Another quote from Chapter One: Vision and Practice.
…. As we have seen, many of us have this yearning for that which is greater, deeper and more meaningful than our ordinary experiences of life. We somehow need to make sense of our lives in a broader context than just going to the office or watching television. We seem to be destined to discover a way of life that is based, not only on our ongoing self-centered activities, but informed by something more holistic and real.
In a most general sense we could call this a longing for something ‘other’ than the contracted state of self-limitation we dramatize as our daily functioning. And, as we have seen, how this ‘other’ is presented to us by the path we have chosen will profoundly affect, determine and condition our quest for integral living. If this ‘other’ is something fixed, dualistic in nature or separate and divorced from our human potential, such as we find with the God-notion, the very ‘other’ we seek will become part of our ordinary, limited and fragmented vision – and therefore part of our suffering.
On the other hand, if we were to entrust the fulfillment of our deepest human longing to our own undiscovered human potential, our relationship to the ultimate will undergo a radical revision. It may become evident that if the qualities we seek in some supernatural entity, are already part of our human potential, we could relax in the knowledge that our work in this regard is not to seek to become god-like. Rather it is to become more humane, in the full sense of the word. Our search turns away from the God-paradigm and begins to explore our greater humanity. We begin to seek for the unfolding of relational integrity, wholeness, intelligence and compassion entirely from within our human condition. In this way true spiritual unfolding is placed within our own field of direct responsibility and ability. We need no longer pray to a God ‘out there’ to come to our rescue. Insofar as we have control over our lives, our destiny lies with us alone.
When this paradigm shift relative to our view of the ultimate has taken root within our being, we will begin to appreciate that this deeper aspect of our lives is always available to us, if only we could clear away all the obscurations we have placed in the path of its revelation. The reason why we can, and often do, have the deep certainty that there has to be a different way of living available to us, is because we become aware of the promptings of our inner intelligence and greater humanity – even in the midst of our confusion. In such moments of revelatory clarity we simply have the deep sense that there is something pure, beautiful and genuine inherent to our human condition. Such early intuitions are real, and are to be trusted and honored as they serve as valuable pointers to own spiritual potential.
But unless we always consider things from our own present disposition, we are likely to be vulnerable to seek for the true value of life in metaphysical speculations and other-than-human forms of the ultimate. This calls for great clarity of vision and dedication to our search for truth.