The great philosophers of ancient Greece wrestled with the really large questions in their attempt to understand the true nature of reality. In modern times the debate rages on as we struggle with the understanding we are both the observer and the observed. If quantum mechanics has done anything for philosophy it’s help shape how little we actually know.
Empedocles, trying to solve the contradiction between Paramenides asserting that “if reality is one substance then change is impossible” and Heracleitus’ idea that “everything is in flux and only change is constant.” He did this by suggesting that everything in existence is comprised of four elements- fire, air, water, & earth; and two principles of motion- love/attraction & hate/repulsion that would account for this change.
While we can all instantly recognize the duality at play here and quote countless thousands of mystics to counter this argument you have to respect the deep level of thinking taking place here.
Heracleitus’ cycle of existence always had a better grasp on the nature of reality, although it was unknown to ancient Greece at that time; they were already awakening to a deeper truth- Nothing ever dies, it merely changes forms. Anaxagora confirmed these ideals by stating that mind is the origin of motion and change.
If this sounds like eastern philosophy it’s because the Buddha himself stated it simply:
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
CHARITY OF LOVE
The following excerpt is from Mark Boothes’ book the ‘Secret History of the World.’
“-INTUITION is transformed intelligence that perceives spirital beings as real. Paul calls this Faith.
”-WONDER is transformed feeling that has become aware of the spiritual workings of the Cosmos but hasn’t become overwhelmed by them. Paul calls this Hope.
“-CONSCIOUS is transformed will, when by exercise of thought & imagination, faith & hope, we have begun to transform that bullish part of ourselves, including that will that lives beneath the threshold of consciousness. Paul calls this the Charity of Love.
”-By applying faith to hope, & by applying faith & hope to love, a human being may be transformed.“
Romans 5:1-11 lays out Paul’s teachings in Faith, Hope & Love transforming ones will:
“Therefore, since we have been JUSTIFIED by Faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access (by Faith) to this grace in which we stand & boast in HOPE of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that afflictions produce dndurance, and endurance proven character, & proven character HOPE, & hope does not disappoint because the love of God had been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
If this concept sounds similar to Heracleitus teachings on how nothing ever truly does as it merely gives rise to the next form, it’s because the spiritual law remains the same. As Heracleitus said:
“Fire lives the death of air, air lives the death of fire, water lives the death of Earth, & Earth lives the death of water… Thus it is wisdom to confess that all things are one; all things come out of one, & one out of all things.”
Just as the continuity of life is not broken by death, but rather renewed neither does our FAITH die in afflictions as they transform us into vessels for the outpouring of God’s love. Death, in fact, is not perishing, it is neither end nor dissolution; the one life revolves in an endless circle, & it’s unity is such that it cannot be dissolved or broken up into parts. It’s all part of the process of transformation.
While it’s obvious the Hellenist’s had an influence on the Greek Jewish community they’re hardly expounding the idea of Nature worship, but rather stating that everything leans as all life is interconnected.
BACK TO ONENESS
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. I will rather boast most gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, & constraints, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Oh how I adore the mystical mindstate. We can word it elaborately and say this “two-fold pattern in the resolution of the power/weakness dialectic is melting into the love of Christ” or state it simply as Paul understanding oneness. Duality is within him as a result of being human while Christ is at the center of it all. Either way, the simple ellogance of Paul’s teaching here is absolutely brilliant.
Power and weakness are being displayed as two parts to the same coin in the eyes of God. One only exists in contrast to the other and our finite understanding is horribly inefficient at grasping this. Even so we are being made strong in our trials. “As gold in the furnace,” as it’s called in Wisdom.
Grace is sufficient because nothing ever really dies, it merely changes forms. Now, how refreshing is that to know? We just melt into the cosmic oneness at the center of all creation as we reunite with YHWH. The only real question is how do we take this knowledge and transform the world around us into the Kingdom of God?
THE PHOENIX ARISES
Transmuting the Spirit has always been the goal of alchemy. It’s practice involved transforming selfish, earthly desires into a living Spiritual practice.
The apostle Paul taught transformation through the Christ in various ways but the Crux of the matter has always revolved around caring for others as you care for yourself.
This, however, takes a lot of groundwork within ourselves. It all starts within our own minds. A general idea of what that work looks like is as follows:
1) If you think so deeply that you can rediscover the Spiritual roots of thoughts. If you recognize thoughts as living Spiritual things…
2) If you can develop a strong enough sense of your own individuality that you can become aware of your interaction with thought beings that weave in and out of your sense of self, yet not be overwhelmed by this reality…
3) If you can recreate the ancient sense of wonder to help awaken the will power that lies sleeping in your deep, dark recesses…
4) If the fire of love for your fellow human beings rises from your heart and causes you to weep tears of compassion… Then you have been working on the four elements.
If our hearts are transformed by these spiritual energies then it becomes a center of power. We are reborn.
Changing starts with the intention to change. Intention results from making the decision to change (free will), and that comes from a deep rooted desire to change. We have to want to transform. I mean, really really desire it like you desired your first _____, whatever. The material world runs like a clock that resists change while the unseen world of the Spirit beckons the change to come forward. The choice is which world to serve.
“We live in moments constantly affecting each other and creating an unpredictable chaos at many levels. Yet within this same chaos is born all the physical and psychological order that we know ”
-F. David Peat
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