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Working with the Meditation from John’s Gospel

Last blog introduced John’s Prologue as a meditation. Now let’s go line-by-line deepening our esoteric understanding:

In the beginning was the LogosWhy “Logos”? Why not “Christ”? Why not “The Son”? We can conclude this gospel is primarily about the Logos, not any other person or god. But what is the “Logos”? What would be the understanding of “Logos” to contemporaries of this writer?

And the Logos was with God“With God, or can this be translated “within God”?

A God was the LogosSome translations will omit “A”. How might this change the intended theology? How many hierarchies in the heavens did theology of the time regard? Which levels might its beings be called “gods”? If not of the Holy Trinity, of what hierarchy might the Logos be?

This same one was, in the beginning, with GodWhy is this seemingly repeated? This gospel writer does not waste words, does not repeat, so what’s going on? Is the “one” referred to different? It says this “same one”.  Is this “same one” still with God?

Through Him became all thingsDoes this make the Logos the creator of “all things”? Note it does not say “all beings”. Are heavenly beings included in this creation? Are evil beings? How did contemporaries view matter? Read up on the Gnostic theology for one view of contemporaries. What was being purified in baptism, in the public baths before entering the temple?

Not one thing became without HimWhat does the writer mean by “became” or “to become”. Aristotle and Plato were considered the pinnacles of philosophy in those times – what did they have to say about “becoming”?

In Him is LifeLife as a “substance”? All of Life? What is Life? What is my Life? How might my memories be related? Is Christ in me in my Life? Where is my Life? What happens in a near-death-experience (NDE)? Where goes my life when I die? Where is my life before I am born? Does my life evolve?

Life is Humanity’s Light. Oh my! How are we to understand this!? Life is Light – really? Where is my light (this little light of mine)? When I conceive of a new idea, cartoonists show a light bulb turning on in my mind. Creative thinking has long been associated with an inner light. Typically our every-day thinking is a dead-thinking, not light, nor dark, but dead, like that “thinking” in a computer. A living-thinking glows and not only enlightens, it reveals other things. Do our senses only receive or do they, as Plato claimed, shine out to the object of our attention? If so, what kind of shining is this?

This light shines in each soul’s darknessSo there is both light and darkness in my soul? Compare this concept again to the Gnostics and other contemporaries. What does it mean to shine? Does it mean all-giving? What is darkness? All-receiving? What might light in the spirit be? How might it be different from light in the physical realm? What does the name Lucifer mean? (Light bearer). What being represents darkness in the spirit? Can the soul “see” the physical?  

And the soul’s darkness comprehends it notThat sounds as if the writer is saying I have two aspects to my soul; one, with light, and one with darkness and the one with darkness does not understand the one with light. What is this darkness? Is it a being within me? Is it me?

Lots of questions! Why am I not offering answers as well? The story of Sphinx of Thebes describes how unanswerable questions once drove people mad. The time was about the 8th century BCE. Oedipus, as representative of the new soul forces with intellectual capacities that would declare “I know!” were beginning to form. When Oedipus comes to the sphinx, she asks him a question. Because Oedipus is able to answer it, she must no longer torment him. We are now well passed the development of the Intellectual Soul so each one of you are able to answer these questions, especially through meditation.

Dreams

This post will reveal some, perhaps unfavorable, personal traits of me. When I was a child I remembered far more dreams than I do as an adult. Occasionally I’ll remember the last dream of the night or one where I woke up during the dream and was able to make a written or visual or mental note about it so that in the morning I was able to recall the dream. Now I recall a dream from last night.

In the dream I was the person responsible for a group of people. We were in a fancy large hotel. My immediate responsibility was to get these twelve people from the hotel to their transport to some morning event. Soon the twelve had all arrived so I began to lead them to where I thought the taxi stand for the hotel existed. I knew where it was because I had, in the dream, stayed in this hotel at a prior conference (the memory of this was present to me in the dream but it was not part of a prior dream or reality that I am aware of).  Out of the hotel we wander and I soon realize that there are no taxis in front so I lead the group down the circular drive to the highway where I try to flag down a set of taxis. But there are none. Then one comes but the driver appears busy and does not even look my way. Suddenly I have an aide and she suggests I call the taxi service with whom I made arrangements. Brilliant! My dream-memory said that I had made arrangements. I pulled out my iPhone and in its ‘recent calls’ list I found the number. The driver answered the call and wanted to know where we were! I asked him where he was and he said he had a 12-person van in the taxi stand behind the hotel. I realized at that moment that in leading the group to the front I was using old data. I apologized to the driver and said “we’d be right there.” Prior to this, the group had paid no attention to me. They were chatting profusely among themselves and treating me as a mere lower class tour guide. Now they began to complain about my incompetence as I led them back into the hotel’s front entrance. I would need to find a stairway to go down one level and walk the entire depth of the hotel’s ground floor to reach the rear entrance. That’s when I noticed a clear overhead sign that stated the taxi stand was now in the rear. Some in my group also noticed and increased their condemnation of my capabilities. At this point, I woke up. It was 5 am and sunrise was just beginning.

This dream helped me to realize that when traveling and within crowds, I become inwardly tense. In this state I become less observant and less tolerant. I sometimes go into auto-pilot and rely on doing things the way they’ve always been done. But with the spiritual world, things change, evolve. The way to the taxi stand to be transported with my 12 beings was no longer where it was in my previous ‘incarnation.’ The way there is now first inwardly, first into myself to find how I am a microcosm of the macrocosm. These twelve are me as a microcosm. When I try to take care of them out of old knowledge, they ignore me. But as I get my directions aligned, I’ll receive their ‘guidance,’ as difficult as it might be to hear. For to reach the taxi stand and the transport, I will need to sacrifice this old lower self, these old habits, and this materialistic thinking. Scourging is part of the western spiritual journey.

In ancient times, dreams were more easily remembered and remembered with reverence for dreams were a gift from the spiritual world. They contained wisdom and foresight. But as humanity evolved to become self-aware, intellectual beings, the importance of dreams faded. Human destiny was for us to develop individualism, true freedom. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” [John 8:32]

Now I’m trying to read the signs of our times and find that taxi stand behind the hotel [my body] with a van for twelve.

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