In 2014, JP worked with a small local publisher to put out his debut novel, a semi-autobiographical tale called “Birding in the Face of Terror.” Let’s just say that no part of the publishing process went as planned, and by late 2016 their relationship had ended, their contract was voided, and JP’s urge to publish was crushed.
This is the story of a God-seeking peasant who is unable to find peace through the authoritative religion of his people. He is called on a journey that stretches his faith beyond its limits and breaks every bone of truth in his body, eventually teaching him that what he seeks has been seeking him. HeContinue reading “The Peasant and the King”
All religions are discussions amongst frogs in various wells about this mythic place of limitless water called the Ocean.
Any apparent progress along a spectrum of linear time is like the counting of elements in any finite set: it implies the choice of parameters by an observer. These parameters form the beginning and end of a segment of an immanent infinity that is itself without beginning or end. Without the perspective of finite parameters established for the purpose of measurement, there is no “first moment in time,” just as there is no first number.
All numbers have a dual nature: they are what they are, and they are part of a greater whole. Each number is a unique state of numerality, contingent upon the whole for its existence and relative value. It is distinct but also interconnected with all numbers, woven seamlessly within the fabric of Number itself.
Posit any two numbers, no matter how relatively close in proximity on any practical spectrum of measurement, and you can use runaway decimal place explosion to create another transcendent infinity, each with its own infinite set of infinities within.
Spiritual literature doesn’t derive its potency from logic or reason or historical accuracy or scientific veracity. It is powered by personal authenticity. It creates an alchemical blend of fact and fantasy to activate that gnostic engine of Self-remembrance, access deeper levels of our consciousness than we generally see and utilize in a world demanding sharp sensory attentiveness, and achieve the harmonic convergence of heart and brain that only the individual soul can feel and know has occurred.
To truly follow any mental activity to its source is to uncover the strands of a structure that, like Indra’s Net, lead in all directions at once. This structure is not something apart from the atomistic universe; it is this exact physical space, but perceived with something like an existential sideways glance, as a limitless relational matrix containing the connectivity of all atoms.
Pantheism presents the universe as a ubiquity of both matter and mind. There is no separating one from the other, because they are two distinct ways of looking at the same thing, like the noun “dancer” and the verb “dance.”
Pantheism as a genuine wisdom path and faith alternative is emerging before our eyes as it matures and grows in both visibility and viability. As such, the idea that one can identify with a pantheism that is clearly distinct from both thesis and antithesis is a novel proposition that even pantheists are slow to embrace.