Inaugural Issue Theme: Conscious Relationships
“Relationships involve connection, harmony, and resonation, but often fall into the patterns and judgments of the mind’s perceptual filters. When we try to structure relationships by any means, we lose the organic multidimensional aspect of Ourselves, where all things are possible. When we connect first, through the heart, then the mind becomes a marvelous tool that gives form to our creative exploration that is dynamic and intuitive, rather than absolute and narrow. All of our relationship conflicts and difficulties stem from the lack of conscious connection with one another and Ourselves.”
Relationships facilitate self-discovery, but when the ego-mind takes over, we often create conflicts and emotional polarities solidified by judgments. In this way, we take the limitless landscape of Being and choose to focus only on a very limited and narrow landscape of the mind, where we identify each other as this or that and relate within these static identities. Most of the time, relationships are shaped by the images we have constructed about others, instead of relating based on a deep understanding of the authentic self of the other.
Relationships, in fact, have no boundaries, as we relate to anyone and everyone that touches upon our experience, including plants, animals, the Earth and the Cosmos. Actually, our very existence as human beings involves a multidimensional and dynamic network of relationships ranging from connections with people, society, country and culture to our non-human fellow-beings, the living Earth and the Universe itself. Everything that manifests in our collective reality is felt by everyone in one way or another. How we participate in these relationships, consciously and co-creatively, or not, depends on our awareness and openness.
The worsening ecological and humanitarian crisis the planet faces too can be traced to the humankind’s inability to form conscious relationships with both human and the non-human beings that share the biosphere and the living Earth.
Contributors can explore various aspects of the theme like the following:
How does the belief that we are essentially separate from whoever or whatever that we are having a relationship with, affect our capacity to have meaningful and creative relationships? In what ways did the artificial separation between the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ realities contribute to this mentality?
The utilitarian label ‘contacts,’ applied to our connections with people, leads to looking at others as objects to be used for advancing an individual’s selfish interests. How has the materialist and commercialist paradigm that currently dominates the societal discourse shaped this approach?
The concept of win/lose competition is the dominant paradigm that governs the world now, which makes people think that one can win only by inflicting loss on others. How can we evolve beyond this dysfunctional way of looking at relationship, towards a win/win understanding that focuses on conscious relationships that exemplify cooperation, collaboration and co-creation?
The assertion of social, cultural, ethnic, ideological, regional and religious identities in the post-modern world has resulted in an unprecedented increase in various kinds of conflicts, violence and war. The concept of ‘us against them’ has been misused to perpetrate atrocities and even genocide against communities or people branded as the cause of imagined or real harm. What are the ways to tackle this devolutionary way of defining relationships with the ‘other’?
How can we break free from the oppressive power of society to force the individual to conform to a coercive community without becoming isolated loners who claim to be separate from everyone and without sacrificing our responsibility towards social well-being?
Essentially there are no separate identities, but only a complex web of ever-evolving relationships. Discuss.
How can we go beyond the struggle between the excesses of extreme individualism and collectivism towards a balanced and harmonious sense of ‘We,’ a communion, where the uniqueness of each individual is celebrated as adding value to the collective, rather than being suppressed as sources of conflict?
Many romantic relationships are based on superficial attraction, expectations and possessiveness, which sabotage the relationship in the long run. How can we create a long-lasting relationship founded on love, mutual understanding and acceptance? What are soulmates and twinflames? Explore how various forms of relationships like LGBTQ relations, live-in, open relationship and polyamory affect the conventional concept of marriage.
What is the impact of patriarchy on the relationship dynamics of men and women, and humanity and Nature?
Examine the ways in which fundamentalist ideologies of both the religious and rationalist types affect relationships among human beings and our relation with Earth and Nature.
In what ways can we resolve conflicts that jeopardize relationships at the personal, social and planetary levels?
How can we employ conscious relationships to accept individual differences as unique dimensions that add value to the collective consciousness, rather than as sources of conflict?
How can we create a conscious community, with a sense of We, a Communion, among human beings where each individual or culture is seen as a unique aspect of the collective consciousness?
What is the difference between independence, co-dependency, and interdependence in relationships? How can we go beyond co-dependency and extreme independence towards a harmonious co-creative interdependence with our human and non-human fellow-beings and the living Earth’s web of life?
How can we restore our weakened relationship with Nature and the biological, psychic and spiritual dimensions of the Earth consciousness to avert an ecological catastrophe and consciously co-create a harmonious future to manifest our infinite potential?
How can we consciously participate in the evolution of humanity, the planetary consciousness and the Cosmos itself through a co-creative communion with the Spirit, Being, All That Is, or whatever you call that Ultimately Reality, which is both all-pervading and Transcendental simultaneously?
Send your queries and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for submissions: 20 June, 2018