Absolutely Human

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Moving our focus away from God and over to humans, how is The Absolute expressed within our being?   If we are created in the image of God, we must declare this absoluteness to some extent.

Man in image and likeness of God, a priori, is now a power absolute unto himself only, but in terms of one, “I,” enfolding a measure of ALL, or unity. Man’s unconscious, not manifest in life, is seat of the Father living in his being to which he returns in death and through which he is returned to life. But the Father living in man’s being does not mean that the sum of mankind spells God. Creation itself, all manifestation as well as all unmanifest, is needed to spell God.

In other words, although man is the measure all things, mankind alone does not spell the fullness of God. It takes all of creation in addition to all that is unmanifest in creation to approach what we define as God. This is all well and good, but what about the image of our absoluteness which is our God-inheritance? Harold continues…

But man is made of all the powers of God, and because the Absolute, God, a priori, destroyed Himself-as-Absolute in giving of His life to man after He had brought forth His creation, man inherits a tendency toward self-destruction. This is to say, he expresses the need to exercise and know this God-power. Although he clings to life fiercely, the instinct to survive is by no means unopposed in him. Day after day he shows himself willing to risk death for reasons great and small. The suicide rate speaks for itself. Death is the absolute man expresses, but something within tells him that he cannot express death absolutely because life persists on the other side of this veil.

Because part of the absolute power of which man was made is evil, man must express his evil, even as God has expressed His evil so that only good, the constructive potential, remains in His being. But man cannot express the whole of his destructive potential in one act because this would be an absolute expression of power, entailing the absolute destruction of the manifest energy which he is. Evil-doing is now the limited aspect of absolute power man expresses. This is to say, he cannot express evil absolutely, finally, and thus destroy it – in parable, Jesus tells him this (Luke 11: 24-26). It would appear, then, that man must reconcile, recast, or regenerate his evil into something of value in life, laying down evil’s destructive potential a measure at a time in each of the many lives he lives.

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And thus the need for reincarnation. In our next post, we will step aside from the Shining Stranger to inquire into what might happen to us between death and a new birth. Or as Preston Harold says above, when we fully enter into our “unconscious…the seat of the Father living in our being to which we return in death and through which we are returned to life.” Until then, peace.

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