Just have a few minutes to make a comment, then I hope to make a more substantial post tonight.
For some time now we have heard some talk about the void, a point of nothingness as if this is a desirable place to go or be. This idea has always run against my grain and I wondered to myself if such a concept was talked about in the scriptures and sure enough it is:
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." Rev 17:8
Here it is! The illusionary Beast that destroys the souls of mankind comes from the void or the "bottomless pit." The description of his origin sounds a lot like the description of the void we have been getting. It "was, and is not, and yet is."
Have we not heard this argument in relation to ourselves and the reality we are in? "We seem real, but we are not really here, but then in an illusionary way we are here."
Now there is a big difference between the origin of the Beast and you and me. The Beast truly has no real existence, but is created by an astral thought form and sustained by fear which is also a temporary emotion. As soon as the fear is dissipated the beast will return to the void or the "bottomless pit" and then it will be as if he never existed.
The essence of a human being, however, never had a beginning and when we die we do not go to a void and become as though we are not, but we go to a real place which is the opposite of a void.
There is a powerful law which says that "energy follows thought" and thus if we belief and think that we can go to such a void, the power of the God within will create an illusion of a void that will slow progression to zero until the person tires of the attempt to be no-thing.
The scriptures indeed tell us that this void is about as close to hell as one can get to:
"And he (the angel) laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." Rev 20:2-3
The writings of Alice A. Bailey are in harmony with the scriptures on this. DK says that a void is created within when the soul is rejected again and again through full attention on self rather than the higher realities of soul and Spirit. When attention is focused on this illusionary point to the exclusion of the soul then an illusionary vehicle is created out of mental matter that is beyond the reach of soul. When this happens in completeness the person becomes a Dark Brother and lives in a literal void. This void, or bottomless pit, becomes like an individual black hole that pulls all that remains of him into the primeval state and the elements that made his vehicles will return to their essence. Then billions of years hence the soul will rebuild the entity on sounder principles.
Now everyone that believes in "the void is wonderful" idea is not a Dark Brother by any means, but I do believe that this is an idea promoted by them to trap the souls of men.
This also goes along in the belief that we can escape cause and effect.
The only way to appear to be free from cause and effect is through the denial of the soul and the creation of an illusionary mental body where soul is not.
This person will seem (from their point of view) immune from normal effects to some degree. What he will not realize is that he will experience the most terrible effect of all and that is the destruction or dissolution of all that makes him what he is - all that he has created in a progression over myriads of ages of time.
Belief is the beginning point of a journey and if we start out going the wrong direction and do not turn around with higher realization then we will eventually wind up in the wrong place, and (IMHO) the wrong place is the void.
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