Posts Tagged ‘devil’

DEVIL OF A GOD (the truth will set you free… after pissing you off)

February 17, 2014
Now, we got to tell you all what’s wrong    and how to fix it                  first, you shouldn’t be so frustrated            stop your bitchin’
Next, you shouldn’t be so complicated       talking fiction                       truth sets you free if you let it               but your mind is itching
scratching the surface of your bullshit religion                                        you worship it as your crutch             yet you question it
plus you need a bridge to get to heaven   (cause you’re not in it)         and you’re terrified of hell fire,     shame on you, sinner
You lack the faith of a mustard seed, but                                                    You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                                You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God didn’t do it like you wanted, right?                                           So you pray to Santa Claus with all your might
but Santa is a myth to keep you quiet at night                                         cause little kids will believe anything when their parents lie
Boom… goes the truth    Ba Ba Ba Boom
You should feel humble when your plans don’t work                              But you feel guilty, so you blame some jerk
for what you didn’t do and what you didn’t get                                         for victimizing you with condemnation
Well, drop the people who don’t do you how you like                               Stop trying to make a tricycle a bike
I was an arrogant fool, sincere and naive                                                   scapegoating anybody who I thought I was in my way
and if an elephant is in the middle of the room                                        then I might as well stay close to the wall to move
through to the other side if that’s what I want to do                               why’d you want to stand there and whine? What’re ya trying to prove?
You say you lack the power of a mustard seed, but                                  You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                               You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God did some things that you didn’t like, right?                          So you pray to whoever with all your might
to prove God wrong, yeah, just out of spite                                                Show God who’s boss, Master, show him the light
Yeah, I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                          cause I’m trying not to laugh at your devil of a God
Boom… goes the truth    Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth                      Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth           Ba Ba Ba Boom…
So, how many times should I forgive? Until I chill?                                 But my villain doesn’t seem to have remorse! Should I still?
It’s almost like you’re saying to withdraw contempt.                              No, I still condemn what I still resent!
Yes, some sacrifice peace to hold on to hate                                                 and then claim to know better than God as they pray
to the one who promises all the things they crave                                    to the devil who sells them a world to save
What? Listen, if the world is already saved                                                then what should I do for the rest of the day?
I could make up some myths to influence the slaves                               I could train them to think of power as rage
Then train them to rage at my favorite tricks                                          They will say “that’s just disgusting. It should be fixed.”                                         Plus, I treat them to candy if they play by my rules                               “The path to salvation is compliance,” say my fools.
You’re jealous of the size of a mustard seed, but                                         You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                                You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God didn’t do it like you wanted, right?                                           So you pray to Santa Claus with all your might
but Santa is a myth to keep you quiet at night                                         cause little kids will believe anything when their parents lie
Aw, God did some things that you didn’t like, right?                              So you pray to whoever with all your might
to prove God wrong, yeah, just out of spite                                                Show God who’s boss, Master, show him the light
Yeah, I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                          cause I’m trying not to laugh at your devil of a God
ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba Boom… goes the truth                                         Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth
Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth                                                                       Ba Ba Ba Boom…
 
   

lyrics: “what is a mastermind?”

November 3, 2013
What is a mastermind?
You ask “what is a mastermind?”
well how would I know
cause I’m just another fool
made from the public school mold
Same as you, same as me, same as almost everybody
We all say it shouldn’t be this way, but what can we do: pray?
Well, I even went to a Santa Claus church for a while
but their kind of circular logic never was my style
Some say they love the Bible, but they seem so scared of it
I quote one troubling verse to them and they freeze or flee from it
Shame is sacred to them which is fine with me
but they don’t want to admit it and that’s the irony
They’re scared someone might find out they’re scared
about someone finding out their religion is paranoia
 
They all say… be careful what you say
Or the devil may come to take you away
but I say… be careful how you say
Or the sheriff may come to take you away
Now I see the value in boogeymen and Santas
(to distract the kids and influence their actions)
We deceive them for their own good- that may be true
but is that deception an exception or the standard way to rule?
Which government teaches that their government isn’t
heroic and valiant and just and perfect?
Which religion teaches that their competition
deserves more authority and value and respect?
 
They all say… be careful what you say
Or the devil may come to take you away
but I say… be careful how you say
when you’re talking to the sheriff or the judge who heads the gang
Too many governments are violent and deceptive.
They shouldn’t be like that. They should be less competitive.
At least that’s what some politicians say
through the press release media propaganda campaign.
“My church is the only true one”
said every prophet in the history of religion
I get it. It keeps the subjects loyal.
Make them scared and guilty then trap them in a single coil.
Monopoly is the essence of their message.
If you want access to heaven, it’s quite exclusive.
But loyalty is the point of their theatrics
Do as we say or else… cause we handle the benefits
It’s like a government, with slightly different tactics
but so much is similar if you watch how they practice.
Take a crusade or holy inquisition
Coercion and deception govern. Now, do you get it?
They all say… be careful what you say
Or the devil may come to take you away
but I say… be careful how you say
when you’re talking to anyone who claims to be a savior
said the prophets of paranoia as they cast their spell.
“Hide your fear. Hide your shame. Hide your sadness and rage.
The only thing wrong with you is anything we don’t approve.”
Do I condemn them… shaking scared with contempt?
Or are all of these governing officers just my servants?
If accused of being the devil, do I defend in distress?
I neither confirm nor deny. “No comment” is my reply.
 
They all say… be careful what you say
Or the devil may come to take you away
but I say… for you it’s just too late, 
because now here I am.
 
What is a mastermind?
The mastermind is not the soldier who pulls the trigger
nor the officer who orders the shot.
The mastermind is the one who creates the puppets
and pulls the strings behind the scenes, all according to the plot.

music video: “When I was a fool”

October 28, 2013

Once I do enough… then will I finally be good?
Will I earn the love… that I know that I should want more
than anything else, even more than life itself?
I got to have it, got to get it, got to almost but never quite feel.
 
I talk about it lots, and look in the books on my shelf
I’m going to get to heaven, soon as I get out of hell
Yeah, I would be there now, but I’ve got so much to do
important things to keep up my habitual excuse.
 
 
When I was a fool, I didn’t know
I said I was the ruler of all I controlled
 
The She Devil

The She Devil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
If it wasn’t for the people who helped me be who I am today
and if it wasn’t for the history that I insist is such a shame
then I would be forgiving and probably relaxed
and definitely grateful, but who really wants that?

(because it could turn out to be disappointing)
I have a lot to offer in regard to foolish games
I have so much experience in hypocrisy and blame
I am a master of evasion and the king of arrogance
I am the sensei of pre-emptive counter-attacks in self-defense
 
(alleged self-defense, but nevertheless…)
When I was a fool, I didn’t know
I said I was the ruler of all I controlled
When I was a devil, I had contempt
I said I was an angel who deserved to be worshiped
exclusively… because I was kind of jealous, you know?
Devil

Devil (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

The day the clever Devil cried

April 30, 2013

The devil said: “You’ll get to heaven eventually.”

The angel said: “Heaven and Hell are the same to me.”

The devil said: “I deserve heaven immediately!”

The angel said: “Heaven and Hell are just words to me. You know naught of what you speak.”
English: Detail of work Heaven and Hell includ...

English: Detail of work Heaven and Hell including Devil/Dragon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The devil said: “Life should be how it is not., but that is not my fault!
I claim to be  a victim now… for God has done me wrong.”
I would be happy except for this; I could have been grateful and in bliss…
if only God met my demands, if only God obeyed my commands.
What was God thinking when making life… the way it should not be? 
My life is screwing me!”
The Devil said: “I’ll get to heaven eventually!”
The angel said: “I used to say the exact same thing.”
The devil said: “I’m no angel, but I should be…. My life is screwing me!”
 
Weeping angel

Weeping angel (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

The angel said: “Fear should be if it is now…. and no one is at fault.
I claim to be in heaven here… for God can do no wrong.”
 

The devil said: “You’ll get to heaven eventually.”

The angel said: “Heaven and Hell are just words to me.”
The devil said: “I’m no angel, but I should be.”
The angel said: “I used to say the exact same thing. You know naught of what you speak.”
 
 

Saint Michel combattant le dragon

Note that the devil is depicted as a multi-headed hydra: if the saint cuts off one head, another head grows right back to replace the old head with a new one just like it, to renew the old brain pattern with a new one just like it, to rehearse the old way of thinking with a new one just like it. “Saint Michel combattant le dragon” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The devil said: “hell should be how it is not.”
the angel said: “hell could be how it is now.”
The devil said: “life should be how it is not.”
the angel said: “life could be how it is now.”
The devil frowned: “well, if it changes, what then, my friend?”
the angel smiled: “well, when it changes, that’s what, my friend!”
The devil yelled: “some things should change and some should not!”
The angel sang: “that sounds like hell. It’s what you claim to have as life.”

 

Hell

Hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The devil said: “I’ll leave this hell eventually.”

The angel said: “Heaven and Hell are the same to me.”
The devil said: “Are you saying my words are screwing me?”
The angel said: “I used to ask the exact same thing. You knew naught of what you speak.”
The devil laughed: “Life should be how it is not., but that is not my fault!
I claim to be  a victim now… for God has done me wrong.”
I would be happy except for this; I could have been grateful and in bliss…
if only God met my demands, if only God obeyed my commands.
What was God thinking when making life… the way it should not be? 
My life is screwing me! …I’m no angel, but I should be! …I’ll get to heaven eventually!”
Heaven

Heaven (Photo credit: Boston Public Library)

 

The angel said: “Hell should be how it is not. Heaven could be how it is now.
I”m the devil when I should be… if I claim my life is hell.
Heaven and Hell are just words to me. Heaven and Hell are the same to me.
We all notice heaven eventually. Some may say that’s what should not be. They know naught of what they speak.”
The devil asked: “and if I claim hell occasionally?”
The angel said: “We all claim hell occasionally.”
The devil asked: “am I an angel with bad memories?”
The angel said: “That is the story that you’ve been selling.”
The devil cried: “Holy crap! Holy… CRAP! You deserve heaven immediately! Thank you, you clever devil!”
The angel sighed.
An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in...

An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of all the formations made by God, does God fear the devil most?

March 26, 2013
God, the Father watches us all everywhere.

God, the Father watches us all everywhere. (Photo credit: angelofsweetbitter2009)

In regard to the previous post [“rules written in the water”], a correspondent wrote:
“Your poem was picturesque!  I had to go back and read it a couple more times.  It also occurs to me as very personal.  Which begs the following question from me…. What inspired you write this poem JR?/ Assuming you did write it?”
Yes, I wrote the lyrics and everything else in the song. The first verse is about how most people operate in relationships, including how I have operated. The second verse is about how most people relate to politics (and religion), and you can look on Facebook for evidence of what I mean.
Overall, most people worship words, including  the word “devil”, which means a spirit or character of divisiveness, antagonism, isolation, alienation, blame, resentment, animosity, and misery. A related idea is “one who has fallen… from grace.” The English word “devil” derives from dia-bolo(s), similar to diablo in Spanish. The idea or pattern referenced by that word is much older than Christianity or the Hebrew tradition and is found basically worldwide, just like pattern of “red” (redness) is older than the actual word “red.”
So, this song is for people who have been worshiping in the manner of the devil as well as worshiping the devil and worshiping the word “devil,” which is a similar idolatry to worshiping the word “god” or any other word in any other language. By the way, that covers almost everyone….
English: "FLORIDA INDIANS WORSHIPING A CO...

English: “FLORIDA INDIANS WORSHIPING A COLUMN. From an engraving after Jacques Le Moyne ae Morgues, published by Theodore de Bry (Brevis Narratio, Frankfort, 1591). The column was set up by the French in 1562 as a symbol of royal authority in Florida. The indians considered it a god.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is easy to identify anyone who worships the devil. They fear the devil.
They do that instead of being attentive to god, which is a normal stage of development. Being attentive to god results in inner peace rather than frustration, distress, antagonism, and hatred and so on, which are the results or “fruit” of worshiping the devil.
The one who is spiritually mature has empathy for the worshipers of the devil and their agonizing. The ability to “save” others from their worship of the devil is of course a total mystery to other worshipers of the devil (to other deniers of the Almighty power of god, who do not appreciate the logic of the “speculation” that for one who is Almighty, it could only be easy to save devil worshipers from their religious rituals of agonizing and misery and hell-making- what could be “hard” for the Almighty, or what contrary power would resist or oppose the Almighty, Eternal, Omnipresent?).
So, some have the humility and courage and faith to “be saved.” However, Many will continue to worship their favorite hell even when exposed to the possibility of salvation, which is a possibility that is so terrifying to devil worshipers that they often insist that they are already saved, and yet it is obvious that they operate in terror and panic and misery and agonizing.
By the way, it is also idolatry to worship words like “saved” and “devil worshipers.” Words are just tools- all of them.
The one with the ability to save, who could be called God or Christ or Messiah or Savior or other words in other languages, does not worship any word. God does not need to worship words. God creates all things including all words.
God recognizes God everywhere (in all of the forms of God or formations of God). God recognizes that the worshiping of hell is part of the will of God as well as the worshiping of the devil (or of the idea of a terrifying enemy, like imperialism or fascism or communism or capitalism or poverty or gun control or homosexuality or racism or whatever), which is all part of the will of god. There is nothing that happens that god is intimidated by or afraid of.
English: This image showing Jesus Christ as a ...

English: This image showing Jesus Christ as a pig, and two foreigners worshiping him. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God allows for all of those things (racism, gun control, abortion, homosexuality) because God is all-allowing. If God did not allow something to happen, it simply would not.
If a particular institutional hierarchy discourages people from a certain behavior, such as playing with matches or flying an airplane without proper training, that is a practical instruction. It is not immoral to breastfeed in public, but it may be so disruptive to the functioning of a community that it is prohibited. God does not get in to moral debates about anything- not homosexuality or abortion or gun control or breast-feeding in public. God simply causes for practical instructions (and even punishments and rewards) to be issued. Some behaviors are criminalized, at least for those without a government license to perform them. (Of course, God also creates moral debates among the argumentative, but that arguing about morality is just an entirely distinct issue from the practicality of bureaucratic guidelines and instructions and procedural standards- all of which eventually get revised or maybe even discarded.)
Inside of Saint Ananias taken in 2006

Inside of Saint Ananias taken in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, God is the creator of all. All developments are the will of the Almighty, who has no competitor or rival or challenger or opponent. In contrast, the devil sees god and all of god’s creation as an insult, a threat, a problem, something to judge against, comparing to worshiped ideals and then to condemn  (as “the problem which causes my life to be hell”) and of course to struggle to fix, which is a source of misery and also a hope for future personal glory, which is futile and in vain and exhausting, kind of like resentment.
Next, God recognizes the devil worshipers as the children of god operating at a particular stage of development or maturity. God recognizes their tantrums and their layers of presumptuous misperceptions, similar to a teacher listening to young students make errors as they learn or listening to people in the 29th century insist that Santa Claus was the primary deity of the ancient Christians back in the 21st century and isn’t it amazing that they were so primitive and idiotic to believe in and worship such a childish idea? How could they not know that it was just a story? How could they worship such an obviously mythological contrivance? Doesn’t it remind us of how much better our religious practice is than theirs… whenever we consider how dumb they were to worship childish myths which are so much less glorious than our sacred ritual phrases, like “love one another” and “only god is holy” and “choose the right.” 😉
Anyway, God recognizes all of that as arrogance and vanity and contempt and terror (self-doubt). God knows that such a stage of development (or stage of worship) has a totally valid function… temporarily. However, there is a huge difference between purgatory and heaven, which god also knows directly (clearly) and without any argumentativeness or divisiveness or terror or misery.
English: Rama and Sita, worshiping a lingam

English: Rama and Sita, worshiping a lingam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God does not fear hell. God recognizes hell as one of many creations by God.
God does not fear the devil or worship the devil with hatred. God recognizes the devil as one of the many creations of God, formations of God, forms of God.
Did God create “fearing hell?” Yes. Did God create “fearing the devil?” Yes. Did God create “worshiping the devil with hatred?” Yes.
So, what exactly does God fear the most? The thing that God fears the most is words because words allow for people to joke around and misinterpret and mistranslate and be embarrassed at their naivete (being humbled). God is totally terrified of the possibility of people thinking that God is naive. God needs their approval and worship or else God will stop being the Almighty and become some wuss who is always agonizing over how to be perceived as good and worthy by others. Or wait- was that the devil?
Anyway, I really do not know much about these kinds of things because I have never been officially recognized in a public ceremony as having the ability to tell the difference between the actual color red and the actual word “red.” I hope that you can make sense of some of this crazy salad of totally random poetic speculation. Unfortunately, because I have no expertise in the area of spiritual development, I am very sorry to tell you that I have no authority or experience with reverse psychology, which I do not believe in anyway. However, I do have a copy of some ancient scriptures of some ancient language that I personally cannot read at all, but I hear that it is very good for saving your soul as well as an excellent source of fuel for a wood stove. Let me know if you would like me to give you an entirely free copy.
A man dressed up as Santa Claus fundraising fo...

A man dressed up as Santa Claus fundraising for Volunteers of America on the sidewalk of street in Chicago, Illinois, in 1902. He is wearing a mask with a beard attached. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally, an assembly of people will be gathering this weekend to sing songs about how this book is the best book that humanity will ever produce because other books are just not as bookish as it. This book is a true book, a real book, a booky book. Unlike all other books, this book is a written record or transcript of conversations passed down for generations by oral tradition. This is the only book of it’s kind- and indeed my personal copy is the only approved version with a handwritten note and signature from God himself inside the front cover. You really should worship it, too, unless you are not interested in being part of a community of people who worship one book as the best book of all books.
Also, this book lists which color is the best color, which letter is the best letter, which number is the best number, and which human language is the most linguistic. It is for people who are the best people, the elect, the elite, and of course the most humble. Yeah, no, I get it, of course not, that’s  not at all what I meant, so you probably would not be at all interested, right, I mean, exactly, I’m sorry, hey, just forget it, okay, thanks, whatever, great, nice chatting, um, how do we, oh man, I can’t expect any, sure, we should totally do that instead, why would I mind, wow, just a minute though, can you hold, damn, I really hate to do this but I have to catch this other call real quick…. <click>
Loki vs Al

Loki vs Al (Photo credit: greyloch)

music video: “rules written in the water”

March 26, 2013
rules written in the water
Illustration from a collection of myths.

Illustration from a collection of myths. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The devil said
I’ve got to earn my way in to heaven
to make up for my past-
so,
I need someone to love right now
and they should love me back
or else I’ll be stuck down here in hell 
(God knows I don’t want that)
so if I seem stressed or if I seem harsh
just know that I’ve got good reasons
now you better love me good
and you better love me right
and you better love me how I need 
or I will blame you 
for all my shame
and punish you for my frightened greed
 
If only the devil knew
that she was a holy fool
that all of her words were myths
that all of her myths were rules written in the water
Then the devil said
I’ve got to find every best solution
to any problem in the world
now I know who to blame
and I know who to praise
and I know who to ridicule
so you better agree
and you better help me
and you better pledge your share
cause I’m taking names
and I’m threatening rage
to prove that my plan is the answer to your prayers
 
If only the devil knew
that she was a holy fool
that all of her words were myths
that all of her myths were rules written in the water
and that’s why the devil is afraid of the storm


Then the devil said
I’ve got to earn my way in to heaven
Faith, Believes and Myths

Faith, Believes and Myths (Photo credit: ~FreeBirD®~)

Part 4- Turn away from evil, repent, and forgive… the devil

January 18, 2013
The She Devil

The She Devil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MMF wrote (in response to parts 1-3):

“Very well written and easy to follow. Makes sense, too, although human nature (that’s one of my famous excuses) makes it hard for me to “accept” what I perceive as evil, or as you explain, turn away from, rather than attack and defame.

I think we (our ancestors) set up a faulty system of currency. I don’t know what would have been better. But I am happy to know that it will be unnecessary in the next life!”

 

JR replies:

What if in this life it is unnecessary to condemn or vilify? What if this life is the one in which to repent and to forgive?

Ultimately, fear is the root of labeling something evil. Remember that if God creates all things for a purpose, that includes the feeling of fear and of everything you have ever feared. As a child, I feared big bridges. They scared me- like a stampeding herd of rhinos would scare me today. Adrenalin and cortisol (the fear hormones or stress hormones) are not “a mistake.”

Iwfne70.jpg

Iwfne70.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next, there is the issue of defaming or condemning. Again, these ways of relating are reserved for things that are feared, deemed repulsive or disturbing or disgusting. There is a practical value and functionality to defaming and condemning. However, we may have been exposed to a teaching to cease condemnation. Why? Because the panic of condemnation is not peace of mind.

The word dia-bolos means to throw a label across something, like to hide it’s true value or neglect it’s sacred purpose. All things are created by God so all things have a sacred purpose. So there is vilifying or demonizing or defaming something or someone, even though everything and everyone are sacred creations of God. So, that condemning is a panic that is disrespectful of God.

Fear God, not a particular person or group or event. Respect God and all that God creates. Beware of the spirit of condemnation or divisiveness or slander. Beware of being diabolical in defaming anything created by God, being devilish. Do not condemn even the devil.

Neptune

Neptune (Photo credit: p medved)

The Devil means “one who condemns, who slanders, who defames.” The Spanish word Diablo and the English word Devil come from the Greek roots dia-bolos, meaning to throw a label across, to defame, to slander, to vilify.

Focus on God. Beware of focusing on any so-called devil or villain or “threat to an all-powerful God.” There is no creation of God that cannot threaten the Almighty. There is nothing except creations of God.

Austin Anti-Defamation League Presents: True C...

Austin Anti-Defamation League Presents: True Colors – Celebrate Diversity, See With Your Heart (Photo credit: Do512.com)

Repent from vilification. God created vilification for a purpose as well. Respect God and recognize the purposes of God. Anywhere you look, you can find the purposes of God if your spirit is pure. Nothing else exists except for God and the various purposes and creations of God, including you and I and this conversation and every human language. Be at peace.

No one knows the day or the hour when heaven is revealed. So, be at peace now. Let this life be the one. Let this day be the one. Let this hour be the one.

Neptune

Neptune (Photo credit: CarbonNYC)

 

song recording: “He Owes Me” (Santa vs. The Devil)

December 1, 2012

 

If Santa Claus came knocking on my front door, I would not let him in.
I’d say “that’s not what I expected. You should have come down from above, so try again.”
Just get your fat ass back up on the roof right now, and do this the right way how it’s meant to be done!”
And that’s when Santa said “no gifts for you this year, my friend. Clearly, you have more than enough.”

He owes me.

If the devil came knocking on my front door, I would not think it odd.
I’d say “where have you been- you’ve kept me waiting. I need your services. I trust you have brought a gun.”
The devil simply winked as he isn’t much for talking. He says that talking can bring trouble, so why bother?
Next, he raised an eyebrow to invite me to give details. So, I showed him Santa’s picture, named a price, and then he smiled.

 

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

He owes me. He fooled me. He tricked me. He shamed me.
He deserves to be put deep in a six foot hole.
I want him dead. Do what it takes. Don’t show your face until you bring his head.
He had me believing that I had a mother but he knew all along that she was just a myth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is “enlightenment?”

November 30, 2012

What is “enlightenment?”

Here is the perceiving of sensations and labels. Through the senses, here is the visual perceiving of shapes and colors, or the perceiving of sounds or smells and so on. Through the intellect, here also is the perceiving of language, of labels, of ideas, of identities, of titles, of categories.

What is reality? Reality is the perceiving itself as well as the perceived sensations… as well as the perceived labels, such as “me” and “my history” and “my future.”

The Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment (Photo credit: randomwire)

What is enlightenment? Enlightenment is simpler than words, so it may be strange to try to put enlightenment in to words. No description of enlightenment is to be confused with enlightenment itself. By the way, to be clear that no description of enlightenment is itself enlightenment is… enlightenment!

We could even define enlightenment as the “activity” of simply being as the process of perceiving (without requiring some exclusive identifying as some concept of some other self besides the perceiving itself). Enlightenment is to merely be the perceiving as the process of perceiving that the perceiving is itself real (that the perceiving is “a reality”).

There can be identifying in language with a particular label or not. That is entirely incidental and trivial to the direct perceiving of the absolute reality of the perceiving itself. Why? Enlightenment includes clarity that all labels are all just labels.

Dante And Virgil In Hell by William-Adolphe Bo...

Dante And Virgil In Hell by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1850) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hell (or “samsara“) is  label for the perceiving of labels about the perceiving as more real than the perceiving itself. However, “more real” is just a silly label. There is nothing more real than the perceiving itself. Indeed, there is nothing but reality.

What is before reality? Reality is eternal.

What is beyond reality? Reality is everywhere, omnipresent.

What creates reality, influencing it? Reality is almighty, omnipotent. There is simply no power outside of reality.


Enlightenment is to be the perceiving as the process of perceiving the perceiving as the reality which is eternal, omnipresent, and almighty. Hell or samsara is the perceiving of labels about the perceiving as more real than the perceiving itself, which may lead to the ridiculous theatre of trying to eventually connect with the reality which is already omnipresent and eternal.

In hell, there may be words about reconnecting with the eternal, omnipotent reality… but only after a long ritual process of preparation- or of trying to reach the reality which is always omnipresent- which is referenced as if it is only available in some particular holy building or through a specific holy pilgrimage or the special holy spot on some magic carpet or holy rug. Or, maybe heaven is claimed to be distant and that it can be reached only after one gets the right relationship or the right job or the right ring.

Perceptions

Perceptions (Photo credit: DanRhett)

Yama's Court and Hell. The Blue figure is Yama...

Yama’s Court and Hell. The Blue figure is Yama with Yami and Chitragupta, 17th century Painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the psychological pattern called Hell, a devil may be blamed for betraying me such that I allege that I am unjustly trapped in the one place where even the almighty simply cannot save me. The devil is the reason that I use to explain that some detail of my life “is worse than hell! I do not deserve this! I should not even be here! I should be somewhere much better than this! It is the fault not of me but of…” the devil.

Hell is blame. Hell is resentment. Hell is jealousy. Hell is contempt, including contempt for things like gratitude. Hell is shaming reality, then usually blaming someone else for why reality is “obviously how it should not be” (or blaming some group- whatever).

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The idea of a devil creates hell and perpetuates it. However, even that idea of a devil can be perceived. What I am is the one who can perceive that idea of a devil. I can perceive hell- as being a metaphorical reality. I can even forgive whatever or whomever I have been condemning as my devil.

What is the key to forgiving the devil? Recognize that “devil” is just a way to label something, a way to relate to it. So is the label “hell.”

Hell

Hell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you want to know how to realize that you are already in heaven? If so, then go to hell. It is easiest to find heaven in hell. In fact, that may be the only way to find heaven.

Hell is the perfect pathway for recognizing that there is nowhere outside of reality, nothing that is not already what it should be, nowhere beyond the reality of heaven. Likewise, there is no time that is outside of what is eternal, so waiting for heaven is postponing the recognition of it. There is no power that can conflict with that which is almighty, so there is no way to struggle one’s way in to heaven. The way to heaven is to recognize that making life hell is entirely optional- and then simply stop making life hell by blaming a devil.


If God is almighty, then even the devil is unable to do anything except for the Will of God. However, the devil is the one who is ashamed of God and God’s Will. A devil labels others as devils. (If you label others as the devil, that means you.)

A devil also denies that what the devil does is actually entirely the doing of God. The devil claims “I am not God but instead I am my idea of myself- not the eternal perceiving- but just a concept that I have of who I am and, furthermore, I am more powerful than the almighty (or at least I should be and so I try to prove that I am more powerful than the Almighty to everyone whose attention I can attract).”

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That is all a joke from the beginning. The joke is taken seriously by the one who claims to be in hell. By the way, hell is just one of the regions of the Kingdom of Heaven, which is omnipresent, boundless, everywhere. In hell, there is much talk about getting to heaven eventually- after a few magic tricks or the right rituals and so on- for there is the absence of the perceiving of all of reality as equally real already.

“I know how reality should be,” says the Devil ,who claims to be very humble- ironically emphasizing their great humility and even their total absence of arrogance. “No, I am not at all arrogant- not me! I simply know what parts of reality should not be. I have faith in my ideals about reality and God and so on. I know that they are right. I know that all other ideals are wrong. Just ask me and I will tell you! My ideals are the most real- the least idealistic of all idealisms, the least idolatrous of all idolatries. My ideals are the most sacred because they are real ideals, while other ideals are just superstitions and foolishness and insanity. My ideals are clearly the most holy. I insist that God agrees with me because I deny that God is within me, operating as me. I am God’s favorite. I am God’s chosen. I earned it. I alone have authority to speak for God.”

Which branch of a tree can claim to be the most real branch, the most authoritative branch, the most branchy branch? Well, if you perceive that a branch on a tree is talking to you in some human language, then there may be a bit of inaccuracy in your perceiving. Maybe it is just another dream or hallucination.

All perceiving involves different levels of accuracy or precision. Relative precision and imprecision are the nature of all of  the perceivings of sensations and also of all of the labelings of patterns of sensation. Labels are only as precise as they are- like “summertime” or “sometime in early summer” or “sometime at night on the summer solstice” or “at the exact moment of midnight on summer solstice.” But halfway around the planet, some idiotic, arrogant devil is probably claiming that what you are calling summer solstice is really winter solstice (and not even close to midnight!), and they may even want to argue with you about how you are obviously so wrong.

English: Seven Hells as depicted in Jain Cosmo...

English: Seven Hells as depicted in Jain Cosmology. Picture taken from 1613 CE cloth painting from Jain temple in Gujarat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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So, what is enlightenment? “So what” is enlightenment!

Or, enlightenment is to be the perceiving of reality… as the actual process of perceiving the reality of the perceiving. The perceiving simply is reality!

In contrast to enlightenment or heaven or nirvana, hell or samsara is an innocent misinterpretation about the nature of language. Hell is the misperception that labels about perceiving are more real than the perceiving itself, which is actually what we are eternally, already, now and always. We are not the labels that we use. We are the one that creates labels, that give out names and use words of linguistic symbolism to categorize patterns of sensation, like dark and light, and to categorize patterns of experience, such as Hell and Heaven and The Devil and The Savior and The Almighty and… Enlightenment.

Fear, shame, and the salvation of the devil

November 3, 2012
Here is how life goes:
 
 
1) Each of us establishes certain patterns as familiar. (A, B, C,…. 1, 2, 3,….)
 
2) Each of us converts the familiar patterns in to an ideological fundamentalism (“how life should be/how people should be/how I should be”)

3) Because humans typically live around other people with similar experiences and perspectives, we come to form distinct

Xenophobia

Xenophobia (Photo credit: Loving Earth)

herds which begin to isolate themselves from other herds (other animal species and other groups of people) and thus experience xenophobia, which is the fear of the unfamiliar (challenges to the ideological fundamentalism). We reject and fear “how people should not be.”

 
4) We eventually notice our own herd changing over time and thus experience ethnocentrism: the fear of the loss of the familiar (with the experience of threats to the ideological fundamentalism). We reject and fear “how life should not be.”
Vulnerability Management for Dummies  ..  The ...

Vulnerability Management for Dummies .. The Jewish Disorder Manual — Unspecified “Polar” Spectrum or UPS — we’ve known that humans live longer and healthier in either Miami or a desert. (February 15, 2012 / 22 Shevat 5772) … (Photo credit: marsmet544)

 

5) Many of us get so dependent on the approval of others within our social network that we experience a personal identifying of “how I should be” and experience the insecurity of egocentrism, which is “the fear of fear itself” (with it’s hopeful agonizing, paranoia, shame, state of persistent emotional distress, mental disturbance, mental illness, ill will, hell, sin, guilt). In the poetry of religious metaphor, this arising of guilt may be called “the fall” (from grace, from innocence, from purity).

 

      guilt: the repression of one’s own life force from the worship of an ideal as “how life should be,” then the realization that life is not like the ideal, then the rejecting of life in general in favor of the particular ideological ideal, then internalizing blame or shame for being inadequate to get reality to fit the idealistic delusions.  This guilt leads to vilification or demonization or the diabolical labeling of some villains or “devil.” The word “diablo” or “devil” comes from a Greek language term “dia-bolos,” which means to throw a presumptive, slanderous label across something, to cover it up, to discredit spitefully, to condemn, to argue against the existence of something, to arrogantly judge against something (and “against God” for creating some pattern without your personal approval).

Fear Is on Our Side

Fear Is on Our Side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6) We advance to a further state of xenophobic mainstream mental illness and experience classism/racism/fanaticism: projecting one’s own guilt by blaming a particular group as the alleged source of one’s own frustration and disappointment and shame. We not only reject and fear “how people should not be,” but also condemn it and attack it (especially particular forms of it). We label our aggression as justified or “justice,” (at least, if we typically would condemn aggression as evil).
 
7) We advance to a further state of egocentric mainstream mental illness and experience vilification/demonization, which is projecting one’s own guilt by the blaming of a particular person as the source of one’s own frustration and disappointment. We not only reject and fear “how I should not be,” but also condemn and attack any perceived threats to the egocentric “moral superiority complex.” (Withdrawal and reclusiveness is natural at this stage, at least in extreme cases, for people who know of our past “faults” must be avoided. We reject others before they expose us.)
 
8) We may temporarily condemn and attack ethnocentrism and egocentrism and xenophobia and even vilification. This is the peak of hypocrisy and it is a required stage before advancing to the next.
 
9) We recognize this cycle and it’s patterns as universal, not personal. Everyone goes through this. Everyone is at some stage of the process. We abandon contempt, as well as frustration and shame and disappointment and, of course, all ideologies of what should be. If others attack our lack of passionate defense of their ideological fundamentals (“moral universals”), we know that rejection reflex  is nothing personal and is appropriate to their level of spiritual advancement or personal development.
Herd of sheep

Herd of sheep (Photo credit: freefotouk)

10) Recognizing that fundamentalist ethnocentrism is not specific to any particular group, but is universal, we relax. Recognizing that fanatical, demonic egocentrism is not specific to any particular organism, but is universal, we forgive.  This is called (by some) “enlightenment” or “illumination” or “spiritual awakening” or “salvation.”

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