The Answers We Seek are Revealed by our Feelings
The real values of life are spiritual/emotional, not material. This is the message we continue to receive from our souls, notwithstanding the value we must place on material wealth because, in our world, wealth is the basis for “success,” respectability, and security. Of all of life’s real values, love is the most profound for the members of any social species. This is why, given the choice, our ultimate aspiration in life would be to love and to be loved unconditionally—even though most of us have never experienced it. You see, the human spirit interprets living without unconditional love as evidence that we are losing life’s game, again and again, in every moment of existence. What other conclusion could our spirit come to, as it endures our day-to-day renunciation of the ultimate aspiration of human life?
Can humans reclaim our natural state of intimacy? To do so, we would have to give up on the idea of progress, which isn’t easy for a people who are counting on progress for salvation. Spiritually, we have been in dire straits ever since making the mistake of outlawing our feelings of the moment—back when we first centralized authority. In effect, by outlawing our feelings of the moment, which are expressions of Nature, we declared war on Nature. Having turned our backs on Nature, our only real savior, we first sought salvation in mortal, earthly god-kings—and, a few thousand years later, in immortal, heavenly ones. Since the advent of the Renaissance, we have increasingly come to seek salvation in scientific and technological progress. Indeed, we are now so steeped in the “religion” of progress that any idea that questions it is subconsciously rejected, in the same way that any viewpoint refuting any belief—be it religious, philosophical, ideological, or nationalistic—is discarded, out of hand, by its true believers.
Though I have no proof, I have come to believe that, if we are to physically survive as a species and, more significantly, enjoy spiritual fulfillment in the process, we must look for salvation in the reality from which we came—one in which intimacy is the most common life experience, and the most valued. Should we do so, we might be surprised to discover what I believe Jesus tried to tell us two thousand years ago—that the answers we seek cannot be found in the ersatz glory of some idealized future. They’ve been residing within us all along. He told us that “Heaven is at hand.” But, to enter, we need to stop ignoring the answers, as revealed by our feelings of the moment.
Excerpt from Take Us Home, Girls!
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