‘Open secret’ (long instrumental version), the title track of Asher Quinn (Asha’s) debut album. Track download & CD available here ~ http://asherquinn.co.uk/opensecret.htm
‘Open Secret’ is also the title of a book of poems by the Persian mystical poet, Rumi. The open secret in question is that God is everywhere, and that we are all divine beings. There… I’ve spilled the beans! But it was the elephant in the room, so someone had to mention it!
This was my debut album when I was 34, almost completely instrumental and produced by my friend Anthony Phillips of the band Genesis. Another friend in a well-known band, Andy Latimer, played the heroic, soaring lead guitar. I later re-released it and added a few vocal tracks as a bonus. It was inspired by the Sufi tradition of ecstatic spirituality, within which I came to my own ecstatic experience of the living Christ. This in turn constellates an overwhelming feeling of unconditional love in my emotional heart for the miracle of creation… the love, the pain, the ecstasy, the longing, the sacrifice, the grief, the joy… all of it. The Christ also constellates a certain clairvoyant spiritual sensibility, which enables one to see more clearly the real that lies behind the apparent. The Christ is the sun-hero of our heart, the bridge between the temporal and the eternal, between the mortal and the immortal. He is the triumph of the virtues over the deadly sins!
I was guided to film for this in Mont St. Michel, Normandie, France, a church within a fortified castle, constructed after a vision by St. Aubert of nearby Avranches, wherein the Archangel Michael instructed him to build a church of renewal on this rocky outcrop, a few hundred metres into La Manche (the English channel). The granite to build it was hauled from Mont Dol, several kilometres away. At Dol de Bretagne stands an extraordinary 9 metre tall monolith, which appears to have descended from the sky, and matches no other stone in the area. Local legend has it that Michael sent the stone to earth to stop a bloody family feud… which it did. The Archangel Michael is the Time Lord of our epoch… the spirit of our times. He it is who defeated the dragon, which represents our lower, materially-minded self, and he it is who now orchestrates the coming of the Cosmic Christ in the ether, for all of humanity. This phenomenon is well under way, and I have been aware of it in myself since the age of 5. Luciferic and Ahrimanic forces of darkness rise up in opposition to the Christ, and indeed these are the apocalyptic times we find ourselves in. Apocalypse does not actually mean Armageddon, I wish to mention, rather it means the spiritual vision of the seer regarding the welfare of the Christ on earth, since the passion of Christ Jesus on Golgotha,.
Christ re-connects us to our divinity, and Lucifer seeks to prevent this by filling our heads full of dogma, ideology, atheism and material temptation. He cuts us off from God at the head. Ahriman, an anti-sun demon first mentioned in ancient Persia, cuts us off at the knees by spreading the cancer of impenetrable systems in our society, and by trying to concretise God (geographically… as in a caliphate, an Empire or organised state religion). Christ is found in the heart, and the Christ is a mutable, not a fixed fire. Christ brings the most compassionate truth to any situation, not the word of law. One becomes able, when awakened and under the right guidance, to receive the word of God in the heart, independent of any system, or external law. Mont St. Michel has an immense spiritual presence. There I felt tremendously uplifted, clear, in love, devotional, and inspired… magnificently so. On the way we saw a sign for Lisieux (my filming companjero Gloria and I), and were magnetically drawn to this curious little town in Calvados. We soon found ourselves immersed in the light of the being of Therese of Lisieux, a Saint and Carmelite nun who lived and died there, aged 24, in 1897. Therese, much in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi, devoted herself to Christ, and thrillingly purified her soul to such an extent that she is held in the same esteem in France as Joan of Arc, and actually held in deep affection the world over. I have since become a devotee of Therese of Lisieux, myself. She made a great virtue of her spiritual simplicity and her petiteness. These are the kind of things she said that console me tremendously:
“My God, I choose everything, I will not be a Saint by halves, I am not afraid of suffering for Thee, I fear only one thing, and that is to do my own will. Accept the offering of my will, for I choose all that Thou wiliest," and: “After I have known it LOVE works so in me, that whether things go well or badly love turns them to one sweetness, transforming the soul in ITSELF. Then, in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: ‘’Jesus my love… my vocation, at last I have found it… my vocation is LOVE.” Mine too.