Erika – Chapter 4

January 30, 2011 § 4 Comments

Whoa. I’m an entire week late with this post. My sincere apologies, everyone. In the past 5 days, I was responsible for not one, but two residential moves… immediately followed by a 7-day cruise… which I am presently on… without my laptop… and subject to internet fees of .75/minute. Earlier this evening, I recorded a video reflection on my iPhone, but couldn’t get it uploaded to YouTube. It probably would have cost me a kidney and several pints of blood had I persisted, so following are my typed pixels instead.

Falling down the rabbit hole of rabid world history.

Last week, the burning of books.  This week, the burning of bodies.  The Church’s persecution and execution of those closest to Nature and Nature’s Way is obscene. Unpardonable. Diabolical. Those luminaries who resisted the stupefying homogenization of their minds are, to me, heros.  The essence/etymology of the word “heresy” is “to choose.”  A heretic is one who chooses.  Had you and I lived during the Middle Ages, we’d all have been burned alive.  So I don’t take lightly my right to publicly criticize The Church without being subjected to merciless torture and death.  Still, the barbaric, ironic and most ungodly acts it decreed makes my stomach turn and my heart ache.  Human history has so many savage parts… so often initiated and powered by religion.  Such a twisted and perverse use of institutional power. I choose.  I see.  Blessed heresy.

Interestingly, Nature insists on balance and will always course-correct humanity’s idiocy.  As was the case with the superstitious burning of all those precious cats. What else, but karmic justice, would have Europe lose half of its population to disease-carrying rats.  Cleansing consequences for a maladaptive and corrupt species. How do you think we’re doing with learning from our historical mistakes?

Sophia.  Divine feminine.  Feminine divinity.  Both muted by bullying patriarchy.  Before the Christian Church, two-leggeds were one with the Earth as Mother/Nourishing Womb.  After the Christian Church, man was expelled from the Garden of Eden, and the creation story credits Adam’s rib as the birthplace of humanity.  Did you catch that?  The complete dismissal of earthy goodness and vaginal/uterine goodness, wiped away in one dogmatic blow.  So, in the era of extreme darkness and stupor, I thank:

Aquinas, for laying it all down at Sophia’s feet, and for writing an alchemical interpretation (Aurora Consurgens) of my favorite Biblical book — the very sensuous “Song of Songs”;

Newton, for revering the divine pattern;

Bruno, for being unbreakable and courageously refusing to recant;

Flamel, for being charitable, self-restrained and intellectually curious; and

Bacon, for being a brilliant multidisciplinarian with a boundless mind.

Visionaries see beyond the horizon, and because we live by our own rhythm we are often out-of-step with our peers and contemporaries.  It is often a solitary path that chooses us.  I am grateful for your company on it.

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§ 4 Responses to Erika – Chapter 4

  • Hi Erika

    Thanks for your most interesting and heartfelt post. It’s a subject I talk about a lot ~ to me, the last 2,000 years were the Dark Ages and we’re only just coming out of them now ~ and so it’s good to hear you express the problem and the issue so passionately.

    I was particularly fascinated by this:

    “Aquinas, for laying it all down at Sophia’s feet, and for writing an alchemical interpretation (Aurora Consurgens) of my favorite Biblical book — the very sensuous “Song of Songs”.”

    I didn’t know Sir Thomas Aquinas had interpreted the Song of Songs alchemically and I’d love to see something on this. Is it in the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy or did you see a reference to this elsewhere?

    Many thanks,

    Ishtar

  • David says:

    Hi Ishtar,

    Here’s a link from Adam McLean’s site re: Aurora Consurgens –

    http://www.levity.com/alchemy/aurora.html

    It is listed as “sometimes attributed to Aquinas,” which means, to me, that it follows Aquinas tradition (even if not directly written by him) and the rationalist authorities within the church are embarrassed by it.

    Aquinas was very influenced by classical philosophy (Philo Sophia) as well as Arabic philosophers such as Aviccena. He was just very careful with what he wrote and how he wrote it, following the tradition of Plato, whose writings on Socrates warned those who came after that the path of truth is often one that leads to conflict with the authorities.

    It’s important to note that it was secular authorities that carried out the heretical purges and they were always enacted by groups with secular aims. The Cathars were purged “when their numbers began increasing” and threatened the empirical ambitions of certain members within the church.

    Interestingly enough the Sant’Iago de Compostela that Flamel took his pilgrimage to, while officially designated as housing the relics of St. James, is also rumored to house the relics of Pricillian of Avila. A mystic who suffered the wrath of ambitious authorities in the 4th century when his views began to threaten the secular power of religious officials in the surrounding country. He was officially charged with “licentious behavior”, but the records show that his followers were actually charged with “excessive piety.”

    Another interesting thing to note is that Therese of Avila, who comes from the same region in Spain, and who’s writing follows the traditions of Dionysius the Areopagiate (who St. Dennis was associated with in the Middle Ages,) is the patron saint of those persecuted for…excessive piety.

    There’s much more to be said about the history of Western civilization than we have been lead to believe. : )

  • We probably were there in the middle ages.And we probably experienced the persecution. That may be why we can relate to this so closely. On the other hand, we may also have been the persecutors. Either way its time to practice forgiveness for whatever happened and be grateful for the experience so we know how to proceed now. What happened in the so called past was a result of living through the intellect/ego. Now we have the opportunity to live through the heart. And we are:-)

  • Jeremiah says:

    Blessed Heresy.

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