As we live in a society where separation from one another exists, it seems religious and spiritual beliefs are yet another avenue for separation. Is it only an illusion that world religions are made up of beliefs, in opposition to each other? There are certain dogmas and tenets that are in opposition, the most egregious one being “my beliefs are right and yours are wrong.” It continues, “you have to have my beliefs to go to heaven and live in eternal life; otherwise, you are destined to live in damnation forever.” Is that a truth?
Since our world is becoming smaller, and connections between different nationalities and beliefs are so easy to make, change is happening. Let’s view religious beliefs from another angle. It does seem all legitimate religions and spiritual belief systems have the same foundation – we are all part of the All, the Divine Source, the God-consciousness, the Universe. The foundational Spirit is one of unconditional love for all of human-kind, as well as all other forms of life on Mother Earth and the Spirit World.
The real Truth, therefore, can be found in any cultural setting, among any peoples, and in any point in time. Wisdom exists in every legitimate spiritual belief system, even when you may not agree with all the tenets. It is truly enriching to explore other faith systems and find the commonalities – rather than the differences.
It is a gift to know people who incorporate Universal Love into their daily lives, and learn from them. With printed and social media, there are no obstacles to learning about, and connecting with, other people who are living a spiritual path different than yours. These connections help us to realize there is no reason to be skeptical, or fearful, of someone from another belief system. What can a Muslim or a Hindu teach you? How might your spiritual path be enriched by learning about Peruvian or Russian shamanism? What do Celts, Wiccans, or Pagans believe – and what do those terms really mean? What are the differences between all the Christian religions? The questions are endless, and the answers are attainable.
When you remove the extremist views, and drill down to the nuts and bolts of all religions, this is what you will find: Love and Compassion for all people. If each person truly embraced this Truth, and lived this Truth, only unity consciousness – peace – would exist. And, that is the Truth in Spirituality.