Painting by Sterling Palmer

This is part of the story of separation, how matter and spirit became separate, and finally how life on Earth became exile, our spiritual home reached only after death. And it is true that there is this dimension of pure light and love to which we return after death, but it is also present here, hidden in the world around us, and in our own soul in each and every breath. Banishing the Divine to heaven was a denial of our deepest earth wisdom, a painful censorship of our memory of when we walked together with the Divine in this world. That is why a simple awareness of these moments of pure presence, whether held in the beauty of a sunrise, or watching a hummingbird drinking nectar, or in the simple act of breathing, is so healing. Once again we know the Earth as our sacred home.

And now our whole planet stands at the doorway between the worlds, the outer world that we are systematically poisoning and the inner world of the soul and the world soul, whose existence we have forgotten. As mediator between the worlds our human presence and practice are a vital life force; our awareness of breath and its spiritual dimension is healing both for our individual self and the world around us. At this pivotal moment in our shared destiny the world of light needs to be consciously connected to the physical world, and we are this connection.”

— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

— General Omar Bradley

You have to go all the way back to the Greeks to trace our split from nature. Fast forward to now and we have a global emergency based on dualistic assumptions. Nothing in our religion or vision of life contradicts our belief in our separateness.

Science has been telling a different story for a hundred years but we haven’t grasped the significance of it yet. Quantum physicists themselves are surprised at how energy pulses between matter and back to energy again. It seems that everything is a different version of a single life force. We ourselves pulse between an energetic and a material state.

It doesn’t seem possible but it keeps being verified by rigorous tests. In the past, scientists were burned at the stake for contracting the common vision of the world put forth by religion. We’re still clinging to that view of existence, we just ignore the scientists now instead of killing them.

Vaughan-Lee points to how we have abdicated our role. Instead of connecting to the physical world we are disconnecting from it. We’re headed in the wrong direction because we still believe in the story of separation. Seeing the earth as sacred seems fanciful and primitive to us. The aggregate thrust of our politicians, religious and business people constitutes a militant juggernaut against the sacred earth. We can’t see its sacredness. It’s either useful to us or not. If not we kill it and if it is we still kill it so we can sell it.

We now live with overwhelming killing technology and a predatory masculine mindset, whereas what we need is feminine birthing and nurturing vision of life.

We humans resist change, especially a change in vision. It’s uncomfortable to question and revise your blind spots, especially cultural blind spots that were seeded two thousand years ago. Yet, that’s our task. Some people believe it’s starting to happen, that just enough of us are waking up to turn this Titanic in time.

We can only hope it’s true.

Painting by Catrin Welz Stein

I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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