This recording was made March 13, 2016 at Unity North Kitsap in Suquamish, Washington where I was invited back to be the guest speaker again. Recently I’ve been concerned with the growing level of anarchy in the world, and I wanted to talk about that.
I realize that I, as an individual, have little chance to combat anarchy directly. However, there are other ways of countering the negative forces abroad in the world today that might be available to individuals, rather than direct attack by militaries, police and political “leaders,” if that word can be used in current US politics.
The alternative is not to attack the powers that be, but to out-flank them. To do an end run around them and create a positive force, instead of merely trying to counter a negative one, which in the long run amounts to little more than a very dangerous game of Whack-a-Mole, where winning is impossible.
Anarchy arises primarily as a result of economic oppression and hardship in a great many young men around the world who cannot find work. Also, they are not socially integrated due to racial or religious bigotry, and so become isolated, suppressed, frustrated, and then—too often—militant. So instead of treating the effects of this problem, when it is far too late to be successful often enough, I advocate instead dealing with the causes of the problem.
The primary cause of the crises with world faces today—all of the crises—is the conscious separation each of us experiences from the higher, spiritual realms of existence. This seeming separation is so acute, many people—probably most—no longer even believe such realms exist.
But deep down most of us know they do exist—people just can’t reach them. Can’t make them come alive within themselves. The problem is, as I see it, that the concepts, and the very terminology, of religion and even spirituality, are so laden with negative associations and connotations from the past—even the distant past—that they turn off and turn away many people. So reconnecting with trans-human, spiritual realms is neither desired nor attempted.
A new language of spirituality
But many people would begin to embrace and experience their own inner spirituality if they had fresh terms, concepts, and practices with which to approach it. So in this talk I introduce several of these new terms that can replace the old one that at best are not suitable for our modern times, but that at worst are misleading and off-putting.
One example I mention in the talk is the new term “Universal Spiritual Presence” or just “Universal Spirit” for the old, misleading term “God.” Note that I’m not against “God” in principle—quite the contrary, but what, exactly is the definition of “God”? If it includes the image of an old white man with a white beard and robe sitting “up there” on cloud nine, then that concept needs to be replaced with something more accurate, and to be frank, closer.
The best thing about the term Universal Spirit is that its initials are U.S., which means “us.” The connotation is one of a partnership instead of the unscaleable hierarchies religions espouse. We don’t usually feel this partnership due to a pervasive limitation of consciousness that we have experienced for a very long time, but this is a limitation that is not impossible to remove.
As partners, we humans have certain responsibilities to our spiritual allies, to each other, to the planet, and to ourselves. As I mention in the talk, these responsibilities are the “tasks of the years and the ages” U.S. has set for us.
Three parts of the talk
So these are the three parts of this talk:
- The Age of Anarchy we find ourselves in,
- deepening our personal spirituality to counteract it, and
- service to our spiritual partners to go beyond it.
Since I gave this talk to a Unity congregation, a few words of explanation are in order to follow along.
Unity was founded by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore about 130 years ago. About five years ago I discovered that my work dovetailed quite well with theirs. I have spoken to this Unity group about these things several times previously.
Myrtle asked that the words “Peace. Be Still.” be posted in every Unity temple. I put a sign with these words on an easel so everyone could see them at the start of my talk. This isn’t clear from the audio, as there were microphone problems during the first part of my talk. (The hiss and glitches you hear go away after a few seconds, so hang in there!) The lavalier mic didn’t work, and I was forced to use a poor-quality hand-held mic in its stead. So the audio quality isn’t great, my voice is a bit distorted, but after quite a bit of audio manipulation, you should be able to hear it easily.
Let me know what you think.