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How to stop gravitating to extremes.

Expansion and Consolidation

People often gravitate toward extremes. Some people spend all their time working while others spend all their time playing. Some people love going out while others almost always stay in. Some people spend money as soon as they get it while other people try to save every last penny. Moderation is difficult and it seems to be much easier to relax into one extreme or another.

In astrology this phenomenon is represented by the interplay between the two planets Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is the planet (or the energetic principle) of expansion and creation while Saturn contains the principle of limitation and discipline. Jupiter, then, loves to spend money and to enjoy himself with friends. Saturn, on the other hand, loves to be alone, is more melancholy, and more serious. Saturn likes to feel purpose in what he does and feels that he is wasting his time if he isn’t working on something worthwhile. Jupiter finds worth in the experience no matter how meaningless it might seem to Saturn.

Collectively, countries and places can also have one principle more developed than another. Countries with more developed work ethics can have more Saturn energy while countries that like to enjoy things more can have more Jupiter. Enjoyment is also the domain of Venus but, in general, expansiveness and being carefree are a part of Jupiter.

So, lets now look at how the balance of Jupiter and Saturn can actually enhance the goal of each other.

Working without expansiveness can create situations that are stagnant and stuck. People can work for their whole lives and miss simple opportunities for investment and growth that would make their enterprises function more efficiently and productively, thereby making their “purpose” even greater. The willingness to invest, to grow, and to create comes from Jupiter and augments the work-ethic of Saturn by adding a degree of fluidity and the willingness to grow into new areas. Without Jupiter’s influence Saturn’s “grind it out” mentality can get stuck in old patterns that help neither the person working nor the person’s purpose at large.

Jupiter, on the other hand, can get itself overextended without the limiting and disciplining influence of Saturn. Jupiter, being an expansive and creative principle, likes to try new things and constantly invest and explore in new ways of doing things. In business, it constantly wants to grow its branches in new directions and to find greater range for its enterprises. While this practice is good for growth for a time, if gains are never consolidated, and if experiences are not learned from before growing again, one can get overextended and end up building a house of cards that is liable to fall down when met with the slightest difficulty.

With Saturn’s influence however, Jupiter is able to put on the brakes after new rounds of expansion and consolidate its gains. With Saturn’s positive limiting influence, it can then learn the lessons from its last round of experimentation and growth so that, in the next round, it can re-direct and re-focus its energy in a way that will be the most beneficial. Saturn’s influence on Jupiter can result in focused creation that takes place with an intelligent and planned pace.

Saturn and Jupiter together, when balanced, contain the recipe for growth and learning. New experiences are the raw material required for growth as a human being. Expansion and the willingness to evolve ensure that enterprises of all kinds do not get stale and stagnant. Such is the power of Jupiter and without it life can feel stuck.

Saturn on its own is stuck. Pure discipline and devotion to purpose is nothing without expansion and new experiences. Without life experience and the willingness to expand one’s realm of activity, purpose is limited. Saturn needs Jupiter’s expansiveness to give wings to its purpose while Jupiter needs Saturn’s discipline to focus and intensify its creativity which, otherwise, becomes watered down and weak.

Without a constant effort the common tendency is to be either too limited or too expansive. The secret of Jupiter and Saturn is that a dynamic interplay between creation and consolidation results in the fullest and richest growth and in the most opportunities to learn lessons from our experiences. Saturn occasionally puts the brakes on Jupiter’s expansiveness in order to harvest the lessons that one’s forays into life have made possible. And Jupiter is able to spur Saturn on to leave the security of the status quo in order that life can regain dynamism and growth.

 

The Evolution of Love

The English language has a problem because it has only one way to say “I love you.” Romance languages offer more flexibility in expressing love for each other. There are ways to soften the sentiment and make “I love you” a suitable thing to say to friends while leaving a stronger form of saying “I love you” for more intimate situations.

Astrology has its own way of talking about different kinds of love and it has to do with the

so-called “water houses.” These

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houses relate to the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and embody the different facets of human emotion. Cancer relates to the fourth house of family and, when healthy, embodies familial warmth and gentleness. It is the love we feel for our family members—for our brother, sister, son, daughter, father, and mother.

 

Scorpio relates to the eighth house and has to do with wanting to merge with the person that we love. This eighth house sentiment yields a passionate and intense kind of love and, when developed, allows us to know union with another person. From this experience springs the realization that we are not separate. For if we can merge with someone in body and emotion even once we know that love, when strong enough, dissolves the barriers between people and makes them feel unity.

Physical union is, however, only the beginning of this experience. It finds fulfillment in the realization that you and the person you love are connected by a spiritual bond—that you are in her and she is in you.

The evolved form of eighth house love (or the “love of unity”) manifests through self-sacrifice to help another. And it is done less out of a sense of chivalry or nobility but out of a feeling that you are saving a part of yourself. Therefore do lovers find the strength to die for their loved one.

But this love born of unity is not only the province of lovers. Anyone who loves another enough to sacrifice themselves or to die for them expresses this love. Soldiers exemplify it when they risk their lives to save another.

People get caught up talking about the eighth house and Scorpio in narrow ways. Most conversations revolve around intimacy and sex but this is only the beginning of it. Once someone is capable of realizing unity with someone else they can realize it with anyone (and physical intimacy doesn’t have to factor into the equation). And the flowering of this love is selflessness. Therefore what starts out as desire for unity with a lover evolves into knowing that you are one with the people you love and that their wellbeing is not just helpful to you but it is a part of your wellbeing. Their life is not only an influence on your life—it is a part of your life.

When this love is experienced deeply enough, we would lay down our life so that another might live. Christ said that, “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And he equated loving “thy neighbor as thyself” to the first and great commandment of loving “the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37-30).

Loving thy neighbor as thyself is the fulfillment of the love of unity. And any kind of relationship can reach this height for friends can die for each other, a father can die for his son, a mother for her daughter, a brother for his sister, a lover for his love. Therefore does the love first experienced as intimacy with a lover lead us to ultimate self-sacrifice and even to self-transcendence.

The eighth house is much more than finding intense intimacy with another person, which can actually feed our egos and make us attached. It is meant to be a place where we overcome our egos by our willingness to sacrifice ourselves for the people we love.

After eighth house love comes twelfth house which is where the love of unity experienced with some people turns into the love of unity with all people and all things. This love is expressed by the sign of Pisces.

Pisces, like the ocean, knows no bounds. It builds on the selflessness of great personal love and extends it to loving all of creation. Its love is universal and spreads everywhere. It does not discriminate between saint and sinner, between sweetness and bitterness, because it is a love for Life itself. In the eighth house we are willing to sacrifice ourselves so that someone we deeply love might live. And in the twelfth house we would sacrifice ourselves for a stranger or, like Christ did, for all of humanity.

The rain feeds the river like the love we learn from our family influences and empowers us to love people in the world. The river flows to the ocean like the love we feel for people in the world evolves into a love we feel for everything. But the rain feeds the rivers which flow to the sea and the moisture from the sea feeds the clouds which, once again, turn to rain.

Maybe these different kinds of love are not really so different but are rather just different manifestations of the same water. And to truly know love, then, we should be able to shift between the different kinds of loving and one day be a raindrop experiencing the gentle love of the family, and another day a raging river lost in a torrent of emotions, and yet another day, the ocean—calm or stormy, but always experiencing a love and empathy for all Life.

Klimt

Is Science Killing Religion?

Science, Religion, and Spirituality
Caravaggio.

Science has shown us that we live in a universe with an estimated 100 billion galaxies. In each galaxy there are possibly 100 billion suns. Many of those suns have planets revolving around them that are capable of sustaining life. With this knowledge, it is very hard to picture God in a human form sitting above one little planet, condemning those that are bad. But this then these leaves many people wondering, what is God? An interesting thing is that for people who strongly judge others, God is clearly and simply a judge of all. For those who love others, God is simply love. For those who desire wisdom, God is all knowing. The point I am trying to make is that our understanding of God is a reflection of our own consciousness. As our consciousness expands and is clarified, our understanding of God is clarified.

Science can certainly help us expand and clarify our consciousness. As this happens, science will eradicate false beliefs, and maybe even some false religions, but it can’t fully eradicate God. God is life itself. This gives great hope even during this difficult time of global spiritual purification, when so many don’t know what to believe. Science searches for truths from the outside in. Spirituality searches for truths from the inside out. When these two approaches cooperate and corroborate their findings, truth is revealed. Both ways are needed. One without the other can easily veer off track. When something is true it is true on all levels, and all levels of understanding.

Religion is spirituality that has veered off track into dogmas and rituals. Religion confuses the outer process of finding truth with the truth itself. An example is Christianity saying; simply believe in Christ, and he will give you eternal salvation. Even though scriptural quotations like: “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day,” are used in defence of this idea, they are not fully understood. This quote says “beholds the Son”, which means to achieve Christ consciousness in meditation, which transcends time. In that consciousness one is not only omni-present in all space, but also in all time. Merely believing that Christ exists, and perhaps taking communion is not enough, to achieve this level of consciousness. Yet it is a first step, and I don’t want to turn anyone away from this first baby step in the right direction. Well, I must admit this article is aimed at those who have already taken their first baby steps, and are looking for deeper levels of truth.

Science is slowly taking the place of religion, as the outer method of searching for truth. It is doing this because religion for most people has not revealed the truth. At the end of this article we will examine whether science taking the place of religion is a good long term idea.

At the moment, it is good that science has proved many things that religion once held as true to be false. An example is that the Catholic Church for many years believed that the sun revolved around the earth. As the long term false beliefs of religion are exposed, one shouldn’t be lured into believing that God himself doesn’t exist, or that Christ didn’t know what he was doing. This is a time of global spiritual purification. We shouldn’t try to stop this purification process. Continually refining our definition and understanding of God as we grow is a good thing. Purification is not always an easy process, but in the end it is good.

It has been said that in the future, rather than going to a church and letting a minister save our souls, the churches will become like laboratories. The minister will say; please now go into the temple (laboratory) and practice a certain spiritual technique in a certain manner, and see if it yields the same spiritual results that it has for many others. These results will not be dependent on belief, or the particular minster who explains them, but on provable, repeatable demonstrable facts. This will be good, as long as the technique is not confused with the goal, as has happened in religion.

So, science is certainly expanding our consciousness, but can it give us an infinite knowledge, or can it give us ever new joy?

Science may make very smart robots, but they will never be self-aware. They will never have an ego or sense of “I.” And they will never manifest consciousness. Consciousness is one thing that cannot actually be defined, yet we all know that we are conscious. As we become more spiritual, our sense of “I” ness first expands to include more and more people, and eventually we realize our oneness with all of life. This consciousness ultimately expands to embrace eternity, and a life of ever-new joy. This process is the spiritual path.

We need to use science to help us clarify our understanding of life. In the past we looked to religion, to take us to eternal joy, but it seems to have failed us because we mistook the technique for the goal. Let us once again not confuse science’s place in the grand scheme of things. It can help, but never give ultimate truth for it can only probe the effect, the outer, or that which is caused. To know ultimate truth and joy we must in a spiritual manner look deeply into the cause of life itself. We must look deeply within our own selves. Perhaps in future articles I will explain techniques to do this. Or perhaps you may learn these techniques in mankind’s future laboratory temples. However it happens, may you find eternal happiness soon.

Joseph Wright

You have a super-power.

“Words have power. Words are power. Words could be your power.” Mohammed Qahtan

In the past couple of years I have been introduced to a super-power, the power of words. It is very possible that you have heard about it too, nevertheless, do you use it often? Do you use it in a positive or negative way?

The way we talk and words we use, either positive or negative, impact our daily lives and relationships too, since they show how and what we think about ourselves and others. For example, imagine you are at your workplace, you have to share a desk with a teammate or you have to sit with someone at the lunch room, would you choose to sit with a positive person that encourages, supports or provides you with a constructive feedback on a topic, ending up motivated and enlightened? Or on the other hand, you choose the teammate that is always saying bad words, sad or horrible situation, realizing at the end of your lunch that you feel angry or depressive? I would choose the positive one, because I know that if I get stucked in a negative mindset I probably will not progress and develop my mind.

Now, let´s change the situation and ask ourselves, am I the positive teammate or the negative one at the lunch room?, do your teammates look out for you because they need to cheer up or are you alone at lunch? These are good questions to ask ourselves every day, don’t ever forget this, because your daily words, on how you express affects your career and personal relationships. Do you want positive or negative relationships?

Just pause a moment and analyze, meditate on the past year: which is a common word that you use to talk about yourself and others? What can you change in the upcoming year?

Personally, I have committed to remove from my vocabulary the word “but”, because I think it limits my possibilities on doing something or making something happen. I have noticed that lately I focus on solutions and not on limitations of a situation. I have really enjoyed this commitment and word training.

Credit to the amazing photograpger Magali Espinosa. You may read her in the “Photography” section.

I would like to invite you to recognize the super-power that you have and to exercise it, you can start any day! I think it is a powerful new year’s resolution, don´t you agree?

Feel free to comment and share if you thought of someone (other than yourself) while you were reading. I wish you a successful new year!

 

12th House. Video Game Addiction

Our society is finding ever more ways to experience the 12th house and spending ever more time doing so. Meditation finds more practitioners in each generation as interest in esoteric spiritual practices blossoms.

New forms of 12th house experiences are also rapidly and dramatically emerging. Video games and other forms of electronic escape are exploding in popularity and are attracting millions and even billions of users. Many in the younger generations find regular and extended periods of entertainment from playing video games. And addiction to electronic entertainment is even becoming commonplace. Like drugs and alcohol, video games offer an easy way of escaping from life’s challenges. People turn to video games to compensate for social anxiety, for lack of friends, for anxiety or depression, and for general dissatisfaction with life. While videogame use may be less stigmatized than drug and alcohol use it is still dangerous to human growth and happiness.

For many people, the 12th house is a difficult place to be but, nevertheless, a place that we all have to travel through at times in our lives. It is a place where we have the difficult opportunity (but still an opportunity) to finish our karmic debts to people and situations that we are connected to. It is here that we can experience loneliness, debt, sorrow, and loss.

However, in our society there are an increasing number of ways to avoid having to suffer in the 12th house altogether. Intoxicants and videogames are both ways to numb ourselves to the suffering that our karma dictates that we should experience. They are both means of escaping from our reality and are lower manifestations of the 12th house.

Drunkenness and drug-induced states of consciousness are a way for many people to escape the world they live in and its problems and concerns. In just the last generation, however, videogames have emerged as another way that we can escape from our daily life. And videogame addiction has become a serious problem for our society.

Misuse of drugs, alcohol, and videogames carry obvious consequences. Performance at school and work is damaged; relationships with partners and family members often deteriorate as a result of the use of these escape mechanisms.

However, perhaps just as serious is the general numbing effect that drugs, alcohol, and video games have on psychological and emotional states.

The problem with numbing our sorrows with anything—videogames, alcohol, drugs, overeating, TV—is that we also numb ourselves to the possibility of beauty in life. If we numb ourselves to pain we also numb ourselves to pleasure, including the higher pleasures and joys that can be found in life.

Numbing ourselves to heartbreak and loneliness diminishes our capacity to enjoy love and friendship.

If we are unable to enjoy social gatherings because we lack social skills or if we lack the courage to face our sorrows, running away from these shortcomings only makes it more difficult to improve them.

There are higher ways to find relief from life’s sorrows. Meditation can be the highest way. Meditators can escape from life’s difficulties into a world of peace for fifteen minutes or even an hour at a time. And this comes without the disastrous side effects of video games, drugs, and alcohol use (lower 12th house manifestations).

The more one practices meditation the more one will be able to find the natural God-given door to peace.

Meeting life head on and finding peace through meditation is the higher way of dealing with life’s difficulties. This path, unlike the lower paths of escape, cultivates a peace that only grows stronger over time. The lower paths seem to give peace but, in the long run, this ephemeral peace rots into worry and emptiness.

Moreover, devoting ourselves to meditation and purposeful work ensures that we actually learn from sorrow and trial. Sorrow and trial don’t simply come to us because the world is cruel (even though it often is) but they come to us to reinforce our strength and to show us our weaknesses that we might fix them.

Can we really be damned to hell forever?

Can a ritual save me? Can a priest save me?

In the last article I said that it was not my highest concern whether people attend church or not.   Let me elaborate on that a little. If someone finds attending church inspiring, then by all means he should attend. If he doesn’t find it inspiring, then he shouldn’t attend. But in that case he should do something else to advance spiritually.

Now, what if one doesn’t attend church? Will he be damned to hell forever? The answer is no. There are many reasons for this:

  1. A finite cause cannot have an infinite effect. Imagine someone committing a sin, dying, and then going to hell. One million years later, no, let’s say one billion years later (which is really nothing compared to eternity) a person asks him, “so what did you do to land down here?”

“Well, I can’t really remember” would certainly come the reply.

  1. “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Yes, there are realms beyond this physical one, and yes, some of them are pleasant, and some are not so pleasant. But no one is doomed to stay anywhere forever. Even staying in the most heavenly place you could imagine, would ultimately become boring, and then eventually a hell, if you had to stay there forever. The highest heaven is a state of consciousness. It is not dependent upon external circumstances. This is why it doesn’t matter whether one attends church or not.

 

  1. A loving God, and a God who takes responsibility for the entire creation doesn’t put people in circumstances where he knows that they are going to make mistakes, and them blame them for their mistakes. He especially wouldn’t blame them forever, without a chance for redemption.

 

So, what if you don’t go to church? What if you don’t do anything to try to progress spiritually in this life? Maybe God won’t put you in hell for eternity, but will he punish you? Or, does he even care about you? We punish ourselves. At some point in our human evolution we realize it is our own selves that have created the lives we live, whether they are good lives, or bad lives. Yes God cares about us. But he is letting us learn our lessons. Ultimately we come to realize that what we are really seeking in life is joy. If God is joy itself, then really we are all seeking God. Some are simply more conscious of this fact than others. The fun part of all of this is that each individual will find his own unique way in some regards. In other regards there are certain things that everyone experiences, and this also is why spiritual institutions can be helpful.

Can a ritual save you? No, not one hundred percent. But they can be helpful. A ritual can help one feel spiritually uplifted. A ritual can help one open his heart to God’s grace. In fact this is the real ritual that has to be done. A symbolic outer form of this can be greatly helpful. But the outer form can never replace the inner process. And of the two, the inner process is much more important.

Can a priest save you? Having the help of a spiritually advanced person on the spiritual path, is very very helpful. But just because someone is a priest doesn’t mean he is advanced spiritually in God’s eyes. And ultimately even with the help of someone who is very advanced spiritually, (whether he is a priest or not) each individual has to do the work of spiritual transformation himself. There are certain things that no one else can do for you, not even Christ himself. Can a priest save you? No, not one hundred percent, you will have to do at least some of the spiritual work yourself. But the real question here is; “save you from what?” Eternal hell? As pointed out earlier, eternal hell as a place can’t exist, for life is always changing. But an almost eternal consciousness of suffering, can exist if we live improperly, and if that is the consciousness we chose to embrace. The choice is ours. Yes, institutions, rituals, and spiritual people can help us if we wish to take the help. But no one can ultimately be responsible for our consciousness except our own selves.

 

How to Find Your Astrologer

Astrology is a daunting subject for many people and is shrouded in misunderstanding and confusion.  I think this is largely because many of the people who write about astrology and who practice astrology do not themselves sufficiently understand the intuitive science that they preach.   Consequently, many people either follow astrology dogmatically or simply turn away from it entirely.  And a vast majority of people in our society look at astrology as a fools’ science.   

Astrology is not, as many people think, strictly a science that can be understood mathematically.  We cannot understand the stars by imposing a system of aspects and rules upon them.  Mars in the 6th house in Virgo squaring Saturn in the 9th house in Sagittarius does not mean the same thing every time.  Only those who can commune with the planets are capable of understanding the influence they exert and the karma that they represent.  Astrology is too complicated and too fluid to be understood linearly.  Astrology is still, at its core, an intuitive exercise even if it is clothed in mathematical garments.  Practicing astrology mathematically is like judging a stranger by the outfit he wears and the car he drives.  Sometimes stereotyping people works but often it does not.   

Paramahansa Yogananda’s guru, Sri Yukteswar, was an astrologer who was hard in his assessment of many other astrologers, saying: “Charlatans have brought the stellar science to its present state of disrepute. Astrology is too vast, both mathematically and philosophically, to be rightly grasped except by men of profound understanding. If ignoramuses misread the heavens, and see there a scrawl instead of a script, that is to be expected in this imperfect world. One should not dismiss the wisdom with the ‘wise.’”*

He also explained why we are born at a particular time: “A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.”*

Finally, he told us to look at astrology as a challenge to rise above our current state rather than as a guarantee of what will happen in the future.  He encouraged us, saying: “The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate—the result of past good and evil—but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.”*

Astrology is meant to arouse the desire to be better than we are and to rise above our negative circumstances.  Astrologers should emphasize how we can use our strengths that we have from past lives to overcome the negative momentums that are afflicting us in this life. 

Our fate will change based on how we exercise our free will to strive to improve ourselves and our stars only show us how the road will be.  But reading the map is important because, just like going on a road trip, we need to understand the road conditions before determining what kind of car to buy or if we should mount winter tires or summer tires.  All of these decisions, in our life, will help us to stay on the good road to self-improvement—to greater happiness and freedom. 

So how should you choose an astrologer?  Rather than thinking about who has the right system think about who is giving you the best advice.  Astrologers should make sense and should encourage you.  When you leave a conversation or a reading with an astrologer you should feel uplifted and inspired to make a greater effort in your life; happiness should feel more attainable.  The possibility for life should feel greater. 

And in all things remember Sri Yukteswar’s advice that one’s astrology chart “is not meant to emphasize fate—the result of past good and evil—but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo…The wise man defeats his planets—which is to say, his past—by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter. The soul is ever-free; it is deathless because birthless. It cannot be regimented by stars.”*

*Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. 1946

To schedule a reading with Victor Haug you may do so through his web page

Herculesastrology.com

 

Vermeer.

 

 

The 3rd and 9th Houses: Balancing Interests and Philosophy

I wrote previously about the 3rd and 9th houses (another pair of opposites) in the article, “Balancing Power and Principle.” The 3rd house represents our personal power and the strength of our energy while the 9th house represents our principles and beliefs; the 9th also represents our interest in higher education and in developing an understanding of ourselves and of the world. In short, the 9th is a house of philosophy and when this house is developed a person wants to learn and to question. They begin to have beliefs about how things and people should be and they are often attracted to religious systems that offer moral guidelines.

Third-house people can be very different. They know what they like and they want to spend time doing what they like. While the 9th house is about learning truth and following principles,

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Steadfast Philosopher,

the 3rd house is about enjoying our own interests—interests that don’t need to be questioned or changed—simply enjoyed and practiced. Hobbies, adventures, talents, and skills all fall under the umbrella of the third house. People who love to play music and to sing and dance often have strong 3rd houses. The 9th house is a place of study and contemplation while the 3rd house is a place of action. In the 9th house we think about the right way to be and how to use our energy while in the 3rd house we simply use our energy doing the things that we like.

These houses, like all pairs of opposites in the zodiac, work optimally when they are balanced. When they are out of balance—like when someone has only the 3rd or the 9th house—we can begin to see problems in an individual’s experience of life. A philosopher or a professor (both 9th house people) can be admired and lauded for their dedication to exploring life’s deeper questions. However, when they lose their personal interests and the ability to take action, they can become too dry and intellectual, and become simply thinkers without the ability to forget about themselves and enjoy life.

Similarly, people who have a strong 3rd house without the balancing influence of philosophy can lose the ability to reflect on their actions. The 3rd house is writing, singing, dancing. It is the ability to do skilled work with one’s hands and therefore relates to a variety of combat skills like boxing, martial arts, shooting guns (and in the old-days, sword-craft). It also relates to construction and trade skills like carpentry and includes artistic skills like painting, ceramics, and jewelry-making.

The 3rd house, relating to physical skills, often creates people who like to act. While an excessively strong 9th house can create the dry scholar or philosopher who can only think, an imbalanced 3rd house can create people who can only act.

So for those who have developed a predominance of philosophy, the answer, rather than being more philosophy, is likely to take more action, to have more adventures, and to find activities that they enjoy doing. While those who just act could benefit from stopping to reflect on the benefits and consequences of what they are doing and how it is affecting other people.

“The Alchymist, In Search of the Philosopher’s Stone.”

Learn & study something new, for the world’s sake.

Following up & relating to Maria’s post from 2 weeks ago (http://bajolaslilas.com/sobre-el-cansancio-salvar-al-mundo-y-phillip-pullman/, go read it!), on the constant query: how to change or save our world? Got me reflecting on what is it that i am doing to change it. I think we can change it from our own little world, from our workplace, college and family. We can do that also if we keep improving ourselves through learning new skills, new experiences to offer to the world.

When it comes to choose your career path right after high school, sometimes during the last year of high school, we may feel a little lost and full of questions, such as “is this what i want to do for my entire life?”, “will i earn enough money?”, “can i do this?”, etc. The problem is that our parents, relatives and advisors forget to also remind us that we can work on focusing on two or more career paths and sometimes we may want to change it. So, we rush into getting into something that we don’t actually know as much and we end up figuring out in the middle of the undergraduate program, then at that time you prefer just to keep studying, so that you can finish something or you would just decide to drop out and change again.

The solution to this is now in your hands, we cannot go back in time and do it all over again. We have to be resilient, manage to learn how to join the previous things learned with a new career path that you may want to pursue.

Learn & study something new.
Truth is that our brain can hold and learn all type of new information if we are willing to. Do not discourage when you feel that you really want to learn something new, because you can learn it, if you have the will and discipline to study, the new world that you want to get into.

A few recommendations to achieve the new career path that you are wishing to be involve in, are the following:
1.- organize your agenda, it is really important that you set specific time for the study periods for new knowledge.
2.- hang out with people that are interested in your new career path, so that you can learn from them.
3.- look for books, undergraduate, certification programs and even online courses, which have validation nowadays.

We can be surprised by our brain capacity. “Scientists generally agree that no theory is 100 percent correct. Thus, the real test of knowledge is not truth, but utility.” Yuval Noah Harari.

Lately, i have been dealing with the new career path challenge. I’ve been discipline into following the previous 3 steps, they have been really helpful and i feel progress in my life & mind. I hope that this is helpful for you or maybe just a confirmation on what you have been thinking lately.

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I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Was Christ a man, or was Christ God?

I have been told that many are leaving Christian churches because church is not satisfying them spiritually. Whether people leave the church or stay in it is really up to them. It is not my highest concern. But it is my fervent hope that people don’t turn away from Christ due to misunderstandings that have crept into His teachings over time.

In India, there are scriptures that are many thousands of years old. Because they are so old the original meanings sometimes become lost. Language changes, analogies that once made sense in a certain time no longer work, and society’s (as a whole) understanding changes. To try to explain today’s concept of an app to people 1000 years ago would be virtually useless.

Have we become more advanced than Christ’s teachings? Are Christ’s teachings as true today as they were 2000 years ago? The answers are; yes they are as true today as they were 2000 years ago, and no we have not become more advanced that His teachings. Truth never changes. Its outward expressions change as human beings evolve and are able to understand things in different and higher ways. To address this change of outer expression in India, there are modern interpretations of the ancient scriptures. I think it is time for this to happen with the Christian bible. I leave that job as a whole, to the Saints, but let’s look together now at a few critical theological understandings that may be driving people away from the churches.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Is the man Jesus Christ the only way to find God? What about people in some remote country who never have heard of Jesus Christ? Would God literally create people and never even give them a chance to find salvation? Of course he wouldn’t! What kind of loving God would do that?

Jesus sometimes referred to himself as the son of man, and sometimes as the son of God. Translators must be forgiven if this was sometimes confused. But now is the time for us to eradicate this confusion. Let’s understand the crux of why sometimes Christ referred to himself in these two different ways. As the son of man Christ inhabited a physical body. It had all of the same needs as any other physical human body: rest, food, sunlight, oxygen, etc. As the son of God he was the consciousness that animated that physical body. This consciousness is all powerful. It is immortal, it cannot be killed. It is the ruler of universes, and in fact its power is even grander than that. Now was the son of man the way, the truth, and the life? No. It was merely an outer vehicle. That is like confusing a Ford automobile with the person who drives it. So, is the son of God, the way, the truth, and the life? Yes, yes, and yes. 1000 times yes! This is the Christ consciousness. This consciousness is omnipresent. It is center everywhere, circumference nowhere. This consciousness dwells in you, but it is probably hidden right now. Though concentration and devotion you can find this hidden light within yourself. But doing this is not the topic of this article, so I can’t go into how to do this any deeper right now.

Christ consciousness in India is often called Krishna consciousness. Perhaps if we spell this, Christna consciousness, you may get the idea that it didn’t only dwell in the man known as Christ. It is this consciousness, that every human being must manifest, in order to “come unto the Father.” This is why it is spoken of as being the only way. There is no other way to find God, except for the individual to realize his own omnipresence. Whether you worship the outer son of man is your own

personal choice, your spiritual salvation doesn’t depend on it. Your spiritual salvation depends on how deeply you are able to commune with the inner Christ.

This is a big step as a global society for us to make. So many wars, and religious persecutions have been committed over this one theological point. I think it is time for us to understand Christ’s teachings more deeply, and properly. I think it is time for us to understand the oneness of the true Christ, the Christ consciousness.

In the next few articles we will look at more of these points. As we all walk in quest of truth together, we will take a look at more of these misunderstandings, so that we may know the truth. For the truth shall set us free.

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