The modern Christian belief system of Panentheism is attempting to re-capture the spirit of early Celtic Christianity, but the living mystical connection with nature – which came natural to the ancient Celts because it was an integral part of their religion and culture – is lacking in Panentheism and in modern Christianity.
Fortunately, we Canadians have an indigenous culture in which the living mystical connection with nature is still very much alive. If we sincerely asked our Native sisters and brothers to forgive us the wrongs we have committed against them and their culture, and humbly and respectfully asked them to share their culture and spirituality with us, then I imagine they would.
I seriously suggest that we Canadian Christians make the indigenous spirituality of our country into our new Old Testament. I do, however, not propose that we put Native spirituality in writing and use it in place of the Old Testament; I only suggest that we do what the early Celtic Christians did: make the indigenous nature religion of our country the basis for a renewed Christian faith.
Our present Christian belief system is based on an unquestioning belief in a set of doctrines which are, by and large, unprovable hypotheses. Now, in our scientific age, unquestioning belief is no longer acceptable. Improbable hypotheses are being discarded. This leaves our Christian faith on shaky grounds.
“But I feel what I believe!” many of us will say. When we feel what we believe, however, we leave the realm of logic and enter the realm of intuition, mysticism, and animism, all of which are shunned by modern day liberals and intellectuals. The more intellectually sophisticated we became, the more we denied the importance or even the existence of intuition. Finally, we overlooked completely what our “primitive” ancestors have perceived intuitively: that the world is an organic and synchronistic whole.
Intellectuals who regard intuition as unintelligent have it all wrong – Intuition is highly intelligent! Intuition is the governing intelligence of the cosmos, the intelligence of wisdom. Intuition is syncretic intelligence, godly intelligence, the intelligence that has governed the universe since the beginning of time.
Intuition is not illogical or irrational. Illogic is unsound logic; irrationality is twisted rationality. Intuition is neither of those; intuition is the diametric opposite of rationality. Intuition is the experience, apprehension and conscious awareness of the state of synthesis as the basic state of being.
Intuition is central to any civilized society. The primary intent of intuition is to receive perceptions that could otherwise not be perceived. In intuition we experience reality as is, not as we think it is. The use of intuition enables us to resolve issues that could not be resolved any other way. Intuition is the mother of all arts; it introduces us to the magical and mystical, the mysterious and miraculous. To experience reality as a dynamic, interactive and synchronistic whole; to experience ourselves as an inseparable part of that whole; to sense our place within the whole and act directly from that knowledge – this is intuition!
Of course intuition can go wrong, but so can reason. The self-destructive direction into which we humans are headed is an example of reason having gone very wrong. We are committing ecological suicide by destroying our own ecological resource base. We are destroying the results of millions of years of evolution and, at the same time, desecrating the creator in and around us. To reverse this self-destructive trend, to save ourselves from ecological suicide and to save our Christian faith, we need to re-discover intuition and re-spiritualize man and nature. And the best way to re-discover intuition would be to consult those who never lost it: Our First People.
Everything in nature has evolved from pre-existing forms; the natural process of evolution uses pre-existing forms as the foundation for new forms. This applies not only to biological evolution but also to cultural evolution. In our self-created evolution of spirituality, we Christians forgot that intuitive spirituality was there first, and that logical spirituality needs to be based on intuitive spirituality. Instead we built a framework of logical beliefs on an illogical foundation. It is high time to put a firm intuitive foundation under our framework of logical beliefs and again worship God in nature.
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A series of articles about the Human Spirit and the inner guidance that causes us to reach out to others and to the God Particle...
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Our New Old Testament?
By Hermann Harlos
Inspired by Christian teachers like Pelagius, Ninian, Eriugena, and Patrick, 6th-century Ireland underwent a synthesis between the nature religion of pre-Christian Druidism and Christian religion. The early Irish Celtic Christians, as well as the early Celtic Christians of Scotland, Wales, and England, incorporated rather than eliminated many aspects of their earlier religion, so that their pre-Christian mysticism became sort of an Old Testament to them. Unfortunately, the Synod of Whitby (664) put an end to Celtic Christianity. Roman Christianity became the official religion of Christendom.
Celtic Christianity regarded all nature as spiritual and worshiped God in nature. Unfortunately, Roman Christianity separated spirit from nature. This “Cardinal” mistake haunts us to this day. The de-spiritualization of man and nature is, to large extent, responsible for the destructiveness of modern man as well as the general psychological and spiritual despair in Western culture.
The God Particle or the Goddamn Particle?
Trying to understand two different ideas about God.
"Today .... we have the standard model, which reduces all of reality to a dozen or so particles and four forces. ... It's a hard-won simplicity [...and...] remarkably accurate. But it is also incomplete and, in fact, internally inconsistent... This boson is so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname: the God Particle. Why God Particle? Two reasons. One, the publisher wouldn't let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing. And two, there is a connection, of sorts, to another book, a much older one...”
- Dr. Leon Lederman explaining his choice within the long human search for knowledge and understanding the universe.
Seeking an understanding of the universe and the identity of what is at the beginning and the end continues to envelop human consciousness. Today, we have a selection of macro views on the subject, but it’s the micro view that will in essence change our lives.
The personal connection to the “God Particle” is what will preoccupy us as our final waking moments come to a close, but our greatest challenge is to give the subject some serious thought in advance of the final moment…if there is in fact a final moment.
Dr. Lederman’s struggle to attach a name to this finding of science serves as a bit of a metaphor regarding our idea of what is there – or not. The “God Particle” suggests something mysterious, inviting and extraordinary; while the “Goddamn Particle” suggests something very different and elevates a feeling of frustration and even repulsion. In short – one seems easy to achieve; the other is tough and elusive
It’s this difference or separation that has captured the essence of humanity for eons, and most certainly influences us today. Like many other organized religions Judean-Christian ideals hold the underpinnings that form support for our modern western civilization, and within it is a belief that heaven exists somewhere other than here.
We have created a dominant spirituality that is based on the Earth being disposable.
The culture of ascension or escape to heaven drives our approach to choice-making – and it emerges in all devices constructed by our modern society. Our need to explore space to discover other places and beings may be to satisfy a scientific desire to ascend to a better place.
Tourism might be all about going to where the grass is greener, to escape from our reality even if it is for just a short time – the spa was heaven, indeed.
This faith in a heavenly afterlife runs deep within civilization and its religions – no matter how bad things get, there is always hope that we can go to that better place – within our consumer behavior, a shopping mall might describe such an event as a 2 for 1 sale.
Fears associated with the end of days motivates our need to be saved by something greater, and one that will rescue us from ourselves, after all it’s the end of days, why should we save the planet – we won’t be here.
The indigenous cultures of this planet have always been challenged with our idea that this greater place is somewhere else that can’t be seen; and you can only get there if you follow the rules; trust us, we know it to be true, God says so; you’ll find out after you die – but only if you’re good.
This idea continues to be met with some skepticism – but only by a few it seems.
After all, if the Earth is heaven like indigenous cultures suggest, not taking care of her would cause her to die and there would be no other place to go.
And that truly would be the en
An archeological excavation of an ancient medicine wheel site in southern Alberta.