“own eyes and not through the eyes of others!”

Yesterday I posted a copy  of the blog post Prophecies, Unprecedented Change and the Emergence of a New Global Civilization, 2017-2020.  I don’t know enough about Native American culture to know how widely and closely this corresponds to the beliefs of Native Americans.  But one can definitely see the connections with many things Quakers believe, the most fundamental of which is a spiritual approach to life.

There are a lot of interesting ideas in the blog post.  The part I wanted to focus on today relates to this: “The only prerequisite, for our success in this journey, is our full commitment to the unfettered and independent investigation of the truth for ourselves.”  This expresses the Quaker belief that the Spirit reveals the truth to us directly, and it is important that our lives reflect the truth we know, and continue to seek.  The truth is seen with our “own eyes and not through the eyes of others!”

I have the image in my mind, that we are today in a situation similar to the mid 1600’s when there was religious upheaval in England, from which Quakers and many other religious groups emerged.  And now is a time for Quakers to find ways to help the spiritual seekers of our time.  This is the time for us to respond to Rev William Barber’s challenge, “Quakers, it’s time to get back into the public square.”

More from the “prophecies” blog post:

“We must learn to live and act in new and creative ways. Literally, in this unique and unparalleled time of fundamental global change, we must move forward in unprecedented, prayerful, peaceful and unified action.”

“The primary question to be resolved is how the present world, with its entrenched patterns of conflict and resignation, will change, with our collective participation, into the world where harmony and cooperation will prevail. In essence, a paradigm shift to a new way of life leading to the establishment of a New Global Civilization.”

“This new way of living and resulting relationships will become clearer and clearer over the coming days, months and years to each of us, in our way and at our own appointed time. Without question, 2017 and each succeeding year, will be filled with more unexpected and dynamic changes, than ever before!

The only prerequisite, for our success in this journey, is our full commitment to the unfettered and independent investigation of the truth for ourselves. This prerequisite is the fundamental obligation of each human being to acquire knowledge and understanding through their “own eyes and not through the eyes of others!”
We recognize that the “knowledge of knowledge compels” and that once people know for themselves, they will change the way they feel, speak and act. This knowledge of knowledge obliges us to wisely see that the world will be different only if we live differently. This knowledge and experience are rooted in gaining an ever-deepening spiritual understanding and purpose in our lives.'”
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