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The Thyroid’s Role in the Spoken Word

“The Christ Love that shines through thee is like unto the brightness of the sun, and all things in thy body-self which are not rooted in thy nature and watered with thy Truth shall quickly be disintegrated by the brightness of thy Presence, for thou art the I AM of thy body-self.” —Uranda

Continuing in the series “The Spiritual Significance of the Thyroid Gland,” this excerpt from SACRED ANATOMY speaks to the role this sacred energy center plays in our vocal expression. This is the control and regulating center for the Spirit of Life. Here heart and mind meet to provide animation for the realization and manifestation of ideas conceived in the mind by the Spirit of Truth working through the Pituitary gland and in partnership with the Spirit of Love radiantly focused in the Pineal. Illumination is the radiant gift of the Spirit of Life

The Creative Word Organizes  

John of Revelation writes about this One’s voice as though it were the voice of a collective rather than that of an individual: “And his voice as the sound of many waters”—conveying the creative word into the field of creation.  Words that uplift are like water flowing forth from a fountain and down a river bringing fresh water to the earth and all living things.  That river is the River of Life, and the creative word gives life to our bodies and to our worlds, just as the destructive word destroys life in our bodies creating nothing but voids in them and in our worlds.

The voice box, situated by design between these two lobes of the thyroid, sets the tone that carries the Word articulated and released into our creative field.  The words that come out of our mouths create to the extent they are spoken with feeling and are thus charged with spirit, whatever spirit is moving in the heart.  If they are spoken without feeling and without spirit, they are then of little consequence as far as creation is concerned.  Whatever the nature of the spirit with which they are charged, so will be the nature of the creation.  Just as love and truth bring forth life in the body, so does love for the truth bring forth words that increase life in our worlds.  By the same token, words charged with ill spirits bring forth illness and discord.

Words of life flow out from a person who loves the truth and has a passion for the real and the genuine in living.   Such words flow like many waters clarifying issues and dissolving patterns of resistance in us when we hear them.  Such words create life whereunto they are sent.

There are many such people on Earth today and when I hear them speak, or read their writings, it’s like cool, clear water being poured out over hot and confusing issues in the forefront of human consciousness today,  clarifying understanding in such a refreshing way.  My heart pours out currents of love and appreciation toward them, as well as verbal and written response when appropriate that lets them know they are heard, cherished and protected in my heart.  They are about the business of creating a new world.  Their words find their mark in the hearts of people where response gives rise to deep resonance.  In turn, deep resonance sets up changes in the molecular patterns of physical substance.  New configurations based on tones that are harmonious and resonant with life appear in flesh.  Thus are our bodies and our worlds transformed and created new by the Spirit of Life conveyed by the spoken word.

This speaking of the creative word and response to it generates the connecting substance that joins us all together in true community, as it provides the returning cycle that is essential to the effectiveness of the radiation of love into the world through the spoken and written word.  It also establishes, to the extent that we follow our heart’s response, the patterns of spiritual governance through harmonic focalization.  Based solely on the principle of resonance, we are irresistibly drawn to those who focus specific qualities of Spirit with which we naturally resonate.  We draw others to ourselves in the exact same manner.  This is the essence of the saying, “Not by might or by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”  In this government no man lords it over another but only the Spirit of God is Lord over all in heaven and on earth.  Spirit, not form, provides the focalization.  Government by Spirit is organic and works through organisms.  Government by form is synthetic and works through organizations.

The Spirit of Life charges our words that they may carry the Tone which creates all things new.   From here the current of the Word goes forth from out of the mouth of God on Earth, which we each and altogether are, to accomplish that whereunto it is sent.  John wrote: . . . and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.”  In lesson forty-four of “Steps to Mastership,” Uranda, with all the assurance of his own mastery, writes: 

Out of thy mouth now goes the sharp “two edged sword” of Truth, even as it goes forth from the mouth of our great Master, dividing asunder the “bone” of unresponsiveness, that it may be separated from the “marrow” of Life.  Thus it is that the Truth which thou art now sending forth into thy body-self is causing thy body-self to be free from all the limitations of the flesh, even as thou art now free to express fully the glorious liberties of the Children of God.  As soon as thy body-self is convinced that it is only through thy Truth that it can be FREE, it will respond to thee and enter into thy Life through the transforming power of the Christ Love that is in thee.

The Christ Love that shines through thee is like unto the brightness of the sun, and all things in thy body-self which are not rooted in thy nature and watered with thy Truth shall quickly be disintegrated by the brightness of thy Presence, for thou art the I AM of thy body-self.

The first impression of this image might be one of the sword representing cutting words of rebuke, which words of truth do indeed provide.  That rebuke is given only by the angel to his or her own human capacities.   It is not to be used to set others straight or to rebuke them.

Another meaning, perhaps more subtle,  is contained in the design of the two-edged sword, which cuts both ways if the one who is applying words of truth and rebuke is not himself being true to his own words, “walking his talk” as it is put.  If one takes a two-edged sword, for example, by the blade in order to cut something into pieces, he is likely to cut his own hand as well.  But if he takes the sword by the handle and gently but consistently applies pressure while he moves the blade back and forth, he can easily and safely cut through the bonds that hold one captive, literally or figuratively, without cutting either himself or the one or thing being freed. With words backed by the authority of experience, one can easily cut through entangling issues to the kernel of truth behind them and find healing and freeing resolutions based in love.

One who is living the words he speaks is careful not to impose, for one thing, and is gentle but sure in the way he speaks and words things. He seeks to clarify issues rather than confuse them with words lacking the knowledge of experience.  His words shine light on the path rather than into the eyes of those who would walk the path with him.  Words of truth offer freedom from confusing and binding concepts and beliefs.  It is not our beliefs about the truth but our experience of truth that makes us free— initially from our beliefs about it.  Words are creative vessels and therefore sacred. Words can also be used to divide and destroy and are thereby defiled and thwarted from their original meaning and purpose, often rendered useless unless they can be cleaned up and reclaimed for sacred purpose.

I will complete this series on the spiritual significance of the thyroid in my next post in two weeks after we return from a visit with family in Ashland, Oregon. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved

Anthony

 

The Imaginal Realm: “As Above So Below”

I just finished listening to an interview with Dr. Becca Tarnas on the blog Rune Soup. She and George, the moderator, have a most interesting conversation on the topic of the “Imaginal Realm.”  If you have an hour or so to spare, have a listen. In the interview Dr. Tarnas focuses on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and Carl Jung’s “Red Book” as examples authors who cross over into the “imaginal realm” from which they tell stories that convey messages for our time and civilization.  I would like to delve into this topic a bit in this blog post.

In her evocative and controversial book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene – The Woman at the Heart of Christianity, author and Episcopal prelate Cynthia Bourgeault makes a distinction between the “imaginal realm” and imagination which I feel deserves in-depth consideration. The context of this consideration is the vision Mary Magdalene has of Jesus just after his resurrection when she reportedly mistakes him for the gardner.  In her gospel, Mary Magdalene tells the apostles of Jesus’ resurrection and goes on to describe her remarkable experience with him. 

I saw the Master in a vision and I said to him, “Lord I see you now in a vision.” And he answered me, “You are blessed, Mary, since the sight of me does not disturb you. For where is the nous [the heart] lies the treasure.” Then I said to him: “Lord, when someone meets you in a Moment of vision, is it through the soul [psyche] that they see, or is it through the Spirit [Pneuma] ?”

The Teacher answered: “It is neither through the soul nor the spirit , but the nous between the two that sees the vision….”

The “nous” is the heart, or the “eye of the heart.” It’s our capacity to discern spiritual or vibrational essences. It’s the space between the infinite and the finite, between pure spirit and gross matter – and it is said to belong to Spirit, generated as it is by Spirit for communicating with the physical world and for conveying “images” for the manifestation of “analogues”– the manifest forms.

From Cynthia’s book:

Most of us, reared in the scientific objectivism of our times, tend to think of visions as “subjective.” They belong to the realm of the personal and interior and, while perhaps illuminating the workings of an individual psyche, do not conform to anything in external reality. These, in fact, were precisely the criticisms that began to be raised during the third and fourth centuries, when visionary revelation was rejected as an authentic mode of knowing within the church. But in the original wisdom anthropologies . . . visionary knowledge is not an “experience,” let alone a private or subjective one; it is “of an ontological reality entirely superior to mere possibility” It emanates from an actual realm, a realm that is in fact more subtle and endowed with real Being than our own. In fact, in the reversal of our usual sense of things, it is the place of origin from which what we usually refer to as “reality” is merely the shadow projected into space and time.

Many centuries later, when this implicit anthropology came to maturity in the work of some remarkable Near Eastern Is­lamic mystics, this realm would be given the title “the imaginal realm.” Imaginal does not mean “imaginary”–that is, fictitious or subjective. It means the realm in which the images–the eternal prototypes–reveal themselves in their full authenticity. Remember how, in dialogue I, Jesus introduced the notion of “image” as a kind of primordial template? The imaginal is the realm from which these images emanate. . . . “that in-between zone where spirits become embodied and bod­ies become spiritualized.”

“Pneumaplasm”

The word “pneumaplasm” was coined by Lloyd Meeker (Uranda) eighty some years ago to represent this substance through which Spirit communicates with the material world.  Uranda was the founder of the Attunement service now being offered by attunement practitioners the world over.  I have incorporated sacred sound in my personal attunement service and have written a book about this sacred technology. I would like to share an excerpt from my book, Attunnement With Sacred Sound, from the section “Cellular Replication in a Musical Matrix of Light.”

“Image” and “Analogue” — “As Above so Below”

“From a mystical and metaphysical perspective, the Hermetic teaching ‘as above so below’ is restated by the great mystic Jesus who left a profound teaching himself with his disciples in a stream of dialogue that was recorded in both the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Thomas, manuscripts that were discovered as early as 1896 (the Magdalene text) and as late as the mid twentieth century [1945] when Nag Hammadi material was discovered. In both of these Gospels, Jesus speaks about an ‘Image.’

“In her powerfully compelling and provocative book, The Meaning of MARY MAGADALENE—Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, Episcopal priest and author Cynthia Bourgeault shares teachings of the Master Jesus from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene that transgress lines of traditional orthodoxy. I will excerpt several passages from the fourth chapter of her book that are pertinent to this discussion, starting with a dialogue around ‘image’ and ‘analogue.’

Within the particular metaphysical stream that Jesus seems to be working in, image corresponds to that primordial template mentioned earlier—“the origin” of each created form. Very cautiously, you might label it an archetype. At first glance you may be tempted to transpose this teaching into Platonic categories and assume that Jesus is talking about the “ideal form” of a thing. But be cautious in doing so, for there is a distinctly different dynamism at work here. For Jesus, the “image” is not merely a static blueprint, a preexistent prototype that its earthly analogue mechanically reflects. Between image and analogue there is a dynamic reciprocity as they simultaneously articulate the same reality in two different realms. Image and analogue are in continuously creative tension receiving and fulfilling each other, and it is in the energy exchange that their indivisible wholeness is made manifest.

Images do not arise in this realm, however (their origin is several cosmoses more subtle), and trouble begins when this fundamental cosmic law is forgotten. . . .

“I like her use of the word ‘analogue’ here, which means similar in function but not in origin and structure, as it represents accurately the relationship between Man and his Creator, in whose image and likeness we are made in order to function as creators ourselves. In our energy and attunement work you might say that we seek to facilitate a clarifying, balancing and intensification of this ‘energy exchange’ between image and analogue with the intention that the oneness between them may be made manifest in the person’s experience of life, as well as in our own. . . .

“In ‘Dialogue One,’ a disciple asks Jesus about matter and whether it will ‘survive.'”[This inquisitiveness on the part of the disciple, taking place as this dialogue does in the wake of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, makes perfect sense. “Are you really here in the flesh or simply in a vision?” Or, more to the point, “Did the matter of your body live on after death?” the student asks.] 

“Jesus answered: ‘All of nature with its forms and creatures exist together and are interwoven with each other. They will be resolved back, however, to their own proper origin, for the compositions of matter return to the original roots of their nature. Those who have ears, let them hear this.’

“Cynthia Bourgeault expands on this:

But by this . . . he does not mean they dissolve into their component atoms, quarks and/or humors. Instead, they return to an original template—or ‘image’— whose place of arising is in another realm.

“The dialogue suddenly turns into an inquiry about sin and its origin, into which Jesus offers a remarkably clarifying perspective.

Sin as such does not exist. You only bring it into manifestation when you act in ways that are adulterous in nature. It is for this reason that the Good has come among you pursuing its own essence within nature in order to reunite everything to its origin. This is also the reason for sickness and death, because you embrace what deceives you. Consider these matters, then, with your spiritual intellect. Attachment to matter gives birth to passion without an Image of itself because it is drawn from that which is contrary to its higher nature. The result is that confusion and disturbance resonates throughout one’s whole being. It is for this reason that I told you to find contentment at the level of the heart, and if you are discouraged, take heart in the presence of the Image of your true nature. Those with ears, let them hear this.

“A ‘Vertical Axis’

“Cynthia Bourgeault offers that ‘within his particular frame of reference, acting in ways that are ‘adulterous in nature’ will prove to have very specific meaning. It signifies a failure to stay aligned with origin; with that mysterious ‘root’ (or template) of one’s nature he has already alluded to, which, while arising beyond this realm, seeks its full expression here.” . . . [Jesus] quickly assures his students that this world is valuable and precious; indeed, this is the very reason the Good has come among them in the first place—“pursuing its own essence within nature . . . in order to reunite everything to its origin.’ There is important integrative work to be done here. But it all depends upon keeping a right alignment along what wisdom tradition typically refers to as the ‘vertical axis’: the invisible spiritual continuum that joins the realms together. Nearly sixteen centuries later, the German mystic Jacob Boehme would express this cosmological insight with poetic precision and beauty:

‘For you must realize that earth unfolds its properties and powers in union with Heaven aloft above us, and there is one Heart, one Being, one Will, one God, all in all.’

“The author then offers these words of truth and wisdom derived from Jesus’ teaching: 

When the realms are in spontaneous resonance—’One Heart, one Being, one Will, one God, all in all’—the music of the spheres bursts forth. When they are not, disease and disharmony inevitably ensue. As he quickly points out (again, with a contemporary feeling to the teaching), ‘Confusion and disturbance resonate throughout one’s whole being,’ and sickness and death are the inevitable result.

“The heart realm is the ‘secret place’ in which we commune with God; the capacity for spiritual discernment and understanding. It is precisely this ‘vertical axis’ around which we must wrap our hearts in order to attune to the vibration of the Lord of Love, from whence all power to heal and uplift derives. I bring these excerpts into this writing for the profoundly clear light they shine on the core essence and purpose of attunement and energy work, as well as for the perspective and insight they offer into the dynamism at work between inner Reality and outer form—continually giving to and receiving from each other the spiritual energies that generate the pneumaplasmic substance that connects spirit with form and makes possible their manifest wholeness and oneness. I was deeply moved when I first read this chapter, as I was profoundly uplifted—and continue to be—reading and re-reading Cynthia’s book.”

The imaginal realm is precisely the realm that we, as healers and co-creators, must become intimate with in bringing down into the earth the true patterns of life which alone can restore order and harmony to our world. As we make visible the invisible Reality imaged for us in this heaven, our Earth is restored.  

I will leave this consideration at that and continue the discussion in my next post, in which I will open up a consideration of the masculine and feminine energies at work in our human capacities and throughout the “creating universe,” as Walter Russell describes the world in which we live and have our being. Until then, 

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

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