Sunday, April 02, 2006

Moving beyond a Post-Modern Spirituality

While fundamentalism militantly expresses it self in various religious forms around the world and here in the USA, others are struggling to reassess their religious traditions: traditions and visions of God that were born of a different time. In other words, many are trying to find new ways to be religious.

There's a verse in the Qur'an that says, "Therein God will not change the state of the people unless they change the state of their own selves."

An Integral Spirituality means we participate in divinity, and that our own evolution is the evolution of God.

In a conversation I had with Ken Wilber yesterday, Ken pointed out that the leading edge of progressive consciousness today is Turquoise (2nd tier), a self that goes beyond ego and individuality. Maybe a thousand years from now, this "2nd tier consciousness" will be the conservative viewpoint, and the leading edge at that time will look back and smile.

But like today's conservatives, amber and orange (1st tier conciousness that was once the leading edge), we pioneers, stumbling and erring, will have laid down the framework for that new leading edge.

In the meantime, one of our responsibilities at the current leading edge, is to create tension that compels and challenges others to meet us at higher and deeper levels. And unlike our 1st tier green bretheren (think today's Democratic Party), we can't be wimps about it.

For an amazing viewpoint of both our insignificance and our magnificence, check this out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog Gary! Tom Mull =)