Religion, really?

We live in a world of relativity, an actuality limited by the boundaries of sensory apprehension, emotional response and rational thought. It is precisely religion that introduces the absolute into this relativity, not as idea but as transcendent reality. Religion instructs us that there is a reality beyond the actuality circumscribed by these boundaries. This reality is transcendent and absolute while existence is intellectual and relative. Existence is an objective invention of the human intellect that has fallen from a subjective contemplation of a reality that is spiritual and absolute. The rational intellect fails to distinguish between being and existence and denies the reality of the absolute, of spirit and of being. The absolute does not exist, that is to say that it is not confined within human intellectual existence. Absolute being is, an eternal, spiritual nothingness, infinite and absolute from which we emerged and to which we shall return. To realize that being, our own absolute being, we need religion which provides a dogma of faith in a transcendent reality. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, we are held captive in a world of both good and evil, of both positive and negative, and a world moreover where we are immersed in the negative which increases in power over us and where the good is apparently diminishing. To be redeemed from this world we need a moral discipline founded on the absolute principles which science cannot provide, but only religion.

Ethics or morals?

Morality is the discipline of the relationship with absolute being, the discipline of the relationship between one’s own soul and one’s own absolute being. Sin may be exactly defined as the fruit of a dis-relationship between one’s soul and one’s being. Sin is therefore immorality. The expression of the self, the projection of an image of one’s soul, one’s absolute being, into the relativity of existence, involves immorality. The soul turns away from its own being towards existence, away from the absolute towards the relative, away from a morality based on absolute principles towards an ethics based on relative values. This can quite easily be defined as a fall, emulating that of Adam who fell from an immediate comprehension of absolute good into a reflective apprehension of good and evil, or positive and negative. Here the Cartesian ‘cogito ergo sum’ becomes ‘cogito ergo non sum’ since reflective thought carries us from contemplation on the unity of being into reflection on the duality of existence, or non-being.

The real world?

When someone speaks of entering the real world it usually denotes a movement of consciousness from a personally constructed imaginarium into the actuality common to a society of human beings. There is a common actuality that stretches around the globe (‘though not all human beings participate) and there are other actualities that are confined to specific localities on the globe, but all of these actualities partake of reality only coincidentally and accidentally. Reality is absolute and transcendent to all these relative actualities and it requires faith to enter.michael3

The problem of being!

The problem of being in existence lies in the fact that our being is absolute while existence is relative. The difficulty of living an authentic life of being in existence, fulfilling the expression of the absolute within the relative by a conscious transcendence of the physical, emotional and intellectual limitations of existence, demands an existential faith in the absolute disciplines of love and moral being.

What is positive?

Pondering the conflict between positive and negative that characterizes the universe of relativity we need to ask “what is positive?” and “what is negative?” Current physical theory informs us that before the universe existed there was nothing, absolute, infinite and eternal zero. The nothing within existence is precisely nothing, it does not exist. The nothingness in which the universe of relativity came into existence is the nothingness of being, it simply is, absolute, infinite and eternal. Is the nothing within existence the same nothing that transcends existence? The universe, the one, the totality of things, appears to negate the zero of nothingness within relativity but cannot negate absolute nothingness in which the universe of relativity exists. Within relativity there exists the one and a zero but which is positive and which is negative?

Who am I ?

The naming of a baby fits the developing child into a social context which becomes its world, where it is fed on immediacy and suffers a conditioning into the values of its society. When that conditioning is complete the child becomes reflective and is forcefully indoctrinated into the material disciplines which serve the interests of its society’s rulers. These disciplines are scientific disciplines which confine the human intellect within the rationally apprehended physical universe. To transcend these world views and step outside the rationally ordered universe of the human intellect requires an act, an act  of faith.sunset4

What’s the purpose?

We search for the widest possible understanding of the universe around us so that we can give purpose to our lives. Discovering that the universe is relative and that it emerged from and is expanding into the absolute we should conclude that the purpose of the universe must be an absolute purpose. The relative purposes to which we commit our lives we must confess to be meaningless unless they serve that absolute purpose. What that purpose is we cannot know but the way to fulfill that purpose we can know. It is a life of service to our fellow beings, grounded upon absolute principles.

authentic consciousness

The expansion of human intellectual consciousness is from philosophy through poetry to prophecy. The philosopher, with an inquiring mind, attempts to understand the universe in which he or she awakens and formulate an approach through that developing understanding. In this lies the birth of science and its methodology which accepts a relativistic view of the universe while the poet attempts to give form to the discovered understanding in absolute terms. The prophet is silent, subjectively allowing the absolute to manifest its being through him, or through her. The prophetic consciousness is the highest development of an authentic human life and the prophetic utterance its highest truth. My work is an enquiring work of philosophy which, in poetic semblance, aspires to but may not become a prophetic utterance. Based in physical theory, it expands into spiritual theory, subjecting the universe of relativity to a profound reflection, seeking traces of an ultimate and absolute reality.

Being and non-being

The easiest intellectual categorization that can be made is surely that between absolute and relative, between being and non-being. To the intellect, as to the senses, being is nothing. Being is precisely that nothingness within which the universe emerged and into which it is expanding. The material universe, the actuality of existence, is the attempt to negate the reality of being which, however, is absolute and cannot be negated by relativity. Relativity is therefore confined within the expanding universe where being enters into a relationship, a conflict, with non-being. Being is not the negative in existence! Non-being, the intellectual relationship of the individual soul with relativity, is the negative in existence.

Nothing is absolute

We live in an expanding material universe that began at the first moment of time. Before the beginning of this universe there was nothing, and after the end of the physical universe there will also be nothing. It is within this nothing that the physical universe is expanding in time and in space, which is to say, that its expansion creates time and space within the infinite nothingness out of which it emerged and into which it is expanding. This nothing is absolute, infinite and eternal, while the physical universe is relative, finite and temporal. Viewed from within the universe of relativity the absolute is nothing, it does not exist. Only the relative universe exists and it came into existence at its beginning out of nothing, out of the absolute, out of a true vacuum in which there is not even a presentiment of materiality.