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Deathly frivolity

Monday, 4 January 2021 at 21:52

Cave painters on Dr John Dunn. Ancient man created beautiful cave art in the deepest darkest places that could not be seen.

In modern terms, this was a frivolous and wasteful activity. It was like a child alone at play, expressive of a creativity that does not need an audience.

Measured by the same terms, the creation of the cosmos was a frivolous act.

But is not a frivolous act an intervention in a self-regulating system? It is an act without purpose only in the terms of the self-regulating system itself.

Self-regulating closed systems, i.e. equilibria, do not need minds; do not need man.

The cave painter does not affect the outcome of the hunt, but he asserts his will upon the world and escapes his former animal-like existence as apurposeful functionary within the self-regulating natural world.

Escaping equilibria is the essence of what it is to be human. In terms of the particular equilibrium from which man must escape, humanisation will always be an excess, exuberance and frivolity.

The frivolity is even more marked in the face of death. I do not know where this leads us, but may have something to do with the fact that man is being unto death, whereas animals are being in the present.


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Clearing in the forest

Sunday, 3 January 2021 at 21:45

Cottage on Dr John Dunn. My dear loving father had financed the low entry threshold university degree in business, expecting much of me. I formed friendships of convenience in the early exploratory months of my university time, none of which survived beyond the first year. During this brush with an academia of sorts, I walked and read, walked and read, immersing myself without map in the city and rambling suburbs, lost for hours, never ever reading the set books, never ever attending lectures; but this was education, real learning. Classics of English literature, poetry, philosophy, biography, all were on my personal syllabus. This was the first clearing in the forest.

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Silesius prompted thoughts again

Saturday, 2 January 2021 at 20:51

Silesius on Dr John Dunn. An angel occupied her body and spoke to me.

Through love I acquired a divine reality, not just a teaching.

The divine reality entered in my human ‘I’ because I willingly accepted it.

The divine needed me to be reality.

“I know that without me no God can live; were I brought to naught, he would of necessity have to give up the ghost.”

Luciferic influences penetrated my astral body also, but they cannot gain access to my human ‘I’.

The Luciferic influences are expressed as the lower passions of error and evil. Without these the divine would have become real without a struggle.

The Luciferic influences had to be overcome for me to grow stronger than I would have been otherwise.

Progression would not have been possible without having to overcome these countervailing forces.

Now I remain distinct from the angels.

I seek the impulse for my actions in the deepest recesses of my own inner being, not out of the contemplation of the godhead.

I follow these impulses out of a struggle for understanding and freedom.

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”

Cosmic development did not simply repeat itself, reconfiguring factors entered in.

Love entered in and along with love, freedom.

For without love, freedom is impossible.

Beings who must obey a given law merely do so, but for those who can do otherwise there is only one power that enables them to do so and that islove.

Love and freedom belong together

That is why my human ‘I’ is the cosmos of love and freedom and I can place amongst the hierarchy of angels the spirits of freedom and love.


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More Silesius prompted thoughts

Friday, 1 January 2021 at 20:23

Silesius on Dr John Dunn. More Silesius prompted thoughts

An angel occupied her body and spoke to me.

It was then that I fell prey to the Luciferic forces.

They permeated my astral body.

I was only saved because the angels incarnated in me.

But a divine light went beyond the astral body and into my human ‘I’.

This phenomenon manifested itself physically and entered into an earthly individuality, appearing in a blood permeated body as Jesus of Nazareth.

This divine being who penetrated my human ‘I’ was different to the angels.

I experienced inspiration, a force within me.

To improve and advance I had to be inspired by a more perfect being.

Iwas not left just to depend on my own resources, and yet the reconfiguring presence exerted not the slightest compulsion upon me.

He did not work through his teaching but through what he did.

His greatest deed was his death.

Many religions share the same essential teachings, but at Golgotha what mattered was the deed.

The deed had its effect only when I decided it to have an effect.

That was when the deed united with the free nature of my human ‘I’.


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