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Are You Muslim?

November 25th, 2007 | Category: Uncategorized

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I didn’t and still don’t know quite how to take this question that was left on my website this morning. As such, it’s not a bad question I expect, especially as I read the Qur’an from time to time and I always enjoy the bible stories I first read in the  Old Testament as a child, presented in a new light - a new light for me that is.

No, what bothered me a bit was the fact that the writer used a false email address to get the message to me. I had penned my reply and pressed “send” only to find it bounced back to me. When I looked at the email address of the person who sent it, I understood as it was constructed of random letters.
If the person who asked the question really wanted a reply, why didn’t they put down an email address I could have responded to? Also, the lack of an “a” made the question rather more sectarian than if it had been included.

The Accursed Label

We all use and apply labels - life in the kitchen would be slow and surprising if we didn’t - but the danger of a label, is that the labelled person or branch of society then has to endure the weight of the labellers judgement and understanding of what that particular label means. In other words, once labelled we then are branded with whatever attributes the person giving the label thinks are relevant and true. The Jews are probably the most extreme example of the destructive power of a label - and they suffered so much because of the branding.

What is truth? Is mine the same as yours?

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The best passage against limited labelling is found in Alice through the Looking Glass. Alice encounters a Fawn…..

Alice and the Fawn

Finally, Alice enters an enchanted forest “where things have no names,” There she meets a Fawn who she travels with. Neither Alice nor the Fawn can remember their own names or anything else’s name. The instant they leave the forest they remember their names, and the Fawn “darted away at full speed,” crying “Dear me! You’re a human child!”
- Lewis Carroll

Before she (and the Fawn) were affected by the limiting label applied to them, they wandered very happily in each other’s company. Once they “recognized” each other, the limit of “the label” took over and the Fawn ran away.

Be careful of labelling; we need it to get by, but the limiting effect of branding someone or something within a label, can have a great destructive power.

I pause and drink my coffee, laced with three teaspoonful of salt.

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A God for an Atheist

November 11th, 2007 | Category: Uncategorized

spiral galaxy

Somewhere along the line I lost my belief.  I must have been around 14yrs old when I found that I could not really believe in an image of God as a grey-bearded powerful old warrior; a feudal King with his court of Angels.  Neither did I think it was feasible that this God-King, having created imperfect human beings, would then judge them and if they failed, subject them to eternal damnation. If God had failed in his quest to create perfect human beings, was he some sort of sadist to punish them for his own shortcomings as a Creator?

My own psychic abilities had nevertheless continued to develop, but I reasoned that my natural aptitude for hypnosis, thought transference and clairvoyance, was an ability that was within myself; that it was something I was born with. I did not think for one moment that it provided any evidence of the existence of a God, but that it was a special ability outside of the normal human range, like that of a dog, who can hear frequencies that we cannot or an eagle whose sight is much superior to ours.  I had become a spiritual atheist, in that I revelled in the beauty of the earth and sky, but did not attribute it to the work of a personified Creator.

I continued in this vein for some years - dabbling but not really believing - in what I will call ‘mystic areas’.  I studied Magick, finding that selfish spells really worked, but with a corresponding negative payoff.  I dabbled with the Ouija Board and with the Pendulum, finding success with both, but especially with the latter - and yet I still didn’t believe in a God - I still don’t in the conventional sense.

It was reading the work of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku and others working in the field of Cosmology and Theoretical Physics, that made me re-consider the existence of a God and an afterlife and set me off on what the guru Osho called “The Pathless Path”.

The Creation

When Stephen Hawking, postulated his theory of the “Big Bang“, he  proposed that the Universe was initially created from a “singularity”. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in a re-collapsing into an ultimately dense state - a black hole.

I cannot think of a more mystic and incomprehensible proposal as the one  Hawking put forth.  A “singularity” is defined as having both Zero Volume and Ultimate Density.  A state of Ultimate density would be achieved by compressing our whole universe to a size that to our human understanding could not exist; not even the size of a pin point, in other words “Zero Volume”.  I cannot begin to comprehend the pressure of the entire Universe when compressed into a size which my rationale tells me is impossible.

The Ultimate Curvature of Space and Time

A singularity occurs at a point of the ultimate curvature of space and time.    Imagine winding a mechanical alarm clock, until the spring becomes a tight spiral knot.  Now imagine being able to continue winding the spring so that the coil becomes smaller and smaller, until it disappears.  The coiled energy would then become ultimate and when released, would explode in a spiral burst - the Big Bang.

This conception of the beginning of time and space, of indeed our whole Universe, was enough to re-awaken my sense of wonder and spirituality.  For many years, scientists had held, which many still do, the belief that the Universe is static and unchangeable; that it is indeed eternal.  The dynamic and expanding Universe of Steven Hawking and his contemporaries implied that not only had the Universe a beginning, but that it also would eventually end. Recognizing that the theories were in harmony with it’s teachings and beliefs, the Roman Catholic Church subsequently endorsed the work of Hawking and his colleagues.

 

The Concept of Nothingness

But what was the Singularity exploding into?  In relation to Hawking’s work,it was certainly not a static, ready made “outer space” Universe - the answer therefore must be “Nothing.”

A state of “nothingness” is for me, virtually impossible to comprehend. It is not an ‘empty void’ because that would be a ’something’ - it is total non-existence.

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Like a Wheel within a Wheel.

I reasoned that our dynamic and expanding Universe must have within it the spiral nature of the original exploding singularity.

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Celtic Spirals

The ancient Celtic culture shows the spiral motif in much of it’s design.  The Druids and others of the time, regarded the spiral as the way in and out of life.  Together with the mystery of the purpose of Stonehenge, it would seem that our ancestors had probed deeply into the mysteries of Creation - deeper than I had initially thought.

So this is now my understanding of Creation - where the ‘Creator’ is also the ‘Created’.  I feel a sense of wonder that has been missing for many years - an almost-perceived understanding of the ultimate Spirituality of what the Ancients called “The All” or "The Divine". This to me is the comprehension of the true nature of God.

For now we see through a Glass darkly
But then face to face. ~ 1 Cor 13:12

 

Next week ~ “And Man created God in his Image”

References:

Stephen Hawking - "A Brief History of Time" http://www.amazon.com/Brief-History-Time-Stephen-Hawking/dp/0553380168

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