Spiritual practise without morality is an ego-driven facade and, yet, morality for the most part is simply presumed, that is we generally believe “I am good person”. The tough and terrible question that arises next is “On what basis is that true?”
Morality guides behaviour according to a standard. Yet it’s fair to ask; who sets this standard?
For much of humanity’s history it has been religious organisations that pronounce these standards as commandments – the almighty “Thou Shalt Not….” or the multitudes of rules for conduct over what is clean or unclean behaviour. Every religion has this structure or dogma that defines the set of morally and ethically acceptable behaviours. Even systems of spiritual practise like Reiki have guiding principles for moral behaviour.
For example, let’s look at *honesty* in a few different systems:
- Reiki – “Earn your living honestly”
- Buddhism – “To abstain from taking what is not given” and “To abstain from false speech”
- Christianity – “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
- Islam – The aspect of Adab of Sharia Law which governs Islamic etiquette: refinement, good manners, morals, decorum, decency, humaneness
- Judaism – The Torah (holy text) lists hundreds of mitzvah (commandments), including to avoid falsehood -Exodus 23:7
- Hinduism – from ‘The Ten Vedic Restraints’ (Yama) – Truthfulness (Satya): to adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary.
- Wicca – from the long Rede of the Wiccae: “Bide the Wiccan Laws we must, In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Live and let live, Fairly take and fairly give.”
- And finally, a modern-day secular reference from Psychologist Jordan Peterson’s book, “12 Rules for Life”. Jordan wrote a whole chapter on “Tell the truth, or at least don’t lie”
- Countless human efforts over thousands of years have sort to define the standards for morality. Some very onerous and consuming in endless rules, others expressed as guiding principles.
Countless human efforts over thousands of years have sort to define the standards for morality. Some very onerous and consuming in endless rules, others expressed as guiding principles
In modern times, most people following Spirituality have chosen, rather specifically, to not follow a religion or how a religion may define how they should best act or speak.
So, in this circumstance, who sets the standards for moral behaviour?
The answer is you do.
You bear the responsibility to form and discern from your cultivated wisdom those set of principles that would guide your morality. That is an awfully big responsibility to come up with all on your own. It’s reasonable to look towards a variety of spiritual systems, religious or not, and to the sciences like psychology to flesh out your own moral and ethical guidelines.
To pursue your spiritual growth, you need to work out the principles that define your ethics and morality. Ideally, they should focus on improving your life and everyone’s, as we are all connected, we are all within Source. Your moral principles ideally should help you stay grounded in your integrity and assist you in navigating challenges, the grey areas of life, with kindness and wisdom.
In Light Dynamics we see that the All That Is, contains all. The good, the bad, the everything, and yet we get to choose where we resonate on that spectrum. We appreciate that Love is the energy that has the power to contain and forgive even the darkest of things, that Source exists as a dynamic harmony in unconditional love.
In Light Dynamics we look at morality as guided by the principle of “Harming None” or “primum non nocere,” in Latin and it is also a core concept of the Hippocratic oath. In daily life, the application becomes “reducing harm” as it is virtually impossible to completely avoid causing harm. The principle is also lived as an aspiration, in that you continually strive to fulfil it with ever greater skill, discernment and wisdom.
Therefore, I don’t advocate an “All -in -one” list that everyone should abide by for maximum benefit. Life is simply more complicated than that.
I do advocate deep thought and cultivating the discerning reasoning to flesh out the principles you choose to live and be guided by. I personally find spending time in deep mediation with Source discussing my moral dilemmas as they come up in my life to be the most effective ways to navigate difficulties with ease and grace while reducing as much harm as I can. Often Source challenges me back with “what’s the most loving thing you can do in this situation?”
Maybe that’s the key, the guiding light we need to form; a deep understanding of the light of love.
Forming your Guiding Lights
Having the personal insight and conviction of truly knowing what you stand for, morally and ethically, is deeply empowering. It helps you be “sure-footed” in a crisis and it helps you navigate life’s complexity with greater ease and grace – reducing your frustrations and consternations.
When you live with this level of integrity, Karma works for you as you build the conditions for more love, peace, kindness and abundance in your life. Living with this level of integrity is living 5D right now.
This month I encourage (and challenge) you to undertake this exercise in self refection and personal discovery.
Spend about a couple of hours or so, brainstorming the ideas, beliefs and convictions you hold, which you feel are guiding the morality and ethics of your life. Of these things you wrote down, discern which are just Politically Correct verses the principles that really bring benefit or reduce harm.
I would like you to consider this carefully; what is socially acceptable or expected (politically correct behaviours) is not always that same as morally or ethically acceptable. For example, historically, slavery was once socially accepted.
To illustrate what I mean, check out these three scenes from season 4 episode 21 “The Drumhead,” Star Trek: The Next Generation, which dramatize this dilemma [oh how I love a good Picard speech 😉 ]:
In his book’s foreword, Jordan Peterson spoke about having a list of nearly 40 principles that he refined down to the 12 that appeared in the final book, “12 Rules for Life”. From the list that truly represents your principles that really bring benefit or reduce harm, see if you can simplify them to a handful that are easy for you to remember.
- What do these principles say about you – the kind of person you are?
- If you lived by these through your every moment, what would you produce?
- What would your flow of Karma be like?
- Is this something you want in your life? If not, what refinement to the principles can you make to improve it for yourself and others?
Reflect on your list. Take it into your Light Pyramid and discuss it with Source.
This list is your Guiding Lights. It will be further refined over time as you gain additional insight and your wisdom and compassion deepen.
Your challenge is to then live your life by your Guiding Lights.
And if you are feeling too challenged by this exercise – maybe you will find some courage in this video “Take aim, even badly”:
What I’m reading
Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychologist who teaches psychology courses around the topics of finding meaning in life. A number of his lectures are freely available on his YouTube channel – Jordan B Peterson. He came to prominence for standing up against compelled speech. Compelled speech is where the state defines what you can or cannot say – in this particular case it was a law about the use of a person’s preferred pronoun. The law is considered to be about equality for LGBQTI people, however Jordan pointed out the law also effectively reduced a person’s right to free speech. For this reason, Jordan is considered a very controversial person in Gender Politics.
I decided to dig deeper and found that Jordan’s points are very well reasoned and draw upon learning from the lessons of history in particular, the history of Nazism and Stalinism and how ideologies destroy people and societies. My understanding of the overall point Jordan was trying to convey is that labels divide – when a society segments into this group and that group, who then fight each other for equality, the end result is actually less equality/tolerance and room for ideologies like fascism to grow.
As part of my research, I read his book “12 Rules for Life” and I really recommend it. The book demonstrates what discerning reasoning looks like. Each chapter is a reasoned discussion for the given life principle covered that provides the reader with ways to consider the relevance and worth of the principle. It follows the Buddha example of; here is my advice, but don’t just believe it, understand it for yourself.
Jordan discusses at length throughout the book the process of balancing Order and Chaos which mirrors the Light Dynamics concept of the dynamic harmony of light and dark. This point alone is why this book is valuable reading for Light Dynamics students.
The other book I’m reading at the moment is “Waking Up in 5D: A Practical Guide to Multidimensional Transformation”. This material is much lighter reading compared Jordan’s book, however it is very timely. Sometimes we have been experiencing Ascension symptoms and working through our purging processes so much that we forget to register our progress. I like the little reminders throughout the book regarding acknowledging when we are in 5D state of consciousness. There are a number of interesting and useful energy practices and meditations to further assist in retaining the 5D state. As a reminder of shifting your thinking from “what is probable, to what is possible” – I recommend this read and have added it to my recommended reading list for Level One students especially.
Wishing the Brightest of Blessings until next time,