Religion. Spirituality. God.
We are religious, or we are not religious. We are spiritual, but not religious. We are atheists. We are agnostics. We pray to Jesus, our savior. We pray to God. We pray but not to anything. We go to church. We meditate. We do yoga. We travel to an ashram in India. We join a church. We move to a new church. We tell our children some version of what we were told. We try to say it like we mean it.
But…what IS it that drives us to these things, whatever they may be, that come under the category “religion.”
What IS religion? What IS God? What IS spirituality?
Having spent a lifetime concerned with this, focused on this, in one form or another: studying it at university, esoteric schools, hindu gurus, yoga, finding teachers and leaving teachers, meditation, now…I find it more and more to be, um, well, mysterious, frankly. Vague. Unclear.
I notice that we humans seem to have a tendency to corral ourselves into belief systems, (whether traditional or new age), into concepts of what God is or is not, what to believe or not to believe, what our life “means,” and other such burning situations that come under the category of Spirituality and Religion.
Because aren’t they just a way to separate ourselves from each other? And what do we know, really?
It seems to me that mistrust grows bigger and bigger in me all the time. Mistrust of anything outside of my own heart and mistrust of any idea, institution or teacher.
And at the same time, paradoxically, TRUST grows bigger in me all the time. Trust of my own heart’s knowing and my own path unfolding and what my gut tells me is true. For me.
As Vanessa Stone says, “Your Life, exactly as it is, is the perfect prescription for the evolution of your soul.”
I’m on it. What about you?
You have the right idea – trust your own heart.