Taking a Spiritual Vacation to “New Zeal Land”

NewZealand-MataiFalls-dtWe love to travel — and one of the places on our “Wish List” is Australia, including a side trip to New Zealand, of course! While we dream of that vacation, we want to travel in this blog to a different “New Zeal Land” — one you can visit anytime you wish, and a place where you can access Divine Wisdom as your souvenir!

We thought we’d zealously pursue ‘new zeal land’ — which means we’re going to be Zen about our treatment of where zeal goes after it finds a home. So, we’ll go slow to go fast. We’ll start with our definition of zeal as it relates to your spiritual growth.

Zeal is enthusiastic spiritual and/or religious excitement on steroids! It’s unbridled eagerness, unquenchable thirst, and tireless impatience in expressing our delight in learning new spiritual teachings and principles. We want the world to know what we’ve just learned and we have difficulty controlling our excitement.

The word translated as ‘zeal’ in Hebrew is kana and in the ancient Greek translation of the Torah, kana is often translated as zelao, from which the English word ‘zeal is derived. There are over 40 verses about zeal in the Bible.

It’s also important for you to know that zeal has its polarities, its positive and negative aspects, its yin/yang properties. So, we’ll mention them briefly as a preamble to the rest of our blogcast.

Zeal, at its highest human pitch when it comes to spiritual matters, can take the form of over-the-top enthusiasm. It can be over-bearing and obnoxious. A bit immature at times. On the other hand, it can take the form of a disciplined and charismatic energy, one that is controlled and mature when it is tempered by wisdom.

Whether it remains impetuous or ripens into a more mature form of zealous devotion is up to us. James E. Faust, author of Finding Light in a Dark World, talks about the nature of zeal’s properties: “Let’s not become so intense in our zeal to do good that we go beyond common sense and good manners, thereby promoting contention, invoke cynicism, or ridicule with flippancy.”

Zeal and Flying Saucers? Elijah and Elisha’s Story

We’ll explain what we mean when we say wisdom is the ‘new zeal land’ by taking you back to a story in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Testament, as it is called today. There is an account in 2 Kings that speaks of the binary nature of zeal. (We’re mostly New Testament metaphysicians, so we had to blow the dust off the Hebrew Testament half of our NIV Bible to reference 2 Kings, Chapter 2: verses 1 and 11).

Chariot-Fire-ElijahHere’s the gist of what this passage tells us: The prophet Elijah and his disciple Elisha were on their way from one village, Gilgal, to another, Bethel. As they were walking along, suddenly a fiery chariot and horses of fire appeared and separated the two men. In an instant, Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind.”

If you read between the literal lines of this story you realize that Elisha couldn’t fill out a missing persons report until 48 hours, so the local police never found Elijah, although his face appeared on goat milk cartons. (We’re messing with you!)

That’s how the literal account reads (except for the missing persons reference). Did this event really happen? Perhaps. Perhaps not! The interesting thing about this account is that ancient texts are filled with similar stories. Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, Assyrian, and dozens of other writings — even dozens of 20th century accounts — suggest that humans have been taken up in flying machines.

These air ships have been described as fiery missiles; comets from the sun; fiery chariots pulled by horse-like creatures; and more recently, space ships. Cosmologists say there is evidence that ‘sons of deities came down from the sun.’ They even speculate there were perhaps ancient astronauts who visited Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Whatever your beliefs are concerning ancient — and even modern day — visitors from ‘out there,’ there are enough compelling stories to spark your imagination and interest. And that’s okay. We may very well have been — and continue to be — visited by extraterrestrials. For example, if you’re curious you may want to examine historical records dating as far back as 214 BCE and 74 BCE.

In the 74 BCE account, Plutarch reported that a flaming metallic body fell from the sky between two fighting armies, one led by Roman general Lucullus and the other by Mithradates the Great. There’s also the highly publicized alien abduction stories of Betty and Barney Hill in 1964; Jim Weiner, Jack Weiner, Charles Foltz and Charles Rak who claim that they were abducted by aliens during a camping trip near Allagash, Maine in 1976; and hundreds of mysterious UFO sightings all over the world, up to and including this year.

A Metaphysical Perspective on Zeal: 2 Kings 2:1, 11

However, we want to take the Hebrew Testament story in a completely different direction and leave abduction stories and UFO sightings to your imagination and perhaps continuing interest. We’re even going to leave the literal account of the Bible story from 2 Kings to your fancy as well.

What we are going to do is interpret the people, places, things, and events in the 2 Kings account as representing characteristics, personality traits, talents and abilities within you – us and everyone. Why? Because we believe the Bible is a spiritual record of humankind’s evolving spiritual consciousness.

If you’re feeling enthusiastic enough, let’s begin. Here are the main people, places and things in the Biblical account that are all characteristics, abilities, and inclinations within you:

Elijah represents that zealous aspect of us that becomes wildly enthusiastic about spiritual and/or religious growth. It can be an over-the-top exuberance that needs to be tempered. It can become pushy and even obnoxious when we learn a new metaphysical teaching for the first time. The Elijah of us is a testament to our openness to integrating cutting edge science and spiritual knowledge. It also confirms our willingness to explore unanswered questions and test unquestioned answers!

Elisha represents our well-grounded spiritual nature, one defined by consummate wisdom, loving kindness and gentleness, unshakeable poise and composure, superior discernment, and a wealth of advanced spiritual knowledge. This aspect of us epitomizes our highly developed sense of oneness with our I AM Nature. It means we are Self-realized (capital ‘S’ Self, our Divine Self), metaphysically knowledgeable, and have made our life our spiritual practice.

(Note: in literal Biblical accounts, whenever someone is listed before someone else in a text or is claimed to be of a higher status than someone else, it usually means that the one listed first or the one who enjoys higher status represents a trait, quality, or human characteristic that is a prerequisite for the trait, quality, or human characteristic that follows. For example: Elijah [our zeal about new teachings] taught Elisha [our introspection and application of those teachings]; John the Baptizer [intellect becoming illumined] was born before Jesus [our fully actualized Divine Nature]; Mary Magdalene [superior intuition] is listed before any of the other women in the same scripture passage [a wide variety of emotions]; a thought [Adam] came before [Eve] feeling; the crucifixion [crossing our error] came before Jesus’ ascension [full enlightenment]).

The two men walking together symbolize the complementary characteristics and traits in each of us. They are the yin and yang of us, our zealous and poised qualities, our wildly enthusiastic and grounded aspects, our open-mindedness and clear-mindedness, the novice us and the sage us. Together they are the ‘new zeal land.’

The literal account says they were on their way from Gilgah to Bethel:

Gilgah symbolizes the disciplined denial of material attachments and our refusal to give power to outer appearances.

Bethel represents a state of heightened spiritual awareness which signals that we have attained conscious union with the One Reality we call God.

So, our journey toward enlightenment means conscientious and disciplined movement from material attachments (Gilgah) toward conscious union with (Bethel) our Divine Nature (Christ Self, Buddha Self, Krishna Self, etc.). And that involves both our Elijah and Elisha qualities.

The account also mentions chariots, horses, and a whirlwind. These are all ancient symbols used in the mystery schools. The Hebrews borrowed from many cultures to create their own cosmology.

SpiritualEnlightenment-chakrasIn this case, we believe the whirlwind symbolizes the rise of the kundalini energies — the fiery serpentine energies (horses) which move from our Base Chakra and make their way up each of the seven major spiritual centers (chariots, chakras) along our spinal cord, culminating at the Crown Chakra as we awaken to our I Am nature.

What we have in this Biblical account is a snapshot of two dynamic spiritual aspects in each of us. One represents our being able to temper our spiritual zealousness tactfully and prudently so we can walk the spiritual path on practical feet. The other personifies our Wise Self in action because it is completely grounded in Self-realization and fully aligned with our I Am Nature.

The truth is we show up as both of them. The question is, how can we “duet better?”

Enjoy your journey, and spend some time in “New Zeal Land” — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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Take the Handcuffs Off! A Spiritual Practice to Free You from Lack Consciousness and Negativity

handcuffs-openTaking your handcuffs off is a spiritual practice that frees you from the enshacklement of over-consumption, negativity, and a lack consciousness. It encourages you to relinquish such things as: harsh judgmentalness; fear; doubt; laziness; feeling unworthy; rudeness; lack of diplomacy; cussedness; chronic nay-saying; passivity; pretentiousness; repulsiveness; materiality; malevolence; maliciousness; not putting limits on limits; etc.

Wouldn’t your life be better without these handcuffs? In a very real sense, if you experience any of these negative tones coming from other people toward you, they are literally spamming you! In IT language, spam is unsolicited, undesired, or illegal email messages that are sent to you electronically.

The demeaning negative harshness mentioned above is emotional spam. These types of harshness are ‘sent’ by others to make people feel unworthy and undeserving. We even spam ourselves whenever we express these kinds of negativity.

All of these things handcuff us to the world of outer appearances and the ‘sense sludge’ that comes with it. Freeing ourselves from egocentric defense mechanisms allows us to keep a more positive outlook and view the world from an optimistic perspective. Taking these kinds of handcuffs off liberates us from keeping ourselves incarcerated in stale perspectives and self-defeating habits that can seriously interfere with our spiritual growth.

Detoxing ourselves whenever we find ourselves on the business end of any of these self-inflicted — or other-inflicted — handcuffs can be a truly liberating experience. For example, guilt trips are a clear form of psychological manipulation, control, and coercion. key-handThe poisonous effects of guilt trips can cause long term resentment against ourselves and against the guilt inducer. Trust, respect, and closeness can be destroyed. We have the key to the cuffs! And that key is negating the power of outer appearances and affirming our oneness with our innate Divinity.

The fallout from shame, anger, fear and worry works the same way. Their poisonous fruits are just as corrosive and destructive as the consequences are of a guilt trip. They can rip your self-esteem apart and fracture your self-confidence. Once again, the key is negating the power of outer appearances and affirming our oneness with our innate Divinity.

Here’s the thing: the keynote of this spiritual practice is detoxing these negative emotions by becoming a consummate escape artist. We must remind ourselves that no one can take us on a guilt trip unless we’re willing to go! So, don’t go! Nobody has the power to make us feel fearful or angry without our consent. So, don’t give it! No one can cause us to worry unless we buy into the woefulness of the uncertainty. So, refuse to worry.

Some of the handcuff busters that make this practice a great addition to your spiritual resume are:

  • focus on what you can do instead of what is beyond your control;
  • forgive yourself for putting yourself on a guilt trip, or for needlessly worrying, or for feeling shame;
  • disrupt rudeness with positive affirmations;
  • shrug off self-deprecating thoughts and emotions of all kinds;
  • refuse to allow someone’s cussedness to handcuff the rest of your day;
  • ease any emotional upheaval by going into the ‘Silence’ (meditation) where you know both the solutions are and the peace that passes all misunderstanding resides.

TakeActionThere’s one more thing we’d like to mention when it comes to emotional handcuffs. Taking them off is one thing, but keeping them off is more important. Instead of allowing your emotional wounds to become abrasive and turn into open sores, open your spiritual ‘medicine cabinet’ and use a combination of the following ‘cuff buster’ medicines:

  • meditation,
  • positive I Am statements and affirmations,
  • visualizing healthy solutions,
  • breathing techniques that center you and calm you,
  • affirmative prayer,
  • ‘Dear Me’ talks,
  • practicing random acts of kindness,
  • nature walks,
  • journaling,
  • using the White Light Technique,
  • having a good belly laugh,
  • faithing it ‘till you make it,
  • stepping up your gratitude,
  • any other Self-affirming practices that remind you of your Divine Nature!

So, take off your handcuffs, and keep them off! Your liberation from the world of limitations is what spiritual growth is all about … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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Can the Future Affect the Past?

time-travel-spiritual-practiceIf you ever wished you could have a “do-over” or experience time travel, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this blog post! The best minds in philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics have tossed out theories about retro-causality and time travel. That’s why we consider it prime material for a spiritual practice. We’re fans of out-of-the-box causality-related thinking and see spiritual implications waiting in the wings. This spiritual practice invites you to explore the concept of retro-causality. Retro-causality, or backward causation, explains how the present can affect the past.

The philosophical debate about backward causation is relatively new. Little discussion about retro-causality can be found in philosophical and scientific literature before Michael Dummett and Anthony Flew shared their views in 1954. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, quantum physicists began to discuss the possibilities of particles (tachyons) traveling faster than the speed of light. As a consequence the debate about the possibility of backward causation resurfaced. We’ll return to tachyons in a few moments, especially as they relate to consciousness, which makes this spiritual practice so exciting – and practical!

Retro-causality notions (closed time-like curves, traversable wormholes, and cosmic strings) that associate retro-causality with prayer, meditation, and healing are being taken more seriously.

The Science Behind This Practice

In a 1983 delayed-choice experiment, John Wheeler and his team of Princeton researchers determined that choices made today may directly affect things which happened in the past. Wheeler used a variation of the famous double-slot experiment that Thomas Young conducted on November 24, 1803.

Wheeler’s choice of apparatus forced the photon to choose between going through both slits like a wave or just one slit, like a particle. Then he changed the experiment so that the photon was only observed after it passed through the barrier, but before it got to its destination. In other words, the photon was already on its way to its quantum target when the decision was made as to how it would be viewed – with a screen or with a telescope. Wheeler named this experiment “The Delayed-Choice” experiment.

The implications of Wheeler’s discovery pose fantastic questions as to how we regard time, and in particular, the past, present, and future. What Wheeler’s experiment with the “psychic photon” suggests is that the choices we make today may directly affect past choices.

The Spiritual Perspective

If retro-causality does exist (it’s purely theoretical as of this writing from a scientific standpoint, but not from a metaphysical frame of reference), it adds a new wrinkle as to how the universe works – and the power of our consciousness. If superluminal particles, like tachyons, exist, it seems possible to communicate with and even influence, the past —  because tachyons going forward in time with respect to one set of reference frames would always be seen as traveling backwards in time from another set of reference frames.

multiple-choices-doors-dtHere’s what makes this spiritual practice so exciting. Suppose our super-consciousness is a frame of reference in relationship to both our waking consciousness and subconsciousness? It could mean – fasten your seat belt – that the future you is just as real as the present you! The future you does not merely consist of unrealized possibilities and it certainly wouldn’t be nothing because it is a fully operative and viable part of the present you. Also, ordinarily people think of the past as a ‘nothing now’ that once was a ‘something then.’ However, in retro-causality all of our layers of consciousness are connected – and their cosmic communication channels are faster than the speed of light.

Before you think we’re too far out, we’d like to let you know we’re in good company. Google the cutting edge philosophical and scientific work of people like Huw Price, Michael Dummett, Anthony Flew, and Jan Faye. (Of course, you may be thinking, Bil and Cher, they might be just as far out as you are). You might be right! However, consider this – could being far out really mean being deep within? The two ‘extremes’ just might be a matter of your frame of reference! (Let’s all pause a minute and take a breath!)

A Metaphysical Perspective

All of the above theoretics is a preamble to what we’re about to share from a metaphysical perspective. You may want to keep your seat belt fastened. After all of the above is said and done, we invite you to consider a neurospiritual notion: It has already been proven by neuroscientists that we can restructure neuropathways and there is considerable evidence to support the idea that consciousness must be included in quantum measurements.

SpiritualExperiencesWhat if, as a spiritual being, you can — through profound meditative and mystical experiences and dreams — connect with the other versions of yourself that exist in the other dimensions of your being? Then, through a retro-causative ‘tunnel of consciousness’ you could will yourself into one of those past or future versions of your current self. Once there, you could make the changes you wanted to make and then will yourself back to your current reality. Sounds ‘retro’ doesn’t it?

Perhaps the ‘many mansions’ the Christ as Jesus talked about when he was here are states of consciousness. Suppose these states of consciousness are other versions of you in other dimensions of being as you travel faster than the speed of light in the Multiverse! That’s the essence of this spiritual practice. It’s simply about making the concept of retro-causality a part of your learning curve so you can add it to your growing edge curriculum — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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What Do Squeegees Have to Do With Spirituality?

SpiritualPractice-SqueegeePerspectiveSpring cleaning brings out lots of tools — including the squeegee. A squeegee is a tool with a flat, smooth rubber blade that is used to remove or control liquid from a flat or slightly curved surface. The size of squeegees vary and their handle size varies too. The best-known of these cleaning tools is most likely the hand-held window squeegee, which is used to remove cleaning fluids or soapy water from windows and/or windshields. Some squeegees have a rubber blade on one end and a sponge on the other that holds soapy water in order to clean dirty windows. The purpose of window squeegees is to clean windows so we can see clearly out of them.

Squeegees are a perfect analogy for this spiritual practice. Our inner vision becomes clouded with doubt, fear, false beliefs, and outer appearances – and we need our spiritual squeegee to clear the view! The power of a ‘squeegeed perspective’ (spiritual discernment) calls for the clarity of an unencumbered line of inner sight. Through the powers of superior discernment, you will ‘see’ that the Christ Principle underwrites:

  • the maintenance of your purified understanding;
  • the repair of all four discordant aspects of your human encasement: emotions, physical body, etheric body, and intellect; and
  • the fine-tuning of your cranial nerves.

SpiritualEnlightenment-chakrasWith your I-Am-ness expressing Itself as the Christ Seed, you will disentangle yourself from your small ‘s’ self by aligning yourself with your capital ‘S’ Self. That means once you maintain a tight alignment with your Christ Nature, you will experience the divine power and majesty of all of the major chakras — as well as benefit from their superior metaphysical essences.

Harnessing the powerful energies and visionary capabilities of your Brow Chakra will help you capture the Universal Truth Principles you need to guarantee your eventual illumination. This spiritual practice reminds you that you will block your soul growth if you allow your material interests and over-consumptive sense appetites to trump your inner wisdom and powers of discernment.

Denying your innate divinity is blasphemy and comes from an egocentric consciousness that can short-circuit the goodness you can accomplish, because your energies may be tied up in bogus attachments and relationship minefields. The solution: bring out your Spiritual Squeegee and clear your inner view — through meditation, affirmative prayer, and other spiritual practices.

What’s In It For Me?

Why is it important to make time for spiritual squeegeeing? Superior discernment helps you:

  • stay calm and centered;
  • better manage uncomfortable feelings and difficult interactions,
  • think more clearly and compassionately,
  • discern where to direct your time and energy,
  • sustain your enthusiasm, and
  • achieve results.

These discernments will also help you:

  • take stress in stride;
  • make wise decisions; and
  • savor the joy of leadership.

The Science Behind the Squeegee Effect

Science-Spirituaity-ResearchAccording to research at Harvard University, through guided mindfulness practices and exercises, meditation techniques, case studies, personal reflection, presentations, role playing, and large and small group discussion, you will become more discerning and able to renew your commitment to action, guided by the values that inspire you to make a difference. Discernment helps you identify common patterns of overreaction, and then respond to difficulties with awareness, poise, and resilience. It helps you respond deliberately rather than react automatically, to be guided by your values rather than derailed by your discomfort. It helps you explore skills for self-awareness and self-renewal so that you can sustain your leadership and service to others with insight, wisdom, and warmth – and renew your incredible capacity for wise appraisal (Faculty, Inner Strengths of Successful Leaders Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fall 2013 Session).

As your ability to discern quickens, you become free of prejudice, malice, and resentment. Instead of “setting things right,” you focus on “seeing things right.” By basing your judgments on spiritual principles, you can discern the truth and put it into action — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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The Easter Story in the Book of Revelation

SpiritualEaster-LilyThis Easter story blogcast is the result of our belief in the deep metaphysical meaning of the Christ as Jesus’ entire ministry. The traditional Easter story is recorded in all four Gospels (Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, and John 19-20). However, we have approached the culmination of Jesus’ earthly ministry from a metaphysical standpoint.

We have used as the basis of our interpretation the correct translation of Jesus’ words from the cross. Traditional translations quote Jesus as saying (among other things), “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? This comes from the original Aramaic, which is commonly written as “Eli, Eli, lemana sabachthani” — a mistranslation that has been left uncorrected for two thousand years by mainstream Western religions.In the original Aramaic translation, Jesus said, “Eli, Eli, lemana shabakthani” which means ‘My God, My God, It is for this purpose I have come!’ 

What a difference this makes! It means God did not ‘forsake’ Jesus any more than God, the Eternal Presence, forsakes us!

The Christ as Jesus’ purpose is the same as our purpose: to become the best Christ we can be! Through disciplined spiritual practice, we can all become awakened to the realization that we are God’s Essence expressing through the Christ as us. When we have become fully enlightened (our Easter experience) as Jesus was, we will be transformed into a higher, more spiritual state of being that transcends our physical bodies. Our physical bodies will become perfectly alchemicalized by Spirit and unrestrained by the limitations of our human form, as was Jesus’ ascended body.

It is that story we want to describe in this Easter blogcast. And it is that story the Book of Revelation tells as a postscript to the Gospels. We are sharing the culmination of that story in these metaphysical snapshots from parts of the last two chapters of the Book of Revelation. This Easter story is a universal Easter story. It will be your story when you become fully enlightened!

Spiritual Easter-crossFirst, Some Metaphysical Interpretations
of the Key Images of Easter

Keep in mind the Revelation account is based on the metaphysical account of the Gospels which interprets the cross we bear as our physical body. The cross bar represents human consciousness, what we call coma consciousness. The vertical bar represents Spirit’s descent into matter.

Also from this perspective, the crucifixion represents the crossing out of error from our consciousness. Every time we eliminate error thoughts, words and actions from our human experience we are saved!

Spiritual Easter - Garden TombThe stones represent the barriers of the world of appearance that lock us in a tomb of doubt, fear, unworthiness, and lack consciousness. Rolling away the stone signifies our dominion over the world of appearance, claiming our ability to triumph over anything that appears to be keeping us from our good. The resurrection represents our complete mastery over the limitations of the human experience. The ascension represents our return to Source.

We are pleased to share with you this ‘side’ of the story. We invite you to compare your favorite interpretation of Revelation from a traditional version of the Bible with the chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse interpretation below. :

Revelation, Chapter Twenty-One (The Easter Story for All of Us)
(Note: The words in parentheses are taken from the traditional version, to help you see the connections. If reading this aloud, you would simply omit the words in the parens.)

  1. Our conscious mind and super-conscious mind unite with our supra-conscious mind (new heaven) and our highly alchemicalized spiritual body (new earth) signifies that our pre-alchemicalized consciousness (first heaven) and physical body (first earth) have morphed (passed away) into our super-divine state of being. This also means that our subconsciousness has also served its purpose (there was no more sea).
  2. We will see that our highly alchemicalized spiritual state of being (the New Jerusalem, holy city) embodies the Christ connection we have sought for so long (comes down out of heaven). Our elevated state of being (bride) is a duplicate of our Higher State of Being (husband).
  3. It becomes even more clear to us (a great noise out of heaven) that our new state of being is a sanctuary (tabernacle of God) filled with high ideals and spiritual propensities (men). Our Christed thoughts, feelings and actions (his people) will epitomize our solid Christ connection.
  4. The outpicturing of everything we think, do and say will all be in accordance with our higher state of being (all tears will be wiped away). All of our thoughts will be Christed (there shall be no more death) and the only effects of our actions will be peace, love and joy (neither sorrow, crying, nor pain).
  5. We can feel the transformative and regenerative power of our Higher Self (Behold, I make all things new) which now occupies Its rightful place of divine expression (sat upon the throne). Our current state of heightened awareness validates our feelings because it occurs to us that the mind truly is free and unencumbered by the mental constructs of our ‘old self’ — so everything we see and sense from our newly alchemicalized spiritual status is met with new eyes.
  6. Our quest for supra-conscious awareness is complete (It is done). We have literally and figuratively come full circle by recreating the super-sensitive state of being we possessed in our pre-incarnational state (Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end). Our spiritual biography (fountain of the water of life) has become our current biology.
  7. It occurs to us that we are sensing everything from a supra-conscious standpoint (are carried away in spirit to a high mountain) and are very much aware of its effect on our alchemicalized divine nature (great city, the holy Jerusalem) which mirrors our Christ Nature (descends out of heaven from God).
  8. Our radiance is so pure and bright (having the glory of God) that we literally experience a trans-elemental moment whereby the very substance of our body is elementally identical with our etherized double. Our countenance has a translucent quality (jasper) transmitting the light of the sun.
  9. New JerusalemWhen the Crown Chakra (the angel that spoke) is trilling brilliantly it means that the spinal column (measuring rod) is in perfect (golden) operating condition. Its potently vigorous energies are bathing our receptors and effectors (gates) and aura (wall) with such high levels of transmutational energies that our body and consciousness are literally glowing.
  10. Since the I Am Presence is expressing Itself as us, there is no need for a separate personality (temple). We are consciously and cellularly one with the Eternal Presence (Lord God Almighty) and Its quantum dimension, the Christ (Lamb).
  11. That means our consciousness (city) is not hampered by a territorial ego (sun) or the emotions (moon) it generates to support its temporal rulership (shine in it). Our disciplined spiritual unfoldment (glory of God) transformed (lightened) both egocentric qualities, making our Christ Nature (the Lamb) sovereign (its lamp, the light).
  12. The levels of awareness (nations) – which we have only begun to experience – in our highly spiritualized (saved) super-consciousness and supra-consciousness shall mirror (walk in the light) our Christhood. And all of our highly spiritualized bodily functions (kings of the earth) will express (bring their glory and honor) their sacred vibrancy.

Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. We have moved completely beyond any and all divinity-denying thoughts (no more curse). All of our thoughts, words and actions (servants) honor our I-Am-ness (throne of God) which is our Christ Nature (the Lamb).
  2. We have no doubt that we are God expressing (see his face) in human form as us, so our Christ Nature (name) has been consciously realized through the disciplined use of right thoughts (forehead), right words, and right actions.
  3. The Eternal Presence is our Presence (no more night) and God Mind is our Mind (need no candle). There is no territorial or provincial ego (neither light of the sun) because God’s Nature is our Nature (God giveth them light). We realize our oneness with the Eternal Presence is real (shall reign forever and ever).
  4. The Christ as us (He) which is already the perfected essence of us (testifies to these things) is our I-Am-ness objectified (I come quickly). We can rest assured that is a permanent quality (Amen) within us.
  5. The Christ as Jesus accomplished this perfection (by grace) – and so can we!

May you truly experience the highest, most elevated essence of Easter — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

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If you enjoyed this blog, you may be interested in The Book of Revelation, New Metaphysical Version: A Manual describing the Unfoldment of Our Christ Nature, by Rev. Bil Holton, Ph.D. Check it out here.

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Refrain From Tail Bonks as a Spiritual Practice

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In snowboarding terms, tail bonks occur when snowboarders intentionally hit and bounce off objects, either natural or manmade, with the tail of the snowboard. Spiritually speaking, a ‘tail bonk’ is intentionally upsetting a religious fundamentalist, mainstream religious literalbot,* or people who consider themselves to be more spiritual than religious by inserting a controversial, maliciously judgmental, and/or hurtful comment at the end of a conversation about religious or spiritual beliefs as a seemingly spontaneous after thought.

This spiritual practice encourages you to refrain from “tail bonking” someone’s choice to express certain religious or spiritual beliefs and values.

While there are differences in denominational beliefs, rituals, religious customs, and practices, etc., the intention of this practice is to remind you to respect another person’s right to chose his/her particular faith tradition. And it strongly emphasizes avoiding religism — which is expressing fear, hatred, and/or discrimination towards other faith traditions.

Faith and belief do not necessarily surrender to logic, nor do they acquiesce to ingrained religious and denominational biases. They can’t even be declared absolutely consistent in any given faith tradition. Believers differ in the nuances of their professed beliefs and hold on, white knuckled, to their brand of faith.

TInterfaith symbolshis spiritual practice simply asserts the right for people to believe as they choose when it comes to churchianity and spirituality. People are at liberty to retail their own beliefs for acceptance, and are plainly at risk when they seek to assault (bonk) the beliefs of others. When bonking other’s religious or spiritual beliefs escalates to wanting to harm people because of their religious convictions, it is time to demand tolerance and call for discretion and goodwill – and just plain courtesy.

It’s a 2-Way Street!

This practice also requires that you stay cool, calm and collected if you should ever receive a tail bonk from anyone intentionally bonking your spiritual beliefs. Your poise will speak volumes about your maturity and spiritual growth. Conversational tail bonks are politically incorrect ploys used to upset someone whose religious or spiritual beliefs are different from yours, and when they’re used in religious contexts they are disrespectful and flippant. And besides that, they are just impolite and uncivil rantings employed to be hurtful. Bonks are not part of a spiritually-attuned consciousness.

Learning about the major world religions, their belief systems and values doesn’t necessarily mean you will not bonk their beliefs. Going with friends of other faiths and attending a worship service with them, or going to a different church, mosque, or synagogue doesn’t necessarily mean you will not bonk their beliefs. Looking for similarities in faith traditions might not prohibit bonking either.

What does work is a consciousness of non-judgmentalness and tolerance for people’s rights to chose the religious and/or spiritual beliefs they feel led to adopt. You may not agree with how people express their stated religious and/or spiritual beliefs, but showing respect for their right to chose those beliefs and biases is what this spiritual practice is all about.
Let’s all practice what we teach about tolerance, understanding, respect, and love … as we walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

* (See the spiritual practice called Avoid Conversations With Literalbots in Vol 2).

© 2015 Bil and Cher Holton, YourSpiritualPractice.com

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Is Your Brain Wired for Awe? The Neurobiology of Spiritual Practices

brain and spiritual practiceThere is growing evidence that suggests our brains may be naturally wired — by experience or by design — for spirituality. Researchers pioneering the neurobiology of spiritual practices hope to answer questions that have challenged spiritual and religious thinkers for centuries, from the neural nature of revelatory and mystical experiences to the changes in brain function that register the neuro-chemical activity in our brains when we meditate, engage in yoga, and visualize our oneness with God.

It is becoming clear that spiritual practices have many neurological, biological, physiological, and psychological benefits. The exact neural basis of these effects is slowly coming to light, and different imaging techniques are showing the neural basis of spiritual practices. The evidence points toward the involvement of the prefrontal and parietal cortices.

Before we go too far, let’s explain the difference between spirituality and religion, as they are practiced today. Spirituality involves as its central tenet a connection to something greater than ourselves, which includes an emotional experience of that ‘something greater.’ The word religion is a combination of two words:

  • re’ meaning return
  • igare’ meaning to bind

We believe religions originated as a way of humankind as a whole meeting it’s innate need for spirituality. We also want to make it perfectly clear that spirituality and religion are not interchangeable. Spirituality is not a dogmatic religious path, nor is it a ‘worship a god in the sky who is an entity separate from you’ path. It is a path of Self-realization that acknowledges you are the human expression of the Eternal Presence (God) expressing Itself at the point of you.

A Closer Look at the Neurobiology of Spiritual Practices

Science-Spirituaity-ResearchThat said, let’s take a closer look at the neurobiology of spiritual practices. At the present time there is a paucity of evidence outlining the neural correlates of spiritual practices. Most of the current studies have concentrated on meditative practices and are using functional imaging as the investigative tool. They are actually peering inside the brain to find out what’s going on during so-called spiritual experiences. These imaging tools include the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies on Yoga, Tantric Yoga and Yoga Nidra; the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study on Kundalini Yoga; and the Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) study on Tibetan meditation.

Researchers are expanding their studies to include neuroanatomical and neurochemical imaging techniques to evaluate a wider bandwidth of spiritual practices such as prayer, religious singing, rituals, visualization, affirmations, mantras, etc.

Brain-imaging studies on long-time meditative practitioners and people doing contemplative prayer show their blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, which correlates with neuronal activity, revealing how their brain looks during transcendent and mystical experiences. Subjects describe being in a superior conscious state, having ‘touched infinity,’ or ‘being one with the universe,’ with the left dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, caudate, and the orbitofrontal cortex areas lighting up to record their experience.

Using a brain scanner, scientists eavesdrop on the mind of a meditating Buddhist monk. Using skin sensors, researchers measure the power of holy words by testing how brain synapses respond to sacred texts. Neuropsychiatrists assess the effects of prayer. Neuroscientists measure brain function among those who report feelings of union and oneness with God and the cosmos. Using radioactive tracers researchers probe the neurobiology of spiritual experience in search of a scientific perspective on the divine.

Researchers have even gone so far as to propose that a specific gene (VMAT2), called the ‘God gene’ predisposes us towards spiritual and/or mystical experiences, including the very presence of God. This purported ‘God gene’ appears to be involved in the transport of monoamine neurotransmitters across the synapses in the brain which produce feelings of self-transcendence.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Our own opinion is that our neurobiology registers in the brain what our mind perceives as spiritual experiences. In other words, our neurobiology doesn’t cause transcendent experiences, it just registers (records) them in our brain’s neural circuits as chemical reactions. Since we’ve been that emphatic, we may as well add that neurobiologists might want to brush up on spirituality and spiritual teachers ought to familiarize themselves with good science.

We are a tabernacleWe are convinced that one day, scientists and spiritual teachers alike will agree that each cell, every molecule, each atom in our physical bodies is a sacred tabernacle of Spirit. They might even agree these sacred tabernacles are quantumly and cosmically connected. They even might see that there is no denominational sparring and that our biology is our theology.

When they as scientists and we as spiritual beings realize the significance of this invisible connection, we will honor the human soul’s relationship to Spirit as a collective. And when we acknowledge this connection, from soul to cell, we will see that our body has always been the highly-charged sacred ground of our being.

When we achieve this perfect synchrony between science and spirituality, we will experience the inner peace, joy, health, and wholeness which are the truth of all of us as we skip down the neurobiological path of our spirituality together.

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