One of the really heroic transitions on the way to living in the Kin-dom of God is the move from living with the consciousness of an ADULT to the consciousness of an OUTLAW.
I wrote a little about this in a previous blog. Normal human development is from CHILD to REBEL to ADULT to OUTLAW to LOVER to the Consciousness of Christ.
The ADULT world is full of rules and roles, creeds and codes, doctrines and dogmas and while we are living there our consciousness is immersed in the conventional world defined by the core collective beliefs of our people. If our people are Red Sox fans, then we are Red Sox fans for all the good reasons our people proclaim. If our people are good evangelical Christians, or good Sunni Muslims, then we are one of them, and one with them.
Until the OUTLAW emerges, which often happens after an experience of grace that intrudes and reframes what is “right” and what is “wrong.” The OUTLAW is called on a vision quest, a time in the desert, a time away from home, a time of profound and unsettling wonderment.
If our people act like jerks, they punish us for our wonderment. They might even kill us.
If our people act like sweethearts, they support us. They may not endorse us, but they are interested in what we are learning as we wander from the path.
Rumi wrote, “Straying marks the path.”
When the OUTLAW strays, the path is revealed. No longer content with the rigidity of the rules and roles, creeds and codes, doctrines and dogmas, the OUTLAW strays and thus finds the path onward and upward.
The Jerks I’m talking about are not the Steve Martin type, but those who believe their perspective is the only right one and that everyone else’s is wrong. This is a hallmark of “First Tier” consciousness. More on that in another blog because it is “Second Tier” consciousness that really begins to mark the emergence of the Kin-dom of God. Jerks, the really certified ones, are those who killed Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero , Gerry Crane and all the others.
Sweethearts are those who are open to learning about another’s perspective. They tend not to trounce on it, but to support the wonderment that nourishes it. Sweethearts value OUTLAWS, but can be so accepting and tolerant as to be spineless.
Now I must be honest with this. I’ve been a huge Jerk to myself and to others. I’ve also been a bit of a Sweetheart to myself and to others. The Jerk in me is afraid to be vulnerable, afraid to look and act improperly, and spews words of shame on my wondering and wandering OUTLAW. The Sweetheart in me says, “Go ahead. Remember, God is Graceful.” That, I know, can lead to excesses.
On the way to the Kin-dom of God we must become OUTLAWS, and when we do we will hear from within, and from without, the voice of the Jerk… and the Sweetheart.
Act boldly and keep going.
When does the Jerk in you silence the OUTLAW in you, and in others? And when does the Sweetheart in you support the OUTLAW in you, and in others?
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Check out the delightful essay by Eric Schwitzgebel, who is a professor of philosophy at University of California Riverside. His essay is titled "A Theory of Jerks."
Sam Keen is the author of numerous books, one of which is The Passionate Life. In that book he presents the human journey from CHILD to REBEL to ADULT to OUTLAW to LOVER.
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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