Blog #25: Principles

Blog #25: Principles

I don't sink my teeth much into dogmatic beliefs, but I still find it useful and worthwhile to refer to some guiding principles from time to time. In the last few years of recovery and ongoing enlightenment, here are some of the main ones that seem consistently true, and in line with the baseline of AYP:

  • There is not much truth or effectiveness in claiming the identity of an alcoholic or addict, especially as a core part of self; due to its toxicity, drinking alcohol is inherently problematic, regardless of moderation, or lack thereof
  • The ultimate source of addiction, which is bhakti (desire for union), is pure; what is impure are the inferior methods of satisfying that desire, and even such impurities stem from what is purest
  • Personal willpower, the ego, and the mind, are not only extremely valuable in the spiritual quest of humanity, but also absolutely necessary for any progress to be made in recovery or enlightenment; active surrender is not a destruction of these three aspects of self (personal or impersonal), but rather an illumination of them
  • The true litmus test of spiritual development is determined by a person's radiance, a.k.a. outpouring of divine love, which occurs in both seen and unseen ways, and is easily discernible in mundane activities and interpersonal relationships—ranging from the most intimate to the most public
  • Any spiritual teacher or teaching that leaves out (deliberately or unintentionally) the implications of cosmic consciousness (beyond Earth), is lacking fullness and depth at this stage in human evolution; imaginative theology and fictional mythology, though beautiful in their own right, are not the same as genuine cosmic consciousness
  • The expressions of creativity, ingenuity, harmony, and genius—within all human endeavors—are direct reflections of our spiritual maturity, both as individuals and as a whole
  • The flow of unity supports and sustains the reality of multi-faceted diversity, thereby honoring the paradox of the Many being One, and the One being Many
  • The divine feminine and the divine masculine play malleable, but ultimately equal, parts in the miraculous dance of life
  • The validity of any spiritual practice, belief, or technique can easily be determined in a scientific manner that relies upon direct observation of cause and effect, with personal experience being granted its necessary and proportional role in any analysis and drawing of conclusions
  • The most sublime and supreme knowledge is knowingness, or unknowing, which is not dependent on objective facts, but rather on an inner peace that passes all understanding; even so, objective constructs and fixtures do not threaten or run contrary to the infinite silence and stillness which underlie all vibration
  • Love is the beginning, middle, and end of all reality, including any perceived delusions that occur in the spectrum of unfoldment and beingness

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