Welcome to David Strickler’s Digital Mystic Commentaries by Rev. David Strickler
(updated July 6, 2015)
Greetings and Welcome to my personal blog. The purpose of this Mystic’s Digital Journal is to first, give my neurological system something intricate to process in its brain where my physical body sustained damage due to stroke. Sometimes struggle is part of the inevitable process of incorporating new discoveries producing wisdom and understanding about the mundane habituation that ALL of us must take part in, whether we like it or not doesn’t factor in, it just IS.
Second, to perhaps, and I say perhaps, lend a sentence or phrase to those who are ripe; meaning that they find themselves uncomfortable with the continuous thought/speech stream emerging from the uterus of their personal imaginations (most people) onto the screen of their brain and having the audacity to call it thought or just using said stream as a means of insulating ‘their self’ from the external cacophony produced by separateness.
If any of what I put online or give in talks helps point a finger at the pond of awareness and awakens you to a moment of awe and shame in the realization that you are looking at the reflection of the moon in the pond instead of the moon ‘up there’ in the sky, then you will have gained the first step in understanding that, yes, the entire universe is an illusion. Perhaps then, if someone has Satori 1 then maybe I will have lived up to part of an oath: “and I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me”. Here again, whether we like it or not, ‘we will all have to learn to love one another’ 2
Third, to assist in the head-banging step appearing to be more difficult than the liberation from falsehood, because many then move the realization of the important question, “Then, where does Reality reside?” Reality resides, in all we experience, yet, the way in which we experience is the Illusion since our senses only extract a portion of the Real. This, when realized, will provide a genuine foundation for understanding how we (and our organism we view through) misinterpret whatever given Reality is present at hand even if armed with the limitation of facts that may, or may not, represent the genuine limitation of our ability in awareness.
Fourth, if my talks and writings do provide some water to those who thirst outside of organized religious institutions, I might then see the universal flow of right action, from any grace given to me along my course of life when the offer of water was graciously offered by an awakened human being.
Life is Mystical, and is only seen in its hind parts as we stand looking into West, or as we look into the East to see a living symbol of consciousness that even regulates the neural circuitry in the animal flesh that we temporarily use during the course of our lives, the brightest Shadow in the sky and doorway of our ‘soul’ into this initially flawed, but redeemed dimension.
Fifth (vau ו ), We may never come to understand or know the reasons ‘why’ Life exists, outside the metaphors we use to help the feeble flesh we manifest within this constantly evolving robe of Adonai, but there is existing a triumphant-eternal intelligence assisting us if we only ask. Please note that Flesh/Earth includes the billions of stars and planets out there. Earth doesn’t just mean the planet earth.
So, whatever station in Life you are moving in and through, we need to come to grips with what is meant by the phrase ‘the material universe is an illusion’. Only then will we find the resources, that we already have latent within ourselves, to dissolve the dissociative behavior of being hypnotized by it and the fear of uncertainty generated by the illusion. Humanity will be able to then extract Reality being rendered by our physical senses and See/Hear whatever non-dual awareness and vision of form and emptiness; the finger pointing at the moon disappears. Life Power touches us to apprehend, we are being pointed in directions to see, touch taste smell and hear, this magick of Light called human consciousness. ~ Rev. David Strickler
Copyright © 2015 by W. David Strickler
- D. T. Suzuki, one source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki. Starting point for Satori, other than Philip Kapleau (1989), The three pillars of Zen, found here on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satori#CITEREFSuzuki1994-A ↩
- A Paraphrase from the late Father Andrew Greeley (February 5, 1928 – May 29, 2013), from his book, The Friendship Game, Doubleday (June 1970), ISBN-10: 0385042302, ISBN-13: 978-0385042307, a prolific author of approx 80+ non fiction books and 65+ works of fiction. ↩