Sunday, May 31, 2015

Not Knowing Something When You Should

Not Knowing Something When You Should 

Have you ever done something that you thought was helping you, but then you come to find that you're actually causing harm to yourself instead? 

What I'm talking about in this particular case is choosing to take a prescription medication for anxiety, finding out that it works to help control the anxiety, and then finding out that it's actual a very dangerous medication with a giant list of side effects (including anxiety), highly addictive, and can cause terrible withdrawal symptoms perhaps worse than what you had before you started taking it. 

Not only that, but then you find out it should be used for a very short time, and it can also cause long-term damage to your physical and mental faculties. Add to that, the fear of also being a cardiac patient, the feeling of imminent doom, and now the highly possible withdrawal symptoms ... and you have even worse anxiety and panic. 

Ativan (lorazepam) is one of the benzodiazepines, so-called tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents, which, unfortunately, can be highly habit-forming. If you stop taking the drug abruptly, you can develop the symptoms for which you were being treated: anxiety, agitation, irritability, tension, insomnia and, sometimes, convulsions. Bottom line is that it can be very dangerous.

A schedule must be devised by which you gradually reduce your dose over a number of weeks, depending on how long you've been on the drug and how large a dose you are taking daily. This will hopefully give the brain and the body sufficient time to start functioning as it once did prior to dependency on the drug. 

In short, I am torn in two directions. My anxiety was so bad that I felt I needed something to stop the panic attacks and the fear of imminent death ... yes it is that bad. When I am having anxiety, it literally feels as though I am going to die in a matter of moments. The Lorazepam stopped he panic attacks ... even though I am still having anxiety. Even though the drug has helped immensely, I now have the fear of damaging side effects and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. 

Wish me well. I'll need some positive energy coming at me to get through this. It will take upwards of 8 to 10 weeks to gently try and wean myself off the medication. If you are one of the millions out there in the same situation, please do your research and consult with your doctor about what steps you should be taking. 

Just a thought ... 

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

What Does This Satan Character Look Like Anyway?

What Does This Satan Character Look Like Anyway?

The characterization and personification of Satan is portrayed to humanity in ever changing and numerous graphic images. The diversity of the images is notable, the varied forms “Satan” has taken on through history as is depicted by the images which have been catalogued is not coincidental. 

Either these extremely varied pictures are all true to some extent and represent the “Satan” creature’s ability to morph like some kind of “shape shifter,” or there is no truth to his being a real entity. 

All the images of Satan are just many different depictions of many different imaginations that are based on imagery borrowed from ancient mythological creatures ... such as Pan. Pan being the nature demon that scared everyone. Words such as PANic and PANdemonium immediately come to mind. 

These different graphic depictions can only be mental fabrications and constructs with no real model to base them on. So too is “Satan” himself ... a mental fabrication.

The medieval period has been the most profound period of artistic depictions of what it is believed “Satan” looked like. The graphic images played a huge part in the conciousness of unsuspecting and unquestioning citizens throughout that period and assisted in setting up a belief that “satan” was a concrete being with a concrete form. 

In the book "The Devil," by Amelia Wilson, we are given an illuminating tour of the history of the Devil and the images that were developed to express what he looked like. As for the horned version of the “wicked one,” Wilson tells us that the horned God may well be the oldest deity reconized by humankind. 

Just like the fabrications of creative pagans and superstitious Christians of the past, the demons of the present day and of the New Testament period were nothing and in fact did not exist at all. In fact, the very word "demon" in the original Greek simply meant "spirit."

Although every culture put images to their concepts of their evil god, the Truth of the matter is that the pagan nations each had their own Gods to worship, but that doesn’t make them real. These are non-existent, fabrications of men’s minds and were often made into statues and idols by the very hands of men. It is these “Gods” who were known as diamons/demons by the Ancient Greeks.

Although not specifically good or bad, they were believed to be “spirit energies” but eventually the Christians of the day rejected the concept of “good spirit energies” and concluded they were evil demons.

By the time the Christian movement had swept across the Western world, our language would reflect that reversed perception, the Greek term daimones, “spirit energies,” would become in English, demons ... and considered to be evil. These demons had become Satan's little helpers. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It Can Happen To You It Can Happen To Me

It Can Happen To You It Can Happen To Me

Back in the day, one of my favourite bands, YES, recorded a song with the same title as this article. What I didn't realize at the time was the multiple meanings and implications this phrase could have, both good, and un-good.

Doesn't it seem that just when things are going well, right on track ... smooth and comfy ... some event comes along to derail the bliss and tranquility. Events like losing your job, being left by a partner, having an accident, unexpected large bills with no reserves to pay them, and ... sickness, illness, and disease.

let me assure you, no one is immune to experiencing both good and un-good in this life. All things are based upon polarity and balance. Sometimes the vibes and experiences are awesome, and sometimes they are much less than awesome. It happens. And it can happen to all of us. So how do we better prepare for the darkness while we are still in the light?

In my life, there have been countless times when this has happened. Everything from car accidents, getting fired, multiple cardiac surgeries, and everything in between. Most have been surprise events. And most times we are never prepared for these surprise events. This is why it is important to just know that they will come, and to learn to accept them as part of this life's book of experiences. Once we accept that bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people, we begin to understand the balance of the universe. 

Back in the days of black and white television, there was a control knob setting that allowed you to adjust the contrast. If you turned it all the way to white, nothing would be seen on the screen but solid white. If you turned it the other way (polarity) nothing would be seen on the screen but solid black. In short, without contrast, we wouldn't see, hear, taste, smell, touch, or be able to best utilize our non-physical gifts as well. It is the contrast, that defines the picture or experience that we are having. We can't have one without the other. So, we can't have good, without un-good ... or we would have no way of learning and knowing the difference between them. 

looking back on all the misery in my current life, I realize that I wouldn't have had all the bliss either. We have to have both. The key is to be able to be good when things are good, and to be good when things are not good. It's like a surfer riding the waves. All is energy in this universe and all are waves. Matter is not solid, but instead is vibrating energy. Once we learn that we can't flatten the wave, we learn to stay right in the pocket. We ride through the curl. It's always peaceful and quiet in the eye of the storm. So we learn to allow all the tempests and destruction to always be around us, rather than IN us. 

When we learn to accept the good with the un-good, we raise our vibration, we raise our consciousness, and we can better deal with the current speed bump. Peace begins within. And no matter what life throws at us, the best goal you can have is to be at peace within yourself. Wait it out. Don't fight it. That which you resist, continues to persist. Instead, find that place within that can give you stillness through the storms of life. Know that you CAN calm the storm, still the sea. Drop the sails, and wait it out. What goes up, must come down. On the roller coaster of life, don't waste the quiet and calm ride to the top, by worrying about what is waiting on the other side of the peak. 

Just a thought ...

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Consciousness: The Bridge Between Science and Spirit

Consciousness: The Bridge Between Science and Spirit

Today I offer a fascinating look at consciousness by Dr. Peter Russell. Enjoy ...

Growing up in England I thought I had no interest whatsoever in spirituality–I never thought I’d be speaking at places like this–or even an interest in consciousness. In my youth I was fascinated by mathematics, theoretical physics. I quit church when I was about 13, when I was brought up regular Anglican-Protestant. Which meant kind of going to church with my parents about once a month or so. That was considered enough to clear any sins we’d committed.

Then I went through the process of confirmation. First we were told the facts of life, which was wonderful. And then what we were meant to believe. I suddenly realize this thing I was chanting in church every Sunday morning, at least once a month or so, The Nicene Creed, I was actually meant to believe it. This was The Creed. This is what I actually meant to believe it. I just realized it didn’t go with what I was learning in physics. With all this stuff that had been laid down in 300 AD about what was meant to believe, the basics. And what physics was telling me about the universe–it wasn’t created about 4000 years ago, it was millions of years old and there wasn’t a heaven up there and all that stuff. So it was a choice. And I decided physics was my way, mathematics and physics. So I told my parents, "That’s it," I was quitting church. Fortunately, they were fine. They just said that’s great. And interestingly enough, when I gave an advanced copy of my new book, From Science to God, to my mother she said, "You know I never believed that stuff my self really."

So I went off to university and I was studying physics, well applied mass theoretical physics. I was actually fortunate enough to be in the same place as Stephen Hawking. He was actually my tutor for a while. He had just completed his own research. He could still walk and talk then. He had to have a stick. But his disease was only just beginning to come on and he hadn’t actually published any of his major work. It was just wonderful just sitting with him and working with him.

I had reached the stage where I could solve Shrödigner’s equation, which–for most of you unless you majored in physics–means absolutely nothing and I’m not going to try and explain it to you. But what it does signify though, which is just fascinating, is that just from pure mathematics you can start deducing the structure of the hydrogen atom, of any atom, and from that the universe starts to unfold. It’s like how mathematics underlies the universe. Then I realized there was a much more interesting question, which was ‘How come I could do that?’ Not how come I could do the mathematics, but how come there were beings in the universe that could actually begin to understand the universe and do the mathematics. I was studying hydrogen–the universe had started off from the simplest element, clear colorless gas. How did that evolve into all the other elements, into life and into beings such as myself who could actually stop and do the mathematics of hydrogen structures. So, to put it another way, ‘how had the universe become self-reflective?’, how had consciousness arisen? And how could I actually stop and ask that question and wonder how I could study hydrogen. So more and more I started getting interested in consciousness and what consciousness was doing in the universe, how it had emerged, because that was the really fascinating thing. I think Einstein had put it very wonderfully himself when he said, "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible" –the fact that we can actually understand it, how it has arisen.

Science, then and pretty much still today, didn’t want to engage with consciousness. It didn’t know what to do with consciousness. And science has ignored it, for very good reasons for it’s own part. First you can’t measure consciousness. You can’t weigh it. You can’t put a ruler up against it. You can’t time it. It doesn’t fit into the things that science likes to get a hold of and measure. You can’t put numbers against consciousness. Also, science wants to be objective. It wants to look at the objective world. The very essence of consciousness is that it’s subjective. And science tries to get rid of all that subjectivity, which is so variable. You can’t control it. Thirdly, the universe according to modern science seems to work perfectly well with out any need for consciousness. It doesn’t need to engage it. It can understand atoms and living cells and what’s happening out in space. Everything works pretty well without having to explore consciousness.

So there seems to be no need for science to explore consciousness. And yet, this is the interesting thing, consciousness is the one thing of which we are absolutely certain. And we can doubt everything else. I mean right now, who knows, it could be your brain is plugged into some virtual reality machine, which is giving you this experience. We could all be sitting in the Matrix. But even if you’re sitting in the Matrix, you’re still a conscious being having a different experience.

This was something Descartes realized 350 years ago when he said, "Cogito ergo sum"–I think, therefore I am. What he was looking for was ‘what is the absolute truth’, as many philosophers have done. And he suddenly realized whatever is absolute truth has to be beyond any doubt whatsoever. So he developed this technique of doubting things. And he sat down one evening to think what was there he could not doubt. Then he started doubting his own thinking, doubting philosophies, doubting what he was feeling. He even got as far as to doubting he actually had a body–that could be an illusion. Then he realized the only thing he could not doubt was that he was doubting and that he was thinking. And that let him to the conclusion, to this long series which was all written in Latin because that is what philosophers wrote in, the final line was ‘Because I am thinking, therefore I am.’ Am-ness was the only thing he could not doubt. He could not doubt, being-ness, consciousness.

And that’s true of us today. We cannot doubt that we are consciousness. So the most certain thing there is in our lives–our consciousness– is the one thing that science cannot explain. It’s easier to explain how hydrogen evolved into other elements–how those elements probably gathered together to form living systems, how those living systems evolved, how our bodies work. All of that is easier than explaining why we ever have one single thought, or experience, or feeling. According to science, it should all go on in the dark, so to speak. We don’t need awareness.

So that’s the big conundrum for science at the moment. Why is there consciousness in the universe? And at the moment it’s trying to account for it with quantum physics, or chaos theory. There are a lot of different theories going around. But none of them ever get down to the question of how is it that something as unconscious as matter ever give rise to something as immaterial as consciousness. That’s the big question.

Meanwhile, for thousands of years, the great mystics, saints, spiritual people, have been exploring consciousness first hand. Not trying to look at it theoretically, but getting in there, meditating, whatever, exploring consciousness. And one of the key questions has been, What is the very essence of consciousness? What is the self? What is the "I"? And this was a statement from the Delphic oracle, "Know thyself." It comes up again and again and again. What is the self, the essence of consciousness? Very simply, what is the "I"? What do we mean by "I"? I is a word that I use. I’m using it already. Many, many times I use the word. I don’t even count how many times I use it each day. We all know what we mean by "I", right. Until you come to define it. We think we know what we mean by it. I am Peter Russell. That’s just my name. I am British. That just happens to be my passport, my accent, what I identify with. But it’s not "I". I am a male. I could imagine myself being in a female body. I would have the same sense of I-ness. My thoughts, feelings, experiences, view of the world, might be quite different. But that deep sense of I-ness, I think, would be exactly the same. It’s just that I would identify with different characteristics.

I think what I mean by I-ness, what I feel is my I-ness, is exactly what everybody else feels, there’s no difference. At that deepest level we’re all exactly the same. It’s just the stuff that gets built around it is different. But at that deepest level we’re all exactly the same. And this was something actually, going back to Shrödinger–the quantum physicist. He was fascinated by the whole subject of consciousness. And he actually wrote something very beautiful about this. He was writing about the 1930s. And he said, "What is this ‘I’? You will, on close introspection, find that what you really mean by ‘I’ is the ground stuff upon which all experience is based."

So what he’s really saying is that the I-ness is consciousness. It’s that feeling of Being-ness. It’s not so much that you are a being who has consciousness. It’s that you are consciousness, period. And within all that self-identity and stuff grow up. Now what the mystics have said–and this is almost a universal statement from across all cultures, histories– is that when you get down and really start exploring the nature of the essence of I-ness, that universal I-ness, is when you come across the Divine, God, whatever you want to call it. That is the Divine.

I think one of the best statements I’ve come across is by Thomas Merton, the contemporary mystic and scholar. And Thomas Merton said, "If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence and my own present reality, the indefinable am that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep center I pass into the infinite I am which is the very Name of the Almighty." Let’s read that again because there is so much in it. "If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence and my own present reality, the indefinable am that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep center I pass into the infinite I am which is the very Name of the Almighty."

And that is something that comes up again and again. ’I AM’ is the name of God. The Ramana Maharshi said exactly that. He said, "’I AM’ is the name of God…God is none other than the self." It’s in the phrase, "Be still and know that I am God." I don’t think that means, " You, over there, be still. Stop fidgeting around and be quiet. And recognize the fact that I, over here, am the Almighty Creator of the universe. So shut up and listen to me." It doesn’t mean that at all, clearly. What it means is "Be still" –still the mind. And when the mind is completely still, and you get in touch with that essential nature of consciousness, then you know–not an intellectual understanding, but as a realization–that the sense of I AM-ness is the Divine. Be still and realize that I AM—ness is the Divine in each of us. It’s interesting, when Moses was at the burning bush and met the Great Spirit, and asked the Great Spirit to identify itself. It said, "I AM THAT I AM." The I AM-ness.

And probably one of the best statements of it is, if you go to India, some of the oldest, or the oldest scriptures we have are in the Vedas of ancient India–3-4000 years old or even older if they were handed down by word of mouth. And there you find the idea that Atman is Brahman. Atman means really the essence of consciousness. Atman is when you take away all one’s thoughts, one’s feelings, one’s experiences, one’s sense of being an individualized, localized self. When you get down below everything, when the mind is completely still, you reach that Atman–which is the universal pure consciousness. That is the same for each and every one of us. And that Atman–which is the universal pure consciousness–is Brahman, which is the source of all. We might translate that as God. The essence of self is God.

Of course, what has happened in our culture, in the past when people have woken up to this and said, "I am God," immediately classical religions have jumped on top of them. Meister Eckhart was often preaching this in his sermons, "I and God are one." Of course the Vatican jumped on top of him and said you cannot say that. You can have an experience of One-ness with the Divine, but you cannot actually say you are God because that’s blasphemy. And there were actually people burnt at the stake for saying it.

I think what we are coming to realize now, today, is that there is an absolutely profound truth in that, which is probably the essence of all spiritual teaching, all spiritual awakening. And I think that that is what science is about to open itself to. It doesn’t realize this yet. At the moment science thinks it’s studying the material world. But it’s beginning to get interested in consciousness. There are lots of conferences now on science and consciousness, and new journals and papers being published, and people talking about it. Some of you may have even been to these events.

If you look at most of the scientists are doing, they are trying to explain consciousness within the current worldview. And the current worldview says the real world is the world of matter, space, time and matter. And so they’re struggling with how does consciousness come out of that. Some people are looking to quantum physics, others are looking to chaos theory. Some people think it’s all to do with the chemicals in the brain. But they’re all stuck in this idea that consciousness has to come out of matter.

What I think, what I am proposing, is we actually skip that and say let’s just accept that consciousness is. Period. Consciousness is absolutely fundamental to the cosmos, that everything is conscious. And I don’t think that consciousness is limited to human beings. Maybe our particular mode of self-consciousness is. But we’re not really even sure of that. I mean, who knows what goes on with dolphins and whales and things. Well, I think all creatures are conscious. I mean a dog to me is clear a conscious being. It may not think like we do, or reason. But it has experiences. It seems to dream at night. In fact, if we didn’t believe that dogs were conscious, we wouldn’t give them anesthetics when we operated on them. We’d just say, "Oh, that’s just some biological reaction, all that yelping. Don’t worry." And we don’t. We feel it’s experiencing pain. So we, we protect it.

What’s happened, I think with evolution, is not that consciousness suddenly appeared on this planet or the universe. It’s always there, right from the very start. But what’s happened is, as life has evolved, and senses have evolved, and nervous systems have evolved, what manifests in consciousness–the images, if you like, that appear in consciousness–they’ve gotten richer and richer and more complex, until today we probably have the richest consciousness of any creature on the planet. I mean, in terms of sensory experience, we’re no richer than any other mammal. In fact we’re less rich. A dog hears sounds we don’t hear, and smells things we don’t smell. What we’ve added is a whole realm of understanding, perhaps emotions, a whole depth of perception that isn’t there with other animals. So we have the richest consciousness.

But we’ve also screwed things up somewhat with that. We’ve got so caught in this illusory sense of self and what we think we want in the world that we’re now actually destroying our very planet out of this misguided consciousness because we’re always wanting something else. You know a dog, if it’s got nothing to do–like this one down here–it doesn’t actually worry and get bored and start complaining that it doesn’t understand this particular thing that it’s having to go through right now. It just lies down and goes to sleep. It’s far more intelligent than us. We start wondering what’s on the television, or I haven’t read the newspaper, or let’s just go surfing the internet and see what’s actually out there.

So, if science begins to accept that consciousness is fundamental, things begin to look very different. Instead of trying to explain it, just accept that consciousness is part of the cosmos. It doesn’t threaten anything in modern science. So I want to put a big notice up for modern scientists saying, "This is no threat." Making consciousness fundamental, and stop trying to explain it, doesn’t actually threaten anything. All of physics, chemistry, biology, works perfectly well as it is. Nothing changes. It does actually change some of the problems we see in relativity and quantum physics. At the edge of physics there are various paradoxes, which come from the observer affect–it is often called. Those paradoxes aren’t so problematic when you make consciousness fundamental. I mean, it doesn’t actually change anything.

But what it does do–it’s what I find so fascinating, for what is does do when you accept consciousness as fundamental rather than trying to explain it–it open up the worldview and begins to include spirituality. It begins to make sense of what all the great spiritual teachers and saints and yogis and mystics for thousands of years have been saying in their own particular way and particular language. But, of course, we don’t fully understand it. But, actually, it begins to make sense of it.

And, in particular what I’m interested, in is how it begins to make sense of the Divine, of God. Because where you end up is with a worldview that starts saying the self and consciousness and God are actually all the same. There’s an identity there, a trinity. The self, what we mean by the self when you get down to it, is consciousness. The self is the experience, the feeling, the first person feeling-ness of consciousness. And that the consciousness is Divine. And to me that trinity parallels the Christian trinity of God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost–if we just drop some of the masculine language there. But God the Father I call God the Source, the source of everything, the Brahman. God, the Source of everything. God the Child. The Child of God. We are each a child of that. Our own consciousness is a Child of that Infinite Great Spirit, the Source of everything. We are each that Child of God. And that is the Spirit. The consciousness is the Spirit. The light that lighteth every mind. That is our essence.

Then you find that when you make that hypothesis, so many statements about God start making sense in a while new way. I find that really, really powerful. It starts impacting how we live our lives. For example, God is the truth. That’s what Descartes saw. Consciousness is the truth. The one thing we cannot deny is consciousness. It is the truth. God is omnipresent. I already said how consciousness is in everything. But it also only present with us.

You know the old phrase–I’m sure you’ve heard it–"Wherever you go, there you are." Which, on the surface level, we can interpret as "You can’t escape yourself." And your stuff–your worries, your fears, all that–you can’t run away from yourself. But it also means wherever you go, there is that sense of Being-ness. There has never been a moment where there has not been consciousness. You may have been fast asleep. You may have been dreaming, whatever. But the consciousness is there. It’s impossible to think of yourself as not being conscious, not in some way. So wherever you go, there is consciousness. Wherever you go there is the Divine with you as your essence.

What we tend to do is look outside for everything. What I want to talk a bit about this afternoon is how we get stuck in certain ways of thinking, certain modes of consciousness, which really are not only screwing up the planet, but screwing up our personal lives. And the whole of spiritual practice starts to make new sense. But what happens is we get stuck in various ways of looking at the world. But what it is that you’re looking for out there is actually within you. The peace you’re looking for is actually there. It’s always with you. The joy you’re looking for out there is actually there. It is the Divine. The love we’re looking for. I mean God is love is a statement that comes up again and again and again. That is something that is our essence.

But this is not something that we have to just understand and accept theoretically. The real challenge we are facing today is not just how we understand this. That’s beginning to happen. But how do we live it. How do we turn this into practice in our daily life, as well as expanding the worldview to include a much richer understanding of spirituality that’s relevant to the 21st century. It’s actually, how do we now understand spiritual practice. And that’s what I’m most interested in–things like prayer. How does prayer become when instead of thinking it as praying to some external being, we’re praying to our own inner most essence? That shifts. How compassion changes when we recognize that every single being is absolutely the same as us in their deepest essence.

So, I think what we are living through are the most exciting and challenging times ever–I was going to say in human history–but probably the most exciting and challenging ever in the history of this planet. It’s partly because of all the developments that are taking place–the science, the technology that there, the internet. But I think that’s small compared to what is really happening. The crisis we are facing is really a spiritual crisis. The crisis we are facing in terms of the environment, various aspects of society. It actually because we have lost sight of what the great traditions have been trying to tell us for thousands of years. We’ve gotten so wrapped up in our materialistic worldview, we’re ignoring it, or even ridiculing it. When a mystic says, "I am God," or something, science says, "That’s just clearly a deranged mind–the result of too much mediation. How can anybody seriously think anything of that."

I think what we’re opening to is realizing the profound truth to that. And that is what is needed today. And that is something happening collectively in our society. In the past it may have been an individual realized that–Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus–individuals realized that incredible wisdom and started teaching it to other people. But inevitably what happens when you start teaching it and passing it on, bits begin to get lost and bits start to get changed, bits get forgotten. It’s like taking a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy. It get worse and worse and worse and worse. That’s called truth decay. The truth just gradually decays over time.

What’s happening today is something completely different. I don’t think it’s ever, ever happened in the history of humanity. It’s happening globally. Millions and millions of people are beginning to wake up and realize that essential wisdom. It’s like we’re pulling ourselves up together. It’s not like there’s one of us who’s got it and telling everybody else. There are certainly some people who have a lot of wisdom or are enlightened–quite a few maybe. But what is really happening is this grassroots movement putting things together. And that’s what I think makes these times so exciting.

When I first started getting interested spirituality, back at Cambridge, when I sort of realized there maybe something there after all–after my ten years of atheism. I would go to the local bookstore–the second biggest bookstore in England, the one at Cambridge University–and there was this tiny shelf up in a corner. It had books on spirituality. You now go into a reasonably sized city and there’s a bookstore devoted to it. And that’s partly a reflection of the growing interest in the market. It is also a reflection of thousands and thousands and thousands of people working on their own inner awakening, coming to realizations, having experiences, writing a books on it, people reading those books, integrating that into their own worldview, growing a little bit themselves, putting out something else. You coming here today is a part of that. We are continually learning from each other. It’s a collective movement that is happening. We are gradually raising ourselves up.

I think that in the future, historians will look back on this time–2 to 3 hundred years in the future–the end of the 20th century, the beginning of the 21st century and see this as the time of the great transformation, the great awakening, or whatever they want to call it. We’re so immersed in it we don’t actually see what’s happening. But it’s something that’s actually just been happening over the last 20 to 30 or 40 years. And it’s happening faster and faster. I think this is the most fascinating thing. And science isn’t there yet. As I say, as science begins to open up to consciousness, and when it begins to accept that consciousness is fundamental, and that that is no threat to science and it’s ok to do that, it’s going to unwittingly find itself opening up to what all the great spiritual teachings have been trying to say and tell it. And that, to me, is what makes these times so exciting, that real integration of these two worlds.

Dr. Peter Russell

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Who Were You Listening To All Those Years?

Who Were You Listening To All Those Years?

As children, we are all taught what our parents, schools, spiritual leaders, family, and friends tell us. We assume these things to be true. After all, why would so many people so close to us offer lies and deceptions? The answer is pretty simple ...  they probably didn't know any better. They were just regurgitating what they had been taught.

This is why it is so very important that we investigate those things that we have been taught. Things like love, hate, entitlement, racism, etc. We are born innocent. A fresh new hard drive ready for information. Everything comes at us at high rates of speed. We are bombarded with information, lessons, directions, commands, and at the bottom of the heap ... stupid TV shows and negative lyrics in music. 

Upon reaching a certain age, we should become more inquisitive of all things. But instead, we are continuously bombarded with distractions. Constant distractions that keep us away from the real issues. The Romans invented a process called "Bread & Circus." It was basically ... keep the masses fed and entertained and we can do whatever we want right under their nose. This system is still in use today. The schools, the media, social functions, college, church, temple, mosque, work, etc. All keeping us distracted long enough so that we cannot raise our consciousness and discover our own Personal Truths that can be both empowering, and life-changing. 

Instead, we are fed a constant diet of fear and guilt. Not just by our own loving parents, but by government agencies that seek to control the masses and keep thinking and questioning to a minimum. I implore you, today is a good day to break free from the chains that bind you. Seek Wisdom and Truth. Your thoughts create your reality. Your actions help to create everyone's ultimate reality. What one person thinks and acts upon, can affect hundreds, if not thousands or more. You are a powerful creator. You are a Divine Spark of the God/Source of the universe ... and yes ... ONE person can make a difference in the world. Seek Truth, and you will find freedom and liberty like you have never known. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor ORDM., OCP., DM.

The Corrupt Church

The Corrupt Church - Religious Dogma - Ultimate Truth

I am presenting this article for the benefit of those who are seeking the Truth behind the design and history of the Christian Church, faith system, and business. It is not my intent to shatter anyone's image or faith, but I am a seeker of Truth, and what good is a faith system that is not true in it's presentation. The following article by the brilliant Adrian Cooper will present to you the Christian program from it's inception to today, with thorough explanations as to how it cam to be, and how Truth lies within the scriptures ... but you have to seek, to find it. If you're game, dig in ... here we go. 

From "Truth Contest - The Ultimate Truth"

The Bible says that Jesus came to save us, that he is mankind’s redeemer.

Was Jesus a failure? If you believe what the church believes, you have to believe that Jesus was a failure. The way the Church believes, less than one percent of mankind will go to heaven. That is failure by any measure if he came to save us.

To believe in Christianity in its current form is to believe that Jesus failed.

Current so-called Christians are saying with their beliefs that Jesus was a failure. Most people are missing this fact. They are saying Jesus can do anything, except for what he came to do. If Jesus is a failure, so is Christianity. Christians either have to admit Jesus failed or is failing to do what he said he came to do, or admit the Bible has been misinterpreted. Which is it?

The truth is, it is not Jesus that has failed mankind; it is Christianity that has failed Jesus.

Jesus saves: Jesus was supposed to be mankind’s redeemer, not just save a few devoted followers that have blind faith in a religion that makes no sense. If we begin to face the truth, it still may not be too late to save most of mankind.

The Bible says, in John 9, “Once I was blind and now I can see.”

Hidden in plain sight: Jesus in the form of the truth and life is here now, being hidden in plain sight by the devil mind. As he said, he is in spirit and truth.

Mind is always a Judas, it can never become a Christ. Judas was the most knowledgeable disciple of Jesus. All the other apostles were illiterate; he was the most cultured. And it is natural, not accidental, that he betrayed Jesus. The heady people are always betrayers: they don’t know the beauty, the grace, of love, of commitment. They are traitors — the head is a traitor. Osho

New Pharisees: The church of today is just as closed-minded as the Jewish religion when Jesus lived. It is doing the same thing they did by not accepting the things that Jesus said. They are not seeing and accepting the second coming of Jesus because of their inflexible dogma. Nothing has changed.

Saved: You are no longer blind and can now see the truth. Just forget what you thought the truth was, just realize it was a deception of the mind, and you will begin to see what Jesus came to show mankind, and you will be saved.

Everyone is waiting for a savior, when you need to savior (save your) self.

Make sense: Preachers are always trying to make sense out of their beliefs. In doing it, they are acknowledging that it is important for the truth to make sense, and are indirectly saying that the truth needs to make sense to be true. The problem is, no matter how hard they try, the current interpretations of what Jesus and other prophets have said do not make sense, no matter how many ways you twist it around. The new interpretations do make sense and are self-evident.

Truth will have no gods before it. The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed. Friedrich Nietzsche

The interpretation of the sayings of Jesus that make sense should supersede the interpretations of Jesus that do not make sense, because that makes sense.

The past is the past: The people that believed in a religion in the past and believe in them now have not done anything wrong. Most of them have done the best they could do with the information they had to work with, but now they have new information. It is just like it was when Jesus came the first time.

It is a new day: Now that you can know the truth, you have to acknowledge it and change accordingly, or you will be lost. You will be committing a mortal sin.

There are no longer any excuses for believing in a myth.

Jesus made sense: Everything that Jesus truly said is simple and makes sense. The truth always makes sense. The best way to know what Jesus really said and did not say is to give it the common sense test. It is pretty simple; if a person or even a child with average intelligence cannot understand it, it is not something Jesus would say. If it takes a scholar to explain it, it cannot be the truth, because Jesus said the child-like (babes) and the uneducated can understand it. The truth has to be simple to be for everyone.

Believing in myths: Many people believe in one of the many different religions, because they just want to fit in and go along with everyone else. It is tradition, part of the culture, so they think it must be true. People have the need to be part of something, be in an old and accepted social group. It is mostly monkey see monkey do, the need to belong and be in a group, just like monkeys.

To admit a belief merely because it is a custom - but that means to be dishonest, cowardly, lazy! - And so could dishonesty, cowardice and laziness be the preconditions for morality? Friedrich Nietzsche

Many get involved with religious myths just because they do not know what the real truth is. They cannot just believe death is the end; they subconsciously know it is not the end. It's not that people believe in a mythical God so much as that they cannot live life without believing in something besides what they see.

Worship: What they really have is hope that if they worship, praise, pray, make offerings, and tell this imaginary God how great he is, this imaginary, invisible, egotistical God may turn out to be real or become real, and save them from all the horrors of this world. The tragedy is the opposite is going to happen.

No choice: People look around and see the magic of life and say this cannot all just happen by chance, and they are right. Religion offers an explanation that goes past death, and until recently, nothing else did. It was the only game in town, so it naturally grew and became a big part of human culture.

Hammer or nail: In the past, you had to choose between being the hammer or the nail. Naturally, most people would choose to be the hammer, even if the beast was holding it, especially if the beast was holding it. Just recently, science has offered people another choice, but it is cold and incomplete. Science and religion have been the only two choices people have had, so they had to choose one, even though neither gives people the ultimate truth that they are seeking.

New choice: This book offers a third option for the first time. It is new revelations of the truth that are a combination of science, religion, art, philosophy, past and present, common sense, and everything else that reveals the truth. With the new truth, you do not have to be the hammer or the nail. You can be something much more, and you can get rid of the hammer and nail altogether.

Everyone can be right: For the first time, people have a third choice that incorporates the others, a choice that does not require them to give up their current belief system. It says everyone is right, if you know how to see the truth. It has to be the way, because any other way would cause conflict, not peace. It also makes sense and gives people a complete picture of the ultimate truth. You do not have to give up religion and science to embrace the third way; you get into them more. You get into everything more. The present encompasses everything.

It is all true. If you know what the truth is, you can see it in everything.

Mine the truth: The fact is that not all the written truth or mind truth is found in one place. Bits and pieces, nuggets of truth, can be found in the words of different prophets, philosophers and poets. The richest deposits are found in religions. You have to sift through a lot of waste to find the nuggets and put them together to get a complete picture. It’s why Jesus says you have to seek to find it.

The truth is forcing us to come together: It is a very good thing that the truth is not all in one place. It is no coincidence that the truth is spread out in all the different cultures of the world. It forces us to unite to get the complete picture, and we have to unite for there to be peace on earth. The collective unconscious, or Holy Spirit if you prefer, knows what it is doing. It gives us all a real chance.

The easiest way to know what the truth is and what it is not, is to understand that if it does not include everyone, it cannot be the truth. The so-called Christians of today exclude everyone except themselves from heaven. They believe everyone except themselves are going to burn in hell. According to their belief system, all Jews, Muslims, Hindus and most of the rest of the world are going to burn in hell forever. It means that Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln are burning in hell right now, just because they did not believe as they do. They also say that the God they believe in is a God of mercy that loves everyone.

This is why it is the message and not the messenger that is important. If a prophet’s message is interpreted correctly, it will include everyone and benefit everyone. If people worship the messenger, there are different ones, so you cannot help but misinterpret the message. It will lead to conflict and war.

The Bible says that the church exists to bring forth the ideal man.
If this is why the church exists, it has not accomplished its mandate yet. The reason it has not is because it has been misinterpreting the Bible and prophets.

The church: The myths in the Bible were created in the same way the Greek, Egyptian, and all the other God myths where created. In addition to wishful thinking and creative story telling, people who wanted wealth and power motivated the creation of myths. Example: organized religions in Europe around the middle ages only promoted myths that would help them get and keep power over people. If people knew God was in the present and they did not need a priest or the church to get to heaven, they would not have any power over them.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Seneca

Constantine 312 AD: When the Roman emperor Constantine made Christianity legal and the favored religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity became a political tool. Because it did, it became the most successful religion in Europe.

The Council of Nicaea 325 AD: Constantine and the council of Nicaea created the Bible (the canon) and Christianity. The Bible is not just one book or the only Christian book as many people think. It is sixty six different smaller books that came from different times and places, and they were just put together. There were hundreds of different books in the second and third century about what Jesus said, and they were all competing with each other until the council picked what they wanted and systematically got rid of the competitors.

They did not pick the books that were included in the Bible by the evidence. They were chosen by popularity and what helped the people picking them most.

This book puts together the truth from all the books and fills in the blanks.

All the books: I have drawn on the other early Christian books as much as the Bible. This book puts the truth found in all the books together for the first time.

When the church joined with the Romans, they officially sold out Jesus.

We cannot be sure anything that happened before Constantine really happened, because they systematically destroyed evidence of anything that did not support the new form of Christianity they created. They destroyed any documents and people that contradicted them. From then on, Christianity was set in stone. Example: Most of the original apostles of Jesus were supposed to have been tortured to death without recanting their belief. Christians say “why would they have done that if the story of Jesus was not true?” They are right, they would not have, but that was supposed to have happened before Constantine and the Council, so we do not know what anyone really did.

When Jesus was sent to the cross, no one stood up and risked their lives to save him, but people years after his death were supposed to have given up their lives.

They say that thousands were martyred without recanting their beliefs. That just does not ring true. In real life, most of them would have recanted, even if they really believed. Torture can make most people say anything the torturer wants them to say. The torturer will say they recanted, even if they do not, to save their job, but we do not see that in the official record. That means the records have been doctored and sanitized, as the CIA would say. They cooked the books.

Jesus may have recanted for all we know. The Romans and the Jews would have said he did, even if he did not, just to justify what they did to him. We will never know, because the records have been destroyed, doctored and sanitized over the years by people like Constantine, the council of Nicaea, and the other people involved in the corrupt, early church.

Thrown to the lions: Most Christians believe many martyrs were thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. It is just a myth. There is no record of it ever happening. The Romans did a lot of bad things, but they did not feed Christians to lions.

Propaganda: It is called propaganda, and it is standard for new rulers to change and manipulate the truth to support the people in power. After Constantine, there was almost nothing in the official record to contradict the state approved story of Jesus. Any competing stories of what Jesus said were changed or destroyed along with the people that believed in them. They were the enemies of Jesus before Constantine, and after, they were still the enemies of the truth and the life, but now they had the church on their side. They said there were no other competing doctrines, that there was only the one that is currently in the Bible. It wasn’t until just recently that we knew other gospels even existed.

When power hungry, ruthless and immoral megalomaniacs like Constantine start using myths to get and keep power over other people, a myth can turn into a mainstream religion. That is how Christianity became what it is today, and it is still being used as a political tool to create wealth and power.

People will say that people will not lie and make up things about God, but the evidence says that is all they do. If they did not, how were the Greek, Egyptian, and all the other God myths created? Someone has to be making things up.

The Church sold its soul to the devil when it got in bed with Rome. They joined with the Romans that crucified Jesus, and Peter, their founder.

Think about it; the stories of the Bible are about the struggle of the righteous, peace-loving believers in Jesus against the evil brutal Romans. They were the devil. The 666 in Revelation is a reference to Nero, an emperor of Rome in early Christian times. The Romans tortured and killed Jesus and then they become the Holy Roman Church. The Christians joined with the beast; it is a historical fact.

It was not as if Constantine was converted to the ways of Jesus. He was not into peace and love. He was one of the most ruthless and brutal emperors. He even killed his own children and a wife. He just used the religion as a political tool.

Like most religious things, the Bible is backwards and upside down. People are thinking Genesis is about something that happened a long time ago, and it is about what is happening now. Revelation is supposed to be about now and the near future, when it is mostly about the beginning of Christianity and nonsense.

Most of both books and the rest of the Bible are misinterpretations, or meant for people that lived in the past. Trying to find truth where it does not exist is just a deception to distract people from the real truth that the books contain.

I am not saying that all Catholics are the devil now. I am a Catholic, and I love the religion, but the truth is the truth, and what happened in the past happened.

Spiritual people do not let the past defile the present. The past has passed.

Everything that happened in the past, no matter how bad, had to happen for us to be where we are now. I would not be writing this book if I had not spent all that time in catechism classes. The past is the past, and it must be kept in the past.

You have to keep in mind that people in the past could not know the truth.

The church of the past was controlled by men that did not know the truth, but believed they did. This turns the beast loose, and no one was more brutal or corrupt than the early church. It has been a long, bumpy road to get to the truth.

When you look at all the big, expensive castles and cathedrals built in middle age Europe, you can see that the royal families and churches divided all the wealth between themselves. The people that had to build them and pay for their wealthy lifestyle lived in crushing poverty. It was like the church and royals were in a competition to see who could spend the most of the poor folks' money. They were in a competition to see who had the biggest and most expensive buildings, and who could dress in the most gold.

The kings wore a crown; the pope wore three, one on top of another.

I do not know which was worse or more power hungry, the popes and bishops, or the kings and noblemen. They were both into conspicuous consumption at the expense of the people they were supposed to be helping.

In addition to taking their hard-earned money, their freedom, and misleading them, the church often took their lives. The church killed and tortured people in holy wars, purges and inquisitions. The holy inquisition burned at the stake over seventy thousand people, mostly poor women who the church said were witches. They could not have done it without the myths and the people that believed in them. Myths are the most dangerous things that exist.

The church that created and interpreted the Bible that most people say they believe in was so corrupt that they were selling passes to heaven. They were called indulgences, and a rich person could buy one and have his sins forgiven.

The church was so corrupt that Martin Luther started the protestant religion in protest of the corruption. It is impossible for any big organization that needs money to function to not be corrupted over time, unless they know the truth.

Jesus said that you have to separate the wheat from the chaff. Jesus is saying that you have to separate the truth from the deception.

Clean house: The truth is actually in the Catholic religion in spite of all the early corruption, but like all religions, they need to clean house, so to speak. They need to separate the wheat from the chaff, the truth from the deception, as Jesus said.

The church now is not responsible for what happened in the past, but they need to acknowledge the truth now that it has been revealed and can be known.

Jesus said, "A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit.”
The Catholic church says that the canonized version of the Bible is the only legitimate source of the truth of Jesus. Jesus is saying in the quote above that the canonized version of the Bible is not good fruit. The Bible contains most of the ultimate truth, but because of the corrupt people that put it together, it is not as good or as complete as it could have been. To say it in a Bible-type metaphor, it is like an apple missing a few bites. Knowledge is missing; it is incomplete.

When and if the Christian Church wakes up, they will realize that many of the gospels that were not included in the Bible contain things that Jesus said that are essential to understanding his message.

Power of the church: The Catholic religion is the original and was the only Christian church until about five hundred years ago. Because of the corruption, they lost many of their followers. Many other Christian churches were created starting with the Protestant religion. It then splintered even further into countless other off-shoots, such as the Methodists, the Baptists, the Mormons, etc. This division has weakened Christianity.

Divide and conquer: That is what the devil/mind has done to Christianity.

When the Catholic Church wakes up and sees the light, most other Christian churches will come back into the fold, so to speak, because Christians need to unite to fulfill their purpose and change this world into a heaven. The Bible says, thy kingdom come on earth in Matthew 6:10.

The Shepherd: Jesus, the good Shepherd, is going to bring his flock back together. Christians have strayed away from each other and will come together.

Democracy: When the Catholics and other religions wake up and see the truth, they will put the past behind them. They will keep most of their old traditions and rituals. They will melt together and keep the rituals and traditions that serve the truth, and drop the ones that do not. They will still have leaders, but the church will become more democratic, and what stays and what goes will be voted on by all Christians. Jesus (the truth and the life) will be the true leader.

The other gospels: The things Jesus said that were not included in the Bible are the key to seeing the light, and I use many of them in this book. A Bible created by the misguided and corrupt church of that time cannot be trusted to be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. There are at least fifty other gospels that were not included in the official church-approved Bible (the canon).

The early Church under Emperor Constantine and his mother tried, but did not manage to find and destroy all the banned sayings of Jesus. Search the Internet for the Gospel according to Thomas, Peter, Judas, Mary “Q,” and you’ll see many things Jesus said that were not included in the canonized version of the Bible. These other Gospels contain some things Jesus said that were banned from the official Bible, because they reveal you can be with God in the present and you do not need the church to do it. The truth is, we do need the church, if it wakes up.

The Church believes in a book created by an evil Roman Emperor, not God.
Like the included gospels, the other gospels have also been distorted, edited and misinterpreted. Much of it is not what Jesus said or meant, but they reveal more than just the church approved Bible. You have to seek the truth in life.

The tree of life is not corrupt, so its fruit is complete, perfect, good fruit.
Recognizing the truth: Once you begin to wake up, you will be able to see the distortions and misquotes in the Bible and other religious writings. A spiritual being recognizes the truth and deception when they see it. You will know what Jesus would say and would not say, know what he would do and would not do, because the mind of Jesus will be in you, and it is what you would say and do if you were living in the same time and place Jesus did.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

Adrian Cooper - excerpted from The Ultimate Truth

Effortless Affirmations And The Vast Wasteland of TV

Effortless Affirmations And The Vast Wasteland of TV

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Witness Within

The Witness Within

Today I had a metaphysical session with Dr. Dylan Rumley who has been assisting me to find the source and trigger for my anxiety and panic attacks. I was referred to her by Shaman Jon Rasmussen. I reached out to Shaman Jon as a result of working here in Orlando with Dr. Romie Mushtaq. All of these brilliant and gifted people have helped me tremendously. 

What Dylan discovered in today's session was, among many things, that there was something that was said or something that happened during my actual cardiac surgery procedure that my subconscious mind and cellular memory had stored and has proven to be unsettling. Although I was under anesthesia, my mind, brain, body, and all it's sensory functions remained fully operative, as they should. I was just not aware of what was being perceived.

Apparently, what the subconscious had witnessed was disturbing enough to spark the use of anxiety and panic as a way to get my attention. This is the subconscious mind's way of saying "you gave up your control of your body to someone else and they didn't handle it properly." They did not treat you with the respect and honour that they should've. Somewhere along the way, I had become body inventory and the fact that I was a human being with a life, family, hopes, and dreams had somehow become irrelevant. 

Not all the hospital staff were involved in this but it was enough to trigger my subconscious to lead a revolt into my conscious awareness to get my attention. And so it did. Looking back on my experience, after the surgery I spent 15 days in ICU in excruciating pain  around the clock. Morphene, Oxycodone, and multiple other pain killers might as well have been M&M's. I can remember looking at the nurses station with my eyes begging for some type of relief. They had no answers for me. 

Little did I know that months later, the anxiety and panic symptoms that would manifest would be so bad, that it would make me rather have the surgical pain. I write this article as a warning to you. Do not give up control of your physical body to anyone without being absolutely sure of what is being done, by who, and whether or not it is needed. Your body and your subconscious mind will remember things your conscious mind cannot know. Listen to the voice within ... the Witness to all that you experience. Then, and only then can you make a wise decision. 

Just a thought ... 

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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Truth About Christian Charity

The Truth About Christian Charity

Do not misconstrue what I am presenting in this article. I am not attacking Christianity or the Christian Church. It is my intent to present information that you may not know in an effort to wake up Americans to the fact that children and their parents and relatives, friends and communities, around the world are starving, unsheltered, and do not have clean water to drink. 

The very basis of Christianity according to Biblical scripture is love and compassion for your fellow human beings. We are all children of God/Source and are, as humans, deserving of a dignified and non-suffering existence here in this life. This would be not only possible, but easily accomplished if churches did not hoard their money, and also pay exorbitant salaries to their Pastors, support multiple residences and multiple Lear Jets, etc.  

Thousands of children die every day. This is NOT natural, and it is not what we should allow as fellow humans. There is enough food, supplies, medicine, shelter, clean water, and clothing for every man, woman, and child on this planet if everyone did their part. Just as a reminder ... "Jesus" said: "whatever you do for the least of these, it is as if you did it to me." 

Please consider the following facts when deciding where to donate your money and who to support monetarily in this big business of religion in America. And if you think me to be too harsh, then so be it. My heart is broken when I see people digging through dumpsters for a bite to eat, sleeping in newspapers under bridges, and begging for their next meal. And in foreign lands, some places have no one to beg from. They are ALL destitute and dying.  

"Because the churches are tax-exempt, the average citizen pays an additional $925.00 a year in taxes to support them." 

"According to the Internal Revenue Service, church donations total over 19 BILLION dollars a year. "This does not include profits from businesses, stock holdings, bond holdings, retirement centers or lease back arrangements." 

"The Mormon Church alone collects at least $4.3 billion a year from its members and another $400 million from its many business enterprises purchased with tax-exempt donated money. " 

"The churches own 81 billion dollars' worth of tax-exempt real estate in Texas and $1.3 billion in Los Angeles county alone. Consider the prime real estate owned by them in New York City, Chicago, Boston, in every state - the amount involved is staggering." 

"Every tax dollar that the church avoids paying, you as an individual tax payer must make up." 

Growing in power and ownership, the Christian churches own 20-25% of all the real estate in America.

-Taken from "The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You To Read" - Tom C. Leedom, editor 1993

Please stand up and make changes in your places or worship. Demand that goodness and love and compassion is spread to every human being in this world. If you do not think your donations are well-spent ... then leave. Find another worthy charitable organization that can feed the world ... and actually do the work mankind was commissioned to do. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor ORDM., OCP., DM. 

Hunger Hurts And Leads To A Slow And Painful Death

Hunger Hurts And Leads To A Slow And Painful Death

Remember, you should be doing something to stop it. In my nearly 60 years on this terra-firma, I have learned that regardless of your stance on birth control, abstaining from sex and as a result procreation ... it is our right to replenish our species and it is our responsibility to the WORLD as fellow human beings to make sure that EVERYONE has food, shelter, and clean water at the very least.

The world governments who allow this type of suffering or even CAUSE these atrocities are disgraceful and shameless ... evil incarnate. And the multi-billion dollar Empire of Religion is no better. Silk and satin robes, precious jewels, gold, silver, and platinum bling. Billions is gold bricks in the Swedish banks and other financial institutions. An even bigger shame on you.

You profess the love of God and your Christ yet you sit by in Mansions hoarding wealth all the while these children die by the thousands every day. You disgust me. It's time for humanity to wake up from their slumber and take matter into our own hands.

Kick the crooks out of office, boycott the church and religious system ... choke off their money supply. We are 7 billion strong. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

There are actually people on this planet that wipe their ass with gold-leaf embroidered toilet paper. You too disgust me. Enjoy your wealth, enjoy your celebrity, enjoy your business accomplishments ... but how many will show up at your funeral because of your love and compassion for mankind?

I will actually be surprised and amazed if anyone even reads this post. But I write it anyway. There is enough of everything for everyone on Mother Earth. Make it happen. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE. Rant over, that is all.

Just a thought ...

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

 

 

Comparing The Gnostic Christ With The Biblical Christ

Comparing The Gnostic Christ With The Biblical Christ

The Gnostic Christ and the New Testament Christ are not the same thing at all. Gnostism was the original Christian faith. The "Christos" was, and is ... the the "light within" (our Divine consciousness) that leads us to all truth. It was called the Divine Spark within us all that awakened us from our sleep. In the New Testament it became the Holy Spirit who then was a later addition to complete the three-parts of the Christian Trinity. The original Trinity was Father. Mother, Child.

The Gnostics had nothing to do with the Jewish Old Testament books as they felt they were forgeries and plagiarisms of earlier pagan philosophies. Today, one would find it very difficult to prove they any of the Biblical scriptures are real because of a complete lack of historical evidence.

It is a house of cards. The Old Testament writings were used by the Hebrews for power and control by the priest hierarchy. The trouble is that Christians have been so conditioned by the churches ... as to accept that the Old Testament is the true word of God, that church Christians will go on emotional overload if you dare to critically judge the texts.

The Gnostics always wrote scriptures using allegories to illustrate higher levels of thought and learning. In those times of scripture writing, allegorical writing was at it's pinnacle and was very popular. Many times apocalyptic ... surface stories with hidden messages and Truths.

Christos to the Gnostics was not a real person, but instead that small still voice inside (the Divine) that leads us to all Truth. Many decades ago, a small band of stubborn literalists taught and demanded that Christos was a real historical person, and they worked night and day to preach this false message.

They really got nowhere until Emperor Constantine showed favour on the literalists and made this new anti-Gnostic Christianity a state religion to unite the empire under one Holy Universal (Catholic in Greek) Church.

As a result of the First Council of Nicea in 325CE, Jesus was turned in to a real historical person thus making him a literal man on earth. But if he was to be real, Jesus then needed a physical past. This is where the four Gospels come in. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Only in Justin Martyr, writing in the 150's, do we find the first identifiable quotations from some of the early Gospels, though he calls them simply "Memoirs of the Apostles," with no names. And those quotations usually do not agree with the texts of the canonical versions we now have, showing that such documents were still undergoing evolution and revision. Always being revised and changed.

More than a century after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus, the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John suddenly appear out of nowhere and are used to prove that Jesus was a real historical person, because there was no other reliable sources that could be used as proof.

Mind you, there is also no proof whatsoever that the Apostles of Christ did in fact write them. The churches demand that we must have blind faith that the gospels are not the words of men, but the infallible literal word of God. Yet God/Source is Spirit and cannot therefore write in a physical world. Also, "God" would not leave behind controlling demands for his little mice with a "do as I say or else" attitude. Not if he is in fact the great teacher and architect of what, or is what we call the Universe.

Problem is, that the Disciples of Christ as depicted as illiterate fishermen that could not possibly have written the gospels nor expressed the concepts in highly educated language as seen in the gospels. Not just that, buy they could not have created the beautiful English prose of the King James that was handed over to Sir Francis Bacon to "Shakespeare-ize" it for everyone. To ... "pretty it up" so to speak. To give the King James of 1611 a feel and sound of beautiful Olde English. And, by the way in the original 1611,. the letter "J" had yet to be invented.

Also where did these disciples go for at least 150 years? If Jesus wanted his message written down, the disciples would have been writing everything down on scripts as he spoke. The four gospels were complete forgeries. Why I say this is because almost every action and saying of Jesus was rehashed from the other savior gods of the past.

They too died on crosses for the sins of the world and had done many miracles long before Jesus appeared. But all these scriptures had hidden within them spiritual Truths layered under fables and stories. If you wish more information on these man-god saviors born of virgins, there are numerous websites and publications that further discuss the truths.

Rome was falling apart and suffered massive uprisings from the Hebrews who worshiped Yahweh (Their Mountain God and God of war), and considered Rome to be idol worshipers that had to be put down and slain.

In the 66 revolt, over a million Hebrews had died and by 74 CE Titus and his Roman Military Forces had completely destroyed the temple and brought it to the ground in Jerusalem (The South Country of Judea/Judah). The Nation of Israel, had ended. Forever. Today's State of Israel, is not yesterday's Nation of Israel.

Rome needed to unite the entire Empire or cease to be. Times had become desperate. Constantine was a clever ruler who created a state religion called Christianity. Religion was a fast way to gather to rabble, commoners, slaves, and uneducated under a central system of control. This would become a "Universal" (Catholic in Greek) religion that would unite the entire empire, by liberalizing esoteric Wisdom and Myth and anthropomorphizing these ancient stories in to one real man whom they created and in Nicea in 325CE. Ieusus Christos.

From the Hesus of the Druids and Horus of Egyptian lore (son of Isis and Osiris), and the Krishna of Hindu lore. Later, through mistranslations and invented letters, he became known as Jesus Christ in English. Even though the name never existed. In Hebrew it would've been Yeshua or Yehoshua Moshiach/Moshia/Messiah ... the Greek word Christos meaning the same as Messiah in Hebrew. "Anointed one. or King."

Then Constantine's Bishops would gather together and vote on which books were to be canonized and placed in an official Roman approved Bible. After all, sacred books that were not approved by the Roman Catholic church were destroyed and their owners and many believers were rounded up and put to death in the name of God. It turned out to be a holocaust against all Gnostic Christians at the time. Also, remember ... this was the "Authorized" King James Bible, When something is "authorized" ... it simply mean written by them. So this King James Bible, was "authorized" or written by him. It is HIS story.

What is interesting about Christianity is that it was built on a literal "Jesus" who never existed as a real person. He was a conglomerate concept of Truths having had flash wrapped around them. The main proof offered for this are the four gospels that contain the life and times of Jesus.

The problem is that the gospels are copies of copies of copies with the original scrolls long gone. Now out of the thousands of copies, no two completely agree with each other. You had scribes, (copyists), constantly removing or adding text to suit their on beliefs. This was a real problem since none of the gospels could be compared to the originals and be corrected.

"The differences among the manuscripts have become great, either through the negligence of some copyists through the perverse audacity of others; they either neglect to check over what they have transcribed, or, in the process of checking, they make additions or deletions as they please."

-Origen, early church father

"Some believers, as though from a drinking 'bout, go so far as to appose themselves and alter the original text of the gospel three four or several times over, and they change it's character to enable them to deny difficulties in face of criticisms."

-Against Celsus 2.27

In 1945 the Gnostic gospels were found in clay vases in the Nag Hammadi dessert. Because they were hidden away from the Vatican for thousands of years, they act as a time capsule of the original Gnostic faith and show a completely different Jesus than has been presented by the Vatican Powers of Rome.

In fact, the name Christ, never occurs in the Nag Hammadi Codices, nor does the name Jesus. Rather, there is a recurring code: Coptic XC or XRC (translated CHS or CHRS) and IC or HC (translated IS).

For instance, in The Tripartite Tractate (117.10) you find HC in Coptic, and the translators modify this to H(COY)C, "Esous," then translated into the name Jesus. You can see how far scholars must go to manipulate the codes and make them fit a preconception.

Most Gnostic texts use the terms "the Saviour," the "Lord" and the "Revealer," with no specific mention of Jesus or Christ at all. Scholars who come from a Christian background and consider the NHC to be early Christian writings routinely decode XRC as Christ, or sometimes as Chrest, and IC as Jesus. There is, however, no clear or firm basis for this convention.

I am convinced that these codes do not refer either to "the Christ" of Saint Paul or the "historical Jesus" of the New Testament. The codes are used precisely to avoid those identifications. The term "the living Jesus" found in the NHC refers to an inner guide or psychic entity, not a historical person ... a spiritual principle and inner guidance.

To Gnostics "the living Jesus" indicated a spiritual force that does not die, hence it could not be a real human person. Jesus Christ in the NT says things that would never have been said by a Gnostic initiate. His words and acts are inconsistent with an illumined teacher from the Mysteries. The Gnostic Christos is not the Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, in the theology of John and the churches rewritten and revised works of Paul.

Isn't it interesting how Rome invents a new religion that is totally compatible with the Roman Empire. There is not one word of rebuke towards Rome, the butcher of Christians in the New Testament. In fact Jesus supports Rome by instructing all believers to pay taxes to Rome. He also tells his followers to turn the other cheek and be submissive to government.

Note also that Jesus is so well liked by Pilot the Governor of Judea, that he washed his hands of guilt in the crucifixion of Christ in this story. Note too how the new religion of Christianity began to incorporate the Old Testament by saying that Christ was the incarnation of the Hebrew God Yahweh. So how could the Jews fight against Rome now when Rome was now a brother in Christ? A brilliant scheme to say the least.

Once all opposition to Christianity was exterminated, Rome had hoped that all the Hebrews and literalist Christians could now hold hands and united under the Roman empire. And soon they would have their own Bible, that now incorporated both the Old Testament scriptures ... that the Gnostics felt were fabricated with the New Testament. But that was not a major problem since most Gnostic Christians and all of their writings were destroyed and murdered inorder to make room for the new state religion.

Christian Gnostism pre-dated Roman Christianity and was the original faith. It was free of all Zionistic based beliefs that have destroyed the moral fiber of the world since, and has created a global banking system that has plunged the world into slavery, war, and poverty.

In the time of the Old Testament Yahweh was the war god of the Hebrews ... particularly when they became monotheistic from their original polytheistic ways. The nice loving God(s) "EL," or Elohim were shoved aside for the Mountain and War God YHVH - Yahweh/Jehovah.

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel."

-Numbers 25:4

Then Yahweh comes in the flesh (as this guy Jesus) and says the opposite. We are told to love all our enemies and give them all big hugs in Jesus' name. Why do people not see the hypocrisy here? You cannot have it both ways.

Also how can the son represent the father when he preaches the total and complete opposite of what his father stands for, and that is war and extermination. Hebrews exterminated non-Hebrews, then the Christian Romans picked up the ball and started up again the same extermination doctrine ... by the millions.

Today the Zionist Jewish (converts to Judaism from Khazaria) banking system has a choke-hold on the Vatican so the residing power today is the Zionist regime and powerhouse of the Crown Temple and the Black Pope and Jesuits.

Needless to say they control all the churches and religions. They get mankind to war over man-made doctrines and exercise all power and control over them through religion and doctrines ... keeping them enslaved to their religious system rather than freeing them to the spiritual Truths of ancient Pagan Wisdom. Believe one wrong doctrine and you will burn and scream in the lake of fire forever. Talk about mind control. Talk about fear programming. The two thieves on either side of the cross were fear and guilt ... thieves ... robbing us of our spiritual lives.

Is this God our loving father? The greatest enemy to the Global Elite is free thinking Gnostics that think for themselves and do not submit to any religious institution. In other words they can't be controlled and told what to think and when to think. Gnostics (those who know) seek higher levels of knowledge about God and are not easily changed with responses like, "Oh forget all that other stuff. It's all Satan's deception. Just focus on the love of Jesus"

Gnostic Christians do not have a need to convert others to their religion because they have none. They have long realized that people who seek God have different life experiences and learn at different speeds. Gnostic knowledge becomes the wind in our sails that drives us on to greater and deeper truths of our understanding of God. We are set free from the church chains a spiritual doctrines of darkness.

Since we are all born God's children, we need not worry about having the "right doctrine" to be saved from something. God's children are here not to be "saved" but to learn from the Father/Source. If we are children of God (the begotten), then at death we go on to higher levels of ascension while the evil doers go to lower levels ... and then come back and try again.

This is what Grace is. It's a do-over, not a prayer before dinner. Salvation is in us. It is the small still voice that leads us unto all Truth ... a re-member-ance. We have no need of dead writings and dead churches. The Christ (Divine Spark) is in us, leading us in our physical journey of spiritual growth and personal revelation. Each on our own path of discovery. There are many paths lead to the top of the mountain.

Rome gave birth to the literal Christianity and the fruits of it became rancid and brought about the Dark Ages of religious control and death. You shall know them by their fruits ... their own book says it ... and when church literalists came to power, mankind was put into a deep spiritual sleep. A coma. And most still slumber in illusion rather than choose to wake in Truth. The blue pill, or the red pill?

Where the people are set free, is when they break free of controlled thinking and realize that God speaks to us though our spirits within, and not dead scrolls, that have all been edited, plagiarized, and forged. It is the Christos/Christ in us speaking and guiding us to full empowerment.

What Gnostics get rebuked for is that they do not believe that Jesus was God in the flesh on the earth which is the foundation of literal Christianity. If you do not believe this, then you are sent to a fiery lake of fire where you will scream and squirm in pain for eternity. This for the crime of not choosing the right doctrine. Is this a God of love? Literalists say that God did not create hell for mankind, so why is mankind sent there? The Truth is ... and you'll find it here:

"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)

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 individual. This awakening happens while we are still yet in the flesh.

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

So is it important to believe Jesus came in the flesh. Outside of debatable scrolls, there is no evidence for a historical Jesus who was the ONLY God in the flesh. I know many men that came to know a hero personally ... and fashioned their lives around a hero man they followed.

This hero stood for Truth, honesty, and justice, and had a huge impact on the lives of young boys. This man was a great hero of his day and served as an example for all mankind. So who was this great man? It was a fictional character known to comic readers as Superman. He greatly impacted my life as a child ... from comics, to TV, to movies. Ask the boys that grew up with him if it is important that he was a fictional character. Shall these boys who are now men rebuke all moral lessons that they learned and fashioned their lives after because Superman was not a real person? The moral messages remain true regardless.

In the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament it says "Thou not Steal." Do we really need stone tablets to tell us something we already know from the voice within us? If we should fail, do we need a religious hierarchy to enforce rebuke and punishment on us for such failure. Or do we pick ourselves up, repent (turn around and fly right), and move on beyond it having learned our lesson?

Is it knowledge that saves us? Certainly not. Let one who has all answers and knows all things please feel free to correct me. We are Spirit trapped in flesh (Soma/Sema to the ancient Greeks) growing and maturing inside for the final day of release much like a butterfly breaking free of its cocoon. We are in our chrysalis, in darkness, waiting to be freed.

As we are awakened we realize that we are different and do not fit in with the rest of the world and we begin to seek God as never before. People today need to break free from there cocoon churches and be led by the spirit within. Just as the Monarch butterfly can never return to the caterpillar that it once was. It is a metamorphosis, not just a transformation.

"Do not conform to the patterns (archetypes) of this world, but be transformed (a metamorphosis from the original Greek) by the re-new-ing of your mind."

-Romans 12:2

We hold that Salvation is not a matter of belief. Salvation is the outcome of a process of inner unification and transformation where our consciousness is withdrawn from our ego, and centered on the awakened Spirit within us ... and within everyone. The Spirit within has eternal life because it is the substance and essence of God/Source; the living light.

We grow up in the world while we are developing our ego. The ego acts as the interface between us and the world and is the chief interpreter of our experience in the world. The ego is a function of the physical body and derives its energy and life from the body.

When physical death is experienced, the life force of the spirit is withdrawn from the body. The ego no longer has a source of energy. The ego then weakens and fades away leaving only the sleeping spirit. All awareness and consciousness associated with the ego also fades away into nothingness. This is called the second death." Our Spirit and consciousness are eternal. We come and go. As above, so below. Our akashic record (book of life) is an ongoing experience both spiritually, and in metempsychosis ... or more commonly called reincarnation. We keep doing this, until we get it right, and learn all there is to learn ... once again ... joining Source Energy from whence we came.

Just a thought ...

Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.