Humans’ perfectionist tendencies arise in all forms of study, application and discipline. This is most apparent in spiritual endeavors. This is as yet an unproven voyage or ascension that people of all cultures seem to believe in. This serves to help us survive reality, survive loss and connect with loss in a more positive manner. Many people have respected their ancestors and still do perform rituals. These caring gestures can be uplifting but also estranging, jettisoning us into a world that we can only dream of, never touch and only abstractly understand.
The ascension process has many pitfalls and points of despair. It is as if the common theme in all ascension is some form of penance, suffering or denial of the physical body. This denial to me is somewhat unnatural and can be taken into forms of zeal and eventually political extremism that has no benefit except for the illogical conclusion that one will be assured a safe place in paradise.
Altruism is the positive aspect and extremism the most negative. It is a societal endorsement for a form of temporary mental instability. I know it seems cruel to tell you that it is a form of ‘madness’ or ‘obsession’ as can be witnessed by Catholic nuns marrying Jesus, for example. I am not arguing its place in society, as many faiths have benefited us in the form of medicine and care, as can be seen across Europe in its early hospital system (such as France during the Napoleonic era ). This Catholic presence set up the health care system for our world for the next 300 years and I would be a fool to express disdain of this.
Nonetheless, there are forms of spirituality that have no benefit for society. These come in the form of a type of meditation, yoga, fasting and self-improvement, for example. I know this is what I do for a living, but I can assure you that there is only so much study one can do within our limited lifetimes.
There are persons and cultures ascribing to ‘mental purity’ and ‘spiritual awareness’ all the whilst maintaining life styles that are incongruous with these beliefs. I am not saying that hedonism or obscure religious motivations cannot allow for a form of progress, nor am I saying you have to have a ‘registered religion’ to feel peaceful, however I am very tired of the endlessly vacuous re-adaptations and regurgitation of old ideas doing nothing for the communities involved.
I have walked in on clients listening to lectures on ‘Becoming a better person’ , while they have substantially embarrassed themselves, their community, their friends and family through blatantly poor behavior. It’s like the modern version of biblical ‘prudence’ where every person would read the scripture and still participate in violence or inhumane acts. Fortunately this type of study does remind of us important ideas that we always need to follow, but to follow these practices intensely and well doesn’t in my opinion make for a better or nicer person.
Puritanism has ebbed somewhat in western society but has been replaced with a Cyber Deity – an amalgamation or a pantheistic self-defined patchwork of selected ideas. This non-discriminatory self-regulation means that many people can simply live according to their own anti-social moral standard or self-made rules if they can substantiate it through a supporting text or teaching, despite not studying its context.
I am not suggesting we all learn Theology or go to religious studies, but bear in mind that despite years of reprimanding Christianity for its ills to mankind, we forget that the trends now have turned us into marketing aesthetes with meditation designer labels being our symbols of salvation and the teachers not following their own creed with a questionable benefit to our society and ecology.
I try to be a principled person. I do not understand what I do in its entirety. I admit I fail at meditation, I do not practice any rituals, I will visit any church of my fancy regardless of religious inclination and I appreciate all faiths, even though I do not regularly pray. This in principle would mean that apart from pesky prescient nightmares, intuitive feelings and a lucky aptitude for guessing outcomes correctly, that I would be considered a non-spiritual person compared to the average individual. This is something in my work I cannot always prove, as it is as if I were saying that I can cook for you, but do not enjoy this cuisine.
This is a simple reminder not to fall into fanaticism of all forms, whether it be religion, politics, a new order, or the current cash grab on another false Armageddon. I want to remind you of the story of Savonarola, an Italian cleric that believed in penance, public trial and witness before God. As a result of his ideals, supported by a type of fad or popular belief, much of Botticelli’s work was destroyed, even by himself( as he painted Greek Myth which consisted of nudes ). Art, cultural thinking and science was destroyed during this period. An entire political system was only temporarily reformed and for a brief moment in history, madness gripped Florence as a type of cultural purging took place, consisting of public trials and executions in the name of purity. Even religious paintings of Mary where destroyed for her being depicted in a ‘lascivious manner’, which as we know was probably only a beautification of her countenance.
Even though the Pope excommunicated him, and he was forced to recant under brutal conditions and the devastation wreaked upon Italian and world culture was immeasurable. Still to this day, he is not memorable and he left less behind than his ideas encouraged. His forecasts in the fourteen century were similar to our self punishing assumptions from the Old Testament as to the end of the world, which alas, did not come to fruition then either. It was all based on biblical prophecy and this repeating theme is just as it sounds: A self-flagellation by culture for the deeds they did not do, the failure to save ourselves and the promised punishment and reward decreed not by God, but by man himself. Our guilt leads us to the edge of constant apocalypse and this self-punishment has always caused wars, and man is none more pious or perfect than he was when he set out to perfect himself 500 years ago.
About The Author: Carmen’s waking dreams have provided accurate glimpses into the future for celebrities as well as political and international figures. Her non-judgmental, Empathic approach, as well as her unique method of Tarot reading, affords her the reputation as a groundbreaker in her field. This European born Canadian is the first online psychic to promote the idea of Empathy and emotional thought transference, and she has written a great deal on the subject. For a comprehensive Intuitive reading that will transform your life, you can find Carmen at PsychicAccess.com.
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