Ashley on Religion, Part Three

I’m so excited to hear from Moses this week! Much of the information I’ve gotten is mostly about Jesus and I’ve been left wondering just how the Old Testament fit in, especially the “laws” of Moses. So, no surprise to me that Elisa would post this interview. Nothing is ever a coincidence, aye? Last week we talked more in-depth about the teachings of Jesus and how they line right up with what Buddha was taught 500 years before. We discussed some of the symbolic meanings behind biblical stories and characters, the history of how the Bible came to be, and some of the mysticism behind the Bible and other religions.  This week, we’re going to look at what it all means now.

I feel like the biggest issue with interpretations of Biblical scripture is that most people see it as based on the promise of reward… be a good person, go to Heaven, get lots of treasures in Heaven. Be a good person so God will bless you. The fatal mistake is when people assume that God’s idea of blessings are the same as that of humans. What if God’s idea of a blessing is not gold and treasure, but is simply health, peace and happiness?

We need to find a way to tie being a good person for the sake of being good. Not because we’re afraid of being punished if we’re not, and not based on the promise of material rewards if we are. Having MORE STUFF is not what makes us happy. Even statistical studies show us that, generally speaking, the amount of “happiness” received from material gain – money – hits a law of diminishing returns at $75,000 household income – the amount to meet a person’s needs and allow them to live somewhat comfortably. Any amount of money made over that does not really contribute to a person’s happiness.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23-24”  Most Christians will say this means you cannot buy your way into Heaven. Indeed, if the biblical idea of Heaven were a place, you could not buy your way into it.  But you can’t buy your way into a state of being either….well, you know, unless we’re talking about drugs.

When the rich man asked Jesus if he could become a disciple, he turned him away and said, “Go sell all of your possessions first, then come back to me.”

Why do you think Jesus preached to people to give away their possessions? When we kick materialistic thinking out of our lives – we get back to nature, and back to God, and begin to see that love is all we need – or as the Beatles would say, all you need is love. In fact, love is all there is. Because god is everything, and god is love.

When you are Christ-like, you are so at peace, you will realize that you do not NEED wealth. Buddhism teaches the same thing.

Material, worldly possessions do just that – they possess us. We begin to live our lives for those possessions, the accumulation of those possessions, and not for love. And let’s just clarify – people, relationships, and addictions can all be forms of possession as well. Christians might be right – maybe America has gone downhill, but it’s not because of the gays. It’s probably because we’re one of the most materialistic nations in the world.

“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – FIght Club

Karma can be perceived as the idea that you get back the energy that you put out. Do your Dharma – your duty – give love to your fellow creatures and beings, and you get it back. The Wiccan idea that any spell you cast comes back three fold. The whole, “renounce your worldly possessions” bit Jesus gave. What are any of these but other ways of explaining the Law of Attraction? The universe is your mirror, you get what you give… all of these little anecdotes we’ve heard our whole lives. But it’s not just an action, it’s also a state of mind.. because consciousness is all that is – God is consciousness. We create our own reality through our consciousness, so does God, so does Source, so does Brahman. All that they are (us and the universe) is a product of consciousness. All that we are is a product of our state of mind.

You must give – be giving – in order to have. Be love and give love to receive love. Have a healthy attitude toward wealth to be wealthy. Be happy with what you have, and give it to others to receive more of it. The Universe reads your mind. If all you think is “I want love” the universe will give you the want of love! But, if you think, I have love, I am loved, I am love… and give it to others… then you shall have love and be loved. Should you expect it to land in your lap? Sometimes, but you’ve also got to do the Universe a solid and go look for it! Have realistic expectations about what you are going to receive – you’ll get exactly what you want, but only as much of it as you NEED –  but all that you need is just enough.

Ever hear those stories about how people just happen to, by mysterious coincidence, receive the exact sum of money they need in order for something to happen? Some will attribute that to God. And at a higher level, it is God. But it’s not a matter of God the genie granting your every wish and prayer. It’s providing for your needs – and ONLY your needs. The accumulation of stuff, of relationships, of whatever – pick your poison – is not what we need. It’s what we want. It’s what the ego wants. Therefore, we’re in a constant state of want… more more more. When we realize that we have already that which we need… we realize that we don’t need any more. We become at peace… in a state of ‘Heaven.’ And in the act of giving away that which we don’t need, the Universe is then providing for someone else who “needs”…

That’s how it works in nature.That’s how it’s balanced. No creature takes more than it needs to survive and the earth provides- except us. Humans take more than they need all the time, even to the detriment of other humans. Scarcity is an illusion. There’s plenty to go around, there’s just a percentage of us that are hoarding out of fear. That puts us out of balance with Nature, and subsequently out of balance with God. It’s yin and yang.  And that’s when shit hits the fan – war, a product of fear and the illusion of scarcity. Famine. A product of fear the illusion of scarcity. Corporate greed. A product of fear and the illusion of scarcity. The system is flawed. Our perception is flawed. It must all fall apart… so we can reset. Be resurrected… into the “kingdom of God.” Into Nirvana, Zen, the state of being, the way of living, back in balance.

Let me repeat: “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – FIght Club

I want to be clear about what I’m saying here – over time, as new gadgets and gizmos and modern conveniences have been invented, our  idea of what is “needed” has changed. Way way back in the day, all we wanted was a roof over our head, food in our belly and people that loved us. Today, we want all of that, but we want the roof to be a little sturdier, the house to be a little prettier, the food to be a little tastier, the people to be a little cleaner and after a while, we decide that we really like it that way, and we just couldn’t live without it – but we did for thousands of years.  I know I’ve heard people talk who go on mission trips to places like Mexico and see the conditions that people there live in, and they feel sorry because those people aren’t living the same way that they live and they say, “I could never live this way….how can they?”

Well, they can because often times, they don’t know there is anything else. I want to share with you what I got from a past life regression I did just a week ago. In the regression, the life requested to be shown was the one that has the most influence on this current life situation. I saw myself long ago – ancient times. I’m talking like, when stonehenge was built. I was this pale, thin, blond haired, blue eyed girl of about 19 years old. All I saw from that life was the simplicity that I lived in – I was living in the forest, barefoot, wearing something akin to a burlap sack, living in a simple little stone structure in the woods.

As far as I could tell, I was alone, except for the animals in the forest, which I loved as my own family. It was very fairytale-like, you know. So much so, I initially thought I was just making it up.  A little bit of Cinderella meets Sleeping Beauty meets Snow White. The colors were very vivid, lots of green with little splashes of pinks and blues from the flowers and the butterflies. I had no job, I worked very little to survive, the forest provided for me what I needed to live – nuts, berries, fruit, and mushrooms (which would explain why I LOVE eating mushrooms to this day!). I was a complete child of nature and however simple my life was – I was completely, totally, and blissfully content with it and enjoyed the moments in it in a way that I can’t describe. I died at a young age, I think – possibly 20 or 21. For some reason, I get the impression that I ate something I shouldn’t have – a poison mushroom, perhaps. All I saw of my death was that person, laying on the forest floor, looking peacefully asleep – just like Snow White. Snow White – how’s that for a story about resurrection? But I won’t get into the symbology of Fairy Tales right now.

I was thinking about my past life on my morning drive a couple days later. What did it mean? And I thought about the Mayans and the tribal people who still live that way in the rain forest today. They have no knowledge of what modern conveniences are – and so none of those things mean anything to them.  Could I live that way now? Do I really need a gourmet meal every day? At the time, in my past life, I was perfectly happy without it. Some would say that our quality of life is better than theirs – we might live longer thanks to the conveniences of modern medicine, we don’t face the same problems and issues that they do – but what is considered “quality”, like anything, is in the eyes of the beholder.

People in ancient times may not have had as long of a lifespan as we do today, their hygiene may not have been up to our current standards, their knowledge about many things in the world not what we have today – but they didn’t have all of the SHIT that complicates life either – they were probably able to evolve, spiritually, at a much faster rate than we are today out of the sheer simplicity of life at the time, and thus, didn’t NEED to live to be 80 years old to have the learning experiences that they planned.

Back then, food didn’t have to be enjoyable, it was just fuel for the body – a means to an end. Little focus was given toward eating it – more so just the energy required to acquiring it, and thus – more time to focus on the enjoyments of a spiritual nature.We’ve placed a lot of meaning on food since then. We use it to celebrate, we use it as a form of expression, art and enjoyment. Same goes for many other things. And there’s nothing wrong with that – we can even use those as avenues of spiritual expression. But it’s part of a cycle – first of discovery, then exploration and learning, and then making decisions about which things discovered are important and which things aren’t, and then releasing those things that no longer serve our purposes, while retaining the knowledge gained from them.

Especially over the last 200 years or so, we’ve been making many many discoveries, exploring and learning exponentially and we’re now at the point of making decisions about which of those things are still important and which ones are not. Which ones cause more problems than they solve. And as this wave of new energy that comes with Ascension crests and we begin the period of “settling in” we’ll start to see ourselves releasing those things that no longer serve our spiritual purposes.

That includes material possessions that aren’t truly necessary, the manufacturing of which negatively  impacts the environment- huge houses that use tons of energy, tons of gadgets that we don’t really need, events, foods that aren’t good for us and the global industry that makes all of these things, jobs that we don’t need because we’re no longer buying the things that don’t serve our purposes, cars that guzzle gasoline and release CO2 that we won’t need as many of because we don’t need to work as much, and learning tools like violence that results when people want or can’t get the things that others have, war that results from the struggle over the resources required to create those things that we don’t really need, and last but not least – politics and government that we won’t need in order to fix all of the social and economic problems that will no longer arise from our want of material things and experiences that we no longer value. These are the things the Committee has been telling you about – they just haven’t been as clear as to explain WHY other than saying your perspective about them will change.

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So where does Science fit in?  Scientists and skeptics who love them are usually the ones who are always telling those of us who have had spiritual experiences that we’re “delusional.”  They say there is no evidence for a God, therefore one must not exist.  There is no evidence for spirits. They do not exist.  But they are skeptic, by their very nature. They will not acknowledge the possibility – even though science is pretty open-ended at this point. All science can tell you is that there is currently no evidence that supports the existence of a God or spirits or an afterlife, but they cannot prove, conclusively, that one does not exist. As I said earlier – absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.

You see, Science came after religion. Up until science came along, religion was used to explain all that there was in the world. Since its inception, science has been backtracking to come up with its explanation – it’s perception – for the past, which religion has already covered. But Science hasn’t quite caught up to spirituality just yet…. that’s why they still argue that there is no evidence for an afterlife and no evidence for a “God” (although they still, too, compare it to the God that is separate from us). Science’s big book of scientific religion is still incomplete. Our current model of Physics is incomplete.  We still can’t explain everything in the universe. There are things out there that we aren’t even able to observe. They haven’t written the end yet because they haven’t discovered the soul and “God.” But it will catch up, and soon. It’ll be the great revelation….that we were each right all along!

Quantum theory and some of its facets, like string theory, etc., I think will be the area that allows science to finally catch up to spirituality. For example: they dispute that there is an intelligent being that we cannot see, yet can interact with us. Well, scientifically speaking, we’re all vibrating masses of electrically charged particles. Everything we see, including ourselves, constantly blinks in and out of existence, but it happens so fast that your eyes don’t see it happen – it’s like a movie reel. It looks like one fluid motion even though it’s several different photos moving at a quick speed.

Interestingly enough – New Age philosophy teaches that the material world is an illusion – and it is! Literally.  It teaches that we create our own reality – which, if quantum physics is correct, that may be literally true, as well as philosophically, going back to the differing viewpoints and how it relates to our emotions and how we see reality. Fascinating, isn’t it?  Let’s continue.

So, these particles that we’re all made up of vibrate at differing speeds. The slower they vibrate, the more solid something appears and the faster they vibrate, the less dense they are (like ice vs. water vs. steam). Mathematically speaking, the speed that these particles vibrate can go faster and faster into infinity. Eventually, I’m sure, some force of physics makes them slow down, but I don’t know enough about physics to discuss that, and we’re just talking hypothetically here for the moment.

Because our bodies only vibrate at a certain frequency, we only perceive the things that vibrate in a general range that is near or equal to our own. Science has afforded us technology that can see a little further up the scale… but there is an infinite range beyond that which is still unviewable to us. So, how do we know that there isn’t an intelligent life form somewhere higher up on the scale that is simply vibrating at a speed that we cannot perceive?

When we talk about vibration – we aren’t only talking about the physical body’s vibration, we’re talking about the soul. That’s what we mean when we say that we’re of a certain “vibration” and that the spirit world is a higher vibration (such that we can’t perceive them) and if we want to interact with them, they must lower their vibration or we must raise ours, and, I suppose, some combination of the two could allow us to meet in the middle.

You know how Jesus says, that we are in this world, but not of it? Our bodies are physical; they are vehicles for the soul. Our body vibrates at a lower speed, but our soul – it is in this world and not of it. It is of a higher vibration. That is why we are able to perceive things from the higher dimension. Our souls still have the ability to connect to “home,” – and like Erik says, there’s always a part of you back at home base. Some of us have just retained the skills to connect, whereas others need to work a little harder to remember it.  What is happening now, as we go through the shift, our physical body’s vibration is being raised as well.

Imagine that Jesus comes to earth and KNOWS all of this. But how do you explain that to ancient hebrew sheep herders with no knowledge of science? Through fables and analogous stories.  Quantum physics – your thought waves affecting the physical reality around you – would also explain how Jesus was able to perform miracles. His “faith” – the strength of his belief, creates his reality.

Matthew 17:20: He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

This same concept goes for Jesus’ ability to heal.  That’s what modern day energy healers and reiki masters do! It’s just harnessing the energy that is all around us through our thoughts and intentions (quantum theory).  Jesus passed this on to his own disciples. Same could be said for ‘magic/k.’  The spells, incantations, potions or whatever are just symbolic of the intentions behind them.  Thoughts creating reality.  The level at which things actually manifests depends on the energy level – the vibration – of the individual. Jesus must’ve been a bad ass… like… Yoda.  The force.  It’s all the same concept. 🙂

I relate a lot of this back to Christianity just because it’s what I know the most of.  If you’ve studied some other religions more in depth, perhaps you can help us connect a few more dots 🙂

There are SO MANY instances where Jesus makes comments like this… his sayings, and many of the scriptures, they have multiple meanings – layers of meanings. I think they all do and most people miss the connection because they’re only understanding ONE layer.  Like the creation myths we’ve already talked about earlier- they are all different pieces, different aspects and viewpoints, explaining the same thing.  Like the cube I referred to earlier – Truth. It’s all TRUTH, from a different viewpoint… no matter how completely different it looks from the outside – deep down it’s all the same thing.  Which, interestingly – is also a parallel to the idea that we are all a manifestation of a single being.  So many layers! So many clues!

So – there’s a few parallels between Jesus and Krishna too – they were both born through divine conception. Thirteen prophets before Jesus were considered “born of a virgin” – that doesn’t necessarily mean literally, you have to find what the symbology of “virgin” is.  Jesus, Krishna, the Egyptian Sun God Horus and several others are resurrected, many of them are a “flesh” manifestation of a higher being (Krishna was the living incarnation of Vishnu).

Hare Krishna is based on the teachings of Krishna and spreading “Krishna Consciousness,” and some of the tenets of that religion include:

  • The systematic propagation of spiritual knowledge to society at large and the education of all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
  • To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus to develop the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
  • To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.

These are all the same tenets of Christianity as well, if you substitute the word “God” or the name “Jesus”  for “Krishna.”

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, states that he is the door through which salvation is found, the Lord, and the one true friend. And Jesus says, “I am the truth, the way, and the life.”  Many of the stories about Jesus and his disciples mirror those of Buddha and his own followers. And there’s a hell of a lot of similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism. Does this mean that either Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna didn’t exist and one is based on the others? Or that none of them existed and are based on something older? Or that they all DID exist and just spoke the same message? Or that Krishna and Buddha were actually foretelling of Jesus’ coming? Or that Jesus is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that Buddha is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that Jesus is the reincarnation of Buddha who is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that we’re all a manifestation of the same single being so that means Jesus is Krishna AND Buddha. Buddha is Krishna AND Jesus… and so we are all Krishna AND Jesus AND Buddha?!?! *head explodes!!!!!*

This doesn’t mean that Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna are direct parallels. How could they be? They come from totally different cultures. But the CONCEPT of their teaching is the same. They all taught enlightenment, which, by the way, is an evolution – a process of discovery –  just as anything else.

Crucifixion itself, in many forms, is a big theme in mysticism as well as religion. Crucifixion, death, resurrection and pieces of enlightenment is the typical process represented to us time and again by both religion and secret societies.

Pick up any book by Mark Booth (The Secret History of the World) and he’ll point out that this is an allusion to the secretive Greek Mystery schools and secret societies that evolved from them. He thinks it’s part of their initiation ritual where a near death experience is induced through an altered state of consciousness, resulting in enlightenment. I suppose that was basically what happened with the woman whose near death experience Elisa posted a week or so ago. Booth’s book picks out a lot of other similarities between world religion and esoteric occultism and ties them back to mysticism and spirituality, too, including some of the ones we’ve talked about here. He posits that many of the “saviors” throughout different religions and mythologies are representative of the sun, the center of our solar system.  The galactic alignment that happens on this year’s winter solstice can be perceived, symbolically, as the crucifixion of our sun, thus it is portrayed in the religions of planet earth, showing many “Sons” of God, born of virgins on the winter solstice, teaching enlightenment, being crucified, and resurrected.

I know there are some people out there who believe all the great prophets – Krishna, Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus, etc. etc. were all messengers of the same thing. It’s pretty much the basis of the Baha’i faith (if you don’t know what Baha’i is, looke here:’%C3%AD_Faith).  I think they were, or at least that’s what their stories are meant to portray (or maybe BOTH).  Each put their own spin on it to better relate to their audience, which, coincidentally, is also what the Baha’i believe.  Not to mention, history has had its effect on their teachings. Some were written down and a lot of editing went on. Some were meant to be stories told with a side commentary about the meaning, but that portion has been lost and all we’re left with is the fable itself. But the underlying message is there.

*Side story about Baha’i – about three years ago, I used to frequent a Subway during lunch next to my old office. One of the happiest individuals I have ever met worked there. He was a foreigner with a distinct accent that I can’t quite place – possibly Turkish? He was Baha’i. I know this, because he gave me a card and asked me to read about it. If I only knew then what I know now. 🙂 He would always tell you to smile and ask you for the “secret password” before he would hand you your sandwich.  Of course, the secret password was “Love.”

Next week we’re going to talk about the true meaning of Salvation, Biblical prophecy, Revelations, the Rapture, and the “end times.”

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