This work is about the sensuality and adventure of the spiritual quest. But it starts as a serious venture for theologically literate readers—or those who want to be theologically literate. Though sexuality and danger become the ‘means of travel,’ this story takes us from cool, Apollonian considerations in the beginning, to somewhere else entirely, entirely unexpected.
The true author of this work claims to be a “golem.” (A frightening creature! I’ve only glimpsed him up close a few times. We communicate online mostly. He is swarthy, but ruggedly handsome, quick and intelligent. A strong being of danger and purpose! But what purpose?) A golem is a created being. One not created by God. The golem is born from the imagination of a powerful mystic. Both Kabala and Tantric metaphysics have such creatures. Often they become so real that they strain for liberation from their creator. As any creature growing up, a golem can be mischievous, even dangerous… This is the story about how this golem was created and if it can, or need be exorcised.
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CRUCIFIX WITH ANTLERS Oil on Panal 5.5’ x 3’ 1977-1987 Shamanistic themes involving earth powers and metaphysical energies in relationship with the Passion of Christ, expressed here with ancient symbols for the divine quest—antlers and the crucifix—display an underlying unity in a variety of spiritual traditions and experience. In this work, the practical influence of shamanistic elements makes itself apparent. Christianity, Tantra (Buddhist and Hindu) and Taoism live off their inheritance from Shamanistic and Animist insights.
Credit for graphics: Stephen Frost
HOW DIONYSIUS SAVED HIS MOTHER FROM HELL
AND THUS, BY CHANCE, SAVES THE WORLD
Three Short Fictions of Magic, Mysticism and Rocket Science The Real Secret of the Universe
These three fictions spin-off a post-doctoral project, NEPSIS, at the University of California, Berkeley (ECAI) about perception, states of consciousness and religious initiation. These works are the entertaining version of tough metaphysical issues. But even here are challenges inherent in the creation of alternative realities for the serious seeker.
G. K. Odiak is currently on extended retreat in a wilderness region somewhere on the Pacific Rim. Or, he is roaming the face of the earth to effect its salvation. He has asked the above artist, Rev. Stephen Frost Ph.D., his advisor, to respond to any queries from readers. Please contact Dr. Frost through www.nepsis.com. All Rights Reserved © 2003 by G. K. Odiak And The Reverend Stephen Frost PhD
Fourth and fifth fiction variation from an original true story.
WARNING NOTES FROM THE EDITOR …The creation of this text, we’re told, required altered states of conscious- ness in the author. These include trans-temporal states that often engage in the writing. So, don’t be thrown off the track by grammatical irregu- larities such as tense disagreement, among others. Most often these are necessary for a valid depiction of the topics. Also, there are certain repeating themes and passages, ala the Tai Chi Long Form. As viewing a beautiful gem, each facet looks the same, but each captures the light dif- ferently. Persevere, the experience described here requires “letting go” in order to take in, to inculcate, or even just to perceive the spirit of this lamp. Both the content and the form of this work is very unusual!
This golem begins his story with someone else’s, since he knows neither his own beginning nor his purpose, nor his end. About this, he claims to know only what he was told. And he does not quite trust that history. The author begins in the middle of things. There is ‘nothing’ before or after and he says that might just be the ‘bliss’ he wants…
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Pilgrim as a Young Man
Chapter One 15
-The “Grand Affair” of spiritual vocation kicks in.
-The vicious, but handsome, young man.
-Pilgrimage to test the effects of pilgrimage.
-Shamanism, Buddhism, a great late-20th Century
thinker and the Black Widow are introduced.
-A cocktail party.
Chapter Two 29
-We make preparation
-We arrive in India.
-What was supposed to happen. What really happened.
-The second dragon.
-The flight home: A vision.
-Who followed us home.
Chapter Three 39
-Preparation is made for Pilgrimage to Greece.
-Altered states are described.
-Learn to fly.
-Death of the Sacred King
The Trip 49
Woman’s Liberation 57
Chapter Eight 79
Holy Week, 1997
To: The Bishop
Re: Physiology, Cosmology and Ecclesiology
Chapter Nine 87
CHRIS AND STEPHANIE
CHAPTER ONE: Stephanie and Chris 119
CHAPTER TWO: Male Dream 125
CHAPTER THREE: Indian Witches 131
CHAPTER FOUR: Eastern Turkey, The Achekale 141
CHAPTER FIVE: Montana Ritual 144
CHAPTER SIX: THE BABY–Brilliant Passages: Introduction 147
CHAPTER SEVEN: Chris in the Monastery 155
CHAPTER EIGHT: Stephanie in the Monastery 169
CHAPTER NINE: Mexican Earthquake I: The Spell 185
CHAPTER TEN: 1st Yemen/Flight to India 200
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Mexican Earthquake II: 2nd Luxor 206
CHAPTER TWELVE: New Mexico and the Indian Mandala–Brilliant Passages: Conclusion 214
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Stephanie: The Real Shift: Agnes 230
The President, the Priest, the Bishop
The Bindu and Michael the Archangel
Cody Greets the Dawn
The Golem Is Sighted
(Page numbers from the printed hard copy are retained here, approximately, for general reference.)