Community Sharing: Econoeisis: A New Contemplative Paradigm

Community Sharing on Econoeisis: A New Contemplative Paradigm

“Sometimes word pictures help in understanding how all things only appear separate, but at root are one in source, essence and unity. Created entities in the cosmos are as inseparable as the Hawaiian Islands are inseparable beneath the ocean’s surface, emerging from one volcanic “hot spot” of lava flow beneath the big island of Hawaii. (There are 8 major Hawaiian islands, a total of 137 in all.) Sized differently and scattered about, from an aerial view they appear separate. Yet below the surface they are one, sharing an identity in/as lava from a common source. Likewise with the entire created order. Though separation-consciousness (dualistic thinking) is blind to it, the reality of this union is simple and obvious to contemplative consciousness. The distinctions between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane, entity A and B, religion X, Y and Z are a root artificial, existing only in the mind as faulty constructs. Hear ye the parable of the Hawaiian Islands.” —Joe M.

“My husband of 56 years left his bodily form a year ago. I try to explain to people how he still lives and is present ….anywhere I feel loved in the world. He was a form of Love in the world. His particular earthly form is gone but the Love remains. He is still the Love of my life, in my life. He lives!! We don’t die, we appear in different forms. We are all forms of Love in the world. I feel the same way as I read this post. Teilhard LIVES!!!….in you, as you. The same passion for union, the same passionate message for the world, in different form. Thank you for faithfully bearing witness to his Love and Spirit.” —Alice M.

“Great coinage of econoeisis! Your explanation of”new contemplative practice” helped me remember as a teen, the intense sense of God’s love surrounding me lying on a beach on Sacandaga Lake surrounded by the Adirondack mountains. I think more us have and will experience contemplation as you describe it. Once again, gratitude.” —Gail W.

“How we come to love the world will be a major defining factor of our humanity in the coming years and centuries. The earth does not need to be saved by humans, we need to be saved by the earth, by entangling ourselves with its structures and processes. When you come to truly love the world around you, you will be transformed by the matter that makes up the world and the forms of consciousness that arise in the world. Those who have loved a dog, cat or other pet know this to be true in their hearts despite what our first axial culture may say you are supposed to believe about animals (that they are “less than humans”). What we are coming to understand about many other life forms on earth exponentially drives this point home and has major implications for how we might come to learn to live with our planet, not just on the planet. Thanks, Ilia, for your continued wisdom.” —Ben H.

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A love letter to Ilia and Peirre Teilhard de Chardin Dear Ilia, I am so grateful to have found your books, your website, the Omega community and you, the prophet. Of course none of this was accidental. It all started with a car accident on my 21st birthday in 1968. I was driving alone at night, back to my job as a junior housemistress in a rural boarding school in Australia. Only my knee was badly injured in the accident but when I regained consciousness in the ambulance, I was aware of a terrible pain in my chest (bruising from the impact against the steering wheel before seat belts) as I struggled to breathe, it crossed my mind that I might be dying. I remember clearly thinking ‘what did the nuns teach us to do when one is dying?’. I was feeling pretty panicky by now and said the ‘Our Father’ as I was praying I relaxed with great relief because I knew from that moment (since never waived in my whole body conviction), that I actually, after all that teenage angst and doubt , did believe in God and more importantly that he/she believed in me. It was the greatest birthday gift I could have wished for . However it took about 15 years of ‘unfolding’’ to recognise the giftedness of this experience. The freedom of discovering that “faith” is not a noun but a verb of growing and becoming has given me licence to come and go, explore here and there, on and off. From Liberation theology, to the feminist project, sojouning with protestant friends and projects in social justice and ecological activism to Francis’ Laudato Si, the testament in scripture and finally home to the cosmic Christ and Teilhard de Chardin. Recently I get quite giddy, or ‘tipsy’, in awe and wonder at evolutionary creation and sometimes can cry at the privilege of being part of it. When I see an ant, busy about its business, or a weed struggling between the paving stones, I say to them,’even to be one of you would have been a great gig in this universe!, but to be chosen to be human through chance and natural selection, at this time of internet and DNA, to live in this country of security and more than my needs, to be a woman, a mother, grandmother and to have reached this consciousness of ’ unbearable wholeness’ and all that that means takes my breath away, like a car crash! Just one question. I don’t believe in “supernatural” any more. Is that heresy? The more I read about evolutionary biology and ponder on its implications for an evolutionary chistology, the more it seems to me that from the sub atomic to the cosmic scale, natural creativity, interconnectivity, communication networks, diversity, regeneration: have it all in hand. Thus the concept of ’super-nature’ is a tautology. I hope humanity can redeem itself, so that homo sapiens can continue to evolve into communities of healing and peace, but if not, then the infinite impulse will mourn the suffering and loss, but life is’ immortal and love is eternal’ (Bede Jarret) Resurrection goes on in the now, on the cusp of creating the future. Many thanks for your website. People like me need your company and inspiration. Patricia
Patricia Devlin
Monasterevin, co.Kildare.Ireland, AK
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