He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they
comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head
with oil: my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (But the tense permits even not affirmative translations.)
Christ tries to teach affirmation, “You are Gods” (John 10.34). Affirmative contemplation is
then as a Jacob’s ladder. But majorities can not climb that ladder. As CHILDREN they pray
in dualistic ways: believing God and soul to be TWO separate beings. Prayers become petitions,
asking that God shall CHANGE and not be justice or as a sun shine equal on all but give more
help and love to some. Our sins hinder beneficial sunshine and rain to reach us. Good deeds,
healthy prayer , sacraments reopens us for blessings from our divine nature and our Angels.
AREOPAGITA, “the father of Christian mysticism” writes: contemplation has three main ways:
1/ an affirmative way through knowledge about divine characteristics and attributes intimated
through names and symbols, mentioned in holy Scriptures: as Christ, God, Jahve,…. ( etc. )
2/ an affirmative way by seeking God in all what is existing, in all matter which God emanates.
3/ a negative way which is higher, more worthy and safer and far reaching. It speaks about God
in negations. (The script about mystic theology) The mystics are in God beyond human
thinking. Areopagita´ s Christian mysticism speaks of Via Puritativa, that is Purification,
Via Illuminativa, Illumination, and Via Unitativa, to be consciously one with God Other
religions have other words . Compare “Sunyata”, spiritual “emptiness” in Buddhism and in
high yoga. Page 103: Meditation with the Eucharist, Page 104: Passive meditation
FREE CATHOLIC pioneers have learned by all as by later teachers of meditation, as Blavatsky
who did 1887 write to the archbishop of Canterbury that the world needs a Church preaching a
divine principle within all ( compare our monism) and who did write an interreligious book “The
Secret Doctrine” She did even l888 write an AFFIRMATIVE “Diagram of Meditation” with
Monism. She coloured some Free Catholic pioneers but was too advanced for majorities
of the Hebraic grammar gives several interpretations. We are free to choose or exclude.
One example is: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Names. Thy Kingdoms come.
Thy will shall be done on earth as it is in heavens. You give us this day our daily bread.
You forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. You lead us through
temptations. You deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen
PRAY IN THE MORNING. Shortened Eucharist or page 4; invocation, asperges, blessings.
SAY GRACE (before each meal) In the Name of God, in the power of the + Father, the
+ Son and the Holy + Ghost +++ Amen WE EXORCISE AND BLESS THIS FOOD +
BEFORE AND AFTER EACH MEAL it is well to contemplate “thank God and angels in
our nature for food and drink + We contemplate that we often destroy and poison and kill
in nature and reap need and sickness. We are sorry for errors. We will seek health
for man, animals, vegetables, earth, air and water We will as the repentant robber be
converted to the God within ( who is crucified everywhere). Amen
Sacramental Benediction or parts of it can be alternative. Completorium and Vesper or parts of
these are alternatives. Compare “Nunc dimittes”, “Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant sleep in
peace” We thank and bless God and Angels for bright and dark lessons in this pilgrimage. Amen
SOME AFFIRMATIVE SAYINGS IN GNOSTIC FRAGMENTS AND BIBLES
I am the Alpha and the Omega. I and the Father are one. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Ye are all Angels, Archangels, Gods and Lords, Rulers, all the Great Light-emanations….
I am the Gnosis of the whole Pleroma. One who receives the Mystery of the Ineffable is Myself
Though he be a man in the world, yet shall he be King with Me in My Kingdom…..in the Light
The Ineffable lies stretched out with all its limb and is the emanation of the whole Pleroma The
mystery is all involution and is all evolution I am thou and thou art I and wherever thou art,
I am there and I am sown in all Many souls shall come back into the world Elia came back as
John the Baptist. Even the greatest sinner if he repent shall inherit the Kingdom. The Kingdom
of God is within you This is my body Take and eat. This is my blood of the Covenant
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Drink from it, all of you.
God is love, Agape. We speak of God’s secret wisdom destined for our glory before time began.
even with most grown-ups. They are not bridge to heavens but glittering bubbles fitted for spiritual
babies Illusions may still be a beginning followed by stages which test if we can stand a cup or cross
which belongs to ripe religion. Primitive faith in a desired “heavenly Jerusalem” can shield the soul
from some temptations but does even blunt the intellect. Ideas about “God” can be too high for one soul and too simplified for an other. Jesus says “I have more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” (John 16.11) “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you
but not to them (Matt 13 11) A doubting Thomas may pray: “O God if there is a God, save my soul
if I have a soul which can be saved”. Some become members of sects believing in a salvation of souls. Some become e.g. existentialists not believing in a creating and saving God. Some believe that souls are innermost an eternal uncreated nature, a Buddha-nature. Some believe that Jesus is a personal incarnation of God, or prophet, teacher, father, saviour, judge, physician, angel, older soul or as bridegroom of our soul. It is then named the bride of God. Compare a book by Juan de la Cruz, “Libro de la noche oscura” intended first for devote nuns. “Bride-mysticism” is loved in religions. More intellectual people can appreciate a Gnostic book, e.g. “Seven sermons to the dead” written by the psychoanalyst Doctor Jung. “Pleroma” is its name for our eternal nature. It emanates, incarnates and reabsorbs all. People who are coloured by Bibles do sometimes specially observe that Christ is named heavenly Priest and heavenly King as all the Messiahs of the Jews ( and all the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt) Ps 110. 4, Hebr 5, 6 “high priest in the order of Melchizedek” Rev 17,14 “The Lamb is Lord of Lords and King of Kings”. Icons of Bysantic art do often picture Christ clothed as universal most rich emperor and high priest - and as saving shepherd .
Prayers and contemplations do of course take different shape to fit different ideas -- and business.
The “father of Christian Mysticism”, Areopagita
preferred negating contemplation as he knew
that all mental forms are limited. But he
knew also that negating is difficult for
most people. He did then recommend
AFFIRMATIVE contemplation. But
churches and priests find even that
too difficult and pray with petition,
asking their perfect loving “God”
to give still more perfect help.
Higher contemplation is beyond
mind in the Spirit which is poor
or empty in spiritual language.
Jesus says in John 4 23 “God is
spirit and true worshippers will
worship in the spirit and truth”
There are religious orders which
permit and try to inspire higher
contemplation. Some do still have
a mental picture of Christ , e g as a
DIVINE PRIEST-KING COMING
as a sun or a star from “ EAST”
For children and childhood faith
it may be a beginning - Important
is to teach all about still higher
contemplation which is beyond
mental ideas and of the Spirit
A problem is that mighty
rich organization teach
infantile prayers and
then detain majorities
in stupidity. Schiller
that even gods do
fight in vain
God within all
is wisdom and
AN ANTIC RUSSIAN ICON was hanging above my writing-desk. One day I did stand before that old icon where there was the picture of the Mother of God with a child on her knee
And the Mother did answer saying : “You are sitting on my knee”
I experienced that it was the truth. I was not far away from the spiritual reality. I was just sitting on the knee of the Mother of God. She was not far away.
I did experience that when our spiritual eyes are open do we experience that we are all the time on the knee of the Divine Mother. When we are sleeping spiritually are we not conscious about spiritual realities which are always and ever around us and in us. When we are still sleeping with regard to ONE spiritual reality do we experience a dualistic existence, the heirship by common senses and mental dogmas. And then it is natural that we pray “O God, Mother (or “Father”) come and help me,
do come near, Please, change, do not remain afar from me”
A common child who is sleeping on its mothers knee may in dreams feel far away from the mother and then cry for help. The mother may look on the face of the child and understand that it is dreaming something not happy and therefore is feeling unsafe. The mother may then gently stroke the cheek of the child and wake the child by saying “you are sitting on my knee”. And then the child wakes up from its dreams and becomes aware that it is with the mother in safety. The mother may have been with the child the whole time but the child was not aware about it and did not know that it was sleeping on her knee. The only change which was needed was that the child became awake and then saw and heard the mother. Then the child finished to pray “come”
So it is in the world of religion. What is needed is only that we wake up spiritually and then are conscious about the presence of the divine nature. Those who are spiritually awake do see and hear and feel that “God” is present. Their prayers do then not any longer be petitions that God shall change and come nearer. The contemplations become more intended to be more and more awake about spiritual realities and negate illusions. Prayers may contemplate in affirmative ways, as “The Lord IS my shepherd”… and bless in the Name of Spirit. In higher stages of contemplation do we become
” passive “ letting the spirit contemplate within … and bring forth the Word, the divine Thought
Prayer is then not the work of the human nature but of our higher more divine nature
Scientists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, mystics do try to understand and explain what it really is to experience “the Mother of God”----- Some say that it is to experience something of our own inner nature. Jesus is reported to have said: “Know that you are all gods, all angels (Pistis Sophia)
Jesus is even reported to have said that there are no human words for these “secrets of heaven”
Still religious lecturing ought to try to find similes, parables to inspire our thinking until the time comes when we through the Spirit are enlightened with the whole truth
Those who are dualists, that is not believing in a monistic way about the ALL-ONE-NATURE in our
Depth, will stick to the explanation that the Mother of God is a being outside our own spiritual nature
and that she by compassion comes to our help. Some believe that saints and more evolved souls can
come veiled, masked, disguised in a shape which our human limited understanding can accept as
representing the spiritual truth. Some may say there is illusion in such experiences but that there may be a kernel of truth. In the Bible we find that even the Lord Christ did appear in a different shape when
Some may experience “The Mother of God” as the endless space which brings forth the universe as its
Child. A Hindu mystic as Ramakrishna experienced her as Kali, creating everything and killing all the illusions. A girl as Bernadette Soubirou in Lourdes experienced Her as a female shape who said to Bernadette “I can not promise happiness to you in this life but in the next” and that being said about Herself “I am the immaculate conception”. Mystics have made the comment that “Immaculate conception” is a principle in the innermost nature of all. All great saints are in constant conception of the Word of our innermost divine nature. One result is wisdom which few can understand. Conception in a sexual sense by the divine Word is in some religions a parable for that the Divine Mother is enlightening the soul. The Mother of God is the Spirit, Truth,
And in myths She is Eve who guides us to the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3.5)-
It was temporary forbidden. Without that we should still be as innocent apes
The icon is now in a Free Catholic chapel. But each physical and mental picture can “become alive”
through the loving yearning for more consciousness about that which is named Eternal