Beauty and EcumenicismWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
There are many vantage points from which to find beauty. The side of mountains overlooking Lake Louise on grass of hotel sipping champagne with your most cherished friend is a memory of beauty that will always overcome my consciousness. The purr of my friend and companion as he welcomed me home from a hard days work or smile on face of most any person who 'sees' what little part of life we can partake in to help each other. There are many beauties and no real evil. This will be dealt with in greater detail under Abraxas in concept segment. In whole of 'brotherhood' there are many religions and in each one; I have found essence of beauty expressed by wise and metaphysical or soulful people. In Islam my favorite is Sufism. They make a good point about poison of negativity and any form of thought that does personal energized harm to other life in this quote:
“The soul who had to sympathize with whole world was thus prepared that drop of that poison which always produces contempt, resentment and ill feeling against another was destroyed first. So many talk about purification of heart, and so few really know what it is. Some say to be pure means to be free from all evil thought, but there is no evil thought. Call it evil or call it devil, if there is any such thought it is thought of bitterness against another. No one with sense and understanding would like to retain a single drop of poison in his body. And how ignorant it is on part of man when he keeps and cherishes a bitter thought against another in his heart. If a drop of poison can cause death of body, it is equal to a thousand deaths when heart retains smallest thought of bitterness." (56)
The fear of nature or one's inner uncertainties has caused many to find evil in places where beauty exists. Once one no longer has to control nature, there is no place where beauty will not be found. It may be a bittersweet beauty such as seeing your lover find a person she wants to marry; when you are an older man with all love in world for a person you love in every way. It may be joy you feel when you know you aren't going to have to schlep or drudge for money in socially structured gambit to gain material things. The fears that create opposite of harmony and brotherhood are 'poisons' which no true Kelt would know as he/she spoke to Alexander about their creed and their honest appreciation for soul in everything. Nature has no evil and crooked bristlecone pine that dormantly awaits desert rain has lived longer than rash fast-growing ash that sprouts quickly skyward. In soul that knows it is immortal idea of change is welcome and thus warrior’s death is too.
CAN THESE BONES LIVE?Written by Irvin L. Rozier
Can These Bones Live?
Last night (May 26 05), I had this very short dream. I was in a large field which was very dry and dusty. In field, laying in rows, were burnt looking, dry skeletons. I