awareness

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We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! - St Paul

There are times when our eyes are opened to a higher plane of realisation, where everything takes on new meaning in the light of our augmented perception. A glimpse beyond the veil of our conscious reality opens us up to a more expansive reality, one which seeks to enlighten our minds and expand our transcendental horizons.

Awareness is the epiphany that mystery offers us, a gift from the gods designed to enlarge our understanding and awaken our spiritual senses to a new participation in super-natural relationship. We live in a very small minded universe where we are limited to our paradigmatic experiences. And while those experiences delineate the parameters of our existence we all have a deep longing for a greater awareness and grasp on the hidden and yet to be revealed gifts that life has for us.

When the 'treasures of darkness’, as the mystics call them reveal themselves they throw light on our comprehension of life and the advanced engagement and pleasure it offers us. This is a summons to embrace a new sense of awe and appreciation for the beauty being exposed to us.

The key to greater awareness is curiosity, an inquisitiveness and fascination with the unexplored terrain of the unknown. Theologians, philosophers and mystics alike have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of this ontological mystery. The desire for greater discovery and unveiling of the undisclosed keeps our imagination alive and fuels the excitement of eventual surprise.

Awareness ultimately confronts our scepticism and cynicism in order to remind us that life, in the light of our suspicion and mistrust,  is more than we can see or comprehend.

Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “GOD is in this place—truly. And I didn't even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”

What if we woke up one day and the whole world as we knew it had suddenly changed and everything had been turned upside down and inside out? That God was no longer a distant deity estranged from the work of creation and heaven was more than an afterlife possibility? Our fears and awe would suddenly meet in the middle of a deep experience of otherness where wonder and the holy (profound) could begin to transform our understanding. Jacob is our awareness archetype, a reminder that there is a sleeping giant waiting to be awakened in us, a reintroduction to the God who has been here all along. Living fully aware is a daily quest to wipe the sleep from our eyes and see the other-worldly presence that is all around us, inviting us to walk into every day fully awake.

There are a number of factors that contribute to us not being aware of the sacred, none more so than the rationalistic framework of reason that has fuelled our agnosticism, not so much our disbelief in God but our inability to cope with ’not knowing’. (‘Agnostic” is from the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, preceded by the negation ‘a’ -: an agnostic is one who does not know)

A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music - these seem to be an expectation and awareness of a Great Presence.           - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Nature, beauty, a song, the innocence of a small child, all are a reminder of something at work in the universe that is contributing to the re-enchantment of AWARENESS. Maybe we should join the chorus of creations song and allow ourselves to be caught up in the euphoria of the moment, embracing the simplicity and subtleties of our sacred experiences, re-languageing our lives with new meaning?

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria         'My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul'