Spiritual people in our cyberage offer all kinds of observations on the world and a vast ranging variety of advice on being a happy prosperous human while alive in it. Being spiritual we are polite about world views that present different ideas to our own, agreeing to live and let live, accepting that everyone from the homophobic bishop to the the muslim jihadist or the soul denying scientist all have the right to express their views, however extreme, bigoted, ill-informed or basically evil we might regard them to be.
Here spirituality shines out as different to religion. Religions have demonstrated god-knows-how-many-times that their approach to difference and challenge is to attack it. Often it is the disputes within a single religion that lead to the bloodiest conflicts – eg the european wars between Catholics and Protestants during centuries, or the ongoing violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Of course not all religions are the same – Hinduism for example easily accommodates the beliefs of others within its own framework of understanding the universe, but historically was not accorded the same respect in return, Indian lands having been invaded and carved up over centuries by aggressive Muslim and Christian invaders.
It is often because of religion’s violent past (understatement) and intolerant attitudes that rational minded people today cannot swallow its teachings and accept its supernatural stories. Religion preaches peace and love while executing intolerance and attack. This is so clear today with continuing vile attitudes to homosexuality around the world justified by ancient religions prejudice. Religious leaders nervously back down from attacking other religions nowadays, but their hatred and bile still finds a target.
Even religious leaders must get that something bigger than their petty disputes and need to be right is going on. The world has opened up and humans can now study and experience all the many routes to spiritual knowledge and connection that we have developed on our planet. Some are very ancient indeed: wisdom teachings surviving or reclaimed from our pre-monotheistic history, shamanic practices that bring direct experience of the multi-layered reality we are part of. Modern techniques and pathways are basically recreations, rediscoveries or reinventions of what has gone before, and can open our minds to a huge range of ways of exploring the nature of who we are. Once we learn to open our inner eyes to subtle energies and non-physical planes of being we become empowered to develop our own understanding of life’s mysteries. This quite possibly marks the end of religion as anything more than a historical, cultural, manifestation of humanity’s search for answers to explain its existence on this rock hurtling through space.
Over the last couple of centuries there has been a concerted effort by rationalist, scientific minded people to convince the world to adopt a very different belief system – one that dispenses with divine creator beings, purpose and meaning in life, and even the human soul – but still, like religion, expects us all to buy into a belief system based on the proof provided by others. Instead of priests we have men in white coats, but we are still expected to simply believe what we are told. And massive numbers of us fall for this belief system that tells us we are the result of a chance series of circumstances that led to life on earth that tells us our existence is fleeting, accidental and pointless. This de-souling of the planet has led our species to the brink of the most devastating crisis in its development. Generation after generation is growing up in some parts of the world believing in a mechanistic, purely physical paradigm, that sees us as separate from each other and there to be used, like commodities. The whole earth has become a resource to be exploited for our benefit. That there might not be anything left for future generations is still hardly being addressed. This push for a godless existence seems to drive some of those who do believe in a deity figure to become fiercely determined to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. It’s a mess that shows no sign of being cleaned up soon.
AND YET ….. THERE ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING NUMBERS OF US ON PLANET EARTH WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS…. WHO ARE SENSING A BIGGER PICTURE BEHIND OUR EXISTENCE THAT NEITHER RELIGION NOR SCIENCE IS TELLING US ABOUT.. WHO INSTINCTIVELY GET THAT LOVE, PEACE, TOLERANCE, COOPERATION ARE THE WAYS FORWARD FOR OUR SPECIES – IN FACT THAT WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO EVOLVE TO A MORE ENLIGHTENED, PEACEFUL, WAY OF BEING OR WE WILL DESTROY OURSELVES AND OUR PLANET. 40% OF THE WORLD’S WILDLIFE HAS DISAPPEARED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH IN JUST A FEW SHORT DECADES.
WE ARE READY FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT NOW!
TROUBLE IS, THOSE WITH POWER ON OUR PLANET – GOVERNMENTS, BUSINESS, MILITARY, MEDIA, ACADEMICS, SCIENCE, LAW AND RELIGION ALL HAVE A MASSIVE VESTED INTEREST IN KEEPING THE REST OF US IN A STATE OF IGNORANCE.
But IGNORANCE is not BLISS. OK KNOWLEDGE IS NOT BLISS EITHER, IT IS POWER – UNDERSTANDING IS BLISS, WISDOM IS BLISS. LOVE IS BLISS.
Being nice calm spiritual people we rarely express our anger at the ignorant and life-threatening attitudes of others. Fair enough: as Amma, the Mother of Immortal Bliss, says – anger is a double ended knife that cuts both parties involved in the scrap. However, anger allowed to build up becomes RAGE and is likely to burst out uncontrollably and very destructively. The governments of the world are clearly anticipating this rage rising among the population as is demonstrated by the militarisation of our police forces, by new laws that threaten our right to privacy, free speech and assembly, and by the heavy handed approach to our demonstrations of disquiet about how things are going politically, environmentally, commercially etc.
Things will not improve until our species swallows a few home truths, allows minds and hearts to open and embraces forgiveness. From my point of view after 19 years of spiritual study those home truths are basically that….
life is the expression of consciousness, not the other way round. Our existence starts in the spirit and manifests in the physical. Vast sums of money and some of the most intelligent minds on the planet are dedicated to proving the opposite to this. Their efforts are wasted.
GOD is not a father figure sitting somewhere in the universe. Rather, find GOD on the inner planes. His/Her existence starts in the spirit and mind – then manifests in the physical universe. Science looks outwards for proof of god and so believes it finds nothing. The great mystics and sages of the planet have been having much more luck in finding god since millennia – through meditation and other practices they come to know the divine source within everything. Having found it in themselves they can then see it in others and in all life. Instead of continuing the debate of religion v science, we each have the tools to do the empirical research for ourselves, that tool is our own body-mind. Jesus told us to find the Kingdom of Heaven WITHIN.
We may even come to an understanding that humanity is in fact the manifestation of the divine creative intelligence of the universe. Currently we are at the point of our collective journey where more and more of us are sensing this. We are learning how powerful our own minds are – they literally create the experience we have here through the thoughts they harbour. This power, when understood, is going to enable us to change the hell-bound direction of life on earth.
We have a physical existence and a spiritual one too. At the moment the collective denial or conflict over the spiritual reality is leading us to destroy our planetary home, to treat each other like objects to be used and abused. Embracing the spiritual, beyond religion, enables us to explore who we are and develop rapidly into empowered creators bringing new energy and ideas to planet earth.
The most powerful connecting force that unites and reveals the link between body and spirit is SEX. It is time for understanding of sexuality to come fully out of the closet. We have dismissed the idea that religion forced on us that sex is only for reproduction. We know sex is about pleasure, about joy, about love – and we need to learn from ancient pathways such as Tantra that these qualities can be spiritual openers that reveal to us the divine creation in its blissful glory. Religion repressed sexuality, as it also repressed our awareness of the divine feminine, and created a culture of fear dominated over by a patriarchal deity. We are now breaking out of the controlling grip that religions have held us in for centuries – rational atheism has helped us to do that. But we are still reaching for what comes next.
Everything that happens has both positive and negative aspects. It is pointless to regard anything as totally good or totally evil. Everything depends on perspective We have to stop telling each other what to do, how to live and how not to live. The fundamental principles we need as a species are TOLERANCE, LOVE AND COMPASSION.
But what do we do with the intolerant, the haters and those determined to bring painful destruction? What do we do with those who continue to impose their will on others, who continue to exploit the resources of the world, accumulating vast wealth to themselves while others suffer, who think they are the top dogs in this zoo?
I can tolerate anything except intolerance.
I love all beings except those who hate.
Shoot the bastards.
Drop bombs on them.
Shoot them with love. Astound them and knock them flying with the revelation of just how powerful love is. Humanity has been growing through the energy of the solar plexus – the power centre of the soul – evolving through conflict and competition but at the same time we have been developing the power of the heart, our ability to love and care for each other. Now love needs to reveal itself as the more enlightened centre of our being and bring to an end the violent extremes and selfishness of human behaviour.
Bombs of enlightened understanding. LOOK YOU BASTARDS WHILE YOU ARE STUCK IN YOUR HATE AND RAGE AND GREED THE REST OF US ARE WAKING UP AND WE ARE READY FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD WHERE INSTEAD OF EXPLOITING OUR PRECIOUS PLANET AND SPENDING VAST RESOURCES ON THE ABILITY TO DESTROY EACH OTHER THROUGH WAR WE LEARN TO COOPERATE AS A SPECIES, RECOGNISING OUR UNITY. If we are not ready yet to know and feel that we are one divine being manifesting here, then surely the world can at least accept that we only have the one planet to live on, and we need to change how we are treating it and each other, simply in order to survive.
Bombs of compassion. EVOLUTION TAKES TIME. We will all get it in the end. In the meantime how can us spiritual folk who are attuning to a bigger picture direct our anger about what is going on in the world towards the revelation of a better way to come?