(This is the extended version of an article I wrote for Kosmos online journal.)
The days of following gurus of any kind are over. The days of letting someone else, no matter their world stature, dictate who we are, what we want and how we should be, are over. We as a global village have so much information at our fingertips that we each can make our own deep, personal discernments about what is right for us. Taking responsibility for selecting healthy foods to eat, healthy positive relationships of all kinds and creative inspiring work that makes a difference and is personally rewarding are all offshoots of taking care of ourselves and putting our own well being first. This basic task of taking responsibility for our own happiness right now, instead of waiting for someone or something to do it for us, is a huge key to 21st Century Spirituality.
We are seeing a radical departure from huge organized religions headed by a few questionable individuals impersonably shepherding large congregations as if one size fits all. 21st Century Spirituality leans toward self-empowered, self-realized, pro-active smaller groups of like-minded people who share ideas, support and inspire each other in positive, healthy ways to contribute to their communities.
Who are the teachers of this 21st Century Spirituality then? Anyone carrying the energy of unconditional love is a teacher now just by showing up and radiating this very misunderstood energy. Why has it been misunderstoood? Unconditional love has no agenda. Throughout time, the people who have consistantly embodied this energy, are mothers. More women will take center stage and assume important roles in the world.
Sharing and supporting each other is 21st Century Spirituality. We see this online in all positive aspects of social networks. Nobel prize winners and great minds of our time are offering free online classes and degrees so everyone in our world can be educated, prosper, contribute and be abundant.
Authenticity is the catchword for 21st Century Spirituality. Be yourself. Find out who you are, then be it fully. No excuses.
Inclusiveness is 21st Century Spirituality. Everyone, no matter what race, sex, color, weight, age, or financial status can be, do, or go anywhere they please now because acceptance is on the rise.
Being grateful is 21st Century Spirituality. Gratitude practices are becoming the norm.
Co-creating is 21st Century Spirituality. For those of us who have peeled our onions and found our inner voice, leading with our intuition instead of pushing to make things happen, becomes a way of life now. We draw others who are also doing the same thing, form groups to hone and ground our growing intuition with the help of Spirit. The fifth element becomes heightened in our lives when we choose right relationship to ourselves, others, the planet and all beings. Right livelihood appears naturally at this point. Everything is being re-jiggered in all areas of life all over the world so we can connect more powerfully to the fifth element- SPIRIT!
We human beings are expanding exponentially and at such a rapid rate that worlds are splitting and colliding before our eyes. This is just the beginning. The wise way is to slow down on the inside to stay grounded as the pace picks up around us.
The energy of Unconditional Love embodies 21st Century Spirituality. There are no words to define it. We will KNOW it, when we FEEL it.