I want to explain why I choose to have the handle The Zenith as my name. This word is a bit of a love affair for me. It started back when I first encountered the British comic 2000AD. I read the continuing exploits of a series in the comic called Zenith featuring a character by the same name. Zenith was, or is a character who formed part of a group of ‘superheroes’ that battled negative forces seeking to destroy the earth and multiverse. Zenith himself used his abilities initially not for some noble purpose, but to further his singing career, a move that befitted his character as a self-centred, spoilt, arrogant individual. He actually had to be dragged into this group of ‘superheroes’ as his self preservation instincts took over once he was informed of what he was required to do, i.e. battle evil!
To be honest I don’t remember much about the series, It didn’t last for very long and didn’t make that much of an impact in society compared to today’s superhero laden media. But something about the character and series just stuck with me, maybe the plot, or themes or perhaps the fact this series wasn’t like the usual bulging biceps and ballooning breasts that so dominated and defined other comic characters. On top of this there was no tragic backstory to the characters portrayed within the pages, a decision that appears to have been “… a reaction against torment superheroes.”
On top of this I seemed to be equally drawn to the character of Peter St. John. A character who pulled the rest of the band of heroes together and who seemed to have more going on behind the scenes that what was revealed. It was a final scene between Zenith and Peter St. John, in which it was revealed that Peter St. John was prime minister of Great Britain; by telepathically controlling the then prime minister Tony Blair, and displaying his psychic abilities. It was largely this scene that also stuck in my mind for reason unknown at the time.
Fast forward many years and I have have kept this word ‘Zenith‘ doodling it in books, using it as passwords and now it is the moniker I go by on my social media accounts (including this blog). Very early on I looked up the meaning of the word which in dictionary.com which attributes two meanings to this word:
1. the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer.Compare nadir.
2. highest point or state; culmination.
It was the second meaning that resonated with me, that kept me wondering, that I brought out and examined, fantasised over without any real context or belief. It is thought to derive form Arabic ‘samt‘ meaning, direction or path eventually cumulating in the French word ‘cenith ‘and ‘zenith’ in the seventeenth century. For me though, from its first discovery to present day, I always dwelt on the idea of the ‘highest point’, the pinnacle. For me, long before I had my awakening I always day-dreamed and fantasised about being more than I was, entertaining the notion that I was different somehow, like a tormented anti-hero such as batman or a figure who sacrificed themselves for the humanity without any recognition or adulation, or perhaps having to withdraw from society.
Now many years later, in a skewed way, I find myself in a somewhat similar position. Being in service to others through social media platforms distributing my knowledge, experiences, inspiration and being a channel for words and concepts from those (or perhaps the higher self) in the unseen realms in the hope that it will be of some use, even as my own life is in a constant state of turmoil and upheaval. But throughout it all, I still cling to this concept of the highest point, the summit, the pinnacle, the zenith. How can I reach this zenith in my own spiritual growth? What is the true path? What are the teachings and tools I need to aid me in my own seeking of the summit?
Sometimes you need to take a step back for the elusive search for the zenith and look upon the path you have trodden. Although spiritual growth is not something one can measure, should not be and perhaps can’t be measured; you can recognize by virtue of the person you were, and the person you are now, the light contained within shall we say. This can be as helpful a marker as a feeling of accomplishment, fleeting those these feelings are. I guess this is the way it’s designed, to keep the seeker seeking, for hunger to go unappeased, for desire to remain unsated. There’s a beautiful quote by the Q’uo entity that speaks to this :
So onwards I must go, blindly in search of the Zenith. looking at the synonym for this word which is nadir, it states:
1. Astronomy. the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
2. Astrology. the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven: the cusp of the fourth house.
3. the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.
Perhaps there is yet more meaning to be revealed to me, perhaps there is a clue for me to decipher in these words for the next step along my journey that will take me ever closer to that all encompassing light that is my Zenith.
*Many thanks to Amber of DiosRaw for providing the impetus for the creation and explanation offered in this piece. Love always.*