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The Book of Enubin, as recorded by Tristan Biggs.

 

The Fifth Dialogue.

 

When I enquired as to what Enubin made of these visions, this was his reply: “I am of the opinion that this is a glimpse into the future. There has been much speculation recently - especially in the light of the so-called ‘Mayan Prophecies,’ and what these are supposed to have spoken of concerning the year 2012 - with regards to a global event that will result in an environmental collapse, and the possible physical extinction of the entire human race. With this, a number of possible scenarios have been put forward.

 

Some of these are: The shifting, and eventual collapse, of the Earth’s magnetosphere. This is the magnetic field that encompasses the globe and regulates the climatic conditions. This disruption may have already started if one were to take cognisance of the climatic changes that have occurred in recent times. The shifting of the continental plate situated over the volcanic vents in the so-called Yellowstone National Park USA. Some have proposed that, in prehistoric times, this event has brought about massive global climatic changes, and may even have contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

 

In the mid-nineties, and event occurred in this solar system that caught humanity’s attention - albeit but for a brief moment. A mighty asteroid, named after the two amateur stargazers - Schumacher and Levy - sped towards the planet Jupiter. It was said that, had it not broken up into smaller fragments, this giant would have caused massive damage to the largest planet in this system. It was also predicted that, if but one of those fragments were to have collided with Earth, it would have caused a catastrophe of global proportions.

 

The event may be any one of the above, or it might be something that has not yet been predicted or detected. Whatever the case, the consensus is that Earth’s timetable is running short. The world that has sustained humanity - along with the manifold creatures that have sought to share this planet - cannot long survive the pressure that over-population and extreme exploitation of her resources have imposed upon her. As in the age of the mighty dinosaurs, Gaea has made her choice: For the planet to survive, those who have abused her bounty must be reduced, if not physically removed.

 

Hence it is imperative that humanity pay closer attention to its spiritual condition. For then it would matter not what happens to the physical aspect, because the soul - or spiritual aspect - would ascend to a higher plane of existence. Earth would then have the chance to regenerate herself without the pressures that the sons of Adam have exerted upon her. Then a new humanity would be ushered in, this time with the wisdom and spiritual awareness that would prevent them from falling into the same trap as their predecessors.

 

Would this mean the end of the mighty conflict that has raged since time as we know it began? By no means! As the forces of Light have a vested interest in Earth’s future, so too the Hordes of Darkness. They will not so easily give up so great a resource. Thus it stands to reason that they too would have their agents - even in the so-called New Earth that will be ushered in from the ashes of the present. Therefore the call to be all the more vigilant and courageous will be as vital even then as it is now. But the workers of iniquity will be more obvious than they are at present, for the brighter the light the more it contrasts with the darkness.

 

Thus the purpose of these writings is to lay a foundation and to prepare humanity for the event itself as well as for its aftermath. Understand this; these writings are not laid out in order to demand that one follows them religiously or to the letter. One needs to take that which one finds applicable to one’s own life and experience. The other purpose of this book is an attempt to keep the new humanity from following the same destructive course as their forefathers did. Whether the current race is physically driven to the point of extinction, as a result of its own arrogance that would render the environment hostile and the planet uninhabitable, or whether by means of a global cataclysm, it is clear that something drastic has to be done in order to correct the imbalance caused - by-and-large - by human self-centredness.

 

As an artist would not that his work should fall into disrepair or even ruin, so the Creative Centre does not take lightly the wilful destruction of His workmanship. Considering the extinctions that have preceded modern humanity, the endurance of the human spirit is an act of Grace that will ensure the survival of the species, where others have merely fallen by the wayside.

 

In recent times there has been a series of studies conducted on the part of the human brain called the ‘Limbic System’. The brain is made up of two major systems: The Neo-Cortex and the Limbic. While the former is well known and has long been the centre of human education, the latter has been sorely neglected. Had this not been the case, then mankind would have learned the benefits of following the intuition as readily as they do the intellect. Sadly, only now - when for the most part this system has all but atrophied - do scientists and psychologists begin to realise how vital this system is. Your forefathers knew this full well. This was the part of the human psyche that told the San where to find their prey, and the Native Americans when to begin the migration to the winter hunting grounds. Many species of animals and birds cover vast distances during their migration, and yet they return to the same place time and again. Sometimes this behaviour endures from generation to generation. Is it perhaps because they too have the gift of intuition?

 

Alas, modern man has spent his whole life developing his intellect and logic, and has neglected the intuition. Only in recent times has humanity awakened to the importance of maintaining a balance between the two. But this can only be re-established in time, because the average Limbic System has been inactive, and for the most part never been exercised. Perhaps it is this to which one of the great thinkers of the early 20th Century was referring when he said that ’… in every man there is a god-shaped vacuum …’ Could this indeed be what in ancient times was referred to as the enigmatic ‘Heart’, or the ‘Seat of the Soul’?

 

All living beings have this faculty. In nature, it may mean the difference between life and death, either of the species, or the herd, or just an individual. Is it not this intuition that causes the humble lemming to embark on an often suicidal migration, when their population becomes too numerous? Consider the ant or the honeybee: When a new Queen is full-grown, some of the swarm or colony will leave the hive or nest and establish a new one elsewhere. Either such actions prove that these creatures are more intelligent than that for which humanity has given them credit, or it is because they are more intuitive.

 

And it is not only limited to the animal kingdom either: There is evidence that even plants may have this ability as well. Research has shown that certain species of trees will begin to increase the tannin levels in their leaves in order to prevent over-feeding from browsers. Not only will the individual trees that are being fed on do this, but eventually the whole copse, and even the neighbouring groves as well.

 

Termites will sense the coming rain and prepare themselves so that - once the rain has fallen - they can take flight and thus create new colonies elsewhere … Mankind alone, although considering himself the most advanced being on the face of the Earth, has all but lost this ability or at least control thereof. This poses a number of problems. Not the least of these is that much of the emotive decisions are dependant - and in fact originate from - the Limbic System. Because the individual is no longer in tune with this faculty, he or she either ignores its prompting or follows it without due consideration. The result of either is often disastrous. How many times has one heard these words: “I should have followed my gut-feeling” or, “What was I thinking?”?

 

Ideally both the Limbic System and the Neo Cortex should be equally active and therefore in a state of balance. This is what is at the very heart of the concept of the twin counsellors. While it is right to make rational and logical decisions, one should not ignore the promptings and cautions that originate from one’s intuition and one’s conscience. Much attention has been given to the Neo Cortex, to the detriment of the Limbic System.

 

All intuitive thought and sense originates from the Limbic System. When this is balanced by the logical and practical Neo Cortex, then this would ensure that one is more productive, because one would spend less time having to either rectify one’s mistakes, or changing one’s course of action before they are made. Negative karmic effects would also be diminished, which in turn would lead to a more positive outlook on life.

 

But this is far from Nirvana. All mortal beings suffer from the same malady: That of their inherent imperfection. The road to Eternity is a path of growth and progress, and there are many enticements and attractions. But if one were to pay closer attention and learn to trust in one’s intuition, this would indeed go a long way towards preventing a slight mishap from ending in calamity. Perhaps if humanity had retained this connection, many of the catastrophes that have marred human history would have been averted.

 

In the age to come, those who dwell upon the Earth once she has been restored will be urged not to repeat this critical error, but to maintain the vital connection with their own hearts as well as with their Spiritual Source. So doing, they will be able to excel where their predecessors failed, and thus create a better world for themselves and all that seek to share it with them. As has been said before, it is for the revelation of these ‘Children of Light’ that the whole of Creation eagerly awaits.

 

Mankind’s greatest sin is not that he has committed evil against his Deity, nor in the crimes that he has perpetrated against all living beings, including his fellow man. Far greater in its ramifications is the sin that man has committed against himself. From that all other atrocities have originated. What then is this great transgression?

 

Simply put it is that he has denied the power and authenticity of his original design. Does an ancient saying not equate sin with the clay saying to the Potter: ‘Why hast thou made me thus?’? Mankind was not created for anything less than glory. If it indeed be the case that humanity is the expression of the Divine Image, then surely it is the destiny of man to reflect that image. It is a scientific fact that every creature reproduces after its own kind. After all one does not get figs from an acacia tree. So it stands to reason that those who are called the Children of God would be of the same pedigree as their Parent. Hence to accept anything less than this is to deny the very nature with which one was created. Elsewhere it has been stated that we are all partakers of the Divine Nature, why then would any settle for a lesser nature?

 

In a text previously quoted, Yahweh brings this same question before the Council of the Gods. Having cited a number of transgressions, He then makes the statement: ‘… You are gods - all of you. You are children of the Most High.’ In the first part of this statement Yahweh addresses those who have already achieved a higher state of consciousness, very possibly those to which the ancient civilisations referred as ‘Gods’ - the other Deities. In the second part He speaks to the mortals who are present in this gathering, possibly the leaders of Israel. But (if any of you continue upon this destructive and corrupt course of action) you will die like men, and fall like any prince …’

 

The greatest sin of man is not so much to break his alliance with Divinity, but to deny his own divine nature. From this, all other wickedness will flow. Redemption then is not so that the soul may enter into a ‘Heaven’ in which he will, by nature, be a foreigner. Instead, redemption is that which restores the soul to that state for which it was initially designed. In contrast, damnation is not something imposed upon by Divinity. Rather it is a sentence that the accused has brought upon himself. If a certain crime carries the death penalty, how can the transgressor who commits that wrong expect anything less when his wrongdoing is exposed and judgement is passed?

 

Spiritual death is not so much a sentence that is passed, but the result of a malady brought about by a conscious, though not always witting, distancing of oneself from one’s spiritual Centre. Should this persist and worsen, then that Source cannot but maintain the distance, not because Divinity desires that any should perish, but simply because Deity would not violate the soul’s freedom of choice. Rest assured, should the soul wish to restore the bond, the Creator would gladly reciprocate!

 

In a previous dialogue, the subject of freedom was raised, with specific reference to its relation to the individual’s knowledge of the Truth. Yeshua is reported to have referred to this relationship when He said that those who follow His example would ‘… know the Truth, and the Truth would set them free …’ Later one of Yeshua’s followers would define it in this way: That one who applies the teachings of his Master is like a man looking into a mirror, and that mirror is the ‘… Perfect Law of Liberty …’

 

But what is this illusive ‘Freedom’? Many on either side of the moral and religious debate have gone to great lengths to try and define it. Some fear that it would be abused as an excuse for living loose and immoral lives, while others believe the same illusion - but they have no fear thereof, in fact they relish in the notion.

 

The fact of the matter is that both are in error. Only when one has tasted the bitter fruit of an immoral and irresponsible life does one realise that this is not freedom but slavery of the worst kind. Only when one is in the grips of an addiction to alcohol or drugs does one realise that they offer nothing but misery, despite what those who promote such vices say to the contrary. When a man is despised by his wife and hated by his children because of his infidelity or abusiveness, he too knows all too well that there is no freedom there. The cheat and the swindler soon find the lifestyle that promised liberty comes to an abrupt end, when no-one trusts them enough to employ them any more … But alas, all too often these rude awakenings have this one factor in common: They dawn too late!

 

So what is this ‘Freedom’, this ‘Liberty’? It is the ability to live one’s life free of guilt, free from regret, and ultimately free of fear. It is simply the freedom that comes from a clear conscience. Two of the most common regrets are often expressed in the following way: The first is ‘… If only I had followed my gut feeling …’, and the second is ‘... What was I thinking ...?’ Both indicate a deficient Limbic System. The first is the result of the intuition that has ever been second-guessed and thus supressed by the intellect. The second is when an individual acts without due consideration. This is not intuition but impulsiveness.

 

Regret and guilt are often companions. This is because our actions always have an impact on others. Thus, if an individual acts irresponsibly - which would first bring about regret - more often than not these actions would have a negative effect on those around that person. Therefore the regret soon turns to guilt over the consequences and possible hurt they caused others. Fear is often an end result, especially if the offence is against someone who has great influence over the offender. Regret, guilt, and fear rob the individual of a clear conscience.

 

One might ask: “But surely then it is impossible for anyone to obtain such freedom? Our own imperfection means that we all have acted foolishly at times, and have inadvertently wronged or hurt others. Surely this would preclude us from a clear conscience?”

 

To answer that question, let it be known that this freedom does not come without responsibility. This too is a fallacy that is all too often put forward by those to whom freedom is little more than a license to live carelessly. Before continuing, let it be made clear that there are certain cases in which there is a defence. That defence is intent, or rather the lack thereof. As has been mentioned before, an individual will only do as well as he or she knows at any given time. Thus, when the same knows better, then it is incumbent upon that individual to do better.

 

That being said, however, this defence is weakened because of the conscience. Often one will hear that so-and-so acted ‘… against their better judgement …’ Like the Limbic System, the conscience needs to be exercised for it to remain active. This is why both Conscience and Intuition have been referred to as the ‘Twin Counsellors’. With both of these active, one would more easily plot a course that is free of the obstacles of Guilt, Fear and Regret.

 

The greatest of all the safeguards against these imposters is Love, for against this there is no law. If one acts according to the precepts of ‘Perfect Love and Perfect Trust’, or by the principle of ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself …’ , it matters not. Both are compelled by Love. Therefore, one that is inspired by love will not willingly harm or cause hurt to come upon another. Where there is Love, there can be no fear, guilt, nor regret.

 

But what of the individual who has lived an immoral life; and now reaps the fruit of his or her immorality? Is there indeed hope for such a person? Most assuredly, yes. Yeshua is oftentimes reported to have said: “Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.” The problem is that these words have all too often been misunderstood as being a command, when in fact they were an offer - even a promise. He could have said: “Your past has been washed clean. Be sure not to soil it with irresponsibility or immorality again.”

 

The apostle Paul, previously known as Saul of Tarsus, understood this well. And well he should. Before his miraculous awakening on the road to Damascus, he was employed by the Jewish Religious authorities to eradicate the followers of this ‘New Faith’ known as Christianity. It is reported that the same Saul actually authorised and supervised the execution of one of the early Christian leaders whose name was Stephen. After having been accepted - not only as a fellow believer, but as a leader - he then writes to one of the congregations, and makes the following statement: “I have wronged no-one!” Given the man’s history, surely this is hypocrisy?

 

Or is it that this man was able to see the truth behind the statement made earlier, that ‘a man is defined by what he does today’? This same man would later say, speaking of his own attitude towards the past: ‘… I do not claim that I have obtained perfection. But this I do: Forgetting that which is behind me, I press on towards that higher purpose for which I am destined.’

 

Herein lies the secret: Once the eyes have been opened to see the result of the misdeeds of the past, then it is incumbent upon the individual to deal with that past and make sure that he or she moves forward. This does not mean that one is exempt from the consequences of one’s past actions, but it does mean that one can be liberated from condemnation. This may mean that one should spend oneself in an effort to make amends for one’s past failings, even seeking forgiveness from those who suffered as a result therefrom. Or perhaps one must needs spend time in guiding others lest they fall into the same trap and suffer the same injuries … The list is endless, as are the possibilities, but the principle remains the same. Rather than living a life that is characterised by guilt, fear and regret, is it not better to make amends and move on?

 

While it is true that our misdeeds pollute us, it is a grave error to assume that the core of our being - elsewhere known as the ‘Heart’ - is impure. Yeshua Himself once said that ‘… Blessed are the pure in heart …’ If the human heart is - as some claim it to be - wicked and utterly deceitful, then surely Yeshua’s words are meaningless. Would it not have been right that someone stand up and say: “But Rabbi, such a thing does not even exist!”?

 

But thanks be that such words as ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’ are indeed true! As has been mentioned before, mankind’s greatest malady is not that his heart is corrupt, but rather that he has lost the connection with his centre. Thus true blessedness can be found if one would but take the trouble to restore the connection. Truly then the ancient text that said that if any man would be in this blessed state, then he is a ‘New Creation’ would be proved true. If this is the case, then the heart’s slate is wiped clean, and the individual is able to live as if he or she has never wronged anyone - not even him or herself! The heart is pure, and the one who lives according to it is also. Herein lies the secret!

 

No change has ever taken place for the better on its own. Those revolutions that brought much positive transformation began with a vision, and through much toil - even suffering and hardship - achieved the purposes of those who diligently followed their dream through from mere ideal to reality. If this is true, then how can one expect the process of ascension to be any different? If an individual would enter into glory, surely he or she should prepare for this eventuality now?

 

This process begins when the seeker no longer allows him or herself to conform to the thinking and philosophies of the age - not even the Religion thereof - but is transformed by the renewing of his or her mind, according to the revelation that he or she has received. And it has always been so: What good would it have done Abram if, having received the promises given to him, he had remained in Ur of the Chaldeas and never responded in faith to this revelation? Would Israel have been liberated from the clutches of their Egyptian oppressors if Moses had not stepped out and done as Yahweh had commanded?

 

While it is most certainly true that awakening is a result of Divine revelation, this does not mean that the awakened is free of responsibility, even if it is merely to respond to the revelation. If this is true even at the beginning of the awakened state, it is even more so at the end. One cannot aspire to ascension if one remains chained to the Earth, just as an eagle cannot soar if it is locked in a cage.

 

Again this is why so much attention has been given to humanity’s spiritual state and the dire need for change. Along with the rest of Creation, the Sidhe also eagerly await the revealing of the true Children of Heaven. Not only their revelation; but their maturity as well. But as a seedling grows daily before it becomes a great tree, so the path unto the Divine Humanity begins in the dust of the Earth. Surely it is not the humbleness of one’s beginnings that counts in the end, but the stature of one’s destination. But if one were to enquire of any who have achieved any form of elevated station, they would say that theirs was a path of much toil.

 

And those who seek the Truth seek not in vain, for theirs is not a search for that which is ever beyond their reach. One writer said that the ‘… Word of God (the Divine Revelation) is in you, in your heart and even in your mouth …’ In seeking for this Revelation - that is essential at every stage of our spiritual development - one needs not ‘… ascend to the Heavens’, that is to call the Spirit of Revelation down, nor descend into the Pit to bring the same spirit up from there. Instead one needs only to re-establish the connection with that part of one’s being that is called the god-self, that which is said to have been created in the ‘… image and likeness of God …’

 

Ever since the events depicted in the so-called ‘Fall’, humanity has tried to find his spirituality in that which is beyond him. This search is in vain because it puts such fulfilment ever out of reach and therefore unattainable. As one classical philosopher pointed out: ‘… If a man seeks that which is ever out of reach, then such a man is to be pitied above all …’ This is the reason why, for so many, religion has become little more than a crutch - or as one statesman called, the ‘Opium of the Masses’ - or as a means to quiet the soul’s distress and lack of fulfilment.

 

Now men would rather sit in their comfort-zones and debate lofty ideals, than go out and dirty their hands in practical application of the wisdom they claim to have learned. As a wise man once stated when asked to prophecy at a board meeting of top CEO’s: “I predict that we will all meet again next year, and still nothing will have changed.”

 

O Reader, the time for empty words is over. Environmentally the Earth cannot long sustain the constant and increasing pressure placed upon it by the growing human population. Spiritually the path of ascension waits for no-one, and if humanity would follow it once more, then mankind must strive to rise above the limits of their forefathers, and live the quality of life that has always been theirs to achieve. From the beginning of this dialogue it may appear that the catastrophe spoken of there is inevitable. But be reminded that the future is never carved in stone, and even Divinity has been known to relent from a destructive act of judgement. Ancient Nineveh was a city whose evil stench reached even to the dwelling place of the Most High. Deity thus declared judgement upon that place. The prophet Jonah was sent there with a simple but devastating message: “Forty days, and Nineveh will be no more!” Upon hearing these words, the inhabitants of Nineveh determined in their hearts that they would repent of their evil. Seeing their determination, Deity withheld His judgement, and the city was spared.

 

In ancient Israel, the nation had been taunted by the ever persistent Philistines, and now they trembled in fear of their enemies’ greatest warrior - Goliath of Gath. Equipped with the finest armour and wielding the best weapons Israel could offer - the same that had brought the armies of this tiny nation through countless conquests - these warriors, whose valour had become legendary, quivered at the sight of this one who - in their estimation - was unconquerable.

 

Their God, Yahweh, saw their plight. Instead of sending a great combatant of the same stature, the Almighty summoned a lowly shepherd boy from the field where he was tending his father’s sheep. His brothers were amongst the fear-filled Israelite army, and he was sent to bring them food. When this youth arrived, he saw the gravity of the situation. Not that this Philistine was so mighty that he could not be beaten, but that there was none amongst the armies of Israel with the courage to stand before him.

 

When he offered his service, the same fearful forces were indignant with him. It soon became obvious that this youngling would not give in, so the commanders offered to equip him with weapons and armour. The shepherd boy refused, saying: “I cannot, for it does not become me.”

 

The above reply has often been interpreted as ‘… it does not fit me …’, but perhaps this is an over-interpretation of his words. If one were to take these words at face value, he would have seen that despite being well equipped for the task of confronting this so-called giant, not a single man in Israel had the heart to do so. Therefore the equipment they were offering him meant little if their inner defences were not intact. As did a great leader in later years, this youth realised that ‘… a victorious warrior wins first and then goes to battle, whereas a defeated warrior goes to war first and then seeks to win …’ Thus the difference between victory and defeat is once again a matter of the heart. David knew in his heart that Goliath was about to fall. The armour and weapons he was offered were external. He had all he needed to secure a victory, not in his outward raiment, but in his attitude.

 

With the same boldness, he stands before the one who was a giant in Israel’s eyes - an all too familiar phrase - and tells him that, though he stand before him with armour and javelin, that very hour Yahweh will deliver him into David’s hands. Dressed in shepherd’s robes and armed with a humble leather sling, David achieved what the rest of Israel’s mighty army could not. The Philistines’ response is more alarming. Instead of rushing en-mass into battle to rid the Earth of this young upstart, they ran off in terror. Only then did the brave Israelite warriors give chase and eventually defeated the Philistine army.

 

Even if there are questions concerning the accuracy of the event, the lesson that one can learn therefrom is as valid now as ever before. The key to a victorious and productive spiritual life depends not on outward raiment or external influence, but from honouring that which ‘becomes’ one - that is already part of one’s make-up - and has ever been since ere time began.

 

Here is a trustworthy saying: ‘It is not the validity of one’s ‘God’ that needs to be questioned as much as the validity of one’s faith’. Certainly the soldiers in Israel’s army were religious. They all adhered to the Sabbath, did not eat any unclean food … But their so-called ‘faith’ availed them little when confronted with the one whom they perceived as an unconquerable ‘Giant’. David, with the simple faith of a youthful shepherd, put their religiosity to shame as he stood before the one who in his eyes was nothing but an ‘uncircumcised dog’, and using a simple sling ended his reign of terror.

 

Faith is best measured, not by the accuracy of its doctrine or the compliance to some moral or religious standard, but in how it influences one’s actions. David perceived the situation through the eyes of faith, while the rest of Israel looked on in fear.

 

O Reader, what does your so-called ‘faith’ inspire? Does it result in greater fear? Then perhaps you should re-assess whether it is faith indeed, or mere religious adherence. The religious leaders in Yeshua’s day wielded great power over the rest of Israel because theirs was the ‘right’ to ostracise any who did not comply with their standards. Theirs was the religion of exclusivity that stated that only those who worshipped their God in the way they prescribed would reap the benefits thereof. Anyone else was an outcast and a publican.

 

The question one needs to ask at this juncture is if the so-called modern religions are any different. Do they not also hold to the belief that the doors to Glory and access to the Divine are closed to all who do not hold to their specific doctrines, dogma, or practices? Thus the ‘faith’ that they claim to offer inspires fear of, rather than love for the ‘God’ they claim to represent. The result of this is further enslavement instead of freedom. Did Yeshua Himself not state that He had come to preach freedom to the captive and set at liberty those who were oppressed? If this is so, then alas many of those who claim to follow in His footsteps have done little to emulate His example.

 

In modern times, as it was in Yeshua’s day, religion and faith are far removed from one another. Religious leaders are more concerned that their congregants adhere to their teachings - no matter how dogmatic these may be - rather than leading by example. They believe that all who would enter into Glory would do so by following in their footsteps rather than being encouraged to walk their own path. Is it not written that all should ‘… work out their own salvation …’? True spirituality is always intensely personal, and no-one can follow the path of another. Our hearts must respond individually to Deity’s call.

 

The relationship between man and the Divine is often compared to that of a husband and wife. How shall it be if a lover would only speak to his beloved by means of a mediator? The relationship would not last long if the partners had no personal - let alone intimate - contact with one another. So it is with all who seek the Divine Path.

 

At this juncture I would speak on the subject of physical death, having touched on the topic of spiritual death. In human philosophy - as in religion - there are two extremes when it comes to this subject. The first can be termed the ‘single incarnation’ theory held by Judeo-Christian believers, as well as those who hold to the teachings of Mohamed. On the other hand there are those who believe that our existence is cyclic - from birth, through life until death, only to be reborn and start the whole cycle over again.

 

There is grave error in both concepts. The first belief results in a species that firstly cares little for its own future, let alone other living creatures. It also causes the species to be extremely self-centred. But above all, it creates fear. If one life is all a being is allocated, then surely death is a terrible judgement! On the other side of the scale, if a species’ lot is merely to go through the same process life after life, after life after life … then life itself is an exercise in futility and hopelessness. But if the process were to be seen as a form of evolution, a spiral rather than a cycle - ever building upon the previous foundation - then life has meaning, and death is nothing more than a stepping-stone unto an ever-greater dimension of consciousness.

 

The prevailing worldviews on death have brought about a terrible shift in how humanity deals with ageing and the aged. In arcane civilisations, the aged were revered for their wisdom and insight, both having been gathered through many years of experience. In contrast, modern society sees the elderly as a burden, and the inevitable ageing process as something to hide, or even obliterate entirely, neither of which are actually possible. This is itself indicative of a race in which the physical and the intellect have been given prominence, and the spiritual has been left to atrophy due to lack of use. Is it then surprising that this same race perceives death as a curse, something to shrink back from in terror?

 

And if this could be said of those who at least have some spiritual perspective on death, how much more those individuals whose religion revolves around the denial of any form of spiritual dimension? I say religion, because it is a belief that has little proof if any at all. Truly ‘Atheism’ has created as its ‘God’ the belief that there is no God. Or is it merely an attempt to escape the truth that all are held accountable for their actions? Does the so-called atheist not comfort him or herself by saying: ‘There is no God. Therefore there is no judgement. Therefore I am free to live as I choose.’?

 

To give some form of credence to the Atheist point of view: It is hardly surprising that such a belief exists, given the alternatives. Religion has more often than not placed the Divine further and further out of reach of the common man. Only those who have access to the Heavenly Throne have any communion with Deity and right of entry into Divine revelation. Israel of old relied on the High Priest to appease Yahweh on their behalf. During the Burning Times only the Clergy were entitled to own, let alone read the Holy Scriptures. Even in these modern times, the religious world looks to its religious leader, not only to show them the path they must follow, but to blaze the trail for them.

 

But to deny spiritual existence is the same as denying the existence of love simply because one is suffering from a broken heart. At best, atheism is an over-compensated reaction to dogmatic religion. Surely it would be better to seek out for oneself the true nature of the Divine? Those who embark on such a quest will soon discover that Divinity is not beyond their reach; in fact the same is much closer than they can imagine. One New Testament writer even ventured to say: ‘… The Word of God is in you, in your heart and even in your mouth …’! As has been said before, humanity’s greatest miscarriage is that he has been led to believe that spiritual enlightenment revolves around reaching for that which is not part of him, and thus ever beyond his reach. Whereas the truth is that our hope of glory is when we find the Divine in us.

 

This is the purpose for our very existence: Whether in a single or multiple incarnations, the end is that we re-establish that vital link with the part of our make-up that reflects the Divine Nature. There is no limit as to how long this process takes place; but take place it must. This is not to say that it is right to welcome death, or even to invite it. But to attempt to run from, or even deny, something that is the common destiny of all who yet have physical form is folly indeed. The process of life is a process of growth - from birth to childhood, through adolescence to adulthood. From young adulthood to maturity … If this be the case, why then does the physical body degenerate in the end, if not that the individual prepare him or herself for the departure - or rather the separation - of body and soul that is called death? That is of course if no such provision has already taken place earlier on in life. As a seed must shed its outer shell ere it grow into a mighty tree, or as a caterpillar must needs sacrifice itself to the cocoon before it can become a delicate butterfly, so must the spiritual being cast off its physical restraints so that it may explore the expanses of the Universe, beyond that which mortal eyes have seen, ears have heard, or imagination has dreamt of. This is the ultimate goal of our existence.

 

Once the spiral of physical reincarnation is complete, this is the destination. What happens beyond that none but those who have been there can truly tell. Alas, there is no mortal language that can truly describe such glory, and the mortal mind cannot accurately perceive it. But our hearts know it full well, for in the very core of our being beats a rhythm that has been pulsing since ere time itself began. Only in meditation and stillness, without external distraction, can one truly catch but the faintest vibration. Those whose eyes are no longer blinkered by the scales of mortality, whose ears are attuned to the Universal frequency without distortion, and whose spirits can feel the ebb and flow of the Great River of Life … only these can truly experience life to the fullest. Small wonder then that so many that have been given but a foretaste of eternity while still in the mortal state, consider themselves as but pilgrims and sojourners, passing through this Mundane Shell, on their way to Bunyan’s ‘Celestial City’.

 

O Reader, armed with such a view on life, and even of death, you too will be able to say: ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ Or, as the Native American would say: ‘Death is but a part of life’. It is not the act of dying that is to be feared, but the fact that one has never truly lived. If one were at the end of this journey, looking back on the paths that it has taken, what would the overall impression be? It has been stated earlier that there are only two types of people: heroes and victims. The difference between these two has been discussed at length. Perhaps this is what was meant by the saying that: ‘… The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force …’

 

The path unto ascension is never an easy one. It has been said that if the mind was so simple that we could fully understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t. If this is true about the human mind; how much more so with regards to matters of the soul and spirit? Even the wisest of mortals are incapable of grasping such matters as infinity and eternity. Truly the finite - whether in existence for a few decades or many centuries - cannot fully fathom that which has no end. By the same token, Truth - in all its manifold splendour - cannot be defined by mortal limitation. This is why it is such a tragedy that those who have some revelation of the Truth claim that they have it all, and even greater when they assert that their limitted understanding thereof alone is valid.

 

O Reader, while it is most certainly true that the spiritual path is neither easy nor clear, it is always rewarding, always challenging, and always full of promise. And - unlike the many substitutes that are on offer - the path of true enlightenment is more than capable of granting the fulfilment it offers. It has been said that it is for freedom that we have been set free. Therefore - as one seeks this freedom - do not settle for anything less. A wise man once said that for a man who seeks fulfilment, nothing less than all will do. Time and again religion has proven that it can offer little more than chains and cages, that not only enslave the soul of man but keep them divided and apart. Wars have raged, atrocities committed, lives destroyed … Small wonder then, that in recent times, there has been an ever-growing sense of disillusionment in the hearts of those who truly seek Truth and liberty.

 

Be rest assured, it is not Divinity who has failed in the task of bringing ‘many sons to glory’. The failure is on the part of those who claim to have been chosen by their ‘God’ to lead the way. The desire for personal control and selfish gain has caused these so-called - and often self-appointed - leaders to rather build kingdoms for themselves than be instruments in the Kingdom of Heaven. The buildings may be full, but they are full of empty hearts, void of the sense of heroic adventure that comes with blazing one’s own trail through the uncharted forest of the soul.

 

Was it not this heroism that led the likes of Abraham, Moses, Mohamed … to risk all to embark on their own Vision Quest? Was it not this sense of disillusionment that caused the many spiritual heroes across the religious boundaries to stand against oppression and injustice?

 

In conclusion, one is compelled to ask this question: It is a question that is of great importance: What is it, O Reader, that defines you? Before answering the question, perhaps one should look at it in more detail. Many may reply: ‘I am a Christian; a Buddhist; a Hindu; an Atheist …’ But these are but labels, titles given so that others can categorise their fellow being. What really defines one is that one is a spiritual being. Not only is this so, but it is also what unites us with all existence. Not only does this connect us with our own kind, nor even with all living things, but all things.

 

Consider this scenario: You are walking along a path somewhere. It may be in a forest, a field, or even in one’s own garden - the location matters not. As you walk, a certain flower catches your eye. You bend down and examine it for a while before you pick it with the intention of putting it into a vase when you return home, or perhaps present it to that special person in your life. It you gave it some deeper consideration you may ask yourself: ‘What made me pick that particular flower? It most certainly was not the only blossom in the garden. Why that particular one?’

 

But here is an even more astounding possibility: Perhaps it was not you who chose the flower first as much as it was that the flower chose - or was chosen - to show itself to you at that specific time. It is believed that energy resides in all things - be they animal, vegetable or mineral, physical or spiritual … If one would take this belief a step further, perhaps closer to the truth, one could go as far as to say that all things contain a spiritual aspect of their existence. Some would even go as far as to say that the Divine Spirit resides in all things. If this is so, then the flower revealed itself to you as from one spiritual being to another. Perhaps it was not so much a coincidence but a form of communication - spirit to spirit, or even more than that - Divine Spirit to spirit.

 

Too long has the Creative Source been out of reach to the majority of the human race. Is it not time that one realises that this same Spirit dwells not in some inaccessible ice palace beyond one’s grasp? Instead one should behold the splendour that is all around one, and reconnect with that part of one that could once hear the Voice speaking through all of Creation, from the greatest star to the humblest flower. More than this, it is time that humanity realise that their Maker is not far from them, but that this Living Word is in your heart and even in your mouth.

 

In this realisation is contained the power of positive change. Has it not been made clear that one’s tongue is a rudder by which one can plot the course of one’s life - either to greater blessing or dire catastrophe? If the same creative power that masterminded the Multiverse is in our hearts and even in our mouths, what astounding possibilities are within our reach! The same power that commanded: ‘Let there be …’ is on our lips. The same Mind that mapped the constellations, so that their influence can be felt millions of light-years away resides in our hearts. The same compassion that imbued even the humblest of herbs with such energy, that they can even cure disease is within the heart of all Creation … O Reader, do you not see that the possibilities are endless?

 

The next time someone asks you what it is that defines you, answer: ‘What makes me what I am is not so much that God is in my heart, but that God’s heart and mine are one. For as He is, so am I in this world.’ This is a true statement whether one chooses to give this same Divine a male or female gender, or even none at all.

 

It has been said earlier that this truth connects us with the rest of Creation. Perhaps one needs to examine this more closely. For millennia humanity has consider themselves superior to the rest of Creation. Mostly this stems from a misunderstanding of the passage that states that man was ‘… made in the image and likeness of God …’ This was never the intended meaning of these words. In every artwork, the pinnacle is the point where the artist includes an expression of him or herself. Humanity was meant to express the nature of Divinity, not usurp His authority. Thus the presumption that such a title places the holder above the rest is erroneous indeed.

 

During His work Yeshua would often state that a true master should be the servant of all. Perhaps this was an attempt to rectify this flaw in human understanding. It is true that this fallacy has been at the heart of all oppression and tyranny. Despots have claimed that their position of authority was by Divine Appointment. Nationalities have claimed that it is their God-given right to rule over those they have deemed ‘savage’ or ‘primitive’. Man’s misappropriation of dominion over the natural world has brought the environment to the point of near-ruin.

 

The old distinctions did more to divide humanity from one another, and even pit them against each other. They also created a void between mankind and his environment. Thus perhaps it is time to acknowledge that such definitions are out dated at best, at worst inaccurate to begin with. The time has come - O Reader - to take on a new mantle: 'Above all, a Spiritual Being.'

 


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