beginning to explore
new corners of our portion of reality and are opening as a flower
to discover what we have been, potentially, all along. The blue
of spring is outside of ourselves, but we learn some of the infinite
of the universe when we find ourselves responding to it. Within us is
infinite past, the mystery of the universe. It is our universe, but our
universe is apparently only one of a great many universes.
What we know
is only a
small part of what is. The massed banks of stars in he night sky
about other universes of thought and space and time and
It is an infinity of small perceptual universes: all of the insects on
earth; all of the animals above and below the waters; all of the
crystallizations of the nature of the universe; the atoms becoming
and stars; sea horses and plants.
destroyed. If all of the sea horses should die, we would still be in
kind of universe that creates sea horses. If all the stars should
the dusts of space would make new ones. It hardly seems
from the viewpoint of eternity, what particular aspects of the universe
are expressed on a minor planet such as ours. Once again we reach those
un-answerable questions. At the center of mechanics there is mystery.
are a mystery, and we live in mystery. And we know it, some of us.
works does not explain how it exists. Are the leverages with in our
becoming available to us? Quoting from Evelyn
Underhill, from Mysticism, [1974, New American Library]:
we are the gods that our ancestors told stories about. We fly from one
part of the globe to another in a matter of hours; we instantly
over thousands of miles; we can commit mayhem in moments, move
in minutes, and every night we sit in front of our magic picture box
find out what all the other gods are up to....”
of embodying the divinity within. When we recognize that we, and
with whom we interact, are in fact, a spark of divine goodness, we can
meet Essence to Essence. We can see others as they truly are, which is
a healing act in itself. Mirroring that reality back and being fully
are the corner stones of healing and health. World peace starts at home.
We are magnified through space and time, our senses enlarged, our whims
accelerated.... We are at a time in human history and planetary
when we are becoming aware of the stupendous unconscious knowledge and
skillful orchestration that is going on in ourselves as well as in the
outer cosmos all the time. We are at a crossing point in human
earth has grown through us a brain and nervous system, but now these
need to grow a larger psyche to contain them and to learn how to use
Thus the task of our time, evolutionary governance, is one of matching
the increasing complexity of external reality with a corresponding
in the depth and breadth of our psychic reality." -
illumination, like all real and vital experience, consists rather in
of a certain atmosphere, the living at certain levels of consciousness,
than in the acquirement of specific information."
to man has invariably come in the guise of bigotry. “If we are right
surely, they must be wrong.” This dismemberment of the psyche
a good and worthless portion has mostly been based on ignorance,
or religious belief.
That which we
do not understand,
we are more likely to put up on a pedestal and make into a deity or a
The most vulnerable are always the most superstitious and fearful, and
hateful. These are the ones that seek to exclude others. Understanding
and enlightenment brings inclusion.
always embodies the things we all have in common— coming into being and
passing away, love and tragedy, that which we care about most deeply.
true function of art and religion is to afford our imagination with
ways of feeling and behavior. By putting us in touch with the larger
of nature our sense of awe and wonderment is renewed.
we are less
likely to know what we feel and are we are more likely to imitate
and become just another member of a tribe, clan, gang, or “ism.”
one's self from dreams, from feeling, caring, is to give up
This is dangerous because once this fine line has been crossed,
to a system of some kind becomes ever easier. Once in a state of
anything can be ignored. Once enslaved by a system, atrocity can be
a step away.
The nature of
spirit is love. But falling in and out of love can lead to aloofness
frigidity even where a deep, spiritual bond, once existed.
in human relationships depends primarily on feelings. How another
feels around you is really the determining factor. It's pretty hard to
be "in love" when you are already "in anger". Many people carry
stress loads and they do not even realize it!
Too often we
seem to be
only crashing into each other without any real connection, resulting in
a longing to know that we are cared for in some significant way. We
to move beyond isolation and conflict into cooperation and a more
flow of energy so we can develop a deeper spiritual connection. But it
becomes apparent that often we aren't communicating very well.
Are men hard
violence and aggression, and women for passivity? Women have long
the pain of being devalued. They also have a more immediate sense of
and grief. Menstruation itself is a kind of loss, a kind of mini-death
within. Women are more immediately in touch with the emotional
of experiences such as coming into being and passing away. Thankfully,
their psyche seems geared to nurturance. Will they be the ones to
show the way?
tell us that the way for men to find the appropriate mode of feeling
behavior is a descent through grief and ashes, in order to come to
with the philosophical implications of violence. Since the invention of
weapons of mass destruction, violence certainly has new significance.
achievement) and health do not always go hand-in-hand. But we now
know that there is a very real correlation between your thoughts,
and attitudes and your level of well-being. The Internet does seem to
some promising new alternatives as a new way to stimulate dialog and
It is then, to this that these pages are dedicated.