Problems are created by the sense of separation which pervades the material stages of consciousness. These problems can be healed by the sense of integration experienced in the spiritual stages of consciousness.
A sense of guilt is very common in the material stages of consciousness. In these, guilt can run rampant, causing severe limitation in a person's path of spiritual development. A sense of guilt can spring from a real cause, such as a failure to live up to an obligation to help another person, or it can have its roots in imaginary fears. After all, guilt is one of the many manifestations of fear.
For example, a person can worry that they may be spiritually inadequate, even a sinner, perhaps. This creates the fear that God will not love them.
Such thoughts are created within the material range of consciousness. However, upon moving into the spiritual stages of consciousness, the reality changes radically. It's as if, in the spiritual world, the opposite is true. Instead of worrying about a lack of God's love, your main challenge is to channel the unlimited love which fills the universe without being too distracted from your daily life by all of this wonderful energy.
One of the main sources of guilt in modern society is the idea that humankind once fell from grace, and therefore it is fundamentally flawed. The question is, are we descended from sinners or are we simply part of an adventure where we explore life in a particularly realistic way thanks to our spiritual disconnection? I think that the answer lies, oddly enough, with the Ford Motor Company!
The Ford Motor Company has built millions of cars over the decades. Some of them have later been found to have defects. Invariably, serious defects have led to complete recalls of the affected cars so that the faults can be promptly corrected.
Now, if a manufacturer of cars can be so efficient in fixing any defects in the cars they make, why would God be any less efficient in fixing an alleged fault in the creation called humanity? Unless, of course, it's not a fault but actually a design feature.
God, the Creator of humanity, did not recall humanity to correct the alleged fault of spiritual disconnection. Therefore, it must be a design feature and not a fault. Life as a human is about finding out how to reconnect spiritually under the most realistic and challenging circumstances. And we continually rise to this challenge.
The higher stages of human consciousness are all about the development of spirituality. We are entering those stages of spiritual consciousness today, so wave good-bye to imaginary guilt and move ahead with confidence into the realms of spiritual expansion which lie before you.
This article was an excerpt from Owen Waters' new book, Love, Light, Laughter: The New Spirituality, available in paperback.
The title of this book focuses on today's emerging stages of consciousness. These stages encompass unconditional love, the light of knowledge obtained through inspiration, and the joy of contact with the powerful creativity of your soul. Once people begin to recognize and flow the unconditional love that naturally fills their hearts, they go on to find the light that streams continually outwards from their very souls - filling their beings with inspiration. Within the light, they discover the laughter - the joy of spiritual contact, which offers happiness regardless of any external circumstances.
The hallmarks of the New Spirituality, therefore, are love, light, and laughter. They are the experience and the consciousness upon which we can build a New Reality. They are the seeds of a greater awareness, a greater love, and a greater understanding for all of the people upon the Earth. The world is changing. Discover exactly where this Shift will lead by reading this vital and timely book.
"Heart-centered awareness is what this beautifully written book is all about. Blessedly lacking in dogma, it illustrates on every page that each of us already is loving, wise and joyful if we only open to our inner being. This isn't an esoteric process for initiates; it's for everyone. The many real-life examples Owen offers demonstrate how we can start to follow a path illuminated by our own loving nature, and the great benefits that result." --Peter Shepherd