Our universe is alive. It is conscious of itself (through us). It is a communion of subjects and not a collection of objects.
Hang on, you might be thinking, what is Rob on about. Well, what I’m sharing with you is something so obvious that in hundreds of years from now they will look back on our time and question with amazement that we could have thought any differently.
The world view that I’m touching on in this blog is also the fundamental perspective which will underpin the synthesis of a regenerative culture.
Our belief that the universe is an empty, hostile, mechanistic place stems from Descartes and his belief of the mind/body duality. Be separating the mind from the body he created a sense of separate disconnection from the world and universe around us.
The world, from the Cartesian perspective, becomes an inanimate place which can be seen as a resource to be exploited for personal gain, rather than to be respected, revered and recognised as sacred. The suffering caused by the erroneous conclusion has manifested itself through the degradation of local eco-systems, the other-ing of developing countries or people seen as ‘different’ from us and our loss of intimacy with nature.
Practicing nature connection is an important and simple behaviour (check out the free sit spot guide I offer on the home page) which can help in your reconnection. I came across the following quote in Thomas Berry’s ‘The Great Work: our way into the future’ and I’ve been wishing to share it:
Each being in its subjective depths carries that numinous mystery whence the universe emerges into being. This we might identify as the sacred depth of the individual.”
I love this quote because it acknowledges the universe in its expanding magnitude is undergoing an unfolding process. We are physical manifestations of the universal will and have significance. The quote helps us to see that,
The entire universe is bonded together in such a way that the presence of each individual is felt throughout the entire spatial and temporal range.
It also helps us to recognise our souls are a direct connection to universal consciousness and by connecting with our souls we enable ourselves to begin serving the whole through our communion.
I appreciate I’ve moved very quickly over such a large topic, which fills many volumes of books. This blog serves more of an introduction to the topic, rather than a comprehensive presentation of it. The cosmos and Universe story is a theme that will run through this blog as it is a central theme of The New Story.
In future blog posts I will also explore more about the process of soul encounter and share my understanding of what our mythopoetic identity is. If you are looking for more information in the short term then I recommend reading Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin and checking out the animas valley website.