Every Path has its Beauty, but every Path has its problems!
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There is no such thing as the perfect spiritual path, for indeed it is easy to lose our way with the old traditional paths for a variety of reasons. We must become our own guide! Do not let the Wisdom of Religions dazzle you, as a lot has become distorted from its original context and message. So make your own Spiritual Map!
Be Balanced - Be Curious
The Coming of MonotheismFor everyone to whom English is their native language, our spiritual heritage is Odin/Woden, Freya, Thor and the other players. As in Woden's day (Wednesday), Thor's day (Thursday) and Freya's day (Friday) ...Like the Spiritual Forces that seem to drive humankind described in mythical stories. It is our heritage, but when Monotheism came to our ancestors, something profound began to be lost! Many Spirit Forces without any word for 'Religion' were replaced by one Male God who needed a Religion of male Priests as go-betweens. This male view was the seed of many problems to come.
However, there is only ONE Source, we could refer to it as The Great Spirit, or The Great Unknown, and speak in any language, but there are problems with the notion of Monotheism.
1. Firstly the word "Mono" - there is only one Source, but everything that comes from this one Source is in Gendered Pairs, therefore everything we know The Source by, is in gendered pairs! This is not just biology of life, but all of Thought Creations and consequent Physical Creations, including the Atom with its Linear and Rotary motions, and defined on both sides of Reality.
(see my book Beyond Physics)
2. "Theism" - this sets up a doctrine and needs people to interpret the doctrine, which is the wrong way round to be learning. Rather we actually only grow spiritually from what we experience ourselves and reflect upon, not what we are taught by doctrine from the outside.
When Monotheism rejects the reality of Gender Polarity as the means by which the Universe is Created - its 'modus operandi' - Monotheism then becomes male control.
As Gender-Polarity is part of the Big Design; Monotheism only has any validity when this fact is clearly recognised! ...With these inherent problems side by side with profound wisdom, it is curious to ponder what the actual inspirational source of monotheism was? ...some say ET.
Nature ReligionsIn many cases it is wrong to call this Poly-theism, as it is a different way of looking at the Divine. Like describing something by what it does, or by what it is – yet it is the same thing. There is only One Source for the Universe, but many seeming conflicting forces, like a story or play...
Story Archetypes, after The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler ...which itself was after The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell which included the ideas of Carl Jung.
A Story or a Play that means something, says something, could not do it without having different actors, which can be generalised as archetypes. I would suggest that the Spirit Forces we know as Odin, Freya, Thor, Loki etc. of the Sagas (stories), are archetypes of humanity. The Mythologies are all about how we understand ourselves amid all these 'Spirit Forces'.
(personally, I find I have a lot of relationship with Odin, yet I also know Islam!)
So defining ourselves by recognising ONE SOURCE, or defining ourselves by recognising a DIVINE PLAY of many Actors, is like describing something by what it does, or by what it is, yet it is essentially the same thing if both are true to their roots. — is it not just an example of the Polarity of everything manifested, and by comprehending the whole, we become more accurate in what we perceive.
Spiritual Maps and ReligionReligions and Gurus offer us Spiritual Maps to help us navigate our path through life, and if we join them, we join a community of followers — but there is a problem to this... We cannot find what we chase! How can a person find enlightenment by following another? How can we strengthen our goodness, unless we are challenged by the unexpected?
It is very different following an existing path up a mountain, to navigating our individual way back to The Source! ...Returning home is what unifies, not the individual paths we travel.
We like to be part of community like a Religion, this is natural, but notice there are different ways a spiritual community can come together...
By the Law - such as Judaism.
By Mythology - such as the Norse gods.
By deep awareness of Nature's interconnected processes - Native American Tribes.
By a particular Philosophy - Common acceptance without the need for exclusion.
So Spiritual Maps do not have to be of a Religion, we can make our own map of how we perceive Reality, perhaps a hybrid of many concepts — and be part of a new community returning home.
Belief, Worship, Truth and HistoriesBelief is a psychological state of mind, nothing to do with the facts. It has more to do with what we learned first when we were little children. Our position in the afterlife does not depend upon what we believe, but on how we behave while we're here!
Worship is basically pretence, what really matters is our: Gratitude, Kindness, Honesty, Fairness, Steadfastness and striving to improve. Spirituality is not something separate to our daily life, it is what we are.
Truth, as they say in Law: "The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth", as partial truth is not acceptable because "Leaving things out is as big a distortion as putting things in!"
...Now Think Gender-Balance in Religion and Philosophy!
Histories: When people believe in different histories, which are actually only part truths, then they can then direct their energies in dangerous ways! The Real Enemy is ignorance, and always has been.
...we cannot fight that with guns!
Implausible ProfessionsTo be a Prophet, a Seer, a Healer, a Dowser, or a Shaman; these are valid spiritual occupations that depend upon the gifts of the person concerned. BUT to just lead people in organised religion is not the same. The Spiritual cannot and should not be made separate or a separate profession, because this would introduce a corruption ...and when such religion-people make life changing decisions over common people, it gets really bad! The Reality is; Spiritual is an aspect of everything in Life, not something separate, and should not be treated as such.
Barrier to the Spiritual Plane...A helpful suggestion might be; in order to reach the Spiritual Plane, we need to be frequently moving up and down the ladder: Physical to Abstract-Mental with everything in between.
- Spiritual Plane
- Abstract Mental Plane
- Concrete Mental Plane
- Emotional Plane
- Instincts Plane
- Subtle-Physical (Psychic) Plane
- Physical Plane
As the Physical Plane is the end result of all the other Planes, the Spiritual Plane is the reason behind all the others. So we need to have ALL the lower Planes loaded in our immediate awareness before we can reach the Spiritual.
...So involve your hands in both mundane and skilled practical work, open your heart to other people close to you, debate intellectually with those who can, then spend time on your own within Nature. Spiritual has passion to it, Academic Philosophy does not! Spiritual is higher.
Many are the Spiritual Paths that present a Spiritual Map for us to follow, but ultimately we all have to make our own Spiritual Map, it is part of our spiritual progression. But do we have to reject completely the orthodox religion we once followed? ...or can we see it in a different way, that overcomes where the original true path became lost?
...how else can the martyrs speak to us of where society is still going wrong?