Happy Woden’s (Odin’s) Day.
I have found a great deal of fascination in defining spirituality in terms of evolutionary development. I feel that religion is in many ways a codified attempt to explain where people were at certain times in their understanding of spiritual evolution. The problem is that religion has a tendency to anchor us to that moment. We don’t move on from there once someone says: “This is spiritual Truth” with a capital T.
We should recognize that these moments of spiritual understanding are not capitalized but are a moment of truth at is both evolving and fleeting because there is other truth with a small t to discover and the truth we are at that moment is just the next part fo the path that leads to other truth.
Spiritual evolution demands that we explore the truth and keep moving from one part of it to the next. This is something that I am learning right now and I am hoping my time stagnated in Christianity hasn’t robbed me of my chance to be a better person. Is the next step for human evolution to take our growing and developing consciousness to the next level?
Time to Look Through the Eye:
“To see the truth, change one eye for another”
I am effectively an agnostic/atheist that explores spirituality because I think that inside spirituality, and to a lesser extent religion, is that spark of genius that given enough time might lead to human beings evolving to another level of consciousness. My start in this began with Asatru but much of what I do in meditation is straight-up psychology and neurologically proven stuff. Religion and spirituality do tap into something that neurologically works and I have assurance, not faith, that this is true. Much of what we know scientifically now is someone looking at what humans spiritually thought once upon a time and then science going and investigating if it was true. In this, they discovered some faith was bogus and other faith had the spark of truth that led to a greater understanding.
My meditation times have been taken up mostly with virtue and thinking on this concept of my own personal spiritual evolution. I feel very free of shackles right now when it comes to spiritual things. myu definition of spirituality is more about human consciousness and the idea right now is to explore my own consciousness with restrictions. I guess that is why I view my exploration of paganism as part of that because paganism acknowledges that each person is unique in their spiritual capacity and understanding of the world around them and they are not trying to proselytize anyone.
Right now, theology is not something I can use that much as someone who has no effective belief in god. From an evolving consciousness point of view, I also am not looking to an imaginary friend to help me, but rather if there is any ‘god’; to be found it is this thing inside my head that makes decisions, engages the world around me and stretches out in relationships to others.
My spirituality as defined as an exploration of my own consciousness and in bringing to myself a new understanding of who I am and that part of me that I still am learning about. I want to stay truly with understanding myself and why I do what I do.
I don’t know what truths I will discover but this journey as The Grey Wayfarer has its bright moments. Those moments are usually spiritual in the sense of understanding human consciousness spiritual. There is a lot more road ahead of me to walk yet, and this is what makes me get up every single day.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.