You Can’t Prove It

February 6, 2009

Over the years I have had many conversations with people about how to prove their spiritual growth.  They seemed to be looking for a way to show others that they were spiritual.  My point has been that you cannot prove that you are spiritual.  Today we look at that idea.

 

Thankful Friday

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There is no external proof

Over the years I have talked to people who had various ideas about how to prove their spiritual growth.  Some thought that it was an accumulation of money or possessions.  Some thought it was their good personal relationships.  Others thought it was the way they meditated.

 

The point that I have tried to make is that there is no external proof of our spiritual growth.  We can make tremendous progress and still not accumulate money or possessions.  Conversely, we can achieve great spiritual growth and still accumulate money and possessions.  The two are not linked by cause and effect.

 

In the same way, we can achieve spiritual growth without having a close personal relationship.  Although spiritual growth usually improves our relationships, that improvement in our relationships is not proof or our spiritual growth.

 

The proof is internal

The only “proof” of our spiritual growth comes from our internal knowing that we have grown.  We look for signs that only we can see.  Are we more peaceful?  Do we like ourselves more?  Are we more accepting of what happens in our life?  Do we see that our spiritual growth is the most important task in our life?

 

When we look to prove our spiritual growth to others we are looking for validation of ourselves from those people.  When we look for validation from others we are engaging in false self behavior.  False self needs external validation. 

 

True self needs no external validation or acceptance.  True self knows that we cannot prove our spirituality to any one else.  Others will either see it or they won’t.  It makes no difference to true self.

 

True self knows that we are happy and understands that everyone has their own definition of happiness.  True self does not try to prove to them that we are happy.  After all, when someone is attached to their definition of happiness – you are not going to prove anything to them any way.

 

One final note

Here is a mile marker on our spiritual path.  When we notice ourselves wanting to prove our spiritual growth – either to ourselves or to others – we need to see that we still have an additional lesson.  That lesson is that there is no external proof of our spiritual progress.  We need to remind ourselves that the proof will eventually manifest as we become truly happy.  As long as we look for that happiness we will not find it.  We just have to allow the happiness to be there.

 

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The Bull Doesn’t Care if You Are a Vegetarian

February 2, 2009

Today’s post looks at two aspects of this idea.  The first is that the bull is going to do what he is supposed to do.  We need to accept what the bull does.  The second aspect is that we do things because they need to be done – not what we expect to get from them.

 

The inspiration

Today’s post was inspired by a song sung by Annabella Wood at the Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA a few months ago.  One of the lines in the song talked about the fact that the bull does not care of we are a vegetarian – he is going to protect his space by charging you if he needs to do so.

 

At the time I thought this was quite a humorous concept.  I have thought about the idea several times over the last few months and have seen two different ways to look at this idea.  I am sure there are more ways to look at it.  Please submit a comment with your perspective on this idea.

 

The universe is going to do what it needs to do

The first way that I saw to look at this idea was that all too often we say to the universe “Stop!  I don’t like what is happening so you need to stop.”  Even after we are run over by the universe countless times, some of us never understand that the universe is going to do what it needs to do.  It will run us over when we stand in the way.

 

The trick is to be accepting.  We need to recognize that if we get in the bull’s space the bull will feel threatened.  He is going to charge at us in order to get us out of his space.  He does not care if we are vegetarian.  He does not care how spiritual we are.  His job in the universe at that moment is to protect his space – so he charges us.  We need to accept that – and not take it personally.

 

We do what we do without attachment to the outcome

Another way that I saw to interpret today’s idea is that we often get attached to the outcome of what we do.  Sometimes we fall into thinking that as long as we are being spiritual then only “good” things will happen to us.  If something “bad” happens it is because we were not spiritual enough.

 

Once again, if we are in the bull’s space he does not care if we are a vegetarian.  He is too busy protecting his space to ask us if we like to eat red meat.  All he knows is that he is responsible for protecting that space so he charges at us.

 

Did we become a vegetarian to keep from being charged by a bull?  Probably not.  However – why did we become a vegetarian?  Why did we decide to pursue a spiritual path?  What outcomes do we expect to see from those choices?  How attached are we to those outcomes?

 

Just like the bull not caring if we are a vegetarian, the universe does not really care if we are spiritual.  It is not going to stop doing what it needs to do just because we have an attachment to what our spirituality thinks it should be.

 

Once again the trick is to be accepting of the universe.  We may have an idea of what we think will happen as we become more spiritual.  However, we must at all times release any attachments to what we think that “should be”.

 

We must be open minded and accepting of the universe when it runs us over.  We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start learning what we missed in our thinking that caused the universe to run us over.

 

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Skeletons in the Closet

January 23, 2009

Are you like me and have some skeletons in the closet?  Have you ever wondered what they were and how to start to get rid of them?  We look at how to do that today.

 

Thankful Friday

As always we start Friday by expressing thanks.  Today I would like to thank all of my fellow Americans for their participation in the governance of our country.  I would also like to thank everyone around the world who had the highest hopes for this country.  Thanks to all of you for your support and participation.

 

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What are the skeletons anyway?

I think we are all familiar with the idea of skeletons in the closet.  They are those things in our thinking that we are afraid to look at.  Where did they come from and how do we get rid of them?

 

In an earlier post we talked about attachments and why we develop them.  The skeletons in our closet are nothing more than our deepest fears.  We have become very attached to these fears.  We also do not want to look at these fears.  That is why we have created the attachments – somehow we have linked our identity to those fears.

 

The most devastating aspect of the skeletons is that we want to lock them in the closet.  This means that we are choosing to be in denial about them.  Being in denial means we do not want to look at the skeletons.  If we do not look at the skeletons we cannot get rid of them.

 

Open the door and shine a light

It sounds simple, but the best way to start to get rid of our skeletons is to open the closet door and shine a light on them.  This can be very frightening.  We have kept the skeletons behind that door for many years.  We have worked very hard at keeping it closed.  We might be very frightened to open it.

 

Nevertheless, we must open it.  We must begin to look at and accept our skeletons.  If we never look at them they will continue to negatively influence our thinking.  We will always have a fear of what is behind the door and we will never learn to live a fearless and truly happy life.

 

At least take a peek

Right now we may only be able to open the door for a quick second, and then immediately slam it again.  If that is all you can do – then at least do that.  Over time you will teach yourself to keep the door open for longer periods of time.

 

As you keep the door open longer you will find that some of the skeletons disappear as soon as you shine your light on them.  You will immediately recognize that they are benign and no longer have any power over you.

 

Some of the skeletons will take a little work.  These are the ones that we struggle with.  The unfortunate thing is that the struggle is actually with our Self – a struggle that we always lose.

 

Learn to work with the skeletons that do not go away immediately.  Understand what they are and why you are afraid of them.  Gradually you will work through your fears and learn to live a peaceful and truly happy life.

 

Have I gotten rid of all my skeletons?  No.  Have I gotten rid of some and am working on others?  Yes.  And, I am much happier, have much less fear, and have much more confidence than I did when I started many years ago.

 

I wish the same for you.

 

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You Got to Know When to Hold ‘Em

January 20, 2009

We will end our series of posts about keeping score with a song.  One of the best examples of how to keep score and stay in the moment simultaneously comes from Kenny Rogers.  Many years ago he sang a song called “The Gambler”.  We take a look at that song today.

 

The Gambler

The song tells the story of a gambler traveling by train.  He meets another gambler who offers him some advice.  That advice turns out to be rather spiritual in nature.  The chorus of the song explains how to stay in the moment and not worry about keeping score:

 

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.

 

Click on this link to read the full lyrics.

 

For me the most important idea here is that you never count your money while you are sitting at the table.  When you stop the game to count you will miss something.  You will wind up out of the moment because you are counting your money.

 

As the song says – there will be time enough for counting when the dealing is done.  As long as you stay in the moment you will know when it is time to count your money.  You will know when to keep score.  Until that moment comes – resist the temptation.  You will only get yourself out of the moment and then you risk losing in the game.

 

Personal perspective

Over the years this has been a very important song for me.  As I was beginning my spiritual journey I used this song constantly as a reminder.  I would remind myself that I needed to stay focused and in the moment.

 

This song was a frequent reminder that my false self always wanted to keep score with everything.  I actually used this song to train my false self to trust that I (true self) knew what I was doing.  I knew that when we spent time looking too closely at money, who was returning our attention, where we were in our career, and all kinds of other trivial things that we were only making the situation worse.

 

When I say that I used this song to train my false self, I actually mean that.  I have been able to get to the point that when false self wants to waste time by inappropriately keeping score, I just say “No – we are not going to do that.  There will be plenty of time to count up later.  Right now we need to take care of our current business or we might wind up much worse off later.”

 

I have done this for so long that I rarely have any false self rebellions.  I hope that you too are able to quell your false self rebellions and live a truly happy life.

 

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The Zen of Keeping Score

January 19, 2009

The common use of the concept of Zen is that we do something without “really” doing it.  In that sense we will look at the idea of how to keep score without really paying so close attention to the score that we take ourselves out of the moment.

 

Welcome back

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe weekend.  This part of the northeastern US was very cold (for us) on Friday and Saturday.  I hope that wherever you were that you managed to stay warm.

 

It’s in the balance

We have been talking about the idea of keeping score for a couple of days now.  We have seen that it can take us out of the moment and complicate our relationships.  The question is “How do we keep score appropriately?”

 

What I have found as the answer to that question is to understand the concept of balance.  When we are operating from our false self we think that the balance needs to be completely in our favor.  Remember – false self is very fearful.  It gets very upset when the balance appears to be anything but favorable to what it thinks the balance should be.

 

As we learn to operate more from our true self we learn that the balance can be shifted so that we share much more completely with those around us.  True self is always in the moment and does not care about who is giving and who is taking on an immediate basis.

 

True self recognizes that all situations and relationships ebb and flow.  Sometimes one is putting more in than they are taking.  Other times we need to take a bit more than we give.

 

True self looks for two things when we decide it is time to “keep score.”  First – we look at the sense of balance.  Over time does the balance seem to be appropriate?  Although the balance may be off at times or imbalances may persist for awhile, do things usually get back to a balance?

 

Second – true self looks at the intentions and actions of those concerned.  Does everyone sincerely want to keep things balanced and moving forward?  Is everyone taking what actions they can to work towards keeping things in balance?

 

These are very subjective questions.  When we are in the moment the correct answers always come when we ask these questions.  Also, this idea of balance takes a bit of practice.  It goes hand in hand with learning to be in the moment.  The more we are in the moment the more we are able to keep score without “really” keeping score.

 

Tomorrow will be more practical

Today we were a little on the theoretical side.  Tomorrow we will conclude our series about keeping score with a discussion that is a little more practical.

 

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When the Student is Ready the Teacher Will Appear

January 13, 2009

I find this idea quite helpful when I am attempting to determine where I want my spiritual path to lead me.  Staying in the moment helps, but sometimes when I have fallen out of the moment and am anticipating the future this idea calms me down.

 

Different teachers for different needs

As we travel our path we encounter different teachers who help us understand a variety of different ideas.  There is no one teacher who can reach everyone.  There are some teachers who are able to reach large audiences, but there will always be a group of people that need the same ideas explained in a different manner.  There is nothing good or bad about this – it’s just the way it is.

 

The main point here is that if a very well known teacher like Eckhart Tolle or Byron Katie does not resonate with you – don’t worry.  These popular teachers have discovered a way to communicate with many people but the fact that you do not understand their message is not because of any deficiency that you might perceive that you have.

 

The reason that there are so many different teachers explaining the same basic ideas in so many different ways is that each interpretation resonates with different people.  Yes – the messages are quite similar.  The difference is that each person is making their explanations in a way that is meaningful to them.  This personal explanation resonates with some people and not with others.

 

When you are ready

Many times we wonder what the next step on our spiritual path will be.  We find a teacher who helps us to make many advancements.  Then we fall out of the moment because we begin to worry that we may lose the teacher.  We want to keep traveling our path.  Sometimes we become afraid that we will lose our way if our teacher goes away.

 

What we need to accept is that any teacher can teach us only so many lessons.  At first we are amazed at how much a new teacher has to offer us.  We learn a lot from that teacher and we make many advancements on our path.

 

What we do not realize is that we may get to the point where another teacher may be more appropriate to our needs.  Another teacher may be able to explain new lessons in a manner that keeps us advancing because we have outgrown our previous teacher.

 

When we are in the moment we realize this and move forward with whichever teacher seems to be the best at that time.  Any good teacher realizes this and always encourages us to go forward in whatever way we can – even if it means we find another teacher.

 

The teacher always appears

So – when we get out of the moment and start to worry about finding a new teacher we have a conversation with ourselves.  We remind ourselves that the more we stay in the moment the easier it is to determine what lessons we need to learn.  The more clearly we understand the lessons we need to learn the easier it is for us to see the teacher that will appear to help us with those lessons.

 

It is a universal axiom – when we are ready for a particular lesson the teacher will always appear.  We just need to be in the moment in order to more easily recognize our new teacher.

 

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We Teach Best What We Need to Learn Most

January 8, 2009

This is another one of those wise sayings that has helped me on my journey.  As with most of these adages, it has taken me a bit of time to understand it.  Today I will share with you some of the understanding that I have taken from this saying.

 

We exist to learn and share

We have stated many times on this site that the reason that we exist is to learn and grow and to share our learning with each other.  Next, we bring into consideration that all of our lessons are chosen by true self.

 

Whether or not we realize it, our lessons during each lifetime are those that true self has decided are the most important for that particular lifetime.  Sometimes we do our learning in a formal setting such as in school.  Most of the time our learning and sharing is achieved simply by living our life.  The learning and sharing becomes a natural part of our life.

 

Don’t we have to know something before we teach it?

Well, it helps to know about something before we teach about it – but we don’t have to know everything about it.  In actuality, we can never know everything about something, so when we teach it we are teaching the part that we know about.

 

Let’s use teaching history as an example.  Can anyone know everything there is to know about history?  No – they can know a lot about history in general, but usually those who are experts on history are specialists in certain areas of history.

 

One may know American history and possess a specialty in the Civil War era.  Will this person be an expert on early railroad history of the 1840’s?  Probably not.  Could they teach about early railroad history of the 1840’s?  Sure – if they studied up on the material.  Would they be an expert on this area?  No – but they could teach others who were just beginning their study of this area.

 

How does this apply to our spiritual learning?

Just like the teacher of history, we are constantly called on to be an example of things that we are still learning our selves.  However, when we teach something that we are just learning we often discover a connection to our special area of interest.  Teaching something new frequently helps us put together pieces that we would not otherwise have found.

 

In our history example, learning about railroads in America in the 1840’s helps with a greater understanding of the economics during the civil war.  It helps to understand that the northern forces had many more railroads than the southern forces.

 

Our spiritual learning is very similar.  We are offered many opportunities to learn new aspects of our spirituality.  We are also offered many opportunities to teach our spirituality.  When we are in the moment we learn that our teaching helps in our learning.  Conversely, our learning also helps in our teaching.

 

What could be more simple – we teach best that which we need to learn most simply because the reason we exist is to learn and share.  Learning and teaching are as natural to our spirituality as breathing is to our body.

 

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More Barack Obama and Spirituality – The Cabinet

December 10, 2008

Shortly after the presidential election we spent a week looking at how Barack Obama exemplifies spirituality.  Today we continue that discussion by analyzing how he is choosing his cabinet.

 

Accept those who disagree with you

An important aspect of spirituality is to accept those who disagree with you.  For many years our presidential politics have been characterized by the demonization of our opponents.  The idea was that if you did not agree with the people in power you were ridiculed, personally attacked, and marginalized.

 

A spiritual person recognizes that there are many valid viewpoints on most matters.  Just because we disagree does not mean that we cannot work together.  A spiritual person validates those who disagree with them by listening to and acknowledging the validity of opposing perspectives.

 

This does not meant that you have to act on the opposing viewpoints.  We validate the viewpoint by considering it.  We then choose our course of action and explain it as best we can to those who gave their input regarding why we did not follow their suggestions.

 

Most reasonable people realize that their suggestions will not always be followed.  By seriously considering those suggestions we are saying that we value their input and want to continue to hear opposing viewpoints in the future.

 

He has chosen former opponents

Barack Obama has chosen several former opponents from the presidential primary races.  Hillary Clinton was his most formidable opponent from that series of elections.  By choosing her as his Secretary of State he saying that the previous disagreements are over.  Going forward they will work together in the unified spirit that Barack Obama wants to be the new spirit of our country.

 

Another way that Barack Obama is accepting his opponents is by keeping Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.  There has been too much partisan fighting between Republicans and Democrats.  Most of the American people want to find a way to get past this destructive struggle.

 

By keeping the Republican Gates on as Secretary, Barack Obama is reaching out his hand to Republican partisans.  He is saying that he does not think that everything that is Republican is bad.  This will show that he is not demonizing his opponents like so many other politicians have done in recent years.

 

The only problem with this strategy is that Barack Obama can open the door, but his opponents have to walk through it.  He can stop demonizing his opponents, but he cannot make his opponents stop demonizing him.  All he can do is not respond in kind, which is what he has done so far.  Let’s hope the he has the self control to continue to do so.

 

That is all for today.

 

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It’s Logical

December 3, 2008

When we started down our spiritual path most of us thought we were being illogical.  There was something different and “not natural” about the new ideas we were learning.  Eventually it makes sense, but frequently we do not grasp the logic of spirituality.  Today we look at that logic.

 

Common sense is a rare commodity

When we are enmeshed in our false self we follow what we think is logic.  That logic does not go very deep.  It mostly consists of doing what all the other false selves around us are doing.  Remember – false self does not like to be different. In order to be happy it usually chooses to be like everyone else.

 

How else do we account for the dearth of common sense in our “civilization”?  False self is driven by fear.  There is no logic in fear, hence all the illogical behavior.  However, those who attempt to break away from the fear based life are viewed as illogical because they are not acting like everyone else.

 

Do you want to be happy or do you want to be like everyone else?

 

If we truly acted logically there would not be such a surprise when we encounter common sense.  How often do we find a surprising case where someone applied common sense?  At first the common sense seemed illogical because it went against the norm.  However, once we examine the case we find that the common sense had its own internal logic.

 

Spirituality has its own internal logic.

 

Spirituality is practical

What I eventually found appealing about spirituality was how practical it is.  I find spirituality to be logical, pragmatic, and practical.  What keeps us from seeing this simplicity is our false self.

 

False self does not want to surrender to something it does not understand.  It will fight against spirituality for several reasons.  We have already mentioned one of these reasons – it does not want to be different.  As long as we allow our false self to reject spirituality out of fear of being different we are not fully embracing our true self and our spirituality.

 

Another technique I use to simplify spirituality is Occam’s razor.  This is a principle of logic in which you choose the more simple solution when all choices seem to be equal.  Expressions of spirituality can become verbose and convoluted.  I tend to choose the more simple explanation.  This almost always turns out to be the one that resonates with me.

 

A few logical examples

Let’s start with the idea of worrying.  There seems to be a lot of worrying these days.  Worrying is an expression of fear.  We never worry about something that we do not fear.  Confidence always overcomes worrying.

 

How many times have we heard that worrying never gets you anywhere?  There are many other ways this is said but the message is always the same.  Worrying is always unproductive.  Yet we worry anyway.  Why?

 

I think it is because we know that we should not worry but we do not know what else to do.  We should stop worrying and learn to trust our true self.  One of the immutable spiritual principles is to always trust true self.  It is logical to trust true self at all times.  However, when we have not yet learned that bit of logic we do not trust true self.

 

Let’s look at another logical principle of spirituality.  False self thinks it must control everything.  As we have explained previously, this comes from fear.  Once again, the logical thing to do is to trust the power of true self.  However, false self cannot do this because it is fearful of losing control.

 

It will drive us into the ground before it will let go of its control.  If it was being logical it would admit it is fearful.  However, it cannot understand that kind of logic and will act very illogically rather than look at the fear.

 

Another example of false self illogic is admitting mistakes.  False self is very afraid of being found to have made an error.  False self is very attached to its image of being perfect.  It is perfect and it cannot make a mistake, much less admit that it has made one.

 

The logical thing to do is to admit a mistake, accept the consequences and start learning from the mistake.  Mistakes have tremendous power to teach us.  It should be logical to accept them so that we can learn from them.  After all, if we do not learn from our mistakes we will continue to make the same ones.

 

It seems logical to true self to accept our mistakes.  False self is more concerned with its image to others so it cannot understand that logic.  The false self logic is to not admit mistakes and therefore we will not look inferior to the other false selves around it.

 

That may not seem like logic, but it truly passes as logic to our false self.  That is why the logic of spirituality is so foreign to false self.  It is accustomed to its form of illogic.  It cannot imagine operating in any other way than its illogicalness.

 

It can take a few years to retrain false self to trust the true self logic of spirituality.  It can be done.  We just have to be persistent.  We have to be so fed up with the false self illogicalness that we will do anything to free our self from its tyranny.

 

That is all for today.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

 

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How Barack Obama Exemplifies Spirituality – Summary

November 14, 2008

Today we will wrap up our week long series that has looked at how Barack Obama may be an example of applied spirituality.  We will summarize some of the major points from the week and finish with a final comment.

 

Thankful Friday

For our new readers – and we have a lot of them this week – our custom is to start our Friday post by thanking those around us.  Today I want to thank all of the new readers who have taken the time to read our blog this week.  Hopefully you have found something that is helpful and will continue to find this site of value to you.

 

Next I would like to thank the people at Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA for being so accepting of me.  I have only attended their meetings for the last month but have rarely felt more welcome.  Thank you!

 

Finally – we end by extending our gratitude to WordPress and FeedBurner.  They provide the tools that allow us to write and distribute this site for free.  Thanks WordPress and FeedBurner!

 

Review

We started this week by talking about how Barack Obama appears to be able to stay in the moment most of the time.  He has a calm, quiet demeanor that is indicative of being in the moment.

 

We also looked at his nonviolent approach to the way he ran his campaign.  One note about nonviolence – it is not necessarily the same as being a pacifist.  Nonviolence involves the commitment to defend your free will.  It eschews aggression to assert that free will.

 

Next we looked at how Barack Obama ran a fifty state campaign strategy that was a demonstration of his inclusiveness.  Inclusiveness is an important spiritual principle because it causes us to see each other as equals.

 

We next heard about how the “energize the base” strategy run by Republicans and some Democrats is a divisive strategy.  The fact that Barack Obama refused to run this type of campaign once again demonstrates the spiritual principle of inclusiveness.

 

On Wednesday we got a feeling for the way Barack Obama approaches fear.  He exhibits no fear.  Eventually most politicians exhibit fear in some manner.  As best as I can remember I have never seen Barack Obama exhibit any fear.

 

We also looked at the fact that Barack Obama does not try to make anyone fearful.  While most of his opponents were telling the electorate all the things to fear about Barack Obama, he refused to respond in kind.  In fact he tended to compliment and praise his opponents rather than make people fearful of them.

 

Finally we spent Thursday looking at how Barack Obama is being the change that he wants to see.  One of the more important spiritual principles is that if you want to change something you first need to change yourself.  You first become the change you want to see – then you become the example of that change.  Barack Obama appears to be exemplifying the change.

 

Is Barack Obama knowingly being spiritual?

I have never met Barack Obama.  I cannot say how aware he is of his spirituality.  I do not know if he is conscious of a desire to exhibit spirituality.  I am just an armchair quarterback observing the game from the comfort of my own sofa.

 

Is it important whether or not Barrack Obama is aware of the spiritual principles he appears to be exemplifying?  I think it is not important – and here is why:

 

Spiritual principles should just “feel right”.  When we are living our spiritual principles it should feel like the most normal and natural thing in the world to do.  If Barack Obama is just doing what seems to be the natural thing then it becomes a moot point.

 

Spirituality should be so transparent that we do not even think about it.  We just stay in the moment and do what needs to be done.  If Barack Obama is staying in the moment and doing what he sees needs to be done does it matter if he sees that he is being spiritual?

 

Does this mean that everything will become love and light?

Of course not. The election of Barack Obama is just one step towards laying the foundation on which a society based in spirituality can thrive.

 

From my perspective, this country was founded by a group of idealistic and spiritual people.  As with any endeavor on this planet, the spirituality and idealism has been challenged many times.  At times certain presidents stepped forward and exhibited their spirituality.  Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt come to mind immediately.  I am sure there were others.

 

These leaders reset the balance of the country and leaned it towards the more spiritual principles of our founders.  For me, spirituality also means practical and pragmatic.  The most practical and pragmatic of our leaders have also been the most spiritual.

 

These spiritual leaders also knew they could not do everything by themselves.  They also knew they did not have a monopoly on the truth or spirituality.  They enlisted anyone who they thought could help advance their vision regardless of party affiliation.  The only requirement was to have the open mind to see the vision and then be able to work effectively toward the goal.

 

These spiritual leaders also relied on the citizens as well.  They challenged the citizens to be citizens, nor consumers.  A citizen is an active participant in their country.  They educate themselves regarding the issues.  They decide which issues are important to them and then become advocates for their own point of view.

 

This process used to be called democracy.  In recent years we seem to have forgotten that we are citizens.  We have come to view ourselves as consumers.  A consumer goes to work, gets a paycheck, spends that paycheck, and never thinks much of the process that makes the country work.  They see life as all about money.  As long as there is enough money to pay the bills and entertain ourselves between the times that we have to work – who cares how it happens?

 

A spiritual leader wants his fellow countrymen to be citizens and not consumers.  He wants people to understand the issues and be making their own choices.  He wants the citizens to have more rights, not fewer.  With more rights the citizens become more powerful.  A spiritual leader is not threatened by that power because he knows how to harness it for the benefit of all.

 

My hopes are that Barack Obama will be this kind of a spiritual leader.  At this time all the signs show that he could be the agent of empowerment that our citizens need.

 

In order for this to happen we all need to do out part.  Inform yourself of the issues.  Speak out on those that are important to you.  Live your own spirituality in a natural manner.

 

Be the example of change you want to see in Barack Obama and our fellow citizens.

 

That is all for the week.  Have a great weekend!

 

Until Monday –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

 

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