God can matter. Truth can matter. Religion can be glorious.
- But atheism can also be a powerful path of spiritual evolution.
- While being an agnostic is also powerful.
- Being spiritually Enlightened takes the semantics out of the conversation in a rather hilarious way.
These just are some of the varied points of view that can become part of our ongoing thread If you dont believe in God, how can Energy Spirituality help you?, Part 1.
Personally, I think that post and the comments that follow are well worth reading. Don’t miss the the marvellous Zen adage about seeking God, a mind-opening image that I never had encountered before, “Like riding a donkey in search of a donkey.”
Lurkers and long-time Blog-Buddies, alike, do add your comments, both there and here.
Today’s Guest Post by AMY rose out of the comments sequence over at Part 1. Elevating this to a Guest Post, logically, it could be called “If you dont believe in God, how can Energy Spirituality help you?, Part 2.”
Headings and minor copy edits are mine. The voice below is all AMY’s.
Maybe you’re wondering. Why make this slice-of-life into a Guest Post? Blog-Buddies, your comments on these themes about atheism, agnosticsm, religion, and spirituality have been so fascinating. And honest. (As usual.) As moderator here, I wanted to flag the important theme in this discussion about the importance of…
Social pressure, religion, and the promise of community
I was born in a Catholic country and baptised, First Holy Communioned, and confirmed.
Why? Cos that what you do, as a social ritual. Not that my parents believed in any God or the Church.
I had my First Holy Communion because thats what you do, the whole class has to do it at the same time and, again, its a social ritual. Afterwards, we went for a nice meal.
I was confirmed in The Catholic Church at 12. (What 12-year-old doesnt know that she is ready for becoming a full member of the church, with all the adult understanding that entails? 😉 ).
Again I had to do it, whole class did it, went for a nice meal. And I got to choose my own outfit (first high heels).
Bonus: I got a lot of money from my relatives. For not doing very much at all.
The sacred opportunity to choose a name that thrills your soul
Chose my confirmation name. (Didnt mean anything to me.)
Chose Helen, the name of my aunt.
My other aunt went ballistic at me and said she was very upset that I picked the other aunts name.
How very Christian of her!
Religion as a family value, especially among my aunts
Both aunts have had all of their kids do the same.
Neither they nor their husbands nor their children go to Church. Okay, maybe once a year for weddings and funerals.
My point is, that all these people take part in the obvious aspects of religion but none of them believes it. None has any interest in confessing a belief in God.
Yet, if my immediate family hadnt taken part in these social rituals, we would have been ostracized (my extended family), pitied (Aunt 1) or thought of as weird (Aunt 2).
These particular adjectives emphasise how people in my family tend to judge each other, anyway.
Irrelevance of organized religion on my spiritual path to Enlightenment
Being part of a religion, doing all the rituals, and being able to say I am a Catholic, says nothing about being connected to the Divine.
I am not a Catholic. (Although the Catholic Church makes it hard to get your name removed from the official roster.)
As for some of my relatives who do go to church every day? This is a word-for-word quote:
Amy, Im getting old now and close to dying, so you have to think about these things and try to get a place in heaven.