Sunday, December 17, 2017

Every life is a sacred arising

This morning I choose to break into my regular 3-day publishing schedule and write something that is  of the moment—today.

It’s easy to live life as though everything is automatically granted and just keeps happening. The way that our sensory input works and that our minds react with it, we believe everything is routine. This is because our intelligence has become disconnected from a proper relationship with the part that has feeling.

To be sure, we do have feelings — emotions – all day long, and a lot of them are extremely powerful; even overwhelming. But real feeling, which connects to the sacred properties of the planet and the universe itself, as well as the nature of reality, is a rare thing in human beings. It produces a condition that is quite different than what we call “ordinary” life.

I had several impressions of this kind over my last trip to China, within the last two weeks. And there is one here again this morning which I will speak about now.

Every single life is a whole thing, a sacred entity. We see our lives as belonging to ourselves, because of our egoism; but every life is a single sacred expression, a punctuation mark inserted into the language of The Perfection (The Reality.) 

These punctuation marks help to define the way that each sentence flows. Another way of explaining it is that each life is what helps define, separate, and value the various parts of what manifests in what I call the Perfection—what we call reality. Reality is its own language, but without the punctuation its meaning deteriorates.

Our feeling part is meant to help us see and appreciate our place within this dialogue. With sensitivity — if we “listen,” that is, a word that means something much greater than the idea of hearing spoken words with our ears — we are able to know in a very deep way the nature of our Being. This ought to humble us, because we live in the midst of a life in which every tiny little thing is an extraordinary and impossible gift which God has granted us; and not only have all the miraculous gifts that seem ordinary to us been granted, but also our capacity to sense, interact with, and correctly appreciate them. 

So for example the taste of a cup of coffee is a miracle; its warmth is a miracle; the steam that rises off it is a miracle. A piece of paper? Also a miracle.

There is a certain irony in Ouspensky’s title, “In Search of the Miraculous.” Human beings spend their lives searching for miracles and don’t even see that they are already a miracle themselves and living within a miracle and that everything is already in fact a miracle.  What are we searching for? It is already here. Look around you this morning.

The word itself comes from Latin miracle, meaning an object of wonder. The OED defines it as “a marvelous event occurring within human experience, which cannot have been brought about by human power or by the operation of any natural agency, and must therefore be ascribed to the special intervention of the deity or of some supernatural being.”

Without the feeling part, the rational mind and the intellect reduce everything to disconnected arisings separated from their Divine origins. Only the minds of feeling and sensation can actively sense the Divine origin of Reality and understand that everything, absolutely everything, within it arises as a result of Divine action. The complexities of this, especially the things that we perceive as “bad,” are the subject for much greater contemplation; but there is no need to pick apart the complexities if the feeling part directly senses the sacred nature of reality. It is the intellect alone that lags so far behind this activity and demands the explanations.

I have explained many times that it is the active nature of organic sensation that connects these two possibilities: our intellect, which interprets, and our feeling, which understands. The one operates at a much slower speed than the other; so unless our feeling part is engaged, we can only interpret and do not understand.  And our sensation provides the connective tissue.

Anyway, I am writing this this morning to remind every reader that we are particles in the body of God, and thoughts in His mind, and that we cannot be separated from the essentially sacred nature of this action — any more than anything around us, no matter how apparently insignificant, can be separated in itself. 

So in this way we understand that we should give thanks and praise at all times and in all places, because we are already within God, and ought to devote our eternal praise and gratitude to the sacred gift of these lives which we currently participate in.

My new book— which, in part II, speaks about the nature of the Perfection in great depth and has a great deal to do with the subject in this post —is now available in paperback, and as a PDF.

For the text of the introduction, see the PDF link.

Novel, Myth and Cosmos at Amazon (paperback)

PDF file for digital devices cab be ordered at:

Novel, Myth and Cosmos PDF format

An iTunes bookstore version will be available soon.

Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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