Sunday, 24 June 2018

Signs, Wonders, and Miracles!

“Humans, they’re always lookin’ for signs, wonders, and miracles! As if turning sunbeams into wine using a grape wasn’t miracle enough!” Terry Pratchett

 Like fish swimming in the ocean are never conscious of the water wherein they live, move, and have their being, we humans live, move, and have our being in a sea of cosmic miracles of which we are unaware.

 A friend once said to me: “You’ll never know your own country until you leave it,’ this is true even of our prejudices. The Master taught that ‘many will not enter the Kingdom except by much tribulation’. All too often it is not until something tragic occurs, like a fish getting pulled suddenly from the water or a Near Death Experience, that we are compelled to open our eyes and discover the world around us. Tragedy drags us out of our world of comforting illusions and reveals to us a world of which we were unaware. As Joni Mitchell said, ‘There’s something lost and something gained in living every day.’

 Such experiences [spiritual awakening/altered perspective] can precipitate huge changes or, put more precisely, huge corrections to our understanding of reality – bringing us closer to truth.

In such moments an entirely new awareness of and appreciation for the things around us and our place in the universe is born. Our ‘eyes are opened’, we are ‘born again’ – ‘born from above’, stirred awake from our long slumber.

Not always are our awakenings to higher truth so painful. Over and over we see this metaphor employed to communicate the realisation of something marvellous, a gospel: that something greater than we can imagine lies at the heart of creation. This reality reaches beyond the furthest horizons of our imagination all the way down into the hidden deeps of our soul and on. In such moments we discover our very existence is a miracle, wrapped in mystery, adorned in wonders from beginning to end.

 It is from the realisation of such truth that abundant joy ever flows, a wellspring in the soul, pouring forth all the energy and inspiration we’ll ever need to transform ourselves and even the world. 

People search the world for signs, wonders, and miracles, all the while failing to realise that they are a sign, a wonder, a miracle. You don’t need to look around you for a miracle, you are one; look within, you will find more signs and wonders than you can count. When you find these you find the true meaning of humility and gratitude. You discover the true meaning of worship.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Whom do you serve?

We are all slaves but we are free to choose our master. The wise prostrate themselves before LOVE and achieve, thereby, their greatest liberty. Fools prostrate themselves before everything but Love and become mired in the wretchedness of their idols. LOVE is the substance of liberty; liberty is the form of Love. Insofar as you serve any master but LOVE you are a slave indeed.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Nihilist Nirvana

Hell is the belief that suffering and death are the only truths. Oblivion, then, is the Nihilist vision of Nirvana. How strange and macabre that their worship of death and suffering transforms the psychotic and pathological nihilist into an instrument of death and suffering. What is it that compels their blood sacrifice? Why do they seek to pave their way into nothingness with blood? To what god are they rendering their sacrifice? How easy it seems to them to smash the chains of being that anchor them to the dark fiction that they believe to be reality.

In their grave spiritual blindness they cannot perceive that life is greater than death! They appear not to comprehend that Death is an instrument of Life, it is a derived phenomenon – a shadow cast by Life but Life is the true substance. Life comes from Life and, in the last analysis, Life emerges ultimately from the Eternal.

The children of the Life Eternal are no strangers to death and suffering but they recognise truths far greater: the truths of growth, the ecstasy of worship, and the joy of service. For such salvation is not to be found by fleeing from life but by engaging with it and living to the fullness of one’s capacity.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Let what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas

Tragedy is always a challenge, whether you are a believer or not. The believer's profession that there is a "good God" (a God of Love, even) appears, on the surface, to be contradicted by SOME of the facts of time.  As we reflect on this tragedy we should bear in mind that we do not have all the facts and that, as finite beings, we do not see the 'beginning from the end'. The Father took an enormous gamble in endowing us (us= unwise, selfish, immature, shortsighted, damaged, and broken individuals) with free will but, in his infinite wisdom this obviously seemed like a good idea. He must have figured that he could make right whatever we do wrong, fix whatever we could break - make it "better than new" even, and was willing to suffer the mishaps of time and imperfection because there was something of inestimable value to be gained by allowing us to make mistakes - even terribly tragic mistakes. This is a SHARED universe and not everything that is done is God's fault, we must shoulder some of the responsibility for the tragedies that befall us. We cannot, or at least should not, use examples of tragedy to deny God's love or the efficacy of His divine will. Moreover, why should we allow the small, dark and bloody errors of the children of time to obscure the more abundant glory and goodness of God? He gave us OPPORTUNITY but how we use this is our responsibility. It's certainly not His fault if one of our brethren chooses the ways of darkness. However, in the midst of the darkness of despair brought down upon our heads by error, selfishness, and sin the true light of love, forgiveness, and hope blazes eternal. Only in the darkness do we discover the stars and only in the darkness of tragedy and suffering do we learn the true meaning and power of love and forgiveness. This is a tragic episode but, if we have the eyes, there is much that can be learned from it. In this time of darkness we might discover the spiritual stars (the fundamental spiritual truths) that will lead us to a better place, a better world - one where such tragedies are not merely no longer possible but actually inconceivable. So, let us pray, watch, wait, and prepare to retrieve the gems of wisdom from this unfortunate episode and use them to make a better, safer, and kinder world.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

From Here to Eternity

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Monday, 17 April 2017

The Search

Individuals are growing beings and their maturation cannot be artificially accelerated, nor can higher desires be artificially implanted but must spring forth from the maturing heart naturally as it searches deeper and deeper for sustenance [higher values and deeper meanings]. It is in the search, in reaching and stretching one’s self, that one is transformed and grows.  A person cannot experience [a higher] truth until there evolves a heartfelt, profound, and deep longing or hunger for it [deep calling unto deep]; without such hunger [the substance of things hoped for] it cannot become a personal experience; and the  nutrifying and transforming effects of having thus found truth cannot become active. In essence, truth can effect no change unless there exists a genuine desire for it; sans such a desire it appears worthless.

Truth is found in and through the desire for truth. The experience of the hunger for truth is a revelation of truth. It is in the very search for truth that its transforming power is revealed. In answer to its summons individual lives and, through them, whole worlds are pulled out of the dark swamps of ignorance and bestial selfishness and up into the divine heights of spiritual enlightenment and celestial service.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Drawing the Battle Lines

The ideals of true religion are the only power capable of arresting the social cancer that is Corporatism and it achieves this a number of ways.

True religion destroys fear; more specifically, it destroys the fear of death. Furthermore, it seeks to dissolve our attachment to material things – thereby freeing us to live lives inspired by the appealing allure of noble spiritual ideals. If you are free of attachment to material things then the loss of them will leave you relatively unperturbed. Faith and trust in Karma, the assurance of divine justice [the moral equivalent of the material law of causation], instructs you that those who would dare employ violence to achieve their ends, eventually, reap as they sow. Awareness of this truth awakens you to the realisation that such individuals are not to be feared but pitied in their abject spiritual poverty and blindness and, regardless of their conduct and choices, to so live one’s life that they in witnessing it are thereby illuminated and liberated.

By awakening us to the realisation that death is relatively inconsequential, and that attachment to material things is a liability to both peace and happiness, religion destroys the two great [arguably the ONLY] weapons the corporate powers possess: if they cannot threaten your life, property, or reputation then they cannot control you, and free agents - those who cannot be pressured [using fear and intimidation] or manipulated [by advertising and propaganda] into making the choice which the corporations want you to make - are a market liability. Without these weapons they are essentially toothless. Thus we become determiners of our own fate instead of being led to our doom like mice to the tune of the Corporate Pied Piper.

This is why religion has been the subject of ceaseless attack. We see celebrity atheists wheeled out daily to debate with, and endeavour to destroy the credibility of, respected theologians. They are brought onto talk shows and given air time to propound how only fools believe in the teachings of religion. Science and neoliberal ideology are their new gods and they are jealous ones at that – their worshippers cast scorn on all who bend the knee to ‘other gods’. I will concede that once upon a time so-called atheists had an honest, noble, and noteworthy fight against the idolatry, hypocrisy, and inconsistencies that had come to infect religious institutions; but casting the baby, God, out with the bathwater of ritual, dogma, and creed has created other problems. This corruption of religious institutions had made them the enemy of freedom and therefore they became legitimate targets for critique and correction but we should learn to separate the institutions from the ideals upon which they are founded.

The spirit of truth animates all religions and guides all religionists. It is not surprising then that we find that all religions exalt selflessness and service, even while they decry selfishness and self aggrandisement. They promote familial concern for one’s fellows and denounce the abusive exploitation of them in the blind pursuit of profit. They promote respect for all life, from the birds in the Heavens to the fish in the sea, and teach that this resource should be treasured and protected not plundered and destroyed. They teach self restraint and self control; they teach the pursuit of wisdom and the promotion of peace but such things are anathema to the corporate bottom line for whom the lack of self restraint is a source of profit and who would therefore prefer to keep us subject to impulse.

Ignorance and fear are key drivers of profit, hence the motivation to control education and information and promote fear, suspicion, and paranoia.

The very essence of all true religion [and even the findings of science have concluded the truth of this] is that we are all brothers and sisters, but it serves the corporate agenda that we remain divided: white versus black, rich versus poor, atheist versus spiritual, left versus right, Us versus Them. There is money to be made when we are at war with ourselves and one another. The minds deluded by war and strife do not profit therefrom, while those that do dread the thought that the people might wake up and realise that TOGETHER, united as one family, we can have a much better world than the desiccated piece of shit they are trying to ram down our throats!

The fact that religious organisations are sources of power [through their ability to organise people] makes them ripe for infiltration, corruption, and - consequently - abuse, all of which serves to undermine its power to effect positive social change by making people cynical when it comes to the stated ideals of these organisations. There can be no denying the damning failures of the institutions of something like the Roman Tradition: human trafficking, oppression of women, slavery, murder, torture, mass graves: systematic sexual and physical abuse of children, protecting sexual predators and facilitating their movement from one area to others – vile crimes worse compounded by trying to cover them up: collusion with state powers, to say nothing of evils of sectarianism, yet in spite of this virtually unequalled litany of horror and shame the current director of this tradition is quite vocal in his condemnation of inequality, poverty, environmental degradation, the vicious, heartless, and immoral exploitation of the vulnerable by the powerful, and the shame of war. But what does the media focus on - The present evils and future threats of corporatism or the past evils and future goals of religious organisations? Hmmmm…curious.

I read an interesting quote once, the originator of the quote has been vilified by the media – perhaps for good reason – I really don’t know, but his observation is deeply instructive:

The originator was not Voltaire but was instead this guy. I don’t know much about him but I like the quote.

Because of its association with Voltaire I presumed that the quote referred to the Power Elite of the institutions of the Roman Catholic tradition or to monarchy in general. I reflected on this pithy statement and came to realise that if it did refer to the power of Rome then those days are gone – given the daily excoriation of the Roman tradition and of the undermining of religion in general. Consequently, I pondered: if Rome is no longer in control then who is – who today are we not allowed criticise? Most certainly we could find our answer from the media – who are they not allowed to criticise, their corporate sponsors of course!

A compromised media is a compromised democracy.

Malcolm X knew a thing or two about how the media can portray things:

So, according to the mainstream media – the purveyors of religion [promoters of spiritual ideals] are the bad guys and the corporations are here to make everybody rich and happy. In fact, corporations are so unbelievably all good that you can trust that they have everyone’s best interests at heart; you needn’t doubt them, you needn’t question them. You don’t need to regulate their actions or policies because they will only act for the good of society and the environment. Do you really believe this?

Unchecked power is a dangerous thing. It was dangerous for the church in Rome and it presents an even more ominous danger for us now in the hands of the corporate elite.

The level of power currently available to international corporations has never been seen before and the disasters that are likely to follow this foolishness are equally likely to be on a previously unimaginable scale.

Moses said something pretty cool and I’d like to unpack it for us here today, illuminate the spirit of truth that glows within it:

The way people are inclined to interpret at this statement is that God will kick your ass if you disobey Him but that wouldn’t be what Moses is getting at here. If we think of God in terms of Love and Life then to respect and honour such luminous spiritual realities is only natural to the human soul – it is not a matter of simple obedience.

The quote was taken from Deut. 11:26-28. You can choose to love life and to love Love: you can embrace it, honour it, treasure it, nurture it, protect it, share it, and you will reap the inevitable results of such conduct. Or you could choose the other way: you can forsake love and life; you can squander it, poison it, crush it, reject it, privatise it, and reap the inevitable results of such folly. “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God” for me translates into ‘if you will follow the dictates of love then you will have entered the way of blessing’: however, if you will refuse to abide by the dictates of love, then you will have entered the way of the cursed and tragedy ever attends such highways.

This admonition to be wary of ‘other gods, which you have not known’ speaks to me of how a people evolve from darkness to light, from ignorance to wisdom, poverty to power, and along the way there are made new discoveries, new insights, new understandings of life and the universe, all of which can crowd the mind and lead us to forget from whence we came and on what our existence is founded: Respect for Life and Love. And so, science emerges, unimagined riches emerge, new ambitions become realisable, new temptations, and all these things can be a distraction which lead us astray and off the path of blessing and into the way of the cursed. Consequently, people raise up new gods: wealth, power, fame, science, reason, and denounce those that will not bow down and worship with them; they forget the God that drew them out of oblivion and landed them on the path to abundant blessing and endless glory, and so they have gone off in a ‘way of their own choosing’.

And so we find ourselves, lost in a post modern age: rich in information and poverty stricken in wisdom; first world materially and third world spiritually: our minds subject to the influence of a compromised and corrupted media that, at the behest of their corporate overlords, tell us what to think, what to buy, when to buy it, from whom and where. It is they that decide who we can and can’t vote for: who we can and can’t trust; who we can speak to and who we can’t: what we should and shouldn’t read, and, most of all, who the enemy is.

We are indeed, at a parting of the ways, what are we going to do? Will we follow the dictates of love or the dictates of fear? Do we even know what we really and truly want? Have we ever taken time to sit for a moment in the stillness and see if we can’t hear that small, still voice – the humble and gentle voice of truth or have we, through the noise, distraction, and blinding glamour of post modern living, forgotten how to do this ‘needful thing’ which all the traditions teach is essential to our wellbeing and happiness? Do we really want this pre-packaged, highly processed, husk of a life (currently on offer) or do we feel that there’s a better deal out there which, if we work together, we can most assuredly get?

Remember, the secular freedoms of the post modern age were not simply handed over by the church - they were bought by the blood of martyrs. Don’t imagine that our corporate overlords of our day will be any more generous [or less violent] than the clergy in their day.

So, what’s it going to be: take what they chose to give you or fight for something far better?