however, discuss the soul with disregard for logic, consistency, or
concern about agreement with any accepted system. This is because
a mystic "experiences" other realities and therefore has no
doubt regarding their existence. Moreover, because these realities
are not completely disconnected from the material reality we see in
front of our eyes, the conclusion is clear; some aspect of our material
world mediates between realities. Thus, we could say that the soul
is a medium that dissolves boundaries of consciousness."
IS A VERB, Kabbalah and the practice of mystical judaism, rabbi david a.
and the Father are one"
The Gospel of John 10:30, "Jesus
was a dominant personality; He was the most triumphant person who ever
lived because He had discovered His true nature, that part of Him which
was rooted in pure Spirit, and revealed the strength and the power and
the peace of this invisible Presence which we call God."
Holmes, The Philosophy Of Jesus ... for the World Today, compiled and
edited by Willis Kinnear
I believe that each of us have the
opportunity every day to realize something more about our relationship
to Life and to our Creator. Far too many people fail to go beyond
their religion or spiritual beliefs that they are comfortable with and
seek to realize a greater awareness of who we are and what life holds
for us. Attending a church service on Sunday or following
spiritual gurus will only get us so far. At some point in our
spiritual unfoldment, we must free ourselves from what we have learned
and what we have learned from others, and open our soul to the Spirit
that seeks to impart to us that which is unique to our life experience.
Emerson stated, "that which I am to do best, only my Maker can
teach me" and this is as true for you and me as it was for him.
Now, does this mean we abandon our church,
synagogue, mosque or spiritual center? No one can answer this question
for us because no one else can know whether these things are stifling
our discovery of our soul's yearning for greater fulfillment.
Jesus understood that the knowledge of the past was important ... to a
point ... but that at some point as we open ourselves to the Spirit,
Power and Intelligence of G-d, we must evolve what we have learned from
the sages and the mystics and begin our own mystical journey.
Jesus disturbed the most highly respected religious leaders of His time
when He stated: "I
and the Father are one"
... and in this, He was declaring His "conscious
union" with G-d, something that
each of us can do every day of our life, if we will just begin to do it
without seeking validation for doing it from anyone but our own sweet
soul as it surrenders to the Spirit that embraces us. Does this
mean that we must eschew the material life? No, but we must begin
to dwell in the silence of our mind and begin to develop an attraction
to the Un-Seen Side of Life and all the gifts of the Spirit, as being
more important than what we may possess or lack in the material.
We can begin this spiritual seeking by reading
the Book of Psalms in the Holy Bible ... one at a time; i.e. 23rd Psalm,
to the wonderful teacher, Jack Addington, "the
Psalms, more than any other part of the Bible, interpret themselves.
There is so much feeling in them that they communicate themselves to the
feeling nature rather than to the analytical mind (intellect). ... in
considering the Psalms, it is essential to think of them as poetry, such
musical poetry that one feels at once that they should be sung, not
read. It is absolutely impossible to take them literally." Thomas
Troward was particularly attracted to the Psalms. In his opinion,
these one hundred fifty pieces of beautiful prose poetry give reflection
to every mood of mankind, from the depths of sadness to the spirit of
the triumphal conclusion: "Let
everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the
The reading of the Psalms can
begin our discovery of our "conscious union
with G-d" and provide for us a foundation of being open and
receptive to the mystical life ... that which is realized deeper within
our soul than anything we have ever experienced before. But, the
Psalms are not the only mystical writings we can read, but for many of
us, they provide us a reference point that we can identify with.
To realize the "mystical life" we do not divorce ourselves
from the world in which we live, but instead, begin to consciously
realize that the material world is just one fragment of the Whole of
Life. The greatest of science, religion and mysticism, know that
the universe in which we live is not constant but ever-changing and
expanding. And that which is true on the universal level is also
true on the individual level. Yet, we are not always
"conscious" that this is true for us and in this not being
conscious of it, we can find ourselves experiencing depression or lack
of enthusiasm for the future.
In the Master Mind Jesus' "conscious
union with G-d" He realized that the "ultimate
Power" is in the Spirit, not in the world. And even
though He did not defy the physical laws of the world, His realization
that there is a Power greater than the physical, offered Him a new way
in which to "use" these laws. Religions and even
spiritual teachings have failed to teach the absolute importance of this
"conscious union" with G-d that takes us in mind and in faith
beyond the material world, because the focus has been on effects ...
that which we do, rather than that which "we are" ... to be
filled with the joy of the Spirit is not enough ... to be filled with
the peace of the Spirit is not enough ... or to be filled with the love
of the Spirit is not enough ... we must be filled with an absolute
belief in the Power, Presence and Intelligence of the Spirit
ever-present in the universe and right where we are ... and always
available to respond to us, by corresponding to that which we believe to
be true for us.
And lastly, let us not make
this "mystical life" complex or "airy-fairy"
or "occult-ish" but as normal and natural in our mind as Jesus
and Isaiah and all the authors of the Psalms did. It
is normal and natural for us to be in "conscious union" with
our Creator, with G-d Power, Spirit and Intelligence ... always and in
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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