Archive for September, 2011
One can compare the functions of the right and left hemispheres of the human brain to the writings of the Old and New Testaments. Just as the left hemisphere of the brain thinks in a linear fashion focusing on details and order pertaining to absolutes, the Old Testament gives us a detailed account of the laws man perceived were given by God in all their minuet detail, focusing on the letter of the law and following rules of absolute right and wrong. On the other hand the right hemisphere operates in a much more abstract way; it is where our intuitions and emotions lay, living in the here and now and perceiving the “whole picture” beyond the sum of it parts. In much the same way the New Testament portrays Jesus as encompassing the whole of the Old, while looking to the underlying intent of the “whole picture” which he sums up as “Loving your neighbor as yourself”.
For an individual to live a balanced life, one must live in a harmonious state with both the right and left hemispheres functioning together. Each part of the whole plays a vital role in the dance of life that makes up how we perceive reality. When one side dominates (usually the left) as is common in our modern, western civilization the well-being of our minds suffer. Balance of both hemispheres is essential to proper functionality and well-being, but in modern societies the left side tends to dominate instead of being in partnership with the right leading to a lack of harmony and sense of well-being. The same is also true for the mind/body balance, if the mind dominates the body both end up suffering which happens many times in fundamentalist religious mindsets where the desires of the body are seen as sinful and something that needs to be denied and put down by the ruling mind. To have true harmony one needs to live life in a state of mind/body unity and wholeness letting each work together in partnership.
The damage that has been done to the cause of equality for women in western societies by the influence of biblical thought is enormous. Many men who down through the ages have held the Bible to be the word of “God”, have promoted the idea of female inferiority, therefore inflicting great harm to the rights of women. From childhood many boys and girls raised in Christian homes are taught that the place of the female is below that of the male, consequently a negative mindset is developed from a young age that views women as being inferior to men, thus promoting men having authority over women. This in turn causes many acts of discrimination and violence to be perpetrated against women by men who believe they are acting according to “God’s” will by keeping women in their place.
Sad to say, many Christian women have also fallen victim to this false notion promoted by the Bible that says women are to be in subjection to men, and their place is in the home. Women need to start taking the control they have available to them as mothers by teaching their children from birth to respect both male and females as equals in all walks of life. When males are raised with a sense of being equal to females their attitudes are formed by thinking in terms of partnerships rather than dominance. How a child is taught in their early years determines their outlook on life, thus if a boy is taught to view girls as being totally equal, then that is the mindset he will grow into adulthood having…consequently there will be far less violence perpetrated against women by men. Using positive influence rather than negative is the compassionate way to raise our children, thus setting an example that enriches and uplifts the lives of all who participate. Let us always choose equality!
I like to view the purpose of my life as a series of “Meaningful Moments” in this way I can salvage the parts of my past that might have otherwise seem wasted. By bringing all those moments into the now, I can see how each one of them has helped to build and shape who I am today. At each moment in my life – where I was – was the place I needed to be in order to proceed to the next step.
In the same manner as say a family pet makes an impression in our memory which remains long after the pet’s demise, so I propose our lives make an impression on the fabric of the cosmos which remains after the demise of our physical bodies.
One either believes that our potential (spirit) was endued upon us from a divine source, or our potential is shared with all of creation and comes from the single source of everything. What ever the case may be, we know that everything exists at different levels in nature, nothing transcends above nature, and everything is part of nature at a different stage of development. Perhaps from the very first moment when the universe began as single point, all the potential that will ever be realized was contained within that singularity. The whole of everything that exists started as the monad from which everything unfolded out of. If everything that exists emerged from the same point, then all parts contain the same potential at a different level of development, thus all parts can be in tune with the whole. Consequently, there would be no ultimate purpose to existence per say, but that does not mean that abundant meaning cannot be derived from living life itself.
This also gives credence to the idea of the world being discoverable, because everything that is came from the same source, hence when life became self-aware (humans) meaning can be derived from it. With the emergence of self-awareness, consciousness got elevated to a new level, but the connection to our “origins” still exist, thus making the universe “discoverable”.
If everything that exists came from the same point of creative power, then everything is part of that creative power, so consequently when consciousness evolved to the point of self-awareness the ability then was acquired to see into and experience this higher consciousness dimension. Other lower life forms have not yet attained this ability to see into this higher consciousness dimension, even though they exist in it. One can imagine it being compared to seeing the world in 2-dimensions instead of 3-dimensions. We live in a universe where Quantum levels exist, yet we cannot see them or “knowingly” experience them even though they are part of and affect everything that is.
Taking this idea of oneness with the universe, our focus can then be directed toward discovering what our place and purpose is in the universe by looking inward, instead of looking outwardly and trying to find an external “God” to answer our questions. Like it or not the question of whether or not a creator god exists will never be answered, so our efforts are much better spent in understanding our innate, internal connection with everything and how we are energetically linked with the universe. We are all bathed in what might be called cosmic energy; the expression of that energy is manifest in many different ways depending on the consciousness level of the being expressing it.
Let our goal be to take the life we have and make the most of it by sharing those things we have to give – no matter how small – with the rest of the marvelous world we live in. With each gift of sharing the world will become a better place for every living thing…