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Natural Spirituality

One of the things that really spoke to me about the Gospel of Thomas was that Jesus in this gospel seems a proponent of a natural spirituality.  In the GoT, Jesus does not seem overly impressed with what religion had become.  Instead he proposes a very natural mysticism, not a list of rituals, or practices that one must do to achieve realization.  He does not teach an escaping of the world but an aware engaging of it.

One of my weaknesses is to feel insecure without the walls of a religion around me. I want rules, strict dogmas, define beliefs, rituals etc.  To simply rest in God who is found within and without is too easy.  Yet when I read the mystics of other religions, I see them push the boundaries of their religions -often times even facing some persecution because of it.  Yet they still pushed - Rumi, Hildegard, Eckhart, Emerson, Thoreau and so many others pushed and struggled and made spirituality their own while remaining authentic.

I think something is going on like this in t…