These are the foundations that will unlock the Bible in a way you never knew existed.
Continued on “I Begin With Me”
How often in your life have you found yourself chasing after something, like the next big thing that’s trending. What is it that’s cool and what is it that everyone else wants right now? There is no denying it; there is just something about the allure of having something that everyone else wants. If they have it or want it, it has to be worth having it too… right? Ironically the one thing that we all fear the most is change. The unknown frightens us, and change is scary… but somehow we seem to lose our fears when others have gone before us. Like the herd before a watering hole waiting to see what happens to the first one that drinks. But yet somehow there is still this great sense of pride and confidence we gain when we are the first to discover whatever it is that later became popular.
How scary is it to leave our comfort zones and venture out into different places and discover new things? We all seem to love an adventure, but we fear the unknown, and this fear is our greatest enemy. The fear of things we don’t understand or that we can’t control is the worst type of a thief because it robs us even while we are still awake and it steals away our true potential. The Bible has said this same thing for years but somehow many of us didn’t seem to get the memo, and the message falls on the deaf ears of the people clinging for control of every situation.
Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27
Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
The verse you have just read from the Bible is full of symbolic meaning, and it is easy to see that it means more than a strong man defending his home. We all know that the Bible is full of much symbolic imagery, but we often ignore it as if it were a remnant of a time long gone, and therefore not important in our modern society. Who cares what symbols mean if you simply don’t know or don’t care what to do with it? It’s just a waste of time and effort to deal with, right? Often people seem to assume that it has no real value because they can’t seem to see the relevance to anything in their life, so it’s quickly and easily dismissed as superfluous and useless information. Besides, don’t we get all we need to know spiritually simply by going to church on the weekend? Sadly no, in fact you are missing out on one of the greatest understandings of your entire life. For hidden in plain sight is a world of understanding that will unlock your greatest potential.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven
The symbolic nature of the Bible is actually a type of language. It is a very real and living language that many of us are more fluent at than you may believe and it speaks directly to your soul in a way, much like, a mirror reflects back the world around you into the world within you… so the ancient philosophers would tell us.
Ironically, when we look at a thing reflected in a mirror we no longer see just the thing reflected back at us, but rather it acquires personal traits of ourselves, and suddenly what the individual viewer sees has become a type of reflection of themself. Similarly, when you see yourself in the mirror you might not view yourself as others view you, but perhaps instead see attributes of your parents reflected in you as flaws, or you might find a sense of pride and comfort in these attributes you perceive reflected back at you.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.
When you look at items in a mirror that you have had a past with; like a stuffed animal won at a carnival, or a lamp you got a really great price on, or you just really loved the style; it then reminds you of that time and becomes an attribute of that memory. When we see other people observing themselves in a mirror we project our judgments of good or bad upon them, as if they should perceive these same attributes in themselves as we see them. We do this subconsciously if we want to or not. It is simply human nature to project yourself outward onto everything, and then to reflect inward your surroundings as if it too were somehow a reflection of yourself. The term “to reflect” is still used in our English language today, as a means of looking back and remembering things learned and pondering over their significance to your life today and future. But these inner-reflections of truth we see in the mirror are not just about our past but they are active projections of ourselves in the form of feelings and beliefs that we cast onto other people and things around us, and in turn these things reflect back thoughts and feelings that we like or dislike about ourselves. So in a sense, everything seen is actually about you. We know this reflective term as your inner-truth. Your truths are the basic building blocks that assemble into your understanding of life. They shape and define your entire core belief system that you base all of your life’s decisions upon. The Bible uses a colorful yet somehow easily overlooked explanation of this attribute of reflecting yourself in everything, by simply calling you the “world“.
The world outside of you is your greatest teacher and all you have ever known has come to you from it through your five senses. These five senses have told you all you need to survive and interact with the world outside you. Once your mind has taken in all the input from the world around it through these senses it creates more and more complex understanding and imagery that far outreaches simple survival. Abstract thought process begin to form from the simple truths of touch, sight, taste, smell and sound, but yet all you know is still through these sensory inputs and nothing more. Yet when we dream we can imitate these same sensations. We can fly and fall in a dream and it seems so very real to us. So then if I can taste, smell, see, hear and touch in a dream, then how can I truly ever distinguish that my waking life too is not a type of dream? These five senses of your body are uniquely yours alone and belong to no one else but you. So, it is hard to say if these senses that you possess are telling you all there is to know about the world outside you, or is their perhaps something you might be missing? Is the color red to you the same as to anyone else? Chances are we are all built very much the same and that the color red is still red to everyone that is sighted and not colorblind. But how are we to know what is truly real? If my body is my only link to the world, how can I know I am seeing the whole picture? Have you ever had a difference of opinion with someone else over a singular event? Like a witness to an accident or crime we all fill our images of the world around us with ourselves, and every witness may have seen the incident in a very different way by viewing it with their own bias opinions. So then all we see is not as it seems but tainted by our inner projections. To what extent does this ability of our inner consciousness extend unto the world around us? What then is truly real and what is only I projecting myself and my judgments onto it?
noun \ˈsō-ləp-ˌsi-zəm, ˈsä-\
Merriam-Webster’s Definition of SOLIPSISM:
A theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also: extreme egocentrism
Your outer world and inner world are connected in ways greater than you might have originally understood. The limits of yourself are only defined by how well you are willing to accept that you are not the center of the entire world, and the universe is not a construct of your own making… or is it? No matter how selfless you might consider that you are, you are still the center of your world and there is no escaping this false reality because there is no way to truly prove that everyone and everything is not an extension of your own inner world’s consciousness.
Matthew 19:19 …’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
In the truest sense, you are made of the world and your world is made of you, and all things, people and places are all intertwined in a series of reflections of yourself. So everyone you see is immediately scrutinized by your own measure of judgment in which you judge yourself, even if you cleverly mask this fact from yourself.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
The mirror of universal truths sits in judgment over us all. It is the measure of our own mercies and forgiveness, because if we cannot forgive others, how then can we forgive these same judgments within ourselves?
So little do we understand about our inner matrix of our being? How little do we see of the world as it truly is? The extent of our understanding is so limited but yet the Lord calls to us all to Zion as the lost souls of perdition transformed into His likeness as prodigal sons of promise.
“Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
But how can we see the world as it truly is if we first do not remove the veil that covers our eyes from the true sight within us? How can we learn to accept the changes that need to transpire unless we first learn to see ourselves as we truly are? Or how do we learn to see the world as it truly is in the eyes of God if we are blind in our own inner eyes of perception. On the level of the soul, you are the world that is populated with many scattered attributes of yourself. You are fractured into many shards of truths as there are people that you will meet in your lifetime. For each soul is a partial reflection of yourself. And all things and places too are aspects of your inner truth and consciousness. This concept may seem a little foreign at first, but as you learn and discover through observation, this truth will become the central imperative focus of your life.
Remember Moses on the mountain before the presence of the Lord, or anytime that he is in direct contact and communion with the Lord, his face shines with a brilliance, but it must be covered to spare the others around him from fear.
The Veil that Separates
The reality of life has been hidden from you since childbirth and each day a nagging calls out from somewhere deep inside to discover your purpose and the meaning of life. This is a complicated question that begs to be answered and a daunting task to unravel it. Sometimes the burden of life’s mysteries is so overbearing that we swallow it down and mask it over with superficial things to hide the emptiness left by that longing to connect to the oneness of the universal truth of our Creator.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God is love and our greatest desire is to know love in its purest form, but to know love we must understand that it is far more than a feeling. It is a knowing of it intimately. In Biblical terms to know something means to understand it completely, this is why it often refers to a closeness often used in an intimate relationship between a man and woman, because it is a full knowledge and understanding of the other person on all levels. But this knowledge I speak of is beyond the physical understanding of love. This is an intimate knowledge of understanding what love is.
The love I am speaking of is not understood as the modern definition of love but rather a strong connection to the source of all divine inspiration. Our basic human understanding is limited by its capacity for love. On a primitive level we see it as a longing for another or a closeness and concern for another. But imagine if you could tap into the brilliance of the light beyond the veil and see the source of it all. Imagine basking in the warmth of all the glory that is God, the pure embodiment of love. This is something more than my mere words can portray.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written: ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
No man can fully understand what it means to tap into the fountain and wellspring of His pure love. Imagine connecting into the source and creation of all things. Imagine becoming intimately familiar with Him and drinking of the truth of life and becoming unified with not only Him but everything. There must be something so overwhelming to become one with the entire universe and seeing all these things through His eyes. The source of life infuses all of creation on all levels, and knowing the source intimately gives you full access to the hidden reality that blinds us in our caporal form. And though you cannot drink freely from the wellspring of life just yet, you can still taste it as our spirit tethers us to the womb of creation. It is a kind of umbilicus that allows us to draw from the source hidden beyond our eyes. It is our spirit that still connects us to the Holy Spirit of God. And it is this union of spirits that compels us to seek the answers we are so blinded to by life.
So how do we learn to find what cannot be seen with human eyes, nor heard with human ears? The answer is never far from you. We start by looking to our teacher and learning to understand what it is that He has hidden in plain sight.
33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.
34 But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded.
35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.
The veil of Moses is still in place to many of us today. This is a metaphor that few understand. It represents ignorance, and the lack of understanding, and the shrouding of the truth before us.
Just as the crowd feared seeing the true reflected glory of the Lord radiating from Moses, so too do we hide in fear of discovery. So often people want to be told answers and few want to put forth the effort it takes to seek it. But to those that are true seekers of enlightenment and understanding the veil is quickly torn asunder and cast aside to see the truth hidden inside.
Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
2 Corinthians 3:13
unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.
14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Sadly, much of what you just read may still not have been fully registered within you. Even as you read this passage you may now associate the veil as being the life and death of Jesus, but that is not exactly what this is all about. The old understanding of taking away or tearing away a veil meant to change ones perspective and seeing the true insights of the truth within. The veil of Moses is not that Jesus would come or even that one day this world will pass away, it is the fact that we fear to see the truth in things as they truly are. We fear that the life we lead may not hold the answers we wanted to hear. To see the truth you must start by first understanding that you are not the source. You are not the answer… you are only a part of something much bigger than you can imagine.
But before we can progress we must first look beyond our ego, and our ego is the foundation of our world in its natural state that is passing away. Life is temporary and so too is this world we know. It is our body and our soul and all it craves that are constantly falling towards the grave end of life called sheol. The ego lusts and craves for all things to satisfy it, and thus our world revolves around us and our constant desires that seek to be satisfied. So the Lord reminds us of our world’s selfish desire and how it craves its own satisfaction in the book of 1 John 2:15-17.
1 John 2: 15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Your basic self is primitive and unrefined but the Lord is understanding of this fact as He made you as such. But our goal is to grow beyond our primitive understanding and to see things as they truly are with the veil of Moses lifted from our eyes and to see the world as it truly is. Life wears a thousand masks to continually cover itself as we do not know how to see the truth unless we see with different eyes.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
You are a reflection of the world and the world reflects you in everything, the two are inextricably connected and this is the hidden reality of you. And before you can learn to rule your world as a conqueror you must first learn some simple truths. In the next several lessons to come you will learn how to read the Bible on the level of the soul, and you will also learn to see the world through different eyes. The same world you know can change by slight moves in a positive direction and seeing the world through the eyes of God can help you to complete and reassemble the shattered reflection of God within you. Without these keys of enlightenment great aspects of life will forever remain a mystery, and what we do not know we often fear, and what is a life forever filled with darkness?
Together we will tear away the veil that blinds us to the truth of life and discover what it is that God has in mind for us all written in the language of the soul. Do not fear to look upon the true face of the Lord as seen in Moses. Do not fear the truth of changes to come. The life of Jesus was only the begging, but the best is yet to come.
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These are the foundations that will unlock the Bible in a way you never knew existed.
Continued on “I Begin With Me”
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