GOALS OF APOTHEISM
There are several fundamental goals that Apothiesm and Apothiests endeavors to achieve
1. AWAKENING INNER DIVINITY:
Empower individuals through personal growth, embracing diverse paths toward spiritual enlightenment.
2. PROMOTING GLOBAL HARMONY:
Encourage understanding and respect for various cultures and perspectives, fostering mutual benefit.
3. NURTURING SPIRITUAL HEALING:
Provide a space for healing from different types of trauma, supporting emotional well-being.
4. EXPLORING UNIVERSAL MYSTERIES:
Unite in the pursuit of understanding existence, consciousness, and the universe, fostering unity through inquiry.
5. FREEDOM FROM SUPERNATURAL DEPENDENCE:
Empower personal growth by emphasizing self-discovery over reliance on supernatural entities.
6. FOSTERING CRITICAL THINKING:
Encourage open-mindedness across beliefs, nurturing growth through diverse viewpoints.
7. PROMOTING PERSONAL GROWTH:
Highlight the positive impact of self-improvement on individuals and society.
8. UNDERSTANDING RELIGIOUS NARRATIVES:
Respectfully explore diverse narratives to deepen understanding and appreciation without criticism.
Apotheism stands as a beacon, illuminating the belief in humanity's innate divinity and catalyzing the awakening of our inner power. At its core, Apotheism stands liberated from the dependence on higher entities or supernatural forces for divine guidance. It's a belief that embraces the tenet that many religious narratives, shaped by the limited understanding of science and nature, or cleverly devised allegorical tales, have structured human experiences and beliefs. These stories, like celestial constellations mapping human existence, have transcended time, conveying notions of birth, death, and the cosmos.
Our universe is an intricate miracle that ceaselessly beckons us to unravel its mysteries. Attempting to fathom the origins of consciousness that have evolved through eons, pondering our existence's raison d'être, and plumbing the depths of consciousness's wellspring are monumental quests. Across time, ancient wisdom has endeavored to decipher these enigmas, and unravel the worldly secrets surrounding the origins and destination of our minds.
Rooted in Gnostic philosophy, Apotheism harmonizes with the notion that an experiential connection with the divine supersedes mere theoretical understanding. This ethos reflects the belief that engaging in a personal interaction with the divine is paramount to fostering genuine connection.
Apotheism doesn't hand you definitive answers, nor does it promise an eternity of happiness. Instead, it tasks you with a journey of exploration—a journey where ancient mysteries converge with modern science, challenging you to forge your own truths. Here, enlightenment is nurtured through experience, inquiry, and understanding.
From the tapestry of religious and ancient texts that seek to explain the supernatural genesis of the universe or offer instructions for elevating human consciousness, we draw forth threads that resonate with our values. These texts symbolize the true essence of Apotheism. Embracing diverse practices—whether attaining Nirvana in Buddhism, awakening Christ consciousness in early Christianity, or mastering Yoga to awaken the serpent power within—Apotheism rejects the need for the worship of a singular deity. Instead, it encourages us to recognize the divine spark within each individual and perceive it in others. Our belief asserts that we are all manifestations of universal consciousness, equipped with the ability to shape our own reality.
Apotheism embarks on a quest to reconcile science and spirituality, unite theism and atheism, intertwine physics and metaphysics, and ultimately restore a profound comprehension of humanity's origins and aspirations. We achieve this by immersing ourselves in the study of diverse religions, grasping their origins and influence on civilization, and extracting common threads that contribute to a better world and human evolution.
In the present, we stand as creatures with both innate potential and purpose. The key to unlocking our fullest potential lies in transcending egoic limitations and delving into a new awakened consciousness. Apotheists tread this path through varied avenues, drawing from the wealth of history to infuse their lives with teachings that fulfill them spiritually.
Apotheists embark on journeys uniquely their own, exploring practices that resonate with their conscious awakening. Yet, they are also encouraged to arm themselves with a broad education encompassing historical truths, scientific foundations, and a comprehensive understanding of the practices they engage in. In this, Apotheism celebrates the spectrum of human knowledge, from religion to psychology, philosophy, and the arts and sciences—a holistic approach to spiritual growth.
In our pursuit of enlightenment, we remain steadfast in our resolve to never again allow religious obscurantism to suppress progress, hinder scientific understanding, or ignite wars fueled by zealous fanaticism. Through the practice of critical thinking, we aspire to quell the pandemic of ignorance that fractures societies.
Apotheism aspires to illuminate a new era of comprehension, extinguishing the flames of war, ignorance, and shame. It emerges as a sanctuary for souls traumatized by conventional religion—those told they are unworthy, hurt by spiritual leaders, ostracized by kin, or shamed due to their lifestyle. We extend our empathy to those who find themselves adrift after deconstructing or departing from their ancestral faiths.
To those at the inception of a new spiritual awakening, uncertain whether their faith addresses all their questions or grappling with profound contradictions—Apotheism stands as your haven. It is here that religious trauma finds healing, where a new and empowered version of self awakens.
As a species, we confront the challenge of unlearning much of what has been instilled in us throughout our lives. Through this process, we endeavor not to harbor hatred or cynicism towards religion and its ingrained hypocrisies. Instead, we seek to grasp the beauty that lies at the core of ancient beliefs. With a chisel of discernment, we mine the gems of intellectual brilliance hidden within the rough rocks and dirt of dogma. As we unearth these precious insights, we cultivate a deeper appreciation for our world's complexity, the advancements in science, medicine, and civilization, and the evolution of human understanding.
By understanding where humanity has stood, we gain clarity on our present condition. This comprehension allows us to confront the darkness that humanity can manifest, as well as the light and potential for goodness we inherently possess. Apotheism kindles hope for a radiant future—an age where the unity of all beings can heal the myriad ailments afflicting our world."
Merkaba, also spelled Merkabah, comes from a Hebrew word meaning chariot, or vehicle. Split into 3 syllables, it represents light, spirit, and body respectively. The Merkaba Symbol is a shape made of 2 intersecting tetrahedrons that spin in opposite directions, creating a 3-dimensional energy field. You can activate this vehicle of light around your own body with practiced meditation and breathing techniques. The merkaba is said to provide protection and transport your consciousness to higher dimensions. The merkaba shape reminds us of the potential power we can wield when we unite our own energies in pursuit of connection and growth. To attain wisdom, one must first learn to be willing to accept it. The true Merkaba meaning will never be revealed to people whose minds are plagued with disbelief. Because Apotheists believe in shedding ignorance to attain higher consciousness, we use the Merkaba as our symbol.
THE FOUR SAGES
The 4 Sages are the 4 most influential religious figures throughout recorded history. Their incredible teachings and impact on not only world religions but laws and social customs that shaped countries and nations are still felt and practiced to this day. Apotheism highly regards the remarkable lessons these Sages taught and tries to discover the source of their practices to help others attain similar levels of spiritual fulfilment in their life. Taking the original meanings of these teachers and leaving behind the dogmatic confinements these illuminated beings have been bound to, we are able to explore their practices with new understandings to unravel the secrets they tried to show the world.
KONG QIU (CONFUCIUS)
Born in 551 BC, Confucius was a philosopher, politician, and poet. His influence began in government where he would instruct politicians on how to rule righteously over their people. His influence on government, and subsequently most of China, his philosophy on how to live a life of moral exemplification would be one of the most powerful teachings throughout East Asia. His disciples wrote down his teachings to create The Analects of Confucius that would become a pinnacle text used to teach moral and social behavior throughout the East. Confucius' teachings weren't concerned with an afterlife so much as living a righteous life on Earth and being of service.
SIDDHĀRTHA GAUTAMA (BUDDHA)
Born an aristocrat of the Shakya clan, Siddhartha was thought to have been born between 563 and 480 BCE. After leaving his life of nobility, Siddhartha became an ascetic to better understand the causes of suffering. After almost starving under a Bodhi tree, he gained enlightenment and found the middle path and became the Buddha or enlightened one. His middle path along with the 8 fold path of Buddhism formed the basis for what has now become a global lifestyle philosophy. The Buddha's teachings were transcribed into the Pali Cannon or Tripitaka and is the primary source of Buddha's teachings. The Buddha was also not concerned too much with teaching about the afterlife. Achieving true happiness in life, or Nirvana, was a way to transcend all suffering in the afterlife.
YESHUA (JESUS THE CHRIST)
Jesus was born Bethlehem in 4 BC and was aware of his divine purpose early in life. Not much is known about his childhood years, but he spent his young adult life performing miracles and teaching an alternative version of the Jewish religion that was extremely controversial and even circumvented the religious customs of the time. After being baptized by Saint John, he began preaching and took on disciples. Jesus' teachings primarily circulated around the less fortunate, the sick, the poor, and how we are to help them and support one another. Opposite of the previous sages, Jesus spoke at length about God and the idea of the afterlife and had a vision of bringing Heaven to Earth. His sermons of inclusivity and his rebellion against religious structure and authority would eventually lead to his execution at the cross where his followers would eventually call themselves Christians.
MUHAMMAD IBN ABDULLAH (THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD)
Muhammad was born approximately 570 CE in Mecca. After being orphaned at 6 years old, he lived with extended family and would often sequester himself in a cave nearby to pray. When he was 40, the angel Gabriel came to him in a vision where he received a revelation by God and began preaching his revelations to others, believing he was the last prophet of God. Through much opposition and war, he gained many followers and eventually captured Mecca where many Muslims pilgrimage to once a year. After converting much of the Arabian peninsula to Islam, he passed in his early 60s. His revelations and teachings dramatically changed not only the religious beliefs at the time, which were a lot more polytheistic and pagan, but also influenced the laws of the land and even many social customs and brought more inclusivity to women and plenty of art and poetry to Arabia. His writings became what is now the Holy Quran and spawned several other subsects of Islam including the Sufis and the Sikh.
REQUIREMENTS OF A NOBLE LIFE
The Noble Requirements are similar to the Noble Precepts. However, these Noble Requirements are the foundational collective teachings of our 4 Sages condensed into 4 practices to perfect your life. These Noble Requirements, once perfected, will enrich your life and give you an inclusive look at the world around you and your place in it and will aid your spiritual journey and fulfilment.
Humility and Honesty in Self-Knowledge
Confucius once remarked that true knowledge is saying you know something when you know it and saying that you do not know something when you do not know it. He emphasized self-awareness in your ignorance and that knowing the extent of your ignorance is true knowledge. The Sages became acutely aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and used them to aid in their teachings. Thus, we strive to always be honest with ourselves and affirm that we do not have all the answers.
Passion for Knowledge with Pristine Openness
Muhammad was illiterate and could not read nor write, but his passion for knowledge with an open mind allowed him to divine new ways he thought the world should work and helped change outdated laws and customs and led him to victory on the battlefield. With a truly open mind, the Sages saw amazing new possibilities that were revolutionary at the time. Attentive study and a passion to know more helped them break the molds that they were born into to see things the way they were and not the way others wanted them to see. Thus, we study with excitement to uncover that which we do not know and allow knowledge to show us the truth without attachment to our previous beliefs.
Attentiveness to Stillness and Quietude
Each Sage practiced long periods of quietness and meditation, but none more so than Buddha who sat motionless almost to the point of starvation to find the secrets of the world. Spending time in prayer or meditation allows us to detach from distractions and gain a deeper sense of our own bodies and minds and can bestow remarkable revelations to us as we ponder our own thoughts with intention to understand our consciousness to a deeper level. Thus, we spend time to still ourselves to better connect with our bodies and minds.
Jesus was responsible for egalitarianism in early Christianity and his teachings were inclusive to some many would have considered outcasts to society. The Sages endeavored to dissolve the labels humans placed on each other to segregate ourselves and teach that we are beings that coexist with nature and are not above it. Thus, we strive to live a life in service to others to practice selfless care to all beings, especially the ones who need it the most.
"You are taught that you are a microcosm, because the process that creates every human being takes a single cell and develops it into a living conscious entity. This is a symbolic copy of the evolution of the entire universe. As a child you know only that which is finite and limited, but within your mind is the potential to become aware of the infinite and illimitable. A single acorn contains a potential forest of oaks."