Go Take Me Home

January 15, 2016 at 9:48 pmCategory:Spirituality

Whenever a collective consciousness completes its “study” of a particular level of awareness, it finds itself somewhat off-balance. This is natural and guarantees a built-in momentum and motivation for breaking through into the next reality to be explored. The natural state of imbalance brought on by having so fully identified with personality now pushes us forward into a new identity, collectively and individually.

This identity comprises a merging of the two identities (personality and true self [spirit]) we have been ricocheting between. As this merging progresses, we will feel less and less forced to choose between limitation and unlimitedness; they will no longer be like oil and water, but together will become a new substance.

Understand that in this process neither reality wins over the other, and neither reality loses any of its characteristics. Unlimitedness is simply brought into limitation, which means that in your life, your spirit becomes integrated into your personality on a conscious, everyday basis.
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This is something that will happen eventually for all of us! Or we can help it along like Martia’s book suggest, unfortunately there could be a little pain involved, but that is the learning part, they can’t be separated. This is what I am going through right now. My personality is beating me up, it is saying “Find a job you bum, when is this going to end how many mores years will this shit go on, I am tired of all the challenges you keep putting in front of me, I want a break, other people are looking at you as if you are a wastrel and don’t care how you appear to your friends, family and the general public” or how about “For your daughters sake, please Michael make the necessary changes already!”

They think my personality has a choice in these matters, to a point it does, but why we came here to the Earth School can be for reasons we don’t always know, only that it has something to do with discovering who and what we really are, so give me a break!

The Attraction Of The Mystical

December 2, 2015 at 9:49 pmCategory:Spirituality

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God Who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” (Galileo, 1615) I agree with Galileo, however, I seem to be in a shrinking minority. I have recently been inundated with stories of chimneys that serve as doorways for demons, lit matches that bring angels, and eggs under the pillow that help people find their future spouse. I’m convinced that there are invisible spiritual forces and beings around us, but I choose to use my “sense, reason, and intellect,” to make my choices. I fear paying attention to these mysterious and unexplainable things lest I fall into the habit of forgoing the use of my mind.

Judaism has practices that are based on the mysterious, but it never asks that we suspend our reason. People are constantly searching for the logical basis of each mystery that has been formalized in Jewish law because we know that the Divine gift of intellect is the most precious and demanding of all.

We translate Kabbalah as Mysticism, although it is the opposite. Kabbalah seeks to explain the spiritual structure of existence. It is sophisticated and complex, which is quite different from mystical. It is only mystical to those who are unfamiliar with it.

The Hebrew word for world is ‘Olam’, which derives from ‘H’elem’, or ‘Hidden.’ Of course there are all sorts of spiritual realities hidden in our world. Our job and blessing is to discover and reveal that which is hidden. It is not to worship the hidden at the price of the rational. The verse says, “Reishit Chochma Yirat Hashem,” “The beginning of wisdom is awe of God,” which means that we acknowledge there is an area beyond our comprehension, but what comes immediately after the acknowledgement is Chochma, wisdom.

A person approaching the Temple to make an offering has a choice. Will he focus on the mysterious powers of the offering to bring forgiveness and blessing, associating the Temple Service with a different dimension of existence? Or, will he approach the Cohen, in his most important role, as a teacher who will explain the process as part of the structure of life? The first person will not be able to take his Temple experience home with him. The second will have used his offering to continue to transform his life long after he returns home. I choose to be the second person.

We face the same choice before we take our three steps back when we finish prayer: Am I leaving the prayer behind because it is not part of my “real” world, or will I take my prayer experience with me? I choose the latter.

The mystical offers an escape from life. Judaism focuses on Torat Chaim, living this life with passion and meaning. The mystical is a release from our limitations. Judaism guides us in how to overcome them. Mysticism is often a search for the magical, what I call Cheating. Judaism is a demand to be practical. The Mystic celebrates the magical powers of the righteous. The thinker rejoices over their teachings, wisdom and insight.

Hopefully, things will turn out better for me than they did for Galileo, because I’m sticking with him on this one. I invite you to join me

Will the World End? A Quantum and Spiritual Answer

November 6, 2015 at 9:49 pmCategory:Spirituality

Throughout history humans have wondered if the world would end. Myths from around the globe contain the theme of world destruction, but the devastation is often seen as a periodic or cyclical cleansing. Errant humans, and the chaos they’ve created, are wiped off the globe as a precursor to earth’s renewal and a fresh start for humanity.

Many religions also point to the end of the world as God’s judgment against humanity. The branch of religion that specifically studies this theocratic annihilation is called eschatology, meaning ‘study of the last.’ In religious prophecies, world destruction usually becomes cosmic in nature and features the involvement of gods, devils, angels and demons. Again, destruction is usually followed by restoration.

You may also be familiar with predictions concerning a literal end to the earth that have surfaced throughout history. Previously skeptics have laughed them off, but recently the question ‘Will the world end?’ has taken on new meaning. With the development of nuclear weapons and the upsurge in significant global ecological, economic, population, poverty, hunger and political problems, we may well wonder if the literal earth itself can survive. Dire statistics offered by scientists tell us we may be nearing the tipping point for many issues, a point where destruction will come quickly and restoration will become impossible.

Quantum physics and spiritual masters offer a unique slant on this serious issue. To understand whether or not the world will end, we have to understand exactly what it is. Quantum physics perceives our universe in an entirely new way. Instead of a machine-like universe made of separate parts, research demonstrates that the universe is actually a sea of quantum light energy. Together the visible and invisible portions of the universe are one interconnected, indivisible whole. Like the cells in a body, particles of light energy have no meaning apart from the whole. And quantum energy is also connected by consciousness that permeates everything in existence. Spiritual masters have always recognized this combination of consciousness and energy as the Divine, and many physicists now agree.

It has always been an accepted ‘fact’ that our world is real, but quantum research tells us otherwise. Consciousness and energy at the quantum level interact to bring matter into existence. Although matter appears solid to us, it is actually an interference pattern that our brain and senses decode and translate into something that appears to be solid. Some researchers contend that the illusion of mass results from the universe’s foundation of quantum light.

What does this information boil down to? The material world is an illusion, a fantastic 3D virtual reality that’s projected from consciousness at the quantum level. It means that you are pure quantum consciousness, not the body your consciousness is projecting. From a human perspective, this can be considered good news and bad. How so? The sum total of energy and ‘matter’ that exists in the universe never fluctuates, but energy can appear as matter and return to energy. This means the interference patterns we perceive as the material universe can ‘deconstruct’ and return to energy.

The good news, which spiritual masters have been trying to share throughout history, is that the real you, your quantum consciousness, can never die. We realize this leaves several questions unanswered. Why are we projecting virtual reality? Why aren’t we aware of our true nature? Would Ultimate Reality destroy our world? And what will happen to us personally if it does transform back to energy?

Throughout human history, spiritual sages have offered answers to these questions. The ancient Upanishads tells us that we gave up the oneness of All That Is for duality and the chance to experience separation and specialness. In oneness we were unique and had the gifts of creativity and free will, but it was exercised within equality. But the desire for separation and specialness also contained a challenge to the Divine that we could create a system of separation that would rival oneness.

In fact, it’s impossible for the Divine to be anything other than whole, but our experiment in separation could easily be carried out in a dream. Since we’re all connected by consciousness, we’ve projected a shared dream that has now turned into a nightmare. The Divine has no need to interfere or destroy our world; we’re doing a fine job on our own. But we do have choices.

We can continue to try to make our challenge succeed, but considering our track record, that idea is not too promising. In fact, it would require a level of cooperation that’s unprecedented in our world, a virtually impossible in separation. To fully experience the dream of separation and specialness, our true identity was laid aside. Unfortunately, we’ve dreamed so long, we’ve forgotten we can wake up at any time and return to oneness. We can undertake this spiritual awakening now, peacefully, or we can wait to be jolted awake when our experiment fails beyond recovery. Either way, we’ll find ourselves exactly where we belong, loved and accepted as we always have been.

I Promise I’ll Tell Your Story

October 24, 2015 at 9:49 pmCategory:Spirituality

I was leaving my office Thursday afternoon with my rolling bag filled with work to complete over the weekend. As I walked down the long hallway towards the outer door I notice a nicely dressed woman in front of me. She had on a very pretty blue top and when she reached the door and opened it I thought to myself “I should tell her how much I like her blouse”. As quickly as I had that thought I also thought “She’s not going to care about my compliment. Just go to your car.”

She held the door open for me and as I approached and thanked her, she said “I’m so grateful to be able to do that for you; grateful to be doing anything.” For a second I was just going to smile and keep walking to my car but something made me look at this woman; really look at her. She looked to be in her 50’s and appeared to be so sincere as she held the door for me and made her comment that I stopped and said “Well that sounds wonderful”. She said “Do you know what I have in my bag? X-rays showing that there is no trace of a tumor. I had brain surgery six years ago and have been coming to my doctor in this building for the past six years for therapy and follow ups. I just found out today that everything is going to be ok. It’s a miracle that I am able to hold the door for you and I am so grateful to God.” I got choked up and told her that she was truly blessed. I asked her what her name was. “Katherine” she said as she gave me a big hug. I said “Katherine I am so grateful to have met you and

I promise I’ll tell your story”

She said “Please do. Happy Mother’s Day. God Bless you” and we walked to our cars, both smiling for different reasons.

I was truly blessed that day to meet Katherine and to share in her moment of gratitude. What struck me once I got into my car was how powerful that “chance” meeting was; what a true moment of grace it was to connect with another soul and how moments like that put things into perspective.

For me it was just another ordinary day filled with work, errands and obligations; for Katherine it was a day of miracles.

For me it was almost a moment where I kept to myself, acknowledged a stranger for holding the door and just kept walking to my car; for Katherine it was an opportunity to share her gift with the first person she saw after she received her good news.

For me it was an ordinary day where my mind and body did exactly what I wanted and needed them to do; for Katherine it was an extraordinary day where she was given the gift of peace of mind and body.

Katherine went home to tell her husband the good news.

I went home to tell everyone about Katherine’s good news.

I always keep my promises.

Have you ever had a “chance” encounter with someone that touched your soul?
What moments of grace have you kept to yourself? Who can you share them with?
Who can you share Katherine’s story with? When will you?