I’m still learning, but what I have found out in the spiritual journey is that the last place you end up getting conscious is with your family, and usually in your original religious tradition.
It’s the last place where your spiritual life starts to be liquid and free, because these habits are so strong; especially for somebody that was turned off as they were raised Catholic or Jewish or Protestant or whatever, it can be very hard.
The living heart needs a continuous re-investment with family. So why would you invest in the family? You invest in the family because you understand that part of your incarnation and part of the harmony is finding your function within the family.
Now that doesn’t mean that every mother is the same mother or every father is the same father. It means that you have to hear your unique way through. The unique way through doesn’t necessarily mean your personality desire of ‘what I want.’ It’s, “What is appropriate for this situation?” It’s, “What is appropriate in view of my skills, opportunities, needs of the family, economics, political situations, and so on…”
- Ram Dass
[Continue reading this two part article series here: www.ramdass.org/on-playing-your-part-in-family-and-religion-part-one/⭐️]