What it is outside of 34 years of Christian living and practice?
The Vein of Energetics/Spirit
Spirit pervades all of humanity...every belief system, even Atheism and Agnosticism. One must step back and review the landscapes with a discerning eye; but, if one is diligent, the truth will surface. The evidence is plain.
The bottom line is that human beings are made of Spirit which is energy, then human beings manifest into the physical body. In 5-10 years, spiritual science/energetic studies will have advanced far enough that evidence-based philosophy and measurement will be undeniable. The rational and irrational will reconcile. Currently, there are a lot of brilliant energy pioneers shifting paradigms for scientists, medicine and spiritual venues.
My experiences have been vast over the past 40 some years. I was born and baptised into a Lutheran family. I lived a Christian life. In my 20's, I even became a charismatic who acted in accordance with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I furthered my faith by doing missionary work in Asia. But then Christianity no longer supported me. I was suffocated by the practices and the beliefs after one of the most trying periods of my existence. I could no longer find God in the religion about God. It became a horrible paradox for me.
But, what I now know is that it was the natural progression of my spiritual growth and development. I would find water in the desert so-to-speak. Yet, it would take time and re-education to a new literacy I could not see in my old religious constructs. And, Jesus would become the truly ominiscient, omnipresent, omnipotent being that I failed to see as that very linear-minded, dogmatic, and doctrine-based Christian.
The reason for this is that Spirit is infinite and infinitely connected to humanity.
Templar Magick within Christianity
Divergence, Truth, the great DOT
I can tell you all sorts of my experiences. What I want to focus on in the scope of this Hub is the dots that connect. Humanity was birthed through the Divine---through the energies. This is the main DOT.
Let me first say clearly that a lot of Pagans feel and get incensed at the regularly practiced brutality of Christians. That is to say, there is still such a historically designed antagonism between most Abrahamic religions and Pagans but especially within the Christian faith because the Pagans were once massively sentenced to death as heretics and dreadful, evil sinners who aspire to Satan. And many Pagans remain persecuted to this day.
"Paganism is a somewhat vague term derived from from the Latin word paganus. Pagan is a term which refers to a variety of different religions ranging from Wicca, to that of ancient Egypt and even Hinduism, among many others. Some Pagans are of no specific religion, but rather are eclectic. In general Pagan religions have more than one deity, or many gods which are aspects of one (an idea similar to that of the Christian trinity). Another quite common feature of Pagan religions is that they tend to be nature oriented. Pagan can also be used as a derogatory word for any non-Judeo/Christian/Islamic religion."
Pagans don't even subscribe to Satan.
In addition, Pagans get angry that the Divine Feminine is denounced in the Judeo-Christian patriarchal belief system; and, that Eve was seen as the sin-invoking mother of the "fallen" humanity when the first woman, Lilith, was a far more independent feminine being that got portrayed as a demon---and so she, indeed, became a demon shut out of paradise.
But so too was there a hate-filled, mob-led holocaust called the Burning Times where it is estimated that hundreds of thousands to millions (mostly women) were sizzled at a stake for anything outside the Church's realm of thinking.
This burning was done under the context of unlawful or Satan infused witchcraft. However, the great Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, could have as easily been burned at the very same kind of stake. Witches and Protestants were that similar in the Church's eyes.
There is, also, no education within Christianity about how the Church supplanted all the Pagan festivals and traditions with its own saints, holidays and traditions---Christmas and Easter being the two biggest supplantings. Goddesses like Brighit were transformed by the Church into saints so that Pagans would willingly become believers of the New Religion. There was no concern for the truth. The Church's scruples were completely lacking. The Church's power-seeking was prominent.
Many modern Christians do not know the Church's history. They are devoid of it. They know a pure as the driven snow Salvation called Jesus. That is it. There is no bloody trail all the way back through history that Christianity instigated and propagated. This is especially so within Protestantism. It is funny to study from antiquated Scriptures but to be otherwise cut off from the historical context from which those Scriptures were formed and chosen.
Moreover, these same Christians (I was once one of them) follow the leader by subscribing blindly to their independent denominational perspectives. If something is preached in the pulpit it is fairly sacrosanct to the church congregations. There is a little more wiggle room from the sacrosanct within the mainline Protestant formats that dowse themselves in intellectual pursuits as well as Biblical and spiritual pursuits.
Furthermore, Christians obediently hold one another accountable to do right thinking and right living as expressed by the New Testament version of Jesus: His words, His life, His Passion, His discipleship in conjunction with the ways of the Old Testament, which are rarely defined in terms of their multiple histories and uses. This maybe a little less so if practiced by the believer who attends Sunday School or CCD.
The Law, also, comes before Love in most instances because the Law is seen outside the construct of Jesus (the Word or logos) rather than an inherent perfection within Christ's unconditional, all-loving being.
Because Christians frequently study and stew over antiquated Scriptures, they often get aggravated if people outside their faith bear down on them with irreverent disbelief or pointed questioning.
Christians usually believe in proselytizing...or at least sharing their faith. Many other belief systems shun conversion strategies with vehemence.
Catholic Christians seem to be three types---a Catholic born and bred but rarely (if ever) practicing; a Catholic somewhat practicing; and the devout practitioner. Something most Catholics and early Protestant denominations fail to recognize about Catholics, Anglicans/Episcopalians, and Lutherans is that there is ritual magick inlaid in the earliest of Christian formats. Cathedrals like Chartres in France are designed with magickal transformation and transcendence in mind. However Catholics high up in the Church know the significance of such designs. The practices were contrived to reach the masses with the light of Christ back in the darkest periods of history when illiteracy was more common than not.
"Forward wind to today. For the jet set I note that the famous French, Templar built cathedrals of Amiens, Bayeux and Chartres (ABC) have labyrinths still, and so do the cathedrals at Lucca and Santa Marla in Rome. The geometry of the patterns of the masonry in these cathedrals and churches concentrated the earth energy and focused it into specific areas of the buildings. Like most other cathedrals designed and built by the Templars, the one at Chartres was built over a sacred pagan site This one happens to be a Druid well, still available to see if you talk nicely to whoever is in charge of the crypt, and oil his keys in an appropriate manner.
The Chartres pattern labyrinths were designed to act as substitutes for the long pilgrimage to the Holy Land, for those who could not afford to go. The geometry of the labyrinth is such that simply by walking, or in those days crawling it mindfully, a person experiences points of chaos and points of harmony. All sorts of things come to the surface that are not usually noticed in the hubbub of a worldly life.
One of our group said that when she walked the Dromenon it was like she was given letters of the alphabet, and odd words as she went in, and they were integrated into sentences for her as she came out. All the psychics noted the increase in size of the auras of the exiting participants compared with their entry dimensions. Several had vivid memories of previous lives.
The Dromenon has been called an instrument by which the soul is enabled to talk to the psyche. That is certainly true for most people."
But then material gain infested the spiritual constructs and the Reformation to Protestantism became the new fad in religion. And thus...much of the magick was seemingly washed away through direct means of contacting with the Divine. Yet even this "direct connection" movement was soiled with blood and iniquity. From the Protestant side, noble people stripped the churches of their beautiful trinkets so that the trinkets could be used in their homes. Lives were lost so this could happen. Nevertheless, I still adore the beauty, the pomp and circumstance of my Lutheran upbringing. The aesthetic appeal is awe inspiring. Christ is very artistic within the old Church frameworks.
Having discussed the destructive path between Christendom and Paganism, let me say these beliefs were not completely estranged from one another. " Folk healers, in England also known as cunning folk or (more rarely) as white witches are practitioners of folk medicine folk magic and divination within the context of the various traditions of folklore in Christian Europe (from at least the 15th up until at least the early 20th century)."
In truth, there was no separate system between the peoples back in the day. Everything lay in the very gray zone. There was the Divine, humanity and then everything as one within those two frameworks. The Divine and humanity were always One. They still ARE. Magick, Science, Religion, Alchemy and Medicine were all the same. Man chose---primarily through religious and political contexts, to make discerning and categorical classifications. These were based on his egoic presence in history as well as his disabled understanding which lacked the direct inspiration and love of the Divine. Man did this because he felt separate from God through self-imposed sin.
In fact, though, God has never been separate from any of Its/Hers/His creation. Illusion alone stands between God and humanity. Egoic illusion.
History demanded that Christ die on the cross to remove the shame of the life and conceptualizations of the great and persistent Illusion. Mankind still remains in conflict, because it believes in its ego more than in the perfect, unconditional Love of God. But times are changing. The evolution of Consciousness progresses incessantly. Christ Consciousness expands every second. All of creation will eventually raise in vibration to the Highest known vibrational frequency known as Divine Love and all of life will retain the frequency for infinity. It humanity's destiny. It is because, It is us ALWAYS minus the illusionary contexts within the earth plane.
And we only know separation from God/Source/the Divine on the earth plane (unless there are other planets or stars with such a feature!!!). In spirit, in pure energy, we only feel Oneness with all that IS. Duality is a construct of the mind.
I do toy with the concept of the Age of Pisces. I can conceive that the age is perhaps the first revelational period in history where humanity was truly empowered from the Great Illusion---from the context of spiritual "death" or separation from the Divine. I say this because when I was learning candle magick, I charged a protection candle with the energy of Christ's three day descension into hell. I am almost passed out when I lit the wick. It was just that powerful.
The Eastern and Western worlds were very different from each other. The various spiritual paths are quite distinct. Yet, each path found its way to a Divinely lit corridor.
I can conceive that what Christ took onto His soul was the collective ego of humanity in super crisis. Hell is a funny idea to me. Time-Space are mental constructs. They do not exist. So Christ was most likely in a multidimensional state while walking the earth. He could not only retrieve the souls of "once upon a time" while simultaneously dying on the cross, while, also, simultaneously projecting into the infinite. And when he died he went to a space of complete separation from God. He could do this because he was God. God, at that point in history, was the only being with the talent to do the impossible. When Christ resurrected from the Great Abyss, and subsequently Ascended to the dimension of perfect bliss, all beings were given such power.
There is a book called Holy Science that was written by a yogi Guru in India. I am sure there are astrological phenomena in that text that indicate the revelation of Christ was in conjunction with other historical phenomena that freed humanity from perpetual thoughts, feelings and states of beings of complete separation from the Divine.
Hell probably was a wicked and dynamic thought form in humanity's early life.
- "Tulpa (Tibetan: སྤྲུལ་པ, Wylie: sprul-pa; Sanskrit: निर्मित nirmita and निर्माण nirmāṇa;Japanese: タルパ tarupa; "to build" or "to construct") also translated as "magical emanation", "conjured thing"  and "phantom"  is a concept in mysticism of a being or object which is created through sheer spiritual or mental discipline alone. It is defined in Indian Buddhist texts as any unreal, illusory or mind created apparition. According to Alexandra David-Néel, tulpas are "magic formations generated by a powerful concentration of thought." It is a materialized thought that has taken physical form and is usually regarded as synonymous to a thoughtform."
Remembering the Energy Vibration We Already Are: Imagine
Bridging the Gap
My bent in life is One Love.
I am syncretic now. It was an odd thing when my syncretism began to root itself into the earth plane. I didn't expect that I would move beyond the superficial conceptualizations that I professed to believe in. However, I did. It was strange and spectacular. At first it was disconcerting. Thoughts began to flow. My chakra system began to percolate. Nothing in me stayed stationary. My beliefs were officially breathing with life of their own. I was many belief structures all at once. It felt powerful once I learned to manage it.
Christianity is my foundational faith. Jesus is very real and personal to me. However, so is Paganism---the broad definition. I know different constructs of being now. It brings me to a very humble position. And it makes me stringent with my former faith...but only in such a way that I want to bridge Christians to a greater sense of their own God. I know I fail often to be peace-loving in the process. It is hard to be a destroyer archetype as I have always seemingly been without destroying. I embrace One Love to grow more adept at being and remembering who I AM in that love. I hope it will one day enable me to be Christ Consciousness and a bridge for Christianity to a powerful revelational stance that includes all of us and all of our being---not just a form of conservatism.
My Christian History
- Part 1
- A glimpse at my past: Christianity, Charismatic Churches, Missionary Work and God's Calling; Part 2
- A glimpse at my past: Christianity, Charismatic Churches, Missionary Work and God's Calling; Part 3
- A glimpse at my past: Christianity, Charismatic Churches, Missionary Work and God's Calling; Part 4
- A glimpse at my past: Christianity, Charismatic Churches, Missionary Work and God's Calling; Part 5
- A glimpse at my past: Christianity, Charismatic Churches, Missionary Work and God's Calling; Part 6
Other Beliefs Outside Christianity
- One Love: How Even Religions are Just Part of the Individuation Illusion; Part 1
Why are there so many belief systems on the planet? They are a part of the illusion...the individuation illusion. One Love incorporates all of life. Not one aspect or entity is separate from Love.
- One Love: Be Still and Know that I Am that I Am; Part 2
We are ALL that Perfect, Unconditional LOVE of Source. But in the Illusion called Maya (or the earth plane and the physical/material universe(s)), how do we experience that LOVE?
- One Love: Be Still and Know that I Am that I Am; Part 2
- My personal story: Spiritual pathways 101 Part 3: Chakras
Chakras are energy wheels that encompass all aspects of life for a human being. This is my personal story involving stories.
- My pagan calling, a personal account
- What is Magick?
© 2014 Joan Elizabeth