The Institute of Spiritual Climate
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Thursday, October 27, 2005
"To really understand dolphins, one must study them on their own terms.
For them, the sea is a realm whose vast spaces are defined acoustically.
Cetaceans communicate over hundreds of miles,
making theirs a truly global society.
Surrounded by this universal conductor of communication,
marine mammals develop unusually strong bonds to one another."
— Jean-Michel Cousteau
Dear Readers, Students and Friends,
As the month of October comes to a close, with the Hallows Eve approaching, I am strangely brought to a prediction made almost 11½ years ago during an ongoing class that Dr. Strickler had conducted in Naples, Florida shortly after he was interviewed by and Anthropologist Michael F. Brown, Ph.D. of Williams College. What I have in my notes from that period of time is the prediction of “an unprecedented amount of storms in the Florida/South East corner of our nation”. Dr. Strickler continued on by stating “…that there would be at least 22 tropical storms and a major one would bore through Naples, Florida which would be a signal for further trepidation along the eastern coast”. In fact a student from Massachusetts wrote to Dr. Strickler expressing a similar content about the 22 storms: thank-you Roger.
He also issued the warning that these would be a signal resulting from major cosmological events a few years prior to the hurricanes that would affect the earth such as solar flares, followed by earthquakes and further calamities yet to become upon the event horizon on the west coast as accelerated volcanic activity increases, but it would not be the end of the world. Just humanity reaping karma sown by leaders of deception from all countries who would become exposed for who and what they represented: the father of lies and deception—Satan, the untamed human ego—that portion of the human personality that thrives on the arrogant behavior of self righteous individuals who worship Money and the people it can buy.
He was Right. We have known him to be about ten years ahead in his predictions, from looking at what he has given us over the years. This is a point of interest that I find captivating and thought provoking to be shared with you in this edition.
On a lighter note Dr. Strickler continues to DJ on CRANKITUPRADIO at www.crankitupradio.net with his new schedule Friday’s 6p.m. to 9p.m. EST. He has quite a following, when you tune in, pop in some requests for him. He is having a great time with this endeavor.
Speaking of new friends, we are including a photo of Dr. Strickler with three of his four therapists from Health South Rehab in Scottsdale, Arizona who were a critical team with the furthering of his body’s physical and cognitive recovery. In the above photo from left to right: Jennifer, Speech Pathologist, Terri, Occupational Therapist, and Carla, Physical Therapist.
And to the left is Ginger who was the nurse for the group of four to five individuals that Dr. Strickler was a part during the daily program of his Rehabilitation schedule. All of us here at Spiritual Climate Newsletter would like to thank all of the therapists involved for their skills, care and help given to our Spiritual Teacher who is an important contributor within the spiritual and secular community. We do know that the Boss can be trying at times and we were surprised to find that the opposite was in fact true. Wendy, Adam and myself found out from spending the day with him as he went through the daily rehab activities that the Boss was unusually easy to handle for the most part. He has even regained the ability to drive again. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the people in Dr. Strickler’s rehab group that had come to recovery from brain injuries resulting from traumatic accidents, aneurysms and strokes. One thing I was shocked to find from listening to their stories was, as David had stated many articles ago, many of these injured people have experienced exile or being ‘cast aside’ from their friends and even some family members to the point of not speaking or just plain ignoring their plight of recovery, let alone the reality of their traumatic injury. Apparently what Dr. Strickler termed the “Walking Sick’ continue growing in numbers with their shallow, egocentric behavior, and ‘throw away attitude’ that this society glaringly seems to be creating in increasing numbers.
And so, without further adieu, we welcome you to the October 2005 Edition of the Spiritual Climate Newsletter. Pull up your favorite beverage and welcome to some fresh air!
Editor, Spiritual Climate Newsletter
LANGUAGE of LOVE
By Adam Crosthwaite
There are two definitions of insanity. The first is that perception is reality. Second, repeating an action over and over with the same result while expecting a different outcome. Every one of us has at one time or another exhibited this behavior at various points in our lives. It seems more evident during the voting season especially during presidential elections that people are expecting to see different results as they repeat mistakes. Voting habits aside every day people make judgments based on false perceptions and habitual actions which are far too often detrimental to personal growth both to themselves and others. The journey I have had the honor of taking due to the choice I made to evolve spiritually with the guidance of Dr. Rev. David Strickler addresses both of these traits. This journey is found on the path tread by the Qabalist.
I entered the initial stages of my growth a year and a half ago. It started with a kick to my perception that I never expected. I was no longer a big fish in a small pond. A whole new world opened up to me as I grew in my abilities brought forth out of potential and exercised in the “real world”. I have turned my life in directions I never expected to and have grown from each experience. It is almost as if Qabala is the ‘Spiritual Miracle Grow’ I was looking for.
In a recent discussion with Dr. Rev. Strickler I was taken back to a day when I believed I was saved. That wonderful euphoric feeling of being born again into the Christian faith made me feel clean and fresh. I’ll admit it was one hell of a high! Unfortunately that is all I managed to accomplish as I later would discover that all I did was experience the opening of a space to allow mental freedom. If I had true spiritual guidance at this juncture I would have had quite a different experience than merely strutting around like a pompous Sadducee. If I truly was on the right path I would have discerned the pay off my ego was granted when I said, “Look at me, I am going to heaven and all I had to do was say I believed in someone else’s ideals.” What a crock of de-Nile! Any one who has made any real spiritual progress will tell you that you have to work for every bit and earn every ounce of growth. There are no snappy phrases like “Sold out for the Lord!” or “Acquire the Fire!” There is only you, yourself, and your “I AM”. The road is unpredictable and the obstacles are the aspects of life that have gone unattended to due to avoidance and arrogance.
This process is part of the Spiritual Alchemy a person goes through as they realize their boundaries, both negative and positive, and then learn to transmute those would be barriers for use. The primary focus of Rev. Strickler’s teachings is the principles of consciousness veiled by the sacred letters of the Hebrew language. What makes Hebrew a sacred language is that the word has become flesh. In it are the principles to bring forth an evolution in consciousness. In other words, it is more than just a bunch of glyphs strung together to form syllables. It is alive and carries with it the powers of formation and creation, to borrow a phrase or two from Rev. Strickler. This sacred language is life, a gift bestowed to the crown of creation, handed down to the children of the Son. It is truly a language of love.
I have always had a hard time and have taken issue with the feel good ideals of main stream Christian philosophy and leadership whose guidance utterly fails to address the core of what is needed in modern day spiritual transformation. The feel good consumerist approach to religion is nothing more than mood creation. Damn, rolling around naked with a couple cheerleaders in a tub full of lime jell-o may feel good but no one ever experienced any growth in a spiritual manner by doing what feels good. And as for being in the spiritual mood goes, who has the right to dictate mood alteration as spiritual growth?
Speaking purely from the stand point of sensory perception, the mood I have experienced in a “Holy Roller” church is just like being stoned and very similar in nature to the dependency issues connected with chemical mood alteration. I know this from personal experience, not that I ever did both at the same time but I did smoke a joint or two with fellow church goers once.
Returning to my commentary about Spiritual Miracle Grow, I have found many points to be thankful for in my experiences with Rev. Strickler’s teachings in Qabala. I have undergone a profound change in areas of my physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual life with the dynamic relationship between David and myself. Many long time friends have been telling me they did not know how to react to me because of their experience of how I express and act within my life. Instead of taking people’s heads off I accept the challenge of friction with intemperate personalities especially when the friction collides with some of my own issues coming forth within the effect of interpersonal encounter. I have slowly come to know more of myself through accepting this challenge instead of throwing a tantrum and possibly getting hurt.
Rev. Strickler has a unique way of blending all aspects of religion, philosophy, history, psychology, and brings them all to life with real world events occurring in today’s society. I have learned to look at religion through clearer eyes and with each day these eyes become clearer and more focused thanks to the training I have undergone to exercise discernment as well as training my ego and personality to work for me and with me as well as not against me. He uses examples from his life that enable me to forge a connection of relevance within my own. It is hard at times to see him as a student. He would say that he himself is still a student and as he reaches a new level of awareness he may have a smoother transition than we would in a new level but he is still adjusting and learning just as we do.
This brings me to a statement that many seem to be asking themselves in this modern time: Where is the true spiritual experience today? I hear people boasting about the church that they BELONG TO. I never hear them talk about experiences they have with their church, only that they are “saved”. Does that mean we are saved from the idiocy of their irrational behavior and lies? Boy, are they in for a surprise! It is a rare and exciting thing to hear a person talk about discovering boundaries in their life that they never knew about before. It is beyond me how any person who has never learned about themselves believes they are having a spiritual experience. Look at the back biting and back stabbing amidst the rivalries of 2,300 denominations of Christianity. The same can be said in the metaphysical community as well. Everywhere you go you can see the worship of ego. It is indeed a rare treat to find a true spiritual tradition as I have found in the words, actions and teachings of Dr. Strickler’s Ministry amongst the makeshift temples standing as representatives of the Tower of Babel in the world today.
As we learn to discern below the surface of appearances there is a deep and mysterious meaning behind THE WORD as we study each principle of consciousness. I have come to identify with each symbol of the Hebrew alphabet as a living breathing conscious point of intelligence. Some people would write me off as a nut case for thinking that way. To those people I would say, “Go back to your mistranslated ideals and worship your ego that you have created as the god that you are a slave. I am busy deepening my communication with The Source, not pretending to be something I am not!” For too long I wasted my energy fighting with people in a battle of egocentric misperception. I chose life and so I seek to communicate with the living breathing language that has been and always will be the vibration of truth in a world built on half truths and misperception.
I have been told I came a long way in a short time. I have also been told the hard part is just beginning. With that in mind I look to the task of my life here in this manifestation as a time to learn and grow as much as possible in this process of becoming. I have had my share of set backs, yet I know that it is all part of the Great Work which all of us have a part in.
David Strickler is known by many titles. I as well as others have acknowledged him as a Teacher, Mentor, Reverend, and even as a Spiritual Master. He is the one responsible for his piece of the Great Work and no one else can teach this like him. I have personally known him at many points along the path as my Friend and have looked to him for guidance and at times assurance of myself. Reverend or Doctor makes no difference to those who have been blessed to know him as Teacher. He has acquired this distinction as a true Qabalist through trials and lessons that would destroy most untempered individuals.
For the record: No, this is not the Madonna club for egocentric display. No true Qabalist would ever boast as loudly as a self righteous fool. It was the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as he stepped in to the position of Pope who said, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” The world needs a change and repeating the mistakes of the past, which are recorded in the Bible so many people have taken for granted, will no longer be acceptable excuses to those who know better. The Tower of Babel will fall once again. The misperceptions of the many will be corrected by the few. As Dr. Strickler might say, “It would behoove you to check this out!”
Obvious differences aside, the biggest difference between my life before and after my initial lessons with a spiritual path is that I have an increased sense of personal identity outside of class. I no longer find myself asking for easy solutions and bargaining with my own ego with statements of “If you get me out of this one…” I know regardless of what the future holds for me or the others I have shared time with on this journey the way has been made apparent. The course of right action will always be followed so long as I hold true to the art of this sacred tradition. I no longer require the use of the mood altering cheerleading sessions I once was drawn to for sense of purpose. In fact I find myself turning away from such events for I can sense both the physical and nonphysical erroneous façade of the charismatic wanna be’s spiritual movements.
It has been difficult to identify with this so called “modern” world. The increase in awareness I have experienced with the Ministry David Strickler brings to us has in a way pointed out an obvious situation we find our world in today. There has not been any significant evolution in mankind for quite a long time. In fact the devolution has taken hold strengthened by the repeated actions and misperceptions of the spiritually challenged individuals parading around with feel good slogans. “Think happy thoughts and you can fly!”
I have grown from an ignorant and self deluded child into a young person learning to become an adult. I have overcome and found healing for those components of my person in need of evolution. I have learned to continue growing even after class is out. I pass through this unaided world aiding my self in the balancing act of the Great Work. I can now after all this time stand up with certainty and know I have a true spiritual life and will continue so with the art and practice handed down through the centuries of tradition in the Ministry Dr. Strickler lives, carries, and transmits. Dr. Strickler’s Ministry has always been for me the living language of love. Nature unaided fails. Remember the dinosaurs.
The physical world can be a jungle, being human is taming the jungle. May you find the grace necessary to tame your inner jungle as you clean up your own backyard.