Walls don’t always block. They can funnel, intensifying the flow of the river.
The sacred is the lifeblood of the world. When people of any culture praise whatever vision of divinity they revere, they praise that divinity for the gifts of life itself.
“This is my blood… Drink it” would have been enormously offensive to the 1st century Jews because only Jehovah gets to drink blood. Excellent point. Christianity was originally seen as a rather repulsive cult, when it first came into being, by the Jews themselves, like the Christians would come to view Islam. The sacred life blood has to be free to flow in order to serve its purpose of life support, and in fact, pretty much all Semitic deities were blood drinkers. Moloch, Baal and Pazuzu just to name a few. Some of course did not. Belphagor was a god of fertility, and criticised by even the Jews for his people’s practices of fertilizing their fields with dung. They came to spread the idea that Belphagor was a god of laziness. This is why later Christianity would describe this deity as the demon of sloth. Lucifer was a Roman messenger deity, comparable to Apollo in aspect. He would come to be seen as the demon of rebellion because his peoples teachings encouraged debate and questioning of any supposedly sacred writ or prophecy. This is why Christians would come to see Jews as satanic, because Jews also had the same tradition of debate.
And Buddhist? The Buddhists themselves have demons, but they see them more as elemental forces than profane. Presences that may be drawn to you because of your current state and just as readily transcended. In their stories, they are often beaten by debate and realization rather than recourse to threatening language and vehement insistence on some concept of divine law.
So yes, the divine energy must flow. Any god must be a living god in order to maintain its divinity.
Organized religion at first serves a purpose. It gives people a conceptual framework to share and explore, unified language, sort of the opposite of the Tower of Babel which likely refers to the fall of what unity the Semitic people knew. But like any case of congealed blood lingering over long in the flesh it protects, it can come to fester and necrotize the living flesh around it.
The breaking down of a coherent narrative among the Semitic people? Yes, exactly. They originally had a pantheistic link to the point of Yah having a feminine counterpart divinity named Ashera. Ashera became Ashmedai, who became Asmodeus. The ancient figure of Lilith was likewise demonized. For the reason they rejected the concept of subordination, the feminine divinity was thought to act like a man, so they from then on called it a man. This is perhaps the reason transsexualism is seen as such a profane notion in today’s world.
Male divinity = all seed and no soil? Exactly.
What is more profane in modern imagination than maggots? Anything? The divinity that would be called Baal zebul, the dung heap, was linked to maggots and flies. Similar to Belphagor in that respect, and the people of that time did observe that a festering wound would often occur and often just before death, but the maggots themselves didn’t cause this. They don’t even carry bacteria that can affect humans. They actually eat it. Another example might be cockroaches. Not one communicable disease passes between them and us.
Actually “good” for healing the wound, those maggots! Indeed, good for healing. It was seen as a consequence of profanity, and thus one had to suffer wounds and sores because they were the will of god, deserved.
Is the “profane” also good for healing? The profane can be good for healing. Much of medicine at the time was considered profane. The medicine people of other cultures were considered pagan servants of demonic gods, and healed only by somehow corrupting the soul, inflicting the equivalent of karmic burden on the one who was supposedly defying gods will.
But profanity, like antibiotics, can itself lead to ills as bad as anything else. We live in a rather profanity heavy world, little room is afforded to notions of the sacred. Everything is more or less considered fair game for serving whatever self-serving purpose someone might choose. How is that working for us? Profane thought has done a similar job to people’s sense of their own soul.
Will this profanity clear away how stagnant we are or has the profanity itself become stagnant? It hasn’t become stagnant, but it has become sterile. It is sharply curbing the natural resilience that we all otherwise possess.
Profanity become impotent. Not applied with intention? Yes. The least sick humans on the planet are corpses.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.