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Son of Man ~

jesus1Jesus called himself the Son of Man. No matter if you think he was the Son of God or a mature, evolved human being like the Buddha, his vision would have been expanded enough to see that you really can’t worship “other gods” if you are a compassionate being. You cannot worship GOD with evil deeds, nor can you worship darkness with good and compassionate deeds. ( first said, at least to my knowledge, by C. S. Lewis)

He didn’t mince around, he said love was the only commandment one had to obey, for everything written could be boiled down and summed up in that one command, love God, love your fellow man. If you truly love God, you will love his creation, both your fellow travelers and the earth that supports them. If you do not love, you will not be able to serve the highest and best there is for those that walk beside you.

He did NOT say, love only those who celebrate the eucharist, He did NOT say, love only those who are part of your worship group, he did NOT say, only love those who walk the way you do. He said LOVE, with a deep, from the very marrow of your being love. In the letter entitled First John, in Chapter 4, verses 7&8, we are told

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

This is a beautiful understanding of the commandment to love, for in it we can see that it truly does not buddha90210matter whether a person calls themselves Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Jain, or unbeliever, for if they love, they know God in their hearts, if they do not love, they do not know God. Yes, I know, that puts many who call themselves believers at risk, for love is the one commandment that many have not learned to obey, yet, it is the only commandment given.Truly, if you have learned this one command and obey it as often as you are able, you are my brother or sister, for we are children of God.

There are many in our time that have shown that though Moses understanding of God was great, and even ahead of his time, it was not perfected. He did not understand that slavery was wrong, he did not understand how very wrong rape was, he did not even have a clue that child harm was so very wrong. So, though we can admire him for being ahead of his time, and so close to God, we cannot stay at his level of understanding and claim that that way is complete. We must move forward, we must learn to love, we must come to understand that the way of love will not hold others as chattel. They are human beings. We must give others the same rights and privileges we hold for ourselves.

dnacadueceusPart of that understanding is the principle behind the words “first do no harm”. If there is a way of life that is foreign to you, but harms no one, then it is not “sin”, if it indeed brings about love, and is a good thing in that community, we must hold it to be in obedience to the command to love. We cannot hold ourselves over others as their keepers or jailers, we must let others be free to learn to obey the command in their own way. We must learn to love, not just in part, but completely, as God would have us love.

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.

Awareness ~

The churched call it being “saved”, but other paths usually call it being awakened, it can mean the same thing, only different verbiage. It does indeed feel like you have been born into a new realm of reality, and so calling the phenomenon rebirth, once you have experienced it is not at all unnatural.

The sadness, for me, comes with the process in the more fundamental form of Christianity that jerks at the emotions. This is something that has haunted me for many years. Does this process need to be accompanied by so much emotion? I don’t believe so, I believe that there may be an emotional release within the heart of the one experiencing the awakening, but the induced emotionality of the “Hallelujah” preaching of the man on stage is not needed for this process to be genuine. In fact, the less induced emotion, the greater the release from within, from what I have seen and experienced.

So, what is the “Awakening” that some call getting “saved”? It is literally as though one had been pulled awake into a new reality, in fact, when it happens, you find yourself looking around expecting everything to be different, only to find it is you that has changed. You have a new sense of life, a new sense of self, and a new sense of all that is. There is a hunger to understand what this “newness” is. If you are among the churched, you will begin to study the Bible in earnest. If you are among the Indigenous peoples of any land, you will sit and listen to the Holy person with renewed interest and understanding.

No matter the path you are following, you will have a new understanding of matters spiritual, and of greater truths than those that end at the tip of your nose. In fact, that is a large part of the entire phenomenon. You have become aware that there is more in the world than your own selfish needs. This is why I have no use for the emotion inducements of the Evangelicals. When the awakening takes hold in truth, there is no longer a need to center everything you do around whether it meets your own selfish needs or not. The world has grown, and you have seen and know that there are others that have needs besides yourself.

I spent a large part of this life’s journey within the confines of church doctrine, and I have seldom seen the induced “salvation experience” result in this awakening to the needs of “other”. Most of the time, these are the ones that are the so-called “backsliders”, which is where the folks at the Second Baptist church of Warhol have gotten the idea that “salvation” is something that has to “take” in order to be permanent. You would have hoped they would have thought out the idea that perhaps one needed to respond with more than a Hallelujah to find true “salvation.”

No pastor or mentor can take credit for an Awakening, the “job” of those whose lives have been forever touched by Spirit is to plant the seed. When a person wakens, it is simply between them and Spirit, and a matter of the seed sprouting roots and growing. That is nothing any human can call their doing. And it is not peculiar to Christianity, it is part of the spiritual walk of all sincere pilgrims no matter the faith. However, it is indeed the seed planting, spoken of by Y’shua, that is important. You let Spirit “grow” the crop, you just keep planting.

Most pastors feel that a “new convert” will not grow and will “backslide” if they do not come to church every Sunday. That is also a fallacy. If Spirit was in it from the beginning, the person will stay on the path whether they follow the doctrine of a particular church or not. There are many times that the pastor of a church exhibits so many of the traits of the controlling personality that one begins to wonder if the pastor was also an induced “salvation” and never actually awakened to Spirit.

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