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Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, page 4: Sacred Sex

Continuing to share inspired visions in excerpts from SACRED ANATOMY, giving consideration to the Gonads as a sacred endocrine seal through which the gifts of the Spirit of the New Earth, patience and right expectancy, manifest in our lives . . . in this post I consider the worshipful essence of sacred sex and the “sex principle” as it is operative throughout the Universe . . . and venture into the historical background of sexual engagement as part of the dance between the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.  To flesh this out, I draw on the expertise of one of my favorite poets and Arthurian Legend authors, Diana Durham, for metaphorical and legendary story.     

SACRED SEX

I would just preface this consideration with a few words about present human behavior in this potent and delicate area of creative Self-expression. For the most part, we as humans have not known what we have been doing with our sexuality. All the dysfunction and violent behavior in this area of human activity is simply the evidence of the absence of right function and gentle behavior. Ultimately, sexual misbehavior and frustration can be seen as the result of the suppression of love. When we deny love expression, we deny our own Self-expression and betray our divine identity. This results in a buildup of frustrated energy. When the pressure reaches a level where it cannot be contained, and steps are not taken to release the energy in creative ways, then there will inevitably occur an explosive and often violent release. The more delicate and fine the area of function, the more potentially violent and destructive the release. Love is the finest and most delicate of substances and therefore the most powerful.

From my own experience, as I let love find expression continually—in spirit, thought, word and deed—my creative energies find a natural flow rather than getting bottled up inside. Right function can only come forth from me as I am the right person, my authentic divine Self. The wrong person can never do the right thing. Only the authentic person, who is the angel incarnate, knows how to function appropriately in the realm of sacred energy.

As we continue to discover our divinity and live out of our authentic Self, we emerge from the darkness and come into the light of the truth of love with our sexuality and see it for what it truly is.

Let us now explore this area of sacred function, looking at some of its battered terrain as well as the possibilities and potential for its renewal, transformation and transmutation in consciousness and, subsequently, in experience.

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THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE of worship is to know union with God in one’s own temple.  The conscious experience of union with God is a glorious one. Glory is the unified radiation of love. It comes at the end of the Creative Process, not at the beginning, after radiation and response have been allowed to work their magic to initiate the attraction phase of the process that produces the alchemy which alone can bring about the experience of the union between God and human consciousness, between inner Spirit and outer form.  When physical sex is initiated on the basis of the Creative Process and allowed to embody it fully, Glory is known. To the degree that sexual energies—the transforming charge of the Creative Process—are of a quality and intensity that can generate the fine substance that makes our connection with Source at the core of our Being a tangible and knowable experience,  then sexual expression can be called worship and sex a sacred ritual. 

Having made this truthful statement, I acknowledge that human sexuality has been degraded to the level of lustful and recreational pleasure, pornographic voyeurism, pedophilia, and workplace sex harassment, amongst other abusive activities, that have all but stripped away any sanctity it once possessed.  There was a time when all things were held sacred, not the least of which our sexuality.  We appear to be returning to a level of consciousness we once knew, where we again see all things as sacred and connected to the Creator.

The Sex Principle

Sex is the very nature of the Creative Process, which moves in five phases: radiation—response—attraction—union—unified radiation.  It connects and engages the Creator with creation and integrates creation within itself.

The “Sex Principle” is operative throughout the Universe. It is what draws order out of chaos and continues to maintain creativity throughout the Cosmos.  It holds suns and their planets in spiraling patterns of perfect proximity in galaxies and keeps atoms from splitting apart.

Sex is the “main event” throughout Creation, particularly evident in the juicy womb of Mother Nature herself out of which springs forth all the green foliage and fragrant flowers we enjoy in the Spring.  If there is anything life is, it’s sexual.

Consider alone how sex occupies our own human consciousness.  Life on planet Earth is about the creative dance between the masculine and the feminine who are made to be intimate and to move together in the music and rhythm of life.  

The Creator is both masculine and feminine. God is male, as all things are sired by the positive seed of the Father and made flesh in the responsive Womb of the Great Mother.  God is also female, represented by the emergence of all life forms on this planet from out of the womb of Gaia, our Earth Mother. The two are not separate but exist and function as one. We could say that God is a unified field of consciousness and creativity in which the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine co-create the world in which we live. One can hardly speak of one without including the other, as we shall now explore.

Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

The Divine Masculine in both men and women represents Father God. His is the positive expression of love that draws the Universe together.  In the four Vedas, the world’s oldest religious writings, he is called “Purusha,” the primordial Cosmic Being and source of all human life.  He articulates the creative Word, the Tone that sets the vibrational patterns as seeds for the forms of creation. He plants his seed in the womb of the Divine Feminine, making her egg fertile.  He is embodied in the vertical rod of creative power that goes forth as a shaft of light into the void of formless chaos to bring forth order and beauty through Her womb.

In the Eastern tradition, the Divine Masculine is a trinity comprised of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.  Brahma is worshiped as the creator of the Universe, Vishnu as the protector of the world and restorer of dharma (law and order), and Shiva, the formless of the three, as infinite, or transcendental, consciousness.  Shiva is a pillar of light who directs spiritual energy through the spine, connecting the kundalini shakti, his feminine aspect from which he derives his power, as it uncoils from its “power cell” in the sacral region of the pelvis up to the top of the head and beyond. He was historically called the “Great Destroyer” because he enables spiritual transformation and evolution by using the essences of our current level of understanding to move us to a higher plane, thus “destroying” the plane of departure.  He is now, perhaps more accurately, referred to as the “Great Spiritualizer,” in that he facilitates spiritual growth and transformation. The significance of this particular characteristic of the “masculine principle” will become more evident shortly as we explore the alchemy of our sexuality.

In the Genesis story of creation, the divine masculine is called Adam, which means blood, or sap, of God that circulates throughout the whole of creation distilling its essences and sharing them with all the rest of the Body of the Great Mother, which is comprised of the entire Universe. Adam was created to provide a consciousness for divine being on earth.  It is he who established a vibrational connection with all living things by giving them names. He is the Great Protector of Creation.  

In The Return of King Arthur, her signature work, Diana Durham portrays the masculine as represented by the sword in the hands of the knights of the Round Table, and by King Arthur, who represents “enlightened leadership, particularly the spiritual mentor who blesses, creatively challenges, and empowers his ‘subjects.’” 

He is represented by Sir Lancelot as the “heroic part of ourselves that must transfer its attention from achieving greatness to the inner work of transformation in order to become whole.”

He is represented by Merlin, the magician, as the “‘magical’ resurrective power that lies trapped in one’s own subconscious mind, gripped by the rigid structures of fear and shame.”

Contemporary authors on the subject of the male psyche, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, have written in depth around the theme of the mature masculine energies, giving them names that characterize their individual qualities: “Sovereign, Warrior, Magician and Lover.”  These archetypal energies, accessible in both men and women, represent the entire spectrum of energies necessary for an individual to create a world.  In men the sovereign energy is of the King.  In women, it is the sovereign energy of the Queen.  

The masculine is also represented in religious and social traditions by a number of symbols that personify God as a father figure. Such symbols as the sky, the sun, fire and lightening portray the father symbolically as associated with authority, reason, law, warlike spirit and penetrating power.  His is the thrust of creativity facilitated by the mental process of logic and reason.

The phallus itself has symbolized fertility, good luck and protection in ancient mythical cultures. The king was the archetypal symbol of the dominant male who had “divinely sanctioned power and absolute temporal authority over a tribe or nation.  The stronger the king’s symbolic link with supernatural forces, the more crucial became his leadership qualities, intelligence and health—authority going hand-in-hand with responsibility for the happiness of his subjects, hence the ancient sacrifices of the king (or his representative) when countries were overtaken by plagues or crop failures.” (Tresidder: Symbols And Their Meanings.)

It was vital, then, that the ruler of the nation become one with the divine so as to ensure the health, prosperity and fertility of his kingdom.  So long as his identity was with Love, the Divine King, his kingdom flourished.  All of this is symbolized by the sword in the Arthurian legend, as Durham interprets the myth here:

The sword is naturally the masculine symbol: phallus, scepter, wand.  All relate to the masculine domain of potency, government, purpose, power. . . .  The myths tell us in fact that this masculine power is only misused when it is not in partnership with the feminine of the Grail and is wielded by a consciousness that has not learned to stay polarized in the spiritual realm.  The pommel of the sword given to Perceval was of gold—the symbol of love.  So we could say that the true sword is always held in love.  The broken sword can also in fact symbolize the misuse of power. . . .

If we think of the sword as representing purpose, while the Grail represents identity, we can see that the myth is confirming an additional meaning: namely that without the healing of identity it is impossible, or at best very difficult, to have one’s purpose line up coherently in one’s life.

The Divine Masculine, then, is the achieving energy of God.  Introverted, his energy is a vessel for transformation. Extroverted, his energy is procreative and concerned with building and maintaining structure at every level of creation and with the mental process used in developing architectural design. His authority comes from Source, from the King whom he loves and serves with all his heart, his mind and his strength.  To so love and serve his King he must have a heart, his feminine partner, opened upward to serve his love response upward and to receive and extend his King’s love and blessing to others.  Through her he receives his power to achieve.

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In my next post I will consider the transition to partnership from patriarchy, wherein a state of balance exists between the masculine and feminine energies. Until then, thank you for sharing my meditations and explorations. I welcome your thoughts. 

Anthony 

tpal70@gmail.com

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” (Jesus)

In celebration of the world of creation, where angels incarnate to co-create heaven on the material plane of the earth, and where all the levels of being in this seven-dimensional world congeal into an experiential spectrum of creativity, where seeds are planted, germinate and sprout, and where trees grow and flowers blossom; where creatures great and small inhabit the earth, and where birds fly in the air and fishes of the sea plunge the deep, I turn to the beautiful and exquisite human body to meditate upon our awesome experience of the miracle of life.  The physical, material world is, after all, where all the levels of being can be enjoyed to the fullest.  It is the ultimate experience of life, of gods being human on planet Earth.

A scene from the movie MICHAEL, when John Travolta’s angelic character has to return to the realms of Light, touched my heart and jogged my memory. Looking at the trees blowing in the wind, Michael exclaimed “I’ll miss this world.” I was reminded that I too will one day have to leave this world and I will surely miss it.

That said, it is with much thought and hesitation that I proceed in sharing the following consideration from my book SACRED ANATOMY in a public forum such as this, as it is highly esoteric and sacred, intended for the initiated in the school of the Sacred Art of Living.  While pondering what my next blog series might be, and considering the theme of recent posts centered around the emergence of the New Earth out of the New Heaven, the chapter in my book featuring the Spirit of the New Earth and the endocrine Gonads presented itself as timely.  

Just as a preface to this series, the consideration of our sacred anatomy, presented here in the form of a meditation on transcendent essences, is not a scholarly study of human anatomy and physiology—although those aspects are given due consideration for accuracy. It is rather a presentation of firsthand esoteric knowledge, as previously noted, and inspired visionary insight and revelation. 

The book itself came to me to be written and published, a creative process that spanned a period of nine years.  The point of view of this sacred terrain, then, is that of the angel incarnate whose temple this body is, a temple for the presence and worship of the Living God on the physical plane of Being.  I ask you to read these words and meditations with your heart more than with your mind, with spiritual intelligence rather than scrutinizing human intellect. Spiritual essences are spiritually discerned and understood in the heart.

The larger context of this chapter is a section of the book dedicated to the consideration of the seven endocrine glands and their spiritual significance and functions as centers for the Seven Spirits before the throne of God—as described by St. John in his Book of Revelation—to enter the body temple and administer its creative processes.

These “Seven Spirits” were given names and characteristics by spiritual teacher and energy healing pioneer Lloyd Arthur Meeker (Uranda, 1907-1954)—such as the Spirit of Love for the Pineal gland, the Spirit of the Womb or Truth for the Pituitary gland, the Spirit of Life for the Thyroid gland, the Spirit of Purification for the Thymus gland, the Spirit of Blessing for the Islet of Langerhans in the Pancreas, the Spirit of the Single Eye for the Adrenal glands, and the Spirit of the New Earth for the Gonads.

While I fully embrace Uranda’s terminology and spiritual teachings and use them in this writing, from a vibrational standpoint these “Spirits” can be understood as the differentiations of the One Holy vibrational frequency of the Light of Love, just as rain drops differentiate the sun’s white light into the spectrum of the rainbow’s seven colors.  As we shall see, the color frequency of the Spirit of the New Earth is red, an earth tone.  Red is the longest frequency wave in the rainbow spectrum.  The quality of this first vibrational level is that of patience with the evolving cycles of creation and right expectance with regard to outcome.   

We’re speaking here of energy and various densities and textures of spiritual or vibrational substance, each focused energetic vortex playing a specific role in the body appropriate to its frequency.  It is with this in mind that I set forth twenty-five years ago to write SACRED ANATOMY.

These spirits, then, are focused sacred energic vibrations that are perceptible and known at a physical level in our human capacities, what are sometimes described as “body-mind-spirit continuums.” I envision a musical instrument with strings, perhaps a harp, for us angels to play heavenly music during our earthly sojourn. Each string or combination of strings could represent an organ or gland in the body, and seven of these strings could represent the seven endocrine glands and their corresponding “Spirits.” 

The point I wish to make here is though we speak and write using finite words to describe infinite realities and essences, the Spirit of God is practical and manifest forms by means of a spiritual or vibrational medium. Uranda called this medium “pneumaplasm” (spirit substance).  Think in terms of frequency and the differentiation of the Tone that first gives rise to a “mist” in the Garden of Consciousness wherein the seeds of creation are sown conveying the design and control factors of living forms into the vast field of undifferentiated cosmic dust and sets in motion the entire Universe.  This same Tone plays the “Music of the Spheres” through our Body Temples, and beyond them in the Cathedral of the Natural World—the “Whole Holy World,” as Uranda honored it.  These energy centers are also described as “seals” in their function as hormonal glands that release potent chemistry upon demand, opened by spiritual, or vibrational, signals of both creative and destructive qualities.  So, with all these things in mind, I present . . .

THE GONADS
Spirit of the New Earth

     OUR EXPLORATIONAL MEDITATION brings us now to a consideration of the first vibratory seal in this sacred temple, the Gonads (from the Greek gone, meaning seed).  These delicate yet powerful pairs of glands are located in the pelvic region of the human anatomy. The female aspects, the ovaries, are within the pelvic girdle in front of the sacrum, the triangular bone connecting the two pelvis blades and forming the dorsal portion of the pelvis.  The male aspects, the testes, are suspended outside the pelvic region and contained in the sac of the scrotum.  As their name implies, these glands produce the “seeds” that spawn human life.  The ancients believed that life originated from this region of the physical anatomy, thus the origin of the word sacrum, which means sacred bone.  They were not too far off the mark, as we shall see, for what does originate here in this region of our anatomy is truly of a sacred nature.  But first let us look at the hormonal chemistry and physiology of these pro-generative glands.

   The hormones produced by the Gonads play pivotal roles throughout the body temple.  Right at the start, their secretions determine the sexual characteristics of the embryo and then continue to influence the growth, maturation and development of the male and female forms. 

For example, the first role testosterone plays, as mentioned earlier in our consideration of hormones as “crystal messengers of light,” is to split the brain into two lobes in both the female and the male embryo.  The quantity of testosterone produced in the developing fetus will determine how much brain tissue remains connected between the two hemispheres. The female brain has more corpus callosum tissue connecting the two hemispheres than the male brain has, giving women greater integration between right brain and left brain in their thinking processes.  It is thought that this greater complexity tends to bring in more of the artistic and aesthetic “feelings” surrounding issues being considered, as compared to the male thinking processes which tend to be more logical, cold and calculating.

As we considered earlier also, estrogen and progesterone, the two primary ovarian hormones, give the female form its graceful curves and softness, as well as its emotional climate and the expression of feminine nurturing energies.  These two hormones work synergistically to provide for a controlled growth of new tissue wherever it is needed, as in the development of the endometrial lining of the uterus in preparation for the fertilized ovum, and in the process of bone replacement where both play an essential role together in breaking out old, brittle bone (progesterone’s role) and replacing it with new bone tissue (estrogen’s role).  The dominant presence of estrogen without the controlling factors progesterone offers into the process of new growth will result in an unbridled proliferation of neoplasm in the developing fetus, as well as elsewhere in the body temple where such proliferation may develop into cancerous tumors.

   When the young adolescent reaches puberty, the hypothalamus initiates hormonal changes in both the female and the male by secreting a chemical called gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH. Elevations in GnRh sends a signal to the pituitary gland of the young girl to release two hormones called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which initiates adult ovarian function. The girl becomes a childbearing woman.

     Testosterone, the male partner to estrogen, gives the male form its strong, muscular characteristics and provides for the expression of the masculine achieving energy.  These hormones are produced in the body under the initiative and direction of the Pituitary Gland, where, as we have seen, the Spirit of the Womb abides and oversees the Creative Process.  Both male and female hormones are to be found in men and women alike, with one more dominant than the other in each sex respectively, providing for the expression of the masculine and the feminine currents of energy through Man.  These highly charged energies work together as partners in co-creation with the Spirit of the New Earth.

Sacred Vessels   

Closely associated with the Gonads are the organs of reproduction themselves: the uterus which provides a womb for the conception, gestation and development of the human embryo; the fallopian tubes that convey an ovum into the uterus each and every month; and the erectile structure of the glans clitoridis (clitoris) which activates the contractions during sexual orgasm, as well as the ascension of the “kundalini,” the yogi life force that lies coiled at the base of the sacrum and rises up to the pineal gland atop the spinal cord at the base of the brain and opens this sacred seal to enlightenment. 

In the male the glans penis (penis), situated below and around the rim or head of the penis, serves this same dual purpose, triggering climatic waves that convey sperm from the testicles through the seminal vesicle—a highly convoluted duct called the “vas deferens”—and into the ejaculatory duct of the penis, passing through the prostate gland which secretes, as well as propels, an alkaline fluid containing the sperm through the penis and into the vagina during intercourse, where some of the sperm find their way through the cervix, the birthing portal of the womb, and into the uterus with intent to fertilize the ovum.   These organ/glands define at the physical level of procreation the giving and receiving aspects of the masculine and the feminine energies.

   The vessels of our sexual organs are especially sacred in that they connect the seven endocrine glands of the female temple with those of the male during sexual intercourse.  They may be seen, perhaps, as the right and left hand of the Creator, joined together in holy union—the positively-charged masculine with the negatively-charged feminine energies—for the purpose of releasing a unified current of love into the world.  Ultimately, as we shall explore, they are instrumental in generating the alchemy by which physical flesh is transmuted into the spiritualized substance of pneumaplasm, the silvery medium by which ecstatic union with the Divine is known in the ultimate sacramental ritual of sacred sex.   All of these glands and organs are the domain of the Spirit of the New Earth.

In my next post, I will continue to share excepts from this chapter on the Gonads and the Spirit of the New Earth. The topic will be the musical shaping of sacred space, the Kundalini fire of transmutation, and the ascension of the atomic molecules that give form to angels.  Until then,

Be love.  Be loved.
Anthony

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Veiled Angelic Presence


Our Home among the stars

We are angels incarnate, come down from Heaven and cloaked in garments of flesh and bone taken up from the humus soil of the Earth to shine the light of love in the spirit of truth to steward the birth and creations of life. 

Recently, a group of us in different parts of the globe gathered in the upper room of consciousness for an hour to extend a stable hand into an unstable world.  We did this every day for three days.  In this upper room we are adorned in garments of light, lovingly present to one another and intimately known as kindred spirits, here to do our Father’s bidding.  Other smaller groupings of angels gather in “The Field” poet Rumi speaks of every week to hold the world in loving, healing hands, administering a radiant current of unconditional love. 

These kinds of angelic gatherings are becoming more and more frequent in our world as more and more awakened souls retreat from involvement in worldly affairs to make themselves available to heavenly affairs, standing with feet firmly planted in the physical world, angels in veiled presence, extending a firm and confident collective hand holding an old world changing form as it surrenders the substance of its dismantling structures upward, giving form to a New World. 

This is an historical event on planet Earth, and we are all privileged to be here at this time to play our individual and collective parts in the ascension process of a planet that is very special and precious to us and to our Lord and King.

Flower Light

In the day and time appointed, we will unveil our angelic presence in an apocalypse of Light, a revelation already in progress. Until that day and time, we remain cloaked in these blessed human garments.  In that day all of the natural world will shine with light in the colors of the rainbow and darkness will be no more. 

I resound with Handel’s proclamation in his immortal oratorio Messiah, based on Psalm 24: 

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in . . . .  Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.” 

Back in the day I wrote and sang several songs, as many were doing.  This song pops into mind as I write this post:

THE HAPPY SONG OF LIFE  (5/20/91)

I see your face in the flow’rs that grace the path you place beneath my feet.

I see your face in the starlit sky that hovers high above my head tonight.

I see your face, yet the beauty lies within these eyes that see.

 

I hear your voice in the rippling sound of water rushing by as I draw near.

I hear your voice in the quiet space the stars embrace, their music fills my ear.

I hear your voice, yet the music sounds within the heart of me.

 

REFRAIN:  The heavens play your music 

While the Earth resounds the tone.

Your presence fills all the spaces

In my heart as in the sky.

So I’ll dance and sing the happy song of Life.

 

I feel your breath in the wind that blows upon my face and rustles through the trees.

I feel your breath in the storms that rage then quietly go — their passion fills me so.

I feel your breath as it ebbs and flows with every breath I take.

 

I know you’re here as I open to my world my very senses tell me so.

I know you’re here in the stillness of my heart and mind, your presence fills me so.

I know you’re here, and your spirit is the very life of me.  (Refrain)

 

FINAL REFRAIN:  The heavens play your music While the Earth resounds the Tone.
Let us join the celebration In our hearts as in the skies,

As we dance and sing the happy song of life.

I welcome any thoughts you may wish to share. Until my next post,

Be love.  Be loved

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

A Nuclear Community

“I have thrown fire on the world. Look. I watch it until it blazes.” —Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas

The “fire” that Jesus threw on the world was not wild fires like we’re experiencing along the West Coast.  It’s the all-consuming flame of love, the atomic power at the heart of creation.  In this series I will explore how the design of true community unfolds naturally and organically, fueled by atomic power released under the control of the stabilizing design and dynamics of the atom. Without further intro, I’ll dive right into it.

Our Judaeo-Christian model shaping social and family configurations, dictating human morality and ethics, and designing community structure and governance, needs to be revisited in the light and context of the Natural Laws governing all of Creation, from atom to galaxy and beyond.  In our close in relationships, for instance, monogamy is not a natural arrangement. Neither is marriage, for that matter. They have been necessary, however, as temporary control measures in humanity’s fallen state of consciousness—as are all man-made laws.  

Bible “thumpers” and scholars will surely take issue with me on this and argue that marriage was established and sanctified by the Creator from the beginning when He created Adam and Eve and declared that a woman shall cling to her husband and the two shall be as one.  However, we must remember that the Creation Story in Genesis was written by the patriarch Moses and not by an eyewitness to Creation in the Garden of Eden. . .and it was most likely redacted in order to support the seventh and tenth Commandments.  His was the job, after all, of governing these unruly tribes of Israel reveling in their newfound freedom after their release from bondage in Egypt.  Moses’s Ten Commandments gave him the leverage and divine authority he needed to reign in and cultivate the Nation of Israel into a civilized “Chosen People.” That’s my speculative opinion anyway, for whatever it’s worth. 

In a restored state of consciousness, a new model and paradigm of governance by Love and the Truth of Life come into play.  As the Master Jesus told those who challenged him on the issue of divorcing and remarrying,

For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 

He was speaking to a somewhat elevated level of human consciousness, compared to that of the Israelites of old, attempting to elevate it even further by extending an invitation to humanity to rise up, “come up hither,” and enter the Kingdom of Heaven, a spiritual level of consciousness, just above the mental and physical levels—an invitation few at that time accepted.  Nevertheless, through His own victorious life, He established the Way by which resurrection and ascension would be possible for the entire Body of Humanity after his resurrection from the tomb and his eventual ascension from this earthly plane back into Heaven.

As human consciousness rises to higher and higher levels, and human beings are increasingly governed by Spirit from within, rather than by man-made laws—laws that the Master himself admonished us not to make beyond the two Great Commandments He had given—marriage ceases to be necessary.

This is already a dawning reality in many sectors of society, even within the Judaeo-Christian world.  Couples are coming together as “partners” in life.  Angels may not marry but I believe we do come in inseparable pairs, or as “soul mates,” most often with only one incarnating leaving the other to provide guardianship and heavenly connection and support.

Conscious awareness of our angelic nature has already dawned in the experience of a growing number of awakened souls who are conscious of their presence in heaven on earth—the kingdom of Heaven that is at hand and all around us.  Obviously, we are not even close to a collective transformation and transmutation of the mass consciousness of humanity.  However, we are on our way, and a new Golden Age awaits us. This I know.

The Nuclear World of Controlled Power

The atom is a micro model of right relationships in true community.  In it is manifest the working dynamic of the One Law, simply stated by Lloyd A. Meeker (Uranda) (1907-1954) as “Positive Action, Negative Reaction or Response.” Walter Russell called it “The Law of One.” As I consider these two nomenclatures, I see how compliance with the One Law would bring about Oneness in the human family as “one Nation under God.” 

Consider what we now know about the structure and dynamic operation of this fundamental building block of Creation.  At the center of the atom dwell one or more positively charged Protons and one or more neutral particles called Neutrons.  Orbiting around this central hub of focused power are a number of Electrons carrying a negative charge.  Looming behind this nuclear structure lies a potential of awesome power held in check by the integrity and stability of the tiny atom.  We know this by reason of our experience destroying that integrity and releasing that awesome power to destructive ends.

As I pondered this model at three o’clock yesterday morning, awakened by a pressing urgency to explore it further and perhaps do a blog series on it, I am finding much food for meditation as I write.  It’s a huge and complex consideration.  It may not be relevant to all that’s going on in our world today with the West Coast ablaze and smothered in smoke, and the Southern Gulf States ravaged by hurricanes, including our home town in Southwest Louisiana, not to mention the human tragedies occurring globally in war-torn nations, and the divisive political climate here in the US, my thoughts today soar in the New Heaven and engage in the imaging of tomorrow and the New Earth already being born in and through the hearts, minds and innovative activities of thousands around the globe.  So, I ask you my readers to bear with me as I dream of a new world for tomorrow in the midst of a crumbling and burning old world of today.  There’s a legendary phoenix in the ashes.

I will continue in this exploration in my next post and leave you with this provocative saying of the Master Jesus:

“Let those who seek, continue seeking until they find. And when they find, they will become troubled. And when they become troubled, they will be astonished, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]” –Jesus, The Lost Gospel of Thomas

Until my next post of this new series,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

Transmutation of the Earth, page 1

“I have thrown fire on the world. Look! I watch it until it blazes.” 

Jesus, from the Gospel of Thomas

Transmutation is by fire—the fire of love.  Continuing in this series “Crucibles for Transmutation and Ascension,” and sharing excerpts from my book SACRED ANATOMY—where spirit and flesh dance in the fire of creation. This post delves deeper into the chemistry and alchemy of transmutation, which begins deep within the soil of the earth and continues on up into and through our body temples where ceremonial vessels render gifts of Nature up to pay homage to their Creator.

Ceremonial Vessels

This sacred process continues in our body temples.  All of the body’s anatomy is used in the Ceremony of Ascension and is therefore sacred.  The ceremony is life itself, an eternal, sacred dance of atomic particles winding their way back Home, to ascend with their gifts through the body’s digestive system and to be renewed and sanctified in the shadow of their Creator.

Sacred vessels are used in this Ceremony of Ascension.   They are the glands and organs by which chemicals are produced to break down and purify substance and to move it upward toward the altar for sacrifice.  From our hands, with which we prepare the food for this service and lift it up to our mouths; to the tongue which conveys the food into the mouth to be ground and mixed with enzymes from the salivary glands; to the stomach, intestines and colon, which serve to prepare the substance for assimilation and absorption, with the help of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and spleen—all are sacred vessels used to lift substance from one level to the next in an eternal process of ascension.   The heart, bloodstream and lymphatic system participate by circulating essential nutrients and oxygen from the lungs and phytochemicals in foods for the “burning” and consumption of the sacrificial offerings.  To “sacrifice” means to sanctify or make holy.   Thus is the substance from out of the vegetable and mineral kingdoms taken into the temple to give its essences into the building, maintenance and operation of our house of being.  In the process it is sacrificed.

What ascends upward on a continual basis is the refined atomic substance of the natural world of creation carried into the temple as gifts offered up from out of the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms.   What goes forth is rightly the blessing of life itself to all living forms.  That blessing is initially a barrage of digestive juices and enzymes which break up structures of food particles so that their essences may ascend more easily with the integrative cycle to become part of the body temple.  What cannot thus ascend is carefully but thoroughly eliminated from the temple through kidneys, bowels, lungs and skin to participate in the disintegrative cycle as fuel and fodder for the ongoing creative processes of life.   All of this is going on beyond our conscious awareness every moment of every day and night.

There are also the sacred vessels of mind, thoughts, words, heart, feelings and voice, as well as our tactile, visual and auditory senses.  All are rightly used by us as priests and priestesses in worship and blessing, communion and communication.

The word sacred derives from the Latin word for priest, sacerdos.  A priest, or priestess, is one who brings the radiance of the Christ into the world.  Anointed with the oil of love, he/she provides ritual space filled with love and reverence for God and all that is sacred, in which may be enacted the ceremony of communion with God in the cathedral of the Natural World.

All this, of course, relates to the true function of the angel in the temple restored to its beauty, glory and sacred purpose.   That restoration awaits the return of the body temple to this sacred service in the ceremony of life. That service and restoration is the initial work of each angel incarnate and can only be done by the angel him or herself.   For the temple itself is an extension of the incarnate angel.  Without the angel, not only would the temple be without meaning or purpose, but without existence as well.   So the initial requirement is to awaken to one’s own true identity and presence as an angel in this place of worship. Then the ceremony is conducted by a conscious angel on earth.

There is another ceremony, sometimes called “the temple service,” a term that refers to sacred sex.  As we shall explore later in depth, this service is specific to the final stage of ascension and transmutation of atomic substance into the realms of light, as incense rising, where it conveys essences of worshipful praise and thanksgiving upward and the outpouring of radiant love into the world. In this ceremony atomic substance is charged with the creative command of love.  All things work together for the perfect outworking of the Creative Process of life; all are therefore sacred and holy.               

In these ceremonies, as in a religious worship service at a cathedral or temple, something is offered upward of praise and thanksgiving to God, and something is offered outward in the form of blessing and sanctification. The ultimate benediction received in a ceremony of worship is a deeply felt connection with God in a personal way—a longing in the heart and soul of every man and woman on earth, whether consciously or unconsciously—consummated and celebrated in the “communion service.”   It is this longing that compels us along our paths to find happiness, joy and fulfillment in life—to discover God and Self as one.        

 As the vessels of the temple are so used in lifting praise and worship upward to God and conveying blessing outward into the world, they are sanctified in the radiant outpouring of love and consecrated as sacred vessels of the temple—made sacred in the sense that they are used by the priest or priestess in this Ceremony of Ascension to generate the spiritual substance of connection between the Spirit of God and the Body of God on Earth.  In this is the full meaning and purpose of life for human beings in the lower planes of Being.  In this lies the secret to health and longevity, to the radiant living of life, to majesty and excellence, to glory and beauty.  In this is the whole life purpose of the angel incarnate on Earth.  Our natural state is one of praise to our Creator as individual cells in His body, that in the state of praise, shared by all the cells in the body, the Body of God may rise up in the Earth to give Deity a means of being and acting in this realm of Creation. ♦

We have only something to give back to the Creator what has been his from the beginning.  We can’t give God anything he doesn’t already have and own, except perhaps praise and thanksgiving.  But even the angels offer up praise and thanksgiving to the Creator continually (as do the crickets).  We don’t own anything of and on the Earth, real estate notwithstanding.  As Chief Seattle stated his truth and wise counsel: 

“Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our mother.  Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the children of the earth.  If we spit upon the ground we spit upon ourselves. This we know.  The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.  One thing we know which the white man may one day discover: our God is the same god.  You may think now that you own him as you wish to own our land; but you cannot.  He is the God of all people.  And compassion is equal for all.  This earth is precious to God, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on the Creator.  So love it as we have loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it.  And with all your mind, with all your heart, preserve it for our children and love it as God loves us all.” ― Chief Seattle 

Back in the days of my own spiritual awakening and coming forth, I was gifted with a powerful experience of oneness with the One whose Earth this is.  This song emerged from out of that ecstatic experience of oneness, sung in the first person “I.” It is profoundly meaningful and sacred to me in a very personal way.  I trust that you can hear it and identify with it in the light of your own emergence as a lord in your world. May it quicken in you a sense of oneness with the Lord of lords as a steward and co-owner of “the Earth and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” 

The Earth is the Lord’s.

As Chief Seattle said, the earth does not belong to us.  Rather we belong to the Earth, which belongs to the Lord.  People say they belong to this organization or that organization; to this church or that church; to this political party or that one.  In truth, we belong solely to God, to the Lord and Archangelic Sovereign of this planet and solar system. This I know.  Until my next post, 

Be love.  Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com 

(If you would like a copy of Songs of the Earth, a CD I recently had made of this song and my Christmas song“This Angel’s Tree,” which I shared in the previous post, send me your request by email.)  

Crucibles for Transmutation and Ascension, page 2: The Body Temple

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion . . . over all the earth.” (Genesis 1:26) 

Continuing to do what is mine to do amid the pivotal turbulence in the world—and joining my many friends and colleagues who are holding a space of love and right expectancy for a creative resolution to the current crises playing out—I invite you to join me in exploring how the biblical temples of old reflect the design inherent in our physical bodies, temples inhabited by angels for the presence of God on Earth.  Let us not forget who we are and what our purpose is for being here at this crucial time of purification of the body of mankind by the fire of Love.  These are end-time days for this mind-made world. There is no way forward for it, nor for those who are trapped in its deceitful ways. A passage from the last chapter of the Book of Revelation comes to mind:

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy let him be holy still.” 

Holiness is an attribute of angels to whom the human body is sacred. I delight in sharing excerpt from my book, SACRED ANATOMY, which I wrote during the latter part of the previous century and published in the new millennial year of 2005, subtitled Where spirit and flesh dance in the fire of creation.  I will simply begin our journey in the first chapter of the book.

PART I: THE BODY TEMPLE

“The physical body is Real and beautiful beyond words to describe. It is wonderful beyond all the imaginings of mankind. In it are revealed the secret things of God.  Through it work the Cosmic Forces of the Universe.”  Lloyd A. Meeker (Uranda)

Temple of Flesh.

“Deck thyself now with majesty and excellence”

These words from the Book of Job are both an invitation and a command to be beautiful, upright and glorious in my spirit as well as in my physical form.  Indeed, why would not the temple of the Living God on Earth be decked with majesty and excellence and arrayed with glory and beauty?   Is it not the very House of God in living, breathing, singing flesh?  Did we not deck it with majesty and excellence, beauty and glory from the beginning, when we said,  “Let us make Man in our image, after our own likeness, ” and when the morning stars sang together and the sons and daughters of God shouted for joy?

 Where is our glory now?  How have we paled in majesty and excellence, we who are  God incarnate?  What has become of our flesh, our sacred temples?  Are they merely dust returning unto dust or are they mud lifted up unto splendor?  What do you see when you look at your body? A heap of troublesome flesh or a vibrating, scintillating domicile for divinity?  And who is it that is looking?  The one who needs a body to exist at all, but for a short time, or the One who made this temple in the womb and lives forevermore with or without it?

Look again and see with deeper eyes, with the eyes of the immortal being you are.  What do you see now?  Can you see a dwelling place for your own divine presence as a creator being, a beautiful temple of flesh and bone?  Perhaps I can help us see more than meets the physical eyes.  Let me lend my spiritual eyes for the duration of this book so we can see all that is with us in the sacred anatomy of our physical bodies.

Whether we know it or not, believe it or not, feel it or not, our bodies are temples more splendid than the Gothic cathedrals of Europe and more ornate than the gold-plated mosques of Arabia.  Those temples were raised to appease and worship imaginary gods in far distant heavens. These temples are raised to the living God by angels who descend from out of the realms of light to bring glory to the farthest reaches of creation so that God can dwell with us now in the flesh. Temples of yore were raised to the gods with altars for sacrifice and atonement.  The human temple had become a place of desolation and violence.  Man had lost consciousness of the presence of the divine within himself and so built structures, beautiful structures, to the gods of old and, more recently, to the One God, worshiped today by seventy-two different names throughout the religions of the world.

King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem was arrayed with much glory and beauty.  Yet when the Master  Jesus ministered in that part of the world he is recorded to have declared that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as a single lily of the field.  How much more, he assured us, are we so adorned by our Father in heaven. He was referring to the human being, the design and beauty of which even Solomon’s temple merely reflected.

There are remarkable similarities between these two temples, the one of wood, stone and gold and the one of bone, flesh and spirit.  Solomon’s temple was built according to a very specific design for the purpose of providing a glorious and protective surround for the presence of God.  Built as a permanent resting place for the tabernacle of old, which Moses had made to transport the Ark of the Covenant through the wilderness after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, it was constructed mostly out of fir and cedar—the famed and magnificent cedars of Lebanon the Phoenicians used to build their great ships—along with hand-hewed stone for the floor of the inner court.  The entire “House of the Lord” was said to be overlaid with pure gold, just as the Ark of the Covenant had been.

 Similarly, our body temples are constructed with bones—fibrous tissues like unto wooden beams—which are overlaid with connecting tissues of tendons, ligaments and muscles to hold them together and give them flexibility for movement.   The entire structure is imbued and overlaid with the pure essences of love, the spirit of God that gives it breath and moves it about.

Moses’ tabernacle, which served as a portable tent (the literal meaning of the word tabernacle) for the Ark of the Covenant, was divided into three chambers, one at the inner most center and the other two encircling it, each chamber serving a specific function.  The outer court was an entrance and gathering chamber.  It separated the tabernacle from the encampment of the twelve tribes of Israel, where they conducted commerce and the affairs of everyday life.  There was a gate for entering and going forth; in this sense, what separated also connected.

The outer court was the site of activities relating to the mental level—the teaching of the laws handed down to the children of Israel by the LORD God through Moses, by which they were to govern themselves as a nation.   Activities were also conducted relating to the business affairs of the temple, such as the sale of sacrificial animals. The Levites, the thirteenth tribe, comprised the priesthood and were encamped immediately around the tabernacle.

Within the surround of the outer court was a containment called the “Holy Place.”  This chamber was kept holy and pure by the priests and ministers of the temple who prepared and conducted worship services representing Yahweh to his people and his people to Yahweh. A single doorway connected the Holy Place with the outer court.

 In the heart of the temple within the Holy Place, hidden and protected by a series of veils and much like a jewel in its setting,  was the “Holy of Hollies” where the spirit of God dwelt on earth with His chosen people.  Herein only the High Priest could enter, which he did once each year.  God’s presence with the Israelites was represented through the design of the temple with its priesthood, focused by the High Priest.

There was a specific design to the tabernacle which Moses built in the wilderness as well as the temple which Solomon would build about five hundred years later. Both of these temples reflected a design inherent in the human body.

Temples of King Solomon and Queen Sheba

Around 1000 BC King Solomon built a temple to house the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem according to the same design as the tabernacle of Moses, only much larger and more permanent and therefore more elaborate. He built it in honor of Melchizedek the King and High Priest of Salem.

(The word “Salem” derives from “Shalom,” a greeting of “Peace be to you.”  Thus the name “Jerusalem,” which means “City of Peace,” stands, even to this day of irony and paradox, as the name of a city torn by conflict and war throughout most of its turbulent yet enduring history.) 

The late biblical scholar and historian Grace Van Duzen (1912-2004) had studied these matters over many years and visited the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt, as well as other places in the Holy Land.  She also visited a temple at Deir el Bahari that was built by the “Queen of Sheba,” believed now to be the famed Queen Hatshepsut, near Thebes along the Nile River.  She built it after the design of Solomon’s temple, which the queen had seen when she visited Solomon.  Grace’s recently published masterpiece, THE BOOK Of GRACE — A Cosmic View Of The Bible, offers fresh and realistic insight into the stories in the Bible.  She describes Solomon’s temple in remarkable detail:

It would have been an awe-inspiring experience to enter the temple of Solomon.  The approach was by “ascents” or tiers which led to the interior of the temple.  Psalms 120 – 134, each called a “Song of degrees,” were sung on the tiers as the priests made their ascent to the increasingly sacred places in the temple. The oracle, or most holy place, would correspond to the Holy of Hollies in the tabernacle, which housed the cherubim.  In the grand temple, the 15-feet-high magnificent figures with the 15-feet wingspans which touched each other, would have been a glorious sight….   

The pattern of the human being, temple of the living God, embodies the same divine blueprint. The building of Solomon’s temple was in silence. Anything requiring noise was done outside.   The silence is a factor in all of God’s creation as the gift of heaven is endowed with Earth’s substance.  The wings of the two cherubim poetically depict the human brain, its positive and negative aspects in perfect harmony, fulfilling their divinely ordained function as created.  An awesome instrument, its design provides Almighty God (the power that created the universe) with the instrument whereby His Will may bring forth in Earth’s substance a unique form of the wonder and beauty of the cosmos.   (pp. 326-327)

Grace describes the Deir el Bahari temple that the “Queen of Sheba” built near Thebes in Eypt:

Today one can visit a magnificent temple at Deir el Bahari near Thebes, nestled against a wall of rose-colored cliffs.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there and marveled at the bas-reliefs on its walls that depict the reign of Queen Hatshepsut the outstanding event of which was her visit to a “holy land.”  This temple was built by the Queen of Sheba on her return from her visit to King Solomon, a small replica of his glorious edifice in Jerusalem.

Exquisite pictures adorn the walls of the Queen of Sheba’s temple in Egypt, revealing a dignified people with features unlike the Egyptians and a mystery to many through the years. These were Solomon’s people, whom the Queen described as happy and blessed, living in a glorious land which she called “God’s.”  She returned with gifts in abundance, pictured on the walls of her temple and itemized in the biblical record.  They included rare animals, flowers of all kinds and rare trees. . . .

. . . It is amazing that this replica, built on a very small scale, is the key, on a visual level, to the design and glory of Solomon’s mighty temple.  Even the ascents to the temple can be seen and traversed.  It has been called an “accident” in Egyptian architecture; nothing like it has ever been seen there and it is regarded by many as the most beautiful building in Egypt. When this temple was constructed a new temple service was initiated.  Twelve priests, with a high priest heading them, officiated before the altar.  The office of the high priest was established in the Egyptian service at the time of Queen Hatshepsut. (pg. 335)

Solomon’s kingdom represented the culmination of a failed cycle of restoration of the Body of Mankind—which began to move, actually, with Seth, one of Adam’s sons, out of whose lineage came Noah and, through Noah’s lineage, Abraham. The cycle was initiated with the sparing of Isaac’s life as he was about to be slain in a sacrificial offering by Abraham, his father, upon a mountain in the land of Moriah. With this action, Abraham brought to an end an ancient pattern of human sacrifice that had long been an integral part of ceremonial worship on earth.  The rest of the cycle as recorded in the Old Testament is the story of the rise and fall of the nation of Israel, which had several kings and prophets before it came to an end.  Among these was King Solomon.

I welcome your thoughts and comments. We will continue the journey in my next post.  Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

Crucibles for Transmutation and Ascension, page 1

All Creation seeks to return to the Creator.

How consciously aware are you that the eggs and bacon, or yogurt and fruit, you had for breakfast this morning are being transformed and transmuted into flesh and bone and lifted up to a higher vibratory level, seeking a path back to the Creator? A rather lofty thought to begin one’s day . . . and why not?

Well, at least some of our food’s essences ascend.  What can’t ascend falls back down as ash in order to participate further in Creation. The principle at work here is all things seek to return to their origin.  All of Creation seeks to return to the Creator of heaven and earth.  Our planet itself is a crucible for transmutation and ascension with its destination bent towards the Sun, its source of origin—becoming a sun itself.  Our moon is attracted towards its earthly origin, perhaps to become an habitable planet one day.  The elemental world of Creation just seems to want to find its way back to its origin.  

According to Walter Russell, who re-invented the Periodic Table of Elements, even the elemental world is exhibiting a continual evolutionary transformation and transmutation, ascending and descending from one vibratory level to the next.

The elements of matter are an orderly and periodic accumulation and redistribution of energy. . . .  Each element is greater in its mass than its predecessor because of the generative power of electricity which acts as a brake against high axial speed and diverts it into accumulating mass.

The very elements that make up our world, then, are illusory and transitory. Iron, for instance, was once manganese, and copper was once gold based on constantly changing frequencies as the ascending spiral of invisible energy arranges and rearranges atoms and molecules in a cymatic shape-shifting creating process. The Periodic Table of Elements itself is but a snapshot of a constantly changing ascending and descending vortex of creating energy. Fascinating, isn’t it! 

Stay with me here as I offer you an opportunity to let the windmill of your mind be turned by the wind of Walter Russel’s spirit turning his own mind while delivering his brilliant truth as a scientist whose thinking is far outside the box of conventional science that resists upgrades to its sacred dogmas.  Walter Russell—described by one author as “the man who knew the secrets of the Universe,”—is to elemental science and physics what Immanuel Velikovsky was to earth science and astronomy.  Try not to “think” with your mind as you read this but simply let the current in Russell’s words flow through your mind and find its way into your heart where true thinking and understanding take place.  

From THE UNIVERSAL ONE

THE ELEMENTS OF MATTER

The elements of matter are but varying aggregations of corpuscular light units gathered together in systems familiarly known as atoms.  Atomic systems differ from solar and stellar systems solely in dimension.  In substance, structure and appearance they are exactly similar.

It has heretofore been stated that all effects of motion are repetitive.  Mass is an effect of motion and mass is repetitive, with no change whatsoever in its repetition save dimension.  A “bigger” atom such as a solar system is not different from an elemental atom of the same tone in any way but size.  Dimension is purely relative. The law for little mass is the same law as for big mass.

The elements are supposed to be many different substances, each of which is known by a different name.  Each element is supposed to be that one substance and only that.

An atom of mercury or sodium is supposed to be an atom of mercury or sodium which always has been and always will be that and nothing else.

The very foundation stone of modern physics states unequivocally in its explanation of the principles of energy conservation: “Not one particle of matter, however small, may be created or destroyed. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot destroy a pin head.”

Matter constantly progresses through the cycle of disappearance and reappearance.  Every pulsation of thinking Mind brings particles into appearance and relegates others into disappearance.  Matter is evolving and devolving as all other forms of life are evolving and devolving.

A sodium particle is not always a sodium particle. It changes its dimensions in an orderly and periodic manner until it has run the gamut of all the elements of every octave, and returned to its own octave.  A radium article was once a light unit of hydrogen and will be so again.  More than this, an atom of any element actually contains within itself all of the other elements.

An atom of gold is a gold atom in dimension only.  It is not even preponderantly of the substance of gold.  It is everything else in the universe. Everything that is, is of everything else that is.  Nothing is of itself alone.

Consider for a moment an atom of manganese or an atom of iron, both of which are very similar in structure.  Instead of thinking of it as an inconceivable little thing, for the purpose of comparison imagine it magnified until it is as big as this solar system.

One would not think of this vast solar system as an atom of any one of the elements, for one knows that all of the elements are contained within it.  Yet this solar system is either a manganese or an iron atom.  As nearly as the relater can determine without precise mathematical computation and while awaiting calculation of other dimensions it is one or the other of these elements.

Its plane and extension of ecliptic, its color as a tonal system, its tonal syllable in the octave scale, its endothermic relativity as a charging system, its tonal density, temperature and other dimensions, place it within a practical certainty as one of these two elements.

Later, when calculations have been made in accordance with the relater’s formula, the relative age of this system, its exact tonal orbit, its potential position, plane, ecliptic expansion and extension will be exactly known.

This first volume will not, however, be encumbered with mathematics.

The basic principles of motion under which the One living Being functions in His thinking are simple, and simply must they be written down.  The day of the mathematician will come in the adaptation of those principles.

This solar system, being just one huge atom of iron or manganese, let us say, and to our knowledge containing all of the elements of the entire ten octave cycle in their proper proportions, can it not now be clearly seen that the concept of the elements as separate and distinct substances of exact homogeneity throughout their structures, is untenable in this universe of repetitiveness in all of its effects of motion?

Cannot it then be seen that it is not the substance itself which determines its effect as an element but merely its position, and its dimensions, in its octave constant?

Cannot it also be clearly seen that the substance of the element for which it has been named is not even preponderant in its own element?

This solar system, which is true to plane as iron or manganese, is not preponderantly iron or manganese in its composition. It could not be. It contains vastly larger proportions of many of the other elements and yet some cosmic giant might gather up a handful of such systems as ours, which to him would be a solid, and analyze them in his laboratory as iron or manganese atoms.

Therefore let old concepts of many separate substances be discarded and replaced with the true concept of but the One universal substance of many apparent dimensions, known to man in the language of inner thinking, the language of light.

There is but one cosmic substance.  This One substance appears to be divided into many substances, known as the elements of matter.

The One universal substance first divides itself into the appearance of two opposite states of motion which register as positive and negative elements.

Then two more opposite elements appear. Then two more opposite elements of increasing potential and harder crystallization appear.

The cosmic pendulum then forms one element which registers itself as neither one opposite nor the other but is equally of each; a bisexual element of maximum opposition in all periodicities of motion.

These seven apparently different substances are but different states of motion of the One substance. They are the seven tones of an octave, and there are ten octaves of seven tones each.

In the last four octaves are many mid-tones, each one registering its own state of motion. Man calls those various states of motion of the one substance by many names, and they appear to be many substances. The apparent difference between the many is due solely to difference of motion and not to substance.

Many states of motion are possible, but there are not two substances in the universe. All states of motion are measurable and are under the absolute control of Mind.  As man is Mind, man can, with dawning knowledge of causes, change any one state of motion into any other state of motion, and by so doing transmute any one substance into any other.

The granite rock may become gold, or radium, at the will of man.

THE CRUCIBLE YOU ARE

I love letting my structured thinking become more plastic and fluid so as to meld with Russell’s free-thinking mind.  And where do we human beings fit and function in this ongoing cycle of elemental transmutation and ascension?  That’s where I want to go in this series, and you are welcome to go with me and perhaps see things that I don’t and share what you see.  

Have you ever thought of yourself as a crucible for transmutation, for instance?  Crucibles are containers that generate or refocus and channel energy.  With sufficient intensification, creative energy ignites into an ascending flame of transmuting fire—in human beings, angelic fire.  I have personally experienced such a conflagration in and throughout my body with such intensity that I felt my body would catch fire and go up in flames.  It didn’t, of course . . . go up that is. It’s still with me, for now anyway, and until such time as I release it back to return to its earthly origin.  I do expect to transmute some of it to a higher and finer essence and take it with me back Home.  I believe that’s part of our role as incarnate angels: to bring some of the essences of creation—tithes if you will—back to the Creator and giver of life.

Our work as angels incarnate includes transmuting physical substance with the transforming fire of love so that it can ascend to higher vibratory levels. Our body’s digestive and hormonal chemistry and physiology are designed and directed to this end and purpose.  We spend our days and nights transmuting seemingly lifeless raw material into living flesh, and living flesh into mental and emotional levels of energy, and still higher into spiritual essences.  In a word, we live and have our being within the ascending Flame of Love. 

Is there further work to be undertaken, then, by us angels incarnate in the larger cycle of the Creative Process to facilitate and move along the complete transmutation of the elements that make up the planet so that the earth itself and its inhabitants can move gracefully in the ascending and unifying Flame of Love? I believe there is.

I invite you to take an inspirational journey with me through the sacred terrain of the physical body as seen by the angels who incarnate on earth to live and experience their divinity in the flesh, bone and blood of the human temple. This blog journey will take us into a rather profound and prophetic consideration of our destiny as Earthlings on a planet that is shifting frequency in order to adapt to the Fourth Density it has already entered, rocking the boat, so to speak, of human existence.  Hold onto your seats—or let go to the inevitability of radical shifts in our experience of reality. Our species is undergoing a complete vibrational upgrade.

As always, I welcome thoughts and comments from my readers. I will continue in this series next weekend when I will reveal in poetic detail how these biblical temples reflect the design inherent in our physical bodies. Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

“The Windows of Heaven”

“Jesus said: I have thrown fire on the world. Look! I watch it until it blazes.” (The Gospel of Thomas)

In this series, I have focused on the function and spiritual significance of the Thymus Gland and the role this endocrine gland plays with the Spirit of Purification in keeping the body temple, especially the inner sanctum in the center of the brain, protected from the intrusion of harmful bacteria, viruses and toxins. This role involves the purifying fire of Love carried out energetically by the fierce and sweeping activities of the immune system, which I have called the “immune alliance” because of the whole body’s involvement in the conflagration and elimination of toxins and metabolic waste from the body. The spiritual heart is where the purifying fire of love is generated. 

Purification is all about energy and frequency. Everything vibrates at a specific and unique frequency. The purifying fire of love vibrates at a higher frequency than do toxins and metabolic waste. The higher vibrations of love penetrate the lower vibrations of toxins, transmuting them and rendering them harmless while being eliminated from the body. This post speaks to this process and to the importance of maintaining a fire in one’s heart . . . and identifying with the fire as the one burning, not being burnt. 

Windows of Heaven  

   The Thymus, located by perfect design just above our physical heart, opens up a vibrational gateway into the spiritual heart and the subconscious mind.  Here the bloodstream may be continually bathed in the purifying currents of love.  The bloodstream, along with the lymphatic system, carry the nourishing gifts of the natural world throughout the temple for blessing and incorporation into its sacred anatomical architecture.

  In the last book of the Old Testament (Malachi 3:10) are found these words:

 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

   This instruction and promise may be seen in at least two different ways.  One way relates to being given a blessing from God out of heaven and the other relates to being the blessing poured out through the windows of heaven we each one are. Either way, when all of the tithes of the natural world are brought into the storehouse of the Lord, which the human body is, they are blessed and they provide the means by which the blessing that I AM may be poured out of heaven into my world.

   All of creation seeks the Lord of Creation in and through Man so that it might provide clothing for His spirit.  We are designed with a spiritual heart — as well as a physical heart and digestive system — so that this natural process of ascension of the tithes of creation might occur.  Our hearts provide an altar of sacrifice whereby all things that come into it might be made holy. They are made holy by our love for them and in their union with us.  The word “sacrifice” can be traced to its Latin root, “sacher facere,” which translates “to make holy.”  The root meaning of the word holy is whole, complete.  All things are connected up to Source through natural relationships with all aspects of creation.           

   In the story of the Israelites we have been revisiting, a fire burned upon the altar seven days of every week, and they brought sacrificial tithes from out of the animal and vegetable kingdoms to the altar to be offered up to the Lord through the fire.  Anything that even touched the altar was sanctified.  In order for this to have happened, the altar itself must have been holy.  The altar of the tabernacle was holy by reason of the fact that it served as a symbol of connection between the Spirit of God, symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant, and the Israelites.  It was holy by reason of the fact that it provided for a sense of wholeness, a state of oneness, between them and their God, and whatever came between them and their God to defile that sacred place of connection was immediately purified or eliminated.

   This representation of the altar as the place of worship, the place where the people came to offer their sacrifices to God and to receive the blessing of the Most High through Aaron, the High Priest, is essentially what the priesthood, embodied by the tribe of Levi, provided. This connection with God was all important to the children of Israel.  God was their savior and redeemer from the land of bondage in Egypt. He was their “shield and buckler” in the face of their enemies.  They had every reason to believe in and rely on their God, who was the God of their forefathers all the way back to Abraham. Thus the importance of this connection through the tribe of Levi, the altar, and the sacrificial service.     

  The fact of a need for connection with God implies the experience of a state of disconnection, of separateness.  In reality God and Man are not separate but are one.  Only in human consciousness has there been a sense of disconnection and separation.  This sense of separation has been due to an absence of the spirit of God in the human heart.  God has not been welcomed there, not because human beings have not wanted to be connected with God in some way, but because of the state of turmoil maintained by them in their troubled hearts and their failure to heed the command of love to “Let not your hearts be troubled.” There has been a need, then, for an external symbol of the presence of God all down through the history of mankind. 

   The temple service was to so please God through sacrifice that he would bestow his blessing upon the nation of Israel so as to make it not only a holy nation but a strong nation which could defeat its enemies.  So the altar is a very accurate symbol of holiness, of wholeness, to the extent it has provided that sense of connectedness, sanctified by the evidence of the presence of the Spirit of God.  It had, as I said, a fire upon it seven day a week, no doubt made possible by the burning of oil, which reminded them of that Presence.

   What about my own heart?  Is there a fire of love burning in it at all times keeping it pure and holy?  Are the people in my world, and the creatures of the natural world and all living things, safe and made whole and holy when they touch my heart—or when I bring them into my heart, or into my body for nourishment?  They are to the extent I maintain my heart as a holy place, fiercely guarded and anointed daily with the oils of love and forgiveness.  They are to the extent I care for my heart as an altar where the offerings of the natural world may easily find their way Home to the Lord of Creation, and to the extent I receive them in the name of the Lord of Creation.  How can I receive them in the name of the Lord of Creation unless the Lord of Creation is present in the temple of my body?

   To the extent I am present at the altar of my own heart, as an angel of fire, who stands in representation of the Lord of Creation, then the altar of my heart is holy and anything that touches it is made holy and wholly connected up with God.  The world of creation comes Home to rest in the presence of God right here inside of me, to the extent that I provide a Home for God to rest on earth.  This was what occurred on the seventh day of creation. “And on the seventh day, God rested,” because he had created Man to steward his creation and to provide a Home on earth in which he might dwell with and enjoy the works of his hand.  

   The Master said the pure in heart shall see God.  Do I see God in all that comes to me to worship at my altar and to receive my blessing as a lord of creation?  Happy is that one who can see God in all people and in all things, for that one has a pure heart.  A pure heart is a happy heart.  A happy heart pours out blessings into the world.

Bound Back to God

  “What I am touching upon here are the giving and receiving aspects of the Creative Process.  Love and the breath of life are being given by God to all of creation continually seven days a week.  What comes back is creation’s response to the radiant outpouring of love in the rhythmic ebb and flow of the breath of life.  We are the means by which this process is designed to be stewarded and guided, and it is in our body temples where all this is designated to take place.  Since all things are connected back to God through Man, the crowning creation, it has always been so that men and women have sought to restore this connection through religion.

   It is perhaps pertinent and appropriate here to note that the true meaning of the word “religion” embodies this very process.  It literally means “to bind back to.”  True religion helps us to mindfully connect back up with God in ourselves and in others, not so that we can get to where God is up in some imagined heaven somewhere, but so that we might become consciously aware of the reality that God is here present with us already.  The extension of religion into our daily lives, then, is for the purpose of connecting and binding the world back to God. We cannot successfully escape this responsibility, which is truly a privilege no other life form shares with us in quite the same way.

   This can take place anywhere I am, such as while I am enjoying a nourishing meal with friends, or even alone doing my chores, working in the office or tending my vegetable or flower garden. Do we need a church and a time-worn ceremony to make and maintain that connection?  I find it easier to connect with God in the cathedral of a beautiful forest with tall pine trees hovering overhead than I do in a stone building lighted artificially going through the motions of rituals that have lost their passion and meaning.  I find it easier to connect with God looking across the dinner table into the eyes of a friend or family member while doing what we seem to do best and enjoy most—eating!  And who doesn’t enjoy eating!  God enjoys it a whole lot!  No doubt that’s why he designed us so we would need to eat as often and as much as we do, not just for our nourishment but more for his enjoyment and communion with his beautiful world. 

   Father God enjoys receiving the fruits of his giving and the pleasure his creation brings back to him at the hands of Mother God and together they have chosen to do this through you and through me.  He keeps giving love and She keeps returning in kind back to him on our dinner tables, completing the never ending cycle of the Creative Process. We may participate in this process of giving and receiving by embracing it with a thankful heart, the essence and meaning of the Blessing before meals. ♥                                                      (SACRED ANATOMY)

  This post brings this series to a close. I welcome your comments and any thoughts you wish to share.  Here’s a cute little video to lighten your heart:

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Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

Email: tpal70@gmail.com

Crossing the Dark Threshold into the Light of Day, Cont’d.

And life itself told me this secret: “Behold, I am that which must overcome itself again and again.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus spoke Zarathustra)

Continuing in this series on The Thymus Gland and the Spirit of Purification, and the theme of the previous post, citing Dr. Joan Borysenko’s professional perspective on Plato’s metaphorical description of the process of transformation as an emergence from out of the “cave” of isolation into the light of day — along with my own perspectives shared in my book SACRED ANATOMY:

Crossing the Threshold (cont’d)

    The traditional way [of treating an ill condition] generally prevails as the person proceeds to undertake a life-long regimen of medication to keep the symptoms suppressed and death at bay, and it is sometimes like pulling teeth to get a person to let go of the grip he/she has on the doctor’s “diagnosis.”  This only tends to assure the permanency of the condition by sending the message to the brain that in order to be able to continue treating the diabetes, for instance, the “disease” must be maintained in the body.  As long as the symptoms of dis-ease are being suppressed and not heeded for their message, and the appropriate action to address the cause is withheld, then the healing process is disrupted, thus making the symptoms of dis-ease necessary and prolonging the inappropriate therapeutic action of symptom-suppression. Where this suppression is being accomplished, as with most therapies, by the use of harsh and imposing chemicals, it can become dangerously toxic to the rest of the body over time.

[This also applies to alcohol and drug addictions as well as mental illness. One must maintain one’s identity as an “alcoholic,” for example, in order to participate in an AA program.]

    I hyphenate the word “dis-ease” in order to remind myself as a physician, and to inform my patients,  that we are not treating a “condition,” which the word “disease” implies,  but simply listening to the places where the person is experiencing the discomfort or pain for messages from the subconscious signaling where changes need to be made in one’s life style and attitude, as well as what kind of support can be given to enable the healing process already underway.  Dis-ease is always an indication that a healing process is underway. This process gets underway at the moment of insult or injury and starts with the subconscious mind asking for the cooperation and assistance of the conscious mind.  Pain and discomfort is its way of asking.  When the subconscious is satisfied that help is being given and changes are beginning to be made, the symptoms may be turned off, simply because they are no longer necessary. In the case of a fever, the temperature will be turned down when the purpose for the fever — the incineration of toxins — is satisfied.  What thwarts the healing process most is failure on the part of the physician, and the person experiencing the dis-ease, to hear what the body is trying to convey, and therefore failing to render the appropriate care and assistance. 

   Often that message does not get through to the conscious mind until the individual is at death’s door.  Even then a radical shift in consciousness, or in the vibratory pattern maintaining the ill condition, can bring about miraculous shifts in the healing process and the person suddenly begins to manifest that altered state in the physical body itself.  Remissions of illness occur.   Life prevails.  Sometimes the answer is not available until it becomes evident that one’s life is at stake and death seems imminent. Such intensities of energy create pressure inside the subconscious which engenders the feeling that one has been backed into a corner where it appears there is no way out but death, when suddenly one looks up in prayer to a higher Source of power and the answer comes popping up from out of the subconscious, as though caught up in the sudden upward flow of prayerful energy and sucked into the conscious mind.   Like the proverbial bar of soap that, when squeezed in a fist, will go in the direction it is pointed, we sink or swim in the ocean of life depending on what direction our deepest and most heartfelt response is given.

   Dr. Borysenko sites Victor Frankel’s moving story from his book, Man’s Search For Meaning, in which he relates how he survived four Nazi death camps simply by looking up to a higher power in times of crisis, therein turning his obviously limiting circumstances and horrible suffering into opportunities for discovering the genius of life’s indomitable transforming spirit.

…In those most terrible of times some people succumbed to the inevitable epidemics that swept the camp, dying before the brutality of the Nazis and the fire of the ovens could consume them. But those who were able to find some meaning in their suffering were more likely to hold onto life….  Frankel and others like him created ritual out of horror, growth out of destruction by choosing to believe that there was some transcendent meaning to their suffering.

   She then brings it all home for me when she focuses in on the core purpose for all of life’s experiences and challenges, which can lead us to further spiritual discovery and growth: 

    When we set our sights on a higher meaning, we automatically cast ourselves in the role of the dweller at the threshold, an initiate in a great story.  We’re not powerless, trapped or worthless.  We are passing through the fire on the way to a purification of sufficient value that our suffering becomes worthwhile when weighed against it.  Part of the value of suffering and dwelling at the threshold is that it initiates or intensifies the search for what is most sacred.  For only in placing our minds on the promise of that sacredness can we emerge from the liminal period not only intact but transformed, healed.                          

    The late American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, spoke of the deep need to find not only personal meaning in our lives but trans-personal, or spiritual.  A need is like a biological drive, an instinct.   It’s part of the genes, part of the race memories that form the collective unconscious that all people share.  When a biological drive is thwarted the organism suffers in some way.  The particular kind of suffering that accompanies a thwarted drive for trans-personal meaning is a feeling of emptiness, of meaninglessness about life that can progress to depression if the need isn’t attended to.

   I love where Joan leads in the direction of discovering what is most sacred inside ourselves as the purification process burns away the outer shell of our substitute self only to reveal the authentic Self. The analogy comes to mind of a kettle of molten gold bubbling inside a furnace with the dross floating to the top to be scrapped off and discarded.  What remains is the purified precious metal.  I am, and we each one are, as “gold tried in fire” and found worthy of being called precious and lovable as we emerge through the fire of the Spirit of Purification, which stands guarding the way to the Tree of Life in the fourth plane of being.

   I see the drive inside of us toward spiritual meaning, toward the experience of union with God, as being much more than genetic and biological.  I see it as the irresistible compulsion of spirit, of love itself, to find expression through human hearts in this world, a world which has tried without success to suppress and even destroy its expression down through the ages.  This futile attempt to suppress love has been the basic, underlying cause of all human sufferings, including mental depression — especially mental depression, for it is the false ego usurping control of our lives through the capacity of the human mind that has put forth the greatest effort to both prevent love from governing human hearts and to subdue the natural processes of life to serve its own ends.  The human mind is far too small a capacity for the false ego to use in its attempts to hold back the forces of the natural world and to thwart the purposes of God for humanity.  It may summon the help of the heart, a much larger capacity, by putting up dams of resistance in the form of ill feelings and judgments.  But all the dams it puts up cannot hold back the purifying waters of the Spirit of Purification. They finally break asunder, often bringing untold suffering, mental anguish and insanity into the lives of human beings.  Even through all of this, the truth of love can be revealed. This is so on both the individual and the collective levels. The Spirit of Purification is very much at work today cleansing the hearts of human beings and the collective heart of humanity of fear, hatred and terror.  

   The false ego itself, individually and collectively, is deflated in pattern after pattern of failure, until it grows weary and tired of resisting the irresistible spirit of love.  It is in the wake of such failures that the truth of the One present, but heretofore missing in action, has the opportunity to come forth and allow the false ego to dissolve and pass away.  Both mind and heart are thus transformed by the coming forth of the angel and the radiation of love that is even now shining brightly on earth through a growing number of hearts.  Nothing can thwart the compelling and irresistible power of love to transform human beings and to restore the world back into a place of beauty, love and light.

   Actually, the world of beauty, love and light exists already in the fourth plane of being.  All it takes to know it is for each one to cross over the threshold of purification by fire and enter into it.  The kingdom of heaven is then surely known to be within.  Upon entering in, one is wise to simply abide there and from this place bring forth beauty, love and light into one’s world, now seen as a creative field to offer love, truth and life into rather than a world of hell and chaos from which one sought ways to escape.  For what wanted to escape no longer exists, and the one who has come forth, the angel of light and sound, is eternal and is not going anywhere but always lives in heaven and is delighted when received by his/her own in this world. (From SACRED ANATOMY)

I always enjoy hearing from my readers and followers. So, if you have any thoughts you would like to share, I would love hearing them.  I will conclude this series on the thymus gland in my next post. Until then,

Be love. Be loved

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

Crossing the Dark Threshold . . . . . . into the Light of Day

“Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth . . . .”    (W.H. Auden, September 1,1939)

Plato described the transition from the old self to the authentic Self as moving from out of “the cave” of isolation, where life is observed as confused reflections on the walls of the cave, into the light of day where one is fully engaged as a liver of life rather than an observer only.

Crossing the Threshold                                                    

This passage of the soul from out of the dark cave and into the light of day is made much easier with the assistance of a “spiritual midwife,” or mentor.  One need not go it alone these days with the many spiritual guides and personal transformation facilitators available. 

 One such spiritual midwife, and “guru” to many, is Dr. Joan Borysenko, clinical psychologist and medical scientist, who has done much work in body-mind healing and spiritual transformation.  She offers some professional insight into this process of transformation in a tape series entitled, “The Power of the Mind to Heal.” With her permission, I would like to share with you now an excerpt from these tapes, primarily for the grounding in the work-a-day world her words provide, but also for the profound gift she brings into the healing field through her expression and her deep and compassionate understanding of humanity’s state of amnesia, out of which many today are awakening and struggling to make sense out of the events of a dawning new age which we are all seeing and experiencing in a new way.

From Dr. Borysenko’s tapes:

   “The events that call us forth from Plato’s ‘Cave’ are different for each of us, and perhaps the best prayer in times of trouble is not to pray for the troubles to cease but to pray that our hearts and minds stay open to change so that we’ll emerge from our crisis transformed, wiser and more loving.

   “Unfortunately we’ve lost our cultural understanding of the value of darkness. Suffering and pain are downright unpopular in a culture that’s addicted to ‘positive thinking.’  But a lot of what passes as ‘positive thinking’ isn’t positive at all . . . .  A lot of us slap on a veneer of positivity and phony faith to hide a heart full of pain and fear.

   “The psychologist Carl Jung put it very clearly when he said that we can’t find the light by imagining good things.  The only way to the light is to go back out through the darkness.  Then we can emerge transformed with truly changed minds. 

   “The mythologist, Joseph Campbell, said, ‘one thing that comes out in myths is at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.’”

This has certainly been true in my own experience of dark times.  Another way this has been expressed is “The darkest hour is the one before the dawn.”  Some of my best days have been after two or three days of internal void and mental cloudiness, passing through layers in the veil. We may be fortunate to have had someone represent the light of Being to us so vividly and powerfully that we are able to forge a path all the way to the most sacred and holy place within us and perhaps even fuse in rapturous union with the Beloved, losing ourselves to the world and entirely into the arms of Love.  Sometimes, in such ecstatic experiences “in the light,” the path we forged with the help of another’s light closes up behind us and we lose our way back out into the world.  We leave the world to ascend the mountain of spiritual attainment and enlightenment, where we stay for a season knowing that we must return to the world we left behind.

Often we have to find our way back out on our own through a heart cluttered with fears and doubts and a mind rigidly structured with beliefs and prejudices of sorts we never even imagined were there.  This time, however, we have only our own light, which by now we have learned to shine, to light up the path leading out into the world of hard facts and experiences. For me, finding my way back out into the light of day where I could be of real value and service to others has been the greatest test of my spiritual awakening and transformation.  The most difficult of tasks has been to learn how to reach out and to touch people where they are.  I could not have done it without help, without someone to at least provide a sounding board for clarifying issues and validating my own gut perceptions and new-found sense of true self-worth.  One way and the other, both in going in to find oneself and in coming out to reveal the wonderful one I discovered my Self to be, one has to traverse the darkness of the cave where the false, isolated self spent its entire life wandering around in a solitary way.

Dr. Borysenko describes this transitional period from her professional point of view as represented quite often by physical, mental and emotional symptoms of so-called “dysfunction.”

   “Not only have we lost our appreciation of the value of darkness as an authentic path to the light, we’ve also lost the priesthood whose function it was to bring us through the transitions.  All too often our religious priesthood is as out of touch with sources of wisdom as is our secular priesthood—therapists and psychiatrists [and I would include here health care physicians] who think more in terms of pathology than they do of growth and potential.

   “We can learn a great deal about approaching these times of transition by observing how the priesthood of more primitive societies treats people in transition—whether the transition comes unbidden or whether it is set into motion by a special ritual or rite of passage.

   “The anthropologist, Victor Turner, is well known for his study of the ritual process in different cultures.  He defines a ritual as a ‘rite of passage,’ a transition between two distinct states of being, or stations in society.  The traditional rite of passageway in primitive cultures consists of three distinct stages: the separation from one’s previous state of being; the liminal period during which you dwell between two worlds, not here and not there; and the reincorporation afterwards into some new role or status in the society.

   “The ambiguous intermediate state of liminality is a kind of dwelling at the threshold of a new life.  It’s often compared to being in the womb, in a state of darkness and invisibility, or ‘wandering in the wilderness.’ The Jews wandered in the wilderness for forty years when they left bondage in Egypt, a time of dwelling at the threshold before they were re-born to a new life in Palestine. Jesus, too, wandered for forty days in the wilderness when he died to his old self, the carpenter, and was reborn to his God Self.

   “Each of us, in that very same movement from our separate ego to our God Self, has to do some wandering in exile and in this period we may feel confused, unhappy and like we have nothing left to hold onto.  If our culture hadn’t gotten so out of touch with the meaning of ritual and myth, we would know that this ‘no-man’s land’, the ‘dark night of the soul’ between the death of our old self and the birth of our new Self was grace, not ‘mental illness’ or ‘PMS’.”

What a wonderful and empowering attitude to hold toward a health crisis, or a life crisis, that might come our way seemingly just about the time we thought everything was going so well in our lives. I know for a fact, just from my own personal experience with physical illness, that unresolved inner issues come up to be addressed when the physical body is undergoing a viral cleansing, for example. One is compelled to be thankful for such interruptions sent by life perhaps to get one’s attention. It is believed by some psychologists that our own sub-conscious minds create the symptoms of dis-ease in order to alert us to the need to address important issues in our lives.   We can rest in assurance that all is well during times of crisis rather than tense up in fear of the unknown.  Healing can come quickly as we listen to our inner voice for the very specific message that will open the door to us for transformation. It is there if we are quiet enough, and honest enough, to hear it. Joan continues:

“The collective hypnosis—our unconscious adherence to the familiar beliefs that guide our lives—is broken in the liminal period, in that time of exile, in exactly the same way our own uncelebrated life crises strip us of what we know, delivering us to the threshold of the unknown. In times of transition we awaken from the familiar terrain of life and find ourselves in alien territory.  If we know that this frightening, unknown period was a necessary transition, like the transition period of labor, we could more easily ask for whatever help was needed, and more patiently hold on and wait for the birth.  We could take comfort that the process was natural, not pathological.    Each dark night and each little death peals away a layer of conditioning, restoring our sight so that we can see more clearly.  What a difference it would make if a person in the throes of a life crisis were called an ‘initiate’ and then skillfully led to a rebirth. Instead, our psychological initiates are often labeled neurotic, psychotic, addictive or character disordered, labels that create helplessness and low self-esteem. These labels reinforce the fearful story that we are damaged and less than whole.    Some of the power of the ‘Twelve-Step Recovery Program’ comes from the context in which addiction in placed. In anonymous programs, addictions are transitions between a life where the person was out of touch with a higher power and one in which the reality of that power becomes not only the force for recovery but also a renewal of the meaning of life. Addiction as a liminal experience, for those who are willing to see it in that light, creates excitement, empowerment and even gratitude for the addiction as a guide to a new, more self-aware and fulfilling life.”

It is one thing to admit that one’s physical body is addicted to a drug, such as alcohol, and to take the necessary steps toward sobriety and non-dependency.  It is another thing entirely to take on the label of “alcoholic” as one’s identity.  The statements “I am an alcoholic” or “I am a drug addict” can serve to dispel patterns of denial, but it isn’t the truth of who one is.  Such firmly held fixations in consciousness could come to hide awareness of one’s real identity.  This can set up a circular codependent relationship between condition and treatment in which one must continue being an “alcoholic” in order to participate in the process of treatment, and vice versa.  Further, one might be prone to think that, without that identity, one would become as nothing.

In the health field, similar situations arise where one becomes identified with the “disease” for which one is being treated.  To continue saying, for example, “I am a diabetic” fixes the condition of diabetes even more firmly in consciousness, which in turn creates the vibrational terrain that determines health and dis-ease in the body-mind continuum.  What if one were to say instead, for example, “I am fine.  My body, however, is having some difficulty handling sugar at this time, so I will withhold sugar from my diet until such time as I have corrected the reason(s) for the difficulty?” This, in my view, would be more accurate as well as the intelligent and cooperative first step to take toward a holistic approach to healing while engaging orthodox, traditional disciplines and therapeutic methodologies.   (Excerpted from Sacred Anatomy)

I will continue with this theme in my next post.  Thank you for sharing my meditations. I would love to share any thoughts you may have. Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

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