I have written this post already a little while back, but then there was an interruption of my internet connection for several days, so it is only today, nearly at the end of July 2012, that I am able to put it at last on my blog, sorry for that…
Here it is:
‘Ce qui est impossible aux hommes est possible a Dieu’ (Luc 18-27).
‘What is impossible to men is possible to God’ (Luke 18-27).
So quoted a nice person recently as a comment on my Facebook Wall, about that blog post of mine,’IT’S WORKING!!! THANK YOU!…’, in which I was announcing the positive result of our collective inner action to stop the strong waves eroding more and more dangerously our part of the coast here (see my most recent posts on this blog).
The intention in quoting this was no doubt very nice, and I thank that person for the intention in itself.
But the contents of the quote, what Luke was actually saying there, goes against the very point I was trying to make in my post, and in all the other posts that can be found in the same big Category on my blog: ‘THOUGHT POWER’.
Good intentions like this one are unwittingly contra-productive if they keep emphasizing our supposed incapacity and powerlessness, as compared to the reaffirmed all-powerfulness of ‘God’.
It is time we all realized that our idea of ‘God’ must change, and start including All There Is, that means also us Human Beings.
The Main Script is there, no doubt, to guide the overall Production towards its intended Happy End (and Endless New Beginning!…); but that Main Script is there only as that: the Main Script, and a myriad Secondary Scripts can also be there in the Story as it really unfolds, Secondary Scripts that are the products of our own imagination and deep wishes, variables and variations on this Central Theme we are all improvising upon all the time, usually without even knowing it.
The constantly happening results are in their details as unexpected to ‘God’ as to the rest of us… which is lucky for the said ‘God’, otherwise the poor Supreme Being would have since long probably opted for some kind of divine suicide, rather than having to endure for ever the totally predictable outcome of Her/His Lone Sovereign Will, known since Eternity, for Eternity!!!
It is this very unpredictability of what exactly will happen at any given moment which introduces the element of surprise, and of its very important effect on our mind: FUN…!
Yes, as many people probably have noticed, the sense of HUMOR, so utterly indispensable in our lives, rests very much if not entirely on the effect of surprise when it comes upon our human mind, so used to logic and the apparent predictability of everything the way its reductionist approach perceives it.
The Mind as a Cosmic Power tends to regulate, to put what it calls Order into the extreme, bewildering complexity of Life, which it calls Disorder and Chaos. The Mind tends to overlook the actual complexity and utter diversity of what is really there in the Totality of All There Is, and tries to impose upon it one unique Meaning and Law of Being, that would at last satisfy the tendency of the Mind to Exclusivism, giving it the (for the Mind) blissful illusion of an apparent Simplicity… obtained, alas, through Oversimplification, and so, not real.
For of course, whatever the Mind may try to make out of it, Life goes on just the same, still overflowing just the same with utter creativity and diversity, but the Mind at least introduces, let’s say, broad categories with labels and names to put on whatever exists, that enable us to believe we understand things better that way and have a better control on them…
To some extent, that approach of the Mind does work though, as clearly shown nowadays through the very real and rather impressively effective results it gets in some fields, such as sending rockets and people into space (and most of the time getting them in good shape back on Earth as well…) , or inventing Intaernet with all the myriad possibilities it offers.
But even in those technical fields, now and then something, a little something not known yet and so, not included in the calculations by the Mind, will derail its predicted results and expectations, sometimes wreaking catastrophic havoc into the wanted and anticipated situation: bridges had to inexplicably fall down a number of times before the bewildered engineers figured out the totally unexpected cause: the vibration produced by the unified rhythmic steps of marching troops (or generally people, if marching together), getting amplified in the structure of the bridge until it would break down. Now that this has been discovered as the factor causing the problem, troops are instructed to always stop marching when having to cross a bridge, and there are no such accidents any more.
This was just one example most people nowadays will have heard of, but there are many, many other little or big unknowns that have yet to be discovered before we can truly say – if we ever can!… – that we know and understand and can predict everything, even simply in this physical universe our Science, with its present materialistic stand, limits itself to.
Especially in Quantum Physics, the Unpredictability is known and accepted – by some Physicists as an unavoidable fact. Probabilities are the most we can expect to know about the way Reality will manifest Itself next. Even people who are gifted with the capacity of seeing the future, will each see a different possible future, until the event becomes so close in time that one of those possibilities becomes the most probable one, and so can be foreseen and predicted with some degree of certainty.
The influence of the individual will or intention of the observer on the outcome of the experiment s/he is observing is by now another well known and accepted fact, proven further by the extraordinary experiments of Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto about the effect on water samples of simple labels with on them words conveying either hating or on the contrary loving intentions.
Moreover, the individual will active in the atoms or particles themselves, however astonishing it may seem to our materialistic mind, is another aspect of Reality that should precisely make us question this very materialism we still profess blindly, in the name of Science, when so much evidence of the presence of Spirit right at the core of Matter should have made us question since long this materialist dogma. Some courageous scientists do question it, and are gradually gaining ground, but the ‘main stream’ ones still hold fiercely to the dogma.
Well, at least those of us who are learning to live our life as a process of Conscious Evolution will know that ‘God’ is not only in each of us, but also inside each particle composing our very body and the rest of the material world. In us human beings that secret Presence gives the possibility of deliberately participating consciously in the constant creation of the Reality we live in and are ourselves; our thoughts are much more important than we usually know. As Sri Aurobindo explains so clearly,
“Thought is not essential to existence nor its cause, but it is an instrument for becoming; I become what I see in myself. All that thought suggests to me, I can do; all that thought reveals in me, I can become. This should be man’s unshakable faith in himself, because God dwells in him.”
Not only Sri Aurobindo explained that, but many other great spiritual beings did as well.
I am surprised that Luke the Evangelist ever wrote those words quoted at the beginning of this post, for Jesus too has repeatedly pointed out to his disciples that we all had the potential to do the very same extraordinary miracles he was doing, and that only our lack of faith in the Divine within ourselves was preventing us from doing so. I must say I have thought several times of Jesus calming the storm at sea, wishing intensely I were already capable of the same feat with the waves on the Indian Ocean!!! Of course I thought also of simply asking him to do the miracle for me, but I knew that would defeat the purpose, which is that we ourselves learn how to do it, by claiming our own divine nature and its power…
Even when it seems that at least collectively we have indeed succeeded in having the desired effect, as was the case with this big problem here, although I believe in it theoretically and I myself launched that collective attempt, I can see how difficult it is nevertheless for me too, just to acknowledge the success when it comes!… For the part of our mind that rules our daily life, our physical life, this cannot be, it is literally incredible, it is not something credible, it doesn’t go with the normal physical laws of our world as we believe they are, so it seems to be an impossibility.
It is in us this ‘physical mind’, as Sri Aurobindo calls it, that always tends to doubt that anything extraordinary or downright miraculous can ever truly happen. This physical mind will look for any lousy, ludicrous, totally dishonest explanation that could explain away the phenomenon and avoid having to re-write the books.
Most scientists are motivated by the genuine search for the truth which the higher part of their mind naturally aspires for; but too often when new discoveries are announced, that do not fit their favorite theories or, even worse, de-throne the theories that had made those scientists themselves famous, it is extremely difficult for them to retain enough mental honesty and resist siding with their physical mind, which secretly within them screams of imposture and cannot accept the veracity of the unwelcome new discovery. Only with a very big effort of perfect sincerity will anyone in that kind of situation be able to recognize the unwelcome fact as true.
The funny thing in our case, in the case of our own collective success, is that THIS was a most welcome fact, of course, in itself!… And yet the physical mind in me is still not entirely convinced that yes, we did it!!! It is secretly thinking that some other cause, merely physical, must have brought about that great result: how could it be really the effect of our collective will-power?! What a ridiculous, crazy idea, the physical mind mutters, hidden in its corner so as not to get a scolding from my higher mind, which knows better…!
For a researcher like me, to observe such obstinate reactions lingering with all their obscure tenacity in myself too in spite of so many years of doing experiments of that kind – and with quite a good amount of success, mind you – shows clearly, alas, how many parts in us must change before we are totally ready for something as far out as ‘The Life Divine’ as Sri Aurobindo announced it and described it. When we will be there, it will have become as natural and obvious as being the way we are now, but in the meantime we better use our thought-power again and again, just to become used to its reality and the incred… er, no, absolutely credible potential it represents already now in our present lives!
We are little ‘Gods’ in training. That’s what we really are. Now let’s have our physical minds deal with that as best they can! The following lines by Sri Aurobindo will hopefully help:
‘All is not here a blinded Nature’s task:
A Word, a Wisdom watches on us from on high,
A Witness sanctioning her will and works,
An Eye unseen in the unseeing vast;
There is an Influence from a Light above,
There are thoughts remote and sealed eternities;
A mystic motive drives the stars and suns.
In this passage from a deaf unknowing Force
To struggling consciousness and transient breath
A mighty Supernature waits on Time.
The world is other than we now think and see,
Our lives a deeper mystery than we have dreamed;
Our minds are starters in the race to God,
Our souls deputed selves of the Supreme.
Across the cosmic field through narrow lanes
Asking a scanty dole from Fortune’s hands
And garbed in beggar’s robes there walks the One.
Even in the theatre of these small lives
Behind the act a secret sweetness breathes,
An urge of miniature divinity.
A mystic passion from the wells of God
Flows through the guarded spaces of the soul;
A force that helps supports the suffering earth,
An unseen nearness and a hidden joy.’
( Sri Aurobindo, ‘Savitri’, p.168-169)