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, October 9, 2017
Awareness of spiritual longing
-Elizabeth Lesser, The New American Spirituality, p. xiv
John Bradshaw called this longing the "hole in the soul." Clients go to psychotherapy complaining of depression and anxiety and they cannot identify the source of their anguish. In our materialistic society we have been conditioned to fill the hole in our souls with stuff, chemicals, compulsive behaviors, and special relationships. Some more mature souls recognize the anguish as a separation from the godhead, the ground of their being. This awareness sometimes is only a slight glimmer and comes sometimes only on the heals of tragedy.
Sometimes religion provides a path to greater spiritual awareness and sometimes it obstructs our awareness of Love's presence in our lives.
When have you felt that there is something bigger in life than what you had been aware of before? If you pursued it, how did you connect with it?
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I have felt something bigger when I have connected with somebody in a meaningful way, when there is a meeting of the minds. This has been and continues to be moments of grace for me. Eugene O'Kelly calls this a "perfect moment" and in A Course In Miracles it is called a "holy instant." These perfect moments and holy instants are full of grace for the participants.ReplyDelete