Thoughts of the Spirit

Thoughts of the Spirit

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Spirituality and religion should be one and the same, but somewhere along the line it became enemies. How?
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Spirituality and religion should be one and the same, but somewhere along the line it became enemies. How?

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Submitted: April 20, 2017

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Thoughts of the Spirit

 

There will come a time in the not so distant future that people will vaguely remember the tenets and teachings of sects such as the Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Jehovah’s Witness, Latter Day Saint, Scientology, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and the like.

An individual will not be judged based on his religious beliefs, but rather his moral integrity. Moral integrity…is one of the factors that is lacking in many faiths today. Moral integrity and spirituality is the key to advancing the peoples in a peaceful way toward enlightenment. How often do we hear of one person disliking another because of their religious beliefs? And this feeling of dislike is between peoples professing to follow the teachings of Christ; or so called “Christians.”

How often do we attend a service to hear the presiding speaker; whether given the title of “Pastor,” “Reverend,” “Minister,” “Bishop,” “Pope,” “Father,” or whatever denominational term of pontification bestowed upon such person; stand and speak for hours without referencing the Scriptures? How often have we attended a service and witnessed one of the following impieties:

Preach ten minutes and beg for money for an hour

Read a scripture and speak about a totally irrelevant subject

Use a scripture to intentionally demean a fellow worshipper

Use the scriptures to beg for money

Deliver an incoherent sermon and follow it with “a song and dance routine”

I’m sure you get the idea and have many more examples to share, but the point is this. Christ and Mohammed and Buddha and many of the other ancient prophets taught the spirituality of one’s self is what brings us closer to the Universal All. “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself” is a simple teaching but it becomes more difficult if you don’t know how to love thyself. Self-love, or better stated “the love of oneself” does not mean the ingratiating, obsessive, egotistical, physical or “shallow” sense of well-being. To truly love thyself, one must search deeper into our psyche or soul and understand that no matter how well our physical or material lives may be, our spirit may be in turmoil. To bring inner peace we must bring our “selves” in harmony with the forces of the All. Think of it in terms of music, consonance of notes sound better or harmonic, whereas dissonance of notes creates tension which seeks resolution. If we strive to stay in harmonic balance with the universal forces, life is a “bowl of cherries.” If not, well I’m sure you get the idea.

So the question arises; how does one seek to keep his spirit in harmony with the universe? It is as easy as the teaching quoted above “thou shall love thy neighbor.” That’s it. When you earnestly seek to do good deeds for your fellow man, you bring your “self” in harmony with the life giving force of the Supreme One. (Name HIM/HER what you choose.)  While doing good deeds for others, good deeds will return to you. It’s the law of attraction in a nutshell (which is a separate topic to be discussed.)

We as a group called “humanity” are reaching a pinnacle of cognizance that has superseded the archaic tenets of “religion.” I’m not saying that religion has not served its purpose; it has provided a guide to which those of us seeking spiritual enlightenment have done well to follow. There always comes a time when things “evolve” or reach higher levels of understanding. Now that time has come…are you ready?


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