Where do we start on a journey into the infinite – to try and understand that which can’t really be understood, (or, as someone wittily put it, how do we eff the ineffable). Where do we start?
One of the reasons for me writing this blog is to try and find ways to understand and become more certain of what I believe myself. I can’t simply say ‘I believe what my church/faith/religion/teacher says’. I’ve looked into dozens of belief systems, and variations on a theme, and have found that I can’t simply accept what someone else says. I have found that I have to work it out for myself. For sure, follow those who have gone before me. For sure, learn from other people’s wisdom. Absolutely, read and listen and explore and discover what others have discovered to be true. And then decide what works for you and what doesn’t. Decide what extra you bring to the table, what extra wisdom and understanding you can uniquely contribute. And that’s why I suggest that you don’t believe anything I say. Listen to what I say, let it sink into your being, and see if it matches your own inner voice. And then decide for yourself. if it doesn’t work for you, then find something else. Unlike many so called teachers, I cannot tell you the shape of your own soul. I can only tell you the shape of mine, and let you catch the breath of God in your own being.
I believe there’s something to learn from those that have gone before. I believe there’s something to be found in the scriptures, whether that’s the Christian Bible, the Quran, the Talmud, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Book of Mormon, the Tao Te Ching, A Course In Miracles and a hundred others. And yet I also know that God hasn’t stopped speaking either. So what I’ve learned has come from a myriad sources – from the scriptures of a dozen religions, from the the voices of scores of teachers, from the pages of hundreds of books – and from time taken walking with God and listening to his voice.
There is no short cut to wisdom, just by taking a book off the shelf. You can’t just listen to someone and say ‘that’s what I believe’. Truth doesn’t work that way. The more I read, the more I discover, the more I begin to believe that actually there is no such thing as ‘The Absolute Truth’. Perhaps the Universe really IS that strange, that complex.
So, I hope that you find something that helps you on your own journey. I hope you find something that speaks to you. I hope you feel inspired, encouraged, deepened, more grounded, wiser. I hope you feel more true to yourself. And I pray that you will take the time to let God speak to your heart.