Jacob’s Ladder

by Joshua Tilghman on February 4, 2013

Jacob's LadderAfter my last post, Thank God Adam and Eve Ate the Apple, you may be wondering more about ‘how’ and ‘why’ the fall from grace happened.  It wasn’t until I had studied theosophy before I really began to understand this process with any kind of clarity. The story of Adam and Eve suddenly made a whole lot more sense to me. In fact, the entire Bible did. I’ll break it all down for you in this post.

The how

The flow of consciousness can be described in two ways: involution and evolution. Involution is the decent of consciousness into denser grades of matter. In essence, it is the manifestation of consciousness. Evolution is consciousness’s ascension to a state that is more energetic (subtler matter).  Biblically, these actions are known as Jacob’s ladder.

“And he [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12).

You may remember this scene from reading Genesis. This dream occurred as Jacob was on his way to Haran where he would meet his future wives who would eventually birth Israel. The angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder refer to all life forms. God was showing Jacob how the universe works. The process of involution and evolution is a universal principle that depicts the development of consciousness (more on this in a moment) in cycles.

In scripture, Jacob is the symbol of the natural man. In the process of spiritual evolution, the natural man eventually becomes ready to birth the spiritual man. This is why Jacob births Israel. An Israelite represents one who is ready to take the spiritual journey to self-realization (manifesting the Christ). Even though a human may be ready to take this path, few make it to self-realization in one lifetime.

These concepts differ greatly from the doctrines of the church. The church would have us to believe that everyone is ready for salvation in one lifetime, that all they have to do is accept Christ’s sacrifice, put their faith in him, and eventually die and go to heaven. But as Spock from Star Trek would have said, “That is illogical.” Some people are born into environments and circumstances where they don’t have the chance to receive the teachings of Christ, much less the opportunity to receive the church’s version of salvation. It’s almost as silly as the church’s position on infants who died without baptism—the idea that they would be eternally excluded from communion with God in heaven, even though they never had the choice to decide anything for themselves. Are we really to believe that someone who thinks this way is mentally and emotionally ready to receive higher teachings of spirituality? Now we understand why Jesus had his inner circle (disciples) to explain things to openly, whereas with the masses he taught truths in parables.

Fortunately, today’s doctrinal message of salvation is a little more advanced, but still ridiculously inferior to the way it really works. Let me explain…

In order to understand the process of involution and evolution according to esoteric teachings and Jacob’s ladder, we have to nail down what existence is. This is complicated and can never be accomplished in one blog post, but we can at least set a foundation.

Existence is comprised of three components: energy (motion), matter, and consciousness. Essentially these are all ONE. Energy is neither created nor destroyed. Matter is neither created nor destroyed. Consciousness is neither created nor destroyed. You cannot have the one without the other. In order for consciousness to “be,” a vehicle (body) is needed. As matter (the body) is put into motion (energy) consciousness has the chance to experience, eventually given rise to self awareness.

What is the purpose of consciousness descending, or involving into matter?  The answer is that consciousness is a latent potential. It is all that is possible, and this powerful potential evolves as it experiences. The dense physical plane that our waking consciousness operates in provides lots of potent experiences. This is why in my last article I addressed the fact that the fall from grace was a positive thing, not a negative one. Without the fall from grace, consciousness could not evolve to achieve self-awareness. The ultimate goal of consciousness is evolve into higher and higher self awareness—i.e., higher consciousness.

More on involution and evolution

It is a mistake to think of involution and evolution as two different and separate components of existence. These two are also ONE. As consciousness involves into denser forms of matter, it simultaneously evolves (ascends) through the experiences it gains. As consciousness evolves then, it is able to manifest higher consciousness and self awareness on the planes it comes to dwell on. The beautiful part about this is this: as a person in the physical realm becomes more self-aware, they manifest the higher, more subtle qualities of thought and emotion on the physical plane. Instead of just manifesting the lower nature (instinct and base desires) from their physical brains, they began to use the higher qualities of the mind!

Think of it like this:

A person who only sees one side of an argument and believes their side to be right usually expresses judgment and condemnation, the mental-emotional qualities of lower man. A person who can simultaneously see both sides of the argument has the ability to express empathy, a higher emotion. An experience of walking in the other person’s shoes might help the judgmental to realize that the other person’s argument was not necessarily bad, but rather the result of their own experiences.

Higher emotions and thoughts (which originate on a higher plane) can more clearly and accurately manifest in the lower planes as experience is gained. Remember, this can take many lifetimes. The goal is to manifest higher aspects of love into the lower planes of existence before our awareness can progress to higher states. When we can do this, we can eventually learn to manifest these higher spiritual qualities on higher planes of existence.

The end-game of all this experience

So what’s the end to all this? Where do we stop?

I don’t believe we do. I believe consciousness involution and evolution (Jacob’s ladder) is an eternal process within creation. The universe itself tells us there is no beginning or end—only cycles of change. Everything is in a constant state of living and dying, manifesting and dissolving, unfolding and folding back up. It is the pulse, or great cycles of breath of the universe. Even in life and death there is no beginning or an end, just a transition into another manifestation or conscious state. This cycle is the means by which consciousness flows. The matter and energy in the universe are simply eternal conduits for different expressions of consciousness, always rearranging and transforming into different states of involution and evolution.

The church’s position on salvation seems to teach that when we accept Christ’s atonement, we are saved, will go to heaven, and have “arrived.” But what does it mean to arrive? Is that an end—destination? If we stopped growing, wouldn’t life get a little redundant and boring? In other words, why would we all go through the process of evolving to manifest the higher spiritual qualities of existence if the ultimate goal was to give them all up in the end anyway?

This is not logical either. As a part of God, consciousness involves and evolves in order to manifest all of its potential to re-discover all of its great depth and glory all over again. In a sense, the journey of involution and evolution is a cycle of self discovery and realization. What is that realization? We are all ONE with God.

Why is there a process of involution and evolution?

Many philosophical and religious schools teach that we chose to come to earth in order to experience conscious growth. In other words, we were an advanced spiritual being that chose to restrict ourselves in matter to assist others to evolve as well. I don’t have a problem with this if it is true, but I’m not convinced. The entire process of involution—the descent of spirit into gross matter—may be the natural process of creation. In other words, an inherit quality of consciousness is to manifest and turn back in on itself eternally.

Ultimately, whether we chose to come or whether the entire process is automatic may be irrelevant. We are certainly here, experiencing physical existence. Now we need to focus on allowing of self discovery to get done.

How is involution and evolution automatic?

This is difficult to explain, and I admit I am only using my own very limited understanding of the universe to expound this concept, but nevertheless it’s fun to speculate. 🙂

As I alluded to earlier, I think the answer to how might lie in the inherent quality of potential (consciousness) itself. What is potential? Potential is not manifested, yet infinite because it contains no limitations for what could be. It is both nothing and everything at once. Sounds like good definition for God, huh? 🙂

So how does this infinite potential go from a state of potential everything to becoming a limited something in manifestation? One word:  instability. Some mathematicians claim that mathematics proves a complete vacuum (nothing) would be unstable. In fact, Frank Wilczek, highly respected physicists from MIT, said, “Nothing is unstable.” Another physicist, Victor J. Stenger, stated that there is around a 60% chance that something came from nothing. What these physicists are really saying is that in all likelihood there can be no such thing as nothing; it is just a figment of our self-aware imaginations.

The question, then, isn’t, “How could there be a God?

But rather—

How could there NOT be a God?

And what’s more—

How could YOU not be a part of that God?

Blessings!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam February 5, 2013 at 4:39 am

Hello, thanks for another great article. I just wanted to share a realization I had not too long ago. I felt like I had glimpes of “truth” in that we are all apart of God, or one with God. Upon receiving this revalation I felt I had to share my experience with a loved one. I sat them down and wanted to discuss with them this freeing beautiful revelation with them in hopes of providing them with benefit to their lives. Needless to say it didnt turn out well. Religous doctrinization is a hard thing to deal with. SO….then I had my NEXT revelation. When Jesus healed the blind man in Bethesda he promptly told the blind man NOT to go back and verbally proclaim the miracle that had taken place. Because I am trying to manifest the Christ “within” I finally understood this principle. Once you catch a glimpse of “truth” or some call it “gods nudge” trying to go back and control others actions and opinions or beliefs is deffenitely an agenda of the “EGO” that can be confused with a loving will to help someone. Instead of “unconditional love” it seems that contentment couldnt be reached because still something else had to change. I have realized that the “light” of God manifested within is the best demonstration of truth to others. Rather than the very carnal ego centered way of coercing through manipulation. LOVE and LIGHT is the greatest teacher. That being said, some people just dont want to wake up, and thats ok becuase if it wasnt for people being asleep theyre couldnt be people waking up either. Just another example of the termination of duality that makes way for unconditional love.

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Kim February 5, 2013 at 9:26 am

Excellent article, Josh.

And Adam, so right on!

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Joshua Tilghman February 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Thank you, Kim!

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Joshua Tilghman February 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Adam,

Awesome insight and revelation! And you are so right about being careful who to share with, and sometimes, more importantly, when. When I left the church, I quickly learned it wasn’t always in the best interest to tell people still there why. Instead of support, I often received judgment. This is only natural. They can’t help it. I am also reminded of Christ’s words to be as wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove. What a brilliant statement. Thanks for sharing, Adam. The conversation was excellent.

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Robert February 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

What Adam says is so true. Just a few months after I started mindfulness meditation I went to visit a bible study with some very good friends of mine. We always have a free discussion. I didn’t even try to change anyone’s mind about any new things I was experiencing. But just in the course of discussion some of the things I mentioned really upset people. They lovingly tried to probe me and correct me to their point of view rather then exchange ideas with me. There was a lot of ego play going on. I made the mistake of assuming like in previous meetings that we could just relax and talk to each other about what was on our minds. After all that’s what you do with good friends, right? No. Not if you have had a recent paradigm shift in spiritual beliefs. It ended up in being asked not to come back to the meetings. And I have not been able to see them since. So I learned by experience to be cognizant of the potential for people to react negatively, and to be extremely careful in not offending others who are not open or ready for me to share my new experiences and perceptions with them. I actually caused them a lot of distress by not being more careful, and may have caused them to close down even more to the nature of what I wanted to express by innocently being so open. Much of conventional religion, especially modern conservative Christianity, conditions believers to try to convert everyone they can to the accepted point of view, and that anyone without that point of view is in darkness and requires fixing. That kind of religion also teaches its followers to put a hedge around themselves to keep away what they perceive as false or evil influences. There is no engagement with any other point of view. It often ends with them telling you in Christian love they will pray for you and then not answering your emails. That being said, when you get over the rejection, and begin to understand what it might be like if you were them, had gone through their experiences so that you thought and reacted liked them, felt your ego threatened and in pain like them, you might decide to try a new strategy. Try to imagine yourself as a skilled mountain climber trying hard to convince a friend who has not developed a sense of balance that he would appreciate life more at the top of Mount Everest. Understanding that their are different steps on the Jacob’s ladder of consciousness makes it clear that a person’s soul must be prepared before then can ascend to a higher level. People who are not prepared may be better off not being nudged too strongly. Their souls have things to learn before they can ascend in this life or the next time around. They may actually need to be exactly where they are until the right time. The wonderful thing about this is that it provides for your growth in compassion and wisdom to go through the experience of reaching out and it backfiring. Your soul feels some distress and then learns to adjust and not judge. That’s a great victory. I think I’ve heard some advice relevant to this somewhere “You don’t have to warn the darkness that you are coming; just be a light.”

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Joshua Tilghman February 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Robert,

Excellent points! Since the subconscious stores memories, habits, and patterns, it is almost impossible to have an enlightening discussion where free ideas are exchanged about scriptures with long-term traditional Christians because they have their own view ingrained. These subconscious beliefs pop up in the discussion as if on autopilot. Why? Because they are on autopilot. You say something that doesn’t compute and their defense program kicks in. They couldn’t see the point you are truly trying to make if you smacked them with it. This is not meant to be negative, its just the truth.

As you say, it’s best to be a light on a hill for the world to see. At some point, your simple presence will speak to them. They’ll see your actions and true motivations and notice subtle positive vibes. After time, you might even be asked to explain your point of view again. And they just might listen. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and discussion.

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Christine Hoeflich February 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Beautiful article Josh, I very much agree, and awesome discussion everyone! I do believe the more “denser” the experiences, the greater the potential for evolving and growth and joy. I also feel that the soul / higher self = infinite potential.

Interesting Josh that you brought up the idea of self-actualization. I do feel that at least a good portion of the population must be self-actualized before we can manifest a “Golden Age” on this planet. I actually wrote about that in my blog post last evening…very timely to see your article.

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Joshua Tilghman February 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Very true, Christine. I finished reading your article a little bit ago. Cynthia’s letter is the conscious voice of so many people. I’m glad you steered her in the right direction!

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Rhonda February 6, 2013 at 5:17 am

Hi Joshua…and everyone who has been commenting…
What a lively, interesting discussion your blog is producing Joshua! 🙂
I imagine all who have evolved out of the religious main stream can identify with Adam and Robert’s experience with trying to share the expansion they have received and now progressively live from and finding it well nigh impossible!
Has anyone noticed how much of our new understanding comes not so much from the mind as it does from some ‘other’ place more closely described as the Heart? A process of illumination and KNOWING that is diminished when one tries to put it into words? Where pondering/meditating on questions we have has sometimes suddenly resulted in a welling up of illuminated understanding from deep within the solar plexus and you know that you know something intrinsically beautiful and LARGE and it takes time for the knowing to actually reach the ‘brain’ in a mental understanding that can be put into some form of verbal communication?
Religion has to know all the answers. For centuries small truths have been passed down in forms of tradition that get cemented into place in the psyche of followers…fear being a pretty effective binding. Religion doesn’t want it’s followers to think for themselves and I have always found it interesting that Jesus would always ask “what do you think?”
The need to KNOW in order to feel safe is, I think, a natural condition of humanity who have not yet understood that they are already safe, have always been safe and will always be safe. (saved) That none of life’s experiences no matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ they are can ever change this fact. For their ‘safeness’ is not dependent on their experience, culture,religion,thinking,belief etc…but is dependent on WHO they are…which as we have discovered we are all of the ONE manifesting in a many member’d body.
Scripture describes this ONE in terms such as LIGHT, TRUTH,LOVE…and the “I AM” speaks of pure awareness. In view of this I share an excerpt, as per request Joshua 🙂 from Nirmala’s book “Living From The Heart”. Namaste!

“What is love and where is it found? We search for love and try to get love, and yet it seems like we never get enough. Even when we’ve found it, it can slip away as time passes. What if there is a source of love that never fades and is always available? What if love is as near and easy as breathing? What if you have been “looking for love in all the wrong places” instead of actually lacking love?

Love is both simpler and more mysterious and subtle than we imagine it to be. Love is simply the spacious, open attention of our awareness, which is the gentlest, kindest, and most intimate force in the world. It touches things without impinging on them. It holds all of our experience but doesn’t hold it down or hold it back. And yet, inherent in awareness is a pull to connect and even merge with the object of your awareness.

It’s this seemingly contradictory nature of awareness-the completely open and allowing nature of it and its passionate pull to blend with and even become the object of its attention-that gives life its depth and sweetness. There is nothing more satisfying than this delicious dilemma of being both apart from and, at the same time, connected to something you see, hear, or feel.

Awareness is the beginning of all separation. Prior to awareness, there is just oneness or “is-ness,” with nothing separate from the oneness that would be able to experience it. With the birth of awareness comes the subtle distinction of two things: that which is aware and the object of awareness. And yet, those two are connected by this mysterious force we are calling awareness, or love.

This flow of awareness and love that connects you to all you experience is the true source of satisfaction and joy. We have all experienced it to some degree. Whenever you fall in love with a person, pet, piece of music, beautiful object, or anything else, you have felt this flow of intimate, connected awareness. Unfortunately, we’ve been taught to believe that the source of this good feeling was the object of our affection. So we suffered whenever we lost our apparent source. When your lover leaves, your beloved pet dies, the concert ends, or your dream home is repossessed, you feel bereft of that loving, connected feeling.

YOU ARE THE SOURCE
But what if you are the source of the awareness that connects you to everything? What if the love you have been seeking has always been right here inside your own Heart? What if it doesn’t matter what your awareness touches, but only that awareness is flowing? That would profoundly simplify the search for love. Anything or any experience would be a suitable object for your love.

The sweetness of love is in the flow of awareness itself. The completely allowing openness and freedom you might look for from a perfect lover is already here in your own awareness. It doesn’t have to try to be accepting because awareness is, by nature, open and allowing. By itself, awareness can’t do anything but touch. It can’t push or pull or demand something from or limit the freedom of what it touches. And yet, it is not an aloof, distant observer. It is deeply and intimately connected to the object of awareness. In fact, awareness and the object of awareness come from the same source and are ultimately the same thing.

This connection and intimacy that is natural in awareness is satisfying and fulfilling regardless of the object of awareness. In other words, whatever you are experiencing right now is your true love. Whatever you are experiencing is an opportunity to also experience the depth of your true nature as open, loving awareness. Your true nature is true love. It is the perfect lover you have been seeking, and not only is it always here, but it is who you really are, awareness, or love.

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Joshua Tilghman February 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Rhonda,

Good point about understanding coming from the heart. When we try to engage religious attitudes with the mind there is usually a disconnect because we are trying to convey something with the mind that we understand by our heart. You can’t transfer experiential knowledge to someone through words. They have to experience it like we did. And this is what heart knowledge is – experience. Again, beautiful point.

I must also say that you have pointed out some profound truths about awareness and source. Once you have this experience of source, its like a light bulb comes on. Again, how do we share this experience with someone else? This is why the truth is within the self. It’s funny that you should bring this up the way you have. My next post, set to be published today, is on the same subject.

Thank you, Rhonda, for adding balance and understanding to these discussions. Awesome stuff!

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Brandon February 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

Adam, what a great insight into the scripture of the blind man. I find similar meaning in Mary keeping spiritual insight hidden in her heart. We see this reference twice in Luke.

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
“His mother kept all these sayings in her heart” (Luke 2:51).

Mary symbolically manifested and birthed the Christ, yet she keeps her insight hidden from the world pondering it in her heart. Spirit is so subtle and seems must develop inside us . We are the hermetically sealed vessels. Jesus said the way is narrow.

I made the same mistake of going to visit my parent’s bible study a few years ago. It felt like going from college to a preschool. It was full out ego vs ego there. People were arguing over the most trivial things trying to gain approval from the preacher and trying to show off their supposed knowledge of the bible. I found no wisdom there. You can’t push people to evolve, part of growing spiritually is you consciously taking that step by yourself away from the group.

I find that my interests in cosmology, religion, spirituality and conciseness keep overlapping and merging more and more. Like you said Josh “Existence is comprised of three components: energy (motion), matter, and consciousness. Essentially these are all ONE. Energy is neither created nor destroyed.”

That is very in line with Nikola Tesla’s quote

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Have you read any of the works of William James Sidis. He was a true genius IQ of 300 entered Harvard at age 11 and in his first few weeks delivers a lecture on the 4th dimension that completely blew away the dept of mathematics. He wrote a book at age 17 called “the animate and the inanimate” that predicted black holes or “black body stars” as he called them. He also believed that the Big Bang was wrong and argues that it is far more likely the universe is eternal.

Also check out these two links on the torus, natures fundamental pattern. You can see it everywhere – in atoms, cells, seeds, flowers, trees, animals, humans, hurricanes, planets, suns, galaxies and even the cosmos as a whole

http://www.smeddum.net/articles/matter.htm

http://risinglifemedia.com/?p=47

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Joshua Tilghman February 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Brandon,

James Sidis’ work sounds phenomenal. Delivering a lecture at age eleven on the 4th dimension is hardly something most would believe possible. That reminds me of when Jesus opened the scriptures in the temple at age 12. And to think, Sidis was one year ahead. Going to check him out!

I am familiar with the torus. I have always believed that what the ancients call philosophy and mysticism we today call science.

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brandon February 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

“.I have always believed that what the ancients call philosophy and mysticism we today call science.” I could not agree more.
Physicist Julian Barbour advances timeless physics: the controversial view that time, as we perceive it, does not exist as anything other than an illusion.

Then I came across this in one William J Sidis’s books.
” we may conclude: The second law of thermodynamics is really a mental law indicating the direction of the illusory flow of time. Time itself really exists as a two-direction affair, and really has no more flow than space.”

then from the mystics you hear.

Nothing so much hinders the soul’s understanding of God as time and space. Time and space are parts of the whole but God is one. So if the soul is to recognize God, it must do so beyond space and time. Meister Eckhart

Before Abraham was I am. Jesus

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motla68 March 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Repackaging for commercial interests, everyone has something that moves them. If you look at the Oxford dictionary of law 5th edition it describes Natural Law as being superior to all others which is where philosophy comes from, it just could be that all the calamities in today’s world is man’s struggle to get back to where it all came from navigating through all the external interests, whether it be through mysticism or something else like jack booting.

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motla68 March 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

It is becoming more and more evident that the bible is a roadmap of sorts, accept for some this roadmap has no destination, or does it, there is a school of thought to become God Conscious, but we may find that this destination has been in us all along and it is a journey to reveal the light potential already within us. As you said in another article the images we have seen like dna strands are symbological of a Jacob’s Ladder. Also i seem to recall the old spiritual saying that: ” the eyes are the windows to one’s soul “. Allegedly the top floor of Noah’s Ark had windows, hence a roadmap to find what is already inside ourselves.
We can also relate this to the ” mind’s eye ” ;
Luke 11:34 ” The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. ”

I would imagine somehwere within this blog there is an article in your blog dealing with the all seeing eye meant for further discussion on this last topic of interest.

‘ nemaste

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anny October 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hi Joshua,

I think we might see this involution- evolution process not so much as as an eternal circle but rather as a spiral, which is a form you encounter everywhere, not in the least in the galaxies, which might be a pointer. It is also a combination of a line (linear time) and a circle (returning cycles) which together are the process of raising awareness.

The involution process is being guided by the serpent (nachash) with the numerical value of 358 and the evolution process by the mashiach/messiah which also equals 358. Two sides of the coin of the process. In the final stage we are back to the serpent again with the rising of the kundalini.

You can also describe the process with two Hebrew verbs that share the root ‘rd’ which is the important factor.

The first one is the verb to descend, which we find also in the name of the river Jordan, which descends from the Hermon mountains to the Dead Sea (in Hebrew called Salt Sea). It is about descending into emotional body – symbolized by the number forty, that as a character means water – and getting to know emotions and ego which at the lower half of the circle slowly get the upperhand (enslavement in Egypt) of which we are not even aware for a while.

But when we finally see that we have become slaves to our ego and emotions and call for help to God/our Higher Self, then we are delivered from Egypt and the ascending half of the circle starts in which we learn to master our ego and emotions. The root of the Hebrew verb to master is also ‘rd’, so again it is two sides of the same coin.

You see that here again the material river Jordan is a pointer because the water is flowing down from the high mountains to the lowest place on earth, the Salt Sea, where life is no longer possible. But this river becomes also a symbol for the second part of the journey in the stories about baptism in the river Jordan and also about the people of Israel who have to pass through the river Jordan before being able to enter the Promised Land and in christianity this river has become a symbol for the river of death that christians have to pass in order to get to heaven.

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Joshua Tilghman October 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

Explained beautifully, Anny! You have a different way of explaining it that always makes so much sense. What do you think of the belief held by some that the universe (and God) exist in an eternal cycle of inbreaths and outbreaths. From a scientific perspective, we might say a big bang, followed by a big crunch?

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anny October 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

Yes, I have heard about these theories and I find them fascinating. I have even heard about more than one big bang. ‘Our’ big bang would be the big bang of our local universe, and before that there would have been a big bang of a greater multiverse that our universe is part of, and so on ..
I have also heard that we ourselves are a universe in itself, each one of us, with all our cells, molecules, atoms and even smaller particles. Also and so on, and so on. And then we are only speaking about the material universe(s).

I love it to play with these ideas and it only increases my admiration for God, or All that is.

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Christine Hoeflich October 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

Exactly Anny! The story of evolution is NOT an endless circle but a spiral (and this is great news!) We are not only cycling we are also at the same time moving forward, we can’t not move forward. It is going around a circle that is also moving in a direction, and in fact our planet does the same thing. It moves around the Sun but also forward in space at the same time. I like to call evolution the “spiral of evolution.”

Many blessings,
Christine

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anny October 14, 2013 at 4:46 am

Hi Christine,

I totally agree with you. Nice to hear from you again!

Love,

Anny

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brook April 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Dearest Josh,

During my childhood and teenage years I attended southern baptist church. While I quasi- understood what they were trying to teach, I knew some things were a bit off and that there had to be a lot more to everything. I have very fond memories of my father and I watching most of the meteor showers together through his large telescope in our backyard. All of these times helped me to understand that on our day of birth, the stars and planets were aligned in a very specific way, which then sparked my interest in the zodiac. The problem at this point was that I was always taught that anything involving the planets and Christ himself was “of the devil.” I really struggled with this belief as my knowledge of some of both, led me to believe differently. As an adult, my faith is still 100% in God, but not as much in “the church” itself. For the past 5 years, I have sought answers to life’s mysteries and what my purpose is here on Earth, a.k.a. began my spiritual journey. I have found and received many understandings through meditating on my own and during certain planetary alignments. I now understand that a lot of things I was told were evil for so long, really weren’t at all. Ever heard of the book, ‘Once upon a Transcendent Realm?’ My first ever spiritual advisor, James Martinez, wrote it last year. We met through mutual friends and I know it was for a reason. He has helped me to break away from certain past beliefs in order for me to really grow with Christ. I really appreciate you and your blog for this same reason. May God bless you both! I would be interested to know what you think of his book. You can find it here:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=once%20upon%20a%20transcendent%20realm&sprefix=once+%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aonce%20upon%20a%20transcendent%20realm

Sincerely,
brook

P.S. Thanks for your comment Adam! I have just recently learned that everything you mention is most definitely true! I wish I could help others with their climb up Jacob’s Ladder but realize that I can’t. The time has to be right for them, not us. I can’t wait to read more of what Josh and the rest of you have to say about spiritually. Thanks a gazillion!

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