Friday, October 14, 2005

A Hiatus.

I had to go away for a week and now I am going away again, this time for about a month. I won't have internet in the home I am renting and I don't know what will be available in the area. I suspect there should be an internet cafe somewhere around and if that is the case I can prepare my essays and then just drop in and post them when I'm in town.

I want to thank all of you who have been reading here and at the other location and especially for your support via the comments section and in emails. I haven't been able to get by some of your blogs as I usually like to do. Generally I don't respond in the comments section so, once again I will mention that emails are the way to get reciprocal communications out of me.

Blessings and good fortune all around. I'll try to get something up the beginning of next week.

Les Visible

Friday, October 07, 2005

How Did it All get This Way?

You may well ask and you may well be answered, in many, many ways. Walking to the store this morning I looked at the cars parked in various places and I thought about how each one of them came out of the mind. Then, as is my usual process, I extrapolated away and pondered how everything is based on the human body; designed after it, designed for it, designed as a result of it. And all of it came out of the mind where it was once an idea. One has the idea of moving, then come images of all the things one can move in; then follows the process of constructing it according to some image and, Presto! There it is. Of course, opinions differ on the best; the most comfortable, the flashiest, the quickest, the sportiest, the sexiest and the most exclusive way to move but, as the songs says; “When the Lord gets ready, you got to move.” ...had to throw that in.

Or you might imagine sitting and then there would be all of these things you might sit in or on which of course is followed by the construction of whatever chair it may be and, once again, voila! Everything got here like that, so, maybe it’s true, “your inside is out and your outside is in.” And it stands to reason if you are troubled or angry or hot and bothered that this will be a product you produce on the shelves of life.

We don’t need all those different cars and chairs; not to that extent but that is how it is because of the priorities of the marketplace where you make more and more of a wider and wider range to gather in more and more return. That’s another feature of life, no matter how much profit there is there has to be more. Whatever the expenses of production are they have to be less (there goes the neighborhood) and no matter how much the stockholders get they have to get more. The market needs to be bigger. The sales need to be higher. The train has to go faster so you can get somewhere quicker and have more time to do whatever it is that you need to get done in order that all the things I just mentioned can increase at every level. Meanwhile nobody gets hurt do they?

Religion is interesting in this regard. The wisest of minds have maintained that there is only one god. We’ve all seen pictures of different gods though. Maybe you’ve asked yourself where they got the pictures. It appears some have seen them. I’ve seen the beings that appear on Hindu posters and Buddhist thankas. If there’s one god which one is it? There seems to be confusion. Actually there isn’t any confusion. They are all the same god in different aspect. For as much as everything external is based on us and designed after us, we are based on the deity and the deity has different states of being and different activities just like us. We’re gods actually at different states of being aware. Some plants are just pushing out of the ground. Some are budding and some are in bloom.

Where it becomes problematic is in definition. We’ve managed to define those things that came out of the mind. Via the senses we are in a position to label them and through common exchanges arrive at common definitions; most of the time. But God? God precedes us. It’s really hard to turn around inside out and reduce back to the point of animating light; much less transfer the results into words afterwards. It flows outward and becomes interpreted by our values. We assume that God somehow has to do with us and surely must reflect what we believe is true about us and so... when a snake looks into the water, it sees a snake. When a deer looks into the water it sees a deer. When a lion looks into the water it sees a lion. And there is where the argument begins. Better it would be just to drink the water. In the evening all of the animals come to the water to drink. It is an interesting sight.

Why doesn’t God walk among us more often? Well, more than we know of course but we can’t see. This is good because we would tear God to pieces more often than not. In essence God can’t be harmed, but in aspect...; a rock is a hard thing. One could say a rock is insensitive. Better to say a rock is less sensitive than, say, a plant; less versatile too. A plant is less sensitive than a beast, a beast less sensitive than a human being and a human being less sensitive than a god. It goes without saying that gods would generally stay out of the common thoroughfares because of the impact of the clamor; the clamor of noise and thoughts. God doesn’t like being pushed around.

Most people choose not to sleep with beasts of the field, regardless of their capacity to inflict harm beyond anything an animal might intend or seek to accomplish.

Rocks sleep and plants dream and that dream becomes less dense on the way up. Given a propensity to see things as they are, everything in life makes sense.

One love falls and breaks into pieces everywhere and one love collects them all again. You may go on dreaming in this life for a time but the love inside the life will never end.
All the way through the mirror, the enchantment weaves the spell
And one hand moves the curtains, one hand rings the bell.
All the way through the mirror, into the center of the flame
And in that moment held forever
And every moment held the same.

God could be called unity. Unity is another word for Love, or what Love intends in process. Then you might consider division and things like, “a house divided” Good and evil, what are they really? They turn out to be mostly subjective. To my mind, good liberates and evil confines. One moves into light and one moves into darkness, yet they say that God set them both. There’s no world without this division. We’d not have had the example of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi had there not been something confining to struggle against. Evil serves this purpose. It gives us a chance to identify who we are in respect of it. Here is the ‘crux’ of the matter. May roses bloom there.

Truth by its very nature stands as a natural enemy to what most consider their most pressing needs. The atavistic force for survival compromises ‘nearly’ every noble thought in a given extremity. This is one of the greatest tests. What will survive? What should survive?

On a basic level, out of its very body, what does the human form produce? It produces certain fluids and solids not known for their palatability or fine aromas. This is not all of what we are but it bears thinking about. The impact of thought on form can work magic; whether that impact is on the outer environment or upon our selves. The difference between an adept and a tyro is in the speed with which the same thing can be accomplished. It can take longer. The longer something takes the more time you have to think about it and the more your thought can alter and compromise its appearance in terms of original intent. Faith has been called the substance of things unseen. Surely it is far more powerful than most people realize. The same is true of imagination. It is interesting what things we turn our imaginations to.

We make the assumption that, because we can’t see something it isn’t there. We’ve all experienced those involuntary shudders, those shivers up the spine. We have all had moments of great and unexplained ebullience and dread. What defeats most of us is a lack of intensity. Our passions are spent on other things. You can see the foolish virgins. You can see every allegory from all of the holy books every day if you can see. You can live in a world of flames or be renewed eternal in the flame of love. It all comes down to relationships and intention.

We all have our priorities. Those who have not looked beyond the immediate exits from the highway can be forgiven for having no idea of what lies beyond. For those who risk the unknown the benefits are incalculable; and keeping in mind the Boy Scout’s motto.

“There is a Road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind, but yet a Road. And it leads to the very heart of the universe. I can tell you how to find those who will show you the secret gateway that opens inwardly only, and closes fast behind the neophyte forevermore. There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer. There is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through. There is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount. For those who win onward, there is reward past all telling: the power to bless and to save humanity. For those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.”


Visible sings: God in Country by Les Visible♫ The Love ♫
'The Love' is track no. 2 of 11 on Visible's 2001 album 'God in Country'
About this song (pops up)

God in Country by Les Visible

Sunday, October 02, 2005

What if Jesus Were to Come in the Sky?

What if Jesus were to come in the sky? What if one of these days that long predicted apparition was to stand and be seen simultaneously from all points on Earth by all of the people resident there? Now, I’m not a mathematician but I do have a mathematical mind that tends to come to certain conclusions by intuitive leaps that often bear out in application. If we are all one and only appear different; if there is only one mind and it differs only in superficial aspects; such as temporary persona and perspectives- much as waves on the sea are temporary, individualized expressions of a common ocean... it stands to reason that the common touch-point in all ‘seemingly’ different minds could share a common perception at a given time in their shared universal mind.

It’s a given truth that Jesus the Christ- if he exists- is a spiritual being and that his teachings and his kingdom of being are spiritually located; however much they may apply to our behavior in the material realm. Now physicists will tell you that there isn’t any material realm really, or better put- that all things are made out of the same thing but are just increasingly more refined (or less refined) aspects of the same thing. Hell would be a darker, denser, smokier presentation and Heaven would be a lighter, less dense and less smoky presentation. In between the two would be varying degrees partaking more or less of the conditions of one or the other. That makes sense doesn’t it? It could make sense too that, like two mirrors facing each other with a figure in between; you’ve been in a barbershop where you can see an infinite amount of faces fading around some sort of a bending end that, if you put Jesus there he might grow ever more sublime and bright in one direction and ever more dense and dark and horned in the other.

Now on this planet we’ve got personalities that do much this same thing. We’ve got sky-walking yogi’s at one end who have transcended physical limitation; who can dissolve and reassemble their bodies at will and who, though mahasamadhi, can just leave the corpse body through the sahasrara chakra above the head. On the other hand we have personalities who are hardly out of the Stone Age. Parallel to this we have personalities who are pure as the driven snow (rare indeed in this day and age) and possessing of unshakeable virtue. They’d be called saints. Their opposite number is immersed in material concerns to the exclusion of any transcendent interest whatever. They may be immersed in sexual aspects, mercantile concerns or matters to do with their personal being as it relates to whatever it is that they want.

The religions that present the idea of a risen Christ include personalities from all of these types. Pat Robertson says he’s in line for the rapture and then there are the many who believe they are as well. Let’s expand this Christ in the sky thing to include various other religions. I won’t get into detail about the future Buddha’s and avatars that are expected. Let’s just say there’s a scriptural basis for it, whether we are talking about Kalki or Maitreya.

Let’s think mathematical here for a minute. Jesus (or your choice) appears in the sky and begins to draw all souls unto him. Doesn’t it make sense that whichever beings are lighter are going to be drawn more quickly? In other words, those souls- individuals- personalities who are less attached, less ‘magnetized’ by matter are going to be more easily drawn? And wouldn’t it serve that those types who were totally focused on the marketplace would naturally resist ascension; might in fact immediately with the appearance of the Jesus in the Sky run with all haste toward any cover of darkness that might provide a polarized lens against the light... that harsh exposing light?

In the Hindu motif they have the caste system. You’ve got your Brahmins and your Kshatriyas, your Vaishyas and Sudras and of course the Black Hole of Calcutta/New Orleans refugee Untouchables. I won’t define these for you; you can do that if you have an interest. But guess what? We’ve got the same caste system. It’s just not so obvious. It’s more obvious in Ye Merry Old England. Now each of these castes has certain advantages and disadvantages concerning their being lifted up to Jesus on the day of reckoning. But it really will come down to the same thing; how great the degree of attachment it to what they believe in; what they saved their coupons for, where their treasures are etc.

Does anyone with any lick of sense really believe that Pat Robertson and Bill Bennett and all of the like, in all of the areas they are powerful in, are going to get waved into the club by Jesus? Does it stand to reason that the soundtrack will be white Christian music, or would it be a rousing chorus of voices more like a gospel choir?

It further stands to reason that when Jesus in the Sky comes he won’t look the same to everyone. The lighter and freer you are the more Jesus will mirror this. The denser and darker you are the more a wrathful aspect will be perceived. This just makes mathematical and logical sense.

The Golden Calf phenomenon is front row center right now. There are millions and millions of people snake dancing in front of it. It comes in a million flavors with lights and music and never ending blowjobs of satisfaction guaranteed. It stands to reason if you want the one version then you won’t want the other. It’s not that you can’t have the other, you won’t want it. In many cases you have no basis for measurement of one against the other. So when Jesus in the Sky comes around he’ll only be taking the ones who want to go and those are the ones who just don’t have the interest level for here. The others won’t be left per se, they just won’t be going.

I don’t think there’s anything bad about having a business. We’d be nowhere without a systemized world to operate in. The problem seems to be what one thinks their business really is while they are running their business. If you can’t walk away; if you don’t know that it will all go away and... therefore maintain a light touch about any and all of it at all times... it’s going to be... rough.

My thought is that this Jesus in the Sky thing is happening all the time. It’s the same as saying that Armageddon comes for someone every day. Now there may be the big Jesus in the Sky moment and there may be the wider more comprehensive Armageddon but whatever it is it is only the personal part that relates to you that matters.

It stands to reason in the time that such things might be on the horizon that the world would be in a very unsettled way. It stands to reason that the pressure to be wrong would be greater than at other times. It stands to reason that vast armies of ignorance would be arrayed for the purpose of intimidation and that all of the forces of the material realm would be mustered for the purpose of obfuscation and generally putting on the frighteners. It’s that hour of the wolf thing.

Now this piece is just one of those things that puts forth a general argument about what would seem reasonable when measured against the actual intentions of scripture as far as behavior and merit are judged. It seems to me that when the boat loads it will be filled with the people who have the least baggage; the exception being those whose first impulse is to forget to pack. I have no way of knowing about the Jesus in the Sky. Every time I see these beings they are always Hindu figures or Buddhas. Might be I don’t catch that particular sky train.

I once saw a movie called “Jacob’s Ladder”. It was one of the best films I ever saw and I do believe it plays out here in the cemetery banquet rooms and neon mausoleums a great deal more often than we might suspect. How do you really know when you are dead? It bears thinking about.

Visible sings: God in Country by Les Visible♫ Prevail ♫
'Prevail' is track no. 6 of 11 on Visible's 2001 album 'God in Country'
Lyrics (pops up)

God in Country by Les Visible