A Vibrant Palette

Consciousness, Human Behavior, Human Observation, Psychology, Spirituality

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We need to embody the entire spectrum of positive emotions, as we wheel around the sun with seven billion other souls who, like us, have hidden deep within them, unhealed wounds, and hearts that are deeply scarred. Like us, they experienced unimaginably dark nights, where they felt like all hope was ripped completely from them. Like us, they were left all alone and without a single friend to make their endless pain even a little less unbearable.

Whenever we are tempted to lash out in anger towards another, we must keep the mental image of the psychological suffering that this wonderful human being standing before us endured, because we endured it, too. We are all weary travelers, who need to help shoulder the sorrows of each other through our many hardships, and our many moments of feeling so utterly alone, we beg for death, just so our exquisite pain will also die with us. We should also weep with overwhelming joy with them when they have happy news to share with us.

We achieve greater spiritual depth when we hold in our hearts such an intense empathy for others, that the range of emotions we can participate in with them is composed of a palette of so many varied colors and shades, that we know what it feels like living in their skin and their particular set of circumstances. This should part of the mission we cultivate for ourselves, because without the great depths of feeling we hold for others, we become lost. Not only to others, but to ourselves as well.

Mind Your Own Business

Consciousness, Human Behavior, Spirituality

There’s a great level of peace that comes with minding your own business. This is because folks who go within, and do not seek to meddle in the affairs of others, nor seek control over others, have minds wholly undisturbed by the turbulent ripples that are an invariable result of the strenuous mental effort that it takes to make sure that everyone walks the same self-righteous path as yourself. The tendency to do this, unfortunately, is a byproduct of being a slave to religious dogma, and it is something that is not good for you or anybody else who has chosen to incarnate on this physical plane. Religion has no business dictating how others should live. If you want a truly authentic spiritual experience, walk out in silent reverie into the great cathedrals of nature, such as our majestic forests, or our tumultuous waterfalls with their deafening roar, or our precipitous cliffs that ascend heavenward.  Did you ever see a bird or a tree that was presumptuous enough and so full of its own self-importance, as to issue dictates on how we should live? There is not a single moral imperative to be found on the sands of the seashore, nor any self-righteous pronouncements emanating from the diminutive mouths of the avian splendor that is the cardinal. This is why religious dogma, with its stultifying dictates that utterly kills all vestiges of spiritual ecstasy, is now being seen as an enormous obstacle towards spiritual transcendence.

The empty shell that is the artifice of the religious existence is something individuals around the planet are gladly dispensing of in record numbers. We need to find ways of practicing spirituality that do not involve decreeing, in minuscule and nauseating detail, exactly how one should think lead their life. Seekers need to get away from this entirely. When you cease to do this, you will discover a beatific peace, and for merely that reason, the world will be an infinitely better place. I envision a day when the religious structures of the planet crumble completely into dust. They will no longer be needed anyway, if a true Christ consciousness arises. However, when the old religious monuments fall away, there will be new cathedrals of the unseen variety. At least, these glowing edifices will not be perceptible by the human eye, which is altogether unable to peer into the innermost dimensions of existence.  These great cathedrals, shining in translucent beauty from a wondrously imagined future,  will be not be constructed from brick and mortar, but from materials of a more ethereal provenance; woven from ecstatic ingots of  glistening joy to be found only in the loving recesses of the human heart, where we always find those things which are most sacred to us.

These new holy basilicas will spontaneously arise out the ancient dust of tired old ideas, and will be sanctuaries where the new consciousness can be birthed. They will fan the flames of a new way of being, for this new form of beingness will not be confined one bit by the oppressively heavy chains of moral rectitude. This great conflagration of consciousness will easily escape the bricks or stones that comprise a church, synagogue, mosque, or any other places of worship, because it will find these buildings entirely not to its liking. Or, if you try to contain it within the prison of dogma, it will burn up this prison with the all-consuming flames of spiritual awareness. Nothing in this world can stop it, and nothing can stand in its way. So mind your own business – make your only business to be that of finding your own spiritual truth. “Educare”, the Latin root for “education”, means to “bring out from within.” This is the nature of true education and true enlightenment: to go as deeply within as you are able to go, and find the glittering diamonds of truth that lie in wait here, and represent that which possesses eternal value. So, in the end, whatever you do, do not mind the business of others. You will get way too stressed out, and your poor mind will be all aflutter; abuzz with violent perturbations caused by the need to make sure others are living by your rules. Religion is too much in the business of telling others how to run their lives. We need to stop doing this altogether. We should not care even one iota what others do. We should not be spiritual busybodies, always worried about what our neighbor across the street is up to.

Let us mind our own affairs in order to find the immense peace that passes all understanding. This will be a time when humanity finally transcends its need to issue moral directives; when it dawns on us that this has always been an appalling act of self-sabotage and always will be. It will now be an era, always dreamed of by the greatest philosophers who ever walked the earth, when ethics triumphs over rules. If everybody lived in synchronistic alignment with the one consciousness, we would not need overarching moralistic intrusions into our private affairs anyway. Everybody would just naturally respect the personal autonomy of others, and do what was best for the whole. Now, maybe these grand religious structures will not literally crumble into dust. More than likely, they simply will not be needed anymore. They will still retain their significance as historical curiosities from another age, but will no longer be spiritual shrines that people flock to in order to get a paltry taste of the glory that that is God.  I am not denying that these ancient monuments might contain some form of residual spiritual energy. Perhaps, they will even become transformed by the new consciousness into revered temples where one can go to worship the divine in a way that does involve the enslavement of dogma.

Because I believe a church can be a tool, an accessory, a stepping stone on your way to find God, but one that you can ultimately dispense with. Perhaps, in my imagined future, they will be restored to their former glory, but become meccas where one learns how to light the flame of their inner candle. One can hope. However, it has been my experience that even the religions with the best intentions invariably stray into territory where they think its okay to issue moral directives. They just cannot help themselves. Priests telling parishioners what they can and cannot do in the privacy of their own bedrooms; like telling gay people that it is sinful to be in love with those that just happen to be of the same gender as themselves..  How dare this loving couple offend the more sanctimonious amongst us by following the moral imperatives of their hearts!  I’m sure even Buddhists, who seem to me to be free of most of the evils of organized religion, eventually make up rules that serve as moral straightjackets. Every potential meddler into the affairs of others needs to be reminded that adhering to rules is not how you find God. That path is a walk away from peace and the inner divine light into a kind of all-encompassing darkness. So, mind you own business. The word will thank you.


Human Behavior

Some artists possess a humility of spirit and a generosity that is touching. Some have unparalleled inner grace and gentleness. There is a third category that I suggest you avoid at all costs: those who who so wallow in narcissistic adoration that they only allow you to express appreciation of them with a monosyllabic affirmation of their greatness accompanied by a click of the “like” button.