Endowed with a spiritual soul/free will/intellect
humans from conception are ordered to God
and destined for eternal happiness.
They pursue perfection by seeking and being
that which is true and good.
Celtic mysticism is built on
a charism of pilgrimage
a constant quest for the land of the saints
and a return to Paradise, the great journey
St. Brendan and his monks manifested.
Buddhists also sought the Pure Land
because the Buddha taught
three basics of human existence:
impermanence/no separate ego/suffering.
To accept these three
is to accept reality as it is.
We all seek true transcendence but
since we won’t let go of our separate ego
we cannot find our destiny.
We seek true life in substitutes:
but never find wholeness.
To not settle for substitutes for God
requires inner work which is done
not just for your self
but for the whole Body of Christ.
Inner work makes you aware
of any self-seeking disguised as Christian service.
Failure to integrate the shadow
causes serious problems in Christianity –
clergy sexual abuse which destroys
the Church’s moral authority and role:
the conscience of culture.
On the other hand, many see inner work and spirituality
as just another form of consumerism
individualistic/lacking commitment to the common good/
devoid of intellectual content
basically, a New Age fad of Oprah religion.
But, to pray is to build your house
then, to realize Someone Else is in your house
then, to discover this Someone Else owns the house
then, to discover there is no house
because everyone shares the same
one and only Home – our True Home – God.
Doubt can grow along with faith –
faith and doubt are co-relative terms –
to grow in faith, you must go through doubt
about your old ways of being and believing
to come to higher and broader levels of faith.
Doubt wrestles with God, like Jacob and the angel –
“Israel” means “one who wrestles with God.”
Just as there is no love of God
without love of neighbor
there is no real conversion to God
without conversion to the world and its problems
caused by wanting/wanting/wanting.
God opposes constant wanting. God only wants
the creation of more complex and conscious beings
but this spiritualization of matter
and how matter leaps to new levels
is always brought about by periods
of great stress/instability/crisis.
The consciousness and dignity of humans
and of the divine image within us
requires authentic freedom
when it comes to religious choices –
freedom from external pressures
and internal compulsions.
Women are under intense pressure
to get caught in the competitive/masculine/hero archetype
which clashes with a deeper archetype within them:
the desire to be a mother – the Mother-Archetype.
Who will deliver us
from this constant human folly of constant wanting?
Beyond inner work we need a Savior
to save us from ourselves.