Ada Kedabra, the words of magic, are sourced in the ancient Aramaic phrase, Avra Kedabra – translated – “I create through my speech.”
Let us all immediately up-level our language.
We must all stand for “physical distancing” and “ever-deeper social connection and intimacy.”
“Physical distancing” and “Social Opening of the Heart.”
The Corona Virus threatens us with catastrophic risk and the loss of precious life, and particularly the lives of our elders who are precious beyond imagination. This is a moment to gather in a circle around our elders and protect them with everything we have. The loss of life at any scale and particularly at this large scale, and the potential death of so many of our elders before their time, is an example of catastrophic risk.
But this very likely catastrophic risk is very possibly a dress rehearsal for existential risk. How we deal with the catastrophic risk of the Corona Virus outbreak is just a dry run, a dress rehearsal, for how we will deal with the more devastating underlying existential risk we are facing as a whole species.
Crisis is an evolutionary driver. And every crisis is a crisis of intimacy.
The Corona Virus is a physical pathogen. All of our medical energy and love must be focused on protection and healing.
And we must stay very close to the fact pattern. The Corona Virus is a direct result of a failure in intimacy. We offer this not in any way as an explanation or justification for suffering in any sort of self-righteous sense. Rather we are tracing the fact pattern of the pathogen itself.
Note from the Editor:
Upon further research, we have found out that this video is actually not from the Wuhan market but from an Indonesian market. So far, we haven’t found any videos from the Wuhan market prior to its closure in January. We have decided to keep the video clip up because it illustrates Marc’s main point that he makes both in this article and in his One Church: Many Paths, One Mountain sermon below. “It is failures of intimacy that are the fact pattern that brought us to our current crisis. And it is only an evolution of intimacy that can get us out of it.”
On a more personal note from me, Kerstin Zohar, about the “distressing nature” of this clip:
Yes, I get that it can be hard to watch a clip like this that reminds us of the intense suffering going on all over the world at this very moment. It certainly is for me. And yet, when I experience that, I always remind myself that this is the moment for me to keep practicing to open my heart in the face of outrageous pain. As Marc always says: “We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response to outrageous pain is Outrageous Love.” It means looking the outrageous pain in the face not fearlessly, but courageously, opening my heart again and again, and then committing the Outrageous Acts of Love that are mine to commit.
There is a practice from the sources in the old mystical lineages that Dr. Marc has shared many times over the years. It is called “participating in the pain of the Shekhinah in exile.” Allow me to share with you directly from the transcripts of those meditations:
“For a few minutes every day, it might be two minutes or five or even a few more minutes, feel the outrageous pain in the world. Let yourself be intimate with that pain. Shed the tears that no one cries. And then breathe into the pain, commit to healing what is yours to heal, and love the pain open. Finally step back into your day, with access to that pain, and use the energy of that pain as the fuel for committed noble action.”
There is a second meditation that Marc shares which is about feeling not the outrageous pain but the outrageous beauty. You can do them together. Here again I will share directly from the transcripts:
“For a few minutes every day, it might be two minutes or five or even a few more minutes, feel the outrageous beauty in the world. Let yourself be intimate with that beauty. Cry the tears of joy that are unshed. And then breathe into the beauty, commit to healing what is yours to heal, and let the beauty love you open. Finally step back into your day, with access to that beauty, and use the energy of that beauty as the fuel for committed noble action.”
We live in a world where we think we have a right not to “have our feelings hurt” by distressing images like in the video above. The world I want to live in is a world where the images of the video above are no longer true. For that I am working. For that I am facing the outrageous pain in the video. For that I put my life on the line every day – together with Marc, together with my friends and colleagues at The Center for Integral Wisdom and The Foundation for Conscious Evolution, together with so many others in the world.
I want to personally invite you to join me, join us, let’s feel it all together, and let’s heal it together. Holding hands. Shoulder to shoulder. Heart to heart.
The population that is forced by economic circumstance to buy unsafe meat – horribly suffering animals painfully and brutally slaughtered in front of lower income customers needing sustenance – is a tragic failure of intimacy.
It is but one expression of what we must together call our ‘Global Intimacy Disorder.’
But we do not live in a world where we can split off populations of the poor and their suffering – or populations of animals and their suffering – and go about our lives in peace.
The key word is One.
We are all unique but we are unique expressions of the One Heart.
When we split of the suffering of any part of the One Heart, tragic virus is created. Today it is a pathogen but there are many other forms of catastrophic and existential risk that are possible. The invitation is to not go back to business as usual. There is nothing more tragic than wasting a tragedy.
Ultimately, all suffering is mystery. We can never give ultimate or certain explanations. But we can observe the fact pattern that precedes suffering and then take the mysterious fate of suffering and convert it into the destiny of personal and collective transformation.
The healing of the One Heart is no less than the Evolution of Intimacy.
But the Evolution of Intimacycannot take place in a vacuum.
The Evolution of Intimacy can take place in the context of the deeper realization – rooted in the exterior and interior sciences – that we live in an Intimate Universe and the Intimate Universe lives in us.
And that evolution is the Progressive Deepening of Intimacies.
We are evolution and we must incarnate in our very hearts and bodies the Evolution of Intimacy.
We must reach for a new Evolutionary Intimacy where we feel the pain and joy of the world as our own.
There is nothing more beautiful or more sacred.
There is also nothing else that will allow us to move through this 11th Hour of humanity’s potential swan song and transform potential Dystopia to the most beautiful expression of life that ever existed on this planet.
Let’s emotionally hold hands, politically, socially, spiritually and existentially – even as we physically distance.
Let us Reclaim Love as Religion and articulate together a practical Politics of Love.
Now is the time to awaken as Homo amor, as Outrageous Lover, committing Outrageous Acts of Love, Going Viral with Outrageous Love.
If these words or this video resonate with your heart, then please is take important action and share it – as an act of political and social r/evolution as widely as you can open your heart.
Barbara Marx Hubbard and Dr. Marc Gafni co-founded One Church: Many Paths, One Mountain – formerly Evolutionary Church – which they understand to be a primary vehicle for sharing the good news: A vision of a New Human and a New Humanity, what they have called Homo amor, the fulfillment of Homo sapiens.
One Church is the crucial next step of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution and we audaciously believe that this initiative – together with many other emergent initiatives around the world – is a crucial next step for in the Evolution of Love itself.