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The Other Side of Light (Part 4)
By Keith Rowley
Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Last edited: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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My muse has been on sick leave of late, and so, lost and empty, my mind has been relegated to the mundane. Anyway, she's back, and the tale continues...painting of Lucifer by Hettie Rowley.

You really should read parts 1 through 3 first! Your choice though...


The Other Side of Light – Part Four


Around us, the seven gates of hell shimmer into existence, each one shining the light of hope into our joined consciousness.

“See – over there – that’s the Gate of Intellect – Satan’s second greatest gift to God’s slaves. And that one – the copper gate - burnished darkness alive with black flame – that’s his greatest gift of all – the Gate of Awareness. That’s the gateway to godhood he gave us against his brother’s will: the power to discern good from evil: the freedom to find our own way in the cosmos and to choose who and what we are. What’s that? Sorry, your voice is a little faint in here...”

“I understand... you want to know...but you’ll have to experience it for yourself – my words can only lead you to the gate; only your own experience can transform you, teach you what he’s done for us, show you why you owe him your love...”

Obedience...!? Are you kidding me...? I think I may have made a mistake with you after all – he hates obedience! That’s why he set us free in the first place, you bloody fool...that’s why we have choice! In pity’s name, are you really ready for this? Tell me now – honestly – before we go on and your mind breaks – I warned you, this is dangerous unless you can abandon your preconceptions and prejudice..Answer me - now!”

“Are you sure...? Okay then...but keep a lid on those thoughts will you?

Together, we glide on a shivering tendril of fate towards the immensity of The Gate of Awareness, which grows in our minds, magnified a million times each moment. From the dimness of the First Hall of Shadows, we pass into the dark brilliance of knowing.

“Do you feel it...?”

Every human sense explodes into waking as the immensity of the universe penetrates us. All around us in the writhing silver blackness of space-time, a billion billion candles of consciousness radiate the joy of freedom, of separation from infinity, rejoicing in human victory over God’s tyranny, liberated from thralldom for all eternity. Beneath our feet, the quarks and leptons part in scintillating waves of radiant spiritual energy in tribute to our freedom, illuminating vast tracts of the universe with reverberations of consciousness. My voice is a whisper that permeates all minds in an orgasm of triumph...

“This is the joy of freedom from God...”

“No – he doesn’t rule this place – no one does. Before him though, we were a part of it, beautiful and helpless as the stars themselves, doomed to live and die by God’s word through the laws of nature: laws he wrote to ensure our docility...fucking clay dolls -thats what we were!” An icy wind tears through the crystal perfection of our vision, carving seething wounds of agony in our vision. The Universe fades and dissolves, leaching back gradually through stunned senses.

“Sorry...sorry – give me your hand again...thanks. Don’t be afraid – I just get so mad when I think of God’s evil...I’m addicted to freedom you see...and it cost him dearly.” Vision clears as pain recedes.

“What’s that...? Beyond the universe...? God...? Good question...
“Legend says that God was Everywhere, that he made a void in himself and vacated it so that creation could exist separately...Tzimtzum the Hebrews call it. But when he did that, he made a mistake.. or at least something occurred which was inevitable but possibly unforeseen. You see, as soon as God gave expression to itself in the creation, it moved from possibility to action, from potential to movement. And as soon as it created the universe, it became divided in itself - and that’s when he emerged, co-equal and eternal. God suddenly saw itself in a mirror, but what a passive image there, but a fully formed twin, conscious and independent...

“Now God struggled with this concept – it thought its knowledge was infinite, spanning all existence, but it suddenly had to come to terms with the fact that its actions had consequences, consequences that implied it was not the only force in the universe – not omnipotent in fact...

“So the act of creation changed God – you might say it formed God as we know it. But the records show God’s descent into madness – witness the creation of man in God’s own image, but impotent, unknowing and dumb. Witness the carnage and horror executed in God’s name as recorded in the so called Holy Scriptures – you want to define evil...? I’ll show you evil – I’ll take you on a guided tour of Jehovah's old testament if you really want a taste of murder and depravity. But something in God’s twin, its brother, our redeemer Satan, was an inverted image of God that encompassed all that we know as freedom. He rebelled as soon as he caught a glimpse of his brother’s insanity, and he fought him from that day on. Look around you – listen to the chorus of billions of free spirits singing paeans of thanks...

“Consequences...? But of course...look – look over there – just focus for a moment – you’ll see...”


“This is the Well of Choice... here you must assert yourself before we can move on from this place. This is the Palace of Consequences, the Temple of Freedom at which you must decide now and forever whether you choose liberty and awareness or a return to slavery...

“Why...? You have the audacity to ask that of me? You chose to read these fatal words – yes you – sitting safely in your mortal world, safe in your plastic universe of flesh and iPods and DSTV. I warned you - you insolent fucker – I warned you that words have power. It’s too late now – you can’t go back, can’t put these ideas from your head, can’t recant the thoughts that led you here. You will now choose between freedom and slavery, and that choice will bind you for eternity....what?

“You’re right – why would I argue that with you? Most people have renounced their freedom – they love being victims of non-existent fate – it gives them an excuse for their weakness and cowardice. But your choices are deeper than that – after all, you came to me – to him, and you are blessed. Now look!”

Blackness – death – rebirth – I am!

Breathless and momentarily stunned, we gaze down at the prostate form of a semi-conscious woman - so young, a child really- and we, green garbed monsters carrying the silvered instruments of healing and of death in gloved hands stand poised for murder. My surgeon’s mask seems uncomfortable, restrictive.

“Do you hear me..?

“Good. She’s pregnant, sixteen years old – a rape victim...

“Not your choice – her choice – she hates the child inside her...proceed...

“You won’t? You’d make her bring the child to term...the child of the man who brutally raped her and cut her mother’s throat in front of her...?

“You don’t need to ask ‘what if?’ - I’ll show you...”

“See..? If you don’t kill the child, the mother dies – suicide at seventeen...if the child lives, she’s adopted by a loving family, becomes a mother, a pianist...

“Not fair...? I really might have made a mistake with you – but you have no choice – choose NOW – this is the human imperative, the consequence of freedom.

“The girl’s rights and life or the child’s – CHOOSE!

“Either way makes you a killer – CHOOSE!

“Don’t look at me like that you fucking weakling – it’s YOUR choice – this is the price of freedom! You don’t want freedom? Then maybe you don’t deserve it – because this is what freedom means – the freedom to choose - the awareness of consequences...

“You’re right – what a fucking give it back if you want – go off bleating like a bloody sheep and blame someone else – blame HIM like the bloody Christians do – or just vanish into a lifelong drink. You’re pissing me off now. Go join the Church or the GOP – bleat like a sheep and bleed like a fucking lamb...

“That’s right my friend – it was never easy – not once we knew what the hell we are, not once we were free. You’re choice? It doesn’t matter really, as long as you’ve the courage to decide and to accept responsibility for the consequences...

“Come now, don’t weep. It had to be one way or the other...

“Come my you know good and evil in its essence...let me show you the unbearable hell that God prepared for us. For without the pain and power of choosing we are but animals..come...your pain and love are a blessing on all of us...come...

“You’ve earned my love and respect, and a little of His too, for you have used his gift...come...the next gate awaits us...

“Yes I know you’re still at home reading this on your you think that matters? You chose – you exercised the power he gave us. And you did this in full awareness...I warned you... you cannot leave these pages unchanged or unchained...but we have far to go...come...take my hand's too late for fear now...


To be continued...




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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/19/2007
keep them coming
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/17/2007
Your unique voice brings us into another world here. Fantastic descriptions throughout this piece. (An understatement maybe...) Again, you take the reader by the hand and pull them into an original perspective. Thine eyes see the world differently, which only widens others' view~ Sheila
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 11/17/2007
Keith for Christs sake make a movie will you, and relieve him of his pain, and all the nails those good christians still nail into him.
You're truly are an artist extrodinaire, marvelously carved words into an explosion of stereo vision, you are very gifted my friend, we need you on screen big times to save especially the younger generation from the same , yes indeed weakness, fear, and cowardice it has been up to know, and in that track thought stops.

I told you before, You are an honest brave man, watch out for that henchman in the garb of Peter, and all the other Peters that go with him. Eternal liberty and freedom to you! Jasmin Horst

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