When Jesus told his disciples, "You must increase and I must decrease," he was saying, "It's all up to you, now. You each have to be like the wind that blows where it will!" There is no unified faith. No corporate conception of how things ought to be. We each have our own sense of balance and harmony, integrity, sincerity, spontaneity, what is called for in each situation as it arises and what needs to be done about it. We may agree generally that emptiness, stillness and silence are core values, but disagree in the specifics regarding how to achieve them and work out our relationship with them. There is no ritual or practice to be imposed upon each individual. We are not making yogis out of each other. We follow our own sense of what needs to be done and how to do it. "We are the sculptor, the hammer, the chisel and the stone" (Alexis Carrel, or words to that effect). We are out own guru, our own teacher, our own master, our own coach, our own spiritual director-- figuring out on our own what we need to do to be who we are. There are no books of doctrine. No systems of theology. No dogma. No orthodoxy. Except to say "There is no orthodoxy!" That is as orthodox as we can allow ourselves to be. We are iconoclasts, every one. True to our own sense of who we are and who we are to be.
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Iconoclasts, indeed, every one!
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