Power of one
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 20:30
In the recovery of a lost Totality, of the Total-Man, of the Absolute Self (of the Selbst of Nietzsche and Jung), of the Unus Mundus, they had turned the creator into a discoverer and, if the creative imagination is the defining element of humanness, then they were dehumanisers. Jung’s concept of Synchronicity was founded upon a belief that both the observer and connected phenomenon ultimately stem from the same source, the Unus Mundus, which means One World. Jung was the Spinozist par excellence.
C. G. Jung
Jung and others fell and worshipped before the power of One; to aspire for us all to become as One; to bring about One world; to proffer a perennial ‘truth’ common to all religions.
This is tikkun, the return to the One.
This is the end-game of Spinozism in which freedom is the recognition of this necessity.
And the price of this necessary freedom? The end of the creative imagination, death of the self and the end of humanity.
And who is promoting the one world schemas? Who is funding the anarchist, Marxist and liberal Left? Their faces will not be revealed. Suffice it to say that financial globalism is the final victory of Spinozism
© John Dunn.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 17:45
Shoot down the albatross of necessity. Escape with the self and abandon the ship of fools…
Choose instead to be saved by the Triune God in a relationship where two separate substances and one sole essence = three. Know this and know why the God of love is revealed to human consciousness as the eternal Trinity—the Loving One who loves, the Loved One who loves, and their Love who loves them: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Eagle symbol of John.
‘No-one has ever seen God’, reiterates John. This is the point.
And yet we encounter God, we cannot create Him.
God is Love.
And yet Love does not precede the encounter.
In the beginning was the Word, or Logos.
And yet each moment is a new beginning.
The mystery is in the encounter. Love is the product of encounter. Sanctity for the self is found in Love. This is where we find God.
…he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
© John Dunn.
Shoot down the albatross
Monday, 26 November 2018 at 17:45
Albatros Shot (Mervyn Peake)
Love, Fatherly love, is unconditional i.e. authentic.
By leading an authentic life we are tapping in to an eternal truth, even if first we must pass through Felix Culpa - the Fall from naive innocence to a new realisation of the choice facing us.
Jesus proclaimed the truth of the authentic life, new life, and was vilified for it by the Devil’s children.
Nevertheless, his proclamation was the turning point.
Choose not tikkun, the path of subsumption in the world or, in Spinoza’s terms, the Substance, for this leads to the death of the self.
Reject idolatry, reject oneness.
Shoot down the albatross of necessity. Escape with the self and abandon the ship of fools.
© John Dunn.
Sunday, 25 November 2018 at 11:50
World or new life
‘No-one has seen God’, reiterates John. But we have seen and existentially experienced him through His Son, who proclaimed our Father’s Love, and who in doing so manifested God’s embodiment.
Following the proclamation of Jesus, we too recognise that we have a choice to embody God within ourselves.
This remains the salvific nature of the cross, the resurrection and new life.
This remains the saving grace - that we have a choice
And the choice must be made at each moment - the world or new life.
Away with the laws of necessity. Jesus was the restorer of choice, the restorer of humanity, the Saviour of mankind.
'See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.' 1 John 3:1
It is God's love, proclaimed by Jesus, that restores to man the freedom which he has lost, the freedom to take possession of his own authenticity.
© John Dunn.
Saturday, 24 November 2018 at 17:39
Through Jesus, the bifurcation between good and evil became clear and exposed. The eternal struggle between good and evil surfaced at this turning point in cosmic history. The veil was rent.
Jesus confronted hollow men, the living dead, people who lived their lives to the letter of the Law to get by in the world. Driven by externalities, these were people who had chosen the world, but who rejected Jesus’ message.
Their god was the god of this world, as it remains for non-believers today. They had suffered the death of the self. They had made a pre-existent idol of their god and the world.
And their ways were revived in Spinoza’s great presupposition, the all-encompassing Substance, of which the individual is but one mode and subject to its laws of necessity. Herein lies the death of mind and the death of the self.
And they rejected Jesus’ message and murdered Him - and continue to do so. The cross was the turning point and continues to be so.
Before the cross, there was death of the self. After the cross, there is resurrection and new life.
We are called to reject the god of this world in order that we may have new life.
© John Dunn.
Friday, 23 November 2018 at 16:16
What is this love to be accepted or rejected and how does it relate to the survival, or rather, the saving of the self?
Well it would appear that it is our choice, now, at this moment and every moment.
This must be the basis of the doctrine that men are saved by faith alone (sola fide) and by grace alone (sola gratia).
The point here is that it is an active choice that is necessary.
It is an active choice that recognises man’s apartness and individuality.
Not to choose to accept God’s fatherly Love is to live for the pre-existent entity which is the world and, in turn, to be subject to the prince of this world.
To reject God’s fatherly Love is to turn instead to another father.
In condemning the Jews for rejecting God’s love, Jesus said:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44-45)
The experience of my journey, and my encounter with all the many efforts to assert the self, has led me to an understanding that the self survives only in a relationship to an entity that both creates it and is created by it.
And choice is involved.
And choice is constant.
Because this dialectical act of creation is constant. God from the beginning was always ‘I am’.
‘No man hath seen God at any time’, asserts and reasserts John. How could we? He is not a pre-existent idol, he is always ‘I am’.
But we have a choice and the acceptance of Love is central to this choice.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
Choose Love and the dialectical act of creation, described as a mutual indwelling, maintains the ‘I am’.
Reject Love and the ‘I am’ of mutual indwelling is lost. The ‘I am’ that dwells in the individual is lost.
Does this not give new meaning to Jesus’ mission on Earth to save you and me?
© John Dunn.
Thursday, 22 November 2018 at 17:21
'God is love' (1 John 4:8, 16).
And it all seems to turn on the mystery of Love, which is God.
This seems to mean that unless there is Love in the individual's own life, he cannot know God.
And I do not mean simply a shallow show of lurv for one another, I mean a real crushing life-changing experience of Love. Dante for one knew that Love belongs to the divine stratum and through one we can experience the other.
So, to look at this negatively, a life devoid of the experience of Love is devoid of God.
But we cannot just choose to love can we? Surely a real experience of Love comes through the chance encounter.
Yes, there is Eros certainly, the ground-shaking passion of one for another, always unconditional, often unrequited.
Where else might such unconditionality be found, where there are no defining criteria, where love remains with me as an individual and a mystery?
To accept the sending of the Son is to accept the Father.
Jesus refers to God intimately as the Father.
A Father’s love for his children is unconditional, whether they love him back or not.
Through Jesus we are presented with the Fatherly nature of God’s love for his children.
It would seem that the real experience of Love is there to be accepted or rejected.
© John Dunn.