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Steps of Ascent 3: Our Return to Eden Underway

THROUGHOUT THE RECORDED HISTORY of man’s sojourn on Earth—and it has been a sojourn, a temporary visit to the lower planes of being—a pattern has been weaving itself around the theme of resurrection and ascension of the body of mankind from out of the depths of perdition and death and into the restored Edenic state of eternal life, not merely in some imagined hereafter but here and now while we have living, breathing flesh to bring it and to enjoy it. It seems evident, by the direction this civilization is headed, that our sojourn in these lower levels of mere existence is near completion. We are being awakened, if not by Spirit then by dire circumstance, to the necessity of ascending to a higher frequency and a more heavenly state of consciousness.  We are being invited to return to Eden.

       We would not be strangers to Eden, however, for it has only been a few thousand years since we left the garden state.  We carry the memory of it all in our collective subconscious.  It is all being recalled to memory.  We also have available to us in the vibrational realm of  heaven the same divine technology of the Creative Process that was operative in Eden and throughout the biblical history of our sojourn through the “valley of the shadow of death.” This is the same divine alchemy that many of the great prophets, including Jesus, evoked and manifested in the many wonders of “miracles” which they wrought.  That technology is available to us today and the memory of it lies not too deeply buried within our collective memory.  

       I invite you to read the following excerpt from The Forgotten Books of Eden as edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr. and see what happens in your heart of hearts as you read. We mentioned Seth earlier, the son of Adam who replaced Abel (slain by Cain) and brought with him the seed from which sprang the lineage leading up to Abraham and ultimately to the birth of Jesus the proclaimed Messiah.  There is a description of Seth’s family in chapter eleven from the Second Book of Adam and Eve: 

      “But Seth and his children did not like earthly work, but gave themselves to heavenly things; for they had no other thought than praises, doxologies, and psalms unto God; and within the garden, or when they were sent by God on an errand, or when they were going up to heaven.

      “For Seth and his children, by reason of their own purity, heard and saw those angels.  Then, again, the garden was not far above them, but only some fifteen spiritual cubits.  Now, one spiritual cubit answers to three cubits of man, altogether forty-five cubits.  Seth and his children dwelt on the mountain below the garden; they sowed not, neither did they reap; they wrought no food for the body, not even wheat; but only offerings. They ate of the fruit and of trees well flavored that grew on the mountain where they dwelt. 

    “Then Seth often fasted every forty days, as did also his eldest children.  For the family of Seth smelled the smell of the trees in the garden, when the wind blew that way.   They were happy, innocent, without sudden fear; there was no jealousy, no evil action, no hatred among them.  There was no animal passion; from no mouth among them went forth either foul words or curse; neither evil counsel nor fraud. . . .

“But they contained their children and their women every day in the cave to fast and pray, and to worship the Most High God.”

Earlier on in the First Book of Adam and Eve, the fourth and eighth chapters, we read these accountings of the changed conditions outside the garden of Eden:

        “But Adam and Eve wept for having come out of the garden, their first abode.  And, indeed, when Adam looked at his flesh, that was altered, he wept bitterly, he and Eve, over what they had done. And they walked and went gently down into the Cave of Treasures.  And as they came to it Adam wept over himself and said to Eve, “Look at this cave that is to be our prison in this world, and a place of punishment!  What is it compared with the garden? What is its narrowness compared with the space of the other?  What is this rock by the side of those groves?  What is the gloom of this cavern, compared with the light of the garden?  What is this overhanging ledge of rock to shelter us, compared with the mercy of the Lord that overshadowed us?  What is the soil of this cave compared with the garden land?  This earth, strewed with stones; and that, planted with delicious fruit-trees?”  And Adam said to Eve, “Look at thine eyes, and at mine, which afore beheld angels in heaven, praising; and they, too, without ceasing. But now we do not see as we did: our eyes have become of flesh; they cannot see in like manner as they saw before.”  Adam said again to Eve, “What is our body today, compared to what it was in former days, when we dwelt in the garden?”

  “. . . Then Adam wept and said, ‘O God, when we dwelt in the garden, and our hearts were lifted up, we saw the angels that sang praises in heaven, but now we do not see as we were used to do; nay, when we entered the cave, all creation became hidden from us.’

        “Then God the Lord said unto Adam, ‘When thou wast under subjection to Me, thou hadst a bright nature within thee, and for that reason couldst thou see things afar off.  But after thy transgressions, thy bright nature was withdrawn from thee; and it was not left to thee to see things afar off, but only near at hand; after the ability of the flesh; for it is brutish. . . .'”

      This account of life after Man’s exit from Eden is, of course, a mythical legend handed down through the Ancients.  However, it does serve as a reminder that life on earth the way we know it today has undergone drastic changes over the eons of time.  We have no record of how life was in the fabled Garden of Eden, nor after the legendary fall, except in myths such as this where the key players compare how things were in Eden to how they were after they left the garden, or were expelled as the story recounts.  We only have this sentence from Genesis that gives us a clue about the conditions then and speaks volumes about our state of consciousness before the fall:  “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25) 

      We were given the promise of a fresh start in a new heaven and a new earth in St. John’s Book of Revelation:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Thus it is and thus it shall be.  I welcome any thoughts you may wish to share. Until my next post,

be thankful.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

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

“IMAGINE”

“Do not fear when the winds of adversity blow. Remember: the kite rises against the wind rather than with it.”

This saying was on a poster picture hanging on the wall of my doctor’s orthopedic clinic today.  There was no credit given, however its author might well have been the doctor himself, a very personable and encouraging individual with an optimistic outlook on life—on top of being a great surgeon. The saying itself is very applicable to our time of adversity where we fear for our lives in the face of a very aggressive virus sweeping the planet and harvesting souls in such an unprecedented and untimely manner—angels ascending on “Jacob’s ladder” without a pause. Hopefully, the vaccination will slow it down . . . and, if it follows the usual path viruses take, COVID-19 will run its two-year course before mutating to a less viral version, with or without a vaccine.  (See my HealthLight Newsletter for important information about the Covid-19 vaccine.)

As many are recognizing, we are on the threshold of a major reset in our way of living on the planet.  Radical change is being forced upon us by dire circumstances: this pandemic, climate change, violent shifts in weather patterns—hurricanes, snow storms, floods, droughts and wild fires.  On top of all that is the solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14. (Go to Pam Gregory for a complete astrological forecast.) 

The reset underway, however, is not in a downward but rather an upward spiraling direction.  A new day has dawned.  A New Earth is unfolding out of the New Heaven descending upon human consciousness.  Another Golden Age is at hand.  Lift up your heads and face the winds of change and rise to greet the New Day!

IMAGING A DIFFERENT WORLD  

Imagination is a mental activity.  Imaging, on the other hand, takes place in our consciousness.  My imaging lately is of an anticipatory nature.  I find myself imaging the kinds of changes we will undergo as “new norms” set in—especially in the way we buy and sell services and products.  With so many unemployed and lacking funds to feed their children, heat their homes and pay their rent, what are we going to do?  The only solution I can imagine is to circumvent our monetary system altogether and start giving to one another according to each one’s needs and means.  We CAN DO this, you know.  

This I know from personal experience back along the way when I placed my healthcare services on a giving basis, as I related in the previous post. The following is the article I wrote about that pioneering event while attending an Ontology Training Class with my family in 1973 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.  (I was participating in a class “work pattern” at Sunrise Ranch when this picture was taken.  Even as I write this post, I am putting the finishing touches on our storm-damaged floors, the last item on our list of home repairs! Yea!).  Enjoy the read.

“HOW DO YOU LIVE, DOCTOR?” 

This is a question that I find myself answering day after day in my chiropractic office. It comes as a spontaneous reaction to my answer to a previous question, that inevitable question that tends to crash through the air during a heart-to-heart conference with the patient: “And how much will all this cost me. Doctor?” Of course it is interestingly worded in many dif­ferent and revealing ways, like: “What will the damages be?” and “How much will this set me back?” or “And what are we talking about … ?” (“In terms of cost” is im­plied here but for some strange reason fearfully avoided.)

My answer depends somewhat on which way the crucial question is phrased, but always leads to a basic presentation of our Cooperative Fee System: “There are no charges, as such, for our services. Our patients give each according to their individual means for our service, which is given freely. You also may participate with us in this program.” (This is basically the “GPC Service Principle” which was initiated by Dr. George Shears some thirty years ago and which has become the basis of service for many chiropractors across the continent. The initials stand for: God-Patient-Chiropractor.)

The reaction to this different approach has overtones of mystification. The immediate interpretation of it usually implies that the good doctor is either participating in some government sponsored research program, or is independently wealthy.  If neither of these, then he is certainly a generous Christian man, but he doesn’t know how dishonest people are—and how can he survive if he doesn’t ask a fee for his services! So the question forthrightly pops up: “Well, how do you live, Doctor?”

I always appreciate this benevolent concern for the doctor’s welfare as well as the patient’s lack of immediate comprehension of the full implications in my answer to his simple question. After all, his mind is geared to receive dollars and cents signs and I give it the cosmic creative principle of Giving and Receiving. Nevertheless, it is inter­esting to see this underlying error in human thinking: that health, and therefore life, is a matter of dollars and cents.  On one occasion, a gentleman who simply could not wrap his brain around this principle, vehemently insisted I charge a fee for his care.  When I refused to back down, he got up and walked out of my office.  I felt compassion for him, understanding well the challenge I had placed before him.  

Being aware of this disproportion in human minds, mainly because I’ve dealt with it in my own, I’ve learned to look beyond it and to see a sincere innate curiosity in the patient’s question—-an inner knowingness, latent perhaps but very real, that there must be a right way of doing things in all facets of our living. So I address myself to this truth in them and gladly oblige to let them fill this void in their hearts with a true response to a genuine offer.  These mo­ments always lead to a most warm and relaxing conversation and exchange of honest feelings. As far as I am concerned, the healing processes go into action here in these relaxed moments of agreement and insight.

One day, as I was explaining to a new patient how this approach allowed me to be free to do whatever might be needed and right for the patient’s return to health without being limited by a set price on my services, he was so taken with delightful surprise that he burst out laughing. I asked him what it was that amused him so. He replied, “Well, to be honest, I was not sure at first that I was hearing cor­rectly. I thought I was the oddball in my thinking about service and money. This has been my exact attitude for years. When I service an engine, my mechanics are con­stantly encouraged to work on the basis of integrity and honesty, and we do the job right or else the customer doesn’t pay for it until it is right. And you know, that’s the only way to operate a business successfully. Just be honest and open with your customers and take pride in doing the job right, just for the sake of doing it right­ and preferably the first go at it.”

Well, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to meet such a man and I’ll always remember the intense feeling of agree­ment we shared together in those few moments and the subsequent rapport that even now continues to grow between us. I think it was then that I stopped trying to measure the immeasurable rewards of true and noble service.

Integrity, honesty, nobility, kindness–when demon­strated openly, these qualities of man’s true nature always engender the same character in those with whom we have our daily transactions. And I think we need to deliberately put this to practice in our every moment and aspect of life by beginning to be perceptive and sensitive enough to see the rightness in others. Even if others do resist giving it forth in their expression themselves, we know that it’s there in them because we know it is true in us. So we can learn to really serve by giving one another an opportunity to release our inherent sense of rightness–addressing ourselves to that in one another and trusting that we will touch what’s right and beautiful. We can learn to be patient in this and masters in the art of true living. This IS the real busi­ness at hand for all men and women of Earth in these
momentous times.♥

ABOUT THOSE “LOAVES AND FISHES”

In my gut feeling, the “miracle of the loves and fishes” was about sharing and not about multiplying.  The biblical story portrays the Teacher manifesting food for the crowd.  I rather believe that when the people saw His disciples sharing their bread and fishes with others, those who had brought food with them began sharing it with those who had not.  Thus the crowd was fed, and there were even leftovers.  That, to me, was the real message of the story—a story about the abundance of provision in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  Wealth is to be shared around and not hoarded. 

“IMAGINE” 

Attunement colleagues and friends reminded me today that this year marks 40 years since John Lennon left this earthly sphere after being gunned down.  I leave you, then, with the lyrics of his legendary signature song, IMAGINE.

As I look back to the 1980’s, we had just completed a fourteen year cycle practicing our profession on the GPC no-fee system. I say “we” because I was joined by two other colleagues seven years later when I moved my practice to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from Denham Springs.  So, we were unknowingly modeling a way of serving and living as John Lennon imagined it could be.  I suppose we were dreamers as well—and I’m still dreaming, imaging a New Earth.  Enjoy the lyrics. 

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people 
Living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Dreams do come true, and images do materialize in season. I think this is their season, John Lennon. Thank you for dreaming.

I welcome any thoughts readers wish to share. Drop me a line or two at my email address. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved. And be for-giving.
Anthony
tpal70@gmail.com

Getting Back to Eden, part 4: The Process of Transformation

“In my father’s house there are many mansions.” — Jesus 

The passage above from the Gospel of John (14:2-4) has been a light of hope to many. The Aramaic text may be more likely what Jesus said speaking the language of the people:

“There are many lodgings in my Father’s house, and if not, I would have told you, because I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and bring you to join me, that where I am you shall be also.  And where I am going, you know, and you know the way.” 

The Teacher had a great love for his disciples, whom he called friends, and desired nothing more than that they should come to know what he knew and experience what he was experiencing.  I note that he said where I am” and not where I will be. He was on Earth in clear view of his disciples speaking with them days after his ordeal with death followed by his resurrection from the tomb, obviously in a transformed body—and I don’t think he was messing with their minds, telling them something that was not possible. As we have come to know over the millennia, transformation is possible and doable, here and now, and the “way,” as he had taken great pains to show them and all of mankind, is unconditional love: “I have only one command: that ye love one another as I have loved you.” And he loved those who came to his light just the way they presented themselves.

He had obviously ascended to a higher mansion in his father’s house, and they were yet feeling their way around on the ground floor trying to make sense of all that had just transpired so violently and unexpectedly, along with the changes they were feeling in their energetic fields just being in their Master’s presence those few years before he “ascended into heaven.” There is much teaching in this story.

The Many Mansions

We move from lower to higher levels of Being as we go through transformation, each level having its own energetic frequency—a transformed or stepped-down frequency of the ONE TONE of LOVE at the highest level of oneness with the Divine. There are those “ascended masters” who have reached that level during their incarnation, never to return again to the physical plane. All of us reincarnate until we learn to master each and every level of consciousness and are ready to ascend—and we cannot ascend from one level to the next without letting go of those coarse elements in the fabric of our outer being that are energized and maintained by the frequency of love specific to the level where we find ourselves—elements that cannot exist in a higher plane and frequency.

A friend, former associate, and colleague in the healing field, Dr. Lawrence Bakur, posted this view and perspective of the current human state on Facebook a few days ago.   

“There are many vibratory dimensions to this world, as well as the worlds of spirit, and each dimension is home to a specific level of love that we each individually carry in our souls. Those with a lower frequency of love cannot live in the higher dimensions as it would “fry their circuits” so to speak.

“I have witnessed this on many occasions when those whose soul condition is one of service-to-self rather than service-to-others are in the presence of a higher love; they tend to go a bit crazy, which can manifest in childish rebelliousness or in extreme cases, anger and violence. What is happening is that the fire of love is confronting the emotional damage of their souls and in a sense they are writhing in pain to the extent that they resist. Of course, this Love can also free their souls and lift them up if they so choose.

“This is what I see taking place in the world today. There truly is a spiritual battle happening between the forces of light and the forces of darkness that fear being brought into the light. In fact, they are kicking and screaming, plotting and planning to maintain their power even as they are in the process of being left behind, depending on their choices.

“I’m reminded of the words of Moses to the Israelites who were caught between Pharaoh and the Red Sea: “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Not that we simply sit back and relax. No, there may be many things to be done. But we can rest in the knowing that the victory is at hand. Why? Because Love conquers all and is absolutely unstoppable. In my own awareness of what’s happening on the planet, it’s picking up speed and those that fight it will not succeed. The Red Sea will part once more.”

And the miracle of salvation occurs by being at the right place at the right time when the sea of consciousness parts to reveal the Way across the threshold to a higher ground of being, a new and freeing perspective. In a word, a higher level of consciousness—a “new heaven.”

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow or crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:1-4)

The “holy city” and “new Jerusalem” symbolize the purified and sanctified state of human consciousness, absorbed into and reunited with Divine Consciousness in the final phase of the Restoration, at which point there will be “no more sea” of separate and isolated human consciousness, but only the dry land of a New Earth emerging from the Unified Field of Consciousness awaiting our care and stewardship. 

I love how Lawrence articulates the essences-of-the-Moment in the transformation process of the Body of Man as we enter a particularly intense culminating phase in the cycles of the Restoration of Man to God.

In those five words is defined the underlying meaning and purpose of human life on Earth down through the ages since the Fall of Man from his position in Eden as the “conveyor of spirit to earth” and administrator of creation, as my poet friend Don Hynes wrote in a recent comment on my last post: 

“I would only add that man restored is to God, becoming the conveyor of Spirit to the earth. Stewardship describes behavior but this time of revelation is calling for the return of the real meal deal!  The fall could be described as spiritual man falling into the creation. Divine man was to administer the creation, not be subject to it. Without the return to that position good works in the earth won’t matter, despite the good intentions.  I’m trying to elevate the position of Spiritual man without denigrating earth stewardship or the good works Richard (Heinberg) outlines.”

A Lesson in Mastery

Lawrence’s words bring up a memorable incident from my earlier years of attending professional workshops and seminars. I recall an encounter I had with my spiritual mentor at a time when he was apparently in the process of coming forth, just weeks before he made his transition from this earthly plane. I had just arrived to attend one of his symposiums when I met up with him and extended my hand to greet him.  He had already seen me approaching and, as he always did, was looking through my eyes into my heart, which was full of love for him and eagerness to hear him speak again.  As I approached and entered his immediate atmosphere, I was stopped by what seemed to be an invisible wall.  His dense, refined spiritual substance had completely enveloped his body, forming a protective shield around him.  I think he saw what was happening and lowered his frequency so that he could receive me just as I was.

For me it was a lesson in true mastery: meeting people at the level where the are in their journey, uncon-ditionally and without judgement, and not requiring them to meet me where I am.  It was also an exemplary reminder not to shine my light into the eyes of others but rather to shine it on the path to light the Way of transformation. He was a true master and beloved friend, the kind of teacher that appears when the student is ready. And apparently I was ready for enlightenment.

This has been a fruitful meditation for me, as I trust it has been for you. Until my next post in this series, in which I will share another excerpt from Richard Heinberg’s MEMORIES AND VISIONS OF PARADISE,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony
tpal70@gmail.com

Getting Back to Paradise, part 3: The New Paradisal Culture

Our Home among the stars¹

“Paradise exists in the eternal present as an image expressing our deepest sense of what is right and true about ourselves.” 

According to a recent pulse taken, only about 7% of us want things to go back to “normal.” The thing is, the state of the world was anything but normal before this pandemic.  What we all long for, I believe, consciously or unconsciously, is to return Home, to return to the Garden of Paradise. 

Richard Heinberg envisions our return to the Garden not as going back to Eden as it was in the beginning of Creation, but going forward to a totally New Heaven and a totally New Earth with a totally new culture seeded and born out of a renewed and transformed consciousness.  I think you will enjoy sharing his vision in this excerpt from Chapter 12 of MEMORIES and VISIONS of PARADISE.

THE NEW CULTURE

Christian fundamentalists believe that apocalypse is inevitable. Social activists and utopians, on the other hand, believe that we can avoid Armageddon by making a gradual and peaceful transition away from the attitudes and assumptions of modern industrial civilization and toward a regenerative, peaceful way of life. According to the latter view, apocalypse will come only if we refuse to work, consciously and collectively, toward the constructive reform of our present institutions.

But whether humanity is headed toward peaceful transition or apocalyptic purification, the course of action for those who are committed to a paradisal outcome is the same: to deliberately begin to plant the seeds of a new culture based on universal spiritual values. A peaceful transition may be preferable to humanly engineered cataclysm, but it can only come about as the result of changes in the attitudes and actions of individuals. However, if a period of global purification is somehow inevitable, the mass of humanity will require models of wholeness and stability toward which to orient as upheavals occur, if there is to be anything to build upon after the period of purification is over. 

As Marilyn Ferguson, Willis Harman, and other keen observers of social trends have been telling us for the past decade, the seeds of a new culture are already appearing.  This new culture is not the plan of any specific human organization or agency, but rather is arising spontaneously in a thousand unpredictable ways through the efforts of people who in most instances have no idea of the intercon­nectedness — much less of the mythic or archetypal implications — of their actions.

One such seed is represented in widespread and increasing interest in ecology and environmentalism. While many people’s concern for environmental issues may be motivated simply by self-interest — the desire to escape disaster — the contemplation of the interrelatedness of Nature’s systems seems inevitably to trigger radically new views of our proper relationship with the rest of the biosphere.

As we become aware of the implications of the basic principles of ecology, inherited attitudes of exploitation tend to give way to attitudes of cooperation and stewardship. Ultimately, people who embrace environmentalism seem to be drawn back to the ancient view that the Earth is not here merely to satisfy human needs and desires; rather, that we human beings are here to nourish and steward the Earth.

Another portent of the kind of creative change that might lead to the emergence of a new paradisal culture is a burgeoning interest in native religions and comparative mythology. The word religion itself comes from the Latin religare, meaning “to bind back.” Religion has always been humanity’s way of seeking to recover something that has been lost. It is the expression of a universal yearning for a state of innocence and completeness — a state projected into the past, the future, or another dimension of existence, but nonetheless always felt to be real and innate, though somehow removed from our ordinary experience.

The object of religion is always the recovery of the divine presence and the return of the miraculous world of Paradise. The new spiritual revival of the past two decades seems to be directed toward the very essence of the religious experience. While drawing upon existing Native American, mystical Christian, Sufi, and Buddhist traditions (among others), its ultimate goal is a resurgence of the spirit from which all systems of revelation derive their meaning.

The kinds of fundamental changes in values and attitudes that we are considering tend to occur first in the details of people’s lives, and are only later reflected in public policy. In their most intimate relationships, for example, many people are discovering what it is to move from a dominant/submissive mode based on need and fear toward one of partnership based on a shared sense of higher purpose.

In their worldly vocations, people are finding that old values and motives centered on economic necessity and the competitive drive are stressful and unfulfilling.As the innate desire to uplift, bless, and nourish gains prominence, many people are changing careers, often trading a larger salary for a more satisfying means of contributing to the lives of others.

For some, this change of values is subtle; for others, the paradisal quest becomes an all-embracing passion. As noted in an earlier chap­ter, thousands of utopian communities have been founded during the last twenty years, particularly in North America. Many of these com­munities are virtual green-houses for the germination of the seeds of the new culture, fostering pioneering lifestyles based on ecological awareness, new patterns of relationships, and new ways of revealing and acknowledging the sacred. Such communities provide a means of exploring change through the total commitment of the time and resources of the people involved. 

Ultimately, however, any individual action or social movement that furthers the values of oneness, peace, and respect for natural processes represents a seed of the new culture.  As yet, we probably cannot know in any detail what the new culture will look like when and if the transition has been made. Certainly, it will not be an exact reproduction of the original earthly Paradise.

Regardless of whether our sojourn into egocentric conscious­ness was necessary to our evolution or merely a tragic error, we have learned a powerful lesson from the experience. We may return to innocence, but it will not be the same innocence we would have known had the Fall never occurred.

Neither can we accurately predict the nature of the new culture merely by extrapolating present trends: the developments we have just considered may be leading in the direction of a renewed paradisal state, but they are as yet mere seeds. By any standard, the magnitude of the transformation required in order for humanity as a whole to return to an integrated, regenerative mode of being is immense. We have barely begun the process.

Realizing Paradise

Paradoxically, while the transition to the new culture is a project of vast proportions, it is likely to be accomplished only through changes in the attitudes and values of individual men and women — changes that may be virtually invisible to society as a whole. How, then, can you and I actually go about making these changes in our outlooks and behavior so as to realize Paradise in our own lives here and now, and thereby contribute to the creation of the new culture? 

Civilization is built of compromises and trade-offs. Daily, we com­promise integrity, intimacy, empathy, and honesty for a thousand seemingly worthwhile reasons, and we feel supported in doing so by the example and encouragement of others.

We have made our lives complex and abstract. We seem to live to serve our laborsaving de­vices. Many of us are willing to trade a large proportion of our waking hours to work at what may be intrinsically meaningless jobs in return for economic power. At some point we must ask whether all these trade-offs are really justifiable.

Returning to Paradise requires that we examine our lives honestly, and, when we find ourselves acting in ways that contradict our deepest values, that we change direction — not going backward toward some mythic past, but moving inward toward our highest vision of love and truth.

We must be willing to withdraw from participation in the mechanisms of the human world as it is as we learn to simplify, sanctify, and celebrate every aspect of life.

We see this happening the world over today.  People simplifying their lifestyles, meditating and setting up altars in their homes to sanctify their consciousness, celebrating life in all its wonders.  In the midst of all this pandemic turmoil, angels are coming forth through human hearts and shining the Light of Love in the world darkened by fear and uncertainty, and threatened by environmental and economic collapse.  The old is passing away as the new is being born.  

As I sat out with my wife in our paradisal back yard this evening, I felt a powerful wave of profound peace move through my body and across the entire globe.  I feel it even now as I write. Something of cosmic proportion is happening in our solar Entity, in the Earth and in the body of Humanity.  It’s a good time to be alive and awake on the planet.  Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

¹While this image is dramatic, the moon is actually more than 1/4 the size of Earth.

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