the 3 stages of delusional “spiritual awakening”

1) idealism of an external source of MY PERSONAL salvation in the future (my mommy’s protection, Santa rewarding me for being obedient, Jesus loving me, passing a test, getting a car, making the team, finishing school, getting the perfect girl / guy, getting a job, getting married, getting a house, winning the court case, moving to the new location, selling the house, finding the right medical protocol or specialist, winning the lottery, defeating the competition, getting the right pair of shoes)

2) idealism of an external source of “OUR” COLLECTIVE salvation in the future (my favorite politician winning the election and rescuing humanity from economics, everyone becoming a vegan so that the aliens from outer space realize that we are a very mature species and let us live, some nerdy scientist finding a cure for incurable scurvy… not that I would give it a chance anyway because I do not want people to think I was naive enough to believe that medicine could ever advance… a new technological innovation permanently ending all environmental dangers or concerns, NASA landing a man on Mars, my favorite musician announcing that they will be coing on tour to my town in the near future: YES! EVERYONE WILL SOON BE JUST FINE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THIS!)

3) Realizing ETERNITY: basically, if the savior already died for your sins, then the whole show is already over. This is the bonus round. Have fun.




2 Responses to “the 3 stages of delusional “spiritual awakening””

  1. josephsabater Says:

    The Fourth, non-delusional stage:

    In the Zen experience, a certain unity happens, subject and object become one, and we come to realize our own self-nature. This self-nature cannot be seen, it cannot be touched, it cannot be heard. Because of these characteristics, we refer to it as “empty” (in Japanese, ku) but its activities are infinite. So, we say the Zen experience is the realization of the empty-infinite of our self-nature or our essential-nature, as it is often called. When this happens, the fact is accompanied by a great peace of mind. At that moment, we feel as though the heavy burdens we have been carrying in our heart or on our shoulders, indeed all over our body and soul, suddenly disappear as if thrown away. The joy and happiness at that time is beyond all words. And there are no philosophies or theologies attached to it. [Yamada Roshi]

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      The initial spark of recognition (such as “satori”) is ultimately trivial. It is a mere contrast.

      The “3rd stage” that I mentioned above is playful, not delusional. The title is a joke.

      You, Joseph, seem to me to be deep in seriousness and spiritual idealism. That is a perfectly valid stage of course….

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