I Have a Dream…a side trip to the future

You cannot force yourself to evolve spiritually, but it will happen when you are ready

Question: What is the purpose of Spiritual Atheism?

Answer: To bring about a new way of living.

Question: How is it that we can do that?

Answer: By learning who we really are and living a life filled with happiness and love.

Question: You say that the best way to do that is to look inside ourselves?

Answer: All the tools to discover ourselves and take control of our own lives are inside us, and using them will help us end all the things that are wrong with our society.

Question: Is such a life possible?

Answer: It is not only possible, but it is probable, even if I never write another word. It has nothing to do with me. It is all up to everyone individually.

Question: How can you guarantee such a thing will happen?

Answer: Spiritual evolution cannot be stopped. I just happen to be the first person I know of that is willing to write it down for others to find. Please note, though, you cannot force yourself to evolve spiritually, just as you cannot force your body to evolve physically. Yet that will happen too.

Question: In your writings you use the term “living beings” a lot. Do you not merely mean human beings? People?

Answer: I do not know that earth is the only planet harbouring life, and in particular intelligent life. Life on our planet did not start out as intelligent, but as both natural and spiritual evolution have advanced us to this time and space, so they will continue to advance us as we continue to change and progress. Barring us blowing up our planet with nuclear weapons, or killing all life on earth with biological weapons, evolution cannot be stopped. It is my dream that we will remain alive as a life-sustaining ecosystem, and we will reach a point sometime in the future where we need no gods to worship and plead with, no gold to have to use to buy the things we need to be able to live, and no governments to tell us how to live our own lives. I call this the Era of Responsible Anarchy.

Question: This sounds like a pipe dream, another oxymoronic phrase just like spiritual atheism. What do you mean by responsible anarchy?

Answer: Responsible Anarchy simply means living our lives by taking responsibility for our actions and our speech. Once enough of us reach this stage, the need for gods, gold (as represented by money), and government will all become obsolete. What that means to us as individuals and as a species, notwithstanding that all living beings throughout the universe are heading in this same direction, is a world society filled with love and respect for everyone. Many of our so-called emotions will disappear: hatred, greed, anger, envy, jealousy and others will prove to be coping mechanisms learned at our parents knees, or through the lives of friends. When we see others get angry and become aggressive, we will realize they are letting go of their self-control in order to cover up their own faults and inadequacies. Jealousy is akin to ownership, and no one can own another being. Envy is generally brought on by not having something another person has, and feeling that you must have it too. Greed is the desire to have more of something than you will need. Hatred is what you allow yourself to feel when you do not understand something that is going on around you: seeing someone of another race acting differently than you are obliged by society to act, or not being able to understand their language and customs, or even meeting someone who looks exactly like you, but yet they are as different from you as night is from day, any kind of misunderstanding can provoke anger. But take note, humans express anger mostly when they are around someone weaker than they are, or someone they know will not react to their anger in a way they understand. Or, if you feel you need to be punished for some real or imagined misdeed, then you will let your anger come out in hope of that other person punishing you. Even love does not have to be a real emotion, but an excuse to get close to someone you want to dominate, be dominated by, or even just to have sex with. Few of these things happen without cause, consciously or subconsciously, but because you learned them by watching or experiencing them as a child. By becoming responsible for yourself, these “learned expressions of feelings” will become a thing of the past. You will not need anyone else telling you what to do or how to act, because you will know inside you that you will be able to get along with this other person or group of persons, and your children will learn responsibility at your knees without you having to reprimand them for not learning them. When people are ready for some lesson to be learned, they will learn it, internalize it, and see that it fits with the kind of person they are inside themselves.

Responsible Anarchy

As people evolve spiritually, they tend to realize they live alone in their own minds. For millenia, probably since the first intelligent being on the planet said, “I,” she, the one the scientists call Lucy, the mother of all human beings, looked around her and thought, What am I, and came to the conclusion her parents, who had no intelligence, were to blame for her being different from every being on the planet. The amazing thing about this was that she passed the gene for intelligence on through her DNA , and her children passed it on to their children. This is how a mutation works. Somehow a sperm and an ovary came together in such a way that Lucy metamorphosed from an animal into a person, and though she did not understand it, she probably did not like being different from her group. But there was more to it than that. Lucy was probably a vegetarian as were all her group, but the gene she passed on prepared her descendants for the next drought, the one where plant life dried up and died before it could provide the nutrients for human life. But the intelligence gene alive in her children’s children saw the possibility of eating meat as a way to replace the lost nutrients from the dead plant life. By eating grubs and other insects, they survived, but they too mutated into a new kind of being, a hunter. It would not have taken a group of hunters long to scavenge the land around them for bugs and grubs, so they had to branch out from the valley of their birth in search of food capable of keeping them alive. Not understanding the works of nature, they would have found blame in the dying plants, and the scarcity of crawling foods, for their predicament. They ended up having to move farther and farther away from “home,” until they were  lost. They no longer knew where their homes were. But the important thing is, they did not blame themselves for the predicament they were in, but blamed nature for forcing them away.

However, they set the tone for all future generations that have lived until today, and even for some generations still to come. Right now there are few people who admit to being to blame for their actions, and the others can find all kinds of scapegoats for why they do the things they do. This was the fate of humanity, until someone invented the God Theory, and suddenly besides blaming others, they began to blame their gods for all their bad luck. It was only the few that took the blame upon themselves, and most of them were executed for their indiscretions. The resulting problem was that no one became responsible for themselves, and eventually God became the focus of the blame for a large number of the world’s population, and it was an easy accusation because no God stood up for itself to say “It is not my fault.”

“It is the will of God!” has been spoken from so many lips that to try and count them would take hundreds of lifetimes. It is time to break that pattern, and for us to take responsibility for our actions and our words. I call this Responsible Anarchy. As you gain confidence in who you are, you begin to take over your own life. If something happens and you are the one responsible for that happening, you stand up and say, It was me who did that. Or the group you belong to. YOU are becoming responsible to yourself, as well as to your society. And as that happens, you begin to realize that it is the lawmakers of the land who are trying so hard to control the public that they are making laws to benefit themselves more than others, and designing the laws to keep a steady stream of individual workers under their thumbs, with very little change in allowing more freedom to the very people they say they represent. Law is not about granting freedoms, but about taking away those freedoms that the average worker still has. And this eventually will have to stop. Karl Marx suggested the overthrow of the capitalist classes by the workers, if not by peaceful means, then by violence. I see this happening more by throwing out the lawmakers (government) because it will be a social necessity. When no one cares about your laws, and you are able to live as you want to live, politics will die a quiet death.

Now let us take a leap into the future, I do not know how far we have to go. And this is my dream. People, all people, are allowed to live freely together no matter what their race, religion and creed. No matter if they have lots of money or not. That will eventually level itself out, one way or another. And there will be no one in charge, because we will all have roles to follow, roles that we choose on our own, and roles that allow us supreme freedom.

This is what the future holds for us, because this is where spiritual atheism is trying to lead  us. And it is through Spiritual Evolution that all this will come to pass. I say again, the thing to remember is that we cannot rush this to happen. It has taken 3 billion years or so to get this far. It is not something we can accomplish overnight. But it will be accomplished, and I hope we (future human beings) are there to see it happen.

Spiritual Atheism (Revised Edition)

I believe there is no god, but that there is a form of life after death.

Spiritual Atheism. To say it sounds like a contradiction in terms, what is called an oxymoron. Two words that negate each other. Something said by, please pardon the language, a moron breathing too much oxygen. But if that’s what it is, then that is what I am calling myself: a moron breathing too high a rate of oxygen to the point of confusing myself.

However, I am not confused at all. I do not believe in any deity or group of deities, God, a pantheon of Gods such as almost every religion started out with, or any kind of being who knows all, sees all, and demands to be worshipped.  A superbeing who kills babies to teach its parents a lesson. An all-pervasive, all-persuasive, all-interfering being who cares so little for his flock he allows millions of people to die horrible, untimely deaths, and then expects the survivors to say “It was God’s will. He has to have a plan to do something like that.”

No caring ruler could ever come up with such a plan. We are alive on earth to learn some kind of lesson that will make us better people, that will make the universe a better place to be. Such a god would supposedly know what the lesson is that is to be learned, and if it already knows it, why not just tell us, and save us from the horrors, the lifetimes of guilt, the neuroses and psychoses that often turn well-meaning people into people who cannot stand the punishment, and end up taking their own lives for something they did not do or ask to have done to them. What possible lessons can be gained from such enigmatic disasters as earthquakes, tidal waves. hurricanes and tornadoes, etc? That life is worthless? That our lives and deaths are already planned for us, so it doesn’t matter if we learn the lessons at all? Or to teach our descendants, the children of those left alive, and their children that we shouldn’t oughta have done that? And all that is ignoring what the people who died so horribly must have done to deserve such fates. No! It is impossible for me to believe that such a being has control over anyone’s and everyone’s lives, not to mention my life. Can you believe I grew up Christian? I must be out of my mind to stop believing in such a God… Or is it God who is out of its mind…?

How about I ask you a different question, one that sits in the middle of those two possibilities? What if there is a God, but it doesn’t know what it is doing, or what is being done in its name? Would it then still be called a God? Is a believer in this kind of a god to be called a theist or an atheist? A theist believes in a God of some kind who provides some kind of life after death. An atheist does not believe in a god of any kind, and that there is nothing after death. And here is where spiritual atheism takes root. I believe there is no god, but yet there is life after death.

For me, if there is no life after death, then living itself is worthless. We would just be some kind of entertainment for invisible viewers, television or movies on a grand stage. Murder dramas mixed with comedies mixed with soap operas mixed with war scenes and an incredible number of sex scenes. Add your own kind of television show or movie theme to my list. I’ve heard it said hundreds of times by hundreds of people, “I feel like I am on a stage, but with no scripts and no rehearsals, no directors or producers, no writers even. Just us, just the actors, going through the actions of pretend lives.” Is this how you feel, like whatever you do or don’t do is of no consequence?

To change topic for just a moment, there are many different forms of Buddhism, but where Buddhism started out as a philosophy of life, in many places it has taken on the qualities of a religion, mostly, I think, to combat those religions that use pomp and circumstance to try to convince adherents of other religious and philosophical beliefs that their religion is the only one that matters, that they own the One True God. Christianity in its several forms started out in one little corner of the world, and has spread in approximately 2000 years to every corner of our planet. It absorbs other religions and changes itself to adapt to the myths of the religions that it absorbs. If you want your religion or philosophy to survive, you have to fight fire with fire, and ceremonies and traditions are two of Christianity’s major weapons, not to mention the most powerful military machine in the world. That does not hinder its pandemic-like spread. So here we have , it has been approximated between 2 and 13% of the world’s population are atheists, sometimes counting agnostics in their numbers (people who are not sure which side of the fence to sit on), and between 87 and 98% of the world’s population believing in some form of god, visible or invisible.

And then there is me. And if there are others like me, which I’m sure there must be, the population of the world being now over 1 billion people, I have yet to meet one.To try to put my philosophy into as few of words as possible, only one word describes what I believe, and that word is “rawgod.” The being that is not now but someday might become god, if allowed to,  is a child, possibly a teenager by now, definitely not over 25 human years old, even though it was “born” (or came into existence) at least three billion years ago. This being is no superbeing in any stretch of the definition of a god, but a lonely being wanting company so desperately that it created life on Earth, and probably elsewhere, to prevent it from ever being alone again. In a future blog I will go into this birth and life much deeper, but I ask you right now to suspend your own imagination and see the world through my eyes.

Take a look around you and see what I see. Everywhere I look I see spiritual progress. Our ancestors worshipped trees and rocks and animals and weather, volcanoes, water, and gold.  (Read: http://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-standardized/paper-85-origins-worship for a concise version of how religions began by worshipping nature). Eventually they turned to pantheons of gods such as those on Mt. Olympus or in Bifrost. Slowly they evolved into worshipping the gods themselves, and finally the One True God. If this is not evolution I do not know what it is. And, amazingly enough, it parallels the evolution of man as a thinking being. (Also read James Michener’s The Source if you can still get hold of it.) As the mind grows, so does the spirit.

I am not sure how well I explained myself in this blog, so feel free to ask any questions of me. If they are of a general topic nature please ask them in the comment space. If they are of a more personal subject please send them to me at gewcolo@gmail.com, mark the subject line by the name of the Blog, and I will answer your questions as best I can. Thank you.

The “Who Am I?” Workbook

So you think you know yourself pretty good? I’ll bet you have no idea…

Of all the promises I made, I did not make one to not make you work hard. What I am going to ask you to do, if you are willing, is probably going to be one of the hardest things you will have to do in this lifetime. It comes with only four sections, but if you are anything like me, getting started is the hardest part. The four parts are:

Know thyself

Integrate thyself

Be thyself

BE

Part I requires the most work of your memory. First of all write down in your workbook everything you can think of of what you actually believe about life. Somewhere close to each belief you can put a check mark if you believe you gained this belief from your own experiences, or an X if you believe you heard it first from someone else, such as a parent, a teacher, a Sunday School teacher, or any adult in a position of authority over you at that time of life when you were encouraged to accept a belief without question. Do this for approximately 50 questions. If you are like most other people in this world,  you should score close to 50/50 for the X’s. Now ask yourself why you still believe them. Has anything happened in your life that absolutely confirms that belief? Has anything happened in your life that has made you ask, is that belief real? Or has anything happened in your life that has absolutely contradicted that belief? The more beliefs you can write down and answer completely honestly will lead you to who you really are, the kind of person you are. This exercise is not a one day exercise, or even a one month exercise, but truly a lifetime exercise. It doesn’t matter if the belief is a major one like: Is there really a God who rules the world? to small ones like did Rudolph really use his bright red nose to lead Santa Claus through the fog? If you believe it, or ever believed it, write it down, mark how you came to believe it, and then decide if you still believe it. Your answers to these questions will tell you who you really are inside.

Part II asks you if you like the person you are, if you would want to be this person’s friend? Not everyone likes themselves, but if you give yourself the chance, you can make changes in your personality to make you like yourself more. When I did this exercise myself, I realized that over half of what I said and did was a lie; I was literally scared to tell the truth. But that was a result of my abused childhood. Once I understood that part of me,  I was able to set up a pre-speaking lie detector. That means I try to screen my words and sentences before I utter them. Once spoken, words cannot be taken back. That was just one of the ways this process helped me. Another way it helped me was opening myself up to all kinds of new ideas that I never would have thought of before. Life became a whole new experience for me, the world a new world. All it takes is to understand yourself, what motivates you, what crushes you into the ground. I apologize if I am making this part of the workbook sound easy. But I’ve been doing it so long now it has become second nature to me. By the way, the more you like yourself, it seems, the more others will like you. Understanding yourself makes you smile with genuine joy, which will rub off onto others around you, and make them smile too.

Part III asks you to be yourself. How hard can that be? First of all, ask yourself how many faces you show to the world. You are one way with friends, another way with family. You are one way around men, then a totally different way around women. At school or at work there is still another you; and yet you can still change into someone new in a roomful of strangers where no one knows you. How many yous are there? For most people, they are a different person in every different situation, and then some. And if you have kids… I think you get my point. And, when you look around you purposefully, you see almost everyone else has as many faces as you do. Tell me, how do you remember which face to put on in each place you go? It’s easy, isn’t it, since you’ve been doing that since you were 5 or 6 years old.But which one is the real you? Succeeding at Parts I and II of your Who Am I? workbook helps you to find the real you, the inner you, the one you that exists inside each and every one of your faces. And wouldn’t it be much easier if you only had one face to show the world? It isn’t easy, I can tell you that from experience. And just when you think you have yourself down pat, someone from your distant past shows up, and you feel yourself metamorphosing right in front of them. Hold it. You are not that person anymore. You are you! And there is no one better in this world for you to be.

Part IV is the crown jewel of this tetralogy of tasks. You have found what you believe in, understood how your real beliefs changed your life, and learned to be one person, the same person, in all situations of life, no matter who you are with. Simple? I wish I could say “Yes,” but I cannot. Like a recovered addict who visits the place where his life was almost worthless, the people around you will not want you to change. While change, progressive advancement of your mind, is one of the most desirable states of life, if the people around you are not also changing, they are doing their best to make you go back as you were. That was one of the most shocking roadblocks I ran into once I had made my change, and it still happens to me today, especially with family. Some have watched you grow up from a child, while to others you have always been there. The likelihood is that you are not at all like you used to be. You speak honestly from the heart, you care more than you did before, you are more self-assured. You are the person they always wanted you to be, but never were. And now that you live like every moment is important, nobody knows you. And worst of all, you don’t know them. You are seeing them through different eyes for the first time, and all their habits and idiosyncracies that you pretended not to see before are magnified before your eyes. But you say nothing,  look at them as normal, and accept that they are who they are. You might tell a trusted few how you came to make yourself over, hoping they will want to follow your lead. But they have to be ready, as you were ready when you found this blog and it called out to you. “Read me Read me!” You heard them and you responded. But very few people hear the calling. Life is a long and arduous journey, and no matter how much you want someone to see and do as you do, it will likely not happen. I don’t yet know what the end of Life is. but I do know there is not just one way to get there. We can help each other, as I hope I am helping you, but you must take your own path, and we must be ready to say goodbye when the time comes.

 

Spiritual Atheism: A New Spirituality

I combine atheism with spirituality, and find them a very nice fit.

Reading for Journeyers on the Paths of Life

Are you questioning your belief in GOD? Or ALLAH? Or BUDDHA? Or YHWH? Or whatever Deity you were brought up to believe in? Are you looking to add to the teachings of the Dalai Lama? Are you looking for something completely new, completely personal?

Or are you agnostic and searching for something completely different? Or even an atheist but it doesn’t feel exactly right? Or are you just a lost soul with nothing at all to believe in?

Do you believe in world peace?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of the above questions, this Blog might be for you. Only you can answer that. My only requirements are that you be alive, and searching for something that could fulfill your life.

No one knows how long seeds can wait for rain, but some flowers blossomed in the super bloom of 2005 that had never been seen in the park — indicating their seeds had been dormant for many years. These wildflowers have bloomed near California State Route 223
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3478137/That-s-one-benefit-El-Nino-Stunning-pictures-rare-super-bloom-wildflowers-California-desert.html#ixzz4XAC14lph

My Promises to You

I will not tell you what to believe. I will not tell you how to live your life. I will not tell you who you can be friends with. I will not tell you what is right (good) and what is wrong (evil). I will not tell you that you are going to heaven, hell, paradise, nirvana, or any place of glory, eternal life or eternal damnation. In fact, I will not tell you anything that isn’t already inside you, something you may have thought of, but ignored because it does not fit the world view you were taught to believe in. Or something you have never thought of at all, because you don’t have the words for it. You can have a great paying job, or scrounge off the government, or your friends and family. You can live in a mansion,  a brothel, or a homeless shelter. Best of all, I will not ask for nor accept any money or gifts you might want to send me. I firmly believe that if anything at all can better the life of human, nation, planet, or universe, it must be free to all. Spiritual writings you are paying for are not worth the time it takes to write a cheque, or register a credit card.

Who Am I?

I am not anyone special, not a cult leader, not a self-professed direct line to whatever superbeing you believe there is in charge of the universe. I do not believe in ghosts, seances, wandering spirits, demons, or angels.  I am a simple man, not rich, not poor, living 800 kms away from the nearest supercity. And of all the people who live in the small town where I live, no one knows me as anything but a guy who does not stand out in any way. I live in the shadows of civilization in what is called western society. And I believe in you. And I believe in me.

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