reply to post by BlueMule
Well now, I'm just going to let this reply slide as my final reply... hopefully you haven't edited your own again by the time I post this, as I want
my reply to correspond to yours, ha ha.
You bring up some very good points, but I think you confuse a few issues. I'm going to start with the second half of your post, because I think my
response will make more sense this way.
When you say that the mystic does not control how the divine appears to him, I think you are wrong.
While it is true that many mystical emanations appear in various masks across the planet, like the goddess Inanna (Ishtar; Astarte; Qedesh; Ashtoreth)
they do not all do this.
The Mystical Christ is a unique spiritual being now, evolved away from and beyond those mystical images it stole its identity from: Dumuzi, Osiris,
Baal, Teshub, Attis, Adonis, Dionysus, Mithra, and so on.
If the mystic receives a vision of Christ, or a vision of Dumuzi (as mine was) it is very relevant that the mystic explore why that particular entity
came to them.
Consider, as evidence, that Christ's teachings on "a single way to Heaven" do not correlate with Dumuzi's teachings concerning union with the
divine feminine, and balancing work and duty as the road to paradise. How can you correlate these two, without saying one must have been wrong?
There is not only one God. The faces of the divine are truly many.
As such, it does fall on the mystic to "assimilate, transcend, consecrate, repair, interpret, and connect their heart and mind to the collective
unconscious." This can only be done by understanding who, or what, the mystic is really in contact with. The practices of comparative mythology and
religion greatly open the door for the mystic in this avenue, which is why I was so eager to ask you about your own studies there.
Knowing that Christ and His followers are responsible for the deaths of thousands of mystics and their mystical traditions, and for the corruption of
a host of metaphysical concepts and constructs... doesn't it fall on you, the mystic in contact with Christ, to "assimilate, transcend, consecrate,
and repair" this?
When Christ says the only way to Heaven is through him; you know this to be wrong, as every mystical and metaphysical system offers a way to Heaven.
Why do you not feel it is your responsibility to correct this mistake?
Concerning ethics and the metaphysical... why do you think a conscience is not an element of the metaphysical?
I know that you approach Christianity from a Taoist perspective, which is interesting, but let me ask you this:
Would you allow a man to kill 6 billion people because he did not like how they acted? Why then would you allow a god to do the same thing?
Would you allow a man to keep 6 billion people from entering a country because they don't believe in him? Why then would you allow a god to do the
If your answer was that you would say the spiritual transcends our "morals," that God, or the gods, can do whatever they want because they are
somehow more than us, then I could only say this: you are more Christian than you are mystic.
And that disheartens me.
~ Wandering Scribe