You will embark on a trek through time reviewing the lost teachings of Atlantis and the law of One, string theory, cocreation, sacred geometry, environmental disruptors that affect energy fields, meditation, the pineal gland and energy healing to weave a web of spiritual understanding that builds a deeper reflection of your connected existence to Source, to each other, and to mother earth. This path asks you to consider not only your own individual walk but to reach out to help humanity as a whole as a way to bring purpose and meaning to your life and flows from a realization that all are completely interconnected into one universal Source.
Every move you make or thought you have and emotion you express will bring the same back to you. Your journey is but an introduction to a path of understanding, to cocreate your own best world and consider a simple way of life that can change your thoughts, intentions and develop a shared vision to attain this world for all humanity....and ultimately for yourselves.
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Ancient Knowledge Meets Spiritual Science
By Cheri St. Arnauld
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld
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A Look at Spirituality
I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.
This book is designed to be a primer or, if you will, an introduction to a variety of concepts people on alternative spiritual paths have discovered, discussed, and studied for years. One could truly argue that Eastern religions, native cultures, and others have known and worked with many of these concepts from the time the ancients came upon the earth. But we get ahead of ourselves. Practitioners and scientists have brought most of this conventional wisdom back to the surface in the past century as science comes ever closer to intertwining spiritual concepts. The momentum for people to seek additional understanding of spiritual and scientific knowledge is beginning to gain momentum again. Scientific research is garnering support for meditation, a collective consciousness, and a changing reality based on the way one perceives reality. Studies in physics, quantum mechanics, microbiology, genetics, and mathematics prove how much we still do not know about the makeup of the universe. Our bodies, minds, thoughts, DNA, and emotions—in fact, all mysteries on earth and in space—are stunning in their interconnectedness. What we are learning completely boggles the mind.
As we each consider what spirituality looks like in our personal lives, let us consider that spirituality should be embedded within our personal worldview, the way we approach life and deal with others every day. Spirituality is defined here as a personal relationship, a connection of the heart, a coherent expression of love from you to the universal Source of all that is. This one-on-one relationship is very different and very personal for each of us, but it is the same in its personal connection to Source. This simple definition, how to connect to Source and what Source is, holds several assumptions for many people. It is not necessary everyone think or believe the same way. In fact, it has never been more important than it is today to develop your beliefs based on your insights and intuitions.
This discovery of connections to science and ancient teachings is simply one way to holistically build a broader understanding of our human selves in relation to what we have learned from science and the universe as a whole and our place in the divine pattern. Spirituality should not simply be a window dressing or a feel-good attempt to label oneself without considering how to be a better person. It should be something that can take priority with intention each day to live life through a continuous vibration of love that draws strength in its coherent connection from the heart to Source. Living within this vibration of love, which is an actual measurable energy field around all things, will be explored in future chapters. But for now, it is also the energy that when focused can drive us to live a life of love that could impact our view of the world and our desire to build a community embracing all people.
Spirituality is not simply going to church, temple, or synagogue, or meditating or praying. Spirituality may also be a way of viewing the world as everyone completely interconnected with each other through waves of energy that unite us as one. It is true that spirituality and religion should be united, as all religions would consider spiritual teachings and hope to provide guidance to their parishioners. But in the same breath, we also know there are very religious people in the world, learned in doctrine, who are not necessarily spiritual in their presentation and connections with others. And there are people who consider themselves to be very spiritual, who exhibit their inner spirituality as an outward expression in their approach to life, but they do not follow any specific religious doctrine. Spirituality should be something we practice both inwardly in our connection between our heart and Source and outwardly through daily living. Most important, it should be something exhibited to everyone we come in contact with each day. It is not meant for a select few.
Having a personal sense of spiritual practice can truly be the link to finding purpose in our lives. Yet people are busy in their daily activities, and many would say they do not have time to be spiritual or develop a practice to build and strengthen their connection to Source. They work too hard, have too many responsibilities, or simply cannot think about one more thing. How can we take the time to embed something else within our daily routines? As we continue our journey to understand our soul's connection to nature, we may ask how we cannot take the time to embed something new into our routines. The difference it could make in our lives, as we will see, is startling.
This renewed desire to understand a different, personal, spiritual path and seek a new spiritual truth is not necessarily based in one traditional religion. Cosmic Connections is not a history lesson in Christianity, but some brief history is important. The Old Testament existed for thousands of years prior to the birth of Christ, yet Western religions generally see it as preparation for the new covenant, or New Testament. However, various forms of Christianity were practiced for over three hundred years after the crucifixion. All followed some early recorded memory of the teachings of Jesus, often seen through the eyes of one of the twelve disciples. "Christianity in the ancient world was much more diverse than it is now, with a number of gospels circulating in addition to the four that were finally collected into the New Testament," noted Bart Ehrman, chairman of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. "Eventually, one point of view prevailed and the others were declared heresy," he said, "including the Gnostics who believed that salvation depended on secret knowledge that Jesus imparted."
The Roman emperor Constantine the Great influenced the first unified Christian church 325 years after the crucifixion, when he took action and brought together 318 bishops from across the Roman Empire to find common ground for the church. He brought them to the Turkish city of Nicea and ultimately developed what Christianity is today by creating and signing the statement of compromise known as the Nicene Creed. This formed the basis for Christian ideology. Whether they selected the four gospels in the New Testament or not is still debated, but the newly found lost gospels of Thomas, Judas, and even Mary of Magdala are more closely tied to Gnostic beliefs in early Christianity than the four gospels currently in the New Testament.
The Greek word gnosis means, in essence, "secret knowledge," or knowledge of transcendence arrived at through internal, intuitive means. But gnosis was also thought to mean "emancipation" or a "oneness with God." Gnosticism relies on personal religious experience as its primary authority. Early Christian Gnostics did adopt their own versions of authoritative scriptures, such as those found in the Library of Nag Hammadi, a town in upper Egypt, near ancient Chenoboskion, where thirteen codices were discovered around 1945. The Nag Hammadi Codex XIII is a papyrus codex with a collection of early Christian Gnostic texts in an ancient Sahidic dialect. Gnosticism has an extensive and much debated history throughout the world, and the definitions and interpretations of Gnosticism are far too much information to place in an introductory chapter of this book. However, in 1979, Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton University, published The Gnostic Gospels, which detailed how early bishops of the Christian church suppressed some of the writings found at Nag Hammadi.
An important Gnostic text found in 1773 is also significant to mention here. It is called the Pistis Sophia and believed written between the third and fourth centuries CE. The text proclaims Jesus remained on earth for eleven years after the resurrection and taught his disciples up to the first level of the "mystery," or the descent and ascent of the soul. Sophia is the female divinity of Gnosticism and the divine feminine, or the female aspect, of the Holy Spirit. The Pistis Sophia is known as the book of the Savior and is an early text of Christian writings. The Pistis Sophia is a blend of primitive Christianity and Hellenic paganism with elements of reincarnation, astrology, mystery, and Hermetic magic. It includes women in the dialogue in ways that later Christianity would never allow.
About the same time the Gnostic gospels were discovered, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the Qumran caves along the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Scrolls are thought to have been written by the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect that lived a sacred, spiritual, almost monk-like existence. The Essenes were both male and female and believed to have existed from about the third century BCE to about the third century CE. The scrolls were said to hold the oldest Hebrew text of the Bible. The content of the scrolls are not widely publicized and are currently held mostly within the research community. The majority of the texts are actually not biblical in nature but thought to be a collection of the Essenes' beliefs. Science authenticated the dating and authenticity of these documents.
Traditional religion has always invoked a belief based on faith alone. Science is finally bringing forth some interesting data and information that may allow us to view things slightly differently yet again. Cosmic Connections does not refute the Bible or any underlying belief of any one religion or movement. To reiterate, the purpose here is not to tie spirituality to any one religion or religious movement but to define spirituality as simply a very personal one-on-one connection between the heart and God. In fact, most religions have the same basic premise. But perhaps asking individuals to depend on faith alone has left many to fiercely fight about whose set of practices and beliefs are right and whose are wrong. Perhaps the time has come, and we have evolved spiritually enough, to begin to look at the blend of what we know and what we believe. It may not be the leaders of the churches who will embrace the scientific evidence that may change some of the interpretations or long-held beliefs of sacred writings. It could be the people who have opened their hearts and minds to blend scientific information and sacred writings into a new spiritual way of life. It may be the people who are ready to forgo who is right and who is wrong and simply say let us practice being who we need to be in the world based on love. Is that not the core of all religions? Love all thy neighbors as thyself? This one saying may have been the most fundamental and most important thing we should have been doing all these years. And now, science is telling us why!
Many of the ideas discussed in this book could be perceived as coming straight out of new age or new thought texts. It is true many ancient ideas were founded in sacred writings of Eastern religions or knowledge channeled from entities known to communicate with masters and archangels in the world of ether. Yet in the next breath, we also acknowledge current physicists discussing parallel dimensions existing along with our own and quantum physicists talking about how reality does not exist at all, that reality only exists in our mind's eye. Science now sounds as "out there" as the mystics of today or of old. This book is a blend of mystical sacred concepts and teachings, whether received through ancient Vedic writings or channeled from masters in another realm. Combined with startling scientific knowledge around quantum physics, reality, and healing practices, it leaves us with a thread of truth for spirituality to reign, all working for the highest good of humanity.
Using the mystical blended with the scientific can provide a new way to view our old core programming and subconscious mind that holds us each separate and apart from one another, saying, "Take care of number one." The time has possibly come for us to view the world through love that is less centered on ourselves. It is time to look to a conscious Oneness with universal Source through compassion, kindness, giving, and doing no harm as a better way of life on earth. Spirituality may require more than just spiritual knowledge, as this does not always equate to being spiritual. It is perhaps a way of life that every day leads us to connect our heart with Source. In the following pages, we see how the energy and effort we expend in the world will bring the same energy back to us. So another sense of being spiritual could also be serving others and doing no harm to others as ways to serve ourselves. Many people believe they live in love or are helping others. But if the relationship hurts another in an unintended way, it could be an ego-driven love that does not come from the heart.
Most important, connecting with our environment and community will help us gain our greatest growth as we learn to give first and trust that the rest will come. The timing may be right for us to consider a new understanding of the energies of the universe and our spiritual connection therein to live with daily purpose for the greatest good for all humanity. Spirituality may be a way of being one with nature and preserving all the earth offers to us. Perhaps in totality, spirituality is what we are that counts.
True spirituality may be tied to our current understanding of universal law, sacred geometry, the laws of physics, and living within a shared consciousness. It is part of the life force embedded in all. Most important, maybe spirituality means considering the Golden Rule as the most important teaching in the world. This is the common spiritual saying for all people, regardless of faith. It is written in some form in at least thirteen religions, "Do unto others as you would have done to you." The Golden Rule is defined as the ethic of reciprocity that conceptually describes the relationship between self and others in an equal ethical fashion. This rule is often thought of as the most concise and general principle or rule of ethical conduct and may be the true foundation of shared spirituality.
Each of the chapters in this book could be an individual book in themselves. Indeed, entire college curriculums could be built on each and every concept, with internships and dedicated practice included to fully understand and utilize the information. Even the sources used in the book are a blend of scientific research and current alternative thinkers. The hope is that this brief overview may spark some interest and inner knowing for people to continue on their own path of discovery and enlightenment and to delve deeper into the areas that intrigued them the most. The goal here is to build connections between science and beliefs that may hold a very personal truth for each of us. Then we can weave a thread of reason to encourage this time of now to begin practicing a way of being in the world that will create the best life for all humanity and, thereby, our best lives! It is time for us to take back our power, to trust our own counsel and intuition, and to follow our own paths. Most important, as we enter a new spiritual age, it is time to live our own truth. If we want to create a new world for ourselves, we must consider our impact in the world and how we affect others. We are connected globally, indeed universally; there is no other way.
Food for Thought
Try keeping an open mind, and approach the content in this book through a lens of possibility. It is possible to hold an idea that challenges our world view without having to believe all aspects.
Think about developing your own statement of spirituality. One simple definition of spirituality has been identified in this chapter. Perhaps create a very simple statement of the meaning and purpose of spirituality in your life as a framework for reading the rest of this book.CHAPTER 2
The Law of One
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
There is only one breath. All are made of the same clay. The light within all is the same.
—Guru Granth Sahib
As we begin our journey and contemplate the thought that we are all interconnected within our hearts and souls, it is necessary to review the teachings of the law of One and how this concept may be important in spirituality. The law of One is an ancient, sacred science describing the conscious Oneness of all things within the infinite intelligent universe. All Oneness, all consciousness is intelligent energy and stems from the God Source, Great Spirit, Universal Spirit, whatever you call the supreme intelligence of which we all belong. This oneness is a vibration, a frequency that reigns throughout the universe, and this frequency is love. There is a difference between the emotions of love as we understand it and the frequency of love that is the vibration of the conscious Oneness of all things. Some say the law of One was first experienced as the unalterable universal truth and way of life of several ancient civilizations, including the Lemurian and early Atlantean people, who are believed to be two of the oldest civilizations on earth. The way of life or eternal intention of the law of One was expressed as love, respect for free will, and perpetual life creation. The law of One means being in harmony with, one with, and a servant of Universal Consciousness.
Excerpted from Cosmic Connections by Cheri St. Arnauld. Copyright © 2014 Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld. Excerpted by permission of Balboa Press.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Look at Spirituality, 1,
Chapter 2: The Law of One, 9,
Chapter 3: Science, Consciousness, and the Law of One, 28,
Chapter 4: Cocreating Reality, 52,
Chapter 5: Cocreating and Quantum Physics, 67,
Chapter 6: Sacred Geometry, 82,
Chapter 7: The Science and Art of Meditation, 106,
Chapter 8: Chakras and Energy Connections, 125,
Chapter 9: The Pineal Gland and Inner Health, 142,
Chapter 10: Energy and Spiritual Healing, 159,
Chapter 11: The DNA of Divine Living, 176,