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Is Love The Answer?


"Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love."

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"The same stream of life
that runs through the world night and day in rhythmic measure.

It is the same life that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
into numberless waves of flowers."

Rabindranath Tagore

The future is calling. Are you listening?

The spirit or soul (Spirit Of Universal Life) is what gives us life. it is what makes us what we are as individuals as well as members of the community of life: It is what connects us. Because it is universal, it exists in all life, not just in human life. Think of your spirit (and your spirituality) as being one thread in a much larger tapestry which some call God, some call Gaia, or creation - or, for that matter, evolution.

Spirituality is a term used to define the relationship between life and spirit. That relationship could also be defined as the crossroads between the beliefs we have and the way we live our lives as a result of those beliefs.

Religion is organized spirituality. Two or more people who share similar spiritual beliefs and who get together to worship/pray/sing/dance/express joy or sorrow or in fact engage in any activity that uplifts the spirit, are doing religion.

The word religion comes from the word religare, which means "to bind together". But instead of binding us together, religion has in fact been used, by the powerful, to divide us, to create hatred and fear, to engage in warfare, to create haves and have-nots, to spread jealousy and greed.

I somehow doubt that is what "God" had in mind - regardless of what God(s) Goddess(es) you may believe in. In fact, I strongly suspect that the Higher Power is shocked by nearly every aspect of the way humanity conducts itself on this planet, in creation. Though there is plenty, we have mass starvation, a planet being destroyed, non-human life being driven to extinction at a rate of maybe a couple of hundred species a day.

Organized religion as we know it is a dying institution. Those who administrate organized religion blame people or "the modern world" for their decay. The real cause is more likely an unconscious (and realistic) assessment of what has been achieved by organized religion.

And so millions, maybe billions of people are in search of new spirituality - meaningful spirituality. Perhaps we need to ask the question "What is it that makes spirituality meaningful?"

Traditional answers are that it feels right, gives us peace in a troubled world, assures us that there is something beyond death and the grave.

If spirituality is just about feelings, then it is no surprise so many have turned to drugs. The feelings are immediate, shockingly real and require no great commitment.

If spirituality is about the need for peace in a troubled world, then organized religion ought to have done (and be doing) a lot more to make the world a better place, thus reducing the need for relief.

And if spirituality is about assurance that we are more than mortal beings, that "something better" awaits us beyond life, perhaps that truly explains why we have allowed our earth to be very nearly destroyed for the sake of profit and job creation and greed.

Even among those people who try to live morally, ethical behavior often extends itself only those people who they know personally or with whom they have direct contact. While we might not cheat a relative or a friend or whatever, we buy products from (or invest money in) companies engaged in abuse of employees, in child labor, in destroying or negatively impacting whole communities, in environmental destruction - for profit.

We do business with these companies because of ignorance (lack of information) or because they have good prices. "Money is everything." Money is a problem - not because it is money, but because it has been given far more value than it either needs or deserves.

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