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The concept of Hell

Human: Is the idea of hell a scare tactic? Where did it come from if Jewish people don’t hold a similar belief? How did the idea evolve from a Jewish religion to existing within a Christian one if Christianity inherited their ideas from Judaism before writing their own new testament on top of the Old Testament? What specific books of the bible, authors, even verses were construed to support the idea of hell and highlight whether it was a judaic source or christian (new testament).
AI:
The concept of hell as a place of punishment after death is not believed in by Jews, as they do not take a belief in an afterlife. However, the concept of hell does exist in Christianity and has evolved from its Judaic roots. The idea of Hell as a place of punishment for sin was first present in the religion of Zoroastrianism and was adopted by Judaism and then Christianity, with the earliest references to Hell being found in the Jewish Apocrypha.

The New Testament mentions the concept of Hell several times, including in Matthew 25:46, Revelation 21:8, and 2 Peter 2:4. Many theologians believe that the Christian concept of Hell was influenced heavily by the Jewish concept of Gehenna, which was a place outside of Jerusalem where sacrifices were made. Additionally, several Old Testament passages refer to a place of punishment, including Isaiah 66:24 and Psalm 9:17.

Hijab

To me, the hijab (including burqa and/or hair coverings in church) is about men’s own anxiety projected as a need to control while scapegoating personal accountability while under the amalgamated guise/ruse/pretext of modesty and faith (i.e. an internal unconscious anxiety is projected back onto a social structure, namely religion to support this narrative).

Men view women as vexing so they mandate they cover their hair, but what’s really happening is socially men are projecting their own anxieties about the other sex onto their laws. Anxieties stemming from their own internal Jungian unconscious anima mixed with shadow.

“We have economic problems, with a high inflation rate and huge unemployment. But all the government focusses on is the Islamization of society, and women, and what women wear, and what children do in school. That kind of tells you how far the regime and the public are from each other. They don’t hear each other at all, and therefore this movement is not a reform movement. I think a social revolution has happened. Whether it becomes a political revolution or not—that remains to be seen. But the fact is that people have basically given up on this regime.”

“That men and women, young and old, of different ethnicities—which is very important in the context of Iran—are joining as a united front makes it very different. It’s hopeful and inspiring, but also very worrisome, because I know that this regime will use extreme violence. The previous regime was certainly violent, but it was very careful about its image, both among the public and outside the country. This regime has passed the state of caring.”

“There’s a united front about not wanting this regime, and that sentiment is held by religious people, too. Some religious people would rather have a secular regime because they realize that, when you have an Islamic regime, one segment of the population takes over, and it ruins our religion.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/iranian-feminism-and-all-these-different-kinds-of-veils/amp

Hekate / Metatron

May be an image of flower and text that says 'MAYBE REPHRASE FPHRASE REPHR YES NO MAYBE က NO YES REPHRASE'

I read an intriguing bit about Metatron and how he was fiery and I remembered that association Hekate had with the luminous divine fire as the indefinite dead and nous (I’m sure Christians are going to equate that with hellfire) in the Chaldeaon Oracles by Hans Lewy
When I had a vision of Hekate or Anima mundi on my mother’s passing. She resembled what I described as a flame princess
“His explanation for the human perceptions of divine visions is that they concern lower links in the divine chains and that the gods reveal themselves to the soul’s internal faculty of fantasy, which has its material part in the so-called pneumatic vehicle of the soul.”
“The Oracles further posit a barrier between the intellectual and the material realm, personified as Hecate. In the capacity of barrier, or more properly “membrane”, Hecate separates the two ‘fires,’ i.e., the purely intellectual fire of the Father, and the material fire from which the cosmos is created, and mediates all divine influence upon the lower realm.
From Hecate is derived the World-Soul, which in turn emanates Nature, the governor of the sub-lunar realm.[3] From Nature is derived Fate, which is capable of enslaving the lower part of the human soul. The goal of existence then is to purify the lower soul of all contact with Nature and Fate by living a life of austerity and contemplation. Salvation is achieved by an ascent through the planetary spheres, during which the soul casts off the various aspects of its lower soul, and becomes pure intellect.”
“R Ishmael said: The angel Metatron, Prince of the Divine Prescence, the glory of the highest heaven, said to me: When the Holy One, blessed be he, took me to serve the throne of glory, the wheels of the chariot and all the needs of the Shekinah, at once my flesh turned to flame, my sinews to blazing fire, my bones to juniper coals, my eyelashes to lightning flashes, my eyeballs to fiery torches,the hairs of my head to hot flames, all my limbs to wings of burning fire, and the substance of my body to blazing fire.

It was already observed that the idea of the Prince of the Presence is both mediatorial and liturgical, and therefore is closely linked with the motif of the celestial curtain, Pargod (dwgrp),[8] the entity which separates the divine Presence from the rest of the heavenly world.[9] The function of this Curtain which can be viewed as a celestial counterpart of the veil found in the earthly sanctuary is twofold. First, it protects the angelic hosts from the harmful luminosity of the divine Face. At the same time it shields the Deity by concealing the ultimate mysteries of the Godhead now accessible solely to the prince(s) of the divine Presence whose duty is to serve the Deity behind[10] the Curtain.”
Chaldaeon is usually equated with Persian magi, and was influential via Zoroastrianism.
“This tradition then developed into the ever-burning flame kept alive in honor of and symbolizing the divine in a place of worship. Early Iranian Religion venerated a god of fire, Atar, who was the fire itself but transcended earthly fire as a divine entity created by the king of the gods, Ahura Mazda.”
Anyways thought it was interesting, especially considering I’ve called on both. Metatron by accident (sacred geometry), anima mundi through Hypatia and Gaia in general and then found she’s the matron goddess of neoplatonism so directly on my last day at DirecTV, March 8, 2019. Day of my mother’s birth and Hypatia’s death.
The heroes of the sublunar realm hear you. Hypatia and Voltaire were the ones specifically I called to using Eros and cosmic sympathaea. I imagine they have a direct connection with the angels/daemons and by extension the gods. My mother passing between worlds gave me the opportunity to meet Hekate, gatekeeper of souls who oversees the noetic fire.
So I googled if there was any relation. Fitting, yes, no, maybe, rephrase
“It’s a woman’s perogative to change her mind.”

theurgy #pedagogy

Synopsis of the Soul’s Descent

May be an image of text that says '19~ and the One To move on to the next phase in its evolution, science needs to incorporate the Subject of Cognizance within its domain of inquiry. As Schrödinger explains in an essay entitled "The Oneness of Mind," there are many egos but only one Mind, one Subject of Cognizance. The quest for the One Mind calls for transcendence of the subject/obj mode. Can science participate in this quest? The framework of complementarity, which is based on Bohr's recognition that "Truth lies in the abyss," may be considered a first step.'

Picture from Nature Loves to Hide

This pretty much sums up my view of non duality (duality as separation of subject and object as experienced by individual ego’s/minds)
There are laws of physics (known as strands of intellect from the divine mind) that setup the objects and actors.
These laws of physics are eternal, but we experience reality discursively (through a time element), but reality is actually atemporal.

Make a long story short, the one mind (nous) breaks up reality into time and creates agents (individual egos) to experience these laws through a separation of subject, object, and time for causation (people, places, ideas/events), all variations of differentiation (this vs that). Aka symmetry breaking.

But the reality is, we are all one (henosis) mind (brahman). It’s split up like white light is with a prism to give reality a sense of separation (i.e. we experience reality discursively and individually).

When we die, we return to the one mind, and when we are reborn, it’s just like river lethe. We descend into matter (the tail end of intellect, we arise from matter as ideas turning back from the tail end of the projection of ideas onto a substrate which is matter, required to experience this ‘reality)’, separating our mind (psuke/soul) from the One (via the World Soul) and experience reality as separate ego’s, but the source is the same, the One, we are just projections onto matter from the One (like white light projects through a prism into multiple strands of light).

23.4, 1.618, & 108 Ingredients for life

I’m a big fan of sun earth moon (trinity)

As deities they could be many

But I like helios/hermes, gaia/anima mundi, and hecate and our soul comes from the stars and around the planets and thru the sun and we live under the moon and depart by her back to the stars, but we are ultimately made of up nous (noumenia, ideas), light is necessary to shed light between object and subject and the nexus between those two is ideaBut thats just my take.

“The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the sun’s diameter. The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is 238,800 miles, about 108 times the moons diameter. This makes it so the moon appears the same size as the sun during eclipses.”

Phi

Phi and the Solar System

June 18, 2012 by Gary Meisner 54 Comments

The dimensions of the Earth and Moon are in Phi relationship, forming a Triangle based on 1.618.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CgCt93cOWXY/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Neoplatonic take on reality and soul

Valentinianism - Wikipedia

I was thinking about the whole
In the beginning was darkness
and then there was light
That’s an old Enuma Elish motif which Genesis borrowed from (let there be light)
Before Genesis, there was the story of Tiamat in mesopotamian culture
Anyway. The neoplatonic/jungian take on this is
Before there was light, there was no consciousness, there was no soul. There was no subjective experience, only unconscious matter, darkness (i.e. no light/perception to be aware, no differentiation, no awareness apart from, no subjective soul).
With Tiamat, the concept was from rising from the murky depths of water below… but that’s just poetic license which isn’t directly applicable here, but when God was “over the waters” in Genesis, it’s referring to this earlier Tiamat who rose from the water motif in Mesopotamian myths. Water is often associated with Venus (Eros), and unconscious (before awareness, Freudian Id).
I simply like the darkness equates with unconscious matter bit. It took a reversion upon matter (i.e. reverting to the One) thanks to light (we could differentiate ourselves from matter) to see the forms (ideas, wings of minerva, reflection) to become self-aware (which is really a recollection of ideas, because we reverted from matter to the One in an act of contemplation of forms/intellection, discursive thought).
Yeah. I think I’ve kind of hit the nose on consciousness and soul. Which requires matter (objective reality), light (subjectivity, exposure to ideas), and time (discursive reasoning). All big pieces of the mysteries of reality I’ve been trying to solve.

I consider myself a neoplatonist
What’s weird tho is I’ve been talking about we all see the same thing but from different angles
We’re all describing an angle or worldview or zeitgeist of reality.
I don’t really consider myself a pagan in the sense I believe in theistic gods
I believe the universe is all with powers that historically have been equated with God’s for lack of a more fitting description
But reality is alive. The ideas themselves are alive and evolving and we exist to harvest them.
The ideas are derived from a divine mind. That’s God. The mind is eternal and beyond time, or what Plotinus regarded as nondiscursive thought. More aptly described as the nous (the paradigm of ideas that weave reality).
Plotinus wrote that the soul turns back to the source (the one) which is of the same substance as our soul. This turning back is reflection or contemplation of objective reality. Its a mind beholding ideas which are sourced from the expressions of matter but are beyond time and exist within the divine mind which we experience discursively.

Atheism & Theism, a dialectic misunderstanding

I feel like atheism is really accidentalism in my paradigm.
Tldr
Atheists fail to ascribe meaning to reality because of their logical reductionism vs an emergent outlook.
Atheism is a paradigm to explain reality and science via no derived meaning–heavily implying, if not outright stating–that we are byproducts of chance, accidents if you will.
Atheism puts science on the altar and derives its meaning from science’s descendent. The god is induction and our senses.
Enter Plato and metaphysics contrasted with milesians and atomist reductionists which Aristotle and the clergy via Descartes “i think therefore I am” split science and faith into two camps. Therefore implying a mental relation between science and reason with faith on the opposite end.
So atheism takes up science from this vantage and champions how faith in fundamentalist concepts becomes the straw man for belief in God.
So you get people like me inbetween who has radically different views than the common theist but sees a connection between all the modes of belief about reality and think its just a misunderstanding and over simplification by non experts who anthropomorphise an idea into a being in the effort to better understand it. They’re layman’s of wonder who scientists are experts in but they are both describing the same wonder just from different understandings.
But myself. I ascribe meaning to the wonder that is providence. The divine fire. The architect of the laws. All that jazz. Its like masonry. We see the beauty and wonder if it means anything.
I think it does. We have thoughts because there are ideas to be held.

On The Soul

What is the definition of a person that is tied to a soul?
Is it the personality? Is it the breathing self (body)? Mind?
In my opinion. It’s the self aware aspect which doesn’t start initially at conception or at birth. It’s a system that emerges and doesn’t finalize until a person can self reflect, then they have an “identity”, but to me this isn’t the same thing as a soul.
A soul is the self aware part which isn’t finalized into a person/identity until self reflection, but… they are certainly aware (cognizant/conscious) but not in a meaningful way (form past memories), however this is the pre cursor to the emergent self.
Brain damage can cause a person’s personality to “shift”, which means the identity can shift. Because the soul is believed to be eternal, immutable, and unchangeable, then this personality is not the same thing as the soul. Personality is just an evolved layering over the observant soul for the soul to experience. It’s hard to explain, but because personality can be adjusted with affects to the brain, the personality cannot be soul, personality is a byproduct of soul, but it is decoupled from soul.
The soul is best thought of as a set of mirrors that the individual reflects from. The mirrors are ideas with a unity observing those ideas. The observant part is the soul. The ability to remember doesn’t happen until after the brain is ready to start remembering, then the soul begins to flower, but the memories are separate and distinct from the soul. The soul is really just an abstract observant unity that comes and goes with the body.
It is my belief that the soul is eternal in that it may depart the body, but it will resurface later in some type of self aware structure that can hold it but it is not unique to an individual body, rather it is a ousia, or essence, that requires a certain set of factors to be in place before it can fruition (i.e. a body that can hold memories).

Providence

I know why women represent providence
Cuz a woman once said
No, I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
A woman is traditionally associated w the hearth and what is an hearth represent. Shelter, food, family.
Providence
And you need a woman to start a family. She’s the foci, the man is drawn to provide yes, but as Aristotle said. Causes [for providence] are externally driven by a telos
Closely associated with platos ideas, but on a teleological level, or time based. I.e. the idea is an ideal towards the future that is sought. In this case Providence, as Julian said, mother of the gods.