For those of you who weren’t able to listen to the radio show yesterday, it was amazing. Erik was in fine form, the callers asked wonderful questions and Jamie, as always, was her usual gifted self, a wide open, filter free channel. No worries, though, because when the hosts have the mp3 file available, I’ll post it on the blog for you guys.
Today, I included a question many of you had for Moses after his interview a few months ago. Sorry it took so long, but the queue of transcriptions is not a short one. After that, Erik will present the main event.
Me: Okay, now one of the things you said when we interviewed Moses, Erik—he said that he was alive when all three religions were together at once, but that doesn’t make any sense, because all three religions weren’t all together at once. So, that baffled some of the blog members.
Jamie: Do we have to call Moses in? What was the question? What three religions?
Me: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Maybe the roots were together at once? I don’t know. So what did he mean, Erik?
Me: And he saw them together and then they branched off their separate ways and didn’t keep the important tenets that they all shared at first.
Erik: You’re right. You had it right. It’s, um, he was there when it was just the one main belief.
Me: But Christianity? Was he here when Christianity, uh, because Jesus Christ wasn’t around then, but, so how did that work out?
Me: Or was he alive, I don’t know, because maybe Moses was reincarnated. You tell me cuz I’m obviously lost here.
Erik: In conversations with God.
Me Oh, that makes sense. Moses was alive in conversations with God. With all of these.
Erik: Yes. He was conversing with God while these were all splitting off.
Me: Oh, okay.
Erik: It doesn’t mean he was on Earth, physically.
Me: When are individual spirit created, or are they every born, in a sense? Have they always just existed? We’ve already covered this, but it’s always nice to approach the topic again for the new members who don’t go through the archives like they should.
Me: Also, how far back in time can you remember? Oh, that’s interesting! So, to recap: The individual spirit: Are they every born, or have they always existed, and how far back into time can that spirit remember?
Erik: Individual spirits are not born. They are just a—
Jamie (to Erik): Do it. Just explain it.
Jamie (to Erik, laughing): No, I don’t think there’s a word for that either! He said, “I want a word that means piece, like a piece of, but you’re still a part of it.” He was telling me how blanking, blanky, blank the English language is.
Jamie and I can’t help but burst out laughing.
Jamie: I said, ‘Just explain it out,’ and he said, “Okay.”
Erik: Human spirit is never born. It’s just a piece of the whole.
Erik (sounding a little frustrated at his loss for words): We always have to go back to the hologram thing, because I think that’s the best way to describe it. I don’t know anything else that does this where you can shatter it and pick up all the pieces and look at the individual piece and there’s still an image of the whole. So, Prime Source, God Source, Life Force, whatever the fuck you wanna call it, we are little particles of that whole. Though we identify ourselves in the human form as separate, we’re not. We’re a part of the whole. We’re connected. It’s just in subtle energy layers that we don’t see. A lot of us can feel them, but most of us cannot see them. So, we aren’t really born, because the whole—Prime Source or whatever—has always existed. As far back as you can remember? Um, that’s up to you.
Erik: If –
Jamie (laughing): You know, a paddleball?
Me: Oh yeah.
Jamie: It has that elastic string and a rubber ball at the end ,and you try to hit it.
Erik: You know a kid version—it has a short elastic string and it’s much easier to do.
Me: Uh huh.
Erik: But you get the adult one or the cheap one where the elastic is like already four feet long, and you can’t even like swing the ball because the elastic is so long.
Me: Oh god. I can’t even use the kid one.
Erik: Okay, so the ball is the human spirit, and the paddle is Life Force, God Source.
Jamie giggles at whatever Erik is now saying.
Erik: And the string, the elastic, is the subtle energy that keeps us all whole and connected. Sometimes when you pull away from God Source, your elastic’s really short, and you still have this intense connection and these memories. And those memories can go far back—
Jamie (giggling): Um, he’s cussing.
Me: Ah oh.
Jamie (mimicking Erik): Fucking, fucking, fucking. The word he wants to use is “beginning” and he refuses to say it, because it’s not accurate.
Jamie and I both laugh at his conundrum. Poor Erik.
Erik: But in our linear world, that’s what we would call it. Beginning.
Jamie: He’s yelling at me. “That’s not the fucking right word!” and I tell him, ‘I know, but you can’t come up with another word, can you?’
Me: Oh, he’s stumped!
Jamie: Yes. It’s ticking him off! Wow. Sore spot!
Erik: Yes! Language is a sore spot for me. It’s stupid.
Erik: I wish I could—you know, I just close my eyes, and if you’d feel it, you’d get it.
Me: I can feel it, but I can’t type that. But I can feel what you’re talking about, Erik.
Erik: Not linear, but what you’d call back to the beginning.
Erik: Because you are part of God Source, you have all of the experiences and memories of what God has.
Me: It’s almost a place instead of a timeline, right?
Erik: Yeah. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! And some of us, we have like that really long elastic cord, and we just wanted to get as far away as possible.
Me: Mm hm.
Erik: Just cuz it was what we wanted to do.
Erik: And nobody is going to judge us for it. We just did it, and sometimes it’s just hard to get the ball back to the paddle.
Jamie bursts out laughing.
Me: God, Erik. We’re all bouncy balls to you, lately!
Jamie and I both laugh.
Me: Okay, so can you remember the time of the split from Source?
Erik: Hell yeah!
Me: Wow! What does it feel like?
Erik: I can only speak for myself on this one.
Jamie (laughing): He’s going to get all Zen on you!
Erik: I’m going to get all Zen on you.
Me (chuckling): Okay. Got it.
Jamie: I’m just laughing, because the way he said it was so unnatural. It’s funny. He’s got his elbows on his knees, and he leans forward.
Erik: It’s like when the raindrop leaves the cloud. That’s how it feels.
Me: Ooo! Wait, how does that feel? I’m not a raindrop, and I’m not a cloud.
Erik: Maybe you should be, Mom.
Mom (laughing, in jest): Oh, god, you little twerp. If so, I just might rain on your parade. So explain.
Erik: Well, it really doesn’t have feeling. It’s not excitement or scary or anything. It’s not like giving birth or painful or—
Me: Is it like a breath?
Erik: Yeah, like when you breathe out. You know, the air that leaves your body as easy as it came in.
Erik: I hate to disappoint you, but there are no fireworks.
Me: Well, I wouldn’t call it disappointing. You might hurt Source’s feelings, you know.
Erik (laughing): No I’m not! Source does not judge!
Me: I’m teasing, silly.
Are any of you guys Skype savvy? Jamie and I just video Skyped an interview with the Sun God, Ra, and, like the last couple of Skype calls, the video blurs with movement, the audio is out of sync and cuts in and out, but was much worse than previous calls. Jamie says there was no problem with my video and audio, and when I Skype others, they’re very clear. I use Call Recorder to record and then convert the .mov file to YouTube, but this is almost unusable. I know have it as a url created from Mediafire. Are there changes we can make to Jamie’s computer? Can we salvage the file we have? Help!
Also, the Channeling Erik Weekend of F*^#ing enlightenment registration and details are up on Jamie’s page now. The event will take place in Atlanta, GA March 22 through March 24. I can’t wait to attend and hope to see you all there!
It looks like a lot of people are signing up for the San Diego Event! I’m so excited to meet you guys and put a face to all of these names! This is such a well-timed pick-me-up for the week as Erik’s birthday approaches Friday. He would have been (or will be?) 23 on that day. The time flies but the tears still flow. Nevertheless, I continue to pray that the pain will continue to lessen as it has…so slowly though.
On that subject, prayer, Erik has much to say.
Me: Here’s another blog member question: “A topic I’m interested in is prayer. What is prayer? Does prayer help others and us and if so, how?”
Erik: Wow, prayer is amazing. They’re like affirmations and extending intents. Your words have power, and when you call out your words, they act kind of like a pebble in the water. It ripples out and expands over. So, if you’re stating a prayer, and you’re directing it to the universe—that’s kind of what it is, dropping a pebble in the water, the universe. If you have a god that you believe in and you’re directing to that god, it goes always to Higher Source no matter what your religious beliefs are. It goes up to the Higher Source that cares for us and loves us all without judgment. And what your putting out and what you’re asking for often lays out a—
Jamie (to Erik): What’s that word? What are you saying, Erik?
Jamie (to Erik): Not manipulation.
Jamie (to Erik): You should talk clearer. Don’t mumble!
Jamie and I laugh. I remember Erik could mumble from time to time.
Erik: Ahem. It lays out a manifestation pattern that can be fulfilled. When energy comes back to you, it’ll manifest in the pattern you’re asking for.
Erik: So, prayer is extremely powerful. Somewhere along the line, it got a bad rap, you know, that it you pray, you’re stupid or a religious freak. That’s really, really sad. It should not be that way. I mean, if you don’t like the term, “prayer,” change it to something else! Just say, “I just want to say a little something good.”
Me: Or you can call it affirmation.
Erik: Yeah, say affirmation, but energetically it goes out into the universe, and it is in return what you get back.
Me: So, it’s thought creates reality, basically.
Me: It’s almost like a, um, it’s physics, basically.
Erik: Yes. Ding!
Me: I guess the ties to organized religion are why the word prayer left a bad taste in some people’s mouths.
Jamie (giggling): Erik’s asking if I could get him a little bell he could hit, “Bing” like “You are correct.” He started doing that game show host thing during the conference call yesterday.
Me: Uh huh.
Jamie: That game show voice. It’s really funny. “And next we have…”
Jamie: So, if we had a bell I think it’d be a great sound effect.
Me: Yeah, really! So, do we have to pray for people on the Other Side?
Erik: No, you don’t have to, but just like before when we were talking about a spirit that has negative emotions—
Erik: They create it for themselves, and it’s often because of regrets and things they haven’t finished, and most of the time they’ll hold onto it or wait until the other person passes away so they can have communication and resolve it.
Me: Um hm.
Erik: But if they find a psychic or a medium they trust, the negative emotions can be resolved beforehand. But if you pray to loved ones here, you can say things like, “I forgive you,” “I love you no matter what,” “Let’s put this behind us.” You can put things like that in your prayer. That will help the spirit feel better and let go and find joy.
Me: Well, doesn’t the healing they get on the Other Side help too?
Erik: Oh, absolutely, but, you know, you can’t ever help somebody if they don’t want to help themselves.
As for the San Diego event, I want to thank everyone for their patience! Jamie’s assistant, Weedie, should be giving me all the information any day now: the event agenda, the costs, the hotel information, etc.
Also, I think it would be very healing to have a channeling conference call just for grieving parents. We can limit it to a handful of people so it can be a very intimate group. If you’re interested, please email at email@example.com, and I’ll ask Jamie if she can do that for us.
Last but not least, we’re going to be channeling Buddha Friday. I don’t know much about his life, so I’m wondering if any of you would like to submit interview questions. If so, could you email them to me to the email address listed above? Thanks!
Okay, Erik’s chomping at the bit, as we say in Texas, so let’s unleash him.
Me: Do our loved ones think about us, or have they moved on and we’re just a memory?
Jamie: Erik, don’t say that.
Erik: Wouldn’t it be fucked up if we just said: Hell no. When you die, you totally move on, because that shit is old.
Me: Erik! That’d be awful!
Erik: No, we think about them all the time, because we still have the choice of seeing them, and for the first time—I hope every reader understands this—when you let go of life and you cross into a higher dimensional plane—Heaven—
Jamie (chuckling): He pauses. He’s like, “Fuck Heaven.”
Me: Yeah, because he likes to call it Home.
Erik: It’s for the first time, you look back on the relations you had, and they’re healed on your part. They’re healed. There’s no pull; there’s no fight; there’s no ugliness. It turns out all good. It’s a great Christmas wish, really. Sorry to the other religions there. That was just a shout out to the Catholics.
Jamie and I laugh.
Erik: Okay, you can use birthday—a nice birthday gift. I’m really enjoying the variety of people that are on the blog, because it’s really not just one denomination.
Me: Oh, no. Oh my god, we have all sorts.
Jamie: He’s just so proud of that.
Me: Probably not too many atheists, though.
Erik: Not many, no.
Me: When you guys watch us from Heaven, do you wish you were with us?
Erik (laughing): Not all the time!
Me (laughing): I guess not! But if you did wish, you would be with us. Well, do spirits feel sad? Is there ever sadness or loneliness in Heaven?
Erik: Only if you want it. You can only special order it for yourself.
Me: Why would anybody want that! Is it just to feel a sense of separation that they don’t usually feel there?
Erik: I don’t know. Some people are fucked in the head here, too. Seriously, it’s more of—they’ve been shown the lesson and every possibility to heal, but there might be that one thing that kind of slips back to them and they feel sad about it.
Erik: And normally that will heal when the person who’s still living passes over and they can have a clear communication together, and then often if that person finds a medium or a psychic or whatever they call themselves, they can go to them, and then the spirit can heal in that way and let go of it.
Me: So, sometimes it’s the deceased loved one that needs to communicate through a medium to heal.
Erik: Yes. That’s often the way it goes.
Me: I always thought it was the other way around.
Erik: Well, yeah. That’s because you’re there. You don’t see our side of the fence.
Me: I guess not. Okay. here’s one. Are bad emotions like jealousy and bitterness gone in Heaven? I guess that’s pretty much along the same lines.
Erik: Yeah, it’s along the same lines. If you want it, you can special order it for yourself, but it doesn’t trigger anybody else in spirit.
Me: Probably on the dollar menu, huh?
Erik: It’s totally on the dollar menu! You know what’s kind of fucked up though is —I don’t know if you wanna spill this, but I kind of like your “all honesty policy,” Mom. So, let’s say that I’m jealous or I’m angry. Then the person I’m hanging out with in spirit won’t feel it. They can see that I’m having those emotions, but they won’t feel it. It just doesn’t translate that way. Now, if I’m hanging with a live dude on Earth, they can feel it. I can totally fuck up the way that they’re feeling on Earth.
Me: Oh, no!
Erik: But that’s like what we were saying on several occasions when we do mini-readings or lessons that the son or the daughter who passed away or the family member trying to communicate; that human can feel that loved one there. If it’s a negative emotion, it sometimes just fucks them up even more instead of making them feel good.
Me: Sometimes I feel grief when you’re around, Erik. I feel your presence and then the grief washes over me. But I try to mitigate that by thinking, ‘Oh hi. Erik; how are you doing? I know you’re around and I love you; I’m happy for you and I’m proud of you.’ It transmutes the grief into joy. Not complete joy, but a little bit.
Erik: That sucks because normally we’re there to really help, but —
Me: Yeah, but once you know that your loved one’s energy is causing the grief and then you feel the goosebumps on some part of your body, that helps. But for people who don’t realize that connection it must really suck. You’re right.
Erik: Yeah, and they go through these fits of odd emotions, and they think they’re fucked in the head and they get medicine and…
Me: Oh God.
Erik: Spiritualists, scientists and physicians really should be all together in the same boat. They shouldn’t be divided anymore.
A couple of days ago, I posted about borderline personality and one of the blog members wanted to know more about a possible cure for the disorder. Erik had a lot to say on the matter, most of it ranting on a soapbox digressing in all sorts of directions. ADHD still persists in the spirit world I guess.
Me: One of the blog members has a question that came up after I posted what you said about borderline personality disorder. She’s worried about her granddaughter who apparently suffers from the condition, because she is the mother of two children. Her concern is her granddaughter’s depression and overreaction to everything will affect those children. So, Erik you talked about mental illnesses will eventually be cured and how there are natural cures that are being held secret, because Big Pharma wants to profit from selling the medications they market. Obviously natural modalities can’t be patented. The blog member doesn’t really think it’s right of you, Erik, to tell us there’s a cure without stating what it is.
Erik: Is that what she wrote?
Erik: It was just a premonition that I wanted to give people to let them know that part of this science meets spirituality thing will help us understand the brain more, the chemical reactions more—then we’re able to actually cure the mental diseases. A lot of that is not in function at the present time, and what is in existence is underground because of the FDA.
Me: Oh, okay. It’s underground, but somebody knows about it? Is that what you’re saying?
Erik: Yeah, it’s going to come across—
Jamie (to Erik): You mean come out?
Erik: Yeah, it’ll come out more in a three to four year period. Then there’ll be a huge increase in the knowledge and understanding of the human brain.
Me: Okay. Will it be medicinal, or will it be something else?
Jamie: Not really medicinal. He shows me more of it being actual brain stimulation or brain treatment.
Erik: A lot of the growth right now is working on memories—how memories are stored in the brain, how it retrieves images and emotions. Once they understand how it logs it in history, science is going to be able to wire certain emotions that are triggered. They’re going to be able to get a person to fire off a certain set of neurons to help rectify an imbalanced chemical.
Jamie: Does that—it’s a great visual that I’m having but the words, does it even make sense?
Me: Yes. Yes, it does. Very much so.
Me: So, what you’re saying, Erik, is that there’s nothing that you’re keeping secret from us. You’re saying that this is something that will be developed.
Erik: It’s in the process, yes.
Me: It’s in the process of being developed.
Erik: Yeah. Humans have to do it on their own. Spirits don’t jump down and go, “All right. You didn’t do it in time enough, and people are suffering!” I mean, fuck yeah. Everybody’s suffering. Everybody suffers from different things. I did. I suffered horribly. If the answers were always available, what the fuck good is the suffering?
Me: Yeah, and I guess the cure is not as simple as retrieving peat moss in the backyard, boiling it in snake oil and dribbling it over cornflakes. It’s not some currently available secret like that—something you’re keeping from all of us. It’s something that’s being developed and humans need to do it on their own and at their own pace.
Erik: Right, and personally, I think cannabis is highly unrecognized for what it can do for people who have depression.
Me: Oh boy. Here we go again. You’re the universe’s leading pot spokesman. What about for borderline personality disorder. Would it be helpful for that?
Erik: Fuck yes! What is wrong with people? But not every type of cannabis plant will get you the result for that specific kind of illness. You have to look at it and dose it in the right way.
Me: Well, how can you figure that out?
Erik: Well, that’s already being tested and used. That would be the shit that I’d be annoyed with if it’s not public knowledge. That’s the stuff that I’d get on your computer and start researching about and tell the government, “Fuck you, I’m allowed to put this on my Google search engine.”
Jamie lets out a loud guffaw.
Erik: But you gotta tell this woman, you know, her granddaughter’s kids signed up for this for a reason. For her to get all concerned about how the mother is, she also needs to know that those kids—they saw this. They knew that this would happen, and they wanted to be a part of it anyway. That’s like when you look at somebody who’s severely handicapped, you gotta look at them and you gotta know that they walked into this. They knew that this was what their life was going to be like, even it looks like the deepest, heaviest struggle you have ever seen—you gotta turn your eyes.
Erik: Or the images on TV of the starving children in Africa—you’ve got to know that that little soul said, “That shit’s for me! I’m going there right now! I’m doing it. I want to know what that’s like.” Now, whether you want to stand on the outside and say, “Oh, that’s my responsibility to take care of them,” that’s your own shit. You can take responsibility or not, but that woman who’s writing in needs to know she doesn’t need to worry about her granddaughter or her great grandchildren. If she wants to play a role and be the best at this—like her very best—it is to offer help only when it’s asked for.
Erik: People step in and start taking control and shit, and all of a sudden everything’s lost and the whole action is just stupid. Then it’s gotta repeat itself again life after life after life, you know? It’s going to happen again and again and again until we all get the lesson. Why won’t people see that?
Me: It’s called being human, Erik. Don’t you remember.
Erik: Yeah, I do. I do. I hate those motherfuckers—
Jamie (giggling): He’s on such a soapbox now.
Me: He does get into his excited little rants sometimes.
Erik: I hate those motherfuckers who come in and just totally strip all the lessons and responsibilities and say, “This is how it’s going to be done.” No offense Christians out there, but that’s what those whole traveling ministries were doing, coming into new lands and everything and just stripping them of exactly who they were and saying, “But we have the best belief system, and here it is if you want to be saved.” Fuck that. People use that still today! They come into a situation to kids who “can’t learn” and they go, “I’ll strip you of that. Here’s how you should be learning.
Me: Yeah. That happened a lot with you, Erik.
Erik: Yeah, fuck that! Listen to the person. Listen to the culture. Listen to what’s around them and start giving them what they’re asking for, and then use that for the platform to be able to teach what you know and see if that will work. But fucking-A egos, go to sleep!
I giggle, wondering if he’s going to get a nosebleed way up high on that soapbox.
Jamie (to Erik): Just go to sleep? You didn’t tell them to go to hell or anything like that? You didn’t tell their egos to go fuck off? You just tell them to go to sleep?
Me: Go night night.
All three of us get a good laugh before going on to the next question.
Today’s post is the conclusion of my 4-part series. Hope you enjoy.
Commonly, people have a misunderstanding of what a psychic is and how they work. They think that psychics see the future, or talk to spirits just like they see the television in front of them and talk to their neighbor on the phone, and when the info is wrong, they accuse them of being frauds and charlatans. And some are, but not all. Intuitive abilities vary widely and many are gifted with a handful of different ones. They are a skill, just like playing baseball. You are born with the talent, and practice makes you better. Some people are better at it than others and different people have different specialties. Not every psychic is precognitive – with precognition (predicting the future), all a psychic does is read the “energy” of a situation (and EVERYTHING is made of energy).
In other instances, a medium may predict the future if only by relying on information given by a spirit. In that case, the medium is not precognitive, they’re just doing what a medium does. Psychics who aren’t mediums may still get information from a spirit, however it would not be their main mode of communication. Some people hear spirits, some people get feelings, some people see visions, other people just know things and most people have at least one of those abilities to a greater degree and then a couple to a lesser degree. Not everybody has all of them, and not everybody is good at any one of them. lol
When you get a reading from a psychic, they can’t tell you the future with 100% accuracy. They can only tell you what is likely, given the energy at the current moment – you still have free will to change what happens in the future!
Psychics aren’t 100% accurate for a few other reasons, one being that we are all filters. We receive and interpret information based on our frame of reference (going back to the squares on each side of the cube of Truth). It becomes hard for a medium to interpret messages because spirits don’t always communicate like we do. Just because a psychic is precognitive, doesn’t necessarily mean they are a medium and vice versa. These are different types of gifts. Just because someone is a really great outfielder, it doesn’t mean they can pitch well, but they both play baseball. Know what I mean?
So sometimes, it’s hard for a psychic giving a reading because they will get information that doesn’t necessarily come through loud and clear. You get abstract images, or feelings… and you’re supposed to piece it all together using your own words to tell this person sitting in front of you this deep and profound meaning and insight into their lives… that’s a lot of pressure! And sometimes we get the interpretation wrong or just slightly off. The clearest way to get information from a spirit, in my opinion, would be from a clairvoyant, clairaudient medium like Jamie. That’s the closest to having an experience like talking to a live person as your going to get. There really is no clear way to get general psychic information – all of it is exceptionally subjective to the person receiving the information and depends on their mood, their skills and abilities, their preferences and also the same things of the person they are reading for.
All of these factors are why science – as it currently stands – can’t conclusively prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that psychic phenomena exists. It’s a subjective experience that can sometimes be shared between two or more people, and it is neither measurable nor repeatable.
That is a factor you have to take into account when considering Biblical prophecy. A prophet is just a psychic, and psychics can be somewhat inaccurate – some more so than others. Not to mention, the future is a moving target. So even if they were right initially, humanity can change its course at any given point. That being said- there are certain events that are in an individual’s life plan and within the overall plan for earth itself, and these events, as I understand it, will occur no matter what. These events are referred to as “nexus points.”
A while back, one of the CE blog members had a question regarding free will and destiny – how can we truly have free will if everything is already planned? This is a question often asked by Christians as well, as the debate over predestination (if God already knows what’s going to happen and who is going to Heaven, why bother with free will in the first place?) roars on in many churches. The committee spoke to this in their Sunday post, explaining that the events are known, but how you will react to them, is not. This is part of your free will, and it’s these reactions that you are here to use as tools to learn about yourself and existence. I have explained it as this in the past:
Your life plan is much like a road map. You’re planning to drive from New York to Los Angeles, and you must stop in Cincinnati, Memphis, Denver, and Phoenix on the way to pick up various friends who are coming with you. It is up to you how you get from place to place, as there are many different routes and a plethora of small towns to pass through on each of them. Regardless, you will still pass through the bigger cities one way or another and pick up those people. The road you choose is your free will. The destinations and the friends who are riding with you are all pre-planned – those are the Nexus points.
A more specific example: A drug addict who habitually relapses. His purpose in life is to learn the hardships of drug addiction, overcome them and help others who struggle with it. Being a drug addict and eventually coming to rehabilitation are part of his life plan. They are nexus points on the plan. How many times he relapses before FINALLY accepting that he must go to rehabilitation is up to him (accept the lesson, accept the life plan). There are exit points along the way -in the form of overdosing. He may choose to die before he reaches the nexus point.
So although he may, in his mind, say “I’m going to rehab” and head that way… he scrounges up some cash on the road and suddenly veers off course and goes to buy more drugs (free will). Or he goes into rehab but relapses when he gets out (free will). It’s not a matter of “when” he goes to rehab, because as we know from the committee, time is merely the convergence of people and places. When he finally does reach rehab for the last time, he’s made it to the nexus point and moves along to the next stage of his life plan.
There’s a plan for Earth overall that is much the same – it’s basically the convergence of all of the life plans that have ever existed, as Patrick mentioned on Sunday. There are events in the plan that WILL happen, they’re nexus points. We can’t move on to the next stage until we reach them. The events that lead to Ascension are nexus points. Our choice to Ascend – to rise above them, is our free will. Our choice. Some will go, some will stay. I’m sure there were exit points in the plan as well. A world nuclear war that subsequently destroys us fits the bill – hit the reset button. Start the game over. The kids found the matches. Thankfully we’ve got some friends out there who have been keeping us in line.
So what the prophecies of Revelations depict exactly is hard to say. Some of it may have been world war – the images talked about in Revelations are probably not mystical things, necessarily – maybe just what modern technology would look like to an ancient hebrew sheep herder. Helicopter? No my friend, that’s a giant locust! Lake of fire? Try lake of molten lava or napalm, perhaps. You also have to read the prophecies with the understanding that time is when people meet at places, not a measurable length. The events of Revelations itself may actually occur over a period of 1,000 years.
Some of them may have been exit points that have been avoided. And some of them may be nexus points that are still to come. That’s why some pieces of a prophecy may come true, while others don’t. Same goes for a psychic reading. A lot of visions are highly symbolic in nature and become very hard to interpret. Spirits never make it easy for us… the whole reason we’re here is to experience and remember. Of course they’re not going to give us the answers to the test! I can attest – when spirit gives you information, it’s not always an exact dictation. It’s an abstract notion – a feeling, a concept and you have to express it in your own words. You use your own experiences – your filter – to express it.
I can’t believe that so many Christians really think that God spewed out everything he had to say 2,000 years ago, closed the book and has kept mum ever since.
I had a devout Christian suggest that I should maybe seek professional help for thinking that I’d ever seen or talked to a spirit. I said, “As I recall… Jesus is your favorite dead person to talk to.” And he said, “You’re wrong. He’s not dead. He lives.” OK…. so you can have a “personal relationship” with a guy you’ve never seen in real life or met and only know of him what you read in a 2,000 year old book, and you can believe that this person came back from the dead, brought other people back from the dead, walked on water, healed people with a single touch, and now decides your place in eternity, and you can also believe that there’s an evil invisible fallen angel that runs around causing you and other people to do evil things in an attempt to steal your soul – and that’s perfectly normal….but I’m crazy, not for believing that people live on after they die just like you do, but for having actually seen and talked to someone I knew and cared about in real life after they passed away? Crazy according to whom, exactly? I love how Religion makes it ok to be a lunatic because everyone else believes it, too.
There are SO MANY variables at work when it comes to the Bible. There’s numerous prophets – what was their filter? What were the cultural and political contexts in their minds upon receiving this information? How much of it is misinterpretation (whether by the prophet himself or by the person reading and preaching about it)? How good of a psychic were they?! We have books of the Bible that were left out. We have passages that were added in or added to in both the New Testament and the Old Testament throughout time (as Moses attested to). The thing is – many people believe that the bible is the written word of God – as though God manifested a pen and wrote this stuff down and handed it to the prophets. But it doesn’t work like that. You can say it was “inspired” by God – and that would be accurate. But the Bible is not spirituality. Religion is not spirituality. The Bible is a book about people who taught and sought spirituality. You cannot find God within a book. You can find God within yourself.
We have God knows how many different translations from multiple languages. And to top it off, each of us has our own filter of reality so we all see the same thing but interpret different meanings. So you have to take each segment and analyze in those terms, taking into account all of those factors. You can’t interpret the whole thing literally, and you can’t interpret the whole thing under any singular guise. People don’t get that. Separate the wheat from the chaff. Take what resonates with you and leave the rest. Come back for more understanding when you’re ready.
You also have to understand that all interpretations of the Bible and any religious text are “True” according to the person doing the reading. It’s their accepted version of reality. It is truth, from one angle – one side of the cube. Each religion, together, creates the whole. Some of them overlap, some of them expand more on certain areas where others focus mostly on another – Christianity and Islam focus on Dualism and the linear perception, Buddhism focuses on the present, Chinese philosophy on the balance of yin-yang, Hinduism focuses alot on consciousness – but each of them have elements of all of it. If you take the time to really try and figure out what they mean and how they got to be the way they are – you’ll find out that they actually complement one another quite nicely and go right along with the secret society and occult information you can find on freemasons, etc. But most people only focus only on one and completely ignore the rest or miss the deeper meaning, thus missing the totality of the Truth. Be a student of all religions, and subscribe to none.
We are all looking at the same thing – Truth – and figuring out what it means to us on an individual basis. What I’ve presented to you in this series of blog posts is just another point of view. A way to see the spiritual meanings behind some of religion’s teachings – many religions, not just Christianity. Can you relate every single biblical story to spirituality – or every story from any other religion? Probably not to your own life but someone else may be able to. If it doesn’t relate, if it doesn’t “resonate” then the message isn’t for you. What I’ve talked about here is just a very basic level – obviously the meanings go far deeper and far beyond what I can cover in a four-part blog series. So just because someone is a part of a religion, it doesn’t mean they can’t find spiritual truth within it.
And even as such, you will not come to the same understanding of these writing as I have. And I don’t mean that you won’t understand it as much, or that my understanding is better, what I mean by that is you’re going to run this blog post and these religious scriptures through YOUR filter, relating them back to events in YOUR life, relative to YOUR understanding – which are not the same events, meanings, and experiences as I’ve had in MY life. Our understandings of what is written here will never be exactly the same. Like I said in my very first post – we can only understand what a thing means to us in relation to something else.
And you know what’s funny? I often passively listen to my cd player in my car on the way to work in the mornings while I “think.” I was formulating the words in that previous paragraph on just such an occasion, and the moment I finished it in my head, my attention was drawn back to the song playing on my radio – “Stare at the Sun” by Thrice – and the lyrics said, “I see the parts but not the whole, I’ve studied saints and scholars both, no perfect plan unfurls. Do I trust my heart or just my mind? Why is Truth so hard to find in this world? I’m due for a miracle. I’m waiting for a sign. I’ll stare straight into the sun and I won’t close my eyes until I understand or go blind.”
That’s exactly what I’ve been talking about in these four posts – how we see the parts but not the whole, saints and scholars both, and even enlightenment (understanding) and the sun!
Erik: When are we going to start thinking as a whole and not as slices of an apple?
We have to see the whole to understand the Truth.
Many Christians think they’re in the “end times.” We had that Harold Camping guy last year claiming that he’d figured out when Jesus was a comin’ back! Revelations is full of predictions of false prophets running around, trying to lead the flock astray. How ironic would it be if the very people who believe their fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible are correct and are leading their congregations to persecute gays, people of other faiths, the downtrodden and the hopeless, are in fact, the false prophets themselves…and they don’t even know it. It would be poetic justice. But… let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
We’ve all stumbled and fallen to the will of the ego from time to time. That makes us all sinners. And what is sin, anyway? The Hebrew bible uses nine different words – NINE – The Greek Bible uses THIRTEEN! And the English translation? It uses one word. Sin. How have we come to lump all of these different words, with their slightly different nuances and cultural meanings into one big fat no no? That’s like saying that murder is just as bad as mixing lenin with wool because both are sin (yes, the Hebrews had their own version of the fashion police – it’s all in Deuteronomy. Swear!) and “abominations” in the eyes of the lord! WTF?
Eckhart Tolle points out that one of the Greek words for sin is hemartia, which is also an archer’s term that means “to miss the mark.” Yes, it also means “offensive,” but who are we to say what the original writers of the bible meant? This is why we say that language is such a poor way of communication, and why spirits prefer to interact with thoughts and emotions rather than words.
My pal Randy is a Christian author and graduate of the American Bible Academy. He has some more thoughts as to the nature of sin and what it means to repent:
“Christians have been taught to “Repent” from their sins. This is the way to Salvation. To repent means to turn from your sin. Thus, the church teaches us to no longer do such things as lie, cheat, steal, murder, etc. But the church is slightly off cue about sin. Metanoia is the Greek word we translate into English as “repent.” It is very similar in sound and meaning to the English word “Metamorphosis.” Both are rooted in the Latin, i.e. “Meta” meaning change, “morph” meaning form, “sis”- a process. And; “Meta” meaning change, “noia” meaning character. To repent is to change your very character; or to say “who you are inside of yourself.” Once this change has occurred, you will no longer do such things as lie, cheat, steal, murder – and you will not do them due to your very nature; your new nature which “morphed.”
This is why Paul wrote in Romans that “it does not depend, therefore, on our efforts.” Lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, etc are acts we commit due to something stemming from within ourselves – we do not do these things for no reason at all. Paul wrote in Galatians 5 and said that these things are “acts of the sinful nature.” In short, such things are the result of your sin. The true sin, or the root of such sinful acts, are found within a person. THAT, is what we are to repent from; not to simply no longer commit the actions.”
In essence, salvation is much more than just going through the motions and following some laws written down in a book. Its more than asking God above to forgive you for your transgressions. It is becoming – being – the change… and as the Power Rangers would say, “It’s Morphin’ time!” lol Sorry… couldn’t resist.
So when we sin, are we just “missing the mark”? Not doing the right thing because we’re confused? Possibly. But there is no absolute right and wrong. There is only what is good for the whole of humanity and what is good for the self. They are not always the same, and they are not always static. So.. right and wrong are a moving target. What is sinful is a moving target. As I mentioned earlier, what is moral today is not the same as what was moral 2,000 years ago. You cannot apply every piece of morality from a 2,000-year-old text to modern times. Yet some Christians and Muslims would like to do that – because the book is the “Word of God” and we must follow it to a “T”. Words are only as good as the meaning we place on them. And everyone’s meaning is not the same.
This is why every person’s journey is their own. Why every person must figure this out for themselves. It becomes detrimental when you just blindly follow what another says without first asking yourself, “Does this resonate with me?”
Moses: When accepting any story, when believing any part of the story, please do not accept it from the source where it came from. Please do not choose to accept it from that one person’s mouth. I am not asking you to be distrustful. I’m asking you to find the root where what you believe in comes from. If you understand the root, then you will understand how the tree grows.
Always be seeking, and searching. In the immortal words of Kansas, “If I claim to be a wise man – it surely means that I don’t know.” (PS – LOADS of spiritual lyrics in Kansas songs, Boston, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and lots of newer bands. I like getting messages through music).
That applies to this blog post! Ask yourself, “Does this resonate with me?” If it doesn’t – then let it go. Don’t lash out, don’t get offended… just accept the feeling and release it. Too many times I see people judging one another for the path they have chosen. I have been as guilty of it as anyone, but I’ve come to realize that we all chose our own path for a reason. What I believe is “best” for me may not be what is “best” for someone else. Good, better, and best are merely opinions. We must do our “best” to have understanding for our fellow man – not judgement. We can never move forward if we are still projecting our own beliefs onto others – that makes us no better than the person telling us that we are going to spend eternity in Hell for talking to the spirits of our deceased loved ones.
Always remember that there are many ways, not just your way or my way. What is written here was written by me – that makes it my way. It may resonate with some of you totally, it may resonate with some of you partially, it may not resonate with some of you at all. It doesn’t necessarily mean that what is said here is wrong (though I admit that is a possibility) , after all – what is ‘wrong’ is in the eyes of the beholder – it may simply mean that you are not yet ready to receive this lesson.
When I initially began my journey into spirituality, some of you may remember my post on the facebook forum, simply asking how some people could retain their title as a “Christian” and yet explore this new route. It didn’t make sense to me. At the time, I could not see how the two could possibly be compatible. They seemed to be in such opposition! As evident from my writings here, as I have progressed further down my chosen path, the deeper my understanding has become. I now find spiritual meaning where there once was none.
When the student is ready, the teacher shall appear. Perhaps our Christian fundamentalist and non spiritual friends are simply not ready. Perhaps a person only disagrees with your view because they’re not ready to see the next step in their own journey. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t show them love and kindness anyway, and perhaps when they ARE ready… you can show them another way.
Being a Christian – or a Buddhist or a Hindu or a Muslim or a Mystic or a spiritualist or whatEVER – is just a label. It just means you follow the teachings of Jesus, rather than Buddha. If you’re following Buddha you’d be a Buddhist. Maybe we should come up for a name for all of us Disciples of Erik’s teachings? Does that make us Eriksonians? Lol It doesn’t matter who the teacher is – they’re all teaching the same subject. Many would say Jesus WAS a Buddhist – he said himself when Jamie channeled him that he studied all paths to God before he began his teaching. Much of what he says is the same as Buddha. He just uses different words. Jesus just uses stories to illustrate the concepts of Buddhism. You could say that Buddhism is the cliff notes for Jesus’ storybook. Erik’s version is a little more…colo(u)rful?
Christianity delves into the spirit and uses the analogies formed there to teach about the present. Buddha just focuses on the present. He does not deny the existence of God, or the soul – but rather, focuses on the here and now because that is where you are. Your soul and God are inconsequential to this incarnation – even though Christians will misinterpret that it is. Hinduism, rather than relating everything in the world in a linear, dual perspective, teach from a slightly different angle – Dharma – duty – that we are here to help our fellow man and our fellow beings. Jesus taught that, too. New Age focuses on consciousness and what the Hindus called Karma – the idea that you get back the energy that you put out, which is yet another aspect, another facet, another side of the square, another part of the whole.
Their God is our God, our God is their God – we are God, God is us, Nature is God, we are a part of God and Nature, a part of the whole and the whole is the sum of its parts- it’s ALL GOD and that’s why Buddha says it doesn’t matter who is God!
“You think you can choose a God like you choose a pair of shoes? …You choose the right one and you go straight to heaven, you choose the wrong one and you go straight to hell? …There is no choosing. Nobody has God. No religion, no country, no race, no man has God. God has all of us, the Christians, the Buddhists, the Muslims, the Hindus and even the ones that don’t believe in God at all.We don’t make God, God made us. We don’t choose God, God chose us.”- (http://www.zenmoments.org/the-thirst-for-spirituality/) Do you believe in yourself? Then you believe in God! “God” is just a word, like anything else. It’s only as good as the meaning you place on it.
Why are we fighting amongst one another over who is God? When Elisa, Erik and Jamie interviewed Jesus, he said that the idea that has been attached to the word “God” has become fragmented. Jesus also says “ I was here to teach that there were many paths to God. I repeated to others that I am not the only way, though this was rewoven by other people to state that I am the only way. I would never take the time to feed my ego this way. This is worthless effort. There are many ways to reach God. I was also here to teach that the many ways that find God is to start with self—to go in, then outward. It was not to place the responsibility of belief and spiritual security on another person. It’s only to be done within the temple, and the body is the temple. The church is not the temple.”
Jesus says that the Christian notion (and probably that of many other religions) of who and what God is has become fragmented. So just who is this God?
I am god and so are you. He is made of men. Humanity is god. The universe and all that is in it is god (pantheism). Everything is a manifestation of the supreme soul (Hindusim). God is omnipresent, he is everywhere and in everything. Not even Heaven can contain him (Christianity). God is nature (paganism). He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye (Buddhism). God is all these things. God is “all there is.”
Who shapes the course history? God. Humans. Nature. The three are one and the same.
Have no other Gods before me – value nothing above the well being of your fellow man, fellow animals, and your fellow planet and universe.
Why do we have such a fragmented understanding of who and what God is? We lost the meaning of “God” and have relied on others to tell us.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings [the welfare of God, since God is all there is...God's welfare...God's will] — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide. – Buddha
Like Vishnu, we are unsure of our true identity. We ate the apple, we passed through the veil and we forgot who we were, where we came from and what all of this means. We spend our whole lives trying to remember that which we already know and we sure do destroy a lot of things in the process – but it’s all part of the plan. Some fear that we will choose that exit point and destroy one another or we’ll destroy ourselves. Perhaps we already have – Atlantis ring a bell? Or perhaps it was just another nexus point in the plan. A lot of people think that this year is the ominous end of the world – whether it’s due to the Christian revelations or the end of the Mayan calendar (which, actually doesn’t really end..), or some yet unknown apocalypse.
Is 2012 really the end? Is Revelations another analogy? Will the “saved” really be called up into Heaven while the sinners go to hell?
In his channeling session,Jesus said, “[the state of humanity] is what it is suppose to be. When you remove yourself from the human life, you’re able to see the possibilities. The possibilities that we see are not yet exposed to the masses on Earth. I know that there is an opportunity for the people for a great exponential growth.”
You hear people talk about ascension – moving into the 4th and 5th dimensions. What if the Rapture, Jesus’ people being called up into the sky to be with him in Revelations, is just another analogy for ascension? If that be the case, that old coot who was predicting the rapture was RIGHT! It just wasn’t what he thought it would look like, so he couldn’t see it.
That’s the end game of Revelations – the very word “reveals” the truth for us all to see. That earth was Heaven all along, and now it’s time make it happen. Getting rid of all the “wickedness” and bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth. A golden age.
Why yes, that would be the coming Golden Age of Aquarius that starts on December 22, 2012. One day after the end of the current Mayan Baktun. The day every planet in our solar system lines up perfectly with the heart of the Milky Way forming a galactic crucifixion of our “Sun.” Do notice the “Son vs. Sun” intended there. Every religious text, every secret society,every great thinker and mystic throughout history have dropped hints about this ALL ALONG for thousands of years. Hidden in plain sight for anyone who was searching to find. 2012 -the year where humanity has a “shift” in consciousness, repents form its sinful nature, is saved and resurrected, .. starts living like Jesus and Buddha and Krishna and all the other great teachers…and begins to create Heaven within ourselves – being the change we want to see. We change our thoughts and we change our world. What does Revelations mean but “to Reveal” and apocalypse but “the lifting of the veil?” Get excited people! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, for a very very very long time. We all chose to be here, now, and it is finally upon us.
Thanks for entertaining what I’m sure some “sane” people would consider the ravings of a crazy cat lady. But like Hinduism tells us, we’re all born into delusion. And when only a small number begin to wake up and see things as they truly are, the majority labels US as the crazy ones. I learned as much while writing this for you as you have learned reading it. And for that, I thank you.
In keeping with my music theme, I’m going to leave you guys with this song – Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Take note of the symbolic meaning in the band’s name (Dragons = enlightenment), coupled with the lyrics:
“This is it, the apocalypse, Whoa, I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones, Enough to make my system blow, Welcome to the new age, to the new age….All systems go, sun hasn’t died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside, I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones, Enough to make my system blow, Welcome to the new age, to the new age”
It gives me goosebumps from head to toe.
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much, Ashley for the wonderful wisdom you’ve graced us with. We’ll continue, as always, to look forward to your wonderful comments!
I’m so excited to hear from Moses this week! Much of the information I’ve gotten is mostly about Jesus and I’ve been left wondering just how the Old Testament fit in, especially the “laws” of Moses. So, no surprise to me that Elisa would post this interview. Nothing is ever a coincidence, aye? Last week we talked more in-depth about the teachings of Jesus and how they line right up with what Buddha was taught 500 years before. We discussed some of the symbolic meanings behind biblical stories and characters, the history of how the Bible came to be, and some of the mysticism behind the Bible and other religions. This week, we’re going to look at what it all means now.
I feel like the biggest issue with interpretations of Biblical scripture is that most people see it as based on the promise of reward… be a good person, go to Heaven, get lots of treasures in Heaven. Be a good person so God will bless you. The fatal mistake is when people assume that God’s idea of blessings are the same as that of humans. What if God’s idea of a blessing is not gold and treasure, but is simply health, peace and happiness?
We need to find a way to tie being a good person for the sake of being good. Not because we’re afraid of being punished if we’re not, and not based on the promise of material rewards if we are. Having MORE STUFF is not what makes us happy. Even statistical studies show us that, generally speaking, the amount of “happiness” received from material gain – money – hits a law of diminishing returns at $75,000 household income – the amount to meet a person’s needs and allow them to live somewhat comfortably. Any amount of money made over that does not really contribute to a person’s happiness.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23-24″ Most Christians will say this means you cannot buy your way into Heaven. Indeed, if the biblical idea of Heaven were a place, you could not buy your way into it. But you can’t buy your way into a state of being either….well, you know, unless we’re talking about drugs.
When the rich man asked Jesus if he could become a disciple, he turned him away and said, “Go sell all of your possessions first, then come back to me.”
Why do you think Jesus preached to people to give away their possessions? When we kick materialistic thinking out of our lives – we get back to nature, and back to God, and begin to see that love is all we need – or as the Beatles would say, all you need is love. In fact, love is all there is. Because god is everything, and god is love.
When you are Christ-like, you are so at peace, you will realize that you do not NEED wealth. Buddhism teaches the same thing.
Material, worldly possessions do just that – they possess us. We begin to live our lives for those possessions, the accumulation of those possessions, and not for love. And let’s just clarify – people, relationships, and addictions can all be forms of possession as well. Christians might be right – maybe America has gone downhill, but it’s not because of the gays. It’s probably because we’re one of the most materialistic nations in the world.
“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – FIght Club
Karma can be perceived as the idea that you get back the energy that you put out. Do your Dharma – your duty – give love to your fellow creatures and beings, and you get it back. The Wiccan idea that any spell you cast comes back three fold. The whole, “renounce your worldly possessions” bit Jesus gave. What are any of these but other ways of explaining the Law of Attraction? The universe is your mirror, you get what you give… all of these little anecdotes we’ve heard our whole lives. But it’s not just an action, it’s also a state of mind.. because consciousness is all that is – God is consciousness. We create our own reality through our consciousness, so does God, so does Source, so does Brahman. All that they are (us and the universe) is a product of consciousness. All that we are is a product of our state of mind.
You must give – be giving – in order to have. Be love and give love to receive love. Have a healthy attitude toward wealth to be wealthy. Be happy with what you have, and give it to others to receive more of it. The Universe reads your mind. If all you think is “I want love” the universe will give you the want of love! But, if you think, I have love, I am loved, I am love… and give it to others… then you shall have love and be loved. Should you expect it to land in your lap? Sometimes, but you’ve also got to do the Universe a solid and go look for it! Have realistic expectations about what you are going to receive – you’ll get exactly what you want, but only as much of it as you NEED – but all that you need is just enough.
Ever hear those stories about how people just happen to, by mysterious coincidence, receive the exact sum of money they need in order for something to happen? Some will attribute that to God. And at a higher level, it is God. But it’s not a matter of God the genie granting your every wish and prayer. It’s providing for your needs – and ONLY your needs. The accumulation of stuff, of relationships, of whatever – pick your poison – is not what we need. It’s what we want. It’s what the ego wants. Therefore, we’re in a constant state of want… more more more. When we realize that we have already that which we need… we realize that we don’t need any more. We become at peace… in a state of ‘Heaven.’ And in the act of giving away that which we don’t need, the Universe is then providing for someone else who “needs”…
That’s how it works in nature.That’s how it’s balanced. No creature takes more than it needs to survive and the earth provides- except us. Humans take more than they need all the time, even to the detriment of other humans. Scarcity is an illusion. There’s plenty to go around, there’s just a percentage of us that are hoarding out of fear. That puts us out of balance with Nature, and subsequently out of balance with God. It’s yin and yang. And that’s when shit hits the fan – war, a product of fear and the illusion of scarcity. Famine. A product of fear the illusion of scarcity. Corporate greed. A product of fear and the illusion of scarcity. The system is flawed. Our perception is flawed. It must all fall apart… so we can reset. Be resurrected… into the “kingdom of God.” Into Nirvana, Zen, the state of being, the way of living, back in balance.
Let me repeat: “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – FIght Club
I want to be clear about what I’m saying here – over time, as new gadgets and gizmos and modern conveniences have been invented, our idea of what is “needed” has changed. Way way back in the day, all we wanted was a roof over our head, food in our belly and people that loved us. Today, we want all of that, but we want the roof to be a little sturdier, the house to be a little prettier, the food to be a little tastier, the people to be a little cleaner and after a while, we decide that we really like it that way, and we just couldn’t live without it – but we did for thousands of years. I know I’ve heard people talk who go on mission trips to places like Mexico and see the conditions that people there live in, and they feel sorry because those people aren’t living the same way that they live and they say, “I could never live this way….how can they?”
Well, they can because often times, they don’t know there is anything else. I want to share with you what I got from a past life regression I did just a week ago. In the regression, the life requested to be shown was the one that has the most influence on this current life situation. I saw myself long ago – ancient times. I’m talking like, when stonehenge was built. I was this pale, thin, blond haired, blue eyed girl of about 19 years old. All I saw from that life was the simplicity that I lived in – I was living in the forest, barefoot, wearing something akin to a burlap sack, living in a simple little stone structure in the woods.
As far as I could tell, I was alone, except for the animals in the forest, which I loved as my own family. It was very fairytale-like, you know. So much so, I initially thought I was just making it up. A little bit of Cinderella meets Sleeping Beauty meets Snow White. The colors were very vivid, lots of green with little splashes of pinks and blues from the flowers and the butterflies. I had no job, I worked very little to survive, the forest provided for me what I needed to live – nuts, berries, fruit, and mushrooms (which would explain why I LOVE eating mushrooms to this day!). I was a complete child of nature and however simple my life was – I was completely, totally, and blissfully content with it and enjoyed the moments in it in a way that I can’t describe. I died at a young age, I think – possibly 20 or 21. For some reason, I get the impression that I ate something I shouldn’t have – a poison mushroom, perhaps. All I saw of my death was that person, laying on the forest floor, looking peacefully asleep – just like Snow White. Snow White – how’s that for a story about resurrection? But I won’t get into the symbology of Fairy Tales right now.
I was thinking about my past life on my morning drive a couple days later. What did it mean? And I thought about the Mayans and the tribal people who still live that way in the rain forest today. They have no knowledge of what modern conveniences are – and so none of those things mean anything to them. Could I live that way now? Do I really need a gourmet meal every day? At the time, in my past life, I was perfectly happy without it. Some would say that our quality of life is better than theirs – we might live longer thanks to the conveniences of modern medicine, we don’t face the same problems and issues that they do – but what is considered “quality”, like anything, is in the eyes of the beholder.
People in ancient times may not have had as long of a lifespan as we do today, their hygiene may not have been up to our current standards, their knowledge about many things in the world not what we have today – but they didn’t have all of the SHIT that complicates life either – they were probably able to evolve, spiritually, at a much faster rate than we are today out of the sheer simplicity of life at the time, and thus, didn’t NEED to live to be 80 years old to have the learning experiences that they planned.
Back then, food didn’t have to be enjoyable, it was just fuel for the body – a means to an end. Little focus was given toward eating it – more so just the energy required to acquiring it, and thus – more time to focus on the enjoyments of a spiritual nature.We’ve placed a lot of meaning on food since then. We use it to celebrate, we use it as a form of expression, art and enjoyment. Same goes for many other things. And there’s nothing wrong with that – we can even use those as avenues of spiritual expression. But it’s part of a cycle – first of discovery, then exploration and learning, and then making decisions about which things discovered are important and which things aren’t, and then releasing those things that no longer serve our purposes, while retaining the knowledge gained from them.
Especially over the last 200 years or so, we’ve been making many many discoveries, exploring and learning exponentially and we’re now at the point of making decisions about which of those things are still important and which ones are not. Which ones cause more problems than they solve. And as this wave of new energy that comes with Ascension crests and we begin the period of “settling in” we’ll start to see ourselves releasing those things that no longer serve our spiritual purposes.
That includes material possessions that aren’t truly necessary, the manufacturing of which negatively impacts the environment- huge houses that use tons of energy, tons of gadgets that we don’t really need, events, foods that aren’t good for us and the global industry that makes all of these things, jobs that we don’t need because we’re no longer buying the things that don’t serve our purposes, cars that guzzle gasoline and release CO2 that we won’t need as many of because we don’t need to work as much, and learning tools like violence that results when people want or can’t get the things that others have, war that results from the struggle over the resources required to create those things that we don’t really need, and last but not least – politics and government that we won’t need in order to fix all of the social and economic problems that will no longer arise from our want of material things and experiences that we no longer value. These are the things the Committee has been telling you about – they just haven’t been as clear as to explain WHY other than saying your perspective about them will change.
Chapter 9: So where does Science fit in? Scientists and skeptics who love them are usually the ones who are always telling those of us who have had spiritual experiences that we’re “delusional.” They say there is no evidence for a God, therefore one must not exist. There is no evidence for spirits. They do not exist. But they are skeptic, by their very nature. They will not acknowledge the possibility – even though science is pretty open-ended at this point. All science can tell you is that there is currently no evidence that supports the existence of a God or spirits or an afterlife, but they cannot prove, conclusively, that one does not exist. As I said earlier – absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.
You see, Science came after religion. Up until science came along, religion was used to explain all that there was in the world. Since its inception, science has been backtracking to come up with its explanation – it’s perception – for the past, which religion has already covered. But Science hasn’t quite caught up to spirituality just yet…. that’s why they still argue that there is no evidence for an afterlife and no evidence for a “God” (although they still, too, compare it to the God that is separate from us). Science’s big book of scientific religion is still incomplete. Our current model of Physics is incomplete. We still can’t explain everything in the universe. There are things out there that we aren’t even able to observe. They haven’t written the end yet because they haven’t discovered the soul and “God.” But it will catch up, and soon. It’ll be the great revelation….that we were each right all along!
Quantum theory and some of its facets, like string theory, etc., I think will be the area that allows science to finally catch up to spirituality. For example: they dispute that there is an intelligent being that we cannot see, yet can interact with us. Well, scientifically speaking, we’re all vibrating masses of electrically charged particles. Everything we see, including ourselves, constantly blinks in and out of existence, but it happens so fast that your eyes don’t see it happen – it’s like a movie reel. It looks like one fluid motion even though it’s several different photos moving at a quick speed.
Interestingly enough – New Age philosophy teaches that the material world is an illusion – and it is! Literally. It teaches that we create our own reality – which, if quantum physics is correct, that may be literally true, as well as philosophically, going back to the differing viewpoints and how it relates to our emotions and how we see reality. Fascinating, isn’t it? Let’s continue.
So, these particles that we’re all made up of vibrate at differing speeds. The slower they vibrate, the more solid something appears and the faster they vibrate, the less dense they are (like ice vs. water vs. steam). Mathematically speaking, the speed that these particles vibrate can go faster and faster into infinity. Eventually, I’m sure, some force of physics makes them slow down, but I don’t know enough about physics to discuss that, and we’re just talking hypothetically here for the moment.
Because our bodies only vibrate at a certain frequency, we only perceive the things that vibrate in a general range that is near or equal to our own. Science has afforded us technology that can see a little further up the scale… but there is an infinite range beyond that which is still unviewable to us. So, how do we know that there isn’t an intelligent life form somewhere higher up on the scale that is simply vibrating at a speed that we cannot perceive?
When we talk about vibration – we aren’t only talking about the physical body’s vibration, we’re talking about the soul. That’s what we mean when we say that we’re of a certain “vibration” and that the spirit world is a higher vibration (such that we can’t perceive them) and if we want to interact with them, they must lower their vibration or we must raise ours, and, I suppose, some combination of the two could allow us to meet in the middle.
You know how Jesus says, that we are in this world, but not of it? Our bodies are physical; they are vehicles for the soul. Our body vibrates at a lower speed, but our soul – it is in this world and not of it. It is of a higher vibration. That is why we are able to perceive things from the higher dimension. Our souls still have the ability to connect to “home,” – and like Erik says, there’s always a part of you back at home base. Some of us have just retained the skills to connect, whereas others need to work a little harder to remember it. What is happening now, as we go through the shift, our physical body’s vibration is being raised as well.
Imagine that Jesus comes to earth and KNOWS all of this. But how do you explain that to ancient hebrew sheep herders with no knowledge of science? Through fables and analogous stories. Quantum physics – your thought waves affecting the physical reality around you – would also explain how Jesus was able to perform miracles. His “faith” – the strength of his belief, creates his reality.
Matthew 17:20: He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
This same concept goes for Jesus’ ability to heal. That’s what modern day energy healers and reiki masters do! It’s just harnessing the energy that is all around us through our thoughts and intentions (quantum theory). Jesus passed this on to his own disciples. Same could be said for ‘magic/k.’ The spells, incantations, potions or whatever are just symbolic of the intentions behind them. Thoughts creating reality. The level at which things actually manifests depends on the energy level – the vibration – of the individual. Jesus must’ve been a bad ass… like… Yoda. The force. It’s all the same concept.
I relate a lot of this back to Christianity just because it’s what I know the most of. If you’ve studied some other religions more in depth, perhaps you can help us connect a few more dots
There are SO MANY instances where Jesus makes comments like this… his sayings, and many of the scriptures, they have multiple meanings – layers of meanings. I think they all do and most people miss the connection because they’re only understanding ONE layer. Like the creation myths we’ve already talked about earlier- they are all different pieces, different aspects and viewpoints, explaining the same thing. Like the cube I referred to earlier – Truth. It’s all TRUTH, from a different viewpoint… no matter how completely different it looks from the outside – deep down it’s all the same thing. Which, interestingly – is also a parallel to the idea that we are all a manifestation of a single being. So many layers! So many clues!
So – there’s a few parallels between Jesus and Krishna too – they were both born through divine conception. Thirteen prophets before Jesus were considered “born of a virgin” – that doesn’t necessarily mean literally, you have to find what the symbology of “virgin” is. Jesus, Krishna, the Egyptian Sun God Horus and several others are resurrected, many of them are a “flesh” manifestation of a higher being (Krishna was the living incarnation of Vishnu).
Hare Krishna is based on the teachings of Krishna and spreading “Krishna Consciousness,” and some of the tenets of that religion include:
The systematic propagation of spiritual knowledge to society at large and the education of all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus to develop the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.
These are all the same tenets of Christianity as well, if you substitute the word “God” or the name “Jesus” for “Krishna.”
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, states that he is the door through which salvation is found, the Lord, and the one true friend. And Jesus says, “I am the truth, the way, and the life.” Many of the stories about Jesus and his disciples mirror those of Buddha and his own followers. And there’s a hell of a lot of similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism. Does this mean that either Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna didn’t exist and one is based on the others? Or that none of them existed and are based on something older? Or that they all DID exist and just spoke the same message? Or that Krishna and Buddha were actually foretelling of Jesus’ coming? Or that Jesus is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that Buddha is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that Jesus is the reincarnation of Buddha who is the reincarnation of Krishna? Or that we’re all a manifestation of the same single being so that means Jesus is Krishna AND Buddha. Buddha is Krishna AND Jesus… and so we are all Krishna AND Jesus AND Buddha?!?! *head explodes!!!!!*
This doesn’t mean that Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna are direct parallels. How could they be? They come from totally different cultures. But the CONCEPT of their teaching is the same. They all taught enlightenment, which, by the way, is an evolution – a process of discovery – just as anything else.
Crucifixion itself, in many forms, is a big theme in mysticism as well as religion. Crucifixion, death, resurrection and pieces of enlightenment is the typical process represented to us time and again by both religion and secret societies.
Pick up any book by Mark Booth (The Secret History of the World) and he’ll point out that this is an allusion to the secretive Greek Mystery schools and secret societies that evolved from them. He thinks it’s part of their initiation ritual where a near death experience is induced through an altered state of consciousness, resulting in enlightenment. I suppose that was basically what happened with the woman whose near death experience Elisa posted a week or so ago. Booth’s book picks out a lot of other similarities between world religion and esoteric occultism and ties them back to mysticism and spirituality, too, including some of the ones we’ve talked about here. He posits that many of the “saviors” throughout different religions and mythologies are representative of the sun, the center of our solar system. The galactic alignment that happens on this year’s winter solstice can be perceived, symbolically, as the crucifixion of our sun, thus it is portrayed in the religions of planet earth, showing many “Sons” of God, born of virgins on the winter solstice, teaching enlightenment, being crucified, and resurrected.
I know there are some people out there who believe all the great prophets – Krishna, Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus, etc. etc. were all messengers of the same thing. It’s pretty much the basis of the Baha’i faith (if you don’t know what Baha’i is, looke here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1′%C3%AD_Faith). I think they were, or at least that’s what their stories are meant to portray (or maybe BOTH). Each put their own spin on it to better relate to their audience, which, coincidentally, is also what the Baha’i believe. Not to mention, history has had its effect on their teachings. Some were written down and a lot of editing went on. Some were meant to be stories told with a side commentary about the meaning, but that portion has been lost and all we’re left with is the fable itself. But the underlying message is there.
*Side story about Baha’i – about three years ago, I used to frequent a Subway during lunch next to my old office. One of the happiest individuals I have ever met worked there. He was a foreigner with a distinct accent that I can’t quite place – possibly Turkish? He was Baha’i. I know this, because he gave me a card and asked me to read about it. If I only knew then what I know now. He would always tell you to smile and ask you for the “secret password” before he would hand you your sandwich. Of course, the secret password was “Love.”
Next week we’re going to talk about the true meaning of Salvation, Biblical prophecy, Revelations, the Rapture, and the “end times.”
Welcome to our channeled mini-series to be aired for the next few Tuesday’s courtesy of blog member, Ash. Please enjoy!
I first came to CE last October – a complete novice on all things spiritual. I can say that it was no accident, we’ve all come here for a reason. Elisa and Erik are the reason I started my own journey, and what a journey it has been. I know that my purpose here, for now, is to help those around me. That seems pretty vague, but I like to think it’s just broad – I can help anyone who is led to me, in whatever way they need at that time. I can only assume that I am getting this partly because my own understanding has grown in leaps and bounds, and continues to do so even now – and I’m now able to make connections between things that I could not see before (Amazing Grace! I once was blind, but now I see!). One of my guides is with me specifically for spiritual development, and I think has been instrumental in my sudden bursts of understanding. The information in this series is actually cobbled together bits and pieces of my conversations with various people over the last couple of months – people who were strangers who not so coincidentally crossed my path. In our conversations, I found that I was saying things that I never knew I knew! I suppose it was truly “remembering.” So I’ve sort of stitched all of those conversations together in a single, fluid explanation which I hope will help everyone at Channeling Erik see the connection between all things spiritual – including religion. So here it goes….
Religion! It’s probably one of the most divisive topics anyone can think of (maybe next to politics – happy election year!). But when you really get down to it – the essence of every religion is the same. Heck, a lot of religions even tend to have overlapping themes.Those who don’t have a deeper spiritual understanding can’t see the links at first glance – they’ll argue about the literal interpretations of two different texts and how they can’t possibly be similar. But other people can look at the themes and find plenty of similarities between many of them – resurrection, born of a virgin, son of god are just a few that we can name that are common among many religions, not just Christianity. Many skeptics would like to use that to discredit religion. “Look, they’re just repeating the same story over and over. Your religion is a farce.”But shouldn’t the fact that certain themes are repeated over and over mean something? I think it’s been relatively theorized (I don’t know how widely accepted, though) that most religions are at least similar, if not all evolved from a single one. I think that is true – I think all religions essentially evolved form a single spiritual truth… and that God (or source) transcends religion. In fact, this is the only thing that possibly make sense to me. A fair and loving God would create us as perfect beings, give us free will to do as we please, and love us unconditionally no matter how bad we fuck up. So how did we get so many different ideas about this “God” and the nature of existence?I think that over time, different cultures and spiritual teachers have latched on to various parts of that single spiritual truth, and re-interpreted it in ways that made sense to them. In that vein, truth can be found in every religion on earth. There is no right one or wrong one – just different interpretations of the same concepts. But over time, we’ve forgotten where it all comes from, and have been reduced to hating that which we perceive as different from ourselves.Reading sites like Channeling Erik and books by New Age authors is what helped me connect these dots.
Scientifically-minded skeptics like to scoff at any and all religious beliefs as well as the supernatural – but technically speaking, science IS their religion. Their doctrine is material information, and their book is tangible, repeatable results. They want “evidence” to prove the existence of a God, but all of reality is subjective-even theirs. And absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. How many spiritual experiences (their evidence!) have they ignored simply because they did not believe it possible? A closed mind is a wasted thing.
Every mental construct that we have created throughout our lives has created a frame of reference, so to speak, for our own version of reality.
What I’ve spent the last nine months trying to do is break down all of those mental barriers- all the conditioned responses, all the social constructs. I’ve referred to it as “unlearning.” All of those things cause us to form an opinion – on everything! That includes Science – it’s focus is the physical, tangible reality. What I’ve found is – you can only see something for what it really is – the Truth – when you have no opinion at all.
I read an example Erik gave us a while back. At the time I thought I understood what it meant, but I realized I didn’t fully comprehend it until just a few days ago. Erik used facets of a diamond, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m going to use a cube.
Say you have this cube – the cube represents Truth. Christians are looking at the right side of the cube. Politics looks at the left side. Scientists are looking at the bottom of the cube. Psychologists look at the top of the cube. And insert any other discipline to look at the front and the back – it doesn’t matter.
Each one of the sides of the cube is Truth. A single side just represents a viewpoint, an opinion, a frame of reference – it’s Truth from one angle – but it’s still Truth. The only way you can see the whole of Truth is to pull back and look at the entire thing objectively – pull away from the single frame of reference. It’s at that point you realize that the whole of it – together – is truth. All of us – the Christians, the Buddhists, the Scientologists and the Scientists are arguing about who is right. But we are all right! We are all looking at the Truth through our own frame of reference and we can’t identify with any of the other frames until we look at the whole cube and not just one side.
We have such a hard time pulling away from a frame of reference (or rather, looking at something objectively) because every single thing we think and do is in some way in relevance to something else – we can’t fully comprehend what a thing means to us without knowing it’s opposite – this is yin and yang – the opposing forces, balancing one another. You can not know what love is, if you do not know fear. That’s why we’re here. To experience and learn. Or more accurately – to experience and remember.
So many people will misinterpret this to mean being able to see both sides of an argument, and it is that, to a certain degree. But “agreeing to disagree” is not what it’s about… because if you agree to disagree, both parties still believe their view is correct – that their view is better than the other, when in fact, that is just an opinion. Sure, there are certain parts of a viewpoint that are based on incorrect information. It happens, and those are the finer points that you can say, “This is incorrect because (insert statement of fact here).” Perhaps it’s just part of the human condition, and that’s why it pervades every aspect of our lives and causes a shit ton of social problems in the process.
So essentially – in ALL THINGS – even where we disagree, we are all looking at the same thing, and describing the same thing – only we each interpret it differently. Those are our subjective psychological realities that we are creating with our thoughts.
So let’s look at a handful of religions to begin with – Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. We know Christianity and Islam are pretty damn similar. But how does Buddhism fit in? Well, I think these are all “dualistic” religions in a way. Christianity has Heaven, it has Hell, it has God and it has Satan. Islam has all of these things too. They are perceived as external forces and places. Both religions’ basic theme boils down to trying to teach people how to think and act, resist Satan’s temptation, in order to obtain heaven – and Christianity in particular, wants to bring that heaven to earth. I don’t know enough about the Koran to know whether or not that is part of their theme, also, but I do know that they have a “Heaven” that they’re trying to get to, too.Now let’s look at Buddhism – I’m not nearly as well schooled in the terminology here, so forgive me if I make a mistake. What I’ve learned of Buddhism comes from New Age stuff. But I think..you have the “ego” which are your thoughts. You have suffering, and the end goal is enlightenment, right? Nirvana?Well look at the parallels here: The “Ego” = Satan, Suffering = Hell, Enlightenment/Nirvana = Heaven… so where does God fit in? God is you- the spirit inside you…the observer of your thoughts.The difference between Christianity/Islam and Buddhism and other Eastern religions and philosophies is that Buddhism teaches you that heaven is a state of being – it internalizes all of the things that Christianity and Islam see as “separate.” So basically… a different way of explaining the same thing.Hinduism and Buddhism have a few things in common, too – meditation and introspection, their state of suffering is the “madness” that we’re all born into, the delusion. They’re trying to work their way out of it via reincarnation – trying to get rid of their Karma so they don’t have to come back anymore. So where does reincarnation link to anything else? Well, the Bible used to have hints of it until they were taken out. Interesting link, no? Two seemingly very different religions with LOTS in common.I think that the underlying messages between most religions (I’m not including stuff like Jehova’s witness, which are just another evolution of the Bible itself…but interestingly enough I have some theories about Scientology and Mormonism as well) goes even deeper than these larger themes. If we take a good look at creation mythology from various religions around the world, we’ll find some interesting similarities between religions and science.Everybody knows the Christian story of creation – God created the Heavens and the Earth, and then the Garden of Eden and all the animals, and then last he created his crowning jewel – Adam, from the earth itself – and he did it all in just seven days. There’s a lot of debate between Creationists and Evolutionists about what we should teach our kids. If the story of creation is real, then the theory that there was a huge space explosion that flung matter into the far corners of the Universe that somehow made an evolutionary leap from stardust to plant life to animal life to humanity over millions of years doesn’t exactly coincide. And a lot of other religions have creation myths that aren’t exactly compatible, either. How can these possibly be the same?The Hebrew word for “Adam” literally means “dust.” We already knew that, right? God made Adam from dust. But did you also know that it can also mean “stardust?” And that “Eve” means “life?” And since Eve was created from Adam’s rib…we could very easily posit “From stardust, God created life.” Wow. Sounds a lot like the big bang, afterall! And God first created the earth, and then the plants, and then the animals and then humans? That sounds a lot like the stages of evolution. And thanks to my friend Thomas, a theology and philosophy student, for enlightening me to the meanings in the Hebrew language.We can also compare that to the Mayan creation myth. The Mayans say God first created the earth, then the plants, then the animals, and then tried to create man three times, but failed. Each time, God created man out of a different substance – first mud, but that didn’t work out, so he destroyed them. Then he tried trees, but that didn’t work out either, and all the tree people fled to the forest and turned into monkeys. Ok…so first men were mud, then men were plants, then men were animals – also sounds a lot like the stages of Evolution. Picking up on a theme here?
In case you’re curious, the final creation of man, according to the Maya – the one that stuck – was corn. They made man out of corn and that was the final version. Does this mean the Maya literally think they came from corn? I doubt it. What you have to ask yourself is: What did corn symbolize to the ancient Maya? See – it’s not always literal. Interestingly enough, the Maya also describe a great flood which destroyed one of the previous creations of man. So does the Bible. Coincidence?
Let’s look at the Hindu creation myth for a second. According to the Hindus, Vishnu, Lord Siva (also known as Maheshwara) and Brahma, are considered as the supreme Trimurti in Hinduism, are not three separate Gods, but three manifestations of the same Supreme soul, Brahman.
In the story, the universe and everything in it was created by Brahma – actually manifested THROUGH Brahma, the creator manifestation of the supreme soul. Let that sink in for a moment – everyone wants to call Hindusim a polytheistic religion because they have 700 some odd Gods, but if my understanding is correct, those 700 gods are manifestations – different aspects or expressions, if you will, of a single God. Kind of like the Holy Trinity on steroids.
In the beginning, there was only Avyactha, or ‘The inexpressible.’ In this emptiness, Lord Vishnu, the preserver appeared (Remember, Vishnu is a manifestation of Brahman) in the form of a child, lying on the leaf of a banyan tree. As soon as he appeared in this form, his mind was filled with doubts about his identity. Then his questions were answered by an unmanned voice- the voice of the supreme soul (Brahman), which is his true form.
Now think about that parallel for a moment – Christians often think they’ve heard the voice of God speak to them. Instead of writing them off as a religious lunatic, as most people would, questioned them further. Having a good understanding of how psychic phenomena works can explain a lot of this. Does the voice come from outside or within? Is it your own voice or a different voice? I would bet that in most cases, when people think they’ve heard the voice of God, they’re really hearing their higher self, or maybe a guardian angel or a guide… although higher self info DEFINITELY comes from within, is very loud and clear and probably pretty “god-like.”
So – you hear a big booming voice in your head, and you call it your higher self. A Christian calls it God. In reality, your higher self, and you, are both manifestations of your true form (God!) so it’s really the same thing from two varying perspectives.
At the moment of Vishnu’s manifestation, his mind was immediately filled with doubts about his true identity. He did not know who he was, he didn’t know that he was a manifestation of Brahman. But why? New Age philosophy teaches that we are born into a state of unknowing – we already know everything there is to know, but we’ve forgotten it, and the purpose of being here is to remember. Spiritists and Mediums speak of the “veil” – the thing that keeps us from knowing that spirits are all around us. Sometimes it’s referred to as “The Veil of Forgetfulness” – we move from the spirit realm into an incarnated body (like Vishnu did) and we forget who we really are. So, from the moment of our birth, we are filled with unknowing – no knowledge of who we were. No knowledge about this world, a state of innocence, for sure, but also a state of doubt about our original identity.
Is there a biblical parallel to this? You betcha. Adam and Eve were innocent in the Garden of Eden. They had no knowledge of good and evil until that embarrassing apple incident. Once they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge, their eyes were opened to duality, and they were cast out of Eden… paradise. Being “cast out of Eden” is analogous to leaving the spirit realm – to be born into a physical body and experience the good and evil of duality. And we pass through the veil on the way – forgetting who we are, like Vishnu. But we always have access to home, by looking within.
Thanks for you insight, Ashley! You never cease to amaze us all.
All of us have crossed roads. Okay, hit roadblocks, no, brick walls from time to time: religious friends and family members whose eyes either glaze over, widen with fear, or narrow in scorn whenever we talk about our spiritual beliefs. Well, Erik has some, ahem, advice for us for the next time we stumble on this challenge.
Me: When a religious person asks for help reconciling their religious beliefs with spirituality, what do we tell them? How do we help?
Jamie: He’s already answering, but it’s so inappropriate.
Me (sighing): I bet.
Jamie: He’s horsing around. He says, “You look at ‘em and you tell ‘em, “Baptists are full of bullshit!”
Jamie: He’s laughing.
Me: Oh, Whitney Houston is not going to like that, because she was a devout Baptist. By the way, Robert channels Whitney all the time and she keeps referring to herself as Nippy. That’s kind of funny.
Me: Anyway, sorry that I digressed. Go ahead.
Erik: So, everybody, human wise, feels comfortable if there are similarities, and within every religion, there is a mystic vein. And within that mystic vein is where there is all the spirituality, where there are all the morals, where there is everything is that “spiritual people” live by, and so you encourage them to find that vein within their own religion. Once they can identify that within their own religion, it’ll make them comfortable with the ideas and they might start seeing how their original religion is starting to confine them.
Erik: Confining them in ways they’re not comfortable with.
Me: Yeah. Interesting.
Jamie: He’s talking about how in the case of the Jewish religion it would be the Kabbalah—
Erik: It’s straight in the Bible. There’s everything. How about The Book of the Dead?
Me: From the Tibetans?
Erik: You know there are documents older than this that even talk about how spirituality doesn’t need to be confined by religion to be valued.
Me: Yeah, exactly.
Erik: Really, that’s what people are looking for. But if they’re already seated in a religion, I would encourage them to go through that religion to find the underbelly of spirituality. You can’t knock somebody out of a religion and encourage them to embrace only spirituality. That’s so fucking lame. That’s the biggest bullshit you’ll ever hear. You can’t encourage someone to be spiritual They’re doing it on their own. You can’t say, “Come to our team!” There’s no fucking team. Religions do that shit, not spirituality. There’s the difference.
Me: So no proselytizing.
By the way, I just finished reading blog member, Sheri Perl’s book, Healing From the Inside Out, and recommend it to anyone interested in healing illnesses in ways that Erik has shared with us time and time again: nontraditionally, spiritually. I’ve also read her book Lost and Found: A Mother Connects Up With Her Son iIn Spirit shortly after Erik died. Because her son, Danny, lost his life to suicide, I found it heart wrenching, but because it gave me evidence of life after life, I also found it uplifting. A good read. Thanks, Sheri.
Many of you who have been raised in a particular faith such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc. really grapple with the conflict of how to remain true to that faith and still embrace concepts of spirituality: the absence of Hell, past lives and reincarnation, perspectives on suicide and much, much more. Here, Erik tries to explain this a bit while giving us a glimpse into how organized religion will evolve in the future.
Me: In 2012, what it the role of organized religion?
Jamie: In this year, what is the role of organized religion?
Jamie (laughing hard): He gave me the image of a baby pacifier, like lots of them.
Me: Oh, no!
Jamie: On street corners—really big ones.
Erik: Just to help people pacify and find a connection. A wiser question would be to ask what kind of role it will play in 2015, 2020, 2025 and more in the future, because they are going to dwindle out. They’re going to be more places where we learn how to be better people. Rather than learning how to connect to a god that’s been defined by them, they’ll be learning how to connect to the god that’s inside of us.
Me: Ah, I love that idea!
Erik: That’s way out, but we’ll get there.
Me: Yeah. The same guy asks this: Two of the major religions believe that people outside their faith are either infidels or are going to hell for not accepting Jesus. That doesn’t come across as inclusive or loving. How do the people of those faiths reconcile that duality? How can they say that and turn around and say that God is merciful and embraces everybody? That’s such a great question!
Erik laughs hard.
Erik: That’s the glitch in the system that we’ve all been talking about. Clearly, this reader has been able to identify it himself, but the people who are in it can’t see it. They can’t see, you know, that in—
Jamie (to Erik): What is that? The tree for the forest? You mean the forest for the trees, Erik!
Erik: Yeah! Oops. And that’s where we, the people who do comprehend, extend compassion and just let them be who they need to be and wait for the day when they want to wake up.
Me: Okay. So, in other words, they don’t reconcile that duality.
Erik: No, it’s not even on their marker. That’s like—
Jamie (laughing, to Erik): What? Between Hell and Heaven? Why is that funny?
Me: Because that’s duality, I guess.
Erik: Because they say God is omnipresent; God is omni-being—
Erik: Omniscient. But Hell is supposed to be the absence of God? How do you reconcile that duality, Baby?
Me: Yeah, really!
Erik: It’s that human need to measure, compare and contrast, and it does NOT work in the spiritual realm. But religion is that place in between being human and being spiritual, so they hold onto both concepts, and it doesn’t roll well.
Me: Ah, interesting.
Jamie (a bit stunned): Okay. Brilliant!
Me: You’re really doing well today, Erik! I’m very impressed with you, today. Of course I’m impressed every time we talk.
Jamie (giggling): He scruffs his hair up when you gave him the complement.
Me: Okay, here’s a question from a blog member. “With Obama’s recent acceptance of gay marriage, many faith-based people are having conversations about the Bible’s take on homosexuality being an abomination. What’s Erik’s feeling on the absolute truth of the Bible? Was it written by God or man and why do so many of the spiritual leaders around the world all take that line of the Bible about homosexuality literally?”
Erik: It’s with any story. You only take from it what you need. The Bible was not written by God’s hand Himself. It was channeled through a human, and if it’s channeled through a human, it goes through a filter.
Me: So, I guess God doesn’t have an opposable thumb, huh? Can’t hold that pencil by Himself.
Jamie laughs hard.
Jamie: My god, that made him laugh. He’s teasing about God not being a primate.
Erik: Getting back to the idea that you take from the story what you need. So, if you’re twelve, you’re taking a different moral, you’re taking a different perspective, and it feeds your soul for what it can understand at that moment in time. And as you get older it changes and morphs into different meanings, but that’s the beautiful thing about a story. Also, when the story is written, it’s written to the market that was alive at the time. We have a completely new market, but yet this Bible has never changed! We’ve evolved; we’ve changed as a society, culture, human, collection of beliefs and understandings, but yet we have this Bible that was filtered through people who were living in a time that doesn’t relate to us at all—except human relationships. Well, even our human relationships have evolved.
Me: Yeah, true.
Erik: It’s a good story, and I think people should invest the time in all religions like the Tibetan Book of the Dead—read all of these scripts and take from it what you want, what you need.
Me: Your personal truth.
Erik: Yeah. But I wouldn’t go and push it onto people by knocking on their doors and telling them these are facts. Excuse me, but—
Jamie (to Erik, laughing): That made no sense!
Jamie (clearing throat): Alright.
Erik: We don’t even know if God is male or female. God is combined energy of masculine/feminine. Angels that have not reincarnated to Earth hold both the masculine and feminine energy just like God. Why on earth do we fight so hard to have men and women separate? It makes no sense! The lesson on Earth is to love.
Erik: Great, so the lesson on Earth is really to love so on Earth people need struggle and feel pain to learn how to define what love is. That’s the beauty of Earth—that you have to have the extremes to understand the concepts. But we don’t need the extremes to use as a measuring stick. So, we have the struggles: men who love men, women who love women, men who want to be women and vice versa—just all of it. But the truth of the matter is we’re not allowing an environment to support these people in learning how to love. And shame on us for doing that.
Me: God, yes. Shame on us. So, are you both feminine and masculine, Erik? Have you gotten in touch with your feminine side?
Erik: Yes, I have.
Jamie: But he quickly grabbed his crotch and said a few words I won’t repeat.
Me: Oh, Erik. What am I going to do with you?
Jamie: I’ll just say he still has his parts.
We both sigh.
Jamie (firmly to Erik): No, don’t. I don’t want to see anything, Erik.
Me (laughing): He sure does like to tease you, Jamie!
Jamie: Don’t Erik! I’m leaving the room!
Erik (laughing mischievously): You can’t leave me! I can show up anywhere!
Jamie: I know! That’s the terrible thing!!
Me: Ah!!! The curse of Erik!
We all laugh.
Me: Maybe we should move along.
Don’t forget to share Channeling Erik with family and friends so the love will spread. After all, that’s the plan!
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their warm wishes and flattering comments for my daughter, Kristina and her new husband, Houston Braly. They’re on a short honeymoon in Paris and the French Riviera where the weather is now gorgeous probably having the time of their lives.
Second, I sent all of your tributes to Jamie on Mother’s Day and she was beyond touched. What a beautiful gift you all have given her–well-deserved and incredibly poignant. I’m sure it tugged on some heartstrings. So, again, thank you so much.
Third, Betty Daniel, along with Erik, has published Part Two of their novel, Second Chances. If you’d like a free copy, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure you don’t put an “s” after daniel. That was a common mistake when she offered Part One. Also, make certain you specify whether you want Part One, Part Two or both. Thanks, Betty and Erik!
Okay, finally to the main event today: Blog member, Michael M. sent me the most exciting link yesterday: proof that things are shifting in the right direction!
Last, I feel compelled to share a bit more on what you all have written about what Erik means to you. I guess I’m missing him. It was hard not having him in the physical to see his big sister walk down the aisle and to share Mother’s Day with me.
This is for you, Sweetie:
Erik has given me Faith… does that even make sense? Erik has shown me Love. Because of (you and) Erik I now can face death (others and eventually mine) with new acceptance.
Thank you for sharing your most personal, precious and often heartbreaking experiences with everyone in order for us all to learn and grow from them.
I am mom to three teenagers and my youngest son’s name is Erik too! I love and appreciate Erik’s young, fresh, honest perspective and his patience, willingness and availability to answer our questions about the aferlife as well as questions about our loved ones and the lives we are living now. Erik is so joyful and the information he relates makes sense, it has the ring of truth, being consistent with other related material I’ve read.
I think I saw Erik one night as I was coming out of a nap in my chair with the TV on. I only saw his torso down. He had his hands in his jean pockets and was wearing a red and blue checkered shirt. just had the thought that it was him.
I told my daughter about him and warned her that he may prank her sometime, just to give her a “heads-up”!
The work you, Erik and Jamie are doing is truly wonderful, bringing enlightenment, hope and peace to so many.
Thanks so much for everything! I don’t mind if you use my name.
You and Erik helped me with an issue that was eating me inside, terrible and embarrasing as it was… and didn`t judge me. For that I`ll always thank you both.
I’m so glad you asked this question. Erik has actually been there for me when I needed him. When I lost my soulmate – accidental suicide OD- I was devastated. I stumbled upon this site and have never left since. That was 20 months ago. I prayed that Erik would somehow let me know this was an accident, my love was safe. I grew up with so many misconceptions about suicide and how you never make it to a peaceful afterlife. You wouldn’t believe the messages and signs I received. I talked to a physic- she said my love was with another man, someone helping him and not to worry. Everything was explained and made sense. I met Erik in a dream, sweet, concerned look on his face for me and very busy. He was moving and had a mess on his hands. I begged Erik to help my love manifest in a dream. At last, I had my last goodbye- a wonderful kiss – so real from my love. At last, closure thanks to your wonderful, heavy-hearted boy. Thank you Erik. I love you my Raymond forever.
Enjoy the final part of Jesus’s interview. I know some of us, including me, will have withdrawal symptoms!
Me: So, what do you think of the state of humanity now?
Jesus: It is what it is suppose to be. When you remove yourself from the human life, you’re able to see the possibilities. The possibilities that we see are not yet exposed to the masses on Earth. I know that there is an opportunity for the people for a great exponential growth.
Me: Mm hm.
Erik: Can you please share about when that will be and how that will impact the people that are still there?
Jesus: When inventions and spirituality come together.
Me: So, science and spirituality will be bridged in some way?
Me: When will that be? Another twenty years, another five years?
Jesus: It will start reaching—
Jamie (to Jesus): Uh, yeah.
(Pause as Jamie looks back and forth between Jesus to Erik)
Jamie: Everyone’s having a conversation right now.
Jesus: It will start to leak out in about four more years about what’s already been done, and then from there, it will take about ten years for everything that’s already been done to really come to light and really be explained, because it’s going to affect how you learn, who you are, what the school systems do, what businesses are based on, and what beliefs are based on. It will affect everything.
Me: Oh gosh, yeah. Absolutely. Is everything in the Bible true? Is it basically a spiritual document?
Jesus: Back in the day that it was written, it was considered very enlightening, but over time, people have outgrown it. The morals are still true, but the stories they weave around them are being taken too literally when in truth they are written by humans with personal perspectives or personal opinions.
Me: So, it gets distorted. Eckhart Tolle talks about how some of the things you say get taken too literally. Is he on the right path?
Jamie: Wow, does he do that in the book?
Me: Yeah, he does that in “A New Earth.” It’s really great. So, Jesus, do you have any messages for humanity?
Jesus: The work must come from within, not out.
Jesus: The work must be internal so that you may then begin to create a community.
Me: Would you say that the most important thing is to recognize—and by recognizing therefore destroy the ego?
Jesus nods his head yes.
Me: Okay. Does the ego have a purpose?
Me: And what is that, to create the illusion of separation, to create duality and contrast, or none of the above?
Jamie: The way he shows it in my head is the ego is the foundation of the house. It has it’s own place; it shouldn’t be on every floor; it shouldn’t be on every board that built the house; it shouldn’t be in every piece of artwork and furniture—
Me: So, you have to have that space—that inner space of conscious awareness that is devoid of ego?
Me: Okay. What would you like to tell us that we don’t know or that we’ve totally misunderstood about you?
Jamie (giggling): Oh, that created laughter!
Me: Oh, good! I made Jesus laugh!
Jamie (laughing): And, um, Mr. Crisp thinks Jesus is a very good-looking man!
Jesus: One physical misconception is that I have brown eyes, not blue. Another misconception is that I was specific in who I would speak to—that I was very private. That is very untrue. It was actually the disciples around me that felt like they needed to protect me. It was why I gave the Sermon on the Mount, talking so freely to so many people. It’s was why I chose to walk from city to city so that I could reach others. I did not judge if you believed my word or not. I loved you just the same. Third misconception: I do not condemn people. I do not stop people from reaching God.
Me: So, it’s not like if you don’t believe in Jesus, you go straight to Hell? There’s not the big rapture where everybody dies except those who have been baptized or who have accepted you as their Savior?
I can’t remember the exact prerequisites.
Me: Well, of course, that never made much sense to me. Was that all created as a power play by man or is it just an honest misinterpretation?
Jesus: It’s a power play by man.
Me: Yeah. Okay. One more question. What about the Shroud of Turin? Was that yours?
Jamie: Oh, are you talking about the face on the—
Jamie: Erik asked that earlier, but he never responded, and we kept talking. When he talked about the tomb—that’s when Erik asked him.
(Long pause as Jamie listens to Jesus explains)
Jamie (to Jesus): Okay.
Jamie: So, it is.
Me: It is him or it’s not?
Jamie: It IS him.
Me: It is him. Okay. Well, Jesus, thank you so very much. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Jesus: I give you my thanks especially in the desire to seek honesty not driven by curiosity or (unintelligible) or money.
Me: Oh, of course not. Okay, well, I love you. I really do.
Jesus: I love you, too.
Me: Aw, bye.
Jamie: He waves. He walks through the wall. Phew.
Me: Are you okay?
Jamie: Yeah; it’s much better when he got on the other side of the room. The closer he got, the harder it got for me to, you know.
Me: Was it a good feeling or a bad one? Was it an overwhelming joy or—
Jamie: I’ll freak out when we turn Skype off!
Me: I bet so!
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On October 6, 2009, my 20-year-old son Erik, took his own life. Since that sad and tragic day, an overwhelming sense of grief and despair propelled me into a search for answers. Answers that would provide me and others with comfort and hope. Some of those answers came from the many books I bought, but many came from an unexpected source…Erik, himself. read the story »
Then, I suggest you start with the very first post. In doing so you can follow my journey just as I did, through the inexplicable, inconceivable, and yet utterly undeniable surprises that I have encountered since my son''s death.