Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The world arises

The sages tell us that the world arises out of Mind. The ancient Hebrew scriptures (0ld Testament of the Bible)described it as the voice of God: God spoke and it was "created." In Christian scriptures (New Testament of the Bible) Christ is described as the logos--or thought--of God, and that all things were crested out of this Christ-logos.

And as it all arises around us we continue to see the Great chain of Being coming into existence, the historical Big Bang of the Universe that continues to unfold. What is known of the Bing Bang is that it came out of nothing, certainly no-thing, and "expanded" from there. But "expanded" isn't quit correct being as it starts out as nothing and how can nothing expand? But it did. And the "ether" of existence, not yet having coalesced into matter or light, could expand "faster" than the speed of light...because there was at that early "moment" no true form of time and space. There was not yet a rule against traveling faster than the speed of light because the fabric of existence was not settled into the rhythm and dance, the solidity and effervescence of our current fabric of reality. It was "thought" arising from "Mind."

And here we are wanting enlightenment, but we want it in according to our preferences. We want the world to be a better place not willing to acknowledge what is unfolding around us all the time. We look to humanity and can--in the news--find ugliness, not necessarily beauty. However, we may be missing quite a bit. Only Now is the world arising, time is a function only of the mind, not reality. And there is no separation, so I am the soldiers in both armies, I am the brutal antagonist--even killer--and I am the fearful, the slain.

Put another way, even the mishaps of humanity are an amazing eruption of Life, teaming and contending, unconsciously surveying and multiplying. And up to now in the pockets of history have been the enlightened, the sages, and even my uncle who began to "glow" just prior to death. Our very trouble with humanity's calamities, "man's inhumanity to man," is evidence of our awakening. If we are sickened by atrocities we must remember that we are seeing them in comparison to the illumination we are standing in ourselves. countless warlords and brutal individuals have pushed from the species' urge to survive that now, in our generation, we might "walk erect" and see above our survival instincts, self preservation, even greed.

We, you or I, may now be uniquely gifted to have compassion on humanity, on creation. But let us not thing there is "something wrong." Let us not create a problem in our minds. the Great Chain of Being goes from simple matter to brilliant forms like stars and planets, then the simplest of living plants. Much later single cell animals. And eons beyond, complex animals and the flowering of it all: humanity, the vast intelligent opportunity for consciousness to occur.

What we forget is that each human when born must start with the basic urges of survival. It is only when we are properly nurtured that we can develop intellectually, morally, socially, and if we're lucky: spiritually. And Cultures must also go through this process. It is a great gamble and apparently the Universe goes to all the trouble for what Buddhists call "this precious human birth."

But it's a risky venture. The more evolved a form of existence the more opportunity for expansion and also the more chances that something could go wrong. Clouds of dust and gas in space either coalesce and become stars, or they don't. But once matter has evolved to the simplest singe celled organism a host of things could go wrong: too much heat, too much cold, no sunlight or food, or some disorder of its complex internal structure. None of these possible pathologies exist for interstellar clouds of dust and gas. But as much as basic life is such a quantum leap in possibilities it likewise presents the chance that something could go wrong.

And as animals become more complex they develop organs like hearts and brains and kidneys and eyes and limbs--each of which are vulnerable to whole new sets of possible disorders. None of that existed for the colds of dust or the amebae. Now enter humanity, we now bring the greatest physiological complexity: the human brain. But well beyond that we bring with us all the social and psychological and even spiritual crisis of development along the way, each strewn with potential pitfalls. Schizophrenia and depression is basically unknown amongst other animals. And so it is likewise with our spiritual development--only this goes beyond the norms of society. The point is that humanity is flowering of the Universe and it is as risky that a soul will be aware as it is one of thousands of octopus larvae will reach maturity.

So many not realize this in themselves, what scriptures refer to as a seed within us "to become children of God." And being in the family is to have the same nature, the nature of God. So here we are watching humanity arise, some as desperate animals and some as Divinity itself. It is the world arising, ever fresh, constantly dying and rebirthing, all for the chance for creation to realize it's source, the Divine.

We become upset with what we see in the Universe, the world, due to our extremely limited point of view. In truth all is as it should be.