I am reading (slowly!) a book at the moment on Ibn al-'Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination in which it is said that it is not possible to know the essence of God, but only the attributive presence of God, as revealed in the…"
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"Thanks Michael for this rumination on creation.
When you say that the only possible relationship one can hope to have with God or the Divine is 'direct' I take it you mean a 'spiritual' contact, a communion that is not mediated…"
"It seems that I have missed the opportunity to catch Spencer’s attention with a response, now that his account is inactive. Aside from that, I should like to correct an observation I made in my earlier post, if only for the record. I said:…"
"Needless to say, Spencer, apart from any other disagreement we may have, I am happy to stand corrected on any factual mistakes I've made about biology and genetics. It's not an area I can claim to be an expert in by any means.
My knowledge of human genetics is minimal, but as I understand it the sex differentiation of male and female occurs due to the specific presence of a comparatively small gene (SRY) on the Y chromosome. The X and Y sex-chromosomes…"
"Thanks Spencer for your further explanatory remarks.
Although your formulation is neatly set out in accordance with time-worn ideas about the construed polarities of existence it suffers from the problem of granting one side of that polarity…"
"That's a deep question to explore Ron.
In a nutshell, I think the greatest achievement in life would be to live completely in the presence of God. For 24 years I was enabled by grace to stand on the boundary of that realization and recognition,…"
"I think I see what you mean Spencer.
Reality, which encompasses material and non-material (or spiritual) levels – if one can say such a thing – may be recognized in a relative or absolute way. If this is granted, then your notion of…"
If spirit and nature (matter) are aspects of a non-dual reality beyond all gender distinctions then how is it meaningful to speak of inflexible dichotomies such as heaven etc. as divine masculine and earth etc. as divine feminine?
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"I tend to agree, Tim. Participating in another faith tradition's practices or rituals for a time in order to gain an understanding of their point of view can enrich one's own faith. If one thinks of religions as being like languages then…"
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I have never been deep into Kabbalah, but the little I know about it has been more than interesting to me. I hope On the Wings of Shekhinah will help in your research.