This is my third blog post, and in these early postings I'm setting the footing below the foundation of our journey to the Kin-dom of God.
We live with "Maps of the Territory" and those maps can be changed in a moment in time when some new awareness breaks through into our consciousness. In my first post there was a painting..."This is not a pipe." In my second, we visited the new research that says we are not as rigidly determined by our genes as we all had been taught; through our thoughts, feelings, and actions we are always modifying our genetic structure. We influence the reality of our own life.
Now, I want to introduce the well documented process of Normal Adult Development. To do so, I'll write it out in brief, but I've also created a 8-minute video. Those of you who have visited with me in my office know that I am forever getting up and drawing on the whiteboard. You might recognize this presentation.
Normal Adult Development is a process of moving from being a dependent CHILD, to a counter-dependent REBEL, to a co-dependent ADULT, to an independent OUTLAW, to an inter-dependent LOVER. From my perspective, this is the normal adult developmental process that is available to us all as we evolve toward having the Consciousness of Christ.
Note that I misspoke in the video. "Christ" is so often used to refer to Jesus of Nazareth that I, too, goofed up and referred to Christ as Jesus. Let me be clear - Jesus of Nazareth's consciousness evolved and his became the Consciousness of Christ. "Christ" is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah, which means "the Anointed one of God." There is just so much more to explore in all of this.
For now, the point I want to make is that it is normal for you to evolve your consciousness. Stages of life emerge on their own, and if we are "open and available," as my old friend Dr. Carl Schroeder helped me to realize, the next one-half-step will be right there in front of you.
The impulse to take the next step, to evolve, to follow the normal path of adult development, is built right into us by our Creator.
With each step the map of the Territory gets bigger and bigger, with more depth and with a wider and wider embrace.
Built into you is the process of normal adult development. This is a fact. CHILD to REBEL to ADULT to OUTLAW to LOVER... and beyond. We are each called to go with that flow. It leads to the Kin-dom of God.
Where are you on this normal journey of adult development? Where have you been, where are you now, and where do you want to go next?
Remember, St. Paul wrote, "Now we see but a poor reflection; then I shall see face-to-face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known."
Do you know that you have been called to be a LOVER... and more?
Sam Keen has written a number of books, and the one I'm referring to here is THE PASSIONATE LIFE. I've participated in three weekend workshops with Keen and appreciate his journey from within the Reformed tradition out and beyond. I have great memories of very brief encounters with him.
Ken Wilber's book INTEGRAL PSYCHOLOGY outlines 100 developmental models. In fact, he aligns them all indicating that there is a normal adult developmental process in many lines.
Andy Atwood's Blog on an Evolutionary Faith and the "Kin-dom of God."
What would today's God-talk sound like if it no longer was based on ideas and beliefs that were created during times long, long ago when everyone still thought the earth was flat?
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