There is a quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Father Pierre, let’s call him. He once said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
I used to hear this, and I would think… “Oh, that’s a clever thing to say.”
But these days, I think old Father Pierre had it right.
He was a French philosopher and Jesuit priest. But check it. He also was trained as a paleontologist and geologist… and this guy took part in the discovery of Peking Man.
Now, I have discovered Peking Duck on several occasions. But to be a part of the discovery of Peking Man, is like… WAY cool.
This guy was a thinker, I’ll tell you. He had some lofty ideas about our inner selves. He conceived the idea of the Omega Point. It basically describes a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which the universe is evolving.
I’ve been to Walmart, and to Speedway. I am not sure that all humans are on board with this “evolving complexity and consciousness” idea. None the less. I know some people who really ARE headed in that direction. I like to be around them. Some animals too.
As a result, I have been working very hard to incorporate these practices into my own life. The whole deal of it. The awareness, the peacefulness, the slowing down of mind and thought. Yes. The consciousness.
It brings me calm, and a sense of placid tranquility.
And then I get into my car and go to town to take care of my daily-doings. A guy pulls out in front of me. I maintain my composure, and send a peaceful thought his way. He then proceeds to drive very slowly. Even still, I will not waiver. After all, there is a green light up ahead. Which turns yellow. Which Mr. Slow-Boy Driver picks up his speed just enough to make it through… and there I sit… staring at the bright red traffic light.
Needless to say, my level of peace and tranquility flew right out the window with my hat. Yes. My hat. It went flying off my head the very moment when I blew my top.
… ……. You know…. most days….. I just feel like a human being in a human being suit. Truth be told.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
— Henry David Thoreau