In a world where everything from the gadgets we use in our daily life to the ideas about life itself seem to change and evolve each day, we may find it difficult to even keep up with the vocabulary that comes from all these changes. Have you ever been talking to someone and they mention a new item on the market and you find you are standing there with the deer in the headlights look on your face? Have you then realized what it would be like if someone from a remote tribe or from the distant past came into this time and space, what they would feel like? Things are changing so quickly all over the world that it is near impossible to keep up while we go through our daily routines. Language is evolving to take in the new technology and accepted speech of today. It can almost make you dizzy!
No doubt, these same things have gone on for centuries, as people traveled, discovered new places, people and language. New ideas were merged with the old and often this is how a new belief system began. Throughout the various religions, we can see where a common thread has been woven with perhaps the names of the participants and locations changed to accommodate the group of people it was being applied to. For example, in almost all known religions there is a creator, creation story, flood, and the birth in some form of a god or messiah. Most often there is an outline of obligations or rituals to be performed and a belief on the afterlife. Is it important to discover which if any is true to the word or should we be focusing on the message behind the story? In the middle east, it was common for parables to be used in order to portray a story. It was understood it was a story being told and the listener was to find the message within the story. If we were to take apart these parables in an attempt to discover where they took place, if they happened and if they were historically correct, we would lose sight of why they were being told in the first place. Think of a children's story. We read these to our little ones for entertainment but also to assist us in explaining something through the use of examples. When we can formulate a scenario in our mind, it is easier for us to understand.
So too with spiritual writings. Some will seem to grab us and feel true to us while others are very difficult for us to embrace. Try asking the following:
What if we were to read these as though they were parables or myths instead of taking everything literally from their pages?
When were they written and by whom?
Do they seem to reflect the thoughts and words of particular era?
Can you find a message within the writings that you feel can be adapted today?
If it is something you have read in the past, does it seem to mean the same to you today?
Often when we go back and reread one of these writings we will see it in a different light. The words are the same but our thoughts and beliefs have changed. The words take on new meaning and those that once even frightened us will have new light. Perhaps some of the ancient texts have much more wisdom than we have given them credit for. Through man's twisted interpretations the true meaning has many times been distorted. Over the years the sacred writings were kept from the general populations and the people relied on priests and the teachers to tell them what the written. Have you ever experienced this? Are your ideas of spiritual matters base solely oh what you were told or have you taken time to evaluate for yourself what it is you believe to be true? Many say they know “The Word of God” but in actuality have never studied the scared texts or openly questioned what was written. On the other hand, many deny all that is written without ever having read anything about that belief system.
Often part of our spiritual growth is the inner struggle of what we believe to be right or wrong, good or bad and whether one belief system is the one we should follow or stay away from, what name to put on the Creator, do we have angles, divas or devils? If it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that a belief we held onto for years is false, are we left with nothing or can we still take a message from this belief? Do we get so caught up in the details that we lose sight of the whole point of the story? Think of a news event in your neighbourhood. Something happens and a story develops around the event. By the end of the day there are more details added and taken away that it is difficult to know what to believe. We may get lost in the decision to pick a story instead of looking at all the stories, and uncovering the source.
When reading or listening to new ideas or rediscovering old ideas do so from the heart and allow it to guide you. Be open to new interpretations as you are coming from a different and evolved view point than you were years ago or even just yesterday. The traditions and believes of our ancestors helped them to become who they were, create our world and for this we respect them. Everyone does what they believe is the right thing at that moment in time. We can let go of the old thought patterns and still honour these traditions by remembering they served a time and place and if they have meaning for us today, then by all means, bring them into our sacred space.
Perhaps we need to let go of labels, and the need to prove things to be right or wrong but rather through our prayers and meditations, we learn to join with the Source, which is unconditional love, and then in turn become love. Regardless of what name we choose to give this Source it is really more of a feeling, an emotion that guides us. In the end, it is not the story that we will remember but rather how it made us feel and if there is no love in the story, it will not serve us for the higher good.
Make your intent pure
Seek what is true to you
Be willing to let go of what no longer serves you
Honour the beliefs you once held and those of others
Be willing to receive and give from a place of unconditional love and compassion
It is here that you will find your Oneness and Inner Peace.
As a Spiritual Growth Facilitator, I have brought together my experience and training as a Certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Spiritualist Minister and author in order to provide seminars and workshops that are motivational, reflective and enlightening. It is my purpose to use Mindful Journey as a tool in helping others on their road to self-discovery by awakening spirituality in all aspects of their life practices with light, love and healing.