Life is a never ending roller coaster… it’s filled with ups and downs, changes in direction (twists and turns)… fear and joy. You are free to look which ever way you wish and see what you decide… but you’re path is pre-determined, you’re just along for the ride! What’s the use in fighting that? You’re strapped in, and you chose to hop on that roller coaster… you chose to be here… If you try to get out and escape you’ll end up losing your life as you are no longer grounded to the safety of the roller coaster of life. Might as well make the most out of your experiences while you have the opportunity and accept all experiences (the good and the bad) along the path you walk!

Fear not! Enjoy the ride! When it reaches the end… you are free to get out of your seat and determine your own reality — the reward of sticking it through to the end 🙂

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"Mayan Calendar"So today has been quite extraordinary to say the least! I’ve been REALLY feeling the healing energies of the cosmos lately and this experience really made me want to share 🙂

I might as well just start at the beginning… I parted ways with my girlfriend of a year and a half a little over a month ago. I was completely in love with her, and her with me. We were just going separate ways and couldn’t afford to hold onto the relationship any longer because we were stunting our own spirits’ growth process. It’s been a very difficult process of letting go… when you’ve held onto something you love so tightly for a long time… letting go, although necessary, can be one of the hardest things to do.

Since the break-up, I feel as if I’ve been more susceptible to the energy of the cosmos… I’ve been in a constant state of emotional flux for about a month now. I feel as I’m trapped on a roller coaster, moving swiftly in and out of euphoric bliss and deep and utter sadness. Each time I come up the euphoria is that much brighter having witnessed the creative process of a total collapse, a singularity which allows that which once was to be recreated in a newer and brighter light.

Normally I’m very good at remaining positive and – ‘not getting sucked down the spiral’. But today…the pull of the cosmos was too strong, I could no longer resist so I allowed it to happen. I decided to let go, to release the built up emotions and experience the depths of the singularity. It’s amazing how amidst so much dark there is always a light… illuminating the truth that lies hidden in the darkness. Accepting this truth was a transformative process that brought tears to my eyes and translucence to my soul.

Now… as many of you may know (and many of you will not – there will be posts about this later), I am an experiencer of the 11:11 phenomenon. If you google search this you will come up with lots of results… I’ll be posting links on here about it shortly. To sum it up though… 11 is the number of synchronicity or “coincidence”. It’s basically seen as a wake-up call to humanity… some describe the phenomenon as a higher-dimensional being tapping you on the shoulder (metaphorically) at the time of _:11 to alert you of a spiritual tranformation that is taking place (it’s saying-pay attention!)… you see just as I typed this (as a perfect and untimely example)… I looked at the time and it was 1:33 AM. It’s interesting to note that the sequence _:33 (33= 11 + 11 + 11 or 11 x 3)… or more specifically 3:33 is related to the ascended masters aka higher-dimensional beings (Buddha, Jesus, Moses, etc. etc.). Mind you this is only according to sources I have read via the internet. Although, I have experienced a correlation between my _:33 moments and that hypothesis. It’s like whenever I experience it there’s some sort of divine connection that i realize at that moment. Again… curiously enough… I awoke on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 3:33 PM. Even though it was halloween… I decided I was going to lay in bed for the rest of the day and reflect. Soon it turned out to be an experience of wallowing in the dark abyss, for lack of a better description.

I fell victim to all of the negative vibes and karmas that have been accumulating inside my being. I let it all go as I watched my consciousness slowly become shrouded in my hidden subconscious agendas. As if some outside force had coaxed me into reacting as I swore I would not. In the middle of this process I held a conversation with my ex, in which I expressed some thoughts and emotions that I’ve been holding within. Although the experience was wrought deep with emotion, the relief afterwards was like awakening at sunrise on a frosty autumn morning, and gasping for air as the cold trickles through your lungs exciting prickling senses throughout all of the body. Like a bolt of lightning sent from the heavens struck me, energy surged through my body…

Immediately after the conversation… the tears still drying on my face, I had a vision… of the sun setting in the distance. I expressed this vision via facebook:

~~>~^~<~~And the light… it seemed so Clear and present and divine… and then the world turned on it’s back… the sun sliding into the abyss, revealing the darkness that surrounds it all. And now I wait… as my pupils dilate, to reveal once again that the light seen retreating amongst the shadows, is still there, reflecting upon cellestial bodies… for the sun to arise again… shall be the great awakening ♥~~>~^~<~~

Shortly after this a post by The Return of the Divine Feminine on my newsfeed on facebook grabbed my attention. Here is what it read:

Let go and be in the Void- shed the skins of the past and feel the dark Mystery, birthing power, creative cauldron of renewal- stiring within… Fall back into the soil and deep Soul in total surrender… Rise up into the center point of light and dark and reclaim your power, your higher consiousness in golden flames of Spirit and deep root system through the Abyss and into Source Love. As you stand as the Tree of Life, Nature surrounds and communes with you, the essence of all you have ever been, with the Spirits of all who acccompany you ~ Duality is now Balanced and Time got devoured by Wisdom ~ every moment is Sacred and every breath is Infinite…

A sea of open grace and depth
beyond the shadows tortured death
Inside purified waters singing
To light the fire of Sacred Dreaming

♥♥♥”

Shortly after coming across this, a friend in the community known as Sun Ra, read my post, and posted this in return:

“holding a light, in d’arkness”

All of this synchronicity in one evening became very peculiar to me, so I decided to check out the Mayan Calendar and see what the energies had to say for today. Here’s the outcome– I hope you can see the connection that I see as well… This as well as many other experiences cross-checking the Mayan Calendar with the energies and vibes I feel for the day have proven to strengthen my faith in the Sacred Calendar…

The following information was copied from: The Mayan Calendar Portal

Ka {Tone Two}

Ka is the number two in the Mayan Sacred Calendar. It represents duality and balance between opposing yet complementary elements.

Persons born on days with this tone are sensitive to the differences between extremes or sides and recognize the separation of self from all else together with the desire to be joined once again. The energy of this tone walks a fine balance through opposing dualities such as light/dark, male/female, good/bad, ying/yang, and so on.

Ka is ruled by Tlaltecuhtli, the Aztec god of earth.

Tlaltecuhtli {God of Earth}

Tlaltecuhtli is the ruler of the Second Day of the Trecena, and the First Night and Second Heaven of the Galactic Underworld.

Tlaltecuhtli is also the Aztec god of earth. The energy he embodies is that of catalysis, creating a reaction.

The Galactic Underworld is the level of evolution that currently influences the mind of human beings the most strongly. It is developed through the energetic effects of thirteen tuns (360 day periods) that are subdivided into seven peaks of energy (days) and six valleys (nights), each symbolized by a specific deity. Day by day, this wave movement brings increasingly greater flows of right-brain energies and propels the end of Western dominance in the world. The deeper we go into this Underworld the stronger the waves become. To mark these most significant shift points in the evolution of consciousness, celebrations focusing on alignment with the divine plan are taking place all over the world.

Etznab {Flint, North}

Etnab MandalaThis is the 18th day sign of the uinal. It means “flint”, “knife”, or “obsidian. It carries an incisive Northern energy.

Born of purity and truth, this day sign sparks with insight and intelligence, serving as the mirror or reality for all.

The innate ability of the Flint to distinguish emotion from fact, right from wrong, gives those born into this day sign the awesome responsibility of extricating truth from falsehood. In fact, Flint persons are often likened to the Archangel Michael, who can cut through the difference between good and evil with a single slice of his sword. The Maya believed Flint persons could receive information about people’s interpersonal problems or the malicious plans of others by reflecting them in a mirror of obsidian glass.

It comes as no surprise, then, that others may find Flint persons rather opinionated and overly obsessed with what is right and what is wrong. But Flints are simply honest and direct, and want nothing more than to serve others. They can spot people’s hidden agendas immediately and stand tireless to protect, defend or cure others through personal sacrifice. Their challenge in their life is to find harmony and use their powers of insight and sense of justice as a gift rather than a weapon.

If this resonates with anyone… or if you have had a similar experience, please do not hesitate to share! 🙂

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL halloween! Keep it GOA’n 😉 ~~~~~~~  Love ❤ and Light -<((*))>-

~~>~^~<~~ Jagno Gaia ~~>~^~<~~

If anyone has any questions they would like to ask me, about myself, or about the universe in general, I would be glad to give you my honest and humble opinion and perspective. I encourage others to try this as well, as it can be very revealing and surprisingly rewarding… if used with the proper mindset/intentions. The link is located below

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Why does it seem like nature speaks to us through psytrance? Is the universe trying to tell us something?

Yes. The key is to pay attention to what is going on around and inside you! 🙂 To be completely present in this moment, when all data can be collected and interpreted in a single instant.

Producing this music is meditative in itself, listening to the loops, over and over and over becomes droning, you get lost in yourself and in the program. The brain starts harmonizing with the Alpha frequency which is similar to the brainstate of deep meditation or samadhi. Here, the entire UNIVERSE is at our disposal, it is inside of us. Psytrance producers hone into this frequency, and begin to tweak and warp the already playing loops so that they line up and resonate with what is happening internally (EVERYTHING! THE VOID, THE AKASHIC, THE ONENESS, GOD–whatever you want to call it). Psytrance is a tool for calibration, aligning your chakras with the energy of the universe and bringing you that much closer to your divine self. It is psychoshamanism, the shaman (DJ/producer) takes you on a journey to higher dimensions. The universe is knocking on our doorstep, trying to wake us up. All it takes is to hear the call and answer… open the door, and God is sitting right on your doorstep! Who would have thought 😉

Psytrance is MUCH more than a party.

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http://www.formspring.me/JagnoGaia

Let the sunrise bring you into the light! I just made this (sound only) for my final project for my Synthesis and Sound Design class. I hope you enjoy, as well as the twist at the end 😉 Disclosure is near.

I came across this video this morning, and it says a lot about what has been on my mind lately. I think Crowther’s words are very important and something we all need to start tuning into.

As Mahatma Gandhi said so diligently… “Be the change you want to see in the world”

New Age Theism: Introspect through a Buddhist Lens

Jeremy Green

The Institute of Production and Recording

The following is a research paper I wrote at the beginning of 2010 for a critical reading and writing class I took at IPR. What sparked my curiosity for this topic was a realization I had while in deep meditation my last semester at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2009. A realization that Jesus and other figures like him were simply enlightened beings. Countless internet searches and books concerning religion, spirituality, and history have led me to the same conclusion time and time again. It is my wish now to express my insights on the matter in hopes that we may perceive religions and theism in a fresh and new way. Enjoy!

New Age Theism: Introspect through a Buddhist Lens

Suffering… it seems to be the root from which all religions grow. As we struggle through the hardships of life we often wonder, ‘What is the meaning of all of this? Why am I here? To what entity do I owe such a life of devotion and suffering? And is it really worth it?’ As we search for the answers today we find a vast branching out of a variety of religious belief systems that attempt to explain the unknown—to preach what they have discovered and interpreted as the truth. But where are our questions really answered? Can they be answered by someone else—a belief system? And who has answered their questions? What was the fate of the man who first set out to answer these questions? Surely there was no one to confront about the subject. The first man to tackle these questions must have realized that the answers can only come from within. In our quest today we find ourselves torn and fragmented between the higher theistic religions who claim that God is this, God is that. But these are only symbols, they are not absolute. As hard as we try to explain and understand this aspect of God with our own languages and symbolism, we still cannot grasp its concept because we are limited by the symbols and metaphors we use to represent it. Is it even possible to describe the intangible with the tangible? So far it is proving to be futile. As a skeptic and pursuer of the Truth, I have removed myself from the religion to which I was born (Christianity) and immersed myself in the customs and beliefs of all other religions through my own self-interested research so as to explain just how exactly so many different beliefs can coexist in one world. But what I was surprised to find is that although these religions continually denounce each other’s authenticity, they really aren’t all that different from one another; their similarities seem to far outnumber their differences. But there has been one religion in particular which caught my eye that seems to encompass traits of all other religions while explaining the reasoning (or problem) behind their differences as opposed to glorifying them—Buddhism. In this research paper I will deconstruct the history of organized religions in order to propose a new way to approach spirituality, through a Buddhist lens—that all religions have some sort of validity that is universal, not contained within the relative absolutions of their beliefs but within the doctrines they teach which came from their founders—the ones who realized that the answers lie within.

Let me first begin by describing the life of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and how he came upon his realizations. According to Buddhist tradition and the oldest Buddhist scriptures, Siddhartha Gautama was born between 600-500 B.C. to a wealthy family in the Himalayan foothills in what is now Nepal (Mabbett, 2002, p.24). Prior to his birth, it was prophesized by royal sages that he was to become a great ruler or holy man (Polish, 2008, p.372). He was to live a life of fortune as prince and heir to the family throne. However, it was also prophesized that Siddhartha would see four signs and leave his throne to become a teacher of wisdom (Polish, 2008, p.372). Fearing the absolution of this foresight, his father sheltered him and forbade him to leave the palace. He was spoiled with gifts and luxuries and his cousin, the beautiful maiden, to which he was wed. Soon afterwards they had a child named Rahula, which means ‘bond’ or ‘link’ (Polish, 2008, p.373). This child was meant to chain Siddhartha to the palace emotionally so that he would not dare leave. However one evening, Siddhartha’s curiosity had taken hold and he bribed his carriage driver to take him outside the walls (Polish, 2008, p.373).

While outside he saw the four signs of suffering: disease, old age, death, and a man who sought to overcome these sufferings of the human experience. This was all that it took to incline Siddhartha to leave the material world and pursue the knowledge necessary to teach his insights. So fulfilling the prophecy of the royal sages, he abandoned everything that was his: the throne, the palace and its luxuries, his wife and child, and set out on his mission. He sought out various teachers and tried to learn their teachings, but realized that they had nothing to teach him (Polish, 2008, p.373). After spending some time wandering and fasting, he realized the only way to achieve enlightenment was through peaceful meditation which could only be compromised by physical discomfort (Mabbett, 2002, p.24). Eventually he came upon a tree, now known as the “bodhi tree”—the tree of awakening, under which he sat meditating for 49 days until he finally attained enlightenment, becoming the Buddha—the enlightened one (Polish, 2008, p.373).

What does it mean to attain spiritual enlightenment? According to the legendary Deepak Chopra,

“The meaning here is that your real self is not a person, that there is no such thing as a separate self, that a person doesn’t really exist. What we call a person is a transient behavior of the total universe, and when you get to the consciousness that is behind your thoughts, you are in touch with the same consciousness that is behind all the intelligent activity of the whole universe. So enlightened here means transcendence to that level of existence where the personal self becomes the universal self.” (Tolson, 2007, para.6)

What this says to me is that Siddhartha was able to tap into what is known to many as God-Consciousness or the Akashic Records. Also referred to as the Universal Mind, this is the place where answers lie within us. Instead of viewing things from our own egos, a subjective point of view, we are also able to view things from an omniscient and omnipotent perspective. With access to this knowledge, Siddhartha thereafter devoted his life to helping people overcome their suffering (keep in mind that the awareness of suffering is what drove Siddhartha to find answers). He taught lessons by telling short stories or parables that would bring the listener to the realization of certain truths eluding them. This seems strikingly similar to the story of another worldly religious icon, Jesus Christ, who claimed that God Himself was acting through him to rid man of his sins. According to Deepak Chopra, “…what Jesus calls sin, Buddha calls ignorance, lack of awareness” (Tolson, 2007, para.8). In order to truly understand the commonality between the two, we must further explore the doctrines of the Buddha.

The Buddha’s main focus was on the principle knowledge that humans were caught, by karma (the consequences of our actions in one life), in a wheel or an endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth, and that suffering would inevitably arouse from this chaotic behavior of the cosmos (Polish, 2008, p.375). Thus, developed the Buddha’s first teachings of what is known as the ‘four noble truths’. These four truths are as follows: dissatisfaction is unavoidable (suffering, stress, anxiety, fear, pain), the cause of this dissatisfaction is desire (greed, attachment, grasping, craving), there is an end to dissatisfaction (when we eradicate all attachment and desire), and the Eightfold Path (the second teaching of the Buddha) leads to the end of dissatisfaction (spiritual enlightenment) (Polish, 2008, p.375). The final goal, when all notions of clinging and grasping are cut and the karmic process of suffering ceases, is nirvana (Makransky, 2003, p.339). Nirvana literally means ‘going out’—transcending the wheel of karma (Polish, 2008, p.375). It is the realization and manifestation of the infinite and eternal. Makransky (2003) says it best, describing the aesthetics of nirvana:

“…nirvana’s most striking qualities are those embodied by holy beings far on the path to its realization, described in stories or met in person. Such qualities include deep inner peace, stability of attention, profound receptivity to others, equanimity viewing all persons as equal in their causes of suffering and potential for freedom, unconditional love and compassion, joy, humor, humility, penetrating insight that sees through others’ projections, and remarkable ability to communicate such wisdom to others as they become receptive. Such qualities of enlightenment are undivided from the qualities cultivated on the path to its realization.” (p.339)

Let us note that these traits bare remarkable similarities to those exhibited by Jesus. Realizing these commonalities allow us to interpret Jesus from a newfound perspective. Now, when we interpret Jesus’ calling through a Buddhist lens, we read that Jesus found God (nirvana) within himself through attaining enlightenment. He then went about spreading his wisdom throughout the world, acting as a symbol of God (Bodhisattva) in order to rid people of their ignorance (sin) and unawareness of the God-consciousness within them. Could this mean that we have misinterpreted the sayings of Jesus? That he wasn’t really speaking of some sort of higher being separate from himself? It seems here that Jesus was using symbols to communicate his ideas… after all, isn’t that what language and communication is? How do we describe something we don’t have words to describe? The answer, it seems, is through poetic manipulation of symbols. It is possible that we took the symbols Jesus used at face value and misinterpreted their true mysticism and poetic meaning. I believe that this misinterpretation has served to separate Buddhism and Christianity from each other in one cardinal aspect.

The way of the Buddha offers a guide to rid thyself of suffering, whereas Christianity imposes a belief system which is dependent on a higher life form to be the savior of life’s problems; pray to God and He may answer your prayers; do good and God will let you into the Kingdom of Heaven—oppose His ways and He will condemn you to hell. Everything is set as fact which serves as a framework of rigidity; there is no room for growth. I do not believe that this was Jesus’ intention. Lefebure (1996) explains that some Christians who have converted to Buddhism have complained that “Christianity merely talks about a loving God, whereas Buddhism offers effective strategies to change one’s awareness and cultivate a peaceful, loving attitude” (para.4). Christianity is constricted by the boundaries of its own belief system—a belief that materializes the immaterial. Buddhism has no such boundaries. The Eightfold Path is not part of a system. It is instead, a method developed by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism himself, which aided the process of achieving the same spiritual enlightenment that he and Jesus had attained. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the only concept of God we possess is of this enlightenment. When Jesus says ‘I will lead you to salvation’ it does not mean he is the cause of this salvation, instead he is implying that he is an example of one who has found the way—follow this example and salvation will be yours. Alan Jacobs (2009) agrees that Jesus’ gospel teachings show marked similarities with the ‘four noble truths’ and the ‘eightfold path’ in respect to the causes of suffering and its remedies (p.127). However, Christianity lacks the information concerning how Jesus came upon this personal salvation and the metaphysics of the remedies he prescribed, whereas Buddhism presents it to you in a useful form. Why would Christianity deprive its followers of this knowledge—a knowledge that Jesus was clearly trying to convey to the fellow man?

There is one piece of evidence here that seems to sew the missing pieces of this puzzle together. The Bible gives no account of the life of Jesus and his whereabouts between the ages of 12 and 29. These are known as the ‘missing years’ or ‘the lost years’, the ‘secret years’, or ‘the concealed years’ because of the Church’s lack of accountability on the subject (Jacobs, 2009, p.157). According to Hanson (2005), any evidence not supporting the doctrines of the church of Christ was destroyed or rewritten by the church (p.86). Hanson (2005) goes as far as stating, “Even the four gospels were rewritten to provide the impression that Jesus never left Judea” (p.86). Now all it says on the matter is that “…the child grew and waxed strong, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Hanson, 2005, p.78). While the church may have destroyed the evidence, the questions still remain: Who knows how Jesus grew with wisdom? Where was Jesus during the lost years? These 2 questions must be connected and there must be an answer that lies within the mystery.

One theory is that Jesus remained in Jerusalem throughout his early adulthood working as a carpenter with his father Joseph. Although this may seem like a somewhat reasonable explanation for his whereabouts during that time, it still does not explain why 18 years of his history are vacant from the gospels. If Jesus remained in Jerusalem there would have undoubtedly been scriptures and documentation of his whereabouts considering his youthful reputation.

Research in non-biblical texts, however, suggests that Jesus may have traveled outside of Jerusalem. Muslim accounts refer to Jesus as the “travelling prophet”—that he was called the Messiah because he wandered about and did not stay in one place (Hanson, 2005, p.78). Surely his travels would have led him into contact with other cultures. This seems like a much more reasonable conclusion than the traditional notion that Jesus stayed with his parents working as a carpenter. This raises the question of whether or not Jesus may have come into contact with other worldly religions like Buddhism.

For over 100 years, there has been research conducted linking the western with the eastern world. Many texts have arisen urging the similarities between the two religions, and expressing the many historical and textual evidences that invoke controversial ideas such as the religions of the world affecting each other. According to Makransky, the Buddhist was very skilled at communicating his truths from one culture to the next through their manipulation of symbols in symbol-based languages; this was helpful in the Buddhist’s missionary activity to spread their truths to the cultures of East Asia and Tibet in the first millennium C.E. (2003, p.335). This implies that Buddhism would have spread throughout East Asia before Jesus was born. This implication only reinforces the possibility that Jesus could have come into contact with other world religions. It would explain how Jesus was able to learn of such doctrines without leaving Jerusalem (if those doctrines came to him). It would also explain Jesus’ extensive use of metaphors and parables. According to Alan Jacobs, it seemed as if though Jesus was using metaphors in his own native language to describe doctrines (2009, p.138). Other research further emphasizes these implications.

In 1887, Nicolai Notovitch, a celebrated Russian adventurer set out on a journey through India and Tibet as an oriental correspondent. When he returned, he began writing articles about the unknown life of Jesus Christ (Jacobs, 2009, p.69). What did he discover on his journey that led to these writings? Surely it must have been something that grasped his attention. While in Tibet at a Buddhist monastery, he held a conversation with the head Lama there who spoke of the prophet Issa who had visited Tibet nearly 2,000 years ago (Jacobs, 2009, p.70). The Lama first notes that Christianity has diverted from its path by electing a false Dalai Lama (the Pope) to ‘act’ as an intermediary between the Earth and Heaven. Notovitch first interprets the Lama’s accusations as being directed towards Jesus. The Lama then replies, “It is not of him I speak, Sahib! We too respect the one you recognize as Son of the One God, not that we see in him an only Son, rather a Being perfect among all the elect. The spirit of Buddha was indeed incarnate in the sacred person of Issa who, without aid from fire or sword, has spread knowledge of our great and true religion throughout the world” (Jacobs, 2009, pp.70-71).

According to this Lama, the implication here is that Jesus was in contact with Buddhists and spread the knowledge of Buddhism (or a knowledge similar to Buddhism) around the world. Certainly this sparked the interest and curiosity of the explorer Notovitch, who was then led to the Hemis Monastery where the Gospel of Issa was read to him and translated from Tibetan (Jacobs, 2009, p.71). The Gospel was written by Brahmin historians (Indian priests) and Buddhists from India and Nepal describing detailed accounts Jesus’ appearance in India and Tibet (Jacobs, 2009, p.74). This is but one instance of a handful of historical and textual evidences linking Jesus to East Asia during the time of the ‘lost years’.

Jesus is found in sacred Hindu texts as Ishaputra and Isha-Masiha (Jesus the Messiah) in the Bhavishyat Maha Purana and as Isha Natha in the Natha Namavali Sutra (Jacobs, 2009, pp.122-125). He is found is the Chinese text, the “Glass Mirror”, as Yesu who proclaimed himself the savior of the world (Hanson, 2005, p.80). He is also referred to as Isa or al-Masih (the Messiah) in the Koran of Islam which claims that not only did Jesus escape his crucifixion, but that he lived the rest of his life as a religious leader in Kashmir where he is buried today (Jacobs, 2009, pp.143-144). In Kasmir he is known as Yuz Asaf (Son of Joseph), which can also be defined as the corruption of the Buddhist term Bodhisattva, meaning ‘enlightened-being’ (Jacobs, 2009, p.145).

Even more intriguing are the written accounts of “…the highly gifted spiritual and psychic medium, Reverend Dr. Levi H Dowling” (1844-1911) known as ‘The Aquarian Gospel’ published in 1908 (Jacobs, 2009, p.6). The transcription of this gospel, however, was no ordinary task, according to Dowling’s second wife, Eva Dowling, ‘after forty years of profound study and silent meditation, he entered deeply into the study of ethereal or heavenly vibrations. He found himself miraculously placed into that higher state of spiritual consciousness which allowed him to enter the world of those superfine ethers called the “Akashic”’ (Jacobs, 2009, p.7). He was then able to undergo a process known as spiritual channeling. Spiritual channeling is a process by which an individual enters a state of deep trance, becoming a channel through which the ‘spirit world’ can communicate with the physical world (Jacobs, 2009, p.181). Focusing on the life of Jesus Christ, Dowling was able to retrieve the necessary information from the Akashic to fill in ‘the missing years’ with incredible detail and startling insight. The book tells of Jesus’ life and journeys through India and Tibet as if from a first person account. How is this possible or even remotely reliable? The answer seems to remain within the teachings of our religious founders, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and Jesus Christ, whom we relied on when there was no credible source.

The process by which Dowling wrote ‘The Aquarian Gospel’ seems to be the same process by which Siddhartha attained enlightenment and by which Jesus channeled the Holy Spirit through his being. Does this make Dowling, a human just like the rest of us, a god? Or does this make Jesus and the Buddha just like any other man? The answer, I feel, is both. Author Michael O’Keefe’s interpretation of the Aquarian Gospel provides us with insights into the nature of this:

“In this marvelous book of Christ, Jesus reveals that every living thing is a deity manifest, and each has a soul, which is on a very long trek – from total unawareness of its own divinity, to full consciousness. Every creature, after many incarnations, eventually becomes fully aware of its own divine lineage; and later, during subsequent incarnations, each one learns more and more about developing and exercising divine Strength, Wisdom, and Love; until eventually, every one (plant, animal and human) achieves pure perfection – oneness with God (our Father).” (Jacobs, 2009, pp.19-20)

According to Thich Nhat Hanh, a proponent of Zen Buddhism, Christ is no different than any other human being (Lefebure, 1996, para.32). He is but an example of a man who achieved this oneness—our elder brother who came forth to teach us. Further implications in the Bible draw us to this conclusion. In Luke 24.28-30 it states:

‘and they drew nigh unto the village whither they went; and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, “Abide with us; for it is toward evening and the day is far spent,” and he went to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke, and gave to them.’

This passage is interpreted by scholars as meaning that Jesus was very much alive and of the flesh; what need do spirits have to sit and eat (Jacobs, 2009, p.147)? Regardless of who Jesus may have claimed to be, he was still flesh and blood just like any other human being, just like Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

If this is the truth, then how is that we still displace our faith in ourselves as divine beings and place it upon another—upon a symbol we call God? It all seems to be tied into a vicious cycle of suffering, hope, corruption and power. As religions conjure up their symbols and morals according to the experiences of religious and spiritual figures before them, they alienate themselves and their followers from the Truth that remains buried within our souls. Why do we seek to understand God from the outside-in when even Jesus Christ states “man knows nothing by being told” (Jacobs, 2009, p.53)? Clearly this means the only place we need to look is inside ourselves—through genuine experience. Yet we continue to perceive the information provided to us as fact without analyzing the data and coming up with our own interpretations. This pertains to the Buddhist concept that:

“…such speculative thought processes are intrinsically confused because they occur within a mode of attention that looks only outwardly, away from their own mechanisms of concept-making, reification, and clinging. Religious figures that cling to such representations of reality as absolutes are trapped unawares in the “net” of their own subconscious habits of thought which hide the unconditioned reality that transcends them.” (Makransky, 1996, p.342)

Many religions claim that their rendition of God is closer to the Truth than others—that the ideologies and dogmas they infer based on their interpretations of the divine are the only way to salvation. However, these dogmas are presented using the symbols native to the culture and language relative to the location of its origin. As it is clearly stated in the Aquarian Gospel:

“The nations of Earth see God from different standpoints, so He doesn’t seem the same to all. Man names the attribute of God he sees, and this to him is all of God; and every nation sees a part of God, and every nation has a different name for God. You Brahmins call Him Parabrahman, in Egypt He is Thoth, in Greece He is Zeus, Jehovah is his Hebrew name; but everywhere He is the causeless Cause, the rootless Root from which all things have grown.” –Jesus (Jacobs, 2009, pp.46-47)

What Jesus is implying here is that all religions have some sort of validity—that all religions stem from God. But when God is interpreted from indirect experience or conveyed to one who has not been blessed with that experience themselves, the process of clinging to symbols and representations as absolutes inevitably begins to spin out of control.

In essence, the main lesson learned here is that we must not cling to representations of the Absolute because it only serves to divert us from the Truth which can only be realized through genuine human experience. Just as we can describe an apple to someone with the symbols at our disposal, that someone will never know what an apple is, how it looks, how it tastes, how it smells, or how it feels until they have experienced it for themselves. Those symbols will resonate only with the past experiences of that individual. Rather than describing an apple to them, give them an apple and let them observe and experience for themselves. This principle must be applied to all areas of life, including God. Instead of defining God—let people discover the infiniteness of his wisdom within their inner silence. The rigidity of religion is uncharacteristic in an ever-changing universe. Even Buddhism is subject to this discrepancy. Although he holds viewpoints similar to that of Buddha, Deepak Chopra states “I don’t consider myself Buddhist because I don’t think Buddha himself believed in ideology or dogma. He would say that he was showing us very practical ways to get the same insights ourselves” (Tolson, 2007, para.7). Buddha proposed a guide which aided the process of enlightenment accompanied by the cessation of suffering. Perhaps Jesus may have been helped along the path of enlightenment by these practices, however the point is not to say that Jesus was a Buddhist or that he spread Buddhist doctrines, but that the knowledge and wisdom he taught came from the same source we are all allowed to access. I am proposing that Christ and Buddha taught the same doctrines—doctrines which can only be understood when realized within ourselves.

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For those of you who don’t know me, let me just start off by saying I am an electronic music producer! Today I collaborate on a Goa-Trance project called ‘Aerosis‘ with a friend of mine from California, Bobby Ognyanov. I have also recently started a solo project called ‘Jagno Gaia‘ which I am currently developing songs for. Several years ago I would have never imagined this would be where I am today… but what do you know! I believe nature has a plan for me, and for you, and that is why we are all doing what we are doing. 🙂

The path I am on right now started about 6 or 7 years ago when I first discovered electronic music (mainly trance) and became curious with how it was produced. Since then I have been digging into this knowledge, writing music and learning audio production techniques through my own practices and more recently through school. Last year (2009) I transferred from the University of Minnesota – Duluth (after 2 years) to the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis. This decision was based on my growing disparity with the university school system and how I felt I wasn’t headed in the right direction. I went to the university to get a degree in order to be able to get a job that pays well so that I could make my riches and live life the way I want to. Lately, however, I’ve begun to see that living life the way I want does not involve riches at all… instead it is focused on art/spirituality/community/collaboration/expression/love etc. So I am following my passion–to create music that enlightens people and lifts them up away from the struggles and suffering of daily life. In order to incite that kind of reaction, I figure that I must utilize the depth of the knowledge of digital music production, and thus I am here at IPR.

The only problem with this, is lately… and since I’ve started attending IPR, I’ve been very, very, VERY, busy with school. I’m at the school at least half the day for class alone, then afterwards I have to spend another couple hours doing homework related to class in the labs at school… so I’m really only at home or away when I need to eat or go to sleep… and occasionally on the weekends. What this means for me… is that my ACTUAL music production… that is my job basically, is on hold until I get a break from school or until I finish my education. This sucks for a couple reasons.

1– I don’t have time for a job… so I am entirely reliant on my parents for money/support right now

2– When I get asked to play gigs, I either don’t have any time to create new material and thus have to play old material that is unfinished and has already been heard… or I don’t have enough time to make my sets magnificent and are thus somewhat lackluster/mediocre.

3– My social life has come to nearly a standstill… I get to see/hang out with my girlfriend Al everyday (which makes me very happy) but that’s about it… I don’t even get to see my parents really besides stopping by for 10 minutes to say “Hi” and grab something

4– I haven’t been getting enough sleep. I’m kind of an insomniac… so I don’t go to sleep until late usually, but then I have to get up at 8:30. Also I’m usually up past midnight anyways doing homework (usually at school). This can’t be good for my health.

This makes me wonder if maybe a change in schooling systems is in order???? Or is it just that I’m not hard working enough to get everything done with diligence? I like to think that I’m a diligent worker…

So aside from all of the tedious school-work and falling behind and getting stressed out… I have been playing a few gigs here and there, but like I said… I haven’t been able to improve them really because I’m busy doing schoolwork day after day. I just can’t wait to be done with this so that I can start living my real life… like I should be right now.

continuous spectrum

This is an excerpt from a social comparison theory essay I wrote in 2008 while attending the University of Minnesota – Duluth. The essay focuses on hidden messages in the media that negatively affect our well-being.

“…we spend tons of money on pointless things to try and fit in and be happy. As a result we spend more time working pointless jobs (some jobs are very important – a LOT are… but there are a LOT of pointless ones too) and producing pointless commodities (like expensive clothing, make-up, jewelry, haircuts, bling-bling, fancy sports cars and huge homes that are empty 90% of the time) just to feel better about ourselves. It’s a material world that revolves around money. Well the truth is, it is all a lie. Everyone is beautiful; we all have a light that shines brightly inside of us. Changing what we look like on the outside does not change who we are on the inside. All we have done is “raise the standard” of our image, so to speak. if everyone stopped trying to cover up who they are on the outside, and instead started expressing their inner selves through outward methods, I feel like the “standard” would return to an equilibrium and everyone would start to feel beautiful again. We would produce cheaper commodities to save money for more important areas of economical growth like food, health, shelter, art, and travel. People would be less insecure, happier, and more aware of the true world around them and not just focused on a recreation of the human mind. It would be a different world… a much better one.

However, this dream seems far off in the distance… forever approaching, but never occurring. it is something that should have happened a long time ago; or rather… the corruption that brought us to where we are now should never have occurred. It is our own fault. We have been in hibernation for far too long… it is time to wake up. As we grow older as individuals, and collectively as humans, I feel like it is easier for us to understand the messages that are corrupting our minds simply because we’ve had more time to finally ask why? The answer to this question will let us awaken from our deep sleep; we just need to find that answer in ourselves. When we finally understand, the message becomes much clearer, and is certainly not the same. We realize that such messages have influenced the creation of a social-sensory norm. This norm directly influences expectations an other’s image and actions. A norm is an average, or more so the mode of a wide circular spectrum. Imagine you have a positive force and a negative force; you try to add them together and they pull closer and closer to zero, or a neutral area. The positive and negative forces symbolize both groups of people on either side of the norm, or in this case, the neutral area. Because we see more of this ‘norm’ than we do other characteristics, we feel the need to conform to it… we see it as a balance point… when really it is more like a point of imbalance. It is a catalyst for social chaos because we bring ourselves down in the process. At this point we are zero. We are neither positive nor negative. We are completely neutral and asleep. But we must realize that the spectrum is not a line, but a circle. Knowing this, it becomes completely pointless to compare ourselves to other people. There will always be someone higher or lower on the spectrum than us; there are no ends. Yet most of us still seem to compare ourselves to people who we perceive to be ‘better’ than us. There is no better or worse; the social norm created through hidden messages in media has made us believe there is this neutral area, with positive on the right and negative on the left. When you realize the spectrum is a circle, the neutral area becomes meaningless. There is no reference point, just a vast spectrum of infinity. Imagine a color wheel, with all the colors of the rainbow reaching around the circle. There are neutral colors (black, gray, brown, white), but they do not lie on the circle; instead they lie on a point within the circle. This neutral area in the center of the circle is the social norm I am speaking of. As you can see, any person (symbolized by a unique frequency of color) that conforms to this norm (neutral color) is not being his/her self. This is something that in my eyes are very danger and unhealthy to the individual. This is also why not everyone becomes this norm. Lots of people understand the underlying messages in the media and feel no need to conform to it. They believe it is more important to express their inner being on the outside as well (instead of suppress it). Every one person is a vastly unique individual and that being true, the way these people dress and act would be quite near the opposite side of the circular social spectrum.

The more and more people begin to see this, and the more individuals begin expressing their inner selves on the outside, the more diverse people will seem to be from each other. With that, hopefully we can lose the negative feelings we have created by social comparison. Something we can do to speed up this process, is not to take life so seriously. Everything now-a-days is so organized and so formal, where everyone dresses the same and it’s nearly impossible to determine varying personalities from person to person without deeply interrogating everyone. Lose the formality and serious environment, and everything becomes much lighter, as if you were seeing colors along the spectrum you never noticed before. In order to really make a difference, and prevent hidden media messages from leaving a harmful impact on society, we have to start with ourselves as individuals and make a change for the better there. If everyone were to do this, there would be no social comparison.”

I can definitely say that I could have wrote this paper way better and in a manor more useful and easily interpreted, however I do feel like I have a very good point… in any case it is something to take a look at. 🙂

Hello everyone!

This is my first post on wordpress. My presence here is entirely experimental… I’m actually looking at this experience as an opportunity to further integrate myself into the matrix of the web. We are all here for our own reasons, but I’m sure those reasons are similar. We all have something to share, and we all have something to gain from other’s information. I would like to use this domain as a kind of database or even personal journal where I can tell the world about my experiences and how they have shaped my life, in the hopes that this information will maybe benefit others in some shape or form. Of course I will in turn be reading the blogs of others in hopes of bettering my understanding of the universe and the relationship we all share with each other. I am not merely here to chit-chat and bullshit… tell you what I ate for lunch today and how delicious it was, or to socialize because I am lonely. I am actively pursuing the infinite enlightenment of our world and our universe via the use of this new and amazing global network we call the internet.

Before I continue any further I think it’s important to tell you a little bit about myself so that you can see where I am coming from. I am a very out-going, optimistic, and energetic person. I thrive on filling myself with positive energy and passing it on to others (I really enjoy helping people). It is my wish to pass this energy onto you (whomever may be reading this)!

I look forward to diving into some seriously interesting and invigorating topics with all of you very shortly… I just hope you are prepared 😉

~Jagno Gaia