Into the Heart of Our Humanity

Is it possible that what we are looking for in our search for an external God is discovered in looking into our humanity?

John Shelby Spong writes that “the challenge of humanity is in the recognition and reconciliation of a tension that we discover that the way to what humans being have traditionally called God is not through some external projection of our needs but through entering our depth dimensions of the human experience. The Devine we have always sought turns out to be a dimension of the human. Religion ultimately becomes not an activity in which we explore the meaning of God, but an activity by which we explore the meaning of the human. Religion is not a journey into an external deity, but a journey into the heart of our humanity, here we break out of separation, fears and enter the meaning of transcendence. oneness, timelessness and finally eternity .”

Jiddu krishnamurti is quoted in the book “Freedom from the Unknown” that “The question of whether or not there is a God or truth or reality, or whatever you like to call it, can never be answered by books, by priests, philosophers or saviours. Nobody and nothing can answer the question but you yourself and that is why you must know yourself. Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.

A H Almaas suggests that a unifying vision can be something misinterpreted, perhaps as the result of an experience of God. He suggests that it is possible to have an experience of insight where we begin to see the synthesis, the unity that is the basis of insight and that is inherently present and that already underlies our human experience. “However, We must do a lot of research before we arrive at a more “unifying vision. A unifying vision by itself is frequently useless. Many people have unifying visions from which nothing emerges because they don’t have the knowledge and skill to translate their vision into something communicable, something that can be used and applied. Without the ability to articulate and explicate te unifying vision, the breakthrough is useless and will most likely be lost.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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