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Providential Bridges and the Mystical Insights of Andrew Harvey

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In 2012, Andrew published his Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action. This book was published by North Atlantic Books. This work heals the great divide between spiritual resignation and engaged spiritual activism. It is a manifesto for the transformation or evolution of the world through the fusion of deep mystical peace with the clarity of radical wisdom. The book is a wakeup call to foster love and compassion leading to urgent and focused action. Yes, Andrew is not a talking head. He puts his words into action!

May we all follow suit.

According to Andrew, we are enveloped in a global crisis as reflected by mass media outlets such as CNN and Fox News which engage in a drama show acted out by a circus of clowns, e.g., Trump! He states that we are in a massive global crisis reflected by a mass media addicted to violence and trivialization.

These horror shows are occurring at a moment when what the world needs is profound inspiration. That inspiration is towards a return to the heart-centered way of the Divine Feminine, the words of the mystics throughout the ages and spiritual systems (e.g., the Sufis of Muslim, the Hindu mystics, the Christian mystics), and the cultivation of the nonviolent philosophies of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Dali Lama.

He was the subject of a 1993 BBC documentary titled The Making of a Modern Mystic. In Andrew's world, being a mystic is NOT about sitting on a cushion and not doing anything in the external world. Indeed, he states the true Nature of Christ, and other great mystics across the world within various systems, are about confronting the status quo. Take Meister Eckhart, a 14th century mystic and monk who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church due to his telling peasants they were all one with God!

In other words, the man did not sit on his backside and meditate all day long into escapism. Indeed, he was into fostering the Divinity within all those he taught. Eckhart was not one to believe in standardized testing! Education for him was according to its epistemological roots, to unfold. Unfold what? Unfold the potential within you.

Andrew Harvey was also the subject of a 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic. He also appears in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity. He has furthermore worked with an Iranian Sufi Dancer, Banfsheh Sayyad, in producing a film In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi's understanding of Divine Love.

As Meister Eckhart was a deep influence on me, Harvey moves all of us into a journey within ourselves. This is what all mystics do. They point you within. It is there the power, the Sacred Grail is found. Thus, Harvey takes us into a realm where the Unmanifest opens up to unfold the potentials with us.

Consider the following from the Christian mystic Jacob Boehme who wrote about our process of creativity and awakening:

For the Nothing (the Virgin Mary) causeth the Willing (Eros), that it is Desirous; and the Desiring is an Imagination"Wherein the Will, in the Looking Glass of Sophia, discovereth It Self".and impregnate It Self with the Imagination out of the Sophia, viz; out of the Virgin like Looking Glass, which there is a Mother".for the Will, viz, the Father, speaketh in the Looking Glass of Sophia"and opens the Word of Life (Logos).

Thus is our conception. Mommy and Daddy made whoopee! This is how we are here both in our imagination and in our bodies. We are spiritual beings and human beings all in one. We are indeed a mystery.

Have you ever said to yourself, "God, the idea came out of nowhere?" Or, perhaps, "the idea came out of the clear blue sky?" This is it folks, this is making the Unmanifest Manifest. This is the Virgin Birth.

Are we ripe and ready to conceive a new world? I hope so. It is in this gift that Andrew Harvey points us towards! To make a new world happen, begin with yourself. As Lao Tzu states in the Tao Te Ching, "Be newborn, be free of yourself." Or as Christ said upon watching an infant suckle his mother, "Be like him!"

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