Rational Spirituality

image

“Yes, but the vision of the good is not like the ray of the sun which, because it is fiery, dazzles the eyes with light and makes them shut. On the contrary, it illuminates to the extent that one capable of receiving intellectual splendor can receive it.  It probes more sharply, but it does no harm, and it is full of all immortality.”

~Corpus Hermeticum, X.4-5

Isn’t it tragic that there are people and groups who believe that everything they need to know is known already?  Isn’t the world upside down whenever religions label wonder and inquisitiveness, science and rational inquiry, as blasphemous and evil — or when people of science demean, belittle and despise the work of the spirit?

Only when we attempt to see the cosmos magically, mystically, gnostically and scientifically — without contradiction, exclusion, or strife — are we are truly engaged in the Great Work.  

To a magician or alchemist it is the Philosopher’s Stone.  To the gnostic it is Salvation or Enlightenment.  The scientist imagines the Singularity, while the mystic speaks of Union, Oneness, Moksha or Nirvana.  Whatever it is, whether we call it by one of those names or by some other — the Omega Point, the New Aeon, the Cosmic Christ —  it is in our individual and collective future.

But only if we can open our eyes to all four ways of seeing and begin.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s