– Heartwood Path Waypoint 60.7 –
"All Is One"
Moderate The Transcendental With The Immanent
According to the concept of the Great Chain of Being, reality is composed of the following interlocking (or nested) levels: matter; body, mind, Soul and Spirit. Each of these levels is said to include but transcend the preceding level—Spirit is different from but contains Soul, mind, body and matter; Soul is differentiated from but contains mind, body and matter; mind is not the same thing as but contains body and matter; and body is different from but contains matter. The gentle, hidden drive that causes the universe to envelope, encompass, integrate and transcend each link in the Great Chain of Being is Eros.
This power causes a wider sense of Self, the development of a broader compound identity that is not Ego-centered but Eco-centered or perhaps even Spirit-centered. To keep the ascending Eros from causing us to lose our solid footing, we can rely on our immanence to give us roots. In this way, the transcendental is moderated by the immanent.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Moderating The Transcendent With The Immanent
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Moderating The Transcendent With The Immanent. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) to help you ponder the following three questions: Do you have a Master that you respect and follow? If so, describe the pros and cons of this relationship? Do you adhere to Dharma--a set of universal truths that are excellent, cause no afflictions or defilements, and are permanent? Can you think of anything else beside universal principles that is permanent? Describe your relationship to Dharma. And lastly, are you in fellowship--by which I mean are you a member of a congregation or, using a Buddhist term, are you a member of the “Sangha”--those who follow a Master and Universal Principles? (By the way, there is and will be no Master for eartHearts). How, if at all, does your membership in the Congregation/Group/Sangha bring you joy, harmony, and purity? Describe your experience in the Sangha or, if this is more pertinent to you, how you feel living outside of the Sangha. Explain how, if at all, having a Master, adhering to Dharma, and being a member of a congregation or a Sangha helps you deal with the Immanent and the Transcendent.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
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Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
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Heartwood Path Axioms: