Monday, February 19, 2007

"A Little Human Love"

Hi K,

I'm glad you enjoyed my "web presence" - I figure it's best to use the technology to make something of myself known to potential friends, holistiq business contacts, craigslist-daters , etc. (grin)

Thanks for writing back; I'd love to meet you some time, where do you live / work ? I'm in Berkeley, as you may be aware.

With regard to spirituality, and our connected-ness with "ALL" and with regard to your quotes:
>I become disheartened and discouraged often by the state of our society.
>I do believe in love, painfully so, but a life partner?
>I just don't know anymore to be honest.
>It seems when we focus on a connectedness with everyone, often we
>become slightly asexual.
>Does that make sense?

According to Buddhist tradition, and according to the sometimes painful evidence of our own senses, we are living in the "Kali Yuga" .. the "Iron Age," the last of four Maha-yugas spanning a nearly incomprehensible amount of time, and representing the inevitable and periodic downhill slide from "Golden Age" toward the eventual dissolution of the material universe as we know it .. a cycle that is compared to our own breath .. where the exhalation is nearing its end, and the new intake of breath will be the beginnings of creation for an entirely new Spirito-physical Universe. (physical plane, astral plane, causal plane, etheric plane are some ways of thinking of inter-permeable divisions of manifested Universe .. as opposed to Unmanifest which is beyond any description and outside of "creation.")

So, from this perspective, everything (as usual - smile :) is proceeding along its normal course, all is well and the Gods are in their Heavens (to co-opt a phrase into the service of Pantheism, since I like to think of the Universe as being populated by gods, godesses, and godlets) .. even though I experience the reality of the "One God" theory in a deeper manner .. (Ek Ong Kar Siri Wha Guru Sat Nam : "There is one Creator whose name is Truth. Great is the ecstasy of that Supreme Wisdom") - the essence of Monotheism far predating Christianity.

As we identify with/as Spirit, and release judgments we may have harbored against the Universe, its Creator, our Self, and our Neighbor .. we may approach an equilibrium, a sort of philosophical detachment.. where we Fundamentally and Primarily hold the most Deepset and Unshakable Knowingness that we are All One .. that "injustice" is a perception which is caused by our own delusion (illusion being defines as anything which obscures that One Truth) ..and that our Way as spiritually awakening beings is to act as channels for flowing the higher tones of creative juice (love, bliss, hope, charity) and to transform the lower (fear, anger, greed, despair, attachment, vanity) into the higher and to continue thus to channel the height of creativity .. our purest experience and understanding of Divine Love / Cosmic Love.

Still.. as a man, with human eyes and human heart, it is quite Painfully apparent that the Faeries and other Spirits of the Land have gone on ahead, and are calling all of the more exotic animals and plants along with them into the Forest Primeval.. (the Unmanifest .. a template of reality we can experience as cultural memory, or karmic memory, or perhaps "direct perception" of non-physical reality) and it is only by making an active choice that I can turn toward philosophical / Spiritual detachment..

The fact that I'm not yet perfect in this area, is evidenced by my emotional twinges .. it nearly brings tears to my eyes.. and leaves me to deal with a bit of depressive emotional funk.. when I see the incontrovertible truth of this beautiful planetary ecology being rapidly ruined (I started to write "planet being ruined" yet that is ludicrous, the planet will be perfectly fine after mankind is gone) -anyway, it makes me terribly sad to read (as I have just been) stories of Indigenous peoples' relationship to their World .. their entire cultural existence .. the framework of perfect and nearly incomprehensibly interconnected ecological symbiosis between all plants, animals, and Mankind .. is shattered .. it is dying .. the deepest wisdoms of our species are literally dying out .. and if one wished to transit in emotional tone from despair to rage .. it is easily done, where it is clearly apparent that genocide and cultural extermination are merely tools used by the least human of humans to gain dominion over lands which had been so perfectly and intimately populated by the web of life which included those wise enough to live as part of that web, rather than its despoilers.

Very, deeply sad, what do we do with such sadness?

it is a long story.. it is not your or my story; we may take on any set of feelings or activities in relationship to the sad stories of the phenomenal world .. as we have done through past incarnations, and shall be expected to do again.. we must persevere in retaining / regaining spiritual detachment.. knowing that we might just as well be on the other side of the fence; the ones viewed as pillager, who is exactly the same as we are, a Spiritual being having a human experience.

the lover and the beloved are One as all Creation is One

What we can do, is choose first of all to rise to the level of our spiritual essence; to gain some equilibrium by practicing the channeling of 'higher consciousness' in terms of placing ourselves in states of forgiveness, compassion, etc .. and thus moving out of judgment, pain, etc, and then see if we can make a difference supporting what we believe to be ways to bring or sustain beauty, truth, freedom, and similar high ideals into our daily walk of life .. somehow, if I can, I would like to make a difference in preserving some of the beauty of this planet and the cultures which are profoundly in tune with their local ecosystems ... so that these things do not pass away during my lifetime, as it appears they may !

Relationships .. ecology .. sustainability, perhaps no coincidence that these concepts are rolling around together here.. for the spiritually awakening individual, lusty human love must take on the aspect of a sustainable ecology in order to survive and thrive The ecology of sustainable intimate and sexual relationship between woman and man takes up many books, and walls full of books, even.

You mention
>I do believe in love, painfully so, but a life partner?
>I just don't know anymore to be honest.
>It seems when we focus on a connectedness with everyone, often we
>become slightly asexual.
>Does that make sense?

First thing last, sure that makes sense from some perspectives.. and for those who dedicate themselves full-time to spiritual studies, it is commonly accepted that celibacy is part and parcel thereof.. it sure can seem like it must be easier just to renounce the fire of lusty human love in favor of the warm glow of divine love ... yet, Life is so arranged that it may not be necessary .. in fact it may be that the attractions and powerful experiences of human love can, with careful cultivation, bring lovers a fine yield of mutual mirroring of divine love.

So, what I'm feeling the desire for, in terms of love and partnership.. is (like everyone else from my viewpoint) basically motivated from the spiritual sense of longing to be re-united with the Divine .. that is the $0.02 synopsis. A spiritual partnership between lovers and helpmates who share some common visions and goals is something that might be sustainable, given PLENTY of love, forgiveness, compassion, etc -- and keeping in check those "lower" states of mental / emotional tone.

What is love? (back to those shelves, even libraries full of books on the topic ;) Essentially, we have our emulation of Divine Love -which is completely unconditional and unceasing; the Sun shines on the wicked exactly as it does on the saintly.

And so, in our hypothetical lifelong love partnership - we must take this as our basic cue, we must pour out unceasing unconditional love (to the best of our ability !) -and be always aware that this is our goal in terms of our beloved (who is a fellow spiritual being, another ray of the same divine sun, essentially as we identify our Self with the Divine, the Beloved and the Lover are One) -so there is a sort of alchemy of transforming the raw substance of human lust, love, desire for acceptance, etc, into a reflection of divine love.. yet without the passion of human love, we are perhaps missing one form of fuel that propels us toward the divine.

Finding a balance between living a profoundly human experience, including savoring the sensual delights is another topic on which countless discourse has been recorded. The Bauls and Sufis have a history filled with beautiful poetic expression of the living allegory of human love and divine love, and how the one prepares and leads us into the other. Some of my favorites of these mystic poets include Kabir, Rumi, Gibran, Tagore.

This is by Kahlil Gibran, from a book I first read as a young teenager .. sadly I did not put this into practice as well as might be hoped, in terms of its purpose as a little bit of guideline toward the ecology of sustainable human love relationships.. perhaps I'll do better next time (smile)

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow. --

The first line of the bit above is something like what brings people into the idea of "soulmates" My own (uh.. feeling? intuition? knowledge?) in this area is that clearly there is no one individual who is our one and only soulmate; and even more so, we are complete in and of ourselves (as human beings) and are positively not in need of nor in any real fashion amenable to having some other human "complete" us .. as some of the wounded-duck humans might quack about (grin) BUT - as we Spirits/ Souls go thru lifetime after lifetime as humans, we develop affinities for others of our immortal kind .. and tend to reincarnate so as to be family, tribe members, and so on. This accounts for some of the inexplicable part of "attraction" - which may be operating as a mutual recognition of a member of the same band of immortal travelers.

-well, this has become overly long ! Please don't be surprised to see the text I've written blogged .. I'm trying to write more often, and you've offered some excellent inspiration, for which I thank you =:-)

warm wishes, David Hartley www.holistiq.com www.holistiq.zaadz.com

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