This morning gentle reader I will conclude our brief exploration of ‘Entheos.’ Greenleaf continues, and writes:
As entheos becomes a more constant companion, one moves toward the minimum difference between the outside and inside images of the self; one becomes more willing to be seen as he is. Living as we do in an unreal world, to some extent we all wear masks. …and the urge to remove the mask is one of the surest signs of its potency.
Then one becomes conscious of the good use of time and unhappy with the waste of time. As awareness opens, one of the observations one is likely to make of our contemporary society is to note the number of elaborate and seductive devices lurking about that serve no other purpose than to waste time.
A further test is the growing sense of achieving one’s basic personal goals through one’s work, whatever it is…however poorly recognized.
…Going with some of these tests is the emergence of a sense of unity, a pulling together of all aspects of life. …all merge into one total pattern. …as entheos grows, one becomes more decisive and emphatic in saying no!
Finally, there is a developing view of people. ALL people are seen more as beings to be trusted, believed in and loved and less as objects to be used, competed with or judged. It is a shifting of the balance from use to esteem in all personal relationships. In an imperfect world one never achieves it fully; but there can be measurable progress. This is a critically important test. Unless this view of people becomes dominant, it is difficult for the inward view of one’s own significant uniqueness to emerge.
Love of oneself in the context of a pervasive love for one’s fellow man is a healthy attribute and necessary for the fulfillment of a life. Out of this context, love of oneself is narrowing, introverting and destructive.
The ultimate test of entheos, however, is an intuitive feeling of oneness, of wholeness, of rightness, of the dependability of one’s own inward experience, of living in the light of the great events of one’s history at one with the natural world; but not necessarily comfort or ease.
…Don’t build your life around your work; do just the opposite – build your work around your life.
Think of yourself as a person with unique potentialities and see this life as an opportunity for bringing these into mature bloom. See every facet of your life as contributing to the process.
Become the change you want to see in the world. –Gandhi