Published on 5 December 2014; revised
- The Sign of the Cross
- The Blessings Conferred by Baptism
- About Sylphs
- About the Transformation of a Baptismal Sylph into a Seraph
- A Personal Story about a Baptismal Sylph
- How Christ’s Light Reveals the Darkness in This World
- On Aligning with Christ, Rather Than Blaming or Judging Others
- How the Sign of the Cross Can Bring Us Great Joy
Image: Saint Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria (c.296-c.373), http://albionfourthrome.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ..
“By the sign of the cross … all magic is stayed, all sorcery confounded, all the idols are abandoned and deserted, and all senseless pleasure ceases, as the eye of faith looks up from earth to heaven,” by Saint Athanathius, Archbishop of Alexandria, “Ch. 5. The Resurrection,” in “On the Incarnation of the Word,” public domain (1)
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
From my youth, I remember the ‘sign of the cross’ which confers the blessing of Christ’s presence in our lives: In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti (in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit):
Image: Young girl making the sign of the cross: https://iamofthestars.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/81a0b-fare_il_segno_della_croce.jpg ..
Video: The Sign of the Cross in Latin, by Stomping Crows, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAcokfQ3cqY ..
THE BLESSINGS CONFERRED BY BAPTISM
Arthur E. Powell has an intriguing passage to do with the ceremony of Baptism, which includes the blessing conferred by the sign of the cross.
Citation: “The Mental Body.” by Lieut.-Colonel Arthur E. Powell, The Theosophical Publishing House Limited, London; printed by the Whitefriars Press, Ltd, Tonbridge and London, 1927 … “Chapter XXXII. Rebirth,” page 289, the first full paragraph, beginning “The ‘seeds’ …” through the second full paragraph on page 290, ending “… of Vishnu.”
According to the above passage, a child is born with seeds of evil, which the Catholic Church calls ‘original sin’. The making of the sign of the cross on a young child during the sacrament of baptism, creates an artificial elemental which is like a ‘guardian angel’. This thought form is ‘ensouled’ by a sylph.
Image: A sea sylph, http://www.selfgrowth.com/images/Detweiler_image8.JPG ..
Sylphs are air elementals, thus hard to depict. The above picture is of a Sea Sylph, but it reminds me of the Baptismal Sylph, which has the same sort of energy, but settles in the shape of a white, fiery cross onto a person’s back at the level of the heart chakra when the person is baptized.
The Sylph thus ‘protects our back’ … protects the back part of our heart chakra, which in some instances might otherwise be ‘stitched shut’ by nature spirits that have been bewitched by the dark. (3)
In Arthur Powell’s passage referred to above, there’s a description of baptism when practiced by the Liberal Catholic Church. In that ceremony, the priest makes the sign of the cross along the entire body of the child. The thought form so created is referred to, in the pass age as a ‘cuirass’. A cuirass is a defensive armor of the torso. In this case the cuirass is made of white light.
Here’s an image that reminds me of a cuirass of light that has settled on a person in the sign of a cross. To me, the dark background visually represents how the thought form, or else the Sylph, protects us from the dark. It is like a Warrior of Light protecting our heart:
Image: Abstract image of a warrior-like figure with a fiery cross of white light on it; the sides of the cross look like wings: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a1/9a/d0/a19ad07d35d41da266dda6377dda5ca5–alien-art-angels-and-demons.jpg ..
ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF A BAPTISMAL SYLPH INTO A SERAPH
According to Arthur Powell’s passage, in the fortunate instance when the baptized child lives his life in the spirit and thought of Christ (what some call ‘walking with Christ’), then there comes a time when the Sylph is transformed into a Seraph. For the Sylph, this means ‘individualisation’ …
A seraph is a member of the highest order of angels, with individualized consciousness. The pink, winged figure below is a depiction of a Seraph by Giotto di Bondone:
Image: St. Francis’ vision of a seraph, from a fresco attributed to Giotto di Bondone, 1 January 1337, from Wikipedia … public domain
A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT A BAPTISMAL SYLPH
After reading all this, I was really happy that I had been christened (baptized, blessed with the presence of Christ) in my early childhood.
Further, in recent years I’ve had an experience of my Sylph activating and bringing forth the love of Christ through my own heart chakra. For me, this is an absolutely glorious experience of ecstasy. This happened, apparently, because the spiritual music being played and sung by the musicians and the congregation in that church, were so very beautiful that my heart was filled to overflowing with joy at hearing it.
The mountain of Christed energy I encountered when my Sylph activated had an untoward side effect: The pastor in the Christian congregation where I had been worshiping, along with two ushers, ushered me out of the church, and asked me not to come back.
How Christ’s Light Reveals the Darkness in This World
When Christed energy arrives in our lives, it can be disconcerting to other people, as the light of Christ shows, in striking detail, the dark in this world, which had heretofore remained hidden.
When those around us see what is before them, in this duality play on Earth, they begin to realize than choices must be made … very important choices for the welfare of their Souls.
The choices that lie before us, at each turn of the path, in every second of our waking consciousness, are these: To turn to the Light of Christ, or to fall back into the great slumber of darkness.
When each of us begins to rise to the vision of Light and Dark, the first thing that happens is, we feel that someone else has ‘done something to us’ … Someone else has brought beings of darkness into our lives.
On Aligning with Christ, Rather Than Blaming or Judging Others
This, though, is a misapprehension. Instead of blaming or judging others, it’s better to align with Christ, to know that he is with us and will protect us. That is the first step on our Christed journey.
Then, should others blame us for what their newly opened eyes begin to see, let us not judge them as they judge us. Let us pray Christ may confer the blessing of his love and light upon them.
I say this by way of caveat, as it seems that even a little bit of greater Christ consciousness … as in my case … is always swiftly followed upon by misunderstanding from those around us. If yours is that path, may you will be the more easily able to cope with what may follow, be it joyous or upsetting, from the standpoint of social acceptance.
How the Sign of the Cross Can Bring Us Great Joy
Setting that aside, I would like to end on this happy note: Lately, I’ve noticed that when I practice the sign of the cross my Sylph feels great joy, and my heart chakra energy feels protected and free to express itself in the world.
And so, for me, the sign of the cross is the answer to many worldly concerns.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
See also: Link: “Baptismal Sylph,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, 21 April 2013 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5UH ..
(1) Title: On the Incarnation of the Word
Creator(s): Athanasius, St. Archbishop of Alexandria (c.296-c.373)
Rights: Public Domain
CCEL Subjects: All; Theology; Early Church
LC Call no: BT220.A75
LC Subjects: Doctrinal theology, Christology
See https://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.txt ..
(2) Explanation of the permanent atoms: “…the essence of the human body (technically ‘bodies’ as each of us has several bodies … physical, astral, mental, buddhic and atmic) is stored in only a few ‘permanent atoms’ and so transported from one lifetime, through the death and afterlife experiences, and then, through reincarnation, back into the physical realm.” — from “Collapsibility, Portability, and Reconstitution of the Human Body,” by Alice B. Clagett … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-6mZ ..
(3) See “A Blessing for the Devic Realm” by Alice B. Clagett … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-7NP ..
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