Avoiding the Deep End
Our paradigms in spirituality are always that- systems, paradigms, organizations that help us to integrate and understand our spiritual experiences. They allow us to live in society and function while simultaneously having direct experiences of the Divine.
Unfortunately, all of us are prone to falling prey to the paradigm overtaking any kind of real spiritual experience. To honestly and consistently question one's self and to put a check on one's self is a great moral responsibility that all too often gets shrugged off in the more New Age-oriented perspectives. Worse still is this shrugging off of seriousness and responsibility is perhaps the major weakness of our more New Age perspectives.
This isn't true across the board, and in this world, things are rarely true across the board.
But it's true enough to find a disturbing overlap between people calling themselves things like "Light Workers" who also spend a lot of time embracing and promulgating some pretty dark (and given the right circumstances, dangerous) conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theories have a huge allure for a lot of us because they seem to offer the "more" part of an explanation; when tremendous things happen, we want to assign some kind of agency to the cause. That reduces anxiety and makes us feel like we understand things better than we do.
Another force driving the allure is how so many of us know there's more going on in the world. However, merely knowing of something- intuitively understanding that there are forces beyond what's recognized in a strictly scientific-materialist worldview- doesn't mean that we necessarily are accurately perceiving such forces or what the patterns that emerge mean.
The Sufi Master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speaks sometimes of people being "dazzled by the bright Light of the Divine" who are need to then be grounded; in his particular school of Sufism, they use Jungian psychology to hold that ground in the manifest/physical world. I second this idea.
The reality is that much of life is a complex interaction of, for lack of better terms, Archetypal Collisions. Dynamic, unconscious forces have their own agenda and function in a way comparable to how people used to understand the Gods.
We have to remain grounded. Different ideas and perspectives might allure us or seem to offer us an interesting or exciting explanation; that something is alluring doesn't mean it's necessarily accurate, factual, or true. Moreover, the Shadow in our personal psyche ever searches for something upon which to project itself, and therein lies the most dangerous aspect.
Prudence is a virtue to strive for constantly. Let make sure we approach life with such a humanizing virtue.
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