Saturday, May 30, 2020

"As above, so below; as below, so above."

The saying comes from Hermes' name for the Egyptian god Thoth.  The meaning is that our universe is not an anarchy, but is guided, from top downward by universal principles.  The higher reflects itself in the lower, and the lower is an expression of the higher.  All things are essentially linked; nothing is separate from anything else.  If we carefully search with acute awareness within our lives, we would find that our lives are built around the principle of hierarchy.  For example, our families are hierarchical; typically, the order is, father or mother as head, followed by children, grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins.  Let's look how schools are organized: board of education, superintendent, principle, vice-principle, counselors, teachers, coaches, students, support staff.  Probably the most familiar hierarchy pattern is the 'organization chart" of directors, C.E.O.'s, Dept. V.P's, and so on down the line.

Virtually all manner of systems and organizations are hierarchically structured.  In Nature, we see the same hierarchic principle expressed.  Here on our earth its,  humans, insect kingdom, plant kingdom, mineral kingdom.  If you read the ancient Greek Philosopher, Plato, you will find that he said, paraphrasing, that all things manifest, originate and have their equivalent representation in the realm of the ideal, which he termed, "'nous."  In Buddhism, all their principles and doctrines originate and unfold from the idea of "basic goodness."  In the Christian Church, their hierarchic pattern is as follows: first, God the summit, then the Seraphim, then the Cherubim, then the Thrones, then the Dominations, Virtues, then Powers, the Principalities, the Arch-angles, then angles.  What we see operative within hierarchies is a pattern of movement from top or apex moving sequentially downward, in a descending order, like a latter. 

Whether you know it our not, hierarchies are the natural alignment of Universal Nature. The knowledge of which was known from the remotest of antiquity.  Case in point, there exists an ancient Greek mystical view of a chain of living beings, one end of which included the Divinities in their various grades of authority, and the other end of which ran downwards through inferior gods, heroes, and sages, to ordinary humans, and to beings below humans.  Each link of this living chain inspired and instructed the chain below itself, thus communicating link to link, the love, wisdom, and the knowledge concerning the secrets of the Universe.  This living chain was called, the Hermetic Chain.  

Our cosmic life is a cosmic drama in which each entity, be it a supergod, god or demigod, or man or beast, or atom, plays his or its proportionate part; and that all these dramatic presentations are welded together, leading up to one vast cosmic climax, without an anti climax. So that every day we are coming closer to that time in the immensely distant future when we all shall, once more reunited, enter into the womb of utter cosmic Being--call it God, divinity, spirit, or what have you.  As the poet, Edwin Arnold said, ..."the dewdrop slips into the shining sea"--finally realization.

Friday, May 1, 2020

we and the cosmos

What would you think, if I ask you to explain the workings of the Cosmos in relationship to us earthlings?  Do you believe there is a connection, and if so, how are we connected? Here is the dictionary definition of the cosmos: the universe considered as a harmonious and orderly system; a nebulous definition at best, no help there.

All societies are created out of the minds and ideas of human beings.  That there should not exit a direct causative relationship between the thoughts, conduct, and ideas of human beings, and our society, would be absurd.  Add to the above reason that human beings are, in composition, microcosmic representations of the macrocosm, and that relationship should begin to crystallize with  in you the kind of relationship that exists between you and the Cosmos. The knowledge of the processes and phases that function within human beings can be applied by direct analogy to the processes and phases on a larger scale, namely our human societies, and the Cosmos.

We humans, are primarily operating on a lower, animal level of our capacities, even though, in truth our total composition is capable of operating at an extremely high level. The animals have a certain ingrained instinct for letting other animals be, but because we humans place extraordinary attention on our minds and it's thoughts, we intital our thoughts to move freely with no control, and thus strangle our higher capacities.  We become satisfied and entrenched within our lower perceptions.  These lower perceptions amalgamate into a certain stable, cliche truth, which in turn brings us a certain amount of reliable stability. We take our reality from our senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch.  Our senses are a part of our material faculties, therefore they are objective, and present a physical reality.  However, our senses receive input on a multi-dimensional field, but consciously interpret only a fractional part.  For example, physics tells us that the total known range of light waves is from far infrared at .3 nanometers. Yet the average range of light waves, visible to our vision, is from 400 to 700 nanometers.  We therefor, see only the smallest fraction of what is going on.  Since our perceptions focus on a very small fraction of the comprehensive whole, our understanding is consequently greatly limited.  Therefore, we should not give our senses much credence.

Most people, at one time or another, attempt to break through their material perceptual barriers, but fall short.  They would rather accept the easier way, and live at a substantially lower degree of consciousness, than to risk the loss of their familiar, comfortable, physical, perceptions.  They choose to chase their visible, tangible, yet illusive tail, believing that catching it will bring them promised security and ultimate happiness.

Our world, however consists of realities superimposed upon realities, from the invisible to the visible.  In effect, our world is a creative synthesis of these multiple realities, mosaically
 wrapped and networked; speck and star united within a system and process so vast, so subtle, and so intricate, as to defy accurate definition.  Yet, these are the realities in which we live, move, and have our being.

To those of us who have the desire and the courage to expand our lives, adopting fuller and more satisfying perceptions, we must connect our dominant material world with our spiritual world.  This connection is vital, for it allows us access to the spiritual aspect of our being.  It provides the necessary brake from our powerful mental barrier created by our material perceptions, and present us at last with the opportunity to live full human lives.  The encounter with our spiritual aspect causes a renewal, a rebirth. Our entire life becomes redefined. We merge our dual aspects (material and spiritual), undergoing a metamorphosis. It is only through this state of creative synthesis that we can hope to express a full human life.

One must develop their spiritual aspect alone, by summing up the enormous range of lived experiences into the raw materials necessary for its higher development.  There isn't a template to follow.  You must grope your way inch by inch.  Support and verifications are at best scarce.  However, fear, anxiety, and self-doubt are abundant.  The effort required is enormous in its constancy, taxing every pore of oneself.  Yet, aid does come when needed.  Master engineers are near to point the way.

Because of our heavy reliance on our ordinary senses for trustful maneuvering of our daily lives, most of us stop trying to expand our barriers.  Each of us is endowed with spiritual aspects.  Finding a mode of expression suitable with our true loves and affections, is our task.  On one side is 'the good,'  on the other side is the 'bad', and we are in the middle.  These two opposing forces are pitted against the other, creating a stalemate position.  One force absorbs the force of the other without relinquishing its position.  This situation is like two football players, one an offensive lineman, the other a defensive line man, whose charges are stalemated or neutralized at the line of scrimmage.  In this neutral position each is vulnerable to a third person's force.  The slightest additional force, either offensively or defensively, can tilt the favor.  Our intentions are like this third person.  Our force of affection and intention can tilt in favor of good or bad, and it is our true loves and intentions that will determine the quality of  our spiritual identity.


                                                            THE BRIDGE

                                    It spans an abyss,
                                           where siren sounds from an impetuous
                                           wind
                                           lure and snag curious souls.
                                   The curious become ensnared, not by
                                           eagerness
                                           to know, but by an affection for the abyss.
                                   They are captured, by their own intentions.
                                           The tantalizing, spinning, wind gently
                                           urges
                                           and coerces them, while filling their senses
                                           with tastes of euphoria.
                                   It whispers: "All yours.  All yours to have.
                                           Take and fill.  Take."
                                  As they succumb to their affections, the wind
                                            bends their souls until their head turns
                                            down and their feet up.
                                  Suddenly, the wind releases its hold and
                                            head long they fall into the heart of the
                                            abyss.
                                   If only the poor souls' eyes, cleared, and
                                            glimpsed the golden span within arms               
                                            reach.
                                  If only they could have grasped it, and held
                                            fast with all their strength, instead of
                                            frolicking in self pleasure.  What a price
                                            paid for such frivolity.  Such unworthy
                                            attention.  Yet, alas! Too late.
                                  The Bridge still spans the abyss,
                                            as a humble signpost against
                                            grand illusion, and high conceit.
                                  And he need only grasp it with sincere
                                            heart, to escape the torments of mortality.


                                       One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good

                                                           Louis DiVirgilio
                               

































                                         






















                                     



           

Monday, March 30, 2020

the universe is initiating an intervention for earth



An intervention is an action becoming intentionally involved in a difficult situation, in order to improve it or preventing it from getting worse.  The Universe is moving to set the ground rules for a face to face reconing, with the assistance of the corona-19 virus, for us humans to take a deep look into the manner in which we have been living our lives. The virus is squeezing and tightening our boundaries, condensing our movements and freedom to the point of straggling our ability to move with freedom and ease within our own neighborhoods, while, trauma, fear, anxiety, and stress has unleashed its destabilizing affects upon our mental health.

This virus has opened and exposed the fact we humans are largely inwardly empty; we are relatively empty vessels.  There is no inner fullness from which to give to others, no inner richness of understanding through which we may receive and solve the problems confronting humanity, and thus helping ourselves and others.  Instead of unity and understanding there is opposition, strife, quarreling, and inevitable wretchedness, combined with rampant poverty, and unrelenting pain.

As an example, take the assessment of the Roman Empire, in its declining years, and the soulless vessels of the Senators of that time; ..."divided hopes, indigent at the institutions of the states which it ruled, and yet incapable of even systematic decisions, a pitcher of faithlessness toward its own as well as the opposite party, of the inward inconsistency of the most pitiful impotency of mean selfishness, and an unsurpassed ideal of misrule..."  Can you feel a relationship between the Roman Empire, and the inner governance of today's US government?  Lets take a closer, more current look at the impotency of our government, namely in the impeachment of Trump.  The  Democratic House of Representative filed letters of impeachment, and then took a vote; the out come was to impeach.  The next phase was to turn the letters of impeachment over to the Senate for them to hear and respond to the impeachment.  Even before the Senators were to give their oral arguments, they summarily  decided not to impeach.   The Senators gracefully bowed down to protocol, and began to grand stand their oral arguments, however the fix was in, and their main interest, "saving their collective asses,"  prevailed.  Out of 100 Senators, 99 voted to not impeach, save for one, Mitt Romney, the champion of his oath of office; the others were cowards; the soulless vessels.

The tragedy of all societies is that they have lost its trust in an abiding spiritual power in this world,  and has lost reason's once high seat.  This entire universe of ours is but an appearance, an outer shell, a physical body, manifesting the tremendous forces at work on the other side of the veil of nature, (the spiritual hierarchy;) and that no man, no demigod, or god, can offend or oppose with impunity. Law rules this world and sooner or later the gods will descend from their azure seats.  Let us see that they come to us as envoys of happiness and peace, rather than with the flaming swords of avenging fathers.

It is unity of effort, cooperation in a living nobley, which is not only what nature herself is working to bring about and therefore which we find everywhere, but that anything that runs counter to its fundamental laws of the universe produces disharmony, strife, and what in our own bodies we call disease. Civilization is but the combined efforts of human beings to produce great and noble effects in human life.

Keep your head looking up to the light; the stars, moon, and sun;  know that you are, "Born of the moon, children of the sun, offspring of the stars, and inheritors of the cosmic spaces...you and the Boundless are in essence not twine but one."  "Know ye not that ye are gods, and that the spirit of the eternal liveth within you."
                                     
                                           One truth, many paths.  Be good, Do good.

                                                            Louis DiVirgilio

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Natives of Eternity

"Born of the moon, children of the sun, off spring of the stars, and inheritors of the cosmic spaces... we and the Boundless are in essence not twain but one."  This is a quote by Gottfried de Purucker, a Theosophist.  This statement is not de Purucker's mere waxing poetic, but an attempt to reach out to all human beings to help inspire them to see and acknowledge the full depth and breath of what it means, and what it is to be a living human being.  A quote from the New Testament, will help to clarify and extend de Purucker's  statement, "Know ye not that ye are gods, and that the spirit of the eternal liveth within you."

What ailment, what disease lives in our world today that keeps us from looking up to our inner spiritual richness, that denies our inner ability to unify with all life?  Shakespeare, gives us a clue, "The man that hath, no music in himself nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for only treason, stratagems, and spoils."  We see evidence, every day, of human's attempts at self-justifications, folly and ignorance.  We have voluntarily abandoned and disobeyed the laws of nature, and the laws of spiritual health.  The consequences are dire.  Wordsworth, admonish us; ..."The world is too much with us; getting and spending we lay waste our power: little we see in nature that is ours:" ...  We have unensouled ourselves.  Look at the empty faces we see each day. They seek to feed that void from outside instead of from the perennial springs of inspiration within their hearts. As individuals we are relatively empty vessels: there is no inner fullness from which to give to others, no inner richness of understanding by which we may receive and solve problems confronting humanity.

When humans begin to realize that he or she is one with all that is, inward and outward, high and low, not merely as individuals of an army are one, not merely as a community are one, like atoms of the molecules, like electrons of the atoms-not mere union but spiritual unity-then he or she sees truth and from that vision has a living bases for morality, and knows that this world is a world of law and order.  "Know ye not that ye are gods, and that the spirit of the eternal liveth within you." 

                                   One truth many paths.   Be good, do good.

                                                        Louis DiVirgilio

Thursday, January 2, 2020

withdrawal

I am leaving behind the rest of my kind,and removing myself from the race.  I am washing clean society's scene, and rinsing my mouth of bad taste.

I am withdrawing from muzzled mouths, machining-gunning blank words with each round; from the printed accounts of gruesome, terrible crime; from the noise and the dirt and the slum and the grime.  I am leaving this ocean of bullshit, far, far behind.


As the earth spins in orbital glide, the sun shades its back and lights its front side.  Untold lives end with the night.  Untold lives begin with the light.  Life seems float on a pool of extremes; floating from best to worst or worst to best, with occasional leveling.

L'll not be swayed.  I am determined to leave, and once I am gone there'll be no weeping on my shirt sleeve.  Withdrawing from an economic mutation; freeze enterprise, castelpolism, and press-chasing power; from increase the imports, tariff the davenports, duty-free whisky quarts; from inflate the dollar, deflate its value; tax all the income, who is the victim;?  from grow with the country, consume a T.V.; use a lawyer regularly to gain a 3% increase in G.N.P.; from inflation, taxation and money orientation.  I am taking leave of it all, and I'll burn my credit card as a symbol of withdrawal.

As the earth spins in orbital glade the sun shades its back and lights its front side.  Untold lives end with the night.  Untold lives begin with the light.  Necro or Bio, dispositions of mind; where place the difference?  The decision is mine.

I'll not bend.  My mind is made up.  I'm withdrawing from the political circus that features corrupt; from the codes and the statutes obstructing my time; from the courts and their justice, mentally blind; from the in-forms, the out forms, the forms for forming forms.  Take all the forms, roll into wad, then blast into orbit and form anew moon.  I'am leaving, I tell you, and it is not to soon.

As he earth spins in orbital glide, the sun sides its back and light its front side.  Untold lies end with the night.  Untold lives begin with the light.  There are flowers that open full bloom to the sun and close tight to the moon; accommodating the change of day in a most thoughtful way. 

I am leaving!  And when I am ..."safe in my sylvan home, I'll tread on the pride of Greece and Rome." Safe I'll be without ambiguity.  Safe l'll be, withdrawn from that which annoys me.

Egad!  I am a fool.  To escape is mad.  I am only accepting the good part of the world, while withdrawing from the bad.  I'll use flower wisdom, accept life's extremes, then accommodate the differences as my awareness deems.

I am going to stay; mingle with my kind.  Accept all behavior as human, and where I can, adjust ad refine.


                                          One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good.
                 

                                                    Louis DiVirgilio   20-03-20


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

there is an eternal battle between the power of the dark side and the power of the light side.

This power struggle is waged to determine who will rule the world.  There is a song whose words go, ..."every body wants to rule the world."   The Christian Religion, depicts this conflict in terms of the devil on the left shoulder of human beings, compelling them towards the dark side, and on the right shoulder compelling humans towards the path of the light side. This is the conundrum of our duality.  In terms of this application, we humans are the ultimate decider's of which path is taken.  Here we are sandwiched between these two powerful forces, pressuring us to chose a path, while we are not exactly conscious of what the possible outcomes might be. To say this is a very difficult position to be in, is a gross understatement.  Being squeezed between these two cosmic forces, is greater than just a formidable situation; yet, here we are.  I would suggested too, that under the evolutionary period we are in now, the freedom of working out are own destiny might feel less possible, while the idea of predestination becomes the greater possibly.

Our human situational dark side condition is not however, dire.  Universal Nature has provided our nature with the ware-with-all to meet, and to over come what ever conditions we are to meet with; however, with one caveat.  We must learn to modify and to resolve our human conditions from the inside, not from the out side.  Here is what I mean, our material bodies are not just networks forged by flesh and bone, but are a complex of the most alive and powerful technology in the entire world.  Our problem is, because of our current evolutionary consciousness, we only use one percent of the potential of the body's technological capacity.  This state of affairs gives the dark side a distinctive advantage over the light side. However, the dark side has its weakness through its resistance to true development, and paradoxically, at the same time, the dark side is the enemy of its own best interests through its downward tendency.

I will give you an example of the dark side's weakness: in 1956 there was a science fiction movie called, "Forbidden Planet."  A scientist, Edward Morbuis and his daughter, were sent to a planet to discover what caused an advanced civilization, called the Krell, to be killed off for no apparent reason.  The entire population was killed by some kind of planetary force.  Morbuis found that the entire civilization was killed by invisible intrudes.  It turns out that the Krell, by concentrating there mind, were able to manifest anything they desired.  As it turns out, the dark side's downward tendency, made it impossible for the Krell to control their deeper psychological urges, needs, and desires.  Thus, the "invisible intrudes" were the Monster's of their Id; those personality components made up of unconscious psychic energy, which is deeply imbibed within the human psyche, until like a seed, the conditions made it ready to blossom.

Thus, what is our duty in this warfare with the forces and tendencies of our human nature?  The fight is to be fought by every human being, for it is raging on the sacred plain of our human bodies. The fight is froth with fear and despondency of losing all that I have known, have gathered, and have been comfortable with; in other words, with life as I know it. We cannot always live on the enthusiasm of earthy joys.  The rosy hue of dawn causes its early light to revel to us that we are more than we seem, and to make it our duty to commit to following the spiritual light, until we finally become spiritually realized.  Not one of us can remain neutral, you cannot serve two masters. The cry has gone out to each, and each must choose.  A choice, and corresponding path must be taken.  The spiritual path though steep and rough, it ends in integration with divinity.  The material path though broad and smooth, "but from its crown, on rocks the traveler is tumbled down," and ends in disintegration.

                                          One truth, many paths.  Be good, do good.

                                                     Louis DiVirgilio   12-02-19   

                                                             

         


                     

Friday, October 4, 2019

"Who am I"

This is a difficult question to answer, although most people will have their answer at the ready.  They will begin to give a litany of their identifications; I am a human,  a male, a son, a father, a white man, a Christian, a student, etc...  Yet, does their identifications explicitly define the question of "Who I am.?"  It does up to a certain narrow perspective.  If we include only the material aspects of our perspective, it does deliver a relative truth of who we are, all in terms of our material interpretation. But it seems we always identify ourselves with what we see, with what we touch, with what we smell, with what we hear, with what we possess, all exclusively with the objective world.

There is a poem written by, Edwin Arlington Robinson, called "Richard Cory."  Richard Cory was, "empirically slim, always human when he talked, admirably schooled in every grace, richer than a king, he even glittered when he walked;" simple people wished they were in his place.  Yet, one clam summer night, went home a put a bullet through his head.

Of all of his accomplishments, and material possessions, none brought Richard true, lasting satisfaction or joy.  What was missing in Richard Cory's life that made him take his life?  There is a song that asks a question, "Is that all there is?" and the answer resounds, "If that is all there is, what's the use of living."  As human beings we have a cosmic, interior urge to expand.  If we live in a 6' by 8' room, we will aspire to live in a 12' by 12' room, and if that room feels enclosed we will look for a larger room.

However, the material world in which we life, move, and have our being is ambiguous, and we feel threatened that what we have accumulated will be lost, so in our fear of lose we set safe boundaries around us to keep safe what we have. These boundaries we set up however, lock us in, squeeze us with fear and anxiety, and ultimately freeze our joy, and our urge for expansion.  If the material world, we aspire too, and in which have most of our contact, is taken as the true reality, why then are we crippled with fear, anxiety, and suicides, on all levels.  There must be a disconnect somewhere.

The basic disconnect is, that most of us are living in a psychological space that bares no connection to the reality of the full breath of our lives.  The entire cosmos is managing with great efficiency; which is no small task.  Yet, you have a disturbing thought stuck in your head that you cannot manage, and you're entire day is ruined.

Within the universality of space, if you look at yourself in perspective, you are a mere speck. But you believe you're thought-which is less than a speck, should determine the nature of your existence.  Thought can never be greater than life.  Thought can only be logical, and logic operates exclusively by parching everything between polarities, searching for conclusions. It's data base only recognizes the material and psychological aspects of our lives, while completely neglecting to figure in its cosmic aspects.

Our life is tied, like a web, inextricably into to the cosmos, and further into Universal Nature.  We and the Universe are one organic unit.  It, in a macro sense, and us, in a micro sense, united together.  Our micro sense is literally reaching for the stars, so that we can finally rest easy in the destiny of our our heritage.

                                    One truth, many paths.   Be good, do good.

                                                Louis DiVirgilio