EXCERPTS BELOW FROM "We Are Bio-Cosmic Beings Learning to Live in a Living Universe1" BY Duane Elgin
The transition from self-serving separation to world-serving cooperation confronts us with an evolutionary crisis: Who are we? What kind of Universe do we live in? Where are we going?
Seeing ourselves as part of the fabric of creation awakens our sense of connection with, and compassion for, the totality of life.
Awakening to our larger identity as both unique and inseparably connected with a co- arising Universe transforms feelings of existential separation into experiences of subtle communion as bio-cosmic beings. We are far richer, deeper, more complex, and more alive than we ever thought.
We don’t need a miracle to save us—we are already inside the miracle of sustaining aliveness. Instead of being saved from death, our job is to bring mindful attention to our ever-emerging aliveness in the here and now.We are shifting from seeing ourselves as accidental creations wandering through a lifeless cosmos without meaning or purpose to seeing ourselves engaged in a sacred journey of discovery in a Universe with stunning depth and richness of purpose.
Annemarie Schimmel said, “Once the journey to God is finished, the infinite journey in God begins.”
A felt ethics emerges from our intuitive connection with the living Universe in the form of a ‘moral tuning fork.’ We can each tune into the non-local field of life and sense what is in harmony with the wellbeing of the whole.
But what does ‘home’ mean in our time of profound, global change? Is home a familiar dwelling? Or is home a visceral and intuitive feeling that we have deep inside? For many, home is a feeling of safety, acceptance just as you are, and a sense of belonging. We also have the feeling of being home when we are deeply relaxed within ourselves and making meaningful contributions to the wellbeing of those around us. With this as a guide, we can anticipate that, as the old world breaks down economically, socially, and environmentally, new searches for ‘home’ are underway—and this is leading many to search for new kinds of community. As the world unravels, smaller communities can provide lifeboats of resilience and belonging to weather the storms of transition.
Duane Elgin is an international recognized speaker, author and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world.