Spirituality Definition Essays On Beauty

UNDERSTANDING JESUS

John 4:48:

“Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,”
Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

In ancient times; before much was known about diseases and cures,
just about every malady was on full display. The ancients were
desperate for anyone who could be of assistance. Anyone who had any
kind of higher reasoning, was considered a prophet. Prophets were
expected to perform miracles, foretell the future, and heal people.

Jesus really wanted to share about how unselfish love could
transform the world, but the emphasis was pressed upon him to perform
physical acts of amazement to a population that felt the need to
gratify their immediate need for solutions to their longing to be
made physically well. He never told anyone they were made well in a
physical sense, but that they could be made whole by their faith in
God. With this in mind we can understand his dilemma.

Did Jesus actually multiply food for the masses? In ancient times,
poor people made sure to take more than enough food and drink with
them. Sharing all your food in the desert, could cost you your life,
so when it was time to eat; the crowds were reluctant to eat in front
of the large group; but were moved by the young man who brought out
his loaf of bread and fish to be shared with Jesus.

Suddenly everyone decided to share. The same goes with the water
into wine. Unselfishness prevailed. He didn’t want to be known as a
faith healer and asked his zealous followers to downplay them;
because this was not what he was about.

Was Lazarus actually brought back to life by Jesus after being
dead for three days in the heat of the desert? Our spirit is born
into this vessel we call our body at first breath, and leaves with
the last breath. Breathing keeps the time our spirit is on this plane
like clockwork. The body to be resurrected would have been in the
depth of decaying.

(Just as an aside, the early Christians (mostly Jews) had to go
underground. They were slaughtered for their belief in the plan. Lit
up as human torches at Roman parties…The leaders of Rome were
afraid that their plan was to overthrow the government. If they were
just asking God for forgiveness of syns, singing and passing the
plate, I don’t think Rome would have seen them as a problem).

Again, Jesus message was so revolutionary, people wanted to claim
many things about him.

Is it physically possible to walk on water?

The Greek and Roman gods could. Gods like Possession, and Orion
could according to lore. The people wanted to share that Jesus had
this ability too; to prove to the ancients, that the Jewish God was
as good or better than the Pantheon of gods they worshiped.

How about the man who wandered the graveyard slashing his wrists?

The story says Jesus told the man he was being influenced by dark
spirits and that he would send them into a bunch of pigs and they ran
into the water and drown. Only one problem; ghosts can’t be drown.
Jesus was practicing psychology here as they ceremoniously drown the
pig.

As we already know, Jesus was most interested in preparing his
followers for the continuation of their lives on the astral plane, as
well as giving them the knowledge that would lead to “the kingdom
of heaven on the earth”.

This kingdom, would be nothing like an earthly kingdom. No one to
be crowned king or deified but God; the source of all that we know,
and all that we are. He would finally be given control of everything
through the sheer power of mankind practicing love and forgiveness,
and reconciliation.

Jesus said the meek (representing all the everyday inhabitants of
the known world) would act like “cells in one body”(my
translation) to bring this about.

He taught that mankind was given the spiritual image of the
Creator, and that through the connectedness of everyone; the entire
course of history of the known world would be transformed; as mankind
was to be taken from the bloodbath of war and self serving greed and
hatred, to a place of unselfishness, peace and plenty.

A balanced planet.

Mankind was to bypass corrupt governments, and act together to
make this global transformation. This was a time when word of mouth
was the only means of communicating the message; long before access
to the kind of connectedness the digital age has brought us to. He
asked his fisherman followers to start fishing for people who could
spread his message. Jesus sensed that the government would be against
him, even as he taught this.

19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever
you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on
earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples
not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. [6] – Matthew 16: 13-20.

Several hundred years after Jesus passed; leaders of the day were
afraid that this Christian idea might eventually take down
traditional control, so they organized the famous council of Nicaea
in 325 ad. This part of his teaching was obviously deleted from
record. This ‘body of mankind’ idea survived the council but is only
seen long after Jesus death, in the writings of the Apostle Paul.

1 Corinthians 12

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts
form one body, so it is with Christ. … And the head cannot say to
the feet, “I don’t need you!”

After all, was the reasoning; God gave us everything; and his
teaching was that the responsibility of mankind was to take
responsibility for the welfare of our planet, and all it’s
inhabitants. He said only when we create the kingdom of heaven on
earth; would we be able to experience it in the afterlife. Matthew
18:18

Also please see: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Matthew 5.

Jesus was a Jew. The Jewish religion was the first break out
religion. Ancients were still making idols to a pantheon of gods;
while Judaism laid claim realization that there was just one God,
they called YHVH, witch means “The unutterable name.” For this
they were called the chosen people. Maybe this is a mistaken word,
because we are all part and parcel of God’s energy; but God had
prepared this tribe of people to receive a messiah that they still
wait for.

Nevertheless, if Jesus’ teachings were the software, the Jewish
people were also hard-wired to survive and thrive. As is normally the
case with blessings, comes a curse. Jealousy of their odd worship to
one God; bypassing the pantheon gods worshiped by the ancients;
weren’t the only jealousy people held against them. They were also
envious of their talent, and ability to create fortune. This led to
the many atrocities instituted against them from early times.

Not only did they have that understanding; they also taught about
God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. Something Jesus picked up
on. (See The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).

Jesus did a lot of talking about the light in you. He taught that
only through manifesting God’s love in the world through
unselfishness, could we grow the light in us. That it was important
for everyone to become who they fully are in order to contribute to
the ideal for which this was all created. Ancients knew that syn is a
Greek archery term; predating Jesus; meaning “Missing the mark”;
not being true to your best character.

The ancient Jewish people had already figured out that God was
unconditional and therefore non judgmental; but they still lived in
an age where they felt the need to sacrifice animals to God for
forgiveness. This practice though totally unnecessary, can be traced
back to pagan religions.

In actuality no matter your religion, or even lack of it; the
practice of unselfish love to the people of the world, and respecting
the planet is how we grow our light.

There is no judgment day when you pass from this plane; only a
life review. We will clearly be able to see the light in us or the
lack of it.

Our understanding and practice of these spiritually positive
principles make us new people, and new people work together to create
a new earth and therefore a new Heaven. If all of humanity were to be
destroyed, there would be no hope for Heaven on the astral plane.
“The light we bring here will always be the light we take there.
” In the beginning there was a plan; and the plan was with God,
and the plan was God. Jesus was the first person to ‘flesh it out’.
If everything we know is composed of Gods’ energy, all of humanity
must bring it about.

As God’s highest creation on this earth; it is left to all of
mankind to turn the key.

All that God left us to do is complete the picture. Jesus’ death
was a tragedy; but his truth will still set us free. He was not the
Creator, nor was he the author of this truth; but when we take in
universal truth; and practice it; this truth is made flesh in us too.
This is the power of belief. Alone we can do nothing, but together we
can do anything.

Beauty as a Spiritual Path to God

July 31, 2009

Tags: God, Beauty, Hubbell, Emerson, Moyers, Spiritual Path, Baja

Beauty as a Spiritual Path to God

I was riding in Jim Hubbell�s van in Baja, California in the late 1990s when he asked me, �What is beauty?� I was stunned for a couple of reasons. First, I thought that it was an odd question. Who thinks about that stuff? Second, in spite of all my education, I didn�t have a clue how to answer the question. I have been thinking about that question ever since.

My research into how others have answered the question revealed that Jim asked me a trick question. While many thoughtful people have attempted to explain what beauty is, including Merriam Webster and associates, there is really no one answer that clearly defines what beauty is. What we have instead are lists of its many of its ingredients.
Nevertheless, the more I�ve looked into what beauty is, the more convinced I�ve become that there is some special quality in beauty that makes it a spiritual path to God.

Here is some of what I�ve found. The etymology of beauty is found in the Latin, bellus, handsome. Not much help there. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who spent a lot of time thinking and writing about beauty, couldn�t define it. He did, however, identity certain characteristics that pertain to beauty. For Emerson beauty contains balance, symmetry, simplicity (i.e., perfect economy), an endearing quality that captures the imagination; it is organic, without outside embellishment. While edifying, this doesn�t really help me know what beauty is either.

Journalist Bill Moyers said, �Beauty is an expression of that rapture of being alive.�* I take it he means rapture in the sense of ecstasy: beauty carries the beholder beyond itself to its source: God. Now this is helpful in that it shows how beauty functions as a spiritual path, connecting the viewer of beauty with God. To see how beauty functions as a spiritual path, I challenge you to try the following. Spend the day looking for what is beautiful. Really focus on this intention. I believe you will start to see things, to feel things, which lift your spirit and help you to feel closer to God. I suspect you�ll also discover these beautiful things have been present in your life more than you�ve appreciated.

Jim Hubbell, the San Diego artist who started me thinking about beauty, finally shared some of his thoughts. �Beauty,� he wrote, �may at heart contain both trust and balance, yet much more. . . . Humans, because of consciousness, must live between pathos (as in death, loss, pain and fear) and joy (pleasure, friends, music, and peace). Beauty is the place between the two. It is where joy and pathos enrich each other. It is where life has, at its best, a profound meaning. It is where one�s life sings, not necessarily a happy song but where, despite the hurt and loss, we are glad we are here.�** I would suggest the beauty of a spider web is an example of the path between the joy of its design and the pathos of what it is used for. The French also agree with Jim�s enrichment theory. They provide us with belladonna, pretty lady. Belladonna is often used as an euphemism for a very poisonous plant.


I have a second challenge for you. Create something that is beautiful. What does this experience do for you? Did you notice a spiritual dimension to your experience?

Share with me your thoughts about beauty and your experience of looking for it, creating it, and how it functions for you as a spiritual path to God.


* This quote came from Joseph Campbell�s, The Power of Myth (New York: Doubleday, 1988) 228. Betty Sue Flowers, ed.
** Ilan Lael Foundation newsletter, Spring, 2009 edition.




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