Feb 10, 2023Liked by Rhyd Wildermuth

This course actually sounds really attractive to me, though I would probably skip Thread 8. Would that be all right?

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People are absolutely welcome to take the course as they see fit. The chapter on gods&spirits isn't an indoctrination or anything--much of it gives context for the way they were approached in pre-Christian times.

The way "the other" or "magic" is presented is likewise not doctrinaire. It primarily focuses on the relationship of the body and the "unconscious" parts of our existence to things external to us.

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Perfect. Thanks for clarifying.

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Talking about my God again

Michelangelo and William Blake were right about God.

From a Biblical perspective the nature of God is seen as reflected in aspects of the created order. Yes, God to a certain degree does have the nature of space, wind, emptiness, mist, air, sky, force, energy, light, darkness so congenial to Buddhist/Hindu/New Age types. However humans as being made in the image of God, are the best representation of what God is like – especially a human at their highest development, a mature, wise, good, vital 50+ man or woman. I knew a dynamic, spiritual woman in her late sixties, another one in her eighties they both reminded me of a female God the Father carrying personal authority.

To me saying God is NOT like a man – Our Father in Heaven - is dumbing God down, making God less than what he is, flattening the divine out, a less than human gas. In a true sense since humans are made in the divine image, humaness is intrinsic to God, God is even MORE human than we are, as our humanity is but an image of that which is being imaged. though divine humanity is an infinite multidimensional cube compared to our simple flat squares. God is even more perfectly human than us who are echoes, a flatter image of him.

There is much wisdom and truth in Michelangelo’s and William Blake’s depictions of God as a dynamic, active, wise older man. Far from being simplifications of God they point to his personal depth, his danger, his joy and love and perfect humanness and the familiarity and commonality we encounter when we meet him for he is like us for we are patterned after him.

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