Judging Righteously

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Human beings participate in judging every day. We have to make all sorts of judgments in order to live our lives in ways that are appropriate for ourselves and the social order. But where do we cross the line with our judging, extending this ability beyond it’s rightful bounds? Preston Harold continues to tell us this is a “big picture” issue:

The need to suffer could reflect failure to learn from experience, or failure to experience and thus to learn. This poses the necessity to teach and to learn, to experience in childhood punishment for failure to abide by nature’s laws and man’s laws because in childhood punishment can be mild. The degree, the kind, the measure of power exerted by a man and exerted upon him, particularly in childhood, makes the difference. And if “with the same measure ye mete,” it shall be meted out to you, a man who has abused the innocent, either deliberately, or through omission of his duty, or involuntarily, cannot suffer the exact same measure himself until he himself is innocent and this cannot be until he is in a new expression of conscious embodiment. Jesus said:

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.

And yes, here we have a nod to the necessity for reincarnation for true justice to work itself out. Continuing on…

Under life’s law man’s violence is expended from generation to generation – the organization of psychic energy is negotiable, and so is the disorganization or psychic random element. Each life is a totally new expression and endeavor. Each person is born innocent of what he has done and innocent of what he will do. Jesus said:

Judge not, that you may not be judged yourselves…

All men must experience all – in kind, somehow, somewhere, on some level – before life can fulfill to the last iota the law of empathy under which, without compulsion, harmony exists.

In our next installment we will look at how this law of empathy goes about working itself out. Until then, peace.

Moses and Khidr

Continuing from our last post, we now go into the psychic parallels which arise from the science of light. Preston Harold continues…

Thus, in psychic parallel, one might say that as a person comes into each life experience, the measure of good and evil he must or can expend is determined by the measure of the opposing frequencies associated in his ego-group, and there is one measure in him that can act as (+) or (-), to give or to receive, and it terminates each action, providing also the boundary to his life-experience when his capacity to exert constructive and destructive force is both fulfilled – that is, both expended and received to the precise extent premeasured for this only life experience. How he fulfills this measure is a variable, but with each move some of both forces is expended and received – the man is “salted”: he gains a measure of immunity to evil-doing because the sum of his memory-images, and thus his capacity to act and react to any stimuli or the suggestion of it, is altered and his empathy turns him out of certain paths, into others.

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Most of the time it is difficult for us to see the reason or sense in any evil. We usually equate all evil to be of the same measure; to transgress one part of the law is to transgress the whole. But the wise among us are able to see so-called evils in a larger, wider context as is illustrated in the legend of Moses and Khidr:

That a creative process is involved in much that appears on the surface to be purely evil is projected in the legend of Moses and Khidr which Dr. von Franz presents in discussing the aspect of the unconscious that Jung called the “shadow.” She says:

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The ethical difficulties that arise when one meets one’s shadow are well described in the 18th Book of the Koran. In this tale Moses meets Khidr (“the Green One” or “first angel of God”) in the desert. They wander along together, and Khidr expresses his fear that Moses will not be able to witness his deeds without indignation. If Moses cannot bear with him and trust him, Khidr will have to leave. Presently Khidr scuttles a fishing boat of some poor villagers. Then, before Moses’ eyes, he kills a handsome young man, and finally he restores the fallen wall of a city of unbelievers. Moses cannot help expressing his indignation, and so Khidr has to leave him. Before his departure, however, he explains the reasons for his actions: By scuttling the boat he actually saved it for its owners because pirates were on their way to steal it. As it is, the fishermen can salvage it. The handsome young man was on his way to commit a crime…By restoring the wall, two pious young men were saved from ruin because their treasure was buried under it. Moses, who had been so morally indignant saw now (too late) that his judgement had been too hasty….Looking at this story naively, one might assume that Khidr is the lawless, capricious, evil shadow of pious, law-abiding Moses. But this is not the case. Khidr is much more the personification of some secret creative actions of the Godhead. 

The legend would seem to say that one is short-sighted when he turns his back on humankind or God because he cannot reconcile within his concept of morality life’s apparently witless, useless evil.

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin

In this sense one recalls the Book of Job, one of humanity’s oldest book asking one of humanity’s most important questions: why do we suffer? Good and evil can certainly be relative when the big picture is seen. This is why Jesus tells us not to judge. It is with this thought in mind that we continue on to our next installment. Until then, peace.

Evil’s Quota

In order for love to thrive in its fullness, it must travel a difficult road:

By his presence a man creates a situation: poses the possibility of exerting or receiving the force of destructive or constructive potential. Is this an accidental creation? This question is not to project that the helpless victim of disaster or crime and his grieving relatives must suffer because of like suffering imposed upon another, somehow, somewhere, sometime. Rather it is to say that man’s quota of violent, destructive potential must be expended before Love can complete itself, can complete him. This quota is the same for every person, for he is no more, no less, than one and can but contain its measure, expend this measure, receive this measure. What then, is one’s measure of good, evil – the two major influences or ideas pervading the consciousness of man, causing him to express the energy of both?

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Good and evil cards on a gold scale.

Both positive and negative forces pervade this world. Both are necessary for life’s manifestation. It is here that we constantly fool ourselves, thinking that we must do all we can to destroy or overcome evil. But Jesus tells us not to pull up tares, because in so doing we will pull up the good wheat with them. Both must grow together until the harvest which will be the appropriate time for separation. There is obvious moral evil we should stand up against and do our best to overcome, but we fool ourselves if we think we can in someway rid the world of all evil. If we do so we rid the world of ourselves! So what is the balance between good and evil, positive and negative that is necessary for life’s manifestation.

In the physicists’ wave theory, one finds a division of energy in the frequencies associated in a light wave-group which moves like a particle localized somewhere within the area of the storm of space. A boundary to the wave-group “is provided by interference of waves of slightly different length, so that while reinforcing one another at the center they cancel one another at the boundary.” As example, in the light wave theory one finds, roughly speaking, that 1001 of the shorter, interfering, limiting waves of a wave-group occupy the same distance as 1000 of the longer waves. The numbers in themselves have no significance…274 and 273 (would work), for example. For the sake of simplicity it may be said that one frequency has a measure more in count than the other. The two frequencies are equally essential to bear light energy.

Although the frequencies are not equal, they occupy the same distance, are equal to each other in the sense that they are equal to sharing the same “house,” the wave-group that acts like a particle. To call one of the frequencies good and the other evil is pointless. Most important is their difference that allows for interaction to provide a boundary for the wave-group’s action; the one measure of difference may be seen as more: (+), good, or as less: (-), evil, or vice versa, depending on how one views the situation.

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Could we think of the wheat and the tares as the different length light waves? If so, then Jesus saw both as needed to bear light energy. No wonder he told his disciples to let the “field” be, and no wonder Preston Harold claims that it’s pointless to invoke good and evil as descriptors! Could the boundary at which they cancel one another out be the harvest Jesus spoke of? Both wavelengths are necessary to create this boundary! In our next post we will explore more of the psychic parallels of this science of light. Until then, peace…

Noogenesis and the Psychic Law

In this study, the second law of thermodynamics is seen to parallel the psychic law Jesus spoke of, saying that it must be fulfilled to the last iota, that it is far easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for this law to fail.

To suggest that something in man, or in consciousness, parallels entropy’s increasing measure will, no doubt, appear fantastic to many scientists – yet, a great scientist, Teilhard de Chardin, writes:

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…there is in progress, within us and around us, a continual heightening of consciousness in the Universe. For a century and a half the science of psychics, preoccupied with analytical researches, was dominated by the idea of the dissipation of energy and the disintegration of matter. Being now called upon by biology to consider the effects of synthesis, it is beginning to perceive that, parallel with the phenomenon of corpuscular disintegration, the Universe historically displays a second process as generalized and fundamental as the first: I mean that of the gradual concentration of its physic-chemical elements in a nuclei of increasing complexity, each succeeding stage of material concentration and differentiation being accompanied by a more advanced form of spontaneity and spiritual energy. The outflowing flood of Entropy equaled and offset by the rising tide of a Noogenesis!

So what is Noogenesis? Noogenesis is concept expounded by the French paleontologist/Jesuit Priest Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard saw Noogenesis as the psychic counterweight to Entropy; it is the beginning of conscious, reflective thought, something in all of creation which only human beings are capable of. With Noogenesis eventually comes the creation of a new atmosphere of thought, the Noosphere. The continued linking and merger of human thought via human socialization is Noogenesis. For Teilhard, the same attracting force that brought material creation into existence now exerts that force in the psychic network that will ultimately lead to a universal human community bonded by love. This is especially propelled forward by the expanding awareness of the suffering and diminishment of ourselves and others, which can also be seen as the growth and enlargement of empathy. This will be a “second coming” of Christ and for Teilhard it is the goal to which all evolution is leading.

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Preston Harold continues…

Again, this study proposes empathy to be the psychic measure which constantly increases, which may be arrested under certain conditions, but which can never decrease or be “undone.” Omar Khayyam, “who stitched the tents of science,” spoke poetically of a psychic parallel to that which is irreversible. Is it empathy which is written? – when:

The moving Finger writes; and having writ,

Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,

Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

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There has been a constant increase in human understanding. This cannot be spelled out on paper any more than entropy’s measure can be written out in decimal figures, but empathy must be calculated in dealing with men in society – for example, efforts to abolish racial discrimination bespeak it. The increase in empathy reflects, no doubt, the increase of disorder, psychic and public, born of man’s social striving, but by its very nature empathy is redemptive: it is knowing with the whole being the truth of the whole situation.

Sometimes it seems to me this can’t be true. Has there been an increase in human understanding? What about all the racism, sex trafficking, and other social ills that still overrun our society and are part of the “Domination System” so expertly expounded on by the late Walter Wink? Human beings will continue to be human beings, right? But then it seems to me that with recent major public awarenesses of injustice, especially the past few months in the United States of police overreach, that a light is being shined in dark places. “Deep cleaning” is never a pretty undertaking, and that goes for both sides of the coin. Maybe, just maybe, we are in the beginning throes of starting to “know with the whole being the truth of the whole situation.” May it be so. Until next time, peace.

What Is Random?

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Preston Harold sets us up for his next section of chapter 6 by asking a major question, which needs to be qualified before it can be answered:

A question may now be posed: is man somehow psychically involved in a parallel operation to nature’s supreme law? Before this question can be answered, it is pertinent to note that…absolute vacuum has not yet been achieved. Nor has absolute zero temperature been achieved – note that Jesus’ words pointing to the increasing disorder as love grows “cold” (Matt. 24:12) are congruent with scientists’ finding that the lower the temperature the greater the disorder. Nor has absolute power ever been exerted: operation of the second law of thermodynamics opposes. Not even the word, random, is absolute in it’s meaning, it takes a strange turn – by definition, random means haphazard course of progress, without definite aim, direction, rule, or method, but biologically speaking, “as if” enters the picture: “Made as if at random but controlled so as to bring together certain individuals or classes, or to make representative.” (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

So randomness is hidden within a greater purpose that we cannot immediately perceive; something that seems not to make sense to us with limited vision may be working toward a greater whole if we choose to take in the long view.

A funny story about randomness…

Back in the early ‘90s a friend of mine was telling me about his latest shopping expedition to find a new CD player. He was specifically looking for a 5 or 6 disc changer that would either play the CDs in order one after the other or would “shuffle” the discs, playing discs and the songs on them randomly until all the songs on all the discs had been played. He told me, “Yeah, the sales guy said that over time when you choose the shuffle option that the disc player becomes less random.” I asked him how that was possible. He said it must have had something to do with the way the changer was programmed. I told my friend that it didn’t matter in what order the disc player played the songs, that once that “random” option was chosen the order in which the songs were played WAS totally random, even if the player began at the first song on the first disc and played every song on it in the original sequence and then through each subsequent disc’s original sequence through to the last song of the final disc. My friend thought about it for a second, chuckled, and said, “You’re totally right!” He shook his head and couldn’t believe the sales guy unknowingly played him so well. The lesson is that once we invoke the word “random,” even perfect order is a consequence of the randomness we invoke. Ahhh, the power of words!

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Preston Harold claims if we take a step back, we will see that there is a hidden order behind the randomness we perceive. Until next time, peace.

Time Maps: Part III

Finishing up our “Time Maps” installments, we continue with how the words of Jesus interpret the time maps Preston Harold has drawn for us.

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, [Jesus] answered them and said the kingdom of God comes not with observation, nor will people say “Here it is!” or “There it is!” because the kingdom of God is in your midst. –Luke 17:20-21

Consciousness in man is attached to a material body and thus consciousness can take him only into a concept of absolute future. But man’s kingdom, the unconscious domain, is located “absolutely elsewhere” in relation to consciousness’ space-time frame; thus he does not have to “go” anywhere to enter this kingdom here-now within him, and thus he is with God and all things are possible to him: he is constantly passing through the “eye of a needle,” through the now, which is absolute unto himself only, for there “is no absolute Now, but only the various relative Nows differing according to the reckoning of different observers…”

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No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father has declared Him.

–John 1:18

Eddington calls “Absolute Elsewhere” the neutral zone. God being the only “Absolute Esewhere” man can conceive of makes of Him a neutral event man cannot observe because he is taking place through and within God being – just as a child is taking place through a woman “with child” and the embryo cannot observe her as an event or form, and she cannot intervene in the natural process that causes him to be brought forth through her body and being. In this process, man becomes an event in himself, a biological event, his flesh antientropic although the random element is increased with every move he makes, pointing time’s arrow for consciousness as the unconscious calculates the hour.

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Here we encounter a concept that can revolutionize the way we see the world: that humankind, each person, is an event, a verb. Not a noun, a dead product of thought, a mere “thing,” but a process, an activity, a living movement. And if humans are created in the image of God, then God must be a verb as well.

In our next post we will look a bit closer at what the word “random” might really mean. Until then, peace.

Time Maps: Part II

Preston Harold now describes his time diagrams from the standpoint of Jesus’ words. He gives us a brief introduction:

The diagrams are not to be taken as more than a token – a token idea is all that can be given. Therefore, if an ancient’s pure thought grasped the truth of time in all it’s complexity, his revelation of it must bespeak such as is beyond man’s comprehension in its entirety; and since time is so involved with space and with a body traveling through space, the ancient’s statement could not at first glance appear to be related directly to the mystery of time.

Once again, Harold reminds us that the ancients didn’t have modern scientific concepts on to which to build their revelations. Poetry was their means of transmission. Now, onto the main event…

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God…With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” –Mark 10:25

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Look now at Figure 2. It shows, poetically speaking, that “I, myself” am being drawn through the “eye of a needle” – and when the drawings are understood, it would appear that it is more difficult for “me” to enter “Absolute Elsewhere” which the “eye of the needle” involves (see Figure 4) than it is for a camel to go through a tiny hole.

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Consider that if a man possesses the kingdom of God within him, he is rich – and as Jesus depicts true wealth, He, Himself, is rich indeed. Thus, His words must pertain to “how I locate events in my frame” as He presents in words a form that looks like a “circle,” the eye of a needle, which it is possible for “a rich man” to be drawn through, if God draws him, and by a force which is “heaven knows what” – time.

Please also note in Harold’s diagrams that the symbol in the middle of the circle for the “Here-Now” experience is a cross.

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Harold continues…

“Absolute Elsewhere” provides “room” for the concept of the unconscious, for an eternal abode of the Father who alone knows the secret of time, and who in relation to the possibility of man’s seeing Him must be absolutely elsewhere – thus, all one can see of Him is to be seen in God-consciousness in man’s here-now being.

One here is reminded of last verse of the Prologue to the Gospel of John – “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart who has made Him known.” John 1:18

Jesus’ strange word-picture suggests a large mass being drawn through a tiny opening – by means of this contradiction, He indicates poetically that the actual mass of matter is no more than a speck in comparison to what it appears to be. Scientists now confirm this.

And who knew that Jesus taught at light speed?!

Eddington says, “As the speed of matter approaches the speed of light its mass increases to infinity, and therefore it is impossible to make matter travel faster than light.” Jesus made Himself a symbol of light, He poetically “sets the pace” at which a material body may travel: He was called “teacher” and “Lord” – thus, when He says that the scholar is not above his teacher nor the servant above his lord, enough that they fare alike, He restricts the pace to His own, light’s speed.

Move over Millenium Falcon, Jesus is in the passing lane! We’ll finish up our “time maps” installments in the next post. Until then, peace.

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