Most, if not all religions do the very opposite of what Jesus taught as essential to living. He stated explicitly that his yoke is easy and his burdens are light. Jesus was speaking in reference to the many burdensome laws and doctrines that had weighted people down as they strove to live a spirit filled life. Jesus, in declaring, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” and that, “no one comes to the Father except through me,” was telling his followers to follow his example. When asked by one would-be follower, “what must I do to be saved?” the reply was as simple as it gets, “love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as your self.”
His answer did not involve a doctrine or a treatise nailed to some door. It did not involve the establishment of a church bureaucracy and the kissing of some mortal’s ring. It did not involve paying gurus and new age spiritual guides large sums of money for enlightenment. No, these things were all manufactured by those seeking to capitalize on the spiritual yearnings of human beings seeking Oneness with God. As we travelled farther and farther from our Godly centers; as we alienated ourselves through pride and arrogance from unity with the image of God, we found a need to then create all sorts of religions and systems to give us a sense of spirituality while continuing down the path of destruction caused by our pride or willful separation from God. Most, if not all religions are counterfeits of real spiritual capital.
Think for a moment how simple life should be. The meaning and purpose of life is discovered by living. We are created with an innate sense of what this means. Knowing the truth, as Jesus meant it when he said, “know the truth and the truth shall set you free,” was speaking of realizing that the knowing of how to live is within you. Knowing the truth sets you free from the bondage of religious laws, rules and doctrines. It sets you free from the guilt and pain of separation from God, that is unawareness or a state of being asleep.
The human body is a perfect analogy for discovering how truth leads to harmony and peace. Our autonomic nervous system regulates a host of bodily functions without our conscious intervention. In effect, the autonomous nervous system is preprogramed and adheres to the “truth” of the program. If it did not our hearts would not beat with a life giving rhythm; our temperature would not be maintained; and breathing would be laborious and uncomfortable. In the same way, we are preprogramed to live a life of peace and harmony leading to spiritual and physical transcendence as shown in the life of Christ.
By loving your neighbor you are stoking the fires of God’s love that drives the engine of spiritual growth.
The important difference between the body’s autonomic nervous system and our spiritual system is that we can consciously intervene in our spiritual system. It is in fact that which gives our spiritual natures existence. We must be able to consciously make decisions in order for our spiritual programing to function. Choices or decisions drive spiritual growth. This is why I continually emphasize unity with God. It is the first conscious choice that we must make. It is why the central command from Jesus was to love God with all of your heart, mind and spirit AND your neighbor as yourself. It means nothing to say you love God and at the same time you don’t love the manifestation of God in your neighbor. By loving your neighbor you are stoking the fires of God’s love that drives the engine of spiritual growth.
This conscious decision making is like a feedback loop in biology. Feedback loops can be positive or negative. When you make the right decision a positive feedback loop is created strengthening your spiritual development. For example, the moment you decide to set the desires of your heart on God the feedback your mind, heart and soul receives is the dropping away of all extraneous things that keep you distracted from God. As a result of this your spirit can then receive direct communication from God’s spirit that teaches you how to make even better decisions to cultivate your spiritual growth. It will effect every aspect of your life, from the people you associate with to the mate you choose, to the food you consume. What is traditionally called repentance is the further feedback you receive that makes you aware of past errors that you can recognize, genuinely feel sorry for; and a spiritual awareness, a healing light will melt away all past transgressions with little effort. It is the manifestation of divine forgiveness. It does not happen, however without practice, which is the nature of meditation. That is remaining in the presence of God continually. New age gurus and religious charlatans call it staying in the moment or present, which is not incorrect. However many of these gurus and religious adherents are guilty of what T.S. Elliot characterized as the greatest treason, which is to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
So many people seek spiritual enlightenment out of pride; to be better than their neighbor rather than to love their neighbor. Prayer and meditation, two of the most important tools for spiritual development have been corrupted beyond comprehension by religion. Prayer and meditation are integral parts of human existence and as natural as our heartbeats and respiration. They keep us spiritually alive. When we take that first step toward spiritual growth, that is to love God with all of our heart, mind spirit and strength, prayer and meditation are among the first things that will begin to develop within us. Rarely do you need a guru or spiritual guide to teach you how to meditate and pray. God’s Spirit in communion with your spirit will do the teaching. Another loving soul can offer you encouragement and guidance, but they will never ask you to pay for it. When Jesus was asked by one of his disciples to teach him how to pray, Jesus did not ask him to pay a fee or to make a donation, his answer was simple and direct:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Oneness with God, which should be the only desire of your heart, will automatically lead to this prayer being your life’s purpose and the meditation of your heart. You will be able to meet each challenge and opportunity you face with a calm spirit, living each moment in the moment with a detached objectivity that will allow you to see clearly the “WAY” before you. And for that,
To God Be The Glory Forever and Ever,