On the territorial mind versus the inter-relating mind and institutional religions as warfare
The territorial mid tends to have goals, which are conceived by the characteristics of the territory itself, nurtured by its own fenced soil.
The mind, being imprisoned within the frontiers of its territory, breathes the recycled air of the presumably known and is unable to experience life beyond the a priori installed fence.
The territorial mind conceives plans, imagines, and resolves solely within the fence.
Institutional religions, based on faithful or forced communities, are made out of territorial attributes: The Divine, along civilizations, has a name, gender, visual forms, a biography or at least a curriculum, a hierarchical entourage. The Divine is born, dies, resurrects and is believed to have definite benevolent or malevolent functions, moods, a motherly of fatherly authority to judge or forgive, to give or take life.
The territorial mind, along civilization, has dealt with three main issues: the birth of the world (Myths of Creation), the significance of existence (Catechism) and the fear of total annihilation (Myths of Salvation and Eternal life).
The tragic grotesque in human history is that these three issues appear along the different civilizations within time and space; however they have not served to the day to build a common ground but rather, as the source of bloody and cruel religious conflicts.
The territorial mind, being fenced by its own territory, is unable to grasp the Divine as a pure Abstraction, beyond any conceptual, visual, emotional or verbal definition.
Thus, it forces its idiosyncratic fenced- in characteristics, on The Divine, which actually is s the reflection of the territorial mind.
The war among religions (Catholics against Protestants against Orthodox against The Old Believers against Shiites against Sunni against Alawi against Druze against Jews against Salafi…) is the continuing tragic outcome of the territorial mind belief system.
The inter-relating mind uses past experiences as one among infinite phenomena within the passage of time.
Instead of conceiving, planning or even “imagining” within the fenced in territory of the known, the inter-relating mind stresses the ability to amplify its observation of the transient, inspired by the dynamism of everything and giving up any pretention to offer decisive solutions or answers to problems.
The inter-relating mind attempts continuously to be one with the Becoming and as Becoming gallops blindly towards an unseen future, the mind turns to be a vivid part of the gallops , the process .
Habituated to the non-habitual, the inter-relating mind does not attempt to confine the Divine within restrictions of a language, a thought, a vision or an emotion.
The Divine is experienced as the transient and therefore non graspable cycle of life and death itself, always evading the fixed and the permanent.
The inter-relating mind stresses the importance of a humble contemplation on the flow of life and death, on Nature phenomena and beings which keep appearing, transforming and disappearing to reappear otherwise.
Silencing the necessity of the territorial mind to own matter and spirit, the inter-relating mind confines its path to cultivate the state of wonderment and bewilderment facing the Great Mystery of Change.
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