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, for a spirituality to be considered authentic it needs to be

  1. Fruitful,
  2. Grounded,
  3. Embodied,
  4. Empowering,
  5. Responsible,
  6. Accessible,
  7. Empirical.

Notes

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

The Buddha speaks of pillar five, the accessiblity 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."[1]

The Buddha alludes to pillar forr, 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.[2]

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."[3]


Further Reading

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


Footnotes

  1. Rhys Davids, T. W.. The Book of Great Decease: MAHA-PARINIBBANA-SUTTA (With Active Table of Contents). Kindle Edition. "
  2. Rhys Davids, T. W.. The Book of Great Decease: MAHA-PARINIBBANA-SUTTA (With Active Table of Contents). Kindle Edition."
  3. 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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