Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
So for you, evidence is an important deciding factor in your belief system, but you are very cautious about what you will consider evidence.
yeah, this is true, it's not enough to read something, and faith on it's own definitely doesn't come into it. I have to expereince something.
For the part of your spirituality that is a constant, that part that would be the constant that would hold all the other elements that may or may not
change in the face of evidence you might discover, is it something you have concrete materialistic evidence for?
I do for sure, :-). And this is the thing with spirituality, (should be with religion also) i can speak about it, even somewhat academically show it,
but it can only be truely 'proven' if it's experienced. :-) .
What proved it for me was Reiki. If i placed my hands on another pre-Reiki training, not much would have happened. Immediately after my level 1
initiation, things were much different. This is the kicker....Reiki is not liek faith healing. A persson does isn't required to beleive in anything
spiritual, for Reiki to be felt, and work.
This goes deep into Reiki training, but, certain esoteric Japanese symbols are placed within another energetically. One symbol in particular
represents, and invokes, our most divine aspect within us. It is this interact of the divine, that materialises as Reiki.
So yeah, every single day i physcially experience the divine. We all have the ability within us, most just need a little kick-start. The concrete
materialistic evidence for me, initially, was within 21 days, i had beat a long term, very severe coc aine addiction. This was a major thing, as
i was ready for suicide at that point. All my little faults, and silly ways of being, slowly have disappeared. I became more happy daily, and felt
much more connected to all.
Or does it arise from a less tangible, (but not necessarily less valid) internal intuitive knowing that there is something Divine?
Through my daily expereinces, and witnessing the way Reiki has enabled others to elevate their own lives, it does follow i also have formed an
intuitive knowing. Like any worthwhile thing in spirituality/Religion, it has to be expereinced also though, :-).
This is where much of Religion has went astray, imo. too much academic, or simply going through the motions of worship. This is largely external work.
Internallyis where the divine is closest to us, and internal work is what a member of religion needs also.
And thank you also for taking the time. I am very impressed with the quality of answers you all are giving.
It's a pleasure. BTW, are you doing this for some philosophical reason?