When I began this blog back in 2010, one of the first matters I covered was the influence of the moon over "high strangeness". This was at a time when I was only beginning to understand that these influences weren't positive or "evolutionary" as some people are fond of saying, but represented the unhindered forces of the imagination that could induce perceptual anomalies (and real events) in peoples lives. It goes without saying that the moon affects the tide and will also affect the dreams among others. These lunar currents, for the most part, rule over the minds of most people and it is unlikely that people in our present time will free themselves from these currents when it counts.
They will be submerged in the imagination upon death.
Modern NDEs already prove this. In order to truly understand the idea of a primordial and salvific tradition outside the bounds of narrow-minded leftists, modern liberals, the politically correct, and spiritual pansies, one has to understand that tradition is not a mere code of moral laws. It is a deep and actualized understanding of how things really are. It is about becoming "re-oriented" with the Axis Mundi, the eternal within man. Two of the most important pieces of traditional wisdom capable of re-orienting the lost soul once investigated to their logical conclusion:
- The physical world is only a symbolic representation of what is real.
- Man is created in the Image of God.
These two points are actually identical. Without the actualization of these two pionts, a spiritual journey simply becomes a collection of platitudes and ambiguous "spiritual experiences". One is merely forced to meander from one idea and "spiritual experience" to the next eventually falling prey to moral and spiritual relativism whereby even the most obvious matters of right and wrong become confounded. This is the degenerative process of our era, a movement from the Sacred to the secular, from the Priesthood to politics. The final result of this process is a violent reversal that has already begun.
Let's start at the first point. The physical world is a symbol. If we understand what the pre-Socratics were attempting to tell us about the illusion of time and motion, we uncover a stunning reality behind the appearance of mundane physical existence. Mainly, that at the most fundamental level, physical reality isn't actually present. What exists beneath the atom might as well be empty space that is non-conditioned and non-determined. Essentially, the human being is the same in this regard. While he or she perceives that they are such-and-such a person living such-and-such a life, we have actually pulled the wool over our eyes by a mysterious self-deception that seems to crystallize around our eternity, by putting conditions and identifications upon it that aren't actually present. We have never left the Archetypal world. The physical world, that diabolically clever phantasm, is wholly and patently unreal. What is desperately needed is not an escape, but a re-orientation. The only way to put our physical world into its proper context is death or initiation. Until that time comes, the individual will forever feel that life is unfolding in the brain or that they are living a nebulous post-mortem existence within the imagination.
There is an eternity behind the eyes that remains mostly unnoticed. It remains unnoticed because modern social engineering for the last several thousand years has been materialistic in nature. The procession has been outward, so that the inward gets neglected. As one individual has rightly said, the more externalized man becomes, the more his inwardness and his spirituality is sacrificed. Even spirituality today has become externalized and selfish simply being about ones own "feelings" and "emotions" which are as ephemeral and transient as dust in the wind. In order to return to ones primordial orientation, to be put on the path of reversal, one has to cross the imagination first; an imagination that is clearly capable of submerging the individual into many more clever deceptions on this side of the grave and the other--there really is no difference.
While I am not a Muslim, this article is interesting in that it describes that state I am referring to. However, its downfall, much like the downfall of many metaphysical schemes, is that it attempts to "resolve" the individual back into God, not understanding that had Man been resolved wholly into God to begin with, he would have never come forth into a manifested and conditioned existence. The neoplatonists, gnostics, and others gum up the works by attempting to figure out the divine structure and process of world creation by applying reason to domains of existence that entirely transcend logic and human comprehension. I am also forced to do this to some extent as well because that is simply the nature of language and communication in the physical domain. However, in order to reach the point I am referring to, ideas must all be discarded and sacrificed.
Time, Motion, and Physicality at the most fundamental level are unreal. The causative factors that bring it into "existence" are equally unreal. Therefore, all arguments are essentially pointless. We understand one thing: that we are here, life is struggle, and we are reading the story out of context.
Point two is that Man is created in the Image of God. One has to ask are these the images of God:
The image being referred to is not the human body exactly, though symmetry is divine because it has balance. What is being referred to is the inward nature of the individual, their timeless and boundless eternity, that which is real. This image in man is only uncovered through deep self-examination and initiation. This image comes from God and is breathed into man making him a living being through differentiation. It is the "personal" life of God breathed into the individual. Man can only be created "in the image of" because at best, while he passes his years, he is only a temporary representation of that greater thing above him. God is the Esoteric. Man is the Exoteric. Never the twain shall meet. Never is there a resolution between the two just as their is no resolution between the opposing sides of a coin. Man cannot become real when he is unreal. Macbeth could not become Shakespeare.
The only possibility is to destroy all ideations and realize that one has been written into the story. Shakepeare becomes Macbeth through his imagination. God becomes man through his imagination. God views man through the same lens that man views God. There is a divine reciprocity at work that is only uncovered upon returning to the Orient. If one remains subjected by the sub-lunar influences of the imagination, he or she is never able to grasp the eternal beyond metaphysical schema, reason, and logic.
All ideations collapse upon the realization that we reached this world through our own imagination, and by riding it back, we don't really "return" to God, but realize that we never left our eternity behind. Much like a dream, we awake to find we have remained still the whole time while strange and haunting landscapes unfolded before us and demons chased us while we slept.
When I was very young I had a secret. When I told this secret to myself as I got older, it profoundly terrified me. That secret was that God was hiding within me and was in fact using me as a disguise. When I gazed into the mirror at myself long enough as a child, I could catch a quick glimpse of the secret the moment I didn't recognize my own face. I learned much later that this practice of mirror gazing was very old and had sadly degenerated into divinitory scrying where people simply "viewed" their own internal contents instead of viewing their own boundless eternity.
Man is a theophanic expression, a tangible attribute extended into time and space, ephemeral and nebulous, rising and passing--a godlet that descends, dies, and awakens. Man is the background of God. God is the background of man. As Angelus Silesius clearly understood, both rely upon each other and can never be wholly separated unless God is powerless and lacking in some way.
We sadly live in a time when man no longer accepts the bi-unity of existence (God and Man) which is monergistic in nature. God is effectively being murdered by modernity. Man seeks his total autonomy from God so that he may become an automaton controlled by a purely satanic state. Today man is at war with God and the emergence of new and edgy pseudo-philosophies, laughable gnostic metaphysical schema and moral relativism only reveal how truly lost humanity has become within that nearly boundless imagination that rules over him. Nothing can be said otherwise particularly when one in five people suffer from mental illness. When mothers murder their young. When even children slaughter each other. What can truly be said of a world that claims progress while sinking into the darkest depths of the underworld?