Growing, Not Building

Every once in a while, I sense that it is necessary to remind folks what this blog is supposed to do. It’s just a place for me to tell my story, to spill out the narrative of my soul. I’m not seeking to build a group of followers. It would be nice if I could make friends with a few of my readers and hold useful discussions with them, both in the comments and privately. But I would much rather folks find their own sense of mission and purpose than to feel tied to mine.

For me, the primary means of accomplishing that mission is promoting the concept of “the heart-led way.” I’ve gone to the trouble of explaining what that means in terms of both science and religion. In science, we know that the heart is a sensory organ. Further, it appears the heart is capable of “thinking” in a certain sense, by processing it’s own sensory data (if we can call it that), and transmitting it to the conscious mind in some way.

In religious terms, heart-led is an essential element in faith. The heart doesn’t just process and send it off to the mind, but holds an ocean of divine truth independently. The heart is the master over the mind. To be heart-led is to walk by your convictions. Convictions are the repository of awareness that God Himself imprinted in your soul when you were formed in the womb. It’s not matter of developing your convictions, but of discovering them and developing a trust and reliance on them.

And with this, I espouse a philosophical orientation quite far from what is common in the West. I deny that factual data has all that much importance, in part because I’m convinced it can vary between individuals. Yes, reality and the universe itself does not present the exact same face to each of us. And I assert that it’s best to treat reality as a person — sentient and willful. I subscribe to a good bit of what our world calls “phenomenology,” the notion that we should not believe in objective reality. Instead, we should all approach life with the recognition that all we have is experience and perception, and everything is somewhat iffy, at best.

These are my assumptions, not hidden, but wide open for you to see. React as you will, but these are not subject to debate for me. If it’s enough to kill your interest, I’m glad you won’t waste any more time on this blog. I have no interest in saving the world; I’m utterly certain that saving the world is impossible. Rather, I’m interested in finding a few friends, people God placed in this world to share faith and community for His own glory.

And while I do profess to be called as a leader of some sort, the proper label is “elder.” God has granted me a small domain in this world, and if you want to visit with me in that domain, I am the chief, the head of household. To whatever degree you want to hang out in my domain, you would have to deal with a feudal order of things. But I’m convinced reality itself is organized that way, so it’s the only thing that makes sense. I’ll be glad to render the same feudal subjection if I visit your domain.

To be honest, I would prefer to keep my domain small. The burden of moral responsibility is hard work at times, and I confess the truth of God’s Word which says men called to be elder often prefer to work alone because they are lazy about it. It’s more work to handle the people than it is to get things done by myself, but that God says He requires us to serve Him that way. So as you might expect, I raise substantial barriers at the entrance to my domain. You have to be sure you need what God has given me in order to desire entrance. And as you might expect, I’ll be quick to tell you to flap your wings and go build your own domain.

I’m an elder of elders. My mission is to spin off as many divine domains as I can, not build up my own.

It’s a lot more pleasant to confer with other elders as allies than to wrestle with the responsibilities of raising children who are big enough to live on their own. You are supposed to think and act from your own sense of purpose, and I honestly believe very few people are genuinely called by God to shelter in my mission and calling. But for those who are called to that shelter, I will do my best to provide the care and protection God demands of me on your account.

But you see that we now bring a different meaning to the admonition: Follow your heart. It means you shift the focus of your conscious awareness into your heart, which is actually on a higher plane than your intellect. This is how we are designed to operate in this world, and it’s a long process that takes the rest of our lives, because it’s never really finished. This is the only way you can get your hands on your divine inheritance.

I have some hope, based on theoretical possibilities, that this kind of heart-led living can spread to more people. But after some years of promoting it, I also have a big load of cynicism suggesting it won’t be very many at any given time. Still, this is my calling. I have no intention of building a movement and changing the world. I do hope I can grow organically a community of friends who take these things seriously on their own terms. It’s not building, per se, but watching growth follow its own DNA.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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