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Safe Haven of the Soul

On this day, I see clearly that we must explore and develop those ways to engender the passion for the possible in our human development while discovering what that "possible" is. In so doing we will discover ways of transcending and transforming the local self so that extraordinary life can arise. There is no question but that a larger life is latent in the human species and that we live only a small part of the life that is given. Thus it will require from those of you who are really serious about making a difference something that astronauts, sportspeople, great artists and inventors, mystics, social artists, and co-creators are always open and available to–the acquiring of a greater nature. This means however that one agrees to relinquish those limited and limiting patterns of body, that is sensory and motor patterns, of emotions, of volition, of intelligence and understanding, and of spirit that have been keeping you from becoming all that you can be. Stop it. You are boring God.

One also must agree to allow yourself to instead become available to the extraordinary dimensions that each of you contains for much larger life in body, mind, and spirit. This, I absolutely believe is what is required of us if you who will continue to live are going to help our era survive and grow. Now what is going on in our era that is unique in human history? Get beneath the patterns of chaos and this is what I think you can detect. We are in jump time, also called whole system transition. This means that we have a rare choice point both for the world and for ourselves. As you all know, the current movements of change are accelerating radically, with new happenings in structural and social development, complexity, behavioral variety, and awareness. There is a multileveled transformation of our entire nature in the works as well as in the very nature and function of society. This includes the democratization of our human potential, as well as the wide scale experience of aspects of ourselves that we never thought to have.

I believe that the very evolution of life is asking us to co-partner with it and to make choices that will serve the greater story. We must come to realize that grace, or, if you will, the larger reality structure, the Field of Being within which you are embedded, the Divine Reality is always and everywhere present, ever near, utterly available, and totally responsive to our desire for it. We are at the stage where the real work of humanity begins. This is the time and place where we partner Creation in the re-creation of ourselves, in the restoration of the biosphere, and in the assuming of a new kind of culture–what we might term a culture of kindness wherein we live daily life in such a way as to be connected and charged by the Source of our reality and become liberated in our inventiveness as well as deeply engaged in our world and our tasks.

Now there is a quickening, a tremendous sense of need for this possible human in all of us to help create the possible world if we are to survive our own personal and planetary odyssey and come safely home – to the sanctuary of the soul.

Absolute Spirit

 

We have to go forward beyond reason in order to discover that mind and nature are both simply different movements of one absolute Spirit, a Spirit that manifests itself in its own successive stages of unfoldment and enfoldment. As Hegel would put it, Spirit is not One apart from the Many, but the very process of the One expressing itself in successive unfoldings in and through the Many- it is infinite activity expressing itself in and as the finite process of development itself or evolution. The Absolute is thus both the Alpha and the Omega of development…evolution does have a direction; Eros as Spirit-in-Action…evolution is not simply the drive toward spirit; it is the drive of Spirit toward Spirit, manifested in a series of increasing wholes and integrations that express increasing degrees of Spirit’s own self-realization or self-actualization. Eros is fully present at each and every stage in the process, as the very process itself.

Each stage of development or evolution is thus Spirit’s knowledge of itself through the structures and limitations of that stage. Each stage is therefore a thesis that eventually runs into its own limitations, which triggers a self-transcendence to a new synthesis, which both negates and preserves its predecessor. This dialectic, of course, is Eros, Spirit-in-Action, and the drive of Spirit to unfold itself more fully and unify itself more fully. Thus, Spirit tries to know itself first through sensation, then perception, then impulse. At this point Spirit is still un-self-conscious…Thus the whole of Nature Schelling refers to as ‘slumbering spirit’. Moreover, nature is not a mere inert and instrumental backdrop for mind. Rather, nature is a ‘self-organizing dynamic system’ that is ‘the objective manifestation of Spirit’- ‘nature as a unified, self-developing super-organism’- but now set developmentally or evolutionarily afloat.

Thus nature is most definitely not a static or deterministic machine; it is ‘God-in-the-making’. All life processes are manifestations of the Divine Life, unfolding in space and time. But it is, says Schelling, Spirit slumbering because Spirit has not yet become self-conscious; the cosmos has not yet begun to consciously reflect on itself. With the emergence of mind, Spirit becomes self-conscious. Spirit seeks to know itself through symbols, concepts, and reason, and the result is that the universe begins to think about the universe, which produces the world of reason and, in particular, the world of conscious morals. Thus, says Schelling, where nature was objective Spirit, mind is subjective Spirit and it is here that the mind and nature can seem to drift apart, to be totally unrelated, to stare blankly and uncomprehendingly across the subject/object dualism at the alien beings on each side of the divide.

These two ‘apparent absolutes’ are synthesized in the third great movement of Spirit, which is the transcendence of both nature and mind and thus their radical synthesis or union ‘in which these two absolutenesses; absolute subjectivity and objectivity are again one absoluteness’. This is also the identity of subject and object in one timeless act of self-knowledge of Spirit directly knowing itself as Spirit, a direct mystical or contemplative intuition, says Schelling, that is not mediated through any forms, whether those forms be the feelings of objective nature or the thoughts of subjective mind.

There is an unmistakable and profound glimpse of the formless and non-dual groundless Ground. Spirit goes out of itself to produce objective nature, awakens to itself in subjective mind, and then recovers itself in pure Non-dual perception, where subject and object are one pure act of Non-dual awareness that unifies both nature and mind in realized Spirit. Spirit knows itself objectively as nature; knows itself subjectively as mind; and knows itself absolutely as Spirit- the Source, the Summit, and the Eros of the whole sequence. We would also recognize these three large movements as sub-conscious, self-conscious, and super-conscious; or bio-sphere, noo-sphere, and theo-sphere; or pre-personal, personal, and trans-personal.

Each stage of ascent builds upon and incorporates its predecessors. What is lost is the narrowness of the predecessor, on its claim to be the Whole. Each stage incorporates its predecessor but negates its partiality. This is a truly stunning vision, a profound integration of Ego-mind and Eco-nature, of Spirit descending into even the lowest state and ascending back to itself, with Spirit nonetheless fully present at each and every stage as the process of its own self-realization and self-actualization, its own self-unfolding and self-enfolding development, a divine play of Spirit present in every single movement of the Cosmos, yet finding more and more of itself as its own Play proceeds, dancing fully and divine in every gesture of the universe, never really lost and never really found, but present from the start and all along, a wink and a nod from the radiant abyss.

Excellence is striving for quality or merit in all that we do. A focus on excellence means we take time, work hard and think carefully about a project or activity. Excellence lets us take pride in our accomplishments. We are guided by a vision or an ideal, and we do our best to make it a reality. Excellence must be tempered by balance, because when we seek excellence in one area, we risk neglecting our other values and priorities. It doesn’t mean being perfect; it means using our abilities and opportunities to their fullest. Whatever our mission in life, a commitment to excellence brings us closer to living it well and to attaining our dreams.

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