Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A New World

The Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) adopted a vision of spiritual as well as material evolution, and pointed toward a transformation of humanity, bringing about "divine life on earth."  The Jesuit biologist Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) thought that the entire evolutionary process was moving toward an end point of "maximun organized complexity," which he called the Omega point.  The Omega point was the attractor of the entire cosmic evolutionary process, and through it consciousness would be transformed....Philosophers like Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo point to new possibilities that go beyond the speculations of scientists by seeing consciousness as central to the evolutionary process. -- (Quotation from Rupert Sheldrake)

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Perennial Philosophy

One, Spirit exists. Two, Spirit is found within. Three, most of us don't realize this Spirit within, however, because we are living in a world of sin, separation, and duality -- that is, we are living in a fallen or illusory state. Four, there is a way out of this fallen state of sin and illusion, there is a Path to our liberation. Five, if we follow this Path to its conclusion, the result is a Rebirth or Enlightenment, a direct experience of Spirit within, a Supreme Liberation, which -- six -- marks the end of sin and suffering, and which --seven--issues in social action of mercy and compassion on behalf of all sentient beings. -- (Quotation from Ken Wilber)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Regaining Your Essence

...any deep loss is an opportunity to grow, to understand more about yourself, to experience holes that you believe can only be filled by someone else....People don't know that the hole, the sense of deficiency, is a symptom of a loss of something deeper -- the loss of Essence, which can be regained.  They think the hole, the deficiency, is how they really are at the deepest level, and that there is nothing beyond it....People will do anything to not feel the hole.  But...when we stop defending against feeling a hole, the actual experience is not painful.  We simply experience empty space, the feeling that there is nothing there.  Not a threatening nothingness, but a spaciousness, an allowing.  This spaciousness allows Essence to emerge, and it is Essence and only Essence that can eliminate the hole, that deficiency, from the inside.  -- (Quotation from A.H. Almaas)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Contemplative Reading

According to Thomas Merton, "Reading becomes contemplative when, instead of reasoning, we abandon the sequence of the author's thoughts in order not only to follow our thoughts, but to rise above thought and penetrate into the mystery of truth which is experienced intuitively as present and actual."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Trusting Your Essence

Most of you still don’t trust your essence. Most of you don’t believe it will be enough to take care of you. You don’t believe it is what you really need. You don’t believe it is what really knows.... Jesus said, “Leave your parents and follow me.” That’s what he meant.... Jesus had nothing against mothers and fathers. Jesus meant you should listen to the teachings present in your essence rather than listening to your superego. - (Quotation from A.H. Almaas)