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How To Survive Spiritual Movements

Updated on October 21, 2015
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The author, Mario Buildreps, is a graduated engineer, and specialized in showing you the same topic from a different angle.

Jesus with a thorn crown.
Jesus with a thorn crown. | Source

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Leaders and Followers

Spiritual Movements are countless. Groups of people who believe in the same things, sharing the same insights, from Abrahamism to Hinduism, up to outliers like Masons, Rosicrucians and Illuminati.

They all have a leader. A great infallible example. They all have a caste system. When you're a good boy you might perhaps climb up in this caste.

In fact, it all boils down to the same concept. There is a guy who is going to tell how you must behave and what you must do to become the same like him (or her).

Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Lao Tse, The Paup, Dalai Lama, Yogananda, gurus, saints, monks, yogis and spiritual masters. All more of the same. Probably all wise men. But why should you be like them?

The list of people who are seemingly much, much better and smarter than you is endless. At least that is the idea they will give you. But that is nothing else than an idea. An interpretation. It is not a fact. The fact is that you are already a divine soul.

It is even possible that you are spiritually much further developed than any holy man in history without you knowing it. Have you ever thought about this? No? Perhaps it's time you should.

All religions, all rituals, all oaths are ultimately about conditioning of the human psyche. Are you someone who wants to be conditioned? No? That means that your soul is already reaching up to the Omega Point.

All spiritual movements want the same thing. They want more. They want more members, they want more money, and they want more power. There's nothing divine about that.

Prayer is Everywhere Basically the Same

All seemingly different kinds of prayers are basically all the same. It is mass consciousness, afraid to be alone with your thoughts and ideas.
All seemingly different kinds of prayers are basically all the same. It is mass consciousness, afraid to be alone with your thoughts and ideas. | Source
The Dalai Lama, or how to condition the Western psyche to ignorance. The arrogance and contempt pours from his face.
The Dalai Lama, or how to condition the Western psyche to ignorance. The arrogance and contempt pours from his face. | Source

The Message

These holy people have a message how you can become like them. But none of these messages are the same. They are all different. How is that possible? So, it seems there are many ways to become a saint. Isn't it?

They say to follow only one religion, otherwise you get spiritually quartered. But is it? Why would it? All religious movements have the same in common; they want to grow on behalf of other religions. They don't want to share disciples.

There is a God looking down on you, or a guru whose spirit is watching over you. That requires nothing else than dumb faith. There's no way to reason about that, or is it?

How is it even possible to distort the bible into more than thirty different movements? They all think they are right, and that proves they are all wrong.

Man's status in the natural world is determined, therefore, by the quality of his thinking.

— Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

Atheists Who Believe in God

Frank Schaeffer rejected the Bible but still believes in God. He also says he is an Atheist. Is that possible? He looks like a bitter man.
Frank Schaeffer rejected the Bible but still believes in God. He also says he is an Atheist. Is that possible? He looks like a bitter man. | Source

Everyone Wants to Become Happy

People who follow a spiritual movement want to be enlightened, saved, or maybe just happy. Maybe they don't want to be alone with their ideas, or want to find a soulmate who has the same ideas. That is all possible. But the spiritual movement they are in, is about faith. And faith is about brainwashing. Not about the truth.

When you follow a spiritual movement of any kind, you must somehow find a way to adapt yourself to ideas that are not yours. These are ideas of someone else. Switching off your own reasoning is the most important condition to become faithful. Or was this mode never switched on anyway? To think about that, is your way to freedom, happiness, and enlightenment.

When you want to become like the saint you are following, you will have to leave that path behind you one day. You cannot walk someone else’s path. How do you imagine this?

In this case; why wouldn't you follow your own path?

Religions All Over The World

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Is Faith For Herd People?

All seemingly different kinds of prayers are basically the same. It is about mass consciousness. It is about mass conditioning. It is for people who are afraid to be alone with their thoughts and ideas.

People who aren't able to follow their own path and own ideas are not directly stupid, but you can't accuse them of intelligence as well.

They are not able to develop their own ideas. They need to share their ideas with others who willingly nod to their ideas. Agreement and understanding is what most people need, and that is understandable. Most people are followers.

But when you're philosophical minded, and convicted yourself on your knees to a movement or a sect, you will suffer.

Living according to your own values is not easy without becoming bitter or heartless like so many self proclaimed atheists. Walking your own path is never easy. It requires courage, reason, and patience to other people and foremost to yourself.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pledges and Initiations

And then there are pledges and initiations. Rituals that take place in backrooms. Cloaked behind a veil of secrecy. When you are a chosen one to participate in this special event, you must be lucky. But is it? You must pledge to live according to their holy book. You must pledge not to reveal their sacred teachings to infidels. You can only share your ideas with equals who already agreed on the same thing. That means that your borders of consciousness won't really shift.

People who are higher in the caste system will decide when you are ready for the next initiation level. In other words, when you are not promoted, you are not conditioned enough for the next level.

Critical questions like 'why' or 'how' are not appreciated. It is required to do just as you are told, and only then you will grovel a little bit towards enlightenment.

Will worshipping set you free? No, it binds the soul to ignorance.
Will worshipping set you free? No, it binds the soul to ignorance. | Source

When You Have An Oath Allergy

What to do when you want to become a clone of a saint but you have an oath allergy? That might be a problem. Your Silent Voice says there isn't something right.

You want to get in touch with higher teachings and pick only the best parts of it, and reject the nonsense parts, but that attitude is not appreciated in spiritual communities.

These days it's not necessary anymore to join spiritual communities to get in touch with higher teachings. Everything you need to know is available on the internet. There's no need for oaths anymore when you have an allergy for that.

You can be in any circle of friends you like, whenever this feels right for you.

When You Have a Group Allergy

On top of this you can also dislike group behaviour. You have a kind of group allergy. When people start to do the same things without questioning why they are doing it, there might start to tickle something in your stomach. Or you get the goose bumps on your arms, or you feel your hackles rise up. Or whatever other sign you feel coming up that this isn't the right thing for you.

That is the sign that your Silent Voice is telling you in clearer terms that this is not your path. But you still might have the desire to share your thoughts and spiritual experiences with others.

Spiritual groups or communities are often not the right place for this. These people have often no idea what you are talking about. Only the thoughts of the higher orders, the initiates and the leader are the thoughts that matter and are the right thoughts in their opinion. So better not waste your time and breath on this.

Is There Anything Left?

You might ask yourself - wow, is there anything left? Yes, the truth.

Read the quote of Teilhard de Chardin again, and you might catch a glimpse of the ultimate truth. Most religions on earth have nothing to do with the truth.

The truth is that everything is spirit, and that there is nothing else than just spirit, and that you are one of the highest developed spirits in the whole Universe.

When you joined a spiritual movement of any kind, there was already a hinge present of a higher truth, and there might come a moment that you'll catch the complete Truth in a blink of an eye. After that moment you have outgrown any movement or any religion. Your soul is ready for the quantum jump to the Omega Point.

Are you ready for this jump or will you keep yourself down in ignorance? There are thousands of others who are ready for this. You are not alone.


© 2015 by Buildreps

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      Tim Mitchell 19 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for the most provocative journey exploring both the content, references, e.g. Teilhard de Chardin, and within self. I did receive the blessing of discoveries. Recommended and shared . . .

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for your appreciated comment and the sharing, Tim.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not much on organized religious movements. I try to treat others with respect and love...that's my religion. I'll take my chances after death. :) As always a very interesting article.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      That's probably the best attitude there is, Bill. Thanks for your highly appreciated input.

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      Anna Sidorova 19 months ago from Russia

      Yes, true. There are many religious and spiritual movements now and there have been many in the history of the humankind. And there are conflicts between them. And there are many crazy things people do there, even mass suicides. Yet, sects can play a certain cultural role guiding people to behave better and if lucky with a leader explaining what is good and what is bad. The most important is to see to it that they don't harm you in any way, materially or psychologically. It is good to be part of a group of believing people but not the victim of extreme, fanatic and crazy behaviour. I agree that true faith is a deeply personal thing. Still, it is good to have co-thinkers.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Like you say, it's good to have co-thinkers. Thanks for your kind and appreciated comment, Anna.

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      Michaela 19 months ago from USA

      I just want to point out that Buddha is not a person, it's a title or nomenclature for someone who's been enlightened or reached Nirvana.

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      suraj punjabi 19 months ago from jakarta

      A very thought provoking hub. Religion has brought on more deaths than anything else in this world. Very unfortunate. Although I feel we should not stereotype. Gautama the Buddha for example never encourage anyone to be like him. His main aim was to end human suffering and he always said "be a light unto yourself." His teachings was universal, scientific and simple. He was never for religion. It was after his death that his not so enlightened followers decide to religionize it.

      Same with Dalai Lama. He also has once said if science can prove buddhist teachings wrong then buddhist will have to change. He is very much involved in scientific research. These two wants to help you find your own truth. Buddha encouraged meditation and to look deep within.

      I am not religious by any means necessary but I am a devoted student of vipassana and have studied the Buddha and his teachings quite a bit. And i must say it is not at all how you interprete it as.

      Gautama The Buddha was against following and tailing other gurus. He encouraged us to think and find the truth deep within. During his life time many saints and gurus was against him for this very reason. In fact he would preach to his students that if you do not understand question, never follow someone who does not want to be questioned. Be rational. if you feel it makes sense you do if not, don't. Alas, no one gets to live forever, and his teachings became open to misinterpretation and misunderstandings, and people made a religion around him and built statues and monastries, which he was not for at all.

      I will not say anything about any of the other figures you mentioned which a lot of major religions has been founded upon, since I am not very familiar with their teachings.

      Thank you for this great hub, it really gave a good exercise to my philosophical and spiritual side. Keep it up!!

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for your great comment, suraj. Like you say the only guru you need is inside. But that is perhaps too difficult to reach for many people, which is why they need another human being to show the way inside, a person who they often glorify more than themselves. Thanks for dropping by, brother.

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      Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

      Though I believe religious texts offer us some insight into history and human nature, I spend most of my time searching for God and meaning in the actual world, not the mystical.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for sharing your insights, Larry. That's certainly one of the ways to give meaning to the human experience.

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      Linda Crampton 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very thought provoking hub and covers points that I think about a lot. Much of what you say resonates with me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      I am happy to hear that, Alicia. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Fantastic article. WELL WORTH SHARING! I'm sure that today many youngsters and disillusioned seekers have outgrown religious or spiritual movements, or they have stopped following a guru or any prophet dead of alive. We live in the age of Awakening. It's an exciting time, but it can also be very unsettling to honor our own inner truth.

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for your sparkling comment, Nadine. We certainly live in a time of awakening and this comes with a lot of risks.

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      Yoleen Lucas 18 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Having been in a cult, I am forced to confront this. It's terrifying, but liberating. Thank you for pointing out and clarifying the truth!

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      Buildreps 18 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for sharing your own personal experience and view here, Yoleen. It's good to here it was liberating for you.

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      Paula 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is so refreshing and fascinating I read it twice. Thoroughly absorbed the wisdom & realities of your words. Thank you for this open-minded work of art.

      The best part is you have not been attacked or bombarded by the looney zealots & bible bangers who think they absolutely must speak up and preach every time something is uttered on this topic.

      Perhaps they all know better than to play their ignorant games with you....if so, that's wonderful. It's a pleasure to read & write using our rights to freedom and expression.

      Peace to you, Buildreps. Paula

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      Buildreps 14 months ago from Europe

      Thank you very much for the compliment and for the reading, Paula :) I feel honoured by your visit. Peace to you too, Paula.

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