The Inevitable Estrangement of Being


   The consequences of the inevitable estrangement from one’s inner being, one’s soul, is apparent in the contemporary world for all who choose (and are able) to see.  This is a cultural crisis of the first magnitude. This is precisely the pattern in which the modern world finds itself.  It is a progressive emergence and unfolding.

   Something we do not and cannot understand is doing something we know not what.

   Unless a culture is willing to come to terms with this, to see, identify, and name the problem, it will never be able to move from the level of the problem to the level of the solution.  Western culture has increasingly and progressively separated itself from the existential awareness of the soul.  It sees the soul as a naive vestige from the past, or a religious doctrine that has no basis in fact.  Its existence can neither be confirmed or verified by standard empirical scientific methodologies.

   Therefore, we have been led down a one way road to a blind alley on a road that is fast approaching a cliff.  The chasm is wide and deep.  We will not turn around.  That gesture would be anti- progress.  We will not admit defeat.  We cannot, must not ( for that would admit that we are wrong.)   And more than anything, we hate to admit that we were wrong.  We know we are right, so they say, so they say. 

   A little further down  the road, just a little further down the road, and everything will be swell again, so we say… so we say. After all, after all, we have international corporations on our side.  We have government on our side. We have international finance on our side.  We have the media on our side. We have education on our side. We have science and technology on our side. We have our interpretation of history on our side.  We have progress on our side. 

   And they look at each other, and smile that smile of self-satisfaction. It is their field, and they know it.  They own the football, and the rules, and the players, and the crowds. They own the commercials, and the announcers, and the planes flying overhead at half time.  They own today.  They have owned yesterday as far back as anyone can ever remember. They know they will own tomorrow, so they say, so they say. And  so why should anything change, they ask themselves.

   It is hard to find just the right answer to them.  It is simple.  It is right before our eyes.  It is in the air that we breathe.  Every time we take an in-breath, we animate ourselves with spirit and source and substance.  The in-breath is the first act that we do that initiates our life and ‘livingness.’

   The answer is there; but it must not be simply words.  If it were merely words, it could be no more that ‘the finger pointing at the moon.’  Words are symbols. They stand in place of the reality that they, as words,  do not, and cannot touch.  We must answer those who always win on their field by their rules with their football with reality itself.  We ourselves must transform ourselves and become that reality.

     We ourselves must now learn how to become transparent  to the transcendent


   Carry no stones down to the banks of the river. Speak to the river on tongues of light. For we are hollow bamboo reeds that carry no memory now floating down and across this river called, Life.”

   “Spirit is the doer.  And spirit is the deed to be done as well. And spirit is the doing of the deed to be done by the doer. We human beings are the blessing point in which the doer, and the doing, and the deed become one.”