It amazes me how much importance we put in tradition. We think that the fact generations before us always did something a certain way, somehow makes that behavior more valuable, more sacred, more righteous. Yet we only have to look at our personal lives to see that repetitive behaviors are not necessarily beneficial. Would we fight for the benefits of smoking a cigarette just because we have done it for so many years? It’s traditional! This blind following of tradition is particularly fascinating to me when it comes to spirituality.
Many of us chose our beliefs based on what generations before us have done. And even those of us who begin to search for a truth that maybe was not the one we were presented with from birth, often feel safer following a path that has been tread by many before. Yet spirituality is about growth; it is about evolution. It is about letting go of that which has come before, and embracing a new perception of reality. Moreover, it is about discovering the truth within ourselves; not adhering to the status quo. Maybe this is why so few have reached realization; because even in our search for meaning we prefer to follow the herd; even when the heart begins to question that which we are accustomed to, we easily succumb to the road most traveled. I think that tradition makes us feel safe; it lends validity and weight to our convictions. But convictions are a poor substitute for experience, and when you have a spiritual experience of your own, you will feel little need to convince others of your perspective or demonstrate the validity of your inner discovery.
When exploring spirituality, don’t look for that which makes you feel comfortable or safe. Look outside the box: head towards uncertainty. It is by going beyond that which is already known that we make the true discovery.
Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at www.whywalkwhenyoucanfly.com.