Apr 15

The Metaphorical Garden

By Joe Danna | The Narrow Gate

The circumstance with Adam, which to me is a metaphor for what was/is happening with the human mind, is that he got what was subjective/internal mixed up with the objective/external. Since everything created is extended from the Creator, or the Breath of God, the WORD, whatever we choose to call IT … we have ITS attributes, therefore we also have creative potential and are co-creators. Yet, Adam in innocence had no way of knowing that what he was doing was defining himself by what he didn’t extend, but “projected” or “externalized”, which were called vain imaginings. Vain because in his innocence he misappropriated his own power to externalities, when they never had anything but HIS power and in fact are NOTHING but a projection of his own thoughts. He had no sense of this. Innocence has no experience to draw from. On top of that, this scenario was fully intended to be for the contrast needed in order for innocence to know ITSELF. It was/is all part of the plan. There is no light without dark. It’s still happening today. The externalized world we see is an effect of a cause, and in this case the cause is the collective mind of humanity. We could say no where in scripture does Adam ever come out of the sleep which fell upon him. God only created good. The misery in the world is an effect of Adam‘s (human collective mind) mental processes as “he” wields God Given Power without knowledge of the fundamental principles/nature of that Power or even that he has power! He has forgotten God/All Power. Not willfully/pridefully. He is just innocent and unknowing. Again it’s all part of the process…our process of awakening to what is true and real. The reason I don’t need objective proof is that I understand Spiritual/Cosmic Law, which leads to the knowledge of why there is no real objective world. That’s why it’s called temporal. In the light of truth the only thing that falls away, because it never truly existed, is what God didn’t create. Adam “made” it; like a dream. Yes, Joe Blow and others may have their own truths just like Adam did when he BELIEVED in his own (innocent) original sin/error which has compounded exponentially, but those are not truths. They are false. THAT’s the “LIE”, which is actually too harsh a word. It’s not even a mistake. We have to walk through the dark in order to see the light. Trust me in this ONE thing: When we see the LIGHT, we recognize IT because there is a sort of “spiritual DNA” within us that remembers. After all. The prodigal SON does come from a home. This is the Holy Spirit bearing witness within. As for what to do with what we see as external? FORGIVE! The true meaning of forgiveness is to extend what we KNOW as true within us … to others. Because IT IS their Truth too. When we know it FOR them, even if necessarily from a distance, we are “Bridging the gap”. This is the pathway to Christ Consciousness.

Mar 01

There’s Nothing “Out There”; The Great Shift and Spiritual Confusion on the Web

By Joe Danna | life of belief , self denial , spiritual confusion

While cruising the “new thought” sites on the web, I found a repetitive phenomenon. There are people, most rather young, who are exasperating themselves while waiting for a “great shift” to occur in the world to lift them into a higher realm. It hasn’t happened and they’ve grown weary, depressed, and lost the will to carry on. These people are looking “out there” for something to happen, but nothing happens and disappointment grows to futility. My response to one young girl who stopped eating was as follows:

I’m not a professional. But if you’re depressed then maybe it wouldn’t hurt to get some counseling. Also, allow for this time to happen. Listen to it. Flow with it. It’s there to tell you something. But you may need to have someone listen with you. In the meantime, if you don’t feel like eating at least have some kind of meal replacement.

I’m curious to know what you’ve been internalizing in regard to spiritual things. I keep finding some kind of panicky exodus in people like you on these sites–folks in a mad rush to jump onto the “transformation/ascension bus”.  There are so many paths, methods, and religions, which say they lead to higher awareness that I think many folks have been misled into spiritual confusion. Don’t think about leaving the planet anymore. You owe it to yourself to take the responsibility of examining what you’ve allowed into your psyche. There are many who understand basic spiritual psychology waiting to assist you.

Do you believe in things you don’t truly understand? Maybe you need to slow down and bring it all to light. Time doesn’t run out. Time is directly synchronized to your awakening. When people hear about spiritual gifts and try to force a way to get “there” and then end up disappointed, it is best taken as a lesson in the classroom of life. We live in an instant gratification society. But the shift you speak of happens at the level of one’s consciousness and requires an integrative period for higher knowledge; a period of equalization unique to each person’s focus on this transforming thought energy.

People who’ve stopped taking care of themselves while waiting for this ascension are missing a major chunk in the process. The work happens “in here” not “out there”.  We need to acknowledge and love ourselves for one thing, and I’m not talking about selfish conceit. We need to come away from self denial and love the essence of life coursing through our veins. NOW! Wherever we are in our evolution. Not at some point in the future when we are “there”.

You say you feel lifeless over this. It sounds like you’ve given your power away and distanced from yourself. Accept it as but a lesson. I’ve got news that you may not have heard. You are very strong because you are created from Omnipotence. Now TURN AROUND and take back your power. Accept yourself with all of your perceived flaws, blues and all. The old metaphysical acronym KISS goes a long way. Look it up. You are loved and people really do care about you.

Yes, I know letting go of hand-me-down beliefs can be disorienting (for a time), but we have to remember beliefs have no life of their own. It is we who are the life of belief.

Feb 24

Spiritual Paths with heart: The simplicity of the Hermetic Laws of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates and A Course in Miracles or ACIM, the ego, existence, illusion, and how both paths complement each other.

By Joe Danna | A Course in Miracles , ACIM , course of miracles , hermetic philosophy , spiritual paths , The Kybalion

We often hear how all spiritual paths lead to the same place. I question the statement. If one is on a path of destruction then how does that lead him to the same place as The Kybalion of The Three Initiates and its complementary A Course in Miracles ACIM? I find it’s always a question of consciousness or unconsciousness of core identity; higher consciousness opening to spiritual paths with heart.  A path of destruction has no heart and can only be based in a blind ego. But what is ego? Some interpretations of A Course in Miracles ACIM says the ego doesn’t exist. Yet if we have no ego then how do we perceive? The ego is nothing but our beliefs projected onto the screen of life. That is what creates our perception, our view of reality. But are all beliefs bad? Is the ego always a bad thing? And where does The Hermetic Philosophy of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates complement A Course in Miracles ACIM? The Hermetic Philosophy of The Kybalion says to use the higher laws over the lower laws. But what is our position in regard to these higher laws and lower laws? The laws of the universe are constant, so even though we may act from blind ego (lower laws) we can use the higher laws taught by The Kybalion over the lower laws. But if we use higher law over lower law then doesn’t that validate the existence of the ego, which uses lower law in its blindness? Thus the paradoxical interpretations between the two philosophies. But spiritually there is no real duality. At our level of evolution our perception is polar. This is where the philosophy of The Kybalion of The Three Initiates comes in.  Although many A Course in Miracles students come away with the notion that the world and everything in it is illusion, The Kybalion of The Three Initiates seems to say to use the illusions or how else can we infuse the vibration of  higher thought into the vibration of lower thought? So does this mean illusions are real? That would be a contradiction in the English language. What it means to me is that our manifestations, although not absolute realities, are made from the energy we put into them as co-creators in the neutrality of the universe. This makes them appear real to us in our, generally speaking, limited perception.  Whether or not it’s a perceptual fluke doesn’t change that fact. In this Oneness, this unified field, we believe our realities to be solid and set. Could it be that the A Course in Miracles ACIM meaning of denial is not the same as the usual English use of the word? I think that’s the case because denial usually means to stifle something and I don’t believe that to be the A Course in Miracles ACIM philosophy, which is open to interpretation just like the bible and other philosophies. A Course in Miracles ACIM is cyclic and can be misunderstood by some to say many different things when it is designed to say only one thing.   I believe the  A Course in Miracles ACIM‘s use of the word denial means to set something aside in a clearer perspective, in this case the manifestations that we’ve “frozen” in their own autonomy, which of course can never be since it is we who feed them life energy. They don’t exist as absolutes, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t the value we’ve assigned to them in exact ratio to our level of consciousness as individuals and as a collective. The Kybalion of The Three Initiates complements A Course in Miracles ACIM by expanding perspective. A Course in Miracles ACIM can be a life changing study. It brings viewpoints of the singularity of truth from many angles.  But The Kybalion of The Three Initiates imparts the seven Hermetic Laws which also, of course, stems from the singularity of all life, the Substantial Reality underlying everything, which is the unsaid basis of A Course in Miracles and the crux of all the great religions of the world.  Many of us were raised and conditioned by religion and have a  tendency to unconsciously try to make a religion out of new thought. But A Course in Miracles ACIM and The Kybalion of The Three Initiates are not religions. They are living perspectives which can open us to higher understanding of our place in a greater purpose.  So in these types of studies it’s a good idea to question words like “illusion” and “existence”.  Our world is real to us here on the frequency of the physical dimension. I am not an illusion. You are not an illusion. The only illusion is to miss the point that what we see is but a very small piece of endlessness. What many term illusions are actually circumstances we have made and reinforced through all too often blindly wielding universal omnipotence.  But since we have made these vibrational circumstances, and everything is vibration,  the Principle of Vibration is that we must tend to them in order to effect them; not by ignoring them as “illusion” but by interfacing ignorance with knowledge  and having gratitude for the experience while we wake up to the fact that life is simply about being.

Dec 22

Gloucester, Mass. author JP Danna addresses anxiety, religion, drugs, alcohol, heroin, and the universal Law of Attraction in his new book “The Narrow Gate: A Journey Through Identity, Belief, and Perception”.

By Joe Danna | Gloucester authors , Gloucester, Mass. Authors , Gloucester, Mass. writers , New England writers , spiritual Gloucester

In what some would call his New Age book, The Narrow Gate: A Journey Through Identity, Belief, and Perception, JP Danna writes an account of his experiences with religion, drugs, alcohol, and his struggle with identity.  JP Danna doesn’t use the term “new age” and says there is nothing new about universal law. Although the book is fiction, it is set against a backdrop of his life while growing up in Gloucester. Below is the back cover blurb of his story:

“An exceptionally thought provoking narrative about Universal Law.

The life of protagonist, Salvatore DeSanti, in the seaside community of Gloucester, Massachusetts sets the scene for this journey into self.

In the dualities of life, the rustic beauty of his beloved city stands in contrast to outside forces after heroin invades its shores in the early 1970s.

Suffering from an anxiety disorder that leaves him vulnerable and beyond the help of his religion, Salvatore seeks help in the knowledge passed through the ages by ancient mystics.

But before he knows what hits him, a freak accident catapults Salvatore to a parallel reality where he meets the translucent entity he comes to know as Gloria. The mysterious gift she places in his hand comes to life in a divine scheme, setting him on the brink of drastic change.

Gloria sustains Salvatore as he faces his darkest moments through a window to the past. She aligns him with the light of sages, and while standing beside him at the crossroads of truth and illusion, Gloria shows him the power of belief and the dynamics at work on the flipside of the Law of Attraction—the reason for his guilt.

In an array of splendid metaphor, Salvatore emerges victorious when he realizes the missing ingredient in his life—his innocence.

Jul 06

A Momentary Lapse of Reason: Guilt and Alcoholism Misunderstood

By Joe Danna | alcoholism , guilt , habit control

What is your opinion on alcoholism? Do you think all alcoholics feel a pressing need to drink all the time, some of the time or none of the time? I believe all three to be correct. So many people have the wrong information about the different reactions people may have to alcohol. Not everyone processes it in the same way. Most people have no problem with metabolizing alcohol. But unfortunately, alcoholics have what I would call a physical malfunction. I know this from personal experience. In my younger days, drinking escalated from weekend warrior syndrome to a more frequent habit. At least that’s what I called it. I wasn’t in denial as so many concluded. The real missing link concerning what happened inside my body when I drank alcohol was that I was uneducated. I didn’t think of myself as alcoholic. I thought I was a problem drinker; even though small tremors in my life evolved to major earthquakes. Those earthquakes led to my decision to leave alcohol alone. I did so without any struggle. There was no white knuckling it or rehab. It wasn’t until years later during a momentary lapse of reason when I forgot how acutely sensitive I was to alcohol that I knew I was more than a so-called problem drinker. At a festive event where old friends converged, I decided to loosen up by having a few drinks. Heck, I hadn’t had any problems with alcohol in so long that any life altering catastrophes associated with it in my past were like a child’s long forgotten nightmares. To my surprise, I found I couldn’t be more mistaken. My physiology had not changed. When the alcohol entered my system my body wanted more. Needless to say I became intoxicated. I think I had so much sugar in me that I nearly blew out my pancreas. The shame I felt for weeks after was almost unbearable. I had thought of myself as totally clean and new before that night. Then that newness went away and I felt like I lost self-trust. Who was I? A drunk? During the following week I recalled a string of alcohol related events that turned my life upside down in years past. Those forgotten events now seemed as though they happened just yesterday. They surrounded and suffocated me. I was so angry and disillusioned with myself that I could not contain my grief. It took a while, but I had to realize it was set before me that I needed to forgive myself. After all I had learned spiritually, was this a test to see if I could walk my talk about forgiveness? Was the same type of self-separated ego I write about in my book asserting itself mercilessly by immobilizing me in guilt? Only if I allowed myself to stay suspended in its grip. I believe there are two kinds of guilt. There is the false guilt wielded by its twin—self-condemnation, and there is real guilt, which comes from harming yourself or others. I knew better than to condemn what God created, namely me, so I chose to use the guilt I felt. It led me to look closely at what I needed—information. My friend gave me a book titled “Under The Influence” by Dr. James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham. The book is filled with statistical data on the reactions of alcohol on the physiology of the people who cannot tolerate it. Alcoholism is explained, and not as a psychological weakness. The word “alcoholic” is one of the most stigmatized words in the English language today because of ignorance. Maybe another word should be coined. But in any case it is the most used word to describe a physical disease that is often misunderstood—even by the people who suffer from it.

Dec 20

How I quit Smoking by Using Universal Natural Laws of Attraction and Polarizing My Thinking To Breathing Fresh Air

By Joe Danna | habit control , law of attraction , natural law , quit smoking , smoking cessation , The Principle of Polarity , universal law

There were times I chain smoked — standing with my cig under the range vent. Every time I tried to quit I failed, and it was because I still wanted to smoke. The trick I found, which was actually a happy accident I discovered as a way to leave cigarettes behind forever, was to prefer fresh air to smoke. I did that by going for walks and talking to myself about how much I loved fresh air. Without realizing it, I was using the Law of Attraction in a positive way.  I became increasingly aware of breathing every day. Sure, there were times in the beginning when I feared failing. I didn’t want the despair of regarding myself as hopelessly addicted. But I found out later that my accidental technique was the Principle of Polarity in action.

In the duality of the situation…there was smoke at one pole and fresh air at the other. The more I thought about breathing beautiful fresh air, the further I climbed the degrees to the positive pole of health. I depolarized my unhealthy habit, and repolarized without white knuckling it because I didn’t think about quitting…I thought about fresh air. I was using universal law to my benefit.

The beauty of the situation is not only am I smoke free, but I am empowered to live a better life through the conscious use of natural law and my imagination. It’s the best thing we have going for us to stop the clanging symbols of repetition. The best thing I can do with the experience is to share it.

Dec 20

Mothers with MS, Distant Healing, Meditation, and Prayer

By Joe Danna | Distant healing , mothers , prayer

My mother had multiple sclerosis, MS, and the prayer concerning her distant healing was surely answered. Unbeknownst to mom, I sat on the edge of my bed and went into an unusually audient, visual, and emotionally charged meditation, which led me to recall many experiences with her back to early childhood. During that loving prayer meditation, which included smiles, laughter, and a tear or two—I felt a receptive presence sit next to me on the bed. After petitioning this entity to touch my mother with healing—I closed the prayer and went off to work. I forgot the prayer—not recalling it even when mother told me the following about what she experienced on that day:

While sitting in her recliner watching television, my mother was increasingly annoyed by a strange, oscillating hum in her ears. Upon standing, she became alarmed when she broke into a sweat and felt pins and needles running up and down her body. My Mother told me she feared she was having a stroke. Attempting to trace the origin of the sound, she removed her glasses thinking they were interfering with the volume control of her hearing aid. That being no help, she removed the hearing aid. Relieved when all the annoyances stopped—her voice rang with surprise when she told me her hearing was as clear as a bell. My Mother said she could read the small print on the television screen without her glasses—shouting, “I’ve never been able to do that!” Her voice boomed when she told me she planned to pick up a rowing machine and begin an exercise regimen to ward off the effects of multiple sclerosis. Her buoyancy lifted me, yet I failed to connect the dots all of this happened on the same day, at the same time I prayed for her healing while sitting on my bed.

It was the day after the prayer meditation I spoke to her. Then I went to work again as usual. When I walked into the empty building on my schedule that night—the memory of the prayer and my mother’s phone call hit me like a ton of bricks. In the abruptness of the moment, three entities stood before me. I associated them with the one sitting next to me on the bed during my prayer for my mother. They reminded me how I lacked any expectation of mother’s healing to the degree of total forgetfulness. But at the same time, these entities told me that my emotion, visualization, and the letting go of it was what sent it hurtling to my mother. Were they there to admonish me—to tell me that prayer and meditating were not just a feel good game and to pay attention? They acknowledged I had prayed right, but that in the end I didn’t notice the results. Spiritual entities don’t use words with me,  but convey rapidly through pure thought and feeling, which I dilute in a struggle with words.

Leaving me shaken by their directness, and before departing like the wind after about two minutes, these spiritual entities assured me there was life after death, and yes—that they were really there. Not to be disrespectful, but it would be more accurate to say they shoved it in my face. I have no regrets about the experience, but I realized I had begged— please, just touch my mother with healing. On that day, I learned it is unnecessary to beg the universe for anything. I wish I had simply asked in faith for her complete healing, because the actual outcome was a duplication of my request.

Dec 20

Forgiveness as Spiritual Awakening to the Eternal Soul

By Joe Danna | eternal soul , forgiveness , spiritual awakening

I understand forgiveness as an awakening and something other than a nicety because some people say it’s the right thing to do. I have found forgiveness to be a knowing that came as I moved closer to realizing my identity as an eternal soul. There are no inherent shoulds placed on anyone for anything in a neutral universe. Neither can understanding be forced. No one has to forgive, but when I saw what it actually is and does—there simply was no doubt that I would forgive — even if necessarily from a silent distance. I think of forgiveness as the only belief that acts as a bridge with one foot in this world, the other in the next, and the all knowing eternal force of the universal soul rising within you as the thought to build a bridge at all.

Dec 20

Thought, The Law of Vibration, and The Integrative Period of Equalization

By Joe Danna | law of attraction , natural law , The Law of Vibration , The Principle of Polarity

Thought being vibration, there is an integrative period for new thought to equalize with ones overall vibration – or mindset. This is true with all learning and the reason for levels of study, but particularly so when we reach toward higher octaves of understanding. While interfacing with higher octaves, there is a time of vacillation before synchronization occurs. According to Universal Law,  a wavering of pitch leads us through a time of recurring obscurity, but only because we are crossing a larger span of integration than what we are accustomed to. Ride out this depolarization of thought vibration. Equalization will occur somewhere amid the poles of your changing beliefs according to your focus.

Dec 19

A Course in Miracles, One Sin, and One Solution

By Joe Danna | A Course in Miracles , ACIM , course of miracles , guilt , sin concept , the golden rule , truth and illusion

A basic of A Course in Miracles or ACIM, says the one sin is that we fell asleep and forgot who we are. The one solution is to wake up and remember the truth. Learning to adjust our lens on life brings clarity and dissolves erroneous mindsets and the guilt or sin that binds. When I took A Course in Miracles and learned to view life from a point beyond the psychological complexities of a frozen mindset– I learned about sin, the solution, and freedom. It is a sin to call yourself a sinner when you are created from infinite wisdom. Don’t react to lies about your identity because of a belief system someone else laid on you. Take the responsibility to look within and walk through the walls of any mindset that speaks ill of you. The truth is that you are light emanated by a greater light and above the belief systems of the world with their multiplicities of sin, guilt, and shame. A Course in Miracles is a way to learn about what we are as universal beings. There is a solution to the one sin and it is found in the one law you need to understand. The law is called The Golden Rule.