reply to post by Astrocyte
I suppose that you could say that I am incorporating these ideas for A book, though probably not a book I would be trying to get published and then
reviewed in the New Yorker haha. These theories and such are going to be incorporated in music and art that I've been working on for some time, but
am interested in using this sort of forum for feedback. Before I reply to your post, I will say that I am not someone who has ever "believed in
God" with an upper-case 'G' (as in a creator-being that "watches" us and punishes those who do evil..) even when I was little and going to church
with friends' families and being around people who "spoke in tongues", I never felt like I needed to commit to any system of belief outside of what
I experienced. I've read about Buddhism and Hinduism off-and-on since middle-school and have always loved Greek-myths, but I am NOT trying to
preach, so much as question and reason..
I believe most of problems that come out of "religion" is the insistence on giving "answers" instead of asking questions. Notice how the FOUNDERS
of every religion do nothing BUT ask questions, whereas the FOLLOWERS want nothing more than to accept what SEEM to be the answers that were found by
Buddhism (in theory) is different in this way because the idea is to BECOME Buddha yourself, not idolize the historical Buddhas..
are Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Film, Art, and Music
I don't see religion there
The 8 subjects you listed are areas of inquiry for people: the stars; the laws of physicality; the laws of life;the laws of molecular reaction;
reflections upon ultimate meaning, knowledge, being etc; physical representation of expressive feeling (film); general artistic expression; artistic
expression in sound.
The way I see it, Religion is the same as Math and really a paradigm which presents itself as the ONLY pursuit to speaking "the language of the
universe" but in practice, is anything but that..
You may go to church to "feel the holy presence" but besides that, ALL of the communication is one-way from the preacher and there is no interest
taken to teaching EVERYONE to "speak with God" is there..? sure you too can become a preacher (usually only if you are of the right sex and
demeanor) but even then, what can you DO with it..
I am most-interested in the actual practicality of "communication with the universe" and not just re-naming known concepts or working-within already
established frameworks of thought.. hence "The Philosophy of Pattern" I believe best describes the system I am trying to assemble, whereas the more
esoteric and occult aspect of my system I term "Is-ism" but that is still beyond my abilities to explain..
When people sing, or when they express art, this is a usually abstract form of expression. Tacit in the art is a good will, but it isn't as
direct or forcibly felt as when you share a field with hundreds of different people, energized by a powerful spirit of goodwill, which btw
incorporates song and movement to tremendous spiritual effect.
I don't think that it is necessary to distinguish between Art and Music (and film etc) in a secular form, versus religious. sure, there is more of
probability that a church gathering will have a "positive energy" and (ideally) "goodwill" would be an element in each work..
I have found from my experience (and I really do try to give most things a chance.. I have attended Acquire The Fire which is a huge Christian concert
in Tacoma, WA..) that most SECULAR gatherings and shows are MUCH more potent than that of a religious organization BECAUSE there is more individuality
and diversity shown in the works, whereas a Christian event is much more likely to be a monoculture of Jesus-inspired works; making for a sorta
monotone and OBVIOUS common ground.. the magick is much more present when there is a subtle chaos and excitement in the crowd AND artists, instead of
an ideology that really CONTAINS the art, instead of enhance it..