The sixth Tenet of Ta'amism reminds us of our deep passion for the beliefs of others, and part of this deepening involves how a Ta'amist reconciles with those beliefs. Our progression of consciousness continues with the harmonization of the world around us. The following meditation gives us the opportunity to delve into the beliefs of the largest religious groups in the grid from a positive and enlightening standpoint.
Most relate monotheism with Abrahamic religions, with Judaism, Christianity and Islam at the forefront. It describes a group of religions sharing some versions of theology, scripture, world views, ethics, and religious rites, but also includes many differences within the same categories. So much so, that aggressive dialogues and violent conflicts are prevalent throughout history; this is where the Ta’amist begins reconciliation and response. Do not confuse reconciliation with apology or cooperation, but rather with tolerance and harmony.
The existence of an individual within these religions is mostly external, defined by how they are prescribed to think, speak, and act. Ta’amism is purely internal, yet with these religions the internal is fraught with guilt, anxiety, and fear. There may be the incentive of the afterlife for an adherent, although we would also contend that exists externally as well, with little to no base on which the promise is built. Worship and ceremony is on the outside with varying instructions for proper performance, and the most potentially core-rewarding component of these religions would be prayer, if it didn’t exist for the express purpose of union with a god or an attached motive.
We must often locate the ever-changing line between the religion and the religious. The ethical and spiritual teachings versus the zealous proponents who set and uphold the boundaries of the religion; the restrictions that somehow exist not only for the religious themselves, but often extend to the world as a whole. We have likely all witnessed examples of, or fallen victim to, their censorship licence of all other religions, values, thoughts or speech, while at the same time forbidding any disagreement of their own superior doctrines and prejudices.
The Ta’amist can learn from the drivers behind these dogmatists, the attachments and domestications that confine them to the grid, but also from the internal wisdom passed down through time, that is often found hidden behind the veils of these holy enclaves. An instance of this is illustrated in the Bahá'í Faith, where the restrictions of it’s monotheistic ancestors were eased through the intercessory prayer of Bahá'u'lláh’s dying son. Much faith was placed on the comparison to the intended sacrifice of Abraham’s son, but the wisdom exists not necessarily in the nature of the development, but in the manifestation thereof.
Meditating against the backdrop of monotheistic and Abrahamic religions, inclusive of the positive and negative aspects, provides insight into our evolutionary subconscious that through understanding, can help to form a deeper link with our Tonalli.
By deepening, we live.
- Xaman Ek