Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fighting Totalitarianism from Within With Spirituality?

We are fast coming upon the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre. Over 10,000 peaceful protesters who wanted human rights protections and increased democracy were slaughtered on the spot by the Chinese Communist Party. Since then, the CCP has applied stringent measures to cover it up. Indeed, there was at least one other massacre of peaceful protesters at that time which has been largely forgotten. 
Note: 10 years later, thousands of peaceful Falun Gong members doing a peaceful protest were targeted. In total, tens of thousands of them have been ‘disappeared’ in various ways. And now, other groups are being dealt with by various means. And guess what? Our state and corporate interests are looking the other way.

“The Hidden Truth of Tiananmen Square” (8 minutes)-
China Uncensored:

“Chinese Social Media Reacts to Tiananmen Square Viral Video”
(6 minutes) China Uncensored

How China Manufactured a “Dangerous Enemy” | Falun Gong
(17 minutes) China Uncensored

Americans who have lived in China describe the Chinese as living perpetually under a dark cloud of self censorship. So then, whether you’re living in China or any other totalitarian situation, how can people resist without being targeted? Naively, I suggest that they live their lives as virtuously and harmoniously as possible (and choose your friends wisely). If you cannot speak of the truth, at least tell no lies (which is the backdoor of the self censorship). If being spiritual is a state crime, just know that God’s Angels come to those who ask them for help in honoring the Virtues and Qualities of God. And remember, there is “Justice in the Universe”.

Note: ‘Passive resistance’ as practiced by Gandhi is dangerous in totalitarian setting. Gandhi wouldn’t have succeeded with Nazi or Stalinist overlords. 

P.S.- Since the Great FireWall of China makes it extremely unlikely that anyone in China will be reading this, it behooves the rest of humanity to realize what the good citizens of China are up against in regards to their Communist Totalitarianism and its attendant corruptness.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Antidotes To Islamic & Christian Fundamentalism???

The following is a posting that I made in 2007:

Sufism -- Antidote To Islamic Extremism:  Sufism has appealed to seekers attracted by its disciplined spiritual practices as well as its respect for all faiths and emphasis on universal love.  Across the Muslim world, Sufism has been an influential force throughout Islamic history, though it has frequently come under attack by more “orthodox” Muslims.  Some consider it an Islamic heresy because Sufis go beyond the faith's basic tenets and pursue a direct union with God.  Many Muslims today, however, see the spiritual tradition as the potential answer to the extremism that has hijacked the faith and misrepresented it to the world.  In the Islamic world, Sufism is the most powerful antidote to the religious radicalism called fundamentalism as well as the most important source for responding to the challenges posed by modernism.  
[My Comment: Islamic fundamentalists (indeed fundamentalists of any religion) mistake religious dogma for spiritual tenets.  Such that, if belief in God is dependent on ‘literally’ believing that the Earth was created in 6+1 solar days, then faith is built on shaky ground.  Science does not threaten genuine faith / it reinforces (that is, if one has higher order thinking skills).  Modernity threatens fundamentalists because they feel lost & afraid in a world that’s become increasingly beyond their ‘basic’ understanding…. hence their overreactionary behavior.]

Matchmaking In Mecca:  Modernization is occurring all over the world, even Mecca.  In the Muslim world, it’s increasingly difficult for practicing Muslims to find suitable mates.  And what better place to find a devote Muslim than one at Mecca on his/her ‘hajj’ (Islamic pilgrimage).  3 million+ pilgrims will visit Mecca.. and the numbers are increasing.. which requires increased infrastructure being built to handle the physical needs of this many people – which lessens that feeling of ol’ time religion in the holy land for Ishmael’s descendants.

Mecca Before Muhammed:  While Mecca today is the holiest city to Muslims, it was an oasis town and major crossroads on Arab trade routes long before Muhammad's birth in the year 570.  Governed by merchants, it witnessed constant blood feuding among nomadic, kinship-based tribes that roamed the surrounding desert.   But for a month every year, desert clans declared a moratorium on fighting and embarked on a pilgrimage, descending on Mecca to trade and worship at the shrines of ‘360 polytheistic idols’. The city's religious focal point was a hollow stone temple, the Kaaba, surrounded by effigies but devoted to the powerful pre-Islamic god Allah (which in Arabic means "the god").

Mecca’s Biblical Roots:  Mecca’s beginnings lie in the ancient story of Abraham and his first son, Ishmael.  Banished by Abraham's jealous wife, Sarah, Ishmael and his mother, Hagar, wandered the desert in exile, searching for water. Eventually, God commanded a spring to appear, saving the two from death. According to Islamic tradition, Abraham later visited the spot and erected a temple to serve as God's house on Earth: the Kaaba. Today, the Kaaba stands empty, save for lamps to illuminate its interior. The modern-day ‘hajj’ consists of rituals re-enacting the stories of Ishmael, Hagar, and Abraham… to commemorate Ishmael and Hagar's wandering… and the holy spring.  At one corner of the Kaaba is the revered Black Stone, said to be from God (some say it is a meteorite).
[Note: There’s a lot of controversy and conjecture surrounding the story of Abraham and his two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, and the promises God made to each.  Suffice it to say that, true to biblical form, the descendants of these two siblings (Muslims and Jews/ hence Christians?) are acting out a sibling rivalry encouraged by the jealousy of rival mothers.  One of the things that these groups agree on is ‘circumcision’ (a sign of keeping their covenant with God).]

Islamic Do-gooder Is Jailed:  A Nigerian convert to Islam was jailed for helping his elderly female neighbor when he found her sick and took her to the hospital.  He was arrested and charged with being alone with a woman not of his family.  Riyadh Arab News  [This is what happens when dogma overrides common sense.]

Nouveau Christians:  People of the postmodern mindset (neotraditionalists) question the hyperindividualism of modern culture. They search for new forms of community but tend to be wary of authority figures and particularly of leaders who take divisive liberal or conservative social-political positions—one reason why the emergent groups tend to be antipastoral…. the young neotraditionalists also have an almost intuitive attraction to liturgy, ritual, and symbol as forms of knowledge that complement the dominant rational, scientific one… such leaves behind the fundamentalists’ need to make all religious propositions into ‘pseudoscientific statements (e.g., turn Genesis into a geology textbook). 
[My Comment: A religion that is not steadily evolving is probably slowly stagnating / solidifying / petrifying.  It may still serve the needs of some people who are raising their levels of consciousness to the level that it’s at, but it cannot be considered suitable indefinitely for mankind’s’ future.  If and when there’s an eventual Second Coming Of Christ, the message He brings will not be simply a restatement of the first, it’ll be expressed in much higher terms than it was the first time around.  And the Fundamentalists’ church hierarchy is not likely to recognize Him or accept His message & will most likely play the role the Sanhedrin did. ]

Why Celebrate Christmas In The Winter When Christ Was Born In the Spring?:  Early Christians celebrated the festival alongside Pagans and church leaders, seeing these practices under way, simply appropriated the date for the birth of Jesus as Christianity grew and became the dominant religion of the empire throughout the fourth and fifth centuries…  Dec. 25 was a bequest of the solar cult to Christianity, converted into Christmas Day. Legal codes laid down by the emperors Theodosius I and later Justinian made Christianity the state religion and banned Paganism.  Church leaders were generally tolerant of people taking old practices and adding a Christian gloss to them.  Overt worship of Pagan gods disappeared but the Dec.25 date - and many residual practices associated with the old festival - remained.

Kentucky Museum Depicts Creationism:  With exhibits depicting Adam and Eve living with dinosaurs 6,000 years ago & T.rex surviving the Great Flood aboard the Noah’s ark, this museum is tailored to swaying schoolchildren towards Christian fundamentalistic views.  There are 52 videos in the museum, one showing how the transformations wrought by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 reveal how plausible it is that the waters of Noah’s flood could have carved out the Grand Canyon within days. There is a special-effects theater complete with vibrating seats meant to evoke the flood, and a planetarium paying tribute to God’s glory while exploring the nature of galaxies.  Its 60,000 square feet of exhibits are often stunningly designed by Patrick Marsh, who designed the “Jaws” and “King Kong” attractions at Universal Studios in Florida.

Noah’s Flood Dated?:  Almost every culture has a legend about a great flood, and many of them mention something like a comet on a collision course with Earth just before the disaster. The Bible describes a deluge for 40 days and 40 nights. In the Gilgamesh Epic, the hero of Mesopotamia saw a pillar of black smoke on the horizon before the sky went dark for a week. Afterward, a cyclone pummeled the Fertile Crescent and caused a massive flood. Myths recounted in indigenous South American cultures also tell of a great flood.  Among 175 flood myths, two are of great interest: a Hindu myth describes an alignment of the five bright planets that has happened only once in the last 5,000 years, according to computer simulations, and a Chinese story mentions that the great flood occurred at the end of the reign of Empress Nu Wa. Cross-checking historical records with astronomical data, Masse came up with a date for his event: May 10, 2807 B.C.

‘Easy-to-read’ Geologic Ages Of Earth History:

Mormon Fundamentalist Beliefs:
Holy Bible vs. Book of Mormon-
[My Comment: It should be noted that not many of your average Mormons take the Book of Mormon literally… nor do they believe the extreme ideas of the Mormon elitists.  Just as your average Protestant and Catholic does not take every biblical story literally & do not subscribe to the extreme apocalyptic views of evangelicals.]

Fundamentalists aka Literalists:  The Old Testament bears witness to the rise of ‘monotheism’ in Western Culture.  Its description of Jehovah is more a projection of its peoples’ conception of Him than it is of God.  Those who take the Old Testament too literally are themselves overtly struggling with the same things that the Old Testament portrays.  It requires a more enlightened outlook to assimilate the message that Christ brought --  thus, the ‘literal minded’ fail to grasp much of what He really said.  The parables given in the New Testament were not only for Christ’s protection against the ‘literal minded’ and dogmatic of his own time, but also for requiring us to reach for the higher branches in the Tree of Knowledge.

The Original Sin:  My view is that, sinfulness is “a condition of Man apart from God”.  After Earth was created by heavenly forces and life evolved to the point of being able to sustain “Consciousness”, it became necessary for Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.  This describes the internalization of information (consciousness) & awareness of right and wrong (conscienceness).  [ Also pertinent in this is the tree' s name, for "knowledge" in Hebrew is also a euphemism for sexuality. Our awareness of our sexuality means that we’re not merely ‘naked apes’.  We are sentient creatures.]

Karma & The ‘Eleven’ Commandments:  Karma is the “Absolute Law of Cause and Effect”…. it is a “spiritual law”  that has direct physical manifestations.  When we apply the right cause, we can enjoy the right benefit.  We were given the Ten Commandments so we could demonstrate love toward God and love toward our neighbor.  The first four commandments show us how to love Him and the last six how to love our neighbor.  Christ admonished us to love thy neighbor as thyself.  All religions have The Golden Rule at their core… but most do stray from this primary  tenet.

~May God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.~  John G. Miller

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spirit, Soul and Incarnation

As I see it, the 'spirit' (gestaltic sphere of 'nuclear points') exists in the spiritual plane (highest vibration). Think of it as a 'celestial sphere’ that can be micro- or macro- sized almost simultaneously and of a heavenly hue and resonance. It is everything God Good that you've become over the 'eons'. It is your 'spiritual essence' and is distinctively and infinitely unique.

Your God Spirit projects Light and Love through a 'tube of light' into the physical plane (denser realm) where 'you' are 'manifested' aka 'incarnated' as a soul containing ‘characteristics’ that you have as strengths and weaknesses in working through your personal karma.

Prior to birth, your spirit guides help you to choose a life situation for you to incarnate into that will provide you with the opportunities and challenges that you need to best continue your evolution as a spiritual being. At the end of life, when your spirit disconnects itself from your physical body, you lose consciousness and the physical body begins to die (the reverse of the birthing process). The person’s essence is drawn back into the soul body and any truly purified elements are drawn into the spirit body.

Believing or not believing whether or not you have a soul is a matter of free will. Properly interpreting the details about life experiences along The Way by your Angels will help. Believing or not believing in Angels depends on meaningful life experiences. 

Conclusion: Live a full and meaningful life and be genuinely aware of life’s subtleties so that they may show you The Way.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Re: Psychic and Astral Plane

...”thought forms of the humanly created entities that make up the astral and psychic realms”...

"Within man is the Kingdom of the mind where the elementals, responding to thought, become the form which is designed within the consciousness. Within man is also, the great emotional world which is the Kingdom of the Angels, to which they respond, amplifying every Virtue, every tiny pulsation of Hope, Purity, Peace or Kindness generated within the feeling world.
"The mind is the magnetic center for the Elemental Kingdom. The feeling world is the magnetic center for the Angelic Kingdom. Within mankind one day both shall be blended consciously and man will be master through controlled energy in the feelings coupled with definitely directed thought - that is why it is said that man is a 'bridge' between the two great kingdoms. . . . "

" . . . The great Angelic Kingdom came to your Planet Earth primarily as Protectors - as Amplifiers - of the Virtues of God - they came after the darkness had begun to gather round your Planet - to bring within Their Shining Bodies the remembrance of those God-Qualities from the Heart of the Eternal - they stand yet within the auras of men and women who are enmeshed in their own human creations and through the Power of Radiation, help them to continue to place one foot before the other moving onward and upward until the Cosmic Day dawns when more help can be given. . . . "

Beloved Archangel Michael
through the Messenger, Geraldine Innocente,   December 1953

My Comment: Mankind’s unguarded, careless, irrational, untrue thoughts from the mind miscreate psychic forms while base emotions enliven them (astral).

Note: The Buddhic Realm is between us and the Nirvanic Realm (all is pure in those 2 realms). We live in the Physical Realm. We live out our physical existence endeavoring to actualize the Virtuous Qualities of the celestial planes. To do so is challenging. Not to do so is laggardly and self destructive.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

We All Lose When Conservationists Stop Being Conversationalists

Allowing environmental conservation and protectionism to be diluted by a partisan pro-immigration or pro-life stance is counter productive. 

Any issue that becomes part of a partisan banner is relegated to the ash heap of lost causes because of the fracturing of meaningful dialogue.

Population increase in America reflects a bipartisan Chamber of Commerce growth-at-all-costs mentality and is fueled by immigration.

Population levels of the USA (and the world) are dependent upon an oil based economy and, therefore, not sustainable.

NumbersUSA used to target a balanced and wide range of environmental issues relating to population growth and resources, including our propensity to build on farmland (until they shifted so far to the right that Ive lost interest in them).
Note: I’ve, also, lost interest in those environmental conservation groups that have climbed onto the pro immigration bandwagon. 

Etcetera, etcetera.

Here’s a website that will help you navigate amongst media sources and to fact check away from fake news. There are ten categories. Just click on the Bias Categories Menu icon. Here are several:
Filtered Search
Left Bias
Right Bias
Questionable Sources

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Future World Government: Induced by Reactionary Forces

As conservative evangelicals proclaim their desire for an apocalypse to precede a Second Coming of Christ, they manifest un-Christlike behaviors. Inducing some of this is their fear of a secular world government, which they themselves are helping to precipitate.
An example is fomenting resistance to the expansion of renewable energy sources and reduction in consumption of fossil fuels, which is the best way away from global warming and increasing environmental pollution. The result will be that because of weak proactive measures in the past and present, global crises in the future (apocalyptic in nature) will induce strong reactive measures on a global level that will be reminiscent of a global government, and it won’t be very Christlike. 
Note: The way to have a Second Coming of Christ is to practice what He preached. This would lift the world up out of the swamp that we’re bogged down in to the point that our Enlightenment would draw forth the Light of God. Mankind, however, is generally making things unnecessarily darker than they need be. Hate is not the answer.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ascended Master Kuthumi: Heart of the Silence

"Every lifestream on the Path, sooner or later, comes to a certain point where he begins to turn to the 'still small voice' within the heart. At first, the individual begins to rely on intuition, then on inspiration, and, later still, upon that conscious contact which precedes self-conscious mastery, the attainment of which constitutes his Divine Freedom from all human concepts and all human form.
"This is the most difficult point upon the spiritual path and I ask that when you come to the place where you enter into the Heart of the Silence - where you commune with your own God Self - that you be extremely wise, alert and careful of the response that you will receive first of all from your own bodies because you are a complex mechanism, a sevenfold being. Now, whereas the Glory of your Electronic Body, your Causal Body and your Holy Christ Self can never lead you astray - your lower bodies have voices, this consciousness and this intelligence of their own, and these voices, this consciousness and this intelligence within them, endeavors often to serve its own selfish ends, through you.
"One of the chief requirements for Spiritual Mastery is Discrimination. Call to Me, if you wish, to My beloved Lord Maitreya, or to the great Lord Buddha for that Discrimination wherein you may recognize the Voice of the Silence. Know, always, that the prompting which builds up the personality, that which gives aggrandizement to the human ego, is not the 'still small Voice' of the Presence, but rather the etheric rumblings of your own past experiences, the emotional desires of your feeling word, or mental concepts and precepts from your past lives.
"Remember, you have sat in the past before many teachers, who have given forth both Truth and fallacy, and into your mental and emotional bodies and your etheric consciousness are builded those concepts, some of them solidified and petrified and lying dormant within them for centuries. As the Flame (Violet Fire) begins to surge through you, these concepts are revivified and come forth, and you must recognize them for what they are - not necessarily the Voice of Truth!

Violet Fire


Music for meditative contemplation-
Chant of Metta:
Indonesian text:
English version: