Tuesday, October 20, 2015

On Source


An Essay from my new book

We can see that Light and Magnetism enjoy identical nature and essence.  Further, we can see that their union produces and sustains Life.  It is this last observation that serves as the root of Wisdom.  To co-emanatory and inter-reliant energies align in their union to provide the abundance upon which life, as we understand it, depends.  The impulse to place any delimitation around this purposeful unity by ascribing to it some human-derived name or principle diminishes the elegant completeness that it represents.  By understanding its true essence and observing its core nature, we can precisely see how our lives, our stories, our obscurations and our contrivances foster an illusion of separation from perfect coherence with Source.

I use the term “Source” for its precision.  Unlike “origin” which implies some Euclidean distance in time or space limited to linear projections, Source evokes the same essential nature as its first order expressions – Light and Magnetism: namely, persistence, generative, and infinitely orthogonal.  Mesopotamian cultures known to have a profound knowledge of these first order expressions used the cuneiform representation IDIGNA to represent the artesian source of the rivers around which much of civilization organized – the Tigris and Euphrates.  In the Indus, the might Himalayas gave rise to great rivers around which Indic and Sinic culture emerged and flourished.  The Andean cultures had some of their greatest temples at the artesian and mountain springs which fed the Pacific and created the alluvial Amazonia. 

:and preserving the reflected wavelength and essence of the observed Sun was used to adorn the head of the kings and priests.  Was this because it was known to amplify reception and the transmission of energies to and from the head of its wearer?  Was it known to be a conductor of the wisdom afforded by a deep understanding of Light and Magnetism throughout the cosmos?  While we can only speculate, its universality would point to purpose and knowledge over some coincidence.  Why did many cultures find copper to be an important symbol of power and health – two highly correlated expressions in a functioning society?  Like gold, it enjoys high conductivity and luminosity.

The essential nature of Source must be clearly articulated to recognize its coherence or the capricious introduction of willful dissonance.  I will attempt to add precision to the tripartite nature of Source and its First Order manifestations:  Light and Magnetism.

Persistence:  This is the nature of that which has the capacity to emanate and engages the same in complete manifestation unaltered by any exogenous condition.  Rather than relying on an external stimulus to spring into action, persistence self-activates and does not concern itself with reflexive responses and patterns in the field.  It has perfect awareness knowing that the activity engaged is fully provisioned at the pace, intensity, and frequency suitable for the action.  It exists with total ecosystem awareness conscripting that which is required not for its consumption but for its energetic emancipation from a potentiated state into an actualized purpose.

Generative: This is the nature of that which, at its essence is wholly aligned for the emanation of that which can be experienced by and benefit other matter an energy.  Beyond the notion of creation or destruction – a duality that is the product of a constricted perception – generation is that which organizes cycles of perpetual transformation.  Generative processes in and of themselves neither define nor delimit themselves.  Rather, the perpetually align matter and energy in such a way that other systems flourish.

Infinitely Orthogonal:  This is the principle of absolute perspectival equanimity.  Regardless of the point of view of the observer/participant/beneficiary, the capacity for equivalent observation or us is complete.  The elegance of orthogonality is that, as each perspective is entirely uncorrelated to each other perspective, perfect symmetry independent of perspective is achieved through dimensional indifference.

When we consider the Sun’s expression of Light or the bar magnet’s expression of magnetism, we see that Source in situ has an effect on, but does not require a response from, that which it encounters.   When Source is animated or in approximation, sensitive respondents consciously engage and animate.  The heliotropic dance of the flower is evidence of conscious recognition of the essentiality of Source awareness.  The iron filings that align to the infinite sweeps of the magnetic field are evidencing Source awareness. 

Source Awareness has a few essential attributes.  First, Proximity.  The more coherent and unimpeded the path between Source and respondent, the more effortless the interaction and the more identical the effect in evidence.  Second, Purity.  The less interference between Source and respondent, the more effective the transmission and empowerment.  And finally, Proven.  This is the certitude of performance where there can exist no other explanation or attribution because the complete validation is evident and incontrovertible.  In contrast, Source defilement also has three attributes:  Remote, anonymous, and unverifiable.  Every harm done to this planet and to each other is directly dependent on one or more of these defiling impulses.  And most insidious of all, the defiling attributes are frequently cloaked in the deception of terms like “Trust” (remote from actual experience), “Faith” (reliance on an anonymous actor or energy beyond perception), and “Belief” (the requirement to dissociate discernment and perception in order to acquiesce to illusion).  None of these words nor the energies they represent have coherence with Source regardless of their profligate use and their apparent resonant proximity. 

While I’ve used as examples the Sun and a bar magnet to describe First Order expressions of Source, these are quite grand in scale and may be too mysterious to engage.  So let’s examine some examples of Source much closer in.  Inside your chest at this precise moment is an agent of Source. And while we can rush emotionally to the heart, that’s close but not spot on.  Inside the heart wall are a series of cells that self-activate.  We call them the pacemaker.  Now these cells, when functioning in absolute coherence are what literally keeps us alive and our heart beating.  However, when these same highly differentiated myocardial cells elect to function in resonance or dissonance they can stimulate all manners of arrhythmias and can cause death.  The small coordinated node is Source and Life.  The cells either behave like photons and fields in coherence or, when going it alone, act like manipulators and agents of death.  These cells, when properly functioning – as the sun activates pure photonic animation – activate nerve fibers which transmit the impulse to the rest of the heart and the muscle pumps.

I recently experienced another evidence of embodied Source.  On an early morning hike on an overcast morning, I hiked up Ekajati Peak for what I knew was my last time during a sojourn in Southern Colorado at the Tara Mandala retreat.  As I approach the stupa marking the life of the retreat’s co-founder David Petit, I chose to read aloud the tribute written about him by his beloved partner Lama Tsultrim Allione.  I had read the plaque on a previous occasion and had done so in silence.  The moment I started vocalizing the tribute to David, Source emanated from within me.  While tears came to my eyes and my voice started to quiver, I felt a heat in my chest – not my heart, not my lungs – but rather some middle space just below my sternum.  I had no temporal or spatial association with David or Lama Tsultrim but, in that moment the Source emanation in the form of a lover’s tribute, connected their literal energy and lives to mine in an undifferentiated simultaneity.  I was weeping at the end – no sadness, no sense of loss or sympathy.  Just profound reverence for an expression of pure love written years ago.

If you’ve ever seen Michelangelo’s David in Florence, you can experience and watch in the eyes of other first time onlookers Source awareness.  Here, the genius in his art took simple marble and brought forth something far more transcendent than a nude statute of a young man.  Within the marble, he expressed the essence of a shepherd, warrior, lover, king standing in perfect elegance and capable of communicating to persons from every culture regardless of the familiarity with the Biblical account.  David’s elegant atemporal beauty is Source emanating from marble interacting with Michelangelo’s genius.

And David gives us another important path to ancient wisdom.  The marble is starting to crack in the ankles and many fear that one day, he will fall.  Like one day the Sun will supernova or burn out or like one day magnetized matter will compress in infinite density and give rise to the hyperpolarized nursery to birth the process all over again.  Abrahamic faiths have a universal prohibition on making graven images.  This was an important concession to the realization that humans tend to imbue in the artifact what they perceive to be the representation of the essence.  And if this goes on, the risk is that the artifact becomes the agent of reverence and, in so doing, supplants the consciousness of the essence.  Islam and Aztecs have their geometry; Inca and Egyptians have their architecture.  And the more the incarnate form or artifact is revered, the more distant the participant / supplicant is from Source.  The incarnation that is coherent with Source is but one photon transmitting the energy.  And the world would do well to realize that imitation and adherence are not aspirational ideals as to be an aspirant is to reify the illusion of separation.  And Source is coherently One – always and in every phase and state.  The evidence of incarnate and emanating Source is the basis for great inspiration but should not give rise to emulation or aspiration.  Rather it should serve as a reminder that we – the great cosmic union – are born of one and are perfectly inseparable from each other. 

While essential nature shows us that we are all inextricably united in our matter and energy and that any notion of separation is entirely dissonant with the evidentiary witness of Source, this has not stopped at least three millennia of corruptors from instituting cultural manipulations which seek to prey upon the fears which can only be perceived when the illusion of separation is imposed upon reality – notably promoted as Trust, Faith, and Belief.  Elaborate pantheons of gods, demons, dakinis, angels, prophets and saints have been contrived, largely through oral traditions, to obfuscate the ever present coherence of Source.  Esoteric symbols, geometric forms – all evidencing Source influence in their basic forms – have frequently been relegated to occult or mystery schools known by only a few and exclusively accessible to the “initiated”.  And while traditions like the Tibetan Dzogchen contain beautiful Source-inspired photonic practices such as “transmissions” and “empowerments” in which the guru and disciple literally share a common mind or realization, these practices are also restricted to approved practitioners.  When was the last time physics could show you an unqualified photon?  When did you hear of an oxygen refusing to pair with a hydrogen to flow as water because the hydrogen was having a bad hair day or came from the wrong side of the Periodic Table in a previous bonding relationship?  See, while we can make light of this on one hand, when it comes to suffering, injury and extinction, imposed qualifications are all too often the result of horrific and callous predation using the cunning reflex of fear rather than the simple endless mundane entropic states. 

And here may be the more insidious reason why we innovate ways to obscure Source wisdom.  As it is its own evidence and teacher, Source wisdom cannot be monetized because, thanks to its infinite orthogonality, it can be understood by all with absolute equivalence.  Now clearly this condition poses an existential threat to the scientist and the theologian alike.  No surprise that these two professions are the most robust in layering onto Source their own ontology and complexity so as to make the illusion of their exclusivity and remoteness their respective rice bowls.  Is there new literacy and new linguistics needed for the re-emergent Source awareness?  Absolutely.  But it should be as easy as taking off one’s clothes and walking naked in the garden in the blazing splendor of the Sun or as simple as playing with a bar magnet in the dirt. 

Source can be easily discerned as it is a persistent energy all around us.  But its evidence is accessed by First Order perceivable manifestations.  Light and Magnetism are, in our time, the most uncorruptible First Order expressions universally available to any observer.  Their interactions, like photosynthesis, oxidative phosphorylation, molecular formation, auspicious order are isomorphic with Source as they are in coherent proximity to and fully animated exclusively by Source.  These interactions can be considered Second Order expressions.  Now it’s important to note that, like electrons spinning around a nucleus, proximity to the center is neither better nor worse.  In fact, as we move to outer layers, we find a very special and critical function in the outer shells – the capacity to be the site for covalent bonding.  This is an exceptionally important and precise type of molecular formation as it is in the covalent bond that the electron models its indivisibility with Source.  In the bond, it’s neither one atom’s nor the others but rather occupies an egoless, identity-free middle reality. 

Consider the water molecule.  One oxygen and two hydrogen atoms bond to take these two gases and transition their states through liquid, solid, gas, or transitional crystalline structures and matter.  While unified, these atoms retain attributes of their discrete nature but in the shared electron environment, they also have the capacity to transit phases and states not accessible to themselves in isolation.  They didn’t “gain” or “lose” as some would describe.  Rather they elected union based on intent and purpose.  If any hierarchy was necessary in isomorphism, we wouldn’t have water.  The contribution of hydrogen to oxygen and vice versa are equivalently important and can only be separated with the application of exogenous energy. 

So it is that we can see that Source both emanates through and is the patron of Covalence.  It reminds us that Together is Our essential state and allows us to quickly discern that which and those who seek prey upon separation for their own destructive designs.  When there is an impulse to impose separation in any form, Source Covalence is being violated and another dissonant energy is being expressed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I Found My Voice

Enough with the models that don't work.   Now let's move the fulcrum!

For all those I love, this video and this moment is one of the best pictures to answer the question, "So what is it that you Do?" Please join in the dance.

While you're here, please watch the follow up promotional video on the Corporation

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Laudato si' and Other Miracles


Cardinal Pelagius warned the itinerant friar from Assisi against his attempt to meet Sultan Malik al-Kamil in Egypt 796 years ago about nowish.  During the summer battles in the heat and humidity of the Nile delta, thousands of Crusaders and Muslims had been killed and the notion that two unarmed pious men would make it to the Sultan's camp alive was beyond the pale.  According to most accounts, the fact that Francis of Assisi and his companion Illuminatio survived their capture before being brought through the conflict into Sultan al-Kamil's compound was miracle enough.  The hospitality and dialogue that ensued over the subsequent week represents unimaginable kindness on the part of both great and pious men.  And the fact that Francis returned to Europe with a muezzin's ivory horn which he used to call faithful Catholics to prayer as he'd heard Muslims similarly called indicates that the fraternity of this heretical visit transcended the sanctified, murderous zealotry of the 13th century.

I listened intently to Pope Francis' September 25, 2015 address to the United Nations and, together with millions of others, reflected on the humanity that his words and actions represent in a time when zealotry and conflict are grabbing headlines across the globe.  And to be sure, Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato si' have fallen about as far from Pope Innocent III's murderous crusades and tyrannical usury as could be imagined.  The historical irony - a 21st century pontiff bearing the name of a saint who's Order was recognized by Pope Innocent III (yes, the same pope that nullified the Magna Carta) - of overturning principles codified 800 years earlier is one that bears note.  But as I listened to several speakers at the Climate Investing: Transition to a Low-Carbon World conference at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana over the past two days reference Pope Francis' many notable quotes about morality and justice, I found myself flooded with heretical thoughts worthy of the Inquisitor's wrack or pyre.

As with hundreds of conferences before, the conversation at this conference recited the tired apocalyptic catechism of degrees centigrade, meters of sea level, tons of carbon emissions, etc.  Somber specters of human extinction were benignly accommodated punctuated by flashes of hope against the soot-blackened outlook on a humanity that is addicted to consumption, hypnotized under the 60Hz spell, and reflexively immune from pathos by presenting gargantuan scale obstacles to intimidate the most intrepid.  In South Bend, we had our Cardinal Pelagius telling us of certain doom, our Innocent III praising the infallible utility gods, and a couple would be Francis and Illuminatios.  But, missing from this conversation - as with so many other similar gatherings - was the recognition that we will not clear the skies or clean the waters until we kneel to humbly repent of a much blacker stain than any carbon could muster.  We still hold onto the abusive notion that we are lords over the earth and we reinforce that illusion by our relentless fear that to contemplate a heresy that threatens the monetary malignancy that demands perpetual growth beyond all natural order is to step too far into the unknown. 

So, while I know that the Vatican bank and the $150 billion a year juggernaut called the Catholic Church will turn to advisors like former Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig at Promontory Financial Group (the firm that was paid reportedly around $2 billion to help bail out their banking clients during the GFC) for their advice and strategic direction, I thought that it might behoove us to consider excerpts of a note I drafted for Pope Francis when I was put on stand-by to comment on his then-up-coming visit to the United States.

Dear Pope Francis,

Your words and actions since becoming the Bishop of Rome have been a fragrant nectar in a desert of moral decay.  Together with millions of others, I deeply honor the courage you've exemplified in challenging the iconic expectations of your office.  Were you and I able to meet one day, I would lean into my Anabaptist heritage and engage in the one lost sacrament that I believe we would both share: the washing of feet in service and humility.  As a young boy, I spent my birthdays traveling through the missions of California and found myself constantly drawn to St. Francis as a model of the human ideal.  So with your accession, I celebrated the reinvigoration of his memory and service.

However, across the years, I've found myself increasingly concerned with what can only be described as hypocrisy plaguing the very catholic and universal impulse that you steward.  For while I can read your encyclicals and find in them profound coherence with my understanding of truth, I am blinded by the simultaneous objective insincerity that they represent when it comes to the ultimate seduction: monetary idolatry….

And let me be abundantly clear on where this idolatry is most poignant.  In Laudato si' you correctly speak of our common home and our stewardship thereof.  And while it is beyond the scope of this message, I would respectfully point out the vast land holdings your Church stole from Communities of Persistence (then labeled as "indigenous" or "heathen") across the globe in the name of Christ.  These lands which include coastal plantations in the Pacific, mining concessions in the Americas and the source of energy reserves throughout the world are now at risk of sea level rise, toxic waste and degradation, and ruin and yet as Chief Steward, you've done nothing to repatriate and heal the very lands the Church took in its darkest hours.  The gilded altars glisten with the gold and silver that came at the cost of the lives of millions in slavery and no reconciliation is proffered….

So, while we can recount the abuses of times past, allow me to offer a modest suggestion inspired by your regnal namesake.  During the height of the Crusades, St. Francis traveled to North Africa in an effort to convince a Muslim Sultan of the merits of ending a war that his Pope sponsored.  The fruits of his efforts were not realized in his life but they could be in yours.  Then, as now, massive human dislocation is taking place in Syria, Jordan, Babylon, and North Africa.  Then, as now, much of this dislocation is fueled by inequitable access to water and means of basic alimentation.  Then, as now, most of the responses from the world's elite is to rain down warfare on the "infidel" regardless of the direction he or she bends the knee. 

Let's do something different.  We know that Syria's conflagration is caused, in large part, by the failure of rains that have made scarce water insufficient to support small farmers.  This problem, expanded to scale, has inflamed old hatreds and has led to unimaginable horrors.  We know that bombings have not worked any better than swords and pikes 796 years ago.  So how about this.  Why don't you place a tithe - one tenth of your bank's balance sheet - into the St. Francis Sultan Malik al-Kamil Fund for Humanity.  Far from a "development bank", this fund would immediately offer a sukuk for water infrastructure development specifically owned by Syrian and Jordanian landowner / farmer cooperatives. The Vatican's obligation would merely be to stand as surety or collateral against the performance of the sharia compliant bond.  The bond service would be paid from the agriculture produced by the arable land.  And, at long last, the words of the Prophet Isaiah will come to fruition: "The desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose.  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing."

Truly Laudato si'