ENLIGHTENMENT IS NOT ENOUGH

I talk a lot about becoming “nobody” – about giving up my ego –
The identity I’ve developed over years of trial and error
While projecting my “self” out into the world
To gain an acceptance of my self-created identity.

Eventually, however, I start feeling inauthentic
For relying upon this self-manufactured ego
Which, one day, I hope to replace with a new, improved identity –
A “better” ego –
Which, of course, will also invariably turn out to be a dead-end.

Giving up one’s ego – completely – as the final step on the way to enlightenment –
Is never enough however,
Because becoming a “nobody,” by itself, doesn’t accomplish a thing –
The point of relinquishing one’s ego is to replace it
With love of God –
Along with an ability to take concrete steps to bringing God into the world.

In sum, relinquishing one’s ego is only the first step –
But what follows needs to be a life dedicated to “understanding” God
And God’s true nature as much as humanly possible –

For example, who is God, what does God want, and are there any exemplars of God
Appearing in the world today
Who make one’s heart “sing with joy?”

Starting this process of “understanding” God
Is the same thing as “falling in love” with God –
Both, however, entail a commitment to a lifelong process.

Once you’ve actually fallen in love with God
Means you’ll want to act in ways that God desires –
Jesus was able to do this –
Faced with a painful, disgraceful death administered by Roman troops –
He acted solely for God
Which resulted in an historically impactful release of Holy Spirit out into the world
Occurring simultaneously with his physical death.

This spirit of Jesus was transformed into a human “sun” –
That perpetually is creating more spiritual life in our world –
Often in ways not manifested during his earlier physical life.
Take Saul/Paul, for example, who was able to transform himself,
At least partially, into a brilliant reflection of Jesus.

So, enlightenment is not enough by itself – instead, we need to “fall in love” with God
And then commit our lives to bringing God, by our actions, into the world.

We lose nothing by giving up our egos
Because, without God, we’re nothing anyway –
All our other efforts – no matter how materially meaningful –
Don’t matter at all –
The only thing that truly matters are actions on behalf of God
Everything else is – dross.

Every single human being, whether righteous or unrighteous,
Has the potential – while still alive –
To make a choice about each single individual act –
Whether or not to contribute something towards making God’s world real.

God began existence with a simple gesture
Unfurling out into the cosmos –
From its initial cosmic explosion, followed by evolving life, and then radiant spirit
All – moving steadily towards God –
Where, by the end of time, all of us will end up participating with God

Who is “Love”
Who is “Truth”
Who is “Justice”
Who is “Beauty.”

If you can do this, you’ll gain everything – and lose nothing –
Even if, by then, you’ll no longer have any personal identity or name –
Which won’t matter because, in your actions, you’ll have become part of God –
And God will recognize you and know your name – even if no one else does.

Jesus deeply understood this, and you can trust him about it –
That is, we need to love God the same way he did.

So, a loss of ego leading to enlightenment may be an important first step,
But, by itself, amounts to almost nothing
While acting in the world for God turns out to be the only thing
That’s actually truly meaningful!

SILLY, SUBLIME MAN

Diner Mystic left church behind,
But ended up coming back to sit with Jesus
Because, eventually, he came to understand Jesus
Was who they said he was –
A human being actually capable of “mirroring” God –
While living in a human/God duality.

Diner Mystic left the Church 40 years ago
And returned when he was able to say “Jesus Christ” –
Numbering himself among the others who are able to say this –
Including Mary Magdalene (the first), as well as the other Mary who Jesus taught spirituality,
His own mother Mary –
The women at the Cross –
His disciples –
And then, last but not least, Saul/Paul.

It took Diner Mystic a long time to arrive at this point –
And he apologizes for his tardiness –
But that was the path necessary for him “to say it real” –
He had to leave in order to come back –
He had to travel to the ends of the universe
To find his very own feet.

Silly, sublime man!

WHAT KIND OF “GOD” IS YOUR GOD?

Gods come and go –

Over time, Gods get born, become really scary, and then, ultimately, fade away,
And die.
Dead Gods are almost completely forgotten –
Because, as time passes, most people can’t even remember their names.

In a similar situation, one day, Saul/Paul decided to create a “new” God,
And name him “Jesus Christ” –
It was a good trick – to take a crushed man and turn him into “God” –
This happened because, in Paul’s view, the God being worshipped during that time
Was an angry, intolerant, and quickly-fading “tribal” God – with no “juice” –
Already on the way to becoming a dying God –
Paul wanted something “new” to put in the place of that older god –
Something never before seen.

Two millennia later, for their own reasons, American “Evangelicals”
Also decided to pick up that crushed man
And turn him into a “key” – to open the doors of partisan political power –
Yes, they made that once holy spiritual human being
Into a “thing” to beat up nonbelievers with –
A shibboleth to reject all “others” who refuse to say his name is “God.”

This “man\God,” in turn, has been “dying” down through the hallways of modern history –
Leaving behind infinite numbers of bibles and other contemporary “clay shards” –
Along with a religion that not many serious spiritual people still believe in –
That is, “Evangelical Christianity” –
Which is now being ignored by increasing numbers of young people.

Jesus, oh Jesus, Jesus
Why did Paul/Saul pick up your body
And make you into something you never were?

Why did Saul/Paul attempt to achieve semi-God status for himself
Through the creation of a “new” God?

Paul, the “God creator!”

What a subtle serious trick to play upon posterity!