Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Opiated Faith of The Materialist

As physical mediumship becomes increasingly more familiar to outsiders, and as it is making its own fairly rapid reappearance in our dimension, the materialist skeptics are also rising to what their ego minds perceive as a challenge of some kind. We'll leave them to it. As noted in August's recent report of one such sitting,
"Just as our book was not written for skeptics, neither do these mediumistic sittings occur for them. Mediumship has recently arrived at a new level on its path, in that it is now abandoning any and all efforts towards educating skeptics. They had their chance, and now they're free to return to their own mentally-darkened basements. We bless them and will welcome them – when they’re finally ready to sit down and be still."

Readers of The Risen will be familiar with the Risen concepts of imagination, specifically addressed in the chapter, Mundus Imaginalis. The following is from the Italian mystic, Massimo Scaligero (1906-1980), and his exploratory words about materialism have many hidden ideas:

    "Materialism is our faith in matter. We do not know how to experience matter by means of the concrete forces of thinking. Materialism is the most obscure mysticism, for it purports to be the opposite of mysticism simply because it is nourished by mathematical calculation and dialectical abstractions. It feeds our inner weaknesses with the dead products of thinking. By failing to penetrate matter, such thinking elevates it to a mystical reality without any awareness that it does so. No bigot devotes him or herself more faithfully to the object of this or her opiated faith than does the materialist.
   "Materialism ... signifies the actual situation of present-day humanity. Materialism is the uncognized and, therefore, the unelaborated basis of all the doctrines and spiritualisms, traditional or not, which ignore the underlying process that gives rise to material appearances. It shuns the task of confronting the problem of the physical objectivity of nature: sensory perceptions and its coming into being as representation. This is a problem that cannot be solved theoretically, but only through the active penetration of reality.
   " A corresponding ... error, which leaves the authority of matter over us unchanged, is to accept the physical world as it is, and matter as it appears. With this error, we engage in abstracted experiments or calculations with the physical world and material appearances, or we seek to transcend them theoretically or mystically."

From La Luce: Introduzione All'imainazione Creatrice (The Light: An Introduction to Creative Imagination) by Massimo Scaligero, (translated by Eric L. Bisbocci, Lindisfarne Books, 2001, p. 34.)