Breaking the Mold of Heaven and Hell: The Secret of the Inner-World Revealed
By dispelling some of the old stereotypical views of both Heaven and Hell it clears the way to show their deeper significance. Hidden in the Bible is a great mystery, in that the “World (Cosmos/Order)” of Creation is really the inner landscape of the psyche (Soul: All attributes of the mind) that has been ruled in chaos by the Natural-Self and is being transformed into a greater order by the Higher-Self. By knowing how this inner dimensional landscape is laid out and how it functions it will help us understand the Bible’s hidden secret.
|The Secret is …You|
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery
of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
We first have to remove the old images of Heaven and Hell to clarify how this is all laid out. The morality issues for being a “good” or “bad” person do not play out here on this level of understanding. At heart, most people think they are good, but they often make questionable choices. This new level of understanding is meant to remove notions of “good” and “evil” and focus on the underlying issues that plagues the human psyche that creates the judgments we face with each choice we make.
By dispelling the myth that a “Hell” of torment exists we no longer focus on the attributes of punishment and suffering and focus on what it is really being taught. By removing the punishment aspect, we instead see the consequences that arise from making poor judgments and then we begin to see the solution present itself through the mask of the symbolic universe that is being illustrated in the ancient text.
By removing the word “Hell” and using the original words the Bible used we see a very different picture. The main view was that of the darkness of the grave. Again, as you learned in our earlier studies that “darkness” is symbolic for ignorance, and the “Earth” symbolizes the old cognitive understanding that is attributed to the Natural-Self.
|Notice the translational differences! You are the Beast (Natural-Self) and the World of Creation.|
|2 Corinthians 5:17 (BBE)
So if any man is in Christ, he is in a new world: the old things have come to an end; they have truly become new.
|2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV )
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
|2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
|2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
|Other translations use “New World” or “New Creation“, but also notice that you as an individual sit upon 12 thrones in judgment. These are all symbolic for overcoming the “Old World” (Old Natural-Self).|
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration
(New World) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Looking Down: Earth
This Natural-Self is the basic understanding that you possess inherently by being alive. It is the symbolic embodiment of all your basic wants and needs and this state is the lowest part of your understanding. Thus it is the Base Level of the Inner-Man that is represented as the ground itself. On spiritual terms, it plays out as the “Grave” because these truths are not lasting. They are temporary and selfish by nature because they revolve around the self’s desires/hungers at any given moment. The end of each of these desires is only to please the self without a long term goal to continue forward. So because they are temporary, they are desires that do not last and end in a symbolic death and thus are swallowed up in the Grave of the Inner-World.
This Natural-Self is also known as the “Animal-Nature” or “Beast-Nature”. More often than not, you will see the paring of the words “Man & Beast” several times throughout the Bible, depicting man’s duality of self. Where the “Man-Nature” is the enlightened Higher-Self that rises, but the “Beast-Nature” descends into the Grave of the Lower-Self‘s desires.
|The pairing of “Man and Beast” occurs in over 61 verses in the Bible.|
Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
|Your Natural-Self is the Beast of Ignorance being renewed (cast down).|
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding
the number of
the beast: for it
the number of a
man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
This temporary and dying attribute of the inner-world is what is ruled in chaos, and it has little understanding of higher ideals that reach beyond personal wants and needs so it is bound to the “Earth” or “Grave” level of understanding. The “Earth” man starts with Adam. He is the Golem of clay that starts the process of taking a lump of earth and raises it up to the image of a man. As men in the Bible represent knowledge, he becomes an ideal that is formed from the basic level of understanding and thus the Natural-Man is symbolically made of dust and when he dies he returns back into the dust of ignorance, from which he came.
|“Adam” is taken from “Adamah“. The ancient Hebrews used the term “Golem” to symbolize an anamorphic clay creature that is as a shapeless person that’s without reason or understanding. This is the Natural-Man that has no structure and dwells in the chaos of ignorance.|
|אֲדָמָה ʼădâmâh, ad-aw-maw’; from H119; soil (from its general redness):—country, earth, ground, husband(-man) (-ry), land.|
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (a living truth/i.e.: knowledge).
|Symbolically this version of eating “bread” is the consumption of the understanding that comes through difficulties. This means it will be hard for you to understand without effort because the Natural-Self is void of higher reasoning by nature. Thus from “dust to dust” and not exceeding the grave.|
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Looking Up: Heaven
But the Basic-Man of the Earth can find elevation by following the “Word” of God. This is the promptings of the Higher-Self calling to the Lower-Self to find elevation in understanding. The “Word” of God is “Truth“, and only TRUTH can raise the Lower-Man to find the elevation it seeks in understanding.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
This is the pursuit of “righteousness” (correctness); to elevate the Natural-Man to a Man of God. This means that through Truth we elevate the image of a brute unthinking beast to an image of a god. This is all done by gaining the Higher-Faculties of reasoning.
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Each Natural-Man that is born to the Earth level of the inner-world is an ideal that seeks to find its purpose in the greater order of truth. These ideals (men) function as conversations with other aspect of the self that interact with other ideals (men) to discover if they are true or false reasoning’s. A true reasoning will only follow a true God but a false reasoning will easily be swayed by the promptings of false gods.
The gods of the inner-world are perceptions of truth that lead your basic understandings (men), that were created in the Lower-Self to find a place of truth in the Higher-Self. But not all truths are actually true. A truth is only found to be true through its testing with an established order of reasoning. If it seeks to be lifted up for selfish reasons, it will most likely be found to be false and then not rise at all, but die in the grave of the Earth level of understanding. But an ideal that encompasses others as equals (Balanced-Ideals) to the self will often be found to be true, and thus ideologies that are mutually beneficial (Balanced) are often elevated to a state of higher understanding and reside in a place of perpetual living truths called “Heaven“. (Eternal Truths = Everlasting Life)
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The Heaven of the inner-world is the sky that is unreachable from the baser-self. Only the higher identity can lead the animal brain into a man of reasoning and thus the “Man” of the inner-world is born and he follows the “God” of higher-understanding, or he is lead astray from the path of righteousness/correctness.
This calling to understanding changes the beast-animal, natural man into a reflection of the ideal heavenly man that resides beyond the veil of clouded obscurity, and thus the abode of Heaven is symbolically the outcome and promptings of the Ideal-Self that the Natural-Man tries to emulate through his endeavors to overcome his baser desires.
Looking Straight Ahead: Waters
So for these reasons the landscape of the inner-world is divided into two major parts by a third part. How does the Baser-Man transition from a Brute Beast into a Man of God? A medium of Self-Reflection is needed so that he may reflect into himself and see the truth that exists before him. This middle medium of two selves is identified as a “Firmament” that is symbolized as water and as a mirror in the sky.
|There is no mirror in the sky. This is the symbolic mirror of the “world” (Cosmos: Divine Order: Also translated as “World” or “Universe”) This is the symbolic image of the “The reflection of truth”.
A.K.A. The Universal Mirror of Truth.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
The “Waters” of Creation are divided on the second day in the Creation process (Gen 1:7). These waters are a medium of two truths. One truth is the reflection of the Natural-Man and the other is the reflection of the Higher-Man. This is God and Man both facing each other through one unified perspective. But as the image is reflected in a medium that is not always solid, it changes and distorts and the image gets despoiled by agitation, and thus the reasoning behind the image of “Water” being used as a symbolic reflecting medium.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Any upset in ones reasoning creates a disparity in the mental landscape and it shatters the image of truth of the True-Man that is reflected within the Universal Mirror of Truth, and the image of “God” is then lost by a fragmented self-image. For this reason we need to keep in mind that calmness is the key to seeing God reflected within us. We need to focus on the truth, so that the true image is easily seen in the calm reflecting waters of the spirit (a.k.a. clean conscience). And only once the Natural-Man can create a perfect reflection within the mirror, can he transcend the Beast-Self and clearly see the higher reasoning of the God-Self that dwells within.
And thus the image of Christ is manifested in the inner-world as a perfect image of the true unified Self.
|The perfect reflection of the True-Self is as Christ. In “Truth” we reflect God within and become as God in Understanding as Master or Lord of the Inner-World|
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (Truth).
The clear image of both God and Man is only unified by a bridge of the two waters within you. You see this bridge referred to many times in different forms; as Moses parts the sea, and as Christ walks of water, and as He calms the storms (within). We also see this revealed in Jacob’s dream of a stairway to heaven, or as angels ascend and descend upon Christ Himself (This is the image of transcending the Mirror).
|The Bridge of the Spirit|
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
The Universal Mirror of Truth is the embodiment of living truths (Pure understanding). It is the great barrier that keeps the Natural-Man out of the Paradise of Peace of the Higher-Self. This same truth barrier is also manifested as a symbolic sword that blocks the way to paradise at the fall in the Garden of Eden.
|The Sword of Truth is the key to bridging the Firmament. It is a two edged sword that represents the balance and divisibility of the two truths. If you depart from balance you are cut from the truth.|
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
The Embodiment of the Word of God is Truth, and it is the only key that allows us to transcend both sides of the reflection of the Inner-Man. Christ is the symbol of the authority you have gained over many lessons and trials that are detailed in the Bible, as a linear progression that is masked as stories of people in the Bible. Each life is secretly a step in that “Jacob’s ladder” to lift the spirit of consciousness to a higher plain of understanding.
When we learn to overcome the Universal Mirror of Truth, we unify both ends of the reflection of the Natural-Man and the Higher-Man and the True-Man is revealed as the God of the inner-world.
|The transition from Apprentice to Master (Gaining Authority)|
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
The secret of Christ is that He is the Authoritarian example of Living Truth within you. He is symbolically the Mirror-Self that is united into one whole image and that is no longer divided into parts. This image is only seen in clarity in a calm and clear mind that is without pretense or faulty expectations.
|Transcending The Universal Mirror of Truth: The Word of God is Truth personified. (Christ)|
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God
and of the Lamb.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This crossing over is the typical misconception of the Christian religions that put in place the image of Heaven and Hell as the final destination for the Man who lived in either Righteousness or Sin. But as you learned earlier, these are both misconceptions, as they respectively mean Correctness and Mistake (to err). The Correct-Man (Righteous-Man) sees clarity in the mirror as it becomes focused, but the Man Without Understanding (Sinful man) only sees the error of his ways and focuses on the mistakes he makes and gets trapped on the wrong side of the mirror’s reflection. He cannot transcend from the Natural-Man into the Higher-Man. The Sinful Man is not evil per say, but he is trapped by a flawed self-image that is less than perfect and thus the “Waters” that constitute the mirror, boil in what most people attribute to Hell’s Lake of Fire.
Fire in the Bible is not an actual flame, but rather it is symbolic for an eternal flame of knowledge that tests everything to find its true content, by burning away the faults and by purifying that which is true. The pure things are then lifted up to a higher-state or lowered into a lower-state of understanding. These fires are vigilant and always burning because they are eternal truths. This means that clarity never changes. It doesn’t matter the situation; truth is always true. This is the same image of a never-changing eternal God in Heaven (Higher-Understanding). This means that each soul (psyche: The whole mind) of the inner-world is a truth that is tested by the fires of true reason (i.e. as before the judgment seat of God). And it is either found worthy as either a pure ideal and it resides in Heaven as a pure understanding, or it is lost in an unresolved state of darkness (Ignorance) in a “Lake of Fire“. This just means that something is either a “good” idea or a “bad” one, where the idea is a balanced reflection of both the Higher-Self and the Lower-Self, or it is only relating to the Natural-Self (Beast). In simple terms it is either Self-less (nobly driven/i.e. symbolically as a king (Christ)) or Self-ish (Common driven/i.e. as the Beast (Devil)).
|The Testing Fire|
But the heavens
and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
|Above and Below the Firmament|
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
|The resolution of Selfish Faulty Truths|
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Quiz in Clarity:
With all you have just learned in this post, can you understand the verses below?
- Darkness is ignorance
- Bread is understanding
- Eye is perception
- Dust is what is the constitution of the truth (Gold: Pure or Dirt: Basic)
|Job 28:1||Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.|
|Job 28:2||Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.|
|Job 28:3||He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.|
|Job 28:4||The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.|
|Job 28:5||As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.|
|Job 28:6||The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and
it hath dust of gold.
|Job 28:7||There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:|
|Job 28:8||The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.|
|Job 28:9||He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.|
|Job 28:10||He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.|
|Job 28:11||He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.|
|Job 28:12||But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?|
|Job 28:13||Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.|
|Job 28:14||The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.|
|Job 28:15||It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.|
|Job 28:16||It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.|
|Job 28:17||The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.|
|Job 28:18||No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.|
|Job 28:19||The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.|
|Job 28:20||Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?|
|Job 28:21||Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.|
|Job 28:22||Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.|
|Job 28:23||God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.|
|Job 28:24||For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;|
|Job 28:25||To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.|
|Job 28:26||When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:|
|Job 28:27||Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.|
|Job 28:28||And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.|
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