Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha): “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.”
It is okay to begin your journey by reading the books and watching the videos and once you’ve done that throw it all away and discover it for yourself in your own way and in your own time. That will enhance your knowledge, give you practical experience in the area that you are working on and make it “real” in mind, body, and spirit.
I can watch all the great ice skaters in the world on TV, and I can go see them perform live in the stadium. I can feel the beautiful music vibrating in my ears and moving down into my body and enjoy its bliss. But until I put on a pair of skates I don’t know what skating is!
Do not believe what others tell you about skating—experience it for yourself! When I began studying metaphysics in the 90’s I was book learned, I taught classes, and shared my knowledge from the pulpit. But until I started to meditate daily, and create my own treasure maps, and write my own affirmations and use them daily and saw the things manifest in my life—I really didn’t know what metaphysics was.
Even though I heard and read about the power of prayer until I prayed with one of my congregants in a hospice setting and saw and heard her in prayer with me I did not really know the power of prayer. Her belief in that prayer helped her walk out of the center a few days later healed. She moved back to the north east where she continued to live many years in good health.
Once she came back to Florida to visit her family and dropped in on one of my classes and shared this story with us. Her doctor had told her that her healing from prayer changed his belief in God. My purpose is not to try to make you believe in a God or a supreme power or the like, but simply to illustrate the teaching of the Kalama Sutra, “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.” The doctor had seen it with his own eyes in one of his own patients.
Thus we live a life of “free inquiry” not believing in anything simply because we have heard it or read it or seen it on the internet! Regardless if the ideas are written in any ancient scriptures and in any ancient language. We must discover it for ourselves. Live a life of free inquiry and watch what happens in your life when you do!
Let me know how that goes.