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A second Naivety in Dreamtime
by David Sparenberg
2014-01-09 13:06:17
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Think it over.  Perhaps the cosmos is sickened over us and just about had enough.  Is that why so much bad keeps happening, broadcast non-stop in the news and on the weather channel?

What shall we do?  Yes “we” is necessary, reality.  Because no matter how individuated, or more commonly, atomized, we remain, especially in crisis, a species and spiritual collective.  The ends of the spectrum are on a single continuum and the Uroboros swallows its tail in the processes of evolution.

Then, shall we continue the past or condemn the past? Or shall we redeem it in ourselves, hallowing the dialogue of the moment?  Following the alternative of mountain-and-valley; the way of relationships, of belonging, and healing avatars. 

Shall we continue on the crash course of human history, or become time’s about-face to the march of madness? 

With vibration of every heartbeat certain realties resound as truths before us—with weight of stones and constancy of water:

Our world is hemorrhaging from eons of human violence and the ancient integrity of Earth is polluted and poisoned by human greed, and our disrespect.

Common vulnerability, recognition, common need, and a luminal-dark, evolving secret; a seeding intimate into the mystic, scattering hidden seeds beneath winter trees; these are fusion on the dance floor, essence, and at the very core of the human condition.

There is Great Mystery too, a Spirit of creative beauty and caressing, and yet revolutionary love, a panentheistic-awe*, long suffering, awaiting our human maturation.

Listen:  Do you think that somebody else is making choices for you?  That only happens when war or poverty crush life and hope.  It is soullessness that allows atrocities and soullessness that fuels injustice.

Inside the Imaginal House of Spirits each person is ensouled and every soul is a choosing vision, every vision a mission; a responsibility radiant, rippling outward into the spheres of creation.

Maybe yet again today you are waiting with a prayer for, Jesus or Buddha, the Paraclete or Shekhinah, El Madi, the Christ, the Messiah, for Krishna, the Great Goddess, Orpheus, or for Allah? But friend, every holy fool understands—like stone, a stream and a tree—that the Archetypes of Salvation are waiting for us.

It is nakedness, if not wisdom that makes fools. But it is dreams—a second naivety in dreamtime—that make fools holy.

*Whereas pantheism asserts that God is in everything, panentheism is the reversal, claiming that all is within God.  And this means the tree of life as well as human affliction and misery, nourishing divine justice and deepening divine suffering.

David Sparenberg
2-3 Jan. 2014

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Emanuel Paparella2014-01-09 15:49:03
Indeed, one has to be careful with both pantheism and panentheism and ask oneself: are the universe and the divine ontologically equivalent, and is God transcendent to the universe and personal too as most native American cultures maintain? Which is to say, even if the universe were to be eternal (and Aquinas for one admits of that possibility philosophically) and is eternally with God, it is still not the same as God who transcends it. To posit the eternal existence of the universe and then proceed to eliminate as superfluous and unnecessary the very idea of God (the Greek called it Nous or First Cause) who is no longer a Creator and therefore pretty useless (as a Karl Sagan did with his famous dictum “we are made of the stuff of the stars,” ) is to end up worshipping the Cosmos (idolatry?) and be no longer concerned with the divine. We see this nowadays in many sociologies of religion which promote a religion devoid of that the Greeks called "piety" as a phenomenon reducible to the merely cultural and customary…

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