June 14, 2011
|Posted: Post subject: POST-CHURCH SPIRITUALITY
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Here comes the Aquarian Age! Welcome the post-Piscean Age! Hail the Post-Church Era!
Planet Earth is now at the ascending arc of her evolution. Ascension holds true for humanity, whose evolution in the dense spheres is now ending and the entry to the higher dimensions accelerating. It takes 555 million years for the entire human race to devolve & evolveÃ¢Â€Â”to devolve into the dense spheres, and go back to the divine spheres as evolved beings. The midpoint of the 555-million year period was reached on the 21st of September of 1934 yet (see revelations of Guru Roerick, Guru R.K.K)
The ascendant route in our evolution is now way up since 1934. So cheer up, Noble Seekers! This route will see the emergence of greater individuation in the human psyche, a development that was anticipated many decades ago by the H.P. Blvavatsky, Carl Jung and Tailhard De Chardin. As mankind individuates all the more, so will the bond with the collective mind get fractured. All those institutions that sought to control humans and reduced them to automatons that lack autonomy are now crumbling. That includes Religion with the capital R.
Institutional behavior is largely effective for those with the strongest Ã¢Â€Â˜herd instinctÃ¢Â€Â™, even as it harnesses the folk spirit or folkgeist to secure individual loyalty to society and institutions. For the highly individuated souls, institutional behavior or mass behavior is sickening and misplaced, and will seek every way to express their autonomy as Ã¢Â€Â˜free spiritsÃ¢Â€Â™ rather than dance to the sway of the folkgeist. Those high risk takers will not take second thoughts in leaving their churches, peers, kinship circles, old neighborhoods if to prove the toxic nuisance of the old ways and the highest value of their freedoms.
Sadly for the devotees, religions will end in violent upheavals over the next few decades. In many European countries, the church-going impulse had died, many have left their churches and are seeking new modalities of adaptation that will see the greater expression of individuality and autonomy. Many of the Europeans have fallen into the atheistic path, but many are Seekers who aspire for alternative spiritual programs that are of the individualized platforms rather than institutional (churchly) types.
One must understand that Europe had enormous traumas with religious life, passed through many Dark Ages that were reinforced by religious precepts, and went through genocides and wars due to religion. And so, when the most open societyÃ¢Â€Â”the postmodern society with a post-industrial economyÃ¢Â€Â”began galvanizing in their countries, Europeans at last found the environment they needed to throw away the garbage institutions that have enchained their souls for centuries and millennia.
Institutions are crumbling. The postmodern thinkers have already pronounced the Ã¢Â€Â˜implosion of the socialÃ¢Â€Â™, the Ã¢Â€Â˜end of meta-narrativesÃ¢Â€Â™ and Ã¢Â€Â˜rise of micro-narrativesÃ¢Â€Â™, the Ã¢Â€Â˜end of ideologyÃ¢Â€Â™, and every kind of terminal phases of old worlds that have for so long enchained the human psyche in the fiery hells of Dostoevskian existence. Go through the works of Jean Francois Lyotard, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Daniel Bell, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Jurgen Habermas, Alvin Toffler and Kenichi Ohmae, and youÃ¢Â€Â™ll find their thoughts converge on the observation about the rise of the new context marked by collapse of institutions.
In the emerging context, old modalities and platforms of adaptation wonÃ¢Â€Â™t work as they are ineffective. It would be futile to revive them, reconstruct them into hip-hop type things for they are largely meant for the Ã¢Â€Â˜herd mindÃ¢Â€Â™ or Ã¢Â€Â˜collective mindÃ¢Â€Â™. In the emerging contexts, the herd mind of the Laggard is out and the individuated mind of the Free Spirit-Seeker is in. The mighty waves of the new context are now here with us, dealing catastrophic blows on old societies & cultures, economies, polities, religions, kinships, world outlooks, educational systems, health institutions and other behavioral morphs that tend to retard or obstruct soul ascent to the divine spheres.
The new world is rising with so much birth pangs, as it violently pushes its way up and disgorges itself from the wombs of the old world. We are in the transition phase, as we witness the representatives of the old world working so hard to assert their remaining powers so as not to let go of their largesse and privileges derived from controlling and manipulating people. We witness the clash of religious tolerance versus religious fundamentalism, and the clash of religious fundamentalist groups that have so far resulted to countless deaths.
The next twenty-five (25) years will see the further intensification of religious conflicts. We now see another world war shaping up from out of the revived age-old conflict between Sunni and Shiite Islam. While the war shapes up, the old war between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland hasnÃ¢Â€Â™t totally died out. The Moslem-Christian conflict in the Balkans and Africa havenÃ¢Â€Â™t extinguished too. The ancient hatreds between Arabs and Jews are still around, though in the coming world war the Sunni-Jewish alliance will galvanize in a tenuous coalition versus Shiite aggression.
It is now certain that tens of millions will die in the ensuing wars. It seems like weÃ¢Â€Â™re back to the 30-Years War (1618-1648) which began along the Catholic-Protestant cleavage, but which later ended up differently as alliances changed. In this new 30-Years War shaping up, the Shiite-Sunni cleavage will just be the trigger towards a bigger war scene as the world powers enter the war fronts and declare their alliances accordingly. The conflicts could spread to all continents, unless that the madness be stopped before the globe will catch up fire in the process.
One thing is certain should the religious cleavages result to enormous deaths in warm bodies: a global shock for humanity, a shock that will rapidly see the esteem of Great Religions diminish radically. Past the year 2030, it is most likely that the survivors of the wars will lose respect for their religious elders, and would rather choose the path of the freethinker. Religious participation will decline to insignificant levels thereafter, as the shockwaves of the carnage will refuse to die out many decades after the last embers of the battles have extinguished.
And this will be the explicit message of the forthcoming global experience of religious madness: it does not pay to sustain and reinforce religion as a modality of expressing and meeting the spiritual needs of an individuating populace. If it will take this bitter path to take us all out of the old world life and celebrate later a post-religious spirituality, then let it happen. And the sooner that the catastrophic events will happen, the better will it be for us all.
What IÃ¢Â€Â™ve been prophesying all along will come forth: the birthing of the post-religious society. ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s no way that herd-mind institutions can survive a new world that will be dominated by the life modalities for the individuated minds or free spirits. Humanity is rapidly moving towards the noosphere and there will be no turning back to the herd mind of the Stone Age. Teilhard De Chardin, whom the church badly demonized for his unorthodox futuristic vision about the coming of the noosphere, will be vindicated.
But most of all, you Noble Seekers will be vindicated. You who have to hide in the shadows for fear of persecution, you who have silently deconstructed in thought and action the destructive ways of your churches and priesthoods, will be vindicated. You whose figures were vilified by pals, kins, and every fanatical devotee you may have encountered, will be vindicated. And you will exhibit the last laugh, as you will witness before your own eyes the violent collapse of churches. Islam will go, then Judaism, then Christianity, then Hinduism, and all those that have resorted to mass slaughters of perceived Ã¢Â€Â˜infidelsÃ¢Â€Â™.
No more will inquisitions work. Even if global tyranny will be established today in the name of God, by religious zealots of the most fundamentalist groups coalescing to save their crumbling powers and privileges, this tyranny wonÃ¢Â€Â™t hold. Every church group that has been resorting to inquisitions such as the jihadists and Christian terrorists will be humiliated. No draconian measure whatsoever that will shackle the free mind will ever succeed again, more so in the sphere of the sacred.
The Age of Dogma had already faded away in social life and is more markedly a part of historical analects as narratives of the damned. The Age of Interpretation had long superseded dogma, with the new context leaving it up to the individual reader or learner to interpret texts, lessons, archetypes. But the defenders of dogma refuse to accept their fated defeat, and they seem to have a window of opportunity to unleash their powers via religious fundamentalism and televangelism. But their days are numbered, and as soon as humanity will witness the full horrors of the religious holocausts now shaping up and intensifying, the compass of the day will point to more lay people leaving their churches more so among the younger generations.
Dear Seeker, what then should be your attitude towards your church? You really need not leave your church as you ascend the Path, you can still make use of it as a vehicle for your bhakti (devotion) practices. But if youÃ¢Â€Â™re tired and sick of your church and youÃ¢Â€Â™ve left it for good, very well then, welcome to the world of freethinkers. You can still do your bhakti at home, include it in your prayers, or set special occasions for around 10-15 minutes or more in a week to focus on chanting the name of God, as well as the Avatar (e.g. Christ, Krishna, Maitreya, Buddha, Ahura Mazda) and Divine Mothers (e.g. Quan Yin, Mary, Portia, Vesta, Liberty) that attract you most.
So, Noble Seeker, if youÃ¢Â€Â™re so disturbed by the surge of fundamentalism and other fascistic religious movements, this will only be for a temporary phase. Past 2030 they will be residual, clumsy, ridiculously spent out forces. Seekers and freethinkers will be the victors of the day. So please show more patience and love to the fanatical devotees, for many of them will leave their churches yet and go the Path of the Seeker. Hail the Age of Post-Church Spirituality!
[Writ 27 September 2007, Quezon City, MetroManila]