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The Personality of the Devine

Posted on January 28th, 2021 by Don Cerow

    The face of God changes over the course of time. How civilization relates to Him (Her or It) defines how we as a people react to the course of history, of how we relate to the Earth and treat each other.

      If we look back to when the Vernal Equinox, the Spring time marker, was moving through the constellation Gemini (an AIR sign), the art and architectural world was filled with images of birds and eggs. Each egg represented a new year or a new blessing carried high into the sky. The Easter Egg continues to uphold this Springtime tradition even though its time is long past. 

      When the Vernal Equinox moved through the constellation of the Bovine, the Cow and Bull as Apis and Hathor were elevated to supremacy in the Egyptian pantheon. Sumerian and later Hindu cultures followed suit. In India the cow continues to be held in high regard to this day.

      Springtime Ram and we find Greek, Persian, Hindu and Hebrew cultures. As the constellational precession moved on terrestrial cultures moved in lock step with it. 

      With these cultural shifts the personality of the Supreme Being also changed. The Bull was agriculturally happy, the god of the Old Testament angry. 

      Fishermen take over in Pisces filling their nets and feeding the multitudes. 

      In Homer the flight of birds is translated as the Divine Will. In Egypt whether the Apis Bull meandered to the left or right side of the royal path was interpreted as the Will of God. In Genesis Abraham’s hand is stayed and the Ram is substituted. For Pisces Christianity has evoked a kind, compassionate, sympathetic Creator for all those willing to surrender. True, too, of Islam.

      The celestial shift is happening once again. The Supreme Being is morphing into an Aquarian archetype, to a knowledgeable, interesting, fascinating god; one that is willing to work with us, not to be our saviour, but our buddy, our Amigo, our compadre, our ever loving invisible side-kick; one who laughs. not only with us, but sometimes at us. The following story is a glimpse of that kind of relationship and of what we can expect in the years to come.  

St. TERESA of AVILA

      The following text is from Dr. Janice Hadlock’s pioneering work, Recovery from Parkinson’s, available for free as a download on the Internet. There is much that I have learned while reviewing this material. I feel as though it has been an advanced course in electronics, acupuncture and wiring circutries; with my life and health on the learning line. Each of these separate themes fall under the dominion of Aquarius.

      In this particular passage Dr. Hadlock is relating a page from history wherein a memorable historical figure had Parkinson’s but went on to recover from it. It also demonstrates the changing archetypal day-to-day relationship that people over time will have with the Divine. 

Another great saint that suffered years of increasing immobility is St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Her doctors diagnosed her with a “disorder of the heart,” which back in her day referred to an emotional or spiritual problem, not a physical cardiac problem. (The relatively modern idea of the heart playing a role in blood circulation was proposed and proved nearly a century after her passing.)

Teresa’s immobility became so severe that eventually the other nuns in her order fed her by dripping sugar water into her mouth. However, after several years of nearly complete immobility, she experienced a great epiphany and completely, instantaneously recovered.

Because she spontaneously recovered from her steadily worsening paralysis, modern doctors have proposed that she suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy – a come- and-go syndrome that does not match her well-detailed symptoms. Although her symptoms were those of Parkinson’s disease, PD is officially incurable and yet she recovered. Therefore, doctors have looked at other syndromes for a possible explanation of her Parkinson’s-like symptoms and her remarkable recovery.

Following her sudden and complete recovery, she had a tendency to levitate. She was highly embarrassed by these “flights of joy,” which came on when she was overwhelmed with bliss from communicating with what she referred to as the “bodyless” and/or “formless” Christ: her invisible friend. She requested that the other nuns hold her down when these flights occurred.

Of course, these manifestations of physical lightness (the opposite of the physical sense of heaviness of Parkinson’s disease) got her into trouble with the church authorities. She had to go to Rome so that the Pope could decide if she was bewitched or was, in fact, attuned to God. The pope determined that she was divinely, not demonically, inspired.

After that, her spiritual superiors commanded her to write down the steps she had taken in attaining her profound relationship with the Divine. She described her inner life in her autobiographical writings, ‘The Interior Castle’ and ‘The Way of Perfection.’ She has become known for the intimacy of her conversations with Jesus and with God.

Although arrived at by her own reflections, her understanding of the steps that lead to knowing the Divine matches up fairly closely with the eight-step principles espoused by Patanjali.

Teresa of Avila’s influence is responsible for many modernizing changes in the Catholic church, including making it “legal” for Catholics to speak to God in the language of their own hearts instead of being restricted to rote recitation of prayers that were approved by the church fathers.

A famous story about Teresa recounts how, after her recovery, she was traveling in early spring to give a lecture or start a new convent or something: there are several versions of this story, but they all have the same general outline. In all the versions, she had to cross a rising river. She prayed to God that she might not fall in the river. Holding her clothes and possessions high over her head, she started to cross. (Some versions have her crossing in a cart.) She fell into the river and got drenched.

When she got to the other side, she shook her fist at the sky and demanded, “Why did you do that to me?!”

A voice answered, “This is how I treat my friends.”

Teresa immediately snapped back, “That explains why you have so few!”

Be good to God.

She’s had a busy day.

Live, love and learn-

               ~Don

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