Objectification, Worship and Power– Ennobling ‘Things’

Objectification, Worship and Power– Ennobling ‘Things’

I have been working upon manuscript which deals with the liberation of ghosts from bondage even beyond the grave,wrought by the will of another.

The happy ending is finally achieved when the spirits realize they are free to remember another identity outside the bondage state.

Part of the binding of the victims’ spirits involved reducing them to household appliances and furniture. Another part required stripping them completely of their previous identity as humans through loss of name, which in magical tradition is a puissant means of creation, or in this case, destruction.

All of this was rendered evil because it was achieved through force.

It occurred to me as I lay with my beloved, and he called me ‘his throne’, how different the outcome of the villain’s impulse to subjugate could have been.

I am happy to be my beloved’s throne. It in no way diminishes my many other identities, as mother, editor, artist, and ArchDruid. The vicitms in the story were denied all other identitites except for furniture, and there’s the rub.

In mystical tradition, inanimate objects also contain spirit, each as worthy as our own incarnate human version, but invisible to us as we go about our daily lives. We can ennoble our pets and our other life companions by treating them with love and respect, honoring the divinity in them as much as the divinity in our fellow sentients.

In other parts of the world, household and business machines, such as taxicabs and assembly lines, are given ceremonial blessings and these blessings are renewed seasonally.

‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’, and similar monotheistic pronouncements, can exist in harmony with such practices when one remembers that the Universal Life Force, or whatever other name you prefer, is everywhere, including these objects.

Ceremonial worship is essentially the bestowing of love and attention of a positive nature upon objects. When the Wiccan heroine of the book I was editing blessed an athame, consecrated a thermos of herbal tea, or filled an area with incense or salt, she was performing actions of love. She was invoking the harmonic aid of the world around her to lessen suffering. Whether it is in a High Mass, a Buddhist temple, or a kinky bedroom, worship is a healing, and the healing is received when the worship is gladly accepted.

It is hard to tell, in our incarnate limited bodies with their attenuated senses, whether inanimate objects such as an idol, or a taxicab for that matter, is gladly accepting our worshipful attention. WE can only judge by the feeling of satisfaction we may have after the service, or after we gaze down at a well-scrubbed kitchen floor.

When it comes to being my beloved’s ‘throne’ I can be much more expressive of my acceptance, and this ennobles us both. When it came to the villain in the book I’m editing, he got pleasure only out of the victims’ sorrow and discomfort. This degraded him as well as them, and rendered them ‘stuck’ in the wrong plane and going the ‘wrong’ direction, once they were disembodied by death.

Once I am disembodied, I don’t think it will matter to me so much whether I reincarnate as an angel or as a chair. There are shiny ‘thrones’ both
ways! the victims of the madman on the other hand had to remain as ghosts. They made the living humans uncomfortable and the physical spaces they were ‘stuck’ in unusable. They were very glad to be angels instead, as soon as they realized that they could. Being ‘stuck’ had cut them off from love.

With the oriental greeting ‘Namaste’, or a bowing motion, one offers love and worship even to a stranger one has just met, because they too are a part of the universe. When there is involuntary bondage, exploitation, or degradation, that is a desecrating of a part of the universe, a cutting it off from love.

How different the villain’s character would have been if instead of forcing human beings to be objects, he had treated objects as nicely as human beings! It’s quite common, after all, to value things in our cultures. We want money and many things, and to display them to others for their admiration and our own. This impulse does not have to be bad for us because it springs from love.

A lonely person like the TV character Pee-Wee Herman begins to imagine that his household furnishings, the food in the refrigerator too, is alive and willing to be his friend. And though we might label this crazy behavior, it is not in a mystical sense false. And so he takes good care of his things, because he wants his inanimate friends to be as happy as he is when he is well cared for.

Humans can be fooled into involuntary bondage for a while, but eventually they usually will get up the nerve to realize it must stop before they die of it. That is called revolution, and it only frightens those who have been getting reward or pleasure from degradation of fellow beings in some way. When they stop this, or are stopped, their fear of change will ebb away from them.

We also see a large number of humans acting out of sympathy for beings with less ability to be understood, such as animals and plants and geographical locations. All these so called ‘lesser’ entities would benefit from worshipful treatment instead, just as much as our fellow humans would. Every material object has the potential to be a sacred ritual object, because they are all portions of the same Universe.

Recently I read an amusing Twitter post from a young man– ‘None of the gals I know are into golden showers so I tape pics of boobs on the toilet and it’s all good.’ In my view, the next step should be for him to give thanks to his toilet for accepting his piss. Maybe he’ll give it a nickname. It should aid him in his quest for the happy fulfillment of his fantasy, until that ideal shower partner comes along.

By the way, Helga is not THAT sort of ‘throne’. I believe too strongly in compost.

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