Improving spiritual belief, the past, and science

I am very much into improving on the spiritual beliefs that have been passed down from the past. I believe the best spiritual beliefs tend to survive(provided they are effectively circulated so as to be adequately tested)because they work. It is often difficult to get people to be receptive to new spiritual beliefs, because people tend to become really attached to beliefs that they are familiar with, and that have a lot of support in this world. It is often comforting to people to have a similar mindset as others. Often people accept certain beliefs/theories about the past, that tend to limit there ability to explore, develop or be receptive to better/new spiritual beliefs. People will often believe that nothing new ever exists and that the ancients had all the spiritual wisdom anyone would ever need. They may even believe that aliens or some really advanced spiritual being(s)gave the ancients really special spiritual knowledge.

Often people will try to use science or a scientific approach to try to back up the spiritual beliefs they want to hang on to. But, the spiritual is not a science. A lot of things are not really thoroughly proven by science, because often not enough evidence exists. When the evidence is not very solid, people can come up with all kinds of wild theories that they feel fits what evidence does exist. A lot of people are always looking for some sort of extra validation to try to support in some way the spiritual ideology/beliefs they are attached to. We must understand that we can not get all the answers using a scientific approach, since sometimes the evidence is just not good enough. Often false evidence is manufactured or the evidence that exists can allow for many explanations. One just has to listen to an account of a crime investigation to see how easy it is to draw the wrong conclusions when one does not have really solid evidence.

I believe really strongly that the spiritual beliefs that help one to be able to better handle the big spiritual challenges/crises that one will face in this world are the ones that will be closest to the truth. That it is in this physical world we exist in that our spiritual beliefs are really tested as to how good they are in helping us deal with the very intense challenges that exist here. I believe really good spiritual training will be able to put one into really intense/challenging physical/spiritual states that will make one very aware of what spiritual beliefs are working for you and which are not. If one has not really ever been really challenged/tested as to  how well ones spiritual beliefs are able to handle great pressure/stress, then one can not really know how good they really work for you. I do really intense spiritual training, so I speak from personal experience.

I feel it is so important to understand that the spiritual and science are very different. That they must be approached in a very different way in order to make sense of what they focus on. That the material world needs to be studied quite differently than the spiritual is. That often science tries to get too much into the study of the human spirit(using the scientific method) as happens often in the field of psychology/mental health,  and those in the spiritual field often get too much in to trying to prove(look for support for)things/theories about the material world that can best be handled by science provided enough evidence exists.

The spiritual is non-material and deals with emotions.  The spiritual has a lot of impact on this world since it underlies all of reality and affects how well one can direct ones emotions and desires in a positive direction.  We are not just machines, but have a spirit with a lot of power to impact our reality spiritually.  Our mind needs to better figure out how the spiritual works, so that we can better interpret what is happening on this level and figure out how to be more effective in a positive way spiritually/emotionally.

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  • Thomas Goodwin "astrogoodwin"

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