Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Introduction and Sample to the Second Book of the Two Book Set - Enlightenment and Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard



Sample Chapter From the Second Book - Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard


Introduction
           

New Book - Enlightenment and Ritual-Awakening to True Identity from Sanskrit and Hebrew SourcesFor any truth to be wholly understood, two mutually contradictory realities must exist. This paradox of contradiction can be shown in nearly all directions we look, from the nature of good and evil, all the way to the highest dimensions of Absolute. We can track this concept from something as simple as regular polytopes in n dimensions, which are seen as invariant from all angles of observation.

In two dimensions, there are infinite regular polytopes. Imagine this by seeing the first regular polytope of a triangle, all the way to the illusion of a circle with infinitely small sides. In three dimensions, there are five regular polytopes, which are the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron. In four dimensions, there are six regular polytopes. In the fifth dimension and all higher dimensions, there are only three, yet these three together form one whole, or absolute invariance. These three are six divided and mirrored from above into time, revealing the first mutually contradictory reality above and below, showing themselves as six regular polytopes in the fourth dimension.

With one cross-section of reality, we find the first invariance comprising both one and three. Reducing this to the first invariant polytope, we see the triangle again meeting itself on all orthogonal sides. This is the key to the temple we occupy as mind, time, and space. This key then opens the temple doors to all rituals mirroring the same invariance and translation of invariance. Rituals are the translation, while the symbolism they represent are eternal and unchanging realities mirrored into existence on all three sides. See into this to conceptualize your own nature and being in all higher dimensions.

I will return to my first statement in this book: For any truth to be wholly understood, two mutually contradictory realities must exist. From this understanding, a third higher axiom will always allow the mind to resolve contradiction, seeing into what is unseen by mortal eyes. It is with this one truth that we find the truth of both the orthodox understanding of ritual, and the ultraunorthodox view we will come to see when both sides are reflected by the third. When the book is finished, you will be able to accurately see that YOU are the subject for every object you observe. By this one fact only, we will see the point of all rituals as eternal reminders of our own identity and nature in unity with the whole. Raise one to know three. 

Several years ago, it occurred to me that Baptism was symbolic of rebirth into the waters of life. Reflecting on the obviousness of this thought, I began to piece together the meaning of this symbolism from countless scriptural references scattered throughout the whole of the Bible. Parallel to this discovery from the Bible, I would occasionally come across other sources referencing the same truth of transmigration of the soul, or rebirth of our true essence into other bodies. The key to this came when I read the story of the early Christian Father, Origen, whose written view had been banned from the church for promoting belief in rebirth and transmigration of the soul.

In 2013, this concept so captivated me that I wrote a book on the subject—The Present is the Gift – The True meaning of Baptism in the Jordan. I later noticed that many of the other rituals we observed held deeper symbolic meaning, different from the church definitions we were given by theology. Here is a short quote from the book:

“In 545 AD, Justinian declared it a heresy to believe in Transmigration of the Soul. This is after Origen, a Christian philosopher, tried to reveal this mystery to humankind. Many people in the past have held this idea as fact after reading the Bible with open eyes. The Disciples inquired this very question many times. The Hebrew tradition calls it Transmigration and Eastern religion calls it reincarnation.”

Transmigration is a word used mostly by Jewish and Greek sources, confirming the belief of this hidden truth from the foundation of Jewish Mysticism. The word Transmigration is the same as metempsychosis, or the transition of the soul into another body after death. The term metempsychosis is a Greek term, held by the ancient Roman culture to signify the same meaning. If you do a bit of investigation, the Christian religion is a single voice of world religion holding this truth to be incorrect. In other words, we have been lied to from the foundation of our faith. Where would we find this truth outlined by Jesus? Surely his voice would have told us the truth.

First, we must see where the lie originates. Once you know the verse below, you then realize the lie becomes a pretext (lie we tell ourselves) over the centuries, or the lie we perpetuate with the passage of time. Eventually, the lie becomes orthodox and accepted truth, with no voices left to negate. Facing this lie with truth is as simple as checking Biblical sources, then comparing these words to the commonly held beliefs in other religions. Where does the lie begin?

Luke 11:52

"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."

Here, we clearly see that the keys to knowledge regarding religion and salvation are taken away from common knowledge by the Jewish leaders. If it is true that transmigration is a known law of life, then this key was clearly hidden by the Priests who knew the true meaning behind the symbol of immersion into the waters of life. We also get this same lie perpetuated by Justinian regarding Origen.

Here is the actual decree from Justinian:

“If anyone asserts the fabulous preexistence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema.”  ~A.D. 545, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., 14: 318.

Emperor Justinian sought to wipe Origen's writings and teachings on transmigration of the soul out of existence, but Pope Vigilius refused to sign a papal decree. The Emperor then arrested the Pope and put him in jail for his refusal. In 543, Justinian held the Fifth General Council of the Church, informing the Pope he would sign, leaving no other option. The Pope escaped, leaving Justinian to issue the decree.



Quoting Origen:

"It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body... then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing." (Letter CXXIV, to Avitus)

This and many other quotes show the early view of Christians just 250 years after the resurrection of Jesus. If we consult the words of Jesus, we see the same impressions at the end of John 2.

John 2:23-25

Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.  He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Direct witnesses were coming for salvation, yet Jesus would not entrust himself to them. Why? The answer clearly comes to us in John 3. They must be born again. This set of verses makes it clear, yet our theology holds to the lie of one life leading to either hell or heaven. In truth, this lie denies the patience of a loving God. I will leave you to read John 3 on your own, but when seen against the attitude of Jesus in John 2, there is no doubt left on the subject.

In case you do have doubt, let’s visit a few other verses on the subject:

But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead. ~Isaiah 26:19


They have the opportunity to live again, but they are not smart enough to take it. They are like a baby who is about to be born but won’t come out of its mother’s womb. ~Hosea 13:13


They will live again in God’s shadow. They will grow like grain. They will blossom like grapevines. They will be as famous as the wines from Lebanon. ~Hosea 14:7


Won’t you restore our lives again so that your people may find joy in you? ~Psalm 85:6

Now that we can establish the symbolism for rebirth in to the lower realms of space and time, consider the commonly held orthodox view of baptism. What is the central meaning?

From the Christian perspective, our orthodox view of baptism is that we are immersed into water, rising to new life as a regenerated soul. As all good preachers will inform you, this is being born again, or finding your salvation from hell. If we properly translate this again, saying it slightly different, notice how the words call us to the truth of the symbol.

“Baptism is the symbol for immersion into the waters of life. As we rise back to our true soul after death of the image (image of God in creation), we are regenerated by the experience, finding new life again. Being born again above comes for all equally at the resurrection. Until then, we are born into the waters of life below.”

Here is where the twist to this comes in. Nearly all scriptural references we can find on the end days claim that all beings are present to see the return of Christ. Not only this, but those who pierced Christ will also be present.


Revelation 1:7

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

Even good old Job knew the truth of this matter when he says this in Job 19:25-27

I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

We also get the same allusions from Matthew 13.  Ask yourself a question as you read this. Where are we when salvation comes?

Matthew 13:26-41

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.

What does it mean that a soul comes to life again? Where are they coming to life again from these verses?

Revelation 20:4-6

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

Where will they reign with Christ for one thousand years? As you clearly begin to see a pattern emerge, let’s move our mind to the promises of the Old Testament. In each case, a promise is made to living humans about future times they will actively participate in, as future beneficiaries of coming promises. I could use countless verses, but simply consider how promises to ancestors are fulfilled in future generations, showing us clearly what is meant by Malachi 4:5-6:

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

            Keep in mind, this is spoken 430 years or so before Jesus appears.  First, he sends someone who was taken by God, but never died. We first see Elijah appear as John the Baptist. When John was asked if he was the returned Elijah, he says no to the question, but then quotes the prophecy about Elijah. They then ask Jesus if John was Elijah, born again into a new body, to which, Jesus says this:

Matthew 11:14

And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
 
If you can accept it, I will simply say this: Baptism is immersion into the life you live today, which is symbolism for the flood of Noah.  Baptism turns the hearts of the parents to the children, then the children become the new parents as ancestors are then born again into new bodies. In other words, we transmigrate with our own families. Your children will raise you in later years. You are raising your former mother and father now, or at least other relatives you have once known.

            Another way to connect Elijah to this story is to examine 1 Kings 17, where Elijah raises the widow woman’s son from the dead. This is the perfect imagery for baptism. Go to first Kings 17, then realize that dew and rain are symbolism for drops of water from the ocean of all souls. Dew is distilled as it rises. In the passages of 1 Kings 17, the imagery is traveling up to the bed of rest, then down to the mother’s bosom again.  The Son in question is imagery for the Son of God entering into the stream of consciousness as all mankind in division of his first essence. The Mother is symbolism for the womb of creation.

How do we know Baptism is symbolism for beasts in water, or immersion of our soul into the animal nature of mankind? Let’s check the sources in 1 Peter 3:19-22:


 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

            Fact Check from these Verses:

1)     Jesus makes proclamation to imprisoned Spirits who were denied life after the flood of Noah. He then empties the abyss in the book of Revelation, letting the Locust out to devour the Earth. Today, we are those souls devouring the Earth. It is clear who we are.
2)     Baptism is symbolism for the flood of Noah.
3)     We rise to new life from these lower waters, symbolized by baptism, in the same manner as animals did emerging from the Ark. Who is in Heaven now? Only the Son of God.  How do we know?
John 17:11-12

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

            In is with this verse that I then lead you to the tradition of bride and groom. The groom goes with the Father to build a house. When he returns, he brings the bride back with him. Has this happened? Where are we as we await the return of Christ, bringing the bride home with him at the end of the world?



John 14:3

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

            I begin our journey in this introduction with the topic of Baptism for a very specific reason. If Baptism is understood, the whole of symbolism between both Buddhism and Christianity will be seen in parallel. One side explains the other. It is only by this view that we begin to see that religion is very much misunderstood by most of humanity, yet perfectly understood in relative. One relative side is not enough. We must bring the two halves together to see the whole story. In the triangle between all of the views we examine, YOU are the missing information resolving contradiction between each side we see in a state of imbalanced unity.

            In the remaining pages of this book, we will examine the hidden mystery behind each of the basic rituals we observe in religion. When we emerge at the end of this book, our view will forever be changed. See this by the first triangulation we know from geometry.

1.     Christian view of Baptism – No rebirth in other bodies
2.     Buddhist view of Baptism – We are born again
3.     Jewish and Greek View – We are born again
I will freely admit this is a generalization, yet the concept of rebirth into another body is a universal view of mankind reaching into the depths of our existence on Earth. Given the imbalanced side of this witness, what would probability say to us as the pathway to the higher axiom of truth? Simply seen, three sides should agree, leaving the truth of the ritual known clearly. As you will come to see, there are more voices allowing this first regular polytope of truth to grow from a mutually contradictory understanding, into a tree of witness showing the same story on all sides. Rituals are the evidence left behind as mirrors of a truth forgotten.

Remember this: black and white thinking is only seeing a one-dimensional line with two directions. If you rise to the third dimension, there are many more sides. Rise again to the tenth dimension and only three regular sides exist again. From the first triangle to the trinity of all that exists above, you are the missing information completing the objects you observe. Now that we have baptism out of the way, consider the parallels from Buddhism as we begin our journey into Chapter 1-Samsara, Rebirth, Baptism, and Awakening of Higher Nature. 

Raising one to Realize Three
– Father and Son need a Mother

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