Archive for November, 2019

232 – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? …

Friday, November 15th, 2019

 

Update on my ongoing quest to find answers to a set of questions I believe are the most profound challenge posed to the human mind. The questions are the title of the above painting by Paul Gauguin.

Where do we come from?

We emerge out of a primordial, self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending, living Source; a phenomenon whose onward movement we call Evolution. But Evolution is just the progression through which the primordial Source unfolds into higher and higher orders of complexity and order. And since its progression is measurable, its creativity discernible, its self-generation evident, its power immensurable, some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand. And since its evolution manipulates us and it can be manipulated, some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just its manifestation into diverse, myriad forms. And since we can only imagine its beginning as an explosion out of nowhere, some of us call it the Big Bang, but that was merely the emergence of one of its myriad manifestations.

And since the Source thrives in us – in our desires, in our fears, in the pulse of primal blood in our veins, in the rhythmic beat of our hearts, in our inborn urge to bond and re-generate, in our compelling instincts to adapt and survive, in our boundless ingenuity and creativity, in our constant creation and regeneration of the organic systems with which we share our existence, in our self-reflective contemplation of self-reflection – some of us call it Life, but although we emerge from Life, thrive in Life, are changed by being alive, Life remains beyond our comprehension; perhaps it always will.

What are we?

Infinitesimally small when perceived from the dimension of the stars and immense when perceived from the dimension of the atoms, we are manifestations of a primal Source that imprints us from the moment of Becoming with the mandate to bond, self-organize, re-generate, self-regulate, adapt, survive, transform, thus ensuring our participation in the renewal and perpetuation of its onward movement.

And although driven by primal instincts while developing amid physical laws that regulate our internal and external environments, we are nonetheless endowed with a degree of freedom to choose, to see beyond immediacy, to transform ourselves and our world. We are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Pregnant with the possibilities of a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world, yet limited by our internal and external environments, we forge ahead until we no longer can; we forge ahead until the inexorable moment when we must begin the disintegration of our physical body and the re-integration into the unfolding Source.

Like everything in Nature, human beings have evolved through the developmental steps taken in our evolution as a species. Each step building upon the ones taken before. Each step with its degree of significance. Some steps may affect immediate progeny, some may affect entire generations, some may affect not only the course of our evolution but Evolution itself. This is Transcendence, the reaching out beyond our lives, but its significance is measured by

what we imagine,

what we create,

what we destroy,

what we take,

what we give to the world.

And thus we transcend in equivalent measure to the significance of what we do with our lives. 

Think of Einstein – how his ideas live among us, opening new visions of the Universe and challenging our understanding of Reality; think of Darwin – how his theory of Evolution live among us, stimulating research in the origins of Life; think of Mandela and Gandhi – how their courage live among us, inspiring pacifist rebellion against the tyranny of unaccountable power; think of Socrates – how his method of inquiry live among us, stimulating discussion about ourselves and our world; think about motherhood – how its wonder live among us, recreating Life by gestating Life in the womb of mothers; think of Gauguin – how his haunting and profound questions live among us, daring us to search for answers. These individuals live among us in our progression towards complexity, in the greater reaches of our perception, in the heightened insights of conscious self-reflection; they live among us reminding us of our ancestry and the impact they made on every step we take; they live among us challenging and transforming our understanding of the unfolding phenomenon from which we emerge; they live among us helping us move forward in the transcendental process of Becoming, making us more daring in our visions of the future, more aware of what is right and what is wrong, more self-conscious about the struggles and wonders of existence. And as the significance of the lives of these individuals transcends into our lives, so we can transcend into the unfolding of the Future.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? We emerge out of a primordial, self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending, living Source.

WHAT ARE WE? We are sources of Transformation.

WHERE ARE WE GOING? Back to the living Source from which we emerged but in equal measure to the significance of our lives.

TRANSCENDENCE IS A MEASURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXISTENCE.

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231 – To Render the Invisible Visible

Friday, November 1st, 2019

To increase the chances for survival, our early ancestors blunted the reach of their senses to focus on Immediacy – threats, nurture, self-perpetuation. And so we survived, but somehow enfeebled by lacking the awareness of an immense part of the world: the world of the molecules in the air we breathe and without which we could not live; the world of the waves that penetrate our ears and create the patterns of sound; the world of the atomic particles that transform into images in the retina of our eyes, the world of energy currents that entice the imagination through the labyrinths of the brain.

Although molecules, sound waves, and atomic particles are microscopic, the organized patterns they collectively create as they interact with our bodies are as real as we are, but they have become invisible to us. And so it is that we don’t see the connections they forge, nor the patterns they create, nor the transformations they go through; we don’t see how they interact with each other and with our immediate world, nor how they organize the world inside of us, nor how they fathom the world of our imagination.

There is nothing more present in our lives than the air we breathe. We feel its touch in the softness of an afternoon breeze or its power in the harshness of stormy weather; we feel it in its changes in temperature, in its humidity, in its dryness, yet it is invisible to us.

And so it is with the physical phenomenon of sound: How it modulates the waves that travel through a medium like air or water to create the intelligible information that assists us to understand and respond to our world, yet they are invisible to us.

Or the quite common phenomenon we experience when we focus our attention on a person and have that person sense us and look back at us. The force that is projected and sensed by the other person is a physical, measurable, detectable force, yet it is invisible to us.

By failing to recognize our limitations we are failing to understand that we are incomplete.

And so, by recognizing how far we have progressed in our evolution yet how incomplete we are by being unaware of our interconnectedness with the natural world, we may attain the capacity, if not to see the microscopic components, then to render the world of the connections they forge, the patterns they create, the transformations they go through,     visible.

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