the questing beasts of destiny traps

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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.

…Derek Walcott

4 thoughts on “the questing beasts of destiny traps

  1. I love this. I am reminded that there is a great chasm between the right and the righteous. My faith is much more than could ever be contained in a building or with association with any religious body.

    My relationship with God is a personal one (as much as any other relationship, and in fact, moreso since it is a relationship unburdened by the possibility of deception), as much a part of me as the darkness of my eyes or the length of my eyelashes. When we allow ourselves to touch that place, don’t we inherently allow ourselves the opportunity to love who we always were again? Without the shadow of pretention or expectation of disappointment – aren’t we (at last) free to wander the ever sweet comfort of familiar sweet us? Isn’t such intimacy that which learns us to love…….. ~ Always, Bobbie

    • hmmm……’learns us to love’……….an inescapable and sweet holding….no spiritual assumptions there……this is always becoming…..always real….your words here are written beautifully Bobbie….and felt even more beautifully…..

  2. It simply is that if we deny the presence of spirit,then we are denied the benefit of it. A professed agnostic gives examples of this in their life, as proof of their being no God, yet even a Quantum physicist realizes that the wave function collapses with the expectation of the result. Call it the Law of Attraction if you will, we become what we think about, we connect with what we love … Spirit !

    • I love the distinction between spirit and soul as a way of grounding us….digging deep to sprout up….somehow it helps to prevent this ‘collapse’ in our dualistic thinking….we can’t escape….no excuses….there is no logic that applies to soul space….nothing can hold wild, open heart space g.f.s…..

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