Many individuals do not understand or bother about this thing called “spirituality” because of all the “beliefs and out of the world experiences of some which were dogmatically taken as the only way which God communicates to humanity to redeem human kind from their sins.”
Why bother with God?
Because that label expresses the “Big Boss” of all bosses. The “guy” up above all. The one and only one… The God.
Caught up in an anthropomorphic belief; God becomes the extension of a paranormal dream of something “better” than “this.”
Once a person lost in that dream of wonderful experiences, which only supports their belief of knowing “a superior being,” decides to stop worshiping, to stop praying for little favors and to stop carrying the consciousness of a needy child looking for “his Father;” then at that point, that person may discover 2 wonderful things:
1) “I am”
2) That which is not “me” is.
That is all.
No religious beliefs required.
It is from that point where “depth” could arise.
First, we perceive the separation between that who “I am “ and that which “is not me.” In easy terms, Life and Me.
It is the strength of that consciousness of “Me” which creates the depth of separation and all different religions and beliefs there are.
When we understand the above, we could have the interest in knowing that which is called “Me.”
That is the beginning of self-realization.
That journey may have different turns. It is not the same for all individuals. It is a personal journey.
Does it mean that we shouldn’t join a religion or philosophical system because of their “one size fits all” approach?
To know means to experience. One thing is to merely accept what Ananda is saying. A different thing is to accept it based on your own experience.
That is the difference between “blind faith” and inner honesty.
Let me put it in another way.
The other day I was sharing some realizations with a friend of mine. The talk about “Armageddon, destruction, the end of the world,” etc. came up. Another person there added further material to that talk. She believed in UFOs, Life beyond the Earth and she implied that the “best way to get all of the people on Earth together, was to fight against a common enemy.” Those are the ET invaders, of course.
All of these beliefs can get out of hand. The mind can come up with wonderful things.
The fear of death and annihilation pursues most people nowadays. A belief to be “saved” has to be there for their personal comfort. That anxiety and sense of feeling unsecure hunts people down day and night.
All of those beliefs are not “bad” but part of the changing experience.
It does not matter what will happen in the “future.” The only thing that matters is how I feel “now.” “NOW” is the converging point of Life.
I cannot pretend to live life in joy while having fears, guilt and preoccupation. I cannot enjoy Life to the fullest “now” thinking that something “better” or “worse” is in the horizon. That is how panic arises, which is fear.
Is Ananda denying the possibility that God may punish him or that world destruction may arrive without him having asked for forgiveness and of being trapped in hell forever and ever and even worse… missing Paradise for eternity?
Because of the experience of “my own” changing eternity. That is all.
The above may be a belief for someone else. That belief by itself, does not bring inner peace of knowing that things are all right as they are… unless there is experience.
When I told my friend, “things are alright as they are.” He replied: “ But… we have to do something to stop the madness of destruction. We have to co-create. I don’t see how that saying of “doing nothing doing to get things done,” could apply here. We need to do something…”
I told him: “You are being honest with yourself. If that is what you feel in your core. Do it.”
Obviously two different states of consciousness. None is better than the other. I understand him, because I recognize that consciousness from before.
Shall I tell him that “I have the truth” or “my consciousness is better than yours”?
That is silly. His consciousness will change and so… mine. Different timing.
The world will change and so “I.”
Isn’t it silly to try to stop or to reject that which naturally is meant to change by itself?
Doesn’t destruction bring automatic creation afterwards? Doesn’t a state of great ego bring an automatic lack of it when suffering is overwhelming due to that ego?
Do we see the game?
That is Ok. Someday we will. 🙂
The eternal traveler keeps observing different scenes in Life. If he gets trapped on those, he will suffer. That is how the teaching: “I should not be attached” came into being.
That teaching is not well understood and not well explained.
Being trapped is not a function of “willing.” It is a function of “being.”
Some people call that a “free spirit.” I call it, someone who enjoys the moment, Life.