Ancient Wisdom of Going Within
There is much that can be learned from ancient civilizations and their spiritual practices. Notice I did not say ‘religious’ practices. Religion implies a set of beliefs, rules and regulations that have been agreed upon by a select group of individuals. Before organized religion got a foothold, spirituality was individual and personal. Today, in many organized religions, there is a tradition of control brought about by an authoritarian hierarchy. They have become controllers of what people think and why they think it. They control by discouraging questioning, instilling fear and dictating rituals. They have controlled through wars, torture and hoarding wealth. They have distorted the truth and preached falsehoods to further their own personal agendas. All this was/is done in “the name of God”. At the same time, they teach that “God is Love”, yet what does fear, control, guilt, shame, murder, cheating and greed have to do with Love?
Although I was raised in a strict Catholic family and went to Catholic school throughout my entire formal education, I couldn’t make sense of the contradictions I witnessed, and I also couldn’t categorically accept the justifications and rationality given by the Church. I tried, but eventually I realized that my beliefs had digressed enough from what the Church teaches to be considered a heretic, and from history we know what they do to heretics! Unsurprisingly, on my journey for the truth, I quickly rejected some of the teachings of other organized religions as well. I still continue to question, research and discern that which resonates with me. I’ve developed, and constantly rework, my own unique spiritual practice using tips that resonated with me from various mainstream, new age and even some seemingly non-spiritual sources. I keep coming back to the same conclusion: the truth is within me. The practices I am drawn to are ones that have aided me in connecting with my inner wisdom, or my “I AM Presence”.
In the coming months, the truth will continue to make itself known to any of humanity open to the awareness of their true nature and what is just illusion. Recently, in a channeled message from Mary Magdalene to Carolyn Evers in the eBook, Our Cosmic Dance, which can be downloaded free from this website: http://www.metatronminutes.net/mmagdalene_ebook.htm, Mary Magdalene states that when Early Church Fathers were compiling the Bible, they dismissed or revised writings and teachings from individuals such as Peter, Jesus and herself because they did not support the image of the Church they were creating. Anyone that openly disagreed was, of course, persecuted. So what was Jesus’ true purpose for incarnating on Earth at the time he did? In the eBook, Mary Magdalene mentions two: (1) to remind us how to connect with our master soul, and (2) to create the gateways needed in order for present day humanity to Ascend.
Mary Magdalene goes on to say that Jesus, or Jeshua as he is known in higher realms, came from a long line of souls that have proceeded from an ancient soul called Marietta. Marietta was the first soul created after the Seraphim and Cherubim angels. She goes on to explain how souls developed from the highest level of spiritual form to the level of soul that we understand in our dimension here on Earth. The original souls came forth from the Master Creator, All There Is, in the center of the cosmos. These souls were commanded by the Creator to go out into the cosmos and experience, and then return to the Creator. However, these original or master souls, of which Marietta was one, found they “could not move down in their complete form to the lower levels of spiritual existence”. So the souls went through a series of divisions into smaller aspects of the master soul. These aspects retained the abilities of the master soul, however at each division some of the memory of those abilities was forgotten. When these aspects are ready to make the journey back to the Master Creator, they will re-integrate with their lost memories as they move up in vibration and up to higher dimensions. It is important here to note that a soul aspect’s vibration can increase although the physical body is held in a lower vibration of, for example, the 3rd dimension, which is life as we know it on Earth today.
So, Jesus came from a series of soul divisions, just as we did. Just like Jesus, we can trace our individual soul upwards through all the divisions back to our soul of origin, our master soul. This is what Jesus practiced and what he called going within when “seeking out His Father”, His Father being his master soul. In John 10:30, Jesus says “I and my Father are one” and in John 14:16-17, he says “and he will give you another Paraclete [counselor] to be with you always: the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, since it neither sees him nor recognizes him; but you can recognize him because he remains with you and will be within you.” And in verse 26, “the Paraclete…will instruct you in everything.” Notice, the counselor John talks about is “within you”. Truth can be found “within you”, as can the kingdom of God per Luke 17:21, which says “for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Of what use, then, are the series of laws and requirements put forth by most religions today about what you should or should not believe when you can simply “go within” to find all wisdom and truth?
Teachings of Gnosticism
Gnosticism is a religious and philosophical movement predating Christianity. The Gnostic scriptures were written at the same time as the New Testament, however, during the 5th century most of it was destroyed by early Church leaders, who labeled the Gnostic scriptures as heretical. Gnostic scriptures included the Gospels of Thomas, Mary and Philip, amongst other early writings. Although the Church attempted to wipe them out and was almost successful, Gnosticism has undergone a rebirth in the middle of the last century when some of their early documents were discovered hidden in a cave in Egypt. The word Gnosticism comes from the Greek word “gnosis”, or “knowledge”, although “insight” and “enlightenment” are thought to be better descriptive words. This knowledge, as referred to by Gnostics, is relational or experiential knowledge of God and our divine nature, versus a factual or intellectual knowledge. An anonymous person recently wrote “gnosis-knowledge requires ultimate transcendence of the merely intellectual to be actualized." Gnostics have believed since the beginnings of Christianity that they are in possession of knowledge about God, humanity and the universe that is not in the conscious awareness of most of Earth’s population. While I may not believe all that Gnosticism teaches, it does have some practices that I find refreshing compared to the stale rituals that most other religious institutions practice. The Gnostics are free, open and creative in their approach to faith, as well as in interpreting and experiencing Jesus’ teachings. They are encouraged to seek, question and use their own minds to find God’s truth within themselves, rather than to blindly believe what some authoritarian Church dictated about how they should live.
In the Gnostic gospel, The Secret Book of John , as translated and annotated by Stevan Davies, it says, “I am the Providence of everything. I became like my own human children. I existed from the first. I walked down every possible road. I am the wealth of the light. I am the remembering of the fullness. I cried out: ‘Anyone who hears, rise up from your deep sleep!’ And the sleeping one awoke and wept, wiping bitter tears saying ‘Who calls me? Where has my hope come from as I lie in the depths of this prison?’ ‘I am the Providence of pure light,’ I replied, ‘I am the thought of the Virgin Spirit raising you up to an honored place. Rise up! Remember what you have heard. Trace back your roots to me, the merciful one.” I feel confident in interpreting ‘Providence’ in this passage to mean ‘master soul’.
Yoga and Meditation
As I wrote above, Jesus came to remind us how to “go within”. This implies that humanity already knew it, but forgot. Yoga, an ancient practice that scholars have reason to believe has its beginnings during the Stone Age, is essentially a practice of “going within”. It is a way of life focused on the self that through mental discipline purges an individual’s unworthy qualities and brings forth their most noble ones. In Sanskrit, it means “to unite”. The oldest known Yoga scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita, created around 500 B.C, teaches 3 principles for followers to master: (1) Bhakti – loving devotion, (2) Jnana – knowledge or contemplation, and (3) Karma – selfless actions. Meditation, a key component of yoga and a contemplative technique, is a blend of awareness, relaxation, healing, transformation, clarity, truth and wisdom. A meditative practice is accomplished by just being with oneself. Through the ages, both yoga and meditation have found their way into many spiritual practices without regard to religion, creed or belief systems.
The Now Moment
hIn the 1999 book, The Power of Now, author Eckhart Tolle presents a transformative view of age-old truths. On page 6, he writes, "I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don't know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten". The Now, according to E-Zine author Ben-Arion in his article The Now Moment is a Great Teacher, “is a portal to endless creativity and wisdom.” It is a state of totality, an eternal moment, a letting go of the extraneous. In the Now moment what you can be is limitless. Wholeness, abundance, eternity and joy are gifts freely available to anyone that lives in the Now. Mastering the technique of living in the Now allows one to choose to live from their heart-center independent of external experiences or distractions. Learning to live in the Now begins with a dedicated meditative practice.
The universal Law of Oneness has not changed since before the beginning of time. Even as far back in Earth’s history as the age of Atlantis, a highly evolved civilization that almost completely disappeared around 12,000 years ago, this law was acknowledged by those that lived in the fullness of their Beingness. Atlantean teachings embraced the belief that the path to truth lies within each person. In his book, The Children of the Law of One & the Lost Teachings of Atlantis, author Jon Peniel relates his experiences living and learning at a monastery. Part of the teachings at the monastery was to learn about ancient religions and beliefs. A monk Noah states, “The historical records start with the premise that there is One Great Being (God/Universal Spirit) that is All things, including the Universe itself. It divides/multiplies within itself creating us, thus, our history begins with all of us (humans) essentially being part of, and One with God.” Noah’s teachings continued as he explained how understanding ancient beliefs today require no faith, but needs what he called “intuitive logic”. We are urged to not take any teachings on faith. Noah emphasized that our understanding should come from directly experiencing God and our higher consciousness from within. This is the most powerful way to effect lasting change in one’s life.
The Seven Sacred Flames
Telos, a 5th dimensional city known as the Sacred City of Light and Love and presently located beneath Mount Shasta in California, had its beginnings at the time of the sinking of the Lemurian continent into the Pacific Ocean, about 200 years prior to the Fall of Atlantis. Fortunately, the Lemurians had enough advance warning of the expected cataclysm to find a way to protect and preserve their records, sacred treasures and culture, and to relocate the Seven Sacred Flames in newly built temples in Telos. What Lemurians have learned, due to the loss of their continent and since, is freely bestowed upon any of humanity with the true desire to become humble students of the Seven Sacred Flames, which is the path taken by those choosing Ascension. Each Flame holds a different attribute of the qualities of God: the Will of God, Illumination and Wisdom, Love, Purification, Healing, Resurrection and Transmutation. Paul the Venetian, Chohan of the Flame of Cosmic Love, has this to say, as channeled to Aurelia Louise Jones in her 2007 book The Seven Sacred Flames, “…you are a divine being, that God and the ‘I AM Presence’ are invested in you and have some activity to perform through you, for the expansion of perfection from the Heart of the Creator, as a gift and radiance to bless your fellowmen.” And from the Beloved Serapis Bey, Chohan of the Flame of God’s Will, “The candidate must learn to control and transform all thoughts and feelings that are not aligned with their Divine Self. … The candidate must learn to commune with his own God Presence and to develop within himself true humility before it.” Aurelia and the Lemurian’s purpose in bringing forth this work now is to help humanity to relearn how to connect with their Divine Essence that lives within their heart. As humanity’s consciousness evolves, the illusion of separation from God will melt away, they will embrace their true nature of pure Love, and once again, they will retake their place with the Masters.
In light of the evidence that we can all trace our origins directly back to All There Is, absolutely everyone has access to the same truth. There is only ONE truth. It is our unique and varied experiences accumulated throughout our many incarnations that color and shade our individual interpretations of the truth and how that truth fits in with our current state of being. Remaining open and forever students of the Light will bring us closer to the full understanding of who we really are.