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Questioning the Western Tradition of Thinking: The Visionary Work of Physicist David Bohm

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Throughout the world, in all ages, there have been belief systems that state our universe at its core is unmanifest, uncreated, or unconditioned.  Thus the 13th century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart states:

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When I stand empty in God's Will and empty OF God's Will and all of His works and of God himself, then I am above all creatures and am neither God nor creature, but am what I was and evermore shall be.

Mirroring Eckhart, Lao Tzu advises us in the Tao Te Ching to be newborn and free of our self. Or as Jesus Christ says upon finding a woman nursing her baby, "be like him."   That is, our conditioned self needs to become unconditioned.

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I could go around the world looking at Native American, ancient European, Asian (e.g., Buddhist and Hindu) as well as African spiritual teachings and show a corresponding foundation to the universe that is, ultimately, unconditioned and unmanifest.   It is here, in the Unmanifest, or Uncreated, that possibilities--potentials--are unlimited.

Due to Eckhart's pointing out the unconditioned or unmanifest in his work, he was condemned by the church as a heretic.   As illustrated below:

Furthermore, Eckhart courageously braved the charges of heresy by affirming that in every soul is the Divine Spirit itself as its true Identity. Eckhart specifically declared that there is a non-creaturely "uncreated aspect of the soul," which is always already perfectly one with God. A startling, shocking truth that elated the many mystics of his time who flocked to hear his electric sermons, and, predictably, angered the non-mystics whose stunted intuition could not resonate with what the Meister so beautifully spoke.

Eckhart pointed people towards an unconditioned, uncreated and unmanifest world.  

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The mindset of moving beyond the conditioned mind is dangerous in that it is the place of infinite potential.   This is the place from which evolutionary potential emerges. This is the place where real creativity emerges as well as making institutions such as the church, government, schools, and corporations a thing of the past.

This is the reason it is so dangerous.   What happens to the collection plate if folks started discounting what you are preaching?   The Unmanifest is the place where we ring out the old and bring forth the new.   The possibilities within this Unmanifest Order are infinite!   They are the potentials of Imagination"of people, other creatures, planets and stars.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)
 

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