Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dealing With the Modern World

We currently live in a world of such spiritual darkness that almost everybody, the apparently virtuous and the obvious sinner alike, lives in a state of deep illusion. Illusion about the world and illusion about themselves. Does that mean that if we are beginning to see through this illusion and the modem myth of human progress we can congratulate ourselves? A little perhaps. It is certainly to our credit if we do see through it given the forces ranged against us. Our education, our culture and often even our religion, if we have any, are all dominated by the modern ethos. However we should mostly respond with gratitude and humility. For if we do see through the illusion it is not primarily on account of our own personal qualities but through grace. Yes, in a certain sense grace has to be earned but, at the same time, it is God given and cannot be considered a right in the unfortunate modern way of looking at things. There are no rights in spirituality. There is love and there are gifts but there are no rights.

So education and the media, practically all contemporary arts and sciences and even much religion, all conspire today against spiritual truth. They would have it that we live in a world of chance, without purpose, and with beauty, goodness and truth being subjective realities that have no existence beyond the material world and our own minds. This is the artificial reality we have created for ourselves and for which we strive to invent a way of being that fits its emptiness but at the same time gives us some sense of meaning, however denuded of real meaning that is. Our false reality becomes like a self-fulfilling prophecy as the more acceptance we give it in our minds, the more real it becomes and a downward negative spiral that feeds on itself is created. The walls of our prison become thicker. If we want to escape we cannot accept some parts of this illusion and try to adjust any burgeoning spiritual beliefs we have to that. We must, if we are to liberate ourselves from its snares, reject it wholesale. If we don't do this our spirituality will inevitably accommodate itself to the false reality. 

This puts us in a difficult position and for two principal reasons. On the one hand, there is the temptation of pride. We are enlightened and pure. Others are blinded by ignorance and a refusal to see things as they are. The understanding that all truth and goodness is of God and if it comes to us then he has given it should help to deal with that. 

But then there is the problem of how we relate to those, the great majority, who are not only ignorant of spiritual truth but who actively reject it. This is a real problem, especially when such people may be our own family members. However I think the answer is simple even if it is not easy. We must just remain faithful to the truth as we know it and never compromise. That doesn't mean we should become confrontational but we should quietly yet firmly hold to what is right and true, not pushing it where it is unwanted but offering it where it might be needed. I have learnt (through long and sometimes bitter experience!) that there is very little point in arguing with those who deny or don't want to know spiritual truth. You can state first principles but should then leave it at that. The mind can argue for or against anything and you won't get anywhere by trying to persuade someone of something he doesn't want to believe. (Which raises the question of why people don't want to believe but that's a different story). So simply state the truth of God's existence and expand on that if asked to do so. 

Otherwise remember the words of Jesus that “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." Clearly these are not meant literally and are not an excuse for cult members to abandon familial love and responsibilities for note the addition of one's own life. However they do point to the fact that truth must come before all else and if people close to us consistently reject truth we must not allow that to deflect us from the proper path.

Ultimately dealing with the modern world is not that hard. We have to reject its falsehoods and illusions, knowing that the Kingdom of God is not of this world. But then nor is this world separate from God and one day it too will be redeemed and made holy.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Heroes and Heaven

I am currently re-reading Colin Wilson's 1959 book The Age of Defeat (aka The Stature of Man) in which he analyses the decline of the hero from his origin in the Romantic movement.

The context established by Wilson's previous books - The Outsider, and Religion and the Rebel) is that all lives are ultimately unsuccessful - so the problem of depicting a convincing hero is almost an impossibility... or superficially so.

Wilson is correct that all lives are necessarily unsuccessful in the profound sense that they are terminated by death (and even if death was somehow indefinitely postponed, the unsatisfactoriness of each human and of the world means that the problem remains).

But a life may potentially be regarded as successful when regarded in the context of immortality, eternity and divinity.

In a nutshell, a true hero requires the context of Heaven. And the modern problem of depicting a convincing and appealing hero is a consequence of the modern inability to conceptualise a convincing and appealing Heaven.

Because it is very hard to be both convincing and appealing together in a depiction. Few have achieved it - and probably nobody has achieved it universally; but those who have achieved it even in a form which only works for some people have rendered great service, and deserve gratitude.

An example is the poet William Blake - who is at his best able to make some of us believe in a Heaven which we would wish to inhabit. This is probably the ultimate secret of Blake's appeal and influence.

Another is the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith - who depicted a Heaven which is so real and satisfying that it has shaped the lives of millions, created a deep optimism and taken the sting from death with an effectiveness that is astonishing in a modern Western context.

(This is convincingly documented by Professor Douglas J Davies - a sociologist of religion and not a Mormon - in his The Mormon Culture of Salvation, 2000.)

Another example is CS Lewis in the final Narnian book The Last Battle; when he combines elements of abstract-spiritual Platonism with more concrete and 'physical' elements - such as retained sex and personality, landscape, family and friends - to produce a Heaven which is both attractive and believable.

Another example is William Arkle - especially in his Letter from a Father (1977) -


http://williamarkle.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/letter-from-father-by-william-arkle.html

My point is that the hero must succeed in an ultimate sense; and ultimate success requires immortality, eternity and divinity; which requires that we must believe in Heaven. The modern phenomenon of no-more-heroes and the Outsider perception that all lives are failures are correct but only when mortal life is assumed to be everything - or when what follows mortal life is unconvincing or unappealing.

One who really believes in Heaven and wants Heaven and expects to get there can be a hero, can recognise heroism in others, and could potentially (if he had the creative talent) also depict Heroes in a Heavenly context.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Things Jesus Didn't Say

Sometimes it can help to remind ourselves what Jesus did not say because he is often taken as promoting ideas which did not form part of his real teachings. Many people with an agenda try to co-opt him as an ally, frequently leaving out much of what he said and taking bits in isolation or out of context.

With that in mind let us recall that he did not say any of the following:

All you need is love.

Suffering is always bad. 

You need to get rid of poverty. 

The important thing is for everybody to be nice to each other. 

Everybody's equal.

Everything is one so differences don't matter

Everything's good in its own way.

There is no better or worse.

Evil is just ignorance. 

The devil has no reality other than in your own mind. 

Unity comes before all else.. 

I come to bring peace not a sword. 

My Kingdom is of this world.

Many are called and many are chosen.

You are God.

Most of these are half truths which are not completely wrong but need to be considered in the light of greater truth and not taken out of overall context. Heresies arise in just this way, by isolating a part from the whole and exaggerating it.

Why not add some more yourself?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Guarding the Sacred Flame - Winston Churchill and Geoffrey Ashe on King Arthur


'Modern research has not accepted the annihilation of Arthur. Timidly but resolutely the latest and best-informed writers unite to proclaim his reality. They cannot tell when in this dark period he lived, or where he held sway and fought his battles. They are ready to believe however that there was a great British warrior, who kept the light of civilisation burning against all the storms that beat, and that behind his sword there sheltered a faithful following of which the memory did not fail ... Nonetheless, to have established a basis in fact for the story of Arthur is a service which should be respected. In this account we prefer to believe that the story with which Geoffrey of Monmouth delighted the fiction-loving Europe of the twelfth century is not all fancy. It is all true or it ought to be; and more and better besides. And wherever men are fighting against barbarism, tyranny, and massacre, for freedom, law, and honour, let them remember that the fame of their deeds, even though they themselves be exterminated, may perhaps be celebrated as long as the world rolls round. Let us then declare that King Arthur and his noble knights, guarding the Sacred Flame of Christianity and the theme of a world order, sustained by valour, physical strength, and good horses and armour, slaughtered innumerable hosts of foul barbarians and set decent folk an example for all time.'

Sir Winston Churchill, A History of the English Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain (1956)


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'Here is a spellbinding, indestructible theme, national, yet transcending nationality. For better or worse it has affected the country where it began. It has survived eclipses and demolitions, and Britain cannot be thought of without it. Yet no conceivable movement or government could trap it in a programme. That is a comment on the limitations of movements and governments. The undying king is a strangely powerful reminder that there is Something Else. By nurturing that awareness, and a questing spirit, his fame may have its effect on human thinking. It may influence history again, outside movements and governments and not only in Britain.'

Geoffrey Ashe, The Discovery of King Arthur (2003)



The UK General Election - what to look for?

The UK will have a General Election in a few week's time - almost a year after the historic result of the Brexit referendum.

While there is some limited interest in seeing how the election proceeds - it nonetheless seems-like the most pre-decided election of my life; assuming that the current government indeed presents itself as the part of uncompromising Brexit. But the election specifically, and politics in general, is certainly not going to change any of the most important things that need changing. That can only come from a spiritual and Christian awakening.

Yet, a General Election might also and far more importantly provoke a period of general reflection on the nature and future of Albion... If it does, this will be invisible to the mass media and public discourse - but only discernible in private and sincere conversations; and by those (few, presumably) who can intuit the spiritual reality of the nation.

It is this which we ought to be monitoring, ought to be aware of - and to assist - in what ways we can - and whenever possible.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Spirituality, freedom and consciousness

So much nonsense and wickedness has been advocated in the name of Freedom that it is easy to be put-off the concept, and stampeded into advocating some kind of repression in a good cause; but there is reason to believe that freedom - properly understood - is our destiny.

Christianity absolutely depends on freedom - because the Christian religion must be freely chosen. Or, in other words, Christians must be agent - that is autonomously able to create rather than simply being effects of some other, prior and external cause. This is captured by knowledge that we are sons and daughters of God, because only the divine is able to create and to be a primary cause.

In this sense we are, and ought to be, essentially free - free, that is, to be an origin of action... but the question is what is it that we are free to do (given that the world is so full of constraints, and we ourselves are constrained in multiple ways). The answer is to think - we are free to think; but again, there must be an immediate caution that not all of our thought is free - indeed for most people extremely little, Much of our thinking is unconsciously, or habit, or channelled by something external such as the conversation of other people, or the mass media, or simply (and frequently) bad habits of automatic and robotic 'thinking'.

Indeed, we are only free when we are aware; alert, conscious of our thoughts, when we are in purposive control of our thinking - precisely when it is not automatic or passively guided. We can assume that the fully-divine is wholly aware and alert and conscious, and thus wholly free - and this tells us clearly enough the direction in which we, personally, ought to be evolving/ changing/ developing. We ought to be tending towards a situation in which we are wholly free in our thinking, therefore aware of everything... eventually, even in dreams we would need to be conscious and purposive.

So, when it comes to wanting a more spiritual world, and a more spiritual Christianity - it is absolutely vital that this spirituality NOT be the kind of automatic, unconscious, dreamlike or altered-state semi-consciousness of much spirituality. It is not so much that this unconscious, instinctive kind of spirituality is bad - it isn't; but that it is immature, child-level, passive - and our destiny is to maturity, agency - towards a situation in which each man and each woman is fully divine.

Modern people are split between materialism in public life and some degree of passive and unconscious spirituality in private - in dreams, visions, altered states (perhaps intoxication or drugged states) and the passive and guided spiritual states of immersive experiences in arts and media... For all the potential benefits of good novels, plays, movies etc - the spirituality they induce is more-or-less passive and guided - during the actual experience there is not agency... the aim cannot be for people to be in a perpetual state of living by some externally-induced spiritual state (even if that spiritual state was induced by some divine, or divinely-inspired source).

What is needed is therefore quite clear - and the state aimed-at is one of clarity - it is a state of thinking from our true self(our soul, perhaps) with full agency, full freedom, full autonomy. And therefore that this kind of primary thinking is, must be, the aimed-at freedom. Ideas of freedom which are located in physical actions - doing and not doing - are missing the point badly and dangerously. Our freedom is in our thinking - and what happens in the physical world depends on many other factors and can never be a pure and complete expression of our thinking.

Reality - ultimate reality - is therefore something which is at the level of thinking. It is not, for example, at the level of perceptions (these depend on our sensory apparatus, and our ability to decode senses) - nor at the level of the material (although we often work via the material - the material expression is always constrained by time and space and therefore incomplete, and at any point in time or space it is distorted by these constraints).

Albion Awakening is therefore ultimately something which happens - or does not happen - in the realm of primary, pure, real thinking - and any other detection or measure of it will be secondary, and necessarily distorted. Does this mean that it is inaccessible? No - because for the above metaphysical scheme to make sense requires that real thinking takes places in a universally accessible 'realm' - which is therefore (potentially) objective - in terms of being in principle wholly available to anyone able to access it.

I keep asking myself whether there is an awakening in Albion - and at present I don't know. But I have to avoid assuming that any such awakening would only 'really' happen if something in the material world was to indicate it - because while an awakening of the nation (or some sizeable section of it) certainly would be apparent in the material world - I really couldn't say just how it would be apparent. Since what would 'count' as an awakening would be something new and unprecedented - then I don't know how it would work through into something detectable and measurable in the material world...

(And this would apply to the institutions of religion as well - Christian churches need to change, to become more spiritual, and that spirituality to become more conscious - but what exactly this would mean to the organisation of churches, or indeed whether it implies a loss of institutions after that consciousness has been attained - is unclear until after it has-happened. I don't see how we could possibly know this stuff until after the change in consciousness; and the idea that we could short-cut to material change before there is spiritual change is precisely the delusion that would prevent the consciousness and spiritual change...)

To detect it I would need to perceive in in thought, in the universal realm of thinking when I myself was in the state of real thinking from my real self. I have felt that I did indeed perceive exactly this, but of course when I lapsed out of this way of thinking, and returned to the usual passive, automatic, inculcated, robotic thinking in which I spend most of my time - then I can no longer perceive it; and worry that I was just fooling myself with wishful thinking.

This blog began after the Brexit vote - and with the hope (perhaps conviction) that that vote was in indicator of some deeper change in national consciousness of a positive kind - that inference itself being something which was intuitive and not any kind of logically-entailed thing. I still feel not much further on - except that there does seem to be a sense that there may be deeper forces at work which lead to otherwise-inexplicable patterns at the material level. However, for these to become what are needed; then this change in thinking (if it exists) must sooner-or-later become absolutely clear, conscious, and purposive.

Unconscious instincts are not going to save us, and they are not what we need. Each of us should strive to bring to light the nature of our truest, realest thinking.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Apologies to commenters for delayed moderation

I was out of the country, and 'therefore' Google locked me out of my blogs (for the first time) - so some comment approvals were very delayed and I couldn't post anything to explain why...