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Breaking Free From Rigid Structures
Most of us have looked to religion for the truth about who we are, our purpose, and the meaning in life. Yet, religions that follow dogma, traditions, and practices in search of truth often fail us when they brush up against science and progress in the world. Inherent to religions is also a sense of exclusivity or elitism. Either you are “in,” or you are “out.” Either you are one of us (perceived as good), or you are one of them (perceived as less or evil). Even if it only exists predominantly as subconscious thoughts or feelings, such discourse keeps us trapped in egocentric and ethnocentric patterns that divide us, creating conflict between us, and thus becomes the cause of both personal and collective suffering.
Spirituality, on the other hand, involves breaking free from the rigid structures often associated with religion. Spirituality pursues wholeness (the truth that sets you free) through an inner experience — a connection to something larger than yourself, an awareness of Presence, a feeling, and recognition, if you will, of oneness with God. Spirituality doesn’t dismiss religions or a person’s beliefs, but beliefs at their best only points to the truth as the eternal and formless dimension within us that is one with God.
The essence of spirituality is love. Ancient texts such as the Bible often state: God is love, and God is above all, through all, and in all. If so, and it seems true to me, love is not separate from us. One could say that love is not dual with a subject and an object — a lover and a beloved. Instead, love is the essence of God, Spirit, Being, Life, Consciousness, or whatever we prefer to call that which undergirds all reality. When we are in touch with that dimension within us, we are illuminated to our oneness in the world of duality. We are aware of the divine flow in all things, and we experience that flow as love — a deep connection and mystical union with God and one another.
Unlike religion, where the focal point is the ego’s need to have the correct beliefs, spirituality involves an inner awakening to our deepest and truest self that instinctively loves — extends compassion, empathy, forgiveness, generosity, and an open and non-judgmental heart to all. It’s faith expressing itself through love. It’s the birthing of God in form.
David Youngren, a Christian minister for more than 30 years, founded the Path of Love Center because he saw a deep need for a nondual spirituality. Many post-evangelicals, non-religious spiritual seekers, and those struggling because their beliefs are not working for them had come to him looking for answers.
David’s transformational journey out of mainstream religion and into a more inclusive spirituality began in 2006. Plunged into the dark night of the soul – plagued by cluster headaches, and drowning in doubt, including self-doubt, David had a profound inner experience of a sacred Presence, the Christ within, a deep awareness of love during meditation. At the time, David had successfully served as Pastor, international crusade speaker, Bible College President, and key-note speaker at global seminars for Pastors and church leaders for years. However, the meditation experience transformed his own well-being and the way he viewed God and faith.
As David says: “Whenever we reduce God or faith into a mental construct, such as a belief system or statement of beliefs, we let the ego hijack faith. We fall prey to the illusion of separation.
The concept of God or faith can be discussed and communicated with words, but it cannot be understood by the intellect, for it is a perception beyond the limitations of the mind. As many spiritual texts suggest, faith is spiritual and a mystery. Faith is seeing what the egoic mind cannot perceive. Faith is seeing the kingdom (dimension) of God within all things, perceiving our oneness. The Apostle Paul must have caught a glimpse of this when he said that ‘Christ is all, and in all.’ Is it any wonder then that faith is most evident through our love – empathy, compassion, forgiveness, non-judgment, kindness, and the like?”
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