By Merry and Burl
The first part of this article was written by Merry.
You hear lots of people who are vibrating on a higher level quote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." This is a deep insight, but we say there is an even deeper (and simultaneously more exalted) insight. Either/or thinking is still dualistic thinking at work, segregating us into separate dueling camps. The truth more nearly is this: "We are human beings having a spiritual experience; AND we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
The glorious mystery is that both perspectives coexist simultaneously: we are the manifest experiencing the unmanifest and the unmanifest experiencing the manifest. We exist simultaneously in the here/now of space and time and in the incorporeal/immortal of infinity and eternity. In the terms of quantum physics, we are at once both particle and wave. We are the "designated observers" and we are the observed. It is crucial to humanity and Earth at this critical time that we live up to this calling.
There is a reason we represent infinity as a loop, not as a line. We are the quintessential Mobius loop. We are mirrors to nature, and nature mirrors us. That which is within us is correspondingly without. That which we are we can love; that which we love we can recreate. We are participants in the All. We are walking, talking life and love. How magnificent!
Wave does not supersede particle. One perspective is not superior to the other in some absolute hierarchy. The two are complementary, essential to the existence and fulfillment of the other. Without creation there is no creator. Without other there is no love. Without male and female there is no conception. Without the observed there is no observer. Without form there is no function. The child makes a father of the man and a mother of the woman. We crown God with our recognition and praise of Him.
We are blessed to exist in both capacities as wave and particle, as creature and co-creator. We are cursed in being blind to this mysterious paradox. When experiencing (focusing upon; dwelling within) one or the other, we become mostly oblivious to the other. Providentially, we have many bridges between the two.
Dreams are one such bridge by which our spiritual being is intimately connected to our bodily being. The collective Mind informs the discreet brain. Stories are another such bridge. The human being expresses the eternal truth in concrete terms. Sacraments are a holy bridge as is Prayer and Praise. Music reconnects us to the stars. Metaphor reconnects the seemingly disconnected.
The unmanifest and the manifest exist reciprocally in constant loving communion. As a metaphor, consider the blossom and the honeybee. They are symbiotic. Together they offer sweetness and nourishment to life. They are participants in a living, loving miracle; so are we.
God-Godess begot the Christ in us of its own divine substance. There is no other substance from which to create. Life, Truth, and Love take form through us. Isn't that (aren't we) an awesome Realization?! Let us be, embody, and enact that realization in the here and now that calls us forth with such anguish. Let us stop degrading our humanity.
No one currently expresses our fully divine yet also deeply human nature more so than Andrew Harvey. We were not only honored but also deeply moved to interview him. Our gratitude overflowed for all he shared with us in his episode of Envision This! It is so wonderful when someone speaks "my" heart (our heart; humanity's heart) in such an eloquent way. Listen to the man speak on You-tube, through the Shift Network, at his website (www.andrewharvey.net), or on our radio show. He is a powerhouse.
Andrew Harvey is Founder and Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism (www.andrewharvey.net/sacred-activism), an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises. Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.
Andrew thus fosters our becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability. He also wrote The Hope, which received the 2011 Nautilus Silver Award for its fostering social change. This book helps people to respond to current day challenges. It furthermore serves as an inspiration to do something through Sacred Activism, which entails the transforming force of Sophia (Wisdom), Eros (Love, Desire, Passion) and Episteme (Understanding and Compassion).