whose religion?


How are we to understand death? By what values, or discernment processes, do we make difficult choices? How does one sort one’s way through the contemporary brambles to find one’s path?

Our culture has very inadequate answers to these kinds of questions, if any at all. Since these questions never go away, they go underground, into the unconscious. So as we sort through the rubble of historically charged images, by what standard do we gather them to our heart? It can only be if they move us, that is “set off a resonance within us.”

Upon reflection, three essential points become clear. First, that eternal questions will arise in quite different guises in all times, and persist in determining the value of our lives whether we are conscious of them or not. Second, that those who went before us experienced profundities in forms that may, or may not still stir us as well. And third, that our culture is failing miserably to bring us to these questions, which deepen our humanity and bring worth and weight to our journeys.

This test of resonance is critical to our capacity to gather a spirituality that brings deepened connection and meaning into our lives.

To thoughtfully examine our culturally induced religious life is in no way to denigrate the great world religious traditions. Remember, we are to search them all with serious intent to find what pieces speak to us. The fact that so many of us suffer crippling guilts induced by our traditions is a sadly recurrent example of a religious construct that only breeds neurosis. In fact, so often the conscious values we adopt, and cherish, are apotropaic defenses against evil, rationalizations of our wounds, flights from the terror of being alone, or unwitting confessions of intimidation at the prospect of conducting our lives on our own authority.

~James Hollis

what you may find when you go digging under the bright shiny leaves is a dark and loamy earth…..

inquiry for today~   in your most private moments today, allow your confusion to tell a new story……

reconstructed spirituality

The question is not religion or not, but which kind of religion, whether it is one furthering man’s development, the unfolding of his specifically human powers, or one paralyzing them. We can interpret neurosis as a private form of religion, more specifically, as a regression to primitive forms of religion conflicting with officially recognized patterns of religious thought.

Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change. In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.


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