Love Potion 3:16

LovePotion3-16-gs_7ksSlI_L copy copyFebruary seems to be a month that focuses on love, so we thought a special blog article about love would be perfect! But we want to emphasize a special kind of love: loving yourself! We are totally convinced that it is a whole lot easier to love other people than it is to love ourselves! Ever notice how often we just cut ourselves down, find every little thing wrong, and never give ourselves credit for who we are? Even when someone compliments us, what is the usual tendency? For example, someone says: What a great looking sweater! We reply: Oh, this old thing? You’ve got to be kidding! I was thinking of giving it to Good Will! Talk about a slap in the face of the person giving the compliment!

If we could even begin to grasp the incredible Truth of who we really are, there would be no way we could ever put ourselves down again! Our job — our challenge — our ADVENTURE — as Truth students and Truth practitioners, is to look beyond the outer appearance . . . to really look deep into the depths of the Truth of who we are, and claim our Divinity. Because if we aren’t loving who we are, it’s really tough to be sending love out to others.

Do you remember the song Love Potion #9? (We are probably dating ourselves, but take a listen and we bet you’ll remember hearing it somewhere!) We’ve decided to use it conceptually to guide us through this blog post — but we have changed the name to Love Potion 3:16 — based on the scripture verse John 3:16. This portion of scripture is the most quoted passage of the Bible. No other scripture comes close. You even see people holding up signs referencing it at televised ball games! We have a new and different perspective of what this verse REALLY means — a MetaSpiritual perspective!

John 3:16 says, in its most popular literal translation: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

We believe this is the most quoted scripture because it connects with us at the core of our being. It connects with us at such a depth that we intuitively, automatically, instinctively sense its immense importance – even if we’re not aware of its full meaning. Here’s our MetaSpiritual interpretation:

God, the Field of Infinite Potential, is Divine Love manifested as the Christ Principle (Only Begotten Son) within each of us. As we come into that awareness of our Oneness (believeth), we move beyond the illusion of separation and duality (shall not perish) and continue to expand our Infinite Potential as we become more enlightened. (Love Potion 3:16)

Love Potion 3:16 reminds us how important it is to come into that awareness of ourselves as Divine, as worthy — to move beyond the illusion of separation, and stay connected with our Christ Nature! So how do we do that?

Three Practical Tips:

Here are three quick tips ~ and, appropriately for the month of love, they are all about loving YOURSELF!

#1: Love yourself enough to set Personal Boundaries

person-heart-webSo often we allow everyone else’s needs, demands, and schedules to take priority over what we need and want for ourselves. And we end up feeling frustrated, resentful, and exhausted … which is NOT the way we are meant to feel!

Even Jesus set those boundaries for Himself: He would go apart at specific times, when He knew He needed to rejuvenate Himself — and He made no excuses for it! He claimed the time He needed for Himself. We, too, need to set Personal Boundaries for ourselves — boundaries that honor our inner peace, our gifts, our health. Setting your personal boundaries will connect you with the inner core of who you really are, and allow your light to really shine!

#2: Love yourself enough to conduct Positive Pep Rallies

ExcitedPerson-male-web-ca36237164We must become aware of how we are talking to ourselves! Do you realize how often you are repeating negative, self-deprecating things to yourself? And what we say gets embedded in our consciousness, and even into our subconscious.

For example, when we came up with the idea of a blog based on a take off of Love Potion #9, Cher immediately — without even thinking about it — sang the entire song, and got every word perfect! And we are pretty sure we haven’t sung that song for 20 years! Just proves that what we say a lot sticks! So we want to become very aware of what we are saying about ourselves.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when we talk negatively about ourselves, it actually is blasphemy! Because we are Divine — we are God expressing — so when we call ourselves stupid, we are calling God, Divine Essence, Source stupid! So let’s get a grip and get it right!

Here’s a great spiritual adventure ~ conduct personal pep rallies! Each morning, pick some attribute about yourself, and create a positive affirmation around it. (I am expressing my inner beauty to the world. I am filled with enthusiasm and energy to do all that is mine to do. I am calm and patient with everyone I meet. I am incredibly healthy. I love and accept my body completely!) This is particularly powerful if you take something you normally criticize yourself about. Then, throughout the day, have a Personal Pep rally where you repeat that affirmation over and over, with enthusiasm and intensity! You are honoring the Truth of who you are, and you will actually see a difference in how you experience this amazing thing called life!

#3: Love yourself enough to create your own Portable Self Care Kit

selfcare-kit-webThis can really be fun! What we are encouraging you to do is pack up your own little kit of self care, so you can always be present to and mindful of the Truth of who you are. This kit can vary, depending on who you are and where you are going. For example, Cher likes to carry a special 12-Powers stone in her jacket pocket. When she sticks her hands in her pocket and feels that stone, it is a warm and gentle reminder of her 12 Powers — and she affirms that all her Powers are quickened in that moment. Another example: we have a friend who loads up his iPod with meditation music and inspiring podcasts to listen to as he commutes to work. You can include affirmation cards, special pictures, a small aroma-therapy bottle; it could be special apps on your smartphone (i.e., a bell tone every hour to remind you to breathe, a meditation app; upbeat positive music, etc.)

Think about what you could carry around with you (without feeling burdened) that serves as a constant reminder of how special and worthy you are.

BONUS TIP: Love yourself enough to schedule Permanent Trips to Headquarters ~ to renew your spirit and reconnect with your Oneness.

For Fun:

music_10064396-031914Here’s our rewrite of Love Potion #9, written from a MetaSpiritual perspective. You can sing it to the tune of Love Potion #9.

Love Potion 3:16

I made a list of all that’s wrong with me —
That list was longer than the eye could see —
But when my time at Headquarters convened
I got a little lesson in …
Love Potion 3:16.

I tried to justify my lack of faith
And why my self talk seemed to cause such ache –
But then in the Silence something intervened
And said, “What you need is …
Love Potion 3:16.”

From deep down within me I sensed a rush of light
I knew in that moment that everything was right.
I had no separation, felt incredible ease
I took a breath, I closed my eyes, I drank in peace!

I didn’t know if it was day or night —
I just felt love for everything in sight —
I’ve never been the same and it’s very plain to see
The Truth of who I am is …
Love Potion 3:16!

So this week, take a healthy dose of Love Potion #316 and remind yourself that You Are Worthy & you are connected, as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

© Bil & Cher Holton  (Check out our Online community for people who are more spiritual than religious!)

Lyrics credit:
Original lyrics Love Potion #9: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Revised lyrics: Cher Holton
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It’s a Cold Day in Hell

 

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As we emerge from the Blizzard of 2016, we thought it might be appropriate to write a blog about a cold day in Hell! When you hear someone say, “It will be a cold day in Hell before something happens, it generally means that the chances of that something happening are absolutely impossible or highly unlikely to happen. The operative sentiment is: it’s NEVER going to happen!

The other two idioms similar to ‘a cold day in hell’ that express the same sentiments are: ‘When hell freezes over,’* and ‘Not a snowball’s chance in hell.’

The original ‘cold day in hell’ idiomatic expression is believed to have originated sometime in the late 19th century in America, perhaps around 1888 or 1889. Its etymology is ‘cold natured’ so etymologists haven’t gotten warm enough to pin point its origins. (Now we’re messing with you!)

Some fairly common ‘cold day in hell’ expressions you’ve probably heard are:

  • “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I return his calls.”
  • “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I forgive what they’ve done.”
  • “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I go out with him again.”
  • “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I trust you again.”
  • “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I win the lottery.”

What’s interesting about all of these ‘cold day in hell’ sentiments is that they all imply that ‘hell’ is a place, a place regarded in many mainstream religious traditions as a realm of evil and suffering. It is often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the surface of the earth where the wicked are punished after death.hell-dreamstime_xs_38766543

The word ‘hell’ is mentioned fifty-five times in the Bible and is depicted as a hellish place characterized by fire, eternal punishment, death, torment and anguish, misery, and wickedness. It’s seen as a place you don’t want to go – and don’t want your loved ones to go. It is an incinerator of suffering! A crematory of anguish! An abode of super-heated agony with fiery temperatures off the charts!

Cooler climates are not expected there. There is no air-conditioning. Nor will there ever be, as we have been taught. It is a place of perpetual burning. So, snowballs in hell, ice-cream and frozen custard, snow cones, iced tea and iced coffee, and popsicles are out of the question. Ice skating, ice fishing, ice hockey and snow skiing are, too! It would be a ‘cold day in hell’ before you enjoyed those things down there!

The notion of this kind of hell has been popular for centuries. If you happen to have been brought up in a traditional Christian home, chances are this kind of ‘hell’ was passed on to you at a very early age. You have been led to believe that this futuristic, end of life state, and otherworldly place is located in some sinister other-worldly realm below the earth.

If it was, and if it is still your dominant belief about hell — and its oven-like qualities — we invite you to suspend that belief as soon as possible. (And we believe it doesn’t have to be a ‘cold day in hell’ before you outgrow that Neanderthal concept)!

All that we have mentioned above in this blogcast comes to this: What if hell isn’t a physical place at all, but a state of consciousness? What if hell isn’t a geographical location ruled by a red-garbed being with horns, tail and pitchfork, where people scream in agony and are tortured endlessly in eternal flames?

HellStateOfConsciousness-dt_31820845-CherHere’s the thing — because hell is a state of consciousness (a hellish one, we might add) that can be described as a state of mind that retails suffering, torment, anguish, misery, wickedness, hatefulness, violence, denial of our innate divinity, deceitfulness, and disrespect for others — we can cool off those divisive thoughts and hellish inclinations so there can be ‘cold days in hell.’

As a matter of fact, we can create so many ‘cold days in hell’ that we can cool hell off once and for all! Metaphysically, a ‘day’ represents an ‘enlightened spiritual thought’ and ‘hell’ symbolizes a ‘consciousness that denies our innate divinity.’ So, you see, when you allow an enlightened spiritual thought to enter a hellish state of consciousness, it cools off a violent disposition. It cools off deceitfulness and disrespect shown to others. It cools off divisiveness and hatred.

  • When we create Nobel Prizes for loving kindness, compassion, and unconditional love shown to others…
  • When we choose, as a human species, to end violence and war, in all of their forms…
  • When we put people before profits…
  • When we choose to end world hunger and put an end to irresponsible drug use…
  • When we decide once and for all to respect the dignity of all people regardless of their age, disability, national origin, color, religion, lifestyle orientation and gender…
  • When we treat women as the equals they are…
  • When we create peace on earth…

We will be able to say unequivocally and with a clear conscience…

FINALLY, IT’S A COLD DAY IN HELL … each time we achieve one of these long-awaited-for improvements in human nature!

So today, make it a cold day in hell by making a conscious choice about your state of consciousness — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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*As a side note, it’s a fact that Hell — which is between Flint and Ann Arbor, Michigan — froze over in 2004. (There is a Hell, California located near Interstate 10 which was built in 1964. Hell, CA was founded ten years earlier in 1954 by Charles Carr. Of course, since Carr’s Hell is a desert town, it’ll be a ‘cold day in Hell if that Hell freezes over.)

© Revs. Drs. Bil & Cher Holton, Global Center for Spiritual Practices

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What Do the People, Places, and Things from the Nativity Mean…From a Spiritual Perspective?

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The Christmas story is a beautiful story. But it’s not just about a Jewish child born in a manger to Joseph and Mary a little over 2,000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem.

Christmas represents the birth of our awareness that the Christ Presence has expressed Itself as us in human form. And like Jesus, we can grow
into our conscious Christhood by following the same inner compass
He used to find his way Home.

We believe humankind’s unwillingness to embrace this truth has caused us to miss many opportunities for both inner peace and world peace. We’ve missed the true purpose of our lives— which is to be the best Christ we can be. We’ve neglected the true meaning of Christmas.

The most inconvenient spiritual truth of all time is … Are you ready for the best answer we can offer? Take a deep breath. If you’re sitting near a loved one you may want to hold each other’s hand. If you’re by yourself, you may want to fasten your seatbelt!

The most inconvenient spiritual truth of all time is this: The Only Begotten Son born in a manger to Joseph and Mary is the same Only Begotten Son born in each of us. It is the Christ Presence within us. It is the Planetary Christ expressing Itself in human form as each and every one of us!

The Christmas story is our story. It is the drama of the birth of our awakening to the Truth that we are the Christ expressing at the point of us. Metaphysically, it represents a transformation in consciousness. It is a moment of enlightenment, an interior journey of the growing awareness of our unfolding Christhood.

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What follows is a metaphysical snapshot of that spiritual unfoldment. Metaphysically speaking, all of the people, places, and events in the Bible represent qualities, traits, habits, and abilities within us. We hope you’ll like our MetaSpiritual treatment of the Christmas story:

Census:  A time when all of the beliefs, values, and assumptions gained from sense consciousness are called into account through our personal introspection

Inn:  Represents the unenlightened intellect which has no room for higher spiritual insights 

Cave:  The womb-like mystery of life which gives birth to form

Manger:   Represents baser human emotions associated with our human personality

Swaddling Clothes: The confinement and limitations imposed by physicality

Nazareth:   State of awareness in which we center our thoughts on spiritual things instead of material things

Galilee:  Subconscious feelings and emotions which sense evolving truths

Bethlehem: The abiding place (our heart) of Universal Substance (bread)

Jerusalem:  State of inner peace, a consciousness filled with the peace which passes all misunderstanding

Judah (Judea): Acknowledgement of our oneness with our God Essence, the Eternal Presence

Egypt:  Coma consciousness (sense or material consciousness)

Mary: Represents our pure, maternal, and superior intuition which is unequivocally open and receptive to Divine Ideas

Joseph: Represents our dutiful and trusting intellect which is characterized by superior wisdom and understanding. The intellect finds it difficult to give birth to divine ideas, it can only protect them and nurture them through disciplined spiritual practice

Elizabeth:  Mature spiritual unfoldment characterized by faith, trust, love, and confidence in intuitive promptings

Zechariah: Attuned intellectual understanding that evidences our becoming aware of the deeper spiritual implications of religious teachings

Infant John (later known as John the Baptizer): Growing moral awareness of our need to prepare ourselves and others for responsible spiritual growth

Angels: Higher thoughts, insights, and inclinations which come from a consciousness grounded in Truth principles

Gabriel: Spiritual discernment which allows our Divine Nature to guide us

Christ Child: The birth of the Christ Pattern (the infant Christ Nature) in us

Shepherds: The humble, trustworthy, natural thoughts we have that watch over our good and obedient intentions (sheep)

 Animals (Donkey, Ox, Sheep, Lamb, Dove, etc.):
   – donkey: Humility, courage, persistence;

   – ox: infusion of cosmic and spiritual forces;
   – sheep: obedient intentions;
   – lamb: purity, innocence, harmlessness;
   – camel: strength, endurance, and perseverance;
   – turtledove: fidelity, love;
   – dove: purity, gentleness and peace 

Wise Men:  The esoteric knowledge and superior spiritual insights that make us open and receptive to our Christ Nature

 Herod: Our egocentric willfulness characterized by its paranoia and material aggrandizements

 East: That ‘state of higher consciousness’ within us — Headquarters

 Star: The spark of precognition (universal knowing) within us that prompts our receptivity to our divine nature

 Gold: Our ability to transform material consciousness into spiritual awareness so that our possessions do not possess us

Frankincense: Affirmative prayer and meditation which lift us above worldly concerns

 Myrrh: Letting go of anything which is no longer needed for our higher good

Simeon: Our intellectual openness to the truth that our real self is the Christ Self

 Anna: Our emotional readiness to subordinate our human personality to our Christ individuality

Virgin Birth: Represents the undefiled and purified stillness of mind in us which gives birth to our awareness of the Christ Pattern (For an in-depth article about the Virgin Birth, including a history of virgin births and our MetaSpiritual interpretation, see our blog article: metaphysicalbible.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/what-does-the-virgin-birth-mean-from-a-spiritual-perspective/ )

 Immaculate Conception: When our intuitive intelligence, love, and receptivity to our innate divinity are raised to their highest and purest spiritual essences, we immaculately conceive a pure, inviolate Christed Idea.

 Nativity Event:   When we reach a certain stage of spiritual development, our divinely-inspired intuitive abilities spring into action (immaculately conceive) because of our new born Christ awareness (virgin birth).

 As you meditate on this interpretation of the people, places, and things associated with the Nativity, what does Christmas mean to you? Scroll down to the “Leave a Reply section, and share your 1-2 sentence description of the meaning of Christmas, from your heart!

Blessings for a Merry Christmas!

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What Does the Virgin Birth Mean — From a Spiritual Perspective?

NativityStainGlassAccording to the well-known Biblical account, the archangel Gabriel promised virgin Mary that she would give birth to “the Son of the Highest.” 

She replied “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” And the angel answered, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” And thus, according to the literal interpretation of scripture, the Blessed Virgin Mary immaculately conceived Jesus.

A Little History About Virgin Births (To skip to our MetaSpiritual Interpretation, just scroll further down!)

You may be interested to know that Mary was herself believed to have been born of a virgin. The ancient traditions assert that Mary’s parents were filled and purified by the Holy Ghost, and freed from the need for sexual intercourse. Roman Catholicism holds that the ‘genetic material’ of which Mary was formed was pure and holy.

Actually, virgin births are an unbelievably common theme found in antiquity of the world’s Messianic traditions. We will share a few of these immaculate conceptions in this blogcast and then conclude with our MetaSpiritual interpretation of the virgin birth phenomenon. You may want to fasten your seat belt.

The most likely oldest account on record (before 2500 BCE) of this timeless tradition of immaculately born ‘Saviors’ is the birth of Mithra, who was the divine offspring of Anahita, according to Vedic tradition. And, according to the ancient Babylonian Epic Gilgamesh, Aruru immaculately conceived Enkidu by fashioning him from a rock.

Lotus-1According to a very old Buddhic tradition, the virgin Maya gives birth to Shakyamuni Buddha, and conceives him when she dreams that a beautiful white elephant (an Eastern symbol of the Holy Spirit) approached her carrying a lotus blossom and entered her womb. From another Buddhic tradition Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) was immaculately conceived without a mother or a father when he was conceived from a lotus blossom. His name literally means ‘lotus born.’

According to Hindu mythology, the Hindu Savior and demon slayer Karttikeya was born from a seed of Shiva. Also, the Pandava brothers, the central heroes of the famous Hindu spiritual epic the Mahabharata, were born of virgin mothers.

Hephaistos (Vulcan to the Romans) was immaculately conceived by Hera “without love’s physical union.” The Greek hero Perseus was the immaculately born son of princess Danae.

According to the Greek philosopher Speusippus, ‘the divine’ Plato was the ‘son of Apollo’ and was himself immaculately conceived. The Romans share a similar story when they report that chaste Rhea Silvia was a Vestal Virgin that bore two sons, Romulus and Remus, who were the legendary forbears of the Roman civilization. They were celebrated as the divine sons of the god Mars.

The Greek Dionysus (the Roman Bacchus) was born to the virgin Semele, who was divinely impregnated by Zeus. Krishna (the Hindu Christ) was immaculately conceived by his virgin mother Devaki through the process of mental transmission by Vasudeva.

Isis was the Divine Mother of the Egyptian pantheon and the virgin mother of the Egyptian Christ, Horus. And Nut, was the virgin mother of the Egyptian Savior Osiris.

According to Aztec legend, Huitzilopochtli was immaculately conceived by his virgin mother Coatlicue and was said to have sprung from her womb fully formed. In another Aztec legend, the virgin Chimalman conceived Quetzalcoatl who became the Aztec Christ.

Mayan legend holds that the virgin maiden Xquic conceived the hero-twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque (the central figures of a narrative included within the colonial K’iche’ document called Popol Vuh which is the oldest Mayan myth to have been preserved in its entirety). The Persian Savior, Zoroaster (Zarathustra), was born of the virgin mother Dughdova.

rainbow-water.258219-smallAccording to Chinese mythology, the virgin Moyë was walking along a river bank, when she became suddenly enveloped by a rainbow and conceived the divine son, Fohi. The Chinese Christ, Fu Xi, and the great Chinese hero, Hou Chi, were immaculately conceived when their mothers stepped into the footprint of the God of Thunder.

The hero Chuchulainn was born of the solar god Lugh and his physical father was the prophet Sualtimh (who was also said to be of virgin birth). Chuchulainn was immaculately conceived by the maiden Dechtire.

Dung Ming, founder of the Korean race, was born of a harem virgin. According to Mongolian legend, virgin Alan-ko gave birth to Bodunchar who was conceived when an ethereal being of light stroked her stomach.

The fabled magician Merlin was also believed to have been immaculately conceived by a virgin maiden of high royal lineage who was ‘touched’ by a deity from the Otherworld. The great sage and magician Taliesin was the immaculate progeny of the sorceress Ceridwyn.

There is also a Celtic hero named Mabon ap Modron who was the immaculate progeny of a solar deity and a river goddess. Metaphysically, Mabon represents the timeless saga of our super-consciousness being imprisoned by the ego and our soul journey to free ourselves from its material influence. Actually, this MetaSpiritual meaning can be attributed to all of the immaculately conceived Saviors from all of the world’s faith traditions.

From the Native American tradition, Changing Woman of the Navajo immaculately conceived the twins Nayenezgani and Tobadjishtchini when she stepped dripping with water into the light of the sun. Also, according to Pueblo mythology, Posayamo was born to a virgin who was eating pine nuts. The Apache cultural hero Child-of-the-Water was immaculately born to White-Painted-Woman. Deganawida of the Seneca was born to a Huron virgin.

A MetaSpiritual Perspective of the Virgin Birth

HealingHands-SpiritualityFrom a MetaSpiritual perspective, the virginal birth archetypes throughout history are metaphors for the Christ Principle (God, the Eternal Presence, Brahman, our Divine Nature, etc.) becoming manifest (unfolding, expressing Itself) in human form as us. As you can see, the drama of the immaculate conception is not the exclusive property of any one religion or world ideology. It is the universal story of the unmanifest Christ Principle becoming manifest!

This virginal Christ Presence (Principle) is the Only Begotten Son which comes out of the cosmic union of fire (Spirit) and water (matter). What’s more, a Christed idea is a virgin birth. A Buddhic insight is a virgin birth. A Krishnic choice is a virgin birth. A Great Spirit action is a virgin birth.

While we encourage you to enjoy the traditional virgin birth narrative in the Nativity story which has been celebrated millions of times, we also invite you to take a more spiritual than religious look at the virgin birth story as well. We believe a highly spiritual look, based on a MetaSpiritual perspective, will deepen your spirituality and expand your overall awareness when it comes to realizing the truth about who you really are – a spiritual being having a human experience.

MetaSpiritually, and uncommon-sensically, the ‘Christ Child’ is born whenever anyone comes to the virginal conscious realization that he or she is the Cosmic Christ expressing in human form as him/her. It is a pristine moment of enlightenment. It is an immaculate conception (the rare, but highly receptive, intuitive readiness for the Truth). It is an unblemished, pure, and stainless mystical insight into our True Spiritual Nature.

That is the spiritual essence of the traditional virgin birth stories. From a MetaSpiritual perspective, it is the blossoming (birth) of our higher awareness of that great Truth! In a much more expanded and 21st century-ized sense, every newly-formed Christed thought and idea, pioneering Christ-centric choice, and authentic Christed action is a virgin birth.

Our eternal wish for you is that you will give birth to many ‘virgin births’ of pure, unadulterated super-conscious Truths and insights as you walk the spiritual path on practical, more enlightened and Christ-aware feet. The more virgin births in your thought universe that you consciously orchestrate, the more enlightened and Self-Realized you will become!

Merry Christmas from Bil andCherHolton

© 2013, 2015 Bil and Cher Holton, YourSpiritualPractice.com

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Let’s Talk About the Real Apocalypse

4Horsemen-spiritualInterpretationWe’ve heard a lot of comments lately proclaiming that the Apocalypse is upon us! It is said with fear and trepidation, a prediction of the end of times. But did you know:

An apocalypse, from the Greek: apokálypsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure of knowledge.’ It is the ‘lifting of the veil’ or a ‘revelation’ or ‘a revealing of something hidden.’ Apocalyptic writing, based on a “literalbot”* orientation, generally interprets the apocalyptic symbolism as forecasting the end of the world or the end of times.

[Skip to the bottom for the Spiritual Perspective!!]

Historic Writings

In John’s Book of Revelation**, the last book of the New Testament, the vision which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil which creates the end of the present age. A similar story is told by Jewish pseudepigraphicist Baruch ben Neriah in two distinct texts, the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch (2nd century CE) and the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (4th century CE).

In the Old Testament Book of Daniel the apocalypse is described as ‘that which shall come to pass in the later days.’ (Daniel 2:28)

All of the ancient writings refer to the apocalypse as either the ‘restoration,’ ‘restitution,’ ‘time of fulfillment,’ or ‘time of redemption’ when it is explained positively. It will be a time of rejoicing and celebration when the Christ and Sophia reunite. The All will reunite with the many.

When it is viewed from a negative standpoint it is referred to as ‘the resolution,’
‘the consummation of an age,’ ‘the coming end of the Aeon,’ ‘the time of dissolution,’ ‘the appointed time,’ or ‘the last days.’ It is billed as a time of judgment, condemnation and punishment.

In an ancient Gnostic text called On the Origin of the World found among the works in the Nag Hammadi Library, an end of the world scenario is described:

The phoenix, a symbol for the savior, will appear as a sign: And the phoenix first appears in a living state, and dies, and rises again, being a sign of what has become apparent at the consummation of the age. Before the consummation of the age, the whole place will shake with great thundering. The angels will mourn for their mankind, and the demons will weep over their seasons, and humankind will wail and scream at their death. Then the age will begin, and they will be disturbed. Their kings will be intoxicated with the fiery sword, and they will wage war against one another, so that the earth is intoxicated with bloodshed. And the seas will be disturbed by those wars. Then the sun will become dark, and the moon will cause its light to cease. The stars of the sky will cancel their circuits. (122:29)

In another text from antiquity, the Sethian Gnostic text called Trimorphic Protennoia, also found in the Nag Hammadi Library, predicts signs of the end:

Then, when the great Authorities knew that the time of fulfillment had appeared – just as in the pangs of the parturient it (the time) has drawn near, so also had the destruction approached – all together the elements trembled, and the foundations of the underworld and the ceilings of Chaos shook, and a great fire shone within their midst, and the rocks and the earth were shaken like a reed shaken by the wind.  (43:4)

The Gnostic Christian text, the Apocryphon of John, tells of a revelation Jesus Christ gave to the apostle John about the end of times. And in the Gnostic text, Concept of Our Great Power, the corruption of our physical body and our soul becoming enlightened once again and returning to the Light are emphasized.

These sentiments are repeated in the Gospel of Thomas, which has Jesus as the Savior of humankind saying, “I shall destroy this house (our corruptible physical body), and no one will be able to build it again.” (45:34-71). The Second Apocryphon of James corroborates this perspective, “This (house) I shall doom to destruction and derision of those who are in ignorance.” (60:20)

Modern Interpretations

Today, there are many anthropogenic*** scenarios of humankind’s apocalyptic ‘extinction proneness.’ Anthropogenic extinction scenarios include: global war, overpopulation, global nuclear annihilation, global biological extinction, dysgenic gene manipulation, global pandemics, and total ecological collapse.

The implication in all of these apocalyptic scenarios is that there will be some kind of an end of time and/or or end of an era collapse and extinction of humankind – with no Noah’s ark to the rescue, we might add! Unfortunately, this kind of ‘global collapse thinking’ has been programmed into humanity’s guilt-laden collective consciousness since time began.

A Spiritual Perspective of the Apocalypse

The interesting thing about this collective doomsday thinking, in our opinion, is that it is based on a hidden truth that has been corrupted by the genealogical guilt trip we’ve laid on ourselves since the beginning of our time on Earth! We’ve perpetuated it by concocting scenarios like the ones we’ve mentioned above and producing movies that glamorize the end of the human race ad nauseam.

New JerusalemIn our opinion, we, as spiritual beings, have invented our extinction psychology because we feel guilty for choosing a physical incarnation with all of its sensory delights instead of remaining as ethereal spiritual beings who consistently and perpetually express our conscious oneness with the Godhead! We’ve chosen separation instead of unity. So, the extinction scenarios we’ve invented are the imaginative punishments we’ve decided we deserve as a ‘fallen species.’

The good news is there will not be, nor has there ever been, a God-ordained mass extinction of the human race! (You may want to read that sentence again)! That kind of global apocalypse is a figment of our collective imaginations. That’s not to say there couldn’t be an anthropogenic extinction. We humans have been known to make a few poor choices throughout our skin school history.

The apocalyptic ‘restoration’ we predict will be humankind growing spiritually enough and enlightened enough to outgrow our egocentric worldly nature by remembering who we really are and becoming Self-Realized enough that we grow fully into and express our Divine Nature which has always been our birthright. It will be the end of the ego’s temporal rulership and the beginning our Divine Nature’s full expression. Peace (the apocalypse) will be established on earth (our unenlightened human consciousness) like it is in heaven (our fully illuminated super-consciousness).

Here’s the most important part: It starts with YOU! that’s right! As each of us takes our responsibility seriously to make wise choices in expressing our Divine Nature in everything we do, we establish peace within — we eliminate any illusion of separation — our human self and our Divine Self are One — and only then will we manifest peace in our world … as we walk the spiritual path on practical feet!


* Literalbots are mainstream religious clergy and church members who interpret sacred scripture literally and believe that scripture is inerrant.
** You may want to see our metaphysical interpretation on the Book of Revelation: A Manual Describing the Unfoldment of Our Christ Nature which contends that the fabled ‘apocalypse’ is actually referring to the end of our worldly egocentric consciousness and the beginning of our ruling Super-consciousness! (It includes a metaphysical interpretation of the four Horsemen.)
***Anthropogenic refers to any catastrophic human impact on the environment and the world.
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Do You Believe in a Helicopter God?

HelicopterGodThe concept of a helicopter God comes from a parenting industry term called ‘helicopter parent.’ Helicopter parents got their ‘hovering license’ because, like helicopters, they hover overhead. The same thing goes for the belief in a micromanaging God who supposedly hovers overhead in order to watch every move we humans make, control our lives, and intervene on our behalf.

We’re going to ‘hover’ over helicopter parenting first and then share our insights about the unfortunate near-sightedness of a mythical helicopter God. As we compare the two concepts, we invite you to draw your own conclusions about how each affects your children’s and your own soul growth.

A Quick Look at Helicopter Parents (for comparison’s sake)

People think this is a new concept, but the helicopter metaphor for over-parenting appeared as early as 1969 in the bestselling popular psychology book Between Parent & Teenager by Dr. Haim Ginott. The book mentions a teenager who complains: “Mother hovers over me like a helicopter…”

HelicopterParents-ca15659632Helicopter parents typically take too much responsibility for their children’s successes and life experiences. This type of overbearing fussiness means being involved in a youngster’s life in a way that is pushy and over-controlling, over-protective and oppressive, over-perfecting and over-inflated. This excessive, over-shadowing parenting style may produce the short term academic and behavioral results parents want, but in the long run the excessive hovering destabilizes the parent-child relationship.

  • Making your 3-year-old’s bed isn’t hovering. Making your 13-year-old’s bed is.
  • Cleaning your 2-year-old’s room isn’t over-rearing. Cleaning your 20-year-old’s
    room is.
  • Laundering your 4-year-old’s cloths isn’t being over-controlling. Laundering your
    14-year-old’s cloths teaches your teenager poor self-care habits.

Providing disproportionate assistance for homework and school projects is creating overly-dependent, subservient children. Practices like calling your children each morning to wake them up for class and complaining to their teachers and/or professors about their grades are disempowering. Becoming long distance proxied summer camp officials to monitor the paid summer camp officials’ treatment of your child is not the way to build your child’s social responsibility skills.

BartSimpsondreamstime_xs_46250348We’re not ‘Simpson’ fans, but for those who are, we’re reminded of the ‘Father Knows Worst’ episode of the 20th season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox Network in the United States on April 26, 2009. In the episode, Bart and Lisa are struggling in both their academic and social lives at school and Homer becomes a helicopter parent. The whole episode is about too much of Homer’s presence. He dotes obsessively and over-steers, over-protects and over-controls, and becomes pushy to a fault, creating disastrous results!

However you slice it, helicopter parents put their own emotional and narcissistic needs ahead of the developmental needs of their children. Social psychologists have found that inappropriate, anxiety-driven parenting tactics not only compromise children’s autonomy, confidence, mastery, and personal growth, they often reflect a highly judgmental attitude by parents, who praise their children when they do well, but withdraw affection when their ‘protégés’ don’t measure up.

Enough About Helicopter Parents! What’s a Helicopter God?

Okay. Okay. That’s the extent of our helicopter parenting perspective. We hope our treatment of the concept of a helicopter God which humankind invented will be as unhelicoptery and non-judgmental as we can make it! However, it will become obvious that we aren’t fans of either.

We don’t want to sound like overprotective ministers, but we invite you to let the concept of a helicopter God (a drone God in today’s parlance) flutter out of your consciousness. There never has been a helicopter (drone) God. It’s the fig newton of a patriarchal, old school, religious mindset. A helicopter God (anthropomorphic God, drone God) is the foundation of mainstream religious traditions around the world. It has been reinforced through mistranslated and misinterpreted scriptures, perpetuated by fossilized doctrinal edicts, and preserved by millions of well-intentioned — although unenlightened –ministers in pulpits throughout America and beyond.

Remember the often quoted mainstream religious story about God sending two boats and a helicopter? For those who somehow missed the story, it goes something like this:

Flood-rooftop-ca20453933It’s raining really hard. There’s a fundamental Christian living beside a river and it starts to flood. The sheriff’s deputies come by and tell him he should leave before the river cuts off the road.

“The Lord will save me,” he tells them.

A short time later the river is up to his front porch. Some folks come by in a boat and tell him to hop in and they’ll take him to safety.

“The Lord will save me,” he tells them.

The water rises above the first floor and the man has to climb on his roof. The National Guard comes by in a boat and begs him to come with them.

“The Lord will save me,” he parrots.

The waters keep rising and the man is clinging to his chimney. A helicopter appears and lowers a rope, but he refuses to go, telling them, “The Lord will save me.”

Finally he is standing on top of the chimney and the river is still rising.

“Lord,” he calls out, “Lord, why have you forsaken me?”

The sky splits open and a HUGE voice booms out… “I sent two boats and a helicopter … What more do you want?”

This cute little story epitomizes the helicopter (anthropomorphic, drone) God concept. It reinforces the unfortunate concept of a God ‘out there,’ separate from us, who is believed to micromanage human affairs. It is based on the belief of a God who punishes sinners and rewards believers – and, as this story implies, sometimes there is a disconnect with that ‘hovering’ God when good people are hurt, lost, sacrificed, and abused!

Things, like rescue attempts from housetops, seem to fall between the cracks when we believe there is distance between us and the Creator. People have been ruthlessly programmed through centuries of mainstream religious teachings to look ‘out there’ for answers. They have been taught to see authority figures (clergy, priests, popes) and conventional institutions (churches, synagogues, parishes) as intercessors to speak in their behalf to a god ‘out there.’

There are many scriptures used to support this belief. The three that follow are representative of the mainstream religious Helicopter God concept:

“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings” (Deuteronomy 32:11).

“For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,” declares the LORD, “to be my people for my renown and praise and honor” (Jeremiah 13:11).

“How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings” (Matthew 23:37-39).

We believe a MetaSpiritual interpretation of these verses all reflect the longing of our human self to be consciously one with our Higher Self, and that the gifts of our 12 Powers are always present to give us the inner guidance and resources to manifest from the Field of Infinite Potential.

Let Go of the Helicopter God

As you continue to unfold your spiritual nature outside of the limited perspectives of organized mainstream religions, you come to understand that there is no external, anthropomorphic force that acts upon you; that guides you if you’re dutiful; that heals you instead of someone else, or heals someone else instead of you; that rewards believers, but punishes sinners; that sacrificed His Son to purge the world of sin, but then allows humankind to sin anyway.

These are established Helicopter God views. But in the principles of universal unity and oneness as taught by physicists, neuroscientists, epigeneticists, biologists and metaphysicians, you are not a creation of God, molded and shaped and set on the path of life ‘down here’ in skin school. You are the Force or Presence of the Eternal Presence we call God expressing Itself as you in human form.

The mainstream religious God as the potter, the watchmaker, the chessmaster, the punisher of sins, the white-bearded Zeus-like author of the Ten Commandments has lost its relevance and believability for those who consider themselves to be more spiritual than religious. As we’ve mentioned previously, such a micro-managing anthropomorphic, drone-buzzing God in the sky has never existed.

Embrace A Spiritual Perspective of God

The God of our understanding is an Eternal Presence that is the Ground of all Being. Its omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and omni-activity are timeless and limitless. The God of our understanding is not bound by rotor blades, cockpit, downdrafts, gravity, cosmic inflation or the speed of light. Nor does the God of our understanding sit nonchalantly by and let bad things happen to good people. The God of our understanding is certainly not a white-bearded goodie God in the sky that gives you things and expects to be worshipped.

binary-starsThe God of our understanding is the Field of Infinite Potential. It is Pure Beingness and Goodness and the Essence of the Universality of Love which uses consciousness as Its vehicle. The God of our understanding underwrites the entire manifest and unmanifest realms. The God of our understanding is Pure Transcendence and Pure Immanence, Pure Visiblity and Pure Invisiblity, Quantumness and Spiritness, Principle and That Which Underwrites Principle, Energy and That Which Uses Energy, Universal Isness and Molecular Isness, Absoluteness and Relativeness, Planetary Logos and Intergalactic Logos, the One and the Many, the Unknowable and the Known, That Which Can Be Known and That Which Will Never Be Known, etc.

We invite you to reflect on the God of your own understanding. We affirm that your thoughts and insights will have both landing gears as well as wings — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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Is There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow? Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar — A Spiritual Perspective

rainbow-goldIn this blogcast we’re going to show you where the ‘pot of gold’ is at the end of the rainbow. It’s not hard to find. People only think it is. When you find it, you’ll be able to fly under the radar of troublesome economic times or any other human challenge.

Let’s start with the most popular song about the rainbow: ‘Over the Rainbow’ (sometimes mistakenly called Somewhere Over the Rainbow) is a song with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz, and it became Judy Garland’s signature song.

The song depicts a young girl’s desire to escape from the ‘hopeless jumble’ of this world, from the sadness of raindrops to the bright new world ‘over the rainbow.’ It expresses the childlike faith that a door will magically open to a place where ‘troubles melt like lemon-drops.’

The song is so popular that it tops the ‘Songs of the Century’ list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Its lyrics are simple but compelling:

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly
Somewhere over the rainbow the dreams that you dreamed of really do come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me.

Tens of millions of people today have joined Judy in that search. You may even be searching for the ‘pot of gold’ yourself.

The idea that a pot of gold can be found at rainbow’s end may have originated in Silesia, an obscure area of eastern Europe. It was said that angels put the gold at the end of the rainbow to give people something to strive for.

rainbow-gold-leprachaunHat-ca20258740Another version of the fable is that a leprechaun granted one wish to a couple who was very poor and had few possessions. They asked for gold. The materialism of the couple made the leprechaun so angry that he told them he put their riches in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As the story goes, the couple is still looking for the end of the rainbow.

 

Some Things You Should Know About Rainbows.

  • The human eye can detect seven colors in the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. They’re in order from the longest to the shortest wavelength.
  • While it is traditionally believed that rainbows are only composed of the seven colors mentioned above, rainbows are composed of a whole spectrum of colors from red to violet, including colors that the human eye can’t see.
  • There’s something else you should know about rainbows. You can’t go under a rainbow’s arch and come out the other side. According to the laws of physics since a rainbow is composed of light and water, it is always in front of you when your back is to the sun.The moment you attempt to go through it – poof – it vanishes. Physically, it vanishes because your perspective changes. Your relationship to it is different. We’ll mention its metaphysical implications a little later.

 

The Rainbow and the Bible

rainbow-water.258219-smallThe rainbow is mentioned twice in the Bible: in the first book (Genesis 9:13-14), and in the last book (Revelation 4:3; 10:1). In the literal account of Genesis God promises Noah that He will never flood the earth again. He tells Noah that He is placing a rainbow in the sky as a permanent sign of His covenant with humankind. The Revelation account refers back to the Genesis story.

 

Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar: A Spiritual Perspective

Many myths and traditions use the rainbow as a bridge which spans heaven and earth. It joins the physical world with the non-physical world. These myths are truer than you might think.

Let’s explore the phrase ‘under the radar.’ The phrase ‘flying under the radar’ originated as a military term to describe an aircraft’s being able to sneak into enemy territory without being spotted. However, the phrase has morphed into a useful non-military phrase which describes people and organizations who manage to stay ‘invisible’ when they don’t want to be noticed.

So where are we going with rainbows and radar in this blogcast?

We’re going to show you how you can go to the place Judy Garland
sang about: ‘where troubles melt like lemon drops.
It’s a place where you can fly under the radar.

In Talks on Truth, Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore says: “We can follow the guidance of Spirit, the still small voice; or we can go blindly ahead and learn by the hard experience associated with giving into outer appearances.”

Another way of saying that is: Follow the rainbow so you can stay under the radar.

12PowersLogo-webThe rainbow we’re talking about is your innate, colorful spectrum of 12 fundamental spiritual abilities.* Charles Fillmore calls them spiritual powers. And the radar is our raised consciousness which protects us from enemies like: negativity, fear, doubt, jealousy, and hopelessness.

Charles Fillmore also called the 12 powers thrones that reflect the image of God within us. Each of these powerful spiritual qualities has tremendous transforming power. Jesus the Christ developed all 12 of them. Other mystics and masters have developed these spiritual powers. You have the opportunity to do the same.

When you quicken any of these 12 centers you move your human personality one step closer to fulfilling your divine nature, one step closer to moving beyond human limitations, one giant leap closer to fulfilling what you came to do.

The Unity message is this – you don’t have to look ‘out there’ for a ‘pot of gold.’ The truth is YOU ARE THE RAINBOW! Your body is a rainbow body. The colors of the rainbow are your 12 spiritual powers. And the ‘pot of gold’ is the Presence of God within you. The ‘pot of gold’ is the Presence of God within you. The ‘pot of gold’ is the Presence of God within you … (You get it — you can just keep repeating this phrase!)

You can experience that Presence now, later, or never. It can be a now thing, or a later thing, or a never thing. Cher and I encourage you to be a nowologist. Plan for the future, but live in the now. Stay under the radar.

Here’s a quick story to illustrate our point:

Two truth students are meditating with their spiritual leader. One of them is having difficulty getting centered and still. The wise old teacher catches him fidgeting and glancing at his watch.

Finally, he leans over to his disruptive pupil and says: “Relax. Nothing happens next.”

His student gives him a puzzled look.

This now moment is all you’ve got,” says the master teacher. “Enjoy it. Honor it. Now is all there is!”

The old teacher is right, of course. We all live in the eternal now. Our power lies in the now moment.

Life is a present tense experience. Jesus lived in the present tense. Gandhi lived in the present tense. Black Elk lived in the present tense. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore lived in the present tense.

The Indwelling Christ is the Present Tense. The Christ as us is eternal, omnipresent nowness. The ‘pot of gold’ is readily available.

rainbow.dove.258219-webYour search for the ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow is over when you realize you are the rainbow and the ‘pot of gold’ is your innate divinity.

When you come to that realization you will add stealth to your spiritual resume. You will be able to fly under the radar of troublesome outer appearances to that place ‘where troubles melt like lemon drops.

* The rainbow can also represent your seven major chakras. But that’s a perspective we’ll share in another blogcast.

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