There Are Many Paths Up A Mountain
As 2015 rapidly approaches, I've been reflecting more on my own spirituality. I have dubbed 2015 the year of spirituality for me. The year I go deep into my own intuition and the religious texts, to seek out the truth.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
It was the above quote from Pierre that started me thinking further about my own existence. This notion that we are pure energy, that for this time now we are in the form of a human being. It's a bit of a mind fuck. But an intellectual pursuit worth investigating.
Religion has been on my mind for many years. I have a few devout Christian friends. I myself have dabbled in the faith, however after about 9 years of in and out practise of the religion, I deemed it not for me. One of the kickers for me was this:
A Christian knows on faith that Jesus is the truth, they feel his prescence. That's cool. But a Muslim, Sikh and Hindu also know on faith they are right, that their God is the true path. You can't argue with faith because it is personal, and can't be disproved. I respect humans of faith. But people of religion should know this, they just feel their God and know without doubt that they are right. But so does the devout religious person of a different religion.
To me, that always suggested that all religions were praying to the same God. That presence they felt was the same, however by nature we as humans are story tellers. Over thousands of years we warp stories and add small sections. Various tribes don't like that aspect of said religion so they create their own. Thousands of years later there are many strong religions. All with a lot of falsehoods packed into them. However, all have several themes that run through them, maybe the only remaining words of God:
- Love each other
- We are all one
A nice analogy that hit me in the shower is this:
There are many routes up a mountain, some ruff, some smooth, some direct and some windy, but do not forget this, they all lead to the summit.
All religions have that core truth of love, the very essence of God in them. God is that summit, and we are all finding our own ways to the peak. There is no right way, and certainly no wrong way. What the view will look like at the top will most likely surprise most religious people.
When God spoke to Moses through the burning bush i think he unequivocally told the truth about who he is:
I don't know how we have gotten it so wrong!
Peace, love and success,