To know ourselves and the spark of God within us. Whether it be in celebration and connection with others or in silence and stillness, we try to set aside our illusions and seek God above all things. We are called to the outskirts to seek God in the desert of our hearts as well as within the world around us. We seek to be imitators of Thomas (the Twin) as he was of his teacher, Jesus. We too seek to live lives of oneness with all and to find within us the unity of all.
A Shared Vision Statement
This is a diverse group, however this order was formed within the Universalist Fellowship of the Sacred Path and we share their Vision statement :
1. The Ultimate Reality (which we call God) can be experienced as both transcendent and immanent; as both a singularity and a multiplicity; as both personal and non-personal.
2. The Infinite Divine, while ineffable (inexpressible), has been given any number of names , descriptions, and attributes. This can be expressed with a line from the Rig Veda, “Truth is One, the wise call it by many names.”
3. The Ground of Being is also the essential nature of the Self. At the core of who we are, we are expressions of God.
4. Our innate unity with God is obscured by ignorance. We identify with our individual personalities, motivations, and desires. Whereas these are tools for the expression of our Spirit (Self), they do not constitute our identity.
5. The Individual can awaken to the realization of his or her essential nature through any number of paths and practices. Because no individual is perfectly like another, no one path or practice is a fit for everyone.
6. Spiritual growth is a developmental process, moving through a progressive series of stages and states. There are tangible benefits such as joy, compassion, wisdom, peace, self-control that are developed at each state or stage. However, like any form of growth, this process can be uncomfortable or even painful at times.
7. Fully realizing one’s true nature can bring an end to suffering. It must be understood that pain is not the same as suffering.
8. Essential mystical or spiritual experiences share a commonality beyond the differences of culture or tradition.
Some Additional Comments
Views on the Trinity – God is experienced in many ways. Christian churches often require a profession of faith that declares belief in God the Father, his only begotten son and the Holy Spirit. Passersby might view the trinity in a different way, symbolically:
By ‘Father’ God is seen the source of Creation.
The Son represents God manifest within each of us. We are all children of God.
God’s spirit at work or in ‘motion’ may be seen as the Holy Spirit (some also see the Holy Spirit as the feminine energy of God, or Holy Wisdom)
For others, there may be no attachment or belief in a trinity whatsoever and instead a Unitarian understanding. God is one, and one only.
This is up to the individual to decide.