As a child, Sean Stone was taken to self-realization ceremonies where they teach you about all religions. He is thus versed in diverse spiritual practices. Like Carl Jung, Stone taps into the universal thread weaving together humanity in this interview, guest hosted by David Naizir. The ceremonies he attended drew upon teachings from various ancient sources.
They give you practices from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. And you come to realize that they are all different paths. The idea is which path do you want to take to get to the top of the mountain, which is ultimately your own self actualization your own self realization, to get in touch with what we call God.
Stone has been to a few Muslim countries and appreciates how the daily prayer practices seek one on one time with creator source.
You can’t fault a religion that tells you to pray 5 times a day because that means it’s about your personal connection to God.
There are 99 different names for an infinite God of Islam because it has so many different qualities, he says. Islam tells you about certain practices, but there is no human deemed to officiate.
There is no monarch, as there is in Catholicism. There’s no intermediary, as in a priest whose going to bless you, no clergy, no one who is going to lead you. There are Mulahs and there are Imams who are supposed to be teachers. They’re not meant to intercede with you and your personal relationship with God.
Stone believes that being bad or good is a choice that you ultimately must make.
The alchemical journey, as the Rosucrusians would have referred to. or the Alchemists, which is about your own spiritual essence. If your using them, becoming a better person by them, using them more lovingly, charitable, more generous, kinder. That’s what religion’s there for. It’s to give you guidance.
Using arms is for defense. They say, ‘the shadow of the sword’ and use that as fighting words when the shadow of the sword is defense. You use defense when you accumulate to protect, not to harm others. You’re going to find paradise under the shade of swords because you have to defend yourself.
It is in the name of defending ourselves when we have military in 125 countries around the world. Why can’t we respect the rights of Islamic people to want to defend themselves?
Take Christ’s phrase, ‘ I come not to bring peace, but through the sword’. Take that to a Christian Crusader and they make that into war. Why? Because it’s ‘my evil’ that’s projecting using the phrases of religions or teachings from principles.
It’s up to us, what do we choose, do we choose to be a good person? Or, do we choose to follow the dark path? It’s like ‘the force’, it can be operated by both sides in Star Wars. The force is not evil, but a power. Do you use that power with responsibility, to act nobly, or do you use it to gorge your own ego?
Your actions make you, he says, let faith be your guide.
The existential argument about what you do in action makes you, as opposed to your essence. Your existence actually proves your essence. There is an argument to be made that your actions actually define you. But, at the same time, you can’t discount the importance of spiritual teachings. You can take Martin Luther King. Some people criticize King as an adulterer, for example. But, is it more important that he spread these messages of equality, of anti-violence and anti-war, of his legacy being that of a peacemaker?