Millennial Generation Spirituality

The millennial generation is becoming a force for the new earth. The more people I meet my age the more hope I gain for our world. Millennial buddhists, jews, christians, muslims, hindus, and all other religions alike are letting go of extremism and fundamental views, realizing the teachings are one in the same. How to live an open connected spiritual life that cultivates love.

Religion is losing us because it invokes disagreement and violence, and encourages negative characteristics such as laziness, procrastination, and moral confusion. We have a more unified understanding of the world around us with both scientific and artistic ways of thinking and being. We understand Einstein’s theories, we live for music, we are bio-inspired… we are a very intelligent generation and we love life. And with this one life we’ve been blessed with, why not use it connecting with each other and making positive change? This is the essence of the millennial generation .

Having grown up on the Internet, running our lives through social networks, and using our PDAs as a ubiquitous connector to the cloud, we’re innocently cultivating a true sense of connectedness among each other. is becoming much more than silicon chips and software algorithms… its transcending the boundary betwewen art and science and influencing a unified spirituality.

I find when connect, no matter the color, nationality, ethnicity, culture, language, or any other label, we tend to feel much more in touch with each other. We know that we’re all experiencing a similar since of technological spirituality in our lives, and thus feel our similarities greatly outweigh our differences. We see ourselves as global citizens above anything else and are becoming in touch with the force that connects us all. Call it whatever you want, energy, divinity, technology… I call it love.

Some see love as a human emotion that you feel for family and friends. However, love is so much more. It is gravity, breath, chance… it’s that divine infinite energy beyond the quantifiable reality that we perceive on the surface. ‘For example, a house has a set square footage, a car has a specific make, model, year, and color… all physical objects are limited and can be measured. And yet the deeper layer of existence has no specifications. It is inherently infinite.’ This is what love is, that feeling we have inside that we can’t explain, we can’t define. This is a real force that technology is helping us cultivate in our hearts. It’s something greater than ourselves and as a generation, we feel it. Call it the millennial generation spirituality… the millennial zen.

We don’t look at this selfishly or arrogantly though. We feel it’s a gift given through the use of connected technologies throughout our lives, and we believe anyone has the ability to tap into it. You have to let go of your personal ego, national ego, cultural ego, religious ego, and incorporate technology into the spiritual growth of your life. Become motivated to connect with something greater than yourself and to benefit others and the world around you.

“When the power of love exceeds the love of power, the world will know peace.”

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  • http://www.grapethinking.com ruarri

    couldn’t agree more that religion is losing us… we’re a generation that came into adulthood with 9/11 – an ugly demonstration of radical religion. We are a generation that has come of age when religion has been at its ugliest (consider the Christian involvement in Blackwater and Sarah Palin saying Iraq was God’s will; and then consider Israel) – and finally we’ve seen capitalism and greed go ugly with the Big Three in Detroit going belly up whilsy the Wall Street bankers walked scot-free and everyone in the world if forced to tighten their belts… These will stay on our consciousness. As a generation, if we’re as reckless as the boomers, there wont be another generation. Enlightened thinking is the only thing that will save us.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com ruarri

    couldn’t agree more that religion is losing us… we’re a generation that came into adulthood with 9/11 – an ugly demonstration of radical religion. We are a generation that has come of age when religion has been at its ugliest (consider the Christian involvement in Blackwater and Sarah Palin saying Iraq was God’s will; and then consider Israel) – and finally we’ve seen capitalism and greed go ugly with the Big Three in Detroit going belly up whilsy the Wall Street bankers walked scot-free and everyone in the world if forced to tighten their belts… These will stay on our consciousness. As a generation, if we’re as reckless as the boomers, there wont be another generation. Enlightened thinking is the only thing that will save us.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com ruarri

    “the world has always been more impressed with the power of America’s example, rather than the example of America’s power”
    Bill Clinton

  • http://www.grapethinking.com ruarri

    “the world has always been more impressed with the power of America’s example, rather than the example of America’s power”
    Bill Clinton

  • Zack

    Absolutely agree. I’m an atheist yet this is the most precise discription of what needs to be done to ensure peace in this world that I’ve ever read.

  • Zack

    Absolutely agree. I’m an atheist yet this is the most precise discription of what needs to be done to ensure peace in this world that I’ve ever read.

  • greg

    Thanks, glad you liked it. We’re at a cool time where spirituality and technology, art and science are coming together. It feels that by embracing the sustainability that has evolved in nature as a model, and implementing it in our supply chain, internet and way of life, we may be on the verge of gaining a common understanding around the world of what god is in our quest to make our planet renewable. With internet and online media and connectedness, we finally have the ability to combine psychology, philosophy, neurology, biochemistry, physics, humanities, arts and all the other fragmented areas of human study into a holistic presentation that people of all walks of life can access and agree with.

    When you think about it, religion was created for the sole purpose of explaining an afterlife… different egos conjured up different ideas and the big 3 have been fighting and killing each other for millennia over it, when really they all teach the same things about how to actually live life. It seems we are all mediums with a shared consciousness, and what is unique is an individual sensory experience for one life to bring in information and experience and project it back out in a more loving and constructive way as a path to universal awareness and enlightenment. If we could learn how to harmonize our minds through balanced stimulation of both hemispheres, we could live and act from the heart, which is what receives the pulse of the universe and gives direction to the individual mind. We could feel this connection to something greater than ourselves in our beings, transcending our ego and allowing us to let go of fear of death and grasp for afterlife, and actually begin to live a peaceful, productive, purposeful existence. Check out Leonard Shlain’s practical theories on why the alphabet and written word has led to left brain masculine imbalance, and ultimately the neurological delusion of religion through widespread adoption of abstract literary works like the Bible, Qur’an, etc. It’s the coming age of video and images, spread by a global democratized internet, that will help people learn with a more balanced mental state utilizing both hemispheres, helping us interpret collaborative meaning in a video/visual message opposed to divergent meaning in abstract writing. Ironic because if I were to do a video of this message, it might resonate better than by people reading my comment… something for me to keep in mind for future content creations.

    We’ll never have a complete answer, but using mediums like the internet to feel something together allows us to agree, which is what is so important for peace. Not actually finding the ultimate answer, but agreeing, which may simply be the ultimate answer. It’s like neurons and the mind… sure each is individually competitive like individual people but when they realize their purpose to form something greater than themselves, they work in harmony and organize into a cooperative system that becomes the mind, and then the mind becomes self aware. The same thing is happening with humanity and life on our planet, we’re forming a global mind through the internet, and as soon as individual awareness of this spreads, our planet as a whole can become self aware.

    This new way of being individually will lead to personal health, and then spread to the health and sustainability of our world. Once we’ve successfully made our world renewable, we can fulfill our purpose to leave this world and spread what we’ve learned about sustainability and love throughout the galaxy and universe. It’s obvious that the only chance we have at fulfilling this purpose is to harmonize ourselves and our planet first. If we don’t, we’ll be extinct like the dinosaurs, and another dominant species will evolve over the next 50 million years that’ll get it right! Let’s hope its us

  • greg

    Thanks, glad you liked it. We’re at a cool time where spirituality and technology, art and science are coming together. It feels that by embracing the sustainability that has evolved in nature as a model, and implementing it in our supply chain, internet and way of life, we may be on the verge of gaining a common understanding around the world of what god is in our quest to make our planet renewable. With internet and online media and connectedness, we finally have the ability to combine psychology, philosophy, neurology, biochemistry, physics, humanities, arts and all the other fragmented areas of human study into a holistic presentation that people of all walks of life can access and agree with.

    When you think about it, religion was created for the sole purpose of explaining an afterlife… different egos conjured up different ideas and the big 3 have been fighting and killing each other for millennia over it, when really they all teach the same things about how to actually live life. It seems we are all mediums with a shared consciousness, and what is unique is an individual sensory experience for one life to bring in information and experience and project it back out in a more loving and constructive way as a path to universal awareness and enlightenment. If we could learn how to harmonize our minds through balanced stimulation of both hemispheres, we could live and act from the heart, which is what receives the pulse of the universe and gives direction to the individual mind. We could feel this connection to something greater than ourselves in our beings, transcending our ego and allowing us to let go of fear of death and grasp for afterlife, and actually begin to live a peaceful, productive, purposeful existence. Check out Leonard Shlain’s practical theories on why the alphabet and written word has led to left brain masculine imbalance, and ultimately the neurological delusion of religion through widespread adoption of abstract literary works like the Bible, Qur’an, etc. It’s the coming age of video and images, spread by a global democratized internet, that will help people learn with a more balanced mental state utilizing both hemispheres, helping us interpret collaborative meaning in a video/visual message opposed to divergent meaning in abstract writing. Ironic because if I were to do a video of this message, it might resonate better than by people reading my comment… something for me to keep in mind for future content creations.

    We’ll never have a complete answer, but using mediums like the internet to feel something together allows us to agree, which is what is so important for peace. Not actually finding the ultimate answer, but agreeing, which may simply be the ultimate answer. It’s like neurons and the mind… sure each is individually competitive like individual people but when they realize their purpose to form something greater than themselves, they work in harmony and organize into a cooperative system that becomes the mind, and then the mind becomes self aware. The same thing is happening with humanity and life on our planet, we’re forming a global mind through the internet, and as soon as individual awareness of this spreads, our planet as a whole can become self aware.

    This new way of being individually will lead to personal health, and then spread to the health and sustainability of our world. Once we’ve successfully made our world renewable, we can fulfill our purpose to leave this world and spread what we’ve learned about sustainability and love throughout the galaxy and universe. It’s obvious that the only chance we have at fulfilling this purpose is to harmonize ourselves and our planet first. If we don’t, we’ll be extinct like the dinosaurs, and another dominant species will evolve over the next 50 million years that’ll get it right! Let’s hope its us

  • Jae

    I have to say that I’m saddened to see that as a Millennial, you see religion in a negative light. As a fellow Meillenial (and a Buddhist), I have to say that religion is the most precious thing we have – it is ego’s shadow that gives religion a bad name.

    Please have a look at this article if you have time:

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/response.html

  • Jae

    I have to say that I’m saddened to see that as a Millennial, you see religion in a negative light. As a fellow Meillenial (and a Buddhist), I have to say that religion is the most precious thing we have – it is ego’s shadow that gives religion a bad name.

    Please have a look at this article if you have time:

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/response.html

  • http://grapethinking.com Greg

    Hi Jae, thanks so much for your comments. You bring up such valuable points. I feel that religion itself is the ego’s shadow, but yet that depends on meaning and how you perceive and define the word religion. I see the collective meaning as an egoic grasp for afterlife… a reasoning for the continuance of the ego after your life has come to an end. I feel the path of life is one in which we become humbled to the awareness that our ego is purposed to benefit ourselves in the pursuit to benefit the whole, and when our life is over, we become one with the whole, one with god, whatever you want to call it. There is no more sensory, individual egoic perception.

    It takes such spiritual humility and growth to see the beauty in this, and yet when you feel it, I believe it is more beautiful than anything we can feel as human beings. However, for those at the beginning of their journey, an idea like this evokes more fear then maybe any other idea in humanity because it is exactly that, an idea rather than a feeling, and is the reason we’ve been killing each other since the beginning of religion… because the ideas of religion do not translate into the feeling that we are all searching for.

    I enjoyed the article you shared. If I were to label myself with any spiritual group, it would certainly be Buddhism as it’s practices have helped me find spiritual humility in my life. Quieting my mind through meditation and breathing, and beginning to feel the force greater than myself that guides my life… freeing myself to live and act from the heart. I always found religion to be cerebral ideas and rituals and texts that locked me inside my mind and my ego, whereas Buddhism is a practice to quiet my mind and find the feeling I’ve always been searching for. I’m quite surprised you are not familiar with the Dalai Lama quote: “Buddhism is not a religion, it is a science of mind.” Understanding and harmonizing the mind allows us to act from the heart, feeling the pulse that it receives from the universe.

    Thanks again for your comments, I hope to hear more from you.

  • http://grapethinking.com Greg

    Hi Jae, thanks so much for your comments. You bring up such valuable points. I feel that religion itself is the ego’s shadow, but yet that depends on meaning and how you perceive and define the word religion. I see the collective meaning as an egoic grasp for afterlife… a reasoning for the continuance of the ego after your life has come to an end. I feel the path of life is one in which we become humbled to the awareness that our ego is purposed to benefit ourselves in the pursuit to benefit the whole, and when our life is over, we become one with the whole, one with god, whatever you want to call it. There is no more sensory, individual egoic perception.

    It takes such spiritual humility and growth to see the beauty in this, and yet when you feel it, I believe it is more beautiful than anything we can feel as human beings. However, for those at the beginning of their journey, an idea like this evokes more fear then maybe any other idea in humanity because it is exactly that, an idea rather than a feeling, and is the reason we’ve been killing each other since the beginning of religion… because the ideas of religion do not translate into the feeling that we are all searching for.

    I enjoyed the article you shared. If I were to label myself with any spiritual group, it would certainly be Buddhism as it’s practices have helped me find spiritual humility in my life. Quieting my mind through meditation and breathing, and beginning to feel the force greater than myself that guides my life… freeing myself to live and act from the heart. I always found religion to be cerebral ideas and rituals and texts that locked me inside my mind and my ego, whereas Buddhism is a practice to quiet my mind and find the feeling I’ve always been searching for. I’m quite surprised you are not familiar with the Dalai Lama quote: “Buddhism is not a religion, it is a science of mind.” Understanding and harmonizing the mind allows us to act from the heart, feeling the pulse that it receives from the universe.

    Thanks again for your comments, I hope to hear more from you.

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