The spiritual life is not the life of community as it once played out. Spiritual paths are becoming more numerous. Even large, well-established religions are splintering into smaller sects. With the rise of New Age belief systems, the spiritual life remains as diverse as it has ever been. Amid this diversity, individuals can end up being perplexed by the choices; unsure on what criteria they should use to select a spiritual path.

The separation frequency that, in large measure, defines human life, is alive and well in the religious and spiritual sector of our lives. The paradox is that the spiritual life is supposed to be a life of wholeness and connection. It is a life endowed with both the reception and expression of unconditional love. It is a path of unity where all is one and equal. Yet, this is not how it plays out in the real world.

Why is this so?

Perhaps while one mythology is dominant (monotheism), a new challenger (secularism) and the rise of science has placed pressure on religions to adapt. In this adaptation, religions have “dug in” to defend its role in society, retain its leadership and membership, and provide a sense of proven tradition to those seeking spiritual support.

Another answer is that the separation is “baked in.” Separation is a native part of religion due to the competitive nature of building any organization. You build your religion up, while subtly looking down your nose at the religious views, practices and traditions of your competitor. This is how it’s done in business, and religion is, after all, a business. It seeks to grow and prosper.

There is also the matter of conformity. Members of a religion must conform to the principles of their religion or suffer the consequences of losing their foothold on the spiritual path. This is called “sin” or “moral transgression” in most religions. Religions have laws and morals, and the follower is required to follow these moral laws. The consequence of not doing so, depending on the religion, is extremely unpleasant. Usually, it’s eternal hellfire and damnation.

Now, the good news is that members, who suffer from the sin-complex, can be forgiven. They can find their redemption and be brought back into the fold. Their membership can be realigned to the mothership of the church, temple, or mosque. This is all part of the mythological structure of religion, human sin can be redeemed. Religion is the arbiter of this redemption. It designs both the off-ramps and on-ramps, cycling its membership through this all too human experience, all the while enjoying a degree of control over their members with no loss of memberships revenue.

If you think about it, control is an outgrowth of the separation frequency. It provides a channel for power to decide the fate of the powerless for the few to lord power over the many. It is, in a sense, sociological conformity. It unites a fragment into a community, and that community then is vying for the social and political power to preserve itself against its “competitors.” However, even within these shared communities, there is division and usually this division is a result of a perceived lack of power sharing.

Within this religious quagmire, the spiritual seeker is fed the words, meanings, memes, traditions, ceremonies, and mythos of a path and asked to believe in it. To absorb it and practice it. To invest time and money. It is not a trivial thing to become a member of a religion or spiritual path. It is a serious and costly endeavor.

The issue remains, whatever the path. How is the separation frequency influencing the organization of the materials upon which the religion or spiritual path is founded? How does this influence express itself? The most obvious answer is that the seeker is asked to conform to the path’s laws, rules, scripture, and culture or bear the consequences. When they conform, they are accepted. When they do not, they are sinners or transgressors. That is a vivid expression of separation. Conform or be rejected. Inside the ”tent” or outside. Saved or not saved. Liberated or imprisoned.

Spiritual seekers not only have a bewildering set of choices, but the uniformity of the choices is equally remarkable. In Christianity there are approximately 33,000 separate denominations, all based on the same book. What does that tell you? What caused 33,000 different approaches, based on the same words, to take root? Is it human interpretation? Ego? Money? Power? Population growth? Lack of power sharing? Cultural differences? Geography?

In WingMakers’ terminology, the separation frequency ignites the tendency to fracture. It is similar to taking a beautiful vessel and dropping it against a marble floor where it breaks into a thousands pieces. Each of these pieces embody the separation frequency, while the true function of the vessel is destroyed along with its cultural aesthetics.

When the seeker looks down at all of the pieces, trying to assess which is the best fit for them, they no longer see the vessel nor its true function. They’re usually reminded that one piece was the choice of their parents or family, and with that choice, a natural comfort arises. This is often how the spiritual life is started. We become initiated in our family’s religion without understanding the mythological “vessel” or its true function. All we know is that we’re part of a piece that is familiar.

Often times the religious indoctrination established in childhood wanes in adulthood. New adults begin to explore other concepts. Perhaps they’ve seen too much hypocrisy in their piece of religion or perhaps the spiritual life lacked a sense of practicality. Whatever the reason, they become seekers again and typically this involves reading.

In today’s world, the Internet provides an incredibly diverse set of materials for any seeker to study. The Internet is the perfect example of separation, however, the pieces of the vessel, in this case, exceed one billion. That’s how many websites are on the Internet in 2016. How many of these are devoted to religious or spiritual content is hard to ascertain, but it’s safe to say that it’s well over one million websites.

The sheer number of choices is mind boggling. It puts the seeker in a sense of “who’s right?” Which path will lead me to truth? Here’s the crux: the real question might be more complex than that. “Whose truth?” Truth, like beauty, is subjective and in the eye of the beholder. Absolute, chest-thumping truths abound in the religious text, but truth—if that’s really what’s being sought—is hidden. It has always been hidden. In fact, it has been hidden for so long that it no longer is really hidden, rather, it is ignored and unexplored.

Spiritual truth is mythology. Mythology is designed out of a collective unconscious. It arises from a shared depth that transcends culture, time, and geography. A good question to ask is, “What is this collective unconscious founded upon?” Is it truth? Or is it something else? Is it possible that our collective unconscious was designed? That is to say, it was not an organic growth that arose out of our collective human experience.

What if archetypes were “seeded” within the human unconscious at our inception? What if the collective unconscious was overwritten or reinforced by programs that were designed to naturally proliferate? This is equivalent to engineering truth as a program that requires only faith, not proof, to perpetuate it. That which is believed by a sufficient percentage of the population, does not, in itself, imbue a belief with truth.

When something is held up as “truth” from a reliable source like a religion, if you disagree with it you’re labeled a liar, sinner, transgressor, evil, possessed, social terrorist, ignorant…the list is very long. This is precisely what makes myth powerful. Remember Copernicus? Martin Luther?

The spiritual life requires us to challenge the old myths.

In the world of sensation, we rely on our senses. We believe in what we see, for a time. Even the brightest experience of illumination will fade over time. Often, it fades in favor of the realities that make up our everyday lives. The powerful moment, minute, hour, and day. Longer than that, sensations fade, whether those sensations derive from the physical or psychic worlds.

Thus, the spiritual life is not made of pleasant or awe-inspiring sensations. If it were, we’d become the “hound of heaven,” forever trying to capture the next illumination or glimpse into the spiritual realm.

Instead, the spiritual life is one of constant inquisitiveness and discernment. It actually suspends belief in favor of practicing virtuous behaviors that derive from outside the programmed matrix. Sometimes people confuse the spiritual life with concepts like ease, bliss, peacefulness, and love. After all, gurus and masters are depicted as being in a state of bliss and peacefulness. However, if the world is an engineered “prison” and the mythology that all of your fellow beings have been taught ignores this fundamental “reality,” how is bliss an option?

It’s more important that the prison doors are opened. That the mythology is exposed. That people are activating their heart energetics and transmitting this freely. That the program is revealed to such a degree that the Wholeness Navigator, that part of us that inspires unity and equality, can step into our lives and secure its place as a core value.

If you find people in bliss, it can only be for the reason that they have established their identity so firmly in the mythology that they believe the state of bliss identifies them as a guru or master. Perhaps it really identifies them as embedded at an even deeper level of the illusory myth.

Spiritual life is not to be equated with ease or bliss. Nor is it rising to a rarified level of consciousness where you operate from a “higher plane.”

We are, in a very real sense of the word, puppets to two invisible drivers: collective unconscious and the personal subconscious. In these two unseen layers, attitudes and predispositions are cultivated and give rise to behaviors. For example, the idea that humans can be the property of other humans is based on the collective unconscious experience that we were created as slaves of “gods” before the great flood. That was our human inception. And because of this, we can rationalize that it’s okay to enslave others, whether that’s an animal or a sex slave or a black sharecropper.

This holds true across the human prism of dysfunction… animal and human slavery being one example.

If we choose to express from the unseen layers, our behaviors are being activated by the programs inside media (television, film, video games, web, newspapers, books) and many of these programs are so dysfunctional, yet perceived as normal, so that people don’t see any harm in them. That, speaking behaviorally, is what being human has become. If this is what it is to be human, should it be any surprise that our spiritual life has become similarly programmed, dumbed down, and diminished?

Our minds are a little like a computer keyboard, and invisible hands are pressing the keys without our permission, writing behavioral programs for us to follow. We’re being manipulated and this is being done on a global stage, too, with far more damaging effects. It is the equivalent of programmed, global memes that are deployed to keep us focused on the mythology of the life we are supposed to fulfill, like being fearful of people who are different from us, or being okay with surveillance of our private emails and texts in order to stay “safe”.

So the programs are the fingers on the keyboard that is us. We have become extensions of the programmers.

We need to recognize that this is going on and learn to decouple from it. Not to be owned by the program or the programmers or the management team behind the programmers. When you think of freedom, it should be this. The other kind of freedom—the one appropriated by politicians—is a grand illusion. It’s a programmed reality of obedience under the guise of security and fitting in.

The spiritual life is underneath the programmed version that you think you should be. For example, you have every right to be mad. So be angry or frustrated or distant. Hold a grudge. Let those feelings contaminate all of the potentials that exist outside the program. Feel diminished. Withhold. Everyone else is. Fit in and enjoy the feelings of belonging. This is a power struggle, win.

These are all examples of the programs that are playing. They’re imposters. It’s puppeteering and nothing more. If we can’t see these patterns, then we need to sit in quiet and do some real contemplation—not on God, or spirit, or the white light, or nothingness, or even love. Put your focus squarely on the programs that are being played out in your behaviors, attitudes, perceptions, and biases. Assess these to see if they really reflect you.

Life follows thoughts that are the fruit of unseen programs. The spiritual life is really focused on living outside the programs, but in order to do this, you have to become conscious of the programming…or the invisible hands that type on your keyboard. This is fundamental to the disengagement that’s necessary in order to begin to feel authentic virtues like the Six Heart Virtues and to let them become natural extensions of your life into your local universe.

It’s not easy to unhook from the the programs. One of the easiest and most effective ways it to study the programs that are in place, to learn about the mythologies that are dominant in our reality, and then to practice discernment in everything you invest your time and energy into. In the practice of the Six heart Virtues and the Quantum Pause technique, you may find yourself uncoupling from the programs.

The WingMakers Materials are designed to help in this regard. They present a new mythology. You might ask, “Why a mythology?” “Why not simply announce the truth, prove it out, and stand back and watch every spiritual seeker get in line and join.”

Even in the scientific proof of the immortal soul, some people will not believe. People will not substitute their beliefs so easily. “Proof” is not absolute. The programs are ingrained over countless generations through both the collective unconscious and the ancestral subconscious. If there was a video or book or audio tape that had the absolute proof, it would consist of words or a language. As was previously stated, the collection of words known as the Bible has 33,000 distinct denominations. There is no way to unite people around a language of words, regardless of their veracity.

With this in mind, WingMakers inserted a new mythology. Within this new mythology is set a constellation of truth. Some will see or sense this, some will not. Those who see this will begin to apply this system of truth, not as recitations of knowledge, but as behaviors and attitudes. This is the method of uncoupling from the programming. Once they become less embedded within the programmed nature of the dominant reality, they can begin to recreate their local universe.

It is the recreation of one’s local universe where the spiritual life exists. It is not in books or mantras or videos or gurus or religious ceremonies, though it is tempting to look there. It is not about the elements of love and peace. It is not that those don’t play a role or have a value; rather, they are not the foundation of a spiritual life. That foundation is to recreate your local universe through the transformative behaviors of the Six Heart Virtues, to use your imaginative faculty and discernment to unhook from the programming. And remain unhooked.

This is the role of the WingMakers Materials. It is simply a tool. It is not the only tool and it is not for everyone, however,  if an individual commits some time to reviewing the materials, perhaps reading one of its books, you will gain an insight into this new mythology.

Anyone who has lived in a large city knows that the stars are hard to see at night. The light pollution of the city reduces the contrast and makes constellations difficult, if not impossible, to see. The old mythologies and current programs are similar to large cities. They produce a form of “light pollution” that renders the constellations of truth difficult to see.

At the headwaters of a spiritual life is the journey away from the light pollution of the old myths and new programs, in order to contemplate the “sky.” It is often the first sign that the person is preparing to embark on the spiritual life. Sometimes this is unconscious, but the universe seems to pull them out of the big city to where they can see the sky and read its signs.

Sometimes it is a conscious decision on the part of the individual because the light pollution has become a tool of obfuscation. It obscures understanding by narrowing the program to collective ceremony, recitation, teacher-based interpretations, and hierarchy.

It’s good to look at the sky when you find yourself in the wilderness. This is really what WingMakers is. It is a wilderness.