Weeping Women, Georges Minne (1886-1941)
For the theists and deists among us, there are many names and faces for the Intelligence that guides our Universe. Some call it The ALL, the Great Mind; some call it the Dao, many call it the All-Father, some the Goddess or the God.
In my tradition, it is called The Web.
For me, this cosmology fits perfectly within not only my mundane worldview, but also with the construct of the Spirit world as I was taught; the Daemonic, the Gods and the other known and unknown Spirits that share our Universe.
Its name implies Its complexity. The Web is a universal Force Field of Thought, Intelligence and Self-Awareness.
It has no gender. It is pure Mind, continually manifesting, creating and expressing Itself.
It does not seek worship. It does not seek revenge.
It does not crave attention, for It finds total joy and contentment within Itself.
We, the created, serve as mini-manifestations of this Great Mind; each of us, a Strand on the Web; an Emanation of Divine Thought.
The Great Mind enjoys viewing Itself in all Its many forms. It creates and keeps creating forever in fulfillment of Its purpose; replication of the totality of Mind, the Purity of Existence and the Peaceful Exultation of Itself.
It neither requires nor requests outside acknowledgment.
Stone, stream, tree, bird, human, Spirit, Deity, flower, sun, star, blood, bone and ash; each thing, no matter how small, no matter how minute or seemingly unimportant, is a Strand on the Web.
As beings on this glittering cosmic Tapestry, we are each responsible for our own Strand. We are responsible for the movements we make upon it and the vibrations that our actions may make upon the Strands of others.
This is a conscious activity. This is being aware that your decisions and actions have consequences. However, these consequences are NOT punishment. They are not karma as defined in the milky neo-pagan sense nor are they castigations of a vengeful, narcissistic god in the monotheistic sense. They are not retribution for your wrongdoings or a pre-destined boomerang in the ass for your carelessness.
There is no divine retribution for evil. There isn’t some deity, sitting in the clouds, waiting to hit you with thunderbolts and torment you for all eternity in a lake of fire. That philosophy is a cowardly lie, meant to castrate the thoughtful and the independent of Will.
How much more compliant and receptive to illogical spiritual doctrine does one become when one fears fire and eternal punishment?
Individual gnosis, spiritual ascension and the solitary pursuit of Wisdom is apprehensively shoved aside while the majority of the yielding masses swallow the soul-stealing venom of the patriarchy and give up their individual power to the would-be ‘divinely appointed’ Kings and Gatekeepers of both earth and spirit.
In truth, the resulting consequences of the actions of each of us are nothing more than Strand vibrations. These vibrations are energetic ripples; like a pebble thrown into a pond, they morph out of the center, influencing and permeating the surrounding environment.
If you touch one corner of a spider’s web, the whole Web vibrates, some areas more than others. These movements on the Cosmic Web are called LIFE. This is not purely semantics. It is a Cosmology and one that can help or hinder our species, our Planet and our communal and individual spiritual advancement.
In a nutshell – Life Happens.
‘Bad’ things happen to good people. ‘Good’ things happen to bad people. In accordance with the Hermetic Principles of Rhythm and Polarity, the Pendulum continuously swings back and forth.
We are, every one of us, regardless of motive or intent, swinging on that Pendulum.
Some days, we are in valleys. Other days, we are on mountaintops.
The valleys are not punishment. They are Life.
The mountaintops are not reward. They are Life.
With that in mind, instead of monitoring our thoughts and actions out of fear, we should monitor our thoughts and actions out of the conscious awareness that we are not alone on the Web and that everything we do, everything we say, every bit of energy that we emanate and upon which we concentrate, influences and ‘trembles’ the Web.
This simple philosophy does away with forced, mandated morality. It places the welfare of the Universe squarely in my own hands.
I do not give away my responsibility to some egotistical, homicidal deity who must be worshipped and honoured or feels slighted and in a jealous rage, like a spurned lover, plagues me with fire and pitchforks.
I do what I can to keep my part of the Web whole. It is in my own self-interest to expand my consciousness, to become aware of other Living Beings and to treat All with respect.
I do not become a doormat, I do not acquiesce my intelligence or free will. I do not shudder in trepidation at what my eternity may hold.
By serving my own best interests in a wise and thoughtful manner, the interests of my fellow humans, the Spirits and other created Beings are equally served.
The Web cosmology also easily incorporates the shamanic philosophy of animism. If everything emanates from the Divine Mind, if everything is a Strand, a tiny tentacle reaching forth from the Body of the All, then everything that exists has a portion of the Divine Originator within.
Such is the system of panentheism¹ (brief definition given below).
Which world view or cosmology would you personally prefer? Which makes more sense? One where your actions are borne out of impending doom of judgment and annihilation or one where your choices are made carefully in accordance with Self-gnosis, spiritual ascension and mastery of Self?
I chose the latter. I chose Freedom, Ascension, Wisdom and the triumphant Joy of being an integral, ever-growing, ever-learning, ever-ascending Emanation of the All.
I am not a flawed Creation to be punished, but a Blyssful One.
So may it eternally Be.
Sources: ¹ http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/panentheism/
“Panentheism” is a constructed word composed of the English equivalents of the Greek terms “pan”, meaning all, “en”, meaning in, and “theism”, meaning God. Panentheism considers God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world.
It offers an increasingly popular alternative to both traditional theism and pantheism. Panentheism seeks to avoid either isolating God from the world as traditional theism often does or identifying God with the world as pantheism does.
Traditional theistic systems emphasize the difference between God and the world while panentheism stresses God’s active presence in the world.
Pantheism emphasizes God’s presence in the world but panentheism maintains the identity and significance of the non-divine.
While panentheism generally emphasizes God’s presence in the world without losing the distinct identity of either God or the world, specific forms of panenethism, drawing from a different sources, explain the nature of the relationship of God to the world in a variety of ways and come to different conclusions about the significance of the world for the identity of God”.
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