28-03-2013: RIGID RULES, ALLOWANCE & RESISTANCE
Published on Mar 28, 2013
All of my life I have been influenced by what I thought were the rules, the definitions of what it meant to be properly human in a spiritual sense. Even after becoming somewhat liberated from my fundamentalist training, I still found there were pretty dogmatic rules by which I judged myself and others. We talked about this in our discussion last night at the Mary Horgan Center, which is also my home. Even though there were points of disagreement, I feel we generally agreed that we all have a tendency to beat ourselves up when we don’t measure up to what we feel is the proper standard. This is probably a common human experience, at least for people trying to be spiritual. I summed it up near the end of the discussion by saying that I still get the message to loosen up or lighten up. It’s not about getting it right, but about being in integrity in any given moment. Allowance is a form of grace that gives us permission to be real, without the inner cop forcing conformity to external rules and dogmas about how we are supposed to be. Is everyone else neurotic too?
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