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Being is to worship, always

Monday, 3 October 2022 at 21:00

A holy image on Dr John Dunn. Being is to worship, always

I suppose I had an urge to express my thoughts upon perhaps the most fundamental question - what is being. I did this in a very short blog entitled Being: what is it?

I have an understanding now of being as that which follows the state of non-being, or death.

The great cosmic metaphor of in the Beginning, for me, represented a violation of the interminable equilibrium, the indeterminate oneness, the realm of Ananke (as I have described it in my Mythology)

That which violated is the mystery without explanation, what I have termed the Originatory Principle, is Love.

That which will not be explained and cannot be explained is Love.

After Love, being is.

It is at this point that metaphors break down. There can be no before and a once for all aftermath.

Being and Beginning cannot be objectivised as separate things.

Being is Beginning, always.

Being is Love, always.

To love is to worship.

Being is to worship, always.
© John Dunn.

The interminable equilibrium must be violated at every moment for being to be

Sunday, 2 October 2022 at 21:17

Tempting on Dr John Dunn. Ah, the temptation, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531

The interminable equilibrium must be violated at every moment for being to be

I said at the end of my previous blog, Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking, that the cosmic Beginning is the metaphor for man’s own Beginning.

Once understood in this way, a personal narrative could almost already be written. The personal narrative was central to the archived blog entitled, This time as as a personalised narrative, which should be read in conjunction with these notes.

There was nothing before the Beginning, a nothing that equated to an infinite, interminable oneness.

This is the fallen state into which we are born.

I was not the first, the Devil beat me to it, as did the Devil’s children, who want to drag everyone down with them. They succeed with most.

Satan tempted Christ into the fall, i.e. the objectified world of ready-made ‘reality’, but Christ rejected the temptations.

The message at a personal level, to be taken from the cosmic narrative, is that death precedes life.

But this needs a chronology to work as a narrative which is not sustainable, because the Beginning is now and it is always, or it is nothing. The interminable equilibrium must be violated at every moment for being to be; and that constant act of creation, inexplicable though the mystery of it might be, is Love.

© John Dunn.

New podcast episode

Saturday, 1 October 2022 at 22:00

Happy days on Dr John Dunn. New podcast episode

My recent investigations into the possibility of a north-south Roman Portway were prompted by a motorcycle ride that I felt I just had to communicate to others. I describe it as having no grandiose landscapes, no famous landmarks, no bikers’ cafs, just sunshine and a few thousand years’ worth of history under my very wheels at every turn, to make an ordinary ride special.

Upon reflection I think that I rather understated the immense consequences of that short ride in the Oxfordshire countryside, because what I had stumbled across turned out to have the grandiose features that I played down in my initial reflection.

The grandiosity is a Roman road, parts of which were established upon much older roads, that stretches from Silchester in the South to near Daventry on Watling Street in the North.

It was my ride along a short stretch, that I later discovered had the name of Port Way, which drew me into the further investigations during which the existence of the north-south Roman Portway became apparent.

But it all had to start somewhere, and that somewhere was just after I turned off Akeman Street to follow the eastern side of the Cherwell Valley with the views that ‘gladdened the heart’.

It is this start and this somewhere that prompted me to make the podcast. Hear it if you choose. Search your podcast platform with the title ‘Road, history, nature and a motorcycle’.

© John Dunn.

Portway itinerary part 1

Saturday, 1 October 2022 at 21:51

Later river crossing on Dr John Dunn. Today's crossing of the Thames at Whitchurch

A conjectured Roman road

Portway itinerary part 1

I develop further here an itinerary to follow my conjectured Roman road of Portway*

This would be the itinerary for the Portway, using roads on our existing road network that approximate as closely as I can get to the old Roman route.

The Portway runs northwards, out of the Thames valley.


The road northwards from Sichester left through the North Gate but there isno strong evidence for its line beyond this. My modern road approximation is:

Mortimer West End

Ufton Nervet


The fording of the River Kennet would have been somewhere on an alignment between Ufton Nervet and the modern A340. For my itinerary Tylemill Bridge offers the nearest crossing.

The A340 is a straight Roman Road. (Interestingly, just to the east of it, north of Theale, there are resonances of a roman road in the hamlet name of North Street, though it is off the alignment. Did the river crossing upset the desired northbound alignment, taking it through present-day Theale and North Street before its realignment further on?)


Pangbourne. (There is a known Roman Road which keeps to the west of the Thames, hugging the west bank, before crossing the river near Shillingford to the Roman town of Dorchester on Thames. However, my conjectured Portway continues northwards on the established alignment, meaning that the Thames would have been forded here.)

Whitchurch Bridge (Toll)


Whilst not dead straight, the Roman road alignment broadly follows the B471 up the Chiltern escarpment. There are resonances of a Roman road in the place-names of Cold Harbour and Broad Street Farm nearby, which may offer a more accurate road alignment than the present-day road.

Woodcote (Here my itinerary meets the present-day A4074).

My reason for believing that this modern A road has a place on my Portway itinerary is two-fold.

Just to the east of Woodcote is Exlade Street, a place name redolent of a Roman road.

Just to the west of Woodcote, the A4074 is actually named as Port Way on the Ordnance Survey maps, in the area where it crosses the famous Icknield Street. Roman coins have been found at these ancient crossroads.

*(Not to be confused with the southern Roman Portway which runs from Silchester to Old Sarum.)

© John Dunn.

Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking

Friday, 30 September 2022 at 17:31

Fallen angel on Dr John Dunn. Illustration for John Milton's Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866). The spiritual descent of Lucifer into Satan

Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking

We are all born fallen (Fallen angel tempted Adam and Eve)

Death, comes before life

The cosmic Beginning is the metaphor for man’s own Beginning

Again I reiterate, in archived blog Beginning, always 2, a point that I have settled upon throughout my philosophical/theological writings, and that is: the Beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking.

In the afore mentioned blog I compared the state of falling away from active thinking to that of the fallen angel, the Deviland the Devil’s children who live amongst us today.

Adam and Eve were tempted to fall too, with the result that we are all born fallen.

What are all these falling metaphors driving at? The answer is that to exist outside of the constant, active, creative, Beginning, is to be subsumed into the one, i.e. the interminable equilibrium that comes before the Beginning, the state of objectified ‘reality’, the ready-made nature into which we are seemingly dropped.

The saving grace is that this state of subsumption, this death, comes before the awakening, this life.

The cosmic Beginning is the metaphor for man’s own Beginning.

© John Dunn.

Following a section of my Portway itinerary between Preston Capes and Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire

Thursday, 29 September 2022 at 21:12

A drovers' inn on Dr John Dunn. Known as a former drovers' inn, Magpie Farm is on my Portway route

Following a section of my Portway itinerary between Preston Capes and Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire

From the moment I turned off the minor road through Preston Capes to follow my Portway itinerary towards Eydon, I felt, almost, an isolation. This is a lost lonely land of single track lanes, the Cotswolds without the tourist traffic and, for much of this stretch of my Portway, I pottered along alone and unharassed, across a wide countryside, with broad open views through the gaps in the hedgerows.

The plateau land rose gently to Woodfordhill, thence to higher ground at Cherry Tree Farm at 614 feet. There is a fork in the road here. The left is the more likely Portway route, but there is an unmetalled section at Crockwell Farm. It has byway status, but my motorcycle is unsuitable for off road work, so Itook a detour via Eydon, before returning to the southbound lane, south of Crockwell Farm.

Here is met one of the rare occasions when the Portway traveller is force to cross water, the way dropping to 413 feet at a tributary of the River Cherwell, which intersects the North-South Portway from East to West. Travellers in the past would haveforded the stream here. As I rode over the little bridge it was clear to me that this area must be subject to flooding from time to time.

A hauntingly quiet stretch of crumbling lane followed, passing through woodland and over the traces of a disused railway, before meeting wider,slightly busier lanes between Sulgrave and Culworth, passing too by Magpie Farm, formerly called the Magpie Inn, once frequented by drovers driving cattle to markets in Northampton and as far as London.

Southward, my Portway itinerary carried me over the HS2 works, then between Marston St Lawrence and Greatworth, whilst keeping to the watershed ridgeway on the hill top village of Farthinghoe.

© John Dunn.

The living God did not walk amongst us, he is within the ones who live in a concrete rather than an illusory reality. God is the living thought and God is Love.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 at 22:10

An image of incarnation on Dr John Dunn. (Pictured: Blessing Christ by Hans Memling, late 15th century)

The living God did not walk amongst us, he is within the ones who live in a concrete rather than an illusory reality.

God is the living thought and God is Love.

In the archived blog, Living thought as Logos, I reinforced a position which is so very hard to maintain in the face of the reinforcement of the anti-truth by the controllers communication. The position is founded upon the principle that concrete reality is only in the present.

There was not, or is not, a before, a beginning and an afterwards, there is only a now. All past and all future is in the present. The Beginning is always, the Creation a constant.

The archived blog, Living thought as Logos, gives a corrected translation of John 1 which serves to emphasise the point. John’s Gospel begins: In the beginning is the living thought, and the living thought is with God, and the living thought is God.

The implications for those who reject the dead, reflected thought of an illusory, presupposed ‘reality’, turning instead to the living thought by which the light of the Logos shines upon the Earth, are thus hugely divine in their implications.

The living God did not walk amongst us, he is within the ones who live in a concrete rather than an illusory reality.

He is in those for whom the Beginning is always.

What was that mystery, the Originatory Principle as I have termed it, i.e. that which will not be explained, that which will not be objectified?

The mystery is Love.

He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’ (1 John 4:16)

God is the living thought and God is Love.

© John Dunn.

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