“THE STRONGEST PERSON IN THE WORLD IS THE PERSON WHO STANDS MOST ALONE” Henrik Ibsen (from “An Enemy of the People”)

If, one day, you’re successful at becoming your “true self,”
Does that mean you’ll end up all alone?

Perhaps not – yet solitude is often thought to be a requirement for meeting God –
It’s what hermits try to accomplish through acts of renunciation
Which, however, ultimately don’t work.

Actually, there’s no special requirement for becoming a “true self”
Other than giving up your ego –
The one so loved by your mother.

The moment you decide to become your “true self” –
Satan and all the other “dark gods” of materialism, anxiety, and violence
Will come rushing towards you – as if in a bad dream –
Knowing you’ve made the decision to join in the Spirit of God
While remaining in human form.

If this experience doesn’t immediately convince you to put on a cloak of humility
And urgently request the protection of God –
Then you must be a fool.

God’s fool, that is –
However, before you step off the cliff on a perfect sunny day,
Before you enter the air
Think about how much God loved Jesus
Before he was crucified.

Jesus didn’t know (even though he might have intuited)
That his brutal death would create so much life for others –
He didn’t know his act would become emblematic of the true life of God –
He simply let himself suffer, alone, trusting in God instead of himself,
And, consequently, became “the strongest person in the world.”

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CONTRA MALE GODS

Today,
I am announcing:

Male Gods no longer exist

They’re completely gone –
Along with all male god hierarchies, religions, written authorities, images, and songs –

All gone!

It’s ridiculous to have to say this –
But God is not male – obviously – because God doesn’t have a body.

Perhaps male gods at one time made some kind of sense –
But no longer –
Since every evil present in today’s world
Is finding it possible to hide behind male god masks.

If we take authority away from male gods and their related institutions
Everyone will be able to see “reality” for themselves –
Be able to call “good,” good, and “evil,” evil
Regardless of pre-existing “male” religious, social, or political categories.

In every society today, male gods,
Along with their related religious institutions and power structures,
Are still dominant.
But recently, and quite bizarrely, males have begun reaching back further into time
In order to justify their societies becoming even more primitive –
And to further legitimize raw male authority.

As a consequence, our beautiful blue-green world is now at risk
Along with our children,
As well as the path to full human dignity for women –
Solely due to a societal reluctance to put a stop to these false ideas.

A better adjective for God than “Male” would be “Spirit” –
Similar to Love or Truth or Justice or Beauty.
“Male” supremacy is not implied in any of these spiritual attributes –
While women and children have full and equal rights to embody them.

So, finally, “enough is enough” –
Let’s bring all these empty male spiritual structures to an end.

For example, the ancient “warrior king gods” have got to go –
Along with the eternal male infatuation with “military might”
And all the more recent myths of “white men” being on top –
Because the world, having been led primarily by men for too long now,
Has arrived too close to its own self-destruction.

A few examples from societies dominated by “male” gods:

Nominal “Muslims,” belonging to ISIS, have been beheading archeologists and raping young female children. Seen through God’s eyes, isn’t it obvious that ISIS is following Satan instead of God?

Israel, for its part, is currently in a tragic process of abandoning its ancient spiritual glories and historical memory, in mimicking WWII Germans by their treatment of Palestinians as sub-human. What does that look like from the non-ironical perspective of God?

Southern Baptist preacher-politicians are leading so-called “Christian” tours of Masada, the scene of a mass suicide, spewing hate like Southern spit, and declaring to the world that America is “God’s Promised Land” – all the while repressing the historical facts about the country’s mass murder of Native Americans and the criminal theft of their land, along with the enslavement and persecution of a continent-wide number of Africans over a time period that, now, seems like forever. Through God’s eyes – i.e., through the eyes of the victims – shouldn’t we be giving a much harder look at this original source of wealth for white Americans?

Are you starting to see why the “male” gods have got to go?

THEREFORE:

“From this 7th day of October, 2015 forward, there shall no longer exist any male gods or establishments based upon such male gods, and they shall at all times in the future be regarded, completely and totally, as spiritual, social, and political nullities.”

What gives Diner Mystic the authority to declare such a thing? Diner Mystic is nobody special. However, Diner Mystic has done the spiritual work, like so many others have, to become free enough to see the “face” of male religions – and is not afraid of saying it out loud – like the child who, upon seeing the Emperor naked, cried out: “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

“Male Gods” and their related institutions aren’t wearing anything either!

The foundations of the human world rest upon ideas and perceptions. Once any person is able to understand the true reality of male gods and their supporting institutions – and says it out loud – the result will be the disappearance, sooner or later, of all these male gods and institutions – because everyone else will be able to see it too.

This proclamation is made so that all people, everywhere, may get free enough to see reality clearly – no matter what the male gods and their supporting institutions have formerly affirmed.

My advice is to use the spiritual tools provided by God – love, truth, justice, and beauty – to test anything presented in your life. If you can do this, you can’t go wrong.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GOD

21st Century American poets
Sing about God’s “disappearance” –

But it’s not God who’s disappearing, it’s America’s spiritual culture –

What a waste! – our allegiance to a nationalism of no love –
To upper-echelon materialism –
And, also, to this ersatz “heaven” of global capitalism.

This raises the question, however,
Whether anything can exist without a center –
Especially since our own center is an “ego”
Which we’re rapidly losing confidence in.

The primary duty of working poets at all times and places
Is to sing about joy in the presence of God –
So that each of us might, in turn, have our own individual joys reaffirmed
And our true center hold.

When American poets started giving up God –
What was left was a group of negative images and a few slick verbal tricks –
What was left, in essence, was a deep emotional depression – artistically made invisible.

But what came next, of course, was Satan –
Grinning ear to ear –

Death trailing behind in all its manifold forms –
Entering our lives like the tide –

This is the price we’re going to be required to pay
For American poets being so willing to let the “real” God go.

PAIN ALL AROUND

When a society
or a person
Does something bad –
Really Bad

They quickly forget it –
so as to be able
to do it again

As Americans, we think mostly about
how good we are –
(and getting better every day) –

But if, by accident,
we’re ever reminded of our bad,
we tend to “duck and weave,” arguing many
others have been much worse –

That’s why the old-time religions are right
about sin.

We love it so much that
We “marry” it –
And hold it close to our hearts

Where it inexorably bites us deep
Unto death

Satan sitting on our chest
God up in his sky

Pain all around.

CAN TRANSCENDENCE BE ACHIEVED IN ONE GIANT LEAP?

Not normally. I think it comes more often in a series of modest hops, skips, and tiny jumps.

Moses went up to the mountaintop and got an entire set of laws for his people – in one trip.
Buddha sat under his friendly tree until, one day, it came – suddenly.

But there’s another way:

Every time you hear what you recognize as the truth – about anything –
Immediately accept it!

It’s not so much that these little truths can add up to transcendence, even though sometimes they might, but doing so strengthens your courage – and that does matter –
After all, experiencing God is not for the weak-hearted.

The same holds true for love, beauty, and justice – immediately accept and affirm them whenever they appear in your life.

This is a spiritual journey deep into the valley of the Holy – that is, the closer you get to God, the more exciting life becomes, the more intense the colors – the more “real” everything appears.

Your conventional self usually resists taking chances like this – especially in traveling towards God. However, the acceptance of a blind stasis, is your real Satan – i.e., the being, force, or energy that desires you to “stop” and “die” in every possible manner.

So, if Satan is “Death,” in all its various entropic forms; God, of course, must be “Life,” as represented in all its amazing manifestations. However, don’t make the mistake that God and Satan reside “geographically” in Heaven or Hell; they live, instead, in your heart where you are constantly having to make choices.

That’s why it’s imperative for you to develop healthy spiritual habits so that, without even thinking about it, you’ll always choose life.

A superhuman leap occasionally may achieve transcendence, but it’s only small steady steps in the right direction that will reliably get you there.