Is There a Middle Ground?

by Mike Doss on July 18, 2014

Ring_of_Kerry-Scenic_view_southwestIf you’ve been reading my articles you will quickly see that I don’t talk about love, forgiveness, compassion, harmony, happiness, patience etc. Why? They are all very beautiful qualities. What I do go on and on (and on) about is truth and consciousness. The good qualities above and all the rest fall under the umbrella of consciousness. That’s why. How does one try and explain love, etc.? It must come from within. Who am I to tell another what love is? It could be self-sacrifice of some nature, but what is the motive behind that sacrifice? It could be caring but that doesn’t necessarily constitute love. I might be able to explain patience but how do I get another to feel patience inside themselves? “Be patient” are just words. The person may act patiently and wait for whatever but inside they could easily be seething with anger over the waiting.

Is marriage love? If so why are 2 people legally bound by a piece of paper and sometimes suffer horrible consequences if they find they have made the wrong decision? How could they have made the wrong decision in the first place if it truly was love? Or that “2 people who love one another get married” but love can mean many things to each of us. Are both people on the same page?

We should all know by now there is no such thing as marriage in the Bible. You know that, right? Marriage in scripture is, once again, the blending of the 2 minds into one. “Man” is spirit/soul/electricity/ higher mind, “wife” is body/matter/ magnetism/lower mind. Ok, stop right there! I already know what you’re thinking. This has nothing to do with temporary human gender. Remember, every single one of us is the same Light/Electric Being as the other. “We” are all Brothers inside, Sisters outside (matter, regardless of gender). So in the Bible when it says the “wife should obey the husband” it simply means the lower conscious mind should follow the lead of the Divine Mind. This badly misinterpreted scripture has caused women untold horrors since, well, you know, say around 325 A.D. We all must understand who and what we are and guess what? Guess what leads to that understanding? Yes, truth which then leads to consciousness.

Now are we starting to see why truth and consciousness are everything? As far as love is concerned I can tell you this, love is unconditional. It doesn’t need to be bound with legalities. That’s the best I can do.

All through ancient scripture (except for Japan) spirit/soul is male and body/matter are female but these are just polarities, opposites, electricity and magnetism. Matter, mother, mater, material etc., that which receives. Our bodies (matter) receive spirit/soul/mind. Mother Earth is female because the Earth is the recipient of energies from the Cosmos. The Moon is female because it receives light from the sun. The sun (Jesus, Horus, etc.) is male because it sends, transmits. The lower mind, brought forth with physical creation is the recipient of guidance etc. from higher mind when made ready – potentials into potencies…

So, once again, getting back to truth, is there a middle ground for truth? Can we all have “our own” truth? Not a chance. There is only 1 truth and it is as absolute as it gets. We can lie to ourselves and pretend there is more than 1 but when we lie to ourselves, pretend, deny we block the progress of the soul and you know what happens when we do that…trouble.

So how do we know when we have the absolute truth about a given item? Well, let’s take a look at the flip side of that first. We have all experienced that gnawing from within when we are lying to ourselves or others. Many times we try and suppress that feeling but it keeps coming back, right? Or sometimes it’s the old “yes, but…” and we make excuses, come up with half-truths (which is still not truth), let money, jobs etc. get in the way, selfishness, things like that. I’m just as guilty as anyone so I’m talking about myself here too. But when we don’t get that gnawing at us, when we don’t have bad dreams, when we’re not constantly re-thinking the event, when we have some peace of mind then we know we’re on the right track. We’ve all done it, sacrifice truth/ principle/integrity for something, usually a material item, maybe sex, whatever. So again, just being honest with ourselves is the whole key.

As far as gender/race, those are just temporary conditions, a differing perspective for us (mind/Light Being) to learn from. We all cycle through the genders/races for that very reason. For the learning aspect that cycling is valuable but for anything else it’s meaningless. That’s why we can’t fall for the criminal globalists and their minions’ attempts to divide us using these conditions, we must truly know who/what we are. We also will play all the different roles in life, the good/bad guy, the corrupt/honest politician, the liar/the one being lied about, etc. This is how the sub-conscious stores value. This is what is needed and why we’re here. None of this exists in the higher realms. Physical life experience, the meaning of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper what do we have? Bread (really should be grain or corn), the wine in the cup and Jesus. The bread is symbol for the soul, the wine in the cup is the Blood of the Lamb (the soul suns’ rays, see Paracelsus) and the human being. The light from the sun cannot sustain itself so where is the mysterious fuel, the oil? The human being, in this case Jesus, being that oil which, through effort and life experiences, fuels the consciousness-soul sun which raises up the soul. Our accepting of truth is what raises consciousness.

I need to clear something up from my last post. I mentioned “multiple descents” with only 1 ascent. I should have been clearer, my apologies. Between incarnations the soul needs somewhere to go to rest, re-group, think about what it has learned and decide its’ next course of action. It will venture back to the 2nd Cause for this purpose. But, if we (Light Being) haven’t earned the souls’ immortality yet the soul will reincarnate and continue learning. So it will venture forth again, slip into a fresh, new lower mind unit and pick up where it left off. So yes, it goes back and forth but the ascent I’m talking about is the progress being made little by little, not the actual going back and forth. So it descends/ascends numerous times but we ascend toward immortality only once. I hope that clears the issue up.

BTW, just for fun, have you noticed anything else about the Last Supper painting? Maybe that the Apostles/Disciples are grouped in triplicities, just like the Zodiac. How about our boy Judas, where is he? In the 8th position – Scorpio. Why Scorpio? One of the animals of Scorpio is the scorpion which stings with its’ tail, the backbiter. When it stings it leaves a mark much like a pair of human lips – the kiss of death. The 30 pieces of silver – the 30 days of Scorpio under a silver moon. I just thought you might find that interesting if you don’t already know. Thanks for listening to me and I really hope I’ve helped people just like people have helped me.

Pat July 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

One interesting dilemma, Mike. You state; “who am I to tell another what love is?” Agreed. Still, at 1st John 4:8 we read that “God is love.” Yet, later, you say; “Can we all have our own truth? Not a chance. There is only 1 truth and it is as absolute as it gets.”

The problem is you can’t say what “love” (ie God) is, but want to claim there is only 1 truth. You speak of an abstract, then make an absolute statement about it. Tricky territory. If love (God)operates and affects us all differently, the manifestation of that “truth” (love/God) would be unique to that individual.

“Now are we starting to see why truth and consciousness are everything?” Of course the level of one’s discernment (consciousness) determines his truth–and what was true when I was 20 is a far cry from my truth at 60. While both were innocently arrived at, they are starkly different. Does this invalidate my truth at 20? Hardly. The viability of my “truth” at 20 was “absolute,” replaced only when consciousness evolved. But that understanding simply allows for the realization that my truth at 60 is as subjective as my truth at 20. (Does the oak tree deny its days as a sapling?) The dynamic nature of one’s consciousness then, seems to speak to an inconsistency of an “absolute truth.” The “middle ground” is an understanding that your truth is going to change.

Mike Doss July 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Pat, it’s nice to see I have some true fans out here :). Just kidding around with you. Yes, love is a part of the Creator but so is forgiveness, harmony, mercy, patience and all the rest of those wonderful qualities. But the true definition of God is Light and Light is Divine Consciousness and like I said those qualities all fall within that Light. You speak of a dilemma and some tricky territory. Well, the absolute truth about the Creator is that the Creator is Light and since love is an emotion and emotions change I don’t see how we can define the Ineffable that way. So when I say that I can’t determine love for another that’s the truth. God is not just love. If that were so then what about harmony, forgiveness and all the rest? Where would they fit in? We would then need to define God as love, then as harmony, then as patience, then as mercy and on and on. But when we define God as Light/Divine Consciousness all of those fall within.

You say that you had truth about a given subject when you were 20 and now you say that that truth has changed now that you are 60. How is that possible? How can truth change? Yes, our perspectives/perceptions of that truth changes, our acceptance of it changes but the truth itself is still the same. Like I just stated, either something is or it isn’t. What our conscious minds can grasp at any given time does not change the absoluteness of the truth. If our consciousness can only perceive part of a truth that is understandable, we all go through that. But at the end of the day there is only 1 truth for any given situation. Take car Pat.

anny July 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hi Mike,

Can you see that when you define God as Love (in the way Sparks so beautifully described) in the same way as you describe God as Light/Divine Consciousness, then each of those beautiful qualities that you mentioned – peace, harmonony, forgiveness etc. – would fall within that concept as well instead of being separate qualities; they are all part of Love and would not be possible at all without It.

As far as your answer to Pat on truth is concerned, I think it is really more a matter of semantics than difference in opinion here. I counsider my truth to be my highest perspective/perception of the Absolute Truth as I can possibly have at any given moment and I presume that might be the case for the others who talk about it in this way also.

Anny

Tommy July 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Love is easy to explain using scripture. Since this site is titled “Spirit of the Scripture”, I’ll use scripture.

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the TRUTH. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)

What is the take away from this scripture? 1) If we know God, we know Love. 2) Love is the opposite of ego. 3) Love is eternal. There is no middle ground when it comes to Love. And this is the absolute Truth. : )

Tommy

Mike Doss July 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Hi Tommy, how are you? First off, why such negativity just because I’m talking about truth and consciousness? So what. People talk about different things all the time. Love can be anything but how does one know when they actually have it? By stating it with their conscious mind? How does one seek love? Go and find me some love right now. I can find you a lot of truth. I can tell all of you what Light/Consciousness is. Electro-magnetic waves of any length. Can you define love like that? You talk of people who know love know God. What led to love in the first place? How do we know God – through the Gnosis, right? The Gnostics were all about knowledge and truth. If you’ve gone through that experience then you can only speak for yourself. When does real love come to us, before of after the Gnosis? You are talking past tense here – already having love but what first brought it to you? Divine electro-magnetic waves are eternal. Love is an emotion. Thanks for writing.

Thomas July 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hey Mike,
Sorry. I was having fun with you there at the end. I respect where you’re coming from. Love is like art, you know it when you see it.
Take care,
Tommy

anny July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Tommy,

I love these quotes of yours. They are so much better than the translation of the KJV, which is the only English translation I possess, that talks of charity instead of love if I remember correctly. It threw me off when I read that whereas in the Dutch translation it has always been my favourite text. There is so much in it.

Thanks,

Anny

Raymond Phelan July 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hi Mike,

Thank you for these three excellent mind-expanding and heart-enriching articles. I found them fantastic reading with each packed of Truth, understanding…and much love yes, for all. You certainly have helped others, no doubt, with these “learned” contributions : they challenge in many areas (our comfort zones of understanding) to broaden our perspectives on how we view/relate to relative and transcendental reality — inner and outer life. The whole awakening process to Unity consciousness.

I love your take “you can’t legalize love”. It reminds me of the marriage vows: “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder”. Humorously, I say, if the couple were not really “in love”, that one or both were faking the ceremony, then God has not put them together in the first place? But I’m sure we were all soulfully sincere on the wedding alter/Registry Office or wherever.

Love/Blessings, Mike.

Raymond

Pat July 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Tommy kind of makes my point. Going to scripture he advances the theory that God is love and there is no middle ground when it comes to Love. Mike made the observation; “who am I to tell another what love is.” Mike doesn’t even begin to propose what constitutes love, while Tommy is so sure of what it is he claims (regarding love) that “there is no middle ground!” My contention is no one can wrap their heads around the immensity of the cosmos, or the infinite “smallness” of the sub-atomic, yet they are ready to wrap their heads around (and present) a theory of what constitutes God?! Mike, what is “Light?” “Or Divine Consciousness?” Your answer is the aspect of the “light” or “divine consciousness” that YOU have experienced (not me, he, she, or they) While totally viable for you, to advance a notion that your experience is an “absolute” for the rest of us, seems a projection of your ego.

You ask; “how can truth change?” Well, one example would be when I was five years old I was 3:9 feet tall. That is “true.” At 60, I am well over 6 feet tall, which is true as well. A less simplistic answer is to view the level of “consciousness” the universe displays. Can we agree that there is an on-going sophistication of awareness? 5 million years ago, was a life form self-aware? Even 3 thousands years ago and the Old Testament view of the Deity and the “absolutes” He reportedly espoused (an eye for an eye–or the “Law”) no longer seem to apply. You say that our inability to grasp the absolute truth doesn’t change that there is an absolute truth. To me that’s like saying there is only 1 universe. That may be absolutely true. But some quantum scientists propose a theory of multiple universes. May be that is true and some day we will discover evidence of them. The point being, our “absolutes” are limited by the very nature of our limited nature! To say that there is “only 1 truth for any given situation” is limiting the “Light” or “Divine Consciousness” in a very human way.

And YES! I am a fan, or I wouldn’t have taken the time to respond. Obviously we both enjoy trying to define the “Undefinable.” And what car should I take? Can I have the BMW over there? Have a great weekend Mike. Pat

Tommy July 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hi Pat,
I gave up on theories a long time ago – I couldn’t wrap my head around them. ha! If expressing my certainty that I know what Love is offended anyone for whatever reason, then I apologize for the offense. I was having fun with Mike there, or so I thought. We don’t know each other so I see his point.

For me there is no middle ground. I don’t have to theorize about God. I know. But I don’t project or impose that on anyone else. At the same time, no one can project onto me that I cannot know these things simply because in their world view this cannot be done. So I hope we can agree that the view from our windows is different and that that it’s okay.
Have a great weekend,
Tommy

Laurens Sipahelut July 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hey Mike, interesting stuff. Could you point me to literature or websites where I can learn more about what you have written here and in your previous post?

Thanks,
Laurens

Pat July 19, 2014 at 12:51 am

Tommy, agree with you totally. So long as you don’t impose your views on anyone (and they return the favor) then I am of the mind your experience of God (truth) is as valid as anyone else’s. I can’t say how God operates in someone else’s life–only how He does in mine. If there is no “middle ground” for you, more power to y0u!

For what it is worth, I didn’t pick up on the “negativity” Mike did in your first post. I just thought you commented with scripture. I certainly wasn’t offended in any way. While I feel scripture can be very instructive, I also feel it can be limiting. Limiting in so far as trying to replicate another’s spiritual experience rather than having one’s own. My thought is a personal experience of God is paramount. How that plays out in the individual is the magic/mystery of life. If we come to respect that for everyone, we will go along ways toward creating “heaven on earth.” Ultimately, I think that is what you, Mike, and I are all working/hoping for.

Tommy July 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi again Pat,
The more we all talk about it, the more we understand one another, and the more we find ourselves in agreement over the larger issues. For me the essence of scripture, not the letter, is instructive yet open to interpretation. My orientation is Valentinian gnostic mythology as a foundation, and new insights that have come to light in our ‘modern’ times. SOS is a great synthesis and summary of ideas.
Have a great day,
Tommy

anny July 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi Pat,

I wholeheartedly agree with most of what you and Tommy wrote in your comments. I also noticed that it is very important to read carefully what the other person actually writes as it seems very easy to misunderstand each other when you look at it from your own viewpoint only.

I did not read anything negative in Tommy’s first post either, on the contrary. But it is very easy to read something that is not there if what you read in first instance seems to contradict your truth. I have been known to do that more than once, which made me very unhappy about things nobody ever said or did. It has been a valuable lesson for me though, which is why now I always carefully examine my negative feelings to see if there actually is a reason for them or not, which often there is not, but if there is, then how to continue from there as lovingly and respectfully as possible.

Anny

Pat July 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Good morning Anny! You said; “I have been known to do that more than once…” Haven’t we all? It is a challenge to convey through the written (typed) word all that we mean to express. The uncertainty of another’s “angle,” (and I mean this in the most innocent way) perspective, or point of origin, can result in personal angst regarding the interpretation of what has actually been said. That you “carefully examine my negative feelings to see if there is actually a reason for them or not” speaks to self-reflective nature that I, personally, find admirable. “Let it start with me;” (not sure who first said it) is a rallying cry I find attractive. Seems you have adopted, consciously or not, that type of attitude in your personal communications/relationships. Good on you.

anny July 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

Hi Pat,

Thanks for your comment. My reaction is a bit late as I have not been on the blog for over a week, mostly due to all that has been going on round the plane crash in the Ukraine (I am Dutch) and in Israel and Gaza (I lived in Israel for eleven years) which is all rather painful.

I appreciate your comment.

Pat July 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

Anny, I am sorry. I wish I could be of help. If “talking” about it relieves even the smallest amount of pain, I can be reached at: wpgrogan@aol.com

P.

Vernon McVety July 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hello everyone, me again. Many of the Christian mystics, in their teachings, sermons and creative expressions use the meaning of divine love as a prerequisite. They knew that God saw them through the same eyes as how they saw God. For instance, in “A Christian Book Of Mystical Verse” A.W. Tozer states in his preface that his subjects all begin with love and end with love. And some of them were of the gnostic type. I’m convinced that love is the surest and clearest way to the acquisition of truth and knowledge and the expansion of our awareness. It’s unfortunate to say but I’m also convinced that some people, not to be personal with anyone, can learn and posses a wealth of knowledge ABOUT God and life and yet are hardly able to know God as a personal experience. The Word says “if you love me you’ll keep my commandments.” And if we see the commandments as new testament promises, in the words of Paul, they’re much easier to keep. – Brother Vern

Adrianne July 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Hi I have simple question I am born under the sign Scorpio what does this article mean for me as I don’t understand the silver moon comment

Chris July 23, 2014 at 1:40 am

Hi Mike,

One thing I disagree with is that love is an emotion. I think of love as more of an instinct of all those beget of a god, as the gospel of Thomas says. You know, lion begets a lion, a god begets a god etc…. Something to that affect. But instead of an instinct to be tamed, love is the instinct that is to be let loose, uncaged, ever growing.

And yes I did know about the apostles being in groups of three on the “last supper” pic, but did not know about Judas being eighth, corresponding to Scorpio. I will have to do some reading on the 30 days under the silver moon comment, but thank you for that. I asked specifically for a little insight into the Judas story and the thirty pieces of silver meaning.

It’s amazing at the knowledge the ancients had, and in my life journey this time around, it’s not my intention or job to recall what I’ve perhaps lost. Like you said, I prefer to be an overview type guy, and will leave that hard stuff to you guys lol. The lessons from all of this knowledge is what I have to put into practice this time. But I have thoroughly enjoyed your last three articles.

Thanks,
Chris

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