Seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality

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The Seven Pillars of Authentic Spirituality are seven characteristics that all authentic spiritualities and religions should have. As outlined in the book Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality,[1] for a spirituality to be considered authentic it needs to be fruitful, accessible and inclusive, grounded and embodied, responsible and non-judgmental, empowering, fruitful, logical and consistent, and empirical and verifiable.

Notes

For a spirituality to be authentic, all pillars must be present.

The Buddha speaks of pillar five, the accessibility of authentic spirituality when he says "I have preached the truth without making any distinction between exoteric and esoteric doctrine: for in respect of the truths, Ananda, the Tathagata has no such thing as the closed fist of a teacher, who keeps some things back."[2]

The Buddha alludes to pillar four, empowering, when he encourages his buddy Ananda to be an independent and empowered truth seeker: "'Therefore, O Ananda, be ye lamps unto yourselves. Be ye a refuge to yourselves. Betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the truth as a lamp. Hold fast as a refuge to the truth. Look not for refuge to any one besides yourselves.[3]

Wild Fox Koan...

Pillar One: Accessibility and Inclusivity

1 Corinthians 14 contains a stipulation that spiritual teachings should be accessible and free of EPMO.

Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church (1 Corinthians 14: 5-12).

Empirical

Marilyn Schlitz, Eugene Taylor, and Nola Lewis call for an expanded epistemology, a "radically empirical" epistemology, after William James. "A noetic sciences epistemology would focus on open inquiry and public (intersubjective) validation of knowledge, even while recognizing that these goals may be met only incompletely at any particular time. This epistemology would be "radically empirical" in the sense urged by William James: It would be phenomenological or experiential in a broad sense, including subjective experience as primary data in addition to physical-sense data. And it would address the totality of human experience -- reported phenomena would not be dismissed because they "violate known scientific laws."[4]

Further Reading

Sosteric, Mike. (RSGAS). The Rocket Scientists' Guide to Authentic Spirituality. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press. [1]


Footnotes

  1. Sosteric. Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Authentic Spirituality. St. Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press. https://press.lightningpath.org/product/rocket-scientists-guide-authentic-spirituality/.
  2. Rhys Davids, T. W.. The Book of Great Decease: MAHA-PARINIBBANA-SUTTA (With Active Table of Contents). Kindle Edition. "
  3. Rhys Davids, T. W.. The Book of Great Decease: MAHA-PARINIBBANA-SUTTA (With Active Table of Contents). Kindle Edition."
  4. Schlitz, Marilyn, Taylor, Eugene, and Lewis, Nola, “Toward a Noetic Model of Medicine,” Noetic Sciences Review Fall//Winter, no. 47 (1998): 57.
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