Good Evening, God
When I first read about the existence of the hyporheic zone beneath natural rivers and streams I was struck by the reality that it was analogous to something important! But WHAT? Then just a few days a dear friend introduced me to the concept of the Imaginal Realm.
Just as the hyporheic zone “flows” below the streams to clean them of pollution and to bring nutrients up to the ground of the stream — so does the Imaginal Realm “flow” above us. I would not dare to try to attribute purposes to it! But I feel as if it also cleans and nourishes all life on our planet. Including, our own dear beleaguered species.
Cynthia Bourgeault is the person who is bringing this to us now — through her book, The Eye of the Heart: a Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm. Although, many of the descriptors she uses are becoming more and more “current”. At least I have been hearing terms like nonduality, synchronous causality, fluid and permeable boundaries and holographic reality for some time. So, what IS this Imaginal Realm?
Well, not imaginary! Apparently, that was a poor translation from Islamic mystics. It is MORE real than the world we live in. More REAL than the world we live in! You know, God, a few decades ago I might have scoffed. But, I am becoming much more aware of how rich and layered and expansive — multidimensional — Your Creation is. And how incredibly little I know or even know of.
Still, the Greeks grasped that there was Kairos as well as Chronos — a radial spatial time as well as a linear, chronos time. So we do dimly sense this “more”. Indeed, as I was sharing what I was beginning to learn with a dear friend, she said — Oh, I’ve always thought something like that existed! Only I never knew how to get there. Then she added, That’s the place where anything is possible.
THE PLACE WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I thought that was a marvelous summation. But, hey, God! I am only on page 50. There is MORE to come! Thank YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I am looking forward to MORE!