The journey to being…

In the postmodern milieu in which we find ourselves, the heart cry in culture and the church, for that matter, is for ‘being real’ and authentic.

However, much of that reality has simply found a home in a makeshift reality.

Authenticity and being real has been reduced to engaging our feelings. Living without obligation and ‘have tos’ define authenticity. We are free to live as we want or feel – Hail Authenticity!

That kind of authenticity falls short but is a large step from where we were. Prior to the postmodern shift we lived in a culture primarily processing life through the rational intellect and not by recognizing the emotions fuelling those intellectual responses. Being in touch with the emotions fuelling us is a first step to unraveling a rational pattern of life and living. But it is not the complete definition to ‘being real’.

“The human soul is a ‘stereo’ creature that stands between two parallel realms: internal and external. As a ‘dual band receiver’, with one face oriented inward and the other turned outward, the soul functions as a conscious interface between heaven and earth… integrating two conscious streams into a single blended awareness. The outward face of the soul is the seat of the rational mind… Our mind processes our inner knowing in terms of rational thought and thereby creates a cognitive interface between the outward tangible universe and the inward universe of the spirit. The inner spirit realm is absolute, unchanging and without form.”

The cry for ‘being real’ is more about IDENTITY than FEELINGS. It is about listening to the inward face of the soul and not just the outward face of intellect or the transitional lens of feelings. The soul interfaces us between our rational mind and our spirit – the knower within. “The ‘knower’ is the real self, the center of consciousness beyond thinking that makes us AWARE and DISCERNING of our thoughts.

Spirit is WHO we are. Rational humans are WHAT we are.”

What is our truest identity then? How can we live in a deeper authenticity? Identifying our feelings helps clear the forest as we find our way to our ‘knower’.

“We have substituted thinking for knowing… Consequently, we identify one another on the basis of our vocation, our material wealth, our intellectual ability, and/or our physical appearance. Because we are restricted merely to concepts about the Real, without any true consciousness of the Real, the building blocks from which our identity is assembled becomes our performance, our possessions, our intellectual knowledge, and/or our physical appearance.

In other words, we are limited to mere ideas of the Real, without any actually experience of the Real.

The apostle Paul’s experience illustrates this. Before his encounter with Reality on the road to Damascus, Paul was under the illusion that his identity was based on his lineage, his religious performance, his zeal for the law, his knowledge of the scriptures. Later, after his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, he gladly considered all of these parameters as detrimental to realizing his TRUE IDENTITY. He considered all his attributes, assets, and achievements as a dead loss, all of which he willingly wrote off in exchange for his real identity – being in Christ. He even went so far as to say, “For me to live is Christ.”… It is taking his identity as our own. It means to personally identify with him – in his birth, life, death and resurrections and ascension. It is recognizing that what Jesus Christ did for us in His human form, He did in us – as us!”

Now that is reality and the journey to being.

Do you really want to walk that road in a postmodern milieu? In a culture confused with identity and vulnerable to the outward face of the soul as its loudest voice, be part of those who are finding their TRUE IDENTITY in CHRIST. Do not let authenticity be reduced to a life of no obligation or ‘have tos” yet start by recognizing your feelings and FEEL them. That is my plan!

That is a New Year resolution worth pursuing.

Happy New Year
Todd Rutkowski

*Quotes taken from “The practise of Being” by Sean Calvin. Published 2010

~ by blueporch on December 28, 2010.

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