October 29, 2014

A New Age Is Coming

A short poem to ponder on. Recently penned.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks 

 
A New Age Is Coming
 
A new age is coming.
Fascination with crystal pendulums
won't help to bring it on through.
Nor is Jesus going to materialize
in order to save you and you and you.
 
With another crank of the cosmic gearbox
the Age of Aquarius rolls in.
Homo sapiens now the scientific hominid
is about ready to dig deep down
to confront the beast within.

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October 6, 2014

Let There Be More Light

These days I am looking for a glimmer of hope wherever I can find it. Funny enough,  I see the recent "Climate Change" protest in New York as just that, but in a paradoxical way. For sure it is unfortunate we have reached this critical situation in the first place. However, the hopeful part is that there are increasing numbers of us waking up to the truth. It appears that the expanding extinction of assorted flora and fauna finally is capturing mass attention.

The good news about the environmental crisis is that it is actually helping us to see more clearly our position within the scheme of things. The deleterious impact we are having on Mother Earth is forcing us to come face to face with our bestial origins and human nature - from somewhat of a transcendent perspective - as we try to figure out what to do with ourselves. Now more conscious of humanity's interconnectedness to the rest of creation, we are discovering the true meaning of humility.

More of us are seeing our species as it truly is. We are a bunch of primates on a deadly trajectory.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that our species' survival is going to require unprecedented levels of cooperation amongst all of us. We humans are being asked to cultivate a conscience that far surpasses anything our species has had thus far. More than ever, we need to be conscious of the impact of our individual and collective behaviours.

Perched on the brink of extinction, humankind can no longer afford to be driven by an animal self-centeredness. More than ever, our species needs to ascend the evolutionary ladder; we need a transformation in human consciousness. Fortunately, the protesters in New York and many others around the globe are on to it.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


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April 18, 2014

Resurrecting The Resurrection

In some Christian circles, there is the belief that Jesus will reappear in the human arena. However, this son of God clearly told us that he would ask the Father to send us another counselor who would stay with us forever. In John 14:17 we are told that this counselor is the Spirit of truth. Yet, there are still those Christians who insist Jesus, the man, will arrive on the planet and save us all from our own folly. Let me offer you an alternative interpretation of the resurrection that takes into account our  human predicament.

There are two aspects to Jesus: the human and the divine. The human part of Jesus, the
man, was immersed in his own culture and religion (Jewish) just like the rest of us human primates. But, the divine aspect of Jesus, the Christ, is not so easy to comprehend and needs more explanation.

The Almighty's evolutionary agenda for our species requires a further distancing of humanity from bestial origins. Evolution, then, demands that people like you and I undergo transformations of consciousness. Yet, in order to set in motion this transfiguration of humanity, the Creator needs a change-agent to work through, acting as an evolutionary catalyst. This is the function of the Christ.

Jesus knew that he was acting as that change-agent for the Creator. "It is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.", he says in John 14:10. His role is to help us recognize the truth about our humble position within the scheme of things. By virtue of being a part of the emergent universe, our species truly is an animal in the throes of transformation. Our evolutionary ascent actually demands radical self-development from us. We need to learn how to temper our animal aggression and to manage our bestial instincts. First, however, we must recognize our need to do so. We need humility.

Jesus Christ's message speaks to something other than religion; He is on to something more fundamental. He wants his species to come to grips with its lowly status as a primate. He hopes to shift our paradigms to such an extent that we get greater clarity about the organic predicament in which we are situated. We too are subject to the Law that governs all of creation.

Jesus, the man, will not be coming down from heaven and saving us. Rather, our salvation lies in answering this Christ's call for a profound humility. By resurrecting the evolutionary message of the Christ in our hearts and minds we, like Jesus, can become channels for adaptive change.  Now that's a resurrection that contemporary minds just might find more worthy of looking into.

Happy Easter.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks 
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March 14, 2014

New Age Claptrap

Please note:
I have amended this post to include the actual scripture quoting Jesus rather than my reinstatement of it. 

It's the same old story but now it is in the Ukraine and in Venezuela too: human primates everywhere can't get along with their neighbours; and, the alpha males of our species keep trying to lord over the masses. But right now I don't want to go on about the similarities between this and chimpanzee societies. Those who have been following my work can guess my take on it. Rather, in this post I am going to speak to the New Age claptrap to which I keep being subjected.

Listen folks, you can chant "I am God, I am God" or for that matter any other mantra all you want as some of these New Age gurus suggest. But, don't expect this to bring you self-realization. An evolution in consciousness requires a hell of a lot more from a human primate.

When Jesus was called Good teacher he replied: "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone" (Lk:18:19). By insisting that you are God, you are actually setting up a huge roadblock to your self-actualization. After all, if you are God and God is perfect then what motivation is there for you to pursue self-development? What motivation is there for you to observe and negotiate your inner kingdom of thought and emotion in order to tame your animal nature? The ancients tried to warn us about the dangers of this kind of self-righteousness.

"The body is a domestic animal. Therefore, you must go about perfecting yourself", Jesus said in the Book of Thomas (The Contender). He knew that a deep humility is the key to self-realization not self-aggrandizement. When we truly understand ourselves to be one of God's creatures we are more likely to relinquish our delusions of grandeur and face up to our imperfection. With this humility we are more motivated to work on expanding our conscious awareness beyond a mere animal self-centredness.

It is only when we have done the tough psychological work of cultivating virtue that we get to liberate ourselves from the mental slavery brought on by our bestial origins. It is only through such an effort at self-actualization that we get to ascend the evolutionary ladder and come to truly know the realm of the divine Creator within.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


 
 
 
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