Troy Anthony Davis

Over the past several weeks the story of Troy Anthony Davis, a 42 year-old-man who lived in the state of Georgia convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 1989 and sentenced to death, has been featured prominently in both the national and international media.  Mr. Davis proclaimed his innocence to the very end.  His attorneys, family, and hundreds of thousands of supporters will continue to do so in an attempt to prevent the same thing from happening again to someone else.

There are many details to this story:  the violent act that set this chain of events into motion, witnesses stating they saw Mr. Davis perpetrating the heinous act of murder and then recanting their statements, being brought to the brink of execution three times prior to last night, the grief and desire for justice of the murder victim’s family, the grief and desire for justice of Mr. Davis’s family, all of these details are part of the human drama.  The universal hypnotism that appears to present a power of good and a power of evil.  The erroneous belief that there is more than One power.

And this is the crux of the matter:  when we witness such dramatic events, that appear to be guided by a power beyond us, that seem to be the epitome of reality, how can we continue to affirm that there is only One Power, One Truth, One Mind, One Reality?

In struggling to express these thoughts into a clearer more cogent form, I turned to my Therapy of the Soul teacher, mentor, and friend, Arnie Vargas, who most generously shares his experience and wisdom as follows:

In looking at the Troy A Davis case, human sense cannot see anything except for two powers on the scene, which to human eyes seem like good and evil at battle.  Humanly, we see a family’s need for vindication for the end of the life of their beloved relative, and another family trying to save the family member, whom they believe to be an innocent man.  Humanly, the entire episode is puzzling and we are asked by our senses, to take sides, and judge according to appearances.

Divine Metaphysics teaches us that Truth cannot be seen with human eyes.   Human sense is finite while Truth/Source is infinite and Source is All-in-all.  It is difficult to see Source in situations such as this one, just as it is equally difficult to see Source when we speak of any so called “disaster” or “calamity.”    However, metaphysical and mystical literature reveal to us that the so called tragedies of this world are nothing but human perception.  To be human is to believe in good and evil. That belief in two powers clouds our sense of Truth whereby, where only a spiritual harmonious Universe exists, human sense projects good and bad outcomes and sees a distorted world.  In human form, there is limitation and when limited, the vision of Truth is obstructed.

Returning to the Troy A. Davis case, we see a man, whom many believe to be innocent, being condemned to death.  As spiritual students, the claims jump at us: death, innocent vs guilty, a need for vindication or mercy, etc.  The world’s Scriptures in one way or another tell us that; “God is too good to behold inequity.”  If that is true, what is the truth about this seeming reality?  Here, we can turn to the statement again of “Source is All-in-all.”  Source, appearing as Troy A Davis, decides to take on what appears as human sacrifice. The killed officer (also Source in form), gives up his human form in a so called death. To human sense there are killers and there is death.  But if we believe none of that can be real, what is all of this?  Here, even human language offers the answers to these puzzles of existence to human sense.  All of it, absolutely all of it, is appearance; claims.  To many, this sounds scandalous, ridiculous, unreal, insane.  But is it any saner to believe in an all good God, the Source and maintainer of all Life, who would allow death, killings, tragedies, etc?  What kind of God would that be, who stands helpless at the acting out of humans?  Is that God omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and unconditionally loving?

Mary Baker Eddy and Joel Goldsmith, have introduced the western world to the ageless spiritual wisdom of the east, whereby God/Source is Spirit and therefore produces only Spirit and Spirit’s attributes in its many manifestations.  Man is spiritual by the very nature of being Source’s expression.  So what appears human, exists only in an unreal world created by human sense.  The tragedies of this world when they appear to our senses, are opportunities to look at the world in a different way; a spiritual way, and rise above those limitations and limited views of looking at things.  The “good” of this world appearing to our senses is equally unreal.  God is the only good and that good is unknown to humans.  Until we are able to give up a belief in two powers, we won’t know what real good is all about.  How many wonderful things have come out of what looked like real evils?  Had it not been for the horrors of slavery, humankind would not have risen to the acceptance of that type of human commerce and practice as wrong, and stand up to end it.  Could it be that “evil” appears to our senses in order to assist us to wake up from the dream of the unreal to the real?  That is what spiritual literature suggests.

In the so called evils of this world, Spirit is never hurt.  What appeared in human form as Troy A Davis is truly Divine Spirit! That Spirit continues to be alive in another form, with a spiritual body, now in another dimension. That Spirit is just as alive today, as it was yesterday.  Until we know that without a doubt through spiritual sense, yesterday’s sentence can look like there is no God, no justice, no goodness in this world, and because of that appearance, Source’s reality will be denied or questioned by many, just as the round form of the world was denied and condemned as heresy in the 15th century and before, by those who believed the world was flat because that’s how it appeared,  until it became obvious, proven as false,  and thus the new reality became accepted by the many.

The world is not yet at a point where spiritual reality in every aspect and circumstance can be demonstrated, but that day will come.  “Destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three days,” is the spiritual teaching regarding the eternality of life.  Life is eternal and indestructible.  That is the Truth for all of us and the more we consider that possibility, the more it will become our reality.  As many consider that possibility, its demonstration will also become more universal.

We can recognize the injustice of an act but if we stop there, we are doing ourselves and the world a disservice.  We need to denounce injustices, while at the same time affirming Truth and Principle; man is one with Universal Consciousness, that includes every man, woman and form of life. Unless we embrace our Oneness, we will continue to see “otherness” out there, thus justifying why evil must be fought.  Killings and wars occur due to limitation of vision.  Humanity is not massively yet at a point where we can see ourselves in our true nature and thus refuse to fight one another.  As we continue maintaining Truth in consciousness, we are doing our part in making this a better world.  Let us denounce injustice when we see it by reminding everyone of our Oneness.  Only the awareness of our Oneness with each other and with everything will resolve human problems at every level.

Why suffer?

Last Monday evening at our monthly Therapy of the Soul Association Meeting in NYC, we watched the movie “A Heart in Protest,” about the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science and a pioneer of the modern understanding of metaphysical healing.  This documentary brought out again and again the many hardships, heartaches, and obstacles that plagued her life and how she triumphed over them through her diligent and relentless application of the principles of Science.

We talked about how Mrs. Eddy heavily cloaked her writings and teachings in orthodox Christian terminology because that was her background and because her audience was steeped in that tradition.  After all, of what use is bringing forth new ways of thinking and understanding if your audience doesn’t understand your means of communication, much less the concepts you are attempting to convey?

We also touched on how Joel Goldsmith chose to leave the Christian Science Church because he sought the freedom to expand on Mrs. Eddy’s teachings and work, and how his life, too, was filled with hardship. And we briefly spoke about how Goldsmith’s teachings are framed by the experiences and understandings of a teacher in the 20th century.

A basic precept of both Goldsmith and Mrs. Eddy is that what may be termed as mortal life is not reality, that it is a universal belief, hypnotism, mesmerism. Reality is the Oneness with Source, the Perfect Expression of Self expressing perfectly unto infinity.  The key is:  what we perceive as reality is a universal belief.

So, upon contemplation, it came to me that although both Mrs. Eddy and Goldsmith and, indeed, Jesus himself, suffered much in their “lifetimes,” why do we, in the 21st century, with the benefit of their teachings before us, have to perpetuate the belief that we can only accomplish great things through “suffering”?  Why must we continue to buy into the belief of pain and suffering?

Divine Metaphysics

I am reminded that we all have wonderful experiences with Divine Metaphysics and this is a good place to share them!  Please tell us of your experiences, questions, feedback with Divine Metaphysics!

Through The Wormhole TV Series

Recently, I was watching this television program on The Science Channel

Science Channel, Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole Season 2, episode titled “Is There A Sixth Sense?”

http://science.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=48.13969.131725.40125.5

What struck me about this particular episode is that it appears to be attempting to find material explanations for Spiritual concepts.  What I especially liked is that it gives those of us who are just learning to raise our consciousness a language and a means to quiet the material mind so that a higher understanding may prevail.  I’m not sure how to view this show online, or if it’s available in Spanish…help, please?

WORLD AFFAIRS

As a child, I was taught that whatever happened at home, stayed at home, and that whatever happened outside the home, was none of my business and I should not be involved.  I bought into this view for a very long time.

Today, I see that since we are all One, it is ALL my business.

PRAYER

As a child, I was taught to pray to God for help, for protection, for good luck, for a good job, for money, for anything I wanted.  I was taught that God was a being out there who had control of my life and maybe, if I asked long enough and hard enough, if I was a very good girl and he was in a good mood, maybe, my prayers would be answered.

Goldsmith tells us that prayer is simply the remembrance of who we truly are:  One with God.

What are your prayers like?

MEDITATION IN MOTION

Frequently, I hear people saying they’d love to have the time to meditate, but who can sit still for so long?  There is a perception that meditation, proper meditation, can only happen while seated in the Lotus position, intoning an ancient mantra.

My most profound meditations happen when my attention is focused, often on not chopping off my fingers while I’m cooking.  Or when I’m walking our dog along Riverside Drive.  Or while I’m knitting.

Meditation – it can happen anywhere, anytime…how have you experienced meditation?

LIFE IS A DREAM

Recently, my mother had some surgery.  As a result of the anesthetic she started having extremely vivid dreams, and even while she was awake she was having visions.  It was frightening for her to think that she had no control of her brain, no control of her faculties, and that she could not differentiate between the real and the unreal.

This is what we go through everyday in our lives:  we try to live in the real world, face reality, get with the program.  But what is the program?  What is real?  Is what we accept as reality actually any more real than the visions my mother experienced?

Goldsmith says that what we call life is really only a collective hypnosis, that our real  world is the Spirit world.  What is your experience?

CONNECTING THE DOTS

Connect-the-dot puzzles have always had a kind of fascination for me.  You connect dot 1 to dot 2 to dot 3 and so on, and a picture emerges. Magical!

But what happens when the dots are out there with no numbers to guide you?  How do you connect those dots?  My husband says I connect dots where there aren’t even any dots to connect!

If we are all One, then we are all connected.  Let’s connect and see what pattern emerges!

WELCOME!

Welcome to my blog!

I have created this space as a forum to explore and discuss the concepts of Oneness and individual expression of Self.  My comments and insights are grounded in my lifelong experience of spiritual life, as well as the teachings of Eastern philosophies and, more recently, Joel Goldsmith and Mary Baker Eddy.  While I find the language of Eastern philosophers and Mr. Goldsmith more accessible to me, I recognize that Mrs. Eddy’s writings have great value, and I am interested in learning to get past the limitations of language, any language, as a communications tool.

Two of the most important questions we can ask, in my opinion, are “What do you mean?” and “Do you mean……?” because with these queries we begin the process of finding out whether or not we are “hearing” the same message; we set ourselves up as respectful listeners, students, and teachers of all that each one of us as the Perfect Expression of Self has to offer.

We have been participating in, and witnessing, amazing things–especially in the past year. I hope you will all join me in the conversation!

All the best,

Margarita