The Wisdom of The Magi - Eternal Life

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The 'last shall be first' when everybody realizes that they are going in the wrong direction

Man (man and woman) is a spiritual being who travels through and transcends both space and time. Man's consciousness (awareness) has the power to "bind" or to "liberate" him according to the quality of his thinking and his actions.
"Heaven and hell" represent the polar opposites of the virtually infinite conditions which an individual can gravitate towards and occupy according to his thinking, willing and doing.  The absolute key to understanding all of it is the natural law of "Perfect Justice".

Lost in Translation

In all, there are 162 '
hell' references, in the bible (New Testament).
The entire concept of 'eternal' or 'everlasting punishment' hinges primarily on a single ambiguous verse
(and only one) of Scripture, being Matthew 25:46.  There are references to 'everlasting fire' but only one reference to 'everlasting confinement'.

From Matthew Chapter 25

44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 

46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

It seems evident that the only scriptural verse mentioning 'everlasting punishment' may contain an error in translation, from Greek... where the word 'everlasting' can also mean 'an indefinitely long time', but not necessarily 'eternal'.  Additionally, the realm of 'everlasting punishment' does not indicate permanent residence.

If its meaning is 'an indefinitely long time' then it is reasonable to hypothesize that the 'duration' is entirely dependent upon the speed with which one corrects their errors that put them in 'hell'.

Amazingly all of this 'eternal damnation' stuff emanated from only one ambiguous line of scripture.... and a line that may have been erronously translated. (162 references to 'hell' and only 1 mentions 'everlasting' confinement there). In other words 'hell' may be 'everlasting' but not necessarily one's 'stay' in 'hell'.

So (concluding) the notion of 'punishment' lasting as long as we leave our errors uncorrected seems 'fair'. It may be 'God' (i.e., Natural Law) 'who' sends us to hell but it is we who determine the duration!

So.... flowing 'logically/reasonably' one could argue that we can leave 'hell' by 'purging' (purgatory as a process) ourselves of the motivations and activity that put us there. One exits 'hell' and enters 'purgatory' which is a process of 'self-purification' (purgation) designed to eliminate 'errors'.

It would seem that 'hell' (at least initially) lasts for as long as one refuses (has the ability to) to rehabilitate one's self (Free-Will issues).

The refreshing inference to be made from this analysis is that we already have 'eternal life' and that 'heaven and hell' are metaphorical depictions of the polar opposites that we can find ourselves in. I suppose when one ultimately leaves 'purgatory' they then enter 'heaven' (unless they have themselves sent back to hell).  

I have mentioned this 'hell stuff' because the notion of 'eternal damnation' is an affront to the belief in a 'loving God' and is
taught by well-meaning (?) but, otherwise deluded individuals who have not researched the scriptures.

The power of Man's consciousness to bind (attach) itself is the two-edged sword (the duality of the mind) that can also create the illusion that he or she IS his physical form and so, lives and dies with it. This is not true in "higher realities". The truth is that "Man" IS the consciousness (as a human being), has his existence in eternity and simply animates the physical form.

The physical reality does not change as quickly as our thoughts can.  But, nevertheless, the physical reality does respond to enlightened thinking and can gradually be brought back (resurrected like the soul) into perfection by a continuous stream of elevated thought.

Control of the mind and thought processes are necessary to accomplish personal transformation. Possession of "control" over our thoughts is a "natural condition" and can be re-attained with a measure of self control and discipline.

Hence, the teaching of The Christ to (undistractedly) "love God with our whole heart and our whole mind" will, if diligently embraced, gradually restore us and our circumstances to perfection.

When one begins his or her path to higher consciousness, they are encouraged to embrace and practice the natural law of love.  For it is love that resurrects our soul and restores our peace. Whenever we choose love over anger, or over any of the other lower emotions, we begin to "purge" ourselves of the adverse mental and emotional conditions which may have produced  chaos, pain, "dis-ease" and turmoil in our psyche and circumstances. 

"Purgatory" is not a physical "place", it is the gradual "process" of the purgation and resurrection of the soul by practicing the "law of love".  The "lower nature" can present a powerful aversion to accepting this truth. The "lower nature" is, in fact, the demon (deceiver) which must be vanquished before we are able to remember that each of us is a child of the divine.

The esoteric mystery of "The Last Supper" can, perhaps, now be more readily understood.  As our spirit / soul (Christus) comes forth, it begins to consume 'the bitter herbs of the beast' ("this is my body, this is my blood"), and any of the beastly tendencies of the lower nature. The process of the "last supper" continues until all of the "dross" (lower nature) has been removed from the Golden Soul and we have, by our diligence and God's grace, restored our "original nature".

The souls who are "lost" (unaware of a spiritual "base") have forgotten these precepts and live an uncomfortable existence that goes on eternally beyond the veil of time.

Plato's allegory of the cave, wisdom teachings of The Magi

Plato's Allegory of The Cave, Illustrated

Those who practice the law of love ascend a "measure" with each victory attained over the "lower nature" and experience greater and greater blessings.  Everything around them is "lifted up" with them. Until, finally, they are off of the cross of "self" and attain liberation.

All souls have free will, unless, by an act of divine justice , their free will has been taken away or diminished.  We always experience the results of our personal choices ( "The Golden Rule" ) and we exist in the realm of reality that best reflects our innermost self.  Sometimes "causes" and "effects" may happen at surprisingly different times.

Once we have mastered or re-mastered the art of love, all that is necessary is "to ask, in order to receive". However, every "asking" requires a subsequent act of surrender to the flow that is created to answer your asking. 

In the lower realms, the spirit/soul may appear to be "crucified" upon a physical form.
The body can be a vehicle of expression for the soul and possessed of great majesty and grace, or be "the cross" upon which it has been crucified.

Our thinking, willing and doing determine the quality of our experiences. The crucified Christ represents the "child of God" (our individual soul) who was (is) "slain" because of our past, and continuing, errors.

The negative or inverted ego (the separated self) is the creative impetus of all crucifixions. It represents the archetypal dilemma of "believing something into reality" and then gradually merging with "it" and then (eventually) have it begin to offend and, perhaps, even harm us.

Many believe that they are hapless "victims" of random circumstance and that God is torturing them or that God does not exist. This disposition is quite distant from the truth.

The truth is that God gives to us according to our words, thoughts and actions. Essentially, "we reap the good and/or the bad of what it is that we sow".
In summary, there are three perfect natural laws:
- The first is the law of "Perfect Justice" that determines the results of our actions 
- The second is "The Law of Love" that encourages us to practice " The Golden Rule ".
- The third "natural law" is Pi.
    Pi is the perfect expression of the divine trinity wherein three infinite components:
1) spirit  2) consciousness and 3) form - are contained in one human being.
In fact, "spirit" and "form" are (also) the "two thieves"
between which the consciousness can be "crucified".
(see, also The Emerald Tablet)

Pi is the mathematical expression of "Man" and eternity...
Pi is expressed in the construction of:
- The Great Pyramid (Man with a "deceased" king/queen (soul/spirit) at its center)
- in a Unified Field Theory
- in the phenomenon known as " The Star of Bethlehem ", which, at its center, has a blazing
Sun / soul.
- In the number of seconds in a year ( Pi x 10,000,000 )
- and In the true speed of light ( Pi x 100,000,000 ) 314,159,265.4 meters per second         -

For some more information about Mystical Pi (click here)

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