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Coping with Spiritual Emergencies, An Upcoming Tele-class

Join Rev. Carol Parrish for our upcoming Tele-Class:

  Coping with Spiritual Emergencies

June 9, 16 & 23rd   7:00 – 8:30 pm CST    $30.00

Designed to meet the needs of Spiritual Healers, Psychics, Energy Workers and those on the Quest.

Awakening psychically creates little understood difficulties for many as we begin the task of stitching two realities together. Often as we grow into greatness, we find ourselves peering into the non-physical where our perception alarms us.

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Emergencies–great and small–occupy our lives as we struggle to keep going.

Psychic pain, familiar to the ancients, exists in the shifting reality around us.

Instances of Déjà vu, near death experiences, and other non-rational behavior makes us vulnerable to the many mysteries of life that abide in other dimensions.

Un-resolvable tears

Child birth and pregnancy

 

Panic attacks open us to seek answers in strange places. Each event leads to new information.

Learning how to handle living in a larger reality brings much psychic anxiety only now being looked at by mental health officials. The   familiar framework expands and disintegrates.

Embracing the Psychic sounds like play until we find we must stabilizes the new world of discarnates, angels, and our loved ones in spirit. Seeking guidance can bring fear and doubt until we find others with such experience.

As humanity swims in the currents of a new era, we must have trained and trust worthy guides to chart the course. New vocabulary, images and explanations wait to be found. Every healer, spiritual teacher, and energy worker needs to be prepared to assist and comfort others.

Breakdowns can become breakthroughs

Radical sexuality can be the awakening kundalini

Energy rushes and spontaneous tears can be indicators to wiser ones

Awakening Creates Internal Changes

psychic anxiety

This needs to be comprehended and out of this develops the mentor/student relationship.

Poised between the known and unknown, humanity is moving from spiritual children to maturing wise ones.   

We will explore and assist others to understand a number of difficult scenarios.

  • Near Death Experience  chakra baker side view

  • Restless Kundalini

  • Contacts with Discarnates

  • Psychic Disorders

  • Major Shifts of Consciousness

  • Confusion Upon Awakening

  • Angels and UFO experiences

 

 

 

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Rev. Carol Parrish

Carol’s quest began with a Near Death Experience in 1958.

After having years of troubling energy experiences and a tearful inner life, she sought help and was led to George Richie, M.D., Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Raymond Moody.

Her ministry was revealed in her experience and after following guidance, her life changed.

She was ordained in 1971 to specifically serve the higher world and to teach/share with others.

She continues to offer conversations and her understanding with those on their journey.

“The incoming 7th Ray builds on the foundation built by the 6th Ray of  profound devotion, to lead us, step by step, into an expanding universe. Now is the time for humanity to look within as well as without”.

“We have been to the moon, where else might we go?”

       “Stages of Enlightenment”

As defined by John White, an expert in the fields of consciousness research and human development, Author of What is Enlightenment? An age-old formula is: from orthonoia (mechanical behavior, or to keep straight) to metanoia (to go beyond or higher than) through paranoia (a state in which the mind is deranged, taken apart, and rearranged) so that a clear perception of reality might be experienced.

Paranoia is a condition well-understood by mystical and sacred traditions. Spiritual disciplines are designed to ease the passage from a limited state of consciousness to a higher state of awareness.

Because Metanoia has not been experienced by many, the role of paranoia is not well-understood in our culture. It is seen as an acerbated dead end, rather than a precondition to higher consciousness. The discomfort, confusion and suffering in paranoia is due largely to the destruction of illusion or ego.

Self-realized individuals understand the process and know transformation (all three stages) becomes the pathway to enlightenment.  The New Dictionary of Spiritual Thought, Carol E. Parrish-Harra, PH.D

 

Contact our office at (918) 453-0250 for more information or to register using credit card

or e-mail rhonda@chapelofchristsophia.org

Make $30.00 check payable to Chapel of Christ Sophia

701 E. Ridge Drive

Tahlequah, OK 74464

 

 

My Advent Message for 2015

Advent begins…..let’s be ready!

Introducing the time to prepare to forgive and to hope, a time for settling grievances, new beginnings and recounting our experiences on the journey to perceive their impact in a new way.
Christmas mysteries are called the “Water Mysteries” and guide us from the last Sunday to January 6th as to how to become the gentle, caring, compassionate one who answers to the “one who can be known by their loving-kindness.”

All paths begin by softening the hard heart. Advent is a message “to come.

A chosen scripture for today is James 5:7&8
Be patient, therefore, Brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the Earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You, also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Annually, there is a great celebration in heavens and on earth. The Heroes/ Stars of our society move into position for their walk on the red carpet. Today we stand with expectancy to hear the call. Are we ready to walk the purple carpet, to greet others as dedicated as we, to attune ourselves to the sounds of the music of the spheres, to be rewarded with the voice of spirit and the magnificent images of the higher World.

Each year the cycle begins again with all the excitement of new beginnings. Our inner nature receives the call to move forward on our quest, some hear, others do and some don’t. Some allow fear to hold them in restriction, some are not interested, some knowing it means change and they are not ready for change.

The word Christ, from the Greek “Christos”, means anointed, enlightened, aware, and refers to the one carrying the Light, as in “I am the Light; Ye are the Light of the world. Ancient teachings reveal that each of us who walks a spiritual path ultimately reaches a state of divine at-one-ment, that is to say, called in the Christian tradition  “Christed.” In the East this is called Enlightenment. Jesus said, “He who believes in me shall do the works which I do; and even greater than these things he shall do.” (John 14:12). The exalted destiny of humanity, is to mirror a pure reflection of divine consciousness: as above, so below.

Thus, from an esoteric perspective advent is pregnancy, the nativity is a symbolic birth, the portrayal of humanity’s awakening and the quest. We can thus think of the wonder-filled symbology of the nativity as a silent portrait of the developing consciousness guiding us toward our source.
The symbol of the star over the Earth leading the Magi is the presence of the higher light of love, lots of vital energies. It represents the Christ of the planet—the Planetary Christ—not Jesus but the Planetary Christ-who watches over the Earth’s process of humanity’s awakening.
Advent launches the Christmas season with its goal of tenderness and love softening our hearts and minds.We enter a period leading us to the inner birth: A time of preparation, purification, and prayer, A time to develop joy in the midst of the darkness of the winter.

Water mysteries are to birthing a conscious relationship with our inner nature, to love others, and to create a sense of expectancy and hope. The Water Mysteries build the sacred insights and tenderness needed in order to come to an understanding of the first beginning steps on the path. The Christmas season adds us in developing the delicate inner nature and leads us to Epiphany, the laying of our gifts at the feet of the holy newborn, as did the Kings.

For some, Advent brings the opportunity to meet and greet the Water Mysteries. Here we prepare ourselves to allow our spirit to deepen its sense of love, hope, and joy. Here we see the golden model of good that asks us to care, feel, and rejoice in beauty and goodness even if no one around us dares to do so. We allow ourselves to respond to the spirit of Christmas, the music, the changing vibrations. We embrace the parables believing that we too can experience a few droplets of the rich inner reality that beacons us to open ourselves to a new condition.

All of this, is a part of Advent; we are called to come out of an artificial sophisticated society and let something within ourselves expand a bit. The secret desire of the inner nature is to fly free, find its tenderness, yet know its strength and dare to be. Advent sends out a call and some part of us moves toward a new awareness through the presence of the silent self.

Advent is arranged in such a way for us to do contemplations on a known path: expectancy, love & preparation, joy & hope, as higher consciousness intrigues us. By the end of the season we are to know ourselves with our new identity. We will do practices that lift our consciousness while symbols and music quiet the restless outer nature. There is a power behind Advent that until we reaches a certain stage of inner depth the subject evades our total life experience. If we hear the word it escapes us, till it is our beginning. We begin our walk toward excellence and the softening of our nature.

 

Water Mysteries provide teachings and practices that stimulate the divine seed within to come to stir. A seed to germinate has to have both water and light. The seed within us has the same needs. Tears of both joy and sadness supply the water, the questing mind brings light on the seed. Together a sprout emerges that increases our tenderness, even though at times, we try to resist. Our feeling nature is flooded with a desire for tenderness; the heart is stimulated to care, touch others, and to respond to needs.
The vibrations of the season work inwardly on each of us encouraging a higher vibration, a more caring nature. Each of us will, in time, experience the birth of the inner presence and the dedication of our true nature to the initiatory path. We have to give our self to something we determine is worth it. Just as we have to have water to sustain the outer body, we have to have tenderness, love-caring and generosity to continue the creation of our path.

Teachings tell us, as well, for humanity to be ready for the winter event of the darkness, we are to turn inward to survive and contemplate the purpose of life, at least our own. Our usual tough and self-centered nature longs to express its more generous side, the something that has been germinating desires to bloom.

From Winter Solstice to Christmas Eve the world is bathed in long swirls of cosmic energy that are moving the planet to a higher frequency, a new notch. The collective, as well, has been amped up; humanity is made new. The symbology tells the story whether we understand it or not. The cradle is our heart and it longs for the birth to fill it.

The influence of the higher world and the wise among the founding fathers of the Church realized these transforming power of these mysteries. Some could see etherically the change of frequently that humanity experienced. Some knew the wisdom ways and so prompted the birth of the expected messiah to be celebrated midst the shift of the planet as had been done previously by prior wise ones.

Thus the birth of the one who was to be the Piscean Christ was anchored to the holy night of Winter Solstice. Thus the stage is set for humanity to embrace the birthing hour and annually to experience the holiness that encourages new growth.

At Winter Solstice each year we are given the opportunity of meeting the energy of the Christ in our inner work. But quickly before we believe that is all the magic, wonder and transformation that is offered to us, Let us realize an even greater picture is taking place and you and I are apart of an even great experience.

Remember we defined Advent as meaning “to come”. Remembering this we must remember that we are also in the advent of a New Age. You and I have the good and serious fortune of having been chosen to be in the generation of humanity leading the collective into the new creation, the Aquarian Era.

We are charged to sense the impulse of the MANU, the teacher, of this new era and a new civilization. We are to respond to a new keynote. A new kind of life, a new understanding, a new ability to love and a new science is to open the door to a civilization born of our struggles for equality, rights and privileges.

We are creating a new mind and a wiser collective that will build a greater understanding of energy, ethics and the power of culture. We know we are to each guide ourselves and to release others. We have opened the door between the inner and the outer realities, both in ourselves and in the outer physical world as well.

We desire to see the infant self become the wise and caring self, unafraid of criticism knowing with the power of love, healing, and the attunement to the higher good for all, we recreate time and time again.

We are in this Advent of the New Era, under the influence of the Seventh Ray and Ceremonial Magic. We are gaining new tools for recreating all that is. A large number of incarnated persons are moving from third dimension, to fourth, and will continue to advance from fourth diminish to fifth.

We are a more refined creatures than our ancestors and with the awakening of the heart center, we will become even more the golden human of the grand carpet, the purple runway…We may not be Oscar but perhaps Oliver and Oprah. Advent is more than most understand. It is a call to be made new and Spirituality will bear its fruit.

A special but simple practice each of us can add to our private advent devotions is to hold each Christmas card we receive and send love and best wishes to that one/family for a brief minute. Practice LOVE.

First Sunday of Advent – Expectancy

This first Sunday of Advent, just like Mary, we seek to feel the excitement of expectation stirring within ourselves as we embrace our pilgrimage. We seek to know the Divine Will in our personal life, and commit to being a caretaker of the “divine within” as it unfolds. To be meaningful, our waiting is to be filled with Love. We seek to care more deeply, and to love with a new love living in abundant expectancy.

You may want to create an Advent wreath for these week as we will light the Candles knowing each candle represents a time period and has a particular thought to ponder.

Each of us began our journey:
• While waiting in darkness and unconsciousness, perhaps we were going to church, but not caring very much about what was going on there, personal concerns are most important. A period of growth is upon us. We begin to try harder to live a more ethical life and practice our devotions as best we can.
• We labor expectantly, and at some point we discover that the inner work must be done, not just the outer, in order to prepare for the Holy Birth of Christ Within, the Hope of Glory. First, we come to know that we must grow into a trust relationship with the Great Mystery of Life and the Invisible World of Spirit.  As we take our steps, we come to know both the symbolic, and the reality of the birthing stories of the Inner Lord. We also discover the challenges that are with us.  We learn to utter sincere prayers as we take our first steps on our journey.

We are to pray,
• For others and ourselves
• For leaders to be wise, and capable of solving humanity’s collective difficulties all over the world.
• For our loved ones to be stable and safe.
• For our lives to be rich with goodness; whatever that means to us at the moment.

We come to realize we want to know the end of the journey before we begin. This is the human nature. Yet today, we will gather our courage, and proceed anyway. The truth is, that each of us will travel a number of times around the advent circle before we realize how true it is that the Christmas Story is our story, and that the signs are always there to guide us.

Perhaps this year, we will recognize the uniqueness of our quest-not like anyone else’s. When time is right, we will light the Center Christ Candle in the center of the wreath, We will no longer see it as difficult or easier, but know it is “just as it is”. Today we once again prepare ourselves to begin the spiraling path of the journey upward, we choose to no longer continue to go in circles, but to spiral to higher frequencies, a more subtle knowing, and, to a more committed life. We shall do Advent this year as a disciple of the Most Holy.

We fan the flame within our heart to aid in purification, and give us light on our journey.  We quiet the demons of our own personality, while understanding that each of us is in transformation. We gratefully embrace the Season of the Approach this day grateful for growth and one another.

A dear friend sent me a lengthy poem; I will share one verse with you:

The Christ Child comes, like every other child to give the world a message.
What message have I come to give?
I seek guidance from the (Inner) Lord to express it in a word or image. Ponder this for a moment.
What message have you come to give?
I ask you today to make this Advent, the best Advent of your life.

Please, pray with me:

May we become more conscious of our inner nature.
May we strengthen our efforts to leave behind the limited, and embrace the
Greater.
May we be grateful to the Thanksgiving Season that has led us to our  pilgrimage
May we give thanks in a new way, and let us pray that we may fulfill our reason for
being.


Advent:  Second Sunday – Preparation

The theme for our efforts on this second Sunday of Advent, is Preparation, emphasizing purification.  As we continue our pilgrimage toward higher levels of consciousness, we recall that focusing on practices quickens our inner awareness. We can use disciplines that either add, or subtract from our everyday life. Some practices take away activities or pleasures; others add new ones. As we light our second lavender candle, we are adding ideas to induce pondering and progressing toward the Holy Birth.

If you are joining us on this second Sunday, and just beginning this practice, may I suggest spending at least one day working on our first theme of Expectation.

Try stimulating a sense of excitement, or enthusiasm for the Advent Experience, before moving forward. The second day begin the lighting of the two candles for the second week. If someone joins the process later, they should always spend some time contemplating the previous themes as they seek to catch up.

If we were preparing to receive a new born physical baby, we would have a nice clean bassinet, clean clothes for the new arrival, and a special place in which to care for the newborn. The work in caring for a new born is no less significant in preparing for a newborn “consciousness”.

This week we shall practice self-observation. Preparing our emotional nature, in presenting it to the divine, is a giant step. We begin with purification of the astral (feeling) nature. I suggest that you write in a notebook, (a regular composition notebook is fine) call it your Book of Reflections.  The point is to learn to reflect upon our emotions rather than rationalize, justify, blame, or feel shame. While studying to discover what kind of energy moves through us, we will be objective and reflective about “how” and “why”.

Thus, we discover our personal style and our reactions. We learn “where we are” and particularly, what are our vulnerabilities. We note “where” and “when” the astral body gets so unstable that we lose control, become too rigid or loses our ability to care.  We choose to do none of these, as we gradually learn to live somewhere on the middle road path.  We can both maintain boundaries and still be generous and love-caring.

When we know what we need to release, our preparation begins in healing whatever it is that holds us in restriction. If I realize I am afraid, I begin seeking ways to build confidence. If I realize I am angry and can see the cause, and then I seek healing by forgiving. If I realize that my ability to share means that my heart is limited, I practice “caring” until it opens and love can flows more freely through my being.

Preparation for being a Wise One, a sage, begins by removing obstacles that block the flow. This may be one huge piece that must be gotten out of the way, or there may be many smaller obstacles.  Making a list of insights that surface, or choose a particular area that you need to address, either may be helpful. Think of this preparation and purification stage as unblocking a pipe choked with many pebbles. We remove what we can to allow a trickle of grace to begin flowing. Grace has lots of names: love, caring, kindness, gratitude, and numerous others. As we release the restrictions that we have identified, we prepare ourselves to discover our blessing.

Luke 3: 4-6:

Prepare the way of the Lord!
Make his paths straight!
Every valley shall be filled,

and every mountain and hill shall be brought low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Remember that “salvation” is the healing of the separation between the Creator and humankind. This means God, the Divine Wholeness, and I, are on the journey together. Salvation comes from the Latin word salvus, meaning safe. Salvation brings healing to humanity.  It’s what we need, so that we can live in a greater state of grace seeking greater harmony and peace between the “inner” and the “outer”. We seek enlightenment that we might perceive or at least, learn to trust a higher plan. We clear the emotional level of our nature and bring forth the healing of scar tissue, old bruises, and restrictions.

Sometimes, we forget that the Great Life works through, and with, human beings. This is a great truth modeled for us in the life of Christ Jesus. Your insights are always assisting you in the ongoing experience of life. Your “inner prophet” works with you as you find the emerging next steps.

Let us begin: Pick an area you are ready to improve, or choose a quality you wish to transform.  Know that all transformation may not happen this week, but the change can be set into motion. As the Work, which it is called, is named and embraced, we can more easily spot the challenges or hindrances when they appear. We are now alert to these concerns while knowing that we are dedicated to making change.

The New Testament is about loving. The Master Jesus teaches us that love is a great tool-the fulfillment of the law. Although, it does not always stay with this theme of love.  The New Testament is our tool as we are in the process of making change, because it is also a history book. We will use “love” to assist us in opening our hearts to the grace of God as we invoke help from Sophia, the Holy Spirit of Wisdom.

Thessalonians 5: 19-23

Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying but test everything:
hold fast what is good, abstain from every kind of negativity (evil).
May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and
body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord.

Ask these questions of yourself:

·          Who do you need to forgive? Yourself? Others?
·          Where do you need to reach out to change a situation?
·          Where do you need to let go?
·          How are you going to make internal adjustments, as well as outer ones?

Write in your Book of Reflections; do not lose these valuable thoughts.

A great deal of healing can occur by writing simple notes to folks that especially need personal recognition from you. Do not be attached to reactions or results. Just write briefly from your heart with sincerity. You do not even have to send the notes, but writing them is necessary. This is the first step.

Now that some areas which need healing or harmonizing have been identified, dare to choose an area, where you maintain control,  and think about flexing in some way. Where can you “give in”

Third Sunday – Hope and Joy

Our theme for this third Sunday of Advent is Hope and Joy. This is a reminder that positive energy uplifts, and sustains us as we make effort. It carries also, a particular kind of encouragement and reminds us that as we grow we will need time, and practice from time and time again.

Without hope, healing cannot happen. Hope is the eternal flame that must be fanned for us to keep “keeping on”. So, today, we light our third candle. It is the pink one for Love, Hope and Joy… all this positive emotion is needed to hold high the awareness of the great achievements for which humanity is designed. Our goal is to be Christed One. As we proceed on our quest, we go like the Seven Dwarfs singing, “It’s off to work we go, and a ho, ho, ho, it’s off to work we go.” We do not deny the effort our path requires, nor can we expect sympathy or reward for our efforts. We are similar to the caterpillar deep within the cocoon. The outer world sees very little of us, but deep inside we are changing from the grub into the butterfly that is our true nature.

We’re happy, and we know it; we’re becoming, and we show it. Joy is on our faces as we live day by day, the best that we can. Scripture thoughts for today are three: First, we will read the Old Testament thoughts about reminding us to keep up our spirits. the word has always been “to trust in the Divine” in some way.

Zephaniah 3:14
Sing, 0 daughter of Zion; shout, 0 Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Recall the daughter is the Earth herself, and she is to be like a beautiful bell that is “ringing out” her song.  Next we read the New Testament words:

Philippians 4: 4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I love the word, Rejoice.  It is the word that my own inner teacher uses when he completes a message. Rejoice is a command to each of us to rejoice in our lives; it’s our quest, and opportunity to become. Not because life is easy; it will never be. We can learn to rejoice “in spite of whatever that means. Secondly we read:

Luke 3; verse 11 – 14
11) He said unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
13) Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14) What shall we do? And he said unto them. Do violence to no man neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Let’s pick up on this idea of being content because that is the beginning of clarity.

In clarity, we can feel hope and find joy. Hope is to hold on to the positive as taught by Sophia (God’s holy wisdom), we know this most often as the Holy Spirit and we discover that when Wisdom lives in our heart, she births three daughters, (Faith, Hope, and Charity). Remember, when we have Wisdom (Sophia, God’s Holy Wisdom), we will, also have Faith, Hope and Charity.

Short definitions for faith, hope, and charity are:
Faith…finding answers in the heart,
Hope…holding onto the positive, and
Charity…give the other the benefit of doubt.

Peace is existence with Faith, Hope, and Charity, and without anxiety. We each need peace in our lives to find joy. Peace is a state of mind, and not a physical condition. We have dubbed peace as a time without physical war, but, actually, it is a state of mind whether it be regarding one concern or many.

Joy is not happiness, but the juice of the soul as it feeds/nurtures the personality. Joy is the result of inner contact. We speak of it as the “droplets of joy“that we experience in meditation. As we are sitting quietly, and waiting on the Inner Lord to vibrate the presence of the Divine that is with us in some kind of way, and we can make note of the presence as we are wait. We may detect a thought or we may not; our task is to sit quietly and learn “to wait on the Lord”. We must learn to live through experiences without being ruled by anxiety if we would be joy-filled.

Bible stories are looked at with the highest perception that we can bring to them at any given time. I recently ran across a reading by Joan D. Chittister, “In the Heart of the Temple,” in which she writes regarding the Samaritan Woman at the Well:

“The Samaritan woman was an ordinary woman doing ordinary things who
got an extraordinary insight into the fullness of life and was given an
extraordinary task in a pagan world and they listened to her.

She was a prophet, an unacceptable evangelist, a powerless figure, an
apostle without portfolio. She wasn’t a man – yet and she was to give the
greatest testimony of all time.

She wasn’t a Jew – and she was to announce the .Messiah. She was neither
politician nor priest, and she was given the gift of understanding and living
water and power and empowerment. And they listened to her.

Likewise, there is a revolution going on in today’s church [I might add our society], as well. Like the Samaritan woman, people, very ordinary people, are discovering the energy, insight, and power that comes with the spiritual life. It happens that when the Holy Spirit gets out of the chanceries and into the world, quite ordinary people are spiritually empowered to seize some gospel decisions of their own.

They’ve come to some spiritual conclusions: that racism and sexism are sinful; that peace is possible; that socialism is not that bad; that hard capitalism is not all good; that authority has limits and the Word of God lives in each of us.

Because Jesus [Spirituality] has turned their very ordinary selves and their very ordinary lives into an extraordinary awareness of the Presence of God – that is in them as well as in the powers that be.

They have discovered the spirituality that empowers them, like the Samaritan woman, and they will not be silenced.” [Bracketed comments in the above are this author’s.]

What is it that the inner nature waits for? It waits for your innermost attention.

Because we know this is the time, approaching Advent, of the closeness of the Great Sun Being, we know the Solar Deity is close at hand. We want to be in right relationship with the Presence. We sit quietly while learning to be content to sit. We are each to become the handmaiden or manservant of the Great One.

Can we imagine that every morning a fresh vibration is sent out to sustain us?

Why is it that we do not sit down with our cup and catch that energy? Do we not know how? Do we not believe this to be so? Have we lost our way? Do we have misplaced values? Are we too busy to receive our blessings? As we experience this Sunday’s theme of Hope and Joy, we will be daring and willing to ponder what is it that keeps us from better participation in the known steps toward transformation, transmutation, and transfiguration. Is it that this wondrous process has not been our highest priority? Is it time for a re-thinking so we can make some re-evaluation of what might be our Soul purpose?

It is not everyone’s purpose to move elsewhere, to join a church, or even go to school; although I might personally love that. Some are to work in the world to learn and transform it by their kind and sensitive presence. To others, it is their job to make money (and to support the agencies or individuals who are doing the Holy Work), or to do volunteer service, and support the work of the Masters as it is perceived through their own inner senses. Each of us has a reason for being, and as we discover this, we discover HOPE and JOY. For this we walk through Advent with dedication.

“And the angel said to them. “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people” –not just for some, but for all.

We accept the message of good news. We know it is possible for the Presence to be born in us, and we shall mature that Precious Point of Consciousness toward a greater fullness. We rejoice and give thanks.

A nice practice to deepen the Advent process is to read Christmas Cards out-loud. When you finish each, pause and say a brief prayer, or send positive energy to the individual who has thought of you in this kind way. You will begin to be more conscious yourself while sending Christmas Cards to others. Sending them not just unconsciously or duty bound, but knowing that you are learning to be a more conscious being, no longer living by rote or just because others do this.


Fourth Week of Advent – Identification

 
We rejoice in this fourth Sunday’s theme of Identification, and as such we must focus more clearly on what it means to be Christed. If we would want to identify with the Christ Child, we first need to understand how to identify with someone with which we have something in common.

In order to identify with Christ Jesus, humanity tells the story of his birth; we, too, each have a birth story, which we have probably heard many time. We each then matured into one who could identify with new conditions in a family and/or new phases in our life – each stage does require some preparation.

Last Sunday, we recognized the importance of hope and joy as we sought ways to face life with its many kinds of experiences. We realize we need to be conscious and to know how to touch into the Divine so we are able to sense the Presence. As we seek to identify we realize each moment is new and to be savored and experienced as fully as possible. We learn to treasure the inner self, and to understand the Presence within can work through us just as the Presence within Master Jesus worked through him. We realize, “It is not ourselves, but the Christ within who does the work.”

We utter, “Let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be likewise in me.” We will identify with the highest and holy in our awareness, so that indeed, our life might reflect that Spirit of God within each of us and to All. We are a divine being in disguise quietly going about our business until we have the inner prompting to become more apparent. But even as we do our work rather quietly, we know as conscious beings that we multiply our impact upon the human collective.

Mary Gray, author of Gateway to Liberation, taught that humanity needs fear, hatred, and pain to keep it from receding into materialism altogether. I believe pain pushes us toward higher emotions, likewise to give us another perspective. Because we have suffered, we can have compassion for the other who suffers. Because we have felt pain, we would like to minimize the pain another feels.  And out of our struggle to control life, and to stop the pain, suffering, or hostility, we break through into a sensed awareness of the something more that is possible for Life itself. And we begin to quest. We are being moved along whether we can see it or not.

We stand today in much the same position as the people of the changing of the age from Aries to Pisces (Jesus’ time). There were many who were expecting the coming of the Messiah. But how would they know? Some did and some did not. The wise men were courageous enough to seek. They followed the star that seemed to be leading them to the long awaited Holy One. You and I likewise are preparing ourselves for the discovery of the Christ within.

We have moved through expectancy, preparation, hope and joy and now we learn we must identify with the Christ to go further. We cannot become something without first identifying with it – we have to be at least on a harmonic with it. We know we must choose a spiritual path, embrace self-discipline, open our hearts and minds, and learn to see the Christ in others. As an interfaith person, I would say it this way: to see the divine presence within the other.

As we light this candle for the fourth Sunday of Advent, let us ponder how to identify with the Christ in our lives today. How can we let the Christ look through our eyes, work through our hands, and love through our heart?

Sometimes this fourth candle is called the Candle of Peace- only when we allow the Christ to dwell within us can we find peace, true peace. Let us ponder “identification as one with the Christ”’ this morning. Scripture used for the fourth Advent Sunday might be:

Luke 11:9-13:

9) And I say unto you Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10) For every one that asks, receives, and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
11) If a son shall ask bread from any of you that is a father, will he give him  a stone? or if he asks a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12) or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13) if ye then, being evil (unripe) know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

And the truest verses (supposedly spoken by Christ Jesus) that encourage us to seek that holy resonance within ourselves we read:

John 15:12-14, and 16
12) This is my commandment: That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13) Greater love hath no man than this that a man (human) lay down his life for his friends.
14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Then one more verse:
16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained (endorsed) you, that ye should go and bring forth.

Our question is: What has the Greater Lord asked the Inner Lord to do while we are on our journey from the world of matter unto the-higher vibrating world of spirit?

As we focus on Identification this Sunday, and light the remaining advent candle, we are, in as many ways as possible, realizing all life is made up of various states of Consciousness. We experience the frequency of our thoughts, wherever we are focused, we attract and experience the pain, joy, or peace that vibration has to give. We do not have to make our process complicated. In fact, the simpler we can make our lives the more likely we are to stay with the focus or themes we have selected.

In Meditation training as we focus on a quality, and attune to it, time and time again, we grow that quality within ourselves. By attunement we begin to note whenever we sense that quality or aspect, whether within ourselves or within another, we come to recognize that frequency, and we can tell when we are in harmony with it or when we are not.

Identification holds before us the goal of allowing the Christ within to have room in which to grow. We feed it, exercise it, and release from our nature that which itis not. In such a way we have walked through the Advent Season more consciously than perhaps ever before. We have felt the sense of expectancy, done the preparation, rejoiced in hope and joy, and identified as best we can invoking our prayer, “Let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be also in me.”

I am reminded of a famous saying by a wise one whose name I cannot recall at the moment. Spiritual awakening is “When the Mind slips down into the heart.”

Likewise, when your values shift and you are ready to have no other gods before you, the Christ Within is maturing. This means each of us have a Divine Within and we are ready to recognize it.  Metaphysical teachings urge us to practice something until we become it. If we consciously Identify with the Christed Ones, we have a chance of becoming one, otherwise we have difficulty in finding the doorway. Identification (to be one with) creates the door to higher realities.

Enjoy looking at the four lit candles.. Take a moment and just feel your heart swell with love.   It has been a pleasure to spend Advent with you. As we have linked ourselves together, we have created a string of Christmas lights spread out across our country and around the globe. Each of us shines a bit brighter when we work together.

God bless each of you, dear friends, and let’s keep our lights May peace fill your Life.

Carol


If interested, I have audio devotions for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Dec 26, through Jan 6, the feast of Epiphany. It is a recorded teaching for each day.

These CD’s are for sale for $30.00 a set. , please call our office at 918-453-0250.

Intro to Sitchin Materials Workshop

In Whose Image Was Adam Made?
Is the story of Earth somehow related to Zecharia Sitchin’s studies?
How do Bible references line up with the Sitchin materials?

Zecharia Sitchin’s materials have long challenged us. Some of his unusual ideas are accepted and some difficult to accept.

Carol was intrigued to learn more of Sitchin’s studies after reading his book,  “The Twelth Planet”, documentary evidence of Earth’s origins and Man’s celestial ancestors. She proceeded to study with Sitchin resulting in a teaching certification of his materials.
Here is a picture of Carol with Sitchin and other class members around 1996.

She remains interested to this day and would love to share her understanding of the materials with you.
Join Carol E. Parrish,  October 15,22, and 29, 2015, at  7:00 pm CST for a focused tele-class as we study an Intro to the Sitchin materials. The planet Nibiru
Lords Enki and Enlil
The Sumerian cuneiform writings
The Old Testament references
Nephilim and the age old question “ Did the Sons of God marry the Daughters of Men”?

Registration is $30.00 and includes MP3’s and references emailed to you.  Call our office at (918) 453-0250 to pay by credit card.  We will gladly accept a check payable to:
Carol E. Parrish-Harra
701 E. Ridge Dr.
Tahlequah, OK 74464.

Carol is Coming to Minnesota Sept 8 – 15

Carol will be spending a few days in Minneapolis in September. We hope you can join her at the following speaking engagements:
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The Theosophical Society sponsors a fun weekend at Spirit United
Saturday, Sept 12 and Monday, Sept 14th.

Exploring the Divine Blue Print for Humanity….Sept 12, 2:00 to 6:00 pm

In four great steps we see how we have taken the strides to modern humanity and its great challenge. First, we look at the Evolution of the Human Group Mind with a brief glance of Lemuria, Atlantis and the question of an Inner World. Secondly, we review the major root races and the contribution each have made to our modern persons of today. Third, we see the Story of Earth’s Journey and its facing a present day Near Death Experience.  We ask from where does our help come as we explore the work of the hierarchy and Steps of initiation. Lastly, we see humanities present day work as we swim in the choppy water of the old departing and struggle to grasp the new energies of the Aquarian Age.

Introduction to Kabalah          Monday, Sept 14, 7:00 to 9:00 pm


We will take this evening, step by step, as we construction the Four Worlds of the Kabalistic tradition and glance at Jacob’s ladder using the age old diagrams to see the preserved wisdom of the tradition. After we journey through the Sephiroths, where we will recognize the familiar Chakra system, we will begin to discover tools of the more traditional study and discover valuable relationships to various studies that have contributed to the pool of wisdom…Astrology, Numerology, the Tarot etc…An eye opening exploration and Fun Topics!


” Friends, I look forward to seeing you” ….
Carol Parrish-Harra

For additional information please call Von Braschler (651-235-6645)
A welcome dinner is planned for Friday evening ….ask Von for details..

Three Parallel Evolutions: Human, Angelic and Spacial Tele-Workshop



The Three Families of Earth: Human, Angelic  and Spacial,  each has it’s blessing and it’s challenges. Is it possible to transfer from one kingdom to another? What is Humanity to achieve?

Please join Rev. Carol Parrish-Harra for a three part, tele-workshop August 6, 13 and 20th at 7:00 pm CST  as we explore what the unseen kingdoms may provide at this time of great change in planetary life.

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We will discover what the wisdom teachings say about life in other dimensions: angels and devas, terrestrials and extra-terrestrials. We re-frame fears by understanding the higher worlds and life everlasting.

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We learn how angels came to be and what they can teach us.

spacial

Find out more about space beings: what is known, what their purpose might be, what type of interaction is appropriate.

What about Masters and the Hierarchy—-helpers and messengers form higher realms? How do the kingdoms interact?

Join us as we explore what these unseen kingdoms may provide at this time of great change in planetary life.

Each tele-class is approximately 90 minutes and you will have access to listening to the classes by phone and we will provide an mp3 version for your computer.  The cost of the class is $30.00.

Please contact our office at (918) 453-0250 or email us rhonda@chapelofchristsophia.org  We gladly accept check, visa or mastercard. 

The First Anniversary of Charles’ Passing

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Here is May and the first anniversary of  Charles’ passing to the higher world.

It has been a hard year for sure. With the loss of Charles and then the loss of Grace, changes in my office etc…this has surely been a year of change. I have struggled to handle these as well as possible and it means I do some days better than others…I guess this is the story of life and what we learn as we age. We earn the right to be an elder.

Some of things I have learned are really significant. I miss my friends from the Seminary; so few stay in touch as time passes. The Village is not the warm and friendly place it once was and I believe all of us regret that. I am making new friends and have more friends in town that I did in the past. Charles and I had made friends with the gent who went to Washington DC with him. We have become like family and that makes me feel less alone.

Eric lives in the Village and I see him and girlfriend regularly. She is wonderful with me and I hope something comes of this. Judy lives in town and I see her about weekly. Karen lives in Broken Arrow, has a favorite guy in her life and I like him. He is also interested in spirituality and we have many interests to share. It seems like my personal life is being enriched in new ways.

I continue teaching my Conversations with Carol classes and I love this opportunity to teach and share. I am still writing…another book is flowing forth. This one is about the Fire and Water Mysteries so I can get my love of fire…Agni…down on paper. I have studied this for years and have not done as much as I want with this ideas I have gathered. I know writing is my hobby and love as it is teaching just as much as being in the front of a classroom.

This year I have decided to become a “snow bird”. I have children, grandchildren and Charles’ sister in Florida and I love the idea of spending a bit more time with them. I have to figure out how to take Holly with me and all kinds of details to settle because the idea is still new to me.

Jesse is settling in North Carolina and is thrilled with new ideas for himself and Isaac. I feel he is well launched and on his way. I have been asked, am I moving? No, I love my home, it is my dream house and here I can drive myself to town, beauty shop and Wal Mart. This love of independence keeps me fine and happy and living in my own style.

Be in touch as you will; I love to hear from you.
Blessings,             Carol computer
Carol

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Building the Celestial Body

    You may have heard, as I have for many years, references to “there is no death” and even that the physical body should not be cremated because we must have it when we are raised up. One of the objections raised to reincarnation becomes, which body will be raised up in the last day?

     Some in the culture of ancient China saved their cut hair and fingernails all during their lives so that upon their death the pieces could be placed in the grave or tomb in order for the person to be ready for their use in restoring the body back to life. In Orthodox Judaism, as in some more fundamental Christian denominations, it is believed that the Messiah will resurrect dead bodies upon his coming; likewise some Orthodox Jews even retain amputated body parts to be buried with a person.

    With these ideas floating around, I hope you will see how great the difference is in esoteric thought regarding all of this and so the ideas we explore today are to provide both new insights and perhaps prompt some new actions.

Let’s begin with a discussion of the cross, the crucifix, and the plain cross.

     The cross itself is an ancient symbol to remind us the energy of the higher world descends to become what we know as dense matter; indeed that earth energy is densified spirit. The vertical stand also remind us that earth energy is to be uplifted to higher consciousness and that in process as we reach the heart center we should bring our will into harmony with higher will, so signified by the crossbar. We come to know spirit is free flowing consciousness and matter is consciousness densified.

 crucifix     The crucifix reminds us of the crucifixion of Master Jesus, His sacrifice and the price He paid for being a holy one who shared His spiritual journey. As He was the Piscean avatar, He personified “serve and suffer” and now, as the age is closing, we need to realize the purpose of having a spiritual journey is not to suffer, but to move toward “joy”. Divine joy is to experience the juice of the Soul. We are to become joyous persons as we embrace higher life.

     Some years ago, a Jewish rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel dared to challenge religion by suggesting it should be spiritual. It did not go down well with many. This gentleman was a co-worker with Dr. Martin Luther King and marched with him at Selma, Alabama.

     Rabbi Herschel taught that prayer, which he called the song the universe sings to itself, is useless unless it is subversive—shattering pyramids of callousness so writes, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Heschel went on to say that some kinds of political action—not all— could become a form of prayer, as when he said after marching for voting rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, ” I felt that my legs were praying.”

     Today we struggle as we come to realize as disciples we have no choice between faith and works, as disciples these become one and the same. Our society is having this struggle daily with issues of slavery, mistreatment and abuse, etc. This is natural as we consider humanity is preparing itself for initiation. We must each dare to ask, is it enough to go to church on Sunday and support non-profits or should we be having Social Action as a result of the faith we claim?

This awareness is a beginning movement toward discipleship. Once we recognize that we are both spirit and matter we have moved from the base of materialism. We have experience a step toward probationership whether we know it or not.

    There are writers who claim Jesus to have been an Essene and part of the uprising against him was because he took an oath not to reveal the secret teachings and then gave them in parables to the public.

Historically, it is now documented that what we know as the Lord’s Prayer was at least three hundred years old at the time of Jesus, not original with him. Yet, most of us think of it as his personal creation.

    At any rate, there was a major change at about that time wherein mystery schools, private enclaves, ancient wisdom traditions that had always been closed began to die and only watered down versions began to be taught in public.

     Prior to that time, mystery schools were closed and only persons that proved their capability, abilities, and positions in society were accepted. Generally there was no upward mobility into these positions; one had to be born into the “right’ bloodline to enter one of these streams. When Master Jesus took the information to the public, even though veiled in parables and one-liners, the door to discipleship was open to all: to rich and poor, master or slave, male or female, Jew or Gentile. From that time until now various outer approaches have been taught to those who desire some exposure and the inner practices demanded of the initiation process are veiled until a teacher feels her charge is ready for the next step.

     Our friend and often a challenger to complacent Christianity, John White, says,” Sacred traditions and metaphysical schools of thought generally agree that reality is multileveled and that each level of reality is composed of different energies or of matter with different degrees of vibration and density. At one end of the spectrum is purely physical matter; at the other end is pure spirit prior to its manifestation as matter and energy.

     This spectrum of substance is one of the two primal forms of God constituting the cosmos. The other is the spectrum of consciousness. Together, they are the inner and outer aspects in a deathless body of light, the perfection of the human body-mind.” (Excerpt from Resurrection and the Body of Light, Quest Magazine, Winter, 2009) spirt is matter

     There are many steps to be taken in discipleship. there is the new awareness that comes as an awakening when we realize we are both spirit and matter. Not just as an intellectual process, but a shift as a result of something penetrates our mind in such a way that there is a pain-prick into the old mental nature and in this moment we make a shift. As this penetration occurs with it comes a change in us. We begin to ask the great questions, What is the purpose of Life? Why? Is there life after death? this is the mental awakening prompted by the fire of the spirit, as referenced by John the Baptist in both Matthew(3:11) and Luke (3:16).

     Then there is the second awakening when we have an experience that changes our reality. A deep insight can do this or an occurrence that makes us wonder why me? Why not me? Everyone else is killed in an accident but one person. He/She begins to ponder and as a result becomes different. Perhaps with the response, God left me for a reason or some variation of this.

     These are the movements that stir deep within the mind-body to wake us up, or we may go back to sleep, as it is most called. Most of us look back and can locate just such stirrings within our own nature. They may intensify and focus wisely and advance our awareness as is the real purpose of life itself.

     In fact, a major purpose of religions, spiritual teachings, the path or even philosophy is to assist the human being in building a conscience… a soft feeling indentation… in the midst of our sense of it all. We need to begin to sense, feel, be tender to the feelings of others, of life itself to become “trainable.” I am not talking about just basic self programming, but a humanizing sensitivity.

     The next step in awakening is a profound inner moment of personal consciousness interacting with the Soul. This is the moment when opportunity for soul consciousness begins to penetrate the astral reality. This is what training bout right and wrong seeks to do as one seeks to train a sensitive conscience: To sensitize an individual to higher impulses. If one has this sensitivity one can then “feel” with it a prompting that could/can possibly assist one to move toward the First Initiation and the birth of the inner presence within one’s own self.

     We rarely hear the Path of Discipleship as discussed in churches get past “the blood sacrifice of Jesus, salvation, Good Friday and Easter morn.” The church asks that the listener is cleansed from sin and redeemed form damnation by accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as price paid. Therefore; we are to embrace Jesus’ rulership and give due obedience to God’s Law, or Jesus’ teachings according to a particular denomination and/or bible version.

     With due respect, Esoterists do not believe this. They believe we are to follow Master Jesus all the “Way” to become Christed beings ourselves and that to do this, we must change.

     Change does not just mean, “Change our mind, our costume and our outer habits.” It means the body itself is to change. Oneness with God implies this journey, but it is rarely explained  to Westerns. The models used by the western tradition find their origins based on the ancient yogic chakra model which gives seven stages of development corresponding to the chakras.

     Enlightenment is the acknowledged highest of these stages.  There are sub-stages of Enlightenment that we speak of regularly: these lesser steps are known as transformation, transmutation, and transfiguration and lead us as we begin the ascent to soul-infusion.

     Transformation, at this beginning stage is the transforming of our outer lives, truly a stepped down version of a transformation of the inner vehicles that will occur later. People get “saved” and try to do better,for example.

     Transmutation acknowledges the changes that occur in the astral and etheric bodies as we do purification work; the astral is amped up by the mental vibrations with which it comes in contact, not just one’s own thoughts, but even assisted or hindered by the thought-forms of our society and the world in which we live. The serious student realizes this and studies rich mental food, avoids mental garbage and intensifies his/her focus and effort to gain access to guidance from higher vibrating realities.

     Transfiguration is actually the reflection of the higher stages that are to occur within the subtle vehicles themselves. At this place in our journey, we comprehend transfiguration as the body-mind becoming receptive to the Divine Radiance and being flooded with it. Recall the Transfiguration of Master Jesus on the mountain top.

transfiguration-of-jesus     We speak of this as sensitive to the Christ Counsciousness, or Self Realization, or coming into alignment with the Holy. This step, known also as the third initiation in most Christian Occultism is most often considered the for REAL initiation. Just  as the mystical marriage—reflected by Mary and Joseph kneeling by the manger for the divine to be born within at Winter Solstice–is called the mystical marriage, now also we knw the Mystical Marriage as Soul-Infusion in its more mature form.

     Now transformation is truly manifested. Here we are doing/becoming the energy worker his or her self. The consciousness is no longer fixed on the lower vibrating realities, phenomena, or personality levels so much but is now fixed at a point higher, called by whatever name. We are to each carry the Healing consciousness as we go about the business of living the days of our lives.

    In Esoteric Christianity we know this point as the Planetary Christ, the Divine Son. (Let the mind that is in Christ Jesus be also in me Philippians 2:5) The earlier point in Christianity is usually fixed on the personality of Jesus. Jesus, as The Christ, calls himself “The Way” or Son of Man and points us toward the Christ for we are to become One with the Kingdom at this higher level. Here on the journey one is God realized, experiences Christ Consciousness, or Divine Awareness, or Blessed and Holy. Spontaneous burst of the “Holy Spirit, Sophia, Shekinah, the Kundalini” keep acting on the subtle bodies in a ways which change continues to happen, but the journey does not end.

     John White, our wise and wonderful friend and teacher, explains that as this interaction is occurring we are indeed, not just building a light body as so often we speak of the change of the mental vehicle into the causal body,but indeed there is another body that is deathless.

     The perfection of this vehicle into a body that has been cooked, as Torkom Saraydarian speaks of it, or the kind of body that Lord Babaji uses when he comes and goes through the planes touches humanity and continuously energizes the evolutionary process. We can think of the Communion of Saints as called by the Christians, and Sages before the Throne of God by others, or the Celestial Hierarchy of our planet by many, or the Rishis of Old in the East. Also, there are other holy apparitions that may choose to manifest form this plane.

     Remember the principle, “as above, so below.” The warnings we hear about psychic development are because it is true that human beings do mistake the reflection of the real. We use similar terms reminding ourselves and others that psychism veils greater mysteries, until we advance to planes where some veils are removed. Then we can see through the remaining veils more clearly. Each new vehicle vibrates at the appropriate frequencies, for the plane upon which it is to do its exploration, learning or work. We can call it as it serves us.

     John White, in exploring the model, says transubstantiation is the next step. Here the culmination of the entire evolutionary process of higher human development comes together resulting in a deathless body of light, the perfection of the human body-mind, and a significant step before the last step known as translation.

     Let us ponder transsubstantiation for a moment. Perhaps we have related the word only to the bread and wine of communion and the profound thought connected to that moment of consecration when the properties of the materials change into the deathless energy of the Great Lord Christ. The communion charge continues as I might say esoterically; let this be for each of us whatever it can be.

     The concept is much the same. The materials of the denser plane, now heated and sensitized continue to be acted up by the fohat of the higher in such a manner–although not understood rationally–as to render the carbon material into invisible substance divine.

     What Saraydarian would reference as cooking in this process where fohat is heating things up to facilitate the alchemical change that all dense matter will,in time, undergo. Each step in vibration is lifting density into a higher frequency. Today as humanity and the planetary deity are preparing for initiation, they are being “heated” for the change of resonance. They are to vibrate in resonance to a higher tone, we might say. Others could say to the Om of the universe.

     Translation is the stage most difficult both to grasp and in all probability to experience as from here one is returned to the Light from which one has come, the journey home is done. Now culminates the entire evolutionary process. Think of the drawings of the globes you have seen, as the planet descends form the mental realm to the dense world.

     Now we recognize we are to return to the Source (Preluminous Void, the term John White uses) rising, like the phoenix, as we master stages of consciousness in our awareness and at the same time stages of frequencies in the essence of our vehicles we use to transcend plane after plane. John explains this terms as the condition of God before He manifested a cosmos, before he said “Let there be light.” In that condition, God still has the aspect of three-in-one as Father, Son and Hoy Spirit, as Creator-Father-Son-Redeemer and Holy Spirit-Preserver. But the latter two aspects are only in potential; they have not been actualized yet.

     The light body, the essence body of transubstantiation, is now the vehicle of divine that is capable of merging back into the Source form which it has come delivering all of it’s learnings, a stimulated consciousness back to the Source.

     With work done, the prodigal son/daughter returns and is welcomed. Upon acceptance the prodigal also changes the consciousness of the divine parent as it delivers the learnings of its journey to the family of origin.

     What can we get from this? Every act/crisis/situation/opportunity has value. The alchemical nature of our being is being heated up and we have opportunities to see beyond the surface of our teachings, the veils, to discover more if we can yet resonate with it.

     To ponder on such stirs the ethers and discusisons on these topics provide thought forms that become as stair steps for inner stimulation much more than the idea of seven steps and we are home.

     We once believed this when we played hop scotch, as a child. We now have come to know a great paradox: it is all true and none of it is so.

     Now we know what Paul meant when he said, “Behold, I show you a mystery (1 Corinthians 15:51) He goes on to explain in this chapter that we are sown as terrestrial bodies but rose as celestial or spiritual bodies. Now we have insight as to how this mystery occurs. It is affirmed: from this world you can not get out alive, but there is no death.

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What a seed thought, but true.

Carol E. Parrish

January 12, 2009

Books Sale!

Just in time for the holidays! Rev. Carol E. Parrish-Harra is offering an amazing collection of books.

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Aquarian Rosary

  • Why Mantra Yoga, Aquarian Age
  • The ray influence hidden in the rosary

Sophia Sutras

  • The veils of the unknown
  • History of feminine personifications

Dictionary of  Spiritual Thought

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  • Modern soul exchanges

 

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  • Transformation, transmutation, transfiguration

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  • Building the Antahkarana
  • The nature of spiritual maturity

Dictionary of Spiritual Thoughts

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  • Life and Death, Two Sides of the Coin
  • Learning about the Shadow Land

Sophia Sutras

  • The Veils of the Unknown
  • The ray influence hidden in the rosary

Messengers of Hope

  • Preparing for a future humanity
  • Modern soul exchanges

 

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1st Week in Advent

The Advent Message

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A time to prepare to forgive and to hope, a time for settling grievances,
new beginnings and recounting our experiences on the journey to perceive their impact in a new way. Those on the path are readying themselves for the next step because the life of Master Jesus is seen as representative of the initiatory steps taken by each aspirant during the course of becoming Christed.

So I have a bit of chosen scripture for today from the Bible James 5: 7&8.

Be patient, therefore, Brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the Earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You, also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Annually there is a great celebration in heavens and on earth. The Heroes/ Stars of our society move into position for their walk on the red carpet. Today we stand with expectancy to hear the call. Are we ready to walk the purple carpet, to greet others as dedicated as we, to attune ourselves to the sounds of the music of the spheres, to be rewarded with the voice of spirit and the magnificent images of the higher world. Advent calls us “to come”.

Each year the cycle begins again with all the excitement of new beginnings. Our inner nature receives the call to move forward on our quest, some hear, others do and some don’t. Some allow fear to hold them in restriction, some are not interested,some know it means change and they are not ready for change.

The word Christ, from the Greek “Christos”, means anointed, enlightened, aware, and refers to the one carrying the Light, as in “I am the Light; Ye are the Light of the world. Ancient teachings reveal that each of us who walks a spiritual path ultimately reaches a state of divine at-one-ment, that is to say, becomes Christed. Jesus said, “he who believes in me shall do the works which I do; and even greater than these things he shall do.” (John 14:12). The exalted destiny of humanity, is to mirror a pure reflection of divine consciousness: as above, so below.

Thus, from an esoteric perspective advent is pregnancy, the nativity is a symbolic birth, the portrayal of humanity’s awakening and the quest. We can thus think of the wonder-filled symbology of the nativity as a silent portrait of the developing consciousness guiding us toward our source.

The symbol of the star over the Earth leading the Magi is the presence of the higher light of love, lots of vital energies. It represents the Christ of the planet—the Planetary Christ—not Jesus but the Planetary Christ-who watches over the Earth’s process of humanity’s awakening. Advent launches the Christmas season with its goal of tenderness and love softening our hearts and minds.

We enter a period leading us to the inner birth:

a time of preparation, purification, and prayer,
a time to develop joy in the midst of the darkness of the winter.
Water mysteries are to birthing a conscious relationship with our inner nature,
to love others, and to create a sense of expectancy and hope.

The Water Mysteries build the sacred insights and tenderness needed in order to come to an understanding of the first beginning steps on the path. The Christmas season adds us in developing the delicate inner nature and leads us to Epiphany, the laying of our gifts at the feet of the holy newborn, as did the Kings.

For some Advent brings the opportunity to meet and greet the Water Mysteries. Here we prepare ourselves to allow our spirit to deepen its sense of love, hope, and joy. Here we see the golden model of good that asks us to care, feel, and rejoice in beauty and goodness even if no one around us dares to do so. We allow ourselves to respond to the spirit of Christmas, the music, the changing vibrations. We embrace the parables believing that we too can experience a few droplets of the rich inner reality that beacons us to open ourselves to a new condition.

All of this, is a part of Advent; we are called to come out of an artificial sophisticated society and let something within ourselves expand a bit. The secret desire of the inner nature is to fly free, find its tenderness, yet know its strength and dare to be. Advent sends out a call and some part of us moves toward a new awareness through the presence of the silent self.

Advent is arranged in such a way for us to do contemplations on a known path: expectancy, love & preparation, joy & hope, as higher consciousness intrigues us. By the end of the season we are to know ourselves with our new identity.

We will do practices that lift our consciousness while symbols and music quiet the restless outer nature. There is a power behind Advent that until we reaches a certain stage of inner depth the subject evades our total life experience. If we hear the word it escapes us, till it is our beginning. We begin our walk toward excellence and the softening of our nature.

The Water Mysteries provide teachings and practices that stimulate the divine seed within to come to stir. A seed to germinate has to have both water and light. The seed within us has the same needs. Tears of both joy and sadness supply the water, the questing mind brings light on the seed. Together a sprout emerges that increases our tenderness, even though at times, we try to resist. Our feeling nature is flooded with a desire for tenderness; the heart is stimulated to care, touch others, and to respond to needs.

The vibrations of the season work inwardly on each of us encouraging a higher vibration, a more caring nature. Each of us will, in time, experience the birth of the inner presence and the dedication of our true nature to the initiatory path. We have to give ourself to something we determine is worth it. Just as we have to have water to sustain the outer body, we have to have tenderness, love-caring and generosity to continue the creation of our path.

Teachings tell us, as well, for humanity to be ready for the winter event of the darkness, we are to turn inward to survive and contemplate the purpose of life, at least our own. Our usual tough and self-centered nature longs to express its more generous side, the something that has been germinating desires to bloom.

From Winter Solstice to Christmas Eve the world is bathed in long swirls of cosmic energy that are moving the planet to a higher frequency, a new notch. The collective, as well, has been amped up; humanity is made new. The symbology tell the story whether we understand it or not. The cradle is our heart and it longs for the birth to fill it.

The influence of the higher world and the wise among the founding fathers of the Church realized these transforming power of these mysteries. Some could see etherically the change of frequently that humanity experienced. Some knew the wisdom ways and so prompted the birth of the expected messiah to be celebrated midst the shift of the planet as had been done previously by prior wise ones.

Thus the birth of the one who was to be the Piscean Christ was anchored to the holy night of winter solstice. Thus the stage is set for humanity to embrace the birthing hour and annually to experience the holiness that encourages new growth.

At Winter Solstice each year we are given the opportunity of meeting the energy of the Christ in our inner work. But quickly before we believe that is all the magic, wonder and transformation that is offered to us, Let us realize an even greater picture is taking place and you and I are apart of an even great experience.

Remember we defined Advent as meaning “to come”. Remembering this we must remember that we are also, in the advent of a New Age. You and I have the good and serious fortune of having been chosen to be in the generation of humanity leading the collective into the new creation, the Aquarian Era.

We are charged to sense the impulse of the MANU, the teacher, of this new era and a new civilization. We are to respond to a new keynote. A new kind of life, a new understanding, a new ability to love and a new science is to open the door to a civilization born of our struggles for equality, rights and privileges.

We are creating a new mind and a wiser collective that will build a greater understanding of energy, ethics and the power of culture. We know we are to each guide ourselves and to release others. We have opened the door between the inner and the outer realities, both in ourselves and in the outer physical world as well.

We desire to see the infant self become the wise and caring self, unafraid of criticism knowing with the power of love, healing, and the attunement to the higher good for all, we recreate time and time again.

We are in this Advent of the New Era, under the influence of the Seventh Ray and Ceremonial Magic. We are gaining new tools for recreating all that is. A large number of incarnated persons are moving from third dimension, to fourth, and will continue to advance from fourth diminish to fifth.

We are a more refined creatures than our ancestors and with the awakening of the heart center, we will become even more the golden human of the grand carpet, the purple runway…We may not be Oscar but perhaps Oliver and Oprah. Advent is more than most understand. It is a call to be made new and Spirituality will bear its fruit.

A special but simple practice each of us can add to our private advent devotions is to hold each Christmas card we receive and send love and best wishes to that one/family for a brief minute. Practice LOVE.

I send you my Christmas blessings and I hope you enjoyed our time of preparing for the holy days/water mysteries/Christmas, Carol Parrish

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