Since I have been blogging for the past couple of days on the colors we can see in the rainbow, I found this wonderful graphic at a classroom on the web. I couldn’t resist posting it and it’s connection, since it demonstrates so fully what I have been addressing on several levels. We can see so little of the spectrum that it is amazing to me that those who address the spiritual like to sound like they know all about it. I have to tell you, again, I do not.
I can only speak of what I have experienced and learned, but like the electromagnetic spectrum above, there is no one who can see beyond a certain level, so don’t let anyone try to convince you they can! We can experiment, we can hypothesize, we can guess all day. We may even end up quite close to the way it truly is on the other side.
There are those who are gifted with a type of second sight, some, like myself have a gift of “knowing”, I do not know where it comes from, but there are times (and not on demand, folks, so I can’t go on TV and make a bundle of your money) when I will know things about others that I could not have known by ordinary means. Believe me, that isn’t always a comfortable thing, and I wouldn’t recommend trying to acquire such a “gift” because there are definitely times you learn things you would just as soon not know.
The Key thing to remember, and I have told those I have mentored this one thing many times, please remember, everything a person “knows” or learns, whether by ordinary means such as conversation, or TV, or reading, or through non-ordinary means like clair-whatever, everything, comes through the filters of that person’s personality and knowledge base! This is why you must be wary of any information you receive this way. It doesn’t matter who it is, if their information does not coincide with specific principles, they are “off mark”. No, I don’t think they or I deserve death, but I prefer such people quit acting as though they own knowledge you can’t get.
First of all, you can get such knowledge. The Buddhists teach their monks the disciplines that awaken that part of who we are so that the monks of their “orders” experience the sensory breakthroughs. The thing most commendable about Buddhism is that it is disciplined and it is known the level of commitment of the individual before they are taught such things. Yes, even then, there are those that turn toward darkness, but that is not something that can be helped, there is an old cliché, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
This is one of the reasons that you will seldom find a Buddhist that will try to lead thousands to Nirvana, they know the hours of study and dedication it takes to work in that direction. They also know one other key thing that seems to get lost among Evangelicals, those with greatest humility will be those with greatest power.
Second of all, you can know the principles so that such people can not fool you! One of the first things to remember is that, if it is not of Love, it is not from those who serve Hashem. If such people show any tendency to bring harm then do not follow their way, follow the principles, not the person. Y’shua gave you those principles, they were deliberately mistranslated so that they would not be readily understood as principles, but they are there nevertheless.
They are the beatitudes. These are what each and every person who claims to follow the teachings of the Rabboni should without question be doing. If you see signs that another is not following these principles Do Not Follow Them! Do not condemn them, do not fuss at them, just do not follow them. You can pray with them, you can worship with them, just do not depend on their guidance for anthing that is important to your spiritual path.