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Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 13: Abiding in Love Always

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”¹

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IN BRINGING this series to a close, reflecting back on the period in which SACRED ANATOMY was written and published, between the years 1990 and 2005, those nine years during which I was compelled by Spirit to bring the image out of the heaven and into print were years of virtual withdrawal from the world and of dwelling “in the Secret Place of the Most High . . . under the Shadow of the Almighty,” as the psalmist declares.¹  It was a gift from Spirit, given as enlightenment and personal counsel, intended to be shared in book form. 

Perhaps it has outlived its original purpose, its subject having little if any relevance in today’s world of chaos and global unrest wherein more momentous and pressing issues are in focus, such as our survival as a species.  And the proverbial “choir” has moved on to more advanced transformational music.  It’s time to move on.  So I offer this final excerpt for those who are still interested and enjoying these meditations.  I thank you for completing this series with me.  Now on to the finale. 

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ABIDING IN LOVE ALWAYS                            

     Our understanding of these sacred vessels as portals for love’s radiant release is purified in the furnace of the pure heart as they are brought back into the Holy Place and used rightly so that we do not keep getting burned by the unbridled release of this creative power [which is multiplying flesh on an overpopulated planet]. It is in the heart, after all, where we live our daily lives.  This is our inner bedroom, so-to-speak, our altar in our temple.  How do I keep this room?  Is it a place of peace and restfulness, or is it rather cluttered with the unresolved issues of daily living?  Is it a heaven or a hell?  Is it holy or defiled?  This will make all the difference in the quality of my experience of sexual intimacy, because I bring the essences of my day’s activities with me to the altar in this temple service.

     The secret of alchemy lies in abiding in Love always.  One cannot, for instance, spend one’s day in a state of complaint and turmoil and expect to share in sacred sex at the close of the day—or whenever one may choose to share this potent release of love’s alchemical fire.  Arguments are not resolved by “having sex” for instance.  The energies charging issues that need to be addressed and resolved are only intensified, making them more volatile.  Nor does it make things “all right again” between two people who have been hurting one another mentally, emotionally and physically.  Time and space need to be provided to resolve the coarser issues of living in the work-a-day world of the outer court.  They do not belong in the holy place of the temple.  

     In the temple of Solomon there was the outer court where things that did not belong in the holy place could be dealt with.  This is the mental and emotional levels of our outer being.  Here is where we rightly handle issues that we deal with every day out in the “encampment” of our larger fields of service.  And issues do need to be dealt with and resolved between two people who are committed to a shared life of intimacy.

     It is a challenge to deal with issues where differences and disagreements arise.  It’s easier to say “Forget the talking, let’s just go to bed and make love, then everything will be all right again.”  This has never proven out to resolve anything, and love is not “made” as we considered earlier.  On the contrary, the problems only intensify and pile up on the shelf, which gets heavier and weightier until one day it all comes crashing down on top of our heads and the substance of the relationship is threatened, often violently dissipated.  Irreparable damage may be done as open hearts are deeply injured. The dominance of one sex over the other cannot be creative and is certainly not enjoyable. . . .  

     Generally it seems that women are the wiser in relationships in that they know the importance of talking things out and resolving them.  Often their emotions become reactive, arousing defensiveness in men, who feel attacked.  Women are the ones who are usually left with the responsibility of initiating any important dialogue.  It need not be so.  Men can learn to open the space for such dialogue.

     From my own resistive experience, the way to that dialogue includes taking deliberate steps to open up the space in order to confront and resolve issues.  This is the “work” those who seek creative relationships must do in order to find the union that love would bring. That is not always a comfortable experience as it necessarily involves becoming vulnerable as one opens up to hidden and guarded areas of past wounding.  Dialogue involves honest inquiry to uncover assumptions and misconceptions in order to reveal the truth.  It also requires suspension of judgment, criticism and blame.  There is a paradox here in that the vulnerability we seek to avoid is what leads to intimacy, and ultimately to communion, the essential ingredient of true relationship. 

     The Dalai Lama said, in his Millennium Advice,  “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”  He also advised, “Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.”  His most insightful piece of advice, however, in my opinion anyway, is “In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.”  That is an easy pit to stumble into. 

     As one stands on one’s own ground of “radical authenticity” and passion for the truth of love in one’s relationship with another, and passion for the genuine experience of intimacy where trust and honesty are valued above all other privileges and pleasures of a relationship, one will have the opportunity to experience one’s own angelic fire, as well as that of one’s partner.  Such a fire is a beautiful, albeit fierce, power to know in oneself and to behold in another, giving rise to a deep sense of respect and honor between couples who dare to stand in the fire of Love together—and who take the time to learn and utilize the tools of dialogue that keep them on the path to clarity, as well as from taking the more familiar path of attacking, defending and name calling . . . or walking away.

     As true men and women, we love and honor that in each other and want to be full partners in that same angelic fire that will not settle for anything less than the real and genuine in our experience of love in intimate relationship with another sacred and precious angel incarnate.  The tendency is to avoid heated arguments because of the discomfort they often produce.   We can agree to disagree and then welcome confrontations as necessary encounters with the truth in order to arrive together on the other side in a place of accord where love still abides as sweet and strong as ever.  

     No man, or woman, can destroy the fire of spirit. One need never lose one’s sense of identity with the angel.  Nor need one ever let another take one’s crown of self-control and authority and become subject to another’s power and control.  The Father within is always present to receive our spirit and to support us in our ordeals in life, if we would but remember to make space in the heart for His presence. 

     It is essential, I feel, that both partners have an active and personal communication with their Father within before they come together to share in the powerful creative currents of love.  Otherwise a truly creative relationship is not likely to develop and blossom . . . . 

     Life, in oneself and in another, is sacred and is not to be taken lightly, or “messed with,” in common parlance.  The angel of fire we each are will simply not allow it, and if he/she is pushed far enough, the angel will come forth to deal with the situation forthrightly.  We know not the power that lies within this body temple in the angel incarnate we each are. Perhaps we do have a clue when we are forced to come forth in emergencies.  That is what emergencies are, moments that require us to fully emerge and deal with things forthrightly, assisted by our powerful Adrenal Glands and the tranquil vibration of the Spirit of the Single Eye.

     There is definitely a time for repentance, for turning around and facing one another in the current of love in “sacred space” before facing the issues that need resolving, and surely before approaching the altar of Sacred Sex together.  Love is a fire which purifies that which it loves, and love cares for our human capacities which give us presence and expression on earth.   In order to come through them with clarity, it often chastises them. Whatever is there—the residue of our day’s activities in service to our world, for example—is met by this fire.  What is not of love, not genuine, not you, is burned up and left for dross by the Spirit of Purification.  What is too heavy to ascend in the fire will descend and fall away. Only that which is gold, or “fine brass”—precious, in other words—will ascend, and if one is identified with the dross, or holding onto it, then one may get burned as well. 

    This is essentially what is being declared when one exclaims, “That just burns me up!”  One has to let go of it entirely, leave it out of the holy place and out of one’s life forever—certainly out of the sacred space of relationship. One way of letting go of something that “burns us up” is to stop judging it. [Another is to seek the help of a personal counselor in exposing the hot buttons and disarming them. (See footnote for a reference.)]²  

     Sex is not casual when it embodies Love.  Love is purposeful and its purpose is creation and blessing.  It is truly the most powerful force in our lives, which must be handled with great care and approached with our hearts first and well before we approach it with our genitals.   Then the sacred vessels of the temple are well anointed with the oil of love for the release of the blessings of the Spirit of the New Earth in a current of unified radiation of love into our worlds. We may truly say then, ”Behold, I make all things new.”  The very atoms that comprise our body temples, which started their ascent far out in the mineral and vegetable kingdoms of the Natural World, are lifted up in the ascending fire of love to become the living flesh of the Great Spirit that created them.  Ascension is our primary role as co-creators with God.  How else will the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of our God save through us who comprise his beloved, holy temple on Earth? 

     We lift up the substance of our individual worlds in the temple service of sacred sex so that some of it might be transmuted, or spiritualized, into angelic substance,  and the rest sent back out into the Natural World renewed and sanctified by Love.  We bring it all into the Father’s house by taking it into our sacred hearts and hands. Thus is the world made new.  And there is so much to be made new.

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.  (Malachi 3:10)   

    This is the service I came on earth to offer, the service I believe we each came to offer when we incarnated in these temples of flesh. 

    I do not see ascension as something we are to strive for in order to escape this world of trial and tribulation.  It is our very work and pleasure to lift up our bodies and our worlds, together with all other angels incarnate with us on this beautiful planet.  Let our passion be utterly to this end that we may each fulfill our mission and purpose in life, singularly and all together, to bless the world with shining light, with beauty and peace, and bring it all Home to the One whose world this is. Ω

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¹ Psalm 91

² For such personal help, I recommend Nancy Rose Meeker, a well-seasoned intuitive and transformation counselor. You can meet her on her website, http://www.nancyrosemeeker.com. From the menu, simply choose About and behold Rose’s shining face. (Just as a side note, Nancy Rose helped with the editing and honing of my book.) 

 

                                               

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Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 12: Ecstasy At All Levels

When you strip naked without shame and trample your clothing underfoot just as little children do, then you will look at the son of the living one without being afraid.  —Jesus, from The Gospel of Thomas

Upon giving further thought and consideration to this series on the Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, it seems only fitting that I complete the series by sharing the last two sections of this chapter in my book — the complete title of which is SACRED ANATOMY . . . were spirit and flesh dance in the fire of creation.  So here they are in two posts.  I think you will agree that they bring the consideration of Sacred Sex to an appropriately exalted level.  Enjoy.

ECSTASY AT ALL LEVELS   

     IT IS AT THE PHYSICAL PLANE of Being where we ground the experience of Life’s juicy sexuality, a sexuality that permeates our entire being, starting with the seventh level in the Pineal where I Am love radiantly abiding and drawing my creative field together; to the Pituitary where in wisdom I embrace with deep care that which is drawn to me, the true and beautiful in myself and in my lover;  to the Thyroid where we infuse our flesh with the radiance of life and prepare to share that radiance with our world; then on down into the Thymus where with hearts pure and sure we know and know that we know the presence of the Beloved, whom we love with our whole and shared heart; through the Islets of Langerhans in the Pancreas where our cup overflows with joy unspeakable in that realization of the Presence of the One in whom we find ourselves unified; on to the Adrenal glands where all power in heaven and on earth is given to us to fulfill love’s purpose and passion; and the final warm and loving embrace of the new earth of sacred flesh by the angel of the Gonads in the right and left hands of God, hands that now we are and have always been, male and female partners in love’s co-creativity and life’s pro-creativity.  All is consummated within an ascending flame of love that brings sweet, ecstatic union with the Divine. The endocrine glands can thus be seen as representing in flesh the metaphorical Holy Grail all seek to find, and it is here within these flesh temples.

     Ecstasy literally means being put out of a state of stasis, of balance and equilibrium, on the physical plane and transported into a higher state of joy and even rapture.  Physical oneness between flesh bodies is born out of the spiritual union of incarnate angels. The Seven Spirits before the throne of God (described by St. John in the Book of Revelation as “lamps of fire”) work as one in orchestrating the Ceremony of Ascension by which the outer self becomes one with the inner Self.  Human flesh becomes spiritualized substance in the purifying and rarifying fire of Love through the Divine alchemy of the Masculine and Feminine Principles working within the individual, or between two angels incarnate.   

     We are wise to be patient with this powerful sexuality of Life which draws substance together in the ascending currents of the fire of Love.  As true stewards of substance we are careful so as to let only those substances that belong together, are creative and purposeful together, mix and blend in our hearts and in our flesh so as not to confuse and compromise our heart substance.  This is the essence behind the commandment of old relative to the act of adultery, the mixing and blending of substances that do not belong together.    

     Patience is of utmost importance here so that we do not abort cycles that are working out to bring forth creative and intimate relationships between ourselves and others.  The human tendency all too often is to rush into physical intimacy before the substance of friendship has had a chance to grow, mature and blossom, and before we mature to the point where we know our inner Self as who we are and begin to sufficiently master the blending and marriage between the inner Self and the outer capacity to know Self.  Spiritual intimacy with another is born out of personal and individual intimacy with the Truth of Love that alone brings forth Life. Spiritual intimacy, then, prepares the way for the experience of the magical and sacred alchemy of physical intimacy.    

     The sexuality of Life belongs to the Ones who created it, Father God and Mother God.  It permeates all levels of Creation. When we enjoy the physical intimacy of sex, God does as well.  When God is included in the enjoyment of sex consciously, the experience of spiritual ecstasy is inevitable and transcends, though not necessarily excludes glandular orgasm.  Orgasm is not seen by the angel as the purpose of sex.  For the angel, orgasm is a chosen experience and is entirely up to his/her own discretion.  It is seen as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. It is mainly seen as a means of infusing one’s creative field with the substance of love, the creative power.  It is necessary for procreation, although this is obviously not its exclusive purpose.  Whether there is the experience of orgasm or the release of unified radiation through a point of stillness, both heaven and earth sing together as the two hands of God come together to applaud and celebrate the communion shared by his angels incarnate.  Angels love one another and know the other as self.  In such a state of shared union with the Beloved, we discover that we are God enjoying our sexuality.

     We sometimes refer to sexual intercourse as “making love,” and yet love cannot be “made.” Love is already and fills the entire temple from its radiant abode in the “seventh heaven,” which is the domain of the Pineal Body.  Here is where love is “made,” if we want to use that word. What is made here is more of a covenant with God, a sacred agreement with the Almighty.  We return full cycle to our consideration earlier of the ark of the covenant of love in the tabernacle of God that is with men. The word “covenant” derives from the Latin “convenire,” which means to convene, to come together in an agreement.  If our agreement as angels, before we even incarnated, was to bring spiritualized flesh back to God, then the Pineal Body can be seen as our appointed place of rendezvous with God on earth, hence the intensity of radiation of love one feels in this gland during sexual intimacy and ecstasy when the fire descends through heaven’s portal and fills the temple with light and glory.      

     As we keep this covenant sacred, honoring and nurturing our vertical connection and intercourse with Love above the worldly horizontal when we share in physical intimacy, the power of Love has a clear shot into our worlds from the level of the Seventh Heaven.  Our genital organs themselves become the external altars and vessels for our Temple Service, a means of releasing that power into the creative field to bless and sanctify all things therein.  We enjoy the pleasure of love’s unified release into the world in all its dimensions and levels through these wonderful and entirely practical vessels of our sacred anatomy.

The ascending current of the flame of Love is pleasurable beyond any pleasures known to man, simply because it affords us the experience of knowing oneness with the Beloved, and affords the Beloved the enjoyment of all the mansions of the Father’s House.  In the ecstasy of union, my Beloved and I are one.  Sexual intimacy affords human beings the highest form of union with God on the physical plane of being. From this place of union the lord of the temple speaks the creative command, “Behold, I make all things new.” ♥

“Abiding in Love Always” is the topic of my next and final post in this series.  As always, I welcome any thoughts my readers may wish to share.  Thank you for sharing my thoughts and meditations.   — Anthony

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, page 3: Reshaping Hallowed Space

“Sacred tones our voices sound, reshaping hallowed space.  Let Love command.  Let wonders form.  Let heaven’s beauty shine.  Let every living breath sing praise for light divine.” ¹

In this series I have been sharing excerpts from the section of my book SACRED ANATOMY focusing on the endocrine Gonad glands and the vibrational essence of the Spirit of the New Earth.  The larger context for this post is available in a previous post, which I recommend reading first, if you haven’t already done so.  In this post I share my meditation on the musical aspect of this sacred seal . . . along with some thoughts on current issues. 

This is an area in which, as a musician, I have a passionate interest; one that led me to explore in depth the spiritual or vibrational essences that create the body temple.  My exploration led me to write and publish my research and experimentation in a second book, ATTUNEMENT WITH SACRED SOUND, wherein I offer energy healers a methodology for the use of sacred sound as a carrier wave for Spirit and intention.

THE CREATING POWER OF WORDS

Before I proceed, I will say a few words about the hymn I excerpted a few lines from above.  It was written by a friend and colleague as a worshipful tribute to the Word that articulates the “Whole Holy World,” as Uranda described Creation.  The term word signifies sound, a vocal utterance, as it has done from the Beginning:  “And darkness was upon the face of the deep . . . and God said: Let there be light.”
St. John resounds these words from Genesis in his Gospel:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John: 1-3)

I would like to give some thought to the creating power of words. The Word, spelled with a capital W, signifies the Divine utterance of the Tone that creates and shapes the visible world.  The “Word made flesh” refers to the incarnation of the Lord of Love in the man Jesus. By the same principle, our words, imbued with spirit and emotion, are also made flesh in that they manifest form and shape our worlds. 

Words are born of intention.  It is the intention encoded in the words we speak that shapes our experiences in life and our worlds.  In the larger context of the collective body of humanity, our shared world is shaped and conditioned by what’s issuing forth from out of our collective heart, mind and consciousness—our music, for instance. 

Concerts put forth an abundance of emotion-driven words and thoughts that speak for the masses of young people who field and applaud them.  What issues forth from the mouths of bands and rock and rap artists, conveyed on the carrier waves of sound, has its influence on the consciousness of those attending and participating, who then return to their worlds and lives and shape both out of their consciousness.   

In this day, that issuance via various media is largely one of fear, anger, futility, longing, hoping and praying, leading to deep depression and desperation in many to the point of suicide . . . notably among an increasing number of youths and even children, where “virtual reality” and “social media” simply do not substitute for actual reality and social activities with friends and piers at school.  

Through the eyes of such conditioning, we view a world falling apart when in reality it is our species that is threatened by extinction in a collapsing ecology and economy, under siege by a virus from out of the natural world.  Chaos is global, erupting this week in Myanmar.   It is we who are coming apart as a gregarious species sentenced to isolation from one another for too long. 

Profiteering in high places is rampant in this pandemic. No one needs to be profiting from this catastrophe that has produced so much irreparable damage and brought so much pressure on everyone, especially on our youth.  The pressure will only increase as we move toward the end of this pandemic and into the next phase of our collective transformation.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 

UNDER PRESSURE

My son John in Ashland, Oregon posted this on Facebook a few days ago that depicts the climate in the world presently, as well as his beautiful attitude of compassion:

Feeling this song pretty hard tonight. The pressure just keeps increasing and increasing, and I see it affecting everyone around me. Some take it better than others. I mean, are we diamonds yet? We’re just… Trying to be good people. Trying to save the planet. Trying to love each other. Trying to keep a house. Trying to make enough money. Trying to feed the poor. Trying to be good parents. Trying to be good partners. Trying to be good friends. Trying harder and harder and harder. And it’s never “enough.” There’s a reason for that.  Having A LOT of compassion for all those getting squeezed by life right now. You’re not alone. Together we walk. It is We, not just you and I.

“Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure”

(Video: Queen & David Bowie  UNDER PRESSURE )  To read Lyrics click here

It’s the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watching some good friends screaming let me out
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets

[The phenomenal crowds that flocked to Queen concerts back in the 1980’s speaks to the revolutionary awakening of that era sparked and shaped by the words and sounds of Queen and similar concerts . . . and still doing so.  Just this one particular video was viewed by 272,254,215 people in March of 2013, a quarter of a century after the song had been performed at every Queen concert between 1981 and ’86.] 

PRESSURE ESSENTIAL TO CHANGE

Without pressure, change cannot occur. There is no greater potential for shaping the hallowed space of darkness upon the deep of our yet uncreated worlds than from the sacred ground of our sexuality.  Here at the first level in the planes of being are all the essences from the levels above that go to create and empower the world in which we live and have our being.  So there’s much pressure coming to bear at this lower level with at least six levels stacked up on top of it. What we do here in this place of holy communion, and why we do it, sets into motion the energetic and vibrational factors that will most assuredly shape our world and our experience of life. 

If we approach this potent area of sexual intimacy for the purpose of relieving the pressures of life, or simply pleasuring ourselves — or, worse yet, profiting financially from human and sex trafficking —  then we compromise whatever creative processes are unfolding.  We also enforce our intention to seek pleasure and profits from the world that we create, and the world given to us by our Creator.  

This is not in keeping with the intention of our divine Self, the angels we are, who have incarnated to co-create a heaven on earth with other angels who have incarnated with the same intention.  We are wise, then, to be fully conscious as we approach this potent creative activity.  And I know I’m preaching to the choir here as those in “gross darkness” cannot begin to comprehend the light.  Nevertheless, I send my words into the mass consciousness through you, my precious and cherished reader, along with deep appreciation.  

That said, I will now proceed to share this excerpt from my book. 

Musical Shaping of Sacred Space 

   THIS FIRST-LEVEL CENTER for the differentiation of the awesome power of Love emits a vibration that corresponds with the longest of the seven dominant wavelengths in the light spectrum, Red, correlating with the musical pitch of A 220,  the lower octave of A 440 , which re-sounds the vibratory pitch of invisible ultra-violet light at the top of the spectrum. This lower vibration moves down to a G Natural red at the root Chakra, which represents the grounding our bodies provide between the current of the Creative Process and the natural world of the Good Earth, which is a further extension of the continuum spectrum of energy as it manifests in shades of red and brown earth tones, and which provides the materials for the construction of the body temple.

   The invisible, inaudible Music of the Spheres begins to be made visible in singing flesh.  Perhaps there is a significant correlation, as we considered earlier, with the intonation of the pitch A 440 by the Concert Master in tuning the orchestra just before the conductor enters to start the music.  The symphony of each life expression begins with the pitch of A 440.  Everything we see external to ourselves is but a reflection and echo of the designs found throughout the anatomy and physiology of the body temple.  

    For example, one can “hear” with one’s inner ear a pre-sounding of the vibratory pitches in the various parts of the anatomy.  I feel it in the area around my heart as well while sharing attunement with someone.  This is how I know what pitch to tone when I wish to work with sound as a carrier wave during a healing session.   It is really quite simple and very accurate, as I have discovered, offering a profound influence of sound vibration to facilitate the healing process. 

The audible music that we compose and play or sing is but a reflection of the inaudible “music” that is always sounding and resounding in sacred tones throughout our bodies.  It is what we are. We are music and light flowing like water through cool air and congealing like gelatin in an icy mold.  It is all one continuous river of sacred energy vibrating at different levels of frequency making itself visible here and there as it flows through the lattice work of force fields shaping sacred space along lines of force as functional design is given to living flesh.

   While focusing the attunement current in the region of the Gonads, I invariably have a deep sense of the sacred nature of this seal.   Here is the very seat of holiness in our sacred anatomy, an altar of worship upon which is sacrificed and sanctified the very finest molecules from the atomic world so that they might make their ascent into the temple of light. One may be compelled, as I am, to sound a sacred “OM” with deep, resonant tones.  Tender essences surely rise from these holy vessels as incense before the throne of God in our living temples. 

To close I simply say and sing “Let Love command.  Let wonders form.  Let heaven’s beauty shine.” I welcome your thoughts. Until my next post, blessings of light and love upon your path.  — Anthony  

CREDITS:  1. George C. Hanson, Let Love Command.  Hymn from Songs of Praise And Thanksgiving, hymnal of the Emissaries of Divine Light (©1986).

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, page 2: The Alchemy of Transmutation

 

For fifty-plus year as a holistic doctor, it has been my role and privilege to serve at the physical level of life’s domain and to bring the higher vibrations of Spirit into the lower levels of Life’s expression in and through the human body.  In keeping with the nature of that service, I have sought to elevate my consciousness, and that of those whom I have served, so as to gain insight beyond the surface of anatomical structure and physiological function and into the energetic world of the Spirit that creates the physical body and continues to maintain it through its years and decades of useful existence and service. To that purpose, I have written down my meditations and compiled them into a book which I entitled “SACRED ANATOMY,” because to me the temple of the living God is sacred in all of its designs and functions.

It is with some reserve that I proceed in sharing this consideration in a public forum such as this, as it is highly esoteric and sacred, intended for the initiated. 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.    

In that light, I will continue sharing excerpts focusing on the reproductive system and the hormonal glands of the gonads that produce the seeds that initiate the creative process that brings forth the human body—under the guidance and protection of the Spirit of the New Earth.  In this excerpt I share my meditation on the role these sacred vessels and their function play in the transmutation of atoms to the rare substance that provides clothing for the spiritual body of the incarnate angel. 

I believe It is our role as divine beings on the physical material plane to fuel the fire of ascension by which physical substance is transmuted and made rare for ascension.  That fire is the transmuting fire of the Spirit of Love at the highest vibration differentiated and stepped down as the Spirit of the New Earth at the lower end of the energy spectrum, as we considered in the previous post—which I encourage you to read, if you haven’t already, for the context it provides for this post.

The Spiritualization of Atoms  

   There is a remarkable and significant similarity between the shape and function of the Pineal Gland, with its mushroom-shaped head, and that of the male and female genitalia on the opposite end of the endocrine system.  They both serve as pointed vessels for focused release of a unified radiant current.  The sensation of intense pleasure during erection of both the glans penis and the clitoris, intensifying as orgasm begins to occur, is powerfully felt in the space behind the eyes where the Pituitary gland, with its anterior and posterior lobes–the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine embracing in the sixth plane of being–rests in the Sella Tursica of the sphenoid bone at the base of the brain. With the facilitation of the Hypothalamus, and the Limbic System just above it in the brain, the pleasure center of the brain, the Pituitary receives the release of the golden light of love emanating from Spirit through the Pineal Body, embracing it on its way to the eyes and forehead and creating the sacred alchemy which allows the fire of love to pour forth from within.  The fire extends down and out through the sexual organs as well as outward through the eyes and permeating the entire body.  All the cells in the body temple are permeated by the radiant outpouring of love and therein rejuvenated in the ecstasy of sexual orgasm.

   With the outpouring of love’s emanations comes a refinement of pneumaplasm as it is drawn into the core of the ascending flame where it is refined even further.  This rarefied substance then rises to mingle with the substance of love contained within the heart.  The heart provides a safe place for the alchemy of transmutation to take place.  From this crucible, the substance continues on its journey upward reaching into the core and bringing the experience of heaven into the body temple.  Upon touching the core of love in our heart of hearts, pneumaplasm acts as a connecting substance between earth and heaven through which the currents of love pour forth into the body-temple and through the body-temple into one’s world.  Thus are the atoms in the earthly plane of being spiritualized and lifted up into the realm of spirit.  

   The experience of this release through the eyes is especially unifying as the two look into each other’s eyes to receive one another as angels while their union makes itself evident and powerfully felt.  Such moments of sacred sexual intimacy reveal the state of ecstatic union with the Beloved, from Whom a rich outpouring of love is known throughout the temple in waves of delightful pleasure. In his instructions on the “seven seals” Uranda describes what occurs at this level:

Here thou seest the activity of the Gonad Glands (ovary or testis) in harmony with the Christ Center in the Sacral region of thy spine.  Here it is that the active Spiritualization process begins, and as the body substance responds to the action of this Seal it is prepared for the ASCENSION. 

This Seal has been variously called the Cave of Darkness, the Serpent’s Seat, the Coil of Kundalini, the Manger of Birth (Bible), and by other names.  As this transmuted substance begins its ascension through the Seven Seals, it is spoken of, all through the Bible, as the River of Life; and the Tree of Life which extends from one side of the River of Life to the other side represents the Positive and Negative phases of the Seven Seals, under or through which the River of Life is flowing.  The Branches of the Trunk of the Tree extend from the Glands on the one side and from the Christ Centers in the Spine on the other side.  (STM, Lesson Fifty-four)¹

Kundalini Shakti 

   The spiritualization of atoms in the ascending fire of transmutation was known to the ancient Hindu world as “Kundalini Shakti.”  Thomas Ashley-Farrand, an expert in the use of Hindu and Buddhist mantras, as well as in ancient Eastern religious ceremonies, sheds some historical light on this power center: 

According to Hindu tradition, the nature of power is feminine.  Although the consciousness that triggers spiritual activity is said to be masculine, it is powerless without the feminine energy that drives it.  The shakti of kundalini, the feminine power cell lying in repose at the base of the spine, is dormant and latent in most of humanity.  When it becomes active even in the smallest degree, we develop the power to heal, the power to see things not yet come, and other special gifts of the Great Feminine.

It is taught that the locus of feminine power in our own bodies is the great kundalini power cell, which lies at the base of the spine.  Over the course of many lifetimes, this personal transformer powers our spiritual progress as its inherent shakti “awakens” and moves up the spine.  As the kundalini shakti touches the pituitary and pineal glands, it activates them in new ways, making more energy available to them. Dormant brain power potential becomes active in a way that cannot be described in words.

Shakti represents the active energy of the divine that powers all forms of creation.  In Hindu tradition, Shakti is anthropomorphized as the consort of Shiva [a masculine deity who directs the rising kundalini energy]. (From Mantra, Sacred Words of Power study guide.)² 

   These sacred vessels can be appreciated for the facilitation they provide in the process of ascension of atoms into the spiritual body of the angel incarnate.  The simple ceremony of caressing them gently so as not to arouse the glands into contraction and orgasm, or simply being still during intercourse, helps to initiate the movement of the current within the ascending flame, drawing atoms from out of the body substance into the upward spiraling flow.  In a rising current, atomic substance ascends before the throne of God in heaven, represented by the Pineal Body, to be transmuted by sacred alchemy into angelic light substance.  Thus is union with the Divine attained through this sacred practice and ritual.

   This is an alchemical fire that burns through and within the flesh but does not consume it. The Crown Chakra plays a role here as well. A single ascending current of golden substance begins to flow and can be felt moving up through the Pineal Gland of both lovers.  In the midst of this sacred alchemy one suddenly knows the other as oneself. Flesh becomes vibrationally fused so that the partners feel what each other is experiencing and lose all sense of separateness, spiritually as well as physically.

   This is, without exception, a most holy and powerful experience of union with the Beloved. Out of this union between two angels on earth comes a most exquisite, yet easy, release of love through a unified current of radiation as a portal is opened in heaven through which light pours out in ceaseless currents. These sacred times of worship, either alone or with another conscious angel, can be used to bring loved ones in our worlds, and our worlds themselves, into consciousness for blessing, healing and sanctification.  Consciousness then becomes an extension of the altar, now sanctified by the oil of love, upon which we may offer the tithes of our world of service upward for healing and spiritualization.   For anything that touches the altar is sanctified.  Sexual intimacy is very much an integral part of our angelic function as co-creators with God, and we would continually know that and participate in ascension as we return these sacred vessels to their holy purpose.  We do this by taking them into our priestly hands and celebrating our temple service to glorify God and to bless our world with shining light. ♦  

The world would be transformed in a cosmic moment were these sacred vessels, now desecrated by abuse in darkened understanding, sanctified and returned to their sacred function. In the wake of such transformative change, spiritualized atomic substance would begin to ascend through the levels of being to find its way back Home in the Heaven of heavens before the throne of God, whose creating substance it is.  In this sacred function, we as the Body of Man restored would fulfill and complete our primary purpose for existence: the return of praise and thanksgiving by way of spiritualized flesh to the Creator, whose world this is. This could only be done by divine beings, angels incarnate, who have come forth in a radiant apocalypse of light, and taken charge of the physical material world in the name of our Lord and King.  It will never be done by “mere humans” eking out transient pleasure in self gratification. Such temporary pleasure is as nothing compared to the ecstatic pleasure of priestly function in service to the Lord of the Sacred Seven.  

That said, the angel can come forth into conscious presence employing the alchemy of sacred sex as a path and means of opening the sacred seals to reveal the Presence of the One I AM.  This path has been taken before in ancient days by Pharaohs who sought to achieve apotheosis through sexual intimacy with the High Priestess, through whom he received his power to rule with divine authority.  It is a worthy and available path to those who would go that way in their transformation journey.  We will revisit this topic later in the chapter on Sacred Sex.  I invite and welcome your thoughts and inspirations. Until my next post in this series,

Be love.  Be loved.

Anthony

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CREDITS  

¹ URANDA, Steps To Mastership, Lesson 54. 

² ASHLEY FERRAND, Mantra, Sacred Words of Power study guide  

LAGNIAPPE (Something extra for our urgent attention)

KISS THE GROUND movie: a two-and-a-half-minute trailer about a very hopeful film on saving the planet and our species with nothing more than growing grass on our farm lands through what is called “regenerative agriculture.”

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Masculine-Feminine Energy, part III: A Balancing Act

Masculine and Feminine forces balance one another in the “Creating Universe” of Walter Russell.  In this third post of the current series, he expands his consideration of electricity and magnetism to include the balancing act performed by the masculine and feminine forces.  I shall excerpt this chapter in its entirety, along with graphics, from his 1927 signature work THE UNIVERSAL ONE.

(Note: you can open the graphics in a new tab by right clicking on the image for a drop down window and a bit larger image. Also, all underscores are mine.)  

CHAPTER IV

POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ELECTRICITY

Again it must be repeated that in this universe of motion-in-equilibrium all energy equalizes itself in two equal and opposite swings of the cosmic pendulum, no matter where in the cycle those opposites of motion appear.

The cosmic pendulum swings forever between positive and negative electricity, eternally transferring its constant of energy from one dimension to another, but never changing that constant.

The opposing energies of the two swings, added together, make one equalized unit of the universal reproductive constant.

More than this, these opposing swings are simultaneously equalized at corresponding points in each of the ten octaves.

Electric action and its magnetic resisting reactive flow are simultaneous and in equilibrium at all times.

Positive electricity is an endothermic, contractive force which is actively absorbing a comparatively large quantity of generative light units of heat which raises its potential, and is expelling a smaller number of them, devitalized into magnetic radio-active emanations, thus slightly lowering its potential.

Negative electricity is an exothermic, expansive force which is reactively absorbing a small quantity of generative light units of heat which slightly raises its potential, and is expelling a greater number of them, devitalized into magnetic radio-active emanations, thus lowering its potential.

In the term “negative electricity,” the word “electricity” is used in the generic sense, as the inclusive word “man” is used to represent both sexes.

Electro-positive systems are preponderantly charging systems, while electro-negative systems are preponderantly discharging systems.

Charging systems are in the positive half of the octave, the tones of which are generatively dominant. These systems are forcing magnetism out, and because of this they grow more compact. They therefore grow smaller, tone by tone to the fourth tone of the octave. Their atomic volume lessens and their density increases as magnetism is squeezed out, just as a sponge lessens in volume and increases in density as water is squeezed out.

Now must it be clearly understood that magnetism, expelled by electricity from within a charging system, did not enter that system as magnetism or as negative electricity. It entered as positive electricity and became devitalized into negative electricity by nucleal absorption of its positive charge. It was then expelled from the higher inner pressure to the lower outer pressure of the system.

Discharging systems are in the negative half of the octave, the generative tones of which are weakened. Weakening genero-activity results in weakening radio-activity which causes the systems to grow less compact. They, therefore, grow larger, tone by tone, from the fourth to the master tone. Their volume increases and their density decreases as magnetism is allowed to return, just as a sponge increases in volume and decreases in density as water is allowed to return.

By a study of the charts, pages 17, 83 (See chart), it will be seen that when magnetism returns to negative systems it does not return as negative electricity. It impacts against the inertial plane between itself and the system, is regenerated and reconverted into negative electricity after it has made its centripetal journey to the apex of its spiral orbit with ever increasing pressure, and started on its centrifugal run with lowering pressure back to the inertial plane.

Charging systems are simultaneously discharging but their positive charges become increasingly preponderant and dominant until the consequent increase of potential changes the dimensions of the system. They then appear to be another substance.


Discharging systems are simultaneously charging, and their negative discharges become decreasingly dominant until the consequent lowering of potential changes their dimensions. When they have readjusted their various dimensions, they in their turn appear to be another substance.

Charging systems are preponderantly generative, male systems, while discharging systems are preponderantly radiative, female systems. Charging systems are exactly balanced by discharging systems.

For example, exercise discharges energy. It is thus a female activity. At the same time it triggers an increase in muscle mass, a male activity of contracting energy, which in turn radiates discharged energy, a female activity — and the cycle is ongoing, one force giving itself to and empowering the other.  My young son used to say “Let’s go for a walk to get some energy” — and he was right-on.  While we expend energy exercising we increase the potential of our core energy. One can also think of this as the “Breath of Life,” which is twofold in its function and activity: inhaling and exhaling.  But it’s one breath.

TEN OCTAVES OF SEVEN TONES 

All systems are divided into seven tones of energy.

One charging tone, and its exact mate in a discharging tone, balances as one unit constant of energy.

There are four exactly equal unit constants of energy in each octave.

An octave is one universal reproductive constant. Ten octaves constitute one cycle.

Tone 1+ is a charging system exactly balanced in all its periodicities by tone 1−.

Likewise tone 2+ is balanced by tone 2−, and tone 3+ by 3−. Tone 4± is a double tone which is neither positive nor negative. It is bi-sexual.

These seven tones of four unit constants make up the total universal constant of energy which is omnipresent throughout the entirety of this universe of Mind.

Consider, for an example of positive charge attracting positive charge, the sun of our solar system.

It is the nucleal center of this system, the point of maximum positive charge. It is therefore the high potential point of the system.

Consider this planet. It is a doubly charged mass, which means that it is both positive and negative.

Its preponderance of positive charge is always toward the nucleal center, which means that it is always toward the light.

Its preponderance of negative discharge is always away from the nucleal center, which means that it is always away from the light.

The positive charge of this planet is therefore preponderant in that portion which is in daylight and the negative discharge is preponderant in that portion which is night.

The daylight portion of the planet is generative and endothermic, which means active, contractive and heat absorbing.

The daylight portion is that in which the potential is increasing, where flowers open their petals and relive, where life is regenerative and wide awake.

The dark portion of the planet is radiative and exothermic, which means inactive, expansive and heat expelling.

The dark portion is that in which the potential is lowering, where flowers close their petals and become dormant, where life is devitalized and fast asleep.

Well, not all of life is dormant at night, as one reader pointed out in a recent comment. There are flowers that open at night only. The Moonflower comes to mind, as well as Four O’Clocks, the Evening Primrose and Casablanca Lily.  One may well explore as to whether nighttime bloomers are female plants and daytime bloomers male. All flowers are Mother Nature’s creations using Father Sun’s energy. Unlike in man’s world, there is no competition in the Natural World of the Creating Universe. There is only cooperation and co-creation.

Russell explains how the light rays and heat of the sun do not travel to the planets directly but pass trough a very dark and cold space on their way to the surface of our earth, for example. In other words, we do not feel the heat of the sun directly. This is fascinatingly rectifying of common belief and orthodox thinking.  

Just so with all of the other planets.

The positive charge moves around them as they revolve, ever keeping as near as possible to their positive nucleus, the sun.

It is a well known fact that high potential discharges into lower potential.

Consider the radiative rays of the sun as negative light units expelled by positive contraction, which forces them to seek lower pressures and lower potential.

It might be argued that these negative rays are attracted by the positive charge of the daylight portion of the planet.

Consider the law of pressures as stated elsewhere which says that between any two masses is a line or plane of equalized pressures.

As the light units which constitute the rays circle spirally and centrifugally around the sun in their search for lower pressures exactly as this mass of light units which is our planet circles around the sun, they continue to expand and become increasingly negative the farther they recede from the sun.

It must be interpolated right here that “light rays” do not proceed directly from the sun to a planet in straight lines. They follow the orbital lines of lowering pressures exactly as does this planet.

All direction is curved and every curve is a part of an orbit.

When the light units which we familiarly term “light rays,” reach the inertial plane of equalized pressures between the mass of the sun and the mass of this planet, their expanded masses impact against it and continue beyond it in an ever increasing state of solidity.

These expanded, negative particles which have reproduced themselves in transit then become positively charged as they impact with, and plunge gravitatively through the pressures which increasingly rise as they near the mass of this planet.

Eventually they impact against the planet as positive charge attracted toward another positive charge. The potential of each is increased by this impact and the heat generated by magnetic resistance to the impact is absorbed as accumulated energy until it becomes devitalized and is released by the turn of the planet away from the light.

For another example, consider the familiar lightning flash which we know as “forked lightning.” Lightning is a highly generative, positive charge seeking its own pressure and potential.

The maximum positively charged high potential and high pressure of this planet is that part which is nearest its center.

Lightning and all the forks of lightning are gravitative. They always seek the planet. Never do they proceed in the opposite direction toward negative discharge except in rare instances where a minor charge leaps upward toward a cloud of higher positive charge, or higher potential.

This latter effect is exactly analogous to that of an iron nail leaping upward toward a magnet.

Lightning seeking its own potential and an apple falling to the ground are effects of exactly the same cause. Gravitation is the cause of each.

Each is taking a “short cut across lots,” through intervening pressures, to find its equal pressure.

Later it will be seen that the cause of rotation and revolution, together with all of their respective variations and periodicities, can only be solved through the understanding that positive charge attracts positive charge, and negative discharge repels both positive charge and negative discharge.

Well, there you have it – or maybe you don’t and have to read it a couple of times, as I had to. In my next post, I will attempt to apply all this newfound knowledge to our experience and handling of our masculine-feminine creating energy.  This will admittedly be a challenge — and I do have a dawning sensing as to how I will proceed in such a delicate thinking process, especially in the wake of a recent in-depth and insightful conversation my wife and I had with one of our sons and his wife during their richly nourishing visit from Ashland, Oregon, this week — a couple who, for me, exemplify the grounding of masculine-feminine energy in the dance they do together in their shared creative field. We shall see how this unfolds in my final post of this series. Until then, 

Be love. Be Loved.

Anthony 

Masculine-Feminine Energy, Part II: Opposing Forces

It is not the negative “charge” of the female which is attracted to the positive charge of the male, but rather the positive charge of each attracts the other.” (Walter Russell)

In his comprehensive work and captivating book THE UNIVERSAL ONE, Walter Russell lays out a scientific foundation for understanding how the “Creating Universe” works energetically. In sharing excerpts from his book, my hopes and intentions are to offer insight into the way we see and experience out sexuality. We incorrectly identify with our male and female genders, saying “I am a man” or “I am a woman.” However, these are not our identities. On the physical plane of life, the words “male” and “female” identify the gender of our human capacities. But we are not our human capacities. We are Human Beings inhabiting these earthen forms, endowed with mental, emotional and spiritual capacities for the expression of our creativity.  

Russell says we are “creating” human beings, and the energy that empowers our creativity is twofold in nature: masculine and feminine.  However, it is One energy, not two different forces. It is the energy of the Universal One — what Russell calls “Mind” (with a capital “M”) throughout his book, and what we have come to call “God.” This energy moves in two different and opposing directions: inward and outward, toward and away from the apex of a spiraling vortex of creating energy.  On the spiritual level, the words “masculine” and “feminine” identify the nature of our singular creating energy. Note that I use the singular “energy” with a hyphen between the words masculine and feminine to call attention to this reality of singleness. 

In this post, I share Walter Russell’s explanation of the opposing manner in which this singular energy moves and interacts within itself as it creates and dismantles form through a creative process. I find this explanation, and all of Russell’s thought processes and concepts, both fascinating and rectifying. I hope you do as well. (Tip: if you don’t understand what he’s saying, just keep moving as he’ll say it another way the next few lines.) So, with no further ado, I give you the genius himself, Walter Russell. 

TWO APPARENTLY OPPOSITE FORCES

Walter Russell

It must be remembered that electricity is the attractive force and that magnetism is the repellant force. The attractive force attracts only attractive force, which is itself.

Electricity attracts electricity. Electricity does not attract the repellant force.  Neither does electricity repel the repellant force.

On the other hand, magnetism, which is the repellant force, does nothing but perform its function of repelling. It does not attract itself. A repellant force cannot be an attractive force, nor can the attractive force be a repellant force.

Each can but fill its own office; one attracts, and thus gathers light units together into an appearance of solids of matter. The other repels, and thus pries light units apart into the dissolution of solids of matter, into gases and vapors.

Magnetism is that force within the universal Mind substance which tends to preserve the Oneness of universal uniformity.

Magnetism desires a formless and dimensionless universe, just as electricity desires a universe of form and dimension.

Magnetism prevents the apparent separation, or division, of divine Mind into parts as electricity attempts this apparent separation.

All the force of electricity is exerted in the attempt to create the illusions of form and dimension.

All the force of magnetism is exerted in the attempt to destroy all illusion, all form and all dimension.

Neither force completely fulfils its desire, for each partially thwarts the other.

The energy of magnetism is the elastic energy of expansion, a straining energy ever pushing toward the inertial line of equalized pressures which lies between any two masses, white the energy of electricity is ever pulling toward the pulsing heart, the gravitational nucleus of every mass.

ELASTICITY

One of the outstanding characteristics of motion is elasticity which also appears to be an attribute of the One substance.

Elasticity is due to opposition.

Elasticity is that force developed in the One substance of Mind as a reaction to the action of electricity.

It is this quality of elasticity which gives magnetism its rebounding force.

This elastic, magnetic reaction which is forever and eternally pressing against electric action, is that force which surely restores all opposed motion to inertial equilibrium.

Imagine electricity as a compressed spring, with magnetism eternally ready to take advantage of any let-up in the contractive force which is holding it in compression, no matter how slight a relaxation that may be.

If one could imagine such a thing as an absolutely complete and sudden withdrawal of all electric contractive energy, the instantaneous response from this elastic counter pressure would cause a cosmic explosion which would instantly destroy all appearance of form. The universe would then be one of equalized pressures, and opposed motion would be at an end.

This sudden expansion is exactly what occurs when man combines two or more elements which desire to get away from each other because they are tonally too far removed from each other to be possible mates. The elasticity of magnetism takes advantage of the sudden letup in the process of generation and rebounds so swiftly that it instantly tears apart form which otherwise might take a million years to disintegrate.

It is this force of elasticity in magnetism that is constant in its resistance to any appearance of integration into any form whatsoever.

ELECTROMAGNETIC OPPOSITION

Magnetism is radiative and repellant, as electricity is gravitative and attractive. Magnetism repels, electricity attracts.

That which electricity integrates through gravitation, magnetism disintegrates through radiation.

Magnetism is the brake upon the wheels of electricity resisting its generation of higher potential and registering that resistance in heat.

Electricity is the accelerator which speeds magnetic radiation, the expansion of which is registered in cold.

Electricity and magnetism are actually opposing forces which leap away from each other in exactly opposite directions.

Forces which depart one from the other do not attract each other.

Opposing forces oppose each other.

To say that positive charge and negative discharge attract each other is to say that electricity and magnetism attract each other.

This would be equivalent to saying that centripetal force attracts centrifugal force, or that generation attracts degeneration, or that a charging body attracts a discharging one.

One might as appropriately say that life attracts death.

Electricity and magnetism are opposites, and opposites move in opposite directions.

One is accustomed to thinking that male, which is preponderantly positive, attracts female which is preponderantly negative.

It is not the negative “charge” of the female which is attracted to the positive charge of the male, but rather the positive charge of each attracts the other.

In youth, when the attraction of opposite sexes is at its maximum, the positive charge of each sex is at its maximum.

In age the negative discharge increases, the disintegrating magnetic force dominates, the positive charge decreases, and as a result the attraction of each sex for its opposite decreases until it disappears and repulsion takes its place.

The apparent attraction of each action to its reaction is due to the desire of the active force within each for accumulation, and the consequent continuance of the evolving idea of itself through that accumulation.

When action is preponderant as positive charge, form of idea evolves. When reaction is dominant as negative discharge, form devolves. The record of the idea of both action and reaction is registered in inertia.

The chemist, when breaking up compounds, is accustomed to seeing a negative element seek the positive pole, and a positive element seek the negative pole.

He would know better how to interpret this if he would think of his elements in terms of sex, and also consider the process of regeneration of negative discharge by impact against the inertial plane between a discharging and a charging mass.

When the positive charges of negative reactions are attracted to positive poles, centrifugally dominant force is conquered by centripetally dominant force. The negative reaction then becomes a positive action. The equalization causes reproduction. The union of an action with its reaction is always followed by the reproduction of separate actions and reactions. These reproduced actions and reactions are rebounds of the union.

Magnetism opposes electricity in its desire to transform this universe into one solid, motionless, non-elastic ball of positive electricity. Electricity opposes magnetism in its desire to transform the universe into one of equalized pressures where opposites disappear into dimensionless non-opposition, Positive electricity is preponderantly electric. Positive charge attracts positive charge.

Negative electricity is dominantly magnetic. Negative discharge repels both negative and positive charge, for both are electric and magnetism repels electricity.

Again must it be written down that electricity and magnetism are not opposites, nor are they two forces. There are no opposites of anything in this universe of the One Thing.

Mind is the One substance. Thinking Mind is the One force.

If Mind were not a thinking substance the universe would be without force. It would be without life. It would indeed be a dead universe.

Thinking is a positive action. To every action there is an equal reaction which is the opposite or negative matrix, of that action.

The minus charge of the reactive negative matrix is equal to the plus charge of the active positive form of idea.

The positive form of an idea is stored in inertia as a negative matrix of that form.

There is but One active force of thinking Mind and that is the father force. Man calls it electricity.

Electricity appears as the first action of the process of thinking and disappears, like temperature, in motion-in-inertia.

Electricity therefore has no existence. It belongs to motion, and not to substance.

It is desire which causes the One substance to appear to change in state as it performs its function of recording form of idea.

Opposites are born of attempted division of unity or Oneness.

The very first action which attempts division of unity develops the reactionary apparent opposite reaction which opposes that attempted division.

The father force, acting upon the desire of Mind to create, finds that as Mind is the only substance, idea and its form must be developed out of that One substance of Mind.

The father force which is the image making faculty of Mind, proceeds to create idea and then to fashion the form of that idea out of the One substance.

The opposing magnetic force is then born to prevent the fashioning of the substance of Mind into form. For a time it vainly opposes such formation, but eventually it succeeds.

Electricity and magnetism are the two major dimensions of the universal constant of Mind.

Therefore the beginning of creation is the beginning of an attempted separation of the One substance by the One force of the substance.

The very attempt to divide the One substance gives the appearance of, but does not make, two substances.

It only develops two equal and opposing states of motion which man calls “forces.” It but creates two illusions.

Part of the energy used in the attempted division into two is given to each, and the sum total of this energy is the exact amount of the energy of the One.

Electricity and magnetism are attributes of motion only and as separate entities they are but illusions of the substance of matter.

Form, or solidity of matter, is an electromagnetic record of states of motion. Therefore solidity of matter is but an illusion which is measurable by electro- magnetic dimensions which, in themselves, are but illusions.

Out of the father force then, is born the mother force, which man calls magnetism. The symbolism of the creation of Eve out of Adam is basically sound.

The father force creates all idea and gives it the appearance of form; but that idea cannot be perpetually held as idea in the appearance of form, nor can it be reproduced without the union of the father with the mother force from which the father force has parted and with which it makes an equilibrium of unity.

Both idea and the form of idea return to motion-in-inertia as memory and remain there for a time as formless idea.

A union of the father force with the mother force brings it back again into the form of idea, for the united energies of these apparent opposites make the total required by the One.

Just so with positive electricity and negative electricity. They are not two forces. They are but two aspects of One force attempting to separate, each by its own opposite method, thus becoming two forces.

They never succeed in so doing. Each is charged with the other, permeated more or less in accord with its periodicity.

I love the dynamic creative tension he describes between these two opposing aspects of the One force.  I hope I am making us think outside the traditional box of scientific knowledge.  In my next post we’ll see how these two opposing forces balance one another. Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

 

“Fifth Way” Love: A Romantic Path to Transformation

I will open this post with the excerpt from Cynthia Bourgeault’s signature work, The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE – Discovering The Woman at the Heart of Christianity – with which I closed my previous post, and will continue quoting her commentary in its entirety. She quotes here a passage from the Gospel of Philip:

“The one who creates objects works outwardly in the external world. The one who labors in secret, however, works within the icon, hidden inwardly from others. The one who creates make objects visible to the world. The one who conceives gives birth to children in the Realm of the Unseen.”

In this complex distinction . . . Philip insists that begetting must come “from above”. . . .  It requires a free and conscious regeneration in the Spirit. “Begotten” is an alchemy in which spirit actively participates, and its fruit is the anthropos, or completed human being. 

THE SPIRITUAL KISS THAT BEGETS

From Philip’s point of view, then, lineal descendents of Jesus, even if they existed, would not be “anointed ones,” unless this claim were to be validated by their own spiritual transformation. The kingdom over which the Anointed One reigns is beyond the space/time continuum and cannot be inherited lineally (that technicality consistently overlooked in the literal-mindedness of The Da Vinci Code); it can be entered only by becoming a new kind of human being–what Philip actually describes as “a new race of human be­ings . . . . Only true sons and daughters can gain immortality,” he writes in analogue 56, “and no one can gain it without becoming a true son and daughter.” Progeny cannot be fashioned out of flesh and blood; they are the fruit of an alchemy of consciousness.

Philip makes it clear that this is the kind of spiritual procreation that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were chiefly about. As we discussed in chapter 10, his symbol for this type of richly engendering spiritual love is the kiss, which (as is universally the case throughout the Near Eastern culture) is seen as a sign not of sexual attraction but of spiritual begetting. When he indicates in analogue 37 that “the Master loved her more than the other students and many times would kiss her on the mouth,” he is not describing an illicit romance but rather a sacred exchange of their deeply commingled beings. The spiritual kiss is the symbol par excellence of Fifth Way love.

From a Fifth Way standpoint, this kind of intense and trans­forming love, “which is really the birth-pangs of union at a higher plane,” will indeed bear fruit. But the fruit may not be human children so much as an energetic sphere of pure creativity, in which reality is touched at the core and love itself is the progeny.

As analogue 66 points out, “The one who creates objects [i.e., literal offspring] works outwardly in the external world. The one who labors in secret, however, works within the icon, hidden in­wardly from others.” In other words, the work goes on at the imaginal (or causal) level, and its potency is made manifest not by producing new people but by engendering transformed people­ giving birth to children “in the Realm of the Unseen,” in the words of the text. (Underscores mine)

“FIFTH WAY LOVE”:  AN EROTIC PATH TO TRANSFORMATION

The “Fifth Way” is a spiritual path based on relationship. Cynthia Bourgeault calls it “conscious love” rather than “tantric love” so as not to put a stumbling block before her parishioners. She is an Episcopal priest whose passion is to restore the romantic love affair between Jesus and Mary Magdalene as the center piece at the heart of Christianity. The term itself is a deliberate spin-off from George Gurdjieff’s “Fourth Way,” the “Way of the Conscious Man.” Boris Mouravieff (d.1966), a little known Russian esotericist who studied Gurdjieff’s system intimately, coined the phrase and used it in his three-volume Gnosis to represent “courtly love as a spiritual path and of the way of transformation through mystical union with one’s ‘polar being.'” Cynthia’s comment:

“While he [Mouravieff] stops short of saying that Jesus and Mary Magdalene practiced this path, he makes it clear that its headwaters lie deep within the marrow of Christianity itself, and he insists that it represents “The purest and most sublime realization of the Christian spiritual path.” 

THE “SONG OF SONGS”

More commonly known in Protestant circles as “The Song of Solomon, Bourgeault associates this erotic book of the Old Testament Bible with Mary Magdalene, seeing it as an ancient testament to the practice of “Fifth Way Love.” I will share my favorite passage from the Biblical texts and then offer a commentary on it. The song opens with the kiss that begets love:

The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. 

Because of the savour of thy goof ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee…. 

The voice of my beloved! Behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.

My beloved spake, and said unto me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.  Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Our winter is currently at the door in mid October, not a time to be leaping and skipping. Perhaps, then, we could see this passage metaphorically as describing the nature and character of Life itself and of the Beloved who abides within us each one, peaking out through the windows of our eyes and showing himself through the lattice of our veiled and guarded hearts. The Beloved is always there, “standing behind our wall,” when our world gets dark and seemingly impossible to navigate.  Always there to turn to for assurance that all is well and as it should be. Always there to love in passionate embrace and simply say: “I love you with all of my heart, with all of my mind, and with all of my body. With Solomon I sing . . .

Place me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. Strong as Death is love; intense as Sheol is its ardor. Its shafts are shafts of fire, flames of Yah (Yahweh). Deep waters cannot quench love, nor rivers sweep it away.”

AN UNLIKELY BIBLICAL TEXT

Like Mary Magdalene herself, the Song of Songs has had a long his­tory of both admirers and detractors. It has been called, with some justification, “the most unbiblical book in the whole Bible,” and there are those who feel that its inclusion in among the wisdom writings of the Old Testament was a grand mistake. But others see it as nothing short of scripture’s mystical highpoint, an inexhaustible fountainhead of beauty and spiritual wisdom. Among this latter group was Rabbi Aqiba (d. 135), one of the most influential of the early rabbinic commentators, whose celebrated words eventually carried the day: “All the ages are not worth the day on which it was written for all the writings are holy, but the Song is the Holy of Holies.”

At the heart of all this consternation, as you might expect, is the fact that this text is a love song–and not just a mild-mannered, “spiritual” love song, but an unabashed celebration of erotic pleasure. From its opening salvo, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,” to its parting affirmation, “Love is as strong as death,” it never breaks stride, In eight canticles of stunningly evocative imagery, it sings the glories of carnal desire in exquisite and scintillating detail. 

KENOTIC LOVE

Kenosis is the act of emptying oneself, a characteristic applied, by Paul specifically, to the path that Jesus took in his life of service. It was the path Mother Theresa took and other saintly souls.  Cynthia writes: 

As Paul so profoundly realizes, self-emptying is the touchstone, the core reality underlying every moment of Jesus’s human journey. Self-emptying is what  brings him into human form, and self-emptying is what leads him out, returning him to the mode of glory. The full realization of Jesus’s divine selfhood [our divine Selfhood] comes not through concentration of being, but through voluntary divestment of it. . . . Stripping oneself and standing naked: this is the essence of the kenotic path.

KENOSIS IN THE FIFTH WAY

We have already seen that kenosis is the tie-rod of Jesus’s entire teaching, connecting the inner and outer realms of our human experience in a single, unified gesture. “Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friend” (John 15:13) is one of his most celebrated dictums. But when that “friend” happens also to be one’s uniquely beloved, one’s romantic partner or spouse, kenotic practice takes on a particularly intense and even a sacra­mental character. This is because the root energy it works with is the transformative fire of eros, the energy of desiring. That messy, covetous, passion-ridden quicksilver of all creation is tamed and transformed into a substance of an entirely different order, and the force of the alchemy accounts for both the efficiency of this path and its terrifying intensity.

Vladimir Solovyov, that great nineteenth-century philosopher of love, was among the first to grasp the enormous implica­tion of this point, which defines both the modality of the Fifth Way and its ultimate destination:

The meaning and worth of love. .. is that it really forces us, with all our being, to acknowledge for another the same ab­solute central significance which, because of the power of our egoism, we are conscious of only in our own selves. Love is important not as one of our feelings, but … as the shifting of the very center of our personal lives. This is characteristic of every kind of love, but predominantly of sexual love [erotic love]; it is distinguished from other kinds of love by greater intensity, by a more engrossing character, and by the possibil­ity of a more complete overall reciprocity. Only this love can lead to the real and indissoluble union of two lives into one; only of it do the words of Holy Writ say: “They shall be one flesh,” that is, shall become one real being.

In the path of “Fifth Way Love,” as Cynthia Bourgeault presents it in her book, and as she portrays the intimate companionship of Mary Magdalene and Jesus, the eros is transformed and transmuted to a higher level so as to become an erotically ecstatic bridge between the physical and the spiritual worlds, making the oneness of heaven and earth an actual and tangible experience.  The ultimate transformation takes place between “polar beings” who become one blended substance, so that one cannot tell where the boundaries of one’s own body stops and the other’s begins. For there is no “other” and no boundaries. There is only the One I Am.  

We will shift gears in my next post, leaving the realm of the “Holy of Holies” to explore the mysteries of the Universe–as Walter Russell understands and explains them anyway. We are in for a profoundly intellectual roller coaster ride. So, sharpen your mental focus before you read my next post. The theme will remain in the domain of the masculine and feminine energies at work within us and throughout the illusory universe.  Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

 

Anthropos: Being Fully Human

This is huge. I will be challenged in these next two or three post to my utmost capacity to synthesize, as I have been studying various authors and each one of them sheds a different light on the subject — and I will lean heavily upon them all for excerpts. So, I’ll just dive right in and let Spirit guide me where it will.

I will launch this multi-post consideration with this passage from logion 114 of the Gospel of Thomas:

Simon Peter said to him: “Let Mary leave us, for women are not fit for the life.” Jesus answered: “See, I have been guiding her so as to make her into a human [Anthropos]. She, too, will become a living breath like you. For any woman who becomes a human will enter into the Kingdom of God.”

Another translation of the same passage says it differently and more to the point I’m aiming to make:

Simon Peter said to them: “Mary should leave us because women are not worthy of the life.” Jesus responded: “Look, I’ll lead her in order to make her male so that she can become a living spirit as you males are. For each woman who makes herself male wll enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

In the first translation, the word “human” is used. In the second, the word “male” is used. I will call upon Jean-Yves Leloup for an interpretation of this poignant passage in her book The Gospel of Mary Magdalene:

The error of many translators is to render this as having something to do with being male. It is clear from the original Greek that the meaning
is that of anthropos (human being in the general sense), and not of andros (man in the masculine sense). It is true that in order to become whole, a human being must integrate in herself or himself the complementary gender. And this work or realization of wholeness is certainly not some­thing that only or especially women have to do–we each have our own work of becoming an Anthropos, a fully human being. . . .

The term anthropos is also richer than the term androgyne, which is sometimes used as the translation of the former, for sexual and psychic
polarities form only a part of what must be integrated in becoming fully human.

The other part is contained in the words “living breath” or “living spirit,” one’s true Self. And here I would introduce a consideration of the differences between male and masculine and between female and feminine. The first, male, relates to physical form, whereas masculine relates to spiritual or energetic essences. The same is applicable for female and feminine. I will address this difference after this clarifying explanation by the same author: 

This recalls a passage from the Gospel of Matthew:

But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

Some scholars have detected here the hand of an editor who was influenced by some sort of dualistic or ascetic teaching, one that was to
influence Christianity’s monastic departure from Old Testament teach­ings. Indeed, it does seem implausible that Yeshua would advocate
destroying the work of the Creator. How could he who claimed to be One with the Father advocate such mutilation of his creatures?

Others explain this by an improper translation or transmission of Yeshua’s words. The word eunuch should be replaced by the word androg­yne. Unfortunately the latter word (like so many others) was and still is often misunderstood and reduced to a sexual meaning that evokes some
sort of freakish bisexual mixture that is neither male nor female–hardly an advantage for someone who is already having difficulties in finding his or her identity!

As in so many other domains, one can only transcend that which one has fully known and accepted. One must live one’s own sexuality in one’s
own body before speaking of a higher state of androgyny. As in psychotherapy, one must first have an ego that is as sane and stable as possi­ble before pretending to have access to what is often (perhaps too often) called the Self.

This is why the authors of the Gospel of Mary considered it so important that Yeshua really lived his masculine sexuality, perhaps with Miriam, perhaps with another woman. This was necessary in order for him to become the archetype of synthesis, the Anthropos that he was. I prefer the term anthropos to androgyne because the former word still leads to confusion today, in spite of a widespread contemporary appreciation of
the value of spiritual integration and balance of male and female polarities in us. Rather than defending the literal translation of the original
word used in certain early Christian texts, it is preferable here to defend, through the word we choose as its translation, the truth and richness of meaning in what the original word communicates.

What is important is to become whole. This is what makes us able to truly love, not from our sense of lack, but from our plenitude, as Yeshua
himself loved us.

In the same way, we can say that it is because Miriam of Magdala fully lives her feminine sexuality, and because she fully accepts and integrates the masculine dimension of her being, that she is able to speak with authentic knowledge of the Word–though today, as during her time, there are still those who would deny her this. But it is only after the long and slow work of becoming fully human that she can legitimately speak, as an Anthropos, of the fullness of a humanity that, like Yeshua’s, is open to the Divine and transparent to its clear light–the most invisible and subtle of lights.

Of course one can take or leave Leloup’s interpretation of these passages. I personally resonate with his words of clarification.  For one thing, he has helped me come to terms with my own conflicted view of homosexuality, having been somewhat biased by my unsavory confrontation with pedofilia in my seminary years studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, which left me with a deep aversion to anything the looked like men doing anything sexual to or with other men. But, that’s mine to work with and through. 

MAKE THE TWO ONE  

Masculine and feminine energies exist as two seemingly separate forces only in this “creating universe,” this illusory world of material forms, as Walter Russell expounds upon in his 1926 signature masterpiece THE UNIVERSAL ONE. The energy out of which these forces are born and in which they move and have their being in One, male and female bodies not withstanding. There is only One who occupies these capacities, and that One is what Jesus calls the “Living Spirit” and “Living Breath” in the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Thomas. With this clarification–and with what I have written about in my previous post “The Imaginal Realm: As Above So Below”–see if you can “see” with the spiritual eyes of your heart what is being conveyed in the following passage from The Gospel of Thomas (22a & 22b):

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples: “These infants taking milk are like those who enter the Kingdom.”

His disciples asked him: “If we are infants will we enter the Kingdom?”

Jesus responded: ” When you make the two into one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the upper like the lower and the lower like the upper, and thus make the male and the female the same, so that the male isn’t male and the female isn’t female. When you make an eye to replace an eye, and a hand to replace a hand, and a foot to replace a foot, and an image to replace an image, then you will enter the Kingdom.”

I could ponder this passage for days and still not comprehend with my intellect what the Teacher is saying. And what does it have to do with babies being suckled? He was obviously coming from a wisdom higher than that of the world. One can understand why he once told his disciples that he had much more to share with them, but they could not bear it. I wonder if we are able to bear it today with our highly educated intellects. It has been said that understanding if of the heart. This teaching has to be taken into the heart for understanding, something that the books I have been reading this past year have helped me to do.   

The Teacher in speaking here from the standpoint of creating in and from the imaginal realm, where images are sown as seeds from above into the soil of human consciousness. He is speaking of the alchemy of begetting as compared to the chemistry of making. “Begotten not made” is a phrase found in the Nicene Creed referring to the “only begotten Son of the Father.” This is historically known as “Fifth Way Love,” which I will consider in my next post. 

ATTUNEMENT WITH LOVE

From the standpoint of subtle energy healing through what has come to be called the “Attunement Process” in my field of service, the conscious focus of the practitioner is not on the analogue but on the image; not on the distorted physical form, perhaps fragmented and depleted, but on the perfection of the spiritual body which is whole and vital.  Our work is primarily done in the secret place of the Heaven, in Love’s domain, where we conceive images of wholeness and vitality. That wholeness and vitality is being transferred moment by moment to the physical body via this imaginal realm of spiritual substance — “pneumaplasm”– which bridges the two worlds that are one in reality.  Attunement is with the vibrational tone of Love.  

This is what the Teacher called the “Kingdom.” When we as healers, or as complete human beings, anthropos, access and enter into the imaginal realm — which we can only do as Beings coming from above — where the images of healthy form and function are available for transference to the physical body, then we can make an eye to replace an eye, and a hand to replace a hand, and a foot to replace a foot, and an image to replace an image. From the view in the Heaven, the inside is like the outside and the outside like the inside; the upper is like the lower and the lower like the upper; then the male isn’t male and the female isn’t female but they are the same. We are not male and female. We are Anthropos, fully Human and living spirits, with masculine and feminine energies blended together in our incarnating capacities. We are sons and daughters of God. “Ye are gods.”

As a segue to my next post, I will close with an excerpt from Cynthia Bourgeault’s signature work, The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE – Discovering The Woman at the Heart of Christianity. She quotes here a passage from the Gospel of Philip:

“The one who creates objects works outwardly in the external world. The one who labors in secret, however, works within the icon, hidden inwardly from others. The one who creates make objects visible to the world. The one who conceives gives birth to children in the Realm of the Unseen.”

In this complex distinction . . . Philip insists that begetting must come “from above”. . . .  It requires a free and conscious regeneration in the Spirit. “Begotten” is an alchemy in which spirit actively participates, and its fruit is the anthropos, or completed human being. 

Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

I invite you to visit my website at HealingAndAttunement.com for information about my work and my books SACRED ANATOMY and ATTUNEMENT WITH SACRED SOUND. 

 

 

On Human Relations . . . . . part 6: The Path of Romantic Love, page 3

“Without the quicksilver of eros nothing transforms . . .”

My Chorale PicIn the previous post I presented and considered the first two of four propositions, or myths, that are all “firmly rooted in the soil of celibate spirituality–that together have subtly sabotaged our ability to see romantic love as an authentic path of spiritual transformation” presented by Cynthia Bourgeault in her boldly provocative book The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE — Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity.  In this post I will present and consider the third and fourth myths and share some of Cynthia’s thought provoking views and commentary from her book — which I highly recommend to my readers.

Myth Number Three: Human love is inherently different from divine love

This is what has been handed down through Christian church teachings. Actually, it was Plato who classified love by types: agape and eros — although he didn’t attribute agape exclusively to divine love nor eros exclusively to human love. After all, the Greeks had their riotous gods who were capable of both human and divine passions. Rather, agape love to Plato was impartial, disinterested love and eros desiring love, which both the gods and humans were capable of experiencing. Plato’s delineation, non-the-less, set the foundation for such discussions for two-and-a-half millennia since, writes Cynthia Bourgeault.

It was a Swedish Protestant theologian in the 1930’s by the name of Anders Nygren who relegated eros to human desiring. His “monumental” three-volume work Agape and Eros, in which he writes “eros is man’s way to God; agape is God’s way to man,” had a powerful and pervasive influence on contemporary Christian spirituality. Cynthia writes:

According to Nygren, eros is by its very nature filled with desire and neediness, hence impure; by contrast, God’s way of loving is free, clear and impartial, motivated only by the goodness of the giver. With one deft stroke of the theological scalpel, Nygen essentially divided the core energy of love into two separate species and assigned to erotic love (the only love humans are by definition capable of) a permanent second-class status that essentially negates its value as a spiritual path. It is hard to escape the implication that if one is following a path of passionate commitment to a beloved, one is on an inferior spiritual track, or no track at all. This despite love’s unassailable record as the most potent force at our disposal to unify the heart and transform the soul.

Fortunately, the damaging pronouncements of Nygren has impacted only the modern era. Earlier generations of Christian teachers considered eros a “wellspring” of transforming energy that one simply had to learn to work with in one’s spiritual path. Cynthia quotes John Climacus’ sixth-century writings to exemplify this historical fact:

“I have seen impure souls who threw themselves headlong into physical eros to a frenzied degree. It was their very experience of that physical eros that led them to interior conversion. They concentrated their eros on the Lord. Rising above fear, they tried to love God with insatiable desire. That is why when Christ spoke to the woman who had been a sinner he did not say that she had been afraid but that she had loved much, and had easily been able to surmount love by love.”

The goal of “surmounting love by love” for a thousand years formed the heart of the Christian mystical program of transformation, culminating in the twelfth century in the magnificent “monastic love mysticism” of St Bernard of Clairvax and those following in his wake (and notice that whenever eros is mentioned in a text, the figure of Mary Magdalene hovers right in the background). To the extent that it still conceives of God as an object that one can “concentrate one’s eros” on, it ultimately falls victim of that same dualistic fallacy we have already seen in the first myth. But it is far, far better than what has been served up today in the name of religious and psychological health; a gutless, passionless numb “agape clone” that goes nowhere at all. Without the quicksilver of eros nothing transforms: a secret which I believe Jesus himself knew and worked with in his teachings in a profound way, only at a unitive rather than a dualistic level.

Now, of course, if you were fortunate enough to escape such indoctrination in your upbringing, then none of this serves you very much, excerpt perhaps as an educational piece at an intellectual level. I am intrigued by perspectives on historical events that shed light on the path I have traveled over the last seventy plus years. You see, I was born into a Catholic family, groomed for a priestly vocation — which was more my father’s desire for me than my own — and educated in the hallowed halls of Roman Catholic seminary. Only the halls of Catholic seminary were not so hallowed as they were hollow and empty of any transforming energy. Eros was a path to a life of mortal sin, the punishment for which was eternal damnation and separation from God. So, it thrills me to have someone like Cynthia Bourgeault articulate so eloquently some of the undercurrents that were churning beneath the turbulent and confusing terrain upon which I spent the formative and developing years of my life, as well as their origins in history.

Don’t worry for me, however, for the Church’s brain-washing, for some strange reason, seemed like water poured over a duck’s back. It didn’t penetrate the core of me. My guardian angel was apparently protecting me. However, I did not escape the damage to my human psyche and the spoiling of my physical enjoyment of a fully enfleshed life of healthy sexuality as a young man. That came later after awakening to the truth of love and of life.

But enough about me. Let’s look at the fourth myth, the one that lured me into the seminary and, ironically, disillusioned me at the age of 21 and sent me in search for the truth of love in human relations, both with the divine and with one another, a search that would last only seven years. Let me share some of her thoughts and perspectives right from her powerful book.

Myth Number Four: Celibacy is a state of greater purity.

The mistake here–and it is one commonly made in spiritual teaching — is to confuse purity with clarity. Clarity has to do with attuning the mind. Purity is about awakening the heart. The two can overlap each other, but they are not synonymous.

I enjoy her distinction between purity and clarity. She goes on to give a little history of the practice of celibacy.

In Hinduism, where the practice of celibacy as an applied spiritual technology (known as brahmacharya)  arose more than three thousand years ago, the objective has to do with conserving and concentrating prana, the vital energy or life force, so that it can be utilized for spiritual transformation. The modern Hindu master Swami Chidananda has restated the traditional wisdom by explaining it in this way: “Prana is the precious reserve of the seeker. Any sense activity or sense experience consumes a lot of prana [the sex act most of all, he claims] . . . The highest of all goals in life, spiritual attainment, requires the maximum pranic energy on all levels.”

For Swami Chidananda, the practice of celibacy harnesses pranic energy much like a dam harnesses the force of water for the purpose of turning huge turbines, and like a lens concentrates the rays of the sun to burn whatever they are focused on. Cynthia continues:

In the most ancient and powerful understanding of the practice, celibacy belongs among practices that can be classified as enstatic — those that have to do with conserving, collecting, concentrating. The positive side of this kind of practice is a significantly enhanced clarity — a relative freedom from the energy-consuming turmoil of the physical lusts and emotional passions and thus a greater capacity to stay present to the higher frequencies of spiritual energy.

For exactly this reason — that celibacy is a “storing up” process — its shadow side is avarice. One must be alert to a subtle tendency to withhold or “preserve”oneself, to hold oneself back from full engagement in the human sphere in order to have access to those higher realms of truth and light. Under all the aura of “selfless giving” with which the practice of celibacy generally cloaks itself, there can be a subtle spiritual acquisitiveness at work, betrayed in the very phrase “spiritual attainment.” Which “I,” one wonders, is this “I” who attains?

Cynthia gives her reader pause to consider what’s really at work in spiritual attainment. She then turns toward the life and death of Jesus in a most remarkable portrayal of him as being anything but enstatic in his public ministry.

By contrast, the path that Jesus himself seems to teach and model in his life, and particularly in his death, is not a storing up but a complete pouring out. His pranic energy is quickly depleted; on the cross, as all four gospel accounts affirm, he does not hold out even until sunset, but quickly “gives up the ghost.” Shattered and totally spent, he simply disappears into his death. The core icon of the Christian faith, the watershed moment from which it all emerges, is not enstatic but ecstatic — love completely poured out, expended squandered. In contrast to clarity, it is the archetypal image of purity, the complete self-giving of the heart.

Such is the character of unconditional love: “. . .the complete self-giving of the heart.” This reminds me of Jesus’s words to his disciples during his sermon on the vine and the branches: “Greater love hast no man than this; that he lay down his life for his friends.”  He was giving them all that he had to give, and for a truly selfless reason: “. . . that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:13)

The joy of giving fully of oneself is like no other joy.  It’s a joy that utterly sets one free. This, I believe, is what’s really behind the mad rush to buy presents for loved ones and friends at Christmas time every year. We do get much joy out of giving.  I’ve actually read of a tribal community where there is no word in their language for “Thank you.” Such is their awareness that the pleasure and joy of giving are the giver’s as much as, if not more than, the receiver’s. I love Cynthia’s portrayal of this great Teacher as one who spent himself fully during his three-and-a-half years of public ministry. It is the Jesus that I can easily hold as a hero and model of true manhood.

In my next post I will share Cynthia Bourgeault’s view of and commentary on “The Path Jesus Walked.” So, stay tuned for more inspiring posts on my Healing Tones blog.

Wishing for you a Happy New Year and a healthy and happy 2016!

Anthony

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On Human Relations . . . . . part 6: The Path of Romantic Love, page 2

My Chorale PicFar from keeping one earthbound, romantic love, not celibacy, was exemplified and touted by Jesus as the highest path to spiritual enlightenment and union with the divine. From the very Genesis we were created male and female so that through our union as one flesh we could bring forth life. That was the original template.  We’ve obviously altered and thwarted the original template for the creation of human beings and produced a species of human doings who put achieving ahead of being and compete with one another in a “battle of the sexes.”

I’m in my second reading of THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE – The Woman at the Heart of Christianity, a most provocative book written by episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault, in which she weaves the scenario of a romantic human relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. That alone should give you a clue about its provocative subject matter. To write this series of posts I dove right into the book to share poignant excerpts from chapter seven: “Reclaiming the Path of Romantic Love.”

In my last post I left my blog followers and readers with four options offered by the author to consider and choose from. They are:

1. That Mary Magdalene was Jesus’s mistress;

2. That theirs was a politically arranged marriage, strictly for dynastic purposes;

3. That they were sexual consorts in some Gnostic Mystery religion, ritually reenacting the sacred hieros gamos, or union of the opposites;

4. That the whole story is purely archetypal, a great Sophianic myth depicting the integration of the masculine and feminine within the human soul.”

I chose the third option. Here’s what Cynthia offers:

Sex, power, cult, or myth: not a great set of choices.  I have yet to see considered what in a sexually healthy culture would surely seem to be the obvious possibility: that they were faithful beloveds, whose lives were joined together in a fully enfleshed human love which was a source of strength and nurturance for both of them; which far from diminishing their spiritual integrity, deepened and fulfilled it. Why is it so hard to go there?  Well, obviously: because that is the one possibility our celibate template will not allow us to consider.

The “celibate template” of which she speaks is the scenario handed down to us by a patriarchal church and its celibate priesthood that portrays Jesus as a celibate bachelor, who had a virgin birth, and who gave himself utterly and completely to God and his mission without the “distraction” and high maintenance of a human relationship. Obviously, human sexuality has been a problem for the church for the past two-thousand years.

In this post, I will present the author’s four “propositions” or “myths”– all “rooted in the soil of celibate spirituality — that together have subtly sabotaged our ability to see romantic love as an authentic path of spiritual transformation.” Handed down as “gospel truth,” these myths in fact have “little or no scriptural authorization in the teachings of Jesus himself but instead draw their credibility entirely from the circular logic of his presumed celibacy.”

MYTH NUMBER ONE — Celibacy is the preferred means of giving oneself entirely to God

This myth as been promulgated and fostered by the church almost from the beginning of priesthood and monastic life.

Like so much else in church’s teachings on human sexuality, its scriptural origins lie in Paul’s oft-cited admonition, “The unmarried man cares for the Lord’s business; his aim is to please the Lord. But the married man cares for worldly things; his aim is to please his wife; and he has a divided mind” (Corinthians 7:33). Clearly this is a highly effective recruitment tactic for the religious life. Virtually every Christian monastic I know has entered upon the vocation espousing some variation of Thomas Merton’s impassioned outpouring: “I want to give God everything.” Of course, from an operational standpoint Paul is quite correct: being in partnership makes the logistics of spiritual discipleship a good deal more complicated.

But the theology underlying this principle, if you really consider it, is monstrous. In fact, it seems to be saying that the wholehearted love of God and the wholehearted love of another human being cannot coincide; as our love for a particular human being increases, our love for God is proportionately diminished. Not only is this a theological nightmare; it is also a flat-out contradiction of Jesus’s own dual commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind . . . and you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). Whatever the difficulty in juggling these sometimes contradictory demands, collapsing the tension between them is not an option.

I love her articulate way of stating the obvious in her writing style.  What she writes next, and the way she turns the usual perspective on its head, sends a delightful burst of sunshine into my heart:

The real solution to this paradox, I believe, comes in the gradual discovery that one cannot love God as an object. God is always and only the subject of love.  God is that which makes love possible, the source from which it emerges and the light by which it is recognized. Thus, “love of God” is not one love among others, not love for a particular “one” to whom my saying “yes” requires that I say “no” to another. Rather, God is the all-encompassing One who unlocks and sustains my ability to give myself fully to life in all its infinite particularity, including the excruciating particularity of a human beloved.

. . . God is the divine giving, who flows out and through our human expression to manifest love in all its fullness.  And so the way to give oneself fully to God would be to give fully of oneself

MYTH NUMBER TWO — Love divides the heart

The notion that erotic love divides the heart is so deeply engrained in monastic spiritual formation that renunciation becomes not only the imperative course of action but even a spiritual opportunity: the direct route to spiritual wholeness. The modern Jesuit John S. Dunne reflects this traditional view when he writes: “If I set my heart upon another person, then I cannot live without that person. My heart becomes divided. On the other hand, if I give my life to the journey with God, then my heart becomes whole and I can be whole in relationship with another.’ [Dunne, Reasons of the Heart].

. . . And yet the question remains: does love divide the heart? If God is considered an object of one’s love vying with other objects, then the crucial premise on which this theology hangs is true: yes, love would divide the heart. But if God is the subject of love, the place from which love emerges, then one could more reliably claim—as poets, mystics, and lovers have claimed throughout the ages—that love does not divide the heart, but is in fact the sole force strong enough to unite it. What divides the heart is not the love relationship itself but the passions: the strong emotions and shadow side that are always present when love runs strong. But these are not grounds for renunciation; rather, they are grounds for purification.

This story Cynthia shares next my wife and I can personally relate to, as she has spent the larger part of this year undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer. Our hearts have been opened wider by this crisis so that we have been able to easily and gratefully give fully of ourselves to one another in a mutually loving and caring way. We have both been transformed in this challenging crisis so that we don’t see cancer as an enemy to fight against and conquer. Rather, by embracing it, the tumor has become a messenger bringing us an opportunity to grow spiritually and more intimately together in life . . . as well as to realize how many wonderful friends we have surrounding us and holding us in their love and prayers.

In closing this consideration, Cynthia writes:

What this purification might look like is captured with wrenching power in the memoir “Grace and Grit” by the contemporary philosopher Ken Wilber. In this remarkable autobiography he shares the story of his own love and transformation as he and his wife . . . wage a five-year battle against her ultimately fatal breast cancer. As their ordeal intensifies, one watches them each being melted down and refashioned in the refiner’s fire of their love for each other. Egotism, clinging, resentment—and other, darker shadows—rise to the surface and are released. Particularly in the last six months of [her] life, Wilber writes, “We simply and directly served each other, exchanging self for other, and therefore glimpsing that eternal spirit which transcends self and other, both ‘me’ and ‘mine’”

If this sounds like something you recall Jesus saying in the gospels, you’re right.

I do enjoy Cynthia’s style of writing and her bold expression of truth in the face of her own congregation and of the larger religious field in which she ministers. Fearless is perhaps the appropriate word to describe her writing. She is clearly in love with love leaving no room for fear of criticism and sanction.

The next two myths: “Human love is inherently different from divine love” and “Celibacy is a state of greater purity” I will leave for the next post. See you in a couple of weeks. Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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