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Imagining Urizen

Saturday, 19 June 2021 at 21:23

Ancient of Days on Dr John Dunn. Imagining Urizen

In my previous blog, I wrote of ‘a fully human life of love and creativity’. By implication I meant that an innocent life devoid of love and creativity was less than human.

These thoughts drew me to return to William Blake, a figure whose works have nagged at me on and off throughout my awoken life. The creative imagination was central to Blake's conception of God and what it means to be human.

I think of William Blake, to whom the imagination itself was God.

Blake did not see the Creator as an entity apart, an all-knowing God which controlled the affairs of man from across a divide. Such a distanced entity Blake described rather as Urizen, the demiurge, a 'self-deluded and anxious' shaper of pre-existent matter.

By implication, this made of the Bible's Jehovah a Satan, the puppeteer pulling the strings of mankind, an over-bearing father, a failed architect, and the 'Accuserof the World' who unfairly condemned Adam and Eve when he was the one at fault.

Christian religionism for Blake had carried over the worshipping of the demiurge from the followers of Jehovah, which made it, essentially, Devil Worship.

To Blake, God was the Human Imagination. Instead of being saved by Christ, man would be saved through the salvation of his own imagination; he was his own Christ.

For now, I will place Blake amongst those ‘whose banners carry the symbols of love and creativity’.

© John Dunn.

Love and creativity

Friday, 18 June 2021 at 21:25

Image of the sun on Dr John Dunn. I wrote the following words for a recent essay and podcast.

Man can break the rules.

Just as Eros, the primordial god of Creation and Life and Orphic symbol of the divine likeness of man, broke out of the Cosmic Egg to disrupt the goddess Ananke’s equilibrium of Chaos, man too can break the rules.

Man can break out of the straitjacket of closed systems be they religious, economic, Dawinist, Spinozist, kabbalistic, Marxist etc.

To accept a system as closed, to accept freedom as necessity, is to withdraw into nature, to return to Mother Nature, to Ananke and an amorphous state of pre-Eros, pre-Love and pre-Being. Closed systems are the path to entropic death.

The systems we compose for ourselves can neither be closed at their beginning nor at their end.
Each breakout from a closed system is an echo of the Orphic myth of Eros, be this a break with:
. the womb
. innocence, or
. animal nature (Earth Mother)
Each of these and more is a cosmic egg to be smashed.

Each break is both an act violation and creativity, ultimately prompted by Love.

Each is an act of violation, ending the cycle, pentrating the egg, giving rise to birth and new life.

Each response to Love is a death and resurrection of man in the image of God.

To the ones living a fully human life of love and creativity are opposed those who lead a sub-human existence without love, who never make the break from Mother Earth and Animal Nature. These are the ones who worship the One, who promote the closed system, be it Dawinist, Spinozist, kabbalistic, Marxist etc.

This is the divide of all ages that is masked by the politics of Right and Left, which are two sides of the same coin. The real and only meaningful opposition is between those whose banners bear the symbols of love and creativity and those devoid of love, life and humanity who would have us return to the One, the ‘amorphous state of pre-Eros, pre-Love and pre-Being’.

© John Dunn.

Leap clear

Monday, 14 June 2021 at 10:08

Evola on Dr John Dunn. Leap clear

“Deification” or “Becoming God” is the central hermeneutical key to understanding Julius Evola’s (1898–1974) philosophic and, most importantly, esoteric work. One quotation selected by Evola from the Corpus Hermeticum, serves to flesh out a little of what he means by deification and why the initiate must pursue it as a goal.

If then you do not make yourself equal to God you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal and make yourself grow to like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measures ... For it is the height of evil not to know God. (Corpus Hermeticum, quoted by Evola in L’uomo come potenza, Man as Power).

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Weeting Castle

Saturday, 12 June 2021 at 22:52

Castle at Weeting on Dr John Dunn. Weeting was a special place on my motorcycle mini-tour through Norfolk. The wonderful Saxon round-tower church there is in close proximity to Weeting castle, which all made for some stunning video footage.

Weeting Castle is perhaps better described as a moated manor house, built in the twelfth century. The site was first occupied by a Saxon settlement in the late 10th or early 11th century, when, no doubt the round tower of the churchwould have been constructed.

However, around 1180 the de Plais family constructed a fortified manor house, and about 70 years later they added a rectangular moat to enclose the site. Now a ruin, enough remains to give an impression of its former medieval glory, and the moat remains remarkably intact.

As a target for a motorcycle ride along the Norfolk lanes, this place drew me through some delightful countryside, some of which I hope to share shortly on YouTube.

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Round towers in Norfolk

Friday, 11 June 2021 at 22:37

Friary Gate, Burnham Norton, on Dr John Dunn. Round towers in Norfolk

Friary Gate, Burnham Norton, also seen on the tour

My recent mini-tour by motorcycle was mapped out for me by a search for the distinctive Saxon round tower churches of Norfolk. There are many to be seen in the area, but time constraints dictated that I had to be highly selective. The paramount joy of the search was always the route followed to reach them. Delightful country lanes galore! Perfect for plodding along Royal Enfield single fashion. My plan now is to pull some of the experiences that I captured on video together, to edit them down to YouTube potential.

The itinerary included:





Burnham Norton