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Imagine: A Spiritual Manifesto

Published on July 29, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

TinyBuddha

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today…

In the spirit of John Lennon:

I imagine there is another stage of spiritual growth that is possible.

It involves integrating science, spirituality and psychology in intelligent ways and using spiritual practices to more deeply embrace every aspect of our humanity and discover the sacred in ourselves, each other and the natural world.

It moves us beyond outdated beliefs and forms of spirituality that are about projecting the sacred into an otherworldly domain, or defending against facing the reality of our mortal vulnerability.

It celebrates wonder, beauty and love while honoring reason and evidence as powerful guides to truth.

It has undergone the existential initiation of radically accepting the reality of being human – and recasting spirituality in this light.

In so doing, it frees us up to find the sacred where we stand, to let go of unreasonable beliefs and own a spirituality that is congruent with what we now know about reality. It also allows us to turn and face what before we may have been hiding from behind our old spiritual ideas.

It resolves the apparent conflict between reason and spirituality, science and religion, by simply embracing what is true.

Glimpses of this next stage have been described by various poets and thinkers all along.

The Buddha:

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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