The grandmasters of old weren't. They never existed. Human civilization is in it's infancy. Atlantis never existed, it's just a myth, or if it's not a myth, it was a city in the Mediterranean that was blown up by a volcano or sunk by an earthquake. It was nothing special, and they didn't fly around on space ships or use anti-gravity sleds given to them by aliens. Any rational individual would consider such claims to be contrary to modern science and utterly ridiculous.
The only mystery school worth mentioning was in Egypt.
The rest of the mystery schools were weak attempts to put together an
idea that works, though many of them did have snippets of the truth
enough for a strong spirit to make headway in the chase for better
answers. Most of the information that was useful about the true mystery
school of Egypt was destroyed with the Library of Alexandria by the
local bishop under the orders of the then Pope. But still, knowledge
lives on in the hearts and minds of those who keep the path.
Egypt didn't come from Atlantis, because Atlantis never existed.
While some of the channelings of information may have some pertinent
information to some place in the cosmos remote from this one, they have
nothing to do with the immediate history of Earth or, in all likelihood,
any prior Earths that may have been (through reincarnation of the
planet, this one). None of it can be considered reliable information,
because it is all tainted by nonsense, speculation, and unexamined ego
associations that are easier to explain with basic psychology. It takes a
serious skeptic to practice science, and an even more serious skeptic to successfully deal with myth and metaphysical musings.
You simply cannot assume that "psychic" perceptions are accurate
because you had them once or twice. Scientists do not do one test and
then declare that they know the secrets of the Universe. It just doesn't work that way. There is no "I read it on the internet, therefore, it must be true because I like it". That's what we refer to as lazy mindedness.
It takes time to make sense of reality. Science has
always been the answer, metaphysics is just a branch of science that
deals with states of being and creating realities. For this, one must
have a serious mind dedicated to proving the real. The world we see is a
product of metaphysics and physics. Many people think that the Big
Bang theory and modern cosmology got rid of metaphysics. But, of
course, they did not, because the question must still be asked and the
proof still be given. For which we enter into the realm of metaphysical
speculation concerning the reality we find ourselves in.
While there are those who would smite out the question for fear
of an answer, all scientists must still provide proof for what they
believe. Despite claims of the proof of a Big Bang, no such claim would
stand the test of true inquiry into the nature of the evidence. And
yet, the public is uninterested in such finer points, so the issue has
largely been dropped from collective consciousness, except for the few
individuals whose love of knowledge exceeds their love of other
In spite of all the efforts to quash
metaphysical speculation, where physical science ends metaphysical
science begins. All those higher dimensional mathematics being
currently used to support the unsupportable Copenhagen interpretation of
quantum physics through string theory are an example. If the math
works, what makes it work? Not that anyone really knows enough about
the math to question how math becomes force which yields power without
an ounce of substance through pure mind of which nothing is known. Math
does not give an answer of how thought became matter, or how it did so "naturally" without an observer through random fluctuations of equations that seem to calculate themselves as if by magic (invisible magic no less). What are these equations made of? Numbers? Didn't humans invent numbers? This is one deep rabbit hole equation, we don't even know what the universal equation is made of or how it got there to begin with. Perhaps numbers replicate and divide like cells, but then, how do they do so? Is there another equation inside the number that governs its replication? Which equation governs the sentence that I'm writing, or the choice I made to write it? I'm feeling a bit boxed in by the perplexity here. Maybe, I'm the only one that noticed that none of it made any sense at all.
Or perhaps there
is a mathematical equation that defines choice for us so that we never
have to choose, but instead allow our most illustrious leaders to make
all of our choices for us and tell us what to think so that we may
worship them, be they so beneficent and magnanimous. A penny for your thoughts, professor?
A great joke of science is that science cannot know
anything without an observer present. And yet an observer cannot be
explained. His or her existence cannot be justified or rationalized
through any principle of physics. What are we doing here? Cogs in a
machine without a soul building dreams in a land of dreamers that makes
no sense. Why is any of this or that here? Why does it matter? Where
did it come from? An infinite sea of equations made of equations in an
equation calculating itself? I don't think so, though partially true on some level. But certainly not the whole story, not by a long shot. Incidentally, an equation is a mathematical statement used to prove knowledge of dimensional logic.
If the observer is a brain, where did the image come from? If
the image is made of light or electrons, how did the light or electrons
self know itself to get me to say "hello, I see the light"? Maybe I'm
just another robot in a world you invented, if certain "new age"
theories are to believed. But I doubt that, though I can't prove my
doubt, since proving a negative is said to be impossible. At the end
of proof, luckily, is the pudding. Pudding. Finally, something we can
all understand and agree upon..I think. What do you mean "is it gluten free"?
From an analytical point of view, choice is something that isn't immediately rational. Choice is not something that can be measured. You don't see it carved on someone's forehead. It isn't on their calendar or even in their astrology chart. While major life changing events can be predicted ahead of time, what people will do with that experience is outside the bounds of the rational analytical mind to grasp, much less explain. Or so it seems..
There is moment of choice, however. A person is sitting or standing facing the mirror of the soul asking themselves the question of what it is they can do to change. It's a strange place. It's an unexpected place. One that you find yourself in time in time again, usually not of your own choosing.
How can a circumstance that you don't choose lead to a choice that you could not foresee? How many times has it happened in the course of your life that you really had to make a major choice? Not the Coke or Pepsi choice mind you, but something more significant that has life changing results. To be or not to be, surely that is the question. But why to be or not to be? Because of destiny and its opposite, fate. This is why crisis (fate) comes calling once in a long while, to remind us that we have a destiny.
It is in the reexamining that you discover a reason to change. This is a process of diagnostics. Reflection is required. You reflect when you are stopped. You go within in search of answers, or go without to ask someone else to fix the problem. When you can rely on no one else, that is when you choose to be or not to be. Destiny, it seems, is a lonely road at first. But when destiny is with you, you never remain alone for long.
Power is thrust on those who choose. It is often not of their first choice (what they want) that they stand up and say "I am here", but instead great times make great human beings. In the end, you must stand up and become who you are born to be. Fate is not without it's sense of irony, and destiny is not without its surprises.
There is a saying. You can't run forever. Wherever you go, there you are. And just sometimes, there is someone there to tell you who you are even when you don't want to hear what they have to say. Choice is not about you or me. Choice is about something more. Everyone makes choices. Every choice has consequences. You are bound by the consequences of the choices that you make. But you always have a choice to unbind your choices, to undo your errors. This happens in time. Power is patient. Destiny is everlasting. Persistence yields results.
No one walks the path alone. Destiny creates real connections, ones that you can't imagine. Even greater though, it brings human beings together. Human beings who likely would have thought twice about about every having to do with one another. Bound by fate, we are prisoners, but together by choice, we are free. Ironic isn't it? Such sweet irony. Let us dance.
What is karma? Well it could be said that karma is everything. Everything keeps turning. And everything keeps track of everything perfectly. That is a very, very short synopsis of the nature of karma. Karma deals with a particular aspect of everything which has to do with repetition. Everything repeats in consciousness. That is simply the nature of consciousness, which is also the basis for everything. So then karma is the turning, or more specifically, the turning in everything.
Since everything turns, then karma matters. Last time I checked everything is turning, so karma must be real. So what's this all about turning, you might ask? Why does that matter?
When things turn, they eventually return. The return is where you meet your karma. Karma is the fate you create when you choose to do something. That something had to come back. It is simply the nature of turning and things. All things turn, all things are drawn back to what created them. So when something returns, do you reject it or do we accept it? Those who reject karma lose something. Those that accept karma become something more.
Karma is like debt. When you borrow money, you don't think about the possibility that you won't pay it back. You think that everything is going to work out just the way you think. Then something happens. You lose your job. Now, you are faced with your karma. If you reject your karma, then you revolt and try to compound your error with additional errors. This is the path that leads to self destruction, often called by old occultists the "left hand path". If you accept your karma, you recognize that you were misguided, and you attempt to solve the problem of debt in your life. This would be called the "right hand path". The difference between one and the other is the critical element of acceptance or rejection.
When you accept your karma, you go about the process of fixing. Fixing is a means through which you diagnose, analyze, and understand how you created what you created, and then learning what you need to do to create something else. This then is what karma leads to, which is something called dharma. Dharma is the work you do that fixes the problem. It could be considered the solution to the karmic conundrum. It is how you free yourself from the wheel of turning which leads to returning.
It is said that if you keep going where you are going, you will keep getting what you getting. The difference in all this is you. You choose to see or you choose to stay in karmic tunnel syndrome. If you like your karma, then everything is good. If you don't like it, then you may change it. When you change your karma, you create new karma. All karma ultimately leads to the destination implied by fate which is choice. Choice is what allows you to make decisions and become more. Choice, though is not the end of karma, only the beginning.
All things turn. It is in the turning that we face our fate. It is in the choosing that we master it.