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Is Spirituality Esoteric?

Esoteric Spirituality. What is this?
Is it Esoteric to be Spiritual?

Esoteric Spirituality. What is this? “Esoteric” means for us something hidden or occult. Something that happens far away, in some deep, dark recess, hidden from all but a few. Is this really the case? Much of what falls under that category isn’t really spiritual at all. It’s the work of some writer or self-proclaimed adept who wants to dream up some new angle for selling books or making a name for him or herself.

One claims that Jesus was the “evil priest” mentioned in the Qumrun writings,  hundreds of years before Christ was born. Another might claim to be channeling a spirit with the “real story” of the Buddha’s experience under the Bodhi Tree. One more might claim to be a reincarnated Pharaoh or seventh avatar of Vishnu. He might claim to be prophet of Maitreya, Such claims are “esoteric,” of course, hatched in the dark recesses of one’s own imagination.  Esoteric Spirituality. What is this?

Real Spirituality is Our Birthright.

Real spirituality is not esoteric. Each person born into this world is spiritual, by very nature. The Tao is present to each of us. If somebody claims some, “new revelation,” we must ask why this “new truth” wasn’t always known. The Tao has always been present. A recent poll even showed that over 40% of professed atheists have experienced a sense of awe and wonder at some aspect of the Natural World. They were aware, as I would put it, of their own taos resonating with the Tao of the Heavens.

The History of Religion

Another popular myth is that mankind first feared and worshiped gods of storms and floods, or gods of harvest and fertility. They later, “evolved,” in their thinking to imagine some meta-deity over them all. This is a nice story for those, locked away in their studies and classrooms, to support their own Materialism.

Actual work among far-off peoples, untouched by such influence, shows the opposite. One tribe in the Burmese mountains, for instance, had held onto their own account through their generations. The, “One God,” had taught their ancestors, but the people later turned to these lesser gods out of shame for forgetting the old teachings. There are names for this, “One God,” from many different cultures, recorded in our books today. We read of Shang-Ti, of Brahma, the “Great Spirit,” of the American plains, and, “Elohim” of the early Hebrews. The ancient Greeks wrote of, “the One,” above and beyond Zeus and his clan.

You are Spiritual

As we read from the ancient sages we find that Tao-Tian, the Tao of the Heavens, is also the Tao found in Nature. The Tao of the Universe. Lao Tse wrote that, “The Tao that can be known is not the enduring Tao.” He then went on through the Tao Te Ching to tell of knowing the Tao. Not as we can comprehend with our (esoteric) thoughts, but as the Tao reveals. When our inner self – our tao, resonates with the Tao we have begun the journey. More is found in The Tao of Prayer, which I hope you will soon see.

Breaking Free

Breaking Free. Free from what?

Breaking Free: free from what? Franz Kafka wrote a story which you may have “had to” read at some time in school. A man had committed himself to a demeaning job to support his poor parents and sister. He awakes one morning to find himself changed into an insect so immense he can barely get out of his bedroom door. No longer able to provide any money, his very existence becomes a terror, a burden, and a source of real embarrassment for them. Ironically (and what is life if not ironic?), Continue reading “Breaking Free”

Inner Space: The Final Frontier

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We live in a frenzied age. One of its marks is the clamor to define and control the environment around us. We seek to “change the world,” to control even the weather. Scientists ever outward to find out what exists on other planets. They even study the chemical make-up of the stars in distant galaxies. “We” focus our attention on all these things beyond our own selves, but what do we know of our selves?  Let’s explore inner space, the final frontier!

The Ego Trip: Mileage May Vary!

We try to look strong, wise, and independent, but in whose eyes? What is strength, when we can’t control our own passions? Our bellies, or, our eyes, command us to take the shortest route to the refrigerator, the nearest burger joint, or the most enticing sexual interest. Are we so enslaved to our physical appetites? We grasp for the easiest conquest over others.  Does our pride have that much power over us? We delve out the smallest sub-particle in an atom, or the latest gossip in the entertainment world. Are we more than data storage units? We say we want independence, but from what, really? Are we more than our outward pride? Do we exist only to enhance our profiles?

Who is the “Man Behind the Curtain?”

The most ancient sages of every culture understood that the human heart, the core of our being, more expansive than the universe itself. It is deeper than any ocean trench, more complex than the finest study of physics. It is broader than the very reaches of space-time, yet we have been taught to, “pay no attention to the Man behind the curtain.” The Tao of Prayer invites us to explore and discover this frontier, and what it really means, what it costs, and what i really means to become truly,  fully Human, and Divine.

Can We Learn More?

The Tao of Prayer, which I hope soon to see published, offers a traveler’s guide to the ancient ways, and how to use them in our own lives. Stay tuned!

Shambhala – the Place of Eternal Bliss!

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Shambhala! Three Dog Night sang in a great song some years ago, “How does your light shine in the halls of Shambhala?” What is this place? What halls? What is Shambhala? In short, from the earliest Indian and Tibetan traditions, we can interpret it as the City of Light, or the Kingdom of Heaven. Is this a place we can find on a map, or a place beyond all maps, even beyond our meaning of the word, “place?”  What are these “halls?”

Lao Tse says, “The Way that can be named is not the enduring Way.” Jesus famously said, “the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” Each of us is a “you,” so the path to this Kingdom is before each of us to travel. Do all arrive there? Are all traveling it, or are we sitting by the wayside wondering whether to bother with the Journey at all? What does it even mean to travel it at all? How does our light shine in those halls? Do we choose to travel the path to become all flame, or content ourselves with the shadows?

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