The Path to Pentecost: Day 15

Angel of the church of Philadelphia

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

8 "‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.' 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Rev 3:7-13

With the church of Philadelphia, we arrive at the crown centre. The crown centre is actually a manifestation of a spiritual centre deep inside the head. The Western tradition in the twentieth century called this the pineal centre. When this is opened, then the whole crown of the head opens up. It can appear as twenty-four beams of light, spaced evenly around the crown of the head - like a crown of light. The centre of the crown is now open to receive new energies from the spiritual worlds.

Through the crown centre we come into conscious communion with the spiritual worlds. The crown centre is like a door, and for most of us it is a door that was locked. For some, the locking occurred as part of evolution, but some souls allowed the door to be locked in the Atlantean times. The person was then said to be “sealed”. The sealing of the crown centre forced the mental and thinking energies in on themselves. This created a new sense of identity, the ego. It created new powers of reasoning and observation, because the person could no longer use their old clairvoyant vision. 

The crown centre can now be unlocked. The Key of David is the key of Christ. When we use this key to unlock the crown centre we have a direct experience of Christ. Where we once believed, now we see, and because we see, now we know.

The Synagogue of Satan is the forces of organised religions who profess love and peace but instead create abuse and conflicts in the world.

If we conquer, we become a pillar in the temple. That is we support and uphold the work of Christ in our hearts and minds, and we shall unite with the new Jerusalem, the new Christ consciousness which is entering into the world.

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Angel of the church of Philadelphia
The Angel of the Church of Philadelphia, from The Swedenborgian Angels, Tiffany Studio 1902

The opening of the crown centre allows new spiritual energies to enter into the subtle body. This means that new energies enter into consciousness. Mostly, our consciousness is very limited. It is generated by the false self, to focus on our own perceived needs and desires. When the crown centre opens, then we may have a very different experience, perhaps a mystical experience. In such an experience our old sense of self is for a time, shunted aside. We do not, however, become unconscious, we become more conscious. When our normal consciousness is sidelined in this way, then the world becomes more defined. Sights are more colourful, sounds are more meaningful. Our relationships take on depth and purpose.

For today, allow that new spiritual consciousness to enter into the crown centre. Feel the crown of your head tingle with the new energy. Everything is being renewed, you most of all. This is the open door set before us. Let us walk through this door today. Let us leave behind the old and enter into the new.

In a mystical experience one feels that his own will doesn’t exist at all, and that something bigger and higher than self, one that is more superior and more powerful is taking over. The mystic will always say that he is moved by a greater or higher power than self, yet one has to be careful here, for it is true to say, is it not, that one way of consciousness can be passive, empty and dark, but then there are other layers of consciousness, of which we have no real knowledge, where a powerful activity is going on...

...That inner layer of consciousness, call it spirit, call it grace, call it whatever you like, will from time to time take over and give you that experience.

Rev Mario Schoenmaker, Personal Teachings, October, 1983

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