"FOLLOWING THE LIGHT" describes how everything we do or experience is intertwined and affects our personal development. It discusses how metaphysics, psychology, physics, paranormal activity, and parapsychology interact with each other as they relates to our Divine-essence, or Spirit, from its beginning through completion. Further, we examine some common beliefs and misconceptions as they relate to modern scientific studies that follow metaphysical principles and practices. The author has included some of his personal experiences as examples.
Rev. Klaman had been meditating, praying, and studying --with a burning desire for the answers to his questions: Who or what is God? Why are we here? Moreover, how do Jesus, Moses, the Bible, parapsychology, paranormal activity, and science fit into this puzzle? He devoted his life to finding the answers, but little did he know he was about to receive them in a big way!
More than ever before, people today are asking important questions about theology that need and deserve answers. Identifying and answering those questions is the purpose of this book. This book provides the reader an opportunity to receive the benefit of learning the truth about God and our purpose in life, including how science, the paranormal, and other pieces of the puzzle all fit together. You will learn that this life is your creation; enjoy it while "FOLLOWING THE LIGHT"!
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Following the LightA Guide in Practical Theology
By Rev. Kenneth D Klaman
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Rev. Kenneth D Klaman
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Chapter OneChronicle One
Enlightenment through Knowledge
This Chronicle will explore the origins of creation and divine interactions, including how we interrelate with divine consciousness. Discover your own creation including why you are here as you explore your destiny. Then, investigate your own inner power of creation. Moreover, finally know the truth about God. Is God an ogre or just a pussycat? On the other hand, is God something very different?
We shall also investigate the power of thought, including why it is important to keep a positive mind. Discover why there is no good and evil just opposites, the yin and yang, creating the challenges with which to evolve spiritually. Find out why we cannot consciously remember our spiritual life or preceding physical lives. Finally, this Chronicle answers the question: Why are we here?
Religion - Its History
The earliest writings on religion reportedly presented by Moses between 1450 BC and 1410 BC became the first book of the Bible known as Genesis (the beginning). Genesis itself was most likely a consensus of many stories from just as many authors, including Moses, assembled into one book. The prophesies or stories were most likely first written in hieroglyphics, during the 10th century BC with the final draft being completed around the 5th century BC. Before that, the Shamans told the prophecies of Genesis. The first complete version of the Bible was compiled around 300 - 400 AD and was rewritten during the inquisition around 1100 AD. It was not until 1604 that King James I ordered the Bible to be written in English. This version was completed in 1610.
Genesis tells us that in the beginning, God created the heaven and earth, day and night, the waters, dry land, plants, animals, fish and birds, then finally man. Man (Homo-sapiens), came into being about 200,000 years ago in the northern part of Africa by a female that is now referred to as the 'DNA Eve'. There is reportedly a 'DNA Adam' from about 60 thousand years ago, from which we all evolved. From there, man migrated throughout the world. I question the statistics that support the 'DNA Adam', as the time required to complete the evolutionary migration of the world does not seem to support this theory. The closest pre species of man was the Java, Neanderthal, and Cro Magnon. The Java man dates back 1.7 million years and is the first Homoerectus species, known to date. The Neanderthal lived between 230 thousand and 30 thousand years ago. Finally, the Cro-Magnon man lived between 40 and 10 thousand years ago. They all evolved from Africa and migrated northward out of Africa. The Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man had very similar brainpower to us and were capable of speech. The main difference between the Neanderthal and us was that the Neanderthal was adapted to a much colder climate (the ice age) and they had less agility. They followed the retreat of the glaciers into Europe, which was their habitat. However, they were unable to survive in the warmer climate that followed the disappearance of the glaciers, do mainly to their anatomical structure. Another reason was that they were hunters and not farmers. As a result, it appears they were not capable of adapting to the changing environment.
As the human population grew, they began to look for new territories to occupy, as did their predecessors. Some remained in Africa, while others moved into the Middle East then to Europe on one side and Asia on the other. According to modern DNA results in conjunction with archeological findings the migration from Asia to the Americas began about 36 - 43 thousand years ago but stalled out around the Beringia (Bering land bridge). The migration resumed between 10 - 15 thousand years ago into North America. Further myocardial DNA testing revealed that this group then migrated to Central America and split, one going east and the other west, when they arrived at South America. Later studies suggest that European migrations may have entered North America using Ice Bridges that once connected northern Europe to North America.
Religion became part of the culture long before the migration began. Although it is not known for certain, it is believed that religion came about because of three factors. One was an attempt to understand the celestial phenomenon, another was for medical reasons, and the third was an attempt to define or control superstitions. Early men were hunters and gatherers and lived in small family like communities. The member or members of the tribe or family that studied this phenomenon became known as the Shaman or spiritual leader. The Shaman studied ways to use herbs and roots to heal the sick. They also became more knowledgeable in spiritual healing; as they did, they became more powerful in their small community. They protected their knowledge and only passed it on to understudies in preparation for their death. Soon they began to use and worship other things that appeared to have power. This made them more powerful in their tribes.
A person who can heal the sick, predict the seasons and appears to control the food chain becomes a very powerful individual. These individuals were known as the tribes' shaman. They studied the stars and the cycles of the moon, which allowed them to predict the seasons with some remarkable accuracy. They also experimented with herbs and roots used as healing potions. These were guarded secrets they kept to themselves only passing their knowledge along to their underling when they were about to die or were unable to carry on their duties. Due to a lack of understanding by the rest of the tribe, one did not want to provoke the shaman. As a result, over the years these individuals became very powerful leaders of their communities.
As some tribes began to migrate to the north, they took their Shamans and religions with them and moved into what we now call the Middle East. From there they split and moved into two separate directions, one to the east, and one to the west. Most of these migrations remained near the coastal areas on both sides. Then from those that stopped their migration, a new migration began inland. As they moved into new territory, the landscape and weather conditions changed. As a result, their food chain also changed. This created a new environment for them to adapt. Their culture and religions also needed to adapt to these new needs and desires.
The Sahara in Northern Africa about 6000 BC began drying up as the glaciers continue to recede. The tribes begin to gather closer and closer to the Nile. This region became the ideal area for developing and raising crops. Then about 5100 years ago or 3100 BC a new era came into being. The people had become more civilized as the cultural groups formed communities that found farming as a means to provide food for the many. This created a need for a single regional leader as opposed to many independent community leaders. At this point the First Egyptian Dynasty was born, establishing its first pharaoh. Their religious faith included human sacrifice but that was short lived.
For the first time in history, from this part of the world, a written language evolved in the form of hieroglyphics. A sophisticated calendar soon followed. Still, not a great deal was documented from this period. The pharaohs soon began paying homage to several gods in hopes that one of those gods would allow the pharaoh to spend their eternal life sitting beside him. Later, the pharaohs claimed to be living gods themselves; prophesying they would continue to reign for eternity after their physical death.
Those individuals that left Africa to find new lands carried their ancestry with them. Over time, they adopted to their new environment and culture that suited their needs. This included their religion, skin color, body hair, and other distinctive features. The aspect we are tracing is their philosophy of religion. Those that remained within the main confines of Northern Africa, Middle East, and Southern Europe maintained their religious traditions with the sun gods, gods of the heavens, and all the other gods they could worship to satisfy their needs, desires, and power. Egypt's main god was Ra, the sun god. They had several others they worshiped but Ra remained their favorite. The reason being is that the sun represented Ra. The sun provided their food, which was their livelihood. The other gods soon became secondary or even non-existent.
In Greece, there were several dozen gods. Some of the most celebrated were Zeus, Athenian, Mercury, and Hercules. Farther north in Europe we find Stonehenge which was built by the Druids over a period spanning perhaps as much as 6500 years beginning about 8000 BC. The main construction was from 3100 BC and lasted for about 1500 years. Although not directly related they did co-exist in their perspective cultural zones.
On the other end of the known world we find Asia. Here we find the religions moving farther away from multiple or single entity ruling gods to a more universal consciousness type of God. We see this type of thought continuing to be prevalent in the Pacific Islands, Alaska, and among the American Indians. Other differences in religious beliefs included self-discipline in preparation for the good times to come (after death), as opposed to the domineering gods of the West that were strict, punishing, and unforgiving.
Each faith, or religious sect, seems to have aspects that satisfy a need of the culture from which it originated. Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Europe have an aggressive culture while the Asian culture is more relaxed and self disciplined. The single god concept, as proposed by Moses, was defined in a very aggressive culture that was at unrest. It was replacing other gods that were domineering, controlling, and unforgiving. As a result, in order to maintain a god of equal strength and power, this god needed to follow the same harsh line. Later, when Jesus came and began his teaching, he taught of a much more forgiving and loving god. The Christians, Israelis, Museums, and Palestinians all use the same basic text that is based on the same religious foundation. However, they are in opposition with each other and establish a position within their own god belief. They may call god by different names but they are all referencing and praying to the same God. The interesting aspect is that they all lay claim to God or Allah but none have been able to define what God or Allah is. They cannot even agree with each other about the aspects of God. Nevertheless, they seem to agree that their God/Allah is a vengeful god full of righteous control but not aloud. Openly they will speak of their loving and righteous God.
Personally, I find the idea of a vengeful or righteous God unrealistic. Allow me to explain; if there is a god with such omnipotent power to create man (of all faiths and religions), the earth with all its life forms, all the majestic wonders of our world, our galaxy, and universe, then God/ Allah must be more than just a being that is petty, self centered, and egotistical. That is exactly what power and insecurity can do to the religious leaders. Unfortunately, this attitude has been used as the building block to their foundation while passing it on to its followers. We see this even within the Christian religion. One religious sect will fight for control and power of God over another through its beliefs and dogma. What is this insanity? They all say almost the same thing - or do they? There are about 20 major religions in the world. All religious sects fall within one of these religious groups. The largest by far is Christianity at 33%, Islam at 13%, Nondenominational at 12%, and Hinduism at 12%. The other 16 religious groups make up the balance of 30%. Some 3400 Christian sects cannot agree with each other. Do I detect a little ego and power trip here? Nevertheless, it just goes to make a point.
The next question that needs to be asked at this point is who or what is God?
GOD ... Who or what are you?
When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to attend a variety of Christian based religious churches. They all seemed to have the same basic description of God. We are taught that God is not man but appears to look like man, except in spiritual form. He lives in Heaven. Heaven is God's kingdom, where He resides (a special place set aside from everything else); but everything else is His domain (typically the physical world, other than Heaven). We were instructed that God has strict rules that we need to abide by (or else). The rules that God had set forth evolved from spoken prophecy. Later they were to be transcribed in the first complete text, the Bible, around 300-400 AD. The church leaders told us that if we did not abide by those rules then God would not look favorably upon us and might even react unfavorably towards us. Eventually different religious sects evolved, each having their own special version to ensure God would look favorably towards their followers if they followed that church's doctrine.
In my youth, I had a rather difficult time understanding some of the religious rules and practiced philosophies. These typically involved statements that required acceptance by pure faith alone and did not appear to have any factual basis. As I questioned them, I was informed that; "it is, because it is, because it was written". That made no sense to me. Beyond that, there were no further explanations to answer my questions.
As I became older, I attended college. One of my required courses was Humanities. I took a course called "World Religions", which satisfied that requirement. My instructor defined God as "The Itness". He said that God could not be described in human terms. That God was beyond our vocabulary to describe. He went on to say that God was neither a He nor a She but simply existed. Through out the course a lot of different subject matter was brought up and discussed. Some concepts were very thought provoking as they were more metaphysical in nature than the traditional Christian religious philosophy.
During the time I attended college, I was taking another course, Parapsychology. During that course, a tape was presented to us. I was unable to verify the authenticity of the tape. The instructor introduced the tape as being authentic. I can attest that wherever the sources came from, it was very professional in its presentation and the information it presented was profound, articulate, and to this date appears to be very accurate. The tape was said to have been recorded from a conversation between a group of individuals (known as the Grass Valley Group) and the inhabitants of a UFO hovering 105 miles overhead. This tape lasted about 45 minutes. The group would ask questions and the aliens would respond. I do not know the means of communication used for this conversation, except that the conversation did appear on the tape.
There were many questions asked. I only recall a few at this time as it took place some 40 years ago. The one question that really impressed me was when the group asked the aliens if they believed in God. I do not remember the exact conversation but it went something like this:
Group: Do you believe in a God?
Aliens: Yes, we believe in God same way that you do.
Group: Is there any religion on earth that understands what God is?
Group: Can you describe to us what you believe God is?
Aliens: Our understanding of God is far beyond your ability to understand. For me to attempt to describe what God is to you, would be something like trying to teach calculus to kindergarteners and expect them to understand.
It really did not matter if the tape was true or not. The message remains today as profound as it was when I heard it. What if God is something more than we are being led to believe? What might that mean? How might that affect us? What might that mean when we leave this earth (pass-on)? Those questions are some of the questions this book intends to address. Then you can make up your own mind.
Other studies led me into Greek Mythology. The Greek Gods, afterlife on earth, went on to become Gods of the Heavens. Some had children. Some children were good and some were not. The Gods ruled the people as they did on earth except after death they had more power. They had magical abilities and could control the weather for example. If you were to please the Gods, they would bless you with food, health, and/or wealth. If not, you would suffer ... and be deprived of worldly blessings. Where have I heard this before?
As we look at South and Middle America, we find several other cultures, the Maya, Aztec, and the Inca. Once again, we find the history of their gods with domineering attitudes. If they did not make the gods happy then the gods would do bad things to them, same basic philosophy as with the Greeks.
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Table of Contents
ContentsChronicle One Enlightenment through Knowledge....................1
Transcript One Religion - Its History....................3
Transcript Two GOD ... Who or what are you?....................13
Transcript Three The Origin of the Universe....................25
Transcript Four Why are we here?....................35
Transcript Five Thought....................45
Chronicle Two Enlightenment through Understanding....................55
Transcript One The Worlds We Exist In....................57
Transcript Two Life exists After Death....................61
Transcript Three Paranormal Activity....................69
Transcript Four Reincarnation....................79
Transcript Five Déjà Vu....................85
Transcript Six Plasmatic Discharge....................91
Transcript Seven Parapsychology....................97
Transcript Eight Foretelling the Past and Future....................107
Transcript Nine Voodoo and Witchcraft....................113
Third Chronicle Enlightenment through Practice....................119
Transcript One Getting the most out of Life....................123
Transcript Two Kaleidoscopic Jigsaw Puzzle....................133
Transcript Three Affirmations, Prayer, and Meditation....................139
Transcript Four Channeling....................149
Transcript Five Yoga....................153
Transcript Six T'ai Chi Ch'uan....................157
Transcript Seven Feng Shui....................161
Transcript Eight Visual Manifestation....................165