Why does universal agreement on spiritual ideology seem impossible? What is causing so much disconnect between not just the different sects of the world but also between the different denominations within each sect?
Why did the followers of Jesus feel the need to create a whole new religion? What made Martin Luther separate from the Catholic church of Rome? Why do Catholics and Protestants bomb each other in the streets of Ireland? Why do the Sunnis and the Shiites clash? Why did the Northern School of Buddhism separate from the Southern School? Why are there 5 different schools of Tibetan Buddhism? The political reasons for the turmoil were not enough to cause such deep animosity. As each piece of the puzzle came into focus, the evidence pointed to the fact that there are two paths of spiritual attainment that share the same road. The path to attainment is not a one-way street. Like the highways of today,
The road runs both ways.
Let’s imagine two travelers who plan to trek the entire length of Interstate 55 or I-55 as it is more commonly known. This road is 964 miles long and it is a north/south corridor through the center of the United States. This road runs from Chicago through St. Louis and Memphis and culminates very near New Orleans. The first traveler begins the journey in Chicago and traverses the road south to New Orleans. The second traveler is traveling the exact same road, but they begin in New Orleans and journey north to Chicago. Both have traveled I-55, but they have not had the same experience. One moved from the land of the Cubs to the land of the Saints. The other started in the steamy jazz salons of Bourbon Street and ended in the Windy City, a cold skyscraper filled metropolis. They have seen the same landmarks like the St. Louis arch and Memphis’ pyramid, but these landmarks appeared on their horizons in a different order. The order of events has bearing on the archetypal meanings that are ascribed to each event. For the southbound traveler, the pyramid was the last major event before attaining New Orleans. However for our northbound traveler, the pyramid was the first major event they encountered.
Imagine how the conversation would go when these two people compare notes. One would declare that Chicago was the starting point while the other would emphatically know, from their personal experience, that Chicago was the final attainment. They would not be able to agree on any point except that they both traveled I-55. So, who is right? They both are! The experience of each traveler is relative to the starting point and direction of travel. It is not until each traveler returns to their point of origin that they are able to understand the viewpoint of the other.
The archeological evidence confirms that there is a basic two-fold energetic system that explains the multiplicity of human spiritual development and belief. There is the Way of Grace, more commonly known today as the Grail Path. This path is for those who have creative, mentally scattered, nurturing, or an emotionally based personality. This traveler begins at the northern most point or in the previous example, Chicago, and moves down the road. There is the Way of Passion, which is commonly referred to as the Hero’s Journey. This path is meant for those who have an intellectual, logical, or ego-based personality. This was the traveler who started from the base of the path, New Orleans, and worked their way up the road.
These two paths are mutually annihilating. This means that when a person switches from one path to the other, in mid-stream of the spiritual journey, all previous attainment is destroyed. It is like a sand castle that is washed away every time the tide comes in or like Sisyphus who pushes a boulder up the hill only for it to roll back down again. When the practices of the two paths are mixed and matched, the result is a continuous cycle of advance and retreat. The student launches a new voyage into the inner consciousness again and again, never to complete the journey or reach any level of sustained attainment.
Great animosity is created when an inharmonious energy is imposed upon a person without their consent because it inflicts psychological damage. The psychological damage can be a temporary setback like having a brain fog that lasts from a few days to a few weeks or it can be a permanent mental debilitation.
Who wouldn’t want to destroy a person or group that is constantly causing psychological distress? Might as well add the label “Anti-Christ” to further ignite the populous to violent action.
Both paths are valid and necessary for our world to function. Ego-based personalities gain the right-brained capacities of compassion and seeing the whole picture when they “shed the flesh” or are “born again.” Emotional-based personalities gain the left-brained capacities of logical understanding and the ability to break an overwhelming task into manageable pieces when they fill with Grace from above. When we understand that the needs of the ego-based personality and the emotional-based personality are very different, then we can develop strategies for these two mindsets to work together and bring peace to our world.