3.4 The Spiritual Body
Think about this battle for your attention like a man sitting on his couch watching TV. The thoughts that bounce around the mind is like the stream coming through the TV, the good channels, the bad ones and the commercials. The man may get up and by force of will change the channel. But how often can we get sucked into some mindless program, realizing after 15 minutes of blank staring that we don’t even enjoy the channel!
Just like being hypnotized by the TV, our mind is pre-programmed (by the sub-conscious) with channels that reflect our most deep-seated desires; some are about finding love and acceptance, some carry the desire of escaping the world to find adventure, others still fantasize about leaving behind a legacy and some gift to mankind. Left unchecked, these black holes of desire will control us in ugly ways.
None of these channels are bad on their own, but it is bad to get ‘stuck’ in one. When they play unrestrained and unbalanced, we need to get up and change the channel. This is as simple as thinking, “I hate how Martha always shoots down my ideas” and reframing it to say, “I appreciate Martha challenging me to communicate my ideas in a way her personality type can understand”. Transforming negative statements into positive ones forces us to see and experience growth. We must train ourselves to recognize “bad energies” squatting in our mind, and get up to change the channel as often as required.
These inner demons are aspects of the obstacles we are here to overcome in life, our curriculum for spiritual growth. Different religions fertilize the soil with different nutrients, and you can see the spiritual fruits each one brings to bear in their disciples. But now we stumble on something much deeper. We just illustrated how to oppose the inner demons of our minds in the same way religion talks about the outer ones. We then realize that their nutrients, the outward symbols and beliefs systems of religion, are the ingredients available to erect our own synagogues within ourselves. Our deities are ourselves, the host of demons refined into pure gold, and our worship is to the channels fueling our growth.
Each of these holes might be seen as weaknesses, but in fact these ‘ticks’ in our personality are the flip side of our greatest strengths. My demon of trying to prove my brilliance over others has driven me to push myself to become smart.
This can be a superpower or a kryptonite depending on how it is developed. With our source-consciousness fueling a growth mindset, we can recognize how to best wield it as a superpower and when it is rearing its head as a kryptonite.
Alchemy, the art of sublimating our lower aspects into higher vibrational attributes
In pagan cultures, they had many deities, giving the user a diverse tapestry of strengths to draw from in order to fill these different holes. There were archetypes for warlike strength, ones for internal healing, ones for material prosperity. With this vast array of icons, there is an archetype to balance any storm life may bring. And for those that habitually suffer from cowardice, anger, or slothfulness, they can customize their practice around those icons they need to draw daily strength from.
We all serve gods and bring them into our orbit to create an external image matching our spiritual identity. The keys to mastering the holes within us is by understanding what we serve. Astrology is an ancient art of describing psychology through archetypes depicted as planets (the Greco-Roman gods). These archetypes, full of imagery stirring to the soul, are not themselves answers but is a language of archetypes to begin recognizing patterns. This and further exploration of astrological science is conducive to recognizing fractal patterns of imbalance in ourselves.
Clarity keeps us vibrating at a higher wavelength, fully engaged in the present moment, free from fear-motivated thoughts and periods of depression. It calls us to be energy warriors, magicians, who can improvise and regiment practices to create the conditions for being-in-the-moment-ness to last
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- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity