Spiritual Climate Newsletter Oct 2005 Part 2 Dr. Strickler’s Unique Ministry by Wendy Ford AND The Soul & Spirit of Truth by Christine Ford

Dr. Strickler’s Unique Ministry

By Wendy Ford

 

Someone asked me a few weeks ago “What church do you go to?  What religion are you?”  A vague answer of something along the line of not attending church in a building or belonging to any formal religious organization and not being religious but considering myself to be spiritual was my given response.  Over the next several weeks it occurred to me my response was at best incomplete.  Dr. Strickler’s unique ministry has enabled me to change, grow and learn to the extent that the quality of my life is profoundly different from twelve years ago.  In many respects, my life really only began to be truly lived and experienced after meeting Dr. Strickler and coming into the light of his ministry just over twelve years ago.

 

So, what is it about Dr. Strickler’s ministry that is so special and unique?  Humbly, an attempt will be made to put some of it into words.

 

When embarking on an extended hike it is wise to make detailed preparations.  The proper tools must be assembled and participation in a physical conditioning program is highly recommended.  Learning to use and operate the tools would be critical and could mean the difference between an enjoyable successful hike and disaster.  The tools might include a compass, a map, a flashlight and batteries, waterproof matches, appropriate shoes or boots to maneuver about the terrain, a first aid kit and in this modern day and age maybe even a cell phone or GPS unit.  Certainly sleeping bags and tents would be needed if the plan was to sleep out doors and unless one were a purist and was counting on fishing, hunting and gathering food along the way adequate provisions and water would be needed.

 

Embarking along a path to explore ones spiritual environment also requires preparation and conditioning.  Just as on a physical hike, learning the use and application of certain tools in combination with psychological, emotional, intellectual and physical conditioning is needed.

 

That is precisely what Dr. Strickler’s unique ministry is all about.  He explores the power of The Word.  He is leading us in the exploration of the deepest hidden mysteries about the truths of consciousness.  Why?  So that each of us will be able to bring out of latency the abilities God seeded deep within each of our hearts and that lie in potential.  By learning to bring these abilities into conscious awareness we are each going through the transformational processes of bringing into manifestation the hidden potential to become more closely the true human being of the Life Power’s creation.  Dr. Strickler’s extraordinary ministry is about discovering and learning to be in contact with the potentialities that our Spirits and Souls ascribe to.  

 

Unlike a physical hike, embarking along a spiritual journey doesn’t require the mastery of each and every tool and maximum conditioning prior to taking the first step.  The only qualifications Dr. Strickler has are for an individual to ask to embark on the path and have a genuine commitment to wanting to learn and grow.  Dr. Strickler’s ministry is about giving/teaching the fundamental tools and teaching the rudimentary use of those tools.  With each step of the journey Dr. Strickler’s teachings are constantly refining the use of the tools and expanding the knowledge of application of those tools.  Along the way he adds a tool here and there enlarging the scope of our skills and knowledge.  Over the years tools have been patiently added to our toolboxes.

 

What are some of those tools?  A few of them include the Tarot, the lessons of Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), the Holy Bible, meditation, oral teachings from the Western Mystery School, teachings from philosophers of the ages, economic history, current events, political histories and events, Qabala, energy work, healing techniques, professional psychological counseling using EMDR, learning how to ask complete and accurate questions, dialogue. 

 

The key is in learning to be able to exercise our individual power of choice, to engage our use of free will to pick up a tool and put it to use.  To put into action the lessons learned.  To reach a point where we are consciously blending the spiritual life with the every day mundane aspects of life until they mesh so tightly and seamlessly there is no longer a separation.  This is an active transformational process that can take a lifetime or more to accomplish and can only be initiated in the presence of and by a True Spiritual Teacher.  It is not a passive process of sitting in a pew one hour a week like a sponge expecting to soak in the answers or being miraculously engulfed by “the change”.

 

When hiking through a dense forest it is not always easy to see the way.  When your face is planted squarely against the trunk of the tree in front of you it is not always evident there might another way to continue through the forest other than the current option chosen of attempting to go forward by pushing your way through the tree to get to the other side.  It might be required that you stop, reassess, take a step or two back, reevaluate the situation and then formulate a new option or two. 

 

Being on a spiritual path can be similar.  It is so easy to get lost in the maze of perceptions, misperceptions, illusions, erroneous opinions and beliefs founded upon misinterpretation that truth often goes undiscovered.  Sometimes a malformation of belief or opinion is not recognized.  Why?  The accuracy of our interpretation is only as good the clarity of our cognition guiding perception.  A very tiny, cracked or distorted lens or mirror will only give us a distorted picture (perception) upon which to base our interpretations.

 

Take the example of looking through the peephole in a door to see what is on the other side.  Looking through the small hole doesn’t give a very accurate picture of what it’s really like on the other side does it?  When looking through a frosted, beveled glass door into a room we might perceive with our eyes two figures locked in an intimate embrace.  Isn’t that nice?  Two lovers.  Replace the frosted, beveled glass with clear, smooth glass and we see a man being embraced by his very large dog in an enthusiastic greeting.  Two very different interpretations yet each based upon a perception received or “seen” through different lenses. 

 

Dr. Strickler’s teachings and ministry are giving us the tools and methods by which the lens can become clear, expanded and whole.  Only then are we able to discern what is truly being reflected or seen.  We are learning to find the defects in the lenses that have lead to our misperceptions and prejudices.  At times we may even uncover the root causes of those defects.  We are learning to hone our skills of discernment and interpretation of perception.

 

In other words we are learning to find those areas within ourselves where our opinions and beliefs have been formed and erected upon the unstable foundation of misinterpretation and misperception.  Dr. Strickler is teaching us to uncover, identify and acknowledge the existence of these areas that have been created entirely subconsciously and that have been nourished with the excrement of our erroneous beliefs and opinions.  In so doing we are automatically being sensitized to be able to recognize and identify statements and actions made by others that are formed from the same source:  the excrement of erroneous beliefs and opinions.

 

Dr. Strickler’s ministry has enabled me to start the discovery of seeing glimpses of the bigger picture of Spirit embracing and operating through Soul here on the physical plane to initiate and complete growth.  I am so much more than just a physical body.  My physical body is merely the vehicle through which this particularization of soul is being expressed in physical manifestation at this point in time.  This has not been an easy concept for me to grasp and I still struggle for greater clarity of awareness and further expansion of understanding and knowing.  Bit by bit I am getting glimpses of the bigger picture.  Day by day I strive to “walk the talk” and through my actions, reactions and words incorporate the concepts of Dr. Strickler’s teachings into my everyday life.  That it is possible in these times to live the Word.

 

Does this mean I walk around with a beatific smile on my face saying “God Bless you” to everyone I see or that I am no longer affected by the craziness that seems to be expanding daily about me or that I have somehow perfected all my flaws and discovered all of my darker areas?  To quote Robin Williams in his explanation of the history of golf, “Fuck no!”  But Dr. Strickler has given me flags to aim for along the way that give me hope.  

 

Has Dr. Strickler’s ministry had an effect on my life?  Oh, yeah.  Boundaries have been expanded in areas never before recognized.   I didn’t even know some of the boundaries existed never mind that they could be expanded or dismantled.  As a matter of fact I hadn’t even known many were largely of own construction.  After three years of being in Dr. Strickler’s presence several times a week I am becoming more Me.  Discovering who I am has not been an easy nor pain free process but it is certainly worth it.  There is a quality in my life impossible to put into words.  It is a “something” that enables me to choose to keep moving along this spiritual path every day, a “something” that is becoming my center and core.  A “something” that beckons me to want to know more about myself, more about the stuff called manifestation and the rules and laws that govern it and my place and role in the larger scope of Creation. 

 

Dr. Strickler’s unique ministry has brought me to this point in my life and I look forward to the discoveries yet to be found and knowledge yet to be grasped, the adventures to be experienced.  Even discovering those darker areas and getting to know myself better is anticipated.  For I know Dr. Strickler can point out the general direction, gently tap me on the shoulder to redirect me or offer a steadying hand when I stumble or trip over myself.  He can give hints through a look, a question or a gentle nudge.  He can also give the proverbial swift kick in the butt when needed. 

 

My fervent wish is that everyone could experience what it’s like to be in the presence of a True Spiritual Teacher and to experience one of the representatives of the Word in flesh.

 

Wendy Ford

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The Soul & Spirit of Truth

By Christine Ford

 

Over the past year plus, since Dr. Strickler’s physical vehicle experienced the trial of having a stroke, there have been changes we have all noted in him.  A very obvious slowing down with an increased ability to understand and relate to the limitations we have all been dealing with our entire lives has been a predominant change.  He has always tolerated and teased us about our speed, as we have teased him about his and coined the term, “The Speed of David”, which is synonymous with “faster than lightning or swifter than the wind“.  He didn’t, however, have much of a relation point for our apparent “slowness” nor empathy for it pre-stroke, but now he just smiles as he makes comments about experiences he is having in regards to this mundane plane and we say in unison “Welcome to OUR world, Boss”.  Quite an interesting side effect of the still-being-recovered- from trauma produced by the event of August 22, 2004.   

 

Dr. Strickler has been experiencing an ever increasing emergence of the knowing that his body truly DID suffer a life threatening event, especially over the past two months.  Perhaps a great deal of his expanding awareness can be attributed to the incredible improvements brought together during his Therapies at Health South.  Dr. Strickler was afforded the opportunity to be in a group of patients whose bodies had suffered similar trauma, and was able to see firsthand the results of what might have been, had he not been so in tune with his physical vehicle and gotten to the hospital so quickly, well within the window to receive the TPA treatment.  With the okay to drive again, Dr. Strickler appears to be stronger and more centered in many respects, if that is possible, than he was before. 

 

Along with accommodations to the changes in his physical vehicle and understanding of the speed at which most people in the world move and process, Dr. Strickler has also spent much time over the past year in deep meditation, contemplation and discussion of just what direction his Service to humanity is being moved into by the Power of the One.  For many years the idea of a “church”, a ministry, has surfaced and been spoken of as a probability to be explored, though the time was not right.  The physical necessity of Dr. Strickler’s holding down full time employment while establishing a ministry, which is a full time endeavor in and of itself, was an obstacle. 

 

Those of us who are students of Dr. Strickler did not have the monetary means to fully support him financially during the beginning phases of the establishment of a ministry, nor would he have expected that.  Now that Dr. Strickler has been approved for Social Security Disability, which from all sources I have spoken to is a miracle in and of itself considering the difficulties people have securing this type of assistance from the government, it is almost as if the Powers that Be are waving a great big banner saying “Go For It, Here’s your sign!”  It is within this Edition of the Spiritual Climate Newsletter that we are announcing Dr. Strickler’s decision to move into the establishment of a formal Ministry in the tradition which he has studied, lived, and dedicated his life and energy.

 

There are so many questions that I have been asked over the years about what I study, what “religion” it is, what books can be read to explain it, what do I “believe”?  These have been extremely difficult questions for me to give an answer to, because what comes through Dr. Strickler is unique, unlike any religion, philosophy or doctrine that you will find in a book, church or ministry anywhere.  I am exceedingly overjoyed that he has announced his decision to finally call it what it is, a Spiritual MINISTRY.  Now, the question remains, what in the world IS this “Ministry” all about?  What makes it unique?  How does it “work”?  And the always eternal question of our consumerist, me-oriented society, “What’s in it for me?”  I suppose the best way to answer that might be to describe what my experience has been in terms of my thirteen year association with David, for even though it was not “named”, a Ministry is what he has held from the moment he began to teach over twenty years ago.

 

My entire life has been a seeking, searching for the answer to the questions of Who am I, what am I here for?  Always there was a little voice nagging away, demanding answers, sometimes whispering, sometimes screaming, “There’s got to be more than this incessant day to day struggle to get by; more than waking up, going to work, coming home, going to bed and getting up again.  Where is it, how do I find it, what practice or technique might there be to bring me closer to actually living the purpose that my Soul and Spirit are holding in potential for me?”

 

The answer to my quest and seeking began to grow when I met Dr. Strickler and became part of what I now know is his Ministry.  Notice I said BEGAN to grow, for one of the premises of such a ministry is that there is ALWAYS growth; when you reach the top of the “level” at which you are working, you become a Master of that level, while at the same time becoming an Initiate to the level above you;  ever growing, infinitely expanding, always more to know, to hear, to see, to discover and understand, and most importantly, to put into use in your comings and goings each and every day. 

 

Though we “study”, learn, and have classes, the Oral Qabalistic Tradition, which is one of the many traditions Dr. Strickler weaves into his discourses, is not an intellectualization, a mere spitting back of terms and definitions which is so often the sad result of education today.  Instead it is a dynamic dialogue, a living interactive exchange of energy and knowledge, a spiraling and expanding of consciousness as Dr. Strickler plants the seeds of the understanding of the Power of The Word, using Hebrew, the Sacred Tongue God used for Creation, as a vehicle of expression for study.  Qabala is derived from the Hebrew word “qibel”, meaning to be receptive to, or to receive. That is precisely what Dr. Strickler’s Ministry is, a reception, a receiving of Knowledge and Truth as it is disseminated through the words that are spoken through him by The One.    

 

Participating with us in the interchange of harnessing and exploring the Laws and Principles which were, are, and always will be the foundation upon which the Limitless Light of the Universe was formed, Dr. Strickler serves as a catalyst for Spiritual growth, empowerment and understanding.  Through him flows the wisdom, energy and eminence to aid in increasing our awareness of what more there is that lies beyond our mundane perceptions, more than the mere physical existence most are so embedded in.  

 

Through his word and touch, through the voice, presence and guidance of a True Spiritual Teacher, healing and grace comes in the growing capacity to actually experience brief glimpses of direct communication with that which we truly are, Soul and Spirit expressing through the limitations and manifestation of a physical vehicle.  As we weave the Laws and Principles he opens to us into our daily experiences, we begin to establish contact with the portion of us that is the REAL part, the Soul and Spirit longing to express through and into this plane. 

 

The experience is exciting, invigorating, joyous and creative, though there is work and often times tears and pain as we come face to face and gradually put to death the Asshole portions of our Ego and Personality that we have created, patterned, fed, kept alive, and sometimes desperately attempted to hold on to.  Tears and pain does sound somewhat paradoxical to the definition most carry of “Spiritual Growth“, I know, but True Spiritual Growth, versus the La-De-Da crap which is touted by the generic metaphysical circles, is just that, paradoxical!  Spiritual Growth carries with it exquisite Spiritual Growing pains that far surpass anything EVER experienced by the physical body. 

 

In this imperfect plane in which we live, based on negativity and an error that started it all, we are not meant to be “happy” all of the time.  Are we entitled to share moments of happiness?  YES!  Experience profound and overwhelming insights of agape and joy?  ABSOLUTELY!  Reflect upon heart expanding epiphanies of awareness, love and peace?  YOU BETCHA.  Be blessed by glorious Ah-has, when you feel so empowered and elevated that you wonder if you will ever touch down again?  YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!  Those moments of Knowing, of contact with Soul and Spirit, are True Spiritual agape and splendor of a beauty so rare and unique that goes beyond words and description. 

 

To reach those pinnacles of experience, however, is where the anguish, work, blood, sweat and tears come can sometimes make their appearance.  And is it worth it?  Here’s the magical answer for the “What’s in it for me?” crowd. How can you measure or give value to hearing the clear voice of your Soul as it speaks to you?  How can you convey the overwhelming joy and sorrow that combines to touch you so deeply that you are forever transformed when your Spirit whispers, nudges, intimates Its presence, and you sense It, feel It, hear It, communicate with It, if only for a split second?  How can you describe the longing and yearning for return to The Source that you carry with you forever once you have, if only even for the briefest of moments, touched into those layers of consciousness that go so far beyond what we experience in our daily lives, yet are that which was intended for us to Know, to Do and to Be? 

 

Yes, it is worth every moment of what some may term as pain and anguish. Truth by its very nature does bring with it pain that must be faced, met, and worked through.  It is rare to be in alignment with the Truth, though the pain and suffering resulting from exposure and non acceptance of Truth is not CAUSED by the Truth itself, but rather by the  response to being in a chosen state of denial and delusion of separation from the Truth.  Through the teachings and words given to us by Dr. Strickler we learn to be more closely in alignment with Truth by discerning and making knowledge based choices, by exercising our freedom of “A or not A”, by detecting patterns and nuances, subtle flows and sometimes NOT so subtle flows, that guide us and are interwoven into every aspect of our lives.  Dr. Strickler’s words and his Ministry grant us the freedom to live and experience this mundane plane from a different perspective, from an Angle of Light, Truth, Freedom and Love versus an Angle of fear, deception, repetition of erroneous patterns and lies.

 

I have spent my years since meeting Dr. Strickler in a state of continuous awe, gratitude and wonder that such a Spiritual Mentor is available to me.  The fervent prayers of a terrified little girl were answered some 30 years later in the form of a Master and Ministry of a magnitude and strength that I am just now beginning to recognize as my awareness increases and more is revealed to me. I have watched people come and go from his presence and seemingly not even be aware of that which they have come into contact with.  I have questioned WHY this is so, and the best answer I have been able to reach is an extremely simple one.  Those who do not see just are not ready to see, those who do not hear are just not ready to hear. Irregardless of their perception or NON perception, everyone who comes into Dr. Strickler’s his presence is touched and irrevocably changed.  They may have no awareness of this, they may have no apprehension or understanding, but they go away with a gift which is theirs to use. 

 

There is a passage from the “Book of Tokens” by Paul Foster Case in reference to the Hebrew letter Vav, which is the Tarot Key assigned to The Hierophant, The Inner Teacher.  The meaning of Vav is a nail or a hook, that upon which something is hung, or a means by which it is affixed, nailed into place.  The Intelligence of Vav is The Triumphant and Eternal Intelligence, which flows from The One.  I quote a selection from that passage below:

 

I am the Revealer of all mysteries.

None other is the Teacher of any man.

          These words that thou readest,

          Or that, perchance, are read to thee – – –

          Whose words are they but mine?

I have brought thee before me for instruction,

And whether thou receivest it willingly or unwillingly,

Know that because thou hast this day heard or read these words,

Thou art henceforth consciously united to me.

 

          Today thou mayest reject me.

Today thou mayest receive these words with scorn.

          Yet it shall be that my Voice

          Shall go with thee henceforth forever.

When thou sleepest it shall instruct thee,

And even when thou art busiest with the affairs of daily life,

It shall ring suddenly in thine inner ear.

 

Forever art thou bound to me,

          And in a day,

          Or a month,

          Or a year,

          Or a lifetime,

          Or a hundred lifetimes,

Thou shalt know this, even as I know it;

And when thou hast reached this goal,

          What shall be a day,

          Or a month,

          Or a year,

          Or a lifetime,

          Or a hundred lifetimes?

Time ceaseth for those who come to me.

 

The quest will be forgotten

When thou hast reached the Goal.

 

Spiritual Growth is a Goal of choice, of action.  The Path is one of receptivity and surrender to Truth and Change.  The Love, Compassion, Beauty and Joy that come along this Path immeasurably exceed the temporal “happiness” that most are seeking in the hurried, instant gratification based society in which we live.    The Ministry which Dr. Strickler brings through that which is voiced through him is that of Spiritual Growth, Agape, Truth, and Freedom.   

 

And where does he find these Truths, Laws and Principles that he teaches, if not in a book or specific religious doctrine, I hear you asking.  Part of it he has carried from as early as he can remember, part is from years of study, personal transformation and tradition passed on to him by a True Spiritual Mentor.  Part of it comes as a combination of disciplines he has chosen to explore over his course of growth.  Another factor is his never ending discovery of Himself through proper utilization of psychological counseling as a tool for understanding and growth, and yet another part comes from his unquenchable desire to Know the Truth, live the Truth, and be guided each and every day in every decision and motion by The Power of The One.  And, most importantly, he has devoted his life to becoming that which he is, a Speaker of The Word, a Bearer of The Logos into this plane, so that others may hear and see, be touched and grow, experience the Beauty and Truth of Soul and Spirit in action.  Through Dr. Strickler the Revelatory Power and Triumphant Eternal Intelligence of the Spirit of the Voice, the Hierophant and the Vibration of The One is brought into manifestation, into livingness, and that is what makes him a true Spiritual Teacher, and his unique Ministry one of the Soul and Spirit of Truth. 

 

I have had the privilege to witness first hand the ongoing production of the fruit of the Tree of Life known to us as Dr. Strickler.  I encourage each of you to contact him with your spiritual questions and seek the guidance of a True Spiritual Master while he still walks among us. 

 

May your Soul and Spirit move you to engage in the dynamic dialogue provided by the words spoken through Dr. Strickler’s Ministry.

 

Christine Ford

Editor, Spiritual Climate Newsletter

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Spiritual Climate Newsletter Oct 2005 Part 3 Of Bridges and Souls part 2: The Thirteenth Month after Meeting an Old Friend by Rev. David Strickler

Of Bridges and Souls

part 2:

The Thirteenth Month

After Meeting an Old Friend

By Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.

 

A little over thirteen months ago I was called back into the world from the land of the dead and traversed the valley of the shadow of death to once again walk among men, humanity.  The trauma that my physical body suffered, particularly in my brain, opened a new space within which the down pouring of consciousness from Spirit and Soul could enter into these waters of creation and begin again anew and refreshed in order for the principle of Love and Unity to be brought into stir within the animal/chemical clothes that I wear as Spirit/Soul in the material plane.

 

The Source of Life and Light Itself propelled the beam of my consciousness back into the dark world and space of the empty physical body that lied still for many hours hopefully awaiting the dawn and resurgence of First Light shining from the seat of my Beingness as I followed the course of the river that appeared to be emptying into the rising, morning Sun.  Walking, or apparently moving, with the odd sensation of a line down the center of my Spirit with a sensation of emptiness in one half of an energy that I perceived as myself.  I could literally feel energy and a surge from an invisible something that urged me to return.  As I approached the Sun it became a huge doorway.  The emanation from behind me I remember as a loving assurance.  Moving closer through the surface of the Sun I began to hear the voices of those who were familiar, human voices.

 

The strangest experience I have had yet was in recalling people, places and things as I was passing through the Sun.  Brilliant beings were sparsely outlined and detectable as human shapes but recognizable by their eyes and lips on their faces.  Sound began resonating as if Souls were talking to me urging me back and giving me quiet assurance but with distinct emotional energy that had a rather human quality.  In a few of the beings I could feel their deep remorse and pain that broadcasted uncertainty as to whether or not I was going to come back.  I could hear them pleading, please don’t leave, please come back.  There were two voices I recall in particular, both moving toward me both crying and then one of them touched me telling me I couldn’t leave yet because we had not yet come to know each other.  The sensation of half emptiness disappeared as this Soul touched me yet I could still feel an invisible line down the center of what now seemed to be the energy and light of my consciousness filling a shell, a form that resembled my physical body.

 

To experience the process of transformation brought about by the energy of what we call Death is an event that leaves one changed in many degrees and permanently branded by a transformation process that continues forward to be worked with on the physical plane months or years after it lights through the aperture of expression know as our physical body on the event horizon in the mundane world.  I have met the angel of death before, but this time, I think we sat down and he toasted me with some champagne together; in other words, I befriended that which walks hand in hand or perhaps better put, that which enables one foot to follow after the other foot.  Some would say that we just sat down and had a beer together.  The problem is I hate beer, ergo my reference to champagne, metaphorically speaking at that, because I don’t drink.  If you supplant the Waters of Life in place of the word champagne, you will understand my allusion.

 

This was the third meeting that I had with death.  The first meeting was before I became a teenager living in Ohio.  I miss living nearby Lake Erie, anyway, I had gone swimming with some friends at a place formerly known as Century Park.  There were some girls that were going to be there so a couple of guys I had known who lived nearby the park asked me down because apparently a girl had asked if I was going to be there.  It was a typical summer day for that period of time back in the late sixties, muggy, cotton candied shaped clouds in the sky and hot.  The water was appealing, especially the girls in the water of the lake in wet swimsuits.

 

The day was going along great, I was having a good time and was working on overcoming my shyness with girls, which I must admit still lingers a bit to this day.  I was swimming out further between the pilings that were placed as a break wall to protect the beach when the next thing I knew I was pulled under, sucked under water as if a vacuum cleaner had grabbed my feet.  I remember the sense of physical struggle as my air supply dwindled under the water, the utter panic, fear and terror filled me as I no longer had control of where my body was going and my lack of ability to overcome the sheer force of what was pulling me further deeper and under the water. Then everything went calm and there was no struggle anymore and a light appeared inside me and surrounded me and it was very peaceful.  No struggle, just peace and this huge whirling sound I began to hear like copter blades cutting through the air above me.

 

Next I was jarred back into my plight as two hands firmly grabbed my arms under my shoulders and human voices starting to come through the thick blanket of the water and then POP I was above the surface hearing, “We got him” being shouted along as I gasped for air.  Thank god for my friends being there that day.  They were a bit surprised as I swam to move my body and to feel the luxury of its presence, probably instinctive on my body’s part to burn off the adrenaline that had been immersed through its veins.  The girl never did show up and I dislike going to the beach to this day, not being very fond of water in which I can’t see the bottom of such as a pool.

 

My life was never the same after that.  It never is the same after we have the honor of meeting the angel of death.  Change takes place and the type of change and transformation seems to depend on the nature of the Soul working through the lens and fabric of the ego/personality in this mundane world.  I have seen help required in all cases in the resultant trauma induced by this encounter.  Even in this last encounter with my old friend, Death, I am only now able to realize that I had a major physically life threatening experience that could have resulted in the extinguishing of the flame of life within my physical body.  This post awareness is due largely to the fact that the lens that the brain uses to remain anchored and focused in this world was shattered by the stroke that affected the frontal lobes and occipital lobes thus drastically impairing what is known as the executive functions of my brain and nervous system, kind of like looking at oneself in the pieces of a broken mirror.  I will be returning to my psychologist who is trained in EMDR to help the intellectual, emotional and physical body circuits that enable the expression of my consciousness to reverberate in the world of the flesh to finish processing this experience that I may move forward with my life.

 

Death represents many faces of movement, transformation and MOTION.  I have sometimes referred to it as the shadow cast by the presence of the Life Power that enables the contrast to render the appearance of motion representing the activity of the Life Power within a fixed point that never moves, or as some would refer to as the unmoved mover.  Our consciousness is nothing more than an extension of  activity that RELFECTS the ever presence of this Source.  How accurately we can reflect this depends on the skill and agility of the responses we grow into the fabric of ego and personality emerging through the raw, seemingly blind forces of Nature which comprises the densest portion of the energy known qabalistically as Natash.  This includes the fabric of all the lower worlds of nature that we use to weave our physical body out of the loom and principles of our consciousness.

 

Let me take you through a few more of the veils of the senses upon which the shadows are created from the Source.  In other words, let’s probe a bit deeper into the meaning and some of the messages carried by my old friend, Death.  As I have stated elsewhere, it is said that there are four ways to perceive the scriptures:  The first is literally, the second is allegorically, the third is philosophically and the fourth and most difficult to master is mystically.  Let’s stretch our cognitive ability here for a bit so bear with me for a few paragraphs as we explore some of the rich depth of Life articulated some of the numbers representing the idea of death.

 

Let us call upon the pictorial book of the Hebrew letters known as the Tarot in order to provide an initial condensed, yet short hand compilation of meaning much like the scientific equations such as E=MC2 from which we derive the ability to harness the power within the atom; yet without proper education we may pass over it as a meaningless equation with no significant link to its practical implications in the physical world.  The pictorial designs of the Tarot which accurately render such a proper compilation are those unveiled by the great modern Qabalist Paul Foster Case.

 

Upon looking at The Hebrew letter נ Nun (pronounced noon), its interpretation as a verb meaning to sprout, to grow; an emergence forth of the grain of wheat that falls unto the ground and dies; the inherent power of the seed when cultivated by the intervention of the Spirit of human consciousness and the intelligence of volition that is lent unto us by the Life Power ItSelf.   It is this inherent power of Life Itself when we look at the space that is created within itself to produce fit forms of its expression on the non physical plane.  This gradually precipitates into forms we can perceive into the physical event horizon; it is this activity which presents itself as the possibility of procreation given to us and rendered sacred as expressed by what is veiled within the familiar G_d name  uttered and intoned as  א ל ה י מ  Elohim,  which translates into a name of G_d that expresses itself as the conjoined Male and Female aspects of G_d.  We as people express our arrogance if we or our parents say that we are autonomous and have an independent life.  Deeper attention into the illusion by using the power of reason reveals otherwise: that our perception of a separate life belies to the fact that neither we, nor our parents gave birth to us physically OR spiritually as a consciousness, let alone an individual self consciousness. 

 

We have borrowed the illusion of our ‘sense of self’, that we have our own life because there is nothing other than One Life and One Self that is the source of our borrowed sense of self that is rendered as a perception of me, myself and I’ness.  Let us remember what part of our consciousness is fueled by the Divine Intelligence represented the Hebrew letter Nun, whose value represents 50 units to convey the principal of the Imaginative Intelligence and the locomotion, movement that is thus created by its ever presence.  Remember Jason and Argonauts and the 50 oars that rowed the ship?  Fifty is a sacred number to BINAH in qabala which represents the feminine aspect of G_d and the seat of what is called the highest aspect of our Spirit/Soul that is closest to the Divine, the Neshamah.

 

It should pose some interesting aspects for those of you who recognize this as the first letter of the spelling of the name Noah and the eight principals represented by the individuals in Noah’s arc that brought a new humanity into being after the flood.  These were not eight singular people as is misperceived by those who are content with such childish renderings of a sacred tongue that is capable of great depth.  My spelling for the word arc was also an intentional choice to point a finger in an accurate direction for those who have eyes and ears to apprehend some of the reality that I am directing their attention toward.  Life arc’d across and within the rough waters of the divine mother as the child experiences within the waters of the womb as the mother walks toward the birth of the new child coming to know itself within this current lot of humanity. Look at the phenomena of how the nerve synapse arc between branches of nerves through a fluidic, watery media.  It is not much different in the watery levels of Spirit and Soul.

 

 

Noah’s name is qabalistically enumerated into 58 units which reckoned by the value yielded in composite sum of the letters of Noah’s name נ ח (to sprout and grown within the fence or enclosure, a field of operations wherein natures energies are refined and brought to bear upon itself by the power and source of Life itself) in Hebrew which is a Nun נ and a Cheth ח.  It is here that we can gain insight into some of the mystery to be revealed about this current crop of humanity which emerged after the metaphorical ‘flood’ and also gain some comprehension of what the future of this seed of humanity may achieve as it travels through a transmutation and a transition within the enclosed area (Cheth) of its Soul, cultivating what it has sown.  Some call it reaping.  Some refer to it as the grim reaper.  The Adepts of ageless wisdom have cloaked the realities and truths of the Hebrew letter Nun, within the pictorial rendering of the Sun rising articulated in the Tarot Key 13, the key entitled DEATH.  Thirteen is the number that represents UNITY (Achad) and LOVE (Ahavah) in Qabala.  Funny how Noah’s name reduces to the number thirteen, eh?

 

Perhaps part of what is meant in the allegorical and metaphorical rendering of the story of Noah could be this:  the reformation of humanity was instituted by a principle of Unity and Love that imbued the waters of creation which were reflecting the true Constitution of the image and likeness of mankind that was held within fire of the Father of all formation and creation.  Notice how I use the word Image so as to point toward the Cause and Reason that initiated the formation of an Image that the Divine held within its Mind: the Consciousness which formed the Spirit and Soul of mankind.  This vibration of the sound Noah in essence was the bones and foundation for the current structure of humanity harkening to the ongoing process of transformation that the Life Power uses as it fires humanity in the unfinished aspects weaving humanity into the fabric of nature in the mundane plane:  we are as yet an unfinished product.  Yet Nature unaided fails, so we must ask Nature unaided by what or whom?  Perhaps nature unaided by an Adam that is asleep living the dream of the creation that we all share outside the non physical Garden of Eden.

 

Some is this type of unveiling is beyond the scope of comprehension for many in the current readership, although, for some of the readership it is within their scope of comprehension, so these hints are afforded for those who have eyes to hear with and ears to see with to expand the process of discovery to pierce the ordinary veil of appearances in order to capture a glimpse of what is concealed behind the veils of perception whose senses slander when unaided by the faculties of reason and discernment. It is included herein to provide a segue way and some foundation for my use of the word ‘thirteenth’ to invoke genuine aspects of love and unity as the primary foundation in what I have shared with you in this current writing.

 

In other words, don’t let surface sensation or just casual appearances deceive you or be the source of your error in what leads you astray.  Sometimes what is not said is just as crucial for a composite picture.  Look no further than to the current malignancies within the political and religious systems of the U.S.A. can make one ponder what sort of glossolalia created within the human personality is being  heard and accepted by some as the ‘voice of god’ as Adam sleeps through the intoxicating dream of his subconscious (eve) creation. 

 

Such dubious parentage of gods created into the image and likeness of people’s own personal egos should be held to tough questions as should any re-incarnation of the Emperor’s clothes spun by the Walking Sick of this world who are still suffering from brain damage and licentious intoxication to money and immediate gratification that rivals sexual appetites.  Will people be harnessed and enslaved by the reptilian limbic system of their brain continuing to allow themselves to be bought and paid for in the Whoreship of Modern throw away convenience?

 

Perhaps part of our answer lies in the path represented by my old friend death; that of the philosophical death that is undergone through the acquisition of knowledge instead of satiating the sense with only the shadows that information can represent.  There are plenty of moments of physical death available to us all, yet, to wait for those to bring about necessary change may show our stupid and lazy sides which succumb to inconvenience.  Spiritual evolution occurs through awakening the faculty of reason and Knowledge not through the physical evolution of the species.  That is like thinking aerobic exercise will unfold the spiritual process of enlightenment in your body.  Your will have a stronger body, that’s all, but there will not be any spiritual awakening.  Death can initiate the process though if harnessed and understood for what it truly is and I have been blessed in that regard.

 

There is much I cannot remember initially from after my stroke last year.  I recall much confusion in my environment because I initially looked and responded so normal that the Doctors at the finest stroke clinic in Phoenix were going to let me go back to work.  I doubt that had they known I had been trained to compensate in cases of emergency and aftershock with the conscious skills to divert energies to enable my physical survival until I reached safety that they would have altered their decision; I was functioning on pure emergency energy circuits until I got onto Holy Ground, which I do have in my humble apartment due to the Spiritual work I do in this world in my living space as I minister to Souls in this world.

 

Having crossed over the bridge of light once again and returned back into the physical world I still look to hear that physical voice that called me back on this side.  It appears as though my work is unfinished, incomplete.  There are many people I have not seen since my stroke.  My heart looks forward to hearing the sound of their life touch my soul and ministry. With God’s grace I hope to hear these soon along with the many new voices I have yet to meet, while I still have time allotted for my sojourn on this earth.  For those of you who helped bring me back to life, thank-you.  It brings a new insight to what hallows eve means.

 

May you find the White Rose within your Heart of hearts,

 

Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.

Qabalistic Teacher & Minister

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