As another thought, if I objectify `god,'
and make of Him a man (or of Her a woman), then my greatest conception of Him/Her
will always be limited by this projection. In terms of Humanity's self-expression - during the current evolutionary period of dual genders - this means I can, at best
, Face my Father ... or Mother.
And so I am left to deify
one, or the other, or both, of these (conceptions, archetypal images, presences - and all associations pertaining to them, to get Jungian about it). Now since most of us still have grossly sexual misconceptions
about what a true hermaphrodite
is ... or an ANDROGYNE ... then aren't we fairly well stuck in the miasma of duality, for even our greatest
conception, or understanding, of Deity?
On the one hand, we have Mother
, with all that goes forth toward
her - from our human perspective. She can be caring, nurturing, sensitive and forgiving ... or she can be firm, supportive, resolute and unyielding. Most of us may find her somewhere in between, leaning a bit more to the fomer.
Yet the only other alternative, as we struggle with the integration
of certain currently objective
dualities, is to think of Father
. And here, while the very word, concept and imagery does
often evoke a gentle, warmly receptive and forgiving
type of figure & feeling, the more prevalent associations are a bit closer to the second
set of associations I gave above, for Mother
If we are really just speaking of two different tendencies
which manifest, universally, in ALL humans, from time to time, life to life, and even situation to situation ... then which of these,
in the last analysis, is GOD?
The associations must give way. They must yield, and admit of a Presence, a Being, and a very real Force
- Loving, Intelligent, and Empowered
(perhaps Empowering? perhaps, even, Intelligence-conferring, hmmm
) - Whom and Which is beyond gender
How well does this rest, with the more conventional
views of Deity, as we generally hold ... from custom? And yes, what would
a genderless being be like? Or should I say,
a Deity which is equally
"masculine" and "feminine" as we have come to understand these qualities?
Immediately, it is apparent that we should avoid the temptation to concretize
our image, and understanding, of God ... too greatly
. Or at least, we must make effort in this direction.
And if we find that images
and appearance begin to fade away, then with what
shall we replace - our conception and understanding of Deity?
The Freemasons speak of TGAOUTU
, The Grand Architect of the Universe. And I have always imagined a hand, when I saw this phrase ... a hand with a compass, or God geometrizing the Universe
. The hand? Ahh, human
. What else would it be?
Perhaps, atop that Tower, it isn't the man in the robe, after all. Not a woman, not an animal, not a tree, not ET. What is it? Who is it?
And if I am able to hang onto the conception
of a Geometrizing God, or perhaps a Musical One
, or even a Sporting, Playful Fella
... then minus the imagery
, what have I got left?
Shall I appeal to symbol
, in order to represent
(my) God? Shall I look to color, to sound, to feeling, to thought, to Love
, to Will
, to Wisdom
No matter how abstract (we get), how can I escape, or forget ...
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]There was a young man who said, "ThoughIs there anything, or anyone beyond?
It seems that I know that I know,
What I would like to see
is the "I" that knows "me"
When I know that I know that I know."[/FONT]
Or does all come down to ... end up with ... me?
Hmmm. Just seems like .. there might be more! Oedipus-Electra, hmmm ...
Curiosity serves two purposes. It invites us - to reach out
, to ask, to explore
. And, it helps us to arrive - at a destination
. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ad infinitum (SIC!).
We cannot conceive an end
to this cycle. Perhaps the end, is really a new beginning
. Et resurrectus est!
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]-Edith Wharton[/FONT]