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  • Writer's pictureAnne Sweet

Transcendence and Immanence

Transcendence of the material world in favour of the Absolute or Cosmic realms has figured heavily in the spiritual literature over the millennia. This world is often seen as lesser or inferior: a necessary and burdensome stepping stone prior to escaping to the higher spheres.

What if this world, and the magnificent earth that supports it, were in themselves a creative outpouring of divine Love? What if the Cosmic realms are made manifest as you and me and all that surrounds us, and our purpose here is to discover, honor and celebrate that fact? How differently would our relationships to each other and the sacred earth be?

But what of the horrors and suffering? How can they be explained? If the Absolute truly is Absolute wouldn't it have to contain everything: all the horrors and suffering as well as all the magnificence and beauty? What if this is inherently God's realm, and by dismissing or undervaluing it, we are dismissing and undervaluing ourselves and the extraordinary creation we find ourselves in?

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I was stunned when I realized that all my ideas about renunciation were mistaken. As I came to understand it, the renunciation of external things – sex, money, fame, comfort, was only a preparation:


German May
German May

That's a beautiful train of thought Anne, and in my opinion spot on.

The thing is, it is the suffering as a person that makes us feel that something is wrong here. And only by understanding what we are, what this creation is by nature we can appreciate this view of the world being an outpouring of love. At least that's what it seem to me. But maybe not? The history of mankind has moved through many stages.

God has been dismissed in modern age even by intelligent people bacause of the abuse through the ages by religions. But God is understandable, it is absolutely reasonable. It's the (believed) separation from it that creates the pain.

I heard a story…

German May
German May

Thank you, Anne, I anjoy "The End of Seeking", both literally as well as metaphorically. :-)

"It may well be that this is the only place where purification is possible, but I would prefer not to make those kinds of assumptions if I can help it: the traditions offer us tremendous refinement and depth and breadth of knowledge and revelation, but there can also be a mythologising element to the teachings and a proclaiming of facts and certainty where there can only be in my opinion, speculation and conjecture. I'm happy to be proven wrong!"

Yes indeed, I agree, there is no need either; it helps increasing urgency :-) on the other hand, for those who want to believe, but…

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