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Opening To Greater Life

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Opening To Greater Life
by Thomas Berry

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2560.jpgTell them something new is happening, a new vision, a new energy, a new sacred story is coming into being in the transition from one era to another.

Tell them in the darkness of this time, a vast transformation is occurring in the depths of human consciousness, which is leading to the recovery of the soul, the earth, the universe and a sense of the sacred …

Tell them that they must develop the inner vision that we need if we are to make the adjustments required for a viable future. Our existential questions must now be: How do we relate to the earth and to the universe? Our most basic issue is how we bond with the earth.

And tell them they will meet great companions along the way, including those that burrow in the soil, fly in the air and swim in the sea…

Tell them to seek their own role in the larger evolutionary process: tell them that humans are always in the process of becoming, always “opening to greater life,” if they can learn to see it. Tell them the greatest need is to develop a sensitivity to recognize the inner promptings that emerge from the depths of one’s own being where the sacred reality resides…

Above all, tell them to practice an intimate presence to the beauty and wonder of the natural world through their intuitive awareness that recognizes the oneness of all life; tell them to stop and enlarge moments throughout their days to become aware of the mysteries and miracles of creation all around them – the movement of a squirrel, the sound of a bird, the pattern of a leaf, changing patterns of light, the sun, the rain, the stars, dawn and sunset. Tell them we are not ourselves without everything and everyone else.

Tell them to remember the great seasons and cycles of life. In moments of intimacy with the natural world they will recover the lost sense of the sacred in the human-earth relationship. And they will be participating in the evolution of a new consciousness on earth that can overcome the mental fixations of our times expressed in radical division between humans and the natural world. A mutually enhancing relationship will then become possible as the communion of all things is understood.

About the Author: Before his passing, when Thomas Berry was asked for words for future generation, above was his response. Quoted in Carolyn Toben‘s Recovering a Sense of the Sacred.

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What does ‘opening to greater life’ mean to you? Can you share an experience of a time you were able to evolve a mutually enhancing relationship through a recovery of the sense of the sacred in the human-earth relationship? What helps you practice communion with all things?
+Jagdish+P+Dave wrote: How do I relate to the earth makes a significant difference in living my life. If I view the earth as a collection of matter to be used for my personal selfish gain the future looks very dismal and d…
David Doane wrote: For me, opening to greater life means to become aware that all life is one life, and human life participates in the one life. I began to be aware long ago that all life is one and all life is sacred,…
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For One Day of Freedom

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Anna Breytenbach: The Animal Communicator

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The Moth: All These Wonders

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The Moth: All These Wonders

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Painting with Mom

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The Exquisite Risk

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The Exquisite Risk
by Mark Nepo

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2555.jpgAt any moment, if quiet enough and open enough, we can drop into the fabric of existence in which everything, even pain, has its vivid signature of energy that we call, at different times, truth or beauty or peace.

It’s from this ground of being that we know and feel the unseeable web of connection between all life. It is from here that we see more clearly, below the tensions of our wants and disappointments.

The exquisite risk that St. John speaks of is twofold: the risk to still our own house so that Spirit can come through, so that we might drop into the vital nature of things, and the risk to then let that beautiful knowing inform our days.

The risk is exquisite because it holds open the veil before which is hell-on-earth and behind which is heaven-on-earth. For without knowing and feeling our connection to all life, the patterns of experience seem to make no sense. From within that knowing connection though, we can feel the tug and pull of everything alive. This does not eliminate pain, but distributes its acuteness, the way a net softens the impact of a fall. Without this feeling of connection, we bump through life blindly, startled by the suddenness of things. With it, we can place ourselves in a landscape teeming with meaning, just waiting to be lived into. The exquisite risk is a doorway, that lets us experience the extraordinary in the ordinary. It’s always near. Truth opens it. Love opens it. Humility opens it. And if stubborn, pain will intensify to open it. Sadness can open it, if felt to its center. Silence and time can open it, if we enter them and don’t just watch them.

In the same way that watching the surface of water can be mesmerizing and yet it does not reveal what waits below, the busyness and drama of the world can keep us from going below the surface of the very moments that are ours to enter. In my life, I have known truth and beauty and peace to be ever-present companions that I often sit beside, bemoaning their absence.

So often, the risk that leads to revelation and then courage is, at first, a very quiet threshold that we must dare to cross, through which life waits like a secret hidden in the open. The quiet risk somehow reminds us that there is nothing between us, nothing between the oceans and our hearts, between the sands and our eyes, between the infinite sufferings and splendors that make up the breathing world of life on earth.

About the Author: Mark Nepo is a poet, teacher, storyteller and author. Excerpt from his book, The Exquisite Risk.

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How do you relate to the notion of the quiet threshold across which life awaits us, hidden in the open? Can you share a personal story of a time you crossed such a threshold? What helps you feel the tug and pull of everything alive?
+Jagdish+P+Dave wrote: For living authentically and fully, we need to be quiet , clear and open to see and relate to the beauty and receive the blessings of life, to hear the silnce of sound. If I keep myself bound by the …
David Doane wrote: The quiet threshold across which life awaits us is real for me. I don’ know what to call Life, so I’ll call it Ultimate Being, which is for me the Ground out of which the hustle and bustle, the ups a…
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