MY ASSUMPTIONS AS A LAY CISTERCIAN AS I COMMENT ABOUT SPIRITUAL REALITY

Assumptions are like icebergs; what you see, hear, taste, touch, and feel and thus know about the reality around you at any moment always has something deeper involved; in this case, my assumptions that you cannot see unless I share them.

Assumptions are like icebergs.

All assumptions are critical because how I look at reality (and how I view the same situation) is different. Each of us looks at God through our assumptions about who I am. God may be one, but each human has the potential to be an adopted son or daughter of the Father with Baptism or with God’s mercy in the case of those who do not know The Christ Principle. Assumptions are the frame of reference that shapes how I think about anything. Assumptions can change by adding or detracting from what we believe or act. Assumptions might be excellent or destructive to how you view what is morally correct. If you assume that stealing is acceptable if you don’t get caught, your behavior follows. Ex fructibus cognocsetis. Watch how someone acts; it will tell you what is in their heart.

False Prophets.*

15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.k

16l By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 So by their fruits you will know them.m

The True Disciple.

21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,* but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven.n

22 Many will say to me on that day,o ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’p

23 Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you.* Depart from me, you evildoers.’q

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/matthew/7

Use this full text to ponder in your heart about what assumptions you hold about being next to the heart of Christ in contemplation. Take some time with this practice.

  • What follows are some cryptic statements that I hold due to having made The Christ Principle one of my assumptions. My belief is not your belief because my assumptions are not your assumptions.
  • “I am not you; you are not me; God is not me, and I am certainly not God.”
  • I have chosen God as the center of my life, not my false self.
  • Each day, I begin from scratch in seeking God. But each day, I have also changed in my capacity to seek God.
  • My prayer life is my life of prayer for the whole day, not just during Lectio Divina, Eucharist, Reading Scripture, Rosary, and Praying the Penitential Psalms.
  • Each day, I make the sign of the cross on my forehead to remind me that I am but a sinful person whom God has graced with discovering The Divine Equation using the energy of the Holy Spirit.
  • All I seek is to wait in the presence of God before the Blessed Sacrament and be near the heart of Christ.
  • Profound waiting in the stillness of my heart as I assimilate the love of Christ as He loved me, using the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • I use the Rule of Threes with nearly every word I utter. The Rule of Threes states that there is one reality with three distinct and separate universes corresponding to the nature of God, animality to rationality, and the nature of rationality to spirituality.

I assume that when I am accepted as an adopted son (daughter) of the Father, I inherit the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and become a caretaker (like Adam and Eve) of the world I experience.

I assume I do not speak for anyone else but only relate what I receive from the Holy Spirit. That depends on my assumptions as one who receives from the Spirit. What that means depends on the assumptions that you make with your life about The Divine Equation. In the Divine Equation, God’s questions and answers are the ones that are authentic and make us fully human as intended by our evolution.

I have been accepted as a Lay Cistercian by the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, to follow the Rule of St. Benedict, as interpreted by Cistercian practices and charisms and confirmed through its principles and policies.

My center is: “Have in you the mind of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)

Each day, because of the corruption of human nature due to Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3), I must keep vigil against the World’s temptations to substitute the words I use to become more like Christ with what the World says is meaningful. They are the exact words such as “peace,” “love,” “What it means to be human?” and “How does all this fit together?”

I have pledged my life to convert my morals to become more like Christ and less like me, a paradox that the World will never understand or accept.

I live in a world until I die where I have dual citizenship, that of being in the physical and mental World. Still, God has accepted me as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, which leads to my continuing after I die in Heaven.

The one rule I follow is to love others as Christ loved me.

The New Commandment.

31* When he had left, Jesus said,* “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32[If God is glorified in him,] God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once.r

33My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go, you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.s

34 I give you a new commandment:* love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.t

35 This is how all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/13

Scripture is there for me to clarify humans’ assumptions about how to love each other as Christ loved us. (John 20:30-31)

In my attempt to sanctify each moment, I realize that I must become what I pray for and that the moment has depths I have yet to discover. You can always pray deeper.

When I use the term “The Rule of Threes,” I assume that there are three phases of evolution:

The Physical Universe is the universe of all matter, including all living species, including humans. It is the world into which we are born for our 70 to 80-year sprint to find purpose and solve The Divine Equation. This universe is the object of scientific inquiry and the foundation of all living things. One of the purposes of this universe is to sustain the mental universe while it searches for meaning and fulfillment as a human. It is the visible universe.

The Mental Universe – only humans live in this universe, but we need the physical universe to sustain us. St. Paul terms these two universes as living in the World. It is the universe where we look for meaning by looking at the physical universe and asking questions. This universe combines visibility and invisibility to discover reality in these two elements.

The Spiritual Universe—Here is where it gets tricky. The spiritual universe is only in the invisible realm, while humans live in the physical and mental universes as our base. In this universe, we seek to discover the purpose of the other two universes (physical and mental) by using invisible reality. In addition, each person must choose to enter this universe voluntarily. By accepting the invitation of God to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father (the prototype is the Blessed Mother who first accepted God’s invitation), each human receives dual citizenship. When we die, life is changed, not ended, and we move on to fulfilling what it means to be human in Heaven. There is only one reality, just as there is only one God.

GOD’S STRING THEORY

When I use the word “string,” I am inspired by the science of Quantum mechanics and string theory. My notion of string theory is that unseen forces link the physical, mental, and spiritual universes (viewed simultaneously). These forces do not contain matter or energy as we know it from Quantum Mechanics or Relativity but are threads that bind the purposes of each universe together as one.

I view these seven strings or parameters as shepherding time and matter as it fulfills their purpose as an intelligent progression from Alpha to Omega.

Here are some ideas about the characteristics of such string theory or forces. The seven forces I have identified emanate from The Christ Principle and flow from it to influence physical matter, mental enlightenment, and spiritual incorruptibility.

·  Corruptibility and Incorruptibility

·  Resonance and Dissonance

·  Light and Darkness

·  The Power of YES and NO

·  Good and Evil

·  Visible and Invisible Reality

  • Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Energy

These seven strings or forces have similar characteristics.

  • Strings are cosmic threads of energy, each having its unique properties.
  • These stands or filaments connect the nothingness of God (Alpha) with the Omega of God’s DNA.
  • Humans can access these strings in contemplation or profound mental prayer when they abandon all to possess them.
  • These filaments do not exist in the physical or mental universe. They can only be appreciated by those who have died to their human self to become an adopted son or daughter of the Father, their heritage.
  • These strings are not discernable by science or philosophies that elevate humans as divine.
  • These strings are folly for the gentiles and a stumbling block for the Jews.
  • The strings make sense to those who have taken the time to struggle to solve The Divine Equation.
  • These strands are already fixed in the distance between Alpha and Omega.
  • Time travels along these strings in a predetermined pathway (the way) and provides reasonableness (the truth) to those seeking and knocking on the door of The Christ Principle. This awareness is what each of us enters when we pray in, with, and through Christ, giving glory to the Father through the energy of the Holy Spirit (the life).
  • Father Henri Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., is my source for the Divine Equation, based on his reflections in the Phenomenon of Man.
  • These forces do not contain physical matter as their basis for existing.
  • These forces shape and guide physical and mental reality toward its intended destiny.
  • These forces do not take away the freedom of matter and time to be what it is intended to be but rather shape its flow like the banks of a river. This natural law extends to all physical reality that falls within the scope of the physical and mental universes.
  • Reality must develop to a point in its evolution to be able to say YES to the influences of these strings. So far as we know (Fermi Paradox), humans are the only ones capable of knowing how to use these strings to fulfill their destiny. Not all humans have this knowledge.
  • With reason and free will, even humans could not use reason alone to make the jump to the next level of their evolution. They needed help from a power source greater than themselves to move to the next level of reality, the spiritual universe. God, the source of all energy in all three universes, the link these seven strings had from divinity to humanity, had to become human to SHOW humans how to move from rationality to spirituality.  (Philippians 2:5)

This chart describes the flow of time and matter as it matures, which I find helpful. It represents the ideas of Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit Archeologist, and Priest. He describes a flow of evolution from beginning to end with milestones. I find this helpful when applying the seven strings along the path that it describes.

These strings emanate from Divine Energy in the form of God’s DNA, permeating each atom, each molecule. These strings shepherd matter as it progresses from its beginning to its ending. These strings reach before time and matter and end up in a place where humans are destined to fulfill their human nature.

Looking at this chart, I hypothesize that all matter from the beginning to the end is in a state of movement towards a singular point in the future. This process is intelligent progression by a Being with a mind and choice. All that is bear its fingerprints or DNA.

Time in this context is a constant that does not move. What does move is matter and energy, both physically, in keeping with its nature, and mentally in terms of evolving the ability of humans to move to the next level of their evolution and fulfill their destiny as nature intended. This third universe confounds the other two universes because its assumptions are the opposite of what makes sense using human reasoning alone. It was impossible to reach the intent of our evolution as a human species by just being human. Another radical change had to happen, but this time, God had to give up the Godhood itself to tell us what it was that God intended for us in the future and give us the energy needed to move to a more profound humanity. (Philippians 2:5). Our destiny is to be an adopted son (daughter) of the Father, just as Jesus is the Son of God, Savior.

These seven strings or threads are constants of energy flowing from that which is in the beginning to that which awaits us at the end of this process. Humanity proceeds from beginning to end as a race, as a Church, and as individuals, using these strings of Divine energy to fulfill our destiny as nature intended.

In keeping with the image and likeness of our Creator, humans must choose to move from this world of physical and mental universes through Baptism and with the power of the Holy Spirit to that of being an adopted son and daughter of a new kingdom, a new Jerusalem, called by Matthew, the Kingdom of Heaven.

The problem for humans is that we have dual citizenship, and the Lord of the World (Satan) doesn’t want to lose what he considers his property. So, while we are on earth, we trudge the path of righteousness only with difficulty and the power that comes from daily seeking God through practices designed to energize us with a power beyond ourselves.

Lay Cistercian practices (based on Cistercian and Benedictine spirituality) place me in the presence of Christ where, through silence, solitude, work, prayer, and community, I can endure and be faithful until the end. If I do falter, I have Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance to make all things new one more time.

Some templates help to delineate one reality so that all of this makes sense. Here is one of many templates that I use in my Lectio Divina meditations to be aware of the presence of Christ within me. (Matthew 6:5)

The purpose of three distinct and separate universes is:

The physical universe is the base for matter, energy, time, and life as we know it. It is the visible universe against which all life, including humans, fulfills its purpose.

The mental universe is an aberration of sorts. Humans are the only ones that know that we know and can choose something outside of the natural fabric of their nature. Humans have more than one choice. Humans evolved from animality for a reason. The mental universe allows humans to ask interrogatory questions and discover meaning by looking at the physical universe. Why do humans have the ability to reason and choose? Choose what? This universe allows us to look at what is visible around us and probe what is invisible. The mental universe is a bridge or an interim capability to move to something. What is that unresolved something that we can’t see?

The third universe, existing simultaneously with the other two, is the answer to the first two trends. Humans could never have reasoned or discovered the spiritual universe with logic, science, or human language. God had to take on human nature to tell us and show us how to use the spiritual universe to fulfill our destiny. The reason is that the next phase in human evolution is voluntary, not tied to matter or physical energy. Not only is it voluntary, but each individual must choose to enter it. That takes knowledge, love, and service on the part of each human to say YES to creation, YES to accept the invitation to be adopted sons and daughters of the Father, and being able to “see” reality invisible because of human reasoning. We have a cosmic evolution all pointing to me as I live my seventy or eighty years (or whatever) to give me a chance to say YES to the fulfillment of my species, incorruptibility. (Philippians 2:5) God’s DNA or fingerprints are on each atom, galaxy or Sun, cell, and head hairs are numbered, and we are shown how to love others as Christ loved us. With all due respect to B.F. Skinner, this spiritual universe is dying to the human self so that we can rise to incorruptibility. It is not without struggle nor danger (The Devil wants us to fail).

Praise to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. –Cistercian doxology

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