Excerpts About Human Maturity
Diamond Heart Book IV, p. 88 • discuss »
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 258 • discuss »
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 266 • discuss »
When we are more complete as human beings and have matured into our depth, we become servants of that depth by living a life that is full and human, without ever leaving this transcendent depth. A relationship serves this depth in a similar way. In relationship we are more complete in the sense that we have recognized, realized, and integrated who we are. In maturing into our depth, we become transparent to the pure qualities of Being, and the aspects and deeper dimensions of experience come through in our relational expression.
The Power of Divine Eros, p. 114 • discuss »
Much of what keeps us from being able to go to a new level of maturity is this part of us that we feel as a child. This part of us holds many of the painful experiences and difficulties we have had, but also things that we hold precious. Some aspects of our essence are held captive in the form of a child in our psyche. We often feel that letting go of that innocent, childlike part means that we will lose our heart qualities, but as we understand and embrace that little one, our loving acceptance melts the child’s boundaries, and those qualities become part of who we are. Our heart becomes free and mature. It doesn’t have to remain in the image of that little child. Our childhood was often the last time we felt in touch with that kind of presence.
The Power of Divine Eros, p. 224 • discuss »
Human beings are born into the realm of Being, and from the beginning manifest the true differentiated aspects of Being. This Being is never totally lost, and actually manifests in the child in predictable and supportable ways. It is true that awareness of this Being is lost in the process of the structuring of and identification with ego, but by understanding in detail this structuring, and the patterns of identification, we can actually remember in detail the process of our “forgetting.” We can remember, understand and undo this forgetting, retrieving what has been suppressed and opening the way for growing into true maturity and realization. Thus it is possible to experience egoless beingness, to be, as a substantial presence that is not a mental construct, and still live a human, personal life, in which love, work, knowledge, creativity and accomplishment make sense, a human sense. This true existence, this presence, this being beyond time that makes sense of human and personal life, is the Personal Essence. It is the reality of which ego is only a reflection. It is the truly integrated and developed human being. This is the beautiful presence that the traditional literature of work schools calls the “pearl beyond price.”
Pearl Beyond Price, p. 31 • discuss »
In embodiment one is both Being and a person, a human being. One is the fullness and richness of Being, manifest as a unique person, living a human life in the world. One is both Being and the expression of the love of Being. Being is transcendent, and ultimately nondifferentiated. It is possible to see that the person is a result of Being differentiating into the various aspects, which then become integrated again in a process of embodiment, forming a new synthesis, the Personal Essence. When this process is complete then the human being has attained maturity. This maturity includes the capacity for transcendence; for the Personal Essence is in actuality a cell in the oneness of Being. In other words, transcendence and oneness, the concerns of the man of spirit, are part of the maturity of the Personal Essence, which is the truth behind the hopes of the man of the world.
Pearl Beyond Price, p. 459 • discuss »
True understanding that arises on its own is simply your own essence touching your mind, or being in contact with the situation. The actual contact of Being with any situation, or with any part of your mind, is understanding. Insight or understanding are nothing but your being eating your experience, metabolizing it, including your inner experience. This is the process of transformation itself. Being comes into contact with a part of your personality, or with an experience, and in that contact between Being and that part of the personality or the experience, the experience or part of personality is absorbed into Being. That absorption is not just a mental thing, it is a real experience of transformation, a metamorphosis. And this metamorphosis, which is itself understanding, never leads to weakness, deficiency, or impoverishment. It always leads to greater capacity, greater strength, and greater maturity. what is maturity, if not the complete absorption and metabolization of your
Diamond Heart Book IV, p. 28 • discuss »