Vision for a New Earth Spirituality: Part OneGord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak RSS November 1, 2010
Slowly but surely a New Earth Spirituality is emerging as we navigate through the intense chaos and change of the ‘Great Turning.’ 2010 has not been a cakewalk for those on a conscious path, for there has been lots of cleansing and purging. However, this is always accompanied by a sense of emergence and awakening to the newness to come. We are not out of the woods on this one yet. Having a malleable vision of what might emerge from the “Great Shift’ helps us to see the light at the end of the tunnel – something to aspire to so that we don’t get bogged down with the denser energies of the clearing process. While we are betwixt and between the Old World and New World, we would like to explore some concepts that have emerged, guiding us forward to the spirituality of the New Earth. New Earth Spirituality is different from the New Age, for it contains a maturity and a timeless wisdom. It is inspiring and uplifting in a grounded yet enchanting way. It is not based on magical or fantastical thinking, although we do find delight in the little miracles that we have co-created in our lives along the way. It is for those who have committed to doing their inner work and who realize that, through the processes of self-inquiry, self-reflection, and inner examination, we will always be evolving and moving through challenges until the day we die. However, in merit of your spiritual growth, you have created a spiritual tool kit that helps you move through transformation with more ease and grace. You are committed to knowing what is true about yourself and resolving internal incongruities. Through all of this work, you have developed a resilient spirit and gained soul strength, stamina, and endurance. You are able to experience more divine energies in your life.
FROM SOUL, NOT EGO
When we live our lives in a soul-guided rather than ego-driven manner, we inherit the gifts of the Sacred Human. This happens through the process of alchemy, whereby the leaden consciousness is changed to gold. Gradually, our negative egoic selves are burned off and transformed. The ego is not annihilated, but becomes the soul’s willing servant. The death of the negative egoic self occurs through two main processes – love and suffering. When we truly love another, we cannot be self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and selfish if we want our relationships to work. Certain compromises will need to be made for the well-being of our relationships. We need to embrace the spiritual qualities of compassion, empathy, non-judgment, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude for others and ourselves. This is a tall order which can take decades to master!When we experience the pain of our wounds and shadows, we really do suffer. The purpose of examining our wounds is to expose them to the light, transforming us into a healthier way of being. We no longer come from what Eckhart Tolle calls ‘the drama and suffering of the Pain Body,’ but have so much more room for our Joy Body.
SACRED HUMAN ARCHETYPE
Through the demise of the negative ego, the Sacred Human is born. Rather than having to die to experience ‘heaven,’ the Sacred Human is learning how to bring more heavenly energies into his or her earthly way of being. We walk the planet in an inspired, aware, conscious, and authentic way. We are real and grounded, and don’t have our heads in the clouds on a continual bypass to the spiritual. The Sacred Human is a beautiful archetype aligned with higher octave states of gratitude, compassion, harmony, unity, integrity, respect for all, abundance, joy, and peace. As a co-creator with the Divine, we manifest a sacred way of living through the New Earth energies that are now becoming more accessible. It is anchored in the Mystical Heart, which experiences universal love for all of humankind, the Earth, and her species. We bring more heaven to earth since we see beauty and divinity all around us in even the simplest things. The love of the Mystical Heart reaches far beyond romantic love, or love for a parent, child, relative, or friend. It encompasses unconditional love for all of humanity, regardless of race, creed, gender, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. It involves love for Gaia or Mother Earth and all of her species, whether they are from the animal, plant, or mineral kingdoms. When we are in the Mystical Heart, we are based in the Christ consciousness of unconditional love, empathy, compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment. We are able to forgive and let go of resentment. We give generously and share from the bounty of our hearts. It is the only energy that will sustain our beloved planet and help her to survive ecological disaster.
CURRENTS OF NEW EARTH ENERGY
The Sacred Human has a plethora of spiritual currents guiding his or her life. The primary currents that influence us are love, light, transformation, truth, empowerment, abundance, co-creation, and joy. Being only on one or two currents would narrow our perspective. For example, embracing only the love current may make us compassionate but not discerning. The current of truth must be added in order to see through our own distortions and delusions and those of others. Transformation is the true nature of the universe, and the element of light catalyzes the evolution of our souls. After completing so much inner work and moving through pain and suffering, we make a choice to experience more joy and happiness in our lives. The Sacred Human is not afraid of change, for this is the way of the universe. We become agents of change for ourselves, others, and society. We are alchemists and know how to transform ‘lead to gold.’ Over the next few months in this column, we will continue to develop the Vision for a New Earth Spirituality, providing you with a tool kit so that you can implement these concepts into everyday living and ride the transition of the Great Turning in an exhilarating and enlightened way!
Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org