All articles for this blog are original content written by myself (Jeremy Elliott). I mainly write about the following topics:
- The teachings of Jesus Christ (both from the New Testament and A Course in Miracles)
- Joel S. Goldsmith (1892 – 1964), spiritual healer
- Dr. Joshua David Stone (1953 – 2005), spiritual teacher
- The Pathwork Lectures channeled by Eva Pierrakos
- Byron Katie (1942 – ), spiritual teacher
- Adyashanti (1962 – ), spiritual teacher
A lot of my knowledge and spiritual philosophy is derived from the books listed in the bibliography.
To have a better understanding of some of the material, I’ve made a brief summary of the philosophy upon which this blog is based.
There is an ultimate Truth, but this Truth cannot be written in words. Instead, ultimate Truth can only be experienced through expanded awareness. Words can point in the direction of Truth, but only for those who are sincerely looking for it. All spiritual teachings are simply for the purpose of pointing to the Truth and should only be regarded as “relative truths” for guiding oneself along his or her spiritual path.
Conflicting spiritual teachings
Each person is unique and is born into the world with a unique set of circumstances. As a result, each person’s path to finding Truth (God) will be different. It’s possible that a spiritual teaching might be helpful for one person but counterproductive for another. For this reason, it is necessary that each individual be responsible for finding his own way back to God.
In general, the teachings of various religions all contain elements of truth. Those who are motivated by love will be able to find these truths. As all teachings only point at the truth, it is much easier (and pointless) to argue over supposed conflicts among different spiritual and religious teachings.
Reality and God
God, Truth and Reality are regarded as the same thing. Reality is God; therefore everything that exists is already perfect. The desire to acquire something or change something is the desire to change God. But since God is already perfect, desire is meaningless and can only lead to mental suffering.
All of God’s creations are already perfect. However, we are unable to see the perfection of God’s creations as long as we separate ourselves from God by identifying with the ego. When we do this, we identify with the experience, rather than the one who is having the experience. It is similar to watching a movie and believing that you are in the movie instead of a person in the audience.
Desire and suffering
Every human desires to be happy. In western culture, it is commonly believed that our unhappiness is due to something that we lack. We therefore spend our lives pursuing money, possessions, experiences, careers, family, and health. But nothing acquired in the material world, including any of those things listed, will lead to happiness. This is because we are trying to cure the “symptom” instead of the “disease”.
Even the person who has acquired “everything in the world” will still feel a pain, as if “something” is missing. This pain is caused by one’s separation from God and His unconditional love. (Or more accurately, the perception that one is separate from God.) Therefore, the only way to cure our suffering is to correct this misperception. This is done by ceasing to identify with one’s ego, and instead identifying with one’s true self (i.e. one’s soul). This is much easier said than done.
Each individual is a perfect soul. The soul is hidden under the “crust” of human imperfections. To reconnect with the soul, each individual must first become aware of his or her imperfections and then accept them as a part of himself. By acknowledging and embracing his shortcomings, these shortcomings can be released. In other words, man can only reach perfection by first embracing his imperfections.
Our relationships with others, whether it be with our spouse, children, coworkers, etc. are all for the purpose of helping us know ourselves better. Relationships are the best “self-discovery” tool on the planet. When the actions or personality of another person irritate you in any way, it is because you have the same aspect in yourself, but are not consciously aware of it. So negatively reacting to another person is actually a good thing: it is the first step in becoming aware of a fault in ourselves. Only by discovering our faults can we remove them. So relationships are an invaluable tool for helping with this process.
All thoughts and actions are based on either love or fear. Anytime we think or act out of fear, it leads to “negative results” which will ultimately directly or indirectly impact others or the environment. And vice versa.
Karma is simply the universe maintaining balance. It is neither punishment nor reward. It simply is a balancing mechanism that must take place as surely as night follows day. Due to karma, all positive and negative consequences of our thoughts and actions will eventually come back to us in kind.
Note: It is inadvisable to ever wish bad karma on anyone; this is the attitude of the ego. As we are all connected with each other, to wish another bad karma is the same as wishing bad karma on oneself.
In general, our souls are split into 12 parts known as “soul extensions”. Any one or more of these soul extensions can be incarnated at the same time. We who are living on planet earth are the soul extension, not the soul. There is also a group consciousness for the soul itself. This is sometimes referred to as the “oversoul”. However, our individual identities always remain, even after we dis-identify with the ego and reconnect with our souls.
All soul extensions that incarnate have multiple “past” and “future” lives. Breaking free from the cycle of reincarnation is accomplished by balancing all negative karma with positive karma. Once a soul extension obtains more than 50% positive karma, the cycle is broken and the soul extension no longer needs to incarnate.
Also known as “awakening” or “being born again”, enlightenment is the process of dying to your ego and entering an awareness that transcends it. Sometimes a person (egos) will falsely believe he or she is enlightened. Bragging about it is a good sign that he is not. To test whether you yourself are enlightened, check to see if you have any desires. If so, you are not fully awakened (yet).
Time and “Now”
In our 3-dimensional world, every physical location “exists” all at once. For example, a person can travel to China or to India or to America. Each one of these locations is accessible in the “now”, but a person cannot be in 2 places at the same time. Note that just because a person can only be in one place at a time, it doesn’t mean that only one place exists in the present moment.
Time is a similar concept. In human experience, time “feels” linear, but in reality the only time that exists is now. What we think of as past and future are only thoughts about past or future events that occur in the now. What we think of as past and future are actually other locations within the now. If our reality was 4-dimensional, we would be able to move through time just as we can move through space.
Evolution of the Soul
Earth life is an experience that develops the soul and brings it closer to God. Interestingly enough, there are many levels of development, and the earth plane is almost at the bottom. The final goal is to become co-creators with God. In the meantime, we as souls are given more and more responsibilities and trainings in order to accomplish to get to this level. (It’s not well-known, but when we are sleeping many of us are studying out of our bodies on the spiritual plane.)
There are several paths of development one can take after earth life, one of which is to become the soul for more than just a human body. For example, the planet also has a soul. This doesn’t mean that it is separate from us, instead the souls of all living things on the planet are a part of this soul’s “body”. This position is known as the “Planetary logos”. There is also a Galactic Logos, Universal Logos, and so on.
Methods for Seeking God
The following are some useful methods for building a relationship with God
- Dropping all desires except for the desire to connect with God. This is believed to be one of the fastest ways to obtaining grace/enlightenment.
- Daily spiritual practices, including prayer and meditation.
- Seeing only God/perfection in every person. Dismiss how another person looks, behaves, etc. What you see with your physical eyes is not the Truth. Treat each and every person as God, and believe that every person is God.
- Releasing our emotional pain. Most of us try to avoid pain as much as possible. By working through and releasing our emotional pain, we lift the vibrations of our bodies, which brings us a step closer to God.