Being Addicted To The Path
makes the path pointless.
If we become addicted to the trappings of religion, we lose the whole point. Having lost the point, our genuine intelligence and genuine inspiration weaken, and we become half-hearted, being satisfied with merely going through the motions. We may be whole-hearted and fully enthused by the rituals, but half-hearted in our compassionate activity – what we actually do.
We are probably hoping for some special supernatural miracle to happen.
That just keeps us guessing.
Religion – and spiritual practice in particular – does give us ‘special powers’; it brightens our energy, but we can be seduced by this. We could be in danger of wanting to be admired, and therefore we manipulate. When we manipulate, we lack empathy. These are the perfect conditions for narcissism, and this perpetuates the addiction.
If we return continuously to the beginning – to beginner’s mind – we reconnect with our origin of merely being.
We don’t bite off more than we can chew.
Start with knowing and stay with knowing.