Sunday, May 10:
I’ve spent the last several days immersed in deep thought and self reflections. I’m finishing a great book that led to a major breakthrough for me called The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues. The law of attraction has lined up the perfect reading list for me.
I read Chicken Soup for the Soul. It reminded me of the importance of holding gratitude and acknowledgment in my daily life.
I read a book on editing, and the various steps in publishing. I’m sure I’ll write a book one day and it also had some tips for the news service I’ll be launching shortly once I’m out of this caging facility.
I read biographies of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. it showed me how bleak their situations became at times.
I read parts of the bible and the Ko’ran. I’m beginning to see and understand the universal teachings all of the major religions are based around.
I was lead to these religious books after reading the true story of Edgar Cayce, who could diagnose complex medical conditions of patients he had never met; having only their name and address – by going into a trance. He would recommend natural cures and treatments that worked, long after the doctors had given up hope. Over the 40+ years and tens of thousands of documented cases, he also came across a man who sought to unlock the secrets of the universe; man’s existence, our purpose.
This was the most fascinating part of the book for me. Essentially the readings described god as the source energy, the spirit as something separate from god – imperfect, existing in this capacity to experience. The soul experiences through the “earthen plane” where free will exists. The body therefore is simply a vessel through which the soul expresses itself. A wall goes up between the soul and the human experience so free will may exist, and we may reach enlightenment through what ever path we choose, over many lifetimes. Edgar struggled with this concept of reincarnation, having read the bible over 30 times and being a Sunday school teacher most of his life. He didn’t understand why reincarnation is not in the bible or taught by the major religions.
The readings told them the soul places itself into a physical embodiment in order to eventually, through many lives on many planets, reach perfection and rejoin god. Eventually Edgar was sent an old book that answered this question. Reincarnation was part of the teachings of Christ. “Organized religion” decided the subject of reincarnation was too complex for their feeble minds. Plus, if I could be bad in this life and simply make it up in the next life, the church loses power over the subjects. Unfortunately, Edgar never made the connection that organized religion is primarily a method of gaining control, power and influence over the masses.
The readings helped Cayce understand that Christ was sent as an example to fulfill the law, and that being born again and being denied the kingdom of heaven relate to reincarnation. If a soul has not yet reached perfection through his ways of being, the sould cannot rejoin god, which is perfection.
The book did a much better job explaining these ideas, and I highly recommend it. it really helped flush out my Pantheist belief system, and gave credibility to some of the “mediums” out there who allow others to communicate through them. I believe these people are able to lower the wall between themselves – their human embodiment – and their soul, to allow the soul to communicate directly with them. The soul retains every experience from every life/existence, and has the advantage of whatever perspectiveexist in the non-physical plane. Very fascinating to think about!
I have always found similarities in the teachings, not necessarily the implementation, of all the major religions, I think Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and others were great teachers who understood the idea of presence and being. It saddens me to see such an incredible message distorted and contorted in order to support an organization that seeks to disseminate a now flawed example.
I look forward to diving into the teachings of all the major religions. I plan to read the Ko’ran and the teachings of Buddha, as theese are the spiritual practices I know the least about.
In front of that I have a book called Bury the Chains, which covers the first human rights movement to free the slaves.