Monday, July 4, 2011

"An Amoral Spirituality"


"I would say that morality was a necessary stage in the development of human consciousness but in my view it has outlived its usefulness and shown its limitations. The inherent problem with morality is that it is indirect and limited. Morality is based on a set of guidelines for behavior that are dictated by someone else and conditioned into us without our consent. I don’t know about you but I never agreed to the moral codes of my society in advance. Rather they were more or less dictated. The indirectness of morality results in not only its failure but in the need to enforce it through laws and punishment which inevitably are not applied equally to all members of society. People obey the moral code out of fear of being punished or they seek ways to circumvent it altogether. Much of the impetus for imagining we need a moral code is the idea of original sin, that human beings are inherently bad so without an imposed moral code they would wreak havoc on themselves and the world.

When I speak of the indirectness of morality what I’m referring to is the fact that someone else is telling us what is right and wrong instead of us determining that for ourselves. This creates a disconnect with our inner guidance and wisdom which are the alternative to this disjointed approach to life. The alternative to morality is teaching our children to value a direct connection to spirit in whatever form is meaningful to them. If one operates from the assumption that our true nature is divine then a direct connection to that divinity serves as an inner source of guidance that we can fully depend upon. From there they can be encouraged to connect with their intuition and inner guidance and learn to trust it from an early age. When one is in touch with the actual experience of spirit in the intense aliveness of the present moment morality becomes meaningless. We intuitively know what is right and what is wrong for us and we live in accordance with spirit which cannot be nailed down into a code of laws but can always be counted on as the most trustworthy guiding force we could possibly imagine. If children were raised by parents that truly put this into practice they would learn by example while still having the freedom to allow their own unique connection to spirit and inner wisdom to form rather than having it squashed by an imposed set of standards."

- From Colin's wonderful spiritual blog, Awaken in the Now

Colin's entire post can be found here: http://www.awakeninthenow.com/aitn/2011/06/an-amoral-spirituality/

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