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contemplating piracy

#1 Postby true » Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:24 am

shabbat shalom!

the other morning i was contemplating unity with God, how there’s no separation and God is an immediate part of all experience. like many of us, i also struggle financially. so the next contemplation was no separation from wealth. reflecting on what trips me up, makes me feel separate and right away, the good ol’ 1% came up. (you know how 1% of the population own an amazingly disproportionate amount, about half, of the wealth.) then i was thinking, how could i feel less separate from the 1%? sometimes i think of them as mentally ill, like hoarders or psychopaths, which increases my compassion, but not in a way where i’d like to join with them.

then a thought flashed on pirates—many of us have a soft spot in our hearts for pirates. as an anarchist, i certainly do. i remember hearing about real life pirates in the news and secretly rooting for them. aware it’s probably a mistake, that these folks cause suffering, but still, wanting to root for the underdog, for those who step into any kind of robin hood-role. not unlike social workers who develop policy to use tax payer money to help those who struggle to meet their basic needs. how else am i like a pirate?

i’m grateful to have a gentler place in my heart for the 1%, from where i can consider possibilities. grateful to have a softer place in my heart from which to consider how i'm a pirate. and i'm wondering what more could be said for increased integration and wholeness.

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Re: contemplating piracy

#2 Postby sheryl » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:32 am

Shabbat Shalom Dear Friends!

I am sorry for your financial struggles, Sister True, and pray for light to shine upon all of the struggles that many of us are presently experiencing.

Your comments about the 1% brought a chuckle. I presently live among the 1%, and have for the last 25 years, but will soon be packing up and moving on to another phase in this life.

And in considering increased integration and wholeness, a story Yeshua told comes to mind, the Parable of the Dishonest Manager.

In this story, a manager for a wealthy man learns that he is going to be fired for dishonesty. So he takes it upon himself to earn favor from the wealthy man's debtors by reducing their debt before he loses his position of authority. Yeshua tells his disciples that the boss praises his dishonest manager for doing this, calling him shrewd, and Yeshua likewise praises him, saying that the Children of Light could learn something from the shrewdness displayed by the dishonest manager.

As I contemplate leaving my present community, looking around at the folks with whom my life has been intertwined, admiration arises for the many great attributes that they demonstrate. What we read or what we hear in the news doesn't tell the whole story. Many of the folks in my community, many of the 1% living here, are hard working. They are generous, hopeful, optimistic. They have faith. And they demonstrate gratitude. They are also creative and adventurous risk takers. And we certainly can call them shrewd, or astute with keen judgment. And even a little "pirate-ty". :D

Honestly, at times I am humbled by many of them, by how hard they work, how kind and respectful they are, by how generous they are with both their time and money.

In considering the Parable of the Dishonest Manager, isn't Yeshua tearing down the walls of separation, the walls of judgment between the Children of Light and the wealthy and their workers by teaching that how we are successful with the things of the world is not so different from how we are successful with the things of the Kingdom? I am hearing that there are attributes of the 1% - or at least attributes of some of them - in regards to hope and faith, in regards to hard work and perseverance, in regards to optimism and gratitude, attributes which bring material success that can also bring success to our spiritual labor. Within the 1% greed exists, no doubt, and desire for self-alone, as well as outright theft and law breaking - and there is something inherently wrong with a system in which the economic gap is widening, but these negative attributes are not isolate to what is known as the 1%. They exist in us all.

Just as you have shared Sister True - when we are able to find the faults or woundedness we see in others in our self, as well as the goodness and perfection, the feelings of separation dissolve.

Seeing God in all things, drawing out the good, the Three Roots and the Six Essentials, these are the path to wholeness.

May all beings find their perfection.

With gratitude,

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Re: contemplating piracy

#3 Postby Yonah » Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:01 pm

Greeting Sisters,

I believe there are a number of insights within both your posts.

First, I believe that anything that causes human suffering, financial struggle, health issues, emotional difficulties, etc. can all point us to seeming separation. All of these things cause our human minds to see an “us and them” state that promotes the feeling of separation. I don’t want to diminish the suffering or the effect it has on a person. People do suffer and struggle in tough times. It seems that part of the suffering is the feeling of separation and disunity.

It is very difficult to see a very small number of people with a large amount of the opportunities in the world and many others going without, causing struggles sometimes even for survival. Our world right now seems very polarized and the few have an extreme amount of wealth, but one thing that has become clear to me is that this state of those with wealth and power and those without has been in effect since civilization came into being.

I recently had to do an exercise for my masters in counseling program where I had to identify what group I feel prejudice toward. At first, I couldn’t come up with a group because I am very open and empathic to others and have trouble seeing anyone in a less than perspective. As I worked through the assignment, I realized that my prejudice is toward those that have prejudice. I know that sounds like a circular statement, but it’s true – with those that I perceive having prejudice and judgment I struggle to find love and see the Light of God within them. I’ve come to realize I need to heal this – I can disagree with someone’s views, but I still need to find love in my heart for them and be able to see that they are a child of God just as I am.

I see something of this same need for many of us with the 1%. Because there seems to be a discontinuity it’s easy to see them as separate. As Sister Sheryl pointed out so well, the 1% are individuals and thus should not be stereotyped. My experience has shown me that there are people not in the 1% that can be very greedy and not willing to share, it’s just that their lack of resources makes it less obvious. There are also those in the 1% that give to charity, look for ways to assist others, etc. We need to see everyone as an individual and a child of El Elyon (God Most High) and pray for them accordingly.

I think you are on to something, True, when you mention social workers looking for ways to help those that need assistance. I think it’s about doing what we can in love. I know that being upset and angry about situations that I can’t control doesn’t help me or anyone. But, what I can do is try to find love for all beings, pray for their wholeness and liberation, and find where I can make a difference. I think the change in the world will come from a rising up of many doing what’s right and doing it in love…. This will change our society and bring forth the Second Coming. People cleave to the spiritual forces that they resonate with – thus our world is full or archonic influence. The way to break this is through our path to enlightenment and liberation and through love to assist all our brothers and sisters on their path.

I’m not a pirate fan personally – but as you know, True, I have paradigms that I do resonate with (we all have our own). I think seeing ourselves as an archetype of change through love is a good thing. It helps us to find our way and find our truth in a way that we can resonate with. I applaud you as a pirate of love who is effecting change through loving kindness and caring about the world.

Shalom, Yonah!
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Re: contemplating piracy

#4 Postby true » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:22 pm

shalom companions!

appreciate y'all's responses. +yonah, when you mentioned struggling to have compassion with those who are bigoted, it reminded me of how i struggle with having tolerance for the intolerant; very similar. and while i agree, completely, that we need to treat individuals as the unique beings they are, there are also social patterns, or phenomenon, that can be studied. having gotten a masters of science in studying these patterns, it's a familiar perspective--and one that can be used to heal.

sheryl's response reminds me of how many people i talk to about this puzzle respond. sheryl may very well know some of the 3 million who own about half of the wealth and i respect that she didn't name drop. but most folks i talk to don't know any of the 1% and yet they respond defensively, as if someone is accusing them of having it easy. i find this curious, especially considering they are also effected by the inequity too. most of the 1% inherited their wealth and rarely is their hard work physical. also usually they are in supervisory positions rather than front line workers. i could go on about how our economic system is wrongfully biased in favor of capital, stealing from labor, who truly -own- the final product and more of the profit, but that's another thread. and i believe, were Yeshuah here today, he would participate in the occupy movement.

but then it also seems possible, to puzzle over inequitable phenomenon we come across from a place of unity. we can discuss and explore our disagreement while, at the same time, keep in mind our ultimate oneness.

so while i'm puzzling over how to inspire pirates to be more generous, i hold them in my heart as part of myself, as we are all inseparable from God, moving toward our more full, merciful, enlightenment and liberation.

blessings!
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Re: contemplating piracy

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:18 pm

Shalom,

There is nothing new about the ignorance that dominates the world, nothing at all. Here in this world we are all intimately acquainted with it, because we are all bound up in our own version of the ignorance, which isn’t more or less ignorant than anybody else’s version. The sole virtue of recognizing the ignorance that dominates the world, and that dominates us, is the generation of a passionate desire and zeal to bring this ignorance into cessation in us, and to bring an end to the sorrow and suffering is causes; hence, zeal for a return to God or Enlightenment.

There is no changing the world sister. Many great and holy beings have walked in the world before us, and they have not changed the world. Why should we think you or I could change it? These great and holy ones, however, have shown us how to return to God, revealing to us the path to Enlightenment – returning to God, seeking Enlightenment, that’s what this life is about. We would be wise to take up this spiritual journey with great zeal and not be distracted from it.

In this regard I’m reminded of a saying of Lao-tzu in the Tao Te Ching (29):

Do you want to change the world? I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred. It cannot be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it; if you treat it like an object, you’ll loose it.

There is a time for being ahead, a time for being behind; a time for being in motion, a time for being at rest; a time for being vigorous, a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe, a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way, and resides at the center of the circle.


(Translation by Stephen Mitchell)

As for what Adonai Yeshua would do if he were here today, since he did not engage political revolution in his time, but rather focused on teaching the Gospel - the Path of Return, the Great Ascension, I doubt he'd become involved in political revolution, or the "occupy movement" today. Even when apparently successful, such things do not tend to bring real and lasting change.

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Re: contemplating piracy

#6 Postby true » Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:44 pm

shalom!

i greatly appreciate your input, +malachi. didn't realize i sounded like i wanted to change the world, but i get that now. i often find it challenging to know where the edge is for supporting others' empowerment, etc. i hear that i'm overreaching again. the whole pondering was an attempt to look at my own pirate nature, but looks like i got lost there too.

and i'm wondering if i've misunderstood about the second coming. sounds like the ignorance that dominates the world, will continue, as it always has, is that right? somehow i'd gotten the impression that that would be healed too and we would still have time to live on earth. from that idea, i'd been thinking that we were all agents in supporting the birth process of the second coming, to support an inevitable social healing.

wondering if more could be said about that process?

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Re: contemplating piracy

#7 Postby Martina » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:45 am

Shalom Dear Tau and Sisters!

Concerning changing the world, I would like to share that I grew up in a socialist country for 26 years and that this experiment at the time did not work. There were many sincere people but there were also many who did not care for social and political progress and equality. The political leaders were caught up in their own klippot. You can see the same going on all over the world like in Israeli Kibbutzim or on Cuba. There is no true and lasting equality. When the wall came down the first thing people did was to go shopping in the Western part of Germany rather than think about how to develop more equality.

People live on many different stages of the development of their soul. That is why I believe what Tau shared to be so true: “The sole virtue of recognizing the ignorance that dominates the world, and that dominates us, is the generation of a passionate desire and zeal to bring this ignorance into cessation in us, and to bring an end to the sorrow and suffering is causes; hence, zeal for a return to God or Enlightenment.”

Dear Sister True, I am also interested in your question about the Second Coming. Is the Second Coming a raying out of this light from those who follow the different spiritual path in the world and how will it manifest when many more come to the paths?

I hope this post does not offend others views.

In gratitude,
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#8 Postby Elder Gideon » Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:15 am

Solstice Shalom!

You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me (John 12:8).

Your experience growing up in East Germany, Martina, I deeply appreciate. It mirrors something of what my Hebrew instructor often shares with me about her growing up in an Israeli kibbutz. For her, its model failed, leaving her with an enduring disbelief in systemic efficacy. As inequity will always be, the vocabulary in this lineage has refined and grounded my hope to act confidently with what can be done. I feel more full of purpose than at any other time in my life. Growing in one's purpose is growing the Second Coming.

Many of the outer church relate superstitiously with the Second Coming as personal salvation, as superstitiously as the masses of Christian pilgrims advance-booking all lodgings throughout Jerusalem as the year 2000 approached, anticipating being somehow closer to some literal, physical rapture. That year has come and gone. The world continues inequitably turning. One-hundred and eighty degrees to the Christian attachment to 'getting out of here,' a Sophian teaching of Second Coming is 'getting in here' with purpose and service. Salvation is not a noun but a verb: to serve.

I marvel at the timing of this conversation as we've just celebrated the Feast of Mother and Child. Among the many mysteries embedded in this feast is the contemplation of the world into which one's born. From whatever vantage as a mystic, poet, artist, or educator, I've surrendered trying to talk about the world with any objectivity. I'm convinced it can't be done. To talk about the world is only to talk about oneself.

Echoing what Tau has shared above, the world isn't to be changed, but it is to be served. With what view I serve is how I embody my purpose. To experience my purpose is ironically self-transcendent. The Second Coming for me continues to be an unfolding experience of self-transcendent purpose. I'm careful not to use only spiritual vocabulary for this Second Coming, for many who don't believe are luminously on fire with purpose. The Second Coming is a growing, collective awakening to self-transcendent purpose. Acting with purpose for others is salvation.

As I practice this attitude of salvation-as-a-verb, I come to nuances never before experienced. See, salvation isn't from here, but being able to serve with immunity to here. This inverts trying to get to heaven and empowers me to act here already from heaven. A more grounded reading of St. John's Apocalypse confirms this for me. Rather than two stories in two settings above in heaven and on earth below, see the saints in the influxes of their worship actively experiencing their purpose in service to a world eating them up. As our world externally disintegrates in violence, toxicity, and inequity, may service agents, actively doing what can be done, internally integrate.

Because of some gnosis, some Light Transmission, these two contradicting realities draw closer together inside me. Ramana Maharshi said, "Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes." This is why our lineage teaches and initiates, to show the shoes we already possess so we can get to work as quickly and effectively as possible with purpose.

May our Mother raise us up with purpose to serve from transcendence.

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Re: contemplating piracy

#9 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:47 am

Grace and peace to you in Yeshua Messiah! Amen.

First, in that we are in the early stages of the Second Coming of Christ, corresponding with gestation in the Mother, we cannot say what the later stages and fruition of the Second Coming will look like or be like, for it has not happened yet and therefore it is unknown. Granted, through the Holy Spirit, in moments of dream, vision and deep intuition, we may catch some glimpse of it, or acquire some knowledge of it; hence, there is the play of prophecy and revelation. The actual and full manifestation, however, that’s another matter; as taught with Da’at in “Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ,” in such things there is a play of uncertainty because, in fact, we all have free will and are co-creators of this weave, joined with the Infinite One.

We need to understand, though, that the principle manifestation of the Second Coming of Christ is in us, it is the experience of Christ Consciousness or God Consciousness. Thus, on the most fundamental level the Second Coming is a radical change in consciousness, it is an enlightenment experience – Gadlut Mochin (Big Mind), and as the Second Coming progresses the experience of Christ Consciousness or God Consciousness will occur in more and more individuals; hence, in a larger segment of collective humanity. This, in essence, is the Second Coming as taught in our Messianic Kabbalah.

Now a radical change of the collective consciousness comes through a radical change of individual consciousness; individuals compose the collective, and therefore any greater change in the collective comes through individuals. Thus wishing to hasten the Second Coming, and wishing to gain deeper insights into its potential ramifications in the future, we co-labor with the Christ-Spirit for an ongoing transformation and evolution of our own consciousness; hence, we seek the enlightenment and liberation of our soul with passion and full zeal, understanding that it is in so doing that we may be the of the greatest service to others.

Understand, as we experience an ascent or expansion of consciousness we access greater and greater intelligence (ruach), and as we do so we are able to embody the Christ-Spirit, or the Light-presence and Light-power, more and more. Thus, this influence and force of Christ, the Anointing, is brought into the world, and it shines in the world, blessing and uplifting those around us who are willing to receive it. Quite naturally, the more individuals there are who embody something of the Christ-Spirit and God Consciousness, and take up the good works of faith and knowledge, the greater the influence and force for a radical change in the collective consciousness.

Remember, the reality of our experience is dream-like; it is a radiant display of the mind, consciousness or soul. Here, in this world, in waking consciousness, the reality that appears, and what transpires, is the radiant display of the entire collective of souls, or all sentient beings in it.

Concerning the potential for a transformation of the world, this corresponds with a transformation in consciousness; and here we may say, when Christ or God Consciousness dawns the world is transformed, it appears very different to the one who is looking and seeing, listening and hearing, and feeling in the Spirit of God.

As we know, Yeshua teaches that the kingdom of heaven is “spread out upon the earth,” and likewise that the kingdom is “within and around you.” Joined with this, in the Risen Christ there is a new humanity, and with it a new heaven and new earth.

Consider this. When the Christ appeared in the world, and since that time, kingdom of heaven has become manifest in the world; since the Risen Christ appeared, a new heaven and new earth have been made manifest. When Christ appeared a radical change happened in the world, and yet the world itself did not change but remained the same. In the Second Coming this is naturally an ongoing process, the kingdom of heaven being made manifest, a new heaven and new earth being expanded, all as more and more individuals are united with the Body of Christ, and labor to embody the Christ-Spirit in full, seeking the realization of Christ Consciousness; although this is transpiring, the world remains as it has always been.

We do not seek to change the world, but rather we seek to bring about a change in consciousness; likewise, rather than trying to change the world, we labor for a greater manifestation of the kingdom of heaven in it, a greater wave of enlightenment, if you will.

In this spiritual labor, our focus is upon a change in our own consciousness, and on a growing embodiment of the Christ-Spirit, a growing expression of this Spirit of Truth through our thoughts, words and deeds, our person and life. If, indeed, we embody the Christ-Spirit, and we love one another, engaging in good works, the influence and force of this will move with, in and through us, and in this way we may be a conscious agent of the kingdom of heaven on earth, serving to bless and uplift others who desire to receive the Spirit of God, or the Light of the Infinite.

Let us remember that in Christ we are in this world, but we are not of this world any longer; while in this world, we labor for the full embodiment of Christ Consciousness, and we labor to enact love and compassion, but the ultimate aim is the Great Ascension, and in ascension the transcendence of the need for physical incarnation. In this regard, the world is like a womb of the Great Mother, and from this womb we are to be born into the eternal realm, the Pleroma of Light; to this end, this womb-world is perfect, and is sacred as it is.

It is good that we seek to help others in practical ways whenever we can, and in whatever way we can, and it is good to labor for a better society and world around us. It’s good to uplift others in this way. The greater blessing, the lasting blessing however, comes as we return to God, and experience something of God Consciousness, and therefore can help others return to God. This not only blesses a soul in this life, but in the afterlife and beyond; the salvation of a soul, or the enlightenment and liberation of a soul, is the greatest blessing or boon of all, and helping to facilitate this is the greatest service we can offer to another living spirit or soul. Thus, we do not seek God Consciousness or enlightenment for ourselves alone, but to be of the greatest service or benefit to others. This, in essence, is the realization of the kingdom of heaven in this world – this is the way of heaven!

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Re: contemplating piracy

#10 Postby Shellie » Fri May 15, 2015 2:14 pm

"It is good that we seek to help others in practical ways whenever we can, and in whatever way we can, and it is good to labor for a better society and world around us. It’s good to uplift others in this way. The greater blessing, the lasting blessing however, comes as we return to God, and experience something of God Consciousness, and therefore can help others return to God. This not only blesses a soul in this life, but in the afterlife and beyond; the salvation of a soul, or the enlightenment and liberation of a soul, is the greatest blessing or boon of all, and helping to facilitate this is the greatest service we can offer to another living spirit or soul. Thus, we do not seek God Consciousness or enlightenment for ourselves alone, but to be of the greatest service or benefit to others. This, in essence, is the realization of the kingdom of heaven in this world –this is the way of heaven!"


This was very meaningful to me.... I very much appreciate this conversation. I imagine that when we look at our human experiences in this world, in these wonderful bodies that anchor us, recognizing the areas of our lives where we are privileged is an important piece of self-knowledge. It can leads us to a deeper understanding of our own thoughts, intentions, and motivations. This has been a very humbling experience for me in the past, and has enabled me to better open my ears to the plight of those who do not share my privileges and work to bring about change so that all may be happy and free, and it has also shown me when I need to liberate myself from things that some might might want to say should limit my own happiness and freedom, which ultimately is Union with God.

In love and peace,
Shellie


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