Sunday, April 29, 2018

To transform instead of inform requires walking on a new path

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Is this search to inform or to transform?

Meditation is like watching clouds float by in the sky. We realize that our thoughts don't really mean anything. They will change soon enough and be replaced by other thoughts.

Sometimes we remember and these memories become thoughts but scientific research has demonstrated that memories, while they can be emotionally engaging, are usually inaccurate in significant ways.

These observations leads us to the awareness that cognitive functioning has little, if anything, to do with our spiritual consciousness. In fact eliminating our thoughts is the goal if we are to become spiritually aware. As we spiritually mature we move from the path of the ego onto the path of the spirit and life opens up to us in whole new ways.

Here is what Osho has to say:

"Knowledge is available from the outside. Knowing needs an inner purification. Knowledge is information, knowing is your capacity to see, to understand. Knowledge never transforms anybody. It can make you a great scholar, but to be a scholar is to be nothing but a parrot. The scholar simply repeats: he is a gramophone record, neither more nor less. But a knower knows, knows on his own authority. He does not believe, he sees. He is not a Christian, he is a christ; he is not a Buddhist, he is a buddha.

Remember this. It needs a radical change in your consciousness, a totally new kind of consciousness: alert, aware, meditative, loving. These are the foundations which will make you able to see. You will not become more informed, but you will become totally transformed.

My work is not to inform you but to transform you."

Osho. First in the Morning: 365 Uplifting Moments to Start the Day Consciously, Day 153

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