Tuesday, February 27, 2007

WHAT IF...? Religion and the undiscovered Self (on the uses of belief for hatred)

WHAT IF....? ..
Religion and the Undiscovered Self.

“See to it that the light in you is not darkness.”
Luke 11:33

Once, out of time, the devil went for a walk with a friend. They saw a man ahead of him stoop down and pick up something from the ground.
“What did that man find?” asked the companion.
“A piece of truth.” said the devil.
“Doesn’t that disturb you?” asked the companion.
‘Not at all,” said the devil, “I shall help him make a belief out of it. Before long, out of the vanity of his own discovery, he will discount all other beliefs and end up worshiping his belief. Then he will become closed to all other truth! And the devil laughed.
“That way, you see, he is a hidden part of My Kingdom which is power OVER. Whenever Christians use their faith to judge others as less faithful, they belong to me “ and he laughed and laughed.

They walked further, and after a while the devil said. “I have even a better idea. These humans have such a craving for worship, together with an obsessive need to reduce anything new to the familiar and simple answers. I got the bishops at the Council of Nicea to declare that Creed which cuts out the life and gospel narrative of that Nazarine.
“How so?” asked his friend.
“What is essential in that Creed? That he was born, sufferee, died and rose again. Not a thing about the radical message he preached and the way he lived. Nada. Nil. Zilch. Zero. I worled hard on those bishops.” And he laughed.
“I do not quite get it?” said his friend.
“Don’t you see?” said the devil. Worshiping him blinds them to his Way: following the Light Source within in total love of God and others. Since worship makes him the source instead of owning it themselves, the result is that they keep on ‘slaying’ him and his message throughout time, all the while thinking they are doing good!”
“I think I am beginning to appreciate your cleverness.,” said his friend.
“Well, by putting him up on the altar, by making him the Great Ikon, they won’t recognize how he is the one who is fully human, and invited them to accept the Kingdom within, that each of them has the same Spirit he had. So, the result is that these stupid humans remain passive Gospel-consumers rather than active Gospel-creators.” And the Devil roared with laughter.

“Wow!” said his friend, “That’s amazingly clever.”

“I haven’t finished yet,” said the devil. “I’ll suggest so many concepts about God to make creeds and idols out of with many rules about how to be “Christian,” that they will end up abusing each other and killing each other over who has the whole truth. His following will disintegrate into a thousand sects and cults, all arguing and competing with each other like a pack of dogs over one bone. I will make believing Christians a scandal to non-believers all the while they think they are being holier than one another by the concepts they believe.

“It is amazingly easy to get them to use their beliefs to judge one another and to engage in a secretyet sincere form of idolatry. You have no idea how easy my work is.” And the devil snickered again.

“Whew!” said his friend., “I can’t believe your cunning.”

“Neither can THEY,” said the devil, “which is all to my benefit. But I am never quite finished. I’ll fill them with needing the safety of unquestioned belief and either having or hankering for many good things. They will not be open to the stranger in their own midst, and never need to be vulnerable to anyone. They cannot be open to the new radical Way of compassion he summoned. Because responding would mean emptying their hearts and minds, no one will be foolish or courageous enough to risk that. They are safe in their little churehes, and the big ones, too.”

The devil cackled and crowed: “My slyness is so divine I am almost bursting! Last and best, these stupid humans will never realize that being full of themselves, so sincere and so sure of their salvation, filled with the superiority of their belief systems, they are becoming, Hah, just like me. I can use sincere‘belief’for hatred sake to destroy the world. I am just starting with the Muslims.”

” Don’t you just LOVE my cleverness?” Endless chortling

* * * *
What if, finally
–we don’t need the devil to warp religion?
–as long as we put our faith in concepts of belief we have misconcieved the message?
–until we leave the superstructure and imperialism of belief we are destined to harm one another all the while believing we are doing “God’s will.”?
–all false images of God must be slain in order to release truly radical redemptive spiritual energy, and the allow the mystery we call God to remain beyond human understanding?
–our darkest night is still in front of us?
–the mind becomes one pointed and the “one point” is then removed?
–putting Anyone on a pedestal dis-empowers us?
–the primary Jesus’ wisdom is that we, he, all of us have the same access, energy and power and life in the Father that he invites?
–the radical transformation of human consciousness, turning upside down all wisdom of the world, that Jesus demonstrated, has not yet been apprehended?

–When we are full we are really empty, and only by emptying ourselves can we be filled?

Where do we go from the top of a 30 foot pole? (Zen saying)

Paschal Bernard Baute
"What If...religion and the undiscovered Self."
Article published in
Carl Jung and Soul Psychology, Edited by Karen Gibson, Donald Lathrop and E. Mark Stern, Haworth Press, 1986, pp. 62-63
copyrighted, 1986, revised, 2007

Sunday, February 25, 2007

OPA Retreat, Feb 23, 24, 2007, Camp Akita, Feedback. on Storytelling workshops.

OPA retreat, Camp Akita, Feb 23-24, 2007, Union of Psychology and Spirituality
Paschal's three workshops.

Feedback 101. Storytelling for healing and change,

Breaking into dyads, then coming back to the group and sharing (if you wanted to) was helpful. Many resources. Maybe once you get some practice and feel more comfortable , break into larger groups of 3 or 4 with shorter stories so you can get more feedback.

Plus: Flexibility to meet the needs of the participants. Dyadic activities. Opening exercise.
Minus: confusion bout personal stories and cultural stories when talking about storytelling.

Handouts to take notes on. Outline of structure of purpose of a story. Very good workshop. Informative. Useful. Provided new tools for therapy.

Paschal. I fully appreciate your soul and the manner in which you communicated the simple truths. Using your drum has given me some ideas on how to use drum in working with people. Looking forward to the second session.

I thought this was a great experience and allowed for self-exploration and thoughts about working w/ clients. It allows for another tool to use to try to reach individuals. A suggestion maybe to use some more examples of how each story may be used for difference types of clients . Than you for sharing you knowledge and experience w/ us. I really enjoyed it!

I enjoyed this program very much. I liked closing my eyes and listening to your stories / poem ;guidance. I wish more time was allowed to pair off w./each person.

I was surprised to learn a couple of new things about myself in recalling some new lessons from old stones. Workshop unconventional and unexpected.

Final workshop 201 Storytelling for healing and change.

Paschal: I appr3eciate your openness and examples. My “given” name which I received during a retreat with a dear friend who has much native American influence. “Asanama” Asana = Balancing Ama = mother. Thus “Balanced Mother.” You have helped me once again remember Who I am.

I found that the 4 client types we discussed were helpful I will remember: Rescuer, Victim, Persecutor, and Avoidance - Rebellion. I will use stories w. metaphors with my clients

I liked meeting in groups of three to develop stories in the second session. Dyads were good in the first session. I found it useful to brainstorm stories to illustrate the TA roles, - good organization. Avoidance - rebellion sounds more compassionate than Passive Aggressive.

I liked your concise questions. What would be boring in it? < for others....as other (unclear word) for me from other questions Congratulations for excellent work. A modern man/person.

I will tell you what every psychologist says: "I knew everything you said but you said it well." Seriously --don’t change anything.
Thank all of you for risking yourself in this Out of the Box invitation to an ancient and always renewable Way to learn, be inspired, persuaded and invited to Change. Stay tuned. See resources listed. Today is the day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it. Alleluia.

Monday, February 19, 2007


Compiled by Rev. Dr. Paschal Baute, Lexington Spellbinders Storytelling chapter.

A Beginners Guide to Storytelling. National Storytelling Press. 2003, www.storynet.org.

Bill Moyers interviews with Joseph Campbell.

Myths to Live By. Joseph Campbell. How We create ancient legends in our daily lives to release human potential.

Once Upon A Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying. (Lessons from 99 Multicltural Folk Tales fro Grades K-8. Elisa Davy Pearman. Publishers Character Development Group, 2006.

Telling Your Own Stories. (For Family and Classroom Storytelling, public Speaking and Personal Journaling. Donald Davis. August House. 1993.

The Story Factor: Inspiration, influence and persuasion through that art of storytelling. Annette Simmons, 2001. Perseus Books.

Wake Me When the Data is Over. How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results. Loeri Silverman. NSN.

"What If...Religion and the undiscovered Self. " A short Story,.Paschal Baute. In Carl Jung and Soul Psychology. Eds. Karen Gibson, Donald Lathrop and E. Mark Stern. Haworth Press. 1986

Win - Win Finesse: How to Deal Postively with Negative Feeling, (Use of story and real life anecdote to teach this method. Paschal Baute. 2003, see web site for review\ www.paschalbaute.com

Your Life Story Self Discovery and Beyond. Edward O’Heron. St; Anthony Press. 1993.

Storytellings Magazine. Janaury February 2007 issue lists many storytelling web sites

National Storytelling Network. Www.storynet.org.