Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When In Darkness Always Search For The Light

When In Darkness Always Search For The Light

Imagine being plunged into total darkness and not knowing where you are. No one to help. No one can hear you. And you have no idea how long you will be in this darkness. 

Now, add to that, the fear that actual death is eminent. There is no doubt whatsoever in your mind that death will come in moments. It's a feeling so strong and so powerful that you have no conscious control. Your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) has taken over, locked you out, and thrown away the key. It's too late. 

Your eyes go blurry, your heart feels as though it is going to stop on the next beat, everything inside of you hurts, you feel a burning sensation through your entire body, and there is no way out. This only touches the surface of what an anxiety and panic attack can do to you. I know from first hand experience. Wonder drugs such as Xanax and Ativan are the only refuge ... if you can get to them in time and if they are already in your system. 

Your body has gone into "fight or flight" mode. The mind has determined a threat. It matters not if it is real or not. To the mind ... it is. Millions of years of evolution have now come together to release endorphins, adrenaline, and multiple other chemicals into your body. Your bowels are shut down. Your whole physical being prepares for battle, or to run like hell from the imaginary threat that triggered this reaction. From the view of your SNS, it may as well be a hungry, and angry, Kodiak Bear standing face to face with you and ready to rip you to shreds. The SNS is prepared to stay and fight, or to run faster that you have ever been able to run from the eminent danger. One problem. There is no bear, and there is no threat. It is an illusion and part of the imagination. Yet, you have no conscious access or control to stop this reaction. 

There is only one way that I have been able to better deal with these attacks. I stay mindful and alert of the first signs. I am consciously aware of the very first moment of a possible anxiety or panic attack. For me, the first hint strangely enough is in my butt. I can sense a slight burning sensation. Here it comes. Now if I can't stop this before the SNS take over autopilot, then I suffer I will ... greatly. I have devised a prayer/affirmation and I begin to say it out loud. I confirm it and I believe it. I firmly repeat it with conviction and dominance. Here is what I say:

ANTI-ANXIETY PRAYER:

"I am now speaking directly to my Sympathetic Nervous System. Thank you for always being here for me in the rare event of an emergency or a perceived threat. However, at this time, everything is under control here. There is no eminent threat. There is no reason for fear. I am safe, and I am secure. If you are perceiving a threat at this moment, I assure you that it is an illusion. I am just fine. All is well. There is no threat or danger. I am in the safety of the present moment being guided by my guardians and my Higher-Self of whom you must answer to. I am totally secure and everything is under control. If you would like to stay, you are welcome to, as long as you stay as a spectator. There is no need for your intervention at this time. You may have been called upon by some sort of false alarm that was caused by an unknown source. You were alerted unknowingly, and I appreciate your willingness and ability to respond this time and any time. You are surely good at your job. This time though, I have complete control of the situation. There is no problem or fear that I need any assistance with. It is an illusion. It is not real. I am fine, and you can stop your automatic processes now. I do thank you very much and you are free to leave at any time. Thank you."

If you can catch it in time, this may help you. It has worked for me on several occasions. But if not, down the rabbit hole you go. Darkness comes, fear, desolation, and every negative emotion you can conceive of. The Anxiety and Panic Attacks can last from moments, to hours. They have landed me in the ER on many an occasion convinced that I was having a heart attack and was going to die. If you are a sufferer ... may God/Source bless you with the ability to get through this darkness and once again turn on the light. It isn't easy, and it is uncertain how long this affliction will tie itself to you. It could be months, it could be years. May the energy of the universe help you to accept it. Because you certainly cannot fight it.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 

The Sad Twisted Truth About Conservative Christianity's Effect On The Mind

The Sad Twisted Truth About Conservative Christianity's Effect On The Mind

Some religious beliefs may alter brain function, making us more prone to anxiety and depression. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

 “I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp) and different churches in different cities, I am a psychological, emotional and spiritual mess.” –A former Evangelical

If a former believer says that Christianity made her depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, she is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. She might describe panic attacks about the rapture; moods that swung from ecstasy about God’s overwhelming love to suicidal self-loathing about repeated sins; or an obsession with sexual purity.

A symptom like one of these clearly has a religious component, yet many people instinctively blame the victim. They will say that the wounded former believer was prone to anxiety or depression or obsession in the first place—that his Christianity somehow got corrupted by his predisposition to psychological problems. Or they will say that he wasn’t a real Christian. If only he had prayed in faith believing or loved God with all his heart, soul and mind, if only he had really been saved—then he would have experienced the peace that passes all understanding.

But the reality is far more complex. It is true that symptoms like depression or panic attacks most often strike those of us who are vulnerable, perhaps because of genetics or perhaps because situational stressors have worn us down. But certain aspects of Christian beliefs and Christian living also can create those stressors, even setting up multigenerational patterns of abuse, trauma, and self-abuse. Also, over time some religious beliefs can create habitual thought patterns that actually alter brain function, making it difficult for people to heal or grow.

The purveyors of religion insist that their product is so powerful it can transform a life, but somehow, magically, it has no risks. In reality, when a medicine is powerful, it usually has the potential to be toxic, especially in the wrong combination or at the wrong dose. And religion is powerful medicine!

In this discussion, we focus on the variants of Christianity that are based on a literal interpretation of the Bible. These include Evangelical and fundamentalist churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and other conservative sects. These groups share the characteristics of requiring conformity for membership, a view that humans need salvation, and a focus on the spiritual world as superior to the natural world. These views are in contrast to liberal, progressive Christian churches with a humanistic viewpoint, a focus on the present, and social justice.

Religion Exploits Normal Human Mental Processes.

To understand the power of religion, it is helpful to understand a bit about the structure of the human mind. Much of our mental activity has little to do with rationality and is utterly inaccessible to the conscious mind. The preferences, intentions and decisions that shape our lives are in turn shaped by memories and associations that can get laid down before we even develop the capacity for rational analysis.

Aspects of cognition like these determine how we go through life, what causes us distress, which goals we pursue and which we abandon, how we respond to failure, how we respond when other people hurt us—and how we respond when we hurt them. Religion derives its power in large part because it shapes these unconscious processes: the frames, metaphors, intuitions and emotions that operate before we even have a chance at conscious thought.

Some Religious Beliefs and Practices are More Harmful Than Others.

When it comes to psychological damage, certain religious beliefs and practices are reliably more toxic than others.

Janet Heimlich is an investigative journalist who has explored religious child maltreatment, which describes abuse and neglect in the service of religious belief. In her book, Breaking their Will,Heimlich identifies three characteristics of religious groups that are particularly prone to harming children. Clinical work with reclaimers, that is, people who are reclaiming their lives and in recovery from toxic religion, suggests that these same qualities put adults at risk, along with a particular set of manipulations found in fundamentalist Christian churches and biblical literalism.

1) Authoritarianism,creates a rigid power hierarchy and demands unquestioning obedience. In major theistic religions, this hierarchy has a god or gods at the top, represented by powerful church leaders who have power over male believers, who in turn have power over females and children. Authoritarian Christian sects often teach that “male headship” is God’s will. Parents may go so far as beating or starving their children on the authority of godly leaders. A book titled, To Train Up a Child,by minister Michael Pearl and his wife Debi, has been found in the homes of three Christian adoptive families who have punished their children to death.

2) Isolation or separatism,is promoted as a means of maintaining spiritual purity. Evangelical Christians warn against being “unequally yoked” with nonbelievers in marriages and even friendships. New converts often are encouraged to pull away from extended family members and old friends, except when there may be opportunities to convert them. Some churches encourage older members to take in young single adults and house them within a godly context until they find spiritually compatible partners, a process known by cult analysts as “shepherding.” Home schoolers and the Christian equivalent of madrassas cut off children from outside sources of information, often teaching rote learning and unquestioning obedience rather than broad curiosity.

3) Fearof sin, hell, a looming “end-times” apocalypse, or amoral heathens binds people to the group, which then provides the only safe escape from the horrifying dangers on the outside. In Evangelical Hell Houses, Halloween is used as an occasion to terrify children and teens about the tortures that await the damned. In the Left Behind book series and movie, the world degenerates into a bloodbath without the stabilizing presence of believers. Since the religious group is the only alternative to these horrors, anything that threatens the group itself—like criticism, taxation, scientific findings, or civil rights regulations—also becomes a target of fear.

Bible Belief Creates an Authoritarian, Isolative, Threat-based Model of Reality

In Bible-believing Christianity, psychological mind-control mechanisms are coupled with beliefs from the Iron Age, including the belief that women and children are possessions of men, that children who are not hit become spoiled, that each of us is born “utterly depraved”, and that a supernatural being demands unquestioning obedience. In this view, the salvation and righteousness of believers is constantly under threat from outsiders and dark spiritual forces. Consequently, Christians need to separate themselves emotionally, spiritually, and socially from the world.These beliefs are fundamental to their overarching mental framework or “deep frame” as linguist George Lakoff would call it. Small wonder then, that many Christians emerge wounded.

It is important to remember that this mindset permeates to a deep subconscious level. This is a realm of imagery, symbols, metaphor, emotion, instinct, and primary needs. Nature and nurture merge into a template for viewing the world which then filters every experience. The template selectively allows only the information that confirms their model of reality, creating a subjective sense of its veracity.

On the societal scale, humanity has been going through a massive shift for centuries, transitioning from a supernatural view of a world dominated by forces of good and evil to a natural understanding of the universe. The Bible-based Christian population however, might be considered a subset of the general population that is still within the old framework, that is, supernaturalism.

Children are Targeted for Indoctrination Because the Child Mind is Uniquely Vulnerable.

“Here I am, a fifty-one year old college professor, still smarting from the wounds inflicted by the righteous when I was a child. It is a slow, festering wound, one that smarts every day—in some way or another…. I thought I would leave all of that “God loves… God hates…” stuff behind, but not so. Such deep and confusing fear is not easily forgotten. It pops up in my perfectionism, my melancholy mood, the years of being obsessed with finding the assurance of personal salvation.”

Nowhere is the contrast of viewpoints more stark than in the secular and religious understandings of childhood. In the biblical view, a child is not a being that is born with amazing capabilities that will emerge with the right conditions like a beautiful flower in a well-attended garden. Rather, a child is born in sin, weak, ignorant, and rebellious, needing discipline to learn obedience. Independent thinking is dangerous pride.

Because the child’s mind is uniquely susceptible to religious ideas, religious indoctrination particularly targets vulnerable young children. Cognitive development before age seven lacks abstract reasoning. Thinking is magical and primitive, black and white. Also, young humans are wired to obey authority because they are dependent on their caregivers just for survival. Much of their brain growth and development has to happen after birth, which means that children are extremely vulnerable to environmental influences in the first few years when neuronal pathways are formed.

By age five a child’s brain can understand primitive cause-and-effect logic and picture situations that are not present. Children at this have a tenuous grip on reality. They often have imaginary friends; dreams are quite real; and fantasy blurs with the mundane. To a child this age, it is eminently possible that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole and delivers presents if you are good and that 2000 years ago a man died a horrible death because you are naughty. Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark, the Rapture, and hell, all can be quite real. The problem is that many of these teachings are terrifying.

For many years, one conversion technique targeting children and adolescents has been the use of movies about the “End Times.” This means a “Rapture” event, when real Christians are taken up to heaven leaving the earth to “Tribulation,” a terrifying time when an evil Antichrist will reign and the world will descend into anarchy.

When assaulted with such images and ideas at a young age, a child has no chance of emotional self-defense. Christian teachings that sound truewhen they are embedded in the child’s mind at this tender age can feel true for a lifetime. Even decades later former believers who intellectually reject these ideas can feel intense fear or shame when their unconscious mind is triggered.

Harms Range From Mild to Catastrophic.

One requirement for success as a sincere Christian is to find a way to believe that which would be unbelievable under normal rules of evidence and inquiry. Christianity contains concepts that help to safeguard belief, such as limiting outside information, practicing thought control, and self-denigration; but for some people the emotional numbing and intellectual suicide just isn’t enough. In other words, for a significant number of children in Christian families, the religion just doesn’t “take.” This can trigger guilt, conflict, and ultimately rejection or abandonment.

Others experience the threats and fear too keenly. For them, childhood can be torturous, and they may carry injuries into adulthood.

Still others are able to sincerely devote themselves to the faith as children but confront problems when they mature. They wrestle with factual and moral contradictions in the Bible and the church, or discover surprising alternatives. This can feel confusing and terrifying – like the whole world is falling apart.

Delayed Development and Life Skills.Many Christian parents seek to insulate their children from “worldly” influences. In the extreme, this can mean not only home schooling, but cutting off media, not allowing non-Christian friends, avoiding secular activities like plays or clubs, and spending time at church instead. Children miss out on crucial information– science, culture, history, reproductive health and more. When they grow older and leave such a sheltered environment, adjusting to the secular world can be like immigrating to a new culture. One of the biggest areas of challenge is delayed social development.

Religious Trauma Syndrome. Today, in the field of mental health, the only religious diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is “Religious or Spiritual Problem.” This is merely a supplemental code (V Code) to assist in describing an underlying pathology. Unofficially, “scrupulosity,” is the term for obsessive-compulsive symptoms centered around religious themes such as blasphemy, unforgivable sin, and damnation. While each of these diagnoses has a place, neither covers the wide range of harms induced by religion.

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a new term, coined by Marlene Winell to name a recognizable set of symptoms experienced as a result of prolonged exposure to a toxic religious environment and/or the trauma of leaving the religion. It is akin to Complex PTSD, which is defined as ‘a psychological injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma with lack or loss of control, disempowerment, and in the context of either captivity or entrapment, i.e. the lack of a viable escape route for the victim’.

Though related to other kinds of chronic trauma, religious trauma is uniquely mind-twisting. The logic of the religion is circular and blames the victim for problems; the system demands deference to spiritual authorities no matter what they do; and the larger society may not identify a problem or intervene as in cases of physical or sexual abuse, even though the same symptoms of depression and anxiety and panic attacks can occur.

RTS, as a diagnosis, is in early stages of investigation, but appears to be a useful descriptor beyond the labels used for various symptoms – depression, anxiety, grief, anger, relationship issues, and others. It is our hope that it will lead to more knowledge, training, and treatment. Like the naming of other disorders such as anorexia or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), the RTS label can help sufferers feel less alone, confused, and self-blaming.

Leaving the Fold. Breaking out of a restrictive, mind-controlling religion can be liberating: Certain problems end(!), such as trying to twist one’s thinking to believe irrational doctrines, and conforming to repressive codes of behavior. However, for many reclaimers making the break is the most disruptive, difficult upheaval they have ever experienced. Individuals who were most sincere, devout, and dedicated often are the ones most traumatized when their religious world crumbles.

Rejecting a religious model of reality that has been passed on through generations is a major cognitive and emotional disruption. For many reclaimers, it is like a death or divorce. Their ‘relationship’ with God was a central assumption of their lives, and giving it up feels like an enormous loss to be grieved. It can be like losing a lover, a parent, or best friend.

On top of shattered assumptions comes the loss of family and friends. Churches vary with official doctrine about rejection. The Mormon Church, for all the intense focus on “family forever,” is devastating to leave, and the Jehovah Witnesses require families to shun members who are “disfellowshiped.”

The rupture can destroy homes, splitting spouses and alienating parents from children.

For Women, Psychological Costs of Belief Include Subjugation and Self-loathing.

Christianity poses a special set of psychological risks for people who, according to the Iron Age hierarchy found in the Bible are unclean or property, including women. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the combination of denigration and subservience takes a psychological toll on women in Christianity as it does in Islam. Not only do women submit to marital abuse and undesired sexual contact, some tolerate the same toward their children, and men of God sometimes exploit this vulnerability, as in the case of Catholic and Protestant child sexual abuse. But most of the damage is far more subtle: lower self-esteem, less independence and confidence; abandoned dreams and goals.

Why Harm Goes Unrecognized. What is the sum cost of having millions of people holding to a misogynist, authoritarian, fear-based supernatural view of the universe? The consequences far-reaching, even global, but many are hidden, for two reasons.

One is the nature of the trauma itself. Unlike other harm, such as physical beating or sexual abuse, the injury is far from obvious to the victim, who has been taught to self-blame. It’s as if a person black and blue from a caning were to think it was self-inflicted.

The second reason that religious harm goes unrecognized is that Christianity is still the cultural backdrop for the indoctrination. While the larger society may not be fundamentalist, references to God and faith abound. The Bible gets used to swear in witnesses and even the U.S. president. Common phrases are “God willing,” “God bless,” “God helps those that help themselves,” “In God we trust,” and so forth. These lend credence to theistic authority.

Religious trauma is difficult to see because it is camouflaged by the respectability of religion in culture. To date, parents are afforded the right to teach their own children whatever doctrines they like, no matter how heinous, degrading, or mentally unhealthy. Even helping professionals largely perceive Christianity as benign. This will need to change for treatment methods to be developed and people to get help that allows them to truly reclaim their lives.

This article was adapted from “The Crazy Making in Christianity” Chapter 19 in Christianity is Not Great: How Faith

Fails, edited by John Loftus, Prometheus Books, October 2014.
Salon.com / Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico - AlterNet

Fear Mongering And Scare Tactics Used By Religion

Fear Mongering And Scare Tactics Used By Religion

Today, a look at some of the tactics utilized by religion, particularly Christianity, to force submission and instill fear into it's followers. Of course, this is easy to do since most Christians were raised by Christian parents in a Christian home and were exposed at a very early age to church doctrines, dogma, and rituals.

Before we start, it is important to know that ALL the stories contained in the Old and New Testament Bible are myth. They are allegory, fables, parables, and metaphors used in the guise of stories that appear literal and historical. They are not real events. Furthermore, the Bible was not written by "God," but by the pen of man expressing what their own concept or desire of God might be. 

That being said ... there are many Truth filled and inspiring esoteric stories within the pages of the Bible. It is truly an amazing piece of literary work. But you have to know the deeper lessons that lay under the surface stories. Those lessons, are always reserved for the upper rulers of the church system. The average man would become empowered by the gnosis contained within and would no longer need the church, and would no longer support the church financially. A bad ending for the modern day church system.

Now, we're going to take this in sections. And I will try and keep them short. First, we start with the doctrine of "Original Sin."

There is no Original Sin. Period. It is fantasy manufactured by the Roman Church in an effort to control the masses and scare the people into admitting that they are worms ... worthless sinners destined for the furnace of hell. This entire concept is based upon the Genesis story of disobeying God and eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Further scripture negates this concept by saying that God keeps no records or wrongs and that God does not hold the generations responsible for the sins of the Fathers. 

Next we tackle the "Word of God." More specifically, the "Word" that Christians believe to be Jesus in reference to the opening statement of the book of John. This is a mistranslation from the Greek and should read "Logos" rather than "Word." The Logos of God is the archetype, the mind, and the thought that led to creation of the physical world. Jesus was not the Word, nor was he the entirety of God. The Logos was and is everything. 

Third thing to uncover and discover is the supernatural events spoken of in the Bible. The parting of the Red Sea, the Walls of Jericho, Moses on the mountain with the Ten Commandments, wandering in the desert for 40 years, wandering in the wilderness for 40 days, and Noah's flood of 40 days and 40 nights, walking on water,, turning water into wine, etc. Inclusive of all the other supernatural events spoken of, they are metaphor with deeper lessons and meaning. They never really happened literally. Every civilization that existed before Judaism, Christianity, and Islam had these fables and myths as part of their heritage as well. 

Next stop, hell. There is no place of eternal torment and hell fire called Hell. this is Greek and Persian myth added into the Christian mix. More reasons to scare the crap out of everybody. At the point of death, everyone's Spirit returns back to where it came ... to God/Source Energy ... and it matter not what religion you believe in, if any. Everybody goes back to the same factory. Christian or not. There is no self-imposed entitlement as is spewed from the pulpits and TV sets. We are all ONE and we return as ONE.

Jesus is not coming back to Earth in a tribulation, second coming, rapture of the saints event. Planes will not fall out of the sky, trains will not derail, and cars will not crash into each other. This again, is myth. We don't even know if there ever was a Jesus, so how would we know that he would return? The letter "J" wasn't even a letter until the 1400's. If there was ONE man who represented this Jesus, his name would've more than likely been: Iesus, Iesous, Yeshu, Yeshua, Yehoshua, or any other possible combination of Hebrew and Greek names. And by the way ... Jesus and Joshua are not only the same story (Old & New Testament) but they are the same name. Joshua from the Hebrew, Jesus from the Greek ... same name ... same word. 

The "End of The World" is a mistranslation for "end of the age," as in Taurus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius, etc. The entire story of Jesus is a trip around the sun in one year. Jesus is the Sun of God, and the 12 months are the 12 Disciples and the 12 Houses of the Zodiac. It's basic Astrotheology. They created a God, from the movement of the celestial bodies in a one year cycle. Far too much to go into i this article, but nonetheless, this is how all religion began. Celestial Gods and Planetary Rulers.

Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour will get you nothing more than a walk down the aisle to take the Sinner's Prayer. You'll go right back to being your old self as soon as you leave the building. The only real true transformation comes from within you ... the temple where God dwells. The sides of your head are called temples for a purpose. The proposed crucifixion site of Jesus was "Golgotha" meaning "place of the skull." These events, crucifixion of the old man, resurrection of the new man (Christ within), ascension, and illumination ... all take place within us. The literal stories are fables and myths ... metaphors to the real event within us. 

And finally, something of great importance to wrap up this article. In the beginning of the universe, the only "stuff" to make anything out of ... was God Stuff ... Source Energy. Therefore, everything in this material world came from the unseen realm of mind and Spirit first, then became manifest in physical nature. The entirety of the universe is ONE giant organism ... one that we call God or Source. 

Each of us is an individualized essence of the whole thing. We are not separate or divided. We are ONE with ALL. There are no "things" ... things are nouns. There is only universal mind, and we are inseparable. Everything is one with everything else. There is no "other." What we do to "others" ... we do to ourselves. We are all joined in the matrix of consciousness and in the realm of the unseen ...  atoms, molecules, oxygen, nitrogen, quarks, photons, the wind and air that is the breath of life. Know these things, and you will understand deeply the words credited to Jesus ... "The Kingdom of Heave/God is within you."

Do not fall victim to the controlling religions of the world. You will not benefit one iota. You vibration will not raise to your Higher-Self ... your Divine Soul. You will not connect to the God within unless you do it through meditation, centered prayer, and contact with your Guardian Angel / Soul and the higher aspects of Spirit who exist in higher realms to help guide you on your path. Whether you believe it or not, we have incarnated perhaps thousands of times within this eternal atmosphere. Your Oversoul fragments into each next life ... a piece of the whole. Then progresses and expands its knowledge and experience. Getting closer and closer to the higher realms. This is evolution and involution. Take care to notice all things on this journey ... you will be reporting back to home base when you leave this body/vessel behind. 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

22 Signs You Are Embodying Your Higher Self

22 Signs You Are Embodying Your Higher Self

My thanx to Gustavo Castaner and Body Mind Soul Spirit for this informative post today.

1. Higher Sensory Perception

Your intuition is developing at a rapid rate. Other higher senses like clairvoyance and clairaudience can also be turned on. These higher senses allow you to access information and wisdom that otherwise would be unavailable through the use of your rational mind. Harmonious lucid dreaming and out of body experiences are also ways to access higher dimensional information.

2. Knowing Your Soul Purpose

With your higher senses turned on, it has become crystal clear what your Soul’s Purpose is. Not only you know what your mission here on earth is but you are fulfilling this mission by taking action and walking your path. Your are fulfilling your basic human needs of self-growth and contribution by being on the path of eternal self actualization and being at the service of others.

3. Meeting Your Soul Family

Your frequency has attracted you to people with whom you resonate at a soul level. When you met these individuals you felt a strong and undeniable connection with them, like if you had met them before (from a past life). Even if they live on the other side of the world, the spiritual ties between you are so strong that years can go by and when you meet again is like no time has passed.

4. Meeting Your Twin Flame or Soul Mate

You are in a relationship with a person that highlights and enhances your best qualities. As well, this person will mirror back to you everything you need to work on yourself. This relationship thrives on self-growth, contribution, higher giving love and fulfillment. A necessary step for the manifestation of this relationship is cutting cords of attachments and karmic ties with previous relationships.

5. Synchronicities and Accelerated Manifestations

Your connection with the universe and life is evident. Your questions are answered through synchronicities and hidden messages are easily revealed to you by the power of your higher senses. You find messages and answers in books, nature and even random conversations. As well, you become aware of how strong and powerful your intent has become. Whatever you focus on manifests at a much faster than ever before.

6. Taking Responsibility For Your Happiness

As you embody your Higher Self you realize how powerful you are and how you co-create reality through your thoughts and emotions. You take full responsibility for your own happiness and you stop blaming other people, the government or any other outside sources. Victimization is a thing of the past and you take full charge of your healing and evolutionary process.

7. Embracing All Emotions

You have finally transcended the spiritual bypass that some emotions are ‘bad’ or ‘negative’. Instead you embrace all e-motions and instead of repressing them you allow them to flow through you. You can use anger for passion or motivation. You can easily empathize with others while maintaining the integrity of your field.

8. Holographic Nature of Reality

Like Rumi said ‘You are not a drop of water in an ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop of water.’ The holographic nature of reality is encoded within you and you can sense the interconnectedness of everything. It is obvious to you that we live in a multidimensional matrix and that you have a multidimensional anatomy. You also feel very attracted to sacred geometry.

9. Alchemical and Healing Powers

Whether it’s hands on healing, soul retrieval or any other type of healing modality you have learned how to direct your intent and manipulate energy to remove energetic blockages. You can easily connect to your Higher Self and disengage discordant energies that hinder your spiritual evolution. Often you will assist others in their healing and ascension process with your siddhis.

10. Activating Your DNA

DNA activation is the process of accreting more light into your morphogenetic field by activating the dormant strands of DNA that correspond to your Higher Self. You have at least a 12 strand DNA template that allows 12 dimensions of consciousness. DNA activation is the key to spiritual ascension and the embodiment of your Higher Self. It’s quite common for a person who goes through DNA activation to progressively experience all the other signs mentioned in this page.

11. Unconditional Self-Love

Your 4th strand of DNA corresponds to your heart chakra. One of the main benefits of DNA activation is being able to access and embody a state of unconditional self-love. No longer do you feel the need to extract love from other people, instead you see yourself as an infinite source of love. A sense of wholeness begins to unfold as you love ALL aspects of yourself, including your shadow self.

12. Integrating and Transcending Your Shadow Self

Your shadow self is the part of you that is running in reverse. It is mainly made up of archetypes, personas and complexes. Some examples are the Professional Victim Persona, the Rescuer Archetype, the Sorcerer, The Tyrant and the Absolute Perfectionist. The shadow self is what causes self-sabotage and causes you to create chaos in your life. The shadow self is created by making decisions that are not aligned with your Higher Self and manifest as reverse codes in your DNA.


 
13. Frequency Resonance

As you continue to raise your frequency you notice how some people begin to fall out of your holographic reality. You understand that your frequencies no longer match. The same can happen with your job or even your country of origin. In turn your higher frequency attracts you to a new grid of people, places, times, things and events that are in line with your Higher Self.

14. Honest Yes and Honest No

You are not afraid of saying ‘no’ to other people when you inner guidance tells you not to do something or go somewhere. You are not afraid of other people’s reactions and you are true to yourself. Every time you are congruent with what you want and what you don’t want you feel more powerful. As well you embrace the art of an honest ‘yes’ when the universe delivers what you desire. You don’t try to appear ‘humble’ or ‘spiritual’ by rejecting what you truly desire in your life.

15. Harmonious Family Relationships

‘If you think you are enlightened, go spend a weekend with your family.’
Ram Dass

You have realized that enlightenment doesn’t happen in a cave. You have cleared the cords of attachments and karmic ties with your family. Gone are the days where you kept experiencing the same old family drama. Your family members have shifted their approach to connect with you to higher ways and you accept/love them just how they are.

16. No Guilt, No Shame

Shame and guilt are the two lowest frequency energetic blockages in humanity. In order to embody your Higher Self you have let go of the identification with shame and guilt. You have cleared the guilt and shame you inherited from your parents through the DNA and you have released the shame and guilt that has been implanted by society and religions. Instead you choose to embrace the states of joy and bliss. You have become immune to guilt manipulating strategies often used by victims.

17. Making Decision In Line With Your Higher Self

Instead of making decisions based on fear, righteousness, competition or lack you are making decisions in line with your Higher Self and ultimately with Source-will. You are aware of Source’s intentions: the Law of One, Unconditional Love, Cooperation, Evolution, Perpetual Motion, Cause and Effect, Non-Judgment and Free-will. Even though we all have free-will and can ultimately go against Source-will (you’re unconditionally loved), you’re aware that making such decisions will trigger the Law of Cause and Effect and create a karmic imprint to re-mind you must heal that karmic miasm at some point.

18. Inner and Outer Abundance

Lack and limitation are a thing of the past. You have embodied a state of absolute inner abundance that is being reflected onto your holographic reality. You no longer seek to extract love, approval and appreciation from other people, you are the source. Happiness is within you. As well you have transcended the spiritual bypass that money is ‘evil’ and you know that money is just energy, made up of consciousness just like everything else. You enjoy financial abundance and use this abundance to create a more harmonious reality for yourself and others.

19. Mind Unplugged From the Matrix

One sign that your mind has been unplugged from the matrix is that you can clearly see the hidden agenda of those who desire to control this planet. You no longer resonate with the news and their ‘official story’. You inner truth detector can sense when someone is lying and you have become immune to the low frequency strategies and implants that constantly try to tell you ‘you are not enough’. Mindless consumerism and the herd mentality seem absurd to you.

20. Bye-Bye Idolatry

As you awaken to your co-creative powers and God-like nature, you no longer put other people on a pedestal. Your inner guru precedes any external guru and you see teachers as a reflection of your own unlimited potential. The forces of your worthiness and deservedness drive you to achieve whatever you set your mind upon. You have become the master of your own reality.

21. Overflowing with Gratitude

Gratitude is your attitude. Gratitude is your prayer. The sense of lack has become foreign to you, instead you cannot stop counting your blessings. The feeling of gratitude multiplies whatever you have and brings you even more positive experiences. You are even grateful for the challenges and setbacks that are inevitable in life, you can’t help to see them as opportunities for growth. And you probably have a gratitude journal.

22. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

Life is meant to be fun, you know that. Being extremely rigid and disciplined suck the fun out of everything. Even though you are adamant when it comes to working on yourself and achieving self mastery, you always allow yourself to make mistakes. In fact making mistakes is part of the learning process. You have a great sense of humor and you don’t take yourself too seriously. Your inner child is thriving and you often feel energized, inspired and overflowing with creativity.

My thanx to Gustavo Castaner and Body Mind Soul Spirit.

About the Author:
Gustavo Castaner is the founder of AscendedRelationships.com and In-Light-Ment.com. Gustavo specializes in helping people change their frequency so they can embody their Higher Self and manifest higher vibrational relationships.


Mithras And Christianity

Mithras And Christianity

The article I am posting here is just to give you something to consider. You can do your own research on this but this article is quite thought provoking. It comes to us from Gary Zigler.

Mithras Equals Christianity

This religion, cloaked in mystery and secrecy, has captivated the imaginations of scholars for generations. Many facts discovered sheds vital light on the cultural dynamics that led to the rise of Christianity. The National Geographic Society’s book “Great Religions of the World,” page 309 writes; “By Jesus’ time, East and West had mingled here for three centuries. Down columns of boulevards walked Roman soldiers loyal to the Persian god Mithras.” Mithras was a Persian deity. He was also the most widely venerated god in the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus. The Catholic Encyclopedia as well as the early Church Fathers found this religion of Mithras very disturbing, as there are so many similarities between the two religions, as follows:

1) Hundreds of years before Jesus, according to the Mithraic religion, three Wise Men of Persia came to visit the baby savior-god Mithra, bring him gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
2) Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, page 330; “…it was the winter solstice celebrated by ancients as the birthday of Mithraism’s sun god”.
3) According to Mithraism, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac.
4) After the death of Mithra, his body was laid to rest in a rock tomb.
5) Mithra had a celibate priesthood.
6) Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length).

As you can now see, Christianity derived many of its essential elements from the ancient religion of Mithraism. Mithraism became intertwined with the cult of Jesus to form what is known today as “Christianity.” Although literary sources on this religion are sparse, an abundance of material evidence exists in the many Mithraic temples and artifacts that archaeologists have found scattered throughout the Roman Empire, from England in the north and west to Palestine in the south and east. The temples were usually built underground in caves, which are filled with an extremely elaborate iconography (illustrating by pictures, figures and images). There were many hundreds of Mithraic temples in the Roman Empire, the greatest concentrations have been found in the city of Rome itself.

We often hear about how many of the traditions, rites and symbols of modern day "Christian" holidays have their roots in paganism. Have you ever wondered why December 25th was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus? Could it only be a consequence that ancient paganism and the story of Mithras' birth coincides with the Yule/Christmas season? If the accounts in the Bible are correct, the time of Jesus birth would have been closer to mid-summer, for this is when shepherds would have been "tending their flocks in the field " and the new lambs were born. Strange enough, the ancient pagan religion, Mithraism, which dates back over 4,000 years, also celebrated the birth of their "saviour" on December 25th. Franz Cumont, who is consider by many to be the leading research authority on Roman Paganism, explained the ancient religion called Mithraism.

Then Mithras returned to the earth to teach humanity His commandments and begin Mysteries and Rites which would help humans remember His acts on our behalf. Because of His actions, we can choose good without the overwhelming power of evil, even though evil's influence can still seem powerful because our minds believe it is. Because of His teachings, we know that the purpose of our lives is to serve others in the name of Mithras. The followers refer to Him as the "Light of the World" a phrase often used also in Christian faith when referring to Jesus.
This son of a god born of a virgin, was so commonly spread in those days that Philo of Alexandria (30 BCE - 45 CE), warned against this widespread superstitious belief in unions between male gods and human females. The offspring’s are known as demigods.

Tammuz, who was incorporated also into Attis and Mithras, and they stood model for the story in the NT, because they were deities who all are supposed to have died and resurrected. Tammuz was always called Adon, meaning Lord. (the Greek Adonis, was based on him). Actually all these deities were based on the first deity to have died and resurrected, the Egyptian deity Osiris. So there is absolutely nothing unique about Jesus. In fact he is copyright due to Osiris.

Of the following (semi) deities, legends went around that they were born of a virgin:

Augustus (his father was the god Apollo) Agdistis Attis
Adonis Buddha Dionysus
Korybas Krishna Mithras
Osirus Perseus Romulus and Remus
Tammuz Zoroaster Jesus

So basically, all the pagan religions were alike, including Christianity. It just happens that one of them got the ascendancy, and became the most powerful, and did its best to wipe out all the others. In addition to a lack of historical support, many characteristics of Jesus, which Christians today believe in, are undeniably similar or identical to religious trends and beliefs that preceded Christianity. There are tens of accounts of pagan gods of many different cultures who were said to have the same attributes as those that Christians claim Jesus had. A brief review of some of these may lead to some interesting questions concerning the originality of the Christian claim:

ATTIS - Phrygia: Born of the virgin Nana on December 25. He was both the Father and the Divine Son. He was a savior crucified on a tree for the salvation of mankind. He was buried but on the third day the priests found the tomb empty -- He had arisen from the dead (on March 25th). He followers were baptized in blood, thereby washing away their sins -- after which they declared themselves "born again." His followers ate a sacred meal of bread, which they believed became the body of the savoir.

BUDDIAH – INDIA: Born of the Virgin Maya on December 25th. He was announced by a star and attended by wise men presenting costly gifts. At birth angles sing heavenly songs. He taught in temple at age 12. Tempted by Mara, the Evil One (Satan), while fasting. He was baptized in water with the Spirit of God present. Buddiah healed the sick and fed 500 from a small basket of cakes and even walked on water. He came to fulfill the law and preached the establishment of a kingdom of righteousness and obliged followers to poverty and to renounce the world. He transfigured on a mount. Died (on a cross, in some traditions), buried but arose again after tomb opened by supernatural powers. Ascended into heaven (Nirvana). Will return in later days to judge the dead. Buddiah was called: "Good Shepherd," "Carpenter," "Alpha and Omega," "Sin Bearer," "Master," "Light of the World," "Redeemer," etc.

DIONYSUS - GREECE: Born of a Virgin on December 25th, placed in a manger. He was a traveling teacher who performed many miracles. Turned water into wine. Followers ate sacred meal that became the body of the god. He rose from the dead March 25th. Identified with the ram and lamb's and was called "King of Kings," "Only Begotten Son," "Savior," "Redeemer," "Sin bearer," "Anointed One," the "Alpha and Omega."
HERACLES – GREECE: Born at the winter equinox of a virgin who refrained from sex with her until her god-begotten child was born and was sacrificed at the spring equinox. He too, was called "Savior," "Only begotten," "Prince of Peace," "Son of Righteousness."

KRISHNA - INDIA: Krishna was born while his foster-father Nanda was in the city to pay his tax to the king. His nativity heralded by a star, Krishna was born of the virgin Devaki in a cave, which at the time of his birth was miraculously illuminated. The cow-herds adored his birth. King Kansa sought the life of the Indian Christ by ordering the massacre of all male children born during the same night at He. Krishna traveled widely, performing miracles -- raising the dead, healing lepers, the deaf and the blind. The crucified Krishna is pictured on the cross with arms extended. Pierced by an arrow while hanging on the cross, Krishna died, but descended into Hell from which He rose again on the third day and ascended into Heaven. (The Gospel of Nicodemus tell of Jesus' descent into Hell.) He will return on the last day to judge the quick and the dead. Krishna is the second person of the Hindu trinity.

OSIRIS – EGYPT: He came to fulfill the law. Called "KRST," the "Anointed One." Born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave / manger, with his birth announced by a star and attended by three wise men. Earthly father named "Seb" (translates to "Joseph.") At age 12 he was a child teacher in the Temple and at 30 he was baptized, having disappeared for 18 years. Osiris was baptized in the river Iarutana -- the river Jordan -- by "Anup the Baptizer," who was beheaded. (Anup translates to John.) He performed miracles, exorcised demons, raised El-Osiris from the dead. Walked on water and was betrayed by Typhon, crucified between two thieves on the 17th day of the month of Athyr. Buried in a tomb from which he arose on the third day (19th Athyr) and was resurrected. His suffering, death, and resurrection celebrated each year by His disciples on the Vernal Equinox -- Easter. Called "The Way, the Truth, the Light," "Messiah," "god's Anointed Son,' the "Son of Man," the "Word made Flesh," the "word of truth." Expected to reign a thousand years.

NOTE 1: Persian legends of Mithras says that He was born of the Sun God and a virgin mother, called "the Mother of God", on December 25th. They saw him as a symbol of justice, truth, and loyalty. He was considered the saviour of humankind, and stories abound of His healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing miracles (making the blind see and the lame walk). Throughout His lifetime, He was seen as a protector of human souls, a mediator between "heaven" and "earth" and was even associated with a "holy trinity". He remained celibate, until the ripe old age of 64, throughout his life and preached the virtues of ethics, moral behavior, and good will. Does this sound familiar? Sure sounds like Jesus.

NOTE 2: Ancient Persians believed in a "celestial heaven" and hell. They believed that they would be judged by their god and granted justice of" eternal salvation. On judgement day, the faithful dead would be resurrected and light would triumph over darkness.

NOTE 3: They took part in ritual purification or baptism, held Sundays sacred, drank wine and ate bread as a symbol of the body and blood and even took part in ritualistic purging (purification rites such as flagellation).

NOTE 4: In their legends, Mithras had an "earthly mission' to accomplish. He then was put to death on a cross and buried in a cave (some legends have Him held in a cave to be reborn once a year).

NOTE 5: He then "rose from the dead" and took part in a last supper with his 12 disciples (often associated with the 12 signs of the zodiac) and then ascended to the heavens to watch over His "flock" from above.

As a footnote to all this: The World Book Encyclopedia tells that Mithras was an angel of light who fought on the side against the forces of evil. In the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia Mithras was called “the Heavenly Light.” This belief carried to Assyria and Asia Minor where many people identified him with the sun. Mithraism came into the ancient Roman world about 75 BCE., and ranked as a principal competitor of Christianity for 200 years. In addition to a lack of historical support, many characteristics of Jesus, which Christians today believe in, are undeniably similar or identical to religious trends and beliefs that preceded Christianity. There are tens of accounts of pagan gods of many different cultures who were said to have the same attributes as those that Christians claim Jesus had.

Trinity―Trinities were popular in pagan sects before Christianity was introduced to the world. Some of the more well known trinity gods included Mithra-Vohu Mana-Rashnu, Amen-Mut-Khonsu, and Osiris-Isis-Horus.

Virgin Birth―Among the pagan cultures that preceded Christianity, virgin birth stories abounded. The long list of pagan gods born of virgins includes: Romulus and Remus, Zoroaster, Buddha, Mithras, Chrishna, Osiris-Aion, Agdistis, Attis, Tammuz, Adonis, Korybas, Perseus, and Dionysus.

Disciples―In the following 'saviors' cases, a grouping of disciples was present, just as they were present in Jesus' story: Horus, Buddha, Chrishna, Dionysus, Mithra. Interestingly enough, in the case of Dionysus, his disciple Acoetes was a boatman, just as Jesus' disciple Peter. And just as Peter was freed from jail when the doors miraculously flew open, so was Dionysus' disciple Acoetes. In Budda's case, he, like Jesus, demanded that his disciples renounce all worldly possessions. Yet another instance of similarity is that the disciples of both Jesus and Buddha were said to have been arrested for preaching, as well as witnessed to have "walked on water."

Miracles―Among those 'saviors' who, like Jesus, performed countless miracles include: Horus, Chrishna, Buddha, Dionysus, Mithra, Osirus, and Adonis. Horus was said to have walked on water, just as Jesus did. In addition, Horus raised one man, El-Azarus, from the dead in front of countless witnesses. In the case of Buddha, it was told that he fed five hundred men with one loaf of bread, that he cured lepers, and that he caused the blind to see. Dionysus rescued a person from dying when the person was utterly desolate and placed them among the stars. And he gave food and drink, herbs and berries, to the starving people -- not to mention turning water into wine.

The Sun―Here is another common theory, quoted from S. Acharya's "The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus:" "The reason why all these pagan narratives are so similar to a "god-man" is that these stories were based on the movements of the sun through the heavens, an astrotheological development that can be found throughout the planet because the sun and the 12 zodiac signs can be observed around the globe.

Paul was supposedly born and raised in the city of Tarsus, a region in SE Asia-Minor (now called Turkey) where Mithras was well known. Biblical scholars are now saying that Paul, the alleged author of 13 out of the 27 (maybe more) books of the New Testament, may have been influenced in his writings by this strong religion of Mithraism. We can see a profound kinship between Mithraism and Christianity.

In-as-much as Mithraism was so popular in Rome, it is no wonder why the pagan Emperor Constantine, who believed in the sun god, Mithras, designated a certain day of the week to him, Sunday, which means, “the day of the sun.”

The original "Christian" faith became a mix of pagan, Mithramic, Jeudeo/Christian teaching. This lead to the confusing mix of theology that we have today within the "Christian" community. This apostacy from the original simple and plain teachings of Christ was accelerated by the persecutions and killings of any who tried to support the "old" ways. Maybe this solves the mystery of the “ungodly” marriage between Mithraism and the cult of Jesus. As it turns out, it was all for political convenience! But, Christians think they are better than that today. In short: The "Christianity" they have today has almost no relationship, in doctrine or in way of life, to the "the original teachings of Jesus."

In my mind, there are two Jesus' teachings. Jesus the Jew and Jesus the Gentile, which by the way is really Paul's Jesus. And guess which one Christians follow? The ex-pagan Constantine liked Paul's Jesus over Jesus the Jew. Jesus and all the others upon whom this character is predicated are personifications of the sun, and the Gospel fable is merely a rehash of a mythological formula revolving around the movements of the sun through the heavens.

For instance, many of the world's crucified "god-men" have their traditional birthday on December 25. This is because the ancients recognized that (from an earth-centric perspective) the sun makes an annual descent southward until December 21 or 22, the winter solstice, when it stops moving southerly for three days and then starts to move northward again.

During this time, the ancients declared that "God's sun" had "died" for three days and was "born again" on December 25. The ancients realized quite abundantly that they needed the sun to return every day and that they would be in big trouble if the sun continued to move southward and did not stop and reverse its direction. Thus, these many different cultures celebrated the "sun of God's" birthday on December 25th. The following are the characteristics of the "sun" of God:

a. The sun "dies" for three days on December 22, the winter solstice, when it stops in its movement south, to be born again or resurrected on December 25, it resumes its movement north.
b. In some areas, the calendar originally began in the constellation of Virgo, and the sun would therefore be "born of a Virgin."
c. The sun is the "Light of the World."
d. The sun "cometh on clouds, and every eye shall see him."
e. The sun rising in the morning is the "Savior of mankind."
f. The sun wears a corona ("crown of thorns") or a halo.
g. The sun "walks on water."
h. The sun's "followers" or "disciples" are the 12 months and the 12 signs of the Zodiac, through which the sun must pass.
i. The sun is "crucified," which represents it's passing through the equinoxes, the vernal equinox being Easter, at which time it is then resurrected.

In addition, all over the world are sites where this "god" or that allegedly was born, walked, suffered, died, etc., a common occurrence that is not monopolized by, and did not originate with, Christianity. An early Christian Syrian writer (quoted in Credner's "De Natalitorium Christi Origine") wrote the following concerning the December 25 hoax: "The reason why the Church fathers transferred the celebration from January 6 to December 25, was that it was the custom of the pagans to celebrate on the same December 25 the birthday of the sun, at which time they lit lights in token of festivity, and in these rites and festivals the Christians also took part. Accordingly, when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a liking for this festival, they resolved that the true nativity should be commemorated on that day."

When the Christ myth was new Mithras and Mithraism were already ancient. Worshiped for centuries as God's Messenger of Truth, Mithras was long revered by the Persians and the Indians (Zoroastrianism) before his faith found it's way to Rome where His mysteries flourished in the second century AD. Every year in Rome, in the middle of winter, the Son of God was born one more, putting an end to darkness. Every year at first minute of December 25th the temple of Mithras was lit with candles, priests in in white garments celebrated the birth of the Son of God and boys burned incense. Mithras was born in a cave, on December 25th, of a virgin mother. He came from heaven to be born as a man, to redeem men from their sin. He was know as "Savior," "Son of God," "Redeemer," and "Lamb of God." With twelve disciples he traveled far and wide as a teacher and illuminator of men. 

He was buried in a tomb from which he rose again from the dead -- an event celebrated yearly with much rejoicing. His followers kept the Sabbath holy, holding sacramental feasts in remembrance of Him. The sacred meal of bread and water, or bread and wine, was symbolic of the body and blood of the sacred bull.

Baptism in the blood of the bull (taurobolum) – early Baptism "washed in the blood of the Lamb" – late Baptism by water [recorded by the Christian author Tertullian Mithraic rituals brought about the transformation and Salvation of His adherents --an ascent of the soul of the adherent into the realm of the divine.

All over the world are sites where this "god" or that allegedly was born, walked, suffered, died, etc., a common occurrence that is not monopolized by, and did not originate with, Christianity. At the time of Jesus, as for centuries before, the Mediterranean world roiled with a wide diversity of mythical creeds and rituals. Details varied according to location and culture, but the general outlines of these faiths were astonishingly similar. Simply put, the ancients' gods:

a. Were born on or very near our Christmas Day
b. Were born of a Virgin-Mother
c. Were born in a Cave or Underground Chamber.
d. Led a life of toil for Mankind.
e. Were called by the names of Light-bringer, Healer, Mediator, Savior, Deliverer.
f. Were however vanquished by the Powers of Darkness.
g. And descended into Hell or the Underworld.
h. Rose again from the dead, and became the pioneers of mankind to the Heavenly world.
i. Founded Communions of Saints, and Churches into which disciples were received by Baptism.
j. Were commemorated by Eucharistic meals.

Many professors of modern and past times cannot help but conclude that Jesus is based on mythical deities of old. Among these scholars number individuals such as Porphry (3rd Century), Max Muller, Ernest de Bunsen, Joseph Wheless, Albert Churchward (all of the 19th Century), and T.W. Doane (20th Century). Even Pope Leo X, privy to the truth because of his high rank, made this curious declaration, "It was well known how profitable this fable of Christ has been to us" ("The Diegesis" by Rev. Robert Taylor, footnote, p. 35).

To conclude, in light of the tremendous volume of evidence that is there for anyone interesting in taking the time to study, the underlying question of whether or not Christianity is simply the heir of mythical beliefs prevalent at the time of its development, is not a question that can simply be ignored by any Christian when pondering the origins of his/her faith.
References were taken from:

The World Book Encyclopedia; Library of the World’s Myths and Legends (Persian Mythology); Stories of the Bible on TV – Historians; J.M.Robertson, T.W.Doane, F.Cument, J.G.Frazer; The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries by David Ulansey

Gary Sigler

Mithras And The Statue of Liberty.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time To Say Bye Bye Facebook

Time To Say Bye Bye Facebook

Today I decided to shut down my pages on Facebook. The only exception is my business page. The reason is simple. I spend a lot of time and research on informative posts and on designing Truth content and inspirational graphics only to see the statistics that maybe 2 or 3 people have viewed them. Very seldom is there a like. Now maybe the "like" thing is due to people not liking what I post ... and that's ok ... but when the posts aren't even seen, why bother?

For those who are interested in the Genesology Project research materials and daily blogs, you're in the right place. Our blog site here is genesology.blogspot.com and our archive page is at www.genesology.com. I will continue to post daily blogs concerning motivation, spirituality, health, Truth, Ancient Wisdom, etc. but they will only be posted here.

Thank you for supporting our work. Soon, the book project will be complete and I will be shopping for a publisher. Until then, I continue the path of Truth Seeker and Philosopher and uncovering and discovering Truth that I will openly share. I just point the way, and I don't tell you what to see. I'll leave that up to you. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Recent Studies Link Anxiety To High IQ And Empaths

Recent Studies Link Anxiety To High IQ And Empaths

A few years ago, a series of studies came out in an attempt to sort of ‘debunk’ people who practice spirituality. The study found that people who have a spiritual understanding of life tend to be more susceptible to mental health problems, addictions, and anxiety disorders.

A passive aggressive news report from the Daily Mail titled “Spiritual people are more likely to be mentally ill (but at least they think life has more meaning)” took a jab at spiritual people as if to say “They’re crazy, but at least they think life is more important to them."

A report by The Telegraph also covered the same story, claiming that spiritual people struggle to cope with things mentally. Now, could it be possible that the reason spiritually-minded people have more mental health issues and anxiety problems is not because they are looney, but because they are more connected to what is happening in the world? Think about that for a moment.

What if they are more aware of the things that are wrong with society, and are more connected to the suffering in the world? What if an anxious mind is a searching and connected mind? 

A very important study came out a few years ago linking social anxiety to increased empathetic abilities. People who report suffering from social anxiety have an increased ability to feel and interpret the emotions and mental states of people around them.  

As the study concluded:

"Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique 'social-cognitive abilities profile' with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions."

In other words, people who have anxiety, are able to more tangibly feel the emotions of people around them. Many many people who consider themselves to be “conscious” or “spiritual” also report feeling anxiety and experience things like depression and other mental disorders. But as it turns out, people who suffer from anxiety ... may also be more intelligent.

Studies link anxiety to intelligence

One research study out of Lakehead University discovered that people with anxiety scored higher on verbal intelligence tests. People who reported having General Anxiety Disorder and depression actually scored higher on verbal-linguistic testing.  

Another study conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel found that people with anxiety were better than others at maintaining directed focus while overcoming a primary threat ... as they are being bombarded by numerous other smaller threats, thereby significantly increasing their chances of survival.

What’s interesting is that the same research team also discovered that people with anxiety showed signs of "sentinel intelligence," meaning they were able to detect real threats that were not yet detectable to others. For example, test participants with anxiety were able to detect the smell of smoke long before others in the group.  

Is it possible that anxiety is actually an evolutionary advantage? Could anxiety act as a biological superpower that helps us solve problems, avoid threats, and detect danger?

Another research study from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York revealed that people with severe cases of GAD (general anxiety disorder) had much higher IQ’s than those who had more mild cases. The theory is that “an anxious mind is a searching mind,” meaning that people with anxiety are constantly analyzing, assessing, formulation ideas, reflecting, and processing information.

Dr. Jeremy Coplan referred to this concept in his study by saying that excessive anxiety or anguish is generally seen as a negative trait, and high intelligence as a positive one, anxiety may cause our species to avoid dangerous situations, regardless of how remote a possibility they may be. So once again, we have evidence that people with “mental health disorders” are actually more intelligent on average.

And as mentioned previously, another recent study found that people with social anxiety exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathetic abilities. Essentially, they have a much higher psycho-social awareness.

What this means

People who are spiritually minded tend to suffer from anxiety and depression more. But this is because their eyes are open to a world that is in need of repair. They literally have an increased ability to feel the emotions of people around them.

Not to mention, the same people that are assumed to be crazy for having social anxiety and other mental disorders test higher on certain intelligence tests, IQ tests, and have an evolutionary advantage in being able to detect threats before other people.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t people who can accurately feel, interpret, and mentalize the thoughts and emotions of others and detect threats before other people called ‘intuitives’ and ‘psychics’?  

Could it be possible that having anxiety and general anxiety disorder is NOT actually a disorder, but is a product of having a stronger intuition, more accurate interpretations on people’s states, a sensitive energy field, and an increased ability to detect danger through not only the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), but through conscious awareness BEFORE the involuntary hand off to SNS as it is programmed to deal with fight or flight.  

These scientific studies shine a whole new light on spirituality and social anxiety. Don’t be afraid to feel what you feel, and don’t let anyone call you crazy because of it.  Perhaps what we are calling a disorder, as uncomfortable and miserable as it can be ... may actually be a gift.

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.

My thanks to Steven Bancarz
Spirit, Science, and Metaphysics

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What Was It That You Were Trying To Say

What Was It That You Were Trying To Say

English. What a troubled language. You can use it to communicate but for some reason, when we talk in English to another person who speaks English, they frequently say "what do you mean by that?"

See, I spoke Greek before I learned English. Although my English is now far superior to my Greek, I can tell you one thing for sure. You will never see two Greek people talking to each other and hear one of them say "what do you mean by that?" The reason is ... that the language is perfectly clear. There are no grey areas. They know exactly what the other one said. It's not open to individual interpretation.

Now back to English. Not only does it become difficult at times to communicate the proper message by spoken word, but then we have to turn to the written word. Now we have a real problem. When you have 3 Lawyers looking at the same document and you end up with 3 different opinions and definitions ... there's definitely a problem. 

I've been through many legal battles in my life, and no matter what, one simple sentence can find itself being interpreted as many ways as there are people who are reading it. This ultimately cost money, time, and additional assessment time to clarify what is being written or said. 

Now let's bring it down to the lowest level. Social Media such as Facebook. Someone will make a post, then someone else will comment, then from there ... anything goes. It can turn explosive and aggravating in a very short period of time. And all because of a misunderstanding of what was stated. It doesn't matter how simple it is. It doesn't matter how complex it is. There's always some level of confusion and it frequently gets out of hand.

Suppose I were staying at a family members house for a few days. I go on FB to say: "sure would be nice to have some peace and quiet today." Now ... what I really mean by this is exactly what it says. I may be stressed out, trains, traffic noise, airplanes overhead, the neighbors dog barking, etc. But my Brother-in-law sees my post and replies: "so my kids are too much for you huh?" Then my Sister-in-law chimes in: "well, you're the one who asked to stay here remember?" Now what do I say? They've both taken what I said completely wrong. And even worse ... it is in writing, with no emotional presentation to help.

This "writing" without emotional assistance has led to much trouble. For example, you return a hammer to your neighbor Bob which you have had for a year. You leave a note that says: "here's the hammer I owe you." Now, what kind of emotion is attached to this written statement? Is it smartass? Is it sarcastic? Is it grumpy? Or ... is it more like: "hey Mike, I almost forgot I had your hammer. Sorry my friend, here it is." See, we rarely consider the emotion attached to written word. The same can be said for ancient scriptural text. We don't know the emotion that was attached to it when it was written. 

So, in closing, my final point is to try and be as clear as your possibly can when saying or writing something. Consider the emotion, use adjectives, smiley faces or emoji's. Be as clear as you possible can ... especially in English. Because "plain simple English" ... just isn't. 

Just a thought ... 

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

A Better Understanding of What Ego Really Is

A Better Understanding of What Ego Really Is

The biggest confusion for people who get into spirituality is with regards to their “Ego”. It’s common for spiritual people to consider Ego as negative; but in Truth, it’s not Ego that’s negative but thoughts based in fear that are negative. 

Ego is Ego; it’s not negative or positive. What you “think” determines whether you are aligning with negative or positive. The way to see Ego is that it’s the structure in your brain that gives a “person” identity; it serves a very practical purpose for physical interaction of humans.

Bashing your Ego is just a movement of “negativity” in you, it’s not spiritual or “pure”, it’s just a negative pattern, and if you sense it you will know that it’s just “violence” within you. 

When you truly become rooted in the Truth of your being ... who you really are spiritually ... you will not find any problem with your Ego and you will allow it to play the “practical” part that it’s supposed to play in the movement of physicality. 

What is needed is that you stop identifying yourself as the Ego, and know yourself to be the “wholeness” or pure consciousness and then allow the Ego to do its part in the play of physicality.

Get rid of negativity, not the Ego:

The root of suffering is identification with negativity/fear based thoughts. If you think low of yourself, it’s negativity, if you think low of others, it’s still negativity. Is it Ego that is thinking low of others? No, it’s just a negative thought pattern. 

Don’t confuse a negative thought pattern with Ego. The Ego is simply a structure of identity in the brain, and even the most enlightened person has this identity ... or he/she would stop responding when their name is called. Imagine that?

So don't spend too much time talking about the Ego, and focus more on letting go of negativity ... because it’s the negative thoughts that create suffering for you and create negative realities in your life and other peoples lives.

A person who is rooted in an ongoing positive outlook can be considered to have a “positive Ego” and a person who is rooted in negativity can be considered to have a “negative Ego”. So if anything, you might want to move towards having a positive Ego so that you are more in alignment with life. Everything has polarity ... even ego.

The Ego’s unique preferences have a huge value:

You are unique as an expression of universal consciousness and your uniqueness is reflected in the preferences or desire that your physical being comes up with. This uniqueness is what your brain/mind/heart come up with ... the desires based on its unique natural conditioning/external conditioning (the structure of personal Ego). 

Each of your desires have a huge value because it causes expansion in life and you act as a co-creator of new realities. So your Ego has a very important part to play in the game of co-creation. The Ego desires new realities through its preferences and the universal consciousness brings forth the manifestation of these realities and keeps them in place. We are all One and connected to universal consciousness.

So give up on the negative loop of trying to ditch your ego, and allow yourself the freedom to express your uniqueness through your desires/preferences. Life is not here to condemn you for your desires, it’s here to embrace all of it and bring it to manifestation. Get in charge of ego. Let Spirit lead.

You are totally loved by life just the way you are, it has no conditions for you, it’s is totally appreciative of the value you provide through your uniqueness – it’s important that you realize how valuable your presence here is. You are an intricate piece of the entire puzzle.

Just a thought ... 

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

My thanks to Calm Down Mind

The Spiritual Definition of Ego And Beyond

The Spiritual Definition of Ego And Beyond

In this article we will discuss the spiritual definition of ego and hopefully present a better understanding of it's role in our lives. The actual word "ego" comes from the Greek and means "I or me."

-Spiritual definition of ego

From a spiritual perspective, ego means considering oneself to be distinct from others and from God/Source due to identification with the physical body and impressions in various centres of the subtle body. 

In short, ego is what is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, mind, and intellect ... and identifying with them to various degrees.

According to the science of Spirituality, our true state of existence is identification with the Soul or God-principle within us ... and living our day to day life with this Christ-consciousness. As the one and same God-principle exists within everyone, from a spiritual perspective there is unity in all Creation. There is no separation or division. 

However, depending on the level of our ego, it affects our  identify with the God-principle within us, i.e. the Soul, to varying degrees. If our ego is high, we identify less with the Soul or the God-principle within us. This is our base nature lower-self vs. our Divine Higher-Self. 

-What is ego from a psychological perspective

In layman's terms, one can define ego as "pride about oneself." Thoughts such as my body and mind, my intellect, my life, my wealth, my wife and children, I should acquire happiness, etc. arise from ego alone.

Ego, awareness of the self, pride, conceit and ‘i’ness are words related to the word ‘ego or aham’ but on a psychological plane. All of the negative thoughts and actions also arise from ego-centric direction.

I invite you to use your imagination for a moment. Picture a person standing up in front of you. Now look at their center, near the heart chakra and solar plexus. Imagine now a dark circle covering and keeping locked within it, another circle or ball representing the Soul. Kind of like a hard boiled egg. The white being the ego, the yolk being the Soul. 

If the ego of a person is high, they do not identify with the Soul ... it is blocked out. Due to the ego ... a covering of black energy has collected around the Soul. Also when one’s ego is high the flow of grace from God/Source is blocked.

Now that you have a general understanding, let's go deeper into the world of ego.

The ego is an identity of our own construction, an identity which is false. If we take all the beliefs of what we are – beliefs about our personality, talents, and abilities – we have the structure of our ego. It's that simple. 

These talents, abilities and aspects of our personality will be attributes of our skills, but the mental construct of our “self” is artificial. It is only the accumulation of our experiences. And while this description might make the ego seem like a static thing, it is not. Rather, it is an active and dynamic part of our personalities, playing an immense role in creating emotional drama in our lives.

The ego operates kind of like radar on a ship. Always on the lookout, and referencing back to past experiences in order to make a decision. When we have thoughts about our self that we agree with, we construct a self-image. The kinds of thoughts that contribute to the ego structure are:

“I’m not good at math.”
“I am smart.”
“My weight limits my abilities.”
“Nobody likes me.”
“I am better than you.”
“That was stupid of me.”

The ego hides behind the “I” and “me” in those declarative thoughts and statements about our identity. It tries to form it's own concept of who we are, back on our experiences and those around us. 

When we have such similar thoughts like the ones above, and we agree with even the slightest conviction that these ideas define us and are true ... then we are building, or reinforcing, our ego.  

We first have these thoughts when we are kids, perhaps when we were teased on the playground, or when reprimanded or praised by a teacher or parent.  In all cultures, developing a self-image is a normal part of socialization.  

Problems arise, however, when that self-image is negative, inaccurate, or even overly positive. Considering that we develop our concept of “self” as children, it is inevitable that our self-image doesn’t map to reality as adults. All too often though, it does. 

The Ego Unmasked

Why is the ego so hard to explain or describe?  The ego is difficult to define because the ego isn’t one specific thing.  It is actually made up of many different beliefs that a person acquires over their life. Those beliefs can be diverse and even contradictory.  

To further complicate matters, each person’s ego is different. If someone were to clearly identify and describe all the parts of their ego and what it drives them to do, you might not get a good description of what yours is like.  

The challenge of becoming aware of what your personal ego looks like becomes more difficult because our culture doesn’t reward us for directing our attention inward and noticing such things ... which is highly unfortunate. Even in the realm of religion, most systems point the way to a God outside of us ... which is the furthest from the Truth. Profitable, but not Truth. 

How to Spot the Ego

The ego is difficult to see, because it hides behind opinions that appear true – our attachment to descriptions of our identity – and because we haven’t practiced looking ... we are not aware. You can get a glimpse by noticing certain thoughts, similar to those listed above.  

The easier way to spot the ego is by the trail of emotional reactions it leaves behind: Anger at a loved one, a need to be right, a feeling of insecurity in certain situations, feelings of jealousy that are unexplained, the need to impress someone, and so on. 

These emotions can be attributed to the false beliefs that comprise the ego. In the beginning it is easier to see the symptoms of resulting emotions and drama, rather than seeing that the ego has caused it.

One of the most deceptive aspects of the ego is that it generates powerful emotional reactions, and then blames us for how it made us feel. Whoa. That's crazy right? But believe it. The anger we react with comes from ego based beliefs of being right and “knowing better’ than someone else.  

Perhaps there is also a victim interpretation of betrayal or injustice underneath it all. Kind of like "why me? it's HIS fault not mine." The ego will always look to place blame outside of itself ... one someone or something else. It will not accept responsibility for it's own actions. 

After we overreact with anger we might feel badly for what we expressed. The ego shifts to a “righteous self” that “knows better” and berates us for overreacting with anger.   At the same time, it assumes the identity of being the “stupid idiot” that didn’t know any better and takes the blame for overreacting.  

All these attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs take place in the mind, and even though they are completely different, we assume all of them come from us. If they really were expressions coming from our genuine Divine Higher-Self, they wouldn’t contradict, and we would be able to stop them.

To the unaware person, it is difficult to discern the difference between what is ego and what is really them.  They are left to wonder, “What came over me that I reacted that way?”  Even their post-emotional analysis lacks the consideration to see the different parts of their belief system at work as separate from themselves. 

As a result, everything they express is blamed on “themselves” by one of the condemning voices in their head. In effect, the ego hijacks the analysis and turns it into a self-criticism/blame process. When the ego controls the self-reflection process you have no chance of seeing the root cause of your emotional dramas, as the ego reaffirms itself and hides in the self-criticism. You become trapped in the illusion.

Is the ego arrogant or insecure?

“Having an ego” or being "ego-centric" is usually associated with arrogance, and is a term used to describe someone who thinks they are better than others. Yet this is only ONE part of the ego.  

In fact, it is possible to have some positive self-esteem and some negative self-esteem ... and we are aware of these different beliefs at different times. The negative beliefs about our self make up our negative self-esteem, while our positive thoughts comprise our positive self-esteem.  Together, the negative and positive esteem forms our ego. A bit complicated. 

Quite often, these two aspects of our personality are nearly equal in magnitude and offset each other emotionally.  A person who is very hard on themselves with their inner critic may have feelings of worthlessness.  

This is a painful emotion to live with, and in order to mask the pain, they might cover it up with bravado, projecting an image of security and confidence, all the while struggling with feelings of insecurity, worthlessness and inadequacy.

Arrogance is markedly different from the confidence that doesn’t come from ego. A person can be completely confident in their ability, skill, or self-acceptance, without letting it “go to their head” and impacting their interactions with others. 

And while humility may often be mistaken for shyness and insecurity, a person of true humility is fully present and at peace with themselves and their surroundings. Confidence without arrogance, humility without insecurity, these are manners of personality that are without the self-image dynamics of the ego.

Letting Go of the Ego

Because the ego has multiple aspects, it is not practical or effective to dissolve all of it at once, nor is it likely that you could do so ... nor do we really want to. We just want to keep it in check. Lead by Spirit and not ego. Much like a tree or large bush that is overgrown in the yard, you don’t just lift it out and throw it away – you prune it ... you know, cut off manageable pieces instead.  

The same approach is effective with letting go of the false beliefs that make up the ego. You begin by detaching from individual thoughts that reinforce the ego, then let go of beliefs, separating yourself from the false identity of your ego. This is how we begin to understand the illusion. 

We have spent years. decades, building our ego self-images, living inside of them, and reinforcing them.  Extracting our genuine self out of this matrix of false beliefs will take much awareness, a bit of time, and a lot of work. 

Yes, it will take a while … so what.  It also took a while to learn to read, do math, walk, and develop proficiency at any valuable skill. Things worth doing take time and practice. Ever taken guitar or piano lessons? What better thing do you have to do than let go of what is causing you unhappiness, harm, and not just for you ... but for others around you.

Just a thought ... 

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

My thanks to the Spiritual Research Foundation and Pathway to Happiness.