The intention of this blog is to provide a place for sharing around common interests and in this way to feel more closely connected to life and to others. It is about building a sense of our common humanity, what we call community.
Otherwise, or if in isolation for too long, a sense of alienation may creep in. The image that comes to mind is of Adam and Eve cast out–banished–from the garden. (Chagall’s Expulsion from the Garden is shown below, and below that the opening of my Return to the Whole Garden chapter.)
Eden was a protected enclosure. Within the verdant garden’s boundaries God’s first children lived without fear of bodily harm or the pressures of necessity. They lived in a paradise of contentment and comfort. For companionship Adam and Eve had one another and God. For amusement they had the friendly animals. For nourishment they had but to pluck the sweet fruit of their choice. The idyllic innocence of their beginning was the kind we would wish for every child. In truth, life began for each of us within an enclosure comparable to Eden. The maternal womb provided for our every need. There we knew contentment and comfort, until the time came when we had outgrown our protective walls. Then the necessity for expansion pressed in upon us. Instead of a place of comfort the womb became a constraining vise. A principle of life was at work. An inherent wisdom had taken over to apply increasingly greater pressure against the uterine limitations that now had become barriers to further growth and therefore to life itself. As with Adam and Eve, so for each of us the time came when we had outgrown our primal maternal paradise. We, too had to suffer the trauma of expulsion into a larger and ultimately more needful and demanding world.
The story of physical birth, of psychological birth, and of spiritual birth all follow a similar pattern. Psychologically, we are born again and again. In fact, as someone has observed: “We cannot be born enough.” Spiritually, too, the need is to die, again and again, or order to be born anew in spirit.”
If you are a new or old acquaintance of the Murray Creek web pages, you know that Bob (to whom I had been married for fifty-eight and a half years), on the Spring Equinox of last March experienced the ultimate rebirth–from an ensouled body to a soul now en spirit. And my greatest surprise and continuing source of gratitude has been coming to know–experientially–that love really is eternal.
His transition has been for me a profound re-perception of reality as I have recorded the frequent telepathic communications that have passed between us. My intention in sharing around the topic of love being eternal is to invite others to add their experiences and comments, and in so doing help strengthen our collective sense of connection. Your input (below) is therefore encouraged.