|Whether you feel you have found a true path to walk, or are not sure what to believe is the truth of this life, the search for peace and healing experience in life is often much the same.
Almost everyone experiences times, sooner or later, when they are beset by serious doubts. These doubts and unanswered questions often are aggravated by the presence of truly difficult conditions in one's personal life. The meditation practices of the Simple Path of Holiness are offered to help people work more creatively and effectively with both a person's experiences of doubt and confusion as well as those times of hard trials they have to cope with.
As you learn different ways to process experiences of serious doubt, this will also help with the efforts to respond to difficult situations in your life. On a parallel track, as you learn better problem-solving skills to cope with tough situations, the resolution of these situations will generate the kinds of experiences needed to further process whatever unanswered questions you are working with.
These meditation practices and problem-solving skills are general enough they can be adapted by those who believe in God, those who do not, and those who are not sure one way or the other. While there are clear statements in this commentary regarding what are deemed to be essential practices needed for liberation, the reader is not asked to agree with the premises of this or that religion, or any particular school of philosophy, unless they freely choose to do so. Rather the primary purpose of this commentary is to offer straight talk on tough questions and to help people find a way to search for truth in ways that are true to them.
The first general suggestion presented is to set aside, after careful reflection, any teachings you really do not understand or feel you cannot accept. You can always come back to them at a later time if you feel it makes sense to do so. The second general suggestion is to take the time to determine which core beliefs, values, and practices you freely do accept and with which you know you could be making better efforts.
The practices of the simple path are offered to assist in this discernment and to free up the energy and drive to make the kinds of consistent effort which are needed for real breakthroughs.
The general premise is that if you make a far more diligent effort with the most basic spiritual and ethical practices than most people might think of doing, these sustained efforts will give rise to at least early-stage experiences of peace and understanding. The insights and glimpses of these early stage experiences will be enough to point you in the direction of whatever is the next level of peace, understanding, and problem-solving skills available to you and you can proceed from there.
This is the simple path.