Archive for January, 2014

94 – The Ultimate Transformation …

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Why to write, once again, about Death? Because unlike what we are taught, Death can be Beautiful … the ultimate Transformation … and because we don’t know much about it.

Even with the promises of organized religions … outlandish as they are and hard to swallow … we still think of Death as an inevitable ending. And add to that a dominant economic philosophy that pressures us to enjoy life to the fullest by filling it with possessions and occupying every thinking moment with banality and pleasure, and so we have come to suspend understanding.

It is thus we don’t know how to deal with the only sure thing we have in Life: That Life as we feel it, as we live it, as we know it … the physical and emotional experience of it … must end.

But the incontestable Facts that we are transforming presences in the chain of Being, interconnected and evolved through instants and eons of bonding and reproduction, and emerging out of an ancient and creative Process with the clear purpose to transform ourselves and our world until merging back again … albeit changed … with the same Process from which we emerged, are never taught to us.

Nothing teaches us that we come into being out of the stuff of the earth … for a fleeting instant in the scheme of galaxies and an eternity in the scheme of the atomic particles … with the purpose to perpetuate That which gives us life.

Nothing teaches us that with every step we take we advance, inexorably, towards the unavoidable meeting with the indescribable: The ever unfolding Process that creates Life to create itself.

Nothing teaches us that the significance of what we do with Life will be the measure of our re-emergence into higher realms of existence.

Think of Darwin, Einstein, Da Vinci, Beethoven. How the significance of their lives … their insights, their creations … is still with us, challenging our understanding, filling us with wonder and emotion, altering the make up of our brains.

The Primordial Process from which we flittingly emerge into Life is unbending about our ultimate dissolution yet bends to incorporate us back into its unfolding, but only in equal measure to the significance of our existence.

Imagine how different we would be if we learn early in our upbringing that the energy we create with the whirlwind of our lives can be flung … in equal measure to its significance … to re-emerge as a transforming presence into higher realms of the unfolding Process!

Death is but a Gate into the ultimate Transformation.

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93 – The Crux and the Beauty of Being Human …

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Crux of being Human is that we know we fundamentally are, like most animals, supporting our development through mostly unconscious instincts, like the metabolic processes that regulate our growth.

Metabolism, as we understand it, is the life-sustaining chemical processes in living organisms by which food is used for energy production. In other words, Metabolism (from the Greek metabole, which means Change) is the instinctive exchange between absorption and production of energy sources through which we fuel our existence and interact with environments. Although the exchange is mostly instinctive, what is absorbed is relatively maintained in balance with what is produced, and vice versa. This balancing process – one always a measure of the other – is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

The Beauty of being Human is that, due to the benefits of the relatively stable environment of the planet for extended periods of time plus the inherent survival ingenuity of living organisms, we have been able to turn our capacity for instinctive self-reflection into a capacity for conscious self-awareness: to willfully and thoughtfully monitor and adjust the exchange of energy sources for self-determined purposes, i.e. building muscle, losing weight, deciding to direct life’s energy to attain specific results.

So the Beauty of being Human is that from being driven mostly by unconscious instincts, we have evolved the capacity of being consciously self-reflective beings. And the Crux of being Human is that as consciously self-reflective beings, we seem unable to accept the Fact that the continuation of our evolution is, as it is for most animals, dependent on the beneficial environment that supports our development.

Revised November 2019   

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