A part of a whole
Self-revelation requires encounter between
self and other: the revealer needs an
other to whom to be revealed.
Green - Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical
Theology – p. 62).
For where two or three gather in my
name, there am I with them
(Mathew 18, 20)
acknowledgment that besides being individuals we are also part of a larger "thing"
– usually disappears from our consciousness, almost as a default. We are built
like that: we feel our individuality (and freedom) as the center of the world.
On one hand it is true, on the other it means that (unconsciously) we forget
everything around us, or we consider it to be in our service. Usually, we`re
even not aware of forgetting that, especially when we are in pain; Pain separates
but it is also the main way to feel connected with the other.
really important to hold this acknowledgment active in our minds; then it
becomes like a nourishing source, like the breast of a mother for a child. It
can help us in difficult moments to re-connect and re-member with ourselves,
with the world, and with the other; it reminds us the source, the original
truth. And the "other" is exactly in the same situation as me: he is also – before and behind everything – a
human being, a part of a whole, a part of connected and endless chain.
As Rudolf Steiner
"Those who judge human beings
according to generic characteristics only reach the boundary, beyond which
people begin to be beings whose activity is based on free self-determination...Characteristics
of race, tribe, ethnic group and genders are subjects for special
sciences...But all these sciences cannot penetrate through to the special
nature of the individual. Where the realm of freedom of thought and action
begins, the determination of individuals according to generic laws - ends."
Intuitive Thinking as a
Spiritual Path. A Philosophy
of Freedom (GA 4), Hudson (1894)/1995.
re-open our eyes – through our active thinking - with this awareness, we learn to recognize in every
experience that we have the wide connection, the big picture of us all being
part of creation, each of us in her/his own unique way and expression.
This far, thinking
was given to human being only; therefore, developing an active thinking – i.e.,
by asking questions, by inquiring situations and experiences, by doubting what
seems to be a total true, etc. – we use our thinking to reveal itself for us,
and thus also to reveal our own self in spirit.
the year 2017 J