The Marriage of Science, Religion and Philosophy


Our science started with the Greeks where philosophy, religion and science were linked together to find the principle character, quality and cause of all things then we disconnected them. If the universe is a free, receptive, improving and an interconnected system then scientific laws are an ideal model for understanding the reliable and proven connections in reality. There will always be some features of the physical universe that the laws of nature cannot capture so we need the connections of philosophy, religion and science. The universe is not a self-enclose system, but an emergent, evolving system which endeavors to a motivation beyond itself. A spiritual foundation with a scientific connection to philosophy offers a balance of openness and intelligibility that can maintain a suitable environment for a personality to find its deepest potentialities. The book you are reading in one perspective is a book, in another perception it is a collection of atoms and molecules before being viewed as a composition of mass or wood cellulose. I like to think of it as an arrangement of knowledge and intelligence. None of these positions destroys the soundness of the other viewpoints. They all approach this book from a different angle and they are all just as real as the other ones. It is completely normal to respect differences as a precaution against self-righteousness and getting it wrong. If a dilemma leads to an awareness of Eternity, follow that way; and if another approach appears that is different from the first and it works then follow it. It is good to change and be encouraged to expand to the present moment clear-sightedness. The following quote was attributed to Isaac Newton just before he died, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Albert Einstein expressed it in different words, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” Thomas Merton a Christian Mystic said the same thing in another way, “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, it is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”      Christian Mysticism

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You are Not your Mind, It is within You


In the grace and comfort of unity, a spiritual experience encounters a new heaven and a new earth where everything is united. The confusions on the physical plane, the duality of the sins and miseries of the mind are not remembered or renewed in this experience. In the present moment harmony we see the balance and unity of opposites. A center of heaven on earth has glory in our sorrows because at our lowest point we are the most open to change and renewal. The beast in us can lay in peace with our innocence in a new life where we are whole or holy. We just need a paradigm shift so the mind in not trapped in the brain. We are a part of the unified force field and we do interact with the universe, we just need to become aware of it. If we make this shift in consciousness our story becomes a love story and we stop blaming others for our misfortune. We reinterpret our memories, which we Christians call forgiveness, and we reinterpret the universe because the scientists are showing us that most of the universe is not perceived.

Ignore the criticisms and judgments of the mind and listen to the Divinity within. The mind is asking the questions, and it is the soul that answers them. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) We are in and a part of the infinite, but somehow we do the most difficult thing, which is to separate ourselves from infinity. The spirit is always there we just need to remove the obstructions that keep us from it. Jung called the harmonizing, the awareness of our unity with the infinite synchronicity. “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” (Carl Jung) God is in the present moment, but if you try to grasp or control this instant it is not there. The past, the present and the future are in the here and now along with God, they are not in the future. The problem is we are living in our mind in either in the past or the future while eternity is now. Christian Mysticism communicates to us that we can’t contain or restrict the present moment because it is infinity. There is a way to slow down, know and experience the harmony, synchronicity, peace and a manner to just be in the present moment. God is always in the present moment, we are the ones that are sporadic, sometimes here and sometimes there. Infinity is an ocean of pure consciousness while the soul is a wave. The mind is in the space time continuum so it can be a prison if we let it constrict our identity. The mind is not in the brain or the body, and we are not in the body or the mind. The mind, brain and body are within us. We just need to start identifying with the soul or wave that is connected to the ocean of pure consciousness.

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God in Spirit……quotes from Bible


God is not just out there some where; He is in each one of us.

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”          John 4:24

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[ Luke 17:20-21

] 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Corinthians 3:17

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.   John 4:23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23

May your externalized rules give way to the Spirit of love, joy, peace, kindness and gentleness.

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Christian Mysticism And Christian Religion


Christian religion seems to be the study of trees and counting the rings while Christian Mysticism is concerned with sending the roots deeper into the experience. I think one can study the orchard and expand one’s branches and roots at the same time, but the institutions seem more comfortable with the words and so they deny the experience.

In our endeavor to understand life we experiment externally, which is science in order to understand the laws of life internally, which is spirituality. As we see the universal laws unfold and how they apply to our mind, we understand our relationship to the whole. By being good we find out what makes us happy and by being bad we find sadness, therefore to be content and happy we must find the best way to live. To live a good life we must deliver an unconscious pattern into a conscious system, which is what spirituality does for us. It is just as important to understand our internal self, as it is to understand the external self in order to be healthy and happy. We need to learn to watch the inner reactions of the mind, the same way we observe events in the outer world for self-preservation; consequently, our mind becomes aware of itself.

I feel the Church needs to spend more time directing people to the interior life and not worry so much about the exterior facade that takes so much of the Church’s resources. Christian Mysticism

Tao Chapter 43 and Christian Mysticism


Chapter 43 now open for dialog or discussion…….

The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.

If we think of the Tao or God as what ties everything together in some form of harmony, then everything is in a relationship with everything, God or the Tao. When everything is in a relationship with everything else then nothingness or no thing exist in isolation or separate from everything so there is nothing. Therefore everything inseparable even opposites are one. In our body we have opposite muscles that complement one another. One muscle straightens the arm and the opposite muscle bends the arm. We have opposites in the body that complement each other for the health and well being of the entire body. It seems it was designed to co-operate and work with opposites that are inseparable. In other words opposites are just two parts of one whole and are not separate. In silence, we have no point where heat ends and cold begins. I think this dialog is talking about the cooperation and oneness of everything working together. We have two eyes and they see one vision and our two ears hear one sound. To see the value of non-action, one needs to realize and be aware of the Oneness of All things. Non-action implies that there is no one doing the action so there is no-action, just Oneness. I find this passage leading to the stillness of the mind where we understand and find our One True Love, the Tao, or God.

Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

Silence seems to speak volumes on the infinite, as our theories and knowledge are finite and only explain a part. I feel if a teacher says that a theory is the only true or possible one then it is a sign that this master does not understand the theory or the dilemma. Our minds are limited like words and can’t grasp all possibilities; therefore to look for understanding I think the Tao is saying one needs to look beyond the mind without words or actions. I feel in pure being on finds and can understand the One True Love. Therefore; religion would not be about believing in things, words or rules, but about being sacred and holy, whole-ly.
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Our Mind Produces Heaven or Hell


Our mind produces the experiences of ignorance, pain, enlightenment and happiness so it is the master of our inner character and our outer circumstance. All of us want to be happy and are filled with pure consciousness, but this pure consciousness is blocked in the mind by ignorance. The key to opening the door to knowledge and pure consciousness is held by the ‘doer I’ part of the mind. If we want to experience a particular good, the ‘doer I’ must become conscious of it and demonstrate it because it is the ego that gives us the path for our personal expression. It provides or blocks the avenue through which pure consciousness can work. The mind is like a garden because it can be cultivated or permitted to run wild, and the results are either useless weeds or an abundance of fruit. By weeding out negative thoughts and cultivating positive thoughts, our minds discover that we are the master-gardener of pure consciousness.

The thoughts built into our character have brought us where we are today either happy or unhappy. If we are sad, we can’t learn, grow, evolve and progress to a place where we are happy and content until we find a place in our minds that is in harmony with our surroundings. When out of harmony, we learn by suffering and by cultivating happiness. As individuals, we have the choice to direct our minds wherever we choose so we may fall to the level of our desires or rise to the heights of our good deeds.

Taking responsibility for ourselves in a deeper way, we understand that it is the duty of an evolved being to give reality to the best convictions. This expression of pure consciousness needs the same courage and self-sacrifice shown by Christ because to gain Christ consciousness takes honesty. We have to realize who we are in our own way. The ‘pure I’ feeling can be felt, but can’t be totally understood because it is the symbol of the higher part of our mind. It is a treasure buried within us in the pure essence of our being, a seed that becomes a tree in order to shade others.
As Christ consciousness is in us so also is Our Father’s heavenly kingdom. Since we are in a quest for happiness and the essence of our being, this consciousness is a pearl of great price. It is a sacrifice, until we start imitating Christ consciousness and forget the brutal pursuit of crude active pleasures and the pain they bring to us. When pleasure no longer becomes the chief purpose of our life and the joy of God’s kingdom is realized, the ego dominated slave is set free to follow the deepest nature of our being as our mind steps out of the chaos of life and steps towards Christ consciousness to enter God’s kingdom in pure consciousness and bliss.

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Reform the Church with Mysticism


I feel the rebellion against modern Christianity is due to the consciousness and intelligence observing the truth and comparing it to teachings that dishonor God and man. I feel thoughtful, educated, and intelligent people have slipped away from Christianity because the fundamental church has represented God as a tyrant and man as evil. It is not moral degradation that leads the revolt against fundamental dogma, but moral outrage and intelligent shock at the crude ideas and authoritative teachings that are rammed down people’s throats. I feel they have forced Christian Mysticism behind a veil so people fail to notice reality, truth and the personal spiritual experience with Christ.  I am not against Christianity, but feel it needs to awaken the inner teachings, which need evidence and theory. The Christian mystics seem to be persecuted for seeking illumination of the inner light and listening for the inner voice of God. I feel the future of the Church depends on the greater mysteries being taught by God’s children of light along side the lesser mysteries as preparation. The hirelings who alienate people against Christian Mysticism need to be replaced, as they are the blind leading the blind.

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