Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Why Longevity?

I’m still trying to decide if longevity is a reward or a punishment for the choices we make in life. If, according to religionists, long life delays our departure for heavenly pastures (that’s where the sheep go), then it’s nothing to be hoped for. If, on the other and, our behaviour pattern gravitates towards forthcoming hell, then, indeed, long life is to be hoped for. I tend to agree with the premise that only the good die young.
One seldom meets a person who wishes to terminate his or her lives without the cause being a severe case of depression or at least, a hard to endure pain. We don’t see happy people looking for ways to die. Their bodies may be decrepit, literally falling apart, yet most people seem to cling to the remnants of vitality within their collapsing frames for reasons that do not make sense. There is also the near-genius category, like Steven Hawking, whose physical deformities do not seem to upset him. He obviously knows something we don’t, and I am not talking about theoretical physics or cosmology. I mean the secret of life.
Our determination to cling to biological existence is referred to as Instinct of Self-Preservation. And most of us insist that the ‘self’ is worth preserving. If so, shouldn’t we at least define what we mean by ‘self’? If ‘self’ is our physical body, then it’s a Sisyphean effort to protect it. Perhaps we ought to not worry about tomorrow and enjoy the day.
Carpe diem and To Hell with Burgundy!
Life is a terminal disease, and regardless of the Catholic Church’s assertions, it affects everybody.
On the other hand, if our ‘self’ is only ‘encapsulated’ in our bodies, through which we can experience the excitement of becoming, then we ought to look after our ‘envelop’ with due care, to gather as many experiences as we can.
Our choice.
In one of my essays, the subject is discussed further. The book is Beyond Religion II, the essay is titled: “Organized Matter”. There is a lot to consider.

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Monday, 25 February 2013


The name is derived from Greek word meaning, “delight”, usually transliterated to mean “pleasure”.
Contrary to Judeo Christian religions, which seem to concentrate on suffering, and to some Buddhists who misinterpret the dukkha, meaning: “dissatisfaction with life” also as suffering, many ancient thinkers disagreed with both premises.
They advocated pleasure.
There are many versions of it. The concept of Ethical Hedonism goes back to the student of Socrates, Aristippus of Cyrena. It means pleasure not derived at someone else’s expense.

Even before him, we learn that Krishna is said to be the source of “All Pleasure”. Yeshûa, mistakenly yet popularly known as Jesus, said: “These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”. Seems to me like a wonderful summation of the scriptures.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, dating back to 18th century BC, urges to: “Fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let day be full of joy. Dance and make music day and night.” While for me this sounds both noisy and fattening, one cannot deny that it also sounds very much like a forerunner of Hedonism.
There are a number of other examples in ancient philosophies, even religions, which advocate happiness. Even the US Declaration of Independence calls for “Pursuit of happiness”. What happened? Why do the present day religious sects hummer in us all the concept of being sinners? Why do they all threaten us with eternal damnation and suffering? Why does the priesthood so loves punishment, eternal at that?
There is only one explanation.
All those in power, priesthood and politicians, use scare tactics to control the masses, to scare people into submission.

We must never forget: “Many are called, and few are chosen”. We must never forget that it is we who do the choosing, and it is up to us to choose the high-road or the low-road. As for the rest of us?
It is up to us to refuse to be scared and bullied.
It is up to us to choose not to suffer.
It is up to us to discover the secret of Hedonism.
Remember, only the truth will set us free!

My Beyond Religion volumes I, II, and III, might well set some of you on the way to freedom. Only please, ultimately you must find YOUR way, not my or anyone else’s. That’s the law. Every single one us is a unique expression of the Whole. Every single one of us must contribute our share, in our unique way. Good luck. 
Last word. Should you decide to be one of the chosen ones, you will gain tremendous power with all its trappings, and you’ll have no one to blame any more for your shortcomings. Perhaps that is why most people choose to remain among the many.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Financial Independence

In a nutshell, this simply means that you make as much from your investments as you would if you were earning the same money from hard labour. I didn’t for many, many years.  And then, one day, I decided not to write to make money but to write for people who seem as hungry for the intangible as I was at the time.
Out went murders, sadism, explicit sex, vampires, werewolves and all other goodies which make for a New Your Times bestseller list. The only other way to fame and fortune was to actually put the subject matter into practice, i.e. to murder, rape or otherwise abuse someone profoundly, and then sell my memoirs.
Not all murder stories are bad. Shakespeare often dipped his hands in blood, up to his elbows, and got away with it. Alas, not many of us are endowed with Shakespearean literary talents. And frankly, I decided that if I am “to be”, I’d rather be myself. And this is where financial independence comes in.
There are two ways to achieve it.
One—is to make an awful lot of money, and two—to spend very little. I chose the latter. No, I am not poor. But I do not get my kicks from spending sprees. Nor does my wife. Lucky? You bet. She’d rather chisel at a stone to make a beautiful sculpture than get a diamond ring. The ones she has she doesn’t even wear. Of course, you might find a better way to financial independence, which enables you to write what you want to write, and not what you think might sell to the most popular taste of the day.
Yes, I guess I’m as lucky as I can be.
I spend most of my time writing. Writing exactly what I want to write, when I want to write it (which is most of the time, just look at my blogs!). 
As for subject matter, which BTW doesn’t suffer from being excessively commercial, I fell in love with the concept of Human Potential. My 30 books will attest to it. If you are also interested not just in what you are, but with what you could be, then visit my websites. There are quite a few. You might start with Then try my FB. Or just type my name. If you are still interested, try my Amazon pages. Perhaps you, too, will discover the meaning of the psalmist’s exclamation: “Ye are gods!”
We are, you know.
All of us.
Or you might discover how one man did it. Dr. Peter Thornton, in One Just Man.
Most of us are still asleep, though. But the potential is within. Within everyone of us. And now and again, one or two of us decide to become the “chosen ones”. Just imagine. Ultimately we all shall…

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Being and Becoming

Every single second our body changes in more ways that we can count. Trillions of electrochemical impulses assure our continued existence in the body we inhabit.
But what of the real, inimitable “I”?
“I” remains the constant, unchangeable Self. “I” is the observer. And… the observer is the observed. Give it a few years and the matter will become clear. It took me longer, but I’ve learned that the observer and the observed are one.
My novel NOW—Being and Becoming attempts to explain why. Attempts, because we are all in the process of becoming. Or should be. Life is change and change is becoming. It is a process. Within this context we are all trying to understand the meaning of the real “I”, of the “I AM”. And, again, if we don’t, then it seems to me that we should be. If we don’t, then we are only half-alive. We are still in the static condition of being, without all the benefit, which this condition could provide.
Socrates said that an unexamined life is a life not worth living. We must make sure our lives are worthwhile.
People invented dozens, perhaps hundreds of religions, to try and cope with this problem. Unfortunately religions don’t work because they all externalize the “I”, the static, permanent, changeless, indestructible entity that we all are. Until we accept that the observer and the observed are one, we shall continue to walk in circles looking for the source that gives us consciousness. In the Far East, they call it the Wheel of Awagawan.
Alternatively… we can continue to just eat, drink, defecate and make babies. It can’t be all bad.  After all, isn’t this what the masses are doing for thousands (millions?) of years?
But then, there are The Few.
They are the few who dare to reach out where no man has been before. Or… very few men or women. The few who venture beyond the limitations of their physical envelopes, and roam the universe of their own creation.
That is what Being and Becoming is all about. It is for those few who dare. Who are not afraid to stand up on their own feet and claim their heritage.
After all, aren’t we all gods?

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Lots of Empty Space

First let me remind you that if we don’t overeat and weigh about 75 kilograms (that’s 165 lbs.), then there are still awful lot of atoms making up our physical body. A bit over seven billion billion billion of them. That’s a figure 7 followed by 27 zeros.


Impressive? Atoms of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon make up 99% of our bodies. And in spite of all that you and I are still essentially empty space.
I hate to think how much empty space makes up obese men and women weighing twice that. We have to add many more zeros to the number of atoms they hold on to. Or perhaps just a lot of hot air?
Also, our body is made up of between 50 and 100 trillion cells, no one’s sure. I presume the scientists are still counting them. One, two, three, four… it’s a long count.
And on the top of that, Science Daily tells us that bacteria outnumber the human cells by a factor of 10 to 1. That’s right. Ten times as many bacteria as human cells. You can read a bit more about this in my DELUSIONS—Pragmatic Realism. It might surprise you. But don’t worry. They, too, are made up of essentially empty space. On the other hand, they would die if it weren’t for us. Of course, the reverse is also true. We live in perfect symbiosis.
And then there is the electrochemical system. It is generated and communicates with the use of electrons. One spinning around each hydrogen atom, four around carbon and six are gallivanting around its oxygen. Now that’s an awful lot of electrical impulses filling a lot of empty space.
So… tell me. Who are we? Or is it what are we?
One day people will ask what is the nature of empty space.

We are the most advanced biological robots that nature produced so far. Ask any atheist. If nature produces anything better, then we shall jump ship and occupy that structure instead. We always go for the best available. Who knows? Perhaps one day the computers we design will get to be so smart that we shall discard our biological model and move to greener pastures. Well, not exactly ‘greener’, but pastures which offer us a greater gamut of expression. A structure that will help us to make this dualistic reality a better place for our consciousness to enjoy.
After all, that’s the only reason we were born. It is also the reason why we die. Have you noticed that we all die?

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cats and Dogs are people too

This is what one of my friends wrote on his Authors’ Den webpage. I was stunned, then amused then, on longer consideration, I came to love it. After all, what are people? Aren’t we all are bags of water filled with emotions, discoordinate thoughts, hopes, desires… We long for love, pleasure…
We are all Hedonists at heart.
Isn’t this what can be said about every cat and dog. It is probably true of all other animals, of course, but we, humans, have developed a particular affinity, one could even say symbiosis, with cats and dogs.
All right. We are smarter. On the other hand, they don’t make atom bombs. There are times when I’d rather be a frolicking dolphin, or a soaring bird, than a member of the human race. Sometimes I dream that I am…

And dreams bring me to the concept of the subconscious. Carl G. Jung, the distinguished Austrian psychiatrist, defines dreams as the expression of the “collective unconscious”. Anyone who ever observed a cat’s or a dog’s jerky movements while they were sleeping, has ample evidence that they experience dreams. Any good vet will confirm that. This would put cats and dogs and other people in the same basket.
And now we come to the punch line.
As I mentioned in one of my blogs, the Hebrew word nephesh is translated in the King James Bible as soul. In fact the literal translation should be “animal soul”, or the subconscious—that which Eve symbolizes in Genesis. My Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism will give you more information on this subject.
So we have two things to consider. Either billions of copies of the Bible are wrong, or cats and dogs have souls. I vote for the latter. At least my cat has one—of that I am sure.
And if you enjoy stories about cats and dogs, read my Cats & Dogs Series. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. And then you, too, will believe that they are all people. Like you and I, only sometimes a lot smarter…

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Friday, 15 February 2013

The most important Chapters

First came the WALL—Love, Sex, and Immortality. In case you haven’t guessed, the novel is about love, sex and immortality. Tada! Seriously, the three are intrinsically interconnected. The WALL is now Book One of the Aquarius Trilogy. Book Two (work in progress), the Pluto Effect, describes the effect if the trio (love, sex, and immortality) is out of balance.
The first two chapters are most important. An author must not only grab the attention of the reader, but also sustain it long enough to make him/her want to continue reading.
My subject matter is not easy. It is, as always, the matter of the many and the few. As in my novel Peter and Paul. We must never forget that we are all in the same soup. That in the ultimate sense, we are One. We need to look after the masses of people from which the few might emerge—the few who might choose to advance towards immortality.
We are all indispensible—every single one of us.
On the other hand, while a single spermatozoon succeeds, about 50 to 100,000,000 sperm go to waste at each ejaculation (sorry ladies). That’s about how many of us make it to the next step. No matter, the potential of immortality is inherent within all of us. Only most of us are not aware of it.
And that’s what it’s all about. About being aware. About the state of consciousness. About knowing who is the elusive I AM.

Pluto symbolizes the forces that cleanse the status quo to make room for the better. Remember the parable about putting new wine into old skins? The same is true about new ideas. In fact, that’s what new wine symbolizes. New ideas. New states of consciousness. To make room for them, “Pluto” gets rid of the old.
The problem I have to solve in my novel is not only how to get rid of the old, but how to save the human race from destroying itself. After all, we still need the masses from which, eventually, a new Chopin, van Gogh, Rodin, a new Shakespeare or other genius will emerge. Perhaps a new Saint Francis from some other town. Also, in Part Three of the Aquarius Trilogy, the Seventh Race, I have to foresee a state of consciousness that is as different from ours, today, as we are from our forefathers some 2500 years ago—the previous Zodiac. And that also goes for technology.
Please, wish me luck. I need it!

Nevertheless, my wife tells me that the first two chapters of the Pluto Effect are very promising. I hope that she, and you, will like the remaining twenty-two or so. And then, there is Part Three, of course… if I live that long!
Thus I wish you all  to “live long and prosper”, so that one day you’ll enjoy the foretaste of the future in my Pluto Effect and, still later, the Seventh Race.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Real Thing

There is an overwhelming conviction among the masses of the faithful that the great masters of the past, including Yeshûa, came to Earth as anointed Avatars, to create a religion. No matter how we define the system of faith, nothing could be further from the truth. My novel Yeshûa—Personal Memoir of the Missing Years of Jesus illustrates this thesis.
Although the book is, by my own admission “only” a novel, I did extensive research on which I base my contention. I am backed up by the evangelist Luke (2:52) who states that: “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man”. Not a “ready made Avatar” but “increased” in wisdom and stature. In this reality we all must earn our standing. Even Yeshûa.
Next, we must consider what he was teaching. I hold firmly that had he lived today, or within the last few hundred years, no one would associate him with any religion. He simply, if such a word can be used in connection with his philosophy, discovered the purpose of life in a dualistic realty, and shared it with us.
That’s all, folks!
He discovered what the ancient Hindus already new thousands of years ago, and what our illustrious scientists confirmed but a few years ago, that atoms are essentially empty space, and thus our physical reality is little more than an illusion. The Hindus call is Maya.
And he went further. If so, he must have thought, that where and of what nature would be the “real” reality. After eighteen years of study he discovered the truth. For three years that followed, Yeshûa was teaching about “real reality”. About that which is indestructible. Which is more, much more, than any religion. And that, my friends, is what saves our consciousness and assures us of eternal life.
It is so much more than an illusion.
It is yours for the taking.

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Monday, 11 February 2013


It all depends what we ask for. If we realize that Yeshûa’s teaching is concerned only with our state of consciousness, with our real Self, then we can’t go wrong. If, on the other hand we follow the advise of various religious leaders, including most TV evangelists, who advocate the welfare of our body and earthly goods, then we may be in for a big disappointment.
To each his own. And her own, of course.
And there is no denying that the word “prayer” comes from Latin meaning to “ask” or “beg”, but in essence, the purpose of prayer is to raise our state of consciousness. Without having done so, our chances of success are dismal.
What really amazes me is why Christians build all sorts of very expensive churches, basilicas and other places of “worship”, when the teacher they claim to follow, Yeshûa, gave precise instructions on how we are to conduct our prayer.
“When thou prayest, he said, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Tell that to any priest, padre, or preacher, or recently TV nuns, and they’ll all probably tell you to go to hell. Perhaps they all serve a different master? They most certainly ignore Yeshûa’s instructions. Some of us appear to pray openly, and, if by sheer accident successful, we seem to squirrel our rewards from public eye, let alone taxing authorities’ greedy fingers.
We can do it the way the sacerdotal society tell us, or the way Yeshûa’s way. I put my money on Yeshûa.

There is another aspect to Yeshûa’s instruction. In biblical symbolism “thy closet”, our house, or any place we live in, represents or symbolizes, our state of consciousness. By advocating us to enter our closets when praying, Yeshûa is attempting to tell the simple people of his day to enter their “inner self”. Today we would say: “to generate in oneself alpha brain-waves, within which lies a narrow gate through which we can access our subconscious.”
This condition, per force, “shuts the door” to our waken consciousness, to the physical reality. We are now in the realm inaccessible to most people, and certainly near-impossible to enter when in a group of singing worshipers, probably performing, simultaneously, a mild form of rhythmic exercise. The whirling Sufis had some success with this method, but I haven’t heard of anybody else. In a crowd it is next to impossible to detach oneself from mundane reality.
The alpha waves represent the inner chamber, the closet, within which lies the gateway to our subconscious, this gigantic powerhouse of knowledge. If we succeed in entering this condition, that which we desire will have a great chance of being manifested in our lives.
Try it. It works for me.

My Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism can aid you in understanding many other biblical idioms. [PS. Your comments on Kindle re my book would be appreciated.]

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

The Day of Rest

Sunday is the day of rest. The ancients had a habit of using numbers to symbolize various states of consciousness. Seven was a  “divine” or “perfect number”, therefore they decided to have seven days in a week. Also, realizing that people need a day of rest, they called the last day Sunday, when you could lie in the sun all day and do nothing much. As this day of rest was preceded six days of labour, six was associated with work. While the divine could snap His/Her fingers and have things done, while humans had to work, six became associated with work, and everyone knows that most people have to work like the devil to make a living. Hence if you really worked hard, you could claim the number 666 and pretend you’re the devil himself. Or herself. A lady I know told me that there is no sex discrimination among the devils.
It actually makes a bit of sense. 
Later people took liberties with the idea. They made 666 the Number of the Beast from the sea. (They hated work). At least, John did in his Book of Revelations. Other “scholars” believe that Emperor Nero was associated with 666, because his name when transliterated into Greek, the lingua franca of the day, retains the value 666. There is an awful lot of such nonsense fulminating among the “scholars”.
In fact the perfect or divine “seven”, or the “laborious six”, has little to do with work or beast. It is perfectly reasonable to let people rest once in seven days, especially if they worked a lot, not just 6 but 66, let alone 666 days.

The Hebrews had a different method of work ethic. They began their day in the evening of the previous day. The reason was that, regardless of the day of the week, if you plant an idea in your head in the evening, then your subconscious works on it throughout the night, and come morning you can pick up on it and actually know what you are doing. The reason is, of course, that at night you have access to the “divine”, to your subconscious, which is the greatest library of knowledge ever devised on this earth or anywhere else.
That is exactly how I write my books, my blogs, my articles. I do a lot of research, then plant it all in my memory, and go to sleep. Next morning the idea is ready to develop. In a way it already is developed. Try it. Not everyone will understand this method but if you do, your creativity will double. Or triple. Or be multiplied seven times.
A tip.
It’s good to plant a few words of your intended work on the screen. It might change completely next morning, but the idea will be anchored in this, the conscious, reality. Only don’t be surprised if some of your ideas will be out of this world.
It’s works like magic. Or like the divine?

You can find other tidbits dealing with pragmatic realism, in my book, Delusions. If you enjoyed this blog, you’ll also enjoy my book. 

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Good and Evil?

There is a longstanding misunderstanding of the concepts of good and evil. Nothing as well as no one on Earth can be totally good, nor totally evil. We, even as the totality of our reality, has its becoming in duality. It is only the degree to which we stray from the ‘middle’, from the “straight and narrow” that defines our relationship to perfection.
There were two great teachers who give us a hint regarding the concept of good and evil. The first one is Yeshûa who said, “Why do you call me good? No one is good by God alone,” (Mark 10:18). And the second is Jalaluddin Rumi, the great 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, who said, “Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
It is fairly self-evident that both teachers had been referring to our states of consciousness. In fact, that condition of being was the only condition both men recognized as real. The point they were making was that once we depart from the “middle”, from the source of being, we must, per force, stray from perfection.
Yet, also per force, the purpose of duality is to advance our individualized evolution. Heaven, being state of perfection, can neither be improved nor diminished in any way. It is a condition of absolute stasis. It is, as Rumi had said, beyond ideas of doing right or wrong. Beyond good or evil.
Likewise, Yeshûa’s statement that only “God is good,” refers to the same state of consciousness; to the condition of absolute stasis. By entering it we suspend the condition of becoming and enter the state of being. Hence, immortality. Thus, there is no abstract good or evil. It is only the depth to which we become submerged into the dualistic stream of becoming. Which, according to Yeshûa, we are intended to do. 1).

It bears mentioning, that achieving the distinction of being among the “few that are chosen”, does not define our proximity to the passive state. It only refers to the level of understanding we have of the true reality. Once we realize, fully, that all is just a state of consciousness, that all else is illusory, unreal, we gain enormous power over this imaginary condition we call our world. In no way does is define, however, how we exercise this knowledge.
This knowledge sets us free.
The understanding allows us to exploit the currents of reality to our own advantage, or to help others reach the same condition. It has little to do with “good and/or evil” which are both conditions intrinsic to the illusory world we live in; the illusory world in which we have our becoming; the state of consciousness in which we can bring forth our understanding of the potential extant in our inner nature.

The Nag Hammadi Gospel of Thomas attempts to explain the concept further. My exegesis Key to Immortality might help also.
Good luck!

1) “Since you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013


“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We know that. The word originates from Latin ‘corruptus’, which is the past participle of ‘corrumpere’ meaning to mar, to bribe, to destroy, which in turn comes from ‘cor’ — ‘altogether’, + ‘rumpere’ — ‘to break’. Thus, to corrupt is not only to make something worse, but to completely destroy the original nature of a thing or person. In a way, a corrupted person is no longer human. This single word ‘corruption’ typed on Google will yield 167,000,000 results.
That’s a lot of corruption!!!
A truly enlightened society should not create conditions in which the wielding of power must, by definition, result in corruption, as power invariably does. Yet we, the people, admire power. We admire the powerful. Whether it be the people at the helm of governments, armies, corporations, or even ‘idols’ who seem to guide millions of screaming girls by their noses as they, the idols—not the girls, perform their inane perambulations across the flashing lights of a hastily put up stage.
What are the alternatives?
Humility? Meekness?
Surely, these are traits conspicuous by their absence in all people wielding power. And yet, supposedly, the meek shall inherit the earth. The ‘earth’ in this context symbolizes all appurtenances of material wealth.
Even though, the rich, by having attained wealth by the exercise of power, are bound to lose it.
There is a reason for this.
It seems to me that we do not corrupt others by imposing our will on them, be it by raw power or by the power of money, but we corrupt ourselves. Only ourselves. By descending to the level of materiality, we are no longer indivisible parts of that which is the eternal source of generosity and benevolence. Those whom we attempt to corrupt might, in fact, benefit by discharging some archaic karma. Perhaps we take on their burden?
Luckily, most of us do not wield excessive power. Perhaps, just as luckily, the generosity of the Universe spared us from its corrupting effects. Perhaps we can help those in power not to fall under its degrading effects.

But let us not make the mistake of painting all those who administer power with the brush of corruption. The rule of “many are called by few are chosen,” holds for all people, including those wielding power. Amongst the corrupted majority there are those few knights in shining armour who have become our role models. The masses will not recognize them, yet those few upon whose shoulders fate has bestowed power, yet who managed to resist its nefarious effects, those few will rise to be our true heroes.
My novel Headless World the sequel to my Avatar Syndrome, illustrates such conditions. You might enjoy seeing that there may be a way out of this dilemma. 

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Sunday, 3 February 2013

South of the Border

Somebody once said that faith is what links us together, religion—what sets us apart. The same thing can be said of men trying to impose their will on nature. There is no border between Canada and the USA. The same forests, fields, rivers flow uninterrupted, while people, who reputedly are all created in the same image and likeness, draw borders to set us apart.
Not to politicians. Perhaps they are of little faith, or confess to a different religion. Different set of ethics or a different moral code? No, it’s not that either. Sure there are some slight differences, but no greater than we, Canadian, have between various Provinces, or our neighbors between their various States. The Canada—United States border, officially known as the International Boundary, is 8,891 kilometers (some 5,525 miles) long, and draws an imaginary line keeping very similar if not identical people apart. For countless millions of years nature has failed to do what people appear to have done in just a few hundred years. For whose benefit (other than the politicians’), I am yet to discover.
In places, some of this imaginary line runs through the middle of a village, or a small town, making a distinction between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Like two identical aliens staring at each other, then going to share a pint of ale.

What would happen if all the politicians, the Canadian House of Parliament and the US Upper and Lower Houses would disband? Apart of saving countless billions of taxpayers’ money, would the barriers, sorry, the “boundaries” collapse? Would we recognize that we, the people, share a great deal more than what keeps us apart—if anything?
Are we not all people, virtually all immigrants, from various parts of the world where the boundaries, let alone languages, keep people apart to an even greater degree?

Is there really such a great difference between religions and politics? True, most politician don’t wear funny hats, or suits that set them apart, but other than that, don’t they all preach the same gospel of strife and division?
“Saints and sinners?”  “Us and them?”
Thank heaven we all remain united by faith. In belief in the intrinsic goodness of mankind; in generosity, friendliness, kindness, perhaps even in love, the unconditional type that makes us help each other regardless of which side of the border we reside or were born.
Yes. Most of all in love.

By the time this is published, My wife and I will be South of the Border. I have deep faith that my neighbors will prove me right, assuming they don’t wear funny hats or officious looking uniforms, which set them apart. Although, when you really get to know even them, they too sound human, even if some of them seem determined to hide this fact.
Anyone who does not agree with me, might want to read my novel, Elohim—Masters & Minions [Winston Trilogy Book Two]. It shows the other alternative. I prefer mine. 

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Friday, 1 February 2013

The Law

Yes, I am. Above the law, I mean. Or at least besides it. Of course, it depends which or whose law you are referring to. Some years ago I’ve written an essay entitled “Cycles”. It is #21 in my Collection called Beyond Religion I. It discusses the fall of man, which began not in Eden, but with the Codex of Hammurabi. It was, to my knowledge, the first official recognition that “many are called though but few are chosen”. It is also the first official attempt to curb man’s freedom. The Code of Hammurabi, who died ca. 1750 BCE, was for the many.
There were others.
A little later, similar codes of law had sprouted in several early civilizations. In Mesopotamia alone there were the Sumerian code of Ur-Nammu, the Law of Eshnunna, the cod of Lipit-Ishtar, and, somewhat later, circa 1550-1100 BCE, the Hittite code of Laws.
So much for “the many”.
“The few” live not only above such man-made laws, but adhere to laws much, much higher—much more demanding—law necessary for their survival: not physical but spiritual. Recognition of such higher law was, and is necessary for the survival of their, and our, consciousness.
All who adhere to those higher laws are among the few. Not by being chosen or appointed, but by  their, individual choice.

The subject is not new. Sooner or later we all make a choice. You might call it our battle of Armageddon. The word appears only once in Revelation of John. It probably originates in Hebrew har megiddo, which means the Mountain of Megiddo. It bears remembering that in biblical symbolism, a ‘mountain’, a ‘hill’, or any raised ground, always refers to the raised state of consciousness, such as we may achieve in prayer or contemplation.
Hence, the battle of Armageddon takes place in a state of raised consciousness. In fact, in a more literal sense, har migiddo is a ‘hill’ created by people attempting to reach this altered state of consciousness for generations. Battles took place there throughout history. It takes an effort, often many generations (or reincarnations) to reach this exalted state. And it is a real battle. That which we have been before must die, before the “new I” can be born.
No one said it would be easy, but the compensations include immortality. And, whether we like it or not, sooner of later, we must all fight it. And, also sooner or later, we shall win. And only then we can join the chosen few. After all, it is we who make that choice—who do the choosing—to fight or not to fight. 
Sooner or later.
And wondrous thing is that if we win, that marks only the beginning of life…

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