Getting Real 3
is the Purpose of Spirituality?
we may not know why, we trust that embracing the process called
spirituality will improve our lives. But all too often there is no
interest or inclination in looking beyond personal reward in the form of
peace or out of the ordinary experiences. Indeed, there may be no
awareness that there are other aspects to spirituality or that it needs to
permeate everyday life as water permeates a sponge.
us not take religious narowmindedness into the broader arena of
spirituality and assume that only those who consciously work with
spiritual ideas and concepts can advance. This is arrogance and
exclusiveness. The spiritual ideas in currency at any time in any culture
will only ever be aspects of the Truth. The present time is no exception.
For all of that of which we
are aware there is all of that of which we are not. No matter how
committed to spirituality we may be, we have merely a glimpse of the
Truth, an aspect with its own internal logic with which to work. Let us
not forget that.
is life in all its variety and the living of life that underwrites the
progress of humanity. We create
opportunities for each other by virtue of being who and what we are here
on this planet. What we give out is returned to us, though maybe not from
the being or situation to whom we gave. Those of us who have consciously
adopted spiritual ideas gain definition and strength from them; but we are
supported in our daily lives by the labour and effort of those who have
not. Let us not forget that either.
is as a family that humnity is going forward: those who have consciously
espoused spiritual development and those who have not; those whose
religious convictions resemble our own and those whose do not; those who
have consciously turned towards God and those who have turned away.
world is one world, and its sufferings are one, humanity is in truth a
unit ... The sins of humanity are also one, its goal is one, and it is as
one great human family that we must emerge into the future." .
process of living sets up situations to which all of us respond,
regardless of our spiritual and religious persuasions. It is the inner
response which counts, the response
we make from where we stand, not the prevailing thinking and ideas
which conditioned the response. They are simply the frame around the
positive, considerate response will always be of benefit the human family
and to our planet as well as to the individual who gives it, regardless of
whether that individual has consciously adopted spiritual goals.
Responsibility shown by a person who has no religious or spiritual belief
is every bit as acceptable to God as that shown by person who has
religious convictions. Some of the most advanced members of the human
family have been men and women of action rather than contemplation whose
only allegiance was to life itself. Such people tend to have the First Ray
emphasised in their make-up and their lack of interest in concepts makes
it difficult for those on the Second and Third Rays to recognise them as
spiirtually aware people.
have fashioned God in our own image and we have limited Him, making him as
selective and judgmental as we ourselves are. God in His immanent aspect
is the life of the solar system. He encompasses all its variety. He does
not need a family of believers wearing His name on their lips and their
spiritual colours on their sleeves; he needs a family of people who are
engaging fully, consciously and respectfully with the experience of
ideas which belong to spiritual and religious tradition are like yeast in
the dough. They create the fermentation process but they are not the bread
itself. Yet the greater the numbers of people working consciously and
positively, aware of how to avoid negativity and destructiveness, the
greater the possibilities for the human family as a whole. In order for
there to be progress the positive has to outweigh the negative in
individuals and in the human family collectively. Religious and spiritual
teachings down the ages have offered ways of thinking and understanding
designed to increase the positive response and to create awareness of the
interconnectedness of all things.
goal of spirituality is therefore to raise the consciousness of the
individual and thereby increase opportunity for the collectivity.
Evolution is a travelator that carries us all along. Not all have to be
conscious but conscious people are require to keep it moving. The ideas
which have made up the New Age have done much to increase awareness of the
idea of individual development. They represent a challenge to fate and
open up new possibilities for the individual and for the human family and
for the great planetary life of which we form a part.
many of these ideas, however, contain the seeds of limitation because they
lead to exclusiveness, a sense of superiority and delusion, all qualities
of the personality which produce negativity. Or they have lost sight of
the need for patient, persistent effort. Impractical goals and
expectations increase the possibility of a lash back into despair and
cynicism. So many of these ideas, particularly those which emphasise
facility and immediacy are good only for the good times. They may not be
erroneous - indeed, there is
a case for saying that there are no absolute lies - but they lack
perspective or have been taken out of context and they will prove
inadequate in the face of serious adversity.
certain of the chapters in this book are critical in their tone, then this
is the reason: the greater the number of us with unrealistic expectations,
the greater will be the force of the lash back effect into negativity.
though opportunity for development in the human family as a whole has
never been greater now that the concept of individuality has entered
consciousness and has become a catalyst, on the physical plane conditions
will become increasingly difficult in the new century. We will need a more
adequate understanding of what is involved in the process we call
spirituality .We need to get real about ourselves, about what we are doing
and about what we stand to achieve in reality. Progress will always
involve suffering and require effort not wishful thinking; spiritual
progress will always involve the transformation of energy, the
transmutation of the lower into the higher.
spirituality has to encompass the everyday. It needs to start with
ourselves, within our homes and within our everyday environment, with
those with whom we have regular contact. It is - as it ever was - the
willingness to listen to our consciences and to act upon what they are
telling us. It is the willingness to honestly appraise a situation, no
matter what the cost to personal comfort. It is the self-discipline which
makes us do a thing, whether
it be making a life changing situation or performing a routine, because we
know that it should be done. The teacher, Gurdjieff, was moved to comment
in his characteristically blunt way on the hopelessness of the situation
of people aspiring to handle the secrets of the universe when they cannot
discipline themselves to post a letter. Or clean their houses. People
living or working in dirty, disorderly homes and premises have to sort out
their relationship to the physical plane before they can become a potent
channel for wisdom or healing energy, no matter how great the desire to
help their fellow men. It is as unaccpetable as a doctor with dirty hands,
examining a patient. Negativity flourishes in dirt and disorder. Putting
our minds in a certain kind of order enables us to suppress the lower and
attract a higher energy. This
is the basis of meditation.
certain sounds i.e., creating patterns on the etheric plane has the same
effect. This is logic behind mantras, chanting and also yoga which
involves putting our bodies into certain positions in order to open
ourselves to certain energies. We draw certain symbols on either the
physical or astral plane, for example the pentagram, to attract certain
kinds of energies. Why then should the patterns created by the contents of
our homes and places of work places not have the same attractive capacity?
They have and they do. This is the basis of Feng Shui.
there is a tendency to overlook the importance of personal and domestic
order and cleanliness when focusing on more ‘significant’ goals. They
are all too frequently dismissed as mundane and trivial matters but we
make a huge mistake when we think that such routine matters which are
productive or order in everyday life are without spiritual significance.
To ignore the physical is to construct a edifice without foundations.
spiritual organisation which has premises which are dirty and disordered
has lost the plot. This statement admits of no exceptions. The same is
true of a spiritual teacher whose physical person is dirty or disordered -
and, one might add, whose emotional self is disordered although this may
not be so easily detected early in the association.
as long as it prevails, the divorce between the material and the spiritual
it is limiting us. There is only energy, vibrating at different rates to
give us the variety of manifestation. In the century that has just closed,
Einstein proved to the modern, scientific mind what esotericism has always
known and that is that matter is energy.
patterns which we have in our minds and
which we make with our bodies and which we make with the objects
with which we surround ourselves, determine what we attract. We cannot
afford to turn away from the everyday, no matter how unappealing it
appears to us or how far removed from our ideals. Our spirituality is
worth nothing if it does not help us cope with life as it presents itself
to us and enable us to gain mastery of ourselves and our environments. The
circumstances of everyday life are our portal to a higher world. Yet to
keep the faith with our ideals and to visualise a future in which we as
individuals and humanity as a whole are more conscious, more compassionate
and more in line with the will of God, has an incomparable value, provided
we do not forget that this is the future not the present reality and that
the ideal needs to be fed by focused thought.
follows thought because thought, too, creates patterns. There is only
energy and thought is energy. This is the essence of creative
visualisation and the reason why, to use
Djwhal Khul’s words, ‘Whatever humanity has desired, ever it
live, all of us, with the fruits and consequences of what we have desired,
individually and collectively. We live with them in order to come to
understand ourselves and the value of those things to the true self which
eventually emerges. Then we can learn to desire more wisely and more
discriminately. Eventually, we can replace desire with will.
process has given us the story which
humanity has written down the ages, with its agonies and its ecstasies,
saints and sinners; heroes and villains; diamonds and rust. They are all
related, interacting parts of the one story. We cannot change the rules of
the game or change the way this process outworks but we can learn that it
is governed by rules and take the trouble to discover those rules and
learn how best to work with them. This is what Djwhal Khul writing for an
earlier generation called ‘living scientifically’ and what, at the
outset of the twenty-first century, we can call getting real.
The Destiny of Nations’; Alice Bailey; published by The Lucis Trust
In Search of the Miraculous’; P.Ouspensky; published by Routledge and