Don’t get trapped in the time warp of tradition

The “boom and bust” phenomenon has conditioned my mind to be wary of getting trapped in the time warp of tradition.

Boom and bust is an obvious manifestation that nothing in this world remains forever. What was once all-important, grand and amazing, can easily fade into oblivion.

Traditions parallel the boom and bust spectacles.

I’m all for tradition, as long as it doesn’t become a trap that confines my common sense or spiritual growth. Staying out of the trap requires mental diligence. For example:

I grew up with my family traditions of never opening presents on Christmas Eve and not attending Christmas Eve church services. Three generations of my family went to bed at a reasonable hour on Christmas Eve and got up to open presents before a Christmas dinner.

When I first got married, I learned about my in-laws family tradition of opening a few special presents between the 8 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve church services, at which they participated.

Get out…I thought. I tried it a couple of times. I liked the church services but the routine of opening presents late at night verified my instinct that staying up late makes for grumpiness. When we had our first child, I put my foot down and declined to wrap my baby up and drive to a relative’s house to open presents when we should be sleeping.

“But, it’s family tradition,” I was told.

The guilt tactic worked for a couple of days until I rationalized that this “family tradition” has only been occurring for one generation, a young one at that, my husband’s generation.

Thankfully my husband didn’t squawk and we started the new tradition of attending the early Christmas Eve service and going to bed at a reasonable hour without the added excitement of present opening. He did not insist on his current tradition and I did not insist on my old tradition.

Traditions fall away, whether by choice or force. Circumstances force change therefore traditions will reflect change, and we want to choose to change for the better. We want to watch the human mind.

The human mind gets sucked all too easy into the eccentricity of time warps as if the passage of time is suspended and what happened yesterday, or 100 years ago, or a thousand years ago, is today’s reality.

Busted.

The only way a tradition is kept alive is by revising and reinventing it to fulfill today’s needs. In other words, the way to keep a tradition alive and useful is not to allow it to become a trap.

Our human mindedness needs common sense. The tradition that met a need yesterday won’t meet the need today. This is why repeating yesterday’s inspired words may not heal today, or why the pill that worked yesterday may not work today, or the yoga move today may be miserable tomorrow, or the yoga move miserable today may be perfect for tomorrow.

The human traditions are not priority. Spiritual mindedness is priority.

Our spiritual mindedness needs wiggle room, it needs to be encouraged to flow out and express itself. It can never be limited to time or time periods or traditions.

Divine Spirit inspires our manifestation of life, truth, and love. By design, we express life, truth, and love, not traditions. Our expression may look attached to human traditions, but they are not controlled by those traditions.

It isn’t a point to try and eliminate traditions because no matter what we do it comes across as a tradition. The point is seeing that our spiritual mindedness has never gotten sucked into the trap of time warped traditions. Our spiritual mindedness is alive, colorful, useful, healthy, and beautiful.

We can base our practices and traditions on the spiritual truth that God never repeats the same manifestation, but expresses creativity, practicality, wellbeing, and joy.

 

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