Spirituality and Religion – November 5 2019

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

Anaïs Nin

Once self-awareness dawns in you, the questions you can ask about yourself, about how you think and feel, have no limit. Self-aware questions are the keys that make consciousness expand, and when that happens, the possibilities are infinite.

Deepak Chopra

Identified as our ego self, we are prone to fear. We are at the mercy of the things around us, everything separate, everything potentially dangerous. We find ourselves continually in judgment, for that is the ego’s job: to parse out what is dangerous from what is not dangerous. The result? We live continually in a state of dis-ease. Never quite happy, never quite feeling safe. So we look for something to hang onto. Something solid. Unfortunately, though, we are looking in the relative world where the only constant is change. Nothing stays the same. Ever. 

Religion offers a solution. Religion will tell us what is. Religion will provide us with answers, based in dogma and in the writings of the prophets and teachers recognized by that religion.

This can lend comfort to some. But what we find is that, even though answers are given, questions continue to arise for us. For whatever reason, some questions seem unanswerable by religion, and some answers are unsatisfactory. So questions continue to arise.

In truth, it is our nature to question. It is built into the fabric of our being. The need to continually solve the ‘problems’ of life in order to progress and evolve. 

But even more to the point, it is the nature of our identity as Spirit to question. From the perspective of Spirit, we are here having this human experience for the sole purpose of remembering what we truly are. We are here in order to ask ourselves, who am I? I have a body, but I am not this body. Who am I? I have sorrow, but I am not this sorrow. Who am I? I have thoughts, but I am not these thoughts. Who am I? I have fear but I know I am not this fear. Then who am I?

This is spirituality. Rather than to find someone or something to give us answers, we find ourselves asking questions. We intuit deeply that our world can be bigger, more full, more alive, more fulfilling. We know that there must be more to life than what we have experienced so far. We recognize that in an infinite universe, the part of it I have yet to experience must, by definition, be infinitely greater than what I already have experienced.

When we keep opening ourselves to new questions, letting go of what we know, we begin to rest on that which never changes. The essence of what we are, which is our connection to that which always is, always was and always will be. Our connection to Totality Itself. The more we can allow ourselves to rest in this truth, and stand upon this truth, the less we will need to grasp at those things outside ourselves. The less we will need to seek safety where safety cannot be found. From this perspective, we can begin to see the relative world as what it is: a playground. A realm of infinite possibilities to experience what we truly are at the core of our being: happy, joyous, loving and free expressions of the Divine oneness.

Today I will let go of my ideas of who and what I am in order to discover something new about myself. I will assume the good will of the universe and let go of my need to find safety. I will try out a smile on someone just to see what happens.

Church and Snow, Virginia City MT

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