Sometimes, in a Robert Frostian impulse, I take the road less traveled. To the eye, these roads have a physical essence. Such was the most recent journey that Gloria and I made to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in northern Colombia. Our mission was to support activities related to assistance to the indigenous peoples of that region. Going in, the physical, pragmatic aspects of this mission had quite a bit of clarity and to a lesser extent, so did the intellectual aspects. And as is often the case, understanding the emotional and spiritual aspects was more like trying to discern trees in a misty forest. We had to get a lot closer to the ‘trees’ before the distinct aspects of these dimensions became readily perceivable.
My belief is that every ‘thing’ in our perceived reality, is simultaneously expressed in the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. In this, our third dimensional incarnation, it seems to be easier for us to be proactively conscious of the physical and, to a lesser degree, intellectual dimensions, whereas the development of our emotional and spiritual consciousness is largely reactive. Roughly speaking, the mud we are standing in is a strong impediment to increasing consciousness in these other dimensions. In other words we tend to build our worldview, our model of reality, largely from sensory experience and thought. And we also tend to habituate our worldview and operate automatically with less consciousness. To paraphrase G.I. Gurdjieff, even those who think they are enlightened, are still largely asleep. (more…)