Spirituality: To go to the depths of love, we will need our integrity. If we want to protect our clarity, our most delicate sensitivities and creativity, we need our intuition, perception and reason seeking out mistaken beliefs and flawed perceptions. The upgrade that spirituality needs is more like a purge. If we cannot correct errors then our spirituality lacks integrity. Continue reading Spirituality without superstition
When we begin to see the harm of unfounded beliefs and start questioning them, we start to see the world differently. It’s more than being in the unknown, it’s an adventure!
“We live in a vastness much broader than our imagined limits and this includes our sexual beliefs. When we let go of our ideas of ‘self’, we are not bound to the limits of such an arbitrary ‘self’. That same ‘self’ would have an entirely different set of beliefs about intimate relationships if we grew up in a different culture with a different religion or system. In particular, the question is not what you would do in this or that circumstance, but what will you choose from the thousands of options available. This access to a greater variety of options from which to choose cannot guarantee an outcome that you want, but makes it so that you are not limited to the options that coincide with what you believe about yourself. We do not need to defer to an authority , an institution or a belief to go beyond the limits of our habits and try some new sexual beliefs. We may feel fear, but fear can be imagination ebbing and flowing in the silence. Is it fear based on a real danger or fear of doing something outside of what we have become accustomed?”
Excerpt: The Relevance of Kabir
“Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.”
― B.R. Ambedkar
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When our dream is love, we feel passions like sexual desire. When our dreams become nightmares, the fear engulfs us. We may forget the same mind that dreams at night is active while awake in a different way. While awake, our consciousness includes the sensations of the world and the affective power of our mind to induce feelings just as in dreams. We can experience the same intensity of emotion anytime as we do while dreaming, but, when awake, we would be wise to discern between publicly observable facts, and the interpretations, distortions and falsehoods that can be found only in our minds. Such clarity is less common than we might think.
Our desires can make us more conscious or less. The less conscious we are, the more we rely on preconceived ideas, habits and unfounded beliefs.