An article by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend...
Let there be Light
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
"Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary… In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves." (from: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown)
And therein lies our great flaw, our endless fall into the endless one-sided Mobius strip. For in fact "nothing" is all that can ever be greater than ourselves. And of course, nothing is nothing, so it has no degree. Now to explain how I arrive at this conclusion.
Let's argue, going along with countless religions, that "God" in whatever form, or guise, created what we term "everything" from what we term "nothing" and what does that make us? A product of that that creative act. From nothing comes nothing. The creative act came from God, and God, we must assume was already something. God can't be nothing. We may never understand that God thing, but it has some form of existence, of beingness.
If I accept that—and I find no logic in rejecting it; no reason not to accept it; nor do I see any practical way out of such a conclusion since I have the evidence of "what is" constantly in front of me—then my intelligence tells me that what was created came from a pre-existing form of energy, that is, it did come from something. Not "matter" as we know it, but something that gives rise to matter. What, and how? Well, I think we are about to discover what did it and how it was done. Particle physics has the answer, at least in theory. All it takes is for certain particles, or bundles of energy to smash into each other at high velocities and from the "bang" of their collisions comes matter and anti-matter, or so I understand. A "big bang" created matter. What appeared to have no beingness suddenly appeared, but it is still all energy, only in a different format.
What is, then, is all part and parcel of that pre-existing energy; it is the same energy only dressed in various fashions to model worlds or universes so that our kind of life has a theatre on which to perform and see itself in action.
Let me repeat this: God did not create something from nothing. God (or pure intelligence and pure energy) touched a part of itself to another part and the result was… still God but in a different format.
Sometimes, especially as I dream my constant psychedelic life-affirming dreams, I can feel an unbridgeable gap between the topsy-turvy images and events playing themselves out in my mind and the other reality I express, for example, right now as I write these words. The reality of the dreams mimics this life, but in that reality the ponderous and limited process of earth life is too boring to repeat verbatim. Details are added and "real" events are spliced together, some spanning decades of earth-matter life. Sounds and colours also blend and shift to create new moods in the dream landscape, moving back and forth across a vast continuum of time. For I find that in dreams time has little or no meaning and space is amazingly elastic. When I awake from these travels beyond space/time they quickly "fold" into a closed file and do not touch the life of matter. That is as it must be because the stuff of dreams is the anti-matter to the stuff of my physical life.
Hence the unbridgeable gap. These two realities cannot come together without causing the annihilation of what I've come to know as a "me" entity. What I have come to realize though, is that the unbridgeable gap is the real me. I am neither the anti-matter of my incredible dream life, nor the matter of my brain-body. Between those two, forever proclaiming "let there be light" resides the I Am. My mind. My inextinguishable spark of divinity.
Therefore I must conclude that only "nothing" could ever be greater than I. For I came from God; a particle of energy from the Source that anchored itself in a place out of reach of annihilation. Another way of putting it, were I to "prove" the existence of God is, "I exist, therefore God exists."
To keep this "argument" from plunging into idiocy, one must learn a trick: to break out of religion's folly which insists on separating "what is" from God, then creates twisted theologies that purportedly "redeem" the "what is" or created order that it may return to God. Of my own desire and power must I reunite my myriad "selves" to myself.
The second trick one must learn is this: to accept the fact that there are many aspects of myself I will never agree with, whose acts I shall never condone; to realize that some parts require severe discipline and re-shaping and that such will impact heavily on myself for I must feel what all of them feel; I must experience their own reality somehow. That is the problem of empathy. Still, I cannot simply declare that they are no longer a part of me.
Speaking as a would-be Avatar, I know that I will never succeed in changing anything that I do not first accept as being a legitimate part of myself for all we can ever know of permanent or real change is what we change within ourselves. Knowing this, I realize that the Avatar or change agent must live in a state of constant humility in order to wield authority over any part of creation. In fact, the only legitimate authority ever expressed can only come from humility. What comes from force; from pride and greed is always false and will always fail, for it brings only darkness.
Let there be light!
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|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|Regis, another thought provoker -- while many that will agree, many will disagree and many will offer no opinion at all -- peace and love be always with you my friend -- Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|REG - aka - Sha'Tara ...
Avatar? Hmmmmm ... methinks you are on the right track - however, would be so bold as to suggest more investigation of BUDDHISM.
Although I have never bothered to search or read about it - just today, on NPR radio, none other than the actor, Richard Gere, was a guest on the Diane Rheem ( sp.? I think) show.
As I listened I was totally impressed by this man, and his caring knowledge of both the Dalai Lama, and Buddhism.
According to him, it is NOT a religion, but rather a way of life. 'They' do not believe in any
super creator, or 'god' - ergo, they do not 'worship' an entity.
Would suggest you visit the NPR site and listen - then tell me what you think. Like I said, I was really impressed.
Peace - Tom.
Oh - P.S. - about 48 years ago, as a college freshman, I THINK I was taught that -
Existentialism was based on a simple concept - "I THINK - THEREFORE I EXIST!"
|Reviewed by Nicole Weaver
|In fact, the only legitimate authority ever expressed can only come from humility. What comes from force; from pride and greed is always false and will always fail, for it brings only darkness. I really like this point. I so agree pride before fall.Very interesting article.
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|That is as it must be because the stuff of dreams is the anti-matter to the stuff of my physical life.
Thought provoking as always Regis although I'd hate for my head to explode when the anti matter dream bounces into a physical neuron. But I'm nit picking here. Patrick
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Whether we dream or not, our dreams come to naught. Only our actions suffice to sustain us in an ever-changing world. God is irrelevant when survival is all that matters. We are all moths attracted to the light.
|Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
|Light has far more power than darkness. Yes it extinguished darkness with no more effort than just being. You make some interesting points here. Some I understand and some, I don't. I wonder if trying to understand the vast enormity of God is like being a fish who knows there is life above the water but has no idea of what it would be like to exist in the air above. We just do not have the capacity to understand it while we are compressed and confined within the time/space continuum. Happy wondering. Hugs, J'nia|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Big Bang? Are someone trying to tell us that everything and everyone came to be from a God's firecracker?
|Reviewed by John Domino
|Nice article, very informative.
"God is a mystery of faith"
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
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