A new world arising - Lateral divinity
Let’s begin to inwardly listen with more preciseness now, body-soul-spirit-earth listening – and begin a process of speaking more concerning this ever-spacious moment of world-initiation.
We need to try and do this even as the usual order of things still thrashes about, hoping that we will not recognize that the way of power is on the way out – and the new world, the power of love presents itself. This new way in not inevitable, and the awakening can easily be missed; it will certainly be missed if we do not find the way into the peace of inner Stillness that intimately links with heart-awareness. The practice is easy and needs to be entered daily, and after a while, this inner space can be entered in a flash, not quite the same as permanence, but is the necessary kind of attentiveness needed to be able to respond to what is announcing itself.
Simply be inwardly present with the Silence; then place attention at the center of the heart; then, extend attention to the top of the head and be within the region of the descent of individual divine awareness with the ascent of soul awareness from below.
This shifting of world-attention, to say it more “metaphysically” marks the awakening of the receptive force of Earth-creating now happening rather than everything in us and around us as already formed and here.
What does this initiatory moment concern? An originating moment of an entirely different world – the world of Lateral Divinity. This time is a time of initiation into relationship. A time when we notice, when we are with someone, that this person, any person -- is a divine presence! It could not be easier, though there are some requirements – including silencing one’s personality for a moment; silencing one’s ego for a moment. These two are easy. In order to see/feel the presence of the divine standing beside you, it is also necessary to, first, be aware that we are always projecting – and thus are never truly with the divine person, but with our own past and our own fantasied selves--- I mean the deep past, really deep past, within the still ongoing struggles with our present time of many times of reincarnation. Trying to solve previous difficulties or trying to live previous joys.
It is not necessary to ‘believe’ in reincarnation; rather I am warding off endless psychologizing which has been the handmaiden of the materialistic world. As my dearest friend James Hillman said: “We have had a hundred years of psychology and the world keeps getting worse.”
The term “reincarnation” is loaded, quite consciously by forces of distraction that are continually, inwardly reciting a kind of – let’s call it an “anti-mantra”, one that says you are your own person, you are an individual, you are an ego beset with desires, needs, wants, intentions, and you want to share yourself with others without cleaning the windows. Plus the shadowy windows are, in these days, with the forces of counter-initiation, very hard to even get to because getting to those windows requires being here rather than thinking that somehow we are here in spite of being imbedded in the great world remodeling that occurred centuries ago, when the age of power began and developed its main strategy of assistance, that of rank materialism.
By materialism, I don’t mean just greed, though it certainly inspires reducing ourselves to greed. By materialism I mean seeing/experiencing everything as reduced to the surfaces of the here. What we all inevitably live within and take as reality, and often try to find ways of getting out of this reality rather than finding the way through it, that is, going through it to the point of recognizing that it is all illusion. A contrived illusion that has as its main objective the thwarting of death – until, as if out of nowhere, it appears, when it is too late to learn how to meet it.
Thus, this simplest of all acts – noticing that a divine presence, the presence of another person, is the presence of a divine being, requires a developed acuteness of ourself as being no-thing. Not things. But who we are can be arrived at only through the presence of another, and the other is divine presences standing next to us.
Even noticing this new-world presence for not more than an instant, becomes the instant of total transformation --- into Kindness! The soul of the newly arriving person is not someone who, out of their personality, life experience, formal education, life-learning, has come either to genuinely try to be a kind person or to act like one as a lived strategy. Kindness is something else – an inherent essence not something learned or put on; it something far deeper than that. I mean, if the person standing alongside you is a divine presence, just imagine that as the reality for a moment, then what is evoked as who we are – we cannot say that, oh, that means I too am divine; that would be an erroneous abstract intellectual conclusion.
The newly arising world throws us out of the concretized intellect, and we find ourselves as naked bodies – until we notice the other person as divine radiance.
When this awakening happens, just for a second – oh, it is also not eros for someone or for the other next to us either; it is way, way beyond eros. And, if you do notice something like I am trying to describe here, do not put it into an old category, for it cannot be categorized.
The new world of pure receptivity! The new world of the Feminine presence as the protector and guide of this instant, and through whom, this instant can gradually deepen, and deepen, and deepen until we notice, oh, this is the world we live in now. The very first perception of living in a new world is what we feel radiating from the divine person alongside us – Kindness.