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Perhaps those who seem to have advanced farther may have merely strayed further.


Between July 5th and July 11th, Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr sent out series of meditations on the spirituality of "native and Celtic" cultures http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Richard-Rohr-s-Meditation--Sabbath----Native-and-Celtic-Spirituality--Intimacy-with-Creation.html?soid=1103098668616&aid=gc2MBF2aATY .  This was a very welcome gift, both spiritually and intellectually, and a much needed contribution to interspirituality.

But i did not like the second and third paragraphs of the first meditation where he tries to offset his "tendency to romaniticize" First peoples and their spirituality.  He warns us not to confuse the "pre-rationality" of "primitive" peoples with the presumably more "mature" "true trans-rationality" of the great mystics.

My attitude toward First Peoples, especially in the pre-contact stage, would be characterized by most people as romantic, though i would deny that characterization.  Also my interpretation of human history* is that it is a long series of mistakes, none of which we have been able to  fully rectify.  So i am a primitivist at heart.  The only truly universal religion of humanity has been animism, and all of us who have moved beyond that are the only real heretics.

Our species has inhabited this planet 130 thousand years, maybe twice that long, maybe longer.  During the first hundred and fifteen  thousand or more of those years there was very little material innovation or change.  But this does not mean that our minds and hearts were not active or that we were not learning all the things we needed to know to participate in creation.  The perennial philosophy which is the core of all mature spirituality has always been there; but it has been more and more crusted over with superficialities and distractions.

One of my LJ friends madman101 says that "wisdom is the retention of innocence through adversity.."

Jesus is alleged to have said that people who are like children are the Kingdom of Heaven.

So as you learn from and meditate on these meditations drawing on the thought and actions of First Peoples. think of Allah's advice to Moses- Don't think yourself overly wise or spiritual,  for in the sight of God you are exactly like everybody else.

Enjoy the meditations, they are good!

*by history, i mean written history - which, technically, is what history is.  Writing itself may have been one of our earlier mistakes which we have only partially rectified through mass literacy and social media.

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amaebi
Aug. 10th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, he practically pats our ancestors on their heads, doesn't he? In full certainty that he knows where their heads and hearts are.
bobby1933
Aug. 10th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes! And i think there is a sense, at least in many tribes, that you can learn to walk in a stranger's mocassins and the stranger can learn to walk in yours,
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