Journeying from the relative toward the Absolute means at once losing the freedom of living in error and gaining freedom from the tyranny of all the psycho-material determinations which imprison and stifle the soul.
….Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Authentic spiritual development leads to becoming one’s own authority. It is not necessary to go through orthodox religious channels to experience love or attain illumination, although we have much to learn from religious traditions. Taking responsibility for choosing beliefs, values and attitudes calls for examining spiritual assumptions in the light of reason and experience. Healthy spirituality does not call for faith in idols, but for a willing acceptance of life itself as a meaningful encounter with truth. Spiritual maturity is not about outward, visible signs of spirituality. More importantly, it is about a certain presence that is perhaps best described as grace. Spiritual maturity may be invisible to those who have not developed sufficient spiritual discernment to be able to see it. Just as the world of soul remains invisible to one who does not believe it exists, spiritual maturity cannot be perceived by anyone who is not ready to see it. It is recognized intuitively. Depth cannot be quantified, and we cannot see clearly beyond our own levels of development. Mature spirituality reflects our latent potentials and when we recognize it we can begin to cultivate it. Interestingly, the more I claim my own potential for spiritual vision and stop projecting it onto others, the more clearly I see it. It is not possible for us to see what is real unless we become real ourselves. The Gnostics say that what you see you shall become……Frances Vaughan
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.