Michael Dowd at Sedona: Six Agreements

Michael Dowd spoke to the Sedona Integral Group on April 25, 2014. In this excerpt, Dowd offers six points of agreement on which religious and secular people...

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Comment by Balder on May 9, 2014 at 9:36am

This poem by Teilhard de Chardin seems fitting here, as an expression of the post-materialism that is emerging, what I playfully call mata-realism:

"Blessed be you, harsh matter, barren soil, stubborn rock: you who yield only to violence, you who force us to work if we would eat.

Blessed be you, perilous matter, violent sea, untamable passion: you who unless we fetter you will devour us.

Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.

Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards of measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God.

Blessed be you, impenetrable matter: you who, interposed between our minds and the world of essences, cause us to languish with the desire to pierce through the seamless veil of phenomena.

Blessed be you, mortal matter: you who one day will undergo the process of dissolution within us and will thereby take us forcibly into the very heart of that which exists.

Without you, without your onslaughts, without your uprooting of us, we should remain all our lives inert, stagnant, puerile, ignorant both of ourselves and of God. You who batter us and then dress our wounds, you who resist us and yield to us, you who wreck and build, you who shackle and liberate, the sap of our souls, the hand of God, the flesh of Christ: it is you, matter, that I bless.

I bless you, matter, and you I acclaim: not as the pontiffs of science or the moralizing teachers depict you, debased, disfigured — a mass of brute forces and base appetites — but as you reveal yourself to me today, in your totality and your true nature. . . .

I acclaim you as the divine milieu, charged with creative power, as the ocean stirred by the Spirit, as the clay molded and infused with life by the incarnate Word. . . .

Raise me up then, matter, to those heights, through struggle and separation and death; raise me up until, at long last, it becomes possible for me in perfect chastity to embrace the universe." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Comment by andrew on May 9, 2014 at 12:35am

If there is such a thing as kindred spirits as far as framing messages then this would be a kindred spirit to me. Dowd could think of my alter-ego as one crying in the wilderness saying the same things that he says although such a person must remain neutral to any one particular faith. God allows this type of superhero to blast just about everyone! Yes, I have seen the Elohim! And I haven't a clue as to who or what they are! And for some reason I find that funny:)

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