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January 26, 2016

Love is My Religion: Finding Peace in a World of Turmoil.

Euphoria, Hartwig HKD/ Flickr

How do we overcome doubt to rediscover our connection to life itself?

Can we make our way back to a place of living in and from the source—the “living breath”?

The darkness on our planet can feel deep—reaching right into our psyches, the core of our being. As many of us become more conscious, the material world can feel like mud to many of us—mired in low density vibration. But there is hope. Just as awareness casts light on this “separation” state, so is the immanent tension is resolved—through the awareness itself.

Many of us feel a sense of being abandoned by God in this spiritual void, this highly physical atmosphere.

We feel something is missing. The void is filled by drugs, entertainment, smoking, alcohol, sex—it all feels removed from an awareness of God and the cosmic.

Shamans and seers have a direct experience of other realms. As intermediaries between the seen (visible) world and the spirit world, they explore the other world—the unseen world. Delving into the other side, seers are able to raise self-awareness to heal the root causes of diseases and afflictions.

In truth, we all have the ability to be seers and shamans.

The mind is a powerful tool if focused, as are the emotions. When we are in tune and seeing clearly, we are that which we seek, we become that which we are. This is not the same is getting what we want.

How do we separate ourselves from the clutter and intense energetic charges around us, to find this clarity, and consciously create the life we seek?

Society feels saturated by people’s judgments and we look to find some separation from this confusion to rediscover stillness and allow wisdom to bud.

Judgement is the result or symptom of our state of self-development. Unless we can find deep peace and ultimately samadhi, we will always search outside of ourselves for pleasure and relief from pain.

Judgements come when we are insecure and do not know ourselves. The more unhappy we are within and the more we are judging ourselves, the more we judge others. The more we look externally to satisfy our internal cravings, the more hungry and unsatisfied we will become.

A spiritual calling cannot be satisfied within the physicality of the world around us.

In maintaining a certain distance from external distractions, and seeking inner stillness, we facilitate our own balance in silence. This is a way to peace. Then we are able to navigate through this world with skill and ease—like the captain of a ship.

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors,” says an African proverb.

Sometimes the waters will not be still, and it is there that we learn most. 

Even at our worst moments, we are still learning, and it is in these moments when we stop and access consciousness, access our guides and higher self, that we may taste transcendence.

We are filters—our beliefs result from what we have absorbed. In this dimension—and I believe there are many—we are filtering systems for advanced vibrational forces beyond our imagination. Everything is sourced in consciousness.

We can feed our ability to filter effectively by engaging with and understanding the natural cycles that surround us.

Our hearts are our internal filters—our feeling mechanisms. If we do not use them wisely, we could easily believe anything and everything. It’s important for us to be mindful and observant of what feels right.

Carlos Castaneda wrote, “Before you embark on any path, ask the question: Does this path have a heart?”

Our connection to our higher self will bring the highest wisdom and answers, not our addictions to materialism.

True illumination comes via love. Living a spiritual life is having compassion for other beings, as well as having compassion for the self.

Any one religious or mystical path may enlighten us yet if—even for a moment—it removes us from love, then there is separation, there is doubt, there is confusion. If it removes us from life, the present moment, and the living breath of nature, then it is also preaching separation.

God is always present in all life. Without the understanding that all life is sacred, we lose ourselves in consumerism —not caring about consequences, how things are made, or where they come from, let alone the suffering they may have caused.

Our soul is something transcendent, yet it is with us here too—present in a physical incarnation.

Rumi had a wonderful way of expressing the purity and simple essence of the soul.

“Forget the nonsense of there and here, race, nation, religion, starting point and destination. You are Soul, and you are Love.”

Conceit creates an abyss of folly that dances with the belief that we are the centre of the universe. In this darkness, we can descend into madness and suffering. Only love can open the heart to perceive the truth. With love, all things are possible.

How would it be if love was our way of worshipping the divine?

What if falling in love was our practice?

Love is our way out of separation and into wholeness.

Love is not a religion. But what if our religion was love?

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Author: David Zenon Starlyte

Editor: Khara-Jade Warren

Image: Hartwig HKD/ Flickr

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