Saturday, 26 January 2019

Remember The Creator



I have a book coming out at the end of March published by Axis Mundi. It's called 'Remember the Creator' which is something I was told by my teachers many years ago. Very simple, isn't it? In fact, it's almost trite from a spiritual point of view. And yet it's the key to everything. It's also the key to the ongoing descent into chaos in the world today, a descent that is frequently unrecognised or not admitted to but is intuitively sensed by many people even if the majority don't associate it with a spiritual problem. We have forgotten the Creator. And even when people do acknowledge God, that is often within a worldly context in that he is slotted into a largely humanist scenario or seen from within a religion with that, as an ideology, primary and the living, breathing (spirit means breath) God, secondary. 

When we recognise the reality of God, everything turns around. But I mean really recognise not just give intellectual assent to. Our attitude towards ourselves, towards others, towards the world and towards life changes completely. Our motives change, our purpose changes. Our concepts of good and bad, of truth and falsehood, of beauty and love, all these things change. In a way, we are now foreigners to the rest of humanity, those who still live in the world of illusion, a world in which God has no part and they have complete autonomy over themselves.

This is what the book is about. Here is the blurb on the back cover. 

Remember the Creator is a book about the reality
of God and how to become aware of that reality.

Starting from personal experience, it moves on to look at the
evidence for God’s existence and then considers what sort of God he might be. The teachings of Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta are examined but seen as incomplete in the light of the truth that the deepest level of reality must include the personal. Further chapters discuss atheism, morality and suffering, and how these are to be understood from the perspective of a Creator and his purpose in creating, before the conclusion is reached that any true revival of spirituality in the West should be linked to Christ. Finally, we reflect on the modern world and ask what humanity needs to do to throw off the strong sense of alienation it currently suffers from.

And here are links to its pages on Amazon U.K. and Amazon U.S. where you can, if you wish, browse through some of the pages.

24 comments:

ted said...

Looks great William! Looking forward to it!

William Wildblood said...

thanks ted. Some of the book comes from posts here but a lot of it is new.

Bruce Charlton said...

I notice the powers-that-be have arranged for Brexit to be implemented on the same day as your book is published.

No coincidences in a created world, but what does *this* mean? ;-)

William Wildblood said...

I hadn't realised that, Bruce. A new dawn, perhaps, or imminent disaster!

By the way, thanks for pointing to my book on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hey, William. Looking forward to your book. Also wanted to ask you - would you consider all personal goals near irrelevance? Cause I was just thinking about what if God wants us to have personal dreams and goals as long as it doesn't harm others. Why shouldn't it be this way? For example I'd love to learn guitar to write and play Christian music. I think God would be all up for it. (Just wanted to ask your opinion since I just recently got into spirituality and don't really have much knowledge or experience).

William Wildblood said...

There's nothing wrong with personal goals as long as they don't conflict with spiritual truth. In fact, we are surely meant to have personal goals. They are a good and creative thing with the proviso above.

ajb said...

Sounds like it will be an interesting read - look forward to it!

Here is also the Amazon.ca link.

https://www.amazon.ca/Remember-Creator-Reality-William-Wildblood/dp/1785359274/

William Wildblood said...

thanks ajb.

Anonymous said...

I look very much forward to your book! Thank you for your work!

William Wildblood said...

And thanks for your interest in the book.

Anonymous said...

Hey, William.

I recently started following your vlog. You seriously helped me to free my mind from the non-duality trap I got myself into. However, since I only recently started my spiritual journey I'm still not sure if it's for me. I now became very self-conscious and that's causing a lot of anxiety for me. I now always seem to notice when my desire comes from my selfishness and my superego if we're to use Freudian terms always judges it and, as I said that causes a lot of discomfort, even to the point where I can't properly function since I still need to deal with material world things. Maybe you could give me some advice how to make this journey smoother? Perhaps there can be found a way to compromise between your self desires and love of God? Or maybe it's not for me at all since I find myself to be surrounded by materialistic people only and it's really hard to be spiritual around them, since that even includes my family, whom I currently live with so can't dispense with.

William Wildblood said...

Hello

First of all, the spiritual journey is for everyone so don't worry about that. The degree to which we dedicate ourself to it may differ and we have to find the right balance ourself depending on our circumstances but anyone can live a normal life and fit some kind of spiritual interest into that.

That doesn't mean it's easy. It may well be difficult but we just have to deal with that. That may sound a little heartless but what's the alternative? If we are drawn to spiritual things that is because something has woken up inside us. We can ignore that if we wish but the best thing to do is to explore it and see where it goes.

You say you feel a bit self-conscious as a result of your spiritual interests. That is a common experience so don't worry. It will pass. Try to separate yourself from your emotional reactions and see them as things external to the real you. I'm assuming you are relatively young. I can tell you that I was in exactly the same position when I was in my twenties. It shows a sensitive nature which can be troublesome but at least it means you are aware of things.

Don't over-analyse. Spirituality is actually quite simple. It means trying to be aware of God and see his action in your life. Once you start to do this you will see yourself as full of selfish desires but so is everyone. It's part of being human. The bad thing is not that we have them. It's that we ignore we have them and give into them without a second thought. So don't beat yourself up about these things. You're not perfect but by being aware of that you can start to become a little better and that's all that's required.

Like you I live surrounded by materialistic people with whom I don't have much in common, but we have to get by in the situations we find ourselves. It can be hard to meet like-minded people but you could try speaking to your family about your new interests and seeing how they respond. Be tactful, though!

I would suggest you pray and meditate if you feel drawn to that. Read and see if you can find some outer group that is congenial though that may not be easy. Speak to God in your prayers and know that you do have spiritual guides who are trying to help you. I absolutely believe that. The spiritual path is not easy but it is right. Please feel free to ask any questions you think I might be able to help you with and I'll do my best to say something sensible!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for your sincere response. I have another concern though. I’m currently studying bioinformatics at university. Do you think science and spirituality can be bridged together? After all, as you said the universe is God’s creation, so that kind of means it has certain laws which can be observed and discovered. So, in my opinion, they can be joined together as long as you don’t see science as the ultimate answer to everything and realize it’s usefulness only to relative world of creation, which is still beneficial I think.

William Wildblood said...

Why not? Science is true at the physical level so there's no conflict between real science and spirituality. There might be a conflict when science is assumed to be materialistic but I would say we need more scientists open to the spiritual so anyone who can combine the two is a definite asset to society.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for you response once again. Really motivating. One more just popped to my head: you seem to emphasize selflesness, but what why it’s so bad to love yourself as well as others? If it’s not kind of cocky selfishness but just for example rewarding yourself after doing something good. That could make you want to do good things even more. Or atleast do so at this stage of my development because I haven’t reached such levels where I can fully let go of myself and striving on ego level.

William Wildblood said...

It's not me that emphasises selflessness. All spiritual teachings do! But Jesus told us to love our neighbours as we do ourselves so he wasn't against loving oneself as long as it's in the right way. After all, if we didn't love ourselves why would we bother to tread the spiritual path which is all about the self in one sense? But the self seen as part of God's creation. God loves us so it's not wrong to love ourselves just not in an egotistic way.

Jonas said...

Hello,
What’s your opinion about church? I went to one today and left pleasantly surprised. I heard a lot of spiritual teachers critising them, but to me the atmosphere and all the content was very spiritual: emphasising love, unity, forgiveness and acknowledging & praising the creator. Perhaps some of these modern teachers have problem with the creator part?

William Wildblood said...

Hello Jonas
A church depends on the priest and the congregation I would say. If he is a spiritual man and they are sincere people seeking to get closer to God then the atmosphere and content will be as you say. It's like someone once said, by their fruit you shall know them. I think you are right about modern teachers. Many of them don't want to acknowledge the Creator. I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

Hey, William. I'm new to your blog so sorry if you already discussed this topic earlier and I missed it, but I'd like to ask your position on free will question. I recently stumbled to video of Sam Harris who is a fierce advocate against free will, so I was wondering what's your take on this topic.

William Wildblood said...

I would say that everyone acts as if free will exists even those who say they don't believe it. Actually I don't think a creature that lacked free will would be able to understand the concept of it. So free will exists. You know that! Don't be misled by sophists.

Anonymous said...

Do you know indian mystic named Osho? He's deceased now but was pretty popular back in the day. What's your view on him?

William Wildblood said...

My view on Osho is that he's a perfect example of a false guru. Someone who was well versed in the spiritual literature and had maybe at one time had an experience or two but who then suffered from an inflated ego and imagined he could go into the spiritual business. At the time (the 70s and 80s) there were a lot of naive and mystically ambitious Westerners who were seduced by his showmanship and promises of spiritual enlightenment while indulging in promiscuous sex. Hopefully some of them went on to more serious things. I believe he wrote well but in no way was he a genuine holy man.

Eric said...

Should be an interesting read, although I think we're pretty much on the same wavelenght. I bought Meeting the Masters for over a year ago, I should say, and I was going to write you a personal e-mail about it, but wasn't able to get around to it for various reasons. Sorry if I kept you waiting. In any case, I think the book pretty much spoke for itself with gentle transparency. Spiritual truth really is simple.

Eric

William Wildblood said...

Write to me any time you like, Eric. Yes, spiritual truth is simple in that, in itself, it is not intellectually complicated. But it is also endlessly deep so that you can always understand it more and in a better light. It's inexhaustible which is wonderful.