Message to the Listeners of The Spiritual Workshop with Cat Edwards, A1R Radio
The Dalai Lama posted this quote on Facebook last night and it inspired me to write this article:
“Some people automatically associate morality and altruism with a religious vision of the world. But I believe it is a mistake to think that morality is an attribute only of religion. We can imagine two types of spirituality: one tied to religion, while the other arises spontaneously in the human heart as an expression of love for our neighbours and a desire to do them good.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Recently I became involved with a talented and spiritual woman who is a Pentecostal Christian. I embraced her spirituality and decided to learn about her ways. I knew that it is not in my heart to become religious, however, I was at the time, very broken from some events that had transpired and I felt I needed a safe haven from the World in the form of a Church. I loved that she too had the understanding of Spiritual Gifts and that she and her fellow Christians used them to better the lives of others and of themselves. I loved that they said affirmations and practised Spiritual protection via the blood of Christ.
When I went to my first Church service, they were open armed and very kind towards me. They used rock music to praise God and their hymns catchy and fun. The more time I spent with my friend and her Church, the more I became attuned to the fact that they were similar, yet different to me. Similar in that they are spiritual and loving of their fellow man. Different in that they choose to worship in a congregation and in a set format with The Bible as their one document of Holiness.
I have spent much time pondering upon the similarities of our two worlds. They call the Highest source God, I call it The Great Spirit of Life. They love Jesus and see him as the Human version of God. I have always felt a connection with him too. They believe in Faith and I have always held faith in my heart. They respect the Angels and I love and respect them too.
Because I have become involved with Christianity in this way, I am feeling open to learning more about this religion. I have been reading the bible again and I have been pondering on the wisdom within the book. However, I am a free spirit, I cannot attach myself to one religion or another, I can only love and learn from each of them.
For in my heart lies a simple truth, that Spirituality is a state of being. It is a state of thinking and a lifestyle, to be chosen by the seeker of peace and compassion. It is in wisdom and knowledge that we feed our Souls, and Religion can certainly pass on much of that. It is the path of the true seeker of wisdom, to learn from many schools of thought and to sum them up in their minds and heart. To take that which rings true and add it to the banks of kindness within the Soul and to discard that which is not settling well.
For the seeker of Spiritual fulfilment, shall always be shown a path of strength and a path of weakness. There are many pitfalls out there and there is much trickery and deception in the realm of Spirit. Humans will always find themselves seeking love and wisdom, no matter how far into the dark they fall. For the void of the deceiver is an empty place and it is in that empty place that we are given the key to arise and be freed. It takes courage and at times self sacrifice to emerge from a spiritual void, but in doing so, the seeker shall be stronger and wiser. They shall be forgiven and be released from the fury of those who have been wronged.
Both Religion and simple Spirituality have a light and dark side. To those of you on the path, I say to you, remember to listen to your inner guidance, be strong in your mind and heart. Do not allow others to influence your mission to be close to your God.
The Dalai Lama speaks of morality and altruism as being seen as a religious vision. I see that it is, however, lets expand that thinking as he suggests and see it as a Spiritual vision. To be spiritual is to be kind of heart and good in nature. To be loving and compassionate and to extend a loving and welcoming hand. This is something I see practised in many religious organisations. How wonderful the world would be, if those of us who are simply spiritual are recognised as also organising ourselves to express this vision as well. In this great time of change, we Humans cannot afford to remain separated by our teachings. We must remember to respect one another and to learn from each and every school of thought we are presented with. We must remember to negate the objective to immerse others into our ways and instead allow others to share their ways with us. For it is in sharing that we will find a true spiritual connection and a religious and spiritual common ground.
- New Autobiography MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY by the Dalai Lama Contains Never Before Published Material (prweb.com)
- spirituality and religion (davelenzi.wordpress.com)