This addition to Mary Elizabeth Sings is to be further edited and refined. I posted these series of posts on Jay Bookman’s blog, today, November 17, 2018, in which I attempted to describe my view of higher consciousness:
It appears that the blog has let my last few posts be presented for all to read, who desire to do so. Please overlook my grammatical and typographical mistakes. Hastiness is my tragic flaw. Now, to type here what is on the back cover of my newly delivered “The Jefferson Bible.”
“This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.
“This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.
“As a reproduction of historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.”
I hope many, many readers of this blog will also order this book and read it, because Jefferson’s consciousness, like Martin Luther King’s, was elevated into a higher realm than most people who walk this planet perceive. But, we must began to understand a higher consciousness, if we are to survive as human beings in God’s universe. God bless us all, Mary Elizabeth
I hope my last two posts on Jefferson’s Bible, Higher Consciousness, and the video, “The Moment Earth Saw Itself,” are published immediately below for all who are interested to read. Higher consciousness should not be mocked. It is real. Poets and philosophers have understood that for centuries, and now our NASA astronauts are awakening to it, pragmatic scientists who have explored our moon on foot.
Jefferson had his own relationship with the God of our universe. He was an unorthodox Christian, as I am, but my spiritual thoughts are not overlapping with Jefferson’s spiritual views exactly, of course. Nevertheless, I wanted to mention this because, my own version of “higher consciousness” is one that is unique to me alone, after a lifetime of deep thought on spiritual matters. There is no way I could explain my views of higher consciousness in words alone. One would have to experience the mystical sensation which is beyond human senses and human perceptions with one’s rational mind, alone. It is a spiritual experience that rings true. I think as I read what Jefferson cut and pasted from the Bible of his day to make his own Bible for his sensibilities, I will find peace with my own version of spirituality and Christianity.
This will be how I incorporate Christianity into my understanding of higher consciousness. The other part is scientific which has been transformed into the mystical through the awareness of Albert Einstein and from the video which Finn-McCool shared on this blog (but I knew these perceptions of our place in this vast universe since my childhood, which made me different, and which helped to to have empathy for others who are different. Please view that 27 minute video of the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts which includes their interviews on “Face the Nation” when they were young men, just have returned from the Moon and their interviews when they are now in their 80s and 90s. Their perceptions in consciousness because of their space experience has given the three of them a higher consciousness that the people of this planet must all understand if we, as a human race are to survive in our vast universe. As one of the astronauts mentioned, ‘We should stop seeing ourselves as individual nations and see ourselves as citizens of this Earth, as we now solve our problems on Earth, and reach for Mars.’
The name of that video is: ‘The Moment Earth Saw Itself.’ Go to The Atlantic magazine.”
The doorbell just rang. I went out of my garage door to flag down the Goodwill type person who I assumed was to pick up my contribution to charity for income tax relief for next spring. I was mistaken as his fan drove off. I looked on my front porch and there was a book I had ordered from Amazon. Thanks to you, Starik, for letting me know about the way to purchase this book. However, I did not purchase the copy from the Smithsonian as you had so generously given me the link for. I ordered another version from Amazon, directly.
The Smithsonian’s red cover was from Thomas Jefferson’s original hand-made “Bible,” in which Jefferson had four columns, one in English, one in Greek, one in Latin, and one in another language, which I forget at the moment, possibly in French.
I wanted the purely English version of Jefferson’s Bible, which has a black hardback cover. It is beautiful. I just opened it. On the black front cover are these words: “The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from The Gospels. (Scholar Select) (by) Thomas Jefferson.” Within the first few pages is written: “Copyright, 1902, by N. D. Thompson.” A few Publishing Co.” A few pages more, one reads in print these words of Thomas Jefferson: “Say nothing of my religion. It is known to my God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.”
This is from Physics-Astronomy.com:
“Before you judge others, or claim any absolute truth, consider that. . .
you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 kilometers per second across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none are the one’s you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum. “
I believe that all of our “brilliant” minds, put together, can never hope to understand the Mind of God. I believe that we are in the process of creating what our new world will become. It will be a monster, in my opinion, if whatever we create is not done with love, more than with intellect. God is love. Instead of a monster, I pray that we will see the wisdom of creating a Heaven on Earth through love.
MES: Just like a writer’s gotta write, and a preacher’s gotta preach, a singer’s gotta sing! Nobody has yet told Bob Dylan to stop singing, and he recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His passion for singing probably fuels his passion for writing. Who are we to judge? 😇. ( When I get home, I’ll copy something for all readers on the fallacy of judging based on facts.)
Another poster to MES:
We judge everything everyday. Human nature.
You arn’t understanding the depth of my non singing ability. I’ll sing for you at the beer summit, you will see why I’m a drummer.
MES’ Response to that poster:
We are really not in disagreement. We are simply each pointing out one piece of the Universe’s pie which we each can observe, as unique human beings. My vision and thinking overlaps with yours, in part, and I hope some of what I present here overlaps, in part, with your vision and your thoughts.
I certainly know that not all of us can sing with the beauty of Luciano Pavarotti’s voice. But, I would never want to keep the person who loves to sing, but who has a terrible voice, from singing when the motivation to do so springs from his or her own soul. It is the love in the singing that is of God, imho.
P.S. I cannot sing either!
Rudyard Kipling: “And each in his separate star shall paint the Thing as he sees it, for the God of Things As They Are.”