Spiritual Gifts, Gifts of the Spirit, Siddhis, powers

Top 5 Spiritual Gifts

What are the Top 5 Spiritual Gifts?

Spiritual gifts, also called charism, charisms, or charismata in Greek are considered non-physical characteristics and abilities given by God, Spirit, or the Source energy of the universe. Most spiritual gifts are written about in Christianity, but there are other religions which also write about these Divine rewards.

The Top 5 to be the best (I believe) include:

  1. Peace (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
  2. Intuition (unlimited access to Divine knowledge)
  3. Bliss (transcendence of all thought and emotion)
  4. Self-Realization (partial enlightenment)
  5. God-Realization (full enlightenment)

These top 5 are very similar to Buddhism’s and Hinduism’s (yoga’s) versions. I have experienced that the attainment of intuition leads to easier gain of other spiritual gifts because of the pure and unbridled access to one’s pure connection to the Divine through the soul. Let’s start by looking at the top 5 religions and their take on spiritual gifts.

Judaism

Judaism is an obvious first because 5 books of the old testament – Judges, Exodus, I Chronicle, I Samuel, and Isaiah – are about Jewish history. Isaiah himself who was a Jew, proclaimed the “7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” (as used in Catholicism). [Isaiah 11:1-2]

These are:

  • Wisdom, Understanding
  • Counsel, Fortitude (strength)
  • Knowledge, Fear of the Lord
  • Piety

[However, a 7th gift “piety,” isn’t included in the original verses from Isaiah, but I suspect is associated with the obedience the other 6 gifts. This is because piety represents “holiness” or devout religious observances.]

Hinduism

Also, Hinduism and yogic practice, talk about siddhis or paranormal powers earned through practicing meditation and the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 44 of them in total described by Patanjali and they are completely explained in my third ebook, in Chapter 17: A Siddhi Summary: Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization: Part III: The Summit

Buddhism

Buddhism also speaks about spiritual gifts. The Buddha teaches us to renounce attachment to material possessions. Quoting the Buddha we see,

“Ye are my offspring, born from my mouth [are] spiritually born, created by the Law [are] spiritual heirs, [none are] material heirs.”

“There are these two kinds of gifts, O monks, namely material and spiritual distribution, and of these two, O monks, the higher is latter.”

Further on we see that one who follows the Law (Dhamma/Dharma), has faith in the law, and has faith in The Buddha (Christ in Buddhism, the foremost):

“… for those with faith in the foremost, the result with be foremost”

This “result” is the blessing of spiritual gifts or powers allowing the individual to perform acts of the Divine.

Which… results in:

  • Merit that accrues because of faith: life, beauty, fame, reputation, happiness, and strength
  • Peace of Detachment
  • Bliss
  • Wisdom

Also, by fighting against the 8 pairs of mental impurities:

  1. Greed and Hate
  2. Anger and Grudge
  3. Scorn and Spite
  4. Envy and Stinginess
  5. Deceit and Fraud
  6. Obstinacy and Impetuosity
  7. Conceit and Arrogance
  8. Pride and Helplessness

AND succeeding past these mental obstacles, by the middle way (the noble eightfold path), one will achieve the spiritual gifts of:

  • Vision (ambition)
  • Knowledge (intelligence)
  • Peace (stillness)
  • Direct Knowledge (willful intuition)
  • Awakening (partial kundalini activation)
  • Nirvana (full kundalini activation, enlightenment, self-realization, and eventually God-realization)

Christianity

In modern times, when someone says, “spiritual gifts,” the Christian Bible is often thought of and quoted from.

In Catholicism, there are 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Wisdom (sapientia)
  • Understanding (intellectus)
  • Counsel (consilium)
  • Fortitude (fortitudo)
  • Knowledge (scientia)
  • Piety (pietas)
  • Fear of the Lord (timor Domini)

In the Christian Bible, 25 are named!

  1. Administration (1 Cor. 12:28)
  2. Apostle (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28)
  3. Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7,8)
  4. Discernment (1 Cor. 12:10)
  5. Evangelism (Eph. 4:11)
  6. Exhortation (Rom. 12:8)
  7. Faith (1 Cor. 12:8-10)
  8. Giving (Rom. 12:8)
  9. Healings (1 Cor. 12:9,28,30)
  10. Helps (1 Cor. 12:28)
  11. Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9,10)
  12. Knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8)
  13. Leadership (Rom. 12:8)
  14. Martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3)
  15. Mercy (Rom. 12:8)
  16. Miracles (1 Cor. 12:10,28)
  17. Missionary (Eph. 3:6-8)
  18. Pastor (Eph. 4:11)
  19. Prophecy (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; Eph. 4:11)
  20. Service (Rom. 12:7)
  21. Teaching (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11)
  22. Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27-28)
  23. Interpretations of Tongues (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27, 28)
  24. Voluntary Poverty (1 Cor. 13:3)
  25. Wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8)

Honestly, many of the gifts of the Christian bible described can be commonly mastered, but only a few of them are rare gifts only achieved alone without the Divine bestowing it. These include:

  • Celibacy – very few people on this planet are born without the base desire for sex. It can be suppressed, but never truly lost. A great yogic master named Sri Yukteswar, when asked by a disciple, “when does the sexual desire disappear,” Sri Yukteswar responds with, “When your dead.” This just goes to show that celibacy, when divinely given, requires no forced or practiced suppression.
  • Healings – this refers to the ability to heal thoroughly and completely without the use of a substance or device
  • Martyrdom – anyone can sacrifice themselves for a cause, but only a truly enlightened master or saint can sacrifice themselves and live!
  • Miracles – this the general ability to create acts of God through healings, martyrdom, prophecy, and speaking/interpretation of tongues.
  • Prophecy – to predict the past, present, or future with incredible accuracy and precision requires a gift at birth or during an awakening experience.
  • Tongues – speaking in tongues, I think, is somewhat confusing because it is often betrayed as pentacostal people speaking gibberish. In reality, these gifts are seen at a very young age by children who can speak multiple languages at will and with no prior training or background.
  • Interpretation of Tongues – this is just the interpretation of tongues, which goes along with the above spiritual gift.  If you can speak the language, then you should be able to understand it. 😉

Islam

It is curious that Islam, being one of the 5 major world religions, AND being Abrahamic in origin, does NOT believe that any spiritual gifts can bestowed to human beings. Actually, the only miracle ever performed was by the Prophet Muhammad, when he brought forth the Islamic bible, the Quran. It is said in the Quran:

“Signs are only with Allah.” ~ Sura 6:109-110

The Muslims do believe that Jesus Christ may have been involved in healings and miracles, but ultimately Allah (God) was the real source of the power. This, I believe to be true, but I also believe that human beings, once unified in God (Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Source, whatever you call it) become God-realized and do achieve true power to enact God’s will. Some in Islam also believe that many miracles in the Old Testament are suspect along with anything performed by the Apostles or other followers of Jesus during the time of the New Testament. This is lamentable because there are MANY examples of saints from Hinduism (recent practitioners of yoga in the last 50 years), Christianity, and fakirs (religious ascetic) in Islam who have been recorded to perform miracles of all kinds. There is even a published book about a catholic woman from the 1950s named, Therese Neumann, who manifested the stigmata, developed the wounds of Christ, bleeding from multiple places on her body for days and years on end, only eating one Catholic wafer every Thursday! It is documented in the book with colored pictures and signed statements from other bishops and cardinals attempting to prove that her existence was falsified. I’m just sayin’… 🙂

Sources:

Buddhism: M 3/1:12-16, Dhammadayada Sutta
Catholicism (7 Gifts): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit
Islamhttp://apologetica.us/2007/04/11/comparing-islam-and-christianity-5-miracles-and-spiritual-gifts/ – this source is biased and slanted towards Christianity and does represent this author’s personal views, however it brings up some interesting points.

 

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Stream of Consciousness

It is in the wee hours of the morning. What can one do?

These are the questions I ask my Self often.  I suspect these are questions asked by those who try to follow the will of the universe without fail. This, at least for me, is to be in the perfect flow of the stream.

The flow of the stream never wavers. Its perfect rate is always ticking like a universal grandfather clock, chiming the minutes, until the next hour arrives – showing the next destined path to arrive.  The simple moments we have in life are like the minutes and the hours are the special events that occur seeming to traverse time and space, providing real substance to our momentary existence.

I don’t mean to be morbid. Really. In fact, our existence is eternal.

  • Some believe we die and that’s it.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, but then we will be raised to a “paradise earth” where the eternal savior will send us into endless love or damnation.
  • Some believe we die, that’s it, and then our soul goes on to either endless love or damnation determined by God or the eternal savior
  • Some believe that we die, then we go on. We are given a new view of reality. Our “momentary” existence in the physical body, really becomes a perfect union in spiritual universal body. We become the stream of consciousness that we had been trying to follow while encased in physical disease, emotional trauma, mental disaster, and spiritual ignorance. Of course sometimes the encasement allows one to develop physical balance, emotional stability, mental strength, and spiritual enlightenment.

OM AUM Symbol

You are reading this post in the here and now. All of your bodies are perceiving this post. It is a part of the stream. If your vibration was in perfect sync with the stream, then you would endless be in its perfection to the point where you and the stream would become one flesh. When you go beyond the stream and realize that you have created that stream all along, then real transcendence will occur, allowing you to realize that all your past joys and sorrows were really manifested by you and you alone – you as participant and You as Creator.

This seems to be the goal of my own life. Is to be the stream and not the stream. To understand that the stream is here to serve and here to teach us lessons about our own vibratory existence. Sometimes we go riding off into the woods away from the stream and get lost in the thicket. Getting scraped up and bloodied by thorns, we believe that the Universe (God) is out to get us and that everything always goes “wrong” for us. But in reality, we were the ones who strayed to far from the perfect flow of the stream.

There is another stream that exists and is described in Esther and Jerry Hicks’ book, “The Law of Attraction.”  The flow described in this blog post is the same stream. (So that there is no confusion.)  However, it was re-membered that the stream is the part to know, BUT… to go beyond the stream is possible.  It can only be understood as rising about the stream.  Yes, that is what I said, “about” the stream. You would thing that “above” the stream might be a better descriptor, but in reality there is no physical direction that can describe accurately and directionally where one might be physically in relation to the stream. In fact, it is more a feeling. The feeling is this:


Shoot N’ Design

  • a vast ocean
  • as far as blue as the eye can see
  • a very slight movement to its waters
  • at the horizon
  • a pinkish hued sunrise breaks over endless water
  • the air is clear
  • no sound excepting the tinkling of water rubbing against water
  • you feel light, lifted, weightless, airy
  • the heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakra are hollowed allowing a vibration of lightness and peace to pass through into nothing
  • You act and you don’t act
  • There are tasks and no tasks
  • What is done, is already done, and nothing really ever changes
  • And then at very deepest and highest point of this, the realization dawns that you, are changeless

Before (in blog posts before) I described bliss as being transcendent and it is just that. However, transcendence is also this feeling that is received from being “about” the stream.

Well, that’s it. That is what I have come here to say. If there are some spelling mistakes or massive grammatical errors, I apologize. My beautiful and angelic wife wasn’t here to proofread my ramblings. 😛

 

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New Year 2017

A New Year in 2017

This is truly a new year for new opportunities.

Whether you agree with the political environment of the United States currently or the global events that happened during 2016, we are in a new year. And that means more opportunities to evolve and get things back on track.

For me, numerologically, 2016 represented a year of materialism and big material challenges.

In 2016, I was in the 2nd year of a new job, making better money that I had ever in my entire life. This is great, but I was also challenged to start up a new business in blogging and book writing. Doing these things together is difficult, but worth it.

During 2016, I was also in my 3rd year of marriage.  Woohoo

The number “3” is a divine number representing the perfected masters and their divine effects on humankind.  This was a great thing, because it reflected that my marriage is still going strong and I think my wife and I love each other more than ever.

The numerological aspect of 2016 is the number “16.” The numbers together represent a time to ask the Divine to help with material worries.

In the new year of 2017, the number “17” shows me that 2016 was materially challenging, but now all my thoughts are in line perfectly with the divine.  AND to top it off, I will be 33 years old in the year of 2017 which is even more divinely providential because 3’s and 7’s are wonderful numbers to have together.  It means that this year will be both both masterful and heavenly provided. I am on the right path, so I should continue forward and continue to be grateful.

Gratitude is essential and something I don’t think about as often, but I noticed that as I was able to accumulate material things like a new phone, a bigger TV, a better disc player, etc.  During this accumulation, I began to become more aware and more gracious of the simple things.  This includes:

  • a hot shower on a cold windy day
  • a warm bed to sleep in every night
  • that my job was only 2-3 blocks away (riding my bike or walking is possible)
  • that we were able to take a vacation without breaking the bank
  • and so on…

These simple things were where gratitude was needed most.

Don’t get me wrong, those other material things are nice too, but too much focus on the material world can subjugate the spiritual fortress that has been built in your daily practice of divine adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (ACTS). Supplication also being prayer and/or meditation.

What I want for people, is for them to see the value of this year. It is a time for new year resolutions, for new beginnings, and ultimately to move forward on new opportunities.

In this new year, I plan to publish my first print book EVER. That is quite exciting because then I will start to feel like an actual published author.  I don’t feel like the ebooks are enough for me.

I want to be able to hold my own personal creation in my own two hands. I need it to be tangible to show me that I have accomplished, what I perceived to be the impossible.

Well… hopefully in the next few months, I will have the book ready in print.  We will see!

Dr. Derek

 

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intention, intuition, spirituality

Intention and Intuition

The other doctor that I currently work with and I were talking about intention.

If we intend to get a certain type of chiropractic manipulation done, then it will most likely happen in that way.  However, if we adjust at random (without focused intention), then the adjustment will turn out poorly.  This is of course the same with anything.

I made the comment that intention is really just our intuition in action.

I reasoned that our intuition is always present, always working, always attempting to send us signals from our Higher Self.  This Higher Self is the purest connection that is created between the soul and the Divine.

If we can stay tapped in and turned on to the signals that are being broadcasted from the great beyond, then we will be able to turn those intuitive thoughts into divine actions. Those divine actions are what can change a situation for the better or for the best!

All of us are Divine. All we need to do is discover that deep connection within ourselves.

The best way to start is to learn to meditate. Try to sit more and more in complete bodily stillness each and every day.  Keep the consciousness you gain from meditation with you throughout the day and you will grow abundantly stronger in your intuition.  Eventually the Divine will express Itself fully through you, allowing full access to your intuition at will for the benefit of yourself and others.

I like the sound of that. 🙂

~ Dr. Derek

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Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judas

The Heretical Gospels

Many people may not know it, but there is something like 170 books about Early Christianity and most mention Jesus Christ that have not been included in the testimony of this supremely enlightened man of God.

170 potential gospels!  That’s incredible!

Why weren’t they included?

Well… that is a difficult question to answer and will lead to just more confusion, disagreement, political and spiritual strife.

So instead, I am just going to give you a list of them here, where you can find them, AND in multiple translations too!

In later blogs I will include some interpretations of these gospels through the lens of eastern mysticism.

For now, let’s talk about what I have included in this blog post.  First I will show the contents of the Nag Hammadi Library, as these were a part of some of the most recent discoveries of early Christian writings.  Then I will show at least 10 other books, codices, and gospels that were not included in the original New Testament.

The Nag Hammadhi Library

The first set of 22 major gospels listed are from the Nag Hammadhi Library. They are listed by a “codex” or “codices”.  A codex is the original form a book took on before printing presses were invented. The codex actually started to replace scrolls between the 1st and 3rd century A.D.  This is probably why the Gnostic Gospels found at in the Nag Hammadi Library were still in good shape.

So… each of one these gospels were found in “codex” or a particular book.  Each gospel in the codex can be considered like an individual chapter in a book that you would get from a bookstore.

I will say this… not all of these gospels or “chapters” of each codex directly talk about Jesus Christ. Some are related to the creation stories of Gnosticism and their practices. Some of the included texts are by Greek philosophers that directly contributed to concepts used in early Christianity.

The gospels that are listed below come from the site: Gnosis.org and more specifically you can click on this link to check out the various Translations.  I will connect each gospel that has direct and significant relation to the story of Jesus Christ to where it is located on the Gnosis.org website.  Here is a link showing where the list is located: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhlalpha.html

KEY:
NOT Underlined – very little or no references to Jesus the Christ
LINKED – some significant reference
LINKED & BOLDED – more significant reference
LINKED & BOLDED* (with ASTERISK) – Most significant reference

  1. Codex I (The Jung Codex)
  2. Codex II
  3. Codex III
  4. Codex IV
  5. Codex V
    • Eugnostos the Blessed
    • The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Paul
    • The (First) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James
    • The (Second) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James
    • The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Adam
  6. Codex VI
    • The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
    • The Thunder, Perfect Mind
    • Authoritative Teaching
    • The Concept of Our Great Power
    • Plato, Republic 588A-589B
    • The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
    • The Prayer of Thanksgiving
    • Asclepius 21-29
  7. Codex VII
  8. Codex VIII
  9. Codex IX
  10. Codex X
    • Marsanes
  11. Codex XI
  12. Codex XII
  13. Codex XIII

Other Important Books

  1. Gospel of Mary
  2. Gospel of Judas
  3. The Epistle of Barnabas
  4. Infancy Gospel of James
  5. Shepherd of Hermas
  6. 1 Clement
  7. Didache
  8. Third Letter to the Corinthians (included in the Acts of Paul)
  9. Q Gospel

The links included above are from a website called: earlychristianwritings.com. This is also another good resources and includes many summaries that aren’t included at Gnosis.org.

Also if you happen to be running Safari (like I am), then some of the websites may not show up properly.  It will be best to use Google Chrome in these cases.

If you really want to go crazy and see all books, treatises, and documents that were a part of early Christian thought, but were not included in the Christian bible we see today – by chronological order – then here is that link as well:  http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/index.html

Literally, in total, there are over 200 of these documents, but only 30 of them were included in the New Testament… hmmmm…

Well… that is how history played out.  I don’t think, however, that any document received on the testimony of Jesus Christ invalidates his position as a prophet and enlightened Son of God.  But some think he is the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God vs. being “a” Son of God.  These phrases make a difference and shouldn’t just be taken at face value.  Again… most people take it on faith.  This isn’t a bad way to go, but to believe blindly without investigation, especially when new information is presented, isn’t necessarily a good thing either…

Some famous historical questions include:

  1. What if Jesus was really “physically” born to Mother Mary and not by immaculate conception?
  2. What if Mary Magdalene was really his wife?
  3. What is Jesus really did have a child with Mary?
  4. What if Jesus already knew what Judas was going to do and told him to do it?
  5. What if the early church try to hide important information on the nature and teachings of Jesus Christ?
  6. What if Jesus’s role was to simply show us how to improve ourselves, so that we may become Sons and Daughters of God?

I know, I know… these questions are a stretch!  They definitely challenge the status quo and ultimately some will feel offended at my words. I DON’T BLAME YOU.  In fact, I love you all the same! It is what sets us apart that makes us stronger.

Realize this, even if all the above were true… Jesus would still be there to save us from ourselves.  That was his role and will always be.

Thanks for reading,

~ Dr. Derek