Christian Orthodox Hesychast Tradition speaks of the divine-human mysteries of Christ in terms of ‘no-confusion, no-division,’ refusing to reify uncreated unity or deifying difference. For this wisdom, the practice of harmonious collaboration is not to be confused with reductive fusion that suppresses difficult differences, driven by a fear of difference that is misconstrued as disintegrative division.
In practice, this wisdom, like other traditional wisdoms, supports harmonious collaboration because difficult differences are not watered down, but embraced as different witnesses to comprehensive completeness. Promising interconnections are not reified into systems of super-imposed metaphysical coherence, nor are painful contradictions strangled at birth. So what would it take for such collaboration to flourish?
Contemplative practice works with wisdoms that liberate confusion into wholesome communion and divisive separation into catalytic differentiation. This can appear demanding from a narrowly rational point of view, but is spontaneously integral within wisdom’s living transcendence of conceptual fixation. Wisdom lives with difference like a koan, like a completeness that is glorious but cannot be grasped conceptually, like an icon of harmonious co-inherence that is creative in surprising, wondrous ways.
Contemplative Renaissance does not conceal a subtle rivalry that serves cultural dominance of any kind, but infuses rebirth of wisdom in every tradition, renewing different wisdoms from within, discovering fresh openings in and through these differences. Contemplative practice welcomes this creative collaboration as a paradoxical expression of its vision of ineffable completeness, discovering ease in apparent difficulty, freedom in tight corners, glory in grave distress. Wisdom, freely shared without self-interest, is thereby handed on, enriched without reserve.
Orthodox monk of Wisdom Hermitage
St. Davids, Wales, United Kingdom