The Third Key to Ascension: Sacred Sciences

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While many ancient seekers sought to understand sacred geometry, others discovered that the mysteries of the world around us contain more than just numbers and ratios. Mathematics was successful in finding the secrets hidden within the structures of life. But it turns out there is even more to the world than what geometry could discover.

Deep within the materials that form the structures of life and our environment, ancient seekers found the very essences of life. These seekers sought to understand the underlying forces that caused a tree to grow, a flower to bloom or a fire to burn. Within these essences, they believe they could unlock the greatest mysteries of creation and immortality.

To these seekers, the physical and spiritual were intricately intertwined; to understand the physical properties of a material was to gain insight into its spiritual essence and vice versa. So, they sought to understand the vital intricacies of our world, not only from a materialist point of view, but from a spiritual one as well. They worked diligently to discern different methods of breaking down and analyzing many different types of matter. Thus, the first material sciences of the world were born.

Alchemy is Born

Perhaps one of the most well-known of these sacred sciences is alchemy, which takes its name from the land of the Khem – the original name for ancient Egypt. These alchemists sought to continue the great work begun by the ancient seekers. Over time they developed a complex of categorization and analysis which helped them to understand the vital essences to be found within all material substances.

Ultimately they felt, that they could discover how to break down physical material in order to find the primary substance from which all things formed. With this Prima Materia, the alchemist could create any material he so wished. But we must remember that the material pursuits of the alchemists were intricately connected with their spiritual pursuits. If they could find the Prima Materia for the physical world, then they could discover the source for all spiritual life. Thus, they would be able to bear the vital essence of the great creator. If any were successful in their pursuits, little evidence has made it to public awareness.

Sciences sans Sacredness?

In our modern times, the complex techniques developed by the alchemists gave way to the academic studies of chemistry and physics. The materialist views of the modern scientist have all but completely supplanted the sacred pursuits of their progenitors. Despite these staunch views of the numinous, modern science has failed to quell the sense of wonder and spirituality which emanates from our sacred world. If anything, science has increased our understanding of how the world works which has deepened our appreciation for natural phenomena.

As we now enter a new era of scientific understanding, it seems that quantum sciences are reuniting our understanding of the sacred with that of the material. Even the most ardent quantum scientist cannot ignore that consciousness and observation has a direct effect in the formation of physical material. Though the connection continues to elude them, someday scientists will unlock the secrets that connect consciousness and physical matter. Then they will have discovered what those ancient seekers sought so long ago and begin a new era of sacred science.

Reawakening Wonder

Do we need to wait for the empirical evidence to come forth for us to realize that we are sacred beings having a spiritual experience in a material world? Or is it time to learn how to foster our connection with the sacred vital essence that is within all things, including our own bodies? As you continue on your path of ascension, perhaps you will discover that nothing is supernatural; the numinous is just as natural as the physical.



The Rainbow Body Seeker

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In the summer of 1987 just out of high school, while waiting tables at a restaurant, I met a woman who introduced me to books published by The Saint Germain Foundation, an esoteric religious organization. The Saint Germain Foundation, also known as the “I AM” Foundation, which some pundits claim to be a cult, was started in the 1930s by a man named Guy Ballard who walked with and received channeled information from angelic beings and professed to be the reincarnation of George Washington.

I was fascinated by Ballard’s writings and accounts of “Ascended Masters” whom I had never heard of, outside of Jesus, and their teachings. These masters have incarnated on our planet over the millennia, including Jesus and the foundation’s inspiration, a French alchemist named Saint Germain, and were ultimately able to raise the vibration of their bodies through meditation and other means to an “Ascended Master” state, conquering the mandate of our fallen state: “birth and rebirth” or karma.

I learned that these beings in cooperation with galactic organizations and higher dimensional beings have assisted and continue to assist our planet and inhabitants evolve to a greater spiritual awareness.

This was news to me! The organization also offered books of decrees that purportedly help an individual raise his or her spiritual awareness through repetitive decrees and affirmations. I tried the decrees for a while on my own and attended their services at a Saint Germain Foundation location in Houston for a short time.

I never progressed very deeply into their group, and quickly became disenchanted with the prospects of furthering my commitment with the organization, when I found a blank form in a drawer on the premises that signed away one’s possessions and estate to the organization upon one’s death. Just another church I thought! And even though I never became a card-carrying member of The Saint Germain Foundation, I was so influenced by their teachings and their affirmations, that I even had a tattoo inked on my upper back of an old illustration of “The ‘I AM’ Presence” from their books which depicts a person’s higher self, resembling an angel with a rainbow emanating from it and hovering over a person’s earthly body.

Over the years I have carried this possibility of physical ascension around with me even though I had no family or friends that shared this view. It certainly seems unattainable to most everyone I have talked to, with the prevailing view that death and leaving your mortal remains behind is not up for negotiation. Generally, whatever one believes comes after death is certainly up for discussion, but not “the final nail.”

I did encounter some hope for understanding this process through Drunvalo Melchizedek’s Flower of Life books which investigate and reveal much about the hidden history of ancient civilizations including Atlantis and Lemuria, and the Merkaba — An ascension vehicle that took Old Testament figures like Enoch and Elijah, and possibly Jesus into the higher dimensions. The Star of David is a two-dimensional representation of this sacred Merkaba star-tetrahedron geometry, according to Melchizedek and others. After being inspired by those teachings I even got a Star of David tattoo on my left forearm.

I had not previously been familiar with the documented evidence of thousands of highly attuned monks in the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition who have been witnessed in modern times, shrinking their bodies at death and attaining a rainbow body. Amazing! I was already familiar with the avatar Babaji from Paramhansa Yogananda’s seminal “Autobiography of a Yogi” who is essentially an ascended being that instructed the “param-guru” or “guru’s guru” of Yogananda, a householder named Lahiri Mahasaya who later became a yogi. Yogananda even wrote about his own personal contact with this divine being Babaji in his book.

Later I read a report that Yogananada’s body had stayed in an incorruptible state weeks after he had died, and that he showed no signs of decay. There is no record of which I am aware that he raised his body and left no mortal remains behind, as his body was embalmed and eventually buried. After attending some services years ago in Los Angeles at a Yogananda “Self-Realization Fellowship” church (directly adjacent to a Scientology compound in East Hollywood, no less), and taking some written correspondence courses from Yogananda’s organization, I did not feel like I was getting any closer to my understanding of physical ascension awareness or process. And by that time in my early thirties, I had long fallen out of step with the Christian church and could not seem to find a group of like-minded seekers.

Maybe it is inherently a greater challenge to find spiritual truth, living in our western world of fast-paced commerce and disposable commodities. Especially it seems so here in the US. Perhaps this type of frenetic, media-driven culture, and the decline of traditional religion, is also what is driving the growth of a new consciousness industry of which Gaia and other similar companies are an integral part.

From my experience having lived in Berlin, Germany before and after 9/11 and spending time in Europe, there is an appreciation of the past and generally a more leisurely daily pace, but I can’t say people are any more spiritual across the pond. I have yet to visit India or Asia to gain more first-hand understanding of Eastern spiritual traditions and their currency in that part of the globe, but look forward to at some point — hopefully soon.

So here we are now in the Internet age, and for all of us living in countries that are fortunate to have relatively unrestricted access, we can share and discover a wealth of knowledge about all things spiritual. And it is certainly my deepest hope, that maybe for some greater concentration of people in the near future, there will be a quantum shift, possibly with the aid of external, even “other-worldly” technology or galactic influence, or possibly on a more subtle level, where we shift toward a seemingly utopian “post-Fall” evolutionary dimension.

I feel the urge now more than ever to find answers to my quest, since my wife and I are in the process of raising children. I know it’s hard for humanity to envision a world where we are not limited by dense, physical bodies. Most people seem satisfied to return back to such a place after passing through the mystery of death!

I try to imagine what would daily life be like here if we were somehow able to undertake some sort of mass ascension?

What could the inhabitants of such a world create and manifest? Sometimes It feels so close, and sometimes so far away. Is it really just a matter of loving everyone unconditionally, all the time? Let’s see if we can make it a reality.

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