24 February 2010

Spiritual Matters

A few days ago, a question arrived in my Formspring inbox. 'You seem very in touch with your soul and spirit,' it read, 'What are your religious views?' This is a lovely question, and one I very much want to answer. Firstly I'd like to say that I do not affiliate myself with any one religion or belief; I am on my own journey to discover what it is that I believe - a journey that will last the length of my life. Please note that I do respect every individual's own journeys of religion and spirituality and I ask you to respect mine. You are welcome to express your own views, but rude and disrespectful comments will not be tolerated - this goes for responding to others' comments as well.

Below, I have written some things in which I strongly believe. I admit that they are more general beliefs than specific comments on religion; I do not think that this blog is the proper place to express my specific views on different faiths. I encourage you to please write to me if you have any further questions or would like clarification on any of the things I have stated here. My email address is mypeacetree2 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Above anything else, I believe that everyone on this planet deserves to be loved and respected. I think that if everyone were treated in this way, the world would be a much different place. I also believe that everyone holds within them something beautiful beyond measure, and that we all share a deep human connection regardless of our differences. I believe in love in all its forms and that it can heal great wounds.

I believe that because the earth - the trees, the mountains, the oceans - has been around for far longer than we, if we are quiet and observant we will come to learn its ancient wisdoms. I believe that all of the natural world should be treated with the utmost respect and care, and I believe that every life is a sacred, beautiful, and important.

I believe that many religions share ideals, and that we are not as different as some would have us think. I believe that when it comes to religious and spiritual matters, no one has the right to tell another that they are "wrong" or "right".

I believe that each of us can be better than we are: more kind, more good, more selfless, more loving. I believe that happiness is more important than money, and that too many people in our modern world forget what is important due to their haste. I believe in seeing the beauty in the ordinary and in having wonder and appreciation for a golden sunrise, an uncurling blossom, a hard-working ant. I believe that you reap what you sow.

And lastly - for this post, anyway - I do believe that there is Something after death; what it is, I cannot know until I leave this world and arrive there. But I do believe that it is more a more wonderful place than we could ever begin imagine.

Now, tell me, if you'd like: what religious or spiritual things have you come to believe in your life thus far? What is important to you, and what is not? And what is the truest thing you know?


kendrajkphotography said...

That's always such a hard question to answer, and you answered in beautifully. I really like the way you write and express yourself.

What are my beliefs?
Very complicated. I think religion is complicated business and not something easily understood.
I believe all the basics that you believe as well but my "religion" (I'm also not really a fan of that word or the connotations around it) is Heather/Asatru. It's a branch of paganism and is an old norse traditions. It's taken me a long time to reach this path and I don't know all my beliefs and this path is very complicated in itself. The central texts are very hard to understand and take a lot of work to read and make sense of them.

I love nature, if I could live in a forest in a small cottage I would be happy for the rest of my life.

There are some more ramblings on Heathenism and my beliefs on my secondary blog (email me if you want to read it), but I love this post and just wanted to comment and share a bit :)

Brandi said...

You and I are absolutely on the same wavelength. I completely agree with you. The only thing I will add is something that I believe (so strongly sometimes I want to say I know it) and that is that divinity is love. The ancient Greeks had a word for it: agape; it appears in some translations of the Bible. Agape is the purest love -- not the love between friends or family or lovers, but the love that overflows, that is boundless, that fills and flows without end. That's the only way I can explain it. That is the core of what I believe. I try to see all my actions as coming from that.

zoe858 said...

Nice post, I've just recently started following you.

Lianne said...

What a beautiful vision on life! You are such a positive and good person!

I have been raised Christian, but have been in serious doubt for the past years. Don't think I believe in it anymore.
I'm a bit lost when it comes to religion and spirituality I guess..


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