A Halloween Tale (Revised)

 

A Halloween Tale (Revised)

I wrote the original version of this Halloween story in 2007. I liked the story and decided it was time to do a rewrite on it and post it for this Halloween, 2014.

castleOld2Druckel sat deep in the Black Forest not far from the Austrian border. The old cobblestone road with much damage matched perfectly with the dilapidated town hall that it led to. The small guesthouse a block away seemed to be the only business still thriving, at least the bar which sold a passable beer made locally. The royals who once enjoyed quite summers in this town had long since moved on to new playgrounds leaving Drucker in their dust. Even the forest around Drucker seemed somehow depressed and dilapidated. Continue reading “A Halloween Tale (Revised)”

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Reality and the Senses

“Why, after all, take as our standard a material world whose existence is affirmed by nothing more trustworthy than the sense-impressions of ‘normal men’; those imperfect and easily cheated channels of communication? The mystics, ,… have always declared implicitly or explicitly, their distrust in these channels of communication. They have never been deceived by phenomena, nor by the careful logic of the industrious intellect. One after another, with extraordinary unanimity, they have rejected that appeal to the unreal world of appearance which is the standard of sensible men: affirming that there is another way, another secret, by which the conscious self may reach the actuality which it seeks.” Evelyn Underhill

MatterIllusion1If you have been paying attention to the news in recent months, you probably know that the eyewitnesses to a crime are not the most reliable source of accurate information about what happened. Five different witnesses describe a crime very differently. And, in most cases, this is not because they are lying but rather because the filter everything they see and hear through their beliefs and experiences. We don’t see what is there, we see what we believe is there.

A loud noise happens. Everyone in a group hears it, but no one saw what caused it. One such “witness” describes the sound as a car backfiring, another as a gunshot, a third as fireworks or an explosion. Which is telling the truth? They all are telling what they think is the truth, but the truth cannot be all those things, and may not be any of them. It may have been thunder. Or a large rock falling in an unseen nearby cave. Continue reading “Reality and the Senses”

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Two Sides of the Spiritual Coin

“It is undeniable that there must have been some good reasons why the ancients persecuted unregulated mediums. Otherwise why, at the time of Moses and David and Samuel, should they have encouraged prophecy and divination, astrology and soothsaying, and maintained schools and colleges in which these natural gifts were strengthened and developed, while witches and those who divined by the spirit of Ob were put to death? Even at the time of Christ, the poor oppresses mediums were driven to the tombs and waste places without the city walls. Why this apparent gross injuatice? Why should banishment, persecution, and death be the portion of the physical mediums of those days, and whole communities of thaumaturgists—like the Essenes—be not merely tolerated but revered? It is because the ancients, unike ourselves, could ‘try’ the spirits and discern the difference between the good and the evil ones, the human and the elemental.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Medium1It certainly is unfortunate that most people today cannot distinguish between those who commune with good spirits and those who are communicating with, and working for (usually unwittingly) demons or Satan. Members of some modern churches label all spiritual and psychic activities as Satanism, ignoring that fact that such biblical luminaries as Moses, David, and Jesus Himself frequently did the very things they would label as Satanism if someone else did them. The biggest problem, though, is really at the other end of the spectrum. Continue reading “Two Sides of the Spiritual Coin”

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A National Soul

“We are of the told that in the critical periods of history it is the national soul which counts: that ‘where there is no vision, the people parish.’ No nation is truly defeated which retains its spiritual self-possession No nation is truly victorious which does not emerge with soul unstained. If this is so, it becomes a part of true patriotism to keep the spiritual life, both of the individual citizen and of the social group, active and vigorous; its vision of realities unsullied by the entangled interests and passions of the time. This is a task in which all may do their part. The spiritual life is not a special career, involving abstraction from the world of things. It is a part of every man’s life; and until he has realized it he is not a complete human being.” ~Evelyn Underhill

SpiritMan2JIt’s interesting that people rarely think of a nation as having a soul, and it may be that literally is doesn’t. The soul of a nation is actually the combined souls of its residents and especially its founders. So our individual spiritual awakening, or lack of it, affects the collective soul of those groups we belong to including the nation, and the entire planet.

People seem to accept this idea of a national soul of some sort when talking about the past more than the present. You will here members of certain religions say that the great empires of the past: the Greek, the Roman, the Egyptian, just to name a few, turned away from the spiritual ideals that originally made them great and that is what brought them down. And to a large degree, they are correct. Where they error is in figuring out what those ideals were. These great empires didn’t fall because of feminism, or gay rights, or feeding the poor, or electing liberals. They fell apart because people were convinced by both the political and the religious authorities that the right to talk to God and angels, if it was possible at all, was limited to the priests and everyone else needed to rely on the priests to tell them what God wanted them to do. This attitude inevitable leads to the situation where the priests who are supposed to be talking to God, are actually getting their orders from the politicians. SO instead of the state’s authority being kept in check by the spiritual, the spiritual is pushed aside by the desires of corrupt politicians (yes, I know, it is pretty much an oxymoron to say “corrupt politician” these days.) Continue reading “A National Soul”

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