Yesterday we met and the master said: The storms of energies on the planet are intense now. Stay aligned with the light from above. Your friend is always on your side. You are following a divine plan. You have a job to do in these wired times. You are the light of your world. So surrender and feel what comes up. And don´t worry. You will always come up again. Feelings will not kill you!
As a thank you for all my readers I will post here my novel about the secrets of Christian Gnosis I have learned by the Master
Many of us live only a small part of what life really has to offer us. Perhaps we follow a particular survival strategy. We may accept the idea that we must be on guard because life is dangerous. We stick therefore to certain behavior even though the world consists of many other ways of thinking and acting.
We walk the world with an outdated software program and do not really understand what happens around us. This software we could have inherited from our ancestors, the society or even our former self. Some ideas are kept over centuries from generation to generation. They do not even need to be mentioned verbally. But the gestures, the voice and the frequent sightings of a mother who thinks that life is bad and unjust, can teach the children the same thing. But in reality, every moment is new and we are connected with the entire cosmos. The world we experience, however, is proof that we have chosen to experience only a small part of the whole.
This world seems to consist of separate objects that are hardly related to each other. But this is not true. There is no solid matter, as we perceive it. What the physicists have found instead are clusters of pure energy that vibrate in a specific pattern. A lot of emptiness exists in every atom cluster, which we perceive as matter. There is much less difference between vacuum and matter than we think. The vast empty spaces that exist between the Sun and the planets of our solar system endure in every atom also. This means that each stone is made of emptiness as well as our bodies.
But why do we not experience everything as vibration, like shamans do in trance or people who are taking drugs? Why do we live in a frozen world where we can´t see the relationship between things? Has God done this to us, as he has thrown Adam and Eve out of paradise? We have been taught that way for a long time. Today we do not believe in such a God anymore and rather believe in nothing. If there isn´t any vengeful God, there can´t be any loving God either. That is the unspoken assumption of many.
But there is a surprising answer to the question of why we are here, without making God responsible for it. We are here because we want to be here. We have decided to be isolated because we hoped to reach independence in that way. This world is described in Iron John as the Forbidden Forest. We are surrounded by things that could reveal the secrets of the universe to us if we could but see them with a completely open mind and innocent eyes. But since a long time, we let our minds run on auto-pilot and allowed it to tell us what the things around us mean, rather than to be silent and to allow these things to talk to us.
We distract ourselves most of the time just because we are afraid to be overtaken by the Truth and returned to the living cosmos. We know that if we would let go completely for a moment, a totally different vision of the universe would dawn on us, a vision beyond all the problems we perceive in our daily lives. Carlos and Maria Magdalena offered me a different world, by showing me how to read an old story in a new way and to progress through seven gates of experience. May the reader find his own way through these gates.
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I am still working on the final program to incorporate happiness into our lives. We have learned a lot from the Templar Tradition. There will be a strong element of surrender and in clearing all negative emotions.
The spiritual style of this community is determined by the great spiritual Christian teachers of the 20th/21th century Thomas Merton, John Main and Thomas Keating and Peter Bernhard. In their books, we have everything we need for spiritual guidance. Thomas Merton is Gigante between these and I recommend to listen to his teachings on audio which is provided on Audible.com. and the Thomas Merton Association. His humor, wideness, and profoundness are unique. This will lead us into an understanding of what our community is about. It’s about freedom, creativity, togetherness, and enlightenment.
John Main reading this classic
The full title of The Cloud of Unknowing is:
‘A Book on Contemplation called The Cloud of Unknowing which is about that cloud within which one is united to God.’ The message is therefore made clear from the beginning this is a practical guide to lead us to the awareness beyond thought and images of the Divine within us, the Christ consciousness, that is our link to God.
The resonance with the teaching of John Main and Laurence Freeman is very strong with the following exception. The author of The Cloud, clearly a spiritual director, warns the one he is guiding on the spiritual path that: “You are not to read it, write or speak of it, nor allow another to do so unless you really believe that he is a person deeply committed to following Christ perfectly. I have in mind a person who, over and above the good works of the active life, has resolved to follow Christ (as far as is possible with God’s grace) into the inmost depths of contemplation. (Cloud of Unknowing – Foreword)
As I mentioned last week mystical prayer, especially of the ecstatic kind was very popular, therefore he does not mince his words: “As for worldly gossips, flatterers, the scrupulous, talebearers, busybodies, and the hypercritical, I would just as soon they never laid eyes on this book….This also applies to the merely curious, educated or not.” (Cloud of Unknowing – Foreword)
The author continues by saying: “there are some presently engaged in the active life who are being prepared by grace to grasp the message of this book. I am thinking of those who feel the mysterious action of the Spirit in their inmost being stirring them to love.” This was very much John Main’s attitude. When people are ready, they often hear about meditation with the help of grace in all sorts of unexpected ways. But he never discouraged or turned anyone away, who showed initial interest in this way of prayer. He felt that those for whom meditation was not the appropriate path would soon by grace be shown another way that suited them better. John Main always stressed that there are different ways of prayer that lead us to the Divine, but that for him it was the path of meditation/contemplative prayer.
The essence to both John Main and the author of The Cloudwas the action of Love that calls us to a deeper way of prayer: “God awakened desire within you, and binding it fast with the leash of love’s longing.” (Cloud 1) But he adds an important warning: “Do not be deceived into thinking that you are holier or a better person because of your great calling.”
The essence of meditation as taught by John Main and his inspiration John Cassian is to repeat your prayer phrase, which will help you to let go off all thoughts and images. These two aspects are also emphasized by the author of The Cloud: “you should choose a short word…..a one-syllable word such as ‘God’ or ‘Love’ is best. But choose one that is meaningful to you. Then fix it in your mind so that it will remain there come what may. This word will be your defence in conflict and in peace.” (Cloud 7) This resonates very much with John Cassian’s “This verse is an unassailable wall, an impenetrable breastplate, and a very strong shield for all those who labour under the attacks of demons [i.e. persistent, often negative thoughts] ….….This verse, I say, is necessary and useful for each one of us in whatever condition we may live…..boiling over with a multitude of different distractions of soul and with a fickle heart and …unable to control… wandering thoughts.” (Conferences)
The author of The Cloud puts it this way: “you must fashion a cloud of forgetting beneath you, between you and every created thing…only the absence of a cloud of forgetting keeps you from him now.,,,, You are to concern yourself with no creature whether material or spiritual nor with their situation and doings whether good or ill.”
John Main recommended the prayer phrase Maranatha because it is one of the oldest Christian prayers – in Aramaic the language Jesus spoke – and has no association for us and thus does not lead to any further thoughts. But he never said that this was the only prayer phrase you could use, but advised to ask your teacher for guidance.