Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"The Assumption of Mary"... Why Is Anyone Assuming Anything?

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



What Is "The Assumption"?

The Assumption of Mary, as defined dogmatically in Roman Catholicism by Pope Pius XII, is the event of Mary, the mother of Jesus, being taken body and soul into heaven.

3 Reasons Why This Rubs Me (and Should Rub You) the Wrong Way

Reason 1: Dogma
The Assumption event is defined dogmatically. As I’ve explained in one of my earliest posts, dogma is bad news.

Dogma is “doctrine given by authority that is not open for debate and to be believed without evidence.”

If anyone tells us to accept what “authority” (or anybody else) states and that it’s “not open for debate” and is “irrefutably true,” there is a serious problem. This is especially so when the very “authority” putting forth their “truth” is the same entity demanding unquestionable adherence.

By acceptance and thus submittal, we become stripped of all faculties of autonomy, we lose our ability and even our willingness to think critically, and we deny our intuitive sense of caution in order to uphold intellectual (feelingless) principles.

Reason 2: “Infallibility”
The Assumption dogma is given ex cathedra.

Even though Jesus had a direct line of communication with God and Jesus had never, ever, ever stated anything less were possible by the average person—indeed, he repeatedly claimed the same and more by the average person—the Church has taken it upon itself to tell the masses that only the Pope himself has the power to speak directly to God, and when he does so he exerts “papal infallibility.”

So, basically, the Church lies to the people as to who they truly are, about the Divine Power that is truly within them, the Divine Power that Jesus had spoken of innumerable times as being within them (and many others have shown rampantly throughout the Bible and otherwise), and then the Pope even goes so far as to say that he has the power of infallibility when giving Church doctrine.

Something ain't kosher, here.

Reason 3: The Definition
Assumption is a word of otherwise problematic implications.

Consider other meanings of the word assumption:
  1. Taking possession of something.
  2. Accepting something as true though not knowing it to be so.
  3. Something taken for granted, as if truth.
  4. Pretension.
If true exactly as dogmatically purported, it seems very peculiar for an event as spectacular as “the Virgin Mother of the Only Son of God being taken into heaven body and soul” to be labeled with the very same word used to also describe things like "arrogance" and "accepting something as true though not knowing it to be so."

And note the more likely connotation of the latter. This is not a reference to faith, but more closely related to the saying, “When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.”

And how about meaning 4? Pretension: “pre-tense-ion”: Beyond this word being a synonym of arrogance, the word itself suggest a pretense, which is defined in ways such as “make-believe” and “a false showing.”

Of all the words that have been created in the English language and of all words that are simply waiting to be created, to use assumption to denote such a momentous occasion seems very odd to say the least.

Ascension: Telling It Like It Is

I don’t mean to suggest by stating the above that I think Mary’s story is utter nonsense, for I do see a seed of truth in it.

But this seed is just that: a seed. I have absolutely no reason to believe that Mary experienced anything other than a spiritual ascension just as Jesus had.

While I don’t agree with all the added doctrine, even if we take the doctrine at face value, isn’t the deeper truth of it so incredibly obvious?

The Church claims that Mary was “taken body and soul into heaven.” This is exactly how Jesus’ ascension can be described: as Jesus being “taken body and soul into heaven.”

Ascension, assumption, assumption, ascension—they're the same thing! Only the indoctrination is different—the very indoctrination that pigeon-holes people in a false, intellectualized, fear- and victim-based mindset preventing them from seeing the truth that has been immediately before them for ages.

Then There’s Elijah

Well, not really “then,” because Elijah came before Mary and Jesus.

In 2 Kings 2:11 the Bible states: “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

This is a short but rather vivid account, no? Either Elijah ascended into heaven (or was “assumed”) as Mary and Jesus later would, or he got sucked up into the sky by a UFO or an Extra-Dimensional Entity!

Imagine

The truth seems inconvenient and unimaginable for most people.

Oh, how such truth shakes our sandy foundations of "who I am" and "how life works." (…You’re already feeling it, are you not?)

But imagine anyway:

Imagine if Jesus weren’t the only one to ascend.

Imagine if all who have ascended before (and there have been many) are not "saviors" or "chosen ones," but wayshowers.

Imagine if you and I and our partners, kids, and neighbors also have ascension as an inevitability on our soul paths simply because it’s the way the spiritual evolution of life works.

Okay, good. Now stop imagining.

Now, let's go out—ahem, go in!—and actively align ourselves with this highest of potentials.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Want Peace of Mind? Then Stop Looking For It.

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



This life's five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro,' the eye.

--excerpt from "The Everlasting Gospel" by William Blake


Do you want peace of mind?

I’m not so sure you do.

I mean, you probably do want peace of mind, but is that really what you’re seeking when you say you want peace of mind?

For my sense is that peace of mind is often mistaken by people to mean peace of experience: people think that if only their experience became serene and satisfying then, surely, their minds would finally settle down.

About that…

Such a rationale is erroneous because the mess we perceive without is merely a reflection of the mess we consciously and subconsciously carry within: What we experience within is therefore not because of what happens without, but what happens without (including our reactivity) is a mirror-image of our state of consciousness within.

Peace is not about what is happening externally. Indeed, peace externally is merely “war in planning,” so to speak, because true peace in the world requires that people are at peace within—which they're usually not.

War doesn’t just happen. It requires human beings who—in the forms of anger, blame, resentment, jealousy, fear, and so on—have war burning within themselves.

Peace can thus not be found externally, not for long, anyway, because such is dependent on the imbalanced and oft-volatile conditions of human mental-emotional health.

If we want peace—the peace of mind that we’re discussing—we must each free ourselves of the internal programming that distorts our personal perception and drives unhealthy thought, emotion, and behavior in reaction to what is happening in the external.

Interpreting the words of William Blake above (if out of context), we see how we mistake our sensory input of the outside world as fact when we interpret through the filter of a very dualistic, intellectual processing system—the ego mind. We therefore believe a lie because our inner distortions have us seeing life as happening to us—as though we’re victims of life—rather than through us—such that we’re observers of life.

You may have heard the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?”

Awareness is everything; no thing can be without awareness of that thing. As it turns out, we are the awareness. Simultaneously, however, we alter how we perceive whatever enters our awareness based on our programming, or lack thereof.

Just as the sound of the fallen tree is known only by those who are in range to hear it, so, too, is peace of mind know only by those who’ve consciously shifted their attention from the external to the internal—who see through, not with, the eye.