Sacred Text Reading Group
Date(s) - 02/20/2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Amy

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Amy will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. About half our readings so far have been those suggested by group members.

On Saturday, February 20, we’ll read these excerpts from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake:
All Bibles or sacred codes. have been the causes of the following Errors.
  1. That Man has two real existing principles. Viz: a Body & a Soul.
  2. That Energy. called Evil. is alone from the Body. & that Reason. called Good. is alone from the Soul.
  3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies.
But the following Contraries to these are True
  1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that called Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
2, Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.
  1. Energy is Eternal Delight
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
No bird soars too high. if he soars with his own wings.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.

Blake deliberately challenged the orthodox view of virtue and vice and celebrated desire and the pleasures of the senses. He was an artist as well as a poet, and printed and illustrated his own books. You can see the above passage as he printed it here.

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