As noted with ¿Truths? Part 1, I am choosing to offer these thoughts simply to encourage growth. I submit them simply for self-study as an example of one person’s searching — such self-study is a very powerful way to come to know yourself. The list of these truths is long and I will submit it over a number of blogs, 25-30 brief statements per posting.
As previously noted, a comment on language: I am not an advocate of scientific materialism, the philosophic ontology that only science can address truth, and that energy-matter is the only domain of experience in the universe. I value scientific methodology highly, but the overall terminology of scientific materialism has many hidden presuppositions. As much as possible, I will identify them in these posts.
(329 — continuing from previous) These imperatives also form a rich basis for ethical judgment. To ignore them is evil or, at the very least, borders on evil.
(330) Everything has an appropriate context somewhere/sometime. That which expands is that which contributes to growth.
(331) A moral/ethical stance does not suppress choice, but educates and allows liberty, encourages growth and fosters relationship. Life exists in relationship.
(332) Beyond all this, I believe that there exists a profound direct experience with mystery, being at one with the universe, called enlightenment or nirvana (as well as many other names).
I have experienced it—and I trust the validity of the experience.
Apparently a gift of mystery, unearned and perhaps not available as gift to everyone, this journey of life serves to allow the gift to be received and held without willfulness!
(333) The ultimate human journey is to live in joy and glory, free from alienation, in selfless service to life!
Paradoxically, I believe that I achieve this most effectively by ensuring my own growth, my own truths, my own pleasure and play.
(334) To be effective is to be loving and playful.
(335) I am not a human being on a spiritual journey; I am a spiritual being on a human journey!
My major work is to be grounded, so that I can then fly with the eagles.
(336) God doesn’t care if I work every day; God cares if I live every day.
(337) A life of sanctity is one in which I give thanks! To truly give thanks is to be in the presence of mystery and awe!
(338) My best working hypothesis of life is this—mystery (God) is all-present and all-knowing, yet lacks wisdom.
We are each a hologram of God—as humans, we are God’s teachers. Each of us is a set of possibilities that may become effective as a human being; in the struggle, God can learn wisdom.
(339) God don’t make no junk!
(340) I am capable of every experience, every act, no matter how heinous.
I don’t however have to act it! I have choice. The same is true of you, another individual!
The price tags may be different, though.
(341) The struggle to live fully is painful. From my perspective, I may not succeed; I may make poor choices. From God’s perspective, I am a contribution to God—and I am loved.
(342) What is the bottom line? For me, the bottom line is that I live in such a way that:
- I act in a way that is consistent with what I say I want,
- I live into my wanting what I get,
- I have integrity in my core moralities, and
- I have compassion, humility, and respect with others.
(343) For me, one of the better ways of thinking about God is contained in a puzzle called the 9-dot puzzle
Form 9 dots into a square, with one in the middle. Join the 9 dots with 4 straight lines without taking your pen off the paper.
Ask me about the answer if you get stuck. You need to step outside the box!
(344) God is useless!! God cannot be used.
I can be used by God though.
Especially God cannot be used as an excuse or an explanation of why I do not live my journey!
(345) From God’s perspective, it is likely that nothing will be used in evidence against me!
(346) The sign of God is that I will be led where I did not intend to go!
In quite unexpected ways, life presents me with opportunities and/or choices I did not expect, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes painful.
The occurrences seem more often than I would expect in a meaningless universe. When they occur, I am struck by how meaningful they are to me! This is called synchronicity.
(347) There are no quick fixes! Life is a journey and even the most rapid growth requires 5-10 years of effort!
(348) If I always do what I have always done, I will always get what I have always gotten.
(349) The journey has at least several stages.
One stage is the psychological journey (the willful journey), a stage of ego development in which I learn to say “I am! I can! I will!” This is the stage in which I struggle with my parents, with what I have been given in life, a stage where my emotions often rule (either consciously or unconsciously).
This is a necessary stage, being willful of myself. Difficulty occurs when I become willful of others as a substitute for my own growth.
(350) Another stage is the spiritual journey (the willing journey), a stage of ego transcendence in which I learn to initiate choice, a stage in which the moral imperative is chosen, a stage where the universe seems in charge.
Jesus said it as “If it is possible, let this cup be taken from me; if not, Thy will, Oh Lord!”. Many others have said it similarly.
(351) Essential to both of these stages is to learn what I think and feel, what my ongoing awareness actually is; it is often painful. The second component is then to learn what to do with my awareness, what actions are effective.
This is a life-time process!
(352) A third stage appears to be the possibility of experiencing the gift of Mystery.
The earlier growth perhaps allows the gift to be sustained.
(353) So much of cultural/societal tradition encourages me to do good; I validate this.
However, to feel good needs to be a major underlying basis of doing good; otherwise I am likely to be trapped in resentment or guilt.
I choose to feel good rather than do good as my approach to life.
To be continued — almost done!