FAITH COMMENTARY

One step into the light

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As I write this article, it is 2:30 on November 6 and all of America is in a state of frenzy about the election results to be revealed later tonight and into many tomorrows. Soon it will be over, and we will be confronted with the fact the fighting and bitterness between the sides in this election have not been resolved, nor it will be resolved.

The vast majority of people in America will continue to let themselves be manipulated by the people who sought power and favor in this election. The situation reflects Einstein’s insight that problems cannot be solved at the same level at which they were created.

So, the bickering, hostility and paralysis that has prevented us for making any real progress for the past two years will continue. It may, in fact, get worse and may even devolve into what some only hint at: another American Civil War.

In the meantime, a small group of people around the world has taken a new path. This new path can be called a Shift in Consciousness. Those of us who are taking this path understand Buckminster Fuller’s insight when he said: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

A new model is clearly needed today. Here is reality: We are engaged in a Global Religious War and it has been going on for the past fifty years. No one… not Christians nor Jews nor Muslims nor Hindus nor all the other religious groups, including militant Buddhists, will win this war. Each group essentially believes they are God’s chosen people and each group believes they are 100 percent right in what they believe and practice.

This will never be resolved. We will simply have to shift spiritually, intellectually and perhaps even physically to another level of understanding of who we are and what we are about and where we are going. This is how Consciousness Shifts. 

We are, of necessity, moving into a new model, a new way of seeing ourselves and our place in the universe. We are making this move through understanding a new experience of God called by scholars, Panentheism (meaning "all-in-God”). It is the experience of the divine pervading and penetrating every part of the universe and also extends beyond time and space. In Panentheism, God is viewed as the soul of the universe, the universal Great Spirit, present everywhere, which at the same time "transcends" all things created.

The time will come when humankind will see itself as One and we will build our societies, institutions and relationships with the understanding that what affects one, affects all. And each one is divinely created and eternally important.

This Shift in Consciousness will result in two important outcomes. We will be able to solve the global climate crisis and we will avoid a global lightening nuclear war. Both of these problems are a result of our inability to understand our oneness with all that is. The clock is ticking now and those of us who are aware of what is really happening must act with faith and purpose and prayer.

Today we are taking one small step into the light. Do not be surprised to discover how rapidly this Shift occurs. This Shift has a deadline to which we must adhere or we will see our entire planet destroyed.

*One of the best Moody Blues songs

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