The Second Mystery
Awakening the Heart at some point reaches a stage of intentional bypassing because it becomes the stage where we intentionally engage with Eckhart’s Second Mystery – the purpose of man is to evolve consciousness.
What do I mean by intentional bypassing? And the key to this is again engagement, only with this engagement we choose to engage with the second mystery. And in engaging with the second mystery we are saying that is our engagement – and not engagement with daily life. We choose to evolve consciousness as our engagement as opposed to being engaged in daily life.
Is this spiritual bypassing? And the answer quite simply is yes. But is this bypassing ego? And of course the answer to that has to maybe, it is for the individual to decide.
Now the people who are mostly concerned about spiritual bypassing fall into two categories:-
Those who have unconsciously lived in the bypassing ego
For the young I should say “not old” or better “not elder”. Undoubtedly age has an impact on what your path is, there is absolutely no point now in my trying to engage with daily life and use energy to try to change teaching – I’d die from a heart attack. Yet earlier in my life that was my path (not dieing from a heart attack Muttley), without being conscious of the term I was 100%-engaged in daily life when following my path; during my second childhood I was 100% engaged in daily life even if I wasn’t always following the path. In retrospect I could have been more fruitful, I could have been more focussed on my path – more dedicated to my path; but that was my path – a path that was engaged. However I retired early, and became more involved in understanding path. This led to my path as a writer – eventually writing about the path and pathtivism. Pathtivism is concerned with the first mystery – consciousness and the engagement of consciousness in daily life. It is about the “not elder”, it is about the path of the “not elder” – recognising that activism in daily life needs to be concerned with following the path. And especially not being an emotional reaction to the system of the defiled world. At some point pathtivism, the activism of the “not elder”, changes to the path of the old.
The “not elder” are clearly concerned about spiritual bypassing because consciousness that is meant for daily life is being used by the spiritual ego in bypassing. For the “not elder” consciousness is intended for engagement in daily life, yet the ego of bypassers use it for their own spiritual indulgence. Quite rightly spokespeople for the “not elder” such as Teal Swan are demanding that the “not elder” spiritual use their development for improving daily life, demanding that paths be concerned with activism – pathtivism.
At some point “not elder” become elder. This changes their focus in two ways. The most recognised way is that they pass on wisdom to the young – “not elder”. In indigenous culture this elder process is formally recognised, in the defiled world this natural way has mostly been lost. The wisdom of elders is not recognised. Our world leaders are mostly older men lacking energy, and younger people act as advisors – upside down. Leadership should be through integrated teams where the wisdom of the elderly guides the energy of youth for positive change. And those young should slow down for the elderly wisdom.
Spiritually the path changes when we become elders. Firstly the focus of the path changes from activism to teaching in terms of pathtivism. Consciousness needs the elderly wisdom to direct the young in their activism. This is the focus on the first mystery of consciousness, the path actuating consciousness in daily life.
But there is the second mystery of consciousness – the evolution of consciousness, that the purpose of humanity is to evolve consciousness; it is elders who evolve consciousness. Life and elders teach the young whose path is concerned with 100%-engagement in daily life. At some point they become elders, pass on their wisdom to the young, and develop their own wisdom for the evolution of consciousness. At this point the development of wisdom is not bypassing, these elders have fulfilled their engagement with daily life (or not) and their path is both teaching and the development of wisdom.
Those who have unconsciously lived in the bypassing ego
And this brings me to the second category of bypassers - those who have unconsciously lived in the bypassing ego. These are the bypassers who have focussed on the development of wisdom applying their path and consciousness to this wisdom rather than to daily life. Because of their emphasis during their lives they feel unbalanced because at the time for developing wisdom they lack the experience of path-engagement. In criticising bypassers it is these people the “not elders” need to target. However as with youth naturally there is a focus on their own activism, and the criticism is applied to all including elders. This is because balance has been lost, activism of youth needs to be guided by elderly wisdom. This imbalance leads to the elderly being too focussed on being active instead of guiding activism through pathtivism etc., and it also leads to the lack of effort in the second mystery – the evolution of consciousness.
Having faith in the second mystery came when I began to study prajnaparamita – the perfection of wisdom. Although I was convinced I was awakening the heart and therefore it was good practice for me, I became confused because the pathtivist was aware there was bypassing. Now that has been cleared up, it is a form of bypassing, it is bypassing engagement in daily life for the perfection of wisdom. That is what elders do. To perfect wisdom there is a necessity for engagement with the perfection of wisdom, meaning for those elders there cannot be engagement in daily life during that time. I would imagine that engagement would return when the perfection of wisdom leads to the teaching function of the elder.
Awakening the Heart on reaching the stage of prajna-paramita does not belong in Viveka-Zandtao. Viveka-Zandtao is concerned with solitude as an engaged path, it is a way of pathtivism – path-activism. The elder’s path is perfection of wisdom – the evolution of consciousness, and this requires engagement. I want to draw an arbitrary boundary between these two mysteries because in doing so I am clarifying the path of activism and the path of wisdom – Prajna-Zandtao. Because of who I am the path of Prajna-Zandtao is still solitude but the emphasis of that path is now prajna-paramita – the evolution of consciousness. Solitude can still be a path of engagement when it is not the elder’s path, solitude can be a pathtivist’s path when it leads to engagement. For pathtivism the emphasis is on the vihara and reclaiming faith to rejoin with consciousness – Viveka-Zandtao, in Prajna-Zandtao the engagement is with the elder’s perfection of wisdom. Viveka-Zandtao is about the path and activism – 100%-engagement. When the heart is awakened in Prajna-Zandtao, there is evolution of consciousness when the heart rejoins.
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