The Heart of Matter: We Are Part of a Larger Process

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

“To realize that humans are part of a larger process, which involves long spans of developmental time, brings a massive change to all of our knowledge and beliefs.”

 Ilia Delio’s, The Hours of the Universe

“Ser conscientes de que los seres humanos formamos parte de un proceso mayor que implica grandes intervalos de desarrollo en el tiempo, supone un cambio enorme en nuestros conocimientos y en nuestras creencias.”

What is being moved? What is being asked?


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  1. Joe Masterleo on November 11, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Spiritual literacy and integral knowing follows spiritual consciousness,George, like heel follows toe.

  2. George Marsh on November 9, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you, Joe. What you say resonates with me. “Hidden in plain sight” is very true.
    As Paul the Apostle put it, the eyes of our heart see what dualistic attitudes cannot. Regarding the laws of humanity, the letter often kills but the spirit gives life. And we are temples of the Spirit of God.

  3. Joe Masterleo on November 9, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Redemptive and scientific rhetoric must “tryst” in liminal space to glimpse the integral physical-psychic reality (non-dual co-presence of spirit and matter) that has been ‘hidden’ there all along. Hidden, that is, in plain sight. Hidden only to dualistic thinking, revealed only to awakened (unitive) consciousness. Said Jesus, “The kingdom of heaven is spread upon the face of the earth, and men do not see it.” In the same apocryphal writing a question is asked of him, “How will we know when the kingdom shall arrive?” Jesus answers, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower . . . then you will enter the kingdom.” (Gospel of Thomas, saying 22). That is, the common basis for scientific and religious rhetoric, and the harmonizing (reconciliation) of all things ALREADY exists and can only be seen and explained by the kind of elevated consciousness (Christ-consciousness) he came to impart via redemption. Without redemption the world shall appear and remain (perceptually) the fallen, disenchanted wasteland that it otherwise is and has become. So, unlike Teilhard, don’t overemphasize or replace the redemption (spiritual) model with evolution (science) model, or reverse their order of importance. Rather, begin by honoring the former, and as a consequence, its integration with the latter — of inner (psycho-spiritual) and outer (physics) realities — will appear as they already exist, as a unified whole. This side of the grave, the eternal has forever married matter and spirit at all scales. That numinous marriage has existed and embeds in the space-time field as a fixed constant since the moment of creation. What “evolves” is the human capacity to awaken to same “in the fullness of time,” via the advent of Christ-consciousness (axial consciousness) which most never realize in their hearts. Seeing, experiencing, and inhabiting liminal space (the kingdom) is merely one of the many “added things” (Matt. 6:33) that follow on the heels of Christ inspired redemption, “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). In matters of spiritual awakening and integral knowing, put the horse first, and the cart contains all his treasures will follow.

  4. Darryl Nelson on November 8, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Understanding and living deep time is the essence of an evolutionary theology.

  5. Annmary on November 8, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Beautiful to realise we are all connected.

  6. George Marsh on November 8, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    The wisdom of seeing grand patterns and evolutionary trends often comes in the second half of life, as Richard Rohr refers to one’s later maturing years. When one is younger
    the “fierce urgency of now” is hard to resist. I hope for dialogue among the generations and cultures. Education in wisdom, ethics and psychology can help the young grow.

  7. pthomasmcguire on November 8, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    A Chinese saying: In a new pond there are no big fish; in a new forest there are no big trees.


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