A Divine Sigh

spiritBlessed be the eternal breath that set Time in motion.

Our understanding of Time and Eternity should not be taken lightly or for granted. Our understanding of these two things are essential to understanding the realities of Life.

Time does not exist without movement; without change. Without movement/change of some type, it would be impossible to measure Time because it simply would not exist. In comparison, eternal things are unchanging, and therefore, last forever. The eternal contrasts the temporal.

There are things in the human world that seem eternal because they last for a very long time. However, pyramids crumble, continents shift and stars eventually burn out. It has been said that the only constant in our world is Change. This is supported by scientific evidence.

Ironically, people consistently demonstrate resistance to Change. This may be linked to an instinct for survival and a corresponding fear of Death. Much industry is engaged in fighting physical deterioration, both cosmetic and medical. Desires for everlasting peace and prosperity are proclaimed as these conditions also affect their longevity.

Periods of stability, peace and prosperity tend to reveal an incongruity in human nature, though. People are also easily susceptible to boredom. This usually leads to actions intended to make things interesting, but often disrupt the conditions originally deemed desirable; stability, peace and prosperity.

The contradictions of human behavior are easily understood by examining the human spirit. Much spiritual lore attributes the creation of our world, universe or multiverse to divine and eternal beings. As a product of divine creation, humankind usually have characteristics of their Creator(s). The Children of Abraham believe that people were created in the divine image. Consider the relationship between divine eternity and temporal reality.

The human spirit dreams of a realm that is eternal and unchanging because it is perfect, holy and sacred. Paradise, Heaven, Elysium, et al are spiritual concepts of perfection that are desirable because of the trials and tribulations of temporal existence. In turn, the trials and tribulations of temporal life prevent people from recognizing the boredom they would experience in places of such perfection. Few truly understand why the first man and woman were ejected from the garden of paradise in Judeo-Christian lore.

Few truly understand the human likeness of their divine images. They fail to recognize that creativity is a common solution to human boredom, or that the boredom of divine perfection could be an obvious cause for divine creation. The Children of Abraham portray creation beginning with the spoken word, but it seems more likely that it began with a divine sigh.

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Magic Is…

Magic is a tale that mesmerizes with mystery and suspense, and enchants with romance. Magic is the instruction of histories and traditions that enlighten us about our roots. Magic is the humor that brightens every countenance. Magic is the story that inspires us to great deeds. Storytelling is a grand tradition among people, and even though it has progressed from the oral to the spectacular 3-D productions of the silver screen, it is still the art of the Bard.

Magic is the dance. Gather around the fire and let the beating drums move you. Feel the release of the spirit as you move with the rhythm in the light of the dancing flames. Release the chant the comes forth from the depth of your soul with the up swelling spirit. Magic is a sense of “belonging.” Feel the connection with the place, its people, and the dancing flames. Fire is magic. Learn the dance of Life; the Dragons’ Dance.fire

Magic is Spirit, for Spirit is Life, and Life is magic. Spirit flows freely. It is contained within every living thing and that which isn’t, for Spirit is not contained by the rules of humankind. Spirit permeates the Creation, so magic is everywhere. That some cannot recognize it simply means their senses are dulled.

Magic is subtle and refined. The Third Hermetic Principle is simply stated, “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” The highest vibrations are subtle and refined and generally attributed to “The Divine.” The lowest vibrations are gross and crude and attributed to the solid matter of the physical realm. It is those who choose to dwell exclusively in this lower realm that claim magic doesn’t really exist; it is all smoke and mirrors. Accustomed to the forms of their “science” of the physical realm, they try to dissect, examine, classify, quantify, and explain the subtle and refined. They then use their failure to explain magic as evidence that it doesn’t exist. They imprison themselves.

To understand magic, you must elevate your awareness of the subtle and refined; you must elevate your spiritual vibration. Coincidentally, the Nazarene taught the same principle as recorded in John 3: 3-8. In all the lore of humankind, the Nazarene was a great adept who still has a large following. Ironically, most followers do not understand His teachings and deny magic as they continue choosing to dwell exclusively in the physical realm. That these souls are as blind as the ones who crucified their adept only heaps more irony upon a large stinking pile of irony… or is that just coincidental, too? However, this essay is not written for them. It is written for those who sincerely struggle to elevate themselves.

To elevate awareness of the subtle and refined, we must strive to abandon the forms of the physical realm. Magic cannot be explained in the technical form you might use to explain the nuclear reactions taking place in the core of the Sun, or the psychological behavior of a child. Do not try to explain magic through understanding garnered by physical senses. Understand that Spirit calls unto spirit. Spirit speaks to you through your inner senses. Open your inner self (heart) to the words, visions, and dreams that Spirit uses to communicate with you. Employ the tools of this physical realm only in the physical realm.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Magic resides in the breath. You are inspired with Life when you inhale. You speak and sing by exhaling. In this manner, the blessings of Life can be given. Speak the words that open your own heart and elevate your vibrations. This is a very important principle that is best explained by something you will discover sooner or later: magic is not something we do; magic is what we are.

In this Winter Solstice, let new light be brought into this dreary world through us. Through charms and enchantments, let us become charming and enchanting. The goblins and trolls that prefer the dark lower realms have ruled this world for far too long. Let us celebrate Yule by letting our lights shine brightly. Be magic!

The Uncreated

The “uncreated” is a concept that I only recently encountered when exploring Gnosticism at The Gnostic Society Library. Gnosticism is a Christian faith technically, but it was declared heretical during the early development of Christianity. For this reason, many of the writings that delineated this belief system were destroyed or hidden. The Nag Hammadi scriptures were hidden texts discovered in 1945 that are revealing (as in “revelation”). The “uncreated” is a simple concept, but as Gnosticism was declared heretical, this simple concept was probably considered blasphemous.

Modern Christianity, at least in the United States, appears very focused on the “created,” as in their creation mythology depicted in Genesis. This creation myth has even been re-labeled as a pseudo-scientific theory called “intelligent design” in an attempt to advance Christian religious beliefs in the American public school system. With Gnostic principles spurned and hidden for over a millennium and focus on the “created,” it is not surprising that most appear to have missed evidence of the “uncreated” in Genesis, as they appear to have missed evidence of the Gnostic and Kabbalist concepts of the Divine Feminine in Proverbs 8.

The Gnostic Society Library offers two introductions to Gnosticism on their opening web page. While both introductions are excellent, it was in An Introduction to Gnosticism and the Nag Hammadi Library that I found the “uncreated” first mentioned under the sub-heading “Overview of Gnostic Teachings.” Four essential characteristics of Gnosticism are discussed here. As I read these four characteristics, it seemed that many Pagans (myself included) may qualify as Gnostics without realizing it, but that discussion would be a digression. It is in the discussion of the second characteristic that the “uncreated” appears.

In his study,The American Religion, noted literary critic Harold Bloom suggests a second characteristic of Gnosticism that might help us conceptually circumscribe its mysterious heart. Gnosticism, says Bloom, “is a knowing, by and of an uncreated self, or self-within-the self, and [this] knowledge leads to freedom….” (Introduction to Gnosticism and the Nag Hammadi Library)

The text goes on to define the uncreated self as “the divine seed, the pearl, the spark of knowing: consciousness, intelligence, light.” The only uncreated thing in Gnostic and Christian cosmology is the eternal Creator. The text continues, “And this seed of intellect was the self-same substance of God.” The Gnostics believed that we could come to a knowledge of God through the part of ourselves that is also uncreated, our self within ourselves. Imagine how blasphemous this must have sounded to the temple (religion) builders who have portrayed humankind as fallen sinners who are separated from God and need forgiveness. However, if we accept this Gnostic view, the Christianized cover-up is faulty because Genesis reveals that God imbued man with part of His uncreated self:

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NIV)

If we read on in An Introduction to Gnosticism and the Nag Hammadi Library, it is revealed that the Judeo-Christian creation myth that many have become so familiar with is contested as a twisted deception according to Gnostics. The other introduction by Elaine Pagels entitled The Gnostic Gospels provides more information concerning the wide chasm between Gnostics and what became mainstream Christianity. Ms. Pagels closes her introduction by suggesting that Christians obtaining the backing of Emperor Constantine’s military sealed the fate of the Gnostics. Personally, I find it hard to believe that the Constantine backed Council of Nicaea was anything more or less than politically motivated for the purpose of population control. While history is written by the victor, it is rare that all pertinent evidence is realized and destroyed.

I am fascinated with the flow or movement of Spirit. That which is repressed and oppressed, persecuted and prosecuted, or even crucified does not always go away. It may disappear from public view by going “underground” or confining its rituals to the deep forest in the middle of the night, illuminated only by the light of a full moon. I wonder how things mix and influence each other behind the public stage of recorded history, though.

The twentieth century saw a resurgence of Pagan spirituality after hundreds of years of repression. In the deep woods or subterranean realms these belief systems were forced to hide in, is it possible that the influence of Gnosticism was encountered? With this possibility and one more quotation, I will leave you.

And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. (The Charge of the Goddess)