Be prepared for a rant. I met this guy, actually introduced to this guy at a party. The person who introduced us said, “You are both so spiritual you should talk.” Well we exchanged pleasantries and then he asked me what spiritual tradition do I ascribe to. I said that basically I was Catholic, like an Early Christian or a Catholic Druid.
He sneered, “So you believe in burning witches.”
I laughed pretending he was making a joke instead of being an idiot and said, “That was 1000 years later. If now was then, I would be burned at the stake myself.”
He stuck his nose up. “Well, your religious dogma doesn’t allow you to understand my complex spirituality.”
“Really? Try using small words for us slow people in the audience.”
As if on queue the person who introduced us came back with a smile. “How are you guys doing? Do you need something to drink? I’ll go get the drinks.” Yup, that’s her.
Then this guy tries to impress me with his spiritual views, using every clichéd meaningless buzz word and catch phrase of the last twenty years. But I did hear one through line, besides the ‘Christians are stupid and I hate them because they hate me’ mantra, which I have heard so many times I think I am numb to it. Haters gotta hate, I guess. The other through line was, ‘Myself’. That’s was what he kept saying. Myself.
What do you concentrate on when you meditate? Myself.
Yourself? You Christians just don’t understand.
So do you believe in God or a pantheon of gods and goddesses or something else? I believe there is an ascended nature to myself.
So who do you pray to? My higher self.
That’s not what I meant by prayer. What I mean is – I know what you mean. You just don’t understand. It’s a law of attraction thing.
Well, I understand the law of attraction, but that is not what I was talking about. By prayer, I mean- I know what you mean by prayer and I am trying to pull things I want into my life.
I meant beyond yourself, for instance – You Christians just don’t understand.
Yeah, well I got to go. We should talk some more sometime.
No, we shouldn’t. There is no use talking when no one is listening. Don’t blame me because your dogma doesn’t allow you to understand my complex spirituality.
People, spirituality is not about the self. It is not some self-enlightenment hamster wheel. It is not some ego trip. In true spirituality the ego, the self, just dissolves away. Whether Christian, or Buddist, or anything else almost everyone agrees with this principle. The more you focus on you the farther you get from your goal. You are vehicle of your soul. Your soul is finding its way back to the oneness with God that we had at the beginning. Don’t bog it down with me, me, me, mine, mine, mine.
Peace be with you.