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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, pg 10: Holy Mother Earth

“I was with you in the beginning, in the dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the start of day.”

I will return to my consideration of the Vesica Pisces with my final post of this series next weekend.  Being Mothers Day, I will share this excerpt from SACRED ANATOMY featuring feminine deities in celebration of the return of the Divine Feminine to her rightful place alongside the Divine Masculine, co-creating life forms in the Garden of Paradise here on Mother Earth.

It is a peculiar aberration in human consciousness that has allowed women the world around, the very mothers of humanity without whom men could not even exist, to be minimalized and subjected to all sorts of abuse by the male of our species.  It hasn’t always been so.  Mother God has been very present to her living forms on Earth all down through the ages, albeit having to wait in the wings for her day to emerge and make her presence felt.  That day has come, and she will not be hushed or barred from full and equal participation in life with men.  Here is a bit of her history as a goddess in the world.

FEMININE DEITIES

We have meditated primarily on the biblical texts of John of Revelation, but there have also been visions of feminine deities. Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) also had an appreciation for the sacred nature of sex.  Anglo-Saxon writers A. T. Mann and Jane Lyle in their book Sacred Sexuality, published in 1995, describe a vision that Hildegard has during deep contemplation.  It was of a young girl who was like a goddess and whose radiance surpassed anything she had ever beheld. It was so dazzling that she could not look upon her.  Wearing a brilliant white cloak and gold shoes, she held the sun and moon in her right hand with loving care and bore the deep-blue image of a man on an ivory tablet on her breast.   Known to all of creation as “sovereign lady,” she spoke these words to the image on her breast: “I was with you in the beginning, in the dawn of all that is holy, I bore you from the womb before the start of day.”  Her name was Love.

Hildegard believed the whole earth could be made into a garden of love if men and women simply loved one another, thereby becoming divine themselves.  There would be nothing lacking in this love, for it would shine forth as a unified field of light as a result of complete union of both body and soul with God.   (The Templar Revelation, p. 162)

John of Revelation also had a vision of a feminine being in the heaven. 

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered….“ (Rev 12)

There were other aspects of the vision that carry significance of their own.  There was the “great red dragon” which stood before the woman ready to devour her child as soon as it was born.  Then something remarkable happened when she brought forth her child, which was a man child who “was to rule all nations with a rod of iron….”  The child was “caught up unto God, and to his throne.”

In this metaphorical story I see the Divine Feminine travailing to give birth to the positive expression of Her own divinity on earth but forced to deliver it in the privacy and solitude of her own sacred space, knowing that it is acceptable in God’s heaven if not in man’s world.   This could be said of the full spectrum of her expression, spiritual, mental, emotional and sexual. So she has kept it all safe from the great red dragon—which could represent here the male-dominated world in which she lives her life, in quiet desperation much of the time.    As for me, I personally rejoice that the feminine has survived all that has been levied against her in the way of persecution and oppression on earth, and is yet available to the masculine that is beginning to understand her, for I love the feminine and all that she brings to the dance of life.

It is undeniably the feminine that has been responsible for holding something special over thousands of years with regard to the sacredness of her sexuality.   It is the male who has historically exploited her sexuality and raped her body and soul, along with the larger body of the Earth Goddess Gaia.  Now that many women have risen up and taken back their power and restored their personal sanctity and collective equality and autonomy as people in a patriarchal society, a major shift has occurred in the collective consciousness.  With career and temporal status still in focus for a majority of women, there is currently hardly anyone managing the home-fires and providing the space for family and intimacy. Thankfully, thousands are rediscovering both their sexuality and their nurturing capacity as being sacred and many strong and enlightened women are leading the way for both sexes in this exponentially expanding field of human endeavor to transcend tradition and live outside the box of what society expects of them.

Contemporary psychologist and teacher of advanced practices of sacred sexuality around the world, Margo Anand, comes to mind.  Author of the bestseller, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy and a tape series on the path to sexual bliss, The Art of Sexual Magic, has brought back the true context of sex as “the most sacred act of creation.”  She writes: 

When two humans come together as lovers, they mirror the divine union…and connect directly with the energy of all life.  Thus, the energy of your sexuality is the source of the greatest ‘magic’ of all—the creation of life itself.

In her book she explores the meaning of Tantra, which means weaving, as a Hindu-Buddhist practice. 

As the threads of life and love cross one another, Tantra teaches, they join in cosmic union. Within this absolute connection with the universe, your most profound yearnings become possible. This is sexual magic.  Using erotic rituals and specific meditations, Tantric lovers can alter their consciousness and channel the energy of orgasm for healing, ecstasy—even enlightenment.

One of the most powerful and prolific voices among contemporary women authors, earth-activist Starhawk, puts these words on the lips of Mother Nature, who is embodied in the Goddess Gaia, in Doreen Valiente’s poem Charge of the Star Goddess, which she adapted for use in her own work of summoning forth and quickening woman’s spirit:

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold—all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals….  I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Feminine deities have historically held sex as a sacred ritual. In the East, the Indian Tantra and the Chinese Taoism are the only two disciplines that hold sexuality as something sacred and transcendental. Here in the West, there has been a re-discovery of sacred sex. Sex is seen now by increasing numbers of spiritually awake men and women as the highest form of union with God at the physical level, a virtual erotic bridge between heaven and earth bringing a release of enormous creative energy, revitalizing lovers in unique ways, all the way down to their cells.    

The entire art of sexual expression as a centerpiece in life is out of the closet and being explored with enthusiasm by people of all ages.  We all knew there was more to it than our forebears told us, but this allowed us to stumble into one of life’s most intriguing and most misunderstood secrets.  Increasingly the spiritual aspects of sexuality are being put ahead of the physical act of “making out” and “getting some.”  Sex is being elevated to the level of a sacred art of union with the divine and has become so much more enjoyable.  Shame around this natural function is eroding.  A picture of the little Buddha with a big smile on his face and hands reaching inside his gown and down grasping “nirvana” comes to mind as I write.  Indeed, can we not reach down and lift up unto heaven the earth of our temples with all of its sacred anatomy and physiology in sheer celebration of life and in delightful praise of our Creator?   Through such upliftment, would not the flesh be renewed by the Spirit of the New Earth?  ♥

I will complete this series on the Spirit of the New Earth Vibration with the next post. Until then, I wish all mothers a most Happy Mothers Day.  You’ve earned it.  Blessings upon you all.    — Anthony

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 11: Divine Alchemy

I am the Spirit of the New Earth

I welcome the substance by which I create all things new

in patience and right expectancy

I am the spirit of love

 

The vibrational tone of the Spirit of the New Earth is a low frequency in the red zone of the rainbow spectrum of Love’s White Light as it moves through the Gonadal seal of the seven endocrine glands.  The radiation of Love at this base level moves earth substance with the currents of masculine/feminine energy working as one creating force to bring forth new life forms.  

The Creative Process had already moved down through all six levels above, beginning in the Pineal Gland where the violet frequency of Love moves down into the Pituitary Gland and, stepped down to the blue vibration of the Spirit of the Womb or Truth, conceives the seed of Life which is then nurtured by the masculine/feminine parental hormonal energies provided by the anterior and posterior lobes of this Mother Gland. 

Life is thus born of the union of Love and Truth in and through the Thyroid gland that proceeds to give vitality to the body cells, and the parathyroid glands that metabolize calcium for bone building and strengthening. 

The vibration of Love is further stepped down to provide a purifying fire in the Thymus gland, the heart of the immune system, and through it in immune cells distributed throughout the body temple.  The Vibration of Love is stepped down further as the River of Life descends the steps of the temple to the level of the Pancreas and the Islets of Langerhans, where the vibration of Blessing is focused and sent forth through joyful currents of emotional energy. 

From this level, the current of Love steps down one more level to empower the Adrenal glands and fill the temple with the Light of the Spirit of the Single Eye, bringing the mind to a sharp focus for the shining of the Light of Truth into the world.  The final step is down into the realm of creative activity, the domain of the Spirit of the New Earth, where new life is born through the Womb of the Great Mother, portrayed here by the graphic of the Vesica Pisces. 

The Vesica Pisces

THE TWO CIRCLES forming the Vesica Pisces can also be seen to represent the inner world of spiritual or Divine consciousness and the outer world of material form. These two worlds, or realms, are connected in human consciousness where they overlap, the one being the realm of darkness and void and the other being the realm of light and manifest form.  In other words, the realm of creator and the realm of creation, which are inseparably one.

Diana Durham writes: “Thus the vesica symbolizes both the deep feminine, the source of creation, and the place of connection between spirit and form, heaven and earth.” Durham continues:

What other symbol has such connotations?  The Grail chalice itself: the feminine form and vessel of the chalice or cup, whose shape clearly echoes that of the womb and whose appearance in the Grail Castle signifies the beginning connection with the Grail King energy of the inner realms. . . .

The womb contains both menstrual blood or the newly forming baby.  Both blood and baby are symbols of life. . . .  The cup of the Eucharist holds wine, the symbol of Christ’s blood and a symbol of life.  So something is held in, or issues out of, the Grail that is life-giving. . . .

Perhaps the most central meaning of both aspects of the Grail is given here in this beautiful and simple passage from the Psalm 23: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”  The heart is full to overflowing with the presence of love, irrespective of outer circumstance—“in the presence of mine enemies.” The heart that is open to the presence of the heavenly king energy, in other words the experience of union—connection—with the divine source: this is what finding the Grail symbolizes in the Grail quest.  The container is the heart, and that which is contained within it, the life-giving substance, is the substance of love.

If the two circles of the vesica pisces symbol represents the inner and outer, the spiritual and material worlds, and the vesica shape is the place where the two connect, then finding the Grail also means to find the place of connection between these two worlds and to let them be joined instead of separated.  This place of connection symbolizes the purified heart realm. (The Return of King Arthur, pp .67-69)

Sharing in Sacred Sex, two lovers are connected with the sovereign energy of the King and Queen bringing with it the experience of ecstatic union with the Divine.  In order to enter this state, both must be conversant with the secrets of sacred alchemy . . . that, when allowed to work in their lives and in their “lovemaking,” bring a natural awareness of design and control inherent in the truth of sacred sex. 

That control is found to work particularly within the male who withholds his ejaculation so as to provide a radiant positive pole in his erection for the negative response of his receptive female partner as she opens her vesica to receive his love.  They must also be open in their hearts to love and be willing to go through a process of purification, for it is through the heart that one accesses the secrets of the sacred alchemy of the “deep feminine.”  

For that alchemy to be actualized there needs to be an arc of love between the two lovers. With the charge produced by this arc, the One Law we considered earlier in our meditation on the Pituitary Gland and the Creative Process (positive action—negative response—attraction—union—unified radiation), which is the power that creates and renews the world, is engaged.  

(In order to fully grasp and appreciate this symbolism, it would be most helpful and really necessary to read Diana’s book in its entirety.  In her chapter “The Dance” she shows in a most wonderful and understandable way how the dance between the masculine and the feminine works to create the arc of creative juice that renews the world.)

Divine Alchemy

Constraints imposed by the Church in the early centuries of the Christian Era, pushed the practice of alchemy underground.  The erotic roots of alchemy have apparently been shrouded by the pseudo-alchemical process of changing baser metals into gold, which was employed as a smoke screen to keep the real ritual of alchemy occult. The true alchemy occurred during sacred sex and was of divine origin, its purpose being to transmute human flesh, symbolized by lower metals, into the substance of love, symbolized by gold, thereby spiritualizing flesh.  An ancient rite of the anointing of the “sacred king” was based on the idea that the true priest or king received his divine power through the high priestess, without whom he was nothing.

Alchemy can be found in Egyptian religious practices as far back as the early centuries of the Christian Era and this knowledge was procured by the goddess Isis herself, who, according to the story in one treatise, “obtained the secrets of alchemy from an ‘angel and prophet’ through her feminine wiles.” (The Templar Revelation, Chapter 7, “Sex: The Ultimate Sacrament”)

Here in the West, outside of the intimate worlds of individual couples who have explored this “taboo,” we do not share  a consciousness of the sacred in our sexuality, much less a common knowledge of the alchemy produced through sacred sex.  It certainly is not included in our religious upbringing as a sacred part of us, much less a sacred ritual.  It is rather looked upon with much shame and guilt.  The authors of The Templar Revelation point out that this ritual was more about a couple becoming gods than about erotic sex.  First the high priestess becomes the goddess and then endows the man with divinity through the alchemy of her sexuality.  Through their union, their shared world was infused with “a regenerative balm,” as were they. . . .  The priestess’ body became a virtual “gateway to the gods” as the goddess/priestess united with the god/priest in a marriage rite that served the purpose of procreation as well as a way by which she bestowed wisdom on man.  The anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, who was a priestess, was such a pagan ritual.     (Ibid, pp. 257-258)

Jesus is usually thought of in Christendom as having been celibate, and there seem to be as many arguments that support this idea as there are that prove its fallacy.   Without entering into the debate, I would simply suggest that Jesus had a sweetheart, and she was Mary of Bethany, which Picknett and Prince believe is one and the same as Mary Magdalene.

According to Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels. . . , while the other disciples despised her for her intimate relationship with the Master, Jesus honored Mary of Bethany with the title of “Apostle of Apostles.”  One text says “she spoke as a woman who knew the All.” She was raised by the Master above all the other disciples and declared by him to be the futuristic ruler of the “Kingdom of Light.”   He also called her “Mary Lucifer” and “Mary the Light-bringer.” As the texts portray the relationship between Jesus and Mary, he so loved her that there was nothing he could refuse her, including her request to raise up her brother Lazarus from the dead, which he did strictly out of love for her. This respectful treatment of her and loving regard by Jesus was not a small thing as it emphasized a basic shift needed at a core level of human consciousness during a period of history when women were still looked down upon as not being worthy even of life.

With this account of the quality of substance between them, the marriage feast at Cana could well have been their own wedding feast.  I have no problem with that, and there is ample evidence to support this scenario.   Why would the Master Jesus have circumvented this pivotal and most powerful aspect of our humanity whereby we experience the pleasure of union with our Creator and with one another in the physical plane of Being ?

The piece I wish to articulate here relates to the fact that this area of sexual function has long been hidden in the dark corners of human consciousness amid the rubble of the ancient residue of past failures on the part of Man, male and female, to come clean before the Lord of Creation, naked and unashamed of who we are.  Sexuality’s redemption and return to sanctity seems long overdue and, in the experience of many, is well underway. ♦                                              _____________________________________________________________________________    

I hope you have enjoyed this blog series as much as I have enjoyed sharing from my book SACRED ANATOMY.   I will now rest for a season until I am prompted from within to put hand to keyboard.  Wishing you happiness and joy until next we meet. —Anthony

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 9: Sacred Alchemy & the Vesica Pisces

“I Have Found the One My Soul Loves” 

THE SCRIPTURAL QUOTE above is the fourth verse of the third book of the Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs.  One can see this as finding one’s soul’s love embodied in a lover; also as finding one’s Beloved within one’s own heart.  Lusting after union with the Divine via sacred sex has a rich as well as controversial history.  It has degenerated over the centuries to lusting after the pleasures of the flesh, particularly the female body which has been objectified in our modern social entertainment and our commercial enterprises.  

Religion has played a pivotal role in this degeneration, relegating sex outside of the “Sacrament of Holy Matrimony” to the performance of a sinful act, creating a controversy that has led to the persecution of women for their enjoyment of sex outside the arbitrary perimeter of “sex for the purpose of procreation.” 

This is the current state of fallen human consciousness in the old heaven and old earth.  Notwithstanding, many couples have found the Beloved in one another and share a romantic love that draws them together in inseparable union with the Beloved and with one another, finding and experiencing their own Divine Self as one with the other, where in truth there is no “other.”  Such couples experience spiritual intimacy before physical intimacy.

THIS SERIES of posts features a meditation on the Spirit of the New Earth Vibration.  New earth throughout the Universe is born of the sacred intercourse and union between the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine—masculine energy drawing form together and feminine energy giving form birth and nurturing it to maturity, then unraveling it and returning its essences back to the One from whom it arose—and it’s all one entity, one process accomplished by way of a spectrum of vibrational frequencies of light and sound.  

(For an in-depth consideration of this creative relationship, I invite you to visit my blog series of October, 2018 entitled Our Masculine/Feminine Energy.) 

In my book SACRED ANATOMY I explore and meditate upon the historical experience of Sacred Sex as it was once openly and ceremonially practiced.  The following in an excerpt from the chapter on Sacred Sex.

The Vesica Pisces

The controversy and persecutions were over the alchemical power inherent in the tiny gland at the top of the gothic archway of the vulva, an archway that embodies the mystical Vesica Pisces, an image in sacred geometry formed by overlapping circles, possibly one of the most profound motifs of ancient and modern times. It represented in ancient religions, among other things, the vulva of the Great Mother and the joining of God and Goddess in the creation of the Universe.  In Christianity, it is the symbol of Jesus Christ which was used by the early Christians to mark their meeting places, referencing by its piscine shape the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  It represented a lot more than that, however.

Throughout earliest traditions, the Vesica Piscis represented the source of immense creative power and energy, a vibrational portal, if you will, between heaven and earth that makes possible the outpouring of love into the world as well as a birth canal for all of Creation.  This same portal in sacred sex becomes the way into the presence of the Beloved, the “secret place of the Most High.”

This portal appears not only in the union between God and Goddess, the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.  It also appears “in the midst” where any two or more are gathered in the name—or shem in the Aramaic, meaning vibration—of love.  In meditation, where heart and mind play the roles of two gathered in love, it is the “window of heaven” at the Crown Chakra which opens with the alchemy produced by the Pituitary Gland and the Pineal Body as rising currents of the ascending flame of love, offered as incense upward, engage their hormonal chemistry. Through this portal of light streams the inspiration and revelation of divine wisdom into human consciousness.  As a geometrical design of the human eye, it represents the aperture for the “third eye.”  These are all internal workings of the spiritual anatomy of the body temple which are activated from within by one who possesses the knowledge of sacred alchemy. 

This knowledge was celebrated by the Knights Templar in a most clever and subliminal way by affixing a rosebud, symbolic of the clitoris, atop the Gothic arches of the Cathedrals they built for the Church in Europe.  Women were known to have a unique capacity to enjoy sex, which was part of the basis for men’s hatred and fear of them.  This tiny protuberance at the top of the arch of the vulva is the only human organ whose function, it seems, is solely to give pleasure.   

While the function of the clitoris, placed by perfect design in a spot where it might be stimulated during intercourse, may be seen as that of solely giving pleasure, it also serves as a neurological triggering mechanism for the entire process of alchemy which creates the substance of connection with the divine.  It is through the medium of this substance of pneumaplasm, as we have already considered, that the spiritual gifts of heaven are conveyed into the earth, such as the gift of healing and the gift of premonition and intuitive discernment of events before they happen.

The fleeting pleasure experienced in orgasm is a glandular one which can be easily aroused by physical stimulation.  The Dionysian ecstasy of fusion with the divine, however, entails more than mere physical stimulation of the genitalia.  Sacred alchemy is activated by ones who know the sacredness of their own body temples and have obtained intuitively through exploration the inherent priestly knowledge protected so occultly and diligently for the past two millennia, now resurfacing in human consciousness.  Such ones are themselves priests and priestesses of a High Order. They reveal themselves as lovers as they approach the altar of sacred sex with a deep and passionate love for the Beloved.  In sacred sex the priest and priestess truly represent God and Goddess in wedlock enjoying the fruits of their creation and reveling in the pleasure of ecstatic union their alchemy affords them. The Vesica Pisces, both as vibrational and physical aspects of our sacred anatomy, contracts and opens, quivering as the fire of love falls from heaven and pours out into their creative field, blessing and sanctifying all that is contained in their worlds. Yes, a woman’s sexuality is truly intended by her Creator to be ecstatically pleasurable.   

It is not that men are not so equipped, as many have learned who have risen above the traditional rush to climax and explored the delicate glands around the base of the head of the penis, which, with gentle touch, or lying still during intercourse, occasions such alchemy within the male that leads to sexual ecstasy.  I am inclined to believe that the alchemy of ecstatic union with the Divine is entirely the domain of the feminine, even in the male who has enough of the feminine in his makeup to produce such alchemy. These two organ/glands, the glans clitoridis and the glans penis, are connected to the same Source of power, the Divine Feminine, that ultimately draws both the man and the woman into ecstatic union within the ascending flame arising out of the altar they have erected, either in solitude or in conjugal rapture.  These are altar pieces which are literally erected from within by aroused sexual energies that are no less sacred than the ceremonies intended to facilitate worship in a Basilica, nor than the One so worshiped. In the Motherland of Lemuria, they played an intricate and generative role in the Temple Service itself.

Clean Hands and Pure Heart

These verses from Psalm 24 say something about the qualifications for finding one’s own personal Holy Grail, as well as knowing whom the Grail serves:

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. . . .   

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

The Psalmist sings of the King energy as coming into the heart when the gates and portals of the heart are swung open. The secrets of the Holy Grail are revealed to one whose hands are clean and whose heart is pure.  Another way of saying this is: one who’s mind meditates daily upon the spiritual laws of being and obeys them in one’s living, and who’s heart is lifted up and open to the purifying currents of love pouring out of heaven. It is in this governance of spirit and openness to love, as poet and modern-day muse Diana Durham elaborates in splendid detail in her book [The Return of King Arthur], that the enlightened mind and purified heart, symbolized by the sword and the cup, find their resting place together in the kingdom of heaven restored, through these sacred vessels, to the kingdoms of this world. 

 I will continue in this consideration and expand on its theme in my next post. Until then, be happy.  Be safe.   

Anthony 

tpal70@gmail.com

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 8: The Holy Grail

“If your humanity overflows, divinity inevitably happens. If your humanity is allowed to reach its very peak, divinity is a living reality for you. If your humanity is not allowed to reach its peak, divinity is just empty talk.  It’s “up there.”  (Sadhguru Joggi Vasudev)¹      

As I continue to share excerpts from my book SACRED ANATOMY, it is not without an awareness that the subject of our sexuality is not a very relevant one in light of today’s many critical and existential issues.  It is only relevant to an ongoing creative cycle that offers promise of a Golden Age and a New Earth emerging out of the New Heaven.  In this new cycle all creating things continue to be sacred.  The energetic vibration of the first seal in the endocrine system, the Gonads, is one of newness and right-expectancy.  The gift of the Spirit of the New Earth working through this seal is patience.  With these considerations, I continue to share a vision of what might be as we co-create a new world. 

THE HOLY GRAIL

THE HOPE AND POSSIBILITY for restoring connection with Source and returning to the state of union with the LORD God in the Garden of Paradise forms the basis for the Grail Quest in the Arthurian Legend.  Metaphorically speaking, once the cup is reunited with the sword, the feminine with the masculine, and King Arthur restored to the throne with his Queen as an equal and worthy partner in all their royal duties and functions, the magical kingdom of Camelot is restored. Once human consciousness is reunited with divine consciousness and the divine is once again present and in action in human affairs, Paradise can be restored on Earth.

The symbolism of this legendary myth may be seen as pointing to the restoration of the Wounded Fisher King’s sexual potency and productivity.  Remember, it is the Wounded Fisher King who is guardian over the Grail in his home, the Grail Castle. He is wounded early in the story and the wound was caused by a spear that pierced him through his thighs, which also involved his genitals, according to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s version of the story in Parzival.  His wound, which casts a shadow of infertility upon the land and consequent poverty upon the subjects of his kingdom, will not heal.  So his life and entire kingdom are cast into desolation and misery.  It is foretold that healing would be possible only when an innocent fool—Perceval in the story—stumbles into his court and inquires about the purpose of the Grail. 

The placing of the wound in the King’s genitals has been taken by some as reflecting on the church’s suppression of natural sexuality.  It was believed, then, that only by going on a quest for the Holy Grail, would the spiritual stagnation prevalent at that time be eliminated and replaced by enlightenment. There is no mistake that this quest was specifically focused in the feminine, as an Italian painting of Venus being adored by Grail knights portrays. In this fifteenth century painting, Venus is depicted by the artist inside the vesica pisces—representing, as we shall soon see, the womb of the Great Mother, or the Grail itself—with rays of light pouring out from her genital region and with knights and heroes below looking up to her in adoration. While the portrayal of this painting may be seen today as that of “lusting after the flesh,” certainly as lusting after the female body and the pleasure of sexual intimacy, it was seen back then in Eighteenth century Europe as a celebration of sacred sexuality, one of the key elements of Europe’s underground tradition, and of feminine wisdom or Sophia.  The painting clearly portrays how the power of female sexuality was held as something most sacred and that lusting after intimacy with the feminine was a lusting after union with divinity itself, the prime gift of the Holy Grail.  

The restoration of the legendary magical kingdom of Camelot obviously rests upon the sacred reunion of the masculine with the feminine so that the two become one, as it was in the Beginning.  The Grail Quest story indicates that would happen only when the cup and the sword are reunited, the sword representing the empowered masculine and the cup the empowering feminine. Perceval is instructed in the story to be careful not to seduce or be seduced by a woman and to be sure, upon finding the Grail, to ask the question, “Whom does the Grail serve?”  Perceval is so taken by the magical properties of the Grail, which generously serves up his heart’s desire of food and drink, that he fails to ask the right question and soon finds himself outside the King’s court and back out in the wilderness, only now with an unquenchable thirst for the magical experience of the Grail in the King’s court once again. Eventually, after much anguish and bitter toil—and ultimately deep, passionate longing for the Grail—he finds his way back to the Grail Castle.      

(My favorite author on this theme of the search for the Holy Grail is Diana Durham, whom  I’ve introduced in an earlier chapter.  Diana presents her enlightening insights into the Arthurian Legend as she thoroughly and invitingly explores the spiritual significance and essences hidden in its mythical symbolism in The Return of King Arthur. I will include an excerpt from her book in my consideration of the Vesica Pisces in my next post.)

The restoration of the magical kingdom of Camelot—of our sexuality—is possible once the King is honored and served up love from out of the Holy Grail of the human heart.  That would happen only when the man and woman, upon receiving each other’s hearts as they engage their sexuality, ask the right question and heed the answer: The Grail serves the Grail King. The King of Creation, who created the Grail in the first place, is the worthy recipient of the sacred and juicy essences generated and rightly sent upward in the alchemy of sexual union and ecstasy. The secrets to such alchemy and ecstasy lie hidden in the mysteries of feminine sexuality, or more specifically the “Feminine Principle.”  

The suppression of the mysteries of feminine sexuality may well be at the roots of the scandalous turbulence we are witnessing today in the Catholic church relative to pedophile priests.  Thwarting the natural design and purposes of life for human beings can only lead to distortions in behavior. The Divine Feminine cannot be left out of human experience without repercussions. She will find her way into human relationships at the most intimate levels without respect to gender, and those who attempt to deny Her will find themselves seeking union with Her in the shadows of deviant behavior with the same irresistible passion that drives them to seek union with the Divine, for She is divine. 

Historically, the Feminine Principle was once the centerpiece of much controversy and, as we have noted, persecution—strangely enough focused in a hatred and fear of midwives who posed a threat to the status quo of civilized decency because of their knowledge and skills in minimizing the pain in childbirth, when painful childbirth was taught by the Church to be the punishment for original sin.  During the early centuries of the Christian era, women’s sexuality was regarded with fear. Knowledge of the secrets of the Feminine was considered to be so fiercely powerful that it posed a unique threat to Christian thinking and to the authority of the Church itself.  This gave rise to the atrocities perpetrated by the Church against the Cathars during the Albegensian Crusades in thirteenth century France when over a hundred thousand, mostly women, were massacred. 

Even to this day there is no Christian concept of sex for joy only, let alone the idea—as in Tantrism or alchemy—that it can bring spiritual enlightenment. On the contrary, the Catholic Church forbids contraception and other Christian groups, such as the Mormons, frown upon post-menopausal sex. The authors of The Templar Revelation leave little doubt that all of these regulations were really about control over women, who it was thought must be made to view their sexuality with apprehension, “either because it is joyless, their marital duty and nothing else, or because it leads inevitably to the pain of childbirth.” 

Vesica Pisces 

The controversy and persecutions were over the alchemical power inherent in the tiny gland at the top of the gothic archway of the vulva, an archway that embodies the mystical Vesica Pisces, an image in sacred geometry formed by overlapping circles, possibly one of the most profound motifs of ancient and modern times. It represented in ancient religions, among other things, the vulva of the Great Mother and the joining of God and Goddess in the creation of the Universe.  In Christianity, it is the symbol of Jesus Christ which was used by the early Christians to mark their meeting places, referencing by its piscine shape the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  It represented a lot more than that, however.  (Excerpted from SACRED ANATOMY)

I will reveal the “lot more” the Vesica Pisces represents in my next post. I will close by sharing something most thought-provoking that Bishop Desmond Tutu said recently:

I have this secret longing—well, it’s not so secret as I’ve said it before—for women to take over and say “Men, we gave you all of this time. . . . You’ve made a mess of things. Women are taking over.” And women who would be feminine—not women who try to be like men—women who remember that they are life nurturers.  And I’m absolutely certain we would see a different world order.¹

Well, it’s happened before, as we shall see in my next post. Until then, be safe.   Anthony

¹ Transcribed from Time of the Sixth Sun documovie series, featuring Indigenous Elders, Wisdom Keepers and Visionary Thought Leaders sharing their knowledge and teachings, as you go on an inspiring global cinematic journey offering great insights into the incredible changes happening on our planet at this time.

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, pg 7: The Divine Feminine

“If you don’t know what to do, maybe you shouldn’t do anything and just wait for clarity; wait for the impulse to act.”  — Charles Eisenstein, Time of the Sixth Sun Movie

FIERCE LOVE is one of the chief gifts of the Divine Feminine working through the hearts of both men and women.  Other gifts are resilience and an empathic capacity to embrace pain and bring healing to old wounds in the heart.  From my own experience, some of her greatest needs are honesty, affection, unconditional love, finding her voice and being heard. 

A prophetic promise from the Book of Genesis is unfolding as the head of the serpent of the human intellect is being stepped on and “bruised” by the “heel” of the Feminine.  The masculine destroyer of Mother Nature’s creations for monetary gain is being told by the Great Mother through her rising spirit in womankind: “THAT’S ENOUGH! STOP! THUS FAR AND NO FURTHER!  The news media are not bringing it to us, but it’s happening everywhere the world over.  

Take time to view this brief movie trailer of Time of the Sixth Sun.  It’s happening.  We are moving into the Golden Age of a quantum new world where things are happening as fast as thought, and love and joy are bursting out all over.  The speakers all speak from out of a balanced field of Masculine and Feminine energy.  This is a turning point in the evolution of the human race and of the Earth.  As one speaker summed it up,

“During this time of change we don’t have to do anything to protect ourselves. Going to a secret place somewhere, or hiding food in the ground or guns and stuff, and trying to protect ourselves, it’s not going to work. It’s simply about being in your heart, being connected to the Mother Earth and Father Sky, being directly connected to the Great Spirit.  This is simple. Anybody can do it.”  (Drunvalo Melchizadek)

Excerpt from SACRED ANATOMY:

The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine is the negatively charged body of response of Mother God to the positively charged radiance of Father God. This is not a passive receptivity but a very actively charged energy that rushes to meet the positive radiation of love through the Divine Masculine, not to serve him, nor to be at his beck and call, but to empower and dance with him. For the dance to be enjoyable and creative, the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine must both be present on the dance floor of life and engaged with one another.  The commonly known animalistic male-female relationship is not sufficient, and dissolves with the revelation of Divine Man and Divine Woman on earth.

The Feminine Principle produces the alchemy that unites us with God and then draws to us the circumstances in which we find ourselves throughout our lives in and through which we may fulfill our mission and purpose for incarnating, which is to bring the things of God, the gifts of spirit, into the world.  In the Biblical story of the wedding feast at Cana, for example, which is believed to be a celebration of the sacred marriage of Jesus and Mary of Bethany, it is Mary of Bethany who arranges for the vessels of water to be brought to Jesus to be made into wine, bringing to him as well their life’s shared mission and destiny—echoing and rectifying that event in the Genesis story of the Fall wherein reportedly Eve brought Adam the “forbidden fruit,” and with it their life’s work of creating a world on Earth without their Creator but only with their own judgements of what feels good and what is deemed evil.  By turning the water into wine Jesus made the Truth of Life once more available to Man.  

In the story of the Grail Quest, the Feminine Principle, which operates through the heart realm, can be seen as being represented by the Grail itself—the chalice out of which Jesus drank at the Last Supper.  She is the chalice, the cup, for the life blood—the substance of one’s living symbolized by the wine—from which the Lord of the Sacred Dance partakes of life with us. The cup can thus be seen as the cupped hand of Divine Providence that brings to us each moment’s task, be it large or small.

Jesus is recorded to have asked his Father from the deep passion of his heart to take the “cup” of his betrayal and ignominious execution from him.  Sometimes the Feminine brings great challenges to us that will, if accepted courageously and met with a victorious spirit, bring us closer to our core quest in life, that of union with Source. “Thy will be done” was the attitude of the Master in this seemingly impossible situation that ultimately led to his resurrection from the tomb and ascension into the arms of his heavenly Father from whence he came—from whence we all came.

Containment being her very nature, the substance of the feminine energy provides a container filled with the water of truth that turns into the wine of life when she is allowed to embrace—spiritually as well as physically—the hot and fully erected vertical shaft of radiant masculine light. She is as the water surrounding the rod of plutonium in an atomic reactor that allows it to yield its power without burning a hole in the earth, to use a modern-day energy metaphor. If he will let her, she will ground him but not smother his fire nor use it all up loving her.   They both must come clean of their shadow side for this dance to be fun and generative of the essential substance of pneumaplasm that connects them both with the Divine and with each other.  At this level of intimacy, where there is accord between a man and a woman, is found the secrets to the creation of abundance.  In The Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is recorded as saying: “If two can make peace between themselves in a single house, they can say to a mountain, ‘Move!’ and it will move.”

In no way do I imply here that she is nice and sweet and agreeable at all times.  She can be that, but she can also be fierce and tenacious when it comes to exposing and putting down the lie, which she does with equal passion as she pushes forward to uncover and lift up the truth in any given situation in life.  There is nothing quite as exhilarating in the life of a relationship than to dance in the fierce fire of the passionate woman who sees you in the places you would rather not be seen. In the Arthurian legend she is represented by the “Hag.”  Diana Durham portrays the “Hag” as:

An old woman who visits Perceval at Arthur’s court during a banquet in his honor; she lists all his faults, chief among them his failure to ask the question [Whom does the Grail serve?] when in the Grail Castle and thus relieve the king and land from suffering. She is the truth-telling aspect of the deep feminine, and can also be said to represent here withered Mother Earth herself. (Return of King Arthur, page 13)

There is interesting and controversial history associated with this principle of the Feminine aspect of Man, actually spanning all the way back to Adam and Eve in the drama of Eden at the very beginnings of human existence on earth. It is significant that the Feminine is described as a “Principle,”which literally means “beginning.” She was present with God in the Beginning.  In the Latin Mass, the opening words of St. John’s Gospel are: “In principio [my emphasis] erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deus, et Verbum erat Deus.”  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word is the Feminine Principle out of which all of Creation springs forth.  She was called “Eve…mother of all the living…” and She is found not only to be with God in the beginning but is God.  She, the Divine Feminine, is God creating the flesh of all living things.

This ancient story, re-written by the great patriarch Moses, may well be fraught with bias.  It is said that the serpent beguiled the woman and that the woman led the man down the garden path which took them both out of Eden.  Who knows what really constituted the so-called “Fall of man?”  This we do know, women have been blamed for the Fall all down through the ages, a stigma that has caused them unwarranted deprivation and persecution. Women have been greatly feared and therefore suppressed by men in a male-dominated world.  Not understood by men, especially when their emotions take over their expression and their wrath becomes a force with which to be reckoned, women have been kept subdued by men and have been forced to withdraw into a state of obedience and subjection to them and to adopt what is considered to be “appropriate behavior” in order to keep emotions under raps.

On her darker side, woman has been a manipulator and a seducer as well, perhaps in an attempt to reclaim some of her power and control over her life. Historically, she was burned at the stake for her sorcery during the “witch-hunts” in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, when forty to sixty thousand people were executed and as many more tortured and imprisoned. This violence against the feminine has left a scar in the collective heart of womankind which overshadows and impacts male-female relationships even to this day.  Deep healing is needed in the heart of Mother God.

The world has not always been dominated by the male of the human species. There were periods of history when the feminine dominated life on this planet, when the Goddess was worshiped as Creator and revered as the Supreme Giver of life.  As I said earlier, in the ancient East, Elat, the feminine gender of the word Allah, was the name used to call upon deity.  In more recent history, however, since the male has dominated the scene, the importance of the role of the feminine in life has gone from one extreme to the other in some religious cultures.

There has been a masculine bias throughout the early history of Christianity, with the feminine principle all but eliminated entirely from the face of the Earth. For example, in the fourth century the early Church Fathers declared women to be “not worthy of life”—certainly not fit to serve as priestesses and bishops as they had been accustomed—and degraded the sexual act from the “ultimate sacrament” to a necessary function to propagate the human race. Before that, sex was a sacred ritual in which the alchemy of the Feminine Principle was engaged as a means of ecstatic union with the Divine.   The secrets of this ritualistic ceremony were held in safekeeping by many groups and organizations—such as the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, the Cathars, the Priory of Sion, the Essenes and the Egyptian cult of Isis and Osiris—until just recently.

Several books have been written and continue to emerge exploring these secrets.  Research-authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince have collaborated together in a most provocative book, The Templar Revelation. According to their exhaustive research, it was by way of this sacred sex ritual of “undefiled intercourse” that kings, emperors and pharaohs, as well as messiahs and saviors of mankind, fused with the Divine and became gods themselves, earning the title of Christ, or the Anointed One.

Jesus himself is reported to have become one with the Father within through the anointing by Mary of Bethany, his cosmic mate and partner in this sacred rite of passage, first from humanity to divinity and then back to humanity as God in the flesh.  This anointing was apparently not limited to pouring precious oils (spikenard) over the feet and into the hair, but included sacred sex wherein the two penetrated the veil between heaven and earth to fuse with the Divine.  Sex was called the “ultimate sacrament” because it was through this sacred ritual that sovereign rulers could come to know union with God and release the creative power that would bless and preserve their kingdom—the land and all their subjects—making them fertile and productive.

My next post will once again feature my favorite Arthurian legend author, Diana Durham, in her masterful consideration and interpretation of the legendary Holy Grail.  Until then, I bid you good day and pray health and happiness for you.          -Anthony (tpal70@gmail.com)

 

Spirit of the New Earth Vibration, page 5: From Patriarchy to Partnership

Since the time I wrote SACRED ANATOMY 25 years ago, much has changrd in the area of relationships between men and women.  For example, the “war between the sexes” has transformed into a partnering paradigm as women have taken back their power and arisen to assume their rightful place as equals in co-creation alongside men — and men have rediscovered their nurturing feminine side. Actually, that transformation was already underway when I was writing my book.  Here’s an excerpt from the chapter entitled “Sacred Sex.”

From Patriarchy to Partnership                  

  HUMAN CIVILIZTION today is dominated by the masculine energy of achieving, characterized as Martian by John Gray in his best-selling books on the theme of men being “from Mars” and women “from Venus.”  Our health care system, for example, has been based on fixing what is broken through manipulation of the laws of physics and chemistry on the physical plane by physicians and chemists. This differs from the more feminine role of facilitating the healing process, a spiritual or vibrational process, the nurturing approach of the healer who sees disease as a process to be assisted toward completion rather than aborted by intervention, only to surface again and again until it can complete itself—often in what is called “terminal illness” and ultimately in death. 

The masculine in us generally wants the results of its efforts now. The feminine, on the other hand, is more accustomed to waiting patiently for the cycles of creation to work through and unfold in their natural seasons.  In a word, the masculine in us is more concerned with setting the agenda and promoting it so as to obtain the results it needs in order to feel “successful” and “productive,”  while the feminine is more concerned with processing feelings and thoughts that form the subconscious terrain which  resources the ultimate fruition of the creation in progress.  She is concerned, as we saw earlier, in making a home for being and family, and in creating a safe space for love to be shared in all its many facets and experiences.  In healing, she knows how to empower the person to take charge of his/her healing process and participate in it fully.  The wise masculine honors her natural capabilities in these areas. 

In my office, the “doctor” has given way to the healer, who is the authentic Self.  He no longer prides himself in having an answer for every ill brought to him, nor thinks of himself as inadequate for not having one to give on the spot.  This transformation has introduced a bit of confusion among some patients who, understandably, expect precisely that kind of traditional “fix-me” passive care.  I have found that when I start out with “I don’t rightly know,” and say it audibly so that the patient can hear it, the innate wisdom of the patient’s body begins speaking with me. This kind of communication with the innate intelligence of the body-temple is at a vibrational level and is, for me, an experience of direct conversation with Source. What I do know, and share with the patient, is that as we both hold the dis-ease process in a nurturing atmosphere, one that is void of fears and impatience but filled with unconditional love, absolute assurance and complete acceptance, the right things to say and to do come to us in the quiet, unconcerned and worry-free atmosphere of spirit. “Be still and know” is Mother Nature’s guiding principle.  

In a refreshing way, the Martian masculine, who is good at fixing things, is giving space to the Venusian feminine who seeks to rejoin the parts that have become disconnected, knowing that the currents of life, once again flowing through and between the parts, will bring about health in them—and, by reason of their vibrational alignment, will bring wholeness in the body-mind-spirit.  The person is made whole once the misaligned and disconnected parts are re-joined to one another, and that is the role of the feminine, the home and family builder.

The parts that need to be healed the most are the inner and outer aspects of the person, one’s spirit with one’s form. It is the healing of this fracture at the very core of one’s being that brings forth the healing current, what I have also referred to as the “attunement current,” from within with full force and penetration in the body tissues and organs. This constitutes the core essence of the attunement service Uranda brought through his ministry.

Speaking of attunement, those who work in the field of subtle energies find themselves in the presence of the Divine Feminine out of which the healing current arises. Working with spirit-substance for any period of time at all, one finds one’s masculine and feminine energies naturally and easily coming into balance with one another. 

A colleague, friend and master practitioner-teacher in the attunement field, Paul Price, demonstrates such a balance in his healing ministry. Paul has worked in the attunement field for thirty-five years. He has an attunement center up in King City, Ontario, in a pastoral setting as part of a small farm, spiritual community and retreat center called “King View,” where he also offers classes in Attunement.  In a recent article Paul writes of his experience working with cancer patients over the past twenty years and some of the factors he has seen consistently arising in their consciousness. He writes:

    Almost without exception, when I begin to work with clients and friends who have cancer, they ask, “What have I done wrong?” I also find that people who are on a spiritual path often express a sense of guilt and shame with respect to why they have cancer. There are many theories surrounding causes for cancer and I have looked into a number of them.  In some situations, they seem to fit. But I personally feel that there are complexities here in the larger energetic, or vibrational, field.

I have worked with children and young people who have had the perfect diet since birth, lived in a home where meditation and spiritual awareness were present from Day One, and a malignant melanoma appears.  I have worked with individuals who have lived an amazing spiritual life, and cancer seemingly beats them.  I have worked with others who could care less about anybody but themselves, and miracles have occurred for them. I have stopped trying to figure this out.

From an Attunement practitioner’s standpoint, it is important that we work in a complementary way with our clients, marrying our talents with traditional and other natural modalities.  I endeavor to nurture a sense of joy and passion for living in those I work with, reminding them that their spirit does not have cancer, and that no matter what modality they use, it is this joy and appreciation for life that allows their internal body chemistry to participate more fully in the healing process.

In this way I encourage them to participate in their own healing, challenging the attitude of relying solely on external factors.  Cancer, like all other diseases, is part of a larger vibrational pattern which we all need to work with. In order to work creatively with cancer, we as practitioners have to come to a place that doesn’t see “that person over there with cancer” and “I’m safe over here.”  It is a collective vibrational pattern which we all work with.  And although I am presently blessed with cancer not manifest in form in my body, it is in fact in the larger body of which I am a part.  My creative work with the fears and foibles surrounding this allows me to work from a clearer vibrational stance in my Attunement care.

Only as we all work together creatively with this will we actually begin to alter the vibration to a point where cancer can no longer exist. These days I do see more remission occurring, but still not what I would call a lot of miraculous changes.  I think those of us who work with these more intense situations need to know within our own hearts that we make a difference.  We often feel a sense of failure when the outcome in a situation is the passing away of the form.

I feel it is important that we not continue to add to the vibration of failure when, in fact, we have played a creative part in changing the vibration to a point where miracles actually do occur.  These miracles are a result of individuals holding sacred the work they have done in themselves, regardless of the seeming outcome.  If we can inspire in ourselves, and then in others, a sense of freedom in circumstance, rather than bondage to circumstance, we are contributing toward true healing. (Attunement Guild Newsletter, April 2004)

Paul’s words strike a resonant chord within the heart where these matters of spirit are understood at deeper levels.  The mind, by giving up its vain attempts to understand disease and figure things out, makes space available for the heart to have her own thoughts, the intuitive thoughts of spirit, to speak her truth and to articulate finer essences—along with encompassing the person while focusing the healing currents of love and compassion.  By honoring the feminine in healthcare, we take on the authentic role of a healer more fully. 

Paul’s comments are addressed with his colleagues in the Attunement field in mind, but they apply to all of us physicians and practitioners of the healing arts, who work with peoples’ lives in our care for their bodies, and there is no way to avoid it.  Their bodies are inhabited by people, angels all, who come to us for assistance in healing their fractures—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  They are looking for much more than a quick fix for their pain, although they want that too.  Chronic pain takes its toll on the human nervous system.  While we’re helping relieve their pains with our masculine technology of science, we can lead them in the path of healing with our feminine technology of love, compassion and understanding.

This is the role of the feminine in us, and she is rising to take back her power and play that role alongside her masculine partner.  She does not want to take over his job, or to replace him.  “Alternative” healthcare is perhaps a misnomer in that the word itself implies “instead of.” The words “complementary” and “integrative” are perhaps more accurate—although there are many instances where natural healing modalities are being used instead of drugs and surgery. 

The point I wish to focus here is that both can work together in the same arena without either the “fixer,” on the one hand, feeling threatened, or the “healer,” on the other, feeling she is more, or less, important. These two are already working together beautifully in many clinics and hospitals throughout America, as well as abroad. Alternative health care is coming into its own, and in many cases replacing some of the tools and methods of traditional medicine—and that is how it should work out in a society on the move toward real progress and growth.

I can envision a future where we live in a state of health rather than dis-ease, where our bodies do not break down and need fixing. The “fixer,” while still present and available for crisis intervention—and there is going to be a lot of that needed for quite some time—is being invited by life itself, the sheer power of spirit finding expression through fierce passion, to play a partnership role with the emerging feminine. She is not asking him to change what he is or what he does.  She is merely asking him to move over a bit and give her equal space alongside him to bring her gifts of healing—and they are many. 

As I indicated, this is occurring throughout the Western world presently as alternative healthcare takes its place alongside mainstream medicine.  The unhealed human masculine, which is a substitute for the Divine Masculine, is decreasing in force and authority as the authentic Self in healthcare practitioners, both male and female, is emerging from within to take charge of stewarding the healing process, a service sorely needed in today’s world of radical and invasive drug-based disease management practices.

In my next post I will consider further the role of the Divine Feminine and the quality of being “sensitive” to the finer vibrational frequencies of the feminine energies. Blessings of peace and joy to you on this beautiful Easter weekend.   

Anthony Palombo

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

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

SACRED SEX

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sex Principle

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

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

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

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

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

Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony 

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Kenosis: The Path of Self-Emptying Love

IN THIS SERIES, I will explore the path of “Kenotic Love” as seen through the passionate heart and Christened mind of one of my favorite authors, Episcopal prelate Cynthia Bourgeault, who has rekindled in my heart an ecstatic love for the Man whom Mary Magdalene called “Rabboni”— and who knew her as his Beloved Companion — the romantic story about which I wrote a post back in August, 2018,  The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, which would be a timely read in this day of the rising Divine Feminine. Also my October post Fifth Way Love, A Romantic Path to Transformation.

In this post I will share excerpts from Cynthia’s book THE Wisdom Jesus — Transforming Heart and Mind.  This passage speaks to Jesus’s character and his message to humankind.  Christianity does not teach the Kenotic path that Jesus literally went down.

JUSUS  

There has always been a strong tendency among Christians to turn him into a priest —“our great high priest,” in the powerful metaphor of the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews. The image of Christos Pantokrator (“Lord of All Creation”) dressed in splendid sacramental robes has dominated the iconography of both Eastern and Western Christendom. But Jesus was not a priest. He had nothing to do with the temple hierarchy in Jeru­salem, and he kept a respectful distance from most ritual obser­vances. Nor was he a prophet in the usual sense of the term: a messenger sent to the people of Israel to warn them of impend­ing political catastrophe in an attempt to redirect their hearts to God.

Jesus was not interested in the political fate of Israel, nor would he accept the role of Messiah continuously being thrust upon him. His message was not one of repentance and return to the covenant. Rather, he stayed close to the perennial ground of wisdom: the transformation of human consciousness. He asked those timeless and deeply personal questions: What does it mean to die before you die? How do you go about losing your little life to find the bigger one? Is it possible to live on this planet with a generosity, abundance, fearlessness, and beauty that mir­ror Divine Being itself? These are the wisdom questions, and they are the entire field of Jesus’s concern. If you look for a comparable category today, the closest analogy would probably be the Sufi sheik who wields the threefold functions of wisdom teacher, spiritual elder, and channel for the direct transmission of blessing (baraka), in a fashion closely parallel to Jesus’s himself. The sheik is a distinctly Near Eastern category, and it probably best preserves the mantle that Jesus himself once wore. . . .

In order to go up one must first go all the way down.  For flesh to rise, spirit must first descend.  To ascend, one must fully incarnate.  I love how deeply Cynthia understands the kenotic path Jesus took.  

THE PATH OF KENOTIC LOVE

SO FAR WE have been looking at Jesus as typical of the wisdom tradition from which he comes. An enlightened master recognized by his followers as the Ihidaya, or the Single One, he teaches the art of metanoia, or “going into the larger mind.” Underlying all his teaching is a clarion call to a radical shift in consciousness: away from the alienation and polarization of the egoic operating system and into the unified field of divine abundance that can be perceived only through the heart. But how does one make this shift in consciousness? It’s one thing to admire it from a distance, but quite another to create it within oneself.

This is where spiritual praxis comes into play. “Praxis” means the path, the actual practice you follow to bring about the result that you’re yearning for. I think it’s fair to say that all of the great spiritual paths lead toward the same cen­ter—the emergence of this larger, non dual mind as the seat of personal consciousness—but they get there by different routes. While Jesus is typical of the wisdom tradition in his vision of what a whole and unified human being looks like, the route he lays out for getting there is very different from anything that had ever been seen on the planet up to that point. It is still radical in our own time and definitely the “road less taken” among the various schools of human transformation. I will fill in the pieces of this assertion as I go along, but my hunch is that a good many of the difficulties we sometimes run into trying to make our Christianity work stem from the fact that right from the start people missed how different Jesus’s approach really was. By trying to contain this new wine in old wineskins, they inadver­tently missed its own distinct flavor. In Jesus everything hangs together around a single center of gravity, and you need to know what this center is before you can sense the subtle but cohesive power of the path he is laying out.

What name might we give to this center? The apostle Paul suggests the word kenosis. In Greek the verb kenosein means “to let go,” or “to empty oneself,” and this is the word Paul chooses at the key moment in his celebrated teaching in Philippians 2:9-16 in order to describe what “the mind of Christ” is all about. Here is what he has to say:

Though his state was that of God, yet he did not deem equality with God something he should cling to.

Rather, he emptied himself, and assuming the state of a slave, he was born in human likeness.

He, being known as one of us,
humbled himself, obedient unto death,
even death on the cross.

For this, God raised him on high
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every other name.

So that at the name of Jesus,
every knee should bend in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

And so every tongue should proclaim
“Jesus Christ is Lord!” to God the Father’s glory.’

In this beautiful hymn, Paul recognizes that Jesus had only one “operational mode.” Everything he did, he did by self-emptying. He emptied himself and descended into human form.  And he emptied himself still further (“even unto death on the cross”) and fell through the bottom to return to the realms of dominion and glory. In whatever life circumstance, Jesus always responded with the same motion of self-emptying—or to put it another way, of the same motion of descent: going lower, taking the lower place, not the higher.

What makes this mode so interesting is that it’s almost com­pletely spiritually counterintuitive. For the vast majority of the world’s spiritual seekers, the way to God is “up.” Deeply embed­ded in our religious and spiritual traditions—and most likely in the human collective unconscious itself—is a kind of compass that tells us that the spiritual journey is an ascent, not a descent. Most students of the wisdom tradition consider this upward ori­entation to be one of the foundational attributes of sophia peren­nis itself, its origins no doubt archetypal.  While my own work with the wisdom Jesus has led me to disagree, it is hard to deny that the idea of spiritual ascent has been around for a long, long time. In biblical tradition, the image of the spiritual ladder goes all the way back to the headwaters of the Old Testament, with the story of Jacob’s dream of the ladder going up to heaven. It is probably five thousand years old. Christian monastic tra­dition returned to this image and developed it still further, as essentially the roadmap for the spiritual journey. The seventh century teacher John Climacus (“John of the Ladder”) even took his monastic name from this powerful image, and through his influential teachings it became the underlying philosophy of monastic practices such as lectio divina and psalmody.

Ascent mysticism was very much in the air in Jesus’s time as well. Earlier in this book I spoke of the Essene community, that apocalyptic Jewish sect whose visionary mysticism and ascetic practices were probably the most immediate formative influ­ence on Jesus. At the heart of the Essene understanding was a particular strain of spiritual yearning known as merkevah mysti­cism. Merkevah means “chariot,” an allusion to the Old Testa­ment story of the prophet Elijah being taken up to heaven in a chariot. This dramatic episode offered a vivid image of ascent to God, which the Essenes saw as applying both individually and for the entire people of Israel. “The end of the world was at hand,” and all eyes were gazing intently upward as Jesus took birth on
the earth.

To rise requires energy, in the spiritual realm as well as the physical one. And thus, the vast majority of the world’s spiritual technologies work on some variation of the principle of “conservation of energy.” Within each person there is seen to reside a sacred energy of being (sometimes known as the “chi,” or prana, the life force). This energy, in itself infinite, is measured out to each person in a finite amount and bestowed as our basic working capital when we arrive on this planet. The great spiritual tradi­tions have always taught that if we can contain this energy rather than letting it leach away—if we can concentrate it, develop it, make it more intentional and powerful—then this concentrated energy will allow us to climb that ladder of spiritual ascent. 

This ancient and universal strategy is really at the basis of all genuine asceticism (that is, asceticism in the service of conscious transformation, not as a means of penance or self-mortification). And there is good reason for this: the strategy works. Through the disciplines of prayer, meditation, fasting, and inner witness­ing the seeker learns how to purify and concentrate this inner reserve and to avoid squandering it in physical or emotional lust, petty reactions, and ego gratification. As self-mastery is gradu­ally attained, the spiritual energy concentrated within becomes strong enough and clear enough to sustain contact with those increasingly higher and more intense frequencies of the divine life, until at last one converges upon that unitive point. It’s a coherent and powerful path of inner transformation. But it’s not the only path.

There’s another route to center: a more reckless path and extravagant path, which is attained not through storing up that energy or concentrating the life force, but through throwing it all away-or giving it all away. The unitive point is reached not through the concentration of being but through the free squan­dering of it; not through acquisition or attainment but through self-emptying; not through “up” but through “down.” This is the way of kenosis, the revolutionary path that Jesus introduced into the consciousness of the West.
(to be continued)

THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS

I will leave you to ponder this original prayer of St. Francis, believed to be written by a French Franciscan and based on a little known admonition Francis wrote to his friars, according to James Twyman. 

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance.

Where there is poverty (simplicity) with gladness, there is neither covetousness nor greed.

Where there is quiet and meditation, there is neither concern nor wandering.

Where there is love of God to guard the house (cf. Lk. 11:21), there the enemy cannot gain entry.

Where there is mercy and discernment, there is neither excess nor severity.

I am deeply thankful to God for life, for health, for serenity of mind and peace of heart.  I am particularly thankful at this time of harvest when we celebrate Thanksgiving for the abundance of Mother Nature as she clothes the trees with new leaves in the wake of devastating hurricanes.  I am profoundly thankful for my companion in life, Bonnie Lee, and for all our family on the West Coast.  Thank you, Lord, for the gift of their presence in our life and in our world.  To my readers and blog followers, a heartful appreciation for traveling with me these past several rich years of sharing the meditations of my heart.  I always enjoy your responses.  Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved. Be Thankful

Anthony

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“The Chalice of Collective Sovereignty”— Restoring Camelot

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     “I hear people everywhere saying that the trouble with our time is that we have no great leaders any more. If we look back we always had them. But to me it seems that there is a very profound reason why there are no great leaders anymore. It is because they are no longer needed. The message is clear. You no longer want to be led from the outside. Every man must be his own leader. He now knows enough not to follow other people. He must follow the light that’s within himself, and through this light he will create a new community. You see, wherever I go in the world, this to me is a general trend. I am aware of the fact that there are already people in existence today—take us—who really belong to a community which does not yet exist. That is, we are the bridge between the community we’ve left and the community which doesn’t exist yet. —(Laurens Van De Post, A Walk with a White Bushman,” 1986)

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My Chorale PicDemocracy, as we profess to practice it here in America, is not working. Leadership from above-down is being rejected globally as people are awakening to their own inner spirit guidance. The paradigm of leadership has shifted from top-down governance to governance from within the individual, and the grassroots community.

In truth, we do not have a democracy here in America. Democracy is grassroots government: “Of the people, by the people and for the people.” Our government leaders are elected to serve “we the people.” They are our employees not our bosses, yet as a whole they do not serve the interests of the people but are beholden to their campaign donors and lobbyists. So, in reality, we do not have a true democracy here is America. What we do have in Washington, and on Wall Street, is a cartel of corporations enabled by an aggressively lobbied congress and empowered by an ambivalent, dictatorial, narcissistic president. It’s a legal entity called “Corporate America,” and its enterprises are raking in massive profits on the backs of “we the consumers.” A paradigm shift is due and in the offing.

That shift will not come, however, without trade-offs and radical change.  One trade-off is the relinquishing of our addiction to oil and to all the “stuff” produced by Corporate America.  Liberty Mutual Insurance has a sensible slogan: “Only pay for what you need.” We do need clean energy . . . and we could do without all the “stuff” we buy but don’t really need. We don’t really need wars, nor space travel.  We do need to take care of our own here at home.

Another trade-off is the obvious need to let go of our old-school ways of being told what we can and cannot do.  In other words, the safety net that lets us feel secure within the boundaries of “the law”– a law that has lost its sanctity as those in high places skirt around it, largely with impunity. The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court holds the position that a sitting president cannot be indicted on criminal charges speaks to the provision in our government for a dictatorship.

So, letting go of the way we’ve felt “safe” within a law-based governance is a challenge in light of the fact that not everyone has yet awakened to their inner spirit guidance. While there is wisdom in not burning all our bridges just yet, there is greater wisdom in building new bridges to the future, bridges that are vibrationally supported by the shift in cosmic energy toward a new paradigm of leadership.  Because, as the new paradigm emerges, as it will, the old paradigm will continue to fail us, eventually collapsing altogether, leaving us to our own devices in a state of anarchy, if only for a transitional period.  So, we are hesitant to let go of “the devil we know” in lieu of the one we don’t — and rebellion is not the answer. 

Where cities like Paris, France, and Hong Kong, China are in a state of turmoil as their citizens march in the streets in violent protests against injustice and corrupt leadership, only death and destruction will ensue.

The world has had Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi who have set the tone and the precedent for real change through peaceful non-compliance and non-violent resistance.  Legendary Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh led the movement of non-violent resistance in Vietnam until he was exiled. He taught compassion as the only way to end terrorism.  These men arose from out of the grassroots of the societies they sought to rescue from the murderous hands of bigots and tyrants.

This kind of leadership can be seen emerging throughout the global community today.  This is what author Diana Durham speaks to in her book The Return of King Arthur, from which I have borrowed these excerpts for inclusion in Sacred Anatomy

Speaking of her own personal transformation within the container of an intentional spiritual community that went through a transformation itself in the wake of the passing of its spiritual God-parent and leader, Diana writes:

THE CHALICE OF COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTY

There is a great fear of losing the sword—a fear of losing the tradition and forms that have embodied the truth for us, and a desire to try to preserve them in some way—to disobey Arthur’s command.  Twice Sir Bedivere, that most loyal and trusted knight, tries to hide Excalibur before finally obeying Arthur and throwing the sword into the lake.  After all, if we don’t preserve the sword, we might lose everything . . . .

Very often this is the way. The injection of spiritual reality brought by the great avatar, like Jesus or Buddha, one who is able to pull the sword of power, of spiritual authority, back out of the stone of fixed belief and tradition and wield it as a living reality, is turned after their death into a religion, a series of beliefs, a tradition.  And people warm themselves on the little spark that still glows in the embers of that tradition, but they don’t inherit the mantle of spiritual radiance. They have not become entrained into the understanding of what it really means to “Worship God”; they have not completed the quest . . . .

. . . . Thanks to Guinevere and Morgana (the heart’s wisdom), Excalibur is not destined to become a sacred relic of past glory “stored in some treasure-house of mighty kings.” The heart’s instinctual knowing of what is right has overridden the fears and the structures of the mind, thus ensuring that Arthur’s true legacy—the legacy of potency, of truth, as represented by his sword— has become a living possibility available within the subconscious mind for us all to draw on.  It has not fossilized into a tradition for the elite to fight over—whether a political elite or a priestly elite; it is beyond the reach of corruption, and can only be accessed by the innocent and the true. Thanks to the quest for the Grail, thanks to the heart’s compulsion to take on one’s individual path and authority, the Round Table could become what it was a promise of.  Our network could be transmuted from a community into a new and potent consciousness of oneness.

This is why no matter which thread of the plot we retrace to uncover the cause of Camelot’s downfall, we find ourselves staring into the face of the feminine, whether it be the actions of Guinevere and Morgana or the quest for the Grail itself.  Only the heart’s wisdom knows how to take us from symbol to reality and carries the passion and assurance that will allow the “old order” to change and find renewal.

So we can begin to approach the meaning of the fulfillment of the Grail quest from a number of different—but related—angles. First of all, the finding of the Grail . . . means that the sense of personal separation from inner source—which I have also called the Grail King energy, love, or God—is healed.  Once this happens, our dependency on a King Arthur mentor figure ceases, and we begin to live our lives from a direct sense of what fits, of what is ours to do.  We can trust the compulsion of our heart because the heart realm is now operating as a direct “transmitter” of our own inner being and purpose.  In this way, the heart realm is the place of connection, or oneness, with God or spiritual source, and once that consciousness of union with source is a grounded reality within us—once the ego that thinks of itself as the center of the universe is no longer dominant—then there is a basis for connecting deeply with others. The heart realm becomes the means of connecting with others, with one’s “neighbor.” Therefore, we also begin to share a sense of oneness with one another, and a sense of being—hologram-like—parts of a whole that also contain in miniature the design of the whole.

The sense of oneness with others, combined with the ability to discern direction for ourselves, enables the other meaning of the Grail to emerge, which is the aspect of collective leadership: the circle of many individuals forming one body.

Collective leadership is not possible while we are still dependent on a mentor figure both for our own sense of spiritual alignment and for a sense of direction.  Nor is it possible unless there is a sense of oneness to bind us together—as well as the ability to discern for ourselves (as opposed to being subject to “peer pressure”) what our actions need to be.

We remember that the individual sword—or sense of authority—is earned by going on a quest for the Grail.  Perceval is given the sword on his first visit to the Grail Castle.  The return of Arthur in a form of the return of many individuals wielding their individual swords—in other words, the condition of collective leadership—cannot come about until the Grail is found and this collective consciousness is formed . . . .(pp. 203-206)

The Grail is found in the legends, and finding the Grail symbolizes not only the individual experience of openhearted connection to spiritual source in oneself but also the emergence of the possibility of collective leadership.  When Arthur throws that sword into the lake, a woman’s hand reaches up to take it. A new opportunity has been fertilized: a new union between masculine and feminine, and the emergence of an era of collective sovereignty. When we talk about the rise of the feminine we are describing a crucial aspect of this new era. Obviously this new possibility has been emerging for some time in the form of the suffragettes and the women’s movement.  Closely allied with the struggle for equal rights for women was the civil rights movement in the United States. Leadership has been rising up from the grassroots, bringing immense changes and balancing out some of the injustices of society’s myopic structures. Collective leadership implies both the roundness of the chalice cup—without hierarchy, containing all—the feminine; and the absoluteness of the sword, the element of individual responsibility required for true leadership: the masculine. (pp. 6-7)

   What Durham is describing here is a renewal process of the Pituitary Gland that appears to be underway, both within individuals and the collective body of Man.  As masculine/feminine energies find a way to work in harmony and balance within us as two in agreement in the Spirit of Love, individually and collectively, the Spirit of the Womb can then work its hormonal and alchemical magic of renewal on the planet. Camelot can then be restored where men and women partner together to provide a home for God on Earth. 

This post brings this series on the spiritual significance of the pituitary gland to a close. I trust you have gained a deeper appreciation for your sacred anatomy. I will leave you with this powerful interview of Thich Nhat Hanh by Oprah Winfrey.  Until my next post . . .

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony 

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