By: Robert O. & Rogene A Robbins
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Please read this introduction. It contains valuable information which will help you understand the rest of this manual better.
This “manual” has been created with the “spiritual consumer” in mind. It has been researched and written by a person who has worked as an industrial engineer for the Boeing Aircraft Company who also has a Masters of Education in Counseling, and his wife, an artistic word crafter trained in spiritual matters. The purpose of this manual is to attempt to simplify the repeated numerous inquiries people have especially as they become adults, but in actuality throughout life, of “What is this thing called a ‘soul’? What is its purpose? Where did it come from? And, in short, how do we train it to become what it should be? This book is in response to a lifetime of nearly 70 years of hearing people say they could understand “this religious stuff” better if they would just be given an instruction manual to guide them through the use of this thing called the “soul.”
Okay. So what is the soul? This term is found in use mainly in Christian and Hebrew/Jewish traditions but can be found in discussions by other religious traditions around the world under numerous other names. This book is based upon Christian thought since the authors were raised in that tradition. As such, the human soul has a very specific definition as defined by the Hebraic faith father, Moses, in the Holy Bible’s book of Genesis: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (GEN 2:7-KJV).
This one statement by Moses, which has become one of the basic premises of faith for over one-third of the world’s population, has been discussed and perhaps the most misunderstood passage in Hebrew script. Put simply, the “soul” is made up of two different and distinct individual parts: the body, made up of earth elements which any biochemist can innumerate, and the spirit of life which the Creator himself breathed into this earthen vessel. So, to understand what the soul is one must first have some comprehension of what both the body and the spirit are. How do they interact? How do we train this new being called the “soul” to be in both a physical and a spiritual world at the same time? How do we care for it? How do we recognize problems in its existence and how do we resolve those problems?
The body is therefore a mixture of earth elements blended together as though by a laboratory biochemist to form a creature with the ability to move, to think and to exist upon this planet and in the physical universe somewhat independently. We really know nothing of how this creative process took place. The spiritual writ of the various religions do not explain the process, and in actuality it is not the important thing in understanding how to make best use of our existence. What is important here is to realize that to be considered a “living soul” the body must have the breath of life within it. That is it must be filled with the Spirit of God, which is what the words “breath of life” means in their spiritual context in the Holy Bible.
So the soul is the combination of both the physical body combined or instilled with the breath or Spirit of God. Without the combining of these two elements, the soul does not exist.
This simple statement could be considered rather scary when one considers that when a person dies, their physical breath stops. Does then the soul’s existence therefore also stop? Not according to the Master, Jesus, who explained that the soul does not die immediately after physical death, but merely sleeps (LUK 8:52). And thus the justification for the religious teachings of both reincarnation and resurrection. We don’t know how this happens. We just know the world’s religions say it does.
And so we, in this current soul condition, find ourselves in a situation quite unlike other creatures in this universe where we must learn how to live in two different dimensions at the same time. Animals on this physical planet called Earth are obviously capable of movement, able to “procreate” to reproduce like kind creatures, some even seem capable of rudimentary communication and even show affection and other emotions toward one another. Most certainly, animals contain an element of the spirit of the Creator, as do all other living and non-living things. If this were not so, if the physical plane were but just a void before God said, “Let there be light,” then from what but himself did God make all things both spiritual and physical?
So what is it that makes mankind think we are any different than the animals? The one thing which makes humans distinctive from other animals is the fact that the spirit which gives us life is a choice by us as good or evil.
Animals are instinctive. They follow predetermined patterns of life which causes them to act and react in very specific ways like how to hunt, where to sleep and how to find a mate. Humans are quite freed from instincts, able to decide for ourselves what is “good or evil” in our lives and how we will respond to others. Thus we are able to decide for ourselves which spirit will be our guiding light, our determining force of existence. There are a multitude of possible spirits which we can choose from to be our guide, thus the need for some understanding of how this “spiritual stuff” all works is very important.
So, to make certain that everyone understands where this book will try to lead you, this “manual” has been based upon the Christian basic principle that “Love (agape) is of God”(1JO 4:7) and that our prime example for how to live was shown in the life of Jesus, the Christ (JON 13:15).
This manual is to help us determine how to use this system which has been created for us to experience a physical universe, much like a computer which allows us to experience a virtual universe. Our physical bodies are our “hardware” similar to the computer base, keyboard, screen and mouse or other equipment we use to contact the internet or other electronic worlds. The spiritual breath is similar to the computer software which directs and controls the actions of the hardware and gives it direction in its actions. Without one, the other becomes limited. The body, indeed, becomes lifeless. This book’s intention is to help the experience of the soul to be more vital, enjoyable and meaningful.
Enjoy your spirit in life as you become fully aware of who you are.
--Robert & Rogene Robbins
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground...” --Genesis 2:7 KJV
Deuteronomy 4:32; NIV
The creation of the physical body of mankind is recorded in various religious scripts with numerous renditions of just how the event occurred. From the American Indians to the India monks, from southern Africa to northern Europe, from Australia to South America and from the Arctic to the Hebraic record of Moses in the middle east. The stories, while not identical, all say the same thing: Mankind, planet Earth and all that is on it, our solar system and galaxy, and even our physical universe have been created. – These are not accidents.
Created of what seems to remain a mystery for most of us since the list just given includes everything out of which we, in our physical state, would normally think of to be able to create something from which did not exist before said creation. But to answer the question of why and how we exist at all we must accept one paradox: A spirit created all things physical.
A spirit? So what is spirit? In the human existence it is easiest defined as an attitude, an emotion. But we’ll talk about this more in Part Two of this book. Right now we’ll define spirit as simply energy, power or life-force. From this force came the ability to attract and repel, to imagine and create, to vibrate and to silence from which came a realization of existence and eventual desire not to be alone.
To not be alone this life-force had to find a way to create its own universe. Thus it started gathering its own cells of energy and vibrating to divide them in such a way as they started becoming other beings of intelligence finding themselves floating in a vast empty space of darkness. That is, until this first source of being stated there had to be more and declared, “Let there be light.” Whether that light came as a gentle glowing simply appearing through the darkness or a “Big Bang” as scientists have proclaimed is actually unimportant. Neither can be proven at this time without proper contact with the Creator, and is in actuality not important. What is important is that this process of creation went from one physical element to another eventually resulting with the command that a man be created in the Creator’s image. At least according to the written records of Moses of the Hebrew tradition.
Now, how this creation took place the world’s religions don’t really say. Some of what they do say seems somewhat conflicting, but they do agree that our physical bodies were made from basic earth elements which were already on the planet: “dust of the earth.” Details are not talked about in the scriptures, and well should they not be. We have little need, other than curiosity, of knowing the details of how a human was originally assembled even as most of us have little need to know how to build a computer, a car or any other piece of equipment.
But, at this time, what is important is recognizing that our human bodies have been created by an intelligence beyond human’s current comprehension. What’s important is for us to learn how to care for and use these bodies with respect to the high calling to be “God’s image.” That’s what this book is about.Isaiah 45:18-NIV
The purpose for mankind is clearly stated by the Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, who explained that God had created both the heavens and earth not to be an empty void, but instead to be inhabited (ISA 45:18). But to be inhabited, there was a need to have intelligent creatures with physical bodies capable of experiencing and manipulating this physical universe.
God had already created angelic beings (Job 38:4-7-NIV) capable of existing in both the physical and spiritual realms simultaneously before he began to create the planet Earth or the people he would place on this planet. But they hardly had the ability to have the complete experience the Creator desired of fully inhabiting the physical universe.
Thus our creation. The physical bodies of humans was to be the means through which God would be able to experience his own creation and thus have the ability to experience friendship and love.
Most things we must do to maintain our physical bodies may seem obvious. But do we do them correctly? Read the tips below to find out for yourself.
The breath within the human body is, of course, of absolute necessity when thinking of the maintenance of one’s physical health. Just as Moses reported in the book of Genesis that the Creator breathed the first breath of life into Adam, a doctor, nurse or birth-maiden must somehow cause a newborn baby to take its first breath after birth. That process of inflow and outflow of oxygen rich life-giving gases provides many needed elements in high quantity which cannot be supplied sufficiently nor quickly enough through food. This life-giving breath is also known as Qi, or Ch’i, in many Oriental religious cultures (Wikipedia, cited 11/20/2017).
There is a spiritual aspect to this act of breathing which will be spoken of in the part of this manual about maintaining the spirit, but for right now we will concentrate on getting proper breath. When the body breathes properly, it is able to obtain an ample supply of oxygen through its lungs which the circulatory system then carries to all parts of the body to help energize it to make movement, thought, and reactions possible.
The quality of air we breathe, therefore, is extremely important. The vast majority of it must be clean, without contaminants, smoke, microbes of disease or other inhospitable impurities. Care must be given that we breathe only clean air. Even our basic body systems show evidence of such. Get in an area with dirty, smoky or otherwise contaminated air and the body will react in a negative way. Usually with coughing and an automatic reaction of needing to quickly find a way to get to a source of cleaner air.
Sometimes, however, air impurities are less obvious, more insidious. They can appear without warning and rob our bodies of much needed oxygen rich breath with no warning. This is a circumstance of which we must all be aware. Whether we be a historic American coal miner listening for that canary to continue its song to indicate that no unscented gas is leaking into the mine or a modern world citizen finding the factories contaminating the air of the planet to the point that there is less and less “fresh air” to breath the message is the same: Be aware of the air you breath, it is a very basic element in life.
In fact, Air is one of the four basic elements of existence taught by Greek philosophers as being necessary for existence along with the others of Earth, Water, Fire and Aether (See: Wikipedia, “Classical Elements,” cited 4/11/2018). Interestingly these are the five elements which seem to have been used by the Creator to create mankind. Taking the Earth (dust) he added water (rain), breathed into it (wind) and at the same moment the body became energized as if by fire (of the Spirit-which could be said to be aether). What could be more important, therefore, than to learn how to breathe properly?
Breathe deeply. Allow your stomach to move in and out, your chest to expand in and out and your body to be essentially relaxed as you breathe. Do not just fill the upper part of your lungs, but instead concentrate on filling your whole chest with air. Your goal is to provide as much air to your body as possible.
Medical research says one should breathe an average of 12 breaths per minute when resting.
Breath smoothly and completely, concentrating on habitually creating a rhythm of in and out flow of air which the body becomes accustomed to and dependent upon. According to an article at NormalBreathing.com on November 5, 2017 called “Normal Respiratory Frequency and Ideal Breathing,” “Medical textbooks suggest that the normal respiratory rate for adults is only 12 breaths per minute at rest.” This is greater than in the past when people were told the average should be 10 breaths per minute. According to an article titled “The Art and Science of Breathing” which appeared on Dr. Andrew Weil’s Website on that same date, “In Buddhist and yogic traditions, people claim to have reached an enlightened state by doing nothing more than paying attention to the rising and falling of their breath. What easier way could there be to reach such a state? Especially since breathing – following the ebb and flow of your breath – is an intrinsic part of meditation.” An article in Wikipedia on this date explained the word, “pranayama” as such:
- Prāṇāyāma (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम prāṇāyāma) is a Sanskrit word alternatively translated as "extension of the prāṇa (breath or life force)" or "breath control." The word is composed from two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and either ayama (to restrain or control the prana, implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results) or the negative form ayāma, meaning to extend or draw out (as in extension of the life force). It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.
Whenever in crisis, whether physical, spiritual or mental, it is always best to consciously first slow down one’s thinking process temporarily and concentrate on your breathing. Make certain, first, that you are indeed breathing – not holding your breath which is a common physiological reaction to stress in many people. Then, using proper meditative procedure, take a few deep breaths and determine that you are setting the stage to get proper air into your lungs to provide the energy needed to properly work through the situation. No time for this? That’s why the concentrated practice of meditation and Yogic or similar exercises are so important. This breath check can take only a few seconds if you have properly trained yourself before a crisis occurs.
“A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” --Proverbs 24:5; KJV
Movement is extremely important for the human body’s existence. The purpose for the body is most definitely to provide a way for the spirit of a person to be able to interact with his or her physical environment in a direct manner. Movement provides a way to keep the body’s muscles, joints and other parts strong, flexible and healthy. An excellent example of this is the gentleman in Dallas, Texas, Orville Rogers, who has spent the past 50 years running as a major part of his daily regimen. On November 28, 2017, he turned 100 years of age and he still runs regularly. His family celebrated his 100th birthday by running 100 miles in a tag-team effort with Orville running the last mile himself. (“100 Year Old Man and His Family Run 100 Miles to Celebrate His Birthday,” Inside Edition, MSN News, cited 12/01/2017.)
"Exercise is good for a good life and a long life,"
--- Orville Rogers
There are many types of exercise which are useful and can give the body the motion it needs to help it be well maintained. But without such activity a multitude of problems which is discussed in the trouble-shooting section of this manual can occur including arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease, a decreased effectiveness of the immune system and many others. While walking and/or running is key to the aerobic movement required for the proper muscle stretching and use needed regularly, the muscles need also to be used for lifting and other strength endurance to be fully healthy. Things like body-building and physical strength training sports can help in this training.
Rogene, one of the authors of this book, saw some remarkable healing occur in her body after she started a regular practice of yoga You can see her whole description of this on her blog by going here: Espirational.com. In it she says: “Growing up I was always told to ‘stand up straight.’ Like most teenagers I had a tendency to slouch. But as an adult of short stature I stood up straight to get every inch out of my height. Or so I thought.”
That is until the first physically obvious benefit of yoga for me appeared. I could tell I was standing straighter and taller. Bob even commented on my posture. Yoga is not just another form of physical exercise. If you are in a fitness based yoga practice I invite you to explore a little into the deeper teachings of yoga. “Yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning to yoke, to join, or union. It is an ancient practice that actually predates Hinduism. It is not a religion. Yoga is passed on from teacher to student. This is why your yoga teacher may mention teachers in their lineage and their teachers lineage. “
The physical postures are only one of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. This is a brief summary of the 8 Limbs of Yoga.
- Yama : Universal morality (outer observances) There are 5 Yamas.
- Ahimsa: Non-violence
- Satya: Truthfulness
- Asteya: Non-stealing
- Brahmacharya: Continence (concerns non-productive use of energy)
- Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness, non-hoarding
- Niyama : Inner observances There are 5 Niyamas
- Saucha or shaucha: Purity or cleanliness.
- Santosha: Contentment.
- Tapas: Disclipline, intense committment
- Svadhyaya: The study of one’s self
- Ishvara Pranidhana: Surrendering to God
- Asana: Body postures
- Pranayama: Breathing exercises, and control of prana
- Pratyahara: Control of the senses
- Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
- Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
- Samadhi: Union with the Divine
There are a variety of types and styles of yoga being taught throughout the world. There is no one size fits all yoga practice that will work for everyone. Some of the styles you may encounter range from the more rigorous Astanga, Bikram, or Vinyasa to the basic postures or Hatha to the calmer, more relaxing Restorative or Yin to the blending of spiritual and physical practices in Kundalini as well as many other styles there is something that will meet your needs. Keep looking if your first try just doesn’t work for you.
In a world where we spend so much time driving, sitting at a computer, slumped over our cell phones and other devices we need a counter pose to life. Instead of sinking downward and forward we need something that will move us upward and back.
Backbends will help with this, but one often overlooked pose for posture is Tadasana (tah-DAHS-uh-nuh) or Mountain Pose. If you think Mountain Pose is just standing there and a waste of time, think again. It is an active pose that is the foundation of all standing poses. Take the time to learn proper alignment in Mountain Pose and alignment in all other standing poses will be easier. In addition to improving posture, this pose can decrease back pain and help focus and calm the mind.
“A good yoga practice has many benefits, including better posture.
Mom would be so proud.”
We do not practice yoga hoping to obtain a certain specific benefit from our practice. We practice yoga to come back home to who we were created to be. As we learn to practice the eight limbs of yoga our minds, our bodies, our spirits and our lives begin to come back into alignment. We can feel the sense of joining, union or coming together within ourselves as we progress.
If we are seeking certain specific changes however, we may be disappointed. Remember, yoga does not change us; rather, it allows the natural state of total health and integration already in each of us to become a reality.”
While this seems to be an excellent basis for body movement creating a place for the spirit to be, it is also important to have other forms of body training also. Resistance training, otherwise known as weight training or body building, is also important in the total training of one’s body. These types of training along with transport from one place to another, like in walking, or the speed of running are also important.
Keep in mind that the human body was created to experience the physical universe. It was built to work, as is evidenced by the instructions given to Adam while still in the garden: The newly created man was placed in the garden in Eden to be its care-giver, to “dress it and to keep it” as would a gardener (GEN 2:15-KJV). Obviously, therefore, the body was designed to move, to manipulate and to work, not just to observe and experience. In order to get the best experience from one’s body, that body must stay active throughout a person’s life. Food for Fuel
“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden’”
Genesis 2:16; NIV
As with all physical forms of mechanisms, whether they be manmade or created by spirit, the human body must be fueled by providing proper amounts and types of food to provide physical energy to the system.
But first let’s talk about the most used earth element in our bodies: water. It really did not take much “dust” of the Earth to make Adam. However, it took a lot of water. Scientists have measured the amount of water in our bodies to be about 60% of our bodies for males and 50% for females. It also changes due to a person’s height, age, activity level and their “adiposity” (how fat they are). Body fat reduces the amount of water a person carries in their body because muscle retains water better than fat. Of course this figure changes with the methods used to measure the body water and other mineral makeup. (Wikipedia 10/4/2017).
The human body requires a large amount of water, replenished on a daily basis, to function properly. According to the staff at the Mayo Clinic, “How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answer.” This water can be obtained in the form of pure water, water contained in other drinks, or foods. The Mayo staff says that the old adage of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is not only best practice for most people, though such needs do change from person to person, it is also easy to remember. (Mayo Clinic 10-04-2017)
Water Intake Per Day = 64 oz. minimum.
Other forms of fuel can be divided into six parts as follows:
- Fruits (GEN 1:22) – The first thing the Creator told Adam and Eve to eat was fruit. A taste of Paradise. Fruit should be emphasized in the human diet. It comes from the tree or vines, viz: apples oranges, grapes, melons, etc.
- Grains (GEN 3:18). From grasses, such as wheat, rye, oats, corn (grain), amaranth, etc.
- Vegetables and roots (GEN 3:18). After ejection from the Garden of Eden, Adam was told he would have to survive by working the ground. From roots and stems such as celery, potatoes, peas, corn (sweet), lettuce, spinach, etc.
- Clean Meats (GEN 9:1-3; LEV 7:19 & Ch11). This is a designation defined by the Hebrew’s patriarch/prophet Moses as coming from certain types of animals which meat is known to be pure and healthy for the human body to consume. There is much written about how this designation is appropriated into daily life found mainly in the Jewish literature and synagogues and also in Christian denominations such as the Seventh Day Adventist. A not all inclusive list of clean meats includes: beef, chicken, turkey, mutton, venison, top water fish, etc. (LEV 11:3)
- Unclean Meats (GEN 9:1-3; LEV 7:19; Ch11; ACT 10 1-16; ROM Ch 14). The other side of the meat question. Unclean meats were designated by Moses due to their possibly containing contaminates such as worms and other impurities. While most religious cultures make no such food designations, the Old Testament Hebrew forbade a person from eating any such meat at all. However Peter was told through a vision that if no other form of food was available to not deny the eating of unclean meat for survival purposes (ACT 10 1-16). This list includes, but is not all inclusive of, pork, snake, dog, bottom water fish, etc. (LEV 5:2 -11:38) The Hebrew/Jewish concept of what foods are fit for consumption and how it should be prepared, called kosher, is better explained by visiting The Badatz Igud Rabbonim KIR More information concerning how the Seventh Day Adventists interpret Moses’ rules on eating can best be seen by visiting the Webpage called “Vitality Health,” Seventh Day Adventist Church.
- Other (herbs, honey, etc.) (GEN 3:18; PRO 15:17; 25:27 1TI 5:23). Seasonings and medicinal herbs such as cinnamon, pepper, salt, thyme, stinging nettle, etc. The amounts used of these must be very limited, as is stated in the scriptures about honey. In fact, other than with honey (sugar) and salt most herbs and other seasonings cannot get past the tongue in great quantities; but if they do, they can cause the body great harm.
Although traditions throughout the world are certainly different concerning what, when, how often and how much we eat, for most of us we simply either eat too much of what we enjoy too often or we tend to starve our bodies of the nutrition it needs out of guilt. This comes from either realizing that others do not have access to such food or from considering one’s self as personally “fat.” Either way the result is quite detrimental to the human body and should be corrected.
GEN 1:3) and indeed light began to glow from the midst of the Creator’s very existence was, to say the least, a miracle. But how much greater was that miracle when we realize how great have been the forces of darkness and silence teaming against the spoken words which commanded the creation; not only of the light but of everything else which now exists in our known physical universe.
Light was not actually the first of the creation process as many believe. First God, Jehovah, had to have some self-awareness of who or what he was. This vibration of thought quickly started taking on auditory form through increasing vibrations and sounds and began performing functions: viz. having meaning. So sound was created before light, else God could not have “said” anything.
But how delicate is the balance which binds the universe together as we know it. What the “new thought” religious teachers currently call the “law of attraction” is not a new thought at all. Without this basic law of the spiritual dimension there could be no physical existence. Simply stated, that which is declared as truth attracts evidence of that truth to it creating more evidence of that truth. Simple. Spirit in action. Physicists call it “gravity” or “magnetism” in our three-dimensional rheum.
Caution here must be practiced carefully however because such a universal/spiritual law as this is not a judge of value. Whether the truth spoken may be positive (light) or negative (darkness) that which is attracted will be of whatever nature is spoken. So, if a person proclaims that they are ill and have no hope for recovery, then it sets forth a pattern within their spiritual universe to be, indeed, hopelessly ill. However, if the person, while perhaps not feeling well would proclaim that their body is being healed through the power of the creative nature which lives within them, then indeed that healing force will cause the body to be made whole again.
This is not to say that there are not times when the body falls short of being able to function properly, or is injured or perhaps has been attacked to a degree beyond practical repair. Sadly enough, these things do happen. The question is how do we detect and prevent them before they escalate into major issues and how do we protect the body from such damage?
In order to recognize possible physical disorders, one must know their own body well. The process of troubleshooting through the physical human body is actually quite simple, but it requires years of training and practice to be able to do so effectively. In order to recognize possible physical disorders, one must know their own body well. Each person’s body is different, as can be better explained by a biologist who studies functional DNA. Let’s discuss possible “dis-eases” as they affect the functions of the body as we mentioned before:
- Breath should normally be deep, rhythmical and naturally unconscious. If conscious thought must be given in order to breath then immediate attention must be given to prevent further danger. Meditative training should be received to learn how to control one’s breath in a natural pattern of deep, lower lung breathing performed in a regular pattern to which one could nearly set a metronome in time. Possible problems with one’s breathing include obstruction (or blockage), intrusion (called infection) and muscular inefficiency. All of these in essence causes the lungs to be less able to be filled with air which supplies the body with the necessary oxygen needed for the body to survive. Other causes of pulmonary inefficiency can be environmental, with contaminants being in the air, either natural or manmade pollutants, which causes the oxygen in that air to either be insufficient or nonexistent. Without sufficient oxygen in the air, the heart cannot pump the needed oxygen to the brain and other body cells for them to be energized to perform their needed functions. Further damage therefore occurs to the point of disrepair. Physical death, “sleep,” then becomes an act of mercy.
- Eyes should be clear and sharp. While our vision is limited by the eyes’ ability to see only a specific part of the light spectrum, the light we see reveals an immense amount of information which can be substituted by other of our senses but only with great difficulties and inefficiency. It is easily recognized that many people in our modern world have unclear vision. They always have. It is just more noticeable now because ancient mankind did not walk around with glass or plastic lenses placed on their faces or in their eyes to help them see. In a spiritual sense eyes represent a person’s spirit (REV5:6). If a person having unclear eyesight, has been blinded or is suffering a major challenge with their eyes they should spend more time in prayer and meditation to determine the condition of their spirit. In general, the blurrier the eyes causes the world to appear the more time which should be spent trying to comprehend the spiritual world better through prayer, meditation and spiritual studies. Vision professionals are able to, through corrective lenses, help people get better vision and to help correct other vision issues. If your vision is not clear check out your spiritual life by talking with your spiritual advisor/s and get help making your vision cleared consulting a medical eye specialist.
- Yogic eye exercises may also help with vision. Begin with your head upright looking straight ahead. Without moving your head, look up then look down. Then look to the left then the right. Next look from upper left to lower right five times followed by upper right to lower left. Practice each of these movements five times. Now, imagine a clock face in front of you and slowly follow around the face of the clock with your eyes, both directions – clockwise and then counter clockwise. Finally rub your palms together vigorously and place them over your eyes. Feel the warmth and allow your eyes to relax. This is called “palming.”
- Hearing, the ability to resolutely make sense of the sounds surrounding one’s body, comes through the ears and is very important in the ability to have verbal communication between human creatures. While those who are deaf have developed methods of visual communications to replace sound it takes much more effort and concentration than does that which receipt comes essentially through the ears. The majority of learning comes through the ears as it is passed from one person to another. The most effective use of the ears is by listening closely to the message someone else is speaking, and then to repeat it back to assure proper receipt of that message. The spirit of Understanding enters a person through the ears (MAT 13:15). The ears can be inefficient in hearing for many reasons. They can be blocked, infected or injured. They have an oily wax which emits from them to help keep their internal canal clean and moist; however this waxy substance sometimes causes the canal to become clogged and must be cleaned to prevent blockage. If a person has hearing challenges, it is best that they seek counsel from their spiritual guide about this blockage to the Spirit of Knowledge and of Understanding. Also one should seek assistance from a medical professional for possible assistance in getting the ears to work better.
- Hands are the most valuable tool the body has to get things done. Even in today’s highly technological world where the computer keyboard is the workplace for most of us our hands are the connection between our brains and the physical world. Hebrew scriptures indicate that “hands” represent “power” (PRO 3:27, MIC 2:1, MAR 14:42 & LUK 22:69 as cited in ETM Publishing’s The Prophets’ Dictionary). One’s hands should be strong, yet flexible. They should be able to manipulate and yet to be held steady for extended periods of time.
- Feet to transport.
- Heart physically has the responsibility to provide nutrients necessary to survive and perform throughout the body.
- Strength is essential in the human body to be able to perform anything. More than just muscular strength, the power to perform comes from a total integration of the various parts of the body and spirit. While if a person experiences physical weakness it can be indicative of either muscular, neurological, glandular or even digestive issues it can also relate to more etheric causes within the mind and/or spirit of the person. It is in the person’s strength where one will first be able to detect possible system challenges. If one feels weak, or tired much of the time, if they feel weak in their spirit to get things done, then they need to evaluate what it is which motivates them.
Regardless how well one maintains a system, things just seem to happen which causes the system to function less than perfectly and possibly be in danger of destruction, be it a man-made machine or a body assembled by the Creator. The cause of these emergency situations is due to the fact of the current status of the universe. Moses said, in what we know as Genesis, Chapter One, “ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (vs.: 1&2) Most religions’ records don’t try to go back that far. Here Moses stated clearly that before Earth was created, before the command for light to shine was given, there was nothing physically recognizable in existence. Instead of the physical elements we know as the universe were placed here, there was only a void of “waters” or something which there is still no good descriptive term which can be used to help us visualize the substance.
Only the imagination can fill in the spaces lacking in our knowledge of the universal creation. But one thing is certain, when God said, “Let there be light,” it was within boundaries. The light was not without limitations, and the darkness for which it effectively replaced was evidently simply pushed away from it, not absorbed by it. This can be seen by what Jesus said about where the wicked would go at the time of judgement: “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (MAT 8:12) While this was a parable describing being cast out of the Kingdom of God, it also clearly indicates that the rheum of darkness still existed after the creation of light – only outside of it.
Therefore in the physical body how do we cope with possible intrusions of darkness into the light which our physical bodies are built from? First we must be able to recognize when our bodies are not functioning as they were originally intended. We must learn to listen to our bodies and to take heed to the signals they send within us daily. And once we observe one of these internal signals, we must respond to it.
So what are these signals? How do we know if the body is trying to find a more firm foundation centered on equilibrium as it was built? Most of us know of and recognize the benefits of having a nervous system. It is obviously the core communication system for the body to be able to move, think and be self-regulated. But it is also a watchman of sorts which sends electrical signals to the brain instantly and quite distinctly when something goes awry in the body. If the body is cut, bruised, strangled, punctured, starved or any one or more of a multitude of damaging intrusions on the body then the nervous system will carry the signal of pain to the brain with a request for assistance. This is the obvious way to recognize when your body is in an emergency.
But there are other, less obvious forms of physical emergencies to the human body. Things like oxygen depletion, where the body cannot function properly because it is not getting sufficient oxygen during the breathing process. Environmental contamination where a person is exposed to microscopic life forms (germs, bacteria) or harmful chemicals which can cause damage to a body. Abnormal repetitive use and/or stress: like tennis elbow (carpal-tunnel syndrome), or the lack of sufficient exercise can cause long term painful issues leading to possible disability if continued without proper intervention.
A person should be able to experience their body without receiving major signals through their nervous system along the lines of pain and the body’s functions should be experienced as a normal pattern with no unexpected changes from day to day. Many of the body’s systems are on what we call an autonomic nervous system, like breathing, heart beating, blinking, etc., which occur without thought. Other types of physical events occur habitually, like typing, riding a bike or even urine and fecal control which are learned behaviors but then become sublimated requiring no or little thought normally. While each person is created to be an individual, certain norms have been shown to be common amongst humans which we should monitor and try to maintain for best health. Some of these are:
- Weight – A person’s weight should not be decided by a person’s surrounding social norms. The human body is created in such a way that the best weight can vary from very light to very heavy depending upon various factors. Things such as environmental temperature, activity level, food and water availability and the “mating dance” all can affect the body’s level of weight where it functions best. This level is likely to change throughout one’s life as the person’s situations changes. To weigh too little one loses valuable cushioning of the bones and internal organs in the event of a fall or other accident or it can create a lack of energy. To weigh too much can cause accidents, create mobility problems and initiate issues in the cardio-pulmonary systems which causes a form of pollution of one’s internal environment causing disease. This is an excellent place to apply the Middle Path principle taught by the Hebrew king, David, to his son Solomon, the writer of Proverbs (4:25-27) in the Bible and also taught by the Buddhists. (Scheffel, Bill, “What is the Middle Way?” Buddhist’s Portal cited 13/05/2017); “The Middle Way,” Zen Buddhism, cited: 12/05/2017.)
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” --Hebrew King David to Solomon.
- Emergencies concerning one’s weight, being either high or low, is common in the modern industrialized/technological world. To gain control of such conditions one must learn to establish and maintain good metabolism. Metabolism is established by the combined efforts of both the food one eats (type, quantity, speed, and quality) and the amount of exercise (both aerobic and anaerobic) one gets on a regular basis. While there are many physiological conditions which can cause one’s weight to be out of control, a person should first look at how well they are observing the basic rules of maintaining their body’s metabolism. If a basic whole foods diet with practical exercise does not have lasting effects it may be necessary to get professional help from a nutritional counselor or other holistic practitioner for guidance on special metabolite techniques. Or a coach for physical training could be of help. Be aware that most “fad diets” do not work for most people due to the variability within the human systems. The diet being promoted may work for some people with a certain body type, but probably not for most others. It is of importance to the governmental powers that one realizes the possibility that the weight problem could be caused by other physiological issues like thyroid gland problems or other internal systems malfunctioning. It is advisable that a person verify with their professional medical doctor to be certain the weight problem is not caused by a physiological malfunction. For most people, a weight emergency will require close personal examination and a revision of lifestyle to include better diet (reduced Omega 6 fats, sugars, salt), more exercise, meditation and scheduled rest, sleep and interaction with friends and family.
- Blood Pressure – Modern society especially, while technically inclined countries with developed medical sciences, are very well aware of the need for proper blood pressure. This pressure is created by the muscle, called the heart, pumping consistently on an automatic basis during the whole time which the person is physically alive. It is measured now with a common instrument, called simply a blood-pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer), and is now considered best if kept about 120/80 according to The U.S. Center for Disease Control (“Measuring Blood Pressure,” cited: 12/05/2017). If too high, then the heart is working too hard which can damage either the heart itself or other organs of the body or the blood vessels. Low blood pressure can cause insufficient nutrition and oxygen to get to all parts of the body as needed for proper functioning. In the event that one’s blood pressure spikes too high or drops too low unexpectedly and without probable cause or possible controls it is time to get immediate medical attention, most probably at a hospital’s emergency room. While it is best to try to avoid such need and to attempt to keep the blood pressure from spiking or dropping without cause, if such incident does occur it is time to call upon the medical professionals for assistance.
- Sugar Levels – When a person’s sugar level is out of balance, their energy level is out of control. It is like a balloon which is underinflated with helium (low blood sugar) which cannot rise off the floor or even cause the balloon to appear to be full. Or, with high blood sugar, the balloon is overinflated and looks stretched to its limit, even to the point of bursting. If the gas can find a point of release the balloon can cause a veritable scene of frenzied flight with apparent purposeless, gyrations, screaming, running, and other actions until the excessive helium (sugar/energy) is spent and the balloon is deflated. This may be a very exaggerated, melodramatic description of high sugar response in diabetes, but what a person experiences is often quite similar. Scriptures say we should not eat much honey. (PRO 25:27) One of the interesting things about our industrialized societies is that the very same industries which make our lives so enjoyable and livable in today’s world is, quite often, the same way that many of our modern health issues come into existence. Refined sugar is really a condensed form of the original plant from which it is made. Whdther it is taken from sugar cane, corn, beets or some other plant the refined sugar which we put in our food and drink is but just the core substance left after the husk, shell and other parts of the plants have been removed. In essence, the refining process is like a pre-digestion process. While the body needs sugar to maintain proper energy levels it does not need as much as our modern deserts and other foods give them. Is there a difference between honey and granulated sugar as far as possible problems with health? Dr. M. Regina Castro, M.D., stated that, “Honey is sweeter than granulated sugar, so you might use a smaller amount of honey for sugar in some recipes. But honey actually has slightly more carbohydrates and more calories per teaspoon than does granulated sugar — so any calories and carbohydrates you save will be minimal.” ("Diabetes foods: Is honey a good substitute for sugar?" Mayo Clinic, cited 12/07/2017.)
- Emergencies concerning blood sugar should be taken quite seriously because they can quickly lead to other physical issues which can lead to heart disease, blindness, cancer and other bodily function problems. Medical doctors can help someone with diabetic problems control such issues with medication, but if caught in time a good nutritherapist can help a person control such issues nutritionally.
Breath of God – So, did God stoop down over the first man he created and breath into him that first breath of life, as if giving him the first Heimlich breath which gave Adam his life? Well – not exactly. While we cannot be certain how mankind was created, a quick and simple look at this wonderfully intricate creature we call human can prove there was a higher intelligence involved than simple circumstance. Even many scientists agree on this point in our modern world (Creation Ministries International). Regardless of whether the first man was created as the traditional Christians say by a literal forming together of dust in Earth’s planetary laboratory or if we were formed by some other method like evolutionary manipulation is never discussed by the writers of the world’s religious scriptures. It is still a mystery. The “breath of God” therefore is that part of a person’s life which makes us individuals and our abilities to communicate such. It takes breath to be alive physically. It also takes breath to speak. Whether humans were created or evolved, the fact remains the same: Our ability to express our God likeness is due mainly by our ability to communicate, to speak. This is not a coincidence.
“Too many coincidences add up to be more than a coincidence.” – Robert O. Robbins, Author
The Spirit of Life – According to Hebrew/Christian scripture, the YHWH decided to make us into God’s image (GEN 1:26-27). Thus they gave or taught us the ability to talk or communicate. This ability, while expressed in rudimentary ways by the animals around us, intensified and complicated our lives. It made it possible to reason and be freed from the forces of instinct. It instilled within us the ability to express thoughts, opinions and emotions which otherwise could not be expressed except in very basic ways through actions and crude sounds (like barking or growling). This verbal ability to express oneself was important for mankind to be able to recognize its unique ability in the universe, that of being the Creator’s ability to experience the physical universe directly.
Put simply: God is Spirit. A spirit cannot experience the physical realm directly due to their etheric form, but through the instilling of the Creator’s spirit into each person this act of love instilled God’s Spirit of Agape into each of us. Thus this act of instilling the Creator’s love of mankind into us, it became our Spirit of Life. Therefore there is a void, an innate need within each person, to choose a specific spirit to guide and control their actions whether that spirit be good or bad. Without such choice, the person’s life is chaotic and their end goals are pointless.
“Everyone must choose a specific spirit to guide and control their actions.” -- Unknown
The breath of life, is what the oriental faiths call the Qi (Ch’i). “Chi” is defined by the Chinese as “energy force” (Wikipedia, cited: 12/21/2017), and “Qi” is a “vital force” found within all living things (Wikipedia, cited 12/21/2017). The literal translation of the word “Qi” is "breath", "air", or "gas” which shows its direct correlation with the Hebrew scriptures. Figuratively the Wikipedia article says the word indicates a body’s “life force.” It is what gives the living creature its ability to experience life.
“The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Proverbs 20:27
The concept of Qi is better explained in an article found on Acuhealing.com on 12/21/2017 which is Dr. Lingling Li’s Website to explain his oriental medicine practice. In it he explains:
What is meant by Qi? The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese initial understanding of natural phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised. Everything in the universe results from the movements and changes of Qi.
GEN 6:16-17 & 7:21-23). But there’s more.
Job recognized that it is more than the air we breathe which gives us life, but with the air is the Spirit of God: “All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;” (JOB 27:3) .Psalms 33:6 indicates that the breath of God contains his speech; so further inference shows that the breath given to mankind was most certainly the ability to speak, to communicate. It is, in fact, the gift of awareness and community given to mankind through the Holy Spirit as shown when Jesus breathed the Spirit of God into his disciples (JON 20:22).
Nutrition – What is the nutrition of the Spirit? Just as the physical body requires food to be able to stay healthy and even just to be able to move, so does the spirit within a person require spiritual nutrition to maintain its ability to be energized and to guide and maintain the soul toward a pure and Godly life. What is this food? Jesus explained this when he was being tempted in the wilderness before his training of the disciples began. He said, “. . . man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (LUK 4:4).”
The words of God, spiritual guidance, are the nutrients needed by a soul’s spirit. But there’s more. While most Christian believers emphasize their study of the scriptures and attempt to live by their guidance, there is also the need for believers to “feed” one another spiritually through the sharing of the knowledge, understanding, wisdom and other spirits which they have learned from through their lives. We must not be trapped by thinking that a book, any book, can have all the answers to every situation or that God inspired the scriptures to be written but then suddenly became silent never to speak again. When the devil, the Spirit of Fear, challenged Jesus to turn the stones in the wilderness into bread, “Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (MAT 4:4) The Creator has spoken to people throughout the world through history, and it is no different today. We must simply learn to listen.
Movement – How does spirit move? Since God is a Spirit which is in all places at all times and in fact all things are made of him, how is travel from one place to another possible or even necessary for his spirit? Indeed it is not necessary, but desired by the Creator to enable him to experience both giving love to others and to be able to receive love in return.
Emotions are contagious. Most people have witnessed or experienced crowd emotionalism where a small group of people start expressing strongly their feelings about a certain subject and soon there is a crowd of people surrounding them, agreeing with them and expressing the same or similar emotions about the subject. The emotions can be varied. The subjects of the messages can range universal. They can be leading people toward the love of the Son of God, Jesus, as the disciples did in the Biblical book of Acts, or of the ultimate hatred of the Jews as did Adolph Hitler in the 1940’s A.D.
When a spirit instills itself into a person, it takes residence there making that person’s life their own. Some call this “possession,” others may call it “overshadowing.” As can be witnessed, a spirit is not restricted to be only in one body, as are humans, but instead can be in many bodies at the same moment. It can recognize itself within other bodies through spiritual means and it can possess whomever will allow it to do so. Thus the reason why the Christian rheum has always preached that Christianity is a choice. Each person must, therefore, make a choice as to which spirit is going to control their life. That choice can be changed by the person, usually with much difficulty because the spirit becomes their identity. But while the choice can be changed, it cannot be denied. Everyone must have a guiding spirit.
Everyone must have a guiding spirit. Choose one.
Any other choice of who a person chooses to recognize as their god leads to a life filled with circumstances less than desirable. Even if the choice of spirit is one of benevolence or respect, the absence of pure Agape Love being the central god of one’s life causes a spiritual void within the person’s soul which is essentially indescribable. While the spirit chosen may be known as honorable and pure, no other spirit than Agape Love can fill the void within a person’s soul.
The Kingdom of God Within? - Herein is a mystery debated by theologians through millennia of discussion. Where or what is the “Kingdom of God”? It is said to be “up.” Does that mean it is above the planet Earth, perhaps on another planet? Is it “up” in another dimension? Or is it simply “up” in a higher plane of thought? Well, what do the Hebrew/Christian scriptures say?
First it should be noted that the Apostle Paul clearly stated that “The Kingdom of God” cannot be inherited by our physical body (1CO 15:50). Jesus said the Kingdom of God is invisible, unable to be seen with our physical eyes (LUK 17:20). Jesus goes on to explain that, “Neither shall they say, ‘Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you’” (LUK 17:21-KJV). When Christ spoke of the spiritual Kingdom of God he spoke of that spiritual rheum within the body, not the political systems of the Earth.
- The YHWH (High Council) is spoken of from the beginning of Hebraic scriptures. In Genesis 1:26 Moses recorded that Jehovah stated, “Let us make man in(to) our image, after our likeness. . . .” To whom was the word “our” referring? It was the council of angels which the Creator had established to help him with the creative process. Vague mention of some of these spirits can be found throughout the Bible such as “. . . the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (ISA 11:2-KJV).
These specifically named archangels are of extreme importance in the development of the spiritual “software” of a soul’s existence. They determine how a person will feel, think, act and have their being. It is easiest to think of them as a council of seven governors sitting around a round table with Jehovah, Agape Love, at the table’s head or in its center.
The Lord God, the Creator, is known to be pure agape love. He set all things into action and nothing can be done without his approval. But then a distinct recognition of various spiritual powers comes into view. In order for a soul to develop, it must experience reality in a specific manner. The development of a soul’s existence depends upon its recognition of these spirits. Agape first gives people the ability to learn through the Spirit of Knowledge of important things which are needed to be known to exist in this physical rheum. Man hears it and decides if the things learned are true by what he observes and experiences around him.
After such basic learning of knowledge, which never ends, one begins to learn how the physical world and the spiritual one fit together through the Spirit of Understanding. Through a procession of experiences in the physical rheum and hopefully wise counsel from spiritual teachers, the soul starts being influenced positively by the Spirit of Wisdom. As the soul learns to live within this set of spirits, and develops within them, another angel, the Spirit of Might, begins guiding the soul into the recognition that as a created being of Agape there is truly nothing nor no-one who can successfully stand against that soul and its God. Then, as this spirit of Mighty confidence envelops the soul, the Spirit of Counsel becomes real within the soul and, after having had a respectable experience with counselors in the past the soul is lead to be able to counsel other souls as they develop.
There is one other spirit on this list from Isaiah which has been an overwhelming challenge for people since the beginning of our physical existence. The Spirit of Fear is present throughout this process of soul development. It was considered an important archangel, placed on this High Council of God, to help protect and guide the soul through dangerous situations and decisions. Its purpose was to give support and power to Wisdom, and strength to the Spirit of Might; thus teaching the soul proper respect for our Creator.
Sadly, however, this respect becomes something which seems to go out of control. When this happens, this spirit of respect for the Creator changes to a spirit of terror of him, causing the soul to “fear” to do anything perceived to be wrong, even accidentally, due to possible punishment. Thus the soul loses its ability to be creative.
This type of overwhelming fear causes the soul to put on several dark spirits which become detrimental to its development: such as anger, self-condemnation, hatred, judgment and others. Due to this type of warping of spiritual purpose a soul can be misled in its spiritual development and thus not recognize its true source of life and purpose of existence. The result of such fear can be seen in such personal and social interactions as thievery, murder, suicide, rape, and others which can escalate even to the point of racial cleansing, war and death.
Due to this irregularity in the spiritual council the Creator, Jehovah, found it necessary to find a new way to give mankind the supportive strength to abide within the spirits’ care other than the spirit of Fear. According to Christian tradition, this was done through the “Son of God,” that being Jesus, The Christ. Jesus was to be the prime example of how a spiritual life, centered on God, was to be lived. Jesus explained that he was “. . . the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (JOH 14:6). Later, in an epistle, the Apostle John explains that through his life Jesus, as The Christ, became a reason for people to seek out the truth in all challenging situations and to reject the spirit of terror which leads into intolerance, disrespect and death. In this letter, the apostle stated: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment” (1JO 4:18-KJV). Thus, the desired respect of the Creator is found in the Christ’s example of the Spirit of Truth, instead of the extreme punishment expressed through the Spirit of Fear (Terror).
Along with the respective archangels briefly described above there are also other respectable spirits mentioned throughout Hebrew/Christian scriptures. The spirits of “grace” and “supplications” are mentioned in the book of Zechariah (12:10). Paul spoke of the spirit of “holiness” to the Romans (1:4), as well as the spirit of “life” (ROM 8:2). He also wrote of the spirit of “adoption” (ROM 8:15) when showing the Romans how a believer becomes a spiritual child of God. He also mentioned the spirit of “meekness” to the Corinthians (1CO 4:24) and the Galatians (GAL 6:1). Paul wrote about the spirit of “faith” (2CO 4:13), “promise” (EPH 1:13) and “revelation” (EPH 1:17). Paul explained to Timothy that “. . . God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2TI 1:7).
To the Hebrews, those we call the Jews, Paul offered introduction to the spirit of “grace” (HEB 10:29). The Apostle, Peter, wrote about the spirit of “glory” in his general epistle (1PE 4:14). These spirits are they which make up the Kingdom of God within a person’s being.
While there are, indeed, dark spirits which can influence, or even control, a person’s existence (which is further explained in the section on “emergencies”) it is the ones like those just mentioned and a multitude of other spirits like them which make up the Creator’s kingdom within us. Thus the reason Paul told the Corinthians, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (PHI 4:8).
“. . . brethern, whatsoever things are true . . .think on these things.” -- Apostle Paul
--Genesis 2:7 KJV
Who are you? While the DNA of your genetic makeup can indicate the likelihood of your having a certain type of body structure or being prone to having a certain type of disease, it cannot choose for you what you will learn from those around you. However, even the DNA formula patterning within the human body is not absolute and can change circumstantially if there are enough environmental demands to do so. If this were not true, then the theory of evolution would have no basis of genetic change causing the evolvement of life on this planet.
- Creator - The first and ultimate influence in the development of the soul should be our Creator. Who is he? What is he? The witnesses of the avatar, Jesus, stated it quite simply: “God is love” (1JN 4:8-NIV), or more specifically in the original Greek the word for this type of Godly love was “agape,” or perfect, absolute, unadulterated, unquestionable, undeniable love which is beyond most people’s understanding or comprehension. Once a relationship is established with the Creator’s spirit the soul’s life source is complete. The person’s body is able to be fully charged with the breath of life and the soul is made complete.
- Angels – Guardian Angels are watching over you and communicating with you through your spirit from the moment of your conception. As long as you stay in communication through your spirit with the Creator and trust and obey him, these angels are able to be in communication with you to protect and provide for your ability to have your basic needs attended (PSA 91:11). While this is not usually a conscious communication, with proper training through other personality contributors in one’s life we can be aware of their presence. The only time such angels are not working with a person’s development and protection is when a person totally rejects the ways of the Creator and the Creator gives up on that person to a “reprobate mind “(ROM 1:28).
- Parents – The first people to have direct influence upon a soul’s existence are, obviously, its parents or those who take the part of being surrogate parents. The parents are “co-creators” in the creation of a person’s soul. They not only provide the vehicle of the physical body for the spirit to live within, but also they are the first to give the important training to the mind necessary to successfully experience the physical universe. The first three years of a person’s life are the time where not only the body but the soul develops fastest and most. Because of this rapid development of its mental capacities the physical development is in most cases much slower than in other animals. It is the parents’ responsibility to not only care for and defend the infant but to also be prime examples for the child as to what it should become. This emulation, this implanting, ideally lasts throughout the soul’s life.
- Siblings – After gazing into your parent’s eyes for numerous hours, the next significant people who you are likely to find influencing your life (other than medical personnel) are your sisters and brothers – if you have them. These are very important beings who either are about your same age and thus are having similar experiences as are you making it possible for you to share those experiences with one another, or they are just a few years younger or older. If they are a little older than you they become important guides from whom you learn how to navigate through unexpected mine-fields of early life. If you are the older one, you are the older, wiser and very important guide to the younger soul; as well as their play-mate, confidant and their first friend.
- Friends – Anyone who comes across a soul’s path who are not its parents are hopefully its friends. This includes classmates, coworkers, peers, buddies and anyone else seen on a regular basis as trustworthy and at least somewhat enjoyable to be around. But any acquaintance, friend or not, is influential in the development of a soul. While there is no choice when one is borne into this world as to whom will be their parents, it is important to learn early in life that we must “choose our friends carefully.” Something most of us are told by our parents very early in life in one way or another. Friends give us the opportunity to learn how other people think who are in the same situation, or at least nearly so, as we are. They influence the soul’s development through the fact that they provide a different point of view than what you, the soul, may have otherwise thought was true. Friends are extremely important in a soul’s development to help it form its own way of seeing the world and how it wants to respond to that world with other souls more nearly at the same state of development as are they.
- Heroes – Everyone has a hero. It does not have to be a person of great importance to the world in general, a historical figure , nor even a real person. A soul’s hero is a person who is able to be held in high esteem by the developing person and who he or she tries to emulate as they develop. This hero can change throughout the soul’s earthly existence as the needs of the soul changes. Examples of heroes range anywhere from one’s own parents, to political figures like Abraham Lincoln, to a mythical character within the imagination of the mind of the soul, to even an Avatar like Jesus, The Christ.
- Teachers – Most modern societies have people designated to help develop souls into maturity by teaching them important knowledge about the world, society, government, productivity and life in general. These people can be found in various places like, most usually, schools and places of faith like churches, mosques, synagogues, but they can appear throughout life in a multitude of other settings as well. They are not all paid guides. And they can appear as other forms of soul influencers like a coach or friend. These people are very important in the development of the soul due to the large amount of time with a child during their younger years and the importance placed upon them by the parents and other respected people to the soul.
- Mentors/Coaches – These highly skilled, trusted and respected people should be carefully chosen as they are ones who will be helping the individual soul find ways to be successful in their endeavors during their life, such as career and relationships. This person becomes not only a teacher who explains theory of how to reach certain goals, but is a model of how to be a person already doing it. Hopefully this relationship is one which can last a very long time, perhaps a lifetime. For certain the soul will feel the effects of the relationship that long through memories of what they experience with this example of life.
- Counselors – While many of the things coaches and counselors do are similar, their intensity of purpose is most usually different. A counselor is one called upon to help the soul during difficult times. As Hebrew/Christian Scripture state it: “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” (PRO 11:14--NIV) These people are often, in the modern developed societies, professionals who spend their working hours guiding people into better thinking patterns to help prevent or resolve possible personal, interpersonal or societal problems. These people include such professionals as Professional Counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists, as well as others like those in various ministries; but there are nonprofessionals who try to help people resolve major issues also. Choice of counselor should be made with great care. Not all who have been trained and licensed as a medical professional is necessarily the one best qualified to help resolve issues with the soul.
- Spiritual Leaders – These are the people placed in places of worship to lead people in worship of our creator. Quite often they act as part of one of the previous life positions such as teacher, coach or counselor. They are quite often systematically trained by a certain group of religious people, “ordained” or otherwise certified to be recognized by that group to be their spiritual leader. This person is to help the soul recognize its connection to our Creator, through teaching, mentoring, coaching and sometimes counseling. Anything else than showing the soul how to stay connected to the Creator through the Spirit should be down the list for the Spiritual Leader.
- Spouse – This very important person is the most significant person in the current physical world on this list other than a soul’s parents. This person of opposite gender becomes the chosen lifetime soulmate (chosen either by self or, in some cultures, by parental or societal arrangement). It is important to realize that in a good marriage, the spouse quickly becomes the person who knows your soul more completely than anyone else, even your parents. That is why it is important that a period of time be spent before the wedding date getting to know one another well. This means more than having sex a few times and going on a few dates. To know the other person well, you need to determine if you can cope with that person’s idiosyncrasies? Open up to that other person. Let them know you well. Let them know the things you despise as well as what you love. Can you accept the way they respond to your choice of lifestyle? The spouse was intended to be a lifetime mate as shown in Hebrew/Christian Scripture. As such the significance of such choice of who that should be should become obvious.
- Avatar– This term, “Avatar,” is one best known in the new thought culture of the modern world. It is the accumulation of highly important leaders of world religions who have become historical figures of the world’s significant religions and who still maintain religious and cultural significance today. They are believed by followers to still be “spiritually alive” and able to influence both people and cultures throughout the world spiritually and sometimes physically. This book has been written by people who were raised and trained under the influence of Jesus, The Christ. Thus the scripture references and Christian influences in the script you are reading. Other recognized avatars are The Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, and others. The choice of which avatar a soul chooses to follow as its prime example of life is of utmost importance.
- Creator - And, in ideal circumstances, all of these numerous beings from the guardian angels through to the avatars of noteworthiness and others not found on this list all have the end purpose and result of leading the soul into awareness of its being an expression of the Creator. That with the breath of God, of his Spirit, giving one life that the soul therefore is but an expression of God on Earth. Thus a person with a physical body and the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Agape Love living within that body becomes a living soul.
That’s who you are.
“We are spirit having a physical experience; Empowered by the Spirit of Agape, which is God, And guided by the Spirit of Truth, who is Jesus, The Christ.”
The natural, instinctual drives of our physical bodies are strong. They drive our desires, movement and actions with the goal of both personal and species survival. Many a spiritual student and leader has set forth to get these instincts under control through a form of ascetic lifestyle where they would separate themselves from the world’s societies and become reclusive until such signs of body influence were gone to their satisfaction, which seldom happened. In order to achieve this they would often commit self-abusive acts to drive the demons of aggrandizement out of their bodies. These actions seldom created more faithful followers but instead often caused people who truly wanted to believe to rebel against their leaders or give up on their being able to become perfected spiritual beings. “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” --JOB 32:8-KJV
But King Solomon, who wrote the Bible’s book of Ecclesiastes, stated this struggle very clearly when he declared that “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit. . . ” (ECC 8:8-KJV). It was well recognized by the patriarch of the Hebrews that it was possible for anyone to know and be blessed by the Creator, God. In the first chapter of Proverbs, Solomon wrote, “But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (PRO 1:33-KJV). How does one find this spirit within themselves. Jesus said we will find it by doing just a few basic actions: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (MAT 7:7-KJV). This point was being quoted from a prophecy recorded by the prophet, Jeremiah (JER 29:13-KJV) and had been a recognized fact throughout history.
In recognition of this we now turn to the more easily understood explanation of the “Middle Path” explained by Gautama, The Buddha, who lived some 500 years before Jesus, The Christ. In it we find the way to be able to both program our souls to be able to live as both physical and spiritual beings. In Buddhism this is called “The Eightfold Path” (Zen Buddhism, cited 12/31/2017)
THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
- The Right View – Seeing things in the right way.
- The Right Thought – According to the Buddha, we are what we are because of what we think. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus repeatedly made reference to how people’s thoughts were the determining factors concerning how one should live.
- The Right Speech – Avoid slanderous speech, gossip and abusive language. In the Ten Commandments given to the Hebrews it’s simply stated that one shall not lie.
- The Right Action – To “live peacefully and harmoniously” according to The Buddha. This message was throughout The Christ’s message while he was physically on Earth.
- The Right Livelihood – According to Zen Buddhism, Gautama encouraged his followers to earn their “bread and butter righteously, without resorting to illegal and nefarious activities.” The Apostle, Paul, stated it simply as one should “Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (ROM 12:17).
- The Right Effort – The mind must be trained according to The Buddha, otherwise it remains trapped in the view that the physical is all there is. According to Solomon, this training must start early, in childhood (PRO 22:6) and continue throughout one’s life (1TH 4:11). However, as with all things, moderation must be applied here as warned by King David to his son, Solomon, when he stated, “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (ECC 12:12).
- The Right Mindfulness – Emphasis of thought should be on one’s own thoughts, emotions and one’s own abilities, avoiding “worldly desires and other distractions.” As mentioned before, Paul states it very clearly when he says, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (PHI 4:8). Solomon stated clearly that as a person thinketh in his heart, so is he” (PRO 23:7).
- The Right Concentration – This is the pentacle of the Eightfold Path where a person finds that perfect state of being, that is of knowing they are both physical and spiritual and able to maintain their comfort in both realms. This comes through the recognition as a child of the body being his or her own. The thrill and pure enjoyment of a baby discovering its own toes is a wonderful example of this. But also it is the recognition of the fact that we are also spiritual beings with the ability to choose the spiritual guidance we will allow ourselves to follow throughout our lives. Choose wisely and we can experience a more peaceful and harmonious life. The key to this choice is in the choices we make throughout our lives as to which spirits we choose to guide us. When asked what the greatest commandment was by which we should live, Jesus stated, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (MAT 22:36-KJV). By placing all of our confidence and energy into loving the Creator, Agape Love, there is left no time to give place to the spirits of darkness which leads to a less pure, more destructive and miserable life. This type of total commitment is rare and difficult to attain or maintain throughout one’s life due to worldly influences. But worth the effort for those who can achieve it.
The Confucius’ philosophy explained this learning process this way: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” --Confuscius
“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.” ― Confucius So, here is the crux of this question we call life: What can be done in the event that we do not experience peace, joy, hope, harmony and love while we are living our lives in the physical universe? Is there anything one can do if they believe in the universal Creator as the absolute power of agape love, yet they do not feel loved? Is there a solution for the soul who feels wretched instead of well, sorrow instead of joy, confusion instead of understanding and wisdom? First these feelings must be identified and recognized within the person and the reason for their existence must be discovered. Then the perfect knowledge of why these feelings have gotten a foothold on your internal territories must be determined and replaced by the truth of how the universal pattern of life is being played within you.
Have no doubt about it, as a created being in this spiritual/physical universe you are a valuable and important part of God’s creation. You were created with one purpose in mind: To be an individual, unique expression of a specific part of the Creator which no one else can possibly be except yourself. You were created to have unique experiences, opportunities and creative possibilities different from anyone else. This gives the Creator the opportunity to have those same experiences through you as well as giving him a chance to express his love through you to others.
But caution must be expressed here that this truth be approached cautiously; do not become arrogant nor boastful of this truth of the God within. While this is a wonderful truth which can give a soul both a feeling of peace and strength it can also cause a person to be proud and boastful. Remember that everyone has this same make-up in the way they are made. Do not become judgmental, therefore, of how others live their lives. Instead, as Confucius and others have stated it, “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others” (Confucius)
The fact is that while each of us are created to be very individualized beings, we are raised in families and societies made of other people who have had the same questions about life and who they are or can be as do you. The fortunate ones had parents who had learned wisdom through their lives and were able to pass it on to the young souls they were given the opportunity to raise. These are the fortunate souls who are raised in such circumstances, but even they often find themselves suffering from less than perfect lives due to their surroundings and the social environment where they live and the choices they have made through their lives.
This is discouraging, to say the least. But hardly reason to give up, deciding to join the corruption of the world or just to die. Life just doesn’t really work that way as ones like Gautama, The Buddha, found out in centuries past. If a person has but just minimal curiosity as they grow into adulthood they will look at the world around us and ask, as did Gautama before his trek to discover this question’s answer, “Why are some so rich and powerful, while others are not? Why do some have so much while others so little?”
The answers to these types of philosophical questions are not ones lending themselves to being able to be passed from teacher to student. While the answers contain knowledge which is able to be written down, the understanding of that knowledge cannot be obtained without much observation, contemplation and insight. Thus the reason for Gautama’s time spent under the Bodh tree, Moses’ trek up the mountain to get the commandments of God, Jesus time in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil and others.
Therefore, if a person finds themselves asking these types of questions, or within themselves struggling with dark spirits which causes discomfort and despair then one must find a way to withdraw themselves from their chaotic surroundings and contemplate with full sincerity who they are and why they are here, let alone why they have the questions haunting them as they do.
This does not mean putting on an austere life, separating oneself from society and denying all worldly contact. While this can be helpful to some, it is not of real value to many and can cause bitterness in those in whom it does not work as mentioned before. Instead it means separating oneself psychologically from the worldly philosophies surrounding the soul to the point that he or she decides it is time to learn the truth of existence for one’s own self and to determine what it all means with the guidance of a few chosen wise guides. These guides may or may not be in human form. Most often the spiritual path to the recognition of the God-spirit within follows a simple path which starts with the Spirit of Knowledge showing you what is around you, leading you to the Spirit of Understanding where you begin to understand why the knowledge is not only important but exists as it does. This understanding then slowly leads to a more perfect application of the knowledge which you have obtained and the ability to do so in peace and love.
So, it’s back to the original question which most everyone asks themselves and others at some point in their lives: “Who am I?” Who are you? You are the children of God. The sons and daughters of the Almighty Creator. You are the epitome of the creation of God, placed on this planet to express God’s essence and to promote the Creators best nature. Paul who was a Jewish rabbi who converted to Christianity early in the church’s history became a main leader in the establishment of the Christian faith. When writing to the church at Corinth, he stated it quite bluntly this way: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1CO 6:19-NIV)
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” –Paul
This is a very pointed and clear definition of the question of “Who are we?” The question of who are humans that God should even be aware of us has been asked throughout our written history. King David asked, in one of his psalms, “ What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (PSA 8:4-KJV)
The analogy of likening our bodies to the physical temple of God seems to have eluded many religious leaders. Yet it is of central importance to Christian thought and can be found in the Hebrew/ Christian Bible and other world religions’ teachings with other designations. The concept is the most clear way possible to show that we are God’s vehicle in this physical world and it is up to us, our own decisions, of how we shall express this fact.
So, if we are the “Temple of God,” then what does this tell us about how we are to care for the soul? The soul is the temple. Nearly all religions, in order to have a place in which to gather together to have a place to worship and/or to “meet with God” set up buildings set aside just for that purpose. From Christian Churches to Islamic Mosques, from ashrams to holy retreats the places to meet privately or publically with God seem unlimited. They promise the attendant peace during troubled times and hope of finding spiritual help when needed.
But is there something more? The Hebrew temple was intended to teach the people something of themselves beyond just being a wonderful meeting place. The way the patriarchs were told to build it was a very precise pattern of something far more important. The pattern of the Hebrew temple was based upon the very pattern which is the way we, as humans, are put together. Body, mind and spirit.
It can be seen in this way: The Hebrew temple had three distinct parts, one inside another. They are now called the “outer court,” “the inner court,” and “the holy-of-holies.”
Outside of the wall of the outer court is the world, in general, with all its influences both good and evil surrounding it. It is the part of the ancient temple which still stands in Jerusalem which the mourners of its destruction two millennia ago still stand and pray and weep.
Within this outer wall was the outer court, where the faithful were allowed to enter and commune with one another as they studied the records of the faithful and prayed for understanding and forgiveness.
But then there was a door to the inner court, through which only those in the priesthood were allowed to enter. Within the rabbis would console one another, pray for the Hebrew nation and tend the business of the faith. It was a place of sanctity. A place of worship.
Then finally, through another door was a smaller room where in was the Holy-of-Holies. Through this door within the Inner Court through was a door which only the head priest was allowed to enter. Within was kept the Arch of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments which was the holy promise given the Hebrews of the freedom and faith by which they lived. Only the most pure were allowed through this door as it was believed that if the impure person even looked upon the covenant that it would destroy them.
So the pattern of the Hebrew temple was outwardly one of a larger room, with another smaller room within it, and still another smaller room within it. Interesting pattern. Like the reason for the Holy-of-Holies sanctuary was to hide or protect it from the outer world. Yet it was the very center of the Hebrew culture which gave the people strength and guidance.
Now, let’s convert this image to what we now know about the human soul. Putting the analogy in very simple terms we can see the outer wall of the temple as being our bodies’ skins, and our physical bodies therefore are the outer court. It is in these bodies that we are able to not only experience the physical universe but we also are able to gain knowledge, get acquainted with others and simply be able to exist in the physical world.
But within this outer court is an invisible door which goes to a room found within each of us of, leading to our souls. Very few are ever allowed to enter this room within us. Only our closest of friends, family or trusted confidants. Here it is that a person assembles, within his or her own mind, who they really are. It is beyond the physical world. It is a place of mind, a place of thought, a place of spirit. It is a place where a person must be most honest with themselves or live in discontentment and perhaps fear throughout their lives. It is where a person must face who they really are.
As a person does this, as they look around their inner court room, they discover the smaller room and the door leading to it. Only the wise and faithful are able to open this door, but those who do are amazed of what they find within. There the person does not find complicated answers to mysterious questions long awaiting to be answered. There they find some simple life facts which can be answered by making one simple choice. “Who are you? Who is God? Who do you choose to serve? Which spirit do you choose to control you?”
This is the Arc of the Covenant of the spiritual world. The promise of a possible Holy Spirit to help guide your way throughout life. It can be whatever spirit you choose. Each spirit carries its own set of promises if chosen. But the one with the greatest promises of peace, understanding, and and many other spirits of purity is but the one already shown to be our Creator. The choice of agape love as one’s guiding spirit is but the grandest way to fill the Holy-of-Holies with the highest of spiritual guidance.
This was proven by Jesus, The Christ, who is the Spirit of Truth. It has been shown by numerous of Christ’s followers throughout the past 2000 years. This experience of choosing who will be your controlling spirit is the answer to all of our questions concerning “Who am I?”
“Who are you?” You are a child of God. His physical image of a spiritual being who is the very essence of pure life. You are the very expression of what God is all about. Your choices reflect upon your Creator and help others determine what God is to them. Regardless what you do or where you are, God is within you. He is with you. You can live in the peace of knowing this fact. Just take a moment to know it well.
So that is who you are. That is your soul. Care for it well and you can have a wonderfully spiritual life filled with beauty and love beyond imagination.
Welcome to the real universe friends
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Below is a wonderful description of the Jerusalem Temple which King Solomon built in honor of his father, King David. Look it over carefully. It contains much that is oft overlooked. It is not only is a description of a building, but contains much information about how the human soul is made.
(The pictures -available on the Microsoft Word and hard-copy formoats) are a very rough idea of what the author of this manual thinks the basic Jerusalem temple built by Solomon looked like. No claim to accuracy is made, they are simply for help in visualizing the building. They are best viewed on a desktop computer.)a|
(Bible Gateway NIV Footnote) 1 Kings 6:2 That is, about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 27 meters long, 9 meters wide and 14 meters high.a] and projected ten cubits[b] from the front of the temple. a] wide, the middle floor six cubits[b] and the third floor seven.[c] He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls. a] floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. 1 Kings 6:15
He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of juniper.
He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place.
1 Kings 6:18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold.
He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room.
On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.
Author Note: Thus the outer wall is our physical skin which shows to the outer world. The courtyard within, which was counted as part of the temple area, is our bodies. The inner court is our minds which is housed within the whole body but most notably within our brains, our minds. And the Holy of Holies is that place within us which houses the throneroom of our controlling spirit. The care of this temple was the responsibility of the priests and, according to Christian writ, we are all a kingdom of priests. (EXO 19:6-NIV)