November 25, 2016, Chula Vista- Son is steadily healing and uses a “space boot” on his left foot, so he’s more mobile than a month ago. Still, this is not the time for him to go back to full-on hiking mode, and this weekend will find me taking short, but beneficial walks, as I did this afternoon, on a loop of Rice Canyon Trail and the parallel Rancho del Rey Parkway. It was fitting that I began at Discovery Park and ended at Explorer Park, both named by children of Chula Vista, and geared towards families.
Another aspect of the day was that I finished re-reading “The Celestine Prophecy”, a novel which speculates on the evolution of the human spirit. It postulates nine insights, which are summarized at:
There is an interesting mix of profundity (the insights and the challenges they present) and hokum (“The Mayans went to a specific spot near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, and built pyramids”; Peruvian agents broke into an American scientist’s home and stole his copies of the first two insights). Nonetheless, each of the insights is compatible with my own Faith. What is also true, though, is that the state of human consciousness described by the ninth insight is probably a good thousand years in the making. We could easily achieve the goals described by the first eight, in the meantime.
I am particularly interested in the notion that children deserve more respect than many are willing to give them. Adults are seen by Redfield as exemplars and mentors, not as controllers. Also, speaking about anyone in the third person, when they are present, is correctly viewed by the author, James Redfield, as an onerous practice. So, too, is the notion that an authority figure is needed to interpret Scripture to the laity. This cornerstone of the concept of clerical primacy is challenged by Redfield, in the nine insights, and is the basis for the conflict in the story. The near-infantilization of the human race is viewed as outmoded and evil.
I have gone through many of the personal growth dilemmas presented by Redfield, including a host of what he calls control dramas (Intimidator, self-pitier, interrogator and aloof). Entire decades have seen me in self-pity mode, and a fair amount of my life has found me aloof. There is also his concept of “addiction to another person”, which he views as a misguided attempt to unite a person’s male and female sides, by attachment to a person of the opposite gender. The eighth insight prescribes a person finding those two sides, and making peace with both, within oneself, and being a platonic friend to members of the opposite gender, first, rather than “rushing into romance”.
So, much of what is found in these pages is what many of us are already doing in our lives. It would have a fine thing, though, if I had realized, and practiced, these concepts, a long time ago.