Friday, September 21, 2012

Is God a Crutch for the Neurotic?

Having spent many years as a bible-believing, born-again Christian, I know first-hand what I speak of when criticizing the Faith. While not on a crusade to attack anyone’s beliefs, there are instances when certain elements of Christianity stand out as being contrary to the well being of humanity. I comment on issues where I feel that Christian beliefs act as a hindrance to true spirituality and general good common sense.

I recently visited with a friend who had been “brothers in the faith” with me at one time. Though his beliefs had moderated somewhat over the years, he still clings tenaciously to a theistic model of an all-powerful God, creator and sovereign of the universe.

My friend had been suffering through a dark period of anxiety and depression that was severe enough to place him on disability. Of course he has my deepest sympathies and support as a friend, and fortunately his condition has improved somewhat of late.

During this particular visit, my friend made a comment that really caused me to think. He questioned why God had ordained of him to traverse through this difficult and painful path, and he disclosed that he often felt angry at God for this.

Of course, in my previous life as a Christian (and confessed neurotic), I believed that God was in control of everything. Although my particular flavor of theology allowed for limited freewill, I was aware of ongoing debate as to whether freewill was an illusion embedded within the larger context of God’s sovereign will. At that point in my life, my friend’s comment would have made sense, and I often wondered why good people have to suffer if God is in control. I tried blaming suffering on “The Devil” but then that would detract from God’s sovereignty. That particular paradox eventually influenced my exodus from the Christian worldview.

Now I have come to the understanding that the theistic, personal God of religion is fully contrived and projected by humans. This explains why there are so many conflicting beliefs about what God supposedly thinks and commands of His followers. God is painted as humans wish to portray Him, complete with all the emotions and personality foibles that humans suffer from.

My path has brought me to accept the Hermetic view that a single, unitary consciousness pervades all that is. I perceive true spirituality as that which honors the soul as an indivisible piece of the whole. The answers to all of life’s questions can be found by seeking to understand the soul’s purpose for incarnating as flesh.

So what disturbs me to hear my friend express anger at God for his situation? Obviously I don’t believe that God will be offended, so what is it? In essence, blaming God is to place responsibility for your situation upon something that you yourself have created. If the God you have created and projected is the supposed cause of your problems, then how is that not some kind of circular reasoning? People generally are more successful at tackling problems when they feel empowered. How can it help to give your power away?

I asked my friend, “What if you were to discover that the God you worship was created from within your own mind? Who would you be angry at then?”

Although there must be many positive and admirable aspects within Christianity, I continually notice that Christians seem quick to place responsibility onto God whenever difficult issues arise. To the extent that they do this, they fail to take responsibility for themselves. The problem with this is that we are powerful souls, but pretend that we have no power. We project all of our power onto this God essence, and then perhaps draw some of it back when we pray, supplicate and ask for help. Religious icons, such as Jesus, Virgin Mary and various patron saints get charged by the collective soul-energy of the faithful, and they become proven as reliable sources of help when in need. It’s really no wonder how that works.

My entreaty is thus: Why take the roundabout path of shifting responsibility and vesting your power onto the contrived God? Why not stand as the powerful soul that you are, and take responsibility for your own personal reality? Somewhere between your two ears lies the source of all that you experience and perceive in this physical existence. Within there can be found the keys to your successes and failures, the source of both joy and pain.

Your soul came here with specific purpose, and suffering generally results from either resisting that purpose, or failing to understand it. Although there can be a number of underlying root causes for neurotic behavior, one common characteristic is avoidance of responsibility and a system of defensive mechanisms to deal with pain and suffering. The defenses may vary, but it’s my contention that belief in a theistic God can be one more crutch in the defensive arsenal.

This is not to minimize anyone's problems or to suggest that answers should come easy. Life's journey is an ongoing process for all of us. Pain and suffering is a reality for many. I've simply found that it helps to understand the root causes, and discovering my soul's agenda has been a key part of that in my own journey.

It's all about the soul. To the extent that Christianity and other religions inhibit the true expression of who we are as souls, I oppose it. Where dogma takes precedence over open-minded inquiry, spirituality suffers. For those who feel well-served by their religion, so be it, but for those who suffer and haven’t found effective solutions, I suggest exploring the unknown country of the soul. Become aware of who you really are.

P.S. For those interested in pursuing Hermetic concept of God, I highly recommend The God Theory by Bernard Haisch.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

End of The World (As We Know It)

Does Hell break loose on Earth beginning December 21, 2012? Doomsday predictors are beginning to hedge their bets, with some sliding the date ahead into 2013. The Mayan End-Date is barely  3 months away, but by some calculations, the 2012 date is off, having occurred in 1999 or 2008. In any event, the astronomical significance is quite minimal, with any galactic core alignment taking place over many years.

One predictive thread I've been watching with interest is Cliff High's Half Past Human . Using "web bot" algorithms to analyze the words and phrases used in online posts and articles, the theory is that the collective unconscious mind offers clues that predict the near-term future. It's a fascinating concept that draws loosely from the work of Carl Jung, but the track record thus far hasn't been impressive. Cliff has forecasted a number of "turning points" and global meltdown dates that have not yet resulted in significant events. He had one major hit when the fall of Gen. Zia in Pakistan was predicted months in advance, but predicting the future is a dicey affair - you're bound to roll lucky sevens occasionally.

Anyway, Cliff's current focus is on a "global coastal event" that is supposed to occur during the first half of 2013. Whether caused by a meteor, massive cracking in the Pacific crust, or a hitherto unknown phenomenon, the prediction is that it will effectively cull the population by over a billion people. Throw in the effects of a renewed meltdown at Fukushima, and major flaring on the sun, and life will simply not go on as before. Cliff foresees government being rendered irrelevant (and then disapearing), and the few that survive will be reduced to stone-age existence.

The basic premise of looking for information from the subconscious via patterns in word usage is intruiging, but how do we know whether the data is painting images of the future, or simply reflecting the deeply rooted fears that must also inhabit mass consciousness?

Cliff says he met with Courtney Brown and found correlation between Brown's remote viewing experiments and the Web Bot predictions. However, I watched some of Courtney's videos and heard him say that remote viewing is not a reliable method of predicting the future. The FarSight exercises looked at the conditions that will exist in select cities in June 2013, and several divergent pictures emerged. A minority saw evidence of a major global catastrophe that seemed to involve something affecting the coasts, but the remainder saw only minor problems or none at all.

Courtney goes on to explain that due to the phenomenon of multiple timelines, it's quite difficult to predict which timeline one will actually be experiencing. This is exactly the problem, and one that Cliff High would do well to consider. The collective unconscious is aware of every point of data that exists in an Akashic record - like matrix from past to future, but multiple parallel timelines appear to be a fact of life that governs our existence.

Evidence suggests that the human mind can, consciously or unconsciously, select which timeline to experience. Coupled with the apparent recent increase in timeline instability, this could explain many of the anomalous experiences that I've written about here and here.

To sum it up: Things certainly are changing, and the pace of change is accelerating. However, it's difficult to accurately predict through divination where this change will take us. Furthermore, it's my contention that it's up to us to actively select which timeline we will experience in the future.

According to my thesis, timelines are diverging and some major differences are emerging. The differences are becoming pronounced enough to eventually allow for a horrendous hell-on-earth scenario to parallel the Golden Age Nirvana that others foresee.

How do we make the selection? There are mysteries to uncover regarding the subconscious mind, but in general, it appears to be a matter of your vibratory level matching your timeline. I believe there are things we can do to actively select the highest and best outcome. Focusing one's expectations on doom 'n' gloom and various negative thoughts that are pervasive probably biases your chances toward one of the less desirable timelines.

In coming months, we face an election season in which we will be pummeled by an unprecedented degree of divisive vitriol from both sides. Just be aware that neither side is telling the truth and neither side has real answers. You can vote for the apparent lesser of evils, but be aware that this is just a side-show. The real play of events requires full awareness and subtle perception.

Stay tuned!