compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
A remarkable convergence is under way in the world today: the convergence
of reason and emotion, observation and intuition, science and spirituality.
The newest thing on our horizon is the oldest thing in our history.
We are not discovering greater truths, but re-discovering them.
The happy news applies also to the subject of love—of all-embracing love. The oldest, most stable cultures, those that endured for thousands of years, had many features we would no longer like to have — a hierarchical stucture, an enormous gap between the powerful and the powerless, and lesser regard for the value of life — but they also had something we had lost and would very much need: solid social cohesion, supported by shared ideas about the nature of society backed by insights concerning the fundamental nature of reality. They may not have individually experienced all-embracing love, but they obeyed the dictates of a spiritual authority that made them behave as if they did.
Traditional cultures had a symbolic, and as we would now say esoteric, understanding of the world. They perceived a higher or deeper order that humans are to obey and mirror. Hermes Trismegistus declared, “As above, so [it must be] below.” The discoverers of the higher orders were the shamans and the prophets, and the spiritual leaders whose sight and insight had the seal of divine inspiration. The highest layers of the temporal orders were the masters who carried the message and saw to its implementation: the kings and the chieftains, the pharaohs and the emperors. They enjoyed divine origins, or at least divine inspiration. Thanks to the link they provided to the “order above,” the “order below” was relatively stable. People were enduringly bonded and despite periodic revolts and revolutions, could re-bond time and time again.
We cannot live like this in the 21st century. We have difficulty accepting even recognised ecclesiastical authority, not to speak of authority based on spiritual insight. But we are not called to do so. We can find fresh guidance by looking to science backed by spirituality - and to spirituality backed by science. Thanks to the current convergence of these perennial streams of human culture, remarkably authoritative insights are available to us. Through them we can form enduring bonds between us and nature, NOT by obeying the commands of an outer authority, but by following the dictates of our own mind and spirit.
All-embracing love is the message we get when we take a deeper look at the latest findings of the sciences. The gist of the converging insights is that there is an underlying logic that confers unity and oneness on us, and on all things in the universe. The world is like a vast hologram, coded by basic patterns that “in- form” the entire cosmic matrix known as space[TIME]. There is nothing entirely random and meaningless in this world; there are no truly chance events. LIFE [IT]self is not a random accident. The latest discoveries show that organic macromolecules, the basic elements of life, are synthesised already in the physical and chemical evolution of stars even before they emerge and evolve as biological organisms on some planets. The evolution of life is not a fortuitous event in the world, but the expression of a coherent logic carried by universal laws.
When we peel away the symbols and metaphors that clothe the traditional insights, we see that the concept of cosmic order is very similar in science and in spirituality. It is an order of wholeness and connection, of instant “nonlocal” interaction and embracing spacetime coherence.
In the language of the systems sciences, the universe is a complex interacting whole — not a hierarchy but a “holarchy.” Humans, as all living things, are “holons”—embedded wholes—in this cosmic order.
We are wholes in regard to the atoms, molecules, cells and organs that make up our body and parts in regard to the larger systems that frame our lives. We do not know how being a part “feels” to an atom, a molecule, a cell or even a simpler organism. But we do know how it feels to us, conscious human beings. When we look deeply into our own consciousness and ask, “how does it really feel to be in the world?” we realize that it feels like being part of a family — of a vast family, with members bonded by all-embracing love.
With the “re-cognition” of all-embracing love as an intrinsic element in nature, we can regain the coherence and solidarity we had lost in the modern world. We can participate in the vast awakening that is now beginning to bond people, especially young people, to each other and to nature.
Embracing love is the way we can again be part of the world. It is the foundation of the new thinking we need to create a sustainable and humane world. It could be, and I believe will be, our salvation.
NOW passed BUT never forgotten; as ME/WE forge ever forward .
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