“(W)e as priests are not immune to the prevailing winds of the mass mind. Whatever is happening “out there” will most likely affect us without us even being aware that it has. The pendulum of the world is always swinging, and unfortunately even the most “evolved” of us get swept away by it.
As priests, we have the duty to stand at the center point and dodge that sucker every time it comes whizzing by.”
When I am at the altar performing the Communion, I see myself as a place holder for all people, all races, all beings- a lighting rod into which the Christ Force comes through and spreads to all.
When I am in the world of daily living, there is an unavoidable duality of choices to make on any level at any moment. In the world of phenomena, I have a hierarchy of responsibilities and people that I have responsibilities to.
“Sides” in an immediate, moment to moment sense, are all but unavoidable. But on the level of the Absolute and the work of Spirit, I seek to work for the good of “All Beings”.
All that being said, these are strivings and we will almost inevitably fall short due to the limitations of living and functioning in the physical world. But we can and should, always seek to philosophically and spiritually align ourselves with the Higher Forces of Creation.
I am certainly all about disregarding any sort of “mass narratives” specifically designed to whip the masses into hysteria. But as ideology is the ideas and manner of thinking of a group, class or individual, I’m not sure having ideology of some kind or another can really be avoided without becoming a total relativist and/or an inactive nihilist (which is also a form of ideology).
Groups of people working together long term are going to form a “group mind” if they are cohesive. This cannot be avoided nor should it as its how any society forms. Ideology of some kind or another is what gives the foundation for any spiritual community. So technically, the priesthood has always been rooted in some type of ideology, as the priest needs to serve the community he is in.
The root of “ideology” means a “form” or “pattern” of “logos”. It is the mental pattern that becomes constituted in the expression of a people.
Patriotism, Democracy and Social Justice are all ideologies.
An ideology seeks to shape the world around it in some way. Father Paul once spoke of the desire to see a “representative Democratic United States of a World Government, for all nations”- the foundation for such a vision is totally ideological and could be seen by many in the Eurasian world as an ideology that is hostile and dangerous.
As the universe is mental in nature, ideology becomes the way in which consciousness takes form in a collective manner and acts upon the world.
The problem comes when ideologies are debased and not grounded in Nature and the Divine. Issues occur due to the substance of the ideology, the maturity and moral character of the people that hold it. Issues also come from the attempt to force incompatible ideologies to co-habit the same space.
Ideologies can be constructive or destructive, hence why it is so important that we recognize and understand not just the form, but the essence of whatever ideological currents we endorse.
WR-ALDA’S Blessings unto you and yours.