WHAT IF WE STEPPED OUTSIDE THE BOX?
Over the millennia, every culture has put forth myths or legends related
to the Divine. There have been various titles, various names, and
certainly different forms of worship. But, what if there are threads of
truth that flow through these various stories? And what if that
information could be presented as “truth”?
The ancients considered their myths to be the vehicle for passing on the
accumulated knowledge and traditions that were accepted as literal
truths. It was their way of remembering how the world was created, how
to explain nature, and the appropriate moral codes to live by. Their
heroes embodied the ideal form and attributes of their society. Myths
were their way to understand divinity and the sacred which resonated
within their hearts and souls.
In Metaphysics, Aristotle states, “Our forefathers in the most remote
ages have handed down to their posterity a tradition, in the form of a
myth, that these bodies are gods, and that the Divine encloses the whole
of nature…they have been preserved until the present like relics of
the ancient treasure” (Metaphysics, Book XII, Part 8).
But, what really is truth? Most people would say that it has to be
scientific and proven through various tests that are observable and
repeatable. Yet, people of faith accept many things as truth without
this scientific evidence.
In ancient times, there was no division between science and religion.
They were both a form of language that was attempting to tell the same
story. This is a story that began with creation and ends with either
Armageddon or life eternal, depending on your own personal beliefs.
Regardless of the language, many of these stories were told using
symbolism, which in itself is a language used to express spiritual
truths. The ancient civilizations followed an oral tradition where
information was passed by word of mouth from master to the student.
There was very little placed in a written form until much later as the
ancients concealed their sacred truths in rituals, symbols and
allegories. That is why the legends and myths must be looked at
carefully with their symbolism to find those threads that can be woven
together to present a story of what if? What if this information is
In Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961)
stated, “Meaning makes a great many things endurable—perhaps
everything. No science will ever replace myth, and a myth cannot be made
out of any science. For it is not that ‘God’ is a myth, but that
myth is the revelation of a Divine life in man. It is not we who invent
myth; rather it speaks to us as a word of God. Myths go back to the
primitive storyteller and his dreams, to men moved by the stirring of
their fantasies. These people were not very different from those whom
later generations called poets or philosophers” (Jung 1961, 77).
Let us first consider inventions. An inventor is one who has a thought
about something new or different that can improve current processes or
the environment. The word invent comes from the Latin word
“invenire”, which means “to come upon” or “discover”. At
first, this process takes place in the mind, in the imagination of the
person long before pen is put to paper or devices are created and
The word imagination comes from the root word “image”, which in
Latin “imago” means “a copy or likenesses”. It is like looking
in the mirror and seeing your own reflection, an image of you.
I have said all of this to allow us to imagine. To allow ourselves to
step out of our boxes of structured thought, whether
academic,scientific, religious, or socially driven. To allow our
imagination to be in the forefront as we read and reflect on what is
presented in this book and to give ourselves the opportunity to reflect
on “What If?”
The great Albert Einstein once said, “God does not play dice with the
Universe.” I think this is why we see such balance and symmetry in
nature. And isn’t symbolism the language of Nature? It is the
Divine’s handwriting and it is why man has discovered (invented) so
many universal laws. Laws that have guided our lives over the millennia
and advanced civilization in many ways, but these laws have also allowed
the discovery of destructive devices. One only has to think of the past
wars and know what some of these devices are and the devastation that
they have produced.
The words “God” or “Allah” are the most accepted references to
the majority of believers of the Creator or the Divine Mind. But, when
referring to the “Ineffable” that created all that we see as well as
all that we don’t see, I like to use what Plato defined when referring
to the “Absolute”.
Plato said, “‘ONE’ is the term most suitable for defining the
‘Absolute’, since the whole precedes the parts and diversity is
dependent on unity, but unity not dependent on diversity. The ‘One’
moreover, is before being, for to be is an attribute or condition on the
‘ONE’” (Hall 1928, 21)
In other words, the Absolute, Creator, Divine Mind, or whatever label
you choose to use, existed prior to anything. Out of that limitless
being, “The One”, came all that we are aware of in the mineral,
plant and animal kingdoms. As Kathryn Breese-Whiting notes, “The
ancients have stated that God sleeps in the mineral, awakens in the
vegetable, walks in the animal, and thinks in man” (Weber 2009, 120).
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One’s life journey is usually dynamic with many twist and turns and mine is no exception. As we all believe that we plan our lives with various goals, we are often surprised at how things turn out when we take the time to reflect. For me, where I am today in my life is nowhere near what I was preparing for when I left the parental nest to begin directing my own life and making my own independent choices. It was over 30 years ago when I completed my formal education with a BS and MBA in Business Administration while concurrently embarking on my professional career in the financial arena of healthcare and beginning my own family. For me, it was a dream come true and time past as life became a routine that was both fulfilling and enjoyable. Through my experiences, I had developed a core belief that success was based upon material possessions and what one had accomplished in life was measured by education, career, and the people that you knew. I seemed to be living this dream as my husband and I had been extremely fortunate in all areas of our life. I believed that through continued hard work that things would maintain and the ultimate reward would be one of coasting into retirement while enjoying my grandchildren. In 1996 that all changed and my dream died. I was jolted out of my comfort zone of life and confronted with some major life changing events that I was unprepared to deal with. My husband and I separated after a 25+ year marriage and headed down the slippery slope to the divorce courts. It was purely agonizing as everything crashed around me. No longer was I in reach of that retirement dream. I was totally lost, stripped of my identity of who I thought I was. I was in the agony of the “valley of despair” as I struggled to find the answers to the life changing events that were occurring. I felt hopeless and had no idea what to expect as it felt like someone else was in control of my life, making all the choices, and I could not get off the train. At one point, I was suicidal as I didn’t have the tools to cope with what was being expressed in my life. I needed to find some strength to continue with life. I kept thinking of the prophet Job and his struggles as I read: "With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding. With Him is wisdom and strength, He hath counsel and understanding" Job 12:12–13 Somehow, I garnered my strength and stumbled onto a spiritual path and a study of ancient wisdom. It became an inward search and a journey of evaluating my core beliefs with what I was learning from this ancient knowledge and what was happening in my life. My studies became a catalyst to see things differently. It was like I stepped out of my old life and was awakened into something fresh and new as I remembered the words of Emerson who said, “What lies before us and what lies behind us is but a small matter compared to that, which lies within us”. He also said “What we know is a point to what we do not know” (Emerson 2007, 55). This inward search opened doors to subjects and disciplines that were totally foreign to me and not part of my accepted truths or what I had learned growing up. I had always known that we had two guarantees in life, dying and paying taxes, but I discovered that there was a new guarantee and that was CHANGE. As I stopped reacting and resisting change, I found the courage to face my fears and embrace my faith in the supreme being of creation. As I was able to do this, Spirit provided the synchronicity of events that have enriched and enlightened my life and brought me into my soul awareness. I had learned from Rev. Fred Price, Faith Dome (Los Angeles) that FEAR stood for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” As I changed my beliefs, my reality shifted as I was no longer limiting myself to the black and white box I had been living in. My new spiritual insight became a vehicle for change by expanding my knowledge and my world view. I was now walking in the world of “faith” as opposed to the “material”. I was learning to balance my outward life with my internal thoughts and began to move forward in life. I was learning to trust in the flow of life and how to co-exist in harmony with it rather than to make choices out of fear and judgement. My new way of looking at life was helping me to heal both my physical and emotional pain. I became an ordained minister after completing a two-year certification program in spiritual studies with an emphasis in healing. I have continued with extensive training in this arena which has encompassed several different healing modalities. Spirit has blessed me with being a conduit in helping others as well as healing my own self from three painful conditions, one being cancer. I continued my in-depth study to expand my own self awareness, understanding, and the searching out of deeper truths. This culminated with a pursuit of a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in ancient wisdom which I completed in 2003. I have gained tremendously from my studies and at the same time I have been humbled by them. What I thought where major differences in the major religions was wrong. When you begin with ancient wisdom, you see how they are more alike than different. It’s like the old saying “Many roads lead to Rome”. My journey has been quite amazing and while it may appear that I have reached a level to eliminate challenges in my life, this is not true. As long as we live in the third dimension, we all struggle with the challenges of life be they relationships, finances, politics, or just the pressure of watching the daily world events on TV. If you can change how you view challenges and learn to embrace them, you begin to see them as opportunities to grow and expand. I continue to remind myself what EGO really means: “Edging God Out”. Ego will keep you in the illusion and hinders your growth. My friends will tell you that I continually say, “Everything is in Divine right order” and that there are no accidents or coincidences. I now know that one must learn to balance their worlds, the material (mundane) with the spiritual. It goes back to the saying “Living in the World, but not being of the World” as similarly stated in Romans 12:2. We must constantly remember that we are “Spirit” here to have an earthly and human experience. When all is said and done, we will return to Spirit. Daily, one must make the commitment to honor who we are–“Spirit”. One of my spiritual teachers is Jimmy Twyman and while on retreat in Joshua Tree, CA, Jimmy was constantly reminding us, “To See as God Sees”. We chanted this phrase throughout the retreat. This powerful little phrase echoes in my ears daily, especially when I get upset about something that is really meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Let this phrase be a mantra for you as well to help transverse difficult challenges. There are many avenues to maintaining balance. For myself, I am constantly reading and searching out new pieces of the puzzle, attending seminars, and visiting sacred sites around the world. I love visiting sacred sites, as I believe that they hold the energies of the ancients that once lived in these areas and it is an opportunity to tap into that energy and experience new levels of information. But really, all one has to do is view what is around us every day in nature and in the heavens. Nightly, I would stare at the beautiful painting above my fireplace trusting and asking for guidance. Spirit would enter my thoughts and give me flashes on what to include in this book. I am humbled by what I have received and find it fitting that this amazing painting has become the cover of this book. I am honored to share with you what I have learned over this time. It is my goal that the information provided within this book, will open your heart to your own truth and allow you to step out of the “box” that has been created by the world we live in, not by “Spirit”. I believe in the words of Aristotle when he wrote the opening line of The Metaphysics, “All men naturally desire to know”. Like the great philosopher Pythagoras, I am a lover of wisdom especially since my own Greek heritage is traceable to the ancient lands where I have distant relatives living today in both Greece and Turkey. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth 2Timothy 2:15
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