by Mary Belknap (post #29)
In the past month, I listened to a marvelous teleseminar – an hour-long dialogue between Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber. The seminar series was described as The Guru and Pandit Dialogues for 2013. The first session in the series focused on the question, “What is Enlightenment for the 21st Century?”
If you aren’t familiar with these two teachers, you can google their names, and find intriguing articles on Evolutionary Spirituality (Andrew) and Integral Philosophy (Ken). There will be five more (free) seminars in their Guru and Pandit series during 2013. I learned several useful and insightful seeds from their audio-session. There was a potent and beautiful moment during the Q&A portion of the seminar, when a young man from the U.S. Southern region asked them in a heartfelt way, “Can you share with us an integral view of Jesus? I love Jesus, and have done so my whole life. And I love the work you’re doing. But I don’t have an experience of the connection between Jesus’ message and the integral approach… and I’m grateful to both of you [Ken and Andrew] for all the wonderful work you’re doing. I love you guys.”
Wow. That was a gorgeous opening, in trust and intimate reaching out by that listener, inviting the “guru and pandit” (spiritual teacher and spiritual scholar) to open up and talk about the message of Divine Love that helps us expand our hearts and minds – to each other, to all of humanity, to greater Knowledge, and to life itself – which, in my view, is an integral part of Enlightenment in the current cycle of earth history! Regretfully, that didn’t happen. Andrew passed the question to Ken. And Ken didn’t see, or chose not to respond to, that opportunity. He answered as an academic – starting with a disclaimer that “we really can’t know what the original teachings of Jesus” were about. And soon he veered off on a digression about Buddhism’s three turnings and how various great teachers have interpreted Gautama’s original lessons.
What was missing, for me, was a recognition and acknowledgment that the young male American in 2013 is yearning for an Integral View of it “all making sense” through both Mind and Heart – and wants to connect the philosophic wisdom of these two Western intellectuals with his experiences on the devotional dimension of the Christ path. Let’s hope that he discovered some inner compassion toward the two teachers who didn’t quite reach deep enough to meet his spark in that moment.
There were earlier portions of the seminar that I was truly grateful for. Andrew described Enlightenment as a “transcendental leap to the non-relative or Absolute… where a person realizes that everything that comes before the leap is then seen as Relative.” In this sense, “true freedom” is the liberation from every-Thing… the unconditional and radical ISness prior to manifestation, prior to Timespace, prior to Things. Everything and everywhere that we see (through any of our human five physical senses, our emotions, or our mind) is WITHIN this infinite and radical context. And the Absolute is real-ized in more depth through each cycle of human (and cosmic) evolution, while remaining Itself unchanging and ALL. We are realizing more dimensions of the cosmos than humans did a thousand or even a hundred years ago. Sounds like a post-modern description of Mother-Father God and God’s unfolding Creation, doesn’t it?!
Their conversation highlighted the emerging view that Humanity – especially the portion that is awake enough to wonder about these Big Questions – is itself the growing tip of the Universe coming into form. The formless Ground of Being (or Source, Absolute, All That IS) has no beginning nor end, no “existence” within Timespace, and therefore no growth (as we know the term). Yet its twin – manifested forms – is indeed evolving… especially in the past five hundred years as humans have learned through science that the Form world is continually manifesting. The cosmos is no longer perceived as a static “umbrella of stars” above our heads. The manifest Universe is itself unfolding, changing – indeed, EVOLVING.
In my book, Homo deva: Evolution’s Next Step, I discussed a similar dual-view of evolution unfolding through both Ascent and Descent into the Kingdoms on Earth. As several spiritual traditions describe, the Descent arc is the Absolute coming “down” and incarnating into matter, touching One-to-many into the realm of Form, intermingling… becoming intimate-through-and-with Forms – indeed becoming the Beloved of Forms and as forms. That is another way of thinking of the Soul… our Soul, since there is truly only Unity at the Soul level.
And the Ascent arc is our human way of describing the individuated forms “waking up” to the deeper connections between each “them”, each “us”, and finally waking up to the integral Unity that is our destiny as well as our Source. In tangible life, this phase will (we hope) eventually bring Peace on Earth – peace and justice and sustainable planet – a goal that tens of millions of people are working toward, struggling about, visualizing upon, and praying for. We as 7+ billion Homo sapiens are the nexus, the intimate pivot point, where path of Ascent and path of Descent meet… collide… move through fission toward FUSION.
From the book Homo deva (p.262): Gautama Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth are prime pioneers of an emerging wave of evolution. “As the Homo sapiens wave entered its cultural expansion several thousand years ago, the lives and words of these two humans brought divine pulses of early Homo deva. In other words, while living fully within the fourth kingdom, these two individuals grounded pulses of high-voltage brain organization from the fifth kingdom. And naturally, their advanced neurological organization (brain-heart-mind) produced potent messages that disseminated widely through human consciousness. They were early transmitters of the next major quantum step of bio-psycho-immunology. Or, to express the same thought in physics terms, they embodied a much greater coherence of laser-energy than the humans of their time. These two served to link Light and Love (analogous to amplitude and wavelength, respectively) from the Homo deva level down to the Homo sapiens level, so that their students of over two millennia ago could understand a little of what they were thinking and saying.”
Homo deva Trailblazers
Gautama Buddha Prime pioneer of Phase 1 “brain fire” LIGHT
Jesus of Nazareth Prime pioneer of Phase 2 “heart fire” LOVE
As this post is being published the day before Easter, I send love and blessings to all those who celebrate this special holy day of renewal, of resurrection of Hope for a more peaceable world. May each of us live in ways that will help Humanity pass through its own Golgotha, and navigate through the death of Homo sapiens culture, into the Rebirth of Joy.
Shifting gears to an event during April: Two questions that leap around in my brain as I’m finishing this blog post: What would Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber say about the upcoming Citizens Hearings on UFO’s that will be held during April in Washington, DC? note: On the five days, April 29- May 3, 2013, a large gathering of both civilian and military witnesses will enter their personal testimony about UFO experiences during the past forty years into an official record, in front of several former members of the U.S. Congress. It’s an important turning-point in our national awareness of and conversation about some larger realities.
As one acquaintance of mine commented last week, “If the U.S. doesn’t step forward and responsibly handle the Disclosure issue, then other nations are going to do it, and we will really look foolish then.” That friend wasn’t aware that the governments of several nations, including France and Brazil, have been openly discussing UFO’s for over thirty years; and in fact, have Departments of Special Investigations for UFO’s within their military. For example, the Colonel overseeing the Brazilian Air Force reported that during his several years in that job, there was about one UFO report filed each month; that is, a report that had ruled out all other known reasons for the physical object that was registered on radar and/or visual sighting.
Actually, I don’t worry whether the U.S. looks foolish. But I do care about our leaders creating a new foundation of integrity about talking to our 320 million citizens as mature beings who deserve to hear, and are ready to handle the full truth of higher dimension (beyond 3D Spacetime) realities – I believe it’s time to help the mass public grow up, and no longer be treated as immature children.
The second question that is whispering through my brain is that the Indigo Children, and their beautiful experiences of multi-dimensional realities, do not yet appear in the scholarly work of Andrew or Ken. Integral Philosophy and Evolutionary Spirituality, as currently taught, do not speak to realities beyond 3D-Space. For example, the reality that five year-olds can meet physically for the first time in a city park when their mothers take them separately to the playground, and these children excitedly greet each other and “continue” a conversation that they have been having telepathically in a larger group for over a year. You can find articles on this – if you’re interested – by googling “Indigo children”, “inner web”, “international incidence of telepathy”, anecdotes of Crystal children.
From a larger perspective, these children’s interior emergence as connected beings with deep wisdom is exactly paralleling the exterior emergence of scientists’ and military pilots’ and commercial pilots’ personal accounts of encountering physical objects that are clearly driven by intelligence, yet are embodying technology that we may not understand for another century or more. We are in for an amazing ten years ahead, my friends. Keep your heart and mind in close touch with each other, and remember that they are voices of yourSelf – your unique, good, true, and beautiful Self.
JOYwork: Blessings on you and your path in this springtime. The collected works of Andrew and Ken are both deep gifts to our wisdom and hope for the future. Here is link to Andrew Cohen’s blog, a recent post, “Why the World Needs More Spiritual Heroes,” in which Andrew interviews Deepak Chopra. The ultimate freedom that WE ARE in unity together, and the evolving fullness we experience through form… We are each a Hero when we stand for Truth and Love in difficult moments, when it would be “easier” to be silent and numb. Yes, it is an extraordinary paradox. As Ken reminds us, “Paradox is just two truths standing on their heads and wanting attention!” )
Beloved Evolution whispers to You (post #29)