“You of all beings know this. This is about the journey of faith, of love, of connection, of unity back to the Mother, back to the One. It is not about anything else.” (1)
What is he referring to? He’s referring to the journey of life from God to God.
Truly, at the absolute level of reality, though not at the relative, there’s only the return to God. Nothing else is happening.
The illustration at the head of this article calls to mind that journey. The Divine Child, in the center, leaves the first symbol for God, the tree of life, and journeys to the second symbol for God, the supreme “I” or eye.
In between “leaving” God (we never actually leave) and “returning” to God (having never actually left, we never actually return), we exist in the matrix or womb of matter, mater, Mother, as the illustration shows.
But we never actually exist within it. The Child of God, which is not material, is separate in essence from the physical world, and has no actual contact with it, as the picture shows.
And when we emerge from the Mother’s womb as a blazing Star of Light and when we return to the “I,” the one and only Subject, and join again with the only One that ever was, is, or shall be (we were never unjoined), the mission assigned to each and every one of us is complete.
Hildegaard of Bingen’s illustration to the right shows the relationship with a slight difference. The difference is that Hildegaard does not include a symbol for God as origin and destination, apart from the grey outer ring (the Transcendental).
However, as in the first illustration, the Child of God is again not actually separated from the grey circle, but exists suspended in it and inserted into the womb or matrix of the Mother, mater, matter. We too at essence are a spark of the Divine and not material; that is, not a part of the matrix of matter, which is often called “illusion” because it’s impermanent.
When the Child of God reaches term, it emerges again into the the Transcendental that it never left.
Between God and God on the journey of life lie endless lessons, all designed to show us, teach us, or demonstrate to us who we really are.
From our vantage point, our mission could be expressed as knowing our true essence, which is God. When we realize that essence, in a moment of our enlightenment, God meets God. For that meeting was all of this that we see and don’t see created.
From God’s point of view, every enlightenment is an opportunity for God to meet Itself. In no other way could this occur.
The moment of freedom from illusion is the moment when God realizes Itself. Sri Ramakrishna rendered this moment humorously when he said: “When Siva realizes his own Self, He dances about in joy exclaiming, ‘What am I! What am I!’” (2)
Bayazid of Bistun captured the wonderment of that exact moment: “I went from God to God, until they cried from me in me, ‘O thou I!'” (3)
The Divine Mother’s domain of matter is a lawful domain; no law can bind the Transcendental. She is all movement and sound; the One (which I call the Father) is still and silent. Therefore she’s depicted as a “voice,” the Voice of One crying in the wilderness, the Voice in the Silence.
She’s also depicted as a sound: Aum or Amen. Hers is the music of the spheres, the sound of creation, the universal and primal creative energy. Mother Aum is the Word of God, the Sound Brahman (God). With her palette of movement and sound, light and love, she creates, preserves and transforms this world of matter, in which the Divine Child lives and learns.
The journey from God to God can be envisioned as a circle. However the Child of God also follows a spiral, returning to the same lessons again and again, further down the road, until the lesson is learned.
The Fibonacci sequence (see below) captures this spiral journey of life back to the Center. It’s probably intended to awaken long-buried memories or significant downloads. Everything in nature seems to reflect the relationships prevailing among the Trinity.
This journey of life is one of, not simply physical evolution as Darwin and Wallace discovered, but also, and more importantly, spiritual evolution.
On the descent from God, the Divine Child enters ever deeper into ignorance as it penetrates lower into the dimensions of life. At some point it has a realization of who it is. That realization is powerful enough to send it questing, on the return journey back to God.
As it returns, it frees itself ever more from ignorance. Finally, it removes its blindfold altogether and realizes the ultimate truth. The pilgrim has reached its destination.
As J. Krishnamurti described it, looking at it from another vantage point:
“The really important thing is … the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. When once a man has seen that and really knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful.” (4)
I’ve been unable to do anything else but work for it. It was the substance of a vision I had on Friday the 13th of February 1987. (5)
I never tire of telling this story or reflecting on it.
As AAM said, all of this is about the journey back to the Mother, who is the One. It’s not about anything else.
(1) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow, through Linda Dillon, Oct. 21, 2015.
(2) Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 393.
(3) Bayazid of Bistun in Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy. New York, etc.: Harper and Row, 1970; c1944, 12.
(4) J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974; c1910, 17.
(5) “The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment – Ch. 13 – Epilogue,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/08/13/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment-ch-13-epilogue/.