Friendly Witness: The Spiritual Ground of Quaker Social Action4th mo. 19, 2023 from 1pm to 6pm
Quaker Theological Discussion Group 202312th mo. 1, 2023 at 8am to 12th mo. 2, 2023 at 10am
I once lived a life wherein who I (my consciousness and conscience) was was anchored in and informed by those outward institutional, political, religious, and social, forms (and the leaders who nurtures and professed those forms) I identified with and participated in. Then it was discovered to me through the interpentration and impulse of an immanent Presence shining within me that there was a Life that was not of the nature of a consciousness anchored in and a conscience informed by outwardly taught and imposed instrumentalities. This inshining impulse discovered to me and through it I am come out a consciousness anchored in and informed by these instrumentalities. I am now longer in identification with or participation in these instrumentalities to guide or inform or to sustain meaning and purpose in this Life and in my relationships with others. I am come, and I am coming, into a Life, a self-existence, and way of relating to people that is not of the nature of identification with and participation in outward instrumentalities.
It is also discovered to me through this different way, this different Self, that it is the outward instrumentalists that people are taught from birth to identifiy with and participate in that overshadows and usurps the Life with which we were born into this world. These “given things,” these shadows and images are the manufactured contrivances of a consciousness and conscience that cannot exist and does not know the Life itself and itself and must cling to these outward instrumentalities or contrivances to sustain consciousness and conscience, meaning and purpose.
It is not that we are not of a Life anchored in and a conscience informed by inshining immanent Presence, that Life is inherent. It is within us and it is all around us, however, we are blinded to it (relatively speaking) by the outward instrumentalists and contrivances taught to us that we may gain a sense of consciousness and conscience (artificial though it may be) to sustain meaning and purpose in this Life and to sustain and guide human relationships.
I am come into a new Self, a different way of being than I was given through the powers and instrumentalities of this world, and in this way I am come, and I am coming, into a consciousness and conscience that no longer values those things given through the institutions, leaders, instrumentalities, traditions, practices, philosophies, theologies,etc.
I not sure how common it is. I am sure a consciousness and conscience anchored in and informed by the outward instrumentalities of this world to support and which sustain meaning and purpose is very common. I am one of those you fear.
Whether it is mistaken, I leave to the conscience of everyone. For conscience sake, I affirm I am come out of a mistaken and flawed way that is of the nature of the first Covenant (which is a consciousness anchored in and conscience inform by outward Forms) and I am come into the Second Covenant which is a consciousness anchored in and a conscience informed by immanent Presence itself in itself.