Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Hero's Journey and "Jesus"

The hero's arc is not new in eastern literature either. There are other variations, of course, but it seems to me that the hero's journey is not limited to western literature. Also, remember, Christianity is relatively new. Do we not find similar hero's journeys in pre-Christ literature (the story of Moses, for example)? I think we're simply identifying "Jesus" as the most prominent because of the world we live in now, and the prominence of Christianity in our modern, western societies. However, I am only offering to push it even further, and to realize that it's really not "Jesus," but the whole universality of the hero archetype and growth arc.

The fact is that eastern literature, of pre-Christ or post-Christ periods, also follow similar arcs. Many tragic hero stories (famous war heroes, etc.) have almost exact arcs, except, instead of "religion" they speak of "spirituality, honor, etc." -- Confucius philosophies if you will. (One only needs to look at the story of "Fa Mulan" -- is Mulan a "Jesus" character? I can tell you her story has nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity).

Similarly, one can argue that the western culture as a whole was really not built on Christianity, but rather the Greek philosophies (Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc.)

Therefore, I am skeptical about the whole "Jesus" identification... perhaps it's relevant for modern time western literature... but I still challenge... that archetype and arc exist before Christ... I feel like we are saying roses are red, and since roses are the most beautiful flower, from now on if anything is red, we call it rosy... we forget that red comes before rose.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Believe...

We all have our own "invisible lifeboat" one way or another, God or no God. We all believe in something we can't explain. We believe that we'll wake up tomorrow. We believe that if we try hard enough, something good will happen. We believe if we love someone, he/she will love us back. We believe in dreams. We hope.

Some people believe in someone bigger than you and I. Some people believe in themselves. Some people believe the laws of physics govern the universe, even though they don't know all the laws and how they work. Some people believe in Santa Claus. Some people believe in being Santa Claus.

Whatever makes you tick.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Easter

Easter! Where are my eggs?

I like them scrambled. Just like my brain.

The sun is out. The air is warm. Time to prune those roses and trim those trees. The daffodils are gorgeous. So am I.

Love yourself. Love each other. Love life.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Carpe Diem

At this point, I write mostly "hero's journey" stories. I don't write genre, but my "mainstream" stuff all deals with human conditions and relationships, including love. So you can easily call my novels "romantic" if you only look at the "romantic love" part. But usually my books deal with more than that.

I write about strong characters -- "heroes" who take control the truth within our current existence. I like a good sci-fi or fantasy story, but I don't like writing them -- to be that's just a tad too much escapism. I like to write about Carpe Diem -- because, seriously, that's all we have: TODAY. This life.

God is one of us

I believe God is within EACH and EVERY one of us -- we are created in God's image.

God is everything and nothing.

God is not a person -- it's not a He or a She. God doesn't have a white beard and sit on a throne. God doesn't have a son. God is one of us. God is all of us.

God does not love. God is love.

God is creation and destruction. From creation comes destruction. And from destruction comes creation. It's God's truth. Without nothing you can't experience everything. Without darkness you can't experience light. Without hate you can't experience love. Without destruction you can't experience creation.

We are here to experience God, through our own truths, through each other, through the universe in which we exist.

Jesus was God. And so are you. So am I. The only difference is, Jesus connected with his Godliness and remembered and told us the truth. Similarly, Buddha did the same.

Your mission on Earth is not to suffer, obey or be smothered by guilt. Your mission on Earth is to find the truth, experience and create. Your mission on Earth is to be love. Your mission on Earth is to experience God, to connect with God, to remember you're God. God is one. God is all.

Don't say "Jesus loves me/you" and then go out and persecute others for whatever reason. Love your neighbor. Love your enemies. Love yourself. Love. We are all part of God.

Love is the highest truth. Love is unconditional. Love is everything. Love does not know gender, race, age, sexual orientation, intelligence... love is love -- the way to know God. However, without hate, prejudice and fear, we can't fully experience love. Without nothing, we don't know everything.

Don't underestimate your power. You have the power to change this world. You have the power -- either as one or as a collective -- to manifest and create any reality. That's because, we are part of God.