In the Christian tradition it is called the Christ Consciousness. In the Buddhist tradition it is called the Buddha Nature. Whatever the name, there is a pureness that resides within each of us waiting to be discovered. Our ego will do what it can to hamper the exploitation and discovery of this jewel. Once we have not only discovered this essence within but allowed it to flourish, we then have no need for the ego and therefore the inner conflict.
The spiritual path is the unfoldment of that pure essence to live a more fulfilling life within this physical plane of existence. When we bring our purest nature to the world our life becomes richer and fuller and we make a greater contribution to the world.
We may not all bring great works of art or music to the world but we may be great parents, create wealth that is shared with employees, coach teams that instill sportsmanship and respect, or become politicians that not only vote our conscience but are able to work with others in compromise to build a stronger community. The list of what we can bring to the world is endless.
As individuals our only real job is to work to uncover that pureness within ourselves and live our lives in a way that contributes to the greater good of the world. In this endeavor we may find we can respect others for their path and let go of the idea that there is but one path to goodness. This is where respect begins and the ability to work together for the greater good with all people.
My job is not to “tell” you how to look and be but rather to shine myself and assist you in creating your unique light.
The invitation is to step out of the “masquerade” and allow your essence to come forth.
The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles.
He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.