September 15, 2004


There’s an interesting quote in Daniel Pinchbeck’s Breaking Open the Head where he says that issues of spirituality/source/alternate realities might seem like the entire world when you’re caught up in it. If you stop thinking about it, these profound issues just kind of fade into the background. I have had the same problem--albeit not by taking Salvia or DMT. But I have had some profound revelations in my time--thinking God is everywhere, believing and seeing synchronicities in everything.

Mainly this has occurred after reading certain books. If I read a book about UFOs, I feel like I can look out the window and see a UFO hovering overhead. A week later, I don’t care nearly as much. Ideas digest. This is how books work: a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald makes it seem like he was the only thing going in the twenties. Fiction is the same. It seems like the center of the world while you’re reading it, or at least it should.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it but I had a very good experience reading The Celestine Prophecy. I say "embarrassed" because the book’s written at a 4th grade level. This might be the best way to disseminate certain ideas to a large number of readers. The Da Vinci Code is the same way. The Celestine Prophecy brings home the idea that synchronicity is one of the most basic religious principles. Everything happens for a reason. This sounds blindingly obvious, but more often than not I forget to look for synchronicities. It’s like music in the background.

Pinchbeck makes an interesting point in the most recent issue of I recommend it. He says that we are going to possibly come to the brink of annihilation so that we’ll have no choice but evolve to a different sort of consciousness. My fear--and the issue I’ll be tackling in "The American Book"--is that we are going to have to go through a major war in order to reach this change in consciousness. Living through 9-11 in New York City, I found it to be an amazing collective experience. You could have gone up to someone and hugged them and it wouldn’t have been turned aside. The point here is it took a catastrophe for that kind of warmth and empathy to evolve.

Whenever I read Pinchbeck I feel sort of petty and unevolved--focusing on the dark rather than the light. Another point he makes in the same interview is referring to the "monotonous" protesting of the Left. There does seem to be a myopia on the part of the Left, and myself as well--focusing on Hollywood and other failings of our culture. I’ve had my moments concentrating on issues of God and devotion, but they are never sustained. Part of the reason for this blog is to work out past baggage. It’s like a bunch of imaginary readers are my shrink. Being that I am making these words public, I am more accountable to what I say. This isn’t so easy a task. I have had years of conditioning as a self-hating, world-hating miscreant.

I’ve got to get back to the "American Book." Unfortunately, my daughter’s going to be coming out of daycare so I am not going to have a lot of time. She’s in a Jewish daycare center which celebrates the Jewish holidays, including the obscure ones. There’s a synchronicity in there somewhere.


Ariel said...

Synchronicty, another way of saying "there are no coincidences." I agree, although I don't know that you and I come to the same conclusions. Just the same, it's mind-blowing to consider the fact that God uses even evil as an avenue for good. That ought to inspire worship, gratitude...or at least fear.
Blog on!

Henry Baum said...

Not only that: everything that happens is a coincidence. I don't know about fearing God. Fear is the opposite of God.

Velvet said...

I was going to say that having to look for certain things can be an indication that they aren't there. However, I nearly got hit by a car tonight. So I have to change that to: If you're stepping on the gas after a stop sign, you still have to look for the bicyclist in the crosswalk just to make sure they aren't there. As long as you look for evidence /against/ as well as for a certain idea, you can't be /completely/ blinded by the light.

About having to be nearly annihilated before changing--yeah, people are like that. I've noticed in my own life several times when I only made a major change in myself when I was absolutely forced to, even when I saw it coming six months away. I don't think I've ever made a major change without getting caught between a rock and a hard place, and sometimes it took a lot of pain and suffering to put me there. I assume it's human nature to keep on going the way you always have until absolutely forced to change. In the past there have always been new places for people to go, but now all the land is owned. So I'm guessing we'll see if humans can stand to live together.

Henry Baum said...

"I was going to say that having to look for certain things can be an indication that they aren't there."

Then again, you physicists know that things don't exist until they're observed. Hope everything's all right after your near run-in.

Anonymous said...

i have that problem i think. i let things effect me too easily. i think too much as well. & right now that entry made me think too much, so i don't really know what to say.

xo. war.

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