Definition of Exoteric: A teaching intended for or likely to be understood by the general public.
Definition of Esoteric: A teaching intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
On my Dollar Bill it says “E Pluribus Unum”, Out of Many, One. Thats a pretty good summary of how the Universe works. The Universe goes from “Out of One Many” back to “Out of Many One”. It starts as a non-dual Oneness, a Singularity, without 1st or 2nd, just ONE. Then it splits into two, into duality, then into 3,4,5,6,7 and so on. It becomes distinct and separate pieces and parts. All these distinct parts are of course never really “separate” from all-that-is, but they appear to be for some time…until ONE collects them all again. This is like the Universe breathing in and out, splitting itself into many parts (out-breathe) and then collecting itself again (in-breathe). A single breathe could take trillions of years in our time. This process applies to everything. It applies to atoms, chemicals, souls, people…even computers de-fragment and have to be re-fragmented again. We are both ONE with everything and at the same time Individual.
In what follows I will present a new understanding of Religion based on the aforementioned principles. You will not have seen or read this anywhere else, its a realitycreation.org exclusive. The reason you cannot read this anywhere is because its genuine esoteric knowledge, as opposed to exoteric knowledge.
When looking at Religion, there are Monism, Monotheism and Polytheism as the three main branches that split off from the Oneness of all-that-is. For illustration purposes I have only added Monism and Monotheism here. Had I included Polytheism the chart would become too big for this page as well a for easy comprehension. Monism then splits into two distinct parts – Buddhism and Hinduism. Buddhism then splits into distinct parts such as Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. Hinduism actually splits not into two but four distinct parts Shaivism, Vaishnaism, Shaktism and Smartism. Hinduism is in fact the most fragmented Religion in the world (and we haven’t even mentioned its variants Sikhism and Jainism yet). Popular Monotheism splits into Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Christianity then splits into the two distinct parts Catholic or Orthodox (actually that’s already one split which happened back when the Roman Empire separated into West and East) and Protestantism. Protestantism in turn, splits into numerous other denominations such as Baptism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, etc. Islam splits into Sunni and Shia. Judaism splits into Orthodox and Reform Judaism. I also haven’t added numerous sub-sects of the sub-categories. This is enough to “get the idea” of what is going on. People tend to complain about the many religious denominations there are. But these many splits and differences arent inherently “bad”. Souls very much enjoy “being different”, feeling “distinct” and being creative about it.
Of course one way to split from something is by “making the other bad”. So some Catholics talk badly about Protestants and vice versa. Some Christians say Islam is a false Religion, some Muslims say Christianity is an incomplete Religion, some Christians say Judaism is an incomplete Religion, some Buddhists say their Religion is superior to that of Hinduism, etc.etc. Enlightened people, of course, know that every single denomination contains its truth and falsehood, its good versions and foul versions. They smile at such games. Conflict or even Violence arise when the “making bad” gets out of hand. If someone exaggerates the importance of their particular denomination and the supposed evil of other, they do so because they are not emotionally balanced; they don’t see the big picture. No person who is at inner peace with himself would be preoccupied damning another persons belief-system. However, contrary to “common belief”, violence and conflict do not arise out of the differences themselves. Mentally healthy people can respect, appreciate and sometimes even celebrate their differences.
In general the benefits of each of the Religions are that Buddhism teaches Awareness, Hinduism teaches Creative Energy, Christianity teaches Compassion, Islam teaches Devotion and Judaism teaches Discipline. Together, Awareness, Energy, Compassion, Devotion and Discipline make a wonderful mix.
There is something that is even less understood and that is, that all major Religions in and of themselves have an exoteric and an esoteric version. The exoteric version of a Religion is for the general public, “the normal people”, the uninitiated. The esoteric aspects of the Religion are for the initiates, the educated and the enlightened. Every major Religion has a mystical inner circle that contains its core spiritual secrets and a more direct experience of higher realms and divine energy. These “inner circles” are untouched by duality, by the splitting and fragmentation. The extension of the chart clarifies this:
As I’ve explained in my book “Journeys in Spectral Consciousness”, every Religion comes on many different Consciousness Levels. The mystical versions are the higher-level versions. So if you are looking for “the good stuff” I recommend you start with Mysticism and then, from this higher state, look at the normal exoteric scriptures. You will see them in a completely different light. The mystical versions are all astonishingly similar. They all seek a direct experience of Enlightenment (Monism) or God (Monotheism).
In modern society we often come across these three attitudes:
1. My Religion is right, others are wrong
2. All Religions are wrong
3. All Religions are right
All three of these attitudes lazy. From my own very extensive paranormal and spiritual experiences I am capable if detecting some of the truths and falsehoods on each path. “They are right about that, and they are wrong about that” is what I often think. I rarely communicate such, as not to offend. When a Buddhist tells me that “Reincarnation is real”, I say “yeah, I have experienced that. They are right about that”. When that same Buddhist tells me “everyone reincarnates” I say “no, that’s not true, I have experienced that many people do not come back to Earth”. In order to grasp such things, more nuanced thinking is required. It is required to let go of “either/or” thinking, which is a logical fallacy anyway, and practice discernment instead of labeling something as “completely right” or “completely wrong”. Lack of nuanced thinking comes from lack of proper study and research. Lack of proper study and research comes from a low attention-span. Low attention-span comes from many being too overwhelmed with the daily issues of life to develop any keen interest in the big questions of life.
Note: What was shown in this article does not only apply to Religion. It applies to anything. A company, for example, begins with Oneness, perhaps with one individual or two or more individuals who are united in their idea. Then it fragments into various parts that can be shown on an Organizational Chart. As long as this Fragmentation is kept in bounds and someone has an overview of all its little parts, no problems occur. Problems do occur when the organization becomes too fragmented and divided. Then a process of de-fragmentation must be initiated for the company to regain its strength.
The same applies to your Attention. I have already described in this video what happens when attention gets fragmented: Taking Back Your Energy and Feeling Alive.[post-views]