It is not our role here to advise you as to who might have the right answer. One enduring idea we can identify for you from many of these sets of spiritual beliefs is that we should treat others in the way that we would prefer to be treated ourselves. This idea is so fundamental, that it has come to be called the “golden rule”. It is the foundation for the notion of a love that goes beyond yourself to a love for those around, a love so powerful that you might place their interests before your own. The Pathway To Excellence is, in many ways, about the story of the discovery of this golden rule in the lives of each of us and its application in instinctively and selflessly extending our love and service to those we encounter along the way.
We all need a philosophy to guide us as to the “why”, the “how” and the “what” of our world. This philosophy links our purpose to our people, our place, and our practice. It takes us beyond ourselves to a greater appreciation of the whole. We can’t know it all, and we will have to develop some idea, therefore, about what we believe. We might well spend a lifetime asking questions and exploring ideas alone and with our friends and colleagues. We might change our minds or settle on a particular set of beliefs along the way. We will need to acknowledge that no single human, by themselves, has the capacity to generate the only true answer to each of the questions. What we do know is that those who do take the time to explore their spirituality in depth, to develop a personal philosophy in keeping with their sense of spirituality, and to support others doing the same are more likely to commit themselves to the service of others. This will, therefore, be time well spent.
We can contemplate our Spiritual Practice by considering the following questions:
- Do I appreciate the value of cultivating a personal spiritual perspective for my well-being and overall quality of life?
- Am I very curious and interested in learning about different spiritual perspectives, traditions and practices?
- Do I have a sense of gratitude and optimism that helps me put things in perspective and to appreciate the world around me?
- If someone asked me, would I be able to tell the story of my personal spiritual journey and the spiritual routines and practices that help me?
- Do my friends and I enjoy discussing and debating our different spiritual perspectives, interests and practices?