Spirituality’s come up a bit lately. What it means, how it differs from one person to the next and how strong beliefs create such division and hatred in the world.
What strikes me is the paradox, as having a spiritual belief implies love and kindness to all. And yet what it brings out in some is the opposite.
Judgement, prejudice, superiority, scorn. All of these things emerge when someone believes so strongly that their belief is the only ‘true’ one, that it makes a mockery of what it's meant to be about. Again: love, kindness, humility and acceptance.
I know people who are so convinced their church is the only one that has the true hand of God in it, they not only feel sorry for me, they also judge me and try to save me.
In my humble opinion spirituality is as individual as you are, what you believe and how you choose to manifest it in the world are all unique to you.
There are some established religions that are ego based and therefore judgemental, which doesn’t help with, well anything.
It isn’t better stated than in the book ‘Mary Magdalene Revealed’ by Megan Watterson.
She cites a challenging conversation she had with a religious despot, and was left feeling judged, depleted and angry.
Her comments on this leapt off the page at me because they resonated, strongly.
‘I feel sorry for you. That your God is so small. That your God has such a fragile ego, he’ll send us all to hell if we don’t believe in him. And that your Jesus only loves his own followers, people who have surrendered over everything to him, like some power-hungry, twisted cult leader. I think you’ve missed the whole point. You’ve mistaken God for power. I think whoever the hell Jesus was, he was about love, which is the opposite of power.’
Totally on point:
It does not matter whether you believe in Angels, God, Buddha or something else.
As long as what you believe connects with you, you’ve got the magic pill right there.
No one ever has the right to judge you for your belief, that’s your right and your choice.
Too many people suffer through condemnation and criticism because they ‘don’t believe a certain way’.
When I was younger, a sister of mine asked me
1. If I enjoyed being the black sheep of the family - because I didn’t believe in God
2. If I really wanted to go to hell because I wasn’t a Christian.
3. Why I didn’t want to be saved
I was 19 at the time and felt like crap. I was angry, confused and wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn’t embrace this entrenched archaic religion that emanated hypocrisy.
In my own way and in my own time, I rediscovered my Angels and through them, love and support. It has taken me years to embrace everything they give, and I am grateful for it. It works for me, but it’s not for everyone, and that’s how it should be.
You do you - I’ll do me.
I have no right to sit in judgement on you and your choices, and in fact support whatever spiritual choice you do make, including not having one at all.
Because, who am I to judge you?
I’m sure if God was roaming the earth right now, there wouldn’t be a judgement in sight.
His view was that we are all equally special, we are all connected and part of this wonderful planet where kindness says more about who you are than what you earn.
If your belief gives you anything less, you deserve more.
One thing I have come to accept more and more is that we all end up in the same place anyway: II see it as a funnel with all the different spiritual choices on the rim, and then traversing to the small narrow outlet being where we all end up.
In the exact same place as each other.
It’s all quite simple really:
Do you feel judged
Do you feel ‘not enough’
You are enough, just be you.
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