God is bigger than our beliefs about Him.
She is bigger than any gendered pronoun that we use to refer to Her.
It is bigger than any name that we call It.
When you deny someone else’s belief about God, when you say they are wrong and judge them as sinners, you limit what God can be for you. You limit the possibilities of belief within yourself. It is okay to not overwhelm yourself in your spiritual infancy. It is okay to only hear the lessons that you’re prepared to listen to. …
I learned a fun fact recently. Locusts are not a species unto themselves. They are just grasshoppers that are born as locusts. This is due to certain environmental triggers that cause the same genes that typically result in a solitary green grasshopper being born into instead a (usually) brown and yellow, swarming locust to be born. I’m no entomologist so I’ll leave the details of the how and why to them, but it’s an interesting fact nonetheless.
So a non-destructive solitary insect with minimal environmental impact has within its genetic code the potential to become a plague of locusts that…
This is not a human world.
It is a living world with humans in it.
Everything is born from change.
Everything is changing.
Nothing is ever destroyed, just changed.
Everything goes through cycles.
Waxing and waning, light to dark, left to right, season to season, life to death, love to hate… and back again.
I have experienced many "dark nights of the soul" as I've evolved my relationship to the spiritual/divine and attempted to define what I am. I know how painful and scary it can be.
A fear that I still haven't completely shaken is not wanting to "drop truth bombs" on others who aren't prepared to hear it and possibly couldn't survive their own "dark night of the soul" if they aren't ready to hear it. Kinda like opening a flower before it has bloomed. That can be a bit patronizing, though.
Then I think, maybe I'm the universe speaking to them in this moment because they are ready to hear it. I'm the rain or sunshine that can prompt the flower to bloom. Good luck to them.
Most of the time I keep my mouth shut =)
I tussled with a question not too long ago… I’ve “acquired” a lot of “wisdom” throughout my life, through both my studies and the school-of-life. So now what? What do I do with it? Sure it helps me guide my life in a positive direction, but what happens when others don’t quite agree with my practice and behavior?
I’m not trying to go on any crusades, but I do want to share what I think are positive thoughts and tips with those I love. What happens when they are rejected? Is that a rejection of me, my “wisdom”, or both?
Thank you again for a very good article. I have received so much validation and comfort knowing that I'm not the only one who asks these questions and the answers that have come to me are unlike anything I learned in church.
The Buddha says that suffering is caused by our desire, so that if we can get rid of our desires then we can get rid of suffering. This mirrors (at least in my interpretation) the same lesson when the Bible entreats one to rely on God. As Jesus said, "...consider the lilies of the field...".
The deeper truth…
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
The very first commandment. It strikes some as a biblical admittance of the existence of other gods. I would say it most certainly is, but I believe it should be taken in a broader context than is usually intended when we use the word “gods”. Most people think of supernatural entities when they hear the word “gods”, but I think of money, fame, power, greed, social status… the list goes on and on. These are “gods” to us. We seek after and reach for each of them at some point…
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