Please read George Washington’s Vision regarding our current chaos at the end of the second paper!
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
The End Time Papers
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When studying the bible many years ago, I recall reading the parable about the wheat and the tares and how these would be separated in the “last days” (Matt 13:24-30). Although the parable was talking about the division of the “children of darkness” from the “Children of Light,” at the time, I thought tares simply referred to “bad people or sinners.” Later, I learned that tares look exactly like wheat, having the same color. They grow the same way, and they have the same seeds, but tares are always unfruitful (no kernel of grain). As time has passed, I now understand that the “fruit” of the children of Light is found within our souls as knowledge, love and oneness with Christ, whereas, the children of darkness are bound to and lost in selfishness and lust for power in the elemental, material world.
In the last decade, we have witnessed a transformation in our country which makes me view this parable in a different light; now I understand this as a battle between the faithful and the godless, or between America and Socialism. This is also a global battle between Light and darkness in the form of Christianity vs. Communism. The principles of Communism are disguised under many different masks: Marxism, Socialism, Democrats and Progressives; and those who carry their water are the: environmentalist, anarchist, abortionist, Antifa, SJW, liberals, activist, and an abundance of useful idiots. These communist ideologues are the godless tares, who want to recreate the world in their own image because they think they know what is best for everyone, and America and its Constitution are standing in the way.
All of the “tear down the system” issues of the late 60’s have reappeared along with climate change, transgenderism, and identity politics; now there are violent protestors in the streets, there are calls for social change and open borders, and there are people who want to do away with our capitalist system and replace it with socialism. The infiltration of radical leftists and Marxists into our political system who vociferously call for the “fundamental transformation” of our country has caused many mainstream Americans to awaken and become “born again patriots” who are suddenly renewing their understanding of our founding principles and taking a more active role in defending the American way of life.
The curtain is being pulled back on the “high-tech plan” to gradually strip us of our freedoms in order to control the American public. The plan is: to suppress our freedom of speech; to lull us to “sleep” by drawing us deeper into the virtual “smart” world of comfort, convenience, and entertainment; to destroy the American culture by flooding it with immigrants; and to take away our guns and our ability to defend our home, family, and country. This does not sit well with patriotic citizens who know that the American way of life was founded on the universal laws, principles and values derived, in part, from the teachings of Christ, but these values do not mean being passive.
We must “take a stand” as our country, way of life, and the values which make it holy are being violated. Consequently, as American patriots are vigorously cleaving to the founding principles, so too are they firmly embracing the Christian values that make this country great; America is great because “the people of the American Spirit” are good-hearted people. For all the races of people, it is the American Spirit within our hearts that we need to protect and to preserve at this time in our country. Let the Spirit into your heart and stay strong in the Light of Christ… and do whatever must be done to protect that sacred Light and those who carry it. Timothy 3:1-5, “Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (See next paper: George Washington’s Vision about the 3 wars in America)
History appears to be repeating itself with similar transformative patterns of the 60’s emerging in politics and in our culture. On the political front, we see the leftist radicals of the past and the present blatantly attempting to transform our country into a socialist state. Political activists like Antifa are calling for a violent revolution as a way of tearing down not only the present political framework, but also the institutional systems which support a free and ordered society. The progressive agenda uses deceit, fakery, and lies to infuse chaos, fear, and confusion into the masses by attacking and undermining the documents and structures which guarantee our freedoms. However, as the nation’s political turmoil, social unrest, and cultural degeneration are being splashed across the headlines, few people recognize the transformative nature of this time period, let alone, where it is taking us.
In order to understand the “why” of these volatile times, it is necessary to understand universal laws and principles of thought as well as cause and effect. We live in a world which is seen and unseen, material and spiritual; or as quantum physics states, people and the universe are composed of particles of matter and waves of energetic potential. Individuals, through their thinking and actions, create the causes which will eventually have a direct impact on their lives. Large numbers of humans can collectively and unconsciously create unique circumstances or conditions which impact their local environment, state, country or world, like war, famine, or even diseases. Consequently, whatever people see manifesting in their individual lives or in their world comes from the unseen where thoughts, ideas, and universal patterns are the seeds which eventually manifest as “reality.”
In terms of cause and effect, there are numerous examples of the troubled “reality” which pervades the world today, such as instability of the global financial markets, disruption of the food chain, over-population, turmoil and war in the Middle East, divided and unstable political systems, attacks on religion, societal degeneration, and world-wide pandemics – all are the effects which come from macro causes. The broad and immense spectrum of potential fallout precipitated by these types of global events will impact everyone on the planet. The scale of this shakedown indicates that the unseen macro cause will be a spiritual transformation of humanity because the crisis we are having on this planet is not political, social, cultural, or religious, but spiritual. The Bible states that the end-times will see wars and rumors of war. A brilliant book, A History of Warfare by John Keegan, follows the history of warfare as it evolves over the centuries, and at the end of the book, he concludes that it is inevitable that humanity will enter the “war of all against all.” Thomas Jefferson also predicted the same future for humanity. (See diagram below: note bottom right corner)
The collective darkness, corruption and chaos that are pressing down on humanity at this present time are trying to “snuff us out,” and the only thing that will save us is a spiritual awakening that happens within each one of us, individually and collectively, and takes us to a higher level of understanding. This spiritual transformation is already at work awakening people to the darkness, evil and hatred running amok throughout the world. In psychological terms, this is an eruption of the dark, violent collective unconscious of humanity; the same dark impulse that started the French Revolution.
In other words, this is an eruption of the collective shadow of humanity, that is, a collective shadow like our individual shadows (See: The Shadow). Just as the signs of gathering clouds, moist air, and a shift in barometric pressure signal the approach of a storm and a time to take shelter, so too do the signs from around the world indicate that macro events are converging. As this transformative process continues to unwind, whether slowly or suddenly, these troubling events will change the world “as we have known it.” Change is what spiritual transformation is about; it is the tearing down of all our familiar underpinnings; it is the introduction of chaos into our lives so a new order can emerge; it is the way in which our Creator helps us to learn what is really important in this life.
This current trend is being played out on a macrocosmic scale through the global transformation of all institutional systems: politically, economically, religiously, culturally and socially; and once again, quietly in the background a spiritual transformation has begun. Most people recognize the changes that are taking place in these aforementioned systems and many have felt it personally, but are too distracted in the material world trying to make a living, trying to raise a family or trying to live their lives to notice the subtle spiritual changes that are pressing down on humanity. In the near future, these changes are not going to be so subtle.
The spiritual disciple who embarks upon the quest for higher knowledge, truth and light always transitions through 4 stages of personal transformation: awakening, purification, reorientation, and self-realization. This quest to embrace the divine becomes a personal transformative experience which is best symbolized by the image of the butterfly emerging from the cocoon. The awakening for the seekers of light is the realization of being stuck in a dark cocoon (the illusion, violence, and darkness of the world), and the desperate need to emerge. The purification begins to define and strengthen the aspirant by forcing a struggle between the good and evil in one’s life as well as between the strengths and weaknesses of character; the reorientation presents the challenge of consolidating all the good within the reawakened self-identity while fighting relentlessly to emerge from the cocoon; and Self-realization is becoming the “butterfly.” Jesus Christ was the first “butterfly” to emerge from the cocoon of this world.
The awakening in humanity began on 9-11 when the world as we knew it changed forever. The awakening has continued to progress, but is now happening rapidly on multiple fronts: politically, culturally, and psychologically; life is changing for everyone as the purification entwines the light and darkness in a relentless battle. For the spiritual aspirant, purification is a welcome change and signifies advancement upon the path of light; but when it happens on the macrocosmic level to humanity, it will not be so well received. This purification will, in one way or another, affect everyone, and the more attached a person is to the cocoon, the more severe the transition will be.
As the awakening stage winds down, the purification stage begins to press upon folks in one way or another, forcing people to stand “between a rock and a hard place” with their “eyes wide open.” The inevitability of the conscious awakening and purification emerging in humanity is governed by the macrocosmic cycles and dynamics of order and chaos. We have been in the cycle of chaos for a long time and chaos must peak and completely exhaust itself before order returns.
For members of the “boomer” generation, it is easy to look back and see the steady decline of the American way of life and the division in the world: in social values, in the corrupt political systems, in the expansive government intrusions and treason of the deep state, in distorted and/or overly fundamentalist religions, the sinister agenda of technology companies as well as oppression of free speech, and in over population just to name a few. All of these systems which make up our world are broken because they are in a downward spiral of chaos and they will remain in this downward spiral until every last bit of “brokenness” has been squeezed out and a new order can begin. As mentioned above, purifying events are necessary in order to “encourage” the butterfly to detach from the cocoon; although this scenario sounds dire, there is a silver lining.
Though it cannot be seen with the physical eyes, it can be known intuitively that through self-correcting principles, synchronicity, and order, all of these global events are for the growth and benefit for those who are of the light. Our purpose for being in this world is simple; it is for the perfection and edification of our individual soul as well as to help others to help themselves. For those who believe in light, goodness, and the Way of Life, troubled times present an opportunity for growth: to strengthen our faith, to develop our character, to enhance our friendships, to stand up for our country, and our beliefs, and to study and appreciate the teachings of life given to us through Jesus Christ. Embrace uncertain and troubled times with courage and fortitude and have faith in our loving God.
FREEDOM vs. POWER
“Think not that I am come to bring peace to the earth: I came not to bring peace,
but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and
the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her
mother-in-law.” (Matthew 10: 34-5)
There are two very different perspectives of life that people hold in their hearts. So we are clear about this statement – the “heart” of an individual to which I refer is about good intentions. The thoughts and emotions which are generated from our daily life experiences circulate in a person’s mind and “precipitate” in one’s heart as intent; intent is like an invisible rudder which steers us through life. Love in the heart and intending are the same thing; we love what we intend and intend what we love. In this dualistic, material world in which we live, there are only two perspectives which determine the intent of a person’s heart – freedom or power. As an avenue for engaging life, a person unconsciously chooses one of these two perspectives, which forms the basis of the individual’s worldview; their worldview and intent establishes their motivations and actions in life. Those “lukewarm” individuals in the middle (muddle) don’t count in this discussion because their choice is to not choose.
As explained in the paper above, there are different dimensions from which people can think and live. On the one hand, people whose thinking and orientation is bound to the duality of the sensual, material world (two-dimensional thinking), perceive everything through the senses, so objective reality is the only reality which comprises the universe. For them, the laws of science are the supreme “dogma” which rules the world. To them, this world is a mindless blob of evolving, organic matter from which we humans emerged, and since they do not believe in a creator, God does not fit into this equation. Consequently, they believe they are the highest form of intelligence in the universe and in their minds, they hold the moral high ground, so they think they know what’s best for the rest of us. In order for them to “make things right” in the world, they need POWER!
They need power to save the environment of “their planet” from all the ignorant people who do not agree with their worldview. They need power in their “new world order” to neutralize, control and contain these bad, uninformed people who are, in their minds, incapable of governing themselves. They need power so they can save the world or, in their minds, so they, the elite, can recreate the world in their own image. This lust for power comes from the lower, animalistic nature of the instinctual body, the power drive. The power drive is one of three auto-erotic drives of the physical body: the power (self-image), sexual (self-gratification), and survival (self-preservation) drives. For the people, organizations and groups which do not recognize God, the collective intent is about their desire for power, money, and position as they try to push America into the initial step toward Communism which is called Socialism; it is their intent to turn America into a cog in the statist, global machine which would neutralize America as well as our economy.
On the other hand, Americans who believe in God feel within their hearts that they have been given the gift of life, and it is their responsibility to hold this life as a sacred blessing; this is their intent. This involves three-dimensional thinking because even though we interact with the dual, sensual, objective nature of the physical realm, we feel/experience in our hearts sentiment and divine presence in the sacredness and freedom of life. We know that only in freedom can we experience what it means to be responsible for our lives and what it means to make choices and how these choices affect our lives.
In this freedom, bestowed upon us by our Creator, we are able to be amazed, inspired and reverent of the beauty, majesty and perfection of this miraculous Creation. This adoration of life cannot happen if people are being controlled and manipulated by other human beings who happen to see things differently, especially if they do not believe in God. This is a direct assault on all that we hold dear: God, family, country and the inalienable rights God has bestowed upon us as living souls. True power comes from God; it is not meant for humans to claim power, especially with the intent of using it to oppress others. This kind of scenario sets the stage for some serious disagreements.
Not Peace, but a Sword
I have always been curious about the verses above from Matthew 10, wondering what conditions in this life could possibly cause such a divide as to put a father at variance against his son. For me, the answer has become increasingly apparent over the last 30 years and more so since the turn of the century. I’m one of many Americans to be alarmed at the sudden rise of political philosophies and doctrines which are contrary to the freedoms we hold sacred. I am saddened to hear of the of overreach of government, the abuse of government agencies (IRS, EPA, FBI, CIA, and NSA), activist judges making their own laws, growth of the “Deep State,” and the continuous stream of “straight-faced lies” and deceit by news media (fake news) and shady politicians. Every day we see clear examples of what these kinds of people will do if they get power.
This is what Jesus Christ means when he says, “I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” We are in a most unique time for our country and for the world because everyone on the planet (with the exception of the lukewarm) is going to be required to make a decision between freedom or power. The choice between freedom or power will appear in many different guises, but have no doubts, by this choice, each person is declaring for himself or herself, how they choose to live, with God as the Supreme Power in their lives or with the State as the authoritarian power of the world. By their choice, people will choose to stand in the heavenly light or in the darkness of the world. In America, our divided scenario is being played out in the political and social realms, but in the Middle East it may be about religion or women’s rights, in Europe it may be about Socialism or immigration, or in Britain it appears to be about the Brexit and immigration. Presently, it seems as if every country around the globe is divided and fiercely debating their differences.
In the world today, unpredictable situations in the political and social realms have everyone “stressed-out” energetically as people are becoming aware of the nefarious motives of: governments, corporations, and technology institutions; the unchecked, advancing technologies that put people and countries in danger; and the extreme agitation and often, violent reactions of people who see life differently. From the roiling and turbulent circumstances in the world, we all are being psychologically changed within, whether we like it or not. This rapid, ongoing, transformation of the individual and collective consciousness of humanity will be a “soul saving” decision each person has to make; it is a decision between two very different realities and lifestyles based either on freedom or on power.
These dual realities affect and transform individual consciousness, they are: light/darkness, freedom/power, Constitutional Republic/Socialism, rule of law/lawlessness (or innocent until proven guilty/guilty until proven innocent), morality/no morality, personal responsibility/irresponsibility, etc. Each side of this duality represents a political reality, a moral reality, a guiding reality, a social reality, and a spiritual reality or an anti-spiritual reality. Christian American patriots have no choice but to stand strong in the Light of Christ; our highest “standard of living” is being challenged, threatened and often, disparaged. Families are already at variance with one another about a variety of political, educational and social issues that adversely affect and undermine the values by which we live; and it seems as if each side is getting more heated and intense. As to the universal principle of order and chaos, as discussed above, we are in for more chaos before the cycle changes.
Undoubtedly, if things continue in the direction they are going, the violence and aggression we’ve seen grow in politics will spread to other “grievance groups” and we will see chaos across the country. This is the direction in which we seem to be headed; it reminds me of George Washington’s Vision. Like the fake news of today, there were detractors of GW’s vision and others who said it was just a rumor because it was a second-hand account, but I think it is real. I believe this vision to be true primarily from the way GW described what physically happened to him during the vision as well as the message itself. I had a vision as intense as the one GW described, and experienced the same physical changes he describes in his body, surroundings and perception. This description of altered reality and its impact on human sensory experiences is not something a person can make up. You decide for yourself if GW’s vision was about the future of our country, here it is:
The following is an account of George Washington's vision from an old soldier, Anthony Sherman, who recalled it in 1859 and gave it to Wesley Bradshaw, a writer. The vision depicted three great wars on American soil. The first was the revolutionary war, the second was the civil war and the third was a war yet to come. Sherman informed Bradshaw that the vision would soon be confirmed by a second war in America. This came to pass two years later when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Washington received the vision at Valley Forge in the bitter, cold winter of 1777. The revolutionary army was facing its darkest hours and most difficult challenge. The bitter cold, disease, and starvation was on the verge of destroying the army and all hopes for independence. Sherman's account of Washington's vision was reprinted in December of 1880 by The National Tribune, the U.S. war veterans' paper, and on December 21, 1950 by The Stars and Stripes.
George Washington’s Vision
Valley Forge – Winter 1777-8;
The 3 Wars of America
This afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.
By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, as though it had become paralyzed.
A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if it had become filled with sensations, and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.
Presently I heard a voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn,' while at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly, I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a stranger scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic and between Asia and America lay the Pacific.
"Son of the Republic," said the same mysterious voice as before, "look and learn." At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing or rather floating in mid-air, between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a cloud raised from these countries, and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people. (Revolutionary War)
A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows it sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn," I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them.
Again, I heard the mysterious voice say, "Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn." At this, the dark shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill-omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. (Civil War) As I continued looking I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word "Union," bearing the American flag which he placed between the divided nation and said, "Remember ye are brethren." Instantly, the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons became friends once more, and united around the National Standard.
"And again I heard the mysterious voice saying "Son of the Republic, look and learn." At this, the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast. "Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well-nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.
Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!
Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: "While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last." And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word "Union," he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, "Amen."
The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, "Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land, and the Union." With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.
AMERICA’S COLD CIVIL WAR
I recently read an Imprimis lecture by Charles Kesler, entitled “America’s Cold Civil War,” and felt this information fit seamlessly with the End Time Papers; the following is my summation of the article.
Today in America, the political divisions of this country have finally emerged from the shadows after decades of dark, subversive anti-American activity. Those on the left are openly promoting socialism, something that would have been unthinkable during the Cold War. Democrats, Liberals and Progressives have radicalized by using identity politics, with its quasi-Nietzschean faith in race, sex, and power as the keys to being and meaning. In the #MeToo movement, the credo has been, “Believe the women” meaning “her truth” is greater than any objective or disinterested truth. The left have also adapted a new form of leadership utilizing technology companies which build “Republican” websites that spread misinformation to confuse uninformed voters and to distribute propaganda against Republican candidates; this tactic was recently revealed in the Alabama Senate race between Moore (R) and Jones (D).
To clarify this situation, political scientists usually distinguish this division as being between normal politics and regime politics. Normal politics takes place within a political and constitutional order and concerns means, not ends. In other words, the ends or principles are agreed upon; debate is simply over means. By contrast, regime politics is about who rules and for what ends or principles; it questions the nature of the political system itself. At the heart of our political divide is the reality that we are leaving the world of normal politics and entering the dangerous world of regime politics – a politics in which our political loyalties are diverging more and more, as they did in the 1850’s, between two contrary visions of the country.
One vision is based on the original Constitution which is grounded in the God-given natural rights of the Declaration of Independence; a vision supported by Conservatives. The other vision is based on what Progressives and liberals, for the last 100 years, have called “the living Constitution.” This term implies that the original Constitution is dead and that in order to remain relevant to our national life, the original Constitution must be infused with new meaning and new ends, duties, rights, and powers. As an example, this “new Constitution” would have no limits on the size of government.
Woodrow Wilson was one of the prime formulators of this doctrine. He deceptively kept the outward form of the Constitution while inserting the idea of the “living Constitution” that would undermine the spirit in which the original Constitution was understood. This “liberal Constitution” is not a constitution of natural rights or individual human rights, but of historical or evolutionary rights. By evolutionary rights, Wilson meant that this liberal Constitution would be easily amendable to experimentation and adjustment. In comparison, the original Constitution was meant to keep the times in tune with the Constitution; whereas, the purpose of the living Constitution was to keep the Constitution in tune with the changing times.
In the last 50 years, liberals believed the living Constitution would incrementally replace the conservative Constitution through gradual evolution. However, in the 60’s, when the New Left abandoned evolution for revolution, the defenders of the old Constitution began to fight back against the inevitable victory of the living Constitution. They fought against the disappearance of limited government and of republican virtue in the political life. When this became clear to the left in the 70’s and 80’s, the cold civil war was on. Thus, confronted by sharper and deeper convictions for the conservative Constitution, the liberals radicalized, following the path of the New Left. Now, the gap between the liberal and conservative Constitutions has become a chasm, to the extent that today we are two countries – each championing a different Constitution.
In the living Constitution, the prevailing liberal doctrine traces individual rights to membership in various groups – racial, ethnic, gender, class-based, etc. – which are undergoing a continual process of “consciousness-raising” and empowerment. This has been a prominent feature of Progressivism for over a century although the groups have changed. Liberals still emphasize group identities; the only difference is that the winners and losers have been scrambled. Now, the “privileged” members of the white race, and especially white men, are the losers; and the oppressed of the past, now want compensation, privileges and power.
Conservatives, by contrast, regard the individual as the quintessential endangered minority. They trace individual rights to human nature, which lacks a race. Human nature also lacks ethnicity, gender, and class. Conservatives trace the idea of rights to the essence of an individual as a human being; we have rights because we are human beings with living souls, with reason, and with the Eternal Light of God within each of us. This explains the distinct difference between the liberal Constitution’s platform of freedom from religion and the conservative Constitution’s freedom of religion. Likewise, the liberal Constitution wants equal speech rather than free speech, and not surprisingly, it has no Second Amendment. The liberal Constitution is designed to overcome the separation of powers; it supports the increased ability to coordinate, concentrate, and enhance government power – as opposed to dividing, restricting, and checking it.
For the last 50 years, the voting norm in America has been divided – the people have more often preferred to split control of the national government between the Democrats and the Republicans rather than entrust it to one party as it has done in the past. At present, our Constitutional Republic and all that America has stood for in the last two and a half centuries is being vehemently rejected by this new socialist regime, and no one is giving an inch of ground. Under the present circumstances, America’s constitutional future seems to be approaching a crisis – a crisis of two Constitutions in a divided and increasingly volatile nation. There are few viable possibilities for a peaceful resolution. If George Washington’s vision is correct, it is likely that the cold civil war we are presently in will turn hot. (See: God and Government)
BE AS WISE AS SERPENTS
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
The reading of American history reminds us that the states, in which we live, their institutions and laws, have come into existence through conflict, and very often, bloody conflict. To Americans, our Western culture seems to be the great determinant of how humans ought to conduct themselves. We are cultural animals who take great pride in the richness of the American lifestyle, but at the same time, as human beings, we recognize the potential for violence is “close to the skin.”
Since the end of WWII, America has had over five decades of peace and prosperity on our home soil, but lately, the stream of 24/7 news is telling a different story. These reports defy what we generally perceive as cultural normalcy, they invalidate our expectations of how the world will be tomorrow or the day after. Anyone who is paying attention realizes there is an incurable schism within the political ideologies of Congress which has spilled over, completely contaminating the American culture as well as our Christian heritage. As stated in the paper above, it is not likely that this cycle of chaos and contamination will change until it has been thoroughly exhausted, and only God knows when that will be.
As the title indicates, the subject of this paper is about Christians understanding what it means to be “as wise as serpents.” Most translations of this verse use the word shrewd instead of wise, which means acute in perception and sound in judgment; also, practical, hardheaded, clever, and wise in judgment. My experience has taught me that good-hearted Christians are somewhat naïve about the “ways of the world.” They already know how to be “harmless as doves” because they tend to see the good in everyone, which is the natural thing for a Christian to do. However, as we move into these times of tribulation, it is perception, cleverness and wise judgment that will be needed more than innocence or harmlessness. Normally, the solution to differing perceptions is found in the middle at the balancing point, and the same holds true here.
Harmlessness and innocence are internal states of being within the hearts of Christians, along with peace, mercy, faith, affection and goodwill. Shrewdness, perception, cleverness and wise judgment are meant for use in the external world to thwart the ill intentions of the wolves or tares, as discussed in the paper above. In a nutshell, the shrewdness spoken of in this verse means psychological awareness of other people and being able to discern their dark intentions. This is difficult for some Christians who “project” the innocence (or self-righteousness) of their religious perception onto other people and fail to truly understand the person they are engaged with. This is explained in several places on this site; it means that most humans see the world (and people) through their own self-image so instead of seeing the world as it is, they see the world as they are.
In these conflicted and troubled times we all need to open our eyes and recognize that the wolves “are at the door.” Self-awareness is the key to “shining the light” on the darkness that pervades our lives and country. Personal self-awareness awakens when one steps upon the path, the Way of Life as described by Jesus Christ, and that awareness is greatly enhanced when one begins to practice meditation. The shrewdness that Christ admonishes us to have is for the purpose of recognizing the darkness, schemes and bad intentions in other people. In a sense, shrewdness is the ability to discern the darkness in others, but, it is important to understand that there is a difference between evil and darkness. A person can be in darkness, without being evil; but if a person is truly evil, their whole being is full of darkness. (Matthew 6:23)
In this world, everyone is in darkness to some degree; in psychological terms, this darkness is referred to as the shadow, our personal unconscious. (See: The Shadow) Freud identified the shadow as the negative side of the personality which he called the Id or the repressed aspects of personality. Later, Jung used the term “the shadow side of the psyche” to mean the repressed, unconscious, dark desires of the personality. He refers to the personal shadow as the other in us, an unconscious personality of the same sex which harbors and hides all our unpleasant qualities and undeveloped characteristics as well as the negative aspects of the personality. Jung says, “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.” I am reminded of the bible verse in Matthew 6:23, “…if therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.” To me, this verse indicates how the shadow pervades our light, and as Jung says, “the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.” Each one of us who believes in Jesus Christ has the ability to confront the shadow, banish it and restore our light. (See: Stage 2 Meditation)
The obscurity of the shadow, its nature and even its very existence, is difficult for most people to acknowledge. Thus, the shadow is denied expression in everyday life, making it a splintered fragment of the personality which is isolated from exposure and discovery. However, this does not mean this repressed fragment of personality lies dormant in the unconscious. Quite the contrary, this shadow self represents energetically charged patterns of feelings, urges and behaviors which still operate in the life of the individual, but “from the shadows,” making it all the more disturbing and disruptive to the ego-persona. In simple terms, people who are not conscious of their own shadow cannot be conscious of the darkness and ill intentions of others. In other words, people who have not engaged the darkness of their own shadow do not have the shrewdness, courage and perception to recognize it in others. Transforming the shadow through meditation or introspection is how we become “as wise as serpents.”
Three Realms of Perception
The ego-persona of most people in this world has an “outward-looking” orientation, and as a result, it is in the dark about the knowledge that lies within. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.” Obviously, he meant for us to seek within. When we turn our outward looking attention back upon ourselves in meditation we discover states of consciousness which reveal sublime realities, exalted knowledge and divine presence. This light in our life shines forth into the world and reveals the darkness. John 3:19-21, “ … the Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.” In order to be shrewd enough to perceive the darkness of the wolves, it is necessary for your light within to be acknowledged and liberated, and when your light is strong, courageous and peaceful, you will be able to abide in the light as an “innocent dove” and the wolves will flee.
The diagram below will explain the “how and why thinking” of wolves; this discussion will focus primarily on the bottom domain. The middle domain is “where” normal, rational, caring people function; the resurrection of consciousness in this domain is explained in Stage 2 Meditation and the top domain is explained in Stage 3 Meditation. The Moral Foundations are explained here.
Consciousness of a human being is most commonly thought of as the mind or intellect. However, within the reality of our individual consciousness, there are many “minds” and each of these minds has its own unique perceptions and responses. For example, there is consciousness referred to as the body-mind which is the awareness of the physiology of the body with its instincts, urges, impulses and desires. These instinctual impulses felt in the body-mind are often referred to as the animal nature of the body because the body-mind thinks instinctually; it functions and reacts on the same level as the beasts of the jungle, with the exception that the body-mind can also think rationally, feel emotion, speak and communicate. There are many people whose primary level of functioning is from this primal mind, consequently, their primary focus in life is on the body: feeding and sustaining it, and satisfying its desires and personal ambitions. This is referred to as two-dimensional thinking; this is the realm of the wolves or tares, i.e. those who hate the light; there are many varieties.*
People who are rooted in two-dimensional thinking are at the lowest level of consciousness development; this means the horizon of their universe does not extend beyond their own selfish interests. They are self-aware, but only to the point of having a limited, self-centered self-concept, that is, in their thinking they are the “center of the universe”; thus, they seldom, if ever, think of God. As shown in the diagram, the domain of two-dimensional thinking is centered in the primal, instinctual nature of the body where the power, sexual, and survival drives correspond to self-image, self-gratification, and self-preservation respectively; these forces and impulses dominate the body-mind. (See diagram above) Although these people live in “darkness, delusion, and suffering,” not all of these people are evil or even sinners; they are just unable to conceive of themselves in a “higher state or place” or to conceive of God or higher consciousness as being “nearer than breathing and closer than hands and feet,” as Tennyson wrote. If they believe in God, He is in a vague and distant heaven.
The primary focus for the individual living in two-dimensional consciousness is self-gratification by any means necessary; these are the “end justifies the means” people. The most significant characteristic of such people is they do not engage in personal self-reflection because they are not conscious of it; it has no meaning to them just as God has no meaning to them. Self-reflection is a necessary function of consciousness for the development of morals, values, common sense, and goodwill; it is what makes one responsive to conscience in the life experience. By default, people who have no interest in reflecting upon how they impact life or people, automatically gravitate to using the negative morals as a result of their self-centered orientation. The mind, emotions and dark desires of these people reside below the diaphragm (in the world), never above in the area of the sacred heart and purified desire, referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven within. (See: Stage 2 Meditation) In other words, what we perceive, understand and know intellectually and spiritually, we experience as truth; through will we keep ourselves on the path of truth and experience this as goodness. The experience of heavenly consciousness for us is the union of what is good and true within.
These individuals who love evil and darkness are the wolves Christ refers to – what we today call the “haters” who act the way they do because they are not getting what they want; and what they want is the destruction of: capitalism, our Constitutional Republic, and the American way of life. They hate our culture, Christians, the Constitution, the rule of law, cops, unborn babies, America and anyone who does not agree with them. Not everyone who thinks on this level “acts out,” but the useful idiots, i.e., the “uncivilized, mindless bunch” who do, comprise the “mobs” and protesters we are seeing in the news lately. So many of these people simply want to have an emotional connection to something, even though they have no idea what the end results of their actions will bring. There is a universal principle regarding the cyclical nature of order and chaos – which is that one side rules until it is fully exhausted and then the other side rules until it is exhausted; and they switch back and forth endlessly. The chaos we see in these “end times” will only get worse before it is exhausted.
Self-reflection is what distinguishes third-dimensional thinking from two-dimensional because it has the capability or quality of relational perception. Relational perception means reflecting upon the relationships one has with the people, places, and objects within the life experience and what these mean to each individual. Self-reflection is what makes a human being human; it distinguishes us from the animal nature of the body. When such an individual yearns for higher knowledge and understanding, one is feeling the pull from fourth dimensional consciousness, that is, from the presence and influence of the spiritual reasoning mind and the mind of rightness which is called conscience and the higher Self; this is spiritual intelligence or light-illuminating internal knowledge. This is the influence and presence of the Holy Spirit which inspires one to follow the Way of Life and strive for Self-realization.
In this time of chaos, the world and its people need the Light of Christ we carry. Christians must learn how to stand/be in the light of Christ which is to be present in the highest connection one has to Jesus Christ. When one can maintain this presence, we need to be ready to let shine the peace and light we feel within, especially when the chaos and darkness are near or around us. We all have a responsibility as Jesus said in John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom He has sent.” Believe on Him and let Him into your heart to help shine your light to everything and everyone who comes into your life. Take care of your life and “walk upon” the Way of Life; many are, and one day we will all be united in the Light of Christ.
*Psychopaths & Sociopaths – Psychopaths are literally “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and their presence in society is more common than people realize. A psychopath is a person with a nasty personality who builds an attractive and very fake personality to cover the frauds, transgressions, and sometimes, murders. This fake personality allows for them to blend into society and perform successfully as CEO’s, mid-level managers, neighbors, politicians, cops, and even as spouses (See Goldie Hawn 1991 movie Deceived) to name a few. Not all psychopaths are violent or murderers unless provoked, but there are other notable and common characteristics they share: they are the most self-centered people on the planet, their only focus is getting what they want which includes revenge, and they will “act out” toward people who get in their way; they often have self-esteem issues; they have no conscience so they feel no shame or remorse regarding their actions; they do not feel love or affection even for a spouse or child, but they often pretend to when the situation calls for it; and they are unable to make long term plans. These conditions are the result of a malfunctioning amygdala, an almond shaped structure in the subcortical brain which is responsible for experiencing emotion. Psychopaths are the way they are because of a malfunction of nature, whereas sociopaths are the way they are as a result of nurture, meaning their condition is a result of parental abuse or neglect as well as adverse environments. Sociopaths have many of the same characteristics as psychopaths but live on the fringe of society because their behavior is more erratic and impulsive, and their tendency toward violence is higher. Unlike psychopaths who feel nothing: happy, sad, or even fear, sociopaths can develop feelings for close friends and family members. I write this from extensive experience with these and other personality disorders.