A Priest with Cosmic Vision: Richard Rohr Resonating with the Law of One

Coherence and Belonging
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The following is from Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr. The source is this: https://cac.org/coherence-and-belonging-2019-02-19/

 

 

The kind of wholeness I’m describing as the Universal Christ is a forgotten treasure of the Christian Tradition that our postmodern world no longer enjoys and even vigorously denies. I always wonder why, after the rise of rationalism in the Enlightenment, Westerners would prefer such incoherence. I thought we had agreed that coherence, pattern, and some final meaning were good. But intellectuals in the last century have denied the existence and power of such great wholeness—and in Christianity, we have made the mistake of limiting the Creator’s presence to just one human manifestation, Jesus.

The implications of our selective seeing have been massively destructive for history and humanity. Creation was deemed profane, a pretty accident, a mere backdrop for the real drama of God’s concern—which we narcissistically assumed is always and only us humans. It is impossible to make individuals feel sacred inside of a profane, empty, or accidental universe. This way of seeing makes us feel separate and competitive, striving to be superior instead of deeply connected and in search of ever-larger circles of union.

I believe God loves things by becoming themGod loves things by uniting with them, not by excluding them. Through the act of creation, God manifested the eternally out-flowing Divine Presence into the physical and material world. Ordinary matter is the hiding place for Spirit and thus the very Body of God. Honestly, what else could it be, if we believe—as orthodox Jews, Christians, and Muslims do—that “one God created all things”? Since the very beginning of time, God’s Spirit has been revealing its glory and goodness through the physical creation. So many of the Psalms assert this, speaking of “rivers clapping their hands” and “mountains singing for joy.” When Paul wrote, “There is only Christ. He is everything and he is in everything” (Colossians 3:11), was he a naïve pantheist or did he really understand the full implication of the Gospel of Incarnation?

God seems to have chosen to manifest the invisible in what we call the “visible,” so that all things visible are the revelation of God’s endlessly diffusive spiritual energy. Once a person recognizes that, it is hard to ever be lonely in this world again.

Gateway to Presence:
If you want to go deeper with today’s meditation, take note of what word or phrase stands out to you. Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its impact and invitation.

Adapted from Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe (Convergent: 2019), 15-17.

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My email to Richard this morning:

Beautiful meditation today. As science is discovering more and more, pansychism—that the Universe is alive and conscious—is what the mystical religious intuition has always known. That God pours Godself into Creation as Creation means that everything must be a holon of God. And then there is the indwelling aspect to Spirit, too. Everything is interpenetrating into each other. A unified fabric of diverse holons—all ontologically equal since they share divine essence. Paul says this clearly and as you say, how could it possibly be otherwise? 
 
From the perspective of  Spiral Dynamics, I wonder if this kind of gnosis is Yellow moving into Turquoise. Some teachers of SD hold that the second tier is the first tier come to cosmic vision. The Purple level sees that everything is a god or an individual spirit. Christianity throws out that kind of animism preferring panentheism. Yet, Yellow-Turquoise sees that everything is individuated access points or interfaces of the One Spirit. This kind of seeing honors both pantheism and panentheism together. Like Paul did right from the beginning. 
 
Blessings for you and the CAC today
 
Doug

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