Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the earliest and greatest of American philosopher sages. At the core of the Transcendentalist movement, he and other legendary New England writers gave young America intellectual and philosophical credibility and direction. The metaphysics Emerson and others lived and discussed in the early 19th century offered seed ideas that prepared America for the introduction of the Ageless Wisdom of the East by H.P. Blavatsky just a few decades later.
"Thus revering the soul, and learning, as the ancient said, that 'its beauty is immense,' man will come to see that the world is the perennial miracle which the soul worketh, and be less astonished at particular wonders; he will learn that there is no profane history; that all history is sacred; that the universe is represented in an atom, in a moment of time. He will weave no longer a spotted life of shreds and patches, but he will live with a divine unity. He will cease from what is base and frivolous in his life and be content with all places and with any service he can render. He will calmly front the morrow in the negligency of that trust which carried God with it and so hath already the whole future in the bottom of the heart."There is definitely something to be said for living in the here and now, observing the impermanence of what we perceive with our five senses and our minds. Everything in this world is always in flux, except the love and light we are, whether we or anyone else notices it nor not. Since we are Eternals having human experiences in the physical, emotional, and mental realms, it is useful to be flexible, detach from taking the changes personally, and as positive as possible in cultivating genuine goodwill in the midst of the ignorance, dullness, and violence of our times. "All history is sacred." It's all in your point of view. And anything is possible if you just find the right point of view.
(Originally published 25 January 2005)