Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dangerous and Delusional religion...

'I told God that I thought he ought...!' is an interesting but let's face it common approach to prayer. However well disguised within us it is probably more common than we would wish to admit. Some interesting Rohr thoughts on prayer indicate a perception is that it is too easy to allow prayer to become something 'you do to achieve a desired effect.' The result being a putting of the 'ego back in charge'

 "As soon as you make prayer a way to get what you want, you’re not moving into any kind of new state of consciousness. It’s the same old consciousness, but now well disguised: “How can I get God to do what I want God to do?” It’s the egocentric self deciding what it needs, but now, instead of just manipulating everybody else, it tries to manipulate God."

The impact Rohr suggests is a 'dangerous and often delusional religion'. His point? 'If religion does not transform people at the level of both mind and heart, it ends up giving self-centered people a very pious and untouchable way to be on top and in control. Now God becomes their defence system for their small self!'

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