Evolutionary Love

Jul 11, 2012 by

Evolutionary Love

Evolutionary Love – Lower to higher self

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

What’s wrong with the world? Many would say the problem lies in power, greed, and control. Changes are afoot in the world. People are more aware of other ways of living, and are increasingly frustrated when power, greed and control are misused in leadership. In the Arab world, we have seen Arab Spring, a move to freedom from the tyranny and control by leaders enforcing their will on the people.

We see this tendency towards power, greed and control in national leaders, but also in lesser positions – the recent banking crisis, in many job situations, and also in many marital relationships – and it has to be said it is usually the men who are usually taking those positions of power and greed and control.

So why does human nature tend towards power and greed and control? Maybe it’s an evolutionary thing – in order to protect the offspring, we had to learn to control our environment, to have power over other beings, and to make sure we had enough food to keep our offspring alive. That was particularly a man-thing – the hunter, going out to get food for the family, dominating other animals and any other humans who threatened. I go walking on St Davids Head in Pembrokeshire quite often and look at the remains of the stone huts that was a community living in one of the most inhospitable places. Why did they live there, perched on solid rock in such a windswept, rain-lashed barren spot? Because it was easily defendable, with cliffs on three sides and a wall of stones they built on the other. The men had to have power and control to defend their tribe.  But that’s talking of Stone-Age times – we now live in the 21st century, with security and with enough to feed the whole world, if it was fairly distributed. Can that need for power, greed and control be left behind?

Paul, in his letter to the Roman Church, spelt out a new way to be. A new way of being based on love, harmony, peace.

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:16-18)

Live in harmony with one another

Live at peace with everyone

Paul, in his letters to various churches, talks about being transformed in different ways. ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind’, ‘put on the new clothes’, ‘clothe yourself with love’, ‘leave the life of the flesh and enter the life of the Spirit’. They are all saying the same thing – that following Christ means to awaken to a new way of being that leaves behind the old ego-nature, the selfish self, to enter into the Christ-self. It’s leaving behind the need to satisfy the lower nature, the part of us that calls for power, greed and control, and it is moving our consciousness to the higher self, the Spirit nature, to become more compassionate, loving caring people. That is what it means to follow Jesus. Jesus left us with some of the greatest teaching ever, and his central theme was about love, that we are to show love not just to our friends, but to everyone.

One current American philosopher and writer, Ken Wilber, has taken this further to say that love is an evolutionary force built into the universe. A force to bring things into relationship. Love is the driver which brought together elementary particles to make atoms, and then atoms to make molecules, and then molecules to get more complex to make organisms, and organisms to get more and more and more complex, joining together in relationship with each other, relying on each other., until eventually mammals came into being, living in loving family units. Love has driven it all from the beginning, the love of God, the love that is God. Eventually, the human brain has developed enough that we can be self-aware, we can make reasoned choices, we have a free will. And we now have the choice to go for power and control, or to move to the higher way of love. The evolutionary force is still driving us upwards, towards love.

Jesus expressed it in the Gospel:

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

Deny yourself, move beyond the lower nature. Find the higher self, the spirit self. This brings more focus the the enigmatic, puzzling sentence, “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” If you want to keep your lower self, you will lose your higher self. Move your centre of consciousness from the flesh to the spirit, from the lower self to the higher self. Follow the path that Jesus took.

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan monk in America who has written numerous books. He says this::

It seems to me that it is a minority that gets the true and full gospel. We just keep worshiping Jesus and arguing over the right way to do it. The amazing thing is that Jesus never once says “worship me!” He says, “follow me” (e.g., Matthew 4:19).

Christianity is a lifestyle—a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared, and loving. However, we made it into a clever “religion,” in order to avoid the lifestyle itself. People could be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain, and still believe that Jesus was their “personal Lord and Savior.” The world has no time for such silliness anymore. The suffering on Earth is too great.

 

That made me go “Yes!” I have no time for the niceties of organised religion, the politics of power and control that has been so prevalent in the Church in the past – and is still seen today. I want to get to the heart of it. The heart of what Jesus taught was that we are to follow his path, be transformed into loving, caring people who look out for each other, live in healthy whole relationships of trust – trust in each other and in God. There is no time for silliness any more, no time for living a hypocritical life style that worships Jesus with one hand but is judgemental, or controlling, or greedy or power-seeking with the other hand. Christianity it about walking the talk, living it out, moving from the lower nature to the higher self, following the Way that Jesus taught.

Paul saw it:

  • Love must be sincere.
  • Live in harmony with one another.
  • Live at peace with everyone.

That’s the Jesus path.

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    I added this article to my favorites and plan to return to digest more soon. It’s easy to read and understand as well as intelligent. I truly enjoyed my first read through of this article. 416071

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    I have been skeptical of articles written by those who call themselves Christians (I have avoided uses that word to describe myself although I was brought up in a christian based religion) Now in the senior years of my life I do not want to belong to any particular religion. I believe the man Jesus has been totally misunderstood in his teachings which were manipulated to suit those who saw the opportunity for power, and control.
    As I read the article through, initially with some skepticism I was expecting to find the usual stuff that is written about Jesus the man, Him being our Lord and Savior. I was struck by the words Jesus never once said worship me! WOW! At last humanity is waking up to the REALITY of what JESUS has to offer as the Way-Shower!!
    The question is how ready are we to truly embrace a different way of being which is selfless and harmless? Have we suffered enough? or do we have to allow ourselves to go much lower into our lower nature?
    Our planet needs us its crying out from all levels of the kingdoms the human, the animal , the vegetable and the mineral for our Love and compassion to one another.

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