Beyond the Great Divide: A Religion of Connectedness

What does the term “religion” mean to most of us?  I would bet it means an institutionalized belief system that we believe in or not believe in.  Thus, if you were to ask me about my religion, I would bet you would expect me to say I am “Catholic” or “Protestant” or “Atheist,” or “Jew”.

I am none of these.  Indeed, I refuse to categorize either you or I.  I am nothing, or no-thing, and thus embrace all.

Yet, in conventional thinking, we define our religion as an institutionalized belief system. Religion is a noun; an institution.

Is it really?  Does it have to be that way?  Indeed, I refuse to put myself into any institutionalized box.  This is the problem with modern day human beings. We put ourselves into categorical boxes then, when we die, we tend to put ourselves into boxes called coffins which are set in a grave containing a metallic vault to keep you from dissolving into the Earth.

Can you be cremated and have your ashes flung throughout the cosmos.  Become it all, get out of corporatized box!

There is a lot of talk of late by people like Charles Eisenstein about the need to foster a more verb based language.  What do these people mean by this?

By verb based language they are talking process oriented more so than thing.  I and you are not things….we are happenings!

I’ve heard a lot of women say of a man, “he treats me like an object!”  Geeze, how alienating.  Mm, is being treated like an object akin to feeling alienated?  That’s the problem with a noun based language.  It’s demeaning. It divides us into an “I and Thou” rather than uniting us into a “We.”

The Earth is a System, you see.  Its a verb more so than a noun. Yet, we treat Her like a noun.  Ever hear a woman say that a man treats her like an object?  It makes her feel used and abused, doesn’t it? This is how Nature feels.  Can you feel the horrid depression of Nature or Gaia (Earth) in this picture?

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It is said that we project ourselves onto the world.  What does this say about us?

Can you see how important this is?  Its the same with a man who feels like an object in his workplace.  What meaning does he have in such a place.  If he understood himself as a verb acting in relationship to pretty much everything else, would he continue to feel alienated?  How do we foster a sense of belonging?  Its not going to happen with the current systems we have. We are going to need to change the system ourselves and not look towards the system changing.

Mm, there was a psychologist, the name is escaping me.  It wasn’t Maslow.  Oh, well, it’ll come to me and I’ll edit it in.  At any rate, this psychologist talked about how alienation is such a problem in our culture.  Introspect for a moment.  Do you ever feel like you don’t belong?  Or, do you know people who appear to feel as if they don’t belong?

The very foundations of how we see life, which is noun or “object” based is alienating.  By reclaiming the more ancient way of “verbalizing” language, perhaps we can reconnect and experience a deep sense of belonging?

Thus we return to Religion.  Religion is a verb and not a noun. True religion is not an institution.  It is cuddling with your daughter.As such, the epistemological roots of religion is the French Religere, literally meaning to connect!  Cuddling is religion!

Wow!

Religion in its ground is a verb more so than a noun!  To say I am “Catholic”, “Protestant”, “Jew”, “Hindu” or “Buddhist” is to foster a sense of alienation.  It also fosters conflict by having the different philosophies that are inherent to the various sects.  I am right, you are wrong is not the way towards peace.  Duality, the pitting of this and that, are the primordial sins of humankind.  Its expression of its self is what has us with high extinction rates. It is also behind our being ruled by sociopathic regimes we call corporations.  Who controls the government?

But, we can change things.  You, the reader and I the writer are connecting right now!

Do we truly need to be aliens on an alien planet?

Who is this planet and this universe if not Nature?  And who is Nature if not our Essence?  And who is our Essence if not our Self? Mm, in Hindu God is named Brahmin, the Self. In Hebrew, the name is Yahweh or I AM. Who is I AM if not Nature?

Mother Nature and Father God are one!

Is it that simple?

Lover’s Prayer

1998

 

I attended the Church of my selection

To discuss the national election.

Every attendant there dressed

In his Sunday vest

 

Responding to another church bell

I heard myself condemned to hell

Even though I was appropriately dressed

In my Sunday best

 

Whether I turn to the East or the West

I must worship at my Culture’s behest

Learning to accept as blessed

Whatever she deems as best

 

I no longer attend any Church

Mosques, Ashrams and Temples I leave in the lurch.

I dance naked beneath the stars up above

With Psyche and her own true Love

 

Do not stifle me with your ego’s threats!

Let my dance be a passionate treat

Eros lights a fire ‘neath my rounded ass

That I may conceive my life’s true task

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luscious Spirituality:  Getting Religion is Losing Religion

Luscious Spirituality: Getting Religion is Losing Religion

Wynn Manners, an online friend of mine, who goes way, way back to the early 90’s, suggested that I start writing what I used to write on my Yahoo! Groups page, called “Sophia’s Web”.  What I wrote were named Morning Meds.  By meds, there is the double meaning of meditation and medication.  Meditation is true medication.  So, this is my first “Morning Meds” Blog.  “Dude, pass the pipe!”

Today I wish to speak about oral ecstasy.  Yes, we are speaking of oral sex here, to some degree.  Aren’t all interactions an act of intercourse?  What are these words if not seminal inputs entering into the black hole called the pupil of thy eye and being conceived in the back of your brain as an image.

Why else would an idea be considered a concept?  Its a conception!  DUH!  Oh, tickle my fancies with Thy tongue and send me flying into heights unattained by any woman or man before me!

My main thrust in writing is spiritual. Writing is a form of oral sex.  Life is intercourse.  Everything is spiritual, including sexuality.  The term religion, in its epistemological roots, is reli-gere, literally meaning “to connect.”  Religion is NOT an idealism, its about relationship, about connection.  Religion is about holiness, which boils into wholeness.  Its about unity through intercourse.  What is this conversation?  Yet, if you are talking about religion in a dogmatic or rational way, you ain’t got it!  Religion is a sigh, or a “YES!” and sometimes simply “OHHHHH!”

If you are immersed in theologies and church doctrine, you’re way off base.  These are not religion.  They are idealisms.  If you are nursing a baby and feeling a deep connection in looking into those big brown eyes, you’ve got religion.  Anything else, dogma, theories, theologies, etc are simply ideal-isms.  Ideas are nothing more nor less than ghostly vapors arising from your mind…or in the case of indoctrination, someone else’s mind.

So, therein lies the title to this piece…getting religion is loosing religion.  You have to let go of the the theories, philosophies, and ideals and become as you were when you were not.  This is your beginning.  To be newborn, you have to do the striptease of the mind and be as nude as the day you were born.

So, take off thy institutionalized religious clothes and dance!

Now, all this gets to be even more fun and inspirational when you awaken to the fact that whole, hole and holy are one word. Knowing this unity is true religion, or connection. What is empty (hole) is what is full (whole).  Yes, empty thy mind of conditioning and be as “you were when you were not.” When you enter this nudity, you enter into a virgin state of mind in which infinite potentials abound.

But don’t follow me.  Experience it.  Become empty and be full!  Be newborn, be free of yourself.  IN that freedom from yourself, you will be full of yourself!

Oh, becoming virgin is the most remarkable state of sexual ecstasy you can ever encounter!  Just ask Maria.  Look at what She generated.  Ok, so the Roman institutional foundations got hold of the virgin birth story and the so-called Church became identified with Rome.   We’ll discuss that one another time.

By the way, being virgin means being unconditioned…..what?

“You mean to say, Burl, that all these years of schooling and conditioning and I’m to throw it all away in order to give birth to the sacred within?”  Yes, this is exactly  what I’m saying.

As the Tao Te Ching sings, “be newborn, be free of yourself.”  Or as Christ says upon looking upon a nursing infant, “be like him.”  You really think Lao Tzu and Jesus Christ were far apart in Nature’s mind?

Can you see why the Jews/Romans came after the Christ Child?  30 years of schooling and indoctrination and S(HE) is just letting go of all of it?

In meditation, you can experience all this.  The Holy works of the Bible, Upanishads, Vedas, Tao Te Ching, etc are ultimately within you.  These are only externalized expressions of what is within.  Even these words I write: where are they really if not within you?

Ultimately, words can never tap into the power of raw, nonverbal experience.  Yes, a delighted lover can only reel back and cry “YES!”

Gaze upon your Goddess/God and lie your head in Her-His chest and sigh deeply in the ecstasy of union, the true Divine Marriage.

This is what writing and the act of verbal intercourse is truly about.  Its about entering into a state of ecstasy.  This is the true function of writing.  Its all there as a dance enticing all of us to enter into the luscious and sensuous dance of Life.