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Paul’s Five Stage Model In the Development of Rational Consciousness by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on July 30, 2003.

The idea of stages in consciousness has existed since antiquity. Hindu models begin with the householder stage and end with Moksha. The Buddha teaches the five noble truths. Islam teaches the five Nafs. And today, Abraham Maslow, Teithard deChardin, Joseph Campbell, and many other psychologists teach what are, in principle, similar models.

Unlike others who base stages of consciousness on historical, spiritual, or moral development, St. Paul alone bases his model on rational development. Paul knew that everything is one. He, therefore, understood that what we call spiritual or heart-felt thoughts are what we could today call undeveloped nonjudgmental rational thoughts. Understanding the modern theory of reality is the key to Stage IV in Paul’s five stage model of rational consciousness because it justifies a nonjudgmental system of logical laws, and in turn, nonjudgmental reasoning and a consciousness of oneness.

From the IONS Peace Colloquium: When Einstein met Gandhi

Originally edited and published in December, 2006, by Matthew Gilbert.

“What do you get when neuroscientists and physicists sit down with psychologists and activists to talk about peace? The potential beginnings of a new field of study. Last September a handful of scientists and academics from diverse disciplines came together on the IONS campus to discuss the growing evidence for a science of peace.

A knock at the door…

To stimulate your thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this video and its underlying book project from Duirwaigh Studios. Envisioned as is “a portal into Everyday Enchantment,” Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They, along with their menagerie of artist, writer and film-making friends, produce products and services that inspire creative consciousness.

“We are committed to opening doorways for you, so that by viewing the enchantment in our world, and in yours, you’ll be inspired to create magic in your own back yard. We believe

What brought you here?

Dave

Originally contributed by Dave Stoverden in Colorado on Dec. 28, 2003.

This is a new message board sponsored by a group called GnosticChristianity. It is an open discussion. William Keifert devoted many years to exploring and writing about a rationale for rethinking how Christians and others should think and act. But he has not been alone. There have been a host of prominent and well thought of people who have been reassessing the historical accuracy of the traditional stories of our religion. A recent book, The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown is intriguing because although fictional the backdrop has been well researched for the purposes of the book’s theme – a coverup of secrets that would expose the Catholic Church’s denigration of Mary Magdalene.

So, anyway, those are a few comments for you to ponder. What was your interest in joining the group?

Bridging Science and Religion in Three Steps by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on April 24, 2002.

Just as waves and particles are different dimensions of light, science and religion are different dimensions of one reality. To construct a bridge between science and religion, we must FIRST recognize that we cannot logically understand both within the same system of logical laws any more than we can understand waves in terms we use to explain particles.

SoulPancake 101

Just in case this has not yet come to your attention, it’s my sincere pleasure to introduce you to SoulPancake.com, a high-minded mission from Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, Golriz Lucina and a bunch of their creative friends.

“We want to make discussions about Spirituality, Creativity, and Philosophy cool again. Were they ever cool? I have no idea. But it seems like a good idea. We want to engage the user to “Chew on Life’s Big Questions”™. (I was kidding about the ™ symbol; you can use that phrase however you want. Even to sell frozen taquitos.) Where do you go on the Interwebs if you want an irreverent, fun, and profound take on God and Art and the Soul and Faith and Beauty? Fox.com? Maybe. But maybe also here at SoulPancake.com.

While primarily counting on the community to bring the site to life,

Where are Jesus’ private teachings?

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

A recent visitor to GnosticChristianity.com submitted this question: So where are Jesus’ private teachings? Outside of what was left in the bible, that is. How are you getting your information to be able to make these claims?

In reply, here are the thoughts of John Miller, Ph.D., whose contributions to GnosticChristiany.com are many and great. This information is published here with Dr. Miller’s permission, and all rights are hereby reserved.

I have been asked to respond to your query concerning Jesus’ gnostic teachings.  Obviously, if they were secret, they are not written down for public viewing.  In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, we read (Jesus is speaking to his disciples here): Unto you is given to knew the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.  Therefore speak I to them in parables, because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand.”  Similar passages are found in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. 

Gnostic knowledge

Originally contributed on March 22, 2005.

Hello. I’m new to this group and would like to introduce myself.  As you can see from my member name, it’s Sandy.  I have taken an increasing interest in Gnosticism.  I’ll be honest, my interest all started about a year ago after reading the infamous book “The Da Vinci Code”….lol.  A book I thoroughly enjoyed, BTW.  From that point on, I went on an adventure to read everything I could about Mary Magdalene, Jesus, the Priory Sion, etc.  So now in my little library of paperbacks I have several books, “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, “The Messianic Legacy”, “The Gospel of Mary”, two books by Elaine Pagels, “The Gnostic Gospels”, “Beyond Belief-The secret Gospel of Thomas” (both books which I have read and really liked.)  I also have another book by Mrs. Pagels “Adam, Eve and the Serpent”, which I have yet to read.  The Gospel of Thomas really interests me, so I am currently reading “The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas- Meditations on the Mystical Teachings” by Tau Malachi.  I throughly enjoy this book, because it takes the Gospel verse by verse and gives some very interesting interpretations of each verse. 

I have had an interest in Astrology and Metaphysics for several years now, too. 

Everything we know about Jesus by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on April 24, 2002.

It is as difficult to push square pegs into round holes as it is to stuff everything we know about Jesus into one box. To do “on earth as it is in heaven” and also the “greater things” Jesus promised we could, we must stop limiting him to the “historical method” of interpretation. This is an outdated product of the Roman Emperor Constantine’s demand at the Council of Nicaea (325AD) that the church be unified under “one” doctrine.

Jesus did more than die for us. He also taught us a godlike, non-judgmental process of reasoning, the logos or logic of God. Combining the non-judgmental logic with the present judgmental process (Aristotelian Logic) expands our consciousness of reality. In this renewed or enlightened consciousness, unused potentials of our mind are awakened, empowering us to do what Jesus promised we could.

In John 8: 31-32jvb, for example, Jesus said: “If you make my word your home, you will learn the truth and the truth will set you free.” The Word or Will of God

Spiritual Logic by William C. Kiefert

The Practical Side of Heaven

The Practical Side of Heaven


Copyright William C. Kiefert. All Rights Reserved.

Originally written on March 27, 2001.

Excerpted from “Spiritual Logic” by William C. Kiefert: Spiritual logic is the missing link between mind and spirit. I propose that an assumed principle, and the laws of logic it justifies, is the cause behind the judgmental character of civilized man’s “method” of reasoning. It is this principle that pits mind against spirit.

Summary
The power of prayer, meditation, spiritual knowledge, science and our own experiences demonstrate that our thoughts have, within them, the power to create our everyday reality. Prayers, meditation, hypnotism, and the paranormal introduce us to our latent creative powers. Spiritual logic is the key to unlock those potentials so that everyone might use them on an everyday basis.

In the past,