The Descending Path to Spirituality

Unity of Rehoboth Beach, 24 September 2017

SONG (Bob Sima): As Above So Below, from Thin Little Veil

“Divine Comedy”, Inferno, by Dante:
———I entered on the steep and savage path…
Here signs and lamentations and loud cries were echoing across the starless air,
so that, as soon as I set out, I wept.
Strange utterances, horrible pronouncements, accents of anger,
worlds of suffering, and voices shrill and faint, and beating hands—
all went to make a tumult that will whirl forever through that turbid, timeless air…
A whirlwind burst out of the tear-drenched earth,
a wind that crackled with a bloodied light,
a light that overcame all of my senses;
and like a man whom sleep has seized, I fell.
The heavy sleep within my head was smashed by an enormous thunderclap,
so that I started up as one whom Force awakens;…
In truth I found myself upon the brink of an abyss,
the melancholy valley containing thundering, unending wailings.
That valley, dark and deep and filled with mist, is such that, 
though I gazed into its pit, I was unable to discern a thing.———

It may not appear obvious right now, but in that passage Dante walks us through a journey of the fall equinox. The journey of entering the shadows and allowing the conscious mind to meet the subconscious depths of the soul. That fall into what appears to be discomfort and unrest and threatening storms. Yet when faced with courage, keen observation, and surrender, the landscape becomes unfamiliar and empty.

The descending path to spirituality. We leave the light. We move into the slower frequencies of darkness. We allow death and silence to bring clarity. We spring forth with a rebirthed consciousness.

Bypassing darkness and death will never allow for a full spiritual rebirth, a raising of consciousness, an up-leveling of vibration. We must descend to ascend. We must welcome the shadows to seek relentlessly to identify them with renewed clarity of vision. We must allow that which is truly a piece of the past to die off and no longer feed our ego. We must go into hibernation with questions and the courage to find the answers.

When we open to the descending journey, it shines light on that which hides in the subconscious. That which we push into the basement and pack away to deal with later. That which causes us to remain stagnant in a consciousness that forever wishes to blossom, to add another petal to the lotus. Our spiritual growth depends on our commitment to slosh through the mud and the muck at the bottom of the pit and clean it up, clear it out, beautify it, fluff it, and refurbish it.

Our spiritual path requires us to visit the darkness so that we can align what we feel is our highest human consciousness with a clear subconscious. A subconscious free of shadows. A clean slate, a pure void. A subconscious that no longer influences our thoughts, feelings, or belief systems because it is completely cleared of imprints, karma, memories, and disease. The subconscious void that only knows the bliss of pure unconditional love.

If there are shadows waiting to be noticed and seen and recognized, they are – without a doubt – showing up in our human consciousness. Our consciousness mirrors our subconscious whether we want to acknowledge it or not. As above so below. We need the descent to know what is hanging out in the depths of our soul that is not aligned with the highest form of spiritual human consciousness that we believe we can experience. And we have this amazing Earth and the natural cycles she experiences day to day and month to month and quarter to quarter and year to year to show us where we should be placing intention on our own spiritual path.

So what is the significance of the fall equinox? Equinox means “equal night” and is the time of year when the hours of day and night are roughly the same. This only happens once in fall and once in the spring.

The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the process of enlightenment that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical.

In the Dialogue of the Savior from the Nag Hammandi Library, Yeshua stated, “If one does not stand in the darkness, he will not be able to see the light… and to someone who will not know the root of all things, they remain hidden. Someone who will not know the root of wickedness is no stranger to it.”

The Aramaic definition of darkness has nothing to do with the absence of a physical light. The definition is actually “not looking”. Therefore we must stand in the darkness in order to adjust our vision – our perspective, our consciousness – in order to see our way through it. And if we never stand long enough to know the root of the darkness or the root of wickedness, the light will remain hidden.

In the Book of Thomas The Contender, Yeshua says, “Who is it that will rain a refreshing dew on you to extinguish the mass of fire from you along with your burning? Who is it that will cause the sun to shine upon you to disperse the darkness in you and hide the darkness and polluted water?”

The answer? You.

You are the answer. You are the only one who can disperse the darkness and the shadows within your subconscious. How do you do it? By looking. By being present to what is. By tending to the messages that the darkness has for you. By focusing on the shadow with such intensity that the unrecognizable becomes familiar. By turning the polluted water of your subconscious into clear waters on your path of spiritual awakening.
The autumn equinox marks a turning point in the Earth’s annual journey around the sun, when the nights become longer than the days and winter soon appears, a time of darkness and death. Within your own heart, what needs your attention during this descent? What is waiting in the shadows for you to turn and face it? What is screaming to be lit up through your own awareness?

SONG (Bob Sima): Presence, from Believe the Bird

Presence. Our presence in the darkest descent is what it takes to experience an ascent toward enlightenment. This is not a new concept. In fact, the ancient civilizations have left remains of the understanding of the spiritual connection between nature and human consciousness through archaeology and hieroglyphs and myth and cultural folklore. There is often emphasis on the annual cycle of the Sun. One of the most interactive displays of the significance of the fall equinox is at the Pyramid known as El Castillo – the castle – in the ancient city of Chichen Itza in Mexico, a city birthed around 600AD.

It is constructed with nine terraces that depict the nine layers of the underworld understood by the Mayans. It has staircases running all the way from bottom to top on each of its four faces. The stairs of this pyramid are constructed in a very geometrical and calculated manner. Each stair is created and placed at a specifically measured angle. At the very bottom of the pyramid stairs is a giant snake head.

Due to the art of construction, when the sunlight falls on the stairs of El Castillo during the Autumnal Equinox, it looks as if a giant snake is descending from the top of the pyramid. The sun creates an undulating pattern of light on the nine terraces of the pyramid to display seven triangles of light which link up with a stone serpent head at its base. As the sun sets, the scales undulate and eventually disappear, giving the visual effect of the serpent descending the nine terraces of the pyramid. The descent of the feathered serpent enacts the symbolic descent into the underworld in the process of enlightenment.

Friday September 22nd at 401pmET was the official turning point of Fall Equinox. Nature is showing us that it is time to fall inward. To look at what is lurking in the shadows of our consciousness. To slow down and allow all that is not supporting our highest spiritual consciousness to be put to death so that we may be birthed into a new way of being-ness by the time winter makes way for spring.

In the gospel according to John 3:6-7, Yeshua says, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’”

The descending path to spirituality. The path of the Fall Equinox.

———I entered on the steep and savage path…
Here signs and lamentations and loud cries were echoing across the starless air,
so that, as soon as I set out, I wept.
Strange utterances, horrible pronouncements, accents of anger,
worlds of suffering, and voices shrill and faint, and beating hands—
all went to make a tumult that will whirl forever through that turbid, timeless air…
A whirlwind burst out of the tear-drenched earth,
a wind that crackled with a bloodied light,
a light that overcame all of my senses;
and like a man whom sleep has seized, I fell.
The heavy sleep within my head was smashed by an enormous thunderclap,
so that I started up as one whom Force awakens;…
In truth I found myself upon the brink of an abyss,
the melancholy valley containing thundering, unending wailings.
That valley, dark and deep and filled with mist, is such that, 
though I gazed into its pit, I was unable to discern a thing.———

I invite you to welcome the darkness, this beautifully rich time for introspection and awareness. I invite you to ask yourself the questions that nobody else can ask. I invite you to seek the answers that nobody else can find. I invite you into the abyss so that you may no longer recognize it as part of you at the coming of spring and the ascent into summer. It is time to clear the slate, to clean the cobwebs, to shake off the dust. It is time to be true and be the beautiful you and let your soul smile through your eyes. As you ascend from the darkness with your light shining brighter, you have more to share. As we each shine brighter, we heal and the planet heals.

SONG (Bob Sima): It’s Time, from It’s Time