I came across this quote from a book entitled, The Hope: A Guide to Spiritual Activism by Andrew Harvey. Harvey was an editor for Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, as well as the founder of the Institute for Spiritual Activism.
The Hope articulates what Einstein and the Party have enabled us to do. Einstein’s Maps of Human Consciousness guide us into the root of the reflections that we see as the physical world. With clear instructions on how to take action and align our energy with Compassion, the Maps become a road map for manifesting the greatest good possible in any situation. Conflict REVOLUTION gives us the inspiration to take that liberating but sometimes difficult journey into the mirror of our own shadows.
Harvey explains in The Hope why just “living in the light” without a journey into our darkness is only half the process:
Those who follow the path of radical embodiment that contact with the Transcendent will initially experience chaos in our understanding of ourselves and the world. It will demand that we take a descent into our own and the world’s shadow and uncover and become conscious of the personal and collective forces of evil and destructiveness.
In a time as drastic as ours, union with the Transcendent alone, without the descent that marries our light with our most chaotic impulses and to the depths of the body, will not and cannot be enough. We have seen through human history how mystics of all traditions have used bliss and gnosis as a kind of subtle heroin, as an intoxication that allows to dismiss the body and all earthly realities as “illusion” and so leave them untransformed.
The marriage that the Dalai Lama spoke of between our left and right brains, between the outer and inner sciences, between the vigor of matter and the fresh waters of the spirit, between the body and soul can only take place through a descent into everything that disturbs this marriage. The great hope that we discover if we dare to follow this path is that this union of opposites, although difficult, frustrating, bewildering, and sometimes painful is not impossible; the great birthing energies and incessant grace of the Divine Light itself guide, protect, sustain and nourish us through everything.
To discover and live this embodied truth is worth every suffering and every ordeal. It is the secret gift, even the purpose, of the crisis we are all living through together: The greatest darkness constellates the most powerful, answering light; the greatest threat constellates the most impassioned energy of creativity.
Let us imagine together what humble, divine human beings, born into this marriage of peace and passion, could effect as instruments of God in the world.
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism © 2009 Andrew Harvey, Hay House Publications
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