Living A Nomadic Spiritual Life


Perhaps you have never heard of a “Comad.” A “Comad” is a noun I made up. It is defined, by me, as:

“A person who is endlessly spiritually searching while never leaving the comfort of their way of life.”

This type of person is living a spiritually nomadic life. They search and want to find self-realization but only if it doesn’t require boundaries and commitments that are, well…confining! This type of living usually results in a life of spiritual hunger and frustration which often culminates in the loss of faith for an individual in, not only a God, but in everything.

Most Comads are of the “Hollywood” type whose names are well-known and whose “travels” are well documented. They are the ones who are “Avant-garde” with their spiritual practices and beliefs. They embrace whatever is spiritually “in” for the moment. What is “in” is usually some form of spirituality that has no bounds and no doctrines other than “communing” with nature, or “becoming one” with the universe. Both “nature” and the “universe” require nothing from their followers, other than acknowledgment and an occasional “free” concert or show proclaiming their existence. This is an exciting short-lived adventure for those who pursuit it, but it leads to spiritual emptiness and a longing for something more satisfying. The Comad then looks for something “mystical” or “magical” and seeks it out in far away lands; lands that are “mysterious” and sound exciting. How fun to say that you follow the Dalai Lama! No one really knows what it means but it sounds exciting. It’s like taking your own “magical mystery tour.” The “tour” requires little of its guests and gives little in return. When the Comad tires of the “mystic” there is always the hip “New Age” religion. It is defined as:

“…a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as “drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and then infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics. It aims to create “a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas” that is inclusive and pluralistic.” (Wikipedia)

If the “New Age” doesn’t satisfy the Comad, they can always join the “Wicca”, the trendy witches group that is springing up across the land. No men need apply, although “Kabbalah” is taking members. There is a “potpourri” of religions for the Comad, and they like them all…for a time. But because they are relatively empty, and require nothing of the believers, they spiritually give a pint-size in return. The Comad is forever the spiritual nomadic traveler because they want to know the meaning of life, but they are not willing to pay the “great price for the “pearl” they so seek.

To be a follower of Jesus Christ does require our all. He said:

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37-38)

The Cromatic lifestyle is not one I envy, but many are that live it. I prefer “The road (that) is long, with many a winding turn” (“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother”) But unlike this popular song of the sixties which tells us that the long and winding road “leads us to who, who knows where”, we do know where! That ‘long road’ leads us home, to our Father in Heaven. But we have to be willing to walk it, and sometimes that road can be bumpy, filled with pot-holes, and require our blood sweat and tears. However, where much is given, much is required and where much is required, much is given!

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