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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Pensees - Co-creation

Identifier

001772

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Over and over again, Teilhard de Chardin plus many others emphasise in their books that they believe the next stage in our development cannot be more materialistic development.  Resources are now becoming more limited, and the constant development of goods simply exhausts the resources at a faster pace.  De Chardin's view was that the next development was more on spiritual awakening – the fusion of consciousness rather than fusion of manual labour to achieve things.  In effect, aggregation is achieved through minds joining together to create rather than bodies.

A description of the experience

Pere Teilhard de Chardin - Pensees

The perfection of our own being, the full achievement of what is unique in each of us, lies not in our individuality, but in our personality; and because of the evolutionary structure of the world we can find that personality only in union with others...  The true self grows in inverse proportion to the growth of egoism

…. [ However] if the human particles are to become truly personalised under the creative influence of union it is not enough for them to be joined together no matter how.  Since what is in question is a synthesis of centres it must be centre to centre and in no other way that they establish contact with one another – intercentric energies...

The stuff of the universe does not achieve its full evolutionary cycle when it achieves consciousness, [only when it achieves] collectivity of consciousness, which together make up a sort of super-consciousness, the earth not merely covered by myriads of grains of thought but enclosed in one single enveloping consciousness so that it forms, functionally, a single vast grain of thought on a sidereal scale of immensity, the plurality of individual acts of reflective consciousness coming together and reinforcing one another in a single unanimous act.

The source of the experience

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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