PUTIN NUMEROLOGY – RISE OF THE PHILOSOPHER KING

“Vladimir Putin is considered to be the most important geopolitical player in the last 40 years – under his administration, Russia’s profile has risen to a level not seen since the days of the Soviet Union. While many have analyzed Putin’s background from historical sources, I am always interested in the esoteric view and thought it would be informative to see what I could find in Mr. Putin’s numbers.

I work with Numerology professionally and have found it to be 100% percent accurate. Given only two pieces of information, the Birth Name and Date of Birth, a clear personality profile can be calculated, giving insight into one’s motivations, character and innate qualities. More simply put, we can consider numerology to be an archetypal ‘personality test’ that indicates the inner motivations of a person that may not be apparent from publicly available sources….”

READ MORE:  http://www.akaida.com/blog/putin-numerology-rise-of-the-philosopher-king

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I did the same thing with esoteric astrology, which is also a very accurate science revealing the Soul Mission of an individual for the present lifetime.  I also spent a week researching present lifetime evidence of the truth of various elements found in Putin’s natal chart.  You may read it here:  https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/who-is-vladimir-putin-sabian-symbols-for-vladimir-putin-as-revealed-in-his-astrological-birth-chart/

THE REAL WORD OF MOTHER/FATHER GOD IS A GLORIOUS OPEN BOOK FOR ALL TO BEHOLD!

THE REAL WORD OF MOTHER/FATHER GOD IS A GLORIOUS OPEN BOOK FOR ALL TO BEHOLD!

Nancy, with Twin Flame Uriel

nature spirits wih nature[i]

 purple flowers httpwww.azaret.combg%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%B9%D1%82ascension_in_20124854

[ii]

Our loving Mother/Father God created a glorious, loving world in which her/his god-children could live and evolve into Adult Creator Gods. All of creation is conscious and has something to teach us, if we will listen, because the Love energy of Mother/Father God is present within all of creation … it is the breath we breathe, the life force granting life to all created form.

Humanity can listen to the Word of Mother/Father God by attuning to a tree, a flower, a sparkling flowing stream. Nature is Mother/Father God’s Bible. As we listen to nature, we listen to beauty … to love … to healing sounds. Our souls are nourished by the color vibrations within nature. Nature, as Mother/Father God’s Word, teaches: God is Unconditional Love … God is beauty … God is ever-present with us as soothing, loving, healing energy.

In contrast, reading the Bible, believed by many to be the Word of God, we read of violence … of revenge … blood sacrifices. We often feel fear, apprehension, dread of getting too close to God. However, interpersed throughout the Bible are nuggets of inspiration—there is nowhere where God is not present. Sadly, many tend to view the Bible as the only, complete and therefore final word of God. When that is the case, we close our minds and hearts to receiving the gifts Mother/Father God offers us through nature. In fact, the teaching that the Bible is the only and complete Word of God led to the “God is Dead” theory in the 1960s. “If God no longer speaks to us, then He must be dead” was the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn.

One of the inspirational stories within the Bible tells of Jesus healing a blind man by making clay of the dust of the Earth and his spittle, then placing it over the blind man’s eyes. Jesus used natural substances to heal.[iii] A woman touched the hem of his garment and was healed by energy transfer.[iv] He spoke, and the Roman centurion’s servant was healed.[v]

Listen to the angelic voice of a 9 yr. old girl … feel the healing energy in her voice … become conscious of yourself and people in the audience shredding tears—tears of healing and thanksgiving for God’s gift of healing sound coming to you through an angelic child, Amira Willighagen. Music and sound can be an instrument of healing. Amira has never had a voice lesson. She is using a talent she chose to bring with her into the present incarnation.

Unknowingly, many turn away from God’s natural supply of healing modalities and the avenues through which they can listen to the Word of God. Every facet of nature is cared for by an angelic spirit.

Tree angel[vi]

Angelic god of trees

 mountain god

[vii]

Angelic god of a mountain

  god of ocean

[viii]

Angelic god of the Pacific Ocean

 Feel the beauty of a loving Mother/Father God as you walk in nature. Corrine Heline, a clairvoyant and daughter of the family who founded Duke University in North Carolina, interpreted the entire Bible at the hidden wisdom level. She has also written that she can hear music as the grass grows; she hears instrumental music and sees its color vibrations filling the air. Mother/Father God’s Word is beauty, love, healing, peace. We do God a terrible injustice when we proclaim an unforgiving God of violence, who clings to grudges for eternity. One and the same God cannot create such unfathomable beauty and healing while at the same time displaying the violence, the anger of the God portrayed in the biblical text.

Precious gemstones are another of Mother/Father God’s gifts of healing. All of Mother/Father God’s creation has purpose and some level of consciousness. As Physics 101 teaches: “Everything is Energy.” To be characterized as Inanimate simply means not capable of life as humans know it. We can communicate with all things. I long ago began naming my cars and thanking them for being faithful and dependable. At one point in my life, my car ran for several days on an empty tank of gas. (Just one of many unexplainable miracles in my life—the gas meter was not broken.)

tumbledhealingstonesflickr“Color carries the properties of light so it has the capacity to penetrate everything, even our bodies, and it initiates balancing mechanisms. This makes it a very effective healer. For centuries, color has been determined to dramatically affect health, inner harmony and even emotions. With the effective use of its medical or healing properties, it has established a holistic healing method called color therapy.” [ix]

The more we study nature, the closer to our Mother/Father God we become. The Word of God in Nature is gentle, loving, healing to our energy field or aura.

Sorrowfully, the acceptance of the violent, vengeful, punishing God presented to us by religion has led to the human creations resembling our view of God. We turn our backs on all the gentle beauty of nature and instead, commit acts that are destroying our planet. We experience violence in nature because one of the Universal Laws is “Like Attracts Like.” As a result of not knowing and understanding the Universal Laws, we tend to blame God for so much of what happens, often accepting it as punishment.

Our loving God Parents did not create us as beings separate from them. All of us are connected to our God Parents by an umbilical cord of Light, the silver cord mentioned in Ecclesiastes.[x] We are not just our physical bodies. We are Divine Beings—temples of our indwelling God. This chart of our Divine Self reveals what are interpenetrating parts of our being—our lower bodies—the physical, emotional, mental (our lower mind-the intellect); our Higher or Christ Self, including our Intuitive Mind; and our I AM PRESENCE. The Silver Cord extends from our heart chakra to our Higher Self to our I AM PRESENCE We have a direct connection to our indwelling God. We are never alone or separated from our Mother/Father God. Divine-Real-Self-Presence-WhyamIhere-ElizabethClareProphet-www-tsl-orgWe forget, or do not know, that each one of us is an integral part of our loving Mother/Father God’s Divine Plan for the Cosmos. Yes, within the constantly expanding cosmos, each of us has a Celestial Name.[xi]

planets 2[xii]

Talking with the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, God reveals to him: “Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you; and before you came out of the womb I sanctified you and ordained you a prophet to the nations.[xiii] Jeremiah is relating his own experience; however, each of us have, likewise, been lovingly prepared for each incarnation. Our Spirit Guides assist each of us in planning which talents our Soul desires to develop and use; which lessons our Soul plans to learn, and through which experiences we choose to learn them; and anything else we want to accomplish during the forthcoming incarnation. Not a single one of us is an accident; we are known by Mother/Father God prior to leaving the heavenly realms and we enter physical incarnation possessing a unique Celestial Name and Soul Contract. As an additional indication of Mother/Father God’s Unconditional Love for each of us, our Spirit Guides make sure we do not take on more for any one incarnation than we can successfully accomplish! The only way we can fail is to refuse—knowingly or unknowingly—to walk the Path our Soul has mapped out for us. At that point, failure can alert us that we have veered off our Soul’s Path, or that we are not even attempting to follow our Soul’s Path. Asking our Intuitive Mind, “What am I to learn from this experience?” can be a very helpful way to stay on our Soul’s Path!

Our loving Mother/Father God did not leave us without a way to know our role in the Divine Plan. We can look to the heavens. All human beings are born into physical incarnation under one of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Biblical zodiac[xiv]

 As you read about each sign below, notice that the zodiac signs take you through the process of spiritual evolution, which is achieved in a spiraling circle, taking us through each of the 12 zodiac signs numerous times—granting us the opportunity to enhance our spiritual maturity via each incarnation’s basic soul purpose and taking as long as we need. This process of spiraling growth is what Jesus referred to when he stated: “He who believes in me [i.e. wants to achieve Christed Consciousness] shall do the works which I do, and even greater than these things he shall do, because I am going to my Father.” [xv] In other words Jesus knew his ascension was approaching. The hidden wisdom within the biblical story of Jesus’ life was a symbolic physical manifestation of each stage required in our own ascension process. Our loving Mother/Father God sent a Wayshower to Earth to reveal to us the Pathway to Ascension.[xvi] Spiraling growth

Each sign reveals in a general way the Basic Soul Purpose of the particular lifetime. The Basic Soul Purpose for each zodiac sign is:

Aries – To establish a separate identity; to be a “birthplace of ideas.”

 Taurus – To establish a sense of true meaning and value in life.

 Gemini – To learn through a variety of experiences.

 CancerTo find and stabilize your own inner anchor.

 Leo – To search for wholeness within Self, the developing of a strong sense of unique individuality, the knowledge of Self as a Part of the Whole.  Leo’s inherent creativity is to flow from the well of self-awareness in an individualized form.  Leo is to be all he/she can be.

 Virgo – The search for meaningful service.   Virgo works to create/implement forms for the externalization of the Soul onto the physical plane.  Virgo asks, “How can I express the Christed Consciousness within my daily work and lifestyle?”

Libra – The search for the soul mate.  Libra is learning to perceive right values and to make perfect judgment in dealing with others.  Libra is attempting to balance the polarities of life, especially as they relate to the masculine and feminine energies.

Scorpio – A Scorpio incarnation is an arduous one involving the search for transformation.  Scorpio incarnated to win the battle of Armageddon within self, to engage in the struggles between the lower self’s desires and passions – and – the soul-centered Self.

Sagittarius – The search for wisdom.  Sagittarius offers the opportunity for the individual to orient self to some lofty objective—one which will unfold a still higher goal and grant a conscious direction in life.

Capricorn – A Capricorn incarnation is one of initiation—the “gateway through which the Accepted Disciple, having walked the Path of life through nine tests (or zodiac signs), is now ready to culminate her/his journey and ascend to the Mountaintop.” (Alan Oken) Capricorn is the pathway to Transfiguration.

Aquarius– An Aquarian incarnation is one in which he/she is to be the “Waterbearer” to humanity.  Aquarius’ goal is the figurative “baptizing” of others with his philosophy of life.  When the traveler reaches Aquarius, the meaning, beauty, and function of the group becomes increasingly apparent.  Life is led as a conscious service to humanity and to “Those Who Also Serve.”

Pisces – A Pisces incarnation is one in which she/he struggles with duality, especially the struggle of fusing the personality with the Soul/Higher Self.  Pluto, as her/his soul level ruler, provides the necessary destruction of old forms from previous incarnations so that renewal may take place as the soul returns into a new cycle as Aries.  Pisces is both the culmination of a cycle and preparation for a new cycle on the spiritual evolutionary spiral.

Note that the first 4 zodiac signs’ basic Soul purpose involves the stages of growth that prepare us for higher and more complicated service to others. It is right that each of us first take time to develop into a mature adult as preparation for greater service. Remember, our Soul growth occurs through the zodiac signs at an ever-higher level of the spiral. Being born into Aries does NOT mean you are a less mature Soul. It means you are ready to begin a new cycle of growth. Competition is not a part of a loving Mother/Father God’s Divine Plan.

the new youThe New You

 The ways in which our Mother/Father God reveal and demonstrate their Unconditional Love for every one of their children are innumerable. It is time for us to re-vamp our concept of God from One who partakes of violence to One who is Absolute, Unconditional Love revealing Self through the Word of Nature in its unending variety and beauty!

As we transform our concept of God, we will also transform our planet into one of love, beauty, and peace. Our concept of God directly impacts the way we behave toward our planet and its inhabitants!

_______________________

[i] http://bigpicturequestions.com/tag/nature-spirits/

[ii] http://www.azaret.com/bg/%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%B9%D1%82/ascension_in_2012/4854

[iii]   John 9:6.

[iv]   Luke 8:40-48.

[v]   Luke 7:1-10.

[vi]   Geoffrey Hodson, Kingdom of the Gods.

[vii] Geoffrey Hodson, Kingdom of the Gods.

[viii] Geoffrey Hodson, Kingdom of the Gods.

[ix]   http://www.essence-of-mineral-makeup.com/color-therapy.html

[x]   Ecclesiastes 12:6.

[xi]   Dane Rudhyar, an internationally known astrologer and author of esoteric astrology books, refers to our esoteric astrological natal chart as our Celestial Name.

[xii] http://buzzerg.com/102428-space-planets-id-56543.htm

[xiii] Jeremiah 1:5.

[xiv] http://www.wordcf.org/stars.html

[xv] John 14:12.

[xvi] See: http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/ascension.html

 

YOUR CELESTIAL NAME Is displayed in your esoteric astrological natal chart. Part 1 of Medical Astrology

YOUR CELESTIAL NAME

Is displayed in your esoteric astrological natal chart.

Part 1 of Medical Astrology

Horoscope circle

My career as a vocation rehabilitation counselor literally drove me to study esoteric astrology. It was my job to guide severely handicapped individuals into a fulfilling vocation where they could become independent, productive citizens. I was repeatedly asked by these individuals “Why did God make me like this?” Not knowing the answer to their questions sent me on a journey of discovery that would not let me rest until I found some satisfying answers and the means for these individuals to overcome their challenges.

I found these answers by studying esoteric astrology. Now that I no longer have the time to personally interpret natal charts, I have placed a series of free lessons in esoteric astrology on my website. Interested individuals can discovery very meaningful information about themselves by studying these lessons and following the instructions given. These lessons are located at:

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm

Dane Rudhyar, an internationally known astrologer, calls the natal chart the individual’s celestial name. It is a map of the soul that, if used correctly, guides the person in selecting the most beneficial ways to live out this earth plane existence.

A God of love will not allow us to incarnate into a physical body without also providing the means by which we can know the divine plan for our lives. Astrology is one of these means. It is a science of soul transformation. The natal chart reveals our unique positive and negative aspects. We utilize the chart correctly when we use our freewill to choose to focus on and develop the positive aspects. As we do so, the negative aspects act as lessons to be learned. If we choose to be lazy and simply allow life to happen to us, the negative aspects may become our predominant personality characteristics. We may never realize the positive aspects.

God’s love for us is evident in the configuration of the natal chart. I have seen some very difficult charts, but inevitably the positive aspects or influences of strength needed to overcome obstacles are always present. Having access to our natal chart gives us an overview of the possibilities in our lives. We can then freely choose the way in which we relate to these alternatives. We can live with our eyes open, rather than stumble around in the dark, wondering what purpose our lives have.

I felt God’s loving presence as I constructed a natal chart, the old way, without access to computer software to do it for me. Astrology is based upon an intimate interconnection with the entire universe. This universal connection is mirrored to us in myriad intricate ways; the planets and stars in our universe are one of these ways. Just as the Moon affects the ebb and flow of the ocean waves, so the planets and stars in our universe affect us. I find it comforting to know that I am a vital part of the universe. I have a celestial name given to me by the universe in which I live. The young man with cerebral palsy has a celestial name. The college student, rendered a quadriplegic in a car accident, has a celestial name. Even the small boy, locked in a distorted body without the ability to speak, has a celestial name. God does not allow those, born with deformities of body or minds challenged in their ability to comprehend, to enter this physical life without a means of learning their celestial name. And in that name can be found purpose and meaning in their present lives. Feel the difference it makes when we realize these young people have a celestial name … when you recognize you have a celestial name.

Our Mother/Father God is Absolute Love.

If we look at life and question this Universal Truth—Mother/Father God is Absolute Love—we have not found Truth. Keep searching. Truth does not have room for answers that involve repression of our real gut feelings or refusal to ask questions because, as many Christians are taught, “it may cause me to lose my faith.” If your faith will not allow you to ask probing questions in your search for understanding, you have not yet discovered Truth.

Continue your search.

Universal Truth stands alone with no need of defense or manipulative behavior, such as repression of our curiosity. Universal Truth cannot be toppled. Statements such as “my truth” simply mean “this is my understanding of the One Universal Truth at this point in time.” It expresses the need to continue searching for Truth.

In the West, we have heretofore been advocates of empirical science. If we cannot see it and prove it, we tend to dismiss it as non-existent or superstition. We say, “Only the uneducated fool would dabble in astrology, magic, or divination.” We, then, lift our heads in a display of intellectual superiority.

When we do so, we ignore historical facts. Our Western history books have hidden the history of astrology under the category of astronomy. The heavenly configurations have fascinated humanity from its earliest beginning.

Astrology and astronomy were established as sciences around 5000 B.C.E. in Chaldea and Babylonia. Many of the great names in the history of our world civilization were astrologers. Our Western history books simply call them philosophers, astronomers, doctors of medicine, theologians, politicians, mathematicians—ignoring the fact that astrology played a major role in their lives and thinking.

Some unknown to us astrologers were: Pythagoras, Empedocles, Plato, Socrates, & Aristotle.

From the earliest times, doctors of medicine were fascinated by the science of astrology. Hippocrates, born around 460 B.C.E. and known as the “Father of Medicine,” used astrology as the most scientific means of diagnosis available to the Greek physicians of his time. The Hippocratic School of Medicine focused on the study of the natal chart to determine the specific make-up of their patients. Galen, born in 30 C.E., is called the “Father of Experimental Physiology.” His treatise Prognostication of Disease by Astrology resulted in widespread knowledge of astrological medicine. A synthesis of medical thought and astrological medical knowledge, Galen’s books dominated the field of medicine for 1500 years.

Additional unknown to us astrologers were Ptolemy, Dante, & Roger Bacon, who taught: Medical astrology is valid because the functions of the physical body are determined by the influence of the stars.

Thomas Aquinas is still considered to be one the great Christian theologians. He placed importance upon the science of astrology in the study of natural science. According to Aquinas, God rules the inferior creatures—our earthly bodies—through superior creatures—the stars.

***Both Bacon and Aquinas believed the rational soul of humanity and the gift of freewill to be exempt from stellar influence. This exemption reminds us that we give away our inalienable sovereign power as god-children when we choose to give absolute power to the transits of planets and stars. Transits influence our lives in accordance with the amount of ruling power we choose to give them. ***

Paracelsus and Jerome Cardan were also unknown to us astrologers.

In the late 15th century, the Roman church condemned astrology. Yet astrology continued to influence the greatest of minds. Among these is Nostradamus, a physician and astrologer born in 1503. Two great English scientists and astrologers were Edmond Halley, born in 1656, and Isaac Newton, born around 1642.

The list of great minds continues. Shakespeare, an astrologer in addition to being a playwright, depicted his characters using astrology correctly. William Lilly, born in 1602, and Nicholas Culpepper, born in the early 1600’s, were physicians who used medical astrology. Though modern astronomers seek to ignore the fact, Copernicus, Kepler (the “founder of modern astronomy and astrology”), and Galileo were all astrologers.

Born in 1596, Descartes believed it important to record the positions of the planets at the moment of birth because immediately after birth, the brain tissues set themselves and conserve throughout life the first impressions they received. Today, astrologers use the exact birth time usually recorded on our birth certificate.

During the four hundred years since Descartes, the empirically based scientific Western community has sought to deny the validity of astrology. However, it has been unable to prove any falsehoods in astrological beliefs. Instead, an increasing number of scientists are actually studying the impact of the stars and planets upon humanity.

World renown psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that “synchronicity” explains how astrology works. Planets do not cause certain events. Instead, they are symbols of cosmic forces. The patterns they form synchronize with events on our planet Earth. In later life, Jung used the natal chart as a tool for working with his patients.

(The complete article, from which the above excerpts were taken, with endnotes, may be found at: http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology_sacred.html)

I present this brief history of astrology, particularly medical astrology, in order to gradually provide you with information that should assist you in maintaining good health and physical weight suiting your body type. This information will consist of the Cell Salt for each Zodiac Sun Sign and a list of the major foods containing that cell salt. Homeopathic medicine now uses the 12 cell salts as one means of maintaining good health and the healing of physical conditions. However, I do not know if or how much information attributed to medical astrology is recognized in homeopathic medicine.

PART 2

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/you-are-a-very-unique-individual-can-enhance-your-health-by-eating-in-accordance-with-your-sun-sign-medical-astrology-part-2/

WAKE UP TO 2012 & BEYOND – OCTOBER 4, 2012 – LORNA BLAKE INTERVIEWS NANCY DETWEILER

WAKE UP TO 2012 & BEYOND – OCTOBER 4, 2012

A BLOG RADIO TALK SHOW

WITH

LORNA BLAKE

SPIRITUAL TEACHER – HOST

INTERVIEWING

NANCY DETWEILER

THE SECOND SEGMENT OF A FOUR WEEK SERIES

 

In this segment, Lorna & Nancy discuss esoteric astrology as a means of getting to know self and the individual Soul Contract each of us create with our spiritual guides before we incarnate on Earth.  Esoteric astrology is based upon reincarnation and the recognition that we are continually evolving into greater consciousness.

The biblical book of Job is the story of our journey into enlightenment or ascension.  Job’s story ends with him telling God:  “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee.”  (quoting from Job 42:5 – Lamsa’s translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta—the language used by the earliest of Christians)

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wakeup2012/2012/10/04/wake-up-to-2012-beyond–episode-2

After listening to this show, you may like to read the following:

 FOLLOWING OUR INDIVIDUAL ROAD MAP TO ASCENSION

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/roadmap_to_ascension.html

HELL = JERUSALEM’S GARBAGE DUMP

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/hellasdump.html

 

WHERE ARE YOU, GOD?  A METAPHYSICAL INTERPRETATION

OF THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF JOB

http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/chapel/index.htm

HISTORY OF ASTROLOGY IN JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY

HISTORY OF ASTROLOGY

IN

JUDAISM & CHRISTIANITY

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

        Say the word astrology in religious circles and I am most likely to hear the comment:  “That’s pagan” or “We aren’t allowed to study astrology.”

In an effort to discover why an ancient, extremely accurate science is considered pagan and taboo by the present Judaeo-Christian community, I discovered some very interesting information.  I offer a portion of that information in this article.

 (Excerpt from my article “Astrology: Sacred Or Taboo?”)

        Astrology and astronomy were established as sciences around 5000 B.C.E. in Chaldea and Babylonia.26 Many of the great names in the history of our world civilization were astrologers. Our Western history books simply call them philosophers, astronomers, doctors of medicine, theologians, politicians, mathematicians—ignoring the fact that astrology played a major role in their lives and thinking.

Born in 572 B.C.E., Pythagoras, as a result of his study of the heavenly configurations, knew the Earth is round. Many of our history books ignore this fact. Through his study of the stars and their relationship to humanity (the science of astrology), Pythagoras developed his doctrine of the harmony existing between the heavens and our planet Earth, the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of humanity. After his murder, Empedocles, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle continued the study of this doctrine.27 Aristotle taught that our planet is inescapably linked to the motions of the cosmos of which it is a member.28

From the earliest times, doctors of medicine are fascinated by the science of astrology. Hippocrates, born around 460 B.C.E. and known as the “Father of Medicine,” used astrology as the most scientific means of diagnosis available to the Greek physicians of his time. The Hippocratic School of Medicine focused on the study of the natal chart to determine the specific make-up of their parents.29 Galen, born in 30 C.E., is called the “Father of Experimental Physiology.” His treatise Prognostication of Disease by Astrology resulted in widespread knowledge of astrological medicine. A synthesis of medical thought and astrological medical knowledge, Galen’s books dominated the field of medicine for 1500 years.30

Born around 100 C.E., Ptolemy had the reputation for being the greatest astrologer/astronomer of all times. During Ptolemy’s day, “astrologia” and “astronomia” meant the same thing.31 His Tetrabiblos marked the culmination of astrological thought in the Graeco-Roman world. This book marked the end of the controversy concerning astrology. Tetrabiblos laid the foundation for the modern science of astrology. From that point on to the 17th century, astrology and medicine were allies.32   

(Endnotes #26-32 refer to:  Zohar, The History of Astrology)

Sometime before the 1st century, Jewish synagogues were formed.  Their time of origin is unknown; however, by the 1st century they had become a well-developed part of Jewish culture.  (Harper’s Dictionary of the Bible)

Astrology had played a role in Jewish history for at least the 2,000 years of the Age of Aries.  Humanity assimilates the characteristics of the zodiac age in which they live.  During the 2,000 years before Jesus incarnated (the Age of Aries), an important part of Jewish worship was animal sacrifice.  The zodiac symbol for Aries is the ram.  Ritual animal sacrifice ended when the Temple in Jerusalem was burned in 70 C.E. (A.D.)  By then a new 2,000 years period—the Age of Pisces—had begun.

Jesus, a Jew, incarnated at the beginning of the Age of Pisces.  The zodiac symbol for Pisces is the fish.  Jesus called his disciples “fishers of men.”  During the Roman persecutions of Christians, they adopted the symbol of fish as a means of communicating who they were.  The fish continues as a symbol for Christianity to the present day.

Jesus pointed his disciples to the next New Age in Mark 14:13 and Luke 22:10.  When it came time to prepare for the Passover Meal in Jerusalem, Jesus instructed his disciples:  “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him”  Since men did not carry water in Jesus’ time, this statement is meant for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.   It is a signal that what is about to happen in Jesus’ life has implications for a later age.  The Age of Aquarius is now dawning on Earth.  The zodiac symbol for Aquarius is a man carrying a jar of water, pouring it out for a thirsty humanity.  Jesus’ ministry was that of a Wayshower for humanity.  He incarnated to show us the Way to Ascension at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius.  The five major events in his life:  birth, baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion, and ascension were physical demonstrations of our own individual pathway to ascension.  2012 marks the year in which Earth and her inhabitants are to ascend to higher planes of consciousness.

During the last centuries of the Piscean Age, both Jewish and Christian authorities have had trouble explaining why astrology was removed from their religious traditions.  That fact that astrology was previously an integral part of both Judaism and Christianity is irrefutable.

“The basic philosophy of the astrologer is religious, regardless of the religious direction from which he seeks the truth.  The basic philosophical thrust of astrology derives from the conviction that the human being, God, and the universe are in some way a unity; that man and universe, if you will, both swim in the sea of space-time whose substance is God.”   (Rabbi Joel C. Dobin, To Rule Both Day And Night:  Astrology in the Bible, Midrash, & Talmud)

The fundamental role astrology played in Judaism is evident in the mosaic depiction of the zodiac on the floors of ancient synagogues.  We cannot look at the evidence and try to explain it away because the artwork does not reflect our own views.  The Old Testament character, Daniel, was described:  “There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods.  In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods.  Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and diviners.”  (Daniel 5:11)  Daniel was an astrologer.  The Wise Men who came to behold Jesus were astrologers.

The photos below reveal the ruins of the Hammath-Tiberias synagogue, used between the 3rd – 8th centuries.

The Mosaic Zodiac on the Floor of the Hammath-Tiberias Synagogue near Tiberias on the western coast of the Sea of Galilee

(Above photos made by Nancy Detweiler)

“That all-in-existence is subject to God’s will is an essential beginning for the astrologer:  ‘One Creator, One Creation’ should be the mantra for every astrologer!  For, combining this latest statement with its forerunner—then man, God, and universe are an essential unity—allows the astrologer to seek in the Heavens for the evidence of God’s will for mankind, which will help the individual person as well as the community realize and act on the basic religious statement:  ‘Make Thy will, my will.’”   (Rabbi Joel C. Dobin)

Mosaic of Zodiac on the floor of the synagogue at Zippori (Sepphoris) in lower Galilee.  Each constellation is correlated with a month of the Hebrew calendar.

http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/synagogue-zodiacs.asp

 “Astrology revealed to me His order and His beauty, and His place for me in the Divine balance that links God, man, and universe into One Balanced Process which never ends in this or on other planes of awareness of life.”                                                                                      (Rabbi Joel C. Dobin)

Mosaic List of Zodiac Signs on floor of synagogue at Ein Gedi

Mosaic Floor of Synagogue at Ein Gedi lists all the signs of the zodiac and identifies their corresponding months of the Hebrew calendar.  Ein Gedi is an oasis located west of the Dead Sea.

http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/synagogue-zodiacs.asp

“Astrology helps man to understand God’s will and to put himself in balance with Divine and universal forces, thus enriching his life and experience.”  (Rabbi Joel C. Dobin)

Mosaic of Zodiac on Floor of Synagogue at Ein Harod in the Valley Jezreel near Mt. Gilboa

http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/synagogue-zodiacs.asp

Mosaic of Zodiac Signs on the Synagogue Floor at Beit Alpha dating to the Byzantine Period – 6th Century – located at the foot of the northern slopes of Mount Gilboa

http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/BeitAlpha.html

“Astrology was so much part of Jewish life and experience and so well respected in our tradition and law that the abandonment of Astrology to follow the chimera of scientific linearality was one of the greatest religious tragedies that ever befell our people.  For in so doing, we abandoned as well the mystical realities of our faith, our abilities to balance our lives and attain Unity, and we have created of our synagogues and temples arenas of contention for power and concern for financial sufficiency….  I write as an astrologer, seeking to turn all those whose various faiths have seemed to abandon them back to their own faith.”   (Rabbi Joel C. Dobin)

Coming out of Judaism, the Christian religion maintained the essential role of astrology in the life of the early church.

Pope is enthroned under the authority of the zodiac.  The zodiac sign of Leo – the Lion – is directly over the Pope’s head.  Leo rules Rome, Italy, positions of prominence, crown jewels, gold, government buildings, monarchs, politics, presidents.

http://www.drturi.com/vaticanzodiac.php

The link to Dr. Turi’s site appears to be tampered with … here it is as of 11/22/13 … http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

What appear to be cardinals, distinguished persons, and monks are receiving instruction in Astrology.

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

A Bible Study Course retailed by the Presbyterian Book Store located at Sixth Ave. & Wood Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Note Zodiac Signs on the Book Cover.

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

God Painting the Zodiac

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

Two fish in the center are the Piscean Age symbol for Christianity.

“Judging by the age of broken pottery found on the floor, the distinctive mosaic style, inscriptions citing Jesus and the apparent pre-Byzantine design, Israeli archaeologists say the structure is most likely a public place of Christian worship that dates to the mid 3rd or early 4th century.”

http://www.drturi.com/vatican-zodiac/

More excerpts from my article – “Astrology:  Sacred Or Taboo”

The 13th century poet Dante taught that the primary moving force for both God and humanity is love. He believed the heavenly host of stars and planets turned under the radiating influence of love. For Dante, physical life is explained in terms of the spiritual.33

Roger Bacon, born in 1214, taught the stars are regulated by angelic intelligences. An individual’s personal nature is determined by the heavenly configurations at the time of birth. Medical astrology is valid because the functions of the physical body are determined by the influence of the stars.34

Born around 1224, Thomas Aquinas is still considered to be one the great Christian theologians. He placed importance upon the science of astrology in the study of natural science. According to Aquinas, God rules the inferior creatures—our earthly bodies—through superior creatures—the stars. Both Bacon and Aquinas believed the rational soul of humanity and the gift of freewill to be exempt from stellar influence.35

Paracelsus was the most renowned and controversial advocate of astrology during the 15th century. Paracelsus taught that activity within the cosmos affects all else. Though he recognized the influence of the stars, he did not believe they completely controlled the destinies of humanity. Instead, he felt that humanity has the capacity to transcend the astrological influence of the stars. The means by which humanity can transcend the stellar influence is wisdom, acquired by the direct study of nature.36

Jerome Cardan, born in 1501, was one of the best minds of his age. A great mathematician, physician, and astrologer, Cardan distinguished himself by the cautious way in which he approached his research, seeking to confirm his assertions with solid facts. Appointed professor of medicine at Pavia in 1547, his published works on algebra and astrology brought him fame throughout Europe.37

(Endnotes #33-37 indicate Zohar, The History of Astrology)

In 1586, Pope Sixtus V issued papal bull Coeli et terras condemning judicial (mundane) astrology.  This condemnation has deprived Christians (Catholic and Protestant) from the esoteric wisdom found in astrology to this day.

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Papal_bull

More Excerpts from my article – “Astrology:  Sacred Or Taboo”

Despite Vatican condemnation, astrology continued to influence the greatest of minds. Among these is Nostradamus, a physician and astrologer born in 1503. Two great English scientists and astrologers were Edmond Halley, born in 1656, and Isaac Newton, born around 1642. Their laws of motion provided a firm foundation for astrological computation. Francis Bacon, born in 1561, recognized the connection between celestial and terrestrial phenomena; however, he opposed the natal chart and consulting astrology for predictions. He declared astrology to be filled with superstition in his De Augmentis Scientiarum.38

The list of great minds continues. Shakespeare, an astrologer in addition to being a playwright, depicted his characters using astrology correctly. William Lilly, born in 1602, and Nicholas Culpepper, born in the early 1600’s, were physicians who used medical astrology. Though modern astronomers seek to ignore the fact, Copernicus, Kepler (the “founder of modern astronomy and astrology”), and Galileo were all astrologers.39

Galileo’s experience offers an excellent example of how the Church hierarchy has controlled the information available to the laity. Born in 1564, a great inventor, experimental philosopher, and astrologer, Galileo invented the telescope. As a result of the telescope, new scientific discoveries were made. Galileo attempted to reconcile these scientific discoveries with the Christian faith in a series of articles: “Letters of Sunspots,” “Letter to Castelli,” and “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina.” His work was to no avail. In 1615, a group of eleven theologians pronounced Galileo’s belief in heliocentric theories absurd, heretical, and contrary to the Scriptures. In 1633, a papal court sentenced Galileo to prison. Galileo recanted belief in the Copernican theory that the Earth moves around the Sun and was placed under house arrest in the custody of a friend.40

Born in 1596, Descartes believed it important to record the positions of the planets at the moment of birth because immediately after birth, the brain tissues set themselves and conserve throughout life the first impressions they received.41

During the four hundred years since Descartes, the empirically based scientific community has sought to deny the validity of astrology. However, it has been unable to prove any falsehoods in astrological beliefs. Instead, an increasing number of scientists are actually studying the impact of the stars and planets upon humanity. They are even willing to speak out for astrology.42 In fact, scientific evidence now demonstrates that astrology works.43

World renown psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that “synchronicity” explains how astrology works. Planets do not cause certain events. Instead, they are symbols of cosmic forces. The patterns they form synchronize with events on our planet Earth. In later life, Jung used the natal chart as a tool for working with his patients.44

(Endnotes 38-42 indicate Zohar;  #43-44 indicate Francis King, The Cosmic Influence)

What harm has been done by the condemnation of astrology?

Dane Rudhyar calls the individual natal chart our celestial name.  It reveals who we are as unique expressions of God and the role we are to play in the unfolding of the overall Divine Plan for Earth’s humanity.

Without this knowledge, we can easily be manipulated and controlled.  We accept ourselves—without question—as the sinful, robotic person we are taught we are.  We feel separated from God and the rest of the universe.  We wonder:  “Is there a purpose in this life?”  We ask:  “Why does God treat me as He does?”

Esoteric astrology is based on the truth of reincarnation.  St. Jerome declared Origen to be the greatest teacher of the Church after the apostles.  St. Gregory of Nyssa called Origen the prince of Christian learning in the 3rd century.  Origen taught the pre-existence of souls and reincarnation.  In 553 C.E. (A.D.), the 5th Ecumenical Council condemned Origen and his teachings as heretical.  “If anyone does not anathematize Arius, Eunomius, Macedonius, Apollinarius, Nestorius, Eutyches, and Origen, as well as their heretical books, and also all other heretics who have already been condemned and anathematized by the holy, catholic, and apostolic church and by the four holy synods which have already been mentioned, and also all those who have thought or now think in the same way as the aforesaid heretics and who persist in their error even to death:  let him be anathema.”  (Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, vol I, ed. Norman P. Tanner, page 119)  Anathema is a “curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication.”  (Webster’s Dictionary)

Those early Church Fathers who taught or believed in reincarnation were declared heretics, excommunicated, and their books were burned.  Other heretics faced horrible deaths, such as being burned alive.  Why?  Think about it.  If you believe you will reincarnate in another body, you cannot be controlled by fear of an eternity in the fires of hell.

The Church existed to hold power over the people, to tell them what to believe rather than have them think for themselves.  Control by fear is not possible if an individual knows who she/he is (astrology) and that he will reincarnate again and again.  There is nothing to fear when we know Truth; therefore, Truth must be hidden from the people.

In the words of Allen Oken in his book Soul-Centered Astrology:  A Key to Your Expanding Self“The aspiration to Soul alignment—the endeavor to merge the personality life of external, material existence with the increasing inner experience of the Soul perceptions and the Life Force—creates a very different life perspective.  In this respect, we are exploring and confronting those changes, transformations, and crises which are part of this natural path of union.  There is a structure, rhythm, and series of Laws which are universal and intrinsic to the joining of the lower and Higher selves.  These struggles and victories are different to each one of us in their outer forms, but absolutely united in their inner, essential energies and cyclic unfoldment.  This is the nature of the relationship between the inner and the outer, the essence and the form, the esoteric and exoteric.  We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties.  Astrology—especially esoteric astrology, and the Soul Force Itself—seeks to give a structure and focus to this process of Self-realization.”

A Church focused on control of its members has no place in the life of those who are on their journey to Soul/Self-Realization.

The Protestant Church may have broken from the Catholic Hierarchy, but it has failed to correct its deprivation of esoteric astrology and reincarnation from its members.  Protestants have also aborted their responsibility to teach self-knowledge as a unique expression of God.  In so doing, it has been easy to teach Christians they are sinful and in need of a blood sacrifice to save them from the eternal fires of hell.  Protestant, too, have controlled by fear.

As a result, two of the most loving expressions of Creator God’s caring for us—astrology and reincarnation—have been eliminated from the Christian religion.

P.S.  In case you are thinking the Bible states astrology or divination is an abomination, I present a complete study of the biblical references in my article entitled “Astrology:  Sacred Or Taboo” to be found at:  https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/astrology-sacred-or-taboo/

The ancient science of Astrology is not condemned as an abomination; instead, the mis-use of it is condemned.

 

GETTING TO KNOW SELF THROUGH ASTROLOGY

GETTING TO KNOW SELF THROUGH ASTROLOGY

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

Zodiac Signs, Ruling Planets, & Symbols in their Natural Houses

        2012 is to be a year in which we get to know self in preparation for Earth, and those inhabitants who so choose, to ascend to higher dimensions of consciousness.

There are many avenues of assistance in getting to know self.  As a professional counselor who used astrology as a counseling tool, I know first hand that astrology far exceeds all other methods.  Using the client’s astrological natal chart allows very precise, detailed information regarding him/her as a unique individual.  As a professional counselor, I had access to and could compare the results of standardized personality tests with the natal chart.  The two are like nursery school and graduate school in the amount of individualized information they provide.  A standardized test report reads much like a copy of the report on a previous client.  The same is true of all other standardized means of testing or knowing self.

I recently posted an article entitled “Are We Being Who We Really Want To Be?”  https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/are-we-being-who-we-really-want-to-be/

This article is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which can be very helpful in determining where an individual is focused in his spiritual evolutionary process.  Using the astrological natal chart in conjunction with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs greatly enhances the knowledge that can be ascertained in terms of individual responses.

Just as Creator God does not duplicate a snow flake, individuals are not duplicated either.   The astrological natal chart is the best possible means to know self as a unique being.  I have found the natal chart to be restricted in the information it affords only by the amount of time allotted to study it.  The natal chart is a limitless treasure chest of self-discovery!

Because it is impossible for one person to study numerous natal charts with great depth, I created a course entitled “Interpreting Your Own Esoteric Astrological Natal Chart for the Purpose of Soul Growth.”  This course is free and on my website at:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm

For those who simply wish to study their Sun Sign, go to:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm and scroll down to the index of Sun Signs—meaning Aries, Taurus, etc.  Your Sun Sign is determined by your date of birth.  In case you do not know your Sun Sign, look under the title, Aries, Taurus, etc., and find your correct birth date and Sun Sign.

We can learn much about self from studying our Sun Sign.  The Sun Sign represents our Soul and is described according to Alan Oken’s three levels of spiritual growth:  1. Personality level, 2. Awakening to the Soul-Personality Relationship, and 3. Soul Centered Level.

The level of spiritual growth needed for ascension is illustrated in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs by the 5th Step – Self-Actualization.  Likewise, the level of spiritual growth needed for ascension is illustrated in much greater detail in the Astrological Natal Chart by the Soul Centered Level.  Using these two indicators can be an excellent resource for us as we increasingly strive to progress on our spiritual evolutionary path to ascension.

I encourage all to embark on this very exciting journey of self-discovery and knowledge.  Knowing self is the way to self-esteem … to being who you really want to be … and the pathway to ascension.

Godspeed in your efforts!

 

ASTROLOGY: SACRED OR TABOO?

Astrology: Sacred or Taboo?

 Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

Excerpts from my book A NEW AGE CHRISTIAN

…. The more I investigate astrology, the more I wonder why people in the West view it with such disdain. After all, it is the most ancient of sciences. I can see how shallow the newspaper horoscopes are. Do people really believe these general predictions are the substance of astrology?

I am finding answers to my questions in astrology—persuasive answers. I am acquiring a way to understand people far superior to the psychological tests we use in the rehabilitation evaluations. The interpretations of these tests are too general. One after another, they all sound about the same. But alas, constructing the natal chart and interpreting it takes too long to be feasible in my work. Besides, in many cases, locating the exact birth time proves to be a problem.

Dreaming of the day I can study whole series of natal charts for particular disabilities, such as mental retardation and mental illness, I focus upon fine-tuning my interpretative skills. I find in astrology massive evidence for a God of love.

Dane Rudhyar calls the natal chart the individual’s “celestial name.”8 It is a map of the soul that, if used correctly, guides the person in selecting the most beneficial ways to live out this earth plane existence. The whole spectrum of choices is visible in the natal chart. God’s overall divine plan is stamped on the chart. This divine plan represents the most positive way for the soul to unfold during its incarnation on planet Earth. A passage of Scripture comes to mind: “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”9

Is God’s book the natal chart? All of my life, I have heard and believed that God has a role for each of us in the divine plan. No one seems to know how we find out this role. “Ask God to guide you” is the answer I get whenever I question a minister or teacher. This is easier said than done. I can seek God’s guidance and believe I receive an answer, but I still want a sign of verification. Requesting and accepting God’s guidance is particularly difficult for the person who lacks ego strength and really has no clue as to the existing positive abilities. We all need outside help.

A God of love will not send us into a physical incarnation without also providing the means by which we can know the divine plan for our lives. Astrology is one of these means. It is a science of soul transformation. The natal chart reveals our unique positive and negative aspects. We utilize the chart correctly when we use our freewill to choose to focus on and develop the positive aspects. As we do so, the negative aspects act as lessons to be learned. If we choose to be lazy and simply allow life to happen to us, the negative aspects may become our predominant personality characteristics. We may never realize the positive aspects.

God’s love for us is evident in the configuration of the natal chart. I see some very difficult charts, but inevitably the positive aspects or influences of strength needed to overcome obstacles are always present. Having access to our natal chart gives us an overview of the possibilities in our lives. We can then freely choose the way in which we relate to these alternatives. We can live with our eyes open, rather than stumble around in the dark, wondering what purpose our lives have.

I can feel God’s love as I construct a chart. Astrology is based upon an intimate interconnection with the entire universe. This universal connection is mirrored to us in myriad intricate ways; the planets and stars in our universe are one of them. Just as the Moon affects the ebb and flow of the ocean waves, so the planets and stars in our universe affect us. I find it comforting to know that I am a vital part of the universe. I have a celestial name given to me by the universe in which I live. The young man with cerebral palsy has a celestial name. The quadriplegic college student has a celestial name. Even the small boy, locked in a distorted body without the ability to speak, has a celestial name. God does not allow those, born with deformities of body or minds challenged in their ability to comprehend, to enter this physical life without a means of learning their celestial name. And in that name can be found purpose and meaning in their present lives. Feel the difference it makes when we realize these young people have a celestial name.

God is love.

Why is our Western society ignoring this valuable healing tool—the natal chart? Part of the reason is that astrology is associated with the occult, a word that seems to conjure up all sorts of weird fantasies. Some people believe the occult is Satanism, black magic, witches, evil.

The word occult simply means “not revealed, secret, hidden from view.” It deals with “matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them.”10 The miracles of Jesus can be termed “occult” because we cannot explain how they happen. Jesus’ miracles are evidence that he knows more about the supernatural world than we do. Does this make the occult a negative reality to be feared?

Yes and No. Humanity has, from time immemorial, sought to use all knowledge for its own selfish gain. Access to and knowledge of the supernatural is a temptation many seize upon for their personal gain. Jesus faces the temptation of using his knowledge of the supernatural for his own gain during his forty days in the wilderness. He knows he can transform the stones around him into bread; that angels are capable of preventing a fall from high places; that he can use his knowledge of the supernatural to seize nations and set up his own kingdom on Earth. Jesus can choose to misuse his understanding of the supernatural or the occult. The difference between Jesus and many human beings is that he has the spiritual strength and integrity to resist these temptations. Jesus chooses to use his knowledge of the occult in ways that bring healing to humanity. Personal gain is not Jesus’ agenda.

In the hands of Jesus, the occult is not a negative reality. In the hands of many human beings, it is used in negative ways. The occult itself is neutral. It is simply knowledge of the supernatural. How we humans choose to use our occult, or supernatural, knowledge determines whether or not it is a positive or negative reality.

Thus our human inclination to misuse all knowledge for our selfish gain is to be feared, not the occult. Occult knowledge, such as astrology, can be extremely helpful when used in beneficial ways.

Another frequent criticism of astrology is that it reduces human beings into puppets of the stars. This is one of the inherent dangers in the misuse made of astrology. God created humanity in God’s own image, with the gift of freewill. However, accepting the responsibility for our choices and the resulting consequences is not easy. Many of us would rather be puppets and place the blame for the circumstances in our lives upon something outside ourselves. Astrology can be an easy target. Instead of viewing the chart configuration as a map of the soul’s possibilities, it can be misused and read as “this is how things are.” A road map offers a choice. We study the map and follow the route best suited to our travel plans. There is seldom only one way to reach a destination. Used correctly, astrology does not interfere with our freewill. It simply points out for us the range of options available. We are to use our freewill in defining the route we wish our lives to take. Examining our natal chart, then making informed decisions, we realize God’s divine plan for our lives. It is a gift from God. Our chart configuration reveals to each of us that we are an indispensable, unique member of God’s created order and plan. We belong. We have purpose. We are important ingredients in the whole scheme of creation.

Some say the Bible tells us not to use astrology. Before we can see what the Bible really says about astrology, we must define three words that tend to be used interchangeably.

1. Astrology is the study of the positions of the planets in relationship to each other and the vibrational influences these relationships have upon humanity. Astrology is both a science and an art. It is a science because constructing the chart is based upon exacting mathematical calculations of the planets’ positions at the time of birth. It is an art because it depends upon the skill and metaphysical knowledge used in the interpretation of these planetary positions. The Wise Men from the East, who come to pay homage to the baby Jesus, are astrologers.11

2. Magic is an attempt by human beings to compel a divinity, by the use of physical means, to do what they wish that divinity to do.12 Moses’ bronze serpent in the wilderness is an example of the use of magic.13 This definition of magic also applies to the traditional interpretation of Jesus’ death on the cross. “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”14

3. Divination is an “attempt to secure information, also by the use of physical means, about matters and events that are currently hidden or that lie in the future. With divination, in contrast to magic, one does not seek to alter the course of events, only to learn about them.”15 The Bible depicts numerous avenues of divination. Among them are oracles, signs, calling up the dead, dream interpretation, casting of lots, visions, and the ephods.16 An ephod is a method of divination, used by the priests to determine God’s response to a “yes” or “no” question asked by the leader of the people. These ephods are called Urim and Thummim. They are worn by the priest in a pouch over the heart.”17

An example of divination by the ephod may be found in Numbers 27:21. “But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the Lord; at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all Israelites with him, the whole congregation.”

The knowledge of astrology, magic, and divination can also be misused for personal gain, to make puppets out of human beings, and to supplant faith in God. Isaiah 47:12-15 speaks to this misuse. “Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed, perhaps you may inspire terror. You are wearied with your many consultations; let those who study the heavens stand up and save you, those who gaze at the stars, and at each new moon predict what shall befall you. See, they are like stubble, the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before! Such to you are those with whom you have labored, who have trafficked with you from your youth; they all wander about in their own paths; there is no one to save you.”

The individual character of the practitioner determines the level on which the Bible places astrology, magic, and divination. Three levels are evident. The astrologers (or Wise Men of Matthew 2) and the Chaldeans, who have priestly functions, (of Daniel 1 and 2) rank on the highest level.18 Daniel is among those highest ranked: “There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and diviners.”19

The second, or middle, level consists of sorcerers, enchanters, and charmers.20 Sorcerers use the power gained from the evil spirits in their work.21 Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 include sorcerers in the list of those who will not enter the kingdom of God.22

On the lowest level we find the “impostors” of II Timothy 3:13: “But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived.”23 The magician in Acts 13:6-11 is an example of the impostor.24

According to the level on which we focus, we can verify that the Bible favors divination or that the Bible warns against it. Astrology is considered a form of divination. At its highest level, we have the Astrologers/Wise Men reading the planetary aspects and recognizing that the long-awaited Messiah has incarnated on earth plane. On the in-between and lower levels, we have definite prohibitions. These prohibitions are based on both the negative use of occult knowledge and the negative character of the practitioners.

I find only one biblical reference in which the higher forms of astrology, magic, and divination can possibly be prohibited. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 reads: “No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or one consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord; it is because of such abhorrent practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” This one reference sits within a biblical milieu that supports a positive use of astrology, magic, and divination. The Bible warns against using the occult for personal aggrandizement.

The Old Testament does condemn bowing down to the stars and planets to worship them as gods.25 Worshipping the stars is one thing. Using our celestial name, the natal chart, as a guide to fulfill our highest potential as cherished individuals within God’s scheme of creation is another. Worshipping is misuse. Implementing the natal chart as a road map for the soul’s positive development is to accept one of God’s gifts to humanity.

In the West, we are also advocates of empirical science. If we cannot see it and prove it, we tend to dismiss it as non-existent or superstition. We say, “Only the uneducated fool would dabble in astrology, magic, or divination.” We, then, lift our heads in a display of intellectual superiority.

When we do so, we ignore historical facts. Our Western history books have hidden the history of astrology under the category of astronomy. The heavenly configurations have fascinated humanity from its earliest beginning.

Astrology and astronomy were established as sciences around 5000 B.C.E. in Chaldea and Babylonia.26 Many of the great names in the history of our world civilization were astrologers. Our Western history books simply call them philosophers, astronomers, doctors of medicine, theologians, politicians, mathematicians—ignoring the fact that astrology played a major role in their lives and thinking.

Born in 572 B.C.E., Pythagoras, as a result of his study of the heavenly configurations, knew the Earth is round. Many of our history books ignore this fact. Through his study of the stars and their relationship to humanity (the science of astrology), Pythagoras developed his doctrine of the harmony existing between the heavens and our planet Earth, the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of humanity. After his murder, Empedocles, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle continued the study of this doctrine.27 Aristotle taught that our planet is inescapably linked to the motions of the cosmos of which it is a member.28

From the earliest times, doctors of medicine are fascinated by the science of astrology. Hippocrates, born around 460 B.C.E. and known as the “Father of Medicine,” used astrology as the most scientific means of diagnosis available to the Greek physicians of his time. The Hippocratic School of Medicine focused on the study of the natal chart to determine the specific make-up of their parents.29 Galen, born in 30 C.E., is called the “Father of Experimental Physiology.” His treatise Prognostication of Disease by Astrology resulted in widespread knowledge of astrological medicine. A synthesis of medical thought and astrological medical knowledge, Galen’s books dominated the field of medicine for 1500 years.30

Born around 100 C.E., Ptolemy had the reputation for being the greatest astrologer/astronomer of all times. During Ptolemy’s day, “astrologia” and “astronomia” meant the same thing.31 His Tetrabiblos marked the culmination of astrological thought in the Graeco-Roman world. This book marked the end of the controversy concerning astrology. Tetrabiblos laid the foundation for the modern science of astrology. From that point on to the 17th century, astrology and medicine were allies.32

The 13th century poet Dante taught that the primary moving force for both God and humanity is love. He believed the heavenly host of stars and planets turned under the radiating influence of love. For Dante, physical life is explained in terms of the spiritual.33

Roger Bacon, born in 1214, taught the stars are regulated by angelic intelligences. An individual’s personal nature is determined by the heavenly configurations at the time of birth. Medical astrology is valid because the functions of the physical body are determined by the influence of the stars.34

Born around 1224, Thomas Aquinas is still considered to be one the great Christian theologians. He placed importance upon the science of astrology in the study of natural science. According to Aquinas, God rules the inferior creatures—our earthly bodies—through superior creatures—the stars. Both Bacon and Aquinas believed the rational soul of humanity and the gift of freewill to be exempt from stellar influence.35

Paracelsus was the most renowned and controversial advocate of astrology during the 15th century. Paracelsus taught that activity within the cosmos affects all else. Though he recognized the influence of the stars, he did not believe they completely controlled the destinies of humanity. Instead, he felt that humanity has the capacity to transcend the astrological influence of the stars. The means by which humanity can transcend the stellar influence is wisdom, acquired by the direct study of nature.36

Jerome Cardan, born in 1501, was one of the best minds of his age. A great mathematician, physician, and astrologer, Cardan distinguished himself by the cautious way in which he approached his research, seeking to confirm his assertions with solid facts. Appointed professor of medicine at Pavia in 1547, his published works on algebra and astrology brought him fame throughout Europe.37

In the late 15th century, the Roman church condemned astrology. Yet astrology continued to influence the greatest of minds. Among these is Nostradamus, a physician and astrologer born in 1503. Two great English scientists and astrologers were Edmond Halley, born in 1656, and Isaac Newton, born around 1642. Their laws of motion provided a firm foundation for astrological computation. Francis Bacon, born in 1561, recognized the connection between celestial and terrestrial phenomena; however, he opposed the natal chart and consulting astrology for predictions. He declared astrology to be filled with superstition in his De Augmentis Scientiarum.38

The list of great minds continues. Shakespeare, an astrologer in addition to being a playwright, depicted his characters using astrology correctly. William Lilly, born in 1602, and Nicholas Culpepper, born in the early 1600’s, were physicians who used medical astrology. Though modern astronomers seek to ignore the fact, Copernicus, Kepler (the “founder of modern astronomy and astrology”), and Galileo were all astrologers.39

Galileo’s experience offers an excellent example of how the Church hierarchy has controlled the information available to the laity. Born in 1564, a great inventor, experimental philosopher, and astrologer, Galileo invented the telescope. As a result of the telescope, new scientific discoveries were made. Galileo attempted to reconcile these scientific discoveries with the Christian faith in a series of articles: “Letters of Sunspots,” “Letter to Castelli,” and “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina.” His work was to no avail. In 1615, a group of eleven theologians pronounced Galileo’s belief in heliocentric theories absurd, heretical, and contrary to the Scriptures. In 1633, a papal court sentenced Galileo to prison. Galileo recanted belief in the Copernican theory that the Earth moves around the Sun and was placed under house arrest in the custody of a friend.40

Born in 1596, Descartes believed it important to record the positions of the planets at the moment of birth because immediately after birth, the brain tissues set themselves and conserve throughout life the first impressions they received.41

During the four hundred years since Descartes, the empirically based scientific community has sought to deny the validity of astrology. However, it has been unable to prove any falsehoods in astrological beliefs. Instead, an increasing number of scientists are actually studying the impact of the stars and planets upon humanity. They are even willing to speak out for astrology.42 In fact, scientific evidence now demonstrates that astrology works.43

World renown psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that “synchronicity” explains how astrology works. Planets do not cause certain events. Instead, they are symbols of cosmic forces. The patterns they form synchronize with events on our planet Earth. In later life, Jung used the natal chart as a tool for working with his patients.44

Additional examples of scientists investigating and verifying cosmic influences are available. RCA has determined that the positions of planets affect radio disturbances. Others have verified that planetary positions influence the occurrence of earthquakes; recorded the influence of particular planetary relationships upon incidences of road accidents; shown that the position of planets alters the biological clocks of humans, animals, and plants; and verified that the phases of the Moon influences human behavior.45

The more I search, the more evidence I find of the tremendous role the science of astrology has played in the history of our western civilization. Now, more than ever, I have to ask, “Why does our society so firmly deny the positive effects of studying astrology?”

No justifiable answer comes to mind.

The History of Astrology in Judaism & Christianity offers additional information and photos/pictures.

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/history-of-astrology-in-judaism-christianity/

 The Endnotes offer additional information.

8 Dane Rudhyar, The Astrological Houses: The Spectrum of Individual Experience (New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1972) 57.

9 Psalm 139:16.

10 Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.

11 Matthew 2:1. See the footnote in the Revised Standard Version.

12 Stephen Benko, “Magic and Divination,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

13 Numbers 21:4-9.

14 John 3:14-15.

15 Benko 594-595.

16 Benko 595-596.

17 Jeremiah Unterman, “Urim and Thummim,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

18 Benko 595.

19 Daniel 5:11.

20 Benko 595.

21 Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.

22 Revelations 21:8: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelations 22:15: “Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

23 Benko 595.

24 Acts 13:6-11: “When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now listen—the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.’ Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went about groping for someone to lead him by the hand.”

25 Zephaniah 1:1-6.

26 Zohar, The History of Astrology (New York: Arco Publishing Co., Inc. 1972) 13-14.

27 Zohar 38.

28 Zohar 53.

29 Zohar 47.

30 Zohar 69.

31 Zohar 76. Also see definition #1 for astrology on pg. 111 in Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary.

32 Zohar 76-83.

33 Zohar 113.

34 Zohar 114-116.

35 Zohar 116.

36 Zohar 150-159.

37 Zohar 160-161.

38 Zohar 176-244.

39 Zohar 198-234.

40 Zohar 227-232.

41 Zohar 250.

42 Zohar 270.

43 Francis King, The Cosmic Influence (New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1976) 43.

44 King 36-45.

45 King 30-34.

THE INTERFACING OF DIMENSIONS AS WE PROCEED TOWARD ASCENSION

The Interfacing of Dimensions As We Proceed Toward Ascension

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

       The majority of Earth humans approach the 2011-2012 ascension process with a concept of life and relationships that characterizes our daily lives on the 3rd dimension.  We orient our lives around societal laws and religions created by fallible human beings.  Although Earth humans have received teachings from Ascended Masters, we very quickly misconstrued them to a point of non-recognition. We most often understand life through the 3rd dimensional physical senses—we believe what we can see, touch, hear, smell, taste, or intellectually perceive.  This severely restricts our comprehension of life, life’s meaning, and our true selves.

The 3rd dimension is the plane of duality—the plane on which we learn life’s lessons by experiencing both good and evil, light and darkness.  It is the plane of illusions … a temporary plane on which we live through the karma of our own making.

Heretofore, Planet Earth’s 3rd dimension has served as our schoolhouse; it has granted us the opportunity to balance the negative karma we have incurred during our numerous lives of residing on this plane of duality.

While living on the 3rd dimension, we have forgotten who we truly are and that the only way to comprehend Truth is through the Higher or Intuitive Mind.  The Intuitive Mind is our gateway to the higher dimensions.

***************

Through the years, many Earth residents have awakened to the 4th dimension—the emotional plane.  Metaphysicians call the 4th dimension the astral plane; the Catholic Church refers to this 4th dimension as purgatory.  At this point in Earth time, most souls depart the physical body and return to the astral plane level with which their degree of spiritual maturity finds resonance.

Astral plane levels range from the very negative hellish regions to the very beautiful.  The one characteristic that relates to all levels of the astral plane is that purification is the goal.  Souls reside on the astral plane until there is no negativity remaining in their auric field.  This means that Earth humans can contact and be contacted by souls living on the astral plane.  In fact, this soul contact is the means by which we have gained knowledge of the astral plane.

We have only to search the internet to find examples of Earth humans’ communication with souls on the astral plane through near death experiences, channeling, séances, and a variety of divination techniques.  Many of our loved ones and spirit guides reside on the upper levels of the astral plane, where negativity has been largely transmuted.  A part of the purification process while on the astral plane is service to others.

For example:  A group of former physical plane doctors may choose to serve from the astral plane by assisting members of a meditative healing group residing on the 3rd dimension.  This joint effort is an interfacing of the 3rd and 4th dimensions.  Communication is telepathic.  Healing techniques vary from psychic surgery – to – members holding the light while the astral plane doctors work on the patient’s etheric body – to energetic healing that often involves a physical plane modality in combination with the guidance of the doctors.

Another type of interfacing with the 4th dimension can involve assisting earthbound souls to move toward the light.  The TV show “Ghost Whisperer” illustrates this well.

A very comforting, but often ignored or ridiculed, means of interfacing with the 4th dimension is the capacity to telepathically communicate with our loved ones who have recently shed the physical body.  Especially while in grieving, we are vulnerable and open.  This openness can result in feeling the presence of our loved ones, receiving telepathic messages, and clairvoyant sightings.

Young children may have what our 3rd dimensional world calls an imaginary playmate.  In Truth, this is simply another example of dimensional interfacing—one child is in physical incarnation, the other remains on the astral plane, but within close proximity.  Deep love/friendship for each other would be the connecting force.  Soul contracts may also involve the reunion of these playmates at some point in the present incarnation.

For the most part, our 3rd dimensional society treats the above examples with a mixture of disbelief, laughter, bullying, and outright accusations of insanity.  Peer pressure holds us in line with a culture that functions on the basis of humanity not knowing its true identity, inner power, or innate skills.

As a result of our lack of knowledge, the interfacing of 3rd and 4th dimensions may involve negative, even frightening contact between souls that are lost in a maze of negativity and ignorance of their true identities.  The 3rd dimension entertainment media thrives on presenting this lower type contact with the 4th dimension.  For whatever reason, many persons enjoy being frightened via horror movies.  They seem to convince themselves that the stories are not real and cannot be real.  At the very least, having this negative, often extremely violent, energy penetrate our auric fields is of no benefit and can be harmful.  The only reason anyone would choose to deliberately allow this lower energy entrance into the auric field would be lack of knowledge that we are individual temples of God, far greater than we know.

***************

Another facet of this interfacing with the 4th dimension is the attunement to spiritual guides residing on the upper levels of the astral plane.  Many who meditate to achieve this attunement tend to do so through the solar plexus chakra, located near the navel.  It is easy to make contact with the astral plane when meditating through the solar plexus.  Much good exists on the upper levels of the astral plane and many souls residing there desire to serve humanity.  Although this contact with service-to-others souls can be very helpful, it is not the ultimate toward which we need to aim.

The astral plane can also be a plane of illusions; various degrees of negativity are present.  Thus the degree of helpfulness found there will depend upon the spiritual maturity of each soul.  Earth humans need to demand that only those who work in the Light make contact with them.  Otherwise, many may be fooled into thinking a “spirit guide” is spiritually capable of serving in that capacity, when the reverse may be true.

Ego plays a huge role here.  Our ego thrives on receiving attention, respect, even honor for being one who is capable of attuning to other dimensions of reality.  The ego will trip us every time.  It sets us up for being used by lower entities who will lie to us and to the ones we may very sincerely desire to help.

Holistic growth—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—is required in order to raise our consciousness to the 5th dimension and above.  We cannot skip stages in spiritual growth.  We have to do the self-disciplined work … we have to purify … we have to stand up and walk as one who is healed by Spirit … we have to learn who we truly are.  Holistic growth allows us to communicate telepathically with the 5th dimension and to channel through the crown chakra into our heart’s sanctuary.  We then speak from the heart with love.

****************

Interfacing 3rd with 4th dimension has become fairly commonplace within the last century.  Many have adjusted to the truth of life after death, reincarnation as a means to balance our negative karma, and the possibility of telepathic communication with those residing on the astral plane.

It is as the 5th dimension begins to interface with our present stance as spirit beings, preparing to ascend en masse with Mother Earth, that the unanswered questions appear.  2011 – 2012 and beyond present us with a growth process for which we have no precedent.

All of us residing on Earth, and planets throughout the cosmos, descended from the heart of Creator God into individualized form.  We all have experienced the realms of unspeakable love and beauty—that realm is our true home.  Throughout eons of time, some of us chose involution into slower vibrations.  We wanted to experiment … to experience life in a variety of settings and on numerous planets.  Many continued the involutionary process until we reached the density of the 3rd dimension.  It is important to keep in mind that our souls descended to this level by freewill choice.  We did not originate here.  However, we did create negative karma that must be balanced on either the 3rd or 4th dimensions in order to ascend to the higher realms.

Humanity is now engaged in the process of evolving upward … in climbing Jacob’s ladder to the higher dimensions from which we descended.  As we climb the ladder upward, we gradually become attuned to the 4th dimension, then the 5th dimension.  As we do so, we encounter the necessity to live within two worlds.

This living within two worlds (or two dimensions) is the part for which we have no precedence.  Heretofore, those souls who chose to involute into the 3rd dimension have lived on that plane until they left the physical body for the 4th dimension through a process we call death.  There was very little simultaneous conscious awareness of the two dimensions.  For those aware of both dimensions, it was not that hard to adjust to the differences because both contain the very loving and the very lost souls.

As we gain attunement to the 5th dimension while residing physically on the 3rd, the differences are staggering and the adjustment much more challenging.  No negativity can exist on the 5th dimension, while negativity is rampant on the 3rd.  What we consider love on the 3rd dimension is tainted with distortions:  selfish love, possessive love, needy love, sexual love, co-dependent love … on and on.  What we call unconditional love on the 3rd dimension is better defined as acceptance of the loved one and his/her foibles, with no attempt to change.

On the 5th dimension and above, love is unconditional.  5th dimension re-introduces us to life characterized by pure love.  Who we are as unique expressions of God energy is totally accepted, appreciated, and encouraged.  Competition is non-existent; there are no losers.

A recent meditative vision opened my awareness to life on the 5th dimension with a depth that I am still attempting to fathom.  As you can read in my article entitled “A Twin Flame Story,” my Twin Flame and I have worked together during my present incarnation for the past fifteen years.  As I explain in the article, he chose to incarnate on Earth very few times, while I have done so numerous times.  Our home base for this stage of our evolution is the planet Venus, a 5th dimensional planet.   I was somewhat consciously familiar with life on Venus just by being associated with my Twin Flame.  Nevertheless, this meditative vision left me without words to adequately describe it.

In this vision, I was standing on a hill amidst indescribably beautiful iridescent colors that seem to float in the air.  I looked down to see a little girl … I was holding her hand.  We both saw a male figure appear at the bottom of the hill and recognized him.  Hand in hand, we gleefully ran down the hill and into the arms of Uriel (my Twin Flame, not the Archangel Uriel).  In that moment I knew that we were a family unit.  The love energy enfolding us was that of ecstasy with no prickly buts about it.  There was absolutely no fear of this love ever fading or disappearing.  This love was eternal and we knew it.  Uriel and I gazed upon our little girl and rejoiced.  Father, mother, and child … a cosmic triangle.

A cosmic triangle … all three sides of a triangle are equal.  On the 5th dimension, children are honored and given every opportunity to unfold into a lovely, unique flower without scars.

One way in which we are presently witnessing the interfacing of 3rd dimension with 5th dimension is through the extraordinary children coming to us.  We call them star children, indigo children, crystal children … they are coming to assist Earth humans to ascend to the 5th dimension.  They arrive with the knowledge of how to live in two worlds.  For us, the task can be more challenging.

Once we have tasted the pure, unconditional love of the 5th dimension, life on the 3rd dimension appears colorless.  Nothing here can compare.  Still, we must carry on with our 3rd dimensional responsibilities.

While residing on 3rd dimension, the majority of our relationships are determined by karma and the soul’s contract.  We are playing roles for each other that enable us to balance karma and to provide a learning environment.  For this reason, most relationships are challenging in one way or another.  Attuned only to the 3rd dimension, we accept these challenges as facts of life and hopefully learn to work positively with them.

In 2011, it is especially important to heal all types of relationships to the best of our ability.  We cannot move forward carrying residual karma with us.  Of course, we cannot force others to seek healing.  We must do our part and release the situation.  In this way, we cleanse our own energy field.  As we do so, we will attract members of our soul family with whom we can joyfully move forward to the 5th dimension.

As soul families attract each other, a major question arises regarding the meeting of our Twin Flame while we are married.  I speak to this briefly in my article “A Twin Flame Story.”  Since writing that article, a married friend met her Twin Flame in a dream.  He resides on the 5th dimension.  She reports the experience of such intense unconditional love and total acceptance of who she is has transformed her 3rd dimensional marriage.  Now she lives within the energy of her Twin Flame’s total, loving acceptance.  She has released the energetic chains she had wrapped around her husband and he is free.  He is a different person—much happier and more thoughtful of her.  She, too, is happier.  Their marriage continues.

Twin Flames are two parts of the same soul.  Even though we may spend few physical incarnations together, there is a subconscious yearning for our other half.  This subconscious yearning is often converted into energetic chains which we tie around our partner.  We expect our partner to fulfill a yearning that can only be filled by our Twin Flame.  The result is a love with all types of strings attached.

How will we cope with the interfacing of 5th dimension with our 3rd dimensional lives and relationships?  I know intuitively that I was given the vision of Uriel, our child, and me so that I would raise this question in my writings.  This child is the soul of a close friend of mine.  So now I not only know the joy of working with my Twin Flame, but also having a friend with whom I have shared a 5th dimensional family unit.  This is the type of friends we will increasingly meet as we move into 2012 and ascension to the 5th dimension.

We are moving beyond karmic relationships.  If you are married or in a committed partnership, both you and your partner have a Twin Flame.  As we meet our soul family, it is important to remember that the goal is not to create additional karma by the manner in which we handle the interfacing of karmic 3rd dimensional relationships with our 5th dimensional ones.  All persons possess a soul family.  It will be up to each of us to lovingly move forward into reunion with our Twin Flame and soul family.

The reward is an indescribable love that stimulates us to be all that we can be.  As one Twin Flame grows in spiritual maturity, the other Twin Flame is positively impacted.  I cannot imagine willfully choosing any action that would adversely affect my Twin Flame.

Reunion with Twin Flames is a part of the ascension process.  At this point, the majority of Twin Flames reside on different dimensions and planets.  The full consciousness that will be ours in the very near future will bring Twin Flames and soul families together in ways that are loving and create pain for no one.  Full consciousness and the 5th dimension are beyond pain.

Our future is very bright as we climb Jacob’s ladder from 3rd … to 4th … then 5th dimension!

A TWIN FLAME STORY

A TWIN FLAME STORY

Nancy B. Detweiler

twinflamespiral500

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29-31

Recently I had an experience that left me in awe of the extent to which each of us is cared for by higher beings.  We all are surrounded by angels, Ascended Masters (Saints in Catholic terms), spirit guides, Twin Flames, and loved ones who have returned to the realms of spirit.  That we are not always conscious of their presence does not mean they are not there.  We live on a freewill planet; those Light beings residing on other planes and other planets can not make contact with us unless we invite them.  I’m sure, however, they communicate with us during sleep when we are more alert and open to speaking with them.

Heretofore, contact with other planes of reality has been viewed with skepticism, ridicule, and accusations of mental illness.  The entertainment media often makes fun of such contact, religious organizations either deny it or remain silent—the whole of our traditional societal structure conspires to have us believe we are alone in the Universe.   For this reason, we tend to react with disbelief when we do become aware that we are not alone.  We are afraid to talk about our experiences lest someone think we are crazy.  We attempt to find a rational, intellectual explanation—to explain it away.

In 2011, multitudes yearn for in-depth connection … a Soul to Soul connection characterized by pure, unconditional love.  Because we have lived thousands of incarnations on this and other planets, it is fairly common to meet Soul Mates—those with whom we have shared a variety of roles in the past. We can experience much happiness with our Soul Mates—within marriage, family, friendships, and work environments. Those with whom we feel especially close, regardless of the role they play in our present incarnation, are very likely Soul Mates.

Twin Flames are different.  Our Twin Flame is the other half of ourselves.  Twin Flames are two halves of the same Soul. The 2nd Creation story in Genesis 2 is a symbolic accounting of Twin Flames—One Soul became Two Halves, Male & Female.

Through eons of time, Twin Flames have chosen a variety of incarnations, often going their separate ways.  One Twin Flame may have chosen to incarnate on Earth numerous times, while the other chose to incarnate on another planet or to spend much more time in the spirit realms.  For this reason, Twin Flames are seldom together on Earth.  Should both be incarnated on Earth, they are likely to be different in ways that can cause the relationship to be difficult, even though the love they share is deep.  Elizabeth Clare & Mark Prophet are the most famous examples of Twin Flames being together on Earth.

Elizabeth & Mark married and had children, but their major mission for coming together was to communicate the Ascended Masters’ teachings to the world.  After Mark returned to spirit realms, Elizabeth carried on their pioneering work.  Because their mission was to introduce new teachings to the world, Elizabeth became a controversial figure.  Through the years, Mark supported her from the realms of spirit.  The Twin Flame mission is not one of comfort and easy acceptance.

Twin Flames come together for a mission.  Theirs is not simply an idyllic love relationship.  The next few years are ones of preparation for ascending to 5th dimensional consciousness.  A part of the ascension process is reunion with our Twin Flame, who is most likely residing elsewhere—on another planet, on a space ship hovering around Earth, or on one of the planes of spirit.  Distance does not deter telepathic communication.  In fact, because you are two halves of a whole, telepathic communication is as simple as having thoughts enter your head and recognizing that they are not your own.

Once we have been consciously reunited with our Twin Flame, accomplishing a mission together is the main item on the pathway to ascension.  Just how the reunion with our Twin Flame will occur for persons presently married, I do not know.  What I have experienced is that there is no jealousy on the higher planes.  The Twin Flame is very respectful of physical plane relationships.  Here, I will tell my story.

I first knew of my Twin Flame in spirit in the early 1980s after several years of reading Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s books.  I had resigned by secure job and gone out on my own.  One day, during meditation, I asked to experience my Twin Flame.  Immediately I was overcome with feelings of immense love … tears streamed down my cheeks.   At the time, I did not know whether or not I would meet my Twin Flame on earth plane.  Like so many of us, I hoped that he would be incarnated on Earth.

The years went by.  In 1986, I met one of the kindest men I have ever known.  It was love within 30 minutes and we never looked back.  I wondered if John and I were Twin Flames, but did not know.  We spent the next 4+ years together then, he returned to spirit following brain surgery and 12 days in the hospital.

Several years later, I had re-entered private practice as a metaphysical teacher and counselor.  One of the counseling tools I used was the Esoteric Astrological Soul Map.  A spirit guide, who appeared elderly, worked with me on the Soul Maps.  One day my guide told me that he would no longer be working with me.  I dissolved into tears of sorrow.  He told me that a younger guide would henceforth take his place and work with me.  That is the day my Twin Flame re-entered my life.

The few times he had incarnated on Earth, we spent mainly in Egypt working on cosmic astrology.  Now, we were back together—once more working with astrology.   He reminded me of his name—Uriel .  I soon learned that I could easily communicate telepathically with Uriel while interpreting a Soul Map.  Outside of our work, we seldom communicated because I was still very conscious of John’s presence with me and still wore my wedding ring.  As I look back, I realize how respectful Uriel was of John’s and my relationship.

One day, during meditation, Uriel and John entered my consciousness together.  John explained that it was time for me to allow him to move on with his own spiritual journey… that I was to remove my wedding ring and some of the many photos of him I had displayed in our home.  He accompanied me around the house as I did so, tears streaming.  I returned to meditation where John told me that he was now reunited with his Twin Flame.

Shortly thereafter, during meditation, Uriel and I attended a Twin Flame Dedication Service on the higher planes.  Thousands of Twin Flame couples were there.  St. Germain officiated.  We all pledged to fulfill our mission together.  The world would resist change, but we promised to continue planting the seeds of a better life for all.

I had known since 1980 that my (our) mission was to bridge the gap between traditional religious beliefs and the spiritual Truths that were increasingly being revealed, such as a recognition of reincarnation as an avenue of spiritual evolution, metaphysical Bible interpretation, and the astrological Soul Map as a means of determining our Soul’s plans for an incarnation.

I recognize now that my Twin Flame stood aside while my physical plane life unfolded with John.   If you are presently married, your Twin Flame may be assisting you in unseen ways from another dimension.  Your Twin Flame may also be teaching you without you realizing from whom the information is coming.

Uriel has become an integral part of my life.  I am aware that much I write is coming from him.  When I was still interpreting Soul Maps, he was very active.  Many times I argued with him over an interpretation because I wanted to see the configuration he was interpreting.  I learned not to question his interpretation.  Numerous times, the person whose chart we had interpreted would enter my house and speak the very words Uriel had used … my client had telepathically received the message unawares.

Although I have grown accustomed to Uriel’s comforting presence with me, I was still awed by an event last week.

The Dept. of Motor Vehicles sent out bills for the 2011 registration in September 2010.  I paid the bill and forgot about it.  Last week, my car’s check the engine light came on and remained on.  From previous experience, I knew the light could mean serious problems.  On my way home, a rider leaned out of a pick-up window and yelled to me, “lights.”  We were moving so that is all I heard.  When I got home, I checked the lights and my exhaust pipe.  I saw no problem.

I made an appointment with Mazda Service for two days hence and prepared not to drive until my car was repaired.  The next day I had errands that I felt needed to be run, so I took a chance on additional damage to my car.  A part of me knew it would be okay.  The check the engine light was still burning.

About a mile from my house, a policeman drove up behind me and turned on his lights.  When we pulled off the road, I cut off the car engine—not wanting it to overheat.  The policeman informed me that my registration was out of date and he would have to give me a ticket, which would mean going to court.  The more we talked, he seemed to realize that I was truly shocked over his news.  He finally agreed to not give me a ticket if I would go immediately to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles and straighten out the problem—I had never received my new registration cards and stickers.  He told me he would check and hold me to my promise.  He left.

When I started the car engine, the check the engine light did not come on.  I drove a couple of errands to be sure the light did not come back on.  When it remained off, I knew my Twin Flame had been trying to make me understand that I was driving with an out-of-date registration.

At the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, I explained the situation to the receptionist, who told me the policeman would have checked his computer to determine whether or not I had renewed by registration.  She gave me a number that would be called and a form to be filled out.  The form required information that was in my car, so I had to go back outside to get it.  Meanwhile, what if they called my number and I did not appear?

DMV was packed, hot, and would be open only another hour.  I was shaken from being stopped by a policeman and uneasy, thinking “what if my number was called while I was outside and I have no way to find out.”  (The numbering system has several series of numbers being called.)

Uriel stayed with me.  Every time I had a worry thought, I heard him say, “You’re okay.”  That went on for the entire 20-30 minutes I sat waiting.  Then, sure enough, my number was called!  My registration had been renewed.  I was issued another registration card with license plate stickers.

On the way home, I was euphoric thinking of the detailed care our friends in spirit give to us.  The verse Jesus spoke of the hairs of our head being numbered took on new meaning.

My check the engine light did not come back on!  I cancelled the repair appointment, knowing that Uriel had used it to get my attention so he could reveal to me another avenue of trouble about to present itself in the form of a traffic ticket.

Even if you are not in touch with your Twin Flame, there are numerous others in spirit who are standing by, willing to care for you, down to the tiniest detail of your need.  Our task is to recognize their presence, open our hearts and minds to them, and invite their participation in our daily lives.

We are never alone … we are loved beyond words! Even if you are not in touch with your Twin Flame, there are numerous others who are caring for all of us, down to the tiniest detail of our need.

Within the ALLNESS THAT IS GOD, there are many helpers!

REINCARNATION IN THE BIBLE – PART 1

REINCARNATION IN THE BIBLE

PART I – HAVE I LIVED BEFORE?

EXCERPTS FROM MY BOOK, A NEW AGE CHRISTIAN:

MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

Often first impressions and initial experiences upon meeting an individual are based in past life memories.  We can choose how we want to respond to these initial reactions.  An instant dislike of the person can indicate a soul memory that needs to be resolved.  The two of you may have come together—according to perfect divine timing—to heal a former relationship.  On the other hand, an immediate gut-level feeling, like “I don’t trust this person,” may be your soul’s warning to “be watchful as you deal with him.”  It is up to you to discern the difference, perhaps by simply withholding judgment until the two of you are better acquainted.

Two excellent introductory books are the story of Edgar Cayce’s life, There Is A River and Gina Cerminara’s book entitled Many Mansions.  Cayce’s carefully documented clairvoyant readings number in the thousands.  They are housed in the library of the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  After twenty-two years of giving readings for medical diagnosis, Cayce surprises himself by tapping into a past life of his subject.46 From then on the readings are filled with the accounts of past life influences upon the medical and life conditions of his subjects.

As depicted in the Cayce readings, reincarnation is a means by which humanity evolves spiritually.  The Bible teaches us, in the allegorical story of Adam and Eve, that humanity chose to turn away from God.47 In doing so, we began our descent into materiality and corruption.  Soon we forgot our true identities as children of God, created in the image and likeness of God.  The Christian narrative introduces the man Jesus as the Saviour, the one who can show us the way out of our spiritual darkness into the divine light of God.  In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commands us, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”48 In an effort to fulfill this commandment, the individual soul repeatedly incarnates into a physical body.  In the spiritual gospel of John, Jesus explains, “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.49 No one need point out to us that we, at this stage in our spiritual evolution, are unable to perform the works of Jesus.

Reincarnation is the means by which the soul evolves into the perfected state and acquires the knowledge of universal law necessary to “do the works” Jesus does.  Reincarnation is God’s grace manifesting in our lives. God’s grace giving us a second chance throughout eternity. Eternal life is just that: eternal, everlasting, without beginning or ending.  Our souls move back and forth between the world of spirit and the world of physical matter.  Once we evolve past the need to incarnate into physical bodies, we continue our spiritual evolution on higher dimensions of existence.

According to the Cayce readings, our physical body, emotions, and mental attitudes often reflect past life thought and behavioral patterns.  The universal law of cause and effect rules all of life, including humanity’s.  The apostle Paul explains this law:  “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.”50 What we sow in the present life will be what we reap in the following incarnations.  For example:  My friend and I allowed unforgiven anger to be sown in our former life’s relationship.  When we meet in this present life, we immediately tap into the residual emotions from the previous life; we reap the harvest of anger we sowed.  This “reaping” need not be a permanent condition.  The grace of forgiveness is always available.  My friend and I can, through our freewill choice to do so, transform the initial anger into resumption of a lasting friendship.

Cayce’s readings are filled with examples of reaping what has been sown in previous lives.  An individual suffering from severe asthma is told, “You cannot press the life out of others without seeming at times to have it pressed out of oneself.”  A deaf person hears this admonition:  “Then do not close your ears again to those who plead for aid.”  This subject was a nobleman at the time of the French Revolution.51 The universal law of cause and effect can manifest itself in any number of ways.

The word karma is closely associated with the concept of reincarnation.  Karma is what we have sown and are now reaping. As long as we incarnate on Earth, each of us is both sowing and reaping karma.  Karma is a neutral word.  Our behavioral choices determine whether we reap positive or negative karma.  At this stage in human spiritual evolution, the majority of us are reaping both negative and positive.  A word of caution is needed.  We cannot outwardly observe the life conditions of another person and think we know what they are reaping.

While still in spirit, our souls prepare for the next physical incarnation by determining the best way for us to learn the lessons set aside for the particular sojourn on Earth.  For example, a soul may choose to be born blind, not because it has been blind to the needs of others in a previous life, but in order to ensure the development of the intuitive self.  In this case, blindness is not the harvest of past negative behavior.  It is the freewill choice of a soul intent on advancing to a higher level of spiritual wisdom.  Jesus gives us excellent advice when he urges, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.”52

As part of the preparation process, a soul chooses to incarnate into the family with whom it feels its purposes can best be met.  A soul desiring a profession in music may choose a family attuned to the benefits of a musical education.  Two or more souls may plan to assist each other in accomplishing their soul purposes.  One soul may incarnate as a mentally challenged child in order to facilitate the parents’ lesson in loving unselfishly.  Once more we see the need to withhold judgment.  The mentally challenged child is not reaping a negative effect.  Neither are the parents reaping the results of sinful behavior.  Instead, the child is participating in an act of selfless service.  The parents chose the lesson of unselfish love for the present incarnation; the child volunteered to tutor the parents.  In so doing, the child’s soul is also benefiting.  The list of possibilities or purposes behind physical incarnation is endless.  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.”

Negative karma very often appears within the arena of close personal relationships.  The Cayce readings seem to infer that a soul’s indifference to human suffering in one lifetime will bring suffering to the individual in a future life.  One of his readings illustrates this fact. A father places his little girl in a Catholic home.  The baby was born premature and hydrocephalic.  His wife died a few days after giving birth.  Wanting to know his previous relationship with his daughter, the father requests a reading from Cayce.  He is told, “In the experience before this you could have helped and you didn’t.  You’d better help in the present.”53

“Why don’t we remember our past lives?” I wonder.

Actually we do.  The fact of reincarnation reveals itself throughout our everyday lives.  We simply must be open to seeing and accepting it.  The child prodigy, love at first sight, immediate antagonism, a compelling sexual attraction, the “I feel like I have known you all my life” sensation, déjà vu experiences, phobias, and seemingly unfounded fears—all can be signals of reincarnation.

Continuity of consciousness, while in the physical body, would be overwhelming for the majority of humanity.  As we are born into the physical plane, we mercifully forget much of what we know.  Our soul decides upon specific goals for the particular incarnation.  To have our minds filled to overflowing with memories of all past lives would be to defeat ourselves before we get started.

A light flashes on in my mind.

“Astrology speaks to the soul’s purpose. Why can it not be interpreted to reveal the lessons our soul would like for us to learn in the present incarnation? Can I see indications of past life memories now affecting the individual?”

My quest for spiritual understanding is becoming even more exhilarating.

The science of astrology is practiced on a variety of levels.  Mundane astrology speaks to the everyday affairs of humanity with little or no attention being paid to the deeper significance of our daily lives.  Most often mundane astrology is interpreted for the future in the form of predictions.

Esoteric astrology deals with the spiritual implications of the predominant thought and emotional patterns of an individual.  Esoteric astrology offers answers to many of our “why?” questions in terms of the spiritual growth needing to take place during this incarnation.  Our role in the cosmic plan can be seen through esoteric astrology.

The Wise Men, depicted in the second chapter of the gospel of Matthew, are cosmic astrologers.  Cosmic astrology is a reading of the heavens in order to predict major cosmic events.  We can see examples of cosmic astrology in the Bible.  The birth of Jesus is one such event.  “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?  For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”54 Near the end of Jesus’ incarnation, he makes reference to cosmic astrology.  In response to his disciples’ questions about his return to Earth, Jesus explains, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.”55

Reincarnation is the foundation upon which esoteric astrology is interpreted.  As I state earlier, reincarnation is the means by which humanity evolves into the perfected state of a child of God.  In our brief look at the readings of Edgar Cayce, we see how our behaviors in one lifetime have impact upon a future lifetime.  Esoteric astrology reveals the ways in which past lives influence the present one.  For example, a client says to me, “Even as a small child, I have always felt I had to be the parent instead of the child.”  Her present life is filled with resentment over this fact.  An esoteric interpretation of this client’s birth chart reveals Saturn in the fourth house.  Saturn often assumes the role of a good parent in our lives.  It insists that we learn a particular soul lesson, just as a good parent requires the child to do homework for school.  The individual’s Saturn is retrograde indicating the tendency to bring an emotional overload from past lives into the present.  It also reveals the likelihood of responsibilities within the childhood home.  The fourth house reveals our psychological constitution and the relationship with mother.  With Saturn retrograde in the fourth house and ruling her Capricorn Ascendant, my client will assume the role of parent from the birth process on, with motivational factors based in past lives.  Even though the mother’s psychological makeup plays into this behavior, tremendous emotional release results from knowing the basis for her parental feelings comes from past lives.  Forgiveness in the present is made easier, thereby transcending the need to reap the results of her resentment in a future life.  She can now choose to sow the seeds of forgiveness.  With this new insight, my client may also choose whether or not to continue assuming the parental role in personal relationships.

Once more questions plague my mind.

“Why does our Western culture choose to ignore the valuable contributions the concept of reincarnation can make in our understanding of life?”

“Why is the Church so hesitant to give credence to a belief in reincarnation?”

One reason is that Christian historians have failed to give reincarnation its rightful place in Church history. As in the case of astrology, Western Christian historians have simply not reported the role of reincarnation. With the dawn of the New Age of Aquarius, ancient books are being translated into English. The layperson can now catch glimpses into what really happened.

The Encyclopedia of Religion concludes an article on reincarnation by affirming that the concepts of reincarnation and karma have done more to shape the whole of Asian thought than any other.56 Ancient Greece, India, and Egypt have well developed belief systems centering around reincarnation.  Pythagoras, Empedocles, Plato, Plotinus, and their followers teach reincarnation.57 Pythagoras, Empedocles, and Plato predate the Christian era.  Plotinus lives and teaches between 205-270 C.E., as a contemporary of the Christian Church Fathers.  He is not alone in his beliefs concerning reincarnation.

The vast majority of Christians dismiss the above information with a question for which they seek no answer.  What do ancient Greek, Indian, and Egyptian philosophies have to do with Christianity?  A brief study of the world map provides an answer.  Palestine is in close proximity to each of these countries.  Trade routes between Palestine, Greece, India, and Egypt are numerous, allowing a constant exchange of products and ideas with these nations.  Most of us know the Old Testament account of the Hebrew sojourn in Egypt and of the apostle Paul’s journey to Athens, Greece.58 Are we also aware that India, as a part of the Persian Empire under whose rule Palestine lived, is mentioned in the Old Testament book of Esther?59 Archaeological digs have unearthed vases, carnelian beads, and seals that attest to the trade with India dated as far back as 2500-2200 B.C.E.  An Aramaic (the language of Jesus) inscription from the third century B.C.E. illustrates the contact between India and the biblical lands.60

Christianity originates in the Middle East. It grows out of the Jewish religion based in Palestine.  The milieu of both the Old and New Testaments is this intermingling of Greek, Egyptian, and Indian beliefs and customs.  To these, we can add the influence of Persia, Syria, and Italy (all of which periodically rule Palestine during biblical times).  Reincarnation is a widely accepted belief throughout the thousands of years represented in the Bible.  It is naïve to believe the concepts of karma and reincarnation, which “have done more than any other belief to shape the whole of Asian thought” are not known and accepted among the people of the Bible.

Josephus, the first century Jewish historian and contemporary of the Apostle Paul (37-100 C.E.), verifies the presence of a belief in reincarnation within the Jewish community.  He describes three philosophical sects among the Jews of the first century C.E.: the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes.

The Pharisees teach reincarnation for the good souls only:  “They say that all souls are incorruptible; but that the souls of good men are only removed into other bodies, but that the souls of bad men are subject to eternal punishment.61

The Essenes teach pre-existence of the soul:  “For their doctrine is this: ‘That bodies are corruptible, and that the matter they are made of is not permanent; but that the souls are immortal, and continue for ever; and that they come out of the most subtile air, and are united to their bodies as in prisons, into which they are drawn by a certain natural enticement; but that when they are set free from the bonds of the flesh, they then, are released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upward.’”62 A belief in the pre-existence of souls is the foundation of reincarnation.  Many scholars are convinced, for three reasons, that the Essenes accept reincarnation.  First, they have high regard for the Jewish Kabala, in which reincarnation is taught as a basic belief.  The earliest known Jews to call themselves Kabalists are the Tanaiim who reside in Jerusalem during the early third century B.C.E.  Second, the Essenes come under the influence of Buddhist monks who travel, in great numbers, throughout the Middle East during the centuries before Jesus’ birth.  Reincarnation is basic to Buddhism.  Third, the Essenes’ doctrines and communal practices reflect a knowledge of the Pythagoreans, who are reincarnationists.63 Thus we find two of the three Jewish sects with which Jesus is familiar accept reincarnation.  We also know that the apostle Paul is a Pharisee, and thus a believer in reincarnation for the good souls only.64

“So why does the Western Church consider a belief in reincarnation heretical?

My frustration with the church is growing. Daily, in my rehabilitation counseling career, I confront the need to provide meaningful services to my clients.  I watch as they persist in self-destructive behavior, partly because their church cannot assist them in putting together the tangled pieces of life’s puzzle.  The belief in reincarnation is like removing the lid from a pot of boiling water—it lets the steam out.  No longer is the steam screaming to be released from the small confines of one lifetime.  Knowing that we have lived before and will live again releases a tremendous amount of bottled up emotional energy.

The belief in only one physical life does more to distort our perceptions concerning life, God, and each other than any other concept.  Failure in a career means failure for life:  “There will be no other opportunity.”  Failure to meet a suitable mate cuts deeply into the self-esteem of the individual:  “No one has loved me enough to marry me.”  The loss of a mate through divorce or death can be devastating:  “I’ll never be happy again.”  The brilliant young person killed in an automobile accident:  “His only chance at life is cut short.”  The person born with a debilitating physical condition has no other alternative than to believe, “God made me like this.” Homosexual and transvestite persons are faced with the same conclusion.  Consider what this says about God to the afflicted one.  God is a God who loves some people and hates others.  Think about what this says to the individual about herself.  “God has to hate me; otherwise, why would God create me this way?”

These tragic conclusions are the result of believing in only one physical lifetime.  We are forced to blame God.  No other choice exists.  We may try to come up with options, but buried in the depths of our being is an ugly demon who continually whispers, “God hates you; God created you different, requiring you to suffer.”  God as Creator is the bottom line for the majority of humanity.  Thus, God is to blame.

The church has thus far been unable to provide therapeutic alternatives to these disastrous life experiences and deductions.  Openness to the science of astrology and the natural laws of reincarnation will allow the church to truly spread the gospel of God’s love.  The church can then offer the healing balm of questions satisfactorily answered.

“Why? Why? Why? Why put band-aids on our sores when the church can offer healing?”  The answer can be found, at least in part, through a study of the early church ecumenical councils.

Jesus incarnates into a very cosmopolitan environment.  His public teachings are simple and straightforward.  However, after his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, his followers find themselves in a defensive position.

The disciples face a multitude of questions from the diverse peoples living within the Roman empire.  “Why choose to follow a common criminal?  After all, the Roman government put Jesus to death.”  Their answers vary, according to their understanding of Jesus.  As the years go by, various teachers develop their own explanations and groups of followers.

Jesus’ good news, “the Kingdom of God is within you,”65 is quickly shoved backstage and replaced with theories concerning the identity of Jesus.  Listen to the apostle Paul’s reaction when some of his followers turn to another teacher:  “I am astonished that you are so quick deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”66

Paul’s reaction to differences is the exact opposite we see in Jesus’ response.  “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’  But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me.   Whoever is not against us is for us.’”67 Within the sphere of God’s love, there is room for variation.

Many of the Church Fathers follow the example of Paul, instead of Jesus.  They disagree vehemently.  All sorts of human motives cloud the issues.  Their ultimate goal, according to Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, is “the real Church has one and the same faith everywhere in the world.68 Found in Irenaeus’ Selections from the Work Against Heresies, this quote and the book’s title speak volumes.

Church historians and I can only surmise why Paul and the Church Fathers are so insistent upon one and the same faith.  Actually the word faith is misleading.  The controversies and heresies concern doctrines.  The above quote sheds more light on the Ecumenical Councils if translated, “the real Church has one and the same doctrine everywhere in the world.”  Whatever the reason, the negative results have been numerous.

One of the most negative repercussions of attempting to have one and the same doctrine everywhere in the world is the church’s declaration of heresy whenever a scholar, minister, or teacher disagrees with the standard doctrine.  To be judged a heretic is a sentence of excommunication from the church, loss of teaching position in a church affiliated institution, or loss of job as a minister or priest.  For hundreds of years, the sentence for heresy can also be death by burning at the stake.  Thousands of writings are burned, or otherwise destroyed, when the author is declared a heretic.  Remember the word heresy simply means a point of view that differs from “the one and same doctrine.”

The early Church Fathers are particularly vigilant in their search for heresies.  As they strive to create a worldwide church with one and the same doctrine, persons with differing beliefs are ruthlessly condemned.  Among those groups declared heretics are the Christian Gnostics, all of whom are reincarnationists.69 Some scholars are convinced that the Christian Gnostics are the descendants from the original followers of Jesus and the inheritors of Jesus’ secret teachings.70 In Mark 4:11, Jesus confirms a secret message given only to his closest disciples. When the disciples ask Jesus why he speaks to the crowds of people in parables, he answers, “To you has been given the secret [or mystery] of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables.” All open display of Christian Gnosticism is suppressed by both popes and emperors, often by inflicting the death penalty.  Gnosticism is forced underground.71 Of the thousands of actual writings by the early Gnostic Christians, few survive the destructive zeal of those who condemn them as heresy.72

Individuals are also included in the relentless search for heretics.  Origen (185-254 C.E.) is a most influential Christian thinker.  Saint Jerome declares Origen to be “the greatest teacher of the Church after the apostles.”  Saint Gregory of Nyssa calls him, “the prince of Christian learning in the third century.73 Origen teaches pre-existence of souls and reincarnation.  In 553 C.E., the Fifth Ecumenical Council condemns Origen and his teachings as heretical:

“If anyone does not anathematize Arius, Eunomius, Macedonius, Apollinarius, Nestorius, Eutyches, and Origen, as well as their heretical books, and also all other heretics who have already been condemned and anathematized by the holy, catholic, and apostolic church and by the four holy synods which have already been mentioned, and also all those who have thought or now think in the same way as the aforesaid heretics and who persist in their error even to death: let him be anathema.”74

Anathema, as defined by Webster, is a “curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication.”

In this way (and I give only two examples) the church stifles belief in reincarnation, just as it condemns the use of astrology during the late 15th century.  Although believers in both reincarnation and astrology continue throughout history, only as the New Aquarian Age dawns does this ageless wisdom gain open recognition.

Will the traditional church re-consider?  Will the traditional layperson permit and encourage its ministers to recognize these valuable explanations of a God of love?

These are questions only time can answer.  Meanwhile I encourage those of you who are restless and seeking deeper meaning in life to read for yourselves.  Do not take my word or anyone else’s word.  Search out the original text for yourselves.  Listen to your heart.  Allow your intuitive mind to lead you into Truth.  Prove for yourself that God truly is love.

Have I lived before?  For me the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of “yes.”

PART 2

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/reincarnation-in-the-bible-part-2/ 

**********************

I encourage you to peruse the Endnotes where you will find additional information.

46 Gina Cerminara, Many Mansions (New York: Signet, 1967) 7.

47 Genesis 3.

48 Matthew 5:48.

49 John 14:12.

50 Galatians 6:7.

51 Cerminara, 50.

52 Luke 6:37a.

53 Cerminara 166.

54 Matthew 2:1-2.

55 Luke 21:25.

56 J. Bruce Long, “Reincarnation.” The Encyclopedia of Religion, 1987.

57 Long 268.

58 Exodus 3-14, Acts 17:15-34.

59 Esther 1:1, Esther 8:9.

60 David B. Weisburg, “India,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

61 Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, Book 3, Chapter 8, No. 14, trans. William Whiston (Grand Rapids, MI:

Kregel Publications, 1960) 478.

62 Josephus 478.

64 Philippians 3:5.

Luke 17:21 The Greek preposition en can be translated in, within, by means of, with, on, among. The Christology of the translator determines the choice. I, therefore, translate en to mean within.

66 Galatians 1:6-7.

Mark 9:38-40. Verse 40 in Mark’s gospel reads: “Whoever is not against us is for us.” A verysimilar quote can be found in Luke 11:23, although the change in wording renders the
exact opposite meaning. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever doesnot gather with me scatters.” Mark’s gospel is considered by biblical scholars to bethe earliest of the four gospels and one of the original sources for the writing of Luke.
I, therefore, credit the variance in Greek words—and thus the meaning—to scribal
copying error and deem Mark’s version to be the correct one.
Irenaeus, “The Refutation and Overthrow of the Knowledge Falsely So Called,” Early Church Fathers,
trans & ed. Cyril C. Richardson (New York: Collier Books, 1970) 362.

69 Cranston 152.

70 Cranston 153.

71 Cranston 156.

72 Cranston 153.

73 Cranston 144.

74 Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, vol 1, ed Norman P. Tanner (Washington, D.C.:

Georgetown University Press, 1990) 119.