God is a Verb

Lately, the new trend in spiritualists has become to take the seemingly ‘androcentric’ approach to enlightenment- that is, that to realize ultimate truth, growth, and the sought after goal of transformation, one must take the view that we as human beings are part of Divinity itself, that “there is enlightened mind wherever you look” and that as humans, our prime state is that of “conscious interconnectedness” with all of existence, including the Divine.

It’s actually a misnomer to label this occurrence as either a trend or as new; this is hardly new except for in Western cultures. For thousands of years, ancient cultures have already realized and tapped into this ‘state of consciousnes’ or perspective of human life on earth. But now the call is to wake up the deafened people- whichever culture they reside in, because they are everywhere- in light of the desire for change that so many long for in this time of peak chaos, violence, and distress.

Vaughan-Lee states that: “The new energy that is becoming available to us is an energy of oneness that can help us live our true role in relation to the planet, a role of stewardship based on conscious interconnectedness. Changes in the energy structure of the planet and the availability of of this new energy of oneness are aspects of the next stage in our collective and individual evolution, a stage that allows a shift from isolation and separation into oneness and communion with all creation. This energy and the patterns through which it comes into creation cannot be defined or described with any exactness. Instead they require a new way of relating to life, of interacting with life as an energy flow…”

Mary Daly says: “It’s something vast. My work follows in that tradition of bonding—recognizing and realizing, meaning also actualizing, our connection with the universe. So, the word I commonly use for the ultimate reality—I won’t say “God,” that’s dead—is “the universe.I’ll say “spirit,” but meaning a principle of life within all being, including rocks. And I have used capital “B,” Be-ing, to represent the verb God.”

Vimala Thakar says: “The challenge awaiting us is to go much deeper as human beings, to abandon superficial prejudices and preferences, to expand understanding to a global scale, integrating the totality of living, and to become aware of the wholeness of which we are a manifestation. As we deepen in understanding, the arbitrary divisions between inner and outer disappear. The essence of life, the beauty and grandeur of life, is its wholeness. Life in reality cannot be divided into the inner and the outer, the individual and social. We may make arbitrary divisions for the convenience of collective life, for analysis, but essentially any division between inner and outer has no reality, no meaning.”

Andrew Cohen says: “If the individual possesses that pure intention that empowers them to respond to the longing for transcendence with fearless abandon, then woman ceases to be woman and man ceases to be man. If the truth absolute has no face how can we, once we have discovered that fact, claim to have a name or a face, identify ourselves with being a woman or a man? If indeed we are able to find the courage to abandon all notions of self, thereby making room for that indescribable mystery to reveal itself unobstructed by concept, then the fact of gender will in no way hinder or distort the full and complete expression and manifestation of that mystery as Self. Then a woman is able to be a woman freely and fully, thoroughly unpreoccupied with that fact of her own human existence. And a man is able to be a man freely and fully, thoroughly unpreoccupied with that fact of his own human existence. This is the whole point. For liberation means not only freedom from fear and delusion, but also freedom from all fixed notions of self.” (oneness, existence)

Ken Wilber paraphrases Aldi Da: “The very desire to seek enlightenment is in fact nothing but the grasping tendency of the ego itself, and thus the very search for enlightenment prevents it. The “perfect practice” is therefore not to search for enlightenment, but to inquire into the motive for seeking itself. You obviously seek in order to avoid the present, and yet the present alone holds the answer: to seek forever is to miss the point forever. You always already ARE enlightened Spirit, and therefore to seek Spirit is simply to deny Spirit. You can no more attain Spirit than you can attain your feet or acquire your lungs.”

And so it seems only so clear and correct, however much religions have taught us against it, to embrace the creation as in fact Divine, to feel spirit inside of ourselves, to believe that we as mere mortals can be merged with Divinity. But when you look back to the popular Christian Bible, God is reported to have made the earth itself, and the people in It’s image. So why wouldn’t it be divine? Isn’t just the denying of our blessed lives the cause of sin, or problems– to fear Divinity, to flee form God in the Garden all over again?

And the most striking riddle, that traditional Christianity is very well acquianted with, but could NEVER answer- is “What does God mean when It says to call me by “I AM”?

And now you know.

Reading:

Working with Oneness, by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

A Spirituality That Transforms, by Ken Wilber at www.wie.org./

No Man’s Land, by Mary Daly at www.wie.org/

Liberation Without A Face is Total Revolution, by Andrew Cohen at www.wie.org/

Awakening to Total Revolution: Enlightenment and the World Crisis, by Vimala Thakar also at www.wie.org/
 

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~ by pecarrie on April 13, 2007.

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