Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Kingdom Come


At Amid Night Suns I post frequently about the issues of alternative spirituality, Gnosticism, metaphysics and the mythic imagination, and how all these topics are intimately interrelated.  But I don't want my readers to think that I am against traditional forms of religion.  I am not against religion at all - I am only against the spreading of hate and intolerance in religion's name.  So often in our history humankind has used the concept of God to butcher our brothers and sisters and wage endless wars against those who believe differently to us.  We fight wars over the supposed names of God; Yaweh, Jehovah, Allah, Krishna, Christ, and yet we often fail to take heed of the most important and nourishing aspects of these various connected stories.  

We claim to believe in Love, but we hate so vigorously those who call God by a different name.  And yet, get most sane people alone in a room, of any religious persuasion, in a relaxed and friendly discussion, and they will agree that God is Love, Joy, Wisdom and Brotherhood.  It seems obvious to me that most sane Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of various other faiths want nothing more than sustained peace and freedom in this world.  And yet we have allowed small cliques of insane extremists to pervert our faiths and corrupt our religious institutions.  I am not a religious man in the most obvious sense of the term, but I am most definitely a Believer.  I know first-hand of the power of the mythic, religious imagination, and I have seen God's love change people of all faiths for the better.  There may be those who argue that God is dead and that we no longer need religion, but we do need a healthy spirituality - and traditional religion is the way that most of the Earth's population connects authentically with the Spirit.  If there is Love and Truth in your own private faith, I believe that you will at least appreciate what I'm trying to convey here. You will understand that the divine has gifted us with Free Will, to make of the Earth as we see fit.  Are we going to choose selfishly and hatefully, and continue to bring suffering down upon us?  Or are we going to choose wisely and compassionately, and be worthy of this mysterious, magical kingdom?




THE EXODUS

It is my belief that God is an all-pervasive and yet travelling Light, passing through the hearts of all sentient beings.  The divine, creative force of the universe wants nothing more than to see us overturn this genocidal slavery we have built for ourselves.  The divine wants to see us emancipated and liberated.  In a traditional Christian sense we are His children, after all.  What kind of father wants to see his children suffer?  But a good father also knows that sometimes his children must face dangers in order to evolve.  We are not alone in a merciless wasteland.  There ARE forces trying to guide us back to sanity.  We need to turn away from lies, greed  and oppression of the Spirit, and begin the exodus towards a greater comprehension of ourselves and the divinity that birthed us.  Regardless of the differing stories we hold dear, there are nearly seven billion souls residing in this Garden and all of them are equal in the eyes of the Creator.



THE CONSECRATION

Sometimes the divine, creative force sends us messengers of love; individuals and embodied stories designed to help us overthrow the darkness that has us so fervently in its clutches.  Often times we debase and ridicule these messengers, arguing over their literal existence or their authenticity.  We seem to usually ignore the message, or we pervert it in an attempt to continue waging the endless, petty wars.  But messages of Love are also calls to make Holy this Earth we all share, to rise above our differences and stand together in a union of minds and hearts.  In stories and legends there are those who came here to give us hope, and to consecrate the Earth.



THE REVELATION

Usually when mankind speaks of religious revelation we imagine destruction and judgement.  But destruction and judgement has been with us for a long time now.  Everything we fear is already coming to pass.  We imagine an Apocalypse?  We are already in the throes of an Apocalypse.  We imagine the End of Days?  Our days are already getting figuratively shorter, as the Darkness attempts to banish all Light from our hearts. My point is that as sentient, imagining creatures we are the union between Heaven and Earth.  Although we are planted firmly in the flesh we often catch glimpses and intimations of Heaven.  Regardless of your view concerning the literal existence of spiritual entities there is one place where God, his angels and the forces of the Fallen are inarguably real and powerful - in the realms of the imagination.  So, what do you choose to see?  This sojourn of the physical is only temporary.  Sooner or later you will return to the Spirit.  What are we as individuals and as a collective going to choose to leave behind?  If there is such a thing as a loving God, whatever name we give him, I'm sure of one thing - he wants us to gain spiritual knowledge.  He wants us to see.

  

17 comments:

  1. Great work again.
    I just have to re-post that last clip.
    Cheers.

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  2. I really connected with all your words and videos this time. This little time we spend, with it's good and bad choices, in this place, with each other- we can pray and say "Even so, come Lord" and that prayer is already answered because it's us.

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    1. man, i tried to say something similar at the secretsun fb today. but brother raj you have nailed odin to the tree with this post. your eloquence is only exceeded by the maturity with which you have expressed yourself. you can speak for me anytime friend.

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  3. Fantastic work here buddy, gonna touch a lot of people in a lot of ways with this one. You've sure got my mind working here, and I've been discussing this subject with folks over the email all day...with folks who have read this post! Bravo! Way to set the bar...in so many ways...bravery not the least among them. Respect! ~ Dave

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  5. Thank you very much, Darren, Delorus and David! When you write a post like this you're going to inspire some people and irritate others because it's such an emotive subject. Religion is dear to so many peoples hearts, so I appreciate that no matter how careful and sensitive I am it's going to create some controversy. I'm glad that you guys get what I'm trying to do. God Bless!

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  6. Gob and (his) angels,belief, he wants us to see? Raj no need to articulate this Gob and all of his madness. "not in his image" John Lash. Read it. Embrace humanity not this pie in the sky insanity. Raj I delight in many of your flight's into the synchrosphere, but I must get off this train of thought exalting any "his" bullshit. Shineforth brave souls! Dennis

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  7. You're entitled to your opinion, Dennis, but as an artist I like to explore different perspectives and possibilities. Be well.

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    1. It is a sad day when you have been assimilated.

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  8. I haven't been assimilated, Dennis. Is that some kind of joke, or meant seriously?! How does exploring the divine in an artistic context make me part of the Borg Collective?

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  9. Raj I will be short. The creation and structure of Patriarchy is inherently damaging to this world and humanity. The Sky gob is not sustainable. Some lingusitc wordsmithing you used in post. God's love,be worthy, faiths want nothing more than peace and freedom,God's love can change people, he wants us to. Many words that in conjunction paint a dogmatic free for all. The cross is a fear and loathing porn for what shock value? Don't piss on me and call it rain. Dennis

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  10. Dennis, I'm not trying to apologize for patriarchy or its oppression. What I'm doing is not painting a 'dogmatic free for all', and if you honestly believe that then I don't think you've understood the post. I'm painting a piece of art, I'd hope, one that isn't afraid to tackle religion, or to speak symbolically or allegorically. Anyone who reads this blog will be well aware that I'm no fan of authoritarian religion. But I am a fan of insight, and storytelling. The cross was once far more than the 'fear and loathing porn' that you say it is. It was a powerful exomantic and alchemical symbol among other things. Who's pissing on you, bro? Because it's not me.

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  11. Kingdom come, King/male dominator dogma to ensnare all thought systems to promote patriarchy. Raj you need to get real. Contemplate your last post. Artist or rabble rouser? I have givin my assesement of your dogma flavored post. Are there any other synchromystics that favor such tomfoolery? What are you in favor of? His dominion over your minds eye? Shine forth brave souls!

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    1. "The creation of Patriarchy" Lerner. "Not in his image" John Lash. Pajama people people! Dennis

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    2. https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Lamb-Lash-and-the-Failed-Gaian-Warriors/127138290783165?ref=br_tf

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  12. I applaud your effort to weave a story that looks beyond semantic debates on the different metaphors for the divine. I believe the fullness or the great spirit is approachable not by calling it by an "appropriate" name but by innerly grasping it's appropriate meaning. That's why every religion, at some point, have had mystic upheavals:
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    Hildegard Bon Vingen used to begin her "writings with, "The Living Light sayeth . . ." It was her name for God, but it was in "The Shade of the Living Light" that she had her perceptions of the universe, and it is interesting to read her simple account of these "Lights." "From my infancy until now in the seventieth year of my age," she says, "my soul has always beheld this light, and in it my soul soars to the summit of the firmament and into different air. . . . The brightness which I see is not limited by space, and is more brilliant than the radiance around the Sun. . . . I cannot measure its height, length, breadth. Its name, which has been given me, is 'Shade of the Living Light.' . . . With that brightness I sometimes see another light for which the name Lux Vivens has been given me. When and how I see this I cannot tell; but sometimes when I see it all sadness and pain is lifted from me, and I seem a simple girl again, and an old woman no more."
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