TURNING POINTS AND TRANSFORMATIONS – THE MYTH OF SPECIALNESS

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The extraordinary can be found in the ordinary. Living lives of fame, recognition, and status in the world doesn’t guarantee specialness or an exalted nature of any kind. Self-importance doesn’t translate to the spiritual journey. Bryan shares his experiences of having wrestled with this temptation when he was looking to pursue a career in acting and was wrapped up in himself. We all like to be the center of our own universe, but we are not the individuals we think we are. We are all the same, come from the same Source, and should not define ourselves in terms of our differences or uniqueness. The need to be “different” or to stand out is something we all are susceptible to and this is a drive of type fours on the Enneagram. We have no reason to feel inferior to others or to have to compare ourselves to others to find self-worth.

The myth of specialness can be demystified by coming into the awareness that nothing we lack nothing as Creations of Divinity and do not need praise, fame, or elevated status to feel worthy of what comes from our True Nature (Infinite Love). We are all important in the eyes of the Divine’s plan for each one of us, but again, are not more special or more important than anyone else in this dream world. Being in the public eye does not set a person apart or make them superior. Specialness is debunked by the great text A Course in Miracles. Bryan urges listeners to be humble and to count their blessings if they do hold positions of status in this world. Are you comfortable being on the fringe and living in vitality? Live in your excellence and be thankful and transcend all illusions of the need for approval, praise, and inflation. Observe yourself, not exalt yourself. You will be forever, all that you are, all that you need to be happy.

The meditation and affirmation by Bryan shared at the end of the episode “Allowing and Accepting the Now” is from his album “Light Transmissions” available as an mp3 for purchase on bryanrice.org, amazon mp3, iTunes, and streams on various sites as well.

TURNING POINTS AND TRANSFORMATIONS – THE GRAVITY OF LOSS

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While living in this earth plane, the experience of loss is guaranteed as nothing in the world of form lasts. Though we come to inhabit bodies, we eventually lay them aside and transition back Home to the place where we came from and never truly left in actuality. Grief can stricken our psyches and make the human experience a burden at times. Bryan explores the topic of loss from a standpoint of what it means to heal and process grief with the help of others. Since loss is an experience that is universal to our human nature, we all are somewhat bound by our attachments to loved ones and to the memories we carry about those whom have passed on. Time does heal all wounds. Bryan shares the experiences of healing that his wife has gone through in dealing with her grief process. It is important to uplift others in our lives that we still have here while present on the earth plane. Letting go is not easy, by any means. Grief and attachment are temporary and are sources of suffering. True Love is eternal and cannot die, even when we lose someone who transitions from life within the human body. We need to know the difference between attachment to memories, neediness, co-dependence, reliance on others for certain forms of affirmation, self-identity, acceptance and the Reality of True Love that lives on after seeming to be separated from another through the process of death. Breakthrough moments require recognizing our attachments and releasing them in Love for the gravity of loss to be transcended.

ENLIGHTENMENT AND ILLUMINATION

This entry was originally posted in the blog Holy Fire by Brother Bryan in August 2009.

As I say in the the subject of this blog, Enlightenment (an inner experience of the Kingdom of God or His Ecstatic Love) and Illumination are not things that can be achieved or earned by following all the rules. Don’t get me wrong, having boundaries is a necessary part of the process of healthy development of one’s sense of self. But rigidly adhering to them, and priding one’s self for doing so, won’t get you that taste of Heaven’s Banquet any more or any quicker than the person who radiates joy, acceptance, and peace. Not even quicker than someone who acts compulsively, irrationally, or impulsively, in many cases rejecting the Love and Power of God’s grace. Father Richard Rohr, OFM has spoken about what he calls “the performance principle”. In addition to refuting the importance many people place on being part of an “in group” or the “chosen religion”, what he calls “tribal religion”, he says that people come to the experience of God’s mercy and love by doing it wrong, by a “spirituality of imperfection.” Don’t misread this; he doesn’t say sin freely and be a heathen. He just honestly admits, including himself in the reality he speaks of, that this is the pattern. Of being lost then found. The parable of the prodigal son is very significant to the pattern of behavior and complacency we have towards God the Father’s hopes for us and how he welcomes us with open arms when we go astray and choose to return.What I am driving towards, is a sort of surrendured stance, a definite kind of humility. Enlightenment and Illumination are terms that most Christians don’t use freely or regularly. Gnostic Christianity does along with other esoteric based religions. God is light in addition to all other aspects we are told about. Having experiences of light or even seeing apparitions don’t make you an Enlightened person who is automatically initiated into the Kingdom of God. Such experiences may preceed a series of mystical experiences, that I can attest to. But for me or any one else, other than maybe Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, and Lao-Tzu if they were here on earth today, to say “I am enlightened” and to proclaim it as an absolute state of mind that they exist in apart from others, is border line heresy and a claim made by an inflated ego. I have been influenced by German spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. He says that at the age of 29, he had an enlightening experience that changed his life. If I have heard him correctly, he never has said or written that he is in an “enlightened state” nor in a “privileged state of consciousness” that is somehow superior to the masses of ignorant people that walk the planet sleepwalking so to speak. He is grounded. He actually talks about what Jesus made clear to his those who desired to follow him, that they would have to pick up their crosses and walk the same journey as he did, maybe not to martyrdom, but to powerlessness and surrender to the Absolute Love and Will of God. Rohr and other more progressive Catholics have spoke of experiencing The Christ-Self within or the Buddha nature. In doing so, they speak of a state of Awake, Alert, Sober, Entrainment of Mind and Heart. Jesus, most radically, connected His earthly body in the experiences or encounters with God, thereby uniting the human and the divine in a way that NO OTHER SPIRITUAL TEACHER ever has. Jesus took an established pattern in nature, of life, death, and rebirth (resurrection) and turned the tables on it. In Catholic circles you hear about the Paschal Mystery, “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.” In defense of those who believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and to those who are curious about this reality, the experience of Illumination or Enlightenment is found in the encounter and eating of the Divine Substance, not just taking place in a corporal nature, but in a light filled mystical occurrence, whether through the gift of tears, intense, deep peace, or unspeakable ecstasy and joy. These emotions are not experienced at the expense of a Christ who is crucified over and over in a cannibalistic way, but rather through the vehicle of his risen glorified body – one that serves as a promise for us in the resurrection. In my seminary training as a student of Christian gnosticism, I was told that the “Archons” or Fallen Demonic Intelligences created as the result of a cosmic tragedy (the birth of a light being who became a lesser god, than the Ineffable, Incorruptible Father-Mother) feed off of the sacrifice of the Mass and get people who consume Christ’s Body and Blood to experience “false enlightenment” so that they will remain addicted to the sacrament and ignorant, the only sin in gnostic theology. I don’t commit myself to eating and drinking from a corpse. The sacred meal is much more than that, both a thanksgiving/remembrance of the very life Christ lived in this world and the radiance of Light he brought to those in darkness or illusion (both words I chose to substitute for sin).In summary, with the exception of Roman Catholics who exclude those not of their denomination from receiving the Eucharist, even if a person whole-heartedly believes in transubstantiation and humbly wants to receive the Elements, the gift of Christ’s Real Presence is freely given, not only through the Eucharist or Holy Communion, but in fire and spirit longing to be incarnate or impregnated in everyone. Regularly giving thanks/remembrance and partaking in the foretaste of Heaven’s Banquet will bring Divine Light to you and continually transform you, to allow God to reveal Himself/Herself to you with an Intensity no human can replicate by their own doing. Illumination can happen in every experience of the Eucharist, even if you see it as a symbol of Christ’s love and mercy (God is not limited by human restrictions or metaphors or lack of metaphors). Enlightenment, or the state of grace, or the inner condition of the Kingdom of God, I must confess comes and goes. It’s like losing it then finding it again. The minute we think we have it all, it dissipates. Don’t misunderstand me, God is not a tease. But He/She gives us just what we need as much as we need it, almost careful not to spoil the surprise granted to those who seek Him/Her in this world and the next. As an ascended master who appeared to a man who now is a well known teacher of A COURSE IN MIRACLES said, “heaven is like the perfect orgasm that never stops.” I must conclude that though I believe celibacy should be a choice, not a mandate, those who offer up their sexuality in exchange for union with God in the strictest sense can still know what that feeling is like, for there is no marrying in Heaven. This is not a commentary or a chance to provoke debate about mandatory celibacy for vowed religious. I’m just saying, if we “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk” we all are in for a truly ineffable experience. Alleluia!!!

ENLIGHTENMENT AND ILLUMINATION

Messianic Consciousness: The Way to Christhood

This entry was originally posted in the blog Holy Fire by Brother Bryan in August 2009.

As I say in the the subject of this blog, Enlightenment (an inner experience of the Kingdom of God or His Ecstatic Love) and Illumination are not things that can be achieved or earned by following all the rules. Don’t get me wrong, having boundaries is a necessary part of the process of healthy development of one’s sense of self. But rigidly adhering to them, and priding one’s self for doing so, won’t get you that taste of Heaven’s Banquet any more or any quicker than the person who radiates joy, acceptance, and peace. Not even quicker than someone who acts compulsively, irrationally, or impulsively, in many cases rejecting the Love and Power of God’s grace. Father Richard Rohr, OFM has spoken about what he calls “the performance principle”. In addition to refuting the…

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CHRIST REALIZATION YOGA – DAY 19

DAY 19
Cause and effect are intertwined. Perception and what I appear to see are interrelated. Therefore, in relation to the idea from yesterday, I am not in solitary confinement in experiencing the effects of my vibratory, magnetic thoughts. As each has a calibration in consciousness, so does the thought waves of other people affect me as mine do to them. Once again, it is worth emphasizing that my mind matrix is not limited to an alienated personal mind. Though I resist the idea, and think that this means I have enormous resulting responsibilities, I must not be fooled into believing I am powerless or that I cannot effect the outcome of what I seem to perceive. I am a creator at One with the Mind of God and at One with the entire Sonship of brothers and sisters in spirit.

 

However, I chose to make, project outward, and distort reality with my disturbed and disordered thinking. I am not alienated from other personal minds, because there is only one mind, and only one ego mind appearing to be many. I must accept that I have no thoughts apart from other seeming individual minds, which again are fragments of the One Mind. Private thoughts are non-existent.

 

Though this fact relates to content, it does not necessarily relate to form. I don’t necessarily know the thoughts of other individual, subjective minds, nor have the same exact thoughts, but we are all contributing to the creation of form that shows up in the world on the same level. So, my chitta (feelings) and vrittis (fluctuations of the mind) are really interrelated to those of other individual ego-ahamkaric bodies, but are only the same in that they reflect the original egoic-ahamkar separation from Oneness. I may resist this at first, but I must eventually accept that I am not really limited to an individual, small, separate self. Moksha-Liberation from the thought that I am an individual self, separate from the Christ Mind, the Atman and Buddhic Self is possible and it will happen. I need but let it occur, by surrendering all my preconceived ideas that what I think only affects my individual self.

 

I make the attempt to master today’s idea by closing my eyes and repeating today’s idea, that I am not in solitary confinement in experiencing the effects of my vibratory, magnetic thoughts. I then observe thoughts entering my mind. I name each thought, recognizing its theme or the individual it relates to. Then I hold it in my mind and say, “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my vibratory, magnetic thoughts about ________. I will continue to select random subjects, though I will not be further reminded to do this daily from now on. But there needs to be some order to scanning the thought and perception process to allow for miracle mindedness to occur.

 

Three or four exercise periods are sufficient. Aum. Shanti. Peace. Amen.

 

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