Muscle Testing and Prophets

Muscle Testing and Prophets

Just a few notes on muscle testing which has been a current topic of conversation.

This uses the same principle as the pendulum. I was first introduced to pendulums while double dating with my friend Wayne way back in the Sixties.

While we were entertaining the girls, Wayne fetched a needle and thread and said we could use it to tell how many kids we would have, and whether they would be boys or girls. He threaded the needle and told one of the girls to hold out her left and hold the needle with her right hand. If the needle turned or spun clockwise this signaled a boy, and counterclockwise was a girl. He said the needle would keep going until all the future kids would be revealed. Sure enough the needle moved and stopped and moved again until it revealed she would have three kids and whether they would be boys or girls.

We all did this and it looked like all of us were going to have a number of kids. I don’t remember what my results were, but we had fun predicting the future, and I was left wondering where Wayne had picked up such a procedure.

What I discovered over time is that the pendulum does not use a supernatural source but does tap into subconscious minds. If the information in our brain programming is accurate then it can reveal some accurate data, but can rarely predict the future with accuracy.

Even so muscle testing can reveal information about the body and its needs that are not readily available to the conscious self.

I found though muscle testing does not work that well on me unless I let go and go with the flow. I remember the first time someone tried the principle on me.

A friend approached me and some friends and said that white sugar was so destructive that just holding some in your hand will weaken you. He had a guy next to me hold out his hand and told him to resist his push. He then pushed his hand downward and it seemed to take a lot of effort on his part to move his arm in that direction. Next, he put some sugar in his hand and pushed again. This time the hand went down with ease.

I then told him to try this in me. He again tried pushing my arm down with no sugar and the results were similar to the other guy. Then he put some sugar in my hand and pushed again. This time to his surprise my resistance was not weakened but the same as when I had no sugar in my hand.

He acted like this was not supposed to happen and I figured at the time that people were just influenced by the power of suggestion and since I wasn’t much influenced by it his test didn’t have much effect on me.

I go to a chiropractor once in a while and he does muscle testing on his patients. The first couple times he did them on me we didn’t get very satisfactory results, but then I thought that since I was paying for it I should seek to cooperate. I relaxed and dropped my mental barriers and tuned into my instincts and the results seemed to improve though I cannot guarantee they were 100% accurate.

Overall, I find the best path for me is to just tune into my own body. It tells me pretty accurately what I want to know.

On the other hand, my wife swears by muscle testing and has a lot of faith when applied to her.

Prophets of Doom

I usually reject a post when we receive one promoting some website by someone who has never posted before as it is usually just “spam” sent out to many websites to get free advertising.

However, I decided to let this one through promoting a supposed prophet named Vince Diehl. You might recall this as being predictions of doom for the U.S.A.

I always find predictions interesting. I used to clip them out of the “National Enquirer” years ago when they were into space aliens and sensationalism and then look at them a few years later. It was almost amusing to read them later to see how far off they were.

I found it interesting that a reader indicated that Vince had accurate predictions of the Iraq wars back in 1990, so I thought I would check it out. Always when I read the original predictions by these prophets, I find that they were not accurate at all. Unfortunately, the original predictions here do not seem to be available as these are copyright in 2007 — not 1990.

If it was copyrighted in 1990, then we could be somewhat impressed as it accurately tells of the two Iraq wars, and names Clinton and Bush Jr. as the next presidents.

What this guy did was take some scriptures from Daniel and then add his interpretations in parenthesis. The claim seems to be that the comments in parenthesis were written in 1990, but I don’t think so.

I’m sure Diehl wrote something in 1990 but without specific things such as the names of the next two presidents — names like “Desert Storm,” “Desert Shield,” “2003 Iraq War,” etc.

Then to make his predictions fit into the verses in Daniel, he jumps back and forth in time that makes it look as if Daniel must have been on LSD.

Then, even after writing this prophesy on hindsight (which seems to be the case) still there are many errors and contradictions.

Here are just a few things:

Diehl: “Then [after the Iraq War] shall he (Bush Jr.) return into his land (USA) with great riches;” […]

JJ: The opposite occurred. He has spent and given Iraq great riches, not returned with them.

Diehl: “And his heart shall be against the holy covenant (Bush will openly turn on Christianity).”

JJ: This is silly. Bush has been very supportive of Christianity to the extent of putting his money where his mouth is. He gives about 15% of his income to mostly Christian causes and is unwavering in supporting Christianity as he believes it.

Diehl: “And the king (George W. Bush) shall do according to his will; And he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, And shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods (The Lord of Hosts), and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished (until The Lord decides He has had enough). […]”

JJ: Silly again. Bush has his faults but he doesn’t play God any more than other presidents.

Diehl: “Neither shall he (George W. Bush) regard the God of his fathers….”

JJ: Bush worships the Christian God, which is the God his fathers worshipped.

Diehl: “Nor the desires of women (abortion issues)….”

JJ: The prediction of Daniel had nothing to do with abortion and even if it did women are split on abortion rights so one cannot apply either side of the issue to the desire of women as a whole.

Diehl: “Nor regard any god: For he shall magnify himself above all.”

JJ: Bush regards his version of God. I see a healthy ego in him, but surely not “above all.”

Diehl: “But in his estate (George W. Bush’s office) shall he honour the God of forces (military forces): and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.”

JJ: His father also used military force in Iraq so one could say they both, as well as FDR, Truman and others, honored the God of forces. And where is all this wealth that Bush is accumulating? Contrary to the prediction, he’s giving it away rather than accumulating it.

I could go on and on but this should suffice to make the point.

All these false predictions just verify my teaching that it is impossible to know all the details of the future even though certain cycles and events can be seen through contemplation on cause and effect.

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” –– Rodney Dangerfield (1921 – 2004)

July 11, 2008

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The Wheat & Tares

The Wheat & Tares

There’s been too much dialog for me to comment point-by-point, so I will just write a summary of how I see The Gathering Principle working out.

As I said the future will be like the past but on a higher turn of the spiral. Many scriptures use the example of Moses and the ancient Israelites as a prototype of the events of the coming age.

Concerning the coming age we are given this parable. Words in parenthesis reflect a more accurate translation from the Greek:

“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (age); and the reapers are the angels (messengers). As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world (age). The Son of man shall send forth his angels (messengers), and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire (purification): there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt 13:36-43)

Does this scripture apply to the days of Moses?

It does indeed.

The good seed that was planted in Egypt with the tares (Egyptians) were the Israelites. The good and bad seed grew together until God sent his messengers — Moses, Aaron and Hebrew elders to separate the wheat (Israelites) from the tares (Egyptians).

The tares of that age were destroyed with both fire and water. There was a plague of fiery hail, and of course the great destruction was preceded by a confrontation with a pillar of fire followed by a destruction by water.

But the real fire was in the hearts of the tares when they discovered they could not stop the forces of light. This caused a great destruction of their belief system as if it were by a great fire followed by a great fiery anger in their hearts and “wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Then the righteous (Moses) shined like the sun after he came down from Mount Sinai.

So what happened to those Israelites and Egyptians? Have they been eternally separated?

Not exactly.

They were separated for a period of time after the gathering, but all have gone out of incarnation and then have come back in a number of times.

A high percentage of the Israelites have incarnated as Jews and the Egyptians into groups with an antagonism toward the Jews. They have lived together a number of times. They have crossed paths many times but as a whole live their separate lives with their separate belief systems.

This cycle will repeat as we enter more fully into the Aquarian Age. The lights (wheat) will gather or separate from the tares and the tares will be very upset and try to stop the gathering and fight against it. If the resistance threatens the future evolution then the tares will again face great destruction. It is probable it will happen by fire this time rather than water as the main cause.

Just as the Israelites lived for some time in the land of Canaan so will the gathered lights of Aquarius live for some time in their gathered condition. But just as illusion crept in to the gathered Israelites and eventually threatened to destroy the gathering even so will it happen in the next round. Let us hope we can hold things together in this cycle better than the days of Moses.

After a period of peace the Adversary will gather together his forces against the lights. And what is the number of the enemies of light in this future?

“The number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Rev 20:8)

There are, of course billions of pieces of sand in the sea and to gather such a great number the tares that live with us now have to be reborn. If they were prevented from being reborn with the wheat of the future, then the Adversary could not gather such great numbers.

The principle is this:

If you want to know the future look at the past and incorporate the elements of progress made and you can be a pretty good prophet.

Question: Have other worlds gone through evolution such as ours and have they succeeded

On this note it is interesting to examine popular scientific theory of life on other planets.

Most scientists believe there is life on other planets but just not sure of the percentage. Some scientists who believe that life abounds in the universe are baffled by the fact that SETI has examined radio waves from thousands of star systems and have not yet found a signal from intelligent life. They have three theories on why this is the case.

[1] In the lifespan of a planet such as earth which is 4.5 billion years old the time frame we have sent radio waves capable of reaching space has only been about 70 years. Let us say that within 100 years this type of communication becomes obsolete and replaced by something else. That’s only 170 years out of 4.5 billion that this anomaly would exist.

If we take the life span of our earth of 4.5 billion years and reduce it to equal one year then this 170 years would equal much less than one second — two hundreds of one second to be exact. If something like this is the case then even if we search the radio waves from an earth like planet the chances of catching a civilization existing in this 170-year time frame would be small.

[2] Statistically there has to be other intelligent life in the universe but perhaps only a few star systems have developed life of our intelligence. It is quite possible though that life of lesser intelligence is more abundant.

[3] A growing theory is this. There are actually quite a few planets with earth type life but when they reach our stage of evolution they develop nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and either blow themselves out of existence or back to the stone age. This happens again and again and only a few, if any, planets escape this doom.

It is quite possible that humanity has destroyed itself several times already. There is interesting evidence that human life existed on the earth even billions of years ago. Michal Cremo has done a lot of investigation on this. He has found man made objects many millions and even billions of years old that have been sealed in coal and even marble and granite rock.

You can find his site HERE

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Hopefully we can make it into a peaceable new age without great destruction. Nothing is a sure thing but my soul tells me that we are in a time of opportunity to make this happen. Even so, this is not a sure thing and we could lose many of the gains we have made.

The key to making a peaceful transition lies with the more enlightened among humanity. They must step forward and do their part.

“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:54-56)

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

July 8, 2008

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True Vision

True Vision

The Course makes a number of statements that are open to several interpretations. It seems that this problem could have been easily solved with a little additional explanation, which leads one to assume the possibility that this approach was done on purpose.  This leads to the idea that those who only see what they want to see will find the explanation that suits them, but will still get some benefit from the Course. On the other hand, those who seek the truth wherever it leads will find pearls of wisdom to speed them upon their way.

One such statement that can lead to a distortion of truth is this:

“I am responsible for what I see.” T-21.II.2

Suppose you witnessed your neighbor kick his dog. Being an animal lover, you are concerned and approach him and say, “Hey! What did you do that for? That animal did nothing to deserve that.”

But the neighbor is a fellow ACIM student so he quotes you this verse from the Course:

“I am responsible for what I see.” T-21.II.2

Then he says: “You saw me kick the dog so you are responsible for this whole situation and any suffering the dog has. Why did you allow this to happen when you have invented the world you see? (lesson 32)

How would you respond to this guy?

This is one of those statements for which there could be numerous interpretations, some leading to unreasonable thinking. Let us list some and see what rings the chords of truth from within.

Interpretation One: We are in a dream and I am the dreamer. Therefore, I am responsible for everything I see. I am manifesting the wars in Israel and Ukraine. If my neighbor kicks his dog then that was really me who did that.

I’ve seen some course students use this idea to escape responsibility for bad behavior by saying basically that this behavior isn’t their responsibility but the responsibility of the guy seeing it. That would be like the guy who kicks his dog blaming the incident on the one who merely witnesses it. Since the witness is responsible, he continues abusing his dog and feels justified.

Is there something wrong with this picture? Everything within an animal lover says yes.

Does the witness have any recollection of ever wanting to hurt a defenseless dog or any other pet?  Does he recall any decision he has ever made that would lead to harming the neighbor’s dog?

The answer is no to both questions. We love our pets and the Course says that God saves “every loving thought you ever had.” T-5.IV.8 This does not support the idea that you are responsible for the neighbor kicking his dog.

Interpretation Two: I am not responsible for decisions others make but I am responsible for how I perceive or interpret them.

This is indeed a true statement for the Course stresses that we perceive incorrectly and the lessons tell us to be “determined to see things differently.” Lesson 211

The normal interpretation of such a cruel neighbor is to despise and condemn him, but if we follow the Course, we will merely see a Son of God like ourselves, but one who is in error. You, of course, you would do what you could to see that the dog is protected.

Even though we are responsible for how we interpret what we see this does not explain the concept of sight itself, so a larger explanation is needed.

Interpretation Three: I, as a separated Son of God, am not responsible for the actions I see my neighbor or anyone else doing, but as a part that is one with the entire Sonship, I share responsibility for this world and everything that happens within it. Because the Sonship made the decision to create this world of illusion, and I am one with that Sonship, then I share responsibility for everything I see.

As it turns out we as individuals in the illusion see many things that we do not support and we seek to turn all nightmares into “happy dreams.”

This interpretation makes sense and is in harmony with the Course.

Interpretation Four: There is another interesting interpretation which is often overlooked and it is this.

There are two worlds which we can choose to see and “It is impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. Seek for the one; the other disappears. But one remains.” W-pI.130.5

We therefore have the choice to see this world where there is pain and suffering or “The real world (which) cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.” W-pII.8.1

Seeing this real world instead of this one is the last step we take before God takes us home.

This world of illusion indeed has its problems, but we have chosen to see it, and this makes us responsible for what we see. No, you as an individual are not responsible for another individual kicking his dog, but you chose to see this world so you are responsible for the vision. Similarly, if you choose to see a horror movie you are responsible for sitting there and watching it, but you are not responsible for the actions in the movie itself.

One of the main purposes of the Course is to teach us how to correct our vision so we see the real world instead of this one.

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A Few Good Initiates

A Few Good Initiates

A reader asks if there will only be a small number of fourth degree initiates or higher on the earth at a time. Will only a very limited number ever get the chance at this achievement.

The evolution of initiates progresses in geometrical progression just as does a nuclear explosion. One neutron produces two, which produces four and so on.

As far as higher initiates go, we are still at the beginning of the explosion. When DK was working through Alice A. Bailey, he said that there were about 300 disciples on the earth. This means that 300 had passed the third initiation. He never said how many fourth degrees there were but the number would have been much smaller — like a dozen or less.

So, what happens when we have hundreds of fourth degree initiates? How can we have hundreds initiating revelations with worldwide repercussions?

The answer is simple. When the number gets substantial enough the initiates will receive similar revelations and participate together in group endeavors.

Imagine a dozen Abraham Lincolns working together rather than just one. Imagine how potent that would be.

Many humans will not attain higher initiation in this cycle on planet earth, but such achievement may be millions of years away on another globe.

Through the justice of God all will eventually have the chance to achieve that which Christ has prepared for us.

 The idea of a dozen or so fourth degree initiates was just a guess. There could have been less and not likely more. Revelation is the fifth initiation and how successful a fourth initiate is in bringing down and presenting revelation depends on his progress. Some fourth-degree initiates help those farther upon the path of revelation.

A reader wants to know the time period for the geometric progression mentioned.

The time period for the geometric doubling is not given, but it could be an entire age of 2260 years. Therefore, in a period of 100 years we may not presently see a great increase of high initiates.

Also, cataclysms where a large percentage of the population is lost could interfere with that progression.

DK tells us that at the end of our evolution on earth 60% of humanity will achieve a degree of enlightenment necessary to move on and 40% will have to return to another earth like this for more schooling.

I would guess the third degree of initiation will be the goal for that 60%, but that will be millions of years hence.

Reader comment: From reading the Bible it sounds like the separation will happen at the coming of Christ instead of millions of years in the future.

There is a gathering of some kind at the beginning of each new age, but the end of our evolution on earth will not happen at the beginning or the end of the Aquarian Age. Human life and evolution on the earth has millions of years left before it becomes impractical for man to remain here.

The Gospel of Matthew gives a good picture of the end of the Piscean Age and the beginning of the Aquarian and the separation of the wheat from the tares which happens periodically.

However, the end of our evolution here will happen only once, and when it does there will be a final division. The majority will go on to higher evolution and the rest will have to repeat “the earth class” on another earth-like planet.

After the new age is entered those of a lower vibration will just not be able to incarnate for the symbolic 1000 years of peace, but when “the devil” is released again (which is symbolic of mankind embracing destructive ideas) then they will incarnate again. Almost all the souls presently connected with the earth will stay linked to it until the end of our evolution, though both the good and the bad will go through cycles where they do not incarnate depending on what is happening and opportunities available.

A reader criticizes us for placing so much credibility on the writings of Djwahl Khul through Alice A. Bailey. The problem is that he quotes the Bible as if it were infallible so the same criticism could be made right back.

Either DK is a Master or he is not. If he is perceived as a Master then it is logical to assume he sees from a higher angle of vision from ourselves just as the reader acknowledges that Jesus knows more than he does.

At the end of our evolution perhaps sources even outside of our solar system will assist in the final separation.

The reader seems to think that the spiritual laggards will not be permitted to incarnate again. This makes no sense. Why, after a long cycle when we are yet far from learning all our lessons, would such a drastic shift occur? Why would God or anyone else want to make this unnatural thing happen before needed lessons are learned?

The future will be like the past but on a higher turn. In the past the good and the bad incarnated together but there have always been variations.

In the days of Moses those who were closer to Spirit were together with and then separated from the Egyptians and many Egyptians were destroyed. The Israelites were far from perfect, but they were a step up from their enemies, and souls on the other side who belonged to this group incarnated with them.

After the days of Jesus higher minded souls incarnated into the Christian groups and the lower into those of the Roman Empire. There was a natural separation.

There is even a separation of types of souls from one generation to the next. For instance, the “Baby Boomers” were a very different group than was “Generation X.” From the other side souls gravitated to their appropriate generation. This natural gravitation and separation occur with races, nations, associations, families, tribes, etc.

There will not be a permanent separation when Christ comes. After future cataclysms and plagues, it is quite probable that a large portion of those of lower vibration will be swept off the earth and a government of light will be the norm. In that situation karma will dictate that only the deserving will be able to incarnate to take advantage of such good times.

But no matter how hard the people of light try there is always the temptation to return to tyranny and sooner or later the door opens for illusion to return.

Ages hence that door will be permanently closed but we have many lessons to learn yet that will be far from being accomplished when Christ returns.

“Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.” — T. S. Eliot (1888 – 1965)

July 3, 2008

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Seeking Purpose and The Dweller

Seeking Purpose and The Dweller

A reader asks for advice on how to find his calling.

If you just wait around to be called you will become pretty frustrated. The key is to find a service that you enjoy and will be helpful to others and plunge into it. If you are then headed the right direction your soul will increase your energy and peace and you will know it is right. If for some reason the choice is not good your soul will send you feelings that something is not right.

Notice in your dream you were told to find a girlfriend — not a love interest. It is quite possible that you need female friendship more than love for the moment.

You say you felt a burning in your forehead during meditation. This is probably because your third eye center is being stimulated. Do not meditate with this burning if it becomes uncomfortable. A tingling is much better and safer to work with.

You say you spoke to the higher self  ants and they obeyed and wonder if they have Solar Angels.

They do have a group life which is attached to an even higher spiritual life but this is a different life essence than a Solar Angel. It makes perfect sense to speak to the higher life of any living thing. Even if you talk to the wind, as you did, a spiritual essence can pick up your “sound” and respond.

You ask:

“Why would a higher force fulfill my request since there was no purpose in it? Or maybe it wasn’t a higher force?”

You asked for help from this group (the Keys) and several responded even though the purpose is no more noble than desiring to get rid of ants. The principle is this:

When the seeker invokes an answer from another living essence and keeps attention on that request, an answer of some kind will come.

A member who read about my Youthful Recollections recently posted thought I should have gone into more detail on my spiritual experience at that age, but went into extra  detail about the non spiritual ones.

I wouldn’t say that anything in my account was not spiritual. Often it is those struggles we have in just maturing, moving forward and in relationships that are of significant importance in preparing us for initiation or spiritual experiences.

Here are some of the things I wrote of that I consider important spiritual preparation as a youth:

[1] I naturally believed in reincarnation.

[2] I didn’t see the value of church when it seemed to teach nothing useful.

[3] I didn’t accept an authority unless he made sense.

[4] I weighed the impact of an eternity compared to a lifetime.

[5] I initiated some interesting endeavors.

Even though from an adult perspective the efforts of youth may seem inconsequential, in reality many of them lay a foundation for a whole life.

When you were young, did you believe everything you were told, or did you question? Seemingly minor efforts in youth can create branches that lead to great accomplishments.

Why do I not give you the full account right now? Well, the experience was quite personal.

If I had a full knowledge of The Beast, the mark of unearned authority, the ‘inner God,’ etc., then the decision to call on God to heal would have been a no-brainer. But because I did not know these things the decision to move ahead was difficult and weighing what to do created a point of tension.

Knowledge will often change a circumstance and prevent a point of tension in a certain area from being created. On the other hand, partial knowledge will often lead the seeker to a point of tension to obtain greater knowledge.

Question: You mention inner and outer authorities. Did you think this way as a teenager?

I didn’t think in terms of outer or inner authorities at the time but I did learn to trust my own best judgement above religious authorities and did not see the church leaders as infallible, though I figured they must be the best that God could come up with.

I also did not use the term ‘spiritual science’ when young but I was a student of science and approached religion with a scientific approach and thought that true religion and science should agree.

Question: Does the discipled just have one major confrontation with the Dweller or several?

I’ve covered this previously. Here is the quote:

“Yes, the seeker will have many mini encounters until he is eventually forced to confront him head on — or shall we say the Dweller realizes it must fight for its life and confronts the disciple head-on in an attempt to discourage him.

“Eventually the disciple must overcome The Dweller without the help of his Master.

“The confrontation with the Dweller will be a major event in each life of the disciple until he [The Dweller] is completely neutralized.

“The first major confrontation with the Dweller could happen at an older age but subsequent ones will usually happen before the age of 21.”

Joseph Smith, for instance, confronted his Dweller but received help from one higher than himself to free himself. Eventually the disciple must wrestle with his Dweller and dominate him. After this happens its power in each life will be diminished. Even so, the experience will be difficult.

Any new initiation is worked on after the age of 21. Before the age of 21 the disciple retraces his steps.

A reader asks me if my experience of being excommunicated and losing my wife and kids would qualify for the Great Renunciation of the Fourth Initiation

It was a difficult experience, but it wasn’t a Great Renunciation. When I faced excommunication, I figured it would cost me my wife and kids. It did not happen as quickly as I supposed but later when another path was revealed to me I knew for sure that if I followed my soul that I would suffer this loss. A greater problem than merely being separated from them was that my ex-wife saw me as being in league with the devil and instilled her thinking in their minds.

There’s not a day goes by that I wish I could have been with my kids during their tender years and guided them, not only toward greater light but just normal life like social skills, playing ball and building their confidence. Instead, I had a continual fight with my ex-wife who did everything in her power to prevent me from seeing them or having any meaningful dialog with them. After I did see them she interrogated them to see if I had poisoned their minds with my teachings. This made these fragile souls terrified of having any meaningful dialog with me. I could write so much more but this will have to suffice for now.

As harrowing as it was to sacrifice my family this was not my great renunciation for the Fourth Initiation.

As difficult as this was, I could see that certain decisions had to be made for the greater good and had faith that in the end the justice and fairness of God would prevail.

In the Great Renunciation the disciple can see little or no hope that this will be the case.

Take Abraham for example. God promised him that he would have a great posterity through his only son, yet commanded him to slay Isaac. The slaying of his son was bad enough but an even more difficult problem was that it appeared God’s very promise would be broken and if you cannot have faith in God then what do you have?

Utter despair.

The Christ saw the greater plan, but the disciple Jesus wanted more than anything else to build the kingdom of God. He was told no — that he would have to sacrifice his life instead. He had to give up his greatest dream to serve God to pass the Fourth Initiation.

My guess is that he even received a promise that he would be an instrument in building the kingdom and it appeared that God was breaking his promise through leading him to the crucifixion.

Was this one reason why he said to God: “Why have you forsaken me?”

Before reaching the Great Renunciation the disciple will think he has sacrificed everything several times but when the Fourth [Initiation] occurs he will discover that his attachments reach deeper than he ever imagined. He never saw himself having to give up such attachments for they seemed so benevolent in nature.

When the disciple passes the third he can be trusted by the brotherhood to see through illusions as they present themselves. When he passes the Fourth Initiation the can be trusted to not get sidetracked by the pull of an attachment, however good, and thus moves on to work on the Fifth Initiation of where he brings down a revelation from higher planes to initiate a work that will benefit mankind for a times to come.

“And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” Doctrine & Covenants 122:7

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War, Karma and Questions

War, Karma and Questions

Question: How could it be that the Hierarchy could support act war? Wouldn’t that lead to negative karma?

First let me state this. It is illusion to believe that Christ and his Hierarchy will never support war. Of Christ it is written:

“In righteousness he doth judge and make war.” (Rev 19:11)

This scripture dispels two illusions.

First that it is wrong to judge. But on the contrary Christ judges in righteousness. This tells us that good judgement is a positive thing.

Secondly the illusion that war is always wrong. On the contrary we are told here that Christ will actually “make war” in righteousness.

DK gives several examples of this. In a past life, he says that Christ was Krishna and he made war in righteousness.

Then during World War II he says that Christ and the Masters supported the war against Hitler and communicated telepathically with allied leaders in an attempt to assist.

The interesting thing about karma and War is that DK tells us that the nations that will suffer the results of the karma of war more than the Allies who fought evil are those who remained neutral. He said that the neutral nations did incur a debt for not assisting the forces of freedom when they could and will have to correct their errors of judgement in the future.

In any choice the whole effect must be considered. War is indeed terrible, but a loss of freedom that extinguishes the human spirit is much worse. We must always do what is necessary to ensure that freedom reigns or we will suffer a karmic effect worse than a war can produce.

People who are against war in any circumstance must realize that there are worse things than physical injury and death. If you die you merely go to the next sphere and prepare for your next life.

BUT if you lose freedom and yield to tyranny you can suffer an effect that can have a negative effect for many lifetimes.

Question: Aren’t the two sides in a war (called good and evil) working toward the same thing end up in a vicious circle which will repeat itself over and over.

Good and evil are not working toward the same goal any more that Churchill and Hitler were. The Good (Churchill) was working to ensure freedom of the human spirit and Hitler (the evil) was working in subjugate human freedom in the hands of selfish authority.

These are two very different directions of the light and the dark.

During the age of peace, the pure in heart will incarnate and have a rest but those who support tyranny will not be able to incarnate until tyrants arise again.

If you do not support a war to prevent tyranny then you support tyranny. To have your loved ones suffer under a tyrant is worse than being killed.

Question: Does the person who supports killing through war have no soul-infusion?”

Churchill and FDR had millions killed to preserve freedom but they were in contact with Christ and his Hierarchy according to DK. Killing in a war to preserve freedom is a much different thing than killing your spouse to get insurance money.

Question: Why would anyone choose to incarnate here and leave the peaceful land of Spirit?

We are here because we are attracted to form and the experience is gives us. That attraction cannot be just ended in a moment. It takes many lifetimes to free ourselves from it.

Think about it. Are there goals and desires that you still want fulfilled? If the answer is yes, then you will come back.

Question: Isn’t truth in the eye of the beholder?

I don’t think so. If you think 2+2=5 then it is false for all beholders.

Question: How can you see Jesus as benefitting humanity when you see all the wars fought I his name?

You’re looking at the glass half empty when there is a part that is half full.

If you read history about how people treated each other 2000 years ago and how they are today you will see a great improvement and much of that improvement is due to the teachings of Christ. There are always bad apples if you want to look that direction.

Your problem as I see it is you are an idealist who thinks that there should be no pain, hate or discomfort in the world, yet such things abound.

How could there be an all-powerful God if such things exist around us?

The truth is that God is not what the religious world sees but his body is composed of evolving lives such as ourselves and as we progress the life of God progresses.

Question: Your teachings on the Sign of the Son of Man are a lot different from that of Joseph Smith. Why would one with a Mormon background believe you?

One must keep in mind that most scriptures of any depth have at least three valid interpretations.

The scripture reads:

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:” (Matt 24:30)

As noted elsewhere in my writings on this, “heaven” comes from the Greek OURANOS. When we consider that uranium comes from this word, the scripture points toward the atomic bomb as the sign of the son of man.

But another interesting word comes from OURANOS and that is the planet Uranus.

Why is this significant? It is significant because Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius and of course this is the sign of the zodiac that we enter when the coming of Christ occurs.

Where is this mysterious approaching planet of which Joseph Smith spoke? It could be a symbol of Uranus, for Uranus is a sign that many righteous people from the past will be reborn here on earth and assist in creating the coming age — one of peace and enlightenment.

Thus one of the interpretations of a planet representing “The Sign Of The Son Of Man” is fulfilled by the approaching Age of Aquarius represented by the planet Uranus.

Is it possible that a literal planet will show up containing the city of Enoch and the ten tribes?

It is possible, but I am not betting on it in the near future though I do believe that planets move in and out of orbit over cycles of time.

Question: Would you expand on the  777 lives mentioned by DK?

DK gave out the 777 in relation to lives but I believe it was meant to be a symbolic number rather than an exact one as he has specifically said there are more lives than that. I have said I believe the 777 lives represent lives of experience which is based on my intuitive judgment.

Some think that the 777 lives leads up to the first initiation. It is possible but I would say that these lives represent lives of experience leading to the point where the person becomes an aspirant and seeks the reason for his existence. The first initiation shortly follows this.

Question: At what initiation does the labors of Hercules begin? That is if the labors are connected to an initiation and if they are, do the labors always begin in the same sign and then I mean the beginning and end?

I believe the labors begin after the third initiation and end with the fifth. Clockwise through the zodiac is Pisces-Aquarius-Sagittarius, etc. Counterclockwise is Aries-Taurus-Gemini. The labors always begin in Aries. Sometimes it will take more than one life to complete a labor and all lives that work to complete a labor may not take place in the sign of the labor though the first attempt usually will be.

“An enlightened physician, named Paracelsus, during the fifteen century had the same problem with doctors that healers do today.

“In explaining why he had become a medical reformer he said: ‘Since I saw that the (present) doctrine accomplished nothing but the making of corpses, deaths, murder, deformity, cripples, and decay, and had no foundation, I was compelled to pursue the truth in another way, to seek another basis, which I have attained after hard labor.’

“According to Kenneth Walker’s Story of Medicine, Paracelsus said: ‘The best of our popular physicians are the ones who do the least harm. But unfortunately, some poison their patients with mercury, and others purge or bleed them to death. There are some who have learned so much that their learning has driven out all common sense, and there are others who care a great deal more for their own profit than for the health of their patients. […] A physician should be the servant of nature, not her enemy; he should be able to guide and direct her in her struggle for life, and not throw, by his unreasonable influence, fresh obstacles in the way of recovery.’“

(From “In Search for Healing Energy” by Mary Coddington)

“The saying ‘Getting there is half the fun’ became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.” — Henry J. Tillman

June 24, 2008

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22 Steps  within Steps

22 Steps  within Steps

In my last series of posts, I covered the four steps necessary to end the separation and fully awaken. These steps were taken from chapters six and seven.

However, there seems to be steps within the four categories for there are numerous additional hurdles, or steps, that must be taken to awaken. I thought it would be helpful to make a list.

In a nutshell, here are the four major steps

In the first step we become aware that there are indeed two thought systems and begin to understand them. During the second step we reject the thought system of the ego and embrace the one that is true. Then in the third step we accept the help of the Holy Spirit and become vigilant in following Him and the thought system He represents. Finally, the fourth step is taken by God who raises us unto Himself.

Here are other steps taught by the course that relate or fit in to the four general categories.

[1] The person begins to consider there is something better than what the world has to offer and begins to seek answers.

[2] He picks up elements of the Universal Course from various teachings, learns of the separation and gains a desire to return to his true home.

[3] He discovers that “The first step toward freedom involves a sorting out of the false from the true.” T-2.VIII.4 “Salvation is the recognition that the truth is true, and nothing else is true.” W-pI.152.3

[4] He questions many of the things that are supposed to be true or real. “Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them.” T-3.III.2

[5] “Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision.” W-pI.8.3

[6] We must remove ‘the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. T-in.1

[7] We must learn to perceive correctly: “Right perception is necessary before God can communicate directly to His altars, which He established in His Sons.” T-3.III.5-6

[8] Correct communication must be reestablished for “The separation was not a loss of perfection, but a failure in communication.” T-6.IV.12 “Existence as well as being rest on communication.” T-4.VII.4

Of extreme importance is the removal of negative feelings that block the love of the Spirit. These steps are as follows:

[9] Forgiveness.  “To forgive is to overlook. Look, then, beyond error” T-9.IV.1 “in complete forgiveness, in which you recognize that there is nothing to forgive, you are absolved completely.”  T-15.VIII.1

[10] Judgment. The judgment of the ego is always wrong so we must rely on the Holy Spirit which “sorts out the true from the false in your mind, and teaches you to judge every thought you allow to enter it in the light of what God put there.” T-6.V.C.1

[11] Guilt. This must be eliminated For you must learn that guilt is always totally insane, and has no reason.” T-13.X.6

[12] Letting go of grievances “For every grievance is a block to sight, and as it lifts you see the Son of God where he has always been.” W-pI.78.3

[13] Overcoming fear. The separation was a “detour into fear.” T-2.I.1-2 This must be undone.

[14] Obtaining the peace of God. This is obtained when the negative feelings   are neutralized. “There is a sense of peace so deep that no dream in this world has ever brought even a dim imagining of what it is.” T-13.XI.3

[15] Understanding real love. “If you achieve the faintest glimmering of what love means today, you have advanced in distance without measure and in time beyond the count of years to your release.” W-pI.127.6-7

[16] Experiencing the holy instant. “In the holy instant, in which you see yourself as bright with freedom, you will remember God. For remembering Him is to remember freedom.” T-15.I.10

[17] The seeker is to realize that “I Am as God created me.” “This one thought would be enough to save you and the world, if you believed that it is true” W-pI.110.1

[18] Establishing the Holy Relationship.  “The holy relationship, a major step toward the perception of the real world.” T-17.V.2

[19] We must achieve right-mindedness:  Salvation is nothing more than “right-mindedness,” which is not the One-mindedness of the Holy Spirit, but which must be achieved before One-mindedness is restored.” T-4.II.10

[20] Discovering your true self: “There is another vision and another Voice in which your freedom lies, awaiting but your choice. And if you place your faith in Them, you will perceive another self in you. This other self sees miracles as natural.” T-21.V.3 Access to the real world is made “When you perceive yourself without deceit” T-11.VIII.15.

[21] Healing on all levels will occur: “If sickness is separation, the decision to heal and to be healed is the first step toward recognizing what you truly want.” T-11.II.1 “Healing is the way in which the separation is overcome.” T-8.IV.5.

[22] Seeing the real world. “When you perceive yourself without deceit, you will accept the real world in place of the false one you have made. And then your Father will lean down to you and take the last step for you, by raising you unto Himself.” T-11.VIII.15

Then the last major step will occur when God raises “you unto Himself.”

What do you think?  Did I leave anything out? Would you put the steps in a different sequence, or are there some steps that you do not consider steps?

It does seem to me that this is an important topic as the whole purpose of the course is to awaken us and take us home.

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The Fourth and Final Step

God Takes a Step
The Fourth and Final Step

Concerning the fourth and final step the Course says this:

“The final step will still be taken for you by God, but by the third step the Holy Spirit has prepared you for God. He is getting you ready for the translation of having into being by the very nature of the steps you must take with Him.” T-6.V.C.5

This fourth step then is taken by God after we have assimilated the first three. It is specified here that before God takes this step we must be “ready for the translation of having into being.”

At this point, perhaps a student would ask what it would mean to move from having to being and ponder on what is the meaning as well as the difference between the two states.

Actually, there are three main states mentioned by the Course. The first is “getting” which is the mindset of the ego. Getting always involves sacrifice. When we get, we give up one thing to get another. Giving through the ego’s system is limited because of the fear of loss.

Having involves true giving. When we give under God’s thought system, we never lose anything. We have and give, but still have.

“You learn first that having rests on giving, and not on getting.” T-6.V.C.6.

The third state is being. We enter this state when our true identity is realized, but having always comes first. The difference in the two are described in this quote:

“The Holy Spirit knows that you both have everything and are everything.” T-4.III.9

The state of having is the recognition that you “have everything”, or that everything is accessible to you.

“It is impossible not to have, but it is possible not to know you have. The recognition of having is the willingness for giving, and only by this willingness can you recognize what you have.” T-9.II.11

Beyond the consciousness of having is “being” and one enters this state when he or she realizes that they “are everything.”

When this state is reached the idea of not having loses its meaning because you realize that God has already shared everything with you, including His life, so you share in being everything. This is why “we make no distinction between having the Kingdom of God and being the Kingdom of God.” T-4.III.9

God made the universe out of Himself and this includes you. When oneness with God is realized then we share the universe with Him by both having and being all there is.

In the kingdom having and being are united into oneness through sharing the will of God:

“To unite having and being is to unite your will with His, for He wills you Himself.” T-11.II.1

The state of being is expressed here:

“There is no end to God and His Son, for we are the universe.” T-11.I.5

If you are the universe then there is nothing else to get or to have. You have it all because you are one with all there is.

The student can experience true giving and receiving, or “having” in this world but can only partially understand being.  After he has done all he can do to embrace being then God will take the final step

“When you perceive yourself without deceit, you will accept the real world in place of the false one you have made. And then your Father will lean down to you and take the last step for you, by raising you unto Himself.” T-11.VIII.15

When this fourth step is complete then we will understand being because we will fully experience it.

There are several things we can grok about being while yet in this world, which are:

In the state of being we are in the eternal present or now with no past or future, but a state where creation is ongoing in a universe which is ever extending or expanding.

When new creation occurs, it happens in the eternal present or the Now so there is no past. Because creation manifests with no past it is eternal and always in the present.

Learning is no longer needed because we are one with all there is and all knowledge is before us.

Perception is no longer needed because we are one with all there is and there is nothing outside of ourselves to perceive.

Memory is no longer needed because we are aware of all there is and there is nothing outside of the ALL to remember.

There will be nothing outside of ourselves to be conscious of because we will be aware of the entire universe of creation in the eternal present.

Indeed, there is much to look forward to when we complete the three steps and God takes the fourth step “by raising you unto Himself.”

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Youthful Recollections, Part Four

Youthful Recollections — Part Four
Finding the Inner Voice

The age of sixteen was a turning point in my life in many ways. It was at this age that I acquired an interest in spiritual studies, spiritual experiences, writing stories, songs, expanding social skills and checking out various out-of-the-ordinary books that Mormons normally do not read.

It was also this age that I began seriously collecting comics. At that time, I was the only one I knew of in Idaho who collected them and actually paid a premium price for old issues. Unfortunately, the main ones I collected, the ACG Group, never became premium collectors’ items and my friends raided all my old “Superman,” “Green Lantern,” “Flash,” etc., when I was away from home on an LDS mission.

As an interesting side note I bought two of the first issue of “The Fantastic Four.” I didn’t particularly like that comic, but I thought it may turn out to be a collector’s item and I was right. They now (2008) sell for $40,000 each in good condition. (It is up as high as $250,000 in 2024) If I still had my old Marvel and DC comics I would be rich. When I left home I secured the ACG comics in a locked box, but they turned out to not be worth much money today. All the others were raided by my friends or thrown out by my mom who thought comics poisoned the mind.

Even though the ACG comics didn’t turn into being major collector items they were very valuable to me in that I found the stories very stimulating and they largely inspired my interest in writing.

The ACG Comics were “Adventures into the Unknown,” “Forbidden Worlds,” “Unknown Worlds,” “Midnight Mystery” and “Herbie.” I recently gave my collection to my oldest boy, Joseph, who has shown an interest in collecting comics as well as possibly creating one.

For a long time, I had an interest in astronomy and around this age I got a telescope that magnified 240 times and spent many an evening looking at the moon, planets, stars and even the   sun through a protective filter. Again, this was before many had telescopes and they were much more expensive than now. I didn’t know another soul in Idaho that had any interest in astronomy. I dreamed of having enough money to build a really big telescope, but was lucky to have one as good as I had.

Yes, around this magical age I developed many interests, but from my early childhood I had a sense that I was supposed to do something important, but didn’t know what it was. When I was about six, I was wondering what I was supposed to do with my life and when at a movie I heard a man say he was a scientist. The words struck me deeply even though I didn’t have a clue what a scientist was. After arriving home I asked my Mom was a scientist was. After she told me I said, “That is what I want to be, a scientist.”

My Mom then told me there were many different kinds of scientists, and that I needed to pick one branch. Then after reviewing the various types I decided I wanted to be an astronomer.

Then at the age of 13 when I had my accident and started reading books on rockets, I decided I wanted to become an Astronautical Engineer and eventually replace Warner von Braun and send people to the planets. This seemed more exciting than anything I could do as an astronomer.

Between the ages of 13-16 I studied everything I could find on rocket science and then branched out to other sciences. Then at age 16 I moved beyond physical science and became interested in social science and spiritual science.

My oldest sister, who was the only religious one in the family at the time, was thrilled when she learned I was going to church, and when visiting she gave me a nicely bound set of the scriptures.

She wisely appealed to my interests and said something like this.

“I understand you are interested in astronomy. The Book of Abraham has the story of an ancient astronomer who discovered the secrets of the universe and was shown a vision of creation. I think you would find this interesting.”

She did catch my interest and I read the Book of Abraham. It wasn’t what I expected, but I did find it interesting and then went on to read other scriptures. It was during this original search that I first contacted my Dweller as well as the Angel of the Presence — an experience I may write of someday — but not now. This experience completely changed me around spiritually and started my true spiritual quest for higher knowledge.

When I read the scriptures, I was amazed how interesting some of them were, yet how boring church was. It seemed like an amazing contrast to me and I felt like shaking those sleeping souls to get them to awake to what they had in their possession.

Unfortunately, the average church goer is just interested in superficial stuff and making sure he gets a foot into the door of heaven.

From that point on I began to consider that I may be of greatest use to the world as a writer. As a scientist there are a lot of limits on what one can accomplish, but a writer can influence many people, even generations to come. My problem from that time on was find the time study and write as I desired. The second problem was finding the most important things I could write about?

Earlier I talked about the service station owner I that I aggravated with my fast and furious driving? Maybe I paid some of the karmic debt I owed the guy because in the following experience

Around the age of 16 I started reading the scriptures for the first time and as I read I began to wonder why there are not miracles today, as there seemed to be in abundance in ancient times. The church I attended rambled on about miracles a lot, but I hadn’t ever actually seen one or met anyone who had faith to perform one.

Then one day I was walking home from school and passed by Mr Ashley’s home and noticed his daughter in the yard. She was a fellow student that had been stricken with an incurable disease, Multiple Sclerosis. I stopped a second and looked in her direction. I was saddened as I watched her hobble around in her yard on crutches, barely able to move from one location to another, and in my mind, I reflected back to how she was just a short period hence — healthy and vibrant with a whole life in front of her. Then a thought occurred to me.

“What is preventing me, even at this moment, from stretching forth my hand and commanding in the name of Jesus Christ for her to be healed, even as did the prophets of old?”

This was an exciting thought for me to have at that young age, but as it ran through my mind a great cloud of negativity descended upon me and another thought came:

“Don’t you know that no one of your age has this type of authority? The leaders in the church have told you that you have to have authority from the church to heal, and you do not have it. God would be displeased with you or maybe even curse you if you should attempt to use power that doesn’t belong to you.”

This thought brought me great disappointment and overwhelmed me with discouragement for a moment, but before I moved on, I looked again in the direction of my friend as she hobbled along to another location in the yard. Then another thought came to my mind from the still small voice. It said: “Whatsoever you ask in the name of Christ shall be done for you.”

This statement seemed to reflect the essence of what I had been reading in the scriptures and again I took courage and reconsidered that I could be an instrument of healing. But as soon as I reflected upon this, the voice of the negativity again spoke:

“Who do you think you are? You’re just a kid! Even the adults who are faithful in the church and are authorized by church leaders can’t do a miracle such as you are thinking. God will probably strike you dead for even trying to go against established rules. And besides, this girl is not even a member of the church and is not to be included in church blessings.”

This decree of darkness caused me to fear. Would I truly offend God by using this power that may not belong to me? No one in my family, church or angel from heaven had ever given me authority to do miracles. Perhaps I would anger God by going out of my bounds and put my very soul at risk.

As I thus reflected and stood in silence for a moment my attention went back again to the still small voice:

“Whatsoever you ask in the name of Christ shall be done for you.”

I considered this statement and asked myself:

“Do these words have any limitations to them? I am not being told that I can ask for a miracle only if I am an adult, or only if I have a position in the church, or even if I am perfect? The words of the soul that I had received merely told me that I could ask and it would be done.”

Then for a period of about a minute (which seemed like an hour) my mind went back and forth between the two polarities:

“Play it safe and do not attempt to heal. If God really wants her healed, He’ll do it without me. Put my soul at great risk and trust the words of the inner voice which may just be my imagination.”

Unknown to me at the time the real risk was trusting the outer voice rather than the Inner, but of this I had no knowledge and thus the point of tension in my mind was great.

After this long moment of reflection where my mind seemed to go back and forth between the two decisions about a hundred times I finally settled on the inner voice. I thought to myself that I did not have a good logical reason to doubt these inclusive words and if I need to put myself at risk to help a friend then so be it.

Upon making the decision to proceed I gazed upon my friend in the distance again who had her back turned to me. Fortunately, she had not noticed me staring at her. As I looked in her direction, I raised my right hand whispered these words: “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to be healed.”

Instantly, upon completing this sentence I felt a surge of divine energy going through the warp and woof of my being to the extent I almost collapsed on the ground. This was very unexpected, for I had never associated any energy transference with miracles, and my immediate thought was that perhaps God was in the midst of punishing me by dissolving my body and soul back to the nothingness from whence it came.

I used what little energy I had left to head toward home as fast as I could and did not notice whether the decree had any effect on my friend. For a while I was more concerned about my own well-being than anyone else’s, but after a while my state of being seemed to return to normal and I thought that perhaps God was just sending me a warning not to mess around where I do not belong.

I put the experience out of my mind until about two days later. I saw my friend at school walking with no crutches. I was curious about this and walked up to her and asked about her recovery.

She smiled and said that the doctor had told her that her disease went into remission — that it may not last, but she was feeling fine for now.

When she said this the truth then dawned on me. God was not trying to punish me. I had made the right decision after all. A true miracle had happened and the power which I had felt was some type of spiritual energy going through me into her. Evidently, I thought, this was just part of some natural process. I was just an instrument in the hands of one greater than me.

I left her presence realizing that perhaps the greatest miracle of all was the knowledge that I now possessed and that from that point on I should trust the highest I receive from within more than all the voices without.

The interesting thing is that at the time I had a beloved uncle who was dying of MS, but when I contemplated doing the same thing for him I felt restrained from doing so.

I later found out the reason for this. That is each illness is sent to us to teach us something and that the problem can be permanently removed when the lesson is learned. My Uncle had lessons to learn from his struggle that I was not supposed to remove from him.

I believe I was allowed to heal my friend more as a teaching lesson to me than anything else and it was the right thing to do because of the inward message to go ahead. Of all the sick people I have met I have only been impressed one other time to silently heal without the cooperation of the patient.

An interesting ending note here is that about 36 years after the healing of my high school friend my wife and I were dining in a restaurant and we were accosted by a middle-aged lady who said to me: “You’re Joe Dewey aren’t you?”

I looked up and the person looked a little familiar, but wasn’t positive who she was.”

She saw the puzzled look in my eyes and then identified herself. It was the same girl who had MS and was healed. I hadn’t seen her for over thirty years.

I asked her about her illness and if it had ever returned.

She responded that her husband had died but she has been in good health ever since her “remission.”

We visited a while and she returned to her table. Then I said to my wife, “Do you remember me telling you about that miraculous healing of my friend back in high school?”

She said she remembered.

“The lady we just talked to is her.”

“Haven’t you ever told her what happened?”


“Why not?”

“I’ve just never been impressed to do so.”

This and other experiences changed my focus as a teenager. However, the change was mostly in my inner self as my friends didn’t see much difference in my outer self. From that time on I sought for truth wherever I could find it whether it be in or out of the church. Within the next few years, I pretty much absorbed all available truth in the church, but found many sources elsewhere, but during my spiritual journey I always went back to receiving spiritual verification from within, just as I did with the healing of my friend.

“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” — Oprah Winfrey

June 27, 2008

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Youthful Recollections — Part Three

Youthful Recollections — Part Three
Rides and Hypnosis

I got my first car when I was around 15. It was a 1951 Chevy Powerglide. It wasn’t the hottest most desirable car, but I made the most of it. I decided that maybe I could add a little excitement to church attendance by inviting some friends along for what I called “a ride around the block” after the meetings.

I started experimenting with the car to see what it could do. I lived in Letha, Idaho at the time. I bragged that I made up 2% of the town’s population because it had about 50 people living there. The local church, however, drew from the farm community and a couple hundred attended each Sunday. Fortunately for me, we had no law enforcement in Letha as the nearest town of any size was Emmett, about 10 miles away.

In preparing for the ride around the block I greatly exceeded speed limits and normal safety procedures. One guy in particular, named Ashby, was greatly angered whenever I drove by his house rousing up a cloud of dust as I whizzed by. He owned the local gas station and whenever I got gas he told me the same thing.

“I called the Sheriff over in Emmett and told him to come out here and arrest you for speeding. He said he’s too busy to come this far for one speeder, but I’ll get him here sooner or later.”

For some reason this irritated me and made sure that from that point on I would drive even faster as I passed his house.

Then, whenever I got gas, he always made a point to let me know he was pestering the sheriff to come arrest me.

Anyway, after I got my ride around the block perfected, I decided to invite a few friends to participate after the next church meeting.

The next Sunday after church I asked some of the guys, “Would you like to go on a ride around the block?”

“What’s a ride around the block?” they asked.

“Hop in and I’ll show you.”

About six or seven crammed in the car and we took off in the direction of the school. Just before the school there was a wetlands area to the right of us with high vegetation we called “the toolies” and at a speed of about 70 miles an hour I suddenly drove off the road right into the toolies and who knows what.

The bunch screamed so loud they almost woke the dead.

What they did not know is that I had previously scoped out this spot where I drove off the road. It looked to them that we were headed toward certain death but I had pre-tested everything and knew I could maneuver our way to safety.

After getting back on the road I headed toward a dirt corner near Mr Ashby’s place. Unknown to the group I had practiced on this corner and hit the gravel just right so we went into a spin and it looked like we were going to wreck for sure. I pulled us out of it and we proceeded in one piece to the great relief of my friends. I then did the same thing with a couple other corners as I prepared for the final event – the Beet Dump.

The Beet Dump had some scales at the top of a ramp. On both sides of the scales were steel walls. Between the walls was just enough room for my car to pass with about two inches to spare. Now the funny part is this. As you drive up toward the scales at a speed of more than five miles an hour it looks like there will not be enough room for the car to pass through and even at a slow speed one would have to be careful. It looks like the metal walls will scrape both sides of the car.

Now if the speed is increased the illusion is created that the space to clear is less than the width of the car and it looks for sure like certain disaster awaits.

Out of the blue I took the kids toward the scales at 30-40 miles an hour and it even made me a little nervous as we approached. If I hadn’t practiced this, I would have sworn that there was not enough room to pass.

I thought I had scared then when I went through the toolies but this time they screamed like I has never heard guys scream before.

We cleared the scales and literally flew after clearing the scales like the general did in Dukes of Hazard.

After everyone calmed down I started driving back to the church. I remember thinking to myself that I had gone too far. These guys will never want to go with me again and will warn everyone to stay away from me.

After we got back to church everyone fell out of the car and somewhat dazed walked toward the church. They encountered another group of guys near the entrance. One of them asked where they had been.

The answer surprised me. One spoke up and said. “We’ve been on a ride around the block with Joe.”

“What’s a ride around the block?” they asked.

“It’s the most fantastic experience we’ve ever had,” they said.

“But what is it?”

“We can’t tell you,” was the reply. “There’s no words for it. You have to experience it for yourself. All we can say is there is nothing else like it.”

This second group of guys then started pestering me to give them a ride around the block. I was relieved that in the end the guys enjoyed the ride despite being scared to death but did not anticipate more demand for ride.

I gave the second group a similar ride around the block and when returning they agreed that it had to be experienced rather than explained.

Amazingly I never got called in by the Bishop for giving the rides as I guess no one wanted to spoil the fun by telling adults about it. Even so, the next little hobby of mine did attract some attention from authorities.

Around the age of sixteen I became interested in two subjects that was met with skepticism by religious and other authorities.

One day my sister brought home a book covering an assortment of subjects and I noticed that it had a section on handwriting analysis. I read it over and found it interesting. The next time I attended church I analyzed a couple friends. I’m sure I wasn’t very good as my knowledge was elementary but it did set off a chain reaction. From that point on I had all kinds of people coming to me wanting to be analyzed. I then decided that I should learn more on the subject and started buying all the books available on the subject. Then later on I took a course from the International Graphoanalysis Society.

Most people in and out of the church enjoyed getting analyzed and didn’t give me much grief. The only problem I had was a church publication had an article about handwriting analysis and pronounced it fraudulent. I had a number of people in the church give me a bad time over that, but most had not read the article.

Then about that same time period I became interested in hypnosis. I was always curious about it but there were not any books about the subject that I could find at the time.

Then one day my brother-in-law came to visit and he accidentally left a book on the subject. I studied it carefully and decided to give it a try. It wasn’t long before I was hypnotizing kids at church and school and had them do some silly and crazy, but harmless stuff. My interest was roused and I managed to find some more books on the subject and became pretty knowledgeable about it.

I soon ran amiss of the authorities at school and the church.

When school authorities demanded that I cease from hypnotizing kids I asked them if there was any law that I was breaking.

They had to admit that there was not.

I also asked if there was any school policy prohibiting it, and to this they admitted that there was not.

I then told them that since I was not breaking any rules, I would continue to practice the art.

The authorities were frustrated at this answer and somewhat angered, but there was nothing they could do.

Some church authorities were also upset and I believe it was the Bishop who called me in again. He told me that hypnosis was evil and I should cease doing it.

I asked him if there was anything in the scriptures that spoke of it and he admitted there was not. I then asked him if the Prophet had said anything about it being evil or something we should not do.

He couldn’t find anything from the Prophet on the subject.

I then replied that since I was not breaking any commandment of any kind that I would continue to do it.

The bishop was flabbergasted but he had no response.

There was about a year that I did a lot of hypnosis. Sometimes during the lunch break at school I had quite a crowd watching with interest as I put someone under and had them do something amazing or entertaining.

One time a student challenged me telling me that there was no way I could hypnotized him, so I invited him to give it a try. He went under quite easy to my delight. I can’t remember what I had him do but the audience was convinced I had him under. But after I woke him up, he said, “See I told you that you can’t hypnotize me!”

I was a little incredulous, but had an idea and said, “Let me try again.”

I put him under again and had him do a couple things but told him that he would not remember after I woke him up. Then I said I would give a signal such as snapping my fingers and he would instantly recall it all and he would then realize that he had been hypnotized.

It worked like a charm. When I woke him up he again insisted he had not been hypnotized, but when I snapped my fingers the memory came back and he admitted that he must have been.

On another occasion a student in the crowd told me that he heard that under hypnosis an onion can taste like a peach. I told him that was correct as I had recently had several subjects  eat a piece of bread thinking it was a steak. He then said that he wanted me to try that out on him and I agreed.

I started putting him under when I learned a lesson in hypnosis that I hadn’t read in any book, and that is humor destroys the trance state.

Anyway, he seemed like a good subject and was going under well when someone in the audience cracked a joke. It made everyone laugh including the subject.

I continued putting him under and thought I had him deep enough despite the distraction of the joke.

We were just a couple blocks from a corner grocery store where we could purchase an onion, so about a dozen of us headed off in that direction. We all entered the store following the subject. The subject approached the clerk, who looked a little bewildered at such a group all coming in at once.

The subject looked at the clerk and said, “I’ll have one onion please.”

The clerk looked even more puzzled, but pointed to a barrel full of onions right next to our guy. He picked an onion off the top, lifted it to eye level and just stared at it for a minute. Then he forced himself to take a giant bite and chomped on it a couple times until he realized it surely did not taste like a peach, but 100% onion. He then spit it out on the floor in disgust.

The look on the clerk’s face was priceless as you could tell that he was indeed wondering what this crazy bunch of kids was up to.

This was a temporary setback for my credibility, but most understood the situation, and all but the subject with the taste of onion in his mouth had a good laugh.

On another occasion where things didn’t go as planned the laugh was on me.

As I was hypnotizing kids on the lawn during the lunch hour a good friend of mine approached and wanted me to put him under. This just happened to be Wayne, one of the characters in my Immortal books.

He seemed to be going under as normal when suddenly he fell back and his body started shaking and his eyes turned to the back of his head so you could only see the whites. He looked like he was possessed or something and I was quite terrified, thinking that perhaps I had destroyed my good friend’s brain.

I immediately went to his side to see if there was anything I could do when suddenly Wayne burst out laughing. As good friends sometimes do to each other, Wayne was playing a joke on me.

However, I was greatly received to find out it was a joke.

I had another friend who was a good subject and I hypnotized him regularly and noticed that he went under more deeply and quicker each time. Now all the books say that one cannot be hypnotized against his will but my friend was so sensitive that I decided to try it on him. To my surprise he went under even when I told him to try not to.

From this I concluded that repeated hypnosis interferes with the subject’s will and immediately stopped doing it except for some past life regression that I later got into. Later I bypassed regular hypnosis entirely and used harmless guided meditation techniques where the subject maintains full self-awareness.

June 22, 2008 

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