After Thought #37


A lot of people think that spirituality is about MORE: having more, getting more, doing more, knowing more, understanding more, seeing and experiencing more, even loving more.  Nothing could be farther than the truth.

Spirituality has nothing to do with having more or getting more.  A good example of this confusion is a teaching like the “law of attraction”.  This particular [i]dea about spirituality which resurfaced over the last decade with a shiny new coat of painting has become very popular in spite of the flaw of its inherent, narcissistic root based on infantile fantasy and projection. 

Based on an earlier conceptual [i]dea of, “we create our reality” or what is also popularly called “co-creation”, most fail to recognize that all “Laws” are created by the mind and not some universal power [out there]. 

More obvious yet, if [we] are to accept our greatest teachers insight; those who have [reached] some [degree] or [level] of [awakening ~ realization], it is very clear, if only at a cognitive level of understanding, that there is no separation, there is only perceived separation. 

It is very clear that there is no separate, individual, distinct entity that exists separate from every other entity.  There is only a perceived separate, individual that appears to see and feel its own distinction. 

In “its” imagined state of separation, the “I” appears to live its life, with its own independent existence; in search of something else; something more: be it more happiness, more success, more Love or more freedom.  There lies an unrecognized, underlying [pathology] of separation that leads to a viewpoint that thinking more, being more, having more and doing more will somehow provide some sort of liberation; a perception based on and driven by a concept of duality.  Driven by an imagined wound of separation, which “I” would not want to have more, get more, experience more or love more? 

Bound by the limits of its own [personal] thinking and feeling, which “I” would not be lead to imagine that by gaining more understanding, more knowledge or more love, one could conceivable, if only for a moment, replace an imagined lack with some substitution; creating a higher, greater, or more perfect degree of fulfillment, meaning and satisfaction within ones life?   

Only it doesn’t!

The feeling of a [personal] absence of love cannot be filled with any substitution for that perceived absence, including love itself.  The feeling or the belief in the absence of success, knowledge, understanding, power, creativity or any listed gain that exists within the language game, cannot be replaced by more of the same.  

The “I” doesn’t, and never will create a replacement for something that never existed in the first place.  Satisfaction and fulfillment will never fill a pursuit of more which is driven by a perceived void of less.  This approach at most is only a temporary reprieve, a momentary pause in quelling a perceived hunger that lives inside.   

In the quiet of the night, in a moment of complete and brutal honesty, it can be seen that whatever substitute might be used, a [personal] more of anything, does not provide the [personal] something we have been looking for.  While more money, more sex, more drugs, more alcohol and even more meditation or spirituality may ease and mask the perceived pain and suffering that exists within; attracting or getting more of what [you] want in life will never lead to finding out Who You Are.

Don’t get me wrong. 

Life will always contain pleasure and pain, its dichotomy is inherently woven into the garment of existence.  It can be appreciated for what it is, while recognizing Who We Are.

Radical Spirituality recognizes the seductions of these teachings for what they are: conceptual ideas of spirituality that are based on a mind that perceives reality as duality.  “I” based thinking and spirituality will only, ever, bound the unbound. 

However seductive, the root of any spirituality based on ideas of the mind, the dogmas and philosophies, the ideas and the “laws” (including the words contained within this post) that come from a mind, will only lead to further struggle and suffering if used as a substitute for what was, is, and will always be.

 Prior to the idea of Spirituality lies an unspoken truth. 

Stay there.

Prior to the idea of having more or less; stay there.

Prior to the idea of getting and doing more; stay there.

Prior to the idea of knowing and understanding more; stay there.

Prior to the idea of seeing more or experiencing more; stay there

Prior to the idea of more or less…

stay there!

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