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Cosmic Christ    More | Link | FOCUS
"True mysticism is not, and cannot be, a private affair. It is by nature redemptive, as Christ is, and so we must become Christ, enacting the resurrection of the living Cosmic Christ in our beings and then our actions, to transform society and bring healing to all its suffering, broken parts through love, imagination, peacemaking, and environmental, moral, and social justice."
Restoring the mystical mind of compassion (the Christian work of love) can bring a global renaissance to the entire world, including every aspect of society, from religion to sexuality, from peace-making and disarmament to mentoring the young.
The Cosmic Christ is the Logos.
The Cosmic Christ IS "The One".
The Cosmic Christ is "the pattern that connects" (in the words of anthropologist Gregory Bateson, in "Steps to an Ecology of Mind", and quoted by Matthew Fox in "The Coming of the Cosmic Christ")
The Cosmic Christ is the pattern that interconnects everything that is. It is the pattern that holds the Oneness of being.
Human beings can incarnate or become the Cosmic Christ in their own personal being, by becoming attuned to the divine template or divine pattern.
"Logos designates the power of 'reason;' the pattern or order of things; the principle of relationship; and an articulation of something."
In general, the Logos has the following meanings: 1.) Order or pattern. 2.) Ratio or proportion. 3.) A discourse, articulation or account, even a 'sermon.' 4.) Reason, both in the sense of rationality and in the sense of an articulation of the cause of something. 5.) Principle or cause (logoi=principles, ratios, reasons). 6.) A principle of mediation and harmony between extremes."
Let us contemplate the one simple nature of that peaceful unity which joins all things to itself and to each other, preserving them in their distinctiveness and yet linking them together in a universal and unconfused alliance. Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works - John Farina, Editor-in-Chief
DESIDERATA    More | Link | Focus
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither by cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here.
Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Dialogue    More | Link | Focus
We must bring people together from every point of view, and support an open and respectful dialogue among them, regardless of differences.
We must not close our dialogue to those who disagree with us, or take a different position or point of view.
Everyone is welcome into the dialogue who will honor the principles of dialogue.
Divine Feminine - The Goddess    More | Link | FOCUS
The energies of the divine feminine have been repressed or denied throughout history. Today, they are emerging again in significant ways.
We must work together to unite the energies of the feminine and the masculine spirit.
The great feminine figures of spirituality and religion can be understood as representatives of a universal spiritual force.
A balance between the feminine and the masculine energies is an essential part of spiritual and cultural health.
The Divine is neither he nor she, male or female, yet holds qualities of both.
"Deep feminism" is a way of perceiving and thinking that follows the interconnectedness of all being and that knows as its base the depth of this interconnectedness.
Everything is connected to everything else    More | Link | Focus
Everything is interconnected through "the pattern that connects" (in the words of epistemologist Gregory Bateson).
All things are One. The sense of individuation is a human perception, that creates "duality". We do need to think in terms of "the many", but from an absolute point of view, the Many IS the One.
The "patterns that connects" can be interpreted as the "Cosmic Christ" -- perhaps as an interpretation of the words "I am the vine, ye are the branches".
Gather the Women - Save the World    More | Link | FOCUS
Women bring life forward. Women are in touch with the cycles of life and function in a context that is deeply relational. Women have the capacity to generate creative solutions that benefit all life on the planet.
Women are creating a rich exchange of cultural values to dissolve the ties that bind us to the illusion that one segment of our human family can win while another loses.
Women are contributing to a new collective wisdom and we are lending our strength to that which we wish to embrace. From this emerging balance is being born a new dimension of our humanity.
If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known. (Matthew Arnold)
Many experts, male and female, have acknowledged that the missing element in our social context has been the full participation of the Feminine Principle. Women are the Feminine embodied. Women are conscious that through their individual talents, skills and presence contribute to the evolution of all of humanity, individual and collective.
Global Healing    More | Link | FOCUS
We are living at a pivotal time in the evolution of humanity.
All over the planet a shift in consciousness is happening which is leading to an awakening and realization of our interdependence and interconnectedness.
We are aware that the illusion of separation which has given rise to many of the global issues that we currently face is dissolving and being replaced with an awareness of the unity within diversity and our common inheritance as children of the One Source/Spirit.
We are all individualized expressions of the One and have our unique gifts/talents to contribute as a service to the world.
We are the ones that we've been waiting for and our time is NOW.
Global Oneness - We are all One    More | Link | FOCUS
Love is the universal force that interconnects everything.
All that is - is One.
There is a "universal template of being". This is what the Bible means when it says "We are made in the likeness and image of God."
If we are "All One" -- that includes everybody -- not just the people I like, or the people who share my beliefs or ideas. It includes those I must strive against, and, if I have them, my enemies.
We are responsible to each other, the earth, and future generations.
There are enough resources for us all, if we share.
Free exchanges of information allow for greater, collective creative potential.
Love, care and compassion have the power to transform the fabric of society.
Indigenous Wisdom / Humanisation / Matriarchy    More | Link | FOCUS
God’s (good) life is being shaped by the creative necessities of organic interconnectedness of all being.
Humane Culture in each generation helps to let emerge empathetic mindfulness during the process of individuation of their children.
Transcendent knowledge is being acquired by unadulterated experience at any stage of the individual learning process.
The genuine learning process leads to a natural self-understanding within the respective socio-ecological context.
Councils of Wisdom, the wisest and oldest members of society help to maintain the equilibrium between societies and Nature.
Joint co-operation, mutual understanding, creative flexibility and empathic mindfulness shape and support a genuine humane way of life.
Polarity always is reciprocally complementing the Integrity of Unity: The Union Of All or Creative Conviviality.
Resonance within the Union of All entails Creativity of Natural Evolution.
The consequences of global realisation of the new paradigm will be a divine humanity within the Garden of Eden.
Namaste    More | Link | Focus
The divine resides within you, and the divine resides within me.
When the divine within me honors or unites with the divine within you, you and I become one. This is the principle of Namaste.
The union of namaste connects people "horizontally", from person to person. But it also connects each individually "vertically", directly to the universal.
New Paradigm    More | Link | Focus
We need new ways of thinking and creative ideas.
We need to step out of the conventional.
We need to think "outside the box".
We need networking and discussion among all levels of society and a bringing together of people from all aspects of society.
We need new science, new understanding of the Universe, and new understanding of the nature of life and death and to celebrate the infinite potential of the Human Mind.
We need to be open and have openness of dialogue.
- Everyone who wishes to be is included in our community; there are no a priori conditions for involvement or participation
- There is no a priori ideology on issues; every social and professional class of people is included, regardless of background or ideology
- Humanity is highly diverse, in innumerable ways
- We embrace diversity, and see in it a source of strength and vitality
- We respect the differences between human beings; the strength and vitality of community does not depend on uniformity or widespread agreement on highly specific issues.
- We can strongly disagree on specific issues without wounding or fracturing community or our interpersonal relationships
- Dialogue takes place among equals; there is no implicit apriori authority
- Everyone is a student as well as a teacher ("If the messenger be an ant, heed him.")
- Begin dialogue with another person by trying to agree; look for a favorable interpretation
- Recognize that truth has many aspects, and no one has all the aspects; be open and receptive to new insights from new perspectives
- There are at least two sides to every controversial issue; don't judge a question until you have heard all sides
- The rhetoric of dialogue is subject to misinterpretation; strive to grasp the true intent of the speaker
- "Know that you do not know." Be open and receptive and humble.
- Combine the specialized expertise of individuals ("Many hands make work light")
- No one of us knows everything, but many of us together know a great deal
- We all have different roles to play within the context of a larger whole
- "Vision of the Network" -- the insights and views of many people come together to form a brilliant and many-aspected perspective on all issues
- Be as trusting and open as possible to your fellow human beings
- Begin a new personal relationship by being friendly and receptive and accepting, and do not judge someone because of their class or background or ideology
- This is a big world, of tremendous diversity, but there are many aspects of reality which we share
- We can identify those common factors, and build interpersonal and inter-community relationships based on them
- We must identify and honor both similarities and differences between one individual and another, and between one cultural group and another
- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Golden Rule)
8. INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE - We seek to maximize individual freedom, and do what we can to empower the freedom of the individual, without compromise to the context of the larger unity
- Individuals are free to define themselves to us and to the world in any terms they choose; we do not create categories and classes and place them within them
- Decisions affecting the group should be made by the group
- Majority opinion should be respected, but must be constrained by principle
- Collaborative methods can be formalized to develop optimal designs
10. SCIENCE - Wherever possible, ideas and hypotheses should be carefully tested, according to well-defined and explicit principles
- New ideas should be subjected to "peer review"
- Scientific methods should be applied in any context where applicable
- "Judge not lest ye be judged"
- Strive to overcome the "us against them" mentality: minimize blame
- "Let the past be prologue"
- Insofar as possible, each person must take responsibility for their own welfare and well-being
- Each person is responsible for their own behavior, and should not blame or assign this responsibility to others
- In this context, remember that "we are our brother's keeper" -- and that "all men are brothers" ("all people are brothers and sisters")
- Read and listen accurately, to what people actually say
- Do not project interpretations of their meaning based on ungrounded assumptions
- This is especially true in the context of electronic networks, where body language and other communication clues may be absent
- "Give me the strength to change what I can, to leave alone what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference"
- Strive to be good. It is not always easy to do, but it is noble and honorable, and connects the individual human being to the core power of the universe
- Be as loving and gentle and kind as possible
- Support your fellow human beings in every way you can
Teamwork - human beings must work together    More | Link | Focus
No one person can know everything, or have the answers to every question. We must work together to create solutions to the problems that face us all.
The individual human mind can only deal with so many issues and concerns at the same time. We need ways to share the load.
The Interfaith Voice of Spirit    More | Link | FOCUS
Principle 1: It's about the Voice, not the book.
Principle 2: If we are people of Truth, then we have nothing to fear from creatively, vigorously searching for Truth.
Principle 3: We must look for Truth in every stage and condition of life -- and in every corner of our human family -- because our traditions call us to overturn false assumptions about the vulnerable.
Principle 4: It's about connection, not competition. Our Voices should call people together, not separate them.
Principle 5: The most powerful spiritual stories are in the lives of the ordinary people we meet.
Principle 6: Millions of people are looking for the best path toward a spiritually satisfying Home.
Principle 7: We are in an era of profound cultural change that raises spiritual questions, across the spectrum, about our relationship to our planet - and the meaning of the place in which we live.
Principle 8: The Spirit moves in community.
Principle 9: Radical transparency is good business.
Principle 10: Peace is possible.
“In order to achieve their potentials, spirituality needs digital technology and digital technology needs spirituality. At an essential level, the two traditions complement each other. Humanity’s survival may depend on interaction between them.” – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
The New Paradigm is Holistic and Inclusive    More | Link | Focus
The new paradigm includes "right brain" AND "left brain" thinking and awareness.
The new paradigm includes conservative/traditional AND liberal/progressive thinking and awareness.
The new paradigm includes artists AND scientists, mystics AND engineers, poets AND scientists.
The new paradigm includes science AND religion.
The new paradigm includes western thinking and metaphysics AND eastern thinking and metaphysics.
Holistic intuition can and should guide choices at the immediate and local level.
The new paradigm includes deep intuition ("religion/spirituality/intuition") and precise analysis ("science/engineering/empiricism"), connected in one all-inclusive unity.
The new paradigm is "integral and all-inclusive" -- incorporating into one form of understanding all elements of human thinking and understanding.
The One    More | Link | Focus
The One is the Absolute.
There is only one "One".
The Shift - Geopolitical    More | Link | Focus
The world is becoming increasingly global. International boundaries are dissolving. The nation-state is becoming less significant, and is blurring into a broader concept.
To build a healthy world, we must think globally. We are one world, one planet, one people. We need one system of global governance.
The Shift - 'Global Mind-Shift' - Psychological / Spiritual    More | Link | Focus
Globalization forces are transforming us all.
We are witnessing the birth of the true "Universal Human"
As human beings interact with ideas and energies from once-foreign or external cultures, they become broader, their insights expand, they become more universal
We believe that to unite as a human species, we need to engage, globally, in dialogue that will help bring our collective interests and objectives into focus. Only then can we truly begin to work together in a spirit of creative cooperation so necessary to our survival.
In the final analysis, change is all about motivation, and if we can see that beneath our many differences is a powerful undercurrent of connection — reflected in our common origins and our shared hopes for a better world for ourselves and for our children — we will find the motivation we need to change in ways that benefit not only some small group, but humanity, and life, as a whole.
A global mind-shift is a change in HOW we think.
We must learn to see the world and ourselves from an ever-broadening perspective.
Problems are signs that a way of thinking is obsolete.
Problems such as global warming, resource depletion, conflict, disparity between rich and poor -- 1) they are all global, and 2) they are all interconnected.
Rather than seeing ourselves as parts and pieces, we need to see ourselves as interconnected pieces of a larger whole. That's what we mean by a global mind-shift.
Universal Resonance / OM    More | Link | Focus
OM / AUM is a universal harmonic that takes the form of Oneness. It holds all things in unity, and heals fragmentation, confusion, and "illusion" ("maya").
By meditating on OM, an individual human being is guided towards their own higher self, the "pure ground of being", and the spiritual essence of every other human being.

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