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“I now have a view of spirituality I didn’t have before. It’s a more integrated spirituality where wholeness is experienced throughout the entirety of our lives. I now believe that separation of sacred and mundane is hurting our civilization more than helping.” Dr. Amit Goswami
Do you feel whole within or do you always feel something is missing? If you feel whole, how did that come about? Are you able to express it in your mundane life?
The End Is The Beginning
Today is 12-12-12. Some identify it as the end of the Mayan calendar and the end of an era. Some believe it’s the end of the world. But one truth stands out above all the theories for me. Every ending is a beginning. We are leaving behind a life totally centered on rationality and patriarchal values. This change is a beautiful opportunity to balance and find wholeness within ourselves and our world.
Making the SHIFT
I’ve pointed out that we need to move from competition to cooperation, but today, I want to look at another split we need to heal and this integrated approach to spirituality is beautifully described in an article “Endless Emergent Possibilities: Spirituality +Science =SHIFT!” by Kathy Young in the December issue of Science of Mind Magazine.
For many of the years I was a dancer, my spirituality came from the transcendence I experienced while dancing or creating dances. I felt the same thing when I wrote poetry. In those moments, I was (and still am) in touch with something greater than myself. Athletes would call this being in the “zone.” In those moments we go beyond the physical body to a place where there are no boundaries and no limitations.
Integrating Sacred and Mundane
In the article, Dr. Goswami states, “We see that anytime we have a creative feeling, we are engaging with the sacred. It makes much more sense to abolish the separation and recognize that the sacred is the creative, and to actively invite that into every activity in everyday life.” Artists and writers understand this although they may not necessarily label it as sacred.
Valuing the rational above all else has limited our development as human beings. There are always times when we need to think rationally. It allows us to organize, focus, and act. It is a valuable trait, but it is only one aspect of mind power. To be whole, we need to embrace the rational and emotional, the mundane and the spiritual, and the masculine and the feminine in each of us. The Tao symbol is the perfect visual image of the balance we need to achieve, for the yin and the yang are intertwined.
Religion has given us an image of the sacred that is controlled by rules and the idea that we must transcend this earthly plane to become spiritual. But when we find the spiritual wholeness at our centers, it is not limited by man’s definitions of what we should be. Our mundane and sacred aspects become One and we experience a beautiful freedom that opens the mind. As the mind opens more, we can accommodate new ideas and new visions.
Education Must Include Creativity
One of the worst things we have done in our society is to remove creative classes from our schools. Art develops spatial awareness. Music develops mathematical awareness. Dance develops spatial and kinesthetic awareness. Being involved with theater productions develops so many talents, I can’t list them all—all the above and psychological understanding of character, empathy, and how to take different elements and integrate them into a whole.
It’s no surprise that our most amazing business people are the most creative ones. What if we started encouraging creativity in all areas of life and rewarded those who came up with new ideas?
Living Enlightenment On Earth
This morning I read an article that describes so perfectly what I am saying and what Dr. Goswami is suggesting about integrating the sacred and mundane. On the Biltmore Estate, they are growing canola plants. They will be harvested and the oil will be sold to local restaurants. The left-over leaves will be fed to cattle. After the restaurants use the oil, it will be recycled into biodiesel fuel to run the machinery on the farm. Brilliant!
If we encourage and allow people to become the naturally creative beings they are, we can truly save the world because that creativity can take us to that realm where all the answers reside. We don’t need to transcend this earthly plane to achieve enlightenment. We just need to learn to live enlightened lives right here, right now and change our world so that we are all whole, healthy, and respect all life. Bringing the sacred and the mundane together can heal all our lives.
© 2012 Georganne Spruce ZQT4PQ5ZN7F5