1.2 Religion is a Mindset
Meditation opens the doorway to see clearly through yourself into the rest of the universe but to prepare this gateway we must purge ourselves of self-limiting beliefs and misaligned values that threaten to interrupt flow. Each of us has a pain body to overcome, the ego with its rambling thoughts is constantly interrupting our presentness.
The work to overcome the pain body might begin with a supernatural experience or take the form of religious devotion, but this work is never-ending. Each of us must carve our own path, discover our own truths and fashion our own practices to protect them.
Whatever religious creed you use to follow this path doesn’t matter, true wisdom comes from experience. Religion offers us a framework and language to articulate that experience, but ultimately it must merge with our own stories or else they are just empty facts.
Spirituality in action is more than just knowing you believe in a god, it’s knowing what that feels like and being able to articulate that to others. The more we lean on belief systems that we did not create ourselves, the less likely we are able to describe our experience through a personal lens. When we try to capture the potency of this experience in sacred texts, words can’t do it justice. And what’s more problematic, the more words we use to describe the experience the more likely we are to get bogged down in the details and miss the simplicity of its message.
Practices is form, mindset is formless
The prior section discussed building practices to regulate mindset and this is how we manage our mindset, balancing it with pragmatism. Once this portal is open within us, we must work to keep it open and monitor our human urges to corrupt divine knowledge. We must know our weaknesses, and build the scaffolding around us to manage them, training wheels to manage our spiritual growth.
We’ve discussed building practices to cement mindset and now how to guard our mindset in pursuit of this true religion. With these in mind, we can become physicians of our own spiritual growth and healing. The remainder of this work expands upon both of these in a way that opens the door for you to explore other religious practices, systems of belief, and even magic, studying the alchemy of the soul, so that you may have all the tools to tailor your treatment. What I’m suggesting is that true religion lies somewhere in the middle of right mindset and right practice and, whether you apply this manifest literally or metaphorically, it will help you take control of not only yourself but of your reality.
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Pursuing Perspective – Manifest
- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity