In our world, nothing stays the same for very long.
We’re taught to rely on the advice of experts, but their opinions seem to change with the breeze. If you knew that something had remained unchanged for the last twenty-five centuries, and had continued to help people find the peace and joy they were
seeking for that entire time, would you be curious?
The perennial philosophy is a golden thread of spiritual thought. It’s a group of harmonious spiritual concepts that are free of dogma and ritual. It can be found in virtually all cultures, time periods and areas of the globe. It’s been a part of so-called
“primitive” and pagan belief systems as well as the mystical branches of almost every organized religion.
The perennial philosophy is not a formula for enlightenment; its simple concepts have helped countless seekers reach spiritual mastery. In a world that’s severely lacking in harmony, we can ill afford to disregard a message that’s united many of the world’s
greatest minds. Although the perennial philosophy has much more to offer, we’ll look at four of its most basic and helpful concepts:
- There is a Divine Ground that permeates the universe. The world we think we see is a temporary projection that originates from that Divine Ground.
- A change of consciousness is required to become aware of, and experience, the Divine Ground.
- Everyone has the ability to experience the Divine.
- Experiencing the Divine is life’s highest purpose.
Life-giving intelligence permeates everything in existence. This intelligence wants to be known and can be known.
Most of us have been taught that spiritual mastery is a nearly impossible goal. The perennial philosophy does not agree. No secrets, methods, formulas or spiritual practices are necessary to experience the Divine. Knowing the Divine does require a shift in
our awareness, but everyone is capable of making that shift. Thousands of spiritual seekers have made that shift, and you can too.
How do we shift our awareness? Successful spiritual seekers share a certain mindset. They are:
- “Pure in heart.” This does not mean we need to “clean up our act.” It refers to our motives. A pure heart is looking for a connection with the Divine for the sheer joy of that connection. A pure heart isn’t asking for material blessings.
- “Poor in spirit.” This has nothing to do with poverty. It means that we understand that the world can make us rich, but it can never enrich us. We’re poor in spirit when we understand that our life will be empty unless we have a direct connection with the
- “Empty hands.” Seekers with empty hands are willing to let go of all mental conditioning, preconceived notions and the desire for a particular outcome. They are willing to be instructed by the Divine instead of trying to fit the Divine into their own belief
These qualities are free and available to everyone, no matter what our circumstances might be. Most of us have been taught that we learn about God by studying a holy book or attending church or Bible classes. Spiritual masters have never been interested
in learning “about” Divine Presence; they expect to “know” the Divine through personal experience.
The perennial philosophy tells us this is not only possible, it’s our highest purpose. Best of all, experiencing the Divine is the beginning of a life of fearlessness that you can enjoy.
~ Lee and Steven Hager www.thebeginningoffearlessness.com/
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