Spiritual Freedom Manifesto

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This has been a long time brewing with me. It communicates my passion – and I hope some of yours. You can always write your own 🙂

21st Century

SPIRITUAL FREEDOM MANIFESTO

 

Over thousands of years the major world religions
have marginalised natural spirituality.
Knowledge of our innate connection with the wonder, mystery and energy of life
has been obscured by dogma and hierarchy.
But immense shifts are happening in our global culture.

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People of the World
Reclaim your natural rights. Experience and affirm this prime reality:
Just because we live we are unconditionally part of
nature, earth and the whole wonderful mystery of existence –
by whatever name you call it.

Religions of the World
Thank you for your jewels of ethical leadership and
your wonderful community service.
Thank you for your inspirational stories and ideas.
But stop claiming your beliefs are the only truth,
threatening with punishments and playing on ignorance and insecurity.
Diversity is beautiful.
Reflect only the essence, benevolence and charity of your founders’ intentions.
Transform. Renew. Be realistic and humble.
Empower your people to be mature and independent.
Help birth a new global culture of humane and natural spirituality.

Parents and Educators of the World
Enable your children to discover and develop their own personal values,
beliefs and spirituality. Do not brainwash the innocent young.
Safeguard, nurture and love them.

People of the World
Honour and be inspired by the ethical heart of the world religions.
Align always with your highest values.
Harm no one. Care for nature and all creatures.
Love and protect all, especially the vulnerable.

Scientists of the World
Continue your debate with religion and affirm the need for evidence and logic.
But acknowledge that life ultimately is an awesome mystery.
May science and spirituality flourish.

Wealthy of the World
Blessings on your wealth.
But realise that a meaningful existence is not found in material success.
Share your good fortune. Be charitable and generous.

People of the World
Wake up. Lead a meaningful life.
Develop your extraordinary minds and consciousness. Explore and enquire.
Embody and express the beauty and joy of existence.
Expand your hearts and build a better world.

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Recognising the natural community of all life.

More Love.          More Compassion.        More Wisdom.

 

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Download an A4 PDF of the manifesto >> Spiritual Freedom Manifesto A4

By | 2017-08-29T17:04:08+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Opinion - Activism, Spirituality|21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Lizzie Smosarski August 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    This is an inspiring and a very beautiful vision William

    I found my head saying, ‘If only’, whilst my heart smilesd with wonder at the power of the intention. As a song from South Pacific says, “If you don’t have a dream, how ya gonna make a dream come true’.

    My soul says I am right beside you in this vision, I hold the intention, I live the dream.

  2. Patricia Edwards August 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful way to live, is it possible? If each one of us tries to live our life in this way we can be example to others, without lecturing or demanding. Surely we can all see that the religious dogma many live under is causing strife throughout the world. Love of all life is the answer and appreciation of the perfection of nature. I agree with everything in this manifesto and I hope it’s message spreads throughout the world, someone had to start the ball rolling, so thank you.

  3. Ananda August 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    That’s beautiful and inspired William. Thank you xx

  4. Ann Palmer August 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    To say this comes very close to my own way of seeing is absolutely true. I believe we can all forward William’s vision in our own particular ways. Some are already doing it of course, people as prominent as Al Gore, with his second film which I believe, allows a more grassroots consciousness to shine through. My attempt to live this vision – and it really is very close to William’s – is, for the last three years, to champion ecologising the world’s song-base. I have put original lyrics of contemporary relevance, to 15 Christmas carols, 11 Christian hymns and am now working on famous out-of-copyright songs. I run a Young People’s anti-litter campaign. This year, the Litter Goes Literary Young People’s Competition invites youngsters to compose a verse of their own eco-lyrics to their favourite tune. Music is so powerful for the young. And sometimes for much older people too! As Gandhi recommended, be the change you want to see in the world. But however strongly you feel that William is absolutely right in his direction – though he didn’t make what I feel is a key distinction between dualistic and wholistic thinking when referring to religion – the only way forward that can ever work is to get more people on board! I was very moved by William’s manifesto. That much passion is rare. And can only come through and shine so brightly when it comes from an open heart leading an illuminated mind. Thank you William.

  5. Carol August 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I deeply resonate with William Bloom’s “Spiritual Manifesto”…and have had similar perspectives for many, many decades.

    As more and more of us openly express and share our inspired and insightful expressions of open-minded, wisdom-filled truths, humanity WILL blossom and
    thrive in harmony with all life forms.

    I’m grateful to you, William, for so eloquently and clearly describing “how-to” processes…..as well as continuing to be an un-dimmable guiding light..

  6. LIZ giambrone August 30, 2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Thank you , beautiful human warmth and a power which empowers me , it’s hanging on my wall !

  7. Mary Evans Young August 30, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Switched on the computer and the first thing I read this morning was the manifesto. Lucky me. Very inspiring, timely, and shareable. Thank you William.

  8. Jane Teverson August 30, 2017 at 5:57 am - Reply

    This is perfect William. Who’d want to ‘write their own’ when you have expressed this so beautifully and meaningfully. Thank you Jane xx

  9. Brenda Bruzon August 30, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Thankyou William. Beautifully put and exactly what I believe and am trying to communicate too, in my own Brenda way. Looking forward to us being together on September 16th. Namaste. Brenda X

  10. Elizabeth Clark August 30, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Dear William, what a lovely way to start my day! I am so grateful for your sharing, as always,and putting into words so eloquently and compassionately, your thoughts and feelings and dreams of how I feel too, yet am not able to express myself, as to why we are all here together as One, in the Now, on this beautiful planet. I’m definitely going to frame and place on my wall, your loving inspiring Words where I can see and read them whenever I need loving reminder guidance,
    Much Love and Light , LizX

  11. Elizabeth Clark August 30, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Dear William, what a lovely way to start my day! I am so grateful for your compassionately sharing, as always, and so eloquently, your thoughts, feelings and dreams, of how I feel too yet am unable to express myself, as to why we are all here together, in the Now, on this beautiful planet. I am definitely going to frame and place on my wall your beautiful inspiring words so that I can See them whenever I am in need of loving reminder guidance..Thank you!
    With much Love and Light, Lizx

  12. Anonymous August 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the retrospective honouring, William. Now how to define your manifesto?

  13. Claire Hasthorpe August 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    So true. Religion brought so much pain and injustice to the world so far! Time to become spiritual rather than religious as religions divide spirituality unite!
    Keep up with the good work William. Love, Light and blessings sent to you.

  14. Claire Hasthorpe August 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Comment above!

  15. Claire Steinmetz August 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Agreed with everything William wrote in his newsletter.

  16. Rikky Rooksby August 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hello William,

    I find much to admire in your manifesto and I’m sure it would do much good in practice. However, its language is sufficiently general and vague that it is capable of being read by those of a secular / materialist / humanist outlook as not giving any support to belief in a transcendent, conscious spiritual reality with which we are in relationship. That might be read into some of your vocabulary (words like ‘mystery’) but it also might not. You may take a pragmatic line on that and say it doesn’t matter. I think I have to take an idealistic line and say I think it does. Or to put it another way, could an atheist in love with the ‘wonders’ of a purely material nature / cosmos agree with it – a Dawkins or a Brian Cox? In which case, it doesn’t work for me. I hope you find this an interesting response.

    WILLIAM responds: Great comment, Rikky. And beginning of a good conversation: pragmatism vs idealism. I prefer a loving atheist to a harsh transcendentalist, so I suppose my bottom line is Love rather than spiritual beliefs. That said, everyone who knows me knows I believe in / experience metaphysical dimensions. So you may be right, Rikky, completely right 🙂

  17. Steve Thorp August 31, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Hi William

    As I wrote to you privately: thanks for these fierce, humane and necessary words!

    I was going to leave it at that, but I think Rikky’s comment – and your response – prompted my interest further. The manifesto works for me precisely because someone like Brian Cox or Richard Dawkins could agree with it! The wonder and the love, as you say, is far more important to me that the transcendent. When I decided to become a SC, I was clear that my secular, humanist outlook was intact, but that my spirituality expanded this perspective to a more integral viewpoint.

    Are the two worldviews really incompatible? I find fundamentalist materialism problematic – but I also find some spiritual ‘beliefs’ equally difficult. So I like the way you deal with the human experience and its higher fundamantals – compassion, love, gratitude, embodiment, connection, expansion, existence. I don’t need transcendence for my experience of this kind of spirituality – though, as you say, diversity is beautiful!

    What might be important – in the context of any manifesto – is to make a statement of intent. Which is what you do beautifully. Thankyou…

    And I’m aware that there may be further things to say and respond to.

    With love

    Steve

  18. Natalia Brown August 31, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Great – fantastic – I love your clarity. Manifestos are so useful for defining direction – to me it is like a map, without which we wander in the undergrowth looking for clues. We all need to follow something – lets follow truth – compassion – kindness and common sense! I will happily share the manifesto with my online networks…wishing you all the best William, may the manifesto bloom in the hearts of millions! Natalia

  19. Emma September 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Inspired. Heart Warmed and Opened. Loving You. Loving the Diversity of Life and the Human Experience. You shine so Brightly and Inspire us all to do the Same. Emma Harper xxx

  20. Kristina Fitzsimmons September 11, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    William, I like what you say. I’m right behind you in your sentiments and you speak to the converted. We’ll all say “Right on William!” and feel good about ourselves and our intentions.

    And we need to include the world religions, the educators, the scientists and the wealthy, make them feel they have something to offer and are welcomed as part of the movement. After all diversity is beautiful! That means talking with them, not at them.

    Try changing all your ‘buts’ to ‘ands’ and see how that changes the tone to one of inclusivity without diminishing the message. Coming myself from a sceptical science background I discovered that the use of evidence and logic leads to the realisation of the fundamental mystery of life and that is a very powerful spiritual experience.

    William responds: What an interesting editorial suggestion. Thank you. I completely understand the nuance of your suggestion, but (but!) I kind of like the feeling of a push-back in ‘but’. . . Its a style issue. You may be right . . . 🙂 xxx

  21. Gordon Slaymaker September 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks Bill 😊

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