religion/spidrituality and self deception

Life with its accumulation of experiences allows us to discover
things only experience can reveal. Such is the case with my religious/spiritual
experiences. After my life fell apart following the murder of my mother and sister, I
left my traditional Christian background in search of bigger
spiritual answers to put myself back together. Looking at
these religious/spiritual traditions as an outside observer, I
discovered something I would have been unable to
discover had I been a participating member of any one of
these traditions.

I discovered “Achilles Heel” thinking in
every tradition. This thinking comes from our vulnerable 1%
mind which twists truth, confuses,
and disempowers. Why could I only see this from the
outside, looking in? The parable of the Three Blind Men of
Hindustan explains it best.

Three “blind” men
standing too close to a elephant are unable to see it as an elephant.
One, feeling the tail, thinks it very much like a rope; another feeling the leg,
thinks it very much like a tree trunk. The third, feeling the trunk
thinks it very much like a snake. These men were not physically blind.
They were blind because . . . they were standing too
close; they couldn’t see the whole picture. Standing
outside and observing a variety of spiritual traditions, I
could see more whole-ly, thus more clearly, how once
helpful religious principles have been distorted by the 1%
mind, (see Rising from Ashes by Claudia T. Nelson) and
how they have bred separation and confusion. For example: my religion of origin taught that we were the only true church which … separated us from our brothers.
My present new thought philosophy best fits with my teachings
on self-empowerment. However, 1% thinking creeps
in there, too, causing confusion. New Thought teaches that we create our
lives with our thinking . . . 1% thinking twists the principle making us think we do it alone. We don’t. We are co-creators with God, however you define God.

The problem is, we don’t see our 1% thinking when we are standing in the middle of it. Three “blind men” and years of experience have shown me that it takes someone standing on the outside, to help us see the big picture clearly. That is one great value of relationships! A spouse, wise friend or mentor to help see what we fail to see because we are standing too close.