New Year 2020

Dear friends,

 Today, on the penultimate day of 2019, I saw a rainbow stretched across the sky in a spectrum of light.  A rainbow symbolizes a bridge between the present moment and the hope of new life.  It inspires us to awaken in the moment to the possibilities of more beauty, justice and compassion so that we realize that pain and grief do not have the final grip on life.  The American poet-novelist Aberjhani wrote:  “Shine your soul with the same egoless humility as the rainbow does, and no matter where you go in this world or the next, love will find you, attend you and bless you.”

The 2020 theme of the Omega Center is the infinite within, awakening to the light breaking through our dark and fractured lives, the light that is the Christ.  When the infinite light shines within the infinite soul, love makes a home in us.  To awaken to this light is to expand the heart, like the rainbow, into an arc of compassion, peace, forgiveness and hope. The rainbow invites us therefore to reflect on our lives as we cross the threshold into 2020:

  • Are we prepared to move into a new light and see things with a new perspective?
  • Are we ready to cross over from one phase of life to another?
  • What do we hope for in this new year?
  • Are we ready to be engage a new dimension of living?

Teilhard spoke of the human experience as one of inner power, the power of Omega, present, hidden, divine light centering us, pulling us, pushing us, securing us, luring us into a new future grounded in the energies of love.  We know what we are up against, as we enter into 2020:   global warming, incarcerated immigrants, political instability, religious conflict, racial and gender discrimination and the list goes on.  But underneath these chaotic events, there is a steady power of love, a love that is ultimate, incomprehensible, faithful and dynamic; the arc of this love stretches into infinity within us and outside us; for this love is God and God is the power of the future.

In this New Year, may we have faith to know that God is Love and Love creates the world.  Our challenge is to see this light of love shining through the darkness. For those who know how to see, the world is diaphanous; God is shining through it.   For those who put God in a cage, the world is cold, dark and brutal.  Let us live in the arc of love—from one heart to another.

 

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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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