For thirty years now, I have believed three related truths; that the exploding global crisis we are obviously in is, in essence, an evolutionary crisis, on whose outcome depends the future of the human race and a great deal of the natural world; that this evolutionary crisis is a mystical crisis with two phases, that of the dark night process and the potential Birth that it makes possible of an embodied divine humanity; that the birthing force of this new humanity is Sacred Activism, the marriage of profound and universal spiritual stamina, faith, passion, compassion, and urgent inspired wise action in every realm of Earth life.
Everything I have done and written has been dedicated to this vision and I hold passionately and doggedly to it because I know it isn’t my vision but the one I have been entrusted with to live, honor, make available and protect, whatever the difficulty and resistance that inevitably arise in world drunk on scientific fundamentalism, cheap new age mysticism and governed by increasingly dissociated ruthless elites.
For thirty years too I have known that I and everyone else would be plunged into the burning core of this crisis, that there would be a Great Event that made this horrible danger and the standing possibility obvious to those with eyes to see and hearts to feel.
That Great Event is now here fanning out in terror and anguish and radical bewilderment and affecting everyone and everything in the escalating Corona virus pandemic. Kali has started her great crucifixion resurrection dance and She will not relent now until millions of us are radically transformed and put what we learned through this global tragedy into real urgent radical action, or the human race will die out soon and take a vast part of the natural world with it.
Three years ago, the Dali Lama said to a group of us, “We must all realize that the human race has created a situation in which its extinction is possible. Those of us who understand this must prepared ourselves and others for the very worst, while continuing to work tirelessly for the very best.”
In his latest extraordinary book A Call for Revolution, the Dali Lama makes this starkly clear with a vehemence that is almost shocking in its intensity all the more shocking because it comes from someone who has dedicated his life to inspiring and encouraging the world.
In the last few years a new theme and vision has possessed my heart and soul. Inspired by the great evolutionary mystics, Bede Griffiths, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Satprem. I have come to understand viscerally that what the human race is undergoing is far more even that a radical and painful transformation; it is nothing less than a species mutation, nothing less than an agonizing and terrifying transition from one kind of species into another that will bear as much resemblance to our current chaotic and desolate state as Mozart does to a chimpanzee.
Humanity, as Aurobindo famously said is an unfinished venture and the adventure the virus has plunged us into will either destroy us or transfigure us in ways that none of us can truly imagine. This has led me to plunge into the mystical tradition’s understanding of what I call the Engoldenment Process.
At the heart of all of the mystical systems I have discovered is the greatest secret of all; that humanity is destined to become an Embodied Divine Humanity and that as my greatest teacher Bede Griffiths said, “The second coming will not be the return of an individual avatar, but the rising of the golden yeast of Embodied Christ Consciousness in millions of beings to birth the Kingdom/Queendom on the Earth."
I am under no illusions whatever how hard and brutal and frightening this species transition already is and will continue to be. I am under no illusions either about how nothing is certain about this birth because it depends on millions of us understanding it, aligning with its fierce laws and rising in adult dignity and commitment to collaborate consciously with the evolutionary will of the Divine.
I hold in my consciousness two previously unimaginable opposites; on the one hand the possible even likely extinction of humanity and on the other, the potential for our unimaginable birth of a new embodied divine humanity, the mutation realized and resplendent.
Everything I am and everything I do will be dedicated for as long as I live to attempted to live this mutation as far as I can and to offer to anyone who wants it what I am learning on what is revealing itself to me as the greatest adventure of all.
Let us imagine three related realizations coming together to create a new world; the realization that massive structural change on every level is now essential; the realization that there is a force on the earth, Sacred Activism, that is arising to give us the wisdom and strength to pursue and ground such changes; the realization that this great revolution is part of an even greater mutation of our species into one that could work consciously with and in the divine to co create a wholly new way of being and doing everything.
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