To finish our study and truly begin to understand how the Orthodox Church developed, we need to take a close look at Valentinus, who will play a large part of in verbal war of doctrine with Irenaeus and Orthodoxy. I will discuss the life and beliefs of Valentinus first, followed by Irenaeus, and then the exchange between the two as documented by later church fathers such as Tertullian. [Read more…] about Valentinus, the Bridal Chamber, and Meditation: Part 5 of the Development of the Orthodox Church
At the moment we live in the period leading up to Passion Week again, and therefore I would like to give an explanation of some of the names and words that figure prominently in the Passion story, interpreted from the hidden meaning of the Hebrew translation of these words, as they already explain what this story is really about. [Read more…] about An esoteric interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus
Meeting our personality is an eye opening experience. The bible points out that it is not only important to open our eyes to behold ourselves, but to use that information to improve: [Read more…] about Who Are We and Why Are We Here? Meet Your Personality: Part I
In this article, we are going to address an age-old question that our scriptural and spiritual studies have often failed to answer for us, not because the answers are not there, but because until now, we have not been adequately equipped to decode the scriptures so that the answers become plain to us. That question is: Who or what is God and Christ? The answers are going to amaze you, as they did me ,because once again, the answers are incredibly [Read more…] about Who or What is God and Christ
Have you ever wondered how to purge yourself of a particular negative emotion that keeps repeating itself in your life? It’s not as hard as it may seem. If you are currently experiencing negative emotions in your life, this post may be particularly beneficial to you.
The first thing that you need to realize is that you are not your emotions. This may seem obvious when you think about it, but most of the time we take this for granted. [Read more…] about Proverbs 23:7 and Our Emotions
— Albert Einstein
Einstein was a perceptive person. He knew that fundamentalists—from either the science or religious camp—can never arrive at the truth because they each see existence through the lens of their own ego. Our egos always blind us so that we only see falsity and half-truths. Have you [Read more…] about The Deeper Mystery of the Virgin Birth
It’s a shame how many religious leaders still don’t understand the reason ancient religious texts like the Bible were written; it certainly wasn’t to establish a religion! But that’s what happened. And now every Sunday millions of people go to a church and sing songs. Then they sit and listen to the pastor as he opens his Bible and elucidates his thoughts on individual verses. Why? For salvation. At least that’s the consensus. But let me ask you a question. Have you ever wondered what we truly need salvation from? [Read more…] about Detachment: Yes Jesus Taught it Too
Many people have looked for a clear presentation of the esoteric Jesus in the Bible. He’s really not so hard to find. In fact, once the Biblical symbols are properly decoded he practically screams from the text! The reason the esoteric Jesus has remained veiled is because the church has lost the art of decoding these symbols. Over the next few posts we’ll resurrect that art as it relates to Jesus’ major life initiations: coming out of Egypt, his Baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. [Read more…] about Will the Esoteric Jesus Please Stand Up?
We have already discussed (in part 2 of this series) how Job’s three friends represent the mental, astral, and physical bodies. These natures are seamlessly integrated with our soul and they all play a part in the evolutionary development of our consciousness, from the lower to the higher mind. Without these bodies, the self would not be able to evolve [Read more…] about Job’s Ending Much Better Than His Beginning: An Esoteric Lesson for Humanity
This post will begin a two-part series focusing on how the Biblical Joseph undertakes the spiritual journey of ascension to become the Old Testament version of the Christ. What Joseph experiences in the story mirrors our lives as we go through the darker nights of the soul to emerge victorious over the ego and experience the spiritual resurrection. It is important for you to realize that while Joseph is a type and shadow of the Christ, Joseph is also a type and shadow of that which resides in you! The kingdom is within you, and so is the Christ! [Read more…] about Joseph, the Coat of Many Colors, and Egypt: The Ultimate Story of Ascension
What is the Biblical story of the Exodus and liberation of the Israelites really about? A Biblical Israelite has nothing to do with flesh and blood. An Israelite is someone who has been liberated. This article will discuss what the release of Israel truly means for humanity as Moses enters Egypt and provokes Pharaoh to liberate the people.
Forget the literal interpretation of this story for a moment. Don’t think of Moses, the Israelites, and the Egyptians as individual people. See them as different aspects of one person. This is one of the keys to unlock this story. As you will see, we all must return to and exit Egypt to liberate ourselves. And by leaving Egypt we begin the process of integrating the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves in order to birth the true Israelite or Christ within. [Read more…] about The Path to Liberation As Evidenced Through Moses, Israel, and the Exodus
A few months ago I wrote a short article about how the story of Noah and the ark was about the ascension of consciousness rather than a literal narrative. More specifically, I mentioned how the ark represents the human mind itself. You can see read about here.
Someone who recently read that article asked, “Then what do the animals represent?” I have been meaning to do a follow-up on that blog post for some time explaining exactly that, and this person’s question has finally motivated me to get it done. There is also another reason I am going to include that information in today’s blog post: I want my readers to have a better understanding of God and how God relates to themselves, and since Noah’s ark is really about the mind, and God is the clear light of consciousness which can be experienced by the mind, I thought the topic could be really good for all my blog readers. [Read more…] about God, Male and Female, and the “One Flesh” of Conscious Creation
Consciousness. Science can’t understand it. Religion places it in a box with a bearded old man in the sky. But there is the rare soul that learns to dive into it, to awaken to it. Since we are all different experiential expressions of the one and only consciousness (i.e., God), it behooves us to explore and experience the raw consciousness that we are. Today’s post will look at a famous saying from Jesus that I believe is an invitation to do just that. [Read more…] about The Yoke of Christ: Realizing the “Light” and “Easy” Burden