MYTHS FOR TODAY
July 18, 2005
As I write about in the paper on this website on creative
sometimes is useful to tell stories, make up myths, sort of
parables that address in more poetic form, with more vivid
some ideas mentioned in other papers--especially those on process
philosophy, kabbalah, etc.
Here are some mentioned on this webpage.
How God Works
Be the Captain of Your Soul
About Saints and Gurus
An Avatar Story
How Religions and Culture
HOW GOD WORKS
Here's creation story from one of universes several
dimensions over and a few up and to the right: Once beyond time
sort of did a "king" trip: He sat on a throne and presided in a
grand style indeed, judging the souls, blessing
the righteous ("Come over and sit here on my right side"),
the wicked ("You can go to hell!), listening to the choirs of
heavenly hosts sing praises in the gold and jeweled throne room,
whole nine yards. However, being of a more far-seeing nature, he
this role (which was even there only a projection of a human-like
the illusion that king-ing was cool), well, it was boring! Very
simplistic. This was no role for a truly magnificent presence. So
this was beyond gender– no male or female, much less patriarchial
contamination – ah, but the present state of your language, sigh,
creates a Procrustean Bed for pronouns)... He announced to the
collected angels: "Let's have a contest: Whoever can think of the
greatest thing for me to do wins." All the angels and archangels
up their suggestions and put them in the suggestion box. Reading
though, something else occurred to Him.
On the day of the judging, God
read all the suggestions and announced the winner: "Me!" "Aww,"
some of the angels. "No fair. You're smarter." "Oh, come
on," laughed God, "Let's face it, that's true! Gimme a break!"
well," said the angels, relinquishing their petty strivings and
on to the continuing adventure, "So what's the answer?" After a
dramatic pause, God announced: "I'm going to be
"Whoa! That's an awful lot to be," said one angel, playing the
perfectly. "I can't imagine how you can be everything all at one
You'd spread yourself too thin!" "That's just the point," replied
"I'm the only
it off. Not that I'd be personally making every decision, you
understand. Rather, I'll sort of go along for the ride, implant
as it were, as a source of cosmic energy and guidance, and
responsibility for co-creation to every being."
"Every being?" the angel asked, astonished. "Yep," replied God,
atom, every dream, every poet, every blade of grass, every
I'd be in every whispered breeze, in every song about whispered
breezes, the whole shebang. Everything. I want to experience it
love it all, help it all."
"But so much of it is so dense, so ignorant, prideful..." another
interjected. "That's part of the game," said God. "To help it all
evolve, to make whatever mistakes it needs to make in order to
to take years, aeons of time in order to evolve. I take millennia,
billennia to work. I'm pretty patient."
"Why do all this?" cried a bunch of other angels.
"Because it's interesting!" God replied. "It's glorious, it's the
biggest production of a multi- dimensional opera I can imagine.
cosmos unfolds, zillions of songs, dances, jokes, tragedies,
ta daaa!" It's also a challenge. Start with the most
of particles and basic forces of energy, and see what I can evolve
of this, how many different variations, and also the elegance of
if I can get the different elements to then mesh, integrate, work
together, and from it all, evolve ever-higher levels of love, joy,
"What about the participants? Are you going to let them stew in
"I'll help them as much as I can. I'll stay with them, deep in
soul, in every being. I'll whisper the archetypal principles to
and try to guide them in proportion to what their consciousness
handle. Most of the time they won't listen, because they get
distracted, because they don't know what I sound like, because
can't tell my whispers from all the programming they get from
and advertisements and all. But in time they'll learn to discern
guidance from the other types of messages. That's part of what
need to learn. It may take millions of years.
"Will you intervene to help them?" an angel asked.
"No, I don't work that way," God said. "I don't do physical
To the extent they expand their consciousness, attune themselves
subtleties of spirituality, some may acquire what they consider
miraculous powers or psychic phenomena, but these are correlates
consciousness. I have no physical fingers or toes. I work from
"But when they're suffering..." an archangel protested.
God: "Oh, I cry with them, I suffer with them. I stay with them,
continuing to whisper. Sometimes they hear me and get on my
wave-length. But I can't change the way they're stupid with each
and I can't interfere in preventing earthquakes and floods and
created this universe by instituting certain principles, and all
material evolution followed." In a way, this density
material, and density of mind, well, that's the game: To work
from within, for as long as it takes. (Time is not a problem for
The challenge is to gradually work, non-violently, non-coercively,
evolve further, ever further.
A: "What's the point, then?"
G: "Creating, learning to live together in greater harmony,
becoming more conscious and aware of me and all other dimensions
mind--it's a wonderful enterprise! What could be grander? And as
of heaven and hell that some folks presume to project onto me and
realms of being? And for the idea that I'm an "unmoved mover,"
unchanging in all aspects? No, never happened."
A: "What about the prophets that appear now and then? Are you
yourself through them?"
G: "Some are spiritually talented, just like Bach or Beethoven or
Mozart were talented in music. Some have a natural inclination to
into more sensitive attunement with my voice and the principles
are intuited or, for some, heard outright. There are hundreds of
in every generation, and some attain fame while most live in
in which their talents are relatively unappreciated. A few have
in times or historical settings conducive to their becoming very
influential. It's all a process of continued evolution. One may
a teacher, but never attain fame. The student of her student may
together the influence of several teachers. I mentioned that there
hundreds of major talents in every generation, but there are
of thousands of moderately talented, spiritually alive beings in
intelligent species. This distribution of abilities applies to
quality or skill, and to every species, intelligent or not. It's
A: And the religions that follow these prophets?
G: Ah, they are subject to the process of history, with some
distorting the teachings for worthy or unworthy motives. Other
followers generations later seek to recapture the spiritual truths
particular insights, to undo the natural processes of
degradation that any great wisdom teaching is subject to. Many of
teachings can continue to be used as stimulants in this regard,
they are so vulnerable to interpretation that they are problematic
sources of authority.
A: What are the proper sources of authority, then?
G: The principles of existence, of nature, and the innate guidance
my quiet inner voice and the archetypal principles they suggest.
these alone cannot solve the problems. Each sentient being
be faced with the inevitability of dealing with his or her own
challenges, moment to moment. There may be a little guidance, but
of that challenge is to learn from others, to become creative in
problem-solving, to cooperate and think and communicate, and
This is part of what makes the production as a whole so glorious.
BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR
A captain–what does that mean? A captain of an infantry company?
Perhaps more a captain of a ship–ah, that's more like it! The
master! Ah, there's the rub! (As Hamlet said in his famous
soliloquy in Shakespeare's play). For a distinction needs to be
between being in charge, responsible, and being "in control."
The captain of a ship is the one who determines how the steering
go, and speed, and a few other matters of keeping order and
Yet in fact, the captain is quite limited in terms of what is
controlled. Ships are big and cannot stop on a dime, nor can they
quickly. They have their own momentum as they roll through seas
are a zillion times bigger.
What if the captain is the ego, the conscious ordinary awake self,
the ship is the soul, and the soul is more complex and far bigger
the captain in size. The ship contains a crew that can be managed,
there is always the danger of mutiny, and far more often,
passive-aggressive low grade sloppiness, laziness, sulking, and
types of misbehavior. Discipline is not always easy. The ship
engines and sub-roles that are not always mastered by the
captain–engineer, radioman, and so forth. In the mind, the soul,
unconscious, has all sorts of mechanisms that the awakened ego
know how to do voluntarily. Why do we laugh and cry, and how is it
our sexuality is not really under the control of will. Then
whole category of sickness, healing, and psychosomatic illness.
psychiatric manuals are full of examples of ways the mind doesn't
follow the wishes of the conscious self.
In this metaphor of the captain being the ordinary ego-self, the
being the soul, even that great complex bulk is but a chip on the
greater vastness of the sea and sky. The sea is the Divine
and we flow with its eventfulness. The captain has a measure of
control, but only a measure, and this varies depending on the
and waves and winds, and there are other elements that can shift
nature of the journey–sun, wind, snow, fog, heat, cold, and so
The point of this extended metaphor is that we should seek to
responsible as we can, as skilled a captain as we can, but also we
should not edge over into the hubris, the subtle arrogance of
that our whim and will can actually control either the ship or the
There's a need to be a master within a broader context of humility
A major function of the captain is to harmonize with the ship, its
crew, and the elements. To achieve this, he or she must be
it must listen to complaints, attend to needs, even of the
crew and passenger, and become alert to the signs in nature and
messages sent by the wind and waves.
I am captain of my soul? Perhaps, but it certainly isn't a
just of giving orders and thinking they'll be obeyed. Captain-ing
tough job, and the skills of this roles may be developed
lifetime and never achieve perfection.
You're the only you in the world, in the whole cosmos. You're the
one with not only the unique blend of thousands of genes, but also
peculiar convergence of a variety of other factors:
The historical era and region into which you were
and also where you were raised. Each move, each region you moved
added to this complexity.
The individuality of your family–their
weaknesses, interpersonal and parenting skills, the individual
of each sibling.
The uniqueness of each friend, teacher,
group of friends, and the "chemistry" which characterized their
interactions; the norms, rules, morale, of these groups.
Similarly, other groups, clubs, church,
family, all had their own chemistry and contributed to your
Temperament added to this special-ness,
there are scores of aspects of temperament, styles of learning,
Abilities and disabilities, strengths and
weaknesses, talents, no-talents, and also the degrees to which
talent was cultivated or neglected; and the degrees to which each
weakness was highlighted as an occasion for humiliation, or turned
an opportunity for overcoming hardship and the development of
Special interests emerge from these and also
sources–some would even speculate on past lives–so that this
finds everything Chinese fascinating, while her neighbor has a
for the art and history of ancient Egypt. We have no idea why this
child becomes fascinated with dinosaurs and that one with soccer.
Considering all your interests, again, there's a unique blend,
each interest influences the angle of perception or the way you
in the other interests, even if only slightly.
Anything with sufficient complexity ends up being unique–it's just
mathematical fact. The pattern on the peel of a lemon has enough
differences so that in one square foot of surface area, there may
thousand places where dimples can occur, each at a different
width, and slight position variance compared to its neighbors.
every lemon skin shows a complexity like a fingerprint, and
unique in the universe. The microscopic membrane of every cell in
body, all 60 trillion or so of them, again is so patterned so that
like a thousand fingerprints, with a slight twist this or that way
or there that, in its aggregate, leads to it also being absolutely
unique in the cosmos. As I say, it's simply a matter of when you
compile a sufficient number of items with a sufficient number of
possible directions or parameters, what happens is that the number
possible variations approaches infinity! Cell, lemon skin, you.
The moral of this story now shifts from mathematics to cosmic
Let's say that God loves good stories, good theatre, and here you
a story, a life that's absolutely unique. More, the plot of the
is being improvised, so there's no fixed plot line! And that also
that it's a page-turner, a mystery–no one knows how it's going to
out! What suspense!
And let's say that God loves you at least as much as you've loved
child or grandchild, with that same curiosity about how the kid's
to turn out. Does this behavior promise a talent in music or art?
only 4, so it's hard to say, but there is enough showing that it
you kind of intrigued! Let's say that your unfolding, too,
held in this cherished field of attention, interest, concern, and
curiosity. Part of this is perhaps maternal, but a good part
also just the delight of a good audience, noticing that this
your heroic journey, is good theatre! Your life really is most
ABOUT GURUS AND SAINTS
Here are some myths about prophets, saints, and other enlightened
souls. In south Asia they're also known as avatars or gurus. In
universes, the souls of sentient beings evolve through many
lives. Now, just as with your planet's process of evolution, some
species seem to evolve faster than others, so that some creatures,
sharks or horseshoe crabs have changed relatively little for
of millions of years, while other species change significantly
tens of thousands of years. Also, some souls develop significant
talents or abilities. For some, it's musical or artistic genius.
are inspired writers or inventors, political visionaries, poets,
gifted in their capacity to understand and even communicate with
As part of evolution, some souls develop a sharper awareness, a
intuition into the nature of deeper or more multi-dimensional
They sense it psychically, though this kind of consciousness is
all easy to express in language that is understandable to ordinary
folks who don't "see" or "realize" this deeper dimension. Your
philosopher Plato wrote about it in what has become known as the
"Parable of the Cave."
The closest analogy is when a child becomes aware not only of her
immediate family, but at family get-togethers and events begins to
a feeling for "our family," the sense of kinship with aunts and
grandparents, cousins, nephews, and so forth. In time the child
develop also the sense of being part of a church, a social class,
ethnicity, and so forth. This deep sense of identification and
belonging operates beyond ordinary reason or consciousness. It's
step to developing a capacity to feel as much a part of the Great
Wholeness of the Cosmos as it was to advance from feeling a part
immediate family to being a part of the wider family. It requires,
only, a general consensus about this belonging-ness, so that it's
of the fabric of the culture–a consensus that on many worlds is
conflicted, varied, and under-developed.
Still, just as some kids are born with a sensitivity to music or
mathematics, a natural intelligence that often transcends the
of their parents or even culture, so too some kids are born with a
natural spiritual intelligence. Actually, spiritual sensitivity is
distributed like other talents–a few are somewhat dense to this
most are mildly sensitive, a smaller number are moderately
and a rare few are "geniuses," especially sensitive, really tuned
with less distortion imposed by cultural overlay. Also, like
other talents, spiritual sensitivity can be moderately developed
training and encouragement.
Note that spiritual sensitivity doesn't make someone ultimately
"better" than other people. It's possible to be spiritually
and yet be un-talented in other ways, perhaps tone deaf, or
However, there does tend to be a correlation between spiritual
sensitivity and a relatively high level of ethical sense, simply
because the two sensitivities are related, like melody and rhythm
the talent of musical genius-- but not always or necessarily.
Remember, then, that all souls are essentially equal, even if some
folks are more aware of the depth of the cosmos than others.
certain cultures, this sensitivity is seen as a touch of madness,
in other cultures, a great gift that is relevant to that culture's
philosophy. In cultures where the spiritually sensitive are
appreciated, many tend to think that these people's souls have
"evolved" a little faster or further than others, or seem as if
were in some sense "ahead" of the others in their consciousness.
Another way of thinking of it is that their form of awareness
"ahead of their time."
Okay, so some of these beings-- and since there is only one
self-reflectively sentient species on planet Earth called
they'll be called that, or folks or human like names–beings,
the spiritually sensitive folks have, in addition to having a
relatively– note that word, "relatively" – accurate take on
metaphysics, the ultimate nature of mind and reality–they also
become aware of their own potential role in the evolution of the
world's soul and all the souls in it. Also, and this is a little
of a topic because folks in your world don't believe–and those
for the most part don't really understand what "reincarnation" or
"afterlife" or "angelic realms" and the like are really about...
anyway, some of these souls have learned how to exercise some
between lifetimes. They also get a lot of help in this from
spirit guides. (From our trans-dimensional perspective,
being has spirit guides, with sentient and reflective beings
correspondingly more complex spirit guides, and the simple and
rudimentary creatures having relatively simple and rudimentary
Anyway, regarding your question about those your people have
prophets or saints or such–those that you haven't murdered, that
(Like kingship, certain roles can be fairly dangerous depending on
political and cultural atmosphere of the place and time.) These
have become dedicated to the task of helping the whole world
move along the intelligence, consciousness, and spirit a little
to a more creative and harmonic wholeness. There's a term on your
planet, derived from the Oriental tradition, called an "avatar,"
meaning one who is a messiah for an era, an advanced or
soul who incarnates into material existence in order to really
humanity work out some major pervasive blockage in the process of
evolution. Some people on your planet have claimed that you are
another avatar soon, others claim that "He"--usually and oddly,
been assigned a male role there in the last several thousand
already come, and the best people can do is to acknowledge Him and
follow His teachings. (On other worlds, and increasingly, on your
planet, the more "female" beings are becoming recognized as being
imbued with spiritual sensitivity, wisdom, and the potential for
prophecy. Of course they always were, but all too often were
for their challenge to the patriarchal culture of the time.)
Indeed, there have been a number of avatars or prophets who have
claimed to be the "final" or ultimate one over the last two
millennia–some more "authentic" than others.
On other worlds, however, people recognize this as occurring on a
continuum, with some people being leaders in more modest ways, and
everyone having the potential to innovate or promote an idea, to
function, as it were, as a sort of "micro-avatar."
Another term your species has used in describing this role is
"bodhi-sattva." According to legend, these are people whose
are so advanced that they're filled with compassion for the rest
creation, and who have vowed to refrain from entering nirvana,
heavenly union with the wholeness of things, until all creation
evolved to that point of enlightenment.
The Prophet's Predicament
What if you were a prophet. Savior is a bit much--it implies that
there's a salvation once and for all. Consider that it may be
sufficient for you to be If you think of it as a challenge, it's
intrinsically a most difficult
one: Imagine it for yourself. Let's say that you discover that you
immense resources of cosmic wisdom, and that you become aware that
are a bodhisattva. You are courageous and open. In this scene, you
"really" know what the "truth" is, and you want to share it with
many people as you could, so that the message was spread as
as it could be. Or, perhaps, you just want to change things for
better. The problem is, what role would you choose to advance the
of the world, knowing you would likely only move it along a
Also, having chosen a role, how would you play it?
Now, here's the constraints of the situation: You can pick any set
parents you want. That means picking a particular region and time
history. Let's say, even, that yours has been a serial
pattern, so that each lifetime follows within months or at the
few years upon the heels of the previous lifetime. Now, in this
supposition, you can foresee only a little, with no guarantees:
like a clever futurologist who can spot trends with a pretty good
perspective, but you can't determine or control the details of
will happen. There are always folks coming up with stuff, whether
be assassinations or inventions, that shift those trends
and you can only foresee them a little. I mean, some folks are
likely to get killed because they live too dangerously, whether
adventurers or prophets, heretics or generals.
So, there are prices and pay-offs. If you choose to be the first
royal parentage, for example, you stand the risk that you'll get
by a younger brother or cousin or military coup. Indeed, lives
intend to live which will be likely to lead to fame or power are
lives that will evoke the most envy and direct opposition, and as
more conflict and possibly an early death.
If you choose to be born in an obscure village and teach or
have a good chance of sinking into obscurity, and your pupils,
you're very lucky, distorting, diluting, and rigidifying your
until it peters out of its own inanition. There's always a danger
your good intentions will become the authoritative or even
foundations for the commission of evil acts.
Over the years, you might assess the time and place, and take a
what role might be most likely to be influential in the long run.
one lifetime, you might choose to be a general, and arrange to be
into a warlike yet powerful kingdom, one that's on the rise or
shows promise. Perhaps your plan for that age would be to fight
you see as the powers of darkness. Perhaps you could even become a
ruler and institute a reign of peace and a "golden era" of
harmony, and the arts.
You might be an artist or musician, attempting to communicate your
message of cosmic grandeur by first attracting the attention of
people to the wonders of your skill and the objects of your
contemplation. You may hope in another life to be born into a
civilization that is moving toward having drama as its major
form, and in that context, express your genius as a playwright.
Perhaps you will choose to be a crusading newspaper editor, or
a wandering philosopher and prophet. You may work through a select
group of colleagues, disciples, students, or you may take your
directiy to the people. Always you must weigh probabilities,
considering which approach might work best in which culture or/and
If you were to be born into a literary culture, you would be faced
the choice to write direct and clearly revolutionary manifestos,
risk the wrath of the authorities; or you might choose to write
allegorical tracts, appealing to the imagination of the reading
especially the intelligentsia--but the risk here is that people
won't get it, and if you try to explain, it will endanger your
Also, writing down a set of truths is always a problem, because
need to be flexibly adapted to each situation, are as complex as
realities they exist in. Truth is best addressed as much by the
person lives–how do your people say it? "Do they walk the talk?"
truth-tellers need to be interrogated because most of the time
misunderstood the first or second or third time around. So
writing can be as much of a technology of distortion as it is of
In our dimension, there's a story of one of the bodhisattvas
one time to be one of the first journalists. Well, actually, he
to born into a family in a culture whose technology approximated
on your planet was, say, ancient Greece, and he arranged to be the
grandson of really one of the first journalists. It had occurred
that guy, the grandfather, that it's important to communicate
groups of people.
Now this is not necessarily a widely held value. Indeed, in that
culture, people tended to keep to themselves, and those who held
power maneuvered among themselves as best they could. There was
informal gossip and people telling stories, but no one had made a
profession of it--that is, to get the real story of what was going
and present it widely with the least amount of bias or personal
interest. Now this fellow had to be a pretty good story teller,
only the top few percentage of people were somewhat literate, so
were no newspapers or other cheaply produced written material. He
to go around and tried to tell the people what his government was
doing, and it didn't take long for them to shut him up. Nor did he
the imagination or the
social network to be effective as a martyr, so, he shut up.
Well, the grandson realized that this kind of journalism was holy
he realized it even before he was born. He felt that the idea of
communicating about their own politics was important, it was the
rudimentary beginning of democracy, self-government. This soul
that people need to take responsibility for their lives if they're
going to evolve, and this required a social norm of increased
interactions. Well, in that world, this avatar grew up to take on
journalistic role, and attempted to turn it into a profession. To
extent, he succeeded, too, at least in terms of planting the seed
the idea that people have a right to know, and they need to know
going on around them, a little past the boundaries of their
family and circle of acquaintances. That lifetime was full of
and ended up without much great success, but some. History books
overlooked him, and his own line of those whom he influenced also
forgot his name after a few generations.
This is an example of a fairly typical story of the lifetime of
these medium avatars. Sometimes, they hit it big, and sometimes,
failed. It often depended on who they connected with, who worked
publicize them, or to develop their ideas. Sometimes, the
person got a lot of the credit, too.
Occasionally, the avatar chose a woman's role. She might be the
of a person who might go far, or the wife. Again, there were no
guarantees that the situation would work out well, since all the
could do was to choose the parents. Oh, they had a lot of
they could influence others perhaps more than the ordinary guy.
a while, particularly in some less technological societies, the
would be able to directly lead or influence events.
There are many possibilities which you might wonder about in or
your time in your world: What might an enlightened soul do in
most practically stimulate and guide other souls? Would it attempt
work through the mass media or to influencethe theories of
Would it want to become a truly noble politician, attempting to
demonstrate that the pure soul can operate in such a complex and
individualistic and competitive system? How about a cartoonist
Perhaps the avatar would work to refine, spread, and make more
an established religion, or perhaps it would want to create a new
religion. Would it do this through the organization of the
work outside in a direct appeal to the people. If a truly
avatar appeared, where could he or she spread the truth without
considered a crank or frankly crazy? Would he be expected to make
miracles in order for anyone to believe in him?
That's always been a problem for the "avatars" in many different
planetary systems. Their consciousness may have been advanced
that they could do things with clairvoyance and psychokinesis,
people's minds, manifest objects, raise themselves in the air,
sick, etc. In some lives, they chose to do this openly, and
occasionally they got attacked for it, in your world, treated as
they were "witches." In other lives, they chose to withhold the
these tricks, and attempted to arouse people's awareness through
evident truth of their ideas, whether spoken or written. Often,
was simply unsuccessful, and not infrequently, these careers ended
It just occurred to me that you might have a number of those
moderate or advanced consciousness among you even now, each trying
get the word out, or to facilitate without words, perhaps by
the way to grow toward more love, harmony, creativity, and other
positive goals. There doesn't seem to be any widely accepted
on how to recognize them--indeed, when I visit your world, most of
simply don't believe this fairly obvious possibility (at least in
dimensions) could be true for you. Hmmm.
AN "AVATAR" STORY
Once upon a beyond-time, there was an avatar. An avatar is a
being who takes birth in form in order to help foster the
the spiritual evolution, of a species. This one decided to join a
humanoid species on a certain planet, thinking to see if the role
prophet might be useful.
At this point in history on that planet, women were subjugated, so
avatar chose for this incarnation to be male, hoping to be more
effective in the planned role. "He" picked a province in a growing
empire of modest civilizational degree, a province which had a
tradition of prophecy, so his role wouldn't be too out of place.
arranged to be born to a simple family. There were portents at his
birth, unusual phenomena in the heavens and on the planet, but
such cosmic resonances was also the custom of that planet in those
days; avatars were expected to have some portents, signs from the
heavens, unusual "coincidences" and marvelous occurrences in the
As the avatar emerged in the form of a young one and grew older,
became increasingly aware of his own wisdom, its essential truth,
the staggering implications of his potential. This took about six
years, from his mid-childhood through his early adolescence. (Of
course, I'm translating a lot of elements that wouldn't make sense
earth people, so I am telling this story as if it were happening
human-like being.). In that other universe, avatars became aware
their missions in a variety of ways: for some it was an epiphany,
revelation, a sudden insight. These usually occurred in young or
adulthood. Some experience it as if what you might call a "god"
to them or through them. Some operated a little like mediums or
channels. Others emerged gradually, becoming more and more
the nature of the role of "bodhisattva"–i.e., one who repeatedly
chooses to be re-incarnated in order to lead all sentient life
spiritual liberation. A few, usually less experienced avatars of
moderate advancement, had erred in their choice of family and
were born into times, situations, or with a set of strengths and
weaknesses that were not up to the role. Some of these went mad,
withdrew from the challenge in solitary contemplation, or killed
themselves with drink or other addictions. Anyway, in the
story we're telling about, this fellow discovered his mission
It was quite difficult, because in his town such attitudes would
thought of as impossibly proud. It was hard even to find teachers
would be able to keep up with him, and when he tried to talk with
of his teachers, they were often put off, experiencing his
and answers as strange rather than wise. After all, they had an
investment in believing themselves wise, and it would take a good
of imagination for most people in the teacher's role to recognize
wisdom in one of their pupils. The situation was complexified as
young one hadn't gotten it all systematized, worked out, or
articulated. Luckily, this kid had an uncle. Well, it wasn't
lucky, he had anticipated this problem when he chose those
This uncle was also on a "spiritual quest." He had traveled widely
the surrounding countries, learning all the various philosophical
systems and psycho-spiritual disciplines. So, he was sensitive to
problems of an emerging avatar, and on his journeys through his
brother's home town, he would visit with his precocious
This uncle also knew talent when he saw it.
Well, when our hero of this story, the avatar in emergence,
late adolescence, he wanted to preach, to witness to the truth as
understood it, to "spill the beans." In a way, he was
re-incarnationally related to that other avatar who was the
proto-journalist, only instead of just publicizing the
events of the day, this young avatar wanted to publicize the
metaphysical "rules of the game."
His uncle, who had taken him on a number of excursions to those
centers of wisdom in the neighboring (and distant) countries, had
a sufficient mentor relationship that he was able to restrain the
one's enthusiasm: "Look, kid," he said, "You have an excellent
your subject material, but you don't know your market. Take my
Learn what it is to be an ordinary person on this planet. Look,
Dad is a carpenter. So, he's been inviting you to go into business
him. So do it. I'll keep track of you and let you know when you're
ready to go public."
Being wise, our young avatar took his uncle's advice. For three
he withdrew from his spiritual journey and undertook a different
of spiritual practice: learning how to be a carpenter. He had to
to master a number of skills, some of which had seemed deceptively
simple. Hammering a nail in straight, for example, didn't go as
as he might have intended, and he needed to practice. A bent nail
couldn't be blamed on the hammer or a weakness of the metal in the
nail. A hammered thumb was not to be ascribed to a poor hammer
In short, he learned how to manage his time, organize his
and relate in a cooperative way with his fellow workers. This
was complexified by his being the boss' son, but he learned to
it with good humor.
After a few years, he was offered the job of foreman. He was
eager, but this would require another set of skills. He had to
other people, manage them, work tactfully with them to bring out
ability, teach them, criticize them, hire and fire them. He had to
become a judge of character and to think through a job so that the
materials for laying the foundation were in place, say, before the
was done on the interior detailing.
Again he was promoted after spending about three or four years
mastering the aforementioned tasks. Now his father, getting older,
wanted him to manage the business. He had to contract for the
construction jobs, help design the buildings, negotiate in the
community for good prices on materials, in effect having to be
but fair. Now his job included involvement in the community,
a good reputation. These and many other lessons were learned over
ten or so year period that our young avatar spent "learning his
market," as his uncle had suggested.
At the end of this period, the uncle visited again, and the two
agreed that the time had come to carry on with the avatar's
to spread the word. "You've matured, gained a lot of wonderful
insights, my nephew," said the uncle. "I hope you'll be successful
getting people to understand. I like your way with words. But
politically troubled times, and I hope you don't get a reputation
revolutionary." Well, the rest of the story is complex, and it
many other stories within that story.
Was he successful? It turned out in that other universe as it has
in your own: Yes and no. According to some of the criteria you
today for a success, he was by no means a success. Many of your
celebrities have more sustained careers and become known by far
people. That is, in his own lifetime his success was modest. (Some
might even consider it a failure.) Yet in the long run, he was a
success, in many ways more so than most avataric experiences. He
able to influence enough people, and a few became significant
publicizers. The circumstances were ripe, and his message caught
course, it lost a great deal in the course of telling and
the story, especially by many people who only could understand the
externals of his message. There was a good deal of myth-making,
elaborating, and some people think that in many quarters his
has been so completely misunderstood as to constitute a reversal
Ah, well, that kind of thing has happened again and again in
and among the millions of planets that have reached this stage of
evolution. And so the effort continues, little by little, there
beings throughout existence trying to help it along, little
seeds of ideas. Does this story apply at all to your world?
RELIGIONS IN OTHER
In seemingly un-ending ways, there are those who tell
different stories expressing different concepts about God.
beings have a wide range of what might in the broadest sense be
religions--i.e., organized ways of helping people to have a
relationship with Higher Transcentential "beings" and beyond
Greater Wholeness. some of those religions are surprisingly
others relatively simple, and, interestingly, all, if evaluated by
others, seem to have both advantages and disadvantages. These
can be seen to be somewhat adapted for the species and culture
grew out of, and at the same time they do evolve, are revised, as
In worlds (such as ours) that are going through relatively rapid
cultural evolution, in which--in our world's peculiar situation,
because of advances in technology, and the intermixing and
different cultures, the result is the emergence of more choices
ever before, almost too many to deal with intelligently.
We have a breakdown of consensus about the traditional values and
the hints of beginning a new, emerging consensus. In the meantime,
commercial values rule our planet.
Yet, from the perspective of mythmakers in other worlds, the
operates in a
decentralized fashion. Each being is in charge of its own destiny.
cosmic king or lord or parent runs the show. The Earth has
undergone a giant experiment in centralized planning, and it has
failed. Yet the danger is that individual and corporate enterprise
emerge as an
absolute value, free from all sense of cooperation. On Earth, a
is ecological, which has yet to become integrated with political
alignment. It won't do to "blame" Nature; we need to figure out
work together with Nature.