Religion is the finger pointing at the moon. God is the moon and religion directs us to that God who dwells in the center of our being. Sadly sometimes the finger becomes more important than the thing it directs us to. It is much easier to argue how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, than to face the death of the ego so that the true Self may be shown. I view religion as very useful, but it is only a tool. It is God who woos each of us according to the 10,000 paths up the mountain. It is a distraction from the path to build a tent on your philosophy only to dig your heels in and claiming yours is the only way. God is so much bigger than our philosophy. What a relief!
There were two fish having a conversation. One asks the other how they are enjoying the water. The other replies, "What the hell is water?"
I used to read that the Atman and Brahman are one, and completely did not get it. To put it another way, our spirit or soul is one with God. It is a spark from the fire of God. I heard it over and over so many ways throughout the years and though intellectually I understood the concept, I did not grasp it beyond as a philosophical concept. But something has changed in the past few months. I have glimpses of it as a reality. What if God is here...in me...right now? That this God In Me does not judge, and nothing can separate from this God who is the essence of love.
It means I am free. I used to always come to God and feel like I had to spend several minutes confessing all my sins before I could enter the presence of God. I never felt fully pure. I felt like a fraud in the presence of the Divine. But if God is in me and expr…
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. -Edgar Allan Poe
I consider myself a spiritual person. This may come as a surprise to some who know me and as no surprise to others. I believe the sacred is found in all of nature. Not just the parts we deep beautiful, but even in the savagery of the lion capturing her prey. I am an animist. I have no problem offering love to animals, trees, and plants. I imagine a consciousness in them that connects us and to a source greater than ourselves. I also believe in a vast spiritual reality made up of many types of beings, some benevolent, other malevolent, and every other spectrum such as found in humanity as well.
What this means is that you may see me offer honey at the foot of the tree for the spirits of place where I am, or you may observe me offering candle and incense to my ancestors or even various gods/saints who are patrons of various t…