Science Of Mind #57

I Make Intelligent Use Of Universal Laws

The universe is impersonal. It gives alike to all. It is no respecter of persons. It values each alike. The philosopher, the priest, and the professor, the humanitarian and the empire builder, all have caught some gleam of the eternal God. The world of knowledge needs to be knit together and not pulled apart.

The road to freedom lies, not through mysteries, but through the intelligent use of natural forces and laws. we do not create laws and principles, but discover and make use of them. Our mind and spirit is our echo of the Eternal Thing Itself, and the sooner we realize this fact, the sooner we will be made free and happy.

Don’t we all agree that the world is tired of mysteries, does not understand symbols, and longs for Reality? We should take truth wherever we find it, making it our very own. Intellectual freedom and religious liberty are necessary to the unfolding spirit in man.

-Ernest Holmes

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May God bless and protect you and…

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Seth Kelly Curtis

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Spiritual Essays #41

Tapping Into The Hidden Intelligence

Higher Intelligence

by Jayaram V

When you look at the beauty, symmetry and harmony in the universe, what do you feel? How can you explain so much perfection that is hidden in every object and aspect of creation? There is no doubt that mathematics and equations are at play in the configuration and architecture of all forms, objects and processes that you perceive around you. But how can you explain them and integrate them into the diversity that we see here? Scientists may argue that life originated upon earth randomly, and perhaps the very existence of the entire universe in itself may be a random process. However, it does not explain the perfection that is hidden universally at the microscopic and sub atomic level. There cannot be so many random processes happening simultaneously at so many levels.

So much perfection and symmerty in the world around us point to an inherent and hidden intelligence that must be at work in every animate and inanimate object in the universe. It must be responsible for the beauty and perfection that inundate our senses from all directions and invoke in us tender feelings. It is certainly not the ordinary intelligence that you perceive with your mind, and which you find sometimes inadequate to deal with the problems of your life. It must be very different from it because it seems to be all-knowing, self-existing, independent, immutable, complete and perfect in itself. In other words, this intelligence, which is different from your ordinary intelligence, but which is hidden in you as well as in everything else, does not seem to require any learning, improvement, change, purification, transformation, nourishment, or conditioning. It knows by itself what needs to be done, or what needs to be manifested, improved, and perfected in the things it inhabits.

You may call it by any name, soul, over soul, inner Self, guardian angel, hidden Self, embodied Self, or the Witness Self. It does seem to be the real support, the one which imparts to existence the structure, meaning, purpose, place, form, and distinction. It does seem to operate at the individual level in the things it inhabits, and it may or may not have a universal dimension. However, it does seem to be interconnected with other hidden intelligences and share the knowledge, awareness, and experience in facilitating the processes and movements that define and regulate our existence.

The interrelationships and connectivity among the numerous intelligences may be responsible for the diversity and the universality of applicable knowledge and the possibility of life existing on other planets based upon the same set of laws and processes. If life happens according to mathematical principle and functions, then it must also be happening predictably in other places. It may have a universal dimension, but our minds are too small to comprehend it or speak about it. Hence, I would choose not to speak about It

However, based upon the circumstantial evidence that is strikingly available in numerous objects that we deal with everyday, one can be certain about its universal presence in the diversity of creation.​You cannot easily tap into it with your ordinary mind. If you are lost in the dreams of your outer world or your inner world, you may not experience it. At times, it may show itself in you as intuition, illumination, creativity, and revelations, and coincidences. If you manage to increase the incidence of such events or somehow establish a deeper and more consistent connectivity with it, your life and your intelligence will become illuminated with its knowledge, power, and understanding way beyond your imagination.

Our main objective should be to understand this intelligence and draw from it richly to enhance the quality of our lives and experiences. The seers in Hinduism long ago managed to tap into it through various spiritual practices such as yoga, austerities, and other inner rituals. So did many spiritual masters and teachers like Mahavira and the Buddha. It appears that this intelligence is fully awake only when your mind, senses and ordinary intelligence are fully asleep. Herein lies the problem, and why there are so many variations in our understanding and interpretation of existential and transcendental truths. Scientists nowadays talk about wormholes in the universe to bend the space and enter different dimension. Perhaps we need to bend our inner space or open hidden communication channels within ourselves with which we can tap into this hidden dimension of infinite truths that seem to have solutions to all our problems and reveal to us the secrets that can enhance and perfect our lives and actions. Perhaps we will move closer to it when we prefect in us what yearns to be perfected.

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May God bless and protect you and…

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Healthy, Happy

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Teachings #8 Christianity

From Mystic Treatises by Saint Isaac of Nineveh

Faith is the gate to the mysteries. What the bodily eye is for the things of the senses, the same is faith in connection with the treasures hidden to the eyes of the mind.

We possess two psychic eyes, as the Fathers say, just as we possess two bodily eyes. But both have not the same purpose as to sight.

With one we see the hidden glory of God which is concealed in the things of nature, His power and His wisdom, and His eternal care for us which by His particular providence is directed unto us. With the same eye we also see the spiritual classes of our fellow-beings. With the other we see the glory of His holy nature. When our Lord desires to give us initiation to the spiritual mysteries, He opens in our mind the ocean of faith.

As a grace beyond a grace has repentance been given to man. Repentance is being born anew in God. That of which we have received the pledge by baptism, we receive as a gift by repentance. Repentance is the gate of mercy, which is opened to all who seek it. Through this gate we go in to Divine Mercy. Apart from this entrance it is not possible to find mercy. Because all have sinned, according to the words of Scripture, and are justified freely by grace. (Rom. 3, 23) Repentance is a second grace; it is born in the heart from faith and fear. Fear* is the paternal rod which guides us up to the spiritual Eden. When we have arrived there, it leaves us and returns. Eden is the divine love wherein is the paradise of all goods, where the blessed Paul was sustained by supernatural food. When he had eaten from the tree of life which is there, he exclaimed: “eye has not seen nor ear heard neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” (I Cor. 2, 9) Adam was bereft of this tree by the promise of the Devil. The tree of life is the divine love which Adam lost by his fall, after which he worked and wearied himself. Those who are bereft of divine love are still eating the bread that is won by the sweat of their labour, even though they work righteousness, as was commanded to the head of our race when he lost it by his fall. Until we find love, we work in the earth with her thorns. Among thorns we sow and reap, even if we sow the seed of righteousness. Perpetually we are pricked by them, even if we are justified, and live with sweat on our faces.

When, however, we have found love, we eat the heavenly bread and we are sustained without labour and without weariness. Love is sufficient to feed man instead of food and drink. This is the wine that gladdens the heart of man. Blessed is he who has drunk from this wine.

As it is not possible to cross the ocean without a boat or a ship, so no one can cross towards love, without fear. This foetid sea, which lies between us and the intelligible paradise, we cross in the boat of repentance, which has fear for a rudder. If the rudder of fear does not govern this ship of repentance, in which we cross the sea of this world towards God, we shall be drowned in the foetid sea. Repentance is the ship, fear is the governor, love is the divine port.

When we have reached love, we have reached God and our way is ended and we have passed unto the island which lieth beyond the world, where is the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; to whom be glory and dominion. That He make us worthy to fear and to love him. Amen.

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Essene Meditations And Blessings #86

Meditation

This day lies before me,

A newborn child.

What shall this child experience

As it grows from day to night,

From new to old?

Will it be a clone

Of yesterday’s child

And of the day before?

Or is there newness in this day

To match the newness of a child?

Is there joy awaiting

To match the joy of expectation

Twinkling in this newborn eye?

I am the child;

The choice is mine.

The Blessing

Within me lives

The be-er and the do-er,

The meditating monastic

And the builder of temples.

In this season of outward manifestation,

As the rich ripe fruits are gathered,

It is my monk that keeps me centered

As my builder builds castles of love.

How right it is

To work my wonders in the world,

Empowered by the chant

Within.

-Danaan Parry

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Weekly Meditation #84

My Soul Reflects Your Life

My soul reflects your life and rejoices in the happy thought that it looks on you alone. My soul looks out and up and on; and reflects to me the wondrous life of the All Good. In stillness I contemplate the eternal divine good. My soul reflects your life.

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Science Of Mind #56

I Clear My Mind Of Discord

How are we going to heal ourselves and others? By first becoming convinced that love is a principle of nature. We have ample evidence scientifically, logically, and intuitively that there is no need for anyone in the world today to speak of love as mere sentimentality. We have to practice the Presence of God as love, as friendship, as peace, as joy, if we would know the fulness of the adventure of living.

It is a terrible burden to dislike people and to be critical. All it does is cover up a perpetual pain in our own heart. It is a whistling in the dark to keep up our own courage. How much easier it is to love people, to learn to forgive rather than hold grudges. We should not go to bed at night until we have cleared our mind of every animosity. Love is the greatest healing agent on Earth for our body as well as our affairs.

To be a friend is the greatest privilege I can experience. Therefore, I extend loving friendship to all I meet. I identify myself with the givingness of God’s own nature, knowing that I am in league with the highest force in life.

-Ernest Holmes

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Teachings #7 Buddhism

Training the mind is just like raising a Water Buffalo, Wisdom from the collected works of Ajahn Chah

“Thinking and wisdom are two very different things. Thinking merely reacts to and follows our moods, and thoughts carry on with no end in sight. But if wisdom is operating, it will bring the mind to stillness. The mind stops and doesn’t go anywhere. There’s simply knowing and acknowledging what’s being experienced. When this emotion comes, the mind’s like this; when that mood comes, it’s like that. We sustain the `knowing’. Eventually it occurs to us, `Hey, all this thinking, this aimless mental chatter, this worrying and judging it’s all insubstantial nonsense. It’s all impermanent, unsatisfactory and not me or mine.’ Toss it into one of these three all-encompassing categories, and quell the uprising. You cut it off at its source. Later when we again sit meditation, it will come up again. Keep a close watch on it. Spy on it.

“It’s just like raising water buffaloes. You’ve got the farmer, some rice plants, and the water buffalo. Now the water buffalo wants to eat those rice plants. Rice plants are what water buffaloes like to eat, right? Your mind is a water buffalo. Defiled emotions are like the rice plants. The knowing is the farmer. Dhamma practice is just like this. No different. Compare it for yourself. When tending a water buffalo, what do you do? You release it, allowing it to wander freely, but you keep a close eye on it. If it strays too close to the rice plants, you yell out. When the buffalo hears, it backs away. Don’t be inattentive, oblivious to what the buffalo is doing. If you’ve got a stubborn water buffalo that won’t heed your warning, take a stick and give it a stout whack on the backside. Then it won’t dare go near the rice plants. Don’t get caught taking a siesta. If you lie down and doze off , those rice plants will be history. Dhamma practice is the same: you watch over your mind; the knowing tends the mind.

`Those people who keep a close watch over their minds will be liberated from Mara’s snare.’ And yet this knowing mind is also the mind, so who’s the one observing the mind? Such ideas can make you extremely confused. The mind is one thing, the knowing another; and yet the knowing originates in this very same mind. What does it mean to know the mind? What’s it like to encounter moods and emotions? What’s it like to be without any defiled emotions whatsoever? That which knows what these things are is what is meant by the `knowing’. The knowing observantly follows the mind, and it’s from this knowing that wisdom is born. The mind is that which thinks and gets entangled in emotions, one after another precisely like our water buffalo. Whatever directions it strays in, maintain a watchful eye. How could it get away? If it starts to drift over towards the rice plants, yell out. If it won’t listen, pick up a stick and stride over to it. `Whack!‘ This is how you frustrate craving.

“Training the mind is no different. When the mind experiences an emotion and instantly grabs it, it’s the job of the knowing to teach. Examine the mood to see if it’s good or bad. Explain to the mind how cause and effect functions. And when it again grabs onto something that it thinks is adorable, the knowing has to again teach the mind, again explain cause and effect, until the mind is able to cast that thing aside. This leads to peace of mind. After finding out that whatever it grabs and grasps is inherently undesirable, the mind simply stops. It can’t be bothered with those things anymore, because it’s come under a constant barrage of rebukes and reprimands. Thwart the craving of the mind with determination. Challenge it to its core, until the teachings penetrate to the heart. That’s how you train the mind.”

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Rosicrucian Reflections #84

“The mystic uses their intuition a great deal, and endeavors to see into the future and to look beyond appearances. She or he reads others’ souls and hearts. A mystic does everything they can to rise up above suffering and despair; they go past the clouds and so glimpse the Sun; being both on their own and connected to the great All, they never forget that to accomplish great things we must be able to do small ones perfectly. The mystic knows that duty well carried out is an act of love and of service; and that for the service to have its full meaning, it must be selfless. It must be a gift of oneself to others, joyously agreed to, and not undergone as a great sacrifice. Love and giving should not be likened to suffering and renunciation, quite the reverse: were this the case, it would no longer be a question of love, but of masochistic behavior. True service only gives rise to good feelings, and expects nothing in return.”

-Christian Bernard

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Seth Kelly Curtis

Essene Meditations And Blessings #85

Meditation

The late summer days

Fill me with warmth,

And I am content.

My life flows as a river,

Rushing to the sea

Wherein all become One.

As I go,

I share the waters of my life

As the laden trees share their fruits

With all.

And as the river does not wish

To be a mountain,

So, too, am I content with m e.

For in the river is mirrored

The essence of all.

The Blessing

As the richness of my life brings peace

To my soul,

so do I actively share this peace

With all.

Peace with those I love,

Peace with those who trouble me,

Peace with those I fear,

Peace with beings far and near.

For it is I who chain the dove of peace

Or I who let it fly.

-Danaan Parry

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May God bless and protect you and…

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Healthy, Happy

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Seth Kelly Curtis