reply to post by GUICE2
Going to Egypt! Really, that would be the most awesome trip, IMO. But be careful when you travel...K.
When reading your last post, Guice, I can relate so well to that feeling of alienation (not to the ETs btw
) from God.
Anyways, I used to feel pretty darn alienated myself (of course that was years ago)...I was always looking, reading and investigating EVERYTHING I
could get my hands on. I studied, to the best of my ability, various other religions looking for nuggets of spiritual truth I could hold onto.
Dharamsala, India is one of my fondest memories. I openly admire Buddhists (the adherants to the tenets of peace, that is) and their philosphy of
Here's a wee bit of advice before you travel for spiritual enlightenment;
Be serious about what it is you want to discover. I think "alienation from God" would be a fabulous beginning!.....Consider some ideas for
1) What IS alienation from God and how is this alienation perceived by me (this is your personal quest anyways but the same question can be applied to
the rest of humanity for later reflection)?
2) What role does God play in alienation.
3) What role do I play a part of in alienation.
4) Is alienation really REAL or do I only perceive thusly.
5) Would God seperate Himself from me OR do I seperate myself from God...via by my thoughts, intents, desires, actions, etc.
I certainly think you'll have an exceptional journey and the only thing missing would be me!, lol!!!
You're bright and articulate (as the rest of us have discovered), Guice, so I think you'll be safe physically and spiritually. You'll be travelling
into an area that is in lots of turmoil these days. You'll be witness to events that may prove truly disheartening to your spiritual well-being. But
remember to stay focused in that you aren't there to solve the ills of the world. People are doing evil unto each other, yet you must continue and
not succumb to nihilism. Despair will take you there quicker than anything, my friend.
I wish I could find the quote made by the Dali Lama (I'll look for it but can't promise as it's probably packed away in storage) that I read during
my quest. And I'm paraphrasing here:
"...many people are looking for ways to worship God and I now see many westerners coming to the teachings of Buddha. This is all well and good---we
need all of us to come to a realization of God; simply for the betterment of humanity and not just for selfish motives".........." the main issue I
see as problematic for the westerner is due to a diversity of cultural and experiential differences; putting the western mind at a definite
In short, the Dali Lama was not keen on westerners, mostly brought-up within a Judeo-Christian society trying to embrace eastern concepts.
Anyways, much good luck on your search. My own travels took me to some curious soil around the globe. And my own personal epiphany came to me only
after I quit the quest and was home again. Sort of ironic in that I spent a lot of dough, time and energies looking for that "epiphany" ....later to
discover it in my own backyard, literally and metaphorically! God NEVER left me....I only perceived as such!
The only other bit of wee wisdom I have to offer is to get yourself a copy of the book "The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson to take with you!
That book played a part in re-discovering things I thought lost. Matter of fact I had the book, shelved it lonnnng ago only to have it show up again.
Read it again and found meaning there that I couldn't discern earlier.
Sorry for the long rant, Guice.
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