penetrating illusions

Posted on March 29, 2014


“Spirituality is not primarily about values and ethics, not about exhortations to do right or live well. The spiritual traditions are primarily about reality…an effort to penetrate the illusions of the external world and to name its underlying truth.”
― Parker J. Palmer

This underlying truth then lays claim on our lives,
compelling us to align every aspect of our lives with these realities.Image

It causes us to live our lives mindfully, intentional about each decision and action, whether it be the clothes we wear and where we buy them, the food we eat and where and how it was produced, the media we listen to and from where it was funded, or the words we use in everyday conversation.

Integral spirituality is a disruption of normalcy, requiring us to cast off the illusions that we have been conditioned to believe and live out.
It is a disruption, not unlike an earthquake, leaving nothing unturned.

It opens the eyes of the heart to see beneath the surface, through the illusions, to the underlying truths. A perception that sees that happiness does not come from any external source, that peace comes only from within, that there is no fulfillment in material possessions, that no one is more equal than another, that we truly do need one another, that my soul should align with my role.

It causes an inner transformation that touches every aspect of one’s life, no longer allowing a settling for conformity to the patterns of this world and culture but infusing

the mundane with life,

the ordinary with meaning,

and every moment with the sacred.