This page contains all of the Developmental Theology Lessons in number order. The way they were meant to be read. The idea is to read a lesson, and give it thought and/or meditation for at least 1 week before moving on to the next lesson. But it would take you forever to get caught up that way, so start going through the back, but pay attention when new lessons are posted.
There is a dreaming memory in my spine, seeping through the cracks of my consciousness.
I come down the Shaman’s path, following the first, Old Odin-One-Eye.
“Developmental?” I once asked Othin.
“Yes, people have forgotten the basics.” Woden looked very sad at this thought.
“So, Theology, then?”
Sometimes even God settles for less.
Rain is God’s way of cleansing the world. Bless the rain that falls upon my head.
Homework assignment : Answer this one question. You will not have to share with the class.
When did you stop remembering?
What word can quench desire?
Loss is, perhaps, the single most important element involved in the process of deifying any person, place, thing, or concept.
The feelings in your gut can be more important than anything the brain thinks up.
Thus starts the founding principles of many major religions. Starting with a more obscure religion : Thelema.
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
– Aleister Crowley The Book of The Law
Today’s religion is Buddhism.
“All formations are “transient”; all formations are “subject to suffering”; all things are “without an Ego-entity.” Corporeality is transient, feeling is transient, perception is transient, mental formations are transient, consciousness is transient.”
— ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path))
Many of you out there are up in arms about “The Secret.” Well, it’s never been a mystery to me. “The Secret” basically boils down to a writing called The Emerald Tablet, attributed to Hermes Trismegustus. Some people doubt he ever really existed and say that the translations of The Emerald Tablet are false, made up, writings of a medieval occultist. The point it all comes to is this:
“Like attracts like. As above, so below.”
-Hermes Trismegustus, The Emerald Tablet.
Whether it existed or not, truth remains true. The hardest part is accepting that truth is based on perspective. We make our own truths. And then we have to live our lives with them.
“Don’t walk with the Devil if you can’t run with him too.”
-Seven Mary Three : Don’t Walk With the Devil
Despite centuries of searching and learning, the human race has yet to learn and adhere to the most primitive of morals : Don’t kill people.
“I am wise because I know I know nothing.”
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and it goes away. Puzzling.”
– Robert M. Pirsig : Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Love is the marker of all human progression.
“We all bleed the same.”
– Seven Mary Three: Headstong
Finally, as requested, something from the Protestant Bible.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “
– Jesus Christ, The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5, Verses 3-10
It should be noted that in the Gospel of Luke, they are slightly different.
“Never Knows Best”
– Written on a cigarette in the anime series FLCL(Fooly Cooly, or Furi Curi)
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good!”
Take out a thesaurus and look this up. How many words are synonyms for ‘love’?
“That’s why it’s still a mystery to me
Why some people live like they do
So many nice things happenin’ out there
They never even seen the clues”
-Jimmy Buffett: Migration
Good things take time. Great things happen all at once.
“A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.”
-Abraham Joshua Heschel [New York Journal-American, April 5, 1963]
“At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.”
“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is.”
“Do not believe anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
– Siddhartha Guatama(Buddha)
“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards”.
-The White Queen to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass
“If you couldn’t find any weirdness, maybe we’ll just have to make some!”
-Bill Watterson: Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes)
The best thing for soothing a troubled soul:
“Die, and let die.”
“Won’t you help to sing
-these Songs of Freedom,
‘cuase all I ever had
was Redemption Songs.”
-Bob Marley: Redemption Song
I need to be redeemed.
When did that become our anthem?
Speak what you dream.
Whenever you think something is too complex, just remember: At some point in time the horseshoe was considered a very complex idea.
How much of what I say makes you laugh? If you didn’t say, “All of it,” you may need to rethink your sense of humor, as well as your view of this class.
“The Path of Excess leads to the Palace of Wisdom.”
– William Blake
“Only thing I’ll ever ask of you: You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say ‘when’.”
– Foo Fighters: Everlong
You know how they say, “Hindsight is 20/20″? Well, that’s bullshit.
Think about your past. Is it a bit murky? We lose memories everyday. That’s why you have to try so hard to make new ones.
Just felt like that needed to be said by someone. That’s today’s Lesson.
If you don’t like it, don’t believe it.
It is the Buddha who contemplates us.
At some point in the process of your enlightenment you will be asked to give up something very dear to you. Emotions can become murky, and this will probably be the beginning of a new life for you.
All things balance. If you wish to be ‘reborn’ you have to die first.
“Ask and you will receive.” Pretty common quote. Apply that to your thoughts for this class. The first step to finding the religion that is inside you is to ask for it.
Let’s talk a little more about the idea of modern shamanism. You see, there’s a problem with religion as it currently is. It’s not personal anymore. It’s social.
The Shaman always views ideas of spirituality, religion, philosophy, metaphysics, etc, from the most personal view that he can grasp. If you become one with the question, the answer will make itself known. Make your beliefs a personal practice, and a constant exploration. Look through the eyes of The Shaman, see the world beyond, before, and after.
There is another path. This is it. Can you really handle religion on a personal level?
A child asked me today,
“What is God?”
I am not a Christian, nor do I believe in their deity.
I responded by opening the newspaper in my lap to the obituaries.
“This is God.” I said.
I then found a picture of a couple with a new born child.
“And this is God.”
“It’s as close as you’ll get without being thought crazy by others, little man.”
Belief in a higher power should come second to belief in yourself. – Cheshire
I weep for those who have no tears, just as I speak for those who have no voice. I live for those who have no life, and die a thousand deaths a day in a million different ways.
And when the sun sets, I sit, red-eyed and weary, wondering…
Who will dream for me?
Suffer the children to live, so that they too may see the world as hell rather than think for themselves…
Suffer the children to live, so that they too may feel the pain we will cause them.
Suffer the children to live, so that they too may bring more into the world.
Suffer the children to live, so that we might die without remorse…
“The Enemies’ gate is down.”
-Orson Scott Card “Enders Game”
If all I am is a statistic, what use is my name?
~01000011 01101000 01100101 00100100 01101000 01101001 01110010 01100101 (Che$hire)
Evolution. It happens.
Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory!
As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear! – Emily Dickinson
I hope you are learning.