The Art of Coming to Life

Many of you have visited museums, or art collections of some variety. Some of you prefer to stand further back, to take in the full scale of the artistry. You prefer to study the work in its completeness, as the details merely represent smaller parts of the larger whole in which you are ultimately interested in seeing. Others of you may be more inclined to stands closely to the work, to study its detail, to trace the brushstrokes. You want to feel the method and the thought to understand the completed work. From this perspective, your vision has clear limitations, yet you find you can study the minutiae. At this depth, you can learn the work more intimately. As you step back, you take in more of the imagery, more of the hue, more of the shading, and thus, learn how the brushstrokes flow into a larger, more elegant work. A step further back, another step still, and the work comes into focus. But, you know this work better. You know it intimately.

Right now, we are one inch from the canvas.

While some reformists, educators and counselors seek to accelerate the learning process by speeding up, we are going to accelerate the learning process by slowing down. Take your time. Intelligence and enlightenment have a way of showing themselves to you according to their own schedule, so rushing the process is worthless. If we go too fast, we will miss the point as we pass it. If we slow down, we can grab its reins when it passes us by.

As we move through these postings, lessons, and articles, move at a comfortable pace. Read and reread statements until they become clear to you. Think about them. Let them linger awhile in your thoughts. Then, when you have the opportunity, put these methods, thoughts and ideas into practice.

There are many subjects we could address first. However, at this point, I find it best to use the broadest strokes. So, what subject divides and unites more of us than any other? What subject to we all have in common, if only held in common by our totally differentiated beliefs on the subject? What is the one subject on which anyone, and everyone, has an opinion? God.

Initially, I welcomed all of you, Atheist or the Devout, to this forum. This greeting still applies. Whether or not you believe in God, as defined by popular opinion, really is of secondary importance. However, what must be understood is that we all, Atheists and Nihilist included, have our own God. Before you scoff, allow me a moment to explain. Before we delve into this topic, I want ALL of you to strip away any predetermined meaning from the word “God,” and pretend as though this is the first time you have ever heard the word. I will show you why we all have a “God,” by varying definitions, and we are all perfectly correct and perfectly incorrect about whatever our definition is of God. Let’s begin by a brief examination of our atheist friends.

Atheists, like most other belief systems, are partially correct and partially incorrect. The Atheists viewpoint primarily serves as a rebuttal to the positions held and the deities defined by Jeudaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and virtually every other major religion. Why is this? The Atheist mind shares much in common with the Seeker’s mind. Why should this come as a surprise? The Atheist rejects the idea of God, true enough. But, is the Atheist truly rejecting God, or rejecting God as defined by others? Atheists are typically disillusioned with modern religion, as they see the “Gods” represented and the followers of such Gods as being often sinful, hateful, judgmental, and often hypocritical. Most Atheists would agree with the words of Mahatma Gandhi, who said “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Atheists are very typically highly intelligent, and love to debate with devout religious followers of any faith. In fact, many atheists know more about the religions “practised” by many of those with whom they debate. I find this very interesting, however. If one is so disillusioned with religion, why then do Atheists make the point to educate themselves on the subject? One could say that Atheists like to arm themselves for spiritual discussions, which could be true on one level. However, doesn’t the passion held within a seeker’s heart lead him to seek? Why then, are the Atheists seeking like they do? There must be passion in their heart, on some level. Innately, they know that they are RIGHT in saying that no one has correctly defined God. God is beyond definition, if he/she exists. Yet, they don’t believe in God because they haven’t felt the hand of the supernatural in their own lives. “Where is the evidence?” says the Atheist’s mind. Well, the Athiest mind that rejects others’ definitions of God is also seeking proof of that same God’s existence. They want God to exist, but they don’t want to believe in God because they don’t want to be like those believers. Who could blame them? Yet, in doing so, they walk out of one box and into another.

My first point for the Atheists, and non-Atheists, is this; Stop Defining God. The only way one can find God is to cease seeking definition of God. Atheists don’t see the works of God because they are deeply seeking the same God that they have been taught to hate by other Dogmas. This is the God they know. But, Atheism itself is, or can be used as, a Dogma. Atheism itself comes with its own set of rules, what one can do and say, and what one can not do or say. But, Atheists are so close. If they could only give up defining whether or not they BELIEVE in God, God would have the chance to define his/herself to them. What would Atheists say if they found out that God did exist, with certainty, and that God was just Love in its purest form? Better yet, what would CHRISTIANS say? (oh, the drama!) Would it not be possible at that moment that many Atheists would have lived more Godly lives than Christians? Are there not many deeply loving Atheists? Are there not many deeply hateful Christians? Yes, there are both. I have met them. You have met them. So, is the loving Atheists, who rejects God, really rejecting God if all God is is unlimited, fully passionate, creative Love in its purest form? Furthermore, if an Atheist lives in this manner, and God is truly unbridled Love, does it matter if the Atheist publicly professes any support for a Dogmatic “God”? I say, no, it does not. To love life and to practice love is to love God, whether or not anyone is aware.

So, therein lies my first challenge. To the Christian, the Atheists, the Seeker, or anyone else reading; Stop defining yourself and stop defining God. If you do not believe in God, this should make even more sense for you at this point. By human nature, we are so limited in our perceptions that we could not possibly be correct in defining God. If he does indeed exists, he is outside of definition. If God is God, he must be limitless, without bounds, complete Love, complete knowledge, complete existence, of which our minds can not fathom. Those of you who are devout, it’s fine to continue practicing as a Christian, Buddhists, or otherwise. However, stop being mind-intentified with the paintings that depict God as an elderly grand-father throwing lightning bolts at whoever disobeys him. God doesn’t do this. Humans do this. Stop humanizing God. You may finally see God, for the first time. The walls separating you in hatred and judgement from the rest of your brothers will begin to crumble. Your relationship with God and humanity will not die, it will come to life.

When You Understand God

The primary roadblock separating believers (of any religion) and non-believers is often perception. Doubts or lack of belief in God typically stem not from a lack of belief in the God, but rather a lack of belief in the God others have described. The mind of the skeptic is highly adept at picking apart stories of a Dogmatic God because they simply don’t make sense. The skeptic is much closer to the Truth, in this regard, than the highly devoted religious follow. This is why often non-believers who experience God at a later point, whether through a near-death-experience or some other cause, often have the easiest time moving quickly along the spiritual path. They moved beyond Dogma before they ever discovered God, instead of first believing and wading through multiple misinterpretations and misunderstanding of who God truly is. The easiest way for a non-believer to eventually realize the existence of God is to first abandon all strongly held thought patterns about who or what God may or may not be as prescribed by any sort of Dogma. Nothing can describe God, and often organized religion confuses and disillusions seekers early in their pursuit. Instead of defining God, seek God for yourself and learn to feel the truth.

Some of the non-believers with the greatest potential to reach others are those with a scientific mind. Science is simply the study of what is symbolized in the Bible as the “Tree of Knowledge.” Imagine this massive tree, if you will. Imagine the multiple limbs, leaves, the detail in the trunk, and the roots running deep into the ground. Now, picture one area of science as being one limb of this massive tree. Those who are adept at a scientific field have stepped out on the farthest reaches of this particular limb. However, knowing all and knowing God is not found in the limbs, leaves or trunk. God is the root. God gave birth to the wonderful science that surrounds us. We breathe science, touch it, visualize it and experience it not because it is the antithesis of God, but rather it is God’s greatest gift to us. Our experience on this planet, the ability to experience 3rd dimensional reality and our ability to study science is the physical proof that we were given free will and a playground on which to experience it. Science is the blessing by which we can better understand this life.

The separation of Science and God (not religion) is one destined to end. It must. Science is moving further and further into the study of consciousness, and the deeper they venture, they will find the only way to solve some of the greatest mysteries in our universe is in admitting that there is a greater consciousness and energy that we cannot comprehend. They will have to call it God. I likely believe we will look back and say that the study of Black Matter was the tipping point where even Science said “We can’t explain this. There must be a God.” God is consciousness. God is the first consciousness from which our consciousness was derived, along with our creative ability and ability of abstraction. It is that very abstract nature that has kept us from understanding God, but a time is coming when we will all celebrate the acknowledgement that the Truth has been within us, and we’ve been successful in bringing it out.

Parable of the Lost Sheep

The Gospel of Thomas contains a great deal of original material, much of which is similar in nature to material found in the cannonized Bible. However, with its 113 logions, the fact that the book does not have 2,000 years of being mistranslated and misinterpreted help it in defining some of Jesus’ most uniquely paramount teachings and principles. However, authors of Thomas also seem to pride themselves on the idea that Jesus’ teaching is such that only few can grasp it. Five times in Thomas, Jesus says, “Let him who has ears hear“ (Thom: 2, 21, 63, 65, 96), compared to just 4 times in the 4 canonical gospels. This suggests that there are simply some who “have ears,” the ability to understand, and other who do not. Understanding the gospel’s various sayings is meant to be the key to avoiding death, as defined in much of the Gnostic text (Thom:1). This emphasis on discovering hidden knowledge is one of the key messages throughout the gnostic texts. It is then necessary to discuss lessons as defined in many of these texts, most specifically those found in The Gospel of Thomas.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of the most often interpreted, and also one of the most under-emphasised as an avenue to reach those who need to awaken beyond Dogmatic spirituality. The parable is as follows;

“Jesus said, The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.
One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety- nine and looked for
the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, ‘I love
you more than the ninety- nine.'”

First, understand why parables are given. Parables are given as a way for one to initiate himself into knowledge. Through meditating and praying upon the parable, upon working out his own salvation, the layman can find the wisdom hidden in the parable, thus initiating himself. The parable itself is a gate-keeper. Those who lack the passion for truth will not have it given to them. They must strive to learn. They must work to understand. In this, they show that their passion is truly worthy to understand the hidden mysteries.

The kingdom spoken of here is the kingdom of salvation, of Enlightenment. Now, keep in mind that Jesus is saying that the kingdom itself, in its entirety is like all 100 sheep. The kingdom is not represented by a separation of sheep, but is, in fact, the entire herd. In that regard he makes no distiction between the 99 sheep who do not stray, and the one sheep who does stray. This is important in realizing that our possibility of perfection in the eyes of God is possible, and that it is an invitation extended to all. It further shows that the difference between the 99 sheep and the one sheep is representative of different locations of souls along the path within the kingdom. The entry ways into the kingdom may be many- there is no single-file line to God.

Out of the 100 sheep, one wanders astray. At the moment the shepherd goes to search for this lost sheep, he says two things. First, he says that he trusts that the other 99 sheep will not also become lost. He believes they are obedient. This shepherd (God) is telling the sheep (souls/humans), “I trust your obedience so completely, that I will go looking for the other sheep, and I know you will not stray. You will stay where you are. You will wait for me.” However, despite his love for the 99 sheep who stay, he is also expressing that somehow searching for this one lost sheep is worth the lives of the other 99 sheep. Although these sheep will not stray, do they not remain targets in the wild? This shepherd must find it important enough to find this stray sheep that he momentarily abandons the other sheep. This is what God says to the obedient souls who wait on him. He will return, but he has gone to retrieve those who wander. But, why must they wait while God seeks out the one who wandered?

The fact that the wandering sheep was the largest has little to do with why the sheep was sought after so intensely. Instead, it says more about why the sheep wandered to begin with. As the largest sheep, he likely felt less threatened of solitude and loneliness than the other sheep. Some part of this sheep felt he could defend himself in the wild. The size of this sheep is not unlike the size of any man’s consciousness. The more robust the individual, the more spiritually daring, the more intellectually driven, the more likely that man is to stray. This man is unafraid to venture out on his own. He doesn’t mind that he is a target, in fact, he relishes in it. He is in love with independence and his ability to experience life fully for himself. He is the one who ventures further away. He is meant to lead. Through the efforts of a man like this, the 99 who follow will become 500, and the 500 will become 5,000.

Upon retrieval of this lost sheep, despite his toil, the shepherd expresses that he loves this sheep more than the 99. Why would this be? Why would God favor those who take the independent path away from him, before being found? Because God loves rebels. Throughout history, God has used the brazen, those unafraid of ridicule, to be his mouthpiece. The robustness of a man’s soul, his willingness to experience life and to fail, will both be his undoing and his salvation. In his early life, Buddha was a prince. At the moment of his satori, his first glimpse of salvation, he dropped it all to experience the truth. He chose the hardships of a pauper. He left behind a prince’s life to find the great knowledge. He was the largest sheep who strayed, and, once found, was the one chosen to lead. Sheeps like Buddha will experience great pain, great loss, great abandonment, but God will seek him out first to be retrieved. The boldness of spirit that leads man down his own path of destruction will also lead him furthest down the path of righteousness. When this sheep comes back to the herd, he will lead from the front. He will be daring to take the first step into unknown lands, and he will be the strong, robust sheep that the others will follow. He will be the example. He will be loved, above all, by his willingness to stray and the conviction in his spirit that leads him into unchartered territory. He will become the example, and the one loved by God most dearly.

Ye Are Gods

Knowledge is power, however only if that knowledge is something unique to the one who holds it. If I am knowledgeable of something of great importance, while others are not, I hold power in ways unimaginable and unknown by those over whom I hold it. If I seek to rule over you, I will not share this knowledge. If I seek to unite with you, and to empower you as I have been empowered, I will share that knowledge with you. Sharing important knowledge is sharing power. This is how you can separate the wheat from the tares, the true religious leaders from the false. This is also how you can separate real spirituality from Dogma. Jesus once said to the religious teachers, ‘You have hidden the keys to Heaven, you will not go in yourself, and you will not let anyone else in’. This was criticism.

What Jesus is accusing the teachers of doing is hoarding the great knowledge that separates ordinary man from the spiritually enlightened. Had such knowledge been openly attainable during much of human history, we would be looking at a much different world today. But, Jesus is also condemning these teachers for having the knowledge, yet refusing to practice it. Think of it; If I give you the greatest gift you could imagine, be it a car, a home, or perhaps an island, how angry might I become if you destroyed this gift? Jesus came to spread the secret knowledge, to enlighten all men (and women, more on that later). Yet, some accepted the knowledge, failed to practice it, and blocked others from it for reasons of control and manipulation. Such critique goes hand in hand with the reason why we often miss great prophets when they are among us. What happens to human control over another man if that man suddenly becomes enlightened with the Truth? When I’m often asked about the 2nd coming, the initial response I fight is “we didn’t recognize Jesus the 1st time he came until it was too late. In fact, we killed him. Do we now think we are so awake that we will recognize him? Are we so beyond the ego and the need to control that we will allow his message?” We tried to form a wedge between his prophecy and humanity, in fact.

Unfortunately, the evidence points to a populace that is currently beyond ignorant of true spirituality, yet overly fond of religion. For each hack prophet that comes along predicting Armageddon, millions of dollars are funneled in their direction with the hope that this “prophet” is the real thing. Once the prophet is proven to be nothing more than Paypal
Jesus, religious zealots lose faith and meander back into the herd. Yet, don’t be mistaken. The major religions want
you to be confused. Dogmatic practices only work because those who rely upon them do so out of total lack of self-reliance that they strap the church’s leash around their own necks. Sometimes, it even feels a bit more like a noose. Jesus, Buddha, and all other reliable spiritual prophets in the near and distant past taught self-correction as the “narrow way” through which the Kingdom is reached. They only armed you with the message because they, themselves had been armed. Your intention is to, in turn, go and arm others with the Truth. Understand that the Kingdom is not some far off place in which you enter upon Death. The Kingdom is Now. All you have is Now. You do not become Christ-like or Buddha-like. You be. These changing times we face are centered around that concept. God has given you everything you need to find the Kingdom of God. He hasn’t leased it to you. It isn’t coming via lay-away. You have it now, but you must use it. Getting baptized won’t do it. Getting christened as a child won’t do it. Honoring confessions, attending temple, or going to church won’t do it. You won’t find the Truth in those places. You will only find it within yourself, where it already lies. As said in Philippians 2:12,“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” It’s more than a public profession, or saying “I believe in God.” You see, for all that was changed in the Bible, the Gnostics, and in myriad religious texts, the Truth remains open for consumption. However, it is not spoon-fed. To take your spiritual journey to the next level, you must seek to understand the mysteries. You must seek to understand the hidden language Jesus and Buddha spoke.

Those who control religion, politics and government live a privileged life and command authority. They are a network
of individuals who are mostly blood-related, and go to great lengths to keep it that way. These people operate surreptitiously, and are the keepers of the scriptures and the secret knowledge. It is they who have added to and altered the scriptures, in an attempt to hide and keep the secret knowledge from being discovered by others. Jesus and many others were killed by religious leaders for revealing the secrets hidden in the scriptures. In fact, the silencing
still continues. In no way has this suppression stopped or even slowed today. In fact, the efforts to suppress our spiritual Truth have only amplified. Yet, those attempting to suppress that Truth will only find it more difficult to separate us from this knowledge as more people become awakened. Those who seek the Truth are confounded by the lies that have been added to it, in effect, the Truth is camouflaged. Yet, we are given everything we need to find it. No matter who guards the gate, we have the keys. No matter how disempowered you feel at this moment, for whatever reason, remember the words of Jesus when he said “have you not heard it said that ye are Gods?” What would my Atheists friends think if I told them that they can’t find God because they are all a part of God? If this is true, if we are small parts of God, can a thing ever pass judgement on itself? Judgement is a control mechanism.

Stop searching in the desert for answers that lie inside of you. You don’t have to go anywhere. Step beyond the body. Go beyond your mind. Listen to yourself. You only feel without God, or that you cannot find God, because you have been told that you cannot be worthy of God. You already are worthy. You already are saved. No one can hide that from you. You have the keys. You must remember this as we move forward. We are still very close to the canvas, my friends. Keep and open mind, follow your own compass, and seek the Truth for yourselves.