I am now a full time Philosopher…

I like the sound of full time philosopher better than unemployed, don’t you? I had a job up until last Tuesday, which happened to also be my 47th birthday. That same day I found out we took a major hit in a law suit which could end it completely. It’s a bitter thing and maybe it’s better if it’s gone but there are big reasons we wanted to continue.

 

Any way I took a couple of major hits and I’m really not too bugged about it. I will be contracting independently and I already have some sources of work so, whatever. It’s weird because what I am studying says to be detached, and I hadn’t realized that I had accomplished a good deal of it… I believe in what I am learning and study the course work and do my assigned mediations and I have seen positive changes in myself. There have been only a few times when I really see that I have changed something so specific.

 

There are plenty of ways you can react to losing a job you had for over seven years but I turned to my wife and said, “it will be interesting to see how this all turns out”. It’s not like I don’t care what happens or if I lose my house. I know that whatever comes I’ll handle it. I’m good at what I do and I can find another way of making the money I was making. I’m just going to have to work harder. you live in the universe you create, and I’m not done.

 

The thing is that none of that matters. I have lost other jobs and in one case I had a new one before I got home to tell my wife I lost the old one. I have always been able to convince myself that I would be ok, but the panic was still there underneath. It’s gone.

 

I like it. It’s like being an informed observer in my own life. It is interactive and interested but detached from the outcome in some way at the same time. I’m a freaking’ video game playing myself! Without deep emotional investment and attachment you are very liberated.

 

I’m not talking about a flat affect. I literally cried when I wrote a thank you note to my friend and ex boss, now client, Dennis. He is still a friend and it was a sad moment when that era ended. I feel sad, but not sorry, angry, ripped off or righteously indignant at the economy that cost me the best job I ever had… I just have to do something else now, and It’s OK.

 

I was the luckiest SOB on earth there for a while. It was a hell of a run.

Now I’m a full time philosopher…

Crestone and Spirituality

What a week!

Last Tuesday Liz Sterling, a close friend and a radio talk show host in South Florida, arrived in Colorado to do some recording in my studio and take a trip to Crestone to visit some of the 23 spiritual centers there. I had been anticipating the trip but it was way more than I expected. We stayed at the Haidakandi Ashram for three days and Liz did interviews with 9 of the spiritual leaders in the area. I will be posting pix and making a video out of the footage I shot there.

What a place! It is beautiful and there are such great people. We went from one brilliant mind to another over the course of the three days talking about spirituality with a diverse group that ranged from a Catholic Carmelite Monastery to a Japanese Shumei Temple and two Hindu Ashrams. We talked to people from “New Age” and Native American belief systems and they all know and love each other. What is really impressive is that they all had about the same things to say. They talked about unity and love and the fact that we are all headed to the same place no matter what “religious” system we relate to.

At the Ashram I got to play a hand drum during the morning Aarati chanting ceremony and participate in the Fire ceremony at the full moon as well. It was interesting to see how devoted and loving they were in their prayers. It is run by a wonderful woman named Ramloti and you can do the same and visit this Ashram if you like. I’ll get links up on the Higher-Ground site ASAP. They live completely off the grid using photocells to generate electricity and gravity fed stream water. They have a generator for emergencies or if the get a few sunless days in a row but rarely have to start it.

What we didn’t know until just before heading there is that they are in an epic battle to save the land from drilling by a Canadian company. They wanted to tap a huge underground aquifer and lost that fight, so now they are trying to drill for natural gas they don’t even know exists. I think it is a ploy to start work there and then take the water. The whole community is against it, but while they own their land they don’t own the mineral rights. Stay tuned for more on this as we put the information together.

 

Doug

The Spiritual Constitution of the Human Being

The Spiritual Constitution of the Human Being

Depending on our level of development and or interest, we all have a different concept of what makes us human. Are we just this body? Is there a soul? Does something outlive the body and even perhaps move on to another body after we die? These questions have plagued us since we developed our capacity to think. The constitution of our “selves” is central to any investigation of our spirituality. We have heard even from the church that we are spirit, soul and body, but what is the difference between spirit and soul? This represents my understanding through the studies and research I have done on my own and the teachings of my father.

 

Man is, in the image of God, a triplicity of Spirit, (or Monad) the Soul (or Ego) and a threefold personality which shows itself in its lowest form as the dense physical body. The manifestation of Spirit is the called the monad. Moses said “my god is an all consuming fire”. The monad could be described as an indivisible spark of that fire. Throughout eons of time it has expressed itself through various material manifestations through all of the lower kingdoms of nature and now has reached the point in its evolutionary process that it is a human monad which can only find useful experience through expression and interaction in the world of form as human consciousness. Its first form of expression or manifestation is the spiritual triad or solar angel. It is a microcosm of the three aspects of Divinity which are: Will, Love, and Intelligent Activity.

 

The Monad takes on a threefold sheath known as the causal body in which it will express itself through countless incarnations as it evolves and grows in experience. This is the commonly called the Soul and it is the inner thinker which finds expression through the threefold lower self or personality. The soul extends the sutrama, sometimes called the silver cord into the lower three worlds with, strung upon it, the three permanent atoms which contain the aggregate of experience it has gained over time. It manifests with matter appropriate to each of those three lower worlds or planes in a Manasic or mental body, an Astral or emotional body and a dual Physio-Etheric body which is the dense physical structure and the etheric or pranic scaffolding on which it is constructed and which it is the vitalizing force. This tripicity is also called the lower quaternary because of the dual nature of the physio-etheric body. The dense physical body is merely an outer reflection or appearance of an inner reality.

 

 

Collectively these three bodies are termed the personality. They are manifested by the soul to fulfill a specific purpose in the world of form, and to fulfill Karmic obligations accrued during previous incarnations but “forget” that purpose and live as if they were independent beings, not even aware of each other at first. Even if aware of the mental aspect (the right thing to do) the astral or desire body may be totally callous to that knowledge, and if it is dominant, drive the physical being into behavior which he “knows” is inappropriate. Note the similarities to the structure of Freudian psychology. Freud spoke of the Id (the desire nature) Ego (the soul or moderator) and the Super Ego (the “cold” concrete mind) The process of the evolution of consciousness brings those three bodies into harmonic and cooperative expression.

The human being in its totality -personality, taken together with the threefold nature of soul expression and the monad itself, the father in heaven, -is seen as a septinary (seven aspects) expression. Unification of the lower three with the higher three and then renunciation of all physical manifestation leaving again only the monad is the goal of human spiritual endeavor.

 

The early stages of human development can be seen in the life of a child as it develops, recapitulating the spiritual growth the soul has experienced over eons. At first the body is considered the only self and the animal soul is what is being expressed. The physical needs for food and shelter, and later, sex, etc are the only needs met. As the child grows it is first introduced to group consciousness in the form of the needs of the family unit. Further on, an inkling comes into the mind that there is something else within, and self consciousness surfaces. “I am a body that has a soul”. There is an inner thinker here and I can even step outside my thinking process to analyze and assess my motives for certain actions. On its heels comes the realization that I am in fact that inner thinker. “I am a soul with a body” and the urge to meditate and investigate into the mysteries of life call me to the path of probation as an aspirant. The conflict of the aspirant is that part of him “knows” what is the right path, and the other part “wants” to fulfill only its own desires or perceived needs. The symbol for mankind is the Centaur. The lower half is animal and the human upper half, godlike in comparison. The subjugation of the animal or lower self by the higher self is the task at hand, and will require dedication.

 

Meditation develops the antahkarana or rainbow bridge, re-establishing the lost path of communication with that soul or higher self so that its purpose may better be achieved in the more evolved human being. I learn to align or harmonize the three fold lower self and turn it to the service of my soul’s purpose, living still in the world but now realizing I am not of the world. We will cover meditation techniques in future postings.

 

Douglas Fisichella

Is God Masculine?

God or Spirit is “masculine” only in that it posits into matter, the “female” Deity. The result is Soul or consciousness. This is the trinity of creation Spirit, Soul and Matter or Will, Love and Active intelligence. The Buddhists call it Atma Buddhi and Manas. The Hebrew uses Kether, Chokma, and Binas. It all means the same thing. I am a hylozoist and believe that this consciousness permeates everything and represents God immanent.
In the case of the human soul. It is matter and does occupy space. Man is in gods image a trinity of Will Love and Active intelligence, this also manifests as Spirit Soul and Personality. The Ppirit is Lebniz’s monad and is in a sense a spark of the divine flame, Moses’ all consuming fire. An analogy that I liked was ice cubes in the ocean. Still a part of the ocean in every way, but crystallized into an illusory separateness. That could be said of the soul itself as well as the monad.
The monad manifests on the second cosmic etheric plane called Anupadaka. It appropriates matter on the next three planes of manifestation Atmic, Buddhic, and Manasic (Manasic is the plane of the mind and that will come back in a moment). It sheathes itself in this matter forming what is called the Causal Body. The Soul the recapitulates the same process over and over as it forms and uses the different vehicles or bodies for each incarnation. As man evolves and learns to contact this soul he gains in his awareness and access to the world “behind the veil”. He gains access to what the soul has access to. At the fourth initiation this causal body in which the monad has expressed through countless lives is then discarded as well and the spiritual man ascends. This is what was personified by Christ at the Crucifixion. In the orient it is called the great renunciation.

The fact that the soul and the human mind occupy sub panes of the manasic plane is the key. Through meditation we can build a bridge between the lower concrete mind and the upper abstract mind. Its called the anthakarana or Rainbow Bridge and connects in it lower portion the two mentioned and in its upper portion the abstract mind and the soul. When that communication is made we are sensitive to impress from what Patanjali called the “raincloud of knowable things” in his Raja Yoga Sutras. He calls it this because of the way ideas precipitate down through the upper planes into the mind, and then through the emotional or astral plane into the physical world. This is the basis for thought form building. You get an idea (you do not create it) you infuse it with desire, and if you want id enough you act and it becomes a physical reality.

Meditation is the key to the contact of the soul, and the soul has access to everything else. (God Transcendent). The mental plane is the meeting ground or overlap where spirit and matter meet, as the Human Being is the meeting ground on the physical plane where Highest God and lowest animal meet. Mary rides on an ass in the Bible story carrying within her the Christ Consciousness. Symbolically my soul rides upon a dying animal.

Doug Fisichella on the Virgin Birth of Jesus and others

http://www.Higher-Ground.com Doug Fisichella Talks about the sybolism of Virgin Birth of Jesus in the New Testament including the meaning of the gifts of the Magi. Jesus was one of many such stories

Doug Fisichella Discusses the Symbolism of Virgin Birth in The Bible and other Scriptures and Religions

http://www.Higher-Ground.com Doug Fisichella Talks about the sybolism of Virgin Birth in the New Testament including the meaning of the gifts of the Magi. Jesus was one of many such stories

Doug Fisichella Welcomes you to Higher Ground with a message of spiritual awakening from a Mountain top

Doug Fisichella Talks about Spirit, Will, Motivation, and Action using the mountain trail as a metaphor for our Journey of awakening. Wishing for change is not enough

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