Saturday, 11 August 2018

Atheism

In a comment on his blog a while ago Bruce Charlton quoted Rudolph Steiner as saying that "to deny God is a sickness."*  I think this is perfectly true. Atheists are sick but it is a sickness of the soul caused by a stunted imagination and a rebellious will. So it is a moral sickness, or that is certainly a large component of it. 

I suppose one must distinguish between active atheists and passive ones, the latter being the majority of the Western population almost by default these days. But even the passive have every opportunity to consider the question of whether or not God exists. After all, it is the most important question anyone can ever ask themselves, and to put it to one side is only acceptable if you are either a fool or else very immature. I don't say young because for many children, especially pre-adolescents, the question of God is extremely important. It's only when they begin to be corrupted by the world that it becomes less so.

Then there is the denial of Christ. Some of this must come from the poor performance of the Churches and of Christians themselves. People reject them because of their shortcomings, not seeing that, in dismissing Christ along with them, they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. But any real reflection on Christ or unbiased reading of the Gospels must make a sincere person see the truth. Once again, it is a sick soul that rejects Christ because he is the pattern of truth and this exists within us. If we are faithful to the truth within ourselves, we will recognise Christ. If we are not faithful to the truth of our own internal being then we will also dismiss the truth of Christ. People don't like hearing this but there it is. To deny Christ is to deny real truth, goodness and beauty for he is the embodiment of all of these.

But the other problem is that most people don't even think about God now. They have had little or no spiritual education and they are so preoccupied with material things that they don't worry about the spiritual at all. At least, not until they have to confront their own mortality and then it is often too late because the habits of a lifetime are so ingrained that they cannot be thrown off. But we cannot escape our spiritual responsibilities. We all have come across religious teachings. We are not deprived of access to the truth. It is our own decision as to whether we accept or reject the reality of God. The fact that our culture pulls us away from God is disastrous but it is not compulsory that we follow mainstream tendencies. We are perfectly capable of seeing beyond the cultural influences if we make the effort. Unfortunately, far too many of us don't want to make the effort and that is because we don't want to make the sacrifices. We are too comfortable in our material world to relinquish that. Or else we are too attached to our intellectual prejudices to want to give them up. Even those who do accept God often do so on their terms rather than his, and this is not that much different to not accepting him at all.

You might think I am being too harsh or dogmatic here but this is so important in a world that has abandoned its religious traditions and embraced a self-satisfied intellectual self-sufficiency. There is no point in treading lightly to avoid upset. Not now at this late stage. If we actively deny God we are either sick or full of pride and complacency. However much the atheist may hide his soul behind a pleasant outer facade, once you scratch beneath the surface you find a shrivelled, stunted being that is fighting against life and true goodness, and is doing so because of a lack of love. Of course, believers may lack love too but an atheist necessarily does because to deny God is to deny the reality of love which you can only do if you do not have it or feel it. I am not talking about affection or empathy or anything of that kind here but proper love, the difference being that spiritual love is not centred on the one that loves but reaches up to something higher and beyond. If you have this kind of love in you then you are aware, to some degree at least, of God.  Love points to its source. So, if we reject God, we reject love even though we may cover that rejection up with worldly imitations of love.

The world is becoming more chaotic as it drifts further from any spiritual rootedness. We are surrounded by lies and that is corroding us inside as we adjust to it as normality. It is not normality. It is spiritual corruption which may leave us healthy looking on the outside but rots us from within. If we don't start to reach out to our Creator, we will sever our connection to him and that means that our inner being will start to wither and fade. How could it not? God is the source of life and light. If you deny him then you must fall into darkness. This is the plain truth which we ignore at our peril.

* Here's the link to that post. http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-difference-between-being-atheist.html

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Disintegration or Salvation

The ideological movement which has ended up as the modern left or just modernity in general began by denying the primacy of spiritual reality. It then rejected the spiritual altogether and now, as an inevitable consequence of that, it is in the process of denying nature. This is inevitable because once the foundations have gone the whole building will begin to collapse. 

This denial of nature started with the dismissing of the natural ties of individual to country (in line with the intellectual's preference for the abstract over the real). It moved on to undermining the family. It then reduced the miracle of humanity to the mundanity of a naked ape. It proceeded from there to the rejection of the difference between the sexes. Psychological differences went first and steps to remove physical differences are now being taken. This won't stop. It cannot stop once it has started on this path of disintegration. First principles are challenged. More and more is rejected. The human being is slowly but surely dismantled because once you turn away from God, you turn away from truth and then you descend further and further into an enclosed form of consciousness that concludes by isolating itself completely from reality.

Alarming stuff, isn't it? But it is none the less true for all that. We fail to see how we are destroying ourselves spiritually because we live in a time of unprecedented luxury materially. We have rejected God partly through arrogance and partly, extraordinary as it may seem, through simple negligence. We are protected from many of life's tragedies through the achievements of science and technology, but this has blinded us to our utter dependence on Nature. Simply because God cannot be proved by any of the limited means at our disposal, we choose to dismiss him. But how can you prove the existence of a spiritual being by material means? Thought, as we know it, being a function of the brain, is material. It is a phenomenal thing but God, being the Creator of the phenomenal world, cannot be found in it any more than an author can be found in his book except by implication.

And yet we know that, miraculously, this author actually did enter into his book 2,000 years ago. He rewrote it from inside and, in so doing, gave his characters the chance to become like the author themselves and not remain limited to the dimensions of the book. 

When a world cycle comes to its conclusion, as the current one is doing, some curious things happen. The natural order of being becomes inverted as matter becomes more material, and therefore more the focal point of consciousness, and spirit correspondingly recedes further back in awareness. Hierarchies are disrupted and the 'pairs of opposites' on which depend the functioning of the world, instead of working harmoniously together, become oppositional as their positive sides begin to take a back seat to their negative aspects. Even time and space become qualitatively different with the one speeding up and the other contracting though this cannot be determined with material instruments since they are subject to the same pressures. This story is told in different ways in the Hindu conception of the four yugas or ages through which a world cycle passes, and the ancient Greek and Roman idea of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron Ages which are periods of descending spiritual understanding and ability to live harmoniously with the gods and nature. 

Things have come to such a pass that we can see this happening in our own lifetimes. Truth, goodness and beauty are being trampled underfoot as the elements of choice, selection, judgement and separation required for each one of them to manifest properly are condemned as evil and destructive of a desired oneness. But real oneness only exists in two situations. One, before creation, when all is spirit, and, two, material dissolution when all quality has been driven from the world. That point cannot actually be reached, as that would be complete annihilation, but it can be approached.

What can we do, given that the process is unavoidable? We can do two things, I would say. One, resist it absolutely, and two, let it take its inevitable course. We resist it within ourselves by not letting ourselves be caught up in it. We speak out against it. We proclaim the truth about it. We give as many people as possible the chance to see it for what it is. But then we have to accept its inevitability. Outwardly this process is going to happen and most people will be part of it. They will even fight for it, thinking they are doing good. The current is flowing in one way and we cannot change that. All we can do is not allow ourselves to be taken along with that current and try to help others who are swimming against it. Outer things will be what they will be but we are the captains of our own ships and nothing can take us where we do not wish to go.

This cycle of spiritual decline or materialisation of consciousness is not without its positive side. It would be a strange act on God's part to create a scenario that is all doom and gloom with nothing to lighten the darkness. What it does is furnish an environment in which self-consciousness may come to the fore with its natural mode of understanding which is reason. If we are to become co-creators ourselves, which is God's plan for us, this is a necessary stage to go through. Before you can move on from self-consciousness, you must develop the self. Before direct insight can arise there must be the capacity to understand. But this stage should be gone through and we should progress to a more active spirituality. That we have failed to do, identifying with the times instead of transcending them which is the opportunity for those who recognise the illusory nature of the modern world.

Note: I wrote this before reading Bruce Charlton's last post on Albion Awakening but it seems to cover similar ground. I think this may be because, as Bruce has often pointed out, things are coming to a head.






Friday, 3 August 2018

Don't You Want To Live in an Equal Society?

This is what someone asked me when they read one of my criticisms of the left in these pages. It's a reasonable question because a common notion is that the left fights for equality and fairness while the right is only interested in perpetuating privilege. This is a very one-sided appraisal, of course, but it is not totally without substance. Nonetheless, even taking it at its own estimation, it has serious problems.

There is the idea that somehow a society in which everyone is equal would be a more 'spiritual' society. But actually, it would only be more spiritual in the sense that materialistic people think of spirituality. That is to say, as something that pertains and relates to human beings primarily as they are in this world. We say that an equal society would be a fair society and that is good. But this is judging the purpose of human life as being fulfilled in a material world, and disregarding the fact that there may be another, higher, purpose behind life as we see and experience it in three dimensional, phenomenal terms. That life should be fair is the plaintive cry of the child, but adults know that it is just not fair. This doesn't mean that we should not try to make it more just, but it is a recognition that God has more important matters in his project for humanity than making things fair and equal here and now. There are deeper issues involved. To make something a priority which God has apparently not made a priority could be a mistake. Of course, a response to this might be that it is not God but man who has introduced inequality into society, but that is an assumption. The degree of inequality has surely been influenced by men but not the basic fact of inequality which exists throughout nature.

Generally speaking, it seems to be the case that the more equal a society is nowadays, the more atheistic it becomes. Why should this be so? I would say it is because when you abolish hierarchy, you also start to abolish the sense of higher and lower or even high and low. You reduce everything to a level playing field but that means there is no feeling of greater or lesser. The very idea becomes offensive. So God, as the archetypal greater, becomes less easy to accept. And this has ramifications beyond the loss of transcendence, ramifications which a society devoted to equality cannot fail to bring about. Virtues that relate to hierarchy are lost, virtues such as nobility and honour, the very ideas of height and depth, all these are lost or, at least, greatly reduced in their meaning and significance. Cultural relativism becomes the norm because hierarchical distinctions are no longer tolerated. Everything's equal, after all. And then the sense of truth as an absolute begins to fade. It must because this again demands a hierarchical understanding of life, and the appreciation that some things really are better than others because they correspond more to reality. Reality is not equal. It is there as a fact and you either accommodate to it to a greater or lesser degree or you don't. Right there, like it or not, is superiority and inferiority.

An equal society becomes one where mediocrity is the order of the day. It is one opposed to excellence of any sort and any condition, and where greatness is discouraged unless it is totally conformist which, of course, almost by definition, it is not. If everyone is fundamentally equal, this is the inevitable consequence. Such a society becomes one where people don't seek to transcend themselves in a vertical sense because the horizontal plane of being is given full priority. In fact, the vertical plane, necessarily hierarchical, is just denied. It doesn't really make much difference if you say that the equality you want is only one of opportunity. Once you introduce the idea of equality as a dominating principle of your society, it extends everywhere, and everywhere it beats all things down to its own level.

Now, clearly none of this means that a society should be ordered with rigid castes in which no one can rise, however exceptional they might be. Balance is required in all things, and hierarchical quality must be balanced with a sense of the essential oneness of humanity. But, and here's the point all egalitarians need to understand, if you make equality the cornerstone of your system, as we increasingly do today when it has become the default assumption of what is good and right, and to oppose it in any way is the sign of an immoral person, then you are condemning your society to flatline mediocrity. You are going to bring the higher down to a level that is manageable by everyone. You are going to damage quality and ratify the medium and the average. Today we have reacted to a perceived excessive hierarchy of the past by rejecting hierarchy altogether as a fundamental principle. This has resulted in the impoverishment of culture and understanding. It goes hand in glove with materialism and the rejection of higher levels of truth and being. It is the reduction of human beings to their most basic elements.

It's worth bearing in mind that those who are most insistent on equality are often those who feel themselves inferior in some way or another. Their motive is an unadmitted resentment and envy. From such impure beginnings no true system can be built.

Everyone wants to live in a just world. That is a true and worthy aspiration, and probably a long way off. But to confuse this with a world of equality is a mistake. Equality is undue focus on the horizontal plane but human beings to be true to their essential humanity must live on both the horizontal and vertical planes with the latter seen as ultimately primary. There is equality of being but not of realised being. Even some of the saints stand closer to the throne of God than others though all have their fullness of the divine.








Thursday, 2 August 2018

Iona

Albion's geographical reach can't easily be defined but this article extends it to Scotland.
http://albionawakening.blogspot.com/2018/08/iona.html






Port Ban on the island of Iona.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Truth and Madness


In today's topsy-turvy world anyone who speaks the truth risks being condemned as a bad person. By the same token, a clever, fluent liar can be praised and rewarded. 

It's often hard to tell if a person is mad or bad. Certainly, the present time is largely insane. The denial of God is the denial of truth at the most fundamental level and from that denial come many bad things as must be the case since, if your first principles are evil, what results from them will inevitably be so too.

If you give yourself over to falsehood is that just because you have made an honest mistake as you lack sufficient information to make the right choice? Or is there something in you which is directing you away from truth for its own ends? Something that makes you believe what it wants you to believe? That would be the prideful ego which wants complete autonomy. It believes what sustains and reinforces its own reality and agenda, regardless of truth which is not its primary concern.

In this sense, madness and badness go together. I'm not taking about genuine mental illness here but about the mind's ability to pervert reality for its own sinful purposes, often to do with pride. Sin then leads to insanity and this is the state of the world today.  

Political correctness, which is the modern secular substitute for religion, is a form of soft fascism which attempts to control thought. To go along with it is not simple good manners, as is often claimed, but submission to totalitarian authoritarianism. This is certainly not a reason ever to be offensive. But you need to retain your freedom of intellect and will or else you will be dominated by a false god who seeks to usurp the rightful place of the true one.

There is only one truth and that is good, but evil always wants to take its place. Submission to truth is freedom but if you submit to an ideology posing as truth, you are enslaved.

There is currently a force in the world that is trying, and largely succeeding, to seduce the human soul into accepting lies as truth and evil as good. One of the ways it does this is through the promotion of equality as the highest good. If you don't believe all human beings are equal, you are a bad person. What this is doing is transposing facts that are real on the spiritual plane to the material one where they do not apply. It is also isolating one aspect of reality which should more accurately be seen in conjunction with another and not on its own. In fact, in the realm of creation, oneness or equality goes together with many-ness or quality. Human beings are never equal in expression. They are at different stages of development and different degrees of openness to God. The human soul is a unity in a hierarchy that stretches through all levels of the created order with the human being unique in this world in that it can, through Christ, participate in the life of its creator.

Most contemporary people are, whether they realise it or not, nihilists. A minority have actively and consciously rejected real goodness and truth, which are spiritual (they must be if they are to be real), and set up material imitations. The majority have simply followed this. But all human beings have an inner connection to God, and if you fail to acknowledge this it is because of a spiritual defect within you. Whether you call this madness or badness is immaterial. Ultimately it amounts to the same thing. The only way back is through repentance which is why the message now must be the same as it was at the time of John the Baptist. Repent and wake up to the reality of God. But do not make the mistake of seeing God in terms of this world as so many religious people now do. If you do then you have not woken up at all. Know yourself to be a spiritual being, not this earthly personality with its earthly goals and priorities. See this world entirely in the light of the reality of God.


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Spiritual Transformation

Our being is God’s being. It can be none other. There is none other. But we can only access and be conscious of this universal being or uncreated part of us through the individual soul. We, like God, are a trinity, a three in one, no part of which can be considered separately from the rest, and the Father is only known through the Son on the microcosmic level as on the macrocosmic one. So you cannot isolate one aspect of the trinity of your being and see it out of context with the rest. That is what Buddhism and advaita do. They take the spirit aspect, the uncreated part, and use it to deny or, if you don’t like that word, ignore the rest. But this is an error. We are a composite of being (spirit), soul (individuality) and body or appearance (akin to truth, goodness and beauty). The former is above sexual differentiation but the latter two are not and all are essential parts of the totality of what we are even if there is a hierarchical aspect to this as well in that we should view them from above downwards. But that does not mean that the ‘lower’ parts are unreal or unimportant or not a vital part of who and what we are.

One of the things that Christ did was demonstrate the perfection of the trinity of being. Before him the Buddha showed the way to the uncreated part of ourselves, the uncompounded absolute. But Christ reconciled being and becoming, bridging them in himself and perfecting the latter, and showed our true spiritual goal. More, he actually opened the door to its possibility, a door that until him had been shut. The spiritual end before the advent of Christ was not the same as after his appearance in this world.

In contradistinction to many Eastern religions and some Gnostic Western ones, I do not see the spiritual goal as rediscovering an already existing reality within ourselves. Rather, it is transformation into something new and not yet existent. The metaphor of a seed that grows is the one that best describes the unfoldment of the soul. This does not mean that spirit as such grows but soul grows into spirit and becomes ever more aware of its limitless possibilities.

I said that the advent of Christ changed the spiritual goal for humanity. Jesus was greater than any prophet or avatar because he was not just a projection of divine being manifesting on Earth but the Word Incarnate come to redeem the whole world.  After him the spiritual goal was not simply to free the spirit from entanglement in the body and matter, and the absorption of the individual by the universal as in Buddhism.  It was the marriage between earth and heaven with the former being saved and restored to truth rather than being dismissed as illusion or evil. The old saying that God became man so that man might become God means that man does not just realise he already is God, and only has to detach himself from the outer coverings that obscure this, but he can grow into a spiritual oneness with the Creator that preserves the integrity of his soul and has no end.

In this state there is a duality. It is not the absolute oneness of Eastern non-dualistic philosophies. But that very duality means that is capable of ever greater development. Complete oneness is a spiritual dead end. You have reached the final state of absolute being and that is all there is. But the Christian idea of union with God is a dynamic conception and means there is an eternal and ever deeper fusion of soul and spirit with the two playing off each other to drive spiritual unfoldment on into unimaginable glories. Creation is seen as fulfilling the purpose of God rather than being the pointless aberration it would be in a strict non-duality, as it is in Buddhism if we take that at its own estimation.

Real Christianity does not deny other religions but it shows itself to be bigger than they are.  It cannot be encompassed under the umbrella of a universal spirituality for it goes further than any other form of spirituality. With the advent of Christ, God has shown something utterly new and different.  But this does not negate the old spiritual ways which can be incorporated into this new reality. However they must be baptized and now seen in the light of Christ who illumines them with a deeper reality unsuspected before.