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Amidst whole congregations

Friday, 31 December 2021 at 20:16

Urizen by Blake on Dr John Dunn. William Blake's Urizen, dispenser of the laws rhetorical

The following thought was promoted by a re-reading of Life without rhetoric, a blog that I have transferred to the ‘Thought piece’ Scaligero.

Amidst whole congregations

Disenchantment is the necessary precursor to freedom. This applies at an individual and the wider human level. There is no freedom without awareness of error, and in advocating this point I rehearse once more the Christian tradition of felix culpa, (happy fall) and the concept of Luciferic hindrance held by Rudolf Steiner.

The move towards the freedom that not even the angels possess has to occur in a world of error, where freedom can only ever be ‘rhetorical’, where to live ‘rhetorically’ is to be subject to the conventions of social life, rather than being in full possession of oneself

If the pure unheeded relation with the Logos controlled thinking, we would completely realise truth; we would not know error, nor consequently evil, but we would not be free. Each of us would be an impeccable spiritual automaton, whose imperfect and distorted counterparts are the blind adherents to faith, holding us to laws, religious and scientific, that oppose and block the unseen impulse of the Logos on Earth.

The first steps to freedom will emerge from reflected thought’s adherence to the truth of the other, the mineral “appearing”, which separates subject from object, thought from life and man from God.

Before Love is known, man must take his seat amidst whole congregations in Urizen's 'Synagogue of Satan'.


© John Dunn.

Violation, disruption and overturning

Friday, 31 December 2021 at 18:11

The great Simone Weil on Dr John Dunn. Violation, disruption and overturning

Our purpose is to recover the content of ‘living thought’ at its inception,before it is almost immediately degraded into ‘fallen thought’, or ‘reflected thought’ i.e. thought reflected back to us as though it represented an external reality with an external existence inherent to it.

To live through the eyes of reflected thought is to live before the Beginning, to live before the Creation, to be beholden to Ananke and worship Urizen; it is to exist before Love.

It is violation by Love, i.e. the Creation, in the Beginning, that awakens us to the Logos within ourselves, enabling us to grasp the content of ‘living thought’, which brings with it the transformative and shaping force of the Logos. The 'I' is inserted into the process of thinking.

The corollary of this is that in normal everyday accepted modes of thought the 'I' is absent. The connection to ‘living thought’, before it falls, is not only a connection to the Logos, but also to the 'I'.

This connection to the Logos and the 'I' is an encounter with the ‘source of life’. The Logos and the ‘I’ are coterminous at this point.

The Logos is incarnated in the ‘I’.

So the earlier statement that ‘out thoughts are not our own’, might be restated as our thoughts are from the ‘I’, which has broken free of the normal everyday accepted modes of thought, i.e. the ‘I’ which perceives thoughts at their originatory and uncontaminated source, whereas before it only saw the reflected ‘reality’ of Ananke.

Is the uncontaminated source the Logos or the ‘I’ or both?

Atheme is emerging here again, and that is that the ‘I’ cannot achieve the break from Ananke by its solipsistic self, it needs the violation, disruption and overturning of equilibria by Love.


© John Dunn.

Love and perpetual creativity

Thursday, 30 December 2021 at 20:23

Telling words on Dr John Dunn. Love and perpetual creativity

The human as commonly understood by the perceptually contaminated and unawakened is not the genuine human, but the human-animal that must be overcome. Our presence on Earth has this purpose.

Living thought is not a human production, resulting from the sense-perception of a reflected reality; this is the reflected thought of the human-animal. Living thought is the creative light, the force of the Logos.

Living thought is Love and perpetual creativity.

Yes,there is connection with the One, i.e. the Logos, with all the inherent dangers of sliding into a Spinozistic pantheism, but the danger of this potential slide is mitigated when living thought is understood as being coterminous with the Logos

Such a connection with the ‘I’ and Logos is not a one-off event.

Our dependence on the values of reflected thinking cannot be overcome simply because they are perceived as illusory, as though it were a sudden flash of realisation

Living thought is Love, the perpetual continuation of the first Creation.

Urizen and his followers, who would keep the innocents in a sub-human state, know that only Love can cleanse ‘the doors of perception’. They were driven to murder Love and continue to do so.

'If the doors of perception were cleansed,” wrote William Blake, “everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.' Cleansing involves the removal of the contaminants.


© John Dunn.

Root them out

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 at 17:36

Painting by Bosch on Dr John Dunn. The murderers of Love - Christ Carrying the Cross (Bosch)

Root them out

Union with the Divine seems impossible, because there is no identity between being and thinking

The conditions must exist for the metaphysical force to incarnate, but it does not have any other arouser and awakener than Love.

Once Love is found, the Logos is found. The Logos virginally fertilises the soul. This moment coincides with the Creation.

The presence of the Logos is realised because it is perceived.
The doors of perception are opened.

‘If the doors of perception were cleansed,’ William Blake once wrote, ‘everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’

Love cleanses the doors of perception… for the elect that is. The rest, i.e.the innocents, are condemned to an existence in Beulah, from where rises the nauseating refrain ‘we just want to be happy…’

The murderers of Love contaminated the doors of perception, and continue to do so.

The followers of Ananke, the worshippers of Urizen, the Pharisees of every age, would have the struggle cease. Their goal? A world of undifferentiated oneness, forever, undisturbed and inevitable.

When the struggle ceases all is lost.

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.
(From ‘Children of Urizen’, The Mythology)

You have been infected by the children of Urizen into Devil Worship.
(From ‘Thus spake’ in October’s Blog)

Man must and will have some religion; if he has not the religion of Jesus, he will have the religion of Satan, and will erect the Synagogue of Satan.
(William Blake)
The above piece was prompted by a re-reading of the blog Thinking = will, now transferred to Scaligero in 'Thought pieces'.

© John Dunn.

Escaping Beulah

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 at 15:58

The deluded on Dr John Dunn. Escaping Beulah

Humankind is the conduit for the descent of the Logos to the earthly realm as thought.

Fallen thought is a condition which believes these thoughts are our own.

Fallen thought is separated from the Logos and takes on a life of its own, being reflected back to us as a representation of what appears to be a pre-existing world of things and people, i.e. as Nature, as though existence lay outside of man, rather than shaped by man.

This medium of fallen thought, or reflected thought, in which we exist and have our being, is symbolically the realm ruled over by Urizen. Encouraged by the followers of Urizen, man is dragged down into the passivity of Beulah, where is heard constantly the nauseating refrain - ‘I just want to be happy…’

Creativity, imagination, thinking and mental picturing, need to be reconnected to that of the will.

There is precedent for this possibility: thinking can arouse the profound will, as is normally the case when simple mental picturing arouses the movement of the limbs.

The will can redeem fallen thought to the point of connecting with the Logos, thus becoming living thought, rendering humankind as the unimpeded conduit for the descent of the Logos to the earthly realm.

To feel the Logos, man must first be liberated.

Until liberated, he will suffer and rejoice illusorily, because the Logos content of each experience is lost.

Liberation comes with the restored marriage between thinking and the will.

We see a tantalising shadow of such liberation in human love, which is always imperfect.

Love,the originatory principle, is the true meaning of human love. All human love unknowingly moves from its celestial content, but without the hope of realising it, because within the sphere of the psyche it endures the enchantment of the appearing which, assumed as reality through reflected consciousness, generates irresistible desire, the continuous greed of the ephemeral and its delusion.


The above piece was prompted by a re-reading of the blog Imperfect love, now transferred to Scaligero in 'Thought pieces'. I'm not altogether happy with this. I'm not sure that the will can awaken living thought as a creative act. In a sense the above thoughts do acknowledge this inevitable imperfection. Perhaps only the perfection of Love holds the true creative act.

© John Dunn.

Love perpetual

Monday, 27 December 2021 at 22:19

Weil's words on Dr John Dunn.









Love perpetual

The human being conditioned by corporeality, as human-animal, has no value higher than any other aspect of nature. A sub-human existence is bound up with nature, one with it, immersed in it and subject to its determinations; subject to Ananke, i.e. subject to nothing, being worth nought.

Only when the practice of living thought is achieved will man move beyond the animal, i.e. thinking that is suitable to the beyond-human dimension, or to the Logos of the Creation, to achieve independence from the reflected thought of animal corporeality, during life. It involves the awakening of the soul through the interjection of Love, the perpetual continuation of the first Creation.


The above piece was prompted by a re-reading of the blog Secret of the solar sacrarium, now transferred to Scaligero in 'Thought pieces'.

© John Dunn.

Love as the Creation

Sunday, 26 December 2021 at 17:55

Created on Dr John Dunn. Love as the Creation

Is prior knowledge of the grail path necessary? In Scaligero’s terms it is, which means, again in his terms, an encounter with the work of Rudolf Steiner.

I reserve judgement still on this, because I too feel there is much within Steiner’s work to reconfigure our knowledge and awareness of the Cosmos.

However, I remain inclined to think that we are awakened to the so-called grail path by an encounter with the Logos, with God, with Love.

Scaligero also moves us on from the Creation to the ‘Eden…truly enclosed within the soul’. This is suggesting that we once had something which we subsequently lost, which conflicts with the Creation of something that was never there before.

In similar vein, he writes about ‘the perennial resurrection of the higher I’, whereas I prefer to think of the perennial Creation of the ‘higher I’.

I think of the awakening by Love as the Creation, rather than an echo of a previous Creation.

Love violates the interminable cycle and equilibrium of Ananke, and the issue is Life itself, i.e. the shaping force without which there would be only Ananke or, in other words, nothing, 0.

What I do agree with Scaligero about is that it is
‘the usurpers of the light of life’ who set the barriers to awakening.

The above piece was prompted by a re-reading of the blog Perennial resurrection, now transferred to Scaligero in 'Thought pieces'.

© John Dunn.

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