My name's Kirsten. A recent Masters of Divinity graduate from Iliff School of Theology, I live in Santa Fe, NM. As a kid I wondered, how does this world really work? Not only that, but is there room for Magic? Or God? Or Energy? This podcast about how we connect to what we cannot define and how that energy changes us.
I get asked this question all the time! For me it a more spacious way of relating to the world, to others and to myself. It is also a way of being in relationship to the world and its creations that makes infinite sense to my soul. Keep reading to learn more!
Getting down into the roots of the word, from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: “Panentheism” is a constructed word composed of the English equivalents of the Greek terms “pan”, meaning all, “en”, meaning in, and “theism”, derived from the Greek ‘theos’ meaning God. Panentheism considers God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world." To read further click here.
Wikipedia says, "Panentheism...is the belief that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond space and time. I would add infuses as well, like a tea well steeped.
I especially like that it takes the idea that humans are separate and special, distinct from their environment, out of the question. You see that rock over there? Infused with Spirit! So is that waterfall, that conversation you're having with your best friend, that prayer you're offering up to the heavens, that soil you're cultivating for your spring garden. It is all that you can see and especially all you cannot. It is Magic and Energy and Intention, it is Manifestation, Inspiration and Connection. Most importantly, it is grounded in mutual Love and Respect.
It completely removes the idea of the Other because if we all are immersed in God and God is without and within, these feelings of hate and judgment based on another's religion or skin color are completely irrelevant. It also gives more impetus for us, as humans, to become better stewards of our environment and each other-for neglecting either means we are neglecting and doing disservice to ourselves.
It is, at the end, generosity. Which the world could seriously use a little more of, don't you think?