The Dragon of Wisdom
Question: Society down the ages has revered the Dragon as something spiritual, powerful and sacred perhaps? but can there be two Dragons in this World of Duality? The White Dragon and the Black Dragon?
JJ: The dragon and serpent has been used as symbols of good and evil in the Christian scriptures as well as many other sacred writings.
Right off in the Bible the serpent was supposedly the evil Satan who tempted Eve and caused the fall of man.
Later Moses was able to turn his staff into a serpent as a demonstration of the power of God.
Shortly thereafter the serpent appears in another roll. “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Numbers 21:5-9
It is interesting here that the serpent here played a dual roll. First, serpents were sent to punish Israel. The fiery serpents bit the people and they died.
Then Moses made an image of a serpent and held it up on a poll and whoever looked upon it lived, even if they were bitten.
Many scholars believe that the lifted up serpent represented the redeeming Christ who was lifted up on the cross.
It is interesting that God here used the image of the serpent for both good and evil. They were used to kill and then to save.
In the New Testament Jesus commanded his disciples to be “as wise as serpents” yet John portrays the great red dragon as an enemy of the saints of God.
The great red dragon represents the “serpent of matter” as DK calls it. This represents a power, which is an adversary to spiritual progress. This serpent power must be mastered by the serpent of wisdom placing the lower serpent under the power of that which is good in the serpent power.
DK tells us that Sanat Kumara has a rod with the image of three serpents on it. This represents the mastery over the three worlds which the serpent of wisdom must obtain.
The serpent also symbolizes the spinal cord and the serpent fire symbolizes the kundalini fire at the base of the spine which if raised too early can destroy, but if raised naturally produces a great spiritual experience.
The thing to keep in mind is that no vegetable, animal or human form is all good or evil. All have a purpose and all can be used for good or achieve a good end if soul purpose is fulfilled.
The swastika is an interesting symbol, which is also used for good and evil. Originally it was a symbol of good luck and was even used by U.S. troops during World War I. Hitler took a symbol that was universally seen as something good and altered its meaning in consciousness to something evil.
Even though it is now seen as something evil in its purest form it is neutral. The same goes for the satanic five-pointed star. All symbols are neutral until someone interprets them and that interpretation gives it power.
A reader wanted clarification on the teaching that we achieve the evolution of all of our past lives at the age of 21.
When a person is 21 he hasn’t gone through all the life lessons of his past lives. This would be impossible as he has too many experiences in his past to condense in such a short period. Instead, what he does accomplish is a retrieval of the basic level of intelligence that he ascended to in his last life. He will repeat his long evolution of intelligence in miniature, but this will not be accomplished by reliving all past experiences.
Actually, this teaching did not originate with me but with DK. I have contemplated the principle and observed it working out in my life and others and believe it to be quite accurate.
I can see that in my life that my basic intelligence grew quite quickly until the age of 21 and then the growth was very slow. I have also noticed this in the lives of many people I have observed.
Now some may point to what they believe to be a great transformation at another age such as 25, 30, 40 etc, but this has little to do with intelligence.
I had a great transformation around the age of 28, but my basic intelligence was not much different then than when I was 21.
Intelligence has more to do with taking advantage of the highest vision you have in the present time.
This teaching also harmonizes with the following scripture:
“Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection (the next life).” D&C 130:18
Question: When Jesus said. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free…..
Did he mean the infinite truth of everything?
JJ: Truth comes in layers and each layer brings additional; freedom. Sometimes it’s a little like traveling through a maze. It is useful and brings freedom of movement to know the next turn, but useless to speculate on the turn several corridors down.
This is what brings frustration to disciples in that they do not assess their correct placement on the path and spend their time solving the problem where they will be in lifetimes distant rather than the present.
Each of us must solve the equation of where we are now, not where we will be in our imagination.
And how will we know what it is we are supposed to solve in the present?
It is usually most obvious to those who are closest to us but often the disciple is oblivious. Why? Because his friends will often assess his place on the path better than himself. Often because of ego he either has a messiah complex, assumes he is on his last life or close to being a master. Then others are not satisfied with normal progress which is often slow and want to take a quantum leap which is just not within his reach.
Again, the disciple must follow the highest he knows and do all within his power to assess the next step correctly.
Question: Does it mean we can see the truth and have no more ignorance whatsoever? Our understanding being complete. Having no more to discover about what is true.
JJ: No, it does not mean this. There is never an ultimate truth in time and space. As one tunes in to the Oneness Principle the door to all truth becomes available, but even here it has to be absorbed bit by bit, principle by principle into consciousness.
Question: Is it possible to be able to understand all of truth. which is unlimited. and infinite.
JJ: It is possible to understand anything. It is merely a matter of focusing attention in the right direction. For instance, if you want to learn algebra you do not begin by focusing on the second year course, but the beginning. As long as the disciple starts focusing at the beginning and moving forward, he will have success.
Question: Or do we have to struggle from trial and error and earn it bit by bit, by constantly looking for it in our blindness.
JJ: This is what must be done until soul contact is achieved. Determination and power of will is one of the main achievements of this process.
Comment: I don’t understand how I experience consciousness or what the little cells are doing. Or what the macrocosm is doing. Even with your explanations it is not clear to me. I don’t know for sure much at all. Only possible theories.
JJ: It’s not theory that great intelligence is programmed into your body which is working away just as it is in your computer. It makes no difference whether you understand how your computer or your cells work. They still do their job.
Question: How do you gain truth? when u just don’t know it? How do you gain light? when you just don’t have it? How do you gain higher more complex, and larger consciousness? when u just don’t have it?
JJ: Follow the highest you know until you obtain soul contact. Never give up.
You always gain that upon which you focus attention and do not take it off.
When I was young, I decided I wanted to write both the words and melodies to songs. Writing words was pretty easy, but how do you write a melody? There’s no instruction for this. I had no idea how to do such a thing, but I focused my attention on it. For a long time nothing happened and then one-day new melodies started coming to my mind.
Why did they come?
Because of the power of focused attention and following the highest I knew even though I seemed to be groping in the dark.
Question: How can you ever know for sure what is true?
JJ: When it registers with the soul and you find through the experience that it works as it is applied to reality.
Comment: All I get so far from looking within is a feeling of blankness. Like my brain cannot process or know what it doesn’t know.
JJ: Your brain knows how to reason. Start with that and follow the highest reason you have. This will lead you to soul contact. It is important you start where you are. When you are making real progress, you will have a good internal feeling about it no matter where you are on the path.
Comment: It confuses me when there is no solid logical reason or no evidence to back up what is being said.
JJ: Any principle I reveal will be logical and have powerful reasoning behind it. All truth is logical. Most people stay here in this group because that which I teach is logical as well as spiritual.
Comment: I just have a lot of questions for me personally that no one seems to be able answer. And if they do it leads to more questions.
JJ: All questions correctly answered lead to more questions. For example every time NASA makes a new discovery more questions surface than they originally had.
Comment: I have many questions and am left with the same questions because I was unable to process and come to a solid logical conclusion that i feel inside is truth. Instead I add it to the countless possible theories and thoughts I have floating around. but very little is solid truth that I know.
JJ: Keep your attention focused on the two or three (or even one) important things. If you have too much floating around in your mind your attention will be scattered and you will discover nothing.
Comment: I want Christ consciousness. I have no idea how I am supposed to get it. Or that it really exists. And it does not seem likely I will achieve it.
JJ: If one can achieve then all can achieve. The path is simple. Follow the highest you know, focus and do not give up. Breakthrough doesn’t come in a big leap but one step at a time.
Comment: However, I have noticed in myself an increased awareness about what it is I should be aiming for. And how it is I should be feeling within myself, that is towards this higher consciousness. For example, the basic things. Like spiritual love. The conquering of glamour, maya and illusion.
JJ: Sounds like you are taking steps. Keep moving.
Comment: I am constantly asking for guidance to this, nothing dramatic has being revealed. The most I have really felt is a few high moments here and there where I saw beauty in the way things were moving around me like it was, the only way I could explain it is playing of music, or playing of purpose all around. like a rhythm.
JJ: All things come to he who endures to the end as the Master has said.
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.
William Blake (1757 – 1827)
June 21, 2005
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