In Harmony and Silence

What is love?
Love is the driving force of the universe; God is Love, Love is God.
But what is It, this force that binds the particles into matter around us, making up our very substance?

It is Harmony, and not chaos.
The Universe is in constant flux, moving and changing and adjusting and adapting…
An “additive principle” is what is at work, building abstract block upon abstract block, creating and tearing down to make way for the next evolution.

Therefore, we may say, Love is Harmony.

Love flows, Love bends, Love adapts. Love is Harmony.
To struggle against, or to cling, is not Harmony. It is not Love.

Un-love is a fighting against the very primeval forces of creation, the forces of our own inner being.
And, as boisterous and proud as it is, it is ultimately useless; one cannot struggle against the nature of our own self and accomplish a single thing.

What of willful change? What of inspiration? What of the pursuit of answers to the hurdles that plague our journeys?

The answers are already around us and within us. Love — Harmony — permeates the fabric of our existence.

But through struggle and chaos, we blind ourselves to All that already Is. Through narrowly seeking that which we think we must struggle to have or produce, we close our eyes to all that is presently around us and ignore all possibilities that do not line up with our narrow criteria.

The answer to all, then, is Silence. To sit and silence the mind, and its perpetual whirlwind of thought, to sit in utter stillness and simply take in, without prejudice, All That Is.

In Stillness, in Love, in Harmony, and these within ourselves, we find God, we find Inspiration and Hope. It is not to be sought in some far-off place. It is always within us; we need only look.

A Breathing-Meditation

Surely a spirit is in man, And the breath of the Mighty One Doth cause them to understand. (Job 32:8, Young’s Literal Translation)

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7, KJV Cambridge Ed.)

 

Breath is… Spirit and Life…

 

As you ground yourself, slip your mindful awareness to your breath. It can be likened to your very spirit, rising and falling, flowing as a stream, within you. It flows from your toes to your head, and vice versa; it feeds every cell within–fueling and lighting your mini-verse.

Sense your breath–
Is it tight and restricted?
Is it free going in but short coming out?
Is it shallow coming in, leaving a sense of emptiness or constriction?
Is it quick, or slow?
Is your belly soft and relaxed?
Are your shoulders or chest tight and unmoving?

Your breathing-muscles are intimately attached to all that your body does and senses. Your breath may be an excellent mirror by which one can view the state of one’s mind– Is it preoccupied with the past or the future? Is it riddled with strong emotion? Is it fixated on thought, planning, contemplations? Chances are, then, the breath is also caught in this fixation and obsession, as the body reacts and holds the fixation in its muscles, and the flow of breath–of spirit–is affected in such a manner.

 

Breath is… Boring…

 
Consider how our minds tend to wander and frolic into areas of interest, whether it be areas of interest that are beneficial to us or not. The point is, watching our breath in silence is, well, boring; and how quickly our minds run off to play like little children! But, notice this: our bodies remain here, in the Now. Nevertheless, far too often, our minds and thoughts are elsewhere– either planning the future or regretting and remembering the past.

By focusing our attention on our breath and watching with acute awareness how our breath flows, we reunite our body and mind in the same place, in the here and now– and peaceful bliss will be the response. By bringing our awareness to immediate sensation rather than interpretive thought — which by necessity occurs after the impulse of sensation: the thing that occurs versus the mind’s interpretation of and associations with it — we are settling our mind on the immediacy of the sensation and the ever-changing nature of its impulses; we are taking refuge in what is happening here and now, reigning the mind in from its spastic wanderings to the past or future. We are realigning our full being and opening ourselves to unity, wholeness, and peace.

 

Breath is… Kinship with Nature…

 

“What a marvelous cooperative arrangement – plants and animals each inhaling each other’s exhalations, a kind of planet-wide mutual mouth-to-stoma resuscitation, the entire elegant cycle powered by a star 150 million kilometers away.” –Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  • close your eyes, settled in meditative position
  • begin the Grounding Meditation as your anchoring connection to Goddess Gaia
  • see the light of the universe from above pour into your form through your crown chakra as it unfurls, opening as a lotus flower
  • this pure light trickles down, filling your form with light until it streams outward from you through the surface of the earth upon which you sit, rushing down through the layers of crust below, flooding the Earth Heart Chakra with light — Gaia’s crystal at the center of the earth — until this light, enhanced by the power of the fiery crystal, bursts back up toward you, igniting the base of your spine with radiant energy! This pristine energy and light flow up the track of your spine, lighting every fiber of your being, until the mighty stream bursts upward from your opened Crown Chakra! It reignites the light source shining down upon you from above and envelops you in an aura of light and energy.

Up until this point, this is really only a simplified picture of the grounding meditation…. Now, let’s incorporate the intimacy of our breath and take this experience to another level….

  • Unite the flow of your breath with the stream of Light and Energy
  • feel the light enter your form from the earth’s heart below and travel upward along your spine with every breath drawn in; feel the light burst through the crown chakra and envelop you with every breath outward
  • your breath is the stream by which the light travels
  • Imagine the graceful give-and-take, the intricate balance of Nature: With each in-breath, gratefully acknowledge the gift of Sister Flora, Gaia’s grace and provision; with every out-breath, give back to Gaia and Sister Flora
  • Release your breath and pour all of yourself out as an offering, as you exhale and clear yourself of impurities
  • Accept the next breath with joy, feel it flood your cells with life, allow it to fill every abyss within, without force— simply open the floodgates and feel the life and spirit flow and rush to fill the emptinesses
  • we are each other’s survival, us and the earth, intricately joined together and intertwined

Oh, the stability, joy, life, and peace of the unhindered stream of Breath!

The question then remains:

Where do you end and the world begins?

When this becomes unanswerable, indeed nonsensical, you have rejoined the All in consciousness; you have returned home, and all of the universe is available to your intuition.

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Overcoming the Power of Darkness

I shall teach you… In truth, fear is the power of darkness. So if you are afraid of what is about to come upon you, it will overwhelm you… Rather, look at what is within, since you have mastered every word on earth. This will take you up to a place where there is no dominion and no tyrant… I tell you, reflection is…where truth is… Make what is inside you and what is outside you a single one.

–Words attributed to Jesus.
From The Dialogue of the Savior; The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg 302.

Gnosticism and Kundalini

This excerpt from the most informative and thoughtful article “Christ and the Kundalini” by Dr. Ramesh Manocha beautifully articulates the true essence of Christ’s long-misunderstood teachings, bringing light to an age-old problem of dogma and religious infighting. Enjoy this brief selection, and click on the link above to read through the entire article; I highly recommend it!

In the Gospel of Peace, Christ explains that the experience of spirituality is foremost. …He says “Seek not the law in your Scriptures for the law is life, whereas the Scripture is dead. I tell you truly Moses received not his laws from God as writing but through the living word. The law is living word for living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life to the law is the law written, for I tell you truly all living things are nearer to God than the Scripture which is without life. I tell you truly that the Scripture is the work of man, but life and all its hosts are the work of our God. Wherefore do you not listen to the words of God which are written in his works? And wherefore do you study the dead Scriptures which are from the hands of men?”

Thus Christ’s law is a living, cosmic and experiential one, and is actuated by the awakening of the spiritual experience within the seeker, not by intellectual study or by following those who themselves have not truly had the experience…. More so, self realisation is a process of genuine, inner spiritual transformation which must be experienced to be understood, since it lies beyond the domain of scriptural description or theological definition. Since it is gained by the grace of the Divine Mother( Holy Spirit) alone, it is most certainly not possible to organise or institutionalise this experience in human terms.

…Christ’s spirituality differed radically from our modern understanding. His teaching was dynamic and zen-like focusing on the experience of inner purification and transformation, the elevation of the seeker’s awareness into the state (not concept or dogma) of self-realisation. He sought to overthrow the immoral culture of the Romans and to deliver to the dogmatic, letter-bound Jews the mystic fulfilment promised to them in the Mosaic covenant.

Central to his teaching was the understanding that the feminine aspect of God, God the Mother, was the means by which self-realisation and spiritual evolution to god-awareness occurred. Christ venerated the Divine Mother as the Holy Spirit. It is this power, described in the East as residing in the human being as the Kundalini, that is the last vestige of the Goddess-tradition in the Christian West.

…..Why did the Churches suppress these true christian traditions? Partly because they are patriarchal institutions based on the questionable dogma of Paul who perceived women (and therefore the feminine principle) as inferior entities. Partly also because spirituality which focused on the Divine Feminine would also focus on the redemptive power of God the Mother and on Her role as the grantor and matriarch of mystical experience. This kind of understanding, like all mystics and mysticism, defies organisation, dogmatic hierarchies and institutions preferring the role of individual experience, revelation and progressive growth toward divine awareness.

The Holy Ghost, then, threatened to neutralise the fear-oriented dogma which the Churches have used, in the name of Christ and Spiritual Truth, to maintain their secular power and wealth.

…Consider Christ’s warning “he who has blasphemed against the holy ghost shall be damned forever”. What then of the Churches who have virtually edited the divine feminine out of the Western Cultural tradition in order to maintain their grip on the masses?

(©Copyright Knowledge of Reality Magazine 1996-2005. All rights reserved.)

A Loving Kinship

A poem for you…

Big Brother Mountain;
Unshaken, immovable,
Overlooking all.

Father Sky above;
Canopy of clouds and sun,
Nourishing the Earth.

Sisters Greenery;
Brush, grasses, wild flowers, trees;
True Breath of our Life.

Gaia, Goddess Earth;
The womb of humanity,
From whence we are birthed.

Mother Starry Host;
Scattering the Seeds of Life
To all who’d receive.

Nonduality;
Unity, wholeness, and peace;
I Am as I Am.

Universe aligned;
Wholeness within and without,
We are, The I Am.

(Copyright 2012 Sarah Wallin Huff. Used with permission.)

There is no wrongness in embracing an innate kinship with the world we see around us. After all…

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands…

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from… We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

–Carl Sagan

Our kinship and love of the Universe need not be an empty, mystical rite to be looked upon by others with ridicule or misunderstanding; but, rather, it is yet another type of personal allegory or myth that may illuminate to our understanding our place in the Universe. As Sagan has so oft-beautifully taught, there is much proven scientific evidence that points to our intimate physical connection with all of matter. We came from the cosmos; we are the cosmos, on the most basic, scientific levels. So it is only natural to embrace with wonder the familial kinship we have with our surroundings. It helps us to put so much more in perspective.

I am in love with Nature, I am in love with the Cosmos and with the Universe and all its inhabitants, from the seen to the unseen.

And this Perfect Love casts out Fear.

The Collective Unconscious

The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious… We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual. (From The Structure of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 325.)
–found here.

I am simply enthralled with the notion of the collective conscious and/or unconscious…
That at our core of all personal believing, faith, religion, etc… lies the human experience in All-Consciousness. That we all basically experience the same thing, albeit at different stages of our learning according to our own capacities, and we can only label this experience according to the myths and stories and traditions of our cultures, and otherwise in any way possible we can hope to describe this amazing and thrilling phenomena!

Think of it this way:
The “Divine Beloved” is the part of our personal unconscious that emerges in a form that we can relate to, fall in love with, have a relationship with; in essence, it gives us a chance to understand and relate to our deeper understandings. Our unconscious mind is connected to the Collective Unconscious; therefore, God/dess, in this sense then, is not only my unconscious but indeed it is all of us — the collected, inherited, perhaps even universally psychical, accumulation of knowledge during the universe’s existence and our relationship to it. No wonder we say that God is All-Knowing!

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Whether this is entirely a biological phenomenon ingrained and passed down through our DNA, or whether it is truly on another plane of existence, we cannot perhaps say with utmost certainty. Jung himself seems to have changed his mind later on in life. But I posit — does it ultimately really matter?

When the labels we create to describe our experiences of the unconscious turn into dogma and we fail to realize the Myth as Allegory nature of past writings of our forefathers exploring the very same experiences, then, I believe, we can easily get ourselves into trouble! We are bound by fear, and wind up binding others by it. But if we can take what we’ve learned and explore the myths of others as congruous with our own, then the whole Universe is open to us — and it is thrilling!

One last thought to leave you with… There may in fact be some scientific basis to the theory of an actual shared, universal conscious! I’ll share more after I explore these writings…. You can find them here, too, and see what you find!

What is up with The All?

The Father is singular while being many. For he is first and he is unique, though without being solitary. How else could he be a father?…That singular one who is the only Father is in fact like a tree that has a trunk, branches, and fruit…The only Father and God in the true sense, therefore, is the one who has been born by no one, but who, on the contrary, has given birth to the All and has brought it into being. (from The Tripartate Tractate, Part One; The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.62.)

According to one angle of my multifaceted and ever-growing understanding of the Gnostic myths of creation and the nature of our universe, the Father is the All; all is the Father.

…the aeons existed eternally in the Father’s Thought, and he was like a thought and a place for them…he is a spring that is not diminished by the water flowing from it. (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.65.)

The Aeons, being “like a drop from a spring, like a blossom from a vine” (Ibid. pg 66) are, in this sense, parts of the Father. Another gnostic text reads that the Father procreated with Forethought (Pronoia) to give birth to the aeons. Likewise, does it not state in the book of Proverbs chapter 8:22-31, Wisdom says:

Adonai made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. 23 I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings… 27 When he established the heavens, I was there. When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep, 28 when he set the skies above in place… 30 I was with him as someone he could trust. For me, every day was pure delight, as I played in his presence all the time, 31 playing everywhere on his earth, and delighting to be with humankind.

The Aeons are, in this sense then, as if they are fragments of the entirety of the Father. Alone, they are only a portion of the whole being; but, together, they are Entire. And, in all this, the Father is not diminished in himself, and always has more of himself to give.

The Aeons, therefore, are also able to procreate and, in a sense, “fragment” themselves — the Tripartate Tractate (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg. 67) describes it thusly: “…just as the marvels of silence are eternal births–births of mind–so also the faculties of the word are spiritual emissions…in the same manner that the Father exists, so do those who have issued from him also bring forth all that they wish…by mutual help, for they have been helping one another in the same way as those unborn.”

Now, without going into too much further detail (for the Nag Hammadi texts seem to explore the events of creation in increasing complexity as they unfold), essentially, it is by the “youngest aeon’s” attempt to procreate while in deficiency in regard to her knowledge of the existence and fullness of the Father that gave birth to an aeon or being without soul — as an “aborted fetus” (as texts such as On the Origin of the World, Ibid pg. 199, describe this being). This deficient aeon, then, presumed that none existed before him — that he alone simply popped into being! — and proceeded to procreate (as was ingrained in his very nature) and create a material system or universe after the nature of his own deficiency. And thereby darkness, jealousy, fear, and the like were woven into the very fabric of what we see.

This all can seem very mystical and magical!

But, what can one take from these concepts? If the nature of Myth as Allegory is to paint the greater picture of what we are and where we belong (and so forth), then what do these notions passed down to us from our ancient forefathers tell us about ourselves?

For me:

  • The Universe (whether physically or metaphorically speaking, it doesn’t really matter), is of a nature that procreates according to its very fabric of being.
  • The Aeons are all reflections of the Father, and we (being offspring of the Aeons’ thought) are also reflections of the Father.
  • We are all a part of The All.
  • We are all a part of each other.
  • We are all different, see the world differently from each other, yet we are all facets and parts and fragments of the All.
  • Therefore, we are all important to each other, and interconnected one to another.
  • Spiritually, psychologically, we can derive strength from this view. The All is in us, and we are in it. When we meditate and ground ourselves, we connect with this All-Consciousness. We are not alone, and we are not lost or blind when we are connected.

Let us walk with mutual respect, open-mindedness, and trust in this All-Consciousness to guide and brighten our paths!