I had just finished reading page 317 and 'napped'. I saw a mountain being swamped by a huge wave over it's summit. It came from the far side of the mountain. The next moment the wave was frozen into a beautiful glacier cap on the mountain. Then there was a glow coming from within the glacier.
Obviously this is imagery is 'sparked' from the fire of God on Sinai, as that is what I am reading. The Glacier was the beautiful Holy Spirit Blue in icons. The fire was orange yellow. Almost like seeing a volcano being extinguished by divine intervention I suppose.
No doubt over the next few days it will 'speak' to me. How treasured a gift it is to be able to stand aside from the tumultous world, and have these moments to cherish. It may not be something that can be understood with a rational intellect, disected, quantified, yet somehow this dreaming and visionary language is the thing that keeps me alive. I think sometimes I might die of sadness otherwise.
I just watched a fascinating documentary on neuclear power on RT. I like the idea of a reactor that can consume all the weapons grade plutonium. This does make me think of the prophesy from Micah 4 v3.
It is a beautiful verse.
This is from the Amplified Bible;
And He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [Isa. 2:2-4]
It is not enough to cling to hope of fulfillment of this prophecy. We are those nations 'afar off', this is our place in history. The truth is that doing this is an act of will. A choice of our hearts, not an act of God, or the cause of 'natural' disasters that forces us to comply with His decree. To seek the Mountain of the Lord described in Micah is to bring truth, justice, fidelity, and humility to the meetings between nations.
The words of the prophets always seem austere and full of dire warnings and retributions, it's a kind of pattern. I find the dire parts are about what happens when we follow the dictates of our own willfulness, our own shortsighted desires, that actually 'sell us short'. That we have the opportunity to learn from hindsight, the terrible consequences of actions, wars of aquisition whether colonial or this new fiscal 'virtual war', surely we can see the only benefactors are those who wish to 'learn the art of war'. We are all casualties right now.
I feel as though a war has been going on over my head in a literal and figurative sense. Like those chemtrails, and vapor trails criss crossing the sky above me. That although my home is not being bombed, and my physical life being risked, I know that others suffer physical abominations that are unbearable to my imagination.
That through Micah 6 v 10-12 we are suffering growing poverty and deprevation even amidst countries who fought so hard to overcome these things over the last two centuries. We have stepped back from social conscience, and found ourselves on the verge of an abyss we dug with our own greed.
The wealth that is 'created' by stock market trading is no more than a gambling casino that plays dice with people's lives, not money. There never was any money in this stock market swindle. It is just lighting a stick of dynamite at both ends, and hoping that your end has a shorter fuse than your opponant's. That the transaction blows up for him before it blows up for you. Then a wad of 'virtual money' is cashed in at the bank for a wad of real money. The 'fuse' being the speed at which algorithmic transactions can be set to skim the cream off the milk, and the rest of the milk curdled.
This is money that now has to be provided by tax payers. This is money that is payed by us for social benefit, to provide pensions, build our infrastructure, repair, educate, nourish. It is just being stripped away from the public purse, sucked into an ever widening chasm and 'lost' in nothing more than corporate gambling in an unregulated global financial 'Crown and Anchor' booth that has loaded dice. How can governments endorse giving over our public money, our pension funds, our hard earned cash to Banks, so that they can participate in this gambling casino?
I find myself thinking of the dire predicament Greece is in, and what a similar modern situation it is compard to the battle agains Xerxes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_I Greece has to stand up to the world bullying it into submission. I will book my next holiday abroad to Greece, if this will help them re-build a genuine economy. I would love to do an icon course, and stay in someone's home, or guest house.
It might be a year or so off, as I will need to save up for this holiday! Perhaps some of the monastaries that do iconography would hold courses?
Why has this happened to Greece, when the concept of Economic Union was to genuinely prosper each country? Something must have been very rotten from the outset of this EU confederation. It has to be lies, covering lies, covering an older 'rule the world' ideology. Who is the modern day Xerxes? Who is the fiscal military junta that has never been elected by anyone that is controlling this manipulation of world politicians, either directly or indirectly? Where are the legal profession in all this? There must be a way to bring down Xerxes and his army of fiscal mercenaries.