Were the Three Wise Men Yogis?

It’s Christmas, the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Are there any connections between eastern thought and the story of Jesus’ birth?


There are many ways to interpret the Bible regarding the teachings of and about Jesus and I to some degree or other, I subscribe to all of them. I believe that there is truth at the heart of all beliefs. It’s impossible to verify the exact history most of what is written in the Bible but I believe that regardless of its historicity, a mythical interpretation of the Bible allows readers to understand the truths that the authors of the Bible intended to teach, truths which I believe are larger than facts. Interestingly, some of these truths are mirrored in the ancient Vedic traditions of India.


One of these similarities comes from the the story of Jesus’ birth regarding the Magi, or Wise Men, or Three Kings, who came from the Orient and came bearing three gifts, gold, frankincense, and Myrrh. Could it have been that what the authors of the bible are referring to as the Orient were wise men from India? The gifts that were offered to Jesus by the Magi were not random and represent Jesus’ noble birthright, his god-nature, and portend his death and what that means for the spiritual evolution of humanity.


The first gift that Jesus received from the Magi was gold. Gold symbolizes Jesus’ royalty and spiritual lineage, despite his humble beginnings of being born in a manger. It was important that in Jesus’ history he be born of the spiritual line of King David as was foretold by ancient prophets. Receiving gold is a symbol of that royalty. It also suggests a notion, radical at the time, that every person born is holy. This is certainly reflected in Jesus’ teachings later in the Bible. 


The second gift that Jesus received from the Magi was Frankincense which is a symbol representing his divine nature. Frankincense is burned in holy ceremonies both in both Jerusalem and India and suggests the presence of god. Presenting Jesus with frankincense was a declaration to all that Jesus was god on earth. In Hindu terms, this god-on-earth quality would be known as an avatar and similar offerings of frankincense would be burned to honor deities known as avatars. One such avatar is Krishna, a god whose name sound remarkable similar to Christ.


Lastly, Jesus was presented with myrrh which is another incense used at funerals as well as sometimes as medicine. This symbol portended Jesus’ death. The fact that myrrh is also used as medicine suggest that in Jesus’ death there would be healing for the rest of humanity.


These three gifts that Jesus received were a part of a trinity of gifts that represent Jesus’ destiny. The notion of the trinity is very important not only to Christians but also to religious and spiritual traditions all over the world, including India or “the Orient.” One important trinity in Christianity is the trinity of a human and earthly mother, Mary, being coupled with a faceless and all-knowing god, and together they  create Jesus, a third entity that is both human and god. This trinity is not unique to christianity.




A similar trinity that mirrors that of the Christos myth is that of Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesh. In this trinity, Parvati is represented by a woman who is earthly, changeability, and humanity. She’s coupled with Shiva who is known as perfect consciousness, beingness, and is beyond earth as represented in statues by his gesture of feet folded in full lotus, not touching the ground. Together Shiva and Parvati create a child, Ganesh who is half human and half elephant, and represents the spirit and body coming together to create a divine third. Ganesh only becomes a god after he dies and is resurrected, something that mirrors the Christos myth perfectly.


One interpretation of these ideas presented in both Christianity and Hinduism is that we are all noble born, that we are children of the one great everything, whatever you call that, and that we are naturally divine because of that birth. Also that through our life as human beings, we evolve along a spiritual path that will ultimately end in death— literal, or perhaps interpreted only as the death of our old and simple way of seeing the Universe—and that we can be reborn into a truer knowledge of things as they truly are.


Whether or not you interpret the Christian or Hindu stories as literal or mythical, I hope that in this time of celebrating Jesus’ birth, we’ll appreciate the direction that these stories offer as beautiful models which inform our own personal journey toward spiritual evolution.


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness and lives in Southern France. When he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program


The Golden Rule: A Lesson in Oneness Throughout the Ages

Paul Lenda | WakeUpWorld

The concept of Oneness — being One with everyone and everything — is not a new concept at all. It is actually the underlying concept of all major belief systems that have survived to this day.

In recent times, this concept has been dubbed The Golden Rule which expresses that we are to treat others as we would like them to treat us. We are all part of the same whole and any one thing we do to someone else, we are doing to ourselves. This is where global consciousness becomes a relevant topic, which is the idea that each one of the 7 billion individual brains that have consciousness are in fact, one collective consciousness.

The Golden Rule is the central teaching to all of the following belief systems:

Buddhism: “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” (From the Udanavarga 5.18)

Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”(Matthew 7:12 – NRSV)

Hinduism: “Do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.”(From the Mahabharata 5.1517

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnab)

Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” (Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara)

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow human beings. That is the law; all the rest is commentary.”(Talmud, Shabbat 3 l a)

Confucianism: “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. “(Analects XV.24)

Native Spiritual Traditions: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” (Chief Seattle)

Shintoism: “Be Charitable to all beings, love is the representation of god.” (KO-JI-KI Hachiman Kasuga)

Sikhism: “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.”(Guru Arjan Devji 259. Guru Granth Sahib)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

The Common Foundations of Religions and Theology - The Golden RuleIt’s easy to see that the Golden Rule is a universal teaching found in many major belief system; an underlying truth that resonates in all schools of thought that choose to be in harmony with nature, the universe, and reality (even if those paths say theirs in the only one and all others are wrong — clearly that is not the case.)

It’s not difficult to discover why so many people today live their lives out of touch with this interconnected reality. What they are experiencing is the feeling of separateness… a feeling that is not ultimately real. Our material reality, which we experience as separate seemingly-physical objects, is but a filtered version of the ultimate unity which connects everything. This filtered version creates a perception of separateness because it only experiences bits and pieces of the whole at a time.


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Why the New Age is Old News

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Nowadays when I hear the words “New Age”, it kind of makes me nauseous. I’ve never liked labels much, and whenever someone would ask me what I’m into and hear me rattle off a list of crystals, moon rituals, and manifesting, I usually would have the same label splattered on me time and time again….”Oh, so you’re into all that ‘new age’ stuff?

What I could never understand is that there’s nothing new at all about these topics, rituals, bits of esoteric knowledge, etc. and in fact, these teachings have been around since the dawn of time.

Regardless of the label, I didn’t mind being thrown into a certain group because for as long as I could remember it actually seemed filled with genuine, good-hearted souls who wanted nothing more but to learn and grow spiritually and do whatever they could to serve humanity by sharing what they’ve learned in their own unique ways.

And while that is true to a point, I’ve met some of the most incredible people in this “genre” if you will, at some point it became tainted with competition and greed, and perhaps I’ll even dare to say over-run by ego-driven guru types that seemed to think it’s okay to charge tens of thousands of dollars for mere hours of their time, all in the spirit of “knowing your value.”

While I have learned how important it is to know your worth as a human comes from within, there are some who will play on the fact you are simply even at this stage in your spiritual progression, and because they know exactly where you are, will convince you that because they obviously made it to the next step you perceive to be the one ahead of you as well, they must show you how worthy you are, by having your prove you’re willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money on their “programs”. Image result for new age fake guru quote

Again, this is justified by saying that people will be more committed to the more financially invested they are. And while I can agree to a point, where do you draw the line? Where does it go from showing someone they are “worth it”, to playing on someone’s insecurities? Especially if they equate commitment with the time they are willing to invest and yet are lucky to get an hour of personal time with these spiritual “mentors”.

Luckily, I’m the type of person who always tries to see the positive and I try to build on every mistake to let it serve me in my spiritual growth. I’ve seen what was once a movement of sharing knowledge and means to help ourselves reduce stress and increase personal bliss become something so commercialized where now it seems the importance is if you have the most expensive yoga pants, or if you know someone who knows someone who knows Deepak.

I can literally feel the forces of ignorance, selfishness, ego press against the underlying spirit of altruism in the spiritual community. From Sedona sells-outs with their tourist-driven over-pricing to the likes of those who compete for the most crystal healer certifications have created a vibe of separation in what was once a funnel of acceptance. And while there remains an infinite supply of ancestral knowledge and energy in the mere creation and essence of this so-called movement into a “new age”, if we are to truly ever get back to its roots, we need to be willing to remember where it all began which is truly a very, very old era…

There is where the stories of Truth reside and remain for all to the seekers of original sight to find in the records of eternity. And that’s the kind of news that never gets old! 😉


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Power and Paradox in Simply Saying “We’ll See”

By Jill Mattson | * Jill’s Wings of Light

There was a villager elder who saw a young boy, Cho, demonstrate superior skill at horseback riding. He was better at riding than any other person in the village. The villagers said, “How great!” … but the villagers’ great sage replied, “We’ll see.”

Several years later, Cho fell from a horse and broke his legs so badly that he would never walk or ride a horse again. The villagers moaned, “How terrible.” The sage replied, “We’ll see.”

Shortly thereafter, a war broke out near the village. All boys immediately went to battle, hoping to be heroes, except Cho, who was disabled. The villagers said, “How sad that Cho cannot be a hero too.” The wise sage said, “We’ll see.”

Alas, all the young men were killed. The villagers said, “How lucky Cho is.” The sage said, “We’ll see.” And “on and on” the story went.

The theme of this story applies itself over and over again in our lives. For example, at its inception, religions were tremendous tools to enable people to improve their lives. Christians learn about grace; Buddhists demonstrate balance; and St. Germain teaches transformation. Religions gave people tools to raise their consciousness. “How wonderful!” …Yet … “We’ll see,” commented the sage.

Over time, religious teachings became inflexible dogma; they were even used to persecute and kill others that did not share the same beliefs. “How terrible,” cried many people. “We’ll see,” said the sage. Yet, during these atrocities, people developed compassion and the strength to stand up for each other.

In another example, science was birthed and many great understandings were explained. Our lives were improved in so many wonderful ways. For example, the life expectancy of humans was extended. Because of this gift, many live longer. “How wonderful,” said people. The sage said, “We’ll see.”

People so believed in the science that they dropped many practices that were employed over thousands of years, such as prayer, meditation, singing for healing, purifying one’s thoughts and emotions, because these methods were “superstitious” and could not be proven by the scientific method. Ironically, science was utilized in a way similar to the way the tools in religion were used. People forgot about subtle energy treatments, acupuncture, herbal healing, tai chi, and so many more. “How sad,” said people who believed in these practices.  “We’ll see,” said the sage.

As science continued to grow, greater technical expertise was developed to measure these subtle energy methods. The ancient practices weren’t superstitions after all, but quantum energy techniques. Today, science has advanced enough to measure many subtle energy practices. Now, people can see that science was inappropriately applied. If science can’t measure something – that does not mean it is not true. It means that science cannot measure it – yet. “How great,” said the people. “We’ll see,” said the sage.

There is always a “we’ll see” in a world of duality. There is a positive or negative aspect to everything.  Everything – no exemptions. Both positive and negative… and opposite ends of the spectrum are endlessly linked together on this seemingly, endless rollercoaster. How do we get off this eccentric rollercoaster?

Here’s an example found in the natural world that may answer this question: The physical body deals with an ongoing usage of opposite energies. People use their left brain hemisphere for objective, rational, sequential tasks and the right brain hemisphere for global and holistic tasks. One brain hemisphere understands the big picture and the other works with the small detailed picture. Data from one brain hemisphere seems to be on opposite ends of a spectrum. Instead of being on a roller coaster going from one point of view to its polar opposite, we can blend the two viewpoints for a holistic picture. People can engage whole brain thinking, harnessing both polar opposites at one time. In this example, people keep the wonder, belief, mysteries, the “sacred” AND balance this with rational scientific thinking (applying science to only what can measured). Sounds fantastic! “We’ll see,” said the sage.

*Printed in its entirety with the permission of the author. Originally entitled: “We’ll See!

The author of this article, Jill Mattson, is an award winning and prolific Artist, Musician and Author, a widely recognized expert and composer in the field of Sound Healing! Her most recent CD, Crystal Reals won Best Sound Healing CD of 2018. She has participated in many hundreds of teleseminars, radios shows, and magazines! Ms. Mattson offers an online Sound Healing School, where she presents new ways of approaching health and everyday issues using the benefits of sound! Find out more at www.jillswingsoflight.com

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


Another Conscious Comparison of the Human Spirit & Soul

This year I’ve committed to finally finishing my first book, which happens to be mainly about the human Spirit and Soul and how they are alike as well as different. Growing up, I’ve heard these two terms used interchangeably by adults in my church, family, school, etc. and I honestly never really knew there was any difference at all. However, I’m come to understand that they are in fact quite different and those variances are beyond divinely incredible…

We’ve all heard at one time or another someone say that a person “has spirit” or that a song might be “soulful”, and what is apparent is that BOTH spirit and soul invoke emotion and are deeply embedded within us, so that when the creative force they invoke surfaces whether it be via painting, writing, singing, or mud wrestling (lol), each bring from our core that which makes us each human beings with a living purpose. They are intertwined and affecting one another as a whole, and yet maintaining their respected uniqueness and differences all the while.

You see, according to most religious definitions our “souls” are who we are while our “spirits” are what we have. However, I digress to argue that this can also apply the other way around. I say that since both are infinite expressions of Prime Creator, Source, God…(whatever term you feel most comfortable with), and neither can be destroyed, only ever transformed, that we could also say that we are also in fact spirits as well and also have souls just as much.

But we live in a world of duality, so what fun would it be if I didn’t get into the juicy stuff of how everything has an opposing friend to keep all of existence in harmony and balance? I don’t get to say this often, but I do agree with religion’s view that our Spirit is the (perhaps not so literal) breath of God. I just prefer to describe it instead as “a sound wave of a certain frequency signature.” But that’s just the nerd in me talking…

I also agree that the Spirit is what provides us Consciousness of Self. It is our Awareness and is ever-flowing, ever-present in the Now. It is our direct connection to Source and is the origin of our intuition, drive, grace, purpose, and sense of Oneness. I also believe that the Spirit is energetically connected to Mother Earth as we are incarnated here as human beings. Our Spirit is what provides us our “mana” or life-force energy during our lifetimes.

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If one lacks connection, to Oneself, to others, to a higher purpose, to God our Source Consciousness…there is a good possibility that you could end up “spiritually dead”. Not having a sense of purpose or direction in life is often what makes people falling into depression and feel a sense of disconnection and unworthiness in their lives.

Okay, so onto the Soul. My take on the Soul is that it is something unique to Humanity and is a collective container of all the memories you’ve ever had from every life you’ve ever lived. It also contains every personality, every ancestral trauma, every perception, belief, experience, etc. It carries as well every single one of our unexpressed potentials, talents, abilities, lying dormant waiting to emerge in this life or the next.

Your soul is like your blueprint; your grand design. The book you’re writing across all dimensions of the Universe. You forget the chapters that came before when you are writing the current one (the reasons why are another entire article which I will most certainly save for another day!), but you are literally building it as you go. It is kind of like one of those Choose Your Adventure books when we were kids, remember? 🙂 Yes, just like that…

The Soul can be split, matrix-ed, fractal-ed. In fact, this is how our memory is wiped before incarnating. While incarnated the Soul is heavily influenced by the Ego-Mind, although under that layer it contains your hidden desires, your talents, and abilities, your ever-unfolding greatness…

So, while they are both YOU, they are both NOT YOU at the same time…and really…would you expect anything less and would really want it any other way in this crazy, cosmic, amazing, beautiful, conscious Universe???

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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U.S. Soldier Claims To Have Shot & Killed A 12-Foot Giant In Afghanistan

By Richard Enos | Collective Evolution

U.S. Soldiers at Forward Operating Base in Baylough, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010. (Photo: DoD/Public Domain)




  • The Facts:There is corroborating testimony that a patrol of U. S. Soldiers shot and killed a giant 12-15 feet tall in Afghanistan, widely known a ‘The Kandahar Giant.’
  • Reflect On:What would be the implications about human history if we came to know that there were one or several other humanoid species that once lived on the planet, or indeed still live here today?

In 2002 a U. S. patrol had gone missing in a very remote area of Afghanistan. Another patrol was dispatched on a search and rescue mission, and one soldier on that patrol described what he saw after coming around the side of a mountain:

As we bent around this corner you could see the opening of the cave. And then I see a lot of rocks which is another oddity. And then bone matter. I’m not close enough to identify what kind of bones but I did see what I knew to be a piece of our communications equipment. So instantly we’re thinking ‘ambush,’ maybe animal, you know, could be anything. There was enough room in front of the cave, but it had a sheer drop-off; but there was enough room that we got into a decent dispersal in case of ambush.

Not long after they had gotten into that dispersal formation, they saw something emerge from the cave that, despite their preparedness, caught them fully off guard.

It was a man at least 12 to 15 feet in height. This is a MONSTER. Red beard, with his hair–was longish, past his shoulders, a scarlet red. And Dan runs at him and starts shooting, which broke all of us into the reality–because it was surreal.

While Dan is moving at him, another bro of mine is laying down fire and I start firing. He skewers Dan–he’s now got him on this ‘pike.’ It went through him. He’s got him and he’s coming after more.

We all just clicked in. I don’t know what it was, but I remember we were all like, ‘Shoot him in the face, shoot him in the face!’ He’s taking multiple hits, and he’s still moving.

Eventually, the giant was killed. Dan had been killed as well. And the patrol unit was soon visited by a helicopter that dropped some cargo netting. They were told they had to bundle up the giant in the netting, and soon after they were done, a larger helicopter came by, dropped a hook, and the giant was carried off.

The soldier confirmed that the red-haired, fair-skinned giant had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. After they had submitted their after-action report, the soldier recounts that they were told by their top brass to re-write it in a particular fashion, presumably to remove any mention of a giant being.

Corroborating Testimony

Although not an eyewitness, another special ops soldier in Afghanistan provides the following corroborating testimony:

We would come back to the base and started hearing this rumor about a unit that killed this, what they started calling this really tall person. At first I didn’t think anything of it, then come to find out that the person they killed was actually three times the size of a man, had extra digits on their hands, and extra digits on their feet, and had red hair, and a special unit had come in and wanted this target.

Well we’d heard that they killed this thing inside a cave, or the mouth of a cave, and there was common knowledge among the military to hear this. When you first hear, you’re thinking like, this has got to be a joke. This has got to be a hoax. Then after things go down a certain way, and you keep hearing it, you start to realize it’s not a joke.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert can be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


The True Secret Teachings of Jesus Christ

Gardner Sylvester, author of ”The First Great Commandment" about Jesus Christ

Gardner Sylvester

I had an amazing chat with Gardner Sylvester about spirituality and secret teachings of Christ that have been right in front of us, yet seldom recognized. Gardner Sylvester is the author of The First Great Commandment, where he shares research into the ‘secret code of the Bible’ involving the true words of Jesus Christ.

I love how Gardner Sylvester’s fresh look at Christ’s wise words and timeless teachings serves to unite and uplift our spirits. Gardner’s message and book provide an extraordinarly timely and refreshingly invigorating catalyst for positive change at this time when so many of us hunger for an antidote to divisive, polarizing forces.

CYNTHIA: I love your book, ”The First Great Commandment.” The whole time I was reading it and for quite some time afterward, I felt myself uplifted with such strong feelings of Divine Love that I felt transformed by it. What inspired you to create a book that delivers such a profound sense of unconditional divine love?

GARDNER: For a long time, I’ve thought that Christianity had a greater and more beautiful message. I thought there was more there. The idea of saving one’s own guts with a spiritual fire escape didn’t seem very loving or Christian to me. It seemed to say: “I got mine. That’s what counts. Too bad about you.” It seemed like a selfish message.

When I was in grade school, I used to admire the members of our church who seemed very Christian and perfect to me. When I got older, they seemed to me more judgmental, self-righteous and holier-than-thou in the way they acted. They did not seem very kind or very Christian to me. I wanted a Christianity that was more loving.

When I was in college a professor once said, “As I see it, the message of Christianity is love.” When I looked about the room, some students were pulling back in their chairs and opening their mouths with a he-doesn’t-get-it-reaction.  I could understand the reaction of these students, who did not know a loving God. I never forgot this professor’s words.

I kept thinking somebody needs to search the Bible for a more loving and more beautiful Christianity. I was sure it was there. I thought someone would do it. No one did. So, it became my project—a project from which I gained. I am now more joyful, feel more connected to the universe and my friends tell me I look younger.

CYNTHIA: That’s wonderful that you can see such direct evidence of the power of a more loving Christianity! While I didn’t attend church when I was growing up, I felt fortunate to attend some Lutheran church services and functions with my grandmother at her church, where I took for granted that her local congregation and pastor were focused primarily on the Bible passages talking about loving God and loving one another. I’ve since heard from a number of people that they have had very different church experiences than this, where congregations of Christians were not doing or saying what Jesus Christ would likely have done or said to those who were feeling most down-on-their-luck, most different, and most outcast. It seems a rather sizable gap exists between those who feel righteous and presume they are saved, and those who feel excluded, ostracized, insulted, or left out. How do you feel your book
can help bridge this gap?

GARDNER: The conception of heaven, for most people, is a highly gated community in the sky. Yes, a gated community in the sky, with most people not allowed to enter because of their sins. These people then see the world as divided between “the good people” who will go to heaven and “the bad people.” who will not go to heaven.

Unfortunately, people from other countries—because of their culture, the poor—because they don’t have a job, and the homeless—because they have no resources, are most apt to be judged as “bad people.” They are often seen to be guilty of “sins” such as listening to non-Christian music, drinking to much, or not going to church.

Christ shows us a different way of thinking. In the gospel of John. Christ says, A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another. Some people think that love is a weak and wimpy emotion. It is not. Love is most powerful, especially God’s love. It can change behavior. It can cause all of us to re-think our thoughts and become more loving.

This book tells us to follow Christ’s First Great Commandment which is to love the Lord thy God, follow Christ’s Second Great Commandment, which is to love thy neighbor as thyself, and also accept that God totally loves us.  Then our behavior and way of thinking will powerfully and completely change as we come from love and love one another.

CYNTHIA: I felt that the words of Jesus Christ that you share capture the essence of the best of what the Bible offers. How did you decide which Biblical passages to include?

GARDNER: They are right there in front of us. They are in red print. These are the actual words of Christ. It couldn’t be simpler. Merriam-Webster defines Christian as, “one who believes in the teaching of Jesus Christ.” This definition is excellent. People have long been searching for the Bible’s “secret code.” The Bible’s “secret code” is the red print.

In my book The First Great Commandment, to more clearly show the difference in the words of the Old Testament—particularly the obsolete rules in Exodus and Leviticus—Old Testament words are shown in blue, while the beautiful words of Christ are shown in red. Other New Testament words—which agree with Christ, with one notable exception—are shown in green.

The big difference is, the rules of the Old Testament no longer apply.. Even the Old Testament itself agrees.  Jeremiah, says… I will make a new covenant…Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers… I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts… I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 

Christ is very emphatic that we only follow his words. In the gospel of John: In chapter 1 he says… Follow me.  In chapter 8 he says… If ye [follow] my word, then are ye my disciples… In chapter 14 he says… If ye love me keep my commandments. The key words here are me and my. He does not say to follow the words of The Old Testament.

CYNTHIA: This is a truly beautiful message. Yet, I can see how some people who had felt comfort in the ‘gated community’ idea of Heaven might have concerns that love–even God’s love–might not be enough to ensure people will be good and kind. I can see how some people might fear that without the Old Testament kind of rules, all kinds of chaos might break out. What assurance, if any, can be found in the words of Jesus Christ that society will function
just fine when staying focused on loving God and loving one another?

GARDNER: We need to realize how odious and out-of-date some of these rules are. Leviticus says… the children of the strangers…shall ye buy and they shall be your possession… Exodus even says a master is allow to kill his slave… for he is his money. Other obsolete rules in Leviticus say no to gay sex, no to eating pork or shellfish, and no to wearing mixed fabrics.

Try this experiment to show that God’s love really does work. Imagine God totally loves you Let yourself really feel it. Next try to imagine yourself doing something injurious or harmful to another person. You can’t do it. Of course, the two are incompatible. Accepting that God loves you, will totally change your behavior, You will feel you belong in a very marvelous way.

Some years ago, a neighbor boy of mine got in trouble with the law. His father said, “I guess he is on his own now.”  His mother said, “Oh no! We will love him more and more!” His mother won on this. It’s hard to argue against love.  This former neighbor boy is now a successful, upstanding and highly respected man. Love does work.

Love has the quality of magnifying the best in a person. It can greatly change ones attitude toward their life. What we are doing now doesn’t work. The United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. Prisons are expensive. Love is free!

CYNTHIA: I truly do feel the blessing of God’s love. And from reading your book and Jesus Christ’s words, I gain a sense that loving God and loving one another can transform the world to feel like Heaven on Earth. Would you say that is one of the ideas you wish to convey from your book?

GARDNER: Yes, and as part of loving one another we need to treat all people, including people from other countries and women, as equals. The New Testament in Galatians says, There is neither Jew nor Greek… there is neither male nor female: for ye all are one in Christ… This verse says we are all equal. The words ye are all one in Christ are very strong.

Unfortunately, many people of minority status, who are not treated equally think they don’t belong. They are treated like they are not equal. They are taught that they aren’t equal. Therefore, they feel they don’t belong. This problem is particularly acute for young people. Many people are then surprised when they act like they don’t belong.

We all belong. You are supposed to be here. God specifically created you. You are to be you. In Matthew, Christ says, Let your light so shine before men. Your light means your individual and special light. You might be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or in some other category. You are to be yourself. You are to, Let your light so shine…

The New Testament in 1 Corinthians says… as the lord hath called every one, so let him walk… We are all called.  Living in accord with your calling can be a source of tremendous excitement, satisfaction and strength. This might involve climbing a mountain rafting in strong waters or otherwise making your dream come true. We are to live life to the fullest.

CYNTHIA: This idea that all people have been called, and that we are–each and every one of us–one in Christ feels intensely healing. Combined with the idea that God loves us, a wonderful sense of discovering deep satisfaction with being exactly who we are, as we are seems possible. Naturally, even when living within such Divine Grace we will encounter those who are not. Does Jesus Christ provide us with guidance when facing those who do not yet love everyone, nor yet acknowledge each and every one of us has been called, and is loved by God?

GARDNER: Yes he does. Christ pointed out three great sins . The first two of these sins tell us what not to do when facing those who do not yet live in God’s love. Because a sin is that which separates us from God, a sin for one person may not be a sin for another. However, there are three great sins, each one named by Christ, that apply to us all.

The first is: we are not to be self-righteous. This means we are not to act like our actions and opinions are right while the other person’s are wrong; and we are not to be moralistic and holier-than-thou. It will not work. We are to treat others as equals. In the gospel of John, Christ says …when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin and righteousness.

The second is: we are not to be judgmental. Some people like to judge others as being unworthy. The more they can make others wrong, the more virtuous and perfect they think they are. Again, it will not work. We are to treat others as equals. In Luke Christ says, Judge not and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned.

A few years ago when I met a prison guard, I asked him how he got along with the prisoners. When he said, “Very well,” I asked him what was his secret. He said, “I always treat everyone with respect.” Wow! Beautiful words! We need to come from knowing that God truly loves us all, then treat others as equals and with respect. Even with prisoners, it does work.

CYNTHIA: These first two sins that Jesus Christ reveals of being self-righteous and judgmental remind me of the sin of pride, that is considered on almost every list to be the original and most serious sin, and one of the most difficult to recognize in oneself and root out. Thanks to Jesus Christ describing these facets of pride, hopefully we can be sufficiently vigilant to become less self-righteous and less judgmental. What is the third of the three great sins Christ mentions?

GARDNER: Yes, we are not here to be self-righteously proud. Some think this means we are to be somber and cheerless, and it is not Christian to enjoy this life. They then deny themselves what they might enjoy—in the belief that the more they deny themselves, the grander will be their place in heaven. They don’t go to dances, most music concerts, or movies.

Christ has a different view. In Matthew he says, Rejoice and be exceedingly glad… and …Be of good cheer… He wants us to enjoy this life, and our next life in heaven. We are to love one another and be joyful. This is part of why we are here. In the gospel of John, Christ says, … I have spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The third great sin pointed out by Christ is non-forgiveness. Many people think they are being a better “Christian” when they withhold forgiveness. They think it means they have a higher standard They think if they easily forgive, it would show their morals are low. They think it would mean the accept “sins” as okay. They think they are causing better behavior.

They think they must hold this hate in their hearts for it to be effective. It makes no sense to think holding hate in your heart is Christian. We are to forgive. The Mayo Clinic says, “Forgiveness gives you a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. In Mark, Christ says …if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father… in heaven forgive your trespasses.

CYNTHIA: This is the point where I sense a true vastness in the words of Jesus Christ that if we’re not careful, we might mistakenly presume we ‘get it’ when we’re actually really far from the mark. And the kind of forgiveness Christ recommends sounds to me like it would result in our having more open minds and hearts. Clearly, this is what each of us hope others will do for us, yet something we might not remember to strive for in ourselves. And I can’t help smiling as I feel we are being prompted to return to more of a state of innocence, where our focus of attention is more on what and who we most truly love, and what is positive in our lives. Does Christ suggest a practice, tip, or technique that can help us stay on the right track, and avoid these great sins of being self-righteous, judgmental, and unforgiving?

GARDNER: Christ in the gospel of John says… I loved you and For the Father himself loveth you.  We are to accept that he loves us. We are to be in love. Love is powerful. When you are in love with a special girl or guy, your eyes sparkle. You can’t keep from smiling. You feel new energy. The air smells sweeter. The grass is greener. The flowers smile at you.

The difference is romantic love can be temporary. That special girl or guy can leave you. All these marvelous feelings can then go away making you feel a great loss. In the gospel of John, Christ says … continue ye in my love. His love is continuous. His love is never ending. His love is forever. His love is unconditional. We are to accept that God truly loves us.

Living in God’s love, you will be totally in love with yourself and everything around you. You will be everything you always wanted to be. Your love will be overwhelming.. You will totally enjoy being you. Feeling his love, you will exude a radiance that will bring the love of others to you. You will be free of stress. You will feel energetic. You will look years younger.

You will not even think about how to avoid the sins of being self-righteous, judgmental or unforgiving. You will feel a love for all of creation. In John 3:16 Christ says, For God so loved the world… You will know life is about love. And you will… love the Lord thy God with all thy heart… thy soul, and… thy mind. This is the First Great Commandment.

CYNTHIA: Thank you! This is what I love so much about your book, is this message of love. For those who might still feel undeserving of God’s love, would you please remind us of some further reassurance that Christ and God really and truly do love you, no matter who you are, and no matter what events have occurred?

GARDNER: The Lord’s Prayer starts with, Our Father. This tells us we are his sons and daughters. The word Our, means everyone—no matter who you are, nor what events have occurred. In John 3:16, he says… whosoever believeth in him should… have eternal life. Whosoever includes everyone. We only need to accept his words that God loves us.

We also need to have faith. The New Testament in Hebrews defines faith as… the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If we only consider physical evidence, what would be the use of faith? Christ says in Mark… Be not afraid, only believe. Faith you feel in your heart. In Matthew, Christ says… Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? 

Here Christ relates lack of faith to being fearful. “God fearing” is an expression that many people favor. In Luke, Christ says… Fear not… Fear is not a good thing. Sustained fear can lead to eventual illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In the gospel of John, Christ says…. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

If you accept that God totally loves you, just as you are—you will no longer live in fear. Fear imprisons. Love liberates. Fear paralyzes. Love empowers. Fear disables. Love gives you strength. With love in your heart, you will live a life of fulfillment and great beauty. You will live your life with joy and love. doing what you were sent here to do.

CYNTHIA: This is such a profoundly important message. What else would you most like people to know and take to heart?

GARDNER: Along with learning and growing, we are here to give. In Matthew, Christ told a rich young man to… give to the poor. Some people are against giving to the poor. They think God does not approve of the poor. They think the poor are lazy, drink too much and don’t go to church. They think the poor are not their brothers. Christ does not agree.

In Luke, Christ says, Give and it shall be given unto you… We gain from giving. When we give, we feel better. Research back this up. A British Columbia experiment found that people who gave money to others were measurably happier than those who spent the money on themselves. We give for our own emotional well being. We are to give.

There is a larger issue here. It is, what is our main purpose in giving? The big answer is—we are here to make the world a better place. In the Lord’s prayer, Christ tells us to pray… Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray that God’s will, will cause the earth to be as it is in heaven. We are to help this happen. It is a great privilege.

We are here to make the world a better place—more like it is in heaven. This is our big mission. It is part of living an extraordinary life. We are not supposed to pollute the air, pollute the water and junk the earth. In the gospel of John, Christ says, That they may all be one… Yes, we are all to be one. We give because we are giving to ourselves.

Gardner Sylvester’s wonderful book, The First Great Commandment is available as a paperback and also as a Kindle ebook from Amazon. This book makes an excellent gift for everyone interested in spirituality, and is especially wonderful for anyone who feels unloved, unworthy, left out, depressed, or stressed. At just slightly more than 70 pages, this slender volume fits easily into most any purse, briefcase, backpack or bag–and it’s written with the easy-to-read confident narrative voice of a wise, knowledgeable friend.


QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps. Cynthia has a degree in Physics from UC Berkeley, and discusses consciousness, spirituality, and quantum physics on numerous shows including the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, the BBC and One World with Deepak Chopra and on the Living the Quantum Dream show she hosts. You can subscribe to Cynthia’s free monthly ezine at: https://www.RealityShifters.com

Saudi Arabia To Invest $64 Billion In Entertainment

Other measures, like allowing cinemas to be opened, have already been announced
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By BBC News

Saudi Arabia says it will invest $64bn (£46bn) in developing its entertainment industry over the next decade.

The head of the General Entertainment Authority said 5,000 events were planned this year alone, including those by Maroon 5 and Cirque du Soleil.

Construction of the country’s first opera house has also begun in Riyadh.

The investment is part of a social and economic reform programme, known as Vision 2030, unveiled two years ago Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The 32 year old wants to diversify the economy and reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil, including by increasing household spending on culture and entertainment.

In December, the government lifted a ban on commercial cinemas.

General Entertainment Authority chief Ahmed bin Aqeel al-Khatib said: “In the past, investors would go outside the kingdom to produce their work, and then showcase it back in Saudi Arabia.

“Today, change will happen and everything related to entertainment will be done here.”

“God willing, you will see a real change by 2020.”


(A Briefing On) The Multi-Dimensional Self

By Jeff Street| Waking Times

Multidimensional beingsWhether you know it or not, you are a multidimensional being of staggering proportions. You are more than meets the eye, much more — more than your body, more than your soul, in fact, you are an integral part of the Universe. You are present on many levels of reality simultaneously and more powerful than you have ever imagined. Are you ready to expand your concept of selfhood to include higher selves, other/parallel selves, and probable selves? If so then, let’s dive in!

“Take the red pill … and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” ~Morpheus, The Matrix

Most of us are familiar with the idea of the soul — the conception that our bodies are transient physical vessels for an eternal energetic aspect of our consciousness, which is our true essence. Conventionalscience dismisses this idea, and so do many people. I’m assuming that you probably embrace it since you were attracted to this article. You’re not alone; many people feel the presence of something greater within themselves. And as the great shift in the consciousness of humanity accelerates more and more people are feeling and connecting to it.

If we take the existence of some sort of higher aspect of self as a given, the next question becomes; is our current idea of the soul accurate and complete? There are a growing number of sources that are saying that it is not, that it is overly simplistic, in fact, almost one-dimensional when compared to the new higher fidelity models being suggested.

Some schools of thought subscribe to the very simple model shown below.


This model portrays just two entities; Source/God and Souls (potentially connected to bodies). Its most notable element is that the soul is seen as created by, but separate from the creator. This representation is very simple and easy to understand but it is a gross oversimplification, and the idea that we are separate from Source/God is, well, just plain wrong. Luckily, fewer and fewer people are subscribing to this particular model.

Another school of thought offers a somewhat more sophisticated model as shown below.


It considers the Soul a PART OF a wider/higher entity referred to as the Over-Soul, which in turn, is part of the all-encompassing Source/God entity. This model is on the right track and hits upon a couple of key elements; we are multi-layered beings, and every layer is PART OF (and within) each successive layer and all are part of, and within, the one all-encompassing being that we call Source/God. Yet even this model is an oversimplification.

A word of warning here; when you see the term “being”, think “sentient energetic entity” not “physical being”. Most of us have a tendency to personify the concept of “beingness”, but this is a mistake. The essence of all beingness is something non-physical and that’s why I will often use the term “entity” instead, because it avoids this trap.

While the models presented certainly do reflect some aspects of the deeper reality, it is my contention that they are just gross approximations. In the remainder of this article, I will present a more sophisticated model that is a synthesis of ideas from a number of different sources and expands greatly beyond the models mentioned above. It suggests that we are multidimensional entities present onmany levels of “reality” simultaneously and more powerful than we have been led to believe or have ever imagined. Only a small portion of your total beingness is present in the physical body that you may have erroneously assumed was all of you. The you that you identify as you is a part of a much bigger entity, which is ultimately also just a small part of the ultimate entity that is “all that is” — referred to through the ages by many names; Source, Infinite Creator, God, etc.

You are a multidimensional being of staggering proportions and in your quest to know yourself, and the nature of your existence, you have employed massive parallelism.

Higher Selves

So what exactly is a soul and what is its relationship to what some call “God” and others call “Source Consciousness”?

If you haven’t heard the term “source consciousness” before then this may come as a shock — the universe is conscious in its very fabric. The Universe is not at all what it appears from our very limited perspective. We exist inside of something resembling a great cosmic mind, often referred to as “cosmic/universal consciousness”.

As the term “source consciousness” suggests, all consciousness is derived from the universal field of consciousness. The consciousness of each and every one of us is an individualized thread of the universal consciousness. This is what your “soul” is — it is a thread of universal consciousness with an associated repository of experiential information (local memory), and derivative ideas, all somehow encoded as a pattern of energy. Our soul is sentient energy as is the entire universe.

“There is only One Consciousness in all existence. The consciousness that I know myself as is the same consciousness you know yourself as.” ~Story Waters, The One Self Teachings

Source consciousness is the intelligence that is/created our Universe, and it INDIRECTLY created all our souls. One of the fundamental capabilities of consciousness is the ability to subdivide itself — to create smaller individualized copies of itself within itself. Source used this mechanism to create the first level of sub-threads of its consciousness, what in effect could be thought of as sub-selves. It did this to explore and experience many-ness, rather than oneness, but more importantly, as a strategy to accelerate the exploration of itself and existence — to accelerate its evolution.

The mechanism that Source used to accomplish subdivision and individuation of its consciousness was primarily that of lowering the frequency of portions of its energies, stepping them down into the lower frequency bands of the energetic field. This is part of the reason why subdivisions of consciousness operate somewhat independently of, yet are inherently part of and connected to, the “higher” consciousness that spawned them — they are simply portions of the parent sentient energies at a significantly lower frequential level.

The subdivisions of consciousness that Source created within itself, in a very real sense, can be considered its sub-selves. And here is the really cool part, anything that a sub-self experiences is also experienced by its parent/higher-self and thus forms the basis for an evolutionary strategy – massively parallel experiences!

The process of subdivision of consciousness is a general capability and can and has been repeated by the sub-selves at each level of consciousness, and for the same reasons — to accelerate their evolution, and thereby contributing to Sources evolution.

Consciousness is like a multi-level branching structure. If we use a tree analogy then source consciousness would be the tree trunk. The tree trunk then divides into many large branches, which keep dividing into smaller and smaller branches until we get to twigs with a leaf attached to the end of each.


In this model we could think of the “leaves” as physical bodies and then as you move from the leaf towards the trunk we’d encounter the soul level, and then the over-soul level, and then a number of additional levels till we reached the tree trunk coming out of the ground, the Source level. Note that even thou the diagram above shows seven levels it’s unclear how many levels there really are, or whether all branches have to have the same number of divisions/levels. The only thing that’s for sure is that there are more than three levels, probably many more. A number of sources indicate that there is a level above the Over-Soul that has been referred to as “Soul Group”. Below is a diagram illustrating the divisional structure of universal consciousness.


According to some sources there are 2,135 Soul Groups participating in the Earth experience right now (who knows how many exist within Source in total, probably many more). Each Soul Group entity is able to subdivide itself into (create) up to 144,000 over-souls, and each over-soul is able to create up to 12 souls, and each soul up to 12 soul-extensions. A Soul-Extension is just another subdivision of consciousness which allows connection to physical vehicles (bodies) in the very lowest frequency bands. The consciousness that connects to a body to “drive” it has to be within a certain “distance” frequentailly to achieve the connection. If you do the math this leads to potentially 44 billion incarnate entities on Earth.

An over-soul creates one or more souls for the purpose of connecting to physical bodies in the physical planes of existence — the lower frequency bands of the Universe. A physical body is simply a vehicle that the soul uses to have physical experiences. Physical life provides unique and highly formative experiences that are much sought after by a wide variety of non-physical beings. Physical experience, while challenging, is a spiritual evolution fast track and therefore highly coveted.

The 12×12 subdivisional structure of the Over-Soul allows each over-soul to have up to 144 sub-selves that each can bind to physical bodies for 144 parallel physical lives. And of course, one of these 144 sub-selves and its body is YOU!

The Higher Self, The True Self

Amongst those that embrace that they have a soul, many are still overly identified with their body as their identity. Even those that embrace the soul as their true identity may be missing a deeper appreciation of the true scope of their wider/higher self. Despite the fact that some use the term “Higher-Self” as a synonym for the “Over-Soul” I think it’s better used to refer to all the levels of self all the way up to, and including, Source. The figure below illustrates this idea.


Your body, and in a sense, even your soul, were created as a transient sentient entity to serve as an experiential and evolutionary vehicle for your over-soul. So in a very real sense, you could consider the over-soul that spawned your soul as your TRUE SELF!

And your Over-Soul is an immensely wise and powerful being that is always trying to encourage you to create the best experiences for yourself and to become the highest vision of yourself. Why? because you are part of it, and it is experiencing through you!

At this point you might be wondering, If this is true, why don’t I know it and feel it?This is a very good question.

When your soul incarnates (connects to a physical vehicle) it loses its memory of its greater existence. The “veil of forgetting” is intentional, it makes the earth game a fully immersive and truly formative experience. The game of life would not be the same if you knew it was just a game.

We also lose a lot of the fidelity of our connection to our higher-self (over-soul and source). This is an unavoidable consequence of incarnating into the lower frequency planes of existence — the physical planes. Our earthly level of consciousness is at a frequency so much lower than that of our higher-self that any stream of information coming down is subject to a large reduction of fidelity due to the frequency step down required. Yet we could still have a very good connection with our higher-self if it wasn’t for one thing — our out-of-control ego.

The constant chatter of the ego and analytical mind creates so much mental noise that we can’t hear the inner guiding voice of our higher-self. Essentially the signal to noise ratio is so low that the information coming from our higher-self gets drowned out. Hence, most people on Earth have almost totally lost connection with their higher-self and have completely forgotten what they really are.

What does it take to reestablish a clear connection to your higher-self? For one thing, it takes a clear and quiet mind. One must quell the constant chatter of the analytical and egoic mind and the fear and worry that dominates it. Another thing that helps is to reduce our busyness — the constant distractions of our hectic daily lives don’t leave much space for the presence of the higher-self. Making more time for solitude and meditation is a good start.

Even thou the loss of connection with our higher-self could be seen as “bad” it actually serves one of the reasons why we devised the game of life in the first place — to experience separation and to see what it could teach us — separation from the source of our beingness, separation from the knowing that we are all parts of one great being and interconnected and interdependent.

With training, you can learn how to move your locus of consciousness to any level of your wider/higher-self — your soul, over-soul, even Source, and perceive from that higher perspective. In fact, you can move your locus of consciousness to anywhere in the infinite matrix that is the conceptual/information space of the universal field of consciousness.

Read the rest of the article here.

The Fundamental Teachings of the 7 Hermetic Principles

Since my own personal discovery of them, the Hermetic Principles have fascinated me in how delicately they describe the fundamental wonders of reality. From a very young age, it became blatantly obvious that we live in a dualistic world and somehow the Principles rectified the suffering that often caused me.

And with that being said…for what religion does for many, ancient esoteric and spiritual knowledge does for me. Hermeticism has brought me closure to so many anxieties, answers to so many questions and questions to so many beliefs.

I highly encourage anyone walking the spiritual path to take 5 minutes and watch the brief video below that explains all 7 Hermetic Principles. It may help to clear the way, light the way and provide some well-needed reading material under those star-filled nights you find yourself out in the middle of nowhere, all alone in the vast Universe with nothing but you and your thoughts…


Video Source: Universe Inside You

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Top 10 Most Powerful Religions in The World

Source: Alux.com

Religion is a way for many people to find their way in life and create a moral code. The different religions in the world are varied in the type of ethnicity of followers, number of followers, practices and beliefs.

The truth is that religion can be a powerful way to connect with yourself and the Divine spiritually. Many people practice different beliefs around the world and this video demonstrates the most popular ones.

Hear the details of  religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Bahai among others.

Do you worship in a specific religion? And Are you actively religious?
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Retired Bishop Explains Why the Church Invented Hell

John Shelby Spong-compressed

By Vic Bishop | Waking Times

Religions tend to invent ideas and concepts just like every other creative human enterprise, and they have unleashed some remarkably bad ideas onto humanity. Most of these are centered around the notion of telling people what to do and how to live their lives, with the aim of convincing people that conformity to church guidelines will bring some intangible reward in the afterlife.

One example of many is the Christian belief that the one and only way not to eternally burn in Hell is to accept Jesus Christ as the savior, as if no other deity or religious experience is valid to the human experience.

The concept of heaven and hell has been so ingrained into the human psyche that many people cannot see beyond this limiting paradigm to any other possibility. Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong, however, doesn’t seem to believe in the myth of Hell, and during a nationally televised interview he shared his opinions on why he thinks convincing the flock to believe in the concept of ‘Hell’ is absolutely critical to the Church’s survival.

“I don’t think Hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death, but I don’t think it’s got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business, and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in a guilt-producing control business. And if you have Heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness, and Hell is a place where you’re punished for your evil, then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the Hell out of a lot of people, throughout Christian history. And it’s part of a control tactic.”

Many people turn to religious teachings for solace and guidance in life in our insane world, but, Bishop Spong seems to think religion helps people be less responsible for their own life and the world we live in, offering a unique perspective from the typical doctrines of Christian belief.

The church doesn’t like for people to grow up, because you can’t control grown-ups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you’re born again, you’re still a child. People don’t need to be born again. They need to grow up. They need to accept their responsibility for themselves and the world.”

No one can really confirm where human souls are bound after death, so why do religions create stories of places like Heaven and Hell? The answer is simple: to control people and keep the Church alive.

If even some of the most religious men, such as Bishop John Shelby Spong, are starting to publicly expose the motivations behind these stories, perhaps it is time for the masses to critically evaluate the value of religion over the importance of direct personal spiritual experience.

“Every church I know claims that ‘we are the true church’ – that they have some ultimate authority, ‘We have the infallible Pope,’ ‘We have the Bible.’… The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book, is almost beyond imagination for me.

God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t think my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.”

The interview with retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong can be viewed below:


About the Author

Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and OffgridOutpost.com Survival Tips blog. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

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2 Things The Pope Will Never Tell You About Hell

By Vic Bishop | Waking Times

Just before Easter weekend, Pope Francis was quoted by an Italian journalist, who claimed the outspoken Catholic figurehead had denied the existence of hell. A comment like this is big news for such a big belief system, and shortly after the story was published the Vatican refuted the statements, calling it all a misquote. By then, however, the story had already been picked up by international media, generating significant controversy.

During the meeting Scalfari asked the pope where “bad souls” go, to which he was quoted as responding: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.” [Source]

It’s a semantic issue, really, just two guys contemplating the greatest question of them all. What happens to us when we die?

It’s easy to understand why believers and non-believers would both seize the moment to comment, though. After all, the Pope is a big deal. He’s one of those people who is so much larger than life, that a mere sentence of his is enough to become international news.

Here’s a couple things the Pope would never tell you about hell, though. Because hell is important.

First of all, whatever one may think about what may or may not happen in the afterlife, human beings have an inherent capacity to create a very real, visceral hell on earth in the here and in the now. We don’t have to wait till we die to experience hell. It looks like much of the planet does right now.

This type of hell is really a level of human consciousness. It’s a very natural part of human beings, but the very worst part, and more that human consciousness sinks, the more hellish reality becomes.

This level of consciousness is experienced as a planet wracked with human suffering, starvation, war, and all at at time when we have the resources and ingenuity to stop this all. It looks like a world where the most horrible crimes against each other and against nature continue unchallenged in any significant way.

Dante’s Hell

Secondly, the church needs the concept of hell, because without it, there is no underlying reason to bestow all of one’s hope and faith onto an organization. Without hell, one does not need saving or redemption, which is what the church offers. Hell is the marketing platform for religion in general, and while we’re focused on the horrors which may emerge after life, we forget to focus on resolving the hellish problems we have here today.

Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong, has been a highly controversial figure for explaining how and why the church created the concept of hell. His comments with Dateline NBC are noted here.

“I don’t think Hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death, but I don’t think it’s got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business, and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in a guilt-producing control business. And if you have Heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness, and Hell is a place where you’re punished for your evil, then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the Hell out of a lot of people, throughout Christian history. And it’s part of a control tactic.”

“Every church I know claims that ‘we are the true church’ – that they have some ultimate authority, ‘We have the infallible Pope,’ ‘We have the Bible.’… The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book, is almost beyond imagination for me.

God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t think my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.” ~John Shelby Spong [Source]

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Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

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The Science of Resurrection and His Ever-Living Presence.

By Gabriel Melchizedek Sananda.

Modern Science is beginning to understand the immortality of the soul, as energy cannot be destroyed.

On this same basis, why can the immortality of the physical body not also be possible?

It is simply, a form of energy western science is only beginning to understand.

Many may think of the body as compact, solid matter: but science now defines the body as waves of electromagnetic energy. Matter that has been dissolved down into photons.

The body is nothing but electrons and their subatomic magnetic companions whirling in space. Modern science can release them, and dissolve the illusion of solidity – but cannot reform the body once solidity dissolved, as the understanding of the energetic spin ratios is still being understood.

The power of will, however, commanded by a realised being, who has communed with God/Source/Creator utilises the will of the creator – thus the control of the electricity of the entire cosmos, to revitalise and restructure these particles {hence phenomena such as resurrection}.

We are beginning to understand the power of will, through such quantum physics experiments such as the “double slit rest” – where the attention of an observer {will} can collapse the wave function, and or alter the quantum mechanics of a particle.

And that is starting to be understood that the greater the intensity or will {consciousness} the greater the anomalies that can be orchestrated.

As Yogananda explains in his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi”:

“Masters who are able to materialise and dematerialise their bodies and other objects, and to move with the velocity of light, and to utilise the creative light rays in bringing into instant visibility any physical manifestation, have fulfilled the lawful condition: their mass is infinite.

“The consciousness of a perfected yogi is effortlessly identified, not with a narrow body, but with the universal structure. Gravitation, whether the “force” of Newton or the Einsteinian “manifestation of inertia,” is powerless to compel a master to exhibit the property of “weight” which is the distinguishing gravitational condition of all material objects.

He who knows himself as the omnipresent Spirit is subject no longer to the rigidities of a body in time and space. Their imprisoning “rings-pass-not” have yielded to the solvent: “I am He.”

“Just as in the exalted state of nirvikalpa samadhi, the soul realises perfect unity with Spirit yet does not lose its individuality, so the resurrected Jesus”.

This yogic science explains how Jesus, and other masters before him {Sri Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Kabir, Babaji} were able to reignite bodily atoms, using the magnetism of God realisation.

In the words of Jesus, “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”.

Another state of initiation in Yogic Practice, is when the life force is pulled inwards so to speak {not experiencing through the 5 senses} and the spine is at a state of refinement for the serpent energies to rise {kundalini} – and there is a conscious communion in the third eye, the yogi can experience all of creation, as well as the fleshly body in the consistency of divine light.

Precisely why Jesus could resurrect his body, as he knew and had experienced its atoms and subatomic particles were nothing but radiations of that Great Light.

Now let’s go into the Easter Story of Jesus’s Resurrection.

{I have written previously, evidencing Jesus as a realised Yogi.}

From a Yogic perspective, Resurrection is an initiation {Kriya yoga} where the soul unifies with spirit. The soul’s ascension from the Maya of confinement of body consciousness into the omnipresence of god/source communion.

When Jesus, attained oneness with the Absolute {after his crucifixion, through a yogic science of ascension – consciously leaving the body through the third eye – mahasamadhi} he then went through a process which explains the prophecy of rising again after “3 days.”

“Destroy this temple {body temple}. and in three days I will raise it up.”

“3 days” was in reference to three phases of initiation {not 24 hour blocks}, required for the soul to liberate from the physical to the astral plane, and then from the astral plane to the casual plane, and from there the complete mergence into the omnipresence/ Cosmic Consciousness {this the process of Yogic “liberation” – there is much more to this}.

When a being transcends the three modes of nature (physical, astral, casual} – the cause of physical embodiment – a being is thus released from the sufferings of birth, old age and death: thee attains immortality.

“The soul encased in its informing astral and causal bodies, enters the physical body through the mouth of god – medulla oblongata – the potential of which is in the primary cell of life formed at conception.

It is the soul’s casual body instruments of consciousness and intelligence and it’s astral-body instruments of life force, mental perception and action that enliven and sustain the fleshly form” –  Yogananda.

There are also casual and astral instruments in relation to the spine that also form the physical nature of the body…

This is why many incarnations {sometimes millions} are required for a soul to accomplish this.

It is said, for a Soul’s involution to “liberation” is dependent on their karmic obligations – they have to transcend Karma on all 3 planes {physical, astral, casual} before they can completely merge into the omnipresence.

Jesus however, was a liberated soul previously, who reincarnated by the will of God, to serve humanity as an avatar and thus be a way shower that all beings can communion with God/source/divine.

This was how he was able to navigate and free his soul from the astral to the casual and then into the omnipresence.

This also explains why Jesus said to Mary Magdalene “Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father”.

“As Jesus was still going through the three modes of nature – until he was fully resurrected in spirit – he did not want any physical vibration with its material grossness to have contact with his manifested form that was highly spiritualised with astral lifetronic vibrations. Such was the superphysical nature of the body of Jesus that Mary did not a first even recognise the form as that of Jesus.” – Yogananda.

So to reaffirm resurrection does not mean only the resurrection of the body, but the ascension of the soul from all three bodily encasements to live immortally in oneness with the spirit that is manifesting as the whole universe.

And as apart of this involution, one will the power of the creator {knowing the balance}, thus one can materialise a body and lock thyself in it, and then dematerialise {amongst an infinitude of possibilities}.

“Lo, I am with you always.”

What Jesus meant by this – through the initiation of resurrection as discussed – as his body and spirit are immortalised – any devotee with unwavering blind faith, discipline and devotion can perceive or feel the presence of Christ.

“He has come to me many, many times – he appears to me, with his wondrous eyes in which universes revolve, emanating the Love of God/Source/Divine in the Christ Consciousness”.

And he will come to you if it is the deepest devotion to your heart’s content.

Pray, meditate, practice Kriya without ceasing – do no try provoke imagination – he will come in spontaneity to reaffirm the truth of Omni-Love.

Reverence of a thousand suns to Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda for guiding this heart sharing.

May thy love shine forever on thy sanctuary of they devotion, and may thee be able to awaken thy love in all true hearts.


About the Author:

Gabriel Melchizedek Sananda is a Yogi who is devoted to the inner reawakening of self-realisation. Thus his intention is to awaken the Love in all hearts, as he simultaneously remembers the true divine self within, the Christ in all of creation.




The Celestial Connection to Cymatics

For those of you have not heard of Cymatics before, it is a term coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972), a Swiss follower of the philosophical school known as anthroposophy. [Source: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymatics] “Cyma” comes from the Greek word for “wave” and Cymatics is modal vibrational phenomena. Or in other words, it is the beautiful, intrinsic, and geometrically perfect patterns that emerge when matter such as water or sand placed in or on a plate that is disrupted by a sound wave of a particular frequency. Particular frequencies always produce the same patterns in any medium and can be repeated and validated over and over. Below is a few incredible examples of this done in sand on vibratory plate… 

Now that you have a general idea of what Cymatics is, let’s dive deeper into how it actually applies to us all from our innermost cells to the outer stretches of our Universe. I think it’s safe to say that even with what little actual “science” and physics we are taught in schools these days, we all have an idea that sound and light are pretty important in not only how we perceive our world, but also in how our very world was created.

If you’re a religious person (I am not), you might reference the Bible which states, “In the beginning, there was sound…” and not take this so literally, however it can be taken quite literally regardless of how religious (or not) that you are, simply by observing the repeatable changes that occur from the pressure of the forces of the sound waves upon matter.

Sound obviously plays an incredible role in not only the creation of, manipulation of but also the destruction of matter. We can easily see this demonstrated in a glass breaking under the intense wailing of an opera singer. The sound waves cause the atoms in the glass to vibrate so rapidly to the point they become unstable and collapse or break their form and thus we end up with a shattered glass. This is also how our ears get damaged if we listen to too much loud music! 🙂

So what’s the celestial connection to cymatics? Well, for one if you’ve ever actually looked at a star or planet through a telescope what we are told are giant gas balls of light or desolate planets, appear to be vibrating patterns similar to what we see in Cymatics along with beautiful geometric shapes and luminous colors. Some examples of these star images are below…Look familiar?

Now, I’m not sure entirely what to make of this, all I know is I’ve never been one to trust what I’ve been taught in school as ultimate truth and to always question what doesn’t feel right or complete. And so I’ve simply done that here with the stars after my studies of Cymatics lead me down some incredible rabbit holes. I hope you are also brave enough to follow your own white rabbits…wherever they may lead you.


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