Saturday, 12 December 2015

Thought 85: Ascending the Mountain of Enlightenment

As Nietzsche asserted (note: I didn't say argued) in his posthumous work The Will to Power, if there were an ideal, finalised stage of humanity it would have been reached by now. Rather history seems to be a recurring cycle of good and bad, good usually taking place on an individual scale and bad taking place on a mass scale. 

In world mystery traditions, generally grouped under the heading 'the occult', an individual, someone who is not divided or dual, goes through different levels of consciousness, and ascends the great mountain of enlightenment through self-labour without pitching a tent a third of the way up thinking that is enough.

According to Mark Passio, early, primitive, Christianity, before its being organised at the council of Nicaea by Constantine, did preach the doctrine of reincarnation (rather than the doctrine of one life and out), namely that one doesn't go anywhere after death but reincarnates again and again until one learns to live in harmony with the creator's will expressed as it is in natural law principles. 

Do cultures follow this pattern of reincarnation and slow ascent? Or is it closer to the truth to say, along with Aldous Huxley, that
"The one lesson to draw from history is that people don't learn from it"
and are thus condemned to repeating its mistakes and madnesses?  Is a slow ascent discernible on a societal scale like it can be discerned in unique individuals (for many never ascend or even begin to ascend) among the various incarnations and reincarnations that befall civilisations over the ages?

Perhaps it is the task of great holistic historians, such as the late Carroll Quigley who wrote the mammoth book Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, to discern the incarnations, however varied, of civilisations and within them, the signs of progress or growing enlightenment as they can and do occur within the lives of individuals. 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Thought 84: Which Goldberg?

The Goldberg Variations, despite their popularity, are probably my least favourite of J.S. Bach's works for keyboard. 

Yet the question remains... Which Gould recording do I prefer of those variations, the fifties one or the later eighties one?

The answer is neither. My favourite of Gould's Goldberg recordings is the live concert he gave in Salzburg of the famous aria theme and its thirty offspring. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Thought 83: Fear and Mind Control

As I've said before, taking my cue from de-occultist Mark Passio from, love is the force that expands consciousness and fear is the force that shuts consciousness down. 

Guess which one the system wants you to feel... 

Hint: Fear keeps people under control and the ethos of conformity relies on the natural fear people have of being sidelined by the group and being outcast. Fear keeps people from thinking straight and achieving dominion over themselves, resorting instead to external 'authorities' to sort out problems which those same authorities themselves create. Fear prevents the emergence of independent, sovereign human beings able to create, love and teach truths and natural law principles. Fear begins early at school and increases through to adulthood where many suffer nervous breakdowns and self loathing as a result of the dark, unenlightened influences they have been subjected to since the cradle in their daily life and the damage of which takes hard introspective work to unmake. To look into the sickness of our world and one's fellow human beings is a terrible undertaking but with perseverance one comes out of it very well indeed, much better than at any time before, if my own personal experience is anything to go by. Love, learn and create. That is what authentic life is all about.