What is the Point of Spirituality? | Introduction

In Article Of The Month, What is the Point of Spirituality? by wjjhk


On Youtube, there is a short video of Professor Brian Cox talking about the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that all things degenerate, and that entropy, which is the measure of degeneration always increases and is irreversible. Through the example of a sandcastle, he demonstrates how structure lowers entropy, thereby reducing, to some degree, the scope of chaos and disorder, and the speed with which it is able to establish itself.

If you need reminding of the purpose of spirituality, please cross paradigms and watch this video. There is a tendency amongst spiritually-minded people to confuse purpose with the beliefs of the spiritual system to which they have been drawn. Those beliefs may serve the purpose, but they are not the purpose.

The point of spirituality is that it offers to the personality a more conscious future. The personality is an enclosed unit and subject to the ravages of time from which it cannot escape, because time is the product of our brains, being (to borrow Master DK’s words) its ‘sequential registration of states of awareness and progressive contacts with phenomena.’

As Gurdjieff observed: we cannot jump over our own knees; but spirituality offers the personality two lines of defence against degeneration. First, it reduces enclosure by offering awareness the means of moving out onto a higher (inner) level where time is not. We call this the plane of soul. And second, the causal body that links personality and soul, and which permits continuity across lifetimes, is built on the mental plane by the personality and serviced by awareness and conscious effort, to which spirituality gives a focus.

Spirituality also enables us to build the kind of awareness on the mental plane that helps us resist the pressures arising in everyday life, which bring about deterioration and disorder.

To the Toltecs, old age is one of the four symbolic enemies on the path to learning. Tellingly, we say little about old age in the West because we are fearful of appearing judgemental, discriminatory and lacking in compassion, a fear which now stands between us and facing the truth in many areas of life. Fear is another one of the Toltec’s four symbolic enemies.

The fact is that within our societies, taken as units, entropy is rising because the proportion of helpless people is increasing, along with longevity and dementia. This and the amount of illness are amongst the reasons why vibration is falling (which is how, within our own paradigm, we measure degeneration). Another reason is that we are now less spiritually focused than we were, even ten years ago, and are building fewer mental structures to assist us in withstanding the demands that arise in everyday life: from bureaucracy, from the banks, from electronic communication, from busyness, consumerism and political correctness. So their grip on our lives tightens, and hope and vision, which create space in our enclosures, fail. Illness then becomes the only defence that the weary personality has against these onslaughts. The children conceived of weary parents will themselves be lacking in energy.

This is a picture of Western life post 2012 where vibration is falling rapidly. Look around you. Our societies are staggering under the weight of debt, and physical and mental illness. Listen in on any informal conversation in a public place and the chances are it will be about illness or medical appointments.

We were warned it would be this way after 2012. We were warned that spiritually-aware people needed to move out and make a fresh start, or get dragged down into the sludge.

Relocating away from our degenerating societies is the solution, and there are no real alternatives to it, but there are approaches, which may help us deal more effectively with the forces of degeneration, and so preserve opportunity. These will be the concern of this website in the coming months.

Suzanne Rough
April 2013