Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Look Beyond Appearances

Thank you to all those who have sent wishes of good things and other blessings.

Today's reading and affirmation at the Science of Mind Daily Meditation struck me as so appropriate, which is just what I needed to hear in my life right now. I'd like to share it with you, which was written by Kathy Juline, RScP

It is the light of the mind which determines whether you see confusion and limitation or whether you see order and abundance.
Ervin Seale

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs today. If you live north of the equator, you will see a gradual lengthening of the day until the summer solstice occurs. The sun appears to be shining for a different period of time each day; however, that is an illusion. The sun is always shining, whether or not you can see it—just as Spirit is always present no matter what appearances may suggest. With this awareness in mind, look beyond appearances of disharmony or lack. Realize that omnipresent Spirit is shining in your life always and in every situation. A sign in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City notes that “the hidden details and secret views” in the far corners and highest spires of the cathedral were placed there not necessarily to be seen, but to signify that God is fully and always present. The delicately carved cornice projecting from a high column is hidden from view, yet it is there. Similarly, daylight may last for a shorter or longer time, depending on the time of the year; but the sun, symbolizing Spirit, is always shining in your life, even when it does not appear to be. Today, realize that Spirit is the cause and essence of your life, and allow your life to be renewed. See beyond the darkness of temporary appearances.

I stand in the light of Spirit, seeing love, beauty, and harmony everywhere. Knowing that my being is one with infinite, eternal Life, I abide always in the presence of perfect wholeness.

Winter Solstice Arrives

Indonesia, Bali, Ubud, Puri Lukisan museum,close-up on local painting by Ketut Budiana ("Kala Rau") depicting lunar eclipse.

Today is the full moon and first day of winter, marked by the Winter Solstice, (or Yule) the year's shortest day. The winter solstice this year coincides with a total lunar eclipse, the first time the two events have overlapped in 372 years. The full moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow as our planet passes between it and the sun.More about this event here.

In The Risen, August briefly relates about coming upon a full lunar eclipse that coincides with the ending of his task to help manifest the book:
"In childish awe I watched as the Moon, the Night Mother, masked herself with the face of the Sun, the Father of Day. For a few transitory moments she assumed a persona whose origins were of a very different world, transmuted into something shockingly new and seemingly real. The mystery was revealed upon her unmasking, and order was quickly restored to the heavens." (p. 301) 
At first, this erroneously sounds as if the sun is literally passing between the earth and moon. Yet here we have an attempt to put into words August's mystical experience about the greater mysteries of Light as manifested in the human experience within the Universe, as suggested by the lunar eclipse. We know that mystic language is not one of words. With some spirit-guided help, we will try to expand upon this in a bit more detail here.

"The face of the Sun" symbolizes the inner realization of the ever-present, all consciousness of Creator Source. The Moon is a symbol of ego-mind - in this case, an ego-mind that has yet to "see the Light," the truth about Reality. This Truth, which is that the human reality experience is immortalized potential – symbolized by the Earth – is still hidden (denied) by the ego-mind.

"Mother of Night" tells us that the ego-mind has ''given birth" to the denial'. This false creative act (or simulation) supports the ego-mind's belief in death, and that it has power to assert over life and death in some way. Its denial to accept that it is not immortal is the shadow it casts upon its own face, thus obscuring or blinding itself to the True Light of Creator Source, and appropriating the immortal human's existence (the earth) to keep between itself and the Light. Thus the appearance of a shadow  – the illusion, or what a child would see as seemingly real, but a mystery.  The child here is the unconscious Authentic Self, who, blinded by the ego-mind, becomes mesmerized by "childish awe." When the mask falls away and the moon is seen for what it is, order is quickly restored to the heavens – or the true world as ruled by Authentic Self.
Here are a few quotes by some mystics that might bring more light to our endeavor here – one by Boris Pasternak, one of August's Risen guides and colleagues, and another by Victor Hugo - little known medium and mystic, who wrote a book about his seances, and who is also an ancestor of August's.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
Albert Camus

"It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned."
Boris Pasternak

"Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” (August once received this in a fortune cookie after a long conversation about Victor Hugo.)
Victor Hugo

"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Goethe also said: “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”)

“The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui, vanish, - all duties even.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson