“In the Beginning…”
II. Synchronistic Webs
Gnostic Secret Teachings:
The New Age Center
“At the End…”
NOTE: In honor of Anthony DeMello, S.J.,
my kind of Jesuit.
The Unknown, the Unknowable, the
The ultimate: to know that we do not know.
To Saint Catherine of Siena from God:
"I am He who is; you are she who is not."
Your "is-not-ness" have you ever experienced?
"To deny the self, to die to it, to
is to understand it's true nature."
Do that and it disappears. Self-observation!
When you cling, life is destroyed;
When you hold on to anything,
you cease to live.
Step One: Realize you really don't
want to wake up!
Step Two: Cultivate a willingness to UNLEARN,
to listen, to challenge your whole belief system -
ALL your beliefs.
I am me (myself). But who is "I" and who is me (myself)?1
Who is the person doing the understanding? Shattering illusions.
The "I" is the world of the awakened: unself consciousness
Am I my thoughts? No. (Thoughts come
Am I my body? No. (Bodily cells are constantly changing)
Am I my roles, my identifications, my labels? No.
Then, what am I?
I am a nobody! I am an "is not."2
How do this?
Emotional reaction dis-identification:
Do this till you wake up.
"a) identify the negative feelings in you,
b) understand that they are in you, not in the world,
not in external reality.
c) do not see them as an essential part of "I;"
these things come and go;
d) understand that when you change, everything changes."
And, if you don't, so what!
The realtor says: location,
The sage says: awareness, awareness, awareness
and more awareness.
This is the key.
- Awareness: the Perils
and Opportunities of Reality, by Anthony DeMello, S.J., pp.
43-50. Also, Sadhana: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form.
Additionally, see Ken's poem, "Walking
Between Two Worlds."
- Yet Sri Misargadatta
Maharaj in I AM THAT, will say that the only thing I can be
sure about is that "I am." This "I am-ness" is, being conscious of
consciousness, being aware of itself. A future poem will address all
of this. Yet try this: "Ultimately even the observer you are not.
You are the ultimate potentiality of which the all-embracing
Consciousness is the manifestation and expression."
Before Enlightenment, unawareness:
anger overcame me,
sadness grabbed me,
I felt lonely, empty,
somewhat depressed on occasion,
I needed to do/accomplish such and such,
in fact, a seemingly infinity of "negative emotions"
First the Shift, the First Step1
Now working on Deliverance
with all its resistances.
After Enlightenment, awareness:
anger still arises,
sadness comes again,
depression raises its ugly head,
no need to do/accomplish anything,
and so on...
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE NOW
is that I allow all these to pass through me,
with no resistance
with no identification with these emotional reactions
They come and go, leaving no disturbance.
Thus, peace and calmness remain
as the constant underlying state of being.
No more suffering - no more me. Deprogrammed!
Only the "I," who with awareness,
observes, witnesses, listens, perceives clearly,
understands - all with detachment.
Happiness - a state of nonillusion - abounds
Eternal life is now, in the timeless now.
Only thus will you enter into eternal life.
Isn't that enough?
- See Ken's poem "Nadeen."
Secret Teachings: Christian Enlightenment
- Heaven and Hell are here on Earth.
Hell: the spiritually dead unawakened masses,
souls trapped in a body prison
wallowing in ignorance of who they are.1
With "Soul" Initiation: God as wise parent/the Big Person.2
Lastly, "Spirit" Initiation, brings awareness of ourselves
as spirit or Consciousness.3
Thus, "being saved" is realizing the permanence of our
essential identity: the ineffable Absolute Mystery.
- Resurrection (anastasis)
spiritual awakening - awakening the Christ within.4
We die daily to ourself and resurrect daily to our
true identity, which is Christ.
Heaven: is Gnosis, awareness of our essential nature as
the Christ - having immediate experiential
knowledge of the Truth, the knowledge that all is One.5
- Jesus is the Consciousness of God the
The Father is the mystery - the dazzling darkness of
- Thus, a self we are not.
The Absolute Mystery we are!6
- What the ancients called
Hylics (materialists), those who don't think of God at all, or that
God is the Ultimate external religious authority. We identify
ourself with our body.
- The "Psychic" Initiation of
the ancients: identification with the psyche (soul) and the initiates
are taught the exoteric teachings of the Outer Mysteries (Literalist
Christianity religion). Personal transformation: know what your
personality is like - personal self knowledge; become a better person by
purifying (baptism) self of selfish ego; yet, still the false self
- The "Pneumatic" stage, the
initiates are taught the secret esoteric teachings or Inner Mysteries.
Personal Transcendence: know who you really are - transcend the ego and
deserver yourself as the experiencer, the ground of all
experience; we are impersonal Consciousness.
- Jesus: "The Kingdom of God is
- There is no longer God and the
devotee, only the mystery of God in love with itself.
NOTE: The Eastern Indian Sages teach the same thing except there
is no need to bring Christ into the picture. For example,. the Sages say
we talk about awakening to Awareness, while the Christians speak of
awakening tot he Christ within. I guess it depends on where you were
born and which appeals to you more. I personally like the more "neutral
yet all-inclusive" teachings of Eckhart Tolle.
- See Awareness, by
Anthony DeMello, S.J. and/or I AM THAT by Sri Nisargadatta Maharj.
Have you ever wondered what "THAT" is?
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