DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2021

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September 28.2021

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WEAR THE WORLD AS A LOOSE GARMENT

           Wear the world as a loose garment which touches in a few places and there lightly.         
                                                                        St Francis of Assisi

Most of us, it seems, live our lives closely attached to the world and what it affords us because that's all we know. Then, when something comes along like a killer pandemic, everything in our life feels threatened, including our bodies.

We're not sure what might come next so we cling on to what we have. Even as we get older and our bodies no longer function properly, as mortality looms ever nearer, we still cling to life. This is something we never thought would happen to us when we were young, feeling our bodies to be forever immortal. When the former pleasures of life no longer satisfy as they once did, still many fear death.   

The question remains as to whether we are happier clinging to this world, even as our grip on it loosens and we sense it slipping away or do we live life with a sense of happy abandon as encouraged by Jesus. In his words:

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [c]arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Matthew 6:26-34 (KJV)

There is a saying: Be detached to attachment and attached to detachment. This seems to be along the lines of what St. Francis was saying, perhaps more creatively, when he admonished us to wear the world as a loose garment which touches in a few places and there lightly.

My conclusion is that in these times of hysteria, fear and vulnerability, it's good to remember that only our bodies are mortal but our spirit is of God-essence. So, we continue to live on in whatever dimension we find ourselves.

My hero, James, in Elysium's Passage was an atheist and didn't believe that, at least until he discovered it for himself. I won't say much more except that these questions of life and death, attachment and detachment, are some of the major themes in Elysium's Passage Novel Series.

The following is an excerpt where James is thinking things through after a major life-altering experience in a tropical storm the night before.

Just as St Francis came to experience life as an unconfined loose garment, James felt he had been released from his fears and burdens to fly as a butterfly, free from his caterpillar’s cocoon.

As I sat by my hut in deep contemplation, there were other questions that came to mind, yet I decided not to worry about those for now… who knows what might happen next? Feeling as I did at this moment, I wanted to have nothing more to do with worry. As with all expressions of fear, it is of the ego.

Now, however, I was my own man, no longer that of the ego, born anew in last night’s storm. If there were a point where I could speak of being born anew, not of the flesh but of the divine spirit, this battle on the beach would have been it.

In the midst of the storm, it had been a painful birthing process. That’s how it is when being born into a new Self. The old self must first die.[1]

I began to review my latest journal entries from the fiercest days of warfare. I could see in my words a new James emerging out of the trenches, taking flight into a higher reality. In this battle I was coming to understand the deeper spiritual truths Mo and Eli had been trying to explain to me all this time.

I remembered how I sometimes became annoyed and agitated while listening to their spiritual abstractions, as I called them. I now recognized what they were teaching me could only be discerned by my heart, rather than with my ego-mind, which had remained in dissonance.[2]

As I write this, I wish I could say that the dragon within had been slain that night, but it wasn’t… not completely. After all, the ego’s illusory existence is a function of one’s consciousness, and sometimes we forget who we are. At least its presence had been significantly diminished, even though I knew it might at times still sneak up from behind. However, if I remain vigilant, I can generally squelch its flames before it breathes.

I sat under my Bodhi tree much of the next day, watching the breakers crash onto the beach while listening to the chirping of the multi-florescent birds perched in the trees. Yes, I thought; finally, I’m at peace with my life and my world. I felt my heart was in charge now, redirecting my mind from fear to love, from reason to wisdom, and most importantly, to new life.

Rather than being subservient to the ego imposter that had undermined me for so long with its contrived fears, my divine Self, the real me, would inspire my thoughts. Yet, I realized this might still be a long transition once I returned home. Somehow, I’d have to find a way to gain control of my ego-mind by discovering who I was. But how?

I thought of how Eli used to tell me to be a fly on the wall observing myself, especially when my ego was creating trouble for me. If I could remember this mental exercise, it might help me understand what my ego was trying to do to me by what it said and did. By being aware of it, I had the choice to refuse to identify with it, thereby giving me power over it. Then the real I, the pure I of consciousness, sans ego, would be able to transcend the petulant illusions that preempted my real identity as the divine Self.

In-as-much as I could remember this when I returned home, I would be free of it so that it no longer could dictate what I thought and felt. Of course, learning to detach from the ego by not identifying with it would require much practise and discipline since illusions continue to thrive endlessly on earth, without question or resistance.[3] Furthermore, I realized I would be severely tested and tempered in the crucible of life, both within and without. But then, isn’t that what grit and grind of our world are all about?

Yet, I wished to believe no matter what happened; the fall guy would one day discover the silent tranquillity I was now experiencing. Otherwise, what would the point have been for this out-of-body exercise? I then thought of something Mo quoted to me from a renowned Jewish mystic and philosopher: Solitude is the place of purification.[4] I would have to find a way to make that my experience, especially if I wished to maintain what I had searched for all my life and had finally found. I wasn’t sure how this might happen unless an angel came to remind me. Perhaps Julianne would be my angel... a most pleasant thought to consider.

As I strolled along the beach later in the day, I thought about how I had forgiven my mother last night during that eerie spectacle. And in doing this, found forgiveness towards myself and everyone else who I thought had wronged me in the past. Without doubt, this was the most important lesson I learned on this island, and probably the most difficult. Forgiveness was my big issue - not something I often did willingly.

Should my old feelings of residual hate and resentment return to my psyche, I could never be free, and that’s why I could never allow myself to be trapped by my hidden resentment again. It would ruin my life without any possibility of having a lasting relationship with Julianne or anyone else.

I also thought about how Mo went on and on about how the world’s worst enemy was its collective ego; being responsible for its interminable wars and suffering. He said the ego-mind has no interest in forgiveness, caring only to aggrandize itself with hate and vengeance while wallowing in its cherished beliefs of entitlement and victimhood. These delusions give the ego a seeming reality it would not otherwise have by authenticating itself in the very pain it causes.

When I first came to the island, my friends suggested there was an essential purpose for my being here, even though I didn’t fully understand what that might entail. Now, during these last days, I realized it was about learning how to forgive. Everything I fought against on the beach was a hideous creature that I had conjured by refusing to forgive the world.

That was quite the revelation. I realized now my true identity was my divine Self and not that of the old ego-self. Not that I was a Buddha, but then, I wasn’t Gilligan either.

After arriving back at my hut, I sat down and thought about my remaining time in this realm of spiritual existence. Regardless of what was yet to come, at least I would be able to move forward in confidence, knowing that whatever fears had held me back would no longer be able to do so. At least not if I didn’t allow them.

After examining my life as perhaps few men ever have, I came away from the ordeal to discover my true Self. I recalled how frustrated I was when Mo asked me to examine myself during those early days on the Summit. I now understood his relentlessness was so I might one day find myself. However, first, I had to discover who I wasn’t.

I smiled, when I thought of how he kept quoting Socrates: The unexamined life is not worth living. I turned this around and declared aloud to myself: ‘This examined life shall be worth living… and hereinafter, shall I so live!’

I then saw a caterpillar on my tree. I too had been a caterpillar, I thought, that had remained in a cocoon for far too long, awaiting my metamorphosis into a free and beautiful butterfly. Today, I finally had become the butterfly enfolded within. One day, and it may be soon, I would again have to return to my cocoon in the fall guy. Through him, I would complete my transition while integrating whatever spiritual gains I made here in preparation for my ultimate metamorphosis into Elysium’s rarified realm of existence.

Who else gets to do that? And of all people… why me?  

ENDNOTES 



[1] Except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. John 12:24 (KJV). Or as previously quoted by G.I. Gurdjieff, A man may be born, but in order to be born, he must first die, and in order to die, he must first awake.
[2] That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6 (KJV). Flesh in the Greek, (σάρξ), carries the meaning of a world that has separated itself from divine grace.
[3] What I stated here expresses one of G.I. Gurdjieff’s primary teachings.  He uses the word it when speaking of the ego-self because it is not you, but a distortion of your divine Self. Also, Peter Rhodes book, Aim: The Workbook, excels in examining these concepts while making practical applications. He quotes extensively from Gurdjieff in conjunction with certain writings from Swedenborg.
[4] Martin Buber, 1878-1965, Jewish writer and mystic.

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September 21.21

OUR IMAGINATION'S DARKSIDE

 

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of our imagination and how it can be used to inspire us. You may view this post here, https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/just-imagine  

As wonderful as our imagination might be, it’s important we remain aware of how easy it can be used to serve the downside of our reality. Imagination can be very powerful in creating the life we experience. What we project onto the canvas of our world will bring us exquisite visions or cause us to dread, defeat and despair. Either way, we end up with the world it creates.

When the imagination is in service to fear, it makes life unpleasant since fright is not a happy emotion. When faced with danger, it's easy for our imaginations to embellish whatever we dwell upon until we become paralysed by fear, often rendering us powerless. As Franklin Roosevelt stated: Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear… is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. 

Let’s look at the root of imagination: Image. So, what images are we projecting onto the screen of our lives that play out in our daily experiences? If it’s the filter of fear that we’re projecting, the images can be frightening indeed. Suffering, deprivation, pain and death; it’s all easy to experience if we allow ourselves to ‘image’ it.  As Nietzsche suggested, if we gaze into the abyss long enough, it will gaze back and very likely frighten us. 

That’s how disease has its way with us. Dis-ease. We are not at ease and so our bodies become weak, losing the ability to fight off what we normally overcome. Many chase cancer into remission while others give up and die. Often, it’s the imagination that makes the difference. If we see ourselves as doomed, we probably are.  The imagination will make it happen even more quickly because it will debilitate the body’s natural defences.

The same applies to financial worries. If a few things go wrong at work, we might imagine being unemployed, or worse yet, losing our family and becoming homeless on the streets. If that’s what we choose to believe and therefore ‘image,’ our imagination can help make this our new reality The good news, is that the imagination can also work for us by reversing itself to inspire us to new horizons and achievements.

So, what’s the trick in getting our imagination to work for us rather than against us? First, we need to know that it projects out of our heart and soul, and therefore we need to protect our imagination from whatever the mind may do. The scriptures say, in effect, guard your heart more than any treasure for it is the source of all life. See the post on this topic: Guard Your Heart https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/guard-your-heart  

This is how we can avoid falling into Nietzsche’s abyss. Once we realize this, we can accept that we are the masters of our destiny and that we live in a benevolent universe. Then, if we allow, our imagination can take us to a happy place.

However, if we imagine we live in a malevolent universe where everything is destined to go wrong, then our imagination will create an unhappy world to make sure we’re not wrong. Understanding this is what will help get us through these times of stress, coercion and deception.

Having faith in what’s highest and best will make it our reality, regardless of our life’s current circumstances. Then, our imagination will cause us to see the silver-lined clouds rather than the dark storm clouds billowing on the horizon. If this all sounds too good to be true, it's because we haven’t allowed our imagination to paint us a picture of what happens after the clouds pass and the sun becomes visible again. If we can imagine the sun breaking through even before it does, it will be easier to weather the storms of life. But if our imagination sees only perpetual darkness, then we will become discouraged and disempowered, robbing us of all hope and resilience.

If we imagine ourselves passing through the shadows and valleys of life, our consciousness will rise to what we have projected. If we don’t have faith but believe we’re at the mercy of the vicissitudes of nature and chance that work against us, then our imagination will likely find several ways to make us right. 

What, then, can we do practically to make sure our imagination is working for us and our happiness rather than the contrary? To begin with, we need to avoid mainstream television news and programming which tends to tilt towards bad news narratives and opinions, seemingly to make us feel like we’re living out the drama of a horror movie… often of our creation. Cutting out much of social media's toxicity is also a good idea.

Our separate ego-mind, which never has our best interest in mind loves to wallow in the negativity of our dark side. That’s how it derives its existence and why we need to avoid its darkness like the plague… a plague that exists in our mind where we imagine everything ten times worse than it is with little hope for the future.

Also, we need to avoid toxic people who delight in perpetrating their ego’s perverse negativity. Let them attract their own; we deserve better. Hang out with people who wish to remain in a good vibe, and they will bring us into their happy space.

While we’re at it, we need to look out for whatever else that will feed our imagination with positive images. You might find some suggestions in this blog that I posted last year.
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe 

For example, there are many uplifting novels and movies that lift our imagination out of its negative stupor by making our hearts soar in gratitude. Once we are inspired, our ego won’t be able to conscript our imagination to serve its nefarious ends. There’s no room for it. So, it's up to us whether we wish to feed our imagination with inspiration or with fear.

As an aside, if anyone wishes to listen to some extraordinary music of a high vibe that will inspire the imagination, I would recommend Dimash’s singing performances. If interested, see my posts on him and view some of the videos. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/beauty-splendor-and-truth  

However, if we prefer to entertain ourselves with low conscious energy that expresses hate and victimhood, there is plenty of music out there (if that’s what you call it) such as some rap or heavy metal anger ‘noise’ can bring you down. These also ignite the imagination, but with nothing that uplifts our spirit. Using discernment with what we subject ourselves to is an important exercise in self-awareness. If it makes us feel uplifted or if it causes us to feel diminished, then that’s all we need to know. Our imagination will take it from there.  

In recent posts, I’ve touched on intuition and inspiration. Our imagination is the best means to inspire our visions and intuition. Fear, however, will use our imagination to douse these rarified qualities like a bucket of water cast on the flames. Fear ruins so much fun in life.

So, more than ever, in today’s psychosis of global fear, we should remain vigilant to counter the negativity with happy thoughts and smiles, although our smiles probably don’t do much good if we hide them behind a mask. Speaking of which, nowhere on earth has there been a peer review study that has shown masks to be a practical deterrent to viruses that can enter through the eyes, ears and skin. With the microbe so minuscule, masks are about as effective as a chain-linked fence keeping sand out in a sand storm. See the reports from OSHA. https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/just-say-no-to-masks  

Therefore, rather than trampling each other in panic, let’s courage everyone to find ways to counter these imaginings with life-enhancing images and sounds. Much of what’s out there is toxic because it promotes fear in telling us why we should be fearful. These are beliefs, not truths, especially when they project images of doom. I have several blog posts that encouraging us not to fear. These scare tactics, I believe, are contrivances of governments, corporations and the media to promote mass ego flares of hysteria.

https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/nothing-to-fear-but-fear   
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/fear-posts  
https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/ego-fear-phantom   

Another thing to watch for is feeling overwhelmed. This is often not the case, but what we imagine. Yes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when too much is going on. There are many challenges in life that put us in a tailspin, and yet after the fact, we often see how trivial most of these ‘crises’ were. At the time, however, our imagination made them bigger than life.

If, for example, we run out of gas on the highway or have a flat tire in a snowstorm, we can feel overwhelmed because our imagination tells us this is the end of the world… at least, our world. What will come of us? However, when we imagine a positive outcome, we’re often surprised how easily solutions come.

Speaking of running out of gas, I remember running out of gas in New Mexico one night at about midnight when no service stations along the way were open. Before we could imagine anything, the first vehicle that came along, not only stopped but just happened to have a barrel of gas loaded on his pick-up. He pumped our car with lots of gas, didn’t charge us, and we were happily on our way to find a motel.

Having said, that, I should mention this was back in my youthful days and it probably didn’t hurt that I happened to be standing on the road with a couple of young women who were travelling with me to Canada by way of California. Still, what are the odds the first vehicle that came by would have a barrel of gas with a young man eager to help? Maybe he was an angel… sure felt like it. (I could write several books of such vignettes that have occurred in my life).  

Anyway, I don’t wish to minimize more serious concerns or saying there aren’t significant challenges we are sometimes confronted with health, finances and relationship, etc. issues. Yet, even in these situations, the intuition of our imagination might provide us with whatever inspiration we need to solve the problems rather than continuing to dwell in hopelessness and despair.

So, when feeling overwhelmed, I recommend taking 30 deep breaths; exhale and hold for a minute or longer. Then inhale one big breath for 5 seconds, exhale and meditate. That might help you reset the emotions. (This is called the Win Hoff Method as explained by Wim Hoff on YouTube).

I conclude with a short excerpt from Book Five of Elysium’s Passage novel series. This incident illustrates how defeated our imagination can cause us to feel when we fall into the grip of fear. Though there was light to show him the way forward, James, the protagonist, doesn’t open himself to the hope it offered. Rather, his imagination causes him to fall further into despair… all too human.

Fortunately, a time comes when he does ‘awaken.’ Hopefully, humanity will soon do the same in this current world of fear and despair.

Chapter 1, Mystical Romance

As I continued to shuffle ahead aimlessly in the dark, all at once something happened that changed everything. Suddenly, there was nothing under my feet and once again I felt myself plunging into an abyss, this time a long dark shaft.

In shock, my mind relapsed to tumbling down the Summit’s chasm. This plunge, however, felt different, as though I was suspended in time, floated into oblivion as I fended off, real or not, taunting demons, ghosts, dragons and monsters that I had encountered on the island.

At some point, I must have hit bottom, but by then there was nothing left to me… no dream, nothing at all, just as my spirit remained unconscious at the bottom of the Summit’s chasm.

Terror gripped me. I would die. Not just my body, but my soul… alone and abandoned, I would die trapped in this tomb of everlasting darkness. Words echoed in my mind from long ago: Das Nichts Nichte.[1] Nothingness, nothingness, nothingness. My first fall stripped me of my earthly body, but now it seemed I had been stripped of what little spirit was left of me. I had been laid bare; an empty shell. 

I tried to get up, but with these thoughts terrorizing me, I collapsed to the ground, gripped by a swirling paralysis of fear. Was this a dream I fell into or was I in a dream falling? It didn’t matter; I had lost my soul in the darkness. Death was upon me; I would soon be no more.

There’s no way of telling how long it might have been; was it three days? I don’t know, but somehow it felt it might have been. As I awakened, I noticed a faint glow of light shining from somewhere beyond my sepulchre.

Then, out of nowhere, I heard footsteps approaching me, and with that, a soft glow of light faintly shined through a wedge in my tomb. I felt its presence within a silhouette of light.

A man entered, and stood before me in silence. With a gentle smile, he greeted me as though I had met him before; still, I had no idea from where he came. He didn’t say a word but spoke to me with his thoughts.

‘Fear not, James,’ he said, ‘you are not alone. This has never been revealed to you before, but I’m telling you now that you are never alone. In confronting your final fears of death, you have laid them aside and they are no more. You came here to conquer, and so have you conquered your final fear, the death of death. Had you not, you wouldn’t have awoken. You may now arise… a new man to walk the earth.

He offered his hand, just as Eli had offered his while rescuing me off the ledge where I was trapped. I grabbed his outstretched hand and rose to my feet, as though risen from the dead.

‘Whether you ascend to the heavens or descend into the hells, he said, my spirit is always with you. There’s nothing to fear. If you believe what I say, you will follow me. If you don’t, you will remain here as you are until you are ready. It is your choice. It’s always your choice.’

He then turned and walked back through the tunnel. As he disappeared, my dazed and blurry mind tried to convince me this was just an apparition of my addled imagination. I was mistaken; it wasn’t real. None of this was happening; I was delusional… I was insane. Worse, I was alone. More alone than ever.

 [1] Translated from German as The Nothing nothings, a phrase imputed with profound meaning by Martin Heidegger, a seminal philosopher of the Continental tradition.  

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September 14.21 

ARE YOU INTUITIVE?

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Intuition is the whisper of the soul
           Jiddu Krishnamurti

In this post, I discuss the topic of intuition in a bit more detail than in the previous post two weeks ago on INTUITION AND INSPIRATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE. https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/daily-message-from-elysium  

Rather than just discussing what intuition is, let’s explore in greater detail how we can become more open to our innate intuition and aware of what might impede our ability to hear this ‘voice’ within.

Again, intuition is a special inward human quality that is sometimes referred to as the ‘knower.’ It’s the inner guidance that prompts us with insight, be it an epiphany, revelation or a reminder to take our keys before locking ourselves out the door. It just knows what it knows and need not be contrived. Though rationalizations and analysis have their place in our lives, they often get in the way of hearing what the inner knowingness already knows. 

That’s often our problem; our heart’s intuition knows that it knows, but our ego-mind argues with it because it always thinks it knows better. This causes us to doubt what we earlier felt certain of. For example, you might have found a new relationship that seems perfect for you on the outside, but the voice within says, no, it's not for you. Stay away, run in the other direction… quick, before you get in too deep and it’s too late. Then, for whatever reasons, we doubt this because we don’t wish to go contrary to other’s expectations and desires for us. 

Do we ever get into a relationship we later come to regret? Then things can get very messy and unhappy. Then, the voice says: TOLD YOU SO!! Sometimes that’s what it takes to get us to listen to it in the future.   

Or perhaps, the voice might say, pursue the relationship. Be confident… don’t discount yourself as unworthy because if that’s how you feel about yourself, the other probably will too. Above all, don’t fear rejection. Put your shoulders back and tell yourself how lucky they are, just as you are for them. It says, go for it… things are going to work out. 

However, one thing that’s for sure is that ego is out to sabotage whatever is highest and best for every time, if not a relationship, a million other possibilities.

So, what do we do with this villain-phantom that lurks within? First, we need to come to terms with it, recognizing the ego has a place in our lives when it is subservient to us, its real master. If we are aware of what’s going on, we must make sure it serves us and that we don’t serve it. We don't give our power to it by identifying with it. We don't because it's not us; it's an impostor that knows nothing of intuition. It can never hear 'the voice' or feel the prompt.

Below are a few suggestions that might help us become more aware of the power of our intuition while remaining vigilant over the ego’s wiles. 

1.   Peace of Mind

It's only when we have peace of mind that we're able to hear our intuition. A restless, fearful mind generally has way too much noise going on inside to hear anything from the inner wisdom. We need only ask ourselves; do we feel more or less peaceful after watching mainstream news or anything else on TV, social media, etc.? Mostly, probably not. So, if we want to hear from our inner wisdom, we need to shut off whatever it is that robs us of experiencing our divine voice. 

Again, this can only happen by subordinating the ego-mind. This requires us to intentionally and persistently unify our mind and heart; otherwise, we default to the ego’s directives, thereby allowing it to have its way with us. As stated in a dialogue in Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent;  

'Ultimately,' Eli said, 'it will be your choice; the mind won’t surrender its power until it realises it requires the services of the heart. This is why the mind needs to listen to the heart’s inner knowing, which, in turn, serves the mind with its inspired guidance.

2.  Relax, don’t over-think it

One common means the ego uses to drown out intuition is being obsessed with over-intellectualising and over-analysing situations. For example, to drive a car, it’s unnecessary to understand the mechanical workings of internal combustion, pistons, cylinders and the gas pedal under our foot, or how the transmission engages with the drive shaft when we shift into first gear/drive. 

Likewise, we don’t need to know everything about how our bodies operate to receive intuitive messages telling us what to eat and what it want’s us to do to stay healthy. ‘Exercise anyone?’ So, rather than fretting about all details, we need to learn to relax and trust that what’s highest and best for us will come to us as we remain inwardly and quietly ‘centred.’ There is no reason to fret about what we can’t know or what doesn’t matter.

3.  Trust

Jesus spoke of the lilies of the field and birds of the air that have no cause to worry or fret since nature takes care of them quite nicely. So why not us too? Animals, birds, fish, and insects have instincts that give them whatever impulses they need to survive. Conversely, humans have only intuition which we often ignore, preferring to trust our mind’s reasoning instead. This often causes us to worry rather than to trust our intuition. 

4.  Meld heart and mind

When the mind is not isolated in its intellectual conceits, fears and self-sufficiency, it can unite with the heart, listening to intuition and acting reasonably. At first, the mind may not be able to figure out how the heart receives the prompts it is given, but if it acts in union with the heart, it will take the heart’s inner wisdom seriously. Then it can, in humility recognise it doesn’t have what information the heart has.[1] If intuition is not overridden by fear, intellectual conceit, or habit; there is a chance the ‘voice’ will be heard and not just the deluded ego-mind self.

5.  Listen

The mind needs to defer to the heart by listening to it. The French philosopher-scientist said it best: “the heart has reasons which reason knows not.” If the mind, with the intentional engagement of our free will, defers to the intuitive wisdom of the heart, then the prompts will be heard loud and clear the more our minds learn to trust the heart.

6.  High Vibe

As much as possible, remain in a high vibe where the ego’s fears, worry and can’t block out the voice. For more on this, go to the post, Higher Vibe.[2] When our frequency is vibrating high, the voice is much more easily heard. On the contrary, when wallowing in a low frequency, fear-based vibe, all we can hear are depressing moans of defeat. That’s the state of angst we wish to avoid. 

Controllers know how to use fear to keep everyone fearful because they know fear is disempowering. Many of the fearful are willing to give away their power to the puppet-masters who say they will keep you safe if you do what they say. Sound familiar?

7.  Gratitude

Gratitude is a very high vibe because it is of love, and love is the most elevated vibe, just as fear is the opposite. If we remain in a state of gratitude as much as possible through the day, we are more likely to hear the voice or feel the prompt because we are in a state of receptivity. Go to the following post on the how-to of gratitude.[3]

8.  Expectation 

If we expect to hear from the voice. we need to have our antenna up so it might speak to us with feelings or mental revelation. Expect intuitive thoughts to come in any number of ways since they relate to synchronicity. Direction and prompt naturally come our way when we live in anticipation, giving no thought or contrivance to how they should come 

If we aren’t too fixated on routine, habits and regimens, we might be open to expecting something new. Sometimes it's rewarding to veer off course to where happy serendipitous things can happen. You may not always follow Alice down the rabbit hole, but when you do, who knows who you might meet down there or what you will find? It might even turn out to be a shortcut to where you want to go in life. 

Even expecting to see something as prosaic as the number 11:11 or 10:10 through the week. It happens all the time for me, so I take it as an intuitive message from God/the Universe, that it has my back. It seems this is now happening to many these days. We expect it, and so we receive it.

9.  Detachment

If our attitude is to ‘let go-let God,’ new extraordinary life adventures can ‘pop’ into existence because we will hear our intuitive voice giving us directions that lead us into what we’ve asked for… that which is ‘highest and best’… whatever that might be. This is our true state of grace.

Our lives can experience a great variety of circumstances, opportunities, relationships, abundance, etc., once we become open to what we wish to attract into our lives. Yet we won’t know if we aren’t listening for the voice to tell us how to do it… where to go, what to do, who to call, etc. That’s called putting it out there. Then we wait to hear the voice.

We live in a benevolent universe if we allow it to come to us. Fear will chase it away; love will attract it like a magnet. Our intuition will lead us, not our isolated ego-mind, which, on its own, is always confused and generally taking us away from what our heart wants because it is not whole and defaults to insecurity, falsehoods of fear.

10. Clarity

To hear the voice, we first need to know what we want so our intuition can respond to what our heart desires rather than what other people desire for us. It's not about them or what they think we should want. Rather, it’s about being true to ourselves. As stated in Shakespear’s Hamlet:
 
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. 

We must become clear on who we are and what we want. By this, I mean more than our ego wants. It’s about what our Self, our soul, our inner-being wants… which leads to the next point.

11. Know Thyself

It's surprising how few people know who they are, and so can never be fulfilled because they can never know in the depths of their being, what their soul wants. That’s why Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living.

So, how can intuition serve us if we don’t even know who we are? What’s to serve? We’d have to depend on what advertisers tell us we should want or not want, which generally has everything to do with them and nothing about us.

Our soul is not that shallow to settle for just trinkets, although our mind might since it has no clue who we are or what we want. Anyway, the voice can speak to us in greater clarity if we have more clarity as to who we are and what we want out of life.

12. Get close to nature 

By getting close to nature, we get close to what’s genuine. This might include pets, as well as trees, hills, streams and birds… and so much more. We become authentic by submerging our soul into what’s authentic. That’s when the voice can speak to us because it’s what’s real. 

13. No expectations 

This may seem the opposite of what I said about having expectations. It's good to have reasonable expectations of what you truly want out of life. But what I’m saying here is you can’t force the voice. It will come to you when it’s appropriate. So, trust, don’t contrive. Allow, don’t demand. The voice often comes when you are least expecting it because that’s when your ego-fear expectations are not there to chase it away.

The mind must relax, and the heart’s intuitive voice will speak when the mind waits patiently, without demanding anything. As stated earlier, intuition is of the heart and works with the mind, but it must never be subordinate to the mind. 

The mind needs to remain subordinate to the heart, knowing its place as our servant, yet never disengaged. The heart, being the portal to our divine essence, is all about purpose, fulfillment, guidance, joy and happiness. The mind response with its processes to carry out the intuitive longings.

14. Prayer 

Intuition is like a prayer answered. Without effort or attachment, you put it out there without a lot of thought… just a kind of that sure would be nice if I knew what to say, do or think. And then – Surprise! The answer comes with certainly… we just know… a prompt or voice sometimes speaking in a way we might have least expected. 

More Quotes on Intuition

Science…means continually progressing toward an aim which poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp. Max Planck 

The only real valuable thing is intuition. Albert Einstein 

The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, and stronger you become, and the happier you become. Gisele Bundchen

Your intuition knows what to do. The trick is to get your head to shut up so you can hear. Louise Smith

If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Listen to your intuition. Anonymous

By trusting your intuition, miracles seem to happen. Intuitive thoughts are gifts from the higher self. Susan Jeffers.

And lastly, 

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K Chesterton.

ENDNOTES
 

[1] Union of Heart and Mind
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind  

[2] Raise your Vibe
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe  

[3] Sowing Happy Seeds of Gratitude
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/sowing-happy-seeds-of-gratitude   

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September 3, 2021


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FOLLOW THE LIGHT


 
You may have heard of the poem called Dark Night of the Soul, written by 16th-century Spanish Mystic and poet John of the Cross.

This phrase has come to mean many things but generally, it seems to sum up what we often experience in our lives in times of crisis. Though the phrase is often taken to mean these dark times of depression, the actual intent of the poem relates to something far more profound than our angst. 

Rather, it evokes a call to advance towards our spiritual breakthrough on the path to divine union by breaking our ego-driven ties. This necessarily involves some inward pain since our lower nature is not amenable to being purged of its selfism. 

Yet, that’s what is necessary to move through the shadows to our inward light of higher consciousness. It takes a great deal of work and awareness to move past the resistances of our impetuous ego-mind. It means no longer identifying with its insanity, but listening to the divine guidance of our hearts. We are divine souls, created in the image of God. See the post, Union of Heart and Mind
https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind 

Yes, we experience this phenomenon, and it can serve us as long as we don’t serve it. If we persist, we can eventually conquer this lower nature, and move beyond towards a higher plane of enlightenment. To help illustrate this, I’ve included a short dialogue excerpt from Chapter 11 of Book Three, Quantum Leaps.

‘This is a process,’ Mo said, ‘that often takes gurus and sages a lifetime to accomplish. But you, James, are in a unique position, far removed from the dense frequencies of the earth plane. You can access a higher octave, provided you desire enlightenment with all your heart and mind. Very few on earth have come this far this quickly, which is why we’re confident you will go the distance as you remain focused on finding your way further up and further in. 

‘Then, when you have conquered the fears of your ego-mind, you will be prepared for your surreal adventure and whatever might occur thereafter. Remember the ancient saying: He conquers, who conquers himself, meaning, conquering your ego-self. You will learn you are only able to conquer by uniting your mind with your heart, thereby putting on the divine Self, the Christ… the real you. That is what you are going there to achieve. Then you will have accomplished what the ancients implored when they unequivocally stated: KNOW THYSELF.’

It seems that with all the egoic fear and deception being foisted on the world, we are moving through a formidable shadow that has been cast by some very dark forces. People used to mock such warnings of tyranny as unfounded conspiracy theories. For those who are awake, or are beginning to awaken, there is a growing awareness this is not about a virus that has resulted in not many more deaths than the regular flu season. (In fact, there’s much suspicion that this was just the covid-cold flu).

We can viscerally feel the darkness of deception with the mandates, masks, cancellation culture, censorship, bullying of the corporate/government/media/pharma-medical autocracies; all ramping up the fear and control. I’m not sure even Orwell would believe this.

Nevertheless, I remain optimistic and perceive this spiritual devolution as the world moving through this dark shadow where evil is being exposed for what it is. In response to the atrocities presently being committed worldwide, I believe a critical mass will awaken to tear down the oppressive powers that seek to imprison the human spirit. 

Ultimately, I believe the light will dissipate the shadows and one day shine upon our world. For now, we are moving through the dark night of our collective consciousness that we may be led to greater light and freedom. I trust that day will soon arrive.  

I have included an excerpt, again from Quantum Leaps, Chapter 3, where James, the protagonist/hero, speaks of his coming to the light. What he doesn’t yet realize is that he has just begun his journey, and he will have to endure several tests along the way to temper his spirit before he’s ready for anything close to enlightenment. 

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With this, Mo and I made our way back to the cabin to join Eli. After relaxing with a glass of schnapps by the fire while answering a few more questions about my early years, my friends went on their way. Topping my drink, I continued to sit by the fire to think more about what Mo said.

I appreciated how he admitted to also having spent some time in the Lowlands. This confession made it even easier for me to trust what he and Eli had to say about the earth plane. They had already been through it. Also, they never claimed to be perfect or have all the answers.

Eli would often say that while he was in the world, he wasn’t that different from me and how little he understood other than his immediate concerns. Like me, he believed that his physical death would mean the end of his existence.

After passing into Elysium, he said he often wanted to hit the rewind button during his life review so he might live out his life with more love and less fear. He learned, however, what he needed to know was not by what he got right but what he didn’t get right.

He also indicated that the reviews were never conducted in judgement; rather were to help him become more aware of his past life’s journey relating to his ongoing spiritual evolution. On a few occasions, he told me he would never have been able to relate to me or my journey had he not lived on earth the way he did. In that sense, I considered him and Mo my guides, which is why they were here with me.

As I watched the fire burn down to hot red embers, I thought about how Mo and Eli stressed that the purpose of our living on earth was to become more of what we are, nothing less than an expression of the divine Christ image. The irony is that none are meant to be the same. According to them, the more we conform to our Source-Being’s essence, the more variegated are the expressions of our unique character.

When we finally accept our destiny, they said that no matter how many lifetimes it takes, we naturally wish to follow the light of love. Whenever we experience fear, it’s not because our souls are inherently dark, but a result of having closed ourselves to the light, unnecessarily delaying our journey. The resultant pain can give us the contrast we need to rediscover the light; otherwise, we may continue to drift into further darkness.

One thing they emphasized repeatedly is that darkness has no existence; only light exists; still, it’s not the opposite of light, only its absence. We must come to realise that the only way to dispel darkness is for us to kick the door open so the divine light might shine in. Once we allow light to enter, the absence of light can no longer be experienced.

We should question why we’re so determined to resist the light when, most evidently, that’s not in our best interests. I could only conclude that it must be ignorance since it too is deprivation, just as darkness is to light. The ego-mind has no interest in truth, only in being clever, which is why ignorance continues to prevail in the Flatlands, where many intelligent minds reside.[1] At least, that was my experience because I was one of them.

When the world understands it has written itself upside down, perhaps it will become aware of its collective resistance to spiritual light. It will use every means of deceit it can conjure to shield itself from this light. Even in its insanity, the ego knows its illusions cannot survive the piercing rays of the light.

I remembered Mo recently said something to the effect that even if a crack of divine light shines through the dark web, the ego-mind will screech out against anything that threatens its phantom existence. 

I thought back on my life, observing how much control I relinquish to my separate ego-mind and how it always sabotaged my happiness. I must remain vigilant; he would say, to keep my heart and mind united that my path forward might remain illuminated with divine brilliance. 

At times I became tired of hearing them talking so much about love and light, fear and darkness, and other topics that seemed more like just conceptual abstractions. It’s not what most philosophers consider to be important when analysing the deeper issues of life. Eli was quick to reaffirm that what they had to say was not just about pontificating but understanding the dynamics of conscious existence for all humanity, for all time. A time would come, Mo said, when my spiritual frequency would attune to the level of what they were saying.  

I was beginning to recognise, somewhat begrudgingly, that they were right. I hadn’t paid much attention to the divine light within, and it was now time I did. I supposed this was why my companions thought it was vital for me to be alone on the upcoming tropical island retreat to examine myself thoroughly.

After all, Socrates stated that the unexamined life is not worth living.[2] I had been carefully scrutinized before being awarded my doctorate yet I had never learned how to examine my life to find who I was. Although, I doubt if many knew anything about what this meant either. That hardly was their bailiwick.

Likely, there would be plenty for me to consider since I now understood how much I got wrong, not just my philosophical weltanschauung, but in life, including my relationships with women.

I wanted to believe that the ego’s deceptions would be snuffed out by Elysium’s light. However, they indicated that was not necessarily the case, especially in the lower states of consciousness that straddle the earth. This lower realm is what Swedenborg called The Natural Heaven. If the angels can fall from grace, as suggested in some religious writings, then I suppose anyone can. 

Maybe that’s what the world is about; a way to learn lessons the angels cannot experience without the onerous struggles we endure while living on the earth’s dense plane of existence. That’s the only rationalization I can think of for why we wish to experience the contrast of darkness. Perhaps the world itself is a form of purgatory.

What I was learning at Summit U. took time for my mind to absorb after being so flattened these last years in the Flatlands. 

So now, to go from that to embark on this Magical Mystery Tour into higher realms and dimensions felt unsettling. Perhaps I was threatened by a sense of inadequacy since no one wants to be caught naked; I’m sure there would be nowhere I could hide. 

Or possibly I was concerned about finding myself in the presence of a higher being who had plenty of cause to make me squirm. Who wants to have a flaming angel robed in virgin white waving her finger at you for past indiscretions? In my case, likely from certain women in my past.

It was obvious, my pesky ego was still very much with me, fretting about. I would have preferred it had remained with the fall guy where it couldn’t do me any harm. I realised, however, that I would have to sooner or later deal with the guilt I felt. 

For the first time, I began to wonder if it was my insecurities that craved recognition for my intellectual achievements. If so, was this to compensate for my humble beginnings, particularly knowing I was the child of a prostitute? I wasn’t sure. Perhaps I believed that my costly education would restore honour to my father’s name and the life of my poor mother.

Whatever the case, here I was now with Mo and Eli. My old world, as I knew it, had been turned upside down. Even though they were gracious to me most of the time, they often contradicted my rational discernment. Of course, I know now what they had to say made perfect sense, however at the time my ego wasn’t about to let go of what I most closely identified with. At times, their dismissive attitudes would exacerbate my need to be respected as a professional philosopher and for what beliefs I continued to cling to.

My resistance toward understanding spiritual matters was possibly more significant than what I portrayed in this narrative. In hindsight, I realise my defences were probably more about protecting my ego rather than the argument. Being humbled wasn’t easy for me to accept; still, I was learning more about myself and why I reacted as I did.

I was finally coming to recognise the albatross slung around my neck for too many years.[3] I knew Mo and Eli were right; being a philosopher meant nothing at Summit U; I was merely a student in a foreign land taught what I didn’t know. It was time to fling off the bird and move on; a new destination was calling. Soon I would be dispatched to my Island Paradise. But, would it be a paradise, or might it turn into something far less?  

[1] Similarly, Albert Einstein once stated: No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. 

[2] Allegedly, Socrates (470-399 BC) made this statement at his trial before being sentenced to death, as stated in Plato’s Apology.

[3] An allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798). Instead of the cross, the albatross, about my neck was hung.’

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There is much more that could be said about 'Following the Light,' so for those who wish to pursue these ideas, the following posts on this site may be of interest.

No Fear
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/nothing-to-fear-but-fear   

The Cave You Fear
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/the-cave  

The Ego-fear phantom
https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/ego-fear-phantom    

The Ego Mask
https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/the-ego-mask   

Let Your Light Shine
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/let-your-light-shine   

How to be an Enlightened Mystic
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/how-to-be-an-enlightened-mystic   


 
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES


 
 
This is the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometimes surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of adventures.

To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm   

 

ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: READER REVIEWS


 

The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews 

"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”

"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…."

“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"

“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”

“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."

"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like, and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"

“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”

“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”

“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)

“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.”  (CLARION REVIEW)

 
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
 

 
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT fall 2021

THE SUMMIT fall 2021

QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2022

SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2022 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2022

HE ELIXIR fall 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24

 

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