Dark side of the moonie

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Welcome to a View From The Ground. Yes, another blog but, this time, it’s a slightly left of centre look at a subject which has been high in my thinking for some time. Why? Thank you for asking. Mainly because the subject is something which, in my humble opinion, needs to be looked at.

I’ve been intrigued by spirituality for some time. Partly because I regard myself as a spiritual person but equally because of the various forms it appears to manifest itself into.

So, to start with, let’s look at the definition of spirituality – ‘the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.’

I think that is very conclusive. However, I then looked at Wikipedia and I want to share some words from their page on spirituality: –

‘Traditionally, spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which “aims to recover the original shape of man,” oriented at “the image of God” as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. In modern times the emphasis is on subjective experience of a sacred dimension and the “deepest values and meanings by which people live,” often in a context separate from organised religious institution. Modern spirituality typically includes a belief in a supernatural (beyond the known and observable) realm, personal growth, a quest for an ultimate/sacred meaning, religious experience, or an encounter with one’s own “inner dimension.”
The meaning of spirituality has developed and expanded over time, and various connotations can be found alongside each other. The term “spirituality” originally developed within early Christianity, referring to a life oriented toward the Holy Spirit. During late medieval times the meaning broadened to include mental aspects of life, while in modern times the term both spread to other religious traditions and broadened to refer to a wider range of experience, including a range of esoteric traditions.’

I hope I’ve not bored you. I just thought the above text was useful to put into context the traditional definition of spirituality versus a modern, I think, more self absorbing definition.

Now, let me set things straight. My words are just that – mine. This is not a view about any religion. I wouldn’t be so insulting to comment on anyone’s religious beliefs. I guess I’m looking at how a more extreme, radical take on spirituality could be taking a stranglehold on something which is meant to be for the good of all.

A sweeping statement? Maybe, but I believe I have experienced enough to get hold of a brush and sweep away.

I’m not into where badges as it were, but when I look at the way I try and live my life – through love, helping others before myself (unless the oxygen mask drops down on a plane – then I follow the pre-flight instructions), not basing my life around material things (any more), and trying to spread positivity – some would pin the spiritual badge on me. And that’s just fine.

There are always turning points in life and I had one a few years ago when I was encouraged – positively – to re-evaluate the way I looked at life. It was a positive turning point.

For some time, it all developed quite nicely. However, I then started to see – in a few others, one of whom you could say I was rather close to – a darker, more ego lead version of what they still claimed was spirituality. Let me expand (not just my stomach).

I’m not sure how many people have come across the ‘significance’ of the number 144,000. Again, to many, this is just another innocent connection into spirituality. I would have to say, I was one of that many. It seemed like a number, or at least 144, appeared randomly. I got almost obsessed – I’d look at the clock – 1.44 pm; a score at rugby – 14 4; etc. Of course, I didn’t obsess at every other time I saw on the clock or every other rugby score. Yes, I was hooked.

It took a significant ‘jolt’ to shake me into seeing this focus on 144,000 was an obsession.

I’ve been doing a little digging into the meaning of 144,000. Here’s one, in that it is a number one that represents ‘either descendants of Jacob (also called Israel in the Bible) or others to whom God has given a superior destiny with a distinct role at the time of the end of the world’.

Interesting! Let’s just repeat that – a superior destiny with a distinct role at the time of the end of the world.

However, let us not forget that 144,000 is mentioned in the Book Of Revelations. The following are not my words but something else that I have found on-line. The Book Of Revelations predicts and forecasts ‘the incarnation and arrival of 144,000 lightworkers who will save earth from the “forces of darkness” during the end times of the kali yuga. Most of the 144,000 lightworkers are now here and in the process of “waking up” to their divine purpose and mission on earth. The majority of the 144,000 are advanced incarnated starseeds from more advanced planets, although some of the 144,000 are advanced local souls of earth. Most of the 144,000 are now in the process of “waking up” and coming out of their long mental and spiritual hibernation, slowly but surely realising that they are here to assist in the great transformation of earth.’

Now, if you are still reading this, I don’t know about you but most of that reads like another language. However, the key part for me was ‘they are here to assist in the great transformation of earth’.

So, straight away, I have a conflict in my mind – are the 144,000 special ones here to have a superior destiny with a distinct role at the time of the end of the world? Or are they here to assist in the great transformation of earth?

Maybe it’s all down to your particular leaning. Or, is it all down to what fits with your own ego? Just throwing that question out there.

Call me naive – go on. ‘Jon – you’re naive’. Thank you. Anyway, as I’ve said earlier, I see spirituality as something which is about looking inwards at yourself to then be able to look outwards to help others. It’s about not being materialistic but about concentrating on supporting a greater good.

So, where does this ‘greater destiny’ fit in?

So, please let me look at this ‘greater destiny’ malarkey. I have been closely connected with someone who believed that they were 1 of the 144,000 and they believed they were in contact with others who regarded themselves as 1 of the 144,000. I seem to remember that 2 of said group felt that they sat at a table with others and in fact I think a group of 12 connected together. Now, thankfully, I wasn’t 1 of the 12 otherwise I would now be hearing screams of ‘Judas!’

Be it my not being one of the privileged or maybe it was my growing scepticism of this collective of chosen ones, but even last year I started to wonder what the mission was this ‘higher order’. Believe me, it was the latter. The idea of sitting around a table believing that I am akin to being one of the disciples is bordering on laughable. As an over weight, over aged, gruff Yorkshireman, I’m very happy in my earthly skin thank you very much. The only hot air I blast out follows a good old Indian meal.

Well, as the 2 referred to above decided that their ‘greater destiny’ was so great that they abandoned life as we know it – i.e. walked away from family, friends (well, one of them had friends), but more importantly, their children, you must question this extreme take on spirituality. Does abandonment of your children and responsibilities fall into the definition of being ‘here to assist in the great transformation of earth’? Let me leave that question hanging there.

Sticking to the debate over whether the 144,000 special ones are here to have a superior destiny with a distinct role at the time of the end of the world or here to assist in the great transformation of earth, does that bring the requirement to operate under a new name – as an Archangel?

I love it, and I can feel a book coming – Archangel Delight.

Anyway, in my plight to truly understand this subject, a quick look at the various definitions of Archangel was, let’s say, insightful. These words I found particularly interesting – ‘Archangel is a classification of angels who have great rank and power.  Apparently, there are three archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer.’

I kid you not when I say that I have seen a communication from 1 of the said 2, signed off as Archangel Michael. I’ll just leave that thought there, with a question – is this quest for the greater good or is this a misguided belief that when the predicted hell reigns on Earth, he with wings and she by his side will rise above the hell and land back on the ground to take their view and to use their skills to life off the land with the other 139,998 life lottery ticket winners.

Don’t worry by the way, I can think of at least 2 predicted world endings that have passed with a whimper – although, when my beloved rugby league team, the mighty Leeds Rhinos were fighting for Super League survival last year it felt like the end of the world.

So, my interest in this extreme form of spirituality has found a group of people who appear to believe that they possibly have a ‘greater destiny’ and an even smaller group who have transformed into Archangels and who, in their higher ‘state’ seem to be gathering a group in their ‘safe’ environment.

Now, I am of an age when I remember a so called group who traded under the banner of the ‘moonies’. For those who don’t know them, the moonies were / are ‘a religious group whose members must obey its rules and teachings completely’.

I am not suggesting anything here, but just throwing it out there. I did have a coffee with a group of moonies in the 80s and was invited to a meeting. Suffice it to say, I’m glad I left it at the coffee – and now drink tea 😱.

The other thinking, at best, is a group of people gathered around an Archangel and partner could be seen as a sect? A sect – ‘a group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs (typically regarded as heretical) from those of a larger group to which they belong.’

As I keep saying, these are just my thoughts as I try to understand this extreme form of spirituality which makes 2 (maybe) normal (maybe) people walk out on their children and, one of them, a family to whom they were a pivotal person. Is this normal spirituality or a dangerous extreme version?

Please be assured that I truly respect everyone has a right to an opinion, a belief, but my concern with this ‘version’ of spirituality has grown. I have seen at first hand it’s damaging effect.

Me? Well, I will keep going on my path. To be a reliable, loving, supportive, unconditional father to a Ben and Liv. To be a loving son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend etc to all of those who mean everything to me. And now, a loving partner to Audrey – the truly awesome soul that I am blessed to have alongside me.

Thank you for reading this. I’m not sure how many people this blog will reach out to but it needed writing. Cathartic in the very least.

 

Jon

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6 thoughts on “Dark side of the moonie

  1. Funny stuff … I started writing a short reply to your post, and I ended up with an almost 1600 word essay lol I cut about 6/8ths of it out to post it here … now I need to see where I can post the entire thing! 😛
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    A good read, my friend … and as you said, what comes next is just my personal opinions, which are worth nothing to anyone!! Merely mental babble, that was allowed to escape the confines of a twisted mind, normally occupied with more mundane tasks!

    In my opinion … As I have come to believe that all TRUTH is entirely subjective and that there is NO REAL objectivity to be found in this existence … I believe we are far too down in the weeds at the moment, to ever really understand the TRUTH I was searching for

    …you know, that elusive and ULTIMATE TRUTH we all wonder about … why am I here, what does this life really mean for me, what was my purpose for coming here … and am I completing that purpose within the allotted time frame I was given … and of course, the topper of all questions, is there really a GOD …. you know, all those self-absorbed, self-centered, non-ending questions which were completely driven by my Ego!!

    I remember talking with someone back in the day … offering my help if they wanted it, but also acknowledging at the same time that I still had many “demons” I was struggling with myself … so they could really know where I was coming from, and have as much information as possible on the situation, to make a good decision for themselves!

    Ego … Hate/Anger … were high on the list of “Demons” that were tormenting me then, and though they are still clinging on with all their might, some of my most frequent and unwanted traveling companions.

    Perhaps that warning, I was trying to give of myself to another, was actually meant instead to give warning of the Ego to another … that appears perhaps not to have been taken heed. Not that I would ever judge anyone’s path regardless their actions.

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    1. As I hope you know Jack, I always value your opinion. Our views may vary at times but that’s healthy. I put this blog out as it’s something I’ve felt compelled to say for, well, 13 months. In reality there’s a lot in it that should have been said before. I admire those who seek to do good for a greater cause. I have no time for those who do it for themselves disguised as the greater good.
      Your words are wise Jack and I hope they are read by many and understood in true context.
      Continue to keep it real buddy. It’s the only way.

      Jon

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  2. Once again, kind and gentle words, delivered by a kind and gentle man … you have been a continual source of inspiration for me, my friend … so much more than you will probably EVER realize that you truly have been to me!

    I have just been sitting back and observing over the months … I knew something was going on, but it was not for me to inquire … I just tried to let you know I was still hanging around, reading your blog posts, watching you and your wonderful children live your lives, while going through a situation that I know can wear down on the strongest of people … and you all were going through it with integrity, honor, and pride!!

    Meeting you was truly a divine intervention, my brother … at a point in my life where I needed inspiration terribly … there you and your lovely family were, displaying it to the world with grace and style!

    Sometimes, the greatest gifts we may grant another can be an unknown gift given to a total stranger … granted to someone you may barely know at all, someone who may be located thousands of miles away from you, and your current spot in the world … and someone who may have desperately needed the shining example that you displayed … though you yourself may never have known any of this, happened at all!!

    Those looking to become Gods have completely missed the point … we already are Gods, the trick is to live and embrace that existence here on this world … while being a service to others and working for the betterment of all.

    Ego will always get in the way, especially if you have no control over it, and it will always lead you down the wrong path if you trust your Ego, to find the “truth” for you … it is a hollow and empty “truth”, that the Ego finds … a truth, which you may feel makes you whole, and more than you were, for a time … but which actually only adds more layers to the confusion!

    You and your lovely family helped me find my way out of that confusion, Jon … I think you are a much more “spiritual” person than you give yourself credit for … at least that is the way I see you, my friend! 😉

    Jack

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  3. Thank you again Jack. Your words truly mean so much. It does feel like we were destined to connect and I hope one day soon destined to meet for a few beers and a lot of talking.
    The last 13 months have definitely been a journey- from dark to light; from been naive to a little more learned; from trusting to ……….. well, trusting. In all honesty, I have found trust an issue throughout life and when the one person I really did trust cheated, lied, and then treated her children with distain I thought all trust would be gone. However, it’s quite the opposite. I have learned to see the truth in people and to embrace the love The comes from that truth.
    I have really enjoyed your recent family based posts. A little more of your true, loving personality has shone through.
    You too are an inspiration. You are an honest man who cares about people and the world and you won’t allow obstacles to block your drive. I am learning from you.
    As I said, we were destined to connect and I am very grateful that we have.
    Keep happy Jack. The world needs you 😀.

    Jon

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