Thursday, December 20, 2012
Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon
but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency
are coming to an end.
Our divided, schizophrenic worldview,
with no mythology adequate to coordinate our conscious and unconscious —
that is what is coming to an end.
The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved,
the idea that there is a single religious group
that is in sole possession of the truth —
that is the world as we know it that must pass away.
What is the kingdom?
It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence
in our neighbors,
in our enemies,
in all of us.
~ Joseph Campbell
[APOCALYPSE: from the Greek word 'apokalyptein', meaning "uncover, disclose, reveal". From apo- "from" + kalyptein "to cover, conceal"
For you, my friend, every day is an apocalypse. Every hour, every minute, every moment, the old is falling away, the known is burning itself up, and the new, the never-before-seen, is revealing itself, in all its freshness. Truly, every moment is the end of a world, the end of dreams, and the birth of the new. Seen in the light of truth, life is a constant apocalypse, a constant awakening to what is, yet the separate self, with its fear of the loss of the status quo and its clinging to form and belief, pushes 'apocalypse' into time, and even fixes it to a specific date. And when that date passes, the mechanism creates a new date. It has to. This has always been the case. It is the seeker in action. To the illusory self, the end of the world will always be 'nigh'. It's how it keeps its own illusion going. It loves the drama of it.
And all the while, this timeless, ever-present apocalypse has always been with us, sweetly singing its song of newness and unshakeable truth. Have a great Friday, no matter what happens.
~ Jeff Foster