Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Do We Blame The Truck?

Do We Blame The Truck?

A truck rolls out of control, over an embankment and into oncoming traffic. The drunk driver behind the wheel was impaired and had a distorted view of reality. 3 people are killed, 2 others are injured. 

Now, ask yourself honestly ... is the truck at fault? Is the truck to blame? What about Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, Nissan? 

No. The driver is the cause of the effect. He used a tool that was available to him to commit this crime. It was not the intent of the truck manufacturer that it's vehicle be used for manslaughter. It also was not the intent of the auto dealer who sold it to him. Even if it was, the driver would still ultimately be responsible for the use of the vehicle. He has usurped the power of the vehicle which has both good and bad potential, and chosen to use it for bad. 

The same goes for ancient Wisdom and philosophy. The very foundation of all mainstream world religions has a common point of origin and a common system of belief. Whether it be Egyptian Mysiticism, Greek Mythology, Persian Mysticism, Buddhism, Hinduism, et al. The original alignment of the principles has been usurped through the ages by power and control seeking men. They have usurped the original teachings, and modified them for their own dark agenda. All have been exposed to this. 

Regardless of ones faith, creed, or holy book ... it is an individual and personal decision to cause harm. Plain and simple. Many years ago the Comedian Flip Wilson use to laugh and say "the devil made me do it." But we all know, the devil isn't going to jail ... you are. 

Karma is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "doing." So ... your karma, is your doing. It is cause and effect ... Universal Law. And your decisions, effect not only you ... but everyone else. We are all subject to each others doings (karma). 

So when a terrorist drives a truck bomb into a building, or into a crowd of people ... we do not blame the truck do we? There are those who would blame it on the gun ... but it is not the gun. It is not the truck. It is not the bomb. It is THE MAN who performs the heinous act. 

We cannot re-write what world religions have coe to believe, but we can re-educate people and present to the the Truth of Unity and Peace. Compassion, love, understanding and tolerance. This must start with the children. For many adults, too much time has passed, and there is too much hatred and violent self-serving desire to commit atrocities out of anger. 

Though many may think the culprit is religion ... it simply is not. Not in it's original form. The word "religion" comes from the Latin "religare" meaning to bind, or to tie or to connect. This IS NOT a binding to the religion ... but a binding to the spiritual power that is God. This is what was originally the intent. And "God" was the One. The Source. The LOGOS (Archetype/Word). The Life ... the very breath of life. 

When people awaken to the Truth that all is One and One is all ... and that what we do to "other" we do to our self ... then we will begin to see peace and unity among mankind. If the world leaders of religion would just admit what they already know ... and admit it publicly ... there would be a sharp decline in world wide violence. 

It isn;t the truck. It's the individual human operator. The truck, and the gun, and the bomb, do not have the consciousness to reason and decide what effect they wish to have from their existence and first cause. They are tools that become one with whoever is using them. The hammer, becomes the hand. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 


Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Study of The Word Life

A Study of The Word Life

What is the meaning and etymology of the word: "life?" The answer to this question is almost five thousand years old and leads us to the Proto-Indo-European word "lip" meaning, ‘to remain, persevere, and continue’. When this word was adopted into the English language as ‘lif’ about 1500 years ago, it stayed true to its original meaning but still closely resembled its Germanic predecessors meaning of ‘body’.

Root Meaning of Life

Before we delve further into English, let's look back at the Greek word for "life" which is translated in English as "ZOE." This is the root of the English words "zoo," "zoology," and even "Zodiac." Zoe is used for the state of existing and being animate which is common to all living things. From early times, "ZOE" (living soul) was adopted by Hellenized Hebrews as a translation of the Ancient Hebrew name/word translated into English as "EVE." 

This word EVE is from the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חוה (chawah) meaning "to breathe" or the related word חיה (chayah) meaning "to live". I once had a white German Shepard that I named "Chaia" for the same reason. Hence, Eve is described as the "Mother of ALL living" when looking at the Biblical allegory of creation in the Book of Genesis. This statement makes perfect sense when understanding the meaning of the word, rather than being associated with a literal person. 

The New Testament Bible, which was originally penned in Greek before being translated, and uses the word "ZOE" 134 times as an indication of eternal life ... the actual eternal life-force. "LIFE" ... therefore, is the force which animates all living things. This force is what many would call God, or Source Energy. 

Old English Use Of Life

Since Old English times, the word "life" has meant: "the condition, quality, or fact of being a living organism." This includes the capacity for growth and development characterized by continued functional activity. It is natural then that from its very beginnings "life" has been used as the opposite meaning of "death" (or the cessation of animate existence). The word life also meant to describe the existence of an individual in respects of its physical duration: "the period from birth to death, from birth to a particular time, or from a particular time to death." It becomes clearly evident that the meaning of the word "life," has not changed much in over 1500 years of use.

Middle English Use Of Life

There were however added meanings that were attached to "life" during the Middle English period. Life began to mean not only the living organism itself, but the cause or the source of living, as in: "the animating principle which keeps a thing alive." The natural extension to this meaning was that people began to believe that life was a possession which was deprived by death - a meaning that can be constantly witnessed in the media.

From the mid 16th century "life" was used to describe the chance to live after a narrowly escaped death - this originated from the myth of cats having nine lives. From the late 16th century the word began to mean the vitality embodied in an individual person who was very energetic and animated. From this later meaning the sport of cricket adopted the word to describe the quality in the pitch which causes the ball to rise abruptly or unevenly after pitching. From the early 18th century ‘life’ included the activity and presence of living things as well.

Life Today

By the 19th century the term "lifer" or "life sentence" was used for a number of different things ... sporting events, battery duration, a person who was imprisoned for the rest of his existence, and even the term "get a life" used for someone with not much to do but cause trouble. 

The bottom line is easily discerned as being descriptive of the force and Source of that which animates living creatures. Even down to a cellular level. Remember, we raise a glass and toast "LIFE" ... not yours or mine ... but LIFE itself. It is that which gives us consciousness, the very breath we take in and out with each moment. All that exists in this physical realm in which we are animated is powered by that energy source, or Source Energy that all is dependent on for our very being. 

The New Testament Book of Acts scripture summed it up quite nicely in it's esoteric and metaphorical presentation:

" ... for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children."
~Acts 17:28

We are all a living part of this great organism called the universe. We share all things in this life. Down to the very breath within you and within me. We truly are ONE in this LIFE. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Thank God For Your Meal?

Thank God For Your Meal?

Many people will begin each meal with what is commonly called "grace." One of the common meanings of this word in Christian belief is: "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings, the condition or fact of being favored by someone." Now bear with me for a moment. I assure you there is a valid point to my argument against a prayer that is aimed at thanking Deity for your meal, versus being in a state of thankfulness for your meal.

To thank God/Deity for the provision of food on YOUR table, would also mean this is the very same God that did NOT provide food for millions of other people in the world who are starving at this very moment. Think about that for a moment. If God is responsible for the food to enrich your life force, then this very God has failed to provide nourishment for millions of other people. 

You are most fortunate for having that meal that is in front of you and your family. Be thankful ... remain in a state of thanks-being, rather than thanks-giving. The faithful with argue this point with me but it more than makes practical and perfect sense. If you are going to thank an almighty, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent Spiritual Deity for providing something for YOU, then why not for everybody? 

It is our responsibility as humanity to care for each other ... to be sure that everyone is provided for. Food, shelter, can all be provided to every single human being on this planet without concern for supply. There is more than enough to go around ... and for generations to come. We must stop the greed, the hoarding, and the selfish desires of a select few that has led to the suffering of a great many. Luke 10:27 states: "... love your neighbor as yourself." So, if you are a Bible follower, then understand this is a call-to-action statement. Make sure your neighbor (fellow man) is cared for in the same way as you are. 

This is the will of God/Source. We are the responsible party when it comes to human provisions. Everyone should have access to clean water, shelter, and food ... regardless of financial assets. There is no reason for people to be homeless and hungry unless WE allow it and tolerate it. This is NOT a God problem ... this is a people problem. Change the way you think and act, and you can change the outcome of the entire world. Be thankful that you have the power to create and effect change on a large scale. Do something. Be something. Life and love. We are One. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Pray Without Ceasing?

Pray Without Ceasing?

At the very basic foundational understanding of prayer, we can simplify the commonly accepted definition as: "communion with God." So we must ask how is one to "pray without ceasing?" We first go to the New Testament scriptures for a very short except:

" ... pray without ceasing ... "
~1 Thessalonians 5:17

Now lets look at the word "communion," or common-union:

communion (n.)
late 14c., from Old French comunion "community, communion" (12c.), from Latin communionem (nominative communio) "fellowship, mutual participation, a sharing. Used by Augustine, in belief that the word was derived from com- "with, together" + unus "oneness, union."

Now we go to the Old Testament Book of Job:

"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."
~Job 33:4

Now look how simple the answer is. To "pray without ceasing" ... is to live and breathe. Look at The Book of Acts:

"For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'"
~Acts 17:28

From this verse we are told in God/Him, "we live and move and have our being." Think about that for a moment. Taken in context, all of existence IS God, ALL God,  and ONLY God ... and we are (all of us) an individualized essence of the entirety that IS God. Are you not in your children and your children in you? Are you not in your parents and your parents in you? Our DNA is Gods DNA. It can be no other way. 

A clear presentation that this magnificent universe that we live IN ... is the single manifest organism that many will call God. The Source, the Origin, The ALL ... and with each and every breath we take ... we pray unceasingly in common-union with God/Life. We are co-creators of all things manifest in thought and form. We have within our genes the power of the Father (Spirit/Energy) and Mother (matter/earth). Breath deep ... 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Leviticus 18:22 And Homosexuality

Leviticus 18:22 And Homosexuality

Lev 18:22 and 20:13 have never been about gays or lesbians. You must consider the context of the surrounding scriptures. 

None of the human authors of the Bible link those verses to homosexuals. Jesus never links those verses to homosexuals. The ancient Jewish spiritual ancestors never linked those verses to homosexuals. Early Christians did not link those verses to homosexuals. The church fathers did not link those verses in Leviticus to homosexuals. In fact, the very word "homosexual" was not even invented or coined until the 1800's so how can it appear in Old Testament Hebrew scripture?

If today's common view is correct, someone between 1400 BC to around the time of Christ, would have linked those verses to homosexuality. Yet they did not. The reason why is, is that those verses prohibit "temple prostitution," not same-sex couples falling in love with each other and spending their lives together as a couple. 

What I present is strongly supported historically ... that the context of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 deals with cult prostitution, temple prostitution, or pagan/non-Hebrew prostitution - different names for the same idolatrous activity.

Now, to go one step further ... consider that Christians claim to be no longer under the "Law." Paul taught that the followers of Christ were no longer under the Law. Period. Now follow me for a moment. There are two clobber verses used to combat "homosexuality" in the Old Testament Bible ... both verses are found in Leviticus ... 18:22 and 20:13. 

First, "Thou shalt not lie with a man, as with a woman: it is abomination." Second,  "If a man lie with a man, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Of course, there are as many different wordings as there are translations but we will use this one above for now. 

Please understand there is a big problem in general with quoting Leviticus. The problem is that - by their own New Testament scriptures - Christians are no longer under the Law. They do not live a Christian life by following Old Testament Law. Paul makes this abundantly clear in the books credited to his penmanship. It is not something fabricated to win an argument, or made up in the twentieth century, or manufactured to get around something somebody doesn’t like. It is clearly stated in the ancient Greek scriptures - the original language of the New Testament. The Apostle Paul wrote it in Galatians:

"All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.'” 
~Galatians 3:10

If Christianity would rely on following the Law (which is the Torah - the first five books of the Bible) they would be under a curse. The passage above, Galatians 3:10, contains a quote from the Law itself ... Deuteronomy 27:26. According to Paul’s statement:

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us."
~Galatians 3:13

It was (as accepted by Christianity) Jesus’ death on the cross that rescued them from the "curse of the Law." If they insist on following the Law of Leviticus and other verses - and imposing the Law on others - then Christianity negates the effects of the crucifixion, and therefore repudiates their Saviour's death on the cross.

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
~Galatians 5:1

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

Friday, September 4, 2015

No Other Gods

No Other Gods

Among the followers of Christianity, there are many verses that need to be brought to attention. 

"You shall have no other gods before Me.”
~Exodus 20:3 - Old Testament

“And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”
~Luke 10:27 - New Testament

“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, BECAUSE JUST AS JESUS IS, SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.”
~1 John 4:17 - New Testament

Now pay very close attention to the verse in bold above ... “because as Jesus is, so also are we in this world.” Think on that. Meditate on that. Pray on that. It cannot be any clearer. Jesus is as us, and we are as Jesus ... begotten of the Father ... children of God/Source. 

This was the lesson to all. We are ALL the “Son of God.” The use of “Son” in the Old English sunu is “son, descendant.” This is Strong’s Concordance word #5207 ... “anyone sharing the same nature as their Father” and has the legal right to the Father's inheritance. ALL things have originated from the Source of All Things. There can be no other way. This is science ... not theory. The entirety of the universe had one point of origin and all things are made from the materials and essence of that Source. 

To make Jesus the only “God among mankind” is to transgress the commandment in Exodus 20:3 ... “thou shall have no other Gods before me.” Yet, Christianity has made Jesus ... the only God in the flesh.

One more point: 

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” 
~2 John 1:7

Based on this scripture, the typical argument states that John was aiming this scripture at the people who denied Jesus was resurrected in a physical body. Keep in mind that the writer of John, was a Gnostic.

To the Gnostics, the resurrection story of Christ wasn’t about the literal man; it was about the spiritual awakening of the divine nature that can happen within each and every individual. This awakening happens ... while still yet in the flesh. 

So John’s statement rings true after all. Christ does come in the flesh. But this coming of Christ is the gnosis (mystical insight) attained by the individual going through a profound experience in higher states of consciousness. 

This entire process happens while being in a physical body. It is the born again experience of the spiritual nature which rules over the physical nature. This spiritual nature is the Christ. This is the divine spark of God within every man. 

Remember, in scripture, the Apostle Paul attests to this when he states that he "travails in birth until Christ be formed in you." And that: “YOU are the body of Christ." Jesus himself affirmed several times his position. At the Sermon On The Mount, he said: “YOU are the light of the world" to his audience. He is also quoted as saying: “YOU shall do greater things than I."

How would any of this be possible if Jesus (the man) was the one and only God in the flesh? Remember also, the church teaches the doctrine of "Original Sin" (which they created). If all people are born in sin, then so then would Jesus since the church teaches that he was both fully man, and fully God. 

Suffice it to say that there is much more spiritual Truth and symbolism beyond any literal or historical interpretation of the great ancient scriptures. One must dig. The Truth is hidden ... “the pearl of great price hidden in a field.” When something is uncovered, no longer hidden, revealed (revelation), we have an "apocalypse." The Apocalypse is not the end of the world ... it is a Greek word meaning “to unveil” ... “to reveal that which is hidden.” Seek and you shall find. Question everything before you accept or dismiss anything. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Good/God Vibrations

Good/God Vibrations

We are all a collection of oscillating waves vibrating on specific frequencies, and our material existence is nothing more than an expression of these vibrations at these specific frequencies.  

In fact, all particles in the universe, all stars, and all galaxies, are precisely that— collections of oscillating waves whose physical manifestations are nothing more than the expression of these vibrations at specific frequencies. 

We also know that every particle in the universe, and every molecule, is in constant communication with every other particle and molecule in the universe at the quantum level. All are involved in interconnectivity. This is the matrix. 

Something of this sort is what the scriptural Yeshu’a (Jesus) meant by: “I am in that rock, I am in that piece of wood.”  In other words, we are all “God” and “God” is in all things, even the rocks and the pieces of wood. All energies derive from the same Source, and therefore contain particles and an essence of that Source ... and ARE that Source in their entirety. The scripture accredited to Jesus was quantum descriptions confined to the limitations of language and communications in those days. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sympathy And Empathy

Sympathy And Empathy

sym·pa·thy
ˈsimpəTHē/
noun
noun: sympathy
1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune.
2. understanding between people; common feeling.

em·pa·thy
ˈempəTHē/
noun
noun: empathy
1 - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
from the Greek empatheia (from em- ‘in’ + pathos ‘feeling’).
* researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Origin of the Words - The word "sympathy" comes from the ancient Greek sum-pathos, meaning "with/together" and "suffering." "Empathy" was coined in 1909 but borrows from an ancient Greek word, empátheia, which meant "passion/inward feeling," 

So then, Empathy is the ability to experience the feelings of another person. It goes beyond sympathy, which is caring and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words are used similarly and often incorrectly used interchangeably.

The feeling of sympathy emerges from the recognition that another person is suffering, in contrast to empathy, where the other person's pain or suffering is felt. A person expresses sympathy, but shares empathy. The empathic feeling may be brief, and the person feeling it is said to "put themselves in the other person's place."

Of the two, empathy is a deeper feeling, but sympathy can be just as honest and heartfelt. However, empathy can forge a deeper and more meaningful connection, thus serving as a bridge for greater communication between individuals. The basis for both sympathy and empathy is compassion, a blending of understanding and acceptance of others that can be seen as being derived or enhanced by knowledge and wisdom.

Compassion recognizes the "me" in "you," the shared commonality of interconnected feelings between individuals. Both sympathy and empathy imply caring for another person, but with empathy, the caring is enhanced or expanded by being able to feel the other person's emotions.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor ORDM., OCP., DM.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Scriptural Allegory of Coming Out of Egypt

The Scriptural Allegory of "Coming Out of Egypt"

The word "Egypt" comes to us from the Ancient Greek "Aegyptos," which is a Greek transliteration of the Kemetic phrase:  Het-Ka-Ptah. Het means place and Ka means: "the physical projection of the soul", which is the character or aura that attaches itself to the body ... and NOT the body. It also meant black/darkness referring to the rich, black alluvial soil deposited by the Nile River, which allowed the agricultural basis of that civilization to flourish. 

In Ancient Hebrew, whenever Egypt or "Mitzraim" is mentioned, it is synonymous with physical and mental Bondage (Slavery). The indigenous tradition of the Land of Egypt tells us the civilization was called Khemit, and the people and language were called Khemitian.

Knowing now that scripturally, the word Egypt ... represents the body. When the Ancient Mystery School initiate identified with only the body and the flesh they were considered to be "in captivity". Therefore, To "come forth out of Egypt" was understood as leaving behind the idea of being merely a body and discovering the soul. This was the beginning of the Spiritual experience and discovery of God. 

Hippolytus wrote about "those who are ignorant" ... "Egyptians in need of departing Egypt" ... that is from their body centered existence ... believing themselves to be merely physical matter. Allegorically, the ignorant Egyptians represent those "without Gnosis", without the knowledge of the Divine Spark within them ... without the light and in darkness. It was this group of people who remained identified with their physical selves (not Higher Self) and who did not possess the "knowledge/Gnosis" ... that they we are all Divine Sparks of God entrapped in these fleshy and carnal bodies.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

All Life Matters

All Life Matters

A lightbulb that is never lit, is not serving it's purpose. After all, when it is plugged-in to the Source of Power and not on ... it isn't doing it's job ... it's calling. Plugging it in to the source ... put it into service ... gives it life. It was recorded in the ancient scriptures: "you are the light of the world." If you have life, you have light. Your bulb is ON. With this light, you join the universal network of conscious life ... connected directly to Source Energy. You are plugged in and that very fact proves you have purpose. 

When a light bulb burns out ... we say it is dead. It is the light that is it's purpose. The LIFE ... comes from within. Just as our life comes from within. Each and every breath we take, is inspiration and expiration ... two polarities of one principle - breath - our life-force.We live and die in each one. We cannot breathe out, unless we first breathe in, and vice-versa. 

You are connected to the vast network of consciousness that moves the planets, births the stars, and shines the suns. All is energy ... even matter. You are a piece of the whole ... the holy. We are all One. Interconnected through Heaven (Spirit) and Earth (Matter) ... or Father and Mother. 

Each of us is a seed, birthed OUT of the Earth (our Mother/Matter - Mater is Latin for Mother) in the same way as a flower springs from the ground. I can go on and on but suffice it to say ... ALL LIVES MATTER. Every plant, mineral, animal, and the entirety of mankind. We are tied to the winds, and the ground. Sharing every molecule, atom, quark ... as a fish in the ocean ... we are as waves, eternal blended with all that is. 

There is no "other." What we do to/for someone else, we do to/for ourselves. Pay no attention to labels and creeds, beliefs and opinions. The Truth is that there is One universe, One "God" (call it what you will), and that every "thing" is actually no-thing at all ... but a single oneness as a single universal organism. 

You matter. I matter. All life matters. It can be no other way. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Failed Conversion Attempt

Failed Conversion Attempt

After having dinner tonight at a local restaurant, I sat on the front porch to contemplate for a bit and just do nothing. It was nice to just sit there and watch the sun setting in the red and yellow Florida sky. But then, I was asked by a man who approached me "what is that thing you're wearing around your neck?" I told him it was an Ankh. He asked if it was some sort of cult cross. No, it's an Ankh. 

He seemed puzzled so I offered to explain a bit more. It is the ancient symbol for the Key of Life ... the womb of the universe where all things manifest and the intersection of Spirit and Matter. It was used in ancient Egypt among other places and it was the basis for what would become the cross decades later. It is our connection to the Divine Spark of the universe that is latent in all of mankind waiting to be resurrected within. Clearly, he was offended. I know this because I am intuitive ... and also because he told me "I'm offended." Curiously, I asked him why he was offended. He told me that it was a slap in the face of Jesus, Lord and Saviour who died on the cross for our sins and for our salvation. Here we go ... 

I will spare you the details of our half hour conversation in which he tried repeatedly to "convert" me to his belief system ... in order to save me from the eternal flames of hell fire. I quoted more scripture than he did. I told him I knew all about every aspect of Christianity - whether Orthodox, Catholic, Mystic, Gnostic, or even Fundamental. I told him I had served as an Alter Boy and had attended a Catholic High School. I even showed him the underlying message contained within the parables, myths, metaphors, and allegories. I told him where to look within Buddhism, the Egyptian Book of The Dead, and so many other earlier sources for all the stories contained in both the Old and New Testament. 

I answered every question he threw at me, and he answered none that I asked of him. All he wanted to do was put another notch in his belt and convert another "poor lost soul" over to his way of thinking. I stayed calm. He got fired up. Upon telling him that I was an Ordained Interfaith Minister who accepts that all belief systems lead to the same spiritual destination, he grumbled a few words and walked off to his automotive destination. 

It was interesting to see first hand how strongly a person believes when they feel they are right and everyone else is wrong. For me ... it was an interesting conversation. For him, it was a battle. I really do feel sorry for him though. Only because he is trapped in a belief system that clearly does not settle well with him. He told me I should "fear the Lord." I told him it is written over 365 times in the New Testament alone "do not fear." Not to boast, but I remained calm and tranquil. He was sweating and angry. My final thought to him would've been: "before you enter the casino, be sure of how much you are prepared to lose."

Had he actually studied and researched his system of belief, things would've been a bit easier. Instead though, he continues to believe what he believes ... blindly ... without any honest investigation. People often will tell me "there are just some things that we do not ask God." My response is ... if you believe that God is all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful ... then who better to ask?

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Revelation of Evil

Revelation of Evil

When we go within, as in meditation, many times we receive messages from beyond. In the stillness of Spirit ... in the silence ... that small voice of inspiration and intuition within our subconscious and superconscious mind finds it's way through all the clutter of our conscious mind and it's daily routine. 

In the NT Bible we find a very powerful message concerning these messages:

"But you, when you pray, enter into your closet and lock your door, and pray to your father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public."
~Book of Matthew 6:6

This verse deals not with a literal closet, a literal door, a literal father (lower case f), and a literal Father (upper case F). 

The deeper esoteric meaning of this verse which is cloaked and veiled in metaphor, is the following:

"But you, when you pray ..."
This is your Self, the Higher aspect of your consciousness. This prayer, is a connection to Higher Self, contemplation and meditation. 
"enter your closet and lock your door ..."
Your closet is your inner world. Within your Soul. Your deeper consciousness. The lock, is to close out the outer world. To isolate yourself from conscious distractions. 
"pray to your father who is in secret ..."
Meditate, contemplate, to your (f)ather ... your Soul, your Spirit essence of who you really are.  In secret is the isolation ... away from all distractions. Just you, and You. The me, myself, and I AM. 
"and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public."
This (F)ather is what we would call God, the Highest Power, the Source Energy ... the Origin of ALL. This Divine Spark is latent within all of mankind. It is your default ... before your ego gets in the way of the original programming. Your reward in public is the outward manifestation of all that is good and beneficial.

Now, knowing this ... I would like to share a recent revelation that I received concerning evil. Remembers also that "revelation" means to reveal, to uncover, to unveil that which exists but is hidden. This also is the Greek word "apocalypse" which has been frequently mistranslated and misunderstood. An apocalypse is not the end of the world, or total mass destruction as many believe it to be. Scripturally, it is simply an unveiling of hidden Wisdom. 

While in my "closet" I was contemplating the meaning and purpose of evil. I am aware that good and evil are two sides of one coin and must coexist in order for us to freely choose what it is that we desire. We are co-creators in this universe and we have free will to choose what we wish to create. 

Now we go in reference to the OT Bible:

"I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Except Me there is no God, I gird thee, and thou hast not known Me. So that they know from the rising of the sun, And from the west, that there is none besides Me, I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else, Forming light, and preparing darkness, Making peace, and preparing evil, I [am] Jehovah, doing all these things.’
~Book of Isaiah 45:5-7

If you are lead to believe ancient scripture, then this verse is very clear that there is only God (Source) ... the Father of ALL. This cannot be denied in the above reference. Jehovah (YHWH/Yahweh) makes it perfectly clear there is "none other." God forms light, prepares darkness, makes peace, and prepares evil. "All these things." The very same teachings can be found among many world religions before and after the Hebrew scriptures of the OT Bible. So, what does this mean?

It means that the totality of the universe is One. One living organism in which there are countless individualized elements emanating from One Source in the same way there are countless rays emanating from the sun. All is one and One is ALL. From this great Mind comes all that springs forth in form ... manifest in material existence. Matter (Mother) is nothing more than the lowest vibrating frequencies of energy. The Source of all of this energy can be found within us and without us. There is no where that is not an essence of the Source. In the same way as water comes from the source of water, we come from the Source of ALL.

When we say "I got an idea" ... you are actually the receiver of what is already existing in Universal Unconsciousness. You received the idea in the same way as a radio receives a radio station. The frequency is matched, and a connection is made. This now brings me full circle with the reason for this article.

As I was in "receiving" mode during mediation, and asking what the meaning of evil was ... I received an answer. One that deeply moved me and connected with Truth. The vibration and the frequency "struck a chord" and reverberated with my heart and soul. Here is what I was told:

"Evil (bad) ... is unfinished good." 

Wow. So simple ... yet so moving. Let's say that a fire starts in my kitchen. This is BAD. Then, I use a water source and extinguish the fire ... this is GOOD. What started off bad (unfinished good) ... ended in good (finished/completed). Our thoughts begin the process of manifesting into form that which we desire to create. The default of nature is to move forward ... to move towards completion ... moment by moment. Life is a series of snapshots placed along a continuous string of events and experiences. Good and Bad (Evil) are two sides of a coin ... two polarities of ONE Principle. They show contrast and allow us the discernment to choose to right from wrong ... good from bad ... or vice-versa. 

When something Evil or Bad is in process ... it is unfinished good ... yet to be completed. The end result is left to our free-will and the choices we make. But if it ends in "Bad" ... it is because the process has not yet been completed. What goes up, must come down. A circle must complete in 360 degrees. Everything in existence is waves of frequencies going up and down ... like waves of the ocean. When we think something is a "bad ending" ... it is because we are under the illusion that it has ended. It is still in process. 

I close with one final thought. "Be thankful in ALL things" is another scriptural verse that reminds us of this concept. Be thankful IN ... not FOR all things. You see, some just diagnosed with cancer has plenty of thinks to be thankful IN. There are treatments, doctors, medicines, caring people, and family members to help. Even tragedies ... such as a child lost to a drunk driver. For one mother in particular, this led to the start of Mother Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and as an end result ... many lives were saved in the process. Bad ... to good. Completeness. 

Someone asks "how do you feel?" You reply "awesome" ... end of story. You have no need to offer the "why." Yet ... if you reply with "horrible" ... they will ask you what is wrong? You are in the process of reaching awesome, yet there are obstructions placed in the path. This is why you are not feeling well/complete. We can't ride a bicycle backwards ... live moves forward ... click by click, frame by frame. Make "awesome" your goal and the evil and bad will dissipate upon completion of goodness. For ALL.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.   


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Matthew 5:9

Please take a moment to read this post. It is an important insight into a famous text from the New Testament Sermon on The Mount. Regardless of your religious or non-religious belief system, there is deep Truth in this statement accredited to Jesus ... as it also pre-dates Christianity and was among the ancient Egyptian Mysteries, and also contained in the Greek "Logia Iesou."

Why the use of the word "peacemaker" rather than "peacekeeper?" This is important. What we see in the world today are peacekeepers. Middle-men trying to keep two or more sides at odds with each other from warring or attacking. You see ... a peacekeeper is one who KEEPS peace between parties, yet; the parties are still enemies or in one way or another have a dislike for each other.

This liaison is working to keep peace between people who are not very agreeable to be peaceful with each other. They use sanctions, politics, trade agreements, and any other tools they have to keep the peace. Yet, the parties have no love for each other. We cannot force someone to be at peace with someone else. Just as we cannot force someone to love someone else. It must come from within.

So then ... we come to what is a Peacemaker. A Peacemaker is someone who has made peace with himself. The only person you can influence to be entirely at peace ... is yourself. Not others. Once peace is achieved within yourself, you are blessed. You are free from anger, fear, jealously, and all the negative and conflicting emotions that tear at us from within. Once everyone has MADE peace with themselves, then ALL will benefit from this state of being.

And this is why "blessed are the Peacemakers" is such a powerful statement. We must understand that the only person we have direct influence over and accomplish true peace ... is our self. Until we all become Peacemakers, there will be Peacekeepers standing by with reward and punishment ready to be dealt out. Consequences rather than benefits.

Just a thought ...

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tomb of The Unknowns

Tomb of The Unknowns

The inscription reads:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

It saddens me that sooner or later, someone will move forward with litigation to have the inscription modified and take out the word "God." 

The reason will not be because there is no God, the reason will be because many people will have decided against God, without having done adequate enough research into who and what this God really is. Without knowing what this inscription really means. 

They will discount this God as representing what modern Christianity believes God is ... in the fulfillment and embodiment of an earthly inhabitant of The Galilee some 2,000+ years ago as told by the New Testament Bible. Christianity sees God as Jesus Christ. The ancient Hebrews saw God as YHWH, or Yahweh/Jehovah. Muslims see God as Allah. Then there is Brahmin, Buddha, Vishnu, Krishna, etc. until you run through all the languages, and spiritual beliefs worldwide since the beginning of recorded history. Every civilization has presented their best explanation of God. 

What we must understand is that ALL of these beliefs point to the same thing. The same Source of ALL. The same point of origin. The same life Source for all things in this universe and beyond. This power, this consciousness, this universal Source of everything that creates and sustains life down to a cellular level ... is what in the English language we call GOD. 

People may imagine this Power as a human-like entity on patrol from the heavens. They may imagine this Power anthropomorphized in the person of Jesus Christ. They may see a Prophet named Muhammad. Or a great teacher of Spiritual and Astrological wonders. The majority of people will likely not agree on who or what God truly is ... and that is all the more reason not to knock the principle and the reasoning behind and within it. God is personal. Even Atheists cannot deny the existence of a life force. 

So in closing, I ask that you take the time to search within yourself, and re-search outside yourself for that which sustains and creates life. Then, decide what works best for you in your life experience. At the same time, do not deny the existence of a greater Power ... a universal plan ... something that put this whole project into motion and keeps all of us in awe of it's beauty and splendour. 

We look to the sky and know the sun burns 24/7 providing everything in it's rays with sustenance. All the ancients knew there was something behind this Giver of Life. The stars in the night sky were as a pierced veil that hid the Great White Light beyond. Collectively, ALL is vibrating electrical and magnetic energy ... all is mind ... all is God. This is the very definition of Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. 

Now ... reconsider the inscription:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Empathy And Others

Empathy And Others

I sometimes wonder as I look at people, have I become an empath because of all that I have been through, or was I always one and never took the time to tune in to the vibes of other people? I can see it in their faces, I can feel it in their aura ... the discontent, the pain, the emotional and physical burdens that they carry. I know it affects me by just being in their auric field. 

Today while I was at Walgreens, I saw a lady who could've easily stepped off the cover of any fashion magazine ... yet ... her eyes were troubled. I nodded hello as she searched the aisle for one of thousands of remedies offered to ease her burden. I wanted to tell her it's ok ... that she isn't alone ... but she quickly stepped off and headed for the Pharmacy. 

So many times on Social Media you'll find me posting in disbelief about disturbing events in our world. But it's only because I truly care. My eyes have been opened to so many Truths in recent years and I do my best to pass along anything I have discovered about how best to deal with negative events, when we all would rather have positive ones. 

The Truth is ... they are both One. They are two sides of a coin. We can't have one without the other. This offers us contrast, and the knowingness of differences between the two polarities. If you're experiencing "bad" times right now, just know that "good" times are coming. They must. All is wave form energy and must have ups and downs ... like tides and the waves of an ocean. 

Learn to surf the waves, and balance on the beam. Stay right in the middle whenever it's possible. Look to the left, look to the right, and look to the left again ... only then should we cross the road. As much as I have been through, I still know it will always get better, and it could always be worse. Remain in a state of thankfulness, forgiveness, and compassion for others. We are each a piece of the grand puzzle we call the universe. The more we work together towards the common good, the better off we are. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Is Your God Omnipotent or Impotent?

Is Your God Omnipotent or Impotent?

With such a title, I'm sure you got a bit dog-eared. And no, I haven't been struck down dead for writing it. This is a very important look at what you, me, and everyone else may consider as their "God."

Within mainstream religion, there are three main camps ... Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. These are the three most recognized worldwide groups and encompass the majority of religious belief systems globally. They also happen to be considered "Abrahamic" faith systems because all three share a Patriarchal origin in the personage of a man named Abraham. This is the very foundation of their religions and connects them together ... even though there is clear division and separation among them. Though Judaism is less than 2% (12th largest), Islam is nearly 20%, and Christianity is more than 30% (2 billion followers). Less recognized here in the US, but actually third in size is Hinduism with nearly 14%.

It is interesting to note that Judaism, being the actual foundation for Christianity and Islam, has such a tiny following ... especially given the military power and continued support for Israel. As far as population numbers, there are about 14 million "Jews" worldwide and over 420 million "Arabs." Consider also the fact that the ancient Hebrews and Arabs are both considered of brotherly Semitic origins. Also interesting to note that the term "anti-semitic" seems to only apply to Jews. Odd is it not? Being "anti-semitic" today, is taken to be anti-jewish but not anti-Arab. 

The line has also been blurred between what is a Hebrew, What is a Jew, what is an Orthodox Jew, what is a follower of Judaism, what is an Israeli ... and what is anybody who is considered "Jewish" but practices no religion at all? Is it lifestyle, bloodlines, or beliefs? Yes, and no. All in all ... very confusing. To be fair, the same can be said amongst the Arabs. Different faiths, different geography, and varying degrees of adherence to their belief systems. 

Christians are in the same boat. There's Orthodox, Catholic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Fundamental, non-denominational, and some 30,000 other known divisions. One guy from the hills of The Galilee, and 30,000+ versions of the story. Also take into consideration that ALL of scripture used in Christianity has been loosely and poorly translated from Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic into English. Most having been translated from the Latin version into English as in the Latin Vulgate and the King James English. There are thousands of words in Greek that do not even exist in English. One example of these issues is the word "Lucifer." This is strictly a Latin word and would have never been found in the original text. In Greek it would've been Phosphorous and was a reference to Venus, meaning "Light Bringer" as in ... "Venus" who ushers in the Light of The Sun every morning. Lucifer is NOT satan or devil. 

Now back to the reason for this ramble. Among many of the believers in a God or a Higher Power, there are measurable differences in their beliefs, and therefore ... and in what they believe about Deity. The Truth of it all is that there is only ONE. One Source of all life, One Source of origin, One Higher Power that provides the source and resources of life in this great and immeasurable cosmos. People argue about their "Gods" when in Truth they share the same roots and the same origins as each other. And that point of origin, is what we have chosen to name "God." 

Look at it this way. You stop by the convenience store for a bottle of water. There are many brands. But the Truth is there is only ONE water. We cannot "make" water. It's the same water that has been here from the birth of the universe. If you trace the point at the convenience store backwards, it would be a path something like this: 

Cold display, carton, truck, distribution warehouse, bottling plant, source supply ... WATER. You see ... there is only ONE and it is the source, always. Different labels, brands, bottles, and container sizes ... but still the same source. This is how God is. Yet, this "God" is the very Source of all there is. All that exists in physical matter (low vibration energy) can be traced right back to one point of origin. And to go one step further ... there are no individual "things" ... there is only One universal organism of which we and everything everywhere is an intricate and individualized essence of. There is one complete puzzle and everything in the universe is a piece of the whole (holy) puzzle. 

 This now brings me to the title of this writing. "Is Your God Omnipotent Or Impotent?" Yes, and yes. What you say? Let's explore:

- Omnipotent means: "having unlimited power, able to do anything." 
- Omnipresent means: "present everywhere at the same time."
- Omniscient means: "all knowing, all seeing, knowing everything." 

These are the powers and description of God. Unanimously agreed upon by mankind for thousands and thousands of years. So in short ... "unlimited power, everywhere at the same time, and the knowingness of everything." 

One more word:

Impotent means: "unable to take effective action, helpless or powerless." 

So then how would or could "God" be impotent? Nature and all of it's elements have been put into motion ... doing what they do without straying from the original program. YOU, on the other hand, have free will and can choose to stray from what is true, part of the plan, and beneficial to all. When you discover the infinite power of God within you ... the Divine Spark ... Christ Consciousness ... then and only then can you put forth this power that lay hidden within you. Everything in this universe is energy and energy is Spirit ... and Spirit ... is God. 

If you're waiting for something outside of yourself to answer prayers, to heal, or to improve your life experience ... then it will be impotent. If you use the power within you for all of these things, and to manifest your true reality, then you will tap into that Omnipotent power that we call God. The foundational Truth within ALL world religions is this power. You are the microcosm of the macrocosm ... as above so below ... as within so without. 

You are an eternal being experiencing life in a physical world of matter. You've done it before, and you'll do it again. Once you re-member this Truth ... then you will begin to truly live life as it was meant to be lived. Free from bondage and illusion. Jesus was quoted as saying: "you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free." Discover the Truth hidden in the myth and parables of ancient scripture and you will be the light of the world. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM, OCP, DM.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Logos The Ancient Greek God

Logos the Ancient Greek God

The Divine Wisdom of the Cosmos

The God of Ancient Greece is an omniscient, all-wise principle, that designed the entire universe. The Ancient Greeks call it by the name "Logos." In the Book of John we find also mentioned ... the Ancient Greek Logos in his gospel, where Logos has been translated in English as the “Word” or the “Word of God,” having been equated by interpreters on behalf of the writer of the Book of John ... to Jesus Christ. So first we must ask what exactly is the Greek God Logos ... and how is the Ancient Greek God similar to, or different from the God of Christianity?

The Logos in the New Testament Bible

In the beginning was the Logos (Word), and the Logos (Word) was with God (Theos), and the Logos (Word) was God (Theos).

— John 1:1

Many Christians assume that John calls Jesus Christ the Logos, proclaiming him to be the Ancient Greek God born in the flesh, the “Word” becoming incarnate. The relevant meaning of the Greek word logos was “reason,” as opposed to mythos, or mythology. However, Jesus was not the Greek God Logos in the genuine worldview of Ancient Greece; it was merely Christianity's view that the apostle John was promoting the worship of Jesus Christ. This evangelical technique was not new in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew God Yahweh (YHWH) reigned as God of Canaan by assimilating to himself the figure of El, who was the supreme god of the Canaanite pantheon.

Neither did this manner of evangelization end in the New Testament. Later evangelists would equate Jesus with the Ancient Greek Logos with the godhead of still other religions. This practice was done mainly to convert people more smoothly into Christianity, by building on the pagan supreme god, and simply transforming this god slowly into the Christian concept of divinity. 

In John’s time, Israel had been annexed into the Greek Empire by Alexander, the apostles therefore evangelized in Greek, and the Gospel According to John ... went as far as using the Greek concept of the divine to convince the Ancient Greeks to worship Jesus. The Logos, however, unlike Jesus, doesn’t make parables, and was more straightforward. What is the Logos? What does this Ancient Greek God do?

Logos the Divine Wisdom (Sophia)

In the Ancient Greek worldview, the Logos is the divine wisdom that governs the cosmos, designing the world into a harmonious order, the same order we find in Nature. The Ancient Greek God is the reason why the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, set out to reach proper ends.

Don’t you notice that the creatures on earth somehow know what to do from the moment they are born? Haven’t you wondered how these creatures get on with their lives when they are lacking the faculty of reason that man/humans have? How do the mammals, the birds, the trees and so on, wind up doing what they should to do? How do these creatures always take the right path when they don't know what choices to make? For sure, whatever lacks intelligence cannot move forward to the fullness of its existence ... unless it is directed by something that is the source of that intelligence. This is exactly what the Greek God Logos is about.

Logos the Ancient Greek God

All things come to be in accordance with the Logos.

— Heraclitus

Ancient Greece is famed for its eloquent philosophers, who place the utmost respect to reason ... or, "Logos" in the Greek language. To the Ancient Greeks, there was reason for everything, and this reason is what the Greek philosophers unveiled through philosophy and dialogue. It was around the time of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535 – 475 BC) that this universal reason began to take the shape of a supreme principle in the Greek worldview. Heraclitus spoke of the Logos as the principle that designs the cosmos and keeps the world in order.

Yet it was in the time of the Stoics that the Logos was widely believed to be God. This Ancient Greek God was the divine reason pervading the universe, therefore being responsible for its design and order. The Divine Logos was thought to actually exist by some, and was identified with Nature. The Greek God Logos was an immanent and omniscient principle that sows reason in everything - guiding the workings of the physical world of matter - making its various elements function in harmony.

Logos the Divine Reason in Humans

The Logos is similarly believed to exist in human beings. As above, so below ... as within, so without. While the Greek God Logos is the overall rational structure of the cosmos, there are  “seeds of the Logos,” and are exactly what human beings have in them that enable them to think and create. 

Unlike other creatures, human beings come up with their own judgment, and make choices of their own, without having to wait for anything else to direct them to their end ... precisely because they rely on their own intelligence, their own Logos. Human reason is no different from Divine Reason, except that Divine Intelligence is not susceptible to error like humans’, but is universal, and as such, is always perfect and infallible ... the Absolute.

Indeed, human beings partake of the Logos. Human beings have a portion of the Divine Logos inside them. This is the Divine Spark or Seed. Every time that they try and fathom where their curiosity takes them, every time they exercise their reason, their Wisdom (Sophia), they share in the work of the Ancient Greek Logos. Human beings share in the Divine Wisdom of the universe.

How did the Greeks think human beings should use this faculty of reason? Human beings were not endowed with reason for nothing, but to follow where Logos, or where reason leads them. One’s Logos gives a human person the capacity to think, enabling him to perceive the workings of the universe; therefore, it benefits the person to use that reason in dealing with the world, and with life as a whole. Human beings should think, contemplate, and in the process partake of the God of Ancient Greece.

Logos the Divine Intelligence

To the Greeks, the source of intelligence and Wisdom is none other than the Logos, the divine reason by whose governance all natural things journey toward their proper end. The entire cosmos flows in harmony through this divine plan, and that divine plan is designed by the Ancient Greek God - the Archetype - The Source and Architect of ALL that IS. The Greek God Logos is not an incarnate human being that conjures parables like Jesus, but a supreme principle that made order in our universe possible.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pain and Pleasure Paradigms

Pain and Pleasure Paradigms

It is a fact that almost all of the choices we make in our daily life are motivated by one of two very powerful forces.  The most powerful of these two forces is the desire to avoid pain ... and the second is the desire to achieve pleasure.

Everything that we desire to do is something that we have emotionally linked to pleasure. Everything that we try to avoid doing is something that we have linked to pain. These are the two main paradigms in our life, and we have emotional associations for everything attached to one of these two categories. In essence, our experience in life is linked to either  pleasure ... or pain.

It’s all a matter of perspective

Sometimes our willpower and our logic try to battle with these two powerful forces, but any victory is usually short-lived.  Here’s an example. Almost every cigarette smoker I’ve ever met knows that smoking is bad for him. His logical mind knows that he would be better off if he stopped smoking. So why does he keep smoking? Because emotionally, smoking represents pleasure and quitting represents pain.

The only way for a smoker to stop smoking is to anchor pain to his habit and pleasure to quitting. This requires having a long-term point of view, rather than a short-term viewpoint. The irony about smoking, or any other harmful habit, is that the very thing that brings pleasure in the short term will bring pain in the long term. That means we can change how we represent that activity by switching our emotional point of reference. In short, we can change our pleasure and pain paradigms.

Consciously or subconsciously, we make a choice

I use smoking as an example because the harmful effects are universally recognized, but we could apply the same analogy to a wide variety of choices that we make every day. We can anchor pleasure to instant gratification without regard for long term consequences, or we can do the exact opposite.

Exercise could be considered painful in the short term but the long-term benefits are very desirable. If eating represents one of your greatest pleasures, then the very thought of dieting would represent pain. So, for some people, exercising and dieting is a double dose of pain, and yet logically they realize that this is the fastest path to physical fitness. In this ongoing tug of emotions and logic, the mind is usually no match for the emotional need to avoid anything that may be perceived as pain.

Using mental leverage to change our paradigms

Understanding how pain and pleasure exert their influence in our own lives is the first step toward taking control. We all have the ability to use our mental leverage to change our pleasure and pain paradigms and reset our emotional anchors. In other words, we can choose what is painful ... and what is pleasurable.

Many things in our lives influence what we view as painful and what we view as pleasurable, but paradigms are about association, they’re about internal interpretations. Learning how to use our minds to harness the power of our emotions is an extremely powerful tool for anyone who wants to make positive changes in their life.

More Pleasure – Less Pain 

There are a couple of things that need clarification regarding our emotional desire to seek pleasure, and to avoid pain. It’s not the actual pain or pleasure that drives us, it is really something else.

Our desire to avoid pain is really based on fear. What fear? The fear of taking any action that feels like it might lead to painful situation or experience.

Likewise, it’s not the actual pleasure that motivates us to take action, but our "belief" that a certain action will lead to a pleasurable experience. So, our movement in either direction is a response to our perception of where that action will lead.

The power of anticipation and anxiety

Have you ever noticed that the anticipation of the pain we think might result from a certain action is generally much worse than the actual experience?  Here’s an example ... if you’ve ever done any public speaking it’s usually the 10 or 15 minutes just before you get on stage that create the greatest anxiety.

You may experience all kinds of symptoms like an increased heart rate, a rise in body temperature and even a nauseous feeling in your stomach. At this point are any of these symptoms the result of actual public speaking? No ... they are caused by your estimation of what the experience might be like ... not by the actual activity itself.

Judging from the personal experiences of most public speakers, everyone seems to agree that the anxiety that comes before hand generally vanishes as soon as they begin speaking. Anxiety of course, is a form of fear.

Where does the fear come from?

There are so many different kinds of fear that it is impossible to label them all, but it is possible to identify where they all come from. The reason we can do that is because fear is always related to one or more of these three primary human desires.

1) A desire for approval
2) A desire for control
3) A desire to feel secure

If you examine any fear, whether it’s the fear of rejection, of failure, or of loss, you will discover that - on an emotional level - it represents a perceived threat to your sense of approval, sense of control, or sense of security.

Fear grows or shrinks with focus

Take the example of the public speaker. Once he gets on stage and focuses on his topic, he can settle down and enjoy the experience. But during the 10 to 15 minutes before he gets on stage, he is not thinking about his topic, instead he is focused on himself. He is wondering if he’ll have the approval of his audience, if he’ll have control of his voice and body language, and the anxiety is making him feel insecure.

The solution is to focus on the pleasure attached to a favorable outcome. For example, the feelings of satisfaction and approval that will come from a job well done. By visualizing a pleasurable outcome there is a complete shift the focus. Excitement replaces anxiety and the expectation of pleasure replaces fear. Moving toward a pleasurable outcome is an experience attached to pleasure ... so it is one we can look forward to.

Choosing less pain and more pleasure

Now we can see that one way to avoid pain and move toward pleasure is simply to change our focus. In our example, a short-term focus created pain in the form of fear and anxiety, while a long-term focus turned the whole experience into one that is anchored in pleasure.

Once we understand the relationship between focus - pain or pleasure - we can easily change our perception of any experience.  By controlling your focus you give yourself the ability to decide whether an experience will be painful or pleasurable. Then you can choose pleasure over pain.

Creating Your own Pain and Pleasure Paradigms

We would all like to think that we make up our own minds as to what is pleasurable and what is painful. In reality we are constantly being conditioned by our environment to link certain things with pain or pleasure.

Can you think of any environmental influences that are conditioning your feelings about what is pleasurable and what is painful? Learning to recognize these influences is an important step toward seizing control of your personal pleasure and pain paradigms.

5 sources of external pain and pleasure programming

1. Advertisers. The entire advertising industry is based on the idea that they can influence our internal references to pain and pleasure. As a whole, this industry spends billions of dollars each year to study human behavior. They do this because their goal is to link their products to our emotions. Their advertising campaigns are specifically designed to create subconscious emotional associations (anchors) in us without our being aware of it.

2. Friends and associates. The attitude of our close friends and associates also has a powerful influence on our personal pleasure and pain paradigms. Their opinions can actually precondition us to view things the way that they do. We may value someone else’s opinion so much that we subconsciously adopt their viewpoint without any personal experience.

3. Experts. So called experts carry incredible weight when it comes to overriding our opinions about a wide variety of things. By positioning themselves as the voice of authority, it psychologically downgrades the validity of our own thoughts and feelings. This positioning is designed so that we will adopt the attitude of “they’re the expert, so who am I to question them.” Is it any wonder that advertisers like pharmaceutical companies love this approach?

4. Groups. Trying to gain the approval of, or fit in with, a group can also shape and reshape our preferences. In such cases, acceptance often hinges on our ability to conform to the group opinion. It’s the old "majority rules" mentality that has been ingrained in us since childhood. It is hard to avoid slipping into the thought pattern of “If all these people agree then they must be right, so I better get onboard or I’ll look like a fool.” Conformity can cause otherwise rational people to abandon their standards and go with the crowd. Pushed to the extreme it becomes mob mentality.

5. Stereotypes. Forming stereotypes is one of the tools our mind uses so we don’t need to continually reconsider the same thing over and over again. Our minds tend to group similar experiences into general categories. If we encounter a new experience that seems to fit into one of these categories it saves us the time and energy involved in evaluation. So, if something fits into a category that has always resulted in pain, we will naturally assume that this similar something will cause pain as well.

For example, if every time you try to go on vacation you wind up having car trouble, in the future you will probably expect more of the same. The very thought of vacation may conjure up an image of being stuck on the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck. As a result, an activity designed to bring you pleasure now represents pain.

Take control of this process

The important point to remember here is that we need to develop the ability to decide for ourselves what we will view as pleasurable and what we will view as painful. If we don’t take control of this process, then the world around us will take over our internal programming.

If we allow that to happen, then instead of controlling our environment, we will end up being controlled by it. Because the pain and pleasure dynamic has such a powerful influence on our lives, we owe it to ourselves to take personal responsibility for how we choose to view things.

Your answers create your paradigms

Whenever something happens in your life, your brain will ask two questions. First, “Is this going to bring me pain or pleasure?” Second, “What must I do now to avoid the pain and/or gain the pleasure?”

How you choose to interpret the situation will determine your answers. But more than that, it will also form the foundation for your future expectations. If you want less pain and more pleasure in your life, this is a good place to start. Remember ... perception is everything. 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

Special thanks to Advanced Life Skills. 


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Who Am I And Why Am I Here?

Who Am I And Why Am I Here?

Who Am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? These are three very powerful questions and have been asked by perhaps billions of people over thousands of years. It has been said that if these questions are answered we’ll reach  the destination of our lives, and all the inner and outer conflicts will be resolved. For most of us will say, I am the body which we see in the mirror. However, the body is made up of matter and hence, it is perishable. It eventually dies. What, then, separates a living body from a dead one? It is, ‘I’ the soul. The soul is a subtle entity that cannot be measured by any physical process or instrumentation. The non-material part of each one of us existing ... which we simply call the ‘I’.

The word "human-being" is derived from two words-one is humus (soil) which refers to the body and the other is being which means the soul or consciousness. The body is temporary and the soul is not just immortal, but eternal. It is an infinitesimal point of non-physical light (photon) surrounded by an oval shaped aura. It is as a tiny star shining in the middle of our foreheads. It has no physical size or mass. The seat of the soul is within us ... utilizing the hypothalamus, thalamus, pituitary glands and pineal glands. The soul controls and operates the body through the medium of thought energy.

When the soul is in the physical body, it manifest as three faculties. Although each faculty can be given a different name, it is actually the same energy - the soul - functioning on three different levels simultaneously. These are the mind, the intellect (3rd eye) and the memory of the Soul (sanskaras). 

Mind is the thinking faculty of the soul. It is the mind that imagines, thinks and form ideas. The thought process is the basis of ALL emotions, feelings, desires and sensations. Intellect is used to ASSESS thoughts. It is the faculty of understanding and decision making. 

Sanskaras describes, what we call impressions (memories), in either sub-conscious or unconscious mind. They are the record of all the soul’s past experiences and actions. Sanskaras can take the form of habits, talents, emotional temperaments, personality traits, beliefs, values or instincts.

It is as if the soul (which is the ‘I’) is the DRIVER, the mind, intellect, and sanskaras make up the engine, and the body is the car. You know that if the driver of the car is sleeping (unaware that he is the Soul) then it would only result in terrible accidents. 

Be sure that you are the awakened driver ... and take charge of you vehicle so that you can use the power of your engine to steer the car to the destination you want. Remember another form of transportation ... the train. A train has an Engineer (Driver/I), a locomotive (engine/mind, intellect, sanskara), that pulls a series of rail cars (the body) behind it. The locomotive Engineer determines where all the tag-along cars will go and uses the engine to do the job. The rail cars are all interconnected and follow the head of the train to the intended destination. Use your maps, and charts ... and beware of obstacles. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.


Keys To The Hidden Meaning

Keys To The Hidden Meaning

Imagine a time long ago on the North American continent. A Native American tribe and a posse of marauding cowboys come together on common ground. A line is drawn, and the native tribe meets the posse face to face and presents an object of great importance to them. Without any expression of thanks, the cowboy and his posse secure the gift, and begin to take off running. At once, the tribe gives chase. This leads to multiple confrontations on what has become a dangerous battlefield. Ultimately, a sacrifice is offered and accepted. Then, as quickly as it had come to a stop, it began again. This time, the tables are turned. The natives take back the sacred object and begin their own journey of enduring faith that they could reach a safe place, and ultimately conquer the posse. This ability to achieve what they had faith in was not known to them ... only time would tell if they win, or if they lose. 

Now let me further explain. What I just described in masked form ... was a surface story with a deeper hidden meaning. This description was a football game ... between the Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys. But you wouldn't know that from the story would you? Unless you had the keys to decode the hidden meaning ... after which you could understand all of the story much better. In this tale above, there was more drama, and held the audience's attention much better than an open Truth. It also kept the true hidden meaning and esoteric lesson from being accessible to just anyone. 

Now apply this type of allegorical and metaphorical style of writing to ancient scripture. Whether it be Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or any other mainstream religion ... the deeper meanings have been lost to the literal and historical translations. Whether or not the events that are described actually took place is irrelevant. Whether or not the people and geographic locations existed at that time is also irrelevant. It is the deeper esoteric meaning being conveyed under the exoteric veil that was of great importance. The names, places, and stories are Mythical and contain deep spiritual Truths that affect all of mankind. The Mystics and Sages as well as Ancient Mystery School initiates and graduates knew these Truths and protected them from being revealed to the general public. 

Every single scripture from every belief system has it's foundation in ancient Pagan spirituality, philosophy, astrology, astronomy, and celestial astrotheology. As above, so below ... as within, so without. Study and research that which you believe. Chances are ... there is much more that you have not been told about. This deeper Truth, can change your life profoundly. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Change Your Perception And Your Reality Will Change

Change Your Perception And Your Reality Will Change

How many times have we heard the question "is the glass half full, or half empty?" The reality is ... it is FULL, regardless of what you can see or not see. The liquid or solid content is obviously visible to us, but the rest of the "space" is not. This does not mean it isn't there, it just means your senses can't see it. Air ... oxygen, atoms, molecules, quarks, cells, mitochondria, energy vortices, and yes even the void from which all things are created. 

Just because we can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't there. And it is this invisible world of energy particles and Source Essence that tie all of us together as ONE in this grand organism called the universe. We all share the same life-force ... we breath the same air ... we stand on the same terra-firma, Earth, and are interconnected through Spirit/Source Energy. We are all bulbs on one string of Holiday lights ... plugged in and sharing the electrical and magnetic energies of the Source connection. 

The only thing that separates us and divides us is our beliefs, and our perception of those beliefs. Everything that exists in manifest form, was created by mind/thought and all have the same Source. All things came from one point of origin. This is science, and immutable. All is one, and One is all. 

Now a brief look at how we form these beliefs. We make a decision - from the French "decidre" meaning to cut-off - and we only use that portion that we cut off ... what we feel that we needed. Just as we pull off 4 or 6 inches of tape to seal a package, but we are leaving the rest of the roll. We only used a small piece of the tape ... just as we only use a small piece of information. This decision, then leads to an opinion, which then becomes our belief. But ... it is incomplete ... it isn't the whole roll. We have shorted ourselves of the necessary "total" package of information. We do not receive the whole puzzle ... only a few pieces. 

Based upon this incomplete information, we then use our belief system to make judgments and cast labels upon people ann things. This is like trying to paint your house with water ... and wondering why it doesn't work. You are missing the rest of the elements that comprise the paint. So why would you continue painting with water when there is something missing? Because ... you have convinced yourself that you have all the materials needed to complete the job. You are under an illusion ... a spell of ignorance ... but you simply don't consider other options because of your belief. You have convinced yourself that you are right, and everyone else is wrong. But, in the end, your paint job will fail due to this way of thinking, and you will wonder why it didn't work. Your ego has told you that you're right and that's where it stops. Unless ... you bypass your ego, and go to the Source of your Higher Power for the rest of the information. 

Once you have become better informed, more awakened, you will have a better understanding of all things. So many things have poisoned your mind since birth. Religion, media, government, medicine, and everything else you can conceive of, all offer half-truths. It is up to you to investigate thoroughly, and discern what is Truth, and what is illusion. It is up to you to use to whole roll of tape before making a "decision/decidre" that will become the foundation for your beliefs. Seek the evidence. Seek the Truth. This will allow you to have a much better perception, and in the process ... will help to change your reality. Remember, thoughts are things ... unseen forces of energy that must manifest in form. This is immutable Universal Law. The ancients knew it ... it is time for us to open our eyes to the awareness of Truth and move this civilization into a future of love and compassion. 

Every person on this planet must personally choose good or evil. It is a personal decision that is made. They are personally responsible for the outcome ... be it positive or negative. We are all co-creators of reality. My reality affects yours, and yours affects mine simply because we are not separate. We are all fish in the ocean of life. "As a man thinks, it is done unto him." Guard your thoughts ... use your inherent Divine Powers to create a world that can qualify as "Paradise." 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.