Tuesday 30 May 2017

Liberalism is Materialised Spirituality

The modern liberal/left position, which is pretty much the current orthodoxy, is a materialistic distortion of spirituality. This is why it is so hard to argue against from the perspective of a lack of belief in the Creator. It makes some kind of sense if there is no God. But then if you deny God you have literally no grounds for any kind of coherent understanding of life. Consequently you are forced to make things up to somehow fit in with your metaphysical ignorance.

The 20th century had the potential to be a time of spiritual rebirth.  From the higher planes of life forces rained down on humanity. New ideas were thus introduced onto the mental plane that were intended to carry us on to the next stage in spiritual growth, one in which the intellectual development of past centuries could be combined with a spiritual/intuitive outlook and human beings could learn to integrate the inner path with the outer.

Unfortunately, whether because of our own personal weakness, the failure of our political leaders, artists and philosophers or because of demonic derailment (or most likely all of these), this did not work out as hoped. Spiritual ideas were responded to but on a materialistic level and without acknowledgement of their true origin. Even where spirituality was acknowledged it was often done from the perspective of the lower or worldly self, with that as the driver instead of the passenger as is proper.

Thus the brotherhood of Man was recognised but not the fatherhood of God which led to the flattening out that is social equality. The complementarity of male and female was recognised but travestied as the sameness of equality. Condemning sinners was seen as wrong but so was condemning, or even recognising, sin. I could go on but it should be clear what I am driving at here. Ideas that were true on a spiritual or absolute plane were misapplied to the material or relative one, and the real spiritual was either ignored or seen in the light of the material.

This is why it is so hard to argue with someone of a liberal persuasion without seeming like an old fashioned bigot. He thinks he is standing for goodness and truth, ignoring the fact that if he is a materialist these concepts can have no real meaning.  But in his eyes, as far as they can have meaning, it is his ideology that best corresponds to them. And his ideology that has put right so many wrongs of the past. This is why so many people have unthinkingly adopted leftist attitudes and why those who oppose them are often forced into extremist positions, either real in over-reaction or apparent because they conflict with the unrecognised prejudices of liberalism. You don't believe in equality? You're a fascist.  You think feminism corrupts women and deforms the relationship between the sexes? You're a sexist. You think mass immigration was a mistake? You're a racist. You think homosexuality is contrary to God's laws and means of expression? Etc, etc.

Part of the problem is that people responded to these new spiritual ideas from within the limitations of their already existing worldview but that was not all. There were also demonic attempts to subvert and invert truth; aided and abetted I might say by their many servants, conscious and unconscious, in this world, in the latter case often motivated by their own egotistic agendas and rejection of God.

One of the principal ways this was achieved was through the sexual revolution, the unharnessing of sex from marriage. As all genuine spiritual teachers know sex is such a powerful force that, if unconstrained, it takes over as the prime motivating factor in peoples' lives. Now it has not only been let loose but is artificially stimulated by fashion, music and art to extreme forms. Even people who may not participate so much in this, either through choice or lack of opportunity, still live in a world in which they are surrounded by sexual imagery and the attitude that anything goes as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else holds sway. But it is precisely because sex is a physical manifestation of a spiritual energy that its use as a purely physical means of pleasure is so detrimental to any kind of spiritual growth or development. Union between a man and a woman (and that, and that only, is what sex is) must take place on as many levels as possible to be in line with spiritual truth and the wholeness of what a human being is. To restrict such a powerful force to the physical level alone, which is basically what the modern approach entails, will cut the individual off from the spiritual more effectively than practically anything else. The devil knows that the corruption of the best is the worst and that is the approach he consistently adopts and has certainly done here. Spiritual awakening absolutely demands the recognition of the perverted agenda of the sexual revolution.

To conclude. The modern liberal attitude has resulted from the deliberate attempt to replace real spirituality by hijacking some of its doctrines (which are dependent on recognition of their transcendent origin for their truth) and misinterpreting them on a lower level so that the higher and more real level is obscured. It is a misrepresentation of spiritual truths by transferring them to the material world where their relevance is limited and must be seen in the light of the spiritual which is always primary. It is part of an attempt to deny the spiritual truth in Christianity by misapplying its doctrines to an exclusively worldly level. If you are serious about making spiritual progress you must liberate yourself from its illusions, though without being driven to the opposite extreme which will suit the demons just as well. However there will be no risk of that if you make God the focus of your thoughts and love and wisdom the goals of your spiritual practice.

Friday 26 May 2017

Tattoos and the Like

It's been an unusually warm week for the end of May in the south of England where I live. That, of course, means that all the tattoos are out. I asked myself why I find these so objectionable which, like any right thinking person, I do. The answer came. It's because they desecrate the body and the body is the image of the soul.  It is not to be despised or altered or rejected or deformed in any way, all of which a tattoo, regardless of subject, in some measure does. Nor is it to be given excessive attention because it is the soul that is principally important and hierarchically superior to the body which exists to manifest and glorify the soul. But the body is the vessel and outer image of the soul, and to mark it in a permanent fashion is to deface and defile it.

In fact many of the things people do to their bodies show disrespect for their Maker and that even includes such things as excessive use of make-up and the dyeing and altering of one's natural hair. Could it be that the roots of such practices come from a kind of self-hatred? The body is the temple of the soul and a temple should be treated with respect and presented or adorned in a way appropriate to its functions and calling.

I said that tattoos were spiritually damaging regardless of subject but it is certainly true that some images are worse than others in this respect in that they have a negative effect on the mind. Images are important and can elevate or debase. In today's world the power of the image is more than it ever has been which means we should be extra attentive as to what we admit into our consciousness. Just as one should be careful what one takes into one's body, so one should with regard to what is taken into the mind. To stamp the body with some kind of 'dark' or twisted image, as so many tattoos do, can only be detrimental to any kind of true spiritual development. And, at worst, it could even draw its possessor into the orbit of demonic influence.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Christianity and Mystery

Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life but much modern Christianity offers no real way and has little truth and still less life. Indeed, in many cases what calls itself Christianity today is something else entirely. This is because it has lost touch with what should be its central concern which is, of course, theosis; the deification of man. That is what Christianity really exists for. To spiritualise men and women and turn them into gods. But sadly it has been reduced to something far less, a mere code of beliefs and practices that aims to make men better instead of radically transforming them. It has over-simplified itself and, having been infected by secular humanism, it now prioritises loving your neighbour over loving God. Consequently it has become a thing of this world. You might think I exaggerate to make a point, but the exaggeration is not that much and the point is valid.

Continued on Albion Awakening.

Friday 19 May 2017

Good People, Bad People

I've realised something interesting recently and that is that bad people generally have no idea that they are bad people. This may seem obvious to many readers but had only really occurred to me over the last few years in the light of certain personal experiences. I knew the old joke about the Nazis being astonished to realise that they were supposed to be the bad guys, but had never extrapolated a more universal truth from it. Now, though, it's clear to me that this is indeed the case. As a rule bad people have no sense of their moral and/our spiritual condition.

But, you might ask, isn't it very old fashioned to think in terms of good and bad people? We're all a mixture of the two surely? Good, or good enough, when things are going well and potentially bad when pressure is applied to our weak points. That is no doubt true but still there are people who are in a more fallen condition than others, people who are more deeply sunk in pride, selfishness, egotism than the norm and it is them I am talking about. Most people are neither very good nor very bad but there are some at both ends of the spectrum and it is these latter I am talking about. However they are not the obviously evil monsters beloved of the tabloids, but apparently normal, ordinary people who have blinded themselves to the reality of their own nature and live in a state of delusion.

But, again you might ask, aren't we all like that to a degree, especially when you apply spiritual standards? And yes, of course, we are. We are probably all slightly mentally ill too. Nevertheless there is delusion and complete delusion, normal and extreme forms and though we do all undoubtedly live in a state of delusion from a higher standpoint, some people do even from a normal one.

All this raises the potentially uncomfortable question. Am I a bad person myself?  Here again it depend on perspective. Yes, we are all bad from a true spiritual perspective. We are all sinners, and ultimately 'there is none good save one which is God'. However the realisation that one is a bad person is the beginning of becoming a good one. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it is, taking fear to mean a humbling sense of his supreme reality and your absolute dependence on him, then the recognition that one is a sinner is the first step on the path to becoming a saint.

All of which leads to the idea of repentance but that is a subject that merits a post to itself.

Monday 15 May 2017

A New Mind

I recently wrote that there is nothing new in spirituality but that is not entirely true. No doubt in an absolute sense there is nothing new. The rules of the spiritual road don't change and changing times don't mean old truths are outmoded or can be rejected in favour of new updated ones, more in line with contemporary preoccupations. Archetypal truths remain or they would not be truths in the first place.

Nor does the way to God alter. The demands are the same as they have always been. Purification of the lower self, devotion to higher ideals, mental and emotional discipline and detachment, cultivation of imagination and the mind in the heart, service, sacrifice and love of God as both inner reality and supreme being. There can be no newly discovered 'quick fix' or technique or method or form of knowledge that can bring salvation, using that word to mean the liberating of the spiritual inner self from its entanglement in the worldly ego.

But while there is nothing new in terms of what the spiritual path is or what is required on it or the goal to which it leads nevertheless, for us evolving human beings, there are always new vistas opening up, and I venture to suggest this probably continues into eternity.

The full piece is on Albion Awakening.

Friday 12 May 2017

Modern Science

The modern world is founded on science, not only technically and intellectually but metaphysically too. Science is regarded as objective knowledge or as close to that as we can get. It is something everyone from all cultures can agree on and benefit from. It releases us from the ignorance of our ancestors. It has also, in many respects, been a complete disaster for humanity.

Science should be founded on the love of truth but it is not.  Modern science has very little interest in truth. Its main concern now is to protect its own interests and power, and for this a materialistic world view is essential. If science were to accept that there were truths, foundational truths, beyond its reach and inaccessible to its methods of investigation it would, in its eyes, be admitting a kind of defeat. It would be acknowledging its inferiority to religion, to revelation and to the spiritual. But it proudly believes itself to be above these things and it does so for the very reason that it is, in fact, below them which is its attachment to the rational principle and the denial of any higher faculty in man. This is like a blind man denying the existence of light just because he can't see it.

But this truth is blithely ignored by most modern scientists, secure in their illusions and, I have to say, intellectual arrogance. Nor do they seem aware that their approach is based on several a priori assumptions, specifically the assumption that the world accessible to them through their methods and their instruments is self-supporting. In other words, that matter is primary. This most certainly is an assumption and actually a fairly ignorant one since it leaves all the fundamental questions unanswered.

We have instead the assertion, based on nothing more than speculative hope, that one day science will uncover these truths as it has so many others though note that it has never discovered a single fundamental truth about the world. Everything it has discovered is to do with phenomena alone which has led to the supposition that phenomena are all there is.

Science can never understand the world because when it looks at it what it sees is a reflection of its own way of looking. The information it gleans from the world can't go beyond the limitations of its reason based approach because all that approach can uncover is the part of life that is open to it. Higher levels of existence that are not accessible to reason and sensory observation simply can't be detected. So it is not that science sees what it wants to see but what it sees is all it can see because what is observed is determined by what is observing and how it observes. A fly sees the world according to the limitations of its mind and so does a scientist. The difference, and it is an important one, is that the fly can't help it but the modern scientist imposes these limitations on himself because he denies a faculty higher than reason. Now, reason is certainly not a false faculty. It is God given, but when it is taken as man's highest faculty and its existence is used to reject higher spiritual principles then the servant has become master and reason becomes a tyrant that insists the world is seen according to its own limitations.

If we note how modern science started we can see the near inevitability of its descent into spiritual ignorance. For nature to be regarded solely as an object of study and exploitation it was separated from its roots in the spiritual world, a world not open to investigation by the new methods. As time passed and the new approach proved highly successful in material terms it came to be seen as the only way in which the world could be understood despite the protestations of people like William Blake and writers and artists associated with the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. When science through Darwinism came up with its own creation myth its triumph was assured, and we now live with the spiritually disastrous results of that. Even much spirituality nowadays, such as it is, has to accord with science if it is to be accepted as realistic, the very opposite of what should be the case.

Anyone taking the line I have here will inevitably be asked if (for example) he uses computers or avails himself of the advantages of modern medicine. In other words, if he uses some of the many benefits that science has brought. If the answer is yes, he will be charged with hypocrisy. However it's not that simple. We all live in the 21st century and, unless we take to the woods and become hermits, we have to do so. No one disputes that modern science has brought many material benefits. It would never have made the inroads it has if it had not done so, but the point is it has brought them at immense spiritual cost. If we live in the modern world then we more or less have to use the products of science, and we can legitimately do so though I would suggest we should do so to a limited degree if we wish to avoid being contaminated by the mindset behind them. For it is not science that is bad but the mindset behind it, though I admit it can be hard to disentangle the two especially when the products of science reinforce the idea of man as a machine.

And so I say that, while science has brought some good things on the material level (it has brought many bad and unholy things too), these don't begin to compensate for the spiritual destruction it has wrought. But I would also add that it is not science per se that I am attacking here but a science not pursued in the light of the reality of God and the hierarchical supremacy of revelation and spiritual insight to unsupported reason. If science acknowledged that there are truths, deeper foundational truths, beyond its reach then it might begin to acquire a wisdom it currently lacks and which we so desperately need. If it pursued knowledge not for its own sake or even humanity's sake but for a fuller revelation of God then it might start to discover something really worthwhile.