So many people ask us what we mean when we say that contemplation and the end of two – and it’s a good question. Perhaps one of ‘the’ questions that anyone on a search or quest for knowledge and truth will eventually stumble across sooner or later. Carl Jung was the first to distinguish the two major attitudes or orientations of personality – extroversion and introversion. He also made a clear distinction between the two halves of life. He said life is a tale between these two halves, and we tend to agree that everything has an equal opposite. Night and day. Love and fear. Light and dark. These examples exist everywhere, including inside our bodies, hearts, and minds.
Contemplation and the end of two is about how we shift from one state to another. Always lower to higher, much like you would expect to find at any school – our Earth school is no different. We are certain of evolution, and we are evolving from a lower to a higher consciousness. It is a painstaking story of creation that seems to be leading us to one common, universal finishing point, or Omega point. Separation, greed, cruelty, and fear-based emotions have led the world into a crisis time after time. Yet, love remains the strongest and most powerful of emotions that has somewhere kept us from going backward into insanity.
Contemplation gets us past the egoic, fearful and binary nature of the dualistic mind which sees the world through our personalities and masks which in turn allows us to connect to a universal oneness where we get to experience love and all that it offersMark L Lockwood BA(hons)(psy) – Contemplative Intelligence (CQ)
Contemplation and the end of two minds is the end of the judging mind that says this is good and that is bad using comparison, opposition, and subjective judgements to understand things not perceiving that there are many, many other points between the two ends of each spectrum. It is the end of vision and separation and is taking us on a journey from judgment to gratitude and tolerance for the other. How agonizingly long it has taken us to understand what ‘Love thy neighbor’ really means! It is a call to the end of two – of the dualistic minds mentality. This call today is palpable if you use your own Contemplative Intelligence to lean into reality a little more every day. When you do, it is impossible to miss all the signs of what is going on here. Signs of birth and death and then resurrection, or returning to life on life’s terms, is what the journey points to, as the sages and saints have been trying to show us for so long.
The Omega Point is a theorized future event in which the entirety of the universe spirals toward a final point of unification. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who coined the omega point phrase, believed that “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” He will have indeed discovered the contemplative path towards a universal oneness without exception. Richard Rohr said that “the way things work and Christ are one and the same,” which makes sense of Christ’s words on the cross “it is finished.”
‘The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.’Carl Jung
Using your Contemplative Intelligence
Thomas Aquinas, the philosopher, said that “the intellect knows by simple intuition, while reason knows by a process of discursion from one thing to another.” To cut a long 14 billion-year-old story short, it seems that everything is moving back to one, while at the same time, our perspectives of separation and fear lead us to believe a lie when it can quite easily appear that things are falling apart rather than meshing together. This meshing together is what Yoga really means. It is also what spirituality means, and it is also the work of Contemplative Intelligence (CQ) itself. We are shifting from personality to a spiritual self. From egoic nature to a higher nature. From fallen man to god-like, divine beings that operate from a place of universal love rather than from a state of worldly fear. We are shifting from one thing to another, just like a seed transforms itself into a tree and then a forest.
Contemplative Intelligence is the ability and capacity to use our meta-cognitive abilities. It is about the conscious awareness of putting your physiology, psychology, emotions and spiritual aspects of yourself together in ecstatic motion.Mark L Lockwood
Contemplation and the end of duality
Contemplation is the end of two or more races, religions and realities. It is the end of every dualistic idea we have come to believe is real (reality). There is far more going on here than first meets the eye or greets the ear. We have to see, think and listen twice to get to one. Our first body, heart and mind we develop in the first half of life is not capable of deeper understanding that we may not be able to bear. Saint Mathew in his gospel reminds us of the contemplative mind with the famous line of Christ “He who has ears, let him hear…. Then the righteous will shine like the sun.” This is the non-dualistic mind and the end of the narrative. This mind is where we are all headed as we return to source, and return to Love.
When you get quiet, remove your judgments and the endless narrative of the calculating mind and ‘listen’ you will hear it whispering to you. What does it whisper exactly? That is what you will need to seek out for yourself. Perhaps the poets and artists put it best and point us in a direction better than regular words of wisdom can. ‘Beauty is truth, truth is beauty’ is an extract from a famous poem by Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ in which he tries to speak to us of the contemplative, non-dualistic nature of the mind. ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all. Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. ‘ In other words, beauty is all we need to perceive and understand to discover truth, and truth is itself beautiful and this truth is what will set you free.