In my last post, I covered a little about the view of deity in Synthesism. I mentioned that deities are composed of awareness and energy. Similarly, you, as a human being, are made up of combinations of awareness, energy, and matter.

The burden of manifesting as humans is that we have matter, physical bodies, that experience pain, sickness, and aging. This is very distracting to our awareness. However, the blessing is that being embodied we can experience so much! Many bodies can touch, taste, see, speak, and have physical pleasure.

Because you are a unique manifestation of the Divine these experiences are so important. You are the means by which the Divine can experience expression, connection, and well-being. As we grow, so does the Divine grow. We know that the universe is constantly expanding. Growth is the movement of nature.

We must care for self and others, witness and learn, express and create. We must be in cooperative community with our fellow manifestations. Relationship is important, including relationship with the Divine. The Divine needs us. This is our purpose.

As I mentioned above, we are a synthesis of awareness, energy, and matter. Other’s might call this soul, spirit, and body. What many call “soul” is simply the individual awareness, or consciousness, that each of us possesses. What many call “spirit” is the energy that binds that awareness to the matter, or body, until death.

As an individuated fragment of a greater awareness, the soul’s deepest longing is to experience blissful unity. However, just the fact that the soul is embodied, it is limited in its ability to do this. Let me emphasize: YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. This is no divine punishment; this is human nature. The natural effect of being a fragment of awareness combined with matter is ignorance. There are three main ignorances that limit the awareness, or soul and cause suffering:

  1. Over-identification with Individuality
  2. Over-differentiation
  3. Over-attachment/over-aversion

Over-identification with one’s own individuality looks like believing that you are incomplete, imperfect, insignificant, limited, not Divine. This shows up as thoughts, “Something is wrong with me,” and “I am not [good] enough.”

Over-differentiation involves perceiving reality dualistically by seeing differences without seeing the underlying unity. Personally, this makes you believe that you are distinct and apart. The accompanying thoughts to this belief are, “I’m different,” and “I don’t belong.”

Over-attachment is grasping onto external experiences or items while over-aversion is the opposite. When you act out of attachment and aversion, the thoughts that arise are, “I need this to be happy,” or “I won’t be happy until this is gone.”

These are the three main barriers to fully realizing unity with the Divine and a blissful existence. The important thing to understand here is that you are not alone, you are not separate from the Divine nor the rest of reality. You are like a wave rising in the air that does not realize it is part of the ocean. You are a facet of the gem of the universe and just by existing as you, you make a difference.

So, how does this land? What here feels true to you? What is still unclear? Please let me know in your comments! You can co-create the view.

In my next post, I will talk about the reunion with the Divine in Synthesism. You can read a new installment on the Synthesist view every two Saturdays.

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In my last post, I gave the “elevator speech” introduction to Synthesism, a new spiritual perspective of reality. This leads me to…

Why call it Synthesism?

Synthesis /ˈsɪnθɪsɪs/ (noun) — 1. The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole.
Etymology — From the Greek synthesis “composition, a putting together,” from syntithenai “put together, combine,” from syn- “together” (see syn-) + tithenai “to put, to place,”

Synthesis is in contrast to analysis which separates something into its elements.

Like I wrote about in my first post, the Divine manifests by separating or individuating into combinations of awareness, energy, matter. Those who share the spiritual perspective of Synthesism are called Synthesists because the view inspires them to reintegrate into the whole (the Divine) by increasingly synthesizing or integrating experiences of seemingly opposite or separate things as all unique, diverse expressions of the Divine.

This is the main path and the goal of Synthesism: to experience everything as the Divine, including oneself, while also experiencing the diversity within the unity. Because human perception is limited, one must also leave room for mystery, or what we do not understand. Therefore, this view could be summed up with the formula “both/and + mystery.”

 

 

Also, Synthesism is named the way it is because it is a view that has developed from pieces of insights and lived experiences gathered together across my life. As I mentioned in the first post, this includes: study of Neopagan theologies, especially Wicca; Hindu and Buddhist Tantra philosophies; Advaita philosophy; Taoist philosophy; as well as scientific theories. It also grows from cooperative conversation and pondering with others who share this perspective or think that they might. That is why this new spiritual perspective is called “Synthesism.”

Do you like the name Synthesism? Why or why not? What does it remind you of? How is it similar or different from other views you have encountered?

So, really, what do you think? Please comment and let me know. You can be part of the process of clarifying the view!

Please join me for my next post where I will elaborate further on the Divine of Synthesism and what the Divine needs. Yes, needs! I post a new installment every two Saturdays.

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