Know Thyself

Know Thyself, and ye shall understand the Universe and the gods.” -Oracle of Delphi

When we first begin seeking The Divine, most begin the journey seeking outside of themselves.  They seek The Divine in sacred books, churches, temples, rituals and the like.  And this seems very natural to the seeker, for a while.  But then the seeker may begin to encounter problems; roadblocks to progress if you will.  At this point the seeker may become discouraged and give up the journey for a time.  Others may conclude that their search had been in vain; that there is no God to be found.  Still others may hit upon the idea of seeking The Divine not on the outside, but from within.  And when they change the direction of their search, they find themselves back on the path of Spiritual Growth.

Mystics have been telling us for centuries to seek The Divine within.  Scripture has dropped many hints that The Divine is to be found within.  In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus speaks of this inner dwelling, “What-so-ever you do to the least of these, that you do unto Me.” God is not to be found on some distant mountain top.  Rather the Divine has made It’s home within the heart and soul of every living being; from the greatest to the least.  Mountain tops are nice; but the mountain top experience is open to all who can tap into it, where ever they may be.

It may seem a contradiction, but to find the Inner Divinity housed in each of us, we must start from a perspective of humility.  There have been crazy people running around for ages saying, “I am God; serve me!”  That is not what I am speaking of here.  Rather, to tap into one’s Inner Divinity, one must first come into communion with It.  Not for the sake of power or egoic pride, but for the sake of Love.  And once The Divine is sought out of Love, in Love shall The Divine reveal Itself.  Moments in silent meditation will slowly result in the dawning realization that the supposed  separation between the Realm of Heaven and the material world of Earth is an illusion.  And when one realizes that they and the Source of All are interconnected, this realization leaves it’s mark.  They begin to realize that the relationship between Divine and Earthly is not a Master and Slave relationship.  Rather it is a Family relationship, as between Parent and Child.  And once one understands Who the Parent really is, the Child can begin to truly mature.

Scripture says, “God is Love.”  If this is true, then so too must be the Children of The Divine.  When we realize that we are one with the Source of All, then it must also follow that we are One with All; both nature, the Universe, and with one another.  When this deeper Unity is fully realized, our individual ego begins to slip away.  No longer do we see ourselves as being better than or less than any others; instead we see ourselves as being One with one another.  Then true reconciliation and atonement (At One Ment) can be realized.  I am not separate from another; I Am One with The Other.  Or, put another way, The Other is Me.

This is a partial understanding of the ancient oracle stated above: “Know Thyself, and you shall understand the Universe and the gods.”  It may seem fantastic at first, but when one has done a fair amount of the inner work needed, it all becomes perfectly clear, simple and obvious.  There is much depth in the words of the oracle.  And those who ponder it’s depth will find peace and enlightenment.

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Just Getting Started.

Greetings!

Just a short post to say we are just getting started on this new website.  New content will begin to appear shortly, as well as some old content which I will be working to migrate from our old site.  Thanks for dropping by.  I look forward to be interacting with you in the future.

Regards,

Ralph

About Us

About Our Founder,

Frater Ralph

Frater Ralph has spent a lifetime in the study of Spirituality from a variety of different perspectives.  Feeling a call to ministry at an early age, Ralph went to Savior of The World Seminary high school where he graduated third in his class.  He went on to study Philosophy and Religious Studies at Benedictine College in Atchison Ks.  There his studies focused on World Religions and Scriptures.  He graduated in 1984 with a double major.

Ralph continued his studies at St. John’s University/School of Theology in Collegeville Mn.  There his coursework included studies in Inter-Faith work and Spirituality.  He spent a semester of studies in Israel which focused on Scripture In Context and the study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Ralph has participated in ministry in a variety of forms working as a lay minister within the Catholic Church, and later as a deacon and then an elder within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He was later called to be Senior Pastor at Hermitage Christian Church, and served that position for 6 years ministering to a congregation of 100 people with mixed religious backgrounds.  While serving as Pastor, Ralph took coursework at the Missouri School of Religion which focused largely on Parish Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, and Spiritual Direction.  He also took additional training at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa Ok.

In 2006,  after a period of meditation and personal reflection, Ralph began opening his perspective to a ministry with a far more radical Inter-Faith dimension.  In 2007 he and his wife began building what would later grow into Temple Of The Infinite Universe, an online Spiritual Fellowship based upon Hermetic principles which is open to all peoples of Good Will regardless of their religious background, or lack thereof.  It was during this time that Ralph began the private study of The Kybalion, Wicca, Neo-Paganism, Buddhism and Eastern Mysticism.  Today Ralph continues his studies in Paganism as a Lifetime Member of the Correllian Educational Ministries.  He also counts himself as an internet disciple of Ajahn Brahm, a Theravada Buddhist teacher connected with The Buddhist Society of Western Australia.  He considers himself as a lifelong student of life and the Esoteric.  Ralph presently serves Temple of The Infinite Universe as Inter-Faith Pastor and Spiritual Director.

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Temple Of The Infinite Universe Inc. is a Non-Profit registered in the State of Missouri since 2015.

We are dedicated to helping good people grow Spiritually and improve themselves positively through meditation and honest self-reflection. Our focus is not on sectarian religious doctrine, but rather on Universal Principles contained in most all World Religions. We deal in personal knowledge, not faith; self-improvement, not blame; wisdom, not folly. Our main concern is helping good people to become better.