We have an innate instinct to move towards wholeness. A critical intuition that moves us towards Spirit. Even the most troubled and destructive among us are still, in their own way, trying to be whole. And whether we consciously move towards it or not, Spirit, manifested as the world, drives us back to it. It is the natural order of things. Entropy is not the law of the universe. Wholeness is. Entropy is the waves of the ocean while wholeness is beneath the surface, in the depths, where nothing moves but just is. The unenlightened mind sees the waves and is tossed and turned and declares the world incomplete, fragmented, destructive, terrible. Imperfect. While the enlightened mind sees the waves and know them to be only the way the depths show themselves to the world, while beneath, what gives rise to those waves, is complete, whole, utterly still. Perfect. In the Absolute sense, there is nothing you can ever do to separate yourself from Spirit. Hitler could have gone on overseeing the murder of millions of other Jews and his connection to Spirit would have remained in tact. Spirit, in the Absolute sense, does not care one way or the other who or what you are. It could care less whether you’re a saint or a mass murderer. A prince or a pauper. An atheist or a Christian. In the relative sense, however, who we are is incredible important. Male or female, white or black, gay or straight, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, good or evil—think about how different your life would be were you one but not the other? How much of your identity is bound up in these relative dimensions of ourselves? Who we are in the relative sense is much like a computer. Let us imagine that all computers (us) have the exact same Hard Drive (Spirit). However, we’re all very different computers with different software. Some of us have software that allows us to function at a great capacity and efficiency while some are not very efficient or useful at all. Some computers are used for gaming and others for writing, some for porn and others for music, and some for all of these things. And yet, no matter what use we are for, we all share that same Hard Drive—Spirit.
If I had any spiritual advice, it would be simply this: be better than your religion. Be better than your pastors. Both are often the height of mediocrity, and the opposite of authentic spirituality. In other words, go it alone, if you can. Learn the contents of your own mind. Know yourself better than you know anything else in the world. That’s authenticity. That’s being spiritual. Thelonious Monk said, “A genius is the one most like himself.” That’s the goal. To not be Jesus or to be Buddha or to be Mohammad, but to be YOU. They were successful because they were themselves; how successful can you be pretending to be someone you’re not and were never meant to be? Cut it out. Life is too short. Get busy learning about who you are and you’ll be far better off than those still mimicking long dead saints and prophets who we know very little about anyway. Get busy remembering who you are beneath all your identities, stories, fears and doubts, confidences and joys. Spirit is who you are. Spirit is what you always were and always will be.