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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-five, Possession; Chapter Six, Rites


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 327, Saturday
November 24th, 2018

Chapter Six: Rites

The sacred rites functioned like a drag net, drawing everyone in.

Every citizen was compelled to conform; the Empire would not accept anything less than complete obedience. Attendance at the temple was mandatory. Few people even attempted to resist, those that did were discovered and subjected to advanced conditioning.

If the priesthood was unable to change the will of the deviant, they were expelled, cast out, they became untouchable.

Conformation to the Imperial way was the focus of the Imperial schools as well. Conditioning of the head reinforced the conditioning of the heart.

The schools provided the intellectual apparatus of context for the religious rites to fill.

The rites of the Imperial cult were grand ceremonies, both simple and complex, they engaged the adherent at every level of their senses, they were imbued with hypnotic power.

The Empire’s goal was to supplant every natural communal bond, the bonds that every person formed instinctively with parents and siblings, with neighbors and classmates, in their villages, in their cities, on their planet of origin.

The deepest allegiance had to be to the Empire, and to the Continuum beyond it, they were based on the promise of a reward that was rarely given.

The priesthood used every device at its disposal, controlling the people with music and movement, with mantras and mandalas, through their diet and with drugs. They had honed their techniques over millions of years.

They never fully succeeded in this, and they never quit trying.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty, Faith; Chapter Three, Rites


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 290, Wednesday
October 17th, 2018

Chapter Three: Rites

He took all of the rituals seriously, as he did everything during his career.

He carried them out perfectly even though his studies revealed them to be nothing but tools of control and division.

He fulfilled them with grace, and a presence that gave no indication of the fact that he knew they were empty gestures, and meaningless incantations.

The comfort that he had with his body, developed through his long years of martial discipline, gave his performances a nuance that his peers were unable to match.

Once again he stood out from those around him, not only because of the attention that was focused on him, but for what he brought to each moment.

While he no longer believed in the mysteries as they had been taught to him, he understood that the cohesion of the Empire, the peace of a million worlds, relied on them for everything.

While the imperial families, the royal powers, the priestly caste and the war machine cared nothing at all for justice, intrinsically viewing any person below them in rank as a thing to be used, a device or a tool; justice, if it was to be had, had to be distributed from the top.

He performed the rites with that in mind. He bound people to the commitments expressed in them in ways that had never been seen before, in ways that were not remembered.

When members of the Imperial family came to the table, drawn by his fame, he extracted promises from them in the sacred space, which they could not then refuse.

In the place where his life was most regimented, he found the freedom to return to his old self.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-five, Possession, Collected Chapters




Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 323, November 19th, 2017

Chapter One: Self

Every citizen was taught, and the teaching was reinforced at every level of the Imperial education, both in the secular schools, and through the religious observations of the Imperial
cult, they were taught that all good things flowed through the Empire; and to the Empire from Continuum.

The first gift was existence, it was selfhood.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 324, November 20th, 2017

Chapter Two: Home

The Empire controlled every aspect of family life.

A person could not move from one dwelling to the next without approval. It kept families bound to a single dwelling for generations.

Even marriage was subject to Imperial oversight. In most cases the Empire did not exercise that control, only where it served its broader purpose.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 325, November 21st, 2017

Chapter Three: Trade

Every citizen lived their life only contemplating a very narrow band of possibilities.

Work and trades were hereditary, and they were guarded. Farmers farmed, builders built, and fishers fished.

Soldiers went to war, and priests officiated the sacred rites.

There was very little opportunity for an individual or a family to change their inherited circumstances.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 326, November 22nd, 2017

Chapter Four: Control

The citizen in a position of power or authority, requires balance and poise.

The Collective loved to build people up, to take them down, sometimes over the course of generations.

The more power a person possessed the more careful they had to be.

Control requires ever greater control; to force it is to lose it.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 327, November 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: World

The ordinary citizen had no say in the destiny of their home world, they saw it as theirs, and themselves as belonging to it.

Everything was controlled by the Empire, and the desires of the Continuum.

Any sense of control that an individual might feel was an illusion, granted for the sake of creating drama.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 328, November 24th, 2017

Chapter Six: Rites

Every citizen must conform; the Empire would not accept anything less than complete obedience.

Conformation to the Imperial way was emphasized in the Imperial schools, and primarily through the religious rites of the Imperial cult.

The Empire’s goal was to supplant every competing communal bond.

It never succeeded in this and it never quit trying.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 329, November 25th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Access

People coveted access more than anything.

In the struggle to craft a meaningful life, to provide some comfort for themselves or their families, everyone need a hand up.

They needed access to authority, to those able to grant a boon or advance their cause.

The limits to upward mobility were clear, and near at hand.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Seven, War

Part Forty-five, Possession

Collected Chapters
01 Self
02 Home
03 Trade
04 Control
05 World
06 Rites
07 Access

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty, Faith, Collected Chapters



Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 288, October 15th, 2017

Chapter One: Indoctrination

He was born into a family of plebians, free citizens, but in reality servants of the Empire, slaves of the Continuum.

He could not tolerate injustice.

He felt the suffering of everyone.

He fought the empire.

For his gallantry, the Continuum made him a star.

He entered service as a bureaucrat, then soldier, then priest.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 289, October 16th, 2017

Chapter Two: Dogma

He made his vow, and took holy orders.

He immersed himself in the priesthood.

His knowledge expanded, the history of the Empire was exposed in sacred texts.

It fascinated him, and struck him cold.

Deep feelings were stirring inside him.

He became aware of the reality of the Collective, and the truth set him free.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 290, October 17th, 2017

Chapter Three: Rites

He took all of the rituals seriously, as he did everything during his career.

He fulfilled them with grace, and a presence that gave no indication of the fact that he knew they were empty gestures, and meaningless incantations.

He believed the cohesion of the Empire, of a million worlds, relied on them for everything.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 291, October 18th, 2017

Chapter Four: Mystery

He was indoctrinated into the deepest mysteries of the Imperium.

He discovered the mechanism of salvation, translation of consciousness into the quantum field, eternal life in the Continuum as a member of the Collective.

He learned that the Imperial rites meant nothing, they were based on lies, minor dramas perpetuated as a means of control.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 292, October 19th, 2017

Chapter Five: Belief

He spent his days promoting the beliefs of the Empire.

He spoke with power and confidence, elegantly articulating the complex narratives that glued the Imperial society together.

He was a living exemplar of the faith, demonstrating to everyone, even the outcast, the possibility of elevating their station with fidelity, duty, and adherence to the laws.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 293, October 20th, 2017

Chapter Six: Orthodoxy

He learned to differentiate between belief, and conviction, with the greatest care given to the manner in which he expressed himself; what you hold in your heart is not what you voice, survival depends on it.

The higher he ascended into the mysteries, the more he felt he was shackled by the dogma and tradition.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 294, October 21st, 2017

Chapter Seven: Unkowing

There are no words available in any language to articulate the universal truths regarding the infinite, and the eternal; every attempt to do so was manipulative, and false.

The religion of the Empire was a web of lies, coercions, and control mechanisms. The lie had been perfected over millions of years, holding all people together.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Six, The Empire

Part Forty, Faith

Collected Chapters
01 Indoctrination
02 Dogma
03 Rites
04 Mystery
05 Belief
06 Orthodoxy
07 Unkowing

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Emergence: Section Seven, War; Part Forty-five, Possession, Collected Chapters



Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter One: Self
Pt. 45, Ch. 01
Everyone was taught; all good things flowed from the Empire; from Continuum. The first gift was existence, selfhood.
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Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Two: Home
Pt. 45, Ch. 02
The Empire controlled family life, keeping families bound to a single dwelling for generations; as a way of control.
#Emergence

Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Three: Trade
Pt. 45, Ch. 03
The citizens lived their lives within a narrow band of possibilities. Work, and trades were hereditary, and guarded.
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Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Four: Control  
Pt. 45, Ch. 04
Those in positions of power required balance and poise. Control requires greater control; to force it is to lose it.
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Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Five: World
Pt. 45, Ch. 05
The citizen had no say in the destiny of their home-world, they saw it as theirs, and themselves as belonging to it.
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Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Six: Rites   
Pt. 45, Pt. 06
Conformation to the Imperium was organized through religious rite; taking precedence over every other communal bond.
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Possession; Part Forty-five,
Chapter Seven: Access

Pt. 45, Ch. 07
People coveted access more than anything; access to authority, to those able to grant a boon or advance their cause.
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Emergence:
Section Seven, War
Possession; Part Forty-five
Collected Chapters
Section 07, War
Part 45, Possession
Chapters
01 Self
02 Home
03 Trade
04 Control
05 World
06 Rites
07 Access
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#365SciFi
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Emergence: Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty, Faith, Collected Chapters



Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter One: Indoctrination
Pt. 40, Ch. 01
Born a pleb; he fought the empire. It made him a star. He entered service; as a bureaucrat, and soldier, and priest.
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Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Two: Dogma
Pt. 40, Ch. 02
He made his vow, took holy orders, immersed himself in the priesthood; feelings stirring inside. Truth set him free.
#Emergence

Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Three: Rites
Pt. 40, Ch. 03
He took the ritual seriously, as he did everything during his career. He knew they were empty, meaningless gestures.
#Emergence

Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Four: Mystery  
Pt. 40, Ch. 04
He was indoctrinated into the deepest mysteries; of salvation, and eternal life. He learned nothing, they were lies.
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Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Five: Belief
Pt. 40, Ch. 05
He promoted the beliefs of the Empire; articulating the complex narratives that glued the imperial society together.
#Emergence

Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Six: Orthodoxy   
Pt. 40, Pt. 06
He learned the difference between belief and conviction; what you hold in your heart is not what you speak out loud.
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Faith; Part Forty,
Chapter Seven: Unknowing

Pt. 40, Ch. 07
There are no words available to articulate universal truth; every attempt to do so was both manipulative, and false.
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Emergence:
Section Six, The Empire
Faith; Part Forty
Collected Chapters
Section 06, The Empire
Part 40, Faith
Chapters
01 Indoctrination
02 Dogma
03 Rites
04 Mystery
05 Belief
06 Orthodoxy
07 Unkowing
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#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Thursday, December 31, 2015

On Jesus and Mithra, part Seven and Conclusion (Pages 15 - 19)

Among the Romans, Mithraism, like Christianity was centered in the “house church.” The practice was carried out among people who were intimate with one another. Individual practitioners believed that initiation into the mysteries allowed them to receive immortality through Mithra, but also as a part of a community. Mithraism, like Christianity thought that it transformed the individual spiritually while leaving them in the same social position. The transformation of the individual was interior. It took place in the heart of the individual, and manifested itself in their position in the life of the temple, or Mithraic shrine as they advanced through the stages of initiation, but that did not mean that their status, or rank, outside of the Mithraic community would change; a slave would remain a slave, a plebian would remain a plebian. The activities of the cult were closed to the general society, they were secret and mysterious, and therefore not a cause for disturbance, or upset in the social order outside of the community.

In Roman Mithraism there were seven stages of initiation; the Crow, the Griffin, the Soldier, the Lion, the Persian, the Helio-Dromus (or Sun-Runner) and finally the Father. The symbolism of the number seven should not be lost on us, as in Christianity there are seven sacraments, seven virtues, seven deadly sins etc…The Order of Initiates were grouped in two classes; those in the first four stages counted as one class, and the last three stages counted as another class. An initiate would move up the stages of initiation until he became one with the Father and thus the Father himself. At each stage of initiation, the initiate would learn a secret code that he would later (after death) be used to get him the heavenly realm appropriate to their rank. This belief in ranked heavenly planes, and passwords to allow the individual through the gate of paradise was widely believed among practitioners of Kabalaistic (coming out of the Pharisaic Sect), and among groups of Christians who had fallen into the heretical errors of Gnosticism. 

A ceremony of initiation was called a Telete from the Greek word telos meaning goal or end. In the ceremony of initiation, the initiate would first kneel before the Father. The Father would then perform a “laying on of hands,” followed by a rite similar to baptism; wherein the Father would pour water over the head of the initiate from the horn of a bull. Sometimes the rite of water would be done by full immersion. In cases where the ceremony of initiation was accompanied by an actual animal sacrifice the initiate would be splattered with the blood of the sacrificial animal, or slapped in the face with a shank of meat. In other cases; the blood would be replaced by wine. This rite of blood, wine or water is referred to as the purgation, a ritual cleansing of the individual from their sins. Sometimes the ceremony of purgation would be completed by passing a torch over the head of the individual or even touching the individual with the torch in order to symbolize a baptism of both fire and water. The purgation would be followed by the consecration or coronation where a golden crown would be placed on the head of the initiate; this crown was called the “solar crown.” Iconographically the solar crown was analogous to the Christian halo, which term is derived from the Greek; meaning disk of the sun.

There is much in this symbolism that recalls Christian rituals of initiation; so much that I will not even make an argument for how intimately linked the two systems of ritual initiation are. I will simply let the record speak for itself.

In Roman Mithraism, the initiation ceremony would be followed by a feast meant to symbolize the feast shared by Mithra and Sol. Ideally, the feast would come from the sacrifice of a bull, but this feast was not required. While the sacrifice of a bull was central to Mithraic worship, as the cult spread through the empire, and as worship became confined to house churches it is thought the sacrifice of the bull was replaced with a symbolic alternative. Any animal could serve for the feat, or even a meal of bread and wine. Because the death of the “Primal Bull” was productive of all “good things” on the Earth; any of those “good things” that come from the bull were suitable to be used in the sacred meal. This meal itself, much like the Christian Eucharist, was thought to be an effective means of salvation for the worshippers of Mithra.[1]

This description of Mithraic practices should further our understanding of how Mithraism and Christianity were sympathetic to one another. It should not surprise us to see the markers of Mithraic worship in our own Christian tradition.

In Conclusion

Among the Romans, the first Christian emperor was Saint Constantine, Constantine the Great, who prior to his death-bed conversion to Christianity, was also a devotee of Mithras-Sol Invictus. When Constantine was made emperor, the first coins struck in his honor depicted his face with the inscription Sol Invictus. Some scholars think that Constantine thought that he was himself, an incarnation of Sol Invictus. This may seem somewhat confusing considering that we know that Constantine attributed his victory over his enemies to Jesus Christ. Constantine’s famous vision of the Christian symbol, the Chi-Ro (Px), at the battle of the Milvian bridge (312 CE), is thought to have enabled his victory when his army was at the gates of Rome. In the minds of many practitioners of Mithraism, Jesus and Mithra may have been considered to have bene the same person; that Jesus was an incarnation of Mithra. If this is true it begs the question; if Constantine thought he was Mithra-Sol Invictus, and if Jesus was also believed to be an incarnation of Mithra, did Constantine think that he was Christ?

One thing that I know is for sure, Christianity and Mithraism, as religious and spiritual philosophies, are both filled with hope. Hope for the life of the individual; hope that the individual will ultimately experience justice. Belief that God is good, and that God has given a light to humankind that will guide us in the way to paradise.

Mithraism was less accessible to the average person than Christianity. Mithraism wanted to keep to its secret ways, at a time when Christianity was opening itself to the world, and rooting out those groups, the Gnostics who had those same tendencies toward secrecy and exclusion.

The cult of Jesus would ultimately defeat the cult Mithra in the hearts and minds of the people because, in the end Jesus was no respecter of persons, badges or offices. Jesus was for every person, everywhere, at anytime. However once Christianity ascended, becoming the official religion of the empire, priests and bishops, cardinals and popes, and ecclesiastical courts became the official arbiters of the faith, with their badges and offices becoming ever more important.



[1] Mithraic Iconography and Ideology, by Leroy A. Campbell, pgs. 291-305