07/10/2011 by John Smallman
The progress that humanity’s spiritual development has made over the last half-dozen decades is truly phenomenal, as you moved from inflexible self-righteousness to a willingness to question your beliefs and investigate their validity. This has enabled you to understand how limited is your ability to differentiate between truth and untruth using only the power of reasoning. To reason, you have to have a starting point and a set of assumptions from which to develop your argument; if the assumptions you choose are incorrect then the whole exercise becomes meaningless. If further information becomes available, the assumptions can be changed and a new argument developed. Obviously, your scientific knowledge has grown as a result of working in this fashion, as old assumptions found to be incorrect are replaced in ongoing scientific research, but progress is slow and tedious.
Spiritual progress occurs when you allow yourselves to listen to your intuition – the gentle nudging that suggests an alternative way to look at an issue. It requires you to reassess previous assumptions, or conclusions made when you had difficulty accepting that the views of others with whom you disagreed might have some validity.… Read the rest