Most politicians would probably respond to that by saying spirituality should be kept separate from politics and most spiritual people would say that they steer well clear of politics.
My question is why? I believe that most people are confused by what politics and what spirituality really are, hence the opinion that they are mutually exclusive. Whereas, if you take a very close look at both and what they intend to do, they are actually, one and the same thing.
I watched a show recently that really changed my perspective on economics and stimulating growth within any economy. It really shifted my thinking on economic policy. I’m going to come back to this later but for now, lets look into this area further.
I have a multi faceted personality. There are times when I’ll sit in a quiet corner and contemplate the nature of myself, the universe, God, creation and have an amazing time wading through so many endless possibilities about creation and purpose.
Five minutes later I could be watching the politics channel watching Prime Ministers questions, and find myself watching intently, wishing in some way I could transmute the vast knowledge I’ve learned into the framework of modern politics.
Many so called ‘spiritual’ people whom I’ve met often equate spirituality as detaching from the world. They essentially practise their from of spirituality as a way of escaping the world. They’ll go spend time in nature, meditation camps, yoga retreats, after which they’ll secretly go to a BBQ and have a 12oz steak to balance out the karmic deficit they’ve just created.
If you look around the world right now and take a look at the past, Christianity is kept away from politics in the west. In India religion is purged from politics although the politicians are free to openly practise their faith. But it’s kept out of policy making.
I agree with that because religions are organisations which have vested interests which not everyone will agree with. When I talk about spirituality I’m not talking about religion at all. I’m talking about spirituality equating to betterment, improvement, evolution, leadership and values.
As far as I’m concerned there is no detachment there. I’m actually taking a deeper interest in not only my own growth as a human being, but humanity as a whole. When I learn something new, I don’t keep it to myself. I either share it with others through coaching or writing.
I want the world to be an even better place, I want the entire globe to experience economic prosperity but I’m not going to be able to achieve any of that if I do not apply all that I have learned.
Spirituality Vs Politics
Lets take a brief look at these two.
Economics – Prosperity for all via management of resources.
Legislature – Upholding values.
Education – Gaining knowledge and wisdom to apply
Health – Well-being
Prosperity – Economics
Values – Legislature
Knowledge – Education
Well-being – Health
Did you see, did you see what I did?
“Politics is spirituality demonstrated” – Neale Donald Walsch (God) Conversations With God
One of the big problems is the way in which the word “spirituality” is defined and perceived. It is too synonymous with wishy washy concepts and that’s why it isn’t taken seriously enough. Some people equate it with it things like crystals, or perhaps even tarot card reading. They are branches, but very distant branches and more like twigs at the end of the branch rather than the branch itself.
I remember years ago watching a political broadcast by the Natural Law party. Some of it’s members practised a form of flying yoga and while I think it’s perfectly wonderful, I don’t see it or anything else of like as a prerequisite of being spiritual. All it takes is a desire for betterment.
One of the big challenges that politics faces today is the pressure of mass tabloid media. One wrong move or one bad decision and you’ve had it. The really good leaders will withstand the barrage of hatred and criticism and will often thrive on it. In some way it’s nothing to be afraid of but the question is simply, are you, whichever side you’re on, going to pay attention to it, or to the real power house – your inner voice?!
I think it’ll be long while before the media industry changes in that respect, all I can do is not let it sway my views or let my popularity be a factor.
Economics And Prosperity
Why is the east suddenly booming and why is the west lagging behind? The program I mentioned earlier was called ‘Britains Trillion Pound Horror Story’ and was presented and created by a man named Martin Durkin.
He is renowned for creating programs that stir up controversy. This was no exception. He used Hong Kong as a case study and demonstrated the reason why Britain is struggling economically at the moment and why places like China and EMEA are doing so well.
It’s a very simple solution to solve the problem, but because of what I mentioned earlier, the pressure of the media, none of our current politicians are being gutsy enough to do what they know to be the best decision for all. They may be unpopular for a while but the results would benefit us all.
Once a month, on my radio show, I get to quiz the head of the local council about his policies and decisions that affect the community as a whole. I really enjoy the process because it gives me a chance to also put forward my views on things like budgets, and also how to tackle certain issues.
I do it without compromising any of my values in any area of my life because I equate my growth to the growth of humanity and vice versa.
Spirituality is not about crystals, it’s not about yoga, it’s not even about meditation, it’s about making sure that every being has the chance to experience how magnificent they have the potential to be.
I don’t know if I’m what you’d call a ‘spiritual’ soul although I take great interest in why we are here, in living consciously and purposefully while I am. I want to know about the nature of the universe, but inversely, I’m also interested the way we are governed. I will share my voice, whether it will be heard or not, is another matter, but I will not give up trying.