PRAXIS: The Art of Reflective Action
- CREATING AN INTERIOR UNIVERSE an audio interview with ILIA DELIO
- WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN EVOLUTION? by ILIA DELIO
- FINDING OUR WAY IN AN EVOLUTIONARY WORLD by ILIA DELIO
Omega Lectio Divina
Below we have provided a selection of quotes. As a contemplative practice, we suggest reading through these passages using the OMEGA LECTIO DIVINA method and outline. Perhaps share what arises for you with a trusted friend or write your reflections as a journal exercise.
Quotes for Contemplation
Evolution topples this fixed static world view. The word “evolution” comes from the Latin evolvere meaning “to unfold.” To say life unfolds means change is part of nature; we are on the move. The universe we are a part of has a long history and an infinite future; it is expanding. There are no fixed rules in nature; rather, there are operative principles and patterns that enable nature to sustain itself and for life to flourish. Nature is malleable and can do new things; there is novelty in nature. Given sufficient time and the right conditions, new things will form.
~ Ilia Delio, What Does It Mean to Live in Evolution?
We are moving. We are going somewhere. It is a slow but irrevocable revelation, dawning on our awareness. Our bedrock assumptions, it tells us, our most basic instincts about life and the universe are in error. Whatever solid ground we are standing on is in motion. We are not just being; we are becoming. That’s part of the revelatory power of the evolutionary worldview. It’s an ontology of becoming. We do not just exist in the universe; we are caught p in a forward movement, intrinsic to its forward intention, defined by its drift forward in time.
~ Carter Phipps, Evolutionaries pp 25-26
By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, when in fact we live steeped in its burning layers.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu
We need to create an interior universe. We live in this outer universe but we don’t know our own inner universe…We’ve done enough discovery now in the outer universe to last us for a while, why not discover our inner universe. Be an explorer.
~ Ilia Delio Creating an Interior Universe (audio interview)
Practice and Reflection Questions
- Ilia emphasized the importance including time for silence, contemplative practice, and inner reflection as we face a changing world. Do you make time for contemplation or meditation? What would you need to do to integrate these into your daily living?
- What responses arise for you when you consider we are co-creators in the evolutionary process – that our participation is required for the fulfillment of spirit becoming conscious?
- Where do you see yourself resisting change?
- Where do we draw our inspiration and strength to welcome and participate in change?
- Are you willing to be an “inner explorer”? What supports your inner exploration?
- Practicing and exploring with others is both supportive and helps us grow beyond our individual perspective. Do you have a community of “fellow explorers” to support your inner work, contemplative practice, and understanding of an evolutionary worldview? Where might you find such a supportive community, or with whom could you start one?
An archive of Praxis pages from earlier this year can be found here.