Freethinking Theist (rant)

Recently someone asked on social media if anyone in the group I belong to was an “atheist / agnostic / freethinker.”

When I first heard the term “freethinker” years ago, it was in regard to a college scholarship for atheists. I inferred the term was coined to imply anyone with spiritual inclinations is brainwashed and entrapped into a certain way of thinking. With all my exploring, this couldn’t be further from true.

This post made me investigate the term again, and I found it actually refers to one who does not adhere to religious teachings or dogma, someone who comes to his or her own conclusion about faith matters. It does not strictly refer to a nonbeliever.

I commented: “I am a freethinking believer (theist). This means I don’t reject science for god; rather, I accept science as the workings of god. I also respect agnostics and [open-minded] atheists because “religion” and its ignorant blind eye to science refuses to listen to voices like mine, let alone nonbelievers who have valid points.”

Honestly, it’s no wonder logical observers turn away from the idea of God, the way religious people behave and speak.

Now, while I do believe in God, I see the validity in agnosticism. Agnostics admit they cannot know, rather than arrogantly claiming they are the only knowers of truth. Both believers and atheists are guilty of this superiority.

This is why I research scientific facts, to further comprehend the mystery and grandeur of creation, which is so complex I must conclude there is intelligence behind the design. But I am humble enough to recognize I will never know everything or know the whole truth.

I am not pantheist because I see evil acts and disease as, well, diseases of the divine body (hence, panentheist), not divine essences as well.

I still have faith in Christ as the human manifestation of God’s mind, but some of my brethren go too far with their cocky assurance in the Bible as the only source of truth.

I love the New Age phrase “as above, so below” and see it echoed in the Lord’s Prayer. The Bible translation “The Message” actually uses this phrasing. Well, lo and behold, upon searching its origins on Google, I found a blog denouncing the phrase as occult (links below). Of course someone would. Christians think New Age practices are satanic deceptions, even though I can tell you right now some of these practices have greatly enhanced my spiritual journey with God. (Upon research, I have found there are satanic usages of the phrase, referring to earth and hell rather than heaven and earth. See links below; for my purposes I am always referring to heaven and earth, as are most loving New Age practitioners.)

I am so fed up with these Christian teachers actively searching for ways to discredit New Age. Almost always, they use the word “deception” in the article or website domain name. This is so hypocritical. They are the deceivers by brainwashing believers into thinking no truth can be found outside of the Bible, that the Bible is the only collection of thoughts God has ever had (or will share), and any exploration outside of the faith is evil. And they say New Age is cult-like? If they actually took the time to speak with people of other faiths, rather than coming to unfounded conclusions based on pigeonholes, they would know New Age practitioners come from all faith backgrounds, and we are accepting and loving. We actively see the divine energies of the universe in every person.

The Bible lists what is unacceptable. If it isn’t mentioned in the Bible, it is acceptable to explore. I have heard a few televangelists talk about this, so it’s not a heretical concept. Certain scholars would have you believe if it’s not in the Bible, it’s “evil.” Such an approach would cause you to only ever speak about Christ and experience nothing. Whatever is not expressly forbidden is an invitation to learn and experience. How could a god that created the universe be limited by a single book on our dust speck of a planet?

The first article linked below states that recognizing the oneness of the universe within us all is wrong, because we only achieve oneness through Christ.

This Biblical scholar is failing to address that God is one being manifested as three persons. His manifestations do not distinguish Him as three gods. Therefore, achieving oneness through Adonai (Christ) doesn’t change that we are all one through Elohim (Spirit) and Jehovah (Father). The trinity cannot be separated. For example, an author, his words, and the reading of the words are all part of a finished document, but the document is one thing. Interpretation comes from the reading, but the reading is not distinct from the words and the author – these are what make the comprehension possible. All three as one.

I’m repeating myself to drive a point: to argue “No, only oneness through Christ,” is like saying, “No, read with no words.” It is not possible and isn’t an argument. Yes, we are one with the universe and God, and divinity is within all of us because of Christ – and Father and Spirit.

To put the metaphor in context, the Father (Jehovah) is the author. He is the originator of all existence, every soul and idea. If one manifestation is “above” the other two, this is the one. Without Him, the others would serve no purpose. This is the original, main manifestation with whom we strive to connect through Adonai and Elohim. [Embodiment: relationship / heart]

The Holy Spirit (Elohim) is the creative force. He created the universe and gifts us with the ability to create. He is the source of our comprehension and understanding of the world around us. [Embodiment: interpretation / head]

Christ (Adonai) is the creation manifestation, the physical form. He is the means by which we comprehend; our ability to interact and know God. In the metaphor, he is the words themselves. Even the Bible calls him Logos, the Word. [Embodiment: obedience / interaction / hand]

Conclusion to that bit of sidetracking: We are, indeed, one through the universe because the universe is the physical body of the one God, who walked among us as human to connect with us in a way we could understand, and to heal the universal cancer of Satan by entering the Hell dimension the only way possible – through death of the human form. My understanding is that God as deity is too pure and good to enter Hell – it would be like the resistance of parallel magnetic poles. I understand good and evil are opposites and magnetic opposites attract, but in this metaphor the similarity is in the power. Heaven and Hell are likely warded against each other, so God was obligated to become human in order to descend and defeat Satan’s “ownership” of us. Could he have done it another way from the beginning? Of course, but then we wouldn’t have this story. Do you ever watch a movie and think, “Well, why didn’t he just do that to begin with?” Because there wouldn’t be a plot and no reason to watch the movie. God is foremost a storyteller, and I’m sure there are alternate dimensions with stories different from ours. Sometimes I wonder if our lives are simply entertainment for a greater cosmic audience.

Final conclusion to all this musing: spiritual growth and maturation is not dependent on the Bible and church leaders alone. The Bible is an important starting point to understanding who God is and what our origins were, but don’t let “scholars” scare you away from other paths of discernment. Please pray for guidance to avoid true satanic deceptions, but believe me when I say New Age and other nature-oriented spiritualties are not evil. Lacking the whole truth, maybe, but not evil.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

 

Links to claims that New Age is occult:

https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=21580

http://www.biblebb.com/files/tonyqa/tc05-186.htm (This one at least accurately describes the New Age meaning behind the phrase “as above, so below,” although it tries to claim that the concept is incompatible with the Biblical “true nature” of God. However, I find it is compatible; there are verses that confirm this: one is Ephesians 4:6)

 

Sources for further reading:

http://www.truth-revelations.com/index.php/geometry/8-as-above-so-below/ (some sacred geometry thrown in)

http://gnosticwarrior.com/as-above-so-below.html (“as above, so below” is not the full phrase – full phrase discussed here; includes science and alchemy discussion)

https://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/a/below_above.html (this one mentions magic and the “higher self,” which I’m not inclined towards, but it’s still a decent read; very short)

 

Note: I do not ascribe to The Message “translation” of the Bible. It is a dumbed-down version that changes the meaning of many if not all verses. My purpose in bringing it up was to refute the poor points of the articles that discussed [trashed] it. Here is an entertaining (albeit almost ridiculously overblown) dissection of The Message’s Lord’s Prayer. It mentions an angle of “as above, so below” that should be taken into consideration. When I read the phrase, I always say “as above in Heaven, so below on Earth,” to clarify my intention.

http://av1611.com/kjbp/ridiculous-kjv-bible-corrections/Lords-Prayer-to-Whom.html

 

We Are Divine, We Are Animals

“What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people’s dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats—and they in turn can listen to ours.” – Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander mysteries.

Whatever you believe or don’t believe, we are different from animals. To deny that is to deny the history and evolution of civilization.

Whether it’s self-awareness, our ability to feel wonder and awe, our capacity for politics and religion and philosophy, our advanced technology, our (differing but nevertheless existing) moral laws, or the fact we have language and written words to understand it all, something superior is there. If nothing else, our capacity to question and understand meaning at all is proof enough that we are a higher creature. Animals are not asking this question because they cannot.

Our superiority does not give us permission to oppress the rest of creation. We are not supposed to use the world to the point of destruction, but take care of it, help it along its evolutionary path.

When we deny our divinity, we are just like the animals. No spirit, no destination, just living day to day trying to survive with no purpose other than to do so. It is a circular, bland life. Animals cannot be stewards of the earth. Their minds are not like ours, their will is focused on survival and they cannot evolve beyond that. Our humanity gave us the technology to build habitats safe from external threats, so we could evolve our minds and cultivate the seed of spirit that dwelled within our ancient ancestors. That spirit spark is what allowed evolution to this point, when we now have full spirit recognition and actualization.

Humans have goals because we see our lives as linear, going towards a destination. Why? Because we are. We are divine animals on a path to becoming fully divine – yet not gods. Our end is to transubstantiate the animal into divinity, so that we can be divine spirits in divine physical form, akin to Christ’s physical manifestation. Death is a necessary step in this path to becoming, when we shed the earthly animal in exchange for the purified version in the new kingdom yet to come. We live as spirits in Heaven until that day, learning more than we ever could on earth.

Many people reject and deny this. It feels easier to be lethargic and uncaring, to live day to day using society rather than contributing to it. But living this way devolves the human back into a simple animal, nothing more than a predator on the food chain (or herbivore if you prefer).

There are those who are comfortable believing this, because how can we be “superior” to animals given our tendency to be malicious and cruel? Isn’t the innocence of an animal far superior to what we as humans have become with our greed, bigotry, and pollution of our mother earth? How can we be anything more than advanced tool-makers/users?

It sounds terrible, but the fact that we can be malicious for the sake of being malicious proves that we are advanced. Animals do not have the capacity in their minds to be evil. However vicious an animal becomes, it is due to environmental factors that have conditioned it to see every living thing around it as a threat to its life (or as food). Animals cannot make a conscious choice. They are not self-aware to the extent that we are. They recognize they are alive and do what they can to stay that way, and they recognize individuals of their species to interact with, but anything beyond that (e.g. gender identity, spirituality, meaning of life, artistic ingenuity) is beyond their scope.

Another perception is that we cannot be superior because, unlike animals, we cannot survive in the natural elements. But the thing is, we don’t need to. We have adapted to a sheltered existence because we were able to create one. Animals have fur to survive the cold, yes, but that doesn’t mean they enjoy ice storms. They survive extremes, but nothing can thrive in those extremes. Bears find caves, humans create our caves. And air condition them, and run electricity through them, and establish artificial light sources in them. We survive because of our advanced ability to make tools.

The question becomes not if, but why. Why are we in this position of self-awareness with the ability to reason and create? Why, if you hold to the evolutionary theory of creation, has no other species evolved side by side with us to the same extent? At most, some animals have a complex communication system and a hierarchy of leadership, but that is where it ends.

My answer is our divinity within. If God is the mind of the universe, we are the millions of organs and blood cells keeping the body living.

We are more and we can do more. The special “uniqueness” so many people crave is something we already have as humans. Animals share the same abilities within their species to survive. Humans, however, have predilections for certain talents. Some of us can sing; some of us can draw so well it looks like a photograph; some of us are gifted with words; others are gifted with their hands and mechanics; others can grasp deep philosophical concepts; while still others are at ease with the law or medicine. Some of us have multiple talents while some are good at one specific thing.

We need to realize what it means to be human. Not an animal, not a god, but a bit of both, in everyday life and in our goals. Even a simple act like raising children to adulthood is uniquely human. Animals produce offspring. Some, such as the elephant, raise them to adulthood. But humans alone possess the knowledge that gods produce, and teach it to the next generation.

We are holy, sacred, consecrated, divine animals.

I want to quote what I said in Why I Cannot Support Atheism:

Man is both an evolved ape-man and a separate creature. To protect and have compassion for creation, we must be a part of creation. All sentient beings have eyes, are able to eat, having beating hearts, are able to breathe. We are designed to recognize this in order to connect with them.

 

Why are our brains so highly functioning, while other animals do not have such capabilities? Why did our weak, fleshly husks become the dominant species (ahead of lions, tigers, wolves, and other large predators)?

 

We are the result of intelligent design via evolution.

 

The result of evolution shows us that we are the chosen creatures of God, to be like him, to grow as his children into sub-creators with him. The process of our evolution shows that in this mortal realm, we are as animals: both to show compassion and protection for them, and to recognize that we are not purely divine. Only God is divine.

 

Everything we are that is higher than animals is for the purpose of creation beyond procreation. Everything except the knowledge of death, and that, too, is meant to keep us humble in the knowledge that we are God’s children, not God itself.

Postscript: I am conflicted as to why, with all the evil he is experiencing through us, He doesn’t just end it and start over. The only answer I see is that He won’t commit suicide after forbidding his people from doing it. Self-destruction is counterintuitive to His plan. Which, post-Messiah, I couldn’t begin to understand. He could create another body, but He obeys the laws he put into place – He must wait for the body to die of natural aging and then rebirth into something new. Hence, supernovas and new stars emerging.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

 

(Art: “Urania and Calliope” by Vouet)

 

The Divine Triangle

According Faith Javane, The Divine Triangle possibly originated with Pythagoras, but she has no evidence (she freely admits this), and her book is the only place I have encountered it. Despite the lack of study done on the figure, the information in her book was eye-opening and I want to share it here. Prepare for a lot of block quoting. Paraphrasing doesn’t do it justice and I obviously cannot claim this as my own invention.

The Divine Triangle begins with the right triangle of Pythagoras in the center. Squares are drawn on each side, and each line of the square represents nine years of human life. (See image above). The triangle, as I discussed in The Philosopher’s Diamond, represents the trinity of mind-soul-spirit. The square is physical body and matter. Javane writes:

If the two triangles are turned to the side, they form a parallelogram, of four sides, or a modified square.

 

The square is the second perfect shape that can be drawn with single lines; it is symbolic of the earth. The 4 appears in a number of ways: the four points on the compass; the four elements of fire, earth, air and water; the four points of the cross; the forty days (an elevated 4) spent by Christ in the desert fighting earthly temptations; and salt crystallizing in cubes, a solidified 4. Finally, as the salt of the earth, we are all examples of the number 4. These are a few of the many references relating 4 to earth.

 

The four sides of the square represent the four parts of the individual—with the physical body added to the triangle of the mind, soul and spirit. Now, spirit has a soul, a mind and a body in which to work in the material world.

 

By joining the two triangles of the Philosopher’s Diamond…we arrive at the parallelogram, which like the circle, contains three hundred sixty degrees, or all truths. This shows that complete attainment and fulfillment are possible here on earth….

 

Always remember, however, that spirit is contained within the body, just as the triangle preceded the square and is contained within it. Our body belongs to the earth, but our soul belongs to the spirit. Spirit is immortal because, as we have shown, the triangle existed before and independently of the square. But the square is totally dependent upon the triangle because the square is built upon it, following it in the natural order of things. Spirit cannot operate in the physical world without a material body, but it can operate in other worlds and dimensions. The material body contains and must reflect the Godhead for completion and fulfillment in the material world. “As above, so below.”

Javane mentions that the cross is also part of the Divine Triangle (the intersection of the left and bottom squares), showing spirit descending into matter. We begin where the two lines of the cross meet (far left square at the tip of the triangle) as recipients of cosmic energy, representing consciousness and the soul entering the body. This is age 0. Follow the line of the square to its upper left corner to reach age 9. It then turns the corner and descends down the square to age 18, then again along the bottom line to age 27. At this age, the first square is completed. What does this mean?

Javane labels this square, “Youth,” and says that it is during this time the mind and character are formed into a sound structure.

Plato said that one gains one’s soul at age twenty-eight, and astrologers will note that this clearly corresponds to the first complete Saturn return which, at approximately age twenty-nine, has made one circuit on the natal chart, touching every planet, lending structure and form and crystallizing the energies emitted by each planet. As you can see, the soul, at point D, for the first time since entering the physical body, touches the fire of the spirit. Therefore, between the ages of twenty-seven and twenty-nine, we are in a precarious position; this is the first time the soul comes into contact with the fire of spirit, whose awareness it lost when it entered the body.

At this time, between ages 27 and 29, we can either use the past as a learning experience to structure our future and rekindle our path, or allow our ties to past habits, opinions, beliefs, and past conditioning to destroy us.

The Youth square is built on the triangle side given a value of 3 in Pythagoras’s theorem, representing manifestation and self-expression. Javane writes, “It is the cornerstone, the mind, upon which the temple, the body, is built. Solomon, a wise numerologist, spoke of this cornerstone as the block upon which the power square, ages 27 to 54, will be placed.”

The Power square is built on the horizontal side of the triangle, with a value of 4 in Pythagoras’s theorem, related to the earth.

This implies that between the ages of twenty-seven and fifty-four our life is spent dealing with the material plane and all that it encompasses. Certainly we can agree that most of us spend that portion of our lives using whatever power we have in striving for material gains and comforts in the form of job positions, salaries, housing and personal possessions; each is an aspect of the material plane. We chose to incarnate in a material body to learn the lessons of the earth plane, and it is here in the power square that we are most intimately in touch with this particular learning process.

The descending left line of the square is ages 27 to 36, turn the corner from 36 to 45, and ascend towards the Wisdom square from 45 to 54.

The Power square is a result of the Youth square, and while the earth plane is the base line, it is through our minds that we create our environment, and in the Power square we are free from the childhood conditionings of youth and can freely make decisions about where we want our lives to go.

At age 54 we encounter the same dilemma as age 27. We once again touch the center triangle of the spirit, our inner self. The questions become, “Will the inner self express approval of our past efforts and reward us with the fruits of our labor? Or will the inner self instead hand us dried dead fruits, scorched by the burning fire of destruction? …If we have not sown wisely in the past, it is at this point that we can easily make the decision to change our direction. The future is ours to create.”

The Wisdom square is built on the line given the value of 5, “astrologically a Mercury number.”

…Mercury was the messenger of the deities, the connecting communication link between the gods of heaven and the mortals on earth. Symbolically, this fleet-footed messenger is the mind, the connection between soul and body, which, in the period of life between fifty-four and eighty-one, must now turn from the material world and build the bridge between the physical world and the world of Spirit. This is accomplished through reflection, reason, order, logic, and understanding…This bridge between the physical and spiritual will be achieved through a synthesis of the results of the previous processes.

 

…Now, in the wisdom square, the mind must analyze the results of the soul’s evolution through the various stages up to this point and begin to assimilate these findings into the soul’s growth experience up to the time the transition process of death occurs.

 

For those of us who live through this square and reach the magic age of eighty-one, there is a three-pronged fork at which we must choose a future path.

 

We may decide to leave the body, at which point we will die and follow the ascending arrow out of the blueprint back to the source from which we came.

 

Or we may decide to stay in the body, which implies that we will proceed in one of two directions, depending on the type of seeds we have sown in the past. Life past eighty-one is decidedly karmic. If we have wasted our life energies and left naught but destruction and unhappiness in our wake, we may very well take the path we originally trod at birth, that first horizontal line on the youth square, ages zero to nine. Because the line encompasses childhood we too will become childlike (senile) and need to be cared for like an infant.

 

The third path is for those who have sown wisely, who have used the precious God-given life energies and have honored the body-temple in service to the material world through understanding, compassion, and love towards others. On this sacred path, the few are revered and honored because their very presence blesses those near. Their touch is healing, and their words express the music of the spheres, inspiring and lifting the weary heart. Blessed are those who tread this path, for theirs is the destiny of supreme devotion to life.

As fascinating as this is to ruminate over, I do have an issue with her conclusion. I have known, and I’m sure you have known, very kind and sweet elderly people succumb to the disease of Alzheimer’s. To believe that they have done something to deserve this disease is unthinkable. In the same vein, there are plenty of older people who have lived quite nasty lives and their minds are still operating at full capacity. Javane does not address this; perhaps for fear her entire analysis will be discredited.

I do think the Youth and Power squares have merit, as does the Wisdom square if the conclusion is edited. She could have added that senility might also occur as a symptom of the first “prong” in her fork, that the person’s body is preparing to die and the soul is in the process of ascending out of the material world. It is half in, half out, and loses the capacity it had in the Power square. Part of the soul is ascending along the vertical spirit line of the cross, while the other part dwells on the horizontal material line of the cross as long as the life of the physical body lingers. Since it must continue to move forward, it has no choice but to return to the child (0-9) line.

There is one paragraph from her discussion of the Power square I purposely postponed because it seemed to be the most important idea to contemplate. You may have heard some clichéd version of it before, but my life experience is currently teaching me how true it really is.

The Bible says, “As a man thinketh, so he is.” We cannot deny the profound effect that a positive attitude has upon the direction of our lives. Look around you; what you see is the result of the way you think. It has nothing to do with anyone else; it is yours and yours alone. If you are happy with your situation, then your mind is in order and well balanced. If you are not happy, then you and you alone have the power to change your present environment and relationships by making the decision that yes, you are a worthy person; and yes, you deserve to have all the material comforts you want; and yes, you should be loved and respected. Because it is only when you make the decision that you deserve and will have these things, that they will begin to come to you. Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

She does not say these things are owed to you by others. An attitude of entitlement is not one of love and respect. Such sentiments must be given in order to receive. But you cannot give love if you do not think you deserve it, because then it does not exist within you. I felt that way for a long time, and only now am I realizing that by not feeling worthy, I subconsciously shunned any offer of love given to me. And by shunning those offers, I fell back into the thoughts of being unloved and alone, and therefore neglected nurturing my own feelings of love. It is a terrible circle that can only be broken through recognition.

Neither are material comforts owed to you, but by feeling that you deserve them, you begin to feel motivated and ambitious, and take self-assured actions to secure those comforts, whether that’s pursuing a promotion, taking out a loan to start your own business, or even something as simultaneously simple and complicated as finding a life partner.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Source: Javane, Faith and Dusty Bunker. “Chapter 3: God Geometrizes.” Numerology and The Divine Triangle. 1979. pp. 45-50.

 

Note: Well, as is typical to my personality, I started out strong with my writing routine for a new idea (this blog) and after a few months, I lost motivation as my other responsibilities became priorities. I’m finally settled in at my new house, so hopefully I can rededicate time to this blog. I apologize to those of you who recently started following me only to be greeted with an inactive account.

 

The Philosopher’s Diamond

Better known as the Star of David, the Philosopher’s Diamond is an important symbol of the Jewish faith. Since I’m not Jewish, I didn’t think it applied to me, and I never took time to research the symbolism. I stumbled upon its meaning recently, though, and it doesn’t just apply, it enhances my comprehension of the relationship of God and His creation.

Christianity grew out of Judaism, and I (now) believe it is important to know not only the history described in the Old Testament, but the esoteric symbolism of the “old faith.” Understanding the meaning of the Philosopher’s Diamond has inspired me to investigate the Hebrew language as well, for I also learned that it contains fewer words than English, and therefore, each word has multiple meanings. English translations of the Bible may not be entirely accurate because of this. The best English Bible that addresses this issue is the Amplified Bible, which includes other word translations side-by-side within the text.

For example:

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to (limited to, consistent with) their kind: livestock, crawling things, and wild animals of the earth according to their kinds”; and it was so [because He had spoken them into creation]. 25 So God made the wild animals of the earth according to their kind, and the cattle according to their kind, and everything that creeps and crawls on the earth according to its kind; and God saw that it was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it.

 

26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.

 

– Genesis 1:24-26

 

So what is this symbolism?

While each of the seven “wings” of the star symbolize something different, I want to focus on the idea that there are two triangles intertwined, and what that means. For the detailed Jewish symbolism, follow this link: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/788679/jewish/What-Is-the-Mystical-Significance-of-the-Star-of-David.htm.

To clarify, I found this “epiphany” in a book called Numerology and the Divine Triangle (both topics I will be exploring over the coming weeks). Since I recognized the symbol of the Philosopher’s Diamond as the Star of David, I did some research to verify that the symbolism discussed in this book is the same as, or at least very similar to, the Jewish meaning. I found that it is.

Chapter 3, “God Geometrizes” begins with a discussion of simple shapes.

The circle:

The circle represents the Godhead, all that was, is, and ever shall be; spirit, the I Am; love because it encompasses, enfolds and contains; balance, because however you turn it, it maintains its shape; and justice, because it is in a state of perfect balance…A circle has no beginning and no end; it is infinite and endless. …It symbolizes eternity and the immortality of the soul. This is seen through the laws of nature and cyclicity. Planets revolve around the sun; nature repeats itself in cycles…

The vertical line:

The upright vertical line symbolically represents spirit descending into matter, or energy leaving the Godhead. It has masculine qualities; it is outgoing, dynamic, energetic, fiery, upright and commanding.

The horizontal line:

It represents the soul energy, the feminine, the receptive and absorptive qualities of mother earth. This line is an ancient symbol for matter and the material world.

The triangle:

The triangle is the first closed form that can be made with single lines. It represents the Trinity, Father-Son-Holy Ghost, father-mother-God, father-mother-child, spirit-soul-mind, super-conscious, subconscious, conscious.

Now on to the symbol at hand:

In the two interlaced triangles, the Philosopher’s Diamond or the Star of David, geometry captures the axiom, “As above, so below.”

 

We are made in the image of God. The upper triangle of the Philosopher’s Diamond is the father-mother-god which is reflected in the lower inverted triangle, father-mother-child. The upper triangle is the world of spirit, and the lower triangle is the world of matter. The Godhead from above is reflected in the material world below; therefore, what we see in the material world is merely a reflection of the truth. It is as if we are gazing into the depths of a cool forest pool, thinking the images we see are the only truth, although these images may be distorted by the wind rippling the surface of the water. We in the material body are merely observers of the shadows cast upon the walls of Plato’s cave. We live in a world of illusion and view things upside down.

 

Geometry validates the theory that we see only half the truth. …Each of the triangles has only one hundred eighty degrees, or half the degrees of a circle or square. As we have shown, a circle contains all truth and wisdom, it is the Godhead. But in the triangle, we only have half the truth. By adding these two triangles together, or one hundred eighty plus one hundred eighty, we arrive at three hundred sixty degrees, or all the truth. Symbolically situated in the lower inverted triangle, we must look to the spirit in the upper triangle to find all the truth, else we remain in a shadow land where the ill winds ripple our images and distort our vision of the truth.

From here the text analyzes the joining of the triangles into a square, what the square symbolizes, and how the Divine Triangle comes into existence, including what it means and how you can use it. I will get into those subjects next week.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Source: Javane, Faith and Dusty Bunker. “Chapter 3: God Geometrizes.” Numerology and The Divine Triangle. 1979. pp. 44-45.

A Spiritual Poem

There is a huge upheaval in my life at the moment, so I haven’t been able to post. I am by no means out of ideas. I just have a thousand things going on at once.

Please enjoy this poem of mine in the meantime. I will try my best to post something substantial next Friday.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

My God, the Universe

You are the sky,
You are the stars,
You are the galaxies and the nebulas.
You are the swirls of blue on purple,
The black holes of mysterious ends.
You stretch out to the far reaches of the universe
So Your children might see Your majesty,
But You are also in the trees,
The sea, the fields –
That still small voice in the burning bush.

Yet, philosophers’ wandering eyes
Compelled You to reveal Yourself
So we could understand:
The Great Nebula inside Mary’s womb,
A small atom growing into the New Adam,
Cleansing us all of permanent stains
So our souls are truly free to sense
The galaxies
You are.

Were We “Dei-ites”?

Time for something a bit more fantastical (and possibly a bit more heretical).

I was thinking one night about the appeal of magic. The Bible speaks against it because such power is offered by the devil in order to capture a person’s soul and keep it from God. Our free will allows us to fall into this trap, and once we’re in it, it’s nearly impossible to get out. We’ve literally sold our soul to the devil in exchange for power.

But that’s not the magic that appeals to me. There’s healing magic, earthen (“white”) magic, which has no power-hungry element, but is merely about using the earth to enhance our connection to it and to one another. I do not think God sees this as evil.

So, I thought, perhaps we originally had inherent magical ability that is now blocked by sin.

Taking Isaiah, Revelation, and John Milton’s fictionalized fall of Lucifer (Paradise Lost) into account, Christians recognize that Satan was threatened by our creation. But why would God loving us more really matter to an angel? Angels have little to no free will, so jealousy shouldn’t come into play. (That is, unless God diminished their free will after Lucifer’s rebellion. But that’s another post for another day.) However, our creation changed the purpose of their existence from one of service to God to one of service to Humanity on behalf of God. Satan, using the little free will allowed to him, refused to change. Therefore, the first perversion of love was jealousy.

But I digress.

Why do angels need to serve us? Why does the Bible tell us that man will be higher than the angels in the New Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:3 says we will judge them; this must mean they do have some free will, otherwise there would be nothing to judge them for), and that we are only “a little lower” than them now (Hebrews 2:7), despite our sin nature?

Perhaps the reason angels must serve us is we are meant to be more powerful than they are. We are God-children, “dei-ites” (not demi-gods—we are not gods, but a different, special, race created by Him to be called His children, unlike angels who are essence-extensions, not fully in His image), created to create even more universes by His guidance. But we lost that ability when we fell for Satan’s temptation of lies.

Eve and Adam thought they weren’t powerful enough, that their Father was holding back their powers. Then sin removed them completely.

Notice that before sin, humans could be nude without being vulnerable to pain (e.g., mosquito bites, cutting their feet on stones). They interacted with the animals without fear or violence from either side. I might as well theorize that they could communicate.

Anger, violence, and fear are outcomes from sin and are retardations to the deiite* mind. We can only use magic with love, peace, and obedience to the light. True, creation magic – from God – is sourced in love (loyalty and gentleness).

Satan offers magic, but it’s not real. They’re illusory curses meant to manipulate and corrupt.

We no longer have access to creation magic because of our fallenness, and we won’t regain it until the New Kingdom. So “higher-self attainment,” while a noble endeavor, is not possible in this life, although some come close (see Dalai Lama, certain saints). We only have small bursts of creation magic seen in healing and art, especially music, which God provides as hope.

Do with this theory what you will. I have absolutely no theological or scientific evidence for it. It’s just a personal idea that I decided to cultivate and share.

Our position relative to angels:

http://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/are-we-equal-lower-or-higher-than-the-angels/

*I created the term “deiite” to differentiate from “demi-god,” in order to maintain that we are “children” of God, but not gods or half-gods. I wanted a term related to “deism,” “deity,” and “dei” (“of God”) and implied an offshoot, but not literal re-production.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

 

(Art: St. Francis of Assisi, artist unknown)

No One is “Sent” to Hell

We Christians need to work on our delivery.

“Believe in Christ or go to Hell” is over-simplified, and doesn’t interpret well. It’s easy, it’s marketable, but the negativity of it causes people who do convert to do so out of fear, not faith. Most times, it turns people away.

If you believe the Bible, you believe Heaven and Hell have always existed, or you believe Lucifer created Hell when he fell – even if the latter is the case, the evil element was already there. If God created the angels, if he is omniscient, that means He created evil. If He created evil, is He both good and evil Himself, or did He push His internal evil into an external source, or is He simultaneously God and the devil? Whatever you believe or debate, the Bible tells us the dichotomy of good and evil has always existed.

The purpose of our existence, according to Christianity, is to resist and fight evil by doing good (defined as humility and charity), until the day evil is nonexistent. While the devil instigated original sin according to Genesis, free will guaranteed internalized evil alongside good. Original sin was ordained. You can’t make a choice for good without the opposite option. Then you are a robot with no individuality or personality, or anything that makes you human. Now, I know I said the endgame is to eliminate evil. Do we become robots at that point? I hope not! God must have a plan beyond good vs. evil, but the dichotomy is obviously part of the path to that end.

So, yes, God created us knowing we would sin. Hell is not a punishment for the inevitable (how unfair would that be?) but the place where evil dwells and where people engulfed by malevolence are meant to exist. Disobedience and evil have no home in a place of eternal goodness and purity. It’s not that we’re being denied a “reward,” but that we choose our eternal home based on our decisions.

Christ came to deny the devil his citizens. He came so we could make the choice of Heaven or Hell throughout our entire lives – to give us the option to choose Heaven again even after we choose Hell. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful gifts God has offered. Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection is the next step after Creation towards defeating evil for good. We have the option to be purged of all our evil choices, purified, and allowed into the holiest of destinations.

In other words, it’s not that God will send you to Hell if you don’t love and accept His son. It’s that His son is the only one who saves us from our own corruption, from damning ourselves. Our own sin sends us to Hell, not God. Jesus did not come to send us to Hell if we don’t believe in Him.

It’s like this. You jumped into a pit for some reason, on a dare perhaps. It is deep and you are trapped. And arm appears and reaches down towards you and says, “Let me help you out of there.” If you scorn the arm, you remain in the pit, die, and rot there. If you accept the arm, you climb out of the hole and into the light. The arm did not put you in the pit, and the arm did not make you stay in the pit. That was all you. The arm is providing you a way out, a way past your mistake. And the arm will always reappear no matter how many times you fall back into the pit. The choice to reemerge is entirely yours. The hope is that by end of your journey, you will have learned how to not fall in again, and you will stay in the light until your metamorphosis.

I personally have faith in the following quote:

“To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.”

– C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

The Afterlife — Where Is Heaven?

This is where Panentheism and the Body Metaphor falls apart.

If God is the “mind” and the universe is His “body,” where (or what?) is Heaven?

The paradox that God is both within and without the universe has to play a part here.

If God is the “mind,” then wherever He exists as such would be Heaven.

The idea that we sentient beings are the red blood cells of the universal body doesn’t make sense if this is true -– blood cells don’t “die” and go to the brain when they do. The problem here is with my metaphor and not with God’s manifestation.

Moving beyond my imperfect metaphor, how then do we understand Heaven? Ancient cultures believed the sun was god and that the afterlife was out beyond the sky. They didn’t have the technology to know what we know about space.

Yet we continue to look up.

The only way to understand the concept of Heaven is to accept the idea of an alternate dimension.

I’m not talking about parallel universes or the multiverse, which is something I can barely wrap my head around. This is reality, this is my only life, this is my soul. There cannot be billions of versions of everyone’s souls in alternate universes based on every possible decision they could have made, side by side with all the possible decisions everyone else could have made. (Whew.) While an interesting concept to ruminate over, it doesn’t make logical sense. (However, I welcome comments explaining the multiverse theory. I might consider it if I understood it better.)

Although string theory certainly tries in earnest to make the concept of the multiverse real, the truth is we cannot, in our physical bodies, experience beyond our three dimensions (height, width, depth), possibly four if we include time.

An alternative phrase for what I want to describe is “higher plane.”

I read a work of science fiction once that explained a second dimension as existing “in the spaces between atoms.” While I have no evidence this is possible, I can see how it might be. Heaven is all around us, perhaps, but in our corporeal form we cannot access it. We must wait until our souls leave our bodies to “pass through” and find the True Reality of God’s Kingdom where we are surrounded by Him. There, everything is made of His Spirit, without corruption’s interference.

C. S. Lewis had a brilliant conceptualization of what Heaven is compared to earth, which explains the higher plane much more articulately than I can. Dr. Charlie W. Starr writes:

We think of spiritual creatures (saints in heaven or angels or even God) as airy beings with no solidity like us. Lewis says we should think the other way around. We are ghosts and shadows and our world but a cheap copy of the heavenly one to come, like a landscape painting compared to the real place. In The Last Battle, the friends of Narnia enter into heaven only to find that it’s a new Narnia, like the old one, only bigger, but not really bigger—better to say, fuller, more complete. As one of them puts it, it’s “More like the real thing” (210). And because it’s more real than our world, everything in it means so much more than things do here. If you’ve ever had an experience so wonderful that it made you think, “This is how things ought to be in real life,” maybe you’ve experienced a taste of heaven, a place compared to which, Lewis says, our own world is just “shadowlands.”

Perhaps we are the ones in the spaces between the atoms of Heaven, in a temporary dimensional plane that God will erase one day as the Heavenly world evolves into the only one, once Satan is defeated.

This brings us to the question:

Where is Hell?

Is Hell even real? Returning to the body metaphor, if Hell isn’t real and Satan is the body’s cancer, where did he come from? If Satan isn’t real, why does free will provide evil as a choice? Does this make God both good and evil to provide us these options?

I will explore this in depth next week.

More information on string theory:

http://www.superstringtheory.com/experm/exper5.html

http://www.space.com/32728-parallel-universes.html

Parallel universe vs. parallel dimension:

http://mysticinvestigations.com/paranormal/parallel-universe-vs-parallel-dimension/

C. S. Lewis’s Vision of Heaven, by Dr. Charlie W. Starr:

http://www.charliewstarr.com/c-s-lewis/charlies-lewis-essays/c-s-lewiss-vision-of-heaven.html

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

 

(Art: “Alternative Reality” by Josephine Wall)

 

The Problem with Biblical Literalism, Part Three (Seven Day Creation)

This is going to be short and sweet, because the metaphor speaks for itself. It saddens me that so many take it literally, though, and therefore believe the Earth is so much younger than science has proven through actual evidence.

The “seven days” of Genesis are 1) not necessarily synonymous with our 24-hour day, and 2) a metaphor to encourage a day of rest and worship for the Hebrews (and later Gentiles).

God exists outside space and time. This is obvious. No one has ever “met” God (Christ’s time on Earth aside); atheists think He is our “imaginary friend.” He does not live in our physical dimension.* If we are to believe He created the world in six 24-hour days, who’s to say twenty-four hours in His realm is equivalent to ours?

I have no doubt that God’s “seven days” translated to billions of years in Earth time.

Also, consider – only the Earth has a 24-hour day (one full rotation). God created the universe. He did not create Earth first, and He was not sitting on Earth creating the universe around it. If you still believe that, you must be a pre-Enlightenment Catholic.

When I think about this, I also ruminate on how large the universe really is. My mind can comprehend our solar system, and stretch to incorporate the Milky Way galaxy, but realizing that we are one solar system in one galaxy among millions of galaxies in one universe among possibly many universes overwhelms me. How could I possibly think God created His entire creation based on one miniscule planet’s rotation?

I am not saying we are not important to Him. We are the only known planet to support life. This is no accident. Do I believe He created other sentient life elsewhere? It is entirely possible, and I would be foolish to discount it. The Bible does not tell us He did so, possibly because He didn’t, or possibly because it is none of our business. We are supposed to develop a spiritual relationship with Him, and discover His mysteries in the next life, not risk the lives we were given in pursuit of hearsay.

It is the very idea that the seven-day metaphor is not literally our twenty-four-hour, seven-day week that I believe evolution is not actually a threat to religion. What science is revealing is what God allows us to understand about how He orders the Earth to process. There will always be something we do not know, and that is to keep us looking to God so we do not become arrogant in our knowledge. Some still are not humbled by their ignorance, but knowing the how and the history does not mean we have the ability to imitate it. They may try (see animal cloning), but fail (clone dies within hours/days of “birth”). This is why I believe God exists.

Some perspective:

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Our solar system is located in a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way called the Orion Spur, between the Sagittarius and Perseus arms. (Link to full-size image: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/6b/a2/8b/6ba28b237250fb750e34981596321736.jpg)

 

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The Virgo Supercluster contains the Milky Way, among about a million other galaxies. This image contains local superclusters. The universe is even larger than this.

 

*In re: The Body Metaphor – the “mind” is not tangible and can exist on its own; He can experience the physical universe without being in it, just as we can think and dream about places and people when we aren’t around them. As I have said, it is not a perfect metaphor. The enigma is that He is both in the universe and outside of it.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Panentheism and the Body Metaphor

In Part One of The Problem with Biblical Literalism, I briefly spoke about the idea of Panentheism, or all-in-god. Not to be confused with Pantheism, or all-is-god, Panentheism is the theory that God exists within His creation, and His creation exists within Him. However, creation is not God. He exists outside of creation as well.

In other words, Panentheism claims God is immanent and transcendent.

Christianity also claims God is both immanent and transcendent. In practice, however, most Christians understand God only as transcendent – He created us and is separate from us. Immanence, or God’s presence among us, is all but abandoned, or briefly mentioned in passing when discussing the Holy Spirit.

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I have read a few Christian articles that denounce Panentheism as another tactic to distract us from Christ. I do not see it this way at all. In fact, the theory helps me better understand the nature of God.

A common metaphor Panentheists use is that of the mind-body relationship. I have expanded on this idea to incorporate Christianity.

The human body is necessary to live and experience, but our souls exist beyond its death.

God, the Great Soul, created the universe out of Himself as His Body – to experience and exist in tandem with His creation. His essence is within all things. While it enhances His existence, He is not transcribed by it – He does not require “the body” to be God. However, as long as “the body” exists, God is within it, just as our awareness is within our bodies until we die.

Sentient beings are like red blood cells, countless but necessary for the body to “live.” Satan and sin are cancers. Free will gives the red blood cells a choice to flow for the benefit of the whole body or be infected by the cancer (turning away and denouncing God).

Christ is the cure, the immune system of mighty white blood cells. Each infected cell (all of them since original sin) now can choose to be healed, or stay infected. The healed cells may become re-infected but always have the option to be healed again. The cells that stay infected wither, and once dead, they are eliminated from the system, never to be a part of the body again.

That is what Hell is – a complete severance from God. It is a choice, and the result isn’t a fiery inferno, but nonexistence. Since atheists already believe death is a metamorphosis into nonexistence, they get exactly what they expect.

Angels exist, too – they were created right before the body as the neurotransmitters, necessary for the mind to communicate and control the body. As I have mentioned before, they are the pathways, not the targets, and so cannot receive God’s love as we do. The brain sends these “messengers” to tell the “body” what to do. In a sense, they are Christ’s support, dictating to the immune system and other “bodily functions.” While the mind/spirit/soul (the “trinity” of the brain) is aware of the body, it cannot itself travel to the kidney or liver or heart. The Father controls the body, angels execute the control, and Christ comes to us personally with the Holy Spirit to continuously heal.

I’ll admit, this is not by any means a perfect metaphor, but I believe it is an appropriate one, as we were created in His image – not only do we have a trinity of mind/soul/spirit, but our bodies function the same way physically that His does metaphorically. “In His image” does not literally mean that He has some kind of physical form that mirrors ours.

The following article acknowledges how Panentheism could be compatible with Christianity, except that it “denies creation ex nihilo” –

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2012/08/whats-wrong-with-panentheism/

Of course, I disagree. In fact, I believe Panentheism because it affirms creation ex nihilo – if God created out of nothing, then it comes to bear he created from only Himself, and therefore, the universe is His physical form – His body. How is this denying Genesis?

This theory brings God closer to us, and it is more effortless to have a relationship knowing we are part of His body. Olson does make interesting points about redefining what redemption and salvation mean in this context – how it might mean God is dependent on it, rather than it being a gift for us. This is why I agree with Martin Luther’s “weak” Panentheism – God is, indeed, within all of creation, but He is not transcribed by it. He doesn’t need it in order to be God.

We don’t need our bodies, necessarily, but they are a blessing in that they allow us to experience and learn. As I mentioned in Part One of The Problem with Biblical Literalism, perhaps the all-knowing God wants to experience His existence through ignorant eyes, to see what His body/children see and create more from those experiences.

The following article explains Panentheism but refers to it as an “age-old heresy” and gets some facts wrong (I blame her source), such as “God is bi-polar,” “God is finite,” “Creation is ex materia,” and “God is changing.” These are tenets from pantheism, which dictates as the universe changes, God changes with it. This is not necessarily true of Panentheism.

http://www.rebecca-writes.com/rebeccawrites/2008/3/28/theological-term-of-the-week.html

Weak (Palamite) Panentheism replaces the idea of God’s essence with “divine energies” that permeate the world and allow God’s presence among us, without the possible interpretation that He is dependent on creation. It is more compatible with the Christian idea of God than what I have described here, and does not mesh as well with my metaphor, but it is enlightening for Christians and those investigating Christianity who are uncomfortable with how the faith tends to reflect deism and stoicism, which focus on God’s transcendence and disregard His immanence.

Watch this video for more information on how weak (Palamite) Panentheism is compatible with Christianity:

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.