Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Discovering our personal destiny

The following summary and interpretation is derived from the Chapter 'Religion' in A Geography of Consciousness (1974) by William Arkle

1.The totality of creation is a 'matter consciousness system' that forms a natural background to each person's life; and we live in relation to this. The background to each life is not static, but is evolving.

2. This evolution of the natural background is in the direction of being a permanent change for the better; 'better' being from the perspective our our own experiences which are intended to contribute to our spiritual progression towards higher states of divinity.

3. Therefore time is 'on our side' - the whole of created reality is on our side, properly understood - even if or when it seems to be opposed to us.

4. In order that we can sense, recognise, and live-by this fact; we must stop thinking that we are separate from creation and 'accidental' - subject to arbitrary influences. Our lives are part of the total evolution of creation, and we have a purposive and meaningful relation to it.

5. We can therefore expect to find in our natural background, reliable and useful indications of our personal destiny. What we should do is written-into the very stuff of the background matrix of matter consciousness.

6. Especially, we should look for signs in the fields of (ideal) biology and psychology; because in such fields our experience may be strong enough to refute our bad habits and false metaphysics.

7. However, we will never enjoy the proper and destined relationship with our natural background if we regard it as something to be conquered and subdued, exploited and manipulated, used or even exterminated (as humans so often view the natural world).

8. Our proper relationship with matter consciousness, that is with the background of our reality (with animals, plants, and all 'things' - whether natural or made) needs to be like our ideal relationships with people; in which an attitude of loving respect is essential.

3 comments:

  1. I don't know.

    My impression always was that the natural world is generally in a state of chaos, with directionless violence and suffering afflicting all creatures. Where Good exists it is an act of divine intervention- something that wouldn't be there if not for human prayers or God's promises being actively at work. Mankind's hope is in Christ's atonement to bring about a state of peace in the world to come, a new heaven and a new earth.

    It hard to look at the natural, material universe and think it is on our side. It rather seems to be a fellow sinner in need of salvation.
    - Carter Craft

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  2. Arkle is saying that one of the main causes of our trouble with the natural universe is that we have come to regard it as 'material' - and that this simply means we are refusing to acknowledge its communications with us. (Perhaps because we inflict so much suffering upon it). The natural world can also be hostile to us personally, or Men more generally - but most (not all) of this is a response to our attitudes.

    Perhaps this is a neglected aspect of Heavenly life - restoration of harmony with nature, and the recognition of all things as alive and (in some way, to some extent) conscious?

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  3. That's a valid perspective, but nature's apparent hostility to humans isn't the only issue. The world as a whole is mired in conflict. Animals killing each other, and not always for food, natural disasters destroying land and ecosystems, generations of extinct species before humans even existed, diseases that leave the infected in agony for days before they perish... Granting that everything is alive and even self aware, how much of it is good? How is one reconciled to such a world?
    - Carter Craft

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