Meister Eckhart’s mystical vision is the total opposite of modern man’s vanity as man’s modern ideas of how our Western society should be formed and molded into a liberal society of ‘equal’ and ‘free’ individuals, have turned out to be a fiasco and the ultimate downfall of what once was a Europa of proud sons and daughters.
However, instead of regarding oneself as a most ‘promising’ being and the center of the universe, Meister Eckhart insists upon “a spiritual poverty” through which we are able to ‘empty’ our-selves and to partake in the cosmic Void once again. This implies that we realize that our daily habits, the ambitions (we are supposed to) cherish, our wishes and needs (also imposed upon us), are ultimately addictive and that they only serve one purpose: to blind us for our vanity. Our vanity, our hubris has become our most precious treasure.
Yet, we are ‘meaning-less’ vessels and this modern egomania leaves no room for the timeless insights of a Medieval mystic. We have become insensitive to the fact that we our’selves’ do not form the basis, the essence of our earthly existence for as Heidegger has taught us: we are thrown (geworfen) here. Eorthe became our home and Eorthe embraced us wholeheartedly: she made us feel welcome, raised us, taught us how to form communities through which we have been able to form a legacy, to create ‘histories’ which made Europa flourish…until the decline of the West set in around the 16 – 17th century with the advent of modernity.
Our ‘thrownness’ denotes that our ‘conscious / causal’ life here on Eorthe is preceded by a primal condition, namely “a condition in which everything already existed in the wisdom of God, but before being created”. (De Kesel, p. 63) Such a condition is characterized by a total lack of desire, a complete emptiness as the Ego is left to ‘starve’ instead of being fed with cravings and lust. This primal condition is furthermore one in which we formed a unity with God, or as we see it: with the Sacred, and instead of focusing on material success and esteem, one should strife to return to the Sacred.
Meister Eckhart is very clear on this matter: such an authentic return implies a radical selflessness, a radical return to a self-less ground, or what Boehme would call the un-ground. Thrown upon Eorthe we must not strife to fulfil God’s will in order to be rewarded with the entrance to paradise. Instead, we must renounce this ‘will’ and become truly ‘poor’: this poverty will cleanse our Geworfenheit instead of polluting it with false pretensions and with the domination of the instrumental.
Meister Eckhart’s God is not a regulating one for this God does not ‘expect’ / ‘will’ anything. One must pray that one becomes empty of God himself, and as such realise this return to the Sublime Nothingness. And this is what Meister Eckhart calls “the eternal abyss of divine being” (De Kesel, p. 66). This radical selflessness can only be obtained by ruthlessly destroying one’self’ in order to disappear into the basis which can only be seen as an abyss. As such the human being is able to stop craving, desiring, lusting, wishing…
The mystic confronts himself with the unfathomable depth, which we call ‘the Sacred’, in order to transcend his thrown condition, his everydayness, here on Eorthe. The Sacred, from a Bataillean and Heideggerian point of view, is unsettling as it displaces our everyday mode of being, and instead of what the ‘popular’ Christian point of view is, it does not comfort us or put our conscience at ease. The confession, as used by the Church, is nothing more than a means to uphold its worldly power and as such the Church turned the Sacred into something they can use, something docile, while in essence the Sacred lacks human qualities. The God of the Church is a most instrumental one, and this God furthers the Decline of the West because of his mildness, his accessibility.
From Meister Eckhart and other mystics we have learned that the God of the Christian mystical tradition is most hidden and unknown to us for only ‘God is God’, and human words cannot describe him. Only by radically eliminating our Ego, by becoming Empty we can approach Him and become part of his unfathomable darkness.
The Deus Absconditus of Bataille or the Acéphalic God, is such a monster for its non-presence, its empty throne (as opposed to the bearded figure on Christian thrones) echoes the horrifying non-presence of the Sacred. The Acéphalic God is at the same time a Pagan god that demands worship and sacrifice (not for utilitarian reasons but for the sake of violence and bloodshed), and he is also the mystical Deus Absconditus of Meister Eckhart for whom we strife to destroy our Ego. The Acéphalic God is a most destructive force that annihilates all homogeneity, the quietness of the status quo and it is therefore a most Sacred destructive force to be reckoned with.
This force will be needed as we aim to rebuild Europa: in order to create one must destroy. Calculated thinking and hubris have infested the core of Europa, and one can only expel this sickness by furthering the Kali Yuga and its inherent accelerationism. A thorough cleansing of the West can prepare the advent and the arrival of the new God as claimed by Heidegger in his latest interview: ‘Only a God can save us now.’ (Der Spiegel). Indeed, only a subjugation will restore our original and innocent relationship with the Sacred, and the coming Age of Barbarism will function as a transitional period to the Age of Fire. The Sacred must be restored in all its splendor so that the New Man may look upon it with wonder and awe, just like the ancient Greeks and our pagan ancestors as a whole worshipped the Cosmic and the God that travel through it. This mode of Being, this pure devotion and non-instrumental worship, is essential if we wish to return to our primal condition.
The Heimat and our occult connexion with it can help us to overcome the present Age of Degeneration. It is up to us to restore the balance, to seek for one’s inner Thule, to ‘empty’ our’selves’ by eliminating the modern influences, and to look for the pure and authentic Destiny of each people, each folk, namely a restoration of their Dasein through awe and wonder! The Christian God has been pronounced dead by Nietzsche, but the traces of the old gods are still in our blood, and together with meaningful action & meditational thinking we can prepare our folk for a regeneration of the West.
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- Zelfloos – De mystieke afgrond van het moderne Ik -, Marc De Kesel (2018)
- The Fourfold – Reading the late Heidegger -, Andrew J. Mitchell (2015)