My name is STEVE POPE, I have been a practicing mystic in the Kabbalistic tradition for over thirty years. As a young man back in the early 1980’s I started a search for a deeper meaning to life. I felt that all the questions I had regarding life could not be answered by the doctrines and dogmas of any orthodox religion. So I began meditating, and studying the teachings of Eastern mysticism, Western psychology and philosophy and eventually found my way back to rereading the Bible.
Moving beyond Belief.
My inner awakening led to my meeting and working with several mystics from the Jewish and Christian traditions who were free of dogmatic limitations. This gave me the desire to go to university and study the Bible in its original Greek and Hebrew. Through deepening my studies and meditations, I discovered that all word for word translations are inadequate and that most interpretations are based on a very limited understandings, and beliefs.
I gained a Diploma in Humanistic Psychology and then went on to do a B.D and MA in Theology and Religious Studies at Bangor University in North Wales, Great Britain. I have continued to translate Greek and Hebrew Biblical texts to help make the spiritual ideas and teachings within them accessible to others. The joy of this for me has been the uncovering of the archetypal patterns that exist within the texts. Working with the original language, in a meditative state, allows the teachings to open out and come alive within the present moment, into a sense of non-duality, and a knowing, beyond the thinking mind.
Living in the Present Moment
The Mystical teachings preserved in the mythological stories of the Bible speak to us now about the inner world of every human being, and every form of life; calling us to experience this timeless and formless dimension here and now. This unified space, has no past or future, it is the timeless eternal present; the realisation of I Am – Eternal Presence, within every woman and man, and all forms of life.
All true mystical teachings are universal and allow you to find your own truth. There is no external authority: nothing between you and the Eternal Presence and the spiritual dimensions within you. This is not exceptional – it is your natural state. It only seems exceptional because so many of us have become unconscious to the presence of eternal life that lies within us now, connecting us to every form of life.
I have been working with people from many different cultures in workshops and seminars for over twenty-five years. One of the most important experiences was living and teaching in Mexico, and seeing how Native Americans naturally united their own indigenous traditions and shamanic practices with Christianity. The people I met naturally came from a mystical understanding that transcended the ordinary boundaries between forms of belief.
Connecting with the Great Circle of Life
Meetings with the animal souls – particularly the great whales that feed and breed in Mexican waters – has been another revelation of connection across the boundaries that the mind places between humans and other species. The connection with animals and the life of nature is another way into the spiritual realm.
I live in Southern France, or Occitania, which was a place of high culture during the Middle Ages. Although the region is best known for the Cathars, it was a place of meeting for mystical and philosophical ideas and practices between Christians, Jews and Muslims for many centuries. There are times and places where people from different backgrounds, cultures and traditions have met in Peace, and truly understood the meaning of Peace; it is urgent that we rediscover this Peace now, if we are to take the next step in human evolution. This can only happen through your increased spiritual presence, here, now.
The Gospel of John has always been the most important Gospel text for mystics. I have written the book called Patterns of Creation – Logos and the Tree of Life in the Gospel of John, which you will find described on the pages of this blog.