Nov 4, 2018

Edge Of Infinity - The Sublime: Can ultimate beauty and enlightenment be achieved without struggle and sacrafice?

0 comments

Edited: Apr 29

Edge of Infinity

When love, virtue and selflessness are allowed to be the navigators on our journey through life, the road often leads to a place of unimaginable beauty and fulfillment.

Please scroll to the bottom of this forum page to add your own comments or content.

 

Love, Beauty, Sacrafice, struggle and the Sublime - Finding meaning in connecting to the infinite...

 

"The Edge of Infiity" was inspired by a feeling of sublime peace and belonging that overcame me during a trip to the Hawaiian Islands with my family. While in Maui we rented a car and went on the beautiful, undulating, narrow, coastal drive to the seaside town of Hana. The route was treacherous with steep drop-offs, switchbacks, blind corners, and deceptively dappled light patterns caused by the canopy of jungle covering the road for much of the way. The scenery was indescribable, varying between lush tropical hillsides and the endless green-blue expanse of the majestic Pacific Ocean. Captivated by this transcendent beauty, I completed most of the drive barely noticing how tightly I had been gripping the steering wheel until I pulled the car to a stop at a narrow cliff-top pull-out just a few miles from our destination. Our parking spot was a few hundred feet above where the turquoise waters of the Pacific crashed into the shores of Nua Ailua Bay. I got out of the car and stretched. It was early afternoon and there wasn't a cloud in the sky, just a hint of the timeless tradewinds that carry with them the smell of salt and sea and the taste of history, freedom and adventure. Leaning over the guardrail that ran along the pull-out, I could see a shoreline of secluded beaches, verdant flora and rocky outcrops stretching up the coast to a point where land, ocean and sky intersected, and I wondered to myself if much, if anything of what I was looking at, had changed since Captain James Cook sailed past here in 1778. At that moment I felt my existence transcending the endless expanse of ineffable beauty that lay before me into a consciousness I did not recognize as purely my own. This feeling was beyond any empirical measure of sensory perception that I have experienced before, or since, and is something I can only describe as an overwhelming connection of belonging and love, and it is the closest I have ever felt to comprehending eternity. The song "Edge of Infinity" was inspired by this experience, however, I did not understand the sublime nature of it until I listened to Stephen West discuss this concept on his 60th episode of his podcast "Philosophize This".

 

At what point does spending time searching for meaning, purpose, truth, enlightenment and, ulimately, a sublime experience, interfere with our ability to live our lives as independent, free thinking individuals?

 

If you have had something similar happen to you, please share it with us!

 

 

 

 

New Posts
  • If you agree with the following statement click on the 'Write a Comment' link below to add your name and location and any message of love you have to share with the world. I want to live in a world where - we work to build each other up instead of tearing each other down - we look to the future and learn from the past but are not obsessed with reliving it - we value our principles too highly to ever sell them - and where we use the Power of Love to heal the wounds that were inflicted by those with a Love of Power
  • Epilogue Please scroll to the bottom of this forum page to add your own comments or content. Can the answers to the following questions lead us to a truer view of reality, a life of greater meaning and a deeper love for the world around us? What knowledge is within our grasp? Why do we let what we don't know divide us? How do we ensure that what we are experiencing is the most relevant version of reality for us? What is Truth, what is Time? How do they impact our perception of reality? Is Socrates right, does the "Examined Life" make our life more worth living? Does understanding where we came from help us understand where we are and where we are going? What is more important, where we came from (the past), where we are (the present), or where we are heading (the future)? Does our life have meaning? Does it matter if our life has meaning? What questions should we ask ourselves when we are looking for what gives our lives meaning? How important is understanding ourselves for our lives to be meaningful? What role does, "Who I Am." play in how meaningful life is, and does it have any determining influence on what the purpose of life is? Does "Meaning" lead to "Purpose" and ultimately to "Fulfillment" ? Does finding meaning open a doorway to connect to others, and to the universe itself, or does searching for, and developing those connections lead to meaning? How does connecting to one another help us understand our world and our place in it better? Does learning to love ourselves enable us to fall in love with others, and our ability to love others lead to opening our hearts to strangers and the world we live in? If we all became capable of truly loving one another, wouldn't this world become a wonderful place for all of us to live in? If "Love" isn't the answer, then, what is?
  • Love Is All We Need To Know Love is All We Need To Know (Fernando Varella Version) Love is the power of the gravitational pull that the soul exerts upon the universe, and that the universe has upon each soul. Are you tired of the hatred and negativity that divide our politics, dominate cable news and spread like a wildfire through social media sites? Do you believe that our world would be better off if we treated each other with more love and fairness, and if we spread hope and respect instead of fear and hatred. The world pays attention when a message is simple, forceful and has broad support. If you agree with the following quote please click on the link under the last line of the statement below and add your name to the list. Join us in this effort to show the world that it is time for a change... "I believe we get further when we build each other up instead of knocking each other down, when we look to the future instead of dwelling in the past, when our principles are valued too much to put them up for sale, ...and I believe that the power of love is stronger, will last longer and will create a better world than the love of power ever could!" The Power of Love Petition Of all the gifts we have to give to ourselves, to each other and to the world, love is the greatest. Love is a pathway of enlightenment and connectivity that we travel, along which we find the strength, respect, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, inspiration and empathy needed to free our world from lies, fear, revenge, greed, hatred and tyranny. Please scroll to the bottom of this forum page to add your own comments or content. Philosopher Erich Fromm wrote: "If I can say, “I love you,” I say, “I love in you all of humanity, all that is alive; I love in you also myself.” Love touches every aspect of our lives. Love is nothing else than the realization of the species because in love , one is related to other human beings as one is to oneself. In love we share the suffering of others as our own., and in Love we find the voice to communicate with the infinite. One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion. (Simone de Beauvior) God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? (Friederich Nietzsche "The Parable of A Madman") Even before Nietzsche, wrote of how science, progress and modernization had killed God, Philosphers had filled countless volumes, and had dedicated centuries of thought to developing a moral code of ethics and duty based on secular reasoning and rationale. Their great challenge was to justify why, outside of any kind of metaphysical belief sysetem, independent, consciously aware, free people should support universal laws of morality and justice that require them to occasionally act against their own interest in support of some social or altruistic goal. The only realy answer to this question, is because their love for someone, or something else is greater than the sacrifice they are making for the object of their love. Love is All We Need To Know!!
 

Contact us: info@awntk.com

  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean