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Ophiucus
Posted 4/5/2015 2:59 PM (#26070 - in reply to #26069)
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Dear Marty and everyone

AMEN !

Next year in Yerushaliyam

[Jerusalem]

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Ophiucus
Posted 4/5/2015 3:00 PM (#26071 - in reply to #26069)
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Dear Marty and everyone

AMEN !

Next year in Yerushalayim

[Jerusalem]



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3guh1uusCg
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Aquarius
Posted 4/6/2015 7:19 AM (#26072 - in reply to #26071)
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Teach Me To Listen

Great Spirit, teach me to listen to Your voice.
I hear it in everything, as much in
The sound of the wind in the trees and the falling rain,
As the song of the birds and the call of the seagulls.
The haunting sound of the foghorn in the bay,
The crashing of waves that hit the shore,
The roaring of surf and rumble of traffic in the distance.
All these things are the sound of You.
They are part of the song of life
You are constantly composing for us.

In the wailing cry of each newborn child
I hear Your cry of joy for another human soul
Being released from its unconscious existence
In the darkness of the womb of time into Earth life,
Where for a time it will no longer be aware
Of Your true nature and its own.
You are granting this child the gift of another lifetime
That will be filled with the promise of coming closer
To the light of consciousness and a renewed understanding
Of the purpose and meaning of its existence.

In the last sighs of those who are passing from the earthly plane
I listen to the joy of their returning to their true home
And into the awareness of their Divinity and eternal reality.
At the same time I hear Your relief about another of us,
Who has fulfilled the purpose of their present lifetime and who,
Hand in hand with the Angel of Death
Safely walks home into the world of spirit and light.

I hear You in the voices of my brothers and sisters,
In their talking, laughing and singing,
As much as in their sobbing and weeping.
I listen to You in the murmurings of
My own small still voice of conscience,
Who dwells in my heart and
And speaks to me Your words of wisdom, truth and love,
And who, whenever I feel frightened, lost and lonely,
Reassures me and tells me what to do.

I hear Your voice
In the barking of a dog and the mewing of a cat,
In the sound of a blow from a workman’s hammer,
And in the whining of aircraft engines in the sky above me.
In them I see You looking with pride onto us,
Your beloved children of the Earth, how we with Your help,
Are creating the technological wonders of our world,
And I thank You for the wealth of ideas You are giving us,
So that bit by bit we can make our world a better place for all.

Teach us how to use all Your gifts
For the highest good and the greatest joy of all life forms,
Who share Your precious jewel, Mother Earth, with us.
Guide and protect us against the destructive urges of
Our race’s lower nature, so that ever more of us
Willingly and lovingly serve You whilst resting securely
In the knowledge that we and or world
Will forever be safe in Your loving hands.

Amen

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mruppert
Posted 4/6/2015 5:49 PM (#26073 - in reply to #23562)
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Hi all:
Paul, have you been keeping up with the Battle of the Bones?
There is a new bit of research being published soon concerning the Ossuary of Jesus and James and the press is covering the story.
But, what tickles me is the claim that the fact there is an ossuary refutes the resurrection of Jesus. While it might maybe sort off make Jesus ascension hard to understand, the fact that we think we have his bones in no way refutes his resurrection.
He was resurrected, and (in my view) once again, the ladies had something to do with it. What was in those oils they anointed him with?
Anyway, I think the press has confused resurrection with ascension, but then again the press confused WMD's with a dictator wearing a sharp looking fedora.

Peace, Love, and Trilbys,
Marty and LuckyLee
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mruppert
Posted 4/6/2015 6:02 PM (#26074 - in reply to #26055)
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Hello Aqua........

 "Never forget that as My children you are young Gods in the making"

 

Gosh, there are a whole lotta people that I hope are not, and never will be a God in the making. I sure don't wanna be God. And, I would cringe if Nathan Nudleman became a God; he is such a dingbat. I am not so sure I like our current God or Gods. So mean spirited and never around when needed.

Just foodstuffs for indigestion, 

Peas, 

Marty and LuckyLee (who is alive and healthy at 31 and was struck blind as a bat......nice goin' Godfella!)

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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/7/2015 5:23 AM (#26075 - in reply to #26073)
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Hi Marty

Thanks - at first I thought you were talking about the bones of King Richard III - did you see any of that over there? His remains were found in a car park in the City of Leicester and were recently reinterred in the Cathedral there. I was especially taken with all that, as I was born in Market Bosworth where the 1485 Battle took place (sometimes I think I was there...!)

Then I realized it was the Ossuary; of which I had not seen the latest developments, but now I have - thanks for pointing them out. I agree with your reservations (if I read you correctly). There were lots of similar names in those times and they are unlikely to be the Jesus family of the Gospels.

On the balance of probabilities, I am more convinced by the the idea that Jesus went to India in the 'lost years', returning to preach an amalgam of Jewish and Buddhist teachings and conduct his spectacular healing ministry; then equally spectacularly surviving Crucifixion before resurrecting and taking his hungry and injured body back to the East to continue his ministry as recorded by numerous Hindu and Buddhist scriptures; as well as the extant Tomb in Srinagar with its three overlain occupants, the two upper ones laid North to South in the Moslem tradition, the lowest and oldest corpse being laid East to West, in the Jewish way. It is too sacred a site to excavate. The Shroud of Turin is also, I feel, a persuasive current witness, especially since the more science examines it, the older it becomes, and the less can be known about how the image on it was formed.

I feel also that there is sufficient oral tradition to believe that Mary Magdalen went pregnant with his child to Southern France - possibly separating as staying together was too dangerous. They both must have been very shaken by those Easter events.
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Aquarius
Posted 4/7/2015 7:10 AM (#26076 - in reply to #26075)
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Call Me By My True Names

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
Or that I have never been,
As every day I newly arrive.
When you look deeply you will discover how
I newly arrive in every moment.
I am the buds on a spring branch,
The tiny bird with fragile wings,
Learning to sing and fly while still in the nest.
I am the caterpillar in the heart of a flower
And the jewel that hides in a stone.

I arrive so that I may experience myself
Through laughing and crying,
Fearing and hoping.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
Death of all living things.

I am the mayfly that metamorphoses on the surface of the river,
And I am the bird which, when spring comes,
Arrives in time to be nourished by the mayfly.
I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond
And I am the grass-snake who,
Approaching in silence, devours the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
My legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
I am as much in the arms merchant who sells deadly
Weapons to countries worldwide,
As the victims they kill and maim.
I am the little refugee girl on a small boat who,
After having been raped by a sea pirate
Throws herself into the ocean and drowns,

But I am also the pirate whose heart cannot respect and love
Because his inner eyes have not yet opened.
I am a member of the politburo,
Who holds more power in his hands than is good for him
And I am the man who redeems his Karmic debts
By dying in one of this man’s forced labour camps.

My joy is like spring.
Its warmth makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain is like a river of tears,
So great that it fills all the oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
So I can hear all my cries and laughs at once
And recognise that my joy and pain are one,
So at long last I re-awaken to my true nature
And in my heart the door of compassion opens.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist
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From ‘Words & Prayers For Peace, Comfort & Healing’

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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/7/2015 7:17 AM (#26077 - in reply to #26075)
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Sorry Marty

I signed off in a hurry and forgot to say a proper goodbye to you and Lucky Lea ... 31 oh my ... a Methuselah of cats! .. long may he thrive though unseeing ...

And Aqua - that latest citation sounds not unlike that wonderful poem by Mary Frye,

Do Not Stand at my Grave and weep (that is already on your site somewhere I think ... let me know if not ...
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Aquarius
Posted 4/7/2015 8:37 AM (#26078 - in reply to #26077)
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Thank you, Paul. Yes, the poem can be found in 'Comfort for the Bereaved'.

With love - Aquarius



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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/7/2015 2:08 PM (#26080 - in reply to #26078)
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Dear Aquarius

Thanks; well at least I hope that you are impressed with my knowledge of your web-site....?



Best wishes
Paul
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mruppert
Posted 4/7/2015 5:33 PM (#26088 - in reply to #26075)
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Hi Paul,

     I followed poor Richard with great interest. Our newspapers had several articles, particularly since Spring starts our "Shakespeare Season". That is when many theatre groups mount their productions. R3 is going to be very popular this season.  

     Your thinking on the path of Jesus remarkably coincides with a great deal of evidence. Your "where in the world is Mary Magdalen" is (in my opinion based on what I have gathered) spot on!

     Oh, if only I were a grad student and could do some serious research!

 

Peace mate,

Marty and LuckyLee  (he is a she.....I've only had two boys in many many years of cat companionship)

 

 

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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/8/2015 3:25 AM (#26089 - in reply to #26088)
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Hi Marty

Oops - sorry ... have twerked the poem ....

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Aquarius
Posted 4/8/2015 7:09 AM (#26090 - in reply to #26080)
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Paul Joseph - 4/7/2015 8:08 PM Dear Aquarius Thanks; well at least I hope that you are impressed with my knowledge of your web-site....? Best wishes Paul

Dear Paul - oh yes, I am!

Thank you.

With love - Aquarius



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Aquarius
Posted 4/8/2015 7:11 AM (#26091 - in reply to #26090)
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Trust The Veiled Hand

Trust the veiled hand that leads
None by the path their earthly self would choose to go,
And always be prepared for change,
For the Universe’s law is ebb and flow.

Arabic Wisdom

Does that unseen hand sound to you somehow too menacing and threatening to be trusted, as it does to me? That’s why I prefer to think of it as the small still voice of the wise one within, our Highest Self, who speaks to us through the world of our feelings that rise from deep within the very core of our being. When we are in touch with this aspect of our nature and are willing to listen to it, it can tell us right from wrong, and truth from lie at any given moment.

Our Highest Self is the veiled hand the Arabic wisdom spoke of, during the Age of Pisces, the Age of blind faith and trust. Now that the Aquarian Age is with us, the waters of Divine wisdom and knowledge of Aquarius, the water-bearer, are pouring ever more powerfully into the hearts and minds of our race, to cleanse the river of our consciousness of its doubts and fears.

Now that we are gaining access to the wisdom and truth of the Great Father/Mother of all life, it is coming clearer with each passing day that the veiled hand never was something scary ‘out there’. The time has come for realising that God is an inner experience and that the hand that reaches out to every one of us is the living part of us that loves us totally and unconditionally, who has our best at heart and will never let us down or lead us astray. It knows the way of all things and keeps us safe. If we ask for its guidance, it will always show us which way is right or wrong for us at any given moment.

There is every reason why we should love and trust the veiled hand with the might of our whole being. As soon as Its love for us and our love for It come together and melt into each other, our fears begin to dissolve and we are learning to trust again. So, go with the flow and know that you are safe and always will be.

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From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life

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Aquarius
Posted 4/9/2015 7:07 AM (#26098 - in reply to #26091)
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The Tree Of Life

Yggdrasil

‘The concept of a tree of life as a many-branched tree is an illustration of the idea that all life on Earth is related. It has been used in mythology, religions and philosophies, as well as science. A tree of life is a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It is a mystical concept that points out the interconnectedness of all life on our planet and a metaphor for the common descent of all life from the One in the evolutionary sense.’ From The Mythology Of The Tree Of Life

The tree of life of the Norse religion is called Yggdrasil. It represents the world and is sometimes considered to be a yew or an ash tree. Extensive lore surrounds this tree. Accounts have survived of Germanic tribes who honoured sacred trees within their societies, for example Thor’s oak, sacred groves, the sacred tree at Uppsala and the wooden Irminsul pillar. An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil appears in the Icelandic Prose ‘The Edda’ by Oluf Olufsen Bagge.


I am the root, I am the tree.
I am the soul of harmony.

I am the leaf. I am the flower.
I am the moment and the hour.

I am all-life and transient death.
I am the all-sustaining breath.

I am the Spring. I am the Fall.
I am the One, the source of all.

And though the Ash of Earth declines,
The wind of changes screams and whines,

My Will is limitless and strong.
My say: Eternal Summer’s song.

On the deepest, innermost level of life,
Hand in hand with God and the Angels,
Yggdrasil, the sacred tree of life is healing,
And all life and lifeforms with it,
From the lowest to the Highest
And from the Highest back to the lowest.
The human race and our whole world are healing with it,
And so is every aspect of my being .

Pauline Brehony
Last verse by Aquarius

Because our thoughts and words create our reality on the inner level of life and in due course manifests itself on the outer plane, you might like to include the last verse in your daily prayers.


From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life

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mruppert
Posted 4/9/2015 6:08 PM (#26100 - in reply to #23562)
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Hiya AstroAqua and all Tree Huggers,
Yggdrasil is the name of the ship (which in the 29th century is actually a tree) that a major character in a novel(s) by Dan Simmons takes a journey. In one of the novels Yggdrasil is destroyed by either the Hegemony or the Ousters, but most likely the Shrike......who is the god-like figure in the plotting. The books are "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion". These are two dense novels, thick as bricks, but the story telling (one mindful of the Canterbury Tales) is masterful. And the blending of the two is seamless, often times causing the engrossed reader to mistake one for the other.

Paul, on a Londontown bent, you may be interested in Drood. Dan Simmons attempts to finish the unfinished Charles Dickens novel. More interesting than the character Drood is Wilkie Collins and his relationship with Dickens in the book. All is very occult and very mindbending. But, again, it is a long and ponderous book.....yet riveting just the same.

Lost in the printed page,
Peace ,
Marty and LuckyLee (I have to read to her since she can't see anymore).





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Aquarius
Posted 4/10/2015 7:33 AM (#26103 - in reply to #26100)
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Thank you, Marty, for sharing your knowledge with us.

Much appreciated.

With love - Aquarius

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Posted 4/10/2015 7:33 AM (#26104 - in reply to #26103)
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A Tribute To Yggdrasil

Rays of Wisdom - Wisdom Grown On The Tree Of life - A Tribute To Iggdrasil - The Sacred Tree Of Life

I bring this, like a basket of my good graces,
I set it at the base of the greatest ash tree.
What names have burned and turned this tree to ash?
Odin, for one.

As I look up, I catch glimpses of stars and water drops.
Faith in the old ones above is telling me that
There are wells in the Heavens,
That this tree connects with all worlds
And that I am at its apex,
Alive and well to be able to say this.

Grow on, Yggdrasil.
Your roots reach deeper than I care to go.
I pray don’t take me down to Níðhöggr.
The serpent’s wrath is something I must still my soul for.
But at this time my spirit is teeming
With the waters that flow from the Heavens
Down your trunk into your roots and my mind.

Yggdrasil, a living pyre to the ashen old and bold ones.
The coldest nights usher its leaves to your doorstep.
The hottest days bring you a thirst for its eternal wells
Of God’s sacred wisdom and truth.
May you some day evolve into one of the wells
That nurture Yggdrasil.

Anon.
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What miracle is this?
This giant tree stands ten thousand feet high
And reaches deep into the ground.
Its roots must hold the sky.

Anon.
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Recommended Reading:
•    ‘The Tree Of Life’
•    ‘The Mythology Of The Tree Of Life’

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Ophiucus
Posted 4/10/2015 2:25 PM (#26105 - in reply to #23562)
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Hi Aquarius
Nice Einstein quote
Happiness
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Aquarius
Posted 4/11/2015 7:29 AM (#26107 - in reply to #26105)
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Hello Ophiucus,

Glad you like my choice.

Happiness to you.

With love - Aquarius

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Posted 4/11/2015 7:29 AM (#26108 - in reply to #26105)
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The Beauty, Wonder And Magic Of Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the Earth’s sweet flowing breast.

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts its leafy arms to pray.

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in its hair.

Upon whose blossom snow has lain
And who intimately lives with rain.

Poems were made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer

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Posted 4/12/2015 7:35 AM (#26111 - in reply to #26108)
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Desiderata

If you are familiar with and enjoy the original ‘Desiderata’, I hope you will also like my updated version. Here it is:

Go quietly amid the noise and haste of our world and remember what peace there is in silence. As far as possible and without surrendering your ideals and self-respect, try to be on good terms with all people. Speak your truth quietly and clearly. Those who have developed their inner ears for listening, and their inner eyes for seeing, will understand. Learn to listen to those around you, for when you do you may find that there is no such thing as a dull person and that even the seemingly dull ones can teach you something. But avoid loud and aggressive people at all cost for they are vexations to our spirit.

Be neither vain nor bitter about your gifts. They are as special as anyone else’s, although there will always be someone who is better or worse at certain things, than you are. Waste no time on comparing yourself with others. Instead enjoy your own achievements, plans, hopes and dreams. Above all, remain interested in life, and diligently attend to whatever task is before you. However humble they may sometimes appear to be, they are a valuable contribution to the wholeness of our world and a precious possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Although to this day our world is full of trickery, let that not blind you to the fact that there is just as much virtue. Be honest and fair in all your dealings and remember that what we send out always comes back. Many strive for high ideals, but do not over-look that it often requires a greater heroism to live our daily life, in faith and trust that things will change and get better; that all is well and that for our Highest Self all things are possible and that miracles do happen, if we but ask and trust.

Above all, be yourself. Never feign affection or be cynical in matters of the heart. In spite of all the aridity and disenchantment of our world, love is the Eternal evergreen of the Universe. Never allow it to die in your own heart, for it will always return in some way, even if at times it may not look like it. Only through life’s tests and trials can our capacity for loving deepen and mature. Therefore, take the counsel of the years with kindness, and surrender the things of youth with grace. Nurture yourself and develop strength of spirit in good times, so that it becomes your shield when the going gets rough. Do not distress yourself with imaginings though and bear in mind that fatigue and loneliness can be the cause of many fears.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. Know that you are a beloved child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; that we all have a right to be here, because everybody has their particular lessons to learn; and that – whether we are aware of it or not – the Universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, make peace with your soul and our Creator, whatever this means to you. And bear in mind that in our understanding of the Divine each one of us stands alone. We are all responsible for ourselves and our world. Through their own efforts each one of us has to save and redeem themselves and their own soul. As no-one can do this for us, whatever our aspirations in the noisy confusion of daily life may be, the time has come for making an effort at finding our soul’s purpose. By doing our best to fulfil it, we make peace with ourselves and God.

Refuse to pay undue attention to the sham, drudgery and broken dreams that to this day are an essential part of the lessons we and our world have to learn. Know that they too serve a wise and higher purpose and that this is but one of our world’s evolutionary phase that will pass. Instead of falling into depression, remain as positive as you can by focussing on the mystery, the magic and the wonders of our beautiful world. Love and enjoy them and be content with your lot. Never lose your optimism about the good outcome of everything that still has to take place in our world before the great transition from one age to another is complete. Rest safely in the knowledge that we and our world rest safely in God’s loving hands and that everything will turn out well in the end.

Max Ehrmann 1872-1945
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From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life

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Posted 4/13/2015 8:11 AM (#26112 - in reply to #26111)
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By The Will And The Grace Of God

As sparks of the Divine and children of God, all characteristics of our Creator are also in us. Each one of us is a chip off the old block – if that isn’t too disrespectful an expression. As above, so below. Darkness and light, positive and negative, masculine and feminine, higher and lower aspects of our nature, are all in God and therefore also in us. Although on the surface of life some people appear to be all good or bad, do not allow appearances to deceive you – we all have everything within.

The Earth is one of our training grounds and it is the will of the God – which in this context means the Great Father/Mother of all life – that each one of us has to take part in every one of the experiences the grand panorama of this existence has to offer. This is the way the Highest is teaching us to differentiate between opposing forces in the whole of Creation and therefore in us, i.e. good and evil, right and wrong, truth and lies, and so forth. All these things have always been ruled by God’s will and power, and our task as young Gods in the making is to learn how to control and master these different aspects of our nature.

Earth life is a school and the education it provides for each one of us is only complete when we have developed a thorough grasp of all its subjects. The human evolutionary journey takes all of us without exception from experiencing the lowest levels of existence and eventually takes us up to the highest. At some stage every human soul has to walk a pathway that takes it down to utterly evil and, to create the necessary balance, subsequently completely good. Yet, no matter how dark and gruesome some of our lessons may turn out to be, there isn’t one from which the grace of God will not eventually release us and return us into the conscious awareness of our Christ nature, our true nature which is nothing but love. The story of the resurrection of the Jesus myth describes this process.

The lifepath of people like Gandhi and Hitler is typical of the juxtaposition of good and evil. Isn’t it reassuring to know that the most recent lifetime of each of these two souls – the same as everybody else’s – has only been one of many. There is no doubt in my mind that both men, each in their own way, will be offered as many opportunities as they require for the redemption of the Karma they created in the lifetime we are familiar with. To shoulder the responsibility of the kind of Karma they created is surely a sign these two men were old and experienced souls.

To enable us to get everything that has happened and still does on this plane of life into the proper perspective, the Universe is now granting us the gift of a renewed understanding of the spiritual concepts that lie behind all life on our planet and elsewhere. Having found a measure of it, wise ones refuse to sit in judgement over anyone, for the simple reason that they have no way of knowing a person’s Karma, the lessons they are learning and the special mission they may have agreed to fulfil. The wise ones know that all of us are like actors who, before coming into our present lifetime, have promised to take on a role and to play it to the best of our ability.

Wise ones are aware that nothing exists outside the will of God. Therefore, even the most abominable dictators our world has ever seen, people like Hitler or Genghis Khan, just as much as their polar opposites, say Gandhi or Mother Theresa, could only appear with the help and will of the Highest. The evil and the good in them are necessary to create the balance that is always required. Through the balancing act that is constantly taking place in our world, the same as elsewhere, we and our world are taught all our lessons.

Knowing that everything in our world always serves a wise and higher purposes, which we may not yet be able to recognise, drives home the importance of learning how to go with the flow and accepting that ‘Thy will be done, not mine.’ When people have spent a lifetime experiencing being evil to the core, like Hitler and Genghis Khan, balance has to created and spiritual debts paid to the full. Because of this it is highly likely that sinners will ask to spend their next earthly sojourn in a saintly fashion, like Mother Theresa or Gandhi. And if it takes a thousand lifetimes of this kind of living, even as monstrous a debt as Hitler’s and Genghis Khan’s will eventually have been paid. There is just one way the balance of our spiritual bankbook of life can be restored and that is through our own efforts.

Nothing in the whole of Creation has ever been beyond the reach of God’s will and power. When human spirits with their accompanying souls first descends into physicality, their earthly self is let loose and put fully in charge. The drives and urges of this part of our nature take us ever deeper into experiencing our lower and lowest aspects. This continues until we reach the evolutionary point when the Divine spark in our heart begins to stir from its slumber, and our Highest or God Self attempts to start guiding us from within. In the course of many lifetimes this part of our nature slowly but surely grows stronger. This continues until it finally takes over our whole being and the grace of God Him/Herself, from the very core of our own being, shows us how to walk hand in hand with the Angels, ever upwards and onwards onto the higher and ultimately the highest levels of life.

The old saying that knowledge is power is true. As soon as we are capable of using the spiritual wisdom that comes our way creatively, it can set us free. As soon as we grasp that considering one lifetime on its own will never get us anywhere, our knowledge becomes our liberator. However, for as long as our nose still remains firmly glued to the realities of Earth life and the limited horizons of its religions, God’s truth and with it the greater picture have to remain hidden to our eyes.

However, when we are beginning to awaken to our true nature we gradually become capable of rising above the concerns of Earth life by flying on the wings of God’s eternal wisdom and truth, and we recognise why it had to remain hidden for so long behind the surface words of the old sacred texts of our world. The greater picture then reveals itself to us quite clearly and with it the beauty and wonder of God’s great plan, in which all of us have their allocated space and role to play. We understand the significance of myths and legends, for example the one of Arachne, the sacred spider of Greek mythology. She is said to have been weaving the marvellous web of life since long before our race first appeared on the Earth and that she will forever continue to construct her web in all its majesty and splendour.

Our knowledge empowers us to set ourselves free from the religious slavery of the past, and it can do the same for anybody else whose time of waking up from their spiritual slumber has come. When we have become aware of or true nature and all this entails, we no longer look through a magnifying glass at anybody’s earthly personality, even when it comes to people like Ghandi and Hitler. We are doing this because we now appreciate that considering their character and behaviour for one single lifetime only will never get us anywhere in our search for God’s wisdom and truth, which as sure as houses lies behind the actions and motivations of these two men, the same as everybody else’s.

To grasp the purpose and meaning of someone’s life, we now bear in mind which kind of lessons they may have had to deal with in past lifetimes and especially their most recent one. Peering beyond the end of our noses, we ponder on what the future could be holding in store for them. That is also what we do each time we try to foresee the possible destiny of our race and our whole world, and the role each one of us individuals could be required to play in the end. We appreciate that only through considering the whole of someone’s evolutionary pathway, as well as that of our race and world as a whole, not merely over one single lifetime but countless ones, it becomes possible to find the forgiveness for ourselves and each other that is required at the end of every human spirit and soul’s earthly education.

For as long as our inner perception is closed to the higher realities of the spiritual background of life, in my view finding forgiveness that truly comes from the heart for someone is impossible. Only with the awakening of our higher nature dawns the realisation that pardoning someone for their misdeeds does not mean condoning them, only what they did. As soon as feelings like love and compassion come alive in us, we discover for ourselves why it has been said that love understands all and forgives all. When we understand and learn to love, forgiveness grows quite naturally upon hearing or reading about humankind’s suffering anywhere in our world. It then dawns on us why the Jesus legend tells us that the Master wept for the love of humankind.

This also happens to us on our road to mastering the earthly plane, because our vibrations become higher and our sensitivity to other people’s feelings increases. From time to time being moved to tears when we witness the suffering and misery human beings to this day are creating for each other is part of the road to Mastership. On such occasions something stirs inside and reminds us that in previous lifetimes we too did the things they are doing now. That’s when we feel an increasing urge to do something to alleviate humankind’s struggle and do as much as we can to bring it to its natural end.

If you are feeling this way, don’t overdo things in your eagerness to help. Quietly speak your truth, sow the seeds that are at your disposal, then step back and trust God and the Angels to do the rest. Those who are ready for what you have to give will understand. The others will follow suit when their time for it has come.



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Posted 4/17/2015 7:09 AM (#26120 - in reply to #26112)
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God’s Will Is Known Within

It has been said that the Will of God is known within, but what a long time it seems to have taken for humankind to realise that this saying is an indication that the will of God is known to us because God is part of us. Saying that this is so is all very well, but where is God? Ever more of us by now are aware of who or what our Creator is and where S/He dwells, namely in everybody’s heart, and that all of us are the Great Father/Mother’s children of the Earth and young Gods in the making. One cannot help marvelling at what a long way humankind has come on its evolutionary pathway and how truly blessed we are to be around at this very special time.

Our intuition and inner guide is the living God within. Its task it is to keep us safe by steering us through the rapids of Earth life with the help of Its wisdom that dwells in the innermost core of everyone’s being. As God is no outside force but an integral part of our own nature, there no longer is the need for anyone to run around endlessly and in decreasing circles, like chickens with their heads chopped off, ostentatiously ‘doing good’. The more highly evolved, spiritually open and aware we become and once again realise our true nature, the more powerfully we feel a deep inner desire simply to be a good person.

The knowledge that every life, including ours, has a special meaning and fulfils a higher purpose, makes us kinder and more loving, respectful, tolerant and considerate towards our own needs as well as those of others. When we reach this evolutionary point, we no longer find it difficult to look for and find the good in all people and situations. And whenever the need for it arises, we freely and willingly choose the way less travelled and ignore the easy options, for the simple reason that our inner guru now tells which route is the right one for us.

We now appreciate that God’s Kingdom can only establish itself on the Earth plane when ever more of us increasingly do their share of making our planet a better place for all its inhabitants. And so, we roll up our sleeves – metaphorically speaking – and get to work. We rest safely in the knowledge that any contribution, no matter how small, does make a difference, and that in due course, our joint efforts will take every one of God’s children of the Earth back into the conscious awareness of their true nature and the responsibilities this entails. Ever more willingly we follow the guidance we receive through the world of our feelings, as it rises from the innermost core of our being into our conscious awareness.

This is the only authority in the whole of Creation that can show us what is good, right and just for ourselves as well as for our whole world, and we gladly pay attention to what it has to say. Unflinchingly and unselfishly, we take positive actions that are based on our natural inclinations and follow our highest dreams, ideals and inspirations. We do so happily because we know that this is our inner teacher’s way of guiding us into fulfilling our highest potential. This is how every soul’s Highest or God Self wishes to assist its earthly counterpart to bring forth and manifest its own finest characteristics. The small earthly self of us and our world inherits these from our counterpart on the highest levels of life, the Heavens. Making them a reality in Earth life means that we are bringing God’s kingdom down the Earth and that is our race’s homecoming into the oneness with God and all life.

Every conscious effort one of us makes at being good, not because out of fear of retribution or hope for some kind of recompense, but simply because of wishing to express our higher nature in all our endeavours, even the smallest ones. Because on the inner level all life is one, everything that is done for one of us is done for all and when we are healing, all life is doing the same. And each time one of us earthlings progresses on their evolutionary homeward bound journey, our whole race and even our planet and everything it holds in its loving embrace moves forwards and upwards with us.

The Universe’s hopes, dreams and aims in truth are our own. The realisation of this in the end encourages the small and frightened earthly self to gradually surrender every last shred of its selfishness and fears, as it merges ever more with its Highest Self, the Christ Spirit. Each time this happens for one more of us, the story of the resurrection is coming true. It can take a long time, sometimes decades, for the lower self to die on the cross, the oldest symbol of our earthly existence, until the Christ Self can finally take over its whole being. Its Spirit then rises from being incarcerated and entombed in the atoms of another human physical body. As its cells increasingly fill with the Christ light, they are restored and regenerated to normal healthy functioning.

This is how the ancient prophecy that a being would appear in our world, to heal everybody’s wounds, make good our sins and save us all, at last comes true and is fulfilled. The Age of Aquarius is going to bring us ever more of the revelations of God’s truth. From the evidence it has already provided us with it is clear to see that the long promised healer, saviour and redeemer is the Christ Spirit in every human heart and the heart and soul of our whole world. It could never have been a man by the name of Jesus, a Christed one, half God and half human, just the same as we are.

George Eliot had this to say: ‘Our finest hope is [our] finest memory.’ I believe that by this she meant the shedding of our lower earthly nature and reawakening into the awareness of who and what we truly are and always have been: part of God, at one with God and the same as God – nothing but goodness and light. To me, this in a nutshell is the meaning of the Master Jesus’ dying on the cross and his subsequent resurrection. Someone wrote to me the other day: ‘I am silent in the face of your in my view negative references to Jesus in your writings. Were you there?’ In case you too are wondering about this, here is my response: ‘In reply that question, the one who is writing through me, my Highest Self, in whom we are all one, said: ‘No, you were not there, because the events described in the Jesus legend never took place in the realities of Earth life. If they had, you could have been there.’

Wikipedia has the following to say about the legend and its gospels. A gospel is an account describing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The most widely known examples are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but the term is also used to refer to apocryphal gospels, non-canonical gospels, Jewish-Christian gospels, and Gnostic gospels. Christianity places a high value on the four canonical gospels, which it considers to be a revelation from God and central to its belief system. Christianity traditionally teaches that the four canonical gospels are an accurate and authoritative representation of the life of Jesus. But more liberal churches and many scholars believe that not everything contained in the gospels is historically reliable. For example, according to Linda Woodhead ‘the gospels’ birth and resurrection narratives can be explained as attempts to fit Jesus’ life into the logic of Jewish expectations.’

What is so terrible in accepting that the Jesus story is a legend, when something much more beautiful and profound, kind and loving, simple and realistic – as well as yes, down to Earth –, is on offer in exchange for the weltering in the gore of the Jesus tale? To appeal to the public and capture people’s imagination, it was painted on a vast canvas in the style of the great classical tragedy tradition of Greek antiquity. This is not surprising because the writers were Jewish people who were steeped in the Greek culture. You don’t have to take my word for it that God’s truth really is hidden behind the words of the Gospels. I recommend the reading of ‘The Jesus Mysteries’, in this context especially pages 229-231. See the link at the end of this paragraph. Ask the wise one within you whether any of what is written there and in my jottings is true and right for you, and listen carefully to its reply.

If you, my dear reader, are one of the Doubting Thomases ‘out there’, I have a few questions for you: ‘Are you seriously interested in finding God’s truth? Do you wish that our world should become a more peaceful and enjoyable place for all, where the people of all nations live together in peace and harmony, where exploitation, greed and over-consumption, violence and crime are no longer known? If you do want these things to happen, welcome to the club of the believers that with the help and the will of God and the Angels anything can be done. The only condition for joining our fellowship is the love in your heart for all of humankind, our world and its Creator and the Angels, who bring us into being and take us out of it, and between these two take good care of us and make our earthly existence bearable.

And if you would like confirmation that what I am telling you here and in any other part of my writings is true, consult with your inner teacher the living God within, the Christ Spirit. This is the only guru in the whole of Creation who knows the answer to all our questions and doesn’t charge anything for its services. From ‘The Milk Is White’ comes the following warning: ‘It is important to be aware that there are many souls incarnate who are misguided, because they have not yet overcome their selfish desires and present themselves to us as Gurus and Masters and seek our allegiance and all that entails. Others have the spiritual knowledge but because they do not live that knowledge mislead themselves into using it for selfish purposes. Hence independent thought is very important. ‘By their actions you may judge them’ and ‘Beware the priest who is also a businessman’ is wise counsel to keep in mind.

‘There are others who, with the best of intentions, try to convince us that the texts on which they rely are the only true one. Sadly this ignorance demonstrates a lack of understanding of the Truth. Some present for our acceptance and salvation what may be likened to a beautiful bonsai – a plant whose shape is contrived, whose roots do not probe deeply and whose branches are low and do not reach into the ethers. In making any choices we should be aware that a rope incorrectly knotted is difficult to undo.’

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From ‘The Astro Files Philosophy’

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Posted 4/20/2015 7:58 AM (#26121 - in reply to #26120)
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The Religion Of The New Age

My dear children of the Earth, for you there is every reason for rejoicing and being optimistic. The mass of spiritual information that by now has become available to you and the great interest it is finding is living proof of how the collective consciousness of your race and world is ever more opening up and expanding. As pointed out earlier, to your small earthly minds all matters of faith that were ever presented to those on the Earth plane by its very nature had to remain one giant jigsaw puzzle. Now the time has come for joining its pieces together, so that a full and clear picture of My truth can emerge. This is happening now. The sections of the mystery are falling into place and magically the spiritual life of your world as one whole structure becomes visible. Even to many earthly eyes it takes on shape and meaning.

There is no reason for looking down your noses on humankind’s spiritual perceptions of the past. They all contained some grains of My wisdom and truth and in their time made a valuable contribution to the evolution of your race. Fill your hearts with gladness, for your world has reached the converging point of all its philosophies. You will gradually be able to see for yourselves how each one in its own right, and then all of them together, were never intended to be more than a means of showing you the way back home into your true nature and the oneness with Me and all life and lifeforms.

As it was in the beginning, so it will ever be. The only thing that transforms itself from time to time is your grasp of spiritual issues; that is all. There is no conflict between the old religions and the new one. The spirit guides and Masters will continue their work behind the scenes of earthly life, the way they have done for a very long time. Until the last one of you has been released from its studies on the Earth plane, they will carry on guiding and supporting each one of you, as always.

The more your perception of life changes and your understanding of the spiritual realities that lie behind your present existence increases, the more clearly will you be able to recognise each one in their true roles as your wise elder siblings in the vast family of life. Nothing has changed as far as they and you are concerned. They are still your best friends and helpers, your good shepherds in the world of light. Responsible for guiding and protecting the souls that have been given into their care, they diligently watch over their flocks by night, i.e. in the darkness of spiritual ignorance of the Earth. For as long as they are still needed, they will be there for you to turn to and ask for help in times of distress.

Your guides and Masters in the world of light are presently preparing you and your race to occupy its rightful place in the Universe. Know that the spiritual beliefs of your world that previously served to separate you from each other, are now drawing you together again into the awareness of what, on the inner levels of life, has always been true, namely that all life is one. The further you advance into the New Age, the more each one of you will become aware that truthfully:

There is only one religion, the religion of love.
There is only one country, the whole of Mother Earth.
There is only one race, the race of humankind.
There is only one gender, who is androgynous, whole and holy.
There is only one language, the language of the heart.
And there is only one God, the God of love,
The Great Father/Mother of all life
And I, their only born Son/Daughter.
We are one Holy Trinity, who is
Omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.

From The Universal Christ Speaks To Us And Our World

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