What I said in the previous post may seem incongruent with what I have to say in this one. I just characterized the Integral awakening as a revolution, a powerful force for cultural and social and spiritual change. However, I am not about to tell you that is also a radical acceptance of What Is.
By what is, I am not talking about the status quo but All-That-Arises. I am talking about the totality of reality which is a field of fullness which is in a constant state of evolution. I am talking about an enlightened awareness, at least in part.
The Integral awakening is happening in the ever-present Now, but it does not settle complacently with the accumulated results of history. It holds the past and future in balance and acts out of a sense of responsibility to maximize awareness, compassion, and love for all beings. Thus it can really be both accepting of the status quo and revolutionary by holding a paradox.
Acceptance is an important moment in a polarity which the Integral outlook must embrace. It is the action of consenting to receive All-That-Arises and undertake the opportunities which it offers. One never accepts All-That-Arises in general, but only in a particular and unique way.
What I say must resonate with you on some deep level because it is a universal truth of human existence. We are gifted with each moment anew and must choose what to make of it. You already know that of which I speak. You are living it right now, even if you would deny it.
If the language I am using to describe it seems foreign or inaccessible or distasteful, then there is fault to be spread around. My particular phraseology comes out of my own religious tradition — Catholic Christianity — and my own philosophical outlook — a sort of Integral panentheism and esotericism. It is in itself inadequate for your perspective. It requires a wrestling with.
I invite you to take in my particular perspective as a framework available to you. I can’t force you to see your own experience from my prism, and I wouldn’t want to. Then how would I learn from your prism?
What I have to offer is a gift from my Unique Self to yours, ready for unwrapping. Will you accept the gift?
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