4th of July rambling from a redneck mystic
Even the ruggedest individual is not separate
he is part
of a long line of people who gave their dna for him
part of the animals and plants he consumes
part of elements he is made of.
There is no bootstrap human.
God put spiraling, creating life energy into each of us
Our bodies are shaping themselves from elements like carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen,
Our behavior is shaping itself by the ways of the humans around us,
We are creating ourselves, whether we realize it or not, from the materials, ideas, and energies that we can grasp, as a bird creates its nest from available material, whether straw, branch, or plastic.
God gave us this free will
and with it came all the ways we can abuse power.
Could even God have foreseen
The multitude of abuses the demons would bring to freewill
The multitudes of idols the humans would worship
The lengths to which conquerors would go
Stealing the land, expertise, and very bodies that had been carefully nurtured by “inferior savages”
AND using the flag of a nation or the symbol of an idol to excuse
or GLORIFY their exploitation of earth and of “others”,
(“others” meaning barbarian, savage, heathen, people not like us, people we can dehumanize and justify exploiting, those that we somehow decide are NOT children of God.)
Oh, and the demons were pleased. The misery was a banquet.
God despaired at the mess
Tried to flood it all and start over.
Gave a rainbow promise
But people just went right back to cruelty, like dogs to their vomit
and the demons were pleased.
“I’ll go live in that matter, with that suffering, and that limitation,
I’ll show them how to stop being tricked by demons.”
And he did. He lived a path to show how to live free, to live in love, instead of in bondage to wargames.
But people with money and power chose instead to make an idol of Jesus, just as others choose other idols to prove they belong to the “good” tribe, justified to kill others.
here we still are
2000 years later.
Many do follow Christ’s true path! The path he blazed is always there; just ask him how to walk it!
it has become clear that many who claim His name, like a member ID,
without following his path
are still denying human history
a false image of “good guys with guns” invading “savage” tribes, stealing their wealth and labor, and using State and Religion and Practicality to justify violence as DEFENSE DEFENSE! Over and over again.
LISTEN TO JESUS, not the demons!
Jesus did not say “stand your ground and defend your property”. He said” Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38-39, ESV)
Jesus did not say “protect your right to bear arms”. He said , “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matthew 26:50-52, ESV)
It is the demons who tell us that violence can create peace.
The hungry demons who feed on suffering
Just go to the light already! you mosquito demons, addicted to human emotions,
I am so sick of your pathetic sucking
your only power is what you have stolen!
you viruses and cancers and immune disorders of spirit
turning us against our own kind
ENOUGH! OUT, YOU LIARS!
We have to cast out the demons of exploitation.
We have to stop shaming people for their pain.
We have to stop blaming the afflicted for their affliction
We have to stop blaming the hurting for lamenting their sorrow.
If we shame and blame the one with the suffering
We cannot have true empathy
We cannot see others as children of God
We separate ourselves from them, trying to avoid their suffering
And the demon wins twice
He gets to feed on the abandoned soul
And the suppressed guilt, the abandoner’s delusion that he is not his brother’s keeper
He gets to feed on the victim’s pain
And on the perpetrator’s deceitful attempt to justify himself, which causes him PAIN TOO
It’s a feast for the demon!!
Love is the only thing that stops the demons’ feeding
A demon starves
with no pain to feed on
He must give up and go to the light
Share in the light which we are all meant to draw energy from
The demon is a middleman
Dependent on human energies
Unable to go to source, because he refuses to.
He is dependent upon the whims of human emotion.
We all want to fight an enemy, right??? Americans especially love the endorphins of battle!
Remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities
spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
It is simple really
YOU CANNOT SHOOT A DEMON LIKE HATE.
If you strike down the demon with violence, he arises stronger, with a hundred heads.
The only way to defeat the demons is to starve them
We must turn their misery food into energy humans can use for their own care:
Here is what we can do to starve the demons:
nurture and care
spread joy through:
caring for animals
caring for humans
creation of any beautiful thing
loving attention of any kind
create the ability to feel safe amid danger
which gives us ground to fight on.
All of this is fed by love.
All of these things teach us to exist without being controlled by the limbic actions of fight flight freeze fawn
To resist the fear anger hate
which the demons live on.
We have to stop glorifying instant heroes
the “good guy with the gun” is a fake hollywood image. A gilded idol of what a savior truly is.
The “good guy with a gun” is like pornography, in that it perverts the goodness of true heroism, which is people working together for the good of all, NOT looking for personal glory.
This wrong idea of a savior leaves people impotent, waiting for salvation, not cooperating with God to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.
That’s why Jesus let them kill him. jesus was not a good guy with a gun. He was not a blood sacrifice to appease an angry God.
Jesus’ life was an illustration of how to dethrone the war demon who pretended to be yahweh and throned himself by exploiting the humans’ terror.
We are the ones who crucify Jesus, every time we do not tend to the least of these. Every time we let the exploiters win. It is up to us to stop crucifying him for speaking the truth.
God is not a magical Genie that we command to do our whim.
Also, God is not an authoritarian tyrant who blesses only those who toady to him.
God is love.
God needs us to be God’s hands and feet, to work to undo the evil that the enemies have wrought through the hands and feet of humans.
Flesh and blood is not the enemy.
Hatred is the enemy.
Hatred cannot be shot with a gun
but springs to greater life when the body hits the ground.
Hatred binds the hater to the hated, and the hated to the hater, in a bond almost as strong as love.
Hate cannot be shot to death and instantly ended
it can only be slowly starved
just as life does not suddenly appear
but must be nurtured by years of sun, soil, rain, and loving care.
We have to nurture seeds instead of building walls
which trap us inside our bodies
We have to learn to control our bodies
And believe, truly, that we DO have souls
We are not just bodies of meat!!
bodies are containers and conduits of enormous energy
We are collections of actions and relationships
That can create huge fields of hate, anger, fear
for demons to feed on
For other mortals to receive and reciprocate
Energy is not created or destroyed
But it can change form
The demons train us like slave cattle
That they may suck upon our fear and hatred,
But we can change our misery
into creative power
that can nurture the earth and all life on it
If we trust that God is real
love is real
souls are real
Every act of love matters
No matter how small
And the scale is different
Than how humans measure it
Profit, human reactivity, amount of stuff produced
Are the ways humans measure success
That isn’t how God measures it.
God roots for our ability to find joy, to help others find joy, to face reality and not be shut down by it, to turn away from demon temptations of escape (be they of sugar or wine or self pity)
Demon temptations that keep us enslaved to despair so the demons may feed on us
And us starving, addictive and living in perceived scarcity, looking for enemies, looking for someone to exterminate
Or someone to exterminate us to end our misery.
God’s scale is very different
human symbols get frozen. Misunderstood. The measure mistaken for the thing itself.
Like the word often becomes an idol for the thing itself
Frozen, a totem to be loved or hated with the limbic system, triggered
Rather than what life really is, which is ongoing relationship with the energies of all things we come in contact with
Words are meant to be connection
Never a concrete thing, a sign of object-ness.
We are not objects
We are conglomerations of everliving evermoving energy, which must relate to each other, and everything we encounter on earth
We are not objects
We are sets of processes woven together
We are sets of energies working like a symphony
The english language has murdered this idea
The idea of being inspirited, of being a verb
With all of its incessant naming
And determining of worth
By the name or by the number
Those were never meant to be the use of those symbols!
Symbols were never meant to limit
Demons took them and used them to limit
So they can eat the energy
The same energy that they could rightfully just have and work with, if they would only return to source!
Thats’ why evil is so stupid and wasteful
Symbols are meant to be portals to connection
Not a flattening
A dismissal of a being to mere matter
The root of much of the evil we see, racism, sexism, greed
Is all the same
Treating people as objects
things to exploit
Treating the earth as a thing to exploit
Instead of seeing what ancient peoples always knew
We are the sum of our actions, our interactions, our connection, our relationships
Owning objects and hoarding them
Fighting for them
Is the greatest folly
A joy to the demons, the skeksis, who believe this is all there is to life
The devourers who have lost hope that souls really do exist
Except as a mark to thieve from
The do not believe in thriving
Only in parasiting, vampiring, virusing, cancering
Ways of existing
Which are scarcely existence at all
Do you understand it better now?
The limitations of time and matter that you perceive
What matters is connection
And the energy that you tune to
Love that you can encourage
Joy that you can encourage
Goodness that you can spread
Truth that you can sow
But you will not be punished for what you attempt to sow
If it doesn’t grow
That’s now how God works. God is the love, the light, the nurturer, the order-creator.
Humans are the punishers. The ones who force matter into patterns that are not in balance. Then get angry when it isn’t in balance.
This idea came from children who never got past the idea that punishment limits them
Not understanding that actual guidance is just helping them see
What is real
And what is only their illusion
There are limitations to
Living in this congealed time and energy we call matter
And no amount of self-aggrandizing illusion can change those.
It’s just the nature of each element, and how it can be worked with, or not.
The patterns which are possible, and which ones are not.
However, imagination fed by truth
Can give us new illusions
Which lead us towards actions which can make a difference within matter
Connections which bolster love, creating a web of light and high energy
Which takes food from the mouths of the devourers
What is the difference between eating and devouring?
Eating is a necessary part of the cycle of life.
An eagle never takes more than he needs to live.
Never taking all of a species
Respecting the individual and its place in furthering life
Allowing the healthy ecosystem to stay in place
And that its lifeforce may return to light
To be reborn young and healthy.
A clean shot through the heart.
Here is how Devouring
Is worse than eating
Devouring is slavery
It is forcing a creature to live in misery and servitude
Forced to deny its own nature
So you can extract more and more from it.
And the worst is that it loses its energy, its dignity
And becomes mean like the devourer.
That is the difference.
Human sacrifice can be holy
Sometimes even war can be holy. If only the necessary is done
Demons whisper lies about what is necessary, justifiable, even good.
Wars of greed and slavery are always evil.
Slavery is foul and can under no circumstances be holy, because it creates such an abundance of horrible energy in which demons thrive on the side of the slaver and the enslaved, disrupting the health of those organisms for generations, locked into twisted mis-relationship, into fear/anger loops, into exploitation/dependency loops, into worship/hatred loops. Power relationships out of whack lead to icky patterns, many different types of pestilence for demons to feast on, so of course they want it to stay that way.
Goodness is a return to nature, to healthy patterns of growth, nurture, death decay.
Nature is not evil.
It is red in tooth and claw, yes, but its brutality is only a small part of the cycle, not its totality
Slavery is not natural.
Exploitation is not natural
It comes from the deceivers.
America under the rule of exploitation is not noble like the eagle
Eagles take only what they need. Not according to greed.
An eagle is not “a good guy with a gun”.
An eagle kills only as necessary to live. Not to defend arbitrary ideals that justify exploitation and war. Like, say, nationalism.
Eagles do not build fancy houses with the blood and flesh of their prey
They do not let themselves be preyed upon by demons of greed.
Who whip their survival instincts into addictive overdrive and get them into habits of egregious expoitation
Only humans do that
Because we have imagination
And are therefore susceptible to
Snakes are not evil
But they are a good illustration for what happens
If we let our limbic system alone
Take power, get addicted, and cut off our connection to the whole
cold blooded defense.
That said, if we ignore our inner snake entirely
Then we fall prey to death energy
Depression which causes us to find only meaninginglessness
To circle down into romantization of pointlessness
Upon which demons also love to feed
So that why it is important to
Honor the snake
Respect its place. Its energy. Its necessity.
But it lives in a burrow. It is of earth only. Snake has no desire to lead, only to survive. That is honorable for a snake, but not a human.
Humans are to be guardians of earth’s healthy patterns.
We must be aware of our multifaceted capability: we must be aware of our inner snake, our inner eagle, our inner bunny rabbit, our inner possum (our limbic strengths)
As well as help from those who have gone before us
We are threads in a cloth
And once we see this we can thrive much better
Viruses and cancers are excellent literal illustrations
Of what happens when we try to separate ourselves from the whole
We create unnecessary suffering, waste, pain, disaster.
Can America ever live up to its dream
Of being the eagle?
Top of the food chain, authority figure,
Yet only taking what it needs?