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 recognized
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
spacetime. There is nothing entirely random and meaningless in this world; there are no truly
chance events. Life itself is not a random accident. The latest discoveries show that organic
macromolecules, the basic elements of life, are synthesized 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
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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