Posts Tagged ‘soul’

maturing beyond sinfulness

December 22, 2011
Sin = ANY error  (not just moral violations) or ANY act of misconduct (including even a failure to take responsible action)
3 types of sin (in the tradition of the ancient Hebrews): negligence, shame, and malice
 
You are soul. Soul is attention. Attention is the source of words. Words are your creation, not your source. Words can direct the attention of the young and impressionable, but, when the soul matures, attention is stabilized beyond words.
It is an error to believe in words. Belief in words is the root of all malice or ill will. In particular, people may identify themselves with or against certain words. That is the root of all psychological suffering (guilt, anxiety, depression, etc…).
That misidentification with linguistic labels is also the root of idolatry, which inovlves mistaking a word like “sacred” or “holy” with Divinity itself. When one is ignorant of Divinity and then labels as “holy” some mere word or phrase or idea or physical object or pattern, that is idolatry. The word Divinity is not what is symbolized by the word Divinity. Worshiping the word Divinity or even a particular scripture (including the US Constitution) is idolatry.
So, sin includes ignorance, negligence, shame malice, as well as the resulting actions. While some uses of the word sin refer in particular to actions, that usage diverges from the traditional Jewish (Hebrew) or Greek usages, as well as the words of the most famous religious figures such as Jesus, Buddha, and Isaiah.
Sin is not just a category of action, but also the source of some behavioral reaction. Consider this translation of a famous heretical prophet: “you have been told that to put someone to death is sin, but I say to you that even to be angry or hold ill will toward another is sin,” as well as other famous instructions: “Condemn not,” “Judge not,” “Let the one among you without sin cast the first stone” and of course “Forgive one another.”
Ill will requires language. Resentment does not arise from action or inaction, but from the language that we can use to ongoingly produce an experience out of our commentary and imagination relating to a memory. Resentment requires first creating shame from a past incident, then blaming someone else for our experience (while we mature in the capacity to accept the experience). In other words, our challenging experiences are part of our development.
The cultivating of antagonism through language is the root issue. From antagonism, many actions may arise, such as war, murder, rape, theft, fraud and so on. However, as Jesus said, it does not require the action of a murder or rape for antagonism or jealous lust to be a disturbance to one’s well-being.
First, we are totally ignorant. Then we begin to learn but still are developing discipline and thus are subject to negligence (which can also be viewed as any failure to be responsible for our reputation). Next we construct linguistic rationales to blame others for our results, which is malice or ill will or resentment, but also shame and pride. We create pride as a barrier to accepting responsibility for our overall results (by focusing on particular results while we ignore the rest of our results, of which we may be quite ashamed and quite hysterical if anyone attempts to direct attention at those results for which we may have been constructing a linguistic identifying or labeling as shameful). In other words, on the foundation of shame, we may develop malice toward those who fail to agree with us about our prides and shames.
That experience of malice might be called hell or purgatory. There may be access to “heaven” at a later stage.
These are the three basic stages of human socio-linguistic development: ignorance, shame, and malice. Next, however, is maturity. A comprehension of the role of language in the constructing of shame and malice allow for an attention to that linguistic process, the realization that inattentiveness or negligent language itself is what creates the malice, so the only remedy required is to cease the negligent language and remain attentive, and that is freedom from sin. That is spiritual rebirth.

healing words of the soul

December 11, 2011

healing code words of the human soul

You are a soul. More specifically, you are soul. You are not an isolated identifying in language, not a self-image, not an ego, not a personality, not a person or an estate in law or accounting. You are an eternal soul.
You as a soul are simply more fundamental than any of the linguistic identities or images that you may have mistakenly identified not as “mine,” but as “me.” Those come and go in time while a soul, relative to those temporary things, is lasting or unchanging or eternal.
By eternal, I do not mean that you as a soul are immortal. You as a soul are not immortal. Only soul is immortal. An isolated soul is only eternal. Soul itself is immortal.
So, do I have a soul or am I a soul? If I can identify a thing, then how can that thing be “me?” I am the one recognizing my self-awareness as distinct from patterns in language such as some name or some reputation or some description in language of “how I am.”
I am not a set of personality traits that can be described in language. Personality traits can develop or fade or mature. I am not the personality traits that I have. I have them. They are not me. I am a soul.
Before “I” arises in language, soul is all that is. Even when language arises, soul is still all that is.
The soul is earlier than any of those things that can arise in language. The soul is the source of language. People can change their names, learn new languages, and even lose neurological functions of language or memory, yet the soul is still present.
Now, language may refer to a body as having a disease, such as scurvy. All of that is a construction in language. Scurvy is a label for various physiological developments. The use of the term scurvy does not imply that at a particular moment in time, a scurvy appeared in a certain portion of a certain body, and then later disappeared or exited. That is the linguistic model of “possession” such as by a demon. There is another model.
There is no healing of scurvy because there is no scurvy except as a label in language. When there is a certain amount of vitamin C as well as various other things in a body, then life (or soul) does not produce the physiological functionality that can be labeled scurvy. When there is a lesser amount of vitamin C in a living body, then the physiological functioning arises that can be labeled “scurvy.”
Scurvy cannot be cured. Scurvy is a label in language.
Scurvy is not a demon possessing a body. Scurvy is a six-letter word.
But what about other “incurable illnesses?” There are such things as physical parasites, but scurvy and cancer and diabetes are just diagnostic labels in language. Parasites can be killed or driven out, at least in some cases.
However, “incurable” diagnostic labels in language cannot be killed or driven out or exorcised. A soul cannot have cancer or diabetes or scurvy. However, a soul can have a body that has various vitamins and various physiological functionalities that can be labeled “incurable scurvy” or “incurable demon possession” and so on.
The linguistic model based on the theory of demon possession is the same model that is used when saying “that body has scurvy” or “that body has cancer” or “that body has diabetes.”
Diabetes is a diagnostic label for a particular level of sugar in the urine (and blood). The word diabetes is derived from the Greek words for sweet urine. A body is not possessed by sweet urine. A body is not plagued by sweet urine. A body can produce urine and that urine can be notably sweet. All that sweetness in the urine is because of an excess of sweetness in the rest of the body which is being eliminated through the urine. Certain levels of sweetness (carbohydrate) can be detrimental to physiological functionality, like circulation and vision and glandular function and nerve function.
Diabetes does not cause those symptoms. Diabetes is a diagnostic label in language for those symptoms, with sweetness in the bodily fluids (such as urine and blood) being the first signal of too much carbohydrate in the diet. too much carbohydrate in the diet can produce sweetness in the blood and urine, as well as a variety of other noticeable effects, such as what is called blindness or numbness.
However, even blindness or numbness are just labels in language. Remove the carbohydrates from the diet, and then the impairments to nerve functions such as sensation of touch or visual functioning may decline.
A body does not have numbness or blindness or baldness. A body may or may not have the capacity for sight and touch and growth of hair.
A chair is not numb or blind. A chair just does not have the capacity for sight or touch.
A chair cannot have scurvy or diabetes or cancer or any incurable illness. Neither can a soul.
A soul cannot be healed. Only what is broken can heal, such as a scratch on skin. However, a soul can recognize it’s wholeness and perfection and invulnerability to language.

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