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Precursors

Saturday, 29 January 2022 at 18:02

Leonardo's St John on Dr John Dunn. Precursors

There were precursors to the light, not the light, but each bore witness of that light.

A first encounter with the works of W. B. Yeats

On first motorcycle, riding across the great arc of the North Yorkshire Moors, the Northern Dales, the Forest of Bowland and the Lake District… alone.

A first recognition by the Fenian that I might have something to say.

Young first love, of course.

Living deep in the suburbs of a strange city, immersing myself in it, losing myself without a map of return… and, in parallel, doing the same with great works of literature.

The shock of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.


John Dunn 2022

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Contentment

Friday, 28 January 2022 at 11:17

Urizen and his nets on Dr John Dunn. Blake's Urizen. 'And Urizen cast the net of debt over all.'

Contentment

The children of Satan led the innocents out of themselves with the promise of happiness to come …into Beulah. “We just want to be happy…, we just want to be happy…”, the innocents droned on and on.

And the children of Satan led them into debt, and with this came the objectivisation of past and future; the future extracted from the present and the cost of the past born by the present.

The innocents were resigned to the only existence they knew, and Urizen was respectfully acknowledged at the due times and dates.

“We just want to be happy…, we just want to be happy…”

And the children of Beulah found contentment;

and the children of Urizen collected the taxes and the debts;

and the children of Beulah were born into debt;

and the children of Urizen provided the drugs;

whilst the children of Beulah descended into the One, which is to say they were dragged down to nothing, to death.


Children of Urizen

They hide amongst the Innocents.

They feed off the Innocents.

They set Innocent against Innocent.

They send the Innocents to war.


You know you've met them,

probably when you've thought about it afterwards.

They don't smile, they sneer.

They look at you with calculation.


Snared in Urizen's net, they are the living dead.

Their lives are empty and uncomplicated.

Being themselves devoid of love,

when they meet Him they murder Love.


God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (I John 4:16)


They that dwelleth without love, what are they?

The anti-Love; the masonry of hate; the children of Urizen.

Root them out, pleads Eros to the Innocents, root them out!

© John Dunn.

Devoid of Love

Thursday, 27 January 2022 at 21:07

Blake's Urizen on Dr John Dunn. William Blake’s Urizen “The Accuser of the World”

Devoid of Love

Satan fell into the objectivised world, to become god of this world, and Adam and Eve and their issue worshipped satan as the god Urizen, the demiurge, a distant Jehovah, the 'self-deluded and anxious' shaper of pre-existent matter.

And the children of Satan led men and women into Beulah with the promise of happiness to come, into the land of false innocence,that is innocence devoid of Love, from which arises the constant and nauseating refrain… “we just want to be happy…, we just want to be happy…”

In a world devoid of Love, they objectified god, which isto say they idolised their god; they were idolaters and their children were born into idolatry.

And their god was an all-knowing god who controlled the affairs of man from across a divide, the puppeteer pulling the strings of mankind, an over-bearing father, a failed architect, and the ‘Accuser of the World' who unfairly condemned Adam and Eve when he was the one at fault.

The deluded innocents of Beulah had carried over the worshipping of the demiurge from the followers of Jehovah, which made it Devil Worship.


© John Dunn.

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.

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