One of the most effective ways of preventing a group of people from succeeding in whatever it is they are striving to accomplish is to split them up by getting them to disagree on something.
A group’s strength lies in what they have in common. The concept of “strength in numbers” only works if said numbers are working together. Their common unity binds them together and makes them powerful while their weakness is what they do not have in common.
Even the most dynamic group will fall to pieces as soon as the individuals are more focused on their differences than their common goal.
This concept of divide and conquer has been utilized since before anyone can remember and due to its efficiency, it is the standard strategy employed in this world to keep us week and subordinate. It is the killer of all revolutions.
Fortunately for us spiritual revolutionaries, this technique has no effect on us… or does it?
The funny thing about spirituality is that, being transcendental to all things material, it is difficult to define in material terms. Spirituality is a state of consciousness that cannot be externally observed because the determining factor that deems something either spiritual or material is not what is done, but the motivation behind why it is done.
Thus, a thing or an action cannot be considered inherently spiritual without considering the state of consciousness of an individual interacting with it.
|Watercolour by Edgar Bundy, 1911|
Therefore, everyone in this world is a unique mixture of materialist and spiritualist. Our consciousness fluctuates between self-centric and God-centric. Anyone who is honest will admit that they are not one hundred percent God-centric.
So even if we are highly advanced spiritualists, there is still the tendency for us to be subjected to and (temporarily) destroyed by the concept of “divide and conquer” when we lose focus of our true mission.
The reason i bring this up is because currently our “spiritual revolution” is being hampered by this unfortunate phenomenon. Instead of working together we have started campaigning against one another over trivial matters that have nothing to do with spiritual principles. We are caught up on details and it is dividing us.
Whether our disagreements are over dietary choices, wardrobe preferences, the details of our origin, the importance of public opinion, the concept of authority, who sits where, or any other such matter, none of these issues will make or break our ultimate goal of love of God. We simply look like fools.
The spiritual movement is not weak because we haven’t resolved these issues… it is weak because we are giving these material issues more importance than they deserve and we are not putting enough focus on the process of spirituality itself.
Material things or activities cannot hinder true spirituality. The only thing that hinders a spiritual movement is our own materialistic consciousness.
When we put our focus on redirecting our consciousness then nothing can stop us. But if we remain focused on petty details then noting can help us.
Let’s get back in the game, shall we?