This is true at the human level and at the spiritual level. That is why religion teaches that God loved us first before we ever loved God.

          From the mystical perspective, the essence and nature of God is pure unconditional love. Because of our mystical oneness with God, then our essence and nature is likewise pure unconditional love. Because God is infinite, then divine love in us is likewise infinite: It cannot help but be OPEN and manifest itself as an “openness” to all that seeks to include all and not to exclude some. And because of God’s integral wholeness of being, love by necessity extends God’s universal being to all beings partaking of that One-Beingness. It is only in this utterly transcendental, mystical sense that one can even begin to seriously consider that love is “an openness and extension of my God-being.” Such a love is humanly incomprehensible — it being beyond thoughts and words — therefore, not even applicable to describing the love between and among finite human beings. There is a perfectly good reason why we “feel” with the heart and not with the mind: A bloated intellect and love do not mix well.

          Divine love paradoxically is an emptiness which aches to be filled to overflowing, and a nothingness that seeks to be defined by something or someone.

          It is a fallacy asserted by the blogger in his original post that: “
In our desperate search for love, we have overlooked the only real place to find it — inside. When you discover that eternal source of love, you will no longer approach relationships out of a sense of neediness.” Divine love is paradoxically an emptiness which aches to be filled and to overflow. Divine love is, also, a no-thingness that seeks to be defined by a something or someone. That is why this thing we call “God” created us: God NEEDS us as much as and as badly as we need God.

          Painting by Peter Paul Rubens of St. Augustine of Hippo

          St. Augustine of Hippo Painting by Peter Paul Rubens

          God finds the completeness of its love in our loving God back in return. The cosmic God is incomplete without us — each and everyone of us — each and every consciousness that has individuated from it.

          “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” ― St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions ―

          Indeed, we are “an unhappy race of halflings, seeking a better half to complete us” (quoting the graphic poster image above on pop music). The earlier we can come to realize this and to accept it to be true of our humanity, the better we can all come to grips with our predicament in the human condition, not by intellectualizing our lives but by spiritually realizing our innate oneness. Then, we can start reaching out humanly to one another — to other “halflings” — in love and with love, in relationships where not only love resides and thrives but fulfillment is realized as well. 
And hopefully, prayerfully, we would have unleashed love out into the world.

          A bloated intellect and love
          don’t mix well.

          Poster on

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                Saturn Retrograde: A New Beginning

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                I just finished going through the experience of a physically debilitating and emotionally traumatic surgical procedure. Wholeness, restoration and healing are coming more fully into my personal experience with every new day.

                That, after nearly a decade of really rough sailing through life — being uprooted and tossed around, being subjected to a number of health issues and difficulties, suffering betrayal by people I trusted, to name a few.

                I’m glad the retrograde cycle of Saturn is ending. 🙄

                September 18, 2019 Saturn Retrograde Cycle Ending


                I look forward to a new beginning in life, even as I tell myself: NEVER AGAIN.

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                We offer a spirituality that is rooted in the teachings of nondualistic oneness. It captures and embodies authentic mysticism in a very concise and direct manner. It is practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.

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                Just One Minute

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                It’ll take only ONE (1) MINUTE of your time.

                Let’s do this really simple spiritual gesture for good in our world. 🙂

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                There are 1,440 minute in a 24-hour day. Of those 1,440 minutes, spend just one (1) minute calmly, silently, quietly remembering that:

                “God-activity is the only activity there is: Only God-activity is expressing in my life and in the world.”

                You can substitute the words “the world” — with “my world” or “our world” as you may feel led to do so.

                No special posture or position is needed. No special place or location is required. You do the practice right where you may be at the moment, taking a safe quick break away from your current human activity.

                During that one minute, stay with that thought completely; AND feel it to be true for yourself and everyone else, as you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.

                When the minute has passed, release it to the vast ocean of time. Let it go gratefully, joyously. Then forget it as you continue with the rest of the day.

                COMMIT one (1) minute of your day, every single day, to do this very simple practice.  Give that minute away as your personal gift to the world. Do it purely in God-awareness with no other thought or concern at that moment. It does not matter when or where you do it.  Just do it.

                Use this one-minute timer video on your laptop or mobile phone screen if you wish:

                Thanks to ShareFaith.com for the use of the one-minute timer video widget at http://images.sharefaith.com/images/3/1425669351521_86/img_mouseover3.mp4.)

                Over time, you may feel led to doing this one-minute contemplation practice several times during the day through the day or night. Do so freely and gladly knowing that your contemplation is taking root and growing in your individual awareness. This is how meditation develops — with baby steps — one short little step at a time.

                By this small gesture, let us consent to let God be the sole activity in our lives and in the world. Let your one-minute contemplation bring whatever wonderful good it will bring to you and to the world.

                SHARE this post in Facebook, in other social networks, on Internet sites, and with your loved ones, friends, and associates. Please share it, because YOU CARE for our world. Share, because you can afford the gift of JUST ONE (1) MINUTE. ❤

                So, do the 1-minute contemplation; then shake your groove thing . . .


                Picture of One-Minute MeditatorA moment of contemplation with me. 😉


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                The Consciousness Manifesto

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                REFLECT ON THIS

                Your outer life experience of the world reflects the inner state of consciousness you embody in your mind.

                The inner state of consciousness determines the outer experience of life. As within, so without. As above, so below. 😳

                Contrary to many metaphysical or “new age” teachings, there is no law of attraction operating in life or in the mind. The mind is a mirror to consciousness. It merely reflects back the corresponding image-form of the state of consciousness that is placed and held before the mind. You do not attract the things, forms or effects in your life whether you judge them to be good or bad based on how you are experiencing your perception of them. Rather, your mind manifests or shows the reflection of the level and state of consciousness that you are. And that reflection is what you perceive invariably as your external experience in life.

                There is NO attraction between you, on the one hand, and the people and things in your life, on the other hand. There is only a reflection in the mind of the consciousness that you are. People, things and conditions that are not part of your present state of consciousness will have no corresponding reflection in your mind-body continuum, and therefore, will NOT be part of your personal experience of life, even though they may be your desired good. This explains why and how we experience lack and limitation in life.

                Furthermore, if the mind you are functioning with is “clouded” by your human conditioning or your human belief system — meaning to say, that your mind is bereft of spiritual clarity or spiritual illumination (i.e., unenlightened), — your mind will not be able to reflect the inherent goodness and perfection that exists at the core essence of people and things. As a result, our experience becomes disruptive of the wholeness and the harmony underlying everything — what we then consider to be “evil” in our human experience.

                The old Newtonian teaching on the nature of gravity as an attracting force operating between two material objects is not tenable in Albert Einstein’s modern theory of relativity. Under Einstein’s physics, gravity is interpreted to mean the indentation in the space-time continuum caused by the mass of an object. It is this “bending” of the space-time continuum or the “warping” in the fabric of space-time continuum that causes things of a lesser mass to come within the gravitational purview or captive influence of the object with the greater mass.

                Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two centuries earlier. And time, Newton declared, flowed at its own pace, oblivious to the clocks that measured it. But Einstein looked at space and time and saw a single dynamic stage — spacetime — on which matter and energy strutted, generating sound and fury, signifying gravity.

                Newton’s law of gravity had united the earthly physics of falling apples with the cosmic dances of planets and stars. But he couldn’t explain how, and he famously refused to try. It took an Einstein to figure out gravity’s true modus operandi. Gravity, Einstein showed, did not just make what goes up always come down. Gravity made the universe go ’round.

                Gravity’s secrets succumbed to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, unveiled in a series of papers submitted a century ago this November to the Prussian Academy in Berlin. A decade earlier, his special theory of relativity had merged matter with energy while implying the unity of space and time (soon to be christened as spacetime). After years of struggle, Einstein succeeded in showing that matter and spacetime mutually interact to mimic Newton’s naïve idea that masses attract each other. Gravity, said Einstein, actually moved matter along the curving pathways embodied in spacetime — paths imprinted by mass and energy themselves. As expressed decades later by the physicist John Archibald Wheeler, mass grips spacetime, telling it how to curve, and spacetime grips mass, telling it how to move.
                ScienceNews: “Einstein’s genius changed science’s perception of gravity”
                (Vol. 188, No. 8, October 17, 2015, p. 16)


                Space-Time Gravity Curvature
                Gravity is the curvature in the Space-Time Continuum made by the mass of an object.

                So, what are we to make of the new physics in terms of bringing good and more good into our experience? How do we spiritually bend or warp the fabric of the mind’s space-time continuum? How do we spiritually grow the mass of Truth in consciousness by which we curve the space-time continuum of the mind?

                But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33, KJV)

                Instead of trying to “attract” good into our lives, we work on realizing the consciousness of Truth or God-consciousness. That is what the Master Yeshua (Jesus) meant when he instructed us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Our inner realization becomes the “curvature” in our mind-body continuum by which and into which our good — the “added things” — naturally falls into its gravitational orbit around us. Our realization of Truth enables that Truth to become reflected in the mirror of our minds as our experience.

                We make a life project out of this spiritual business of God-realization. Here is how we go about our project to accomplish its goal.

                First, we introduce the light of Truth into our awareness: This is why we go to the Truth teaching or the Dharma in Buddhist parlance. We study its mystical teaching to learn its principles correctly. We allocate a part of our resources, time and effort in reading mystical literature mindfully, in listening to or learning from an authentic spiritual teacher (not to pseudomystics and charlatans), and in associating with people who are also traveling the mystical path of life.

                Then, we adopt and cultivate a spiritual practice that can effectively and efficiently enable us to contemplate the Truth principles in the quietness of our minds and, more importantly, in the silence and stillness of our hearts: We set aside sufficient time during our 24-hour day to sit patiently in the meditation state of mind. We commit to our practice, and we try no matter what.

                But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:6, KJV)

                Undoubtedly our life project is very different from the metaphysical, “new age” and prosperity teachings commonly found in the marketplace of spiritual ideas. Our project does not deal with positive thoughts or affirmations, visualization techniques, or other such methods for mining good from the world. We follow Yeshua’s simple advice to us who would be followers of the Christ as he was. We undertake our project in consciousness using only the reflective quality of the mirror mind for our tool. We work the inner to bring forth the fruits of realized consciousness in the outer. We start above in God’s heaven to shape the earth below.

                All good is within us, as us. Let’s bring it out from within us. All peace is within us, as our life and being. Let’s bring it out to the troubled world outside us. ☺️



                Painting of Boddhisattva

                Peace in the world can only come from inner peace.
                Chamtrul Rinpoche


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                The Journey‘s Goal

                FeaturedPainting of Tibetan 4-armed Buddha

                REFLECT ON THIS

                If you make your spiritual practice an integral part of your lifestyle, your practice will always be part of living your life. It will seep into your daily awareness and come out in time like a beautiful fragrant flower in the mind that will bear the sweetness of spiritual fruitage in your life. ☺️

                Success is not the goal of the spiritual journey, but to TRY DAILY, to keep on trying no matter what, is the goal. Zen Buddhism teaches that it is more important to keep climbing the mountain than it is to reach its summit.
                Zen Proverb on "Climbing the Mountain" It is in trying that actual traction is produced along the spiritual path when we do our practice, and the traction you generate becomes your journey’s mileage.
                😉

                In speaking of centering prayer or contemplative meditation as a spiritual practice, Fr. William Meninger, OCSO, an associate of Fr. Thomas Keating in the centering prayer movement, says quite directly: “You can never fail if you try. To try is to do it.” (at time 22:26 of the video below).

                Trying produces traction
                along the path.

                Painting of Tibetan 4-armed Buddha

                Do not keep putting off practice, thinking that another location or another time would be more suitable.

                Nothing is better than the present moment. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, bring your life to the path.
                Chamtrul Rinpoche


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                  It is a spirituality practiced and exercised using a proven methodology that is scientific and mystical at the same time. You will find it to be highly transformational in consciousness and totally empowering to the Soul.

                  Discover the true nature of God and the meaning of life.  Learn the purpose of your existence and the reason behind all human suffering. The mystical teachings are timeless yet urgently relevant today in our lives. They are profoundly true yet remarkably truly simple in their message.

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                The Christ

                FeaturedTile mosaic of "The Christ"

                A CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT


                “Therefore God has highly exalted Jesus [him] and bestowed on Jesus [him] the nature [name] that is above every nature [name], so that at the nature [name] of the CHRIST [Jesus] every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that [Jesus] the CHRIST is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(Philippians 2:9-11, ESV, as edited for mystical study.)
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                THE CHRIST or Christ Consciousness is Lord, one with God the Father. The man who was Jesus or Yeshua of Nazareth is an “exalted” (that is, “raised in rank, power, or character” per Merriam-Webster Dictionary) manifestation or expression of THE CHRIST just as you and I are, as we humanly shall become, upon the realization of Christhood — our real and true nature in THE CHRIST.

                We are THE CHRIST in Spirit, have always been and shall always be. But it serves us no beneficial life experience until and unless this truth is realized in individual consciousness.

                Let me now paraphrase the quoted scripture passage as it applies to you at the mystical level of understanding:

                “Therefore God has highly exalted you and bestowed on you the nature of THE CHRIST that is above every nature, so that at the nature of THE CHRIST every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that you, being THE CHRIST, are Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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                The realization of Christhood or enlightenment is not difficult, but many spiritual teachers make it so for one reason or another. The only thing you need to know and to understand correctly is what it is and how to go about it. And only a pure, authentic contemporary mystical teaching can do that for you.

                Christ Consciousness refers to enlightenment or the realization of our oneness with all and our inherent divinity, exemplified by Jesus Christ.

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                Jesus lived what he taught, and he taught from a higher state of consciousness, one free of ego. Jesus was an example of what we all can be, a model of what is possible for every human being, and he said as much. His message was that we, too, can be Christed—enlightened—as he was, and many are living proof of this today. Many are awakening to their true nature, and enlightenment is the culmination, or endpoint, of that process of awakening.

                Jesus Christ, like other enlightened masters, was able to transmit universal Source energy to others because he was enlightened. It was not his energy that was transmitted. Rather, because he was enlightened, he was able to be an instrument of the universal energy that comes from Source, or God: the Oneness.  Spiritual forces and Ascended Masters such as Jesus channel this universal Source energy to those on earth who are able to transmit it to others. Transmission is one of the main ways consciousness is raised and human evolution is advanced. Transmission may seem mysterious, but we don’t have to understand it or even feel it to be transformed by it. That we can be affected by certain people in this way is a gift from Source to aid us in returning Home.
                Gina Lake


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                The “Imago Dei”

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                So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God… Genesis 1:27 (CSBBible)


                The imago Dei (“image of God”) does imply a relationship between God and man: a unique relationship of spiritual oneness by which our humanity or human nature is called upon to become the externalized fullness of our inherent divinity in Self-realization. We do not merely resemble God spiritually: We are identical in essence with the very Spirit essence of God, consistent with the nondualistic oneness taught in true mysticism.


                In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning…. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2,14 (CSBBible)


                The quality of “understanding morality” should be taken to mean the ability to discern the truth of this oneness from the falsehood of illusory duality, and ultimately to become the embodiment of this Truth. This entails the process which is referred to as enlightenment or spiritual illumination.

                As to how we as human beings may be different from animals or other sentient beings that are also deemed to have been made in the “image of God,” the difference is only one of degrees by which we have become self-aware and ultimately attain the “realization of God” (God-realization).  Thus, spiritual traditions such as Hinduism speak of the god Vishnu incarnating in a number of evolutionary forms or species until he incarnates as the perfect man, Rama, and then finally the God-realized divine avatar, Krishna.

                When the living God looks at the “image and likeness” of Itself in Its Mirror-Mind, God sees Itself as THE MAN IN THE MIRROR.

                The Man in the Mirror (a spiritual fantasy image)
                “Aha! It’s You.”
                The Creator looks at Its own “image and likeness” in the mirror of Its Mind.
                MAN IN THE MIRROR: “Aha! Gotcha, God. It’s you all along!” 😀
                GOD: “WTF. Good God, help. My own good-looking image and likeness in my mirror-mind is alive and aware!”

                Is God having a fright day? LOL. 😂

                (Acknowledgment to Michael Jackson for publishing the music video on YouTube.)


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                Consciousness and Neuroscience

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                Neuroscience is beginning to show that the brain is not the mind and to point to the existence of the soul (consciousness) as the causative factor behind the mind. 🤔

                The following video documentary comes in four (4) parts.  It makes the case for the existence of consciousness or soul.




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                Never Too Busy for God

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                One can never be too busy to practice the Presence of God in one’s life, especially when you know and realize that the life you are living is truly God’s life. ☺️

                Chamtrul Rinpoche’s advice below involves a very simple spiritual practice known in the Christian mystical tradition as “Practicing the Presence of God.” It partakes the nature of a “contemplative meditation” as it is known in The Infinite Way, where you silently contemplate on the letter of truth or the principles of the mystical teaching.

                However, although it is similar to doing the same contemplative activity you would normally do in a prolonged meditation sitting, this practice is done for the briefest duration of a very abbreviated period of time, say one to three minutes of your time, anywhere you may be, at anytime of the day or night, in the midst of any activity, as frequently as you can do so during your waking hours. As a minimum for starters, do it thrice daily: immediately upon rising from bed in the morning, at noontime, and just before going to sleep at night. Then build up gradually on the frequency of times that you perform it until you are doing it most if not all the time.

                Life can never be way too busy for the dedicated spiritual aspirant to practice the presence of God. You can become constantly aware of God Presence within you and around you. You are never too busy for God. 🙂


                Some people say that they are too busy to practice the Dharma. But if they want to, they can turn every aspect of their life to the path, no matter where they are, or what they are doing. It is OK to be busy. But be busy with the Dharma.

                Chamtrul Rinpoche



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                . . . to BARRY O’BRIEN for his gift to us of a brand new laptop.

                Barry gave a “Dell Inspiron 15 7000” laptop for the benefit of our spiritual ministry and work in teaching contemporary mysticism and promoting the mystical life in a 21st century setting.  His generosity and kindness return to him infinitely in oneness. ☺️


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                Enlightenment Is Your Nature

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                Enlightenment is your natural state.  Do not seek for it elsewhere.  But “go within” to experience it.
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                Look into the awakened mind of your own awareness! It has neither form nor color, neither center nor edge. At first, it has no origin but is empty. Next, it has no dwelling place but is empty. At the end, it has no destination but is empty. This emptiness is not made of anything and is clear and cognizant. When you see this and recognize it, you know your natural face. You understand the nature of things. You have then seen the nature of mind, resolved the basic state of reality and cut through doubts about topics of knowledge.

                This awakened mind of awareness is not made out of any material substance; it is self-existing and inherent in yourself. This is the nature of things that is easy to realize because it is not to be sought for elsewhere. This is the nature of mind that does not consist of a concrete perceiver and something perceived to fixate on. It defies the limitations of permanence and annihilation. In it there is no thing to awaken; the awakened state of enlightenment is your own awareness that is naturally awake. In it there is no thing that goes to the hells; awareness is naturally pure. In it there is no practice to carry out; its nature is naturally cognizant. This great view of the natural state is present in yourself: resolve that it is not to be sought for elsewhere.

                Guru Rinpoche



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                Tarot Mysticism

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                The Tarot cards are more than a deck of playing cards for human entertainment!

                The Tarot cards actually constitute a book of mystical wisdom teachings and profound spiritually transformative messages coded or hidden in visual graphic symbolism and allegorical imagery. Through this system of esoteric symbolism and imagery, the Tarot’s system of mystical wisdom is cloaked from the minds of the uninitiated, unprepared or undeserving.

                Furthermore, the visual coding of its wisdom teachings has a subtle yet highly effective manner of penetrating the unconscious levels of the human mind, where the seed messages can take root and germinate over time. Then, when the time is ripe in consciousness, the mystical teaching will come to the fore of the individual’s conscious awareness where its truth can be finally recognized and learned.

                Essentially, the Tarot’s major arcana is about the spiritual journey we take through life from the personal perspective of an individual — from the spiritual ignorance of human innocence to mastery of the spiritually adept. It is, also, the paradigm for the evolution of human awareness from its current state in the human condition to the destiny of the human species in the spiritual enlightenment of its innate divinity.

                The video below is an excellent presentation and discussion of the Tarot’s esotericism. You can view the video below in its entirety (the first video below), or you can go through a playlist of its segments, a serialized format (the second video) at YouTube. The video’s producer, Robert Bonomo, has done a superb job deserving of praise and compliment.


                (Acknowledgement to the Robert Bonomo channel on YouTube for posting the videos above.)

                 

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                Don’t Leave Yourself Out of the Picture

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                While cultivating love and compassion for all beings, remember to include YOURSELF foremost.
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                Oftentimes, we tend to forget, and thereby exclude, ourselves from the very love and compassion we seek to practice and experience in our lives. We, too, deserve as much love and compassion. Don’t sabotage your Self.

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                When you cultivate love and compassion for all beings, that means every being, including yourself.
                Chamtrul Rinpoche




                Enlightenment is a dance like a tango. Learn to sway with the beat and the lilting melody passionately. Throw yourself into the dance.

                (Acknowledgement to the Studio ELB channel on YouTube for posting the video above.)



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                Early Christian Socialism

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                Here is something to reflect on.

                Socialism as an expression of spiritual oneness will save humanity from itself. That, I believe, is the message of Christianity as viewed from a social, political, economic, and cultural perspective.

                The early Christian movement was socialist in nature before Christianity was consolidated monolithically 300 years after its founder into a religious institution to serve the purposes of the state under the emperor Constantine and to preserve the interests of religious theological hardline conservatives who were looking for a way to eliminate the competing gnostic Christian mysticism of the time.

                The members of early “churches” or Christian movement communities pooled their material and financial resources into a common community/church fund. The pooled resources were used to enable their members to get by with their individual and family needs and get on with their day-to-day lives on a regular basis; to educate their own community members; to help the less fortunate members of their society such as the handicapped, the sick and elderly, etc.; and to help their poverty-stricken destitute to rehabilitate their lives appropriately in a spiritually proactive manner.

                The Christian socialist system was not a free charitable handout to the poor, as the present day Christians tend to make it. It was a solid-based fool-proof method of eliminating social poverty following the Christian concept of “social stewardship” over God-given resources to humanity as a whole. Everyone prospered and thrived in that manner to the extent that those early Christian communities took off the ground as a bankable socio-economic model with astounding rapidity as a cultural, religious and political alternative in contrast to (a) the theocratic Jewish Temple system of sacrifice and cultural oppression and (b) the oppressive authoritarian system of Roman rule and taxation. The early Christian communities became the envy, the object of fear, and the lightning rod of/for Jewish socio-cultural condemnation, persecution and Roman imperial intolerance.

                Presently, Christianity is anything but what it was during its first three hundred years of existence. Men tend to repeat the mistakes of the past. And history repeats itself in cycles. As Christians, what are we to do now about this? Where are we going to bring our world in the immediate and distant futures? 🤔


                Acknowledgement to Amplex for posting the video on YouTube.


                Think about it.

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