How Shall We Enter Into 2021?

Ilia DelioDear Friends,

We are on the eve of one of the most turbulent, suffering and deadliest years in history. Many people have lost loved ones to the pandemic, other diseases or accidents in 2020; many have lost jobs or have been displaced due to economic disasters; and millions have suffered social, psychological and emotional earthquakes due to COVID-19. How we enter the New Year of 2021 will affect how the future unfolds. Will we remain fearful, depressed, anxious and skeptical, or will we turn our hearts over and allow the energies of love to nurture our lives in the moments we are given?

How shall we enter into 2021? First, it is good to keep in mind that the human person is the quintessential mystery of the universe.  We are a mystery to ourselves and God is a mystery to us. Do not let the mystery of the unknown hold you back from life (as if we could actually control the events of our lives!)  Engage the mystery by living into it. We are space-time-mattering beings, each a partial of the whole universe, open to divinity and infinity; we create the universe by our thinking-acting lives. The sheer openness of the unknown, therefore, invites us to live with creativity, spontaneity, lives of adventure, daring to live by doing old things in new ways or, perhaps, new things in new ways.

Now is the time to live, to wonder, to dream new dreams, to hope, to be a bit crazy at times, to turn off the routine road of life and try a new path. Nothing can be more depressing than living like a machine: routine, predictable sameness of closed, bounded existence.  Machines wear out but living things move on. Life feeds on creativity and adventure because God is creativity and adventure. So be Godly, be wild in love, reach out beyond your comfortable borders. I am sure you will find another human there who is waiting to be loved.

It is time to stop living like we (not so) intelligent humans are in charge or that we can logically structure life. It is time to start living like the universe itself, this wild and wondrous 13.8 billion year-old universe, where the energy that moves the sun and the other stars is divine love. In 2021, the mind must stand in the heart and the heart must rest on the heart of divine love.

Let 2021 bear witness to a new type of person, the ultrahuman, the terrestrian, homo universalis, the person of deep interconnectedness, deep compassion, deep mercy, deep forgiveness and deep creativity.  Let us think as the universe and let us love like God. Let thinking be an act of love.

Wishing you a Happy New Year, wherever you live and love on this beautiful planet.

Sr. Ilia

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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
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