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Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Esoteric Christianity

What is Esoteric Christianity?

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Esoteric Christians believe that scripture has many levels of interpretation, including the literal, figurative and spiritual meaning, and also mystery teachings.  In addition to the Holy Bible, students of Esoteric Christianity also study extra-biblical texts such as the Nag Hammadi, Kaballah, Apocryphal Books (found in the 1611 Original English Translation of the King James Bible), and Gnostic Gospels.

Esoteric Christians believe that their goal is not only to seek salvation of the soul, but also to achieve wisdom, spiritual liberation and enlightenment of the soul, mind and spirit.  It is through moral, physical, spiritual and energetic purification and meditation to achieve communion with God that these additional goals may be achieved.

Esoteric Christians have also been called Christian "Mystics", and it is believed that Esoteric Christianity was actually the original form of Christianity, but that the esoteric teachings have diminished from the "traditional" Christian beliefs of today.  Original "fathers" of traditional Christianity, including Origen and Clement of Alexandria have often been considered as "esoteric" in their beliefs.

Similarities to Traditional Christianity:

  • God is Spirit, with infinite, omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent consciousness
  • Belief in the Holy Trinity
  • Belief in the Immaculate Conception
  • Belief that Jesus is the Son of God, fully man and fully Divine, and that He paid the atonement for the sins of mankind
  • We strive to be like Christ, to accept and acknowledge "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27)
  • Our goal is to become Sons and Daughters of God (I John 3:2)
  • Belief in free will, and repentance as a "turning away" or "change of heart"
  • Baptism, Confirmation (Spirit Baptism) and Communion are the imparting of the power and purification process given through the Holy Spirit
  • Application of the commandments and Beatitudes of God
  • Commitment is essential, and we should strive to always "walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25)
  • Belief in the experience of resurrection and final union with God

Differences from Traditional Christianity:

  • The Holy Spirit, or "Shekinah" is viewed as the feminine aspect of God the Father
  • Our soul is also eternal, and consists of five bodies: the physical body, and the four energetic bodies (etheric, astral, mental and causal bodies) collectively and commonly referred to as the "aura"
  • Belief that the true Gospel of Christ is the call to divine perfection, to the “knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13)
  • Belief in reincarnation as a quest for spiritual growth until final union with God (traditionally considered to be beliefs of Buddhism and Hinduism, but was also a tenet of Orthodox Judaism at the time of Christ)
  • Belief in the law of karma and the effects it has on reincarnation
  • Belief that we were originally created as spirit-beings, and with the fall in Eden, we began the cycle of reincarnation and were given physical bodies “And for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 4:21)
  • Meditation is an act of worship for communion with God
  • Purification of the body (Purification is the refinement of the energies of his various levels of being: physical, ethereal, astral, mental and causal. This takes place on a moral, physical, spiritual and energetic level.)
  • Belief in a transformative and direct spiritual experience of God
  • Belief that the gifts of the Spirit are still active and accessible today

Extra-Biblical Texts Used in Esoteric Christianity:

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