Collection of religious ideas and systems among early Christian and Jewish sects
Seriah is joined by Chris Ernst, Saxon, and Wren. Topics include fate, predestination, a strange incident with a lost dog, free will, the meaning of life, art and creation, cultural biases, Advaita Vedanta, the analogy of a train, destiny and magick, time as a river, Thelema, three levels of guardian angels, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Orphic mythos, challenges in life, the Eleusinian mysteries, Greco-Roman Hades, altruism and responsibility, maturity, Meher Baba, “Stalking the Wild Pendulum” by Itzhak Bentov, creation and oneness, NDEs. Seth material and multiple selves, individuality, Orphism and Buddhism, the cross-pollination of ancient ideas, reincarnating along with other souls, children's memories of past lives, cosmic wave bubbles, unusually familiar strangers, a bizarre experience in Thailand, a bonded group of friends, simulation theory, the concept of physical reality as an illusion, an analogy to computer code, the limits of magick, the paranormal as a tool for understanding reality, a bizarre experience of a “glitching” animal, the problems of perception, Platonic ideal forms, spirituality and ascetism, Gnosticism, religion and the denial of pleasure, greed and materialism, the nature of suffering, the lives of people in previous eras, Rick Rubin, creativity and the phenomenon, Bibliomancy, System of a Down, talented musical acts getting over-played, “The Last Movie” podcast, cyclical lifetimes, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman, Seriah's late brother's last conversation, a three day window of separation between the body and soul, the phenomenon and spirituality, Jacque Vallee, John Keel, Saxon's experiences with the death of his father, materialism and the fear of death, Wren's encounter with a deceased friend, dreams as a gateway to the underworld, the subconscious and the imaginal, Seriah's dreams of his late mother, Jeff Ritzmann, Greco-Roman necromancy, Seth on death and the body and consciousness, what happens immediately after death, the Elysian Fields and the waters of Lethe, the diversity of life paths, the importance of respecting other opinions, our polarized society, the value of mystery, and much more! The conversation gets truly deep this time!This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4656375/advertisement
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The relationship between Platonism and ancient Gnosticism is a fascinating, complicated, and strange tangle of joint influences, transformation, complimentary and clashing philosophies. That’s why we’re doing this special 3 part series on the topic with Joanne Leone. Here in part 1 we lay out some Plato basics and then dive into the later currents of […]
Justin and Byron continue their discussion on Gnosticism by discussing one of the Gnostic Gospels, The Gospel of Thomas. A PDF of the document can be found at the link below. https://www.marquette.edu/maqom/Gospel%20of%20Thomas%20Lambdin.pdf Links to "The Ten Minute Bible Hour" are as follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgwBFQHkPu0&t=402s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srQcM0UrFkg&t=547s
I am joined by Miguel Conner, the host of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. We delve into this particular brand of mysticism and discuss the history of Gnosticism, visionary experiences, the role of the ego, spiritual growth, and ways in which to navigate and grow in a Gnostic reality. Gnosticism is a fascinating lens through which to view reality, and a helpful tool for finding one's path in this life. I hope you enjoy! --------- Note: The views and opinions expressed by guests on the Spirit World Center Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Spirit World Center or its staff. --------- GUEST LINKS --------- Instagram: @aeonbyte --------- Website: https://thegodabovegod.com/ --------- SPIRIT WORLD CENTER LINKS --------- Website: https://www.spiritworldcenter.com/ --------- Instagram @spirit_world_center --------- Twitter @SWC_Updates --------- Facebook @thespiritworldcenter --------- --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/spiritworld/message
Do you struggle with belief? Are you disturbed by the apparent silence (or indifference) of the universe? If so, then this is the episode for you. Join us for a discussion of belief, silence, and much more in this first episode of season six.
Joe Allen discusses the age of intelligent machines and all things transhumanism, which is a new heterodox religion steeped in Gnosticism that has crept into government and major corporations seeking to create Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) or god on earth and a transcendent realm to escape into. We discuss DARPA, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), the goal […]
There is today in the Orthodox Church a cult of personality—or, more precisely, of personalities, in the plural. That is, there are a number of men, mostly monastics and wearing the badge of “elder” who have set themselves up as judges and arbiters of Orthodox praxis. Most of the hubbub is over matters of ecumenism. Drawing upon the Fathers (often ripped from their historical context) these men declare that outside the Orthodox Church there is little or no grace and salvation. Accordingly, everyone who comes to Orthodoxy from another Christian confession must—not should, but must—be received by baptism, so that those who were received by chrismation must “correct” this “error” and be again baptized.
In Ronnie Pontiac’s comprehensive exploration of four centuries of American occult and spiritual history, “American Metaphysical Religion” he unveils that America, from its inception, was inspired by a dynamic mix of esoteric beliefs. His research covers a wide range of subjects from colonial-era alchemists to the mystical currents of the present day in a highly […]
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Richard Harris has a huge heart and is a force for freedom from tyranny in all its forms. That said, he's been censored and de-platformed for speaking out about medical mandates and mind control through nefarious agendas that use tactics of fear-based control to illicit compliance and conformity. In this episode, we unmask some of tyranny's disguises and share our own experiences with obedience training and fear-based control tactics that are used to create divisions through media, government, gender conditioning, and more. I loved this conversation because Richard asked me as many questions as I asked him. Neither of us had an agenda other than to explore where our questions might lead us, and I'm thrilled with the territory we covered as we touched on the passions that keep us committed to the path of freedom and the pursuit of higher consciousness. We discuss the importance of embracing curiosity, overcoming loneliness, and building self-respect. We also explore the division between awakening individuals and those who might be stuck in fear-based control and how COVID-19 accentuated and accelerated that divide using tactics of censorship, manipulation, and fear. Richard shares his own experience with obedience trauma when he was sent to military school at the tender age of eight, where he remained until he turned eighteen years of age. He reveals that this intense obedience training ironically amplifies his value of autonomy and freedom. It also prepared him for what he sees as the spiritual battle playing out on the planet today. Richard shares his understanding of where we are in our human evolution and how reconnecting to our spiritual selves and pursuing the path of consciousness is the most liberating work we can do, I love what he shares about the spiritual powers and gifts of women being especially needed at this time, and how men benefit from women who are fully embodied and liberated to shine their true sovereign selves. We also talk about walking the way of the warrior, the ancient spiritual path, and the middle path that calls us to unity by dispelling the many illusions that keep us in various states of polarity and how we can embrace the paradox of our existence to more clearly see the one true thing going on here. Buckle your seatbelt- this conversation is a ride through the seen and unseen realms for sure! Topics Discussed: * The meaning of tyranny and the role of fear * Richard's eclectic coaching approach and handling addictions * Overcoming loneliness and building self-respect * Divide between awakening individuals and fear-based control * Impact of the COVID crisis on awakening * Gnosticism and the Spiritual Dark Ages * Power dynamics between masculine and feminine energies * The Spiritual Gifts and Power of Women * The Knights Templar, Mary Magdalene & The Cathars * Triangulation and the Corporatocracy * The Overton Window & The Politics of Social Discourse * Narcissistic Abuse * Self-awareness and personal transformation * Pursuit of higher consciousness * Alchemy of the Ages * Moving from Pisces to Aquarius * Defeating Evil * Gnostic revolution and positive change *Returning to love and so much more! Entities & References Mentioned: * Odyssey (platform) * Thunder Perfect Mind (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0230105637/revelationpro-20) * Celene Lilly & Dr. Joanna Kujawa Richard is a life coach. He has studied and practiced personal development for two decades. He uses an eclectic model in coaching, which finds strategies and tactics to cultivate the character across all domains - physical, psychological, spiritual, and environmental. Richard is passionate about freedom and is active in the freedom movement, both online and offline. He is the enemy of tyranny, both within and without, and an advocate for the best in humanity to grow. Special Guest: Richard Harris.
Brought to you by Dark Shore IndustriesThe Best Company You Never Have to Work ForUltimate Christian Coaching Network for Manhood"From 12 to 23 in a single year.""Help us build your ark."Get the Mad Mondays newsletter, a round up of news from a Christian perspective with encouragement from Rev FiskFind out more about the Sons of Solomon, a prayer discipline for menSupport Rev Fisk at SubscribeStarOrder Rev Fisk's books at AmazonCatch Rev Fisk on A Brief History of Power podcastHear Rev Fisk's sermons at St PaulIf you'd like to submit a question or comment for the show, click hereThis week, the Mad Christian and Meridith speak about: 00:00 Horse trails and tales09:56 Common is not shameful11:57 Gnosticism and refractive knowledge31:02 Desiring knowledge38:32 The trust of a servant41:45 Isaiah: Scripture in a time of collapse56:34 Good times create weak men01:01:48 Reading from the same script01:13:48 Dark Shore update01:17:34 How can I help a new mom crippled by anxiety?01:53:01 Which man is worth following?02:10:53 Guys: learn to talk to women02:26:45 Discuss: If the patriarch is fearful, women will rule the home02:31:39 Writing, publishing and speaking simplyThe opinions expressed on the Stop the White Noise are those of RevFisk and Meridith, but sometimes also God. Studies show that learning to tell the difference greatly enhances your viewing experience.If you need help, the Holy Bible stands ready to assist you, as (hopefully) does your local, trustworthy pastor.To join our Discord community online, request an invitation linkFind everything else go to revfisk.com
Rev. Roy Askins, managing editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about some of the heresies explained in the August 2023 LW “Heresies: Ancient and Modern,” including Gnosticism, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, and Prosperity Gospel. Pick up a copy to read more about these heresies and also Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Pelagianism, and Double Predestination. Find it at witness.lcms.org/2023/lutheran-witness-august-2023. Find online exclusives of the Lutheran Witness at witness.lcms.org and subscribe to the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness. The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.
Rev. Roy Askins, managing editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about some of the heresies explained in the August 2023 LW “Heresies: Ancient and Modern,” including Gnosticism, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, and Prosperity Gospel. Pick up a copy to read more about these heresies and also Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Pelagianism, and Double Predestination. Find it at witness.lcms.org/2023/lutheran-witness-august-2023. Find online exclusives of the Lutheran Witness at witness.lcms.org and subscribe to the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness.
Phil 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" During my self-help days, I often heard "You are what you think about all day long" or as it says in proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he" What should we think about, or focus on, in this life? Our highest priority should be the unseen holy, set apart things, namely God and the things of God. The word for holy spirit or set apart in Hebrew is Kadosh Col 3:2 says "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Joshua 1:8 says "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night" Psalm 119:97 "Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day" I used to think that when the Bible talked about meditating, or thinking, about His Word all day long, it didn't literally mean all day, but now I'm not so sure. I'm finding the more I focus on God the more I'm truly living. In the Torah it encourages us to think about His word throughout our day In Deut 6:6-9 says "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Number 15:39-41says "And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” Lesser in value than the set apart kadosh things that are unseen but still having great value are those things that are seen but also set apart. What we experience with our 5 senses. You could say our natural reality. Traditions in Judaism include saying prayers the moment you wake, when you walk to the bathroom, etc By doing so we are making our natural world set apart or kadosh, not totally of course, since we are in a fallen world. Gnosticism was a set of beliefs focused on knowledge and considered things natural to be avoided. I believe by coming to earth and taking on flesh, in addition to the important work of providing the necessary sinless sacrifice, Jesus also demonstrated the importance of us living in our natural reality. Also God wanted the tabernacle and then the temple to be made by human hands, and for us to it holy, even though they were types of the temple in the unseen realm. There a number of Songs with the theme “this is not my home” or "this world is not my home" which capture this idea. I've also heard of the hotel analogy. Our life here is like staying in a hotel room but our true home will come after our death. That hotel room still has a purpose for us and is to be used and appreciated. If you want to go deeper on the concept of the unseen realm check out the book "The unseen realm" by Michael Heiser who died last last year. Also the Naked Truth podcast. So what are lesser thoughts or things we should avoid focusing on? Things of this world that do not honor God, that Satan has twisted and perverted. This can include things we might consider wholesome and good and G rated, but if focus on them too much, relying on them or making an idol of them, they become unholy and forbidden. There is another category of things to avoid, in my opinion even worse than the things of this world. Those are the unseen things that are not holy, set apart, that do not glorify God. This of course includes overtly evil practices like witchcraft, divination, going to a palm reader, playing with a ouige board, but it also includes things that most believers dont' think are a big deal but are also wicked and to avoided strongly. I'm talking about using your imagination to take you to a place that does not glorify God. This can include pornography as well as imagining images and activities that do not glorify God. Jesus raised the bar when it came to what is considered sin when he said that looking with lust and hating someone was the same as committing adultery and murdering someone. God cares about what we do but He seems to really care about what we think about or more specifically what is in our heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 says "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” If you have taken solace with your hands being clean but your mind being dirty, you are at risk of being hypocrites like the scribes and Pharisees who in Matt 23:27 Jesus said were "like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness." The line can blur between the seen and unseen both with things that are holy and things that are unholy. Just take this one verse as an example So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 1Pet.2.1ESV In that one sentence is a mixture of unholy things that are tangible actions as well as our thoughts. I used to freak out over this idea of controlling my thoughts, thinking I could not control them. I now know enough about God to know He would not ask me to do something I could not do, and in His love gives me the Holy Spirit to help me. 2 Cor 10:5 says "casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ," 1 Cor 10:13 says "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" John 14:16 Jesus says "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever" Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” I think of my thoughts as I do all of the commandments, they are ways for me to show my love for my heavenly Father, not a bunch of don't's I have to avoid out of fear. On the other side of obedience is a closer relationship with my Crestor and a life of joy and shalom. So to summarize, two things to focus on are both holy, one is unseen and perfectly holy, the other is seen and a type or foreshadow of holiness, or you could say a little slice of heaven. This is similar to the two commandments which is a summary of the law and prophets, to love God (unseen) and to love our neighbor as ourselves (seen). Note the second one has two parts to love our neighbor and ourselves. The two things to avoid, or to put more strongly to rebuke, hate and reject, are the unholy things, both seen and unseen. Another verse which captures this is Rom 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." This is part of our human existence and Gods plan for us, at least as I'm beginning to understand and appreciate though will never fully comprehend since His ways are greater than my ways if you're looking for an application for your work, remember that you spend so much of your waking hours at your job, if you're going to focus on holy things all the day, you have to do so at work. Your work is a great example of where the unseen and seen come together in a beautiful way.
M.R. Osborne’s released a translation of a book we’ve been wanting to read for more than a decade so of course we had to have him back on the show to talk about it. Join us for an interview about Pierre Fournié’s treatise, ‘What We Have Been, What We Are, And What We Will Become.’ […]
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Buckle up as we embark on a journey through faith, culture, and transformation. Our guest, Nick Graff, a former Marine Corp soldier, brings his experiences to the table as we navigate the intricacies of being gospel-forward in our communication with the world. Inspired by the Apostle Paul's approach to a pre-Christian world, we delve into the profound dual functions of law, and challenge ourselves to lead with love, not judgement.We extend our exploration into church demographics and the underlying patterns of growth in churches. The conversation illuminates the significance of relationships, pre-consciousness, and the changing composition of American Lutheranism. As Graff narrates his transition from military duty to a proclaimer of the Word, we are reminded of the universal reach of Jesus' peace and Christ's care.The episode takes an intriguing twist as we confront theological tensions and the resurgence of Calvinism. Graff shares his journey from a Lutheran childhood, through military service, to his current perspective, deeply rooted in the Augsburg Confession. In a world that is so often divided, we reflect on the dangers of gatekeeping salvation and the rise of Gnosticism. As we wrap up, we ponder on the resilience of the gospel in the face of adversity. Prepare to be moved, enlightened, and challenged in your understanding of faith and the gospel.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Your hosts Dr. Dean Bertram and Jason McLean venture into the sci-fi section of the Mysterious Library's AV wing tonight. They'll be chatting about the hit 1999 film, and Keanu Reeve's vehicle, THE MATRIX. But should the film be considered simple fiction? Or is it blasting us with secret, divine messages, the way P. K. Dick suggested some enlightening pop culture did in his seminal and reality-bending novel VALIS? Or perhaps THE MATRIX just follows the long and ancient strain of Neoplatonic and gnostic thought which posits we exist in a baser reality, beneath higher spiritual truth; today a concept which has been modernized, technologized and popularized in "simulation theory." Your Mysterious Librarians will be pondering these questions, and more in what is going to be a wild ride, to the furthermost boundaries of this reality.... and beyond!This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/4602609/advertisement
Are bodies something we merely “have,” or are our bodies essential to who we are? In an advertising video for a local fertility clinic, a doctor asks, “Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?” And then he goes on to describe the services on offer. The question is an odd one. Even more, it's downright misleading. Of course, the desire to have a child and not being able to conceive is a terrible experience. Still, the assumptions in that question—that we are somehow disconnected from our bodies, and that what we feel or want is superior to our physical realities—are dangerous indeed. Versions of these same assumptions have permeated Western culture since its alignment with the ideas of the sexual revolution. For example, think of the man who after an affair says to his wife, “It just happened. She meant nothing to me.” As if his body's desire, which meant everything during the act of adultery, wasn't really his desire and was therefore not important. Or think of the young gender-confused Christian who says, “I prayed that God would make me feel like a boy, but he didn't. Therefore, I must be a girl.” While God may not have changed the young man's feelings, it's important to note He also didn't change the young man's genitalia. So, why should a change of feelings be relevant to his identity but not a change of biological reality? Or consider this example from an article authored by my Colson Center colleague Shane Morris of the Christian who justifies watching smutty movies or movie series with sex and nudity by saying, “They're just actors” or “It advances the story.” Even a ridiculous amount of makeup cannot change the fact that a real body is on display and therefore a real person is being exposed. These examples are just new expressions of an age-old heresy—one of the first heresies, in fact, dealt with and condemned as such in the early Church: gnosticism. Gnosticism divides reality between the physical and the spiritual. The spiritual is labeled good, while physical matter is labeled bad, or at least irrelevant. Gnostics within the Church taught that Jesus could not have really taken on physical flesh because the physical is bad. He only appeared to be a man. But the Church fathers saw this for the heresy that it was. If Jesus did not really have a body, who was crucified? And who rose from the dead? And how could He really be one who, in every respect, has been tempted as we are, yet without sin as Scripture says? Didn't Paul say if Christ has not risen from the dead, our faith is pointless, and we're without hope? Contrary to gnosticism, Christianity does not teach that reality is divided between physical and spiritual. Christianity divides reality between Creator and creation. Think of the creation of Adam. God forms man out of the dust of the ground—that's physical—breathes into him the breath of life—that's spiritual. And man becomes a living soul. We don't have souls: We are souls. And to be a human soul is to be embodied. Our bodies are essential, not incidental, to our humanness. For many of the ancient pagans, the most scandalous of Christian teachings was the resurrection of the body. Just as God raised Jesus' body from the dead, He will someday raise our bodies, too. When Jesus says in John 6 that He will raise believers “up on the last day,” He's talking about our bodies. How our glorified, resurrected bodies will resemble our current bodies is a mystery. But we do know the disciples recognized Jesus after the resurrection because of His body, including the wounds of His crucifixion. As Paul says, our bodies will be sown as perishable, but raised imperishable. Or, to quote the late R.C. Sproul, “For the Christian, redemption is of the body, not from the body.” It's odd that after years of being accused by atheists and materialists of being trapped in our spiritual fantasies and ignoring the real world, Christians now find themselves as the ones saying that the physical world—especially the human body—matters, is real, and is of utmost significance. But here we are. If Christ came in the likeness of men, if He promised to redeem humanity, and if our humanity includes the body, then our bodies really do matter. For more resources to live like a Christian in this cultural moment, go to breakpoint.org. (This commentary originally aired February 22, 2017.)
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One of our very own hosts, Rebecca “Bee” Scolnick, has a brand new book on Numerology that just came out…well it came out a while ago but here we are to talk to her about “The Witch's Book of Numbers”. Bee reveals how the magic of numbers can help you know yourself, the world, and […]
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNmusKn6t_U Anand Vaidya, prof. of philosophy at San Jose State University, talks about consciousness, Gnosticism, non-dualism, and the misconceptions about Eastern philosophies. Listen now early and ad-free on Patreon https://patreon.com/curtjaimungal. - Patreon: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungal (early access to ad-free audio episodes!) - Crypto: https://tinyurl.com/cryptoTOE - PayPal: https://tinyurl.com/paypalTOE - Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOEwithCurt - Discord Invite: https://discord.com/invite/kBcnfNVwqs - iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast... - Pandora: https://pdora.co/33b9lfP - Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4gL14b9... - Subreddit r/TheoriesOfEverything: https://reddit.com/r/theoriesofeveryt... - TOE Merch: https://tinyurl.com/TOEmerch LINKS MENTIONED: TIMESTAMPS: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Courtenay invites Joe Allen to discuss his new book, DARK EON where he describes how “good people constructing a digital abomination.” … “Transhumanism and the War Against Humanity A road map of Singularity dreams, Luddite nightmares, eugenic ambitions, mass delusions, Gnostic inversions, and a predicted race war between cyborgs and legacy humans.” With Joe's theological, philosophical & scientific background, it's always a fascinating discussion. The two engage in a riveting discourse surrounding transhumanism, AI, Gnosticism, human pathology, freewill and the future of humanity. They ponder the implications of the transhuman agenda, the merger of mankind with machines and ways to preserve the freewill of humanity. Joe Allen has written for Chronicles, The Federalist, Human Events, The National Pulse, Parabola, Salvo, and Protocol: The Journal of the Entertainment Technology Industry. He holds a master's degree from Boston University, where he studied cognitive science and human evolution as they pertain to religion. As an arena rigger, he's toured the world for rock n' roll, country, rap, classical, and cage-fighting productions. He now serves as the transhumanism editor for Bannon's WarRoom. Episode Resources: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari: Amazon.com: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (Audible Audio Edition): Yuval Noah Harari, Derek Perkins, HarperAudio: Audible Books & Originals The Age of AI by Henry Kissinger & Eric Schmidt: Amazon.com: The Age of AI: And Our Human Future (Audible Audio Edition): Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher, Eric Pollins, Little, Brown & Company: Books Connect with Joe: Book: Dark Aeon: Transhumanism and the War Against Humanity https://gettr.com/user/JOEBOTxyz https://joebot.substack.com/ https://x.com/joebotxyz?s=21&t=pDclU7KnDWJM4Ozta1MBMQ ————————————————— Disclaimer: this is intended to be inspiration & entertainment. We aim to inform, inspire & empower. Guest opinions/ statements are not a reflection of the host or podcast. Please note these are conversational dialogues. All statements and opinions are not necessarily meant to be taken as fact. Please do your own research. Thanks for watching! ————————————————— Follow & Connect with Courtenay: https://www.courtenayturner.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/KineticCourtz TruthSocial: https://truthsocial.com/@CourtenayTurner Instagram: https://instagram.com/kineticcourtz?utm_medium=copy_link Telegram: https://t.me/courtenayturnerpodcastcommunity Read some of her articles: https://www.truthmatters.biz Listen to &/or watch the podcast here! https://linktr.ee/courtenayturner Support my work & Affiliate links: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/courtzt https://zstacklife.com/?ref=COURTENAYTURNER EXPAT MONEY SUMMIT 2023: https://2023.expatmoneysummit.com MAKE HONEY GREAT AGAIN https://www.makehoneygreatagain.com/ Promo Code: COURTZ FOX N SONS Coffee: https://www.foxnsons.com Promo Code: CTP The wellness company: https://www.twc.health/?ref=UY6YiLPqkwZzUX Enroll link: https://app.sharehealthcare.com/enroll? Referral code: courtz Www.HolyHydrogen.com Discount code: UPRISING144K LMNT: http://drinklmnt.com/CourtenayTurner Ignite Sales: https://www.universityofreason.com/a/29887/KVR3yvZo Mindset workshop: https://www.universityofreason.com/a/2147526145/KVR3yvZo Critical thinking trivium method: https://www.universityofreason.com/a/2147486641/KVR3yvZo Solutions webinar: https://www.universityofreason.com/a/2147492490/KVR3yvZo Richard's GTW freedom vault: https://www.universityofreason.com/a/2147506649/KVR3yvZo https://www.universityofreason.com/a/29887/KVR3yvZo ©2023 All Rights Reserved Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Seriah is joined by Chris Ernst, Saxon, and Wren. Topics include fate, predestination, a strange incident with a lost dog, free will, the meaning of life, art and creation, cultural biases, Advaita Vedanta, the analogy of a train, destiny and magick, time as a river, Thelema, three levels of guardian angels, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Orphic mythos, challenges in life, the Eleusinian mysteries, Greco-Roman Hades, altruism and responsibility, maturity, Meher Baba, “Stalking the Wild Pendulum” by Itzhak Bentov, creation and oneness, NDEs. Seth material and multiple selves, individuality, Orphism and Buddhism, the cross-pollination of ancient ideas, reincarnating along with other souls, children's memories of past lives, cosmic wave bubbles, unusually familiar strangers, a bizarre experience in Thailand, a bonded group of friends, simulation theory, the concept of physical reality as an illusion, an analogy to computer code, the limits of magick, the paranormal as a tool for understanding reality, a bizarre experience of a “glitching” animal, the problems of perception, Platonic ideal forms, spirituality and ascetism, Gnosticism, religion and the denial of pleasure, greed and materialism, the nature of suffering, the lives of people in previous eras, Rick Rubin, creativity and the phenomenon, Bibliomancy, System of a Down, talented musical acts getting over-played, “The Last Movie” podcast, cyclical lifetimes, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman, Seriah's late brother's last conversation, a three day window of separation between the body and soul, the phenomenon and spirituality, Jacque Vallee, John Keel, Saxon's experiences with the death of his father, materialism and the fear of death, Wren's encounter with a deceased friend, dreams as a gateway to the underworld, the subconscious and the imaginal, Seriah's dreams of his late mother, Jeff Ritzmann, Greco-Roman necromancy, Seth on death and the body and consciousness, what happens immediately after death, the Elysian Fields and the waters of Lethe, the diversity of life paths, the importance of respecting other opinions, our polarized society, the value of mystery, and much more! The conversation gets truly deep this time! - Recap by Vincent Treewell of The Weird Part Podcast Outro Music is Dead Harrison with Dance of the Dead Download
An author wrote a book on the connection between Gnosticism and quantum spirituality in saying that instead of being created by God, we were projections of a source through consciousness. We discuss this concept and clarify the Christian belief through analyzing an interview of the author.
Meghan is joined by Jared Rubalcaba to discuss patterns of truth from the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Topics Include: - Studying Without Bias - Becoming a Temple - Comparing Temple Practices and PatternsEsoteric Egypt, Vol 1 Online CourseJared Rubalcaba is a co-owner of Forbidden Adventure -- a Tour Company that specializes in esoteric, religious, cultural, and historical travel to destinations all over the world. Their mission is to provide meaningful and transformative experiences to the intentional traveler looking to capture knowledge, wisdom, and life-changing self-discovery. Jared also serves as a guide for some of their most frequented destinations including Peru, England, Scotland, and of course, his beloved Egypt. Jared received his Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership Training; which has served as his foundation of Experience Management centered around learning and teaching others recreationally, professionally, and spiritually. Jared has been an Instructor for Martial Arts, SCUBA, Rock Climbing, Wilderness Survival, Leadership Development Training, and a myriad of Guide experiences across the globe. Jared's professional career has been spent working primarily with Youth in Wilderness, Residential, or State Therapeutic Programs. His passion is the healing and self-discovery that can be found in nature and discovering one's place in the cosmos. This bio should be accompanied by an image of him wearing a T-Shirt saying, “The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go!” For Jared the connection between nature and spiritual nourishment is inseparable. As a young adult, Jared served a two-year Ecclesiastical Mission on the Kiribati (Kit-uh-bus) Islands; but his spiritual tutelage started at a much younger age and has lasted throughout his adult life—exploring various religions and scriptural texts from many sects of Christianity throughout history, Taoism, Buddhism, Indigenous creeds and rituals, Near Eastern Religions, Gnosticism, and Hermeticism. His years of religious studies have been the prelude to encountering the truths hidden in the symbols, rituals, hieroglyphs, and architecture of Egypt. For the past several years his focus has been on the oldest religious text in the world—the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts—and has recently completed his own translation of the Pyramid of Unas. He married up to a woman entirely too good for him and together they have two deep-thinking and very funny boys.
Questions Covered: 04:18 – Why Catholicism over Greek Orthodoxy? 11:23 – Why doesn't the Catholic understanding of ‘holding fast to the tradition' assume that all the oral traditions of the Church were included into scripture? 20:13 Is moral relativism a new form of Gnosticism? 28:39 – Where did the idea of Satan falling come from? How did he conceive the thought of going against God? 37:30 – Why do we say that we bless the Lord? 44:59 – Is there a difference between Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic Orthodox? …
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Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 2:6 – 3:4. What is Gnosticism? What is true wisdom? Is St. Paul referencing heaven when he cites an Old Testament text; “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” ( 1 Cor. 2:9)? Or is he referring to something else?
Our Bible Bonus Tracks series continues with The Gospel of Thomas - the lost text that contains the sayings of Jesus as recorded by his disciples which was buried around the 4th century and only recently uncovered at Nag Hammadi in 1945. Our resident expert, professor Melissa Harl Sellew, Th.D, from the University of Minnesota, is our HOTW and our guide through this fascinating text.Check out all the QuoirCast podcasts at Patheos.
We’ll just say it: Travis Lawrence is one of the best living artists working with esoteric themes. Influenced by Jungian psychology and mythology, Travis uses the art of printmaking to create illustrious allegorical imagery with both personal and timeless symbols. We have him on the show to talk about his process, the meaning of art, […]
The Montreal International Voodoo Festival, Aug 14-20 2023, is days of music, performance, food, and lectures, it’s a true artistic immersion as Voodoo is more than a religion–it’s a beautiful culture of resistance and poetry. Linda Chery comes on the show to tell us about the fest but also to share about Voodoo culture, from […]
In this episode, we find out that the Church had it pretty well figured out in the beginning! Join us as we look at the first few centuries of the Catholic Church, looking at the theological battle against the Gnostics, the development of Church hierarchy, the early Liturgy, the first martyrs, and more! As always side tangents abound, and we critique things like the Snow White remake, compare ancient Church debates to modern day issues, and somehow end up talking about Donald Trump. Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/UlmtdOpinions
In this episode, we welcome Lucas Miles to the show. He is a pastor, author, speaker, and radio host. He has been syndicated in articles across both political and religious news outlets, such as Newsmax, The Blaze, FlashPoint, Fox News, The Washington Times, CBN, and The Christian Post. In addition to his newest book, Woke Jesus: The False Messiah Destroying Christianity, Lucas is the author of the best-selling book, The Christian Left: How Liberal Thought Has Hijacked the Church, as well as the critically acclaimed book, Good God: The One We Want to Believe in But Are Afraid to Embrace. In this interview, we define terms like “Woke”, “Gnosticism”, and “Liberation Theology”, how the goals of Communism are being accomplished today in our churches and schools, why churches and denominations are buying into progressivism, whether or not there are any redeeming qualities of CRT for ministerial use, why he decided to name the names of the Christian leaders that have bought into this ideology, how Christians can push back against these ideologies inside their churches, how Christian parents should approach educating their children in our current cultural climate, the quote from his latest book that made Kyle want to puke, and much more. Let's get into it… Episode notes and links HERE. Donate to support our mission of equipping men to push back darkness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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In Colossians 1:26-27 the Apostle Paul mentions something that was a mystery in the Old Testament that has been revealed to those who are now Christians. In using this type of language, he rebukes the gnostic false teachers who were pushing the idea that a relationship with Jesus was not enough for salvation but rather you also needed to have a "special knowledge", or "secret knowledge" revealed to you. Sadly, the spirit of this Gnosticism is still alive in the church today as some in the church clamor and are drawn to anything promising to reveal a "secret". Paul explains what the real and only "secret" of the New Testament is and how it effects all believers and in turn shows how the truth of this "secret" should motivate all Christians to service in the church. From Colossians 1:25-29. Thank you for listening to our podcast and we would love for you to subscribe to our page and share with others. Join us for our weekly worship online at www.firstbaptistblowingrock.com or our Youtube page. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone @ 828-295-7715
Dr. Nathan Bjorge is back for two hours of liberation theurgy…and so is Nic! We dive deep into the thelemic Gnostic Mass and what it has to teach us about the anxieties of modern life, sexuation, living out the death of god, nonduality, as well as discussions on Hegel, Lacan, the Agape Lodge, Jack Parsons, […]
This week Ken and Ulysses Black investigate a shadowy lodge that has spread disinformation, death and lies in it's wake. Our returning guide is the lovely, and lively Allen H. Greenfield to discuss the shadowy Black Lodge. This week: What is the Black Lodge?, What does the Shaver mystery have in connection to it?, Has Allen met any of it's members and what the hell is his new book actually called? Joining me from his portable White Lodge is one Ulysses Black Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy) Music bed by chriszabriskie.com Allen Greenfield Bio T Allen Greenfield (the “T” or “Tau” being a customary title given to an esoteric prelate in the Doinel lineage upon their consecration) is a native of Augusta, Georgia, USA. With relatively brief sojourns in Tampa, Florida, Tucson, Arizona, and Key West, Florida, he has lived much of his life thus far in Atlanta. By the age of sixteen, he had become a world traveler, and has visited many countries all over the globe in the years since, from France to French Polynesia; from Canada to Venezuela; Greece to Grenada, Israel to Indiana. He is a long-time student of esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism, a study he began in 1960. A past (elected) member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) (from 1960), etc., he has twice been the recipient of the “UFOlogist of the Year Award” of the National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992), which has run continuously on an annual basis for 41 years. He is a Borderland Science Research Associate (BSRA). He has personally conducted on-site UFO abduction investigations in Brooksville, FL; Pascagoula, MS; and Brown Mountain, NC. He considers the UFO phenomenon to be a “signal” from the Collective Unconscious that the neglect of a magical spirituality by society as a whole is a cause of the emotional plague and social disaster.
The creation and perfection of the soul is a lifelong work of art. However, to attain such spiritual realizations, the individual must learn to awaken, develop, and master their complete potential through specific means. Through fulfilling the requisites of meditation, the consciousness begins to perceive its true nature and understand the reality of divinity. See how through the four pillars or foundations of Gnosticism: science, mysticism, art, and philosophy. Many thanks to our guest lecturer who made this event possible!
Support these transmissions and get rewards on patreon! How did the great mythopoetic psychiatrist, Carl Jung, view God? When Jung was asked whether or not he believed in God in a now-famous 1959 BBC interview near the end of his life, he mused, “I don't believe, I know.” But what did he mean by that? What view of God does a lifetime of inquiry into medicine, the psyche, and the esoteric lead to? As we'll see in In this transmission, Jung's view on the great mystery existence is both compelling and cryptic. A way of seeing that opens a door to massive philosophical questions. **See what Qualia, the best brain fuel formula on earth can do for you. Go to neurohacker.com/thirdeyedrops , use code thirdeyedrops at checkout for an extra 15% off your first purchase.** Jung's Full letter to The Listener: https://thirdeyedrops.com/carl-jung-god/ The Posthumous Good Housekeeping Article: https://shorturl.at/ftBCT Another article on Jung's views: https://shorturl.at/bNQ69 Support Third Eye Drops
My guest this week is Fr. Deacon Ananias Sorem, PhD. He is CEO, Founder, and President of Patristic Faith. Fr. Deacon is an Orthodox apologist and teaches Philosophy at Fullerton College and Carroll College. He is the author of several articles and peer-reviewed papers, including: "Searle, Materialism, and the Mind-Body Problem", "Gnostic Scientism and Technocratic Totalitarianism", "An Orthodox Approach to the Dangers of Modernity and Technology", and "An Orthodox Theory of Knowledge: The Epistemological and Apologetic Methods of the Church Fathers". He is also known for his YouTube channel, the Norwegian Nous, where he provides content on theology, apologetics, logic, and philosophy. In this episode, we discuss the scientism that really became the main cultural "religion" being pushed over 2020 and 2021. The cult-like tactics being used harken back to Gnosticism, and Fr. Deacon details where this came from and how we can avoid the snares of scientism. Go check out his page and the great organization Patristic Faith here: To buy "Let No One Fear Death", please go here: Sponsor: The Podsworth App: Get 50% off your first order at when you use code BUCK50 at checkout! Visit my website: Donate to the show here: Audio Production by Podsworth Media: Leave us a review and rating on iTunes! Thanks!
In the Epic of Gilgamesh, written over 4,000 years ago, Enkidu, the great friend of the demigod Gilgamesh, dies. Afraid of death, Gilgamesh asks the sage Utnapishtim, the only survivor of the Great Flood, about the secret to immortality. Utnapishtim gives Gilgamesh a number of tasks, all of which he fails. But that was the point. Gilgamesh learned that immortality is beyond his grasp and returns to Uruk to live out the rest of his life as king. The first emperor of China was Shi Huang Di. Buried in a tomb decorated with the famous terracotta soldiers, he also feared death and called on Chinese alchemists to create an elixir that would allow him to live forever. The alchemists believed they could make immortality possible through a perfect balance of the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Unfortunately for the emperor, the elixir contained mercury (because it is both a liquid and a metal), which likely contributed to the emperor's death. Attempts to achieve immortality have continued (and continued to fail) right up to our own time. Medieval European alchemists believed they could produce “the philosopher's stone,” which would perfect the imperfect, turning lead into gold and making mortal life immortal. Enlightenment thinkers of the late 18th century rejected the mysticism of alchemy but continued to speculate about the means to attain physical immortality. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was written as a cautionary tale about scientific hubris, in response to the more modern attempts of medicine and biology to preserve, extend, and improve life. Today, the quest for immortality continues. Through cryogenics, freshly deceased persons or animals are frozen, their blood replaced with “medical grade antifreeze” to prevent ice crystals from destroying cells. So, the idea goes, once medical technology is able to heal whatever caused their deaths, these creatures can be thawed, healed, and restored to life, possibly with additional enhancements. This approach assumes, among other things, that life and memory can be repaired if the body is repaired and the heart restarted. In other words, life is seen in purely mechanical terms. This is an equal and opposite error to those pursuing immortality through cybertechnologies, believing that if our consciousness can be downloaded into computers, we can continue to exist as a sort of ghost in a machine. In this techno-gnosticism, our bodies are optional and not a necessary part of life. In this way of thinking, we are our minds, and our minds are nothing more than sophisticated software that can be downloaded into a computer, machine, or perhaps a new robotic body. Other modern attempts at the Fountain of Youth—such as nutritional strategies, supplements, alternative medical practices, and gene-editing technologies like CRISPR—do not seek as much to avoid death as to extend life. These range from becoming more serious about healthy living to more extreme alternatives. A number of billionaires have been investing in research into life extension, including Sam Altman of OpenAI, Jeff Bezos, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Brian Armstrong of Coinbase. Some believe that our medical technologies will eventually reach a state of “Longevity Escape Velocity,” in which advances are increasing lifespans faster than the years go by, therefore bringing us to the point of immortality. Despite our long history of failed attempts to live forever, many of which caused more harm than good, scientific hubris remains a temptation almost impossible to avoid. But we should take Mary Shelley's warnings seriously. Some of these longevity experiments will be interesting and ultimately harmless. Some may even help. Others, such as those involving gene-editing technology, will leave their own monsters waiting in the shadows, and it is unlikely, if history is any indication, that we will be able to see them coming. A more basic problem is trying to defeat death while thinking it is only a material problem to be solved. No latter-day elixir can satisfy our fear of death, which is a physical consequence of metaphysical realities. What ancient emperors and modern tech barons so desperately seek is exactly what's offered in Christ: His eternal life exchanged for our mortal, sinful life. This exchange does not come from a laboratory bottle filled with who knows what, but from an empty tomb. Ultimately, because He defeated death, our bodies will be perfected beyond what even the most optimistic biohacker could dream. Yes, death remains an enemy. But it is a defeated foe, and all who are in Christ will ultimately see its defeat when we are resurrected to life eternal. This is the truth behind what are reported to have been Tim Keller's final words: “There is no downside for me leaving, not in the slightest.” And Dietrich Bonhoeffer's, as well: “This is the end—for me, the beginning of life.” This Breakpoint was co-authored by Dr. Glenn Sunshine. For more resources to live like a Christian in this cultural moment, go to breakpoint.org.