Faith No More

My process of enlightenment involves a purity of experience presumed to be possible by reliance only on providence. I expect experience to be guided by providence and to be my teacher. I expect that anything that has been written, concerning matters of enlightenment, can be understood by providence, by experience. To expect that some great truth is scribbled in a book seems a stretch to me. If it is not available to each and every one of us, simply because we are curious, it does not exist and so book-reading has never been very high on my list of priorities. A curious mind is all that is needed and I am curious. Faith, I believe, is harmful to curiosity and so I abandoned it long ago. Religion, I have found it to be useless in my pursuit of enlightenment. I long for community and a sense of belonging but for me religion is an empty bag. My search is for a broader community than it seems religion could hope to provide. I have no faith. To me, faith is an impostor, it pretends to be confidence but confidence has no use for faith. I have confidence. I believe that things are as they are and that can not be disputed. I believe that knowledge of that is the fact of existence. This is not a knowledge of intellect, of sophistication,  it is the simple knowledge that is acquaintance. Providence. Providence, I think, is the inexhaustible reservoir that assures that whatever we pursue, consequence is certain.

All of this I have observed in my life and as I live it proves its validity errorlessly. This is because I believe in providence, I expect a great deal from it and live my life by it.

I do concern myself with enlightenment and expect that providence assembles what does prod me along a true path. Whatever path I choose, providence assures that consequence is immediate. Should I choose a career, education, whatever, providence works the same way. When we are not right, not at ease or comfortable with our self, that is providence. It knows what we are in need of and tirelessly works to bring that to our attention. Distraction from what we are given, by providence to do, is perhaps more obvious than providence. There are many good and worthy pursuits and when we choose one we walk with providence and it calms us with contentment. For my pursuit of enlightenment I have learned to use divination as my primary tool. Others might use a book or find a wise teacher but I have found the divining rod is well suited to my person.

Trial and error. This is an excellent way to determine the way things actually are. I have found it helpful to assume no knowledge, other than the knowledge that is acquaintance. Knowledge, in matters of enlightenment, is acquaintance. There is no sophistication of intellect that can purchase enlightenment. The moment a person thinks they have earned enlightenment, by any kind of merit, intelligence, God’s favor, whatever, it is lost.

In my experience providence never fails. Whatever our true pursuit is providence assures success. For some of us providence makes certain that we can not avoid a very narrow path. Any error is met with low tolerance. I have reduced my life to that state a number of times but sometimes people arrive here in such a condition or conditions evolve that are very tough. When I consider the reality that we share and the extraordinary hardships that abound I am driven to enlightenment. Enlightenment is a realization, I am confident is just lying around waiting for discovery. It is not to be accomplished and some people have discovered it.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2013

The Spirit of Ignorance is Denial

In the world of spirit there are many inhabitants and we produce much of what populates our spiritual experience. It is typical for people to ignore the spiritual realm and ignorance, when held over time, always produces denial. It is understandable that people are confused about an aspect of our experience that so many are certain does not exist and others accept on faith alone. People have direct experience of what is spiritual and so it is a component of our shared reality. Due to ignorance and its inevitable denial, our spiritual experience is controversial. Faith is of little help because one of its prerequisites is that it should not be questioned. Faith is usually associated with religion and the requirement that the tenants of the religion be accepted on faith. It is understandable that many of us find this to be disingenuous and dishonest. Faith is very powerful. If you have religious faith it is likely you are part of a religious community. There is great support in community. Faith also gives confidence to those who exercise it. Confidence is very powerful, it makes a big difference in everything a person does.

I prefer to have my confidence without faith. I see faith as unnecessary and cumbersome. Confidence does not need it. I think faith is often used as a shield. We can know and be certain, we can be right, without looking, without seeing, without questioning. It gives us permission to keep ignorance and denial firmly in place. My experience of the world of spirit does not need faith. Spirits populate my world.

Ignorance gives birth to a spirit and its name is Denial. This is a very busy spirit and it is able to represent itself in countless ways. It is also a very popular spirit that multiplies and populates the spiritual experience we share. In living a spiritual life this spirit, and all of its ramifications, must be addressed. An agreement must be made if progress is to be realized. The popularity of this spirit and the work that it does in our spiritual experience makes certain that each of us has an existing agreement with it. Over time we compound and fix these agreements forming a matrix that intends to keep us in place.

My passage to spiritual living, here in human form, requires that I attend to the agreements I have with all spirits. Each of us is in constant communication with spirits and so we each have active agreements with them. What sort of agreement do you have with the spirits that populate your world?

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012

Confidence is My Faith

Faith was not enough, reason and curiosity needed help and I found it by abandoning faith. Faith had become a contradiction. It is the articles of faith, doctrine and dogma, that I found this way. To me faith represented a place to stop, an end to the journey and that is the contradiction. My experience of faith was as an alternative to verification with the implication that verification is somehow wrong. Faith of course is not without its merit, confidence, but faith only gave me a sense of confidence. Faith needed confidence but confidence did not need faith. In fact, confidence worked better without faith.

Faith is like a gate, that someone else goes through, and the rest of us are to have faith about what is on the other side. This is the contradiction, the pretense of confidence, instead of verification. Actual confidence does not need verification but you get it anyway. Faith presents itself as verification, in and of itself, and in exchange you get a sense of confidence. I have known people who find true confidence through their faith but when faith is the confidence, the freedom and liberty of true confidence is lost. Those who employed their confidence, who found their way and left their mark, gaining durable notice in the passage of time, did not intend for us to exchange confidence for faith. Their example was that of true confidence, that we might also find it.

I have no use for faith but I get it anyway. When confidence is true, faith comes along for the ride, free of charge.

Michael, The Mystic Tourist ©2012