Esoteric: understood by or meant for only a select few who have special knowledge.
This would be especially true of peace and peace movement in the USA (few know preventive peace that does not include weapons but instead includes negotiation, struggle, nonviolent communication).
It sure seems we in the USA know more about war, violence, greed than in what brings peace, nonviolence, civility, love of neighbor, love of enemy;
Although there are signs of hope that people are waking up to kindness, love, forgiveness, how to live on “enough.”
Mundane: pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven;
Pertaining to common, ordinary, banal
This brings in a current book I am reading by Barbara Brown Taylor,
An Altar in the World.
“Come tell us what is saving your life now? a wise old priest asked of her.
I did not have to try to say correct things that were true for everyone. I did not have to use theological language that conformed to the historical teachings of the church. All I had to do was figure out what my life depended on.
….The answers I gave all those years ago are not the same answers I would give today–that is the beauty of the question–but the principle is the same. What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.”
This evening, I meet with what is estimated to be 1,000 people in Union Station in my home town of Kansas City, MO, USA. There will be people from many neighborhoods. We are gathering around issues of trust in neighbor, fairness in economy, kindness, reconciliation, hopefulness, love, enough for all. Enough for all not: more, more, more for a few, less, less, less for most.
People who have been “the other,” “the oppressed,” “the widow,” “the alien,” “the orphan,” will be speaking truth to power.
Is this esoteric or mundane or a bit of both?
Anyway that’s what I see in this body, this mind, this time, and this place on earth in 2011–that I am both involved with the esoteric and the mundane, soul and body: two sides of one coin.