Spirituality as escape, and coming home

 

Spirituality can be an escape, and it can be a way home. Often, and for a while, it may be both.

Spirituality can be an escape. The stories of spirituality may be held as true, in a attempt to find a sense of safety. Spirituality can be an attempt to protect who we take ourselves to be. Mind innocently identifies as a being, there is fear, and this brings us to try to hold onto spiritual ideas to find safety for this being. There is also a sense of lack, we try to hold onto spiritual ideas to fill up the hole in us. It’s all innocent, it all comes from love, and it’s all slightly misguided.

Spirituality can also be our way “home“. It can be our way home as who we are, in the sense of finding healing and a sense of wholeness as a human being in the world. And it can be our way home as what we are, in the sense of what we are noticing itself and becoming a more conscious context for our human life. This coming home often happens through finding and living from love, clarity and authenticity.

I see both of these in myself, and I also see that the way through is to be as authentic as possible, meet the fear with love, and inquire into my stories creating fear and a sense of having to find safety through spirituality or anything else. Also, what do I fear about living from love, clarity and authenticity, and what do I find when I look into this?

Some spiritual ideas it can be helpful to look at:

Awareness. Consciousness. Love. God. Spirit. Christ. Enlightenment. A future stable state. (Can I find any of these, outside of words, images, sensations?)

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– escape, through fear, beliefs, trying to find safety (trying to protect who we take ourselves to be)
– coming home, through love, clarity, authenticity (coming home to who and what we are)

 

– illusory safety

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Spirituality can be an escape. The stories of spirituality may be held as true, in a attempt to find a sense of safety. Spirituality can be an attempt to protect who we take ourselves to be. Mind innocently identifies as a being, there is fear, there is confused love, and all of this brings us to try to hold onto spiritual ideas to find safety for this being. It’s all innocent, it all comes from love, and it’s all slightly misguided.

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Spirituality can be an escape, and it can be a way home. Often, and for a while, it may be both.

Spirituality can be an escape. It can become stories held as true, in an attempt to find a sense of safety. Spirituality can be an attempt to protect who we take ourselves to be.

 

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