Why do you think so many books, systems of magic, philosophies, religions, cults, and beliefs exist? They exist because each of us has Heart, the higher Self, a flow of eternal Spirit personalized in us and who urges us to discover that Source, that Essence. These paths, ways, traditions try to address those most basic human questionings.
However, the plethora of possibilities play right into Ego’s hands, so we reason, based on the Ego-circuitry route, its input and energy, “Hey, I tried to understand this stuff. I tried to figure out what I want to do, but I made stupid choices. I’m too old. I have responsibilities. I’m afraid I’ll lose my job if I try that. I don’t have time. Whaddya gonna do?” Any of those sound familiar? Every single one is Ego reasoning. Oh, don’t forget this one: “Who would I believe anyway? Which one of those ways is the right way? Which one has the truth?” Ego, too!
Oh, not everyone gives up in abject apathy. No, at times Ego will jump at a chance to help someone conform to one of the old standard religions or anything offering a chance of belonging. And when that happens, we have a tendency to disregard any other unpleasant urges of the Heart to release that Ego self and discover our core Self, discover the very reason we chose to come to this magical, mystical, beautiful scene. Of course, we will never know that if we give sway to Ego.
Please don’t be overwhelmed or inundated by all of the possibilities. In fact, many of those spiritual paths offer wonderful ways to help us connect with Heart, and none are really wrong. Wrong comes into play when insistence is made on one way or another being the right way. When it comes to seeking, discovering, and knowing Self, the only thing that is truth is the intercourse between you and Heart. Period. End of sentence.
The connection with Heart provides that which we need to awaken and embark on a continued way of discovery and creation, a path that allows us insight into the presence, work, and movement of Spirit throughout the Universe. No restrictions. No misinterpretations. You and Heart.
However, those paths of enlightenment that resonate with us, that appeal to us, that help us along our way can be sources of rich blessing. Try them. Use them. If you wish, enter deeply into one. Know, though, that it’s not necessary, especially when anything interferes with the fellowship with your Heart. It’s not necessary to learn the intricacies and be a scholar in traditions — unless you want it.
Now, as I’ve tried to indicate, if it resonates with you, by all means, go for it, and I, especially this life-long learner, is not debunking knowledge. I’m simply saying that knowledge never substitutes for fellowship of the Heart or spiritual growth — never. Only Ego would work that into the equation.
Walt Whitman understood this, and illustrates his comprehension and connection with Heart over knowledge in one of his shorter poems, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.” Here it is:
When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
The wow of the science meant little to his Heart. In his consciousness, at the behest of Heart, he needed to be in direct touch with those stars, with the Universe — no words, no facts and figures. He wished to experience the Universe in the pure exchange of energy. And that’s where all those possible ways, paths, traditions should lead us and allow us to go.
I have one more addition to this; however, I do not wish to gloss over the connection. Therefore, I will take that up tomorrow, as it comes.
In the meantime, blessings in your fellowship with your Heart, in getting to know Self, in increasing self-awareness and awakening. Hear your Heart and run free with whatever your personal truth is.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!