I was asked to write “A Vision Statement for Spiritual Development” for the Spiritual Awareness Community of the Cascades. Yesterday I did my final draft after a week of rewrites and printed copies for all of our members for this evening’s meeting.
We strive to make our world a place where all beings can live
a full life. We acknowledge a companionship with all living
beings and the need to share our world with them. The journey
toward that goal begins with cultivating a kind relationship with
ourselves, with our living companions and with all sentient
beings wherever they exist. We choose to create love in our
hearts for them and kind actions in our external world that will
help them thrive in theirs. We accept responsibility for helping
that part of the Universe we live within to fulfill its potentials
and for our helping all living things to thrive. We understand
that we thrive when we help others to thrive and as we
cultivate the habits of kindness toward others we cultivate it
toward our own selves. We have seen people evolve in
contentment, vigor, wisdom, and prosperity through
intentional kindness to all and we choose to follow that path.
Thank you to all those whose kindness helps us to thrive.
There were several positive comments about this draft and no negative ones. My attempt was to make a general statement that would be inclusive and specific at the same time without making any unfounded claims or unsubstantiatable assertions of reality or strivings for impossible dreams. The only problem was that it didn’t make a clear enough declaration of purpose for our group. One of the folks said we were adrift and lacked any goal and asked what purpose should there be for our group. It’s not just entertainment, and it’s more than just studying our navel and other chakras. But, what is it? I began by looking at the definitions of purpose.
Noun 1. purpose – an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; “his intent was to provide a new translation”; “good intentions are not enough”; “it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs”; “he made no secret of his designs”; aim, intent, intention, design, goal, end – the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; “the ends justify the means”
Copied from thefreedictionary – purpose
My purpose is many things, but the philosophical one closest to my present feeling is the Stoic one which I have written about and is easy to understand and easy to apply. I have also written about Tao as defined by Lao Tzu, which is great but obscure. I like Jesus and his challenge to raise one’s self to a higher state of being. And much more, but my thoughts on the Spiritual Awareness Community are to move the group beyond awareness to physical actions that cultivate spiritual growth, and maturity.
Today’s meeting included some examples of physical behaviors that I will be promoting for effective physical practice.