Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

More beast than god

Plotinus supposedly said “ Humankind is poised midway between the gods and men,” but we are nowhere near midpoint, we are still more beast than god. The future of man is not “merely” the god consciousness within of Traditionalism, we must move beyond the bliss of experiencing the Soul-Within to the actual object of Godhood, following our evolution to God.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin defines evolution

"Is evolution a theory, a system, or a hypothesis? It is much more—it is a general postulate to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must henceforth bow and which they must satisfy in order to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a trajectory which all lines of thought must follow—this is what evolution is."

From Integral World

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The origin of the demeaning of the evolving material world

Math, physics, philosophy and most theology does not really try to understand “Reality,” they are more interested in definitions on paper or in the mind that are mathematical, intellectual, theological. At best they are interested in a definition of Perfect Truth but not the Object Perfect Beauty or the Object Perfect Goodness or the Object Defining Perfect Truth. They are not speaking of the object itself which is real. In essence they don't seem to really believe in Godhood the Perfect Living Object or Objects. This is the origin of the demeaning of the evolving material world. Why? Fear? Lack of courage? Lack of the right kind of intelligence?

Mistaking God

“You speak as if you are here, and the Self is somewhere else and you had to go and reach it…But in fact the Self is here and now, and you are always It. It is like being here and asking people the way to the ashram, then complaining that each one shows a different path and asking which to follow.” —Sri Ramana Maharshi (from World Wisdom)

The statement above speaks “only” of the Soul Within. The “Self” mentioned is not God but the Soul or Zenith of the mind. We must evolve to God from the material to the material-spiritual. We may learn about the Soul-Within and even experience the bliss of God from the Inward Path mentioned above, but we must evolve with the Spirit-Within, the Will To Godhood, through the Outward Path to Godhood.

The Passage of Sacred Art

Art should be primarily ascending as well as secondarily descending. The Inward Path descends to the Soul, then the Outer Path ascends to the destination of the Spirit, not within but without as we evolve to God.

In the Outward Path of Positive Theology, in the Evolutionary Christian Church, the sacred passage moves from the “Essence” to “Form,” whereas the Negative Theology of Traditionalism moves only in the Inward Path from Form to Essence and then is stopped, by the Great Spiritual Blockade.

Sacred Art is defined by the word made flesh of the Outward Path while being informed by the flesh made word of the Inward Path.

Friday, January 23, 2009

God and the awareness of God

A monk asks: "Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature?" The master answers: "Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature." -Buddhist saying (from World Wisdom)

This saying points to the difference in the Inner and Outer Paths of the Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC) from Traditional wisdom. Traditional religion in affect defines the object as not as important as the thought of the object, and goes on to declare God as not at all an object in the material sense, and indeed in affect settles for a final definition of God rather than an Object God. In ECC God is an Object at the Zenith of Evolution in the Kosmos. The Inner Path in ECC relates to the Traditional inner idea of God yet never is defined exclusively as God but as the Soul or Spirit or God Within.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What is truth then?

“What is truth then? A mobile army of metaphors, metonomies, anthropomorphisms, in short a sum of human relations that are elevated, transmitted, beautified in a poetic or rhetoric manner, and that appear to the people after a long usage as fixed, canonical and binding: truths are illusions of which one has forgotten they are illusions, metaphors that are worn out and literally became powerless, coins that lost their images and are now metal and no longer coins.” (On Truth and Lie in the Extramoral Sense) Nietzsche

This quote shows why Nietzsche was the father of Postmodern philosophy. Nietzsche is here speaking not of truths, as he suggests, but of metaphors, metonomies and anthropomorphisms. Truths are seen in reconciling the forms of wisdom in the Primordial Tradition, from Hyperborea to the Hindus, from Zoroastrians to Plato, Aristotle, the Christian Fathers, the Classical philosophers, Chinese philosophy, the Renaissance, the Kabbalah of Judaism, occult philosophy, Islam, and now modern science. Truths are seen in the deeper unity of these forms of wisdom, which is not syncretism. This is the unity now found in uniting the Involutionary Inward Path with the Evolutionary Outward Path of material/supermaterial evolution to Godhood. These Two Paths unite modern science and Primordial Tradition in theological materialism and the Revitalized-Conservatism of the Evolutionary Christian Church. Yet Perfect Truth, Perfect Beauty and Perfect Goodness define Godhood, as wisdom traditions teach, and we will not define Perfect Truth correctly until we evolve from the material to supermaterial Godhood.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Book Review of "La convergence des catastrophes"

by Michael O'Meara, Ph.D.

..."Faye does not propose a restoration of lost forms, but rather the revitalization of those ancient spirits which might enable our children to engage the future with the confidence and daring of their ancestors. Thus, as befits a work of prophecy, Faye's survey of the impending tempests aims at preparing us for what is to come, when the high flood waters and hurricane winds clear away the system's ethnocidal illusions and create the occasion for another resurgence of European being. It aims, in a word, at helping Europeans to resume the epic course of their history..."

review here The Widening Gyre

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Why we are not revolutionary

Revolutionaries (religious or political) say that a civilization has to fall before the hoped for civilization can rise again, as something new. We do not say this. The Outward Path of evolution is infused and informed with the Traditional Inward Path of the Soul Within. This is Conservative, or the ethos of a Revitalized-Conservatism.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Supreme Object of Positive Theology

The material object is real and only described by the symbolic, formless, spiritual definition of the object (toward epistemology)

The Father is Ultimate Truth Who “describes” but does not literally describe Ultimate Reality, and this Ultimate Reality is the Trinity, which includes Perfect Truth as a description of the Highest Reality. The Highest Reality symbolically described is Perfect Beauty (the Son) and Perfect Goodness (Holy Spirit) Who are a real existing object attained called the Trinity, the Highest Object in the Kosmos, the Zenith of Evolution in the Kosmos.

The Trinity is a Generating Object and not merely a generating principle which is the Father or Ultimate Truth. The Father is indeed Formless, but is “circumscribed” by His definition of the Trinity. The “One” of Plotinus is not the Trinity and is not the whole of God but is the Father, or Perfect Truth. The One must include the Highest Object which is the Trinity.

Positive Theology defines a multiplicity of evolving objects. Life is evolving objects, born and evolved from the Primary Materia. “Negative Theology” comes from centering on the Father and tends to speak only of what God is not, overlooking the concept that the Father is not an “object” but is Perfect Truth describing the Supreme Object. Negative Theology tends to make one eventually define God as essentially Nothing. Indian mysticism reflects Negative Theology going back to the earliest sacred works. Other religions followed.

God is the Supreme Object of evolution for all lower realities, but the object is not “merely” Perfect Truth (the Father) freed from all object limitation. Perfect Truth is “only” symbolic definition, the Supreme Object is the Trinity, the Highest Object in the evolving Kosmos. Yet Perfect Truth has the High Power of the Trinity and is yet to be understood by mankind. And we have yet to understand what could be the “spiritual atoms,” or God Atoms of the Supreme Object.

Now it happens that the Revealed Religions going back to Primordial Tradition began mistakenly describing the Soul or Spirit Within, or the Perfect Truth, as God; they were not describing the Real Object God, Who is the Trinity, they were seeing “only” the Soul Within. “God is more minute than the minutest, but in whom is the entire universe and all beings, is the imperishable Brahman—God; he is the life force...” Mundakopanishad 2.2.2.

Centering on the Soul Within is defined in the Evolutionary Christian Church as the sacred Involutionary Inward Path. The Inward Path is not object-oriented or materially-oriented, it is spiritually oriented. The better one sees the Soul Within the more blissful is the experience, often described as Supreme Consciousness, or even as Godhood. Alas, it is here with the Inward Path that the Great Spiritual Blockade began, which tragically separated spiritual ends from material means, the object from the definition of the object, and this helped block material objects from evolving to the Highest Object in the Kosmos, which is the Trinity, Godhood.

The return of the world to God means following the Evolutionary Outward Path which evolves material life to God. The Inner Path of the Soul is the closest we can come to God at this level of evolution. We can be instructed and infused with Truths from the Soul Within, which can discern the Spirit, as seen and examined since ancient times by spiritual masters, but we must not mistake the Zenith of the Mind or Perfect Truth Within for God, just as we must not mistake the symbolic description of Perfect Truth of the Father with the Supreme Object of the Trinity.

Let us evolve to Godhood, seeking the Supreme Object of Positive Theology, by applying both the Inward and Outward Paths.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fulfilling ancient symbolism

As  the Theoevolutionary Church seeks to bring the Involutionary Inward Path into the Evolutionary Outward Path, and vice versa, we are seeking the ancient hope of a reconciliation between the material (temporal) and the spiritual, between priests and builders, Church and state.

At least in legend something like this has been tried before, in the building of Solomon's Temple, with a spiritual plan executed by material means, the spiritual plan of Solomon and the material work of Hiram. But both sides fought for their own ends. Thus we have the Kosmic feud between life and death, evolution and anti-evolution, generation and degeneration, material and spiritual.

Now in the rivalry, the temporal powers have utterly rejected the spiritual powers and vice versa. When the temporal plan refuses to follow the spiritual plan, or the spiritual follow the temporal means, then, if the Temple is built at all, the Temple is built in error.

Why have the religions deprived themselves of evolution? To stop evolving to God is an anomaly in nature. In doing so both have repudiated the authority of God. The Theoevolutionary Church and the Priests of the Outward Path once again seek to fuse the inner and outer worlds, to make a new “hammer” and a new “word” to regenerate the ancient goal, the evolution of the material to the spiritual and to Godhood.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Our attitude toward the Renaissance

The Renaissance was the time when the Church began to open up to the history of other religions, as well as to science. For example, the Medici's seem to have been patrons of the Kabbalist Christian occult, which was in effect, an opening to the East, the Zoroastrian-Hindu East, which influenced both Orthodox Judaism and Christianity.

This ecumenical dialog has been closed or hampered by pre-Renaissance-oriented thinkers, singling their own religions out as the exclusive way. These religious thinkers have tended to reject the Primordial Tradition existing in all religions, but this is precisely why we affirm them. And we continue the ecumenical ethos of the Renaissance by affirming modern science in our Evolutionary Outward Path to Godhood.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Adapting Object-oriented philosophy?

Reason in “Object-oriented philosophy” is described by Levi Bryant of Larval Subjects as “to search for one or more actual entities.” “The Ontic Principle” is: “there is no difference that does not make a difference.” The “ontic” is “the domain of entities or beings, as opposed to the ontological which deals with being qua being or what can be said of being independent of any reference to specific objects,” and “there is no entity where there is no act-uality.” In describing the Ontic Principle, Byrant says “there can be no being that is not act-ual. Consequently, I banish any entity that does not act or produce a difference. A purely possible or potential entity is, under this model, no entity at all.”

The Perfect Truth of Godhood is the material/supermaterial goal of evolution in the cosmos, and Godhood in this sense is the evolutionary zenith of Perfect Beauty, Perfect Goodness, Perfect Intelligence, etc. as well as the goal of the evolution of life in the cosmos. Perfect Truth in this sense is the highest possible material-to-supermaterial-material evolution.

Godhood is a Real Object, or Objects, also with an Object God's High Mind.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Ontic Principle

"The Ontic Principle: The Fundamental Principle of Any Future Object-Oriented Philosophy"

from Larval Subjects

More here "Brief Remarks on the Ontic Principle."

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Spiritual as Material?

We have heard the question what if the material is not material but is fundamentally spiritual? We turn this around and ask what if the spiritual is fundamentally material? These are two of the same thing, but the approach to them is important. The Involutionary Inward Path of Traditional religion has virtually hated the material world and so prefers the spiritual side of this picture, and science until recently with modern physics (at least somewhat) has denied the spiritual. When the Spirit Within is seen not as God but as the “seed” of the Kosmic Beginning, then no real separation need be expressed. The Spirit Within helps or activates life to evolve materially-spiritually to Godhood. And God is the zenith of material-spiritual evolution in the Kosmos. We need both the Inward Path to the Spirit and the Outward Path to God.

The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. Scholars have proposed a date as early as 60 AD or as late as 140 AD for this texts, depending upon whether the Gospel of Thomas is identified with the original core of sayings, or with the author's published text, or with the Greek or Coptic texts, or with parallels in other literature. The Gospel of Thomas is a vital connection between Eastern and Western religions showing their deep similarities. We accept this important work as a bridge between the East and the West. We suggest that the East, which has spiritual teachings older than Western spiritual teachings, validates the Gospel of Thomas more directly than any other Gospel, perhaps without having had direct knowledge of this Gospel. The New Testament is made clearer by the Gospel of Thomas.

For Thomas, speaking of Jesus, there are only two realms of existence: the material realm and the spiritual realm. The spiritual realm is a blissful reality of goodness, life, and light; it is the Kingdom of the Father. The material realm is a reality of evil, death, and darkness. Enlightenment comes in much the same way as the Eastern religions offer enlightenment, through the deepest one-pointed contact with the Spirit Within, which is God.

The Evolutionary Christian Church  has initiated the Evolutionary Outward Path, to attain through material-spiritual evolution, the God of the Involutionary Inward Path, seen in the Eastern Tradition, and in the Gospel of Thomas, and in the New Testament Gospels, and by Jesus Christ. We Open The Floodway after the Great Spiritual Blockade of the Involutionary Inward Path, which should be seen as only the Second Path way to the inward God or Spirit, and not the First Path outward way of bio-spiritual evolution to Godhood .

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Diet

Paleolithic Diet

by Dr. Loren Cordain

"The Paleolithic Diet is based on eating foods that our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The "Paleolithic" refers to the Paleolithic Era, which is a formal time period on Geologic Time Charts from about 2,500,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago. The premise is that during the Paleolithic, we evolved a specific genome that has only changed 0.01 per cent in these last 10,000 years. However, during this recent time span mass agriculture, grains/grain products, sugars/sugar products, dairy/dairy products, and a plethora of processed foods have all been introduced as a regular part of the human diet. We are not eating the foods we are genetically and physiologically adapted to eat (99.9% of our genetic profile is still Paleolithic); and the discordance is an underlying cause for much of the "diseases of civilization", "syndrome X", obesity, and  "diseases of old age" that are so epidemic in our society today.

As Dr. Cordain and others' scientific research reveal - the evolutionary, genetic, and clinical evidence point to a natural (i.e., unprocessed foods), omnivorous diet as the healthiest way to eat. Dr. Cordain's research shows that 70% of the average caloric intake of Americans is from foods that did not even exist for our Paleolithic ancestors. This discordance is having tremendously negative health consequences for our society as a whole.

Our genes determine our optimum diet, and our genes evolved according to the environments in which our ancient ancestors lived, including the foods they ate. Our Paleolithic ancestors did not eat just one single diet, but rather they ate within a range of natural, unprocessed diets - depending on variables like geography, climate, competition, ecologic niche, season, and glaciations. All of these Paleolithic diets did share some universal characteristics, though:
Paleolithic Diet - the ingredients

1) The vegetable sources were:

· Plants
· Roots and tubers
· Berries
· Fruits
· Nuts
The most obvious plant food missing is grains and grain products. If you can concentrate on fresh versions of the plants above - and eliminate or drastically reduce grains, grain products, sugars, and sugar products - you will be well on your way to eating the plants that fit your genetic consitution.

2) The animal sources were:
·Wild terrestrial animals (including the muscle tissue, fat and organs, although the total amount of fat and the fatty acid composition were quite different than that found in modern domestic animals).
· Fowl
· Insects
· Fish and seafood
· Eggs"

more here

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Quote showing The Great Spiritual Blockade

Here is the essence of the Great Spiritual Blockade in the words of a Hindu sage: “ You speak as if you are here, and the Self is somewhere else and you had to go and reach it…But in fact the Self is here and now, and you are always It. It is like being here and asking people the way to the ashram, then complaining that each one shows a different path and asking which to follow.” —Sri Ramana Maharshi

The problem with the above quote is that it speaks only of the Involutionary Inward Path and dismisses or is unaware of the Evolutionary Outward Path, where true Godhood is reached through the evolution of the material to the material-spiritual.

Defining our blog title

“Civilizing The Beast” is attempting to flow with the order and justice of the Kosmos, which is administered by God, where Creation and Destruction occur but also Preservation, and with immortal Preservation for the virtuous victors in evolving to the God first seen within. The “Beast” in this sense is the disorder and injustice and entropy not flowing with the order and justice of the Kosmos. Satan is defined in this zone; everything, including the devils, are within the Kosmos beneath God, the forces of darkness are a part of the flow or backflow of the Kosmos. For humans the great difficulty has been to understand the order and justice of God.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Spiritualizinig evolution and nature

The Evolutionary Christian Church has spiritualized evolution and nature, whereas Western religion tends to detach man from nature, rejecting the material. It is through material evolution we reach God; EC does not reject the Inward Path of the Soul Within, as old Tradition rejected the material Outward Path to God, and as the secular world rejected the spiritual world; we include both.

How Promethean art is affirmed

Preliminary thoughts on sacred art

The proposed sacred art of the Theoevolutionary Church (TC) is Promethean, related to the Outward Path, which places it on another plane from the exclusively Inward Art of Traditional sacred art. The Promethean, Outward Path art of TC is informed and infused with the Inward Path of spirituality, but it affirms the material by making sacred evolution and nature.

This means less rejecting of Western art and Classicism than the art philosophy of the East, which, at its essence, rejects the Promethean because it rejects materialism. Frithjof Schuon, for example, finds ancient Eastern sacred art far greater than Western art, based on his general rejection of the “materialism” of the Promethean.

The difference between the Promethean in TC, and the Promethean in modern Western art, is that the “original” and “creative” are informed by scared evolution in the Outward Path, whereas modern Western art is only creative and original in the secular and human sense, generally rejecting religion entirely.

Traditional spirituality rejects materialism, Western secular materialism rejects spiritualism, in TC material evolution moves nature toward Godhood, inspired by the Activation Within (Tirips). The theology and projected art of the Theoevolutionary Church reflect this synthesis.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Maya of Union

Dazzled by the Soul of The Body

Union between the “I” and God is not really union with God, it is union with the Soul, which is certainly blissful, since all desires are blocked, yet it is not God. To truly unite with God, the Spirit Within, which is also not God, must help activate the “I” (body), or the Soul, to evolve all the way to God, that is, the material evolves to the supermaterial, the material-spiritual evolves to God. Making an error here leads to the Great Spiritual Blockade.

It is a great achievement to attain union with the Soul Within, and this is the goal of the Involutionary Inward Path of the Theoevolutionary Church. “Yoga” is the eastern term for this union, expressed by Jesus when he said, “I and my Father are one, “ (John 10.30) and in Mandukyopanishad 3.2.9. “The embodied spirit is God.” But to reach Godhood the Evolutionary Outward Path of the Theoevolutionary Church needs to be followed. We must not be dazzled by the Soul into blocking the evolution of the Spirit-Will to God.

Duality is usually called Maya, illusion, in the East, but the experience of union or nonduality is also due to the noumena of Maya. This can be called the Maya of Union.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Clearest view of the financial crisis

The Crisis in 10 Points

Article by Robert Stewart | Posted on 12/31/2008 12:00:00 AM

"The 2007–2008 financial crisis had its genesis in the United States housing markets, but it rapidly spread to other economies, first to the United Kingdom, but then almost everywhere else, including such unlikely spots as Iceland whose banking system collapsed.[1] Because events in the United States triggered the crisis, this essay will concentrate on the US causes although they had their many counterparts elsewhere.

There are at least three long-standing background influences that contributed to the financial debacle that dominated the US economy in 2008:

1. For almost 100 years, the US government has not felt constrained to match its expenditure with its revenue. This policy was given intellectual justification by the writings of John Maynard Keynes who argued in the 1930s that, during periods of slow economic growth, active and purposeful government policies would allow the economy to spend its way out of recession.[2] It was simply a matter of time before citizens aped the financial habits of their governments by living beyond their means.

2. The Federal Reserve System (the Fed — created in 1913) has accommodated government's policy of spending to excess by inflating the money supply and keeping interest rates artificially low. Today's dollar will buy what in 1913 would cost less than a nickel. This easy-money policy has not only led to inflation but has resulted in investments taking place that would not be justified had the money supply been constrained, and had interest rates more clearly reflected economic reality.

3. Since the 1960s, politicians parroting the suspect theories of Keynes have fed the public's naïve belief that government can provide ever-increasing living standards by means of its monetary and fiscal policies. Pulling a fiscal lever here and pushing a monetary button there meant that constraints on spending were old fashioned, and living standards would forever improve. The limitations imposed by the laws of economics had been repealed if you voted for politicians who promised to provide you with something for nothing. Fiscal prudence was simply a capitalist lie..."

Read the rest of the article.