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  1. In my reflections on Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, I always tend to converge the teachings by finding the commonality and bridging the difference. In this question, the first thing we need to do is to clarify the concept of the self. In many esoteric traditions, there are two selves: the Higher Self (which is also the Divine Self or Spirit in us) and the Lower Self (normally termed as ego). Apophatic spiritual traditions will always drive toward transcending the ego to be one with the Divine Spirit in us (the Atman or Dharmakaya) because the ego is just an illusion and impermanent,
  2. I understand where you are coming from and agree that currently, this kind of way of life has become a minority. But if you go back to pre-agrarian and pre-industrial societies, I would think that this is largely the norm when the tribe is the focal community in which people live. Generally, in tribal cultures, especially the hunting stage, there would be almost no concept of private property as people partake of the bounty of nature. I would also presume that communal living (and probably communal possession) is much more ingrained. I would be curious on reading researches on how humanit
  3. We have never lost the practical application of communal living and common possession. The monastic communities (both Catholic and Orthodox) and the Catholic religious orders and covenanted lay communities (Opus Dei and Focolare) are able to continue with the early Christian community practice of communal living and common possession. I am thinking of the Amish communities and Taize community as well for the Protestant Tradition. These models can be starting point for re-visioning and experimenting in new forms of living in communion that are applicable not just for consecrated religious but a
  4. Six sense or higher senses or clairvoyance is spiritual sense that is naturally part of being human. The higher senses allow us to perceive the spiritual world and be guided by it. One of my insight is that Christians are supposed to nurture the higher senses because this is the way that we can clearly perceive the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit. If our higher senses are open, we will be able to discern the voice and guidance of God's Spirit in our heart much clearer. We have the capability to be mediums and psychics if we develop our higher senses.
  5. This is one insight that I just realized now as I write this. Jesus never wrote anything but he formed a community and gave us his spirit to ensure the continuity of his teachings. The early Christian community incarnated the full essence of Jesus' teachings and spirit and provided the alternative social, economic and political order that will realize the fullness of God's Kingdom on earth. The communal living and common possession of the early Christian community is a key orthopraxis of putting Jesus' teachings and spirit into life. Going back to this practice is critical in addressing the he
  6. In hermetic philosophy as well as in science, the nature of the universe is evolution. Life evolves from simple to complex. From this matrix, the Kingdom of God is social, economic, political and ecological order that is fully aligned to God's Will and Plan for creation. It is a state of being in the world that fully express the divine essence of and in all things. This reminds of the Eastern Orthodox concept of Theosis or Deification. The Kingdom of God is a Divinized creation that will burst forth as we evolve. From esoteric teachings, when humanity's energy and consciousness vibration has i
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