Iwas raised Christian but when I left home, the path of salvation was too narrow to account for all the shades of grey I saw in the world. So I ventured to the other side of the spectrum into raw spirituality. Devoid of the laws and ideological decoration surrounding Christianity, it was as a purer form of connecting to god consciousness: the peace that passes all understanding unadulterated by the details of how we should live it out. Although I could more clearly connect to the heart of compassion and wisdom, I still yearned for rituals, symbols, and laws to live to enable those qualities to permeate daily life. I started to combine rituals and symbols from many religions based on the shared principles I saw between them.
So what is the essence of these practices that we might curate them with our own hands? Perfect practice is simply this: to recognize source in everything. What tends to happen is we take on new practices that reconnect us and fulfill our sense of purpose for a time, but they soon lose their potency. When we feel this slack, we blame ourselves for not doing the practice well enough and frustrate ourselves trying harder without realizing that the need has shifted. The technical fitness of the practice becomes the focus instead of opening our hearts to the surge of the experience. This mirage is generated from our ego to disconnect us from flow.
When we start a new routine, the rush of its initial success fills us with gratification (of our coming to power) but also an accompanied sense of fear of it being taken away. That fear holds us in the grips of addiction to the practice; confusing the vehicle to power as the power itself, worshipping ourselves as the embodiment of the divine instead of the divine themselves. Following shadows instead of the light itself. We must always be interpreting the hidden messages behind our actions to snuff out this fear.
The more we study different religions and these different aspects of god, the more acutely we can sniff out its counterfeits. Remember the metaphor of building up our temple in devotion of the deities training our spirit? This is no longer abstract as all the practices we put into place in our life can be measured by how they spur on our spirit and strengthen our power in the world. If we feel like our actions aren’t feeding us this purpose, we should ask ourselves, which of my values is this serving?
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- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity