Today I want to reflect on a meditation by Richard Rohr called ‘The mystics see in wholes’, a challenge to visualise life through a new set of lenses.
At a surface level we see the world from our individual and independent vantage point, categorising and classifying all things in their defined place of meaning and belonging, a constructured universe that functions as a combination of its many parts rather than a unified whole that reveals its atomic makeup in a beautiful uniformity and symmetry. We strive for definition and clarification, fixated on the need to break everything down to its finite parts, to somehow become the masters of omniscience.
‘The mystics see in wholes’ - Richard Rohr
The ‘hidden wholeness’ of the universe continues to reveal herself in the most sagacious ways, all singularity profoundly connected to the greater whole, pointing out a deep web of interdependence and association that eventually leads us to theosis - a mystical union with God.
'Lady Julian of Norwich saw when she looked at a single hazelnut and understood, “It is all that is made.” She is either delusional or seeing what most of us do not see.' - Richard Rhor
Everything is connected, finding its purpose and meaning in the other, drawing life from each constituent of the greater whole. The great poets found their inspiration hidden in the essence of everything, their writings often a result of self-discovery and self-realisation, epiphany no less.
'To see the World' by William Blake
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
When humans were formed and began to grace the earth with relational fusion the poets coined the phrase “one flesh” which was later relanguaged as “what God has joined let no man separate”, not just a cliche for marriage union but also a mantra for human flourishing, our lives forever joined by an evolutionary mandate. Our human ‘being’ is a mystical whole, the very core of our self a mix of complex genetic material that reveals our DNA and resulting chromosome makeup. We not only come from one-another we are one-and-the-other separated at birth by a distinctive that some cosmic conspiracy has cooked up, sometimes a recipe for disaster at an individual level, and yet somehow an opportunity for us to reimagine the true purpose of what it means to be the human race, a beautiful conflation just waiting to happen.