Questions arising from The Pursuit of Knowledge:
With whom, outside of Self, do we share these keys? And from whence, outside of Self, comes 'all knowledge.'
It seems to me that understanding this is crucial.
- Br. Ron
If we did not share like-substance, 'likeness' in part with those things we seek to identify or come to know further, we would not have the ability to come to an elementary perception of their inner or outer realities as they exist independently from us.
These keys extend into kingdoms of great diversity, and uniquely Man (in likeness to Christ) has every key of possibility within his corporate entity ... something which other beings may or may not share at all.
We therefore have the potentiality to empathize with kingdoms that are not of our own realm of experience or existence, but share qualities that are inherent in the both of us. We are of sun substance, we are of light, we are of warmth, we are of Christ; and when our bodies warp and weave in ecstasy because of the Sun's radiance, it is because we are of the same - that which is in us identifies and responds with love and happiness. Often because of this, folk will confuse all reality to exist within them - although they may feel 'keyed up' extraordinarily, it is likeness, not sameness, we share.
Br. Ron -
I recognize my first paragraph above is suggestive of pantheism, and that the possibility of our "oneness" with God is what caused the church to persecute the Gnostics in the first place. (After all, if you can access God directly, who needs the church?)
The Church is there for many reasons, and the needs as experienced and fulfilled may not have anything to do with access to God, but rather God's access to them.
The Brothers wrote:
The ingestion of knowledge is reliant upon a being who is capable of expanding and infilling with the veritable 'stuff' which comprehension is made of.
Br. Ron asks:
Where does this veritable 'stuff' come from? …'out there' someplace?
"Stuff" in this context is a certain space, held 'vacant' but waiting for infillment. You can picture the stuffing inside a bear - it defines his space and stops him from being wrinkly.
Space without substance becomes vacuum and vacuum is evacuative - not fillable.
Comprehension contains its borrowed learnings, but before it can do this there is an element of impressionable 'stuff' awaiting this infillment. The stuff itself - this spatial stuffing - is used everywhere. Prince Lucifer's world is full of it! It is very useful - compliant, inanimate, sterile, non-active, non-magnetic, non-corrosive special spatial stuff.
The phrase 'the stuff of the imagination' or the 'stuff that dreams are made of' explains well this true Maya which is a preliminary to real life. You see, real life needs the spaces to pour into from the adjoining worlds and these spaces are kept vacant (for a time) by this stuff. If they were absolutely vacant they would be vacuous, instead they are held in place by stuff.
On the chart of the elements there is air, fire, water and earth. Cosmically speaking you have air, fire, water and stuff.
Br. Ron -
And where is 'Heaven'?
"Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, 'The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
But this is not 'within' in the sense of relative directionality, but as in 'indissolubly united with'.
Yes, the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven - quite so.
- a Brother