Spirituality is supposed to be about Love and Light, right? Love and Light. I like the L words as much as any other compassionate, evolving soul, and in my spiritual vision a third L – Laughter – is another essential component of transforming the dark vibrations that seem to have such a grip on human life.
The often fluffy, and of course caring, image of spirituality maybe looks quite weak and small in comparison with the stacked up forces of power, greed, abuse and corruption going on in the world. Moloch laughs as the hippies dance in their gossamer faerie wings and sandals, waving their incense sticks and playing their drums. The last thing the military-industrial, capitalist complex is expecting is that the hippies might find some lion balls and start to roar. I am a spiritual activist and when I take in the bullshit that is continually spread around regarding god, spirit and the purpose of human existence, I can’t but occasionally get furious, righteous rage is rising from somewhere and will be heard.
After twenty years of mystical and spiritual study and experience it now seems to me that the simple, very simple, truth of our existence has been loudly and clearly presented to humanity for a very long time, (but manipulated mainly by men in such a way as to keep the general population meek, confused and ignorant). In the second decade of the 21st century the cat of consciousness is well and truly out the bag… but unfortunately most people’s noses are still in the bag, and they are letting the cat get away, tuned in instead to drama, conflict and tragedy.
Yet even so there is a massive surge of awakening to the spiritual dimensions of life spreading across the earth. People are waking up to the light, they are seeing that there is more to life than science and reason can explain. They sense that humanity has become so preoccupied with logic and information that we are losing touch with the soul level of who we are. The rediscovery and reconnect of the soul is hindered by the nonsense put out by extreme faiths, who always seem to get the headlines more than the genuine, heart centred, tolerant, peace seeking, faithful people of the world. The continuing conflict between religions deters many from exploring the spiritual reality at all, but for others it inspires the search for our own answers, the quest to form our own relationship with divinity and spirit, and opens up the channels of growth into higher consciousness, expanded love awareness, and even transformation of the physical body. Spirituality is not about obeying the dictates of some distant deity, as many good-natured, intelligent people seem to think, it is about opening to the higher vibrations that we can manifest in our own bodies and minds. It is about moving on the evolution of the species. Each one of us has a part to play in this. This is the democratisation of enlightenment…. no longer handed out by holy gurus, or disguised as salvation and denied to us until after death…. this is the gradual awakening of each human soul to its innate and eternal part in the whole.
If we reflect on how far humans have come on this evolutionary journey in the past two to three millennia, see how much understanding and intelligence we have acquired, it should be clear that the next step has to be a conscious choice, made in each individual mind, to aspire to more, to reach higher, to find the light of what we really are. We have come a long way, what we still haven’t solved is the mystery of Who We Are.
Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Ram Dass, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Starhawk, Adyashanti, Andrew Harvey, Desmond Tutu, Ken Wilber, Neale Donald Walsh, Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, Malidoma Some, Lama Surya Das, Robert Thurman, Max Igan, Dalai Lama are among the most well known names teaching the modern world about consciousness. There are many, many others whose names are only known in smaller circles – indeed in every walk of life there are souls awakening to their mission, which is to awaken the others around them – teaching by example, and learning as we go.
At the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 Hindu scholar Swami Vivekananda delivered a message of spiritual unity from the oldest religion on the planet. He was the star attraction and his words excited the assembled representatives from the world’s faiths into a frenzy. What must be asked is, if the religious leaders at that time understood the ultimate unity of all faiths and the need for them to cooperate to bring about peace on earth, why has the story of religious conflict continued to dominate human life in the so-called rational era of the 20th century?
The last century also saw the spread of wealth, technology, education, of mass mind control via the media…. and of our ability to destroy each other and the environment. The masses are educated into a version of reality that tells us we are separate from each other, in competition for scare resources, demands we earn money to exist, burden our lives with debts, paying for things nature provides freely, and obey certain moral expectations. Conflict and competition is held up as the human norm, with Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest strong in our collective awareness, while his equally important point about our natural urge and need as a species to cooperate, help and care for each other, is hardly mentioned.
Intellectuals in the west from Victorian times onwards such as Madame Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Edward Carpenter, Ouspensky, Gurdjieff grasped the sacred potential in the conscious evolution of the species. In the 1960s this vision of our path into higher consciousness and the Age of Aquarius became more widely known. Gurus from India such as Ramana Maharshi, Osho had a big impact on young western minds, and the west also produced its own prophets of our evolution: Timothy Leary, Alan Watts, Ram Dass amongst them.
Evolution seems to happen in pendulum swings. And from the 1970s onwards the swing against mystical experience and discussion has been fierce. The media tends to mock anything spiritual and keeps the broadcast of faith based topics within very firmly drawn traditional religions lines. In 1971 the BBC broadcast an open minded documentary exploring the development of witchcraft in the UK since the repeal of the witch laws in the 1950s. The programme reflected the light and dark aspects of the craft, gave a platform to the fabulous Dorien Valiente to explain why the flippant dabbling in craft magic that was becoming common at the time held dangers, and ended by suggesting that witches might be tuning into a level of energy that runs through everything, ie the tao, the shakti, the great spirit that unites all life and which mystics from every part of the world talk about. Since 1971 pagan paths have not much positive exposure on TV, with pagan imagery still used to conjure fear and darkness. The ’71 documentary revealed a very black and white version of paganism – good witches vs satanists. This perpetuation of the struggle between good and evil is not the real picture, not the evolved picture, and maybe this is why the spiritual needed to take a back seat for a while, until it sorted its ideas out.
Link to The Power of the Witch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi9pZEhNQvQ
In the intervening decades spiritual understanding has advanced leaps and bounds. Not that most people get to hear about it… their lives are so full and demanding, most people give up learning about new things and simply absorb whatever, usually trivial, information the media feeds them. But now the internet has opened up what we can get exposed to. Spiritual ideas are all over the web, in contrast to what appears in the commercial media. The proliferation of informed, articulate and fascinating astrological videos posted on youtube for example demonstrates that mystical awareness, acceptance of our place in the whole and the need to communicate and be taught by that whole, however we perceive it, is actually widespread.
So who is holding back this tide of mysticism and awakening, thus keeping the majority of people from enjoying the personal liberation and empowerment that is possible? The 7 pillars of the old guard are holding it back – the media, government, business, law, academia, military and the churches. Their vested interest in a patriarchal, hierarchical, commercial, consumerist system is very deep rooted. But the earth is shaking, and so are human institutions that cripple the human spirit. Loss of life in an earthquake produces a wave of compassion energy that sweeps the world. People feel this tragedy in their souls – because we are all part of one big soul. The collapse of our human institutions will be also be accompanied by much wailing and screaming, but underneath that will be heard the cheers of joyful liberation.
“All 7 and we’ll watch them fall
They stand in the way of love
And we will smoke them all
With an intellect and a savoir-faire
No one in the whole universe
Will ever compare
I am yours now and u are mine
And together we’ll love through
All space and time, so don’t cry
One day all 7 will die” PRINCE ‘SEVEN’
DON’T LOSE HOPE
FUCK THE POPE
IT’S NOT HIS STORY
IN THE MAKING
ARE FOR SOLVING
YES WE ARE ANGRY
AND YES THE WORLD IS BLIND
BUT HUMANITY IS NOT EVIL
HUMANITY IS KIND
UNWIND THE TWISTED KNOTS
UNVEIL THE HOLY SOUL
INFINITE ETERNAL LOVE-Bliss
IS THIS LIFETIME’S GOAL
“There will be a new city with streets of gold
The young so educated they never grow old
And a, there will be no death 4 with every breath
The voice of many colors sings a song
That’s so bold
Sing it while we watch them fall”