To appease the anger or anxiety of someone; to reduce the severity of something; to soften.
It’s all perfect
We are all One
Love will conquer all
There is nothing ‘wrong’
The macro is really the micro
Reality is a concept of the mind
It is all a mirror for our own growth
The manifest world is simply an illusion
What is happening outside is really your inner work
I have heard all these new aged spiritual phrases and many more over the years and yes each one of them does ring true in a spiritual way. From that perspective they are unarguable. I do understand them and know them to be true. I have experienced directly some things I can say I ‘know’ that align with the phrases above;
I am the basis of all things
I am eternal and absolutely timeless
Life, others, and myself are in fact Magnificent
Herein lies the challenge of living a spiritual life in an unarguably human environment. You see we are both human and spirit and we must embrace both aspects of each other and ourselves if we are to truly grow and evolve. If all the above phrases are true, if it is fact that we are all divine magnificence, why then does life on this planet not reflect that? Why do some of us have so much and others have less than zero? Why do we treat some people as if they were the All Mighty Herself and others as if they were leapers? If it is true that we are all God, The One, The Divine, or The Creator why do we not behave that way?
Oh I can hear the rebuttals already; well maybe they need to experience poverty and homelessness; perhaps they need to experience abuse or neglect as part of their spiritual development. They are at cause in their own life; it’s their choice. On some level that may well be true, yet on a raw human personal level these platitudes are not only shocking they are abusive!
How would you treat Buddha, Jesus, Teresa of Avila, Lao Tzu, Gandhi or Martin Luther King if you were to trip over them panhandling on a street corner? Is their intrinsic Magnificence of any more value than that of others? They would say absolutely not.
Questions for us all to ponder;
Have we allowed our new aged spirituality to mollify us, to in some way pacify us, to put us in a state of inaction on a basic human level? Have we allowed our immature spirituality to make okay the very human suffering of others believing that they are in fact the creator of their own situation in life?
What then does that say about our basic humanity? Have we not got the spiritual cart before the human horse? Should we not be paying at least as much attention to our humanness as opposed to replacing it with our less than complete spirituality?
Couldn’t our deeper spirituality be expressed in simple yet conscious ways like this?
- Holding a door open for the person who follows you
- Helping a elder carry their groceries to their car
- Asking someone their name
- Letting a fellow driver merge into your lane happily
- Playing with the children on your block
- Sharing your abundance with a homeless person
- Refraining from harshly judging others we do not know
- Listening and following your deepest heart’s urging
- Praising instead of poking
- Donating to a worthy charity
- Buying the person next in line at the coffee shop a cup of tea without them knowing
- Giving a flower to a complete stranger better still your mother-in-law
If it is true that we are all One; if it is true that we are all Magnificent these are some of the things we would do to honour the Divine person right in front of us. I feel it is truly important to live our spirituality, to act out our spoken spiritual beliefs.
Christians often say ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ This turn of phrase is based on the words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is quoted as saying; ‘Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.’
My personal favourite of his is; ‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.’
The Dali Lama once said; ‘Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.’ He also is quoted to have said, “The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.”
So let ‘s all be courageous and love others deeply through our acts of kindness.