The Sacred Revival

Much of what I am becoming in terms of any kind of eternal, inner spiritual transmutation, has been the result of getting out of the way of all that is naturally unfolding. A step in this realization has had to do with becoming aware of what I have learned, which has impeded insight into that which is natural in me.

In this awareness, there has been a letting go and from that the understanding that there are no absolute laws, just continual unfolding. Caught up in the usual activities, I seem to have forgotten what it is of “what I am” that is of my true nature. It seemed to be elsewhere, although I now realize, beyond belief, that I am in fact never truly apart from it. More than just believing in it this radical truth is for me to be fully lived, experienced and embodied. In his book “The Sacred Revival” Kingsley Dennis describes this experience in a way that I am able to relate to.

“The world we see, our reality matrix, is a reflection of the being we are, and the state we are in. As human beings, we each interact with the world differently because we perceive the world differently. In interacting differently we each contribute to creating a different world. The sacred reality understands that we exist as part of a participatory cosmos. It is this sacredness without a name that infuses the human condition. To be a human being is to be inherently imbued with a spiritual force that animates us in ways we are largely unaware of. And yet through this animated force we see the world around us. It cultivates our worldview, our values, and is the source of our quest for meaning. And a civilization’s worldview is its most precious possession. Everything proceeds from this primary perception—a collective gaze of wonder, or perhaps of limitation. As philosopher E. A. Burtt noted, “It is the ultimate picture which an age forms of the nature of its world that is its most fundamental possession.” The basic, fundamental understanding is that we cannot observe the world without changing it. Our presence, and the resulting perceptions that arise, are developed within specific cultural environments. These cultural contexts construct the lens through which we view our life and our sense of reality. These constructs could be religious, secular, or anything in between.”

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 the 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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