Most of our work is about redefining ourselves as a spiritual being, as a soul. And a soul has only one motive: going to the One. When you start to see yourself with only that motive, wow, it gets very simple. And that’s the spiritual work. The spiritual work from the soul’s point of view is just moving closer and closer to the Beloved…..Ram Dass
these wistful gifts of the finest integrity seem to seep in….can we find those spaces in between living to sigh into better choices and quieter listening…..an openness to wonderment?
The potential for awakening enlightenment is within us because we are all cosmic beings of light. But intention is not inherent. We have free will. So you can choose to intend. There’s always the inherent tendency to forgetfulness- that’s the default position: unconsciousness. Once we incarnate into this world of multiplicity, of time, space, and matter, we can lose ourselves completely. Our senses are constructed to give us stimulation, to give us all this information about the external world. The cost is that we may get hooked, because we find the sense stimuli so fascinating. We have to learn how to get unhooked. Sometimes I’ve heard it referred to as ‘the return’- the mystical journey where you return from the heroic adventure in the world. You come back to your community. This is also part of the mystical journey: you return home to God from whom you came. We remember, we have good times, and we forget again. If we are fortunate, we find ways to help us on the way, grateful grace, the amazing grace…..Ralph Metzner
How come we settle for something less? Alan Watts spoke and wrote about the ‘taboo against knowing who we are.’ Our materialistic cultural paradigm does not support our spiritual awakening. In fact it ridicules it and pathologizes it. But the only thing that can stand up to and transform the dominant scientific paradigm, as well as the dogmas of organized religions, is direct spiritual experience. Spirituality is something that is experiential; it reflects our direct experience of normally hidden dimensions of reality. Through our personal experiences we discover our own divinity and the numinosity of the cosmos. For that we do not need a special place or appointed officials. Our body and nature become our temple…..Stanislov Grof