The theme of the walk was message/messenger. A message is any means ;If that communicates. A messenger is anything that brings the message. Both Western and Eastern religions emphasize the messenger and the message is held sacred. This is an illusion of the true meaning of sacred as it relates to external reality. This illusion is what creates the image of Savior. It is an easy progression from the concept of Savior to the personification of Savior.

The spiritual principle of conscious awareness places emphasis on the message, not on the messenger. For the mystic, it is the message that is sacred. It is the message that brings with it Divine mystery. Divine mystery is the first test of authenticity. An authentic message is wrapped in Divine mystery.

Divine mystery is universal, it is holistic, and it has no fractures. It has no exclusive parts. Divine mystery is the mystery of the Great Spirit, a spirit called by many names, and worshiped by many different cultures. The quality of Divine mystery is the universal quality found in all religions-a spirit characterized by love and compassion. The proclamation of a LOVE energy is characterized by these three words: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresent. Divine love is a tangible force. It is all-powerful, all- knowing, and eternally present.

This Divine energy is never exclusive; it is always inclusive. By its very nature, it can be nothing else. Cultures discover this Force through various means. When they do, they come to know the wisdom of this message. For cultures needing a “sky-God”, the messenger took on anthropomorphic characteristics. In the illusion of external reality, without the discernment of deep spiritual consciousness, they mistook the message for the messenger. This is especially true for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The culture in the West turned the messenger into the exclusive property of a particular group or groups that emerged from these cultures.

Systems of religious doctrine are typically anthropomorphic, dramaturgical, and possess magical properties. Once these energy forms became concrete in the culture, they took on a life of their own. In doing so, they choked the message from the messenger.

Spirituality is not necessarily religious, nor is religion necessarily spiritual. The test is whether or not the message is wrapped in Divine mystery. The Spirit is eternal love. All of a religion’s doctrines, all of its systems of logic and all of its cultural biases are lost in the heart and depth of Divine mystery.

The Spirit is demanding that we awaken from our childishness. It demands that we awaken from our religious illusion and we become inclusive of all. It is time we drop all barriers that keep us separated from one another, from the earth, the plants, the animals, the birds; from all that life has given us. The purpose of life is life itself and its message is LOVE.

From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan.
© Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.