A little over a week ago I started participating in an on line class called “Co-Human Harmony“. The idea is to work on understanding and tools to help create bridges in a divisive society or situation. I signed up because I think it’s so important right now and because I realize I even have a problem quite often about joining groups who are working for peace or justice (i.e. theoretically same view as mine) because I frame these issues so differently.
I’m loving the class but also struggling for the same reasons. The quite valid point of the class is to learn tools for bridging divides where people are, which is generally not in a place of understanding or accepting non-duality. And I’m realizing I’ve moved so far along the path of looking at everything from a spiritual/metaphysical viewpoint, I’m having trouble answering some of the course questions within a more “practical” framework.
I believe so thoroughly we’re all divine beings who are made of energy which is part of one unified field. And I am so used to using tools like (1) moving into heart energy and shifting a room with it or (2) chanting lovingkindness for someone with whom I’m at odds or (3) doing a meditation that balances energy between me and another person before we actually interact, that I think in those terms for bridges and healing rifts.
The teacher has pointed out it’s fine to think in those terms (and has encouraged me to continue) but for these situations we’re addressing how to be in a room with, say, a Neo-Nazi, and find a way to connect as humans so we can talk. And I’m guessing as we move from studying the theoretical framework to more practical applications it may become easier to just use and apply new concepts. But right now I’m floundering in attempts to talk about my understanding of various passages, videos, etc. on which we’re asked to comment without talking about energy and chakras and stuff.
I’m really seeing how far down this spiritual path I’ve gotten. I know, I know, seems goofy after this many years for this to be a new thought. But I’ve wound up mostly hanging around with other spiritual seekers who’ve been at it for years and though I know intellectually that most people don’t think this way, I’m rarely confronted in person with how totally different the drumbeat to which I march really is.
Since most of the folks who regularly read and participate here lead deeply spiritual lives I’m very interested and curious to hear your thoughts and stories about participating as a spiritually-enmeshed person in secular affairs. Comments are welcome but I’d be even more excited to see some of you write posts about living spiritually in a secular world.
BTW, I’ll still be continuing the People Power series but as I work through this class I’ll likely switch back and forth in topics.