PREPARING FOR THE BRIDEGROOM
For at least a decade now, the divisiveness and tension between people around the world has continued to build like the pressure under a massive volcano. Recently, war has broken out between Russia and Ukraine; leaders all over the world have taken sides and even publically antagonized those who do not agree with their own position, causing a sense of anxious apprehension within the global population.
For the last 2 years, the world has suffered through a global pandemic that many scientists, medical professionals, and doctors believe was man-made, not to mention the growing awareness that the vaccine being pushed by governments around the world is proving to be as harmful as the virus. Since the medical evidence is contrary to the governmental narrative, free speech is being suppressed globally. There is an atmosphere of, “What could go wrong next?”
This building tension follows the universal principle of Order and Chaos, which means this cycle of Chaos we are experiencing will continue to build until it completely exhausts itself in some grand finality and only then will it transition back to Order. This escalating chaos is evident in the US by the apparent “government approved anarchy, crime, and violence” we witness daily in the streets of our cities; apparent since no one is being held accountable. Our borders are wide open and, according to reports and eye-witness accounts, record numbers of illegals are entering along with massive amounts of deadly fentanyl from China. Many experts fear terrorists have also been slipping through.
The “signs of the times” going forward look very bleak, to say the least. From my years of studying the evolution of consciousness and the structures of consciousness in human evolution, I believe this to be an inevitable macro-awakening or shift in consciousness humanity is destined to experience as we slowly roll down this bumpy road toward a cosmic schism in humanity. Such awakenings are usually preceded by a period of “darkness before the dawn” events which is what I referred to above as the grand finality. For the biblical prophecies regarding the last days of the world as we have known it, see Matthew 24.
How close we are to the transition from chaos to order is unknowable. As it says in the bible, only the Father knows that day and time. It does tell us in 1Corinthians:15, “…in that day ye shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.” As a result of spiritual experiences I have had, I know this transformation will take place. My entire adult life has been a spiritual quest and throughout the years I have received insights, revelations, and intuitive knowledge like many other people who are on the spiritual path. However, there were two visitations I had which confirmed for me the spiritual path I am on, the teachings and prophecies of the New Testament, and the reality of Jesus Christ.
The Vision and the Visitation
I have never spoken to anyone about my vision or visitation except to my wife and late son. Her position is that whenever I speak about either one of these experiences, it fills her with hope and inspiration. She thinks these experiences should be shared with others, rather than me taking them to the grave. As you read these accounts, keep in mind, I am not a messenger, I’m just a witness to the events which have helped me to remain steadfast on this spiritual Christian path.
My first encounter with the divine world was a visitation as a young boy of 9 or 10 years of age. I am by myself in my sunny backyard kicking a ball around when I suddenly stop and look upward to my left into the open sky. I am staring at a giant image of Mother Mary that filled the sky (her upper torso). She is smiling lovingly at me and I am staring at her; she appeared to me exactly like the picture of her on the SC home page. No words were spoken and after about 10-15 seconds, I went back to kicking my ball. I didn’t really think much about it, as my only experience with Mother Mary was at Christmas and Easter. I never spoke of the encounter with my parents or anyone. It was not until my early twenties that I really started to think about the significance of this experience.
At the time, I was entering a period in my life in which I was thinking a lot about God and what I was going to do with my life. Sometime later, I joined a non-denominational Christian order and began living a semi-monastic life devoted to serving God and humanity. I became close to the head of the order, who I considered as my teacher, and later he ordained me as a priest; my ordination name is James. Several years later, my teacher passed on. At the time, I was in an executive position in the order and my responsibilities included the management of the monastic houses and their inhabitants in the NW region of the country.
After my teacher’s passing, I thought it would be a good idea to visit the houses under my care and assure everyone services and routines would continue as usual. I also decided to take the scenic route to clear my head a little. On the evening I returned from my journey to my residence in the NW headquarters house, I was sitting in meditation at the altar in my room. My living quarters were comprised of a large room with a living room setting on one side for counseling and business and a corner near the door was my altar for communion and meditation. At the other end of the large room was my bedroom which was usually closed off with an accordion divider, but was presently open.
As stated above, I was deep in meditation when suddenly, I was standing, facing 3 individuals; whether I was in the body or out, I do not know. Jesus was in the middle, my teacher was to His left, and a gentleman I did not recognize was on His right. The gentleman on the right was a large, stocky man, full of life and good cheer; he was dressed like a woodsman from an old fairy tale. It seemed like he was smiling at me, but I could not have seen the smile because he had the biggest, fluffiest snow white beard I had ever seen; it gradually tapered to a point that went all the way down to his knees. I have thought of this person often; I felt that if there was an individual in humanity who was responsible for the Santa Claus myth, this was him. It makes sense to me that such a being would be close to the Holy Family.
At the time, my main attention was on Jesus who appeared to be remarkably similar to the painting on the home page of this website, except he was bigger and taller; he was at least 6’3 and wearing a white robe. I stared deeply into His eyes – this part of the visitation touched me profoundly and has remained with me to this day. As I was looking into the eyes of Jesus, I realized the personality of Jesus wasn’t there; but in fact, I was in the presence of God, the Father. It is true what Jesus said, “If you see me, you have seen the Father.”
In the next instant, I was looking at a blazing light within myself that had a name written in it, and a soundless voice spoke the meaning of the name. This part of the vision I do not speak about as it has no meaning for anyone but me and I’m still pondering what the significance of it is. Other than the soundless voice there was no communication between myself and my visitors, but the experience was profound and permanently imprinted my memory. I was left with the feeling that this was a blessing and a confirmation of the path I am on and the work I would be doing.
I never told anyone in the order about this experience, even my close friends. At the time, considering all that was going on, I really didn’t think it would matter and besides, it still felt very personal. As it turns out, I left the order about two years later. For these last 40+ years, I figured I would be taking this to the grave. I pray my wife is correct in that the telling of this visitation will give hope, inspiration, and confirmation to people that Jesus Christ is real and He is with us always as is Mother Mary.
The experience of seeing Mother Mary has stayed with me like I saw her yesterday and she has made her presence known on several occasions throughout my life. What is important for people to remember is that this is not about me, nor is it about you; it is about ALL of us – the brothers and sisters in Christ. Potentially, we are collectively the Church of Christ, the church without walls, when we properly awaken to our divine nature within (See: Becoming). Humanity fell from the Edenic state in order to develop self-conscious awareness (See: Perceptions), but it is our destiny to return to the Edenic state in Christ-consciousness as Divine Humanity.
As the peace, prosperity, and individual freedom the world has known since the end of WWII continues to rapidly fade away, many people speak of the end times. What is emerging presently appears to be more closely related to fear, destruction, and uncertainty from the breakdown of cultural norms, the absence of moral values, the gradual loss of personal freedom from corporate and technological surveillance and theft of our personal data, and the incremental swing of the educational system toward socialism, wokeism, and the sexual grooming of our children.
The world today seems to be the expected fulfillment of the book 1984. Patriots are called supremacists and domestic terrorists whereas, real terrorists are called freedom fighters; and Christianity and faith in God are mocked, ridiculed, and in some places, violently maligned. Literally, up is down and down is up; for many people, there is no such thing as morality or personal values anymore; and anything, even the most innocent of remarks, can and will be twisted so as to attack and damage some of the most caring of the world’s citizens. This turbulent period in history in which the world seems to have lost its way is the reason I feel compelled to share my stories.
The Return of Christ
In these troubled times, I keep in mind Matthew 24:30 which says, “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” I know there are many Christians who eagerly await this event. However, I would like to present something that is overlooked by many Christians in regard to the second coming; that is, what we as followers of Christ need to do NOW in preparation for this event. The spiritually awakened Christian plays a very important role in the second coming of Christ. In fact, the truly awakened disciple helps to prepare the way for this Second Advent.
All the content on the SC website is relevant to such a spiritual awakening. Every paper on this site stresses the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s spiritual life by: detaching from the enticing and meaningless worldly illusions; learning what internal Christ-realization is and how to experience it; practicing daily meditation and learning to sit quietly and peacefully in God’s presence; being responsive to and aware of the Holy Spirit. We must actively prepare ourselves for this upcoming event and Matthew 25:6-8 gives us clear direction, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”
The preparation by the souls described in these verses as virgins, is referring to purified souls; those who have lived a spiritual life. In all meditation systems, both Eastern and Western, the pineal gland is considered as the light of the body or the spiritual eye; Jesus refers to this when He said, “Keep thine eye single and thy whole body will be filled with light.” In meditation, light, focused-breathing and virtuous thought circulating in the ventricles of the brain around the pineal gland stimulates the spiritual eye, making it secrete an oily substance which revitalizes the body and awakens spiritual sight. This is the “oil of the lamp” which lights the body referred to in the parable above. However, the virgins in the parable who had no oil are those who were distracted by the world and did not maintain their spiritual lives.
In today’s world, there are not many people who meditate or think about transforming their natural lives into the spiritual life, so much needs to be done to help prepare the way for Christ’s return. In this synchronistically-connected life, it may very well be the conscious awakening of some predetermined number of people which actually triggers the event. Recently, I read Original Meditation: The Aramaic Jesus & the Spirituality of Creation and this author seems to agree with me that humans play an active role in Christ’s return. He writes, “The entire creation story is living and active, waiting for enough human beings to activate it in their own awareness and so bring the divine dispensation back to earth in an outer way. The ‘son of man’ which some scholars translate as ‘son of Adam,’ would be this person who enfleshed the original divine image of creation – Holy Wisdom’s son come to activate the power of sacred beginnings now.”
There are some reading this paper who are Children of Light, but may not realize it. The Children of Light need to awaken and consciously take responsibility for their personal salvation so they are ready to serve others when perilous times befall us. This is accomplished by consciously connecting with the presence of Christ within by cleansing and purifying the psycho-cognitive soul through the transformative experience of Christ meditation and connecting with the Sacred Heart as described in Stage 3 Meditation. Otherwise, as the world sinks deeper and deeper into darkness and chaos, many will find their faith severely tested and their love growing cold. We all need to focus on getting our own house in order first and foremost! This is what it means to prepare for the bridegroom!
Meditation is an internal and personal communion with the presence of God, the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Stages 3 and 4 Meditation prepares one to experience the reality that we are created in the image and likeness of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross, He resurrected His body and ascended so we ALL could realize that we are both human and divine just as He is; this cosmic transformation of consciousness makes possible humanity’s resurrection. He wants us to understand who He is and believe He truly represents a state of divinity which also exists within each one of us. He wants us to awaken to that holy state within and become Christ-like. This is preparing for the bridegroom!
What I am suggesting is that each one of us meditates on being one with the divine image of the resurrected Christ; this is the divine human Adamic matrix Jesus embodied and resurrected. Through this divine human matrix, we can connect with the knowing and feeling of oneness which exists in this present moment with the Father and with all the brothers and sisters of Christ who are also awake within. We are here and we are one in Christ; we just have to become conscious of it in order to bring the Divine Light into the world and prepare the way for God’s will to be done in earth as it is in heaven. Be an active follower, seeking a true Self-realization experience in Christ (See: Introduction to Christ Meditation). The Church of Christ, the church without walls, will come alive when each of us gains the knowledge of our divine Self within and manifests it completely in life by being transparent to God and doing His will. God Bless you all.
Love In Christ,
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts
through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp
how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know
this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)