Mountain Vision

December 31st, 2009

I had a vision after our family Yule ritual and saw a great mountain rising up into the sky, beyond where I could see. The mountain was covered with many roads and paths, all meandering their way upward. It was the Mountain of Divinity, though it goes by various names in different religions, including Mount Sumber (Mongolian), Mount Olympus (Greek/Roman), Mount Penglai (Chinese), Mount Meru (Hindu/Buddhist) and many others.

The roads on the mountain were full of various beings walking, including humans, different animals, spiritual beings. They were all walking at different speeds and were currently at different elevations. The roads were the religions and religious traditions. Some people were further along the path and closer to the Gnosis of Divinity. Others were lower and less wise. Everyone was stumbling at times. Sometimes someone would lose their footing and slip backward.

There were some people who were helping those who slipped, along with helping those who merely stumbled. They caught them to keep them from slipping. But those helpers were themselves walking the path as well.

The higher, spiritual entities included such beings as spirit guides, Gods and others. Because they were no longer corporal, they had the ability to connect with people further down the mountain to help them. They could tell those people what the road is like ahead and how to navigate the obstacles easier. They couldn’t pick the people up and carry them past the obstacles, but they were able to help with inspiration, energy, foresight, and many other ways.

Many people didn’t know what road to take. They walked along, but the road got very difficult. Or maybe it didn’t feel like the kind of road they wanted to walk on. So they traversed sideways to change to a different road. This sometimes made the walk less burdensome to them. It’s not like the road was really any easier, but the scenery and the people walking that path were more appealing.

Some people would keep changing roads, believing that if they just found the expressway, they could get all the way to the top quickly, easily, and in air-conditioned comfort. Unfortunately for them, the roads I see are all winding and rough.

As the roads continue up the mountain, they merge at different points. At the very top, all of the roads and paths merge into a single, narrow footpath of Enlightenment.

The vision is similar to others I’ve had in the past, but I saw it in a new way this time. I saw the struggles everyone was having. Even those who were leaders and enlightened-ones were struggling. They helped others, but themselves sometimes fell. Occasionally, I would see people on different paths reach out and help each other. They didn’t push the other person to change to their “better” road, but encouraged the person on their own path.

I learned many things from this vision that I thought I’d share.

  1. We are all struggling and suffering in our journey toward Gnosis and Enlightenment. Everyone, from the very wise Dalai Lama to the adamant Atheist. The specific obstacles are different in their details, but nobody is immune.
  2. All spiritual and religious paths are not the same path. They may all lead to the same summit. They may all converge into a single path, but they are still different paths. Nobody, except those who have achieved complete Gnosis would know anything about that single, short footpath that is rarely traveled at the top. What I can say is that the final footpath was a new path, not an extension of any single path below.
  3. Some of the roads were paved and wide, carrying many people, but were full of potholes and were confusing to follow.
  4. Some of the roads were narrow, sometimes only a single person trying to see it in the underbrush. These paths were no less confusing or difficult.
  5. The people who changed paths did so by going sideways or down normally. It was very rare for them to move upward during their transition.
  6. People who continued to change paths over and over again, never being satisfied, continued to go around the mountain or down it, rather than up.
  7. The best reason to change paths is because you find more kindred people and spirits there or you enjoy the scenery better. Not because you think the new path is the “true” path or an easier one.
  8. As you get higher up the mountain, you find an understanding of other religions. You don’t see them as being the same with different names, since they are not the same. But you gain an ecumenical understanding of the faiths and the people who follow them.
  9. It is wise to not judge those below you on the path, or on other paths, for you may be the next to stumble and fall.
  10. It is wise to offer a hand of sincere compassion to those around you, especially those who are struggling or have fallen, for you may be the next to stumble and fall.

May the light of your Gods shine upon you and your path.

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