Be the conscious breath

“Be still (become silent within – no mind) 
And know (as revelation)
The I that is Elohim (Presence – The Unity of Life).
Elohim will raise up (spiritually awaken) unconscious humanity.
Elohim exalts the whole created Earth.”
Psalm 46:10 (My translation from the Hebrew).
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What is the “I” that is Elohim?

The Hebrew letters Elohim are a meditation, and have always been mistranslated as God. But Elohim is not, and never has been, a deity. To experience the “I that is Elohim” directly is one of the most profound mystical teachings in the Bible.

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Take a conscious breath: be aware of the spine, let it be straight but not tense, with each conscious breath you are allowing the soles of the feet to connect with the Earth. Consciously connecting with the Earth, allowing it to support you, deepens the Presence in which the mind becomes still and silent.

Be aware, that as the spine relaxes, it elongates: you are allowing space between the vertebrae from the coccyx to the cranium. As you breathe out, be aware of the space before the in-breath, a pause that allows the breath to draw in naturally, without effort. As your shoulders and arms release tension, the chest opens, so that you feel space opening out from your centre, around the heart and solar-plexus.

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The Tree of Life showing the sacred geometry of life through the six directions of space. (Hand-drawn diagram from the book Patterns of Creation.)

Once you gain a deeper sense of inner stillness, become aware that Elohim – Presence -Unifying field of Life; Source of your Being – connects you with the whole of created existence.

This eternal Presence radiates from deep within you, through the six directions of space.

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This radiant Spirit is everywhere, in everything, the Source of all life.IMG_4512

From a greater awareness of life expressing itself in diversity on the Earth, become aware of your connection with the planets in the Solar system.
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The Earth and its Moon exist in symbiotic relationship as part of the great dance of life.

Be aware of the central point of the Solar system – the Sun – and through the Sun, your connection with the galaxy and the entire Cosmos. Everything is alive, everything is being breathed into existence.
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What we view in the sky is the core of the Sun. We live within the radiant body of the Sun, our physical bodies are made from the energy of the Sun and other stars.

As you breathe in, bring this awareness back to the center within you, beyond body and mind, beyond form. As you release the breath, be aware of the formless creative Spirit that breathes you: be aware that you are being breathed.

Elohim is the timeless source of all life, out of which you are continually created. As your awareness of the I that is Elohim increases, the sense of  an egocentric “I” and “mine” begins to diminish.

Star birth cloud - Hubble imagesYou are the living breath of the Universe in human form.
Breathe consciously, allow the conscious breath to carry you on your journey through life, with, and as, the creative pulse of life.
The universe is breathing you, and when you are conscious of the Eternal timeless Presence, the I that is Elohim, the universal breath flows through you.
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The Gospel of John.

IMG_1964The Gospel of John was written for you. It is about you: not as a personality or ego identity, but as spiritual consciousness, the vastness of the spiritual body, which is far beyond the understanding of the mind.

Awakening to the presence of the spiritual body can be felt as a pressure for change, which is not often welcomed or understood by the ego. In reality this pressure comes from our inner core, the deepest part of us, that is more natural and real than the world we experience around us through our everyday mind.

The sacred heart or core of life is Love. Unconditional Love or Agape is Consciousness: universal, beyond gender and race and creed, the source of all life. This is to know peace, stillness, profound silence and bliss. The stars in the Cosmos and the cells in the flesh of your body burn with the same Divine light. All is One.

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Mystical awakening is a reality outside space-time as the mind understands it.

The created universe of Spirit is seemingly endless, worlds within worlds where linear time has no relevance. At the core of this realm there is no separation, no inner and outer distinction. This is I Am consciousness – beyond subject and object – At-one-ment with the Divine.

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The World is not what we think it is.

The Earth in all its magnificent beauty is not just a planet spinning around a star in space: it is a vast field of consciousness that washes through us, and yet we are mostly only dimly aware of its surface in our everyday thinking minds.

The Hebrew word for the Earth or World  is Eretz. Through its three Hebrew letters this can be translated as: Absolute consciousness expressing itself through universal containers as the exaltation of life through diversifying forms; conscious intelligence, creativity, enjoyment.

As we learn to Love the magnificence of the Earth we come to realise that it is transparent, revealing a greater reality suffused with the creative energy of Divine Light.

In every moment souls are continually arriving and leaving the physical realm. The flow of consciousness continually emerges out of the timeless present moment, taking form in individual and collective patterns before dissolving back into the formless again. To know this is to realize that everyone and everything is connected.

Star birth cloud - Hubble imagesThis is the breath of life. The breath and to breathe consciously, is so vast and so deep that it fills all of life and is all of life: the movement of creation, the continual flow of creative life unfolding Eternal Presence. This is Logos. (Logos is the Greek term normally translated as Word in The Gospel of John. In reality it is untranslatable.)

The teachings in the Gospel cannot be adequately be expressed in the written word or any one translation. They remain primarily oral (spoken). This is because living teachings emerge out of the present moment. Or we could say that the teaching continually emerges out of Presence.

Agape – Universal Love

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The sound of the breath resonating from a gray whale mother as she surfaces with her calf in the San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California. Agape – Universal Love wells up from deep within us, beyond all our transient and changeable feelings. It is  Love for all life within the great community of the Earth.

Agape – Universal Love, is synonymous with spiritual awakening, or consciousness becoming aware of itself, in the deepening of connection with life in all its forms. When we are intensely present we are given the opportunity to meet in communion with Life in all its diversity and realise that all this magnificent beauty comes from the One – Logos. To practice Agape in our daily lives is to join in communion with the whole of created existence.

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When we make our idea of Love small,
we make ourselves small.
Agape – Universal Love is to take responsibility for our place within the Earth Community. Love is the continual creative outpouring through every living thing – every creature,
each moment of every day.

This is the inner meaning of Receiving Logos. 

Agape is beyond what the ego thinks of as love. The transient nature of the unconscious mind separates life into subject and object and seeks to find completeness outside of itself through clinging to ephemeral forms, which it seeks to possess as ego identities. These phantoms can arise as images of love in our relationships which turn all too quickly into their opposites. These same phantom thought forms also cause us to associate love with the accumulation of money, power and possessions as wealth. This causes a disconnection with the natural world: our fellow creatures become mere commodities for us to exploit and destroy, rather than being realised as the manifestation of Divine Love, the true wealth out of which we ourselves emerge.

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White Rhino and her calf. Heavy poaching means that these animals may soon be extinct in their diminishing habitats in Africa. Other endangered species in Africa now include the Elephant and the Lion. When these creatures vanish from the landscape, a whole ecological web of life goes with them. From the human perspective we are not just destroying our children’s inheritance, we are also committing mass suicide.

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Agape – Love, is Universal Creative Power.

For if I speak with the inspired language of the Human Spirit (Anthropos) and the voices of Angels (the Patterns of Creation) but have not Agape (Unconditional/universal Love), then I become like the roaring echo of an empty vessel, the clamouring of restless and raging passions. And though I have inspired prophecies and insights into the mysteries, and all gnosis (spiritual knowledge), and such faith that I could remove mountains, and have not Agape, I am nothing. 

And if I give away all my possessions to the poor, and give the vitality of my body to burn as a shining light showing the way, but have not Agape in me, I gain nothing.  

Agape stays constant, is patient and kind; Agape does not envy or hate – knows no anger; Agape does not boast, and has no pride; it is not coarse or rude, does not insist upon its own way: is not irritable or easily provoked; it is not resentful, injurious or destructive. It does not rejoice at finding wrong but rejoices at goodness, beauty and truth; it bears all these things, believes all these things, endures all these things. 

What we can know is only ever partial, our prophetic visions are only ever partial, but when that which is perfect comes (the peace of completion/Oneness with the continual creative outpouring,) the imperfect will pass away.   1 Cor 13:1-10 (My translation)

Dawn on the Sea of Galilee.

Dawn on the Sea of Galilee.

The source of Agape is stillness and silence; the Peace of Presence.

Out of silent Presence, comes the continual outpouring of birdsong and the waters lapping on the shore.

The movement in sound, vision and texture of countless living forms.

The music of the planets, the Glory of the Sun and the other Stars.

IMG_1122Listening is an art: in order to listen, become still and silent inside. If you think you are listening, you are not truly listening, there is mental noise covering the silence: inner silence is no thought.

Be still; take a conscious breath and enter Agape  from there.

Unless we can embrace the magnificence, elegance and beauty of nature, the Earth, the Sun and the other Stars, realising our deep connectivity, we cannot comprehend the depths of Agape.

DSCF0836 copyAgape is not limited to human relationship, or to God loving humanity, as if we humans were some kind of separate and special entity from the vast, all embracing creative power of the Cosmos, that continually manifestes the living Earth.

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Every Galaxy is a living manifestation of the continual Creative outpouring of Elohim. Our Earth and all its life forms are part of one such glorious manifestation.

Universal and unconditional Love means that we awaken to the whole web of life, and begin to co-create with God, with the totality of the universe, rather than our current path of destroying life.

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Before and after images of tar sands mining in Alberta. From http://www.consciouslifestylesradioblog.com

To destroy the web of life on Earth is the greatest evil we can do, no matter how hard we try and justify our actions.

sunrise-earthTo practice Agape is to work with the voices of angels and archangels in manifesting the web of life in co-creation with Elohim. In Hebrew, Elohim means Absolute life, Being of Beings – the source of all created Life.

Any human that lives in Agape – Universal Love becomes a human – Being: we no longer separate the Presence of Elohim from the Cosmos and the Natural world, which are the physical manifestation of the Creative Spirit of Elohim. When we  consciously choose to awaken spiritually we are at-one with Elohim in the vast creative outpouring into the Cosmos and Nature. This is the gift you can bring to the community of the Earth.

 

Meditating stillness in the conscious breath

“Be still (become silent within – no mind) and know (as revelation) the I that is Elohim (The presence of Absolute Life: Being of beings). Absolute Life will raise up (spiritually awaken) unconscious humanity. Absolute Life will exalt the whole created Earth.” Psalm 46:10 (My translation).
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The drawing in and out of the waves of the sea are part of the breath of life. All movement returns to the underlying stillness it emerges from in continuous flow.

Take a conscious breath: be aware of the spine, let it be straight but not tense, with each conscious breath you are allowing the soles of the feet to connect with the Earth. Consciously connecting with the Earth, allowing it to support you, requires Presence in which the mind becomes still and silent.

Be aware, that as the spine relaxes, it elongates: you are allowing space between the vertebrae from the coccyx to the cranium. As you breathe out, be aware of the space before the in-breath, a pause that allows the breath to draw in naturally, without effort. As your shoulders and arms release tension, the chest opens, so that you feel space opening out from your centre, around the heart and solar-plexus.

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The Tree of Life showing the six directions of space.

Once you gain a deeper sense of inner stillness, become aware that Elohim – the presence of Absolute Life; source of all Being – connects you with the whole of created existence. This eternal Presence radiates from deep within you, through the six directions of space. This radiant Spirit is everywhere, in everything, the source of all life.

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The Earth (Eretz in Hebrew) is not a place but rather a multi-layered field of conscious communion, worlds within worlds, in which God beholds God through the creative diversity of life.

From a greater awareness of life expressing itself in diversity on the Earth, become aware of your connection with the planets in the Solar system.

Earth and Moon - Hubble images

The Earth and its Moon exist in symbiotic relationship as part of the great dance of life.

Be aware of the central point of the Solar system – the Sun – and through the Sun, your connection with the galaxy and the entire Cosmos. Everything is alive, everything is being breathed into existence.

Sun showing Solar flares - Hubble images

What we view in the sky is the core of the Sun. We live within the radiant body of the Sun, our physical bodies are made from the energy of the Sun and other stars.

As you breathe in, bring this awareness back to the center within you, beyond body and mind, beyond form. As you release the breath be aware of the formless creative Spirit that breathes you: be aware that you are being breathed.

Elohim is the timeless source of all life, out of which you are continually created. As your awareness of the I that is Elohim increases, the sense of  an egocentric “I” and “mine” begins to diminish.

Star birth cloud - Hubble imagesYou are the living breath of the Universe. Breathe consciously, allow the conscious breath to carry you on your journey through life, with, and as, the creative pulse of life. The universe is breathing you, and when you are conscious of the Eternal Divine Presence (Elohim) the universe breathes through you.
The universe is breathing you, and when you are conscious of the Divine Presence (Elohim) the universe breathes through you.In Genesis 2:7 Jahveh-Elohim breathes the spirit of life into created humanity: Adam – universal humanity containing both male and female – is formed from the elementary particles that give shape and beauty to the Cosmos, the Solar system, and all the creatures of the abundant, living, Earth. The Divine presence breathes the Neshemah of Life (the breath of life) and Adam becomes a living (awakened) Soul. It is essential to realise that this is not a past event, it is here with you now, awaiting your conscious communion.  
DSCF0904 copyWhen you are born into your physical body, the first breath that you take in the world is the inhalation. When you leave the physical body the last breath you take is the exhalation. Your life and the breath are One. When you become spiritually conscious, you are the creative spirit of life: consciousness realising itself.

Bereshith

“Out of the eternal stillness that is Being,
In glorious blaze –

comes space, containing movement everywhere simultaneously
And the seedbed of all life forms in potential
held in that spacial movement.”
(My translation of Genesis 1:1)

The first word in the Bible is Bereshith. It is the name given to the first book of the Torah (commonly called Genesis), and tells us of the continual creation of existence out of Eternal Presence – No-thing.  

In Hebrew Bereshith is made up of six ciphers: letter-numbers.

The six Hebrew Ciphers of Bereshith.
(Read from right to left.)

These are the six so called “days” of creation. This is depicted in the geometric pattern of “The seed of Life.”

The Seed of Life: the six circles continually emerge out of the central circle – the seventh binding principle – the core around which everything revolves and out of which everything evolves.
This central core of stillness can be understood in the fourth commandment,
“Remember the Sabbath day; to keep it Holy.”
The realisation of sacred space,
to consciously reflect on life, and enjoy re-creation.

The first verse of Genesis in Hebrew (read from right to left.)
Each Hebrew letter is a Cipher – both a letter and a number – presenting an image to the mind. It is through these images that the realisation of the formless universe is conveyed to the human Soul.

The usual English translation of the opening verse of Bereshith (Genesis) reads:

“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.”

To truly understand the creation of life in Bereshith, we need to meditate upon the depth of meaning in the Hebrew ideas presented in their original ciphers.

Bereshith is a poem of Life

Biblical Hebrew cannot be translated word for word into any other language.

Each word has a depth of meanings only hinted at in word for word translations.

It is difficult to encapsulate the Hebrew ciphers in language, or conceptualised thought.

One possible, translation of the first verse, which draws out some of the depth of meaning from the Hebrew might read:

“The beginning – creative power – movement out of stillness – not yet an action –
a sequential unfolding in creative (formless) space,
Elohim: Being – Source of all Life – Eternal Presence – Unity – Absolute life,
creates out of pre-time-space eternal now,
enlivened primal Life force, and the seedbed of enlivened primal Life force;
Creative power-movement held in Space – the potential of all life.”

The spiritual, created universe, is formless, non visualisable , continually birthing-forth form, as light-resonant Soul, as the fluidic form and matter of the Cosmos:

the expansive, contractive, vastness of life, held by eternal stillness beyond the comprehension of ordinary human mind:

mere thought cannot comprehend the vastness of consciousness.

Countless Galaxies, the seedbeds of the continual creative patterns of life, are held like blossoms on an invisible Tree.

Another more poetic translation and interpretation of the opening verse of Bereshith might be:

“Out of the eternal stillness that is Being,
In glorious blaze –

comes space, containing movement everywhere simultaneously
And the seedbed of all life forms in potential
held in that spacial movement.”

Creative Space is not only to be found outside our world in the Cosmos containing trillions of Stars and their planets, and billions of vast and distant Galaxies;

Creative Space is right here in front of you now.

Creative Space is in the air that you are Breathing into your lungs now.

With every conscious breath, within every cell in your body, creation continually unfolds Life out of the eternal Present moment: the presence of God.

The opening line of Bereshith tells us that Absolute consciousness – Being,

gives birth to itself.  

The Seed of Life becomes the Flower of Life:
I Am that I Am:
the continual creation of life from out of the Eternal Presence of God: When we breathe with awareness we access the universal creative pattern of life.

Logos and the conscious breath

When you breathe consciously you are taking light into your body, which itself, is made from particles of light.

We are born into life on this Earth to learn to abide in the Eternal Presence that the Gospel of John calls Logos.

There is never a time or place when the Presence of Logos is not here with us, yet when we become lost in our unconscious thoughts, words and actions, believing only in a personalised sense of self, we lose awareness of the Eternal Presence that continually creates and sustains every living thing, and is the animating presence of life within us. 

The creative patterns of Logos are held within the body – continually bringing forth new life.
We are breathed by the Eternal Presence of Life into the World.

The Earth showing Antartica and the South Pole – When we breathe consciously we stand at the centre of the universe and witness the unfolding of creation through the six directions of space.

Take a conscious breath: as you breathe with awareness, stilling the mind, you are connecting with the creative unfolding of life. Through the conscious breath, be aware of your Solar Plexus as a radiant point, beneath and behind the heart and lungs – expanding out into the six directions of space.

The Sun is a physical manifestation of the continual outpouring of creative life – the Patterns of Creation continually emerge out of the beginning of the universe which is here with us now.

Be aware of your spinal column from the coccyx at the base of the spine to the first of the seven cervical vertebrae at the top. As you breathe from the solar plexus, feel the spine supporting you, allowing your life force to expand with each breath, releasing any tensions you are holding in your body, and stilling the mind into the Eternal Presence of Logos as a living reality.

Become aware of the central stillness out of which each breath emerges, and into which it returns.

You are rooted in the eternal present as I Am – Being: out of which everything is created, formed and made into the life of the Cosmos.

Space holds all life in creative presence, out of which every living thing is continually formed and made: from the tiniest subatomic particles to the great galaxies that seed life throughout the Cosmos.
You are continually held by the universe: this is Logos.

If you can be aware that all movement is supported by stillness, all sound by silence, then you are beginning to experience something of the meaning of Logos.

Logos and The Patterns of Creation

“Sunset” – Baja California. As the Earth rotates away from the core of the Sun, light refracts through the water vapours of the Earth’s atmosphere and reflects off the surface of the San Ignacio Lagoon on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Logos, the essence of every living thing, cannot be defined through language it can only be felt as the Presence out of which all forms arise and into which they dissolve. Logos points to who you really are as conscious Being. This is your essence, your centre, where you are One with all life.

For thousands of years humans have sought to depict the creative patterns of life emerging out of unity, using geometry and mathematics.
Tile from the Roman Temple on the site of the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain, illustrating the flower of life: diversity continually emerges out of unity.

The flower of Life is a depiction of the Patterns of Creation that exist throughout the Cosmos. All life emerging out of nothing that we can say is anything, and diversifying through the continual play of forms.

The world and all forms of life, visible and invisible emerge out of Logos, are sustained by Logos, and dissolve back into Logos.

The mind is always looking for something external, and language always makes a separation between subject and object, but Logos has no object. To realise Logos is to go beyond subject – object relationship. As you consciously observe life within form, you are  becoming aware of the formless essence out of which all form continually emerges: this is Logos. Logos is who you really are at the deepest level of Being.  Awareness, consciousness or whatever words we choose, cannot become an object – there is nothing external to look or search for. Logos, is inclusive not exclusive. It is not a separate being in the world: it is the essence of all life and its realisation through the diversity of all life.

The Tree of Life – consciousness realises consciousness within the patterns of creation.

Any spiritual experience you may have has a beginning and end. It comes into the mind and leaves again. But to realise Logos is to go beyond any experience held in the mind.

The continual creation of life out of formless Presence is here, now. When you awaken spiritually, and your attention is fully in the present moment, you live in Logos. When you return to the mind dominated by the ego, you lose consciousness of Logos, and it appears as if it recedes from you.

There is nowhere for Logos to go: Presence is always here, always now. It is the ego dominated mind caught up in compulsive thinking, that loses awareness of the unity of life, the still space from which creative power continually foams forth.

The Earth rotating away from the Sun’s core is observed across the Atlantic Ocean, Belle Isle, Brittany, France. We live within the Aura of the Sun, which sustains all life on Earth, and all the planets within the the Solar system. The Sun is a star in a Galaxy, one of millions of Galaxies that make up the life of the visible Cosmos.

In Logos there is no “me” who is going to be “enlightened,”  “perfect,” or “saved” in some future point in time. Logos is the I Am Presence that is the essence of every human form, and all that exists in the Cosmos: every living thing, all times and all places are realised as One: there is no mind made separation. 

One Day Workshop

 

Saturday the 17th of November 2012

10.00am to 5.00pm

 

Venue:

Flat A  Rutland House

30 Greencroft Gardens

London NW6 3LT

(Nearest tube station: Finchley Road)

Cost: £40.00

At your core is your spiritual Being. It is accessible to you now. This is the essence of John’s Gospel.

In the beginning was the Word…… This workshop takes you into the depth and beauty of the mystical teachings behind those opening words of Johns Gospel. They tell us that we are intimately connected to the whole of life, all that exists in nature and the vastness of the Cosmos. The eternal source of Being, called Logos – or Word – in the Gospel, is each person’s connection to God, and is accessible Now.

To know this you need to be present, beyond all the distractions of the mind. When the mind is still, you gain the possibility of realising your true essence. The Gospel calls this state of awareness Peace, Christ, and the Kingdom of heaven: it is always present at your very core, just as it is always present in the Earth and the Cosmos into which you are born as a temporary form. The intelligence of life is far greater than the mind can conceive, it is the formless essence out of which all life forms emerge, and into which they dissolve to be reborn as new life.

For more information and booking details please go to our website: http://www.thesacredtreeoflife.com 

To confirm booking and for further information please send an email to: stevepope59@hotmail.com