This blog is now seven years old which seems a good time to look back and reflect on the course it has taken since it began at the end of February 2013.
I started the blog a few months after the publication of my Meeting the Masters book, intending to develop themes from that book. Meeting the Masters was autobiographical in the sense that it was an account of my experience as a young man with spiritual beings who instructed me on the path that leads the earthly soul to God, tailored to my particular needs and deficiencies. But, given that this path is more or less the same for everyone, the teachings contained in the book had much wider application. There was nothing new in these teachings but to be told something by someone who embodies the truth of what he is saying is very different to being told that same thing by someone who may know it but has not completely interiorised it which is the case with the vast majority of spiritual teachers in this world. It makes it come alive. So I would say that my understanding of spirituality revolves around three things. Intellectual knowledge, personal intuition and faith (included as one thing) and the experience of having met and spoken to beings who are what they know. Of the three, this last is the most significant from an immediate point of view though intuition is ultimately the most important as it is that inner knowledge which will eventually transform an individual.
This first book was framed from within the context of a general spirituality though there are intimations throughout of a Christian leaning or, at least, a spiritual world view that is based on the Christian understanding of the human soul and its purpose and destiny. This is to become a creative god, a God in miniature. When I began blogging I was still writing from within that more universalist context but as time went by the figure of Christ became more and more important to me. Christ had always been the essence of what I understood by spirituality but I had not sufficiently appreciated the extent to which everything else stood in his shadow. I suppose I was still under the influence of the 20th century point of view that sees all spiritual paths as saying the same thing only in different language. But a little reflection shows that's just not true. There is, for example, a fundamental difference between the Christian goal of theosis and the Buddhist one of Nirvana even if they can look roughly similar from the outside. And the Christian God really is radically different to the Muslim one. It's the difference between love and law or God as Father and friend and God as supreme master to whom unquestioning obedience is owed.
My second book Remember the Creator was an attempt to come to terms with these ideas and demonstrate that Christ is the foundation of truth and that what he taught takes us more deeply into the mind and heart of God than anything else. His life shows us the path to follow if we would fulfil God's will for us. This is not to escape creation for an uncreated absolute of perfect stillness and peace but to transform creation and raise it up, through the medium of our own self, into the light of God. The key to this is an understanding that suffering is not a universal evil from which we need to escape but a means of spiritual redemption through transforming it by self-sacrifice in love. Other spiritual approaches talk of love because they must but it is only through the path laid out by Christ that true spiritual love can be known. Without Christ we might have a generalised sort of compassion but we would not have love.
When I began my spiritual journey I was mostly focussed on myself. I don't mean this in a bad way but my purpose was to realise truth within myself. The world was there but I didn't pay much attention to it. However, as time went by I saw that to separate oneself from the world leads to a kind of spiritual lop-sidedness. This is particularly the case now when the world has turned to evil. There has always been evil in the world but, in the Christian West at least and elsewhere too but perhaps not to the same extent, good and evil have been clearly identified. Not now. We live during a time of value inversion and at such a time any person claiming some sort of spiritual orientation must stand up for the real good, both for his own sake (if he doesn't, he will get sucked into evil as that becomes the mundane and everyday) and for the sake of anyone he might come into contact with who is looking for guidance and help - whether they know it or not. This understanding led to the writings that make up my third book, The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man. For, make no mistake, it is a crisis we are in at the moment and there is no sign we are getting out of it. The worldly attempts to address the situation through such superficial and frankly self-indulgent things as politics or, the latest fad, action on climate change don't even begin to address the roots of the problem.
Things go round in circles or, at any rate, cycles. I am now 64 years old. I suspect that I shall eventually return to a more contemplative mode of life in preparation for leaving this world. Then I might see writing about spiritual matters as a distraction from the essential. At the moment, though, it's still a way of developing and sharing a degree of understanding.