Monday, March 25, 2013

The Great Work

The world as we know it and as we have created is not working. The indicators are all around us. In the midst of the dysfunction of our political, social, religious and educational structures, all showing their brokenness, there is a fundamental shift in consciousness of what it means to be human. A new being is being birthed in depth awareness that the mode of being human must be changed. The paradigm is shifting at a fundamental level
 Our world view has brought us into chaos and the edge of disaster. This lack of balance is being experienced as a universal kind of pain, a universal loneliness and alienation.

Charadin… something is happening to the whole structure of human consciousness a new kind of life is beginning
‘There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen

All action is social action. The question, the challenge and the dilemma is this “Is it turned toward justice and washed in goodness and compassion. Is it integrated around principles that manifest integrity and exhibits a leadership that is grounded and points toward wisdom.

Is our action centered and grounded in an I-Thou understanding and awareness that all life is holy and sacred; that all life is an interconnected whole in unity with the earth and one another, that ‘we are all relatives’
The call and the challenge is for a deep looking at our world and a deep looking at ourselves and to utilize available Spiritual Practices that direct our consciousness and energy toward wholeness that empowers and births us into an evolution toward  becoming ‘homo sapiens’ people of wisdom. This deep looking will open your heart and break your heart. At the edge of your heartbreak is your entry into the Holy Life, It is a journey home to our true selves

Neuroscience research reveals that our brain is changing, that there is a neuroplasticity to the brain that experience can change the way the neurons fire in the brain. Meditation, regardless of the faith tradition has profound effects on the way the brain functions.
So we can be the Christ consciousness or the Buddha Mind. The Kingdom of God can come within us. We can be Peace rather than hoping for Peace.

At the edge of the heartbreak or the frontier is the creation of the contemplative life style. Here is the world we have, the present moment, the way it is. Here in the cracks of the world we have, we are opening the heart of the Cosmos, not as an escape waiting for the second coming but as fully awake human beings who are the second coming, the Christ Presence, the Boddisatfis who hold the earth and who the earth holds, We are the Earth Holders engaging in the Great Work. The Earth is our Mother Womb, our studio of art and our practice center. We walk and live on Holy Sacred Ground. The earth holds the Medicine. It will show us how we are to be the Healing Artistic Earth Holder as the fully awake human being. As Earth Holders we exhibit and generate a leadership style that is grounded in deep wisdom, an internal moral authority and integrated principles. in which there is reciprocity of high trust and high productivity.
Some essential elements which emerge from this essential deep looking of contemplative practice. One is a proactive vision in which you take responsibility for your life and get in unity with your soul. As you discover answers to the question, ‘What is life really about?’ the creative energy and new vision takes shape and form.
Another element is connected with deep respect and reciprocity for all other beings, honoring the wisdom of all in an I-Thou relationship, an awareness of the God, Christ-Buddha-Sacred-Holy nature. The result is a mutual creation that is of benefit for all. Call it a win-win result if you will but it   goes way beyond into the area of the holy and the numinous.
The movement is then into community which is much, much more than the sum of individual parts or private effort. It is synergized energy emerging from the flow of the beloved community’ which is not just a place of refuge but is a birthing place for the new creation of the New Human Being.
The next strand of this four fold process is integration, the wholeness of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Here life is whole and life processes are in a continuous, interactive and interdependent dynamic that is alive and lively, renewing and empowering. What is true for the individual person is true for the cosmos. We have arrived to our true home after a long journey.
This process is perhaps as ancient as the earth and life itself. The ancients called it the wheel of life or the sacred hoop. Welcome onto the Medicine Wheel. and The Great Work, the dream of the earth.

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