“In the immense cathedral which is the universe of God, every person, whether scholar or manual laborer, is called to act as the priest of his or her whole life—to take all that is human, and to turn it into an offering and a hymn of glory.”
In times of turmoil and turbulence it is common for individuals and society as a whole to look for savior figures. The saviors in the public sphere are most often recruited from the political and entertainment realms creating celebrity politicians and marketing actors as pseudo-philosophers who can save the world.
Wealthy actors appear on the television calling upon the public to pick the right candidate, always the candidate they support or who they have the most financial interest in. Politicians are marketed as heaven or hell, with nothing in between. Comedians have now become newscasters with the viewing public not even realizing the irony. Within this hurricane of delusional disinformation, individuals are looking for answers from politicians, actors and comedians; everywhere but in the mirror.
This also occurs within the spiritual and occult subcultures where individuals create cults of personality around charismatic individuals claiming to possess secret “magical” information. Occult groups also function as pseudo-political social justice enforcers using character assassination against anyone or anything they deem “dangerous” or “fascist” rather than allowing individuals to judge information or individuals for themselves. The occult subcultures even use the field of Ufology as a savior paradigm creating fantastical worlds peopled with aliens visiting the Earth from star systems bringing powerful esoteric transmissions as manna from the heavens.
Rather than looking for answers from politicians, actors or comedians, look inside of yourself and transform you entire life into a sacred act of self-expression. This is not a popular idea as this requires unrelenting hard work and sobering self-examination. The results of personal responsibility are not seen overnight or sometimes in a year, or two for that matter.
To take the human form and human life and transform it into an alchemical vessel is the basis of all systems of martial arts and Eastern esoteric traditions. Instead of attempting to worship comedian Russell Brand as a New Age savior, turn off the television and social media and read a book which challenges your psychological status quo and take a run or hike on a forest trail away from artificial light and sound pollution. Take all of the time spent arguing online for your favorite politician or comedian and take a philosophy class or martial arts class.
Rather than spend each day reinforcing your status quo, spend some time each day challenging your fears and egoic paranoia. Our daily activities literally program our nervous systems; you will become what you do most often; you will become what you watch and listen to most often.
Become a priest of your own life, turn your daily thoughts, emotions and ideas into sacraments which can allow you to create sacred time and sacred space within your life regardless of exterior circumstances or regardless of the political flavor of the month. Take what is human and make it sacred rather than looking for the government or an occult master to be your savior.
The open secret which Eastern systems have taught since time immemorial hold more true today than even before – as echoed in the words of Nisargadatta:
“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy……
Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self-Realization. You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened—at the moment you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling. There is only one mistake you are making; you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion and no new explosion will set it right! You have to think yourself out of it. There is no other way.”
Featured photo by Pier Ruaro – prayer beads resting on Entering the Desert: Pilgrimage to the Hinterlands of the Soul (Anathema Publishing, 2016)