When Jesus quoted, “Is it not written in your law, I said, ‘Ye are Gods‘?” [John 10:34] He was making the point that though He preachs Himself as the Son of God – the good news is that you are too! God becomes flesh in everyone of us as well – and it is by the putting on of a “person” [persona, meaning mask]. It’s in how we take the word and make it flesh ourselves. Taking our myths literally [meaning according to the literature, or as it reads]. Choosing the images that we will bring to life by living according to them.
But if the actor gets too into his part and forgets he is acting – he could then become a “hypocrite” [hypocrites, meaning actor].
Galatians 2:6 tells us that God accepts no one’s “person” – He doesn’t care about my mask, or the game I play, the “Self” I go around saying that I am. Jesus said, “deny your Self” – quit the act and repent [“to change the mind”] of that stuff. Stop parading around in your persona like it’s something special. Have the same mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus, thinking equality with God was not something He needed to be grasping at — but rather devoted Himself to being a servant [Philippians 2:5-8].
Jesus’ teachings are dangerous to any -archist situation:
However, once gone, the clergy took Jesus and said, “Well fine, He was the Son of God – but let it stop right there. We don’t want anybody else causing that kind of trouble.” So He was relegated safely upstairs where no one else would get the same mind in them – and start being a big nuisance.
In order to make the gospel more useful/practical, it gets reduced down to some simple set of principles – as if Jesus’ main goal was to make 1st century Judean life easier. In fact, ease of life seemed to be the furthest thing from His mind. The gospel comes with full disclosure – following Jesus can be hazardous to your health and to your relationships with others. When Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me,” the original context of the phrase meant, “to die on one,” which was a reason why many people didn’t really want to follow Him back then. However, these days it means: putting up with fellow church members you don’t particularly like, sitting through boring meetings, getting rid of this or that bad habit, or not getting angry in bad traffic on your commute, etc.
The things Jesus was all about [the miraculous works of the Father] are entirely outside of the scope of normal, human experience. In time, the whole of the kingdom He preached was to be manifest to all – but certain things got labeled “spiritual” and others as “historical”. So things like physical resurrections, literal second comings, supernatural gifts, prophecies, tongues, healings, and revelations were all ruled out and labeled as spiritual concepts. Now everyone could join the church of the King who never reigned. A triumphant rule was never a part of the program, you see – so the Gentiles get what they wanted, a church patterned after their idea of what a church should be.
The gospel is just another moral school of thought without active spiritual gifts, powers, miracles, and signs following them that believe. It’s just another set of creeds or principles for civil policy and governance – one without the embarrassing holes in its hands and feet. Salvation becomes a self-help program. Christ-like discipline boils down to the “7 principles of…” or the “4 R’s of…”, etc. When dead to the gifts of Holy Spirit, the gospel will be used to work for men and women – rather than working on them — creating them as new creatures patterned after the person of Jesus Christ.
Left-brain, right-brain, and the nature of “real”:
As I was reading the scriptures one day recently, I thought out-loud to myself:
“These are just arrangements of ink on paper, what makes me expect them to alter my physical reality?”
This post is the same thing – arrangements of pixels on a screen. Such things don’t seem “real” — in our Western-sense of the word — so how can they “do” anything?
Reality, at first glance, seems to be a simple thing. There is an endless detail of a physical, material world ever present and surrounding me. These things are real because I can measure them with yardsticks, voltammeters, scales, etc. You know, real stuff.
But now there’s the mind. This immaterial knot of memories, ideas, and feelings that we call “ourself” also exists – just not in some measurable sense that science can describe. Consciousness is not quantifiable, yet this fuzzy mosaic of awareness is the truest reality we can ever really know.
The “here-and-now”, material aspect demands our immediate attention. The inner world of feelings and ideas are dismissed as “less important” – even though our physical world and entire civilization was once naught but ideas. Our entire material experience is actually founded on a realm of consciousness who’s nature and geography we’ve allowed to largely go unexplored.
Before our Age of Reason, human beings had bona-fide strategies for interacting with imagination and the mind. Their complicated magical systems and pantheons of Gods, Goddesses, demons, and spirits were all the images and names they used to label the powerful human forces. These were the ancients’ attempts at mapping the whole of human existence – the physical as well as the non-. They used the macro [planets] to symbolize the micro [levels of awareness/understanding]. They personified human desires, virtues, fears, and vices as the pantheons of Gods and demons as an attempt to better understand them, deal with them, and in some cases – become them.
The domain of the right-brain is [for the most part] a savage landscape that we wander without a map – because we’ve thrown them out with Atlantis, buried under the waves of left-brain rationalism.
The left-brain, conscious attention takes the “fuzz” of the external reality and draws nice little lines around things to give definition and order. It uses invented intervals of measure [like inches, pounds, seconds, etc.] to construct a kind-of “grid” that can be placed on top of existence in order to better focus on parts of it and describe it.
It represents our human ability to focus on individual “here-and-now”s and “this-and-that”s. It provides us with that sensation of “self” as some skin-encapsulated center of will/activity in the world, which is entirely an illusion [meaning it’s a matter of convention, or an invention, a tool]. As a function of the left-brain-mind, it is only one part of you, the tip of all existence that pokes up through the surface. It is this aspect that emphasizes [notices] separateness. The left-brain can only see the parts, the bits, the boundaries of distinction [which can be helpful] – but if we’re not careful, we can start to think that the whole universe is naught but the particles and ignore the waves. We see the images the left-brain uses to look at, think about, and interact with the rest of the world — but we can forget about the whole picture underneath.
We take something like nature, which is amoral, impartial, and anarchic — and come in and bring judgments like kindness and cruelty, meaning and order to the whole thing. Nature itself, outside of our left-brain consciousness, is a blank canvas for our projection, and humans have been working for millennia to make nature a safe, organized place.
We’ve come up with city-states, monetary systems, concepts of property, monogamy, monoculture, etc., but no one realized how boring the whole thing would become. Now we have the whole world property-lined, zoned, speed-limited, paved, taxed, regulation, registered, addressed, and licensed. But nobody left room for life. With no possibility of real disaster and chaos, we have no chance at real salvation and peace. The same systems we made to keep us safe are the same ones that condemn us boredom.
Any attempt to control a single variable in a natural system will only result in more variables becoming chaotic. This is because a natural system is at rest. It is at equilibrium and it can stay at equilibrium without any energy input. When force is applied to one part of the system, the other parts react proportionately in an attempt to restore that equilibrium point. This is man’s fall, which is pride – trying to control the world, instead of being spontaneous as we suppose children or animals to be. Until we reach the point we are at currently, where we spend most of our energy fighting to control what our attempts at control have caused.
However, there is a vast world beneath the left-brain’s conscious, “here-and-now” attention. There is the “flood-light” consciousness of the right-brain-heart. Here is where we can see the whole picture. We can “zoom out” and see the Self that is below the surface [not just the front we put up for a nice display, like an embroidery], and we can see the connections that exists between other Self’s.
Jesus would want us to bring on the apocalypse:
So, really, the “unreal” is often more powerful than the “real”. Think about what’s more powerful:
- the physical computer you are looking at
- or the idea of a computer.
Which has altered human existence to a greater extent – any one, physically real computer, or that nebulous idea of a computer?
Only ideas are immortal. Stone crumbles, wood rots, paper decays, and people die. But an idea – something as whisper-fragile as a dream – can endure. It can change the way people think, the way they see themselves and the world – and that’s what will change the world.
The world is not this physical planet or the life that’s on it. The “world” is our systems, politics, economics, bank notes, and borders – it’s our ideas about the world. We term the end of the world “apocalypse” – which is nothing but the Greek word for revelation. An earth-shattering revelation bringing about the biggest change in the human state of mind – large enough to completely end this world and usher in a new earth.
You see, the four horsemen don’t cause the apocalypse – just look around — they’ve been riding for millennia. They are a description of how the world is:
They are the reason we need an apocalypse.
And Jesus was that revelation — He brings that apocalypse. His miracles were meant to show His disciples how to have a world without those horsemen:
- There will be no hungry, so He feeds them
- There will be no sickness, so He heals it
- There will be no devils, so He casts them out
- There will be no storms, so He calms them
- There will be no death, so He raises the dead
Our life here on this world simply isn’t one of those things for which the concept of “meaning” has any purpose or beneficiality. There is no sensical answer given to “What is the answer to the ultimate question of life?” because the question is itself non-sensical. And life is not something we can just dream, wish, manifest, affirm, or BE into the shape we want it to be in — using the law of attraction, positive affirmations, prayers, etc.
Life is one big drama, it’s an act. If it were a genre of acting, life would be improv. I did improv in Speech and Drama in high school. The number one rule they taught us when practicing for competitions was – you are not the most important person in the scene, everyone else is, and your job is to pay attention to them and help them out. It all works because, well, you are in the scene too – and that same rule applies to you too [from the others’ perspective]. Thus, like life, there are no “leaders” in charge of the scene – only a group of servants serving the servants.
Life is not about achieving some “goal” at the end [whether we define it as a healthy retirement in this life, or this or that version of heaven in the next] – it’s like a dance, or a song. The whole point of dancing is not to end up with your feet in a particular position on that part of the floor – the whole point of dancing is to dance. The whole point of singing is not to get to that last note – but the whole point of music is all of the notes played. It’s meant to be fun, but most of us turn into “that guy” – you know, the one when you’re playing flag football or Monopoly and he starts taking the whole thing too seriously, forgetting the whole thing was began as a way to play a game.
Life is about the acting – not the actor or the actress. It’s interesting that we call God “The Supreme Being” – when “being” is a verb. God is The Ultimate Doing – and we should be about doing the same thing, singing the same song.
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