In the ancient past, your first identity was your tribal affiliation. Your name, or personal identity, was secondary. Your beliefs were only expressions of the tribal beliefs. The idea that you would carve out your own unique identity, based on your intuitive understanding of reality, would have been considered absurd.
As people awaken spiritually in this new era, they recognize that they are members of a rather large tribe called the universe. Yes, there are meaningful groupings of families and like-minded individuals, and these have an important place. But what happens when your spiritual explorations bring you beyond the usual categories of family and peer group?
As you go deeper in your spiritual quest, you recognize that your basic spiritual link is to cosmic consciousness itself.
But does this mean that you are supposed to express a vague universal consciousness?
The opposite is true, because the intelligence of the universe is vast and multifaceted. The universe is best served when you contribute your distinctly unique presence — your personality and your soul vibration. Your unique vision of reality is your highest contribution to humanity — your gift to the universe.
For centuries, people defined themselves as being members of a particular religious group. You can still do this if you choose, but there are options now for creating your true spiritual path. You no longer need define yourself as being a member of a specific religion. Nor do you need any substitute new-age definition, or a specific teaching to define yourself.
Your eclectic, multifaceted approach need not have a name. You choose to align with the highest truth — that is enough. Naturally, since you are distinctly you, the appropriate path for you may differ from the appropriate path for another. These different beliefs are not in conflict, just as two people with different shoe sizes are not in conflict.
When you study any spiritual teaching, you are free to study the aspects of that teaching that resonate with your highest truth. You can do this without naming yourself as being an official member of that group. You are also free to eclectically combine the best of various teachings.
Some people will claim that your multifaceted approach is not focused, or not real — according to their definition of reality. People with these restricted views don’t recognize anything that transcends the simple categories that they are familiar with. This is why your uniquely varied path, with no official label, might be misunderstood by those who only understand specific categories.
So what is the answer to the question of which spiritual path to choose? You need not follow only one particular teaching. Your soul may require more than what one teaching can provide you.
You can choose to follow the path of exploring the highest truth, presented in various forms. This puts you in contact with the teachings you need. And this path that you evolve into, though having no name, is your own specific spiritual path.
What if you feel comfortable with the spiritual group that you have been associated with, and yet, at the same time, you yearn for a broader understanding of spiritual truth? You can, if you choose, follow your own inner-directed, multifaceted spiritual path, while also remaining affiliated with a specific religious or metaphysical group, if that serves you.
Learn to tune into the highest teachings in every path that you study.
In your daily practice, cultivate a deep connection with your own inner soul essence. Let your eternal cosmic soul be your source of guidance, healing, and unity with the divine truth. This practice gives you the confidence, if you choose, to release labels and restricted definitions that may have limited your understanding of your vast potential.
You come to recognize your inner infinite divine presence as the ultimate teacher. This lets you see that the many excellent teachers, and the many splendid spiritual paths, are all created to refer you back to your own cosmic soul wisdom. They are all mirrors for your inner teacher, who lovingly guides you on your daily spiritual path.
Joel Bruce Wallach
Founder, Cosmic Living – spiritual instruction – tele-classes and home-study mp3’s