Thursday, November 19, 2009

Will of Life

The life or lives of man may be regarded as constituting a curve, an arch of time-experienced subtended by the duration of the individual Will to Life. The outward movement of this curve, Evolution, the Path of Pursuit is characterized by self-assertion. The inward movement, involution is characterized by increasing self-realization. The religion of men on the outward path is the religion of Time; the religion of those who return is the religion of eternity.

Ananda Coomaraswamy, the 20th century Sri Lankan philosopher, expressed those thoughts in his 1957 work, The Dance of Shiva. 

The Will to Life is consciousness in action. We sub-divide life into two distinct aspects of awareness. Our physical self expands using time and space. They serve as the foundation for our creations, and those creations expand our inner energy personality's awareness.

The physical self eventually unites with the inner energy personality as we create experiences. When that happens, all physical experiences open the door for dual or multiple self-awareness.  

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