Dear friends of the light, a common question asked by many lightworkers is whether one can believe in teachings such as Spiritus Lumine and still be a faithful member of their church, knowing that many of their beliefs aren’t endorsed by their clergy. Should a decision be made to choose one or the other? If one holds beliefs that contradict the church’s teaching and continues to attend church as before, does that make them a hypocrite? Let’s look at this for a moment, shall we?
Teachings that Irritate Clergy
Spiritus Lumine teaches that humankind was created to be spiritual sovereigns. The sovereign decides, in consultation with the divine, what is best for them. Metaphysical teachings have long been an irritant to the clergy. Religious leaders claim they speak for God and hold a unique authority over all matters of belief, faith, spirituality, humankind’s purpose in life, the afterlife, and the Creator’s expectations for daily living.
Some religions can be very intrusive. History is filled with religious teachers who sought to exert nationalized political power and oppressive control over individuals. Even today, there are parts of the world where religious leaders use the power of law to enforce religious principles of what people can think, say, and do as well as what they can wear, eat, and who they can marry. Many of these religious groups deny women any form of personal rights and forbid education under the penalty of death.
Lightworkers, on the other hand, believe in an individual’s right to decide all matters involving personal faith as well as what is good, bad, right, and wrong. They believe each person may commune with the Divine to determine all good things and they resist any form of religious control.
Here are some typical lightworker beliefs that bother religious leaders.
- Religious authority versus personal autonomy.
- Multiple versus Single Lifetimes.
- A universal, impartial, and ineffable God versus a God of the Bible or other scriptures with a specific name and personality.
- A God that is known through meditation and synchronicity versus a God that is known through scripture and clergy that explains it all.
- The concept that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience versus we are human beings here to please God.
- Karma and Contracts versus Heaven and Hell,
- Personal received teachings versus infallible scriptures,
- Personal Independence versus a requirement to attend and financially support a specific church.
- Universalism (God loves all) versus God has a special people and will condemn those not belonging to this special group.
- Inclusivity–God loves and accepts all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual identity, and lifestyle versus exclusivity–God loves the faithful.
- Nonduality- there is only God, and all things are a part of God’s energy versus Duality –God exists separate from his creation.
- God has no gender or sexuality versus God is definitely a Male
- Evolutional view of creation, life, and the universe versus seven-day creation,
- World scripture is meaningful, metaphorical, and a product of humankind to help make sense of the world and explain God versus Scripture which claims to be written by the hand of God, absolute in authority, and infallible.
- Equality and partnership versus a Hierarchy of men who make decisions for all.
- Distortions – an admission that we cannot clearly understand ultimate truth and can only improve over time versus Infallible received truth that claims scripture is infallible and easily understood. A priesthood interprets it for you.
- Sovereignty–one decides what is good, bad, right, and wrong. One is responsible for personal decisions versus Clergy, who represent God and tells you what is good, bad, right, and wrong and what God wants for your life.
Of course, this is only a partial list of things that pit the beliefs of lightworkers against modern-day clergy. In the past, a public acknowledgment of any of these views would be cause enough for the church to burn you at the stake. In many churches, acknowledging beliefs such as these can cause you to be shunned, disfellowshipped, or kicked out. Churches often inform family members to avoid speaking with loved ones who believe differently.
Belief or the Fry Daddy
Spiritus Lumine is spiritual but not religious. Its purpose is to help people learn about the nature of their soul, life beyond the human form, and why we exist. Many religions claim this as their domain as well. But Spiritus Lumine has no religious tradition to draw upon and no organizing body. It does not claim to speak for the Divine. Instead, we claim the Divine speaks to any person wishing to make contact with IT. Spiritus Lumine teaches you how.
Many churches today plainly teach that if you don’t believe and follow their teachings, you will suffer eternal punishment. Strangely, they cannot see a contradiction in their claims that God is a loving father while also proclaiming that one will be eternally punished in a burning hell if they don’t do what the church says. Spiritus Lumine has no such belief. Others, who belong to large national churches, have yet to comprehend the political manipulation and power these churches exert on large populations under the pretense of carrying out God’s will. They have become little more than a consolidated arm of government and a nationalized religion. Spiritus Lumine rejects all forms of religious and political manipulation.
The Nub of the Problem
What it comes down to is this, one must decide whether they can trust the Divine to supply them with the answers they need or whether they must rely on scripture texts and religious teachers to explain it all. One must decide if the threat of eternal punishment is God’s plan for humankind or a twisted perversion of divine law used to control the masses. One must decide who is responsible for deciding what is good, bad, right, and wrong. And, when religious organizations openly persecute people based on race and gender, one must decide if that is truly God’s will or a sick and twisted hatred seeking to pit people against each other.
To be clear, Spiritus Lumine believes the Divine speaks to us all and that we can train ourselves to become channels of the Divine Light. We do not believe in eternal punishment or in a God that exacts vengeance and harm. Though we believe in karma, its purpose is to train and grow us into better people–never to punish. We believe humans were meant to commune with God and to become Spiritual Sovereigns–people who act on what they learn is good, bad, right, and wrong. Spiritus Lumine believes we are all one. To act negatively against anyone or any group is to act against our own interests. To harm you is to harm me.
Religion and the Sovereign
Even though there are serious problems with today’s religious organization, a sovereign is not anti-religious. The sovereign respects religion, religious people, and the many good works that religious organizations provide in communities around the world. They appreciate the spiritual training and comfort these many religious traditions provide for those seeking answers to many of life’s problems. At the same time, a sovereign does not allow any person, political system, organization, or religious tradition to impose its belief system on them or to dictate what is good, bad, right, and wrong.
Sovereigns understand they are extensions of God’s consciousness. As such, they are fully empowered to make all decisions for their life. They also realize that each of us, whether religious or not, bears responsibility for each decision we make, even if it is done under the cover of religious teachings. One cannot escape karma by falsely claiming, “my religion and politics say I must believe and do things that would demean, bring harm, or take away the rights of a marginalized group.” There is a price to pay for harming others, even if it is done in ignorance.
Can You Be Sovereign and Religious?
The sovereign is free to choose what is best for them. If they want to continue in a religious tradition, that is certainly their choice. They have every right to enjoy friendships and fellowship with family, friends, and those they love. Even so, a sovereign does not blindly follow any religious group nor feel obligated to agree with all of its teachings. One can appreciate a religious organization even when they do not agree with all of its teachings.
Even though a sovereign’s beliefs are a source of hidden fullness, it is best to honor the law of silence and not reveal personal beliefs to those who are not ready to receive them. A sovereign need not wring their hands or feel guilty because they hold beliefs not held by fellow church members. Remember, most organizations are filled with members holding all kinds of beliefs that do not perfectly align with a religious tradition.
Having said all of this, if sovereigns are members of a church, they should be good members who actively support all good works and encouraging additional ones. Sovereigns should take care never to speak against core religious beliefs and traditions nor expect their church to change what it believes to suit them. As sovereigns, we understand our beliefs are a minority view. We respect the rights of religious organizations to follow its teachings. Instead, we behave as gracious visitors. However, if necessary, sovereigns should certainly try and influence any church decisions they believe are misguided or unkind. They should never obey an edict or command that is unkind or would mistreat others.
Be A Sovereign
There is a difference between being a Sovereign and being religious. Sovereignty results from a realization that we are an extension of God Consciousness who is willing to act as an agent on behalf of the Divine. Religious organizations are long-standing traditions in which like-minded people affiliate to study spiritual teachings. While different, the two do not have to be mutually different. If one can keep their priorities straight, one should easily be able to do both.
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