Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Theological materialism transforms negative mysticism to positive mysticism
What Whitney Oates said of Buddhism, that in experiencing the absolute the individual is "obliterated and is swallowed up in the ineffable emptiness of the absolute" also applies to the Christian God or Father Within, although it is not often seen this way in the West. But this connects Christianity and the Eastern religions.
In the Twofold Path of theological materialism negative mysticism is is seen in the Involutionary Inward Path but not in the positive Evolutionary Outward Path, which leads material evolution to the Godhood first seen or experienced in the Inward Path of Christianity and the Eastern religions.
There is another almost positive Western mysticism in Plato, which turns out to be negative mysticism, where the individual knows in a flash of insight, while still in the phenomenal world, the same insight of the absolute as Buddha and Christ, who claimed that the experience was not of the material/phenomenal world. But in Plato the absolute is still seen or defined as non-material and of the spiritual non-phenomenal world.
Both ancient and modern philosophy make this same error in defining Being or the Absolute or Absolute Truth as non-material and beyond the active evolving material world.
Theological materialism says that both the Inward and Outward Path experiences of Godhood are material not spiritual and are of the phenomenal material world. The Inward experience of Godhood as seen or experienced in traditional religions while still retained in theological materialism can only be fulfilled or reached in the Outward Path of material evolution to supermaterial Godhood, a Godhood which is ever evolving.
This is a positive transforming of mysticism which brings the worlds of science and religion together, retaining both in and for sacred religious and cultural goals.