Universalism and Holistic Spirituality
I saw this quote attributed to Rumi: "I am neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim. Doing away with duality, I saw the two worlds as one. I seek One, I know One, I see One, and I call One. " I have no idea if he actually said this, but I find the sentiment powerful beyond measure.
The past day or two has really helped me realize that I am not a traditional anything religious-wise. I am not a traditional nor orthodox Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Thomasine etc. I am both comfortable with all of these and yet also outside of them.
I have a passionate love of God and yet am just as comfortable dropping God language and speaking of the sacredness in every-day life or in nature. I can speak of Goddess or the Gods. It all works. Somewhere along the way, I have embraced (or have I been embraced) by a holistic spirituality. I relish the writings of the various scriptures and yet can also appreciate the scripture of nature. I am far from perfect, yet feel embraced and utterly filled with the Divine presence. I think this is what a universalist may really be. And with it comes the tension of having a toe in the various communities but also being something of an outsider in all of them. Not a comfortable place to be. But it sure keeps me on my toes!