"There is this to be said for the argument of Idealism: that in the last resort the destinies of mankind are invariably guided not by concrete facts of the sense world, but by concepts which are acknowledged by everyone to exist only on the mental plane." ~Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: The Nature & Development of Spiritual Consciousness.
Each day I still struggle, but I was taught the first step was to admit you have a problem. I declared my struggle this afternoon in an Emotions Anonymous meeting at Seekers and committed to seeing them each week to focus on being unplugged. I don't have a laptop and I LOVE when my cell phone dies--like now since I lost my charger and bought another one that doesn't work on my phone. I've been unplugged for days & it feels great! I came to the library to write this to give myself a time limit. I'm much more focused and productive when I'm not on the internet. The internet seems to give people a false sense of productivity and social approval. The digital world is not nearly as real as the analog world.
Since I can't connect to 3G or 4G, This morning I began reading a book in the office titled Mysticism: The Nature & Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill. I would like to share my insights with you and would love if you could join me in this journey. I finished chapter 1 this morning and started chapter 2 this afternoon. It really resonated with me because I once had a blog post deleted by a nonprofit I used to work with for being too "Idealistic" and I do not fit into the boxes of traditional religion. That is why the Utopia campaign promotes "Interfaith & Inter-generational dialogue" so I hope to engage with you beyond just the internet. Let's start with the 4 Schemes of Metaphysical Salvation layed out by Ms. Underhill back in 1911.
- Subjective--based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.
- Objective--(of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
- Transcendental--of or relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm.
- Absolute -- a value or principle that is regarded as universally valid or that may be viewed without relation to other things.
In the great moments of existence, which he rises to spiritual freedom, these are the things which man feels to be real. It is by these and for these that he is found willing to live, work suffer and die. Love, patriotism, religion, altruism, fame, all belong to the transcendental world. Hence they partake more of the nature of reality than any "fact" could do."
See you. Be you. Do more.
John Harris III