October 19, 2009
Spiritual Transformation Is Not a Psychological Process (Quote of the Week)
Authentic spiritual or mystical transformation is not a psychological process. Mystical teachings go deeper than that—they refer to the nature of consciousness and the structure of our deepest interiors. They are not just helpful psychological principles and practices invented by the human mind—they point us to the discovery of natural or inherent laws that become apparent to anyone who awakens to the deeper and more subtle dimensions of the interior of the cosmos. All authentic teachings that come from mystical insight are really describing subtle principles, structures, and laws that already exist in your own deepest interior, which is the interior of the evolving cosmos we are living in. Most people don’t awaken in such a way that they are able to perceive these subtle laws or structures, so when they hear mystical teachings they interpret them as injunctions or instructions. And they can be used in that way. But they really represent a deeper and more subtle dimension of reality itself. And when you begin to look at mystical or enlightenment teachings as laws and subtle structures that actually exist, your relationship to them changes significantly. You realize that if these are actual laws or structures, rather than ideas that someone came up with, then they represent an absolute truth, and if there is any integrity in your self and soul, you have to deal with them. So then these principles become the path, and you walk in a straight line. And you will see development occur. If you adhere to them, you can’t go wrong.