What's Hot...and What's Not
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Hot: Find out for yourself
Not: Pre-packaged belief systems
Hot: Personal exploration
Not: Organized religion
Hot: Questioning, examining, and thinking
Not: Blind faith
Hot: Religion as a history lesson (Eg. "Jesus went here, did this; Buddha went there, said that")
Not: What is happening here, now?
Hot: Your true self as the final authority
Not: The minister/priest/book as the unquestionable authority
Hot: Clarifying basic assumptions
Not: More and more and more information
Hot: Direct knowledge
Not: Indirect, secondhand knowledge
Hot: Following the lead of the founders of various religions.
Not: Merely glorifying the founders of various religions.
Hot: Religious tolerance
Not: "The religion I was born into is right, and the only one that's right."
Hot: Think for yourself
Not: "I'll do the thinking for both of us"
Hot: A rigorous investigation of spiritual truth
Not: Science verses religion; religion verses science
Hot: Alternative, "non-mainstream" spirituality
Hot: Asking, "What do you really know for sure?"
Not: Unquestionable assumptions/sacred cows
Hot: "Why do I believe this?"
Not: "This is what I believe."
Hot: "I know."
Not: "I believe"
Hot: We are evolving creatures
Not: We are fallen creatures
Hot: Bliss and ecstasy
Hot: "Look what I've discovered."
Not: "You should believe what I tell you to."
Hot: Sexuality in harmony with spirituality
Not: Sex as sinful
Hot: Questioning advice
Not: Taking advice
Hot: Lively but respectful dialogue
Not: My religion/guru can beat up your religion/guru
Hot: Religion as translational and ego-consoling
Not: Spirituality as transformational and ego-annihilating
Hot: Actively working
Not: Passively waiting (i.e. for "grace," "faith," "heaven," the "second coming," etc)
Hot: "Bridging heaven and earth"
Not: "The flesh at war with the spirit"
Hot: Friendship in the investigation of truth
Not: Sectarianism in dogma
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