What Is Enlightenment?

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:43 pm

Friendship

True friends are always there for us.
They want nothing from us, except that we are ourselves.
We feel safe with them,
Because we can reveal the depths of our heart to them,
In goodness and badness alike.

True friends are like the shade of a great tree in the noonday heat.
Like a home port with our country’s flag flying,
That we have reached at the end of a long journey.
They are impregnable citadels of refuge
In the strife of existence.

When they reach out for our hand,
Their understanding touches our heart and our soul heals.
It restores our faith in the goodness of all life,
And the presence of the Divine qualities of kindness and compassion
Keeps our faith in human nature alive
And reassures us that it is indeed a good Universe we live in.

True friends are the antidote to despair, the elixir of hope,
And a tonic against depression that makes it easy
To give them our friendship in return,
Unstintingly and without reluctance.

Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words & Prayers For Friendship Healing’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby Baba Bozo » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:15 pm

aquarius123esoteric wrote:What Is Enlightenment?


A fantasy.

Technically, it is indeed likely that there are rare extraordinary people way out at the end of the psychological bell curve, just as there is Mozart in music, Einstein in science etc.

However, you and I will never be Mozart no matter how many hours we play the piano, nor Einstein no matter how many science texts we read. Likewise, we will never be one of those rare extraordinary people way out at the end of the psychological bell curve.

So while something called Enlightenment may in fact exist, practically speaking for you and me in our real world lives, a profound transformation of human psychology is an irrelevant fantasy.

What's not a fantasy is that simple mechanical exercises applied routinely can help us manage the price tag of thought. That's indeed useful information, and a welcome discovery for many.

This is a wonderful enough thing as it is.

To try to inflate it in to some kind of glorious comic book fantasy is to actually show disrespect for the proven value of the gift of simple mechanical exercises which are readily available to all.
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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:42 pm

The love and wisdom of the Great Father/Mother of all life, in whom all is one, orchestrates and conducts the wondrous symphony of life by constantly guiding and protecting all Its creatures. On the Earth plane this expresses itself through the wisdom of our planet and that for all its inhabitants. This is where the instinctive and intuitive behaviour of all living things, plants and animals alike, including us, has its origin. As a result no living thing in the whole of Creation is ever without Divine guidance and protection.

God’s wisdom is stored in its feminine aspect, the Goddess. She is the mother of all species and the living and breathing force behind phenomena like the clever formation flying of birds during migration. She is the source of the instinctive knowledge of the animal kingdom to protect one’s young against all threats, if need be at the expense of one’s own life. She is in charge of our own body clocks as well as that of all other members of the animal kingdom. She tells Her creatures when to mate and when to abstain from it, for example when not enough food is going to be available for the raising of young. She instructs hibernating animals when and where to begin theirs and when it is safe to come out of it again – and so on and so forth.

From ‘The Porcupine Fable’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Every experience that comes our way is a test to establish which level of spiritual maturity our soul has reached. The way we react to the people and events in our lives reveals this more than anything else. This lifetime is an extra special one for everybody because it presents all of us with many opportunities for finding some true enlightenment through being initiated into the higher and highest mysteries of life. Having a much better idea of God’s nature and our own, we can see for ourselves that this is highly unlikely to consist of what the Buddhists call Nirvana.

Each one of us contains God’s energies and they are of a dynamic and expansive nature. They are ceaselessly creating, bringing new worlds into being and destroying old ones that have outlived their usefulness. What in the Buddha’s time would still have been understood as a state of total and utter bliss, to us and our world, to God-like creative beings, as in truth we all are, surely would be more like Hell than Heaven on Earth.

To my mind, human souls find their greatest enlightenment when they become aware that all life – including their own – is subject to Universal laws. Of particular relevance here are those of evolution and of Karma. From the moment we become aware of these laws, the Universe places the tool for our own redemption and that of our world into everybody’s own hands. It stands to reason that if we endeavour to give of the good and the best we are capable of, nothing but the more of the same can in due course return to us.

From ‘Where Is The Kingdom Of God?’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:12 pm

‘Become more and more loving and you will grow more and more joyful yourself. Don’t worry if your love is not reciprocated – that isn’t the point. Joy follows love whether our love is returned or not, whether another is responsive or not. If you are loving, you are joyful and that is more than enough and more than one should expect. Love loves for love’s sake and its main beauty is that its result and value are intrinsic and do not depend on anyone else’s response.’ Osho

From Reflections On Life

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:14 pm

Things can all too easily be said or done that bring heartache and pain to others and ourselves for the rest of this lifetime and beyond. Wise ones never forget that we are responsible for every thought, word and action and that it makes no difference how one feels at the time of sending them out. Being aware that whatever we send out into the world unerringly finds its way back to us, wise ones carefully watch what they think, say and do.

From Reflections On Life

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:29 pm

Trees have always held a great fascination for humankind. In times gone by, many cultures have honoured them as symbolisms and expressions of the love and devotion of the Great Mother of all life to all her earthly children. Life itself has been depicted as a tree and some of the myths and legends surrounding this tree must be as old as life on the Earth itself. And so, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Bible images mentioned in the previous chapter were by no means invented by Christianity. Adopted from the concepts of much older pagan traditions, they were re-written to make them suitable to be included in the teachings of the New Testament.

For example, the Greek Goddess Hera’s magical apple garden contained the Tree of Life and the sacred serpent. The Christmas tree is also one of the many symbols for the tree of life or the tree of knowledge. The custom of cutting an evergreen and bringing it indoors goes back to Norse Yule celebrations of the shortest and darkest days of winter. It was imported into the Christian teachings during the times when converting pagans to their new faith was high on the agenda.

Barbara Walker writes in ‘The Woman’s Encyclopaedia Of Myths And Secrets’: ‘On the night before a holy day, Roman priests called Dendrophori or ‘tree-bearers’ cut one of the sacred pines, decorated it, and carried it into the temple of the Great Mother of all life. Figures and fetishes attached to such trees in later centuries seem to have represented a whole pantheon of pagan deities on the World Tree.’ The modern Christmas tree has followed on from there.

From ‘The Mythology Of The Tree Of Life’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:50 pm

The Hummingbird As An Animal Totem

The hummingbird is one of the most precious jewels in Mother Nature’s crown. It diminutive size represents Universal guidance in itself, because it draws our attention to the fact that the greatest and most lasting joys of our present existence do not necessarily have their origin in the greatest of life’s events. More often than not they are found in its tiniest things and creatures, as well as fleeting moments, like an unexpected smile that lights up someone’s face like a ray of sunshine. A flicker of renewed hope in a person’s eyes. A kind and loving hand reaching out for us, when we are sad, lonely or in pain, maybe all of them at once.

Seeing the first snowdrops in winter, followed a little later by some of their cousins, the crocuses and daffodils. A ladybird, a butterfly – especially the first ones in spring. What joy! A flock of seagulls with their joyous aerobatics displays, and all other bird species. All of them are the Universe’s reminders that, even it is held captive by its earthly lessons, like them our spirit is free. If we so wish, we too can fly to our heart’s content and perform somersaults in the air – the realm of thought and spirit, our true home. And then one of our feathered friends suddenly bursting into song. How glorious!

But when it comes to flying, how does the bumblebee fit in? A creature that, according to the laws of aerodynamics known to humankind, could not possibly lift itself into the air, but is capable of skilful flying. Now, if that isn’t one of the finest proofs we could wish for of the fact that anything can be achieved and is possible with the help and the will of God, what is?

What about modest little flowers by the roadside, raising their heads to the Sun, as much as whole meadows, lawns and bits of wasteland alike filled with the splendour of hundreds of dandelions and daisies? Isn’t each one a small Sun in its own right and a reflection of the glory of the Great Light above, radiating its blessing and healing power into our world? A plant, a tree – especially a blossoming one, showing us Mother Nature as the happy and smiling bride welcoming her groom, the warmth and the love of the life giving Sun, onto the Earth plane.

A beautiful sunrise or a sunset. White clouds, like a herd of lambs, sedately drifting through a blue sky. The first raindrops after a long spell without rain. A rainbow arching over our world and bringing us the blessings of the Highest. The list is endless! And all the things it contains are pure magic and expressions of the loving care of the Highest and the Brightest Star in the whole of Creation, the Universal Christ. What joy they bring to human hearts and souls! Doesn’t that in itself reveal that all these only seemingly small things are of much greater value and significance than is commonly known and accepted?

So much our race has to be grateful for and every human heart and soul will eventually be ready to be filled with the joy the hummingbird brings. To receive it, all we need to do is open our eyes and begin to whole-heartedly appreciate the gifts that are all around us. Then let us give thanks and praise for the many marvels, miracles and gifts the Highest constantly unfolds for all of us through our beloved Mother, the Earth.

May we all open our hearts to hummingbird’s message of joy, regardless of the things that are still happening on this plane of life. And may ever more of us at long last wake up to the realisation that our world is and always will remain a place of great beauty and wonders that will forever rest safely in the loving hands of our true parents, the Great Father/Mother of all life and Its Angels.

Recommended Viewing:
• A Celebration of the Glory and Wonder of God’s Creation

From ‘Universal Guidance From The Environment’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:42 pm

Do not ever blindly believe what others say or write. All of us have our very own built-in lie-detector that can help us discriminate truth from untruth. Therefore, when listening to and/or reading anything, wise ones pay attention to the world of their feelings, through which our inner guidance speaks to all of us. If your inner teacher or guru, the wise one or living God within, says: ‘This is right!’, then for you it is right, even though it may not be so for anybody else.

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:08 pm

‘The law of life is love. A life filled with love is a heavenly one and a life that instead is filled with selfishness and greed sinks ever deeper into a state of a living Hell on the Earth. Love as much as you can – the supply is endless. The more you give, the more you will receive. No love given is ever lost. The laws of the Universe decree that whatever you send out must return to you. It is through sharing with others and feeding them that you are sustained and nurtured by life. When you live a life filled with love to everything that shares your world with you, you will soon be able to see for yourself how all your needs are constantly met – frequently before you become aware of them yourself. Now, isn’t that everybody’s idea of Heaven on Earth?’

From ‘Heaven And Hell – An Allegory’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:10 pm

Living in the element of water, fish symbolically represent the emotional level of life, the realm of the soul and the world of feelings. Water animal totems are as generously imbued with meaning as the sea itself. Water is a powerful symbol, a sign of cleansing, freedom and mobility. It represents the universal collective unconscious and all our souls floating in the vastness of the ocean of life.

Water animal totems can show us the way to reveal and identify our hidden thoughts or actions. When these creatures find their way into our lives they need to be honoured. If we pay attention, they will aid us in identifying our hidden motives that possibly are unhealthy for us. Even better, by observing and being open our water animal totems, we learn the ways of simpler, more positive paths of thought in our search for replacing the hidden negative ones. . .

To my mind, no-one could ever have expressed the longing and yearning for the freedom of the wide open sea better than the following poem:

My Friend, The Sea

I must go down to the seas again,
To the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way,
Where the wind’s like a whetted knife’
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

John Edward Masefield
1878 – 1967

From ‘The Mystery Of The Oceans’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:32 pm

Throughout the ages a great deal of gold in the form of spiritual wisdom was given to the human race in the teachings of the various belief systems of our world. For evolutionary purposes much of their true meaning had to remain carefully hidden until we, individually and collectively, had grown sufficiently in understanding to be capable of grasping their underlying esoteric meanings. Every part of the spiritual knowledge of all the religions and philosophies that have ever been known to humankind came to us from the wise ones on the highest levels of life. They are in charge of and responsible for us and our world and therefore take good care that none of God’s children of the Earth can forever get lost anywhere.

Retelling the old tales and legends, reinterpreting and newly relating to them, to this day can guide us into a deeper understanding of the purpose and meaning of our own existence and that of all life. And what better place to get started than with an exploration of the spiritual background of the Tree of Knowledge and Adam and Eve, the symbolism for the first human beings on the Earth that was given to the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam? To me, the tree is a symbol of life itself and Adam and Eve are archetypal human beings. For a very long time they served large parts of our world well to get at least some kind of an understanding of humankind’s earthly existence and its dualities. On our planet they manifest themselves in the necessity for feminine and masculine versions of just about every species.

I see Adam and Eve as a metaphor for the original creative idea of a perfect woman and man, i.e. whole and complete, the woman with the feminine/masculine and the man with the masculine/feminine energies and characteristics of our Divine parent. They are perfectly balanced and working harmoniously together, the same as in our Creator, in whom everything is one. Adam and Eve are but names for the prototypes that exist in the heartmind of God and after which each one of us has been fashioned.

From ‘The Beginning Of Human Life’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:25 pm

I am the I AM, the Universal Christ, the only born Son of the great Father/Mother of all life. I am the spiritual Sun beyond and behind the Sun in the sky above you. I am the brightest Light and the highest Star in the whole of Creation. You, the whole human race, are My chosen people and I am your God. I am the source of all wisdom, knowledge and truth. My laws decree that everything must return to its source and because you once went forth from My loving heart, that’s the place to which each one of you eventually has to return. There is no other place for you to go.

Like Me, You are spirit and soul and your true home is therefore the world of spirit. Though it may often feel that way while you experience life in physicality, you were never left alone or abandoned there. You always have been and will be accompanied by My Angels, as well as your spirit guides and Masters. I am also known as the Great White Spirit and the great architect of life. I am the director of the movie of life and all are acting under My instructions. First in line are the Angels and they in turn are in charge of the guides and Master. They are the channels through which I have constantly been giving the parts of My wisdom to you and your world that were suitable for the level of understanding the collective consciousness had reached.

Every soul in due course has to come to terms with the fact that there are other dimensions to you and your earthly existence. That is why, to help you with this and to get your individual and collective minds working, with the help of the Angels, Masters and guides, throughout the ages I have been talking with you in symbolisms and metaphors, parables and legends, whose meanings even the simplest minds could grasp. This is no longer necessary because sufficient numbers of you are ready to receive My wisdom through your inner connection directly from Me, without outside intervention. And when you learn to listen to and follow My guidance from within, as every soul has to do in the end, you will be glad to find that it is impossible for anyone to pull the wool over your eyes.

From ‘God’s Chosen People’

‘The Universal Christ Speaks To Us And Our World‘

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:53 pm

I believe that humankind once agreed to descend into matter to help expand God’s wisdom and knowledge of Itself, each through gathering their own real life experiences and learning from them. Having done so sufficiently, our next lesson is learning to live harmoniously and consciously in accordance with God’s cosmic laws. Knowing that all life abides by them, why shouldn’t we? When looked at in the right way, namely from the evolutionary angle, eating from the fruit of the tree of knowledge truly never was a sin; it was very necessary and desirable.

Adam and Eve’s wish to eat the fruits is a symbolism for humankind’s craving for life and evolution, for growing through learning about life on all its levels, including physicality. This hunger will always be with us, wherever we may find ourselves, even when we have moved way beyond this world and onto the highest levels of consciousness, as every soul does in the end. Everybody’s own consciousness and that of our world can only continue to expand through the constant gathering of knowledge about ourselves, our world and life, which is the reason why we are here.

The most fundamental purpose of our stay on the Earth plane is that each one of us should develop into a seeker of wisdom and truth. In my view, the only guru we ever need in our quest of growing into one of these is our intuition. This is the living God within, everybody’s own inner teacher and guide, who is the only one in the whole of Creation who is entirely reliable and trustworthy. From long before time on the Earth plane begun, it has been part of us and with us, to guide each one of us from the innermost part of their own being. If that isn’t proof enough that none of us ever left the paradise of our oneness with God, and that on the inner planes of our being, the connection with God has always remained intact, then please tell me what is!

From ‘God’s Covenant With Humankind’

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Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Postby aquarius123esoteric » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:28 pm

Moslem tradition tells us: ‘The world is a bridge – pass over it but do not build your house on it.’ This wisdom is believed to have come to our world through Christianity’s beloved and revered legend of the Master Jesus. Wise words indeed, undoubtedly spoken to remind us that humankind’s true home is not on the Earth plane but elsewhere. Although we are presently walking around in physical bodies, we and everything that shares this life with us is on a pathway of evolution onto ever higher levels of consciousness.

Life on this planet is a place of learning and a school of mysteries. In past ages, God has been considered to be its Great Mystery. But the unravelling of what and who we are, where we have come from and where we are going to, to my mind is the greater mystery by far. Not for nothing has it been said: ‘Children of Earth know yourselves, and you shall know God and the Universe.’ But before we can make any progress in our search, we first need to discover and unravel who and what we truly are.

From ‘The World Is A Bridge’

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