Spiritual Naivety?

There are those who think of me as ‘merely’ naive when it comes to things of spirit.  Here, I ask they consider their own limitation of expression that appears bound by others’ ideas & ideals. The string of logic posed by quite a few is that I’ve not studied spiritualism, metaphysics, any aspect of any religion, and not living/speaking/healing/BE-ing within the bounds of someone else’s playbook.   I’ve not sought out sages or saddhus, not read from mystics and mages, not worshiped at or made an altar,  I’ve not done enough things or read enough of stuff  to know of what I speak and certainly not enough to know Truth–neither my own nor that that is Universal.

So what if I get my inspiration from Dean Koontz as much as I do Rumi?  So what that I don’t have Lama so-and-sos books as reference guides?  So what that I picked up all those books you have on your shelves, read a few pages or chapters and said, “Nope. That’s not it.” So what that I can say I don’t know?  I don’t care to know.  I have no need or desire to understand.   I don’t need to read someone else version of how my life should/might/could be.   So what that I can say I Know more than has ever been forgotten of that for which there are no words to be written in a book?  So what that I don’t assign any more significance to a crystal than I do the chair that supports my ass, the friends that feed my hunger, or the wind that tousles my hair?

So what that I don’t give a crap about past lives, Akashic records, 2012, 11/11/11 or future-&-fortune telling?  So what that I’m not afraid of and cannot explain how or why I go formless; how or why I can feel more heartbeats than my own; how or why my vibrations intensify sometimes so that furniture and the air move around me? I just not afraid and just don’t care.

Why does it bother anyone that I can say with certainty that I am enlightened?  Why? Why does it bother you so that I don’t couch any of this in terms of ‘spiritual’ but consider it merely living.  Not a separate part of me or anyone/thing in the Universe?

With some frequency, I say to as many people as I can, “Forget what you think you know.”  That bugs a lot of folks.  Annoys, confuses, angers and frightens.  There is always one or a few someones who believe they know everything. Can recite left, right, upside down and backwards biblical & kabbahlistic texts, A Course in Miracles, Eckhart Tolle’s latest; carry around with them photos of their gurus, pocket angel cards, and other accoutrement; wear their crystals and white; repeat “peace and light”, and still live in a state of unawareness.  Unaware, unopen to change or other avenues of experience and expression.

Generally speaking, when I ask folks to forget what they think they know, I’m not trying to challenge the ideas they hold (although, sometimes, for grins & giggles that is my entire point).  We connect to and engage with those things that resonate with us, interest us and excite us.  I get that. I want, though, to push people past their limitations.  I want to push people past the ideas & attitudes of others that they hold so dear, onto so tightly that they cannot see their own.  There are a lot of people saying the same thing and slightly different versions of the same thing for a reason. I don’t know what it is and don’t care to.  What I do know and care about is people remaining comfortable and complacent in the ‘same thing’ in the same manner we, as humans, have done over the course of our existence.  The ‘same thing’ that leads to dogma, doctrination, discrimination of the negative sort without the discrimination of the discerning sort.

I have the unique ability to see in ways others cannot. Or, more pointedly, in ways others choose not to.  I can see through the veils, the stories, the fears, the mirrors, the cloaks, the stuff-n-stuff that holds people back from their potential. I see the essence.  It has nothing to do with form, fashion, or finessing of words. When I can see it clearly and they cannot fathom because of those limitations, I, quite frankly, get annoyed.  Because of this stuff is so ridiculously simple. Because if you can’t actually practice it, why do you preach it, and hold onto it–that thing–so hard that ?

Let go. Open yourself up. Entirely.  It’s not enough to say, “I’ve got an open heart” when the rest of you is shut down and shut out of the simplicity of the mystery of the Universe.  You don’t need to ‘figure it out’.  There is nothing that needs fixing. Nothing that needs to be rescued or saved.  Sure, tools are good.  As are crutches.  However, when you allow your tool to become the crutch for too long, you forget how to walk on your own!

Breathe. Be. Know.  Know thyself and be true.  And live fully, openly.

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8 thoughts on “Spiritual Naivety?

  1. Beautifully said.

    Yes … my thoughts went to this place just last night … that people are devoted to certain spiritual practices and religion – but if they are as powerful and beneficial as they are asserted to be, then why are so many people so unhappy. Why are they suffering so.

    The answers are always within … it is sometimes nice to find support for our inner wisdoms from outside ourselves but that’s not always possible and to get to a place where we can be ok with what WE believe ourselves – WELL that’s a powerful place to be. How wonderful that you live in that place !

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful writing : 0 )

    all good things,
    smadar

    1. Thank you for the response. I love your website! All sorts o’ pretties! I’m hoping to be in Toronto by the end of the year. I’d love to meet you when I get there!

  2. Isn’t it interesting that we are blessed to live in a society that allows freedom of religion? Isn’t it even more interesting that because of this there is a candy store of spiritual choices available to all who seek answers? Isn’t it hysterical that if and when someone chooses ONE of these delights, it suddenly is THE WAY??? I have always liked picking a little of this, a little from that, but refuse to adopt any ‘way’ 100%. At that point it feels pretty much like a replacement for the kind of major religion dogma i’ve been dancing as fast as I can to avoid. Our souls know the way. I believe they can become entranced with the glamor of some of the offerings, but in the end – when they are given the opportunity to remember – they will resume the paths intended.

    Rebel souls must be strong, and laugh often. And after only one afternoon in your presence, Ingrid, I believe you have definitely tapped into some energetic source! If you spent all your focus on trying to learn everyone else’s truths, think how little energy there would be left for your own.

    1. Thanks, Karen! I’m glad you got to come spend part of your holiday weekend with us!! I know it was a haul for you and I really appreciate it! Off to go giggle some more! I hope to see you again one of these days! 🙂

  3. You said about Rumi and that mesmerized me.As Karen rightly said that we are living in a society that allows freedom of religion.May I add that we live in an environment that allows freedom of thought: The thoughts which have become fixed and the thoughts which are flowing.There is a creativity in both.When one contemplates on fixed thought,he masters it and the creativity comes.And the one who allows the thoughts to pass away,reaches a stage where the content of thought exhausts itself.The stage is contentless consciousness.That is where Stillness prevails.

  4. Naive openness trumps ignorant clinging every time – as time only exists as an apparent aspect of the ever un-graspable (aka Reality).

    I am reminded of a someone (a twitter acquaintance) who was extremely upset over some lost Mala beads, immensely relieved upon finding them, and completely perplexed by my suggestion to burn them or at least give them away.

    Ignoring ‘dharma’ as it perpetually presents, blinded to this by her search for ‘the dharma’. Such is the path of a ‘seeker’.

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