Often, people try to convince themselves and others that they are at the top of the mountain of human experience, feeling the greatest aLIVEness and GOODness possible. Won elections, degrees attained, captured relationship, economic or financial notoriety all may give a titillating sense of success, yet… it is often that they realize… too late… that they have instead climbed the counterfeit mountain of “worldly success” and have attained the honors and glory of the world, of the flesh. These sensations, strong and heady as they might be, are temporary. The individual may be in a degree of limelight for a moment or a few decades even. But they do NOT experience *JOY* from having climbed that True Spiritual mountain. Perhaps they will sense: Satisfaction. Comfort. Peace. Pleasure even. But true and lasting HAPPINESS? JOY? No.
The difference between the headiness and pleasure of the mountain of worldly success and the mountain of Enlightenment: Becoming Enlightened literally forms a neural connection, engaging a power that yields the ability to access an unseen source. Enlightenment connects one with a tangible, indelible bond to others of equal vibration. ONE WHO ASCENDS… as “Jesus” mentored and taught… NEVER FEELS ALONE AGAIN! The top of this mountain symbolizes BIRTH into a Reality hidden from mortals who rely upon their five physical senses. It awakens inner sensory organs and brings a light within that defies description. This ever-generating light cannot be contained and, without measure, it spills out…
This inner light actually extends out for several feet around an “enlightened being” and is a literal physical phenomenon. Although many in our culture do not have access to the sensorial ability to “see” a physical light within and surrounding a human body, all bodies have at least a small degree of light (or there would not be the necessary energy within to empower the body, keeping it alive). Some throughout the ages have, and some still do have, “eyes that see.” Many individuals might argue this point, saying: “I have two eyes on my face, they work fairly well. Of course I can see!” Yet, I would declare that Helen Keller, though blind with her two facial eyes, “saw” much clearer than most in our present generation. Obviously, there are other ways to “see.” “Hmmm… Oh, *I* see…” you might be thinking. And that’s just it! To “see”… really, is to understand; to have wisdom regarding something or someone. This sight is a natural sense of those who have achieved the “birth of the spirit” (sometimes referred as being “born AGAIN,” or being born “of FIRE and of the Holy Ghost”), and have matured that sense significantly so they can maneuver through life with a depth of perspective enhanced by but not principally guided by the other physical senses. Although a natural birth-right, this sensorial ability has been largely bred out of “civilized” culture. “Use it or lose it.” THIS loss of sight or inner light is a drop in power, a severance from the source of intelligence and understanding. Enough people become fixated upon the material world and their genes for seeing the light and interacting from a state of Enlightenment become pruned or recessive. The population loses its light collectively and individually. But not entirely.
Music utilizes sound vibration within the energy field. Vibration within this degree is capable of being still perceived by most human ears. Truly, it can be said that “music is what feelings sound like.” Music is also what light sounds like when transposed to the auditory octave. Additionally, light is what music sounds like when transposed to the visible range. Everything is vibration, and the body is the instrument to receive and transmit and translate (make sense of) this vibration.
[For a little tantalizer, apply your mind to lightning. Can you understand its purpose for the human body? What about the wind? A rainstorm? Becoming settled and serene within nature? Just thought I’d interject this here in case you wish to ponder and discover more for yourself on your own. :-)]
Many species of animals can hear and respond to a far greater degree of auditory tones than most humans. Others are acquiring (or re-acquiring) other sensory abilities. Just because one person can perceive (hear, see, feel) something and another cannot, does not necessarily mean that the catalyst for the perception (vibration/ light) does not exist; or that the sensory apparatus can not become fully engaged and operational.
Allow me to present an analogy:
A man passes an open door where he views another man sitting on a sofa, eyes closed, and with an expression of great pleasure on his face as he sways back and forth. The man decides that he would like to experience the same pleasure as the man on the sofa, so he enters the room, silently settles down next to the seated man and assumes the same facial features, the same swaying movements. A third man passes by the open door, peers inside and sees, apparently, two men having the same experience. However, unknown to this third man, the second man is deaf; therefore, unable to hear, he is not aware that the first man is listening to and actually being moved by music which enlivens his soul. Although the second man sees the facial expressions and movement, he is not able to hear that which is propelling the hearing man’s experience. Thus, they may be moving in a synchronized manner, yet this second man is just “going through the motions.” The third man may as yet have no clue that the other two are not sharing the same type of experience.
A man responds to an ad for a job interpreting Morse code. He goes to the office and is told to “wait in the other room.” Entering, he sees several others there before him, obviously waiting for the same interview. After a few minutes, this man stands up, walks to a closed door, opens it and walks in, closing the door behind him. Shortly, he exits that same room, a look of accomplishment on his face. He has obviously just been hired for the job. Why him?
While the other waiting interview-wannabees have their thoughts obviously focused to a large degree upon them self and thoughts of the world, this man was not distracted by his thoughts or senses but was peacefully composed and capable of hearing what the others could not. Quietly, a code had been being tapped which the man had heard, correctly interpreted, and acted upon: “If you can translate this, then enter into the room on the east. You have the job.” The man who received the job was the one “attuned” to hearing that which the other “chattering minds” had blocked out. His stillness (mental peace) inside allowed for greater acuity of a sense that they probably all shared, but most were stressfully “passed feeling” (hearing).
Years ago, while walking through the crowded foyer following a televised General Relief Society Meeting (held once a year for Mormon women eighteen and older), a non-member friend of a friend who was attending commented to me in total sincerity: “What soap do you Mormons use?” She was seeing what some call the “Mormon glow,” not with her physical eyes, but with her inner attuned sense.
Many people, especially LDS (“Mormons”), can travel the world and be pretty accurate in spotting another Mormon. They seem to vibrate or register at a certain frequency that can be picked out of a crowd. A prime example is an R. M. (“returned missionary”). A young twenty-something man or woman who has recently returned from giving his/her heart, mind and time for two years to serving (they sincerely believe) their “fellow man” while on an LDS mission often has that glow. He shines. Truly, it appears that there is a light or something else nearly tangible emanating from him. He looks clean, peaceful, sincere, happy. He radiates a light. When I attended, and since have visited B.Y.U. (Brigham Young University), I have seen that same glow and aliveness permeating within many of those happy young adults. The light is real. It can be seen.
Many pictures depicting the one known as “Jesus the Christ” include a halo around his head. “Mother Mary” usually is portrayed as having that same light. Angels do too. So do many other “prophets” and “masters” from other religions and cultures as well. In fact, the term “Halo Effect” is often used to describe the “glow” that practically shines forth around and within certain beings. When this effect is witnessed the character is usually expected to be a genuinely trust-worthy person.
Why? Why some and not others? Do “Mormons” have a corner on the market of light? Do all Mormon’s have this glow? Does no one else?
Let’s dig a little deeper to explain just what this concept is.
Hidden even from most Mormons, in the very book that they believe is “theirs”: their religion, their “goodness;” lies precious clues. And these very clues are missed by the Mormons themselves.
One such clue:
According to the Book of Mormon, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies was a term for those who chose NOT to form into a group (organization/ society/ race/ nation/ family/ tribe) of people. They were those who had become “Enlightened,” whose eyes had become opened and who now saw (understood) things differently. Having now been born (NOT just of water/ flesh, but) of Fire (LIGHT) and the “Holy Ghost,” each had experienced a significant change of heart, who covenanted that they would never again participate in war. They chose to bury their weapons, cease their judgments and war-like behavior, even laying down their lives while rejoicing if required (and it later became required) in a changed attempt to peacefully and cooperatively co-exist and represent human kindness to all, even and especially towards those whom they have previously viewed (for many prior generations) as having deeply wronged them and their forefathers.
What many who read this story fail to realize is the great hint that was being given them in naming these people with their changed hearts and lives. Although formerly they had referred to the various factions as “Nephites,” “Lehites” and “Lamanites,” etc., they now had laid down not only their contrived weapons, but also their mental and verbal attempts at division and labeling. No more “borders,” no more “setting apart” of any kind. No special powers or designations. All were equally important and operated together for the combined good of all. They now shared a new collective NON-Name. They were “ANTI” group designations, seeing everyone on the planet as their mutual brothers and sisters and all people as belonging to the one human race and included in one global family. They were NOT “Nephites,” NOT “Lamanites,” NOT Anything-ites. They now saw themselves as individuals, each a part of the whole global family of man. ONE singular family which includes All of us. Each of us “Anonymous,” if you will.
Along with this one clue regarding a changed heart bringing a lack of judgment and division, Mormons have missed other tremendous clues that they have been given. Scriptural phrases abound in the Book of Mormon regarding a new sensory ability being re-developed. Like trying to describe sight to one born blind, various phrases have been employed to attempt to whet the initiates’ appetites and give a vision and hope to proceed through to the promised reward: CHARITY (wisdom with “eyes that see,” “ears that hear”). These various phrases are: “and thus we see,” “thus we see,” “thus we may see,” “we can behold,” “we can see,” and, finally, the descriptive and meaningful “and thus we can plainly discern.”
Mormon, the principle abridger of the Book of Mormon, and the one from which the Mormon nickname derives, employs this phrase in abridging the account of the remarkable conversion of the Lamanites who changed their name to the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. As I shared before, they presented themselves to be slaughtered by their former fellow Lamanites rather than risk offending “God” by using their swords against them. After recording these extraordinary events, Mormon observes:
“And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that . . . they buried their weapons of war, for peace.” Mormon goes on to explain that the Anti-Nephi-Lehies “would lie down and perish, and praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword.” (*Another clue that they had reached the pinnacle of human mortal experience as they were utilizing their trials to exhibit the highest degree of vibration/light which “Jesus” taught in Matthew 5: 11-12.)
In sharing this significant account of applied faith, Mormon explains: “Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them; and there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done.
“And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war, and they would not take them again, for they were stung for the murders which they had committed; and they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies of those whose arms were lifted to slay them.”
Mormon records that “the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain” and that “those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved.” He then adds, “Thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people.”
Mormon later comments: “And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.
Many Mormons take that very last sentence and mis-interpret it to their own darkened state. Viewing those who dedicatingly follow the words of Christ and apply the higher meaning of the principles with suspicion and judgment… they dam themselves and progressively dim whatever light they might have had. As portrayed by the above story, when one zealously continues on, applying the words of Christ in Matthew 5-7, they likewise will achieve this state of Enlightenment. Becoming Enlightened compels them to dis-engage from “the church” and any and all groups and organizations that set-apart humanity in any way.
Many youth, returned missionaries or not, still have the pure glow of childhood about them. IF a person can survive with their glow intact through their teenage years and then find a way to stay OFF the treadmill of stressful studying, working, slaving away their life, THEN they can possibly keep their connection, never having had to experience the full extent of “the fall” (loss of vibration/ light). Today’s adulthood is aptly named. Becoming an adult implies losing one’s light, becoming adulterated. Thus, those in their thirties typically have less light than they did in their twenties (if they even had it then), and those in their older “adult” years have even less.
Segregation and contention offend conscience (the light of Christ) and often provoke one to assuage conscience through self-justification. The Book of Mormon story-line starts off with two older brothers, Laman and Lemuel, and continues throughout with their posterity and others justifying their contempt of their brothers in attempts to feel better themselves as well as gain “converts” to their “more correct” actions and perspectives.
Mormon sometimes referred to this pattern of self-justification and indoctrination as the incorrect “tradition of their fathers.” Indeed, he records that in an uninterrupted pattern, Lamanite parents had taught their children to hate their cousins over many generations. They were “better than” others, “puffed up” in the pride and vanity; they were God’s chosen people.
This is commonly misinterpreted. A better rendering would be to attempt to proselytize another to one’s beliefs. “Oh, I’ve got to save my precious sister who is being raised without the true gospel and its covenants and priesthood power! Poor her! She is not as blessed and righteous and good as I am. I must save her!” THIS is what Mormon meant when he talked about “Lamanite parents teaching their children to hate….” And it is this same mentality that compels those self-proclaimed “righteous” and “god-fearing” church members to go off on missions and promote what THEY have as being necessary or better for others. They are separating themselves (“setting themselves apart”) from the very light of Christ that they are thinking they are offering by thinking that they have something better.
Repeatedly within the book they hold up as “the most correct book upon the earth,” there are hints given to the setting one’s self or group up as better than another/ others along with justifying further judgment, contentions, alienation. Ironically, and almost humorously, as a Mormon male climbs the ladder of religious “success,” he is given opportunities, sacred ceremonies, to be “set apart” (segregated, “puffed up”) as more special, more powerful, given greater and greater “priesthood.” Yet, each “ordination” that contributes to one thinking he is now even more “empowered” than others, strips that much more light/ power away from him.
Little do these “believers” realize that as one separates himself and his family because of religion, culture, socio-economic status, opportunities to learn, political or gender bias, country of origin, capabilities, etc. he is cutting himself off bit by bit from this very “light of Christ” (conscience) that is inherent in all people everywhere at birth. His “Mormon glow” actually diminishes the farther he “ascends” the ladder of “priesthood authority.” He is climbing the mountain whose peak is a dead end.
Although offered opportunities for more enlightenment through their “Book of Mormon,” the very judgment that compels one to believe they are “special,” “more blessed than others outside of their church,” propelling their proselyting efforts diminishes the opportunities that COULD have been theirs if they allowed each to live by their OWN conscience (“LIGHT of Christ”). This inbred inequality of “we have something that you don’t which makes us better than you,” leads these “self-righteous” adherents up the counterfeit mountain and step-by-step away from the enhanced light they may have once enjoyed.
Yes, Mormon’s have more reason to shine than some others. They have a great book filled with hints at their disposal. But, failing to understand HOW to read it, they miss the clues. Over time, many once-shining Mormons lose their light. Thus, the “Mormon Glow” fades. Paradoxically, these very LDS who like to identify with the “goodness” of the “white-skinned” people held up throughout the book as the epitome of the “followers of Christ,” become less and less “white and delightsome” and more “past feeling,” “dark” and “loathsome.” Until the day when there is utterly “no light within” them.
Pitifully, they fail to realize that the “dark-skinned” race which they are repeatedly advised to avoid intermarrying refers NOT TO THE COLOR OF THE PHYSICAL SKIN but to the LACK OF AURA/ LIGHT… the SPIRITUAL SKIN. Their very feelings of superiority (being “God’s Chosen People”) takes away the very light they once had until they are left to their own left-brained, dark devises.
As their own favored book also warns: “Blindness comes by looking beyond the mark.” “The mark” refers to assisting “the work of the Father” in joining back together in one equal family unit. Each and all enjoying global humanity.
How does this happen? Well, Jesus warned about following leaders and using their eyes to “see” (understand/ interpret) and chart one’s course in life by. He warned his followers in Matthew 5 to “pluck out” the eye, or rather, leave the fellowship of one who attempted to “see for them” and guide them to “heaven,” their religious leader. Jesus went on to say that it was better to enter into the kingdom of heaven blind (“without following any leader”) rather than to fall into the ditch with one’s blind guide.
Yet, the very things the current LDS church encourages: seeking worldly knowledge and educational degrees, the pursuit of money, to be acknowledged as an “honorable man or woman” by society, worldly success and talents, “genealogy work” for one’s particular family, temporal beauty, all these “targets” increase one’s stress, confusion, and take away their light. The very Mormon culture alienates an otherwise “disciple of Christ” from a view of global harmony: seeing all others as equal, precious, and of one’s true family.
Thus, the suicide- opiod- and depression-epidemic so prevalent in high Mormon concentrations. Although acknowledging that a “perfect brightness of hope” is encouraged within “the Church,” Utah, the Mormon capital of the world, is also the “Prozac capital of the world.” Innumerable are the Mormon women who put on their “Sunday Faces” yet inwardly are depressed and stressed in attempting to be who they are outwardly dictated to be. I visited with a sincere mother just yesterday who gains great satisfaction from attending the Mormon Temples regularly while staying in a love-less, light-less marriage. Her words, “But, it’s all about enduring to the end, isn’t it?! I can endure. I can hang on and some day reach the other side and be happy.” There was NO “perfect brightness of hope” emanating within her as she shared this with me. Just a gritted teeth endurance. This is why she and so many others medicate themselves with shopping, Prozac, distractions of all kinds.
There IS NO “other side.” THIS is “heaven!” Or, at least, it is intended to be. But we must join together as ONE Earthly family and FINISH our creation. Together. Oh, my heart held this young mother. But I did not share because she just wanted to be heard and supported. Men are that they might have JOY! And this means “men” as in humankind. We (ALL) exist to FEEL the JOY that is our birthright blessing for having climbed our emotional/ spiritual mountain, the one that “Jesus” climbed and left guide-posts for. We ALL exist to FEEL this *JOY* Now, in this life!
The “Sermon on the Mount,” also known as the “Stairway to Heaven” describes the step-by-step ascent of one’s eternal mountain. Possible to be overlaid over it is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs or pyramid of consciousness. Again, here it is:
In the above diagram, passing through the “eye of the needle” is synonym with experiencing the “Second Birth” and becoming baptized with FIRE and with the Spirit… becoming Enlightened. EnLIGHTENment produces a glow “for eyes that see.” (You may wish to refer back to the following link: http://loveistheanswer.info/you-cant-fool-mother-nature-being-authentic-blessed-part-7/ ) Being Authentic, Enlightened, Fully Conscious, Born Again, produces this glow. A confidence that can “offend” those whose eyes are attuned to “darkness.”
Those with this “Glow” exist everywhere, within many different denominations, and particularly among those who have left any religion and found “the Kingdom of Heaven” within them self. Anyone can do this. Again, the Book of Mormon holds clues. King Benjamin gave this hint: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” While claiming to be “children of God,” the Mormons fail to real-eyes that their very light is amped up by assisting humanity; not for their own personal sense of worth, nor adding numbers to their personal segregated group/ religion, but as benefits all humanity equally. Truly, the more one learns to feel and honor the light within them self, the greater they can trust that very light and the more it grows, becoming brilliant, clear and expansive. Palpable. When a human being grows in “light” and “intelligence” they literally, spiritually, mature and become no more a spiritual “child of God” but a full-fledged, mature (vs. “adult”erated) “Beloved Sun.” Shining and radiant as their spiritual parent.
My former husband remembers two experiences vividly. The first occurred while talking with a “Hari Krishna” four decades ago in a grocery store parking lot. He remembers never yet seeing anyone so alive, so radiant. The second was in conversation with a “Jehovah’s Witness.” He will never forget the beauty or palpable light of either of them. Neither can time diminish the feeling he felt in either of their presence. There are many “spiritually beautiful and alive, white and delightsome” people. Within any skin tone and every culture and every religion, including the “religion” of atheism.
Purporting so often the adage: “Moderation in all things,” the modern Mormons, and many like them, unknowingly keep themselves “lukewarm.”
Seen by some, felt by others, the feeling of JOY, otherwise known as “a perfect brightness of hope” IS an attainable state. As one truly seeks this reward: JOY with its counterpart CHARITY, they Will, indeed, eventually find it… if they seek it with ALL their heart. That is the universal promise. No matter which religion or absence of religion one finds them self in. Their journey will end in that brilliant, palpable vibration. Until then, “eyes that see” WILL see a happy, clean, alive “GLOW” within and surrounding those who have discovered “Heaven.”
I choose HOTLY PASSIONATE! Not the “lukewarm” holding back that I have been at times in my life. Not the cold, unfeeling, hardened safety that others have adopted. No, give me *INTENSITY.* Vibrancy. Direction, focus, POWER! Yes, let me manifest the ultimate degree a human being can muster. Let each cell in my body sizzle with life and the LIGHT of passion. Each day I turn up my inner thermostat as high as I can take it.
Someday… the Earth will be peopled with ONLY those who have attained this “Second Birth,” becoming filled with the LIGHT of Christ and united in a palpable, precious, Celestial Symphony with all others who feel and resonate with this same high and holy vibration. THEN, we will, as one singular family of Enlightened Beings, have turned earth into ITS Englightened state, enjoying a paradisiacal glory. A SUN… just like Its parent.
[For those whose eyes WISH to see… this is the fulfillment of the prophecy of a “twelve year old boy” “in his basement” creating a “nuclear bomb/ explosion” which annihilates the (current) earth.” No need to fear, but to obtain and maintain a “perfect brightness of HOPE!”]
Perhaps the Flaming FIRE in my heart can warm another, maybe even in-SPIRE greater melting “One-ness.”
Blame “Global Warming” on ME!
I choose PASSION!
I implore each of YOU reading: BE the *LIGHT* of the world that *YOU* Are! Do not hide your light! But, first you must FIND and accept Your Light, not a counterfeit one. BE-YOU-Ti-Fulllll!
(To be continued.)
In my pursuit of Real Truth, I have given up everything. Crawling through the “eye of the needle,” I have learned the *mysteries* and am now giving my life to assist YOU to dis-cover Who *YOU* really are, along with your unique gift to offer humanity. As you learn to seek (in the right place and with purified intent), you WILL find treasures of lasting value, along with every promised reward. Together, we will establish a society of humane beings and live life ALIVE, on PURPOSE, and with a sociality unequaled… because we will each BE and view each other as equally and profoundly DIVINE! Please… catch this Hope and Vision and join with me.