“Through the incarnation God descended into nature in order to super-animate and take it back to him.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
God is a complicated and controversial word. But if we can define God as the fundamental and transcendent unitive logic of the cosmic order then we can understand ourselves as extrusions, expressions and extensions of this universal truth.
We know our lives are directed by forces that operate within and beyond us. By an agency which comes through us but not from us, which is with us but does not belong to us.
Our bodies, just like the ancient, celestial orbs that hover in the night sky, are held in place by the law of gravity. The cells within our bodies coordinate themselves, forming structures of greater order, by operating under the guiding principles of the genetic code. The thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and ideas which arise within our minds are subject to the bioelectric and neurochemical mechanisms of our nervous system. All phenomena exist and are given structure by the functions of increasingly foundational operating logics.
All our lives take place within these evolved operating patterns of the physical and the psychological, moving us toward greater degrees of order, complexity, and consciousness. From simple, primordial arrangements of electrons, neutrons and protons, to basic, multi-cellular, self-replicating bacterial life forms, to thinking and sentient human beings, to complex, elaborate and expansive cultures, cities and civilisations.
There is a higher directive, operating throughout the layered, interrelated systems of the physical, chemical, biological, cultural and technological matrices of the cosmic superstructure, a current moving us toward increasing integration, connection and unity.
“Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
From this force has emerged higher and increasingly complex levels of intelligence and awareness, man arose and through him a conscious cognitive capacity for comprehending, contemplating and commandeering the very dynamic through which itself was born. Through man, evolution has evolved its own evolvability.
“Man must now assume conscious control of evolution itself… the subjection of the process of evolution itself to conscious human guidance” — Alvin Toffler, ‘Future Shock’
“We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” — E. O. Wilson
The destiny of humanity, civilisation, the planet and the cosmos itself are now intertwined, woven together through the evolutionary movement toward unity, awareness and self-determination, subject now to the actualising potentiality of conscious stewardship.
“We are as Gods, and we have to get good at it” — Stewart Brand, ‘The Whole Earth Catalogue’
Through the forces of evolution we are self-realising Godhood; engineering our own divinity. We are witnessing the literalisation of our central cultural metaphor, our primary symbol for articulating the sacred and the sublime, the immanent and the transcendent; The deity.
“Having created the Gods, perhaps we can turn into them” — Alan Harrington, ‘The Immortalist’
To quote Aldous Huxley, the psychedelic philosopher, religion could be, and perhaps should be, and maybe at it’s best has been “the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man’s Final End, the unitive knowledge of the immanent Tao or Logos, the transcendent Godhead, or Brahman”.
Erik Davies, the countercultural scholar, says that “The human design process will achieve a kind of infinite velocity, everything becomes linked with everything else and matter becomes mind”.
The Jesuit mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin believed everything in the universe is fated to spiral towards a final Omega Point of divine unification, that Christ was guiding the evolutionary process toward a state of glorification so that humanity could finally merge with God in eternal perfection. In the Gospel of Thomas Christ teaches “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become as I am, and I will become that person, and the mysteries will be revealed to him.” Like Christ, we are of man, and we are of God.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” — King James Bible, Revelation 22:13
“He is the One and Only; the Eternal Absolute; He begetteth not nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him” — The Holy Qu’ran; Surah 112; Verses 1–4
“Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and the individual self” — Sri Ramakrishna, Indian mystic
“To the enlightened man… whose consciousness embraces the universe, to him the universe becomes his ‘body’” — Lama Anagarika Govinda, Buddhist teacher
The warmth of God is in your breath, the light of God is in your eye, the being of God is within your soul. The word of God is writ not upon paper or parchment, it is writ in the language of the stars, of the creatures, of the land. It is love and it is life.
We are all that is, could be, and ever was. We are all which isn’t, which couldn’t, and was never.
We are all that is living and all that is dead, that which is both and that which is neither.
We are that which flows through all the rivers, that moves through all the winds, that beats through all our hearts. That which runs through the reaching branches of the forest tree, through the swirling arms of our spinning galaxy.
From the pebble to the stellar, from the soil to the star. Godhood, manifest.