Religious Rethink

May 26, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Religionin its noble effort to offer enlightenment for personal, relational, and societal development; in its drive to instill humility, devotion, patience, and trust; in its forging of a moral code of conduct to ideally strengthen and heal the soul, mind, and physical body; and in its promise of the ultimate reward, eternal life, for having survived the human drama after all has been said and donehas become its own worst enemy

What went wrong? Neither religious nor philosophical pontification has ever managed to convince a significant demographic of any known society to reason lovingly, respectfully unify, nor prosper with longevity. Interestingly, this historically viewable condition strongly appears to deny the very moral and ethical creeds espoused by both. As a result, humanity has also historically failed to rise beyond a general state of social mediocrity, including today’s developed North American societies, and most curiously the United States with its contemporary exponential procession of technological prowess.

Ironically, as essential as society accepts religion to be for personal spiritual enhancement, it is religion that binds up the mind with nearly incomprehensible lists of rights and wrongs, do’s and don’ts that are deemed necessary to “please God.” Christianity, for example, teaches that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God,” and “there is none righteous, no, not one.” Yet, I have observed that much of the Christian church seems to exist in a perpetual state of moral finger-pointing in condemnation of acts or promotion of beliefs which often do not even appear in the ancient Hebrew or Greek documents from which the Bible has been derived.

I am convinced that when all become one in mutual love and respect for all life, humanity will be revolutionized. But how can this happen, a global collective of minds unified in a state of conscious single-mindedness of purpose? First, it is important to realize that this kind of monumental adjustment to the human psyche is not likely to happen overnight, and in actuality could only be expected were a fundamentally enhanced viewpoint implemented into the daily lifestyle of the individual. Transformed consciousness is the work which is required, and demands little physical effort at all.

Before a person can begin this monumental journey into “oneness” with the Universe, one must be convinced that it is not only possible, but necessary. The desire to bring resolution to the needs of another over one’s own similar needs must become common place—me first has to take a back seat to you first. This does not mean becoming a doormat to be walked over no matter what, but when the option to choose exists, an immense state of peace can result from making a choice to favor another over one’s self.

Preferring another to self is the beginning of oneness. Interestingly, this is a central message in most religions, though certainly is not the only valuable aspect of religion. But just as few people would allow their physical bodies to be enslaved and limited in freedom of decision and mobility, the spirit should not be allowed to be bound by unrealistic ideals which choke out peace and burden down the mind with guilt. Some people may feel that if they examine a more free way of thinking that their God will somehow punish them if they “cross the line” in their life-search. Since religions share the common theme that no human being is perfect, the truth of the matter is this: if the Divine was on stand-by in hopes of catching a curious mind in a wrong move, there would literally be no one left alive for the contemplation to even be of concern.

The Human Revolution

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Interpretation of truth becomes vanity when it reaches the point of arrogance and exclusion…interpretation of what is right, and who is wrong. High principals of morality are self-defeated when the same are used in harmful ways. With deception running rampant in every area of life today, I have felt too often that moral and ethical darkness has subtly come to be applauded as good, and vice-versa. But along with the recent rise of state-sanctioned personal disempowerment has risen a collective mind of freedom unwilling to continue this distorted, unnatural status quo…

The Human Revolution is a process of mental, physical, and spiritual renewal, a psychological development on the individual level which facilitates the acceptance of all life—especially humankind—our world, and the Universe itself. With this renewal and development comes the awareness of a person’s limitless inner capacity to lead a creative and contributive life without the extreme, blinding stress so common today, simply by making the decision to do so. It is in this state of mind that one can experience fully a personal universe of balance and understanding.

Recent centuries have seen the onset and maturation of a number of revolutions, including religious, political, economic, industrial, scientific, and in recent times the information revolution, which has been substantially driven by the emergence of the Internet. Today’s global human revolution appears to be fueled by a desire for human togetherness, in spite of any outdated policies or traditions which promote division. People everywhere have begun to realize that all human life is immeasureably valuable and must be respected as such. Differences in culture, language, and skin color are no longer to be ridiculed or shunned, but reverenced as part of the diversity of the great Design.

Even so, society cannot experience a significantly upward paradigm shift until there is a core transformation in the psychological reality of the individual. It is irrelevant how many social programs are put in place or how many educational initiatives are implemented until the innate self-destructive tendencies of the average “civilized” person are replaced with basic spiritual awareness—an ascension of consciousness—resulting in deep self-love and respect. Young people must be taught in the earliest of years that within them lies vast, untapped potential pleading to be uncovered. They must be taught that war and violence are barbaric and ultimately pathetic alternatives to creative, intellectual, and respectful diplomatic solutions. Before this, no notable change will be observed in the general development of humanity.

This dynamic revolution—The Human Revolution—is likely the most important, the most requisite of all revolutions. As this movement manifests geographically in power, the human race will become stronger, more unified, and wise, leaving the teachers and workers of mental damnation and physical atrocity with inconveniently few avenues to either labor or rest.

Another Religious Post (not)

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I think some people in my world believe that I’m about to step off the deep end any minute, now, but think about this…where would we be if no one had ever stopped, took notice of the strange, the bizarre, the inconsistent, challenged the status quo, and then found the courage to say something about it?

For decades I was proudly a devout, verse-quoting, bible-thumping Christian, in church every Sunday and most Wednesdays, and was an absolute 24-hour TBN drone. Time and revelation of knowledge have since re-purposed my faith, yet fundamentally I remain deeply partial towards the character and integrity of the Christ. I no longer attend church, so I’m not that variety of believer, but I have love for people who do go to church/synagogue/mosque/etc—I’m not making a statement, it’s just that religion is not my bag. In my rational mind, I see the Universe as a Matrix-like construct (consider the beginning of the book of Genesis for a moment where God “created” the heavens and the earth…by default, it seems to me, this creation would have to be a matrix construct of some kind, wouldn’t it?…a structured system of reality where literally every single thing within it is catalogued—every blade of grass, every leaf, every crack in every sidewalk, every grain of sand…every hair on every head, if Jesus’ words are taken at face value). I sometimes see this world as structured similar to one of my favorite video games, Mortal Kombat, where there are characters in a digital world who interact with each other, crash into walls, get hit with ‘material’ objects, etc.

Using the Mortal Kombat example, if I wanted to interact person-to-person with the characters who appear onscreen, I couldn’t just knock on my TV screen and get their attention. It seems to me that I would actually have to create from scratch a completely new character who can appear in their digital world, and interact with them based on the existing rules of that simulated reality. We do it all the time with a computer mouse: your finger never actually touches the Send email button, or the Play button on YouTube. In reality it’s the digital cursor on your screen made from pixels that performs the actual interaction between your mind and the response onscreen. This is how I perceive the role of the Christ. He is a character, if you will, who entered the game (our world) from a higher dimension, having interacted with the characters of this game, only not to fight, but to give healthful guidance (love one another, help one another, etc.).

O, God, not another religious post!! No, thank heavens, it’s not. But there is a high frequency of coincidence today which I think it’s safe to say go beyond the very definition of the word coincidence. All of the signs of “last days” prophecies in the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures have come to life and fervently ravage our world at large today. Israel as the unlikely center of global political unrest, famines, earthquakes, ferocious storms, the seas damaged and ocean life destroyed, immoral leaders burdening down the backs of the people with unreasonable demands and laws, parents killing kids, kids killing parents…it’s all in there, jotted down thousands of years ago.

So essentially, I’ve said all that to say this (mainly to my readers who, for reasons good or otherwise, give no credence to biblical texts): what if there really is solid-world substance to the bible, and the astonishing, nearly daily disasters we survive (those of us who do) are the very topics the scriptures spoke of?

While on the one hand, I am aware that the secular historicity of the bible is not entirely sound—I know about Utnapishtim; the alleged structures, strange artifacts on the moon, UFO’s;  the Council of Nicea; Planet X and the Anunaki, and I am strongly intrigued by these and many other little-known accounts from history. On the other hand, could God have used some degree of fiction to tell our very real future? If not, why not? I’ve heard atheists decry the Judeo/Christian scriptures with statements like, “That’s ridiculous, the bible is just used to control the masses.” Problem with that is, the texts forewarned of circumstances and events to occur in the “last days” which just so happen to match the types of circumstances and events that today appear daily as breaking news…how did the writers know with accuracy what would happen thousands of years after them?

After learning that the bible was not as airtight as I had been led from childhood to believe, I took an unofficial stance as agnostic, and set out to prove the entire thing was a hoax. What confounded those efforts to disqualify the bible, however, was the fact that the relevance of its content simply won’t go away.

Consider what the Christ spoke regarding the end times in Matthew 24, and in the book of Mark 13: “In the last days…”

•  there would be famine (always had it, always will, I know)

•  there would be plagues (rise in global disease)

• there would be earthquakes in odd places (a friend informed me that their driveway was significantly cracked during a tremor in Amarillo, Texas not long ago. Amarillo. Seismic activity may be rising in Texas, the state where I reside…not a smoking gun, necessarily, but TX is not prone to earthquakes such as locations along the Ring of Fire)

• there would be nation rising against nation (war today…anyone?)

• there would be ethnic group rising against ethnic group (racial unrest)

• there would be roaring of the waves of the sea, enough to cause significant fear in the heart of man (Katrina of 2005 was a Category 5, and now scientists speak of having to upgrade the rating to 6)

• terror in the heavens (I’ve never been consciously abducted, but a Grey can be rather disturbing, so I’ve heard)

If there really are spiritual dominions in high places as Paul discussed in Ephesians of the NT, would these forces ever manifest somehow in the physical world? Perhaps through the use of technology and political influence such forces might find a way to infiltrate the leadership of nations and implement destructive, damnable regimes and therefore policies to systemically dissect the foundations of true democracy, poisoning one generation through greed, lust, financial stress, and chemical additives to the food and water supply, additives which also help to dumb-down the minds of the subsequent generation so that once it matures, as a whole the new generation is simply intellectually and psychologically unfit to lead.

Perhaps this has already occurred…

Categories: Humanity, Spirituality

Out There Nowhere

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The science fantasy of Atlantis helped re-sparked my "out there" curiosity

I just came back inside from looking at the stars, those magical twinkling points of light that romance the velvety-dark skies of the night, and the question came to me: why are the stars always “out there”? Even when I’m watching Trek or Gate(s) I notice that no matter where you are, no matter how fast your ship, the stars are still always “out there”. I mean, like, there’s never a star directly over your head that you can look up and see, or touch. They remain in that ever-present, unreachable nowhere called “out there”. I like how Captain Kirk once responded when asked which coordinates to set for the Enterprise: “That way!” he replied, valiantly pointing “out there” into the black, twinkling void of space.

Is War Better Than Peace?

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment
 

The extreme absence of peace in the Middle East stems from political and religious differences, a situation not easily resolved through diplomacy. Now with fresh scars of war blemishing that region, anti-American sentiment continues to slow the advance of peace on earth. But is war really the greatest enemy of peace?

On the surface this question borders absurdity. Yet under careful study history reveals that chaos has a strong tendency to bring about order. In short, human beings behave more like human beings when their freedom comes under attack.

Take September 11, 2001, for example. When the shock of that horrible morning finally settled into the collective consciousness of the world, there emerged a general sense of urgency towards responding to anyone in need, particularly those in New York City and Washington D.C. who were directly affected by the terrorist attacks. Even though an ever-present fear of new attacks loomed in the background of nearly everyone’s minds, we felt again a long-forgotten desire for unity, ironically not driven by fear, but by respect. People smiled and spoke to one another in passing as an attitude of goodwill existed even through the stress of busy work schedules. The “me first” faded as life took on a deeper sense of meaning and purpose than had been present on the tenth of September. In our desperate need to reassess and regroup as a society—not just in the United States, but on a global scale—life appeared to be increasingly governed by peace.

Alas, this state of bliss lasted every bit of six months before the corruption of greed and self-indulgence which had thrived prior to September 11 began to rear its ugly head. The American government declared a semi-official war against a phantom menace called Terrorism. Even so, the world began to settle back into its pre-attack routine, and human value diminished noticeably. After months of heightened terrorist alerts during which nothing happened, we became callous to the threat that we could all die any day, and peace slowly became taken for granted. In war there appeared unity.

In peace, division.

Which leads to the question: Is war better than peace? Not in this journalist’s opinion. But an ancient proverb says that it is better to be in the house of mourning than in the house of laughter. My interpretation of this is that being cornered in an unpleasant situation forces higher intellectual processes to discover creative solutions which otherwise are seldom found.

Prior to the official declaration of war against Iraq by President Bush in March 2003, rumors of this looming conflict sparked massive anti-war protests by millions of people worldwide. The objective mind could easily find itself torn between the need to disarm the evil regime of Saddam Hussein before it became a major global threat, and the burning question, “Why now?” Of course, President Bush had his reasons which compelled him to choose this course of action, yet the outcome may have actually widened the political chasm between the United States and much of the rest of the civilized world, increasing the threat of more war.

As the aftermath of the September 11th disasters showed, true peace comes from deep within the human spirit. It is born out of love and respect for every living thing in existence. Humanity is a team which excels when all work together, reaching new and unprecedented realms of discovery and creativity. But when each member works only toward his or her own personal fulfillment, indifferent to the needs of others, this team becomes dysfunctional and ineffective. It is a sad testament that we only vigorously pursue human togetherness in times of peril. Peace on earth is not an easy goal, but it is attainable. War then, it seems, is not the enemy of peace, but the natural by-product of its absence.

 

Categories: Humanity, Politic'd

The Honor is Mine

May 20, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Greetings and great peace be unto you, welcome to my weblog. Over the years, people from many different walks of life have related to me in many different ways. However, my mental ascension from the gripping (if not lustful) desires of the Matrix has occurred, having faded my material past infinitely distant from my etherial present, which may also be understood simultaneously as my future. As such, I may only intimately be known from this time forward as Jahriel (Jáh-ree-él), my spiritual designation. I am a creator of many aesthetic results in the visual arts, music, poetry, lyric composition, digital design, and presently have begun work on two different books: one science fiction on purpose, and the other very much not so, though equally as bizarre in context.

I am certain without doubt that anyone who has known me in the past knows full well that I care; perhaps too much, sometimes, but how can loving and giving ever truly be wrong? I am passionate in my love for humanity, spirituality, and creativity, and would sooner die than renounce attachment to any one of these reasons for living. I share the common sentiment that life is indeed good, and am certain that—in its purest form—always will be. The great Creator, a name for the one true Presence, is good, and supremely good. That said, I surmise that so then must also be the Creation.

However, I have found myself living a very unexpected kind of lie, and by no means intentionally so. This has not been a lie of deception towards another person, not one of religious hypocrisy, theft, nor any other immoral example of fraudulence. The false god I have served for so many decades was the force which the Christ in biblical texts identified as mammon and an adversary to faith. This power today has manifested as the Corporate system of influence and ultimately dominance over the lives of so many across the globe. It is this realization along with sheer and utter shock I have lived under for the last few years after having been shown exactly how deep the rabbit hole goes, to borrow a phrase. Much of the content of my posts will likely deal with the vast scope of discovery which a few sharply-focused questions led to, revelations which many times have seemed more fantastic than any fiction might ever hope to be.

As for my blog posts, comments are welcomed, but not required. I am more interested in receiving and sharing useful knowledge with minds of serious inquiry, but not at all interested in philosophical debates which offer little to no chance for fruitful outcome. For me, few things are more invigorating than deep intellectual exchanges of ideas, even if we are in respectful disagreement regarding the subject at hand. It is fulfilling simply to interact with another person at the heartfelt level, to vibe and counter-vibe with the special uniqueness that defines every one of us, and gives each and every one of us Divine distinction in the eyes of the One true power.