Have you ever had your life changed by a habit? Something so easy as eating a salad every day can put you on a new path of feeling good, creating a whole new world of confidence and positive outlook. Unfortunately, when the good feeling of this habit wears off, we struggle with letting go of it. Instead we blame ourselves that we we’re not trying hard enough or doing it right. Trying the same thing will not yield different results.
The thing that was responsible for our success in the first place was a positive mindset, a spurt of renewed vigor. A psychological chain reaction that was triggered by the outward habit. When we decided to replace a bad habit with a good habit, we made a choice about which person we wanted to be. In that moment, we recognized who we really are on the inside, and the high of our own self-realization is what unlocks that burst of energy. When the energy dries up, we might find ourselves holding onto that self, fearful that the next self, the next inspiration of soul might not come. But when we release these illusions of self, spawning from our ego, and sit in meditation, a much bigger picture comes into view.
This manifest is expository of this process, deconstructing the games we play in our head so that when we feel ourselves pursuing something inauthentic, we can become centered again. As we develop this skill of mindfulness and learn defenses against what weakens this ability in us, we become physicians of our own spiritual healing, authors of our own religion. This is a very dense framework and meant to be read carefully. Each chapter studies this game from different angles, stepping through its mechanics, section by section.
Chapter I - Wake Up
Spiritually has entered the spotlight as a fashionable practice. Many of us are recognizing the benefits of meditation, whether we employ them as a mental exercise or a full-on religious gateway. Meditation can be done tons of ways, but at the end of the session we should feel relaxed, more clear and focused, and most importantly free of distractions in state of “flow”. Flow has been written about a lot lately, there are many written accounts of athletes breaking world records with no recollection of how they did it. We associate flow with the practice of meditation, a state of mind melding with being, but there are many similar exercises that put us in the here in now that religions have employed for centuries. Praying before meals, group singings, Hail Marys, and holidays are rituals we’ve adopted to put a pause on life and anchor us back into purpose.
Each of these practices drips in a token of spiritual significance and helps us weave reminders of staying in this elevated state to our daily life. Early in our development, these habits were taught to us with little ability for us to understand the deeper meanings behind them. And as we mature, we learn to “see behind” the practices to the purpose and principles they are reinforcing. Religious gurus may have even achieved total enlightenment, where every action they take breathes spiritual significance and have no more need to be shackled to these techniques. At the level of Mr. Miagi, they understand so deeply the principles behind their practice that they can blend them together and synthesize a higher understanding of how these principles permeate the world. The rites and rituals are just stepping stones and should vanish as soon as the learner has progressed, lest the attachment to the practice distract from its real intent.
Meditation opens the doorway to see clearly through yourself into the rest of the universe but to prepare this gateway we must purge ourselves of self-limiting beliefs and misaligned values that threaten to interrupt flow. The danger is, the more our consciousness is illuminated with divine knowledge, the greater the chance for us to misinterpret it and act upon it irresponsibly. Our own understanding is so fickle, and we see countless examples of atrocities being committed in the name of the greater good, so how do we know when following our heart has gone too far? The prior section discussed building practices to regulate mindset and this is how we manage our mindset, balancing it with pragmatism. Once this portal is open within us, we must work to keep it open and monitor our human urges to corrupt divine knowledge. We must know our weaknesses, and build the scaffolding around us to manage them, training wheels to manage our spiritual growth.
We’ve discussed building practices to cement mindset and now how to guard our mindset in pursuit of this true religion. With these in mind, we can become physicians of our own spiritual growth and healing. The remainder of this work expands upon both of these in a way that opens the door for you to explore other religious practices, systems of belief, and even magic so that you may have all the tools to tailor your treatment. I will offer my own views as a student of many schools, that we may see how beliefs bend into harmony, and a professional methodology consultant, that we may see how to alchemize practices into remedies. What I’m suggesting is that true religion lies somewhere in the middle of right mindset and right practice and, whether you apply this manifest literally or metaphorically, it will help you take control of not only yourself but of your reality.
All of us are born into this body. We didn’t choose how we look, the part of the world we went to school, or even the spiritual beliefs passed absorbed from our parents. We all have things haunting us from our past, things that made us who we are today. These things can fill us with self-doubt, anxiety and depression if we allow those thoughts to paralyze us. But if we find ourselves drowning in a snowstorm of self-destructive thoughts and seize a moment of pause to consider one of them suggested by our subconscious, we realize that those things are not by themselves true and that they are only spoken to existence by our own rambling thoughts.
We alone are responsible for empowering them and spreading that gossip. But us and us alone have the ability to contemplate the root of it, what truth it holds if any, and what we will do about it. This breaks the cycle of oppression of our inner demons, by deleting the root of the negative thought and creating the space to nurture a positive one in its place. This is not only a good practice to adopt but a mindset shift in how we view our burdens. For each weed sprung up from the pollution of our childhood, we have the chance to convert it into a fruit-bearing blossom. This cathartic release is the transformative experience of relationship, the relief of the sinner’s prayer. This habit of mindfulness will enable us to tend the garden of our minds and put us on a path to blossom into powerful beings of love and light. The question is, where lies the road to begin this journey?
But mindfulness is a wide-read subject, what is new to say if you can pick up 10 books from Amazon with a ten habits of mindfulness to own your life? Because they usually don’t work. Why? Because what I’m describing isn’t a formula, or really anything that can be learned. For thousands of years, gurus, prophets, and vicars have codified principles and habits of daily living in pursuit of achieving this formula. And while those guides may leave behind a noble trail for some to follow, there are still thousands of sects, transcriptions and collections claiming truth, and this is far too many for anyone to claim to have got it perfect. But in common between all these paths is that each and every author understood something larger than could be captured in the text. For them, their outward practice was only a means to nurturing this elevated state of consciousness. And the added actions to the simplicity of the mindfulness message helps encode the mindset into their daily life. But for those coming after them, the outward actions become the focus and the mindset fades into the distant past. Only for their successors to finally realize the vanity in these hollow actions, rebelling against the faith of their fathers and the pendulum of ideological irony swings the other way.
So why then waste our time discussing a formula for enlightenment if it is ultimately corruptible? How can you instill mindset into someone if the practices guiding them to it are subjective? How can we identify ‘blockages’ in our own practice to seeing clearly into this elevated consciousness? What these ancient gurus learned long ago was that spirituality wasn’t anything that could be “achieved”, as if it were some checklist of external features, but it was a high vantage point that could only be experienced and then left up to the witness to recall and reinforce in daily living. Put another way, our experience with God is not through religion, that is the man-made mechanism with which to intercede with him.
Perhaps the best definition of this elevated state of existence is illustrated by mindfulness and living in the here and now. This comes out of Buddhism but my favorite modern rendition is in Eckhart Tolle’s, “The Power of Now”. I’ll leave the details for you to explore, but the end result is that living in the here and now liberates us from living each moment as a means to an end.
For example, when you got out of bed, was your morning routine an instruction list to put you at work on time? Or did you take care to make your bed, neatly tucking in the covers, honoring the rest it provided to you? This isn’t “normal” for most of us, but it opens up a whole new beautiful world. The way most of us operate, living for the next moment– that liberating breakthrough that would make all our toil worthwhile– is an ingrained pattern of self-deception that keeps us meticulously fixated on a to-do list, distracting us from ever enjoying the fruits of our labor. Unaware of an alternative, the truth is the next moment never comes.
Practical people resist this mindset for the same reasons they resist ideas of religion. Surrendering to the whims of the moment makes us fear we won’t make it to work on time. What if this leads us to losing our job, losing our possessions, and innumerable destructive ends? Be it mindfulness or any other religion that offers a more colorful picture outside of the physical reality, what if toking these hallucinations leads to our physical destruction?
They value ‘thinking for yourself’ over living in this fantasy land. Thinking for yourself is critical, but who is the self to which we owe this service? If that self enslaves our lives to be no more than a means to a physical end, than what a lousy master it is to serve. When we live life “outside of normal” our sense of self becomes so much bigger than ourselves. We transcend worrying about this piddly game of life and work towards rewards in a much bigger game.
Even though these holy men came to know god-consciousness through different religious perspectives, they bear the same mark of inner peace, wisdom and power. But to get to this place, each of us have our own obstacles to overcome, our own cultural bias, our unique tastes and needs; this is why different religions pave the straight and narrow path with different stones. But all achieve the same goal of inner enlightenment.
As these holy men instrument practices in their own life around this god-consciousness, they themselves become its high priest of its manifestation. Picture an ancient shrine to some pagan god, the pitted fires illuminating the temple wall, the smoky incense enveloping the halls, the dull hum of chants filling the air. It is here that all earthly resemblance of their deity is put on display to symbolize the union of its essence with its devotees.
The temple symbolizes our lives and the ideals we adorn them in honor of the gods we serve. Our unique pursuit of inner peace, wisdom and power demands a unique host of deities to strengthen us on our journey. Each deity that we can learn from gives us new clairvoyance, clairvoyance which paints our demons in a new light so that we may transform them into fruit-bearing blossoms.
“My body is a temple unto the lord”
- Apostle Paul
This is not heresy, in fact is it the purest form of the Christian New Testament Revelation. That the each of us would hold the keys to our own repentance and atonement. These metaphors open you up to a whole new world of imagery with which to elevate your perspective and guide your spiritual walk.
It is here that some readers who argue god is not meant to be understood, only served in the fashion taught by their religion, will lose interest. I won’t argue that divine truth can be cryptic because we are mortal beings, but all things with time. David, a “man after god’s own heart” was a judicious king who committed many errors but was quick to learn. It is this same curiosity that led us to fall from grace in eating of the tree of knowledge which was part of god’s plan all along: to give us freedom that we may choose to develop that knowledge or stay asleep. Those who wish to follow, no matter how strange or cryptic the truth may seem, will find him and enjoy the bliss of enlightenment for all eternity.
Chapter II - Awake and Empowered
In the last chapter we illustrated that all religions aim to achieve this elevated state of perspective and that the mark of achieving it is wisdom and perhaps even the ability to work miracles. Here, we will discuss how elevated perspective develops wisdom and even reality-bending abilities. Finding clarity, the outcome of mindfulness, is maybe a better way to describe that elevated perspective. But first we must understand a bit more about the psychological aspects of clarity.
We mentioned that these inner demons are the self-limiting beliefs preying off our fears and stagnating our growth. They are the false stories we tell ourselves based upon our insecurities. If we choose to listen to them, we are led to believe we are not good enough. Not good enough for who? Not good enough to be accepted by the world.
This stems from viewing ourselves as isolated individuals from the collective, connection is the root of existence. In truth, we are part of the whole because we exist with it. We appreciate the sunset because we see ourselves in it. Everything is connected, the patterns inside our molecules are echoed across the cosmos, open your eyes and see the chemistry and potential in every fiber of our being. We then realize, god-consciousness is not something that can be sought. For it’s not outside of us, just as we can’t exist outside of the universe. Going ‘deeper’ within ourselves, then, is the key to seeing with a ‘higher’ perspective across is.
This might sound like I’m describing an acid trip, but this is the underlying thinking when people talk about a growth mentality. Think about this, there are no accidents, everything is contained in this universal source code; if we find a bug, our perspective is too shallow. With a growth mentality, every hurdle is an opportunity so long as we can see how it connects to something useful. This washes away the shame for our mistakes and equips us with the tools to challenge our inner demons. With this mentality, our perspective rises out of our bodies, past our limitations, to see the limitless potential the universe has in store for us.
It is said that we create our own reality. For behind the walls of our sensing bodies, we assign meaning to the outside world around us based on how we see ourselves in relation to it. Reality exists only as a model inside our brains. Taken to extremes, this principle has radical results. We can look at the raving madman who flees imagined dementors in pursuit. Or self-proclaimed witches who charge their powers by the full moon for their spells and incantations. Or the superstitious soccer player who believes his rabbit’s foot will help him win the game. Who is to say their model is distorted?
From the outward point of view, such behavior seems ridiculous but time and time again, the power of belief shows up as a compelling idea in our fiction and science. And even if that rabbit’s foot carried by a thousand people produces no empirical result, those who are searching for meaning will eventually find it, even if it is self-manufactured.
This is the power of belief, whether it is some manipulation of the universe or of your own psychology, if you believe you are lucky, luck will come to you. I’m not suggesting this is magic. If you sway your mind to look for good, then you are literally embracing a growth mentality and your futures will pay dividends. When a belief is encoded on our hearts, it saturates every aspect of our being and attracts like-minded people. Very quickly the ripples of a single thought can create a tidal wave of action.
“I am, that I am”
- God supposedly
Intentions, channeled through our conscious self, create ripples in the physical realm that conduct energy just like kinetic acts. Our intentions interact with reality in such a powerful way, it would be better explained by magic. Words like this might make people uncomfortable, we might feel sheepishly like the raving madman, but these words are helpful to illustrate. And the only valid fear we can experience is that we would get in the way of our own understanding.
So if living in a fantasy land, filled with deities and demons fuels you on your hero’s journey, who is stopping you? Is it your own fear of being not accepted? If this grand ascension of imagination, fueled by the uplifting of our perspective, feels too much like a delusion, consider the next section as a more practical reward from perspective.
This ‘high’ we receive from elevated perspective does not only feed our imagination. When we step away from our ego, into this grandiose view of our connectedness to the cosmos, we can see the world through a lens untainted by our own impressions. We see ourselves, and indeed everyone around us, as agents of the cosmos playing out its archetypes; gaining the clairvoyance to understand how we may manipulate it to achieve our goals.
A fool says, “my enemy made me angry”, a wiser person understands that anger was their choice based on their own assumptions about themselves. Even further, one could even understand how to further expand their definition of themselves to meet this enemy as a friend. For instance, we recognize our sibling is only taunting us because they are jealous and we can short circuit that reaction by framing our successes as extensions of the skills they helped us develop.
Wisdom also offers us clear discernment of right and wrong. Not just in a simple sense (it is bad to lie) but understanding the complexity of our actions, both how they sow seeds into your own minds and cast ripples out unto the world (when is it appropriate to tell a lie, when are we lying to ourselves, etc.).
With this objective view as opposed to a self-centered view, we can see the world as a stage and enlist each person playing their role towards pursuit of our goals, like a game of chess. In this view, we are respecting people where they are at, using that understanding to move them where we can. Instead of trying to completely change people which is a more violent and less effective encounter.
“Patience is the companion of wisdom”
- St. Agustine
If we look out across reality and see it as a logical system of cause and effect, we can move mountains with a single breath. Therefore, there is no room left to be a victim of our reality, our enemy didn’t make us angry, they acted out right on schedule, it is our mistake for not anticipating it. There is no need for heaven to work miracles any more, perspective grants us the wisdom to perform this magic from inside our own heads.
We started with the concept of god-consciousness and how this perspective is universally available, not particular to any religion, coming from deep inside us instead of externally.
And we can see the power of this perspective demonstrated through the previous two sections. We may use it to unlock new wisdom, form new beliefs about the world, and follow those beliefs deeper into the path of self-discovery. The two are self-reinforcing, working in synch, one leaves off where the other begins. In some situations, our beliefs burn hot inside us and we must unleash them, bending reality to them. Other times, we must pull instead of push and take a step back to understand where to start.
They work together, they are opposite perspectives of the same coin. You must use your intuition to keep them in balance or else you will become blind and dogmatic. Intuition is that quiet voice inside of us, that we can hear more prominently through meditation other techniques discussed in Chapter 3. When faced with a decision, intuition is what guides us to take a ‘step back’ with our wisdom or a ‘step forward’ with our faith.
In the Abstract, we discussed how religions offer practices and mindset. Here we have talked about them in their evolved form, intuition guiding us to our own sources of wisdom and our own beliefs.
We now own the power to our own salvation, by deepening our perspective to foster intuition.
Now growing in our power becomes a journey inward. As we study our consciousness, we study the patterns of the universe. And vice versa, as we study more about the natural world, we learn more about ourselves. This education of our intuition is much more holistic than factual knowledge, for patterns reside in systems that are complex and slippery to understand, that’s why metaphors and parables are so useful.
“Enlightenment is when a wave
realizes it is the ocean”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
This section will attempt to illustrate some examples of wielding intuition to reach higher levels of understanding.
An example I witness time and time again is how executives move hearts and minds in meetings when they need to pain broad strokes and set the vision. Their words weave visions encompassing of many small actions but speak in metaphors to efficiently resolve many viewpoints in a single statement. As a novice, I understood the picture they were painting, but my explanation would have covered hundreds more details to set straight all the variance of understanding in the room. But like a Baptist preacher, their few words unlocked hearts and minds, poetically delivering a personal message to everyone in the audience. I saw an ocean, but they saw a wave.
I met a metaphysical healer telling me about how she would sing light language (like speaking in tongues) into someone’s aura to energetically align them and elevate their vibration. To a passerby, her words probably sounded like a bunch of fluff, but the conviction behind her words opened something in me and it made perfect sense how this artform could speak intentions to power. Though her explanation had a lot of “woo” language, I took away what resonated and could justify it with my own explanation. I understood the power of a mind to overcome one’s physical injury, the ability for a song provoke an emotional reaction for its listener, and that strange ability to ‘see into’ people channel the message they need to hear.
Even though I only took away a fragment of what she explained to me, it acted upon me like a key turning a lock, highlighting things I already understood in a new light to create new understanding. Similar to the last example, Intuition is being able to ‘see into’ people to understand the principles and patterns they already understand to offer a key to jiggle the lock in a new way.
As we study more patterns to get better at this, we understand, in a sacred way, that they stretch across more than just the physical realm. We then accept this as a psychic study because the more we employ our imagination, the more we can see. Things like speaking in tongues, astrological charts, or spells gives us greater vocabulary to explain the archetypes weaving those patterns.
In the last chapter, we discussed the process by which many holy men develop god consciousness, by peering at it through religious practices. In this chapter, we examined the locus of this perspective and the power it radiates through our intuition. What is critical to take away now is that at the center of both sections is a call to action. Whether we come to know it through study of a doctrine or our own intuition, the nucleus of that wisdom is something pervasive that can’t be written down or observed in an isolated event.
We tap into something outside of ourselves, a collective experience of consciousness that flows between minds and life-forces of all kinds. When we appreciate the sunset, we feel connection to it not because it is like us, but because it is us. Strangely enough, we reach the same conclusions in quantum physics; and realize, on a very real level, the higher planes of existence we exist between and the insufficiency of answers in the physical realm to understand them. Did the scientists just start sounding loopier than the psychics?
Just as reality exists only as a hologram inside our head, there can be no preference between the picture in our heads and the observable, physical reality Therefore, if these fantasies that some would call delusions make that picture more clear in our heads, and bring us further in our pursuit, who is to say we should bridle our imagination?
Our consciousness is the gateway to unifying our physical existence with this quantum existence. When we take control of it, fashioning our temple after the energies we wish to pursue, we can ascend the ladder of virtue, transmuting our defiled selves into beings of light and even deities of our own.
The ongoing reincarnation of the soul is an attempt to “train” our soul in all the lessons of life illustrated in the archetypes in the zodiac. Each rebirth, we pick a different zodiac pattern to “go to school on”. As we master all these virtues, calling upon the strength of the deities (the Greco-Roman gods represented as planets in astrology) ruling them, we master self and graduate to a higher vibrational existence. Our Intuition, the mouthpiece of our emotions, is the student of applying these subjects to life’s journey.
As we see this grand game of life unveil before us, we should become storytellers that others would see their reality with these heavenly eyes. We study this universal source code so that we may see more clearly around bugs and blocks. When we learn its language, we sit like omnipotent gods, bending and commanding reality around us towards the light. Bringing our personal reality out of darkness. All that it requires of you is to let your ego melt into the infinite expanse of the multiverse.
Chapter III - Staying Awake
The former chapter was just an intellectual defense of this world view; a proof that the universe is divine, we are the universe, and therefore we are divine; in this chapter we will explore how to live that out. Perspective is what clarifies things in our life, what brings the distant goal into focus for the daily grind. It’s what gives us the clairvoyance to know that our current activity, be it labor or leisure, is exactly what we should be doing right now. Another word for perspective shedding light on our daily actions is how they reflect Purpose. A feeling of purpose in all that we do is living a good life. So how do we keep our purpose burning bright?
You have probably experienced moments of extreme purpose, times when you are filled with clarity. I remember when I first “converted”, I felt electrified after Sunday church service. But the problem as with all sources of inspiration is that they gradually lose their potency if not quickly followed by a habit. As soon as I left church to go to work Monday, those familiar triggers would attack and old reactions kick in. Therefore, it would be incomplete to discuss the source of all revelation without laying out clear guidelines on how to imprint its signature into your daily living. How do we put this into practice and regiment this purest form of source-consciousness?
So how do we continually anchor to god-conscience in order to ride this balance of keeping mindset alive, but not over-indoctrinating? We discussed a formula in Chapter 1 for constructing this balance, but the spiritual transformation laid out is so personal that it would be impossible to write down, the moment it could be laid out into such specificity, it would collapse under its own weight. Such is the fragile nature of paradoxes. What follows is guidance for when our pursuit falls into peril, where to direct our focus that we may navigate the balance and avoid the pitfalls.
I was raised Christian but when I went out into the world, the path to salvation it laid out was too narrow to account for all the shades of grey I saw across the human experience. So I stripped away all the dogma and eventually found Buddhism. Devoid of the laws and ideological decoration surrounding Christianity, I found Buddhism as a purer form of connecting to god consciousness: the peace that passes all understanding unadulterated by the details of how we should live it out. Although I could more clearly connect to the heart of compassion and wisdom, I still yearned for rituals, symbols, and laws to live to enable those qualities to permeate daily life. I started to combine rituals and symbols from many religions based on the shared principles I saw between them.
So what is the essence of these practices that we might curate them with our own hands? Perfect practice is simply this: to recognize source in everything. What tends to happen is we take on new practices that reconnect us with our purpose for a time, but they soon lose their potency. When we feel this slack, we blame ourselves for not doing the practice well enough and frustrate ourselves trying harder without realizing that the need has shifted. The mechanical fitness of the practice becomes the focus and distracts us from the raw experience. This is mirage generated from our ego to disconnect us from source. When we consider adopting religious practices, we must understand the principles behind them so that the activity doesn’t become the focus.
The more we study different religions and these different aspects of god, the more colorful our understanding becomes. Remember the metaphor of building up our temple in devotion of the deities training our spirit? This is no longer abstract as all the practices we put into place in our life can be measured by how they spur on our spirit and strengthen our power in the world. If we feel like our actions aren’t feeding us this purpose, we should ask ourselves, which of my values is this serving?
What about actions that serve the wrong purpose? I’ll offer an example that happened to me while writing this.
After a few days of great progress, I took a step back to admire my work. “Wow, I am amazed at myself that it came together so beautifully”. That night, I thought of a new twist that seemed to be even more brilliant, but it required me to re-work my entire outline to make room for it. After obsessing over this for a day , I faced a very serious fork in the road to re-contemplate this entire work.
It was then, I recognized my frustration as the symptoms of an old habit of mine. I’ve learned that when it feels like I’m chasing something and it seems beyond reach and pushing harder just leads to more frustration, is when I need to let go and re-center. After that, I usually find what I’m looking for right in front of me. I was listening to one of my old demons, an aspect of Saturn, telling me that what I had wasn’t good enough, I needed to push harder to achieve brilliance. The very act of me putting my work on a pedestal created a thought loop that gave one of my familiar demons a foothold to hijack my perspective. One small break in flow-consciousness, and the egotistical mind took over.
These are our demons at work. The work of our religious practice is identifying and neutralizing the demons that would hijack our sense of purpose in ways that are not self-serving. Early on in my pursuit, after I had rejected the dogma of my Christian upbringing, I went to the other side of the fence to claim there was no god, no supernatural, no soul. In my mind, I was the genuine truth-seeker and attacked anyone who would show up with a black and white view. Just as I thought I had reached the paramount of liberation, my dad said something that humbled me back down, “You know, you haven’t changed, you’re still dogmatic but just for the other side.” He was right, I had made the same mistake twice, it was a response of fear clinging to absolutes instead of a patient growth mentality.
“Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.”
– Bertrand Russel
As we strive to stay unified with source and work to align our universe with it, what dragons must we slay, what remedies must we carry, what alliances must we forge to sojourn on? Spoken more plainly, what mantras, symbols, and rituals should we incorporate to combat these inner demons? These adopted practices must be customized to our spiritual identity and the icons we draw near to compensatory to our weaknesses. To do this, you must be clear who you really are, your motivations, what thoughts do you wish to serve and what deities can you call upon to bring them into existence? These deities bring in these universal archetypes to ground us specifically where we need anchoring. It is the same aid to our 3D understanding that the trinity offers for exploring Christian God.
We can use these aspects of the divine to understand our own divine nature, and with the growth mentality embrace the blemishes in our personality are what give rise to our greatest strengths. These inner demons are aspects of the obstacles we are here to overcome in life, the curriculum for our spiritual growth. They create aches in our personality, like deep holes, that drive us to fill them. Emotional intelligence helps us understand them and satisfy them with higher vibrational practices instead of defiling acts. If we are to understand what nutrients we need to feed our soul, we must be able to articulate this architecture of the soul, through astrology, and adapt our religious practice to support these parts of our soul that need watering.
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 put a lot of pressure on myself but has also driven me to push myself. 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.
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. Get creative with how these archetypes fit around you, it is but one of many tools to express your spirituality and articulate your needs.
Once we can decode the riddles of our soul with these metaphors, we are ready to activate them into our daily living with spiritually suggestive activities. This can take many forms such as: taking on mantras, different forms of meditation, yoga poses to target an emotional release, playing musical instruments, practicing dream interpretation, reciting incantations, setting intentions under the full moon, and anything else that exercises our spiritual limbs.
Each of these arts can activate different parts of our spiritual DNA, which through the archetypes we can triage more precisely. Through the power of perception we can even understand how affixing affirmations in our own mind (through incantations, spells, or anything else generally categorized as a psychic activity) may have ripples into other’s reality.
Beneath all the pomp and circumstance of religion is a relationship with the divine. As these devout practitioners grow closer to the divine, as when one gets close to a friend, they understand more of him and take on his likeness. This relationship to God, self, or the universe (take your pick) connects us to a perspective that transcends self and stretches across time and space. It is the quantum tether between sub-atomic quarks, the grand symphony of life and evolution, the ideals driving all aims of humanity’s progress.
When we relinquish our life in service of this grander consciousness, we accept our status as gods; and all those around us are ignited by the scorch of our intentions and our ability to propagate those intentions across our universe, manipulating magnificent reactions of cause and effect.
Realize the interconnectedness of all things and our ability to interact with that source code, and we will wield the power like that of a god supervising the proliferations of the light to our universe. Once this realization has dawned, we are omniscient in that every scrip of knowledge can be fed into promulgating these patterns in accordance with our will. We can consume knowledge from fools and sages alike to grow keener in these sacred patterns.
Most importantly, we become self-determining in our salvation. We no longer need a prescribed path of salvation for we know our minds and hearts to determine what is good for us. As it is written in Genesis, the tree of knowledge of good an evil was only fit for the gods – so our fate sealed when humanity ate from it. Whether we accept it or not, we are gods and our kingdom is that within our heads.
Following the original pagan authors of religion, we can look to nature to pull in the archetypes needed for our proliferation. It is by this manifest that we are freed from submission to external wisdom. For wisdom can only exist as it accelerates goodness in our own reality.
Each of us has become gods in discernment of right or wrong and the onus is on us to distill information into wisdom and wisdom into action. There is no more moral law, there is only movement closer to source and manifesting that in our reality however we see fit. You are freed from serving anything other than your highest vibrational self.
Pursuing Perspective – Manifest
- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity