DEVOURING THE GODS: CONSUMING THE INFINITE
Devouring the gods: Consuming the Infinite
What would be most extraordinary is saying something, writing something, that no one could “get something out of it” for themselves, or want to get something out of it That would collapse the present world by “going down” into the actual world.
One way of considering the last post on the SpaceX launch, concerns the length we humans will go, the things we will do and make in order to “get something out of it.” This monstrous desire now even attempts to consume the invisibility, the intangibility, the sacredness of space. These outermost extensions of human initiative, like space flight, intend to extend consumption itself. For what other reason are we going into space? Maybe the Moon will give us more water; maybe Mars is inhabitable, we need somewhere to go when this ‘place’ is used up. Earlier, space travel was still connected with the sacred as it was concerned with going deeper and deeper into space and finding more mysteries. Now, going “deeper and deeper” has become more and more shallow.
We have, for example, used spiritual space reduced to the dimension of materialistic emptiness, to blanket the world with satellites beaming rays to earth. The FCC is now readying to give permission to SpaceX to launch 30,000 satellites for beaming the electronic rays of 5G (There are presently only 400 such satellites, the minimum number necessary to have a semblance of 5G.). Besides other deeply important health concerns of 5G, the decision to exponentially speed up connections between people actually intensifies separation while looking as if it intensifies relating, for electromagnetic meeting is a kind of double of being with someone. Sometimes that is necessary, but it is crucial that “relating” in this way is balanced with inner work in relation with others.
No-one needs devices – phones, computers, or internet, to be in body/soul/spirit connection with anyone, together or in different places. That connection happens with a simple but deep act of heart intent. (Even if we do not know some of the people who comment on these posts, nor the poster, they can all come into real heart connection, balancing this Facebook disconnection.) The gods of consumption fool us into having belief, faith and hope that consumption is infinite, eroding connection with the Divine Infinite.
Reducing spiritual/soul space to materialistic emptiness was a huge accomplishment, the culmination of destroying the givenness of natural Wholeness. It is not as if this should not have happened, for it also announces the body/soul/spirit work that must now evolve – individual human consciousness now has to develop the capacities of creating this Wholeness as it is no longer naturally given. That is, the new evolution of spirit has also silently announced itself. Spiritual evolution at a juncture where we now have the capability, one that has to be inwardly found, of relinquishing personal desires in order to create the Wholeness that was once natural. Only Wholeness will reveal the shallowness and addictiveness of one-dimensional consumer-consciousness.
I cannot define Wholeness; however, an example is easy, though there is little time before the state of Wholeness within Nature will be completely gone. So, here is the “practice”, that is, the suggestion:
First, it is necessary to find the inner place of complete peace like Nature used to live within. It is simple to do so. It is best to do this outside; relax, momentarily close your eyes, then place your attention at the very center of the brain. Don’t pay attention to the center of the brain as this is using attention to focus cognitive awareness. Placing attention is something like attention taking hold of itself and placing itself there at the center of the brain. At the very center of the brain there is a ‘hole’, that is a void, a place where there is cerebral-spinal fluid, but no brain matter. As you will discover, It is the place of complete peace. There will be an immediate inward opening of complete stillness, a darkening, but one that is not ‘flat’; it will clearly be infinite space, and feel like inwardly ‘looking’ upon infinite space. Once this happens, and it is awfully easy – it will be permanent. That is, when you open your eyes, there will still be a sense of being within infinite space. It won’t stay, but it is now always available to go to instantly.
This practice is the beginning of a shift from cognitive mentality to awakening intuitive presence. It is a first task of the New World.
Another word for “infinite space” is Wholeness. So, when we have been there, it also begins to be possible to sense and perceive Wholeness. For example, watch a bird fly from one place to another. Our mind interprets this as the bird instinctively wanted to go somewhere – probably to go get food, or for a mate, or to check something out -- in short, “to get something out of it.” What is actually happening is the participation of the bird within infinite Wholeness. The bird does not “go from here to there”; it is one of the movements of Wholeness. Its movement is a dimension of the simultaneous movement of the Whole of the Earth and the Cosmos! This is the same way butterflies cross the ocean. Neither bird nor butterfly “get anything out of it”. How can they – for they already belong with Everything.
Among the thousands of things said by Rudolf Steiner that I’ve lived with for many years and did not understand is his saying that when someone throws a ball into the air, the Whole of the Universe has to adjust to that action.
While the death throw of consumerism attempts to revive itself and continue with even more intensity, the new world of bodily felt, soul experienced, spirit guided life is awakening.