There are moments in one's experience when a thought which has been around for quite awhile, whether it be for days, weeks or months, suddenly becomes immediate or brought into focus. It is not unlike seeing objects through a new pair of spectacles, acquired because the old prescription has become unfit for purpose. Thus it was that recently the idea that I should attempt to see the world around me in a different way, suddenly came into a new focus. From a psychological point of view, one might frame this idea as seeing the world through the eyes of the True or Higher Self, the Transpersonal Self. For the Christian, perhaps, it is an attempt to see the world as the Inner Christ would see it, if that were possible.
It is perhaps unfortunate that words play such a large part in our ideas. Whereas I am comfortable with the idea of seeing the world through the eyes of my Higher Self, even though the practice is likely to be far more difficult than the propounding of the idea, the introduction of the word 'Christ', whether it be of the 'Inner' or the historical variety, can and does generate problems for some people. Much the same applies to the God word. When the religious words are used, there seems also to be a natural tendency to place them in the same bracket as the Church. And now comes my difficulty regarding the teachings of the Church, for it seems to me that either the Church has forgotten its true calling, or has simply ignored it for more worldly considerations such as politics and morality.
As I pointed out elsewhere, it seems to me that the main, even perhaps the sole, function of morality is help us as a large (and getting daily larger) group of egos to get along together. Thus morality recognises the need to curb the natural inclinations of the ego, but does little to further the cause of mysticism, the natural realm of the Higher Self. It seems to me, therefore, that whatever the Church may aspire to, its teachings (other than the expounding of the Christian mythology) fall far short of what the Christ actually taught. I should add at this juncture that I recognise that this falling short of spiritual aspiration does not apply to many religious people, Christian or otherwise, who are genuinely searching for spiritual truth, as are many non-religious people.
Morality, then, is not the prime baggage to be jettisoned in the cause of the Higher Self which is the most obvious source of egoless love. If one lives by the gentle, and on occasions the very ungentle, dictates of love, morality becomes redundant and disappears of itself. Regrettably, it says much about our species that from the very beginnings of settled societies, religious and political law have needed to come together, one perhaps being the precursor of the other, to set behavioural standards that are acceptable to the majority of people living under those laws. Punishment inevitably followed.
However this script may appear, I have not intended to write a negative criticism of the Church, of morality, of religion, or indeed of any other characteristic or activity, singly or communally, of the human race. Such attacks would have little, if any, value for me. What I have tried to do is to identify one area, an admittedly relatively easy, first-step area, in which I can begin the inclusive process of living through my Higher Self, namely that of living from love rather than from morality. And this arises from a very real need to become available for whatever down-pouring of the spirit that may be waiting to infuse my being. It is a step, maybe only a faltering step, towards achieving an inner, spiritual (or transpersonal, if preferred) balance, a step towards seeing reality in all its awesome aspect. I may not be able to affect the outcome of that down-pouring, but at the very least I can indicate a willingness to participate in the process.