Following on in a series of popular events at the Pierian Centre, stalwart of the scene, William Bloom came to speak about his three golden keys of spirituality.
Being booed by clerics and insulted by a Bishop years ago prompted him to ponder the values of traditional religions and contemporary spirituality and to realise the blessings in both. Traditional religion provides clear moral guidance, whereas spirituality celebrates the wonder at being alive and part of the miracle of life. It also respects all religions, weaving their wisdom together into a fabric of love and divinity.
Both systems teach of the fundamental value of being in service to friends, relatives and community. With contemporary spirituality additionally drawing on values of shamanism and paganism to include respect and care for our environment as we’re not separate from it but part of it. Modern psychology has also informed spirituality on the need to treat our children and young people with love, care and respect if we wish to avoid them being dysfunctional to themselves and society.
The second key of spirituality is encouraging each of us to connect with the divine in whichever way suits us best and to keep doing this on a regular basis. Whilst dropping the need for stories and analysis and surrendering to the pure mystery of life.
Thirdly, spirituality encourages us into self-reflection. Not the indulgent naval gazing as described by some but honestly looking at where we need to improve ourselves with great love and compassion.
This was the first time I’d heard William speak and I enjoyed his laid back style and thought his ideas were very user friendly. He brought clarity to what can be a blurred understanding of spirituality. I’m very much looking forward to the next talk in the series on Feb 17th with Tim Freke. For further information, please contact http://www.pieriancentre.com