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    The Power Of Prayer - Part Two



    In the fullness of time each one of us will be able to safely lift ourselves and those around us above the vale of misery and tears of Earth life, with its boarded up horizons and its narrow field of vision. We are here to learn to fly on the wings of the spiritual wisdom and truth that is waiting to come to every heart and soul directly from the Source, through the intervention of everyone’s own inner guidance, the living God within. Every one of us in their own right eventually reaches the developmental point when our own life’s experiences have taught us that all our true needs will always be met, without us having to ask for anything.

    The only thing we then want to do is lifting our siblings in the family of humankind and our whole world and everything that shares it with us, on the spiritual wings we have grown through the knowledge we have found along the pathway of our life, into the radiance of the Christ Star in the heartmind of God, praying for forgiveness and that healing and peace may come to all of us at last.

    The Lord’s Prayer of the Jesus legend is one of the finest examples of how we should ideally pray. Not just something to be said over and over again without thoughts or feelings, like some kind of a prayer mill, but focussed and with our minds fully on the one we are communicating with. When the Jesus story was given to our world we were not yet to know that the figure of the man on the cross was but a legend and a symbolism for the many initiations each one of us has to undergo in the course of their earthly education.

    For all awakened ones the time has come for praying with a deep inner conviction that our words are not only heard, but that they have the power to perform miracles, whenever one is genuinely required. Possibilities are opening for those who know the right way of projecting their thoughts and wishes into the Universe. Wise ones bear in mind that on the inner level of life all is one and there is no separation between anything, and that although each prayer comes from one of us personally, it is also part of and affects the collective consciousness of our race, as well as the whole of Creation.

    As far as it is practicable and possible, the Universe has always allowed each one of us to manifest whatever our heart truly desires. But, now that we are growing into spiritual adulthood, we need to come to terms with the Universal laws – God’s laws. They decree that everything must return to its source, including every one of our thoughts, words and actions. Each one inevitably has to eventually find its way back to us. As touched upon earlier, that’s why we need to be extra careful when we desire something. Should we fail to choose wisely, there is every likelihood that the Universal Force decides to teach us the glorious lesson of being more cautious in future by manifesting the object(s) of our desire in unpleasant and unwanted ways.

    Here are some suggestions about how to pray the right way:

    1. Have a clear idea of what you are going to pray for. When you are ready, set aside a period of quiet time. Prepare your body by being still and making yourself comfortable.

    2. Let go of all other thoughts and concerns and tell your conscious mind to give you a break. Ask your Highest Self, the living God within, for its guidance and protection and to show you how to make wise decisions and requests only. Then call upon the Angels to draw close and show you how to proceed.

    3. Visualise the object, event, desire, healing, better relationship, whatever it is you truly want, clearly and picture it as if it already existed in the realities of Earth life. Let no negative thoughts go with this visualisation – you have to believe and accept that what you are asking for is really necessary for your spiritual development and that of our world.

    4. When you have made the connection and put your request forward, go about your life as usual and rest safely in the knowledge that the necessary changes will soon appear in your life.

    5. Realise that if what you have prayed for is inappropriate for you or for those on whose behalf you are asking, it will be modified by the Angels into something that will benefit the recipient. In other words, you cannot place a curse or a bad wish onto someone when connecting with the Source of our being. Should anyone try to do it all the same, the request will be changed into something that is helpful for the recipient. Wise ones take great care not to do anything disparaging and hurtful to anyone because they know that this would inevitably rebound on them.

    6. When praying for healing, instead of asking for it in selfish ways, wise ones ask that it should be for the highest good and the greatest joy of all, and for the blessing and healing of our whole world. This they do because they know that what is done for one is done for all. Therefore, when their world is healing, they are healing with it.

    7. The Universe knows all our true needs and is ready to fulfil them at any given time. At the end of your prayer acknowledge the power and wisdom of the Highest with something like: ‘May my wish be granted only if it serves Thy great plan of life and my predestined pathway within it. Thy will, Great Spirit, not mine be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.’

    8. Thank our Creator, in whatever form you worship Him/Her, and the Angels who are serving around the throne of God, the Christ circle, for providing that which you need and that it may be forthcoming in ways that you cannot imagine with your limited earthly field of vision.

    The Jesus legend tells us in St. John 14:6: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ To this day many believe that he was a historical figure, who once walked in our midst and who one day will reappear in our world to save and redeem those who are following him, while according to the church’s creeds, all non-believers will go to hellfire and eternal damnation. Wise ones know that the esoteric meaning behind the surface words of above quote is NOT that the only ones who can get to the Father – whichever way the Bible interprets this concept – are those who believe in the existence of Jesus and flock to Christianity’s churches to declare their following for him.

    The only way of getting in touch with and becoming one again with the Great Father/Mother of all life and their only born son, the Universal Christ, for all human souls on the Earth plane is by bringing forth and developing their own Christ consciousness. For a long time it slumbers in seed form in every heart, but eventually each one of us reaches the evolutionary point when we are ready for leaving literalism behind. The more we become aware of our true nature and origin, the easier it becomes to recognise the esoteric truths that are hiding behind the story of the Master’s life and death.

    Believing that every word of this tale is true and should be understood literally never could assist anyone with progressing on the evolutionary spiral of life. Quite the opposite is true! Convictions of this nature have for a long provided a highly effective barrier against humankind’s conscious reunion with God. It has been the Piscean Age’s instrument for keeping us away from prematurely attempting to reconnect with our Source, as this has been predestined to take place during the Aquarian Age and that for ever increasing numbers of us.

    In our communications with the highest levels of life there is no need to be afraid of anything. Our Creator and the Angels surrounding His/Her throne are all love. And because we are part of God, whether we are as yet aware of this or not, at all times each one of us has always been enfolded and nurtured by the love of God’s heart, from which our spirit once emerged. As soon as we start looking for God everywhere and especially in the people around us, in whom the God part is often difficult to see, with the right kind of approach by us it may be possible to kindle their inner light and love, so that the living God within them becomes more visible.

    The following is the essence of ‘The Healing Power Of Love’ from the White Eagle publication ‘The Still Voice’. This excellent little book contains many ideas for attuning ourselves meditatively to the Highest: ‘There are many methods of healing but only one true source from which all healing flows and that is the Divine love, the foundation and origin of all life. At the head of the healing ray is the Christ Spirit in the form of the Christ Star. It is the Greatest Light and the Highest Star of the whole of Creation, whose Light comes to all who truly call. No request for Its help goes unanswered, because true prayers set up a vibration in human souls that goes from their hearts straight to the Source of their being. And if you are seeking healing, the ministering Angels take you where you need to be.

    ‘Pure and true prayer comes from anyone who humbly kneels before our Creator on the highest levels of life. This needs to be done in total surrender of your will to the will of God. Asking for Its guidance and protection, pray: ‘Thy will be done on the Earth as it is in Heaven. Thy will be done in my physical body. Thy will be done in my whole being.’ There is no need to hesitate, as God’s will is always for something good. Rest assured that it is God’s will that the body of each one of His/Her children of the Earth should be healthy and holy, i.e. whole with all parts integrated and functioning harmoniously as one, so that the beauty and splendour of your earthly existence can be enjoyed instead of suffering from its miseries and tears.

    ‘We, your Masters and guides in the spirit world pray that your hearts and minds may be filled with the love and wisdom of the Great Mother, who is guiding you into the state of being that is right for you now.’
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Reflections On Prayer



    In times of prayer our inner self is wide awake.
    With our whole being we give
    Our undivided attention to God and the Angels.
    Failing to pray is a sign that someone is not yet
    Aware of their own Christ nature and that
    They are a spark of the Divine,
    The same as everybody else.

    Every human being contains this spark and
    When someone feels no need to pray,
    It is merely a sign that their spark is still
    In its slumbering state and their time
    For its awakening has not yet come.
    Those who do not know how to go
    About praying are still out of touch
    With the most profound aspect of their nature.
    And that’s the only difference between
    Someone who prays and who does not.

    Some believe that prayer
    Separates us from real life,
    Which to them means earthly life.
    Yet, quite the opposite is true.
    Prayer reconnects us with the eternal realities
    Of the spirit realm, our true home.
    It gives birth to our Christ nature and
    We rediscover our own Divinity.
    It returns us into the conscious awareness
    Of our oneness with the Great Father/Mother of all life,
    Our Creator and the whole of His/Her Creation
    With all its manifestations of life.

    J.M. Cagodevilla
    Edited by Aquarius

    Recommended Reading:
    ‘The Power Of Prayer’

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    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Spirituality



    The needs of our world are countless,
    But none is greater than the one for seeking
    The assistance of the spirit’s power,
    To raise our vision above that which to this day
    Appears to be sordid and squalid in our world.
    On the wings of God’s sacred wisdom and truth
    We can lift ourselves above these things
    And perceive the greater picture.
    This enables us to see that, in the fullness of time,
    Everything that is still is ugly and wrong on our planet
    Will be made beautiful and right.

    The human spirit requires something to live for
    And reach heavenwards to something that lies
    Beyond our ordinary perception,
    Instead of peering into the abyss.
    We are here to learn how to look inwards,
    To find the answers to all our questions
    And to make the changes our world requires,
    Rather than waiting for others
    To do these things for us.
    This alone can turn humankind’s instinct
    For pursuing purely selfish desires and dreams
    Into a victorious and unselfish serving of all life.

    John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
    Edited by Aquarius


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    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    White Eagle On The Wesak Moon And Festival



    The Full Moon during the Sun’s transit of Taurus is known as the Wesak Moon and that always an extra special event in our world’s spiritual calendar. In the year 2019 it takes place on Saturday 18th May at 21.11 hours GMT. The following is the essence of several teachings on this theme from the White Eagle group of spirit guides.

    The first one is from ‘The Vibration of Light’ Stella Polaris June/July 2006: ‘There is nothing new under the Sun and anywhere in the whole of Creation that has not happened before. God’s truth was in the beginning and is as valid now as it will be forever. During Mother Earth’s protracted evolutionary process certain cycles of light have come round time and again. The higher esoteric meaning of the word ‘light’ is the wisdom of spiritual understanding. At certain intervals of humankind’s development there comes a fresh release of this kind of light to bring illumination to those who are ready to receive it. As if from great transmitter stations on the higher planes it flows into earthly life in the form of knowledge and wisdom that quickens people’s intelligence and opens their comprehension for the parts of wisdom that, for wise higher reasons, up to that time had to remain hidden from public view. This applies as much to secrets about your environment as your own inner being.’

    White Eagle ‘The Festival of Wesak’ Stella Polaris April/May 2006: ‘Can you perceive that every bit of evil and suffering of your world has been caused by what merely on the surface of things appears to be people’s selfishness, though in truth it has been part of the lessons every human being has to take part in during its lifetimes on the Earth. On the deepest innermost level all souls are yearning to be released from this state of their development. The suffering of your world makes souls cry out and increases their yearning that humankind’s homecoming into the awareness of its true nature being speeded up. Every soul knows that the next stage of humankind’s development consists of merging together into one single unit of siblinghood that is connected in friendship with every lifeform.

    ‘This is how it comes about that, what once started as a journey of spiritual infants descending into the exploration of the lowest and darkest corners of earthly life, eventually ends with each one of you kneeling before the throne of the Highest. You will then have evolved into mature and responsible spiritual adulthood of which the wise ones in charge of you will rightly be proud. Quite likely we shall allow you to join our ranks if you apply for an apprenticeship.

    ‘Doubtless these things are difficult for you to imagine at present, but try to look the right way, i.e. the higher spiritual one, at everything that has always happened in your world and is doing so in many parts of your world to this day. Each time your soul is born into another lifetime on the Earth, it is nailed to the cross of earthly life, the oldest symbol known to humankind of its existence in physicality. Your whole race, as one entity is also fastened to this cross and each one of you, who is presently taking part in it, has been granted the gift of another lifetime for getting to know God’s true nature and your own, and that everything that has ever taken place on the Earth is an essential part of humankind’s individual and collective evolutionary process, in the material as well as the spiritual sense. You are then ready to share your knowledge with as many as possible of your siblings in the great family of humankind.

    ‘Whatever you do, refuse to fight against anything. Listen to your inner guidance and go with the flow. That is the best way of learning to live in harmony with God’s laws and all life, and for you there will be no more suffering. The Jesus legend’s crucifixion story provides you with a demonstration of this. If Jesus had been a man, he would not have been present when his physical body was crucified. His spirit and soul would withdraw from the scene and observe it from the perspective of the highest levels of life. That’s how all of you eventually learn how to treat your own problems and troubles, as well as those of your whole world.

    ‘Resist being crucified and tortured by anything. Instead view your life and everything in it from the perspective of your Highest or God Self. This empowers you to lift yourself above the tests and trials of earthly life that are still in store for you, because of the Karma you once created. Do not forget to look for the learning that is meant to be drawn from every situation. Recognise things for what they truly are, namely personal and collective evolutionary lessons and development phases that will most surely pass. This attitude helps you to rise above and cope with any problem you encounter, for you are then viewing it dispassionately through the eyes of your Highest Self, with whom you are ever more growing into one.

    ‘Not only every individual spirit and soul but humankind as a whole goes through the various initiations that are depicted by the story of the events of Jesus’ life. Each one of you at its own pace is constantly moving forwards and upwards on the evolutionary spiral of life. This happens slowly and by degrees, and at certain points on this journey you reach another initiation. Each one of them expands your consciousness and advances you one more big step towards your final goal of spiritual emancipation. The more your God-likeness increases, the more you are consciously aware of your oneness with your Creator. In similar manner this also happens to your planet and your world as a whole.’

    White Eagle in ‘The Pathway of the Sun’: ‘The Wesak Festival is a period of stillness and preparation of mind and heart for the next great spiritual outpouring, the Christ festival, which takes place at the full Moon during the Sun’s transit through Gemini. In a ceremony that is as old as the Earth, a festival is held in the highest spirit realms when the Lord/Lady Christ appears among Its disciples. Disciples are all those who have surrendered their whole being to the Christ Spirit and whose hearts and minds are therefore open to receive It’s blessings. Those whose every cell and atom of their whole being, mind and body, spirit and soul, are healed together and harmoniously functioning as one have evolved into Christed ones in their own right. Each time they are tuning the receiver/transmitter stations of their earthly minds into the Christ vibrations on the highest levels, they are acting as Its channels. The blessing and healing power of the Christ Spirit then flows through them into the whole of Creation. This includes a powerful outpouring of love and light, wisdom and truth for Mother Earth and all her kingdoms. It pours fresh spiritual nourishment into humankind.

    ‘At certain times every year it is easier for earthlings to respond to and absorb such vibrations. When you do, they speed up and raise the rate of your own emanations. One of these periods is the Wesak festival, when you and we, on the other side of the veil that separates our two worlds, together take part in the outpouring of the Buddha energies. The Buddha is a symbol for the Divine aspect that feels deep compassion for the suffering of the whole of humankind has to endure, individually and collectively, in the course of its earthly education.

    ‘Because every one of the powers and characteristics that are in God are also in us, the Buddha aspect is also part of every human being, even though in many it has not yet woken from its slumber. The legend surrounding the Buddha tells you that he came to the Earth plane from another world, a heavenly planet – a metaphor for the highest levels of life –, to bring the gifts of wisdom and peace to relieve the suffering that is part of everyone’s earthly education. The Buddha energies, when they are flowing into earthly life, quicken humankind’s desire for wisdom and peace, siblinghood and love towards the whole of Mother Earth’s kingdoms, and in particular the human race.’
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    The Wesak Full Moon



    Physically as well as spiritually, each full Moon reflects the maximum amount of the Sun’s light onto the Earth. Esoterically, light is God’s wisdom and knowledge that brings increased understanding to humankind.

    Astrologically, the Moon is the symbol of our earthly personality and its soul that has many and varied experiences, through which it learns and grows in wisdom and understanding. Thus, our soul – the Moon – slowly gathers light, i.e. knowledge and wisdom from the Sun – our Highest Spirit Self – that disperses the darkness of our earthly self’s ignorance. When we share our learning with those around us and so lighten up their darkness, God’s eternal wisdom and truth through us enters some more into our world and in this way grows ever more powerful. The soul is the memory bank in which every bit of knowledge our earthly selves gather is stored.

    One Moon cycle takes approx. twenty-nine and a half days and when the Sun and the Moon are in opposition to each other in the sky, a full Moon illuminates our world at night. This is always a very special time for giving thanks for everything that is and ever has been in our lives. It is also a time for finding enlightenment. Now, this does not usually happen through majestic earth-shattering and world-changing flashes of inspiration, like the Buddha is said to have received.

    But if you watch out around the time of the full Moon in future, you may notice that you are gradually finding a greater understanding of difficult life situations and relationships. Insights may come to you that will somehow make them more bearable and it is possible to help things along a bit. If there are things in your life that are puzzling you, maybe have been doing for a long time, turn to your inner teacher, the Moon, the Universe – whichever appeals to you most – and ask your questions. The answers are sure to come, sometimes when you least expect them. To show your readiness to receive them, make sure to set aside regular quiet times for quiet reflections, contemplations and meditations.

    Because of the extra mighty outflow of the blessing and healing power of the Cosmic Christ around Easter, the Wesak Festival and later the Easter celebrations as close as possible to the full Moon after the vernal equinox. And as in a physical and spiritual sense the full Moon reflects a maximum amount light of the Sun onto the Earth, humankind’s celebrations of all times have always ensured that it is received as fully as possible. Thus, the love of the Sun, who all along has stood for the Son, who in the Christian tradition became known as the only born Son of God, has gradually come increasingly alive in our world. Over the ages, it has been reborn in ever more earthly hearts that, one way or another, were being prepared by the celebrations of whatever faith they may have confessed to and followed, during any one of their many lifetimes.

    I find it astonishing how the ancients, just the same as the early Christians, fixed the date of Easter and celebrated it, each tradition in its own style, without having a clue of the higher meaning of their ceremonies that to this day may still be hidden to a great many of its followers. And isn’t it amazing how through the ages humankind was always guided into doing the right things? For example, that we celebrated Easter in spite of not knowing that in truth we were taking part in a great Cosmic event, to which the Universe invites all who understand and are thus ready to consciously take part in the festivities, if they so wish. And what would you say if I told you that most of the insights I am sharing here with you came to me around the time of the full Moon before the vernal equinox? At that time the Sun and Moon are in opposition in the signs Pisces, ruled by Neptune, the enlightener, and Virgo, the healing and teaching sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods.

    Some of the ancient pagan rituals and ceremonies date back to the earliest human settlements on the Earth and are still known and practised to this day. Carrying them forward into Christianity and continuing with them, in a somewhat changed format, ensured an uninterrupted flow of the great festival’s true purpose. These blessings of the Universal Christ have always taken place and will continue for as long as there is any need for them anywhere. It is astonishing to be able to see now how all this went on behind the scenes, unencumbered by any of the beliefs that are by now wildly outdated, which at any given time our world was desperately trying to cling on to.
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Judge Not And Ye Shall Not Be Judged

    Part One



    The Jesus legend tells us in the Sermon of the Mount St. Luke 6:37: ‘Judge not and ye shall not be judged; condemn not and ye shall not be condemned. Forgive and ye shall be forgiven.’ If the Jesus tale had at that time been meant to tell the truth, instead of hiding it behind its surface words, the Master would have told his disciples why this should happen to them. Knowing the truth would have helped them to avoid judging and condemning anyone. But that was not the intention then.

    The Christian church and its religion was the finest instrument anyone could have wished for to familiarise us and our world with the lowest drives and urges of humankind’s unevolved nature. A veritable wolf who was hiding its intentions in sheep’s clothing, if ever there was one. Had anyone paid attention to and followed the Master’s words, the darkest chapters of our development like the witch hunts and the inquisition would have been impossible. We shall return to this theme.

    It was for the sake of their lessons in the school of earthly life that the disciples of Jesus needed to think that their present existence was a one-off thing. For as long as they committed their crimes in the name of what they believed to be their God and were shielded by the protection of the organisation they served, they could not help being under the impression that they could do as they pleased. Nobody would know and dare to judge or condemn them because the Bible advised against it. For as long as no explanations why things should be the way they are, words of any kind lack the power to convince their listener or reader, even if the truth has been spoken in a way they cannot comprehend.

    And as soon as we are told what happens when we judge or condemn someone, following the Bible’s advice makes a great deal of sense. At last we are allowed to know that it’s the law of Karma that sees to it that the same kind of treatment eventually finds its way back to us, so that we in turn find ourselves in situations of being judged and condemned by those around us. Something similar happens with every single one of our thoughts, words and actions, positive and negative ones alike. What the law unerringly returns to us does not necessarily come about through the same people but come it will, sooner or later, of that we can be sure.

    We are our own ancestors and descendants and we ourselves are responsible for who and what we presently are. God did not create us this way, we did. If you wish to find out more about this, please follow the relevant link at the end of this chapter. The memories of the experiences of every one of our lifetimes are stored in our soul on the subconscious level of our being. For a long time we are protected against knowing of their presence. This is necessary because the earthly education of every human being includes taking part in hideous and monstrous things like those described in the next chapter.

    Countless times we must have experienced gruesome and cruel adventures that were part of familiarising us with the crude and unevolved aspects of humankind’s nature, our own and other people’s. If we knew of them, we would find it impossible to live with ourselves. That’s why the love and wisdom of the Highest provides that the memories of all previous lifetimes are stored in the subconscious part of our being. From there they are influencing our thinking and behaviour patterns of our daily lives in either positive of negative ways.

    When, through attending to our more recent karmic debts, we have spiritually matured sufficiently and grown strong enough to tackle the older and eventually the most ancient one of our obligations. That’s how the fears, phobias and anxieties we develop in one lifetime accompany us into every subsequent one, in the hope that one fine day we shall be able to overcome and shed them. Until that has happened they are likely to manifest themselves as feelings for which no rational explanations can be found. The same applies to depressive and addictive behaviour patterns. You can find out more about these themes by following the relevant links at the end of this chapter.

    Our spiritual awakening brings with it the realisation why our life has been so difficult to handle. Help is at hand because we can now ask God and the Angels to show us intuitively how to deal with the emotional ballast that for a long time has been waiting to be released from our subconscious. The law of life is love. To free ourselves of unwanted feelings that rise from there onto the surface of our conscious awareness, we first need to forgive ourselves for the transgressions against the Universal laws earlier in this lifetime and all previous ones. Then we need to turn to those who trespassed against us and forgive them. It makes no difference in which lifetime it happened. The karmic chains and shackles that connect us as if they were made of steel are of an emotional nature. Forgiveness alone can dissolve them.
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Judge Not And Ye Shall Not Be Judged – Part Two

    Notre Dame Cathedral : The Fire



    On 15th April 2019 the wooden and therefore perishable part of the eight hundred and fifty years old Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris was destroyed by fire. Its outer stone structure remained standing and I have it from a reliable source that, with the help and will of God and the Angels, it will not take long until the church will be restored and open its doors to something much greater than before. The source I am speaking of is the most trustworthy one of them all, the one that never let’s any one of us down and that is the inner guidance of the wise one or living God within.

    Everything that happens in our world serves a wise higher purpose and this is particularly true for something of this nature. So let’s take a closer look. Notre Dame means Our Lady and that, in the days when the cathedral was built, was thought of as the Virgin Mary. The burning of the building’s wooden parts is a metaphor for the destruction of all false beliefs of the Christian teachings and in particular that of the Virgin Mary. We are in the process of leaving behind around six thousand years of patriarchy. Because of the dominance of the masculine and all-male Godhead, which all religions of our world had in common during this period, the knowledge of the Great Mother or Goddess’ presence was withdrawn from the consciousness of our world. In the case of Christianity God and the Angels replaced her with the Virgin Mary. She, the same as Jesus, is a thoughtform that never existed in earthly life. The Virgin is a symbol of the Great Mother.

    Naturally, this did not change the fact that the Goddess always has been and forever will be the balancing feminine counterpart of God, the masculine aspect of the Divine Trinity, the Great Father. The spirit of the Universal Christ, the Light of all lights and the Sun of all suns, is their only born Son/Daughter. The loving union of these three cannot be separated by anything, least of all by false beliefs. Truths cannot be changed by anything and not being mentioned in any religious teachings does not interfere with them.

    Nothing in the whole of Creation happens perchance or is a coincidence. Everything can only come about with the help and will of God and the Angels. And whatever takes place in our world first has to manifest itself on the inner spiritual level, its spiritual background. My inner guidance tells me that the disaster was the outer manifestation of a gigantic bonfire that was being held on the inner level because the time has come for removing the barriers which God and the Angels once erected to keep humankind away from its higher or Christ nature and the knowledge of its oneness with the Divine and all life. For wise educational reasons this objective was achieved through the patriarchal religions. Having served their purpose well, they are waiting to be removed.

    Christianity in its present form was created by God and the Angels for the purpose of teaching our world the value of truth. Pretending that every word of this religion’s sacred texts is quite literally true provided us with the greatest deception ever. Fortunately, the natural end of this development has been reached and through the knowledge we are finding is removing the blinkers from our inner vision. The perishable part of the Christian teachings that for such a long time has been hiding God’s sacred wisdom and truth is of no use to us any more.

    Every human being is entitled to eventually discover the truth about God’s real nature and their own and also find out that their earthly existence serves a wise higher purpose. The ability to recognise the truth when it comes before us and to understand it, so we can respond to it the right way, gradually develops in the course of our journey up the spiritual mountain of life. Having reached this point in our development, comprehend the higher purpose and meaning of things like the Jesus legend. But knowing about them on its own is not enough.

    Spiritually, knowledge is light and not knowing is darkness. But the light we are finding along the road of our pathway through life can only become our spiritual property through acting upon it and applying it to our daily lives. Towards the end of our earthly education we have only one desire and that is to give of our best and bring forth, from deep within our own being, the qualities of our higher or Christ nature. The task of every aspiring healer and lightbringer consists of directing the rays of its wisdom into the dark clouds of ignorance that to this day are surrounding our world. The light that comes our way needs to be shared with as many as possible. Through this more and more of the darkness is gradually absorbed and that continues until every last bit of it has disappeared for good.

    Ever more of us are reaching this phase of their development and because of this the perishable part of Notre Dame cathedral was no longer required and went up in flames. The fire’s cleansing and purifying effect was an outer manifestation of the inner process of removing the outdated aspect of the Christian teachings. But why should this take place in France out of all places and to such a beautiful jewel of Gothic architecture? Why did Jesus not protect Notre Dame cathedral? Because the story of his life is a legend and the God-man is but a symbol of every human being’s higher God or Christ nature, nothing more and nothing less. Having only ever existed as a thoughtform, like his mother Mary, he could not shield anything or anyone against harmful influences.

    To understand this, we need to reach out a bit further to the year 2009. The events of our world’s economic crisis and the election of a new president of the USA, for the first time from a black and white background, to my mind were clear evidence that our race’s and planet’s evolutionary pace is being speeded up significantly. The energies of the Aquarian Age were hard at work with cleansing and purifying the consciousness of our whole world and the spirit/souls within it.

    Pluto, the planet of transformation and regeneration and the co-ruler of Scorpio, plays a major part in this. It is one of the outer slow moving planets, known as the generation planets, that will remain in Capricorn until January 2024. Plenty of time for clearing away the things that for so long have been troubling our world. Until then Pluto energies will keep us and our world engaged in the process of breaking down and then rebuilding the structures that are essential for the successful running of our world. At the time of updating this file for the first time in December 2008, Pluto had for some time been hovering around the cusp of Capricorn, the sign that rules large institutions, like banks, building societies, insurance companies, churches and so forth. The representatives of governments, the police, the legal and medical profession and in particular the religious belief systems of our world are not excluded from the purging and cleansing effect of Pluto’s energies.

    Ever more forcefully they are drawing everybody’s attention to that which had previously been hidden from public view and knowledge. Like scum on a mill pond, that which is no longer desirable is rising to the surface of our race’s individual and collective consciousness, so it can be cleared away. Many of the things that are happening set me wondering how long it will take until the last one of us comprehends that nothing can remain hidden any longer. An essential part of this cleansing process are the scandals that for some time have been rocking Christianity’s foundations.
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Judge Not And Ye Shall Not Be Judged – Part Three

    Christianity’s Wake Up Call



    I perceive the Notre Dame fire as Christianity’s wake up call. The cathedral’s solid outer stone structure, damaged but not beyond repair, conveys the message that basically there is nothing wrong with the Jesus tale. The belief that Jesus is a historical figure who once walked in our midst has dented the story, but its true meaning can easily be restored. God and the Angels created it so that when the right time had come, ever more of us would be waking up from their spiritual slumbers. This would enable us to recognise that the Jesus story is but a legend that like a picture book describes the initiations every human being in the course of their earthly education is taking part in. Up to the point of our awakening we have no idea of why things are happening to us.

    To me, the collapsing of the cathedral’s wooden spire is a symbol of the way the Christian belief structure has been obstructing the spiritual progress of its followers. Having been built of the wrong material, it was impossible for this tower to reach up to the Heavens. That’s why no help could come from Jesus to stop humankind’s tendencies of warmongering and troublemaking. The roof of the building burning like a tinderbox and caving in completely represents a belief structure that, built the same way as the spire, was never intended to protect Christianity against such influences. The scandals that are emerging these days in connection with Christianity are further proof that the belief that every word of the Jesus story is literally true is an erroneous one. The facts that for some time have been bubbling to the surface of our world’s consciousness are clear evidence that from the highest to the lowest of their own ranks and files, especially in Catholic churches, the belief in Jesus did not have the power to stop people from expressing the lower evil aspect of their nature.

    Bearing in mind that the Jesus story is but a legend, it does not come as a surprise that he could not provide the spiritual protection against these things. The surface words of the tale, for as long as their higher esoteric truth is unknown and acted upon, cannot create an effective inner barrier in anyone’s consciousness against the onslaught of the drives and urges of their lower animal nature. Learning about the Universal laws and how they affect all lifeforms throughout the whole of Creation leads to the natural end of giving in to its temptations. They are most certainly not from the devil but the lower less evolved part of our own being. For as long as we still believe that every word of the Christian teachings is literally true and therefore are unaware of the existence of God’s laws, the right way of living and behaving, i.e. in harmony with these laws, is very difficult.

    God and the Angels gave us the legend of the Lord Buddha. Through it they are telling us that the right way of conducting our lives is by responding to whatever comes our way with good, kind and loving thoughts, words and actions that are in harmony with the Universal laws, as in that case no negative Karma is created. The literalism of the Christian teachings with its in that case false beliefs provide us with no natural barrier against acting on the drives and urges of our lower nature. The result is thoughtless and cruel ways of hurting and wounding those around us and in particular younger and weaker ones who are at our mercy and in need of our protection. When our higher consciousness has woken from its slumbering state, it understands the truth when it comes our way and that it is necessary to act upon it. That is the best shields anyone could have against behaving in aggressive and hurtful ways.

    This is the finest example I can think of when knowledge truly makes us powerful. The awareness of God’s Universal laws empowers us to send nothing but the right kind of thoughts, words and actions into our world. As a result, when in the fullness of time the last one of our karmic debts has been redeemed, nothing but more of what we once sent into our world can return to us. That’s the only way of guarding ourselves against ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes’, as Shakespeare put it. When we are no longer creating these traps for ourselves, they can no longer return and hit us. This is how the Universal Forces eventually supply every one of us with the immensely valuable gift of awareness free of charge.

    Up to that point of our development, temptations to indulge in evil thoughts, words and deeds that have their origin in the cruel streak of our lower nature from time to time will enter our earthly mind. When we give in to them and, as a result of our ignorance, respond to them with: ‘Why shouldn’t I do this? Nobody can see me?’ we could be no more wrong. We may well be under the impression that the temptations to behave in wicked and cruel ways are brought upon us by the devil, a force outside ourselves against which there is no protection. Wrong again! In truth, they are the result of deeply ingrained thought and behaviour patterns of our lower unevolved nature which we brought with us from previous lifetimes into the present one. That’s how, for a long time without knowing what we are doing, we are creating negative Karma that can do nothing but return to us in due course. Awareness changes all this. With its help we can turn any event into something positive and constructive.

    Every one of our thoughts, words and actions at any given moment is a seed of what we are going to harvest in future lifetimes. I am convinced that awareness of our higher God or Christ nature is the key to ending every last bit of suffering that still exists in our world, because this part can then step in and help our lower earthly self to overcome and leave behind the drives and urges that for long enough have been holding up our spiritual development. Knowing why we are in this life and the wise higher purpose of our existence makes it easier to stop them from gaining the upper hand, the way they used to do in the past.

    This is how in the fullness of time, the wisdom and love of the Great Father/Mother of all life provides every one of its children of the Earth with the knowledge of the Universal laws. As you will be able to see for yourselves by now, knowledge of the TRUTH is the most effective coat of armour against nasty and unpleasant things that exists in the whole of Creation.
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Judge Not And Ye Shall Not Be Judged – Part Four

    Without The Truth



    Without the way there is no going.
    Without the truth there is no knowing.
    Without the light there is no living.

    Thomas ŕ Kempis
    1380 – 1471

    Without the truth there is no way of finding out why anything happens in our world and elsewhere in the whole of God’s Creation. What mainly gets in the way are Christian beliefs like:

    1. Human life is a one-off affair, at the end of which we are snuffed out like a candle. In truth we are sparks of the Great Light and our spirit/soul are immortal and eternal just like our parent. At the end of each lifetime we return to the world of spirit. That is our true home from which we emerge at the beginning of each new lifetime.

    2. God and the Angels are somewhere ‘out there’ in the Heavens above our world. In truth they are part of us and we are part of them. On the inner level of life there is no separation between anything. And because they are part of us, none of our thoughts, words and actions ever escapes their attention.

    3. As long as there are no witnesses, nobody can see what we are doing in earthly life. In truth we are under constant observation of the Highest.

    4. I can think what I like, nobody knows about it except me. On the inner level of life it is as if we were shouting our thoughts and intentions, especially the most secret ones, from the rooftops, for all to see.

    5. It does not really matter when I sin because Jesus died on the cross to redeem my sins. He will save me. In truth each one of us is their own saviour and redeemer. No-one will come along with a magic wand and make our misdeeds good on our behalf.

    6. Jesus is my God and the devil is his and my eternal adversary. They are at loggerheads with each other. Both are forces outside of me. In truth they are the two sides of the same coin and part of every human being’s nature. They represents the two aspects of our lower unevolved earthly self and our higher God or Christ nature.

    7. Going to church on Sundays and saying that I believe in Jesus, whether I really do or not, is enough to be saved and redeemed by the God-man. In truth Jesus only ever existed as a thoughtform. He was created by God and the Angels for a certain period of humankind’s development and never could do any of these things for anyone. God is everywhere and can be connected with anywhere, so there is no need for visiting church on Sundays except as a community centre for meeting other people.

    8. On judgement day Jesus takes those who believe in him to his place in Heaven. Anyone who refuses to do this has to burn in the fires of hell and that forever. In truth, as mentioned above at the end of each lifetime everybody returns to the world of spirit. There is no other place anyone can go to. Heaven and hell are not places for going to, they are states of consciousness we create for ourselves and each other through our attitude towards life which is based on our understanding of life.

    9. On judgement day Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, i.e. those who believe in him and those who do not. In truth, we ourselves are the only ones who, each time we return to the world of spirit, as soon as we have recovered sufficiently from the stresses and strains of earthly life, are presented with the opportunity to judge our performance of all earthly lifetimes up to the most recent ones. Together with the wise ones in charge of us we then decide upon the best course of action for the coming one.

    Let’s return to Thomas a Kempis wisdom for a moment. True to the purpose for which it was created, the suppression of truth, Christianity to this day rejects the concept of evolution. As life never moves backwards or even stands still for a moment, there is no way forward for this religion. If it insists on its present form it must die. In Christianity’s teachings to this day the truth remains hidden from public view and knowledge behind the surface words. That’s why for this religion there is no knowing. Ever growing and increasing knowledge spiritually is light and religions that deny it have no light. If they insist for continuing with this, they are signing their own death warrants.

    To paraphrase the wisdom God and the Angels gave to our world through the Buddha legend: ‘Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it somewhere. Even if it is spoken and rumoured by many or you have found it written in the religious books of your world or you received it from your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. When you find, after careful observation and analysis, that something agrees with your reasoning and is conducive to your good and the benefit of all, accept it and conduct your life by it. In this way alone can it become your spiritual property that no-one will ever be able to take away from you.’
    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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    Judge Not And Ye Shall Not Be Judged – Part Five

    The Inquisition And Witch Hunts



    The Moving Finger writes
    And, having writ, moves on.
    Not all your piety nor wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
    Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

    From ‘The Rubaiyat'
    Omar Khayyam

    Notre Dame cathedral was built on a small island called the Île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine. Construction began in 1163, during the reign of King Louis VII, and was completed in 1345. This places it into the period when the Catholic church ruled supreme with the help of its long arm, the Inquisition. This powerful office was set up to root out and punish every bit of truth that emerged here and there throughout Europe and the Americas. It was declared to be heresy and mercilessly stamped out. Beginning in the 12th century and continuing for hundreds of years, the Inquisition is infamous for the severity of its tortures and in particular its persecution of Jews and Muslims. Its worst manifestation was in Spain, where it was a dominant force for more than two hundred years, resulting in some 32,000 executions.

    The Inquisition has its origins in the early organised persecution of non-Catholic Christian religions in Europe. In 1184 Pope Lucius III sent bishops to southern France to track down heretics called Cathars. These efforts continued into the 14th Century. During the same period, the church also pursued the Waldensians in Germany and Northern Italy. In 1231, Pope Gregory charged the Dominican and Franciscan Orders to take over the job of tracking down heretics.

    Cathars, in general, formed an anti-sacerdotal party, i.e. hostile to priests and priesthood, in opposition to the Catholic Church, protesting against what they perceived as its moral, spiritual and political corruption. They are now mainly remembered for a prolonged period of persecution by the Catholic Church who did not recognise their belief as Christian. Catharism appeared in Europe in the Languedoc region of France in the 11th century and this is when the name first appears. Languedoc-Roussillon, often called the Languedoc is a historical coastal region in southern France that extends from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and the border with Spain. It is now part of Occitanie. Montpellier, its regional capital is home to a well-preserved medieval quarter.

    Inquisitors would arrive in a town and announce their presence, giving citizens a chance to admit to heresy. Those who confessed received a punishment ranging from a pilgrimage to a whipping. Those who were accused of heresy were forced to testify. If the heretic did not confess, torture and execution were inescapable. Heretics were not allowed to face accusers, received no counsel and were often victims of false accusations. If you did not like someone’s face, to get rid of them all you had to do is to report them as heretics.

    Bernard Gui wrote the influential guidebook for Inquisitors called ‘Conduct of the Inquisition into Heretical Depravity’ in the early 14th Century. Gui himself pronounced over 600 people guilty of heresy and was featured as a character in Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose. There were countless abuses of power. Count Raymond VII of Toulouse was known for burning heretics at the stake even though they had confessed. His successor, Count Alphonese, confiscated the lands of the accused to increase his riches.

    In 1307, Inquisitors were involved in the mass arrest and tortures of 15,000 Knights Templar in France, resulting in dozens of executions. Joan of Arc, burned at the stake in 1431, is the most famous victim of this wing of the Inquisition. In the late 15th Century, King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain believed corruption in the Spanish Catholic Church was caused by Jews who, to survive centuries of anti-Semitism, converted to Christianity. Known as Conversos, they were viewed with suspicion by old powerful Christian families. Conversos were blamed for a plague and accused of poisoning peoples’ water and abducting Christian boys.

    Ferdinand and Isabella feared that even trusted Conversos were secretly practicing their old religion. The royal couple was also afraid of angering Christian subjects who demanded a harder line against Conversos. Christian support was crucial in an upcoming crusade against Muslims planned in Granada. Ferdinand felt an Inquisition was the best way to fund that crusade, by seizing the wealth of heretic Conversos. In 1478, under the influence of clergyman Tomas de Torquemada, the monarchs created the Tribunal of Castile to investigate heresy among Conversos. The effort focused on stronger Catholic education for Conversos, but by 1480, the Inquisition was formed.

    That same year, Jews in Castile were forced into ghettos separated from Christians, and the Inquisition expanded to Seville. A mass exodus of Conversos followed. In 1481, 20,000 Conversos confessed to heresy, hoping to avoid execution. Inquisitors decreed that their penitence required them to name other heretics. By the year’s end, hundreds of Conversos were burned at the stake.

    Hearing the complaints of Conversos who had fled to Rome, Pope Sextus proclaimed the Spanish Inquisition was too harsh and was wrongly accusing Conversos. In 1482 Sextus appointed a council to take command of the Inquisition. Torquemada was named Inquisitor General and established courts across Spain. Torture became systemised and routinely used to elicit confessions. Sentencing of confessed heretics was done in a public event called the Auto-da-Fe. All heretics wore a sackcloth with a single eyehole over their heads. Heretics who refused to confess were burned at the stake.

    Sometimes people fought back against the Inquisition. In 1485, an Inquisitor died after being poisoned and another was stabbed to death in a church. Torquemada managed to round up the assassins and burn forty-two people in retaliation. His own downfall came when he investigated members of the clergy for heresy. Complaints to Pope Alexander VI convinced him that Torquemada needed tempering, so was forced to share leadership with four other clergymen until he died in 1498.

    Diego de Deza took over as Inquisitor General, escalating the hunt for heresy within cities and rounding up scores of accused heretics, including members of the nobility and local governments. Some were able to bribe their way out of imprisonment and death, reflecting the level of corruption under de Deza. After Isabella’s death in 1504, Ferdinand promoted Cardinal Gonzalo Ximenes de Cisneros, the head of the Spanish Catholic Church, to Inquisitor General. Ximenes had previously made a mark in Granada persecuting the Islamic Moors.

    As Inquisitor General, Ximenes pursued Muslims into North Africa, encouraging Ferdinand to take military action. Upon seizing African towns, the Inquisition became established there. Ximenes was dismissed in 1517 after pleas from prominent Conversos, but the Inquisition was allowed to continue. Rome invented its own version of it in 1542 when Pope Paul III created the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition to combat Protestant heresy. This Inquisition is best known for putting Galileo on trial in 1633.

    Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642, was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who became known as the father of observational astronomy, modern physics, the scientific method and modern science. He championed heliocentrism and Copernicanism was controversial during his lifetime. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was foolish and absurd in philosophy and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture.

    Galileo later defended his views in ‘Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems’ 1632, in which he seemed to attack Pope Urban VIII. This alienated Galileo with the Pope and the Jesuits. Both had supported him up to that point. As a result, he was tried by the Inquisition, found vehemently suspect of heresy, forced to recant and had to spend the rest of his life under house arrest. During this time he wrote ‘Two New Sciences’ in which he summarised work he had done some forty years earlier on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.

    Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1543, was a mathematician and astronomer o the Renaissance era. He formulated a model of the Universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre, in all likelihood independently of Aristarchus of Samos Greece, who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier

    In 1545, the Spanish Index was created, a list of European books considered heretical and forbidden in Spain, based on the Roman Inquisition’s own Index Librorum Prohibitorum. In other nods to Rome’s concerns, the Spanish Inquisition focused on the rising population of Spanish Protestants in the 1550s. In 1556, Philip II ascended the Spanish throne. He had previously brought the Roman Inquisition to the Netherlands, where Lutherans were hunted down and burned at the stake.

    As Spain expanded into the Americas, so did the Inquisition, established in Mexico in 1570. In 1574, Lutherans were burned at the stake there, and the Inquisition came to Peru, where Protestants were likewise tortured and burned alive.

    In 1580 Spain conquered Portugal and began rounding up and slaughtering Jews who had fled Spain. Philip II also renewed hostilities against the Moors, who revolted and found themselves either killed or sold into slavery. Philip II died in 1598 and his son, Philip III, dealt with the Muslim uprising by banishing them. From 1609 to 1615, 150,000 Muslims who had converted to Catholicism were forced out of Spain.

    By the mid-1600s the Inquisition and Catholic dominance had become such an oppressive fact of daily life in Spanish territories that Protestants avoided those places altogether. In 1808, Napoleon conquered Spain and ordered the Inquisition there to be abolished. After Napoleon’s defeat in 1814, Ferdinand VII worked to reinstate the Inquisition but was ultimately prevented by the French government, which helped Ferdinand overcome a fierce rebellion. Part of the agreement with France was to dismantle the Inquisition, which was defunct by 1834.

    The last person to be executed by the Inquisition was Cayetano Ripoll, a Spanish schoolmaster hanged for heresy in 1826. The Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition still exists, though changed its name a couple of times. It is currently called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    Witch-phobia and prosecutions for the alleged crime of witchcraft reached a highpoint from 1580 to 1630 during the Counter-Reformation and the European wars of religion, when an estimated 50,000 persons were burned at the stake, of which roughly eighty percent were women and most often over the age of forty.

    The Reformation was a movement within Western Christianity in 16th-century Europe that posed a religious and political challenge to the Roman Catholic church – and papal authority in particular. Period: 1517 – 1648

    The Counter-Reformation (Latin: Contrareformatio), also called the Catholic Reformation (Latin: Reformatio Catholica) or the Catholic Revival, was the period of Catholic resurgence that was initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation. It began with the Council of Trent (1545–1563) and largely ended with the 1781 Patent of Toleration, although smaller expulsions of Protestants continued into the 19th century.

    Initiated to preserve the power, influence and material wealth enjoyed by the Catholic Church and to present a theological and material challenge to Reformation, the Counter-Reformation was a comprehensive effort composed of apologetic and polemical documents, ecclesiastical reconfiguration as decreed by the Council of Trent, a series of wars, political manoeuvring including the efforts of Imperial Diets of the Holy Roman Empire, exiling of Protestant populations, confiscation of Protestant children for Catholic institutionalised upbringing, heresy trials and the Inquisition, anti-corruption efforts, spiritual movements and the founding of new religious orders.

    Such reforms included the foundation of seminaries for the proper training of priests in the spiritual life and the theological traditions of the church, the reform of religious life by returning orders to their spiritual foundations, and new spiritual movements focusing on the devotional life and a personal relationship with Christ, including the Spanish mystics and the French school of spirituality.

    It also involved political activities that included the Roman Inquisition and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Protestants. One primary emphasis of the Counter-Reformation was a mission to reach parts of the world that had been colonised as predominantly Catholic and also try to reconvert areas such as Sweden and England that were at one time Catholic but became Protestant during the Reformation.

    Who Is Blind?
    The one who is unable to perceive another world.
    Who is dumb?
    The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right moment.
    Who is poor?
    The one who is plagued by too many desires.
    Who is rich?
    The one whose heart is contented.

    Anon.


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