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01 - Ascension of the Gods

Admit It and Change Everything

Define and narrow me, you starve yourself of yourself.
Nail me down in a box of cold words, that box is your coffin.
I do not know who I am.
I am in astounded lucid confusion.
I am not a Christian, I am not a Jew, I am not a Zoroastrian,
And I am not even a Muslim.
I do not belong to the land, or to any known or unknown sea.
Nature cannot own or claim me, nor can Heaven,
Nor can India, China, Bulgaria,
My birthplace is placelessness,
My sign to have and give no sign.
you say you see my mouth, ears, nose--they are not mine.
I am the life of life.
I am that cat, this stone, no one.
I have thrown duality away like an old dishrag,
I see and know all times and worlds,
As one, one, always one.
So what do I have to do to get you to admit who is speaking?
Admit it and change everything!
This is your own voice echoing off the walls of God.

(Rumi, 1207 - 1273 AD)

Heaven is a state of ignorance and bliss. Hell is a state of knowledge and suffering. These are the conditions and the terms of enlightenment as set forth by the ruling powers that have been agreed upon by the collective consciousness today. Our hopes, wishes, wants and desires have led us away from necessity into a world where everyone constantly strives to avoid the truth of existence, and place themselves into a reality where everything is good, and life is eternal. This has been seen through the whole of recorded history, up to and including this latest incarnation of religious doctrine and domination. The story that is being taught and accepted today is that through a “good,” right life, you will live forever in the Kingdom of God, while through an “evil,” wrong life, you will be condemned to hell to suffer eternally. According to the current doctrine, ones ultimate goal is eternal life in God’s Kingdom. While the story is in part true, the motivations and the methods have been misinterpreted over the years.

Every couple thousand years, an astrological tick occurs in the time scale of our universe. Our planet, however, has only survived another hour. From our point of view as a species, another day has passed. As an individual human, we come to see the end of an age. This latest age, the Age of Pisces has come and gone. We are now in the Age of Aquarius. The age of the Water Bearer. With this coming of an age, we see the resurgence of another cosmic event that usually goes unseen except by the most observant of eyes. The succession of the current god by the next incarnation of god. Most people are convinced that God is an omnipotent being that is always the same through out time. This does not fit with the laws of the cosmos though. The only constant is change. Each incarnation of god has a time limit to his rule, and then the next soul in line for succession to the throne must earn his chance to take the Throne of God. This happened to one god thousands of years ago.

The earth is on a tilt. The axis has a "wobble" effect, called the precessional, that is noticed only after a period of a couple thousand years. As the earth spins about its axis, the axis rotates through each of the constellations of the zodiac in reverse. Instead of moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, it moves from Sagittarius to Scorpio. Each of these periods of time, called an Age, is infused with the astrological influences of each of those signs.

 

(pic of precessional)



While many skeptics and pragmatists will argue their influence until the day they die, there can be no denying that these influences are apparent. Even in each of the gods that are from the most recent past, as described in countless religious books and documents from throughout history. The most recent ones being the core “Islamic/Judeo/Christian” belief structures. They are those of Lucifer, God and Jesus. Each one of these has had their time, and used it for what they wanted to use it for. They correspond with the last three ages. The ages of Taurus, who’s key words are “I Have”; the age of Aries, who’s key words are “I Am”; and the age of Pisces, who’s key words are “I Believe”. These along with their attributed influences are very apparent in the methods of each of these gods. We will start around 6000 years ago, in the age of Taurus.

As I said before, the key words for Taurus are “I Have.” Those born under the sign of Taurus, be they gods or humans, are often fond of beauty and sensuality. They enjoy the good things in life. While they remain calm in a panic and are slow to anger, they can and will explode into rage when pushed. They can be quite stubborn at times, and will continue to their objectives “in the face of all odds.” They tend to be self indulgent, proud, materialistic and argumentative, though those are only some of their worse qualities. These are developed because of the confidence that they have gained over their lives. They are very proud of what they have earned. They are also very loving, gentle and loyal, though persistent and thorough. Contrary to popular belief, most of these things are not in the slightest “wrong” though some of them can be considered “evil.” As come around the time of the Ascension of the Gods though, these things come into question in the propaganda of the next god in line.

In all the accounts of “Satan” or Lucifer: the Morning Star, we see many of the qualities and characteristics of Taurus. The proud, good looking, deceptively lovely yet determined ego. Lucifer was a god dedicated to beauty and wisdom. He was as the Morning Star, the most beautiful being that our creation had ever seen. He ruled with the book of knowledge open to anyone who asked, and gave this knowledge freely because he knew that only through experience, would anyone develop pride in themselves to learn how to properly use such knowledge. Only by trial and error would man learn how to avoid failure and accept responsibility for his own actions. 

Love work.
Constructive labor
is vital to balanced living.

Hate authority. Reality alone is true.
No matter how famous the mouth,
check the words against experience.

Do not become intimate with power.
There is nothing we can control
beyond our own doing.
Relinquish power, embrace Reality,
and do what must be done.

(Shemaya, Pirke Avot 1:10)

This led to many different paths, created by man, as man is the one who ultimately chooses what knowledge he wants and how he uses it. Through the gift of free will, God gave up his authority to tell any soul what to do. It comes down, at any point in time, to whether or not you want to make your own decisions and suffer with the truth of the knowledge you gain, or to waive your right to free will to become an instrument of God and always do his bidding.

When time passes, and gods become old, they come upon a time where they either ascend to be part of the godhead, or remain in existence to watch and observe. This succession of power usually comes around the turn of an age. At the end of each age, a change of command ensues, to remove one god from power and bring another to the throne. When this happens, the armies of souls, be they angelic or human, will usually split. This separation tends to occur along the lines of loyalties. Some souls remain loyal to their god and his ways, while others respect the change of command and follow the next god. Some are led by only one, while others can only follow the rest. This will almost always lead to conflict over regime changes. It could conceivably lead to a war. Holding the upper hand, God overpowered Lucifer and his followers, and power changed hands. Now instead of a balance of good and evil, the regime became filled with darkness that thought it was light and it became an evil that masquerades as good.

Now that power had changed hands, and we had come into the Age of Aries, we must look at the influences attributed to this period of time. The key words of Aries are “I Am”, and people born under this sign usually tend to be quite youthful and impulsive. They can be crude, pushy and overly aggressive, even to the point of violence. They are not self-conscious like many children, and quick to anger and forgiveness alike. They also tend to like physical and social activity. These are many of the attributes and descriptions of the God of old. Wrathful and vengeful, a god that would smite you for your blasphemies, though he could love you if you strictly adhered to his commandments.

“Christianity…officially asks children of sorrow to be joyful and sinners to find a childlike purity; it asks them to love a god who one day will destroy the world and who will condemn them to hell if they do not adore him.” 
(Jane Roberts, “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events” p.66)

He was childishly passionate, excitable, audacious and quick tempered. His enthusiasm led to his need to enact many of his own policies and procedures into existence, and then when they didn’t work out, he would abandon them in the interests of something new. He was highly competitive, and consequently very insecure as a child would be. “I Am that I Am” is the name that he gives himself according to the Old Testament. How much more like an Aries could he be?

In the biblical stories, man’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden is a classic example of the misinterpretation of the accepted doctrine. As the story goes, man was innocent and living in a perfect utopia where there was no evil and no wrong. In the garden though, there stood the Tree of Knowledge, whose fruit was forbidden to taste. One day, a serpent came into the garden and tempted man with the fruit of the tree. Man took the fruit and ate it against God’s will. This defiance angered God, and man was exiled from paradise forever. This has been called man’s Fall from Grace, and has been used for centuries to identify man as an inherently bad and sinful soul. This led the church and the priesthood to assume responsibility for the institution of God’s laws and eventually, after God became Jesus, for cleansing man of his sins through repentance and forgiveness, to bring man back to God, through Jesus Christ, in whom eternal life would be granted in the Kingdom of God. This is not quite how things work though, and it stems back to the war in Heaven, as this was the source of the modern conflict of interest between good and evil.
Lucifer had a regime that was free and forth coming with knowledge. He knew that the consequences of any knowledge would present themselves through the many actions and reactions that resulted from the use of such knowledge. This is the best way for people to learn. Unless people make mistakes or fail, they will never fully understand the responsibility, capabilities or shortcomings of any bit of knowledge. The same occurs if the “right” answers are handed to you on a silver platter. The knowledge is present, but the experience is not, and that is unwise. Without experience, knowledge is never truly understood, and misuse and abuse are likely to occur. This incarnation of God has a stance that people should be either protected from themselves, or not allowed to advance too far. This would be in the interests of preserving innocence and blissful ignorance, while limiting the growth of the human minds on earth at the same time. Without truth in knowledge, people do not know the true potential of their individual consciousness, and therefore never try to attain it. 

“We have never told anybody to do anything, except to face up to the abilities of consciousness.”
(Seth, April 19, 1978)

This leaves people in a weakened state, dependent on the experience of others to properly run their own lives. Here is where corruption and misinterpretation of the word comes in. People with the experience of life, the “educated few,” were put in positions of power over others. They were now in the position of dictating their opinions of the “proper” way to proceed in life, while using the experience that they had for personal gain. God believed that his way was the only right way, and sought to keep the knowledge from people, lest they see him for what he is and he looses his power over the people. Power is, after all, limited by what the masses will actually sanction and let you get away with.

Relating this to the story of Eden, it looks more like this. Man was in this utopian garden with no worries. Nothing to do with his time, except think. Now what usually happens when you have too much time to think? This led to mans desire to know more. When God would not provide this knowledge, he turned to an alternate approach, as the knowledge was in the garden itself, in the form of the fruit on the Tree of Knowledge. Outside the Judeo-Christian faith, a serpent is associated with wisdom and immortality. When Lucifer, in the form of a serpent, pointed out the fruit on the tree, man made a choice to taste the fruit and gain more knowledge. This led him to realize that the utopia he lived in was not real, but a construct that God had created. He learned that staying in the garden would impair his search for truth, so he decided to leave and to experience the world for himself. Once this decision was made, with the warnings provided, man knew that he would not be able to return to an ignorant state of bliss without relinquishing his search for truth and asking forgiveness. He would have to give up his gift of free will and become an instrument of the will of God. He decided, then, that it was more important to make his own decisions, rather than remain a slave to God. This caused his “Fall from Grace.” The grace of an insecure, controlling dictator!

As man saw more of this fearful, controlling side of God, he began to turn away to better hopes. When this began happening, God saw and knew that his time was coming up, and that the people were no longer following his laws out of fear. They were beginning to believe in something better, something more than just being good. Something called hope. Here is where God made a choice that averted a potentially disastrous conflict. God decided to change. He found that His old ways were no longer of any use, and that in order to retain control, he would have to offer up some hope. Now, He needed people to believe in him rather than to fear him. The control he exercised until now had its desired effect. There was no successive candidate to become the next incarnation of god. He would sit on the Throne for another Age. In order that he would be believed though, he would need to do something much more. He would have to come to earth himself, as a human with the power of a god, to begin his new ministry. As the story goes, He came as the “Son of God,” through the “Immaculate Conception,” to be born as “Jesus, the Christ.” 

Now we see the transition from the Age of Aries to the Age of Pisces. The key words for Pisces are “I Believe.” Those born under this sign tend to have a difficult time coping and attempt to transcend life through ethereal arts like music, mysticism and religion. They tend towards escaping their daily problems through daydreaming and possibly even other types of mind or mood altering activities. They can be sensitive and impressionable, melancholy and usually lack the ability to resist their environment. Does this sound familiar? If not simply because there was nothing else being taught, those born under this sign become a product of their environment, and tend to keep their “real” selves secret. They are introspective yet lack confidence. This means that they will be more than happy to believe in someone or something that offers them a non-tangible yet self-fulfilling and oddly perceptible solution to their problems. This is what God became. 
“And whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Through his life, the gospel was heard and written and preached. Its means were for eternal life in the Kingdom of God and its method were through baptism and/or eventually becoming “born again” to God, through Jesus. Now with a prize like that, people were quick to stand and be counted, as they began believing in this eternal life thorough Jesus Christ. This was reinforced though, by the fear of eternal damnation and suffering in hell, as per the methods that God was accustomed to. Now, a few carefully worded changes to the “Word of God” created the “Gospel of Jesus Christ.” This started a whole new age of misinterpretations and opinions being preached by the disciples, apostles and eventual ministers of the gospel. One major change was this “Kingdom of God,” and the idea that it was the entirety of Heaven and that it was apart from the earth. Another change was the image used to convey Heaven. It became streets paved with gold. While standing behind claims that the streets are paved in gold because God does not value it, the image is clearly used to entice man’s materialistic desires and create in him the desire to go to Heaven. What they do not realize is that the earth is the Kingdom of God, and that it is only one part of Heaven.

The “Kingdom,” according to the ancient Hebrew Tree of Life, is the lowest realm in existence. It is the place where the physical world exists. Eternal life in the “Kingdom of God” is continual rebirth of the soul in this realm without the possibility of ascending back through successive realms to reunite with or return to the godhead. This could possibly have resulted from a misinterpretation, but could have also stemmed from God’s intent on stunting the growth of the soul, or impeding the progress a consciousness could make before it ever gained the ability to compete.

18 The foolishness of God is wiser than men
19 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
20 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
21 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
22 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not god, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
23 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
24 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
25 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
26 Because of the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
27 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
28 But God Hath Chosen the foolish things of the world, to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty;
29 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence...

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in the world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”
20 And again, “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”

(Paul, 3-64 AD, I Corinthians 1:18-29; 3:18-20)


This fear of loosing control led God to use fear in his doctrines, because he knew how effectively it controled him, how completely the fear of loosing control consumed him like a fire. This takes the loving, caring notion of God and turns him into a jealous, fearful dictator who used fear to control the growth of people who listened to his word. While his intentions of limiting the eternal suffering of the soul seem good on some level, they eventually come out as misconceptions that have done far more damage than they were ever intended to do. “Many villains do not see themselves as villains, and many villains have good intent.” (neo_born_anew, http://www.bolt.com) While God may have had good intentions in keeping the truth from us, the blind acceptance of data that he hands down removes the learning process from our consciousness and renders it weak and useless. This creates one of the fundamental flaws of our culture. No need to question and investigate, no mistakes or failures, no responsibility learned, no skills for coping with the real world developed. What happens then, when God is not there for you, and you must make your own way? 

Effort is its own reward.

We are here to do.
And through doing to learn;
and through learning to know;
and through knowing to experience wonder;
and through wonder to attain wisdom;
and through wisdom to find simplicity;
and through simplicity to give attention;
and through attention
to see what needs to be done... 

(Ben Hei Hei, Pirke Avot 5:27)

In order to make your own way, you must go against the will of God. You must be able to learn and ask questions and use your own will. Here is where one may look to Lucifer or one of the many other incarnations of knowledge. Here is where man would choose to taste of the forbidden fruit, out of necessity rather than defiance. Once you woke up to this realization, you would either continue on with your newfound free will, continue doing the will of God, or might be “born again” to Jesus to continue serving his will. For those who valued the truth greater, there would be no turning back. The choice would be made to continue the development of consciousness and remove yourself from the pre-defined path of fate to the variable paths of destiny. Is yours a self determined destiny to which you may choose whatever path you will, or is it a predetermined fate or path that you must stay loyal to regardless of what the end may be? These are only some of the decisions that must be made by a consciousness on its path toward the godhead.

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