The Spirit who hovered over the waters before the Creation
is the same Spirit who created Jesus in Mary’s womb.
Creation and Mary’s womb were both an empty void
out of which a new universe came.
“The new universe’s three greatest principles are
unity/diversity/subjectivity.” – Thomas Berry
Subjectivity comes from ‘auto-poetic’ (self-organizing) systems
forming bodily centers or ‘selves’ in many forms.
The new, self-organizing universe is full of subjects, not objects
and the first principle is unity:
If we see that we are all one,
we naturally become interested in the ‘common good’ –
whatever is good for all is good for me.
Sharing land/wealth/possessions flows from this new worldview
as naturally as feeding our own children.
A fourth great principle is ‘mystery:’
“The most beautiful thing we can experience
is the mysterious. It is the source of all true
The one who can no longer pause to wonder
or stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead.”
– Albert Einstein
A fifth principle is ‘peace.’
The goal of early Christians was to conquer
the pagan Romans not by the power of the sword
but by the power of faith and compassion
the essence of the kingdom of God
and of the King/Messiah Jesus.
A sixth principle is ‘love.’
Lovingkindness (‘maitri’ in Buddhism)
needs also to be applied to our self
particularly the painful/shameful/ugly parts
our ‘winning’ society brands as ‘loser.’
The seventh and final principle is ‘trust.’
Ancient pilgrimages were always spiritual exercises
in ascetic homelessness and wandering
seeking solitude/exile/trust in and abandonment to
The problem for the reign of God
is that all these spiritual principles were overthrown
by Descartes who wanted to reverse
the displacement of humans from the center of the universe
by Copernicus and his sun-centered cosmos.
So, Descartes centered the certainty of knowledge
on his principle of ‘cogito:’ “I think therefore I am.”
However, this principle split spirit and matter
and replaced God with the individual human –
a major turning point.
The two poles of the so-called Enlightenment –
the ‘Egos’ (self-thinking individuals)
and the ‘Ecos’ (everything is holistic:
systems/unified fields/implicate orders)
tend to ignore or disparage each other.
As a response to the chaos of Enlightenment
many Christians became rigid thinkers
because they were taught to follow
the ways of God is to create order.
They never learned wisdom/paradox/mystery
as the principles/essence/foundation of faith.
Chaos theory is not about chaos, that is, anti-order –
it focuses on how over time ‘strange attractors’ within systems
draw new order and new emergent properties
out of dynamic fluidity.
All these Enlightenment thought-displacements
caused Christians to re-think Christianity:
the new/old principles of Original Blessing emerged:
befriending darkness, letting go of images/idols of God,
emptying, letting pain/silence/nothingness be
pain/silence/nothingness, discipline not asceticism
befriending our creativity and divinity as co-creators with God.
These new principles are biblical
and there from the beginning.
Christianity as usual is not disappearing
in fact, worldwide it is rapidly growing
and adapting to make mysticism
which previously was only for monastic elites
available for all.