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God Has Fallen Out of Religion Into Human Hearts

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Art work of James Tunney

Art work of James Tunney

I found this posted on my Facebook account this morning by one of my friends that I first met on Twitter a few years ago. It’s strange how the universe has changed to include cyberspace. All of a sudden, the boundaries of time and space have been displaced, becoming thinner and more vulnerable than what I had come to believe about the nature of time and space.

Over the past few days, I have found a curious and almost overwhelming sense of spiritual oneness. I have received e-mails, tweets, Facebook messages, LinkedIn messages, phone calls, and of course face-to-face interactions that all have one common theme – that of warmth, a moment of agape love and the oneness of our shared humanity. Some of those who have connected are strong Catholics, nominal Catholics, assorted Protestants, Buddhists, Muslims, Jungians and even atheists. All have one thing in common –  their spiritual essence has been activated and honoured with each one engaging in a spiritual journey that includes others.

Jung’s quote in the image is one that resonates with me, taking away the limits and boundaries of religion and opening the spiritual journey to include all places, all people, and more. I have a second quotation I want to include for you on this spiritual day, a day when the layer between ordinary and the almost impossible is thinnest allowing us to feel, see, and be as we were meant to see, feel and be.

The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward.” Pema Chodron

Merry Christmas to all with an acknowledgement that each of you has been one more light in my life leading from the darkness into the light of new life.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

December 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

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  1. And you have been a light to me. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    Jean Raffa

    December 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  2. I am finding, although I am no philosopher of “religion”, that the Internet web of connections seems to be evolving, at a far faster rate than genetic evolution of course, towards a new metaphysics. Frequently a metaphysics that the individual formulates for themselves, rather depend upon a formal religion.

    There are many, many “leaders” in this change such as Deepak Chopra, Anodea Judith, etc. These movements assist by providing a specific focal point for the concerned individual, but don’t appear to offer a panacea to the challenges of the human condition.

    At a time where we see what appears to be a dangerous and horrifying escalation in sectarian conflict between religious and ethnic groups there are also signs of a kind of global weariness that this violence has run its course and something, indeed anything, must be found to stop the carnage.

    The difference today is that those who believe that this may be an opportunity and indeed feasible, are “flexible” to say the least on the religious/metaphysics (or not), and certainly on what “god” represents, and are far more focused on peaceful coexistence. However, I would say the jury is still out on the eventual outcome – other than eternal struggle.

    The New Year provides a welcome opportunity to recharge and reflect on how in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds the individual and global groups can effect positive change and slightly change the trajectory towards a better world. In the face of the types of politics and economics that are gaining dominance it is a daunting task.

    Bill Rathborne

    December 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

    • I don’t have use for leaders, for gurus. Even Jung is not to be treated as a guru of a new church – I can hear Jungians such as Sharp, Hall, Dourley and other classical Jungians shudder hearing this. One needs to focus on becoming conscious, on truly being responsible for “self.” The rest will take care of itself or not – and at this point in time, it looks as though “not” is the most likely scenario.


      January 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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