Delores Cannon: Jesus and the Essenes

Delores Cannon offers information about the historical Jesus Christ based on material that she obtained from subjects under hypnosis.

Cannon claimed that certain subjects could enter into a very deep trance state, equivalent to somnambulism. In this state, they would remember their past lives. Cannon said that for these subjects,  under hypnosis they are not engaged in normal past-life regression but rather in a kind of time travel. Subjects under deep hypnosis could forget entirely their current life roles and lose consciousness of their contemporary identities. Instead, they would assume the identity of an earlier incarnation of their souls.

Through one such subject, Cannon gained information about the life of Jesus from a subject who had been a member of the Essenes, a Jewish sect that is probably responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In this post I will not attempt to assess the legitimacy of Cannon’s claims. Can channeled material under trance genuinely serve as a valid historical source? The claim is rather incredible and contravenes normal standards of historical proof.  Nevertheless, the claim may prove to be valid, either completely or in a limited sense.

Apart from the validity of channeled information as an historical source, Cannon’s work on Jesus serves another beneficial function.  Her presentation of Jesus and the Essenes offers us a renewed imagination for the life of Jesus.

Certainly, the New Testament record provides only a partial look at Jesus Christ and his times. Cannon’s material proposes to fill in some of the gaps in the record. The world of Jesus and the New Testament comes alive with a new vividness.  We get a picture of Jesus’s times, culture, and possible spiritual influences. Our imagination for history and for the life of Jesus is thus enriched.

For more on the Essenes, see: The Essenes

Here is an interview withe Delores Cannon on the topic. There are several more talks by her that are available on youtube, too.

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The Joy of Jesus, by Doreen Virtue

Here are a few thoughts about Doreen Virtue’s book, The Joy of Jesus, which recounts her recent conversion to Jesus Christ, after having been a successful teacher (of new age spirituality), for some decades. I will list, first, what I find positive and admirable about her message. Secondly, I will make a couple of points in critique in light of Christian tenets.

Here’s what I admire about Doreen Virtue’s personal witness, her message, and her book.

  1. The Courage to Take a Stand: DV has fearlessly and courageously sought the truth. Upon realizing that Jesus is the savior — through a vision, prayer, and study — she has been willing to act upon her faith, even at risk to herself. She gave up her lucrative business, and her status, as a new age spiritual teacher in favor of a Christian evangelism for which she receives comparatively few rewards. This courageous example speaks volumes in favor of the life-changing reality of God that she describes.
  2. The Gospel is for Everybody (Finding/Seeking):  DV honestly and graphically recounts the emptiness (indeed, the torment) of a life that is dedicated to spiritual seeking, for its own sake. In her own career as a successful spiritual teacher (so, she confesses), she tirelessly tried to track down special or esoteric knowledge. Yet, if the prize was forthcoming, the pleasures were temporary and elusive.  She likens the promise of esoteric knowledge to Eve’s temptation: the shiny apple is the secret wisdom that will finally make one like God. Esoteric knowledge — or special wisdom — in new age circles can become a commodity and a badge of superiority.  By contrast, the gospel is at once fully satisfying and freely accessible– (the wisdom revealed to babes). If Christ exhibits the nature of God, then it is God’s nature to be generous, truthful, and forgiving.  We may touch God, in the here and now, and rather than searching, relentlessly and restlessly, for something to make us whole, we may find–and be found by–a limitless and loving God. Healed, we are whole.
  3. Joy: DV reveals, through her conversion, an encounter with Jesus Christ that fills the heart with causeless and boundless joy — no matter one’s trials and tribulations. We are all seeking such joy, aren’t we? As DV shows, through Christ, that joy is real.

Here are some points of critique.

  1. Guilt and Judgment: DV seems to believe that she was duped and deceived by the devil up until her conversion and her meeting with Jesus Christ. Yet, against this self-castigating narrative, it may be urged that the Christian gospel is about forgiveness, which releases one from guilt. In the light of forgiveness, one may see the beauty — and truth — that have been present, even while one has been hindered by various vices and sins.  Surely, DV had lots of good things to say, in her earlier books, even if she made some “mistakes,” when measured against her current standards of belief. While writing her books about angels, and portraying Jesus as an ascended master (rather than as the unique Son of God), DV showed an enthusiasm for spiritual things, and curiosity about various ideas, which inspired many.  These gifts ought not to be so sternly condemned. Guilt toward self, furthermore, gets transmuted into judgment toward others. For instance, DV believes that hell is real and that theological universalism is misguided. So, anyone holding these beliefs, so she judges, must be deceived and duped, just as she used to be. Surely, Jesus embraced theological pluralism, on a number of points, even if he also preached certain universals (such as the Great Commandment). Heterodox opinions do not amount to grave sins.
  2. Biblical Literalism: I honor DV’s respect for the Bible. Yet, to lapse into rote biblical literalism is to take the easy way out when faced by controversial or difficult passages. For instance, DV claims that God (through the Bible) condemns mediumship and witchcraft. Yet, Jesus himself was accused of magic and of being in league with demons. These accusations against Jesus were argued on biblical grounds –which draw upon similar passages (from Deuteronomy) as those on the basis of which DV derives her biblical prohibitions against mediumship. If Jesus (the Son of God)  “broke” such biblical rules himself — or if he was suspected of doing so– then perhaps the biblical rules, here, are liable to be misinterpreted. Could it be that the surface meaning of the Bible needs to be probed, more carefully, so that a deeper truth will emerge? Biblical doctrines about hell are equally complex and open to interpretation.

DV’s book, The Joy of Jesus, is available as a free PDF download on her website.

 

Vision of Jesus during NDE

Jesus said that by dying, we open ourselves to eternal life. Our lives then become fruitful. In some instances, through a near-death experience  — or a serious brush with death — a person becomes aware of the source of life, itself, which is eternal. Jesus Christ is revealed.

John 12:24-25: Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Here is a beautiful experience, recounted by a woman who died (in clinical terms) at the hospital. Jesus Christ came to her, as a being of pure golden light, who glowed through the heart with a blue star.

The woman (Charmian Redwood) knew that she had touched the eternal.  Upon returning to her body, and recovering from her illness, Charmian reoriented her life according to sacred values. This short video is quite affecting.

Jacob’s Ladder: Eternity Card of William Blake Tarot

Jacob’s Ladder as the symbol of Eternity

NOTE: This post is borrowed from the page (to which I link below), about the Eternity Card in the William Blake Tarot.

Eternity Card – Blake Tarot

00/ —Eternity

The Eternity card has no equivalent in other Tarot decks. Its dual numberation (double-zero or infinity) indicates that it transcends numbers. This image is from the painting called Jacob’s Dream, based on the book of Genesis, showing Jacob and his ladder to heaven. In Blake’s myth, this is Albion asleep on the Rock of Ages. His Zoas have divided, and he lies stricken in spiritual limbo. Fallen from eternity, he is now a mortal man, and his four “eternal senses” — the four divine arts of painting, science, music, and poetry — have become his body, head, heart, and genitals. Albion represents our own sleeping consciousness, dreaming eternity as our ultimate potential. Albion remains asleep throughout the soul’s journey, unable to awaken until his divided soul is regenerated and his Zoas, the “four faces of man,” are reunited. However, his vision of eternity is very much alive in his dream — and Albion’s vision is what this card is about. Eternity represents mankind’s hopes for divine spiritual consciousness, and for living in a world of shining imagination and everlasting truth. For Blake, eternity is an exciting intellectual realm filled with the “fury of poetic inspiration,” from whence “all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory.”

The sheephook in Albion’s hand represents his mortal innocence. Exalted beings carry symbols of the arts (spiritual sustenance) upon a celestial stairway that literally represents the arts as man’s connection to eternity. The luminous, numinous sun is the “divine imagination,” the god in every human, which shines within us day and night, the ultimate reality from which all things are created.

This card is always significant in a reading, because its declaration of spiritual reality and creative imagination is meaningful in any context. Eternity can be a wake-up call to a spiritual issue in the reading, a promising opportunity to try something new and imaginative, an announcement of a something wonderful happening, a prophecy of angelic or artistic communication (perhaps via a dream or daydream), the advent of a serendipitous occurrence or heavenly ‘coincidence’, or a sudden awareness that life is a spiritual adventure, and not just a material process. This is always an auspicious card, even when reversed, because eternity is irreversibly divine.

KEYWORDS: AWARENESS OF SPIRITUAL DESTINY • ARTISTIC POWERS • A HEAVENLY OUTLOOK • IMAGINATIVE OPPORTUNITY • PROPHETIC PORTENTS. SPIRITUAL ELATION •

THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

The Blake Triumphs tell a story about the spiritual progress of human consciousness. This is the Soul’s Journey, which now begins…

The Cycle of Matter

This cycle consists of eight cards, of which the first introduces the seven that follow.

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Galactic Theology: An Economy of Generosity (and the Monetary System)

May we live a regime of generosity while also making sufficient income to survive and thrive in our world?

In this post, I will consider the insights of a spiritual innovator (Maria Jacobi). Jacobi claims to have contact with extra-terrestrial guides. Specifically, I will look at the concept of an economy of generosity in relation to the monetary system.

After that, I will assess Jacobi’s teachings about money and generosity in terms of the New Testament theology of the kingdom of God.

Galactic Theology: Maria Jacobi

Marina Jacobi channels galactic guides, those she names “eleventh dimensional beings” and the “Council of Nine.” Jacobi asserts that the teachings of these beings emanate from a fifth dimensional reality, which is a realm of abundance.

This realm of abundance, in New Testament terms, has a correlate in the notion of the Kingdom of God, which is a regime of justice and generosity for all.

Jacobi practices manifestation principles that are intended to supplant the monetary system with an economy of generosity.  If we put conditions upon our giving and receiving — for instance, by giving to others only if we are paid in money– then we limit the abundance that may come to us. Conversely, if we practice giving from the heart, without regard for monetary reward or other kinds of consequences, we come to see evidence that the universe does provide for us, abundantly.

Jacobi does not advise that one jump immediately, necessarily, from one regime to the other, from a money-economy to a fifth dimensional realm generosity. Nevertheless, one can make a practice of giving for its own sake. The rewards will manifest.

In my opinion, not everybody needs to walk a radical path of repudiating the monetary economy. Some of Jacobi’s stories of manifestation (see the second video below) reflect a lifestyle of material insecurity, marked by financial crises that are averted in the knick of time. If an economy of generosity is proven over time, not everybody will wish to unplug from the money system to such degree as to destabilize one’s income and one’s capacity, financially, to plan ahead. Nevertheless, her experiment in living from the heart, outside of the monetary economy, is worth considering. (See the videos below.)

New Testament: the Kingdom of God

A central teaching of the Gospels is that God’s economy of love may be trusted. We are to seek first the “kingdom of God” and everything else will follow. Yet, the reality of our lives often puts us at odds with the monetary system.

We follow our passion or our heart, we give generously from our gifts, and we may have trouble paying our bills. Or our kindness may be exploited. Conversely, some people are able to make very good money while expending only a small amount of effort. These people, who are well-placed in the monetary system, appear to reap large financial benefits — from their intentions for service.

May we live with purity of heart, giving generously, and expect that our material needs will be taken care of? Or shall we accept that we live in two worlds, simultaneously, in one of which the monetary system prevails, presenting obstacles to the economy of generosity?

A third alternative is that the “kingdom of God,” as the New Testament teaches, actually mediates these two realms in accord with the Lord’s prayer: “On earth as it is in heaven.” In this function, the kingdom of God brings an economy of generosity onto the earth so that the monetary system itself is changed. Our lives as wage earners, including our lacks, are harmonized for the flourishing of all.

Conclusion

Marina Jacobi’s radical experiment in generosity, and giving from the heart, may be one way that principles of the kingdom of God, in Christian terms, are being practiced and embodied for our times.

God and UFO’s

Dear Lightworkers,

In previous posts, we’ve delved into the testimony of a researcher whose conversations with extra-terrestrials (Arcturians) have resulted in a spiritual philosophy and even a new understanding of Jesus Christ.

Today, we go beyond such individual reports to look at how the Church as an institution is accommodating our galactic friends.

Now that the New York Times has produced an investigative report on the Pentagon’s UFO program (see: NY Times on Pentagon and UFO), it is thought-provoking to consider the theological implications of extraterrestrial contact.

The Vatican’s Br. Guy Consolmagno replies to such questions on his blog, The Catholic Astronomer (see: Vatican’s Brother Guy). See also this summary article (Summary Article on ET’s and Interdisciplinary Research).

Consider, too, whether Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus might have been caused by a falling meteor (see article: Falling Meteor on Road to Damascus).