“It ever was, and is, and shall be; Everlasting fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.”–Heraclitus.
John 1:1New International Version (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“There is more faith in honest doubt than in all the creeds and world’s religions combined as one and more doubt in honest faith than in all the world’s Marxist, atheistic hand books.”-Aldous Huxley, THE DEVILS OF LOUDON
John 8:40-58 New International Version (NIV)
40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”
“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
New International Version (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/John/Jesus-Clearly-Reveals-Both ,
Heraclitus ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heraclitus ) may not have been the first to realize that everything is fire (energy).
How was this possible? Frankly there is a lot that so called Primitive peoples knew that once was dismissed but now is known to be true.
Simply put, the best of them used their minds.
In her epic novel HANTA YO! Ruth Beebe Hill reveals that the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) word for rock means in English “Something that moves.” They recognized, as did many other so called primitive cultures that even what appears to be the dense matter there is movement. I have read this huge book through several times always with profit. It took her twelve years to write. In it she inculcated the Spiritual ideas of the Sioux. Before it was published she had it translated into pure Sioux and then back into English. Why? To get rid of all the White concepts. In her introduction we read, “Admit, assume, because, believe, could, doubt, end, expect, faith, forget, forgive, guilt, how, it, mercy, pest, promise, should, sorry, storm, them, us, waste, we, weed-neither these words nor the conceptions for which they stand appear in this book; they are the whiteman’s import to the New World, the newcomer’s contribution to the vocabulary of the man he called Indian. Truly, the parent Indian families possessed neither these terms nor their equivalents.”
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity states that while the amount of matter and energy in the cosmos is variable the sum total is constant. When matter increases energy decreases. When energy increases matter decreases. The sum total of both together does not change. It remains eternally the same. Then Einstein adds that what we call matter is just energy moving slow enough that we can see it. In reality everything is energy, fire. That means that everything is, was and always will be. In essence it means we, you and I, being beings of pure energy are eternal.
It also means that before Abraham was we are.
The story of Adam and Eve reveals how we died to this knowledge through the entrance of the lie.
People who lie do so either out of fear of hurting others, fear of punishment or out of a desire to destroy.
Those who lie out of fear of hurting us lie out of love. Their love would be better served by being honest. The desire not to hurt has led to the greatest hurts. Lying to evade punishment makes the punishment all the worse when the truth finally comes out. Our governments, to keep themselves in power, lie to us all the time.
Lying out of a desire to destroy another is murder. This I know from first hand experience as one man has been lying to bring about my death for nearly twenty years.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!”
–Marmion, Sir Walter Scott
Boy, do we ever.
Nonetheless, no matter how tangled the web with patience it can be untangled. Sometimes it requires a great deal of patience. Sometimes it requires a VERY great deal of patience.
Who has not flinched when told “I lied because I did not want to hurt you.” Please, please, please risk hurting me.
We will save so much energy and time if you do.
Twenty-First. Night. Monday.
Twenty-first. Night. Monday.
Silhouette of the capitol in darkness.
Some-good-for-nothing-who knows why-
made up the tale that love exists on earth.
People believe it, maybe from laziness
or boredom, and live accordingly:
they wait eagerly for meetings, fear parting,
and when they sing, they sing about love.
But the secret reveals itself to some,
and on them silence settles down…
I found this out by accident
and now it seems I am sick all the time.
—Anna Akhmatova (translated by Jane Kenyon).
When we seek love we find heartbreak. We have to give love to get it and that gift we have to give freely.
THE CORE OF MASCULINITY
The core of masculinity does not derive from
being male, nor friendliness from those who
console. Your old grandmother says, “Maybe
you shouldn’t go to school. You look a little
pale.” Run when you hear that. A father’s
stern slaps are better. Your bodily soul wants
comforting. The severe father wants spiritual
clarity. He scolds, but eventually leads you into
the open. Pray for a tough instructor to hear and
act and stay within you. We have been busy
accumulating solace. Make us afraid of how we were.
–Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks).
Rumi gives us the best advice we can ever get.
WHICH ONE IS GENUINE
I once knew a woman named Benedicta, who
infused everything with the ideal. When one
looked into her eyes one wanted nobility, glory,
beauty, all those qualities that make us love immortality.
But this exquisite woman was too beautiful to
live long; she died in fact shortly after I met her,
and it was I who buried her one day when spring
was waving his encensoir even through the
cemetery gates. It was I who buried her, well
enclosed in a coffin made of a wood scented and
eternal as the treasure boxes of India.
And while my eyes remained fixed on that spot
where my jewel lay entombed, I saw all at once a
tiny human being much like the dead woman,
doing a bizarre dance, violent and hysterical, on
the loose earth. She howled with laughter as she
spoke: “This is me! Benedicta, as she is! I’m
trash, everyone knows it! And the punishment
for your stupidity and your blind head is this:
You’ll have to love what I am!”
I went into a rage and said, “No! No! No! No!”
And in order to give strength to my no, I
stomped the earth so fiercely with my foot that
my leg sank into the freshly turned earth up to
my knee, and like a wolf caught in a trap, I am
now tied, perhaps for the rest of my life, to the
grave of the ideal.
—Charles Baudelaire (translated by Robert Bly).
So many of us are tied to the grave of the ideal. As I write this it is raining out. I look out my window to see a man walking in the rain like a lost soul deliberately into the traffic forcing drivers to pass him by very carefully. He has stopped caring for himself. Now he is forcing others to take care of him.
The doctrine of THE HOLY TRINITY is one of the most difficult and at the same time simplest things to understand.
How simple? Because each of us is an example of THE TRINITY. In each of us three are one.
We are the marriage consummated of our Father and Mother (The Holy Ghost/Wisdom/Sofia) was always understood as female. These two come together to create a child in which both dwell.
Most of us don’t think about this. Nonetheless, it is true.
Since, however, all energy is eternal that means that in the very beginning we, you and I, were there.
“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.“-Jane Jacobs.
Yes, it is seamless. It is as seamless as the robe Jesus wore.
1 John 5:7King James Version (KJV)
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+5%3A7&version=KJV,
Many presume Aldous Huxley to be an atheist. He wasn’t. He was able to think for himself which is more than can be said of those who embrace ideologies. This, from THE DEVILS OF LOUDON, is the best writing on the Holy Trinity (Emphasis throughout mine):
“In the terms employed by Christian theology we may define realization as the soul’s union with God as a Trinity, a three in one. It is simultaneously union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost—union with the source and Ground of all being, union with the manifestation of that Ground in a human consciousness and union with the spirit which links the Unknowable to the known.
“Union with any single person of the Trinity, to the exclusion of the other two, is not realization. Thus, union exclusively with the Father is a knowledge, by ecstatic participation, of the Ground in its eternal essence and not, at the same time, in its manifestation in the finite. The completer, liberating and enlightening experience is that of the eternal in time, the non-dual in multiplicity. For the Bodhisattva, according to the Mahayanist tradition, the world-obliterating ecstasies of the Hinayanist Sravaka are not realization, but barriers to realization. In the West the assault on Quietism was motivated by ecclesiastical considerations and resulted in persecution. In the East the Sravaka was not punished; he was merely told that he was on the wrong track. “The Sravaka,” says Ma-tsu, “is enlightened, and yet going astray. The ordinary man is off the right path, and yet in a way enlightened. The Sravaka fails to perceive that Mind as it is in itself knows no stages, no causation, no imagination. Disciplining himself h the cause, he has attained the result and abides in the Samadhi of emptiness for ever so many aeons. However enlightened in this way, the Sravaka is not at all on the right track. From the point of riew of the Bodhisattva this (the abiding in the Samadhi of Emptiness) is like suffering the tortures of hell. The Sravaka has buried himself in emptiness and does not know how to get out of his quiet contemplation, for he has no insight into the Buddha-nature.”
“Unitive knowledge of the Father alone excludes a knowledge of the world as it is “in itself”—a multiplicity manifesting the non-dual Infinite, a temporal order participating in the eternal. If the world is to be known as it is “in itself,” there must be union not only with the Father, but with the Son and Holy Spirit as well.
“Union with the Son is the assimilation of the personality to a model of loving selflessness. Union with the Holy Spirit is at once the means to, and the fruit of the individual’s self-transcendence into loving selflessness. Together they make possible the awareness of what, unconsciously, we enjoy at every moment—union with the Father. In cases where union with the Son is pursued too exclusively—where attention is centered upon the humanity of the historical mediator—religion tends to become an affair, outwardly, of “works” and inwardly of imaginings, visions and self-induced emotions. But in themselves neither works, nor visions, nor emotions directed toward a remembered or imagined person, are enough. Their value, so far as liberation and enlightenment are concerned, is purely instrumental. They are means to selflessness (or to be more precise, they may be means to selflessness) and thus make it possible for the individual, who does the works, or sees the visions and feels the emotions, to become conscious of the divine Ground in which, without knowing it, he has always had his being. The complement of works, imaginings and emotions is faith—not faith in the sense of belief in a set of theological and historical affirmations, nor in the sense of a passionate conviction of being saved by someone else’s merits, but faith as confidence in the order of things, faith as a theory about human and divine nature, as a working hypothesis resolutely acted upon in the expectation that what began as an assumption will come to be transformed, sooner or later, into an actual experience, by participation, of a reality which, for the insulated self, is unknowable.
“Unknowableness, we may remark, is normally an attribute not only of the divine Ground of our being, but also of much else that lies, so to speak, between this Ground and our everyday consciousness. To those, for example, who undergo tests for ESP, or prevision, there is no perceptible distinction between success and failure. The process of guessing feels exactly the same, whether the result be a score attributable to mere chance, or markedly above or below that figure. This is consistently true of test situations in the laboratory. But it is not always true of situations of a more significant kind. From the many well-authenticated cases on record it is clear that ESP and prevision sometimes take place spontaneously, and that the persons in whom they occur are aware of the event and strongly convinced of the truth of the information which is being conveyed. In the spiritual field we find analogous records of spontaneous theophanies. By a grace of sudden intuition, the normally unknowable makes itself known, and the knowledge is self-validating beyond the possibility of doubt. In men and women who have achieved a high degree of selflessness, these insights, from being rare and brief, may become habitual. Union with the Son through works and union with the Holy Spirit, through docility to inspiration, make possible a conscious and transfiguring union with the Father. In this state of union objects are no longer perceived as related to an insulated ego, but are known “as they are in themselves”—in other words, as they are in relation to, in ultimate identity with, the divine Ground of all being.
“For the purposes of enlightenment and liberation, a too exclusive union with the Spirit is no less unsatisfactory than a too exclusive union with the Father in world-obliterating ecstasy, or with the Son in outward works and inward imaginings and emotions. Where union with Spirit is sought to the exclusion of the other unions, we find the thought-patterns of occultism, the behavior-patterns of psychics and sensitives. Sensitives are persons who have been born with, or have acquired, the knack of being conscious of events taking place on those subliminal levels, where the embodied mind loses its individuality and there is a merging with the psychic medium (to use a physical metaphor), out of which the personal self has been crystallized. Within this medium are many other crystallizations, each one with its blurred edges, its melting and interpenetrating boundaries. Some of these crystallizations are the minds of other embodied beings; others, the “psychic factors” which survive bodily death. Some, no doubt, are the idea-patterns, created by suffering, enjoying and reflecting individuals and persisting, as objects of possible experience, “out there” in the psychic medium. And, finally, yet others of these crystallizations may be nonhuman entities, beneficent, malicious or merely alien. Foredoomed to failure are all those who aim exclusively at union with the Spirit. If they ignore the call to union with the Son through works, if they forget that the final end of human life is the liberating and transfiguring knowledge of the Father, in whom we have our being, they will never reach their goal. For them, there will be no union with the Spirit; there will be a mere merging with spirit, with every Tom, Dick and Harry of a psychic world, most of whose inhabitants are no nearer to enlightenment than we are, while some may actually be more impenetrable to the Light than the most opaque of incarnate beings.
“Obscurely, we know who we really are. Hence our grief at having to seem to be what we are not, and hence the passionate desire to overstep the limits of this imprisoning ego. The only liberating self-transcendence is through selflessness and docility to inspiration (in other words, union with the Son and the Holy Spirit) into the consciousness of that union with the Father in which, without knowing it, we have always lived. But liberating self-transcendence is easier to describe than to achieve. For those who are deterred by the difficulties of the ascending road, there are other, less arduous alternatives. Self-transcendence is by no means invariably upward. Indeed, in most cases, it is an escape either downward into a state below that of personality, or else horizontally into something wider than the ego, but not higher, not essentially other. We are forever trying to mitigate the effects of the collective Fall into insulated selfhood by another, strictly private fall into animality and mental derangement, or by some more or less creditable self-dispersion into art or science, into politics, a hobby or a job. Needless to say, these substitutes for upward self-transcendence, these escapes into subhuman or merely human surrogates for Grace, are unsatisfactory at the best and, at the worst, disastrous.”
The history of the human race has always been, that the theorists of each generation collect examples and make rules out of them from the lives of the preceding generation, which did not know it was making rules.
Out of these rules rise doctrines. Out of these doctrines rise systems of belief. Out of these systems of belief (and/or unbelief) rise cruelty and murder.
“You have no need that any man should teach you.”-1 John 2:27.
No, we don’t.
Those who say we do lie.
“It’s all a matter of getting out of the way of yourself, or you’re dead. Standing out of the way and letting what you really know take over.”-William S. Burroughs, author of NAKED LUNCH.
“Whatever the world condemns you for, make it your own. It is your self.”-Jean Cocteau.
It takes courage to be what the world condemns us for. If we have that courage all things are possible. If we lack that courage nothing is possible.
CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP
I met the Bishop on the road And much said he and I.
“Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
Those veins must soon run dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul pigsty.”
“Fair and foul and near of kin,
And fair needs foul,” I cried,
“My friends are gone, but that’s the truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily lowliness
And in the heart’s pride.
“A woman can be proud and stiff
when on love intent;
But love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not first been rent!”
-William Butler Yeats.
As the body of Jesus was rent on the cross by the world so we will find ourselves rent. Don’t worry about it. It is the most important part of making the three who live within us one. When that happens we can say with Jesus, “Before Abraham was I AM.” Because we know that we are and always have been from the beginning part of a seamless web.–Reg Hartt 0514/2016.