ZEN GARDNER : THERE IS A SEAL ON THE SOUL … which claims to represent the will of God
. . . . . that cannot be removed
None of us who were raised in the orthodox Christian Tradition are likely to remember the moment when the priest placed his index finger on our foreheads and moved it so as to record the shape of the cross on our tiny brows.
Yet this moment becomes a symbolic and strategic ‘freeze frame’ within the wider context of our initiation into the control system called ‘society’.
Some at the receiving end of this ritual have gone on to repeat it with their own children. Holding, or passing to the priest, the little bundle of innocence so that the mark of the cross can be painted onto that beautiful expanse which links the two temples. But there’s one thing one can almost certainly count on, the fact that almost nobody truly understands what they are doing.
Those who enter their children into this ritual, believe they are being guided by Christian doctrine and are happy to offer their offspring into the protection of the church. But just what the nature of this protection is, very few (if any) are aware.
How many even comprehend the excuse given for performing this act – which is that we all arrive on this planet marked by ‘the original sin’ as enacted by Adam, Eve, a serpent and an apple tree.
For it is stated in the liturgical documents of the Catholic church – and it applies equally to the Protestant faith – that one enters life on Earth as a sinner. Still bearing the load of an ancestral line of connection to ‘the fall’ in the Garden of Eden. The baptism ceremony, in or by water, supposedly washes the infant clean of this ‘sin’ and places him/her under the protection of Jesus and the church, which are, according to the Catechism, synonymous.
In Catechism paragraph 1237 we learn: “Since Baptism signifies liberation from sin and from its instigator the devil, one or more exorcisms are pronounced over the candidate. The celebrant then anoints him with the oil of the catechumens, or lays his hand on him, and he explicitly renounces Satan. Thus prepared, he is able to confess the faith of the Church, to which he will be “entrusted” by Baptism.”
Let’s summarize thus far: the newborn infant, arriving (or re-arriving) on Earth is not greeted as pure or in any way innocent, but as bearing the stain of ‘the original sin’. In order to be cleansed the infant is required to undergo an exorcism performed by the priest.
I emphasize this simply to remind us of the potentially huge significance this ritual could play on the unfolding life of the being upon whom it is performed.
Accepting that one is ‘a sinner’, once one is old enough to comprehend the meaning of this word, is a truly tragic start to life on Earth. Tragic for its fundamental misrepresentation of truth.
For it places the individual in question into a world where guilt and shame are established as the foundation upon which life is to be built.
I clearly recall the day when, as part of the congregation at our Anglican village church, I heard the vicar say “Repeat after me, I am a poor and miserable sinner…” I looked up and saw my mother repeating these words, and beyond her, the whole congregation doing the same. Their faces carried a fixed expression of sadness and obeisance.
I guess I was around seven years old at the time, but I refused to repeat these words. From that moment on I knew I was on my own on the greater path of life and would be unlikely to look back. It was a sober yet liberating moment. No one should be subject to a doctrine of superimposed fear and guilt, nor have ‘faith’ in any institution that attempts to pronounce on the will or word of God.
The official diktat of the Catholic church goes on to tell us in para 1250 “Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and to be brought into the realm of the freedom of God….. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.”
Thus we understand that the power to confer ‘Godliness’ on a newborn infant rests entirely upon a man made ritual performed by an institution known as ‘the church’ … which claims to represent the will of God.
Just the other day a Polish colleague visited. A talented natural healer. He grew up in a devout Catholic family but found himself blocked, energetically and spiritually. His life experience had led him to explore other avenues of spiritual growth which did not conform to the Christian doctrine. One day he decided to seek apostasia (permission to leave) from the Catholic church; so as to be independent of the ownership it claims over its neophytes.
At a prearranged appointment with the priest, he put his case for why he wished to be absolved of his baptismal commitments and removed from the church register. The priest listened and then leaned forward and said “ There’s a seal on the soul that cannot be removed.”
That particular statement reverberated jarringly around my entire being. It has such a sickening sense of finality. How could any institution have achieved such inviolable powers of judgement over humanity?
What is this invention called religion that claims the authority to irrevocably decide and impose the will of another – in this case our Creator. What kind of arrogance has been unleashed upon humanity by those who teach and uphold such doctrines?
My friend recalled that he did finally achieve his mission of being struck-off the official church register. The ‘removal of the seal’ had to be achieved by other means. Means that are known to a fair number of alternative spiritual healers.
Under the sub-heading ‘The Necessity of Baptism’ the official wording goes on to state:
Para 1257 “The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation … The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude … God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.”
Well, how very sensible of him..
Then, as if knowing it has gone too far, the soft pedal is applied “ Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved.”
Many many millions, over hundreds of years, have sought refuge in the church, to give guidance and leadership in matters of a spiritual nature. I myself felt drawn by the parables of Jesus Christ and gained some sustenance form a sense of mystery which can still be found in certain churches whose subtle energies rise above the standard teachings performed by vicars, priests, bishops and archbishops. This may be because many churches were built on ley lines and at places where strong subterranean energies intersect. Energies well known to the pagan communities that preceded the take-over by Judeo Christian doctrines.
In the process of replacing paganism, the church drew certain elements from that which it was ostracising. However, it felt a strong need to exert a tight sense of control over its initiated ones (neophytes) and to impose a dogma which, to give itself weight and orthodoxy, was said to come direct from God – or Jesus, son of God. It is here where everything starts to unravel.
Para 1269 “Having become a member of the Church, a person baptized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose for us. From now on, he is called to be subject to others, to serve them in the communion of the Church, and to “obey and submit” to the Church’s leaders, holding them in respect and affection.”
Here the crux of the deception is laid bare. Only those suffering a manifest lack of self belief and high levels of naivety, would willingly place themselves under the unquestioned authority of others, regardless of the spiritual authority those others claim to be in possession of.
Those who do ‘obey and submit’ quickly loose their ability to resist any and all forms of authority figure-heads. Be they in schools, clinics, government, the military or corporate conglomerates. They become slaves to the top-down pyramid of exploitation that holds the world to ransom to this day.
By claiming authority in the name of God, the church plays a crucial role in the formation of a doctrinaire power imperative which thrives on an unquestioning acceptance of its dark and deeply misguided agenda.
Being ‘wedded to Jesus’ and no longer yourself, might have some consolation within the terms of spiritual practice. However, the Jesus adopted by the church has been stripped of the revolutionary elements of the teachings that shook the foundation stones of that epoch. Teachings that challenged the status quo and dogmas of the Roman Empire and Jewish faith.
Look at this commentary on the gnostic gospels of the ancient Nag Hammadi texts:
“Orthodox Jews and Christians insist that a chasm separates humanity from Its creator: God is wholly other. But some of the gnostics who wrote these gospels contradict this: self-knowledge is knowledge of God; the self and the divine are identical.
Second, the “living Jesus” of these texts speaks of illusion and enlightenment, not of sin and repentance, like the Jesus of the New Testament. Instead of coming to save us from sin, he comes as a guide who opens access to spiritual understanding. But when the disciple attains enlightenment, Jesus no longer serves as his spiritual master: the two have become equal–even identical.
Third, orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is Lord and Son of God in a unique way: he remains forever distinct from the rest of humanity whom he came to save. Yet the gnostic Gospel of Thomas relates that as soon as Thomas recognizes him, Jesus says to Thomas that they have both received their being from the same source.” Elaine Pagels, http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/Pagels-Gnostic-Gospels.html
A veritable gale of fresh air blows through this illuminating discourse. Many of us will instantly recognize and respond to the message that reverberates through the Nag Hammadi gnostic writings. The ‘division’ which underlies the message of the Catechisms, is turned on its head by the powerful expression of a unifying principle that rejoices in the essential oneness of man and God.
It is clear that the deeply unifying wisdom expressed in the Nag Hammadi texts have suffered blanket pasteurisation through the ‘institutional prerogative’ of the orthodox church. That which has survived has only done so within the context of a ‘repackaged Jesus’ ensnared by the sticky tentacles of doctrinaire dogma.
Too many of the official purveyors of this man’s words have been shown to walk a walk that tells a very different story from the ‘road to purity’ that they publicly proclaim. One too often identified with the satanic rather than the sacred. Certain rituals of supposed worship, participated in by ordained leaders, have been exposed as blatant acts of child molestation, paedophilia and various other forms of sexual and and spiritual exploitation. Acts that cannot fail to expose the fundamental deception lying at the root of all forms of mass indoctrination.
Do these figureheads of the church believe themselves to be immune to the repercussions of such crimes against humanity?
Perhaps they do, as Catechism para 1272 states “Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation..”
Of course, in the greater order of things, there is no deviation from truth that cannot ultimately be atoned for. However, the Judeo-Christian tradition does not embrace Eastern traditions of karma and reincarnation; a route by which souls can be purged of the repercussions of dark deeds, over multiple returns to a third density existence and the subsequent ‘working out’ of that which blighted the path of emancipation.
For fallible mortals, a taste of power is hard to forget. Hierarchical pyramids of power such as those put in place through the establishment of the church, carry great allure for the institutionalised aspirant. Centres of religious belief, such as the Vatican, are steeped in the glittering robes of rank, the highest of which are heavy in gold embroidery and medals of ‘the faith’. Symptomatic of the vast wealth the church hoards in far flung corporate vaults.
What is on offer is a perversely materialistic interpretation of ‘the kingdom of heaven’ as against how it was expressed by the church’s very own Son of God.
In the end, the entire package resembles a vast Leviathan of static energy. A stagnant unmoving ‘mass’, lacking the courage to break its own chains of illusion. And ultimately an ‘unholy mass’ which inhibits mankind from taking control of his own destiny, provoking instead a pacifistic subconscious obedience to authority.
The perfect tool for the centralisation of power which lies at the heart of Illuminati ambition.
Para 1277 “Baptism is birth into the new life of Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the church herself, which we enter by Baptism.”
Baptism. In accordance with the Lord’s will: “A seal on the soul that cannot be removed”
An RFID chip placed under the skin of a newborn child..
Are these really great ‘advancements’ on the highway of human emancipation?
Or deeply deceptive tools for prolonging humanities enslavement..
*The Catechism quotations are from ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ Vatican Archive
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