Light and Darkness
Holy Art Thou, Lord of the Multiverse,
Holy Art Thou, Whom Nature hath not formed,
Holy Art Thou, Infinite and Omnipotent One,
Lord of Light and Darkness . . .
“ In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and Darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be Light, and there was Light. And God saw that the Light was good. And God separated the Light from the Darkness. God called the Light Day, and the Darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the First Day.” –Genesis 1:1-5
As we probe ever deeper into the illuminated, expanse of our Universe we find
mystery within mystery. Countless multitudes of galaxies containing
innumerable stars shining forth with Limitless Light from the Infinite Void!
Expanding, accelerating outward from Infinite Singularity,
All energy, all potentiality, unified field, no duality, no multiplicity,
Energy becoming matter, matter taking form, form assuming structure,
Structure expressing Mind, coding Life, giving meaning, occulting secrets,
Cosmic wind, prana, breath of fire/life, flowing, energizing,
Gravity waves upon waves rushing ever outward, space-time distortions,
Waves washing upon countless shores of countless worlds,
Drawing together multitudes of minds, inspiring multitudes of thoughts . . .
The Darkness, binding together, pushing apart,
The Darkness, not emptiness, not nothingness,
The Darkness, absence of Light, receiver of Light,
The Darkness, yielding to Light, illuminated by Light,
Once consumed by Darkness mistaken for evil,
Twisting, writhing tendrils swelling up from unfathomable depths,
Once overwhelmed by Darkness misunderstood as adversary,
Darkness created, its purpose, sanctuary of Light,
Without Light, only Darkness, without Darkness, only Light,
Nothingness, Limitless Nothingness, Limitless Light
Coexistence, duality, interplay, interdependence, diversity . . .
The Sound of Silence
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Simon & Garfunkel
“Nothing comes before the Deity—not good or evil. The Divine Itself is the beginning, an eternal nothingness. The Creator is nothing and everything and is one Will in which lies the whole world and all of creation. In the Divine all is eternal and without beginning in equal measurement. The Creator is neither Light nor Darkness, neither Love nor Hate, but the eternal Oneness.”
“. . . and the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not . . . .” John 1:5 KJV
God said that the Light was good, but He never said that the Darkness was bad!
Peace, Shalom, Namaste
hairetikos--Greek–able to choose
The God-given gift of freewill is one of the attributes which sets humanoids apart from the lower animals. This freewill is what enables us to choose, but we are not as free as we think we are. The “choices” we make are based almost entirely on the conditioning that our consciousness has been subjected to since birth. The freedom we think we are experiencing is determined and validated within and by the social and cultural matrix into which we are born. The set of choices we make in one culture would most likely be prohibited in another. Where is the freedom in that? True freedom transcends all social/economic/cultural limitations. To be truly free of all artificial restrictions would enable us to choose to do as we will.
So does this mean that we can just do what we want,whenever we want to? The answer depends on a perfect understanding of the role of the ego and the law of karma. Without this understanding, the actions we choose will bring immense pain and suffering to ourselves and others, and these effects will ripple through time until the karmic debts are paid in full.
The humanoid ego is entirely self-serving and other-destroying. Every aspect of our lives is continually manipulated by the ego for its own edification at the expense of our well-being and the well-being of others. In the process of serving itself, the ego initiates tremendous karmic consequences which will enslave the consciousness and prevent spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth can not and will not occur simply by believing that it will. Growth can only occur through deliberate, willful right thought, emotion and action which strives at every decision-moment to analyze and understand the machinations of the ego and synthesize solutions to the problems it creates. In subduing and annihilating the destructive egos we free individuated consciousness which is an expression (likeness) of the primal Cosmic Consciousness which permeates and surrounds the multiverse.
In choosing and committing to walk this path of liberation, we initiate consequences which will involve much pain and suffering for ourselves as we let go of all those things (chains) which serve the ego and keep us from truly loving others. As we annihilate egos and “pay off” our karmic debt, we free consciousness, die to ourselves and begin to learn how to sacrifice for the benefit of others. In this “enlightened” state of consciousness, we experience the freedom to do as we choose, but the choices we make are selfless and other-centered.
We are truly able to choose. We are truly able to love. We are truly heretics! It is no wonder that so many religious authorities have felt so threatened by heretics and persecuted them so heinously!
Pranam, namaste and shalom!
Freedom has been systematically suppressed by those who profess to be its champions but really are its arch enemies. If freedom is based on man-made (artificial) laws instead of Natural Law, it can never be more than an incomplete, pseudo and therefore false liberty. Those brave souls that have fought and died for the ideal of true freedom are heroes of Liberty, but unfortunately they did not realize the limitations of their vision and could not foresee the ultimate corruption yet to come.
The perversion of occult knowledge by egocentric narcissists has created a dark cloud of ignorance and apathy which has descended upon and enshrouded humanity. This has resulted in a very effective division and enslavement of human consciousness. To be sure, this is a conspiracy of global proportions, but it is not the one I wish to focus on now. It is a hideous expression of a deeper problem. This is the crux of the theme I am exploring in my Breathing Together series.
We as a species have acquired in some way intellectual abilities which set us apart from the other planetary inhabitants. This human intellect has enabled us to survive and dominate this planet, but our spiritual weakness is leading to a destruction of our home world which will inevitably lead to our destruction. The many problems which exist in our world cannot be, and will never be, solved from without. The only solutions which exist are within ourselves, but we are continually led to believe that the answers (the Truth) is out there.
“Out there” is where we are divided, lead, herded and corralled like the animals were are. What we need to understand and embrace is that, although we indeed are animals, we have been gifted with Divine potential. This gift of free will offers the choice of thinking for ourselves (individuality) or thinking like everyone else (hive mentality). Unfortunately the vast majority of us choose the latter for its convenience and relative (but false) safety. We forgo the pursuit of Truth for a dream which involves acquisition of material wealth and the loss of spiritual health.
For those brave souls who choose individuality, the path of Truth leads deep within themselves. This is the abyss into which they must jump and out of which they must learn to fly if they are to emerge victorious as the Phoenix from the ashes of their animalistic selves. Upon emergence from the abyssal depths of their former selves, they will rise as eagles, soaring upon the thermals provided by Sol, expression of the Limitless Light which provides us with exhaustless riches!
What we, the animals, need is a declaration of independence from the tyranny and oppression brought about by deliberate division and systematic occulting (and perversion) of the knowledge which can set us free or enslave us. We the animals are free to choose, and that freedom has never been greater nor more endangered than it is now. With the availability of so much knowledge at our finger tips we have the greatest opportunity to learn, grow, love and be free, no matter what our worldly circumstances are.
We are at the event horizon of a great darkness looming ahead. Will we find the inner strength to let go of our fear and pride and jump into the abyss of ourselves or will we forever struggle to escape the Truth within an succumb to and be consumed by the many attractions “out there.” The choice has always been, and always will be ours!
Shalom, namaste and pranam!
December 31, 2016
I wrote this in a brief moment of inspiration. Now I feel that inspiration turning into an all too familiar desperation. I have felt for a long time that an abyss has opened before me. An abyss created by opposing forces or rather an imbalance of forces–one trying to propel me forward towards the free me I want to be and yet already am and the other, sinister, conniving force chaining me back to remain the enslaved me that I never wanted to be and never really was.
Learning to Fly
–Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Forward into the Abyss I jump,
Pulled ever downward by heavy, horrid gravity,
Weight of Karma, effects of all those causes,
Pain of all the wronged souls in my life,
What went around coming back around,
Debt of all love borrowed with accrued interest,
Love never given, always taken,
Giving, doing, being, living, loving,
Receiving, waiting, wanting, dying, hating,
Falling faster, will I wake before impacting?
Will I Awake and See and Know and Love and just BE?
Will I rise with Phoenix Wings extended catching air?
Breathing in the breath of life, prana,
Breathing out the breath of love, prana,
Kundalini rising, Divine Mother’s gift,
Serpent Fire burning as ten thousand Suns!
Burning away necrosis, psychosis, stenosis,
Fusing simple into incredible,
Transmuting lead of the dead to gold of the bold,
Burning bright as ten trillion Suns,
Bringing new Life to the dark Abyss!
A Life once glimpsed never forgotten!
Into the Abyss I must jump,
Then, and only then, will I have a chance to fly!
Shalom and Namaste! (See you on the other side!)