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Love and the true self

Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 20:23

St Maximus the Confessor on Dr John Dunn. Love and the true self

Everyone lives a deluded life until at some point he is awakened to the divine intention for his being.*

This leads us to the possibility of communion with others, as understood from my readings of St Maximus.

Whether of not man acts out the potential given by God, his true self is nevertheless kept in God and contemplated by Him.

The divine intention is constant, and could be said to be the true self of any individual, regardless of the deluded persona under which he might exist.

The point at which the deluded individual recognises that he is divinely interconnected with another being’s true self is Love.

Love transcends the deluded state in which one or both or more true selves are enshrouded, and establishes a relationship of true selves, a communion, however fleeting, during which they more closely track the divine intention laid out for them.

*See 'Blog' for The self from which the pertinent point is this:

To be a self is not our achievement, but rather a gift from God

There is something to be achieved from our own effort, namely, how we give form to the modes of activity.

However,something is given before any activity occurs. The mystery of an individual’s selfhood is kept in the mystery of the divine being.

Whenever we act out the potential that we are given by God, we give form to the mode of action in accordance (or discordance) with the divine intention for our being, as a self.

It is possible to live as divinely intended, but one may also lead a life of delusions separated from one’s true purpose.


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The self

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 at 17:29

Saint Maximus on Dr John Dunn. The self
Thoughts prompted by the writings of St Maximus

The essential characteristics of man are common at the universal, but never circumscribe one self, unless as a prison (I’ll come to this later).

For example, Peter, John and Paul are human beings and being a rational animal is an essential characteristic of such humanness. Rationality is essential for being the entity a human being; necessary, but not sufficient to be a self.

The essential characteristics are the forms which exist by themselves, while the
self indicates a someone of those forms, i.e. someone, the self, who carries the forms in the concrete sense.

The individual has essential characteristics that are common, while in addition he has the personal characteristics of being that belong to himself.

The essence has only the essential characteristics of the species, whereas the individual has in addition that which shows thesomeone.

Peter is in all respects human being; there is nothing in Peter that is not human. On the other hand, to be human being is not in all respects to be Peter.

There is a distinction between being something and someone.

Let us move on from essential characteristics, which might be misinterpreted as being static, to modes of activity. The same principles apply.

There are modes of activity common to all. We are all active as being something. However when an individual gives form to a mode of activity, he manifests himself as a someone.

The character of being an individual is to give character to the mode of activity.

A human being is an individual when he assumes the modes of activity common to all, with a potentiality of power, in such a way that he gives form to those activities as belonging to himself, as a someone.

In order to be an individual an entity must be a someone who gives form to a mode of activity.

This condition is necessary but not sufficient.

A materialist would say that man is an essence with properties. Even if the properties are not unique to individual, the combination is unique. For example, one man differs from another because of the different time,place and circumstances in which they live. In this sense, man remains a something, an instantiation of properties, however unique.

But being something is to be distinguished from being someone.

In addition to being an entity, a something, distinguished by a set of properties, who gives form to modes of activity, each is created, not only as man, but also as a
self.

Here we need the doctrine of man being created in the image and likeness of God. It brings with it a distinctive dynamics, but also a mystery, since what we are in our deepest self is hidden in the divine intention for our being, as a selves.

To be a self is not our achievement, but rather a gift from God

There is something to be achieved from our own effort, namely, how we give form to the modes of activity.

However,something is given before any activity occurs. The mystery of an individual’s selfhood is kept in the mystery of the divine being.

When ever we act out the potential that we are given by God, we give form to the mode of action in accordance (or discordance) with the divine intention for our being, as a
self.

It is possible to live as divinely intended, but one may also lead a life of delusions separated from one’s true purpose.* (He can of course be imprisoned within these delusions by others, but this must be dealt with elsewhere.)

The true self is kept in God and the true principles contemplated by Him.

One’s self as a mystery is to be achieved in a stretching out for God

This self is not an autonomous entity, a collection of properties however unique, haunting a ready-made world; it is, rather, an entity that is realised in a life characterised by being in accordance with divine intention.

* (For my personal record) In future work I will relate these delusions back to Massimo Scaligero’s concept of disconnection from the Logos in reflected thought.


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On the shoulders of giants

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 18:08

Orion the giant and his helping eyes on Dr John Dunn. Orion the blind giant carried his servant Cedalion on his shoulders to act as his eyes.

On the shoulders of giants

Today I have transferred my final three readings and summaries of Massimo Scaligero’s The Logos and the New Mysteries to the collected readings held in ‘Thought pieces’. This collection is entitled simply Scaligero. The transferred readings are:

Lightning-bolt Logos
Inside out
The flash of lightning that shines


Massimo Scaligero amazed me from my first reading, in that I immediately felt the shadowing influence of three other great minds, namely Giovanni Gentile, Julius Evola and Rudolf Steiner. To a certain degree, Scaligero managed to fuse the best of these influences, and in doing so move beyond each of them.

I am bound to say that I was disappointed with the ending to The Logos and the New Mysteries, or rather the ending that never arrived.

I thought that Scaligero was strong on the analysis of the problem, i.e. our bondage to sensory perception and the physical view of reality as a presupposed idol; but his proffered alternative was a small part of the work, rushed in at the very end of the book. Nevertheless he has added apiece to my own construction of an alternative worldview and cosmogeny,which has drawn upon some of the thinkers mentioned above and more.


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Life - death - life

Monday, 10 January 2022 at 21:42

The full narrative on Dr John Dunn. Life - death - life

The event of Christ is an allegory for the journey the individual must undertake. The Nativity to the Resurrection follows a path of sensory events in which we must discover the suprasensory content, which in turn refers to the cosmic content.

This is the true content, not graspable by reflected thought, but only by the thinking that overcomes sensory maya. True thinking lies beyond the maya of what is normally realised as thought.

Sensory experience strengthens thinking, because it leads from the undetermined to the determination, thanks to which the cosmic power of the undetermined indeed limits itself; yet it penetrates the human.

In sensory experience, which is ‘determined’, the Logos has descended into humanity, i.e. has incarnated.

The Logos, which is undetermined, is channelled through its opposite to become manifest.

There is a danger of getting stuck at the level of the ‘determined’.

We must overcome the limit of the determination, which is reflected thought. Instead we must discover, as living thinking, the power of the undetermined in which flows the real content of the human being.

Thinking must cognise its own death to restore immortality to the human being. Self-awareness and will have the function of giving force to the annihilation of reflected thought, where the lightning flash of the Resurrection is dynamically inherent. This flash is thinking’s identity with the Logos, from which the power of the undetermined originates within the determination. For this reason, it is the flash of lightning that shines and resolves the materiality of the Earth.

Thinking must cognise its own death - there must be an awakening. How?

Once our plight is understood we can take possession of the reflected thought to which we are in thrall and control the mental sphere. Once in control, we can open a passage to the Logos which has incarnated into the determined world of materiality and reflected thinking.

Such an awakening is therefore at once a death; but from death comes rebirth,a resurrection to thinking’s identity with the Logos, the Christ within.


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Living thought

Sunday, 9 January 2022 at 10:38

The Logos at the centre on Dr John Dunn. Living thought

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17.21).

Living thought at one with the Logos cannot be achieved by the type of thinking that used to see the Logos outside of itself, but rather that of thinking that draws on the light of life of the Logos within itself, thereby ceasing to be reflective.

Thinking that still sees the Logos outside itself is identical to what today sees and thus deifies matter outside itself.

To accept anything as pre-determined prior to the experiencing of it - be it the Logos, or the material world into which we are born - is nothing short of idolatry.

In truth, the purpose of the Logos on Earth is to overcome nature within the human being i.e. the Resurrection; but itis not to lead humanity back to the Divine.

The Divine is not something that was there once and is now lost and has to be found again.To think in such a way would be to present the Logos as something outside of ourselves, to be found again, to be presupposed, to be worshipped as an idol.


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How He exists

Friday, 7 January 2022 at 21:05

Trinity icon on Dr John Dunn. How He exists

I find that I am not concerned with the question of whether God (as a True Being) exists or not; rather my concern is how (in what manner or mode) He exists.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

I see Resurrection as the recovery of the content of ‘living thought’ at its inception, before it is almost immediately degraded into ‘fallen thought’, or ‘reflected thought’

This recovery is the result of action by the awakened will.

The thinking ‘I’ grasps the direction of the Logos within itself, which is the elevating of itself to its own pre-reflective moment.

The awakened will marks the insertion of the “I” into the process of thinking.

The corollary of this is that in normal everyday accepted modes of thought, i.e. reflective thought, the “I” is absent.

Thus the connection to pre-reflective, or ‘living thought’, before it falls,is not only a connection to the Logos, but also to the ‘I’.

This connection to the Logos and to the ‘I’ is tantamount to an encounter with the ‘source of life’.

The existence prior to the recovery of the content of ‘living thought’ at its inception equated to subsumption in the realm of Ananke, a state of non-being.

Thus the Resurrection as the connection to the Logos and the ‘I’ is also the Creation.

Turning again to the the connection of the ‘I’ to the Logos; is it a reintegration? Or are the ‘I’ and the Logos to be thought of as one and the same entity.

Either way, the realisation of this reintegration or synthesis has been made possible through fall, incarnation, death, Resurrection and Creation.


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Resurrected creation

Thursday, 6 January 2022 at 20:34

Bolt from the blue on Dr John Dunn. Resurrected creation

There can be no overcoming of the evil in the human-animal except by the lightning-bolt Logos of thinking, whose force on Earth arises from fulfilling the divine task at the roots of the human being - namely, the victory over death, the Resurrection.

Resurrection is the instilling of ‘living thought’ and is linked to the capacity for creation. The uncorrupted feeling of the soul is experienced, purity of feeling is restored and creative faith is resurrected.

Until now we have only had a freedom with respect to the sensory, the tendency to depend on the past suprasensory revelations of others. Warm feelings of artistic ‘freedom’ are actually mired in shallow fashion and policed into emasculated safe expression.

Real freedom demands the action of the pure individual element, the product of direct contact within the soul with the source of the initiative and courage. It is an action for the sake of the innocents held in a sub-human community, since the Logos, through the individual act, surfaces in the world and tears the human away from animal nature.


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