In spiritual circles, there’s so much emphasis on success and abundance that it creeps into materialism in disguise. Control your thoughts to control your life. Raise your vibration to get the job you want. The lover you want. The life you want. The universe is waiting to shower you with gifts and as long as you’re down and gloomy and stuck inside yourself, you’re begging for scraps at a feast. (What’s wrong with you?)
I believe in the unfolding
I believe that our world is part of the unfolding of the divine. Not a divine plan, but the divine itself. Regardless of how it may seem at times, everyone and everything is slowly growing kinder, wiser, more loving and compassionate–a better conduit for divine energy and love.
I believe that this unfolding of the divine within space and time is inevitable, unstoppable and infinitely patient.
So, let’s try this.
I believe in the presence
I believe in a divine presence that is everywhere, in everyone and everything. It transcends words and thought. It’s ultimately benevolent, and any attempt to describe it or define it ultimately falls short because it is so much more expansive than anything we can imagine.
But that doesn’t matter because we’re not here to learn about the divine. We’re here to experience the divine, connect to the presence, and bring ourselves closer to embodying it in our lives.
I usually try to avoid contentious issues on religious/spiritual beliefs. Much of it is because I dislike conflict, but it’s also because I don’t find the finer points of any doctrine as important as whether or not that doctrine helps people become better. If someone’s personal beliefs are that there’s a giant rabbit that leaps from continent to continent one hundred times a day, and requires that followers worship it through costumes and drinking soy milk (and by the way, don’t beat your wife and kids), well…let’s bust out the bunny ears.
People who are sincere will find what they need to come closer to truth.
A friend of mine recently lent me a copy of Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message. It’s been a while since I’ve read Christian-based theology and the book spotlighted just how far away my beliefs are from Christianity. I recognize spiritual presences that I’ve always heard called the Christ Force and Holy Spirit, but after that book I’m beginning to think that using those terms in conversations is misleading and possibly disingenuous. After all, it’s not like Christianity is the standard against which my beliefs should be measured.
About every year or so, it seems, my views on spirituality and the world change drastically. Maybe it’s a new insight, a new intuitive sense, or something else entirely. I’m usually hesitant to talk about it until I understand it more, but part of this one is seeing how people’s interactions are driven by a game of energy swiping. Since much of my reluctance is based on paranoically trying to avoid one of those games, I might as well go for it and see what happens.