Sunday, May 9, 2021

WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION

WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION

Philippians 2:12 states the following: 

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

And then 2:13 immediately after this verse:

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose.”

Before we get to “salvation,” we should have a quick glance at “work out.” The Greek word for “work out” is katergazomai (κατεργαζομαι) and means “to perform, to achieve or to accomplish.” It appears twenty-two times in the New Testament. The verb “signifies working at, and finally accomplishing a task. Keep this in mind while studying the rest of the verse. 

Fear: The Greek word that is translated as “fear” is phobos (Φόβος). It is a noun and is normally translated as “fear, terror or alarm, and respectful or reverence for.” In Ancient Greek Mythology, Phobos was the son of Ares and Aphrodite, and the twin brother of Deimos ... Phobos was the personification of fear and panic. Panic is derived from Pan ((πανικός), the name of the Greek god of shepherds, woodlands and meadows whom all feared.

The word “trembling” from the Greek is tromos (τρόμος). It is a noun and it means “trembling, quaking, and quivering.” It refers to “shaking, as an outward sign of fear, or of being seized with great awe.” 

Now, as we continue to read through this scripture, lets pause for a moment and take a hard look at the word “salvation.” Before we can grasp the entire text, we first need to clearly define salvation. Remembering, that ancient Biblical scripture is always a translation from either Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, or Latin ... into English. In many ways, this is no simple task.  

The root of this word “salvation” is from the Greek: σῴζω (Sozo). 

From the Strongs Concordance word #4982:

Salvation (Sozo):
-to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction (from injury or peril)
-to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
-to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue

Now, even deeper we go. The etymology of this word “salvation/sozos/saved” (#4982) (sozo) ... has the basic meaning of “rescuing one from great peril.” Additional nuances include “to protect, keep alive, preserve life, deliver, heal, be made whole.” The context must be considered to determine whether preservation of physical life or spiritual life is in view. Also, we can add the meanings of “deliverance from disease, rescue of physical life, rescue from sickness and/or danger, safe and sound, safe and unharmed, well-being/benefitting” and in short ... a vast meaning for one four-letter word. THIS, is sozos.

So we can see, there is MORE to the story than only a “Personal Saviour” that was delivered to the masses to save everyone from sin and from an anthropomorphized devil/satan. There is a metaphysical and esoteric message contained in this verse, as all scriptures have. Its the deeper Truth beyond the literal event that is masked ... waiting to be revealed ... to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

The essence of this verse, on an esoteric level, is to say the Holy Spirit (the Divine Spark of God / Consciousness) is at work to transform us. God is working in us. This is not merely a transformation, it is a metamorphosis of the highest level. And just like the butterfly cannot return to the life of the caterpillar, neither can we return to a life that is less than Divine. 

“For it is God who works IN YOU to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose.”
-Philippians 2:13

God is experiencing a physical Life THROUGH US, WITH US, and AS US. God is working in us through circumstances, trials, and other people. When we come to this realization of Spiritual Truth, we allow the Divine within all mankind to work with no obstruction and no hindrance. All things revert back to the default of goodness and love that benefits all of creation. Therefore, we see a Divine balance that permeates Scripture ... man's human responsibility, blended with God's Divine resources. The overall intention is modesty and humility. To be humble and to open ones heart to the ways of God (Good). We are all co-Creators in this realm, as are collectively responsible for all that we create. Good thoughts, good actions, lead to good manifestations. 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM. 



Sunday, March 28, 2021

ANALYSIS OF THE WORD SIN

ANALYSIS OF THE WORD SIN

It is by practice, discovery, remembering, and knowing; that we attain spiritual awareness of the one true Source of all that is. 

Among the Ancient Greek Olympics, sin was an archery term. When the Archer would miss the bulls eye of the target, people would exclaim “hamartia!.” This term literally means “missed the mark.” On a metaphysical and mental level, what people think of today as SIN ... is a must have experience if we are to rise above ignorance and unknowingness.

Know this also: The Hebrew (chatá) and its Greek equivalent (àµaρtίa/hamartia) both mean "missing the mark" or "off the mark.”

One of the most commonly mistranslated Hebrew words is “chait,” which we will usually see translated as “sin.” A more accurate translation of the Hebrew chait is “error” or “mistake.”

People don't “sin.” People make mistakes. After all, we are all human. And the ancient Hebrew lesson was to learn from our mistakes. What we are to do is apologize, clean up any mess, and move on with life.

So now, the etymology of this word “

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We’ll now begin with the NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon:

Strong's Number: 266 (sin)
Original Word
(h)amartia
from (264)
Transliterated Word
Hamartia
Phonetic Spelling
Parts of Speech
ham-ar-tee'-ah 
Noun Feminine

Definition

1. equivalent to 264 - amartano
a. to be without a share in
b. to miss the mark
c. to err, be mistaken
d. to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong
e. to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin

2. that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
3. collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many

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In the Comedy/Tragedy of theatre, the word hamartia refers to a flaw or mistake that leads to a fictional character's downfall. Classical tragedies revolve around the main character's hamartia, the tragic flaw that sets a series of disastrous events in motion.

Achilles’ heel was his hamartia – his fatal flaw. Most tragedies couldn’t exist without hamartia. It’s in the tragic plays of the ancient Greek writer Aeschylus to works like Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare, examples of hamartia are Hamlet's indecisiveness and Juliet's blind loyalty to Romeo. Hamartia comes from a root meaning "to miss or fail."

When the Greek books of the New Testament were written, Christians were using the word hamartia to mean “moral flaw” and it was in that sense that it was translated into English as “sin.”

Gnostics (Knowers) do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from the ignorance of which sin is a consequence. Ignorance - whereby is meant ignorance of spiritual realities - is dispelled only by Gnosis (knowing), and the decisive revelation of Gnosis is brought by the Messengers of Light, especially by Christ, the Logos. It is not by His suffering and death but by His life of teaching and His establishing of mysteries. 

The “eternal sin,” or unpardonable sin, as referred to by Jesus in Mark 3:28-30, is the belief that God is the creator of disease or disharmony of any nature. This belief is labeled as ‘eternal sin” because that which is eternal is immutable. As long as mankind (in mind) abides in the conviction that “God” causes him to suffer, he closes his Mind against the inflow of the gifts of health, peace, and harmony. This wrong thinking can be referenced by the Bible verse in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (metamorphosis) by the renewing of your Mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Man's sins are “forgiven” when he begins to open his Mind to the fact that he is heir only to the goodness, and not the suffering and ills created in this realm. The sin, or wrong thinking, has laid a dark path of fear and guilt. Until man comes to the realization that he IS a Divine Spark of the Source of all things (God), he cannot ascend to a higher state of consciousness and escape the worldly egocentric way of Life. Man is NOT punished FOR his sins, he suffers BY his sin ... his error in thinking. 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM.




Thursday, March 25, 2021

UNIVERSAL DEEPER LOOK AT JOHN 3:13

UNIVERSAL DEEPER LOOK AT JOHN 3:13

“No one has ascended into heaven but he who has descended from heaven, the Son of man.”
-John 3:13

In the outer interpretation (exoteric), according to leaders and followers of most modern day Christianity … the “Son of man” is Jesus.

According to this modern Christian interpretation, Jesus came down from Heaven, was born into a human body, and only HE can ascend back up into heaven. Further, Jesus is a Divine being, and not like the rest of us mere mortals. We certainly cannot do what Jesus has done, even though in the New Testament he is quoted as saying “you will do greater things than I.”

In some of these OUTER/exoteric/literal interpretations, Jesus is actually God, not just the Son of God. We, the general human populous, are considered to be lowly sinners, forever enslaved by “Original Sin” and can never be what Jesus was/is.

But now consider this: In the INNER interpretation (esoteric), the “Son of man” is the Spirit WITHIN, specifically, the awakened Spirit within.

In the ancient tradition, there are two aspects of God; a masculine and a feminine. The feminine aspect is referred to as Sophia, meaning Wisdom, and also refers to the emotional aspect of God, which is unconditional love. The masculine aspect refers to knowledge and knowing (gnosis).

When the feminine and masculine aspect of God combine, a third component is created; the pure white light of Christ. This pure white light of Christ is the living light of Spirit (Christ Consciousness), the very same Spirit within each living thing. This living light of Spirit is the Source of our personal Life. This is the “and then there was light” that was referred to in Genesis. This is the Matrix, the Field, the web of consciousness. 

What is born of Spirit is Spirit. We are born of God/Source. The Spirit within us is the very substance of God/Source Energy, and as such, cannot die or be destroyed. We have eternal Life because the Spirit within us is the substance of God, which also has eternal Life. It is a function of what we are. Jesus was quoted as asking us to “follow him,” not worship him. He expected us to do the things he did, and to become like him.

John 14:12
"Timeless truth, I tell you: 'whoever believes in me, those works which I have done he will also do, and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to the presence of my Father.'"

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM.




Monday, March 22, 2021

ADAM AND EVE AS METAPHOR

ADAM AND EVE AS METAPHOR

From the earliest days of its descent into matter, humankind has asked questions like: “Who am I? Where do I come from and where am I going to? And how did we all come into being?” We have a right to search into these things, in fact we are meant to do this and we are entitled to find out the Truth, as much of it as we can digest.

For a very long time we had to make do with allegories about a great many things, including the one about the first human beings. But, by now, hopefully many have been able to grasp the full Truth, that the story of Adam and Eve is presented as metaphors, an allegories. This myth symbolizes the fact that the inner unseen part of every man, is woman; and that of every woman, is man.

What did he just say? Yeah, I know. Stay with me on this one. 

Concerning the first human beings in the book of Genesis 2:26: :

Then God said: ‘Let us make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the wild beasts of the Earth and over every creeping one that creeps on the Earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them. Male and female He created them.”

And now the shorter version ... “let US (many) make man in OUR (many) image (God/s) ... and created MAN ... male and female.”

 Therefore, each God, and each of us - is BOTH male and female. The “Image of God” - male AND female. 

Keep with me here ... we're almost there.

In Genesis 3:18 and 21-23 it continued with: 

“Then the Lord God said: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper who is like him.' So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept. And he took one of his ribs (sides/halves) and closed up the place with flesh in its stead. And from the rib the Lord God had taken from Adam He made a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.’”

Now ask yourself “what if God had said:”

“I am the Father of the entirety of Creation. My Spirit is the masculine aspect of the Divine, known in your world as God, Fire and Air, creative ideas and the thought processes and intellect to communicate them to My feminine counterpart, the Goddess. 

She is the Mother and the soul of the whole of Creation. The Divine Feminine and womb of life. The elements Earth and Water represent My soft sensitive feeling side through whom I express My idea and bring them into manifestation in your world and all others. Created in My image, all these things are also in you.”

What say you now?

The story of Adam and Eve, as many similar creation accounts before the Hebrew Old Testament account, provides an allegory of the creation of the first human beings and the highly complex psychological processes of initiation that every human Spirit that goes forth from God (emanation) has to undergo. 

The myth was created to explain these things in the most simple terms possible, which could be easily be grasped by ordinary men and women at that particular phase in humankind’s evolution, and level of knowledge or education. The esoteric Truth behind it is that Adam, the man (Divine Masculine), represents Consciousness - and Eve, the woman, (Divine Feminine) psyche - the man’s soul. Each one of us ... contain both.

From this emerged the primordial Adam of the scriptures, where his pre-conscious state is described as a deep sleep. In this state, one side (rib/side/half) is taken from him. This process of Creation is very old and dates far back into very ancient times. It found its way into the Judaic tradition from the much older traditions of the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and other civilizations. They in turn, spread ancient spiritual knowledge throughout the millennia ... and so on and so forth. 

The scriptures containing the creation of Eve from Adam’s “rib/side” was lost in translation, because people in those days could simply not yet grasp that this did not mean one side of his physical body, but his inner self and subconscious. The Truth has always been that Eve, the woman, was and always will be an individual Spirit, who is whole in her own right, the same as Adam, the man.

Adam is used as symbolism for consciousness. In both genders he represents the masculine aspect. Eve is his feminine counterpart, psyche, or soul. You can see for yourself that “the Fall from Eden” is a metaphor for humankind’s psyche taking its consciousness into identification with its physical body. 

It was not a fall or an accident, but a necessary evolutionary process to help each one of us to become aware that in Truth, we are an individualized Divine spark of God ... each one whole and complete with our own masculine consciousness and feminine soul aspect ... “made in the Image of God.”

The purpose behind creating us as men and women, has been and still is the development of these parts in equal proportions. The two eventually have to be perfectly balanced in us, the way they balance in God. We must achieve balance between our conscious Mind (masculine), and our subconscious Mind (feminine) ... harmony and balance, in order to manifest the forms we desire and without hurting anyone or anything else. This is the “Bridal Chamber” of scripture. 

When “the two shall be as one,” we have brought about the completion of the Trinity. The male and female once balanced and united, resurrect within us the Divine consciousness of the Christ. And we become one in Spirit, One in Mind, Oneness ... because separation is merely an illusion. The entire Universe in One, and we're in it, therefore within it, therefore one with it. 

To achieve total understanding, all human spirits have to reincarnate, sometimes into male physical bodies, and on other occasions into female ones. It was for evolutionary purposes that your “other half” had to remain hidden from your own view for a very long time. That’s why you were provided with two levels of awareness, a conscious and a subconscious one. What the conscious impregnates the subconscious with, it will manifest. Whether your thoughts are good, or not so good. 

There has to be a creative aspect within each of us. We are creators, or at the very least - rearrangers. Everything begins in thought. It matters not what it may be ... brushing your teeth, changing a TV channel, all of it ALWAYS begins in thought. It is consciousness that unifies the invisible interwoven fabric of the Universe, the Field, the Matrix of Mind. The Eternal enfolding of the endless circle of the vastness or nothing, and everything ... all at the same time.  

The story of Adam and Eve is but one allegory of many to be found in the ancient creation myths among so many past and distant civilizations. But the Writer(s) of Genesis brought together what had been taught among the ancients for the Hebrew audience, and for the people at that time. Remember that a myth (mythos in Greek) is best defined as “a story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant Truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.” We must look beyond the literal presentation, and find what lies beneath and beyond ... the esoteric and metaphorical message contained within the text. Joseph Campbell put it best when saying: “A myth is something that never was, yet always is.” 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM. 




Sunday, March 21, 2021

CREATION MYTHS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

CREATION MYTHS OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Here are some short summaries of ancient creation stories of how the world and mankind (or the gods who produced mankind) came to be. These creation myths all seemed to start from chaos, a primordial soup, an egg, womb, or other object. Generally, chaos in some form, precedes the separation of Heaven (Spirit/unseen) from earth (matter/form). An transition from chaos to order. Let’s begin.

Greek Creation
In the beginning was Chaos. Then came Earth which produced Sky. Covering Earth each night, Sky fathered children upon her. Earth was personified as Gaia/Terra and sky was Ouranos (Uranus). Their children included the Titan parents of most of the Olympian gods and goddesses, as well as many other creatures, including the Cyclopes, Giants, Hecatonchires, Erinyes, and more. Aphrodite was the offspring of Ouranos.

Norse Creation
In Norse mythology, there was only a chasm, Ginnungagap, in the beginning (somewhat like the Greeks' Chaos) bounded on either side by fire and ice. When fire and ice met, they combined to form a giant, named Ymir, and a cow, named Audhumbla, to nourish Ymir. She survived by licking the salty ice blocks. From her licking emerged Bur, the grandfather of the Aesir.

Bible Creation
The first book of the Old Testament is the Book of Genesis. In it is an account of the creation of the world by God in 6 days. God created, in pairs, first the Heaven and the Earth, then day and night, land and sea, flora and fauna, and male and female. Man was created in the image of God, and Eve was formed from one of Adam's ribs [side] (or man and woman were created together). On the seventh day God rested. Adam and Eve were eventually expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Rig Veda Creation
Here is the one most like the preceding myths. Before the Divine pair of Earth and Sky, who created the gods, was another god, Tvastr, the “first fashioner.” Tvastr created Earth and Sky, as a dwelling place, and many other things. Tvastr was a universal impregnator who made other things reproduce. It is said that although Tvastr was the first dynamic force, before him were the inanimate, inactive Cosmic Waters.

Chinese Creation
The Chinese creation story comes from the end of the 3 Kingdoms period. Heaven and Earth were in a state of chaos or cosmic egg for 18,000 years. When it broke apart, the high and clear formed Heaven, the dark formed Earth, and P'an-ku (coiled-up antiquity) stood in the middle supporting and stablilizing. P'an-ku kept growing for another 18,000 years during which time Heaven also grew. Another version of the P'an-ku (the first-born) story tells of it becoming earth, sky, stars, moon, mountains, rivers, soil, etc. Parasites feeding on P’an-ku’s body, impregnated by wind, became human beings. 

Mesopotamian Creation
The Babylonian Enuma Elish tells an ancient Mesopotamian story of creation. Apsu and Tiamat, fresh and salt water, mixed together, created the great and too noisy gods. Apsu wished to kill them, but Tiamat, who wished them no harm, prevailed. Apsu was killed, so Tiamat sought revenge. Marduk killed Tiamat and divided her, using part for earth and part for the heavens. Mankind was made out of Tiamat's second husband.

Egyptian Creation
There are various Egyptian creation stories and they changed over time. One version is based on the Ogdoad of Hermopolis, another on the Heliopolitan Ennead, and another on the Memphite theology. One Egyptian story of creation is that the Chaos Goose and the Chaos Gander produced an egg that was the sun, Ra (Re). Also, the Book of the Dead, describes how the world was created by Atum, the god of Heliopolis, the centre of the sun-god cult in Lower Egypt. In the beginning, the world appeared as an infinite expanse of dark and directionless waters, named Nun.

Zoroastrian Creation
In the beginning, truth or goodness fought lies or evil until lies got worn out. Truth created a world, basically from a cosmic egg, then lies awoke and tried to destroy creation. It was largely successful, but the seed of the cosmic man escaped, was purified and returned to earth as a plant with stalks growing from either side that were to be the first man and woman. Meanwhile, lies was locked inside the capsule of creation.

And here we have eight of the creation myths that were so deeply believed in ancient times. There are many similarities, as we see mankind doing the best that it can to describe and define its existence here in this world of matter. Perhaps one day, we will know the complete story of creation, and the details of its journey, along with the final goal to be attained by the entirety of the Universe. Until then, we search, and we continue to question all of existence. 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM. 




Friday, March 19, 2021

WASHING THE DISCIPLES FEET BY JESUS

WASHING OF THE DISCIPLES FEET BY JESUS

The Deeper Meaning

In the Book of John, there is a story of Jesus being a servant to his Disciples. In fact the book starts off in Chapter 13 at a time just before the Passover Festival. Thee Writer of John continues to say:

 "Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."

Today we're going to go beyond the literal, and into the metaphysical. We're looking for the deeper allegorical message contained within the literal presentation of the storyline. Here is how the verse reads:

"... Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
~John 13:4-5

Then, after he began to wash Peter's feet, Jesus said to Peter: 

“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Everyone has seen the literal historical presentation of this event in the ancient scriptures (and in modern movies and books), but now lets reveal what is hidden deeper in the text. This mythos is a representation of “Spirit meeting Matter,” and the purity and cleansing of that union. You see, our FEET are where MAN meets WORLD ... what is always grounded to the Earth/Matter ... the material world of low vibrating energy. 

Our feet connect our spiritual Higher-Self, to our physical body. Just like the center of the cross represents the intersection of Spirit and Matter, so this represents a firm standing on solid ground ... while remaining Spiritually and physically clean. Man's “worldly thoughts and actions” must be cleansed in order to approach the Divine Spirit within.

This, is the deeper esoteric meaning in this passage. This shows the willingness of Divine Love to serve. To bring together the upper and the lower, the inner and the outer. As above, so below. Man ... know thyself. Scripture can bring us deep esoteric lessons and messages, want to awaken a Divine Truth from within us. You’ll know it when it hits you. For me, I just call it an AH-HA moment. Its that flash of time just when the inner message hits you, and strikes a vibe of Truth.

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM. 




Thursday, March 18, 2021

THETA STATE OF MIND

THETA STATE OF MIND

From the moment we are born into flesh, and up until the age of around 7, we are operating out of our Theta brainwave state. This is essentially - a continuous state of hypnosis. Meaning, a total state of open programmability. Everything we experience, from whomever, wherever, whenever ... becomes a program in our subconscious Mind. These programs help form who we become. 

The Jesuits use to say “give me the child until the age of 7 and I'll show you the man.” They knew how effective this programming is. At least until we have enough power in our consciousness to override it, to reprogram the programs, to change and move away from the thinking that does not serve us, or others. 

Pretty simple in theory, but not such an easy task to complete. The total Mind, is subdivided. And when push comes to shove, our “conscious” Mind (our state of awareness), counts for about 5% of the total Mind. That's about 40 bits of info at any given time. Our “subconscious” Mind, accounts for about 95% of the total Mind and presents as about 40 million bits of info. Quite the dominant machine. So, how do we reprogram something that huge, with so little power in our conscious awareness? 

Two of the easiest ways to achieve this connection are hypnosis, and meditation. We have to re-assign a NEW perspective to our OLD ways of thinking. Our conscious Mind is where we reside. It is the seat of our consciousness. That being said, what about the subconscious Mind? It is a machine, filled with programs. Nobody is home there ... only programs, nothing else. Reprogram the Subconscious Mind, and tell the body that YOU are in charge, and you will see a massive shift. This is fact. The Theta State that you can reach via meditation and hypnosis, is the doorway to the subconscious Mind. Knock, and the door shall be opened. 

Just a thought ... 

Justin Taylor, ORDM.