The Roadmap and the Journey

I’ve been asked a number of times
about the difference between religion
and spirituality.  Since there are
increasing numbers of people that
claim to be spiritual, but not religious,
it’s a valid question.

The way I think about this is that religion
is a road map, a set of directions that
keeps us on course, but that spiritual consciousness is the evolving journey. 
We can get preoccupied with the road
map and forget we are on a journey. 
This, unfortunately, is the hypocrisy that
we see in some religious practices.

The fact is that spiritual awareness is the unfolding journey we go through in a lifetime. 
It’s the growing realization that we are all ascending to a view of life that is less personal
and more universal, Oneness.  Material life is a stage in that evolution.  Sometimes
holding too tightly to the road map can make us forget that there is a journey under way.

The great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, described his experience of singing as preparing the instrument through years of practice, and then “falling backwards into the arms of God”
and allowing the voice to come through him, not from him.  This is a perfect description
of what we each must learn to do.  If you call trusting Universal Consciousness as
trusting God, Allah, Jehovah, Natural Order or whatever name you assign to It,  surrender
without resistance is what paves the way to the journey, the Spiritual Path.

This doesn’t mean that religious practice isn’t valuable.  Having a roadmap, a practice,
can help us stay on the road.  But make no mistake, reading the map isn’t taking the
journey.  In this day of rapid transformation, too much time contemplating the next step
can result in being left behind.

So with our boots on the ground, let us be the well-tuned instruments that manifest the
potential which is waiting to be brought to Earth, each in our own time and each in our
own fashion.  No time to lose.

With love,


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