A voicehearer’s path ~

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Balance re: attachment, detachment ~

marefoalI do sometimes wish that the English language were more diverse. There are times like this when one word does not fit all. Attachment can mean anything from an area where a plug connects with its socket to the relationship between a mother and her young.  Detachment of a type is an important concept in Buddhism, and also a sign of sever emotional dysfunction in a child. Gads! What a world! I may get quite verbose on this one, as it’s a tough nut to crack.

First, be aware that detachment in Buddhism is a type of disentanglement when one is so embroiled and enmeshed in the lives of others that the attachment causes  severe discomfort for both parties, where neither party knows a gentle way to ease out of the situation. It is not intended to dissolve one’s compassionate interaction with other humans, or even other beings. Quite to the contrary, it is intended to teach that the truest form of compassion will always be there to help, but will never interfere if the person has already bgmade up their mind the direction in which they intend to go. When that person is injured as a result, there is no recrimination, simply help with getting back on one’s feet. It is not an easy way to live or see the world. There are so many times when pure temptation would have us say “I told you that would happen.”

Only when it becomes apparent that even with the hard knocks the person hasn’t learned are we to take a further step back, even then, no recrimination, simply not allowing their need to learn the hard way to devolve us out of the path we are supposed to be walking. The concept being that once you have done everything you can, and are praying about those areas where you cannot reach out and make a difference, (the prayer that some one somewhere can.) BTW, the serenity prayer helps with that (Neibuhr), you can move on to learn the next step of your path. One of the things that attracted me to Buddhism was that there are those, (called bhodisatvas) who chose to stay on this plane to help those of us who lag behind. They reincarnate not because they must or stay in a low position on the wheel of life, but because they have “made it” and are here to show the rest of us the path of kindness that will bring us all home.

the_dalai_lamalargeRemember, Buddhism is a personal path of study and learning about mastery of self  and about personal attitudes, it is not a religion, it does not address in any way if there is a G-d in the heavens, it is about you taking responsibility for your actions and learning to live a better way. You are free to believe in God, it does not interfere with being a Buddhist also, you may be a Taoist, (pantheistic belief in compassionate living, a Christian, a belief in g-dman that “saved” you; a Jew, a monotheistic belief in compassionate living, or any other belief system you choose. It is easiest if you choose a belief system where compassion is a chief cornerstone, so that you have no conflicts between your path and basic Buddhism.

It is the need to live in balance, called the Middle Way by the Buddha, that finds itself addressed in living a “detached” life that holds neither attachment to things or people so tightly that they cannot breathe, nor detachment from things or people so lightly that one forgets to be kind to all other beings. Finding that balance is not easy, but it is possible. HH Tenzin Gyatso, the dalai lama,  is a wonderful example. I bow to his teaching and mastery.

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The Occult ~

occult. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved November 04, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/occult

harrywithnimbus1The above link gives a variety of meanings for the word “occult”, as you can see if you click on that link, it can mean something with a hidden aspect to it. Having practiced nursing, this is how I think of the word, not as something automatically evil. I have enjoyed the Harry Potter series, for the same reasons others have as well as the fact that Rowlings chooses to show that those who practice that way of life, (though not usually as instantly powerful as shown in the movies,) are the same as the rest of us, some are good, some are dark, and there are those who are somewhere in between.

I am quite aware that the OT says that one should not “suffer a witch to live”, but I also know is says the same about disobedient children. If you go around stoning your children you will be arrested and tried for child abuse, deservedly. I do not practice “witchcraft” per se, because I have no interest in controlling the elements. I also eschew the intent to control others, having seen that this is a form of craft all it’s own, whether it is of the “witchy” sort or not.

The “hidden” information that interests me most is herbal, and that which is st-johns-wortconnected with self-growth on the spiritual plane. I have seen questions regarding the idea that doing pathwork is following a cult. By the old definition, i.e. a religious group of any sort, that would apply. Beyond that it fails. Those of us who do pathwork are interested in spiritual growth, by and large, and have learned not to look at what our neighbor or friend is doing or receiving, at least as any kind of comparison for ourselves.

Pathwork is always personal. This is an individual’s struggle to grow beyond one’s own boundaries and limitations. I am free to join any church I should find enjoyable or would fit into my particular interpretation of the cosmos. Many who do pathwork also believe that Y’shua was G-d incarnate, I don’t happen to believe that, so I am not a Trinitarian. Were there a Hamayim (Gentiles who believe in Hashem, as do the Jews) congregation near me, I would probably join them in worship.

This weblog is not an official representation of anyone else’s pathwork, it is my own, and how I have managed to stay somewhat sane, even though I do hear voices. I blog for others who also hear voices, some of whom live back in Indiana, where I come from, so that if they wanted other readers here to know they were also voicehearers they would comment on that for all to see. If my path is of any help at all to others, I am delighted, if it is not, I hope that you find a path that suits your needs, and may Hashem bless all of your days.

Su

tibetan-eternity-knot1P.S. One of the things I would prefer to see stopped is the Christian tendency to label anything from any other religion “occult”, Buddhism is not hidden, nor is Hinduism, nor Jainism, (and a whole bunch more,) these are religions in their own right, and the practitioners of these faiths deserve to be treated with the same respect as all other humans.

Ceremony ~

Just what need does ceremony fulfill, since Hashem really does not need it, it is for us. That’s why it doesn’t bother the Holy One if one of us sings a Lakota song to the Sacred Prayer Pipe, or another of us throws himself on an altar with a white cloth and cross on it. It took me a long time to realize that Hashem didn’t care where or how you worshiped, so long as you were not worshiping the darker tendencies of evil, or the temporal silliness that is here today, and gone tomorrow. Matt 12:

31 And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 Good people bring good things out of the good stored up in them, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in them. 36 But I tell you that people will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Hashem honors prayer whether it comes from a child or an elder, a Buddhist or a Seventh Day Adventist, so long as it is spoken in compassion and love. In fact, whatever you put forth will come back to you, so I am not sure dark prayers are not honored as well, but you will be held responsible for them.

It also took me a long time to realize that since prayer is our line of communication with the divine, the very fact that sincere deep prayers for healing are answered no matter their source, our religion, the outer trappings of what we wear and what we do, has absolutely nothing to do with G-d’s perspective when looking at us. What is seen when we pray is the heart. G-d does not care if you are a Christian, “Do you love?” God does not care if you are a Buddhist, “Are you kind?” God does not care if you are Muslim, “Do you love your fellow human beings from deep inside your very being?”

The “Sin against the Holy Spirit” is calling an answered prayer from a Buddhist an answer from the Devil, because they are not of your faith. The sin spoken of here is to call that which is good evil, and that which is evil good. That doesn’t change whether you are Jain or Native American. The ceremony you use when you pray is to help you focus your prayers. That is all it serves. What is in your heart? If it is good, your prayers will be good, and your faith will be honored.

Three

Is three a magical number, or a divine number, and is there a difference? You do know that the Trinity does not have exclusive dominion over the number three as to the amount of persons or concepts involved in a particular set of beliefs, right? And you also know that the others cannot be chided for copying Christianity as they existed before Paul and Constantine decided that Moshe must have got it wrong when he quoted G-d as having said he would never come in human form? OK, I just wanted to know we were on the same page.

Three has represented so many wonderful things all along the many spiritual journeys man has set his heart and feet upon. There are the three treasures and the three jewels, these are in Taoism and Buddhism respectively, and signify the discipline, guidance of the Buddha and fellowship in Buddhism, and Charity, frugality and humility in Taoism. Click on the number above and you will see that there are so many ways that three has shown up that one could almost wear a triad symbol into any spiritual gathering anywhere and be accepted as one of the fellowship. I like this little jade mobius strip that isn’t really anybody’s but celebrates the number 3 as well as anything available.

The concept of the several being parts of the one was already in Judaism when Constantine played his hand, showing up in Jewish mysticism as the Sefirot, not three in one, but an entire tree of individuals who all held within themselves the reflection of the whole. Aspects of God they are called, yet each aspect has it’s own personality and is therefore not considered an “it”.

The Wiccans recognize the power of three and the law of returns with their teachings. If you put it out into the universe, it will return to you threefold, hmmm, where did i hear that teaching before? The big difference is that for them it is Maiden, Mother and Crone, not Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

What really makes that number of all numbers so dang special? I have a theory, it’s probably only worth a couple of cents, even in today’s inflated market, but, hey, what the heck . . . . .I think it has to do with the triad made within music of the sound of a chord. When three harmonious notes are played together the chord that results is both stronger and more beautiful than one note alone.

I Googled musical chords, and there was my mobius in the form of chords. I am simply going to have to get one to wear! The link for that picture takes you to an article entitled Goedel, Escher and Chopin, but there’s a book out there entitled Goedel, Escher and Bach, a fun read if you enjoy word play and love allowing the mind to wander through several layers of meaning. Oh, and another triad.

I have not even begun to explore all the places there are triads to explore, from the Parthenon, to Egypt, to Hinduism, it’s all there. Lots and lots of threes. Remember, three harmonious notes make a chord.

Pantheism/Monotheism an old debate ~

God is Everywhere, Everywhere is God! Which is it, really? This is the age old argument between Pantheism and Monotheism. But, truly, how much difference is there between the perspectives? In one you see the world as inhabited by Spirit, in the other you see the world inhabited by spirits. Yet, in monotheism, there is room for angels and demons and all sorts of “in betweens”, so a minor “garden god” in pantheism becomes an angel of the garden in monotheism.

The difference between the two perspectives is the idea that you can see one intelligence as being “in charge” of the whole. I believe there is, but even that “in charge” being is not as we presume. We think being in charge means that everything that happens on your shift is your responsibility. In which case, everything from the greatest good to the darkest evil can be “pinned” onto God’s robes and we can get all sorts of “mad” at God for allowing bad things to happen.

Perhaps. But what about the idea that God may “create” simply because that is the nature of God’s “being”, and then, when it is created, God releases it into the universe having already endowed it with the ability to make choices on it’s own, and hopes for the best. With the ability to make choices comes an insidious little thing creeping into the works called an ego. This ego then, has the choice to “obey” the “Prime Directive” to Love, or to go it’s own way, wanting what it wants and not giving a d*mn about any other entity’s rights or feelings.

Since that latter seems, indeed, to be the way things are, in backtracking the clues, it would seem to me that this GOD is inclined to create and release. But, why? Well, this theory has been around for a long while, as have most of the things I have put together on this blog, but, perhaps the Creator desires to be loved freely, not by command. In that case, the Creator would have to give the created the choice to love or not to love.

Now, lets go back to the question of pantheism v. monotheism. If we understand that there is but one actual God, then we begin to at least look for the primary reasons for our having been created. If we leave it that the spirits are as we are, and unguided, or perhaps guided by one as faulty as Zeus, each a being unto himself, then there really is no reason to look for motive beyond the existence of life itself. That’s almost good enough, after all, there is simply a sacredness about life that is so profound that Moshe wrote into the laws the idea that if a man wasted his seed he had sinned, (this would, indeed be the idea behind the gay lifestyle being sinful, one was created to procreate, never mind that there are already too many of us on the planet {or that that is the precursor to a proliferation of same gender relations throughout all of nature.})

¿Do you ever wonder if God can change his/her mind? After all, the command to go forth and multiply has been obeyed to the point of overflowing, can God command us to close the tap down to a trickle? And are we so foolish that we need God to even make such a command?

Yet, all over the planet there are indications that compassion is the paradigm toward which we are to grow. Is this built into us? That implication is there, both scientifically and philosophically. Or is it the response of mankind to One who has been guiding us toward compassion? And even here, I have wondered for some time if compassion is so profound a need (I’d agree) that it matters not whether the students follow monotheism or pantheism?

Witness Taoism and Judaism; the teachings are similar, the core almost identical, yet the approach is mirrored, and so (almost) justifies wars. Just remember, war in any disguise makes compassion more difficult! *The painting is by Dina Dargo, and links to where it may be purchased, but so beautifully makes the point of the dichotomy which I am addressing! The vine in Buddhism seems to signify living in the moment looking neither to past nor future, and for me it signifies Spirit as the vine taking me from gentle human form into something greater, (oops, maybe they are the same perspective?)

I have seen in dreams Hashem as a many faceted jewel, when we look in any one of the faces, things look right and complete from that point of view, yet, a complete understanding of Hashem can only be had when all the faces are put together and one can see the complete and glowing gem.

The Tao ~

On profiles at places like Xanga, and myspace, when asked my religion, I have answered Taoist. I know little of this particular religious practice, though I have read and contemplated the writings called the Tao te Ching, reputedly by an ancient teacher named Laotse.  Philosophically I could in truth call myself Taoist without hesitation, for the meditations as translated into English cannot be mistaken for anything else but contemplations of the one whose purpose and personality are described rather well in Proverbs chapter 8. There she is called Holy Wisdom, and I count her friend and teacher. (Not that I am wise, but that I am forever a student of those who would guide me into wisdom.)

◊Clicking on the image of the first verse of the Tao te Ching will take you to Wikipedia’s definition of Taoism, if the def is right, I really am a Taoist, only from a Native American POV◊

Equally, the teachings of Buddha can be seen to come from this same teacher. His Four Noble Truths, with the Eightfold Path of Enlightenment cannot be mistaken as something evil except by those who have called all things non-Christian as having originated with the “Devil”. I have actually come to consider such prancing foolishness the sin against the Holy Spirit as spoken of by Y’shua in Matt.12;31&32, for if you will study that passage closely, you can begin to understand that it is calling evil good, and good evil that is the sin of which Y’shua spoke.

When you look at the teachings of Native American Wisdom, the Medicine Wheel, you see this same wisdom, the teacher being, again, feminine in the person of Ptesan Win. The teachings of the original people of Australia are quite similar, and fit with the pattern one can see across the entire planet. The Holy Spirit, whether you call her the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, The Tao, Wakan Tanka, or Gitche Manitou, has spoken to humankind many times in the past, and continues to speak, without the human assistance of Jerry Falwell.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is possible that JF has committed the sin against the Holy Spirit, in which case, according to Y’shua, he cannot be forgiven. {Well, maybe this lifetime he lost his way, but, hopefully he will be born into Buddhist practice next time, and regain some of the wisdom he seems to have cast aside.} Sorry about the Smiley, couldn’t resist, oops.

To get back on track, it is her consistent presence over the world that has me blogging at this point in time and space.  There are enough voices out there so that anyone searching without some sort of rudder will get easily confused, discouraged, and quickly claim agnosticism, or atheism, and would we all please leave them alone? It was after she began to show me how many places she had been, see the book of Job if you question that, there’s a bit about her in there as well, that I began to feel that the worry that people would “go to hell’ if they didn’t hear the “truth” about the Christ, (reference Constantine to see how much “truth” that is,) was needless, Spirit had it covered.

In fact, what I began to find in my studies was that, wherever she had been, one could count on the central message having been compassion, (which is why I still figure that Y’shua knew her, even with all the, mm, rearranging of his words), Y’shua continually taught compassion as the very yardstick of the believer, oh, I forgot, Jerry says that makes me a gnostic. Even C.S. Lewis noted that over the entire Earth people felt the need to follow the same paradigm.

The upshot, then, is if you practice any form of religiion, and that practice includes and indeed centers around compassion, I am going to consider you a student of the one I call “Teacher”, often referred to as just plain Spirit. I will embrace you as family, and have not one minute’s time to worry about whether you light incense or bow in gratitude for teachings at the foot of a representative statue, or worship in a cathedral, synagogue or temple. There has been too much bloodshed in the name of “My God, Your God”, for me to play on that same field. If you practice compassion, you probably worship the Name above all Names, and that is my God.

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