THE POWER OF MIND IS INFINITE
THOUGHT IS A FORCE—the beginning of life
the mind’s eye
the “inner voice” is human thought
The BRAIN (matter) is the organ of adaptive behavior
—it is the medium in which thoughts “vibrate”.
By our own thought-processes we create our “destiny” and make our own “heaven and hell”.
Therefore—HOW you decide to think (attitude) is one of the most important choices to make in life.
So—change your thoughts and you change your life.
Shakespeare: There is nothing either good or bad,
but THINKING makes it so
States of mind:
HOPE – SHAME – GUILT
A “closed-mind” (mindset) is our defense to protect “a” belief-system (dogma) that is based on the “state” of our ego. That’s why, despite facts, we prefer to hang on to our beliefs. Those who want to believe in “intelligent design” (as Swedenborg did), CLING to the illusion (first of all pleasures) that we are “so special” that only GOD could have made us; and of course in His image. In His eyes we are his children.
The art of making/doing by wishful thinking
The London Daily Gazette
MAY 13, 2017
One hundred years ago, May 13, 1917, three peasant children, aged 10, 9, and 7, were tending sheep when they had a vision of a lady. She spoke to them, saying that she would appear every month on the 13th day. Her promise was fulfilled except in August, when the lady appeared to the children on the 19th. Thousands of curious people attended the event. However, only the children saw her. The last time the Lady of the Rosary appeared to the children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, was on October 13th, when she asked them for a chapel to be built for her there.
A basilica was consecrated in 1953. A 213-foot tower is surmounted by a seven-ton bronze crown and a crystal cross. Within the vast square, flanked by hospitals and retreat houses, is the little “Chapel of the Apparitions”.
On May 13, 1981, on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square by a Muslim fanatic. The Pope credited the Virgin of Fatima for saving his life.
This morning, three sisters, Isabella (10), Veronica (9) and Beatrice (7), were playing in a park near their hotel (the family was on holiday) when to their delight a lady in a flowing blue dress appeared out of the blue. She was holding a red rosary with a gold tassel. Pointing to Isabella, she said: Remember Fatima! Promise to remember Fatima. The girl folded her hands and said: I promise to remember Fatima. Veronica got on her knees and said: I’ll tell the nuns to bless Fatima. The lady held out her rosary to Beatrice and the girl whispered that she loved Fatima. The Lady smiled and said: The angels will sing for you. She kissed the red rosary and then disappeared as mysteriously as she had come.
The sisters ran to the hotel and told their parents. The mother was thrilled, got her phone and started texting. The father called a physician friend who advised him to make an appointment for the girls to see a psychiatrist. While the adults were busy on their phones, the girls rushed into the lobby where they had spotted two nuns and told them about the lady and her red rosary. Excited, the nuns said: Of course! It’s May 13! We must tell our superior that our Lady of Fatima has returned and not in Portugal but this time in Italy!
Joseph Smith (1805-1844)
Joseph Smith was born in Vermont, USA. He had a vision of God and Jesus Christ when he was 14.
Three years later (17), an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing a history
of the American Indians, descendants of Hebrews who had sailed centuries earlier toAmerica by way of the Pacific.
With the aid of magic stones he called the Urim and Thummin, Joseph translated---by the gift and power of God—from “reformed Egyptian” The Book of Mormon, published in 1830. His new church—Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints now with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah—was a restoration of the ancient primitive Christian religion.
Joseph taught that the heavens are peopled with many gods, and that every man can aspire in time to be a god himself.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Hildegard of Bingen—known as the Sibyl of the Rhine-- was born near Spanheim, Germany. She was a famous 12th century abbess and mystic. At age 8, Hildegard entered a Benedictine cloister at Disibodenberg. She took the veil at age 15. Hildegard’s biographer, the monk Theodoric, declared her a saint. She was not canonized but her name appears in the Roman Martyrology.
Hildegard studied natural history and herbal medicine, establishing an infirmary. She composed hymns; writing both words and music.
From early childhood, Hildegard experienced “visions”. She confided in her confessor. Her first completed cosmology was titled SCIVIAS (1141-1150) and consisted of 26 visions that “came from God”. A committee of theologians confirmed that they were authentic.
About 1147, Hildegard went with 18 of her nuns to a new convent on the Rupertsberg near Bingen where she continued the gift of prophecy and to record her visions in writing.
EPILEPSY: The Sacred Disease
The Greek words epilepsy and epileptic mean “to seize” or “to attack”: the disease that “seizes” the senses and mind of the victim.
According to the ancients, epileptics are “struck by the moon”—it was the disease of the moon. In ancient Mesopotamia, epilepsy was considered as “the hand of Sin”, the god of the moon. And in ancient Greece, it was the moon goddess Selene who punished the sinner.
In all ages, epileptic symptoms have been attributed to God or spirits, and epileptics have been esteemed prophets. When the fits are long, it’s called lying in a trance.
New Testament ACTS 9—Saul’s Conversion—As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. ETC
New Testament Gospel of Mark 9:14-2—The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit
Gospel of Luke 9:39 – The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit
Gospel of Matthew 17:14-18 – The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit
Gospel of Matthew 4:24 – Jesus Heals the Sick
Old Testament, 1 Samuel 28—King Saul at Ramah and the Witch of Endor
Epilepsy in Babylonia
The “prehistory” of epilepsy – medicine and magic were one – diseases fallen down from heaven.
The seal of jasper (moonstone) hang on the neck of the statue of the moon god SIN.
Statement of purpose:
The reason I have compiled the 790 quotations included in these studies, all dealing with the subject of mental illness, with special emphasis on the condition termed “schizophrenia,” is to prove the hypothesis that (as Dr. Edward J. Kempf so clearly stated in quotation 001 herein), “…in man every case of emotional neurosis or psychosis is the result of more or less conflict and confusion involving bisexual differentiation.”
Continue reading this statement by the author, J. Michael Mahoney,
Psychosis/schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a disconnection from reality. People afflicted (Moses, Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, Emanuel Swedenborg, Joseph Smith/Mormon, etc.) suffer from hearing “voices” and having “visions”.
Paranoid schizophrenia occurs ONLY during or after puberty.
Children can be induced (by religious hysteria/ecstasy) to fabricate their fantasies.
MY INPUT – that’s why – in this 21st century – homosexuality has been fully acknowledged and accepted BY LAWS.
Someday, the bearded-lady-syndrome may be a disease of the past.
Science studies how the heavens go
religion teaches how to go to heaven
Let the facts SPEAK for themselves
The Bible is about
Do as you would be done by
God and the Torah are one. The message of The Law and the Prophets is the Golden Rule—Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
Gospel of Matthew 5:17—The Fulfillment of the Law. Jesus: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Anyone interested to know more about the truth and MOSES should read this book. Moses had apparently NOT written all (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy) of the Pentateuch? This explains the riddle of Deuteronomy 27—The Altar on Mount Ebal; the order to the Israelites about not using iron tools.
Scholars decided that “the Exodus” is not historical? Is the Parting of the Waters (12-14—Crossing the Red Sea) at best a story as well?
THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
The fig-fruit has---- pistils AND stamens
Genesis 3: The Fall of Man
They ate the fruit and their eyes were opened.
They realized they were “naked”. So they sewed fig leaves
together and made coverings for themselves.
The Book of Genesis
Princeton University Press, 2013
Ronald Hendel, the author, suggests that GENESIS was written in the 6th century BC.
SPINOZA (1632-1677) — Already in the 17th century Spinoza maintained that the Pentateuch was not written by Moses but by someone else who lived many generations after Moses. The philosopher suggests the stories are fiction.
Why the heavenly bodies have names of ancient pagan deities?
In this 21st century we talk about going to MARS---we have been on the MOON.
We are contemplating discovering the secrets of VENUS, JUPITER, etc.
THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES
John 15 – I am the true vine
(15:17) – This is my command: Love each other
Wine was drunk at Passover
at the Last Supper
(Middot 3:8) – A golden vine stood over the entrance to the sanctuary, trained over posts.
Whosoever gave a leaf, or a berry, or a cluster as a freewill-offering, the priests hung it thereon.
Josephus – The Jewish War (5:210)--- grape-clusters as tall as a man.
The Eucharist: Christianity’s magical metaphor of food and wine becoming body and blood
A PERVERSE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN HEART
Harvard University Press
The legend of the eaten heart
QUID SIT IDEA
Is God a monad?
HISTORY—as a fulfillment of a divine plan
The history of the universe
the history of Israel
What SCRIPT did God use to write his commandments?
Could the stories mentioned in Genesis and Exodus be fiction?
Is Moses a hero figure like the ancient mythical Sumerian super hero Gilgamesh?
Book of Deuteronomy (34): The Death of Moses….but to this day no one knows where his grave is.
Exodus 12 – The Passover. The Israelite people lived in Egypt for 430 years (12:40).
1 Samuel 11:12 – Saul confirmed as king; Samuel anoints David.
After the death of Saul (c.1000-BC), David became king of Judah. He captured the Jesubite city of Jerusalem and made it his capital. His son Solomon built the Temple (c.950-BC).
Of Zadokite stock, the High Priest will perform his priestly duties—once the Temple has been rebuild. He will wear a white linen robe and over this a sapphire blue tunic with attached at the hem blue, purple, and scarlet pomegranates alternating with golden bells.
In ancient times, pomegranates were associated with the Underworld.
The golden bells announced the arrival of the High Priest into the Holy of Holies---entrance and safe exit.
The book of Hebrews: The Blood of Christ (9:12)—He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
Gospel of Luke: This is what is written (24:46)—The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance will be preached in his name to all nations beginning at Jerusalem.
The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
By Eugene Rogan (2015, Basic Books)
My heart ached reading about “broken promises” and double-dealings by the West in the 20th century. It seems that in this 21st century it may be “pay time” for the West.
Genesis 32:28---Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel …….
Genesis 30:15&16---Rachel said, ‘He can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.’ So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. ‘You must sleep with me,’ she said. ‘I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.’ So he slept with her that night.
WORDS are the most powerful DRUG used by mankind
IMAGINATION IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL MAGICAL OPERATIONS
The temple/palace became the place where trade transactions were made in WRITING by scribes. In the beginning, when there was just an exchange of goods, IOU’s were de rigueur: farmer A sells shepherd B ten bushels of grain in return for two sheep.
The men most feared were the tax collectors
The elite (king/priests) could devise sources of revenue as well as implement taxes. These were then collected and recorded at the temple-----where a statue of the reigning deity resided.
(DIE STEINZEIT KUECHE)
WORK IN PROGRESS
SUMER They decided to kill one of their own. The mother goddess mixed his blood with “earth” ---until it became “clay”. Next, the mother goddess added the cutup flesh of the god. Then she fashioned from “this clay” the likeness called “man”.
To survive (like every other “being”), the deities in the firmament had to eat and were compelled to forage or produce their daily foodstuffs “on earth”. Tired of “farming”, they got the brilliant idea of making copies of themselves: who would supply them with food, drink and shelter (temples). So, finally the gods had ample time to devote themselves to divine activities: planning/plotting. Needless to say that humankind (their slaves) was to follow divine orders?
“THAT” which is thought into existence by imagination
can be thought out of existence by imagination
SURVIVE = OBSERVE
Useful to life and true to nature
Bella is busy as a bee ------- Felix is like a fox: foxy
HOW to make a swimming pool
HOW to design a helicopter
A hummingbird I would like to be:
So dainty, so gay – swift like a sunray!
Swirling high! – constant in motion
to places exotic and far and away
over rivers and earth and ocean.
I – this whirlybird – so happy, so free!
HANDS were considered MAGIC/sacred
Homo sapiens left their hand imprints on the walls of caves
When our ancestors began to walk upright, their hands became free for action (sign language). They made flutes from reeds, canes, and bones so they could imitate birdsong (communication), and then composed their own songs (developing into language). They started making tools; to collect food, they wove baskets from grasses; they made pottery containers for cooking and bricks for dwellings.
The man-made flute eventually became the magic wand/baton of their leader when conducting a choir. Songs were considered the wise daughters of the nine Muses and Greek warriors marched to music played on double flutes.
(The Scots have their bagpipes)
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then SPEAK
QUID SIT IDEA
If you have an “idea of something”, you must express it: either you say it in proper words or you present the idea symbolically.
Words are only metaphors. The vision of the symbol is powerful.
From the beginning, the five-pointed star within a circle has represented eternal life.
The male (father) was the foundation of the family unit and his signature was FEET—each foot had five toes. The female (mother) was represented by HANDS—each hand had five fingers.
The pentagram is drawn in five LINES/STROKES
The horizontal triangle represented the vulva (womb), the upright point represented the male organ and the bottom points were the feet—“encircled” they symbolized eternal life. The inner pentagon embodied the terra firma and the five points were for the giver of life.
The Pentagram (Egg) stood for the miracle/magic of life
[CHNOPS—(I am) stardust—a chemical system]
The Orphics (followers of Orpheus) refrained from eating eggs because they believed in the transmigration of souls.
In the process of dying a “wonderful/amazing LIGHT” would come to meet you (death and rebirth).
The Orphic doctrine was that TIME was the first principle from which the INFINITE and the FINITE came.
The infinite—surrounded by NIGHT—and the finite mingled and “assumed the shape” of a GIGANTIC EGG of which night formed the shell. The upper section of this EGG formed the vault of the sky and the lower section was the earth—and in the center sprang PHANES (the LIGHT).
[without darkness light has no definition]
Orpheus the Poet
the magical singer
moved all of nature by his song—of love and death and grief—of death invading the happiness of love.
the poet is an artisan of images
MUSIC IS ORGANIZED SOUND
Opera by Mozart
THE MAGIC FLUTE
the Orphics sang hymns to MNEMOSYNE, goddess of memory
The most renowned of troubadours was William 9th (1071-1127)- duke of Aquitaine, France.
A troubadour was one who invented new poems, finding new verse forms for his elaborate lyrics.
The MAGIC of music-----with the MAGIC of love
creating sounds into meaningful structures (words)
NEW AGE religious experiences
the breakdown of the barriers between the self and others
The sacred generator:
THE BRAIN (gray matter)
envisions invisible realms
What is troubling is the tendency to believe that the MIND is a little man “within”
(Ludwig ‘Lucki” Wittgenstein -1889-1951)
In vino veritas
Religion is the cult of the invisible
(Erasmus of Rotterdam)
While our ancestors were making objects using their hands, they wondered/thought about who had made the trees, the birds in the air, the animals on earth and the fishes in the streams, lakes and seas. They observed that they were the only creatures that had “magic hands”. And so they guessed (hit upon the solution) that “those” who had made all these things were living in the sky above. They could not “see” the super creators but could picture them as beings like themselves. And our ancestors made images of these invisible magic-makers of wood, stone, and clay so they could thank/worship them on earth.
Sun was the god of light as without him there could be no life on earth. Moon became god of the shepherds grazing their flocks, and of travelers who had to navigate the earth. Like them, gods had wives; and our ancestors appointed them living on the stars. Venus was goddess of love and fertility.
The deities in the firmament communicated with earthlings directly or via messengers. This privilege was bestowed on special people only.
Nothing is so hostile to religion as other religions
I was asked
what is a miracle—what is magic
Book of EXODUS
MOSES and the BURNING BUSH
God said: Take off your sandals for the place where you are standing (mount Horeb) is holy ground. Say to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has sent me to you.
Moses said: What if they do not believe me?
The Lord replied: Throw your STAFF on the ground. Moses did as told and his staff became a SNAKE. Scared, he ran from it.
The Lord said: Reach out your HAND and take it by the tail. Moses did so, and the snake turned back into a staff in his hand.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, his brother: When Pharaoh says to you, Perform a miracle, then say to Aaron, Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake. So, Aaron did as commanded. Pharaoh summoned his wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret ‘arts’: each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.
CROSSING the RED SEA
Parting of the waters
The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand (600.000) men on foot—besides women and children—as well as large droves of flocks and herds.
[Imagine, Moses was leading over one million Israelites and their livestock! The miracle: there was no shortage of fresh water]
After leaving Succoth, they camped at Etham, on the edge of the desert, guided by the Lord by day in a pillar of cloud and at night in a pillar of fire in front of the people.
The king of Egypt, Pharaoh, decided to pursue the Israelites and went after them with over six hundred chariots and their officers and horsemen. The Israelites were terrified but Moses promised them: The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
The Lord told Moses: Raise your staff and stretch out your HAND over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.
The angel of the Lord who had been travelling in front of Israel’s army withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved and stood behind them—coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. The waters divided and turned into dry land. With a wall of water on their left and on their right, over one million people and their livestock went through the sea on dry ground. The Egyptians pursued them.
The Lord said to Moses: Stretch out your HAND over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians. Moses followed the instructions. And the water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh. Not one of them survived.
The Red Sea
According to Jewish reckoning, Moses lived about 1250 BCE (Bronze Age). Also, that Moses is the author of the Torah; the books of the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy tells the Israelites (27: The Altar on Mount Ebal): When you have crossed the Jordan, build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool upon them.
That Moses foresaw the Iron Age is in my opinion a “real” miracle--because in that region the Iron Age began around 1000 BCE. Of course, it’s possible that the Jews miscalculated and that Moses lived around 1000 BCE.
Everybody is entitled to think their faith is superior to others
otherwise, what’s the point of having faith!
THE CHRISTIAN NEW TESTAMENT
GOSPEL OF LUKE
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
The angel went to her and said: Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.
How will this be, Mary asked the angel, since I am a virgin?
The angel answered: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
In ancient times the title “Son of God” was given to kings who reigned in His name—by the Grace of God.
Belief in Jesus as a deity or savior/king is incompatible with Judaism
The word angel, “angelos” in Greek, “malak” in Hebrew, signifies a “person sent” or a “messenger”. It was a name designating a position.
The “angel of the congregation”, among the Jews, was the chief of the synagogue. Its principal meaning eventually was for the inhabitants of heaven.
In his book Heaven and Hell, Emanuel Swedenborg wrote that angels are from the “human race” (311-317); the speech of angels; writings in heaven; marriages in heaven.
The devil or Satan was an evil angel who, when being asked his name, said: My name is ‘Legion’ for we are many.
Angel Michael was the vanquisher of evil spirits
Angel Gabriel presided over Paradise
The Kaaba in Mecca
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The KORAN is for Muslims the infallible Word of God—a transcript of a tablet preserved in heaven—revealed to Prophet Mohammed by Angel Gabriel.
According to tradition, Prophet Mohammed had retired to a cave in the mountains when Angel Gabriel came to him as he was asleep or in a trance and said: Recite! In the name of your Lord, who created, created man from clots of blood. Recite! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One, who by the pen taught man what he did not know.
FIVE ARTICLES OF FAITH
Belief in one God
Belief in Angels
Belief in the revealed Books
Belief in the Prophets
Belief in the Day of Judgment
The KORAN is no invented tale, but a confirmation of previous scriptures, an explanation of all things (12), a guide and a blessing to true believers.
When We said to the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, all prostrated themselves except Satan (18), who was a jinnee disobedient to his Lord.
The Jinn (72)
Blessed be He who is in this fire and all around it. Glory to Allah, Lord of the Creation….. Moses, I am Allah, the Mighty, the Wise One. Throw down your staff…. And when Moses saw his staff writhing like a serpent (27), he turned his back and fled.
And of Jesus (61), who said to the Israelites: I am sent forth to you by Allah to confirm the Torah already revealed and to give news of the apostle that will come after me whose name is Ahmed. Yet when Jesus did miracles before them, they said: This is plain magic
He was a wise man who invented God
We live in a linguistic world where reality is what we construct in words
WORDS ARE THE MOST POWERFUL DRUG USED BY MANKIND
THE POWER OF MIND IS INFINITE
MIND is a process—the process of cognition—and is identified with the “process of life”
Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian
Qur’an, 6:85 – He that follows a religion other than Islam,
it will not save him and in the world to come he will surely be among the lost
Nothing is so hostile to religion as other religions
The End of Faith
Story of “how to brainwash” a bright ten-year-old girl into believing
that she is a heavenly messenger: a “Star of God”.
July 26, 2015
DARE TO KNOW (Sapere aude)
What is an Idea—what is a Mind
God was a complex Idea
The romance of the Soul—the Knot of the Universe
The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—and the man became a living soul
While in the spiritual world, Emanuel Swedenborg conversed with Aristotle, Descartes and Leibniz on
—the human soul (The Blue Mirror: Chapter 19)
What is the SOUL—and what is its nature
Religions are systems of healing for psychic illness
Existence of the SOUL—an abstract concept
The body is a prison/cage for the soul—its destination is to “soar” to the “afterlife”
The will of God MUST at all costs be fulfilled
The drama of life and death