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Textbook spirituality

February 6, 2018

There is such a spirituality that is so obsessed with rules, regulations and recipes that it is done to the ready exclusion of very spirituality itself! And along with that gets flushed out relevance, freedom, meaning, enjoyment and actual genuine edification. It’s a bit like this: it’s like learning the art of cooking through a bunch of rules, regulations and recipes. It’s so much to the sequence of the preparation, the quantity, the ingredient and procedure that the actual freedom, release, liberation and very purpose of mastering cooking and more importantly feeding, nurturing and edifying the body (and soul!) goes out the window. In the event of such, make no mistake there will be the veneer of a ‘familiar skill’ for there is a ‘meal’ on the table and procedures have been followed. However this isn’t cooking! For here’s what will be amiss: the broader understanding of all purpose, instinct, awareness, development, freedom, action. For the recipe will be the same day upon day regardless of appeal (even if the very function to feed or edify begins to suffer), cooking as a skill still has simply not been grasped either for each ingredient’s function or mode of preparation or the instinctual tact to fine-tune to taste or perfection or engage the vast stretches that remain to be known, felt, explored of gastronomy! There will be no variety, no advance, no freedom, not even simple action, for what is cooking that isn’t even cooking?! It is just deadness. On the other hand the true skill includes all these and much more. And the lower beginnings and skills are merely an introduction to what lies higher, the broad breadth of engaging skill and taste, aroma and health. Likewise spirituality. All of scripture abundantly testifies to such spirituality that is alive, moving, active, honest. It is a progressive advance into the very mind of God. And what is more alive than that?!

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