Spiritual Bureaucrats

Spiritual Bureaucrats

Unfortunate stories appear regularly where someone has suffered untold grief from a simple clerical error. If you have ever dealt with a bureaucrat; someone who quotes the “code” but seems bereft of common sense; you know how hard it can be to rectify what appears to be a simple mistake, commonsense and civility trumped by the “letter” of the law.

Living on the Spiritual Basis we have learned that Spirit (our relationship with the Miraculous) is key, the law (formal forms of worship) merely tools utilized to help us build this all-important relationship. As we grow Spiritually the “law” and its application will change as our perceptions mature, our understanding broadening, for the realm of Spirit is roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive for any reason. Unfortunately, many individuals, out of fear, fail to enlarge their spiritual lives becoming “spiritual bureaucrats”, locking themselves into narrow and exclusive interpretations; all at the expense of the Spirit; assuming the negative self-actualizing moral high ground of self-righteousness, becoming tyrants wallowing in spiritual pride.

To avoid the bureaucrat’s trap we must keep our focus on Spirit, our demonstration of Divine Love and guidance, while utilizing formal forms and rituals as needed simply as aids to this end, never as a substitute. A simple prayer delivered from the heart has the power to move Heaven itself, whereas rituals performed by rote, sans any true spiritual engagement, are merely exercises in religious bureaucracy. To be vital our faith must be lively, fluid, unbounded by secular thinking and limits. Additionally, we must pray for the stultified spiritual bureaucrats of the world, for even though they trouble us, being children of the same Spirit, they are in dire need of our compassion, not condemnation.

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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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