The Divine Self - The Nature Of God In Unity and Duality
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“In the name of Dryghtyn, the Ancient Providence,
Who was from the beginning and is for eternity,
Male and Female, the Original Source of all things;
All-knowing, all-pervading, all-powerful;
~ Traditional Wiccan Blessing ~
Life is an endless sea of paradox. Nothing ever begins where it originally ended. Everything is in a constant state of flux and transformation. The traditional Gardnerian Wiccan blessing quoted above seems to affirm that the all-knowing, all-pervading and all-powerful Divine is both male and female and somehow even beyond the duality of gender. Indeed there is nothing in truth that can encapsulate the concept of God or the eternal Divinity but the eccentricities of poetry, dance, art, drama and music, which remain elusive and fleeting at that. The Divine is changeless, eternal and enduring, with no beginning and never-ending. God is consciousness and consciousness, God. The Self too, is of the same substance. And there the truth dwells, somewhere between unity and duality; between objectivity and things of an adversely subjective nature. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth that is the completion of the cycle of regeneration is the journey of the soul. Do you partake, or escape?
The Divine Feminine (primordial Mother) inspired creation as a continuity; an endless and regenerating cycle of self-realisation – gaining awareness of the discrete materialism of oneself and of actualising the persona, the character, the inner mythos. This was done in an expansion of consciousness and individuation akin to the scientific theory of the Big Bang which is mirrored in creation myths across the world. The physical or material layer encountering unsurpassable boundaries, fashioned entities – the modes of Spinozist philosophy. Simultaneously, however Ain Sof (Infinite Space)* ensures that within the limitless reality (space is filled or it would not exist as space), the cycle of creation, destruction and resurrection can not be hindered, simply transmuted. For the divine substance to transmute its physical nature the enduring spiritual substance of Love (a selfless and unitive sympathy) passes through all obstacles and maintains a self-fulfilling cycle which is essentially immortality. This substance called Love, the spark of the Creator, the Divine, remains within every mode that results from the original Consciousness expanding. Therefore to attain one’s divinity is simply to realise the Self as synonymous with the Creator.
The prototypical hermaphroditic entity, Adam Kadmon, eventuates in the separation of objectivity and subjectivity (Adam and Eve). This is the famous “fall from grace”, however this “fall” is by no means a personal decision based on the ego-driven passions of a grappling humanity as it is painted in the Biblical account of Genesis, but a natural process as dictated by the expansion of Consciousness. The unity and ultimate all-encompassing integral wholeness of the Divine becomes distant and soon humans forget their origins**. However once inner-consciousness is struck within the individual, the hermetic law of “as above, so below” comes into play. The individual (the microcosm) is merely a reflection of the Universe (the macrocosm); we are one and the same. However as we become self-aware and reactive to our inner workings the obstacle of the ego comes into play.
The ego, the distinctive product of individuation, is a naturally in-born trait of the human being and all overt or indulgent desires, internal longings etc. that arise from it form what the Hebrews termed “shaitan” or the adversary. However shaitan is not to be confused with the fabricated and largely disreputable representation of Satan within Christianity. Shaitan represents all the qualities spiritual ascetics and the like strive against to achieve enlightenment, oneness with the Divine Consciousness. Lust, greed, sloth, anger, envy, pride and gluttony, sound familiar? The seven deadly sins all base their inherent self-destructive patterns on the presumption that humans are an indulgent species, which can and is the case at times. We are all susceptible to sin as a form of attachment to the material plane, however the maxim “everything in moderation” has kept many from straying too far from the point of origin. Therefore to become a self-serving product of the process of individuation, we lose our true identity and fall further from the Divine. However simply acknowledging this is the means to reclaiming the divine spark that animates the soul within.
Our physical being separates the objective from the subjective. Internally we are irrational and paranoid creatures, and externally we are able to harness the five senses of the material plane to respond, cultivate and adapt to our surroundings. However the body is merely half of the dual nature of a mode, a being, a life-form. Each of us is also composed of energy. And as Newton’s law dictates, energy cannot be destroyed. Similarly an electron is composed of the particle matter which is limited physically and the energy-wave which endures. Using this logic there is a part of each of us that can never die; that is literally immortal and will continue on. This can and has been called the soul. There is also an aspect of our make-up which will inevitably perish (the body). As the body dies the soul is released from the ego which can no longer function within the now defunct physical parameters of the body. What is retained by the soul, by the enduring wave of energy that persists, is the true pervading character of the individuated self (the higher consciousness).
To release the ego-driven motivations and desires is to surpass the mortality of materialism. To love and to be selfless connects oneself with the Divine and elevates the spiritual substance to attain immortality within the sphere of Ain Sof (Limitless Light) – Sophia, the Gnostic figure of wisdom, truth and understanding.
Whatever the nature of the Divine, we are it. We are as Genesis puts it, “a fruit tree, yielding fruit whose seed is in itself” (Genesis 1.11). God, the Divine, Deity, Consciousness, the Universe, the Great Spirit, Brahman or Dryghtyn. Whatever the name, they are simply codes that address something far greater than our word-play could ever conceptualise; transcendent in nature and yet wholly immanent in reality. The Life-force courses through each of us, inspiring the spark that is the core of our very being. Re-unite with the Divine. Ascend to Godhead. Grow and develop consciousness to embrace All. You are the catalyst. Thou art God.
* There is no inside to a thing that has no outside; all is united – duality is illusion.
**It has become the objective of most religious and spiritual traditions today (and those popular historically) to restore the Godhood of the soul. In Christianity the ascension to heaven is becoming one with God, to those of the Buddhist philosophy it is the absorption into Nirvana, thereby ridding oneself of the ongoing cycle of samsara, meaning “to wander”.
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