When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you;
Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves, make yourself clean.
Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes;
Cease to do evil.
Learn to do well.
Relieve the oppressed,
Judge the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto the Lord what is the Lord’s”.
The Lord gets the soul and Caesar gets the taxes. This is very important because we have come so far from being able to clearly make that distinction. It may be easy to say what is Caesar’s—it is the price, in coin, that we pay for anything material. It is the rendering of that which is of the material to the material. Yet, when it comes to what is the Lords we become a little lost. So, let us specify some of those things which belong to the Lord. These things are: our compassion, our faith, our hope, and above all—our adherence to the most important of Commandments, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. This commandment translates into the Golden Rule, “Do unto others that which you would have others do unto you”.
When we do not live up to that Golden Rule, then we are rendering unto Caesar what is the Lords. When our material gain requires the loss of someone else’s faith, or hope, or even life—we are rendering unto Caesar what belongs to God. So it is also when we are not living our lives with compassion, love and forgiveness. For what is Caesar’s is not simply those things of Mammon—gold, silver, or wealth. What is Caesars are greed, envy, judgment, hatred, and revenge. If we take from others or cause directly or indirectly their harm for the sake of those emotions, then, we are rendering unto Caesar what belongs to God.
If, to succeed in the world of Mammon, as it was known then, or Capitalism as it is known now, we feel that we must render unto Caesar what belongs to God, then, regardless of how we justify ourselves we are stealing from God. This is why Jesus said that man cannot serve two masters:
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
This was not an admonition—it was a statement of fact. Yet, He also says that if we first seek the Kingdom of Heaven, all else will be added unto us. What this means is that if we live by the Golden Rule, show justice, compassion, love and forgiveness—whatever material gain we do receive, and we will receive it, will be blessed by the Spiritual. This is the blessing of the age to come. It will be that of balance. All will give and therefore all will receive, all will share therefore all will have—and what they have will be imbued with the qualities of generosity and love. The Lord and Caesar will be one—the essence of the Lord in the world.
How do we get so lost? It happens little by little, like all paths that lead away from God. We make little, almost unnoticeable compromises, that we, perhaps promise ourselves that we will later undo, or make right. Then it is as if we become lost in a fog that becomes thicker and thicker the farther we go. Soon, the compromises grow larger and larger and our resolve to make right transforms into our justification that we are right. Finally, we are either too lost to find our way back or too mesmerized by the glitter ahead of us to want to.
This is where man is today. We have over the past millennium become so lost in the world of the senses that we have decided it is where we should be. It makes no difference whether that world consists of our mansions, our corporations and our big cars—or the superiority of our religion over that of any other. It is only a matter of exchanging one worldly obsession for another because in all cases the cost of sustaining our obsession is born by our souls. Whether we are willing to kill for oil, kill for country, or kill for God—the result is the same—a broken commandment.
Yet, mankind’s destiny of harmony is fated to be learned through conflict—it is how we grow as individuals, as families, as nations and as a species. Over the past two thousand years it has been the conflict between the spiritual and the material, and between the heart and the mind, good and evil. Yet in the new age we will unite heart and mind to form Wisdom and through that wisdom we will unite the spiritual that is within us with the material that we are made of and spirit will truly inhabit the flesh and God will inhabit the world.
The lessons of this age have been carried in through the words of Jesus Christ for He ushered in the age of Pisces. Many times in His sayings He mentions the “end of this age”, that phrase is synonymous with Judgment Day. It is the day that this generation graduates. I believe that this day is not a day but a time—a period of years, perhaps decades—which will fully bring us into the Age of Aquarius. Christ said, “…For there are five trees for you in Paradise that remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes aquatinted with them will not experience death”. The trees are Faith, Charity, Joy, Peace and Hope.
His teachings were the same teachings as all of the prophets before him, yet, they were like the mustard seed in their growth around the world. Many people now, in the Christian world are talking about the ascension in flesh. This certainly seems like the best time to ascend. I believe that we do not really understand what that means. The physical world is a world of death. It is the valley of the shadow of death, because death is all around us, yet our souls walk through the shadow of death because our souls never experience it. By this time many of us are realizing that heaven is within not in some place out there. Since heaven is within, then we must certainly ascend to Heaven while we are in the flesh. This ascension is finding God or Spirit within ourselves and living it in our lives. Christ says, “For he (man) did not find it in the day he was in the body, so that he will not find it in the Day of Judgment”. It is stated in other words in Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”
We must live this commandment that was stressed by Jesus Christ:
The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. And then You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
He said, ”Get behind me Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men”. Here again it is the same choice, either the things of God or the things of Men. We have been battling this choice over the past millennium. We reached a point in the 80’s where the God that we worshipped was Satan.
If you look at the devil in the Rider Waite Tarot Deck, you will notice that the devil is holding the man and woman with chains. However, the chains are not locked, representing the fact that they can leave at any time. That card called the Devil represents our being chained to the material world. In reality the devil is not some horned creature in physical form. It does not require weird ceremonies and the sacrifice of virgins. The devil requires corporate downsizing to increase profits, factory closings to make more money, and the sacrifice of people’s livelihoods for the sake of greed. The Devil requires us to build ourselves up by putting others down. The devil requires that we hate and steal, whether it is a purse or someone’s business, or walking over the homeless on the street without even acknowledging their existence.
It requires that we condemn people because their beliefs are different to ours, or they look different to us. It is an energy that tempts us with the material world and binds us by our passion and our greed for possessions. It is that passion for worldly things, and for power over others, that is the fire of hell. Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted apart from the Father. Since it is not strong, it will be pulled up by its root and will perish.” Gospel of Thomas
For those things have no soul and cannot lead us in any way to God, but in fact, lead us away. The devil is all things that are void of love.
Many say that there is a battle going on between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. This causes a kind of imagery that I am not at this time comfortable with. Yet, there is a battle being waged now between the Spiritual and the Material. However we describe it the energy is the same. Yet a battle between darkness and light feels like a battle that is going on outside of us. The battle is not outside but is really being waged within. Energy is energy it has no form. We give it form and we direct it. Our choices will decide either which side wins, or if we can find the Wisdom to make peace between the two. There is an Hasidic Quotation that goes as follows :
On the day of destruction, power lies at the bottom of the deep and grows. If a pregnant woman goes into labor in the eighth month, when the time is not yet come, doctors try to stop her labor. But not so in the ninth month. If the woman goes into labor then, doctors try to increase it, so that she may soon give birth. That is why, formerly, when people called to heaven, begging God to free the earth of some misery, their prayer was granted, for the time was not yet come. But now that redemption is near, no prayer which ascends in behalf of the sorrowful world is of avail, but sorrow is heaped upon sorrow, so that the birth may soon be accomplished.
This is the same as saying that while we are learning, if we ask the teacher a question we are immediately given the answer. However, on the day of the final exam we will not be given any answers for now it is time for our knowledge and our ability to learn to be tested. If and how the end comes will depend upon our choices, but it is certainly clear that sorrow upon sorrow is being heaped upon the world. Yet we cannot pray for God to make things better, we must pray for God to give us a chance to make ourselves better.
Everything is catching up to us now. We are destroying the earth and the things of God, so that we may make more room and have more resources for the things of the material world. The more life that we destroy the more nature is destroying us.
Some delusional being decided one day that if we are created in the image of God, then we have to power of God. Over the past two thousand years we have built our own Tower of Babel. We have treated Mother Nature as though she were a thing to suck dry. She lives, and as we are seeing in the Gulf and around the world through disaster after disaster…she reacts.
All of the hatred and prejudice that we each repress is being played out by the racists and terrorists. Yet they are not acting in a vacuum, they are absorbing what has been hidden, the emotions that motivate those who move to segregated neighborhoods although they do not consider themselves prejudice, those who do not approve inter-racial or even inter-religious marriages, yet they do not consider themselves prejudice. It is all of these hidden feelings that are becoming manifest. Christ said, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]” Gospel of Thomas. In Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time for every purpose under the Sun. This, is the time to reap.
There are those of us who realize that in order to effect change we must open our eyes, however unpleasant, to that which must be changed. There are those who will hide from what is front of their faces and seek a liar to tell sooth them. The ancient alchemists knew that the world “out there” and the world within ourselves is the same. They saw that my separateness from you is the illusion.
Most people have resentments and prejudices that they hide, perhaps even from themselves, but now those feelings are being acted out within our society. We can no longer profess love and compassion we must become love and compassion. We can no longer consider ourselves alone. As an astrologer, I am one of those who believe that the Judgment Day began officially on August 11th 1999, the day of the Great Millennium Eclipse. This is our last chance to connect with our spirit.
We must begin to consider our immediate family one that is global. This generation of souls entered in the Age of Leo, and it is love in its highest form that we must learn. Up till now we have been learning to develop our individual abilities and our individual sense of self. Now in the Age of Aquarius we will be asked to take that love and sense of self and use it to serve the greater good of all. We were not meant to learn this the easy way. Yet how hard it is depends upon us. As it stands, we must learn it through terrorism, disasters, wars, hatred and disease. The good thing is that we still have a choice. We can still change. This moment in history is critical.
The earth is attacking us with a vengeance; we are attacking each other in the same way and will continue to do so until we learn what we are here to learn. Christ said,
Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary.
To stand solitary means to stand united as one. This is the purpose of what we are experiencing and will continue to experience into the new millennium.
Our collective unconscious, the fabric that holds us together has begun to tear apart, to have holes in it, just as the ozone layer has on the physical plane. We no longer have agreements to rely on. We are lost and seeking some firm ground to stand on. People see three sides of every issue, question every rule and break or ignore every law.
Things will change and we will be a part of that change, whether it is through disaster or through love. We have history for us to learn from. How many empires crumble because they become too heavy on top for the foundation to support. We must evenly distribute material of our world because there are cracks in the foundation and it soon will collapse. We can create that change if we begin within our own hearts. The world that we live in is the one that we create. Not merely by our actions but by our true intentions. We must change the world outside by changing the world inside. We must become one in truth. We must find the one truth, because we can no longer agree on any facts.
We are at the end of an Age. We must connect with those five trees, eat their fruits and become them. So it is important to know what the core curriculum was, and that core curriculum has been taught by sages and prophets since the beginning of time. It is the Word of God, spoken in all languages and by all of His incarnations. In this millennium, our teacher in the west has been Jesus Christ. It is time to love. Love someone each day, help someone each day and just give of your heart. We must make the changes in the world by making them within ourselves. It is never too late, not as long as we are here. There is no help that we cannot receive for us to be saved. But we have to choose who we will serve. Heaven will be on earth when it is alive within the hearts of man hearts. We must make every season the season of giving. We are the lost sheep, and when we return to our hearts we will be found. Jesus said:
The (Father’s) kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, ‘I love you more than the ninety-nine.
And those who assumed the form of my type will assume the form of my Word. Indeed, these will come forth in light forever and (in) friendship with each other in the spirit, since they have known in every respect (and) indivisibility that what is, is ONE. (Gnostic Scriptures, The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, Jesus speaking about himself, 65:19-33)
Karma is something that is really misunderstood. It is usually considered something that we earn – we earn good karma or we earn bad karma. Just how do we earn this karma? It seems like we earn it by either doing something good or doing something bad. However, if karma were a bucket the size of the earth, those explanations would be drops the size of mothballs.
Having done a number of past life regressions for people, I have found a whole new appreciation for and understanding of karma, sort of karma for dummies. Karma is really something that we have to learn – plain and simple. Here is an example of karma for myself, in this life. I have carried over into this life a feeling of extreme vulnerability in the physical world. My father was one of those larger than life characters, someone my husband would call a “Mans’ man”. I grew up feeling completely safe with him around. I did not take into considerations his character flaws, I just saw him as a MAN who was tough and strong and so he could keep the monsters away and insure my safety.
As I began dating, I was attracted to men who could protect me. The type of man that many woman are attracted to – MACHO. I was attracted to dragon slayers. I liked men who kept the masses at bay either through their financial power, or that physical energy that some men just emit. I met these men, and, as was my karma, they were equally attracted to me. We would even fall in love, or, more aptly put when referring to karma, we would fall into obsession. After countless disappointments, and sometimes a little violence, I found that the men I attracted to my life were not strong, at least not when it came to a strength that required more than lifting heavy rocks. In the end it always came back to my own strength. It was my karma to take responsibility for myself. Each time I handed over responsibility for my well-being to someone else, I paid a price, in love, in business, in anyway. Another karma that I had was with my self-worth and my lovability. Each time that I turned to someone else to show me that I was worthy, they challenged my worth. Karma is not necessarily about something that you have done to someone else, or to others in general – sometimes, very often, it is about something that you have to do for yourself.
My grandmother believed that she could not be loved for herself; she believed that she had to buy it, or place herself in a position that others needed her. She couldn’t give, although that is what she thought that she was doing – but there was a debt to pay for her giving and somehow in her mind this exchange was as close as she could come to being loved. My grandmother held on to every penny that she could. She did nothing, went nowhere and only used her money to hold on to the people that she loved. She believed that no one really loved her or could love her so she saved every penny. In her mind, no one would be there for her when she was old so she didn’t want to be in a position to have to depend on anyone, who she believed, would only reject her. After an unfortunate and unforeseen karmic turn of events she lost everything and had no choice but to rely on the kindness of strangers. However, those people that she was so sure would not be there for her when she was in need, turned out with open hearts blessing her with all of the love that she never believed possible in her life. That too was karma. It was the karma of learning. It is all the karma of learning.
I have a friend that I regressed to a number of past lives. In each one she was some kind of slave. Someone who was not given any value, except for one life, in which she did find and relish her own value and her own accomplishments after a childhood of being devalued. However, old habits die hard and she brought that same unworthy mindset into this life and was treated as a lesser being by the same souls who had done it to her in her past lives. However in this life she is learning and beginning step by step to assert her own power. And with each experience in which she does this – she finds that those souls who once intimidated her begin to treat her with greater respect. This is karma also. Perhaps with this karmic reinforcement she will become one with her own power and her own worth and the lesson will not require more lives, the karma will have been released. Most times we return to learn our lessons with the same souls but wearing different costumes in a different set. I believe that we choose to experience these lessons with the same souls not because they owe us, or we them, but because that soul level contact awakens in us those feelings that we need to rise above. We are innately intimidated by those who have left us with scars of feeling less than in past lives. Just as we awaken in them a need to treat us in a way that they may not really understand themselves in this lifetime. It is not so much that they do it to us, and then we do it to them. It is better explained as they do it to us over and over again, lifetime after lifetime until we do not allow it anymore. I have often heard someone say to me, “I don’t understand it, I only act this way with you”. It is because this drama is between us. Generally, this drama, repeated over lifetimes on different stages teaches a lesson to all parties involved, and it is repeated until the lessons are learned.
Of course there are the karmas that involve race, religion, social status, and power. Someone may be very poor in one life, and feel enormous resentment towards those who have more. That person may come back again poor, but in the next life that soul has the opportunity to amass great wealth. The lesson is in how they handle that wealth, just as there is a lesson in how one handles poverty. All roads lead to love, compassion, empathy, understanding, acceptance and brotherhood. All of these things must be learned but not just for the benefit of others but equally for the benefit of ourselves. Karma is ultimately about learning the lessons of unconditional love which inevitably leads us to the knowledge that we are all One, and that the totality of that One of which we all are is God.
We write our karma as we go along. We write the plot for our next life in this one. Reincarnation is about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. Karma is the path that we walk that mile on so that we may learn the true love of God, of other and of self and know that there is not differentiation between the three. That is the trinity that has existed since the beginning of time and before. Karma is not complicated. It contains no judgment, no punishment and no reward, except perhaps the reward of becoming the Love that we so desperately seek.