The idea of the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley leads one to the idea that God is too big for any one religion. How is it that sometimes people outgrow their religion of childhood? James Fowler, among others, has mapped out a model of spiritual development. Osho says that a person cannot enter into a spiritual life until he/she rebels against childish religious beliefs. Notes On A Spiritual Life intends to explore deeper understandings of an authentic spiritual life.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Love would have us do the right thing.
In some ways the spiritual life is very simple. God is not fear, but love. The idea that God is love and not fear is very simple.
Of course, you can ask, "Well, what is love?" Great question, and the answer is that love is beyond definition and yet it is our natural inheritance and whether we recognize it or not is within us all all the time. The task of the spiritual life is to remove the obstacles and blocks to our awareness of Love's presence. The other important point is that Love is not out there in the ego world, but within where we bring our will into alignment with what we believe is God's will for us.
You can ask, Heather, whether you should take this job or that, hang out with these friends or those, get married to this partner or not, and you can reflect on any choices you have to make in your life. The answer is which choice will best help you become the person that you believe God has created you become, and to do with your life what it is that God is calling you to do with it? It short, will the choice help you do God's will or distract you from it?
If God is with you, Heather, who can be against you? Spiritually, your choices can create miracles.
The challenge is to discern God's will for you. (If you don't like the word "God" substitute "Universe" or "Life.")
You told me the decision you made at one point to marry Rob made you uneasy and filled you with anxiety. When I asked what you were afraid of you told me you cared deeply for him, but the drama in his life seemed more than you wanted to handle. A life long commitment to help him with the drama and to expect help from him with yours was just not loving for either one of you. You said it took more courage than you thought you had to break up the engagement because of the disappointment that Rob and your families and friends would feel. You told me that you realized that sometimes the truth hurts and that in order to live with integrity rather than the ego a person has to be brave. Long term goodness on the spiritual plane sometimes requires short term pain on the ego plane. Love overcomes fear.
The wisdom you have manifested leaves me with the impression that you are an "old soul." I am inspired and in awe of your choices to listen to the spirit moving in you and do the right thing.
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When we choose Love, this choice gives us peace. That's how you know you're on the right track, at least for me.ReplyDelete