Monday, December 05, 2011

WHAT'S MORE CRAZY?


Today when you dare talk like this you will often be looked at like you are nuts. "What are you talking about? Finding shelter in the order of the cosmos" :-/

You're probably even more likely to run into resistance and correction to such a notion if you mention such an idea in religious circles because to the religious mind of modern times it just has a sound of New Agyness to it.

But why does it sound more far fetched than crazy ideas like looking for shelter in: money, economic ideologies, power, government, control, militarism, insurance policies, consumerism etc etc etc?

What's been more consistent and stood the test of time?

If you choose to spend any time considering that seriously.....then ask yourself what sounds more silly?

THE CRY OF OUR TIMES: TO AWAKEN BEAUTY

We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. At birth we were awakened and emerged to become visible in the world. At death we will surrender again to the dark to become invisible. Awakening and surrender: they frame each day and each life; between them the journey where anything can happen, the beauty and the frailty. When the Celtic Imagination searched for the structures of shelter and meaning, it raised its eyes to the mountains and heavens and put its trust in the faithful patterns of the sun, stars, moon and seasons. Long before them the Greeks to had raised their eye beyond the horizon and recognized the heavenly patterns of the cosmos. There they glimpsed a vision of order which was to become the heart of their understanding of beauty. All the frailty and uncertainty was seen to be ultimately sheltered by the eternal beauty which presides over all the journeys between awakening and surrender, the visible and invisible, the light and the darkness.
~~~ BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace

5 comments:

ron said...

Kent,

A few years ago I came across your website and have enjoyed visiting your musings.

This article “What’s More Crazy?” (With a secondary title “The Cry of Our Times: To Awaken Beauty”) hit very close to home. It’s very obvious that we need to awaken from our slumber.

About five years ago I started on a quest that began by trying to gain a better understanding of God by looking into the wonders of His workmanship. After all, why is someone drawn to a major artist? It’s their workmanship, and God has just recently allowed us an expanded view into the enormities and intricacies of His canvas.

The generations of the past century have been given a very special gift. God has permitted us a much richer vision into His creation that, for all practical purposes, alluded all previous generations. For instance, my grandmother was born in 1903 and died in 1986. The year of her birth witnessed the Wright brothers taking off from Kitty Hawk. Before that, mankind had never left the ground in a controlled flight! Her lifetime experienced extreme advances in all forms of transportation, communication, science and engineering. Then consider that prior to the 20th century the scale of the macro and micro world was all but invisible to us.

So why has God allowed the current generations this profound insight into the enormity and complexity of His workmanship? I don’t know sure, but here’s my best guess; He’s really trying to get our attention. In a sense He is crying out to us “LOOK WHO I AM!” If we can grasp who He is, through an insightful admiration of the endless wonders of creation, we’ll have an enhanced perceptive of what was accomplished 2,000 years ago.

He has positioned our lives in the middle of a never-ending art gallery filled with His miraculous marvels. However, as we meander through its inexhaustible maze of corridors, most of us seem content at staring at the floor.

Keep on musing.

Kent said...

Ron, thanks so much for posting your response. I just love what you have expressed here and so agree with your observation about how nature is constantly speaking to us in a way that nothing else does. I've awakened to the ever present eternal echo of the Divine Presence it represents. A visible sign of invisible grace.

ron said...

Kent,
I love your line “I’ve awakened to the ever present eternal echo…”. With your permission, I’d like to use this line in one of my ramblings that I’ve been toying with. It’s entitled “Awaken from Your Slumber”. I tried to include the rough draft in this post but it was just a little too large.

Here’s a line from a movie that somewhat indicates its essence.
"Almost the whole world's asleep. Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to. Only a few people are awake. And they live in a state of constant total amazement." - Patricia, from the movie Joe Versus the Volcano

Kent said...

You can certainly use that

"If you attend to people in this part of the journey with foodosis and give them a comfortable pillow, most of them will just sleep their way through it." John O'Donohue

ron said...

Kent,

Thanks and have a joyous Chrismas.

Peace,
Ron