#11 – May an expansion of consciousness free us all from illusions of grandeur, control, and unnatural majesty. May we learn to recognize when the king has no clothes… when the grandeur is false, the control is constricting, and the majesty is a foolish waste… and realize that we seek only to know the truth.
#10 – May we move past the limitations of religion and into true spirituality, which is the development of the spirit of your true self. Whether you hold a spirit of adventure, inventiveness, nesting, healing, building, baking, designing, study, or whatever, let it fire your passion then follow it. This is what leads to true spirituality… and it will be unique to you.
I’m not the least bit ignorant, Yvonne. I know what Islam teaches. And in your counter-argument, you verified beautifully exactly what I pointed out…submission is the path to achieve Islam’s version of religious success. It doesn’t matter that they tack on promises that say submission will get you to Oneness. It’s still submission, and it’s a very effective way of controlling the spiritually immature.
Christianity does the same thing using guilt. All sorts of promises are made to you if you will just purge yourself of guilt, the result being that you end up focusing on your imaginary guilt – all of which is defined by men. Some people go so far as to flog themselves or continuously punish themselves instead of focusing on the joyousness and freedom of becoming who you really are – warts and all! You are a unique individual for a reason.
Buddhism does the same thing by telling you to get rid of the ego. Shame on you for having an ego! The problem is that the real ego is that part of you that is always aware and scanning the environment for threats that may require you to fight or run like hell to save your life. The legacy of Freud is a serious misunderstanding of the ego.
You need the ego as a protective function! However, as you develop your consciousness, you become more and more present. The more present you are, the less need there will be for your ‘ego’ to be watching. Instead, you will be watching and supremely aware! As you become being totally present, the ego fades naturally to the background. You take over the job of watching for attacks and threats – and you calmly and skillfully shift these energies. You can only be totally present if you are silent, aware, and maintain absolute clarity. Telling people they have to drop their ego is not only a disservice, it’s a serious distraction from the work of becoming highly conscious. Ego is absolutely necessary until full spiritual development takes over, at which point the ego is subsumed into an awakened consciousness.
All religions are frameworks for the spiritually immature. This is not to say they are bad. They are useful for helping us hold a set of beliefs until we can plumb their depths and go beyond the dogma. Religions often mean well, but their teachings tend to be shallow and must eventually be understood at a much deeper level than most religions care to go. They don’t want to go any deeper because it undermines their control. Those people who go beyond the common framework enter the world of the esoteric teachings. This is a territory where only a few people really venture because it takes you beyond the world of the easy, the shallow, the group-think platitudes that most people settle for.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You will rarely get to Oneness and the experience of the Godhead by doing what the religions, or even the New Age teachings tell you. You will only get there by having the courage to be yourself, follow your heart, and let the path that interests you take you into the unknown where you will risk being torn apart at almost every level of your being. However, you will come back together and will emerge as someone who knows the Self and needs no other framework.
I recently did a 2-hour interview with George Rideout of Sacred Space Radio in Winnepeg, Canada. We talked about all sorts of things from kundalini and spiritual development to dreams, near death, reincarnation, and a whole bunch of other topics associated with spiritual development. Here is the link if you’d like to listen and enjoy:
We are not all one! We are all different in weirdly wonderful and unique ways. Think of it like this. The world is a giant barrel of flour. The flour is used to make bread dough. Some of the dough is made into loaves to become toast or sandwiches, some into cinnamon rolls or dumplings, and some into bagels, pizza, or croutons. Additional ingredients can be added or left out to make pita pockets, a simple form of paste, maybe gravy, cookies, or pie crust. There is flour in all of these, but each is different and has different reasons for being. It is the same with us. Are we all one? No, not in a practical sense. Do we all have a common ingredient? Yes. We are all made of light. Is there only one kind of light? Nope. There are many frequencies, each a unique color and sound. How much does the average human know about light? Not much. Why are we made of light? Who knows! However, light has the capacity to perceive, to hear, to communicate, to move about, and to organize or re-organize itself. Using modern industrial language, we could truthfully say humans are a product of the light. What do we usually say? “I have been created by God.”
When people begin a spiritual awakening, they begin to awaken to the true spirit of the self, and the first thing they say is, “I want to be a healer.” They think they should leave the work they are already doing in order to be a healer, but what they are really saying is, “I want to heal.” They think they want to heal others, but what they really want is to heal the self. To heal means “to become whole,” which means that we begin to know, acknowledge, and honor more of the whole self, including the parts that have previously been black-balled or stuffed in the closet. People stall out spiritually when they get stuck on being a healer…and fail to recognize that this is an early stage of awakening. Once healed – physically, mentally, or emotionally – it will be time to move on.
The second thing they say is, “I want to help the world or to make the world a better place.” To help make the world a better place is only a reasonable goal if it makes your world a better place, i.e. you have enough money, food, shelter, clothing, warmth/cooling, safety, education, experience, all the physical/mental needs met…and you are doing something you love. It does not make the world a better place if you are doing something you think is helpful but you do not have what you need for yourself. This is the blind leading the blind. People stall out when they get stuck on doing something that benefits others but not them. Once your needs are met and your life is full, you can begin to extend some of that to others.
The third thing people say when awakening is, “I want to be a teacher/healer/speaker/creative/preacher in the world of spirituality.” What they are really saying is they want everything they say and do to embody the great traditions of love, compassion, truth, gentleness, honesty, etc., and for all of their interactions to demonstrate these great ethics. However, people often leave their current work in the world to pursue work in the field of spirituality…and then they struggle. They fail to understand that they can be a teacher/healer/speaker/creative/preacher in the world of construction, politics, medicine, education, farming, manufacturing, etc. People stall out when they leave what they’re doing and go in search of a perfect world elsewhere instead of creating their perfect world right where they’re at. If everyone would see that the world will only be really changed when each of us finds our true niche of passion and contributes to the whole reality from that place while demonstrating the “great qualities.” The real contribution is your own joy and satisfaction with your life. That’s what makes a well-rounded, balanced world of great diversity!
If you are undergoing a spiritual awakening, it is important to understand that spirituality will probably become an aspect of what you will do, but may not be the main focus at all. This isn’t saying you are going to become a heathen, it just says that perhaps you have stalled out in the way so many awakening ones do.
If you have abandoned your former life, love, relationships, and work to pursue a more spiritual life, only to discover that your life is not working very well, consider a change of pace and direction. When something isn’t working, we need to go in new directions without feeling like a failure, without delay, and without trying to apologize or explain to family or friends. The only thing needed is the time and space to explore more of your Self.