Community Sharing: Hope for the Future

In reality, there are not two stories, a creation story and an evolution story. There is only one story spoken of from two non-integrated perspectives, one classified as science, the other categorized as spirituality, each generated from a mind that perceives and thinks dualistically (separation-consciousness). Both are universal mortal beliefs that fall short of seeing in wholes. The key lies in wholeness.

In the original languages the word “whole” comes from the same root word as the words “heal” and “holy.” Thus, a whole person is both healed and holy in the literal sense, healed of the splits and divisions in perception, thought and the capacity to give and receive love. The basis of any whole-making thrust lies in achieving the conscious realization of oneness and omnipresence, not mental, but beyond the mental. The mental is meant to serve only as an avenue of that spiritual awareness. Wholeness and spirituality are all about seeing, said Teilhard. John Ruskin said it best:

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.”

There’s a great difference, therefore, between knowledge and knowing, religion and spirituality, ordinary perception and real seeing. As big a difference as between a teacher and a Master. The former teaches “about” the deeper realities, while the latter awakens you to them. Once awakened, not only can one see clearly, but can love properly from that awakened state where all things share common ground in the light and love of the infinite invisible.

Joe Masterleo

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