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Cosmology

Step 6: We become entirely willing to have all habits of illusion removed from our thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.

Principle: Willingness

We become willing to allow the Originating Mystery to transform us from within from being self-centered to other-centered. We become entirely willing to take responsibility for our thoughts, attitudes and actions. As we are transformed we respond to ourselves and all planetary beings in a more humane and loving way.

Text or Verse

The human is that being in whom the universe attains reflexive consciousness of itself
Thomas Berry

Let us live happily then among the greedy! Among those who are greedy let us dwell free from greed.
The Dhammapada

Somewhere else it is written that the love of creation is a brilliantly shining light and that it is the nature of good to do good.
Rabbi Nahem

Practice

Each of us must ask:

  • Am I willing to be changed?
  • Am I willing to have my self-centeredness changed into concern for the whole of life?
  • Am I willing to become sensitized by my own pain to the pain of the world?
  • Am I willing to fall in love with other people and with all the living and nonliving components of the Earth?
  • Am I willing to become a wounded healer providing sanctuary for myself and all life?
  • Am I willing to befriend the Earth and the Universe?

Resources

Berry, Thomas. The Great Work and The Sacred Universe. (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Cox, Karen, Spiritual Director, is a woman of passion concerning spirituality and the environment. M.A. Education - the Healing Aspects of Gardening (go to Links menu to contact)

Dowd, Michael. Thank God for Evolution. (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Fox, Matthew. Creation Spirituality. (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

LaChance, Albert. Cultural Addiction: Greenspirit Guide to Recovery. (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Macy, Joanna. World as Lover, World as Self. (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

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