A Seed Is A Star A Star Is A Seed – Stevie Wonder There is only one will- the Universal Will. In order to make anything happen on this plane, one must align one’s self with the Universal Spirit. The Lord’s Prayer says it succinctly, “Nevertheless it is not my will but Thy will […]
A young girl asked her grandfather, “Does God Control the Physical Universe?” His answer was, “ Well, it’s complicated.”
An analysis of Eastern and Western belief systems supports the belief that God, the Universal Spirit or Pure Energy is the root cause of everything. However, due to the level of effluvia present on earth, also known as the negative energy veil, (aka evil) oftentimes we don’t recognize God’s influence. Nor are we in a position to properly align ourselves with that energy as a consequence of the buildup of the negative energy veil (e-veil). We must find our own space docking mechanism and clean up all the space debris so that a clean connection can be made. The goal of most world religions and spiritual practices is to give us sufficient tools with which to clean our respective mechanisms so that a connection can occur.
While some debate mysticism vs. esotericism, I don’t think there is a distinction. Mysticism and Esotericism both are means to find God directly. Such writings inculcate various means of clearing away the negative energy veil so we can see the truth about our existence and make an unfettered connection with the Spirit.
As a result of esoteric and mystical teachings being withheld, syncretism is necessary for spiritual advancement. We must meld the various teachings from different beliefs to find a complete picture of the truth. Unfortunately, most religions discourage syncretism. They state that their path is the only path and deviations therefrom will not lead one to the truth. I love reading the works of Paramahansa Yogananda. He readily engaged in syncretism to reach a broad audience. One of his Hindu concepts that is echoed in many other Hindu works is the concept of levels of degradation. It is believed that at one time we were all part of the Great Whole which most of us call God. It is believed that God’s gift to us was to allow us to become separate entities and to experience sensations and engage in Maya. The goal was for us to enhance our spirits through the various experiences that come through living many lifetimes. However, the focus upon experiences shifts our focus away from God. As we branch out, each step we take away from God is a further degradation. We create layers of “junk” through things such as hurt feelings, unrequited love, and through feelings associated with being the victims of hate or injustice. We give the things that have happened to us too much power. They, in our minds, define who we are. Thus, the layers of separation, the negative energy veil between God and us, is created.