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Topic: Daily reading from: Spirtiuality Without God: Chapter one
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Daily reading from: Spirtiuality Without God: Chapter one
on: September 15, 2011, 06:16


Here is a further extract from Chapter One: Vision and Practice



… When we enter the path of self-discovery, and we become sensitive to how our vision of reality determines our quest for integral living, we may appreciate how important it is for us to recognize the full extent of our cultural conditioning. Such recognition will alert us to everything our cultures have devised and developed in their attempts to establish inner and outer order through coercion and manipulation. Naturally these will also include our cultural approaches to spirituality, sanity, integral living and general well-being. And as we have seen, the undertone of both inner and outer rules for social conformity has created a cultural circumstance that makes true, independent enquiry very difficult. We have become totally desensitized to the destructive and sub-human values which society enforces through conditioning and demand for conformity.

If truth is our intent and deep abiding interest, we have little choice but to enquire into, and to understand and transcend every aspect of untruth into which we have been conditioned. This, of necessity, will have to include our deeply held notions about God, religion, metaphysics, mysticism and spirituality. What is culturally considered as valuable, beautiful and ulti-ately true and liberating are often little more than misconceptions about life, perpetuated through uninspected repetition over a long period of time. We seldom question these values simply because they have been presented to us as such ‘self-evident’, revelatory truths.

Yet, unless we discover the relevancy of these truths with regard to our path of self-discovery, these will inevitably form part of our limitation and separation from the real…..

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