Hindrances to Revelation

Hindrances to Revelation

A reader makes this comment:

“I have found through my limited experience with spiritual light that the phenomena is ‘REAL’ to the point of excluding contrasts of darkness completely. When one is experiencing spiritual light, one is aware of nothing but the knowingness or consciousness of the light. I am enveloped in the light, my awareness is heightened to the point of rapture. Contrasts are the furthest thing from my experience.”

I believe you are responding to the following question:

“What provides the contrast so we can become “enlightened” through the higher light?”

The experience you had was different than that which I was looking for and produces no conflict.

You had a visionary experience, but in standard consciousness where one is centered on the physical plane and attempting to bring down the light of truth to this plane one must work with contrasts. When the light of the soul is reflected off the mind and there is interplay then understanding is realized and greater knowledge is available to the seeker.

The ancient wisdom teaches that “in the light I shall see Light.” This is what I believe happened to you. You were in the light and you saw Light and thus the only contrast was light with light rather than darkness with light.

Darkness is the illusion (and only illusion) that there are places where nothing exists. In the true reality (as far as our consciousness is concerned) there is no space where nothing exists for light is universal and there is no darkness at all. This is why the Song reads: “We thank you Father that you REVEAL to us your protective universal Light…” The light is always here, but it must be revealed to us who identify with darkness. It is interesting that you were saying the Song when you had this experience.

Even the space between the breaths which many call the void of nothingness “is not that which is not, but that which is esoteric,” as Djwhal Khul explains.

A reader mentions that there are three authors of Isaiah. Some scholars believe that there are three; others two and still others one.

Some think there is more than one because the writing style seems to change in the latter part of the book. But as I read it I have a sense of the same intelligence and mind operating throughout. The whole of the book of Isaiah has an overall style peculiar to itself much different than any other book in the Bible.

The other reason that some think there are two or more Isaiahs is that the timeline seems different at the end than the beginning. On the other hand, Isaiah was a prophet writing a book of prophecy and if his vision of the future came partially true then it would make it appear to us (thousands of years later) that the book was written in different time periods.

If it turns out to be true that it was written in two time periods I would still be inclined to think that the whole of the book was written by the same entity, but perhaps in two or more lifetimes.

A strong evidence that Isaiah was written by one entity is given in the New Testament by none other than John the Beloved in John chapter 12

  1. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
  2. That the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
  3. Therefore they could not believe, because that Isaiah said again,
  4. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
  5. These things said Isaiah, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

In this passage we first encounter a quote, in verse 38, that begins the famous chapter of Isaiah 53. This would be in the section attributed to a second or third Isaiah.

In verse 40 we have a quote from Isaiah 6 :10 as verse 41 also highlights what occurs when Isaiah beholds the throne of God. This is, of course, in the first section of Isaiah.

Notice in verse 39 that John tells us that “that Isaiah said again” when he links the two passages and, thus, the two sections and attributes them both to the same one and only Isaiah!

Here we see that as far back as 2000 years ago that it was accepted that the whole of Isaiah was written by one author.

I wrote the following:

The next principle is called the principle of revelation. This refers to understanding which is transmitted from a higher life to a lower, from a higher sphere to a lower from the heavenly to the earthy etc.

A reader takes issue with my use of the terms higher and lower.

I don’t know why anyone should have a problem with these words any more than would an astronaut with directional concepts. Everyone who has been in space realizes that there is really no such thing as up or down and that such concepts are only relative to location. Even so, when any astronaut returns to earth he still uses the words up and down for they are essential to effective communication.

For normal communicative purposes one has to “strain the gnat” to say that a master is not on a higher level than average humanity or that the Buddhic plane is not a higher than the physical.

The Questions:

Do you have to be a prophet, guru or master to receive revelation or is it available to us all?

What are the principles that make it work for us?

What are the hindrances to revelation?

Tell us what the greatest revelation of your life was.

It looks like we all agree with the first answer which came in as a resounding “no.” Revelation, the soul, the Spirit of God is available to all who seek. It’s too bad the authorities in the churches do not accept this. Even the Mormons who proclaim revelation as an article of faith put extreme limitations on what can be revealed to the average person.

“What are the principles that make it work for us?”

To this we received some good comments such as quieting the mind, being open-minded, not feeling unworthy, acting on spiritual impulse, being sensitive, and realizing that God is in us.

To these comments I will add that one must use his power of one-pointed attention to create a point of tension. The point of tension can then break through to Patanjali’s “rain cloud of knowable things.”

Both the heart and the mind together as one must participate in this divine focus.

Next question: What are the hindrances to revelation?

Letting our ego get in the way was a popular comment and a valid one. Other comments such as relying on outside authority, not considering other ideas, fear, unworthiness, feeling separated from source, concerns with daily life and not realizing who he really is.

These are all worthy of consideration. Guilt is a significant item and can only be removed when we release ourselves from outside authorities who take the place of the God within, or the oil in the lamps of the wise virgins.

A lack of making a decision to seek is another big item. If such a decision is not made revelation will not come.

I enjoyed your accounts of your own revelations, but just have time to elaborate on one important one. A reader pointed out that when she was released from outward authorities (a big step for one in a fundamental religion) that she no longer worried about her worthiness or salvation. This fear of being worthy is a big hurdle for many. In considering this concept we must remember the story of the prodigal son (indeed eternal words). The wayward son did everything possible that might have offended his father, yet when he sought in desperation to return to his father’s house he was welcomed with open arms.

The ancient wisdom teaches there is only one sin in the real sense and that is the sin of separateness. As soon as the prodigal son decided to no longer be separate from his father then there was only love and acceptance and no sin to be remembered.

Even so it is with us. The moment we decide to be one with God then God is one with us and “all he has is ours.”

Now let us continue our discussion of Principles and laws. As we do so there will be occasions when they will be spoken of almost as being synonymously. Why? Because natural laws are built on principles and are two arms of the great duality of creation.

The principle is the great mystery that reveals how things work (female) and the natural law is a description of the principle in action (male).

The next Principle is that of differentiation.

It could be defined as follows.

In the beginning is the one who reflects Itself into the many. The number of the many is equal to the number of all possible differentiations. Each reflection is a little different than every other reflection. Without the need for God to express differentiation then there would be no creation. Your uniqueness thus fills a need expressed by the One Great Life.

The law expressing this principle is this:

In creation where there is more than one, no two items will be alike, but each will have properties peculiar to itself.

Is it then illusion to see two as the same rather than different?

An offshoot of the principle of differentiation is discernment. What is discernment and why do we have to see the many in all of their colors before we an see the One?

Oct 28, 2000

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1 thought on “Hindrances to Revelation

  1. Excellent — AND @ my present level of “evolution” (spiritually) — AND by definition as per this article — I came to understand (long ago) — that (again by the definition described herein) — I have had or received no “revelation(s).”

    HOWEVER…

    …as a result of “considering the possibility of” alternative explanations as posed by the teachings here — I have had NUMEROUS (personal) “revelations” — more @ “realizations & conclusions” that have inextricably altered my perceptions & “beliefs” of what I thought to “be true.”

    …and, for me — this has been more than enough — or what I can “handle.”

    Thanks.

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