OLD LANDMARKS AND IDENTITY
years ago, believing I had left the hallowed halls of theology forever to explore
the loftier towers of metaphysics, I wrote a long paper on Identity. It was a
hundred pages of theological and metaphysical discussion that few, if any-including
myself-fully understood. Then, years later, nineteen years ago, after many Glimpses
of new light, many Gordian Knots untied, retied, and untied again, I wrote of
my most "absolute" discoveries and of the subjective views they permitted. That
book had but a single chapter on Identity.
Today, having found that one
does not leave old landmarks but takes their wisdom with him to continually resurvey
a single Scene from ever higher perspectives, I write once more of Identity--whzt
it is, where it is, what it does, how I found it and what I learned to do with
it when it was truely found.
Now I speak of Identity
in a single word--Child. What I did to find Myself can be written in a simple,
old/new equation. While it isn't certain how many will find the word or understand
the equation, it is important that these things be written, clearly and simply,
so they will be meaningful to those who are searching.
MAN TODAY AND THE RIVER OF LIFE
Present civilization and
its organizations (religious, philosophical, educational, scientific, financial)
are like the great bend in the river of life just before the shallows ahead-just
before the unsuspected turbulence of subjectivism when life roars through the
narrow passages. Historic education-religious education in particular-has paid
little attention to its prophets. It has deemed subjectivism too unsettling and
difficult to teach. Our temptation is to hang on to the old ways where few demands
are made and the familiar pacifies us. But the River of Life is moving relentlessly
in growing, ongoing information, and the River of Life includes the
rapids of metaphysical subjectivism whether churchdom and science want to
examine it and tell of it or not. As content as we might be in our religious views-or
in avoiding spiritual matters altogether as so many do-the end of the quiet time
looms for everyone. We are approaching a New View of things. The world is already
caught in the swift flow of quantum information leading to new knowledge and strange,
For the new perspectives being thrust upon
us, neither the objective studies of religion nor the subjective studies
of metaphysics, as they are presented today, will be adequate. The tumult
we are already facing insists that mankind, if he is to survive, begin to think
in a new way. Humanity, with its physical sciences leading, is soon to confirm
the insubstantial nature of matter and time.
Even beyond the turbulence of
subjectivism, there are sticking places where physical scientists and metaphysicians
are loitering along the banks, wading in the shallows of arrogance and self-superiority.
In this world of appearances, metaphysicians wax, wane and suffer no less than
anyone else and, in the end, they find their brands of subjectivism inadequately
meeting their own needs, much less the needs of the world. Caught in the sterile
void of "absoluteness," the suffering subjectivist faces an awful anguish and
wonders why his metaphysics does not work as it did in the beginning, why his
organizations languish and why there are no more answers now than a hundred years
ago. This book is for the metaphysician, the physicist and astronomer who want
more Light- and the answers to those questions.
I wrote of the chemical insanity that would smash the world-and it did. Now I
speak of a new madness in the name of pseudo-metaphysics to shake the world, wherein
much of mankind will find its faith in everything shattered, unable to
find God's good in anything, anywhere, outside himself. Completely unaware
of it, the bastions of legitimate subjectivism face an attack from every
quarter by an insecure and threatened "religion," in the NAME of religion which
isn't working either. The only ones who won't be conquered in the melee already
begun, objectivist and subjectivist alike, will be those who have moved onward
in their studies to FIND the Light of the Child within themselves and follow Its
leadings rather than the world's.
THE TREE OF LIFE
IS SOON TO BLOOM
In the days ahead, when the flowering
begins, those who run with the Child will be part of the flower and the seed.
As time goes, physical science will soon understand what
time and space are actually about. In a very literal sense, we are approaching
the end of human ignorance. If the prophets are right-and they have been remarkably
right to date-our reach to the limits of light, human understanding, corresponds
to a period of tumult in personal and world affairs. Therefore, we have only a
short rime remaining to turn from our self-limiting views, slough off the old
sense of ignorance with its cherished notions, and awaken to the Child of Identity
and Its birthright.
But that isn't the end of things either.
Humanity is soon to make a spiritual and metaphysical breakout into a new day,
a new time and space. Those who find the Child within, and listen to Its Covenant,
are to DO what they have been intended to do from the beginning of linear history.
Another "dimension" is to be added! This book is about that.
reader has a role to play in these events. This volume would not have come into
your hands unless you were to be a part of the story soon to unfold.
TO READ THIS BOOK
however it is expressed-whether it is the physics of the world or the jargon of
the mystic-contains layer upon layer of meaning, addressing every human condition
and state of comprehension. Consider David's Twenty-Third Psalm. His words "I
shall not want" mean something to the trusting child, to the fearful heart of
the soldier, to the anguished lover, the worried business man, the invalid, the
mother and father. It is a meaningful statement to the aging heart of one grown
weary of the world or to any human condition one might imagine. Isn't that true?
If those four words can mean so much to so many, is it any wonder that some meanings
may elude us for the moment?
Reader, do not struggle with
this book. Read gently. If something seems vague, do not puzzle overmuch, but
read on. Things that aren't clear immediately will become clear later, and when
you have an opportunity to reread small sections, you will be delighted to find
that the book has become new again. Repetition is not necessarily repetition.
With each Glimpse the entire book is new-and so is our world-because it is yet
to be surveyed in the light just discovered. There is more to read on each topic
in the RELATED PAPERS section of the book.
SPECIAL NOTE One
of the grandest gifts I could give the reader is to introduce two small volumes:
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS and LaoTse's TAO TE CHING. You may be familiar
with them already. If not, you will enjoy them mightily.
Thomas "sayings of Jesus" came into my studies around 1958 when they were first
published in English. They came ringing a Hallelujah Chorus of bells within me,
confirming my own insights and intuitions of many years, just as the TAO TE CHING
had done earlier. Now, these years later, the authenticity and antiquity of "Thomas"
is an established fact recognized by scholars the world around, and I am not the
only one to deduce that both men are making essentially the same subjective statement-and
addressing the innocent, guiltless Child within us all.
two books require a reading from a "subjective" point of view wherein they make
a consistent metaphysics. Neither book can be comprehended by the Western set
of mind that views "things" as separate objects "out there" in the world.
the reader should find unfamiliar quotations from Jesus as he reads this book,
he can find them in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS.
be well to note that LaoTse preceded Jesus in history by about five centuries.
The scholar can follow the Gnostic Idea from East to West to its birth as a doctrine
of Love in the first century A.D.-only to have all but traces of its original
subjectivism removed from worldly view within the first 500 years of its history.
Interestingly, this is what both Jesus and LaoTse said would happen-and the prophets
before them. However, both men say, in nearly identical terms, that in the final
days of linear time "There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed, and there
is nothing covered that shall remain without being uncovered."
The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics
By William Samuel)
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