The observer and the observed

“The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I have been thinking about all the dramatic events occurring in the world right now – the Ebola crisis, ISIS, the global economy etc. and there is certainly a lot to be concerned about. This is probably the first time anyone in my generation has had these types of truly serious events to deal with. My question becomes, if we are co-creators with God, is God doing His part and manifesting what we are somehow collectively perceiving or is there a deeper level of vision whose lens we must use to look at the world?

If we go beyond our physical world, do we have to admit, like perhaps the Hindu, that there actually is no such thing as suffering, disease, or death in the world? Is there a component of our perception becoming our reality that has truth in it and therefore we are creating our reality? Can inner vision be separated from our physical sense of seeing or are we all united by a divine consciousness that would allow us to see the world differently thus creating a new physical reality?

We know that when we see the world in its true spiritual dimension, the world that is alive because it has been resurrected in Christ, is already healed. His miracles then become the same miracles now, but only if we can see them. Can we look upon Christ and somehow see the world differently through spiritual vision of ourselves in the light of Christ and create a new perception as co-creators with Christ? Or is the world as we physically experience it with our senses, so conditioned by suffering and distress that we actually do not allow ourselves to move to this new spiritual reality and is that the genesis of our fallen nature? Is that why Christ calls us to love not only our neighbors as ourselves, but to love ourselves and God? Does looking at the world through a lens of love become the pathway by which we re-create our perception and end what we are now perceiving with our physical senses as disease and destruction? And if this is the case, can we do this willfully as co-creators with God? Are we in fact blocking our own resurrection in spirit by being tied to the physical vision and separating it from the spiritual reality which in truth it is united?

Can we consciously move to a state of being where our bodies and physical senses stop being a hindrance to our spiritual vision? Can we look deeply enough as co-creators with God to see reality as it exists in union, not separated from the physical world, and see the true beauty in the union? This is why Christ manifested Himself in the world, I believe, to show us that we must look deeply enough that we somehow invert our perception of physical reality and go through it as He did in His resurrection. The path that is then created becomes a vortex drawing all into it and moving to this new vision of unity where we can perceive the world as God does and not within the limitations of our physical senses. When we collectively can move to this new vision perhaps we can end disease and destruction because we will find it doesn’t exist.


2 thoughts on “The observer and the observed

  1. Many points to ponder here. Your phrase looking through the lens of love reminds me of one of my favourite quotations – from Chardin:
    “… Someday, when we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

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  2. Ah yes, the fire of true life fully embodied in Christ and past the illusion of separateness, perhaps? Thank you for your comments. Have a blessed day and an thoughtful Lent.


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