Sacred Eyes of Humankind’s Childhood

 

Intro:  We’re living in an extraordinary time, a crucial juncture in history.  We’re at a major turning point for humanity.  Everything starts with how we view the world.  I believe we’ve all been led here by the activity of the Holy Spirit to our Unity community, to look at the world and our purpose in life with Sacred Eyes/Spiritual Vision.  (Reference: “Sacred Eyes” by L. Robert Keck. Ph.D)

Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you  may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward to you have?  Do not even the (hated) tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 With cynical eyes we see evidence of how far we fall short of perfection – but cynical eyes don’t see the larger picture – they provide truncated vision, bereft of hope.

Pessimistic eyes see evidence to support despair about the future but pessimistic vision sees only a partial picture and offers an unrealistic and distorted view of the future.  It is with sacred eyes that we can see the larger, more realistic picture.

Sacred eyes/spiritual vision can penetrate the chaos of our current time in history to see the ‘pattern that connects’ all the seemingly disparate elements of our past, present and future.  With sacred eyes we can see the beauty, the divinity and the meaning and purpose in the collective journey, as well as our own personal reason for being.

Teilhard de Chardin has written:  “Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see.  On the contrary, everything is sacred.”

Charles Fillmorewrites in “Jesus Christ Heals”:  “I believe that each of us is primarily a spiritual being, the expression of God’s perfection and love; and when you think and act in consciousness of perfection and love, you cannot help being open to the influx of God’s love and to the fulfillment of his divine purpose.  God expresses Itself as humankind and works through us to bring perfection into expression.”  (‘Perfection’ in ancient Greek meant “completeness, wholeness, maturity.”)

The purpose of becoming aware of our innate perfection is not for egotistic reasons.  It’s that we, like Jesus, may express life more abundantly.  I’ve come to believe that perfection or maturity/completeness is a spiritual process that continues forever.

Unity teaches that the perfect plan for us is God’s perfect idea of ItSelf.  The cause of all of human suffering lies in the mistaken belief that our separated personal self is our true self and that it is real.  This is humanity’s case of mistaken identity.  The only permanent end to human suffering lies in awakening to the truth of who we really are.  This is the direction of conscious evolution.

I believe the hunger of everyone for satisfaction is only the cry of each of us as the homesick child for its oneness with the divine.  It’s up to us to accept our God-given perfection for ourselves, to put aside past mistakes and untrue suggestions, and to fix our undivided attention upon the creator of our inner pattern of perfection, the divine in us.  There are practical applications of this awareness of innate perfection.

Some time ago I met Dr. Robert Keck at Unity’s Regional Conference in Colorado Springs.  Robert was one of the presenters.  He has advanced degrees in both theology and the philosophy of health.  He served as a United Methodist Minister, was on the faculty of Ohio State University Medical School and had been president of Boulder Graduate School.  He had also been an athlete early in his life and then gone through incredible injuries.  Years of pain later, he experienced a miraculous healing.  The ideas Keck shared at Conference were expanded in his book “Sacred Eyes”.  A fine thinker and inspirational teacher tempered by life experiences, I want to share some of his ideas with you in a three-part series.

Like Keck I have felt and seen a mighty irresistible activity of the Holy Spirit moving in some of your lives and also in my personal life.  With your invitation and co-operation the activity of the Holy Spirit will provide the needed energy and focus for us to spiritually grow through every challenge we are currently facing and to turn our questions, confusion, frustration, or despair into anticipation of experiencing a great degree of the comfort, peace, harmony, divine understanding, successful living and love of God.

Keck has described our entire human journey or evolution as a movement from Epoch I – that he labels the “Birth and Childhood of Humanity” – our Physical Development, through Epoch II – the Adolescence of Humanity:  Ego and Mental development, to Epoch III – our Coming of Age into Adult Maturity:  Spiritual Development.  If we view our collective history and our personal spiritual evolution through these lenses, we can gain a greater understanding of the purpose and focus for our lives at this time in history and of the necessity and excitement of our continuing spiritual growth and unfoldment.

Humanity has been on an evolutionary journey of maturation similar to the development of an individual.  In Epoch I our purpose was to develop physically.  Although it’s estimated that the Earth has sustained life for 3.9 Billion years, it was not until 150,000 years ago that we evolved to a place where we became physically human.  In other words, we have been anatomically human for only 150,000 years of the earths’ 4.6 billion year history.

 Human life has a built-in propensity for growing towards health and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit.  We were created out of a cosmic love, a built-in attraction toward wholeness and perfection.  Our purpose now is to attain a healthy co-creator participant role and to contribute to the continued evolution of health and wholeness.

To help us understand the history of our evolution, Dr. Carl Sagan presented a concept of a “cosmic year” where the entire history of our universe is compressed into the span of one year.

Assuming one “second” of this “Cosmic year” represents about “475 actual years”, we can get a perspective of human evolution in a framework of time with which we can relate.  From this perspective consider January 1st as the beginning of our Universe; May 1st as the formation of our Galaxy, the Milky Way;  September 9th as the formation of our solar system;  September 14th as the birth of our planet Mother Earth; and only very late in the day of December 31st as the first humans.

Keck suggests that it took up the entire “cosmic year”, except for the last five minutes for humankind to evolve and become physically human.  (Most scientists are in agreement that our common ancestor originated in Africa.)  About 75,000 years ago, we started migrating out of Africa and began the long process of populating the planet.  The first language developed somewhere between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago.

We had a particular value system attendant to that childhood, a value system which was basically feminine. Sometime between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, humanity realized we were part of a larger world and subject to forces beyond ourselves.  We began expressing our appreciation for the life-giving and life-sustaining powers of the feminine.  The focus of our worship was the Mother Earth Goddess.  (This was prior to the development of city-states where our focus was on the family, tribe unit dependent upon each other for survival and interaction).

Archaeological evidence from 25,000 – 30,000 years ago indicates that in the later years of our collective childhood, we began to develop socially, culturally and spiritually.  We focused our appreciation, our meaning and purpose, our worship on the Earth Goddess.

Starting about 10,000 years ago we began the first epoch-sized transformation of the human psyche as we matured into our collective adolescence – Epoch II. (Next week’s focus.) The purpose of our adolescence was ego and mental development where the value system became essentially masculine and we switched our worship from Mother Goddess to Father God.  Now our organic maturational energies deep within our souls call us to move out of adolescence and into adulthood – Epoch III, for the purpose of spiritual maturation.

However recent archaeological evidence shows that during our collective childhood period of time, contrary to the old cave-man images, the human family was characterized by cooperation rather than competition; an ecological relationship with Nature rather than an exploitative one; and the unconscious as dominant rather than rational consciousness.  There was equality between the sexes.  People chose living sites for beauty, accessibility of good water and soil, and availability of good animal pastures, not for their inaccessibility and fortress value.  There are numerous indicators that these were matrilineal societies with a person’s history traced back through the mother…everyone knew who the mother was that gave birth to them but they did not know yet, who may have fathered them.

 There was apparently a greater sense of equality and cooperation and not the dominator kind of model we have experienced during our patriarchal adolescence.  What is conspicuous is the complete absence of weapons, although both tools and pottery were found.  All the available facts go to show that the food-gathering stage of history must have been one of peaceful co-existence.  The study of the artifacts of the Paleolithic age fails to reveal any definite signs of human warfare.

 How do we honor and integrate the gifts of our childhood epoch into our present lives?  While society as a whole is not ready to transfer legitimate status through the mother only, we can (1) participate in re-experiencing our oneness with Nature.  (2)  We can emphasize peaceful resolutions and compassionate understanding in our relationships.  (3)  We can honor both the women and the men in our lives, in our business, in our places of worship.  (4)  We can reward those who work toward enhancing life and bettering society rather than glamorizing those who are destroying life on the planet.  (5)  We can look within to the ultimate teacher, the presence of God, for guidance and advice.  (6)  We can relearn how to recognize and use the power of intuition.

These are the elements we need to reclaim and integrate into our evolving spiritual world view and the spiritual maturation of ourselves as evolving humanity.

Blessings, Rev. Jan

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