A Flower Heart

 

A Flower Heart is one of the three pillars of light of Divine Humanity. When we awaken from our dualistic consciousness to our birth consciousness of radical nonduality, our heart blossoms and our body buds and flowers. To achieve this state of being we must discover the balance between the merging of spirit and matter as it is the “key to life”—to a life lived in love and power. The body buds and flowers only when the spirit has been through the fire of sacrifice; in the same way the Earth gives fruit only when it is penetrated by solar heat, transmuted by rain. This is the concept of “burning water”—the blending or merging of the elements fire and water; in other words spirit and matter.

The awakening quest to become a Quetzalcóatl, a feathered/plumed serpent, is to wash by fire and burn by water. This is a metaphor, and a reality, of the joining or blending of the two opposite elements of purification symbolizing a state of radical nonduality. Symbolically, this merging of fire and water represents spirit permeating matter—the interpenetration of the Otherworld (unseen) and our world (seen).

Flowery War (xochiyaoyotl)

According to historians, one of the identifying traits of the Aztecs was human sacrifice—hearts torn out to feed the “sun.” The ones sacrificed had been captured during a ritualized war—flowery war. These prisoners were the sacrificial food for the maintenance of the Fifth Sun. But was this whole concept based on the corruption of Quetzalcóatl’s original message of the need for an internal war within ourselves to flower our hearts so that the body buds and blossoms.

The corruption of a redeeming prophet’s message seems to be a common trait found throughout the world. As an example, Jesus’ message was not one of him being the only divine human, but that all humans were divine with the spark of creation within them. And the task was the internal struggle to awaken this dormant star-light of the unknowable divine creator.

Quetzalcóatl’s message was basically the same as Jesus’ message and teaching. The “war of flowers” or the “blossoming war” was never meant to be an external war—ritualistically conducted or not. Quetzalcóatl’s flowery war symbolized an internal struggle within the human heart and mind to reconcile the two opposing forces of fire and water.

According to Laurette Séjourné, “human existence must tend to the transcendence of the world in the forms that hide the ultimate reality. This reality resides in the heart, and it is necessary to compel this one to free it at all costs: here is the supreme goal of the flower war. To attain, to take hold of his heart means to penetrate into the spiritual life. The operation is one of the most painful and therefore the heart is almost always wounded, and the drops of blood that escape are so significant that they alone can be sufficient to symbolize it.” In other words, the sacrifice of living a spiritual, not religious, life (at all costs) means that we would need to change our focus in life from “growing money-wealth” to growing spirit—opening our hearts so that they may blossom. Would you be willing to penetrate into the spiritual life at the cost of so-called safety and security supposedly afforded by money and wealth? Would you be willing to bring to consciousness past wounding’s of your heart and mind, so that they may be healed?

Our flowery war, difficult as it may be, is necessary. It is the inner quest to achieve the reconciliation of the dualistic forces symbolized by water and fire, merging them as one force, one consciousness (burning water) for only then can our body “bud and flower” as our heart opens and we are finally freed from a consciousness of dualism. In other words, we must open our heart so that the divine seed within can germinate into a flower heart—the mystic flower of light.

Do Far Travel

There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over…. Faint to my ears came the gathered rumour of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone. J. R. R. Tolkien

Far Traveling, wandering to distant lands into the unknown, is necessary for awakening and spiritual power. Far Traveling is not vacation. It is not travelling to a place just because it is the “in thing” to do such as Iceland. A Far Traveler goes on holiday (Holy Day) and is not a tourist but an adventurer, a pilgrim of spirit on a journey of self-knowledge. The word itself means going out and finding something. And that something equates to many things: finding our true self, compassion, love of self and nature, and accepting and understanding our self and others not like us. One of the best known adventures is the “Quest for the Holy Grail.”[i]

Far Travel as a sacred pilgrimage extends far back into the very haze of humanities awakening as a source and wellspring of religious culture and myth. Seeking over the far horizon stirs the very lifeblood of the far traveler in their on-going quest for the magic and power of the un-familiar, and their ever aliveness of that moment of sacred space and sacred time. To quest is to feel alive; to feel alive is to quest.

For centuries pilgrims have left the comfort and safety of home and familiar surroundings and ventured out into the unknown on a quest in search of knowledge, power and ultimate enlightenment. This journey of soul allows the pilgrim the opportunity to breath, eat and sleep a spiritual adventure of discovery, love and wonderment, which fulfills a longing, sometimes hidden, in the depths of our heart to quest, as the hero, and return to the “Mother” and experience a rebirth of self.

The adventure of Far Traveling puts us into partnership with nature and culture. Like a chameleon we become one with the land and its people. Experience is the result and the thread of knowledge in wandering. It is not about selfies or an arrogance of entitlement. Wandering as a stranger in a strange land beckons us to become one with the unknown—and love unites us all.

When we never leave our place of birth or home country, we insulate ourselves to other lands, cultures, and the variety of peoples who inhabit the greater part of our still beautiful earth. We become rigid and unyielding in our thinking of others different from ourselves. This worldview and mindset is one of the greatest barriers to “peace on earth,” and only results in walls, figuratively and in actuality. Far Travelers build bridges, not walls, and discover the world as it really is—one not only of beauty, but of poverty, social injustice, and inequality. [ii]

When far traveling, discovering the “real” world may transform the course of your life and your life’s mission and destiny as was the case with Ernesto “Che” Guevara who recorded the social injustices he discovered in his memoirs known as The Motorcycle Diaries. The following is a synopsis of the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) based on Che’s memoirs:

In 1952, a semester before Ernesto “Fuser” Guevara is due to complete his medical degree, he and his older friend Alberto, a biochemist, leave Buenos Aires in order to travel across the South American continent in search of fun and adventures. While there is a goal at the end of their journey – they intend to work in a leper colony in Peru – the main purpose is tourism… Their initial method of transport is Alberto’s ancient and leaky but functional Norton 500 motorcycle christened La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”).

During their expedition, Guevara and Granado encounter the poverty of the indigenous peasants, and the movie assumes a greater seriousness once the men gain a better sense of the disparity between the “haves” and “have-nots” of Latin America…

It is a visit to the Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu that inspires something in Ernesto. He wonders how the highly advanced culture gave way to the urban sprawl of Lima…

In Peru, they volunteer for three weeks at the San Pablo leper colony. There, Guevara sees both physically and metaphorically the division of society between the toiling masses and the ruling class (the staff live on the north side of a river, separated from the lepers living on the south). Guevara also refuses to wear rubber gloves during his visit choosing instead to shake bare hands with startled leper inmates.

At the end of the film, after his sojourn at the leper colony, Guevara confirms his nascent egalitarian, anti-authority impulses, while making a birthday toast, which is also his first political speech. In it he evokes a pan-Latin American identity that transcends the arbitrary boundaries of nation and race. These encounters with social injustice transform the way Guevara sees the world, and by implication motivates his later political activities as a revolutionary.[iii]

Outside of the opportunity to have an awakening of consciousness of “mind and spirit,” far travel is also about the land. When we far travel to distant lands, we become one with the landscape. But most importantly, our body and mind begins to understand at the core of our soul the myths and legends connected with the land we are standing on. For example, if you want to understand the Icelandic Sagas with your body and soul then far travel to Iceland. And become one with the land and sea. In this very personal and intimate way you will begin to understand and get insight into these mythic but real stories of the Icelanders. But do stay away from the hordes of tourists and the package tours.

It does not make sense to me that reenactors of by-gone cultures who have never far traveled to the cultures homeland believe that they are actually representing or reenacting a culture such as the Norse or the Spartans. Especially when reenacting a Norse persona, as the “Vikings” were some of the most far-reaching far travelers known to history.

To Far Travel is to accept the call to adventure. The adventure is the quest to awaken. This adventure is the great inner quest of “self.” It is a heroic journey of knowing ourselves and our relationship to self and other. As a Far Traveler, I view myself as a citizen of the earth; the earth is my home. Thus from my heart comes my green philosophy, my respect, and my caring nature and attitude for all things of the earth as does my wife. When we far travel we are honor-bound to respect and care for its land and people—to leave the land better than what we found it to be.

Do Far Travel with us to Teotihuacán, “the city where one becomes a god.” Arrive Saturday, March 10 depart Saturday, March 17, 2018. Fly into Mexico City.

[i] As the great mythic accounts of the Grail Quest reveal, there is a great need in today’s world to Far Travel and heal the “wound”—the “wound” of the separation, suppression, abuse and control of the feminine.

Even though the Grail is enigmatic in its identity, it is essential to understand that the Holy Grail is not an item to possess. It is not an external “thing.” It is our awakened hearts and minds and in a grand sense it symbolizes what has been lost—humanity’s, and our own, lost values. The primarily one is the loss of the feminine—nature and the equality of men and women. This is the lost Feminine Principle (Mother Nature terrestrial and celestial) of the cosmos—the seen world. This world of ours only recognizes as authentic the light, not the dark; the material, not the spiritual; the male principle, not the feminine. This is then the quest—the quest to recover the feminine and nature—to heal the “wound.”

[ii] As an irony, we do not have to far travel outside of America to discover poverty, social injustice, and inequality. It’s rampant throughout the United States.

[iii] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462/plotsummary

 

 

We are not alone…

On this day of the Winter Solstice open your heart and mind, rid yourself of dogmas and doctrines—free yourself. Let the light of common sense taste freedom, trust your heart. There are eight billion galaxies or more. Within each, there are an unknown number, probably billions, of stars. This is known creation. The earth sits in the corner of one of these galaxies—the Milky Way. It is the height of folly and arrogance to suppose that we are alone…

People have flocked to the recent Star War’s movie release and I truly wonder how many accept that we are not alone in the vast expanse of the universe as the opening phrase “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….,” is displayed?

At this time of the year, it is still hard for me to comprehend that people believe in a “virgin” birth, knowing what I know. In reality, reason flies out the window with belief and faith.

“The virgin birth of Jesus was another lie promoted by the church. This supposedly occurred at the time of the winter solstice (by the Julian calendar, December 25), which was the indigenous Roman celebration and rite of Saturnian. The Church of Rome not only wanted the people to spend money on their celebration and not on the pagan Saturnian, but also wanted to convert people to their ‘new religion.’

To this day a virgin birth, a birth not mythological or symbolic, still defies reason, logic, and the natural laws of creation. But the lie of the virgin birth of Jesus helped recruit new converts to the ‘one and only’ true religion, promoting ‘Jesus as God.’”[i]

This month, the Pentagon publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of a recent program studying unidentified flying objects.

This is interesting timing as our first story in our memoirs is, “A Close Encounter of the Third Kind: Wet Footprints:”

It was August of 1974 when Sher, our son Jamie (five years old) and I traveled to Maine for a job interview for a position at the Waterville YMCA. We were living in Delaware while I was the Physical Education Director of the Chester, Pennsylvania YMCA. It was a great position but a brutal commute from New Castle Delaware to Chester.

We wanted a healthier and closer to nature lifestyle for ourselves and son. And Maine seemed to fit the bill. The YMCA had a beautiful wooded summer day camp situated on the edge of a large pond where we could camp for a few nights. The regular camp season was over which let us have this pristine land all to ourselves. Late in the afternoon of the second day of my interview we headed to the Y camp to set up our tent. We decided that the best spot was right next to the shore in front of the camp’s dock. Since we were invited to dinner at the Y’s Executive Director’s home, we left while it was still light but realized that we would be returning in the dark.

The dinner went very well and it seemed that I would be offered the position as Program Director. Excited by the prospect we returned to the camp. The parking lot was at the top of a slope that ended at our tent at the water’s edge. As we began walking down the trail, I realized how dark it was within the wooded evergreens. Halfway down the path to our tent, I began to feel a little uneasy. Since it was dark and we were alone in the woods, I put my feelings off to my imagination. “What,” I thought, “could be so threatening to make me feel so uneasy?”

Even though it was a beautiful starlit night, there was an undercurrent of foreboding within my consciousness. By the time we reached our tent and crawled inside, I was feeling even more unsettled. I could sense that Sher was also tense. “But isn’t this, what we have been looking forward to—experiencing camping in the woods of Maine? And with the bonus by a lake, what the locals call a pond,” these thoughts passed through my mind as I turned to speak to Sher.

In a whisper so Jamie would not hear I asked, “How are you feeling?”

“Uneasy,” she whispered back. “It’s creepy, maybe it’s the dark but it’s not the same as when we were here a few hours ago when it was light.”

“I know,” I replied. “But let’s try and get some sleep.” But sleep was only a far-off dream. Lying on my side I whispered into Sher’s ear, “I’m scared; and I feel strange—a tingly feeling and pressure on the back of my neck and around my head.”[ii]

“I’m scared too… I think we need to leave…now.” Sher replied while sitting up.

We were still dressed so our getaway was simple and fast. Jamie had not questioned why we were leaving but just exited the tent with us. It was just then that we heard a large splash.

Curious, and in all innocent, Jamie walked a few feet towards the deck and said, “Look daddy Pterodactyl feet…”

And yes, there were the remains of wet webbed footprints on the dry dock surface. “Time to go,” I said as we hurried up the trail. To see if we were being followed, I looked back towards the pond and at that moment, a bright light streaked from the surface of the pond up into the heavens. With the light now stationary in the night sky, Sher looked back and said, “What is that strange light?” And then…

“Are you sure, you want to accept this job?” I just looked at her as we swiftly continued up the path to the safety of our car.

Once at the car, Jamie turned to both of us and said, “I really like Pterodactyls but Tyrannosaur Rex is my favorite…”

Commentary

The webbed-foot prints, the splash, and the “light” shooting up from the surface of the pond, all have one thing in common—water. In December 2017, the Pentagon publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of a recent program studying unidentified flying objects. A former Navy pilot described his UFO encounter:[iii]

For most of his 18-year career as a U.S. Navy pilot, Cmdr. David Fravor said his mother-in-law used to ask him a question: Had he seen a UFO? For 15 years, the answer was no. But one clear afternoon off the coast of California in 2004, he says, that changed.

Fravor, the commanding officer of a Navy squadron at the time, said he saw a flying object about the size of his plane that looked like a Tic Tac after a break in a routine training mission. The object moved rapidly and unlike any other thing he had ever seen in the air. He has not forgotten it since…

“It was a real object, it exists and I saw it,” he said in a phone interview…

Asked what he believes it was, 13 years later, he was unequivocal. “Something not from the Earth,” he said.

Fravor was the commanding officer of the VFA-41 Black Aces, a U.S. Navy strike fighter squadron of F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes doing an exercise some 60 to 100 miles off the coast between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, in advance of a deployment to the Persian Gulf for the Iraq War, he said.

An order came in for him to suspend the exercise and do some “real-world tasking,” about 60 miles west of their location, Fravor said. He said he was told by the command that there were some unidentified flying objects descending from 80,000 feet to 20,000 feet and disappearing; he said officials told him they had been tracking a couple dozen of these objects for a few weeks.

When they arrived closer to the point, they saw the object, flying around a patch of white water in the ocean below.

“A white Tic Tac, about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings,” Fravor described. “Just hanging close to the water.”

The object created no rotor wash — the visible air turbulence left by the blades of a helicopter — he said, and began to mirror the pilots as they pursued it, before it vanished.

“As I get closer, as my nose is starting to pull back up, it accelerates and it’s gone,” he said. “Faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. We turn around, say let’s go see what’s in the water and there’s nothing. Just blue water.”

[i] Rev. Dr. JC Husfelt, Do You Like Jesus—Not the Church?, 25 – 26.

[ii] This was the first time I had felt this sensation on the back of my neck and head. This turned out to be my body’s response to Extraterrestrial and Otherworldly beings and energies.

[iii] Eli Rosenberg, “Former Navy pilot describes UFO encounter studied by secret Pentagon program,” December 18,  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/12/18/former-navy-pilot-describes-encounter-with-ufo-studied-by-secret-pentagon-program/?utm_term=.e671ebebf3ee

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

It’s a great tale told of the Three Wise Men (astrologer-priests) and their gifts; and the star they followed—conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in its evening star phase. In reality, the gifts symbolized spiritual teachings:

Frankincense and myrrh are plant resins, and both have a long history of use as incense. Incense has been used for religious purposes for more than 3,000 years The Maya of Mexico have used resins as incense for at least 2,500 years. The principal use was religious and aimed at establishing interactions with deities and ancestors.

Gold is symbolic of the eternal; the divine spark (starlight) within all things—trees, animals, and so-forth (sentient beings).

Frankincense symbolizes power, sovereignty, and was associated with the masculine energy of the heavens and of life whereas Myrrh symbolizes a feminine and nurturing essence, or energy, which is linked with the earth.

In other words, Gold symbolizes the One eternal Source of all creation, the Absolute while Frankincense and Myrrh represent the Relative: spirit – matter, life – death; beginning – end.

The Winter Solstice, the second night of Yule, is the time from our perspective when the sun seems to stand still. For approximately three days, it appears that the sun does not move. The Winter Solstice marks the time of the longest dark and the shortest light. Symbolically, it portrays, on this darkest of nights, the goddess as the “great mother” giving birth to the young-hero god—the sun god. This is the symbolic birth of the messenger of light. It is the darkest time of the year, the time of the longest night, but there is always the everlasting promise and hope of the return of light. And watching over this eternal process of the virgin birth (Virgo on the eastern horizon) is the Sun Angel—the Archangel Mikael.

This is a time of holly and mistletoe. Both symbolize fertility – the mistletoe berries are white, representing the semen of the god, and the holly berries are blood red, symbolizing the menstrual blood of the goddess.

Decorations during this seasonal celebration are excellent symbols of spiritual truths. The following are just a few:

  • Candles and Lights – remembrance of the gift of fire and light and the divine spark (starlight) within.
  • Mistletoe (seed of the divine) and Holly symbolizing and honoring the faëries and “hidden ones.”
  • Evergreen Wreaths – Symbolize eternal life, immortality and the wheel of time, add pine cones, which symbolize the pineal gland as well male and female and the DNA of life; add mistletoe and holly with berries and you have the sacred semen of the male and the sacred blood of the female.
  • Evergreen Swags – Symbolize eternal life and when put into the shape of the serpent with lights symbolizes death and rebirth, reincarnation, and wakefulness to these truths. It’s important to put a swag over the threshold of your home if possible.
  • Yule Log – a phallic symbol – newborn sun can be decorated with holly, mistletoe, and evergreens to represent the intertwining of the god and goddess. The log may be cut into 12 pieces and burnt each night of Yule. Additionally, on the night of Yule, carve a symbol of your hopes for the coming year into the log. Burn the log to release its power. It can be decorated with burnable red ribbons of natural fiber and dried holly leaves.
  • Julbock or “Yule Goat” was the bringer of gifts to the household. Symbolically represents the goats of Þórr and the gifting of resurrection (rebirth).
  • Evergreen Christmas Tree – Symbolizes the Tree of Life/Light – needs to be alive, honored and lighted and decorated symbolizing the joy of life.

Symbolically the Tree of Life is the central axis of creation. Microcosmically, each one of us is born with this central tree (axis mundi) of light/life (spine), which shortly after becomes the tree of knowledge—of duality—good and evil. Our ever-born quest is to return to our original tree of knowledge of oneness (light/life) within us – our spine. This is an excellent time to dedicate or re-dedicate one’s life to the divine quest of awakening.

 

 

 

The Return of Light

The chill of winter’s embrace enfolds us in an ever-darkening time of anticipation and joy. In all of us, it seems to stir up a caldron’s brew of memories—of times past and possibly of things and moments no longer. The earth waits and waits, as do we, for the promised return of the light. It is a time to feel—to be aware of the fertile dark soil of potentiality that lies within us, as well as the dark, the dark that does not serve us and the dark that needs to be released.

This cycle of light and dark repeats endlessly but each cycle is intrinsically slightly different. Time is cyclical, not linear. There is the past and the present that some indigenous cultures refer to as the non-past. But there is no future only potential ones based on the actions of the non-past influenced by the past.

This is a time of peace and joy—joy as the sun, now far away in the south, begins to travel north at the winter solstice, bringing the wintry earth a new promise of light and warmth.

On the night of the Winter Solstice (December 21/22), the sun reaches its southernmost point. Were it to remain in the south, it would mean death for living beings in the northern hemisphere. Thus we greet the returning sun as a “savior.” On the night when it begins its northward journey, the constellation Virgo, the celestial virgin, appears on the eastern horizon at midnight and is therefore, astrologically, the ascendant. This coordinates with the myth of the various light-bringing saviors of humanity, immaculately conceived and born from a virgin. Later, the sun symbolically sacrifices its life on the cross when it passes over the equinoctial point at the spring equinox, an apparent descent as seen from the southern hemisphere and an ascent in the northern sky.

Historically and spiritually, this is the month (at the time of the winter solstice) of the mythical birth of the light-bringers. These are the messengers of love and light—the hero-shamans that first brought the knowledge of the fire of the heavens, the knowledge of the light in the darkness, to all of humanity. These heroic messengers of light are born of the Virgin—the constellation Virgo. In the heavens Virgo is a Y-shaped group of stars resembling a cup that just happens to rise in the Eastern sky at this most spiritual time of the year. This is the mythic Holy Grail, the Cup of Light, the Bowl of Love that is Light—all the key to the metaphoric message of these virgin light-bringers—that the sun, the spiritual sun—the divine, is contained within all beings and all living things. This is the message that institutionalized religions do not want humanity to hear: that each one of us, like the light-bringers, is also a virginal vessel of love and light. No inborn sin here, just intrinsic love and light.

The winter solstice presents us with the opportunity to honor and to reveal (revelation—lifting the veil) this prime mystery of life. This is the time to honor these heroic messengers and to pay homage to the metaphoric moment of their “virgin birth” (based on the positioning of the constellation Virgo not on an actual physical birth—the actual birth of the prophets and messengers such as Jesus was late summer, early fall under the astrological sign of the Virgin-Virgo). In addition, it is the occasion to celebrate the return of the light foretelling the truth of eternal love and life and to honor and practice the message of the returning heroes—the light-bringers.

The return of light to a darkened world, metaphorically as well as one of reality, is reflected in the myth of the Returning Hero:

A legendary hero is usually the founder of something—the founder of a new age, the founder of a new religion, the founder of a new city, the founder of a new way of life. In order to found something new, one has to leave the old and go in quest of the seed idea, a germinal idea that will have the potentiality of bringing forth that new thing.[i]

The cultural hero, and his return, is one of the most enduring as well as important cross-cultural archetypal prophetic themes known to humankind. Its importance is due to its message of hope and renewal. The meaning stays the same; only the names of the hero change. The best known returning hero is Jesus. Similarly, the Hopi prophecies speak of their spiritual hero Pahana, the purifier or the elder white brother, while the early Hawaiians worshipped Lono as their savior and lord of peace. The returning cultural hero for the Incas was Viracocha whereas the Mesoamerican prophet or cultural hero was known as Quetzalcóatl—the morning star. And to the Maya, he was known as Kukulkán, the Mayan name for Quetzalcóatl—the Feathered Serpent. Kukulkán was known as “god of the powerful voice,” a resurrection deity and master of the four winds.

The enduring teaching and message of each returning hero was focused on achieving a balance between spirit and matter with the additional knowledge that we are all a child of God, divine as well as human. To the returning hero, separateness is the illusion; oneness is the reality—all existences interpenetrate radically non-dualistically (non-dual interpenetration – Oneness).

Symbolically, the return of the hero represents the spiritual concept of the infinite cycle of death and re-birth. But it as well represents the return of light or enlightenment to a world void of love and a humanity that has darkened once again – so true today. The religious histories of many cultures also portray the morning star, the planet Venus, in this same emblematic role of representing the returning hero.

In this time of darkness anticipating the return of light, what inner potential needs to be manifested and what dysfunctional darkness needs to be released? Better to consider these than focusing on consuming some stupid stuff that you probably don’t really need.

[i] Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, 136.

The Beast Within

It is best to discover the roots from which dysfunction sprouts and bears diseased fruit. The rampant abuse, the past hidden sickness—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and ethically, the tragic earth shattering for many, and still an unknown number, human beings with the largest abused and belittled being female, has its roots in an ancient indigenous teaching of the Beast Within:

Jesus said: “Blessed is the lion which the man eats and the lion will become man; and cursed is the man whom the lion eats and the lion will become man.” Gospel of Thomas

Metaphorically, our lion (power and fierceness), now tamed, has not eaten the lamb but has lain down with the lamb (compassion and gentleness). The lion and lamb are “one.” With the focus of our lion power now on compassionately creating and not furiously destroying, we are able to journey into the unknown with gentle power and face our fears with compassion. (Do You Like Jesus–Not the Church?)

“The beast within, ignored or turned negative, is the root cause of the seemingly ever-present abuse issues found within all levels and stratums of society… The untamed beast is literally ignorance running rampant… Ignorance is solely a materialistic dualistic view of life… This ignorance results in arrogance and arrogant behavior. This arrogance, in turn, feeds the untamed beast. This is the very same arrogance that turns a blind eye to all forms of abuse, such as sexual abuse…” Do You Like Jesus—Not the Church? By JC

And there you have it – why people in Alabama, such as the female Governor, will still vote for Roy Moore just because he is a Republican.

This is an ancient cross-cultural concept referred to as “the beast within.” The beast is most commonly portrayed as either a lion, a wolf, or a jaguar. It symbolizes the untamed nature of our primitive or hindbrain, where instincts such as survival, dominance, and mating are located. Metaphorically then, our beast is an inner quality that is intimately connected with our issues of safety, security, survival, and sex. All humans have a fierceness and ferociousness within them—the beast within. Consciously, many people ignore this quality of self; many fear it, while others deny it totally. But our inner beast is neutral. It is not, by its nature, solely a positive (constructive) or a negative (destructive) quality. One way to think of our beast is as the sum total of our strength, willpower, and sexual potency. These are important qualities that we need in our lives in order to be fully human, fully healthy, and fully energetic.

However, these qualities and others may be turned negative or destructive through such things and emotions as denial, madness, anger, extreme anger or rage, substance abuse, revenge, envy, hate, jealousy, and fear.[i]  Add to this list the issues of power, greed, and control over others, and it’s easy to see the potential of unleashing the dysfunctional and destructive dark qualities of our beast.

Too often we forget that without the dark, there would be no light. Our lives are usually organized into a separation between the symbolic light and symbolic dark, with the light held up as our ultimate goal in spiritual and religious life. The true secret that most never realize is that light and dark are equal components that interpenetrate as one reality. True spiritual and religious teachings are based on the acknowledgment of the interpenetrative aspect of dark and light within us and then the growth of our light or the divine aspect of our soul from the creative darkness of our humanity.

This is not the Jungian concept of the “shadow” but the actual and physical reality of dualistic concepts, such as light and dark, spirit and matter, that interpenetrate. The dualistic light and dark is the illusion, as our individual sense of reality (of separateness or duality) is an extension of the illusion of our basic core sense perceptions. Our eyes perceive separation between us and all things viewed. This constant reinforcement tricks us into thinking and believing that we are separate and an island unto ourselves.

The reality is that we are not separate at all but deeply interconnected.

Similarly, our symbolic light and dark are not separate but interpenetrate to define our wholeness as individuals. Additionally, the two sides of our inner darkness also interpenetrate. There is no separate shadow, just a darkness that is both creative and destructive at the same time.

The “shadow” is considered an archetype by Jungians[ii] and connected with the unconscious, but Jung advanced no connection to physiological reality. With the concept of the dark, there is a connection to the body—testosterone. This hormone is our bodily source of physical strength, willpower, and sexual potency. Testosterone is the source of our beast within.

This important hormone is made in large amounts by the testicles. But testosterone is not limited solely to men. Women produce testosterone in their ovaries, even though it is only about one-tenth of what a male produces, just as a male produces a small amount of the female hormone estrogen. Additionally, both men and women produce a small amount of testosterone in their adrenal glands, which are the source of our fight-or-flight mechanism—the power of our beast. But “the modern, technological world gives us few positive outlets for this energy, and yet the pressures of our lives are constantly causing our bodies to send us hormonal messages to fight or flee.”

The beast within, ignored or turned negative, is the root cause of the seemingly ever-present abuse issues found within all levels and stratums of society. Abuse is not solely limited to physical actions. The untamed beast is literally ignorance running rampant. Ignorance, not to be equated to educational level or intelligence, is solely a materialistic dualistic view of life, which results in a spiritually unawakened consciousness. This ignorance then inflates and protects the unhealthy ego’s sense of self-survival, resulting in arrogance and arrogant behavior. This arrogance, in turn, feeds the untamed beast. This is the very same arrogance that turns a blind eye to all forms of abuse, such as sexual abuse, especially if reporting or stopping the abuse would threaten the person’s external power or position in the world.

The expanded teaching is to be found within my latest book: Do You Like Jesus–Not the Church?

[i] Abuse, physical or sexual, is a behavior of the destructive side of the beast, which in some cases may have been triggered as a result of the person’s own experience of being abused as a child.

[ii] “Jung appeared to be undecided in his own mind about the question of the ontological status of the archetypes (see e.g., 1968d [1936], 58; see also Dourley, 1993); and this state of affairs has led to considerable controversy. But I believe that the ambiguity was necessitated by Jung’s inability to scientifically reconcile his conviction that the archetypes are at once embodied structures and bear the imprint of the divine; that is, the archetypes are both structures within the human body, and represent the domain of spirit. Jung’s intention was clearly a unitary one, and yet his ontology seemed often to be dualistic, as well as persistently ambiguous, and was necessarily so because the science of his day could not envision a nondualistic conception of spirit and matter.

“Jung’s dualism is apparent in his distinction between the archetypes and the instincts which required for him a polarization of the psyche into those products derived from matter and those derived from spirit. He imagined the psyche as the intersection at the apex of two cones, one of spirit and the other of matter (1969a [1946], 215)” (Charles D. Laughlin,

http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_10_3_laughlin.pdf).

Feeding the Spirits

This is my first post since April as I have been finishing our memoirs of this world and the Otherworld due out early spring 2018.

At this time of the year in addition to the “Day of the Dead,” the Northwest Coast “smoke (long) houses” open for their winter dance season. Connected with the openings is the ceremonial act of “feeding the spirits” known as a burning.

A burning is a timeless and most important ceremony that actually involves cooking food and then burning the food so that the substance and energy of it is taken into the Otherworld. This type of ceremony honoring the gods, goddess, and ancestors by a burnt offering is ancient in form and can be traced as far back as the Egyptians. “The funeral custom is almost universal for the mortuary meal to be made to feed the spirits of the departed, and communion with the ancestral spirits was an object of the totemic eucharist. The sacrifices offered to the dead, the burial rites and funerary ceremonies, generally imply the existence of a living consciousness to which the piteous appeal was made.”[i]

Feeding the spirits in the Norse-Germanic tradition was called a blót that consisted of animal sacrifice. As we all know, the destructive incursion of Christianity into Norse-Germanic lands decimated indigenous religious beliefs and practices. Even though this was the case, their practices and ceremonies continued, shall we say, underground for unknown generations. Eventually, any trace of the ceremonies such as blót and the oral transmission of conducting it were lost to the passage of time. To reconstruct these ceremonies would be near impossible and would be foolish to attempt to replicate one such ceremony such as a blót.

A ceremonial burnt offering is also recorded in the Pentateuch, the Old Testament, in the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. Abraham is supposed to take his son into the mountains and offer him as a burnt offering to God. At the last moment, God sends an angel to stop him from sacrificing his son. And in the stead, provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in the place of his son. This story does point out a sad fact of history where at certain times and in certain cultures, humans have become the sacrificial food of the gods through the corruption of this most sacred ceremony of honoring God and all the unseen reflections of God.

Of course the corruption of this ceremonial practice extends not only to the cultures in the past that have used the deaths of humans as their “food” for the gods but is present today in the Catholic Church rite of communion where the “spiritually blind” participants eat a wafer symbolic of the body of Jesus and drink wine representing his blood.

Many times it is the “returning cultural hero” who brings a new message and method of feeding the Otherworld. Such a person was Quetzalcóatl who brought wisdom as well as peace, knowledge and equality to the people. In his wake, he had substituted a burning, or a gifting to the spirit-world of quail, rabbits, snakes and butterflies, for the priestly controlled brutal feeding of the gods—the blood sacrifice of human beings.

The knowledge and power to conduct burnings was orally passed-on to Sher and me by the late Mom and Vince Stogan who were the revered spiritual healers of the Coast Salish–Musqueam Indian Band. Conducting a burning is very stressful to say the least. There are many tales to be told of burnings, which fly in the face of accepted scientific fact. Since this knowledge was and still is orally transmitted, I can only reveal a few things. Before we open the ceremony by calling in the spirits, I paint myself and my wife with red paint, symbolic of blood. Three plates of food are always required: for the ancient ones, the spirits of the land, and most importantly, the forgotten ones.

In addition to the opening of spiritual seasons such as the opening of the “smoke (long) houses” in the Pacific Northwest for the winter dance season, burnings may be performed for openings and closings including but not limited to weddings, funerals, cleansings of homes and land (the exorcising of spirits that are causing problems), and memorials.

[i] Gerald Massey, Ancient Egypt, 159.

Return to a Green Philosophy

With forgiveness our seeds take root and produce the vines that through divine love bear flowers and fruit… with peace and harmony, we tend the flowers and pick the fruit, and with oneness we eat the fruit and share with all others as brothers and sisters. –Rev. Dr. JC Husfelt (1997)

Have you ever taken the time to go out into nature, away from human encroachment, and just sit on the earth and feel the beauty and love surrounding you, and if you let it, existing within you? You have no other reason than to just be part of nature—no smartphones or tablets, no hiking from point to point, but just you and the Great Mother, seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, and even tasting the essence of the kingdom.

When was the last time you viewed the miracle of sunrise, the wonder of sunset, or the magical rise of the moon in its fullness, reminding us of the interpenetration of light within dark? Have you ever been in awe of the darkness of a new moon, knowing that all growth is born out of darkness? When are you going to awaken to the paradise spread before you?

When I talk about Mother Nature, I’m referring not only to the earth but to the whole of the seen and unseen universe. Mother Nature is wondrous, magical, and a miracle of creation. The universe as Mother Nature is a great concept to embrace. It expands our concern and consciousness for the well-being of all things out to the stars.

The superiority of humans over nature is an entrenched mindset of our culture. This philosophy can only result in a separation mentality from the essential paradise that has provided, and so far still provides, humanity with food, shelter and beauty. Why do so many go along with this separation paradigm? How blind can the majority be when “it is as true today as it was in those ancient times, dimly recalled by legend, that Nature can bestow upon human beings great wisdom and knowledge.”[i]

As a society and culture, our separation from nature underlies many of the problems and ills we face today, from climate change to the worldwide abuse and second-class citizenship of women. Being separate from nature, the keys to the kingdom remain hidden, buried beneath layers of church and institutional patriarchal rule.

On this Earth Day change and transformation are needed. A return to a green philosophy is needed. This is an egalitarian philosophy of humanity’s partnership with the seen and unseen things of the earth and nature—a green philosophy.

Furthermore, society has lost many of the values treasured by past indigenous cultures, such as a partnership with nature, truth telling, and elder/ancestor respect and honor. We need to discover meaning in life—not accumulate money and material things. The equality of men and women as well as the equality of all things—as all have the starlight/divine spark within them—needs to be reinstated. These and other lost values need to be reinstated throughout this earth. Nature needs to be respected, loved and cared for by humanity. We need to be partners in relationship with nature, not its stewards.

Listen, Look and Learn

Life doesn’t occur inside the bubble anymore but inside a box! Science and organized religion separated us from nature, but now, technology has separated us from not only nature but each other. The illusion is connectivity, but the reality is isolation—we are boxes unto ourselves. When was the last time you had a conversation with someone heart to heart and eye to eye that lasted more than thirty minutes? When was the last time you sat and listened to the wind blowing through the trees while watching a bee settle its love on a flower? When was the last time you looked up at the cloud-filled sky’s radiant white and blue?

There is great value in the world. Our world of everyday experience is the world of the divine. They are not separate. The cry of a crow is the sound of the divine. The daily chorus of beauty freely given to us by the winged ones reflects the heavenly music of the spheres. Our ordinary world provides us with an ongoing message of beauty, of spirit. But we need to listen—with quiet minds and hearts.

Nature is wondrous, a precious gem to embrace, and one not to be found within your smartphone or iPad. On this Earth Day and every day; your choice—wake up to the beauty of nature and each other, or stay asleep in a self-contained, secure illusion of life.

[i] Paul Broadhurst, Tintagel and the Arthurian Myths, 24.

Fear is a state of separation—Love is a state of unity/oneness.

What can be said? Fear is a reality of human existence. In a few instances it may help us in life by waking us out of a complacent stupor. On the other hand, there is a fear that is very insidious. Daily, it steals a part of our soul. It is the fear that separates—the fear of the unknown.

The fear of the unknown is the fear of death as well as a fear of life, which creates a sense of powerlessness within us. This may lead to dysfunctional behaviors that give rise to an illusionary impression of power. Fear-based belief systems thrive in such a cultural environment as ours. Terrorism is ever present in people’s minds, and this fear drives people to accept the erosion of their freedoms, and to accept unjust religious and greed-based war. This type of fear enlarges people’s unhealthy egos, as their minds need a secure sense of safety, security, and power.

Fear is the opposite of divine universal love. It will keep us from our bliss and an awakened heart. It sees the world as a dangerous place, recognizing not the earthly paradise that is truly laid out before us. Fear, in its innermost recesses, generates greed and the desire for materialistic accumulation. It is the breeding ground for external power and the abuses that go with that power. It is the curse, but then again, the salvation of humanity, as it has the potential to wake us out of the illusionary sleep of separation. When we let go of fear and the unknown, we let go of separation; the veil is lifted and we see and know oneness of self and others. Our light has evolved.

However, there is one important aspect of Love and Fear. It is not a dualistic either – or; one or the other. Within each human they blend together. The key to life is balance—percentage. Even an awakened person still maintains a bit of fear. But the greater aspect of their being is oneness or love. This is an example of radical nondualist consciousness.

Trump’s Wall is a great example of separation and playing on people’s fear. And is the Wall to keep people out or keep people in?

All over this great earth people are experiencing immeasurable fear. This is due to the ever accelerating present world-wide conditions: natural catastrophes, wars, rumors of wars, global-warming, terrorism, the fear of terrorism, disease, depression and the list can go on and on. For many people, these happenings are ever present—a sad reality of life. For others who have not yet been touched by these events, the fear and the dread, of what the future may bring, is still within the fore-front of their consciousness.

For the ruling humanity and their institutions to stay on a devastating path of ecological ruin, materialistic gain and religious conflict will only result in cataclysmic destruction of the earth and its creatures. Not total destruction, mind you, but it will still be a world left “barren” of resources and beauty where our children’s children, and their children, will suffer greatly. All of this is caused by power-driven, greedy-unhealthy-egocentric elites and their capitalistic and religious patriarchal institutions.

Pure and very simply, capitalistic practices and their political cronies, as well as the religious beliefs of stewardship of nature, destroy the bio-sphere of earth. There is no concern for the welfare of the earth and its creatures if they threaten the bottom-line.

The world is a mess. The so-called compassionate foundations of the world are not addressing the cause of the problem. The ones that need to be stopped; the ones “pushing people” into the dark depths of despair by the present currents of life are capitalistic beliefs and practices, the lack of true democracy, and the inequality propagated by the institutional, political and religious elites—and their paradigms of Institutionalized Hierarchal Religion, Capitalism and “Capocracy.”[i]  They are the ones that need to be stopped and their harmful paradigms destroyed. If you agree with me; keep marching, protest, organize and vote in the mid-term elections of 2018.

[i] In today’s world, democracy is not true and pure inclusive democracy but what I call ‘Capocracy’ or Capitalistic-Democracy. Corporations have taken over America and the democracy on which the United States was founded.

U.S. is now a “’flawed democracy’ instead of the ‘full democracy’ ranking it’s held previously, citing the declining trust in government as the cause. The downgrade now puts the U.S. at 21 in international rankings, below Japan and tied with Italy. In terms of rankings, the top three scores went to Norway, Iceland and Sweden.” (Travis Fedschun, US no longer a ‘full democracy,’ report claims, January 25, 2017, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/25/us-no-longer-full-democracy-report-claims.html)

Nature and Women – One and the Same

Philosophically[i] and practically, it makes sense that “the Earth is female, reflecting the consonance between nature’s fecundity and the fertility of women.”[ii] Millennia ago, the earth as divine Mother was acknowledged and honored as truth. This was a time when a human’s consciousness was one of partnership with nature, not one of domination. This predominator mind recognized “our oneness with all of nature”[iii] and “was far advanced beyond today’s environmentally destructive ideology.”[iv] Both men and women worked together in equality and partnership for the well-being of society and the community.

As the wheel of time turned, things changed, and not for the better—for humanity or for the earth. The goddess traditions were gradually replaced with a paradigm of male domination in all areas of life. The serpent honored by the earth-based religions as a symbol of wisdom, prophecy, and death and rebirth was slowly transformed into an image of evilness by the Jewish scribes’ editing of Moses’s oral teachings and traditions and by the liars of Pauline Christianity. According to Riane Eisler’s The Chalice & the Blade, “the vilification of the serpent and the association of women with evil were a means of discrediting the Goddess.”[v]

It is a fact of history that the earth and women have lived under male domination for thousands of years and have suffered, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually, the consequences of this domination. If you dominate women, you feel entitled to dominate the earth, as the earth, or nature, symbolizes the feminine. If the religious dualistic paradigms of the day put forth and endorse the belief that men are superior to woman and rule the earth and all its creatures, the gate of hell on earth flies open to social, economic, and ecological servitude, abuse, death, and destruction by justifying any patterns of behavior toward the dominated. One of the primary means of domination is control of wealth, bodies, reproductive health, and sexual activity.

The church, the mosque, and the temple have all relegated females and the earth to a lesser status in regard to the rules and authority of males— the mandate that is supposedly God-given. Under this mandate, the rape of the earth, overseen by the patriarchal, capitalist religious or industrial czars, is acceptable—all approved by their god of power and greed.[vi] What subconscious message does this mandate give to males?

There are multitudes of examples of the male-dominated religions controlling, or is it dominating, women’s bodies, reproductive health, and sexual activity. These range from the covering of the head or female body in Islam[vii] to the condemnation of birth control as a sin by the Catholic Church. These examples even extend to the founding and subsequent history of Iceland.

The Land of Fire and Ice was founded by the Norse in the ninth century after the courageous Norse pagan purists left Norway to escape from the Christian tide that was overwhelming other pagan cultures and religions. In their new homeland, their freedom of body, mind, and spirit only survived about two hundred years until their Althing, the oldest surviving parliamentary institution in the world, declared Christianity the religion of Iceland. As a concession to the Norse pagans, their beliefs and practices were allowed to go underground. The point of this is that before the church took over Iceland, men and women were equals in society. The primary crime was blood feud. After the church established its dysfunctional beliefs, women were regarded as inferior to men, and the most frequent crime—incest! Men now owned all women’s bodies.

[i] This is excerpted from Do You Like Jesus—Not the Church?

[ii] Brian Leigh Molyneaux, The Sacred Earth, 10.

[iii] Riane Eisler, The Chalice & the Blade, 75.

[iv] Ibid., 75.

[v] Ibid., 89.

[vi] “According to a new report by Rainforest Action Network the banking sector is a major source of climate disruption, perpetuating the reliance on dirty energy sources and enabling polluters. The report states that despite

the fact that the insurance industry has identified climate change as a significant risk of loss, banks like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase continue to invest in polluting energy industries like coal at the expense of renewables like wind and solar.

“The big banks will do whatever the big banks need to do to turn a profit. And that usually comes at the greatest cost to middle class lives and livelihoods. In that respect Hurricane Sandy is a little like the foreclosure crisis: both were created by Wall Street and in both Wall Street has somehow managed to escape accountability” (Jessica Pieklo, “How the Big Banks Helped Cause Hurricane Sandy,” November 1, 2012, http://www.care2.com/causes/how-the-big-banks-helped-cause-hurricane-sandy.html).

[vii] “Australia’s most prominent Islamic cleric vowed Thursday to stand strong against widespread outrage over his description of women who don’t wear head scarves as ‘uncovered meat’ who invite rape” (Rohan Sullivan, “Rape Comment by Islamic Cleric Stirs Up a Storm,” Seattle Times, October 27, 2006, A15).