Universal Citizenship

Men, male and female,

I have been loving the exchange regarding spirit and religion, and think this morning to share some thoughts I have found useful.

We come to a turning time in the evolution of our species and our planet. It would seem to any person that what has gone before has taken a very long time. Yet in the observance of years, decades, centuries, and eons, our advent in the earth is a very thin line indeed. The deployment of consciousness has been rapid in comparison to geological time. There are many mysteries, and the grand mystery of existence. We have addressed these questions in various ways and with various degrees of actual and presumed authority. We as a species have built many golden halls, in thought and in the earth. Shadow also has tailed us and even leapt ahead, railroading collective creativity to various pits of doom, world wars, armageddon dreams. I have grown up in a sad world. The noble striving of the good and seemingly endless reports of war, starvation, and horror have filled my data stream for decades. My generation is the first to have had TV added to radio and movies as the huge data streams we have enjoyed and endured.

Part of the data stream in my life has been the availability of literature and experiences developed from the spiritual and religious traditions around the world over a very long time line. The practice of reason through science and mathematics has been a great blessing with the rigor of thought and requirement to recall the origins of lines of thought; primary assumptions and axioms. Logic has also welled up to assist me in engaging many thought systems in a meaningful way with structural observations of consistency and anomaly. Faith gets us in trouble over and over, for we learn eventually that everyone has 100% faith. What matters is the belief in systems of thoughts. Whether for good or ill outcomes, our feelings and motivations follow the thoughts in which we believe. I have found this to be true individually as a great gift of understanding, for it is possible to release thoughts of blind perception and encompass by choice more congruent and integrated thoughts. It is also true collectively, for our experience in the world is shaped by what we actualize as a people. I believe that there is a symbolic coherence between the thought system of individuals and the collective. The good news is that collective thought can be responsive in a way similar to cultivation of a mature, complete, wholesome individual.

It has been my experience that exposure and investigation of the esoteric technologies and histories is advisable. I have now the great benefit of understanding the mind which I am, and how to cultivate it in a useful and meaningful way. Before Freud and Jung, we could not even speak of such things as soul, psyche, ego, complexes, and so on. Now, there is a flow of insightful renderings which not only assist the understanding, but provide technology for practical effect. It has been said that BELIEF is the most powerful force on the planet. In a world run by the reptilian brain, despots have oft burned libraries and destroyed intellectual classes as a way to control the population. We have the possibility of awakening, en mass, in a volume of persons not before seen on this beautiful and painful blue planet.

The Earth is evolving also. I see this tired old girl as a very dangerous place to live. There is substantial danger geo-physically in tectonic adaptations, the spinning of  a liquid core, and the circulatory patterns of weather. There also is substantial danger astro-physically, for there is dark bits cruising through the same space we traverse with our wonderful living spaceship. To perceive the parameters of any system, I believe most would agree, requires a view-point which can encompass the greater system in which the subject system resides. A  lovely motivator is that we need each other. Caring for each other as shipmates on a cosmic voyage enfolds all the good of all the great teachings. So I dare to make the following assertion for our benefit and entertainment.

I am a citizen of the universe. I have received the blessing of scientific observation and insight that allows me to vision planets, star systems, and galaxies. I have come to believe the universe is alive, and that this is one of many living worlds in which consciousness is expanding. I have come to believe that there is a hierarchy of levels and dimensions beyond the perception of the body’s senses and that there is present help in the organized intelligence that persists outside of our time/space apparent reality. I have come to understand that my mind is split. I have a personal life with a body and an ego, an also a life in the psyche, the soul with which I may learn to identify and to serve. As I take, by practice, a seat in my soul, I am granted a fearlessness that allows the patterning in my person to transform in alignment with my evolving preferences for enlightenment and world service. The practice of faith in my life, as my cosmology evolves, is become my religion. My religion is my own. I am happy to experience overlapping world-views and sensibilities with many others, yet no one person or group is likely to mirror me precisely. Thanks to Spong and others, my Christian vector of connection with the divine has been wrenched away from the controlling despots of the churches. There is, in my world, a Creator. There is a Son, Christians and esoteric masters call Christ, which is a way of claiming the truth of divine extension of the soul of me. What we refer to as the Holy Spirit is a direct vector to Source which comes as an answer to the confusion of the Big Bang and our temporary perception of separation. One glance here to evil is the notion that the creative hierarchy has individuals within it that have the possibility of going adverse to the plan. On more than the physical level, we have the possibility of making new choices in a field of potentials, some of which are true, and some not.

An assertion to remember is that, as I work to heal my own small pains and confusions, some benefit extends to the collective. There are possibilities that such blessing and healing reaches also through time. This potential to serve the world effectively by doing my inner work has been a powerful motivator for me, for I did not and still oft do not, perceive myself as a worthy contributor to the world, my family, my community. So I say to you that religion is personal thing. It reflects how I support myself in my days with the thoughts and tools available to me. My religion spans the shaman and the artist, the scientist and the philosopher, that which suffers, and that which is ever at peace. We have the possibility of object language, understanding that thoughts are but things. We enter into the world through a burning ring of fire to learn to choose, and to choose again, as these thought objects show their patterns on the ground. My teacher is no longer the ego, the past, the convention of idiocy.  I release the addiction to dualism, a sickness healed only by altitude. My teacher is the connection that has been granted me to Source, and what this brings forward in my waking life.

So, I say it is helpful to hold a generic spirituality and ceremonies that remind we persons of our souls and our connection to each other and the divine. It is a way to make a place to exchange the gifts we are and which we bring. It is a pot-latch of many tribes of multi-cultural beings. It is helpful to be grounded in axis mundi. I write to you now from the intersection of these directional vectors. The horizon of mystery is pushed back. I assert with my personal authority my informed will to good. I am a citizen of the universe, devoted to God and Goddess in its expression unfolding through me, and we of good heart.

As I sit here weeping, I dare to imagine I have danced these words well enough to ring a chime of Great Love. Blessing in this Holy Instant, and in the days that come.

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