I suppose reading back over my recent articles the thrust of my explorations is a need to move from dualistic thinking to unified thinking.
We see this most keenly with a growing awareness amongst the young of the need for ecology and the fears around climate change. Pupils from many schools walked out of lesson a few weeks ago to demonstrate about this very issue. Of course the soul finds its reflection in the environment.
Although this did not happen at St James (perhaps they love school so much they don’t want to miss anything!) it does denote an emotional reaction to a practical problem
Of course without a certain intelligence brought to this and a mature understanding this will just become another ‘dream’ where what is required is a vision. A ‘dream’ tends to vanish at the first touch of the world’s cold fingers. In a dream one is always a victim, in a vision one is a participant.
There is certainly much that can be learnt from the wisdom traditions and the wisdom of indigenous peoples that can help us look after ourselves and this planet. For the indigenous person a living knowledge is active.
What we need more than anything else is a creative approach to the problems we face. Creativity cannot be rationalised; it is concerned with the unveiling or revealing of something.
On a retreat last year with the ecologist and spiritual teacher Satish Kumar (the guest speaker of my first Speech Day at St James) I asked him his definition of imagination; his answer was that it was ‘the unmanifest’. I have been reflecting on this ever since.
Perhaps it is worth thinking about what limits creativity?