Spiritual Scareware! How to Avoid Religious Fear Tactics

Halloween-Spiritual ScarewareHalloween is getting close — and scary things are in store! For the holiday, it is all in good fun, but in other areas of our life, scary things can be dangerous. So this seems like a perfect time to talk about “Spiritual Scareware!”

In IT language, scareware is software (i.e., pop up alerts and warnings) that uses false error messaging to lure users into buying a particular software program. Spiritual Scareware refers to the tactics religious fundamentalists use to frighten people into following their deluded doctrinal biases and dogmatic rantings, and steer people away from spiritual enrichment that comes from asking questions and studying a variety of metaphysical scripture interpretation.

Spiritual Scareware involves manipulative scare tactics that include but are not limited to believing in:

  • the fear of a God who punishes you if you mess up;
  • going to hell if you’re not good;
  • a devil who is a great trickster who is fighting for your soul;
  • tithing to the church to show your love for a God in the sky who rewards some and punishes others;
  • a literal-only interpretation of the Bible;
  • the idea that anyone who commits suicide goes to hell;
  • not questioning errant scripture;
  • the concept that divorce is against god’s will;
  • not going to church on Sunday is a sin;
  • attending New Thought spiritual services is a sin;
  • etc., etc., et. (you can add your own, from your expeience!)

This spiritual practice advises you that if you’re corralled by any of these delusional tactics excuse yourself politely and run to the nearest exit. Run, not because you’re scared, but because you want to distance yourself quickly from so much negativity and misinformation. As a matter of some compelling scientific fact, dodging religious scareware is good for your health:

What  Science Says About Fear-based Religions

SpiritualPractices-ResearchReligions that sell fear may damage the anterior cingulate in the brain, and when this happens, people often lose interest in other people’s concerns or act aggressively against them (M.R. Milad, G.J. Quirk, R. K. Pitman, S. P. Orr, B. Fischl, and S. L. Rauch, “A role for the human dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in fear expression,” Biological Psychiatry, 2007, Aug. 16).

Fear-based religions may create symptoms that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder. Brain-scan studies have shown that once we anticipate a future negative event, activity in the amygdala is turned up and activity in the anterior cingulate is turned down (A. Etkin and T. D. Wager, “Functional neuroimaging of anxiety: a meta-analysis of emotional processing in PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobia,” American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007, Oct. 164 (10): 1476-88).

People who feel they are being punished by God, possessed by demons, or who experience religious discontent – tend to have shorter life spans (K. I Pargament, H. G. Koenig, N. Tarakeshwar, and J. Hahn, “Religious struggle as a predictor of mortality among medically ill elderly patients: a two-year longitudinal study, “ Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001, Aug. 13, 161 (15): 1881-5).

People who find themselves ruminating on guilt and fear, or harboring negative attitudes toward an unresponsive God, clergy, or church members, tend to suffer from poorer health and depression. Fear-based religions can be hazardous to our health (Andrew Newberg in Born to Believe, Free Press, New York, 2006, pg.62).

Eckhart Tolle says, “Religions, to a large extent, are divisive rather than unifying forces. Instead of bringing about an ending of violence and hatred through a realization of the fundamental oneness of all life, they bring more violence and hatred, more divisions between people as well as between different religions and even within the same religion. They become ideologies, belief systems people identify with in order to enhance their false sense of self. Through them, they make themselves ‘right’ and others ‘wrong’ and thus define their identity through their enemies, the ‘other,’ the ‘nonbelievers’ or ‘wrong believers’ who not infrequently they see themselves justified in killing” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, New York: Dutton, 2005).

Is religious fundamentalism a form of mental illness?

That’s what Kathleen Taylor, a researcher at the University of Oxford and author of three books on neuroscience, suggests. “In the future,” Taylor said, “brain researchers may learn so much about the neural basis of fundamentalism that they can cure people of it” (Hogan, J., Can Neuroscience Cure People of Faith in Faith in God? What About Faith in Neuroscience? Scientific American, June 1, 2013).

How to Turn Spiritual Scareware in a Spiritual Practice

halloween_BooAs you can see from the scientific research above, dodging religious scareware may very well be a spiritual practice that is supported wholeheartedly by the scientific community as one of the best practices to insulate us from dis-ease! Here’s a formula to help you: We call it the BOO! Formula

B = Be on the alert! If someone is saying you HAVE to believe something, or silences your questions, run!

O = Open your mind! Read a variety of sources, take part in classes that share science and spirituality, and question everything! As you open your mind, you discover new levels of awareness that can transform your life!

O = Orchestrate quality time in the Silence! Make time every day for meditation and time at your Spiritual Headquarters. Your spiritual enrichment will strengthen your awareness and give you the discernment to turn spiritual scareware into a spiritual practice that will leave you enlightened and at peace.

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Spiritual Practice: A Bereitschafts Moment

force-handsHow many times have you heard people say. “I didn’t have a choice” or “H/She made me do it” or “There’s no such thing as free will?” How many times have you used these phrases? The truth is all of these statements are attempts to avoid taking responsibility for our actions.

The bad news is people use these statements all of the time. The good news is these statements misrepresent the people using these statements. Why? Because we always have a choice; no one can make us do anything when we are conscious participants; and there is such a thing as free will.

SpiritualPractices-ResearchThere is a compelling amount of research on the power of choice. Scientists the world over agree we cannot not make a choice. Essentially, we are wired for choice. And not only are we wired for choice, we are wired to make every choice our choice and no one else’s! And we owe this bit of failsafe choice-making to what we call Bereitshafts Moments.

A Bereitschafts Moment

A Bereitschafts Moment, also called Bereitschafts Potential, is the narrow neural time line between deciding to act and actually acting, In neurology, the Bereitschafts Potential (German for readiness potential), is a measure of activity in the motor cortex area of the brain indicating voluntary muscle movement.

This extraordinary human trait – and telling human trait- was first recorded and reported in 1964 by Hans Helmut Kornhuber and Lüder Deecke at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In a series of experiments, Benjamin Libet studied the relationship between our conscious experience of volition and the moment the Bereitschafts Potential ‘kicks in.’ He found that the Bereitschafts Potential starts about 0.35 seconds earlier than people report conscious awareness that they feel the desire to take some kind of action. He found that people were able to prevent an intended action at the last moment by consciously vetoing these actions.

What Does This Mean to Us?

Choices-ca21697612That’s an empowering piece of research, don’t you think? It means we have dominion over any and all of the actions we take. We have the power to choose what actions we take, when we take them, where we take them, and how often we take them. That built-in 0.35 seconds gives us unprecedented control over all of our behaviors.

Before anything we think gets translated into actionable behavior, we have the inborn opportunity to veto any and all of our intended actions. Isn’t that incredible? Before we actually criticize someone, we can stop ourselves. Before we drink that beer, we can put the bottle down. Before we steal the CD, we can decide to leave it on the shelf. Before we say something hurtful, we can censor the indignity.

A Metaphysical Interpretation: Genesis 1:26

We are reminded of the power we have over our thoughts and actions in Genesis 1:26. We’re citing it from its usual literal meaning first and then following it up with a metaphysical perspective in order to corroborate the awesome nature of the Bereitschafts Potential.

According to the Genesis account, we are given dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the cattle, and over all the earth, as well as over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

When we use a metaphysical interpretation of this scriptural passage, the animals, fowl, creepy things and earth stand for traits, habits, and characteristics within us.

From a metaphysical perspective:

  • the earth represents our human consciousness;
  • Fish (ideas);
  • birds (higher thoughts);
  • cattle (compliant, herd consciousness);
  • wild animals (untamed or undisciplined instincts); and
  • creeping things (our limited or destructive perspectives).

As you can see, camels weren’t mentioned because they hadn’t gotten over their evolutionary hump yet! (We’re messing with you!)

Seriously — Our dominion is guaranteed by each built-in 0.35 second Bereitschafts Moment which is constantly available to us before we take any kind of action. We never have to abdicate our power. We can choose how we will respond to anything or anyone!

Use your Bereitschafts awareness as a failsafe mechanism to barometer your alignment with your Higher Self. Will the next action you take be in alignment with your professed spiritual beliefs? Will it represent the Real You or the counterfeit you? Will the next thing you say be congruent with your stated principles and values? Are your behaviors consistent with your professed standards of conduct?

Honor your 0.35 second gift. Use it to master the art of living!

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“I’m Where I’m Supposed to Be” – Or Not

A young woman, still a little over-weight by her own standards, looks back over her years of struggle with controlling her weight.

A high school principle assesses his inner city school’s national ranking in scholastic improvement.

A group of entrepreneurs prides itself in how far it has come in one year.

A 92 year old retired CEO settles into his chair at an assisted living facility.

A young married couple looks at their current standard of living and their combined income.

All of these people have one thing in common – besides being referred to in this blogcast. They believe they’re exactly where they’re supposed to be.

PuppeteerTheir assumption is based on the belief that there’s something or someone ‘out there’ that pre-determines where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be, what they’re supposed to be, and how they’re supposed to be.

They have what we call a ‘puppeteer mentality.’ They are people who believe they are micro-managed by a cosmic puppeteer who determines what their lives are supposed to be like.

Remember Shari Lewis. (We’re dating ourselves – and perhaps you too). She was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children’s TV show host who was most popular during the 1960s. She and her alter-ego Lamb Chop appeared many times on the Arthur Godfrey Show and Captain Kangaroo.

By 1960 she had her own TV show. Lamb Chops’ friends included Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse, and Wing Ding. It is not a stretch to say that Shari micro-managed every move Lamb Chop made. Every position Lamb Chop took was exactly where the puppet was supposed to be. Shari made sure of that!

You probably remember Jim Henson, of course. He was the most widely known puppeteer in American television history. He created the Muppets and was the leading force behind their long runs in the TV series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

Bert and Ernie, Kermit the Frog, and Fozzie Bear made Henson’s shows successful because they did what they were supposed to do. After all they were only puppets! And puppets have puppeteers.

terry-fatorOne of the most recent puppeteer phenoms is Terry Fator. He’s the amazingly talented ventriloquist who won the top prize on America’s Got Talent, signed a Vegas deal that’s reportedly worth $100 million plus, and performs nightly at The Mirage in Las Vegas. That’s not too shabby for a puppeteer who not so long ago was playing half-empty shows at county fairs with his alter ego Winston.

No Strings Attached!

A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object — a puppet— in real time to create the illusion of animate life in an inanimate thing. The puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience.

Puppeteers operate puppets indirectly by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics, or directly by their own hands placed inside the puppet or holding it externally. Lamb Chop, Kermit, and Winston all had puppeteers attached to them. There were strings attached, you might say!

When you sat down to look at this blog, were you attached to a string? No, of course not! From a spiritual perspective there are no strings when it comes to being who you are and standing in your own truth!

There’s no white-bearded, white robed God out there separate from us, or controlling cosmic force out there keeping track of every move we make or manipulating us with cosmic strings or wires.

Choices-ca21697612We are spiritual beings who have chosen a human experience. We have free will. We have the power of choice. We are wired for choice!

If you believe you’re “exactly where you’re supposed to be or should be” and that people are exactly where they’re supposed to be or should be” — we invite you to “stop shoulding on yourself and on others!”

People are not where they are supposed to be, or should be, or ought to be, or had better be. None of us are puppets on a string. We are where we are because we have chosen to be where we are!

We are the puppeteers, not the puppets. We are in control of our thoughts, inclinations, words, choices, and actions! If there’s any strings involved at all, it’s the string of spiritual thoughts, words, and actions, that bring us the inner peace, health, and prosperity we seek.

So, puppeteers, we invite you to create the future you want by exercising your power of choice and claiming your independence from worry, fear, anger, and doubt of any kind. We guarantee you that you can do that. And that guarantee comes without strings!

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Save Room For Dessert — A Metaphysical Perspective

spiritual dessertsWe are going to encourage you to not only save room for dessert, but to always eat dessert first! If you’re in favor of eating dessert first, raise your hand. Eating dessert first is the thing to do! But here’s the deal: the dessert we’re talking about can’t be found in restaurants, or grocery stores, or in refrigerators.

The dessert we’re blogging about is priceless. It is a necessary ‘serving’ to add to your spiritual practice. It’s calorie-free and gluten-free. It’s the kind of ‘soul food’ that will give you the traction you need to live the life you want.

In his book, Man’s Eternal Quest, Paramahansa Yogananda says: “Humankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that ‘something else’ (we) hope will bring (us) happiness, complete and unending. For those individual souls who have sought and found (their) God (essence), the search is over: (Their) God (essence) is that Something Else.”

Matthew 6:33 in the NRSV of the Bible says: Strive first for the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33 in the Metaphysical Gospel of Matthew says: “When we live at the speed of our Christ Consciousness, we will not want for anything.”

Living at the speed of our Christ Consciousness is dessert! Striving first for the kingdom of God (Christ Consciousness) is dessert!
Finding that ‘Something Else’ is dessert!

The words quest, strive, and live have similar meanings when they are metaphysically interpreted. The common thread which runs through each of them is this: They all strongly suggest that our intent is to purposefully ‘appropriate’ or ‘take possession of something desirable.’

So, what is it that we want to take possession of before we seek anything else? Dessert, of course! Our Spiritual Dessert!

How to Eat Your Spiritual Dessert First:

Strive for the kingdom of God (Christ Consciousness) first. Take conscious possession of the kingdom of God within you, and all of these things will be given to you.

Align your consciousness with your Christ Consciousness before you do anything else, and ‘all these things will be given to you.’ What things? What things do we get when we put our God essence (dessert) first?

We get things like:

  • SpirtualDessertWordCloud divine ideas,
  • inner guidance,
  • intuitive insights,
  • spectacular hunches,
  • spiritual inspiration,
  • deeper knowledge,
  • extraordinary wisdom,
  • inner strength,
  • answered prayer,
  • emotional centeredness,
  • lasting happiness,
  • incredible joy,
  • inner peace,
  • confirmation of our worthiness,
  • clarity of purpose, and
  • laser-like discernment.

Do any of those ‘benefits of dessert’ sound like putting dessert first? We can tell you from personal experience that you’ll grow into a consciousness which lifts your soul vibration to a higher octave. You’ll come to that place Thoreau calls ‘a higher order of living.’

So, don’t hesitate to seek dessert first. Let your oneness with your God essence be your ‘sweet tooth.’ Add plenty of ‘dessert’ to your spiritual resume.

  • Save room everyday for meditation and prayer.
  • Spend time repeating positive affirmations for your health, wealth and wellness.
  • Align your human self with your Divine Nature.

Without dessert (putting your God essence first), you may find yourself in an uncomfortable, soul-depleting desert (the refusal to accept your Divine Nature). Personally, we prefer dessert over desert. We believe you will too! Why?

  • Eating dessert first will bring you more happiness, love, and joy than you’ve ever known before.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the ability to manifest and share incredible prosperity.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the wherewithal to create the life you want.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the chance to discover your true purpose so you can do what is yours to do.
  • Eating dessert first will bring you the opportunity to show others how to put their God essence first so they, too, will want to save room for dessert.

And so now, we’re going to save room for one last comment so we can put the topping on this blogcast:

bon appétit!

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Spiritual Practice of Bum Rushing

SpiritualPractice-BumRushIn boxing terms, a ‘bum rush’ means trying as fast as you can to hustle the opponent out of the ring, and thus, out of the fight. But we want to share a different perspective: Bum Rushing as a spiritual practice means eliminating bad habits, poor choices, and/or negative language as fast as you can from your life. 

The essence of this spiritual practice is that eliminating anything that interferes and/or blocks your spiritual growth is based on the power of choice. So, ‘bum rushing’ invites you to simply – or not so simply – decide to stop repeating poor choices and actions that compromise your spiritual growth. It encourages you to see positivity as a virtue and negativity as ballast.

How Do We Use Bum Rushing as a Spiritual Practice?

Choice Of Pushing Buttons 3d Character Shows IndecisionAs a spiritual practice ‘bum rushing’ is based on our immediate and spontaneous awareness of choosing a spiritual thought, word, and action over worldly thoughts, words, or actions. It is a self-monitoring practice that assures our conscious awareness of pruning negative thoughts, habits and behaviors out of our lives. It is the conscious tracking of thoughts and actions that are out of integrity with our professed spiritual beliefs.

It gives us an opportunity to quickly re-cause our experience and save us from the consequences of our errant thoughts, words and actions. It helps us strengthen our alignment with our Divine Nature through conscious improvement, modification and self-correction.

Bum Rushing as a spiritual practice has momentum. It has centrifugal force. It means lightening our load quickly by eliminating negative baggage in a hurry! As a matter of fact, bum rushing helps us reduce fixed costs which are the karmic debts we pay for our errant thoughts, words, choices, and actions. Fixed costs like error-prone intentions, choices, and actions contribute to divinity denying karma (adharma) and future suffering.

A common karmic theme is the principle of causality. One of the earliest associations of karma to causality is found in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of Hinduism:

Now as (we are) like this or like that,
according as (we) act and according as (we) behave, so will (we) be;
a (person) of good acts will become good, a (person) of bad acts, bad;
(we) become pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is (h/her) desire, so is (h/her) will;
and as is (h/her) will, so is (h/her) deed;
and whatever deed (h/she) does, that (h/she) will reap.


Using Spiritual Firewalls

SpiritualPractice-FirewallOne of our favorite ‘bum rushing techniques is called spiritual firewalls. In the IT world, firewalls limit the data that can pass through them and protect a networked server from damage by unauthorized users. Spiritual firewalls are denials (statements that deny the power of outer appearances).

In higher thought language, forging firewalls through the use of powerful denials will help you ward off the negative effects of false assumptions and impressions caused by mindlessly believing what you see and hear.

Here are several examples of denials (firewalls) that you can use to bum rush the negative effects of unhealthy thoughts, words and actions:

  • I now transcend all beliefs, patterns, and forms of illness and disease.
  • I fast from all doubt, fear, and lack.
  • I deny the power of outer appearances to limit or block my good.
  • I erase all negativity from my life.
  • I veto all notions of my own insignificance.
  • I purge all thoughts of lack and insufficiency from my consciousness.

The next step is to follow-up denials (firewalls) like these with powerful affirmations that attest your belief — and resolve — to accomplish what you want. Don’t allow anything that limits your greater good to form outposts in your consciousness. Bum rush it out of your life as fast as you can!

Although psychologists tell us it takes 21 days to change a pattern of behavior, the truth is all it takes is resolve and a willingness to honor your willpower instead of your “won’t power.”

That’s the basis of this spiritual practice. It reminds you that your personal, professional, and spiritual transformation are just a choice away. You can re-cause your experience by bum rushing the negativity out of your life.

© 2014 Bil and Cher Holton, YourSpiritualPractice.com


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A Spiritual Practice: Vocal Acupuncture

QuoteBubblesThe words we use not only penetrate deeply into our psyches but they become embedded in our cellular architecture as well. Our entire bodily constitution is affected by the thoughts we have and the words we use. Our thoughts and words – whether they are positively framed or negatively charged – are self-fulfilling triggers!

Vocal acupuncture, as a spiritual practice, invites you to use positive affirmations, affirmative prayer, mantras, optimistic phrases, and positive self-talk as often as you can. It means building these positivity statements into your spoken words and vocabulary.

SpiritualPractice-VocalAcupunctureThe more well-known form of acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique based on traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the penetration by single use thin needles along the skin of the body, or the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels in our bodies called meridians.

Vocal acupuncture is the name we use to describe the power of spoken affirmations. We believe it to be an apt metaphor of the therapeutic power of affirmations as healing treatments and catalysts for manifesting our greater good. As positive statements they help boost our mood and immune system.

SpiritualPractices-ResearchPsychologist Barbara Fredrickson, in her very enlightening research and subsequent book, Positivity, assures us that people who experience more positivity and then voice it become “more optimistic, more resilient, more open, more accepting, and more purpose-driven.” She goes on to say that “positivity opens your mind and allows you to appreciate what is in such a way that you want to talk about it which reinforces your positive outlook.”

In his bestselling book, Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson says, “Every time you say a positive affirmation, every time you engage in positive self-talk, every time you sift positive feelings and views into painful, limiting states of mind – you build new neural structures. Over time, the accumulating impact of this positive material will, synapse by synapse, change your brain in positive, life-affirming ways.

Neuroscientists are telling us that certain positive words – like ‘peace’ – ‘compassion’ – ‘joy’ – ‘kindness’ and ‘love’ – have the power to alter the expression of genes throughout the brain and body, turning them on and off in ways that lower physical and emotional stress

According to positive psychologists Rowe, Hirsch, and Anderson, in the 2007 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, another practical consequence of thinking and speaking positively is the mind-broadening powers of our enhanced creativity. A positive mindset changes the way you think and act in a wider range of circumstances. When you ‘see’ things in a positive light, more positive ideas come to mind, and more life-affirming actions become possible .

As you can see, this spiritual practice offers you mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. It is one of our favorite practices and we believe it will be one of your favorites too! Vocal acupuncture, in all of its spoken forms and expressions, is a centering practice, one that increases your chances of walking the spiritual path on practical, positive feet.

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Spiritual Oneness: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

no separationWe’re going to mess with your mind a bit in this blog article. Our topic is based on the unfortunate impression many people have that we are separated from Spirit, that we are here and God and our good are out there somewhere.

Our message in this blog article is that the separation we feel from the presence of God is based on our limited of awareness of what mystics and metaphysicians call Ultimate Reality and quantum physicists call the Multiverse.

A Few Definitions

The multiverse is the term physicists use to describe parallel universes. Actually, the term multiverse was coined in 1895 by American psychologist William James.

Princeton physicist and colleague of Albert Einstein, David Bohm, believed that there are two interconnected planes of creation – the visible and the invisible – that create a unified field.

He referred to the visible universe (rocks, forests, oceans, people, peppermint waffers) as the explicate order and the invisible universe (subatomic particles, photons, neutrinos, dark matter) as the implicate order.

Quantum physicists believe the implicate order represents the universe we can’t see, although legitimate clairvoyants and psychics tell us otherwise.

Wisdom traditions refer to these visible and invisible realities by using the ancient dictum, “As above, so below.” From the 5,000 year old Indian Vedas and ancient Buddhist Theravada and the Dead Sea Scrolls to American Shamanic traditions and New Thought meta-physical traditions, a universal theme suggests that the seen world is merely a reflection of, a shadow of an Ultimate, omnipresent reality.

Cosmologist Max Tegmark believes there are seven cosmic dimensions, and physicist Hugh Everitt’s ‘many worlds theory’ says there are endless universes existing simultaneously.

Quantum physicists speculate that all we need is a time machine to travel from the visible to the invisible. We metaphysicians believe other world travel is a matter of consciousness.

You could be reading this blog one moment and then vanish into another universe the next moment. ‘Now we see you, now we don’t.’

The Relationship Between the Visible and the Invisible

In his book In Search of the Multiverse John Gribbon uses the pages of a book to explain the relationship between the visible and invisible. He says:

The universes that make up the Multiverse are like the pages in an infinitely thick book, with each page representing a universe which is tantalizingly close to the universe next to it.”

We share this Multiverse idea with you because we believe each and every one of us draws from the Multiverse everyday. Every time we create something from nothing we draw from the Multiverse. Actually there’s no such thing as ‘nothing’ but that’s another article.

Other names for this Multiverse of universes are Divine Substance and Universal Supply. We have access to these universes. They are just a thought away.

Two Metaphysical Interpretations from The Christ As Jesus

We believe Jesus was referring to the Multiverse when he said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Metaphysically interpreted Jesus was saying: “In the sacred unity of the Multiverse (My Father’s house) there are many states of consciousness (many mansions).”

Road to EmmausAnd Jesus did more than talk about it. He walked from one ‘page,’ one dimension, one universe into another several times during his ministry. One of those times is recorded in Luke 24. Jesus meets two of his followers, Cleopas and his son, on the road to Emmaus several days after his resurrection.

According to the literal account, they didn’t recognize him and told him about their spiritual leader, Jesus of Nazareth. They told him about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

They invited Jesus to dine with them and, in verse 31, it says, “When he gave them bread their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he disappeared from their sight.”

Now you see him, now you don’t.

They went to Jerusalem and found the disciples and told them about their experience with the risen Christ. In the middle of their conversation with the disciples Jesus reappears and stands in the midst of them.

In verse 37 it says, “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.” First they didn’t see him, then they did!

But the literal account goes on to say Jesus asks for something to eat to prove he was real. So, one of them called out and ordered him a fish sandwich, fries, and chocolate shake. (That’s our version. The account says broiled fish).

There’s more to the story, of course, but we only have space to share Jesus’ disappearing and reappearing.

We refer again to John Gribbon’s quote where he uses a book analogy to explain the Multiverse:

The universes that make up the multiverse are like the pages in an infinitely thick book, with each page representing a universe which is tantalizingly close to the universe next to it.”

Jesus, it seems, walked from one page into another, from one dimension into another, from one universe into another. At his level of consciousness he wasn’t limited by space or time or physical form.

Luke’s Gospel says “their minds were opened.” That means they saw that the physical and non-physical, visible and invisible, Jew and Gentile were simply expressions of the One Reality.

They saw the veil of separation between the real and unreal vanish. They realized that the visible and invisible are two expressions of the same Source. They saw oneness. They saw a multiverse of unity.

All of us are on the road to Emmaus. Metaphysically, Emmaus means wholeness and reclamation. When we reach that level of wholeness, that level of heightened spiritual awareness, we will reclaim our divine inheritance:

  • We will say to poverty – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to war – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to hunger – Now you see it, now you don’t.
  • We will say to cancer, and heart disease, and MS, and alcoholism – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to anger, greed, and selfishness – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to child abuse, and spouse abuse, and cruelty to animals, and Mother Earth – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
  • We will say to religious intolerance and divisive dogma – “Now you see it, now you don’t.”

When we attain that level of enlightenment we will truly be able to master the art of living, by walking the spiritual path on practical feet.

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