In my twenties and thirties, I was a minister-priest in a non-sectarian, non-denominational catholic (universal–not Roman) religious order, which I left as it began to fall into Christian orthodoxy. I received my present spiritual name, Valentinus, from my Teacher in the Gnostic Order of Christ (now Order of the Holy Cross). Valentinus was a famous Gnostic Christian Teacher from the 2nd Century CE, before Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
I have also studied Western Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta. But, in our time, the most Gnostic (from gnosis, ‘knowledge’ of spiritual mysteries) and also the most non-dualistic spiritual teaching I have found is known as A Course in Miracles. In Chapter 4 The Illusions of the Ego, Section 1. Right Teaching and Right Learning, it says;
A good teacher clarifies his own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them. Teacher and pupil are alike in the learning process. They are in the same order of learning, and unless they share their lessons conviction will be lacking. A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches, but he must meet another condition; he must believe in the students to whom he offers the ideas.
So, I am teaching A Course in Miracles, even though I attained the goal in the late 60’s and 70’s, before the Course had even been published, because it has expanded my spiritual understanding exponentially. And, I’m blogging publicly, rather than making a private journal, because you’re my brother, and I want to share what I’m learning with you. In fact, we already share this One Life together, and I’m looking to make that reality conscious for us both. I say “both” because we are, more or less, experiencing ourselves as separate, individual body-minds on planet Earth.
I’m interested in our true Identity, as well as our actual relationship here and now. I’m also interested in eternity and wholeness. I subscribe to the Sufi realization of God manifesting as Love, Harmony, and Beauty; so, I’m drawn to those qualities, within and without me. Thus, I’ll be writing about, relationships, music, and visual art, and sharing examples of them, too. And, I’ll be writing about my life, then and now.
As a Certified Shamanic Astrologer, I may also be writing about Astrology–mostly about how events in my life have corresponded to Planetary Cycles aspecting my Natal (birth) chart. This is in accordance with the universal dictum, “As above, so below,” coupled with the wise understanding that “The stars impel, but do not compel.” One is well-advised to consider astrological events in managing one’s life, and to work creatively with their energies.
I would love to connect with you, and learn of your experiences, too. I’d like to find common ground with you, and have some good discussions about our shared interests and experiences. No doubt, we can learn from one another as we get to know each other better.
If I blog successfully throughout this year, I would like to have a small community of folks here that share common interests and enjoy getting to know each other. I’d like to explore common interests in as much depth as we can muster and mutually expand our awareness and understanding.