Having looked at all of the traditional world religions, it became obvious to me that they all have one core - universal message: unconditional love and service. in other words, love and help each other. Acceptance of self and others, forgiveness, mercy, and meaningful work are prerequisites to happiness. I was reminded that there can be no richness without happiness.
As Gandhi said; "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
I call this 'walking the talk' and I practice this even when nobody is looking. This is what I teach others, and that the spirit thrives on a sense of equilibrium, within and with the rest of the world.
There is a world of difference between saying something, thinking it and believing it compared to being it. We all need to learn to be the change we wish to see in this world. It's time to practice the concept of treating one's neighbour as one would like to be treated. Inclusion and tolerance, and a respect for individuality and uniqueness are some of the concepts that form a spiritual life. True spirituality embraces all other belief systems.
Unfortunately to date, in our own particular creation story we have witnessed extremism, or collusion by one or more religions for the purpose of taking over, or eliminating another. All religions are schools and spirituality is the education, yet quite simply many religions forgot to educate us. This doesn't mean religions are wrong or bad, but like conventional medicine - they are merely incomplete. They are incomplete because they forgot about or censored true spiritual gnosis from their teachings.
Oscar Wilde said, "Every saint has a past and every sinner a future."
The most meaningful experiences in life can come from mistakes, heartbreak, and pain. This has been my direct experience and this concept forms the core of this particular synthesis of spiritual teachings. I have learned to show empathy and suspend judgment of others, whenever possible.
I might add here that in the past when I was learning to be spiritual it wasn't always immediately possible to show unconditional love in the moment. Initially, this was especially challenging when other people's behaviour triggered some deep wound in my psyche and all the repressed emotions came shooting to the surface - conscious awareness.. Yet I worked through my old wounds and always returned to love and this is what I teach.
Freedom of religion is a tenet of a free society. To have the freedom to practice individual forms of spirituality, it is necessary to be tolerant of varying beliefs.
J. Krishnamurti, in his book Freedom from the Known, warns against choosing one belief system at the exclusion of all others. "When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind."
Accordingly, PSA Life Mastery favours no one type of religious belief system, but recognizes the need for spirituality to be a part of everyday life.
Following on in my footsteps, students are encouraged to learn about various religions and spiritual teachings to gain an appreciation for the breadth and scope of spiritual life, as well as the tradition from which ideas hail. Fundamentalism will be handled by literally going back to "the fundamentals of the religion," with the understanding that the fundamentals of every major religion come back to kindness, tolerance, and forgiveness. Through the study of ancient religious texts, we hope to gain a better understanding of the mind and the human experience.
Recall that in the Q'uran, after Mohammed and his followers had been tortured and forced into exile, finally stood at the conquest of Mecca . By the laws of war, he could have sought revenge for these cruelties, but, as professor K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, describes in her analysis, "Mohammed the Prophet'. instead, " Mohammad's heart flowed with affection and he declared,
"This day, there is no reproof against you and you are all free." "This day," he proclaimed, "I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man."
The PSA synthesis of spiritual teachings recognises, honours, upholds and above all demonstrates the absolutely vital need to reconnect to spirit. Understanding this higher connection is equally important as understanding the mind and the physical body.
Reconnecting to "spirit" in everything we do from employment, to health care and medicine, to the food we eat, the water we drink, to the buildings we live in, to the family, is of vital importance.
Look at the Hopi Prophecy (see Project: Earth Alchemy). We have two paths we can choose - comfort, profit and greed which is the path of ego or love, strength and balance, which is the path of the soul. It is that simple!
According to Thomas Moore, in his book The Care of the Soul, many of contemporary societies' problems can be understood in terms of an absence of spirit. Our mechanized, speed-oriented lives are beginning to lose the deeper connection to ourselves, and to the rest of the world. Reconnection to spirit then comes in classic breakdown to breakthrough ways. mysterious and sometimes mythical ways-through neurosis, disease, and violence.
PSA is a treasure map of ancient wisdom teachings combined with modern psychological tools, to guide you through the challenging quest of awakening consciousness.
With your co-operation this magical map will lead you through deep un-chartered waters to reconnect to spirit and achieve the life you truly wish to live.