Although on the inner planes many of our differences disappear into light, in the world of time and space, we are people, and people form attachments based on likes and dislikes.
Tzaddi is a diverse spiritual learning community, so you are likely to rub elbows with people whose style of worship, or whose language and culture, may be somewhat different from your own. For some of us, this can trigger issues of judgment, separation, discernment, and so forth.
You may wish to do some self-examination about how you react or respond to differences—how you really feel about it inside, privately, not just your “socially acceptable” responses.
- What messages did you receive growing up that led you to think that your faith—or your way of being—was the “right one” and that other faiths (or other ways of being) were “less than” or “mistaken”?
- How do you find that those messages have affected your spiritual path?
- How do you, today, hold the energy or the message that your way is the “best” way or the “right” way?
- Are there ways that you have reacted to, or rebelled against, the spiritual beliefs with which you were raised?
- What would you like to receive from your spiritual learning community?
- What would you like to contribute to your spiritual learning community?
“Form does not know about spiritual closeness. If a grain of barley approaches a grain of wheat, an ant must be carrying it. A black ant on black felt. You can’t see it, but if grains go toward each other it’s there.”
-Rumi, “The Force of Friendship” translated by Coleman Barks, in Robert Bly, ed., The Soul is Here for Its Own Joy, p.165