Suicide Wraps? Wow, that sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it? In the rodeo industry, a suicide wrap is a particular rope wrap bull riders use when wrapping the bull rope around their hand. The wrap allows the cowboy enough leverage and staying power to remain aboard a bucking horse or steer. However, it is very difficult to get out of a suicide wrap if the cowboy falls off the animal. That, of course, causes a serious problem for the rider who becomes vulnerable to hooves and horns. It should come as no surprise that the wrap is against the rules in most modern rodeos for obvious reasons.
From a higher consciousness perspective, suicide wraps mean wrapping yourself around false teachings, false assumptions, and false beliefs that can delay and/or ‘kill’ your chances of achieving enlightenment.
And for obvious reasons, this spiritual practice encourages you to avoid false teachings and beliefs that relegate you into living a fear-based, dogmatically skewed life.
Recognizing a Spiritual Suicide Wrap
Any religious tradition that builds fear into its teachings, adheres to fossilized dogma, champions an anthropomorphic deity in the sky that punishes some and rewards others, discriminates against people who are different, and retails a cataclysmic end to the world is selling suicide wraps.
A fundamental plank in the suicide wrap platform is the use of sacred scripture to justify warped personal and political agendas. Keeping sacred scripture at a literal-only interpretative depth, claiming it is inerrant as written, leaving out legitimate writings that offer a more expanded theological perspective, and barring theologians who could have been instrumental in producing a more complete Biblical compilation all make it possible to protect and perpetuate false teachings.
In his very controversial – and thoughtful – book, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong asserts, “Institutional Christianity seems fearful of inquiry, fearful of freedom, fearful of knowledge – indeed, fearful of anything except its own repetitious propaganda, which has its origins in a world that none of us any longer inhabits.” He goes on to say, “The Church historically has criticized, marginalized, and even expelled its most creative thinkers. The list stretches from Origen through Erasmus to Hans Kung. This institution seems far more eager to expend its energy defending its limited truth than to see its holy words for what they are – mere pointers toward the reality that limited words always distort and can never finally capture.”
Keeping deeper truths ‘walled in’ by creedal orthodoxy and literal-only interpretations of scripture are two examples of theological suicide wraps. And those more spiritual than religious creative thinkers Bishop Spong talked about have been – and continue to be – vulnerable to the hooves and horns of religious fundamentalists.
How to Avoid Spiritual Suicide Wraps
- It means having the willingness – and good sense – to take the suicide wraps off.
- It means loosening your hold on an anthropomorphic god in the sky and getting a grip on a greater reality: you are a human expression of the Eternal Presence expressing Itself as you.
- It means upping your consciousness to the realization that you are divine at your core.
- It certainly means leaving the fractured orthodoxy of pediatric religion behind since it has your servitude in mind.
In Quantum Theology, Diarmuid O’Murchu, has this to say: “Those who hunger for patriarchal certitude, whether in religion or science, who seek objective verification and the guarantee of divine veracity, become petrified and defensive. New vision is always a threat to the status quo.”
This spiritual practice invites you to dispense with any and all false religious teachings that seek to diminish you or anyone else. In the Path of the Mystic, Katherine Tingley reminds us that “for too long has humanity been living on the outer edge of truth; too long has help been sought from without; too long has the inner divine nature been obscured and the shadows of external life been mistaken for reality.”
This spiritual practice reminds you that being jerked around by any false teaching that refuses to allow you the freedom, respect, and dignity you deserve to gain higher spiritual understanding and transcendental awareness is suicide wrapped in ecclesiastical clothing.