Another lengthy conversation last night led to me stating again, my position on why humility must precede instruction in all matters.
I don’t participate in too much “spirit rock” elite McBuddhism, or other Marin flavored pastimes. (Not that I don’t like Marin. it’s beautiful and a lot of the people are nice) I love visiting spiritual retreats on occasion, and appreciate all forms of spiritual discipline and study. But I have strong ideas about what that means, after watching it’s failure’s and victories in the world since I was 4. (yes. I have been keeping records that long)
I have absolutely no interest in “Enlightenment” as it is currently being labeled and sold. And I am not interested in your “white light”, “High vibrating energy” or other vastly commercial manifestations of capitalist spirituality set fourth by a populace of “Enlightenment seekers'” (Read beauty-obsessed, well-to-do usually upper middle class white people, and their friends) who are so afraid of their own dark side, that they have turned their very lives in to an over-lit antiseptic cleanroom for the celebration of single culture self obsession, and Dionysian excesses at the expense of working class people, and cultures of color.
Not to mention their own Cultures, which originally came from the earth and are a part of indigenous European history.
It’s not spirituality, but glamorous beauty fantasy theater.
And tickets are very expensive and not often offered to the working class.
I enjoy high vibrations, but I also know that the “dark side” (check the language?” that so many run from, often scares them because of their race and class, and they are afraid of the people who engage in it, (often simply called “struggling with life”) the working people who are the pillars of the earth, the base energy, the dust, grit, sweat, mud, blood, fire and shadows, that comprise the foundation of all energy, and also sometimes the chaos from which all beauty is born.
I have no obsessive need to control it, (Other than cleaning my room occasionally, and watching my mouth) label it, look down on it, or act in a spiritually racist, or classicist manner about it, which is sometimes I am seeing more and more of, as rich people appropriate, purchase, and consume spiritual cultures they come into contact with. This is not only limited to Eastern spiritual practices. There is also this element of people in Ifa, Santeria, West African religions, and many other practices.
And I think these people need to be put on notice.
Real spirituality works on the streets, in Ghettos, with the poor, and even with people who do not entertain the idea often. They are busy struggling with life, and to me, there is no more holy, or sacred spiritual endeavor than that.
You will never escape your shadow, and really have no to be afraid of the shadows of others.
Or to sum it all up in a little tasty soundbite for your memeology class:
“A single working mother of 3 can give more spiritual guidance than 1,000 gurus”
That’s what I said.
©Piero Amadeo Infante. 2015