Synchronicity

Synchronicity: a gift of The Holy Spirit that connects with our past to modify the present, and links it to the future. In cosmic terms our here and now is connected to history while it contributes to the creation of where we will be. History is etched into our DNA, a catalyst that helps to modify our conceptual and behavioral patterns. Outside of a spiritual conception it is all just so much accident, selection and transmutation.

I refuse to believe that we are just two-legged biological beings that have evolved through superior abilities to choose, adapt and control our natural habitat. If we are all entities in an evolving process, where are we headed? Over the course of history, we should have accumulated sufficient data to enable us to forecast, at least to the next point in our evolution!

I cannot view our evolution and that of nature around us without without a God, the centre and creator of all things. Only then do “invisible things”, like our conscious and non-tangible thoughts and processes gain credibility. We can even make grandiloquent statements like, “I think, therefore, I exist.” Evolution signifies that we are not stagnant at any time. All of creation is evolving towards a predetermined destination – our perfection. A perfection that is the essence of all perfection. Our point of self-fulfillment – the meeting of the Alpha with Omega

Thoughts on Discernment

Your words on Discernment are both manna and a light “to lead us over crag and torrent, till the night is gone”. Wordsworth could have said, “fair seed-time had my soul and I grew up fostered alike by secularism and a multi-cultural society”, where Eastern nihilistic and devotional traditions conflicted and cancelled each other. So, I gravitated to a C.S.Lewis-like position, where, one path neutralized preconceived notions of the other. I believe (Romans2:1-11) “God has no favorites”. Jesus, Luke11:42-46, said, “Alas for you lawyers, you load on men burdens that are unendurable”. I avoid the penchant for binary thinking; its love for tidiness, pigeon holes, classifications and strict codes. Christian discipleship, difficult though it may be, was not intended to be complicated. Be childlike, in faith, love and the ability for wonder – anyone can do that.

Why then must prayer be a torturous choice between a penetration of the cloud of unknowing with the heart, and of following the way of enlightenment through revelations and traditions? Both desire faith, love, compassion and detachment. When the seed falls it may be nurtured from within; finding within itself the object of its love. Or, as a humble servant, one may seek the beloved as a Divine Thou. Arbitrary stratification may flag a stampede for the monasteries and desert places on the one side, and distress on the other for those who find their devotion somewhat inadequate. That is why I disagree with opinions based on “stratification” and embrace the practice of Discernment that leads to an enriched form of “fundamental disposition”.

A Dilemma

 

Call it a paradox, contradiction, misleading, whatever. Things have a way of confusing us. What one sees as real, often appears as a reality in a different, if not opposing light, to someone else. My literature teacher at school was fond of repeating the story of the two men that looked out of the prison bars; one saw slush and the other stars. This story seemed to have sunk into the sub-conscious, to surface periodically in conversations, without any meaningful significance. The recent history of the middle east was given a fillip when I began to view the contestants’ intransience in this light. A chance to see each other’s point of view might be more sobering for those genuinely intent on ending this contest.

Recently, I have been suffering from depression and anxiety attacks. While I am on prescribed medication, I still have not been able to control the oppressive thought patterns that intrude on normal interactions and situations. Then, “Eureka”, it struck me. Is this what the Jesuits call the “Two Voices”? The Ying and the Yang, the darkness and pure light, inherent goodness and badness, that are all-embracing; indeed, two sides of the same object. Herein lies the efficacy of Discernment.  I can choose to see people and conversations as corrosive and destructive, or, like the saints see the goodness in everything. If it exists, it is an act of God. A God, who I believe, is all goodness, merciful and loving. It is unconceivable that He should cause anything bad for me. It is in the nature of things that they are both good and bad. God does not make them so – He only creates, despite Himself, with love and in perfection.  As Shakespeare somewhere writes, “Nothing is thus or thus, only thinking makes it so”.  It is, therefore, in our minds that we see things as good and bad. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wars; catastrophes both natural and acts by humans could then become objects of contemplation and transformation.