Religion ….. Dare I speak openly ?
There is no question in the world that baffles me more than the following:
What religion are you?
I always answer the same thing … do I have to pick just one?
Amazingly I can always see that the person is always as stunned by my answer as I am by their question. Very often the conversation continues with, “No seriously, what are you?”, to which I reply “Human … this part of me anyway”. The conversation is deadlocked.
I can by no stretch of the imagination find a single box that I could ever climb into when it comes to my soul’s journey of understanding.
I actually heard someone who had known me a long time the other day tell everyone I was an Atheist. I did not find this hurtful at all but I slowly began to wonder why so many people say that about me. I think that the problem started when I began to write and people posed me questions like, “Are you a Christian?” To which I always reply with a vehement no. Not for any other reason than to choose one box of truth is to merely deny the others and that is a state that I cannot exist in. It seems that this has led people to draw the conclusion that I am an Atheist.
Let me share a perception with you my friends… We are such magnificent complex creatures us humans. In masses we behave more like a virus destroying and consuming everything, but on a personal level we have so much depth of art, music and general compassionate love pouring out of us that we could bring a tear to any eye.
In this magnificent journey there is no question or issue in society that has shaped or affected us more than the one of religion and higher personal meaning. The search for meaning plagues every man on a different level and affects us in ways we cannot even comprehend
In my mind there is an absolutely all-encompassing light and love that flows through all things. The semantical debate of how and what you wish to name that force is just honestly our human need to box and categorise everything. Your understanding of what that force might be, will grow and change as you do. Therefore getting into a debate about a Prime Creator, a Source, Universal Love or even a God seems like a fruitless exercise when you realise how many cultural and experiential influences there are regarding the subject. Time and time again we get caught up on trying to get everyone to agree with our view of God. Surely a perfect endless energy would be great enough to give you each your own secret understanding of him… why does it need to be shared?
So if we can get past the names and the explanations and if you are brave enough to move beyond a state of fear (which is the ultimate lie), then it becomes irrelevant to you if someone uses the words Holy spirit or Quantum field of possibilities. When you are at this place of perfectly open-acceptance, a beautiful thing happens!!!
For the first time you start noticing the similarities between all paths of enlightenment as opposed to the differences. The source of all light and all love has expressed itself through so many special human beings. How many great masters have come and walked the path back to love and light amongstus . And each and every time we did the same thing, we noticed not the similarities in the things that they taught, we noticed the differences.
Heck, we built entire nations … not on the similarities of the path of light and divinity … but upon the differences.
Somewhere along the way we became ill as a society, we were even tricked into believing that there where sides to pick. We have started to believe that you can only be one and not the other?
Why is it so hard to believe that Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and the Lord Jesus came from the same source? Planet earth is the ultimate playground of experience and diversity of life. In every single object and creature, the source and fabric of all life flows through it. The ultimate love and light behind all things seems to always be calling us home. Every single person truly burns and desires inside themselves for meaning, we are all gently called inside. Inside is the way home!
How many ways in this great universe do you think there are of finding the light and love inside yourselves? How many ways do you think there are of honouring the experience of your life on your experiential journey home?
This magnificent candle that is within us all … can be made to burn brighter in a million ways. The simple act of gardening may connect one person to his divine. Another may find great honour in prayer. Another might find that in feasting and chanting that his soul comes alive. With each and every human the result is the same, they find ways to make there flame burn brighter … the flame in one’s heart once ignited may eventually engulf the world!
Why are we so obsessed with the differences? These beautiful beings that have walked amongst us have all had the identical message. They have spread love and brotherhood, they wanted to cultivate understanding and acceptance. Above all each one showed us through his life how it is that one can, through your surroundings, through your hearts, through your thoughts and through your actions, connect so strongly with the divine flame in your heart, that you can even begin to defy the physical laws as we know them. Each and every human that has walked the path of enlightenment before our eyes learnt to transcend the human condition.
While the forces of fear trick you into breaking down the differences, a truly open heart only sees the similarities. Open hearts only see one path! Each one learnt to honour and love in different ways. Each ones became a shining example of the love that was felt within, and this shone out in a myriad of ways.
Krishnamurti you may remember, shared the story of how the devil and a friend were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend asked the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of the truth,” said the devil. “That is very bad business for you, then” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to help him organize it.”
Do you think that the light and love of the world can shine any less, inside a Native American Indian honouring Mother Earth, through his dance of love in the rain, than it can shine through a person sitting in church on Sunday? Do you not see how the flame can burn brightly in all of us? It is always defined by the same thing.
Our intentions are our soul contract to the path that will unfold before us!
The only false doctrine or lie,is fear. It is fear that they feed you to keep you under control. Even reading my words has filled many of you with fear because of the blasphemy of what I am suggesting. Fear is a Liar. So are boxes. Donot listen … donot accept them! We are all so busy fighting over the scraps of ancient tables, bickering about whether we are meant to pray ten times a day, eat pigs, wear what clothes and say what words, that we have completely missed the point. Fear keeps us enslaved by keeping us focusing on the differences. I am touched and honored to be of the same race as mighty beings like Jesus the Christed one and Gautama Buddha.
My heart fills with excitement and imagination each time I think about them being on this planet. I get tingles when I think about the levels of love and understanding that must have flowed through them by the end of their physical expressions. I am touched by the hardships and suffering that some used to grow their flame brighter. A flame that they hoped would light up a way home for many! They each expressed their love and path towards the light in a different way. Just as your path will become your own unique journey to the light that no one can ever copy. And like them, all you can hope for,is that through your ways and your words humans will be inspired to begin to walk their own path with light. That they will be touched, close their eyes and begin a silent and eternal relationship with the flame within that aches to grow.
If you ever leave this place and look back on humanity…. I am almost sure that your hopes will be that others will follow. I am sure you will hope that instead of starting wars over whether you should bath once or ten times a day or eat this or that, that rather they understand that you honoured and loved your bodies. I am sure that you will hope that they will not split entire societies and the subject of how you prayed or meditated, but you would rather hope that they understand to go within to cultivate their own connection with Flame.
The playground is before you, love and meaning can be found under each and every stone. Honour the Source of all Love, not by trying to replicate a long lost misunderstood, manipulated and fear-based set of rules and regulations.
Honour a prime creator by finding you own perfect way to grow the Flame within you.
Let love be the colour that touches each and every thought and action. For each of you it will physically express in different ways. How beautiful it is that we are all the children with a blank paper and a paint pot…and you can honour in any way your heart can unfold. May the great masters and painters of our past be our inspiration to paint magnificent works as opposed to cowering in the corner arguing about which brushes they used.
I am not against religion.
I am against one religion!!
I am not one Religion. I am all.
I study all painters and honour all styles. My heart is open, I can feel My Flame gently starting to glow.The world that I once doubted even existed talks to me so clearly that is seems like it is more real than the world around me some days.
My heart is open … my mind is free of fear.
When I close my eyes I feel it so deeply, when I look around I see it expressing itself in all things. There is no truth that can be found outside of yourself. Any man that claims to know the truth for you is a liar.
There are man-made arguments and structures that can confuse you and scare you for a lifetime when you look for truth without. The true teachers will give you no answers but will help you discover your own truths and inspire you to ask the right questions of yourself. They will inspire you to paint … not tell you what to paint!
Close your eyes and silently go within.what awaits you is the same for each man, but how it will express and unfold will be diverse for all. I honour every single one of the steps you have taken in order to ignite your flame. I am honoured to have shared in your churches and temples and beliefs.
As long as we always remember that in the greatest question of your life, there is no need for a middle man Awakening does not mean looking for a new box, its involves liberating yourself from the need of a box at all!!!
Now you will understand my humour when I fill in a form and I put an‘x’ in all the boxes.
The Light of the world is within you.