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Baptism and Sign of the Cross to Protect the Heart . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 5 December 2014; revised

  • THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
  • THE BLESSINGS CONFERRED BY BAPTISM
  • ABOUT SYLPHS
  • ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF A BAPTISMAL SYLPH INTO A SERAPH
  • A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT A BAPTISMAL SYLPH
    • How Christ’s Light Reveals the Darkness in This World
    • On Aligning with Christ, Rather Than Blaming or Judging Others
    • How the Sign of the Cross Can Bring Us Great Joy
  • MORE INFORMATION

Image: Saint Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria (c.296-c.373) … http://albionfourthrome.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ..

“By the sign of the cross … all magic is stayed, all sorcery confounded, all the idols are abandoned and deserted, and all senseless pleasure ceases, as the eye of faith looks up from earth to heaven,” by Saint Athanathius, Archbishop of Alexandria, “Ch. 5. The Resurrection,” in “On the Incarnation of the Word,” public domain (1)

Dear Ones,

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

From my youth, I remember the ‘sign of the cross’ which confers the blessing of Christ’s presence in our lives: In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti (in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit):

Image: Young girl making the sign of the cross … https://iamofthestars.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81a0b-fare_il_segno_della_croce.jpg ..

Video: The Sign of the Cross in Latin, by Stomping Crows … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAcokfQ3cqY ..

THE BLESSINGS CONFERRED BY BAPTISM

Arthur E. Powell has an intriguing passage to do with the ceremony of Baptism, which includes the blessing conferred by the sign of the cross.

Citation: “The Mental Body.” by Lieut.-Colonel Arthur E. Powell, The Theosophical Publishing House Limited, London; printed by the Whitefriars Press, Ltd, Tonbridge and London, 1927 … “Chapter XXXII. Rebirth,” page 289, the first full paragraph, beginning “The ‘seeds’ …” through the second full paragraph on page 290, ending “… of Vishnu.”

According to the above passage, a child is born with seeds of evil, which the Catholic Church calls ‘original sin’. The making of the sign of the cross on a young child during the sacrament of baptism, creates an artificial elemental which is like a ‘guardian angel’. This thought form is ‘ensouled’ by a sylph.

ABOUT SYLPHS

Image: A sea sylph, http://www.selfgrowth.com/images/Detweiler_image8.JPG ..

Sylphs are air elementals, thus hard to depict. The above picture is of a Sea Sylph, but it reminds me of the Baptismal Sylph, which has the same sort of energy, but settles in the shape of a white, fiery cross onto a person’s back at the level of the heart chakra when the person is baptized …

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Drawing: “Christian Baptismal Sylph — A living being of white flame, shaped like a fiery cross,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 August 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: There is the silhouette of a man, facing forward. In the area of his heart is a fiery cross. The caption is the same as the title of the drawing.

Drawing: “Christian Baptismal Sylph — A living being of white flame, shaped like a fiery cross,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 August 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: There is the silhouette of a man, facing forward. In the area of his heart is a fiery cross. The caption is the same as the title of the drawing.

The Sylph thus ‘protects our back’ … protects the back part of our heart chakra, which in some instances might otherwise be ‘stitched shut’ by nature spirits that have been bewitched by the dark. (3)

In Arthur Powell’s passage referred to above, there’s a description of baptism when practiced by the Liberal Catholic Church. In that ceremony, the priest makes the sign of the cross along the entire body of the child. The thought form so created is referred to, in the pass age as a ‘cuirass’. A cuirass is a defensive armor of the torso. In this case the cuirass is made of white light.

Here’s an image that reminds me of a cuirass of light that has settled on a person in the sign of a cross. To me, the dark background visually represents how the thought form, or else the Sylph, protects us from the dark. It is like a Warrior of Light protecting our heart:

Image: Abstract image of a warrior-like figure with a fiery cross of white light on it; the sides of the cross look like wings …   https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a1/9a/d0/a19ad07d35d41da266dda6377dda5ca5–alien-art-angels-and-demons.jpg ..

ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF A BAPTISMAL SYLPH INTO A SERAPH

According to Arthur Powell’s passage, in the fortunate instance when the baptized child lives his life in the spirit and thought of Christ (what some call ‘walking with Christ’), then there comes a time when the Sylph is transformed into a Seraph. For the Sylph, this means ‘individualisation’ …

A seraph is a member of the highest order of angels, with individualized consciousness. The pink, winged figure below is a depiction of a Seraph by Giotto di Bondone:

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Image: St. Francis’ vision of a seraph, from a fresco attributed to Giotto di Bondone, 1 January 1337, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giotto_-_Legend_of_St_Francis_-_-19-_-_Stigmatization_of_St_Francis.jpg … public domain

Image: St. Francis’ vision of a seraph, from a fresco attributed to Giotto di Bondone, 1 January 1337, from Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giotto_-_Legend_of_St_Francis_-_-19-_-_Stigmatization_of_St_Francis.jpg … public domain

A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT A BAPTISMAL SYLPH

After reading all this, I was really happy that I had been christened (baptized, blessed with the presence of Christ) in my early childhood.

Further, in recent years I have had an experience of my Sylph activating and bringing forth the love of Christ through my own heart chakra. For me, this is an absolutely glorious experience of ecstasy. This happened, apparently, because the spiritual music being played and sung by the musicians and the congregation in that church, were so very beautiful that my heart was filled to overflowing with joy at hearing it.

The mountain of Christed energy I encountered when my Sylph activated had an untoward side effect: The pastor in the Christian congregation where I had been worshiping, along with two ushers, ushered me out of the church, and asked me not to come back.

How Christ’s Light Reveals the Darkness in This World

When Christed energy arrives in our lives, it can be disconcerting to other people, as the light of Christ shows, in striking detail, the dark in this world, which had heretofore remained hidden.

When those around us see what is before them, in this duality play on Earth, they begin to realize than choices must be made … very important choices for the welfare of their Souls.

The choices that lie before us, at each turn of the path, in every second of our waking consciousness, are these: To turn to the Light of Christ, or to fall back into the great slumber of darkness.

When each of us begins to rise to the vision of Light and Dark, the first thing that happens is, we feel that someone else has ‘done something to us’ … Someone else has brought beings of darkness into our lives.

On Aligning with Christ, Rather Than Blaming or Judging Others

This, though, is a misapprehension. Instead of blaming or judging others, it’s better to align with Christ, to know that he is with us and will protect us. That is the first step on our Christed journey.

Then, should others blame us for what their newly opened eyes begin to see, let us not judge them as they judge us. Let us pray Christ may confer the blessing of his love and light upon them.

I say this by way of caveat, as it seems that even a little bit of greater Christ consciousness … as in my case …  is always swiftly followed upon by misunderstanding from those around us. If yours is that path, may you will be the more easily able to cope with what may follow, be it joyous or upsetting, from the standpoint of social acceptance.

How the Sign of the Cross Can Bring Us Great Joy

Setting that aside, I would like to end on this happy note: Lately, I have noticed that when I practice the sign of the cross my Sylph feels great joy, and my heart chakra energy feels protected and free to express itself in the world.

And so, for me, the sign of the cross is the answer to many worldly concerns.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Compendium: Baptismal Sylph,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 25 February 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-bNu ..

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Title: On the Incarnation of the Word
Creator(s): Athanasius, St. Archbishop of Alexandria (c.296-c.373)
(Translator)
Rights: Public Domain
CCEL Subjects: All; Theology; Early Church
LC Call no: BT220.A75
LC Subjects: Doctrinal theology, Christology
See … https://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.txt ..

(2) Explanation of the permanent atoms: “…the essence of the human body (technically ‘bodies’ as each of us has several bodies … physical, astral, mental, buddhic and atmic) is stored in only a few ‘permanent atoms’ and so transported from one lifetime, through the death and afterlife experiences, and then, through reincarnation, back into the physical realm.” — from Link: “Collapsibility, Portability, and Reconstitution of the Human Body,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 19 September 2014 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-6mZ ..

(3) See Link: “A Blessing for the Devic Realm” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 18 February 2014 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-7NP ..

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A Myth of Creation: Third Outpouring: Individualisation . by the Theosophists . with comments by Alice B. Clagettf

Written and published on 1 December 2013; revised and reposted

Dear Ones,

This is the fourth in a four-part series representing a Myth of Creation from the Theosophical school of thought, as stated in “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell. (1)

I love the analogy to the waterspout near the end of this long passage. It looked like the preceding info was needed to understand the waterspout, but maybe you could intuit it without reading anything but the bolded text.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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THIRD OUTPOURING: INDIVIDUALISATION
by ARTHUR E. POWELL

“We have now arrived at the stage where a change of vast importance to the evolving life is about to take place—viz., the individualisation of the animal the formation of the causal body, the entry into the human kingdom.

“In order to understand the whole phenomenon, and to recognise its full significance, let us briefly recapitulate the stages already passed. We saw first that the Monads, which derive their being from the First Logos, come forth and dwell on the Anupadaka Plane during all ages over which we have glanced. With the help of Devas, each Monad has appropriated to himself the three permanent atoms which represent him as a Jivatma on the planes of Atma,Buddhi and Manas, these three forming the Higher Triad. In addition, to each Higher Triad has been attached also a Lower Triad, consisting of a Mental Unit, and an Astral and a Physical Permanent Atom.

“The Lower Triad has been plunged successively into the earlier kingdoms of life, shielded and nourished by its Group-Soul. By repeated subdivision, brought about by differentiation of experience, each Lower Triad has now become possessed of an envelope or sac to itself, derived from the original Group-Soul. After a succession of experiences in a series of single animal forms, the Lower Triad is at length sufficiently awakened to warrant a further step being taken in the evolutionary scheme, a step which will bring to it a further installment, if we may use such an expression, or aspect, of the Divine Life.

“Just as the human foetus is nourished by the mother in her womb until such time as the child is strong – enough to live its own independent existence in the outer world, so is the Triad, shielded and nourished by the Group-Soul, the medium by which the Second, Logos protects and nourishes His infant children, until the Triad is strong, enough to be launched into the outer world as a self-contained unit of life, pursuing its own independent evolution.

“Thus is reached the term of ante-natal life of the Jivatma (the Higher Triad of Atma, Buddhi, Manas) enclosing the life of the Monad, the time being now ripe, for his birth into the lower world. The mother-life of the Second Logos has built for him the bodies in which he can live as a separate entity in the world of forms, and he has to come into direct possession of those bodies and take up his human evolution.

“Up to this point, all communication of the Monad with the lower planes has been brought through the Sutratma or thread-self, on which the permanent, atoms are strung…. But now the time has come for a fuller communication than is represented by this delicate thread in its original form. The Sutratma accordingly widens out …, the Ray from the Monad glows and increases, assuming more the form of a funnel: “the thread between the Silent Watcher —and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant” (The Secret Doctrine, Vo. 1, p 285).

“This downflow of monadic life is accompanied by much increased flow, between the buddhic and manasic permanent atoms….

“The manasic permanent atom awakens, sending out thrills in every direction. Other manasic atoms and molecules gather round it …, and a whirling vortex is formed on the three upper sub-planes of the mental plane. A similar whirling motion takes place in the cloudy mass surrounding the mental unit which, as we have seen, is enveloped in the Group-Soul.

The wall of the Group Soul is then torn asunder, and caught up into the vortex, above…. Here it is disintegrated, being resolved into matter of the third mental subplane, and, as the whirlpool subsides, it is formed into a delicate, filmy envelope, this being the causal body….

In describing this process, the illustration usually given in the East is that of a waterspout. There we have a great cloud hovering above the sea, on the surface of which waves are constantly forming and moving. Presently from the cloud is extended an inverted cone of violently, whirling vapour, like a great finger.

“Underneath this, a vortex is rapidly formed in the ocean; but instead of being, a depression in its surface, as in an ordinary whirlpool, it is a whirling cone rising above that surface.

“Steadily the two draw closer and closer together, until they come so near that the power of attraction is strong enough to overleap the intervening space, and suddenly a great column of mingled water and vapour is formed where nothing of the kind existed before.

“In just the same way, the animal Group-Souls are constantly throwing parts of themselves into incarnation, like the temporary waves on the surface of the sea. At last, after the process of differentiation has continued to the maximum possible, a time comes when one of the waves rises high enough to enable the hovering cloud to effect junction with it. Then it is drawn up into a new existence, neither in the cloud nor in the sea, but between the two, and partaking, of the nature of both. Thus it is separated from the Group-Soul, of which hitherto it has formed a part, and falls back again into the sea no more. Technically expressed, the life of the animal, working in lower mental matter, is whirled up to meet the downpouring life of the Monad, expressed through higher mental or causal matter….

“The downflow of life, resulting in the formation of the causal body, is known as the Third Life Wave, or Third Outpouring, and derives from the First Logos, the eternal all-loving Father – from Whom came also, as we have seen, the Monads themselves in the first instance.” from Citation: “The Causal Body And The Ego,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, 1928, public domain, “Chapter XIII. Individualisation: Its Mechanism and Purpose.”

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[bolding and paragraphing are mine. –Alice]

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Sound, Light and Bodily Form . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 19 April 2013; revised

  • SUNLIGHT
  • MY REFRIGERATOR
  • ELVEN WIND CHIMES
  • HARMONICS
  • PLAYING WITH SOUND

Dear Ones,

Through the mental quality called ‘ego’, we imagine ‘we’ have a bodily form. On the basis of visual input, which narrows the range of Light that we can perceive from the possible … 10-14 to 104 meters … to the visible … 390-800 nanometers … we imagine this form is solid …

Image: The Electromagnetic Spectrum: radio, microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-ray, gamma ray … https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/99/EM_Spectrum3-new.jpg ..

In the chart above, I get that, at the large end of the spectrum, 10 to the power of 4 = 10,000. That I can visualize. I have a hard time visualizing how small 10-14 meters might be. However, I see that the part of the Light spectrum that my eyes can perceive is labeled ‘nanometers.’ I looked it up … a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. I get the gist … my eyes are picking up a nanofraction of available Light. So maybe my eyes aren’t really telling me the true story about who and what I am.

What if our form were not solid, but rather, waves of Light?
What if it were tiny, swirling sparks of Light?
What if it were waves of sound?

What if we paid attention to sound and Light … rather than form … when we relate to reality? How would that alter how we imagine ourselves to be?

SUNLIGHT

Image: Sunlight, sky, and clouds: http://www.shakopeechiropractormn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Sunshine.jpg ..

Lately I have been noticing that sunlight is a form of food. Especially when I face the sun, I can feel vital energy streaming into my heart chakra. Light’s a little like snow. Here in America we have only one name for snow, although we may observe that it is sparkly or powdery, or good for skiing. Among the people of West Greenland, and probably because the quality of snow in Greenland is important to life and livelihood, there are 49 words for snow (1). In the same way, we tend to think of Light as plain old ‘light’, but to the astute observers has many different qualities, many flavors, many textures.

Yesterday it was windy, and all day long, little rain clouds scudded across the sky. Midmorning it hailed, and little rivers and eddies of hail swooshed around on the ground in the wind, like the misty steam swirling off of dry ice. Then in the late afternoon, the sky was beginning to clear, and I took a walk by a little river.

A steady, slanting stream of sun fell on me as I walked. At first, it had a wet, swirling quality. Mildly tumultuous Light! That’s something new! Then as I walked away from the river, onto a running track, the Light began to swirl more smoothly. It reminded me of a golden milkshake.

Is Light solid, I wondered? Is it alive, intelligent, full of joy, like me?

MY REFRIGERATOR

I work in a place with a refrigerator, and when the refrigerator motor runs, it emits a sound that is low-pitched and continuous.

Video: Refrigerator motor noise … https://youtu.be/4Y7oMTxpa30 ..

Sometimes I imagine that my mind is a piano. Sometimes it thinks high thoughts … like high notes on a piano … and sometimes it thinks low thoughts … like the low piano keys. As I work, whenever my thoughts get ‘low,’ I realize the refrigerator is running. The low-pitched, continuous sound of the refrigerator is resonating with the lower keys on my mind’s piano.

Video: “Sus. 2nd Fast Arpeggios” by Synthesized: 13Arpeggios on a piano …  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIZHd5VHPVk&playnext=1&list=PL9F68F6BA549870E4
The mind’s arpeggios – low notes, high notes, and everything in between

When I meditated last night, I felt my concept of myself expand out past my body. Then the refrigerator motor came on. The odd thing was, it didn’t affect me as it had done during the work day. The sound wasn’t whapping into my aura and distorting my energy field.

Instead, as I meditated, it felt as if my ‘body’ were discontinuous … with lots of empty space everywhere … and the waves of sound from the fridge were simply passing, unimpeded, through the interstices of whatever … sound, Light? … that constitute my form. Odd, huh?

ELVEN WIND CHIMES

For several years now, especially when I am out in nature, I hear a very high-pitched, not-quite-monotone sound in my ears … between 9.4 and 10 kilohertz … you can hear this tone starting at marker 4.27 on this hearing test …

Video: “Hearing Test” by Vatsek … https://youtu.be/4G60hM1W_mk ..

However, the tones you hear on the above video lack the pleasant, subtle harmonics of the sound I hear in my ears. What I hear reminds me of elven wind chimes. It is like a song of the devas, or the sweet song of New Earth. This beautiful sound is nearly beyond the high end of my audible range … it is near the opposite end of the audible spectrum from the refrigerator sound. The high sound resonates with my highest thoughts … the highest keys on my mind’s piano.

So just for the fun of it, last night I tried placing my awareness on the high-pitched sound in my ears. As I was falling asleep, I concentrated on just that … just that sound. It grew louder, sweeter, more beautiful, till it seemed like the whole world was that lovely sound. I said to myself: Whenever I want, may I be able to recall this sound! Then when I woke up during the night, with the usual jumble of subconscious thoughts still lingering in my mind, I right away switched my attention to the ringing in my ears.

When I woke up this morning, I felt as if I had been in a ‘sound’ rejuvenation bath. My body and mind felt fresh, crisp, and new. What an amazing feeling!

Mind you, often during the day, especially when I am working at a repetitive, routine, noncreative task, I hear a much lower sound in my ears. I have come to the conclusion this low sound represents lower mental function … closer to subconscious thought, consequently less pleasant. The minute I turn to joyful pursuits, the pitch of the sound gets higher.

HARMONICS

People talk about experiencing multiple dimensions of reality. About flipping back and forth between lower and higher dimensions. There is also talk about expanding the mind so as to experience several dimensions at once. How can this be?

The sounds we hear in nature offer a clue: Just as each natural sound consists of many harmonics, (2) the reality we are capable of experiencing consists of many nuances, which may be termed dimensions. We can experience reality as if it were a pure tone, like the hearing test (3) … which I find to be rather painful listening. Or we can experience it like richly resonating wind chimes. Our choice!

Video: “Sounds of Nature, Wind Chimes, and Morning Song Birds,” by nerrad006 … https://youtu.be/h15XTI2Zhy0 ..

PLAYING WITH SOUND

Imagine your mind is a piano and your thoughts are keys. When you think a thought, what sound does it make?

When you hear a sound, imagine what shape it is … Is it bumpy? Smooth? Does it have sharp edges?

When you hear a sound, what emotions does it evoke? Do your thoughts become sad? Angry? Anxious? Full of joy?

This meditation … on whichever sound is loudest for you at the moment … will lead you into the NOW.

Video: Playing with Sounds – High and Low … https://youtu.be/sXiHbzaudvs ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “More Eskimo Words for Snow” …  http://www.putlearningfirst.com/language/research/eskimo2.html ..

(2) Link: Wikiaudio has more on harmonics … http://en.wikiaudio.org/Harmonic ..

(3) Link: Hearing test … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G60hM1W_mk ..

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