I do reserve a particular venom for complacency that arises from spiritual and philosophical dogma. That includes personal development dogma too.
When I was a child, I forsook religion. That included anything that smacked even vaguely of religion. I was probably no older than ten.
I don’t know why I did it. I only knew I had the deep uneasy sense that, “Religion was bad.”
Then, as I moved into my teens, into the 1990s, I found out about something called ‘alternative spirituality.’ That’s what it was called back then. Or ‘new age.’
I embraced this new ‘alternative spirituality’ thing. I wanted something tangible on the outside to reflect what I felt on the inside about my budding ideas about ‘spirituality’ and the like.
I moved through many different movements. At one time, I was heavily involved with Paganism and Wicca. Then I moved on to the Ascension movement. And then the Ashtar Command. All the while still searching, searching for a name that will match what I felt inside.
As I moved from group to group, movement to movement, idea to idea, there was one thing that never changed.
Dogma. Control. Intolerance.
Today we are moving towards the middle of the 2010s and as I looked around me at what is now called the spirituality and personal development industries, I had the the same uneasy sense again.
The spirituality and personal development movements and industries today are no better than religions.
I have seen the same arrogance, the same exclusionary behavior, the same dogmatic attitudes and approaches that I rejected in my youth and that these very same groups are claiming so hard to say that they are not.
Birds of a feather flock together. That is how humans works.
People seek spirituality and personal development not for true liberation but for a very simple, basal need for acceptance and belonging.
That is the breeding ground for hive mentality, fear and control.
Where is the independent thought?
Where is there to be found spiritual independence?
For that is what I believe in.
Spiritual independence. Not adherence to any particular creed or belief or system but an ever flowing, ever evolving expression of self that is unique to the unique being that is you.
That is spirituality. That is freedom. Nothing else. No matter what any one says.
Because there is no definition. Anything that can be defined into a fixed form is false in my book.
Was what I offered a definition? You can say it is, simply because I have put something into words, but do those words describe any fixed form? Can you test for this spiritual independence? No, you can’t, because I have no offered any parameters by which you can test for anything reliably.
Spiritual independence is completely subjective. It cannot be proven, cannot be tested, cannot even be insisted upon. No one can control a person who is spiritually independent simply because you cannot pin such a person down. No way. They are too fleeting, too insane, too darting in and out of things and concepts to care about what you think.
That is a spiritually free person.
Such a person is also called mad by society.
I would rather be mad than bound.
As of January 2014, the focus of this blog has changed.
Posts from 2013, such as the one you are reading now, may or may not be relevant to the new direction I have chosen.
I do not regret a single word that I have written, therefore none of my older posts will be taken down.
I see my older content as an incredible journey of exploration, experimentation and expression in the pursuit of the congruent and authentic identity and life I now live, and I honor that process.
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Thanks for reading. ;)