A) There are no simple questions and
there are therefore no simple answers; and B) your own judgment is
the best for deciding a lot of this ...
statements that are true, but I'm not selling them and you don't have
to buy them:
1) We are immortal spirits going through
sequences of incarnations in order to learn Love.
2) In any given
life we have a particular biography, that is meant to give us what we
need in that life.
3) Our world view (belief in Aliens, New World
Order, Catholic etc.) in any given life is secondary to the
relationships we have with others in that particular life. The
biography is the primary teacher, and each biography is unique,
because each individual is unique. The Creator multitasks on a level
we can hardly imagine and there are no accidents.
4) Karma brings
us into these relationships concerning which we have shared wounds
(pains needing healing) and destiny meetings (odd events that take us
places we didn't imagine we would end up).
5) We have then two
kinds of soul pain and joy: One concerns the wider world and its
conditions (such as the Arab Spring and 9/11 etc), and the other
we need to learn from our immediate biography (parents, siblings,
lovers, co-workers, jobs etc.), that is: all that which we often
mundane and unimportant or perhaps so difficult we don't want to face
it, but instead want to run away - all that "Life" is the most
aspect of our personal Path.
6) The key place of work
(which sometimes seems like a battlefield) is our own mind, not the
world. The cliche is you can't change the world, but you can change
7) Now God loves us just as we are, and places no
demands upon us that we change or become anything other. The Beatles
had it right in the song: Let it Be.
8) However, our immortal
spirit has the itch to change in itself ... we want to become, the
doesn't demand it, except to the extent we can aknowledge our personal
immortal spirit as an aspect of the Divine Mystery. The source of
wanting to change comes from the divine in ourself.
freedom is the key, not outer freedom. One of my favorite teachers
writes: "One must be able to confront
an idea and experience it,
otherwise one will fall into its bondage."
10) Inner work in
the "battlefield" of thinking mind involves two basic gestures: prayer
meditation. Prayer is like a conversation, more than it is like
lining up at a store and asking for gifts. "Ask, seek and knock"
said Christ. We talk to God, and sometimes, He talks back. Meditation
is about coming awake within - noticing things that are there. So we
have to sit still and let the thinking mind wander and learn from how
about this wandering. The biography that teaches us includes the
personal stuff of our own thinking mind; and, we can engage in prayer
meditation simultaneously. These (meditation and prayer) are practice
for awake living thinking.
11) Soul is consciousness, and Spirit
is self-consciousness. Learning about our own within, and trying to
love those intimately in our biography, - these will teach us far more