By reversing the relationship between being and union
Teilhard de Chardin overturned classical metaphysics
and introduced a new principle of reality – hyperphysics –
being comes out of union not vice versa –
the whole/community precedes the individual.
According to the great Protestant theologian Paul Tillich
communal non-being threatens humanity in three ways:
- our ontic self-affirmation is threatened:
relatively by ‘fate’ (contingent/circumstantial/existence)
absolutely by death
- our spiritual self-affirmation is threatened:
relatively by emptiness
absolutely by meaninglessness
- our moral self-affirmation is threatened:
relatively by guilt
absolutely by condemnation.
And according to Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond
we cannot discover our True Self
until we overcome the four splits of the False Self:
- our idealized self split from our shadow self
- our mind split from our body
- our life split from our death
- our self split from others.
But Christ unites all/overcomes all non-being/splits
makes invisible visible/incomprehensible comprehensible –
God became human so that Christ may be first
not only in the spiritual realm
but also in the material realm.
If we could trust that “Your name is already written
in heaven” as Jesus said, it would immediately resolve
our most basic anxiety – that we are not good enough –
and would make all competing/criticizing/conquering unnecessary –
we would no longer suffer condemnation by ourselves/others/God.
Material things cannot dwell in each other
but spiritual things can: God/humans/all angels
dwell in each other in all joy and happiness
though we discern it not – unless we wake up to hyperphysics
and discover heaven/here/now.