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Divine Humanity

Artist: Christophe Vacher, www.vacher.com

  

A PURE RELIGION AND SPIRITUAL PHILOSOPHY

 

The foundational beliefs and principles of Divine Humanity are the belief in the divine spark within and the interpenetrating non-duality (Oneness) and the consciousness of all things in and of creation and Natural Law.  

Divine Humanity (“Humanity” represents not only the human race but all things of creation) is a living spiritual philosophy and new consciousness. It is also a pure religion of the people, by the people and for all the people. Divine Humanity is a living personal (not institutionalized) religion that “has less to do with religion and more to do with direct, open, ecstatic free experience of wonderment of creator through creation.”[i]

As a world philosophy of awe and a religion of equality and simplicity, it conveys a love for all forms of life and acknowledges everything in creation as divine as well as honoring its own unique intrinsic expression. Therefore, not only is every human being a divine human with an intrinsic human expression and the light, holy spark, of God (the Great Mystery) within them, but all trees are divine as well as being a tree that in its intrinsic expression may provide food and shelter for us and for other creatures of the earth.

Divine Humanity is a personal religion and spiritual philosophy that is based on one's truth found within one's heart and mind. It is not based on faith, dogma or doctrine. It is a green,[ii] ecological and egalitarian philosophy and religion. Divine Humanity recognizes the divine in nature and the sacredness of all living things. Nature in partnership is one of the hallmarks of Divine Humanity. It acknowledges the equality and divinity of nature and the realization that humanity is not above nature, as a steward; nor below nature, at the mercy of it; but is one with nature and in partnership with the earth in co-creating a paradisiacal state of life, for all life.

Since each of us has the spark, the starlight of God, within us, Divine Humanity believes in original divinity not original sin. We are “born in love and not in sin. There is no love greater or holier than that of mother and child. There is nothing more sinless—baptized or not—than the child in the mother’s arms. Woe unto him who dare offend one of these little ones, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”[iii]

A Spiritual Philosophy

Divine Humanity is a spiritual philosophy and religion that attempts to understand and explain the mysteries of life and creation. It is based on first knowledge or first principles. It is not solely based on earth knowledge such as the earth-based philosophies/religions or is it solely based on the heavens such as Institutionalized Religion.

Divine Humanity is based on both the earth and the heavens and is experiential and transformational in content. It is a spiritual philosophy and it may also be a personal religion that is based on one's truth found within one's heart and mind. It is not based on faith, dogma or doctrine.

New Consciousness

Life is not about ‘sin’ or ‘guilt.’ Life is about awakening. Awakening to a new consciousness that the divine is in all things, all things have consciousness and that we are divine human beings born in love and in goodness.  

The Divine Spark[iv]

Divine Humanity believes that each and every person has an immortal ‘spark’ within them—a seed of divine light: the Divine Immanence. This seed of divine light may be likened to a mustard seed within our hearts.[v] This divine seed of immortality or spark, which sometimes may be referred to as the divine golden dew, constitutes the Soul — an eternal spark in its essence, since it is a fragment of God, and immortal.[vi]

This is our sacred self. This inner seed of light, that settles over and interpenetrates our DNA as ‘divine golden dew,’ needs to be awakened, to grow in its brilliance and to be brought to the surface and nourished until its radiance suffuses the world.[vii] This is our luminous body that grows within and shines without. In so doing, our relationship to ourselves and to all other things of the world is transformed from being based on fear to being based on love.

In All Things

Divine Humanity believes that the divine light of Creation, this immortal ‘spark,’ is within all things of Creation—all sentient beings (all existences such as flowers, dogs, trees, fish, worms and stars) throughout the universe. This is their sacred identity.

Humanity—Unique Intrinsic Identity

Every human being is unique with an intrinsic worth and identity. This is our profane self. In addition, every flower, every tree and every animal (all sentient things of Creation) are unique with their own intrinsic worth and identity. This is their profane identity.   

A Diverse Humanity

Humans are divine as well as intrinsically unique in all facets—some may choose to fish and some may choose to build bombs. Still, our divinity is within us, but remains hidden. This is diametrically the opposite of Christianity where each individual is intrinsically sinful.

Does everyone have a Divine Spark?

Yes but un-awakened. Even though we are born with this divine light of Creation within us, our divine ‘spark’ stays hidden until awakened. This is the ‘work,’ we must do. We must awaken our ‘spark.’[viii] 

Interpenetrating Non-duality—Our Oneness

Our sacred self and our profane self are non-dual and interpenetrate; as well, all other sentient beings’ sacred identity and profane identity are non-dual and interpenetrate. This is true Oneness. In addition, Divine Humanity believes that all things of Creation have Consciousness.

Divine Humanity believes that the relative world of our everyday experience and the absolute world of the Divine are inseparable aspects of a single reality. The relative and absolute are non-dual.

Oneness means that the body and mind are non-dual. Because of the fusion of body and mind the attainment of Awakening is not, as the exoteric Buddhist schools maintain, effected in the mind alone, but is also and equally effected in the body.

Spirit and Matter are not separate from each other but interpenetrate. “Christ taught that the Kingdom of God is within us. What does this mean? The kahunas[ix] teach the same thing! Within us are both Spirit and Matter. We must know them both. All the powers of the kahunas, to heal, to control nature, to bless, and to curse, are based on this one secret….

What does it mean to combine the Spiritual and the Material? What does it mean, ‘Know thyself?’ Some people are only materialistic. They become weak when they lose health and wealth. Others try to be only spiritual. They become weak when they are impractical. Both types of people have no real foundation. Life is the combination of spirituality with sensible materialism.”[x]



[i] This is from a foreword by Gabriel Cousens from Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Magic of the Ordinary, p. xv

[ii] Green refers not only to Divine Humanity being an ecological religion but as well a religion of the heart. Green is the color of the heart chakra. The heart is the balance between heaven and earth energies while green is the mid-point of the color spectrum.

[iii] Ignatius Singer, The Rival Philosophies of Jesus and of Paul, pp. 313 – 314

[iv] “The expression ‘Divine spark’ can be misleading, as can any metaphysical term taken too literally. The word ‘spark’ gives an image of a fiery particle thrown away from a central fire. Some have taken this literally, seeing humanity as ‘sparks’ that originated in the Light, but which have flown out and away from the Source. This view is contrary to the witness of the Sages and the teaching of the Mysteries. The term ‘Divine spark’ refers to the Immanence of God within each heart. But the Infinite One is not a pie that can be cut into slices. Where the Indivisible One is, at ant single point (or spark) there the All-Holy abides in the fullness (pleroma) of Wisdom and Love and in the plenitude of Divine Power.” (David Goddard, The Tower of Alchemy, p. 147)

[v] “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which is the least indeed of all seeds; but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof….” (René Guénon, Fundamental Symbols, p. 298)  Additionally, the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is yod symbolically represented as a flame or seed. “… the yod is the smallest of all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, but from it, nevertheless, are derived the forms of all the other letters…. It is the seed which is contained in all things.” (René Guénon, Fundamental Symbols, p. 300) Furthermore, there is the symbolism of the yod inside the heart. “…. the yod, while having the meaning of ‘principle’, also has that of ‘seed’. The yod in the heart is in a way, therefore, the seed enclosed in the fruit….” (René Guénon, Fundamental Symbols, p. 297)

[vi] I use various symbolic words to describe the fragment of God or the Absolute within us as purely written or spoken words alone are inadequate to express the Absolute. “There is no question about the affability of our word of reality, for we communicate with each other about the various phenomena which occur in this world by means of language. But when it comes to the absolute realm, the world of enlightenment, language is no longer a suitable mode of expression…. on the other hand, the realm of the absolute is also expressible, although not of course by means of the written or spoken word, but through symbols. (Mikkyo Kobo Daishi Kukai and Shingon Buddhism, p. 34)

[vii] “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works….” (Matthew, 5: 15 – 16)

[viii] “Like the Bhagavad-Gita's composite symbol of man -- Krishna (god Self), Arjuna (human self), and the Chariot (body) -- each component of this integral partnership is seen as necessary for man to exist as a functional whole and to fulfill his individual and collective reason for being.

Nevertheless, the story of how the One becomes the many, and how each of us rediscovers both the many and the One in ourselves -- and in others -- is the story of evolution, providing insights and clues as to how we may creatively participate in this grandest story ever told.” (http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/human/hu-wtst2.htm)

[ix] Hawaiian Shaman-Priests

[x] David Kaonohiokaala Bray, The Kahuna Religion of Hawaii, p. 24

 


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