Repost: December 2, 2011; Author: Carl Golden
of the Dragon is ancient and evergreen -- perennially
emerging within the spiraling evolutionary progression of life and
culture. Although the Way is primordial, it is likely that it was
first given cultural expression in ancient Animism.
The Animistic worldview, which is
the original thesis of human culture, is profoundly respectful of Nature because
Animists worshipped the powerful numinous in Nature. The world was deeply spiritual and personal. All of our distant ancestors
walked and talked with the gods, goddesses, and fellow creatures
of land, sea, and sky. They revered the Dragon, and Life was enchanted
and beautiful. However, there was much ignorance, superstition,
brutality, and fear of our environs, too, that created much suffering.
As human knowledge and technology
advanced, most societies around the globe progressively abandoned
-- more or less -- the Animistic paradigm, which had become overly burdened
with superstitions, and embraced more rational explanations of reality.
The epitome of the rational explanation is the scientific paradigm,
which is the antithesis of the animistic view because it has historically
viewed reality in merely materialistic terms. The rational paradigm
radically changed the world through scientifically generated knowledge
and technology that gave us more control over our environments and
enriched our lives in many ways: materially, economically, socially,
artistically, intellectually, etc.
Today, however, we have begun to
realize that we threw the baby out with the bath water, which is
to say we threw enchantment out with superstition. The rational,
materialistic worldview is too reductionistic to appreciate the
Sacred, which is essential to our physical, emotional,
mental, spiritual, and ecological health. Rational materialism is
prone to reducing trees to board feet and people to units of production.
This worldview fundamentally alienates us from the roots of our
humanity. Indeed, it is sickening our souls, eroding our political
and social discourse, and destroying the Web of Life.
Consequentially, more and more people
are hungering for a deeper, spiritual way to live -- a way that
feeds the soul, nurtures the heart, inspires the mind, and respects
the precious communion that is the Web of Life. The way forward
must be a transcendantal synthesis of sacred enchantment and rational
science. Ironically, science has recently begun to discover phenomena
that reveal fundamental and universal principles of consciousness,
interiority, and communion, which are hallmarks of ancient Animism.
We are beginning to understand at the subatomic level that the creative
genius of the Cosmos is implicated in the self-emerging Cosmic order
itself. As the Animists knew intuitively, the Rationalists are discovering
empirically: the material is spiritual. Nature is the body of the divine.
Natural Philosophy and Spiritual Praxis Re-envisioned
Repost: December 2, 2011; Author: Carl Golden
Over the last 35 years, I sought
experiences, insight, knowledge, and wisdom to aid me in my own
journey of maturation and discovery. Consequentially, my life
became a gestation of religious, spiritual, psychological, ecological,
evolutionary, social, political and cultural information. Now,
this long gestation is giving birth to a new synthesis of natural
philosophy and spiritual praxis.
This new synthesis recognizes that
Nature and Psyche are correllates -- as goes one, so goes the
other. Ugly, hostile people will produce ugly, hostile environments,
and vice versa. So, it is important that we align ourselves with
truth, beauty, and goodness, which arise as basic functional patterns
of health and wisdom.
Indeed, functional patterns are
reiterated throughout the Cosmos with primordial congruency. For
instance, the viabilityof an atom is sustained by energetic forces,
which constitute boundaries that define appropriate relations
with other atoms and space itself. Such is the case for molecules,
cells, organelles, organisms, species, societies, ecosystems,
biomes, the biosphere, solar systems, galaxies, and our psyches,
too. There are numerous other correlating patterns, and understanding
these patterns and honoring their respective and related functions
is important, especially in fostering health and wisdom.
These patterns and systems of patterns
are local and temporal forms of consciousness. Atoms are
atomic consciousness. Molecules are molecular consciousness.
Cells are cellular consciousness. Humans are
human consciousness. Everything is aware because everything
is an expression of, a participant in, and related through an
absolute ground or field of pure being-energy-awareness, which
is commonly referred to as God.
This view has enormous implications
for natural philosphy and spiritual praxis, especially in regard
to evolution, which can no longer be understood only in terms
of natural history. Evolution is sacred story, as well. It is
the modern myth of creation and of divine incarnation. It is the
story of how Spirit is having Cosmic experiences, and how the
Cosmos is spiritually awakening.