An April Newsletter spans the greatest divide of recorded history. Chapters and epochs of the earth have come, gone and been replaced by new ones, all with a sense of being part of, and under the guidance of a divine plan. Recorded history is marked by the divine guidance now coming via seers, sages, prophets – incarnate channels for that guidance and, most importantly, the responsibility for that plan and guidance being increasingly shared with human beings. An unprecedented depth of entrusting humanity with the ability to be co-carriers of that divine plan, marks the turning point in recorded history. Until then inspiration and intuition had flowed more or less freely through the spiritual leaders. Now, that flow would enter into earth substance itself – a unique gift, a world moment, that meant an unparalleled “before and after”, the greatest divide of recorded history. The Mystery of Golgotha.
March giving way to April is a reminder of this, a living reminder within the soul, as we try and span that divide: looking in one direction at the decline of living processes, in the other direction at new potential and with humanity increasingly with the reins in their own, individual and collective hands. The Saturday of Holy Week, between Christ-Jesus’ dying and becoming, is that microcosmic moment, the platform from which we feel that divide…and try to bridge it within ourselves. To do that implies, however humbly or inadequately, embracing the two sides; of decline, death and of the possibility to overcome, transform to new life. The gift of Christ.
In so many ways mankind still lives in a dualistic mind-set, a mindset of polarities and opposites. For example, the binary world which has globalised so much of our life, communication, etc. has this as its inherent challenge, to get beyond the ‘either/or’ and to embrace the seemingly disconnected poles. How to do this, and the real value therein, is described by the poet and writer David Whyte, from his particular vantage point:
“We live in a time where each of us will be asked to reach deeper, speak more bravely, live more from the fierce perspective of the poetic imagination; find the lines already written inside us: poetry does not take surface political sides, it is always the conversation neither side is having, it is the breath in the voice about to discover itself only as it begins to speak, and it is that voice firmly anchored in a real and touchable body, standing on the ground of our real, inhabited world, speaking from a source that lives and strives at the threshold between opposing sides we call a society.” (2016-2017)
In one of his poems he then says how, “in the silence that follows a great line..” of poetry, Lazarus can be experienced, deep down, stirring, as he “lifts up his hands to walk towards the light.” (from “The Lightest Touch”) A Church of Lazarus can be understood in just this way, as wishing to find the firm ground in the divide between life’s polarities, firm enough to embrace both, inspired by and ultimately prepared by, made possible by Christ’s moving through the macrocosmic Saturday of Holy Week.