January 22, 2017, Prescott-
I spent much of today in spiritual study, first attending a Baha’i group, which is focusing on our Supreme Administrative Body, the Universal House of Justice. Afterwards, I continued a simultaneous reading of “Apocalypse: A Spiritual Guide To The Second Coming”, by Dr. Jim Richards and “The Standing Stones Speak”, by Natasha Hoffman and Hamilton Hill.
Many of us are on a spiritual quest, of one sort or another. My purpose, in reading the two, rather divergent books, is to find the common cord, which Baha’u’llah says exists in any faith that is based on Divine Revelation. Dr. Richards cautions the reader against taking everything, in conventional religion, at face value. He offers a good compendium of religious trappings that appeal to one’s ego, or are drawn from darker practices of the past. Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Hill advise the reader to open spiritual channels and meditate, deeply, on the positive and pure elements that reveal themselves to the discerning, while being wary of negative forces.
In other words, both the conservative Christian and the spiritualists are warning us away from negative forces, and pointing us towards the forces of light. This is what I’ve seen, so far, and verifies my learnings from Baha’i Scripture. It’s important, to me at least, to not be too attached to names and titles, but to look, carefully, at the lives of the Great Spiritual Teachers and to sift out any indication of self-aggrandizement, on the part of the writers.
All I have read, thus far, encourages more comparative study- including a simultaneous study of the New Testament and the Quran, later this Spring, Summer and Autumn. Baha’u’llah teaches that each individual is to learn spiritual truth for her/himself.