Ancient Spiritual Ideas

The spiritual journey is an ancient one. Who knows when it truly began for the human species. Was it when we became conscious of ourselves as bipedal creatures roaming the vastness of this blue green planet? Was it when we humans realised the inevitability of our own mortality?

These questions are indeed highly fascinating yet very difficult not impossible to answer. Nevertheless here below are a list of 5 spiritual ideas that have stood the test of time :

  • The World is Not Real – Many religions, from monotheistic western traditions to the eastern polytheism, have promoted the idea that the world we see is merely an illusion, an untruth that hides the essence of reality, which can only be accessed by the arduous spiritual work of climbing upward through a process of inner transformation.
  • Time is an Illusion – Many ancient religions have spoken of the illusory nature of time, and how spirituality and/or divine unity is beyond the confines of past, present, and future.
  • Our Actions Matter – Religious scriptures are myths from around the world – both written (like the Bible) and oral (like storytelling) propose the importance of self-accountability, and that the actions of an individual really do affect the world around them.
  • Death is Not the End – Ancient texts and artistic forms of expression are replete with examples of the belief in an afterlife. People in different traditions have different views of what the afterlife might look like, but they all agree with the idea that death is not the end.
  • Thoughts Create Reality – Prayers, rituals, and focused intentions are common themes throughout the religions of the world on every continent. But moreover, many traditions also placed emphasis on the power of our very thoughts to make changes around us, through concepts such as a good eye or evil eye, for example.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. This is wonderful! I love the way you grasped the main spiritual themes with such adept simplicity.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. We often think that spiritualism is not for everyone. But the pillars of spiritualism are pretty basic. They are essential to a full life.

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      1. I agree. Even Heidegger’s thought (or Schopenhauer’s) who were atheist thinkers can fit easily with most of yours pillars of spiritualism, it was immensely important for them as well. To say again, nice job 🙂

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you. 🙂🙂

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  2. Syd Weedon says:

    OK for a totally impossible topic. 😉

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    1. Garima says:

      Haha why impossible?

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      1. Syd Weedon says:

        Oh, it’s just so broad. For most of these there’s a tradition that contradicts it.

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      2. Garima says:

        Ah agreed. Right on point.

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  3. maylynno says:

    great post and yes you are right. that’s why, to me, there are no many religions but only one that nourishes consciousness to become a superconsciousness. thank you

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes subconscious is the ultimate power, superior magic.

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  4. David Lim says:

    I think it is possible that the 5 spiritual ideas can be further elaborated in their concept through science for everyone to understand better.

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    1. Garima says:

      Oh definitely David. There is an entire universe beyond the scope of this post. 🙂🙂

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  5. sarthak2700 says:

    You really have a talent of capturing great ideas and presenting them in the simplest and most effective way. 🙂 Beautiful post.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Sarthak for such kind words. I am glad you liked the post. Spirituality and it’s concepts always amaze me.

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  6. yes it is so fascinating that many religions, traditions and schools of teaching have come to similar conclusions… That for sure means something…

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    1. Garima says:

      All spirituality have one source Dario. That’s a beautiful concept.

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  7. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    I think of the tangible world as the rind of an eternal life underneath. Think of a hot molten living core and a cooling (dying) crust on the outside.

    Time is a warm up for the real eternal life coming. I think history is the story of man’s fall, redemption and seeing a new beautiful story beginning.

    Actions do matter. God made us in His image and His power is in His words. Acting on faith we can apply the Bible’s truth’s and how the world not be changed.

    Amen about death not being the end. Even Gandalf the wizard commented that death is our release from the battles of this Earth and an ushering into the beauty of eternity. Paul mentioned that no eye has seen or ear heard what the Lord has prepared for His children.

    I do believe that God’s promises are real things that can come to life if we apply them. I really am fascinated by the idea of living words and how we have power to bless or hurt with our words. The Bible does say to watch our tongue. It is a fire that can easily do damage if not managed wisely.

    Thank you for such great themes. I didn’t want to get preachy, just thinking about these themes play out in real life.

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Gary once again for sharing your thoughts. I always fall short of words to express my thoughts after reading yours out of fear that I may malign what you have written.

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      1. gpavants says:

        We all have our thoughts on good heavy but important topics.

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