Abandonment: Part II
Held Hostage by Fear and Value
By David Strickler, Ph.D.
Bear with me a bit here in this article, I promise you a close worth the reading of this.
To all the Christians, Jews, Muslims, Evangelicals, Rapturist’s (translated: escapists, which mean monomaniacal self-centered, narcistic, eschatological infantile objectivists) et al, religions (this includes consumerism) that are killing each other over ‘dirt’ real estate, terrorism etc—you all need to just go to hell. God’s Libel and Slander suit is going to be a dilly and you will find out what equal opportunity truly means. There is enough to do down here without allowing yourselves to be used by economic polices that make you the laughing stock of the financiers and money parasites. Some of you have abandoned your regard for moral, principles and the sacred in place of the fools’ gold of ‘spiritual values’—you brood of vipers and hypocrites.
Now that that is cleared up, let me sincerely thank all those who have contributed prayers, thoughts of healing, a loving voice, a hand to hold my body steady, or your voice in friendship and love through my healing process whether it was a phone call or in person. I am so fortunate to have come through this stroke with the people and help that I have had who offered their time and presence graciously and UNCONDITIONALY. It has renewed a part of my hope in humanity.
Rev. Nutting, I have this to say to you Bill—thank-you for taking the time to video tape the concert as my brother Craig and I shared the stage along with his band this past August 2005 in Florida. I just watched the tape, Thank-You for your generous gift of time and your continued friendship through the years. I Love you Craig, I am proud to call you my brother. I love you to sis, I have always been blessed to have your loving concern and support, Barbara. For the many who have not been mentioned here, just know I Love you.
There is a vast reservoir of emptiness that can be drawn at this time of year from the limpid waters that lie far below the ground-spring of consciousness. Deep from within that well is that which springs forth as the ground of somethingness. “ET HA-SHAMAYIM VE ET HA-ARETZ”, or roughly translated as Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. Now what the old testament often refers to as Earth, is not the planet Earth, but the World created below the Ha-Shamayim (heaven), the Second Creation (Ha-Aretz), the manifest Universe (the Earth) created in the image and likeness of the REFLECTION of the creator who/what is veiled by the AIN SUPH AUR (the Limitless Light). It is this Light that I refer to as the “First Light” many of my students hear me direct their attention toward in the ceremonial ritual I have them observe called “the first light on Christmas Morning”, which Adam wrote about last December 2004. I will cover in a future edition why this separation of heaven and earth, first and second creations, explains the reason as to why God does not seem to directly intervene here in the earth as we know it.
Investigating these two creations is where the serious spiritual seeker can find knowledge of the gates within to gain comprehension of what is truly meant by the Only Light that there is in existence of which the SUN is but merely a veil to the larger Spiritual Reality that proves to be a stumbling block to those who have not attempted to grasp its meaning and significance beyond the inaccurate shadows generated in their physical senses chained to the rock of materialism. It is here where many stayed chained until they Abandon what they value. Yes you heard me correctly, abandon their values. Go ahead, look up the word value in a few source dictionaries, you will find that the word Value has hijacked areas of our life and reduced principles and morals to a mere word that conveys economic measurement. This will make further sense if we replace the word REGARD to be used in place of Values. I have included a few definitions to save you some chasing:
1. relative worth, merit, or importance: the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
2. monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade: This piece of land has greatly increased in value.
3. the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange.
4. equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.: to give value for value received.
5. estimated or assigned worth; valuation: a painting with a current value of $500,000.
6. denomination, as of a monetary issue or a postage stamp.
a. magnitude; quantity; number represented by a figure, symbol, or the like: the value of an angle; the value of x; the value of a sum.
b. a point in the range of a function; a point in the range corresponding to a given point in the domain of a function: The value of x 2 at 2 is 4.
8. import or meaning; force; significance: the value of a word.
9. liking or affection; favorable regard.
10. values, Sociol. the ideals, customs, institutions, etc., of a society toward which the people of the group have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy.
11. Ethics. any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.
12. Fine Arts.
a. degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
b. the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
13. Music. the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
14. values, Mining. the marketable portions of an orebody.
b. the phonetic equivalent of a letter, as the sound of a in hat, sang, etc.
16. to calculate or reckon the monetary value of; give a specified material or financial value to; assess; appraise: to value their assets.
17. to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance.
1. to look upon or think of with a particular feeling: to regard a person with favor.
2. to have or show respect or concern for.
3. to think highly of; esteem.
4. to take into account; consider.
5. to look at; observe: She regarded him with amusement.
6. to relate to; concern: The news does not regard the explosion.
7. to see, look at, or conceive of in a particular way; judge (usually fol. by as): I regard every assignment as a challenge. They regarded his behavior as childish.
8. to pay attention.
9. to look or gaze.
11. reference; relation: to err with regard to facts.
12. an aspect, point, or particular: quite satisfactory in this regard.
13. thought; attention; concern.
14. look; gaze.
15. respect, esteem, or deference: a high regard for scholarship.
16. kindly feeling; liking.
(sources: Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, Webster’s New World Dictionary, American Heritage Dictionary)
What do you REGARD as important in your life? Material values? To hell with family values, how can you measure the value of the family by economic standards or as something meriting monetary value. Doesn’t it make more sense to gain understanding and find what you REGARD as important in terms of your relations with your family? Again, honesty is not a value in this country, if it were the whole Nation would collapse out of trauma; what do you regard as honest behavior in your personal life as well as business? Do you regard human life as important? Do you regard being the best you can be important? A new spiritual reality within your consciousness will dawn when you separate the wheat from the chaff by what you have allowed to be hijacked by the term value?
Stupidity is a cash crop in this country. It is hypocrisy to speak of spiritual values or moral values or ethical values. It makes much more sense to de hypnotize yourself from the calculated hijacking of the word values into whatever form of brainwashing you have allowed yourself to receive thus becoming nothing more than a serf representing a whore of consumerism and the business apes whose patriotism stops at the bottom line of their portfolio’s and then raise their hand to salute whatever flag the business may be bowing down to in order to create profits for themselves.
Do you regard knowledge as important or information? Do you regard truth as important or does that make your business dealing or personal dealings to cumbersome?
Which finally brings me to my Christmas article—what do you regard as Christmas? Or is Christmas just some type of exercise in whatever value you can bleed out of the merchandise that is made from the Chinese prison labor camps sold at Walmart. Do you know that those people work over 18 hours a day 7 days a week? Do you Regard that as important facts? Doesn’t that put a different view on the theory of globalization? Some pseudo responses are—Walmart produces jobs. Then you Value money over your Regard for human life and freedom, those objects were produced under slavery.
If we abandon our overuse of value and replace it with an understanding of what to regard, we can erase some of the intentionally muddy lines of conflict within our reasoning process because we sort things rationally; we use the closet for a closet instead of the living room for a closet.
Then the emptiness we feel inside can be a space for true fulfillment because we will regard that emptiness with importance instead of ascribing to it ‘no value’. Relatively simple, eh?. It isn’t as complicated as some accountant’s misuse of a financial Derivative formula to mislead major shareholders at the whims of the hoax of Information Theory dispensed by corporate CIO’s, but then again, that deals with value and having no regard for honesty like Kenneth Lay, Enron , World com et al. This can lead to some complexities. Remember what I stated some issues ago, that not dealing with the complexities can come back and bite you in your simplistic ass. Yet many insights, if covered up by denial or abandonment, can open up a new world in which you find out what you truly regard as important. We can use the distinction of these words in our minds to gain insight about ourselves and begin the process of the natural reorganization that quite naturally follows with the understanding of how we have allowed the word value to be hijacked. The value of human life is replaced by the Regard of human life. This usage presents quite a different perspective on the subject.
My view is that it is blasphemous, heretical, bigoted, Malthusian and downright animalistic to look upon the world strictly from the confines of value measured based language referring solely to the pecuniary enumeration or worth of anything spiritual. Jesus cleared the temple of the Money Changers with a rope he corded into knots as he angrily scoured the temple from the blight of VALUE. How can one even say spiritual values unless one has no Regard for the sacred or spiritual?
This time of the year can be a precarious time for many people who do not know what to abandon. How we use the Life that is given to us is important. We should teach each other to not abandon hope especially where we have reached the limits of what our faith can truly sustain. We need to feed hope with knowledge and where knowledge is not available, or evidence of love to sustain the motivation and movement of ones life, we must use hope in a truthful fashion to carry the weight of our pain until we are graced by the Life Power’s revelation of direction and knowledge unto us. We need to learn what to regard.
If we abandon the pseudo use of the word value we are then in a position to regard and behold the beauty and emptiness that is an inherent signature of Christmas itself, in a fascinatingly new Light — a real Light, a Limitless Light, not fire or derived light that the senses create. It is this time of the year that I hold in deep regard instead of value, where I grip the safety net of hope to shed its light on how fortunate I continue to be in my recovery since the “beer I had with death”. I remain ever hopeful that my attempts to point a finger at the moon at the darkest hour of the Christmas night and move my hand through the sea of flashing stars twinkling as dew drops on the petal of a rose struck by a beam of light against the thick dark seeming emptiness yet strange clarity of the night sky will invoke some regard for those who read this as to the sacredness of this particular holiday event.
There is almost a sense of holy responsibility for the written word at this time of year that beckons a demanding requirement of buoyancy, it is almost as if the Word itself emerges from deep within the dancing light which was founded upon the inexpressible darkness and languish of the emptiness. There appears to be something within our consciousness that holds Who and What we are in greater regard than we do ourselves or than we may be capable of; a herald sent forth from that which gave birth and life to our very non physical existence. I think this goes far beyond the agency of conscience, although conscience can be its agency, even lack of conscience.
This herald harkens us to abandon our meaningless ways that hold value only to those shallow individuals who define their world by money, power and materialism. I hold it high in regard to be burned in the fire and touch of true Love than to be drowned in a sea of values that proffer prostitution by sensual gratification and fear. We need to abandon being held hostage to fear and so called values and reinstate what we regard as important in our lives. I ever remain hopeful that my words will hold enough of anybody’s attention so that they may capture a glimpse of the flaming brilliance of Life dancing as Light.
As we continue our search for genuine fulfillment in the vast corners of the human heart where very few journey to even look, we will find a doorway called Hope, where we may then watch the fire of Love dance within the space of emptiness and come to understand that without the emptiness, we may never find or embrace that Love which burns and shines brightly—flaming in that darkest corner of the human heart where very few summon the necessary courage to even venture.
Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.
Qabalistic Teacher & Minister