The World is Changing - the World is becoming more spiritual
The World is changing. The World is becoming more spiritual. When I write of The World, I’m really talking of the people living upon its surface and how we, you and I, are beginning to feel about things. If you were to turn back the clock just half a century lots of things were very different in a spiritual sense. In those days, if people talked of spiritual matters at all they were usually those people who attended church regularly; people who went either because they felt obliged to, went to meet with friends, or attened because they really did believe that a particular deity, god, or savior needed to be worshipped. Many people did not attend church and, although not atheists, didn’t pay Spirituality much heed. They were agnostics, and disinterested agnostics at that. They weren’t ‘churchy.’ They couldn’t be bothered with all that rubbish...
Just fifty years ago the world was far less spiritual
If you went to a library or bookshop just fifty years ago it was fairly hard to find much on the bookshelves dealing with Spirituality. The usual Christian oriented volumes were there. There were bibles and prayer books. There might have been one or two books on other religions, but very little on the sort of spirituality which is prevalent today: the Spirituality of the Self. The teachings which people believed in had been handed down; came from the Days of Yore. Nothing, it seemed, of real value had come into the world for a thousand years, so why books on Spirituality at all? Leave it to the historians. That was the view. About the only place you could come upon a reasonable range of books of an esoteric or mystical nature was in the various Adyar Bookshops distributed around many of the major cities of the Western World.
But even fifty years ago a Sprititual movement had already begun. It was unofficial, uncoordinated, and outside the conscious level of most of the world’s readers. The Age of Acquarius was upon us. A few popular paper-backs were already hitting the bookshelves. It was around this time that I came across the Leighton couple’s “Theosophy,” which had been put out by the Theosophical Society. The Theosophical Society was already well into its decline, but it had apparently served a great purpose, the publication of a many books on the human soul’s condition, a Spirituality not advocating any particular religion – although it did lean towards what we find in Hinduism and Buddhism.
The World is changing. The World is becoming more spiritual
Other people were also becoming interested. It was around this time that I read Admiral Shattock’s, “An Experiment in Mindfulness.” Shattock had served in World War Two and, in 1946, booked himself into a Buddhist meditational retreat in Burma. His month in total silence and deep meditation rendered such a profound change in this pragmatic old warrior that he changed his life around completely. I actually contacted Shattock in 1985 a few months before his death and he wrote back, referring me to a particular meditational school. But that is by the way.
Nowadays, of course, if you go into a bookshop such as Dymocks or Borders, you’ll find that the most popular shelves, the ones brimming over with volumes which are selling like ‘hot cakes,’ are the shelves containing books on Spirituality: Louise L. Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsch, the list of famous writers on Spirituality goes on. If you log onto certain websites on the Internet where there are forums, you find that the most popular discussions range around Spirituality. Often there are quite heated debates between atheists, agnostics, the so-called ‘religionists,’ (generally the Christina orthodox) and those who simply want to learn more about themselves in the spiritual sense. And there are a lot in the last category: seekers wishing to know more, how to find out more, eagerly, almost hungrily yearning to find this ‘peace’ that so many of the more advanced write about in their books.
There will be people that say the world is a worse place now than it used to be. I refute this. What is happening is that the news media now have access to more ‘bad news’ than ever before, and knowing that ‘good news’ does not sell newspapers, magazines, radio or television programs as well as the “bad: does, are now able to present us with more of what they think we want to hear or see. It’s now got to the stage that the media want the public to phone in – preferably with a photo – anything they deem as news. We see a very lop-sided reality, one completely at odds with what life on this planet is like for the majority of us.
The real truth is that of the roughly seven thousand million – yes, 7,000,000,000 – people living upon Planet Earth, less than one in a thousand is actually engaged in a war – As distinct from 1914-18 and 1939-45, when half the world was at it, or so it seemed! We hear that, in a city of four million, there was a murder, a couple of rapes, and six robberies. The headlines of newspapers scream this at us. “ What’s the world coming too!” They don’t mention the 3,999,991 people who came through this ‘night of violence’ not only completely unscathed, but not even aware of the ’terrible times’ in which we live.
In a lot Psychology today,the emphasis is now on Spirituality
Fifty years ago the majority of universities in Australia were teaching Behavioural Psychology and infering that human beings were programmed machines. Today Humanistic-type psychologies prevail and even many of the more sceptical schools of thought are beginning to condider the possibility that the mind might not be contained just within brain matter after all.
I choose, therefore I am
When people of the calibre of Dr. Roberto Assagioli, Ken Wilbur and Amit Goswami postulate- no, theorise – no, state! that we humans are far more than a bag of bones and flesh contained within skin, and far more than a surge of electrical impulses in the mind, then even the most sceptical (if their minds are not completely in short-circuit) find themselve shaken out of their philosophical composure. Descartes observation that “I think, therefore I am,” is giving way to something with far greater implications and self-responsbility, “I choose, therefore I am.”
Yes, the world is changing. All is change, after all – all but for that which is within us that Witnesses – that Observes. The World is changing for the better, in that there is less crime and violence overall: less cruelty and more kindness, less selfishness and more generosity, less fear and more love. And isn’t this the way most of us want it to be?..
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