The World is a Sacred Object and at the Mere Approach of the Profane, it Recedes

Visible Origami — Nov 7, 2017

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
Greetings and welcome to Visible Origami on this milk white skyed, not quite gray, day. Sometimes there are days where you think to yourself; “I don’t really have anything to say today. I’ll just let it go by and later on, up the road there might be observation worth mentioning or reporting on.” Then you find yourself in the process of saying something anyway and well, here we are.
Last night I watched a documentary on Rolling Stone magazine; “Rolling Stone, Stories from the Edge.” It started out, or when I checked it, it was already involved with John Lennon and the Yoko Magic Yoni Cycle, the it ran through the backgrounds of a lot of personnel, with regular insertions of Jann Wenner. Patty Hearst came up and I got to look at a Rolodex of the years I passed through on my way to this moment. It closed out with more John Lennon and the Yoko Magic Yoni.
I never expected the world to be the way it is now. I’m always been an optimist, thinking the better portions of our collective presence would rise into a greater prominence; not that the worst among us would continue to gain greater power and wield it with a despicable influence. I never expected the greater mass of humanity to be even stupider than they were in the crowd shots of ‘living the Formica life, in Harmon Cove, Secaucus with my wife and two autistic children and one lonely dog, where death’s not a threat, it’s the law.’
The press of materialism is everywhere to be seen and felt. They now put bacon on everything and the they that is doing it, is doing it on behalf of the conditions that arise by eating the flesh of the pig at regular intervals. I never expected so many people to be so obese, with tales of their skin being wedded to the pleather of the chairs in which they sit, to watch Offal Winfrey and a slew of daytime and late night horrifics, dedicated to calculated assaults on Normal. I never expected so many people to be so militantly sexually dysfunctional. I never expected so many people to be in a state of deep hypnotic fascination with cellphones, or that they would measure their actual value according to social media emojis and likes and… how come the dislike button isn’t there a lot of the time?
I never expected so many conditions and events to be the ones that arrived or took place and I suppose that was because I was never able to let go of the hope of a larger awakening around the world. What I observe is that materialism has become the supreme force in the world of appearances. Maybe it always was and there’s just more of it to become obsessed with and entangled up in. Still… still, I think of the art and the music, the architecture and the books that came out of different periods and the efforts of the present day are a sad and terrifying departure from what was once being created. We’ve taken a downward turn into stagnant depravity.
Instead of ‘justice for all’, which we never had anyway but… we did have the appearance of it, we now have justice for the ill made and the elevation of those who lack all inspiration, save for that which wafts up from the pit, to a level of wide social influence over cultural mores. Our spokesmen and women are no longer either. They are now spokestrolls and spokesorcs who have reduced the feminine aspect of existence to ‘bitches and ho’s’ and the bitches and ho’s are dancing right along. The worship of shiny obscenities, hanging around the necks of those who gave up their skin to bad graffiti artists, has replaced the religious icons of a previous time. I am not here to promote either but I will say the former was preferable. I know who it is that is behind the enforced downturn in human behavior and aspiration. I know what the objective and intention of it is. I can’t do anything about it, except comment on it to a very small audience and reject Satan and all of his works, like I remember hearing about at baptisms and communions and there was a scene with that in The Godfather but it was more an offense against the ritual rather than a celebration of the victory of the human spirit over infernal forces.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came here to triumph over evil and every fear and limitation that hinders the unbridled expression of the human spirit. He triumphed over Hell and was given the keys to Hell and Death. He is the doorway to paradise; the wayshower. I am not a Christian but I believe this to be true. I am a follower of Christ but I am not a Christian. I have had many spiritual experiences with Eastern systems and entities but I have never had one with Jesus Christ. I don’t know why that is. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Maybe that’s something up ahead or… maybe what I have been lead to believe about the persona and being of Jesus Christ from scripture and church authorities is all wrong. Maybe Jesus Christ, as he applies to us, is a part of ourselves and not something apart. I do believe that Jesus was a man; the most highly evolved of his kind at the time and that Christ is a station that is shared in equally by all who attain to it. This is why Christ is the wayshower. He came to reveal that which sleeps within and which can be awakened… ignited.
I have some amount of internal understandings about Jesus Christ but I prefer not to articulate some of them, fearing that I will fall far short of the task. I do want to say that it is possible that Christ is the awakened indwelling soul and that is what he came to show us, that part of each of us that is common to all, regardless of how deep asleep or seemingly not even present it may appear, or rather, not appear. I remember in the Way to the Kingdom, where the writer is mentioning that process which he refers to as ‘the quickening’ and how when it happens, the wife can turn out to be far more spiritually advanced than the husband and vice versa, even though previously the opposite was thought to be true by all those experiencing them.
I try to avoid being depressed by the conditions of the times in which I live. This is never easy because the times are depressing. They are devoid of spiritual vitality and the masses have abandoned themselves to unrestrained hedonistic pursuits. I’ve nothing against pleasure, except for my certain awareness that an excess of it leads to pain and suffering. William Blake once said that “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” I have found this to be true (grin). I’ve heard it said, that “a fool who persists in his folly will be made wise.” This I know to be true as well, though it was learned at great cost. I believe if you seek after Jesus Christ you will find Jesus Christ and you will find Jesus Christ to be a state of awareness in your awakened soul. You may well not find the popular legends of the man but you will find the essential truth. “Knock and it will be opened unto you. Seek and ye shall find.” I believe these statements to be true.
I try to avoid being depressed by the conditions of the times in which I live because I KNOW these conditions are an illusion and I also know that they are temporary. I know they change as I change and that I shouldn’t spend my time reflecting on them in any case because they don’t have anything to do with me. They have to do with the people living within them and under the influence of them. Conditions and events apply to the people they apply to. Everyone’s world is constructed according to the lens that shapes their impression and perspective of it and this lens is composed of the value system that each individual subscribes to. We see the world through the lens of our desires and ambitions and the world adjusts or retreats accordingly. As Lao Tzu said, “the world is a sacred object, at the mere approach of the profane it recedes.” Which world is being discussed there? I presume it is the real world. There is such a place and it is a paradise of sorts. Every other version is a distortion of that. Not all distortions are unpleasant. Some dreamers and gentler souls have a positive distortion of the world, imagining the world as it might be and trying to live in it as if it were that.
We disturb ourselves far more than we should, worrying about events that have not come to pass but which we fear might do so. We disturb ourselves by believing what is not actually so and by going in fear and apprehension of we know not what. The world could descend into a planetary wide chaos but it might have nothing to do with you. The whole point of Jesus Christ walking out upon the stormy waters was to show that the forces in the world are inferior to one who possesses a true understanding and awareness of what is real and true. Jesus Christ triumphed over all limitations and fearful aspects. He did this to show us the way and we can do as Jesus Christ did if we become as Jesus Christ was and since Jesus Christ is resident within us, we only have to make the necessary connection to the ‘awakened Christ within.’
I had ambitions similar to those of many who have been here. Fortunately, I was denied the accomplishment of them until my priorities could be put in order. Now I want nothing more than what Jesus Christ and every other great teacher demonstrated here. It is likely I will come nowhere close to that but it is also possible I might draw closer than I ever imagined was possible. The idea of being successful at some artistic pursuit where there have been so many who have done so and been left miserable as a result is anathema to me. The idea of accomplishing what some few, known and unknown have accomplished, is the more attractive pursuit.
End Transmission…….

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