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Being: what is it?

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 at 11:25

Adoration on Dr John Dunn. Being: what is it?

It just is. Being is active thinking, the Logos and Love; for the Logos is Love.

Man can be dragged in and out of being, some are never in it.

The children of Satan actively oppose being. They murdered Love and continue to do so.

The Resurrection is the victory over death and the pathway to redemption; easier for the meek than the rich.

Redemption is the escape from the clutches of Satan and the fallen world, the objectivised world; it is a return to active thinking, the Logos. It is the resurrection of the self. It is the birth of Love.

The adoration followed the birth of Love; for to love is to worship. Being is active thinking, the Logos and Love. To be is to worship.


© John Dunn.

This time as as a personalised narrative

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 at 11:30

Knowledge pushed in on Dr John Dunn. Adam tempted into knowledge, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531











This time as as a personalised narrative

(Previous blog) Beginning, always

There was nothing before or after the beginning

The beginning is a constant, now, in my thinking; it is simply life.

There’s nothing outside my thinking, that is, nothing but death; believe me, I’ve been there. It’s a world where thoughts are reflected back as entities in their own right, with existences in their own right, a world where the abstract takes on the appearance of the concrete, where living thinking is objectified as dead matter.

I was once there, before the beginning, where there is unity, one nothing.

I wasn’t the first in there; Satan beat me to it, seeking freedom from the Logos. The One, the indiscriminate Oneness, was the realm of the Devil and the Devil’s children, and remains so.

From there, Satan used Eve to tempt Adam into knowledge, meaning knowledge of the objective world, into which both were condemned. They objectivised each other and were ashamed of what they wanted, but shame never stopped them wanting. They believed they could pick and choose their way through the seemingly ready-made material options laid out before them.

Yes, I was there, thrown into this reflected world at birth: a fallen state, but I knew no other. I return still.

Satan tempted Christ to his realm, where power might be exerted over a temporal world; you know, stones into bread, defying gravity, ruling over nations. Christ’s rejection of Satan was an assertion of the point I made above, that there’s nothing outside my thinking, that is, nothing but death.


© John Dunn.

Beginning, always

Monday, 24 January 2022 at 10:34

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

Beginning, always

Before and after the beginning there is nothing.

The beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking; it is life.

All outside active thinking is nothing; it is death.

What is outside of active thinking? A reflected world, where the products of active thinking are reflected back as entities in their own right, with existences in their own right, divorced from the Logos; it is a world where the abstract takes on the appearances of the concrete, where living thinking is objectified as dead matter.

Satan fell to the outside and occupied the objective. To fall into abstraction is to fall to nothing, and nothing is death.

Before the beginning there was nothing and 0 = 1.

To fall outside is to fall into the One, the indiscriminate Oneness, the realm of the Devil and the Devil’s children

Satan tempted Adam through Eve into knowledge, i.e. knowledge of the objective world, into which both were condemned.

They were condemned to a ‘gnomic will,’ which is the ‘choosing will’ that originates in thought reflected back as material ‘reality’, that believes it can pick and choose its way through the seemingly ready-made material options laid out before it.

Adam and Eve objectivised each other and were ashamed of what they wanted, but it never stopped them wanting.

The sons of Adam are born into a fallen state, i.e. the reflected and objectivised world.

Satan tempted Christ to come over to the objectivised world, where power might be exerted over a temporal realm. The rejection of Satan is the rejection of death and an acceptance of the beginning, always.


© John Dunn.

Living thought as Logos

Sunday, 23 January 2022 at 11:10

The blessing on Dr John Dunn. Living thought as Logos

What was before the beginning? Nothing.
What came after the beginning? Nothing.

The beginning is a constant, now, in active thinking.

That which lies outside of active thinking is an abstraction, i.e. nothing.

Why did the beginning happen when it did, e.g. 6000 years ago for the Bible literalists, or x billion years ago for the Big Bang theorists?

The question asks about an abstraction, i.e. nothing, because the beginning is not fixed at any one discoverable time, the beginning is now in active thought, or it is nothing, an abstraction.

Taking my cue from Garth D. Wiebe’s work on the translation to the opening of John’s Gospel, I now add John 1:1-5.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

Wiebe points out that Hellenistic Greek, from which the Bible was translated,had no past tense. Also ‘Word’ was not the result of a direct translation into English. A better translation from the Greek might be ‘expression’ or, my preference, ‘living thought’, taking it above merely the idea of a verbal utterance.

In the light of the above, let me rework the translation.

1In the beginning is the living thought, and the living thought is with God, and the living thought is God. 2 He is with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things are made; without him nothing is made that is made. 4 In him is life, and that life is the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness is not overcoming it.

This might allow us to think of the Word, almost universally understood to mean the Logos, the Christ, as living thought.


Weibe also notes how the typical English translation, 'the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory,' brings to mind only an image of the incarnation and ministry of Jesus in the past, whereas the actual text brings to mind the word become flesh that dwells in, rather than amongst us.

Following my argument, we might then consider The Logos, the Cosmic Christ, as living thought, in rather than amongst us.

This notion of in, rather than amongst, recalls:

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

(Pictured: Blessing Christ by Hans Memling, late 15th century)

© John Dunn.

Beginning, always

Friday, 21 January 2022 at 20:21

Always at the start on Dr John Dunn. Beginning, always

In unbounded nothingness all is one.

All is subsumed in one.

What is all? All is one.

There is only one and 1 = 0.

How do we get from no-thing to some-thing?

In the beginning was the Word, the Logos.

Before the beginning there was nothing and 0 = 1.

With the beginning the infinite space of nothing was bounded.

For the one has no past but is created in the eternity of the present, behind which there is no past and in front of which there is no future.


There is only beginning, always.

© John Dunn.

One nothing

Thursday, 20 January 2022 at 21:02

Nothing on Dr John Dunn. One nothing

We all know what nothing is, but only if it is a qualified nothing.

There is nothing …in this box
There is nothing …in this room
There is nothing …between you and me
I searched for gold and found nothing.


In these instances, nothing is delimited by a qualification.

We know there is oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the box, but the qualification denotes the nothingness to be agreed upon.


We know that the prospector might have dug up a pile of sand and dirt in the search for gold, but we know what nothing means because of the qualification.

Nothing is actually nothing plus qualifier.

Can there be nothing without qualification?

Can there be unbounded nothingness, or infinite nothingness?

Let us suppose the answer is yes; there can be unbounded nothingness.

However, would not that state, that everlasting equilibrium, be a single nothingness, an all-embracing oneness?

We have the paradox of one equaling nothing.

You might say that before the beginning there was not nothing, but rather there was one.


© John Dunn.

Encounter

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 21:50

I encounter you on Dr John Dunn. Encounter

AllI can say about the short works, now pulled together under the heading ‘Encounter’ in ‘Thought pieces’, is that they are consistent with my cosmogony as it has grown since the publication of Child of Encounter. These are poetic renditions of thoughts as they occurred to me and captured as they did so. What follows here is a scattering of lines freed from captivity. Visit the word zoo here.

All the presuppositions,
all the idolatry,
brought low by a salvific glance.

From your first knowing glance, the shell began to crack and Eros stood erect
Ananke, Ananke,
Who are you?
But for Eros, you would never be known at all
And now… a gentle breeze ripples the veil of Sais
Your soul remained as still as Isis
The serpent in you tempts me
Imagine not having met you
Eternal, wild, and infinite
And did you really appear?
It’s time to end this, She’s defeated us all
The snake of memory is entwined about me
There was encounter, there was love
© John Dunn.
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