Controversial Spiritual Thoughts

Excerpt from Chapter 1 - Overview

As a result of my many-decades-long pursuit of both spiritual and psychological paths, I have reached many conclusions about spirituality, many of which do not fit conventional wisdom. Below are four of my controversial ideas/thoughts:

The idea that God's love (or meditation or prayer) might be like opium for millions of people is unlikely to be welcomed by those using such activities addictively.

Current popular spiritual tools for "getting what you want" are strongly ego-driven and will fail more often than they succeed. They do not take into account that there might be soul-caused reasons for the way things are.

The idea that everything that bothers/upsets us shows us valuable growth opportunities is not a thought that will be welcomed by those who judge and blame.

It is popular never to criticize anything about current spiritual teachers and teachings. If "we are all one," then such criticism "must be wrong."

How do you respond to challenging ideas? Disagreement is fine and expected. To judge me as "wrong" or "bad" will tend to lock you into your old ways. Popular ideas and public opinion often cause us decades of spinning our wheels.

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.

Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804

I do not present these controversial ideas in the spirit of attacking folks, but rather in the spirit of caring for the truth as I see it. I do not believe that many current popular spiritual concepts help our world or us.

Nor do I believe it would be best for you (or anyone else) to adopt my ideas wholesale. Change takes time. Change takes persistent efforts. I do trust that you will make the most timely and appropriate changes for you. If you make no changes now, that is fine too.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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