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Illumination and Confucius
Do you need greater Illumination in your life?
What does illumination mean to you? The word itself warms my heart...enlightens me...gives me hope and vision for a better world !
A Golden Flame of Illumination; can't you just see it; filling the minds of all humanity with...illumination as wisdom...for healing of problems and concerns!? Oh, the power of consciousness we all have when it is anchored in the Divine; and some don't realize the difference of human consciousness that is not anchored in the Divine, let alone not used to the best of potential ability.
Presented throughout the rest of this hub are a few more perspectives on illumination, for your consideration.
illuminate: to provide or brighten with light; to make understandable;clarify; to enable to understand; enlighten; to adorn with design in brilliant colors
If you have read my hubs on a wholistic lifestyle, you will have hopefully understood that giving the mental body of awareness, attention, is one of the 4 aspects within us that needs to be "exercised" to create a wholistic lifestyle. We can bring illumination to our spiritual aspect of consciousness, our mental aspect, our emotional aspect and to our physical , as well as for the improvement of how we treat and live in our environment.
Illumination is qualified with love and the correct use of power.
Illumination brings awakening and freedom to the soul.
Illumination as education means to seek knowledge.
Illumination brings joy and peace.
Illumination as wisdom means to use that knowledge in the best ways possible for the benefit of all.
Illumination in the physical sharpens, yet stimulates the mind with pleasant colors, i.e. the blossoms of spring, the greens of summer, the yellow and golds of autumn, the sparkling of new fallen snow in winter, a bright new dress or shirt, the dazzle of a hummingbird's movements and color of its feathers. What illumines your senses? Illumination also gives us more discernment as we consider the aspects of our health, prevention of illness through diet, exercise and dealing with stress.
When all seek to rend the "veil of ignorance" that hangs over them, and we all have it in varying degrees or specific particulars, the world will be a better place. Be it more knowledge or better use of knowledge, or spiritual awakening of one's place and importance in the universe, Illumination will bring greater joy to humanity!
Illumination awakens the souls of humanity to seek a higher understanding for the advancement of society. Illumination is of Divine Reality, not human reality. But, human reality can be raised, illumined, to merge with levels of illumination of Divine Reality. Humanity cannot be perfected, only raised to merge with Divine Perfection, to a point where the Divine (the sense of being Divine) can override any aspects of imperfection humanity still manifests. I think that is what some are saying when they say they are sinners, but it gets twisted and full of condemnation and makes themselves and others feel they are worthless or should feel worthless. It is wonderful when one can get to the point of realizing the appropriate place of humility that stills an excess of pride or arrogance, but not feel lowly or less than another.
As I was considering which story to relate to convey illumination, I remembered the wisdom of ancient China and many of the famous people of their history. The illumination of ancient China always reminds me of the color golden yellow. So, I chose to relay a bit about Confucius because he had his heart in the "right place". (remember the "place" from my previous hub Divine Reality vs. Human Reality?)
The Ancient Chinese Story of Confucius
Confucius was a man of noble birthright, born in the Lu province of China in 551 BC. By the time he was three, his family had fallen to a humble estate for numerous reasons. As he grew older, he became known as a good and wise man and when he was 55, he had come to believe that he had been given a mission to restore the "social order in communion and collaboration with the cosmic order", and that it would unify the nation. He developed the doctrine of Confucianism because of the perpetual warfare between the Chinese states and the tyranny of the overlords thereof. He formulated this new moral and social order system of statecraft that he believed would give the people an equitable government and restore peace and prosperity.
In Confucianism, each human was a member of the social order, where each was bound to the others by "jen", human heartedness. Jen governs all interpersonal relationships and was expressed through 5 primary relations: government and citizens, parent and child, elder and younger siblings, husband and wife, friend and friend.
Each relationship harmoniously adhered to "li", a defined system of etiquette and ritual; for Confucius believed that the respect in filial relationships would lead to right conduct in all things. Although he was primarily concerned with principles of conduct and morality, later adherents of his teachings became preoccupied with the details of ritual that were devoid of the pioneering spirit of his original intent.1
"One of the deep teachings of Confucius, is the superiority of personal exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. His moral teachings emphasized self-cultivation, emulation of moral exemplars, and attainment of skilled judgment rather than knowledge of rules. His teachings rarely relied on reasoned arguments, ethical ideals and methods, but were conveyed more indirectly. A good example is found in this famous anecdote:
When the stables were burnt down, on returning from court, Confucius said, "Was anyone hurt?" He did not ask about the horses. Analects X. 11, tr. A. Waley
Though this anecdote is short, it conveys paramount importance, for in Confucius' time horses were considered 10 times more expensive than keeping stable personnel. He wanted to demonstrate that a sage values human life over that of property. Any reader of this lesson was to reflect on whether they would have had the same response as the sage and to pursue ethical self-improvement if they had not. Confucius, an exemplar of human excellence, served as the ultimate model."2
One of his most famous teachings was similar to the Golden Rule, like that which is found in almost every religion or philosophy in the world.
Adept Kung asked: " Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?"
The Master replied: " How about 'shu': never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself" Analects XV. 24, tr. D. Hinton
For centuries, the teachings of Confucius were the basis of the Chinese moral and "religious" system. When Mao Tse-Tung came to power in 1949 he proclaimed that his Little Red Book on communism was to replace the teachings of Confucius. After Mao's death in 1976, the teachings of Confucius once again became available.
Here are a few renditions of aspects of Confucius' Teachings
If there be righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there be order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order.
To put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order.
To put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life to one of order.
To cultivate our personal life, we must first set our heart aright.
To set out heart aright, we must seek for the heart of God within our self.
Is not he a true philosopher who, though he be unrecognized of men, cherishes no resentment.
Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If you seek quick results, you will not attain the ultimate goal. If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things.
The nobler man first practices what he preaches and afterwards preaches according to his practice.
If, when you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about, what is there to fear?
When you know a thing to recognize that you know it; and when you do not, to know that you do not know-that is knowledge.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
A man without virtue cannot long abide in adversity, nor can he long abide in happiness.
Tzu King asked: "What would you say of the man who is liked by all his fellow townsmen?" "That is not sufficient," was the reply. "What is better is that the good among his fellow townsmen like him, and the bad hate him."
The Christ Mind is intended for all to partake of and become, it is that illumined concept of the unity of mind and heart that Confucius taught within his philosophy. Here is a portion of a lovely poem that can be given as an affirmation, a prayer, a decree, or a mantra:
Invocation of Illumination
Living Christ within and round me
Blazing 'lumination's Flame,
Wise Abundance now surround me,
God-dominion ever reign.
Crown my brow with golden radiance
From the wisdom of thy Light;
Crown my doings with the evidence
Of Illumination's Christed might.
I AM, I AM the golden flame
Of Illumination blazing clear
From the heart of blessed Wisdom
In our heart and soul so dear.
Blaze, O blaze thy shining radiance
Through my inner being now;
Shed true Light upon my pathway
By a beam from Wisdom's brow.
Living Christ now all about me,
Blaze with all thy Wisdom's power.
Thy Truth blazing, none can doubt me;
Expand then in me every hour.
Crown my heart and mind with fire
Kindled on thy altars bright;
Let a halo of thy Wisdom
Honor every child of Light.
Blest Jophiel, Archangel dear,
Set forth on Wisdom's page
The edict that will usher in
The coming golden age.
copyright 1963,1989 Summit Publications, Inc.
Sources: 1. Herrlee Glessner Creel (1949). Confucius and the Chinese Way. (Reprinted numerous times by various publishers); Analects and The Records of the Grand Historian written from 109 BC to 91 BC, 130 volumes of various categories of Chinese history and people, the first systematic Chinese historical text that profoundly influenced Chinese historiography and prose; 2. Wikipedia.com
In the name I AM THAT I AM.
Blessings and Peace for greater Illumination in your life !