Cracking the Seals

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Continuing our journey of exploring the activation of Kundalini,  let’s look at what the Book of Revelation says when the Lamb begins to open each of the seven seals:

1 Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures call out, as with a voice of thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse! Its rider had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering and to conquer. 3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature call out, “Come!” 4 And out cameanother horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another; and he was given a great sword. 5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, “Come!” I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a pair of scales in his hand, 6 and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s pay, and three quarts of barley for a day’s pay, but do not damage the olive oil and the wine!” 7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature call out, “Come!” 8 I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth. 9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; 10 they cried out with a loud voice, “Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” 11 They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters,who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed. 12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and there came a great earthquake; the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree drops its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the magnates and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Rev. 6:1-17

1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth; and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. Rev. 8:1-5

The opening of the seals are followed by 7 “trumpet blasts” and then 7 “vials of wrath,” which produce even more alarming consequences.  These trumpet blasts and pouring out of the vials describe the further processes of each seal’s activity as it becomes “activated.”  In some way the known material world begins to “disintegrate” or lose it’s hold on perceived reality.  As William Butler Yeats describes in his poem “The Second Coming:”

 Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
 Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
 The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereImage

 The ceremony of innocence is    drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the   worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

 

Joshua Tilghman, a fellow blogger, describes what is happening here quite well on his “Spirit of the Scripture” blog.  In his post Introduction to the Book of Revelation, he tells us:

Although these symbols can seem scary when interpreted literally, they are really about the great strides that are being made within the soul as it journeys back to God. Each trumpet blast and each vial of judgment poured out from the angels symbolize cleansings and openings within our spiritual gateways called chakras. This is the process of unveiling higher consciousness as the Holy Spirit rises within us. It isn’t about devastation, destruction, and the end. It’s about new birth and life in the conscious experience. It’s about the purging of lower thoughts and emotions in order to awaken to our higher natures. The stigma that has come with the Book of Revelations needs to be lifted. Image

The incompatibility between the egoic lower self and nature of our higher self is very real, albeit a very natural one. It is this divine tension that enables life as we know it to unfold. We should embrace it. It allows for the development of our thoughts and emotions.

Thank you for stating this so well, Joshua!  In our next post we’ll look at the positive aspects of growth that come with the opening of the seven seals, and we’ll use a familiar Gospel story to guide us.  Until then, peace…

Every Good Book Has a Spine

Following on from my last post, it’s time to determine under what conditions “the book” may be open and read.  The Book of Revelation tells us that in order for the book to be read, one must be found “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break it’s seals.”  So, the “seals” must be broken in order for the “scroll” to be read.  Who is found worthy to break the seals?  We are told…

And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.  See, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals. Then I saw… a Lamb… having seven horns and seven eyes….  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne.  -Rev. 5:2-7

(Please note that in this individual the Lion and the Lamb coexist; they “lie down together.” Have you ever noticed that?)

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After the Lamb has taken the scroll, he then begins not opening the scroll itself, but rather the seven seals one at a time, with each ceremonial opening bringing with it remarkable results.  No actual reading of the scroll actually happens after opening the seven seals.  The point being that opening the seven seals and experiencing its results is synonymous with reading the scroll itself. 

Let’s look further at the seals themselves, these “force-centres wherein radiates the formative force of the Logos,” and that run along “the cerebrospinal axis and the great sympathetic (nervous) system,” as J.M. Pryce has already shared with us.

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In the East, these force-centres are known as “Chakras,” or wheels, and they lie dormant along the spine until the great work of initiation is undertaken.  In order for these chakras to be Imageactivated (or seals to be open), a force that lays dormant in the bottom of each person’s spine must be roused out of its slumber.  This force is commonly known in the East as the Kundalini, or “Serpent Power,” and guided properly, it is a source of spiritual awakening.  Once the Kundalini begins to arise from the base of the spine, it moves up the axis, activating each seal as it passes through it.

Do we get a hint of Kundalini anywhere in the Bible? Yes!  In the Old Testament the most obvious reference is in the 21st Chapter of the Book of Numbers when the Israelites, due to their impatience, are being bitten by “fiery serpents” in the wilderness.  They ask Moses to “pray to the LORD to Imagetake away the serpents from us.”  But rather than doing away with the serpents, the LORD tells Moses to “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”  And sure enough, whenever an Israelite would be bitten, he or she would look at the bronze serpent Moses made and live.  So why didn’t the LORD just do away with the serpents like He was asked?  Because the serpents are necessary!  Each person has their own serpent within, and the bites refer to the premature arousal of the powerful electrical kundalini energy which can cause mental and physical harm.  Why looking upon a serpent on a pole was the cure is a mystery, but the best that I can do is suggest it is a homeopathic cure, using the source of the illness itself as a cure.  The pole represents the human spine, and the bronze serpent the kundalini power rising up it’s axis.

Jesus follows up on this story in the Gospel of John when he likened the “Son of Man” to the serpent that must be lifted up:

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. -John 3:14

So here it seems we have pretty solid connections among the concepts of serpent, Son of Man, and healing.  In Christian tradition, Jesus has long been known as the great healer and master physician, healing us from the sickness of sin.  I’d like to suggest that if we can each lift up our own Son of Man within us, we will each be healed, that is, be made whole or holy, having the image of God in us fully restored.  Is it any wonder that our medical profession uses a caduceus as a representative symbol of their work of healing and restoration?

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It DOES remind you of that Eastern Chakra/Kundalini concept, right?

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Of course the source of all this spiritual experience and power dwells in our unconscious, concurrent with Preston Harold’s proclamation.  Our chakras are dormant and our Son of Man lies in wait for us to lift up.  But what happens when we begin to explore the Kingdom of Heaven within us?  In our next post we will look at the gains and losses that are experienced when the cerebrospinal seals are open, for in order to gain the Kingdom of Heaven, we have to let go the kingdom of the world.  Until then, peace…

The Good Book

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As promised in my last entry, we will now look at the concept of a “book.”  Of course we know books as a collection of paper leaves, bound together in between two covers via a spine.  As Harold mentions, though, a book as we know it today did not exist in the ancient world, but rather was known as a roll – a scroll.  Psalm 40:7-8 says:

Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, Oh my God; your law is within my heart.

Notice the words in this prophecy: “I am,” “the book,” not a book, and “your law is within my heart.”  We have the name of God, the definitive article describing “book,” and the vital organ of the human body is described as the very dwelling place of God’s nature.  Where is this leading us?

Let’s skip ahead to the Book of Revelation.  In his masterful work, “The Apocalypse Unsealed,” James Morgan Pryse enlightens us as to the meaning of the “book,” or scroll.  We are directly confronted with this issue in Chapter 5…

1 Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2 and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” -Rev. 5:1-2Image

The scroll is a mysterious document which it has taken the God æons to write, a Bible which, when rightly read, discloses cosmic and divine mysteries. It is simply the human body, and its seals are the force-centres wherein radiates the formative force of the Logos.  These seals are the same as the seven Societies (Churches) and the lampstands.  The expression “written on the inside and on the back” refers to the cerebrospinal axis and the great sympathetic system.

So the human being itself is the book in which Messiah comes when a man’s consciousness is transformed from being grounded in his lower mind to his higher mind. Image This is done via the activation of the “force-centers,” or “seals” which run up the human spine. Isn’t it interesting that Pryse describes the human being as a “mysterious document – a Bible” which must be “rightly read to disclose cosmic and divine mysteries?”  Let’s remember what Harold says about the Bible itself…

The Bible, as Messiah, possesses glory, grace, and reality… In sum, it contains the expression of humanity: it is Homo sapiens’ complete picture of himself, from Genesis to Revelation.  Beginning with the advent of man’s realization of God-consciousness, symbolized in Adam, it reaches it’s climax in man’s realization of God incarnate in his being, symbolized in Jesus as Son of man, Lord, with which one’s consciousness may have but brief encounter – and then it bears witness to the transformation in consciousness this encounter evokes.

Notice that Harold understands a transformation of consciousness is of paramount importance here.  In the next post, I will explore this idea of transformation of consciousness as necessary if we are to correctly “open and read the book.”