Quotations in maroon are from
The Dance of Wounded Souls by Robert Burney (Copyright 1995).
from columns & articles (Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) written
by Mr. Burney are noted and in blue text. Blue text material that is not
in quotes is from Robert's upcoming book Wounded Souls Dancing in the
Light (Copyright 1998) unless otherwise noted.
There are several authors quoted in excerpts from The Dance of Wounded
Souls, those are noted with copyright acknowledgment at the end of the
Mystical Metaphysical Spirituality
The belief system which the work of Robert Burney is based upon starts
with the belief that the Truth of who we really are is:
Spiritual Beings having a human experience!
"We are not weak, sinful, shameful human creatures
who have to somehow earn the right to become Spiritual. We are Spiritual
Beings having a human experience. That is a 180-degree swing in perspective.
It changes everything!
As John Lennon said, "Imagine." Imagine a world
based upon this knowledge.
The belief that there is something inherently
wrong or shameful about being human is all-pervasive in human civilized
society. It is woven into the fabric of civilized societies around the
There is nothing shameful or bad about being human!
We are NOT being punished for something some dude
did in a Garden thousands of years ago!!!
We are NOT being punished because some angels
tried a coup d'etat on some bearded male god.
We are NOT being punished, as some of the new
age psychics and channeled entities claim, as the result of our ancestors
becoming trapped in the lower vibrational frequencies because they liked
sex too much, or procreated with animals.
THAT IS ALL BULLSHIT!!!
Those are twisted, distorted,
grotesquely warped misinterpretations of what were originally symbolic,
metaphoric, allegorical attempts to explain the unexplainable. They
no longer contain more than an echo of a grain of Truth in them.
They have been distorted so grotesquely because of the shame which humans
assumed came with the pain of the original wound.
We are also not trapped in a
vale of tears because there is no God-Force. We do not exist
simply because of some biological accident.
And we are not going through
a cycle of lifetimes simply because that is all there is - or as Buddha
supposedly taught, of which the goal is to cease to exist.
I say supposedly because it is
very difficult to discern what Buddha actually taught and what distortions
polluted the Truth which he accessed.
The teachings of all the Master Teachers, of all
the world’s religions, contain some Truth along with a lot of distortions
and lies. Discerning Truth is often like recovering treasure from
shipwrecks that have been sitting on the ocean floor for hundreds of years
- the grains of Truth, the nuggets of gold, have become encrusted with
garbage over the years."
"We are transcendent Spiritual Beings who are
part of the ONENESS that is the God-Force. We always have been and always
will be. We are perfect in our Spiritual Essence. We are perfectly where
we are supposed to be on our Spiritual Path. And from a human perspective
we will never be able to do "human" perfectly - which is perfect.
We have been trying to do human perfect according
to a false belief system in order to get Spiritual. It does not work. It's
"Life is not some kind of test, that if we fail,
we will be punished. We are not human creatures who are being punished
by an avenging god. We are not trapped in some kind of tragic place out
of which we have to earn our way by doing the "right" things. We are Spiritual
Beings having a human experience. We are here to learn. We are here to
go through this process that is life. We are here to feel these feelings."
"In order to make any progress in learning to
Love and trust ourselves we need to have a Spiritual belief system that
supports the possibility that we are unconditionally Loved. This is vital
in helping us to stop shaming and judging ourselves."
"We are all experiencing a Spiritual evolutionary
process which is unfolding perfectly and always has been. Everything is
unfolding perfectly according to divine plan, in alignment with precise
mathematically, musically attuned laws of energy interaction."
"I spent most of my life feeling like I was being
punished because I was taught that God was punishing and that I was unworthy
and deserved to be punished. I had thrown out those beliefs about God and
life on a conscious, intellectual level in my late teens - but in Recovery
I was horrified to discover that I was still reacting to life emotionally
based on those beliefs.
I realized that my perspective of life was being
determined by beliefs that I had been taught as a child even though they
were not what I believed as an adult. That perspective caused my emotional
truth to be that I felt like life was punishing me, and that I was not
good enough - that something was wrong with me. I felt like a victim of
life, like a victim of myself, at the same time that I was blaming others
for not making me happy.
I had to start trying to find a concept of a Higher
Power who could Love me even though I was an imperfect human. If my Creator
is judging me then who am I not to judge myself? On the other hand if the
Goddess Loves me unconditionally then who am I not to Love myself? And
if the God/Goddess/Great Spirit/Universal Force Truly Loves me then everything
has to be happening for reasons that are ultimately Loving.
The more I came to believe and trust - what some
place deep inside of me I could feel, could remember, was the Truth - that
all of the pieces of this puzzle of life fit together perfectly, and that
there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mistakes, the more I was able
to accept and Love myself and others. And the more I was able to trust
the process, myself, and my Higher Power."
"The reason that we have not been Loving our neighbor
as ourselves is because we have been doing it backwards. We were taught
to judge and feel ashamed of ourselves. We were taught to hate ourselves
for being human.
We are here to learn to Love ourselves so that
we can Truly Love our neighbors. We've been doing it backwards: hating
our neighbors like we hate ourselves.
It is kind of a cosmic joke, see. We have been
taught that we are human and that it is bad and shameful, and that we have
to somehow earn the right to be Spiritual. The Truth is that we already
are Spiritual and there is nothing bad or shameful about 'being human'."
Spiritual Beings having a human experience.
This is the polar opposite of the beliefs which underlie Civilization.
In order to become aligned with the Truth of an Unconditionally Loving
Higher Power/God-Force/Goddess Energy/Great Spirit we need to change
our relationships with ourselves and everything in our life.
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