Posts Tagged ‘Soul of the World’

Communication with the Soul of the World

November 3, 2010

In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho calls it communication with the Soul of the World. Santiago learns to read the signs. I often refer to it as synchronicity. Deepak Chopra would call it crossing the transition zone. Professor Adel Sharif would probably refer to it as communication from God.

Monday I found I had been sent by Juan Carlos Hernandez a poem by April Higney called Passion within. Nothing remarkable about that you may think, until I tell you I had heard of neither of them before. The poem came unexpected out of the blue.

Oh well, so what you get a poem, we get scam e-mails from Nigeria.

Except. Except the poem summed up better than I could the mood I was feeling that day. The poem was inspired by a photo of a woman taken by Juan Carlos Hernandez. She was very special to him and that was last picture he had taken of her. Earlier that day I had dropped of for a lovely friend Sian the last pictures I had taken of her. I had not seen her for some weeks as she has been very poorly and I was feeling very miserable.

The following day I was in Guildford for their farmers market. As I was in Guildford, Professor Adel Sharif asked would I drop by the university and have a chat with him, the previous week having attended his excellent talk The Role of Science and Faith in the Development of Civilisations. We were talking of faith and social enterprises. I mentioned Grameen Bank and Professor Muhammad Yunus founder of Grameen Bank. Adel Sharif said he had met him.

That night I got home to find a message from Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho telling me that he and professor Muhammad Yunus would be jointly addressing a conference on innovation in social enterprise.

After our meeting, Professor Adel Sharif kindly dropped me off at Guildford Station for me to catch my train home. As I walked through the station there was my friend Margaret who I had not seen for a while. I have just been talking about you she said. I have just been at a meeting on Santiago de Compestella and recommended reading what you had written on El Camino de Santiago.

When the birthday of St James falls on a Sunday it is a Holy or Jubilee Year. They have big celebrations in Santiago de Compostella. This was Jubilee Year and was no exception. Christina (wife of Paulo) had an art exhibition outside the cathedral to which I was invited (though at the time of the invite I did not realise where it was). Paulo was there for the celebration and on the night of the celebration he sent out a message to all his friends, followers on twitter, facebook (now exceeds 3 million) etc that they must read what I had written!

The History of the Pilgrimage to Compostela
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela today

El Camino de Santiago is a medieval pilgrims route that all Christians had to follow, cf Muslims to Mecca. At its height maybe a million pilgrims a year. It had dwindled down to a few hundred until Paulo Coelho walked the route in the 1980s and wrote an account, The Pilgrimage.

These occurrences of sychronicity now happen so often it has become the norm. How do I explain? I don’t. I do not even try. I just accept.

For my lovely friend Sian.

Also see

The Alchemist

The Tao of Physics

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

How to Know God

The nature of reality

January 27, 2010

How we perceive the world around us, space and time, cause and effect, these concepts have little meaning at the subatomic level. What we think of as the atom has no basis in ‘reality’.

What is the nature of being? It is a question that has been posed ever since Man learnt how to think. Or at least we can trace back to 2,500 years ago.

Ancient Greeks did not separate out or distinguish physics, philosophy or religion. It would have been seen as an artificial distinction. Theirs was a search for the essential nature of the world around them.

No different to a mystical search for the essential being.

The universe was seen as being permeated by an energy force. This force was then separated out, given a name and separate identity and intelligence, it stood outside of and apart from the Universe, it now directed the universe. The force was given a name. It was called God.

We had separation of mind and body, spiritual development was separated from material development. The external world, even our own bodies, were simply dead mechanical devices, everything could be explained if we had sufficient detailed knowledge and sufficient computing power.

This is fine as a simple model, for performing our calculations. This is the Cartesian-Newtonian view of the world. It should not though be confused with reality.

The world is not a billiard game!

Further fragmentation took place. The economic sphere is separated from the physical world.

The world is on the point of catastrophic collapse. But it is the economic world that dominates, even though it is completely divorced from reality.

Even within this world we have fragmentation. At the recent Copenhagen Climate talks (COP15) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised extra aid to the Third World to pay for climate change. That money is to be taken from the existing aid budget, ie the poorest of the poor are to pay for the cost of dealing with climate change, as if they are not paying already.

Zen and other Eastern religions are concerned with the nature of existence. They have though a radically different approach, their approach is holistic.

Not all western thought is non-holistic. A network approach is holistic. The consideration of Gaia is holistic.

When we delve into the subatomic level, we find the Cartesian-Newtonian world-view loses all meaning. We cannot acquire detailed information, the more we try, the more fuzzy is the information that we acquire. The subatomic level is not only an essential part of the cosmos, it is in turn influenced by the cosmos.

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

To seek enlightenment is to transcend the physical world, to engage with the life force of the cosmos, that energy with which everything vibrates including ourselves, to cross the transition zone, to learn how to communicate with the Soul of the World.

We have two types of knowledge, rational and intuitive. In the West we tend to undervalue the latter.

The structure of the carbon ring came in a dream, a serpent chasing its own tale.

If we cannot rationalise or analyse what the rational mind produces we tend to dismiss it, but that does not make it any less real.

Many of us possess a level of awareness which hard won experience has taught us to heed.

We have difficulty expressing abstract knowledge, and so we do it through poetry, through koans, through art, through music.

Western civilisation in its arrogance believes it has made great advances in the acquisition of rational knowledge, but can the human race be said to be any wiser that it was 2,500 years ago?

For my lovely friend Sian who inspired these thoughts.

Also see

The Tao of Physics

How to Know God

God is

Christian Theology and Gaia