Philosophy is the art of making meaning through logic and reason. Religion is the art of making meaning through myth, metaphor, and ritual. Science is the art of exploring nature. Spirituality is the art of exploring your nature. Borrowing from the sixth center Bodhidharma, I would say of spirituality that it is a direct apprehension of reality outside of words and scripture; a direct pointing to reality and seeing into one’s true nature. We humans have a capacity to be creative in all four dimensions- science, philosophy, religion, and spirituality- and should do what we can to be literate in each.
As Rabbi Saul of Tarsus taught, “God is That in whom we live and move and have our being.” You can’t get closer to or farther from God because there is nothing else but God. Convert to Judaism (or any other ism) because doing so makes you more kind, compassionate, and just. But nothing can get you closer to That which you already are.
~Rabbi Rami Shapiro
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inquiry for today~ the art of living…….remember this……
Seeing does not come from thinking. It comes from the shock at the moment when, feeling an urgency to know what is true, I suddenly realize that my thinking mind cannot perceive reality. To understand what I really am at this moment, I need sincerity and humility, and an unmasked exposure that I do not know. This would mean to refuse nothing, exclude nothing, and enter into the experience of discovering what I think, what I sense, what I wish, all at this very moment.
Perception, real vision, comes in the interval between the old response and the new response to the reception of an impression. The old response is based on material inscribed in our memory. With the new response, free from the past, the brain remains open, receptive, in an attitude of respect. It is a new brain which functions, that is, different cells and a new intelligence. When I see that my thought is incapable of understanding, that its movement brings nothing, I am open to the sense of the cosmic, beyond the realm of human perception.
~Jeanne de Salzmann