Are We Willing

Are We Willing 

In her novel, Gilead, the author, Marilynne Robinson, describes her view of the world.  “It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor grey ember of Creation and it turns to radiance – for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light… Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see.” 1  

“A little willingness to see”. When taken to heart, this short phrase has profound implications, one of which is that the world is what we make of it. All of us share the same planetary home. Yet, how differently we see it, how differently we act because of how we see it.

 In, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky urges: Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things…” 

Whether we have Christian beliefs or not, this message has great spiritual meaning and significance.  Through our lived experience, most people realize there are three dimensions within the body we think of as our personality: physical, emotional and mental.  Many people however, sense another dimension, one that has been acknowledged by people of every race and culture since human civilization began. Our ancient ancestors sensed that a spiritual dimension existed apart from the individual yet pervaded, surrounded and united them with nature, and with each other.   They did not experience themselves apart from nature, hence, they felt and experienced their life through the breath of every tree, through every leaf, every plant, every stone, and through their kinship with animals.  

The religions of the world also acknowledge the spiritual dimension, although in a different way.   If we regard spiritual to mean something sensed that lies beyond what is perceived through the five bodily senses, we can see that religion is a form of spirituality, and that spirituality can exist in many forms.  In fact, scientific discoveries, especially in the field of quantum biology, are beginning to prove ancient spiritual wisdom.  Conventional science works on the premise that evolution is confined to biological organisms. The Ageless Wisdom, also known as esoteric philosophy, teaches that all forms, including atoms and the sub-atomic structures of which they are comprised, are alive and evolving!   

If we are willing to see things from this perspective, even minerals are evolving forms of inorganic ‘life’ that differ from organic forms of life in terms of energy, capacity and awareness.   If this is true, radioactivity, discovered in the mineral kingdom, might have greater relevance and significance to organic forms of life, including human life, than we might currently understand or even imagine.   Perhaps radiation is one of the divine mysteries awaiting further discovery. As our earthly bodies are comprised of bioelectric light energy, and minerals originating in the stars, we too may one day develop a ‘radiatory glow’.  

Extending this idea a little further, Plantwave technology, developed by Data Garden, picks up information from plants in the form of electrical impulses and converts them into musical notes that can then be played by various instruments.  The primary mission of plant music is to foster awareness of plants, not only as living organisms but as sentient beings arguably capable of responding to their environment.  ( Research to date indicates that plants respond to changes in the environment, including light, movement and human touch.  This is reflected as something we can hear using the MIDI Sprout device, developed by Plantwave. (YouTube: Listening To Plants at Sunset with Midi Sprout)  While the consciousness of ‘sentient beings’ varies in terms of awareness and capacity, consciousness is fundamentally energy that is electric or bio-magnetic in nature.  Music stimulated by the electrical impulses of plants allows us to look at other life forms and appreciate their aliveness in a different way through something human consciousness can relate to – sound and music.   (For additional information see:

Not only might we be willing to see things from a different perspective, but hear things to.  As the ‘heavenly body of humanity’ evolved physically, we also evolved emotionally and mentally as ‘individual heavenly bodies’.  This gives us hope and a reason to believe that as the evolution of the human race continues, we are heading in the right direction where the manifestation of our spiritual nature will allow us to see and hear the spiritual nature of everything. “Then, we shall learn to care for plants and animals, for trees and rivers, for mountains and seas, for all human beings and the world. Then, we shall be instruments of peace and life, not tools of violence and death. Then, everything will assume its divine purpose, as God originally intended the world.” 2  

  1. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, p. 279 
  2. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, The World as Sacrament,