I felt it appropriate to share some of my thoughts about religious diversity, before jumping over into the meatier topics that I’m drooling to post about, like Cyclic Progression (Reincarnation), and the Evolution of Consciousness. Not to mention my insights on who Jesus, the Beast, and the apparently much awaited Anti-Christ really are from an esoteric (Spiritual) perspective. As is probably obvious by now, I will be exploring all of these topics from a Christian, Biblical perspective, but more importantly, from a Spiritual perspective. Unfortunately, the two are not necessarily the same thing. But, since it is primarily through the Christian prism that my own Spiritual journey unfolds, that is the language I will make use of the most. That said, this does not mean that I consider the Christian path to be superior, or inferior to any other Spiritual path, which takes us full circle to this chapter’s topic, and the following scripture.                   Do all Spiritual paths lead to the same destination? (If they are engaged spiritually, yes!)                                                                                                        

Mark 9:38-39

38  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he does not follow us: and we forbad him, because he does not follow us.

39  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

“But, ah..,” someone might proclaim; “although the other person spoken of was not a part of the same group as Jesus disciples, he was still using Jesus’ name, so, he was obviously Christian, right?”.

Well, it seems evident from the text that the other person spoken of had no desire to join Jesus’ group, giving rise to the disciple’s miffed attitude concerning the matter. So, one could quite safely infer from this, that the other person using Jesus name did not view Jesus in the same manner that Jesus’ disciples viewed Him. Much like the Jews, Islamists, Jehovah Witnesses, Buddhists, and others do not view Jesus the same way as modern day Christians do. But, for Jesus Himself, it was indeed, all good. Unlike many of us Christians, Jesus was well aware of where all divergent roads of enlightenment/salvation ultimately lead.

The Apostle Paul also alludes to the reality of many paths converging at the ONE destination:

Romans 2:13-14

13  For it is not the hearers of the law who are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature (not in Jesus name, but intuitively.) -the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: (This “doing by nature”, speaks to the many other forms of spiritual practice which are more intuitive in nature, as oppose to scriptural, or doctrinal./Law.)

In other words, the original purpose for the world’s great Spiritual traditions was for them to be vital tools for helping humanity tap our innate (God given) Spiritual Nature. Which means that True Spirituality is not derived from Holy Books. In fact, the very thing that makes a Holy Book Sacred, is that when it is interpreted correctly (spiritually), it will invariably point, and bear witness to that which is truly Holy…OUR OWN DIVINE INNER ESSENSE!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19  What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have from God, and ye are not your own?

20  For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

From my own 40 years of experience on my Spiritual path, I am very familiar with the emotional and psychological hold that religious conditioning can have on a person. It is not uncommon for a devoted child of God to react defensively against anything that we have been told might contaminate, or deceive us, by drawing us away from the righteous path. Well, #1. That is just blatant fear, which is way off the spiritual path to begin with.., And #2. Let’s not forget that where the topic of God is concerned, we are all dealing with something that no one really knows a whole lot about, no matter how spiritual we may be. My point being, maybe we need to chill a bit,  step back for a moment, and ask ourselves if our defensiveness, and sensitivity could be stemming from an unconscious nudge from a more knowing place within ourselves, that is attempting to alert us to the fact that maybe…just maybe, we were already deceived from the word go! Not only does such an introspective act require great humility on our part, but attaining this space of self-awareness is not even possible, unless there is first the occurrence of a quantum shift within one’s consciousness.

Quantum, in the sense of an instantaneous event (Rapture/Changed in a twinkling of an eye), taking place within consciousness, wherein an ingrained thought pattern is instantly, and irrevocably transcended, granting one a new perspective, and the seemingly magical ability to look back upon oneself. We find that we are not the person we were a split second ago, all has been made new. My own shift from a Literal, external perspective to a Spiritual, Inward perspective took place in exactly this instantaneous fashion. In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, I was caught up with Christ, into higher dimensions of consciousness, at the last Trump (quantum, undetectable vibration – frequency), and that which was dead (carnal), rose up. We start out seeking the Inner Kingdom, striving to apprehend the treasures within the mysteries of God, and then one day..Zap! We find ourselves apprehended by that which we were striving to apprehend. We suddenly cease in our futile efforts to find meaning for our lives outoside of our selves, because we have come into contact with the Kingdom within. This is what Conscious Evolution means, and it is the reason that we have appeared to incarnate within a material universe.

Luke 17:20-22

20 And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come? he answered them, and said: The kingdom of God is not observable when it comes:

21 Neither shall they say: Behold here it is, or behold there it is. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you.

22 And Jesus said to his disciples: The days will come, when you shall desire to see the Son of man; and you shall not see it.

23 And they will say to you, Lo here, or Lo there; do not go, nor follow them.

24 For as the lightning shines which lightens from one end under heaven to the other end under heaven, thus shall the Son of man be in his day.

  A Quantum Event within Consciousness! Which is why the above scripture refers to the Son of man as an “IT”. If your Inner Eye has been opened, even a squint, then the Revelation of this mystery is already begun taking hold of you. You are awakening from the Matrix, and are beginning to perceive the Real World. The Middle East conflict is merely a metaphor of the forces that are at conflict within our Eternal Being. Your Inner Self is the only Holy Land that exists, and is the only place where the Divine truly resides. The Kingdom of God is never coming to the earth, except that it is already within you. It is only a matter of awakening to what it is. Behold, IT is at the door knocking..!

How can I know if I’m approaching my Spiritual Path all wrong?

“Wrong” is a relative perspective, the objective is Conscious Evolution. Am I being progressively enlightened to what is happening within my own mind while I am engaged in a given situation? Am I feeling lost, and all caught up in the drama of a situation? The key is to take the initiative to consciously shift our focus back onto what is taking place within ourselves as the scenario is playing itself out. Through this practice we begin to experience miracles, as we are less frequently swept away by negative experiences. With a commitment to this practice, stress free living is attainable. Sure, there will always be challenges that present opportunities for us to venture into dark places of consciousness, but we most certainly can, step by step, learn to shift the energy of our conscious awareness away from our ego, and the outside drama that ego is feeding upon. By feeding the ego less and less, the ego weakens and gradually fades to the background of our consciousness, till it no longer has a controlling influence over us. In Theological terms; The “Strong Man” has been bound, and we find ourselves merely taking nibbles from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil, instead of feasting upon it by the tub load. There is no “right” and “wrong” on the Path, because it is the God that is at work within us, both willing and doing His own good pleasure. Which means that what we are really dealing with on our paths are degrees of Light, or levels of Gnosis (experiential Knowledge), into what it is that is taking place within us.




**Ecstasy is awakening to discover that paradise is where you have always been**

Welcome to my spiritual musings. In this pivotal time in which we are living, we are all experiencing many wonderful, and not so wonderful things. All of our experiences, and insights are significant beyond what they may at first appear to be. The key to uncovering the rich gems that our life experience is always presenting us with, is to purposefully (consciously) develop the innate spiritual faculty that we all come into the earth equipped with. Rest assured, it is only our physical forms that come into this world “new”. The internal spiritual essence that is the True Self has always existed, and the physical appearance that we presently wear is not the first earthly identity that we have had. We ARE immortal spirit after all, and have always existed within the Infinite Source/God. We have not been twiddling our thumbs throughout eternity, and we did not suddenly pop into existence at some given time. Spirit always IS, it is only appearances that rise and descend. For those of us who have been raised within the Western Christian tradition, this may come as a shock, or appear to be the stuff of cult nonsense. But, for the first few hundred years of the early Christian Church’s existence, the spiritual teachings of reincarnation (cyclic progression/Evolution turned inwardly) was a foundational doctrine, handed down from Disciple to Disciple, as was, and is the case with the other Eastern religions.
The teaching was only “officially” removed from Christian doctrine much later, when it no longer served the purposes of those who rose to power within the Roman Church System. I have personally found that once this teaching, in its proper form, is re-inserted into one’s spiritual practice, many of the teachings of Jesus, which previously made little to no sense at all, begin to take on a whole new, enriching light. I have personally embraced the knowledge of Cyclic Progression (Reincarnation), and found it to be one of the Keys of the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus scolded the religious leaders of His day for withholding from the general people, barring the way of the entrance into the Kingdom within. However, the deeper, inner realities of the teaching is very mysterious, and beyond the grasp of the human mind. The mind is only able to point towards its truth, through the use of symbolism and metaphors. The way in which most people view reincarnation is not its actual reality, but only a linear, or “space/time” apprehension of its reality, and this is because our minds only function within the boundaries of space, and time. To truly apprehend what reincarnation is really about, we must transcend the human mind. (Climb the stairway to Heaven) Transcending the human mind was the original purpose of all spiritual traditions, prior to their becoming religions of mere belief. One can not “enter the Kingdom of God” unless he transcends the human mind. In Colossians 3:1-2 we see this very objective pointed to when it reads; “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Thus, the term “Born Again”, was originally the same reference as Transcending the human mind. Unfortunately, as the teachings of Jesus spread further from the East into the West, the true sense of “Transcendence” was lost, and replaced by a mere belief in historical persons and stories. Such scriptural references to “Awakening out of sleep…”, or being “Transformed through mind renewal”, or being “Risen with Christ”, hold little power for the modern Christian psyche that has been dulled through centuries of men’s intellectual teachings. The scriptures repeated state that the human mind cannot conceive the true intent of Spirit that prompted the writings of the world’s scared literature.
“Flesh & blood can not inherit (take hold of) the Kingdom of God.” And in another place we are told how that God’s ways are as far beyond our ways, as is the heavens from the earth. And the Apostle Paul declares repeatedly how that the ways of God are “Spiritually discerned..” This is why the truth that reincarnation points to escapes the mind’s ability to grasp- albeit able to grant to us pointers in the general direction. Reincarnation is not as simple as a person being born, dying, and then returning in another body. This is the mythical version that arises from our linear space/time perceptions. The reality is that ALL THINGS ARISE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. ALL THINGS! It only appears, from the mind’s perspective that events are spread over over time and in various locations. The reason the mind is incapable of grasping this truth, is because we are speaking about Reality Itself, and not mere ideas. To know Reality one MUST BE IT. This is the inner meaning of the mystical saying; “…When we SEE Him, we shall be Like Him, because we shall behold Him AS HE IS.” It is through the mind’s limitation that we have come to believe that this is speaking about the re-appearing of the historical Jesus. The mind can not truly grasp that this is speaking about an awakening to one’s True inner Being. To truly SEE it- is to BE IT.” It is not a product of the mind, or something to believe in. It is the I AM that I AM. (said another way- I Know that I Know, or better yet- I am aware of the Knower within, and it is Me / I AM.)
It is not my purpose to convince anyone of anything, I will share information and insights here that I have myself found to be
enriching in my own spiritual development. It is each person’s own responsibility to search out Truth, principally within the inner
recesses of their own Divine Selves, and also utilizing the many excellent references made available by other spiritual seekers.
Our paths are Divinely intended to be infinitely diverse, but our destination is ONE.