Cornerstones of Spiritual Maturity
by Tom Butler 1996-2000
There are five important elements in spiritual understanding. The first two are Principles of the National Association of Spiritualist Churches:
"We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: 'Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them."
"We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul here or hereafter."
The next two elements are Principles of Nature:
Understanding comes from unexpected outcomes. It is held in the Implicit Cosmology that the purpose of life can be summed up as a quest for alignment of worldview with the true nature of reality. While on the path toward understanding, it is a fair assumption that a person's worldview is, at least to some extent, flawed. Worldview is the arbiter of the creative process, and as such, the outcome of any cycle of the creative process may be contrary to the person's greater good. By suspending judgment about the unexpected outcomes, it is possible for a person to gain understanding that might not come if the person insists that the results are "wrong."
This is not to say that a person should not attempt to manage personal reality. The concept of detachment or suspended judgment suggests that realizing something other than an intended result does not mean failure. Instead, it offers an opportunity to reevaluate the assumptions on which the actions were based. For instance, the world does not come to an end if a game is lost or a different political party is elected. Even death offers new opportunities for growth. "Fight, but fight not to hard for what is imagined to be true."
The last element is something that Jane Roberts brought to us in one of her Seth books. As you may know, Jane Roberts documented the teachings of Seth in numerous books. In Session 635, Nature of Personality Reality (Page page 149, I think), (1980, Bantam Books) Seth discusses the natural aggressive tendencies of humans. He maintains that there is one cardinal commandment that we have need to understand. That is, "Thou shalt not violate." Interpreting his supporting dialogue:
The Cardinal Commandment:
Thou shalt not impose thy will on others.
What do these elements have in common? Along with an expanded understanding of natural order, these are cornerstones of a spiritually mature person's worldview. Your meditation on these elements will help you see that this is true.