Present Tense

Hey, you! You’re a spirit

Om_symbol.svgI’m spiritual, but not religious.  For many of you that statement means that I’m not serious. That I can’t make a commitment.  The stereotype of that kind of thinking is an air-headed flake that can’t quite make up their mind.

For others, even uttering the word religion or for that matter, spirituality, will mean the conversation is over.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the words “I’m not like that” or “I’m not interested in that”, when I want to talk about spirit or the metaphysical or even religion.  Complete tune-out happens.

And that’s too bad because as humans, we truly are spiritual beings in a human body (I didn’t invent that phrase, by the way).  Our soul and/or spirit needs to be fed and nurtured.  It’s probably more important to our health, than is the physical.  The two are tied so closely together that many can’t even feel or recognize their spiritual component.

When I say that I’m not religious, that doesn’t mean that I reject religion, but that I just don’t embrace it as my personal path.  In fact, I believe that we are entering a post-religious era on earth as we watch all of our sacred institutions crumble due to corruption and because they no longer serve the needs of the ‘flock’.  They serve themselves and wealthy benefactors.

Religion in it’s current form, feels to many of us as if there are too many rules.  It should make us feel loved and uplifted, not punished or judged or broken.  I believe that we are made in love and of love and for a religion to assume that we are all sinners isn’t healthy for the world.

Having said that, Jesus was such a great teacher and the Sermon On the Mount is something that I re-read fairly often.  To me, that’s the essence of Christianity in it’s simple message.  If you’ve never read it, I encourage you to.  It’s powerful and a beautiful example of how we should walk in the world and treat others.

But, that’s my opinion. We’ll see how we evolve.

What I want to express to those of you who reject organized religion and are also throwing out spiritual practice with that dirty water, is that you can make your own path and form your own belief system.  You don’t HAVE to label it.  You don’t HAVE to join a group or community (although sometimes, that feels pretty good).  You don’t have to go anywhere or label yourself.  You ARE spiritual because you are part of humanity and an inhabitant of Mother Earth.

My personal belief system is constantly widening and expanding and morphing and growing.  I’m like an octopus with eight arms, reaching out to wherever my intution leads me; many beliefs and practices speak to me and that’s okay.

I started with Christianity for obvious reasons and then studied Buddhism, began to meditate, was drawn to a more metaphysical approach. I am fed and inspired by nature, so I am drawn to some Native American/indigenous peoples practices.  I recently began reading about shamanism and have incorporated that into my meditation practice.  Delving into astrology in a deeper way has opened up my eyes to the ancient wisdom of man.

Every step that I take results in a richer spiritual understanding of not only myself, but everything else on earth and of the things that we can’t see, but that we can feel.  Death no longer scares me; in fact, I now believe that it will be another phase of my development and existence on another realm.

So, when I suggest to people who tell me that they’re struggling or angry all of the time or feeling lost or adrift, I tell them to begin a spiritual practice.  I usually suggest meditation and yet, so many reject it.  “I’m not religious.  Look at all of the wars and violence and killings that religion causes!”

Yeah, I get it.  I used to say that, too.  I used to say that I don’t believe in anything that I can’t see or prove.  “Religion is the opiate of the masses”, right?

So, don’t be ‘religious’.  You don’t HAVE to pick one.  And contrary to conventional wisdom here in the U.S., you don’t HAVE to be Christian.  You have a huge, rich, diverse body of spiritual thought, philosophy and literature to choose from.

Thousands and thousands of years of wisdom is available to pick from.  Be a rebel WITH a cause; your own spiritual growth.  The choice isn’t religion or atheist.  You are a spirit.  Your spirit aches for acknowledgement and growth.  Let it out to play.  Find what speaks to you and if it’s a tree, then study some earth based rituals.

The truth of the matter is that we are all made of earth, air, fire and water.  There’s a reason that we love walking the beach, a campfire, the smell of fresh cut grass ; we crave those parts of us and too often, we deny them.

If you’re struggling, know that we all are.  We all suffer as humans, we all are challenged, particularly by modern life, where we feel so powerless and untethered and unloved.  Your soul will tell you what you need, if you JUST LISTEN.  Stop rejecting spirit.  You don’t have to go to church or join a religion or follow rules.

Your path is yours.  Not your parent’s or your children’s or your government’s or your neighbor’s or your friend’s or your minister’s/priest’s.  Locate your spirit, talk to it, listen to where it guides you.  Be you.  Be brave.

May 1, 2016 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. Jane…a lot to agree with, except the “octopus and the FEELING” thing. Here’s my take.

    Comment by edspolitics | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  2. A lot of people tune out when you even mention the word religion they put up a wall and cocoon themselves because they don’t exercise their soul (conscieneness) which is immaterial and eternal. They hearts are sealed:

    Some say there are too many rules in Islam (way of life) but when you go to a doctor and she says not to do something and you go and do what she told you not to do, are you harming the doctor or yourself? The creator of all beings knows us best and gives us the freedom to take the ‘doctor’ advise or not 🙂

    Comment by Jack The Lad | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  3. A lot of people tune out when you even mention the word religion they put up a wall and cocoon themselves because they don’t exercise their soul (conscieneness) which is immaterial and eternal. They hearts are sealed: https://youtu.be/TqCv-QTpEAw

    Some say there are too many rules in Islam (way of life) but when you go to a doctor and she says not to do something and you go and do what she told you not to do, are you harming the doctor or yourself? The creator of all beings knows us best and gives us the freedom to take the ‘doctor’ advise or not 🙂 https://youtu.be/zfhdvce8I2c

    Comment by Jack The Lad | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  4. Jane…LOVED this!!! Thank you for your insight.

    Comment by Michelle | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  5. Loved it. Many years ago I wandered into Divine Science Church. Having a faith community is important to me. But….sometimes instead of New Thought I get friends that are mostly New Age….

    Comment by Eva | May 1, 2016 | Reply

    • Eva
      What is the difference between the two as you see it?
      jane

      Comment by janelondon | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  6. Loved what you have said, and I agree with you totally! You have said what I have felt for a long time. Thank you for putting into words. Have a blessed day.

    Comment by Shanna | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  7. You so eloquently expressed exactly how I feel.

    Comment by lisa | May 1, 2016 | Reply

  8. Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

    Comment by Grandtrines | May 2, 2016 | Reply

  9. Your POV is spot on with mine, Jane. I am so thankful to read your expression. XO.

    Comment by Kelly Albright | May 20, 2016 | Reply


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