The Doppelganger

Joe Masterleo is a writer whose columns appear regularly in the op-ed section of Post-Standard, as well as in quarterly editions of Central New York Sports Magazine.

His Christian Counseling columns on topics related to holistic health appear in monthly editions of the Good News paper, a local Christian publication. Select counseling columns will appear on this tab periodically.

January 20, 2016

Say what you will about his presidency and policies, make no mistake, Barack Obama is a good and decent man, the very embodiment of decorum, statesmanship and indomitable integrity, one who rarely loses composure. By sharp contrast, Donald Trump is a man given to multiple and egregious transgressions whose actions are clear signals of moral sociopathy. Such reflect the two unreconciled faces of America whose Jekyll and Hyde tensions are fast reaching critical mass. As a house divided against itself cannot stand, something must give.

Such calls to mind the Doppelganger phenomenon, a centuries old Germanic term incubated in folklore and fiction that usually signifies a bad omen, or the harbinger of bad luck. The literal translation of the word, more recently adopted by the paranormal, is “double-goer” or “double-walker.” In contrast to the benign Dr. Jekyll, the doppelganger is his insidious evil twin, the two being co-eternal representatives of light and darkness playing out within and among mortals. As the evil side of all things good, the doppelganger is crafty and intelligent, yet has no warmth, the Mephistophelian double in possession of a determined mind and dogmatic will in search of material bodies to conquer the earth. Absorbed only in itself, it is either unaware of or disdains its higher-level counterpart in the sole pursuit of it agenda – sensual pleasure, wealth, prestige and/or dominative power.

As double-minded persons and nations are unstable in all their ways, perhaps our country and world are perched on the precipice of The Greatest Show on Earth, a circus of a different kind neither entertaining or amusing. Even the great P.T. Barnum couldn’t have dreamed of brokering such an awesome spectacle. Ironic it is, that at the exact moment the famed 150 year old circus that bears his name forever folds its big top, Donald Trump, the throaty Barnum of the 21st century, has begun a splashy national and global grandstanding of his own.

Joe Masterleo

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THE GREAT EQUALIZER

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December 25, 2015

There are some 200 words and titles of Christ found in the Bible. The following are some of the more prominent ones: Chief Cornerstone, Firstborn of all Creation, Holy One, Judge, Light of the world, Prince of peace, Son of Man, Son of God, Word of Life, I Am, Lord of All, etc. Truth be told, God is whoever and whatever he wants to be, appearing as any and all forms, characters, words, silences and actions as they may appear on the stage of history (His-Story).

During Advent, the featured name for God is “Emmanuel” (Isa. 9:6, Mt. 1:23) which Scripture translates as “God with us.” Such declares that the Christ who was foretold as being born in Bethlehem would be God Himself who came to earth in the form of man to live among his people. However, upon closer examination the more literal definition of the name Emmanuel means “God in us.” There’s a world of difference between being WITH someone or something, and being IN them. While the former implies nearness or proximity, the latter is exceedingly more personal and intimate.

I prefer the more literal rendering of the name Emmanuel. Nonetheless, the names for God, like the presence of God, are infinite and therefore numberless. God is every name that names him, and no name that names him. That is, divinity appears in whatever name, word, activity, person, thought, act, sound or silence that serves to bring all things to symmetry, balance, completion or wholeness before him. All encompassing, no description, word or series of words can describe or contain Him.

Creativity and imagination allow me to make up a name of my own, adding yet another name to the inexhaustible list — The Great Equalizer, whereby “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth . .” (Luke 3:5). Such visions God as an equalizing whole-maker, restoring the broken, correcting the irregular, completing the unfinished and polishing the rough-cut. So that at any given moment in our experience, God can appear as yin to our yang, yang to our yin, or anything opposite or contrary to our incompleteness in order to bring us to balance, wholeness or completion.

Therefore, no matter how incomplete, imperfect and unbalanced we may judge ourselves or others to be according to human judgment, values or outward appearance, divinity prefers to see us as we might be, whole, declaring; “In my Kingdom . . .

There are no extroverts, just busy persons avoiding a need for quiet.
There are no introverts, just quiet persons avoiding a need to mingle.
There are no ambiverts, just active persons taking respite, like sentences pausing for periods, or paragraphs taking a welcomed breather at their punctuation points.”

Such is the Great Equalizer at work in, with and around us daily, creating and renewing, repairing, restoring and whole-making, opening eyes to see him at work everywhere.

As you see Spirit at work in and around you, what names or titles might you add to the list of 200?

Joe Masterleo

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APPLE FESTIVAL WEEKEND

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October 10, 2015

Its apple festival weekend, celebrating the ripe fruit of the harvest. An apple is the latter end of a tree’s seasonal growth process, the sole purpose for which it exists, the direction toward which all its energies are channeled and consummate. As such it is a symbol for ultimate personal growth, in particular, ripened spiritual consciousness. David prayed for God to keep him as the apple of the eye (Ps. 17:8).

The apple resides at eye center, the pupil. The presence of God looks out at the world through the pupil, ever dissolving the ‘glass darkly’ cataracts that obstruct clarity of vision, gradually restoring sight toward the beatific vision which allows us to see God as he sees himself. At that moment, God’s eye and my eye are one and the same eye – fully in the world, yet totally not of it.

“The eye which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” — Meister Eckhart

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SOUNDING THE TRUMP- ET

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September 18, 2015

Donald Trump is defying all the laws of political gravity aided by the electronic media in its perennial clamor for ratings. No question, Trump is winning the game of style points in his bombastic “If I were king” shtick to become the Republican presidential nominee. Supporters and detractors alike proffer theories as to his popularity. As no formulaic answers thus far satisfy, the question nags and lingers, what to make of this zealous business magnate with the bloated bank account, portfolio of swelling words and swaggering nostrums?

It isn’t difficult to stand out among a field of politico drones bent on saying the one thing pleasing to the greatest number of people, saying nothing of consequence that translates into doing little that matters. Of a truth, the electorate is fed-up with the bland cavalcade of leaders and their influence-peddling PAC’s and lobbyists. It seems that Trump personifies their collective emotion, specious rhetoric notwithstanding. Not the greatest, he’s the latest tell-it-like-it-is anti-Washington shill. Though the recent CNN debate has begun to reveal cracks in his bullish armor, Trump appeals as an outsider, a political “tweener” breaking stereotypical molds while exploding every category of conventional political wisdom, strategy and nomenclature.

No doubt, America is starving for forthright, no-nonsense leaders. At the same time, no small portion of its citizenry is ripe for being led down a primrose path. Making omelets might indeed require breaking eggs, but it doesn’t mandate killing the hen. In Trump-dom, hens are routinely sacrificed en route to “getting things done.”

A person’s character is often shaped by those s/he admires or emulates most. Perhaps an inroad to understanding the mystique and fate of Trump lies in the two characters he most admires and often references — Generals George Patton and Douglas MacArthur. Like Trump, both were fiery characters loved or hated for their blustery larger-than-life personas.

Consistently correct in his military ideas and political prophecies, Patton’s knowledge of strategy and tactics were equal if not superior to anyone in the higher commands in the European Theater during WWII. While his flippancy, profanity and petulance were a distraction to many, Patton “got things done.”

Though successful, the brash and pompous MacArthur was a mediocre battlefield commander at best, and an unstable, even dangerous personality at worst, a fact that cost him his job. Both men could be “mad” (as in ‘angry’ or as in ‘crazy’), loose cannons when given free rein.

The 13 day Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear holocaust. During that fateful crisis president Kennedy wisely resisted the promptings of the Joint Chiefs to take preemptive military action, thus averting a nuclear tragedy of immeasurable proportions. One must ask; in a terrorist vulnerable nation amid a tinderbox of global instability, what would a militarized thinker like Trump do under like conditions? Do Americans really prefer to have that kind of leader with his finger on the button? Ronald Reagan may have spoken fearfully about Armageddon foreshadowed in the Bible, but a confrontational dare-devil like Trump could bring it about.

There was a time in world history that a zealous political demagogue had a similar kind of meteoric rise in popularity who also (a) was a dark-horse orator; (b) of German descent; (c) militant in thought (d) brashly confrontational; (e) given to bombast; (f) galvanized and embodied the pathos of a disgruntled citizenry; (g) promised to “make their country great again”; (h) targeted an ethnic minority as problematic, calling for their expulsion.

Said Harry Truman; “The only thing new in the world, is the history that you don’t know.”

With the advent of television, John Kennedy demonstrated the effectiveness of visual appeal in swaying an electorate. Trump, a grand-master of the visual, is a candidate made of TV, by TV and for TV in the extreme.

Humanity en mass is susceptible to acting like a flock of sheep, following the dog it thinks barks the loudest. And so the media has backwards, as the current Trump-phenomenon says less about the man than the magnetized masses drawn to him.

Hopefully, our nation isn’t gearing-up for its first president crafted entirely by Reality-TV, spewing forth incendiary invective’s toward his political opponents, and all who stand in his way.

Apparently for many, happiness is admiring a pit bull with a bully-pulpit.

Joe Masterleo

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INTROVERSION, A GOOD THING

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His Christian Counseling columns on topics related to holistic health appear in monthly editions of the Good News paper, a local Christian publication. Select counseling columns will appear on this tab periodically.

August 1, 2015

“Evangelism has taken the Extrovert Ideal to its logical extreme . . . if you don’t love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It’s not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine, it must be displayed publicly.” (Susan Cain, ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’)

An introvert is one who lives closer to his/her center, the same center that lies hidden in everyone. It’s just that the introvert spends more time there, as a child would spend more time on an expanse of beach, say, than a busy street corner, being more fascinated by its creative possibilities. Being on more intimate terms with that center, s/he gives greater place to the ebb that generates every flow, the ‘tick’ that sires every ‘tock,’ the rest that hatches each exertion, the inspiration that nurtures all perspiration, the silence that incubates all thought and speech, the sleep that restores all wakefulness, the timeless that impregnates every fleeting second, and finally, the death that begets life in ever higher forms. To have more of one’s sacred center means nothing else than, one way or another, to resemble that center to a higher degree.

Only goodness can come of such things. And goodness is the garment under which divinity is hidden.

The word “introvert” comes from the Latin “intro” (inward) and “vetere” (turning). Ironic that the term “Introit,” from the Latin “introitus” (entrance) is part of the liturgical celebration of Eucharist in the Christian tradition, a thanksgiving ceremony for the sacred union/communion with God, self, other and nature that begins with the inward recognition of same. For ‘inward’ is the entrance to the secret place of the Most High.

“The name of our God is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Pr. 18:10). “The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: (Deut. 33:27).

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Kilroy Was Here

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February 8, 2015

“The breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason a spark from the beating of our hearts . . . when this is quenched, our body shall be ashes, and our spirit shall be poured abroad as soft air. Even our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will recall our deeds. So our life shall pass away like traces of a cloud, dispersed like a mist which is driven away by beams of the sun, and overpowered by its heat.” (Book of Wisdom, 2:2,3)

These words are taken from the Book of Wisdom, inviting pause for reflection on a snowy day. Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to realizing how swiftly our lives come and go. I mean, REALLY realizing it. The quick transformation of wood into heat and light, or its dissolution into ash, or the warm vapor of one’s breath chilling in crisp outdoor cold, are but sober reminders of same.

The words BREATH, SMOKE, ASHES, CLOUD, TRACE and MIST jump out in the passage, underscoring that our souls are but intangible entities animating our tangible bodies, at the same time fueling our intellect and emotions, the “spark from the beating of our hearts.” Such comprises the invisible substance of our form. And the words POURED, PASS AWAY, DISPERSE, DRIVEN AWAY and OVERPOWERED at the same time speak of the fluidity and fleeting nature of same, occupying its form before moving on like a restless traveler, barely lodging the night. The sojourner sooner departs, often without notice, leaving its uninhabited carcass behind like a cold signature informing others that “Kilroy was here.”

The substance (spirit/soul) and the form it occupies (flesh) have a peculiar relationship — or rather, a companionship — as light to bulb, flame to fireplace or air to balloon. This union creates a living tension – substance partnering with form as hand to glove, the former being the invisibly silent but active partner of the latter.

Form, or the body of a thing, occupies space within the context of its animating substance, meaning that bodies inhabit souls, not the other way around. The balloon inhabits the air that inflates it, not the reverse. That is, bodies occupy space in the context of their substance like arrows that pass through air, or boats and fish that pass through water, the encompassing elements of which come together again as if such forms never passed through their fluidly supportive substances. Like a pulsating firefly, in the wake of our passing existence “even our name will be forgotten, and no one will recall our deeds.”

In this way, each living entity is a fleeting breath or transient thought, a single letter (character) in a word contained within a sentence enclosed in a paragraph, swaddled in a chapter, cradled by a book and filed within a Universal Library of the Story of Life. So many breaths and thoughts pass into and out of the field of time as through a swinging door. Like light filtering through countless frames of film moving swiftly past a projector lens, the procession of moving frames creates the illusion of movement (sequence and time) casting ephemeral images and sounds that are “driven away” nanoseconds after their arrival. Such images and sounds melt like snowflakes on a warm windshield, succeeded by innumerable replacements falling from on high. Whence, “our spirit will be poured abroad like soft air.”

If you can imagine, how would it feel to be but a single letter in one sentence of a single book in a global library of countless books ever printed — past, present and future? Or to be but a single breath from the heaving lungs of a boundless Universe whose gazillion breaths continually sustain all things everywhere, yet disappear from the scene almost before they arrive?

“What is man, that thou are mindful of him?,” asks the Psalmist. . . “and the son of man, that thou visiteth him?” (Ps. 8:4).

On the one hand so insignificant. Yet on the other, s-o-o very significant.

Kilroy may have long since vanished, but thankfully his ephemeral nature and absence signal no disheartening killjoy to those of us who remain, or are yet to follow.

Perspective, after all, is everything.

Joe Masterleo

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The Imitation Game

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January 25, 2015

Alan Turing was the British mathematician single-handedly responsible for breaking the sophiticated Nazi code during WWII. A social oddball of sorts, his genius is estimated to have shortened the war by almost two years, saving over 14 million lives. He broke the Nazi code machine, “Enigma,” by developing an electrical machine of his own that was never perfected, though it generated a whole field of research known as “Turing Machines.” Today we call them “computers.” His story was kept secret, untold for almost 50 years, of late appearing in a book which is now a movie entitled “The Imitation Game” playing in local theaters. Overcome with cabin fever, my wife and I viewed the movie last night. Up for 8 Academy Awards, its well worth the price of admission.

In contemplating the movie this a.m., I was seized by the following awareness: A computer is a hardware-software device created by man after the image and likeness of his own brain, programmed and re-programmed accordingly — an “imitation” of his electrical brain. A such, man is merely replicating his own mechanical-electrical masterpiece fashioned in the image and likeness of his Maker, Who created both hardware (brain and body) and software (Spirit) in an integrated bodily temple designed for programming and re-programming. Like the ‘Turing Machines,’ such a divine imitation has yet to be fully perfected, whereby it will at last break the “code” of evil (Enigma) whose death grip holds all of mankind through millenia of countless “wars and rumors of war.”

I’m convinced that the root of human consciousness is an invisible electrostatic energy (Spirit) that both gives rise to the body and survives beyond the body in a different realm, the Source of all existence that itself is Light, and powered by Light. In It’s radiance we live and move and have our being. The Maker of all things in heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, stands beyond both, includes both and is One in both. In fact, there is no “both,” as all are One sustained and bathed in this Holy Spirit/Light. Material creation (the hardware) itself is merely light energy congealed, as per the Big Bang. The “electrical works” (software), so enlightened, is Christ-consciousness, not meant to translate into a separate religion unto itself, but merely to be seen and revered as THE reconciling energy/awareness-web connecting all of life, breaking the spellbinding dilemma (“code”) of the ‘natural man’ and his Enigma of worldwide evil. In short, God is the invisible pattern and energy that connects, like the invisible the World Wide Web.

The manifestation of divine goodness comes in every form; in the sun, and light and air; in the rain, streams, and dew drops; in food, clothing and home; in health and peace, etc., and in the good news of Jesus — though not as a sectarian/denominational phenomena or creedal system. When Jesus said “I am the Light of the world” I believe it’s possible that he also meant that literally — that is, electroncially. He was eternity’s “imitation” of the perfect soul, bathed and “charged” in God’s holy Light. Like the invisible force of gravity that draws all things to itself at earth’s center, Light counterbalances, drawing/raising all things upward (or inward) to itself, overcoming evil’s gravity, reconciling the soul and all things to Itself in unity.

In disperising the large bucket of wood ash over the grounds behind my barn yesterday, I envisioned my own material remains being sooner scattered over the expanse of earth, accompanied by the familiar verse, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen. 3:19). Thankfully, I’m aware that such is only half the story. The other half is, “Light thou art, and unto Light shalt thou return,” thanks to the incarnated person/energy that informs, creates, sutains and reconciles all things. After all, the scaffold is not to be mistaken for the building, nor chaff the wheat. Such invisible Light/energy merely became incarnated in Jesus, the Word become flesh, as it must also in us.

In my view, Alan Turing, a homosexual man having no traditional belief system or God-awareness, was Christ appearing in season, whose mathematicial brilliance saved the lives of countless millions, turning the tide of WWII and with it staying the forces of global evil in his day. That we can electronically connect via e-mail is made possible because of His emodiment and brilliance in this courageous man’s soul. Recall, divinity is always found where least expected. How often are we caught unawares, judging, not being mindful of same?

As such, the two most memorable lines spoken in the movie by Turing are noteworthy, per say, and as to their spiritual implications: (1) “I like solving problems, and Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world. (2) “Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.”

So the “Imitation Game” continues, like leaven in bread hardly noticed, God appearing in whatever visible form necessary in programming and re-programming souls and creation toward the perfect “imitation” (replication) of the eternal via a subtle, divinely orcestrated plan. Enigma solved.

Joe Masterleo

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Prayer: De-Magnifying Self

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January 4, 2015

The word Magnificat means “magnifies” in Latin, and consisted of words spoken by Mary, mother of Jesus upon visiting her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with the future John the Baptist as recorded in the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55. After Mary greets Elizabeth, the child “leaps for joy” within Elizabeth’s womb. When Eliz. lauds Mary for her faith, Mary sings what is now known as the Magnificat in response.

The hymn is a song of reversals in three contrasting parallels; the proud are reversed by a low estate, the mighty by those of low degree, and the rich by the hungry. Yet in saying “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” Mary is really setting aside her natural self as center and circumference, and realizing her spiritual self which abides on an altogether different plane. Such is a reversal (conversion) of the highest order, accomplished only by saving Grace and augmented by daily invocation. Only by dissolving or detaching from one’s natural self can divinity be seen in proportion to its actual magnitude – everywhere. At the same time, our lowly natural self is revealed for what it is, of no eternal value, so much decaying chaff blowing in the wind.

As all of Creation is radiantly pregnant with God’s omnipresence, divinity cannot be present or enlarged (magnified) any more than it already is. For divinity never witholds anything, and if receptive, is fully at one’s disposal everywhere and at all times. This much is revealed in the father’s corrective reassurance to the older son in the Prodigal Parable; “Son, thou art EVER with me, and ALL that I have is thine.”

Thus, Mary is exemplary by merely participating in same with maximum conscious awareness, as we all must if we are to fully enter in. In that God cannot be magnified beyond omnipresence, it is more accurate to say that it’s only the reversal (dissolution) of the natural self that allows that omnipresence to be experienced, along with our innate spiritual self as residing in it. So in reality, “magnifying” God is a direct consequence of radically de-magnifying self as one ordinarily knows it. Like two valves on a car, only when one descends is the other liberated to ascend, an out-picturing of the Paschal Mystery. Much like Mary, when the doors of our natural perception are so cleansed (de-magnified), all of Creation is seen as it is, “pregnant” with the divine, bursting with song, leaping with joy in concert with our hearts over same. Such awareness is the root of all genuine worship and praise. Conversely, the absence of same is the source of all pain and suffering.

As such, Mary is symbolic of our soul as sitting in the body maidenly, patiently awaiting her suitor. Like she and her cousin Elizabeth, we are to become husbanded by the divine. Recollected, with heaven her all, divinity her reading. Self-possessed, with no inclination toward creatures, simply bent upon Presence. Sitting in time, yet untimely; as a creature, yet un-creaturely. Heart aflame with Truth set upon God alone. Soul deiform in its perfection, fully activated, illuminated and inspired in the image and likeness of its Maker. Mind still and calm, with nothing at all under God of any account whatsoever. In body on earth, in spirit in heaven. Hearing what the resident schoolmaster of Truth is whispering, only to her. All the time reposing in the Godhead, in silence she hears a word, satisfied only with the divine perfection.

Mary is the embodiment of prayer, meditation, contemplation and realization of the spiritual self, the end result of time spent in disciplined surrender to her Source. Only by removing the clouds does the sun appear. Likewise, only in dissolving the natural self does the Son of Righteousness magnify (arise) in our expectant hearts, ready to leap for joy.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

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THE SINGULARITY

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February 1, 2014

There is much talk these days of an approaching “Singularity” event, that point in technological development where artificial intelligence (AI) may advance beyond human intelligence, thus creating a super-intelligent techno-mutant species of the electronic age. Such are the preoccupations, speculations and theories of modern scientific minds. However, persons of faith understand that one day all natural, human and technological energies will be gathered and coordinated into one, whereby all things will become as they once were before the time when humans and their thought processes became babble (Babel), scattered and disjointed by human depravity. A more integrated or holistic perspective on the Singularity event (as eschatology) might be explainable as follows:

The Universe continues to expand from its point of origin (Alpha point) since its inception at the Big Bang. As such, time itself expands along with it, in constant flight from its origin. The Big Bang was a Singularity Event, aboriginal unity breaking out into multiplicity from a single point, thereby creating time, space and the expanse of Universe. Such was the power of the eternal bodying itself forth in a multitude of forms, the Infinite Invisible appearing as Uncreated Light/Heat energy congealing and manifesting in the field of time as the material universe.

In parallel fashion, the origin, development and energy transformations that occur in personality development (and consciousness) likewise are in constant flight from (and development toward) their origin, whose essence and ground are but a specialized aspect of this Uncreated Light Energy appearing in the form of human souls. Such energy develops and expands itself in the human person from its aboriginal beginnings at conception, only to return to its origin in pure, uncreated form via a second birth (transformation), continuing as such beyond the grave. In the spiritual universe (Kingdom of God) Light/Heat energy manifest as the “Light” of spiritual truth and understanding, or the “Heat” of divine warmth and love, both comprising the core of a person’s indentity.

In the Big Bang, the One became the many from a tiny Alpha point. In the Singularity Event, the many will again become the One by converging at an Omega Point, recollecting and gathering its Uncreated Light energies together like bees returning to their aboriginal hive, centralizing themselves once over from their scattered ways to make honey (pure spiritual consciousness). Hence, the Singularity Event is the evolutionary destination (Omega Point) of all created energies (natural, human and technological) toward their Uncreated Source once over, as salmon return to the very stream bed that spawned them. The Alpha and Omega points are the beginning and the end, where all parallel lines derive and meet, where all opposites and polarities derive and reconcile, and where all material form is re-converted and restored to its pristine essence – pure Being appearing as Uncreated Light. As such, the Singularity Event promises to be a cosmic one involving the whole of creation, not merely limited to the scientific-technological world.

In the interior life, Singularity occurs by narrowing the field of consciousness to a single point whereby all knowledge of the external world fades, and all the messages of the senses are utterly ignored, rendering consciousness in immediate relationship with the Absolute, a participation in divinity itself. In this way consciousness becomes steeped and merged in this eternal dimension like a bird in the air, or a fish in the sea. While such states of consciousness are attainable, they are undeveloped in ordinary men. The more pedestrian passions, desires and pastimes of men are seldom more than the crying need of the spirit vicariously expressed by the mind and heart groping for ultimates. Hence, the guesses of science, the diagrams of metaphysics, the intuitions of artists, the fervor of competitors, are all pressing toward this interior Eldorado, the Uncreated Light in which all are bathed.

Such is an invisible electromagnetic mystery embedded deep within the fabric of the Universe, one capable of embodying itself in human form, giving utterance via the spoken Word in seers like Jesus of Nazareth, who, incarnating this mystery once declared; “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12), and “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last . . .which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

Joe Masterleo

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The Pure In Heart

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January 21, 2014

In spiritual consciousness one attains a pure heart or pure being, that condition of spiritual maturity referred to by David (Ps. 17:15), by Jesus (Mt. 5:8, 48, Jn. 10:30) and by Paul (Gal. 2:20). Spiritual consciousness is a heightened awareness, one that is raised an octave or two higher than poetry and several keys higher than prose. Coleridge defined prose as “the right words in the right order,” and poetry as “the best words in the best order.” If so, then purity of heart must be a category unto itself, a difference not of degree but of kind. Purity of heart is awareness and perception of the highest order, a lofty condition often transcending words and thought.

As inspired poets of exceeding insight and perception, William Blake and Elizabeth Barrett Browning saw the created world as diaphanous, a window to the trancendent, eternity expressing itself in the field of time, translating itself into the language material reality. Consider the following verses by these inspired authors:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the Palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
–(Wm. Blake, from ‘Auguries of Innocence’)

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
–(Eliz. Barrett Browning)

Said Jesus; “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8).

Toward eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to understand from the Father who created us, the Son who purchased us, and the Spirit who cleanses and inspires us.

Joe Masterleo

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