Relinquishing the Need for Religion at a Snail’s Pace

Often, when spirituality loses its soul it takes on the shadow-form of fundamentalism. Thomas Moore

We might just be outgrowing our need for religion. Maybe we will move far enough away from our need of it before the defending of it kills us all. It makes sense to me that humans would hold onto the doctrines, dogma and teachings of their specific religion as a way to create feelings of safety, solace and identity. It does not make sense to me that we would continue to declare our god as the right god and our truth the right truth even as the spirit beneath the surface exist without boundaries.
This Spirit is sure of Itself and needs no defending. It knows who it is and where it belongs. It lives within the flower beside the desolate road of war. It is that spirit that can remind us of our magnificent connection to the Divine. My feeling is that our world will change in direct proportion to our active awareness or blind unawareness of that connection. Religion was created by man and it has been said that God was created in man’s image. We are poised as humans to throw off the security blanket of that image and listen to the spirit within us to make a few clarifications as to our birthright as spiritual beings. I am, more and more, as the world around me reels from its blind seeking for safety and security learning to listen to the powerful assurance of my true identity. It knows my name. It helps me remember that all that I see, touch, taste, feel and hear is not the only reality. My human perceptions are becoming more and more influenced by the singular force of the life force beneath the surface of chaos.
Religion is like the mind, it can only take us so far into the realm of the Divine. At some point we must leave the false security of having all the answers so that Spirit can reveal the truth of our connection to the powerful world of Spirit. It is not a new religion; it is a new experience (Joel Goldsmith). This experience has been lived by a few and is now expanding even in the midst of religious and political uproar. While the Catholics fight the Protestants, while the Muslims fight the Jews and while each of us fight with what was fed to us as children, there is a possibility that the struggle will launch us toward an inner knowledge which surpasses all need for black and white thinking that is so counter to the expansive world of our true selves.

Vickie Spray Copyright 2011

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