POETS: ARTISTS OF THE SPIRIT

Poets used to write primarily for God
Or about the kinds of people who take long and dangerous trips in search of God.

Their tools were images and symbols that could “light up the truth” –
Truth that uninspired reason, by itself, wasn’t able to touch – much less attain.

I believe poets are ready to return to these artistic/spiritual roots –

Pouring out light into our contemporary darkness,
Displaying literary compassion to sustain people through their Trumpian confusion –
Along with uncovering intimations of a God hidden in plain sight
Behind all the materialism now drenching our greed-stunned world.

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LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT

Let’s get this straight:
God is not some kind of “super-human” who runs the universe –
God’s essential nature is one of “spirit” – such as “love” or “truth.”
Whoever experiences this, experiences “God”

So, the paramount goal is not to get into some place called “Heaven”
The goal – for each of us – spiritually –
Is to become love – become truth.

If this ends up as our reality – at least from time to time –
Then, when meeting other people, you’ll still be largely ignored,
But, subconsciously, they might intuit they’ve encountered something “Holy”
And that would be true –
And that would be you

So long as you remember
Never to take credit for it.

THIS IS WHAT GOD IS REALLY LIKE

Sunday morning church is like a plate of sugar cookies –
Everyone chooses, eats one,
And is satisfied,
Since the cookie is their ego “self”
And it is good.

Church – a conventional
Once a week kind of thing.

But the God we’re supposed to meet – is wild –
Loving perhaps –
But definitely,
Dangerous.

Actually, you’d have to be insanely sane
To love God as much as you really could.

God’s wonderful joy and peace
May only be found through complete spiritual freedom.

When we discover this truth:
Nothing will seem safe anymore –
Except the holy spirit – grounded, as it is, in love, truth, justice, and beauty.

Afterwards:

We won’t meet a single person
Or experience anything at all
Without total astonishment!

This is what God is really like.

GOD IS SPIRIT

People imagine a cartoon God
Because, too much of their time, they are living cartoon lives.

If true reality ever touched them
They might simply disappear.

Historically, it was easier to believe in a cartoon god
As a “drum major” for cartoon selves – that is, for our “egos”–
Rather than engage in an earnest search for a “real” God.

Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed all taught God was “spirit,”
And, given that a “true self” also is spirit –
And in the same sense –
There always existed a possibility of ecstatic “marriage” between the two.

If we believe God is a material God acting in a material world –
Then that is a complete misunderstanding of who God is – and what the world is.

Instead, God is “love,”
And that’s how we meet God – in love relationships.

God is “truth,”
Another good way to meet God – when we have the courage to tell the truth.

God is “justice” –
We encounter God each time we take a just action.

Finally, God is “beauty” –
So appreciating the beauty in our lives is another excellent way to experience God.

God, and our relationship to God, really, have nothing to do with “egos”
Or materialistic searches for “wealth,” “power,” or “notoriety” –

Instead, God is spirit and only spirit –

And that’s what the “true self” is too.

LITTLE ONE

Almost seven and one-half billion people are waiting for you
Little one –
Humanity’s morning star.

Are you, even now, a small child now running around in the grass and trees
Of Brazil, Argentina, or Peru –
Thinking about God
In your pure child’s mind?

As “the purest girl in the world”
You’ll be able to see reality – in other words, “God” –
You’ll “taste” love; hear the truth; and smell justice with your little nose –
Everything will come easy for your quicksilver mind
And no one will pass you on the street without noticing your intense beauty –
Your parents already aware of what a treasure you are.

Little one, we don’t ask too much –
Just tell us what God looks like through your clear eyes
And what God is whispering in your secret dreams.

You’ll have the confidence of the angels surrounding God’s throne
And be “born again” an infinite numbers of times – even as a child –
As many births as the number of stars in the sky twinkling in your dark hair –
Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed will all be in awe of you
Since you’ll embody Love, Truth, Justice, and Beauty –
A young South American woman as a true reflection of God.

Yes, God will soon send us “the purest-hearted girl in the world” –
To be the true Avatar for our age –
And who’ll explain everything to us,
Including how to get back to “Eden” – back before we developed egos –
Where it all began –
Back when we were still our “true selves.”

TRUTH

The truth we’ve been searching for appears just over the horizon –
But, even though we’ve been traveling a long time,
We never seem to get there.

On the other hand, since the truth we’ve already attained
Is like daylight – we usually take it for granted –
Forgetting the previous night’s total darkness.

Truth is beautiful!
And gets more so, the closer we get –
The very approach is thrilling –
Whether as science, art, or attribute of God.

Once a person starts down this path
It’s almost impossible to stop.

Searching for truth is like reaching our hands and hearts out to God –
A goal one might sacrifice one’s “self” for –
Because, with both God and truth, dying to the “self” leads to direct access.

Reputation, wealth, and notoriety,
Mean next to nothing when truth’s come closer –
The best part, however, is that we’ll never reach any “final” possession –
Because there’s always more truth beyond what we’re, presently, able to attain.

So, truth, like God, is usually just barely out of reach –
No matter how avidly we’ve been following its light.

TRUTH

One’s approach to truth shouldn’t be too narrow,
Because, eventually, when it does open up, it’s always broader, deeper, and reaches farther
Than one first thought possible.

At first, truth opens up inside a single mind,
Like a first spring blossom,
But then, unable to be contained there,
Explodes out into God’s universal mind.

The truth can’t be hidden – even kept secret for long –
Because as soon as it arrives, it’s like the sun –
When first light arrives – you’re able to see everything.

It’s also like a giant train arriving at a station –
When it’s here, it’s undeniable –
People get on if they need to get somewhere.

The truth is a gleaming arrow shot by God
Through an ancient heart of darkness –
That, when it’s “killed” by truth –
Stays dead forever.

Many men and women love the truth so much
They sacrifice their entire lives searching for it –

Those who do worship truth, are worshipping God at the same time –
Usually, without knowing it.

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.

TENTATIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH REALITY

Everything – living and nonliving –
Shares, in some way, with God –
Even our sleepy selves.

But this effect tends to disappear
As soon as we experience it –
Yet is the reason it seems so beautiful!

Life appears to be, and is, exquisite
When we experience it slipping through our fingers –

We try our best to hold onto it –
But are able to capture only a few images
In memory or
Imagination.

As we mature, we come to believe
That the mind is “real” –
But this is a lie.

When we dive down into our personal ocean of unreality
Even kisses are only ideas
As we repeatedly lose ourselves in all the infinite dimensions
Of no dimension.

The truth is –

God, and the true self,
May be encountered, only tentatively,
One individual, and one moment,
At a time.

WHAT IS “GOD”?

When someone says:

“I love God with all my heart, soul, mind and spirit” –

What “God” is being talking about here?

The God that I mean is not some ancient shibboleth
Or “Big Old Man in the Sky” –
And, certainly not, the puppet God worshipped in too many churches today.

My God is “the Best” – that is, the best that human beings have ever been able to conceive.

For example, for me, this would include:

“Love” coming to life in all its most beautiful manifestations –

“Truth” that’s continually opening up – ever clearer and finer –

“Justice” as “ultimate fairness” – which naturally exists, and

“Beauty” which makes life feel like a “celebration” is about to happen!

What do you think constitutes the “Best”? Or, perhaps even, the “Very Best”?
Tell me, and I’ll be happy to say that what you just said
Is closely-related to, or even a part of, “God.”

It’s that simple, isn’t it?

If you argue “the Best” no longer exists –
Like much Western culture currently treats the word “God” –
Then what has happened is only that you’ve tricked yourself out of yourself.

Actually, “the Best” does exist –
And, traditionally, and rightly, we call it “God.”

When I say “Love” is God – or “God” is Love –
Do you really dare reply that it’s not?