Deep Within

Another Journey Lies Ahead, this time  …    Deep Within   ...

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So far, our explorations examined what we are, where we are and where we came from - investigations outside ourselves. Now another journey lies ahead, this time inside, deep - deep within our hearts. So this journey is about personal and subjective feelings rather than scientific critical thinking. This used to be where religions were once meaningful. But religions were corrupted long ago for wealth and privilege and became worthless, even evil. We will have to look further than religion for what we need.

So let us begin with the saying inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. 

Here’s the Greek::               ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΑΥΤΟΝ - γνῶθι σαυτόν =  know thyself

Or similar Shakespeare:

“This above all: to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man
     — William Shakespeare

Knowing our innermost selves is the first step to freedom, spiritual strength and maturity - 
One of those valuables we want to rescue from religion before it fades.

Whether you call it god, your inner compass or your radiant heart, whenever I am asked to be someone’s spiritual guide my first lesson is to teach them to spend time alone, listening to oneself and learning the value of one’s own company from solitude. I often repeat this childhood story:

It reminds me of when my father taught me to ride a bike and horse
              or first handed me the car keys and told me to drive.  
And so, trusting him, shaky at first, I began to pedal, then I took the reins  
              and later I began to drive, cautiously.
But then I set the course and the further I went, the steadier I became. 

And then one day I noticed that he was not guiding the bike any more - I was.


This is the first step to becoming self directed - from within us, proactive and in control 

instead of being reactive and directed by people, society and religion - from outside us. 


Here I like the terminology of the Bahai:  A Radiant Heart:

A saying of Baha’i founder Bahá'u'lláh:

"O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: 
Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, 
that thine may be a sovereignty 
ancient, imperishable and everlasting”

Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart - what excellent advice !! But how? How is this done today ???

Jesus and my grandfather were two backwoods carpenters that had radiant hearts, guiding themselves and those around them. We can do that too. It’s a deliberate choice that we make. It has nothing to do with gods and mythical creatures. It comes from deep inside us. Just as stars ignite under the extreme pressure of gravity, giving light, we can ignite our hearts under the pressure of life, becoming radiant and giving light to guide ourselves. We call this our worldview, and we learn:

Each of us makes our own worldview, as unique as our fingerprints.

Understanding more than one world view is like speaking more than one language - or liking more than one kind of music or food - more work but much more satisfying. As we grow, we come to understand the validity of many worldviews. I don’t classify them as right or wrong, but rather mine and yours. Society often seems eager to make everyone have the same worldview, but great teachers like Jesus teach us to think for ourselves.

Our first goal here?:

To learn to translate from one world view to another,

so that we may learn from the world views of others.

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