SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN…
in troubled times
America has been on an ascending pattern since the end of WWII. Like any civilization, there were bumps in the road as well as events we all considered to be successes. Everything in the universe has an ascending and descending pattern, including civilizations. In hindsight, the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center was the end of the ascendency. Now, we are beginning a descent – a civilizational descent. Historically, no civilization in recorded history has lasted longer than 250 years.
Now, twenty years later, our government is no longer functioning as it did in the past, that is, serving the American people and upholding the Constitution and rule of law. Now, it appears as if it is serving the dictates of an Oligarchy of socialist politicians who have nullified our southern border, wrecked our economy, sold off the country’s gas reserves, and now, by their actions, they’re weakening the supply chain which feeds America.
According to Wikipedia – “Societal collapse, also known as civilization collapse, is the fall of a complex human society characterized by the loss of cultural identity and of socioeconomic complexity, the downfall of government, and the rise of violence. Possible causes of a societal collapse include natural catastrophe, war, pestilence, famine, economic collapse, population decline, and mass migration. (The article forgets to mention Global Tyranny; something the World Economic Forum has been boasting about for years). A collapsed society may revert to a more primitive state, be absorbed into a stronger society, or completely disappear.”
Current events in the world today are all Biblical. For those who are not familiar with these end time verses, Matthew 24 and 2Timothy 3:1-5, among others, cover the current and future circumstances which will befall the civilizations of the world. In the past, we witnessed the rise and fall of individual civilizations, but the Bible implies that we are on the verge of witnessing global civilization collapse. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of war…,” “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.” “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” “But he that shall endure until the end, the same shall be saved.”
Be Prepared & Focused
The end time verses repeatedly say we must faithfully persevere through these troubled times until the coming of Christ. However, to faithfully persevere, we must be able to genuinely and fearlessly say, “Father, Thy will be done in all things” and truly believe that whatever happens is exactly what God wants to happen even if it is a challenging event. In troubled times, faith and courage have to be sustained each and every day knowing God has us covered. This requires having a solid connection to the presence of the Holy Trinity and according to Jesus, in particular, we need to look to the Holy Spirit to guide us through this global turmoil.
A deep, abiding faith and courage is not a state that’s easy to attain, and it is even harder to maintain in the face of fear or sorrow. In troubled times, the “chattering-mind” of the ego tends to be very pessimistic and unstable. Remember, in the movie The Wizard of Oz, the cowardly Lion is on the hunt to find a new heart which will give him courage. The heart is about personal courage, but it is also about Will. The two characteristics of will and courage go together to support faith because they all support and sustain one another.
However, simply knowing about faith, courage, and will being in the heart is not enough to provide one with unshakeable faith when life is uncertain. When times are peaceful, with food on the table and gas in the tank, where people can generally provide for their basic needs, no one thinks about faith and courage; this makes us weak when times are difficult. In other words, people don’t have to exercise their will to reach within their spiritual nature to find courage, faith, and peace of mind in God.
God has given all of us the tools and means to become self-actualized human beings who can consciously stand in the light of Christ; who can be courageous, faithful and at peace in troubled times by practicing self-control and self-discipline (See: Overview of Meditation). All people have to do is establish a set of practices using their will to open their Sacred Heart, putting them in the presence of the Christ Spirit where courage and faith are experienced. People, who do not have the will to commit to learning self-control and self-discipline, are not likely to experience faithfulness or courage when they need it. A simple breathing exercise is the way to begin.
The practical guidelines on this website are for the purpose of honing our mental and emotional mindset to keep it steady and focused on what is important in life. These guidelines provide basic knowledge about how to stabilize and manage our emotions in uncertain situations; how to focus one’s attention and not get distracted; as well as providing instructions for a simple breathing exercise which gets one centered, peaceful and confident. Conscious, focused-breathing requires self-control and discipline; it stabilizes the emotions and silences the “chattering-mind.” Controlled breathing for an extended period of time calms and soothes the body, mind and emotions.
In all the pictures of Jesus and Mary, like those on the homepage, they are pointing to or showing us their Sacred Heart; obviously, they did this for a very important reason. They did this so we would recognize the Kingdom of Heaven is within our Sacred Heart; peace, courage and self-confidence are within our spiritual hearts. One can achieve this by sitting quietly, focusing the mind on breathing smoothly, stilling the emotions, and silencing the “chattering-mind;” when all is steady, focus your attention on the spiritual heart center in the middle of your chest and be receptive to the Light, Life, and Love of Christ.
The physical heart is a biological organ which mechanically sustains the body by the circulation of blood. However, in the center of the chest is the spiritual heart center which nourishes and sustains the physical heart as well as the brain. Many people do not recognize the presence of this spiritual energy or what it is. The Life energy flowing in this spiritual center brings with it the love of God and the Light of Christ which sustains and elevates those who are open to receiving spiritual nourishment. In reality, through this heart center flow life, light, love, and spirit to all who are open to it – the Christ Spirit.
The Worldly Corruption
The diagram above is the human body with the Tree of Life superimposed upon it. It represents the physical, psychological, mental and spiritual human being; this is how God configured the archetypal Adamic body and it is how He configured us. The areas in red are the arena of our worldly experiences and the origin of material, sexual and ego-oriented thoughts and desires. We are born into this world ignorant of our spiritual potential; therefore, we live as unenlightened, material-minded, sensually-oriented, gratification-seeking human beings.
However, the Christ Spirit is present in everyone’s heart, but it is like a light bulb in a lamp, until it is turned on, it is not seen, recognized or experienced. To add to this analogy, in most people, even if the lamp is turned on, the light bulb is covered in layers of dust from neglect and all manner of corruption from the material world, so the light is dim. The only hope for having everlasting faith, courage, peace and confidence in this increasingly dangerous world is to seek the Light of the Christ Spirit in the Sacred Heart center and reveal its hidden potential. When that Divine Presence is experienced, hold on to it for dear life.
The continuous barrage of non-essential disturbances from the infinite distractions and corruption of the material world along with the ceaseless chattering of the ego-mind is why people are helplessly lost in this dangerous and chaotic world. These distractions primarily come from worldly phenomena and physical sensations which impact our body, psycho-cognitive mind, and rational mind of the ego. These sensations are primarily received and experienced in the organism below the diaphragm, they are: impulses, sensations, sexual desires, and appetites of the physical body; feelings of anxiety, fear, dark desires, and worry in the lower emotions, a.k.a. the shadow; and the endless chattering commentary from the “voice” of the ego-personality and its shadow.
These non-stop external distractions which captivate and hold people’s attention keep them from knowing about the light within; it is why they don’t care about this divine presence. Consequently, they cannot perceive or feel the serenity of the spiritual light and its potential within their hearts. These are sensual obstacles and non-essential distractions which override and obscure our spirituality; these hinder our personal soul growth and are often the cause of self-indulgence, delusions, and addictions.
Fortunately, there is a way out of this worldly conundrum if one has the will, determination, and desire to be spiritually free. The first thing that has to happen is we must fully awaken to the danger of the “dead-end road” we are on. If we don’t awaken, we will literally live and die in this worldly illusion never knowing the higher reality. Most people will spend their life energies feeding and gratifying their physical body, and then they die. Ben Franklin said, “Most people die at 25, and aren’t buried until they’re 75.” Remember this is not our world; we come from the world of Light and Spirit.
We are only here for a brief visit to experience specific life lessons that are relevant to the expansion of our knowledge and the growth of our soul. These lessons provide knowledge which is essential to our spiritual development. These worldly distractions are “sticky traps” for the mind and emotions, and the first step toward spiritual freedom is to evaluate our worldly attachments and to disengage from all non-essential distractions of the world. With a little focused effort, one can awaken to the true Self within while in this world.
The second step is to take responsibility for our personal life experience and commit to making our consciousness clear of psycho-emotional obstructions (See: The Shadow). And the last step is to exercise self-discipline by turning consciousness inward to examine who you truly are through self-reflection. This begins by taking control of the chattering-mind of the ego-persona which is accomplished through the focused breathing exercise, see the link below.
This exercise is circular breathing that connects the in-breath with the out-breath and the out-breath with the in-breath. This passive breathing exercise will silence the chattering-mind and bring inner peace and the awakening of the spiritual Self. Breathing in and out from the heart center will have profound effects on the body/body-mind (See: Ego-mind), but most especially, it will create a harmonious resonance, coherence and synchronicity on the heart/brain activity.
There is a sacred light in the heart which emits the first impulse of life in the fetus and it is in this spot that the final light of life dies out. However, in life, from this spot emanates the aura of the heart or the “flame of life” which contains potential mind, life, energy, and will. The aura of the heart is a miniature expression of the greater aura surrounding the body and is a reflection of one’s spiritual existence.
Breathing deep, smooth breaths from the heart center will put the mind into a peaceful, serene “lucid-dreaming” reverie making it receptive to higher states of divine consciousness. As you breathe, let go of the body, mind, self, and time; JUST BE in the Sacred Heart and feel the presence of the Christ Light and Spirit in the atmosphere surrounding your body. Keep the mind focused on faith and courage in the love of Christ; this will build personal self-confidence and knowledge that God has you covered. A miraculous transformation will occur commensurate to one’s effort; this is referred to as the Path of Light.
Small Ball of Wax
O, great glory, supplant my vestiges of woe.
Help me pull them up by the roots and then let them go.
Let me see with new eyes the true beauty of the day,
As I listen to the truth the wind has to say.
Turn all my dark sorrows into avenues of life,
Which lead ever onward to the kingdom of light.
Give me patience Lord; make my heart simple and strong,
And I will greet every little temple with a gentle song.
I will use my time to mend old cracks,
As I share the flame of my small ball of wax.
Then, I will pray away all the vestiges of woe,
And tell love’s story before I go.
Glory give me strength, to share your beauty this day,
And to follow the light and the truth and the way.