Reverend Steve Frost PhD- (www.nepsis.com)
Art numbers in brackets [*]s are from the 2010 UCB site count. Plain numbers include about 100 more works in the 2012 Inventory count. Negative (-) numbers are school works Before Bolivia, Summer 1973.
Security, Nourishment, Fellowship loom large, but mostly as distractions to the essential issue of birth and death. We don't ask for either, usually. After the first, the second is Mother to all other topics- especially the poignancy of Love and Beauty.
When someone dear to me died, a good, wise counselor said "Death is our friend." It didn't feel like it at the time, so I rather selfishly said, "Death may be our friend, but its not the friend of our friends!" -having just lost mine.
According to some Monks and Yogis, death should always be kept before you. One can entertain some very powerful states of consciousness that are described with terms like the 'void' or 'emptiness.' In such states one seems to transcend the frontier identified as Death- It being just another phantasm or phenomenon.
The capacity to perceive, Consciousness itself, remains untouched by any of this. We might go on (endlessly it seems) about topics like goodness, truth and beauty. But the one issue that remains ineffable is Consciousness- A constant participation of the Divine in Creation.
Here, after the conclusion of the Nepsis Project, which has been much of my life's work to this point, I find that certain essential elements present themselves to me with increasingly clarified character. Most of these are contained in the works listed on the nepsis.com site as POINTS OF ENTRY or as listed below.
However small, these last, highly distilled drops might provide the most direct entry to the mysteries of God, Self, and World as explored in the Nepsis Foundation. I've sent out early drafts of 2 works recently for the usual advantages of communion with you. Though there are lines in these poems that in the past would not have left my desk. But there were also such distilled ideas therein that I was excited to share. Two recent, whose origin I do not claim but I feel to be important, are:
1. Human perception, consciousness, realized as something divine, ineffable and untouched by the temporal. This seems to me a simple observation anyone might have of one's inner life. It does not require huge institutions or advanced degrees. Yet it 'sings hymns at Heaven's gate.'
2. The nature human perception over all- mistakes, breakthroughs, virtues and sins, taken together are like water refracting light. (I don't mean 'fracking' as a means of squeezing more carbon energy from the earth, or as it is used in the TV series, Battlestar Galactica, as some have commented.) But 're-fracking' as a symbol for how human perception makes big impressive mistakes, has great, beautiful insights and wouldn't it be great if we developed an evaluation that takes that into consideration. This, rather than depending too much on various capacities like logic, magic, intuition or other emotions.
When neither the promise of progress nor the blooded hearts of altruism seem quite enough to meet he challenge, some ideas that are so simple can pierce dimensions of Being, even dive to the core of its two faced mask, life and death.
I've depended upon your support and comments for many years and now all the more for these final fruits of the long Nepsis quest .This is especially true for you who claim a once and/or future intellectual discipline. Though a clean heart produces some of the best insights.
Whatever, I still welcome your thoughts about these last topics as they continue to coalesce. I am reminded of this advice: 'Be kind to strangers, for the sake of kindly relations certainly, but also, one might be entertaining Angels unaware.' You always surprise and delight me.