The “religion” of Atlantis?
Atlantis – Religion for Religion’s sake?
As I said earlier, part of our training at the monastery was to learn about the various cultures and religions of the world, so many of my earliest courses as a novice monk were about religions. At the time, as typical with my young ego, I thought I already knew all there was to know about the subject, but there was really far more to it than I thought. The following chapter is a recollection of a course given by elder Noah, regarding the Atlantean, and later, teachings about religion.
“There are a variety of reasons that can be behind the founding of a religion – some are good, and many are bad. Thus both good and bad religions have been created. There are religions that started as a means for worship. Some to help people improve themselves spiritually or otherwise. Others were specifically created just to control and have power over the people. But even many religions that started with good intentions, degenerated over time into self-serving power structures whose main function was to control people, and make money.”
“How do they control people, other than by peer pressure and trying to convince someone about something with a sermon?”
“They vary in their methods and functions. Most offer their members personal salvation through following the religion’s tenets (beliefs, rituals, and dogma). And thus, they insinuate you will not find God or salvation, if you don’t follow their particular religion.
Most also aim to fill an emotional or psychological need in people’s hearts and minds. They generally each have their own ‘dogma’ – answers to spiritual questions about God, who we are, and the rules that we should live by.
Some religions control by using people’s insecurity, and have even been formed based on the insecurity of an ignorant society. Some were based on fear. There is the fear of hell (religion as ‘fire insurance’). There is the fear of God. Which…”
“What exactly do you mean?” I said. (I was insensitively interrupting him before he was about to explain anyway).
“I was just getting to that. It is religion that basically comes from the idea of needing to worship and serve a God, or some kind of powerful supreme being, because you actually need to fear Him if you don’t – because He is all powerful and has negative emotional attributes, commits atrocities when angry or jealous, and allows great suffering and disasters when He could easily stop them.”
“So Noah, what you’re saying is worshipping that kind of God is not much different than being respectful to, and paying homage and taxes to, an evil king, or warlord of the realm, because if you don’t, he may come burn your hut or your fields, or kill you or your family, rape your wife, etc..”
“That’s an interesting and insightful analogy. Yes, in fact, that is precisely what many religions did, and how they used the concept of God. But as opposed to being just a King or a warlord, people were told it was an all-powerful being, like a super powered evil alien from outer-space, bent on taking over and controlling all the people of this planet Earth.
And of course the next step in such a religion, is dealing with the abusive power of its leaders. The religion’s leaders, being self-appointed representatives of such a God, would even torture and burn people alive for not ‘believing’, or behaving precisely as they dictated, or precisely as the ‘God’ they represented, dictated that they live. Millions of people have been murdered and tortured as the result of this.”
“Like the inquisition?”
“Let’s just say for now that people throughout time, and of various religions, have used their particular God, or even their particular ‘name’ for their God, as an excuse to control, torture, and murder. That’s one reason we prefer to call God ‘the Universal Spirit’, rather than anything that personalizes, or segregates the concept.
But there have been legitimate, or sincere reasons and beginnings for religions too.
Some have been formed based on faith, or the moral ideas of the religion’s founder. Some have been based on visions or insights of a great spiritual teacher (unfortunately, when the founding visionary dies, usually dogma and the ‘religion’ take over). Others provide a more direct means for personal salvation, within the framework of dogma.”
“How and why was the religion of the Children of the Law of One™ started?”
A Religion that is Not a Religion
Noah paused, and stroked his beard for a moment.
“While the Children of the Law of One™ is a spiritual ‘way’, and also a monastic order, I suppose you could say it is somewhat like a religion. But, it is not a religion in a couple of very important ways. To start with, none of the above reasons were behind the founding of the Children, nor do they play a part in what they teach. There is no control. Not even an attempt to influence, only to educate and reflect the truth.
To understand why the Children of the Law™ of One was created, and what their foundations are, we need to go back to the beginnings of human life on Earth.”
Ooooo, it sounded like we were going to get into some more interesting stuff.
“Please go on,” I said.
“I will, just give me a moment.” More “beard-stroking meditation” ensued, as he prepared himself to tell us the story.
This book devotes an entire chapter to the history of the Children of the Law of One™ , from its Genesis prior to Atlantis, to the present, directly translated from the ancient texts, and my accounts of recent developments. But in the following segment, Noah just briefly describes the specific aspects of that history which led to the creation of the Children. You’ve heard Darwin, you’ve heard Genesis. Now you are about to hear another theory, the first one that made sense to me. And according to the Atlantean teachings, Genesis is actually a simplified, loose allegory, based on this.
“The historical records start with the premise that there is One Great Being (God/Universal Spirit) that is All things, including the Universe itself. It divides/multiplies within itself creating us, thus, our history begins with all of us (humans) essentially being part of, and One with God. The records describe us as being spiritual or ‘angelic’ beings, free to roam, create, and enjoy the Universe. The teachings go on to say that our beginnings on Earth, came in two steps – a ‘first wave’, and ‘second wave’ of ‘human’ (& semi-human) materialization into physical bodies on Earth. At the time, we had the ability to instantly alter our vibration, and instantly create anything we desired, with a mere thought. It was in this way that we ‘thought ourselves’ into matter, into material existence on Earth. Which began our fall from our angelic state, and Oneness with God.
You have probably heard of mythological beings such as the Minotaur, Centaur, Mermaid, etc.. The Minotaur, had a bull’s head and a human body, the Centaur, a human head and torso with a horse’s body. You may also have seen pictures of Egyptian ‘gods’ with animal heads and human bodies, or animal bodies and human heads (like the Sphinx). In the Pacific regions, ancient drawings and carvings of ‘bird headed’ humans can be found on both sides of the ocean. Why do you think so much of this exists? Many legends and myths have some foundation in fact, and this is no exception. The ancient teachings from Atlantis, reveal that such creatures did indeed exist, and that their origins were not what you might expect – they were the fallen angelic beings from the ‘first wave’ of materialization on Earth.”
“Fallen angels??? You mean like Lucifer?”
“Well, yes and no. You have a misconception of sorts. That is a personalized concept from the allegory. The first wave of materialization was a terrible mistake [Author’s note: this will be explained in greater detail in the history chapter]. The first wave beings materialized as partly human/partly animal creatures. This is why in the story of Lucifer, or the various creatures that were called ‘devils’ or demons or whatever, appear as horned, cloven hoofed creatures with tails – the fact is, they were part goat. This is why goats have become associated with the devil also. But evil, is an entirely different matter. Think not that evil does not exist. But true evil, disguises itself, and points the finger at innocents.”
“So Lucifer was not evil?”
“Not initially. The stories you have heard have become terribly mixed up. Even the bible originally paints him as a great angel. But there was no ‘rebellion’ or defiance against the will of God until AFTER this fall, not prior to the fall as is often depicted. It was just a mistake at first. Try telling one person in the meeting hall a story, and ask him to repeat it quietly to the next, and the next person to the next, until it comes back to you. By the time you hear your original story, it will not even be recognizable. That is why our teaching methods are so stringent. We must keep the truth straight, and consistent, and this has been assured by our forbearers.
Getting back to the primary teaching today, there were more ‘fallen angels’ than Lucifer. And they took many different part animal forms. For ease of description we call the part human, part animal beings that fell into physical vibration or matter, during the ‘first wave’ of materialization, ‘humanimals’. As soon as the first wave beings materialized in their ‘humanimal’ bodies, they suffered a great ‘fall’ in vibration from their previous spiritual, angelic state of existence. They instantly experienced a near total loss of consciousness, awareness, and intelligence. In less than the twinkling of an eye, the consciousness that just moments before, had encompassed the entire Universe, and experienced Oneness with the Universal Spirit/God, was virtually gone. The new limited consciousness of these pitiful creatures, ‘trapped’ them on the physical plane of the Earth, where they had to live in ignorance, with their animal-like intelligence and awareness. They were suddenly isolated from Universal/God Consciousness, and trapped in the lonely anguish of ‘separate’ consciousness. This separate consciousness gave birth to a sort of separate free will, which was ignorantly used selfishly, rather than in harmony with the will of God. Ultimately, they would also be trapped in slavery. Evil is spawned by selfishness, but later, even greater degrees of evil came about (which we will discuss more later). Yet all selfishness and evil, has since mistakenly been blamed on these poor unfortunate ‘first waver humanimals’. To be sure, some had horns, and tails, and cloven hoofs – but they have been used as ‘scape goats’, and diversions, in order for others, including regular humans, to avoid taking personal responsibility for the real evil, the real devil, which is the selfishness living inside each human who maintains separate consciousness from the Oneness of God.”