I am posting and sharing a recent e-mail response I made to an online article published by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi teacher and founder of the Golden Sufi Center. His article is titled “Witnessing the End of an Era.” You can read it in full at the Web site Working with Oneness or at the Ecological Buddhism Web site where it was originally published. (A Postscript Note: Apparently Vaughan-Lee’s originally written and published article has been taken off his website, too.)
To: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
I am commenting on your referenced article published over the Internet.
I disagree with and question your statement and premise that the inner light of our souls “is now extinguished.” I quote your disputed claim below:
“During the last year I have become aware of an even more disastrous change taking place. A light in the inner world that gave meaning and spiritual sustenance to our souls and to the whole world has been going out. And it is now extinguished. Something that for millennia was central to the inner life has gone, lost through our greed, and arrogance, our ego-centered power dynamics and forgetfulness of the sacred. We are not just entering an external era of extinction, but an inner dark age. And what is more dangerous is that we do not appear to know it is happening, even though this inner light is fundamental to the well-being of our individual soul and the soul of the world.” (Emphasis mine.)
Quite the contrary, we are living at a time when the divine inner light in the souls of men is surging forth from within its entombment in the human mind, and is breaking free to transform humanity and to establish itself firmly in the external world. This is an inner spiritual realization I have had for some time now and a mystical vision I have been granted and privileged to see.
The light in the inner world cannot be so easily extinguished due to its infinite nature. We are not seeing the end of an era of light. On the contrary, we are witnessing the birth of a spiritual age as it goes through its birth pangs. We are witnessing the completion and fulfillment of a divine plan that was conceived of and designed even before any cosmic “big bang” began.
What you are perceiving as the onset of an extinction is really the crumbling apart of the superstructures that are built upon and arose out of the human state of consciousness. That state of consciousness, which became entrenched in the collective psyche of the human species, is based upon a sense of separation from Source and the concomitant belief in the duality of opposing forces. That state of consciousness is coming to an end. It is what’s becoming extinct so that we can finally awaken from the error of materialism, the illusoriness of our material sense of reality and the great delusion of the human condition.
We are not entering an inner dark age, as you claim. Rather, we are emerging from one and moving into an age of light and spiritual illumination. No less than Joanna Macy, whom you mention in your article, acknowledges this fact on her Web site:
The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.
The matter of spiritual awakening is not something we actively pursue at the human level in the same way we do our external human goals and projects. Instead, it is something within which we become receptive to, which we acknowledge and consent to, which we then permit to happen in our lives, and, finally, which we allow to transform us so thoroughly. To borrow from Joanna Macy, it is something we finally “wake up to.” And we ARE waking up right now, whether you and others perceive it or not. There are spiritual traditions and cultures that definitely see mankind presently moving into a golden age. Not everyone has a dismal and gloomy view of mankind’s future.
The tipping point has been crossed; there is no turning back for us. The process of awakening is irreversible and NOW UNSTOPPABLE. We can only cooperate with the spiritual outpouring and flow, and complete the transformation (ascension) process already in progress. Under these circumstances, there is no point to bemoaning extinctions and laboring under their fear or threat. It is time (for us and as many others as we can take in tow) to boldly move forward in spiritual consciousness and to claim the divine destiny awaiting the human race; or simply be left behind.
Yes, it is dark; but it is always darkest just before the dawn.
Peace and light to you in the infinite Beingness that we are.
At Llewellyn’s Web site Working with Oneness, he quotes Abbot Thomas Keating as follows:
The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God’s redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan.
— Thomas Keating —
I submit that Abbot Keating’s understanding and enlightened view of what is presently besetting mankind and our world is a better perspective than a dismal and gloomy view of mankind’s extinction.