THE FALL [EPIGENETIC]
THE "ECSTATIC / EXUBERANT ANIMAL"*
(The 'Under'-Conscious Powers/Spirituality/Energizement/Creativity/Intuition/Allurement/Equity/Empathy/Eternity)
"THE POLITICAL ANIMAL"
(Logos/Polis/Pathos/History/Time/Linear-Logic/Technology/Art (As Internment)
"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves"-Thomas Berry
"The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all."
"...there is a movement from the unconscious, which has its own highly precise form of consciousness, toward an arising of meaning/energy [*biosemiotic potency/vital-force (vs. relative cultural epigenesis)] that has, at first, a shaded or masked contour. Almost like magnetism the two are drawn together, each ecstatic in its own way. So in classical Heideggerian terms we have a standing out of the self [*self-othering//"trans-form"-ation//"the ontological difference"/Novalis: "Seat of the Soul"] that is also the entrance point for a return ecstasy from nature."-Robert S.Corrington [*bracket content/emphasis added by mtc]
“When the starry sky, a vista of open seas, or a stained-glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touches, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things I see, hear, or think, The "sublime" object dissolves in the raptures of a bottomless memory. It is such a memory, which, from stopping point to stopping point, remembrance to remembrance, love to love, transfers that object to the refulgent point of the dazzlement in which I stray in order to be.”-Julia Kristeva
"In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words". -Lao Tzu..."In the beginning was the deed."-Goethe
"Out of a sense of being trapped and limited by symbols comes the thesis that the extent to which thought and emotion are tied to symbolism is the measure by which absence fills the inner world and destroys the outer world....In a fundamental sort of falsification, symbols at first mediate reality and then replace it "-Zerzan
"...evolution in the Paleolithic age meant the development of creativity—the distinctive trait of the human species...But during the Neolithic, the osmotic relationship to nature loosened progressively, as intensive agriculture became based on looting and the exploitation of natural resources. It was also then that religion surfaced as an institution, society stratified, the reign of patriarchy began, of contempt for women, and of priests and kings with their stream of wars, destitution, and violence. Creation gave way to work, life to survival, jouissance to the animal predation that the appropriation economy confiscates, transcends, and spiritualizes. In this sense market civilization is indeed a regression in which technical progress supersedes human progress".-Raoul Vaneigem
"Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world."-R.D. Laing
"The barrier between the western mode of consciousness and the natural world, and the consequent ethical deficiency in western conscience, began in some manner with the biblical emphasis on the perception of the divine in historical events rather than within cosmological manifestation. The entire biblical experience could be described as a movement from the cosmological to the historical which began with the Exodus experience. It was further strengthened by the historical redemption experience of Christianity; then by the emphasis on the human mode of being in the Greek humanist tradition. When in modem centuries the scientists gave us a natural world that came into being by purely random processes and without any spiritual meaning then the alienation of the human from the natural world was complete". - Thomas Berry
*[I want to use "telos" here, not as some ultimate grand external force or intention, but as a synergistic unfolding, a composition or process belonging intrinsically to every unique part of the whole--only accomplished collectively, always open and infinately possible in all vital ways of Becomming something New.-mtc]
"Let me try out the following: religion (insofar as we are comfortable with such an indefinitely explorable term) is both adaptive (attachment, false-signal de-tection, cooperation, and meaning bestowing) and maladaptive (militancy, intergroup violence, intragroup policing, e.g., the “necessary” scapegoat, and the endless creation of false utopias, quickly becoming dystopias for all). Per-haps the maladaptive aspects are taking over in our globalizing world. Utopias (eschatologies or apocalypses) are both tribal and violent. Sadistic fantasy material permeates all fundamentalist utopias. And even the more gentle ver-sions, such as the liberal social gospel tradition, or the process panentheistic movement, find multiple teloi all glistening and pointing toward the grand telos that will bring the lion and the lamb together, thus ending the war of all against all that so vexed Hobbes. But we sane people (brights) know that this will never happen. Extinction is the only thing that could even remotely serve as a supertelos."-Robert S Corrington
INTRODUCTION : SOIL FOR THE SOUL: "THE FALL"
into LOGOS /POLIS / PATHOS / TIME
WHERE ART THOU ADAM?
WISDOM IS A DIALECTICAL JOURNEY
THE CATHARTIC CLUB AND IT'S GOSPEL: SUSTAINING UNSUSTAINABILITY
THE ULTIMATE TRANSPERSONAL EXPERIENCE: "SELF-OTHERING"
BECOMING THE ENDLESS EXTENSION OF THE WORLD
THE FALL FROM TELOS (ETERNITY) INTO RELIGION AND A BIFURCATED WORLD:
CREATIVE EVOLUTION IMPAIRED BY MISINFORMING STORIES
OUR "TRANSPERSONAL" BIOLOGICAL DANCE
"EXISTENCE PRECEDES ESSENCE"-Jean-Paul Satre
CHANGE/TRUST/"WAITING FOR GODOT"
A FALSIFIED EXISTENCE
THE GREAT LIE
THE MIRACLE OF CHRIST
THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL: STORIES
EPIGENESIS: AN INDIVIDUAL MICRO-EVOLUTION
WE HAVE ONLY HALF THE TRUTH
THE PATHOLOGY OF A PERSONAL TRANSCENDENT GOD
PAUL EHRLICH'S POPULATION BOMB
MY JOURNEY INTO REDEMPTION: MEETING THE "LIVING WORDS"
IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL MORAL BEHAVIOR
SOIL FOR THE SOUL: "THE FALL" into LOGOS / POLIS / PATHOS / TIME
EarthHeart.org is entirely attracted to bringing together a broad dialectic of speakers, poets, writers, and musicians with strong roots in the dialogue of deepecology / ecophenomenology / transpersonal psychology. This newly arriving and
discussion has been slowly reaching into all of our cultural and educational institutions for the last 50 years. It is the most progressive thought that has advanced itself from the 20th Century and has translated itself into every field in our cultural dialogue. It offer's today an enormous landscape for re-envisioning the human's place in this difficult world. It has worked itself to the forefront--in its influence--and brought together, philosophers, anthropologist, biologist, sociologist, psychologist, historians, poets, feminist and theologians. I am convinced that by mid-century, it is their collective thinking that will have advanced to prepare the way for a major healing that history must conceed to to stop this suicidal course we are presently upon.
The association of voices here are completely my own in this discussion. Some--to themselves--might not even want to be brought together in this association. Blame that on me, not them. Some might not even appear to belong to the discussion--and not even agree with much of what is being said here. But, I have found some-voice in their ideas to have actually entered into "the way I see the world, and have
it here "....[What is written here belongs totally to me, and does not represent at all those who have made an association with EarthHeart.org; nor does it fully represent the writers I have quoted from to support it. I am guilty of the complete freedom I brought into this, and all misinterpretations
which have to exist].... They are all representative of a field of approach rather than any confined philosophy or ideology of being. They represent parts of the comprehensive dialogue that can awaken a civilization from the "mindset" that Heidegger and Bergson say hasn't changed much since Plato. Through these voices I want to present that we are really in a religious crisis of perception, not a technological one; our religious life appears to exist within a bifurcation that diminishes the physical world over the supposed spirit..."the global warming debate isn't really about science or economics at all. It's actually a question of theology"(Randall Amster, J.D, Ph.D).
Below is an excursion of some of the personal thoughts and feelings that I passed through--that parallel elements of the larger view--to eventually conclude that our redemption is ultimately only rooted in a reconnection with the Intelligence of the Earth. It is roughly the beginning of a history, a confession of my own alienation and estrangement from Nature and how I began to see my redemptiion. It is tragically my process of recovering from the "sins of the fathers". It is intended to be expanded and reorganized for continuity, clarity, and criticism. This is where it started from when I introduced the website on Christmas Eve (2009)--symbolic of my being delivered from
and being re-born into the Soil of Life. I have some journals to look through for additions. I am not sure where it will be in the end. I decided to use Thoreau's process for the lack of my own creativity: "Associate reverently and as much as you can with your loftiest thoughts...Having by chance recorded a few disconnected thoughts and then brought them into juxtaposition, they suggest a whole new field in which it was possible to labor and to think. Thought begat thought...My journal... I write my prayers in it... and show the scrawl to heaven... I must not live for it, but in it for the gods" .
I wanted to explore the issue of environmental estrangement and its influence upon a countenance of indifference that seems to have
a deep care and concern for the
of the Earth. I also wanted to look at the transpersonal and eco-psychology discussion around the "embodied experience" (Merleau-Ponty/David Abram), and how I feel this discussion gives us insight into how "language, constructs and ideiology"--history--are
to a more fundimental experience of the world and ground of meaning. You cannot construct a working prescriptions until the disease is adequately diagnosed. I say our disease belongs to this intense alienation and estrangement from the Earth through the evolution of our historical institutions and certain cultural rituals. I offer these very readable introductory books as a guide and prescription to an understanding of this alienation: Paul Shepard (NATURE AND MADNESS), Thomas Berry (THE GREAT WORK), David Hutchisom (GROWING UP GREEN), Michael Cohen (RECONNECTING WITH NATURE), David Abram (THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS), Diarmuid O'Murchu (RELIGION IN EXILE), Donald A. Crosby (A RELIGION OF NATURE), Morris Berman (COMING TO OUR SENSES/WANDERING GOD). These books are in no way exclusive in an understanding. They are just a few among so many others that can take you to the same place. Paul Shepard and Morris Berman offer a good historical description, the rest elements of a recovery, Thomas Berry--I think--gives us the cosmology:
"We need not a human answer to an earth problem, but an earth answer to an earth problem. The earth will solve its problems, and possibly our own, if we will let the earth function in its own ways. We need only listen to what the earth is telling us... The difficulty cannot be resolved simply by establishing a course or a program in ecology, for ecology is not a course or a program. Rather it is the foundation of all courses, all programs, and all professions because ecology is a functional cosmology. Ecology is not a part of medicine; medicine is an extension of ecology. Ecology is not a part of law; law is an extension of ecology. So too, in their own way, the same can be said of economics and even the humanities.... The barrier between the western mode of consciousness and the natural world, and the consequent ethical deficiency in western conscience, began in some manner with the biblical emphasis on the perception of the divine in historical events rather than within cosmological manifestation. The entire biblical experience could be described as a movement from the cosmological to the historical which began with the Exodus experience. It was further strengthened by the historical redemption experience of Christianity; then by the emphasis on the human mode of being in the Greek humanist tradition. When in modem centuries the scientists gave us a natural world that came into being by purely random processes and without any spiritual meaning then the alienation of the human from the natural world was complete".-Thomas Berry
I fall so short of the natural gifts belonging to the people that I will be pointing to, but I am to old and time is to critical to be hesitant to speak into these urgent issues. When you get to your elder years time gives you over to children not indulgence or timidity. Things that must be said must be said in your own words to really be yours. The paradox here is that I am ultimately trying to communicate an experience--embodied knowledge--that is wordless. But, I learned from Samuel Beckett: "No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better" (Worst-ward Ho, 1982).
December 24, 2009
"WHERE ART THOU ADAM?"
Martin Buber has recited the Old Testament existential question: "Where art thou Adam?". Well...Adam is hiding. He has been hiding in the middle of his own historical wreckage and refuses to look at it. This is the same biblical question (from Genesis) that Martin Heidegger (Being and Time) has brought back into the philosophical stream of history. The human has ventured out on an arrogant over confident raft of futile artifacts, and has now hit a melting iceberg under the Golden Gate. He is now before the same question. He must urgently rise to it or be transpired into geologic sediment in the next global flood. His raft was riddled with religious and philosophic holes that were always plugged with dialectical putty (Hegel). This kind of thinking will only drown you. Heidegger is asking history to re-grasp the existential crisis before humanity..."The darkening of the world, the flight of the gods, the destruction of the earth, the transformation of men into a mass, the hatred and suspicion of everything free and creative, have assumed such proportions throught out the earth that such childish categories as pessimism and optimism have long since become absurd" (Heidegger). This life was never about boarding a temporary raft to take us to an otherworld--even a technological paradise--it was always about, and will always remain, the maturing process of being connected to this world (ontogeny/ epigenessis: Paul Shepard).
So "Where art thou Adam"? I also say, this is the same emotion our hominid ancestors--6-10 million years ago-- had to confront, when holding the last branch (on to the Tree of Life) and about to step to the ground. The firm hold of 65 million years was given up to a stone hammer and blade. Somehow these tools, in such a short time, have fabricated a countenance of force that has become horrifying. Being and Time by Heidegger, and Between the Stars and Embers by Kohak, are two enormous philosophic poems centered in this literary emotion.
"The project of 'Sein und Zeit' calls for the resolute gathering of the thrown self in such a way that it can become the founder of a new, saving polis."-Robert S. Corrington (from: HEIDEGGER WAS HEROIC)
I say the human angst--our troubled soul--goes back to this evolutionary moment of abandonment and trust: when we let go of the last bough to raise our brow to a wild-er-ness we forcefully entered with hammers, fire, and ideology. We broke an evolutionary Covenant with the Creation. The cathartic guilt of this, forever so emotionally devastating, that we everywhere had to banish God into an otherworld to hide the guilt of a terror that we could never redeem except by sacrifice. Yes "God is dead", not because Nietzsche said so, but because we crucified God with hammers and blades as we advanced the savannahs, steppes, and tundra. We had to created the shaman, to transfer our guilt into blood and ritual, who went even further, to write lies on a cave wall to overpower and indulge you even more. We have never-ever gotten over it. But some of us can still cry. We can no longer hide or pass the guilt ..."and when I have done all this...it [still] gazes upon me with a horrifying look" (Martin Buber).
WISDOM IS A DIALECTICAL JOURNEY
Wisdom is everyone's own personal journey and it is gathered in the course of a real reciprocity with the world--you are not born with it--it is acquired and abundant by our elderly years. It is only revealed to you through life, not through any transendent revelaton or esoteric knowledge . You must have an authentic existence or you will not reach this place, you will be blinded by your own ego-anthropocentric appearances.
I was always reminded, on the mountaintops of the Trinity Alps Willderness, that you could get to the summit (metaphor into this wisdom) from any number of trails. We all come from different directions and experiences along our path in life. Some are slow, some faster, but they all still get to the top--and it is entirely through your own method of accomplishment . All you have to do is want to get there..."[And] the secret is, there is no secret" (I Ching). The books, guides, teachers will be your own methodology and not necessarily for anyone else--there is really no method but desire... "When you reach your height you shall desire only for desire..."(Gibran)..."no prescription can lead us to the meeting, so none leads from it" (Buber). At the top you will find only the universal, archetypal, and first principals of life; all cultural garments (language, ideology, religion), which are superficial and the cause of conflict, will fall away in the ascent. And strangely, it is a wordless knowledge that you will rise into, where your transpersonal embodiment and intuition (non-declarative reflection/reasoning) become the process of informing rather than the historical or linear processes of
["To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself...An absolute can only be given in an intuition... a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing...while all the rest has to do with analysis. We call intuition here the sympathy by which one is transported into the interior of an object in order to coincide with what there is unique and consequently inexpressible in it... without any translation or symbolism... Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known."-Henri Bergson]
Here in a transpersonal "shadow of wordless knowledge" (Gibran) you will be bodily re-connected into the primary intention of everything around you. . This is a transpersonal intelligence--infusion--of "in-form"-ation that only happens in an exchange with the animate intentions of a world in nature--at its height it is sensually
ecstatic in it's informing, beyond all cultural aesthetic or subjective artifacts. "When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense" (Gibran)...."it is said into my very life [and] remains the address of that very moment and can not be isolated" (Buber).
It is collected in
Your life in these moments--'The Eternal Moment'--is no longer a plan or expectation but the providence of the greater intentional biological community.
To diminish any of this intention through environmental destruction is to diminish the grand teleology of our very selves accomplished only through the wellbeing of this whole. History, and our personal evolution within Creation, is simply impoverished and
off-track on this point.
The psycho-spiritual confinements of our anthropomorphic artifacts (language, tools, institutions) have over 50 thousand years, eventually left us blinded and imprisioned by its thorough invasiveness into every aspect of our daily life.
This presence and experience of directly knowing, and being "in-formed", has sometimes been referred to as embodied knowledge (Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, The Visible and the Invisible; The Spell of the Sensuous -Abram). It turns the world up-side-down from: "I think, therefore I am" (Descartes) to "I feel, therefore I exist" (Dostoyevsky). I think the concept and experience of embodied knowledge, embedded in and behind the eco-phenomenology discussion, is the most primary thought that EarthHeart.org is trying to develop and communicate with our choice of speakers/ poet/ musicians.
THE CATHARTIC CLUB AND IT'S GOSPEL: SUSTAINING UNSUSTAINABILITY
I don't see technology (hybrid cars, solar panels, organic farms, efficient cooking stoves/water heaters, what ever...) or any economic stimulation being able to quickly save us at this point from the crisis we are in
but only through changed personal lives...
"The danger ... growing today would be to pay more attention to saving money than to the poetry of a new style of life".-Raoul Vaneigem
If we dont change, the future will look back upon us with great
that we let our immediate comfort direct the most urgent affairs that history has never seen the likes of before. We will have betrayed Life for materializations that never bring you ultimate fulfillment. And now in this moment of crisis it appears many are continuing to refuse to listen to the evidence that speaks against them. We project (the deniers of global warming) upon the science community what is really our own self-indulgence, to continue it. I say we really do not love our children because we do not protect the Life that gives them their love back to us..."when I loved, I loved with indifference...the shadow of murder lay upon my sleep...so the time passes away..." (To Posterity- Bretch). We are childishly covering up our own indulgence by recycling beer cans and plastic. If I felt more technology was really the answer, I would be full-force advocating every possible innovation right now--but it is not/we are fooling ourselves--and everyone is even failing at that level of commitment. We are in trouble because of technology and indifference..."we can live without clothes or tools" (Gary Snyder). The Earth would prefer--honestly--to get rid of the whole human project of history. We have trashed four-billion years of beauty and greater intentions.
There is no time to waste thinking more technology will help us. I will talk all of my friends out of going in this direction--if they have a real interest to change the world. But I find they would all rather compromise for the profits of a dialectical band-aid (Hegal). They want to stay part of the "pathology of normalcy" (R.D. Laing). I usually find them always going down to the local cathartic club (bar) to engage in that pathetic psychology of: I'M OK-YOUR OK, while talking this shallow sustainability through four-beers. At this point it is only the beer and a cheap thrill talking. They are always sustaining an unsustainable compromise [The Green's Compromise]. We need an honest moral dialogue between us, not the profits of exploiting and skating through our systemic tragedies. I am one of the best gifted at doing and designing technological things; I now find the sound of saws and hammers--even if done by habitat-for-humanity-- difficult to understand spiritually.
The immediate thing we need to be doing is to begin depopulation, not building more houses. The right thing, is harder to do, but you will experience that the spiritual return exceeds the pain..."Your joy is your sorrow unmasked" (Gibran).
Do you really think we need more houses?...the chamber of commerce, realtors, and banks will always say you do. We only need a real social justice to transform capitalism. We must wake up! It is juvenile and self-indulging to send twig-burning stoves and Wal-Mart house wares to Darfur. Exxon has smeared over us with chump change, and many of us see the cheap superficial applications so easily profitable and quickly self-aggrandizing
rather than working for real systemic change. Why are we still so willing to make a quick profit off of someone else's exploitation and tragedy? This is more criminal than the problem it self! We are our own religious enigma. We do have a moral, political and religious problem! We are estranged and alienated from the larger human community and Earth-- because of a self-indulging technology and capitalist system--and being so, inflict devastation, because we have experienced people and the Earth only as a resource and no longer as the Source of our Being and joy.
The appeal to more technology, appears to me, to be just the redirection of responsibility rather than wanting to do the right thing, which is usually more difficult. This belief in tweaking systems is just more of Hegel's failed historical dialectical process that has no other destiny but to end in apocalypse, because, it always negotiates and settles for compromise. Any Left or Right agendas will not work until we go down to the roots of our pathologies: "We must go down to the very foundations of Life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had been made" (I Ching). We already have all the technology we need to design a sustainable world and rid all poverty and hunger. We are in denial, procrastinating, and find the right thing too difficult for our selfish comfortable lives--that is the crisis before us. What does this really say about our love for our children and their children? I say many of us use them for self-distraction / self-aggrandizement / sadly as a diversion from a deeper responsibility and connection with life itself--pathetic if not pathological--while maliciously believing I have done something good with my life in their birth. We only pass on to them the same " sins of the fathers"-- this is the ultimate apostasy. Our cultural norms and allowances have numbed and disfigured the very substance of our Soul.
"We are weaving our own insanity. The answer to the environmental malaise isn't just a technical solution. It requires more because we are in a psychological and spiritual crisis, a crisis of culture and character."-Elizabeth Roberts
"...the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious...More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." Lynn White
The Earth is now calling us to sensibility. You might be one of the few that is really hearing the lament rising up from the polar landscapes, oceans, forests, mountains, rivers, sky, stars--our Children. I hope that is why you are here. You have friends here at Earthheart.org and more that are awakening to a profound change.
THE ULTIMATE TRANSPERSONAL EXPERIENCE: "SELF-OTHERING"
We have a moral and religious problem. I believe the embodied experience of the Earth is so transforming that it can
breathe new life into
us, and provide the moral determination to quickly change our self-destructive course.
It has its power because it returns genuine and authentic spiritual emotions back into your life. Without the stratum of an authentic emotional foundation, rooted in the Creation, our project history has no teleological direction and feedback-generation to correct itself. And only to the degree that we are completed by the exultation of Creation will there then be a true love and compassion embodied in the world. This embodied understanding and directive, which I call the ultimate religious experience, that linear thinking find's difficult to meet because it is a presence that transcends the incest of egopocentric thought and historical confinements. In this experience, the line between the self and other ontologically
when you release yourself from all fear and hesitation to enter it...
Your holographic intuition now empowers a wider process of knowing and understanding generated from intelligence met in your complete relationship to the moment. You become The Other in an infusion that amplifies, animates, and energizes you. You are so much more than you were ever before by the exuberant absorption of existance--you now find yourself tied to the Creation in a glorious
reciprocity of intelligence-pleasure: religare (Latin). I think Novalis called it right: "The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." You can only meet this intelligence, wisdom, and emotion at these points of the overlap. It is at that precise point of the between, that exist
as the equivalent of a biological membrane, where a divine communion happens, and we now create each other, and it is felt as a profound joy; but now,
the whole body is transposed into the music of the Universe (Divine Intelligence). I believe the composer Scriabin wrote from within this space: "The universe resounds with the joyful cry I am", he exclaims; his compositions reached into it: the Divine Poem, the Poem of Ecstasy, and the Poem of Fire or Prometheus. Kahil Gibran even established the biological foundations of all morality in it: "You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time". I have always argued to my friends we wouldn't need the law, or otherworld religions, if we could all get back to living in this "joy" of life. I think the ontological foundations of any green-anarchy are established right here --in pleasure (and missed by the critics). This is not some brief, romantic, or transitory moment; it is existentially impossible to escape when you are in it. In fact you can't escape it.
You know you can trust it into every moment...and the next.
I spent four months straight once in this experience while in Yosemite N.P. It was four months of bliss! When I started to work for the Park I was removed from it--totally understandable. All pre-civilized cultures had their existence in this life. They were always at home, in every moment. There was no place to go but to-be-there-- Dasein! I think the driving conclusion of all of Martin Heidegger's work is ultimately optimistic: you can approach Being; it is always patiently waiting your arrival. And I say joy is its only intention (metaphysics); because the joy and pleasure of existence is the only alluring power (elan vital) that animates with purpose the direction and intention of all of evolution. Evolution is a diversifying and driving force that works because it is the passion for life that drives it..."towards goals generated in the process itself" [Joy] (Erwin Laszlo). Every individual sentient being is simply moving from one pleasurable moment to the next. This is what directs the destiny of all things in the process of Be-coming-- even the individual cells in your body... There is no external plan. The organization (collective/systemic), is the very "process" of its own discovery. The direction of the whole (if there is a teleology) is the unique results of each organism maximizing the wellness and pleasure of its own momentary being in the reciprocity of the whole. I believe biological cells will combine in any configuration they can to innovate new embodiments (species) to maximize any pleasurable existence, in any environment it finds itself. Pleasure is the biological foundation of the moral imperative --"do unto others"--that directs specie relationships at every level onto greater biological and social organization. If we are wanting morally, it is because we have lost the joy and pleasure of life through every cultural precedent that sanctions inequality and personal failure.
I argue, it is not more law or religion that is the success of any community, but ultimately the pleasure of existence that directs the moral needs and
principles of its
organization. It is the intention of Creation that we all be joyously rushing towards one another to innovate and maximize new embodiments of celebratory expression. This is what directs evolution, not pain or fear.
Tragically this ontological gift and guide has been usurped by the precedents of power and religion who then institute fear and want as the force of control. There will never be peace in the world until the native joy and equitability of life is freed from this forceful ignorance.
Every river, forest, and indigenous community is presently under the slaughter of this privileged pathology. All of Creation is spiritually conscious, and only through its collective freedom is our ultimate intention accomplished. Joy is really the only way you can meet your ultimate and immediate message in this world. We are thinking in the wrong direction to prescribe more laws and religion--we must return to the Natural Law
and get it out of the hands of oppression! . "Look up at the sky... radiant... wild... riotous... oceans of joy... drenching us all with a deluge of delight as we open our arms and rush toward each other, you and I and all of us, moved by that vast Compassionate Presence that brings all things together in intimate Celebration, Celebration that is the Universe itself" (Thomas Berry)
"...our biology and our morality are mutually interactive, and morality flows naturally from the biological state we are living in."-Nancy Morrison/ Sally Severino
If we stay in the sublimations of civilization we will only prolong the tragic sins of the fathers, under the constant burden of cathartic rituals. History is a recent imposing appearance only in our genetic evolution, but to what measure does this appearance participate, reveal or defer one's authentic Being in the World (Dasein)?. Their are some who feel that in some measure the whole historical process is embodied in a "pathology of normalcy" (Paul Shepard/ Erick Fromm/ Sigmund Freud/ Carl Jung/ Norman Brown/ R.D Laing)...."We are into a deep cultural pathology -- in ordinary language, we are crazy. To think that we can have a viable human economy by destroying the Earth economy is absurd" (Thomas Berry).
BECOMING THE ENDLESS EXTENTION OF THE WORLD
There is the endless transpersonal moment(s) in nature when the whole experience is totally encountered as your own body and inseparable; every other living creature-essence, you are surrounded in, becomes the very extension (mirror neuron) of your own eyes, ears, breath, smell, taste, touch; an extended transpersonal body consciousness. Here you are enormously and exponentially exploded, amplified, ignited by the whole living sentient field you are embodied in--a living tapestry of organic music. You are then in the glorious intention of the endless-creative telos. It drags and allures you on effortlessly; you have passed through the "abandonment of disbelief" into one multi-creative reciprocity: I into it, it-all into me..."We begin to realize that our universe is in a sense brought into being by the participation of those involved in it. It is a dance, for participation is its organizing principle. This is the important new concept of quantum mechanics." (Lyall Watson). The whole thing is a living language of intelligence
spoken into you texturally--and gloriously soliciting.
I had these endless wordless-moments, and incites daily, while living and working in the Trinity Alps of Northern California. In reality I believe these are not extraordinary moments, but were the daily experience of pre-historical man. I think we began to diminish this experience when we started to become adversarial, controlling
and de-"scrib(e)"-ing (linguistically cutting up) nature. We have lost all of this to live in a secure box of language (ideologies/theologies), clothes, temperature controlled buildings, institutional schedules, and endless chain-linked fences of logic, which all cut you off from this phenomenological existence. To live in the cold latitudes of the north you have to shroud yourself in the conventional "techne"/"ges-tell", and strange stories (myth), all isolating you from this direct life. Our language/concepts will then not instruct or inform you--it destructs the world. We are then left by defalt to conform to a world that has been misinformed into us.
Charles S. Peirce offers some language of an "endless-newness", a "pure conscious" primary state, a "virgin moment" behind the possibility of opening these "ecstatic moments"--beyond language and prior to conception--which he wants to call the categorical experience of "Firstness":
"The idea of the ['] absolutely first ['] must be entirely separated from all conception of or reference to anything else; for what involves a second is itself a second to that second. The first must therefore be present and immediate, so as not to be second to a representation. It must be fresh and new, for if old it is second to its former state. It must be initiative, original, spontaneous, and free; otherwise it is second to a determining cause. It is also something vivid and conscious; so only it avoids being the object of some sensation. It precedes all synthesis and all differentiation; it has no unity and no parts. It cannot be articulately thought: assert it, and it has already lost its characteristic innocence; for assertion always implies a denial of something else. Stop to think of it, and it has flown! What the world was to Adam on the day he opened his eyes to it, before he had drawn any distinctions, or had become conscious of his own existence new, initiative, original, spontaneous, free, vivid, conscious, and evanescent. Only, remember that every description of it must be false to it."- Charles S. Peirce (Credit: L.J. Niemoczynski Dissertation, 2009, p.19)
CREATIVE EVOLUTION IMPAIRED BY MISINFORMING STORIES
Our australopithecine biophysical inheritance is genetically close to what it was 6 million years ago. The major changes are minor compared to the organs-systems and neurology that we inherited from them. The significant changes are in skeletal structure and cognitive ability. Mobility for nutrient access in different ecologies is what guides the modifications. Leaving the simplicity of the upper-story of the tree canopy (single ideology) for the bi-pedal diversity of the terrain (multiple ideologies) appears to be the creative evolutionary influence--new efficient bio-psycho adaptations. Attention span, recall, and projection helped guide the bipedal hominid through the ever-changing environments of the "under-stories"; everything here is mobile and moving and needed to be positioned in myth for handeling and controling. I am convinced this is the creative influence for language and story telling before the evening fire. The theater of the day had vanished in the awakening of night, but its residual imprints (embodied impressions) were recreated and projected in the silent scheme of the flame-dance-coals before the evening fire for the ambitions of morning--our entertainment in the silence of the starry night. We creatively stammered our
emotions of day into the evening fire. I believe there is a real primal connection between this and the obsession and projection of archetypal emotions onto the multimedia screens even today, from this period of cognitive evolution and transfer into myth. However our daily stories no longer help guide us within the Creation, but have turned into an end in themselves... anthropocentric nightmares.
John Zerzan, along with many linguistic philosophers, believe humanity "fell" and estranged it self right here in our psychic evolution, in the need to control the world with myth and language:
[Mythology] "is from its very beginning potential religion" (Cassirer)..."The carving up of nature, its reduction into concepts and equivalences, occurs along lines laid down by the patterns of language. And the more the machinery of language, again paralleling ideology, subjects existence to itself, the more blind its role in reproducing a society of subjugation" (Zerzan)...[And beyond language]..."Literalism prevents mystery by narrowing the multiple ambiguity of meanings into one definition. By treating the words we use as ambiguities, seeing them again as metaphors, we restore to them their original mystery...Rather than an increase of certainty there is a spread of mystery, which is both the precondition and consequence of revelation" (James Hillman).
"In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words". -Lao Tzu
"The books the Holy Spirit is writing are living". -Father Jean-Pierre DeCaussade
OUR "TRANSPERSONAL" BIOLOGICAL DANCE
In general the plan for anatomical design, organ systems, symmetry and neurological complexity appear (for evolutionary efficiency) to share similar creative patterns and principals--have we not begun a whole new science of swapping biological parts today. I believe this is why we also see personality traits in all animals that are often so similar to ourselves. We are all in the same geo-psycho-physical (time/space) landscape and food sources for them to be so. The genes are also identical; gene comparisons for the horse are 80% and the chimpanzee 98%. It is only the differences in the local residential physical niches and food sources and the psychic-community that will shape the qualitative differences. Even in the modern human you can see the minor differences in physiological traits (skin color, hair, body characteristics, etc.) caused by the unique ecological embodiments around every ethnic group during its local evolution over the last two million years. You can say all living creatures share the same biophysical rhythm fields--and contribute to them in a creative feedback loop--as we meet each other in specie-ecology associations. I like to say we create, or dance each other into existence, within the same music. Our evolutionary choreography is conducted in the proximity and reciprocity of each other (see Whitehead: Nobo, Jorge L., 1986. Whitehead's Metaphysics of Extension and Solidarity ; Henri Bergson: Creative Evolution ). We need each other to arrive and direct the grand fertile-scheme of evolution; we get there only together--to maximize the grandest orchestration --or we deprive the unfolding Intention of Creation--the Telos.
"At the observable level, that is what the body is all about--a self-organizing, intelligent organism, but one that requires creative interaction with all other embodied forms for the release of its true potential. No bodily form makes sense in isolation. Interdependence is written into the very essence of embodied reality. Indeed, it is these two features--intelligence and interdependence--that provide the most generic clues to the meaning of our embodied existence in a corporeal universe".-Diarmuid O'Murchu
"EXISTENCE PRECEDES ESSENCE"-Jean-Paul Sartre
There is some thinking out there that wants to deny the very road into the intelligence that reveals your awakening and destiny: "Primary reality is within, secondary reality is without" (a direct quote from a prominent contemporary thinker). This statement is anthropomorphically subjective, self-indulging and dangerously diminishes the full encounter and journey of the Soul.
It is a meditative/medicated padded room: when you get the primary inside "aligned with the real outside" is when you will have it right. We are bringing Plato back from the dead to think otherwise --psychologism / isolation / alienation--and living back in his cave. This becomes a bifurcated world. Right now the "medium" (outside: history) is the wrong message (Marshal McLuhan) and will never complete you. "Existence precedes essence" (Sartre). Our existence is derived totally from ontological context, which teleologically determines it. We will have the equivalent of an otherworld religion by saying it any other way. We will be back to dualism/bifurcation and the further devastation of our World-Soul. This thinking denies that context is problematic ( "secondary reality": our incultrating artifacts), and must be confronted so that the "full real message" from the Transpersonal Divine can get back "into us"..."There is no inner world without the outer world" (Thomas Berry).
Our institutions are fallen, not the human, and fail to actualize an authentic human nature (Rousseau/Paul Shepard/Novalis). It denies the very real world that gives us our existence and is the message of who we are "From" and what to "Be-Come": the Intelligence of Creation itself! We were born walking the glorious path within the Intention of Creation; we are now blindly driving down a terminal freeway, so fast, we can no longer see Existance and the beauty of Providence. "Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself" (Martin Buber)....We are "free to create culture as we wish, but the prototype to which the genome is accustomed is Pleistocene society. As a culture we may choose or invent any language or set of gods we like...'the hard, irreducible stubborn core of biological necessity, and biological reason', says Lionel Thrilling, 'reserves the right to judge the culture, and resist and revise it' " (Paul Shepard).
CHANGE/TRUST/"WAITING FOR GODOT"
Change is always beautiful and absolutely necessary. In our hominid history it was the most novel allurement, pleasure and success of the "gift-economy", but only if you are capable of trust and can change
from moment to moment ("ontic-time"). The foraging economy can work no other way. This kind of change has been lost to a calculated, manufactured, deficit spending of time in the modern world: entertainment; even work can be experienced as entertainment. Heidegger expressed an angst in "Being and Time".... there is Being, which embodies eternal goals (innovation/ creation/ spontaneity), and then there is clock-time (the recent human artifact) that introduces boundaries and repetitious meter, safe but
. I believe "the burden of time" is ultimately the experience of a deferred and confined existence by the institutions of history and scripted in the same format.
Heidegger spoke of a pervasive boredom at the root of the human psyche: "Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference (The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics, Heidegger,1929). This to me is the deadening of the human countenance, by
civilization, and it having to be constantly pushed away by endless entertainments and excessively confined sensual indulgences (food/sexuality etc.). "The importance of time...[lies] rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth" (Bertrand Russell)..."One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity."-Mercea Eliade...I say time is manifested and becomes present by the incompletion of our existence which then excuses truth to compensation. However,
this incompletion works out for the benefit and success of power: "The mass state...strives ...for the psychic isolation [and incompletion] of the individual. The more unrelated the individuals are, the more consolidated the state becomes" (Jung).
We are always "waiting", not just for Godot (Samuel Beckett), but also for the suspension of time--the ontological indicator of dis-ease. I say time is the dis-ease of not "being-there "--unfulfiled--because it is the consequence of an institutional confinement. So we will want to cover up all this worthless time with even more worthless time--entertainment: the place for "time-out"--because we don't know how to reconnect to an authentic being (ontic-time), or cant.
Walter Brueggemann wants to tell us we really are all wimps (having taken the "blue pill"--Matrix): "We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". I say we are entertainment junkies because we are ontologically incomplete and don't know how to escape it. History has lost its connection with Being (eternity/ontic-time) and the human feels the anxiety of that (historical-time). Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot, does captures this existential angst. So many interpretations can be brought to this play. The one I bring to it is this: we are Waiting for Ourselves (an authentic self). We are waiting for an authentic Be-coming...Relationship. We are waiting upon The Courage to Be (Paul Tillich). Lack of trust (to meet and reside in this authentic self with Creation) is the most central and fundamental issue of the human which will provoke all the pathologies and compensations if not actualized: drugs, alcohol, guns, gangs, power, money, prestige, otherworld religions, etc.
A FALSIFIED EXISTENCE
Lack of trust was my own childhood anxiety that drove me on to endless classrooms (as a professional student) hoping to arrive at the foundations of an ontology that I could absolutely trust in. I could not "be", because I had nothing to trust, nothing to "be-come". You cannot ever be , you can only be-come the next moment , in a living relationship with "something
embodied within ultimate intention". Existence is found only in authentic movement, it is a dace, a "Self" that is accomplished only through the choreography of movements "between". It is a moment-to-moment relationship in reciprocity with authentic-ness. Being is a state of relationship (verb). Much of our social posture and presentation is falsified within the market place. We present our ego in a cultural garment. We begin to believe I am this identity. That is exactly the point where I am falsified. It is only an appearance I present myself within-- I is not who I really am. But the zietgeist would want you to believe it so to maintain inequality and privledige. All of our real identities transcend these relative cultural artifacts, which are the roots of social inequality, poverty,
. This sociology is seen and configured well in Martin Heidegger's discussion "The Question Concerning Technology" . Our relationships to one another would be more genuine if not for technology constructing us in these falsified postures. In Nature this garment is preposterous. These identities are certificates of inequality sanctioned by the educational institutions (grading hierarchies) and law (wage scale). This social hierarchy could not exist, if intrinsic to its existence: it must fail people in order that they can be dominated by politics. Rousseau said it so well: "Laws are always useful to those who own, and injurious to those who do not. Laws give the week new burdens, and the strong new powers; they irretrievably destroy natural freedom, establish in perpetuity the law of property and inequality, turn a clever usurpation into a irrevocable right, bring the whole future race under the yoke of labor, slavery and money.... There is hardly any inequality among men in the state of nature".
THE GREAT LIE
deliberately constructs us into not having trusting social relationships. There is a constant social tension because we are given identities of inequality . We are forced into an existence that is lived in a lie. We have all been hammered and cast into distorted identities that are not real in nature but civilization forces us to live in them... "Civilized man is born, lives and dies in slavery; at birth he is confined in swaddling clothes; at death is nailed to a coffin...[in between]... fettered by institutions" (Rousseau). Sartre once spoke into this apostasy saying: "We shall not abolish lying by refusing to tell lies, but by using every means at hand to abolish classes"..."In our age, in which the true meaning of every word is encompassed by delusion and falsehood and the original intention of the human glance is stifled by tenacious mistrust, it is of decisive importance to find again the genuineness of speech and as We...man will not persist in existence if he does not learn anew to persist in as a genuine We" (Martin Buber). This crippled sociology has been going on for a long time...
"The market-place is a place set aside where men may deceive and overreach each other" (Anacharsis, 600 BC!).
"There is one fact that can be established: the only phenomena which, always and in all parts of the world, seems to be linked with the appearance of writing...is the establishment of hierarchical societies, consisting of masters and slaves, and where one part of the population is made to work for the other part...[writing] "seems to favor rather the exploitation than the enlightenment of mankind..Writing, on its first appearance in our midst, had allied itself with falsehood."-Levi-Strauss
20th century anthropology has completely dispelled those beliefs of the19th Century that believed our hominid history was burdened and brutish (Marshall Sahlins), an argument really only for the advance of
privilege. We were looking back from our own brutish history and projecting that onto our hominid ancestors. This history is a modern lie to cover up the sanctioned institutional inequalities of slave labor and poverty--that justify and accommodate it. Evolution was never into poverty, crime, and shantytowns; it just doesn't like them--not even in the Arctic or deserts.
"Now we can see that life before domestication/agriculture was in fact largely one of leisure, intimacy with nature, sensual wisdom, sexual equality, and health. This was our human nature, for a couple of million years, prior to enslavement by priests, kings, and bosses".-John Zerzan
THE MIRACLE OF CHRIST
Christ was not in the world to perform miracles or raise the dead. He was in the world to turn tables over. He was in the middle of Greco-Roman civilization that by this time had totally institutionalized and sanctioned inequality. He was in the world to bring justice and a reverence for every individual back into the market place and trade between people. That is the miracle of Christ, that he should stand up in the middle of a major historical falsification and speak the real truth that should dwell between us.
This is why Christianity is still around, not because of miracles: "Get rid of the miracles and the whole world will fall at the feet of Christ" (Rousseau).
The gospels were written 70-120 years after Christ. Miracles are used by every otherworld religion to give sanction and legitimacy to their doctrine. How can you compete with the Hebrew God, who does miraculous things, if your God does not.
This otherworld resurrection is the very failure of Christianity. It has diminished the value of this life for a life after death.
"The Christian religion and morality extols the glory of the Hereafter, and therefore remains indifferent to the horrors of the earth...always it has instilled fear in man, turning him into a dual being, whose life energies are spent in the struggle between body and soul. In decrying the body as something evil, the flesh as the tempter to everything that is sinful, man has mutilated his being in the vain attempt to keep his soul pure, while his body rotted away from the injuries and tortures inflicted upon it...But where are the gods to make an end to all these horrors, these wrongs, this inhumanity to man? No, not the gods, but MAN must rise in his mighty wrath. He, deceived by all the deities, betrayed by their emissaries, he, himself, must undertake to usher in justice upon the earth".-Emma Goldman
THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL: STORIES
Our journey from the upper-story canopies of the trees to the under-stories of the ground is an amazing reading into social and cultural inequality. While in the canopy, the primate community was egalitarian with a unified ideology (the ecology of trees in Equatorial Africa; equitability is the only thing that sustains justice and a working ideology, not religious doctrines). But now, with two mobile feet on the ground--hammers and blades in our hands and head--we cut out new stories for ourselves through the savannas, steppes and tundra. These new ideologies could not be accomplished with out technology. Our body was not evolved for the northern cold climates; you cannot enter the northern latitudes with out fire, clothes, hand tools and living in a cave (the technics of alienation, and where you can ritual new icons from your darkness). These new diverse niches required new stories (ideologies) to manage the new social landscape and ecology. The ancient story of the trees were left to just a latent genetic memory/ emotion/ feeling that there was once a past unity, equality, with abundant fruit and warmth. A radical new economy of professional hunting began and [the first artifact of agressive organized collective male power--corporate] initiated the gender split (inequality) and the dominating patriarchal psyche that is still thoroughly embedded in the global economy today. Competitive hunting, through diverse landscapes (equivalent to different biped-ideologies), fractured the hominid community even more, and is the origin of cultural conflict (war), amplified with the very tools that are able to create it. [The Question Concerning Technology (Heidegger) is a good exposition of the human embedded in a technology and its consequences. It is a good introduction to Heidegger, as well as Poetry, Language, Thought and Discourse on Meditation].
EPIGENESIS: AN INDIVIDUAL MICRO-EVOLUTION OF ADAPTATION
Evolution designs every individual organism to be transformed through a personal micro-evolution (pubescent epigenetic stages) to assimilate into its own unique local embodiment. This is exactly what stem cells do. Stem cells communicate with adjacent cells that give it information and intelligence on how to be cooperative in a systems relationship--amazing! This goes on with genes also. I read a laboratory study where they took the actual gene of a pig's eye and spliced it into the ribbon of a genetically blind fly and the next generation of flies could see again! Nature is so intelligent and efficient; genes are identical in all organisms (like we have 80% of the same identical genes as a horse) so nature can build any new organism using the same old beautiful stuff. But what is amazing is a fly with a four-ounce eye won't be able to fly, but the pig's eye-gene, surrounded by the adjacent fly's genes, gave it all the in-form-ation on how to fit in, and make it work for the fly!--tell me Nature is not profoundly intelligent!
If you get the depth of this then you will understand the work of Paul Shepard in our psycho-physical epigenesis. Nature will intelligently adapt us to any environment--equitably--to thrive and have a pleasurable existence. But we must listen to it
("The Dance of Neoteny and Ontogeny", Nature and Madness , p.109, By Paul Shepard). The enframing of techne/history (gestell, Heidegger) is what has cut us off from this primary intelligence and the profound feeling of being-at-home ... "The natural world itself is our primary language as it is our primary scripture, our primary awakening to the mysteries of existence" (Thomas Berry). Michael Cohen's work at Project Nature Connect (ecopsychology.org) is all about breaking through into this intelligence....[but] "The last three-thousand years of mankind have been an excursion into ideals, bodilessness, and tragedy and now the excursion is over...it is a question, practically, of relationship. We must get back into relationship, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos" (D.H. Lawrence).
WE HAVE ONLY HALF THE TRUTH
Half of the truth is genetically within us; the other half is totally gotten through the embodiment of an authentic relationship with nature. When this inner world and outer world meet each other (at "every point" of the overlap, Novalis) you are moved by Divine Providence and Intention (Telos). Your genetic inheritence is not who you really are--it is the smallest part of you ("the transpersonal-self")--you must Become the Telos, the World. This is the grandest part of you alwaws waiting to be recieved--Be-come. There is absolutely no other way to get connected to your Ultimate Being and Journey. This is the way Creation works and it will never change for eternity. This is how evolution works. It is either trust the guiding intention of nature's intelligence--and change--or be condemned to the existential pain of your own alienation and confined estrangements. We must throw off the bondage to cultural garments that falsify and imprison us, and let the light--genetic intelligence/intuition--that is already within us meet the natural sunlight so that a synchronistic union can dance its creative rhythms between us once again. This is the ecstasy that Gibran and Scriabin have experienced and are trying to communicate. I have been in these moments when completely enveloped in pure organic foods and Nature. This is the only place where the messages of the Divine can ignite the joy and pleasure of existence.
Michael Cohen (Project Nature Connect) will tell you almost everyone in civilization spends their whole life (99% of it) in the cultural box, enveloped in language, eating dead foods and never get to have this experience that can transform you. Here you are released from the bondage of law and falsified addictions to meet with the fusion of pure-otherness. And the conscious joy of this residency will find it impossible to inflict deliberate injustice (Gibran). Here you have found the experience of all morality and religion. But with the breakdown and malignancy of Earth's natural telos--because of our historical artifacts and ideology--this biological song is weakening the guiding intelligence of the whole. It could take many million of years to return the Earth to the dynamic dance, power, and vitality it had 100,000 years ago before the mega fauna loss by humans. We "know not what we do" in our rebellion against Nature. Most likely we will be keeping ourselves drugged, sedated, compensated, murderous in some chemical or cultural forms, until the full health of the stars return to us.
"At last the new genetics and molecular biology reconfirm our bonds to the past. We are whatever our DNA-in response to our environment- makes us. The impact of being 98% identical in DNA to the chimpanzee and 80% identical even to horses falls on us with staggering impact. Even the lizard is represented in our presence, although we are only its cousin. Of course DNA does not operate in vacuum: the genetical heritage is constantly interfacing with our experience and environment.The old question of nature or nurture was always pointless, as the constraints are biological and the opportunities are circumstantial." -Paul Shepard
40 years ago I never thought I would be using such language just above; but my journey through life has experienced these things. Being true to this life demands that I do tell you. We will have been the most stupid creatures, ever of Evolution, if we do not return to the vitality and intention of the Earth. We have absolutely no other place to go (Paul Shepard, Coming Home to the Pleistocene, The Only World We've Got).
The marauding anthropocentric pillage of history is slashing the vital intensions of evolution at a catastrophic rate. History has completely failed the test of existence. Evolutionary history is always sensitive to modify any individual organism within the interest of the whole, so that it is always adjusted at a vitalistic rate. It took us 15 Billion years to get here (not 10,000 years), so why are we destroying this existence at a lightening rate. To say two (2) billion people in poverty--and climbing exponentially--is progress, is forthright pathological. We are in a religious crisis. The spiritual evolution of all creatures is totally the reciprocity of letting this whole process freely integrate at every level of iinteractivity--this is the only way the Divine Telos works out its intention and our future. Technology has been completely adversarial to this. Evolution was never broken, or needed fixing, because of any inefficiency. The inefficiency is in man himself . Evolution at any one moment is always maximized for its vitality. Any historical project--to have any legitimacy--must live in this intelligence. To allow one species to cut into and mangle at every level this cosmological gift is the ultimate spiritual deprivation. It is only through the intention of the whole that any individual element has any purpose or meaning, to fail here is a grievous misunderstanding of the Creation. Carl Jung understood this: "A misunderstood development of the soul will inevitably carry a total psychological destruction. The actual situation at this time is so sinister that it is difficult not to see that the creator is preparing another deluge to exterminate the human race."
THE PATHOLOGY OF A PERSONAL TRANSCENDENT GOD
We have been able to accomplish all of our
without guilt by exiling God (the sacred) to another transcendent platonic world (Diarmuid O' Murchu, Religion in Exile). Doing so then allows us to have dominion and control over all the Earth; especially when we can have the local shaman put it in writing, or have it painted on a cave wall. And if that doesn't work we can have God enter history, and in his gracious love crucify himself for our sins. I tell you religion and its congregation will be around for many more thousands of years as long as we need these cathartic mechanisms and sacraments to feel
good about ourselves to continue our apostasy. "Forgive them for they know not what they do". We do know what we do...we have cut down the memory of the tree of life in equatorial Africa and now shrine it in a perfect world away from our corruption. And the quicker we can complete the corruption...the trumpets will blow...to give us a new one to start it all over again.
Our gods and religious teachers became "personal, anthropomorphic, and otherworld" because our narrowing technological innovations (artifacts, language, social hierarchy, and no moral reference) estranged us from a direct spiritual experience with the total Divine biocentric spirit and intelligence with Nature. This also is the systemic that allowed us to then become reduced and controlled by the shaman--gone-bad--and then a priest class falling into conspiracy with wealth. However this free (this-world) and profound religious experience is still accessible to every individual...You don't need any books or teachers ...
"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship...Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the father off and dimmer seems the Lord... Keep close to Natures heart, yourself; and break clear away, once and a while and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean from the earth-stains...of these poor, deluded, self-burdened...gold seeking crowd in god's pure air. It will help in your efforts to bring to these people something better than gold. Don't loose your freedom and your love of the earth as god made it"-John Muir.
PAUL EHRLICH'S POPULATION BOMB HAS ALREADY EXPLPDED
My greatest burden and sadness is the current exponential rate of specie extinction with the growth of human populations. [Human expansion is wiping out species at about 1,000 times the "natural" or "background" rate... United Nations, 11 Jan 2010]. It took modern Homo sapiens "6-10 million years" to travel through its hominid history to get to a population level of 2.5 million, just before civilization (10,000 BC). And, in only 10,000 years, ONLY 10,000 YEARS, we are now adding 135 million babies to the Earth in a YEAR! It is estimated that 50 percent of all species will be gone by the year 2100 (O.E. Wilson, Richard Leakey). Again it took 4 billion years for the Earth to fashion this wonderful living song; but more tragically in less than 100 years we are expected to scratch half the score (the most lyric part of it) to supposed progress. What a barren and soulless infliction our children --and their children-- will have to spend their futures in (what will amount to an eternity). All, so I can have a locked and padded temperature-controlled box, to hide in, with a high definition screen to watch the next apocalyptic movie. Better yet, our children can now help dramatize your movie interactively with a joystick. We have been watching our own self-fulfilling prophecy. Paul Ehrlich told us 40 years ago this would happen. In between, the prophets of progress allowed you to cash in on this wreckage, and now we are in this crap up to our nose and ears and we still don't want to see it. This population exponential is just plain conscious stupidity, and suicidal.
MY JOURNEY INTO REDEMPTION: MEETING THE "LIVING WORDS"
There are so many times I wish I had not removed myself from the Trinity Alps. The context facilitated so well the deepecology talks I would have with the visitors at the Fire Lookout tower. Down here, in the middle of his-story (the zeitgeist/ paradigms/ ideology) I have been trying to communicate this experience, but my words appear so foreign and distant to people. The truth is, that will be precisely so--because they are. As long as we are concealed in clothes, boxes, and ideology, we cannot enter this experience. Only this experience in Nature changes you, not words. You can only get it from the source, not a book, not my voice. When you have the experience, it turns the world up side down, you will never think the same way again; your body, mind, and soul will have been re-united...
"Real faith [religion]... begins when the dictionary is put down, when you are done with it...it cannot be revealed by any esoteric information; for it has never been said before, nor is it composed of sounds that have ever been said. It can neither be interpreted nor translated, I can have it neither explained nor displayed; it is said into my very life...it remains the address of that very moment and can not be isolated" [italics added]. (Buber).... "Tired of all who come with words...I went to the snow-covered island. The wild does not have words. The unwritten pages spread themselves out in all directions! I come across the marks of roedeers hooves in the snow. Language but no words" (Thomas Transtromer)..."Were you thinking that those were the words, those up right lines, those curves, angles, dots! No those are not the words, the substantial words are in the ground and the sea, they are in the air they are in you...The workmanship of souls is by those inaudible words of the Earth" (Walt Whitman).
My journey into this embodied experience was routed from NYC, where I was born and a taxi cab driver. I hitchhiked to California in 1973 and was on my way to the "city of love", San Francisco. I knew all about the city of commerce. At Santa Barbara another hitchhiker talked me into going with him to Yosemite National Park. I did. I remember so clearly the experience of going through the florescent-lit Wawona tunnel in the park. For a moment I felt I was back in the familiar tubes of NYC, the Mid-town and Holland tunnels. But the end of the tunnel did not meet cobblestone, congestion, and soot: but the most glorious vision, in a virgin breeze of blue sky, rock, water, pillows of cloud, scented through the veil of glittered mist. The memory makes me cry even now. The next four months was bliss. I was transposed by the awakening of bursting symphonies of spring-meadow, river, flower songs. I was in "The Eternal Moment" (Ecstatic Naturalism)...There was a time when we delightfully laughed and swung holding the secure branches of a tree. From this canopy we could watch from an infinity the world rise by sun and be moved by the thickness of a morning chatter of birds. The glow of sun and subtle breezes ignited incense all around us...we wanted more...dare we...touch the ground (?)...we did... stumbling...
..."if this be indeed the hour in which I lift up my lantern, it is not my flame that shall burn therein. Empty and dark shall I raise my lantern, and the guardian of the night shall fill it with oil and he shall light it also...much in you is still man and much in you is not yet man but a shapeless pigmy that walks asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening...When you reach your height you shall desire only for desire; and you shall hunger, for hunger; and you shall thirst for greater thirst... Would that you could meet the sun and wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, for the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind... Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair...and to both bee and flower, the giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy..."
"...And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , "Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell you among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky... and you vast sea sleepless mother who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream, only another winding will this stream make only another murmur in this glade...It was but yesterday we met in a dream.... and our dream is over... and if our hands should meet in another dream, we shall build another tower in the sky...And behold I have found that which is greater than wisdom. It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself." -Gibran
[God] ain't a he or a she, but a It. It _ain't a picture show. It_ ain't something you can look at part from anything else, including yourself. I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is_or ever was_or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found it....My first step away from the old white man was trees. Then air. Then other people. But one day when I was sitting quiet and feeling like a mother less child, which I was, it come to me: that feeling of being part of everything, not separate at all. I knew that , if I cut a tree my arm would bleed. And I laughed and I cried and run all around the house. I knew just what it was. In fact when it happen you can't miss it. It sort of like you know what, she say, grinning and rubbing high upon my thigh. -Alice Walker (The Color Purple)
"As soon as we allow ourselves to think of the world as alive, we recognize that a part of us knew this all along. It is like emerging from winter into spring. We can begin to reconnect our mental life with our own direct intuitive experiences of nature. We can participate in the spirits of sacred places and times. We can see that we have much to learn from traditional societies who have never lost their sense of connection with the living world around them. We can acknowledge the animistic traditions of our ancestors. And we can begin to develop a richer understanding of human nature, shaped by tradition and collective memory, linked to the earth and the heavens, related to all forms of life, and consciously open to creative power expressed in all evolution. We are reborn into a living world."- Rupert Sheldrake
--SOIL FOR THE SOUL--
"It is not God who will save us, it is we who will save God-- by battling by creating and by transmuting matter into spirit". Nikos Kazantzakis
"The natural world itself is our primary language as it is our primary scripture, our primary awakening to the mysteries of existence. We might well put all our written scriptures on the shelf for twenty years until we learn what we are being told by unmediated experience of the world about us...In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves"-THOMAS BERRY
"...the natural world which radical reflection must seek need be not only pre scientific but pre historical--or, better, pre-historicist". -ERAZIM KOHAK
"...scientific analysis points, curiously, toward the need for a quasi-religious transformation of contemporary cultures."- PAUL EHRLICH
"Change won't come without religions because they are the touchstone of people's deepest motivations," - LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
"...the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious...More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." -LYNN WHITE
"The global warming debate isn't really about science or economics at all. It's actually a question of theology.-RANDALL AMSTER, J.D, Ph.D.
"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -PAUL TILLICH
"If there is one truth more than any other, which life and thought have made us admit, against our prejudices, and even against our will, it is that there is little hope of saving civilization or religion except by the return of contemplatives to the land." -VINCIENT McNABB, O.P.
"This breakaway from the mythic life which linked our species to the natural world, began when the early Hebrews rejected the nature/process stories and rites of their pagan contemporaries for the myth of a single god who, outside the world, reached into his creation, willfully deranging its rhythms, acting arbitrarily, making life a kind of novel, a history". -PAUL SHEPARD
"If you put God outside and set him vis-a-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as out side and against things around you. And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefor not entitled to moral or ethical consideration".-GREGORY BATESON
"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning".-DIARMUID O' MURCHU
"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". -WALTER BRUGGEMANN
"Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself."-MARTIN BUBER
"Yes! We are Created in the Image of God, we have been "thought up" by Creation...We are ..."The Dream of the Earth" (THOMAS BERRY). To be in the World is to be within the infinite Mind of God: "Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself".-(MARTIN BUBER)... "through which we enter into DIVINE SPIRIT: The organic semiotic textures of sensorial rhythms--energy/feeling/viability/vitality/fluidity/reciprocity---that come up out of the unconscious, that are the very spiritual signatures of the near and distant Earth-Universe process itself."-mtc
ECSTATIC NATURALISM/DARK GREEN RELIGION
" THE ECSTATIC MOMENT: NATURE NATURING / BEING-BECOMING "
"Natura naturans are at once in these chaoses the self-fissuring, thus the rending. Differences crackle through them, like hghtenings through a night, quartering the darkness. Differences thus fissure (ceaselessly) natura naturans in all their magnitudes, and, thus fissured, constitute them as domains (as mappings constitute once "uncharted" lands into domains, realms); these same fissurings are as plowings, cultivating natura naturans by rending them (as the plough blades did the prairies), thus rend-erring them seed beds, seminaria." -Guy Woodward 1998
"Nature naturing" represents the vastness of nature which gives birth to "nature natured" (i.e. the multiple orders and complexes of the world). Nature naturing is not only the origin of everything else, but a destination as well, a "not-yet" (Heidegger). The ontological difference between the two dimensions of nature is, for ecstatic naturalism, held open by an abyss, which a person must confront in order to gain meaning of the world...
"...there is a movement from the unconscious, which has its own highly precise form of consciousness, toward an arising of meaning/energy [*biosemiotic potency/vital-force] that has, at first, a shaded or masked contour. Almost like magnetism the two are drawn together, each ecstatic in its own way. So in classical Heideggerian terms we have a standing out of the self [*self-othering//"trans-form"-ation//"the ontological difference"/Novalis: "Seat of the Soul"] that is also the entrance point for a return ecstasy from nature."[font color and bracket content added by mtc.]
-Robert S. Corrington-ECSTATIC NATURALISM
"...DNA does not operate in a vacuum: the genetical heritage is constantly interfacing with our experience and environment.The old question of nature or nurture was always pointless, as the constraints are biological and the opportunities are circumstantial." -Paul Shepard
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