Dog Poet Transmitting.......
Whatever you set out to accomplish, you need certain tools. The right tools make it possible to move a lot faster and be much more precise than if you did not have the right tools. A can opener is much more efficient than a rock it you want to open a can of beans. Some of us acquire the right tools to begin with and some of us discover that we don’t have them later on. You get the picture.
I decided some time ago that no matter what I was doing at any given moment, everything I was doing was a part of walking the spiritual path. Before that I had been in the music business. It didn’t matter if I was making up a large batch of salsa or sweeping a floor, I was in the music business. What this achieves is to put you in the mind set of having a single goal that is driven by and composed of one prevailing intention that is operative in everything you are engaged in. Someone once suggested that the quickest way into the kingdom of Heaven is to pray without ceasing. This also incorporates everything you do into a single purpose.
Concentration; focus, determination, Mercy, humility, faith, steadfastness and a host of other qualities are essential to successfully walking the spiritual path. Despite the possession of these valuable tools you are still going to get knocked down and routinely lost in the woods as you go. This makes persistence another extremely useful tool. In the years when I studied The Tarot, I applied the major arcana cards to acquiring the qualities that they were representative of. The Magician is concentration. The Empress is imagination. The Emperor is reason and so on. These cards are pictorial expressions of archetypal forces that exist within human agency. The subconscious speaks and comprehends through the medium of images so... I would focus on these cards for a certain amount of time each day... for years.
The mind digested these images the way your stomach digests food. These images also resonate and reverberate deep in the human psyche and eventually awaken these qualities within the mind of the aspirant. These are the qualities of God. They are also components of what is referred to as the armor of God. These qualities possess immense power and can instruct, protect and nurture whoever has them, should they understand the means by which these things are achieved. Generally, anyone who has gone through the suffering and difficulties that are set upon the way of the aspirant seeking to get them should have some idea of what they really do. It’s also extremely doubtful that anyone can get these things without coming under the watchful eye of those further along the path.
You can’t get these qualities until you get rid of your shortcomings because your shortcomings would tend to compromise and pervert these higher qualities with the result that they would depart. You can’t pour water into a pitcher that is full and if the water has a little salt in it then the whole of the contents of the pitcher has salt in it.
I believe that the possession of the qualities of God is of far more value and importance than the possession of any amount of knowledge or the power to operate supernaturally as a result of the possession of certain knowledge. These qualities are our birthright. They are there for us to claim, when we are in a position to receive them. I cannot imagine anything in Heaven, Earth or anywhere else as having anything like the value of the qualities of God; the archetypes that shape out an appearance of the divine. One might say that these qualities are the parts of the body of God. We cannot see this body (looking in the mirror you won’t go far wrong, depending on what you think you see) but it does convey an image and an idea that helps us to understand what we cannot comprehend (grin). I should point out that God has no other hands but ours to accomplish his work here. The divine works through human agency. The power of the divine expresses itself through the human channel and this is unlikely to occur unless that human agency has some portion of the qualities of God.
You could say that these qualities make up the personality of the divine. These qualities are also what we might call the higher virtues and are those elements aspired to by the mystic and the saint. One of my most common prayers is the request to have my shortcomings removed and the qualities of the divine granted to me. I’m still asking.
Much more is transferred to a person when they receive these qualities than the power and protection they confer; being in possession of the qualities of God opens areas of higher understanding in our consciousness. No matter how hard we strive to know the meaning of things we cannot grasp it until we are equipped for it. The qualities of the divine equip us to see into the deeper truth of anything before us. They open our eyes, our heart and our minds. They galvanize the super sensory awareness that sits atop our mundane physical senses. The common senses are just insect feelers that provide us with information about things that are passing away as we confront them.
A great many people who believe themselves to be on the spiritual path are obsessed with the acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge has no value at all unless one also has the specific illumination which can draw understanding out of whatever it might be that they are seeking to see to the center of. We have no power and no importance which is not given to us by the one. In our minds we can think all sorts of things about our value in our own eyes and the eyes of others. This is mere fantasy and rests on nothing solid. It can blow away or be reduced to dust at any time. We move through the world and assess it through the lens of our vanity. One cannot understand anything if their vanity colors their perception of it.
We wonder why it is that people cannot see the reality of their words and actions. Sometimes it is because the centers that are capable of this work have been closed off by the ineffable. Sometimes we have closed them off ourselves. God doesn’t move, he motivates. Everything else moves. The spirit of God moves and the human will is resistant to it because it is not being motivated in a more preferred direction. All life, unaware of its true nature, moves naturally toward destruction. Unless the human mind is consciously linked to the divine it simply rotates on a wheel of fire, living and dying in recurrent cycles. The liberator, who is not understood by the mortal mind, appears to be a mysterious creature of fear that sends a shiver up the spine.
Inasmuch as the human mind can understand God, it can understand him through these qualities. These qualities cast a revelatory light upon everything that is encountered. Otherwise ...and no matter how intelligent and well informed we imagine ourselves to be... we see nothing but a personalized hallucination based on misinterpretation. Nothing that we see is seen as it is unless we have possession of the light of comprehension, which is conferred through the possession of the qualities of the divine. Nothing we want to get can be gotten anywhere except from the divine, regardless of the agency he may use to provide it. People have chosen to make determinations and judgments based on their personal awareness. This is permitted but not the saner course. Our being is a temple of residence for the divine. If the divine is living there then the whole being is filled with the light that reveals the meaning of anything and everything.
We have decided that we know and we are allowed to operate on that presumption until the reality of our bankrupt state is revealed to us through whatever agency has been assigned to the task. What we think we know proves its limitations with a fine consistency over and over again. The mother releases the child upon the child’s demands to run free through a world of which it knows nothing. Experience enters upon the stage to demonstrate what little knowledge and insight we possess by putting the power of our information up against the unpredictability of circumstance. Meanwhile, the mother waits for the child’s return.
There is no greater sanctuary or place of safety like the qualities of the divine. There is no teacher as great and there is no peace and serenity as what comes with the possession of these qualities. As Lao Tzu said about one of these qualities, “compassion is a weapon from the sky against being dead”. Here is another of the priceless blessings that are available through the temporary window of our times. These qualities are shimmering in the air around us and one of the surest ways to acquire them is to operate as if you already possessed them.
'Vanity' is track no. 7 of 13 on Visible's 2007 album 'The Sacred and The Profane'
Lyrics (pops up)
Radio show this Sunday night here or download it later.
The New Shangri-La.