“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.
The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
— Pema Chödrön
“If we think about the vast majority of human problems, both on a personal and on a worldwide scale, it seems that they stem from an inability to feel sincerely involved with others, and to put ourselves in their place. Violence is inconceivable if everyone is genuinely concerned with the happiness of others” Matthieu Ricard
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” — C.S. Lewis
“We can’t lose the truth of our being, but we can lose the experience of it.”
Can the part of the human family that has become disconnected from the soul of the world ever heal itself? Centuries have gone into establishing this fatal rift. Can we suddenly wake up and see our error? Can we reconnect en masse to the heart of creation and learn to care again? Our indifference to the qualities of magical beauty we are built from and surrounded by took centuries to form and take root.
We don’t have much time to see our mistaken path and abandon it. Our whole social and financial structure is built on a belief in separation, disconnection and a fantasy of dead matter.
But in fact nothing is dead. Everything lives at its own pace and version of consciousness. Everything is connected to everything else. There are humans who are able to see this very clearly because their culture supports and encourages such a vision. Our culture encourages blindness. We have rendered ourselves deaf and blind to connection. Our belief in concreteness overpowers our intuition and even our senses.
Our modern technological culture studies everything from the assumption of disconnection. We’re proud of our ability to fashion powerful tools with which we can overpower nature and obliterate anything we wish. We don’t notice our childish glee and hubris as we wreak havoc upon the web of life.
Can such a culture grow up in the short time it has left? Can we learn to care for and truly love the world given to us? Can we learn to see and feel after having built our whole existence around not doing so?
If we can delay our spiritual and psychological growth another day, that’s probably what we’ll do. As the climate threatens to starve or burn us to death, some of us are waking up to our life or death situation. We’re starting to notice all the criminals and clueless leaders we have that are urging us over the cliff. We’re starting to look for the wiser souls we’ve been ignoring all this time. They’re here. We just haven’t been listening.
Now is the time to listen, not only to wiser souls, but to our own inner intelligence as well. Now is the time for reconnection.
- Anima Fire is my pub.