Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
The professors of politics, economics, and religion stand in the valley of human consciousness crying out for attention. They seek to capture the source of human conscious itself with their outward political, economic, and religious ideologies. They cry out "look here" and "look there." They say: "Look to and trust in my outward prescriptions and I will remedy the ills (defined by me) of this world (way of existence)"
All these professors of politics, economics, and religion seek to rule and govern the conscious and conscience of others through their agendas and the instrumentalities of their outward ideologies, saying: "Just identify with this or that outward political, economic, religious, agenda, form, and practice. That is, enter into such a relationship with my outward political, economic, and religious agenda that it anchors your very conscious and informs your conscience so that these outward forms and instrumentalities are the foundation of your identity and personality." They further say: "Anchor conscious in and let your conscience be informed by outward political, economic, and religious prescriptions and you will know the remedy.
These professors of politics, economics, and religious nurture a world (way of existence) on this earth that anchors conscious and informs conscience through outward forms. They bewitch or enchant the source of human conscious with their outward ideologies and institutions and hold it captive in a web of intellectualized and abstracted forms so that the conscience itself depends on these forms to inform action. This paradigm of the conscious anchored in and the conscience informed by various and sundry outward political, economic, and religious, outward forms, traditions, and practices, nurtures conflict through the imposition of one outward form over another upon the conscious and conscience of those who are not identified with a different outward form.
This is the normal world (way of existence) for most people on this earth today.
There is another world (way of existence) on this earth. In this way of existence, conscious is self-sustaining. Conscious is not reflected or mediated through the outward forms or instrumentalities of politics, economics, or religion and the professors or these forms. In this world of a conscious anchored in and a conscience informed by living in the light consciousness itself, human being experiences the breaking of the spell of the purveyors of a conscious anchored in and a conscience informed by the instrumentalities of politics, economics, and religion.
In my current study of the early Quaker William Rogers, I've found myself reading the letters and works of other early or founding Quaker; as I'm keen to understand my own experience by immersing myself in the spectrum of founding Quaker writings. In any case, in 1663 Richard Farnsworth wrote:
"The Light itself is pure, Spiritual, soul-saving, justifying light, in its own nature and property ..."
Source: The Quakers Plea with the Bishops at their Ecclesiastical Courts, by Richard Farnsworth, 1663, page 15, London.
In various ways and through various words, the founding Quakers were larger in agreement that their experience of the Light itself was the foundation of their faith and they looked to no outward forms to anchor their conscious and inform their conscience. The Light itself was their rule and governor; not outward professors and institutions. Note: this does not mean they were in agreement over the extent to which they actually lived out this faith in their daily lives. For example, some thought it prudent to compromise a bit for the sake of their family and livelihood.
The above extract from the Farnsworth tract is relevant here as a case study in the nature of a way of existence that is anchored in and informed by the light of consciousness itself. Here Farnsworth writes that his experience in the Light is spiritual in its own nature and property. That is, in itself, this Light (consciousness) is sufficient and pure unto salvation and justification. Conscious, in its own nature and property, is soul-saving, justifying Light.
Many early Quakers came to know a world (way of existence) that rested human being or conscious directly in the active experience of conscious itself, which is eternal Presence itself. In that experience, they were lead out of a conscious anchored in outward political, economic, and religious forms. Their conscious was no longer identified with and their conscience was no longer informed by the political, economic, and religious forms of their day.
In the same way, we today can know and experience conscious, identity, and personality, unhinged from the outward instrumentalities of politics, economics, and religion and the professions of these outward forms. We can no a world (way of being) on this earth that is not mediated through the professors and institutions of Politics, economics, and religion. When we turn our conscious, attention, and conscience, from the abstract intellectualized webs of a conscious anchored in and conscience informed by the outward forms of politics, economics, and religion, we start on a journey toward a world (way of existence) wherein conscious is anchored in and conscience is informed by the active experience of conscious or Presence sustained and sufficient in itself. To experience this world ruled and governed by Presence itself just center down into the silence and wait upon the promised revelation from within.
For a deeper immersion into the thing itself here are some words from another early Quaker Issac Peningtion.
In this season of outward political, economic, and religious posturing, the professors of a conscious anchored in and a conscious informed by outward forms are striving to hijack our conscious and anchor it in their outward prescriptions so that our conscience will be informed by their abstract political, economic, and religious constructs. For those who hunger for a way out of this world (way of existence), there is another way. It is the inward way available to us all and in all circumstances. Just rest in the promise of the Light itself that is sustainable in its own nature and it will be revealed and the enchanted web of a conscious anchored in and a conscience informed by outward political, economic, and religious, forms, traditions, and practices will fall away and the incantations of the professors of these instrumentalities will no longer enchant your conscious and rule your conscience. You will no longer look here and look there to outward professors and institutions ... your meaning, purpose, and identity will light up inward.