the physics of prophecy

September 4, 2012

I was reading this morning in a Richard Rohr Daily Meditation about how prophets often are killed (the passage was mostly about marrying the priestly and prophetic traditions, harmonizing action and contemplation, outer and inner, etc.).

I think the difficult end to which prophets come may actually be in a way an energetic by-product of their becoming prominent to the outer world.  There is a tendency to preach, for example, and, I get the impression, to assume that the larger the crowd and the greater the fame, the better.

I don’t think it’s that crowds and fame are “bad” per se, I think that there’s a problem with how to arrange the energy a prophet brings into this world.  I think the dynamic with crowds, fame, and acclaim and the dynamic of the prophet’s relationship with the source of their insights are incompatible.

I think prophets bring in the understandings, and if they communicate them in “smaller” or other or indirect ways — through the level of the collective unconscious that is accessible to more people generally, not through preaching, teaching, and books, for example — they last longer.  I think that’s just the “physics” of it.  If they go with that flow, I think the system can sustain itself more easily.

Of course, this means forsaking all kinds of ego temptations, including the desire to run the race as a solo event, not a relay, or to dance as a soloist and not part of an ensemble.

It can also bring with it logistical difficulties of coordination and communication with others and their egos.

I think “prophets” share with others who have some prophetic tendencies but also have other skills that the more purely prophetic don’t have.  I think together they form links in a chain, as Plato somewhere in his dialogues describes.  And these links in turn will link to others, and so forth, until everyone is linked in.  Linked in in a spiritual network, not LinkedIn in the social one.


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