Learning to Approach Spirituality from Outside "the Box"

We've been living in a box for so long. This box tells us what should be important to us, how to define certain concepts, how to live etc. The bigger picture reveals that this box doesn't really work for us in the end and is in some way self-sabotaging and self-destructive. But, we think we must ignore this in order to keep trying to make the old box we live in work through filling it with fancy ideas which are not fully grounded in reality.

For example, espousing ideas of Love that are really loving,but only a mental thought in the mind etc etc as we need to continue to strive, conquer, possess and compete in everything. What is needed is to begin to ask "Why doesn't the box work? How is it leaving us feeling incomplete, out of harmony with ourselves and nature etc?"

Until we ask such questions, we have concepts come in that superficially appear to be peaceful and wonderful, but because we only can think in one way according to the box we have been taught to conform to, such spiritual concepts need to be applied in ways that conform to this box without question. Then, we cannot see the effects of this because effects are seen as "normal" even though symbols of destruction, intoxication, addiction and nothing ever being enough abound.

There are two ways we can approach spirituality which can help us understand this issue. The first approach is to attempt to fit our Spirituality into our material lifestyle. With this approach, lifestyle does not change and we continue to conform to the box of current definitions. This approach is called "Backward Integration."

The alternative approach is to allow our spirituality to mold outside the box. This means that our lifestyles and current worldly definitions will change in order to serve a different perspective of a Truth. This result in less contradictions between truths and actions. For example being taught about ascension but needing to approach it in a way where we do not give up our hyper-focus on ownership, the material world, material objects and things.

In the end, we can learn to dream in new ways. We can allow our dreams to spill outside the box. We can imagine a future without money, without striving, where all shine and all feel good enough and live in harmony. We can use the world for now to survive but know we are not confined to the box. We can and will find a way to manifest outside it to achieve the "ascension" consciousness we affirm is coming.

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Comment by Kathy Custren on December 29, 2013 at 3:51pm

Hi, Mandy - I appreciate that you are still working on this piece. I agree with your comment about saving the work you do in a text file first. It can help with copy and pasting to this or any other location. Also, there is a feature at the time you edit where you can select a date in the future for something to be published. If you prepare a piece and would like to go back and work on it more before publishing it, that could be another way to go. 

Please send a note to Trevor or me when you feel it is ready. Thanks!!

Comment by Mandy Peterson on December 29, 2013 at 2:25pm

I'm still working on this. I tried to edit, embellish and write inside the editor and then everything reverted back after saving so lost everything. Note to self: copy and paste into a text file before saving.

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