This situation is not the only way we could be living, but as long as it’s in place none of us can be full and liberated manifestations of our most sacred, intimate, truthful, and loving natures. None of us can avoid harming each other and falling short of what we know we could be. None of us.
We often exhibit two responses to this truth that create deep tension, particularly in the world of identity politics. Fortunately, there is a third choice that presents an alternative path.
The first response is to tune into a dimension of reality that does not carry the message of the violence structural violence and our complicity. Tikkun readers are likely pretty adept at noticing avoidance patterns like consumerism, bigotry, and ignorance, but there is a more subtle channel that well intentioned spiritual folks are more likely to get caught on: the transcendent present.
This transcendent present is real. It is a place beyond word, thought, and distinction where everything is exactly as it should be. Here, even the darkest of emotions are merely the decadent unfurling of a universe that knows nothing but love. This is the place where matter, space, and energy are one; the place where all is one and seperate objects are as much an illusion as invented categories like race, gender, and nationality. There are no barriers to love here and all is an ecstatic cosmic union.
This channel is referred to in most spiritual traditions and it is an essential aspect of our reality, but a fixation on the transcendent present and a belief that it holds a truth superior to other states of being can create two destructive consequences: escapism and denial. Both consequences do not arise from the state itself, but rather the belief that the state is more true or real than other states.
Escapism arises from the addiction to constantly occupying this state. Like other addictions, people seek a particular experience that allows them to avoid more painful or unfamiliar parts of existence; and like other addictions people are willing to commit and rationalize harmful acts in pursuit of their goal.
Tikkun 2018 Volume 33, Number 1/63:-65