I have been working on my new book about Jesus so intensively that I was shocked to see that I haven’t posted a journal entry since July! In this wild year, July might as well have happened on another planet.
We finally updated Climate Watch, which makes frightening reading indeed. The visitors don’t want me talking politics on this site, so I don’t, but they DO want me to talk climate change, so I think that it is now inescapable that it is well under way. Out here on the West Coast, it’s like the end of the world. As a matter of fact, for many people, that’s exactly what it is going to be. The reason is not that they can’t rebuild, but that they can’t get insurance when they do so, or it will be so expensive that they can’t afford it. Therefore, banks can’t give them mortgages.
I keep seeing people sneering that “they should have practiced better forest management.” What is NOT said is that the biggest forest manager in the west is the US Government, which has completely neglected to manage its own forests, which comprise more than 50% of the forest cover in Washington, Oregon and California. All three of those states have fairly good forest practices, but the US Forest Service lags behind. So put blame where it belongs, which is mostly with the US government.
When I see these horrible fires, and the Amazon burning, I am haunted by my book Nature’s End, which describes such fires very accurately. It was written in 1984 and published in 1985, the last book I published before I went down the Communion rabbit hole and was marginalized by the media. When I did a press conference in Washington about Nature’s End–even before Communion–I was laughed at by a room full of environmental reporters.
And then there’s another haunting title: Superstorm. Speaking of being haunted by a book that was dismissed by the environmental movement, that one really bothers me. Instead, they embraced Al Gore’s mistaken gradualism. He even got a Nobel Prize. I understand their desire to believe that they still had time. They didn’t and they don’t, but they know that now…too late.
What is happening right now in the South Atlantic is only a prelude. It will get much worse.
Little spoken about is the fact that the ice shelves that hold back the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica are melting rapidly, and it has recently been found that there is a great deal of warm water under the glacier. This means that sooner or later, it is going to slide into the sea. This will cause a 4 foot rise in sea level. Not only will this cause coastal flooding around the world, it will also put pressure on the continental shelves, which is known to increase volcanism and earthquake activity.
For me, the good news is my new book, which is an entirely new vision of Jesus and what his teaching and his life may now mean to us. It is a deep dive into many forgotten details which, taken together, have the power to redefine what his ideas of community and morality can mean for us now.
The following groups will just plain hate it: the secular academic community; the religious academic community; the atheists and agnostics; the evangelicals; the middle-of-the road Christians; others I probably haven’t thought of.
So who is going to like it? You. You are going to love it, because it is going to finally tell the truth about this man, and re-ignite the inspiration and power of his teaching.
The book doesn’t place blame. The gospel writers did their best. They applied their best understanding of the world to what they had experienced. But when Christianity became part of the Roman government, any chance the teaching had of having its intended impact was lost.
In the ideal world, the book will be out, at least as a Kindle and an audiobook, in late October. I am going to be reading the first chapter for Unknowncountry subscribers shortly, so you will begin to get an idea of what is to come.
And no, it doesn’t claim that Jesus was an alien. As those of you who read A New World, Communion and my other books, I don’t know myself if there are aliens here. But I will say this: whoever is here worked with me extensively, providing research support as only they can. Anne and her friends, also, participated. She was an expert on Jesus and his life, so her contribution is extensive.
What a life I live, and it all started because of two things: the first is that I do the sensing exercise; the second is that I went out in the woods in search of the visitors in the weeks and months after they beat me up. I was scared to death, but I did it anyway. They eventually responded. They became teachers. Now, also, partners. And I still have no certain idea about what they are.
For subscribers also, I will be posting 25 minute sensing exercise videos, each of which starts with a 5 minute commentary, then the exercise itself. For my own part, I now do it at 1PM, 11PM, 3AM and often 6AM because I am waked up now more than once in the small hours.
The early morning sessions, in what is known as Brahamamuhutha time, are rich sources of deep meditation and often new ideas and directions for life.
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