Thursday, August 9, 2012
Clinging to Separation, 3
As is evident from the success of the current Republican brand, the separation of religion and politics does not work. Appeals to fundamentalist, traditional, judeo-christian religious beliefs is working for them. But the fact is that the demographics of those who carry those beliefs are against them. Hopefully, we are seeing the last hurrah of that kind of thinking.
Meanwhile, people of all demographics, even those favoring the Republicans, hunger for spiritual connection and succor. The kind of spirituality I've been posting about is politically Progressive spirituality, connecting Science and Spirit, heart and mind. It is cutting edge spirituality, not religion. By learning about this kind of spirituality and practicing it, Progressives claim the future.
And actually when we release our ego identity and accept our reality as spirit we don’t just go ‘poof!’ and disappear, we experience a miracle, a healing, a gradual shift from living lives of fear, disappointment, anger and blame to lives of hope, optimism, generosity and compassion. The miracle and forgiveness are similar aspects of healing the ego’s nightmare illusion of separation. The miracle is not about external changes but solely about a change of mind from ego to spirit.
“The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does not understand.”
Gradually, as we go within and shift from the ego’s guidance to spirit’s, we feel more peaceful because we realize we that we, not anyone or anything else, are the ones that give things all the meaning they have for us. We thus are choosing differently and interpreting differently and feel less victimized by what goes on around us. Faith in the constant presence of spirit’s love and support and our oneness with it--the inside-out approach, shows that our happiness does not rest upon external happenings: whether someone has a good or bad day, does or does not smile, the weather is nice or nasty, or whatever we believe secures our happiness and peace.
“Faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed from what you thought was there.”
This happens, not because something magical occurred, but because we practice our faith. We bring the ‘problem’ to its source in the mind, shift from ego to spirit and that changes how we interpret and feel. As we increasingly experience release from the ego’s nightmares of judgment and pain, we recognize the joy in learning we are not figures in this dream, but the dreamers of the dream. As our faith bears wonderful fruit, we realize the illusory dream has never left its source in the illusory mind, that we have been wrong about everything here, and acting on our faith in our reality as spirit brings us what we truly want.
“Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up.”