Archive for December, 2015

NoetiTao™ and the Sermon on the Mount

December 21, 2015

Solstices are cyclical turning points for our planet as it repeats its yearly journey around the Sun. The summer solstice, in June, marks the longest day and shortest night of the year while the winter solstice, in December, marks the shortest day and longest night (for those of us in the northern hemisphere). This year the winter solstice occurs tomorrow, December 22nd. Solstices are physical events, but they also reveal part of the Omniversal synchrony that produces a topology of metaphorical human experiences. It is for this reason that pagan rites underlying the Christmas season were celebrated at this time of the year. As tomorrow night will be the longest stretch of nighttime darkness for 2015, sunrise of the following day, December 23, announces a kind of conquest and rebirth, the beginning of a waxing towards the spring and summer of 2016.

The Sun, a star, symbolizes the Creator in that it expresses the primal force of creation and destruction—and resurrection/continuation. Evidence, by way of ancient Temples of the Sun, such as at Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, tells us that the earliest generations of humans sensed this truth. The more recent Son of God concept is congruent with this Sun of God, a reflection of higher cosmic truth on a humanistic level. Without this central light, provided by an eternal star-making Source, there would be no plant or animal life. And this light is also within all creatures, and it connects all forms of life. So the occurrence of solstices (and equinoxes) is symbolic evidence of Creator-based patterns, principles, purposes, and an agenda of perpetuity, and this gave primitive humans reason to persevere. For people today to celebrate these events is, knowingly or unknowingly, to celebrate the grit of our earliest ancestors.

Omniversal synchronicity, like Santa Claus, delivers unique gifts at this time, symbols and signs, and even literal packages from out of the darkening skies preceding annual transformation toward greater light and greater enlightenment. Those who have prepared themselves to receive these gifts will not be disappointed. Among the gifts from Omniverse that arrived for me this year is a cassette tape of a talk given by J. G. Bennett at Sherborne House in 1973. Its title is: “Future Communities One: The Sermon on the Mount.” Having been introduced to Bennett’s work many years ago, work built upon the earlier works of G. I. Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky, among others, I was excited to open the small plastic box and discover the timely meaning of its contents, meaning that I knew would be profound given the solstice venue of its unbidden arrival.

Before continuing, I should share the following information about John Godolphin Bennett that accompanies the tape: “J. G. Bennett, a mathematician, linguist, scientist and author of “The Dramatic Universe” and other books, was for many years a pupil of Gurdjieff. In 1971 he founded the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne House in Gloucestershire, England where most of these talks were given. The object of the school was to teach people to live a useful life in a society which has lost contact with nature and is facing economic breakdown. Before he died in December 1974, Bennett founded a sister school at Claymont, West Virginia in the United States, where courses are continuing.”

Because of the timing of the tape’s surfacing, “The Sermon on the Mount” given by Jesus of Nazareth and recorded in the New Testament is recognizable and understandable as having been given near the end of a long period of darkening, like a seed planted with the intention to gestate a new and better world during the Age of Pisces for emergence during the Age of Aquarius. But of all the numerous books and audio productions on the topic of this most renowned sermon in the western world, What, I asked myself, is uniquely important to me about this one by J. G. Bennett? After listening to the tape that mystery was immediately solved: Bennett’s analysis of The Sermon on the Mount is extremely resonant with my NoetiTaoism™.

The following will synopsize the NoetiTaoist™ perspective on the Sermon on the Mount, a synopsis that is substantially compatible with J. G. Bennett’s analysis and view:

The Sermon on the Mount is a practical document setting forth actionable standards for extraordinary people, people willing to non-combatively separate themselves from the un-self-examining herd, people willing to deny the negative aspect of ego, to work on themselves and among themselves despite certain opposition in order to rise up like a mountainous wave and introduce a spiritually, mentally, and physically healthful way of life and a peaceful, harmonious global community. Jesus spoke plainly and directly to these people, his disciples, who were ready to receive instruction, whereas he spoke indirectly, in parables, to all others.

The beatitudes begin the Sermon because they speak to the inner being that must be aligned with higher Mind before the practical vision can be pursued. Only those who share that alignment can be the reconciling “third” force that nonviolently reveals the Heaven already at hand on Earth, the presence of which is not generally perceived let alone held to continuously. Blessed are the “poor,” the empty: those who know that their deep nature is that of the Source Energy Awareness (SEA) which brings forth and maintains the illusory world of the senses from out of nothingness, from out of emptiness, with which they are forever at-one and beyond governance by anything lesser. Neediness and wealth are not primarily about physical possessions, and manna comes in countless forms.

The New World will not be a world that recognizes the experiencing of Time and Space in terms of cause-and-effect. It will not be a world entranced by buying and selling, nor will it conform to present-day paradigmatic visions of one “ism” or another. When I was very young I had a dream wherein I experienced living in such a world, a post-Armageddon-like world—but it need not be delayed until the worst-case scenario has played itself out. In that wiser world of my dreaming, relationships of all kinds had transformed; there was no desire for harming, nor for competitive disadvantaging forcefulness, nor for political governance, nor any need for elaborate contracts, nor convoluted rules of law or any litigation, only a mutually-supported pursuit of shared happiness, technology-enhanced continuous education, and advancement of the further-evolved species.

So, this is what I will be pondering throughout this holiday season, the meaning of The Sermon on the Mount, in the hope that further synchronicities will provide additional breadcrumb insights to guide me forward in contributing to the achievement of a future community of humankind free of spiritual disease that infests most of the world today, fueled through the flesh by what psychiatrist Dr. Wilhelm Reich referred to as: “the emotional plague.” Be of good cheer.

[This is a list of all posts on NoetiTaoism™ to date: The NoetiTao™ of Politics (June, 2009); NoetiTaoism™ Answers “Impossible” Questions (December, 2009); NoetiTaoism™ and the Human Soul (December, 2009); The NoetiTao™ of Music (December, 2009); NoetiTao™ and the Meaning of Israel (January, 2010); NoetiTao™ and the “Fall of Man” (February, 2010); NoetiTao™ and the Ego (March, 2010); The NoetiTao™ and Morality (April, 2010); NoetiTaoism™ as Cosmic Religion (April, 2010); NoetiTaoist™ View on the Ten Commandments (December, 2010); Q&A on NoetiTaoism™ (May, 2011); NoetiTaoism™—Questions and Answers (May, 2011); Taiji of NoetiTao™ (July, 2012); Buddhism in the Light of NoetiTaoism™ (August, 2012); Edgar Cayce and NoetiTaoism™ (September, 2012); NoetiTaoist™ Philosophy Primer—Part I (March, 2014); NoetiTaoism™ and Healing (July, 2014); NoetiTaoism™ and Free Will (August, 2014); Gnosticism vis-à-vis NoetiTaoism™ (December, 2014); Synchronicity in NoetiTaoism™ (December, 2014); and NoetiTaoist™ Philosophy Primer—Part II (November, 2015).]