SPIRITUALITY and RELIGION
or My Karma Ran Over My Dogma
Religion can be useful, even if it's organized. The traditions, repetitions (the rosary is a mantra),
and even the anachronisms provide an illusion of security in a turbulent, amoral world. But it's not the same as Spirituality. In fact, by definition, it can come between people and God --
rather than serving as the foundation for a personal relationship with a Higher Power.
When you order spaghetti, it's a good idea to specify "with meatballs".
At it's best, religion is the stick of a Spiritual Popsicle.
There are times, though, when I’ve bitten into this stick.
The God of the Old Testament is loving and forgiving, but also demanding and judgmental.
The God of My Understanding is powerful but nurturing. He doesn't demand perfection of me anymore. He delegated that responsibility to me...and I allow myself to shirk it.
Years ago, while attempting to justify my taking up space that might be put to a better use, I arrived at this Spiritual Awakening:
I am a Child of God.
A little child of God.
He will Protect me and He will Guide me.
He Will love me,
No matter what.
I am the Child of an Almighty God !
And that’s all I need to be.
Just as I love my own son No Matter What -- my God always loves me. There is no need for me to win His approval. It is my birthright. I do need to be reminded of that every once in a while -- not too often -- every 10 minutes will suffice.
You have that same birthright.
So, Who is this God phenomenon, anyway?
God is Unconditional Love. I see His reflection in my bride of 40 years, my son, my few dear friends. God is the good dragon in the cavern of my soul. God is the kitten who licks my tears away. God is Hope, even when I don't have enough Faith to find it. God is my next breath.
There is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence.
~ Meister Eckhart
Be still, and know that I am God ~ Psalm 46, to which I will add:
Be still and know
Be still Be
In non-action, nothing remains not done ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching)