Spiritual Reliability Recovering from Religion
By Richard Seaman
As I began writing Spiritual Reliability I was forced to look at my own reliability in regards to my life and this book. I started this project with an intention to write a book, which is different from the previous book I wrote, "It's All in the Sharing". With Sharing I didn't set out to write a book. It was a personal journal that birthed itself in a strange way and became a book. I didn't become reliable to "Sharing" until it was in its final stages. I realized it was a book and I needed to publish it. This time is different because I set out to write a book, which means I have to be spiritually reliable and committed to its final outcome. I had to show up like it was a job that I have been hired to do.
My writing conveys how to be spiritually reliable. I struggle with spiritual reliability myself, which takes me back to a teaching I teach. "We teach what we need to learn the most". It is never easy to show up for God, to be his hands and voice. Sometimes it can be very easy to show up because there is a groove we slide into; somehow it lifts us up, over it and through the struggle. We connect to God and become Spirits tool. This space of possibility is a mystery to me every day. Why sometimes can we find the "groove" and why sometimes do struggle with it?
God's is the ultimate all knowing divine being, moving around us and through us. We are never disconnected from God; we are always supported by his presence. If this is true why do we struggle with this reality? Why do we feel disconnected from God? This book is about how to recognize and learn how to move into being spiritually reliable, allowing ourselves to be used for God's greater purpose.
I have been a Life Coach and teacher for fifteen years. I have had thousands of people share their life stories with me. I have figured out why so many of us suffer in our lives. I believe it is because we feel we are disconnected from others and therefore we disconnect from God and believe that God doesn't love us either. Most of us were never introduced to God as an all-loving presence, who supports us. Most of us were born and raised into a family's who believe God is judgmental and punishes us when we are bad. Many of us disconnect from this fierce God who will send us to hell. We are all sinners according to religion. It doesn't surprise me that our world has become so unhealthy and dysfunctional when most of us have disconnected from the ultimate power, which can keep us aligned to our greatness, goodness and keep us in the light. Religion has failed the world and given humanity a vein of fear, which manipulates our sense of self-righteousness and teaches us judgment and separation.
When Jesus walked the earth he didn't teach fear, lack or separateness. He taught the nine fruits of the Spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. Against such things there is no law, Galatians 5:22 -24. When I see these four letters, "WWJD" (what would Jesus do?) It reminds and aligns me with the mind of Jesus. There are many other teachers past and current who have taken on this compassion towards humanity to assist in the greater good of the world. Teachers like, Mother Theresa, Don Miguel Ruiz, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Buddha, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Oprah Winfrey, Neale Donald Walsh and many more. The theme within all of these great teachers is they were/are Spiritually Reliable. They are willing to be used by God for his purpose. They asked the question, "How may I best serve?" They listened and then act with their life to contribute to a greater more profound healing purpose in the world.
There is religion and there is spirituality. The differences between the two are profound yet similar. I am not here to judge religion only to shine a light to guide you back to God if you ever left or departed because of the disconnect you may have experienced through religion. This book is for anyone who walked away from God because of religious constraints, boxes and judgments. This book is about connecting or reconnecting you to your spirituality, which is available to everyone if you just open up and move towards it. Connecting you to the art of Spiritual Reliability and helping you recover from religion.
In Divine Timing