When they lose their sense of awe,
people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves,
they begin to depend upon authority.
Therefore the Master steps back
so that people won’t be confused.
He teaches without a teaching,
so that people will have nothing to learn.
Tao Te Ching v72
Christ Consciousness and Humanity
Thus will be the fruit of restoration, the fruit of your return. Already the rivers run with Life and the cities sparkle like diamonds for those with eyes to see. See with the eyes of God. Let His vision be your vision. See the new world unfold before you, even as the old falls away like leaves falling from a tree in the Autumn of the year. Reclaim your identity in Christ and inhabit the new world even as it takes shape before your eyes.
Do not focus on the world that is polarizing toward selfishness and fear. Do not pay attention to the old that is crumbling around you. What has been shall soon be no more. Let the dead bury their dead and concentrate solely on the building of the new. If you find yourself able to see more good in contemporary culture than ill, continue to work within that culture in whatever capacity you feel suited. Spread the light to all you meet. It is good that you feel this way; your influence will accelerate the entrance of the new. On the other hand, if you find yourself unable to see much value in the quality of life that is being expressed in the world around you, quietly build the new in your heart. Your time for action will come, and you will know in the moment when it is time to venture forth.
Use whatever conceptual images you need in your work, consciously and concisely, as a surgeon would use a scalpel. Keep the vision of the new always in your sights, and love your opposition unconditionally. Slay your dragons with compassion. It is possible that aspects of the old will observe that the new works better, and begin to align themselves with the incoming life patterns of their own accord. Other aspects of the old that cannot accept the necessary changes may just fall away without a great many words. In the end, it will not be those who shout the loudest who triumph, but those simple souls who, in trust, accept the inevitable and work quietly and honestly to root their lives in God’s love.
From Chapter 8 Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey
Field of Play
Perhaps there is no greater field of play than the blank sheet of paper of the writer. Being from non-being. Characters that were once the figment an imagination become bigger than life on the stage or cinematic screen. Ideas take root and become movements of civilization and then recede into the non-being from which they resided.
Here is Time Magazine’s list of the All Time Novels. Beware that the list is something of a misnomer since the selection date from 1923 to 2005. Before you look at the list think about your top five and see who they compare.
The American Presidency
Herman Wouk is an esteemed American writer whose works are timely to this pre-election season. Many of you will be familiar with Winds of War and War and Remembrance and the excellent mini-series that it spawned. Less well known is the one I am touting here.
Inside, Outside is a 1985 novel telling the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish family and its travails in Russia and America. The book is a first person (and somewhat autobiographical) narrative told from the viewpoint of Israel David Goodkind, the third of the four generations in the book. Goodkind works in a minor bureaucratic post in the White House between March and October 1973; his insignificance gives him time to write his memoirs (the book itself, told as though Goodkind wrote it) while his position gives him opportunities to come face to face with the harried President Richard Nixon. Nixon is never actually named in the book, but there can be no doubt as to his identity. The narrative refers explicitly to the Watergate scandal, as an event contemporaneous with Goodkind’s employment in the White House.