CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 11

(Inspired by but not limited to A Course in Miracles Teachings (1st Edition), Yogic Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Eastern Thought, and writings by Paramahansa Yogananda)

DAY 11
The time to initiate the mind de-fragmentation or correction process begins. The fluctuations of energy and information constructing a thought must be put under the microscope of discrimination. The magnified view from perfect Christ Presence illumination reveals your Christed Mind, the reality that may at first appear to devastate, but then unlocks the door hiding the truth that liberates.

The mayaic delusory dance of images are not the cause nor inspiration for thought current. The separation induced psychosis that distorts, determines the projected brain drama that you see superimposed on top of the screen of the world-wilderness, originating from the matrix womb of creation. The Christ Mind is forever in resonance with bliss and oneness while the separative impulse fails to realize that what the eyes see and brain interprets are/is meaningless and completely neutral. My personal ego gives or assigns what I appear to see meaning, taking a positionality, making judgments while grossly misinterpreting what I think is real.

I am here to learn about how to live in Reality without fleeing to the hiding place of the world seen by my body’s eyes, through the force of dwaita or duality that is at the core of separation, discord, and denied peace of mind.

 

TURNING POINTS AND TRANSFORMATIONS – THE REALITY OF WHO, WHAT, AND WHERE YOU ARE

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Reflect on the nature of your Real Presence, Essence, and Being while considering teachings of A Course In Miracles about what the Real World is and where you think you are.

According to A Course in Miracles, your Real Identity is Christ and you are One with God. That is who you are. Other traditions might call your True Nature, The Atman, The Self, The Higher Self, The Buddha Nature, or the Inner Guru. Explore ideas surrounding what is the Real World versus what is considered to be illusion and mere appearances seeming to exist as form.  You are here for a short time, are stuck in cycles of death and rebirth, but have never truly left your True Home in the Paradise State of Awareness known as Heaven.

UNMEDIATED GRACE AND TONGUES OF FIRE: SPIRIT/GNOSIS FREELY GIVEN

If you are tired of hearing me talk about gnosticism, I apologize, but as I distance myself from it, I see some of the fruits of it. That is what I was trying to hint at in my last blog. No, I don’t believe that a lesser spiritual entity, something lesser than God, The most High God who I can accept as a Holy Androgyne of Father-Mother (after all, we were made in the image of God, male/female), created the universe, shaped it, gave it form, tried to breath life into it, then trapped light particles into what became known as the first man, Adam. I don’t give evil that much credit. I do believe as most Christians do, that there is a Satanic Diabolical Intelligence, or being, that influences creation negatively, but, in the end God will always overpower and defeat His Fallen Angel. Evil is clever, but not Ineffable. Satan and his minions are flawed and corrupt while God is all powerful and Imperishable.

Though evil lurks in the shadows and shows itself through things appealing to the eyes and senses, trying to gain our allegiance, we are also pursued ten fold more aggressively by God through His/Her love, grace, outpouring of light and spirit, and His/Her tactics to bring us into full Union with His/Her Fullness, what gnostics call The Pleroma. The experience that I think mainstream Christians need to adopt for the sake of full Self-Realization in God, is the experience of gnosis, or knowledge – self-knowledge and knowledge of God. The source of such experiences are Light, therefore the meaning of Illumination and Enlightenment are known. I believe that this should be an intergal part of not only spiritual formation, but an essential element of salvation (no, I’m not saying these should be the primary means, like gnosticism does; again I think that we need to judge a tree by its fruits and find a cohesion through comparitive religion, something that Jesus did do too) and well-being.

The direction of this blog depends on mentioning what I have to this point.  As a Christian and Catholic, I think we’ve inherited a bankrupt system of sin, punishment, rewards, and what A Course In Miracles calls “special love” and “special hate”. A big problem the whole of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faith systems need to examine are perhaps unconscious beliefs of being “special”, “chosen”, or “the elect” of God. Granted scribes of Holy Books may not have had the contemporary word for the Ego, the type of beliefs I just listed are qualities of an inflated ego. I’m not only pointing my fingers at these faith systems. In a past blog, I pointed out that experiences of gnosis can lead to inflation too.

Understanding that God passionately pursues us, and wants us to “know” him intimately, in our hearts and in our entire beings, is key to the point I want to make today, one that we should fruitfully and freely adopt from gnostic theology and soteriology. Gnostics teach that the experience of gnosis or what others may call “Christ consciousness”, is an unmediated experience of grace. The idea is that priestcraft or episcopasy (bishops) should not ever stand in the way of a personal experience of God’s love, rather gnosis is not dependent upon an intermediary. As a seminarian, I need to maintain my identity as a member of the laity, from this day onwards, on the day of my ordination to the priesthood, and every day thereafter. My studies in gnosticism have humbled me. I’m not going to advocate that everyone abandon their faith practices, take up gnosticism or a perverted ascetic form of it, and become a recluse. Please don’t misunderstand what I am trying to advocate for. As a Catholic, I have integrated Buddhist interests, and ideas from spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, Gary R. Renard, Deepak Chopra, and Wayne Dyer. This doesn’t make me any less Christian. Perhaps the teachings of other spiritually advanced mentors, carry some of the yeast to make the Bread of Life rise to its potential.

SO, UNMEDIATED GRACE. PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF GOD. EVENTS SIMILAR TO PENTECOST WHEN TONGUES OF FIRE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT POURED ITSELF OUT FREELY ON ON THE APOSTLES, without expectation or foreknowledge (other than that Yeshua the Messiah send he would send an Advocate) – this is something to savor and encourage. I need to talk out of both sides of my mouth for a minute. Adopting this belief, where you may “close the door, and meet the Father in your inner room”, don’t excuse you from being an active member of The Body of Christ. As Father Richard Rohr taught in a series about the Apostle Paul, the life of the Church is participation. He emphasized this over and over, but DID say that what we can learn from Paul’s life as well, is finding deep meaning and love in personal revelations of God to his Children.

So, if the Holy Fire descends upon you, you don’t necessarily need to talk in tongues or prophecy. You are allowed to cherish the experience and remain in God’s love. Eventually, though, like the Apostles who saw Jesus transfigured, you do have to come down off that mountain top experience and go back into the valleys and get your hands dirty, or incarnate again. I wouldn’t be responsible if I didn’t say to the everyday enlightened gnostic: “remain in that love, KNOW HIM/HER, but please, devote yourself to sharing what you learn/experience with a world desperately in need of Light workers.” Yes, you are one too.

I just want to say, in closing, that I have integrated a practice into my life that has been fruitful, intensely loving, and full of that Holy Fire. Awhile back, even before I began to study gnosticism, I felt moved by the Holy Spirit to celebrate The Eucharist or Holy Communion. No, I haven’t been formally ordained or received the laying on of hands and thereby receiving apostolic succession, but like on Pentecost, the spirit comes and it does transform the elements of bread and wine into the Spiritual Food, I like so many people savor. This isn’t a replacement for experiencing traditional sacraments ministered by a priest or a deacon. I do value clergy very highly. In a recent internet search, I found a site belonging to The Gnostic Order of Christ. They advocated for and had a Eucharistic liturgy for people who could not get to a priest.  They consider it valid and powerful. I do too. So, why become a priest? Standing in for Christ and being Christ for others is a necessary vocation. People need a shepard, and Christ calls them into service to Him and The Holy Androgyne. I am meant to do more than administer sacraments. I want to be a spiritual director, a healer, and a vehicle to inspire peace, love, justice, surrender, transformation, transcendence of the violence that keeps cultures intact, and to be a “deathwalker”, as shamans call it, helping souls transition to the realm of eternity. Wishing you peace and resolve.

Messianic Consciousness: The Way to Christhood

If you are tired of hearing me talk about gnosticism, I apologize, but as I distance myself from it, I see some of the fruits of it. That is what I was trying to hint at in my last blog. No, I don’t believe that a lesser spiritual entity, something lesser than God, The most High God who I can accept as a Holy Androgyne of Father-Mother (after all, we were made in the image of God, male/female), created the universe, shaped it, gave it form, tried to breath life into it, then trapped light particles into what became known as the first man, Adam. I don’t give evil that much credit. I do believe as most Christians do, that there is a Satanic Diabolical Intelligence, or being, that influences creation negatively, but, in the end God will always overpower and defeat His Fallen Angel. Evil is clever, but not…

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JUDGE A TREE BY IT’S FRUITS

Messianic Consciousness: The Way to Christhood

This was originally posted in August 2009 on the blog Holy Fire by Brother Bryan after initial feelings of doubt about continuing to study classical Gnosticism.

I’ve been having a hard time dismissing the creation myths/stories/origins of the universe according to gnostic sources. One reason is that created nature has so much chaos and violence in it and gnostic teachings attribute that to a cosmic tradegy of miscreation involving corrupt matter that take the responsibility off of the shoulders of Adam and Eve. I guess what I was never able to understand is how nature and the cosmos went into “disorder” following the Fall of Adam and Eve. Whether I continue as an Independent Catholic or not, I still believe that scapegoating Adam and Eve for the mass chaotic cosmic tragedy is unthinkable because the chaos and violence that exists in the many kingdoms of this world, even in space…

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BOUND TO DUALISTIC CONSCIOUSNESS OR CONSCIOUS UNIFICATION WITH GOD?

As a student of both modern and classical Gnosticism, I have to comment on Tau Malachi’s book Living Gnosis. What I am drawn to are the words he uses to describe conscious unification with God or the divinity within. He doesn’t go so far to say we can achieve Godhood, for if he did, I would challenge that. That would be Luciferian Gnosis, according to Archbishop Christian Thomas Umberger. In the third chapter of Living Gnosis, Malachi accurately describes a condition of polarity which we tend to take upon ourselves. He is right. We, as he says, “identify ourselves almost exclusively with surface consciousness, finite reason, and the limited name and form of mortal being”. One would have to be totally detached from reality, or be in complete ego-illusion, rather to admit that we are not succeptable to ‘surface consciousness’. Though I do not believe everything Tau Malachi teaches about Sophian Gnosticism in particular, again he is right on when he says we “exist on many other levels” also citing that “there are many other dimensions to our consciousness and being, from the physical, vital-emotional and mental levels to spiritual and supernal aspects of consciousness and being into an authentic individual, representing alignment and harmony of our true being. To recognize with God naturally and spontaneously”. Gnostic Christians call this state Messianic or Christ Consciousness and Tau Malachi refered to it also as “the Gnosis of Yeshua Messiah”.

Malachi, then says something brilliant. “Whatever might transpire in our incarnation in the material plane and physical world, the unique essence and truth of our soul of light remains unchanged. It is, was, and forever shall be the same, completely pure and pristine, radiant and glorious, ever at-one with the light of the infinite and divine being. At anytime, we can remember ourselves and the light that is in us and experience a conscious unification with God and Godhead. It is the present truth of our inmost being – our Christ self”.”

Unity with God. That is sought after by every mystic and it is the call of every human, longing to return to its source. Notice he said “conscious unification with God and Godhead”, not “becoming God”.

Messianic Consciousness: The Way to Christhood

As a student of both modern and classical Gnosticism, I have to comment on Tau Malachi’s book Living Gnosis. What I am drawn to are the words he uses to describe conscious unification with God or the divinity within. He doesn’t go so far to say we can achieve Godhood, for if he did, I would challenge that. That would be Luciferian Gnosis, according to Archbishop Christian Thomas Umberger. In the third chapter of Living Gnosis, Malachi accurately describes a condition of polarity which we tend to take upon ourselves. He is right. We, as he says, “identify ourselves almost exclusively with surface consciousness, finite reason, and the limited name and form of mortal being”. One would have to be totally detached from reality, or be in complete ego-illusion, rather to admit that we are not succeptable to ‘surface consciousness’. Though I do not believe everything Tau Malachi teaches about…

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