Karma: what it is, how it works, and how relevant it is to creating “Hell” on earth

Introduction to karma

In a previous video and article I talked about how ‘karma’ relates to Armageddon, and in this article I wanted to talk a bit more about ‘karma’ as it is a very important concept. I’m going to discuss briefly what it is and how it works, and what its purpose is. As ever, there will still be a great deal left unsaid, but I would urge people to check out the works of Martinus, particularly his main work Livets Bog (The Book of Life) and a smaller book, The Ideal Food, both of which are available to read online for free here: https://www.martinus.dk/en/ttt/

Front cover of Martinus's main work, Livets Bog, Volume 1. Shows waves of returning karma
Front cover of Livets Bog 1, by Martinus

So what exactly is ‘karma’ and how does it work?

‘Karma’ is a simple, popular way of denoting a fundamental feature of deeper reality: energy sent out from a source always returns to that source. The living universe consists of eternally existing, transcendent sources of being, from whom radiate forces or energies, which are behind action and manifestation. The physical universe itself is an effect of these energies being sent out. 

As human beings, we also have an eternal, transcendent source of our being. All our actions and behaviours, our expressions of will and habit, as well as our bodies and psyches, are ultimately expressions of energy from this source. 

These expressions of energy may be in harmony with or may violate universal principles underlying all reality. Chief of which is the law of love, that everything shall be an expression of love. Where our actions violate these laws, disharmony occurs. Since energy returns to its source, the source experiences disharmony. As a result, we can experience both light and dark returns of energy, or ‘karma’. 

For much more detail about these ideas, have a look at Martinus’s book Livets Bog, Volume 1. 

Symbol No. 16 - The Eternal Body. Symbolizes the waves of karma returning to source
Symbol No. 16 – The Eternal Body © Martinus Institut 1981

Main effects of this behaviour

Now, if you think of what human civilization on planet Earth is mainly like, and what human beings do most of all during their existence, what would you say it is largely defined by, and has been for thousands of years? What is the most common form of expression of energy coming from the ‘source’ of human beings?

Well of course, yes, we do a lot during our existence, but one of our main activities is to raise, kill and eat animals. This is one of humanity’s predominant form of energetic expressions. According to the human perspective, lots of people would say there is nothing wrong with this. But from the perspective of the universal laws, where the main law is ‘love everything’, the killing and eating of animals is a grand contravention of that principle.

Our treatment of animals comes down to a sending out of energy that results in their life of terror and unnatural death. It is this energy that must return, which means a dark fate: the source of this terror must itself experience terror and unnatural death. The main effect, then, of this behaviour is that it leads human beings into ways of experiencing characterized by terror and unnatural death at some point (the returns of energy don’t all happen at once, but according to different rhythms. See previous video and article for more about that). 

Sides of beef at the Sam Kane beef slaughterhouse in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 10, 2008.
Sides of beef at the Sam Kane beef slaughterhouse in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 10, 2008. Image: Public Domain

There are other effects of eating animals which are to do with the health of our own organism at a more microscopic level, and again I’d advise reading The Ideal Food, which also forms a background to this article. But the ultimate effect is that in our surroundings and in our bodies, and also collectively, we create an atmosphere and energy of death and terror. 

Scale and proportionality

Aside from all the obvious arguments for and against eating animals that humans have devised over the centuries, I just want to focus on the spiritual perspective, which pertains to the essence of things and universal laws as perceived by higher senses and higher reason. Within the context of what I’m discussing here, one objection might be that the idea of ‘energetic return’ doesn’t add up because we are killing only animals, provided by Nature for our sustenance for millions of years, so why would it now cause a problem?

These are good points and again they are discussed by Martinus in his main works, which I refer you to. But the short answer here is that it has to do with evolution, and it has to do with scale and proportionality. First, human beings are evolving away from the animal state where eating animals is natural. Indeed, it is the stint in the animal kingdom that can be said to provide one of the main drivers of evolution out of that kingdom in the first place, namely suffering. I’ll come back to that subsequently. 

Second, according to a higher, cosmic insight, the source is One, and different expressions of the source are all equal. The source of the ant, the pig, the human being are all the same from this higher perspective. In this regard, an expression of this killing behaviour as a violation of love is just as ‘bad’ or ‘big’ if it is towards a small animal being or a human being. Here I have a wonderful quote from The Ideal Food which sums up what results: 

And it is this permanent blood and meat-eating that darkens the existence of the terrestrial human being, since the sun of love cannot possibly shine where the human being is devoid of all respect for the living being’s right to life, having made it a pleasure to exist on the death and mutilation of other beings. This pleasure must therefore be the eliciting factor for that reality we express as ‘Hell’.

Martinus, The Ideal Food, 2010 (Chapter 5)

The animal-killing behaviour that humanity partakes in and supports every day creates, ultimately, the ‘Hell’ on earth that we experience as our suffering. This is how relevant our animal-killing karma is to our current situation.

What is the purpose of this principle?

Well, let’s just say for a moment that we agree that this process of energetic return, ‘karma’, is a feature of reality as described, what then is the purpose of it? Why does it go like that?

The real purpose of energetic return is to promote the evolution of the living beings. All living beings are on an eternal, cyclical, evolutionary journey through forms of dark and light existence. When living beings who are on their way towards the light side of existence, the experience of their own returning dark energy promotes a corresponding yearning for something better. For sentient beings like us, the experience of suffering elicits a response deep in our consciousness and essence for this ‘something better’.

At first we don’t know what it is. It is just a cry for help; it is the first sign of an existential crisis. We can’t connect the dots between our action and its consequences. But gradually, experience and suffering teach us that enough is enough, and we start to look for answers. Suffering is a great teacher, but at first it is not detailed or theoretical; that can come later. For many, however, they are simply not interested. They have to learn the hard way, over many lives, through continued suffering, until something in them says ‘there’s something not right here, my experience and my understanding do not add up and I now need to find answers’.

Conclusion

I’ve gone through a massively complex idea here and, as I must keep pointing out, there is much more that could be said; I urge readers who are interested to just read for more detail, particularly in Martinus’s works. But in short, karma means energetic return. Energetic return can lead to great forms of disharmony, causing great suffering for human beings because of their treatment of animals. The purpose of this suffering is ultimately evolution. 

Now, karma is not about fault or blame. The word is often used to bash people: ‘that’s his bad karma kicking him’. When ‘bad’ things happen to us, it’s easy to think that we’re to blame: if we contract a deadly virus, or get injured or killed, it’s easy to think ‘it’s our fault’. This is not really the right way to think about it. Yes, things happens because of causes residing ultimately in ourselves, but it is more to do with education and knowledge, and not understanding the ultimate causes of things. Just as we wouldn’t blame small children for behaving ‘naughtily’, we would instead just put it down to them being children. We can’t blame children for behaving that way because they are just too small to understand.

Humanity is in a similar position with regard to understanding deeper reality. Human beings are principally in this regard just small children. And just as small children learn to not put their hand near the fire when they realise it hurts, human beings learn eventually how to not get burned. Mass suffering means ‘getting burned by putting our hands in the fire’. Ultimately, one way or another, we will learn how not to do it. 

Armageddon – what does it mean, really?

Photo of bush fire destruction in Australia

I recently finished translating an article by Martinus, based on a transcript of a meeting and discussion he had towards the end of his life, where he talked about ‘Armageddon’ or ‘ragnarok’ as it is called in the Scandinavian languages. I will update this article with a link to the translated version when it is published. 

There were some really interesting points in that article, especially concerning death, and I thought it would be a good time to talk about this subject. Like many people who get the news on a regular basis one way or another, even without looking for updates, I had been wondering about the bush fire events in Australia and the virus epidemic in China, especially since I was due to travel to both of these countries. At this time of writing, I am now in Australia, but I had to cancel my trip to Beijing because of the epidemic, most unfortunately (I hope to resume my visit when the epidemic has ended and all travel restrictions are removed). 

Well, putting all these things together – the article about Armageddon, the great devastation by fire in New South Wales and the coronavirus epidemic in China – I wondered that a person could easily think that we are in an ‘Armageddon moment’. Some of the language people have been using in response to these events in the last weeks has indeed been apocalyptic. For example, an article on the BBC News site has the headline ‘Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island’ (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51102658). But what does ‘Armageddon’ really mean, from a modern, non-religious perspective? 

First, the word ‘Armageddon’ has an enormous emotional baggage that comes with it. We can’t really say that it is a scientific term. In a modern spirituality or spiritual scientific perspective, the word perhaps does not have much use. But there are phenomena or aspects of reality that we might say could be summed up by the ancient word ‘Armageddon’. And those phenomena concern the nature of change in deep reality as it pertains to the way different levels of reality come to impinge or impact the physical dimension, which is where we have a main waking consciousness. 

I did a video a short time ago on ‘how the spiritual dimension relates to the physical’ (https://youtu.be/ma64C6Ws4-M), which might be useful to have a look at because this idea of ‘Armageddon’ has much to do with the relation between different dimensions.  

Essentially ‘Armageddon’ can be said to represent this: changes occur at the essential level of being and reality, which compared to this zone of being might be said to be a higher dimension of being. These changes are manifestations of the will of living beings at their source of being – their deepest and highest transcendent selves. These manifestations of will are also energies, forces, that get sent out through the dimensions of reality where living beings manifest. These energies meet other energies, sent out from other living beings, and ultimately from the universe, which consists of all the living beings put together. When these energies meet each other, a living being has an experience. All experience is, ultimately, a meeting of energies in this way. One of the very first concepts introduced by Martinus in his main work, Livets Bog (The Book of Life), is this: 

‘… the experience of life can only exist as an interaction between two forms of energy, namely, the energy radiating from the universe in the form of our surroundings, and the energy radiating from our own inner being in the form of our manifestation’

(https://www.martinus.dk/en/ttt/index.php?bog=51&stk=2)

We on this planet are living beings who in our deepest selves send out energies and forces of manifestation. The whole experience of being human on this planet is the result of a great symphony of these emanations of energies being sent out from our deepest selves as they interact with our environment and other living beings. The thing about these energies is that it is a universal law that they return to their source. An energy sent out does not disappear, or gets lost. It is never diminished or increased. It is preserved in returning to its source. But the returns don’t all happen instantly. They all occur according to many different rates and rhythms, velocities.

What is more, this grand orchestra of sound would be a cacophony if it were not directed or overseen by a higher intelligence. The order we see in the physical world, the natural world, the pattern of the natural order in which we have our life and experience, is a consequence of a higher dimension of causality. The physical dimension as a whole, as I said elsewhere (https://youtu.be/ma64C6Ws4-M), is a consequence of a deeper order of causality, a higher level of intelligence and consciousness. It is this higher order of intelligence that sets the pattern of possibilities for the return rates of those energies sent out by living beings at a lower order of existence: us. 

And it is this intelligence or consciousness, or this higher natural order, that in fact determines that these returns of energy get collected up and not returned all at once, but in waves. The waves build and peak, crash and ebb, according to a higher direction of energy, force and will; by a higher order or living and being. We can also use another ancient word for these building and returning waves of energies and forces: ‘karma’.

We are quite used to observing ‘cycles’ in nature, and we can even see such things as periods or stages or shifts in time and history as it pertains to human society. We can sense, albeit vaguely and imprecisely, the effects of these waves shaping our experience of life and our evolution and development as human beings, as societies and as a planet. And we can see how there are peaks and troughs, ebbs and flows, times of great change and transformation, and times of lesser. Behind these manifestations are the actual driving forces of changes and transformation – the returning energies of our own original sending out of energy, coming in waves through time and space according to the higher dimensional patterning occurring at the very same level of essence that includes our own essence. 

And here we have the beginnings of a more modern, spiritual understanding of Armageddon.  

Armageddon is an old way to describe the manifestation of great change occurring as a result of a major returning wave of karmic energies to their sources, saved up over time and accumulated, only to be released in a great wave in order to promote the transformation and change – or progress – that will inevitably result. Yes, such changes are dramatic and drastic sometimes, painful and accompanied by great suffering, as all great shifts in history seem to be. But by going through this change and tumultuousness, we move forward; and having received our returning energies, we can send out new energies and thereby change everything.

To go beyond the old words ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Karma’, we need to start learning about energy in a spiritual sense, cycle principles, the nature of the self. There are a lot of teachings from the last 100-150 years about these things. We can start to acquire a theoretical knowledge, and then we can start to put things to the test, become spiritual scientists. It isn’t easy, but it is possible. It can be done. I’ll be giving some insights into this on this website and through my social media channels like ‘YouTube’ (https://www.youtube.com/antonjarrod), so do check back over time if you are interested to find out more about this kind of stuff. And as always, feel free to leave a comment or question below. 

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Who was Martinus and What is Martinus Cosmology

This is the title of my latest video on the subject of Martinus. It is still quite surprising how few people in the English speaking world know about Martinus and his life’s work. People interested in religion and spirituality know something about such figures as Madame Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner or G.I. Gurdjieff, but not many have heard of Martinus.

In this video, I give a quick, accessible introduction to Martinus as a person and what Martinus Cosmology is.

Talking about “My Spiritual Journey” (and how difficult it is to find the words)

For a long time I had experienced a sort of writer’s block when trying to find the right words and expression for a short series of videos on my spiritual journey. The main reason, as far as I could discern it, was to do with accuracy – principally, being unable to accurately express something as vast and all-pervading as the direct encounter with spirituality over a whole lifetime, in just as few short words. The task seemed impossible as I thought through it: how on earth (literally) could I give another person any sense of the enormity of what has been experienced? At best, all that could be communicated would be the scantest, most irrelevant and most superficial details.

After all, dealing with spirituality is by nature dealing with the very things that language has not been built up to describe, namely, the non-physical. Yes, we have a developed a whole system of words for abstract concepts, but the spiritual world lies as much above and beyond the world of thought – the natural terrain for concepts – as the world of thought lies above the world of matter. Trying to capture the nature and reality of spirituality and its experience in a rather crude material like “thought” seems just as pointless as like trying to catch the wind in a sieve.

Of course, I was well aware that there was a long and illustrious history of people writing about spirituality and their encounter with “that” in ways that marvelled and excelled, and brought language to its own limits. Yet, the landscapes they had painted, and the worlds they had described, were all coloured by the language and concept-systems of the traditions and religious teachings in which they were embedded. When St John of the Cross talks about his dark night, it is a dark night illuminated and bound by Christian teaching and imagery. For someone sitting firmly outside of the religious traditions, those tropes and concepts and images would not be helpful. I could not paint my own picture in the language of the spiritual tradition, as it seemed to me.

Yet, at the same time, it was not my objective to create a new language for the experience I wished to talk about. I had to find a practical way through the difficulties and not be overtaken by them or prevented from speaking. So, even whilst they remained, and I was left to use words such as “spiritual journey” and “God” in my eventual and resulting videos, I was able to speak something about my experience, since childhood, of encountering spiritual reality. And I was pleased to be able to release the final and third short video this week.

My practical solution: I told a simple story, in three parts, of how I came to the decision and determination to look for and at spirituality in a serious manner, and where that led to. This meant, my own spirituality, my own experience of it. As far as can be achieved in what amounts to a total of 30 minutes of speaking, I am pleased to be able to highlight the main shape of a story of becoming and realisation, and awakening to what is my current truth. What it lacks in detail, comprehensiveness, and perhaps originality in terms of what I light upon, it makes up for in being able to condense in as short a space as possible the “impossible-to-describe” reality of experience regarding spirituality reality.

True, I have side-stepped the thorny issue of language and representation, and I’ve gone for communicability instead of accuracy and precision, using common words and frames of thinking, even though I still feel I haven’t quite said very much about the real nature of the “journey” that I’ve been on, but that work can be for another time. For now, as part of my work of sharing insights into spiritual reality and our encounter with it, I am pleased with the result and feel that it would help encourage conversations with others about their own spiritual journeys, where they’ve been, where they are, and where they see themselves as headed.

 

Fruits of the Spiritual Journey

Mount Everest

Whilst the spiritual life is never dull and whilst it always seems to be a time of richness, June 2018 will be particularly interesting for me as it will be a time where I move a step forward with the “public” side of my spiritual practice. Over the last year I’ve been experimenting with various kinds of online publication, trying to find my feet with all the tools and options that are available, and the various kinds of media through which communication can be made. But it’s really only now that I can see a way forward that works in terms of sharing and promoting my work.

And what is that work? Well, I’ve been very busy as someone who has been following and investigating the spiritual journey for the last twenty years, having been interested in spirituality all my life. After making a serious commitment to the spiritual life more than a decade ago, I’ve been working on developing high quality analyses of a whole range of themes and issues related to this area, which in the last years I’ve started to share. Certainly my book on Martinus Cosmology was one fruit of that work, but there are many more things that I’d like to share from what I’ve learned, and so it is very exciting to start making this work available now.

We live in a very curious time, and a very fortunate time, because we live in a zone of reality where all the pieces of the puzzle of the mysteries of life are here already. But it may surprise some people to hear that they are not only found in one work or the work of one writer, culture, or tradition. And they are not found only in physical materials. Instead, the whole of life itself, including all of our experiencing and perceiving, now appears to humanity as a great teacher, as a puzzle waiting to be pieced together. Sure, many people are writing and speaking about this, including myself, but such writings are only aids or supporting works to the major work of life itself. Whilst these aids can help us understand and learn the language of life, just as a language book can help us learn Spanish, it is only life itself that speaks, and when you learn that language it is not necessary to then rely on books, or teachings on spirituality or religious traditions.

And this is what is new. In the past, in order to develop spirituality, in terms of spiritual identity and understanding spiritual reality, you had to follow the leader, you had to read this or that book, subscribe to a system of belief, follow certain practices. This was the religious way. Whilst today it can certainly be interesting and rewarding to consider religious teachings and to read this or that book on spirituality, such things are not the foundation of the new spirituality. Sure, people can completely reject religious ideas and instead focus their attention on popular authors of spiritual books and newer spiritual writings, but these can also be treated in a religious way. The new spirituality that I talk about and which forms part of my own journeying has far less to do with all this.

There are enormous possibilities for development, spiritual evolution, and evolution of the planetary social, economic and political situation as regards all people, whether or not they feel responsive to the new spiritual impulse and dynamic that is currently interacting with us. Yet with these possibilities there also come many new problems, challenges, issues and so on, many of which are invisible and have yet to be articulated. It would be highly irresponsible to not speak up about bumps in the road if they are likely to make people fall. And it’s also with this in mind that it feels like a good time to share something from what I’ve learned about spiritual journey.

It is not only a new perspective on the spiritual journey that you gain from travelling its road, as it is also life itself that gets perceived in a new light. The spiritual journey doesn’t happen outside of life, but within it – it cuts through it, forging a new path. And from this path you inevitably look at life in a different way, from a different vantage point. It is one of the fruits of journeying. Everything that is going on around us, our shared experience, looks somewhat different from that viewpoint. And this can be interesting, and worth sharing, even if those who don’t have that viewpoint can’t see it, value it or trust it. But this doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t share it.

So over the coming months I’ll be creating more content on spirituality and sharing it more widely, with the hope to reach those people who would really find it interesting and useful. There is so much out there, perhaps an overwhelming amount of material, but this shouldn’t deter anyone from sharing their own output – we find what we need and what we’re looking for, and life finds a way to put us in contact with it, so all one needs to concern oneself with is putting “it” out there.

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7 Ways to Spiritual Health: Tips for carrying out your own spiritual health check-up

Photo of a lodge on a green field by a lake. Anton Jarrod describes how to organise a spiritual health check-up

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Our spiritual health is as important as anything else

We go to get checked out by the doctor; we take our car to the garage. But how often do we check our spiritual health? Indeed, what is spiritual health? In this short post, I give you 7 ways to do your own spiritual health check-up. I’ve found all of these activities to be very helpful over the years. Simply adapt them to your own needs and requirements.

A spiritual health check-up is where you take time and space to examine your own spirituality. You look at your life as a whole, but in spiritual terms. You look at where you are at in your journey. If you listen deeply to yourself, you own spirit and essence will let you know what you need to focus on, and what your spiritual health needs are. You will then find the specific meaning of spiritual health for you as it is right now. So look forward to some quality soul-time…

Tip 1: Prepare a retreat – home or away

A retreat is a great way to get time and space for your health-check. You don’t have to go far – I often do my check-up at home, over a weekend. If I’m really pushed for time, then I simply take a day-out and go on a long walk or hike. If you can get away for a few days, that’s wonderful – but don’t convince yourself that this is necessary, otherwise you’ll miss opportunities to take the check-up when you need it.

For your retreat, what you want to do is make sure the focus is on you. It can be difficult to get time away if you have family, but carving some time out for you is what this check-up is all about. You want to be able to set your intention on checking in with yourself and your emotions, your body, your thoughts and your deeper self. So plan your retreat day or weekend around dedicated “sessions” for your check-up and make sure you build in enough time for everything you want to do. For some ideas about how to create a retreat at home, check out this article from The Chopra Center: http://www.chopra.com/articles/12-ways-to-create-a-stay-at-home-yoga-retreat#sm.00001ui1c06i5xfgusxvi21v3hkns

Tip 2: Review your life

This is what the health check-up is all about. You want to review your life and give your own essence or spirit a chance to connect with where your life is. It is so easy to get lost in the maze of daily life – your check-up gives you time to step out for a moment and reengage with your deeper being and purpose. This is why spiritual health is important, and why it is important to review it.

Plan to look at your whole life in a deep way; if you won’t have time, or you have already done this, do a shorter review of the whole, or focus on a particular time. Whatever you choose here, answer for yourself these key questions: Where have I been? Where am I in my life right now? Where am I going?

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash. Anton Jarrod explains how important it is to have a spiritual check up.

Tip 3: Review your guides

It’s time to look at your guides for your spiritual journey. These are the people or ideas or books that have been most helpful and supportive on your way. It’s time to review whether they will accompany you as you continue your journey. As you review your life, think about how these guides have helped you on the way. What was it you gained or took from them, in a deep way? What will you take with you from them?

And then, honestly, think ahead about where you are going. Will these guides still serve you well? Perhaps you will need to find other guides, ideas, people to connect with. This can be difficult, but is this where your soul is taking you? Or, perhaps you simply need to reengage with these ideas or guides that have served so well. What then? Perhaps it is time to go more deeply and discover more about them.

Tip 4: Connect/Disconnect with people in your life where needed

It can be difficult to take steps to connect with others, or disconnect from some of the people in your life, for spiritual health reasons. But one of the most profound outcomes from a spiritual health check-up is learning that such changes need to be made. For the good of your soul!

We often have defences we build to protect us from difficult decisions like disconnecting from someone or entering into new relationships. We often need the quiet, safe surroundings of the retreat to hear the soul speak here. But don’t worry about getting it wrong – there is no room for doubt here! The right decision always feels absolutely right, whole and meaningful. Your soul will be yearning for the change that is about to happen. Go only where and if it is feels completely right – this is the hallmark of deep alignment.

Tip 5: Reorientation towards the divine/spirit/X

Whatever your name or sense is for the divine, spirit, “god” or “goddess”, now is the time for reorientation towards this. Your deeper self is most healthy, happy and flourishing when it is pointing towards the divine.

Daily life sometimes means we forget our deep connection to the profound Source of being. But taking time out of our day for recalling, remembering and reaffirming the divine connection is something that can take pride of place on your retreat. There are a thousand ways to do this, but the best ones are those you create for yourself.

Tip 6: Return to life with gusto

As your health check-up is completed, spend some time capitalizing on the new energy, insights and motivations that you feel inspired with. Think about what you’ve achieved in the short space of time of your review, and how you have now found yourself again. You have spent some time thinking and feeling into where you are going. Now you can set foot in that new direction, or keep going in the direction you’ve been going but with new energy.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Summer_Solstice_Sunrise_over_Stonehenge_2005.jpg. Anton Jarrod explains how to create a spiritual health check-up

Tip 7: Look ahead to the next check-up

If taking a spiritual health check-up works for you, then think about keeping yourself in good form by keeping one eye on the road ahead and planning your next check-up. Giving yourself a spiritual goal will give you a sense of direction, and what better way to check you are on course than by reviewing where you are at a later date.

I often try to take a retreat and look at my spiritual health once every three months. I find that the solstices and equinoxes are perfect times for reflecting on the spiritual journey. But don’t feel restricted in any way. If your soul is calling out for it, then answer it as soon as possible.

Conclusion

By taking time out of the day, month or year to focus on your spiritual health by reviewing where you are, what you are doing and what your needs are, you will be giving your soul some valuable attention. Let it speak and it will guide you through the following weeks and months to where it needs to be.


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Anton Jarrod

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Anton Jarrod is a writer, thinker and practitioner of modern spirituality. He is currently writing about issues in modern spirituality, as well as the work of the largely unknown but important Danish thinker Martinus. He is the author of Martinus Cosmology and Spiritual Evolution: the essential ideas and teachings, as applied to the Gospels, published in June 2017.

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What is Martinus Cosmology? A quick overview for the curious

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In a nutshell

I’m sometimes asked what is Martinus Cosmology and how is it different to other spiritual writings. In a nutshell, Martinus Cosmology is nothing more than the cosmology set out by Danish spiritual writer Martinus (1890-1981). In this usage, “cosmology” means the science or theory of the universe as an ordered whole, and of the general laws which govern it, to follow the definition in the Oxford English Dictionary (second edition). Also, ‘a particular account or system of the universe and its laws’. So Martinus Cosmology is the particular account of the universe given by Martinus.

Quick Overview

At a most basic level, each and every person has their own cosmology. I have my account of the universe, you have yours. This or that scientist, theologian or football player has theirs. It is easy to imagine that some of these accounts of the universe are more detailed and comprehensive, and coherent, than others. It is in this regard that it is best to think of Martinus Cosmology. Martinus went to great lengths to give as detailed an account as he could of the universe that he saw and experienced. What resulted was a complete description of all the basic laws and principles, and all the facts and details, that he saw the universe consisted of. This is Martinus’s “world picture”.

According to this world picture, the universe does not create itself out of nothing. Nor is the universe a purely physical, mechanical entity. It is on the contrary, like we find in many religious accounts, a spiritual universe. However, the description of the universe according to the religious systems is not complete or useful for scienetific purposes, says Martinus. It relies on many outdated concepts and symbols, which are by now less useful. As a result, Martinus set out to create a new picture of the spiritual and physical universe, one that could be relevant for the people of today and that also took in all the details and realities of the modern world. What is more, he felt that there were many aspects of the universe that were not described quite accurately, or well-enough, by this or that religious system. So Martinus’s cosmology set out to address this need.

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Martinus’s Innovations

Martinus broke new ground when he published his main and secondary works, including Livets Bog (The Book of Life) (1932-1960) and The Eternal World Picture (1963-1981). First, he created a new language and set of descriptors that could account for what we might call physical and spiritual realities. With new concepts and ways of discussing reality and the universe, people could now talk about spiritual subjects without referring to this or that religion. In this regard, Martinus forms part of that early twentieth-century group of thinkers who paved the way for a spirituality independent of religion, of which we are today the inheritors.

Second, he created a very easy to read symbology. With about one hundred colour and black and white symbols, Martinus illustrated the many principles behind the universe in a way that everybody could understand. In this regard, Martinus made thinking about the universe more accessible. Martinus felt that everybody should be able to engage with high-intellectual thoughts about the deep structure of the universe and that it shouldn’t only be philosophers, mystics and spiritual adepts who should consider such things. Instead, he was much more interested in promoting a more open spirituality, whereby people didn’t have to rely on others for their spiritual nourishment.

Third, Martinus set out to provide a comprehensive world picture; a picture that could include an account of everything from the creation of physical phenomena and consciousness to suffering and joy. He wanted to account for everything we find in life, from abortions to zoos, as well as all the basic principles and processes underpinning the whole universe.

Finally, Martinus wanted to create an eternal world picture, or something that would be as valid today as in a thousand years’ time. In another sense, a picture of the reality of the universe and being that is not only valid for us, but for valid for all beings. Here, Martinus is perhaps offering a candidate for a universal language. Readers will have to determine for themselves whether they feel Martinus has achieved that, and in what ways it could be argued either way. Nevertheless, it was Martinus himself who claimed that his picture of the world was eternally valid.

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