KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid
The native American elder Sun Bear used to say, 'Do not bother me with your visions unless they grow corn'. He was a very practical and very spiritual man. The irony is that the people who now roam those same lands (and the rest of the Western world for that matter) see spirituality as a luxury, not a necessity.
A true spiritual life is immeasurably practical. No method of psychology or science I have explored comes anywhere close to being as powerful as spiritual principles in solving real world problems, and replacing those problems with passion, purpose, meaning, joy and 'flow'. Grace - the gateway that taken us beyond our conscious minds into the fathomless, unlimited realms of Universal Consciousness and the experience of the Love that binds us all......can solve and heal what the human mind cannot. And it's a universal remedy too... political, environmental, social, economic, health, business and so on......same solution.
So what is spirituality?
Well I have my own personal definition, - simply our rediscovery of the truth of what reality is, and how it all really works. I think if your are pretty open minded about these things (as I suspect all of us here are) you can't help but notice that the ideas that are coming out of all the various disciplines - science, psychology, spirituality etc ....all seem to be converging and pointing towards some common basic truths .....a singularity or set of 'meta laws' if you like, that govern all the physical, economic, social and 'living world' laws that we thought were true and yet struggled so hard to reconcile.
It seems that scientific (and maybe popular) understanding is now slowly coming around to the world-view that there is only energy; that the physical world is simply how the 'separate body' represents this energetic wholeness to itself; that it is in fact our consciousness that makes all those seemingly individual atoms dance; and that there really is no 'out there' out there, because nothing can be outside of Awareness itself - this eternal Beingness that we are all a part of. But that's just an opinion.
So what is true?
I guess that's something we all have to discover in our own way and in our own time..... but what is true for me?
Well to keep-it-simple (and in case I ever try to complicate this whole 'spiritual thing'), this is what I have found so far:
- Problems are manifestations of our feelings of fear arising from our ego's central (but mistaken) belief that we are somehow separate from the 'rest of' Life; and therefore at it's mercy and powerless to determine what happens in our life.
- The solution is to let our attention return to that which abides within all of us in the gap between our thoughts.......and then allow this boundless Love to live our life.
- The only teacher worth listening to is our own inner guide, our true Self; and the only help really worth accepting is help in initially rediscovering this guide.
Then this will do it for me: Look into your own heart and then be true to whatever you find there.
And then what I discovered is this: What I would really like to do is help to demystify this whole spirituality business and provide some useful tools. But please, please, please beat me up big-style with something nAstY if I ever try to complicate this.
P.S. I've written this post for purely selfish reasons. It is intended, by way of reminder, for an audience of one........'me'........who seems to occasionally have a problem with keeping things simple.