By Author Peter Burnell
Over the course of the next few lines I would like to take you on a journey of discovery, one that will hopefully change your life or at least give you the power to look a little deeper into it. For this journey to begin we must at first take a step, not quite a giant leap for mankind but a leap of faith nevertheless. Until you have took this step your journey cannot begin. Do you believe in a creative force that guides and shapes your life? The nature and essence of this force at this present stage is irrelevant, it is the belief that matters. Without this belief the journey ends in darkness for that guide is a candle and from it you get light. That’s right I’m talking about enlightenment. So this light then, what exactly is it? Basically, to put it in a nutshell it’s knowledge, it is what your mind feeds on and from it gets its strength. Now this knowledge comes over in three strengths, wisdom, spiritual wisdom and loving spiritual wisdom or to put it another way knowledge, knowledge of the divine and divine knowledge. The difference between divine knowledge and knowledge of the divine will be discussed at a later time but at present if you think of knowledge of the divine as knowledge of God’s nature and divine knowledge as knowledge of God’s essence you won’t be too far of track. Without this light you live in darkness and are blind to your true purpose in life, with this light you perceive reality differently for it alters your state of mind. So I guess it must be time for some of this light I have mentioned. What actually is reality?
Reality is a state of mind built on imagination.
Everything around you has been imagined. It has all been designed and so it had to be imagined first. Some by man, the rest has been designed by nature through the medium of evolution. That is the reality of matter but there is also another reality, the reality of mind. Your perceptions of reality can vary with the emotional mood you are in,in the normal living of life and on another level your perception of life’s situations according to your imagined truth. If you perceive a situation in a certain light you behave in a certain manner, imagination builds that state of mind so it is a very potent force. It also works on another level, your imagination of the big picture. How you perceive what’s beyond reality effects how you run your life. If you perceive darkness or death then you lifestyle will be quite materialistic, as a rule of thumb because there are always exceptions, but generally speaking you would be more concerned with looking after yourself in old age and making the most of the short time you’ve got. With light however you believe that a physical death does not mean a mental death, you don’t die you just cast of a shell. Hand in hand with this is a belief in a purpose to life. Whether it is to get to Heaven or have a better new life charitable intent is a main part of both doctrines.
Having established that you live on the next stage of enlightenment is to find out what you are. I have not said who you are as your identity changes with every lifetime. I have said what for you are looking for your essence. To get to your essence takes another step, or leap of faith. That is the belief in reincarnation and here we come to a hurdle for the light has veered off in two directions. Heaven and Hell or reincarnation. One negates the other for with eternal life in Heaven you only get one life on Earth and with reincarnation you can have many. A bit of conflict but with a little understanding it can be quickly resolved. Up until the fifth century some of the early Christian community believed in reincarnation. When they dropped the belief they took out all the relevant details from the teachings though traces remain. St. Mathew’s Gospel, chapter six, talks of a Father in Heaven for everyone in a higher self sort of role and Revelations talks of Jesus coming back under a new name. Very lateral I’ll admit but the belief was well documented anyway so examples are not really necessary. The reasons for this change in direction are unclear to me but whatever they were they were a backward step for they diminished the belief in the soul and enhanced the ego’s importance. People who believe in Heaven and Hell believe that their ego’s birth was also theirs. They believe that their life started with their birth when in actual reality their life was just another carnation of their soul. This belief diminishes the soul’s importance and thus the belief in it. The soul comes back again and again for like nature it has to evolve to its purpose. The purpose will be revealed at a later stage but at this stage I would just say that you are in essence; an evolving soul on the path of life.
Having established that you are an evolving soul on the path of life your next step to enlightenment is to try and find the meaning of life so you might know what it’s all about.
Time is to us as reason needs to be
This basically means that we need time to evolve to our purpose and so that was why it was created. The long hand answer is purification of the soul and expansion of the spiritual consciousness to achieve our purpose and be at one with the universe, our purpose being our divinity and the universe our balance. I will take it apart so hopefully you will have more understanding. First, purification of the soul. The soul of an unenlightened person is clouded in darkness and in this darkness there are character flaws. These character flaws are also called demons and as recognition is their downfall I had better list them. The first one is pride personified by Lucifer, then sloth, Belphegor. gluttony, Beelzebub. envy, Leviathon .avarice, Mammon .lechery, Asmodus and finally anger and Satan. When you recognise them you bring them into the light and so they lose their power over you. When you know you are angry you are no longer angry kind of thing. Once purified these demons change into arch angels and the sins virtues. Pride becomes humility personified by Gabriel; sloth becomes fortitude personified by Raphael, gluttony temperance personified by Michael, envy hope personified by Uriel, avarice charity personified by Japhiel, lechery faith personified by Zadkiel and anger patience personified by Samael. With these inside your soul becomes pure as with your nature for your soul transforms it. Hand in hand with this transformation your spiritual consciousness expands for you evolve on two levels, spirit and self. This is done through light and basically you become more conscious of the spiritual world around you, which some call the kingdom of heaven. Spiritual wisdom is the form of light for the spirit expands with knowledge of the divine. Now having asked you for two leaps of faith it embarrasses’ me to have to ask you for a sacrifice. The evolution of both spirit and self is greatly accelerated with the use of a mantra. This mantra must be said seven times in the morning and seven at night. It helps transform your physical will into your spiritual will by cleansing you of your material desire. It goes ‘ I surrender my will to the greater will, the will of the divine, I will to will thy will’. So to put it in a nutshell your material desire is your ego and it has to be dispensed with before you can obtain your purpose, which is to love. With every self less act you do whether donate to charity do charitable work or even just open the door for someone for it’s the thought that counts, your soul gets stronger and your ego diminishes. So with the light of spiritual wisdom the power of the mantra and love, a selfless act you evolve towards your God head. Now your purpose is your divinity and contrary to popular belief your purpose is to serve and not to be served… You were created to tend the earth on one level and bring tenderness to it on another level. When you serve, or put someone before yourself you generate an act of love and so activate the law of love which is that you have to give in order to receive. From this activation you receive the Holy Spirit or are transformed by light depending on your doctrine and thus your soul grows in strength. Without an ego you are also more balanced and so are at one with the universe. I had better elaborate on that a little more for it also has a deeper meaning. Within every man there is a universe and balancing it means balancing the elements. I have used the western version of earth, air, water and fire for this to make it easier. Earth is symbolic of the soul, air the spirit or higher self; water is symbolic of the intellect and fire the imagination. Water and fire make steam, the physical will and fifth element. Now water is very much like the intellect, it goes all over the place and keeps to one level, if its shallow it tends to be quite muddy or clouded by earthly things but I digress. Fire purifies the water by getting rid of the dirt but it also turns it into steam. To put it another way water is wisdom and fire is the understanding of wisdom in a spiritual sense. Together they make spiritual wisdom or air. The physical will evolves towards the spiritual so disappearing into thoughtlessness and the self evolves to the soul so you lose your self consciousness. When this happens you are in balance for a purified soul is basically in essence a will of light, as above then so below. So a quick recap then. You are here to achieve your God head so you may truly tend the earth. Once the soul has evolved or achieved its God head it becomes an enlightened soul with a purpose to serve. God.
Revelations tells us that there are seven spirits that go to make God. That is the wisdom now here is the understanding. The first one is the spirit of life as symbolized by the outstretched hand of God shooting a lightening bolt into the hand of man. I am afraid I do not know the name of the painting so I cannot give you the wisdom only the understanding. Now the second spirit is the spirit of love, the part of God that is within us all, our creative force. The third is the spirit of discernment when man knew good from evil and became like Gods. The fourth spirit is the spirit of wisdom your physical will and the fifth your imagination, the spirit of understanding. Basically wisdom is what you know in the sense of knowing the name of the painting and this expands your intellect and understanding is what it actually stands for. Together these make the sixth spirit; the spirit of knowing so if I knew the name of the painting and understood what it meant it would strengthen this spirit. Now spirit seven is the lord God, the culmination of the mergence of the other six. The spirit of purpose and as it is the lord God it is the purpose that you serve. The seven spirits incidentally tie in with the virtues and sins to make triads. These are the chakras so I guess I had better elaborate, the sins are the negative forces; the virtues are the positive and the spirits the neutrals.
Pride humility purpose.
Envy hope knowing.
Sloth fortitude wisdom.
Lechery faith understanding.
Avarice charity insight.
Anger patience love.
Gluttony temperance life.
Now your next step to enlightenment is to find out how many steps there actually are. We call these the levels of understanding and there are ten of them. On the first step we see the mergence of two of the spirits. These are the spirits of life and love, a being with the ability to create new life, flora and basic fauna. At the second level we meet the spirit of understanding which at this low level comes over as instinct, so it is a being controlled by its instinct, an animal. The third level brings us discernment; we know good from evil and can think for ourselves. In hand with this is the spirit of wisdom. We now have both thought and memory and our evolution carries on, on two levels. Level five is the journey we must go through to purify our souls and grow in wisdom and understanding until we are pure enough to reach level six. This is the mergance of the spirits of wisdom and understanding and it happens when you have an out of body experience in your sleep. Level seven is when your old will dies and is spiritually reborn which is accompanied by level eight when you seem to know all things spiritually. You are now an enlightened soul you just need a purpose to serve. Level nine, the spirit of purpose and a triad to choose from, love anger or pride. This choice is based on what you imagine God to be, the lord God that is for that’s the purpose that you serve. You might choose a God of anger, fire and brimstone kind of thing. You look around the world today and it fills you full of righteous indignation. You might choose a God of pride and thus serve in a self interested way or you might choose a God of love and then move on to the next level for that was the right choice to make. Before we move onto level ten I had better elaborate a little more to try and give you a bigger picture. If you think of the triad as a three headed dog you won’t be far wrong. I have used a dog for it has been conditioned to serve man for the purpose you serve also serves you through the medium of fate. When you are serving your purpose things generally speaking go your way. I say generally speaking for fate only creates the situations. I had better give you an example of this so you can see where I’m coming from. If you have wrote a book a situation might arise that you meet someone who can help to get it published. Maybe some one who knows a publisher or is a publisher themselves .It is their free will as to whether they act favorably though so it’s not a forgone conclusion. If they don’t, don’t dishearten though for another situation will come along. If it’s destined to be then it will happen. Speaking of fate, it is also there to uphold spiritual laws, six to be precise. I have mentioned the law of love earlier so next we have the law of humility, if you take more than you need someone has to go without. You can see the results all around you so it does not need elaboration. A third law is the law of equality and that says that everyone is equal in the eyes of the lord. We all have this potential for growth within us, we are all evolving souls on the path of life, we are all equal for we are all the same. The law of consequences next, the consequences of one lifetime going into the next and the law of poetic justice next. What you sow so shall you reap and usually in quite an ironic way for the only thing wicked about God is his sense of humor. This is basically the law of consequences in one lifetime. All these five laws are put in place to try and create balance incorporated as a whole in the sixth law, creation regulates itself. And how does this fit in with love, anger and pride? What you sow so shall you reap. If your God is a destructive God you will live a fairly austere life, personnel tragedies whatever their scale would be seen as punishments for imagined transgressions. If your God is anger you will be fueled by anger, over riding common sense your perception of divine retribution making you its Nemesis thus generating destruction. What is one life in comparison with the word? Maybe the transgressions were not imagined then. A God of pride would give you a very affluent lifestyle breaking the law of humility. Fueled by pride you’d think you’d deserved it for progress made and besides you need more than others for you lead a more sophisticated lifestyle being more intelligent thus breaking the law of equality. Fate would be against you but you’d blame any misfortune on other people less enlightened than you so never get the message. A God of love would give you a balanced lifestyle. Some might consider it austere though you wouldn’t for earthly desire would not be a priority. A desire for light and a longing to serve others would be your recompense. So three choices with one thing in common, love. And their relationship to each other, anger comes from righteous indignation or spurned love, pride from self love or misguided love and love straight from the source, divine light.
Level ten then, divine light or loving spiritual wisdom. Light at its purest and a deeper understanding of the word. Every letter becomes another word and so the word becomes a phrase. In this case ‘the word’ stands for ‘spiritual wisdom through love seeing knowing transformation’ or to put it another way the knowing transformation is the transformation of wisdom and love in this sense is understanding. So you get spiritual wisdom through understanding wisdom and this wisdom has another name, it’s called the word and there you have it a deeper meaning of ‘the word’.
And how do you get to this deeper understanding? You do it through the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter also has a symbol as a meaning. Aleph has an English equivalent of an ‘a’ with the symbol of an ox. The ox is symbolic of God. Beth ‘b’ with a house symbolic of self and so forth. Some of the symbols are covered by two letters, hand symbolizing blessed has both ‘I’ and ‘y’ as does camel symbolic of will with ‘c’ and ‘g’. Before I go any further into the alphabet I had better elaborate more about God’s essence and nature. Think of the grail for it is now within your grasp. The grail was made with a purpose in mind, without that purpose it would not exist. It was made with a purpose and that was to serve. In essence it was made out of gold or spirituality and its nature was one of service or to put it another way an enlightened soul with a purpose to serve. Now the grail written out as a phrase says will knowing God blessed with God’s purpose which does not take much imagination to work out.
So back to the alphabet then, I will give you it out in long form and then show you how to understand it. I have used the modern alphabet for we have to move with the times. Incidentally the modern equivalent of the grail would be the Hoover for it is both a noun and a verb saying that its essence and its nature are the same. I have changed G, H and I around so will and spirit turn into spiritual will after blessing and t and u so wisdom and love turn into loving wisdom.
God’s self- will transformed through the word (blessed with spiritual will) blessed with work God’s purpose lives (light seeing the word) soul knows understanding loving wisdom (love) loving insight blesses mind.
To refine it you have to take off the supplements For example blessed with spiritual will, once done it reads.
God’s self-will transformed through the word. Blessed with work God’s purpose lives.
Soul knows- understanding loving wisdom loving insight blesses mind.
Or to put it another way the will is transformed through spiritual wisdom, God’s purpose comes to life when you activate it through a selfless act and by understanding spiritual wisdom you get insight into what God actually is. I have bracketed blessed with spiritual will for that is both the evolution and outcome of the transformation, I have also bracketed light seeing the word for light in this case is knowledge of God’s purpose which you get from spiritual wisdom. The final bracket is love, which comes after loving spiritual wisdom for that is what loving spiritual wisdom is, pure love.
Easy as a b c