This is Volume Three Number 14
December 3, 2006
This newsletter is one week late because my hard drive and computer power
supply died and all of my email programs became corrupted and could not be
recovered. If you wrote me an email that was not answered, please humor me
by resending it as I don't have it any more. I also lost the drafts to this
and other newsletters that need to be rewritten this week. Sorry for the
delays and non-communication.
Mystical Gnosticism - Part Ten
We awakened to the true reality of life and our awakening improved our
memory and our imagination. We avoided getting stuck in the past (our
memories) and focusing entirely on the future (our imagination). Instead,
we stayed in the present and we learned more about ourselves by paying
attention to life, other people, our own ignorance, awakening, memories and
imagination. By doing these things, we moved into the World of our Mind.
The World of our Mind is the eighth sphere on the Tree of Life. It is here
in this sphere, this place, this vibration that we become the mind that does
the thinking, observing, remembering and imagining. It is here we become
the watcher that watches us do the things we do, think the things we think
and react the way we react to life.
This is a very big step for most people. We feel like we're losing our mind
when we observe ourselves thinking, or when we realize it is this "us"
that's remembering and imagining the things we remember, imagine and think.
It's hard for us to grasp that we can watch ourselves remember, imagine and
observe life and the things we do.
We are not the remembrance but we think we are the one that remembers. It's
a shock when we realize we're not remembering, we're observing that part of
us that does remember. We're not imagining, we're observing that part of us
that imagines. We're not paying attention to things; we're observing that
part of us that does pay attention to life.
We are the watcher and we watch all of these things; we watch ourselves act,
think and feel.
Then we slip back into the illusion and we are the one who pays attention,
remembers and imagines; we are the physical mind and body. But having
awakened, and having paid attention to our memory and imagination, we have
experienced the joy of being our own Mind.
Many years ago I can remember telling my teacher that no matter how hard I
tried to enter my own Mind, I was not able to do so. He looked at me and
smiled: "But John, that's the way it is until you do your personal work."
I already knew what my personal work was and the prospect of having to
resolve all my issues with my family, other people, life and the Divine was
not my highest priority. Knowing that I needed to learn how to accept,
forgive and love more and more did not make my task easier. Knowledge is
one thing, but doing the work is quite another. Truth is that at that time
of my life I'd rather play than work.
But the part of me that watched me play slowly encouraged me to do my
spiritual work. Thus it is with many of the people who come to me seeking
the easy road to enlightenment. They want me to fix them so they can enjoy
beauty of who they really are. My teachers couldn't fix me; and I can't
fix anybody except myself.
This is the dilemma that faces those people who enter the Sphere of the
Mind. But like most things in our reality, this dilemma is just another
illusion. By doing our personal work we advance into our own Mind and
observe ourselves. By continuing to play, we remain within the grasp of the
illusion of life and we make no spiritual progress. Others observing us
attempt to resolve this dilemma think we're confused.
And we really are. Appearing and being confused is a symbol of the tenth
step of our spiritual journey
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Copyright by John Gilbert, Ph.D. and Universal
Gnostic Church 2006
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