Are you ready for a fundamental shift…
This is long. I make no apologies. This is deep. If you’re not interested in keeping an open mind and pondering your Life long and deep, then it’s probably not for you. Or if you don’t have time right now… set it aside and come back later. I’ll wait right there.
Over the last several weeks we’ve been exploring a historical journey which, if you’ve been really thinking, has potentially told you volumes about what has contributed to, and created, not only current society but the mindset upon which it’s founded. This obviously is inclusive of your own.
While the journey we’re taking thus far has been quite lengthy for the blog world… I can assure you it’s much accelerated as you consider that we’re spanning over 12,000 years.
Now why does this make any difference to growing your business, increasing your fulfillment in all areas, expanding your life? Why should you care?
Because if you don’t know how you ended up where you are; and why you do what you do… you won’t know what must be done to move forward in a new direction. Do you follow?
Creating the life your intention is as much about letting go of that which no longer serves you, as it is about embracing that which does.
If you don’t know your internal software and operating system you won’t know what needs to be transformed, replaced or reprogrammed. Recognition is the first law of learning and transformation.
By the way… if you happen to consider yourself fairly non-religious, non-spiritual. Agnostic, or even an atheist, you may think all this exploration of the evolution of consciousness and how mankind thinks of its deity not important. Let me strongly urge you to think again. I submit that it’s very important for you. In fact it’s vital!
If you don’t know the pages of your life story that have led you to today…
Chances are great you won’t know where your stories going tomorrow
Christianity (which we’re quickly coming upon), and its fundamental tenets have indoctrinated every single social structure in our world… including government and commerce. And if you’re really open to see this… you’ll realize that this includes your psyche as well—irrespective of your current conscious beliefs.
If you’re paying attention, this brief journey through time is showing us that the way we worship and how we define our deity is how we build our institutions; and our lives. Did you get that? Please read that again.
Mankind’s ultimate search for meaning and fulfillment cannot be denied.
One of the things that history proves, is that every new Era begins with a social stressor which triggers intense polarization. By the way, our personal lives are identically the same. Please ponder that one as you attempt to completely de-stress your life. Nothing grows or evolves without stress. Nothing.
Nowhere is this more evident in our current environment, than between the Democratic and Republican party; also between fundamental religion and the prosperity preachers/personal development teachers.
We’re on the precipice of a new emergent. I’m calling this Innate Ability Development™ but ultimately that’s just a label. Call it, or label it, what you will for labels are ultimately meaningless. (Reference Ask James Anything Live Part 1). Regardless, my experience proves it self-evident that a total shift is brewing in our world.
Okay, so let’s continue.
In 166 B.C.E. the age of Pisces dawned with a new promise of order and enlightenment. The basic Solar Myth that originally worshiped the literal Sun (as well as various Sun Gods), crystalized and transmuted into scores of religions worshiping (and receiving salvation) from a dying and resurrecting Godman. Please read that again.
This death and resurrection was modeled after the Suns journey across the heavens to “die” in the West, and be “reborn” in the East the following day. Do you get this? Slow down and ponder… please consider the implications.
It’s not that difficult to see how a primitive consciousness would worship the great star and source of light and life on the planet. But as consciousness evolved, we personified and projected the death and rebirth of the Sun and Nature onto our teachers. Another one to ponder deeply—for it is deep.
One of the most notable Sun Gods was Mithras of the great Persian mystery schools. Mithraism was wildly popular; and was the only religion to seriously challenge the ascendance of Christianity. In order to conquer this formidable Sun God Mithras… the new Christian faith had to put forth a Sun God of its own.
As a result, Christianity adopted and plagiarized practically all recognizable traditions, tenets and myths of Mithraism. All of them!
From birthplace and birthdate (December 25 in a cave—which by the way is the date of the Winter Solstice when the Sun (Son?) begins to rise in the heavens. Hmmm), to rituals (like the Eucharist/communion of bread and wine), to the metaphor of a shepherd and flock; and a triumphant return to Earth to take the believers home. Please, check this out for yourself; and be assured that all of this pre-dated Christianity. All of it!
Now I know this is potentially very controversial to traditional fundamental Christianity. So breathe. Keep an open mind. Please don’t take my word for it, do your own research.
After setting the Mithraism beliefs and rituals in place, Jesus’ divinity was finally solidified and made official by vote at the council of Nicea in 325 C.E. Yes you read that right—by vote. In that historical vote, the “Sun God” officially became the “Son of God.”
Okay, you might think. So what? I’ve got to get through my life right now James! I’ve got to deal with this new economy. I don’t really care. How does this help me live more fully?
Consider this. Here’s where the rubber meets the road:
Post this major theocratic (look it up) move at the council of Nicea… we’ve been subsequently programmed for thousands of years to look for external saviors versus looking within. We could no longer talk to the God within (or the God without for that matter) without an emissary. Man! Please tell me you’re thinking?
The great love of philosophy that flourished in Greece during 500- 600 B.C.E., and the individual and personal search for meaning it encouraged, began to be squelched by dogma. (reference IAD 6)
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates
Are you thinking?
Carrying over from the Egyptian tradition we continued to be consumed and preoccupied with death (and we are until this day—in fact, it’s our greatest fear. More on this to come.).
But contrary to the Egyptians… we didn’t have to study and become an awakened being ourselves… No! We just had to believe in one and plead for him to intervene on our behalf; and subsequently we’d be saved from death and damnation.
The die was cast.
Up to this modern day some almost 1700 years later while (as stated before), we’ve made huge leaps in technology… we’re still metaphorically sucking our thumbs spiritually in so many ways. But the irony… is that even our business and technological and political advances are profoundly impacted by these childish interpretations. In fact, they’re founded upon them! If not consciously then certainly unconsciously.
The seething dissatisfaction and fear eats away at us like a splinter in the back of our mind. In some way we must find a way to escape our lives and find that magical something. Someone or something must be able to save us! To ease our pain, fear, anxiety and insecurity. To make life easy and problem free.
How do we do save ourselves? External saviors must be the answer. Again, if this is not conscious… it’s programmed right into our unconscious minds.
Listen… if this isn’t rocking your world please take a strong shot of espresso
and come back! I’ll wait right here…
- The saviors of a certain magical thinking that will guarantee you attract riches.
- The “I made millions on the internet and you can too in record time if you just do what I did.”
- The secret marketing formula that will bring multiple millions into your coffers.
- The fundamentalist who promises that all you have to do is call upon a savior and “believe on his name” and you’ll be “saved.”
- The NLP or hypnosis expert who will simply change your brain for you.
- The one who can channel dead people, ascended masters or disincarnate beings to give you advice and emotional salvation… sometimes even channel God himself.
- The “energy worker” who can release all limitations for you while you just sleep or lie covered in crystals.
- The so-called neuroscience of achievement that will simply “flip a switch to success.”
- The religious leader who promises eternal life.
I could go on but I think you get the point.
We’re a culture of fear doing our best to escape death, pain, and demise
But in the meantime we forget to live!
While I’ve studied and even been considered an expert in some of the above modalities; and while I know they have their value and time and place… I submit that in-and-of-themselves they’re incomplete.
Because they’re most often founded in an insidious lie.
The fundamental core of these strategies—and the biggest lie you’ve been sold—is first and foremost that you and/or your life are broken, wrong, incomplete, and need to be fixed. Secondly, that someone or something outside of you will save and fix you.
All you need is the magic pill or the secret sauce. How long have you searched? How many pills and variety of sauces have you sampled? Have you found it?
Let me ask you to at least consider:
- What if we’ve got it all wrong?
- Not totally wrong? Okay, what if we’ve gotten it at least partially wrong?
- What if this is as good (or bad) as it gets?
- What if it’s entirely up to us to decide?
- What if there are no external saviors?
- What if we don’t need to be saved, fixed, completed or repaired?
- What if in attempting to escape pain, shortcomings, and death we’ve lost our lives… and the ability to truly live?
- And… just what if… life is entirely about how we choose to live versus our continuous attempts to escape fear and suffering and death?
Several things to ponder deeply… and the journey continues.
Stay awake, Love Life, Be Epic